An online workshop on Generics and Stereotypes in Language hosted by the ILLC, University of Amsterdam was held on September 15 and 17, 2021.


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

  • 13h45 - 14h45 - Kenny Smith & Douglas Martin: The cultural evolution of language and stereotypes.
  • 14h45 - 15h15 - Rochelle Choenni: What do pretrained language models learn about you?
  • 15h15 - 15h45 - Oskar van der Wal: Bias in NLP: a technical approach to a social problem.
  • 15h45 - 16h00 - Break
  • 16h00 - 17h00 - Su Lin Blodgett: TBA

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Friday, September 17, 2021

  • 14h30 - 15h30 - Andrei Cimpian: The Cognitive Structure of Stereotypes: Implications for Stereotype Accuracy.
  • 15h30 - 16h30 - Maribel Romero: Some notes comparing “many”, “often” and GEN.
  • 16h30 - 16h45 - Break
  • 16h45 - 17h30 - Patricia Mirabile, Robert van Rooij & Katrin Schulz: Learning generics statements: The role of distinctiveness and impact.
  • 17h30 - 18h30 - MH Tessler: The Language of Category Generalizations: Probability, Vagueness, and Prior Expectations.

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Note: All times are indicated in CEST (Amsterdam time).
For questions about the workshop or to request a download link to the recorded talks, please contact: p.l.mirabile (at)

We are grateful to the NWO for funding this workshop via the project “From Learning to Meaning: A new approach to Characterizing Sentences and Stereotypes” (406.18.TW.007) and the project “The biased reality of online media - Using stereotypes to make media manipulation visible” (406.DI.19.059).