August 1, 2018 / Heike Adel

Project proposal DistRoot accepted

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.

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