[Corpora-List] Final CFP - Exemplar Based Models of Language Acquisition and Use

Dave Cochran davec at cs.st-andrews.ac.uk
Tue Mar 13 10:36:00 CET 2007

Exemplar-Based Models of Language Acquisition and Use
13 - 17 August 2007

organized as part of
the European Summer School on
Logic, Language and Information
ESSLLI 2007 https://www.cs.tcd.ie/esslli2007/
6 - 17 August, 2007 in Dublin

Workshop Organizers:
Rens Bod rb at cs.st-andrews.ac.uk
Dave Cochran davec at cs.st-andrews.ac.uk

Workshop Purpose:
Exemplar-based models conceive of linguistic representations as being
directly shaped by speakers' memories of specific tokens of
linguistic items. Such models are being considered by a growing
number of researchers in virtually all areas of linguistics, from
language acquisition and psycholinguistics to computational
linguistics and statistical natural language processing. This
workshop aims at bringing together linguists working to expand their
exemplar-based models by computational modeling, and computational
linguists interested in extending exemplar-based models to aspects of
language cognition. The workshop is open to all members of the
Language, Logic and Information community, and is in particular
intended as a forum for advanced PhD students and more senior
researchers to share their research.

Workshop Topics:
• Unsupervised exemplar-based systems for parsing and other NLP
tasks; Statistical grammar induction; bootstrapping in exemplar-based
models of language, in computers and infants.
• The interaction between language and other cognitive modalities in
exemplar-based systems; exemplar based semantics and pragmatics.
• The nature of linguistic knowledge and representations in exemplar-
based systems.
• Distributional learning; Pattern matching and language acquisition
• Statistical, item-based and corpus-based language acquisition
• Exemplars, recency and priming.
• Cognitive consequences of the problems of computational complexity
in exemplar-based algorithms and their solutions.
• Computational approaches to exemplar-based construction grammar;
computational approaches to usage-based linguistics.
• Comprehension and generation in exemplar-based systems.
• Learning as abstraction vs. learning as storage; or, proposals for
• General theoretical/philosophical considerations regarding the
relation of computational models to experimental cognitive research

We are particularly eager to receive submissions of an
interdisciplinary nature, especially those bridging the gap between
computational and experimental approaches.

Submission details:
Authors are invited to submit extended abstracts of 1000-2000 words.
The following formats are accepted: PDF, PS, and MS Word. Submissions
must be suitable for anonymous review; reviewing will be double-
blind. Please do not include name, contact details, affiliation, or
any self-identifying references (eg; “We proved in Smith 2003…”,
rather than “Smith 2003 proved…”) in the text of the submission;
please include a cover sheet (as a separate attachment) containing
the title of your submission, your name, contact details and
affiliation. Please send your submission electronically to
davec at cs.st-andrews.ac.uk by the deadline listed below. The
submissions will be reviewed by the workshop’s programme committee
and additional reviewers. The accepted papers will appear in the
workshop proceedings published by ESSLLI. The format for the final
versions will be MS Word.

Workshop format:
The workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI
participants. It will consist of five 90-minute sessions held over
five consecutive days in the second week of ESSLLI. There will be 2
slots for paper presentation (30 minutes) and discussion (15 minutes)
per session. On the first day the workshop organizers will give an
extended lecture to familiarize the audience with the topic.

Invited Speaker:
Morten Christiansen
Department of Psychology, Cornell University

Workshop Programme Committee:
Rens Bod
Nick Chater
Alexander Clark
Dave Cochran
Walter Daelemans
Tecumseh Fitch
Susanne Gahl
Janet Pierrehumbert
David Tugwell
Antal van den Bosch
Menno van Zaanen
Jelle Zuidema

Important Dates:
Notification: April 21, 2007
Preliminary programme: April 24, 2007
ESSLLI early registration: May 1, 2007
Final papers for proceedings: May 17, 2007
Final programme: June 21, 2007
Workshop dates: 13 – 17 August, 2007

Local Arrangements:
All workshop participants including the presenters will be required
to register for ESSLLI. The registration fee for authors presenting a
paper will correspond to the early student/workshop speaker
registration fee. Moreover, a number of additional fee waiver grants
will be made available by the OC on a competitive basis and workshop
participants are eligible to apply for those.

There will be no reimbursement for travel costs and accommodation.
Workshop speakers who have difficulty in finding funding should
contact the local organizing committee to ask for the possibilities
for a grant.

Further Information:
About the workshop: http://www.cs.st-and.ac.uk/~davec/workshop.htm
About ESSLLI: https://www.cs.tcd.ie/esslli2007/

Dave W.H. Cochran
PhD student
Cognitive Systems Group,
School of Computer Science
University of St. Andrews
(01334) 46-1621

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