On Scaling and Models of Language Evolution

Computational models of language evolution offer important insights for explaining the emergence and evolution of human languages. However, such models have recently been criticized for being computationally intractable. The goal of this paper is to show that this criticism is misleading because it reduces all models of language evolution to only a specific subset of […]

The FCG Editor: An innovative environment for engineering computational construction grammars

Sony CSL

Since its inception in the mid-eighties, the field of construction grammar has been steadily growing and constructionist approaches to language have by now become a mainstream paradigm for linguistic research. While the construction grammar community has traditionally focused on theoretical, experimental and corpus-based research, the importance of computational methodologies is now rapidly increasing. This movement […]

Narratives in Historical Sciences

Sony CSL

Misinformation threatens our societies, but little is known about how the production of news by unreliable sources relates to supply and demand dynamics. We exploit the burst of news production triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak through an Italian database partially annotated for questionable sources. We compare news supply with news demand, as captured by Google […]