I am a linguist whose interests tend towards semantics and pragmatics. In terms of practical applications, I work in the area of information retrieval and machine learning. I have applied that to all kinds of things from financial documents to legal documents to employment-related data (I currently work for a large online career site). No matter what the retrieval or classification task, the best way to be successful is to understand the data…….so I spend a good deal of time thinking about who composes documents, who reads them and why. If you like to think about language – specifically written language – and what its authors intend to communicate, this blog may be of interest.