Gosse Bouma: Enhanced Universal Dependencies and its relationship to HPSG

Abstract: On the relationship between (Enhanced) Universal Dependencies and Phrase Structure Grammar

Recent work on neural parsing using pre-trained language models has shown that accurate dependency parsing requires very little supervision, and no induction of grammar rules in the traditional sense. We show that this even holds for dependency annotation that goes beyond labeled edges between word tokens, and that is able to capture much of the same information as that of richer phrase based models such as HPSG. Second, we show that dependency parsing can  still benefit from a combination with phrase based syntax, not unlike that of HPSG, and that such combinations might be readily available for many of the treebanks in the UD corpus.




Warm-up/Training sessions

Dear Participants,

The 27th International HPSG conference starts this coming Monday!

If you have never participated in an online conference before or would like a refresher, you are welcome to attend one of our “warm-up” sessions (this is of course not required/expected).

We will just make sure things are working for you, will go over the basic Zoom features etc.

The sessions will take place:

  • 15:00 UTC on Thursday, Aug 13
  • 4 am UTC on Friday, Aug 14

If you would like to attend one of the sessions, please make sure you have the password handy (which you should have received in response to your registration email) and connect to the Zoom session the link to which you will find in Meeting Places.

If you do not have Zoom installed, please download the Zoom Client for Meeting (it is free) from here.

Please let the organizers know (hpsg.2020@hu-berlin.de) if you have any questions or issues!

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Schedule update

Dear participants,

After much consideration, we updated the schedule for the upcoming conference.

We hope that the schedule will allow for diverse participation where everyone will find at least some feasible hours to join the conference, while also having the opportunity to meet people from all over the world (at the cost of getting up early or staying up late).

Note that the updated schedule is different from the preliminary one which you may have seen; we now plan to have a consistent schedule between all three days of the conference. This decision came after much consideration and we sincerely hope the new schedule will overall be better for everyone.

The conference will start at 13:00 UTC on each of the three days. This is somewhat late in Asia and somewhat early on the American west coast, for which we apologize.

In other news, we will have two training sessions on August 13th and 14th, for those who would like to test their connection, make sure they know how to use the technology, etc. More details to follow closer to the event.

Finally, please note that while the schedule displayed on the website is in CEST, it should adjust to your time zone if you download it and open it in your calendar program. One way or another, we recommend adding the schedule to your calendar, in your time zone, to avoid unnecessary confusion.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Anticipated participation update

The “early bird” registration deadline for HPSG2020 has now passed, and we are ready to present some exciting statistics! So far, we’ve registered 88 people from various countries and continents. Most of the registrations come from Europe while the Americas and Asia/Oceania each represent about 20% of the crowd. Different kinds of HPSG fans have registered including faculty members, PhD/masters/undergraduate students, and industry representatives. A schedule update will follow soon.

Reminder! Prerecorded videos

As our conference approaches, we would like to remind those who have chosen the prerecorded video format to prepare their videos and make them available to the audience ahead of time. 

The deadline for sending us a link to your video is August 10th

We will be posting the videos on the website as they come. This way, the audience will have an opportunity to watch them at a comfortable pace.

You may choose any platform that is easily accessible to others via a link. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Displaying times of talks and scheduling talks and QA sessions

We now found a way to display the times of talks according to the time zone of the person viewing the program. We just enter the program in a normal calendar and use a wordpress plugin to display the calendar. ICS Calendar is a good plugin that can be configured to output a list of events with the associated time.

Another issue is how to start the conference. We decided to put a full invited talk first and schedule the other invited talks, which have prerecorded videos, for the other two days.