March 13-15, 2008



Abstracts are solicited for papers and posters presenting theoretical, experimental, and/or computational research on any aspect of human sentence processing.   Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously, and will be considered both for the general conference sessions and for a special session on the development and use of formal models in the understanding of human language (see below).

Accepted presentations will form a program made up of three days of spoken papers presented in plenary session, and three poster sessions (one on each day of the conference). Time constraints entail that fewer than 20% of submissions can be given as talks at the podium. Therefore, reviewers will be asked to identify submissions that seem most likely to generate broad interest due to originality of ideas or significance to the field.  Space constraints at the poster session also require that many poster submissions be rejected.  Therefore, contributors are encouraged to select their best work for submission and not to submit a large number of abstracts.


Link to Site for Abstract Submission

This deadline applies to all submissions, paper or poster. Notifications concerning acceptance/rejection will be made by mid-January 2008.


The text of the abstract should be no longer than 500 words. You may also include examples, references and data summaries (but please, no data charts or diagrams). This additional material, taken together, should not exceed 15 lines of text.
Abstracts will be submitted electronically.  The submissions system is presently under construction, but will be available soon at the conference website.

A special session entitled Formal Models of Human Sentence Processing will highlight developments in   research on formal models of language processing.  Formal models play a critical role in advancing scientific understanding.  Together with objective methods of measurement, formal models distinguish 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 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.  The special session will consist of spoken presentations, a poster session, and a panel discussion on steps that could be taken to promote the broader use of formal models.

Submitted abstracts that describe research using formal models will be given special consideration during the review and selection process.  If you or your colleagues are conducting research that can contribute to the special session, we encourage you to consider this venue and its deadlines for submitting and presenting your research.  In addition to being considered for a presentation or poster, authors of abstracts related to the special session may be contacted about participation in the panel discussion where they will be asked to describe how other researchers could use or test the formal models that they have developed.