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Fri Feb 08 2013

Calls: Cognitive Sci, Psycholing, Computational Ling/Bulgaria

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 07-Feb-2013
From: Roger Levy <rlevyucsd.edu>
Subject: Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics
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Full Title: Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics
Short Title: CMCL

Date: 08-Aug-2013 - 08-Aug-2013
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Contact Person: Roger Levy
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://cmcl.ucsd.edu

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

Call Deadline: 26-Apr-2013

Meeting Description:

Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics (CMCL-2013)
A workshop to be held August 8, 2013 at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) in Sofia, Bulgaria

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 2013 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 three CMCL workshops at ACL 2010, ACL 2011, and NAACL-HLT 2012

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

Workshop Chairs:

Roger Levy, Department of Linguistics, University of California at San Diego
Vera Demberg, Multimodal Computing and Interaction Cluster of Excellence, Saarland University

Call for Papers:

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 quantitative measures of comprehension difficulty, or predictions regarding generalization in language learning
- Stochastic models of factors encouraging one production or interpretation over its competitors
- Models of semantic/pragmatic interpretation, including psychologically realistic notions of word meaning, phrase meaning, composition, and pragmatic inference
- Models and empirical analysis of the relationship between mechanistic psycholinguistic principles and pragmatic or semantic adaptation, usually in dialogue
- Models of human language acquisition and/or adaptation in a changing linguistic environment
- Models of linguistic information propagation and language change in communication networks

Submissions are especially welcomed that combine computational modeling work with empirical data (e.g., corpora or experiments) to test theoretical questions about the nature of human linguistic acquisition, comprehension, and/or production.

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 ACL 2013 style files available at:


Contributions should be submitted in PDF via the submission site:


The submission deadline is 11:59PM Pacific Time on April 26, 2013.

Best Student Paper:

The best paper whose first author is a student will receive a Best Student Paper award, sponsored by the Cognitive Science Society.


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

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: 26 April 2013
Notification of acceptance: 24 May 2013
Camera-ready versions due: 7 June 2013
Workshop: 8 August 2013

Program Committee:

Afra Alishahi, Tilburg University
Klinton Bicknell, UC San Diego
Matthew Crocker, Saarbruecken University
Brian Dillon, University of Massachussetts
Afsaneh Fazly, University of Toronto
Naomi Feldman, University of Maryland
Michael C. Frank, Stanford University
Stefan Frank, Radboud University Nijmegen
Sharon Goldwater, Edinburgh University
Noah Goodman, Stanford University
John T. Hale, Cornell University
T. Florian Jaeger, University of Rochester
Frank Keller, University of Edinburgh
Jeffrey Heinz, University of Delaware
Richard L. Lewis, University of Michigan
Brian Edmond Murphy, CMU
Timothy John O’Donnell, MIT
Sebastian Padó, University of Heidelberg
Ulrike Pado, Hochschule fuer Technik, Stuttgart
Steven Piantadosi, University of Rochester
David Reitter, Penn State University
William Schuler, The Ohio State University
Nathaniel Smith, University of Edinburgh
Ed Stabler, UCLA
Whitney Tabor, University of Connecticut and Haskins Laboratories
Hal Tily, Nuance

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