Gianluca Lebani

Research Fellow at the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies of the Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Short Bio

I am a computational semanticist who uses distributional methods to model psycholinguistic data and test linguistic theories. Currently, I am a research fellow at the Department of Linguistics and Comparative
Cultural Studies of the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. During my undergraduate years, I’ve been educated as a linguist at the University of Siena: I got my bachelor in with a dissertation about
Autism and Relevance Theory, and my master degree with a dissertation about Lexical Information and Word Sense Disambiguation. I switched to a quantitative perspective during my years of Ph.D. training at the University of Trento, when I mostly focused on how to encode lexical knowledge in order to develop an assistive tool for the treatment of anomic patients. Due to the nature of this project, as well as to the influence of those who shaped my education, I also developed a strong interest in cognitive science in general, and psycholinguistics in particular. I moved to Pisa for a PostDoc to follow this route. Most of the work I have done at the Computational Linguistics Laboratory, indeed, focused on the development of distributional (a.k.a. vector, word) space models, with the ultimate goal of understanding how lexical knowledge is processed and exploited by the speaker. In collaboration with Alessandro Lenci, we’ve investigated how different kinds of annotation (linear, syntactic, discursive) can be exploited in a complementary fashion or to extract different kinds of information. moreover, we’ve investigated the usability of distributional models to verify linguistic hypotheses and to model psycholinguistic data. After my PostDoc I spent a couple of years in the Netherlands where I worked as a lecturer for the Amsterdam University College and for the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication of the Utrecht University.

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Last update: 04/03/2021