[Elsnet-list] CFP: Special Research Topic on "Models of Reference" (Frontiers in Psychology)

Albert Gatt albert.gatt at um.edu.mt
Tue Nov 4 09:25:08 CET 2014


** Call for papers — apologies for cross-posting **

*Special Research Topic of Frontiers in Psychology on “Models of Reference”*

Important dates:
- 9 February 2015: Abstract Submission
- 5 July 2015: Full paper deadline

More information on this research topic and on how to submit can be found
here <http://journal.frontiersin.org/ResearchTopic/3555>.

Guest Associate Editors are:
- Kees van Deemter (University of Aberdeen, UK)
- Emiel Krahmer (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
- Albert Gatt (University of Malta, Malta)
- Roger P.G. van Gompel (University of Dundee, UK)

This Research Topic concerns psychological and computational models of
reference. Reference is a key phenomenon in human communication, which
anchors utterances to the world. Reference, often achieved by referring
expressions (‘this topic”, “it”, “the chair in front of you”), is studied
throughout Cognitive Science and Linguistics .

The importance of this Topic has been acknowledged through the award of
recent projects, such as EPSRC-REFNET
<http://homepages.abdn.ac.uk/k.vdeemter/pages/RefNet/index.html> “An
Interdisciplinary Network Focussing on Reference” and NWO-VICI
<http://bridging.uvt.nl> “Bridging the gap between psycholinguistics and
computational linguistics: The case of Referring Expressions”. It has been
the topic of three workshops associated with the Annual Cognitive Science
conference, PRE-CogSci 2009 <http://pre2009.uvt.nl>. 2011
<http://pre2011.uvt.nl>, 2013 <http://pre2013.uvt.nl> and of Special Issues
in Topics in Cognitive Science
<http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tops.2012.4.issue-2/issuetoc>
(2012)
and Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience
<http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/plcp21/29/8#.VFdBdFa3y_s> (2014) as well as
The RefNet Summer School
<http://homepages.abdn.ac.uk/k.vdeemter/pages/RefNet/events.html> and
Workshop <http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/InteractionLab/refnet/> in Edinburgh
(August 2014).

This Topic welcomes contributions on debates in the study of reference
which have a wide significance. Examples include:

- Debate 1: Theory of Mind use. A long tradition in psycholinguistics
emphasises that communication relies on shared knowledge between speaker
and hearer. Recent studies, however, cast doubts on people’s ability to use
“theory of mind” in many situations. Reference is the key battleground in
this debate.
- Debate 2: Rationality. Rationality is central to many (e.g., Gricean and
Game Theoretic) models of human behaviour. However, models based on
rationality struggle to account for certain types of referential
overspecification, which instead suggest “fast heuristics” in the style of
Kahneman & Tversky.
- Debate 3: Variation. Language production shows substantial differences,
both between and within speakers. There is, however, no agreement yet as to
how variation should be modelled.

In general, contributions are encouraged that focus on novel psychological
and computational approaches to the comprehension and production of
referring expressions. Potantial topics include, but are not limited to:
- Models of referential collaboration in dialogue, including alignment
- References to times, events, and other “non-standard” types of reference
- Reference using logically complex expressions (e.g., quantified or
relational descriptions)
- “Theory of mind” use in reference by children and people with autism
- Reference under uncertainty over hearers’ knowledge
- Development of reference
- Reference and the brain
- Social and contextual effects on reference production and comprehension
- Referential over- and underspecification
- Realisation of referring expressions (e.g., including prosody, gesture)
- The role of visual scene perception

About the journal: Frontiers in Psychology
<http://www.frontiersin.org/Psychology> (2013 Impact Factor 2.8) is an Open
Access journal that aims at publishing the best research across the entire
field of psychology. Specialty Sections include Cognition, Cognitive
Science, Neuroscience and Language Sciences. The latter hosts this Research
Topic. Original Research Articles are welcomed, but also Revews,
Theoretical Articles and Opinion Articles. Full details can be found
in the author
guidelines <http://www.frontiersin.org/about/AuthorGuidelines>. All
submissions will be peer-reviewed.



-- 
Albert Gatt
Institute of Linguistics
University of Malta
http://staff.um.edu.mt/albert.gatt/
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