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I am researcher of the Loria (Lorraine Lab of Computer Science and its Applications) at CNRS (the National Center of Scientific Research). Until 2016 I was research fellow in the ERC-funded COMPOSES project at the University of Trento. I hold a PhD in Linguistics from the University of California Los Angeles. 

Check out Curriculum Vitae for more information.

Research interests

My work in semantics employs both formal and computational methods. My core interests are in semantic compositionality at the lexical level: how meanings of words interact to derive the meanings of phrases and sentences. Specific research topic include: 
  • mathematical and cognitive aspects of distributional semantics
  • lexical typology
  • integrating formal and distributional models of semantics
  • quantification
  • semantics of conjunctions


Publications: 2018
  • Olivier Bonami and Denis Paperno. A characterisation of the inflection-derivation opposition in a distributional vector space. Preprint version. To appear in Lingue e Linguaggio.
  • Alicia Krebs, Alessandro Lenci and Denis Paperno. SemEval-2018 Task 10: Capturing Discriminative Attributes. Proceedings of the 12th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval-2018). Pp. 732–740.
Publications: 2017
Publications: 2016
Publications: 2015 
Publications: 2014
Major earlier work (see this page for more papers)
See also my old website (last updated in 2012) for some older papers and abstracts.