Workshop Topic The workshop is devoted to psychologically-motivated computational models of language acquisition. That is, models that are compatible with research in psycholinguistics, developmental psychology and linguistics.

Invited Speakers:

  • Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh
  • Brian MacWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University

Workshop Description The goal of this workshop is to bring together scientists whose (at least one) line of investigation is to computationally model the process by which humans acquire various aspects of natural language. Progress in this agenda not only directly informs developmental psycholinguistic and linguistic research but will also have the long term benefit of informing applied computational linguistics in areas that involve the automated acquisition of knowledge from a human or human-computer linguistic environment.

Workshop History This meeting of the Psychocomputational Models of Human Language Acquisition (PsychoCompLA-2005) workshop is a follow-up meeting of the first PsychoCompLA workshop held in 2004 in Geneva, Switzerland where it was part of the 20th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2004). This year, the workshop is part of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL-2005) to be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan and will share a joint session with the Ninth Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning (CoNLL-2005).

Workshop Organizers:

         William Gregory Sakas (Chair), City University of New York, USA (sakas at

         Alexander Clark, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK (alexc at

         James Cussens, University of York, UK (jc at

         Aris Xanthos, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (aris.xanthos at

Program Committee

         Robert Berwick, MIT, USA

         Antal van den Bosch, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

         Ted Briscoe, University of Cambridge, UK

         Damir Cavar, Indiana University, USA

         Nick Chater, University of Warwick, UK

         Stephen Clark, University of Edinburgh, UK

         Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium and Tilburg University, The Netherlands

         Elan Dresher, University of Toronto, Canada

         Jeff Elman, University of California, San Diego, USA

         Jerry Feldman, University of California, Berkeley, USA

         John Goldsmith, University of Chicago, USA

         John Hale, University of Michigan, USA

         Mark Johnson, Brown University, USA

         Vincenzo Lombardo, Universita di Torino, Italy

         Paola Merlo, University of Geneva, Switzerland

         Sandeep Prasada, City University of New York, USA

         Dan Roth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

         Jenny Saffran, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

         Ivan Sag, Stanford University, USA

         Ed Stabler, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

         Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh, UK

         Suzanne Stevenson, University of Toronto, Canada

         Patrick Sturt, University of Glasgow, UK

         Charles Yang, Yale University, USA

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