Verb Workshop 2005

Saarland University
February 28 - March 1, 2005









Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Identification and Representation of Verb Features and Verb Classes

Workshop Description

Verbs and their features have always received wide attention in various disciplines concerned with linguistic research, since their contribution is essential to the structure and the interpretation of language. In recent years, the availability of new lexical resources and increasingly large corpora, the application of empirical methods and statistical algorithms and the development of technical devices such as eye-trackers and magnetic resonance imaging has led to advances in several linguistic areas. This interdisciplinary workshop brings together researchers from linguistic domains such as lexicography, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, and neuroscience, in order to discuss their perspectives on verb senses, verb features and verb classes.

The aim of this workshop is to contribute to an exchange of new ideas and methods. The focus of the workshop is on the identification and representation of verb features at the syntax-semantic interface and verb classes as generalisations and organisational means for verbs. The workshop addresses questions such as (but not restricted to):

  • how human beings describe and classify verbs,
  • which verb features are universal vs. language-specific,
  • which verb features are relevant to distinguish verb senses,
  • how we can obtain verb features and verb classes automatically,
  • which kinds of verb features and verb classes are useful for NLP applications,
  • which kinds of features and classes are useful for capturing human processing generalisations,
  • how verbs are represented in the brain.

Invited Speakers

Christiane Fellbaum (Department of Psychology, Princeton University)
Jean-Pierre Koenig (Linguistics Department, University of Buffalo)
Paola Merlo (Département de Linguistique, Université de Genčve)

Workshop Chairs

Katrin Erk (Computational Linguistics, Saarland University)
Alissa Melinger (Psycholinguistics, Saarland University)
Sabine Schulte im Walde (Computational Linguistics, Saarland University)

Program Committee

Artemis Alexiadou (Department of Linguistics, University of Stuttgart)
Miriam Butt (Department of Linguistics, University of Konstanz)
Berthold Crysmann (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Saarbrücken)
Sonja Eisenbeiß (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)
Charles Fillmore (Linguistics Department, University of California at Berkeley)
Ulrich Heid (Institute for Natural Language Processing, University of Stuttgart)
Adam Kilgarriff (Information Technology Research Institute, University of Brighton)
Pia Knoeferle (Psycholinguistics, Saarland University)
Anna Korhonen (Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge)
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová (Computational Linguistics, Saarland University)
Ken McRae (Department of Psychology, The University of Western Ohio)
Fermín Moscoso del Prado Martín (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge)
Martha Palmer (Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania)
Manfred Pinkal (Computational Linguistics, Saarland University)
Suzanne Stevenson (Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto)
Gabriella Vigliocco (Department of Psychology, University College London)
Andrea Weber (Psycholinguistics, Saarland University)

Financial Support

The workshop is supported by the International Post-Graduate College Language Technology and Cognitive Systems.


verbs are cool