[Corpora-List] Monthly online ILFC Seminar: interactions between formal and computational linguistics

Timothée Bernard timothee.bernard at ens-lyon.org
Tue Apr 5 11:25:31 CEST 2022

*Monthly online ILFC Seminar: interactions between formal and computational linguistics* https://gdr-lift.loria.fr/monthy-online-ilfc-seminar/

GdR LIFT is happy to announce the two forthcoming sessions of the ILFC seminar on the interactions between formal and computational linguistics:

- 2022/04/12 15:00-16:00 UTC+2: *Noortje Venhuizen* (Saarland


Title: *Distributional Formal Semantics*

Abstract: *Formal Semantics and Distributional Semantics offer

complementary strengths in capturing the meaning of natural language. As

such, a considerable amount of research has sought to unify them, either by

augmenting formal semantic systems with a distributional component, or by

defining a formal system on top of distributed representations. Arriving at

such a unified formalism has, however, proven extremely challenging. One

reason for this is that formal and distributional semantics operate on a

fundamentally different ‘representational currency’: formal semantics

defines meaning in terms of models of the world, whereas distributional

semantics defines meaning in terms of linguistic context. An alternative

approach from cognitive science, however, proposes a vector space model

that defines meaning in a distributed manner relative to the state of the

world. This talk presents a re-conceptualisation of this approach based on

well-known principles from formal semantics, thereby demonstrating its full

logical capacity. The resulting Distributional Formal Semantics is shown to

offer the best of both worlds: contextualised distributed representations

that are also inherently compositional and probabilistic. The application

of the representations is illustrated using a neural network model that

captures various semantic phenomena, including probabilistic inference and

entailment, negation, quantification, reference resolution and


- 2022/05/17 17:00-18:00 UTC+2: *Roger Levy* (Massachusetts Institute of

Technology; 11:00-12:00 UTC-4)

Title: [TBA]

Abstract: [TBA]

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