Lexicom and FunGramKB Research Teams
I International Conference on Meaning and Knowledge Representation: LCM and FunGramKB

PLENARY SPEAKERS

[in alphabetical order]

Hans C. Boas

Hans C. Boas is an associate professor in the Department of Germanic Studies and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to Austin, he was a postdoctoral researcher with the FrameNet project at the International Computer Science Institute and a research fellow in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to that, he studied law and linguistics at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany. He received both his M.A. and his Ph.D. in the Linguistics Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2001, he founded the Texas German Dialect Project (www.tgdp.org) to document and archive Texas German, an endangered dialect that will go extinct within the next 30 years. My research interests include Syntax, Lexical Semantics, Computational Lexicography, Language Contact and Variation, Pragmatics, Morphology, Phonology, Documentary Linguistics, Contrastive Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Endangered Languages and Dialects, Foreign Language Education, Language Policy and Planning, Intercultural Communication, and History and Philosophy of Linguistics.

Lecture: Towards a unified framework for analyzing semantic frames and constructions.

Date: 5 July 2012, 10:00-11:00

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Christopher Butler

Christopher Butler, who holds an Honorary Professorship at Swansea University, as well as visiting positions at the universities of Huddersfield and Leeds, taught linguistics for 25 years in the UK, first at the University of Nottingham, then at what is now York St John University, where he held a Professorship in Linguistics. He took early retirement in order to devote more time to research and writing. He has published a number of books and around 75 articles on functional linguistics, computational and statistical techniques of language study, and corpus linguistics, especially as applied to the study of English and Spanish. His 2003 book Structure and Function: A Guide to Three Major Structural-Functional Theories (Benjamins) offers, in two volumes, a detailed comparison of Functional Grammar, Role and Reference Grammar and Systemic Functional Grammar. He is a member of the research group SCIMITAR (Santiago Centred International Milieu for Interactional, Typological and Acquisitional Research), and a consultant for LEXICOM, an international project based on the Lexical Constructional Model.

Lecture: Some challenges for the future of the LCM and FunGramKB

Date: 6 July 2012, 12:30-13:30

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Elena de Miguel Aparicio

Elena de Miguel is Professor of Spanish Language at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She was awarded the PhD (with Extraordinary Doctorate Prize) by same university in 1990. Her research is focused on the relationship between lexicon and syntax, particularly on lexical aspect, sublexical information (i.e. information encoded within lexical units) and literal meaning extensions. She led four research projects, which dealt with these issues. She is currently directing the project “Multilingual electronic dictionary of broad meaning motion verbs (andar, ir, venir and volver)”. She is also the PI of the research group UPSTAIRS (‘Unidad de Estudio de la Palabra: estructura interna y relaciones sintácticas’). She has published over 50 research papers in Spain and abroad.

Lecture: Procesos de concordancia (sub)léxica y su repercusión en la sintaxis

Date: 4 July 2012, 9:30-10:30

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Carlos Periñán-Pascual

Carlos Periñán-Pascual studied English Language and Literature at Universidad de Valencia and received his Ph.D. degree in English Philology at UNED in 1999. Since his doctoral dissertation on the resolution of word sense disambiguation in machine translation, his main research interests have been focused on knowledge engineering, natural language understanding and computational linguistics. As a result, he is the director and co-founder of the FunGramKB project, whose main goal is to develop a lexico-conceptual knowledge base to be implemented in NLP systems requiring language comprehension. His research has been published in journals and books in the fields of linguistics, natural language processing and artificial intelligence. He is currently an associate professor in the Applied Linguistics Department at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.

Lecture: The FunGramKB approach to constructional meaning

Date: 5 July 2012, 16:00-17:00

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Francisco J. Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez

Francisco J. Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez works in cognitive linguistics, inferential pragmatics, and functional grammar. He began his university career in 1989 and has been a full professor of English Linguistics at the University of La Rioja since 1999. He has been the head of several research projects dealing with cognitive modeling and the compilation of lexical databases for lexicography. He has published close to 100 articles and book chapters. He has been invited to present his research in universities and other research institutions in Madrid, Pisa, Galati, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Lodz, Las Palmas, Provo, Beijing, among other places, as well as being an invited speaker in many national and international conferences. He serves on the editorial and scientific boards of a number of journals such as Atlantis, Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada, ITL-International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Revue Romane, or Cognitive Linguistics, among many others. He is currently the editor of the Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics, and co-editor of the series Applications of Cognitive Linguistics (Mouton de Gruyter).

Lecture: Cognitive models and operations across representational levels in the Lexical Constructional Model

Date: 4 July 2012, 16:00-17:00