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guest talk by Gary Younge, June 12, 2018 © Adelheid Rutenburges

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Transatlantikdampfer "Berengaria" (1920); Route: Liverpool-New York-Liverpool.

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Dr. Nina Seemann

Dr. Nina Seemann
01.12.2017 - 30.04.2020

Research Fellow at the Chair for "Digital Humanities"

Head of the working group "Digital Humanities"
Paderborn University

16.01.2017 - 30.11.2017

Research Fellow at the Chair for Business Computing, especially Semantic Information Processing

Heinz Nixdorf Institute
Paderborn University


PhD degree from the Faculty of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

University of Stuttgart

01.06.2011 - 23.10.2016

PhD student

Institute for Natural Language Processing
University of Stuttgart

01.06.2011 - 30.06.2016

Research Assistant

University of Stuttgart

01.03.2015 - 30.06.2015

Research Assistant

Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

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Analysing Constructional Change: Linguistic Annotation and Sources of Uncertainty

M. Merten, N. Seemann, in: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality (TEEM'18), ACM, 2018, pp. 819-825

This paper presents the various sources of uncertainty we encounter in our project. Our research focus lies on the investigation of language elaboration processes in Middle Low German. We are particularly interested in diachronic constructional changes and constructionalizations involving and affecting all linguistic dimensions. For this, it is necessary to annotate our corpus with Part-of-Speech and constructional tags. Here, we are confronted with gradualness, gradience, and ambiguity as potential sources of uncertainty that complicate the annotation process. Furthermore, due to the historicity of the investigated language, we expect cases of incomplete knowledge and comparative fallacy from the annotators. For this reason, we develop an interface that captures all annotators’ doubts.

    Supporting the Cognitive Process in Annotation Tasks

    N. Seemann, M. Geierhos, M. Merten, D. Tophinke, M.D. Wever, E. Hüllermeier. Supporting the Cognitive Process in Annotation Tasks. 2018.


    Annotation Challenges for Reconstructing the Structural Elaboration of Middle Low German

    N. Seemann, M. Merten, M. Geierhos, D. Tophinke, E. Hüllermeier, in: Proceedings of the Joint SIGHUM Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, Humanities and Literature, Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2017, pp. 40-45

    In this paper, we present the annotation challenges we have encountered when working on a historical language that was undergoing elaboration processes. We especially focus on syntactic ambiguity and gradience in Middle Low German, which causes uncertainty to some extent. Since current annotation tools consider construction contexts and the dynamics of the grammaticalization only partially, we plan to extend CorA – a web-based annotation tool for historical and other non-standard language data – to capture elaboration phenomena and annotator unsureness. Moreover, we seek to interactively learn morphological as well as syntactic annotations.

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