LINGUIST List 30.2653

Thu Jul 04 2019

Calls: Cog Sci, Comp Ling, Neuroling, Psycholing, Text/Corpus Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 04-Jul-2019
From: Franziska Kretzschmar <>
Subject: Diversity and Prediction in Language Processing: Influences of Speaker, Register, and Experimental Method (Workshop at DGfS 2020)
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Full Title: Diversity and Prediction in Language Processing: Influences of Speaker, Register, and Experimental Method (Workshop at DGfS 2020)
Short Title: DivPred2020

Date: 04-Mar-2020 - 06-Mar-2020
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Contact Person: Franziska Kretzschmar
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2019

Meeting Description:

Workshop (''Kurz-AG 16'') organized as part of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS) to be held at the University of Hamburg, Germany, March 4-6, 2020.

Conference homepage:

Franziska Kretzschmar and Ingmar Brilmayer (University of Cologne) and Phillip Alday (Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics)

Invited Speaker:
Roel Willems (Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour; Radboud University Nijmegen)

Aims and Background:

Prediction plays a central role in theories of language processing and is assumed to influence both the speed and accuracy of processing. Although there is a lively debate about what form prediction may take (cf. Huettig & Mani 2016, Kuperberg & Jaeger 2016, Pickering & Gambi 2018), there is little work examining the influence of linguistic and experimental diversity on prediction. For a better understanding of prediction, we invite researchers from all branches of empirical/experimental linguistics to examine three facets of diversity in language processing:

Intra- and Inter-individual Diversity: Usually explored in coarse group comparisons (e.g., mono- vs. multilingual) or broad cognitive distinctions (e.g., working memory), intra- and inter-individual diversity remains underdescribed and less well understood. How do language users differ in their predictive abilities and strategies, and how are these differences shaped by biological and/or cultural influences?

Stylistic Diversity: Despite calls for more naturalistic stimuli, the majority of language processing research still focuses on a very constrained register of well-controlled sentences composed in the standard language. How are predictions shaped by extra- and meta-linguistic context, such as register/genre or accent/speaker identity?

Methodological Diversity: A wide variety of empirical methods are now available, yet the majority of studies use only one or two. What opportunities and challenges do we face, when integrating multiple approaches to examine linguistic diversity in human’s predictive capacity? How much diversity can our methods handle?

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for oral presentations (20mins talk + 10 discussion), describing original research on linguistic and methodological diversity in predictive processing. Abstracts must be anonymous and must not exceed one page, including examples, figures and references. Please submit your abstract in PDF format, with 1 inch margins on all sides and 12 point font size.

Please submit your anonymous abstract (in PDF format) via EasyChair:

A limited number of travel grants of up to 500 Euro each are available for accepted contributions by DGfS members with low or without income. If you would like to be considered for a travel grant, you will have to send a short letter of motivation to the organizers upon acceptance of your contribution.

Please note that the regulations of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS) do not allow that workshop participants present two or more papers in the same or different workshops. It is possible to be a co-author on more than one abstract.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission: August 15, 2019
Notification of acceptance: Early September, 2019
Workshop: March 4-6, 2020

For any questions, please contact the organizers, or

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