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LINGUIST List 16.1758

Sat Jun 04 2005

Confs: Comp Ling/Lang Acquisition/Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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        1.    Aris Xanthos, ACL-05 Workshop on Psychocomputational Models of Human Language Acquisition

Message 1: ACL-05 Workshop on Psychocomputational Models of Human Language Acquisition
Date: 02-Jun-2005
From: Aris Xanthos <Aris.Xanthosunil.ch>
Subject: ACL-05 Workshop on Psychocomputational Models of Human Language Acquisition

ACL-05 Workshop on Psychocomputational Models of Human Language Acquisition
Short Title: Psychocomp

Date: 29-Jun-2005 - 30-Jun-2005
Location: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI, United States of America
Contact: Aris Xanthos
Contact Email: psycho.comphunter.cuny.edu
Meeting URL: http://www.colag.cs.hunter.cuny.edu/psychocomp

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition;

Meeting Description:

Call for Participation

Psycho-computational Models of Human Language Acquisition

Workshop at ACL 2005
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
29-30 June 2005


Workshop Topic

The workshop, which is a follow-up to the successful workshop held at COLING in
2004, will be devoted to psychologically motivated computational models of
language acquisition -- models that are compatible with, or motivated by
research in psycholinguistics, developmental psychology and linguistics.

This year, the workshop is part of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Association
for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2005) held in Ann Arbor, Michigan and shares
a joint session with the Ninth Conference on Computational Natural Language
Learning (CoNLL-2005).

Invited Talks

* Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh
* Brian MacWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University



Note that participants will have full access to CoNLL presentations on Thursday,
June 30th.

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?

Conference program

* Wednesday, June 29, 2005 *

9:10-9:30 Opening Remarks

9:00-9:30 The Input for Syntactic Acquisition: Solutions from Language
Change Modeling
-- Lisa Pearl

9:30-10:00 Simulating Language Change in the Presence of Non-Idealized
-- W. Garrett Mitchener

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-11:30 Using Morphology and Syntax Together in Unsupervised
-- Yu Hu, Irina Matveeva, John GoldSmith and Colin Sprague

11:30-12:00 Refining the SED Heuristic for Morpheme Discovery: Another
Look at Swahili
-- Yu Hu, Irina Matveeva, John GoldSmith and Colin Sprague

12:00-12:30 A Connectionist Model of Language-Scene Interaction
-- Marshall R. Mayberry, Matthew W. Crocker and Pia Knoeferle

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-2:30 A Second Language Acquisition Model Using Example
Generalization and Concept Categories
-- Ari Rappoport and Vera Sheinman

2:30-3:30 Invited Talk

Item Based Constructions and the Logical Problem
-- Brian MacWhinney

3:30-4:00 Break

4:00-4:30 Statistics vs. UG in Language Acquisition: Does a Bigram
Analysis Predict Auxiliary Inversion?
-- Xuân-Nga Cao Kam, Iglika Stoyneshka, Lidiya Tornyova,
-- William Gregory Sakas and Janet Dean Fodor

4:30-5:00 Climbing the path to grammar: a maximum entropy model of
subject/object learning
-- Felice Dell'Orletta, Alessandro Lenci, Simonetta Montemagni
-- and Vito Pirrelli

5:00-5:30 The Acquisition and Use of Argument Structure Constructions:
A Bayesian Model
-- Afra Alishahi and Suzanne Stevenson

* Thursday, June 30, 2005 *

- Joint Session with CoNLL

9:00-9:50 Invited talk: Mark Steedman

9:50-10:15 Steps Toward Deep Lexical Acquisition
-- Sourabh Niyogi

10:15-10:40 Intentional Context in Situated Natural Language Learning
-- Michael Fleischman and Deb Roy

- Remaining CoNLL sessions

11:10-12:25 Morphology

2:10-2:50 Learning methods and architectures

2:50-3:30 Shared Task: Semantic Role Labeling

4:00-6:00 Shared Task: Semantic Role Labeling (con't)

Workshop Organizers

* William Gregory Sakas (Chair), City University of New York, USA
* Alexander Clark, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
* James Cussens, University of York, UK (jc(at)cs.york.ac.uk)
* Aris Xanthos, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

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
* Nick Chater, University of Warwick, UK
* Stephen Clark, University of Edinburgh, UK
* Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium and Tilburg
University, The Netherlands
* Elan Dresher, University of Toronto, Canada
* Jeff Elman, University of California, San Diego, USA
* Jerry Feldman, University of California, Berkeley, USA
* John Goldsmith, University of Chicago, USA
* John Hale, University of Michigan, USA
* Mark Johnson, Brown University, USA
* Vincenzo Lombardo, Universita di Torino, Italy
* Paola Merlo, University of Geneva, Switzerland
* Sandeep Prasada, City University of New York, USA
* Dan Roth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
* Jenny Saffran, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
* Ivan Sag, Stanford University, USA
* Ed Stabler, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
* Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh, UK
* Suzanne Stevenson, University of Toronto, Canada
* Patrick Sturt, University of Glasgow, UK
* Charles Yang, Yale University, USA

Workshop contact:

email: psycho.comp(at)hunter.cuny.edu
web: http://www.colag.cs.hunter.cuny.edu/psychocomp/


William Gregory Sakas
Department of Computer Science, North 1008
Hunter College, City University of New York
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

1 (212) 772.5211 - voice
1 (212) 772.5219 - fax


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