[Elsnet-list] Call for Participation: EACL 2009 workshop on Computational Linguistic Aspects of Grammatical Inference

Menno van Zaanen M.M.vanZaanen at uvt.nl
Wed Feb 25 16:57:30 CET 2009

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                        EACL 2009 workshop on
      Computational Linguistic Aspects of Grammatical Inference
                      2nd Call for Participation
          27 February 2009: early bird registration deadline

                            30 March 2009
                           Co-located with
                      The 12th Conference of the
  European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
                            Athens, Greece


There has been growing interest over the last few years in learning
grammars from natural language text (and structured or semi-structured
text).  The family of techniques enabling such learning is usually
called "grammatical inference" or "grammar induction".

The field of grammatical inference is often subdivided into formal
grammatical inference, where researchers aim to proof efficient
learnability of classes of grammars, and empirical grammatical
inference, where the aim is to learn structure from data.  In this
case the existence of an underlying grammar is just regarded as a
hypothesis and what is sought is to better describe the language
through some automatically learned rules.

Both formal and empirical grammatical inference have been linked with
(computational) linguistics.  Formal learnability of grammars has been
used in discussions on how people learn language.  Some people mention
proofs of (non-)learnability of certain classes of grammars as
arguments in the empiricist/nativist discussion.  On the more
practical side, empirical systems that learn grammars have been
applied to natural language.  Instead of proving whether classes of
grammars can be learnt, the aim here is to provide practical learning
systems that automatically introduce structure in language.  Example
fields where initial research has been done are syntactic parsing,
morphological analysis of words, and bilingual modeling (or machine

This workshop at EACL 2009 aims to explore the state-of-the-art in
these topics.  In particular, we aim at bringing formal and empirical
grammatical inference researchers closer together with researchers in
the field of computational linguistics.

Preliminary Programme

Session 1
  Damir Ćavar
  Invited talk: On bootstrapping of linguistic features for
    bootstrapping grammars

Session 2: Transduction
  Jeroen Geertzen
  Dialogue Act Prediction Using Stochastic Context-Free Grammar
  Dana Angluin and Leonor Becerra-Bonache
  Experiments Using OSTIA for a Language Production Task
  Jorge González and Francisco Casacuberta
  GREAT: a finite-state machine translation toolkit implementing a
    Grammatical Inference Approach for Transducer Inference (GIATI)

Session 3: Language models and parsing
  Alexander Clark, Remi Eyraud and Amaury Habrard
  A note on contextual binary feature grammars
  Herman Stehouwer and Menno van Zaanen
  Language models for contextual error detection and correction
  Marie-HélÚne Candito, Benoit Crabbé and Djamé Seddah
  On statistical parsing of French with supervised and semi-supervised
  Franco M. Luque and Gabriel Infante-Lopez
  Upper Bounds for Unsupervised Parsing with Unambiguous
    Non-Terminally Separated Grammars

Session 4: Morphology
  Katya Pertsova
  A comparison of several learners for Boolean partitions:
    implications for morphological paradigm
  Panel discussion  


Registration for the workshop is done through the EACL website.
http://www.eacl2009.gr/conference/callforparticipation points to the
EACL Call for Participation.  Registration can be done at

Programme Committee

Pieter Adriaans, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Srinivas Bangalore, AT&T Labs-Research, USA
Leonor Becerra-Bonache, Yale University, USA
Rens Bod, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Antal van den Bosch, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Alexander Clark, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Shimon Edelman, Cornell University, USA
Jeroen Geertzen, University of Cambridge, UK
Jeffrey Heinz, University of Delaware, USA
Colin de la Higuera, Université de Saint-Etienne, France (co-chair)
Alfons Juan, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
Frantisek Mraz, Charles University, Czech Republic
Khalil Sima'an, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Richard Sproat, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Menno van Zaanen, Tilburg University, The Netherlands (co-chair)
Willem Zuidema, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Organizing Committee

Menno van Zaanen, Tilburg University, The Netherlands (co-chair)
Colin de la Higuera, Université de Saint-Etienne, France (co-chair)


Menno van Zaanen
Department of Communication and Information Sciences
Tilburg University
The Netherlands
mvzaanen (at) uvt.nl

Workshop website


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