April 3rd, 2009

LOT Announcements / events
Summer School, LOT, Leiden University, Leiden, June 8-19 2009
LOT is happy to announce that its next Summer School will be organized by the University of Leiden.
The school will take place from June 8 - 19, 2009.

The full program and the course descriptions are now available at:
www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2009%20zomerschool%20Leiden/


Deadline for registration is May 10.
We hope to see you all in Leiden!
LOT Populariseringsprijs 2009: oproep
Aan alle taalkundigen in Nederland

LOT looft dit jaar wederom de Populariseringsprijs uit, ter stimulering van het vervaardigen van populair-wetenschappelijke bijdragen over een taalwetenschappelijk onderwerp.

De definitie van in aanmerking komende publicaties is uitermate ruim. Het bestuur denkt zowel aan speciaal voor dit doel geschreven bijdragen als aan reeds gepubliceerd materiaal - artikelen, boeken, cd-roms, video's, radio - en televisieprogramma's, websites etc. - met copyright in 2008 (indien copyright van toepassing is). De bijdrage dient in het Nederlands te rapporteren over actueel taalkundig onderzoek en vervaardigd te zijn door een in Nederland werkzame dan wel wonende taalkundige. Bijdragen dienen de essentie van een onderzoeksvraag en het antwoord daarop toegankelijk te maken voor een ontwikkeld publiek dat niet specifiek taalkundig geschoold is.

De omvang van de LOT-prijs bedraagt 1000 Euro.

Iedere Nederlandse taalkundige onderzoeker kan maximaal één zelf geschreven nieuwe bijdrage ter beoordeling inzenden. Daarnaast kan iedere Nederlandse taalkundige een reeds gepubliceerde bijdrage van een collega (dus niet van eigen hand) voordragen voor de prijsvraag door de desbetreffende bijdrage gemotiveerd aan te melden. Bij voordracht dient vermeld te worden: Naam voorgedragene, titel bijdrage, adres voorgedragene, motivatie voordracht.

De inzendingen worden beoordeeld door een door het LOT benoemde jury die naast taalkundigen ook redacteuren van een dagblad of tijdschrift zal bevatten.

De uitslag zal bekend gemaakt worden op het Taalgala, een feestelijke bijeenkomst voor alle leden van LOT, AVT en Anéla, samen met het bekend maken van de uitslag van de AVT-Anéla dissertatieprijs. Het taalgala zal plaatsvinden op vrijdagmiddag 13 november 2009, aan het Pietershof te Utrecht. Van de genomineerden wordt een actieve deelname aan het Taalgala verwacht.

De sluitingsdatum voor inzending/voordracht is 1 juni 2009. Inzendingen / voordrachten kunnen gestuurd worden naar LOT, t.a.v. Ivana Brasileiro, Janskerkhof 13a, 3512 BL Utrecht.

Het bestuur hoopt op een overvloedige inzending. De noodzaak tot effectievere publieksvoorlichting over aard en kwaliteit van het taalkundig onderzoek in Nederland en de resultaten daarvan blijft onverminderd aanwezig.

Het reglement is hier digitaal in te zien: www.lotschool.nl/files/newsletters/2009/LOT_Populariseringsprijs_reglement.pdf

Namens het LOT-bestuur,
Henriette de Swart, Wetenschappelijk directeur
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Lectures / talks
LUCL Vrijdagmiddaglezing Beschrijvende Taalkunde on: Meaning and translation in linguistic fieldwork (B. Hellwig), LUCL Leiden, April 3 2009
LUCL Vrijdagmiddaglezingen Beschrijvende Taalkunde 2009

April 3, 2009, 16:15h.(different starting time!)
Van Eyckhof 4, room 004


Birgit Hellwig (Universität Erfurt)

Meaning and translation in linguistic fieldwork


When we research under-described languages, we constantly engage with semantics: every fieldworker needs to establish semantic facts - even if "only" to find appropriate glosses for lexical and grammatical morphemes. The collection of these semantic data, and their subsequent analysis, poses a number of methodological challenges. These challenges revolve around the fact that any semantic analysis needs to be based on native-speaker intuitions. And given that we often are not native speakers of the languages we study, we need to find other ways of accessing these intuitions. Usually, we resort to elicited and observational data. Semantic text books, however, argue that we cannot fully rely on these established fieldwork methods when it comes to the investigation of semantics.

This talk explores some possibilities for conducting semantic fieldwork. It gives an illustrative example (from Goemai, a West Chadic language of Nigeria), discussing the advantages and disadvantages of different methods, and focussing specifically on the investigation of verb classes based on lexical aspect.


Some upcoming lectures:

15/5 Ongaye Oda: Subject clitics in Konso

Those who are on the e-mail list receive an abstract of each talk a week ahead. For more information or to be included on the e-mail list, contact: Maarten Kossmann, Department Languages and Cultures of Africa,

Roland Hemmauer r.hemmauer(removeme)let.leidenuniv.nl 071-527 2207
Maarten Kossmann m.g.kossmann(removeme)let.leidenuniv.nl 071-527 2649
Maarten Mous m.mous(removeme)let.leidenuniv.nl 071-527 2242
Rebecca Voll r.m.voll(removeme)let.leidenuniv.nl 071-527 2239

The lectures take place at Leiden University, Faculteit der Letteren, Witte Singel –Doelencomplexfrom 15:15 till 17.
ACLC Lecture on: Inverse Markers in Andean Languages (W.Adelaar), ACLC Amsterdam, April 3 2009
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 401
April 3 2009, 15.30 - 16.45 uur

Willem Adelaar
(Leiden University)

presents:

Inverse markers in Andean languages

This presentation will compare the use of inverse markers in the verbal morphology of Quechua, Puquina and Mapuche, three unrelated Andean languages. It will be argued that the inverse markers in these languages developed as a result of typological adaptation among languages with a predominantly suffixing morphology. The inverse markers operate within a given hierarchy of grammatical persons and allow languages with a limited set of personal reference endings, that is, languages with subject (A/S) markers only, or languages with an incomplete set of endings encoding both an actor and a patient in an interactive relation, to expand their inventory without having recourse to object markers specified for grammatical person. The absence or insufficient availability of fully specified object markers can be partly compensated by assigning the role of patient to a participant indicated by what is normally a subject or agent marker. Inverse markers are used to indicate such a switch of roles.

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday. After the lectures drinks are served at the Opleiding Algemene Taalwetenschap, Spuistraat 210, third floor.
Colloquium: I didn't say that: on Coordinating intentions in quotation, Radboud University Nijmegen, April 8 2009
Speaker: Stephan Spronck, MPI Nijmegen
Title: I didn't say that: On coordinating intentions in quotation
Date and time: April 8, 10.30-11.30
Location: E 1.19
More information: www.ru.nl/optimalcommunication/events/general_events/occ_-_stef_spronck/

Abstract
Constructions with which a speaker reports a message that originated in the mind of an other speaker (i.e. quotation) defy a number of basic assumptions in linguistics. They challenge the view that declaratives encode assertions about propositions (‘Speaker states that p’), seem to render most of the Gricean maxims useless and are exceptional in the constituent/word order
restrictions, intonation patterns and information value most languages display for them. In this talk I will argue that these features can be explained with the notion of mixed intentionality, i.e. the particular coordination of the intentions of the reporting and reported speakers
languages allow.

I will present a typological account of intentionality in quotation that cuts through traditional distinctions between pragmatics and semantics, illocution and modality and aim to show that although the encoding of coordinated intentions in quotation may take many different forms, it is actually quite regular and predictable. Subsequently, I will frame the results in a social cognitive perspective and I will argue for a view in which quotation offers a paradigm case for studying how such social cognitive skills as shared intentionality and the conceptualization of other minds help to shape grammar.
Colloquium on Language change and language evolution in the laboratory, MPI Nijmegen, April 21 2009
Kenny Smith

Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/psychsport/div_psych/psy_staff/drkennysmithprofile/


Language is culturally transmitted: the language we speak is, at least in part, determined by the language we hear others produce. This means that language is an evolutionary system in its own right. I will present an experimental paradigm for studying the cultural evolution of language, and describe a series of experiments involving the iterated learning of artificial languages by human participants. In the first part of the talk I'll focus on a simple iterated learning experiment (developed in conjunction with Elizabeth Wonnacott, University of Oxford) which can be used to explore regularization and the elimination of unpredictable variation. In the second part of the talk I'll present further iterated learning experiments (carried out jointly with Simon Kirby and Hannah Cornish, University of Edinburgh) which show that basic structural properties of language can emerge through similar processes. Previous computational and mathematical models suggest that iterated learning provides an explanation for the structure of human language: our experimental work shows that the predictions of these models, and models of cultural evolution more generally, can be tested in the laboratory.


Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2009
More information: www.mpi.nl/events/workshops-conferences/MpiColloquiumSeries/Program2009/Smith/view
Workshops / Conferences
Cycles of Grammaticalization: Fourth Seminar, Birmingham City University, April 4 2009
Dear colleagues,

I have pleasure in drawing your attention to the fourth "Cycles of Grammaticalization" seminar to be held at Birmingham City University on April 4, 14h-17h. The seminar will be held in room 202 in the Seacole Building at the Edgbaston campus. Ans van Kemenade (Nijmegen) will be talking about the sentence structure of the Negative Cycle in English, with Paul Rowlett (Salford) as discussant.

Funded under the International Network programme by the Leverhulme Trust, the project seeks to elucidate and diagnose the complex series of factors that lead to grammatical change through time, with particular reference to the negation cycle in English, French and German. The research objectives are to establish: 1. The definition of criteria for determining when a polarity item becomes a negative element, and 2. The means to recognise the presence of a negative phrase. The relation between formal and functional factors, reanalysis and language learning, dialect competition and language contact, as well as diachronic data closer to everyday usage will also be considered. Additional information and a copy of the project bibliography to date is available at:

www1.aston.ac.uk/lss/research/research-projects/cycles-of-grammaticalization/

Attendance is free of any charge and warmly invited. For further details, please contact:

Emma Mason

Network Facilitator
School of Languages and Social Sciences
Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham
B4 7ET
+44 (0) 121 204 3675
e.mason(removeme)aston.ac.uk
Capita Selecta Lexicology. Workshops on Computational Lexicography, INL Leiden, April 16,23 and May 28 2009
Capita Selecta Lexicologie

Thema: Computationele lexicografie

Donderdag 16 april:

Professor Greg Grefenstette, Exalead, Frankrijk:

“From language identification to semantics, and leftover bits in between”.

Donderdag 23 april:
Professor Gilles-Maurice de Schryver, Universiteit Gent:
"Een kijkje achter de schermen van 's werelds meest flexibele lexicografiesoftware".

Donderdag 28 mei:
Professor Ulrich Heid, Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung, Stuttgart:
“Idioms and Collocations in electronic dictionaries”.


Alle belangstellenden zijn welkom op het Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie, Matthias de Vrieshof 3, gebouw 1171, het Verbarium, van 15.00 tot 17.00 uur
Anéla Conference 2009, Rolduc in Kerkrade (Netherlands), May 27-29 2009
Van woensdagmiddag 27 mei tot vrijdagmiddag 29 mei 2009 zal in conferentieoord Rolduc te Kerkrade de 6e Anéla conferentie plaatsvinden. Op deze conferentie zullen alle hoeken van de toegepaste taalwetenschap vertegenwoordigd zijn. Plenaire sprekers zijn:

Gerard Steen: Researching and Applying Metaphor: From fundamental to applied research and back again

Marianne Gullberg: A talk about our experimental work on 'first exposure' to an unknown language

Pia Quist: Multilingual practices in the late modern speech community

Alle artikelen van presentatoren zullen samengebracht worden in een bundel (uitgegeven bij Eburon), die vóór het congres verspreid zal worden aan alle deelnemers. U kunt zich vanaf heden registreren als deelnemer van de conferentie op de website van Anela ( www.anela.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=16&Itemid=153). Voor vragen kunt u contact met ons opnemen via anela2009(removeme)anela.nl .

Wij verwelkomen u graag in Kerkrade!


De conferentieorganisatie:

Ad Backus (UvT), Catherine van Beuningen (UvA, Anéla), Kees de Bot (RUG), Mienke Droop (RU/HU, Anéla), Koen van Gorp (KU Leuven), Merel Keijzer (TU Delft), Maria Mos (UvT, Anéla), Petra Sneijder (VU), Ineke Vedder (UvA) en Bert Weltens (VU)

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Announcement Anela Conference 2009


From Wednesday afternoon May 27th Van until Friday afternoon May 29th the sixth Anela Conference will take place in Rolduc in Kerkrade. At this conference all angles of applied linguistics will be represented. We have invited the following keynote speakers:

Gerard Steen: Researching and Applying Metaphor: From fundamental to applied research and back again

Marianne Gullberg: A talk about our experimental work on 'first exposure' to an unknown language

Pia Quist: Multilingual practices in the late modern speech community

All articles of presenters will be joined in a book (published by Eburon), which will be distributed among the participants before the conference. You can now register as participants on the Anela website
( www.anela.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=16&Itemid=153).
If you have any questions or remarks please contact us: anela2009(removeme)anela.nl .

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Kerkrade!

Ad Backus (UvT), Catherine van Beuningen (UvA, Anéla), Kees de Bot (RUG), Mienke Droop (RU/HU, Anéla), Koen van Gorp (KU Leuven), Merel Keijzer (TU Delft), Maria Mos (UvT, Anéla), Petra Sneijder (VU), Ineke Vedder (UvA) en Bert Weltens (VU)
Language Contact and Change: Conference on Multiple and Bimodal Bilingual Minorities, Estonia, May 28 2009
Date: May 28, 2009
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Workshop at the International Conference on Minority Languages XII (ICML 2009)
Website: www.dipfilmod-suf.unifi.it/CMpro-v-p-236.html
contact: tartulcc at gmail.com

The workshop aims at exploring the language contact and language change phenomena that characterize multiple linguistic minorities. It focuses on but is not confined to signed, Uralic and Caucasian languages.

On the one hand, we intend to explore the situation of bimodal bilingualism. Data from changes in multi-modal bilingual contexts can lead to new insights into bilingualism, the typology and structure of languages, and language change and contact in general. Research into bimodal bilingualism can draw upon several methods and approaches developed for studying tingualism of other minority languages, and vice versa.

On the other hand, we know that it is difficult to reach the bilingual individuals and communities that are deaf and belong to several linguistic minorities. Therefore, we approach the bimodal target via individual studies on minority languages. More specifically, we concentrate on the issue of language change in contact in the context of a typologically wide range of minority languages. We are looking for answers to questions such as the following:

- How do deaf children of (hearing) parents belonging to linguistic minorities (e.g., Nganasan) communicate with the Deaf communities in their country anith their own parents?
- How does their language change?
- How can we test the change in the structure of the languages in contact in a uniform way?
- What are the factors that influence the developments?
- Can we work towards a typology?

Invited keynote speakers:

Csilla Bartha (hearing) (Eötvös Lorįnd University, Budapest): The situation of the Deaf and national minorities in Hungary; Östen Dahl (hearing) (Stockholm University): Contact induced changes in tense and aspect systems; Tatiana Davidenko (Deaf) (Moscow Centre for Deaf Studies and Bilingual
Education): Sign Language Diversity in Post-Soviet Countries; Anna Komarova (hearing) (Moscow Centre for Deaf Studies and Bilingual
Education): Development of Bilingual Education of the Deaf in Post-Soviet Countries; Gaurav Mathur (Deaf) (Gallaudet University): The relationship between agreement and finiteness in sign languages; Johanna Mesch (Deaf) (Stockholm University): Variations in tactile signing - the case of one-handed conversation; Helle Metslang (hearing) (University of Tartu): Changes in Finnish and Estonian tense and aspect; Christian Rathmann (Deaf) (Hamburg University): Minority Communities within German Deaf Community; Don Stilo (hearing) (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig): Introduction to an Atlas of the Araxes-Iran Linguistic Area.

Check for updates, our interdisciplinary areas, and more research questions at www.dipfilmod-suf.unifi.it/CMpro-v-p-236.html

Organizers:

Nino Amiridze, Utrecht University (The Netherlands) Östen Dahl, University of Stockholm (Sweden) Anne Tamm, University of Florence (Italy) and Institute for the Estonian Language (Estonia) Manana Topadze, University of Pavia (Italy) Inge Zwitserlood, Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
TABU Dag 2009, 30th international linguistics conference, Groningen, June 11-12 2009
TABU Dag 2009
30th international linguistics conference
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
June 11-12, 2009
www.let.rug.nl/tabudag

The Center for Language and Cognition at the University of Groningen is pleased to announce the 30th TABU Dag. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, TABU Dag 2009 will last two days and will be held on Thursday, June 11th and Friday, June 12th 2009. Researchers and other interested people are cordially invited to participate!

TABU Dag is an international broad linguistics conference which offers excellent opportunities to meet other linguists and discuss current research on several areas of linguistics. We strongly encourage participation and abstract submission by young researchers.

This year, four plenary speakers will give a talk. We are happy to announce that Jack Chambers (University of Toronto), Ken Church (Microsoft Research), Marianne Gullberg (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics) and Matthias Schlesewsky, (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz) accepted our invitation.

To mark the TABU Dag anniversary, the “TABU Dag 2009 prize” will be awarded to the best presentation of the conference! (See below Calls for papers)
21st Summerschool ESSLLI 2009, Bordeaux, July 20-31 2009
21st EUROPEAN SUMMER SCHOOL IN LOGIC, LANGUAGE AND INFORMATION

ESSLLI 2009

Bordeaux, July 20-31 2009
esslli2009.labri.fr/

The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) is organized every year by the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI) in different sites around Europe. The main focus of ESSLLI is on the interface between linguistics, logic and computation.

The 21st edition of ESSLLI will be held in Bordeaux, recently selected as a Unesco World Heritage site.

= Course Program =

ESSLLI gathers about 500 people and offers a total of 48 courses and workshops, divided among foundational, introductory and advanced courses, and including a total of 6 workshops. The courses and workshops cover a wide variety of topics within the three areas of interest: Language and Computation, Language and Logic, and Logic and Computation.

esslli2009.labri.fr/programme.php

= Registration =

Registration for ESSLLI is open. Early registration rates are 225 euros for students and 350 euros for others.

*Early registration deadline*: 1st of May 2009.

esslli2009.labri.fr/reg.php

= Grants and Volunteers =

There is a limited number of fee waivers available for students who want to spend some time assisting the organizing committee during ESSLLI.

*Application deadline*: 19 April 2009

esslli2009.labri.fr/grants.php

We look forward to seeing you in Bordeaux this summer!

On behalf of the ESSLLI organizing committee Richard Moot
Symposium on: Standaardtalen in beweging (de)standaardisatie in Nederland, Vlaanderen en Zuid-Afrika, Leiden, August 19-21 2009
Standaardtalen in beweging

Symposium supported by the Hendrik Muller Vaderlandsch Fonds

Leiden 19 - 21 August, 2009

From 19th to the 21st of August 2009 the symposium Standaardtalen in beweging. Standaardisatie en destandaardisatie in Nederland, Vlaanderen en Zuid-Afrika will take place at Leiden University. The symposium focusses on the following three themes: the standardization process in the past, de-standardization in the 21st century and the present and future positions of Afrikaans and Dutch.

Speakers at the symposium will be: Hans den Besten (Universiteit van Amsterdam en Universiteit Stellenbosch), Cor van Bree (em. Universiteit Leiden), Jac Conradie (University of Johannesburg), Ana Deumert (University of Cape Town), Frans Hinskens (Meertens Instituut en Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam), Joop van der Horst (KU Leuven), Jacques Van Keymeulen (Universiteit Gent), Ernst Kotzé (em. en navorsingsgenoot Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth), Jan Noordegraaf (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam), Stanis?aw Pr?dota (Universiteit Wroc?aw), Gijsbert Rutten (Universiteit Leiden), Gerald Stell (Vrije Universiteit, Brussel), Reinhild Vandekerckhove (Universiteit Antwerpen), Rik Vosters (Vrije Universiteit, Brussel), Marijke van der Wal (Universiteit Leiden), Vic Webb (keynote speaker, Universiteit van Pretoria).

The conference languages are Dutch and Afrikaans (with the exception of one paper in English).

Conference fee: 35 Euro (including conference material, coffee and tea); for students 20 Euro.

For further information:
www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/nederlands/symposium-standaardtalen-in-beweging.jsp

or contact the organizers:

Marijke van der Wal (LUCL; Department of Dutch language and culture; m.j.van.der.wal(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl)

Eep Francken (ICD; Department of Dutch language and culture; a.a.p.francken(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl).


Please register before 1 May 2009 by filling out the form at www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/research/conferences/symposium-august-2009.jsp
Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics, Leiden, July 27 - August 7 2009
We are happy to announce the fourth edition of the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics which will be held from 27 July - 7 August 2009 at the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University. The Summer School offers a number of courses on a wide range of subjects in the field of languages and linguistics. This year, the Summer School will consist of seven programmes, including courses for beginners as well as for advanced students, taught by internationally renowned specialists:

Indo-European Programme
Germanic Programme
Iranian Programme
Indological Programme
Semitic Programme
Russian Programme
Demotic Papyrology

For more information and registration, visit: www.hum.leiden.edu/summerschool/ . Please do pass this message on to anyone possibly interested. We attach a flyer which can be put on a notice board.
Workshop on Prosody and Meaning, Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Barcelona, September 17-18 2009
Workshop on Prosody and Meaning
Barcelona | September 17-18, 2009
The Workshop on “Prosody and Meaning” will be hosted by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the Universitat Autņnoma de Barcelona and the Institut d’Estudis Catalans on September 17 - 18, 2009.

The goal of this conference is to bring together researchers working on the field of prosody and meaning. Recent developments in language research have increasingly put the spotlight on the phonological status of intonation and its relationship with meaning. This workshop is intended as a venue for exchanging ideas and methodologies and for stimulating discussions and collaborative work between researchers coming from different perspectives. The workshop will consist of invited talks by members of the network and outside the network, a number of selected talks, and a poster session.

The Barcelona workshop is co-organized by Pilar Prieto (ICREA-UPF-UAB), Gorka Elordieta (EHU), and Joan Peytavķ (U. Perpinyą – IEC). The workshop is part of the activities of the research network Forms and Functions of Prosodic Structure

Invited speakers
Stefan Baumann (Universität zu Köln)
Sasha Calhoun (University of Edinburgh)
Yiya Chen (Leiden University)
Laura Dilley (Bowling Green State University)
MariaPaola D'Imperio (Université d'Aix-en-Provence)
Sónia Frota (University of Lisbon)
Barbara Gili-Fivela (Universitą del Salento – Lecce)
Carlos Gussenhoven (Radboud University of Nijmegen)
Jill House (University College London)
Aditi Lahiri (University of Oxford)
Lisa Selkirk (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Anne Wichmann (University of Central Lancashir

Registration

Early registration will be open on June 1st.

Early registration fee (until July 20): Regular 90€ ; Student 50€
After July 15: Regular 110€ ; Student 70€

Fees include the following: abstract booklet, coffee breaks (2 per day), and lunch for the 2 days. If you'd like to attend the conference dinner on the second day, please add 50 euros to the normal fee.

Transfer payment account:

CAIXA D'ESTALVIS DE CATALUNYA
La Rambla, 36
08002, Barcelona
IBAN ES06 2013 0306 1502 0023 8471
BIC CESCESBB
Description: Workshop-Prosody-Meaning + your name

Please send us an e-mail with your registration form, together with a scanned copy of your bank transfer receipt, to prosodyandmeaning(removeme)uab.cat. Students must send a copy of their student certificate.

If you have any problems, please contact mariadelmar.vanrell(removeme)uab.cat.

More information: prosodia.uab.cat/prosodyandmeaning/home/index.php
NOISE 2009 Summerschool: Moving Boundaries in Feminist Theory: Postcoloniality and Posthumanity, Utrecht, August 17-28 2009
NOI?SE 2009 Summer School: Moving Boundaries in Feminist Theory: Postcoloniality and Posthumanity

17 August – 28 August, Utrecht, the Netherlands


• Do you consider yourself a human, a cyborg, a man, a woman, a transgender, a citizen, a nomad?

• Would you like to map new directions in your understanding of what makes Europe a postcolonial place and what the posthuman is?

• Have you always wanted to know about cutting-edge feminist theories?

Then join the 2009 Summer School and test your boundaries in order to discover you own moving identity!


Moving Boundaries in Feminist Theory: Postcoloniality and Posthumanity

This course will explore the moving boundaries of feminist thinking given the impact of postcolonial and posthuman theories. These seemingly obvious categories have come under scrutiny recently and feminists in particular have called them into question. We thus intend to interrogate what each of these terms mean in today’s world. While they may seem like unrelated subjects, postcolonial and posthuman theories both take issue with the notion of fixed, stable, essential identity categories. In other words, the fixed boundaries we take as a given are more accurately described as moving boundaries. As such, this year’s Summer School as a whole will focus on the movement and fluidity of those identity boundaries that we take for granted in our common sense conceptions of ourselves as European and Human. Given that both of these areas are interdisciplinary, we will draw from a range of disciplines and methodological strategies. This will be achieved by having guest lecturers from a host of different fields, who can provide a myriad of perspectives on each of these issues.

First Cluster: Feminist Perspectives on Postcolonial Europe

Postcolonial critique aims to account for structures of domination and resistance, which are present in our globalized world. In this cluster we engage with the field of postcolonial critique by mapping out some of its major contentions and paradoxes. For example, we will expand the field to minor and removed colonial legacies (i.e. Dutch, French, Italian, Nordic, Soviet, or Austro-Hungarian) and address the problems of postcolonialism as an all-encompassing buzzword, which has also turned into a fashionable commodity.

The scope of this cluster is therefore to apply the tools of postcolonial feminist critique to specific historical and geo-political formations in Europe, which has remained a blind spot in postcolonial critique. We will discuss what makes Europe postcolonial and why the notion of Europe is more contested than ever, both internally (through the proliferations of ethnic, religious, regional differences) and externally (Europe expanding its boundaries but closing its borders).

We will do so by exploring major debates in contemporary Europe on citizenship, migration, secularism and multiculturalism both at the level of representation and of socio-cultural formations through the analysis of different media, genres and strategies.

Second Cluster: Posthuman Tropes in Feminist Theory

This cluster will interrogate the effects posthuman theories have been having on feminist theories in recent years. Posthuman theories aim to overturn the Enlightenment construction of the human as autonomous, self-identical, rational, static, and distinct from animals, artifacts, and nature. Since these notions of the human are essential to what it means to be human under the humanist paradigm, if we repudiate them, the resulting “human” would be unrecognizable to us as such, hence the term “posthuman”. Posthuman theories thus seek to re-imagine the human beyond humanism and they do so in a variety of (inter-)disciplines: technoscience studies, media studies, animal studies, and queer theory, among others.

In light of posthuman theoretical insights, we are compelled to revisit and call into question many key issues in feminist theory, for example: questions of sexual difference, the sex-gender distinction, notions of embodiment, and understandings of sexuality, subjectivity, and identity. We will use posthuman interpretative techniques as analytical tools to reconceptualize feminist strategies and theories. We will thus explore what it means to be a sexed/raced/gendered/sexual body in light of the shifting, leaky, fluid, moving boundaries advocated by posthuman theories.

Aims
This advanced training course offers a diversified, but coherent programme of study from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is meant for MA students and PhD students and it will provide special and separate seminars to these two groups.


Formula
• Two lectures in the morning

• Separate MA- and PhD-specific seminars in the afternoon

• Social programme

• Students prepare during the summer by reading and collecting material for assignments (approximately 70 hours of work). After fulfillment of all requirements (preparation of assignments and reading, active participation and final essay of 10 - 15 pages), participants receive the NOISE Certificate for 240 hours of work, equaling 9 ECTS

• All participants are expected to participate in the entire programme during the two weeks

Please check www.genderstudies.nl/summerschool2009 for more information, registration and regular updates.

Please check www.genderstudies.nl/summerschool for last years’ programmes to get an impression of the structure of the programme.

Accommodation for students
Accommodation is arranged by the Utrecht University and can be reserved in advance. For information on prices and payment, please contact the NOI?SE organization. Participants can also arrange their own accommodation; however, we advise you to ‘stick together’ at the same accommodation!

Tuition Fees
The tuition fee is €550,- This includes reading materials, but is exclusive of accommodation, subsistence costs (i.e. evening meals, drinks etc) and possible excursions.

Grand
A NOI?SE grant is available for two students from every NOI?SE partner university. Please check the NOISE website for an overview of the partner universities.

Teachers in the course

The first week of the Summer School is coordinated by Dr. Sandra Ponzanesi (Utrecht University, NL) and Dr. Marsha Henry (London School of Economics, UK);

The second week is coordinated by Dr. Jami Weinstein (Utrecht University, NL) and, provisionally, Prof. Dr. Maureen McNeil (Lancaster University). Several renowned professors and scholars from various disciplines will be teaching at the Summer School. These will be announced on the website.

For more information:
NOI?SE Central Coordination

Graduate Gender Programme

Utrecht University

Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Buikema

Muntstraat 2a

3512 EV Utrecht

The Netherlands

E-mail: noise(removeme)uu.nl

Tel: +31-30-2536001

Fax: +31-30-2536134

Registration: Please note that you can only register online (before May 1st) at this address: www.genderstudies.nl/summerschool2009

COME TO THE NOI?SE SUMMERSCHOOL AND BE CHALLENGED!
ESF Exploratory Workshops, NWO, to be held in 2010. Deadline for proposals: April 30 2009
ESF Exploratory Workshops awards are intended for small, interactive and output-oriented discussion meetings. The focus of the scheme is on meetings aiming to open up new directions in research or to explore emerging research fields with potential impact on new developments in science. Proposals should demonstrate the potential for initiating follow-up research activities and/or developing future collaborative actions. Interdisciplinary topics are encouraged. Awards are for workshops to be held in the calendar year 2010 (1 February - 31 December).

Deadline for receipt of proposals: 30 April 2009

Full details at www.esf.org/workshops.
Cursus Historische Grammatica van het Nederlands en zijn dialecten, CRISSP Antwerpen, Mei, Juni, Oktober & November 2009
CRISSP-HUBrussel, Universiteit Leiden, Universiteit Antwerpen en de Vereniging voor Limburgse Dialect- en Naamkunde hebben het genoegen U uit te nodigen voor de reeks hoor-/werkcolleges

Historische grammatica van het Nederlands en zijn dialecten

gedoceerd door prof. dr. Jan Goossens, emeritus hoogleraar historische taalkunde, dialectologie en middeleeuwse literatuur aan de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven en de Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.
Jan Goossens is zonder twijfel een van onze indrukwekkendste en productiefste taalgeleerden. Werken van zijn hand met internationale weerklank zijn: Strukturelle Sprachgeographie (1969), Was ist Deutsch - und wie verhält es sich zum Niederländischen? (1971), Deutsche Dialektologie (1977), Sprachatlas des nördlichen Rheinlands und des südöstlichen Niederlands "Fränkischer Sprachatlas" (1981, 1988, 1994, 2002) en in samenwerking met J. Taeldeman en G. Verleyen/C. De Wulf Fonologische atlas van de Nederlandse dialecten (1998, 2000, 2005). Het hoofddoel in deze hoor-/werkcolleges is om belangrijke taalkundige verworvenheden in verband met het Nederlands en zijn dialecten in het bewustzijn van belangstellenden te doen leven, zodat ze er ook actief en creatief mee leren om te gaan.

In de eerste reeks van vijf lessen zal de historische fonologie van het Nederlands worden behandeld, in het bijzonder die van het vocalisme, van het Westgermaans tot de moderne standaardtaal. Er wordt begonnen met de toelichting van een aantal grondbegrippen van die fonologie. Vervolgens wordt de geschiedenis van de vocalen en diftongen in etappen (van Westgermaans naar Oudnederlands, van Oudnederlands naar
Middelnederlands, van Middelnederlands naar Nieuwnederlands) besproken aan de hand van talrijke voorbeelden, die de deelnemers in het etymologisch woordenboek van De Vries en De Tollenaere kunnen vinden. Het is de bedoeling dat zij zo actief mogelijk meewerken, wat door een afwisseling van uiteenzetting door de docent en gezamenlijke bespreking van het voorbeeldmateriaal bereikt moet worden. Daarbij wordt bijzondere aandacht besteed aan de structurele samenhang: op ieder ogenblik van haar bestaan vormt de fonologie van het Nederlands een geheel. Maar tegelijk is er aandacht voor de in de loop van de tijd groeiende diversiteit, die tot het ontstaan van een Nederlands dialectlandschap heeft geleid. Op een vergelijkbare manier, maar beknopter, zal de geschiedenis van het consonantisme worden behandeld, die ingewikkelder is dan men op het eerste gezicht zou denken.

In de tweede reeks komt de flexiemorfologie met de (o.a. syntactische) consequenties van haar geleidelijke afbouw aan de beurt. Door de werking van de in de eerste reeks behandelde klankwetten krijgen de woorden nieuwe gestalten. Deze geven aanleiding tot analogieėn, waardoor het systeem in gewijzigde vorm kan blijven functioneren. Behandeld wordt vooral de verbuiging van de substantieven, naast die van de adnominale woorden, met de wisselwerking daartussen, die geleidelijk tot het ontstaan van een volslagen nieuw nominaal systeem heeft geleid. Een tweede complex vormt het werkwoord met zijn geleidelijke afbouw van oude, maar ook groei van flexieėlementen en met verschuivingen in de opbouw van de Nederlandse zin. In dit morfologische deel wordt de ontwikkeling eveneens met behulp van een periodisering onderzocht. Ook in de morfologie groeit geleidelijk de regionale diversiteit, waardoor
een Nederlands dialectlandschap tot stand is gekomen. Dit vertoont regionale vernieuwingskernen, die dat landschap een zeer specifiek Nederlands uitzicht geven.

Registratie
Registratie is vereist en gebeurt via een e-mail naar dany.jaspers(removeme)hubrussel.be.
De kostprijs voor wie zich inschrijft voor 8 mei 2009 is € 50.
(voor VLDN-leden die hun contributie voldaan hebben: € 40)
De betaling gebeurt cash ter plaatse.
Wie zich inschrijft na 8 mei, betaalt € 80 (VLDN-leden die hun contributie voldaan hebben: € 70).

Waar?
Stadscampus Universiteit Antwerpen, Prinsstraat 13, lokaal A 107 (tweede binnenplaats, ingang zuilengalerij). Voor een plan van de stadscampus, zie www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.ROUTE&n=26518.

Wanneer?
Telkens op vrijdag van 14u tot 17u op de volgende data:
Historische fonologie: 15 mei, 5 juni, 12 juni, 19 juni en 26 juni 2009.
Flexiemorfologie: 2 oktober, 9 oktober,16 oktober, 23 oktober, 06 november 2009.

Lesmateriaal (mee te brengen naar de lezingen)
J. de Vries & F. de Tollenaere(2004, 23e druk). Etymologisch woordenboek. Utrecht: Het Spectrum ISBN 90 2749 199 2
Doelpubliek
Neerlandici, Germanisten, taalhistorici, en andere belangstellenden met taalkundige scholing.

(Deze informatie zal ook beschikbaar gemaakt worden op www.crissp.be)
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Post-doctoral researcher ‘Sign language phonetics’, Radboud University Nijmegen. Deadline: April 10 2009
Job description
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This project forms part of SignSpeak, a European collaborative effort towards automatic recognition of sign language from video. The goal of this project is to investigate aspects of the phonetics of sign language production that relate to boundaries between signs. The central theme to be addressed is the sequential patterning of manual movements, including broad questions such as what kinds of coarticulation can be found in signed languages and what the nature is of the transitional movements between signs. A large corpus of 72 hours of dialogues by deaf signers from the Netherlands is available for analysis. Depending on the background of the candidate, it is also possible to perform experimental kinematic studies using motion tracking equipment. In addition to carrying out phonetic research, the researcher is charged with the day-to-day supervision of two (deaf and hearing) assistants who annotate video recordings for the SignSpeak project.

Requirements
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Doctorate
The successful candidate has: - a PhD degree in sign language phonetics, spoken language phonetics, movement sciences, or a closely related discipline; - good writing and presentation skills; - a good knowledge of English; - at least basic signing skills in one signed language or is willing to acquire these skills; - a good track record of working in teams.

Organization
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Radboud University Nijmegen Faculty of Arts
Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities.


The Centre for Language Studies is one of the two research institutes at the Faculty of Arts, Radboud University Nijmegen. It has a staff of around 70 FTEs, including some 35 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. About 45% of our research projects are externally funded, three of which have been granted prestigious EURYI/ERC awards. CLS received an outstanding research assessment in 2006. Focused on broadly theoretically based empirical research and affiliated with the on-campus Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, it provides a stimulating research climate and excellent opportunities for graduate training. The present project is part of the European SignSpeak project, a joint effort of four research institutes, the European Union of the Deaf, and Telef?nica, a Spanish telecommunication company. The project will be carried out in the research group on Signed Languages within the Grammar & Cognition programme of the Centre for Language Studies, in close collaboration with the other (deaf and hearing) team members. The research will be conducted within the Department of Linguistics in collaboration with Dr O.A. Crasborn, the SignSpeak coordinator for Radboud University. The proposed research will result in several scientific articles to be published in high-quality journals.

Conditions of employment
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Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract:
Maximum hours per week: 40


Additional conditions of employment:
The total duration of the contract is three years. The researcher will be offered an initial contract for one year with the possibility of prolongation for another two years. He/she will receive a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience between a minimum of ?3,195 up to a maximum of ?4,374 gross per month for a fulltime position.

Additional Information
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Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:


E-mail address: o.crasborn(removeme)let.ru.nl


Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.
About the organization
Radboud University Nijmegen

Application
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You can apply for this job before 10-04-2009 by sending your application to:


Faculteit der Letteren
RU Nijmegen, Faculty of Arts, Personnel Department
P.O. Box 9103, 6500 HD, Nijmegen (NL)

E-mail address: vacatures(removeme)let.ru.nl

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number 23.11.09.


The short URL code for this job opening is: 00345-567.
You can use this as a direct link to the job by adding the code to the URL www.academictransfer.org/
PhD student for ‘The role of the mouth in Sign Language of the Netherlands’, Radboud University Nijmegen. Deadline: April 10 2009
Job description
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Deaf people in the Netherlands are always bilingual to a certain extent: they have acquired sign language and spoken language, although not always from birth. This results in a continuum of communication modes in which spoken language and sign language are combined. This project focuses on the sign language end of the spectrum. The core questions are to what extent elements of spoken Dutch have become part of the lexicon of Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT) and how and to what extent mouth actions are used flexibly in the communication between deaf signers, as instances of code-mixing between sign and speech. To answer these questions, the role of the mouth as an articulator in sign interactions will be analysed in the NGT Corpus, a 72-hour corpus of spontaneous and semi-spontaneous signing of deaf people from the Netherlands using different registers. The corpus contains signers from different generations, for whom the role of Dutch in education in the past decades has changed from being the only mode of communication to being one of the two languages in a bilingual education programme. What is the impact of this changing role of spoken Dutch on the structure and use of Sign Language of the Netherlands? One of the hypotheses to be tested is that the youngest generation is most flexible and creative in the combination of mouth actions with signs. Depending on the interests and background of the candidate, it will also be possible to look at child language data or use experimental methods to investigate the production or perception of mouth actions. Assistance from deaf colleagues in the research group is available for the coding and analysis of sign language data.

Requirements
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University Graduate
The successful candidate has: - a Master’s degree in Linguistics, Phonetics, Language & Speech Pathology, or a related discipline; - an interest in the statistical analysis of language corpora; - basic signing skills or is willing to take sign language courses as part of the project; - good writing and presentation skills; - a good knowledge of Dutch and English; - and is a good team player.

Organization
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Radboud University Nijmegen Faculty of Arts
Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities.


The Centre for Language Studies is one of the two research institutes at the Faculty of Arts, Radboud University Nijmegen. It has a staff of around 70 FTEs, including some 35 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. About 45% of our research projects are externally funded, three of which have been granted prestigious EURYI/ERC awards. CLS received an outstanding research assessment in 2006. Focused on broadly theoretically based empirical research and affiliated with the on-campus Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, it provides a stimulating research climate and excellent opportunities for graduate training. This project will be carried out in the research group on Signed Languages within the Grammar & Cognition programme of the Centre for Language Studies, in close collaboration with the other (deaf and hearing) team members. The research will be conducted at the Department of Linguistics under the direct supervision of Dr O.A. Crasborn. The proposed research will result in a PhD thesis that may consist of scientific articles published in high-quality journals.

Conditions of employment
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Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract:
Maximum hours per week: 40

Additional conditions of employment:
The total duration of the contract is 3.5 years. The PhD student will receive an initial contract for 18 months with the possibility of prolongation for another 2 years. The starting gross salary is €2,042 per month based on full-time employment.

Additional Information
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Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

E-mail address: o.crasborn(removeme)let.ru.nl

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.
About the organization
Radboud University Nijmegen

Application
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

You can apply for this job before 10-04-2009 by sending your application to:

Faculteit der Letteren
RU Nijmegen, Faculty of Arts, Personnel Department
P.O. Box 9103, 6500 HD, Nijmegen (NL)


E-mail address: vacatures(removeme)let.ru.nl

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number 23.12.09.

The short URL code for this job opening is: 00345-568.
You can use this as a direct link to the job by adding the code to the URL www.academictransfer.org/
Post-doctoral researcher for ‘Languages of South America’, Radboud University Nijmegen. Deadline: April 20 2009
Post-doctoral researcher for ‘Languages of South America’

Functie-omschrijving
This project forms part of Traces of Contact, a large-scale project funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The Traces of Contact project aims to establish criteria by which results from language contact studies can be used to strengthen the field of historical linguistics. To this end, the scenario model for language contact studies is applied to a number of concrete settings, which differ widely in their levels of aggregation and dime depth: the languages of the Amazonian fringe in South America, the complex multilingual setting of the Republic of Suriname, the multilingual interaction of immigrant groups in the Netherlands, and two groups of multilingual individuals. New methods from structural phylogenetics are employed, and the same linguistic variables (TMA and evidentiality marking, argument realization) will be studied in various projects. The projects make use of a shared questionnaire, which facilitates gathering comparable data. By applying the scenario model at various levels of aggregation, a more principled link between language contact studies and historical linguistics can be established.

Currently, the project has a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher, who will be studying the Amerindian languages of South America, together with other researchers. Preferably, the postdoctoral researcher can help place the linguistic findings from the project in the context of related disciplines, including ethnohistory, genetics, archaeology, and anthropology.

Functie-eisen
You have:
• a PhD degree in descriptive linguistics, typology, or linguistic anthropology
• good writing and presentation skills;
• a good knowledge of English and preferably at least passive knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese;
• demonstrable affinity and experience with research on the Amerindian languages of South America;
• a demonstrable interest in interdisciplinary research, including ethnohistory, genetics, archaeology, and anthropology;
• a good track record of working in teams.

Omschrijving faculteit/afdeling
The Centre for Language Studies is one of the two research institutes at the Faculty of Arts, Radboud University Nijmegen. It has a staff of around 70 FTEs, including some 35 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. About 45% of our research projects are externally funded, three of which have been granted prestigious EURYI/ERC awards. CLS received an outstanding research assessment in 2006. Focused on broadly theoretically based empirical research and affiliated with the on-campus Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, it provides a stimulating research climate and excellent opportunities for graduate training.

The present project is part of the Traces of Contact project. The research will be conducted at the Department of Linguistics of Radboud University in collaboration with a team headed by Prof. P.C. Muysken, coordinator of the Traces of Contact project. Another team of postdoctoral researchers and PhD students will also be directly or indirectly involved in this project.

Aanvullende Arbeidsvoorwaarden
The total duration of the contract is 3 years. The researcher will be offered an initial contract for 1 year with the possibility of prolongation for another 2 years. He/she will receive a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience between €3,195 and €4,374 gross per month for a full-time position.

Overige informatie
Additional information and a summary of the research proposal can be obtained from Pieter Muysken, p.muysken(removeme)let.ru.nl. Advertisement at www.ru.nl.
Post-doctoral researcher for ‘Databases and statistical analysis’, Radboud University Nijmegen. Deadline: April 20 2009
Post-doctoral researcher for ‘Databases and statistical analysis’

Functie-omschrijving
This project forms part of Traces of Contact, a large-scale project funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The Traces of Contact project aims to establish criteria by which results from language contact studies can be used to strengthen the field of historical linguistics. To this end, the scenario model for language contact studies is applied to a number of concrete settings, which differ widely in their levels of aggregation and time depth: the languages of the Amazonian fringe in South America, the complex multilingual setting of the Republic of Suriname, the multilingual interaction of immigrant groups in the Netherlands, and two groups of multilingual individuals. New methods from structural phylogenetics are employed, and the same linguistic variables (TMA and evidentiality marking, argument realization) will be studied in various projects. The projects make use of a shared questionnaire, which facilitates gathering comparable data. By applying the scenario model at various levels of aggregation, a more principled link between language contact studies and historical linguistics can be established.

Currently, the project has a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher, who will help set up the databases, assist with statistical analyses, and explore new techniques, partly from genetics research, for exploiting extremely rich databases of linguistic variation. The postdoctoral researcher will work closely and co-author with the individual members of the project, and will also be coordinating the overall database.

Functie-eisen
You have:
• a PhD degree in biology or the social sciences;
• a good grasp of multivariate statistics or phylogenetics;
• good writing and presentation skills and a good knowledge of English;
• demonstrable affinity with research on language and culture, and an interest in
interdisciplinary research, including ethnohistory, genetics, archaeology, and
anthropology;
• a good track record of working in teams.

Omschrijving faculteit/afdeling
The Centre for Language Studies is one of the two research institutes at the Faculty of Arts, Radboud University Nijmegen. It has a staff of around 70 FTEs, including some 35 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. About 45% of our research projects are externally funded, three of which have been granted prestigious EURYI/ERC awards. CLS received an outstanding research assessment in 2006. Focused on broadly theoretically based empirical research and affiliated with the on-campus Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, it provides a stimulating research climate and excellent opportunities for graduate training.

The present project is part of the Traces of Contact project. The research will be conducted at the Department of Linguistics of Radboud University in collaboration with a team headed by Prof. P.C. Muysken, coordinator of the Traces of Contact project. Another team of postdoctoral researchers and PhD students will also be directly or indirectly involved in this project.

Aanvullende Arbeidsvoorwaarden
The total duration of the contract is 4 years. The researcher will be offered an initial contract for 1 year with the possibility of prolongation for another 3 years (0.5 FTE, extendable to 1.0 FTE).
He/she will receive a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience between €3,195 and €4,374 gross per month.
For interested candidates, there is the possibility of complementing this position with another half time position on similar tasks in the Max Planck Research Group “Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture”, headed by Dr Michael Dunn. This research group (i) investigates the coupling of evolutionary changes in different aspects of linguistic and social structure, and (ii) explores new methodologies for inferring linguistic prehistory. It is envisaged that the applicant would focus on the interplay between phylogenetic and contact-induced effects in language change. The applicant would have access to a growing database of linguistic stuctural features developed by Dunn and colleages, currently containing data on Australian, Papuan and Austronesian languages.

Overige informatie
Additional information and a summary of the research proposal can be obtained from Pieter Muysken, p.muysken(removeme)let.ru.nl. Advertisement at www.ru.nl.
Post-doctoral researcher for ‘Languages of Suriname’, Radboud University Nijmegen. Deadline: April 20 2009
Post-doctoral researcher for ‘Languages of Suriname’

Functie-omschrijving
This project forms part of Traces of Contact, a large-scale project funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The Traces of Contact project aims to establish criteria by which results from language contact studies can be used to strengthen the field of historical linguistics. To this end, the scenario model for language contact studies is applied to a number of concrete settings, which differ widely in their levels of aggregation and dime depth: the languages of the Amazonian fringe in South America, the complex multilingual setting of the Republic of Suriname, the multilingual interaction of immigrant groups in the Netherlands, and two groups of multilingual individuals. New methods from structural phylogenetics are employed, and the same linguistic variables (TMA and evidentiality marking, argument realization) will be studied in various projects. The projects make use of a shared questionnaire, which facilitates gathering comparable data. By applying the scenario model at various levels of aggregation, a more principled link between language contact studies and historical linguistics can be established.

Currently, the project has a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher, who will be studying the languages of Suriname, assisted by a PhD student. Together with this PhD student, the postdoctoral researcher will explore historical developments in Hindustani, Chinese, Javanese, and the Amerindian (Cariban and Arawakan) languages, as well as Dutch in the Suriname context. He will establish links with Creole studies, contributing to the overall picture, and will help with the planning of the database.

Functie-eisen
You have:
• a PhD degree in descriptive linguistics, typology, or linguistic anthropology;
• good writing and presentation skills;
• a good knowledge of English and preferably also of some languages of the region;
• demonstrable affinity and experience with research on the languages of Suriname;
• a demonstrable interest in interdisciplinary research, including ethnohistory and anthropology;
• a good track record of working in teams.

Omschrijving faculteit/afdeling
The Centre for Language Studies is one of the two research institutes at the Faculty of Arts, Radboud University Nijmegen. It has a staff of around 70 FTEs, including some 35 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. About 45% of our research projects are externally funded, three of which have been granted prestigious EURYI/ERC awards. CLS received an outstanding research assessment in 2006. Focused on broadly theoretically based empirical research and affiliated with the on-campus Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, it provides a stimulating research climate and excellent opportunities for graduate training.

The present project is part of the Traces of Contact project. The research will be conducted at the Department of Linguistics of Radboud University in collaboration with a team headed by Prof. P.C. Muysken, coordinator of the Traces of Contact project. Another team of postdoctoral researchers and PhD students will also be directly or indirectly involved in this project.

Aanvullende Arbeidsvoorwaarden
The total duration of the contract is 3 years. The researcher will be offered an initial contract for 1 year with the possibility of prolongation for another 2 years.
He/she will receive a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience between €3,195 and €4,374 gross per month for a full-time position.

Overige informatie
Additional information and a summary of the research proposal can be obtained from Pieter Muysken, p.muysken(removeme)let.ru.nl. Advertisement at www.ru.nl.
Universitair hoofddocent Taal & Communicatie, VU Amsterdam. Deadline: April 20 2009
Universitair hoofddocent Taal & Communicatie v/m

Voor 1,0 fte

Vacaturenummer 1.2009.00085


De afdeling Taal & Communicatie van de Faculteit der Letteren zoekt op korte termijn een universitair hoofddocent met als taak het verzorgen van onderwijs, het verrichten van onderzoek en het uitvoeren van managementtaken op het terrein van taal en communicatie binnen institutionele contexten. Het profiel van de kandidaat ligt niet vast. Wel is duidelijk dat de UHD zowel een brede belangstelling voor onderzoek en onderwijs op het gebied van taal en communicatie moet hebben als een eigen specialisme binnen dat gebied. De gezochte functionaris is een specialist op het terrein van tekst en discourse en voelt zich thuis in één of meer gebieden als de volgende:

o institutionele communicatie

o persuasieve teksten

o de talige kenmerken van institutionele genres

o effectiviteit van communicatie

De leerstoelgroep waartoe u zult gaan behoren richt zich op onderwijs en onderzoek op het terrein van de taalbeheersing, opgevat als de verbinding tussen taalkunde en communicatiewetenschap. Het onderwijs en het onderzoek van de leerstoelgroep Taal & Communicatie kenmerken zich door de analyse van specifiek talige aspecten van communicatie in conventionele en nieuwe media en door de empirische toetsing van voorstellen voor optimalisering van communicatie.

De leerstoelgroep levert onderwijs aan verschillende bacheloropleidingen (Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen (CIW); Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur (NTC)). Op masterniveau levert de leerstoelgroep onderwijs aan de opleidingen Linguistics, CIW en Journalistiek. In het masteronderwijs richt de leerstoelgroep zich vooral op effectieve communicatie in institutionele contexten, zoals de journalistiek, de gezondheidszorg en de rechtbank.



Functie-inhoud

Bij het onderwijs ligt de nadruk op het ontwikkelen, verzorgen en verbeteren van colleges op het terrein van taalgebruik in institutionele contexten. Dit onderwijs verzorgt u op bachelorniveau (CIW, NTC) en op masterniveau (CIW, NTC, Journalistiek). Vast onderdeel in het onderwijs is de begeleiding van stages en scripties;
het onderzoek in de leerstoelgroep naar de effectiviteit en optimalisering van communicatie in institutionele contexten is ingebed in het interfacultaire onderzoeksinstituut CAMeRA. Uw onderzoek dient hierbij aan te sluiten, waarbij u de coördinatie zult krijgen van verschillende onderzoeksprojecten en verschillende stafleden zult begeleiden bij de uitvoering van hun onderzoek. Kandidaten met een aantoonbare expertise op het terrein van journalistieke teksten (b.v. naar kenmerken en effectiviteit van journalistieke genres) hebben daarbij de voorkeur;
verder wordt van u verwacht dat u in staat bent managementtaken binnen de leerstoel en de faculteit uit te voeren en 2e en 3e geldstromen aan te trekken.

Functie-eisen
U bent gepromoveerd op het terrein van de taalkunde, taalbeheersing, communicatiewetenschap of een verwante discipline;
u heeft expertise op het terrein van taalgebruik in institutionele contexten;
u bent initiatiefrijk, ondermeer blijkend uit het organiseren van symposia en het aantrekken van 2e en 3e geldstromen;
u heeft gepubliceerd in nationale en internationale tijdschriften;
u bent een enthousiasmerende, flexibele en ervaren docent, met zowel een breed didactisch repertoire als een eigen specialisme;
u beschikt aantoonbaar over leidinggevende capaciteiten en bent in staat gebleken managementtaken efficiėnt en zorgvuldig uit te voeren.


Bijzonderheden
De arbeidsovereenkomst wordt aangegaan voor een periode van twee jaar. Daarna bestaat de mogelijkheid van een arbeidsovereenkomst voor onbepaalde tijd. Op www.vu.nl/vacatures kunt u onze arbeidsvoorwaarden uitgebreid terugvinden.


Salaris
Afhankelijk van opleiding en ervaring maximaal € 5.390,- bruto per maand (salarisschaal 13) bij volledige werktijd.


Informatie en sollicitatie
Voor meer informatie kunt u contact opnemen met de heer prof. dr. W. Spooren, hoogleraar Taal & Communicatie, tel. 020 59 86572 (werk) of tel. 073-6135676, e-mail: w.spooren(removeme)let.vu.nl

Schriftelijke sollicitaties onder vermelding van het vacaturenummer in de emailheader of linksboven op brief en enveloppe, vóór 20 april 2009 richten aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Letteren, t.a.v. de heer dr. G. Nijsten, directeur bedrijfsvoering, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam of per e-mail: vacature(removeme)let.vu.nl
PhD position on CASA MILA project, Tilburg University. Deadline: April 15 2009
PhD RESEARCHER
Vacancy number 500.09.02
4 years, fulltime
Intended starting date: August 1, 2009
Tilburg University
Tilburg University is a modern, specialized university. Its education and research are of high quality. Students and employees experience Tilburg University as an environment in which they are challenged and inspired. Moreover, it offers excellent fringe benefits and a corporate culture in which commitment and cooperation are central themes.
Faculty of Humanities, Department of Communication and Information Sciences
Research and education of the Department of Communication and Information Sciences is organized around the themes of language technology, human-computer interaction, perception and cognition, business communication and digital media, and discourse studies. The department’s inspiring working environment stimulates its employees to realize their ambitions.
Within the Department of Communication and Information Sciences, we are looking for a new enthusiastic and competent PhD-colleague

The PhD researcher will collaborate with Dr. Paul Vogt on the project 'Cultural and social aspects of multimodal interaction in language acquisition (CASA MILA)'. This project is concerned with the relation between joint attentional usage and infants' first language acquisition. The project consists of roughly two phases:
The collection of quantitative data on joint attention and multimodal interactions between caregivers and infants (9-24 months old) during field trips to Mozambique and the Netherlands.
The incorporation of these data in computer simulations on language evolution.

For a summary of the project proposal, see www.paul-vogt.nl

The successful candidate will have the following tasks:
- Prepare and perform empirical research on joint attention and child language acquisition within the CASA MILA project.
- Carry out fieldwork in Mozambique and in the Netherlands.
- Publish and present the results at international scientific conferences and in journals.
- Write a dissertation.

It is required to spend one period of 8 Months in 2010 and one of 2 Months in 2011 in Maputo (Mozambique), but the PhD researcher will be based at Tilburg University for the remainder of the appointment.

Requirements
He or she will have the following profile:
- An MA or MSc in (Linguistic/Psychological) Anthropology, (Developmental) Psychology, Psycholinguistics, Linguistics, Cognitive Science or related subject.
- Highly motivated and autonomous with good contactual skills.
- Proven research experience regarding child language acquisition or developmental psychology. (Experience with carrying out ethnographic fieldwork is an asset.)
- An excellent command of oral and written English.
- A good command of Dutch and Portuguese (also Spanish/Italian/French or Changana/Tsonga are acceptable) or the willingness to learn Dutch and/or Portuguese.

Information
For more information please contact dr. Paul Vogt via email (P.A.Vogt(removeme)uvt.nl ). Relevant links: Tilburg University ( www.uvt.nl / www.tilburguniversity.nl/ ), Department of Communication and Information Sciences ( www.tilburguniversity.nl/faculties/humanities/dci/), CASA MILA ( www.paul-vogt.nl )

Terms of employment
Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers, offering excellent terms of employment. The collective labour agreement of Tilburg University applies. The selected candidates will start with a contract for one year, concluded by an evaluation. Upon a positive outcome of the first-year evaluation, the candidate will be offered an employment contract for the remaining three years.
The PhD candidate will receive a starting salary of € 2.042 gross per month in the first year, up to € 2.612 in the 4th year. The selected candidate is expected to have written a PhD thesis by the end of the contract. Furthermore, the usual facilities (desk, computer, options model) are offered, as well as support with housing, immigrations, etc.

Applications
Applications should include cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and names of two references. Application letters should be sent before the application deadline of April 15, 2009, by regular mail to mr. P. van Balen, Human Resource Manager, Faculty of Humanities, Room D304, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, NL-5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands or by email to solliciterenfdl(removeme)uvt.nl .
In your letter, please refer to the relevant vacancy code.
Job interviews dates: 29 May and 2 June 2009.

It is the policy of the university to increase the number of women employed.
Also members of ethnic minority groups and handicapped people are expressly invited to apply.
PhD Students/Researchers, University in Norway. Deadline: April 22 2009
There is a new grant to be advertized by the Norwegian Research Council soon, for PhD students and young researchers who would like to visit a University in Norway for a period of 1-10 months during the academic year 2009-2010. The grant is 12,000 NOK per month for PhD students, 15,000 NOK for researchers. Here is a link to an English version of the announcement: www.forskningsradet.no/en/Funding/ISMOBIL/1233557744786

Please spread the word to anybody you know who might be interested in working at CASTL.
Vacancy PhD researcher Language Acquisition Utrecht University. Deadline: May 1 2009
Vacaturenummer 68907
Ordernummer 064181101
Faculteit / Dienst Geesteswetenschappen
Omschrijving faculteit / dienst Utrecht University (UU), founded in 1636, is one of the largest and most prominent centers for research and education. With almost 7,000 students and close to 900 staff, the Humanities Faculty offers a stimulating, dynamic working environment. Our educational and research programmes focus on language, culture, history, the arts, literature, media, philosophy and theology, from the Ancient World to the present. Key areas are interdisciplinary work and international cooperation, excellent quality of research and education, and the use of new media. The research programmes are organised in four institutes, among which is Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS), which covers all research in linguistics at the faculty.
The Utrecht University Graduate School of Humanities monitors and guarantees the outstanding quality of education programmes for Research Master and PhD-researchers.

Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS is now offering a position of:
Functie titel PhD researcher Language Acquisition
Omvang 0,8 fte
Salaris starting from ā‚¬ 2,042.- gross a month during the first year and increasing to ā‚¬ 2.612.- gross a month in the fourth year on a fulltime basis
Functie-inhoud The current opening is for:
PhD project Investigating Early English in Dutch primary schools (vacancy number 68907; preferable starting date 1-9-2009).

This PhD position investigates the acquisition of English in the Dutch primary classroom. More specifically, its goal is to determine the extent to which the quantity and quality of the input to which children are exposed as part of early English programmes (VVTO in Dutch) has a direct effect on their linguistic proficiency. It will involve a longitudinal study of the morph osyntactic and lexical development of several groups of children who systematically differ in terms of input quantity (number of hours per week) and quality (linguistic proficiency of the teacher).

A full description of the project is available at www.let.uu.nl/~Sharon.Unsworth/personal/AiO.html.

Goal
The PhD project involves training in research and completion of a PhD dissertation. As part of her/his training, the PhD student will take courses offered by the National Graduate School in Linguistics (LOT).
Functie-eisen We are looking for an ambitious student who is willing and able to work in a team consisting of linguists and language teachers. The candidate must have an MA degree in hand one month before the starting date. Specific requirements are: An MA degree in linguistics, education or psycholinguistics (either with a heavy focus on language/linguistics). Candidate should have a working knowledge of Dutch and near-native English.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden
The successful candidate is offered a one-year employment contract as PhD (ā€œAssistant in Opleiding, or AiOā€¯ research trainee) with the possibility of renewal with three years maximum, after evaluation. The PhD will receive a gross monthly salary of ā‚¬ 2,042.- during the first year and increasing to ā‚¬ 2.612.- in the fourth year on a fulltime basis. The PhD will be offered the opportunity to participate in the "Academic Professionalism" scheme, which involves coaching and courses in general skills. We also offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, a end-of-year allowance of 8,3 % and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities. A complementary teaching contract in the English department might be available. UIL-OTS features a stimulating, innovative, and internationally oriented research environment which offers opportunities for a broad professional development. Courses are offered by internationally renowned experts, while possibilities for conference visits are plentiful. We offer excellent experimental facilities and computational support.

Contactpersoon
For further information, please contact the project supervisor at the UiL OTS, dr Sharon Unsworth, telephone +31 (0)30 253 1729, e-mail S.Unsworth(removeme)uu.nl, or the UiL-OTS PhD coordinator dr Maaike Schoorlemmer, telephone +31 (0)30 253 6183, e-mail M.Schoorlemmer(removeme)uu.nl.
You might also like to consult our institute's website: www-uilots.let.uu.nl.

Datum aanmelding 03-10-2009
Datum start 21-03-2009
Datum eind 01-05-2009

Soll. richten aan Applications should include:
o a letter of motivation;
o a curriculum vitae including contact and personal details;
o transcripts of academic results;
o an MA thesis or (if the thesis is not available yet) some alternative piece of written work;
o the contact details of two referees (names, affiliations and phone numbers or e-mail addresses);
o preferably: two reference letters.

E-mail applications in pdf or doc format should be sent to; Humanitiesjobs.gw(removeme)uu.nl, and should specify the applicant's name and the vacancy number 68907 in the topic as well as the message text. Please also include a list of attachments in the message, and specify your name in the filename and text of each attachment. E-mail applications have our preference.

Hard copy applications (or partial applications) should be sent to the Personnel Department, attn. Ms Marlies Kluver, Kromme Nieuwegracht 46, 3512 HJ Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Please refer to the vacancy number 68907 as well as to the website where you found this advertisement.

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 1, 2009.
Interviews are planned during the week starting Monday, June 1, 2009.
Vacancy PhD Research Studentship in the Surrey Morphology Group, Deadline: May 13 2009
University of Surrey
Surrey Morphology Group
English Dept.
Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences
PhD Research Studentship in the Surrey Morphology
(for three years, subject to satisfactory progress)

£13,290 maintenance grant per annum
(funded by the European Research Council)

The Surrey Morphology Group invites applications for a PhD Studentship funded by the European Research Council as part of the MORPHOLOGY project.

Applications are invited for a Research Studentship leading to a PhD in the Surrey Morphology Group, for three years, starting either July 1 2009 or October 1 2009. This post is part of a larger European Research Council-funded project on morphological complexity (the morphology project) awarded to Professor Greville Corbett, Dr Matthew Baerman and Dr Dunstan Brown.

The MORPHOLOGY project investigates the contribution of inflectional morphology to linguistic complexity, and in particular the role of autonomous morphological systems, such as inflection classes and many-to-one correspondences, which constitute a level of structure distinct from the functional categories they express. The current position is the first of two PhD studentships on the project and it is dedicated to the study of inflectional classes.

The studentship includes a maintenance grant of £13,290 per annum. Applicants are expected to have a good first degree and a grounding in linguistics. The post will be particularly appealing to applicants interested any of the following areas: morphology; syntax; typology; computational linguistics. The successful applicant will pursue a specific agreed topic related to inflectional classes within the overall project, and will benefit from being part of a larger team, within a research group. The ability to work collaboratively and to meet deadlines is essential.

Details of the Surrey Morphology Group can be found at:
www.surrey.ac.uk/LIS/SMG/

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Matthew Baerman (m.baerman(removeme)surrey.ac.uk).

To apply, please send: a covering letter explaining how you meet the criteria specified on the 'further intormation sheet'; one page outlining why you are interested in morphological complexity; and a CV including the names of two referees. These should be sent to Melanie Mullally, Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH or emailed to l.mack(removeme)surrey.ac.uk. Please include the reference MORPHOLOGY/PhD in your application and supply your postal address. The closing date for applications is May 13 2009. Interviews are expected to be held on June 4 2009.

The University is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy

University of Surrey
The Surrey Morphology Group
Dept. of English

MPhil/PhD Studentship
(For three years, subject to satisfactory progress)


FURTHER INFORMATION


The Surrey Morphology Group invites applications for a PhD Studentship funded by the European Research Council as part of the MORPHOLOGY project, for three years, starting either July 1 2009 or October 1 2009. The post-holder will register for a full-time PhD in the Group to work on the contribution of inflectional classes to morphological complexity. The supervisory team will consist of Professor Greville Corbett, Dr Matthew Baerman and Dr Dunstan Brown.


The MORPHOLOGY project investigates the contribution of inflectional morphology to linguistic complexity, and in particular the role of autonomous morphological systems, such as inflection classes and many-to-one correspondences, which constitute a level of structure distinct from the functional categories they express.


The studentship includes a maintenance grant of £13,290 per annum and will last for three years.


Selection criteria

The following criteria will be used to select the successful candidate:

Qualifications and Professional Memberships
• A good first degree in a relevant discipline (Essential)
• Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (Desirable)

Knowledge and Skills
• Knowledge of one of the following: morphology; syntax; typology; computational linguistics
• Strong interest in inflectional classes or morphological complexity.
• Excellent inter-personal skills
• Excellent presentation skills
• Good administrative and organisational skills
• Good IT skills
• Able to work independently and as part of a team

Research
Many languages express different grammatical meanings through inflectional morphology, as in English walk, walk-s, walk-ed and walk-ing. It can be argued that inflection is one of the most uniquely human aspects of language: even animal communication may be said to have a lexicon and at least a rudimentary syntax, but only human language has inflectional morphology. Morphology thus has a unique potential to illuminate aspects of human cognition.

The MORPHOLOGY project investigates the extra complexity that autonomous systems introduce. These are systems which introduce a degree of complexity at cross-purposes with the meaning or function of the utterance. This complexity, though often idiosyncratic, is highly structured, and is determined by – and hence a reflection of – the human mind. The MORPHOLOGY project proposes a comprehensive investigation of morphological complexity and what it can tell us about the thought processes that produce it, drawing on the resources both of linguistic typology and of those branches of linguistics that deal with cognition.

The successful applicant will pursue a specific agreed topic related to inflectional classes within the overall project, and will benefit from being part of a larger research group.

Further information on Surrey Morphology Group may be found at our website: www.surrey.ac.uk/LIS/SMG

As a member of the Surrey Morphology Group the post-holder will be expected to attend regular supervisory sessions and other training activities organised for doctoral students.


Application process
To apply, please send: a covering letter explaining how you meet the criteria specified on the 'further intormation sheet'; one page outlining why you are interested in morphological complexity; and a CV including the names of two referees. These should be sent to Melanie Mullally, Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH or emailed to l.mack(removeme)surrey.ac.uk. Please include the reference MORPHOLOGY/PhD in your application and supply your postal address.

The closing date for applications is May 13 2009. Interviews are expected to be held on June 4 2009.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Matthew Baerman (m.baerman(removeme)surrey.ac.uk).
University Lecturer Germanic Linguistics, University Leiden. Deadline: April 15 2009
Universitair Docent germanistische linguļstiek. (9-055)
het Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL)
Universitair docent (v / m) (15,2 uur per week)
vacaturenummer: 9-055

In het Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) van de faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen is per 1 juli 2009 plaats voor een enthousiaste universitair docent op het terrein van de germanistische linguļstiek.

TAKEN:
• verzorgt een deel van het onderwijs binnen de Opleiding Duitse taal en cultuur (ook in de propedeuse) met name op het terrein van de taalvaardigheid en de germanistische linguļstiek
• participeert in het (ontwikkelen van nieuw) onderwijsaanbod van LUCL en in het implementeren van vernieuwingsconcepten voor het taalvaardigheidonderwijs
• verricht zelfstandig onderzoek op het terrein van de germanistische linguļstiek en (mede)begeleidt het onderzoek van studenten, promovendi en postdocs
• participeert in het onderzoek van LUCL en verwerft onderzoeksmiddelen uit de tweede en derde geldstroom
• draagt bestuurlijke en organisatorische verantwoordelijkheden

EISEN:
• aantoonbare onderwijservaring en didactische kwaliteiten
• interesse in en liefst ook ervaring met onderzoeksgestuurd onderwijs
• een afgerond proefschrift op het gebied van de germanistische linguļstiek
• een actief onderzoeksprofiel
• bij voorkeur moedertaal Duits, actieve beheersing van het Nederlands

De universitair docent werkt samen met de andere stafleden van LUCL en in het bijzonder met de medewerkers die betrokken zijn bij het onderwijs en onderzoek in de Duitse taal en cultuur. Hij of zij wordt direct aangestuurd door de hoogleraar Duitse taal en cultuur. De aanstelling geschiedt voor 0.4 fte in de functie van universitair docent 2 voor 2 jaar met uitzicht op een vast dienstverband. Het salaris is afhankelijk van opleiding en ervaring en bedraagt minimaal € 2.379 en maximaal € 4374bruto per maand bij een volledige werkweek. Nadere inlichtingen over deze functie zijn te verkrijgen bij prof.dr. A. Visser, hoogleraar Duitse taal en cultuur, of prof.dr. J. Schaeken, wetenschappelijk directeur LUCL.

Sollicitaties, vergezeld van een curriculum vitae, een exemplaar van een sleutelpublicatie en onder vermelding van de namen en contactgegevens van twee referenten, kunt u onder vermelding van het vacaturenummer tot 15 april a.s. richten aan
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, afdeling P&O,
Mw. Irene Cockram – van ‘t Haaff, P&O adviseur,
P.O. Box 9515,
2300 RA Leiden.
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for Tabu Dag 2009, Groningen. Deadline: April 8 2009
Final call for abstracts

EXTENDED DEADLINE:

TABU Dag 2009
30th international linguistics conference
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
June 11-12, 2009
www.let.rug.nl/tabudag
Abstract submission deadline: April 8, 2009

We welcome contributions related to the following aspects of linguistics:

Computational Linguistics
- computer-assisted language learning
- dialectometry
- language processing
- machine learning
- parsing and machine translation
Discourse and Communication
- communication in institutions, media, on the internet
- discourse structure
- spoken language communication & intonation
- written, visual, audio-visual conversations

Language and Literacy Development across the Life Span
- bilingualism and bilingual education
- first language acquisition
- language attrition
- language development and aging
- language learning in educational settings
- second language acquisition

Language Variation and Language Change
- dialectology and sociolinguistics
- grammaticalization and degrammaticalization
- language change
- language contact
- synchronic and diachronic language variation

Neurolinguistics
- developmental speech and language disorders
- normal language processing in the brain (neuroimaging techniques – ERP, MEG, fMRI, TMS, eye tracking)
- speech and language disorders after brain damage

Syntax and Semantics
- discourse semantics
- perception and understanding (asymmetries in grammar)
- syntactic structure, information structure

In addition, we encourage abstract submissions from other linguistic areas which may have remained unmentioned in the overview above.

Abstracts of max 400 words should be submitted via the abstract submission system on our website: www.let.rug.nl/tabudag.

The deadline for abstract submission is April 8, 2009. Notification of acceptance will be sent on April 15. The duration of the presentations is twenty minutes plus five minutes for discussion. Depending on the number of submissions, some authors may be invited to give a poster presentation. The conference language is English.

Further information is available on our website: www.let.rug.nl/tabudag.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Groningen!

Best regards,

The organizers,
Diana Dimitrova, Myrte Gosen, Dörte Hessler, Alexandra Lenz & Martijn Wieling, tabudag(removeme)rug.nl
Call for papers for Current Trends in Grammaticalization Research, Groningen. Deadline: April 15 2009
Current Trends in Grammaticalization Research
University of Groningen, October 8-9, 2009

Second Call for papers
The study of grammaticalization and related phenomena continues to be a thriving branch of historical linguistics. Where the 1990s and the beginning of the 21st century witnessed a special interest in definitional issues, recent theorizing has been focusing on a synthesis of grammaticalization studies and other disciplines, such as psycholinguistics, contact linguistics, and Construction Grammar. These novel perspectives, based on an increasing body of data (including work from non-Indo-European languages), provoke new and interesting questions about the very nature of grammaticalization, degrammaticalization, and lexicalization.

This two-day workshop aims to bring together theoretical and empirical approaches to grammaticalization, degrammaticalization, and lexicalization, and we therefore welcome both theoretical and data-oriented submissions. Topics include (but are not restricted to):

• the grammaticalization-lexicalization interface
• the status of pragmaticalization
• contact-induced grammaticalization
• psycholinguistic approaches to directional tendencies
• grammaticalization, degrammaticalization, and lexicalization within a constructional framework
• grammaticalization and morphological theory
• grammaticalization and syntactic theory


Plenary speakers
We are pleased to announce the following plenary speakers:

• Hans-Olav Enger, University of Oslo
• Nikolaus Himmelmann, University of Münster
• Graeme Trousdale, University of Edinburgh
• Jacqueline Visconti, University of Genova


Abstracts
We invite abstracts for 30-minute papers (including ten minutes discussion time). Abstracts should not exceed a maximum of 400 words, including references. Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is April 15, 2009. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by May 15, 2009.

Abstracts can only be submitted through the Easy Abstracts facility at Linguist List at linguistlist.org/confcustom/CTGR2009. You can upload your abstract as either .doc or .pdf. Please use the latter format if your abstract contains special fonts.

Registration
Early registration (until July 1, 2009) is 75 Euro. Late or on-site registration will be 100 Euro. Early registration for (graduate) students is 45 euro, late registration 60 euro. Please bring some kind of identification to prove that you are a student. The fee includes the workshop package, reception, coffee, tea, and lunches. The workshop dinner will have to be paid for separately. More information about payment (bank transfer only) will be posted on our website as soon as possible.

Venue
The workshop will be held at the University of Groningen. The city of Groningen is situated in the North of the Netherlands and is easily accessible by train (with direct trains to and from Schiphol Airport running every hour). The University’s Faculty of Arts is conveniently located in the city centre, with all main attractions within walking distance. Please visit our website (see URL below) for information about travel and accommodation.

Contact
The workshop is organized by Karin Beijering, Alexandra Lenz, and Muriel Norde.

Workshop e-mail: grammaticalization(removeme)rug.nl

Workshop URL: www.rug.nl/let/onderzoek/onderzoekinstituten/clcg/events/currenttrends/index
Call for papers for 7th International Symposium on FroCos 2009, Italy.Deadline: April 26 2009
Final Call for Papers

7th International Symposium on
FRONTIERS OF COMBINING SYSTEMS (FroCoS’09)

Trento, Italy, September 16-18th, 2009
events.unitn.it/en/frocos09/

MOTIVATIONS
In various areas of computer science, such as logic, computation, program development and verification, artificial intelligence, knowledge representation, and automated reasoning, there is an obvious need for using specialized formalisms and inference mechanisms for special tasks. In order to be usable in practice, these specialized systems must be combined with each other, and they must be integrated into general purpose systems. The development of general techniques and methods for the combination and integration of special formally defined systems, as well as for the analysis and modularization of complex systems has been initiated in many areas. The International Symposium on Frontiers of Combining Systems (FROCOS) traditionally focuses on this type of research questions and activities and aims at promoting progress in the field.
Like its predecessors, FROCOS’09 wants to offer a common forum for research activities in the general area of combination, modularization and integration of systems (with emphasis on logic-based ones), and of their practical use.

RELEVANT TOPICS
Typical topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
* combinations of logics such as combined predicate, temporal, modal,
or epistemic logics;
* combinations and modularity in ontologies;
* combination of decision procedures, of satisfiability procedures,
and of CS techniques;
* combinations and modularity in term rewriting;
* integration of equational and other theories into deductive systems;
* combination of deduction systems and computer algebra;
* integration of data structures into CLP formalisms and deduction processes;
* hybrid methods for deduction, resolution and constraint propagation;
* hybrid systems in knowledge representation and natural language semantics;
* combined logics for distributed and multi-agent systems;
* logical aspects of combining and modularizing programs and specifications.

INVITED SPEAKERS
* Alessandro Armando, University of Genoa, Italy
* Thomas Eiter, TU Wien, Austria
* Boris Motik, Oxford University, UK
* Ashish Tiwari, SRI International, USA

PAPER SUBMISSION
Papers must describe original work, be written and presented in English, and must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with refereed proceedings. Selection criteria include accuracy and originality of ideas, clarity and significance of results, and quality of presentation. All submissions will be subject to academic peer review by at least three members of the program committee. For each accepted paper, at least one author is required to attend the conference to present the paper.
Papers must be edited in LATEX using the llncs style and be submitted electronically as PDF files via the EasyChair system:
www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=frocos09.
The page limit in Springer LNCS style is 16 pages.
Prospective authors are required to register a title and an abstract a week before the paper submission deadline (see below).
Further information about paper submission is available at FROCOS’09 web page.

PROCEEDINGS
The proceedings of FroCoS’09 will be published by Springer-Verlag in the LNAI/LNCS series.

IMPORTANT DATES
Abstract submission deadline: April 26th, 2009
Full paper submission deadline: May 3rd, 2009
Notification of acceptance: June 8th, 2009
Camera Ready Copy: June 22th, 2009
Conference: September 16-18th 2009
Call for papers for Conference on Frisian linguistics 2009, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Conference on Frisian linguistics 2009

The Linguistics Society of the Frisian Academy (Fryske Akademy) organises this year for the third time the Conference on Frisian linguistics. The Conference has an informal character and is of interest to everybody who actively or passively participates in Frisian linguistics: grammar, phonetics/phonology, onomastics, lexicology, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics and so on. Talks may focus on the results of scientific research, but presentations of research plans, of speculations or of language corpora are also welcome. Talks may be held in any language belonging to the family of West-Germanic languages.

When: friday 23 october 2009.
Where: Fryske Akademy, It Aljemint, Doelestraat 2-4, Ljouwert / Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

The time allotted for presentations is 30 minutes (20 minutes talk, 10 minutes discussion).
Please send an abstract of half A4, with name and address, to:

wvisser(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl

Or by regular mail to:

Fryske Akademy,
Taalkundich Wurkferbān,
Postbus 54,
8900 AB Ljouwert/Leeuwarden,
The Netherlands.
HERA Call for Joint Research Programmes (JRP), NWO. Deadline: April 7 2009
Transnationale consortia – opgebouwd uit minimaal drie deelnemende landen kunnen maximaal € 1.000.000 aanvragen voor onderzoeksvoorstellen met een duidelijke Europese meerwaarde binnen de HERA JRP thema’s: 1) Cultural dynamics: Inheritance and identity en 2) Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation.

Aanvragen voor Collaborative Research Proposals kunnen ingediend worden tot 7 april 2009 via het elektronisch indieningssysteem bereikbaar via de HERA website: www.heranet.info.

De volledige tekst van de oproep en een document met antwoorden op Frequently Asked Questions zijn te vinden op de HERA website www.heranet.info
Call for papers for ERC Advanced Grants: Deadline: April 15 2009
De Advanced grants steunen innovatief, baanbrekend onderzoek dat wordt uitgevoerd door onderzoekers met veel ervaring die op internationaal niveau tot de top van hun gebied worden gerekend. De onderzoekers zijn vrij in de keuze van het onderwerp van onderzoek, en in principe vereisen de projecten geen internationale partners.

De sluitingsdatum voor het domein Social Sciences and Humanities is: 15 april 2009
Meer informatie: cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=UserSite.IdeasDetailsCallPage&call_id=187
Call for ESF Exploratory Workshops. Deadline: April 30 2009
ESF Exploratory Workshops awards are intended for small, interactive and output-oriented discussion meetings. The focus of the scheme is on meetings aiming to open up new directions in research or to explore emerging research fields with potential impact on new developments in science. Proposals should demonstrate the potential for initiating follow-up research activities and/or developing future collaborative actions. Interdisciplinary topics are encouraged. Awards are for workshops to be held in the calendar year 2010 (1 February - 31 December).
Deadline for receipt of proposals: 30 April 2009
Full details at www.esf.org/workshops
Call for Papers for International Multiconference on Computer Science, Poland. Deadline: May 10 2009
2009 International Multiconference on Computer Science and Information Technology www.imcsit.org/

October 12-14, 2009
Mercure Hotel Mr?gowia, Mr?gowo, Poland


IMCSIT is organized by the Polish Information Processing Society in cooperation with the IEEE Computer Society (Poland Chapter), the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Institute of Computer Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences.


The 2009 International Multiconference on Computer Science and Information Technology will consist of the following conferences:


* AAIA'09 - 4th International Symposium Advances in Artificial Intelligence and Applications - AAIA.imcsit.org

* IWBI'09 - First International Workshop on Business Intelligence - BI.imcsit.org

* CLA'09 - Computational Linguistics - Applications - CLA.imcsit.org

* ECOM & EGOV'09 - 9th International Multidisciplinary Conference on e-Commerce and e-Government - ECOM-EGOV.imcsit.org

* IMT4SC'09 - 1st International Symposium on Intelligent Mobile Technologies for Social Change - IMT4SC.imcsit.org

* MI&E'09 - Workshop on Medical Informatics and Engineering - MIE.imcsit.org

* MMAP'09 - 2nd International Symposium on Multimedia - Applications and Processing - MMAP.imcsit.org

* PITA'09 - International Conference on Principles of Information Technology and Applications - PITA.imcsit.org

* WAHOC'09 - Workshop on Ad-Hoc Wireless Networks - WAHOC.imcsit.org

* WAPL'09 - 2nd Workshop on Advances in Programming Languages - WAPL.imcsit.org

* WCO'09 - Workshop on Computational Optimization - WCO.imcsit.org

* WRTP/RTS'09 - 30th IFAC Workshop on Real-Time Programming and 4th International Workshop on Real-Time Software - WRTP-RTS.imcsit.org

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The 2009 AAIA Symposium is dedicated to celebrating 50 years of scientific research of Professor Juliusz Lech Kulikowski (see:
imcsit.org/pg/239/191, and imcsit.org/pg/238/190)

Furthermore, the AAIA Symposium will award two "Professor Zdzislaw Pawlak Best Paper Awards" ( www.imcsit.org/pg/234/187) for contributions which are outstanding in their scientific quality. The two award categories
are:

- Best Student Paper - for graduate or PhD students. Papers qualifying for this award must be marked as "Student full paper" to be eligible for consideration.

- Best Paper Award - for the authors of the best paper appearing at the Symposium.

In addition to a certificate, each award carries a prize of 300 EUR provided by the Mazowsze Chapter of the Polish Information Processing Society ( www.pti.org.pl/om/).


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CONFERENCE LANGUAGE:

English is the sole language for paper submission and presentation.

PAPER PUBLICATION

- Proceedings of the 2009 IMCSIT will be published on a CD (ISSN 1896-7094) and will be placed in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

- Each conference will then publish extended versions of selected papers in Special Issues of Journals and/or as Edited Volumes; for more details see sites of each event

PAPER SUBMISSION

- Authors should submit draft papers (as Postscript, PDF of MS Word file, OpenDocument Text)

- The total length of a paper should not exceed 8 pages (IEEEtran style).
IEEEtran style templates are available at the conference WWW site
( submit.imcsit.org/)

- Papers will be refereed and accepted on the basis of their scientific merit and relevance to the specific conference

- Conference organizers reserve the right to move submissions between Conferences

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

* Paper submission: May 10, 2009
* Notification of acceptance/rejection: July 1, 2009
* Camera-ready paper due: August 15, 2009
* Conference: October 12-14, 2009


ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

Maria Ganzha (Chair), SRI PAS, Warsaw and EUH-E, Elblag, Poland Marcin Paprzycki, SRI PAS and WSM, Warsaw, Poland

CONTACT:

In case of questions, please send an e-mail to: contact2009(removeme)imcsit.org
Call for Programmes for Excellence, NWO, Brain & Cognition. Deadline: June 3 2009
Op 1 februari 2009 is de call voor Programmes for Excellence binnen het NWO programma ‘Brain & Cognition: an integrated approach’ opengesteld. Deze Call biedt wetenschappers de mogelijkheid om subsidie aan te vragen voor onderzoeksvoorstellen gericht op geļntegreerd en interdisciplinair onderzoek binnen dit thema. De voorstellen dienen te voldoen aan de in de Call beschreven criteria die voor deze ronde zijn gesteld. Indienen van een vooraanmelding is een verplicht onderdeel van deze ronde. De deadline voor de vooraanmeldingen is op woensdag 3 juni 2009. Voor deze Call is een totaal budget van maximaal 6 M€ beschikbaar. Meer informatie (vanaf 1 februari): www.nwo.nl/subsidiewijzer en www.nwo.nl/bcia .
Naast deze Call bestaat de mogelijkheid om continue aanvragen in te dienen voor interdisciplinaire educatie van master studenten en AiO’s. Ook hierover is meer informatie te vinden op de bovenstaande websites.
CALL for papers for Workshop on Games, Dialogue and Interaction, University of Paris. Deadline: May 15 2009
CALL FOR PAPERS
Workshop on Games, Dialogue and Interaction
anr-prelude.fr University of Paris – VIII September 28/29, 2009

BACKGROUND

This workshop is to be held in the frame of the PRELUDE project (funded by the French ANR – Agence Nationale pour la Recherche), which is a joint project of four research teams : laboratoire “Structures Formelles de la Langue” (Paris VIII and CNRS), Institut de mathématiques de Luminy (Aix-Marseille and CNRS), Laboratoire d’informatique de Bordeaux (équipe
Signes) (Bordeaux I, CNRS and INRIA) and Laboratoire lorrain de recherches en informatique et applications (LORIA, Nancy). It will be hosted by Paris VIII University in its premises located in Paris, 59 rue Pouchet (17e).

AIMS AND SCOPE

“PRELUDE” stands for “Towards a Theoretical Pragmatic based on Ludics and Continuations”, that is to say that a particular emphasis has been put during all these years on the use of new formal tools coming from Theoretical Computer Science and Logic in order to give new formulations for language phenomena pertaining to formal semantics (logical forms), pragmatics (dialogue, presupposition) and even argumentation (fallacies and stratagems).
As indicated by its title, this workshop will be devoted on all aspects of the formal study of dialogue and interactions: syntax of dialogue, semantic, pragmatic and philosophical aspects.

INVITED SPEAKERS

Jean-Yves Girard (CNRS, Institut de Mathématiques de Luminy) Ruth Kempson (King’s College, London) Sandra Laugier (Department of Philosophy, Université de Picardie) Mathieu Marion (Department of Philosophy, Université du Québec ą Montréal) Dale Miller (INRIA, Saclay – Ile de France and Ecole Polytechnique) Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen (Department of Philosophy, Helsinki)

SUBMISSION DETAILS

We invite submissions of extended abstracts of maximally 8 pages (A4 or letter, 12pt single spaced). The material must be original and previously unpublished. Parallel submissions to other conferences is possible but must be indicated with the submission. The material that is covered in the abstract must be appropriate in length and content to be presented in a 30-minute talk. Submissions must be made before *May 15* and sent to one of the following addresses: Alain.Lecomte(removeme)univ-paris8.fr, quatrini(removeme)iml.univ-mrs.fr

IMPORTANT DATES

- Conference: 28/28 September
- Submission: 15 May
- Notification: 10 June
- Final version: 15 July

INSCRIPTION FEES:
- 100 euros, for lunches and proceedings (students : 50 euros)

LOCAL ORGANIZERS:

Alain Lecomte, Laurent Roussarie, Maya Hickman (Paris VIII)

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Pr. Alain Lecomte Alain.Lecomte(removeme)univ-paris8.fr
Université Paris 8 tel. 06 63 09 67 64
UMR 7023 « Structures Formelles de la Langue » Bātiment D, pičces 323-327 2, rue de la Liberté, Saint-Denis
Call for papers for Workshop Atoms and laws of the noun phrase: a comparative perspective, CRISSP (University Brussels Belgium) and UiL-OTS (University Utrecht, Netherlands) Deadline: May 15, 2009
Atoms and laws of the noun phrase: a comparative perspective
CALL FOR PAPERS

CRISSP (University of Brussels/Belgium) and UiL-OTS (University of Utrecht/The Netherlands) are pleased to announce a workshop on Atoms and laws of the noun phrase: a comparative perspective, which will be held in Utrecht (the Netherlands) on July 2-3, 2009.

Theme description
The general theme of this workshop is the design of the noun phrase. In particular, we hope to further our insight into the atoms (building blocks) and laws (rule systems) of the noun phrase, by approaching this subject matter from a micro-comparative, a macro-comparative and a diachronic perspective. A second important question that will be addressed concerns the issue of cross-categorial symmetry: to what extent is the nominal system comparable to the sentential system (or other phrasal systems), e.g. with respect to the typology of the computational rules that are involved or the way in which morphosyntactic diversity is encoded in the atoms?

More specifically, this workshop wants to address the following central research questions :

(a) What are the atoms of the noun phrase? That is, what are the ‘building blocks’ (i.e. categories) within the nominal domain that through the combinatorics of the computational system yield a nominal projection ? A central question that needs to be dealt with concerns the inventory of so-called functional categories (and their projections). Thus far, research on the noun phrase has argued for the existence of functional categories such as Num(P), Pos(P), and D(P). The question arises as to whether the set of (functional) atoms is richer, and consequently whether the structure of the nominal system is more articulate than is generally assumed thus far. Alternatively, one might raise the question as to whether the inventory of functional atoms is too rich as it is generally assumed to be. In that case, the question arises where unification of apparent atoms is possible. In short : What is the inventory of functional atoms within the noun phrase ?
(b) What are the laws (rules) of the noun phrase ? That is, to what extent are nominal structures the result of simple External Merge (i.e. the junction of two categories) ? Or is the displacement property (so-called Internal Merge), which is widely attested in the clausal system, also attested within the nominal system ? A related question concerns the construction-specificity of the rule system , i.e. to what extent are ‘types of nominal constructions’ (e.g. N of N-constructions, pseudopartitives, partitives, possessives, appositives, head-argument-constructions) the result of (language specific) and construction-specific rules? Or do they result from more general, construction-independent rule formats for structure building ?
(c) To what extent is the syntax of the noun phrase similar to/different from the syntax of the sentence (or, for that matter, other phrasal domains)? Ever since Chomsky (1970) and Jackendoff (1977), the search for cross-categorial parallelism has been an important heuristic strategy in syntactic theory (see also Abney 1987, Szabolcsi 1987). The question arises whether symmetry is found between the clausal system and the nominal system. For example, is the typology of displacement as attested in the clausal domain (head movement, phrasal A-movement, phrasal A-bar movement) also found in the nominal system ?
(d) What are the atoms of linguistic diversity, i.e. the parameters, within the noun phrase, and how are they set (i.e. what is their value)? This question about the ‘setting of parameters’ can be examined from a number of comparative perspectives : (i) a synchronic microvariation (i.e. cross-dialectal) perspective, (ii) a diachronic perspective, (iii) a macrovariation perspective.

For this workshop we welcome papers on any topic related to the issues raised above.

INVITED SPEAKERS

The following people have accepted our invitation to present a paper at the Atoms and laws of the noun phrase-workshop:
- Liliane Haegeman (UGent)
- Hilda Koopman (UCLA)
- ˇeljko Boškovi? (UConn)
- Tal Siloni (Tel Aviv)


ABSTRACT GUIDELINES

Abstracts should not exceed two pages, including data, references and diagrams. Abstracts should be typed in at least 11-point font, with one-inch margins (letter-size; 8"1/2 by 11" or A4) and a maximum of 50 lines of text per page. Abstracts must be anonymous and submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Send name, affiliation, e-mail, mailing address and title of the paper in the body of the message. The anonymous abstract should be sent as an attachment, and only abstracts in pdf-format will be accepted. Abstracts should be sent to marjo.vankoppen(removeme)let.uu.nl.

Accepted papers are allotted 30 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion.

IMPORTANT DATES

First call for papers: March 24, 2009
Second call for papers: May 1, 2009

Submission deadline: May 15, 2009

Notification of acceptance: June 1, 2009
Workshop: July 2-3, 2009

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Jeroen van Craenenbroeck (CRISSP/Brussels)
Guido Vanden Wyngaerd (CRISSP/Brussels)

Norbert Corver (UiL-OTS/Utrecht)
Marjo van Koppen (UiL-OTS/Utrecht)
Call for papers for PRE-CogSci 2009, Amsterdam. Deadline: May 10 2009
CALL FOR PAPERS

PRODUCTION OF REFERRING EXPRESSIONS (PRE-CogSci 2009):
Bridging the gap between computational and empirical approaches to reference
(29 July 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

pre2009.uvt.nl/

Deadline for abstract submission: May 10, 2009


PRE-CogSci 2009 is organized as part of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2009 < cognitivesciencesociety.org/conference2009/>)

Invited speakers are:

- Deb Roy (MIT, USA)
- William S. Horton (Northwestern University, USA)

There is a long research tradition of work on the production of referring expressions, in the area of computational linguistics as well as in psycholinguistics and cognitive science. This encompasses work on definite descriptions, deictic expressions, anaphora, and many other topics. Both research traditions have resulted in many interesting findings, but so far the interaction between these two traditions has been very limited. We believe that much is to be gained from more interaction, for both research traditions involved.

This workshop aims to bring together --for the first time-- psycholinguists with an interest in computational modeling and computational linguists with an interest in human speech production. In addition, the workshop is expected to be of interest to theoretical linguists whose work borders on other areas of cognitive science, particularly those with an interest in discourse structure, and those interested in models of human language that are grounded in cognitive principles.

The workshop will open with a short introductory talk about the production or referring expressions, to make the workshop broadly accessible. The rest of the day will consist of a mixture of regular 20 minute talks, poster presentations and two invited talks by renowned experts in the field.

We received financial support from The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), via the Vici project "Bridging the gap between computational linguistics and psycholinguistics: The case of referring expressions" (Krahmer; 277-70-007), which is gratefully acknowledged.

We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!

Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen
Albert Gatt, University of Aberdeen & University of Malta
Roger van Gompel, University of Dundee
Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University

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CALL FOR PAPERS

We invite substantial, original, and unpublished submissions on all topics related to the production of referring expressions. Contributions may focus on computational or experimental approaches to reference, with combinations of the two especially appreciated. Note that we particularly welcome new results, but given the purpose of the workshop, papers that present an original overview of previously published work tailored to this workshop may also be acceptable.

Topics of interest include computational and/or experimental approaches to:
- different kinds of referring expressions; when are which types of reference (pronouns, descriptions, etc.) most appropriate?
- plural and quantified references
- vagueness: the use of vague (e.g. gradable) predicates in referring expressions
- referential overspecification: why and how do speakers overspecify?
- referential underspecification: production of descriptions which do not uniquely identify a referent
- referring expressions in interactive settings; audience design, adaptation and alignment
- ambiguity avoidance in references
- common ground, cooperativeness and shared/private information in reference
- realization of referring expressions (including speech and gesture)
- visual scene perception and its influence on the production of referring expressions
- social and contextual factors in reference
- data-collection and experimental evaluation methods

Extended abstract submission:
Paper selection will be based on extended abstracts (max 2000 words). The only accepted format for submitted abstracts is Adobe PDF. Abstracts should be sent to k.vdeemter(removeme)abdn.ac.uk.

Final submission:
Upon acceptance, authors are invited to prepare a 4-6 page paper using the COGSCI author kit ( cognitivesciencesociety.org/conference2009/submissions.html). Final versions need to be submitted as pdf. Papers will be published in on line proceedings, and the authors retain the copyrights. Final versions of accepted papers should be sent to k.vdeemter(removeme)abdn.ac.uk.

Special Issue
We hope to edit a special issue based on the workshop results. More information about this will follow.

If authors have any questions, they should contact the workshop organizers.


IMPORTANT DATES

May 10, 2009: Deadline for abstract submission

June 8, 2009: Notification of acceptance

June 26, 2009: Early registration deadline

July 8, 2009: Deadline for full paper submission

July 29, 2009: Workshop

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CONTACT

PRE-COGSCI 2009 is organized by:

Kees van Deemter
Computing Science Department
Meston Building
King's College
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UE, Scotland, UK
k.vdeemter(removeme)abdn.ac.uk
www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/~kvdeemte/

Albert Gatt
Computing Science Department
Meston Building
King's College
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UE, Scotland, UK
a.gatt(removeme)abdn.ac.uk
www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/~agatt/

Roger van Gompel
School of Psychology
University of Dundee
Dundee
DD1 4HN
Scotland, UK
r.p.g.vangompel(removeme)dundee.ac.uk
www.dundee.ac.uk/psychology/people/academics/rpgvangompel/

Emiel Krahmer
Tilburg centre for Creative Computing / Communication and Cognition
Department of Communication and Information Sciences
Tilburg University
P.O.Box 90153
NL-5000 LE Tilburg
The Netherlands
e.j.krahmer(removeme)uvt.nl
fdlwww.uvt.nl/~krahmer/
Call for candidates for European Latsis Prize, ESF, Strasbourg, France. Deadline: June 30 2009
European Latsis Prize 2009

invitation to nominate candidates

The European Science Foundation (ESF) invites nominations for the European Latsis Prize 2009. The Prize, of a value of 100 000 Swiss Francs, is presented each year by the International Latsis Foundation at the ESF Annual Assembly to a scientist or research group in recognition of outstanding and innovative contributions in a selected field of research. The research field for the 2009 Prize is:
“The Human Brain – The Human Mind”
The European Latsis Prize 2009 will be awarded for outstanding contributions to the development of interdisciplinary research on “The Human Brain – The Human Mind”, which has had a major impact in this domain. Excellent research achievements related to the main disciplines which have contributed to this development, e.g. neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology and linguistics, will be considered.
The criteria used in the selection procedure will be scientific excellence, a focus on the relation between brain and mind, societal impact and contribution to European progress.
Nominations may be received for individual scholars or for research groups, but no self nominations will be accepted. 1 All nomination forms should be clearly presented and include a detailed nomination statement (maximum 2 pages) setting out clear reasons for the submission, a complete Curriculum Vitae and a full list of publications.
The nominations will be evaluated by a high-level committee of experts in the field.
The European Latsis Prize 2009 will be awarded on the occasion of the Annual Assembly of the European Science Foundation on Thursday 19 November 2009, in Strasbourg, France.
1 All nominees will be considered irrespective of age, sex, religion or nationality.

Nomination Statement
This should be contained in no more than 2 pages describing the candidate’s qualifications for the European Latsis Prize.
The Nomination Statement should cover:
(a) The merits of an individual or group’s work on the present state of the topic.
(b) The impact on the scientific community of the work of the individual candidate or group nominated.
(c) Recognition by peers within the scientific community.
(d) Influence on practice in the field through publications and other means of dissemination, including teaching and training students in the field.
(e) Contributions made to scientific excellence, societal impact and European progress.
Nominations to be submitted online. You will be required to upload a file containing the nomination statement and complete Curriculum Vitae with full list of publications.
Access to the online nomination form can be found at www.esf.org/latsis. The deadline for nominations is 30 June 2009.