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LINGUIST List 23.1835

Tue Apr 10 2012

Confs: Cognitive Science, Comp Ling, Psycholing/USA

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Date: 09-Apr-2012
From: Ewan Dunbar <emdumd.edu>
Subject: Mayfest 2012
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Mayfest 2012

Date: 04-May-2012 - 05-May-2012
Location: College Park, MD, USA
Contact: Ewan Dunbar
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://ling.umd.edu/mayfest/2012/

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

Meeting Description:

The graduate students in the Department of Linguistics at the
University of Maryland are organizing their annual Mayfest, a workshop
that brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines and
perspectives to discuss fundamental issues in linguistics. Over the
course of two days, participants engage in talks and discussion
sessions to stimulate new insights and collaboration. This year's
workshop will center on the role of computational modeling in
developing theories of human language.

Theoretical and experimental research in human language has not been
fully integrated with computational and mathematical approaches. At
this year’s Mayfest, researchers in computational modeling will speak
about how their work informs language cognition research and how
they envision this integration progressing. Discussion sessions will
establish common ground between modelers and other researchers in
linguistics with the hope of achieving a higher level of collaboration
between the two groups.

We aim to foster discussion of questions that are of interest to both
groups: Why is modeling an essential part of studying human
language? What are the gaps that will need to be bridged between
current theoretical or experimental interests and the state of the art in
modeling? Has computational modeling focused on different levels of
granularity than other research, and, if so, should it continue to do so?
What criteria should be used to evaluate the utility of computational
models in explaining human behavioral data? Finally, how can
collections of narrow models describing individual phenomena be
integrated into a more expansive theory of the relevant cognitive

The workshop will be held on May 4 and 5, 2012 at the University of
Maryland College Park campus, in the Maryland Room of Marie Mount
Hall. Mayfest 2012 has no registration fee and we welcome all visitors
to the workshop; however, for organizational purposes, we do ask all
guests to register at http://ling.umd.edu/mayfest/2012/.

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