From: Albert Gatt <a.gattabdn.ac.uk>
Subject: Production of Referring Expressions
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Full Title: Production of Referring Expressions
Short Title: PRE-CogScie 2009
Date: 29-Jul-2009 - 29-Jul-2009
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact Person: Albert Gatt
Meeting Email: a.gattabdn.ac.uk
Web Site: http://pre2009.uvt.nl/
Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics;
Call Deadline: 10-May-2009
PRE-CogSci 2009 is organized as part of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive
Science Society (CogSci 2009 http://cognitivesciencesociety.org/conference2009/)
- Deb Roy (MIT, USA)
- William S. Horton (Northwestern University, USA)
There is a long research tradition of work on the production of referring
expressions, in the area of computational linguistics as well as in
psycholinguistics and cognitive science. This encompasses work on definite
descriptions, deictic expressions, anaphora, and many other topics. Both
research traditions have resulted in many interesting findings, but so far the
interaction between these two traditions has been very limited. We believe that
much is to be gained from more interaction, for both research traditions involved.
This workshop aims to bring together --for the first time-- psycholinguists with
an interest in computational modeling and computational linguists with an
interest in human speech production. In addition, the workshop is expected to be
of interest to theoretical linguists whose work borders on other areas of
cognitive science, particularly those with an interest in discourse structure,
and those interested in models of human language that are grounded in cognitive
The workshop will open with a short introductory talk about the production or
referring expressions, to make the workshop broadly accessible. The rest of the
day will consist of a mixture of regular 20 minute talks, poster presentations
and two invited talks by renowned experts in the field.
We received financial support from The Netherlands Organization for Scientific
Research (NWO), via the Vici project 'Bridging the gap between computational
linguistics and psycholinguistics: The case of referring expressions' (Krahmer;
277-70-007), which is gratefully acknowledged.
We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!
Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen
Albert Gatt, University of Aberdeen & University of Malta
Roger van Gompel, University of Dundee
Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University
Call for Papers
We invite substantial, original, and unpublished submissions on all topics
related to the production of referring expressions. Contributions may focus on
computational or experimental approaches to reference, with combinations of the
two especially appreciated. Note that we particularly welcome new results, but
given the purpose of the workshop, papers that present an original overview of
previously published work tailored to this workshop may also be acceptable.
Topics of interest include computational and/or experimental approaches to:
- different kinds of referring expressions; when are which types of reference
(pronouns, descriptions, etc.) most appropriate?
- plural and quantified references
- vagueness: the use of vague (e.g. gradable) predicates in referring expressions
- referential overspecification: why and how do speakers overspecify?
- referential underspecification: production of descriptions which do not
uniquely identify a referent
- referring expressions in interactive settings; audience design, adaptation and
- ambiguity avoidance in references
- common ground, cooperativeness and shared/private information in reference
- realization of referring expressions (including speech and gesture)
- visual scene perception and its influence on the production of referring
- social and contextual factors in reference
- data-collection and experimental evaluation methods
Extended Abstract Submission:
Paper selection will be based on extended abstracts (max 2000 words). The only
accepted format for submitted abstracts is Adobe PDF. Abstracts should be sent
Upon acceptance, authors are invited to prepare a 4-6 page paper using the
COGSCI author kit
versions need to be submitted as pdf. Papers will be published in on line
proceedings, and the authors retain the copyrights. Final versions of accepted
papers should be sent to k.vdeemterabdn.ac.uk.
We hope to edit a special issue based on the workshop results. More information
about this will follow.
If authors have any questions, they should contact the workshop organizers.
Mira Ariel, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Jennifer Arnold, University of North Carolina, USA
Adrian Bangerter, Universite de Neuchatel, Switzerland
Dale Barr, University of California, USA
Susan Brennan, Stony Brook University, USA
Sarah Brown-Schmidt, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia
Fernanda Ferreira, University of Edinburgh, UK
Victor Ferreira, University of California, USA
Claire Gardent, CNRS, France
Ellen Gurman Bard, University of Edinburgh, UK
Helmut Horacek, University of the Saarland, Germany
John Kelleher, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
Alfons Maes, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Linda Moxey, University of Glasgow, UK
Martin Pickering, University of Edinburgh, UK
Massimo Poesio, University of Trento, Italy
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, UK
David Reitter, Pittsburgh University, USA
Jan-Peter de Ruiter, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Advaith Siddharthan, Cambridge University, UK
Matthew Stone, Rutgers University, USA
Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
May 10, 2009: Deadline for abstract submission
June 8, 2009: Notification of acceptance
June 26, 2009: Early registration deadline
July 8, 2009: Deadline for full paper submission
July 29, 2009: Workshop
PRE-COGSCI 2009 is organized by:
Kees van Deemter
Computing Science Department
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UE, Scotland, UK
Computing Science Department
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UE, Scotland, UK
Roger van Gompel
School of Psychology
University of Dundee
Tilburg centre for Creative Computing / Communication and Cognition
Department of Communication and Information Sciences
NL-5000 LE Tilburg
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