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LINGUIST List 22.2038

Thu May 12 2011

Calls: Cognitive Sci, Comp Ling, Psycholing, Pragmatics/USA

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        1.     Albert Gatt , Production of Referring Expressions

Message 1: Production of Referring Expressions
Date: 12-May-2011
From: Albert Gatt <albert.gattum.edu.mt>
Subject: Production of Referring Expressions
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Full Title: Production of Referring Expressions
Short Title: Pre-CogSci 2011

Date: 20-Jul-2011 - 20-Jul-2011
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Contact Person: Albert Gatt
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://pre2011.uvt.nl/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 25-May-2011

Meeting Description:

Production of Referring Expressions: Bridging the Gap between Computational, Empirical and Theoretical Approaches to Reference (PRE-CogSci 2011)
20 July 2011
Boston, Massachusetts
Website: http://pre2011.uvt.nl/
Email: precogsci2011gmail.com

This workshop is organized as part of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2011).

PRE-CogSci 2011 is a follow up to the successful first workshop on the Production of Referring Expressions: Bridging the Gap between Computational and Empirical Approaches to Reference (PRE-CogSci 2009), organised in July 2009 as part of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2009) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Following this workshop, the Topics in Cognitive Science (TopiCS) journal accepted the production of referring expressions as a new topic; accepted papers are expected to appear in 2011.

Given this strong interest that the production of referring expressions has attracted, we feel the time is right for a new PRE-CogSci workshop, as part of the 2011 Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. This workshop is similar to the first in its topic and overall structure (mixing externally reviewed oral and poster presentations with three invited presentations). This time, we explore new directions for computational and psycholinguistic work (e.g., referring expressions in dialogue). We are also encouraging theoretical submissions on topics related to reference production that are of interest to the broader cognitive science community.

Invited Speakers:

- Jeannette Gundel (University of Minnesota - Theoretical Linguistics)
- Amanda Stent (AT&T Labs - Computational Linguistics and Dialogue)
- Dale Barr (University of Glasgow - Psycholinguistics)

2nd Call for Papers:

The submission deadlines has been extended to May 25th

We invite submissions on all topics related to reference production, and particularly encourage work that combines experimental, computational and theoretical approaches. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

- Different kinds of referring expressions; when are which types of reference (pronouns, descriptions, etc.) most appropriate?
- When and how do human speakers produce complex descriptions (e.g., plurals, quantified descriptions, relational descriptions)?
- Psychologically plausible computational models of reference production
- Vagueness: the use of vague (e.g. gradable) predicates in referring expressions
- Individual variation and non-determinism in reference production
- 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 alignment
- 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 expressions
- How do social and contextual factors influence reference production
- Data-collection and experimental evaluation method

Paper selection will be based on extended, 1000 word abstracts. The only accepted format for submitted abstracts is PDF.

Abstracts should be submitted here: http://linguistlist.org/confcustom/precogsci2011

Final submission:

Upon acceptance, authors are invited to prepare a 4-6 page paper using the CogSci author kit. Final versions need to be submitted as PDF. Papers will be published in on line proceedings, and the authors retain the copyrights.

Special issue:

We will publish a special issue related to this workshop in Language and Cognitive Processes. A separate call for papers for this special issue will be distributed in due course.

If authors have any questions, they should contact the workshop organizers at precogsci2011gmail.com

Important Dates:

- May 25, 2011: Deadline for abstract submission
- June 13, 2011: Notification of acceptance
- July 8, 2009: Deadline for full paper submission
- July 20, 2009: Workshop


- Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen
- Albert Gatt, University of Malta
- Roger van Gompel, University of Dundee
- Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University

The following researchers have agreed to be members of the Program Committee:

- Jennifer Arnold, University of North Carolina, USA
- Adrian Bangerter, Universite de Neuchatel, Switzerland
- Dale Barr, University of Glasgow, UK
- Susan Brennan, Stony Brook University, USA
- Sarah Brown-Schmidt, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
- Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia
- Victor Ferreira, University of California, USA
- Claire Gardent, CNRS, France
- Simon Garrod, University of Glasgow, UK
- Jeanette Gundel, University of Minnesota, USA
- Martijn Goudbeek, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
- Markus Guhe, University of Edinburgh, UK
- Ellen Gurman Bard, University of Edinburgh, UK
- Daphna Heller, University of Toronto, Canada
- Helmut Horacek, University of the Saarlandes, Germany
- John Kelleher, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
- Alfons Maes, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
- Danielle Matthews, University of Sheffield, UK
- Linda Moxey, University of Glasgow, UK
- Martin Pickering, University of Edinburgh, UK
- Paul Piwek, Open University, UK
- Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, UK
- David Reitter, Pittsburgh University, USA
- Jan-Peter de Ruiter, University of Bielefeld, Germany
- Advaith Siddharthan, University of Aberdeen, UK
- Amanda Stent, AT&T Labs, USA
- Matthew Stone, Rutgers University, USA
- Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
- Duane Watson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

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