[Elsnet-list] Call for Papers: ACL 2005 Workshop on Psychocomputational Models of Human Language Acquisition

William Gregory Sakas sakas at hunter.cuny.edu
Fri Mar 4 14:29:24 CET 2005

[Apologies for multiple postings]

               *** Call for Papers ***

Psychocomputational Models of Human Language Acquisition 

Workshop at ACL 2005 

29-30 June 2005 at University of Michigan Ann Arbor 

      **** Submission Deadline: 4 April 2005 ****


Workshop Topic
The workshop, which is a follow-up to the successful workshop held 
at COLING in 2004, will be devoted to psychologically motivated 
computational models of language acquisition -- models that are 
compatible with, or motivated by research in psycholinguistics, 
developmental psychology with particular emphasis on the acquisition 
of syntax, though work on the acquisition of morphology, phonology 
and other levels of linguistic description is also welcome.

The workshop will be taking place at the same time as CoNLL-2005
(http://cnts.uia.ac.be/conll/cfp.html) and if there is sufficient
interest there will be a plenary session for papers that are relevant
to both audiences.

Invited Talks
  Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh
  Brian MacWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University  

Workshop Description and Motivation

In recent decades there has been a great deal of successful research 
that applies computational learning techniques to emerging natural 
language technologies, along with many meetings, conferences and 
workshops in which to present such research. These have generally
been motivated primarily by engineering concerns. There have been 
only a few venues in which computational models of human (first) 
language acquisition are the focus.

In the light of recent results in developmental psychology,
indicating that very young infants are capable of detecting  
statistical patterns in an audible input stream, statistically 
motivated approaches have gained in plausibility. However, this 
raises the question of whether or not a psychologically credible 
statistical learning strategy can be successfully exploited in a 
full-blown psychocomputational acquisition model, and the extent 
to which such algorithms must use domain-specific knowledge.

The principal goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers 
who work within computational linguistics, formal learning theory,
grammatical inference, machine learning, artificial intelligence,
linguistics, psycholinguistics and other fields, who have created or
are investigating computational models of language acquisition. In 
particular, it will provide a forum for establishing links and common
themes between diverse paradigms.  Although research which directly 
addresses the acquisition of syntax is strongly encouraged, related 
studies that inform research on the acquisition of other areas of 
language are also welcome.  
Papers are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

* Models that employ statistical/probabilistic grammars;
* Formal learning theoretic and grammar induction models that 
  incorporate psychologically plausible constraints; 
* Models that employ language models from corpus linguistics;
* Models that address the question of learning bias in terms of
  innate linguistic knowledge versus domain general strategies
* Models that can acquire natural language word-order;
* Hybrid models that cross established paradigms;
* Models that directly make use of or can be used to evaluate
  existing linguistic or developmental theories in a computational
  framework (e.g. the principles & parameters framework, Optimality
  Theory, or Construction Grammar);
* Models that combine parsing and learning;
* Models that have a cross-linguistic or bilingual perspective;
* Empirical models that make use of child-directed corpora;
* Comparative surveys, across multiple paradigms, that critique
  previously published studies; 

Paper Length: Submissions should be no longer than 8 pages (A4 or 
the equivalent). High-quality short papers or extended abstracts 
of 4 to 5 pages are encouraged. Submission and format details 
are below.
Important Dates 

Please note that the turnaround time for accepted papers is quite short.

Deadline for main session paper submission: April 4, 2005 
Notification of acceptance: May 5, 2005 
Deadline for camera-ready papers: May 17, 2005 
Conference: June 29-30, 2005 

Workshop Organizers
* William Gregory Sakas (Chair), City University of New York, USA
  (sakas at hunter.cuny.edu) 
* Alexander Clark, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK 
  (alexc at cs.rhul.ac.uk)
* James Cussens, University of York, UK (jc at cs.york.ac.uk)
* Aris Xanthos, University of Lausanne, Switzerland 
  (aris.xanthos at unil.ch)

Program Committee

* Robert Berwick, MIT, USA 
* Antal van den Bosch, Tilburg University, The Netherlands 
* Ted Briscoe, University of Cambridge, UK
* Damir Cavar, Indiana University, USA 
* Nick Chater, University of Warwick, UK
* Stephen Clark, University of Edinburgh, UK  
* Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium and Tilburg 
  University, The Netherlands 
* Elan Dresher, University of Toronto, Canada
* Jeff Elman, University of California, San Diego, USA
* Jerry Feldman, University of California, Berkeley, USA 
* John Goldsmith, University of Chicago, USA 
* John Hale, University of Michigan, USA
* Mark Johnson, Brown University, USA
* Vincenzo Lombardo, Universita di Torino, Italy 
* Paola Merlo, University of Geneva, Switzerland
* Sandeep Prasada, City University of New York, USA 
* Dan Roth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA 
* Jenny Saffran, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
* Ivan Sag, Stanford University, USA 
* Ed Stabler, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
* Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh, UK 
* Suzanne Stevenson, University of Toronto, Canada
* Patrick Sturt, University of Glasgow, UK
* Charles Yang, Yale University, USA

Paper Submission
Submissions should follow the two-column format of ACL proceedings 
and should not exceed eight (8) pages, including references. We 
strongly recommend the use of ACL LaTeX style files or Microsoft 
Word Style files tailored for this year's conference. They are 
available at http://www.aclweb.org/acl2005/styles/. High-quality 
short papers or extended abstracts of 4 to 5 pages are encouraged. 
Electronic Submission: All submissions will be by email. Reviews 
will be blind, so be careful not to disclose authorship or 
affiliation. PDF submissions are preferred and will be required for
the final camera-ready copy. 
Submissions should be sent as an attachment to:

  psycho.comp at hunter.cuny.edu.

  The subject line must contain the single word: Submission.  
Please be sure to include accurate contact information in the body 
of the email.

Workshop contact:

email: psycho.comp at hunter.cuny.edu
web:   http://www.colag.cs.cuny.edu/psychocomp


William Gregory Sakas 
Department of Computer Science, North 1008 
Hunter College, City University of New York 
695 Park Avenue 
New York, NY 10021

1 (212) 772.5211 - voice
1 (212) 772.5219 - fax

sakas at hunter.cuny.edu
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