Paul Van Eecke and Katrien Beuls are organising a tutorial at the 11th International Conference on Construction Grammar in Antwerp on 17 August 2021. During the tutorial, we will walk you through the basics of computational construction grammar (CCxG), with a special focus on how the main ideas underlying construction grammar can be implemented using FCG. The tutorial will alternate between theory, hands-on exercises from the textbook and demonstrations of more advanced case studies. It targets in particular lecturers in construction grammar who wish to include CCxG into their courses, as well as scholars who would like to learn CCxG and use it in their research. For more information, please check the tutorial’s webpage.
We are happy to announce that our latest FCG paper “A Computational Construction Grammar Approach to Semantic Frame extraction” has now been published in the Linguistics Vanguard.
The paper describes a novel approach to extracting semantic frames from texts, with a case study on extracting frames of causation from newspaper articles. The computational construction grammar approach yields a word-level F1 score of 78.5%, outperforming a commonly used approach based on conditional random fields by 4.5 percentage points.
Have you always wondered what the role of construction grammar could be in solving AI benchmark tasks, such as for example visual question answering? Our latest paper “Computational Construction Grammar for Visual Question Answering” published in the Linguistics Vanguard shows how we were able to write a construction grammar that could parse natural language questions into directly executable queries that can be used to retrieve information in images. Find out more about how we did it in the paper or check out the web demonstration.
We’ve made the first part of the tutorial we gave at the latest ICCG conference available on YouTube now. You can watch it here:
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.