LINGUIST List 29.1105

Mon Mar 12 2018

Summer Schools: Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application (CARLA)/Germany

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 08-Mar-2018
From: Mingya Liu <>
Subject: Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application (CARLA)
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Host Institution: Universität Osnabrück

Dates: 06-Aug-2018 - 10-Aug-2018
Location: Osnabrueck, Lower Saxony, Germany

Focus: This summer school will focus on concepts.
Minimum Education Level: MA
Special Qualifications: We invite applications from PhD students and postdocs working on or being interested in concepts from a variety of fields, including (but not restricted to) linguistics, philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, logic, computer science, and cognitive science. Highly interested advanced master students may be allowed in exceptional cases. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who are under-represented in their respective fields. For more information about the summer school, please visit our website (

The Institute of Cognitive Science at Osnabrück University ( is happy to announce the summer school “Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application” (CARLA), funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, and a subsequent international workshop on the same topic. Both the school participants and external researchers are invited to submit abstracts to the workshop for oral or poster presentations.

The summer school will bring together researchers from different disciplines with the goal of providing participants with knowledge about concept research outside of their own fields and to initiate interdisciplinary exchanges and research. The subsequent and co-located workshop provides an excellent opportunity to present and discuss ongoing research on concepts. Both events will focus on (but not be restricted to) three core questions: How can we formally describe and model concepts? Where do concepts come from, and how are they acquired? How are concepts used in cognitive tasks?

Lecturers and Classes:
*Nicholas Asher ( and Julie Hunter ( “Concepts and Conceptualization: From the Lexicon to Situated Conversation”
*Christiane D. Fellbaum ( “A Linguistic Perspective on Concepts”
*Peter Gärdenfors ( “Where Do Conceptual Domains Come From?”
*Robert L. Goldstone ( “The Learning and Use of Concepts by Humans”
*Michael Spranger ( “Co-acquisition of Concepts and Language: Computational Models and Robot Experiments”


Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                      Computational Linguistics
                      Discipline of Linguistics

Tuition: 0 EUR
Registration: 08-Mar-2018 to 30-Apr-2018
Contact Person: Mingya Liu

Apply on the web:

Registration Instructions:
Your application should consist of a single pdf file including a single-page CV and a short motivation letter of up to 300 words stating your research interests and why you want to attend the summer school. If you need a visa to enter Germany, please indicate this in your application so that we can prepare invitation letters for you in time. If you need financial support for travel and accommodation expenses, please also indicate this in your application. We will notify you about the selection results by May 7, 2018. Should you have any questions, please contact us anytime at

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