PhD position: Open-ended Robot interaction

We are looking for a highly motivated student with a major in Artificial Intelligence or Computer Science who has a strong interest in natural language modelling and symbolic computation. Your research project will be embedded in the Marie Curie ITN (Initial Training Network) project called ESSENCE (Evolution of Shared Semantics in Computational Environments).

For more information on this position and how to apply (extended deadline 15 June):

Internship: computational linguist / grammar engineer

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 ( 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 (

BKL-CBL conference

Katrien Beuls and Remi van Trijp organize the annual BKL-CBL conference 2015 that will take place at the VUB the 8th of June. The topic of the conference is Computational Construction Grammar and Constructional change. Confirmed speakers include Graeme Trousdale, Luc Steels, Kristin Davidse, Peter Petré and Arie Verhagen.

Apart from the main conference, a tutorial on Fluid Construction Grammar will take place on the 7th and 9th of june.

Both conference and tutorial are free of charge.

You can find the details of the BKL-CBL conference and the tutorial on Fluid Construction Grammar on this link.

Video lecture on argument structure online!

This lecture handles one of the most salient aspects of construction grammar: argument structure constructions. In construction grammar, argument realization is explained through the free interaction of lexical and grammatical constructions where the same lexical construction may be combined with different argument structure constructions. The lecture will teach you how this free combination is possible, and how coercion can be achieved.

Video lecture on morphology online

Part 2 of our video tutorial on Fluid Construction Grammar kicks off today with a lecture on how to handle morphology. You can check the first part of the lecture at this link. Today’s lecture focuses on a holistic approach to morphology where you take a lexical construction and combine it with several possible surface form realizations. Next week, we’ll tackle part two of this lecture: how to take a compositional approach to morphology.