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Prisca Piccirilli

Doctoral Researcher
Institute for Natural Language Processing
Foundations of Computational Linguistics


Pfaffenwaldring 5 b
70569 Stuttgart
Room: 01.011


I am a first-year Ph.D student under the supervision of Apl. Prof. Dr. Sabine Schulte im Walde (Uni Stuttgart) and Prof. Dr. Alexander Fraser (LMU). 

My Ph.D is funded by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and the MUDCAT Project at Uni Stuttgart. 

My work focuses on figurative language in NLP, more specifically enhancing the automatic translation of metaphors by modeling and combining mono- and cross-lingual discourse conditions. 

  • Neele Falk*, Annerose Eichel*, Prisca Piccirilli*. NAP at SemEval-2023 Task 3: Is Less Really More? (Back-)Translation as Data Augmentation Strategies for Detecting Persuasion Techniques. Proceedings of the 17th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval). ACL. 2023. Toronto, Canada. [pdf] *equal contribution
  • Prisca Piccirilli, Sabine Schulte im Walde. What Drives the Use of Metaphorical Language? Negative Insights from Abstractness, Affect, Discourse Coherence and Contextualized Word Representations. In Proceedings of the 11th Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM). 2022. Seattle, USA. [pdf]
  • Prisca Piccirilli, Sabine Schulte im Walde. Features of Perceived Metaphoricity on the Discourse Level: Abstractness and Emotionality. In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC). 2022. Marseille, France. [pdf]
  • Prisca Piccirilli, Sabine Schulte im Walde. Contextual Choice between Synonymous Pairs of Metaphorical versus Literal Expressions: An Empirical Study and Novel Dataset to tackle or to address the question. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Integrating Perspectives on Discourse Annotation (DiscAnn). 2021. Tübingen, Germany. [pdf]
  • Stefan Grünewald, Prisca Piccirilli, Annemarie Friedrich. Coordinate Constructions in English Enhanced Universal Dependencies: Analysis and Computational Modeling. In Proceedings of the 16th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL). 2021. Online. [pdf]
  • Cognitive and Computational Models of Figurative Language in Translation, Summer 2022.
  • 2021-Present, Ph.D., Computational Linguistics, Universität Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 2018-2021, MSc., Computational Linguistics, Universität Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 2015-2017, MA., French and Francophone Studies - Linguistics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.
  • 2012-2015, BA., Translation and Interpretation, French-English-Italian, Institut Supérieur des Traducteurs et Interprètes, Brussels, Belgium.
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