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Mon Dec 21 2009

Confs: Computational Linguistics/Netherlands

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        1.    Willem Zuidema, Models of Language Evolution: Does the Math Add Up?

Message 1: Models of Language Evolution: Does the Math Add Up?
Date: 21-Dec-2009
From: Willem Zuidema <jzuidemascience.uva.nl>
Subject: Models of Language Evolution: Does the Math Add Up?
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Models of Language Evolution: Does the Math Add Up?

Date: 14-Apr-2010 - 14-Apr-2010
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Contact: Willem Zuidema
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://staff.science.uva.nl/~jzuidema/mole2010/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The last decade has seen an explosion of interest in mathematical and
computational models of language evolution. Formal modelling is seen by
increasingly many in the field as an approach to ensure internal
consistency of evolutionary scenarios. However, there has been relatively
little attention to the question of how well the many different models fit
together. Are they consistent with and complementary to each other? Is
there a series of models that really covers the evolutionary emergence of
modern language from a prelinguistic, ancestral state? Are the assumptions
that go into a particular model, if not justified by empirical findings,
made plausible by results from other models? This workshop will bring
together the main researchers in the field of language evolution modelling
to discuss the assumptions that go into their models, the place of these
models in scenarios of language origins and the relation to other models.
The topics of the workshop are discussed in detail in a position paper by
its organizers, available at

http://staff.science.uva.nl/~jzuidema/mole2010/ .

Models of Language Evolution - Does the Math Add Up?

Workshop to be held April 14th at Evolang 2010, Utrecht

Important dates:
Sunday 31 January 2010: deadline for submission of extended abstracts
Sunday 14 Feb 2010: notification of acceptance
Wednesday 14 April 2010: workshop
Thursday 15 - Saturday 17 April 2010: main conference
June 2010: deadline for special issue submissions

Organisers
Willem Zuidema (ILLC Language & Computation, University of Amsterdam)
Bart de Boer (ACLC Phonetics, University of Amsterdam)

Registration
Registration for the workshop is handled by the main conference (see
http://evolang2010.nl under 'registration').9s


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