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LINGUIST List 23.1222

Sat Mar 10 2012

Calls: Cognitive Sci, Computational Ling, Psycholing/Canada

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Date: 09-Mar-2012
From: David Reitter <reittercmu.edu>
Subject: Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics
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Full Title: Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics
Short Title: CMCL-2012

Date: 07-Jun-2012 - 07-Jun-2012
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Contact Person: David Reitter
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.psy.cmu.edu/~cmcl/

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

Call Deadline: 20-Mar-2012

Meeting Description:

Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics (CMCL-2012)
A workshop to be held June 7, 2012 at the North American Association for Computational Linguistics meeting (NAACL-HLT) in Montreal, Quebec

This workshop provides a venue for work in computational psycholinguistics. ACL Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Martin Kay described this topic as 'build[ing] models of language that reflect in some interesting way on the ways in which people use language.'

The workshop is sponsored by the Association for Computational Linguistics and the Cognitive Science Society.

Call for Papers:

The 2012 workshop follows in the tradition of several previous meetings:

- the computational psycholinguistics meeting at CogSci in Berkeley in 1997
- the Incremental Parsing workshop at ACL 2004
- the first two CMCL workshops at ACL 2010 and ACL 2011

in inviting contributions that apply methods from computational linguistics to problems in the cognitive modeling of any and all natural language abilities.

Scope and Topics:

The workshop invites a broad spectrum of work in the cognitive science of language, at all levels of analysis from sounds to discourse. Topics include, but are not limited to

- Incremental parsers for diverse grammar formalisms
- Derivations of comprehension difficulty predictions, or predictions regarding generalization in language learning
- Stochastic models of factors encouraging one production or interpretation over its competitors
- Models of semantic interpretation, including psychologically realistic notions of word meaning, phrase meaning, and composition
- Models and empirical analysis of the relationship between mechanistic psycholinguistic principles and pragmatic or semantic adaptation, usually in dialogue
- Models of human language acquisition
- Models of linguistic information propagation and language evolution in communication networks


This call solicits full papers reporting original and unpublished research that combines cognitive modeling and computational linguistics. Accepted papers are expected to be presented at the workshop and will be published in the workshop proceedings. They should emphasize obtained results rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results. A paper accepted for presentation at the workshop must not be presented or have been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings. If essentially identical papers are submitted to other conferences or workshops as well, this fact must be indicated at submission time. No submission should be longer than necessary, up to a maximum 8 pages plus two additional pages containing references.

To facilitate double-blind reviewing, submitted manuscripts should not include any identifying information about the authors.

Submissions must be formatted using NAACL 2012 style files available at:


Contributions should be submitted in PDF via the submission site:


The submission deadline is 11:59PM Eastern Time on March 20, 2012.

Best Student Paper:

The best paper whose first author is a student will receive the Best Student Paper award, sponsored by the Cognitive Science Society. The award includes a one-year membership to the society and a cash prize.


All accepted CMCL papers will be published in the workshop proceedings as is customary at ACL conferences.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: March 20, 2012
Notification of acceptance: April 17, 2012
Camera-ready versions due: April 30, 2012
Workshop: June 7, 2012

Workshop Chairs:

Roger Levy, Department of Linguistics, University of California at San Diego
David Reitter, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University

Program Committee:

Matthew Crocker (Saarbrücken University)
Robert Daland (UC Los Angeles)
Vera Demberg (Saarbrücken University)
Amit Dubey (University of Edinburgh)
Michael C. Frank (Stanford University)
Ted Gibson (MIT)
Guodong Zhou (Soochow University)
John T. Hale (Cornell University)
Keith Hall (Google)
Jeffrey Heinz (University of Delaware)
T. Florian Jaeger (University of Rochester)
Gaja Jarosz (Yale University)
Frank Keller (University of Edinburgh)
Richard L. Lewis (University of Michigan)
Brian Edmond Murphy (University of Trento)
Ulrike Pado (VICO Research & Consulting)
Sebastian Padó (University of Heidelberg)
Amy Perfors (Adelaide University)
Brian Roark (Oregon Health & Science University)
William Schuler (The Ohio State University)
Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh)
Patrick Sturt (University of Edinburgh)
Shravan Vasishth (University of Potsdam)
Nathaniel Smith (UC San Diego)
Lisa Pearl (UC Irvine)
Noah Goodman (Stanford University)
Klinton Bicknell (UC San Diego)
Brian Dillon (University of Massachusetts)
Naomi Feldman (University of Maryland)

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