Dr. Noortje J. Venhuizen

Semantics, Cognitive Science, AI
—It's all about meaning

I am a research scientist at the Department of Language Science and Technology at Saarland University.

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Research interests

I am interested in formal (symbolic/ distributional/ probabilistic) models of linguistic meaning and how they can be applied and evaluated, using cognitive modeling, behavioral experiments, and computational methods in natural language understanding. Below, I list my current research topics. For more information about my current and past research, see my list of publications.

Distributional Formal Semantics (DFS)

DFS offers probabilistic distributed representations that are also inherently compositional. When used as part of a recurrent neural network, these representations allow for capturing incremental meaning construction and probabilistic inference.
 Article (2022)  Software

Neurocomputational modeling of ERPs

We aim to arrive at an explicit neurocomputational model of the electrophysiology of language comprehension, focusing on the N400 and the P600 component of the Event Related brain Potential (ERP) signal.
 Article (2021)

Rational encoding and decoding

In Project C3 within SFB 1102, we investigate information-theoretic explanations of encoding and decoding behaviour, with an emphasis on the mechanisms that underlie the linearization of referring expressions
 Article (2021)

My publications

  • Journal Articles

  • Book Chapters

  • Bos, J., Basile, V., Evang, K., Venhuizen, N. J., and Bjerva, J. (2017) The Groningen Meaning Bank. In Ide, N. and Pustejovsky, J. (eds.), Handbook of Linguistic Annotation, pp. 463-496. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht. doi:10.1007/978-94-024-0881-2_18 PDF BibTex
  • Brouwer, H., Crocker, M. W., and Venhuizen, N. J. (2017). Neural Semantics. In: Wieling, M., Kroon, M., van Noord, G., and Bouma, G. (eds.), From Semantics to Dialectometry: Festschrift for John Nerbonne, pp. 75-83. College Publications. PDF BibTex

  • Conference Proceedings

  • Software

  • Theses

  • Venhuizen, N. J. (2015). Projection in Discourse: A data-driven formal semantic analysis. PhD thesis, University of Groningen. (Supervisors: Prof. dr. J. Bos and Prof. dr. P. Hendriks; Jury: Prof. dr. N. M. Asher, Prof. dr. J. Hoeksema, and Prof. dr. R. A. van der Sandt; Opposition: Prof. dr. L. B. W. Geurts, Prof. dr. J. A. W. Kamp, dr. E. Maier, and dr. H. W. Zeevat) PDF BibTex
  • Venhuizen, N. J. (2011). Negation in Questions. Master's Thesis, ILLC, University of Amsterdam. (Supervisors: dr. Floris Roelofsen and dr. Galit Weidman Sassoon) PDF

Selected presentations

For a full list of presentations and posters, please ask for my . Selected slides and posters can also be found on ResearchGate.

  • Recent talks

  • Selected posters




  • Foundations of Linguistics: Semantics, MSc, Department of Language Science and Technology, Saarland University. Winter 2020, 2021.
  • Information Theory (Guest Lecturer), MSc, Saarland University. Summer 2019.
  • Foundations in LST: Semantics, MSc, Department of Language Science and Technology, Saarland University. Winter 2016.
  • Linguistic Theory: Semantics (Guest Lecturer), MSc, University of Groningen. Winter 2013, 2014.
  • Tekstmanipulatie: UNIX Tools, BSc, University of Groningen. Winter 2012, 2013.

Contact details

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  • Department of Language Science & Technology, Saarland University, Campus C7.1, Raum 1.19, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Work: +49 681 302 6556