Pia Sommerauer (BA in English and American Studies, University of Vienna, planned graduation from MA Linguistics (Human Language Technology), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in August 2017) is awarded a NWO PhDs in the Humanities grant. In September 2017 she will start her PhD project about the relation between word, sense and reference in distributional semantic models in.
The research will be carried out under the daily supervision of prof. dr. P.Th.J.M. Vossen, full professor of Computational Lexicology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and head of the Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL) and the co-supervision of Prof. Dr. G.J. Steen, full professor of Speech Communication, Argumentation and Rhetoric at the Department of Dutch at the University of Amsterdam and head of the Metaphor Lab and founding director of the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam. The research is closely linked to several projects ongoing projects of the CLTL, such as the Spinoza Prize Project Understanding of language by machines (ULM). This combination of experts in computational linguistics and cognitive linguistics provides a unique environment for this project.