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Full Title: The Role of Constituents in Multi-Word Expressions

Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Start Date: 08-Mar-2017 - 10-Mar-2017
Contact: Sabine Schulte im Walde
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Meeting Description: Workshop on the Role of Constituents in Multi-Word Expressions: An Interdisciplinary, Cross-Lingual Perspective

The processing and representation of multi-word expressions (MWEs), ranging from noun compounds (e.g. ''hogwash'' in English, and ''Ohrwurm'' in German) to particle verbs (e.g. ''give up'' in English, and ''aufgeben'' in German) has remained an unsettled issue over the past 20+ years.

From a psycholinguistic perspective the question is how the semantic transparency of the constituents affects the processing and representation of the MWE they compose (Libben, 2006; Gagne and Spalding, 2009; Ji et al., 2011; Marelli and Luzzatti, 2012). For example, the semantic transparency of the head has been found to affect the processing of noun compounds in English but not in German, with similar findings contrasting the effects of semantic transparency in English and German particle verbs (Smolka et al., 2014).

From a computational perspective the question is how the different types of constituents (i.e., modifiers vs. heads, particles vs. verb stems) influence the automatic prediction of semantic transparency, as typically addressed by vector space models relying on the distributional hypothesis and empirical co-occurrence information from large corpora (Reddy et al., 2011; Bell and Schaefer, 2013; Salehi and Cook, 2013; Schulte im Walde et al., 2013; 2016).

Invited Speakers:

Gary Libben,
Department of Applied Linguistics, Brock University

Marco Marelli,
Department of Experimental Psychology, Ghent University

Workshop Organisers:

Sabine Schulte im Walde,
Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung, Universität Stuttgart

Eva Smolka,
Fachbereich Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Konstanz
Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Semantics
LL Issue: 27.3097

This is a session of the following meeting:
39th Annual Meeting of the DGfS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft)

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