A3: Modelling the Information Density of Event Sequences in Texts

Project A3 aims at collecting formalized knowledge about prototypical sequences of events – script knowledge – from data, and using it to improve algorithms for natural language processing and our understanding of linguistic encoding choice and interpretation in human communication. The project will develop methods for learning scripts with wide coverage from unannotated texts and extend the representations of script events with information about their preconditions and effects to keep track of causal connections between events. These deeper and wider-coverage script models will be applied to various natural language processing tasks, and used to model pragmatic interpretations; we will use and extend the Rational Speech Act (RSA) model as a framework for modelling pragmatic inferences and explore how the RSA model can be related to existing notions used in the SFB, specifically the UID hypothesis.

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2018

Ostermann, Simon ; Roth, Michael ; Modi, Ashutosh ; Thater, Stefan ; Pinkal, Manfred

SemEval-2018 Task 11: Machine Comprehension using Commonsense Knowledge Inproceedings

Proceedings of International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation , New Orleans, LA, USA, 2018.

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Ostermann, Simon ; Modi, Ashutosh ; Roth, Michael ; Thater, Stefan ; Pinkal, Manfred

MCScript: A Novel Dataset for Assessing Machine Comprehension Using Script Knowledge Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Language , Miyazaki, Japan, 2018.

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Ostermann, Simon ; Seotz, Hannah ; Thater, Stefan ; Pinkal, Manfred

Mapping Text to Scripts: An Entailment Study Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Language , Miyazaki, Japan, 2018.

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2017

Nguyen, Dai Quoc ; Nguyen, Dat Quoc ; Chu, Cuong Xuan ; Thater, Stefan ; Pinkal, Manfred

Sequence to Sequence Learning for Event Prediction Inproceedings

Proceedings of the Eighth International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (Volume 2: Short Papers), pp. 37–42, Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, Taipei, Taiwan, 2017.

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Nguyen, Dai Quoc ; Nguyen, Dat Quoc ; Modi, Ashutosh ; Thater, Stefan ; Pinkal, Manfred

A Mixture Model for Learning Multi-Sense Word Embeddings Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 6th Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM 2017), pp. 121–127, Association for Computational Linguistics, Vancouver, Canada, 2017.

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Ostermann, Simon ; Roth, Michael ; Thater, Stefan ; Pinkal, Manfred

Aligning Script Events with Narrative Texts Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 6th Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM 2017), pp. 128–134, Association for Computational Linguistics, Vancouver, Canada, 2017.

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2016

Zarcone, Alessandra; van Schijndel, Marten; Vogels, Jorrig; Demberg, Vera

Salience and attention in surprisal-based accounts of language processing Journal Article

Frontiers in Psychology, 7 (844), 2016, ISSN: 1664-1078.

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Modi, Ashutosh; Anikina, Tatjana; Ostermann, Simon; Pinkal, Manfred

InScript: Narrative texts annotated with script information Inproceedings

Calzolari, Nicoletta ; Choukri, Khalid ; Declerck, Thierry ; Grobelnik, Marko ; Maegaard, Bente ; Mariani, Joseph ; Moreno, Asuncion ; Odijk, Jan ; Piperidis, Stelios (Ed.): Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016), European Language Resources Association (ELRA), Portorož, Slovenia, 2016, ISBN: 978-2-9517408-9-1.

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Kravtchenko, Ekaterina; Demberg, Vera

Informational status of redundant event mentions mediates pragmatic interpretation Miscellaneous

Poster presented at Events in Language and Cognition workshop at 29th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, University of Florida, March 2016, 2016.

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Modi, Ashutosh

Event Embeddings for Semantic Script Modeling Inproceedings

Proceedings of the Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning (CoNLL), Berlin, Germany, 2016.

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Modi, Ashutosh; Titov, Ivan; Demberg, Vera; Sayeed, Asad; Pinkal, Manfred

Modeling Semantic Expectations: Using Script Knowledge for Referent Prediction Journal Article

Transactions of ACL, 2016.

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Tilk, Ottokar; Dember, Vera; Sayeed, Asad; Klakow, Dietrich; Thater, Stefan

Event participation modelling with neural networks Inproceedings

Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, Austin, Texas, USA, 2016.

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2015

White, Michael; Howcroft, David M

Inducing Clause-Combining Rules: A Case Study with the SPaRKy Restaurant Corpus Inproceedings

Proc. of the 15th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation, Association for Computational Linguistics, Brighton, England, UK, 2015.

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Rudinger, Rachel; Demberg, Vera; Modi, Ashutosh; Van Durme, Benjamin ; Pinkal, Manfred

Learning to Predict Script Events from Domain-Specific Text Journal Article

Lexical and Computational Semantics (* SEM 2015), pp. 205, 2015.

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Batiukova, Olga; Bertinetto, Pier Marco; Lenci, Alessandro; Zarcone, Alessandra

Identifying Actional Features Through Semantic Priming: Cross-Romance Comparison Incollection

Taming the TAME systems. Cahiers Chronos 27, pp. 161–187, Rodopi, Amsterdam/Philadelphia, 2015.

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Kravtchenko, Ekaterina; Demberg, Vera

Semantically Underinformative Utterances Trigger Pragmatic Inferences Proceeding

Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci Mind, Technology, and Society Pasadena Convention Center, 2015.

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Demberg, Vera; Hoffmann, Jörg; Howcroft, David M; Klakow, Dietrich; Torralba, Álvaro

Search Challenges in Natural Language Generation with Complex Optimization Objectives Journal Article

KI - Künstliche Intelligenz, 2015, ISSN: 1610-1987.

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Zarcone, Alessandra; Padó, Sebastian; Lenci, Alessandro

Same Same but Different: Type and Typicality in a Distributional Model of Complement Coercion Inproceedings

Word Structure and Word Usage. Proceedings of the NetWordS Final Conference. Pisa, March 30-April 1, 2015, pp. 91–94, Pisa, Italy, 2015.

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Köhne, Judith; Drenhaus, Heiner; Delogu, Francesca; Demberg, Vera

The on-line processing of causal and concessive discourse connectives (under review) Inproceedings

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Stefan Thater

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Vera Demberg

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Alexander Koller

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Manfred Pinkal

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Alessandra Zarcone

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Ekaterina Kravtchenko

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Simon Ostermann

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