Comparative Computational Semantics
In collaboration with Stanford University and the University of Washington, the WeSearch project at the University of Oslo holds a three-day, by-invitation working meeting from November 13 to 15, 2014, in Berlin. The meeting will be hosted at Arcotel Velvet, not far away from Bahnhof Friedrichstraße, which is easily accessible from both airports.
The project has available funds by the Norwegian Research council to cover (the bulk of) expenses related to participation in the meeting, viz.
- travel costs, up to EUR 300 or EUR 800 for European or US participants, respectively;
- up to four overnight stays at the conference hotel (not including breakfast);
- lunches during the three days of the working meeting (Thursday to Saturday);
- a joint dinner for all participants, on Friday evening (November 14).
Participants are asked to make their own travel arrangements and email their arrival and departure times to StephanOepen, who will make hotel reservations. Please keep receipts and (if applicable) boarding passes, which you will have to submit for reimbursement to the University of Oslo after completion of your travels. With a bit of luck, reimbursements should be processed by mid-December.
Participants have been asked to prepare candidate analyses (or general, high-level reflections) for a selection of some sixty minimal exemplars, instantiating ten broad semantic phenomena. The following representations are currently available for comparison:
Alex Lascarides has contributed a set of high-level reflections, relating compositional sentence semantics and desiderata originating in discourse-level analysis.
We plan on starting the meeting at 10:00 (‘after breakfast’) on Thursday, November 13, and wrap up around 16:00 on Saturday, November 15.
- Emily M. Bender, University of Washington (Wednesday to Monday)
- Johan Bos, University of Groningen (Wednesday to Saturday)
- Silvie Cinkova, Charles University of Prague (Wednesday to Sunday)
- Ann Copestake, University of Cambridge (Wednesday to Saturday)
- Dick Crouch, Nuance Communications (Wednesday to Sunday)
- Dan Flickinger, Stanford University (Wednesday to Monday)
- Alexander Koller, Potsdam University
- Alex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh (Wednesday to Sunday)
- Stephan Oepen, University of Oslo (Wednesday to Sunday)
- Tim O'Gorman, University of Colorado Boulder (Wednesday to Saturday)
- Woodley Packard, University of Washington (Wednesday to Sunday)