my research

Selected publications:

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 (with an introduction by Robert Berwick and Noam Chomsky), 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)

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)

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

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

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

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).

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.