Final CFP: EACL 2009 Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Acquisition

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Final Call for Papers


31 March 2009
Athens, Greece


Workshop Description

This workshop is focused on the relevance of computational learning  
methods for research
on human language acquisition. Developing and applying such  
computational techniques that
can improve our understanding of human language acquisition will not  
only benefit
cognitive sciences in general, but will also reflect back to NLP and  
place us in a better
position to develop useful language models.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers from the diverse  
fields of NLP, machine
learning, artificial intelligence, (psycho)linguistics, etc. who are  
interested in the
relevance of computational techniques for understanding human language  

The workshop is intended to bridge the gap between the computational  
and cognitive
communities, promote knowledge and resource sharing, and help initiate  
research projects. Success in this type of research requires close  
collaboration between
NLP and cognitive scientists. To this end, interdisciplinary workshops  
can play a key
role in advancing existing and initiating new research. This was  
demonstrated by some
successful events like the previous edition of this workshop held at ACL 2007.

Areas of interest

Papers are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

- Computational learning theory and analysis of language learning

- Computational models of human (first, second and bilingual) language  

- Computational models of various aspects of language acquisition, and  
their interaction
with each other

- Computational models of the evolution of language

- Data resources and tools for investigating computational models of  
human language

- Empirical and theoretical comparisons of the learning environment  
and its impact on the
acquisition task

- Computational methods for acquiring various linguistic information  
(related to e.g.
speech, morphology, lexicon, syntax, semantics, and discourse) and  
their relevance to
research on human language acquisition

- Investigations and comparisons of supervised, unsupervised and  
methods for learning (e.g. machine learning, statistical, symbolic,
biologically-inspired, active learning, various hybrid models) from  
the cognitive aspect

Papers can cover one or more of these areas.

Submission Information

Papers should describe original work and should indicate the state of  
completion of the
reported results. In particular, any overlap with previously published  
work should be
clearly mentioned. Submissions will be judged on correctness, novelty,  
strength, clarity of presentation, usability, and  
significance/relevance to the workshop.

Submissions should follow the two-column format of the EACL 2009  
proceedings and should not exceed eight (8) pages, including  
references. We strongly
recommend the use of either the LaTeX style file or the Microsoft-Word  
Style file, which
can be found at

The reviewing will be blind. Therefore, the paper should not include  
the authors' names
and affiliations. Furthermore, self- citations and other references  
that could reveal the
author's identity should be avoided.

Submission will be electronic. The only accepted format for submitted  
papers is Adobe
PDF. Papers must be submitted no later than December 19, 2008 using  
the submission
webpage that will be available soon.

Submissions will be reviewed by 3 members of the Program Committee.  
Authors of accepted
papers will receive guidelines regarding how to produce camera-ready  
versions of their
papers for inclusion in the EACL workshop proceedings.

Notification of receipt will be emailed to the contact author.

Important Dates

- Paper submission deadline: 19 December 2008
- Acceptance notification sent: 30 January 2009
- Final version deadline: 13 February 2009
- Workshop date: 30 or 31 March 2009

Workshop Chairs

- Thierry Poibeau (CNRS and University Paris 13, France)
- Afra Alishahi (University of Saarland, Germany))
- Aline Villavicencio (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil  
and University of
Bath, UK)

Address any queries regarding the workshop to:
cognitive2009 at

Program Committee

- Colin J Bannard (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,  
- Marco Baroni (University of Trento, Italy)
- Robert C. Berwick (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
- Jim Blevins (University of Cambridge, UK)
- Rens Bod (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
- Antal van den Bosch (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
- Chris Brew (Ohio State University, USA)
- Ted Briscoe (University of Cambridge, UK)
- Robin Clark (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
- Stephen Clark (University of Oxford, UK)
- Matthew W. Crocker (Saarland University, Germany)
- James Cussens (University of York, UK)
- Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp, Belgium and Tilburg University, The
- Ted Gibson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
- Henriette Hendriks (University of Cambridge, UK)
- Julia Hockenmaier (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
- Marco Idiart (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
- Mark Johnson (Brown University, USA)
- Aravind Joshi (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
- Anna Korhonen (University of Cambridge, UK)
- Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa, Italy)
- Massimo Poesio (University of Trento, Italy)
- Brechtje Post (University of Cambridge, UK)
- Ari Rappoport (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
- Dan Roth (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
- Kenji Sagae (University of Southern California, USA)
- Sabine Schulte im Walde (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
- Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh, UK)
- Suzanne Stevenson (University of Toronto, Canada)
- Patrick Sturt (University of Edinburgh, UK)
- Bert Vaux (University of Wisconsin, USA)
- Charles Yang (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
- Menno van Zaanen (Macquarie University, Australia)
- Michael Zock (LIF, CNRS, Marseille, France)

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