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March 13-15, 2008



Special Session
Formal Models of Human Sentence Processing

Formal models play a critical role in advancing scientific understanding.  Together with objective methods of measurement, the formal expression of understanding distinguishes scientific knowledge from other approaches to understanding.  Formal models have long played an important role in efforts to understand human sentence processing, and there is a strong belief among researchers in this area that future advances in understanding can be accelerated by broader use of formal models that provide explicit characterizations of the cognitive processes that underlie the ability to use language.  Further, there is recognition that broader, more effective use of formal models depends on enhancing and disseminating knowledge about formal models to researchers studying human sentence processing. 

This special session will focus on the development and use of formal models in the understanding of human language and cognition more generally.  Broad presentations by invited speakers will anchor the session which will also include peer-reviewed contributions.  Invited speakers include:

Dan Jurafsky (Stanford University)
Erik Reichle (University of Pittsburgh)
Josh Tenenbaum (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Matt Traxler (University of California, Davis)



UNC Cognitive Science

UNC Psychology Department

UNC Graduate School

UNC College of Arts & Sciences

UNC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

UNC FedEx Global
Education Center

Ph.D. Program In Linguistics -- CUNY Graduate Center

Utrecht Institute of Linguistics

Center for the Study of Language and Information:
Stanford University

Psychology & Neuroscience Department: Duke University