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7th workshop "Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning"

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The 7th workshop ’"Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning"" is organized on 11 August during ACL 2016 in Berlin.

The Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning will be held at ACL2016 in Berlin. It will be the seventh edition of related workshops, first held with ACL 2007, EACL 2009, 2012 and 2014, EMNLP2015 and as a standalone event in 2013. The workshops aim to be a forum for the interdisciplinary discussion of cognitive aspects of language acquisition and loss and to draw together practitioners of computational and cognitive communities to discuss common long term goals, promote knowledge and resource sharing and possible collaborations between the communities.


  • Anna Korhonen (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Brian Murphy (University of Belfast, UK)
  • Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa, Italy)
  • Thierry Poibeau (LATTICE-CNRS,France)
  • Aline Villavicencio (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)


  • 9:00 9:05 Welcome and Opening Session

-* 9:10 9:35 Session 1 — Language in Clinical Conditions

  • 9:05 9:35 Automated Discourse Analysis of Narrations by Adolescents with Autistic Spectrum Disorder — Michaela Regneri and Diane King
  • 9:35 10:30 Invited Talk I:
  • 10:30 11:00 Coffee Break

-* 11:00 11:30 Poster Session

  • Detection of Alzheimer’s disease based on automatic analysis of common objects descriptions — Laura Hernandez-Dominguez, Edgar Garcia-Cano, Sylvie Ratté and Gerardo Sierra Martínez
  • Conversing with the elderly in Latin America: a new cohort for multimodal, multilingual longitudinal studies on aging — Laura Hernandez-Dominguez, Sylvie Ratté, Boyd Davis and Charlene Pope
  • Leveraging Annotators’ Gaze Behaviour for Coreference Resolution — Joe Cheri, Abhijit Mishra and Pushpak Bhattacharyya
  • From alignment of etymological data to phylogenetic inference via population genetics — Javad Nouri and Roman Yangarber
  • An incremental model of syntactic bootstrapping — Christos Christodoulopoulos, Dan Roth and Cynthia Fisher

-* 11:30 12:30 Session 2: Child Directed Language

  • 11:30 12:00 Longitudinal Studies of Variation Sets in Child-directed Speech — Mats Wirén, Kristina Nilsson Björkenstam, Gintaré Grigonyté and Elisabet Eir Cortes
  • 12:00 12:30 Learning Phone Embeddings for Word Segmentation of Child-Directed Speech — Jianqiang Ma, Çag ̆rı Çöltekin and Erhard Hinrichs
  • 12:30 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 15:00 Invited Talk:

-* 15:00 15:30 Session 3: Learning Artificial Languages

  • 15:00 15:30 Generalization in Artificial Language Learning: Modelling the Propensity to Generalize — Raquel Garrido Alhama and Willem Zuidema
  • 15:30 16:00 Coffee Break

-* 16:00 17:00 Session 4 - Language Acquisition

  • 16:00 16:30 Explicit Causal Connections between the Acquisition of Linguistic Tiers: Evidence from Dynamical Systems Modeling — Daniel Spokoyny, Jeremy Irvin and Fermin Moscoso del Prado Martin
  • 16:30 17:00 Modelling the informativeness and timing of non-verbal cues in parent-child interaction — Kristina Nilsson Björkenstam, Mats Wirén and Robert Östling
  • 17:00 17:30 Panel
  • 17:30 17:35 Closing and Final Remarks