7th May 2017

Petya Osenova

“What you see depends on what you’re looking for.”

Petya OsenovaI am senior researcher at various international projects, Linguistic Modelling Department, IICT, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and Professor in Syntax, Morphology and Corpus Linguistics at the Bulgarian Language Division, Faculty of Slavonic Languages, St. Kl. Ohridski University, Sofia, Bulgaria.

My research interests are mainly (but not only) in the area of Formal and Corpus Linguistics. My main research focus is on the creation of Language Resources and Technologies for Bulgarian with respect to different applications, such as: Question Answering, Linking Lexicons and Ontologies, NER, eLearning, Machine Translation, etc.

I am part of SIGLEX-MWE Standing Committee (2019-2021), ESSLLI Standing Committee (since 2018), ELRA Board (2018-).

I am participating in the ParlaMint Project (2020 – 2021), financially supported by CLARIN-ERIC.

I am a Management Committee member in the following EU COST Actions: CA18209 European network for Web-centred linguistic data science – Nexuslinguarum; CA18231 Multi3Generation: Multi-task, Multilingual, Multi-modal, CA19102 Language in the Human-Machine Era.


My dissertation is on semantics and functioning of indefinite pronouns in Bulgarian. Here you could find the abstract in Bulgarian (avtoreferat). Here is one not very well formatted, but usable 🙂 version of the dissertation in Bulgarian.


My 2016 book (in Bulgarian): Grammar Modeling Of Bulgarian.








 My habilitation (in Bulgarian): Bulgarian Noun Phrases in HPSG.

This book concentrates on the analysis of the Bulgarian NPs from an HPSG perspective. It first makes an overview of specialists’ opinions on the NP structure, head-dependent relations within NPs and argument-taking NPs. Then, Pustejovsky’s ideas about the generative lexicon are integrated within the HPSG-based theoretical apparatus. More precisely, the qualia structure and argument structure are introduced. These structures are crucial for analyzing the relational and deverbal nouns in contrast to the others. It is assumed that the noun is the head of the Bulgarian NP. Two language specific principles are formulated – the Definiteness Principle and the Agreement Principle.

Learn more

Сборник с доклади от годишната конференция на Факултета по славянски филологии: Езици на паметта в литературния текст. СУ “Св. Климент Охридски”, 2013, издателство “Фабер”.








Petya Osenova
Linguistic Modelling Department, IICT,
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Acad. G.Bonchev St. 25A
1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

E-mail: petya@bultreebank.org