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When Jul 29, 2009 - Jul 29, 2009
Where Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Submission Deadline May 10, 2009
Notification Due Jun 8, 2009
Final Version Due Jul 8, 2009
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers



Bridging the gap between computational and empirical approaches to reference

(29 July 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Deadline for abstract submission: May 10, 2009

PRE-CogSci 2009 is organized as part of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2009 (

Invited speakers are:

- Deb Roy (MIT, USA)

- William S. Horton (Northwestern University, USA)

There is a long research tradition of work on the production of referring expressions, in the area of computational linguistics as well as in psycholinguistics and cognitive science. This encompasses work on definite descriptions, deictic expressions, anaphora, and many other topics. Both research traditions have resulted in many interesting findings, but so far the interaction between these two traditions has been very limited. We believe that much is to be gained from more interaction, for both research traditions involved.

This workshop aims to bring together --for the first time-- psycholinguists with an interest in computational modeling and computational linguists with an interest in human speech production. In addition, the workshop is expected to be of interest to theoretical linguists whose work borders on other areas of cognitive science, particularly those with an interest in discourse structure, and those interested in models of human language that are grounded in cognitive principles.

The workshop will open with a short introductory talk about the production or referring expressions, to make the workshop broadly accessible. The rest of the day will consist of a mixture of regular 20 minute talks, poster presentations and two invited talks by renowned experts in the field.

We received financial support from The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), via the Vici project "Bridging the gap between computational linguistics and psycholinguistics: The case of referring expressions" (Krahmer; 277-70-007), which is gratefully acknowledged.

We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!

Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen

Albert Gatt, University of Aberdeen & University of Malta

Roger van Gompel, University of Dundee

Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University



We invite substantial, original, and unpublished submissions on all topics related to the production of referring expressions. Contributions may focus on computational or experimental approaches to reference, with combinations of the two especially appreciated. Note that we particularly welcome new results, but given the purpose of the workshop, papers that present an original overview of previously published work tailored to this workshop may also be acceptable.

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

Extended abstract submission:

Paper selection will be based on extended abstracts (max 2000 words). The only accepted format for submitted abstracts is Adobe PDF. Abstracts should be sent to

Final submission:

Upon acceptance, authors are invited to prepare a 4-6 page paper using the COGSCI author kit ( Final versions need to be submitted as pdf. Papers will be published in on line proceedings, and the authors retain the copyrights. Final versions of accepted papers should be sent to

Special Issue

We hope to edit a special issue based on the workshop results. More information about this will follow.

If authors have any questions, they should contact the workshop organizers.



Mira Ariel, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Jennifer Arnold, University of North Carolina, USA

Adrian Bangerter, Universite de Neuchatel, Switzerland

Dale Barr, University of California, USA

Susan Brennan, Stony Brook University, 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

Claire Gardent, CNRS, France

Ellen Gurman Bard, University of Edinburgh, UK

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, Pittsburgh University, USA

Jan-Peter de Ruiter, University of Bielefeld, Germany

Advaith Siddharthan, Cambridge University, UK

Matthew Stone, Rutgers University, USA

Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan



May 10, 2009: Deadline for abstract submission

June 8, 2009: Notification of acceptance

June 26, 2009: Early registration deadline

July 8, 2009: Deadline for full paper submission

July 29, 2009: Workshop



PRE-COGSCI 2009 is organized by:

Kees van Deemter

Computing Science Department

Meston Building

King's College

University of Aberdeen

AB24 3UE, Scotland, UK

Albert Gatt

Computing Science Department

Meston Building

King's College

University of Aberdeen

AB24 3UE, Scotland, UK

Roger van Gompel

School of Psychology

University of Dundee



Scotland, UK

Emiel Krahmer

Tilburg centre for Creative Computing / Communication and Cognition

Department of Communication and Information Sciences

Tilburg University

P.O.Box 90153

NL-5000 LE Tilburg

The Netherlands

The University of Aberdeen is a charity registered in Scotland, No SC013683.

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