[Corpora-List] Semantics, Memory, and Emotion II: first CFP

Yonatan Ginzburg yonatan.ginzburg at paris7.jussieu.fr
Thu Mar 17 19:59:30 CET 2022

Semantics, Memory, and Emotion II, Paris September 6-7, 2022

First CFP

There is a tendency in cognitive science to avoid the development of theories that attempt large scale integration of domains which appear to be closely related (Gigerenzer, 2010; Dale, Fusaroli, Duran, and Richardson 2013). Natural language semantics has for many years been driven by an integrative theoretical approach, dynamic semantics, whose main slogan is "meaning as transitions between contexts", where the formal notion of context is to be construed as cognitive states. Nonetheless, there is on the whole little contact with empirical work on the structure and dynamics of naturally occurring memory and appraisal systems, though these should figure in accounts of phenomena like anaphora, ellipsis, attitude reports, etc. Integrative empirical and theoretical approaches are necessary for understanding contexts and/as cognitive states, including the brain structures typically involved. Arguably, this becomes an even more pressing issue for accounts of multimodal phenomena such as laughter, gaze or pointing, given the increasing complexity of contextual structures that need to be postulated. Conversely, neuropsychological work on memory and emotion is a flourishing area and yet the lion’s share of studies are highly lab- and sentence-based and do not directly address spontaneous speech in conversational settings. There is also little work on using semantic tools or notions to directly model neural processing of natural language.

Semantics, Memory, and Emotion II is the second workshop following a successful first edition in 2021 (see http://dme-2021.llf-paris.fr) bringing together linguists, philosophers, neuroscientists, psychologists, and computer scientists to foster work on the interface between semantics, memory systems, emotion, and their embodiment in the brain.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

• Applications of Working Memory/Long-Term Memory in linguistic explanation: attention, capacity, forgetting, remembering • Formal models relating conversational context, working memory, and long-term memory • Propositional attitudes, appraisal, emotion and memory structures • Formal models of appraisal/emotion construction in semantic/pragmatic processing • Neural models of semantic notions such as concepts, emotions, signs • Neural models of context and (multimodal) meaning integration or non-integration • Implications of neural models for semantic theory • Implications of semantic theory for neural models: learnability, normativity, intentionality, phenomenality and beyond • Neuro-Atypicality and semantic processing in conversation: Dementia, schizophrenia, and neuro-degenerative processes in general • The time course of processing of semantic phenomena such as laughter, gesture, exclamations in relation to speech

Invited speakers:

Christine Bastin (University of Liège)

Chris Eliasmith (University of Waterloo, Canada)

Kristina Liefke (Ruhr Universität Bochum)

Markus Werning (Ruhr Universität Bochum)

Programme Committee:

Christine Bastin (University of Liège)

Robin Cooper (Gothenburg University)

Chris Eliasmith (University of Waterloo)

Jonathan Ginzburg (Université Paris Cité, chair)

Eleni Gregoromichelaki (Gothenburg University)

Patrick Healey (Queen Mary, University of London)

Alistair Knott (Soul Machines and University of Otago)

Andy Lücking (Goethe University Frankfurt and Université Paris Cité)

Kristina Liefke (Ruhr Universität Bochum)

Talya Sadeh (Ben Gurion University)

Markus Werning (Ruhr Universität Bochum)

Two forms of submission are possible for this workshop: 1. Full Paper: 4 pages + 1 page for references 2. Extended Abstract: 2 pages including references

Important dates: Deadline for submission: 8th June 2022 Notification of acceptance: 8 July 2022 Workshop session: 6-7 September 2022

If there is sufficient interest, we will organise publication as a special issue, probably with the journal "Topics in Cognitive Science".

----- Dale, Rick et al. (2013). ‘The Self-Organization of Human Interaction’. In: Psychology of Learning and Motivation. Ed. by Brian H. Ross. Psychology of Learning and Motivation 59. Academic Press. Chap. 2, pp. 43–95. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-407187-2.00002-2.

Gigerenzer, Gerd (2010). ‘Personal Reflections on Theory and Psychology’. In: Theory & Psychology 20.6, pp. 733–743. doi: 10.1177/0959354310378184.

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