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AISB event Bulletin Item

CfP: "Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics", 23 June 2011, Oregon (USA)

CMCL: A workshop to be held at the Association for Computational Linguistics meeting in Portland, Oregon

Workshop Description

This workshop provides a venue for work in computational psycholinguistics.  ACL Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Martin Kay described this topic as "build[ing] models of language that reflect in some interesting way, on the ways in which people use language." The 2010 workshop follows in the tradition of several previous meetings

   (1) the computational psycholinguistics meeting at CogSci in
       Berkeley in 1997
   (2) the Incremental Parsing workshop at ACL 2004
   (3) the first CMCL workshop at ACL 2010

in inviting contributions that apply methods from computational linguistics to problems in the cognitive modeling of any and all natural language abilities.

Scope and Topics

The workshop invites a broad spectrum of work in the cognitive science of language, at all levels of analysis from sounds to discourse. Topics include, but are not limited to

* incremental parsers for diverse grammar formalisms; models of comprehension difficulty derived from such parsers

* models of factors favoring particular productions or interpretations over their competitors

* models of semantic interpretation, including psychologically realistic notions of word and phrase meaning

* models of human language acquisition, including the prediction of generalizations and time course in acquisition

* applications of cognitive models of language, e.g., in tutoring systems, human evaluation, clinical and cognitive neuroscience settings


This call solicits 8-page, full papers reporting original and unpublished research that combines cognitive modeling and computational linguistics.  Accepted papers are expected to be presented at the workshop and will be published in the workshop proceedings. They should emphasize obtained results rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results.  A paper accepted for presentation at the workshop must not be presented or have been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings.  If essentially identical papers are submitted to other conferences or workshops as well, this fact must be indicated at submission time.

To facilitate double-blind reviewing, submitted paper should not include any identifying information about the authors.

Submissions must be formatted using ACL 2011 style files available at

Contributions should be submitted in PDF via the submission site:

The submission deadline is 11:59PM Eastern Time on April 01, 2011.

Pathway to Journal Publication
All accepted CMCL papers will be published in the workshop proceedings as is customary at ACL. However, CMCL presenters whose work holds broad interest for the wider cognitive science community will be encouraged to prepare extended versions of their papers (16 pages in APA format). If approved by a second round of reviewing, these extended papers will appear in a forthcoming issue of TopiCS, a Journal of the Cognitive Science Society, entitled entitled "Models of Language Comprehension".  These expanded papers will need to be substantially adapted to address the broader TopiCS readership. The Program Committee will be assisted by additional experts, as needed, to apply this and other review criteria.

Important Dates
Submission deadline: April 01, 2011
Notification of acceptance: April 25, 2011 Camera-ready versions due: May 06, 2011
Workshop: June 23, 2011, at ACL 2011

Workshop Chairs
Frank Keller, School of Informatics,  University of Edinburgh David Reitter, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University

Program Committee
Steven Abney     Michigan
Harald R. Baayen Alberta
Matthew Crocker  Saarland
Vera Demberg     Saarland
Tim O'Donnell    Harvard
Amit Dubey       Edinburgh
Mike Frank       Stanford
Ted Gibson       MIT
John Hale        Cornell
Keith Hall       Google
Florian Jaeger   Rochester
Lars Konieczny   Freiburg
Roger Levy       San Diego
Richard Lewis    Michigan
Stephan Oepen    Oslo
Ulrike Pado      VICO Research
Douglas Roland   Buffalo
William Schuler  Ohio State
Mark Steedman    Edinburgh
Patrick Sturt    Edinburgh
Shravan Vasishth Potsdam