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LINGUIST List 17.788

Wed Mar 15 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: 13-Mar-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.

The program consists of presentations by invited speakers, representing contrasting theoretical and methodological perspectives (e.g., experimental, statistical, cue-based, computational modeling) in the field of phonological and syntactic development. Following the presentations, there will be two discussion sessions (phonology and syntax), in which our faculty members, Bill Idsardi and Jeff Lidz, will summarize and present commentaries on the presentations to facilitate the discussions between the audience and the presenters.

Invited speakers:

Elan Dresher, University of Toronto
Carla Hudson Kam, University of California, Berkeley
Mark Johnson, Brown University
Jessica Maye, Northwestern University
Toben Mintz, University of Southern California
William Sakas, CUNY/Hunter College
Daniel Swingley, University of Pennsylvania
Charles Yang, Yale University

Bill Idsardi, University of Maryland
Jeff Lidz, University of Maryland

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


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

[Pre-registration deadline: May 5th, 2006]

Please direct any questions to:



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

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