Call for papers: the 35th Annual Conference on Human Sentence Processing (HSP 2022, formerly known as the CUNY conference)

The 35th Annual Conference on Human Sentence Processing
24 – 26 March, 2022
Hosted by UC Santa Cruz
Abstract deadline: December 1, 2021
Conference website:

The Society for Human Sentence Processing represents scholars dedicated to the study of language and cognition. What goes on in your mind when you produce and understand language? How do you remember and access words on the fly when you produce or comprehend language? How do you put together grammatical sequences? How is language used appropriately in context?

This society grew out of the CUNY conference on Human Sentence Processing, which was initiated by Janet Fodor at the CUNY graduate center, and was held for the first time in 1988. It has been held annually (in person or virtually) every year since. Beginning in 2022 the conference has a new name: The 35th Annual conference on human sentence processing.

Special theme: Prosody, Gesture, and Meaning

HSP2022 will interrogate the connection between prosody, gesture and meaning. We are delighted to welcome the following researchers to address questions related to the perception and production of prosody and the planning and interpretation of co-speech gesture. By what mechanisms are these multimodal communication channels integrated with, or segregated from, other aspects of linguistic cognition, such as syntax, compositional semantics and pragmatics? How does our ability to process gestural or prosodic features develop in first- and second-language?

We are grateful to receive continuing support from the National Science Foundation (Awarded to UMass-Amherst; PI Brian Dillon and Co-PI Adrian Staub) to sustain the special session topic from CUNY2020, “The interface between linguistic computation and other cognitive systems”.

Abstract submission guidelines

Deadline: December 1, 2021, 11:59:59pm AOE.

Contribute your abstract via our submission portal. You will be asked to either create an account or to use credentials provided by LinkedIn or Google. Please respect the following formatting rules:

  • Use 11-pt, Arial font, with 1″ margins on all sides. The body text should not exceed 530 words.
  • Page 1. First line should be the title, in bold face. Skip one line then begin the body of the abstract.
  • Page 2 (supplemental). Include references and any linguistic examples, tables, data charts, formulae or diagrams that will aid in evaluating your abstract.
  • Do not include any author details in the abstract. Citing your own work is fine, but avoid using language that can reveal your identity (E.g., “In Merriweather & Terwilliger (2004) we demonstrated …”).

We recognize that many of us are just now returning to in-person research (if at all). Projects with in-progress data collection are acceptable, but please include enough detailed information about the state of data collection and analysis to guide reviewers’ evaluation. You can provide this information on Page 2.

Prepare your abstracts for submission as PDF files. You will also be asked to copy-and-paste the abstract body only (either as plaintext or RTF) into a text submission box.

❀ Sample (anonymous) abstract that obeys the formatting guidelines

Conference format

HSP2022 plans to operate as a hybrid conference with the following 3 components.Virtual core

There will be a virtual “core” scientific program organized centrally by UC Santa Cruz. It will consist of invited-speaker presentations, peer-reviewed plenary presentations, and poster sessions. Anyone will be able to participate fully just virtually.Santa Cruz In-person

We plan to hold an in-person event at UC Santa Cruz 24-26 March, 2022. Participants can deliver their presentations and questions in front of a live audience and participate in social events, similar to the pre-pandemic meetings.

All presentations, including Q&A, will be based on the virtual platform. We will have an A/V set-up to enable this for “in-person” presentations in Santa Cruz.

Visitors will be required to comply with the University Public Health Policy which requires showing proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or a recent negative test; and which currently mandates wearing face-coverings indoors.Self-organized satellite gatherings

We recognize that it may be infeasible or undesirable to travel to California, but that folks may wish to gather with other HSP-ers in-person. Therefore we strongly encourage any individual or group to host a gathering local to themselves. These can be of any size and scope and formality.

We will maintain and publish a clearinghouse of known self-organized satellite gatherings. We’ve also created a sourcebook of ideas.