I'm a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Philology, Literature, and Linguistics of the University of Pisa, a member of the Computational Liguistics (CoLing) Laboratory and a Subject Expert/Teaching Assistant ("Cultore della Materia") in Glottology and Linguistics.
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I was born in Varese in 1979.
I got my PhD at the Doctoral School in Cognitive and Brain Sciences of the University of Trento, where I focused on the problem of enriching MultiWordNet with speaker-elicited semantic knowledge in order to develop a tool to support anomia rehabilitation.
I graduated at the University of Siena, where I got my bachelor in Communication Science with a dissertation about Autism and Relevance Theory, and my master degree in Linguistics with a dissertation about Lexical Information and Word Sense Disambiguation.
In the meantime, I spent my semester abroad at the University of Genève, I did my first internship  in the Child Neuropsychiatry ward of the policlinico Le Scotte in Siena, and the second one  in the Computational Linguistics Lab of the Interdipartimental Center for Cognitive Studies of Language (CISCL) in Siena.
Currently, my research activity is focused on the following topics:
- Verbal Semantics
- Distributional Semantics
- Corpus Linguistics
- Computational Lexicography
Other domains I'm interested in include Language Acquisition, Language Processing and Pragmatics.
Research Projects I've been involved in:
[University of Rome 3/University of Pisa/University of Bologna]A 3-year poject coordinated by Raffaele Simone (University of Rome 3), in which the main role of the CoLing group is to develop computational methods for extracting distributional information from corpora.
[University of Pisa]An on line database containing automatically corpus-derived information on the argument structure properties of Italian verbs.
[University of Pisa/ILC-CNR/University of Siena]The goal of this project is the application of State-of-the-Art NLP techniques to war memories and historical documents, in order to enhance historical research and to preserve the historical memory of these events.
HLTs as Support for Language Disorders Therapy
[University of Trento/Fondazione Bruno Kessler]The aim of this project was to cross-fertilize recent advances in the areas of the neuropsychology of language disorders and of computational word meaning and common sense knowledge representation to build a Computer Assisted Therapy tool in Italian (STaRS.sys) that supports anomia rehabilitation.
[University of Siena]The SUT is a manually aligned bilingual treebank Italian - Italian Sign Language provided with both constituency and dependency annotation.
• 2016 •
- G. E. Lebani & A. Lenci (2016) "Beware the Jabberwock, dear reader! Testing the distributional reality of construction semantics". Proceedings of the Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon (CogALex-V): 9-18.
- M. S. G. Senaldi, G. E. Lebani & A. Lenci (2016) "Determining the Compositionality of Noun-Adjective Pairs with Lexical Variants and Distributional Semantics". Proceedings of the Third Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics (CLiC-it 2016). Distinguished Young Paper Award.
- M. S. G. Senaldi, G. E. Lebani & A. Lenci (2016) "Lexical Variability and Compositionality: Investigating Idiomaticity with Distributional Semantic Models". Proceedings of the 12th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2016): 21-31.
- G. Rambelli, G. E. Lebani, L. Prévot & A. Lenci "LexFr: adapting the LexIt framework to build a corpus-based French subcategorization lexicon". Proceedings of the 10th Edition of the Language, Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2016): 930-937.
- S. Castagnoli, G. E. Lebani, A. Lenci, F. Masini, M. Nissim & L. C. Passaro (2016) "POS-patterns or Syntax? Comparing methods for extracting Word Combinations". Computerised and Corpus-based Approaches to Phraseology: Monolingual and Multilingual Perspectives (Full papers) - Fraseología computacional y basada en corpus: perspectivas monolingües y multilingües (Trabajos completos): 101-114.
• 2015 •
- G. E. Lebani, A. Bondielli & A. Lenci (2015) "You are what you do. An empirical characterization of the semantic content of the thematic roles for a group of Italian verbs". Journal of Cognitive Science, 16 (4): 401-430.
- M. Nissim, S. Castagnoli, F. Masini, G. E. Lebani, L. C. Passaro & A. Lenci (2015) "Automatic extraction of Word Combinations from corpora: evaluating methods and benchmarks". Proceedings of the Second Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics (CLiC-it 2015): 204-209.
- G. E. Lebani, M. S. G. Senaldi & A. Lenci (2015) "Modeling Idiom Variability with Entropy and Distributional Semantics". Proceedings of the 6th Conference on Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics (QITL 6).
- A. Lenci, G. E. Lebani, M. S. G. Senaldi, S. Castagnoli, F. Masini & M. Nissim (2015) "Mapping the Constructicon with SYMPAThy. Italian Word Combinations between fixedness and productivity". Word Knowledge and Word Usage: Proceedings of the NetWordS Final Conference: 144-149.
• 2014 •
- A. Lenci, G. E. Lebani, S. Castagnoli, F. Masini & M. Nissim (2014) "SYMPAThy: Towards a comprehensive approach to the extraction of Italian Word Combinations". Proceedings of the First Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics (CLiC-it 2014): 234-238.
- L. C. Passaro, G. E. Lebani, L. Pollacci, E. Chersoni & A. Lenci (2014) "The CoLing Lab system for Sentiment Polarity Classification of tweets". Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop EVALITA 2014: 87-92.
- L. Romeo, G. E. Lebani, N. Bel & A. Lenci (2014) "Choosing which to use? A study of distributional models for nominal lexical semantic classification". Proceedings of the 9th Edition of the Language, Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2014): 4366-4373.
- G. E. Lebani, V. Viola & A. Lenci (2014) "Bootstrapping an Italian VerbNet: data-driven analysis of verb alternations". Proceedings of the 9th Edition of the Language, Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2014): 1127-1134.
- F. Boschetti A. Cimino, F. Dell'Orletta, G. E. Lebani, L. Passaro, P. Picchi, G. Venturi, S. Montemagni & A. Lenci (2014) "Computational Analysis of Historical Documents: An Application to Italian War Bulletins in World War I and II". Proceedings of the Workshop on Language resources and technologies for processing and linking historical documents and archives (LRT4HDA 2014).
• 2012 •
- G. E. Lebani (2012) "STaRS.sys: designing and building a commonsense-knowledge enriched wordnet for therapeutic purposes". PhD Thesis. Doctoral School in Cognitive and Brain Sciences, University of Trento.
- G. E. Lebani & E. Pianta (2012) "Encoding Commonsense Lexical Knowledge into WordNet". Proceedings of the 6th Global WordNet Conference (GWC-2012): 159-166. [Revised version]
• 2010 •
- G. E. Lebani & E. Pianta (2010) "Human Language Technologies supporting Therapeutic Practices for Language Disorders: the Project STaRS.sys". Proceedings of the 7th annual meeting of the Italian Society of Cognitive Science (AISC 2010): 52-56.
- G. E. Lebani & E. Pianta (2010) "Exploiting Lexical Resources for Therapeutic Purposes: the Case of WordNet and STaRS.sys". Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon (CogALex-II): 12-17.
- G. E. Lebani & E. Pianta (2010) "A Feature Type Classification for Therapeutic Purposes: a preliminary evaluation with non-expert speakers". Proceedings of the Fourth Linguistic Annotation Workshop (LAW IV): 157-161.
• 2008 •
- C. Chesi, G. Lebani & M. Pallottino (2008) "A Bilingual Treebank (ITA-LIS) suitable for Machine Translation: what Cartography and Minimalism teach us". In STiL - Studies in Linguistics - CISCL Working Papers, 2: 165-185.
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Laboratorio di Linguistica Computazionale
Dipartimento di Filologia, Letteratura e Linguistica
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