The Event

The Workshop on Language, Cognition and Computational Models  will be held in Paris at Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) and at the Institut des Systèmes Complexes de Paris-Ile de France (ISC-PIF), on May 28th and 29th 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 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 anyone interested in the topic and registration is free of charge, but to help with the planning of the eventpeople who plan to attend are kindly requested to register preferably by May 21st. Please notice that the Deadline has been extended.

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).


Tuesday May 28th

    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)
    • 10:15 - 11:15 - Ted Briscoe (University of Cambridge, UK) 
    • 11:15 - 11:45 - Break
    • 11:45 - 12:45Anne 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 - Discussions

 Wednesday May 29th

   09:00 - 11:00 - Cognitive and Computational Approaches to Language Processing - ENS - salle Dussane
                Darwinian Linguistics
    • 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 - Break
    • 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 - 16:30 - From Language Variety to Machine Tanslation - ENS - salle Dussane
                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


The event is organized by:
  • 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


This event is supported by the cluster of labs (labex) Transfers, Lattice, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris Sciences et Lettres,  the Institut des Systèmes Complexes de Paris-Ile de France, CNPq and CAPES-COFECUB (Projects 478222/2011-4, 482520/2012-4, 551964/2011-1 and 707/11).


Ecole Normale Supérieure
Salle Dussane, 45 rue d'Ulm 75005 Paris (map)

Institut des Systèmes Complexes de Paris (ISC-PIF): 57-59 rue Lhomond F-75005, Paris (map)

Contact Information

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