André WŁODARCZYK
Professor emeritus at Charles de Gaulle University (Lille 3)


andre.wlodarczyk@numericable.com


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     André Włodarczyk (Ph. D. and Habilitation), formerly, researcher and senior researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research - CNRS (1979-1992), full professor of Japanese Linguistics at Stendhal University - Grenoble 3 (1992-2000) and Japanese Linguistics and Natural Language Processing at Charles de Gaulle University - Lille 3 (2000-2010).

    His research as academic was first affiliated to the Institute for Applied Social and
Human Sciences - ISHA and later to the Centre for Theoretical and Applied Linguistics - CELTA (Paris Sorbonne University).

   André Włodarczyk’s research on the Japanese language shed new light on syntax ("wa" and "ga" particles) and grammatical categories of person and politeness (respect).

     Since 1999, his main preoccupations are:
     (1) formalization and logical reconstruction of linguistic theories of grammar
     (2) automation of research tasks in the fields of linguistic semantics and pragmatics.



What is the DISTRIBUTED GRAMMAR Programme ?

     On top of logical inference (reason), such psychological factors as attention, intention and emotion interplay as much in the processes of meaning creation as in that of communication. The Programme of the Distributed Grammar (defined as a highly modular model of language processing in human brain) is therefore a complex view of language which emerged as the result of a multi-level investigation into the sequential (linear) ordering of the constituents of linguistic utterances focusing on the fact that the sequential nature of language reflects the semantico-pragmatic overt (explicitly expressed, cf. explicature) and covert (default, cf. implicature) components of communicated information. The Distributed Grammar Programme is an integrated framework for Associative Semantics (AS) and Meta-Informative Centering (MIC) theory.

What is  INTERACTIVE LINGUISTICS ?

      More and more linguists develop today an interest in using and applying computational intelligence to their research on languages. The methods of Interactive Linguistics are aimed at describing natural languages using data mining techniques elaborated within the framework of the new paradigm of computation known as Knowledge Discovery in Databases (KDD). Indeed, it is important to build or logically reconstruct (enhance, integrate and formalize) theories of language in order to conceive meta-theoretical foundations which are necessary for making further progress in language studies. Interactive Linguistics is an attempt to provide the best research standards for the linguistic science following the example of building the semantic web in the field of information technology (IT).

     However,
Interactive Linguistics (IL) differs from Corpus Linguistics and Text Mining, because  it is concerned with “in-depth” research on linguistic phenomena, while Corpus Linguistics and Text Mining frameworks cover “in-large” investigations. 
Interactive Linguistic methods include as well initial theoretical assumptions as interdisciplinary meta-theoretical knowledge for describing linguistic data using mostly attributive knowledge.

     The MIC (Meta-Informative Centering) theory together with AS (Associative Semantics) seem to be a good theoretical framework for interactive research. As a matter of fact, the foundations of [Distributed Grammar], an integrative framework for MIC and AS, are been elaborated partly interactively using data mining functions which are implemented in [Semana].

For more information, please visit the archive web pages at Sorbonne (CELTA).


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