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I am the principal investigator of the DFG project "DistRoot: From distributions to roots - Towards a linguistically grounded theory of the conceptual underpinnings of verb meaning". (For a project description, see below under "Projects")
The paper "Distributional semantics and the conceptual foundations of verb meaning: how neural word embeddings memorize the unaccusative hypothesis" has been accepted for presentation at CSSP.
The paper "Towards a correlation of form, use and meaning of German ge-prefixed predicative participles" (with Antje Roßdeutscher) is now online at Glossa and can be accessed here.
The paper "Dispositions and verbal descriptions of their manifestations" is now online at Linguistics & Philosophy. The read-only version of the paper can be accessed here.
With Fabienne Martin and Marcel Pitteroff I am the guest-editor of a special collection of Glossa on "The Grammar of Dispositions"
(with Antje Roßdeutscher) Towards a correlation of form, use and meaning of ge-prefixed predicative participles in German. Accepted for publication in Glossa.
Dispositions and verbal description of their manifestations. A case study on Emission Verbs. To appear, Linguistics & Philosophy
(with Fabienne Martin, Marcel Pitteroff) The Grammar of Dispositions. Glossa Special Collection, 2018.
Integrating lexical-conceptual and distributional semantics: a case report. (with Antje Roßdeutscher, Sebastian Pado, Gabriella Lapesa, Max Kisselew), in: Cremers, A. and van Gessel, T. and Roelofsen, F. (ed.): Proceedings of the 21st Amsterdam Colloquium 2017. pp. 75 -- 85.
What about lexical semantics if syntax is the only generative component of the grammar? A case study on word meaning in German. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory, 37(1), 215-261
Measuring out the relation between formal and conceptual semantics. (with Antje Roßdeutscher) In: Balogh, Kata and Petersen, Wiebke (ed.): Postproceedings of the Workshop on bridging formal and conceptual semantics, Düsseldorf University Press, 2017. pp 119 --149
(with Fabienne Martin, Marcel Pitteroff) Morphological, Syntactic and Semantic Aspects of Dispositions. SinSpeC - Working Papers of the SFB 732 "Incremental Specification in Context" 13, 2016.
On reporting attitudes: an analysis of desire reports and their reading-establishing scenarios. In Brochhagen, Thomas and Theiler, Nadine (ed.): Proceedings of the Amsterdam Colloquium 2015.
Mono-eventive verbs of emission and their bi-eventive nominalizations. In Buy, T. and Özyildiz, D.,(ed.): Proceedings of NELS 45, pp. 257–266, Amherst, MA. GLSA, 2016.
Fodor's puzzle and the semantics of attitude reports. Unpublished Manuscript, 2015.
German medium verbs and their -ung nominalizations, in: Roßdeutscher, A. (ed.): Ontology and Argument Structure in Nominalizations (SinSpec 10), Working Papers of the SFB 732, University of Stuttgart, pp. 24-37, 2013.
Dealing with sortal ambiguity of nominalizations by underspecification, in: Roßdeutscher, A. (ed.): Ontology and Argument Structure in Nominalizations (SinSpec 10), Working Papers of the SFB 732, University of Stuttgart, pp. 1 - 23, 2013.
On the meaning of context. A case study. In: Proceedings of the 2013 Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Granada, 2013.
(Philosophical) Challenges of free human-robot interaction. In: Proceedings of the 8th European Computing and Philosophy Conference (p. 236 - 240), Munich, 2010.
Metalanguage Dynamics. In: Proceedings of the Workshop on Theories of Information Dynamics and Interaction and their Application to Dialogue (TIDIAD@ESSLLI2010), (p. 66-78) Copenhagen, 2010.
The Pragmatics of Aspect. Diploma Thesis, Institute for Natural Language Processing, University of Stuttgart, 2006.
Argumentationslinien der formalen Pragmatik. Student Research Project, Institute for Natural Language Processing, Unviersity of Stuttgart, 2005.
- Researcher, Institute for Natural Language Processing, University of Stuttgart
- Postdoc Formal Semantics, SFB 732/B4, Institute for Natural Language Processing, University of Stuttgart
- 2008 - 2011:
- Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, University of Stuttgart
- 2006 - 2009:
- Doctoral Studies in Linguistics (Dr. phil.), Institute for Natural Language Processing, University of Stuttgart.
Dissertation: Grounded Discourse Representation Theory.
Advisors: Hans Kamp, Alois Knoll.
- Diploma Studies in Computational Linguistics (Dipl.-Ling., with distinction), Institute for Natural Language Processing, University of Stuttgart
DistRoot: From distributions to roots - Towards a linguistically grounded theory of the conceptual underpinnings of verb meaning
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.
For a detailed project description, click here: Project Outline
- Lexical Semantics and Distributional Semantics
- Word formation and conceptual semantics: Nominalizations, participles, prefix- and particle-verbs
- Unergativity, Thematic Roles
- Attitude reports
The talk titles link to handouts and slides.
Distributional semantics and the conceptual foundations of verb meaning: how neural word embeddings memorize the unaccusative hypothesis. CSSP 2019
Integrating lexical-conceptual and distributional perspectives on word meaning. SFB 732 Final Colloquium, 03/2018
Eine syntaxgetriebene Analyse der Bildung und Bedeutung von Partizipialkonstruktionen. Wuppertaler Linguistisches Forum, 02/2018
Severing away the internal argument. Workshop Endpoints, scales, and results in the decomposition of verbal predicates, HU Berlin, 01/2018.
(with Antje Roßdeutscher, Sebastian Pado, Gabriella Lapesa, Max Kisselew) Integrating lexical-conceptual and distributional semantics: a case report. Workshop Integrating Formal and Distributional Semantics, Amsterdam Colloquium 12/2017.
On the syntax and semantics of participles, Workshop The Building Blocks and Mortar of Word Meaning II, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen 11/2017.
(with Gabriella Lapesa, Sebastian Pado and Antje Roßdeutscher): Are doggies really nicer than dogs?The impact of morphological derivation on emotional valence in German. 12th International Conference on Computational Semantics. Montpellier, 09/2017.
Low and high adjectival participles in German. Workshop Participles Form, Use and Meaning. Societas Linguistica Europaea. Zürich, 09/2017.
(with Antje Roßdeutscher, Hans Kamp, Boris Haselbach) Compositionality, Abstraction, Metaphor in German prefix- and particle constructions. Workshop on literal and non-literal meaning. Stuttgart, 10/2016.
(with Antje Roßdeutscher, Sebastian Pado, Gabriella Lapesa, Max Kisselew) Characterizing the pragmatic component of distributional vectors in terms of polarity: Experiments on German über-verbs. Workshop Distributional Semantics and Linguistic Theory. ESSLI 2016, Bolzano, 08/2016
(with Antje Roßdeutscher, Sebastian Pado, Gabriella Lapesa, Max Kisselew) 'Over reference': a comparative study on German prefix-verbs. Workshop Referential semantics one step further: incorporating insights from conceptual and distributional approaches to meaning. ESSLI 2016, Bolzano, 08/2016
Nominalizations as a window into the structure and analysis of participles. Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adjectives and Participles, Lille 06/2016
What about word meaning if syntax is the only generative component of languages? Syntax/Semantics Research Group, UT Austin, 5/2016
On reporting attitudes: an analysis of desire reports and their reading-establishing scenarios. Amsterdam Colloquium, 12/2015
Bridging Formal and Conceptual Semantics, Institutsversammlung IMS, Stuttgart, 10/2015
The Building Blocks of Intransitives. Workshop on the building blocks and mortar of word meaning, Stuttgart, 10/2015
Two dogmas of attitude reports. Semantics and Philosophy in Europe 8, Cambridge, 09/2015
The building blocks of word meaning: insights from ambiguous nominalizations. JeNom 6, Verona, 06/2015
(with Antje Roßdeutscher) Representing Force Dynamics at the Syntax-Semantics-Interface. Workshop Formal Semantics Meets Cognitive Semantics, Nijmegen, 01/2015
Fodor's puzzle and the metasemantics of attitude reports. Workshop Naming Matters, Stuttgart 12/2014
(with Antje Roßdeutscher) The encoding of knowledge in linguistic structures. Workshop on Linguistic versus Non-Linguistic Knowledge. Tübingen 12/2014
Mono-eventive Verbs of Emission and their bi-eventive nominalizations.NELS 45, MIT, 10/2014
Grounded Event Semantics for Robots, Georg-August-University, Göttingen, 07/2014
On the natural language metaphysics of dispositions, Semantics and Philosophy in Europe 7, Berlin 06/2014
(with Antje Roßdeutscher) Measuring out the relation between conceptual structures and truth-conditional semantics. Session on Conceptual structures and truth-conditional semantics, Semantics and Philosophy in Europe 7, Berlin 06/2014
(with Antje Roßdeutscher) Sublexical bridging of formal and conceptual semantics, Workshop Bridging Formal and Conceptual Semantics (BRIDGE-14), HHU Düsseldorf, 04/2014
On v and Voice: German medium verbs and their nominalizations, little v workshop, Leiden University, 10/2013
Below scope: on the semantics of attitudes and their reports. Conference on Attitudinal Semantics, Keio University, Tokyo, 09/2013
On the meaning of context. A case-study. 2013 Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Linguistics Track, Granada, 07/2013
Temporal Anchors in DRT. SFB 732 Colloquium, Stuttgart 07/2011
Roboter auf dem Weg in die Mitte unserer Gesellschaft. Auf eigene Faust ?!. Shortlisted for Deutscher Studienpreis 2010. Slides from the Jury Presentation.
Computers don't simulate. On the Semantics and Pragmatics of Computer Simulations in Science. Simulation Technology Colloquium, Stuttgart, 12/2010.
Knowledge and Practical Reason. Forschungsverbund Sprache und Kognition, Workshop on Jason Stanley's Work, Stuttgart, 05/2010.
Embodied Semantics. Computer Science Colloquium, TU Munich, 04/2009
On the mental background of simulations. Simulation Technology Conference, Stuttgart, 05/2008.
An action-theory based treatment of temporal individuals. Philosophy's relevance in Information Science, Paderborn, 10/2008.
Descriptions and Explanations of Temporal Variation. Workshop on Reference to Abstract Objects in Natural Language, Barcelona, 03/2008.
Grounded Discourse Representation Theory. PhD Forum of the German National Academic Foundation. Bonn, 12/2007.
Propositional Attitudes in DRT. Ferienakademie Sarntal, Computational Semantics Course. Sarntal/Italy, 09/2006.