Mark Steedman

Mark Steedman ( born September 18, 1946) is a British linguist and psychologist.


Mark Steedman is Professor of Cognitive Science at the Department of computer science at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. After studying experimental psychology at the University of Sussex and a PhD in Edinburgh in the subject Artificial Intelligence on the Formal Description of musical perception in HC Longuet- Higgins. After teaching in Brighton, Warwick and Edinburgh Steedman accepted a professorship at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1998 he teaches and researches at the University of Edinburgh.


Steedman was known in linguistics by he founded formal grammar theory Combinatory Categorial Grammar ( CCG ), which is in direct competition with approaches of the linguist Noam Chomsky. In addition, he explores the relationship between syntax and intonation (phonetics ) and the relationship between computers and music.


  • The Syntactic Process ( 2000)
  • Surface Structure and Interpretation (1996 )
  • The Well - Tempered Computer (1994 ), Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series A, 349, 115-131.