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30th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI 2018)   

(6 – 17 AUGUST 2018)

Computational Models of Events

James Pustejovsky

The notion of `event’ has long been central for both modeling the semantics of natural language as well as reasoning in goal-driven tasks in artificial intelligence. This course examines developments in computational models for events, bringing together recent work from the areas of semantics, modal logic, computer science, and computational linguistics. The goal of this course is to look at event structure from a unifying perspective, enabled by a new synthesis of how these disciplines have approached the problem. This entails examining the structure of events at every level that is impacted by the interpretation of linguistic expressions:

  • predicate decomposition and subatomic event structure;
  • atomic events and the mapping to syntax;
  • events in discourse structure; and
  • the macro-event structure of narratives and scripts.


Quick Schedule

  1. Monday: The Role of Events in Language and Cognition
  2. Tuesday: Atomic Theories of Events
  3. Wednesday: Sub-atomic and Dynamic Models of Events
  4. Thursday: Situational Grounding of Events
  5. Friday: Event Structure above the Sentence


Lecture Slides