This meeting is conceived as a workshop. All final versions of papers will be provided BEFORE the workshop, so that participants can read or at least browse through them and we can maximize the time for discussion and interaction with implemented systems.

Sessions typically have a short invited talk (25’+5′), followed by three short oral presentations (15’+5′), and remaining very short announcements of posters (5′). Then there is a poster and a demonstration session focusing on the presented material. Authors of papers with oral presentations are also encouraged to bring a poster. Given that this meeting is focused on working systems, demonstrations and opportunity for interaction have a central place. The systems discussed in a particular session show demonstrations, and they remain live in the subsequent coffee or lunch break for the rest of the day.


Session 1. Constructions and syntax (chair: Luc Steels)

9:00 Invited talk:Adele Goldberg
Meaningful constructions

9:30 – 10:30 (15′)
– Grammar Scaling: Leveraging FrameNet Data to Increase Embodied Construction Grammar Coverage
Ellen Dodge, Sean Trott, Luca Gilardi and Elise Stickles.
– A library of meta-layer operators for open-ended fluid constructional processing.
Paul Van Eecke and Katrien Beuls
– Tree-Adjoining Grammar: A tree-based constructionist grammar framework for natural language understanding
Timm Lichte and Laura Kallmeyer
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:40 (15’+5′)
– Dynamic Construction Grammar and Steps Towards the Narrative Construction of Meaning
Peter Ford Dominey, Anne-Laure Mealier, Grégoire Pointeau, Solene Mirliaz and Mark Finlayson
– Template Construction Grammar: a schema-theoretic computational construction grammar
Victor Barres
11:40- Posters and demonstrations of construction grammar implementations.
(continue throughout lunch break)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

Session 2. Assembling Large Constructicons (chair: Jerry Feldman)

14:00 Invited talk: Hans Boas
Constructing constructicons: Goals, methods, and challenges.
14:30 – 15:30 (15′ + 5′ discussion)
– Towards a Constructicon for German
Alexander Ziem and Hans Boas
– A computational construction grammar for English
Remi van Trijp
– The Brazilian Portuguese Constructicon: Modeling Constructional Inheritance, Frame Evocation and Constraints in FrameNet Brasil
Adrieli Bonjour Laviola Da Silva, Ludmila Lage, Natália Marção, Tatiane Silva Tavares, Vânia Almeida, Ely Matos and Tiago Torrent
Posters and demonstrations of large constructicons

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

Session 3. Towards a computational construction grammar for neurolinguistics
17:00 – 18:00 Panel
– Michael Arbib: Initial Specifications for NCG++: Linking vision, language processing and action in a computing framework that respects the structure of the brain (20′)
– Panel: Peter Dominey, Victor Barres, Nancy Chang and Michael Spranger: What DCG, TCG, ECG and FCG do and do not offer to the synthesis (40′)

Session 4. Computational Construction Grammar and syntax: Assessing the state of the art.
17:00 – 18:00
– Panel with participants from monday’s session.
Luc Steels (chair) Background paper: Requirements for computational construction grammars.

18:00 – 19:00 Reception


Session 5. Constructions and Frames (chair: Nancy Chang)
09:00 Invited talk: Bill Croft
Constructions, frames and event structure
09:30 – 10:30 (15’+5′)
– Coping with Construals in Broad-Coverage Semantic Annotation of Adpositions
Jena D. Hwang, Archna Bhatia, Na-Rae Han, Tim O’Gorman, Vivek Srikumar and Nathan Schneider
– Constructional Analysis Using Constrained Spreading Activation in a FrameNet-Based Structured Connectionist Model
Ely Matos, Tiago Torrent, Vânia Almeida, Adrieli Laviola, Ludmila Lage, Natália Marção and Tatiane Tavares
– Construction Detection in a Conventional NLP Pipeline
Jesse Dunietz, Lori Levin and Miriam R. L. Petruck
Posters and demonstrations involving constructions and frames

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 (5′)
– A Proposal for Incorporating Analogically Learned Constructions in a Feature Based Parsing Framework
Clifton Mcfate and Kenneth Forbus
– Metaphor Shifts in Constructions: the Russian Metaphor Corpus
Yulia Badryzlova and Olga Lyashevskaya
– Frame-based Knowledge Representation Using Large Specialized Corpora
Daphnée Azoulay
– Modelling the meaning of constructions with distributional semantics
Gianluca Lebani and Alessandro Lenci
– Semantically-Driven Coreference Resolution with Embodied Construction Grammar
Vivek Raghuram, Sean Trott, Kelly Shen, Ethan Goldberg and Sidney Oderberg
Posters and demonstrations continue during lunch break.

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

Session 6. Natural Language Understanding (chair: Luc Steels)

14:00 – 15:30 (15′)
– A Construction-Grammar Approach to Computationally Solving the Winograd Schema: Implementation and Evaluation
Denis Kiselev
– Processing Natural Language About Ongoing Actions in ECG
Steve Doubleday, Sean Trott and Jerome Feldman
– Usage-based Grounded Construction Learning – A Computational Model
Michael Spranger
Posters and demonstrations of natural language understanding systems and cognitive models continue during coffee break

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

Session 7. Cognitive modelling (chair: Jerry Feldman)
16:00 – 17:30 (15′)
– Broad Coverage, Domain-Generic Deep Semantic Parsing
James Allen and Choh Man Teng
– Cognitive Modeling Approaches to Language Comprehension Using Construction Grammar
Peter Lindes and John E. Laird
– Modeling the Interaction of Frequency Properties over a Grammaticality Judgment Task
Libby Barak and Adele Goldberg
Posters and demonstrations continue.

18:00 – 19:00 Plenary session (together with the other symposia).


Session 7. Organisation of the field.
9-­12:00 (with 30′ coffee break between 10:30 and 11:00)
Chair: Nancy Chang and Tiago Torrent

Towards a meaningful benchmark for Construction Grammar

  • 9-9:30 Welcome / Overview
  • 9:30-10:30 Language phenomena and metrics: panel/discussion
  • 10:30-11 Coffee break
  • 11-12 Applications and standards: panel/discussion
  • 12-12:30 Future plans: future meetings, benchmark task groups, discussion
    (also possible: lunch afterward for those available to continue discussion.)

For the two panel/discussion sessions, we’ll prepare structuring questions and invite commentary/panelists to consider these beforehand and help facilitate discussion. By the end of the session, we hope to have a concrete set of suggestions for how to measure/evaluate progress in construction-based language understanding, and/or clearer criteria for doing that.

12:30 Conclusions

Everybody is encourage to fill in the survey: