Prof. dr. Yoad Vinter Seggev

Language, logic and information
030 253 8122

Yoad Winter's work studies the communicative import of natural language, especially logical meaning and its cognitive aspects. He has worked on a variety of topics in theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics and natural language processing. Until 2009 Winter was an associate professor of Computer Science at Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. In 2010-2014 he was an associate professor at Utrecht University, and the leader of the NWO VICI program “Between language and common sense”, which integrates knowledge from cognitive science with state-of-the-art research in formal semantics. In 2014 he was appointed professor in computational semantics and AI at Utrecht University. Winter is in the editorial boards of some principal linguistic journals, including Linguistics and PhilosophyLinguistic InquiryJournal of Semantics and Semantics and Pragmatics. Since 2016, Winter leads the ERC Advanced Project "Forests and Trees: the Formal Semantics of Collective Categorization (ROCKY)" and the NWO Free Competition project "When language has a beat".

At Utrecht University, Winter lectures in the Linguistics program (BA and MA) and the Artificial Intelligence program (BA and MSc).


Selected publications :

Y. Winter: Flexibility Principles in Boolean Semantics. MIT Press, 2001.

Y. Winter: Elements of Formal Semantics. To appear in Edinburgh University Press, 2016.

J. Zwarts and Y. Winter: "Vector space semantics: a modeltheoretic analysis of locative prepositions", Journal of Logic, Language and Information 9 (2000): 171-213.

R. Bekkerman, R. El-Yaniv, N. Tishby and Y. Winter: “Distributional Word Clusters vs. Words for Text Categorization”. Journal of Machine Learning Research 3 (2003):1183-1208.

Y. Winter: “On the grammar of a Senegalese Drum Language”, Language, 9.3 (2014): 644-668.


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