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Dissertation Information

Title: The Unified Eventity Representation (UER): A UML-based representational framework for verbal semantics Add Dissertation
Author: Andrea Schalley Update Dissertation
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Institution: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of General Linguistics and Language Typology
Completed in: 2003
Linguistic Subfield(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics;
Director(s): Leila Behrens
Dietmar Zaefferer

Abstract: To date, rigorous approaches to the representation of verbal semantics and lexical semantics in general have not put much effort into achieving cognitive adequacy for their frameworks. This dissertation set out to take a major step in this direction. A representational framework for verbal semantics is developed that is formal and intuitive at the same time. This is tantamount to proposing a framework that is computer processable on the one hand, and whose representations reflect the wealth and flexibility of natural language in an intuitively plausible way and in accordance with our current knowledge about natural language on the other hand.

A new decompositional framework for the modeling of verbal semantics is proposed, the Unified Eventity Representation (UER). The development of the framework is based on results from theoretical and typological linguistics, psychology, and computer science. In particular, the UER framework adapts and adopts the current lingua franca for the design of object-oriented systems in computer science, the Unified Modeling Language (UML). Different from other formal approaches to lexical semantics, it is neither logical nor functional in nature, but uses a third paradigm reflected in programming languages: Object-orientation is introduced as a new paradigm to linguistic semantics, and thus a completely new way to a formal treatment of verbal semantics is opened up.