LINGUIST List 8.1026

Wed Jul 9 1997

Calls: Concept Learning, Student Conf. ADL4

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  1. Gabriele Scheler, Calls: Neural Models of Concept Learning
  2. Isabelle Leglise, call for papers : ADL4

Message 1: Calls: Neural Models of Concept Learning

Date: Mon, 7 Jul 1997 11:25:14 -0700 (PDT)
From: Gabriele Scheler <schelerICSI.Berkeley.EDU>
Subject: Calls: Neural Models of Concept Learning

		Call For Contributions
		NIPS'97 Workshop 
		Neural Models of Concept Learning 

Neuronal models of lexical acquisition and semantic processing have been
adressed in the context of connectionist models of categorization, 
including self-organizing maps, constraint satisfaction networks and 
multilayer feedforward networks.
However, recently a number of suggestions and proposals have been forthcoming,
which put research on lexical meaning in context with concept learning, 
language development and statistical induction.
These approaches relate to the disciplines of

	cognitive psychology of concept learning
	statistical lexical acquisition 
	emergentist approaches to language development 

It seems that a theory of conceptual semantics is forthcoming which
pushes beyond the limits of connectionist models by incorporating 
strands from dynamic system theory (attractor networks,
catastrophe theory) and statistical induction (Kolmogorov complexity,
MDL learning).

The aim of the workshop is to provide a forum for an interchange of 
methodologies, research directions and theoretical discussion.
The format will consist of introductory statements from panelists,
group discussion and individual position paper presentations.

Abstracts (500 - 1000 words) are solicited from all prospective
participants as a brief description of their ongoing work in 
the context of this workshop. Please send your abstract by e-mail
to or by the end of

Prospective Participants: 
D. Clouse, UCSD
G. Dorffner, University of Vienna and OEFAI
M. Gasser, Indiana University 
C. Harris, Boston University
J. Kruschke, Indiana University
S. Quartz, Salk Institute
M. Raijmakers, University of Amsterdam
T. Regier, University of Chicago
G. Scheler, Munich University of Technology
P. Schyns, University of Glasgow
J. Tenenbaum, MIT

Workshop Home Page:

Workshop Organization: 
Gabriele Scheler, Munich University of Technology and ICSI, Berkeley
Georg Dorffner, University of Vienna and Austrian Research Insitite for
Artificial Intelligence

Conference Site:
The workshop will be held in conjunction with NIPS'97 in Breckenridge,
Colorado on December 5 or 6, 1997. 
We envisage about 20-30 participants with about 10 individual
paper presentations of 15-20 minutes and a number of panelists to 
lead group discussion.
Electronic publication of submitted abstracts will be realized on the
workshop website (
A book publication by Springer or another major publisher in 1998
based on full papers from workshop participants and additional contributions 
by other researchers is anticipated.
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Message 2: call for papers : ADL4

Date: Mon, 7 Jul 1997 21:01:25 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Isabelle Leglise <>
Subject: call for papers : ADL4


 5-6 DECEMBER 1997

The Atelier des Doctorants de Linguistique (ADL) is an organisation created
and run by students. With the support from the University of Paris 7, it
aims at developing exchanges between students from different theoretical
backgrounds. In that respect, the fourth meeting is an opportunity for
young linguists to present their works and exchange ideas around :

 * papers in miscellaneous areas of linguistics
 * workshops on interdisciplinary topics
 * friendly breaks allotting time for discussions

This meeting is organised by students and is student-oriented.

Papers, preferably delivered in French, should deal with the following
fields: computational linguistics, history of linguistics, morphology,
phonetics, phonology, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, semantics,
sociolinguistics, syntax and word-formation. A three-page abstract should
be sent by October 15th, accounting for the theoretical backgrounds,
hypotheses, examples and results which are to be presented at the meeting.

Abstracts should be submitted, by email if possible, at or sent by snail mail. In that case, send three
anonymous copies along with a separate listing of name, institutional
affiliation, preferred mailing address, phone, e-mail address and paper
title to the following address:

 4emes rencontres de l'ADL
 Universite Paris 7 - Denis Diderot
 UFR de Linguistique - Case 7003
 Tour Centrale, piece 911
 2, place Jussieu
 75251 Paris Cedex 05

Accepted papers will be notified by the program committee in early November.

The meeting will be free of charge. Furthermore, we will try to accommodate
speakers. For further information, join us at
or at

Program committee: Valerie Amary, Nicolas Ballier, Nathalie Gasiglia,
Pierre Jalenques, Isabelle Leglise (coordination), Helene Le Guillou de
Penanros, Tobias Scheer, Kim Stroumza.

ABSTRACT DEADLINE : October 15th ,1997




 5-6 decembre 1997
 Universite de Paris 7 - Denis Diderot

 Structure creee et geree par des doctorants, l'Atelier des
Doctorants de Linguistique (A.D.L.) de Paris 7, avec le soutien de son
Ecole Doctorale, a pour objectif de favoriser les echanges entre etudiants
travaillant dans des domaines et dans des cadres theoriques differents.
Dans cette optique, il organise pour la quatrieme annee consecutive des
rencontres, occasion pour de jeunes linguistes de presenter leurs travaux
et de confronter leurs points de vues a travers :

 * des presentations dans des domaines varies de la linguistique
 * des ateliers-debats autour de themes transversaux
 * des pauses conviviales laissant le temps aux discussions

La particularite de ces rencontres est leur caractere etudiant :
organisation, comite de lecture et intervenants.

 Les communications se situeront dans les domaines suivants :
histoire des idees linguistiques, lexicologie, linguistique et
informatique, morphologie, phonetique, phonologie, pragmatique
linguistique, psycholinguistique, semantique, sociolinguistique et syntaxe.
Les etudiants interesses enverront un resume de 3 pages avant le 15 octobre
1997, comprenant : une explicitation de leurs presupposes theoriques, les
hypotheses, exemples et resultats exposes lors de la presentation.

 Ce resume est a soumettre, si possible par email a :

 ou a adresser, en 3 exemplaires anonymes accompagnes d'une fiche
personnalisee (nom, universite de rattachement, adresse personnelle et
professionnelle, telephone, email, titre de la communication) a l'adresse
suivante :

4emes rencontres de l'ADL
Universite Paris 7 - Denis Diderot
UFR de Linguistique - Case 7003
Tour Centrale, piece 911
2, place Jussieu
75251 Paris Cedex 05

L'acceptation des communications sera notifiee par le comite de lecture
debut novembre.

La participation a ces rencontres est gratuite. Nous essaierons, de plus,
de mettre en place des possibilites d'hebergement. Les personnes souhaitant
des renseignements complementaires peuvent nous contacter a la meme adresse
ou par email, ou www :

Organisation : Valerie Amary, Nicolas Ballier, Nathalie Gasiglia, Pierre
Jalenques, Isabelle Leglise (coordination), Helene Le Guillou de Penanros,
Tobias Scheer, Kim Stroumza.


Isabelle LEGLISE
Universite Paris 7

UFRL, Case 7003, ADL 7, rue Boucicaut
Tour Centrale, piece 911 75015 PARIS
2, place Jussieu
75251 Paris Cedex 05 01 45 54 33 20

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