LINGUIST List 16.976

Thu Mar 31 2005

Calls: Comp Ling/Psycholing/USA; Lang Acquisition/USA

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        1.    Aris Xanthos, ACL-05 Workshop on Psychocomputational Models of Human Language Acquisition
        2.    Almeida Jacqueline Toribio, Hispanic Linguistics Symposium & Conference on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese as First and Second Languages

Message 1: ACL-05 Workshop on Psychocomputational Models of Human Language Acquisition

Date: 29-Mar-2005
From: Aris Xanthos <>
Subject: ACL-05 Workshop on Psychocomputational Models of Human Language Acquisition

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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:
Web Site:

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

Call Deadline: 04-Apr-2005

Meeting Description:

2nd 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

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 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
( and we expect there to be sufficient
interest for a plenary session of papers that are relevant to both audiences.
There will also be a plenary session for Mark Steedman's invited talk.

Invited Talks

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
also welcome.

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.

Important Dates

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

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 (
* 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

Paper Submission

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
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.

Workshop contact:



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

Message 2: Hispanic Linguistics Symposium & Conference on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese as First and Second Languages

Date: 29-Mar-2005
From: Almeida Jacqueline Toribio <>
Subject: Hispanic Linguistics Symposium & Conference on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese as First and Second Languages

Full Title: Hispanic Linguistics Symposium & Conference on the Acquisition of
Spanish and Portuguese as First and Second Languages

Date: 10-Nov-2005 - 13-Nov-2005
Location: State College, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Contact Person: Almeida Jacqueline Toribio
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Historical
Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Morphology; Phonetics; Phonology; Pragmatics;
Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Portuguese (POR)
Spanish (SPN)

Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2005

Meeting Description:

Call for Papers

Joint meeting of

The Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
The Conference on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese as First and Second

November 10-13, 2005
The Pennsylvania State University

Invited Speakers

Jose Ignacio Hualde, Univeristy of Illinois
Antonella Sorace, University of Edinburgh
Almeida Jacqueline Toribio, the Pennsylvania State University
Juan Uriagereka, University of Maryland

Papers are invited on original and unpublished research on all aspects in the
domains of theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics of
Spanish, Portuguese or other Iberian languages.

For the Acquisition Conference, all topics in the field of first, second,
bilingual and impaired acquisition of Spanish, Portuguese or other Iberian
languages (Catalan, Galician, etc.) will be fully considered, including:

Acquisition of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and the lexicon
Acquisition of discourse and pragmatics
Differences and similarities between L1, L2 and bilingual acquisition
Normal and impaired acquisition
Acquisition in language contact situations
First and second language attrition and loss
Acquisition in language contact situations
First and second language attrition or loss
Classroom second language acquisition

For the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, all topics in linguistics will be fully
considered, including:


The joint meeting will be incorporated within a broader context of linguistic
activity at The Pennsylvania State University, including the Workshop on
Linguistic Convergence (November 11) and the Workshop on Linguistic Convergence
(November 10). These workshops feature addresses by Manuel Carreiras
(Universidad de la Laguna), James Emil Flege (University of Alabama), Antonella
Sorace (University of Edinburgh).

Submission Guidelines

Abstract deadline: June 1, 2005.

Abstracts must be at most one page long on a letter-size sheet (8"'1/2 by 11"')
with one-inch margins and typed in at least 11-point font. An optional second
page is permitted for data and references. Abstracts must be anonymous.

Submissions are limited to 1 individual and one joint abstract per author or two
joint abstracts per author.

Abstracts must be submitted as a PDF file. Electronic should be sent to the
following e-mail address:

Please use 'Hispanic Linguistics Abstract' or 'Hispanic Acquisition Abstract' in
the Subject header as appropriate and include the information in (1) - (6),
which should constitute the body of the message. Please make sure that all fonts
are embedded.

Author Information
1. Name(s) of author(s)
2. Title of talk
3. Area of specialization
4. Affiliation(s)
5. E-mail address(es)
6. Postal address(es)

For further information, contact the organizers:
P. Giuli Dussias,
Chip Gerfen,
Nuria Sagarra,
Almeida Jacqueline Toribio,

or visit the conference website:

Two scholarships in the amount of $500 each will be offered for students of
Spanish-language heritage from outside The Pennsylvania State University
community; information on applying for these scholarships will be available at
the conference website.

Participation by women, by underrepresented minorities, and by persons with
disabilities is strongly encouraged.

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