Conference: CUNY 2015

The 28th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing will be held March 19-21, 2015, at the University of Southern California.

The website for the conference is

Invited Speakers:

Jennifer Arnold, UNC-Chapel Hill
Ann Bradlow, Northwestern
Susanne Gahl, Berkeley
Florian Jaeger, Rochester
Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg
Roger Levy, UC San Diego

Information About the Special Session:

The topic of this year’s special session is “Exploring the (un)expected: The role of informativity in language production and comprehension.” This special session takes as its starting point the notion of informativity, broadly construed. Not all parts of an utterance are equally informative. Some parts may be low in informativity because they are highly predictable or refer to already-mentioned information. Other parts may be more informative because they are unexpected or introduce new entities. Speakers have to make choices (largely unconsciously) about how to structure their utterances — e.g., what word order and referring expressions to use. Comprehenders are faced with the task of extracting the intended structure and meaning from a signal with fluctuating levels of informativity. A growing body of research suggests that informativity has intriguing effects on many levels (phonological, lexical, syntactic, discourse) on both comprehension and production, leading us to ask how these effects can be captured by theories of sentence processing, whether they can be unified, and what they tell us about effects of (or lack thereof) communicative pressures on language processing and grammar.

We are very grateful for funding from the National Science Foundation for the Special Session.

Call for Papers:

We welcome abstracts for papers and posters presenting theoretical, experimental, and/or computational research on any aspect of human sentence processing. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously, and will be considered both for the general conference sessions and for a special session on ”The role of informativity in language production and comprehension.”

Accepted presentations will form a program made up of three days of spoken papers presented in plenary sessions plus three poster sessions, one on each day of the conference. Time constraints entail that a small percentage of accepted presentations can be given as talks. Therefore, reviewers will be asked to identify submissions that seem most likely to generate broad interest, on grounds of originality of ideas or significance to the field. Space constraints will require selectivity for the poster session as well.

Abstract submission deadline: Midnight (Pacific Time), Monday, December 8, 2014
Notifications concerning acceptance or rejection will be made in mid-to-late January 2015.

Abstract Formatting Guidelines:

Abstracts should be submitted as a one-sided, single-spaced page (8.5”x11”- not A4), 1-inch margins all around, and in Arial 11 point font. Format must be PDF. The content can be whatever combination of text, figures, tables, charts, and graphics enables you to communicate your ideas effectively, but all content must conform to these specifications and be clearly legible.

Abstracts will be submitted electronically. The submission system will open in October 2014.

CUNY 2015 Organizing Committee:

Elsi Kaiser, Toby Mintz, Roumyana Pancheva and Jason Zevin