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  1. sakas, Psycho-computational Models of Human Language Acquisition

Message 1: Psycho-computational Models of Human Language Acquisition

Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 15:11:21 -0400 (EDT)
From: sakas <>
Subject: Psycho-computational Models of Human Language Acquisition

Psycho-computational Models of Human Language Acquisition 

Date: 28-Aug-2004 - 28-Aug-2004
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Contact: William Sakas
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Computational Linguistics ,General Linguistics
,Linguistic Theories ,Phonology ,Psycholinguistics ,Text/Corpus
Linguistics ,Cognitive Science ,Language Acquisition

Meeting Description:

This workshop is devoted to psychologically-motivated computational
models of language acquisition. That is, models that are compatible
with research in psycholinguistics, developmental psychology and

Invited Speakers

 * Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp and Tilburg University
 * Elan Dresher, University of Toronto
 * Jerome A. Feldman, University of California at Berkeley
 * Charles D. Yang, Yale University


Workshop Description 

How children acquire the grammar of their native language(s) is one of
the most beguiling open questions of modern science. The principal
goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers from diverse
backgrounds who are interested in the study of human language
acquisition from a computational perspective. Cross-discipline
discussion will be encouraged. Presented research draws computational
linguistics, formal learning theory, machine learning, artificial
intelligence, linguistics, cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics.

Psycho-computational models of language acquisition are of particular
interest in light of recent results in developmental psychology which
suggest that very young infants are adept at detecting statistical
patterns in an audible input stream. This begs the question, to what
extent can a psychologically plausible statistical learning strategy
be successfully exploited in a ''full-blown'' psycho-computational
acquisition model?

Accepted Papers (full text and presentation schedule available at )

 A Quantitative Evaluation of Naturalistic Models of Language 
 Acquisition; the Efficiency of the Triggering Learning 
 Algorithm Compared to a Categorial Grammar Learner
 -- Paula Buttery
 On Statistical Parameter Setting
 -- Damir Cavar, Joshua Herring,Toshikazu Ikuta, Paul Rodrigues 
 -- and Giancarlo Schrementi
 Putting Meaning into Grammar Learning
 -- Nancy Chang 
 Grammatical Inference and First Language Acquisition
 -- Alexander Clark 
 A Developmental Model of Syntax Acquisition in the Construction 
 Grammar Framework with Cross-Linguistic Validation in English 
 and Japanese
 -- Peter Ford Dominey and Toshio Inui 
 On the Acquisition of Phonological Representations
 -- B. Elan Dresher 
 Statistics Learning and Universal Grammar: Modeling Word 
 -- Timothy Gambell and Charles Yang 
 Modelling Syntactic Development in a Cross-Linguistic 
 -- Fernand Gobet, Daniel Freudenthal and Julian M. Pine 
 A Computational Model of Emergent Simple Syntax: 
 Supporting the Natural Transition from the One-Word Stage to 
 the Two-Word Stage
 -- Kris Jack, Chris Reed and Annalu Waller 
 On a Possible Role for Pronouns in the Acquisition of Verbs
 -- Aarre Laakso and Linda Smith 
 Some Tests of an Unsupervised Model of Language Acquisition
 -- Bo Pedersen, Shimon Edelman, Zach Solan, David Horn 
 -- and Eytan Ruppin
 Modelling Atypical Syntax Processing
 -- Michael S. C. Thomas and Martin Redington 
 Combining Utterance-Boundary and Predictability Approaches 
 to Speech Segmentation
 -- Aris Xanthos
 Workshop Organizer

 William Gregory Sakas, City University of New York
 Program Committee

 * Robert Berwick, MIT, USA
 * Antal van den Bosch, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
 * Ted Briscoe, University of Cambridge, UK
 * Damir Cavar, Indiana University, USA
 * Morten H. Christiansen, Cornell University, USA
 * Stephen Clark, University of Edinburgh, UK 
 * James Cussens, University of York, UK
 * Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium and Tilburg ersity, 
 The Netherlands
 * Jeffrey Elman, University of California, San Diego, USA
 * Gerard Kempen, Leiden University, The Netherlands and The Max Planck 
 Institute, Nijmegen
 * Vincenzo Lombardo, University of Torino, Italy
 * Larry Moss, University of Indiana, USA
 * Miles Osborne, University of Edinburgh, UK 
 * Dan Roth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
 * Ivan Sag, Stanford University, USA
 * Jeffrey Siskind, Purdue University, USA
 * Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh, UK
 * Menno van Zaanen, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
 * Charles Yang, Yale University, USA
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