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Department of Languages, Literature & Communication and Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
Utrecht University
Trans 10, 3512 JK Utrecht
The Netherlands

Semantics for AI  Intro Nasslli 2014

Communicatie in Trommeltalen
Ad. Topics in Cognitive Science
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Recent Talks & Papers:

Critical typicality
Reciprocal verbs as collective predicate concepts     Reciprocal alternations
in Hampton & Winter (eds.), Springer 2017 paper with Kruitwagen & Poortman,proc. of NELS 2016 to appear in Semantics & Pragmatics
More talks & papers
New book "Compositionality and Concepts in Linguistics and Psychology" (Springer, 2017), ed. by J. A. Hampton & Y. Winter
Oratie NL - Inaugural Speech EN (April 2017)
textbook is published (April 2016)

Research Interests:

My research is in three domains within the study of human languages:

I - Formal Semantics: form and interpretation of language

Linguistic structures are systematically related to language use in actual communication. We see that most clearly when using language for making logical statements. When I tell you “most students in this room are vegetarian” I tell you something completely different than when I use the same words in the sentence “most vegetarians in this room are students”. The different forms of the two sentences create different meanings. Formal Semantics studies the workings of such meaning-form interactions. In my dissertation (Utrecht Univ. 1998) and subsequent book (MIT Press 2001), I studied operations that govern interpretations of plural, indefinite and coordinate constructions. I continue to work on the interface between meaning and form in these areas and other domains. Currently 
I am also completing an introductory textbook on Formal Semantics.

II - Computational Linguistics: automatic representation and processing of linguistic knowledge

I have been active in research on computational modeling of syntactic and semantic information especially in
textual entailment, morphological analysis, information extraction, and human interaction with geographic information systems. Together with colleagues and students, I was involved in developing the first annotated Hebrew treebank and MorphTagger – a general platform for analyzing forms of Semitic languages. In Computational Semantics I also worked in the framework of `Natural Logic’, and more recently, on annotating data of textual entailment.

III - African drum languages
Some years ago I got fascinated by the special linguistic properties of African drumming. O
n this subject I have been working in Senegal together with the family of grandmaster drummer Doudou Ndiaye Rose, and worked on characterizing grammatical aspects of  Senegalese traditions of playing the sabar drum.  Here you find some links to this work.

For a list of downloadable talk slides and papers see link.

Teaching (old):

Foundations  Semantics & Pragmatics
Conceptual Semantics
Computationele Grammatica's
Logic, Language and Cognition
Inleiding Taalkunde

Programming Languages (spring 2006)
Introduction to Natural Language Processing (spring 2006)
Systems for Treating Anaphora (fall 2005)
Computational Semantics for Natural Language (fall 2004)
Summer Schools etc.
Elements of Formal Semantics (LOT, spring 2009)
Elements of Compositional Semantics - course reader (ESSLLI, summer 2007)
Choice Functions and the Semantics of Indefinites (LOT, summer 2004)
Introduction to Vector Space Semantics (ESSLLI, summer 2001)
Topics in the Formal Semantics of the Noun Phrase (ESSLLI, summer 1999)
Modeltheoretic Semantics and the Syntax-Semantics Interface (Utrecht U., fall 1997)

Baaba Maal, Brussels January 2016
Baaba Maal, photo by Yael Seggev

What has it to do with my work?


Flexibility Principles in Boolean Semantics
MIT Press 2001

In Front of Your Nose - Selected Essays by George Orwell, Hebrew translation Dvir 2005
  Hebrew webpage
  English webpage