I am an
ICREA Research Professor in the
Department of Translation and Language Sciences of the
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain),
and the head of the Computational Linguistics and Linguistic Theory (COLT)
My main research area is Computational Linguistics (aka Natural Language Processing). I am interested in how humans convey meaning through language. I work with computational models (distributional semantics, neural networks)
that are able to induce very rich and flexible linguistic representations directly from examples of how people use language.
I am currently working on reference, or how we use language to talk about the world: I just need to utter a bunch of words,
for instance "the smart woman we met the other day at the meeting", and my interlocutor will be able to identify the person
I mean. I am building computational models that are able to do this, like humans do.
I am funded by an
ERC Starting Grant. Contact
Department of Translation and Language Sciences
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Roc Boronat, 138
+34 93 532 2232
Boleda, G. 2020.
Distributional Semantics and Linguistic Theory. Annual Review of Linguistics, Vol. 6: 213-23. [ Pre-print version] McNally, L., G. Boleda. 2017.
Conceptual Versus Referential Affordance in Concept Composition.
In Yoad Winter & James Hampton (eds.) Compositionality and Concepts in Linguistics and Psychology 245-267. Springer. Aina, L., Silberer, C., Sorodoc, I., Westera, M., Boleda, G. 2019.
What do entity-centric models learn? Insights from entity linking in multi-party dialogue.
In Proceedings of NAACL-HLT 2019, 3772-3783.
March 2020: Invited talk at LingLunch Paris Diderot, Department of Linguistics, Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France: "Distributional Semantics and Linguistic Theory".
February 2020: Paper accepted at LREC 2020:
Object Naming in Language and Vision: A Survey and a New Dataset, with Carina Silberer and Sina Zarrieß. January 2020:
Annual Review of Linguistics paper out!
Distributional Semantics and Linguistic Theory (Vol. 6: 213-23). December 2019: co-organizing the
GeCKo symposium on Integrating Generic and Contextual Kowledge, Barcelona, May 18. December 2019: Talk at
DLBCN 2019 on joint work with Marco Del Tredici and Raquel Fernandez, published at NAACL: Short-term meaning shift: a distributional exploration. December 2019: Very happy to start my job as an
ICREA Research Professor. A great honor and a long-standing dream! October 2019: Will be an invited speaker at the LANTERN 2020 workshop (Barcelona, September 2020).
October 2019: Invited speaker at
EurNLP, London, UK, October 11. October 2019: Keynote speaker at
15th KONVENS, Erlangen, Germany, October 9-11. August 2019: Participated in the
Lorentz Center workshop on Compositionality in Brains and Machines, Leiden, The Netherlands, August 5-9 2019. August 2019: Short paper presented at ACL 2019:
Putting words in context: LSTM language models and lexical ambiguity, with Laura Aina and Kristina Gulordava. July 2019: Invited researcher at the IMS PhD Retreat.
May 2019: Poster accepted at Sinn und Bedeutung 24:
A closer look at scalar diversity using contextualized semantic similarity, with Matthijs Westera. May 2019: Invited speaker at the
RELATIONS 2019 workshop co-located with IWCS 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden, May 23. May 2019: Invited speaker at the
Vector Space Semantics for Dialogue and Discourse workshop co-located with IWCS 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden, May 24. March 2019: Long paper, oral presentation at
IWCS 2019: Don't blame distributional semantics if it can't do entailment, with Matthijs Westera.