2017I am on the program committee for the 2017 DGfS-CL Fall School, taking place at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf from September 11 to September 22.
I am on the program committee for the EMNLP 2017 system demonstrations session. You can find more information on this website.
My Ph.D. thesis has now appeared in electronic form at the Library of the University of Konstanz. Check out and download the publication here.
We have had a paper accepted at the 2017 Lexical-Functional Grammar Conference. The paper is on our ParTMA project and is titled 'Cross-Linguistically Viable Treatment of Tense & Aspect in Parallel Grammar Development'. Authors are Mark-Matthias Zymla and myself.
The Spring 2017 ParGram meeting was held in Konstanz from April 10th to April 12th. Check out the programme and more information here.
The 2017 Lexical-Functional Grammar Conference will be held in Konstanz from July 25 to July 27. I am one of the local organizers. The programme is already online at the conference website.
2016We have had a paper accepted at the Joint 2016 Conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and Lexical Functional Grammar. The paper is on adverb agreement in Urdu and Sindhi, a project that emerged from a workshop we had at Konstanz together with colleagues from Pakistan. Authors are Miriam Butt, Tafseer Ahmed, Mutee U Rahman and myself.
I have had a paper accepted at the NAACL-HLT 2016 Workshop on Discontinuous Structures in Natural Language Processing. The paper discusses an LFG/XLE treatment of discontinuous genitives in Hindi/Urdu, which also forms part of my Ph.D. thesis project.
I am on the program committee for the NAACL-HLT 2016 system demonstrations session. The submission system is already open; the deadline is February 12, 2016. Please consider submitting papers to the session. You can find more information on this website.
JSAL published an updated version of my review of 'Morphosyntactic Categories and the Expression of Possession' by Kersti Börjars, David Denison and Alan Scott (eds.) in JSAL volume 7. Check out the full JSAL volume here and the review here.
2015I am visiting the INESS workshop on treebanking infrastructures and search methods from November 11 to November 13. Check out the INESS website here.
I have defended my PhD thesis on June 22nd, 2015. Right now, I am in the process of reworking the manuscript that I had submitted to the dissertation committee. On the "Publications & Talks" page, you can download a preprint PDF as well as get more information on the thesis project.
I am the local organizer of the DGfS-CL Poster Session 2016, taking place at DGfS 2016, the 2016 conference of the German Linguistic Society. 20 posters have been accepted; to find out more about the poster session, click here.
2014Ashwini Vaidya and I have had a paper accepted at the COLING 2014 Workshop on South and Southeast Asian NLP. The paper describes a semi-automatic method for identifying Hindi/Urdu noun templates to model complex predication. The preprint can be found on the 'Publications & Talks' page.
Starting June 2014, I am employed in a project on 'Tense and Aspect in Multilingual Semantic Construction', funded by the Nuance Foundation.
We have had a paper accepted at the EACL 2014 Workshop on Computational Approaches to Causality in Language. The paper describes a rule-based method to automatically recognize causal dependencies in German. The paper and the reference can be found on the 'Publications & Talks' page.
I was awarded an STSM (short for Short Term Scientific Mission) grant by the PARSEME COST initiative. The STSM will last from February 17th through February 28th, 2014 and take place at CSLI, Stanford University as well as Sunnyvale, California. During my STSM, I will research German multiword units; I am especially interested in those multiwords that carry a special meaning in discourse. My stay will kindly be hosted by Dan Flickinger.
The next ParGram Meeting is going to take place from February 24th until February 28th, 2014 on the Nuance premises in Sunnyvale, California.
2013I have finished a review of 'Morphosyntactic Categories and the Expression of Possession' by Kersti Börjars, David Denison and Alan Scott (eds.). The review was published on LinguistList; you can access it on the 'Publications & Talks' page.
We have had a paper accepted at ACL 2013, taking place from August 4th to August 9th in Sofia, Bulgaria. The paper is about multilingual, parallel and deep treebanking as conceived by the ParGram project.
The Ph.D. students of the Department of Linguistics are going to have another workshop, talking about their thesis work in front of the Department. The workshop is planned for Monday, May 27th and Tuesday, May 28th. For more information on the workshop, click here.
2012Since November 2012, I am a member of the inter-disciplinary 'VisArgue' project, which aims at modeling political discourse, using instruments and measures from political science, computer science and linguistics. Visit the project website for more information.
We have had a paper accepted at COLING 2012, the 24th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, which takes place from December 8th to December 15th, 2012 in Mumbai, India. The preliminary title of the paper is 'Identifying Urdu Complex Predication via Bigram Extraction'.
I am one of the local organizers of a workshop devoted to the genitive case: DEM GENITIV takes place at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz from the 11th to the 13th of October 2012. The website is here and already includes a preliminary program for the workshop.
Since the XLE documentation is apparently no longer online, I have uploaded the latest version on my website. It is accessible here.
I have had a paper accepted at this year's International LFG Conference LFG2012, taking place at Udayana University, Bali (Indonesia). My paper is about 'Differential Subject Marking and the Stage/Individual Contrast in Hindi/Urdu'. LFG2012 is colocated with the 2012 ParGram meeting, which I am also going to attend.
As of March 2012, I have assumed a new position at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz, working on database and website development, for Prof. Frans Plank. My main responsibilities there are the maintenance and improvement of 'Das Grammatische Raritätenkabinett' and 'The Universals Archive', as well as technical assistance for LingLabs, a cooperation of several linguistic labs in Konstanz. The position will run for 6 months.
We've had a paper accepted at the 8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), taking place in Istanbul from May 21st to May 27th. The preliminary title of the paper is 'A Reference Dependency Bank for Analyzing Complex Predicates'.
2011The XLE, ParGram and ParSem mailing lists have now been moved to Konstanz. The lists are managed by Miriam Butt and myself. See also the Links section for links to the mailing lists; the info pages contain information on how to subscribe to the lists.
TLT10, the 10th International Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories, is happening in Heidelberg from January 6th to January 7th, 2012. Annette Hautli, Miriam Butt and I are presenting a paper there about extending the Hindi/Urdu Treebank by information harvested from our Urdu ParGram grammar.
This year, the International LFG Conference LFG2011 is going to take place in Hong Kong from the 16th to the 19th of July. I will attend the conference and present three quite different papers there. One is about my own research on comparing possessive copula constructions across languages (focusing on Urdu and Irish), and linking them to the individual-level/stage-level distinction; another one surveys Urdu modals, offering a syntactic and semantic treatment in LFG. The third paper about the eXLEpse editor will be presented using a poster.
The Spring ParGram Meeting 2011 took place from the 28th to the 31st of March in Debrecen, Hungary. We presented ongoing and completed research about Urdu multiword expressions, lexical resources, modal verbs etc. The meeting was followed by a one-day Thematic Workshop on Spatial and Temporal Relations in LFG.
I will attend the UMass Workshop on South Asian Syntax and Semantics and present an overview of the work recently done in our project. The workshop is going to take place on the 19th and 20th of March at UMASS in Amherst.
Annette Hautli and I are going to present a poster at the ACL 2011 Student Session on 'Extracting and Classifying Urdu Multiword Expressions'. The conference is going to take place in Portland, Oregon.
2010Together with two students from the computer science department, I am involved in a little side project to develop an easy-to-use editor for LFG grammars implemented in XLE, called eXLEpse. Click here to find out more about eXLEpse.
The Fall ParGram Meeting 2010 took place at Palo Alto Research Center from the 4th of October to the 8th of October, 2010. Miriam Butt, Annette Hautli and I presented ongoing and completed work within our Urdu Grammar Project; in addition, I presented parts of my ongoing research concerning the Irish language. All the slides are here.
In the Summer Semester 2010, I am co-teaching a course with Miriam Butt, entitled 'Grammatikentwicklung' ('Grammar Development'). See the 'Teaching' page.
The Spring ParGram Meeting 2010 here in Konstanz is coming closer (next week). There is a program now - refer to our project's homepage for further information.
The Ph.D. students of the Department of Linguistics are going to have a workshop, talking about their thesis work in front of the Department. For more information on the workshop, click here.
2009The Fall ParGram Meeting 2009 took place from the 28th of September to the 2nd of October in the Microsoft offices in San Francisco. We presented an overview of the current work in our Urdu project.
The 5th Fall School of the Computational Linguistics section of the DGfS took place in Konstanz from the 7th to the 19th of September, 2009. See here.
Our Urdu ParGram Project has finally started. Together with Miriam Butt, Tina Bögel, Annette Hautli, Tafseer Ahmed and Veronika Walther, I will be working in this project for the next three years. For more information on the project, click here.
2008I have been working on setting up an online journal (Journal of South Asian Linguistics - JSAL) under the guidance of Miriam Butt. See the 'Links' page.
I did an internship at Dublin City University from August to October 2008, working on Irish grammar development at NCLT.