Call for Papers


Jointly organized by Mental Architecture for Processing and Learning of Language (MAPLL), Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics (TCP), and the technical group of thought and language of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (TL).


Saturday, 27th- Sunday, 28th July 2019


Invited Speakers:

This year’s MAPLL-TCP-TL invites the following distinguished speakers:

Aim and Topics:

MAPLL-TCP-TL invites submissions for paper (oral) or poster presentations in any aspects of empirical research on human language. Studies from a wide range of perspectives will be considered; including, but not exclusive to:

  • Research conducting behavioral or neural experiments,
  • Research constructing theoretical or computational models,
  • Research inquiring into biological and/or evolutional foundations of learning or processing of language by native or non-native speakers.
  • Following the tradition of TCP, those focusing on “Plato’s Problem”, concerning language acquisition (How can we gain a rich linguistic system given our fragmentary and impoverished experience?) are especially welcome.

Memorial session for Dr. Akira Omaki:

This year, the organizing committee has decided to organize a special session dedicated to the memory of Akira Omaki, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, who passed away on August 6, 2018. Because Akira was a leading researcher in the field of L1 and L2 acquisition, as well as in language processing, the theme of the special session is L1 and L2 acquisition. Akira was a friend of many researchers working on psycholinguistics, including some of the organizing committee. We sincerely wish this special session to be an occasion where people can learn more on the field and his great contribution to the field.

Tsutomu Sakamoto Award:

In memory of our friend and distinguished colleague professor Tsutomu Sakamoto, the Tsutomu Sakamoto Award recognizes the paper or poster presented at the conference that best exhibits the qualities of intellectual rigor, creativity, and independence of thought exemplified in Professor Sakamoto’s life and work. Any first author of a presentation, who is not yet tenured, will be eligible for consideration. Specify whether you are eligible for the candidate or not at the submission page of EasyChair.


The authors of the papers accepted for oral/poster presentation in the main and Omaki memorial sessions will be invited to write a 4-6 page paper in the conference proceedings, which will be published as a technical report of IEICE (the Japanese Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers).  The accepted author(s) can choose not to submit the paper to the Proceedings, but will be asked to submit a one-page abstract to be included in the Proceedings.  The deadline of the paper submission for the proceedings will be early July.

Submission instruction:

MAPLL-TCP-TL 2019 uses the EasyChair online abstract submission system.

Abstracts should be submitted to:

Submission Closed

Submission Deadline: April 19, 2019 (23:59 Japan Standard Time)

An author may submit multiple abstracts but can be the first author of only one abstract.  Anonymous abstracts should be submitted in letter or A4 format, with 1-inch or 2.5-cm margins on all sides, and in no smaller than 12 point font. The abstract may be no longer than one page including additional figures, tables, other graphics and/or references. Abstracts must be written in English. At the top of the abstract, please specify: (a) the title of your paper, and (b) your preference for presentation type (oral or poster).

Paper (oral) presentations are scheduled to be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Since the number of slots for oral presentations is limited, some of the abstracts will be accepted for poster presentations. All presentations should be given in English. Acceptance or rejection will be notified by early May 2019.

There will be a mandatory fee of 3240 Japanese Yen charged to the first author of each presentation.  The registration fee for this author, as well as the access key to the Proceedings, is covered by this fee.  Please see this IEICE site for further information about the fee.

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 19 (Fri)
Acceptance Notification: May 10 (Fri)
Submission for the proceedings: Early July

Code of Conduct:

All participants in MAPLL-TCP-TL 2019 and Satellite Seminar are subject to LSA Civility Policy (NB: MAPLL-TCP-TL 2019 is NOT an LSA-sponsored event).  Feel free to contact if you need help.