Videos, Slides, Posters and Blogs

Videos from recent talks and other events

ChatGPT in a Medical Setting, Stanford University, Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, November 15, 2023.

Meaning making with artificial interlocutors and risks of language technology, Hizkuntza Teknologiako Zentroa (Basque Center for Language Technology), November 2, 2023.

Joint Oversight & Investigations and Research & Technology Subcommittee Hearing - Balancing Knowledge and Governance: Foundations for Effective Risk Management of Artificial Intelligence, October 18, 2023.

Opening remarks on "AI in the Workplace: New Crisis or Longstanding Challenge", Virtual roundtable convened by Rep. Bobby Scott, September 28, 2023.

ChatGP-Why: When, if ever, is synthetic text safe, appropriate, and desirable?, Sensemaking Lectures, GRAILE AI, August 8, 2023

NLP Seminar: On the dangers of stochastic parrots: Can language models be too big? 🦜 AI Sweden/RISE Sweden, September 14, 2022.

Resisting Dehumanization in the Age of AI, keynote talk at CogSci 2022: Cognitive Diversity, Toronto, July 29, 2022. [Slides]

Now published as: Bender, Emily M. 2024. Resisting Dehumanization in the Age of "AI". Current Directions in Psychological Science. [Preprint]

Plenary Panel: The Place of Linguistics and Symbolic Structures, NAACL 2022, July 12, 2022.

On the dangers of stochastic parrots: Can language models be too big? 🦜, EAI Distinguish Lecturer Series, Northeastern University, September 29, 2021.

Meaning Making with Artificial Interlocutors and Risks of Language Technology, University of Edinburgh, School of Informatics, August 26, 2021.

On the dangers of stochastic parrots: Can language models be too big? 🦜 with panelists Dr Anjali Mazumder, Dr Zachary Kenton and Professor Ann Copestake, The Alan Turing Institute, July 8, 2021.

Natural Language Processing with Language in Focus, Abralin ao Vivo, November 25, 2020. [Slides]

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, September 16, 2020. video

Panel: How much should conversational AI developers know about ML and linguistics?, L3-AI 2020, with Anna Rogers, Thomas Wolf, and Vladimir Vlasov, June 18, 2020.

Making Stakeholder Impacts Visible in the Evaluation Cycle: Towards Fairness-Integrated Shared Tasks and Evaluation Metrics. Machine Learning Competitions for All CiML 2019 Workshop at NeurIPS 2019. Vancouver, CA. December 13, 2019. Joint work with Hal Daumé III, Bernease Herman, Brandeis Marshall. [video; starts at 0:56:00]

The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Language, Ethics, Technology, University of Cambridge, March 25, 2019. slides video

Blog post summarizing the event

From Linguist in NLP to Humanist in AI: How a Linguist's Perspective on Data Has Informed My Work on Ethics in NLP, at WiNLP 2019, ACL 2019, Firenze, Italia, July 28, 2019. [video]

The Role of Linguistic Structure in Computer Natural Language Understanding, talk at Perceptrons and Syntactic Structures at 60 (PSS@60), LSA, January 2018.

Discussion: Natural Language Processing and linguistics Perceptrons and Syntactic Structures at 60 (PSS@60), LSA, January 2018, with Sharon Goldwater and Jason Eisner.


What We Can Do with What We Know about How Language Works invited plenary, 2024 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, New York, NY, January 6, 2024.

Linguistics, Living Its Best Life, Future of Linguistics Workshop 2/4, Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen, January 6, 2021.

Societal impacts of NLP: How and when to integrate them into your research (and how to make time for that), AACL-IJCNLP 2020 Student Research Workshop, December 7, 2020.

The 2020 Singapore Symposium on Natural Language Processing, December 11, 2020. slides

UMD CLIP colloquium, October 7, 2020. slides

AAAS 2020, Seattle WA. February 14, 2020. Panel title: Ethical risks of voice technology: A sociolinguistic perspective. slides

Grammar Engineering for Linguistic Hypothesis Testing, Linguistic Typology, and Language Documentation, LIFT 2019: Journées scientifiques “Linguistique informatique, formelle & de terrain”, Orléans, November 28, 2019.

Panel Discussion: AI for Social Good, Bias and Ethics, at West Coast NLP (WeCNLP) 2019, September 6, 2019.

How do we get to general purpose NLU?, at Google, Mountain View, September 5, 2019.

The Grammar Matrix and AGGREGATION: Knowledge-Rich NLP for Endangered and Low Resource Languages, at The First Workshop on Typology for Polyglot NLP, ACL 2019, Firenze, Italia, August 1, 2019.

English isn't generic for language, despite what NLP papers might lead you to believe, at the 2019 Symposium and Data Science and Statistics, Bellevue WA, May 30, 2019.

Making Computers Help Linguists: Grammar Engineering for Linguistic Hypothesis Testing, Linguistic Typology, and Language Documentation, at Arizona Linguistics Circle 12, October 14, 2018.

Balancing Teaching and Research (and Life), at UW Linguistics TA Orientation, September 25, 2015 and September 21, 2018.

How to make ends meet: Why general purpose NLU needs linguistics, invited talk at the Workshop on Relevance of Linguistic Structure in Neural Architectures for NLP (RELNLP) at ACL 2018, Melbourne, Australia, July 19, 2018.

Panel Discussion: "AI in the Public Sector: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?", Taskar Memorial Event, UW CSE, March 1, 2018

Ethics in NLP seminar recap, talk at UW Treehouse (compling lab). April and October 2017.

The Mathematics of Language, talk at UW's Monthly Math Hour. March, 2017. (Video also available; Handout)

Partially Automated Grammar Engineering and Chintang. Seminar für Allgemaine Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Zürich, Switzerland. July, 2014.

Grammar Engineering for Language Documentation. Aarhus University SEMLING Guest Lecture, June 17, 2014.

Computing Meaning: What's Semantics Got to Do with It?. CLSP Seminar, Johns Hopkins University, September 10, 2013 and CLUNCH, University of Pennsylvania, September 11, 2013.

Encoding and Deploying Linguistic Knowledge: The Grammar Matrix and AGGREGATION Projects. Language Technology Group research seminar, University of Oslo. February 5, 2013.

Multilingual Grammar Engineering with the LinGO Grammar Matrix. Poster presented at the LSA organized session 'Tech Tools: Increasing Technology Training in the Curriculum of Graduate Students in Linguistics'. 86th Annual Meeting of the LSA, Portland OR, January 8, 2012.

From Database to Treebank: Enhancing a Hypertext Grammar with Grammar Engineering. Conference on Electronic Grammaticography, University of Hawai'i, February 13, 2011.

Grammar Engineering Complements Language Documentation (poster). 2nd International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, University of Hawai'i, February 11, 2011.

Computational Linguistics in Support of Linguistic Theory. 83rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America. San Francisco, CA, January 9, 2009. With D. Terrence Langendoen.

Computation in Computational Linguistics. Intel Corporation. August 24, 2007.

The State of the Art in Computational Linguistics: How to get at information encoded in natural language. Amazon Developer's Conference. January 17, 2007. [Slides] [References]

Grammar Engineering for Crosslinguistic Hypothesis Testing. University of Washington, Department of Linguistics. October 13, 2006. [Slides for viewing online] [Slides for printing] [References]

Crosslinguistic Resources for the Rapid Development of Precision Computational Grammars. University of Washington, Department of Computer Science and Engineering Colloquium. May 17, 2005. Webcast of talk is archived online.

Semantic Constraints on Syntactic NPs in Grammar Engineering. With Scott Drellishak, Bill McNeill, and Laurie Poulson. January 7, 2005. LSA, Oakland CA. [handout] [handout appendix]

Implementing a Syntax-Morphology Interface for Athabaskan. With Jeff Good. January 7, 2005. LSA, Oakland CA.

The Lexicon in the LinGO Grammar Matrix: Cross-linguistic Hypotheses about Words. University of Washington. February 24, 2004.

Implemented Grammars for the Rest of the World: The Challenge of Slave. With Jeff Good. January 7, 2005. SSILA, Oakland CA.

On the Syntax-Socio Interface: Implications of Sociolinguistic Variation for Competence Grammar. Georgetown University. November 21, 2003.

Grammar Checking in the Arboretum: Finding and Curing Trees. Microsoft/University of Washington Symposium. October 24, 2003.



COLING 2018 PC co-chairs blog

Twitter threads that maybe should have been blog posts

On how ML gets applied to language modeling, leaderboardism, and abstracting too far away from the nature of the problem, Sept 6, 2021.

On professional societies not giving academic awards to harassers, "problematic faves", or bigots, April 8, 2021.

All threads of mine that anyone ever sent to @threadreaderapp to unroll

LanguageLog guest posts

On when listening is better than talking: A call for contemplation and empathy, with Natasha Warner and Eric Bakovic

Confronting abuse of power (contributor)

Guest posts on other PC blogs

NAACL 2021: NAACL Ethics Review Process Report-Back, with Karën Fort

NAACL 2018: Putting the Linguistics in Computational Linguistics

ACL 2017: Last Minute Reviewing Advice (contributor)


NLP Pedagogy Interview, interviewed by David Jurgens and Lucy Li, published July 8, 2019.

Twitter mega-threads of note

Sometimes I get into long discussions on Twitter that someone finds useful enough to summarize. I find the summaries can be very valuable, so I'm collecting links to them here:

Thomas Wolf's summary of the Learning Meaning in Natural Language Processing — The Semantics Mega-Thread August 2018

Sabrina Mielke's summmary of the NLP/CL Twitter Megathread April 2017

K-12 Educational Materials

Emily M. Bender and Raphael L. Menon. 2017. MadLibs, Parts of Speech, and Morphosyntactic Features, 6th grade lesson plan.

Slides/videos from tutorials

Integrating Ethics into the NLP Curriculum at ACL 2020, July 5. With Xanda Schofield and Dirk Hovy.

100 Things You Always Wanted to Know about Semantics & Pragmatics But Were Afraid to Ask at ACL 2018, Melbourne Australia, July 15.

Introduction to HPSG & Implementation at HPSG 2017, Lexington, KY, July 7. With Dan Flickinger. (Video also available)

English Resource Semantics at NAACL 2016, San Diego, CA, June 12. With Dan Flickinger and Woodley Packard. (Video also available)

100 Things You Always Wanted to Know about Linguistics But Were Afraid to Ask* at NAACL-HLT 2012, Montreal, QC, June 3, 2012

The LinGO Grammar Matrix: Rapid Grammar Development for Hypothesis Testing, at HPSG 2010, Paris, France, July 7, 2010. With Anske Fokkens.

Grammar Customization with the LinGO Grammar Matrix, at LREC 2010, Valletta, Malta, May 17, 2010. With Anske Fokkens.

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