Shalom Lappin received his BA in Philosophy at York University, Toronto Canada (1970), and his MA (1973) and PhD (1976) in Philosophy at Brandeis University. He taught philosophy at Ben Gurion University of the Negev (1974-1980), Linguistics at the University of Ottawa (1980-84), where he was Chair of the Linguistics Department (1981-84), and linguistics at the University of Haifa (1984-88) and Tel Aviv University (1988-89).
He was a Research Staff Member in the Natural Language Group of the Computer Science Department at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (1989-93). He then took up a position in the Linguistics Department at SOAS, University of London (1993-99).
He was a Professor of Computational Linguistics at King's College, London (1999-2015). In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).
Since 2015 he is a Professor of Computational Linguistics at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is a Director of Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability.Lecture abstract