Net Word S

Final Conference

NetWordS 2015

Word Knowledge and Word Usage

Representations and Processes in the Mental Lexicon

Scuola Normale Superiore

Pisa, March 30th - April 1st 2015

The conference intends to offer an interdisciplinary forum for discussion on the following two topic areas:

 - usage-based approaches to bootstrapping word form and structure (morpho-phonological and morpho-syntactic issues), including: acquisition of lexical categories, emergence of morphological structure, lexical memories, anticipatory prediction-based mechanisms of word recognition, word production, frequency-based models of lexical productivity, word encoding, models of lexical architecture, family-based effects in word processing, word reading and writing.

 - usage-based approaches to word meanings (lexical semantics and pragmatics in morphologically simple and complex words), including: distributional semantics, compound interpretation, concept composition and coercion, conceptualization of perception and action, time and space in the lexicon, metonymy and metaphor, lexico-semantic relations, perceptual grounding and embodied cognition, context-based and encyclopedic knowledge, semantic association and categorization.


Invited Speakers^

Wolfgang U. Dressler, University of Vienna

Psycholinguistic illusions in and on morphology

Gabriella Vigliocco, University College London

The bridge of iconicity: from a world of experience to experience of language

Michael Zock, LIF-CNRS, University of Marseille

Needles in a haystack and how to find them. Can neuroscientists, psychologists and computational linguist help us (to build a tool) to overcome the Tip of the Tongue problem?

Marta Kutas, University of California, San Diego

Content and Organization of Knowledge and its Use in Language Comprehension


Registration & Programme^

To attend the conference, you are required to register through an online registration form. 

In compliance with ESF guidelines for ERN programmes, participants at NetWordS 2015 will NOT pay registration fees.

Please note that the Organising Committee may consider closing online registration due to limited availability of places.

The conference programme is available here.


Venue & Accomodation^

The conference will be held in the Sala Azzurra of Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, located in Palazzo della Carovana. The full address is Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7 - 56126 Pisa - Italy. More information on how to reach the conference venue can be found here.

A map of the city centre can be downloaded from here. Bus information and timetables can be found here.

A list of suggested hotels follows:

 - Hotel Duomo ☆☆☆☆

 - Hotel Bologna ☆☆☆☆

 - Hotel Leonardo ☆☆☆

 - Hotel Novecento ☆☆☆


Submission & Publication^

Extended abstracts of accepted submissions should contain 4 pages max of content (including figures and tables) and up to two more pages of references, and should be uploaded by using the following EasyChair link:

Extended abstracts should be uploaded in a pdf format compliant with the NetWordS 2015 document style (templates for Latex and Word can be downloaded from here).

All extended abstracts (whether presented as posters or orally) will be published at and made accessible through the NetWordS web site.

A selection of peer-reviewed paper-length versions of extended abstracts will be published as 2016 special volumes of Lingue e Linguaggio and Italian Journal of Linguistics.


Important dates^

 Extended abstractsMarch 5th, 2015

 Conference registration: open on March 1st, 2015


Scientific Committee^

Vito PIRRELLI (Programme Chair), ILC-CNR Pisa

Paolo ACQUAVIVA, University College Dublin

Sabine ARNDT-LAPPE, University of Düsseldorf

Mark ARONOFF, Stony Brook University

Michel AURNAGUE, CNRS & University of Toulouse

Harald R BAAYEN, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen

Matthew BAERMAN, University of Surrey

Giosuè BAGGIO, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

Valentina BAMBINI, IUSS Pavia

Marco BARONI, University of Trento

Melanie BELL, Anglia Ruskin University

Pier Marco BERTINETTO, Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa

Raymond BERTRAM, University of Turku

James BLEVINS, University of Cambridge

Geert BOOIJ, Leiden University

Myriam BRAS, University of Toulouse

Dunstan BROWN, University of York

Cristina BURANI, ISTC CNR Roma

Manuel CARREIRAS, Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain and Language

Chiara CELATA, Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa

Fabian CHERSI, University College London

Greville CORBETT, University of Surrey

Walter DAELEMANS, University of Antwerp

Mila DIMITROVA-VULCHANOVA, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

Wolfgang U. DRESSLER, University of Vienna

Jon Andoni DUÑABEITIA, Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain and Language

Karine DUVIGNAU, University of Toulouse

Hanne ERDMAN THOMSEN, Copenhagen Business School

Tomaž ERJAVEC, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana

Antonio FÁBREGAS, University of Tromsø

Marcello FERRO, ILC-CNR Pisa

Christina GAGNÉ, University of Alberta

Radovan GARABIK, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Francesco GARDANI, WU Vienna

Hélène GIRAUDO, CNRS Toulouse

Nabil HATHOUT, CNRS Toulouse

Jukka HYÖNÄ, University of Turku

Pia JARVAD, Danish Language Council

Mélanie JUCLA, University of Toulouse

Mark KEANE, University College Dublin

Emmanuel KEULEERS, Ghent University

Gero KUNTER, University of Siegen

Minna LEHTONEN, University of Helsinki

Alessandro LENCI, University of Pisa

Michele LOPORCARO, Zürich University

Hans Christian LUSCHÜTZKY, University of Vienna

Martin MAIDEN, University of Oxford

Paola MARANGOLO, Polytechnic University of Marche

Andrea MARINI, University of Udine

William MARSLEN-WILSON, University of Cambridge

Claudia MARZI, ILC-CNR Pisa

Nicola MOLINARO, Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain and Language


Fabio MONTERMINI, CNRS & University of Toulouse

Costanza PAPAGNO, University Milano Bicocca

Carita PARADIS, Lund University

Manuel PEREA, University of València


Ingo PLAG, University of Düsseldorf

Csaba PLÉH, Eszterházy Károly College, Eger

Mads POULSEN, University of Copenhagen

Gábor PROSZEKY, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest

Ida RAFFAELLI, University of Zagreb

Franz RAINER, WU Vienna

Angela RALLI, University of Patras

Hanne RUUS, University of Copenhagen

Magnus SAHLGREN, Gavagai Stockholm

David SALDAÑA, University of Seville

Martin SCHÄFER, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Thomas SPALDING, University of Alberta

Marko TADIĆ, University of Zagreb

Lorraine K TYLER, University of Cambridge

Madeleine VOGA, University Paul Valéry, Montpellier

Joost van der WEIJER, Lund University

Rok ŽAUCER, University of Nova Gorica



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