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Sun 19 Dec 1993

Calls: Language Acquisition, ACL 1994

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  2. "James Pustejovsky", Program Committee Listing for ACL 1994

Message 1: Cognitive Models of Language Acquisition

Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1993 09:48 +01Cognitive Models of Language Acquisition
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Subject: Cognitive Models of Language Acquisition

 Workshop on 'Cognitive Models of Language Acquisition'
 April 21-23, 1994
 Tilburg University, The Netherlands

 Organizers: Peter Broeder (Tilburg)
 Jaap Murre (Cambridge)

 Scientific committee: Melissa Bowerman (Nijmegen)
 Peter Coopmans (Utrecht)
 Guus Extra (Tilburg)
 Peter Jordens (Amsterdam)

 Sponsored by: L.O.T. (Landelijke Onderzoeksschool Taalkunde),
 The Dutch national Ph.D. program in Linguistics

The workshop is centered around two basic questions with respect to
the nature and origins of language as "an individual phenomenon":

 (1) What constitutes knowledge of language?

 (2) How is knowledge of language acquired?

Currently, these questions are being addressed within different
cognitive models of language acquisition which derive from strongly
contrasting research paradigms. The paradigms start from fundamentally
different assumptions about language (symbolic or subsymbolic) and
the mechanisms that drive the process of language acquisition
(inductive or deductive).

The workshop will focus on processes of language acquisition in children
and adults and on modelling theses processes. In particular, the
acquisition and representation of words will be a central topic. The
workshop aims to bring together researchers willing to discuss the merits
and constraints of the various models based on the interdisciplinary
approaches of linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, NLP, and AI.

Melissa Bowerman (Nijmegen), Harald Clahsen (Colchester), Vivian Cook
(Colchester), Peter Coopmans (Utrecht), Walter Daelemans (Tilburg),
Guus Extra (Tilburg), Michael Gasser (Indiana), Steven Gillis (Antwerp),
Peter Jordens (Amsterdam), Gerard Kempen (Leiden), Brian MacWhinney
(Pittsburg), Paul Meara (Swansea), Dennis Norris (Cambridge), Kim Plunkett
(Oxford), Henk van Riemsdijk (Tilburg), Mike Sharwood-Smith (Utrecht),
Paul Smolensky (Colorado), Sven Stromqvist (Goteborg).

We invite those interested to submit a two-page abstract (for a 30
minute oral presentation) by January 15, 1994. We would prefer to
receive the abstracts by e-mail.

The organizers can be contacted at the following addresses:

Peter Broeder Jaap Murre
Department of Linguistics Medical Research Council
University of Tilburg Applied Psychology Unit
P.O. Box 90153 15 Chaucer Road
5000 LE Tilburg Cambridge CB2 2EF
The Netherlands United Kingdom

tel: +31 13-662239 tel: +44 223 355294
fax: +31 13-663110 fax: +44 223 359062
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Message 2: Program Committee Listing for ACL 1994

Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1993 17:11:51 Program Committee Listing for ACL 1994
From: "James Pustejovsky" <>
Subject: Program Committee Listing for ACL 1994


 32nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

 27 June - 1 July 1994
 New Mexico State University
 Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA

TOPICS OF INTEREST: Papers are invited on substantial, original, and
unpublished research on all aspects of computational linguistics,
including, but not limited to, pragmatics, discourse, semantics,
syntax, and the lexicon; phonetics, phonology, and morphology;
interpreting and generating spoken and written language; linguistic,
mathematical, and psychological models of language; language-oriented
information retrieval; corpus-based language modeling; machine
translation and translation aids; natural language interfaces and
dialogue systems; message and narrative understanding systems; and
theoretical and applications papers of every kind.


 Hiyan Alshawi (AT&T)
 Bran Boguraev (Apple Inc.)
 Ted Briscoe (U. Cambridge, Xerox Grenoble)
 Garrison Cottrell (UC-San Diego)
 Laurence Danlos (Universit'e Paris 7)
 Marc Gawron (SRI)
 Pierre Isabelle (CITI)
 Mark Johnson (Brown University)
 Alex Lascarides (Stanford University)
 Lori Levin (CMU)
 David Lewis (AT&T)
 Marie Meteer (BBN)
 Livia Polanyi (Rice University, CSLI)
 James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University, Chair)
 Mats Rooth (University of T"ubingen)
 Yoshinori Sagisaka (ATR)
 Keh-Yih Su (National Tsing Hua University)
 Evelyne Tzoukermann (AT&T)
 Hans Uszkoreit (Universit"at des Saarlandes)
 K. Vijay-Shanker (University of Delaware, DFKI)

For more information, consult the full "Call for Papers" or contact:

 James Pustejovsky +1-617-736-2709
 Brandeis University +1-617-736-2741 fax
 Computer Science, Ford Hall
 Waltham, MA 02254, USA
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