29th European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information
University of Toulouse (France), 17-28 July, 2017

Lucas Champollion

Short biography

I am an assistant professor at the NYU Department of Linguistics in New York.

My main work is on the formal semantics of natural language. I also have a background in computational linguisticsnatural language processing and formal language theory.Picture

I am specialized in model-theoretic linguistic semantics. Within this field, my recent interests include event semantics, conjunction, disjunction, counterfactuals, and donkey sentences. I am also interested in distributivity, aspect and measurement, which I mainly study from the point of view of algebraic semantics and mereology (the theory of part-whole relations). One line of work I have pursued over the last few years has connected the meanings of distributive words such as each or every to the way language measures quantities and events, as in three liters of water and run for three hours. I have also worked on quantification, negation, definite descriptions, temporal dependencies, and other topics.

I have a dual linguistics/computer science background. I am interested in connecting linguistics with the neighboring fields of philosophy and computer science. Some of my work is in formal language theory, computational linguistics, and computational semantics. My research in these areas has focused on investigating tree-adjoining grammar from different angles, such as treebanking, dependency parsing, and computational complexity.

My current research focuses exclusively on formal semantics. 

I teach undergraduate introductions to linguistics and computational linguistics. All my graduate-level classes are about semantics.