Constructions at Play: Hands-on Tutorial on Fluid Construction Grammar

Tutorial run by Katrien Beuls and Paul Van Eecke (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)

Fluid Construction Grammar (FCG) is an open-source toolbox that allows linguists to operationalize specific linguistic knowledge in terms of construction schemas and linguistic pathways. In this one-day, hands-on tutorial, participants will learn how the key concepts of construction grammar can be operationalized into working, computational models that can be used for comprehending and formulating utterances.


Summary of the Program

Morning Afternoon
Slot 1 Introduction to Fluid Construction Grammar Advanced features of FCG
Slot 2 Writing Lexical and Grammatical Constructions Simple English Grammar

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About the Course Instructors

Remi van Trijp Dr Katrien Beuls received her MSc in Speech and Language Processing from the University of Edinburgh in 2009 and her MA in Linguistics from the University of Leuven in 2008. She defended her PhD in 2013 at the VUB on a new framework for Computer-Assisted Language Learning that is rooted in Computational Construction Grammar and uses fundamental techniques of symbolic AI such as student modelling and the representation of tutoring strategies to provide personalised feedback to the student. At present she is assistant professor in Computer Science lecturing in Natural Language Processing technologies and symbolic programming. She is Principal Investigator on the ESSENCE Evolutionary Semantics Marie Curie initial training network and prime coordinator of the ATLANTIS (Era-Net) project. Her main research interests lie in the applications of Computational Construction Grammar in diverse settings including language tutoring, formal grammars, music composition and evolutionary linguistics.

Paul Van Eecke Paul Van Eecke obtained a Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence (summa cum laude) from the Engineering Science Faculty of the KU Leuven in 2013 and a Master of Arts in Linguistics (summa cum laude) from the Arts Faculty of the KU Leuven in 2012. Since 2014, he works as an assistant researcher at the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris and is enrolled as a PhD student at the VUB. His main research interests are situated in the domain of computational construction grammar and its applications. Since 2014, he has been one of the main developers of the Fluid Construction Grammar (FCG) system and has developed algorithms for making construction application flexible and for learning constructions from data.