Recent news:

These Workshops and Conferences have been organized and funded by the project:

 

The Bucharest Workshop on Specificity 2012:

Fisier de tip .pdf ! ProgramWorkshop2012.

Anual Conference of the English Department 2013:

Fisier de tip .pdf ! ACED15_program.

Scientific reports for 2011-2012:

2011: Fisier de tip .pdf ! Raport stiintific-dec2011

2012: Fisier de tip .pdf ! Raport stiintific 2012

 

 

 

 

The Structure and the Interpretation of Romanian Determiner Phrase in Discourse Representation Theory: the Determiners

 (SIRDPD)

This work was supported by a grant of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research, CNCS – UEFISCDI, project number PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0959, and it is currently under developement at the Univerity of Bucharest.

Summary:

The project aims at a unitary description of the Romanian Determiner Phrase (DP), both at syntactic and semantic levels. A description at this level sheds light on the typological features of Romanian in comparison to both Romance languages and to English. 

From the point of view of syntactic theory, the research we propose leads to the determination of the parameters of syntactic variation in the DP domain.

At semantic level, we aim at specifying rules of interpretation (in a model theoretic sense) for Romanian determiners.

This project is an interdisciplinary research in linguistics and informatics, aiming at syntactic and semantic description of a fragment of Romanian and also at developing an application which automatically generates a semantic description given the syntactic description of the fragment.

This project entails the realization of three original products of the research:

1) The first research product is a unitary description of the Romanian Determiner Phrase (DP) by extending and completing the previous research of the members of the team. This description is based on the classification of determiners function of their syntactic and semantic properties, specifying the derivational history of the nominal phrases headed by the respective determiners. A description at this level sheds light on the typological features of Romanian in comparison to both Romance languages and to English. From the point of view of syntactic theory, the research we propose leads to the determination of the parameters of syntactic variation in the DP domain.

2) Secondly, we aim at specifying rules of interpretation (in a model theoretic sense) for Romanian determiners. First, this presupposes formulating rules of interpretation for Romanian determiners whose interpretation has never been studied systematically, such as the article cel, degree determiners (e.g. mult ‘much’ , puțin ‘little’ (Huddlestone and Pullum (2002)), indefinites (e.g, un anume ‘a certain’, niste ‘some’, fiecare ‘every’). Secondly, it is necessary to complete and unify previous research on other determiners such as the definite article -l (Cornilescu 2006),), the indefinite article un / o ‘a’, the indefinites vreun ‘some/any’ (Farkas (2002b), Falaus (2008)), the free choice determiners such as orice ‘any’ (Jayez and Tovena (2006)).

3) Finally, we will produce, for the fragment of Romanian under study, an application designed to automatically generate the semantics (the interpretation) of a discourse, given its syntactic analysis. This application will contain an interface which will ensure the communication between man and machine, an annotated lexicon, containing the relevant features, and the semantic analyzer itself.

An original contribution of the project we propose is its methodological consisting in the elaboration of an adequate global theoretical framework, through the selection and unification of several current syntactic, semantic and natural language processing theories.

Duration of the project: 36 month.

Begining date of the project: 2011-10-05.

End Date of the project: 2014-10-05.

Main project objectives:

1)The syntactic modeling of the Romanian nominal phrase, so as to permit the explicit correlation of syntactic configurations with the construction rules of discourse representation structures. 

2)The formulation of rules of interpretation for Romanian Determiners in a Discourse Representation Theory framework. 

3)The implementation of the interpretative rules for Romanian Determiners to provide an automatic discourse interpretation of the fragment of Romanian under study.

Work plan for 2013:

Objectives

Activities

Results 

1. Syntactic description of the Romanian Determiner Phrase such that  to permit  an optimal semantic representation at the discourse level. For the targeted determiners, one specifys their features, that is their lexical input. This description is a preceding step for the realization of the electronic lexicon.

1.1. Specifying the features of the determinars for Determiner Phrases with zero determinant.

Fisier de tip .pdf ! Report; papers submitted for publication.

1.2 Experimental research for validating the results of the syntactic and semantic description for the determiners studied so far.

Aquisition corpus.

2. Specifying the interpretation rule for teh Determiner Phrases  studied at syntactic level.

2.1. Obtaining the semantic representation in DRT or in ohter semantical frameworks (alternative) of the studied Determiner Phrases.

Report.

2.2. Computational analysis of the noun gender and the evolution of language similarity.

Disemination. Web page actualization.

Report, papers submitted for publication.

Work plan for 2014:

Objectives

Activities Results 

1. Syntactic description of other Romanian Determiner Phrase, such that  to permit  an optimal semantic representation at the discourse level. For the targeted determiners, one specifys their features, that is their lexical input. This description is a preceding step for the realization of the electronic lexicon, to be done during this project phase.

1.1. One studies the following determiners: the distributive quantifier fiecare, the negative quantifiers (negative words included),    the collective quantifiers toti and amanadoi, the indefinites niste and unul.

Rapport; papers submitted for publication.

1.2  Experimental research for validating the results of the syntactic and semantic description for the determiners studied so far: a) obtaining (by using questionaires) data for the frequency and the acceptability of the proposed semantic interpretations.

Constructing a corpus that subsumes the research results regarding the validation of the presence or absence of some syntactico-semantic features (such as specificity, distributivity, domain properties), as well as for the criteria of choosing between apparent synonim determiners.

Report.

2. Constructing the electronic lexicon containing the studied determiners.

2.1. Obtaining the semantic representation in DRT or in ohter semantical frameworks (alternative) of the studied Determiner Phrases.

Lexicon.

2.2. Computational analysis of the studied linguistic phenomens.

Web page actualization.

Report

3.Disemination and analysis of the possible further continuations and applications of the project results.

3.1. Organizing an international workshop for diseminating the project results (if funded)

Papers submitted for publication.

3.2.Writting of scientific articles and rapports.

Papers submitted for publication.

Project's budget:

The value for the whole project is of 1490000 lei, reprezenting the total sum from the state budget, as it follos:

2011 - 80000 lei.

2012 - 510000 lei

2013 - 490000 lei

2014 - 410000 lei.

Published work and work in progress:

Books:

2013:

Alexandra Cornilescu. The Definite Articles of Romanian, submitted to Oxford University Press, Chapter 2 of The Grammar of Romanian Definite Nominal Phrases: The view from diachrony (to appear).

2012:

Dinu Anca. Fisier de tip .pdf ! CarteContinuationDiscourseSemantics, Editura Universitatii din Bucuresti, 2012.

Articles:

2013:

Fisier de tip .pdf ! Quantifying over eventualities in continuation semantics by Anca Dinu, published in Journal of Multiple-Valued Logic and Soft Computing, Volume 20, Number 1-2, 39-53, ISSN: 1542-3980, 2013. 

Fisier de tip .pdf ! Towards a compositional Distributional Semantics by Anca Dinu, presented at ACED 15, 2013.

Fisier de tip .pdf ! A die-hard case: prepositional genitives in Modern Romanian by Mihaela Dogaru, presented at ACED 15, 2013.

Fisier de tip .pdf ! Points of Similarity between Differential Object Marking in Romanian and Scrambling in German1 -with a focus on indefinite direct objects-- by Alina Tigau, presented at ACED 15, 2013

Fisier de tip .pdf ! On Scrambling and Differential Object Marking in German and Romanian -with a focus on indefinite direct objects- by Alina Tigau, presented at Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium, Czech Republic 6-8 June 2013.

Fisier de tip .pdf ! On Scrambling and Differential Object Marking in German and Romanian by Alina Tigau, presented at the Conference ‘Embracing Multitudes of Meanings’, Transilvania University of Braşov, 19-20 April 2013.

Fisier de tip .pdf ! A short history of ‘de’ in Romanian by Mihaela Dogaru, presented at The 6th International Conference on Language, Culture and Civilization, The Polytechnic University of Bucharest, May 30-31 2013.

Fisier de tip .pdf ! Specificity and animacy in the acquisition of differential object marking in child Romanian by Larisa Avram, presented at the Conference ‘Embracing Multitudes of Meanings’, Transilvania University of Braşov, 19-20 April 2013.

Alina Maria Ciobanu, Anca Dinu, Liviu P. Dinu, Vlad Niculae, and Octavia-Maria Șulea. Temporal classification for historical romanian texts. In Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Language Technology for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, and Humanities (LATECH). Sofia, Bulgaria, August 2013. Association for Computational Linguistics. To appear.

 Liviu P. Dinu, Vlad Niculae, and Octavia-Maria Șulea. Romanian syllabication using machine learning. In Text, Speech and Dialogue. 2013. Plsen, Czech. To appear.

 Liviu P. Dinu and Sergiu Nisioi. Using ranks in stylometric analysis. In CICLing 2013. Samos, Greece, 2013.

Liviu P. Dinu, Radu Gramatovici and Florin Manea. Syllabic Languages and Gothrough Automata. Fundamenta Informaticae, 2013. To appear.

2012:

Fisier de tip .pdf ! Why proper names are not definite descriptions-A linguistic view by Alexandra Cornilescu ,  to appear in Bucharest Working Papers in Linguistics, special issue on Specificity

Fisier de tip .pdf ! Romanian Demonstratives and Minimality by Alexandra Cornilescu  to appear in Bucharest Working Papers in Linguistics, special issue on Specificity.

Fisier de tip .pdf ! Using Continuations to Account for Plural Quantification and Anaphora Binding by Anca Dinu, published in Proceedings of CICLing, India, 2012. 

Fisier de tip .pdf ! Defining ‘incorporation’ with bare singulars in Romanian by Mihaela Dogaru, to appear in Bucharest Working Papers in Linguistics, special issue on Specificity.

Fisier de tip .pdf ! Adjectives and Specificity by Alexandra Cornilescu and Anca Dinu, to appear in Review Roumaine de Linguistique, special issue on Specificity. 

Fisier de tip .pdf ! DOM in Persian and Romanian: Predictions for Language Learning by Cristina Ciovârnache and Larisa Avram, to appear in Bucharest Working Papers in Linguistics, special issue on Specificity.

Fisier de tip .pdf ! On Scrambling and Differential Object Marking in German and Romanian by Alina Tigau,to appear in Bucharest Working Papers in Linguistics, special issue on Specificity.

Fisier de tip .pdf !  The Two-object construction in Romanian by Alina Tigau, presented at ACED 14, 2012.

Fisier de tip .pdf ! The Two-object construction with both objects in the accusative case by Alina Tigau, presented at the Annual Conference of The Faculty of Letters, 2012.

Alina Ciobanu, Liviu P. Dinu, 2012. On the Romanian rhyme detection. In COLING 2012, Mombay, India, December 2012

L. P. Dinu, Sergiu Nisioi, 2012. Authorial studies using ranked lexical features. In COLING 2012, Mombay, India, December 2012.

LP Dinu, V Niculae, OM Sulea, 2012. The Gray Sheep of the Romanian Gender System: The Neuter. Classifying Romanian Nouns According to Gender. In COLING 2012, Mombay, India, December 2012.

Antonella Delmestri, Liviu P. Dinu, 2012. An Assessment of String Similarity Methods for Cognate Identification. In Proc. Qualico 2012, Belgrad, Serbia, april 2012.

LP Dinu, R Ionescu, M. Popescu, 2012, Local Patch Dissimilarity for Images, In Proc. ICONIP 2012, Doha, Qatar, LNCS 7663, pp. 117–126, 2012.

LP Dinu, R Ionescu, 2012. Clustering based on Rank Distance with Applications on DNA. In Proc. ICONIP 2012, Doha, Qatar, LNCS 7667, pp. 722–729, 2012

LP Dinu, R Ionescu, 2012. Clustering Methods based on Closest String via Rank Distance. In Synasc 2012, Timisoara, September 2012.

LP Dinu, R Ionescu, 2012. A Rank-based Approach of Cosine Similarity with Applications in Automatic Classification. In Synasc 2012, Timisoara, September 2012.

Liviu Petrisor Dinu, Alexandru Popa, 2012: On the Closest String via Rank Distance. CPM 2012, Helsinki, Finland. 413-426.

LP Dinu, V Niculae, OM Sulea, 2012. The Romanian Neuter Examined Through A TwoGender N-Gram Classification System. In LREC 2012, Istanbul, Turkey, 907-910

Anca Dinu, Liviu P. Dinu, Alina Resceanu, Ion Resceanu. Some issues on the authorship identification in the Apostles' Epistles. In first LRE-Rel Workshop on Language Resources and Evaluation for Religious Texts, LREC 2012, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012, 18-24.

LP Dinu, V Niculae, M. Sulea, 2012. Learning How to Conjugate the Romanian Verb. Rules for Regular and Partially Irregular Verbs. In Proc. EACL 2012, Avignon, France, April 2012, 524-529

LP Dinu, V Niculae, M. Sulea, 2012. Pastiche detection based on stopword rankings. Exposing impersonators of a Romanian writer. Proceedings of the EACL 2012 Workshop on Computational Approaches to Deception Detection, pages 72–77, Avignon, France, April 23 - 27 2012.

Iulia Danaila, Liviu P. Dinu, Vlad Niculae and Maria-Octavia Sulea, 2012. String distances for near-duplicate detection. In Cicling 2012, New Delhi, India. Published also in: Polibits 45, 21-26, 2012.

Liviu Petrisor Dinu, Iulia Iuga, 2012. The Naive Bayes Classifier in Opinion Mining: In Search of the Best Feature Set. CICLing (1) 2012, New Delhi, India: 556-567.

L Bortolussi, LP Dinu, A Sgarro. 2012. Spearman Permutation Distances and Shannon's Distinguishability, Fundamenta Informaticae 118 (3), 245-252.

2011:

Fisier de tip .pdf ! Versatility of ’continuations’ in discourse semantics by Anca Dinu, published in Fundamenta Informaticae, vol. 112, nr. 4, pp.263-280, ISSN 0169-2968, 2011. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Members: 

  1. Director: Prof. Dr.  Alexandra Cornilescu 
  2. Prof. Dr. Larisa Avram 
  3. Conf. Dr. Liviu P. Dinu
  4. Lector Dr. Anca Dinu
  5. Lector Dr. Mihaela Dogaru
  6. Lector Dr. Alina Tigau 

Contact:


Project Director: Prof. dr. Alexandra Cornilescu, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures

e-mail: alexandracornilescu@yahoo.com

 

University of Bucharest:

http://www.unibuc.ro/ 

 

 

 

 

 




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