Remi van Trijp PhD

Remi van Trijp PhD

Sony Computer Science Laboratories Paris

Human languages have evolved many fascinating solutions to complex communicative problems through the use of words and grammatical structures. And they keep on evolving: language is an open system, a unique ability that brings infinite variety to the ways in which we communicate with others about our experiences in life. How is this possible? Can we understand this linguistic creativity? In my research, I try to answer these questions by developing powerful cognitive language technologies, which can be used to study open-ended and robust language processing, to explore innovative linguistic applications, and to function in large open collaborative communities.

Construction Grammar and the Future of (Computational) Linguistics

About fifty years ago, linguistics played a central role in cognitive science and its insights were highly influential for developments in models and applications of natural language processing. Today, language is still seen as a major issue, but all recent breakthroughs in language studies – particularly in the fields of computational linguistics and artificial intelligence – have been achieved without influence from developments in linguistics. That is unfortunate, because the most powerful language technologies today are still incapable of understanding natural language, and they would greatly benefit from more linguistic sophistication. In this presentation, I will present how “constructional approaches” to language can put linguistics back on the map of cognitive science and how it can help linguistics to make claim to the position of the science of natural language processing. More specifically, I will present our work on Fluid Construction Grammar, the world’s most advanced computational platform for constructional language processing, which intends to achieve both deep semantic parsing and adequate production using the same linguistic inventories.