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Language and Cognition

Key words: Linguistic contrast, discourse coherence interpretation, causal and contrastive connectives,lexical semantics, interpretation strategies.
Themes: Linguistics

Short description:

Language and Cognition Research in the Cognitive Modelling group concentrates on studying two main topics: pronoun intepretation and discourse coherence interpretation. Recent work has focused on investigating the strategies used by adults and children in interpreting causal (e.g. *because, so *) and contrastive (e.g. *but, however *) connectives, looking at the interplay of world knowledge, lexical semantic information, and reasoning in interpretation strategies. How discourse information influences personal pronoun interpretation is also a major topic studied. Two main methodologies are used: psycholinguistic experimentation, using both simple forced choice methods as well as methods for studying linguistic processes, and machine learning, in particular example based learning with large annotated corpora. By approaching these theoretical problems with both experimental and computational modelling methods, new insights can be acquired that support the research goals of both types of investigations.

Participating researcher: Jennifer Spenader
Research programme: Cognitive Modeling
Research Institute: Bernoulli Institute
Faculty: Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science
Graduate school: Graduate School of Science and Engineering (GSSE)

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