Workshop on Measurements in Linguistic Studies

18-12-2019
ΕΚ "Αθηνά"

Workshop on Measurements in Linguistic Studies

The grounding of language to behavioral data is dictated by everyday experience. Language is able to denote complex systems of kinaesthetic events, for instance, the verb τρώω ‘eat’ denotes, among others, a strong haptic experience along with a combination of movements of the hands and of the mouth and its parts. The combined study of the different modalities could be seen as a quest for the better understanding of the notion “linguistic sign”, in other words, of the relation between the signifier and the signified. It could also be seen as an effort to clarify whether modalities are the prism through which we see the world or, whether they are our mind’s expression. 
 
State-of-the-art research in linguistics collects visual, acoustic, haptic, kinesthetic and electrophysiological data with methods such as eyetracking glasses, electroencephalography and motion and electrodermal activity capture. It often studies multimodal data together with symbolic representations of linguistic data, for purposes that range from revealing the mechanisms of language comprehension (for instance, with eye-tracking and rating experiments in psycholinguistics) to developing author authentication methods (for instance, through typewriting pattern recognition) to studying brain diseases (for instance, using eyetracking to study developmental and acquired language disorders). 
 
Mutlimodal studies on various aspects of work on Modern Greek have been going on for some time.  Ιn this workshop, we would like to bring together researchers who adopt multimodal experimental methods in Greek Linguistics and offer a comprehensive view of the ongoing work. 
Topics (non-exhaustive):
  • analysis of current behavioral and language models
  • research methodology for the better understanding of language disorders
  • mechanisms involved in language and memory and their interaction with visual input
  • computational modeling of human vision and language
  • human-robot interaction
  • image and video labeling and annotation
  • machine learning models across different modalities
  • multimodal human-computer interaction
  • multimodal spatial semantics recognition
  • novel tasks which combine language and behavioral data
  • understanding the relationship between language and behavioral data
  • multimodal grounded language understanding
We invite two-page abstracts including references (11pt, single space, margins 2cm). It is our intention to publish selected contributions with an electronic academic publisher (to be specified soon).
 
Important Dates:
20 September 2019: Call for Workshop Papers
15 November 2019: Submission deadline
30 November 2019: Notification acceptance
18 December: Workshop Date
 
Invited Speakers:
Spyridoula Varlokosta, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Section of Linguistics
Maria Kambanaros, Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Anna Papafragou, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Linguistics
 
Venue
B & M Theocharakis Foundation of the Fine Arts and Music
9, Vas. Sofias Avenue & 1, Merlin Str. 10671, Athens, Greece
 
Organizers:
Evita Fotinea, Institute for Speech and Language Processing/Athena RIC
Stella Markantonatou, Institute for Speech and Language Processing/Athena RIC
George Mikros, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Marietta Sionti, Institute for Speech and Language Processing/Athena RIC
 
Committee:
Chrysovalantis Korfitis, Institute for Speech and Language Processing/Athena RIC
Panagiotis Kouris, Institute for Speech and Language Processing/Athena RIC
Spyridoula Stamouli, Scientific Associate at Institute for Language and Speech Processing
 
Contact and paper submission: delosisEUproject@gmail.com

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