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LINGUIST List 25.2074

Sat May 10 2014

Calls: Cognitive Science, Computational Ling, Psycholing/UK

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 09-May-2014
From: Arash Eshghi <eshghi.agmail.com>
Subject: RefNet Workshop 2014
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Full Title: RefNet Workshop 2014
Short Title: RefNet 2014

Date: 31-Aug-2014 - 31-Aug-2014
Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Arash Eshghi
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/InteractionLab/refnet/index.html

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

Call Deadline: 16-Jun-2014

Meeting Description:

On 31 August 2014, the RefNet Workshop on Psychological and Computational Models of Reference Comprehension and Production will take place in Edinburgh, co-located with RO-MAN, SemDial/DialWatt, and AMLaP. The workshop immediately follows the RefNet Summer School, with a similar theme; summer school attendees are especially encouraged to apply.

The 2014 RefNet Workshop aims to bring together current developments in the study of production and comprehension of referring expressions in different scientific disciplines such as psychology, computer science and linguistics. This is a follow up to three successful earlier workshops, PRE-CogSci 2009, PRE-CogSci 2011 and PRE-CogSci 2013, with the same overall theme, which lead to a special issue in the Topics in Cognitive Science journal and a special issue in the journal Language and Cognitive Processes.

Invited Speakers:

Michael K. Tanenhaus, University of Rochester
Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen

2nd Call for Submissions:

RefNet Workshop on Psychological and Computational Models of Reference Comprehension and Production

Date: Sunday 31 Aug 2014
Location: School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK
Website: http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/InteractionLab/refnet/

An informal research workshop will take place, with the aim of sharing the current developments in the study of the production and comprehension of referring expressions in different scientific disciplines such as linguistics, cognitive science, psycholinguistics and computational linguistics.

We invite submissions on all topics related to reference production/comprehension. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

- Social and contextual factors influencing reference production and comprehension
- Cooperativeness and perspective-taking in reference production and comprehension.
- Interaction between comprehension and production of referring expressions
- The role of visual context in the production/comprehension of referring expressions
- Psychologically plausible computational models of reference production and comprehension
- Referential communication in interactive settings
- Referential communication in children
- Complex descriptions (e.g., quantified descriptions, relational descriptions)
- The use of vague predicates in referring expressions
- Referential over- and underspecification
- Realisation of referring expressions (including prosody, gesture, eye gaze)
- Data-collection and experimental evaluation methods
- The formal semantics and pragmatics of reference

Organisers:

- Arash Eshghi, Heriot-Watt University. Email: eshghi.agmail.com
- Kumiko Fukumura. Email: kumiko.fukumurastrath.ac.uk
- Srinivasan Janarthanam, Heriot-Watt University. Email: srinivasancjgmail.ccom

Submissions:

Selection of posters and oral presentations will be based on 500-1000 word abstracts including references. Abstracts, in PDF format, should be submitted via the workshop website: http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/InteractionLab/refnet/submission.html. Each abstract will be reviewed anonymously, so please include a title but not authors. Revised versions of accepted abstracts will be posted on the RefNet page. There will be no printed proceedings.

Important Dates:

Monday 28 April: Submission open
Monday 16 June: Submission deadline
Mid-July: Notifications of acceptance
Sunday 31 August: The workshop

Fees: very small (around £25)

Programme Committee (more to be announced):

Ellen Gurman Bard, Holly Branigan, Sarah Brown-Schmidt, Arash Eshghi, Kumiko Fukumura, Simon Garrod, Albert Gatt, Marcus Guhe, Pat Healey, William S. Horton, Julian Hough, Christine Howes, Srinivasan Janarthanam, Emiel Krahmer, Danielle Matthews, Gregory Mills, Paul Piwek, Ehud Reiter, Matthew Stone, Marc Swerts, Roger Van Gompel, Kees Van Deemter

Note:

The workshop is collocated with the RefNet summer school Psychological and Computational Models of Language Production (24-31 August, Edinburgh) (http://homepages.abdn.ac.uk/k.vdeemter/pages/RefNet/events.html), but it will be open to anyone, regardless of whether they take part in the summer school. Both the workshop and the summer school are part of RefNet, a research network funded by the UK's EPSRC.



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