Barend Beekhuizen

Assistant Professor, Computational Linguistics
Language Studies

My main interest is the development of computational models that shed light on word meaning. My primary focus is on the ways in which languages vary in the way they categorize the world with their words, how this variation can inform us about the mental representation of categories, and how such categories are used in discourse. In my research, I use translated and non-translated cross-linguistic corpus data, as well as spontaneously produced data, such as conversation spoken language and social media corpora.

Ph.D., 2015, Leiden University, Linguistics (cum laude) (assoc. w/) University of Amsterdam Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation
M.Phil., 2010, Leiden University, Linguistics (cum laude)
B.A., 2007, Leiden University, Dutch Language and Culture


  • Beekhuizen, Barend, Chen Xuan Cui & Suzanne Stevenson (2019). Representing lexical ambiguity in prototype models of lexical semantics. Proceedings of the 41th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, pp. 1376-1382. [paper] [data]
  • Julia Watson, Barend Beekhuizen & Suzanne Stevenson (2019). Identifying the Evolutionary Progression of Color from Crosslinguistic Data. Proceedings of the 41th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, pp. 3071-3077. [paper]
  • Beekhuizen, Barend & Suzanne Stevenson (2018). More than the eye can see: A computational model of colour term acquisition and colour discrimination. Cognitive Science 42(8): 2699-2734
  • Beekhuizen, Barend, Julia Watson & Suzanne Stevenson (2017). Semantic Typology and Parallel Corpora: Something about Indefinite Pronouns. In Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
  • Beekhuizen, Barend, Afsaneh Fazly & Suzanne Stevenson (2014). Learning Meaning without Primitives. Typology Predicts Developmental Patterns. In Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society


Research Support


Computational linguistics
Corpus linguistics
Lexical semantics and pragmatics
Semantic typology
Cognitive science of language
Current Courses
LIN340; LIN341; LIN338; LIN353