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LINGUIST List 18.88

Thu Jan 11 2007

Calls: Computational Ling, Lang Acquisition, Psycholing/Ireland

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        1.    Dave Cochran, Exemplar-Based Models of Language Acquisition and Use

Message 1: Exemplar-Based Models of Language Acquisition and Use
Date: 27-Dec-2006
From: Dave Cochran <daveccs.st-andrews.ac.uk>
Subject: Exemplar-Based Models of Language Acquisition and Use

Full Title: Exemplar-Based Models of Language Acquisition and Use

Date: 13-Aug-2007 - 17-Aug-2007
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Contact Person: Dave Cochran
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/~davec/workshop.htm

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

Call Deadline: 08-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

This ESSLLI 2007 workshop aims at bringing together linguists working to expand their exemplar-based models by computational modeling, and computational linguists interested in extending exemplar-based models to aspects of language cognition.

Exemplar-Based Models of Language Acquisition and Use
13 - 17 August 2007

organized as part of
the European Summer School on
Logic, Language and Information
ESSLLI 2007 https://www.cs.tcd.ie/esslli2007/
6 - 17 August, 2007 in Dublin

Workshop Organizers:

Rens Bod rbcs.st-andrews.ac.uk
Dave Cochran daveccs.st-andrews.ac.uk

Workshop Purpose:

Exemplar-based models conceive of linguistic representations as being directly shaped by speakers' memories of specific tokens of linguistic items. Such models are being considered by a growing number of researchers in virtually all areas of linguistics, from language acquisition and psycholinguistics to computational linguistics and statistical natural language processing. This workshop aims at bringing together linguists working to expand their exemplar-based models by computational modeling, and computational linguists interested in extending exemplar-based models to aspects of language cognition. The workshop is open to all members of the Language, Logic and Information community, and is in particular intended as a forum for advanced PhD students and more senior researchers to share their research.

Workshop Topics:

- Unsupervised exemplar-based systems for parsing and other NLP tasks; Statistical grammar induction; bootstrapping in exemplar-based models of language, in computers and infants.
- The interaction between language and other cognitive modalities in exemplar-based systems; exemplar based semantics and pragmatics.
- The nature of linguistic knowledge and representations in exemplar-based systems.
- Distributional learning; Pattern matching and language acquisition.
- Statistical, item-based and corpus-based language acquisition.
- Exemplars, recency and priming.
- Cognitive consequences of the problems of computational complexity in exemplarbased algorithms and their solutions.
- Computational approaches to exemplar-based construction grammar; computational approaches to usage-based linguistics.
- Comprehension and generation in exemplar-based systems.
- Learning as abstraction vs. learning as storage; or, proposals for integration.
- General theoretical/philosophical considerations regarding the relation of computational models to experimental cognitive research.

We are particularly eager to receive submissions of an interdisciplinary nature, especially
those bridging the gap between computational and experimental approaches.

Submission details:

Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract of 1000-2000 words. The following formats are accepted: PDF, PS, and MS Word. Submissions must be suitable for anonymous review; reviewing will be double-blind. Please do not include name, contact details, affiliation, or any self-identifying references (eg; ''We proved in Smith 2003…'', rather than ''Smith 2003 proved…'') in the text of the submission; please include a cover sheet (as a separate attachment) containing the title of your submission, your name, contact details and affiliation. Please send your submission electronically to daveccs.standrews.ac.uk by the deadline listed below. The submissions will be reviewed by the workshop's programme committee and additional reviewers. The accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings published by ESSLLI. The format for the final versions will be MS Word.

Workshop format:

The workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI participants. It will consist of five 90-minute sessions held over five consecutive days in the second week of ESSLLI. There will be 2 slots for paper presentation (30 minutes) and discussion (15 minutes) per session. On the first day the workshop organizers will give an extended lecture to familiarize the audience with the topic.

Invited Speakers:


Workshop Programme Committee:

Rens Bod
Nick Chater
Dave Cochran
Susanne Gahl
Janet Pierrehumbert
Menno van Zaanen
Jelle Zuidema
Others TBC

Important Dates:

Submissions: March 8, 2007
Notification: April 21, 2007
Preliminary programme: April 24, 2007
ESSLLI early registration: May 1, 2007
Final papers for proceedings: May 17, 2007
Final programme: June 21, 2007
Workshop dates: 13 - 17 August, 2007

Local Arrangements:

All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to register for ESSLLI. The registration fee for authors presenting a paper will correspond to the early student/workshop speaker registration fee. Moreover, a number of additional fee waiver grants will be made available by the OC on a competitive basis and workshop participants are eligible to apply for those.

There will be no reimbursement for travel costs and accommodation. Workshop speakers who have difficulty in finding funding should contact the local organizing committee to ask for the possibilities for a grant.

Further Information:

About the workshop: http://www.cs.st-and.ac.uk/~davec/workshop.htm
About ESSLLI: https://www.cs.tcd.ie/esslli2007/

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