Barend Beekhuizen

Assistant Professor, Computational Linguistics Language Studies
(905) 569-4715
Office Location:
3359 Mississauga Road, Maanjiwe nendamowinan, 4th floor
Mississauga , ON
L5L 1C6

My main interest is the development of computational models that shed light on word meaning. Currently, I primarily focus on the ways in which languages vary in how they carve up or 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.


  • 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


Computational Linguistics
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