Workshop on NLP and Linguistics

2 March 2024

Does ChatGPT know language as humans do: Workshop on NLP and Linguistics

Saturday, 2nd March 2024

Morning session: Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford (access from Octagon gates on Longwall Street)

Afternoon session: Summer Common Room, Magdalen College, Oxford (access from Porters’ Lodge on High Street)

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Topic (tentative)



9:00 – 9:15

Welcome address

Danfeng Wu (University of Oxford)

Grove Auditorium 

(access from Octagon gates on Longwall Street)

9:15 – 10:15

High-level tutorial on how an LLM works

Aleksandar Shtedritski (University of Oxford)

10:15 – 11:15

Is there an LLM challenge for linguistics? Or a linguistics challenge for LLMs?

David Pesetsky (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

11:15 – 12:15

Successes and failures of NLP in addressing the big questions of generative linguistics

Janet Pierrehumbert (University of Oxford)

12:15 – 14:15

Lunch break



14:15 – 15:15

Features of discourse structure and coherence found in the output of LLMs

Bonnie Webber (University of Edinburgh)

Summer Common Room

(access from Porters’ Lodge on High Street)

15:15 – 16:15

How large and small models help us understand what humans know about language

Colin Phillips (University of Oxford)

16:15 – 16:45

Tea and coffee break


16:45 – 17:45

The right tool for the task?

Guy Emerson (University of Cambridge)

17:45 – 18:15

Concluding remarks

Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh)

This workshop is co-organized by Rahul Santhanam ( and Danfeng Wu ( Please email us if you have any questions!

Magdalen College
Magdalen Bridge
United Kingdom
01865 276000
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