Computational Linguistics | Framing & Perspective Research | Sustainable & Human-Sized NLP
|how can the same event be conceptualized in different ways using language?
|frame semantic parsing for showing event conceptualization in Dutch, Italian, and English
|investigate media framing of societally important events
|connect cognitive linguistics, formal semantics and critical discourse analysis
Funded by NWO (Dutch National Science Organization), this is the overarching project that forms the context of my PhD work. The project aims at developing FrameNet-based event corpora, lexical resources and frame semantic parsing tools, with the ultimate goal of better understanding how the same event or situation can be conceptualized from different perspectives, in Dutch and other languages.
With: Tommaso Caselli, Malvina Nissim (University of Groningen); Sara Gemelli, Serena Coschignano, Chiara Zanchi (University of Pavia); Gaetana Ruggiero, Viviana Patti (University of Turin); Marion Bartl (Insight Centre, Dublin); Eva Kwakman, Marco te Brömmelstroet (University of Amsterdam)
In this project, we aim to show how semantic frames and syntactic constructions can be used to background or foreground agentivity, responsibility, and humanity against the background of power relations in society. Specifically, we investigate reporting on femicides and migration in the Italian press, and traffic danger in the Dutch press.
Main project with: Malvina Nissim & Johan Bos (University of Groningen). Collaborations with: Rik van Noord (University of Groningen); Tatiana Bladier, Kilian Evang (Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf)
Theoretical and experimental work aiming at enriching discourse representation structures (DRS) with event-conceptualization information from FrameNet. The end goal of this project is to build a DRS-based frame semantic parsing model and use it to add FrameNet annotations to the Parallel Meaning Bank.
My paper on "Explaining the distribution of implicit means of misrepresentation a case study on Italian immigration discourse", with Serena Coschignano & Chiara Zanchi was accepted for publication Journal of Pragmatics!
My paper on "Responsibility Perspective Transfer for Italian Femicide News", with Huiyuan Lai, Benedetta Muscato & Malvina Nissim was accepted for publication in the Findings of ACL 2023. Looking forward to traveling to Toronto for the last major (*CL) conference of my PhD!
The SocioFillmore project was briefly mentioned in TOUCH, the new RAI (Italian public TV) show about future technologies! Watch it on RaiPlay (from 26:25).
My conference abstracts (with the SocioFillmore group) for the 16th International Conference on Cognitive Linguistics, and the co-located International FrameNet Workshop, were accepted for presentation! Looking forward to travelling to Düsseldorf in August!
Just before Christmas, I did a 'grand tour' of Italy for meeting my collaborators on the SocioFillmore project, visiting old and less old friends, and giving lots of presentations about my PhD work: invited talks at the ColingLab in Pisa, the Machine Translation lab at FBK in Trento, in Chiara Zanchi's seminar at the University of Pavia, and at the Computer Science department at the University of Turin; and a conference talk (w/ Sara Gemelli) at the PhD Conference ''Centre & Periphery: Spaces of inclusion and exclusion'' hosted by the translation department at the University of Bologna in Forlì. It was a lot of fun (but intense!) visiting so many different cities in just over a week's time.
Following the news about our AACL paper award, we were interviewed and appeared in two Italian media outlets:
We were already super excited about the acceptance of our AACL paper, but now ten times more since we were selected for the conference's Best Paper Award! See the AACL 2022 website.
Our paper about modeling femicide news perception was accepted for the upcoming AACL conference in (virtual) Taipei! See here for the pre-print.
Our paper about the SocioFillmore tool was accepted for the upcoming demo session at ACL 2022 in Dublin! See here for the pre-print. The demo system itself will be made available online soon.
A first publication with the SocioFillmore project group! This will be a very nice chance to meet the Italian NLP community and present our work on frame semantic parsing for responsibility framing analysis.
My paper with Tatiana Bladier, Rik van Noord & Kilian Evang about semantic roles in DRS parsing was accepted for publication at CSTFRS (Computing Semantics with Types, Frames and Related Structures). Looking forward to virtually presenting in this ESSLLI workshop!
I was kindly invited by TW!ST, the Groningen linguistics student club, to speak at their career event. I gave a presentation about becoming a Computational Linguistics PhD student, as well as a workshop about "CheckList: do computers *really* understand human language?". [If anyone's interested, my slides are here and here, and my workshop's Colab notebook is here.]
My paper for the 14th International Conference on Computational Semantics was accepted!
You can now find all of my research output and other academic activities (such as presentations and conference posters) in the University of Groningen's Pure database, as well as visualize my collaboration graph. My Pure profile is here.
Analyzing and computationally modeling perceptions of femicides in the Italian press
Paper about frame semantics for societal issues from a practical point of view.
Contribution to a chapter of the annual report (in Italian) of the Rome Charter Association reporting on an analysis of migration discourse in Italy using the SocioFillmore system.
Zanchi, C., Coschignano, S. & Minnema, G. (2021). "Numeri in arrivo anziché uomini e donne in partenza: Come i frame ci rendono inconsapevolmente ingiusti". In: Notizie ai margini. IX rapporti Carta di Roma 2021.
First published result from the Dutch-Italian collaborative project on the responsibility framing of femicides and car crashes. In this paper, we focus specifically on Italian, reviewing the state of frame semantic parsing for Italian and showing the relevance of semantic frames for studying how femicides are framed in the Italian press.
Minnema, G., Gemelli, S., Zanchi, C., Patti, V., Caselli, T. & Nissim, M. (2021). "Frame Semantics for Social NLP in Italian: Analyzing Responsibility Framing in Femicide News Reports". To appear in: Proceedings of the 8th Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics, Milan, January 2022.
Nice collaboration between Groningen & Düsseldorf, aiming to improve DRS (Discourse Representation Structure) parsing with externally predicted semantic role labels. My contribution is a rule-based algorithm for converting semantic roles from logical variables to text spans given a DRS and a CCG tree. Within my own project, this algorithm will also form the basis for a future DRS-based frame semantic parsing system.
Bladier, T., Minnema, G., Van Noord, R. & Evang, K. (2021). "Improving DRS Parsing with Separately Predicted Semantic Roles". Proceedings of CSTFRS: Computing Semantics with Types, Frames and Related Structures (workshop at ESSLLI 2021)
First major NLP-oriented paper about one of the central components of my PhD project: frame semantic parsing. We look at the task from an end-to-end perspective and explore the interdependencies between frame identification and role labeling.
Minnema, G. & Nissim, M. (2021). "Breeding Fillmores Chickens and Hatching the Eggs: Recombining Frames and Roles in Frame-Semantic Parsing" Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Computational Semantics, Groningen (online)