Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application (CARLA 2022)

Date: 22-Aug-2022 – 24-Aug-2022
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Stephanie Rotter
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-May-2022

Meeting Description:

The first international workshop “Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application” took place at the Institute of Cognitive Science at Osnabrück University in 2018, followed by two virtual events as part of the Bolzano Summer of Knowledge (BOSK) in 2020 and 2021. Currently, we are organizing a fourth (potentially hybrid) workshop “Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application” (CARLA) in 2022. In addition to a general main session, CARLA 2022 will feature a special session on concepts and register, in relation to the Collaborative Research Center CRC1412 “Register” at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Venue: Dorotheenstr. 24, 10117 Berlin, Room 1.101/1.102/1.103
Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Invited Speakers:
Special session: (22. August)
Asif Agha, University of Pennsylvania
Pia Knoeferle, Humboldt University of Berlin

Main session: (23-24. August)
Roberto G. de Almeida, Concordia University
Regine Eckardt, University of Konstanz
Martha Lewis, University of Bristol

Call for Abstracts:
“Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Application” (CARLA) is an international workshop aimed at fostering interdisciplinary exchange about research on concepts. It invites contributions from all fields related to cognitive science, including (but not limited to) linguistics, artificial intelligence, psychology, philosophy, logic, computer science.

The workshop is open for research on any aspect of concepts, but there are three overarching topics that are of special interest with the following (not exhaustive) list of exemplary subtopics:

Representation: How can we formally describe and model concepts? Learning: Where do concepts come from and how are they acquired? Application: How are concepts used in cognitive tasks?

This workshop aims to provide an excellent opportunity to present and discuss ongoing research on concepts, both from theoretical/formal and applied/experimental viewpoints. We invite concept researchers from all related fields to submit abstracts to the workshop.

Topics of the special session:
In addition to the general main session on concepts, we would like to draw attention to our special session from researchers working at the interfaces between linguistics, sociolinguistics, anthropology, and sociology. This special session will focus on concepts and registers, in relation to the CRC1412 “Register”. Registers as socially recurring intra-individual (and inter-individual) variation represent concepts influenced by situational and functional settings, such as the formality of the context of use and social relation of interlocutors. This special session is open to research on any aspects of concepts in relation to registers, and in particular, to research on register sensitivity of conceptual (lexical semantic and pragmatic) knowledge. Subtopics include but are not restricted to:

(1) Documentation, description, and formal analyses of register-sensitivity of concepts;

(2) Semantics and pragmatics of socially-rich concepts such as “gender” (biological, social, psychological) and “social status”;

(3) Formal definitions and (e.g. probabilistic) analyses of theoretical concepts and notions in register research, such as “formality”;

(4) Empirical investigations of these matters using corpus-linguistic, fieldwork, computational or experimental methods.

Submission and Publication:
We invite the submission of abstracts via EasyChair:

The abstracts should use two to three pages (including references) and should be uploaded as pdf based on the following template (LaTeX or Word) which is based on Springer’s LNCS style, available on our website.

Depending on the number and quality of the received submissions, selected contributions may be published after the workshop. For planning reasons, please indicate during the submission procedure whether you are interested in a publication in the form of conference proceedings.

Program Committee:
Local Organizers:
Mingya Liu & Stephanie Rotter, Department of English and American Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin

External Organizers:
Caitlyn Antal, Department of Psychology, McGill University
Lucas Bechberger, Institute of Cognitive Science, Osnabrück University
Viviana Haase, Institute for Philosophy II, Ruhr University Bochum
Nicolás Araneda Hinrichs, Institute for Applied Linguistics and Translatology, University Leipzig & Laboratory for Psycholinguistics, University Concepción
Stefan Schneider, Faculty of Computer Science, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
Corina Strößner, Emmy Noether Group “From perception to belief and back again”, Ruhr University Bochum
Paola Vernillo, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna