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LINGUIST List 20.1371

Sat Apr 11 2009

Confs: Cognitive Science, Lang Acquisition, Psycholing/UK

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        1.    Louis ten Bosch, Computational Models of Language Evolution, Acquisition

Message 1: Computational Models of Language Evolution, Acquisition
Date: 08-Apr-2009
From: Louis ten Bosch <l.tenboschlet.ru.nl>
Subject: Computational Models of Language Evolution, Acquisition
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Computational Models of Language Evolution, Acquisition

Date: 11-Sep-2009 - 11-Sep-2009
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contact: Els den Os
Contact Email: e.denoslet.ru.nl

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics;
Psycholinguistics

Meeting Description:

As a follow-up of the successful ESF workshop with the same title (held in
November 2007), we again would like to bring together a group of outstanding
invited speakers and discussants to explore directions for future research in
the multidisciplinary field of computational modeling of language evolution,
processing, and acquisition.

We envisage bringing together a group of maximally 50 researchers from
different disciplines who take an interest in investigating language
acquisition and processing. The focus is on computational models that enhance
our understanding of behavioural phenomena and results of experiments.

A pervasive problem in the multi-disciplinary field of language processing and
acquisition is that different disciplines not only favour and exploit different
experimental paradigms, but also quite different publication styles and
different journals. As a result, information flow across the borders of the
disciplines is no more than a trickle, where broad streams would be desirable.

We have designed a programme in which there is room for four or five longer
presentations by invited speakers. A team of discussants from a range of
disciplines will give comment.

Prospective participants are invited to send an expression of interest to the
organizers before June 20. In selecting participants priority will be given to
scientists who submit a position statement with their expression of interest.
The statement should address the topics of the workshop. It should be in the
Interspeech-2009 format with a maximum of four pages (shorter statements are
also welcome).

Workshop participants will receive key papers by the speakers and discussants,
as well as the full set of position statements on August 15.
During the workshop, there will be ample time and opportunity for all
participants to contribute to the discussions.

The workshop should result in sketch of future research in language evolution,
acquisition and processing during the next five to ten years. To that end the
workshop will explore the formation of consortia that can prepare project
proposals for EU-funded programmes such as FET, etc. For this reason we have
also invited representatives of the major European funding agencies. Finally,
the workshop will explore the feasibility of forming a couple of small
interdisciplinary teams to prepare papers for journals in a number of disciplines.

Costs: The price for participants is 70 UK pounds; this includes all
preparatory materials and a lunch.
All payments must be made in cash at the workshop venue.

9:00 - 9:30
Registration

9:30 - 10:30
Lou Boves, Scientific Manager of the ACORNS project (www.acorns-
project.org)

10:30 - 10:45
Coffee

10:45 - 12:15
Deb Roy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass

12:15 - 13:15
Lunch

13:15 - 14:45
Friedemann Pulvermuller, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit,
Cambridge, UK

14:45 - 15:00
Tea

15:00 - 16:30
Rochelle Newman, University of Maryland, MD

16:30 - 17:30
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