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[eu_members at aclweb dot org] Topics in Cognitive Science (topiCS) Journal -- 2nd and Updated CFP

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SECOND AND UPDATED CALL FOR PAPERS for the Journal Topics in Cognitive Science (topiCS)




Bridging the gap between computational and empirical approaches to reference


Deadline for intention to submit (by email to  pre dot topics at googlemail dot com): 1 February 2010


Deadline for submission of full papers (using the journal's submission system): 1 March 2010


We invite substantial, original, and unpublished submissions on all topics related to the production of referring expressions. Contributions may focus on computational, experimental, or theoretical approaches to reference. Papers bridging two or more of these fields are especially encouraged. Papers should not normally exceed 8000 words, though this limit may be extended in exceptional cases.


Editors  for this topic are Kees van Deemter (University of Aberdeen,  UK),  Albert Gatt  (University of Malta,  Malta),  Roger van Gompel  (University of Dundee,  UK) and Emiel Krahmer (Tilburg  University, The Netherlands). If prospective authors have any questions, they should contact the TopiCS editors at pre dot topics at googlemail dot com:




Introduction of the topic:Following on from a highly successful CogSci workshop on the same theme (the PRE-CogSci 2009 workshop, http://pre2009.uvt.nl/) we are pleased to launch this open Call for Papers for the new journal Topics in Cognitive Sciences (topiCS). Participants in the PRE workshop are invited to submit, but this Call is in no way restricted to them. The submission procedure (in two stages) is specified below.


About the journal:Topics in Cognitive Sciences (topiCS) is one of the two official journals of the Cognitive Science Society, and is published by Wiley International (http://csjarchive.cogsci.rpi.edu/topiCS/index.html). This innovative publication continues in the tradition of the Cognitive Science journal by being characterized by rigorous reviewing and high-quality papers. As the name suggests, topiCS features multiple scholarly papers dedicated to a single topic. Some of these topics will appear together in one issue, but other topics may appear across several issues.


Background on the topic:The production of referring expressions has been studied from many perspectives including psycholinguistics and computational linguistics, yet several open questions remain about how human speakers refer to entities. A referring _expression_ is typically defined as one which is produced in order to identify an object or set of objects for a listener or reader, in a relevant domain of discourse.


In spite of several decades of research on reference, which has covered definite descriptions, deictic expressions, and anaphors, our understanding of it is still incomplete, in part due to a lack of communication between the various disciplines. We believe that the time is ripe to bridge the gap between these disciplines. Psycholinguistics offers important insights into the cognitive mechanisms underlying the production of referring expressions, through carefully controlled experiments. Computational linguistics has a well-established approach involving corpus analysis and computational modeling. The goal of this topics issue is to share results and to foster greater understanding and collaboration between psycholinguists, computational linguists, and researchers in related fields, including theoretical linguists interested in models of human language that are grounded in cognitive principles. For further information on the academic background to these issues, see the PRE-CogSci Workshop website (http://pre2009.uvt.nl).


Specific topics of interest  include computational and/or experimental approaches to:


- different kinds of referring expressions; when are which types of reference (pronouns, descriptions, etc.) most appropriate?


- plural and quantified references


- vagueness: the use of vague (e.g. gradable) predicates in referring expressions


- referential overspecification: why and how do speakers overspecify?


- referential underspecification: production of descriptions which do not uniquely identify a referent


- referring expressions in interactive settings; audience design, adaptation and alignment


- ambiguity avoidance in references


- common ground, cooperativeness and shared/private information in reference


- realization of referring expressions (including speech and gesture)


- visual scene perception and its influence on the production of referring expressions


- social and contextual factors in reference


- data-collection and experimental evaluation methods


Paper submission:Manuscripts should follow the APA guidelines. Each submission will be sent for review to three reviewers, including at least one psycholinguist and one computational linguist. The only accepted format for submitted abstracts is Adobe PDF. A two-stage process is used, whereby authors first send an *intention to submit* to  pre dot topics at googlemail dot com  by 1 February 2010. Intentions to submit should contain a provisional title, author name(s), and an abstract of about 200 words. They will be followed by invitations to submit a paper using the journal's submission system (see  http://www.editorialmanager.com/topics/   ) by 1 March 2010.


Reviewing committee:


- Mira Ariel,  Tel Aviv University,  Israel


- Jennifer Arnold,  University of North Carolina,  USA


- Adrian Bangerter, Universite de Neuchatel, Switzerland


- Ellen Gurman Bard,  University of Edinburgh,  UK


- Dale Barr,  University of California,  USA


- Sarah Brown-Schmidt,  University  of  Illinois  at  Urbana-Champaign,  USA


- Robert Dale,  Macquarie University,  Australia


- Fernanda Ferreira,  University of Edinburgh,  UK


- Victor Ferreira,  University of California,  USA


- Helmut Horacek, University of the  Saarland,  Germany


- John Kelleher, Dublin Institute of  Technology,  Ireland


- Alfons Maes,  Tilburg  University, The  Netherlands


- Linda Moxey,  University of Glasgow,  UK


- Martin Pickering,  University of Edinburgh,  UK


- Massimo Poesio,  University of Trento,  Italy


- Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, UK


- David Reitter, Carnegie  Mellon,  USA


- Advaith Siddharthan,  Cambridge University,  UK


- Matthew Stone,  Rutgers University,  USA


- Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Institute of  Technology,  Japan