CogSci 2017: London

July 26 РJuly 29th, 2017



Finding Structure and Meaning in Language Acquisition: Rumelhart Prize Symposium in Honor of Lila R. Gleitman

Elissa Newport (Georgetown University)
Cindy Fisher (University of Illinois)
John Trueswell (University of Pennsylvania)
Barbara Landau (Johns Hopkins University)


For over 50 years, Lila R. Gleitman has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of language, its structure and its acquisition by children. In much of her work, she has probed mechanisms that allow the child to draw firm inferences about structure and meaning in the face of the massive noise and variation inherent in the real circumstances of learning. The talks in this symposium focus on constraints that children bring to the task of language learning, including the ability to exploit mechanisms that succeed in narrowing down the hypothesis space from an otherwise unwieldy data set. These mechanisms have deep consequences for the ultimate goal of learning: identifying the systematic relationships between structure and meaning.


Invited Symposia

Computational Foundations
Peter Dayan (University College London)
Karl Friston (University College London)
Matt Botvinick (Google)
Howard Bowman (University of Birmingham)
Ulrike Hahn (Birckbeck, University College London)


Glushko Dissertation Prize Symposium

Alexandra Carstensen: Universals and variation in language and thought: Concepts, communication, and semantic structure, 2016 (University of California, Berkeley)
Judith Ellen Fan: Role of cognitive actions in learning, 2016 (Princeton University)
Julian Jara-Ettinger: The inner life of goals: Costs, rewards, and commonsense psychology, 2016 (MIT)
Samuel Johnson: Cognition as sense-making, 2016 (Yale University)
Dave Kleinschmidt: Perception in a variable but structured world: The case of speech perception, 2016 (University of Rochester)