Chiara Paolini (she/her) is a PhD student in Linguistics at KU Leuven, under the supervision of Benedikt Szmrecsanyi.
She is involved in the FWO project “How much does meaning matter? A fresh look at grammatical alternations”, where she is investigating how the choice between competing constructions in the grammatical alternation phenomenon depends on the semantic characteristics of the lexical context in which those variants are embedded, using quantitative and corpora-based methodologies.
Chiara obtained both her degrees in Digital Humanities (BA) and Applied and Theoretical Linguistics (MA) at the University of Pisa, under the supervision of Prof. Alessandro Lenci. In her master’s thesis, together with dr. Denis Paperno (Utrecht Universiteit), she implemented a distributional model for the exemplar representation of derivational meaning, taking as case study the Italian action nouns -ata, -zione and -mento.
Chiara’s research interests include usage-based theories of language, distributional semantics, lexical semantics, and language change, as well as inclusive and gender linguistics.
In this presentation, we will explore the representation of gender in Wikidata, focusing in particular on non-binary gender identities. We will look at the way gender is currently modeled, at how it has been modeled in the past, an also at the user discussions that shaped the current status of gender representation. We will discuss the inclusion of non-binary gender identities in Wikidata, how it has evolved over time, and the issues that still persist.