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[eu_members at aclweb dot org] Greece: EACL 2009 -- Workshop on COGNITIVE ASPECTS OF COMPUTATIONAL LANGUAGE ACQUISITION -- 2nd CFP

2nd Call for Papers


30 or 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 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

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 acquisition

* 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

* Investigations and comparisons of supervised, unsupervised and
weakly-supervised 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, technical strength, clarity of
presentation, usability, and significance/relevance to the workshop.

Submissions should follow the two-column format of the EACL 2009
main-conference 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

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 gmail dot com

Program 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,