EACL-2009 Workshop on


31 March 2009, Athens, Greece

This workshop is the second of a series which has been initiated during ACL 2007, held in Prague.
The program as well as the proceedings of the first edition of this workshop are available online
(the first edition of the workshop was organised by Anna Korhonen, Paula Buttery and Aline Villavicencio).

Description * Workshop Programme * List of Accepted Papers * Important Dates * Workshop Chairs* programme Committee

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 (Joint work with Marco Baroni, Brian Murphy, Eduard Barbu, and Abdulrahman Almuhareb, among others)
University of Essex and University of Trento



SESSION 2: Theoretical and practical aspects of language acquisition


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




SESSION 3: Learnability and grammatical inference


Invited Talk
Treebank Parsing and Knowledge of Language: A Cognitive Perspective

Robert Berwick (Joint work with Prof. Sandiway Fong, University of Arizona)
Massassuchets Institute of Technology


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




SESSION 4: Ecology of languages


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

List of accepted papers

Important Dates

Workshop Chairs

Address any queries regarding the workshop to:   cognitive2009@gmail.com

Program Committee