Who is this Bill Mann anyway?

After finishing a PhD in Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon University, I went to Information Sciences Institute at USC near Los Angeles. I spent more than 15 years there doing and managing research on computers and language, with a major focus on generating text and on developing the discourse linguistics necessary to tell a computer how to generate texts. There was early work on computational understanding of human dialogue, including work on dialogue annotation.

As a side activity I worked with Dr. David Weber of Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), developing field methods for adapting text from one language to another using new computational tools. In 1990 I took early retirement and joined SIL, teaching the adaptation programs on site in Africa until 1996.

From 1999 I have been working full time in linguistics, still a member of SIL but working at home. These days my working time is divided between various interests in discourse linguistics, including RST, function and structure in monologue texts, DMT, dialogue dynamics, function and structure in human-human dialogue, and the linguistic aspects of human communication using language.

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Bill Mann
6739 Cross Creek Estates Road
Lancaster, SC 29720