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LINGUIST List 19.3673

Mon Dec 01 2008

Confs: Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics/Italy

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        1.    Vanessa Micelli, Embodied Language Games and Construction Grammar

Message 1: Embodied Language Games and Construction Grammar
Date: 01-Dec-2008
From: Vanessa Micelli <vanessacsl.sony.fr>
Subject: Embodied Language Games and Construction Grammar
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Embodied Language Games and Construction Grammar

Date: 29-Aug-2009 - 04-Sep-2009
Location: Cortona, Italy
Contact: Vanessa Micelli
Contact Email: vanessacsl.sony.fr
Meeting URL: http://www.alear.eu/events/cortona2009/Home.html

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Human natural languages are complex adaptive systems, for ever emergent and
adapting to the needs of their communities. This insight is currently
revolutionizing many branches of linguistics and this summer school feels the
pulse of these exciting developments.

It brings together typologists and historical linguists studying language
variation and the emergence of new grammatical structure, evolutionary linguists
modeling the origins and evolution of language, cognitive linguists
investigating the cognitive foundations of language usage and learning, complex
systems researchers using methods from statistical physics to study the semiotic
dynamics of evolving languages, and computational linguists and AI researchers
carrying out experiments to achieve open-ended communication with autonomous

The summer school gives an overview of the state of the art in these various
subfields and compares results obtained from formal research, computer
simulations and robotic experiments with empirical observations how humans
invent and share language-like communication systems. It features a series of
lectures by top researchers in the field, ateliers and master classes providing
opportunities for hands-on experience in setting up and analyzing language game
experiments, and poster sessions where participants present their own work.

International School on Embodied Language Games and Construction Grammar
Cortona, Italy
29 August - 4 September 2009

Main Speakers

Jean-Christophe Baillie (Nao and Urbi, Gostai Paris)
Lina Bolzoni* (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
Nancy Chang (ICSI Berkeley)
Ewa Dabrowska (University of Sheffield)
Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp)
Holger Diessel (University of Jena)
Dan Everett (Illinois State University)
Chrisantha Fernando (University of Sussex)
Bernd Heine (Universty of Cologne)
Manfred Hild (Humboldt University)
Laura Janda (University of Tromso)
Tania Kouteva (University of Stuttgart)
Maarten Lemmens (University of Lille)
Max Lungarella (University of Zurich)
Georgio Metta (Icub, IIT Torino)
Toshio Ohori (University of Tokyo)
Luc Steels (Sony CSL Paris)
Anatol Stefanowitsch (University of Bremen)
(* to be confirmed)

Tutorial Speakers

Benjamin Bergen (University of Hawaii)
Andrea Baronchelli (University of Barcelona)
Tony Belpaeme (University of Plymouth)
Pascal Constanza (University of Brussels)
Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp)
Joachim De Beule (University of Brussels)
Joe Hilferty (University of Barcelona)
Javier Valenzuela (University of Valencia)
Remi van Trijp (Sony CSL, Paris)

Who Can Attend

The school is open to all researchers with sufficient scientific and technical
background to actively participate in the lectures and ateliers. The number of
possible participants is limited and hence a selection procedure is necessary.
Acquaintance and mastery of symbolic programming, computational linguistics, and
artificial intelligence techniques is the ideal background for participation in
the ateliers. Linguistic background is helpful for many lectures in the main
school but not a prerequisite. Participants who do not have computational
background are assumed to prepare themselves by prior study and for them the
tutorial program preceding the school is obligatory. The tutorial program is
strongly encouraged also for those who already have a computational background
but are unfamiliar with language game experiments.


Registration is now open until April 15, 2009.
Check the web page for application details:


EU project: ALEAR
EUCognition II (network of excellence)
Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Belgium)
Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (AI Lab)
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