Conf: EACL 2009 Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Acquisition, 31 March 2009, Athens, Greece

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Feb 24 15:55:47 UTC 2009

Date: 23 Feb 2009 13:13:19 +0000
From: Thierry Poibeau <tp280 at>
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                        Call for participation
                        EACL-2009 Workshop on


                    31 March 2009, Athens, Greece
           (27 February 2009: early registration deadline)

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
learning. The workshop is intended to bridge the gap between the
computational and cognitive communities, promote knowledge and
resource sharing, and help initiate interdisciplinary 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.

Workshop Programme

- 9:20-9:30     Welcome

- 9:30-10:30 Invited Talk : "Conceptual Descriptions: Evidence from
  Corpora, the Mind, and the Brain", Massimo Poesio (University of
  Essex and University of Trento)

- 10:30-11:00   COFFEE BREAK

- 11:00-12:30 SESSION 2: Theoretical and practical aspects of language
  acquisition * 11:00-11:30 "Towards a formal view of corrective
  feedback", Staffan Larsson and Robin Cooper * 11:30-12:00 "A
  Collaborative Tool for the Computational Modelling of Child Language
  Acquisition", Kris Jack * 12:00-12:30 "What's in a Message?",
  Stergos Afantenos and Nicolas Hernandez

- 12:30-14:00   LUNCH BREAK

  14:00-15:00 Invited Talk : "Treebank Parsing and Knowledge of
  Language: A Cognitive Perspective", Robert Berwick (Massassuchets
  Institute of Technology, Joint work with Prof. Sandiway Fong,
  University of Arizona)

- 15:00-16:00   SESSION 3: Learnability and grammatical inference

* 15:00-15:30 "Another look at indirect negative evidence", Alexander
  Clark and Shalom Lappin * 15:30-16:00 "Categorizing Local Contexts
  as a Step in Grammatical Category Induction", Markus Dickinson and
  Charles Jochim

- 16:00-16:30   COFFEE BREAK

- 16:30-17:30   SESSION 4: Ecology of languages

* 16:30-17:00 "Darwinised Data-Oriented Parsing - Statistical NLP with
  added sex and death", Dave Cochran * 17:00-17:30 "Language Diversity
  across the Consonant Inventories: A Study in the Framework of
  Complex Networks", Monojit Choudhury, Animesh Mukherjee, Anupam
  Basu, Niloy Ganguly, Ashish Garg and Vaibhav Jalan

Workshop Chairs

- Afra Alishahi
(University of Saarland, Germany)

- Thierry Poibeau
(CNRS and University Paris 13, France)

- Aline Villavicencio
(Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil and University of
Bath, UK)

Address any queries regarding the workshop to: cognitive2009 at

Programme Committee

- Colin J Bannard (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
Germany) - 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 Netherlands) - 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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