Dirk Geeraerts

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Vector-based models of lexical semantics retrieve semantically related words automatically from large corpora by exploiting the property that words with a similar meaning tend to occur in similar contexts. Despite their increasing popularity, it is unclear which kind of semantic similarity they actually capture and for which kind of words. In this paper, we(More)
s, bibliographische Angaben. Tübingen: Niemeyer. Wotjak, Gerd (1977)Untersuchungen zur Struktur der Bedeutung: Ein Beitrag zu Gegenstand und Methode der modernen Bedeutungsforschung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der semantischen Konstituentenanalyse. 2nd edn. Berlin: Akademie. Wunderlich, Dieter (1991) How do prepositional phrases fit into compositional(More)
This paper reports on the ways in which new entities are introduced into discourse. First, we present the evidence in support of a model of indefinite reference processing based on three principles: the listener's ability to make predictive inferences in order to decrease the unexpectedness of upcoming words, the availability to the speaker of grammatical(More)
Dominance and noncommutativity effects are investigated in relative clause descriptions of five conjunctive concepts (birds and pets, sports and games, vehicles and machines, office equipment and writing implements, and shoes and sports equipment). Both asymmetry phenomena are studied at the extensional level (using membership ratings) and at the(More)
In statistical NLP, Semantic Vector Spaces (SVS) are the standard technique for the automatic modeling of lexical semantics. However, it is largely unclear how these black-box techniques exactly capture word meaning. To explore the way an SVS structures the individual occurrences of words, we use a non-parametric MDS solution of a token-by-token similarity(More)
In this text we present “profile-based linguistic uniformity”, a method designed to compare language varieties on the basis of a wide range of potentially heterogeneous linguistic variables. In many respects a parallel can be drawn with current methods in dialectometry (for an overview, see Nerbonne and Heeringa, 2001; Heeringa, Nerbonne and Kleiweg, 2002):(More)