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LINGUIST List 19.1750

Mon Jun 02 2008

Calls: Cog Sci,Syntax,Neuroling/France; Comp Ling,Psycholing/USA

Editor for this issue: F. Okki Kurniawan <okkilinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Ernest Ulm, Fall School in Linguistics
        2.    David Guy Brizan, Psychocomputational Models of Language Acquisition

Message 1: Fall School in Linguistics
Date: 01-Jun-2008
From: Ernest Ulm <ealingens.fr>
Subject: Fall School in Linguistics
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Full Title: Fall School in Linguistics
Short Title: EALING VI

Date: 16-Sep-2008 - 25-Sep-2008
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Ernest Ulm
Meeting Email: ealingens.fr
Web Site: http://ealing.cognition.ens.fr

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Morphology; Neurolinguistics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2008

Meeting Description:

Ealing VI Poster Session

In addition to its schedule of courses and lectures, Ealing organizes this year
a special poster session for its participants to get a chance to present their
own work.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts in Morphosyntax, Formal Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax, their
interaction or the Psycho or Neuro linguistics of these areas are invited for
participation in the Ealing Poster Session.

Instructions for Abstract Submission

Abstracts must be at most one page long on a letter-size (8''1/2 by 11'') or A4
sheet with one-inch or 2.5 cm margins and typed in at least 11-point font.
An optional second page is permitted for data and references.
At the top of each page, please include (1) the abstract title and (2) one or
two keywords chosen among these: Morphosyntax, Formal Pragmatics, Formal
Semantics, Syntax, Psycholinguistics or Neurolinguistics describing the topics
of the paper.
Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously, please make sure that the authors are
not identified on any abstract page.
A selection of abstracts will be chosen by the selection committee.

To present a poster in this session, individuals will have to be registered for
Ealing 6. To register, go to: http://ealing.cognition.ens.fr
Attendance to the poster session is open to all.

Submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author, or 2
joint abstracts per author.
All electronic submissions must be in the PDF file format.
Abstract submission must be done electronically on the following site:


Deadline for Submission
June 30th, 2008, 5:00 pm Paris, France Time
(Abstracts must be received by this time.)

Notification of Acceptance: End of July 2008

All relevant information regarding:
- Submission of abstracts for the poster session
- the registration procedure
- teaching and lecturing faculty
- calendar of courses, seminars and lectures
- lodging and other practical information

will be posted and regularly updated on the EALing website:
Please address all correspondence to: Ernest Ulm ens.fr>
Message 2: Psychocomputational Models of Language Acquisition
Date: 01-Jun-2008
From: David Guy Brizan <pcomphunter.cuny.edu>
Subject: Psychocomputational Models of Language Acquisition
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Full Title: Psychocomputational Models of Language Acquisition
Short Title: PsychoCompLA-2008

Date: 23-Jul-2008 - 23-Jul-2008
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Contact Person: William Sakas
Meeting Email: Psycho.Comphunter.cuny.edu
Web Site: http://www.colag.cs.hunter.cuny.edu/psychocomp/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics;

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2008

Meeting Description:

Psychocomputational Models of Human Language Acquisition (PsychoCompLA-2008)
July 23rd at CogSci 2008 - Washington, D.C.
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2008

2nd Call for Abstracts

Apologies for multiple postings

Workshop Topic:
The workshop is devoted to psychologically-motivated computational models of
language acquisition. That is, models that are compatible with research in
psycholinguistics, developmental psychology and linguistics.

Invited Speakers:
- Rens Bod, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of
Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Damir Cavar, University of Indiana, USA and Zadar University, Croatia
- Gary Marcus, New York University, USA
- Jeffery Lidz, University of Maryland, USA
- Gary Marcus, New York University, USA
- Josh Tenenbaum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Workshop History:
This is the fourth meeting of the Psychocomputational Models of Human Language
Acquisition workshop following PsychoCompLA-2004, held in Geneva, Switzerland as
part of the 20th International Conference on Computational Linguistics
(COLING-2004), PsychoCompLA-2005 as part of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the
Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL-2005) held in Ann Arbor, Michigan
where the workshop shared a joint session with the Ninth Conference on
Computational Natural Language Learning (CoNLL-2005), and PsychoCompLA-2007 held
in Nashville, Tennessee as part of the 29th meeting of the Cognitive Science
Society (CogSci-2007).

Workshop Description:
The workshop will present research and foster discussion centered around
psychologically-motivated computational models of language acquisition, with an
emphasis on the acquisition of syntax. In recent decades there has been a
thriving research agenda that applies computational learning techniques to
emerging natural language technologies and many meetings, conferences and
workshops in which to present such research. However, there have been only a few
(but growing number of) venues in which psychocomputational models of how humans
acquire their native language(s) are the primary focus.

Psychocomputational models of language acquisition are of particular interest in
light of recent results in developmental psychology that suggest that very young
infants are adept at detecting statistical patterns in an audible input stream.
Though, how children might plausibly apply statistical 'machinery' to the task
of grammar acquisition, with or without an innate language component, remains an
open and important question. One effective line of investigation is to
computationally model the acquisition process and determine interrelationships
between a model and linguistic or psycholinguistic theory, and/or correlations
between a model's performance and data from linguistic environments that
children are exposed to.

Special Theme:
Although the workshop program speaks to many facets of psychocomputational
language acquisition modeling, the theme of the workshop this year is:

Computational resources: How much is just right, and does it matter?

The computational resources (e.g., number of calculations per input datum, size
of memory store, etc.) employed by current psychocomputational modeling efforts
vary tremendously from model to model. However, two important questions have
rarely been addressed. How well do a particular acquisition model's resources
parallel the resources employed by a human language learner? And, how relevant
(or not) is it to establish such a relationship?

Topics and Goals:
Abstracts that present research on (but not necessarily limited to) the
following topics are welcome:

- Models that address the acquisition of word-order;
- Models that combine parsing and learning;
- Formal learning-theoretic and grammar induction models that incorporate
psychologically plausible constraints;
- Comparative surveys that critique previously reported studies;
- Models that have a cross-linguistic or bilingual perspective;
- Models that address learning bias in terms of innate linguistic knowledge
versus statistical regularity in the input;
- Models that employ language modeling techniques from corpus linguistics;
- Models that employ techniques from machine learning;
- Models of language change and its effect on language acquisition or vice versa;
- Models that employ statistical/probabilistic grammars;
- Computational models that can be used to evaluate existing linguistic or
developmental theories (e.g., principles & parameters, optimality theory,
construction grammar, etc.)
- Empirical models that make use of child-directed corpora such as CHILDES.

This workshop intends to bring together researchers from cognitive psychology,
computational linguistics, other computer/mathematical sciences, linguistics and
psycholinguistics working on all areas of language acquisition. Diversity and
cross-fertilization of ideas is the central goal.

Workshop Organizer:
William Gregory Sakas, City University of New York
(sakas at hunter.cuny.edu)

Workshop Co-organizer:
David Guy Brizan, City University of New York
(dbrizan at gc.cuny.edu)

Program Committee:
Rens Bod, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of
Amsterdam, Netherlands
David Guy Brizan, City University of New York, USA
Damir Cavar, University of Indiana, USA and Zadar University, Croatia
Gary Marcus, New York University
Nick Chater, University of College London, UK
Alex Clark, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Rick Dale, University of Memphis, USA
Jeffery Lidz, University of Maryland, USA
Gary Marcus, New York University, USA
Lisa Pearl, University of California, Irvine, USA
William Gregory Sakas, City University of New York, USA
Josh Tenenbaum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Charles D. Yang, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Submission details:
Authors are invited to submit abstracts of 1 page plus 1 page for data and other
supplementary materials. Abstracts should be anonymous, clearly titled and no
more than 500 words in length. Text of the abstract should fit on one page, with
a second page for examples, table, figures, references, etc. The following
formats are accepted: PDF, PS, and MS Word. Please include a cover sheet (as a
separate attachment) containing the title of your submission, your name, contact
details and affiliation. Send your submission electronically to

Email: Psycho.Comphunter.cuny.edu.
with ''PsychoCompLA-2008 Submission'' somewhere in the subject line.

The accepted abstracts will appear in the online workshop proceedings. Full
papers of accepted abstracts will be considered in Fall 2008 for inclusion in an
issue of the new Cognitive Science Society Journal - topiCS - whose focus will
be psychocomputational modeling of human language acquisition.

Submission deadline: June 15, 2008

Contact: Psycho.Comphunter.cuny.edu
with ''PsychoCompLA-2008'' somewhere in the subject line.

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