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Mon Jul 23 2001

Confs: Semantic Processing

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Message 1: Cognitively Plausible Models of Semantic Processing

Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2001 20:10:05 +0100 (BST)
From: SEMPRO - Semantic Processing Workshop <semprocogsci.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: Cognitively Plausible Models of Semantic Processing



 Final Call for Participation

SEMPRO-2001: COGNITIVELY PLAUSIBLE MODELS OF SEMANTIC PROCESSING

 (A workshop in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the 
 Cognitive Science Society)

 July 31st, University of Edinburgh

 http://www.hcrc.ed.ac.uk/~sempro/


The goal of this workshop is to be a forum and a meeting point for researchers
developing models of semantic / pragmatic processing (computational and
non-computational) motivated by psychological evidence or corpus studies, with
a focus on human language processing. This year's workshop will feature 
papers on:

- incrementality and underspecification in semantic processing
- lexical access and disambiguation
- anaphora resolution
- scope assignment

We would especially like to encourage the exchange of results between
psychological experimentation, computational modelling, and
corpus-based work.

INVITED SPEAKERS: Julie Sedivy (Brown), Tony Sanford (Glasgow).

ACCEPTED PAPERS:

the workshop will include both presentations and a poster session. A
preliminary list of accepted papers is available at

 http://www.hcrc.ed.ac.uk/~sempro/program.html

REGISTRATION:

The registration fee will be �40 for regular participants and �20 for
students. (The fee covers coffee breaks, lunch and a copy of the
proceedings.) The preferred form of registration is to complete the
registration form on the web page of the workshop with your credit card
details, and fax it to:

 Eva Steel
 SEMPRO organization
 c/o Informatics / HCRC
 2 Buccleuch Place
 University of Edinburgh
 Edinburgh EH8 9LW
 U.K.
 Tel: +44 131 650 2804
 Fax: +44 131 650 4587

It will also be possible to register on site via credit card or cash
(UK pounds only), but early registration is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

ACCOMODATION:

Several types of accomodation are listed in the pages for the
Cognitive Science conference,
 http://www.scot-mur.demon.co.uk/coginfo.htm

We strongly encourage the participants to book early - accomodation in
Edinburgh in that period is hard to find!

PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Massimo Poesio (University of Essex), Alan Garnham
(University of Sussex), Maria Lapata (University of the Saarland),
Julie Sedivy (Brown University), Rosemary Stevenson (University of
Durham), Peter Wiemer-Hastings (University of Edinburgh).

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM:

Here is a preliminary list of the talks. The abstracts of oral and
poster presentations can be found on the Web site.

 8 - 9: REGISTRATION, COFFEE.

 9 -10: INVITED TALK 1 - Tony Sanford (University of Glasgow)
 Denial as the determiner of focus patterns with negative quantifiers.

10-11:20 ANAPHORA RESOLUTION
10-10:40 Pronominal Interpretation: Implications for the
 Architecture of the Sentence Processing System.
 (Maria-Mercedes Pinango, Petra Burkhardt, Dina Brun,
 Sergei Avrutin)
10:40-11:20 A computational model of human coreference.
 judgments.
 (Peter Wiemer-Hastings, Carlo Iacucci)

11:20-11:40 COFFEE BREAK

11:40-12:20 The Effects of Animacy, Thematic Role and Surface Position on
 the Focusing of Entities in Discourse.
 (Jamie Pearson, Rosemary Stevenson, Massimo Poesio)
12:20- 1 Why reading Dickens is easy (and reading Needham can be hard).
 (Martin Pickering, Steven Frisson)

 1 - 2:30 LUNCH AND POSTER SESSION (see below)

 2:30- 3:30 INVITED TALK 2: Julie Sedivy (Brown University).
 Mechanisms for contextual effects in on-line incremental
 ocessing.

 3:30- 4:50 SCOPE AMBIGUITY
 3:30- 4:10 Processing of Scope by Children and Adults.
 (K.B. Paterson, S. P. Liversedge, D. White, R. Filik, C. Rowland)
 4:10- 4:50 How adults and children manage stress in ambiguous contexts.
 (Silvia Gennari, Andrea Gualmini, Luisa Meroni, Simona
 Maciukaite and Stephen Crain )

 4:50- 5:10 Tea

 5:10- 6:30 LEXICAL KNOWLEDGE AND WORD-SENSE DISAMBIGUATION
 5:10- 5:50 A Rational Analysis of Semantic Processing by the Left Cerebral
 Emisphere.
 (Scott McDonald, Chris Brew)
 5:50- 6:30 Connectionist modelling of semantics using context vectors.
 (Padraic Monaghan, Richard Shillcock)

RESERVE PAPERS:

Focus Operators and Syntactic Ambiguity (Ruth Filik)

Interpreting 'other': From Cognitive Grammar to a corpus study of
 multimodal dialogues (Susanne Salmon-Alt)

POSTER SESSION:

Models of Anaphora Processing and the Binding Constraints (Antonio Branco)

Improving Supervised WSD by Including Rough Semantic Features
in a Multi-Level View of the Context (Eric Crestan and Marc El-Beze)

Argument Linking and Spatial Cognition (Alistair Knott)

Blending, Analogy, and Counterfactuals (Mark Lee and John Barnden)
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