Explicit world-knowledge and distributional semantic representations (ESSLI, July 2017)

credits: James Pustejovsky


This is an interdisciplinary course intended to bring together students from psycholinguistic and computational backgrounds and explore the question of world-knowledge in distributional semantics through lectures on recent published research. Distributional semantics exploits cooccurrences in corpus data in order to represent semantic knowledge implicitly through statistics about word context, but the extent to which this can serve as a proxy for semantic grounding in some form of world-knowledge is still an unresolved question. What we currently understand and how to think about the boundary between distributionally-represented knowledge and explicit world-knowledge will be the main topic of the course.

(This course was prepared in collaboration with Asad Sayeed, but was eventually taught by him as I was on maternity leave.)

European Summer School of Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI 2017, Toulouse, France) - Language and Computation (Advanced)


Alessandra Zarcone
Alessandra Zarcone
Professor of Language Technologies and Cognitive Assistants

Computational linguist with a background in NLP and in psycholinguistics, working on AI, NLP and human-machine interaction.