Diego Frassinelli

Herr  Ph.D.
Diego Frassinelli

Diego Frassinelli
Telefon +49 711 685-81399
University of Stuttgart
Institute for Natural Language Processing
Pfaffenwaldring 5B
70569 Stuttgart


by appointment only (email)

Since August 2014, I am a Lecturer (postdoctoral reseracher) in the Theoretical Computational Linguistics group.



My reserach interests focus on:

  • Contextual effects on language processing and incrementality
  • Multimodality (auditory vs. visual, gestures)
  • Concrete/Abstract concept representation
  • Semantic priming
  • Visual World Paradigm, Self-paced Reading, ERP experiments
  • Distributional semantics

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

  • Frassinelli Diego, Daniela Naumann Jason Utt, and Sabine Schulte im Walde. 2017. "Contextual Characteristics of Concrete and Abstract Words". In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS). Montpellier, France. (Poster Presentation)

  • Bhaskar Sai Abishek, Maximilian Koeper, Sabine Schulte im Walde, and Diego Frassinelli. 2017. "Exploring Multi-Modal Text+Image Models to Distinguish between Abstract and Concrete Nouns". In Proceedings of the IWCS Workshop on Foundations of Situated and Multimodal Communication. Montpellier, France. (Oral Presentation)

  • Bajestan Elnaz Shafaei, Diego Frassinelli, Gabriella Lapesa, and Sebastian Padó. 2017 “DErivCelex: Development and Evaluation of a German Derivational Morphology Lexicon based on CELEX”. Resources and Tools for Derivational Morphology (DeriMo), Milano, Italy, (Oral Presentation).

  • Frassinelli Diego, and Frank Keller. 2015. "Cumulative Contextual Facilitation in Word Activation and Processing: Evidence from Distributional Modelling". In David C. Noelle, Rick Dale, Anne S. Warlaumont, Jeff Yoshimi, Teenie Matlock, Carolyn D. Jennings and Paul P. Maglio, eds., Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 734-739. Pasadena. (Poster Presentation). 

  • Frassinelli, Diego, Frank Keller, and Christoph Scheepers. 2013. "The Effect of Incremental Context on Conceptual Processing: Evidence from Visual World and Reading Experiments". In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, and I. Wachsmuth Eds., Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 460-466. Berlin.(Oral Presentation)

  • Frassinelli, Diego and Frank Keller. 2012. "The Plausibility of Semantic Properties Generated by a Distributional Model: Evidence from a Visual World Experiment". In Naomi Miyake, David Peebles, and Richard P. Cooper Eds., Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 1560-1565. Sapporo. (Poster Presentation)

  • Frassinelli Diego and Alessandro Lenci. 2012. "Concepts in context: Evidence from a feature-norming study". In Naomi Miyake, David Peebles, and Richard P. Cooper Eds., Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 1565-1571. Sapporo. (Poster Presentation)

  • Barbera Massimiliano, Marlen Barth, Diego Frassinelli and Gabriella Lapesa. 2007. "La' dove il Si' suona. Un'analisi parametrica delle sibilanti di Carrara", in La fonetica sperimentale, metodo e applicazioni, Proceedings of the Fourth national conference of the Italian Association of Speech Sciences, 105-125. Cosenza.

Conference Talks

  • Frassinelli Diego, Daniela Naumann and Sabine Schulte im Walde. 2017. "Contextual Characteristics of Concrete and Abstract Words". 23rd AMLaP conference, Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing, Lancaster, UK, (Poster Presentation).

  • Frassinelli Diego, Ye Zhang, Jyrki Tuomainen, Gabriella Vigliocco. 2017. "Semantic Surprisal in Real-World Comprehension". 20th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Potsdam, Germany, (Poster Presentation).

  • Zhang Ye, Diego Frassinelli, Jyrki Tuomainen, and Gabriella Vigliocco. "Surprisal as an Index of Semantic Predictability in Naturalistic Language Processing". Psycholinguistics in Flanders, 16th Edition, Leuven, Belgium, (Poster Presentation).

  • Frassinelli Diego, Alla Abrosimova, Sylvia Springorum, and Sabine Schulte im Walde. 2017. "Meaning (Mis-)Match in the Directionality of German Particle Verbs". 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Boston, USA, (Poster Presentation).

  • Sebastian Padó, Diego Frassinelli, and Christian Scheible. “Broad-Coverage Modeling in Psycholinguistics: A Case Study”. Symposium “From Computational Modelling to Behavior via Multimodal Corpus Data: Integrative Approaches to the Study of Semantic Representation and Processing”, The International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS), Vienna, Austria, (Oral Presentation - no peer review).

  • Frassinelli Diego, Alla Abrosimova, Sylvia Springorum, Evangelia Kiagia, and Sabine Schulte im Walde. 2016. "Spatial Meaning Shifts in German Particle Verbs with “auf” and “an”". Abstract Concepts International Symposium, Amsterdam, NL (Poster Presentation).

  • Frassinelli Diego, and Alessandro Lenci. 2012. "Linguistic and simulation systems: con- textual effects in a property generation task". Embodied & Situated Language Processing, Newcastle, UK, (Oral Presentation).


  • Frassinelli, Diego. 2015. "The Effect of Context on the Activation and Processing of Word Meaning Over Time". Ph.D Thesis, University of Edinburgh. (Thesis)

  • Frassinelli, Diego. 2010. "The Situated Nature of Concepts : Evidence from a Property Generation Task". Unpublished MA thesis, University of Pisa.

  • Frassinelli, Diego. 2006. "The use of stochastic methods in Computational Linguistics: the case of Named Entity Recognition". Unpublished BA thesis, University of Pisa.
  • Daniela Naumann: Master Thesis.
    Co-supervision: Dr. Sabine Schulte im Walde
    IMS, Universität Stuttgart, Expected: end 2017

  • Elnaz Shafaei Bajestan (now PhD student - Uni Tübingen): Master Thesis.
    Co-supervision: Gabriella Lapesa, prof. Sebastian Padò
    IMS, Universität Stuttgart, August 2017

  • Nadya Trichkova: Master Thesis.
    Co-supervision: prof. Sebastian Padò
    IMS, Universität Stuttgart, February 2017