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  • 13 December 2019, joint EXPRESS-DiP Colloquium, Melissa Fusco

    Speaker: Melissa Fusco (Columbia)
    Title: Agential Free Choice
    Date & Time: Friday 13 December 2019, 16:00-17:30
    Location: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam

    Amended by submission by Leïla Bussière on 2019-11-26

    For more information, see here or at http://projects.illc.uva.nl/LoLa/DIP-Colloquium/event/35136/ or contact Giorgio Sbardolini at .
  • 13 December 2019, Cool Logic, Angelica Hill

    Speaker: Angelica Hill
    Title: Not-so-picky predicates: An analysis of Spanish's que+wh-phrase construction and the puzzle of question-embedding predicates
    Date & Time: Friday 13 December 2019, 18:30-19:30
    Location: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam

    The literature on question-embedding predicates has generally focused on the restrictions of certain predicates and the complements they can take as argument. However, the discussion becomes even more convoluted when we take the analysis cross-linguistically. My presentation explores a construction that exists in Spanish, but not in English, which allows a speaker to unambiguously report a question that this construction demands a more detailed analysis of question-embedding predicates. I will present such an analysis as well as introduce a test in order to highlight a correlation between a property shared by all verbs that share this construction that take this construction, which is not shared by predicates that do not. It's going to be very verby!

    For more information, see http://events.illc.uva.nl/coollogic/talks/112 or contact Cool Logic at .
  • (New) 17 December 2019, Set Theory Seminar, Hrafn Oddsson

    Speaker: Hrafn Oddsson
    Title: A Model for Paradefinite Set Theory
    Date & Time: Tuesday 17 December 2019, 14:30-15:30
    Location: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam

    Abstract: A paradefinite logic is a logic that is both paraconsistent and paracomplete. In this talk we introduce a framework for models of paradefinite set theories based of Thierry Libert's work in paraconsistent set theory. We then present a model of paradefinite set theory which can be seen as the result of enriching the classical von Neumann universe of sets with various non-classical sets. We will also discuss the axiomatization of the theory of this model.

    For more information, see http://events.illc.uva.nl/settheory/ or contact Lorenzo Galeotti at .
  • (Updated) 17 December 2019, Computational Linguistics Seminar, Aida Nematzadeh

    Speaker: Aida Nematzadeh (DeepMind)
    Title: Learning language by observing the world and learning about the world from language
    Date & Time: Tuesday 17 December 2019, 16:00
    Location: Room F2.19, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
    For more information, see http://projects.illc.uva.nl/LaCo/CLS/.
  • 16 January 2020, Computational Social Choice Seminar, Bernhard von Stengel

    Speaker: Bernhard von Stengel (London)
    Date & Time: Thursday 16 January 2020, 16:00
    Location: Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
    For more information, see https://staff.science.uva.nl/u.endriss/seminar/ or contact Ulle Endriss at .
  • (Updated) 23 January 2020, Computational Social Choice Seminar, Ulle Endriss

    Speaker: Ulle Endriss
    Title: Analysis of Matching Mechanisms via SAT Solving
    Date & Time: Thursday 23 January 2020, 15:30
    Location: Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
    For more information, see here or at https://staff.science.uva.nl/u.endriss/seminar/ or contact Ulle Endriss at .
  • 30 March - 1 April 2020, Workshop "The wisdom and madness of crowds: argumentation, information exchange and social interaction"

    Date & Time: 30 March - 1 April 2020, 18:00
    Location: Room F1.15, ILLC, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
    Deadline: Sunday 19 January 2020

    Argumentation and exchange of information help groups to coordinate, deliberate and decide. On the other hand, debates often generate detrimental large-scale phenomena such as polarization, informational cascades and echo-chambers, where the behavior of entire groups shifts in seemingly irrational ways.

    Understanding the deep mechanisms of informational and social influence that underlie these phenomena in the age of social media is a challenge that engages methods from different disciplines, including philosophy, artificial intelligence, computer and social sciences and psychology.

    This workshop brings together scholars with different theoretical approaches. Its broader aim is to foster an interdisciplinary understanding of the mechanisms that determine the behavior of individuals in a social context from multiple perspectives. The workshop will last two and a half days. The first half-day of it will be dedicated to an introductory seminar on abstract argumentation, held by Professor Pietro Baroni (Brescia).

    For more information, see https://sites.google.com/view/workshop-arginfoexchange/home or contact Carlo Proietti at .
  • 29 May 2020, DIP Colloquium, Carlotta Pavese

    Speaker: Carlotta Pavese (Cornell)
    Date & Time: Friday 29 May 2020, 16:00-17:30
    Location: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
  • 3 - 14 August 2020, 32nd European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI 2020), Utrecht, The Netherlands

    Date: 3 - 14 August 2020
    Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Deadline: Saturday 1 June 2019

    Under the auspices of FoLLI the European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI) is organized every year in a different European country. It takes place over two weeks in the European Summer, hosts approximately 50 different courses at both the introductory and advanced levels, attracting around 400 participants each year from all the world.

    The main focus of the program of the summer schools is the interface between linguistics, logic and computation, with special emphasis in human linguistic and cognitive ability. Courses, both introductory and advanced, cover a wide variety of topics within the combined areas of interest: Logic and Computation, Computation and Language, and Language and Logic. Workshops are also organized, providing opportunities for in-depth discussion of issues at the forefront of research, as well as a series of invited lectures.

    For more information, see https://www.esslli.eu or contact .
  • 10 - 14 August 2020, Computational and Experimental Explanations in Semantics and Pragmatics

    Date: 10 - 14 August 2020
    Location: Utrecht
    Deadline: Saturday 15 February 2020

    The field of natural language semantics has undergone what some refer to as an ‘experimental turn’ and is arguably currently undergoing a ‘computational turn’. By expanding the toolbox available to the semanticist, these two turns have the effect of expanding the phenomena that can be explained and the varieties of semantic explanation that can be offered.

    For example, experimental methods can help distinguish between alternative explanations of semantic effects, e.g. whether to classify controversial phenomena as implicatures or presuppositions. Similarly, computational models of semantics can generate fine-grained and non-categorical predictions that can fruitfully be tested experimentally. And both kinds of methods can be used to ask questions about the emergence of semantic structures in language, including which factors influence their distribution and typology.

    Given this wider toolbox and purview, we aim to gather a workshop to showcase exciting new work that develops new semantic explanations using experimental and computational methods, as well as to invite broader reflection on the methodology of semantics now and in its future.