Call for Participation: Workshop on Language, Cognition and Computational Models

Aline Villavicencio avillavicencio at
Wed Apr 3 10:52:01 EDT 2013

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					Paris, May 28-29, 2013

We are pleased  to invite you to:

	The Workshop on Language,  Cognition and Computational Models, 

which will be held in Paris at the  Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) and at the Institut des Systèmes Complexes 
de Paris, on May 28th and 29th 2013.

The goal of this event is to provide a venue for the multidisciplinary discussion of theoretical and practical research
for computational models of language and cognition. The event centers around recent advances on computational
models for language acquisition, processing and evolution.

The first day will mainly address language evolution and some of the computational models that have been proposed
to investigate possible avenues for this phenomenon. The second day will address more varied issues, ranging from
the origins of language to recent trends in machine translation. All the talks will address key questions dealing with 
cognitive, formal and/or computational issues related to language evolution and/or language processing.

The event is open to students, researchers and anyone interested in related topics.  Attendance is free but people who plan 
to attend are kindly requested to register preferably before May 1st to help with the planning of the event. The registration
form is available at

The workshop is funded by the cluster of labs (labex) Transfers. It is organized thanks to the support of Lattice, 
Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris Sciences et Lettres,  the Institut des Systèmes Complexes de Paris-Ile de France, 
the Institute of Informatics of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil).


Tuesday May 28th

   09:00 - 09:15 - Opening - ENS - salle Dussane
   09:15 - 12:45 - Multidisciplinary Aspects of Language Evolution
		• 09:15 - 10:15 - 	Dan Dediu (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands)
						The interplay between linguistic and biological evolution
		• 10:15 - 11:15 - 	Ted Briscoe (University of Cambridge, UK) 
						A model of L1/L2 Language Acquisition and its implications for language change
		• 11:15 - 11:45 - Break
		• 11:45 - 12:45 - 	Anne Reboul (L2C2-CNRS, France)
                   				Social Evolution of public languages: between Rousseau's Eden and Hobbes' Leviathan
   12:45 - 14:30 - Lunch Break

   14:30 - 17:00 - Modeling Language Evolution: Two Case Studies - ISC-PIF 
		• 14:30 - 15:30 - 	Benjamin Fagard (Lattice-CNRS, France)
       					Case, Prepositions and In‐Betweens: Sketching a Model of Grammatical Evolution
		• 15:30 - 16:30 - 	Remi van Trijp (Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris, France) 
       					Linguistic Assessment Criteria for Explaining Language Change: A Case Study on Syncretism in 
						German Definite Articles
		• 16:30 - 17:00 - Discussions

Wednesday May 29th

   09:00 - 11:00 - Cognitive and Computational Approaches to Language Processing - ENS - salle Dussane
		• 09:00 - 10:00 - 	Robert Berwick (MIT, USA)    
               				The Dead Tell No Tales: Known Unknowns about the Origin of Human Language
		• 10:00 - 11:00 - 	Massimo Poesio (University of Trento, Italy and University of Essex, UK)
               				Using Data about Conceptual Representations in the Brain for Computational Linguistics
		• 11:00 - 11:30 - Break
		• 11:30 - 12:30 - 	Philippe Blanche (LPL, CNRS, France)                    
               				Measuring difficulty as well as facilitation: a new perspective for human language processing

   12:30 - 14:30 - Lunch Break
   14:30 - 15:30 - From Language Variety to Machine Tanslation - ENS - salle Dussane
		• 14:30 - 15:30 - 	Shuly Wintner (University of Haifa, Israel)
               				The Features of Translationese
		• 15:30 - 16:30 - 	Martin Kay (Stanford University, USA)
               				Putting Linguistics back into Computational Linguistics
   16:30 - 17:00 - Discussions and Closing


The event is organized by:
	• Thierry Poibeau, Laboratoire Lattice ("Langues, Textes, Traitements informatiques et Cognition", UMR8094, CNRS, École Normale Supérieure & Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, France)
	• Aline Villavicencio, Institute of Informatics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)


*Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS): Salle Dussane, 45 rue d'Ulm 75005 Paris 
*Institut des Systèmes Complexes de Paris-Ile de France (ISC-PIF): 57-59 rue Lhomond F-75005, Paris 


For any inquiries regarding the workshop please send an email to  lccmodels2013 at
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