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O'Donnell, Michael

O'Donnell, Michael

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I am a lecturer within the Department of English Studies at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. I was initially employed under a "Ramon y Cajal" contract (a 5 year research contract) but converted to a permanent teaching contract in 2009.

My current interests are in corpus linguistics, in particular, in studying learner corpora to profile what grammatical features are most at stake at each proficiency level, for a given mother tongue and learning context. I also develop software for multi-layer corpus development: UAM CorpusTool.

I have previously worked in several major research centres, including, Information Sciences Institute (Los Angeles), Department of AI at the University of Edinburgh, IRST/ITC (Trento, Italy), IPSI/GMD (Germany), as well as visiting stays in centres such as ITRI (Brighton, UK), University of Waterloo (Canada), Telecom Research Labs (Melbourne, Australia), and Microsoft Research Lab (Sydney, Australia).


Áreas de especialización


Líneas de investigación

Corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, systemic functional grammar


Mick O'Donnell (2021) "Dynamic modelling of context: Field, Tenor and Mode revisited".  Lingua. Nº 261, October, 2021.

Mick O'Donnell (2020) "On the Abstractness of Levels of Description in Systemic Functional Linguistics". In Gordon Tucker, Huang Guowen, Lise Fontaine, Edward McDonald (eds) Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar: Convergence and Divergence. London: Equinox.

Mick O'Donnell and Penny MacDonald (2019) "Using a learner corpus to support online intelligent tutoring: the ALEGRO project". In Andrea Abel, Aivars Glaznieks, Verena Lyding, Lionel Nicolas (eds) Widening the Scope of Learner Corpus Research: Selected Papers from the Fourth Learner Corpus Research Conference. Lovain: Presses universitaires de Louvain.

Mick O'Donnell (2015) "Using learner corpora to order linguistic structures in terms of apparent difficulty". In Erik Castello, Katherine Ackerley, Francesca Coccetta (eds) Studies in Learner Corpus Linguistics: Research and Applications for Foreign Language Teaching and Assessment. Peter Lang. Pp71-85.

O'Donnell, Mick, Susana Murcia, Rebeca García, Clara Molina, Paul Rollinson, Penny MacDonald, Keith Stuart, Maria Boquera. 2009. Exploring the proficiency of English learners: The TREACLE project. Proceedings of the Fifth Corpus Linguistics, Liverpool.

O'Donnell, M. 2008. "Demonstration of the UAM CorpusTool for text and image annotation". Proceedings of the ACL-08:HLT Demo Session (CompanionVolume), Columbus, Ohio, June 2008. Association for Computational Linguistics. pages 13–16.

O'Donnell, M. 2008. "The UAM CorpusTool: Software for corpus annotation and exploration". In Bretones Callejas, Carmen M. et al. (eds) Applied Linguistics Now: Understanding Language and Mind / La Lingüística Aplicada Hoy: Comprendiendo el Lenguaje y la Mente. Almería: Universidad de Almería. Pp. 1433-1447.

O’Donnell, Mick, Michele Zappavigna and Casey Whitelaw (2008) "A survey of process type classification over difficult cases", in Carys Jones and Eija Ventola (eds) From Language to Multimodality: New Developments in the Study of Ideational Meaning. Continuum: London.

Gema Chocano, Rocío Jiménez, Cristóbal Lozano, Amaya Mendikoetxea, Susana Murcia, Michael O’Donnell, Paul Rollinson, Iván Teomiro. 2007. "An exploration into word order in learner corpora: The WOSLAC Project". Proceedings of the Corpus Linguistics Conference 2007, Matthew Davies, Paul Rayson, Susan Hunston, Pernilla Danielsson (eds.), Universidad de Birmingham, Birmingham.

Pascual Nieto, Ismael and Michael O'Donnell 2007 "Flexible statistical construction of bilingual dictionaries". Revista de la Sociedad Española para el Procesamiento del Lenguaje Natural (SEPLN), nº 39, septiembre de 2007. 249-258.

McCabe, A., O’Donnell, M. and Whittaker, R., (eds) (2007), Advances In Language And Education. London: Continuum.

Rachel Whittaker, Mick O'Donnell, Anne McCabe (2007) "Introduction: Responses to the changing face of education". In McCabe, A., O’Donnell, M. and Whittaker, R., (eds) (2007), Advances In Language And Education. London: Continuum. pp. 1 -12.

Whittaker, R., O’Donnell, M. and McCabe, A. (eds) (2006), Language and Literacy: Functional Approaches. London: Continuum.
O'Donnell, Mick and John Bateman 2005 “SFL in Computational Contexts”. In J. Webster, R. Hasan & C. Matthiessen (eds), Continuing Discourse on Language A Functional Perspective. London: Equinox.

O'Donnell, Michael 2005 "The UAM Systemic Parser" , Proceedings of the 1st Computational Systemic Functional Grammar Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia. 16 July 2005.

Van Moll, Maarten & Mick O’Donnell 2004 “Automatic Recognition of Generic Structure: Medical Discharge Notices”. In David Banks (ed.) Text and Texture: Systemic Functional viewpoints on the nature and structure of text. L'Harmattan, Paris.

Murcia, Susana and Mick O'Donnell, 2003 "Advice In Instructional Texts: A Comparison Between English And Spanish". Proceedings of the 3rd International Contrastive Linguistics Conference, Compostela, Spain. October 2003.

O'Donnell, Michael 2001 "Editorials vs. front page news: Differences in realis and tense across newspaper genres". Proceedings of the 2nd International Contrastive Linguistics Conference, Compostela, Spain. 25-27 October 2001.

O'Donnell, Michael, Chris Mellish, Jon Oberlander and Alisair Knott 2001 "ILEX: An architecture for a dynamic hypertext generation system". Natural Language Engineering 7, 225--250. [pdf preprint]

O'Donnell, Michael 2000 "RSTTool 2.4 -- A Markup Tool for Rhetorical Structure Theory". Proceedings of the International Natural Language Generation Conference (INLG'2000), 13-16 June 2000, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel. 253 -- 256.

O'Donnell, Michael 2000 "Intermixing Multiple Discourse Strategies for Automatic Text Composition". Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses (RCEI), No. 40 (April): Special Issue on Intercultural and Textual Approaches to Systemic-Functional Linguistics.

O'Donnell, Michael, Alistair Knott, Jon Oberlander and Chris Mellish 2000 "Optimising text quality in generation from relational databases". Proceedings of the International Natural Language Generation Conference (INLG'2000), 13-16 June 2000, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel. 133 --140.

O'Donnell, Michael 1999 "Context in Dynamic Modelling". In Mohsen Ghadessy (ed.) Text And Context In Functional Linguistics. Benjamins: Holland. Pp. 63-99.

O'Donnell, M., H. Cheng and J. Hitzeman. Integrating Referring and Informing in NP Planning. Proceedings of the Coling-ACL '98 Workshop on the Computational Treatment of Nominals, August 16, 1998, Universite de Montreal, Canada. pp. 46-55.

O'Donnell, Michael 1997 RST-Tool: An RST Analysis Tool. Proceedings of the 6th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation March 24 - 26, 1997 Gerhard-Mercator University, Duisburg, Germany.

O'Donnell, Michael 1997 Variable-Length On-Line Document Generation. Proceedings of the 6th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation March 24 - 26, 1997 Gerhard-Mercator University, Duisburg, Germany.

O'Donnell, Michael 1997 Variable-Length On-Line Document Generation, Proceedings of the Flexible Hypertext Workshop of the Eighth ACM International Hypertext Conference, Southhampton, UK.

O'Donnell, Michael 1996 "Input Specification in the WAG Sentence Generation System", in Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Natural Language Generation, Herstmonceux Castle, UK, 13-15 June 1996.

O'Donnell, Michael 1995 "From Corpus to Codings: Semi-Automating the Acquisition of Linguistic Features", in Proceedings of the AAAI Spring Symposium on Empirical Methods in Discourse Interpretation and Generation, Stanford University, California, March 27-29.

O'Donnell, Michael & Peter Sefton 1995 "Modelling Telephonic Interaction: A Dynamic Approach". In: Interface. Journal of Applied Linguistics 10.1 (1995) 63-78.

O'Donnell, Michael 1995 "Sentence Generation Using the Systemic WorkBench", in Proceedings of the Fifth European Workshop on Natural Language Generation, 20-22 May, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp 235-238.

O'Donnell, Michael 1994 Sentence Analysis and Generation -- a Systemic Perspective, Ph.D. Dissertation, Linguistics Dept., University of Sydney.

O'Donnell, Michael 1993 "Reducing Complexity in a Systemic Parser" in Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Parsing Technologies", Tilburg, the Netherlands, August 10-13.

O'Donnell, Michael 1990 "A Dynamic Model of Exchange", Word, Volume 41:3, pp. 293-328.

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