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Dr J. (Jelke) Bloem

Assistant professor in Computational Humanities
Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur

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  • Turfdraagsterpad 9
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  • Profile

    Current and previous research projects

    I am an assistant professor in Computational Humanities.

    My main research interest is in developing research methods where digital tools and statistical methods from the field of artificial intelligence are applied to study research questions in the humanities quantitatively, including qualitative human evaluation of these new methods. Using such computational methods, I have mainly worked on questions in linguistics and the history of ideas.

    To get an impression of what specific things I have worked on, have a look at my Publications tab!

     

    Postdoc project: Ideas at Scale - Towards a Computational History of Ideas (e-Ideas)

    PI: prof. dr. Arianna Betti

    More information: e-Ideas project website

    Jan 2018 - Dec 2021

    PhD Project: Learner modelling and language contact in syntax

    Word order in verbal clusters in the Dutch-Frisian continuum

    More information: Processing verb clusters - LOT dissertation 586

    May 2013 - Jan 2018

    Supervisors:

    See also

    UvA BA Media and Information

    Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC)

    Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)

    Fryske Akademy

  • Presentations

    2019

    • Lorena Núñez Pinero and Jelke Bloem: "Parenthetical optatives (God keep them safe!) exist!", Going Romance, Leiden, Nov 29, 2019
    • Adina Camelia Bleotu and Jelke Bloem: "The Distinction Between True and Pseudo Denominals? It's an illusion!", The 50th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 50), Cambridge MA, Oct 25, 2019
    • Jelke Bloem: "Hoe leert een computer een taal?", Open Dag Amsterdam Science Park, Amsterdam, Oct 5, 2019
    • Jelke Bloem, Anna Bellomo, Hein van den Berg, Maria Chiara Parisi, Annapaola Ginammi, Yvette Oortwijn, Veruska Carretta Zamborlini, Arianna Betti: "The e-Ideas project: Modeling meaning and change in the history of ideas", ILLC Open Day, Amsterdam, Oct 4, 2019
    • Jelke Bloem: "The e-Ideas project: Modeling meaning and change in the history of ideas", CLARIN Workshop: NLP Tools for Historical Documents, Berlin, Sept 9, 2019
    • Jelke Bloem, Antske Fokkens and Aurélie Herbelot: "Evaluating the consistency of word embeddings from small data", Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing (RANLP) 2019, Varna, Sept 3, 2019
    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "Modeling a historical variety of a low-resource language: Language contact effects in the verbal cluster of Early-Modern Frisian", 1st International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change, Florence, Aug 2nd, 2019
    • Adina Camelia Bleotu and Jelke Bloem: "Looks like you can crown your teddy with a rose garland, but can you paddle the boat with this spoon? The true behaviour of pseudo denominals and the pseudo behaviour of true denominals", Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) 42, Oslo, May 8th, 2019
    • Jelke Bloem, Antske Fokkens and Aurélie Herbelot: "Learning consistent embeddings from small data with Nonce2Vec", e-Ideas Seminar, Amsterdam, March 1st, 2019

    2018

    • Jelke Bloem: "Corpusonderzoek met behulp van automatisch gegenereerde syntactische annotatie", Dag van de Nederlandse Zinsbouw 12 (DNZ12), Gent, Dec 21, 2018.
    • Jelke Bloem, Anna Bellomo, Hein van den Berg, Rob Koopman, Yvette Oortwijn, Shenghui Wang, Pauline van Wierst, Arianna Betti: "Bolzano's semantic space: Philosophical investigations using an information retrieval tool", ILPS Lunch talk, Amsterdam, Sept 07, 2018.
    • Jelke Bloem & Adina Camelia Bleotu: August 30, 2018: "Insight from Likert scales into the pseudo behaviour of true denominals and the true behaviour of pseudo denominals", 51st Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2018), Talinn, August 30, 2018.
    • Jelke Bloem: "Isolating meaning from function using the distributional properties of a construction", 4th Usage-based Linguistics Conference (UBLTLV18), Tel Aviv, July 2-4, 2018.
    • Adina Camelia Bleotu & Jelke Bloem: "Can you star sentences with weird dots or butter bread with honey? The pseudo behaviour of true denominals and the true behaviour of pseudo denominals", 28th Colloquium on Generative Grammar (28CCG), Tarragona, 31 May, 2018
    • Jelke Bloem: "Learned borrowing or contact-induced change: Verb cluster order in Early-Modern Frisian", 1st Conference on Frisian Humanities, Leeuwarden, April 24, 2018.
    • Jelke Bloem: "Testing the Processing Hypothesis of word order variation using a probabilistic language model", Not another workshop on verb raising, Leiden, February 8, 2018.
    • Jelke Bloem, Marieke Olthof & Maud Westendorp: "Synchronic variation and diachronic change in Dutch two-verb clusters", Grote Taaldag, Utrecht, February 3, 2018.
    • Marieke Olthof, Maud Westendorp & Jelke Bloem: "Language change in the Corpus Gesproken Nederlands: An apparent-time study of verb cluster order", CLIN 28, Nijmegen, January 19, 2018. (poster)

    2017

    • Jelke Bloem: "Learned borrowing or contact-induced change: Verb cluster order in Early-Modern Frisian", NAP-dag 2017, Amsterdam, November 17, 2017.
    • Jelke Bloem: "Verb cluster order in Early-Modern Frisian", 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2017), Zürich, September 11, 2017.
    • Jelke Bloem: "Verb cluster order in Early-Modern Frisian", TABU Dag, Groningen, June 22, 2017. (poster)
    • Jelke Bloem: "Verbal cluster word order and processing complexity", Experimental Syntax and Heritage Languages Group Meeting, Humboldt University, Berlin, June 12, 2017.
    • Jelke Bloem: "Verb cluster order in Early-Modern Frisian", 11th TWIST Student Conference for Linguistics, Leiden, April 21, 2017.
    • Jelke Bloem: "Probabilistic models of word order variation in verb clusters", ACLC Seminar, Amsterdam, April 7, 2017.
    • Jelke Bloem: "Testing the Processing Hypothesis of word order variation using a probabilistic language model", Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands 27, Leuven, February 10, 2017.
    • Jelke Bloem: "Testing the Processing Hypothesis of word order variation using a probabilistic language model", Grote Taaldag, Utrecht, February 4, 2017.

    2016

    • Jelke Bloem: "Testing the Processing Hypothesis of word order variation using a probabilistic language model", Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Linguistic Complexity (CL4LC), Osaka, December 11, 2016. (poster)
    • Jelke Bloem: "Probabilistic models of word order variation in verb clusters", QLVL Meeting, Leuven, November 8, 2016.
    • Jelke Bloem: "Evaluating automatically annotated treebanks for linguistic research", 4th Workshop on the Challenges in the Management of Large Corpora (CMCL-4), Portorož, May 28, 2016.
    • Jelke Bloem: "Are there meaning differences between verb cluster word orders?", 22nd Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference, Reykjavík, May 20-22, 2016.
    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "Verbal cluster order and processing complexity", New Ways of Analyzing Syntactic Variation 2, Ghent, May 19, 2016.
    • Jelke Bloem: "Evaluating automatically annotated treebanks for linguistic research", Dealing with bad data in linguistic theory, Amsterdam, March 19, 2016.
    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "Verb cluster word order in Early-Modern Frisian", Taalkunde in Nederland-dag (TIN-dag) 2016, Utrecht, February 6, 2016.

    2015

    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "Lexical preferences in Dutch verbal cluster ordering", Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands (CLIN) 26, Amsterdam, December 18, 2015
    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "Verbal cluster order and processing complexity", NAP-dag, Amsterdam, November 20, 2015
    • Martijn Wieling, Jelke Bloem, R. Harald Baayen & John Nerbonne: "Determinants of English accents", 6th Conference on Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics, Tübingen, Germany, November 4 - 6, 2015.
    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "An agent-based model of a historical word order change", 6th Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning, Lisbon, September 18, 2015.
    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "An agent-based model of Germanic verbal cluster word order change", Grammar & Cognition Colloquium, Nijmegen, June 11, 2015
    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "Verb cluster order and linguistic processing complexity", TABU Dag 2015, Groningen, June 5, 2015
    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "Verb cluster order and linguistic processing complexity", Workshop on Verb Clusters, UvA/Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, May 29, 2015
    • Jelke Bloem, Martijn Wieling and John Nerbonne: "Automatically identifying characteristic features of non-native English accents", Anéla Applied Linguistics Conference 2015, Egmond aan Zee, May 22, 2015.
    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "Word order change in Germanic verbal clusters", A Germanic Sandwich 2015, Nottingham, April 25, 2015.
    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "Verbal cluster order and linguistic processing complexity", Taalkunde in Nederland-dag (TIN-dag) 2015, Utrecht, February 7, 2015.
    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "An agent-based model of Germanic verbal cluster word order change", Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands (CLIN) 25, Antwerpen, February 6, 2015.
    • Jelke Bloem: "Lexical effects on Dutch verbal cluster order", 23rd Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE XXIII), Paris, January 7, 2015

    2014

    • Jelke Bloem, Martijn Wieling and John Nerbonne: "Automatically identifying characteristic features of non-native English accents", VIIIth International Conference on Native and Non-native Accents of English (Accents), Łódź, December 11-13, 2014
    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "Using automatically annotated corpora in language variation research", CLARIN Annual Conference 2014, Soesterberg, October 24-25, 2014
    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "Applying automatically parsed corpora to the study of language variation", 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (Coling), Dublin, August 28, 2014
    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "Word order changes in Germanic verbal clusters", Grammar & Cognition Meeting, Amsterdam, May 9, 2014
    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "Word order changes and grammaticalization in Germanic verbal clusters", How grammaticalization processes create grammar: From historical corpus data to agent-based models (EvoLang X workshop), Vienna, March 14, 2014
    • Jelke Bloem and Arjen Versloot: "Large-scale analysis of order variation in Dutch verbal clusters", Taalkunde in Nederland-dag (TIN-dag) 2014, Utrecht, February 1, 2014.
    • Jelke Bloem, Arjen Versloot and Fred Weerman: "Large-scale analysis of order variation in Dutch verbal clusters", Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands (CLIN) 24, Leiden, January 17, 2014.

    2013

    • Martijn Wieling, Jelke Bloem, John Nerbonne & R. Harald Baayen: "A cognitively grounded automatic measure of pronunciation distance", 5th Conference on Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics, Leuven, Belgium, September 12 - 14, 2013.
    • Jelke Bloem and Gosse Bouma: "Automatic Animacy Classification for Dutch", Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands (CLIN) 23, Enschede, January 18, 2013.

    2012

    • Jelke Bloem, Michaela Regneri and Stefan Thater: "Robust preprocessing of noisy web-collected data", KONVENS 2012, Vienna, September 19, 2012. [Poster]
    • Jelke Bloem, Michaela Regneri and Manfred Pinkal: "Preprocessing event sequence descriptions", Forschungsseminar Semantic Processing, Saarbrücken, February 6, 2012

    2010

    • Jelke Bloem and Erik Tjong Kim Sang: "Improving a Dialect Database", Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands (CLIN) 20, Utrecht, February 5, 2010. [Poster]
  • Publications

    2021

    • Bleotu, A. C., & Bloem, J. (Accepted/In press). What’s the Meaning of a Nominal Root? Insights from Experiments into Denominals and Similarity. In Proceedings of the 39th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
    • Ginammi, A., Bloem, J., Koopman, R., Wang, S., & Betti, A. (Accepted/In press). Bolzano, Kant and the Traditional Theory of Concepts - A Computational Investigation [accepted with minor revisions on March 16, 2021]: The Dynamics of Science: Computational Frontiers in History and Philosophy of Science. In A. de Block, & G. Ramsey (Eds.), The Dynamics of Science: Computational Frontiers in History and Philosophy of Science University of Pittsburgh Press.
    • Oortwijn, Y., Bloem, J., Sommerauer, P., Meyer, F., Zhou, W., & Fokkens, A. (2021). Challenging Distributional Models with a Conceptual Network of Philosophical Terms. In The 2021 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies: NAACL-HLT 2021 : proceedings of the conference : June 6-11, 2021 (pp. 2511-2522). The Association for Computational Linguistics. https://doi.org/10.18653/v1/2021.naacl-main.199
    • Zhou, W., & Bloem, J. (Accepted/In press). Comparing Contextual and Static Word Embeddings with Small Philosophical Data. In KONVENS 2021
    • van Boven, G., & Bloem, J. (2021). Eliciting explicit knowledge from domain experts in direct intrinsic evaluation of word embeddings for specialized domains. In A. Belz, S. Agarwal, Y. Graham, E. Reiter, & A. Shimorina (Eds.), Human Evaluation of NLP Systems (HumEval): EACL 2021 : proceedings of the workshop : April 19, 2021, Online (pp. 107-113). The Association for Computational Linguistics. https://aclanthology.org/2021.humeval-1.12 [details]

    2020

    • Betti, A., Reynaert, M., Ossenkoppele, T., Oortwijn, Y., Salway, A., & Bloem, J. (2020). Expert Concept-Modeling Ground Truth Construction for Word Embeddings Evaluation in Concept-Focused Domains. In D. Scott, N. Bel, & C. Zong (Eds.), The 28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics: COLING 2020 : Proceedings of the Conference : December 8-13, 2020, Barcelona, Spain (Online) (pp. 6690-6702). International Committee on Computational Linguistics. https://doi.org/10.18653/v1/2020.coling-main.586 [details]
    • Bleotu, A. C., & Bloem, J. (2020). The distinction between true and pseudo denominals? It’s an illusion! In M. Asatryan, Y. Song, & A. Whitmal (Eds.), NELS 50: Proceedings of the Fiftieth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (Vol. 1, pp. 39-48). Graduate Linguistics Student Association, Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts.
    • Bloem, J. (2020). Een corpus waar alle constructies in gevonden zouden moeten kunnen worden? Corpusonderzoek met behulp van automatisch gegenereerde syntactische annotatie. Nederlandse Taalkunde, 25(1), 39-71. https://doi.org/10.5117/NEDTAA2020.1.003.BLOE [details]
    • Bloem, J., Parisi, M. C., Reynaert, M., Oortwijn, Y., & Betti, A. (2020). Distributional Semantics for Neo-Latin. In R. Sprugnoli, & M. Passarotti (Eds.), 1st Workshop on Language Technologies for Historical and Ancient Languages, (LT4HALA 2020): Proceedings : LREC 2020 Workshop, Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, 11–16 May 2020 (pp. 84-93). European Language Resources Association (ELRA). https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/2020.lt4hala-1.13 [details]

    2019

    • Bloem, J., Fokkens, A., & Herbelot, A. (2019). Evaluating the Consistency of Word Embeddings from Small Data. In G. Angelova, R. Mitkov, I. Nikolova, & I. Temnikova (Eds.), International Conference Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing : RANLP 2019: Natural Language Processing in a Deep Learning World : Proceedings : Varna, Bulgaria, 2-4 September, 2019 (pp. 132-141). INCOMA Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.26615/978-954-452-056-4_016 [details]
    • Bloem, J., Versloot, A., & Weerman, F. (2019). Modeling a Historical Variety of a Low-Resource Language: Language Contact Effects in the Verbal Cluster of Early-Modern Frisian. In N. Tahmasebi, L. Borin, A. Jatowt, & Y. Xu (Eds.), The 1st International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change: ACL 2019 : proceedings of the workshop : August 2, 2019, Florence, Italy (pp. 265-271). Association for Computational Linguistics. https://doi.org/10.18653/v1/W19-4733 [details]

    2017

    2016

    • Bloem, J. (2016). Evaluating automatically annotated treebanks for linguistic research. In P. Bański, M. Kupietz, H. Lüngen, A. Witt, A. Barbaresi, H. Biber, E. Breiteneder, & S. Clematide (Eds.), 4th Workshop on Challenges in the Management of Large Corpora: Wotkshop Programme : 28 May 2016 (pp. 8-14). Institut für Deutsche Sprache. http://www.lrec-conf.org/proceedings/lrec2016/workshops/LREC2016Workshop-CMLC_Proceedings.pdf [details]
    • Bloem, J. (2016). Lexical preferences in Dutch verbal cluster ordering. In K. Bellamy, E. Karvovskaya, M. Kohlberger, & G. Saad (Eds.), ConSOLE XXIII: Proceedings of the 23rd Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (pp. 70-93). Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. http://media.leidenuniv.nl/legacy/5-bloem.pdf [details]
    • Bloem, J. (2016). Testing the Processing Hypothesis of word order variation using a probabilistic language model. In D. Brunato, F. Dell'Orletta, G. Venturi, T. François, & P. Blache (Eds.), CL4LC 2016 : Computational Linguistics for Linguistic Complexity: proceedings of he workshop : December 11, 2016, Osaka, Japan (pp. 174-185). The COLING 2016 Organizing Committee. https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W16-4120/ [details]
    • Bloem, J., Wieling, M., & Nerbonne, J. (2016). Automatically identifying characteristic features of non-native English accents. In M-H. Côté, R. Knooihuizen, & J. Nerbonne (Eds.), The future of dialects: Selected papers from Methods in Dialectology XV (pp. 155-172). (Language Variation; No. 1). Language Science Press. https://doi.org/10.17169/langsci.b81.148 [details]

    2015

    • Bloem, J., Versloot, A., & Weerman, F. (2015). An agent-based model of a historical word order change. In R. Berwick, A. Korhonen, A. Lenci, T. Poibeau, & A. Villavicencio (Eds.), EMNLP 2015 : Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing: proceedings of the Sixth Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning (CogACLL-2015) : 18 September 2015, Lisbon, Portugal (pp. 22-27). Association for Computational Linguistics. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W15-2404 [details]
    • Wieling, M., Bloem, J., Baayen, R. H., & Nerbonne, J. (2015). Determinants of English accents. In J. Wahle, M. Köllner, H. Baayen, G. Jäger, & T. Baayen-Oudshoorn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th Conference on Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Universitätsbibliothek. https://doi.org/10.15496/publikation-8628 [details]

    2014

    • Bloem, J., Versloot, A., & Weerman, F. (2014). Applying automatically parsed corpora to the study of language variation. In J. Tsujii, & J. Hajic (Eds.), COLING 2014: the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics: proceedings of COLING 2014 : technical papers: August 23-29, 2014, Dublin, Ireland (pp. 1974-1984). Association for Computational Linguistics. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/C14-1186 [details]
    • Wieling, M., Bloem, J., Mignella, K., Timmermeister, M., & Nerbonne, J. (2014). Measuring foreign accent strength in English: Validating Levenshtein Distance as a Measure. Language Dynamics and Change, 4(2), 253-269. https://doi.org/10.1163/22105832-00402001 [details]
    • Wieling, M., Nerbonne, J., Bloem, J., Gooskens, C., Heeringa, W., & Baayen, R. H. (2014). A Cognitively Grounded Measure of Pronunciation Distance. PLoS ONE, 9(1), e75734. [e75734]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0075734 [details]

    2013

    2012

    2017

    • Bloem, J. (2017). Empirical evidence for discourse markers at the lexical level. In M. Wieling, M. Kroon, G. van Noord, & G. Bouma (Eds.), From Semantics to Dialectometry: Festschrift in honor of John Nerbonne (pp. 45-55). (Tributes; Vol. 32). College Publications. [details]
    • Bloem, J. (2017). [Review of: L. Augustinus (2015). Complement raising and cluster formation in Dutch: A treebank-supported investigation]. Nederlandse Taalkunde, 22(1), 149-152. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/aup/nt/2017/00000022/00000001/art00016 [details]

    Talk / presentation

    • Bloem, J. (speaker) (11-12-2016). Testing the Processing Hypothesis of word order variation using a probabilistic language model, Computational Linguistics for Linguistic Complexity, Osaka.
    • Bloem, J. (speaker) (8-11-2016). Probabilistic models of word order variation in verb clusters, Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics (QLVL), KU Leuven.
    • Bloem, J. (speaker) (28-5-2016). Evaluating automatically annotated treebanks for linguistic research, 4th Workshop on the Challenges in the Management of Large Corpora (CMCL-4).
    • Bloem, J. (speaker) (21-5-2016). Are there meaning differences between verb cluster word orders?, 22nd Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference, University of Iceland, Reykjavík.
    • Bloem, J. (speaker) (19-5-2016). Verbal cluster order and processing complexity, New Ways of Analyzing Syntactic Variation, Ghent.
    • Bloem, J. (speaker) (16-3-2016). Evaluating automatically annotated treebanks for linguistic research, Dealing with bad data in linguistic theory, Amsterdam.

    Others

    • Bloem, J. (participant) (7-12-2017 - 8-12-2017). Reading like a Human (SMART CS conference workshop), Amsterdam (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Bloem, J. (participant) (6-12-2017). Grammars, Computation & Cognition (SMART CS conference workshop), Amsterdam (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Bloem, J. (participant) (11-12-2016 - 16-12-2016). Coling 2016, Osaka (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Bloem, J. (visiting researcher) (24-10-2016 - 31-12-2016). KU Leuven (visiting an external institution).
    • Bloem, J. (participant) (23-5-2016 - 28-5-2016). Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2016), Portorož (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Bloem, J. (participant) (22-4-2016). Twist Student Conerence in Linguistics, Leiden (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Bloem, J. (participant) (24-2-2016 - 26-2-2016). DGfS meeting, Konstanz, Germany (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).

    2021

    2020

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