Language and Network Science Symposium at NetSci 2015

June 2nd: Afternoon Session
WTCZ, Zaragoza Spain

Hosted by Nicole Beckage and Thomas Hill

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Continuing a series of satellites held at NetSci 2012 and 2013, we will be holding the 3rd instantiation of Language and Network Science at the NetSci 2015. This symposium encourages conversation across discipline though the common theme of using network science to investigate various aspects of language.

This year our speakers will present their latest research at different points of development spanning the fields of psychology, linguistics, computer science and others. We will have 20 minute talks for the first 3/4 of the session. The final part will include small-group workshops, where participants will have the chance to discuss specific topics of interest. As part of the symposium, we will be organizing a special issue for the journal of Language and Speech for January 2016 which is accepting submissions related to psycholinguistic aspects of language and networks.

Using a network approach to study language allows for the interactions among words to be as important as the words themselves. Thus, language can be studied both as an object and as a process. With this perspective researchers can study the structure of language, changes in structure over time and the relation of cognition to structure, development and evolution. Speakers to this symposium will address these aspects of language research as well as other topics. The key uniting feature of this work is how network science can advance our understanding of language process, and how work on language can advance the algorithms and techniques of network science.

Important Note: to attend the satellite conference requires registering for at least one day of the main NetSci conference in addition to registering on Eventbrite.


   3:00-3:05 Beckage
   3:05-3:25 Beckage
     Explaining the 'vocabulary burst' in early acquisition through network 
   3:25-3:50 Engelthaler
     Shape bias in early word learning: feature distinctiveness predicts age of
   3:50-4:15 Mehler
     Towards a network-theoretical differential diagnosis by example of
     epileptic shocks and dissociative disorders
   4:15-4:40 West
     Human navigation of information networks: principles and applications
   4:40-5:00 discussion: Psychological language networks
   5:00-5:15 break
   5:15-5:40 Stella
     Investigating the english language via phonological networks and 
     percolation techniques
   5:40-6:05 Zweig
     Is a network the best representation for word-adjacency data?
   6:05-6:30 Baxter
     Two patterns of language change
   6:30-6:55 Ferrer i Cancho
     Beyond description
   6:55-7:10 break
   7:10-7:30 discussion: Dynamic language networks

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