LINGUIST List 32.436

Thu Feb 04 2021

Calls: Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Lexicography, Cognitive Science / Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 04-Feb-2021
From: Michael Zock <>
Subject: Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Lexicography, Cognitive Science / Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Lexicography; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2021

Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and the Guest Editors Michael Zock, Simon De Deyne, Massimo Stella and Vito Pirrelli
are curating an Article Collection entitled:
''The Mental Lexicon, Blueprint of the Dictionaries of Tomorrow: Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon''.

We welcome your papers to our peer-reviewed Article Collection. Papers can be original research, reviews, or perspectives, among other article types.

Submission Deadlines:
28 February 2021 Abstract
30 June 2021 Manuscript

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The goal of this Research Topic is devoted to two different issues in terms of scope:
Take a look at the lexicon from a cognitive point of view. This is a broad view, taken at CogALex ( a workshop devoted to the Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon;
Consider a more specific view, namely, the development of an ecosystem to support word-finding (word access at the moment of speaking or writing)

This being so, we welcome articles addressing the problems raised in the CogALex workshop series as well as the following points:
- Given our goal, and to be fruitful for our discussion, what shall we put behind the term 'mental lexicon'?
- How can we reconcile the fact that words are decomposed, hence subsymbolic, in the human brain, while humans can only provide and interpret symbolic information, which is why we have words in the lexicon?
- How to build a representative map of the mental lexicon for a given user group?
- Which corpora (knowledge graphs, BabelNet, ConceptNet) and which combinations have the best potential to yield a representative encyclopedic lexicon?
- How to achieve the right mix between encyclopedic and (collective) episodic knowledge?
- How to 'dynamize' the lexicon? The weight of the links between words is not frozen. During communication, our focus shifts all the time. Likewise, any event (news) may have an impact on the evocation potential of a given word.
- Which lexical resources are relevant to support word finding? What layers of Levelt's lexical access model are relevant, and to what extent do they need to be worked out? While we have a good understanding of the time course of lexical access, we still do lack details concerning the components at the various levels. For example, what are the specificities at the conceptual level? Which features typically get activated to evoke concepts like 'justice', 'nationality', 'panda'?
- How to combine existing lexical resources to allow for their joined usage?

In sum, in this Research Topic, we welcome papers devoted to the mental lexicon, its electronic emulation in the form of an electronic resource likely to support humans in wordfinding (word access), and other cognitive aspects of the lexicon. Both theoretical/conceptual and empirical contributions are welcome.

In order to be practical, we suggest to send us by the 28th of February 2021 an abstract, so that we can tell you whether it complies with the goals of this specific issue. The fully written document is expected by 30 June 2021.

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