[CogSci] 34th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing (CUNY 2021)

John Trueswell trueswel at psych.upenn.edu
Tue Dec 15 09:31:40 PST 2020

Hi All,

Just a reminder that abstract submissions to the 34th Annual CUNY
Conference on Human Sentence Processing (CUNY 2021
<https://web.sas.upenn.edu/cuny2021/>) are due this Friday Dec 18, at 11:59
PM. Submission instructions can be found at:

Note that there will be a small registration fee (to be determined). This
fee will be waived for all students and for anyone else who feels unable to
pay (no questions asked).

Additional conference information can be found at:

John Trueswell


Dear Colleagues,

We’re very happy to announce that abstract submission is now open for the
34th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing (CUNY 2021
<https://web.sas.upenn.edu/cuny2021/>).  You may submit your abstracts here:


*Abstracts EXTENDED; Now due before 11:59pm (Eastern Standard Time) on
 DECEMBER 18TH 2020.*

CUNY 2021 will take place Thursday, March 4 – Saturday, March 6, 2021.  It
will be held virtually and hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. The
conference focuses on the comprehension, production, and acquisition of
language at the sentence level, traditionally drawing researchers from
psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science,
education, and philosophy.

The special session of CUNY 2021 is "Language Acquisition and Language
Processing: Finding New Connections”, funded by the National Science
Foundation <https://www.nsf.gov/>. This special session will include
presentations from six eminent researchers who bridge language acquisition
and processing, a poster* session dedicated to this theme, and awards for
student presenters. Two central questions addressed in psycholinguistics
pertain to acquisition and process. First, how do infants, exposed to a
relatively small sample of language use in context, come to acquire a
complete linguistic system that can express an almost limitless number of
ideas and conceptions? Second, how do adults access this acquired
linguistic knowledge in such an expert manner that they achieve
interpretation in real-time as the speech unfolds, typically making
distinctions on a millisecond time-scale? Traditionally, these two
questions have been addressed separately, with the field taking a divide
and conquer approach, often with great success. However, over the last two
decades, the distinction between these questions, and their artificial
divide in the discipline, have been blurred. Children as young as 24 months
have been observed to interpret speech in real-time, deploying their
incomplete knowledge of the language almost as quickly as their adult
expert counterparts. Adults have been observed to be highly adaptive,
learning new patterns of speech, new terms, and even new syntax, from brief
exposures. Interestingly, developmental differences are beginning to be
uncovered in both language processing (e.g., children’s failure to revise
real-time interpretations) and language learning (e.g., whereas in some
cases children regularize ‘noisy’ input, adults may probability match).

Six invited speakers will present work related to these topics:

Anne Christophe <https://lscp.dec.ens.fr/en/member/623/anne-christophe>,
École Normale Supérieure

Cynthia L. Fisher
<https://psychology.illinois.edu/directory/profile/clfishe>, University of

Jeffery Lidz <https://linguistics.umd.edu/directory/jeffrey-lidz>,
University of Maryland

Christopher Manning <https://nlp.stanford.edu/manning/>, Stanford University

Elissa Newport <https://cbpr.georgetown.edu/elissa-newport/>, Georgetown

Linda Smith <https://psych.indiana.edu/directory/faculty/smith-linda.html>,
Indiana University

As usual, we also invite abstracts related to language processing more
generally. Abstracts may be for poster* or for 20-minute talk slots.
Instructions for submission and the submission portal are available on the
conference website https://web.sas.upenn.edu/cuny2021/ )

* Please note that because of the virtual format of the conference, the
conference organizers are considering replacing posters with shorter
(approximately 5 minute) talks run in a set of parallel sessions, each
thematically organized.  (E.g., five talks followed immediately by a group
discussion with the presenters).

For more information, please contact cuny2021 at easychair.org.


The UPenn CUNY Organizing Committee

John Trueswell (Chair), Delphine Dahan, Anna Papafragou, Gareth Roberts,
Kathryn Schuler, Florian Schwarz, and Charles Yang.
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