Matthijs Westera


What Am I Currently Doing?

Speakers rely on linguistic conventions to communicate their intentions. I investigate how this works, as a postdoctoral researcher in the Computational Linguistics and Linguistic Theory research group in Barcelona. I focus on:

What Did I Do Before?

In my PhD at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation in Amsterdam I worked on two phenomena that straddle the border between convention and intention:

For a more integrated perspective you can download my thesis.

My experimental work on modified numerals (paper with Adrian Brasoveanu) illustrates my view on how linguistic theory, experiments and corpus data should be linked.

Recent/upcoming presentations

September 4-7, 2019
A closer look at scalar diversity using contextualized semantic similarity, with Gemma Boleda, presented at Sinn und Bedeutung 24 in Osnabrück (poster; abstract)
September 4-7, 2019
Implying or implicating not both in declaratives and interrogatives, presented at Sinn und Bedeutung 24 in Osnabrück (slides; puzzle!; abstract)
August 1, 2019
Some linguistic correlates of gradients and attention weights in BERT, presented at the second BlackBoxNLP workshop at ACL in Florence. (poster)
May 23-27, 2019
Don't blame distributional semantics if it can't do entailment, with Gemma Boleda, presented at 13th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS), Gothenburg (paper; slides)
April 10-13, 2019
A quantitative model of Questions Under Discussion, XIV International Symposium of Psycholinguistics, Tarragona (poster)



Department of Translation and Language Sciences
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Roc Boronat, 138
08018 Barcelona

Office: 52.631