LINGUIST List 12.2714

Tue Oct 30 2001

Calls: Berkeley Ling Society, Rumelhart Prize

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  1. Mary Paster, Berkeley Linguistics Society - BLS 28
  2. Cognitive Science Society, Rumelhart Prize

Message 1: Berkeley Linguistics Society - BLS 28

Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 20:42:54 -0800
From: Mary Paster <pastersocrates.Berkeley.EDU>
Subject: Berkeley Linguistics Society - BLS 28


The Berkeley Linguistics Society is pleased to announce its
Twenty-Eighth Annual Meeting, to be held February 15-18, 2002. The
conference will consist of a General Session, a Parasession, and a
Special Session on Southeast Asian linguistics to be dedicated to Jim
Matisoff, who is retiring at the end of the academic year.

General Session

The General Session will cover all areas of linguistic
interest. We encourage proposals from diverse theoretical
frameworks and also welcome papers on language-related
topics from disciplines such as Anthropology, Cognitive
Science, Literature, Neuroscience, and Psychology.

Invited Speakers:

JOHN KINGSTON, University of Massachusetts
LESLEY MILROY, University of Michigan
DOUGLAS PULLEYBLANK, University of British Columbia

Parasession: Field Linguistics

The Parasession invites papers on linguistics in the field,
including (but not limited to) methodology, the use of
technology in the field, and results of recent fieldwork
in any area of linguistics.

Invited Speakers:

IAN MADDIESON, University of California, Berkeley
PAMELA MUNRO, University of California, Los Angeles
JORGEN RISCHEL, University of Copenhagen

Special Session: Tibeto-Burman/Southeast Asian Linguistics

The Special Session invites papers on Southeast Asian
languages (especially Tibeto-Burman, Tai-Kadai, Mon-Khmer,
Hmong-Mien) in any area of linguistics.

Invited Speakers:

JEROLD EDMONDSON, University of Texas, Arlington
GRAHAM THURGOOD, California State University, Chico
SCOTT DELANCEY, University of Oregon

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Papers presented at the conference will be published in the
Society's Proceedings, and authors who present papers agree
to provide camera-ready copy (not to exceed 12 pages) by
May 15, 2002. Presentations will be allotted 20 minutes
with 10 minutes for questions.

An author may submit at most one single and one joint
abstract. In case of joint authorship, one address should
be designated for communication with BLS. Your abstract
should be as specific as possible, including a statement of
your topic or problem, your approach, and your conclusions.
Please send ten (10) copies of an anonymous one-page (8.5"
x 11") abstract. Abstracts may be at most four hundred
(400) words. The reverse side of the single page may be
used for data and references only. Along with the abstracts
send a 3" x 5" card listing:

(1) Paper title
(2) Session (General Session/Parasession/Special Session)
(3) Name(s) of author(s)
(4) Affiliation(s) of author(s)
(5) Address to which notification of acceptance or
 rejection should be mailed (November-December)
(6) Contact phone number for each author
(7) E-mail address for each author
(8) **For General Session submissions only: subfield
 (phonology, syntax, etc.)
(9) **For Para- and Special Session submissions only:
 indication of whether you wish to have your abstract
 considered for the General Session if the organizers
 determine that your paper will not fit into either of
 the other sessions

Send abstracts:

Via post

BLS 28 Abstracts Committee
University of California
Department of Linguistics
1203 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2650

Via e-mail
(Only those abstracts formatted as ASCII text or as a Word attachment
will be considered. The text of the message must contain the
information requested in 1-9 above.)

Abstracts must be received in our office (NOT postmarked) by 4:00 pm,
November 26, 2001.

Registration Information

All attendees, including presenters, are expected to register for the
meeting. For advance registration, we can only accept checks or money
orders drawn on US banks in US dollars. Please make checks payable to
Berkeley Linguistics Society. Send advance registration to:

BLS 28 Registration
University of California
Department of Linguistics
1203 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2650

On-site, we will accept cash, US checks, and money orders.

Registration fees

Before February 1, 2002: $20 students, $40 non-students
After February 1, 2002: $25 students, $50 non-students

**BLS will arrange for ASL interpretation if services are requested
through before December 1, 2001.**

Updates and information regarding transportation, hotels, and
restaurants in Berkeley and San Francisco will be posted at

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Message 2: Rumelhart Prize

Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 14:09:28 -0600
From: Cognitive Science Society <>
Subject: Rumelhart Prize



The recipient of the Third Annual David E. Rumelhart Prize will
be chosen during the first part of 2002. The winner will be
announced at the 2002 Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society,
and will receive the prize and give the Prize Lecture at the 2003

The prize is awarded annually to an individual or collaborative team
making a significant contemporary contribution to the formal analysis
of human cognition. Mathematical modeling of human cognitive
processes, formal analysis of language and other products of human
cognitive activity, and computational analyses of human cognition
using symbolic or non-symbolic frameworks all fall within the scope of
the award. The Prize itself will consist of a certificate, a citation
of the awardee's contribution, and a monetary award of $100,000.
Nomination, Selection and Award Presentation For the Third Annual
Prize, the selection committee will continue to consider nominations
previously submitted. The committee invites updates to existing
nominations as well as new nominations. Materials should be sent to
the Prize Administration address at the end of this announcement. To
be considered in the committee's deliberations for the Third David
E. Rumelhart Prize, materials must be received by Friday, January 11,
2002. Nominations should include six sets of the following materials:
(1) A three-page statement of nomination, (2) a complete curriculum
vitae and (3) copies of up to five of the nominee's relevant
publications. Note that the nominee may be an individual or a team,
and in the case of a team, vitae for all members should be
provided. The prize selection committee considers both the scientific
contributions and the scientific leadership and collegiality of the
nominees, so these issues should be addressed in the statement of

Previous Recipients and Prize-Related Activities
Previous winners of the David E. Rumelhart Prize are Geoffrey
E. Hinton and Richard M. Shiffrin. Hinton received the First
David E. Rumelhart Prize and delivered the Prize Lecture at the
2001 Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Shiffrin, the
winner of the Second David E. Rumelhart Prize, was announced at
the 2001 Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. He will
recieve the prize and deliver the Prize Lecture at the 2002

Funding of the Prize
The David E, Rumelhart Prize is funded by the Robert J. Glushko
and Pamela Samuelson Foundation, based in San Francisco. Robert
J. Glushko is an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley who received a
Ph. D. in Cognitive Psychology in 1979 under Rumelhart's

Prize Administration
The Rumelhart Prize is administered by the Chair of the Prize
Selection Committee in consultation with the Glushko-Samuelson
Foundation and the Distinguished Advisory Board. Screening of
nominees and selection of the prize winner will be performed by
the Prize Selection Committee. Scientific members (including the
Chair) of the Prize Selection Committee will serve for up to two
four-year terms, and members of this committee will be selected
by the Glushko-Samuelson Foundation in consultation with the
Distinguished Advisory Board. A representative of the Foundation
will also serve on the Prize Selection Committee. Members of the
Prize Selection Committee are listed at the end of this

David E. Rumelhart: A Scientific Biography
David E. Rumelhart has made many contributions to the formal
analysis of human cognition, working primarily within the
frameworks of mathematical psychology, symbolic artificial
intelligence, and parallel distributed processing. He also
admired formal linguistic approaches to cognition and explored
the possibility of formulating a formal grammar to capture the
structure of stories.

Rumelhart obtained his undergraduate education at the University
of South Dakota, receiving a B.A. in psychology and mathematics
in 1963. He studied mathematical psychology at Stanford
University, receiving his Ph. D. in 1967. From 1967 to 1987 he
served on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the
University of California, San Diego. In 1987 he moved to
Stanford University, serving as Professor there until 1998. He
has become disabled by Pick's disease, a progressive
neurodegenerative illness, and now lives with his brother in Ann
Arbor, Michigan.

Rumelhart developed models of a wide range of aspects of human
cognition, ranging from motor control to story understanding to visual
letter recognition to metaphor and analogy. He collaborated with Don
Norman and the LNR Research Group to produce "Explorations in
Cognition" in 1975 and with Jay McClelland and the PDP Research Group
to produce "Parallel Distributed Processing: Explorations in the
Microstructure of Cognition" in 1986. He mastered many formal
approaches to human cognition, developing his own list processing
language and formulating the powerful back-propagation learning
algorithm for training networks of neuron-like processing
units. Rumelhart was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in
1991 and received many prizes, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the
Warren Medal of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the APA
Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award.

Rumelhart articulated a clear view of what cognitive science, the
discipline, is or ought to be. He felt that for cognitive
science to be a science, it would have to have formal theories,
and he often pointed to linguistic theories, as well as to
mathematical and computational models, as examples of what he had
in mind.

Prize Selection Committee
Alan Collins
Department of Learning Sciences
School of Education and Social Policy
Northwestern University
Mark Liberman
Departments of Computer and
Information Sciences and Linguistics
University of Pennsylvania
Anthony J. Marley
Department of Psychology
McGill University
James L. McClelland (Chair)
Carnegie Mellon University and
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Inquiries and Nominations should be sent to
David E. Rumelhart Prize Administration
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
115 Mellon Institute
4400 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Visit the prize web site at

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Cognitive Science Society
c/o Tanikqua Young
Department of Psychology
University of Texas
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: (512) 471-2030
Fax: (512) 471-3053

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