LINGUIST List 16.582
Sun Feb 27 2005
Calls: General Ling/Norway;Comp Ling/Lang Acquisition/USA
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1. Tor A.
21st Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics
ACL-05 Workshop on Psychocomputational Models of Human Language Acquisition
Message 1: 21st Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics
From: Tor A. Åfarli <tor.aafarlihf.ntnu.no>
Subject: 21st Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics
Full Title: 21st Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics
Short Title: 21SCL
Date: 01-Jun-2005 - 04-Jun-2005
Location: Trondheim, Norway
Contact Person: Tor A. Åfarli
Meeting Email: 21sclhf.ntnu.no
Web Site: http://www.hf.ntnu.no/scl
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2005
2nd Call for papers for
The 21st Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics
Trondheim, June 1-4, 2005
The conference programme will feature parallel main sessions and workshops on
the first and last days of the conference. One of the main sessions will be
thematic and address the linguistic and cognitive issues of Motion encoding in
language. The other main sessions are open for papers on any linguistic topic.
Three workshops have been proposed, one called Reference: how much linguistic
semantics, how much pragmatics?, one called Language structures in contact and
one on Grammar Engineering.
The conference programme includes plenary lectures by Len Talmy (University at
Buffalo, SUNY), Barbara Tversky (Stanford University), Vivian Cook (University
of Newcastle-upon-Tyne), Lydia White (McGill) and Höskuldur Thráinsson
(University of Iceland).
The organizing committee hereby distributes a second call for papers (with an
New deadline for abstracts: March 15, 2005.
Notification of acceptance: March 30, 2005.
Address for sending abstracts: 21sclhf.ntnu.no
When sending your abstract please make sure you include your name, affiliation,
full mailing address and e-mail. Also indicate what session/workshop you'd like
your talk to be considered for. Abstracts shouldn't be longer than one A4 page.
NOK 400 for students,
NOK 800 for others
Registration is required for all participants including those of the workshops.
Please follow up on registration details/deadlines on the 21st Conference
Welcome to Trondheim!
Randi A. Nilsen
Tor A. Åfarli
Message 2: ACL-05 Workshop on Psychocomputational Models of Human Language Acquisition
From: Aris Xanthos <Aris.Xanthosunil.ch>
Subject: ACL-05 Workshop on Psychocomputational Models of Human Language Acquisition
Full Title: ACL-05 Workshop on Psychocomputational Models of Human Language
Short Title: Psychocomp
Date: 29-Jun-2005 - 30-Jun-2005
Location: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI, United States of America
Contact Person: Aris Xanthos
Meeting Email: psycho.comphunter.cuny.edu
Web Site: http://www.colag.cs.hunter.cuny.edu/psychocomp
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition;
Call Deadline: 04-Apr-2005
Call for Papers
Psychocomputational Models of Human Language Acquisition
Workshop at ACL 2005
29-30 June 2005 at University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Submission Deadline: 4 April 2005
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 with particular emphasis
on the acquisition of syntax, though work on the acquisition of morphology,
phonology and other levels of linguistic description is also welcome.
The workshop will be taking place at the same time as CoNLL-2005
(http://cnts.uia.ac.be/conll/cfp.html) and if there is sufficient interest there
will be a plenary session for papers that are relevant to both audiences.
Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh
Brian MacWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University
Workshop Description and Motivation
In recent decades there has been a great deal of successful research that
applies computational learning techniques to emerging natural language
technologies, along with many meetings, conferences and workshops in which to
present such research. These have generally been motivated primarily by
engineering concerns. There have been only a few venues in which computational
models of human (first) language acquisition are the focus.
In the light of recent results in developmental psychology, indicating that very
young infants are capable of detecting statistical patterns in an audible input
stream, statistically motivated approaches have gained in plausibility. However,
this raises the question of whether or not a psychologically credible
statistical learning strategy can be successfully exploited in a full-blown
psychocomputational acquisition model, and the extent to which such algorithms
must use domain-specific knowledge.
The principal goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers who work
within computational linguistics, formal learning theory, grammatical inference,
machine learning, artificial intelligence, linguistics, psycholinguistics and
other fields, who have created or are investigating computational models of
language acquisition. In particular, it will provide a forum for establishing
links and common themes between diverse paradigms. Although research which
directly addresses the acquisition of syntax is strongly encouraged, related
studies that inform research on the acquisition of other areas of language are
Papers are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics:
* Models that employ statistical/probabilistic grammars;
* Formal learning theoretic and grammar induction models that
incorporate psychologically plausible constraints;
* Models that employ language models from corpus linguistics;
* Models that address the question of learning bias in terms of
innate linguistic knowledge versus domain general strategies
* Models that can acquire natural language word-order;
* Hybrid models that cross established paradigms;
* Models that directly make use of or can be used to evaluate
existing linguistic or developmental theories in a computational
framework (e.g. the principles & parameters framework, Optimality
Theory, or Construction Grammar);
* Models that combine parsing and learning;
* Models that have a cross-linguistic or bilingual perspective;
* Empirical models that make use of child-directed corpora;
* Comparative surveys, across multiple paradigms, that critique
previously published studies;
Paper Length: Submissions should be no longer than 8 pages (A4 or the
equivalent). High-quality short papers or extended abstracts of 4 to 5 pages are
encouraged. Submission and format details are below.
Please note that the turnaround time for accepted papers is quite short.
Deadline for main session paper submission: April 4, 2005
Notification of acceptance: May 5, 2005
Deadline for camera-ready papers: May 17, 2005
Conference: June 29-30, 2005
* William Gregory Sakas (Chair), City University of New York, USA
* Alexander Clark, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
* James Cussens, University of York, UK (jccs.york.ac.uk)
* Aris Xanthos, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
* 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 Daelemanns, 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
Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings and should
not exceed eight (8) pages, including references. We strongly recommend the use
of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft Word Style files tailored for this year's
conference. They are available at http://www.aclweb.org/acl2005/styles/.
High-quality short papers or extended abstracts of 4 to 5 pages are encouraged.
Electronic Submission: All submissions will be by email. Reviews will be blind,
so be careful not to disclose authorship or affiliation. PDF submissions are
preferred and will be required for the final camera-ready copy.
Submissions should be sent as an attachment to:
The subject line must contain the single word: Submission.
Please be sure to include accurate contact information in the body of the email.
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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