2017/2018

SynSem: From Form to Meaning

Integrating Linguistics and Computing

Humanities

Principal investigators

Dag Trygve Truslew Haug

Professor
University of Oslo (UiO)
Year at CAS

Stephan Oepen

Professor
University of Oslo (UiO)
Year at CAS

Abstract

Computational linguistics investigates human language through computational techniques. Our language processing capacity is at the core of human intelligence; language provides the predominant channel of inter-human communication; and digitally encoded language is universally recognized as the 'fabric' of the World-Wide Web. Thus, computational linguistics is of increasing societal relevance, culturally as well as economically.

The computational investigation of human language is an inherently inter-disciplinary field, with a direct bearing on both the humanities (notably linguistics and philosophy) and the sciences (mathematics and computing).

However, a growing number of successful applications of computational linguistics and a related increased interest in practical, engineering approaches have led to a partitioning of research in computational linguistics - into either predominantly theoretical or primarily applied perspectives. Adverse effects of this dichotomy are clearly visible today: methodological fragmentation, on the one hand, and plateau effects in engineering progress, on the other hand.

Our multi-disciplinary research group will help reduce fragmentation, re-unite and henceforward advance in tandem historically related sub-disciplines, as well as prepare the field (and participating researchers) for emerging and future challenges in the formal, computational, and applied analysis of human language. The group involves leading international experts in formal syntax and semantics, computational grammars, annotation of language data, and automated grammatical analysis. Participants come from, among others, the University of Colorado, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Groningen, the University of Konstanz, Oxford University, the Polish Academy of Sciences, Charles University in Prague, Stanford University, Uppsala University, and the University of Washington.

Fellows

Emily M. Bender

Professor
University of Washington
Year at CAS

Gosse Bouma

Associate Professor
University of Groningen
Year at CAS

Cleo Condoravdi

Professor
Stanford University
Year at CAS

Mary Dalrymple

Professor
Oxford University
Year at CAS

Helge Julius Jakhelln Dyvik

Professor
University of Bergen (UiB)
Year at CAS

Dan Flickinger

Senior Researcher
Stanford University
Year at CAS

Matthew Gotham

Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Oslo (UiO)
Year at CAS

Jan Hajič

Professor
Charles University
Year at CAS

Joakim Nivre

Professor
Uppsala University
Year at CAS

Martha Palmer

Professor
University of Colorado at Boulder
Year at CAS

Agnieszka Patejuk

Dr.
Polish Academy of Sciences
Year at CAS

Adam Przepiórkowski

Associate Professor
Polish Academy of Sciences / University of Warsaw
Year at CAS

Per Erik Solberg

Research Fellow
University of Oslo (UiO)
Year at CAS

Lilja Øvrelid

Associate Professor
University of Oslo (UiO)
Year at CAS

News

The Stanford University researcher discusses climbing metaphorical mountains and rattling cages in his year as a CAS fellow.

Events

2017

26

September
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House of Business, Henrik Ibsensgate 90
2018

19

March
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Hotel Gabelshus