2nd Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
ACL 2011, Portland
Thursday, 23 June 2011
David Reitter
Frank Keller
Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 1 April 2011

Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics (CMCL)

and TopiCS special issue Models of Language Comprehension

A workshop to be held
June 23, 2011
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


This call solicits 8-page, full papers reporting original and unpublished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