Publications

 

In preparation/under review

  • Raquel Alhama & Willem Zuidema, under review at JAIR
  • Dieuwke Hupkes, Sara Veldhoen & Willem Zuidema, under review at JAIR
  • Willem Zuidema and Phong Le, for: Language in Interaction Handbook
  • Willem Zuidema, Dieuwke Hupkes, Geraint Wiggins, Constance Scharff and Martin Rochmeier, for: Musical Animals book
  • Björn Merker, Willem Zuidema and Iain Cross, for: Musical Animals book

2017

  • Sara Veldhoen & Willem Zuidema, Can Neural Networks learn Logical Reasoning? Proceedings LAML 2017 (forthcoming).
  • Raquel G. Alhama & Willem Zuidema, Segmentation as Retention and Recognition: the R&R model. Proceedings CogSci 2017 (forthcoming).
  • Willemijn van Woerkom & Willem Zuidema, Selecting the model that best fits the data. Commentary on Tali Leibovich, Naama Katzin, Maayan Harel and Avishai Henik, From ‘sense of number’ to ‘sense of magnitude’ – The role of continuous magnitudes in numerical cognition, Behavior & Brain Sciences (in press, 2017)

2016

  • Alhama, R. G. & Zuidema, W. (2016). Pre-Wiring and Pre-Training: What does a neural network need to learn truly general identity rules? In Proceedings of the Workshop on Cognitive Computation: Integrating Neural and Symbolic Approaches (at NIPS2016).
  • Sara Veldhoen, Dieuwke Hupkes & Willem Zuidema, Diagnostic Classifiers: Revealing how Neural Networks Process Hierarchical Structure. Workshop on Cognitive Computation: Integrating Neural and Symbolic Approaches (at NIPS2016) (pdf)
  • Phong Le and Willem Zuidema, Quantifying the vanishing gradient and long distance dependency problem in recursive neural networks and recursive LSTMs, Workshop on Representation Learning (at ACL2016)
  • Raquel Alhama and Willem Zuidema, Generalization in Artificial Language Learning: Modelling the Propensity to Generalize In Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning (at ACL2016).

2015

  • Jelle Zuidema, Zwarte inktvlekjes op een witte achtergrond, In: Mark Geels, Tim van Opijnen (Eds.), Nederland in ideeën – Dit is het mooiste ooit. Amsterdam: Maven.
  • Phong Le and Willem Zuidema, The Forest Convolutional Network: Compositional Distributional Semantics with a Neural Chart and without Binarization, Proceedings EMNLP 2015
  • Raquel Alhama, Remko Scha, and Willem Zuidema, How should we evaluate models of word segmentation? (ICCM’15, best student poster award)
  • Phong Le and Willem Zuidema, Unsupervised Dependency Parsing: Let’s Use Supervised Parsers (NAACL 2015)
  • Phong Le and Willem Zuidema, Compositional Distributional Semantics with Long Short Term Memory, Proceedings (*SEM 2015).
  • Martin Rohrmeier, Willem Zuidema, Geraint Wiggins and Constance Scharff, Principles of structure building in music, language and animal song (Proceedings Royal Society – B)
  • Björn Merker, Willem Zuidema and Iain Cross, Five fundamental constraints on theories of the origin of music (Proceedings Royal Society – B)

2014

2013

  • Willem Zuidema and Bart de Boer, Modelling in the Language
    Sciences. In: Sharma and Podesva, Research Methods in Linguistics,
    Cambridge University Press (2013)
  • Borensztajn, G., Zuidema, W. and Bechtel, W. (2013). Systematicity and the need for encapsulated
    representations. In Calvo, P. and Symons, J., (eds.) The
    Architecture of Cognition, MIT Press.
  • Barend Beekhuizen, Rens Bod, and Willem Zuidema (2013), Three
    Design Principles of Language: The Search for Parsimony in
    Redundancy. Language and Speech, Volume 56(3), pp265–290. (doi: 10.1177/0023830913484897)
  • Phong Le, Willem Zuidema and Remko Scha (2013) Learning from errors: Using vector-based compositional semantics for
    parse reranking. Workshop on Continuous Vector Space Models and their Compositionality (ACL 2013). (pdf)
  • Willem Zuidema, Contextfreeness Revisited (2013). Proceedings CogSci’13. (pdf)
  • Carel ten Cate, Robert Lachlan, and Willem Zuidema, Analyzing the structure of bird vocalizations and language: finding common
    ground. In: Bolhuis and Everaert(eds), Birdsong,
    Speech, And Language – Exploring the Evolution of Mind and Brain
    , MIT Press (2013)
  • Willem Zuidema, Language in Nature: on the Evolutionary Roots of a Cultural Phenomenon. In: Philippe Binder and Kenny Smith
    (eds.), The Language Phenomenon, Berlin: Springer (2013)

2012

  • Willem Zuidema, Language in Nature: on the evolutionary roots of a cultural, ILLC Preprint Series (PP-2012-13), University of
    Amsterdam.
  • P. Lê & W. Zuidema (2012). Learning Compositional Semantics for Open Domain Semantic Parsing. In: Proceedings of COLING 2012 (Mumbai, India).

2011

  • Jelle Zuidema, Taalonderzoek binnen en buiten de gebaande paden, Cavia 26: pp14-17. (pdf)
  • Richard Kunert, Raquel Fernández, and Willem Zuidema (2011) Adaptation in Child Directed Speech: Evidence from Corpora. In
    Proceedings of the 15th SEMDIAL Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (Los Angelogue), pp. 112-119, Los Angeles,
    California.
    (pdf)

  • Federico Sangati and Willem Zuidema. 2011. Accurate Parsing with
    Compact Tree-Substitution Grammars: Double-DOP. In Proceedings of the
    Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
    (EMNLP’11), pp 84-95.
    (pdf)

  • Gideon Borensztajn and Willem Zuidema. 2011. Episodic grammar: a
    computational model of the interaction between episodic and semantic
    memory in language processing. Proceedings of the 33d Annual Conference of the
    Cognitive Science Society (CogSci’11), pp 507-512
    (pdf)

2010

  • Federico Sangati, Willem Zuidema, and Rens Bod. 2010. Efficiently
    extracting recurring tree fragments from large treebanks. In Proceedings
    of LREC.

  • Maarten Versteegh, Federico Sangati, and Willem Zuidema (2010),
    Simulations Of Socio-Linguistic Change: Implications For
    Unidirectionality, Proceedings Evolang8 (Utrecht, April 2010)
  • Willem Zuidema and Arie Verhagen, What are the unique design
    features of language? Formal tools for comparative claims. Adaptive
    Behavior. Vol. 18, No. 1, 48-65

  • Bart de Boer and Willem Zuidema, Multi-agent simulations of the
    evolution of combinatorial phonology. Adaptive
    Behavior. Vol. 18, No 2., 141-154

2009

  • Willem Zuidema, A syllable frequency list for Dutch, ILLC Preprint Series
    (PP-2009-50), University of
    Amsterdam. () pdf manuscript
    (email me to obtain the full appendix).

  • Bart de Boer and Willem Zuidema, Models of Language Evolution: Does the Math Add Up?
    ILLC Preprint Series (PP-2009-49), University of Amsterdam. pdf manuscript

  • Van Heijningen, De Visser, Zuidema and Ten Cate, Simple rules can
    explain discrimination of putative recursive syntactic structures by a
    songbird species, Proceeding National Academy of Sciencies – USA
    (PNAS), December 1, 2009, vol. 106, no. 48,
    pp.20538-20543 PNAS
    website

  • Federico Sangati, Willem Zuidema and Rens Bod, 2009, An accurate
    re-ranking generative model for dependency parsing. Proceedings of
    the 11th International Conference on Parsing Technologies (IWPT’09),
    pp 238-241 pdf

  • Federico Sangati and Willem Zuidema, Unsupervised Methods for Head
    Assignments (2009), Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the
    European Chapter of the ACL (EACL’09), pp. 701-709.
    pdf

  • Vanessa Ferdinand and Willem Zuidema (2009), Thomas’ Theorem meets
    Bayes’ Rule: a model of the iterated learning of language,
    Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science
    Society (Cogsci’09), pp.1786-1791.
  • Gideon Borensztajn, Willem Zuidema, and Rens Bod (2009), The
    hierarchical prediction network: towards a neural theory of
    language, Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science
    Society (Cogsci’09), pp.2974-2979.

  • Willem Zuidema and Bart de Boer (2009), The evolution of
    combinatorial phonology. Journal of Phonetics
    Volume 37, Issue 2, April 2009, Pages 125-144 pdf

  • Gideon Borensztajn, Willem Zuidema and Rens Bod (2009), Children’s
    grammars grow more abstract with age – Evidence from an automatic
    procedure for identifying the productive units of
    language. TopiCS in Cognitive Science 1(1):175-188
    pdf

2008

  • Gideon Borensztajn, Jelle Zuidema and Rens
    Bod, Taalverwerving: De wetenschap van
    de kleine wetenschapper
    , Kunst en Wetenschap, 17/4:9-10,
    December 2008 (in Dutch).

  • Willem Zuidema, Bart de Boer, Evolutionary Explanations for Natural
    Language – Criteria from Evolutionary Biology. ILLC Preprint Series
    (PP-2008-56), University of
    Amsterdam pdf

  • V. Ferdinand and W. Zuidema, An experiment in iterated function
    learning, ILLC Preprint Series (PP-2008-53), University of
    Amsterdam pdf

  • V. Ferdinand and W. Zuidema, Language adapting to the brain: a study
    of a Bayesian iterated learning model, ILLC Preprint Series
    (PP-2008-54), University of
    Amsterdam pdf

  • Gideon Borensztajn, Willem Zuidema and Rens Bod (2008), Children’s
    grammars grow more abstract with age – Evidence from an automatic
    procedure for identifying the productive units of
    language. Proceedings CogSci,
    2008. pdf manuscript

  • Willem Zuidema (2008), Empirical evidence for recursive
    hierarchical structure in child language. In: Sakas, W (ed.),
    Proceedings Workshop on Psycho-Computational Models of Language
    Acquisition

  • Willem Zuidema, A gradual path to hierarchical phrase-structure:
    insights from modeling and corpus data. In: Andrew D M Smith, Kenny
    Smith and Ramon Ferrer i Cancho (eds). The Evolution of Language –
    Proceedings of the 7th International Conference (Evolang7), World Scientific.

  • Federico Sangati and Willem Zuidema, Communication, Cooperation,
    and Coherence. In: Andrew D M Smith, Kenny Smith and Ramon Ferrer i
    Cancho (eds). The Evolution of Language – Proceedings of the 7th
    International Conference (Evolang7), World Scientific, pp. 491-492.

2007

  • Gideon Borensztajn and Willem Zuidema (2007), Bayesian Model
    Merging for Unsupervised Constituent Labeling and Grammar
    Induction. ILLC Prepublication PP-2007-40, University of
    Amsterdam. pdf

  • Willem Zuidema (2007), Parsimonious Data-Oriented Parsing, in:
    Proceedings of the 2007 Joint Conference on Empirical Methods in
    Natural Language Processing and Computational Natural Language
    Learning (EMNLP-CoNLL 2007). pdf manuscript

2006

  • Willem Zuidema, What are the Productive Units of Natural Language
    Grammar? A DOP Approach to the Automatic Identification of
    Constructions. Proceedings CONLL’06. (pdf
    manuscript
    ). (Note: the mentioned supplementary material giving
    the derivation of equation~8 is superceded by the EMNLP-CoNLL 2007
    paper above).

  • Willem Zuidema, Theoretical Evaluation of Estimation Methods
    for Data-Oriented Parsing
    , in: Conference Companion / Proceedings
    11th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for
    Computational Linguistics (EACL’06), published by the Association for
    Computational Linguistics, pp. 183-186. (pdf corrected manuscript; note: the published
    version of this paper contains an error – see corrigendum.
    )

  • Willem Zuidema and Timothy O’Donnell, Beyond the argument from
    design (extended abstract), Proceedings Evolang 5 (pdf)

2005

  • Willem Zuidema, The Major Transitions in the Evolution of
    Language, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of
    Edinburgh, UK, 2005. (download pdf: 1.9Mb)

2004

  • Bart de Boer and Willem Zuidema, From Holistic to Combinatorial Signals
    (extended abstract), Proceedings Evolang 4 (txt).

  • Timothy O’Donnell and Willem Zuidema, Mathematical Linguistics and
    Language Evolution (extended abstract), Proceedings Evolang 4 (txt).

2003

  • Willem Zuidema, Optimal Communication in a Noisy and Heterogeneous
    Environment, in: W. Banzhaf, T. Christaller, P. Dittrich, J. T. Kim,
    and J. Ziegler, editors, Advances in Artificial Life – Proceedings of
    the 7th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL)
    , Lecture Notes
    in Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 2801, pp. 553-563, Springer Verlag,
    Berlin, Heidelberg, 2003 (pdf
    manuscript
    and supplementary
    material
    )

  • Willem Zuidema and Gert Westermann, Evolution of an Optimal
    Lexicon under Constraints from Embodiment, Artificial Life, vol. 9,
    issue 4, pp 387-402, 2003.
    (pdf manuscript)

  • Willem Zuidema and Bart de Boer, How did we get from there to here
    in the evolution of language? Behavioral and Brain Sciences (in press
    for BBS issue 26(6), 2003) (Commentary on R. Jackendoff, Foundations
    of Language
    , Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2002). (pdf manuscript)

  • Nick Barton and Willem Zuidema, Evolution: The erratic path
    towards complexity, Current Biology, vol. 13, issue 16, pp. 649-651,
    2003. (Commentary on R. Lenski, C. Ofria, R. Pennock, and C. Adami,
    The evolutionary origin of complex features, Nature, vol. 8,
    pp. 139-144, 2003).
    (pdf manuscript)

  • Willem Zuidema, How the poverty of the stimulus solves the poverty
    of the stimulus, in: Suzanna Becker, Sebastian Thrun, and Klaus
    Obermayer (eds.), Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 15
    (Proceedings of NIPS’02)
    , MIT Press,
    Cambridge, MA, pp. 51-58, 2003.
    (postscript)
    (pdf)

2002

  • Andy Gardner and Willem Zuidema, Is evolvability involved in the
    origin of modular variation?, Evolution 57, Nr. 6, pp 1448-1450,
    2003. (Commentary on Lipson, Pollack and Suh (2002), On the origin of
    modular variation, Evolution 56, pp. 1549-1556).
    (pdf manuscript)

  • Willem Zuidema, The importance of
    social learning in the evolution of cooperation and
    communication
    , Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 25,
    issue 2, pp 283-284, 2002; Commentary on Howard Rachlin,
    Altruism and Selfishness
    , Behavioral and Brain Sciences,
    Vol. 25, issue 2, pp. 239-250, 2002.

  • Joachim De Beule, Joris Van Looveren and Willem Zuidema, *From
    perception to language: grounding formal syntax in an almost real
    world, presented at the Belgium-Netherlands Artificial
    Intelligence Conference, October 21-22. 2002, Leuven, Belgium

  • Willem Zuidema, *Language adaptation helps language acquisition (2002),
    in: Bridget Hallam, Dario Floreano, John Hallam, Gillian Hayes and
    Jean-Arcady Meyer (Eds.), From Animals to Animats 7 (Proceedings of
    the 7th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive
    Behavior, Edinburgh, August 4-9, 2002), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA,
    pp. 417-418
    (postscript)
    (pdf)

  • Willem Zuidema, *Language Adaptation helps Language Acquisition
    (2002), presented at International
    Workshop on Self-Organization and Evolution of Social Behaviour
    ,
    September 8-13, Monte Verita, Switzerland; article in Proceedings

  • Willem Zuidema, *How the poverty of stimulus solves the poverty of
    stimulus (abstract [pdf]),
    presented at Evolution
    of Language 2002

2001

  • Willem Zuidema, Emergent syntax: the unremitting value of computational
    modeling for understanding the origins of complex language (2001),
    AI-MEMO 01-04, AI-Lab, VUB Brussels (postscript) (pdf) (long version of conference
    publication with the same title)

  • Willem Zuidema and Gert Westermann, On the Relevance of Language
    Evolution Models for Cognitive Science (2001), AI-MEMO 01-03, AI-Lab,
    VUB Brussels (postscript) (pdf) (long version of Zuidema and
    Westermann (2001), DECO)

  • Willem Zuidema, Language is different: the relevance of group, culture
    and computers in the evolution of syntax, presented at the OHLL
    Coevolution of Syntax and Semantics meeting, September 2001, Paris,
    France.

  • Willem Zuidema, *Emergent syntax: the unremitting value of
    computational modeling for understanding the origins of complex
    language (2001), in: Kelemen and Sosik (eds.), Advances in Artificial
    Life (Proceedings 6th European Conference on Artificial Life, Prague,
    September 10-14, 2001), Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
    Vol. 2159, Springer, Berlin, pp. 641-644,
    (postscript)
    (pdf)

    (all papers online at the ECAL2001-website ; buy the
    book at the
    publisher’s page – Springer
    )

  • Willem Zuidema and Gert Westermann, *Towards formal models of embodiment
    and selforganization of language (presented at DECO-2001, Edinburgh, July
    31st 2001); article in Proceedings

2000

  • Willem Hero Zuidema, Evolution of syntax in groups
    of agents
    (2000): Master’s thesis, Theoretical Biology, Utrecht
    University

  • Willem Zuidema and Paulien Hogeweg, Selective advantages of syntactic
    language – a model study, in: Gleitman and Joshi (eds.),
    Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science
    Society
    , Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Hillsdale, USA, pp. 577 – 582, 2000.
    (postscript)
    (pdf)

    (all papers online at the Cogsci2000-website;
    buy the book at
    the publisher’s page – Erlbaum
    )

  • Willem Zuidema, Language evolution: establishing conventions and
    exploiting constraints (2000), presented at Bene-Evolang 2000

  • Willem Zuidema and Paulien Hogeweg, *Social patterns guide evolving grammars
    (2000) (postscript) (pdf) Presented at the Evolution of language
    2000
    conference; article in Proceedings

1999