Matthijs Westera

I am an assistant professor in ‘Humanities and AI’ at the wonderful Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, affiliated with the Leiden HumAN (Humanities AI & NLP) group) and SAILS (Society, AI & Life Sciences)!

I investigate language and curiosity, using methods from experimental and computational linguistics.

Ongoing research


Come study Language and Cognition and/or Computational Linguistics in Leiden! I teach the following courses:


Some bare-bones command-line tools to ‘get stuff done’:

Some datasets:

Selected research papers

Implicit questions and curiosity

Semantics and deep learning

Attention and indirect communication

The meaning of intonation