Project proposal DistRoot accepted

August 1, 2018; Heike Adel

Project proposal on the conceptual interpretation of distributional semantic representation accepted

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has granted to Tillmann Pross the project "From distributions to roots -- Towards a linguistically grounded theory of the conceptual underpinnings of verb meaning“ (DistRoot). The project investigates whether there is a systematic, theoretically informed and computationally supported way to perform the drastic dimension reduction that is required to convert a high-dimensional distributional semantic representation of a verb into a low-dimensional conceptual structure that can be understood as a theoretically reasonable and sensible representation of the conceptual meaning of that verb. On an overarching level, the project aims at showing that a combination of theoretical, lexical-conceptual and computational, usage-based approaches to verb meaning may pave the way towards an empirically grounded and theoretically sound theory of verb meaning.