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An utterance is normally produced by a speaker in linear time and the hearer normally correctly identifies the speaker intention in linear time and incrementally. This is hard to understand in a standard competence grammar since languages are highly ambiguous and context-free parsing is not linear. Deterministic utterance generation from intention and n-best Bayesian interpretation, based on the production grammar and the prior probabilities that need to be assumed for other perception do much better. The proposed model uses symbolic grammar and derives symbolic semantic representations, but treats interpretation as just another form of perception. Removing interpretation from grammar is not only empirically motivated, but also makes linguistics a much more feasible enterprise.
Henk Zeevat. Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition. CRISPI, Jacob Brill 2014.
The European Commission has appointed three new members of the Scientific Council, the governing body of the European Research Council (ERC). The term of office of the new members runs from the beginning of January 2014 until the end of 2017.
For more information, see http://erc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/press_release/files/
The Master's programmes Logic and Astronomy & Astrophysics of the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science are in the Top 15 of the 'Keuzegids Masters 2014' best Master's programmes.
The Top 15 is composed of Master's programmes of universities and universities of applied sciences (HBO) that were rated best by students and experts. The data were generated from the National Student Survey (NSE) and the accreditation decisions of the Dutch accreditation organisation NVAO. The Keuzegids rated all 1250 officially registered Master's programmes.
For more information, see http://www.uva.nl/en/about-the-uva/organisation/faculties/content/