We started an FCG cookbook, which is a dynamic document hosting practical recipes for learning about common problems and solutions in the Babel2 framework. Topics range from installation and Lisp editing tools, over writing constructions and evaluating grammar fragments to more advanced topics such as setting up your own FCG server, integrating NLP tools, using the meta-layer architecture for learning, creating a web demonstration, etc. The first recipes are available on our Github page, but we will soon announce a book with many more practical examples to help you getting the hang of FCG. Please stay tuned!
Join us for the FCG tutorial on the 10th International Conference on Construction Grammar in Paris on 20 July 2018! Official registration is not yet open but you can already send us an e-mail if you would like to be informed about the practical details (firstname.lastname@example.org). More information can be found on the tutorial’s web page.
We are proud to announce the 30th issue of the Belgian Journal of Linguistics on Computational Construction Grammar and Constructional Change. Please join us for two keynotes and a festive reception on Monday 19 December 2016, at 4pm, in the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels.
More information on the program and the registration (free but mandatory) can be found on the event’s webpage.
Computational Construction Grammar and Natural Language Understanding
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
This symposium is primarily targeting researchers in natural language processing/understanding and computational linguistics, but will have broader appeal to the larger AI community, specifically researchers in knowledge representation, man-machine interaction, and machine learning. The symposium focuses on recent TECHNICAL advances in computational formalisms for construction grammar, machine learning of construction grammar, and use of construction grammar in natural language understanding and production. The presentation and demonstration of working systems is highly encouraged.
Areas of interest include:
1. What unifies constructional approaches to language?
2. Formalisms and implementations of construction grammar (CxG)
3. Constructicons, corpora annotated for CxG, and statistical construction learning.
4. Construction grammar learning by physical robots.
5. Deep Natural Language Understanding (NLU) and Production.
6. Relations of CxG to the brain, development, and evolution.
7. Application efforts.
Paper submissions may take the form of long papers (4-8 pages in AAAI format, including references) for oral presentation or short papers (up to 4 pages in AAAI format, including references) for poster presentation. Evidence of a working implementation, e.g. through a web-accessible demonstration, is highly encouraged. Individual submissions for oral or short papers are due by OCTOBER 28 and authors will be notified by November 29. There will be one or more hands-on interactive sessions where participants can show implemented CxG systems.
All papers for the symposium will be collected and made into an AAAI technical report, which will be distributed to attendees electronically and included in the AAAI Digital Library.
Symposium conveners: Jerome Feldman and Luc Steels
Additional members of program committee: Katrien Beuls, Adele Goldberg and Nancy Chang.
More information: https://ai.vub.ac.be/aaai-construction-grammar-2017/
A new FCG web demo is available supporting a recent publication in the International Conference on the Computational Processing of Portuguese (PROPOR) by Tânia Marques and Katrien Beuls on ‘A Construction Grammar Approach for Pronominal Clitics in European Portuguese’. The demo can be found here. Comments are very welcome.
Internship: computational linguist / grammar engineer
Duration: 6 months
Starting date: immediately
Description: Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris is a small but booming research cell in the center of Paris (France). It currently offers an internship of 6 months in its language team. During the internship, you will develop a basic grammar for Japanese and integrate the grammar within an existing Machine Translation application for Japanese-English and English-Japanese. As part of the internship, you will receive formation in the language technologies developed at Sony CSL Paris, including a.o. Fluid Construction Grammar (www.fcg-net.org). You will receive a renumeration for your internship that complies to French legislation and Sony’s staff agreements. Sony is an equal opportunity employer and encourages anyone with the right qualifications to apply (requested background: Master student in computer science, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence or equivalent). Please send your resume and motivation letter to Dr Remi van Trijp (email@example.com).
A tutorial on the basics of Fluid Construction Grammar will be held on 17 December 2015 in Leuven on the occasion of the Morphology Days 2015. Katrien Beuls and Paul Van Eecke will lead the two-hour tutorial and guide you through the basic grammar operations and the new simplified notation that should make it easier to understand the kind of constructional processing FCG makes possible.
A technical video lecture on how to manage search in FCG is available now from the lectures page.
Part 2 of the video lecture on handling morphology in FCG has been published now. You find all learning materials, including exercises and slides on the lecture’s page now.
The next video lecture of the FCG online tutorial has been published. It teaches you how to use a construction set to parse and produce utterances: the real test to knowing whether your constructions actually work!