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LINGUIST List 22.4092

Wed Oct 19 2011

Confs: Language Acquisition, Cognitive Science, General Ling/Netherlands

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        1.     Paul Vogt , Workshop on Socio-cognitive Mechanisms of Symbolic Communication

Message 1: Workshop on Socio-cognitive Mechanisms of Symbolic Communication
Date: 19-Oct-2011
From: Paul Vogt <p.a.vogtuvt.nl>
Subject: Workshop on Socio-cognitive Mechanisms of Symbolic Communication
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Workshop on Socio-cognitive Mechanisms of Symbolic Communication

Date: 26-Jan-2012 - 26-Jan-2012
Location: Tilburg, Netherlands
Contact: Paul Vogt
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://ilk.uvt.nl/~paul/scmsc/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Meeting Description:

Call for Participation

In contrast to other species, humans have the capacity to communicate symbolically (i.e. using forms that are either arbitrary or conventionalised) in an open fashion (i.e. with a very large repertoire of symbols, which in turn can be strung together according to some conventions and rules). It is widely accepted that our ability to communicate symbolically has both cognitive and social roots. In recent years, traditional approaches from humanities to study symbolic communication, such as linguistics and psychology, have been complemented by computational approaches. However, interactions between researchers from the humanities with computer modellers have been few and far between, perhaps due to a lack of mutual understanding of what each field can contribute to the other.

This workshop inaugurates the 'Socio-cognitive mechanisms of symbolic communication' project, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) within the Internationalisation of the Humanities programme. The objective of this project is to set up an open structural research network, which brings together researchers from various disciplines who investigate the socio-cognitive nature of symbolic communication. The objective of the network is to improve cross-fertilization between researchers from different disciplines by exchanging knowledge and experiences, and join forces to study communication multidisciplinary. This way, we aim to improve each other's research methods and investigate unifying properties of the socio-cognitive mechanisms underlying symbolic communication. At the workshop, the partners in this project and two keynote speakers will present about their research.

If you wish to attend the workshop, register by sending an email to socog.symcomgmail.com. Registration fee is € 25 for regular participants, € 15 for students (to be paid in cash at the workshop). Seating is limited, so please register soon.

Keynote speakers:

Aylin Küntay (Koç University, Istanbul)
Luc Steels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel / Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris)

Invited speakers:

Tony Belpaeme (University of Plymouth)
Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (INRIA, Bordeaux)
Asli Özyürek (Radbout Universiteit Nijmegen / MPI Nijmegen)
Linda Smith (Indiana University)
Paul Vogt (Tilburg University)

Tentative programme (details TBA):

8:30 - 9:00

9:00 - 9:15

9:15 - 10:15
Keynote lecture

10:15 - 10:45
Coffee break

10:45 - 12:15
Presentations invited speakers
12:15 - 13:15
Lunch break

13:15 - 15:30
Presentations invited speakers

15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break

16:00 - 17:00
Keynote lecture

17:00 - 17:30
Panel discussion

17:30 - 18:30

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