LINGUIST List 24.1873

Tue Apr 30 2013

Confs: Computational Ling, Cognitive Sci, Evolutionary Ling, Lang Acquisition/France

Editor for this issue: Anna Belew <>

Date: 29-Apr-2013
From: Aline Villavicencio <>
Subject: Workshop on Language, Cognition and Computational Models
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Workshop on Language, Cognition and Computational Models

Date: 28-May-2013 - 29-May-2013 Location: Paris, France Contact: Conference Organizers Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Other Specialty: Evolutionary Linguistics

Meeting Description:

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 28 and 29, 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 10th 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).


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

Contact Information:

For any inquiries regarding the workshop please send an email to:

More information on:


Tuesday May 28

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

Wednesday May 29

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

11:30 - 12:30
Philippe Blache (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

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