Call for Papers

Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics 2015 (CMCL-2015)

A workshop to be held June 4, 2015 in conjunction with the 2015 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics – Human Language Technologies (NAACL HLT 2015) in Denver, Colorado, USA

Workshop Description

This workshop provides a venue for work in computational psycholinguistics: the computational and mathematical modeling of linguistic generalization, development, and processing. We invite contributions that apply methods from computational linguistics to problems in the cognitive modeling of any and all natural language-related abilities. The 2015 workshop follows in the tradition of earlier CMCL meetings at ACL 2010, ACL 2011, NAACL-HLT 2012, ACL 2013, ACL 2014.

Scope and Topics

The workshop invites a broad spectrum of work in the cognitive science of language, at all levels of analysis from sounds to discourse and on both learning and processing. Topics include, but are not limited to: 

  •  incremental parsers for diverse grammar formalisms
  • derivations of quantitative measures of comprehension difficulty, orpredictions regarding generalization in language learning
  • stochastic models of factors encouraging one production or interpretation over its competitors
  • models of semantic/pragmatic interpretation, including psychologically realistic notions of word meaning, phrase meaning, composition, and pragmatic inference
  • models and empirical analysis of the relationship between mechanistic psycholinguistic principles and pragmatic or semantic adaptation
  • models of human language acquisition and/or adaptation in a changing linguistic environment
  • models of linguistic information propagation and language change in communication networks
  • models of lexical acquisition, including phonology, morphology, and semantics
  • psychologically motivated models of grammar induction or semantic learning

 Submissions are especially welcomed that combine computational modeling work with experimental or corpus data to test theoretical questions about the nature of human language acquisition, comprehension, and/or production.


This call solicits full papers reporting original and unpublished research that combines cognitive modeling and computational linguistics. Accepted papers are expected to be presented at the workshop and will be published in the workshop proceedings. They should emphasize obtained results rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results. A paper accepted for presentation at the workshop must not be presented or have been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings. No submission should be longer than necessary, up to a maximum 8 pages plus two additional pages containing references.

If essentially identical papers are submitted to other conferences or workshops as well, this fact must be indicated at submission time.

To facilitate double-blind reviewing, submitted manuscripts should not include any identifying information about the authors.

Submissions must be formatted using ACL 2015 submission guidelines at

Submission style templates are available at:

Contributions should be submitted in PDF via the submission site:

The submission deadline is 11:59PM Pacific Time on March 6, 2015.

Invited Speakers

We are pleased to welcome Mark Steedman from the University of Edinburgh and Andrew Kehler from the University of California, San Diego as CMCL invited speakers in 2015.

Best Student Paper

The best paper whose first author is a student will receive the Best Student Paper award. All accepted CMCL papers will be published in the workshop proceedings as is customary at ACL conferences.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 6 March 2015

Notification of acceptance: 24 March 2015

Camera-ready versions due: 3 April 2015

Workshop: June 4, 2015

Workshop Chairs

Timothy J. O’Donnell, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Marten van Schijndel, Department of Linguistics, The Ohio State University, USA