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Other Grants and Activities

Section: Other Grants and Activities

National research programs

ARC CAuld Automated construction of logical representations of discourse

Participants : Christian Bassac, Pierre Bourreau, Alain Lecomte, Renaud Marlet, Bruno Mery, Richard Moot, Christian Retoré, Sylvain Salvati [ correspondent ] , Natalia Vinogradova.

ARC CAULD gathers two INRIA EPI (Calligramme, Signes) a team from Toulouse (LALIC, IRIT) and one from Paris (LLF). Its aim is to give an operational contents to Discourse Reprentation Theory, to overpass its limits. In particular ompositional treatment of DRT is advocated for, as well as a proper treatment of context, references, anaphora and dynamic meaning construction. Typed lambda calculus is the main framework to achieve this.

Groupement de Recherche C.N.R.S. 2521 Sémantique et modélisation

Participants : Christian Bassac, Pierre Bourreau, Alain Lecomte, Renaud Marlet, Bruno Mery, Richard Moot, Christian Retoré [ correspondent ] , Sylvain Salvatti, Émilie Voisin.

Signes is one of the fifteen research teams involved in the Groupe de Recherches CNRS 2521, GDR Sémantique et Modélisation , directed by Francis Corblin (Université Paris IV) 2002-2005, 2005-2008. This research program is divided into five “operations”: modèles et formats de représentation pour la sémantique; les modèles à l'épreuve des données; sémantique et corpus; Les interfaces de la sémantique linguistique; sémantique computationnelle. The Signes project-team is part of the latter two operations (interfaces of linguistic semantics and computational semantics). See for details.

ANR GEONTO Programme Masse de Données et Connaissances

Participant : Mauro Gaio [ correspondent ] .

The GEONTO project is a 3-year project (2008-2010) funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) involving 4 partners: LRI, LIUPPA, COGIT, IRIT. It focuses on interoperability of diverse data related to geographic information. The first part of the project consists in building several geographic ontologies reflecting several (different might be better) points of view. In order to complete these objectives, various approaches relying on techniques taken from natural language processing will be used. The second part of the project will study the alignment of ontologies built in the previous part. See for details.


Participants : Alain Lecomte, Bruno Mery, Richard Moot, Sylvain Salvati, Christian Retoré [ correspondent ] .

Signes is part of the national research program PRELUDE Towards a theoretical pragmatics based on ludics and continuations is a 3-year project (2008-2011) funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) (November 2006 – November 2009) directed by Alain Lecomte (team Structures Formelles de la Langue , Univ. Paris 8). Other partners are the LaBRI (most of the Signes members from the LaBRI), the INRIA project-team Calligramme (LORIA, Nancy) and the Institut Mathématique de Luminy (Marseille). See for details.

ANR project Rhapsodie

Participants : Lionel Clément, Renaud Marlet [ correspondent ] .

Rhapsodie is a 4-year project (2008-2011) funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR). It aims at building an annotated corpus of spoken French that will be freely distributed within the research community. This corpus will contain several kinds of spoken discourses, and its annotations will focus both on prosody and syntax, including topology and syntactic dependency. It will be a precious resource to understand the status of prosody in spoken French and its relation with syntax and informational structure. It will also be a suitable resource to train probabilistic parsers targetted at spoken French. In particular it has been shown how to annotate a (French) spoken corpus. [20] The project includes partipants from several research groups in France, as well as Belgium and Switzerland. The involvement of Signes members in Rhapsodie mainly concerns syntax. See for details.


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