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LIN386M Word Meaning and Concepts Schedule

Schedule as of “Last modified” date at bottom. Subject to change.

Week 1

Linguistics: regular polysemy

Week 2

Cognitive linguistics: polysemy, not necessarily regular

    • Jan 25 D. Cruse (1995): Polysemy and related phenomena from a cognitive linguistic viewpoint (available for copying in the copying room, CAL513)

    • Additional readings (see the definition of “polythetic class”): John P. Sutcliffe (1993): Concept, class and category in the tradition of Aristotle. In: I. van Mechelen, J. Hampton, R. Michalki, P. Theuns, eds.: Categories and concepts: theoretical views and inductive data analysis. Academic Press 1993.

    • Jan 27 D. Tuggy (2006): Schematic network: Ambiguity, polysemy, and vagueness (available for copying in the copying room, CAL513)

Week 3

Cognitive linguistics: sense relations, and metaphor

    • Feb 1 G. Lakoff (1987), Women, Fire and Dangerous Things: ch. 6, also ch. 5 pp. 83+84 (available for copying in the copying room, CAL513)

    • Feb 3 G. Lakoff (2006), Conceptual metaphor. Geeraerts, ed.: Cognitive Linguistics: Basic readings, ch. 6. (available for copying in the copying room, CAL513)

Week 4

Cognitive linguistics, and lexicography

    • Feb 8 R. Gibbs and H. Colston (2006): Image schema: the cognitive psychological reality of image schemas and their transformations (available for copying in the copying room, CAL513)

    • Feb 10 You can choose to read either A. Kilgarriff (1997), I don't believe in word senses, or P. Hanks (2000). Do word meanings exist? Computers and the Humanities 34(1-2): 205-215, 2000. (available online in the UT library) Reading presentation: Evelyn Richter

Week 5

Human concept representation

    • Feb 15 chapter 2 of Murphy (2002): The big book of concepts (available for copying in CAL 513.)

    • Feb 17 chapter 3 of Murphy (2002): The big book of concepts (available for copying in CAL 513.) Reading presentation: Ian Gerg

Week 6

Human concept representation; word meaning and prototypes

    • Feb 22 chapter 11 of Murphy (2002): The big book of concepts (available for copying in CAL 513) and discussion of course project ideas

    • Feb 24 Hans Kamp and Barbara Partee. Prototype theory and compositionality. Cognition 57(2): 129-191, 1995. (available online in the UT library). Reading presentation: Zach Childers

Week 7

Word meaning and prototypes

    • Mar 1 J. Hampton (1991): The combination of prototype concepts Reading presentation: Adams LaBorde

    • Mar 3 Linda Coleman and Paul Kay. Prototype Semantics: The English Word Lie. Language, 57(1), 26-44, 1981. (available online in the UT library). Due: project proposal. Reading presentation: Aimee Lawrence

Week 8

Philosophy of language: Vagueness

Week 9

Spring break

Week 10

Psychology: Representation of polysemous words

Week 11

Computational linguistics/cognition/artificial intelligence: Geometric approaches to representing word meaning

    • Mar 29: Semantic space models in computational linguistics (lecture)

    • Mar 31: Guest lecture: Jason Baldridge

Week 12

Computational linguistics/cognition: Geometric approaches to representing word meaning in context

    • Apr 5 W. Kintsch, (2001) Predication. Cognitive Science, 25, 173-202. (available online at the UT library) Reading presentation: Juwon Lee

    • Apr 7 Overview of approaches in computational linguistics (lecture).

    • Papers mentioned in class:

        • Baroni and Zamparelli (2010): Nouns are vectors, adjectives are matrices: Representing adjective-noun constructions in semantic space

        • Erk and Pado (2008): A structured vector space model for word meaning in context

        • Grefenstette, Sadrzadeh, Clark, Coecke and Pulman (2011): Concrete compositional sentence spaces

        • Smolensky (1990): Tensor product variable binding and the representation of symbolic structures in connectionist systems.

        • Thater, Fuerstenau, and Pinkal (2010): Contextualizing semantic representations using syntactically enriched vector models

        • Washtell (2011): Compositional expectation: A purely distributional model of compositional semantics

        • Wu and Schuler (2011): Structured composition of semantic vectors

Week 13

Psychology/computational linguistics: Feature-based approaches to word meaning

Week 14

Linguistics/psychology: Words, events, frames

Week 15

Alternative approaches to word meaning

Week 16

    • May 3: Discussion of course projects:

        • 2:00 Aimee Lawrence

        • 2:25 Juwon Lee

        • 2:50 Zach Childers

    • May 5: Discussion of course projects:

        • 2:00 Adams LaBorde

        • 2:25 Evelyn Richter

        • 2:50 Ian Gerg