Call For System Demonstrations

EACL 2012 Workshop on Computational Models
of Language Acquisition and Loss 

Avignon, France
April 24, 2012


Deadline for Submissions:

February 29th, 2012

The past decades have seen a massive expansion in the application of statistical and machine learning methods to speech
and natural language processing. This work has yielded impressive results which have generally been viewed as
engineering achievements. Recently researchers have begun to investigate the relevance of computational learning
methods for research on human language acquisition and loss, boosted by advances in machine learning techniques,
and the availability of resources like corpora of child and child-directed sentences, and data from psycholinguistic tasks
by normal and pathological groups.

We invite submissions describing systems and resources on, but not limited to, the following topics:

*Data resources and tools for supporting investigation of human language processes
*Frameworks for cognitively oriented language processing
*Computational methods for acquiring various linguistic information (related to e.g. speech, lexicon, syntax, and semantics)
*Supervised, unsupervised and weakly-supervised methods for learning (e.g. machine learning, statistical, symbolic,
biologically-inspired, active learning, various hybrid models)

The workshop is targeted at anyone interested in the relevance of computational
techniques for understanding first, second and bilingual language acquisition
and change or loss in normal and pathological conditions.

* Systems and Resources demonstrations (2 pages + 1 page for references): describing and
documenting the demonstrated system or resources. We encourage the demonstration of both
early research prototypes and mature systems and resources, that will be presented in a separate
demo session.

All submissions must be in PDF format and must follow the EACL 2012 formatting requirements, available at

We strongly advise the use of the provided Word or LaTeX template files.

Submission and reviewing will be electronic, managed by the START system:
Submissions must be uploaded onto the START system by the submission deadline:

February 29, 2012 (11:59pm Samoa Time; UTC/GMT -11 hours)

Feb 29, 2012    System demonstrations submission deadline
Mar 04, 2012    Notification of acceptance

Mar 09, 2012 Camera-ready deadline Apr 24, 2012 Workshop


* Afra Alishahi, Tilburg University (Netherlands) * Colin J Bannard, University of Texas at Austin (USA) * Marco Baroni, University of Trento (Italy) * Jim Blevins, University of Cambridge (UK) * Rens Bod, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) * Antal van den Bosch, Tilburg University (Netherlands) * Alexander Clark, Royal Holloway, University of London (UK) * Robin Clark, University of Pennsylvania (USA) * Matthew W. Crocker, Saarland University (Germany) * James Cussens, University of York (UK) * Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp (Belgium) and Tilburg University (Netherlands) * Barry Devereux, University of Cambridge (UK) * Sonja Eisenbeiss, University of Essex (UK) * Afsaneh Fazly, University of Toronto (Canada) * Cynthia Fisher, University of Illinois (USA) * Jeroen Geertzen, University of Cambridge (UK) * Henriette Hendriks, University of Cambridge (UK) * Marco Idiart, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) * Aravind Joshi, University of Pennsylvania (USA) * Shalom Lappin, King's College London (UK) * Alessandro Lenci, University of Pisa (Italy) * Igor Malioutov, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) * Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, Stanford University (USA) * Fanny Meunier, Lumière Lyon 2 University (France) * Brian Murphy, Carnegie Mellon University (USA) * Maria Alice Parente, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) * Massimo Poesio, University of Essex (UK) * 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) * Ekaterina Shutova, University of Cambridge (UK) * Maity Siqueira, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) * Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh (UK) * Shuly Wintner, University of Haifa (Israel) * Charles Yang, University of Pennsylvania (USA) * Beracah Yankama, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) * Menno van Zaanen, Tilburg University (
Netherlands) * Michael Zock, LIF, CNRS, Marseille (France)
WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS AND CONTACT * Robert Berwick, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) * Anna Korhonen, University of Cambridge (UK) * Thierry Poibeau, LaTTiCe-CNRS (France) and University of Cambridge (UK) * Aline Villavicencio, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and Massachussets Institute of Technology (USA) For any inquiries regarding the workshop please send an email to