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LINGUIST List 17.1375

Thu May 04 2006

Confs: Computational Ling/College Park, MD, USA

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        1.    Akira Omaki, Mayfest 2006: Language Learning Fest: Counts, Cues, Constraints and Computation


Message 1: Mayfest 2006: Language Learning Fest: Counts, Cues, Constraints and Computation
Date: 01-May-2006
From: Akira Omaki <omakiumd.edu>
Subject: Mayfest 2006: Language Learning Fest: Counts, Cues, Constraints and Computation



Mayfest 2006: Language Learning Fest: Counts, Cues, Constraints and Computation
Short Title: Mayfest: Language Leaning


Date: 12-May-2006 - 13-May-2006
Location: College Park, MD, USA
Contact: Akira Omaki
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://ling.umd.edu/events/mayfest/2006/

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

Meeting Description:

Every year the Linguistics Department of the University of Maryland organizes a state-of-the-art linguistics workshop. This year's Mayfest is a Language Learning Fest, devoted to research on the role of input and how it is processed by children in first language acquisition. Its two principal aims are (i) to bring together language acquisition researchers representing theoretical, experimental and computational approaches, and (ii) to promote discussions and interactions among researches with different perspectives so as to further our understanding of the field.

We are happy to announce that our complete workshop schedule as well as the abstracts of our invited presentations are now available on our website:

http://ling.umd.edu/events/mayfest/2006/schedule.html

Mayfest 2006 schedule:

May 12th, Friday, Maryland Room (Marie Mount Hall)
8:30-9:30 Registration and breakfast
9:30-9:35 Welcome
9:35-10:35 Elan Dresher ''The acquisition of phonological representation''
10:40-11:40 William Sakas ''The subset principle: Consequences and conspiracies''
11:40-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Dan Swingley ''Distributional learning and phonetic development''
2:35-3:35 Toben Mintz ''Bootstrapping grammatical categories from structure- Independent distributional cues''
3:35-4:05 Snack and coffee
4:05-5:05 Mark Johnson ''Bayesian learning of grammars''
7pm- Mayfest reception


May 13th, Saturday, Maryland Room (Marie Mount Hall)
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Charles Yang ''Language and learning''
10:05-11:05 Jessica Maye ''Learning to hear a language: A statistical account of developmental speech perception''
11:10-11:40 Commentary by Bill Idsardi
11:40-12:10 Discussion
12:10-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:00 Carla Hudson Kam ''Rapid language change as a window on language learning mechanisms''
3:05-3:35 Commentary by Jeff Lidz
3:35-4:05 Discussion

The registration and attendance are free of charge. More details on the workshop (including directions, schedule, and accommodation information) are available at our website:

http://ling.umd.edu/events/mayfest/2006/

If you are interested in participating in Mayfest 2006, please register for Mayfest prior to the pre-registration deadline:

http://ling.umd.edu/events/mayfest/2006/register.html
[Pre-registration deadline: May 5th, 2006]

Please direct any questions to:

mayfest2006ling.umd.edu

Sincerely,

The Mayfest 2006 Organizing Committee
(Christopher Dyer, Jobin Matthew, Akira Omaki)


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