Ling7800/CSCI 7000: Computational Lexical Semantics

Fall 2018

Martha Palmer
Time and Location: Tue/Thur, 11:00 - 12:15, ECCR 150
Assessment: Four homeworks, one Paper presentation, and a term project.
Office Hours: Martha Palmer, Monday/Tuesday 2-3, Hellems 295

Semantic Role Labeling (eBook), Martha Palmer, Daniel Gildea, Nianwen Xue,
Synthesis Lectures on Human Language Technologies ,
ed., Graeme Hirst, Morgan & Claypool, 2010. ISBN: 9781598298321
available on line on campus through Chinook

Representation and Inference for Natural Language. A First Course in Computational Semantics.
Patrick Blackburn and Johan Bos, 2005, CSLI Publications. ISBN: 1-57586-496-7
selected chapters, available from the CU bookstore and D2L


Lexical semantics is becoming an increasingly important part of Natural Language Processing (NLP), as the field is beginning to address semantics at a large scale. This graduate seminar covers key issues in computational lexical semantics. We start with an introduction to theoretical models of lexical semantics and events, considering both their adequacy as linguistic models and their place in NLP. We focus particularly on computational lexical resources such as PropBank, VerbNet, FrameNet and the Generative Lexicon, and examine their strengths and limitations with respect to NLP applications. We will introduce apporoaches to developing automatic classifiers that are intended to make use of these resources and to offer richer representations of sentences in context. These techniques can be fully supervised (requiring hand-labeled training data), semi-supervised, or unsupervised (learning lexical information from unlabeled text).j We will also discuss the impact of Word Embeddings as an approximmation of semantic similarity and the resulting implications for future research directions.

Suggested Schedule and Readings

Introduction and Module 1: the Lexical Semantics of Verbs - Chap 1

Module 2: Available Computational Lexicons - Chap 2

Module 3: Beyond shallow semantics

Module 4: Machine Learning

Module 5: Term Project Paper Presentations

Possbile Additional Papers on Events:

The NAACL and ACL Events Workshops
James Pustejovsky; Marc Verhagen, 2009, SemEval-2010 Task 13: Evaluating Events, Time Expressions, and Temporal Relations (TempEval-2) In the Proceedings of the Workshop on Semantic Evaluations: Recent Achievements and Future Directions (SEW-2009) held with NAACL-2009, Boulder, CO.
Rei Ikuta and Martha Palmer, (2014) Challenges of Adding Causation to Richer Event Descriptions, In the Proceedings of the 2nd Events Workshop, held in conjunction with ACL 2014, Baltimore, MD.
McClosky, D., Surdeanu, M., & Manning, C. D. (2011). Event extraction as dependency parsing. In Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies-Volume 1 (pp. 1626-1635).

Advanced topics: possible term projects and/or post-class readings for interest:

Steven White, Drew Reisinger, Keisuke Sakaguchi, Tim Vieira, Sheng Zhang, Rachel Rudinger, Kyle Rawlins, and Benjamin Van Durme. 2016. Universal Decompositional Semantics on Universal Dependencies. In Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2016), Austin, TX.
Travis Wolfe, Mark Dredze, and Benjamin Van Durme. 2017. Pocket Knowledge Base Population. In The Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2017), Vancouver, BC.
Aaron Steven White, Pushpendre Rastogi, Kevin Duh, and Benjamin Van Durme. 2017. Inference is Everything: Recasting Semantic Resources into a Unified Evaluation Framework. In The Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP).
Sheng Zhang, Rachel Rudinger, Kevin Duh, and Benjamin Van Durme. 2017. Ordinal Common-sense Inference. Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 5:379$(G!9(B395.
Ellie Pavlick and Chris Callison-Burch. Most babies are little and most problems are huge: Compositional Entailment in Adjective Nouns ACL 2016, Berlin, Germany, August, 2016.
Marc Brysbaert, Amy Beth Warriner, and Victor Kuperman. 2013. Concreteness ratings for 40 thousand generally known English word lemmas. Behavior research methods, pages 1-8.
Felix Hill and Anna Korhonen. 2014. Concreteness and subjectivity as dimensions of lexical meaning. In the Proceedings of ACL 2014
David R. Dowty, 1986, The effects of aspectual class on the temporal structure of discourse: semantics or pragmatics? Linguistics and Philosophy, February 1986, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 37-61

Machine Learning Background

  • Tom M. Mitchell, 2006, Machine Learning Department technical report CMU-ML-06-108, Carnegie Mellon University, The Discipline of Machine Learning
  • Machine Learning Resources/Links
  • Dan Klein's Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing: New Developments and Challenges (slides and video)
    Michael Collins tutorial on NLP
    Introduction to Machine Learning, S V N Vishwanathan
    Weka, a collection of machine learning algorithms for data mining tasks.
    Orange, Open source data visualization and analysis for novice and experts. Data mining through visual programming or Python scripting.
    Videos of Andrew Ng's Stanford ML course
    Noah Smith's course titled Language and Statistics, at CMU

    Background in Ontologies

    Description Logic, including CLASSIC and OWL