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Tue Feb 24 2004

Confs: General Linguistics/Leipzig, Germany

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  1. p.a.vogt, Tutorial Modelling Language Evolution for Modellers and Non-modellers

Message 1: Tutorial Modelling Language Evolution for Modellers and Non-modellers

Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 11:42:01 -0500 (EST)
From: p.a.vogt <>
Subject: Tutorial Modelling Language Evolution for Modellers and Non-modellers

Tutorial Modelling Language Evolution for Modellers and Non-modellers

Date: 30-Mar-2004 - 30-Mar-2004
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact: Paul Vogt
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics 

This is a session of the following conference: 5th International
Conference On The Evolution Of Language

Meeting Description:

Computational modelling is a popular and prominent part of the
research on the origins and evolution of language. Although
computational modelling research has yielded interesting results,
these are often misinterpreted or overlooked by non-modellers. We feel
this is partly due to the way the complex and abstract models are
presented. Scientists lacking experience in computational modelling
often find it difficult to understand the results. This is
unfortunate, as computer modelling research and more traditional
research into the evolution of language can gain a lot through

This tutorial offers non-modellers an introduction that is aimed at
helping them interpret computational modelling results in the field of
language evolution. In addition, the tutorial aims to
provide(beginning) modellers suggestions of how to disseminate their
research to a multi-disciplinary audience. The tutorial is organised
in three sections of 90 minutes each, and will cover the following

- What is computational modelling?
- How can computational modelling be of interest to cognitive science
and linguistics?
- How does one start building a computational model?
- What techniques are used?
- What research topics are suitable for modelling?
- Practical examples.
- Some caveats.

Registration is now open via the EVOLANG5 conference registration (see A registration fee of 30 Euros
(standard) or 20 Euros (students) will be charged and should be paid
in cash at the tutorial.

For more information, please contact Paul Vogt (
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