Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics 2014

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
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co-located with ACL
Thursday, 26 June 2014
Vera Demberg
Timothy O'Donnell
Submission Deadline: 
Saturday, 15 March 2014


Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics 2014 (CMCL-2014)

A workshop to be held June 26, 2014 at the Annual Meeting of the
Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) in Baltimore,
Maryland, USA

Workshop Description

This workshop provides a venue for work in computational
psycholinguistics: the computational and mathematical modeling of
linguistic generalization, development, and processing. We invite
contributions that apply methods from computational linguistics to
problems in the cognitive modeling of any and all natural language
abilities. The 2014 workshop follows in the tradition of earlier CMCL
meetings at ACL 2010, ACL 2011, NAACL-HLT 2012, ACL 2013.

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 and on
both learning and processing. Topics include, but are not limited to:

- incremental parsers for diverse grammar formalisms
- derivations of quantitative measures of comprehension difficulty, or
predictions regarding generalization in language learning
- stochastic models of factors encouraging one production or interpretation
over its competitors
- models of semantic/pragmatic interpretation, including psychologically
realistic notions of word meaning, phrase meaning, composition, and
pragmatic inference
- models and empirical analysis of the relationship between mechanistic
psycholinguistic principles and pragmatic or semantic adaptation
- models of human language acquisition and/or adaptation in a changing
linguistic environment
- models of linguistic information propagation and language change in
communication networks
- models of lexical acquisition, including phonology, morphology, and semantics
- psychologically motivated models of grammar induction or semantic learning

Submissions are especially welcomed that combine computational
modeling work with empirical data (e.g., corpora or experiments) to
test theoretical questions about the nature of human language
acquisition, comprehension, and/or production.


This call solicits full papers reporting original and unpublished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. No submission should be longer than necessary, up
to a maximum 8 pages plus two additional pages containing references.

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

Submissions must be formatted using ACL 2014 style files available at

Contributions should be submitted in PDF via the submission site:

The submission deadline is 11:59PM Pacific Time on March 15, 2014.

All accepted CMCL papers will be published in the workshop proceedings as is customary at ACL conferences.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 15 March 2014
Notification of acceptance: 11 April 2014
Camera-ready versions due: 28 April 2014
Workshop: June 26, 2014

Workshop Chairs

Vera Demberg
Multimodal Computing and Interaction Cluster of Excellence, Saarland University, Germany

Tim O’Donnell
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Program Committee

Afra Alishahi, Tilburg University
Klinton Bicknell, University of Rochester
Alexander Clark, King's College London
Jennifer Culbertson, George Mason
Afsaneh Fazly, University of Toronto
Bob Frank, Yale
Stefan Frank, Radboud University Nijmegen
Stella Frank, University of Edinburgh
John T. Hale, Cornell University
Frank Keller, University of Edinburgh
Anna Korhonen, Cambridge University
Shalom Lappin, King's College
Richard L. Lewis, University of Michigan
Sebastian Padó, Stuttgart University
David Reitter, Penn State University
William Schuler, The Ohio State University
Nathaniel Smith, University of Edinburgh
Ed Stabler, UCLA
Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh
Charles Yang, University of Pennsylvania
Jelle Zuidema, University of Amsterdam