Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics 2018

Event Notification Type: 
Call for Papers
Abbreviated Title: 
CMCL 2018
Linguistic Society of America 2018
Sunday, 7 January 2018
Salt Lake City
Cassandra Jacobs
Tal Linzen
Asad Sayeed
Marten van Schijndel
Submission Deadline: 
Sunday, 10 September 2017

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-related abilities. The 2018 workshop follows in the tradition of earlier CMCL meetings at ACL 2010, ACL 2011, NAACL-HLT 2012, ACL 2013, ACL 2014, NAACL 2015 and EACL 2017.

CMCL 2018 will be co-located with the new Society for Computation in Linguistics at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in Salt Lake City.

Important Dates (Extended Submission Deadline)

Submission deadline: 10 September 2017

Notification of acceptance: 1 October 2017

Camera-ready versions due: 1 November 2017

Workshop: 7 January 2018

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. We are interested in any papers that use NLP to model human behavior, that use behavioral corpora to evaluate NLP, or that conduct behavioral experiments to test the cognitive-plausibility of NLP model predictions. Topics include, but are not limited to:

Incremental parsers for diverse grammar formalisms
Stochastic models of factors encouraging one production or interpretation over its competitors
Models of cognitively-plausible semantic or pragmatic interpretation and/or composition
Models of human language acquisition, including phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics
Models of human language adaptation in a changing linguistic environment
Quantitative measures of comprehension difficulty
Models of generalization in language learning
Development and evaluation of NLP systems using cognitive principles and measurements (e.g. plausibility of different artificial neural network architectures for human cognition)
Models of linguistic information propagation and language change in communication networks
Psychologically motivated models of grammar induction or semantic learning

Submissions are especially welcomed that combine computational modeling work with experimental or corpus data to test theoretical questions about the nature of human language acquisition, comprehension, and/or production.


We solicit three categories of papers: regular workshop papers, extended abstracts and cross-submissions. Only regular workshop papers will be included in the proceedings as archival publications. All submissions should be in PDF format submitted to our EasyChair page:

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

Submissions are limited to 8 content pages (plus unlimited pages for references) and should follow the two-column ACL format. We strongly recommend the use of the official ACL 2017 style templates:


Microsoft Word:

If essentially identical papers are submitted to multiple conferences or workshops, this fact must be indicated at submission time. Please do not submit the same work to both CMCL and SCiL or to both LSA and SCiL - these meetings are being held jointly, and your submission will be returned without review.

The submission deadline is 11:59PM Pacific Time on September 10, 2017.

Regular Workshop Papers

This call solicits full papers (8 content + 2 bibliography pages) and short papers (4 content + 2 bibliography pages) 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 (previous inclusion in an abstract proceedings as for the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing is acceptable).

Extended Abstracts

Preliminary but interesting ideas or results that have not been published before may be submitted as extended abstracts, with length of 2 to 4 pages plus references, following the ACL 2017 formatting requirements. Reviewing will be double-blind, and thus no author information should be included in the papers; self-reference that identifies the authors should be avoided or anonymized. Accepted abstracts will be presented as posters, but will not be included in the workshop proceedings.


In addition to unpublished work, we also solicit papers on related topics that have appeared in a non-NLP venue (e.g., papers at CogSci). These papers will be presented as posters, but do not count as CMCL workshop papers and will not be included in the proceedings. Interested authors need to submit their papers in PDF format through the same EasyChair website and should email the organizers a note with the submission title and the original venue. Papers in this category do not need to follow the ACL format and the selection is solely determined by the organizing committee.

Best Student Paper

The best regular workshop paper whose first author is a student will receive the Best Student Paper award.

Student Travel Grants

Thanks to the generosity of the Johns Hopkins University Department of Cognitive Science, CMCL is able to provide a small number of student travel awards ($200 each) for accepted, first-authored student papers this year. To be considered for a student travel grant, the student first author should email the organizers a request for consideration and a list of other funding sources available to the student.

Program Committee

Omri Abend, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Afra Alishahi, Tilburg University
Fatemeh Torabi Asr, Indiana University
Klinton Bicknell, Northwestern University
Christos Christodoulopoulos, Amazon
Alexander Clark, King’s College
Vera Demberg, University of Saarland
Brian Dillon, University of Massachusetts
Micha Elsner, The Ohio State University
Afsaneh Fazly, University of Toronto
Bob Frank, Yale University
Michael C. Frank, Stanford University
Robert Frank, Yale University
Stella Frank, Edinburgh University
Thomas Graf, Stony Brook University
John T. Hale, Cornell University
Jeffrey Heinz, University of Delaware
Tim Hunter, UCLA
Shalom Lappin, King’s College
Pavel Logacev, Bogazici University
Emily Morgan, Tufts University
Timothy John O’Donnell, McGill University
Sebastian Padó, University of Stuttgart
Bozena Pajak, Duolingo
Lisa Pearl, UC Irvine
Steven Piantadosi, University of Rochester
Roi Reichart, Technion University
Brian Roark, Google
Ingeborg Roete, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
William Schuler, The Ohio State University
Cory Shain, The Ohio State University
Suzanne Stevenson, University of Toronto
Titus von der Malsburg, UCSD
Colin Wilson, Johns Hopkins University

Workshop Organizers

Cassandra Jacobs, University of California at Davis & Stitch Fix
Tal Linzen, Johns Hopkins University
Asad Sayeed, University of Gothenburg
Marten van Schijndel, Johns Hopkins University


The Johns Hopkins University Department of Cognitive Science

Thanks to their generous support, CMCL is able to offer student travel grants and a best student paper award.