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Full Title: Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon

Short Title: CogALex-3
Location: Mumbai, India
Start Date: 15-Dec-2012 - 15-Dec-2012
Contact: Michael Zock
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Meeting Description: 3rd Workshop on ‘Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon’ (CogALex-3)
Post-conference workshop at COLING 2012
December 15, 2012
Mumbai, India

Aims and Target Audience:

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers involved in the construction and application of electronic dictionaries to discuss modifications of existing resources in line with the users' needs, thereby fully exploiting the advantages of the digital form. Given the breadth of the questions, we welcome reports on work from many perspectives, including but not limited to: computational lexicography, psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, language learning and ergonomics.


The way we look at dictionaries, their creation and use, has changed dramatically over the past 30 years. (1) While being considered as an appendix to grammar in the past, they have in the meantime moved to centre stage. Indeed, there is hardly any task in NLP which can be conducted without them. (2) Also, many lexicographers work nowadays with huge digital corpora, using language technology to build and to maintain the lexicon. (3) Last, but not least, rather than being static entities (data-base view), dictionaries are now viewed as graphs, whose nodes and links (connection strengths) may change over time. Interestingly, properties concerning topology, clustering and evolution known from other disciplines (society, economy, human brain) also apply to dictionaries: everything is linked, hence accessible, and everything is evolving. Given these similarities, one may wonder what we can learn from these disciplines.

In this 3rd edition of the CogALex workshop we therefore intend to also invite scientists working in these fields, our goals being to broaden the picture, i.e. to gain a better understanding concerning the mental lexicon and to integrate these findings into our dictionaries in order to support navigation. Given recent advances in neurosciences, it appears timely to seek inspiration from neuroscientists studying the human brain. There is also a lot to be learned from other fields studying graphs and networks, even if their object of study is something else than language, for example biology, economy or society.

Invited Speaker:

Alain Polguère (Université de Lorraine & ATILF CNRS, France)
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics
LL Issue: 23.4329

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