Professor of linguistics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague.
Director of the Center for Computational Linguistics.
She is a member of a number of editorial boards of international journals (Journal of Pragmatics, Computers and Artificial Intelligence, Linguistica Pragensia, Kybernetika) and the editor-in-chief of Prague Bulletin of Mathematical Linguistics.
General linguistics, theoretical linguistics, computational linguistics,
Czech and English studies, language engineering, discourse structure,
prosody, corpus linguistics.
Her interests cover theoretical linguistics as well as computational applications; she has concentrated on the semantic structure of the sentences, on the discourse phenomena and on different topics in computational linguistics.
She is the chairperson of the Prague Linguistic Circle, a member of the Linguistic Society of America, of Societas Linguistica Europaea and of several Czech scientific societies.
She was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize in 1995.
A Functional Approach to Syntax. New York: American Elsevier 1969;
Topic, Focus and Generative Semantics, Kronberg/Taunus: Scriptor 1973;
Negation and Presupposition in the Semantic Structure of the Sentence (in Czech), Prague:Academia 1975;
The Meaning of the Sentence in Its Semantic and Pragmatic Aspects, Dordrecht:Reidel 1986;
Issues of Sentence Structure and Discourse Patterns, Prague: Charles University, 1993.
Text- and Inference-Based Approach to Question Answering, Charles University, Prague, 1995.
Topic-Focus Articulation, Tripartite Structures and Semantic Content, Kluwer, Dordrecht, 1998.
She is an author of more than 200 scientific papers, mostly in international linguistic and AI journals.