A distributional MOdel of Reference to Entities (ERC Starting Grant 715154)
Imagine your GPS could see. To answer the question "Do I turn there where that big tree is?", a camera is not enough; the GPS needs to connect what you say to the portion of reality that surrounds your car. AMORE enables machines to connect language to reality, and seeks an understanding of how people make this connection when they talk. The project thus explores the phenomenon of reference in natural language via computational modeling experiments, and we are particularly interested in the interaction of language with conceptual knowledge, on the one hand, and the extralinguistic context, on the other.