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Final Call for Papers

EACL 2009 Workshop on COGNITIVE ASPECTS OF COMPUTATIONAL LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

31 March 2009
Athens, Greece

http://www-lipn.univ-paris13.fr/~poibeau/cognitive/

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Workshop Description
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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.


Areas of interest
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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 
acquisition

- 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 acquisition

- 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
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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 http://www.eacl2009.gr/conference/authors.

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
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- 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
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- 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
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- 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)