Albert Gatt albert.gatt at um.edu.mt
Thu Jan 12 20:26:52 CET 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS for a special issue of the journal LANGUAGE AND COGNITIVE


Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2012

We invite substantial, original, and unpublished submissions for a special
issue of Language and Cognitive Processes on psychologically informed
modelling of reference production and experimental work that tests these
models. Contributions may focus on computational, experimental, or
theoretical approaches to reference. Papers should not exceed 10,000 words
(but may be substantially shorter).

Editors for this special issue are Roger van Gompel (University of Dundee,
UK), Emiel Krahmer (Tilburg University, The Netherlands), Albert Gatt
(University of Malta, Malta), and Kees van Deemter (University of Aberdeen,
UK). If prospective authors have any questions, they should contact the
editors at r.p.g.vangompel at dundee.ac.uk<mailto:r.p.g.vangompel at dundee.ac.uk>

Introduction of the topic: Following on the CogSci workshop on the same
theme (the PRE-CogSci 2011 workshop,http://pre2011.uvt.nl/) we are pleased
to launch this open Call for Papers for Language and Cognitive Processes.
Participants at the PRE-CogSci workshop are invited to submit, but this
call is in no way restricted to them. Submission procedures are specified

About the journal: Language and Cognitive Processes provides an
international forum for the publication of theoretical and experimental
research into the mental processes and representations involved in language
use. The journal emphasises the importance of an interdisciplinary approach
to the study of language. Apart from research in experimental and
developmental psychology, Language and Cognitive Processes publishes work
derived from linguistics, philosophy, cognitive neuropsychology, cognitive
neuroscience and computational modelling.

Background about the topic: One of the most important aspects of
communication is its ability to refer to objects and concepts, and there
have been an increasing number of psycholinguistic studies investigating
how people refer. This research has focused on issues such as audience
design, alignment, ambiguity avoidance, acquisition/development, and
factors that determine the choice of different anaphoric forms. However,
what is currently lacking are precise, psychologically plausible models of
how people produce referring expressions; current theories of reference
production tend to be descriptive rather than quantitative accounts. The
interest in developing psychologically plausible computational models is
clearly increasing, but the extent to which existing computational models
(as developed, for instance, in computational linguistics) are really
plausible is still a matter of debate. Some recent attempts have been made
at developing models with the explicit aim of being a model of human
reference production, but many issues await further study. This special LCP
issue on reference aims to bring together research that focuses on
psychologically informed modelling of reference production and experimental
work that directly test these models.

We would like to encourage submissions on models and experimental work on
topics such as:
- Reference production in general models of cognitive architecture
- Discussion of computational reference production algorithms as models of
human reference production
- contextual factors in reference production
- selecting the semantic/conceptual content of referring expressions
- realization of referring expressions: word order, prosody
- reference production in interactive settings, audience design, common
ground and alignment
- choice of different types of referring expressions (e.g., pronouns and
- acquisition of reference
- complex reference (e.g., plural, quantified, and vague/imprecise
referring expressions)
- indefinite noun phrases
- gestures and reference
- visual scene perception and its influence on the production of referring
- social factors in reference
- experimental evaluation methods

Manuscript submission:
All papers should be submitted through LCP’s online submission system,
ScholarOne Manuscripts - http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/plcp.

To ensure that the manuscript is correctly managed, authors should select
'Production of referring expressions' as the 'Manuscript Type' and one of
the special issue editors as the preferred editor from the pull-down list
in part 1.

At part 5: ‘Details and Comments’ they should tick the ‘yes’ box to the
question ‘is the manuscript a candidate for a special issue?’ and give the
name of the special issue (Production of referring expressions: Models and
empirical data) in the associated free text box.

Authors are reminded that the instructions for the formatting of their
paper should be consulted before completing the online submission. Full
instructions can be found on the publisher’s website at

Deadline for submissions is 1 March 2012.

Albert Gatt
Institute of Linguistics
Centre for Communication Technology Rm 402B
University of Malta
Tal-Qroqq Msida MSD2080

tel: (+356) 2340 2150
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