25.3380, Calls: Lang Acquisition, Ling Theories, Cognitive Sci, Applied Ling, Computational Ling/USA

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LINGUIST List: Vol-25-3380. Tue Aug 26 2014. ISSN: 1069 - 4875.

Subject: 25.3380, Calls: Lang Acquisition, Ling Theories, Cognitive Sci, Applied Ling, Computational Ling/USA

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Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:48:39
From: Rachel Dudley [rachel.elaine.dudley at gmail.com]
Subject: Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America 6

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Full Title: Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America 6 
Short Title: GALANA 6 

Date: 19-Feb-2015 - 21-Feb-2015
Location: College Park, MD, USA 
Contact Person: Jeff Lidz
Meeting Email: galana2015organizers at gmail.com
Web Site: https://sites.google.com/site/2015galana/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories 

Call Deadline: 06-Oct-2014 

Meeting Description:

The 6th biannual conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America (GALANA 6) will take place on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, MD on February 1921, 2015. This conference aims to provide an outlet for cutting edge work on language acquisition, relating results in first and second language acquisition to detailed hypotheses about developing grammatical representations, the mechanisms by which these representations are acquired, and the information processing mechanisms through which these representations are engaged in real time language use by first and second language learners.

Invited speakers include Liliana Sanchez (Rutgers) and Antonella Sorace (Edinburgh, Bilingualism Matters).

In addition to the general session, there will be a special session entitled “Learning in generative grammar: 50 years since the Evaluation Metric”. 

Invited speakers for this special session include Janet Fodor (CUNY Graduate Center), Lisa Pearl (UC Irvine), Bruce Tesar (Rutgers), and Charles Yang (UPenn).

Call for Papers:

Abstract submissions are welcomed for the 6th biannual conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America (GALANA 6). 

For the general session, abstracts are invited for original, unpublished generative research in all acquisition subfields: L1 acquisition, L2 acquisition, bilingualism, creoles and pidgins, and language disorders.

In addition to the general session, there will be a special session entitled “Learning in generative grammar: 50 years since the Evaluation Metric”. It has been 50 years since the publication of Aspects of the Theory of Syntax, which first introduced the idea of an evaluation metric as a way for learners to choose between alternative grammars that were compatible with their exposure. In the intervening years, conceptions of Universal Grammar (UG) have changed, and our understanding of children's grammatical knowledge at various ages has similarly advanced, but theories of how children use UG to interpret the data and how they use the data to select a grammar from UG have not been at center stage. In recent years, however, there has been a steady increase in work returning to this question, asking how different models (including rule learning, parameter setting, constraint ranking) of UG might help learners to use the input effectively to acquire a grammatical system.

We also invite abstracts submissions for several additional talks that address the question of how a given grammatical formalism or set of grammatical principles helps to solve particular learnability problems in linguistics.

Abstract submissions should be anonymous and should be uploaded as .pdf attachments to the EasyChair site (not typed into the text box). Submissions should fit on one page with 1” margins and 12 point font, with an extra page allowed for examples, tables, figures and references.

Important Dates:

Submissions due: October 6, 2014 at 5pm Eastern Standard Time 
Notifications by: November 21, 2014

Important Websites: 

GALANA 6: https://sites.google.com/site/2015galana/
EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=galana6







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