Anna Di Natale: “Computational approaches to colexification “

Jun 17, 2022 | 17:0018:00

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CSH scientist Anna Di Natale will give a virtual talk at the Cognitive Lexicon Laboratory at the University of Toronto on June 17, 2022.




Colexification is a linguistic phenomenon that occurs when two different concepts are expressed using only one word in a language.


In this talk, I show that an interdisciplinary approach which adds computer science and psychology to classical linguistics can expand the horizon of what we can do with colexification. In particular, I explore the structure of meanings in human language through the analysis of colexification networks, developing methods to automatically improve affective science resources and text analysis methods. Moreover, I show that models based on colexification networks outperform state-of-the-art approaches.


These results can be seen as a first step towards the construction of a new generation of theoretically-informed, explainable, and transparent methods to understand natural language.



Jun 17, 2022


University of Toronto