Towards a Formal Distributional Semantics

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Participation
Abbreviated Title: 
TFDS2013
Location: 
University of Potsdam
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Country: 
Germany
Contact Email: 
City: 
Potsdam
Contact: 
Aurelie Herbelot
Roberto Zamparelli
Gemma Boleda

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

'Towards a Formal Distributional Semantics' Workshop (TFDS)
Hosted by the Tenth International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS)
University of Potsdam, Germany
March 19, 2013
http://clic.cimec.unitn.it/roberto/IWCS-TFDS2013

The workshop aims to foster the integration of formal and distributional semantics, building on their complementary strengths. Its focus is on combining distributional representations with model-based theories in a way that gives formal semantics a better handle on lexical semantics, while still preserving the aspects of formal semantics that have made it useful as a description of meaning in natural languages. From model-based theories, we wish in particular to retain the tight syntax-semantics interface for phenomena such as quantification, scope, modification and semantic roles, the notions of truth and extension, and the modelling of inference, at both the levels of lexical items and propositions. More generally, the workshop is open to new ideas about aspects of meaning beyond the level of truth values, and on how distributional semantics may contribute to the notion of intension.

= INVITED SPEAKERS =

Katrin Erk, University of Texas at Austin
Louise McNally, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

= SPECIAL EVENT =

Panel on compositional distributional semantics led by Marco Baroni, University of Trento

= TALKS =

Melanie Bell and Martin Schäfer
Semantic transparency: challenges for distributional semantics

Ann Copestake
Can distributional approaches improve on Good Old-Fashioned Lexical Semantics?

Nghia Pham, Raffaella Bernardi, Yao Zhong Zhang and Marco Baroni
Sentence paraphrase detection: When determiners and word order make the difference

Jason Utt, Alessandro Lenci, Sebastian Padó and Alessandra Zarcone
The Curious Case of Metonymic Verbs: A Distributional Characterization

= REGISTRATION =

Registration for both IWCS and TFDS is now open at http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/iwcs2013/registration.html. Registration for the workshop day is EUR 40.

= CONTACT =

Organizers (email tfds2013@gmail.com):

Aurelie Herbelot, Universität Potsdam
Roberto Zamparelli, University of Trento
Gemma Boleda, The University of Texas at Austin