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Name: Michael  Zock
Institution: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
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Homepage: http://archives.limsi.fr/Individu/zock/
State and/or Country: France   
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Selected Publications: Edited 5 books 6 proceeding on “Natural Language Generation” and issues concerning the “lexicon”

Invited editor of 2 international journals dealing with CALL and lexical issues


1. Zock, M. (2006). Navigational aids, a critical factor for the success of electronic dictionaries. In R. Rapp, P. Sedlmeier G. Zunker-Rapp (eds.) Perspectives on Cognition: A Festschrift for Manfred Wettler. Pabst Science Publishers, Lengerich, pp. 397-414

3. Bateman J & M. Zock. (2003) Natural Language Generation. In R. Mitkov (Ed.) Handbook of Computational Linguistics, Oxford University Press, pp. 284-304

6. Andriessen J., deSmedt K. & Zock, M.(1996) Discourse Planning: Empirical Research and Computer Models. In T. Dijkstra & K. de Smedt (Eds). Computational Psycholinguistics: AI and Connectionist Models of Human Language processing, Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 247-278

7. Zock, M.(1997) Sentence Generation by Pattern Matching : the Problem of Syntactic Choice. In : R. Mitkov & N. Nicolov (Eds.) Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing. Series: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, Benjamins, pp. 317-352

11. Zock, M.(1991) SWIM or sink : the problem of communicating thought. In, Swartz, M. & M. Yazdani (Eds.), Bridge to International Communication : Intelligent Tutoring Systems for Second Language Learning. New York: Springer, pp. 235-247


5. Nogier, J.F. & Zock, M. (1992) Lexical choice by pattern matching. In Knowledge Based Systems, vol.5, No 3, Butterworth

6. Zock, M., Francopoulo,G. & Laroui, A.(1989) SWIM : a natural interface for the scientifically minded language learner, Computers and the Humanities, n° 23, 4/5, pp.411-422


1. Ferret, O. & M. Zock (2006). Enhancing electronic dictionaries with an index based on associations. Coling/ACL, Sidney, pp. 281-288

7. Zock, M. & S. Bilac (2004). Word lookup on the basis of associations : from an idea to a roadmap. Proc. of Coling workshop : Enhancing and using dictionaries, Geneva, pp. 29-34

16. Zock, M. (2002) Sorry, what was your name again, or how to overcome the tip-of-the tongue problem with the help of a computer? SemaNet workshop (Building and Using Semantic Networks), COLING, Taipei, pp. 107-112

23. Zock, M. (1996), The Power of Words in Message Planning, 16th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING), Copenhagen, 990-5

44. Zock, M. (1990) If you can't open the black box, open a window ! A psycholinguistically-motivated architecture of a natural language generation component, COGNITIVA 90, Madrid, 143-152

50. Zock, M. (1988) Interactive Paraphrase Generation as a Way of Visualizing the Nature, the Implications and the Adequacy of Choices, Cognitive Science Society Conference, Montréal

58. Zock, M., Sabah,G. & Alviset, C. (1986) From Structure to Process: Computer-Assisted Teaching of Various Strategies for Generating Pronoun-Constructions in French, Proceedings of the 11th COLING, Bonn, pp. 566-569

1. Zock, M. (1986) LE FIL D'ARIANE: ou les Grammaires de Texte comme Guide dans l'Organisation et l'Expression de la Pensée en Langue Maternelle et/ou Etrangère, rapport UNESCO, Paris, 110 pages
Courses Taught: Natural Language Generation
Dissertation Director * of: Linguistisch Unterstütztes Redigieren: Konzept und exemplarische Umsetzung basierend auf interaktiven computerlinguistischen Ressourcen / Linguistically Supported Editing and Revising: Concept and prototypical implementation based on interactive NLP resources
(Cerstin Mahlow, Author)
Reviewer of: Psycholing/Cognitive Sci: Pechmann&Habel (2004) (LL Issue 16.1495)

* This information has been submitted by the dissertation author.

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