Many tests of semantic properties that linguists use in their everyday life rely on reasoning. For example, if you know that all space aliens love chocolate, and you learn that Mary is a space alien, then you also know that Mary loves chocolate. This does not only tell you something important about space aliens, on closer inspection and after some serious linguistic analyzing it also reveals certain properties of the meaning of the determiner all. Continue reading Paper on Automatic Reasoning
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IEAS Christmas Party
It is that time of the year again: December 14th saw all of us linguists coming together celebrating the completion of another productive year. As pictures of the event reveal, we were having a good time. Lighting and scenery were just perfect!
On October 8th Frank Richter gave a talk on the use of text corpora in linguistics at the MedienBildungsmesse 2015. Here are the slides to the talk (in German).
Workshop in Zichron Ya’akov
At a workshop on grammar development in Zichron Ya’akov in the second half of June Janina Radó and Frank Richter gave two talks. Janina reported on ongoing experimental work on complex sluicing and focus. Frank discussed some aspects of a paper with Michael Hahn on using Henkin semantics for automatic reasoning with natural language.
The perfect conference location provided ample opportunity to explore the town and to learn about the local historical, botanical and culinary offerings.
Jonas talks in Australia
Dianne Jonas is in Australia, with presentations on the morphosyntax of Norf’k, an English-Tahitian contact variety from Norfolk Island. Talks take place at MONASH University and at The University of Melbourne.
Campus Westend in Pictures
Campus Westend is a great place to be. We have been busy taking pictures to show you why.
There is a lot more where this representative example came from.
Comments on Pronouns
The Pronouns@Tübingen 2 workshop in Tübingen from November 7th through November 9th provides a venue for discussion on ongoing research on pronouns in general and, in particular, on pronouns in embedded contexts. Frank Richter contributed a commentary on Sarah Zobel’s talk in the special session On the non-uniformity of pronouns.
Goethe University celebrated its centennial anniversary with fireworks over Poelzig-Bau last Saturday. Here are four minutes (out of 15), posted on youtube:
New Page on the Blog
We are delighted to announce the addition of a dedicated Oberseminar page to our website: You might already have spotted the new menu item Oberseminar WiSe 2014/15 in the header area of this blog. The new page will keep you updated on the topics of our weekly Oberseminar on Monday, 16:15–17:45, in IG 3.201.
Visit to Toronto
This week Frank is visiting Gerald Penn at the University of Toronto in Canada on a grant from the International Office. We are investigating possibilities to establish a collaboration on research questions that are of interest to the computational linguistics group in Toronto and to the linguists at the IEAS.