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 A. Brasoveanu) illustrates my view on how linguistic theory, experiments and corpus data should be linked.

Recent/upcoming presentations

May 23-27, 2019
Don't blame distributional semantics it can't do entailment, with Gemma Boleda, to be presented at 13th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS), Gothenburg (paper)
April 10-13, 2019
A quantitative model of Questions Under Discussion, XIV International Symposium of Psycholinguistics, Tarragona
February 8th, 2019
Predicting explicit and implicit questions, COLT kick-off workshop, Barcelona (slides)
January 11th, 2019
Intonational Compliance Marking: a theory of English intonational meaning, Laboratoire Parole et Langage, Aix-en-Provence (slides)
December 19, 2018
Formal and distributional semantics model different notions of meaning, with Gemma Boleda, Semantics and Philosophy in Europe 10, Barcelona (slides; abstract)
December 18, 2018
Why exhaustivity is sometimes (but not always) part of what is meant, Semantics and Philosophy in Europe 10, Barcelona (slides; abstract; puzzle)
November 9th, 2018
Towards unsupervised language models for QUD prediction, SemDial, Aix-en-Provence (poster; abstract)
November 8th, 2018
Rise-fall-rise: a prosodic window on secondary QUDs, Workshop on Prosody and Meaning, Aix-en-Provence (poster; abstract; based on full paper)



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

Office: 52.631