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Programme (subject to minor changes)




Invited Talk by Michael K. Tanenhaus: Dynamic updating in the generation and understanding of referential expressions


Abstract: Using a generative models framework, emphasizing the roles of expectation, explanation, and updating, I’ll outline an argument for why (I think) it’s important for work in reference to explore when speakers and listeners dynamically update: (1) referential domains; (2) assumptions about the likely knowledge of their interlocutors; and (3) the referring expressions that their interlocutors are likely to use. I’ll review some recent work with Whitney Gegg-Harrison that begins to explore a subset of these by examining interlocutors’ use of names versus definite descriptions in a targeted language game. I’ll then use referring expressions about contrast sets to illustrate the importance of updating in real-time reference resolution.


Invited Talk by Kees Van Deemter: Reference Generation: What Do We Know?


Abstract: In this talk I will, firstly, try to assess the state of the art of the computational Generation of Referring Expressions, viewed as the construction of computational models of human reference production; in this first part of the talk, I will ask what algorithms in this area are able to do well and what it is that they still struggle to do. In the second part of the talk, I will argue that the most difficult problems for the Generation of Referring Expressions arise from situations in which reference is something other than the "simple" identification of a referent by means of knowledge that the speaker shares with the hearer; I will give examples of these epistemically problematic situations and of the generation algorithms that try to address them. -- The talk offers a sneak preview of my upcoming book "Reference and the Generation of Referring Expressions".


Poster Session 1


  1. Maja Stegenwallner-Schütz, Yair Haendler and Flavia Adani. Accessibility effects through contrasts in the development of referential choices in German [abstract]
  2. Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk and Jerzy Tomaszczyk. Negative meanings in Polish and English event reference in discourse: a cognitive corpus-based study [abstract]
  3. Chris Cummins and Jan De Ruiter. Effects of priming and grounding on overhearers' choices of referring expression [abstract]
  4. Phil Bartie, William Mackaness, Philipp Petrenz and Anna Dickinson. Clustering landmark image annotations based on tag location and content [abstract]
  5. Ozge Alacam, Christopher Habel and Cengiz Acarturk. Perspective alignment during the course of verbally assisted haptic graph comprehension [abstract]
  6. Dominique Knutsen, Ludovic Le Bigot and Christine Ros. The influence of presentation and acceptance on reference accessibility in human-system dialogue [abstract]
  7. Kumiko Fukumura. How do speakers use linguistic and visual context during audience design? [abstract]
  8. Patrick Vonk, Martijn Goudbeek and Emiel Krahmer. Effects of emotion on word choice and overspecification in referring expressions [abstract]
  9. Lin Zhao, Apperly Ian and Jessica Wang. Exploring a memory-based mechanism of conversational common ground [abstract]
  10. Camilla Hellum Foyn. The role of grammar factors and visual context in Norwegian pronoun resolution [abstract]
  11. Emma Ward, Hannah Rohde, Alasdair Clarke and Micha Elsner. Distractor heterogeneity in visual arrays may affect referring expression production [abstract]
  12. Tuyuan Cheng. The alternating use of headed and headless referring expressions in Mandarin-speaking children's communication [abstract]
  13. Sammie Tarenskeen, Mirjam Broersma and Bart Geurts. Referential overspecification: Colour is not that special [abstract]
  14. Jorrig Vogels. Accessibility in reverse: effects of animacy on the use of full and reduced pronouns in Dutch [abstract]
  15. Christina Sotiropoulou Drosopoulou, Paul Conroy and Matthew Lambon Ralph. Effects Of Picture Naming Accuracy and Speed on Picture Description Word Selection? [abstract]
  16. Catherine Davies and Pirita Pyykkönen-Klauck. Is referential informativeness constrained by visual, linguistic, or cognitive abilities? [abstract]
  17. Margreet Vogelzang. Mapping pronoun processing difficulties in Italian adults and children [abstract]
  18. Adriana Alexandra Baltaretu, Emiel Krahmer and Alfons Maes. Following route directions: The role of landmark reference, intersection type and visual clutter [abstract]

Poster Session 2


  1. Malte Belz. Managing referential mismatches in German map task dialogues [abstract]
  2. Beyza Ateş-Şen, Mustafa Kaya and Aylin Küntay. When referential cues are contradictory: young children's reliance on ostensively cued pointing vs. Lexical label [abstract]
  3. Beyza Ateş-Şen and Aylin Küntay. How do Turkish-learners and their caregivers integrate discourse status and social communicative cues in referential expressions? [abstract]
  4. Friederike Voss. The influence of visual actions and information structure on ambiguous pronoun processing in German children [abstract]
  5. Hans Westerbeek, Ruud Koolen, Alfons Maes and Ruud Mattheij. Atypicality and reference production: directions forward [abstract]
  6. Gregory Mills. Acting and speaking in time about time [abstract]
  7. Jessica Wang, Steven Frisson and Ian Apperly. Cognitive load affects theory of mind-use in the director task [abstract]
  8. Rubeena Shamsudheen and Gergely Csibra. The role of labels in learning about kinds from non-verbal demonstrations [abstract]
  9. Casey Kennington and David Schlangen. Comparing listener gaze with predictions of an incremental reference resolution model [abstract]
  10. Roman Kutlak, Chris Mellish and Kees Van Deemter. Referring expressions for an unknown audience [abstract]
  11. Ting Han, Spyros Kousidis and David Schlangen. A corpus of virtual pointing gestures [abstract]
  12. Simon Dobnik, Robin Cooper and Staffan Larsson. Representing different kinds of reference with Type Theory with Records [abstract]
  13. Janet Mclean, Jona Meyer and Vera Kempe. The reciprocal relationship between mood and referential communication in dialogue [abstract]
  14. Xiaobei Zheng and Richard Breheny. Social-cognitive constraints on memory-based mechanisms for common ground [abstract]
  15. Mariya Khudyakova, Andrej Kibrik and Grigory Dobrov. Experimental evaluation of referential choice modeling [abstract]
  16. Emily Fedele and Elsi Kaiser. Semantic effects on Italian null and overt pronouns: Looking beyond the subject [abstract]
  17. Umut Özge and Klaus von Heusinger. Two types of inferrable indefinites [abstract]
  18. Julian Hough and Matthew Purver. Lattice theoretic relevance in incremental reference processing [abstract]
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