February 12th, 2009

Van de LOT Bestuurstafel
Op 5 februari is weer in Utrecht vergaderd door het LOT bestuur en de LOT directeuren. We mochten Anikó Liptįk (Leiden) en Sjef Barbiers (Meertens) verwelkomen als nieuwe bestuursleden. De vaste punten zoals de LOT scholen en de LOT publicaties stonden weer op de agenda. De winterschool in Groningen is succesvol afgesloten, het programma voor de zomerschool in Leiden staat al op de website, en we beginnen alweer na te denken over het programma voor de winterschool van 2010 aan de VU – dus input zoals altijd welkom!

We hebben de wikipedia pagina bekeken die Wim Zonneveld met hulp van een student assistent heeft gemaakt over Henk Schultink: nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henk_schultink. We hopen in de toekomst nog meer informatie over taalkunde en taalkundigen in Nederland op wikipedia te kunnen plaatsen. Daarnaast werd de begroting voor 2009 vastgesteld en is er gesproken over ontwikkelingen in het taalkundig onderzoek in Nederland.

Een belangrijk punt waar we de komende tijd mee bezig zullen zijn is de hererkenning. LOT is als landelijke onderzoekschool erkend door de KNAW. Die erkenning is een soort kwaliteitsstempel dat wordt afgegeven voor een periode van 5 jaar. We hebben afgesproken dat we eind 2009 een aanvraag tot hererkenning indienen, en zullen deze zomer een (internationale) commissie uitnodigen om ons te evalueren. LOT zal de medewerking van de instituten vragen om dit allemaal goed te doen verlopen.

Ter vergadering hebben we een demo gezien van de nieuwe LOT website, met de eerste resultaten van de LOT database. In de instituten is iedereen nu druk bezig zijn/haar profielgegevens aan te leveren, en projectpagina’s aan te maken. Met het bestuur hebben we al een beetje kunnen zien hoe mooi dat allemaal in LOT verband bij elkaar komt. Nog even geduld…we hopen in de loop van maart om te schakelen naar de nieuwe website, en dan is de database ook voor iedereen toegankelijk. Dus zorg dat je er in staat!

Henriėtte de Swart

LOT directeur
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Communiceren met doofblinden
Marleen Janssen is de eerste hoogleraar ter wereld die zich richt op communicatie met doofblinden...

Spraakherkenning in de rechtszaal
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AVT/AnéLA Dissertatieprijs 2009
Jaarlijks kiest een onafhankelijke jury voor de Algemene Vereniging voor Taalwetenschap, de Anéla en de Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap (LOT) het beste taalkundige proefschrift dat in het afgelopen jaar aan een Nederlandse universiteit verdedigd is.
De prijswinnaar wordt de laatste jaren bekend gemaakt op het feestelijke Taalgala ; zij/hij ontvangt een aardige geldprijs,
en de afgelopen jaren is een samenvatting van het bekroonde proefschrift gepubliceerd in het tijdschrift Nederlandse Taalkunde.

Wij nodigen iedereen uit om (gemotiveerde) voordrachten te doen voor kandidaten voor de AVT/ANéLA-dissertatieprijs 2009.
Het betreft dissertaties verdedigd in het jaar 2008.

De voordrachten dienen zo spoedig mogelijk en uiterlijk voor 8 maart
2009 te worden ingediend. Dit kan online:

www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/avt/formulier-voordracht-dissertatieprijs-2009.jsp

Voor meer informatie over de AVT/ANéLA-dissertatieprijs 2009, kunt u contact opnemen met Mienke Droop, email: mienke.droop(removeme)hu.nl

Mienke Droop
Expertisecentrum Nederlands
Postbus 6610
6503 GC Nijmegen
ACLC seminar by J. Harrington (University of Munich) on Diachronic /u/-fronting in Standard English, Amsterdam, February 13 2009
Friday, February 13 2009, 10.30 - 12.00 hrs.
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 420

Jonathan Harrington (University of Munich)

presents:

An acoustic and perceptual analysis of diachronic /u/-fronting in Standard English.


In the last 50 years, various studies have provided evidence that /u/ in Standard English (lexical set GOOSE) has fronted diachronically. The aim of the present study was to investigate the extent to which this fronting can be explained by the coarticulatory effects of the preceding consonantal context. Two studies will be reported. Firstly, an acoustic analysis in which the second formant frequency is parameterised using the discrete-cosine-transformation: this part of the study shows not only phonetic fronting of /u/ in younger compared with older speakers, but also that the extent of fronting is context-dependent. The second study is a forced-choice perception experiment in which the same subjects who participated in the acoustic experiment identified /i/ or /u/ from two minimal-pair continua in which the preceding consonant does (yeast-used) and does not (sweep-swoop) exert a fronting effect on the vowel. The results of this second experiment were compatible with the acoustic study in showing less perceptual compensation for the fronting effects of coarticulation in the young compared with the old group. The results are interpreted in terms of John Ohala's model in which a perceptual misinterpretation of coarticulation can result in sound change. While the results of the acoustic and perception experiments are consistent with Ohala's model, they are also shown to be compatible with an episodic model of speech perception in which a diachronic approximation of the back towards the front allophone in /u/ could be induced by probabilistic factors in the lexicon.
ACLC-talk by C. Jourdan (Concordia University) on Weak normativity in Solomon Islands Pijin, Amsterdam, February 16 2009
The Language Creation group of the ACLC would like to announce a talk by Prof. Christine Jourdan (Concordia U).

Time: Monday, February 16, 17.00-18.00
Place: Bungehuis room 420, Spuistraat 210, 1012VT Amsterdam
Title: "Weak normativity in Solomon Islands Pijin"

Speakers Bio: Trained both as an anthropologist and as a linguist, Jourdan focuses on theories of culture and social change, and on linguistic and visual representation of cultural knowledge. She has directed many research projects on the development of urban cultures in the Pacific, on creole languages, on multi-media representation, and is currently investigating changing food practices and habits in Quebec, Southwest France and in the Pacific area. A sample of her publications in linguistics and general anthropology includes: 'The social life of pidgin and creole language', Language, culture and society ' (co-edited with Kevin Tuite); 'The trilingual cultural dictionary of Solomon Islands Pijin'; and the Web based encyclopedia 'Peuples des eaux, Gens des Iles'.
Discourse op Dinsdag, Kirsten Vis (VU), Utrecht University, February 17 2009
Date & time: February 17; 15:30-17:00
Location: Utrecht University, Drift 21, Room 104

Kirsten Vis, VU, University Amsterdam

Conversationalization, (inter)subjectivity, and stance in news texts
A diachronic cognitive linguistic approach

Abstract
The assumption that public discourse - for instance news discourse - is changing towards a more informal and conversational style is widespread, but unproven. In this study we empirically test the conversationalization hypothesis in a diachronic corpus analysis of Dutch newspaper texts.

A typical feature of spontaneous conversations is the evident presence of speaker and addressee, through the expression of the speaker of himself and his attitudes and beliefs (subjectivity) and the expression of the attention of the speaker to the self of the addressee (intersubjectivity). The conversationalization hypothesis, then, predicts that the degree of (inter)subjectivity has increased over time.

In two corpora of Dutch newspaper texts (35,000w from 1950 and 55,000w from 2002) we analyzed the occurrences of inter(subjective) elements such as pronouns, intensifiers and modal verbs and adverbs, as well as subjective coherence relations. Results show no clear evidence for the conversationalization hypothesis. Contrary to expectations, explicit reference to speaker and addressee seem to have generally decreased in news discourse, if direct speech is excluded. Other lexico-grammatical markers have generally not changed in frequency. Of the ten subjective coherence relations investigated only the Claim-Argument relation has increased. Since this is the typical case of subjective relations, this may be seen as evidence of conversationalization.

The Discourse op Dinsdag discussion group is intended for researchers working on discourse from a language use perspective, and offers a platform to discuss their work (in progress). Meetings are planned 4-weekly on Tuesdays 15:30-17:00, in Utrecht. If you wish to participate, please let us know. If you’re interested in presenting your research, we invite you to come forward by sending an email to r.vanveen(removeme)let.uu.nl

Kind regards,

The organizers: Anneloes Canestrelli, Ingrid Persoon, Pim Mak, Ted Sanders, Ninke Stukker, Rosie van Veen.
CLS-Colloquium-Series in Linguistics by G. Dimmendaal (University of Cologne) on Case marking in languages in northeastern Africa, Nijmegen, February 19 2009
CLS Colloquium – Series in Linguistics
Radboud University Nijmegen

19 February 2009:
Gerrit Dimmendaal (University of Cologne)
More on case marking in languages of northeastern Africa

Abstract:
In 2008, Christa König published a survey of case-marking in languages of northeastern Africa (Case in Africa. CUP). In my talk, I would like to elaborate upon her typology, and discuss an additional phenomenon attested in particular in various Nilo-Saharan languages in the area, Differential Object Marking. Examples will come mainly from languages like For, Maba, Dongolese Nubian, and Tama. In this context, also notions developed by Silverstein and Comrie on prominence hierarchies as well as by Aissen or Naess on transitivity and affectedness will be tested. In addition, I would like to show the historical link in this group of genetically-related languages between Differential Object Marking and so-called Marked Nominative systems, which are universally rare. As I will try to argue, the latter must have developed from an earlier Ergative-based case-marking system, which is still attested in a number of languages.

time: Thursday 19 February, 16:00 to 17:00
place: Erasmusbuilding, Room E 2.55, Nijmegen

DRINKS AFTERWARDS

Coming up in the CLS Colloquium Series:
Thursday 5 March, 16:00: Frans van der Slik (Radboud University Nijmegen), The impact of the native language on the acquisition of oral proficiency in Dutch: The case of 32 Indo-European first languages

For more information: www.ru.nl/cls
Discussiemiddag 'Leerlingen met (taal)leerproblemen in het basisonderwijs', Amsterdam, Februari 27 2009
Leerlingen met (taal)leerproblemen in het basisonderwijs

WAP-discussiemiddag

Wat: WAP Discussiemiddag ‘Leerlingen met (taal)leerproblemen in het basisonderwijs’

Wanneer: vrijdag 27 februari 2009, 13:45-17:30

Waar: Oudemanhuispoort, zaal C.017, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 211-225, Amsterdam

Kosten: €7,50 voor WAP-leden / €12,50 voor niet-leden

Discussieleider: Prof. dr. Folkert Kuiken

Discussianten: Drs. Josée Coenen, Dr. Jef van Kuyk, Dr. Jan de Jong, Drs. Akke de Blauw, Drs. Carolien Gelauff-Hanzon.

Er gaat geen week voorbij of er is wel een item in het nieuws over onderwijsbeleid voor leerlingen met (taal)leerproblemen. Wie zijn precies deze leerlingen, en aan wat voor soort onderwijs hebben zij behoefte? Op welke manier en wanneer moet dit onderwijs worden aangeboden? Om zoveel mogelijk kanten van dit thema te belichten, zullen experts uit verschillende werkvelden (onderwijspraktijk, wetenschap, onderwijsmethodiek) hun mening hierover geven aan de hand van een aantal stellingen. Daarnaast zal er ruimte zijn voor het publiek om mee te discussiėren.
De middag wordt afgesloten met een borrel.
Het belooft een pittige discussie te worden, dus komt allen! Voor het volledige programma zie onze website, www.hetwap.nl
Inschrijven kan via wapstudiebijeenkomst(removeme)gmail.com
Wees snel, want vol is vol!
Course on Binary Tense, by Henk Verkuyl, University Utrecht, February 17, 19, 24, 26 2009
Please be reminded of the course to be taught at UiL OTS by our emeritus professor Henk Verkuyl, on his book “Binary Tense".

The course will comprise four sessions from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., on the following dates:

Tuesday, Feb 17 Drift 23, room 212
Thursday, Feb 19 Drift 23, room 02
Tuesday, Feb 24 Drift 23, room 212
Thursday, Feb 26 Drift 23, room 02


Course description Binary Tense

1 Ternary vs. Binary Tense
• Reichenbach's quadratic system: 3 × 3
• Te Winkel's cubic system: 2 × 2 × 2
• Te Winkel vs. Reichenbach
• Perfect: tense or aspect?

2 Making the Binary System Compositional
• Present vs. Past
• Synchronous vs. Posterior
• Completed vs. Incompleted
• Posteriority and anteriority
• The role of auxiliaries as carriers of tense
• Improving on Prior

3 Exploring a Binary System with Three Oppositions
• Extending the system: two sorts of present
• Current relevance
• Splitting a present: making room for posteriority
• Tense and negation
• The present as a union
• Present Perfect and the Extended Now
• Present tense in Dutch and in English
• The Present-Past opposition and habituality

4 Adverbial Modification and Tense Oppositions
• Temporal adverbials and modification of tense
• Two types of ambiguity

5 Complex Tense Structure
• The superfluity of the Now-operator
• On the temporal semantics of complement clauses
• i-discrepancy and i-matching 144

6 Binary Tense in Languages with a Poor Tense System
• Chinese
• Russian

7 Binary Tense in Languages with a Rich Tense System
• French
• Bulgarian
• Georgian

The course will follow the book but background and other relevant information will be added to what the book presents. The idea is to undermine the standard position of Reichenbach's tense proposal in favour of a binary approach in seven steps. Step 1 presents Te Winkel's original 19th century system, 2 makes a modern update of the original proposal. Step 3 is my own extension with some quite drastic consequences.
The system developed in 3 is applied to issues of adverbial modification and complex sentences. Step 6 concerns some languages having less than the eight Germanic tense forms and step 7 concerns languages having more than eight tense forms. This should be sufficiently convincing. I mean, there is enough room for debate.

Henk Verkuyl
Symposium NET-Dag (Netwerk Eerste Taalverwerving), MPI Nijmegen, Februari 13 2009
De jaarlijkse bijeenkomst van het Netwerk Eerste Taalverwerving wordt gehouden op vrijdag 13 februari 2009, op het Max Planck Instituut in Nijmegen. Zoals gewoonlijk omvat het programma zowel theoretisch als klinisch georiėnteerde lezingen over Eerste Taalverwerving. Daarnaast is er gelegenheid tot netwerken.

Voorlopig PROGRAMMA NET-DAG, Vrijdag 13 Februari, Max Planck Instituut Nijmegen

9.30 Koffie/Thee

9.45 Welkom (Uitleg NET-kwartet en NET-werk rondes)

10.00 Lotte Hogeweg (RU) – De verwerving van woordbetekenis
10.30 NET-werk ronde 1 (Akke Blauw, Liesbeth Schlichting, Mybeth Lahey)

11.00 koffie/thee

11.30 Kino Jansonius (Sint Marie) – wordt nog bekend gemaakt

12.00 NET-kwartet en Lunch

14.00 Bart Hollebrandse (RUG) - Dubbel Geluk bij Inbeddingen?

14.30 Evelien Krikhaar (RU) - Afwijkende patronen in de ontwikkeling van
werkwoordsmorfologie bij kinderen met een risico op dyslexie

15.00 NET-werk ronde 2 (Inge Molemans, Lieve Van Severen, Renate van den Berg, Caroline Junge)

15.30 koffie/thee
16.00 vervolg NET-kwartet

16.30 businessmeeting borrel

Iedereen is welkom. De toegang is gratis. In verband met het organiseren van de lunch en borrel

stellen we het zeer op prijs als je aangeeft of je van plan bent te komen.
Dit kan op het volgende email-adres: netdag09(removeme)gmail.com

De organisatie: Aoju Chen, Paula Fikkert, Irene Krämer
18e Linguistik-Tage in Jena, February 24-26 2009
Der Lehrstuhl für Indogermanistik der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität
Jena und die laden ein:
18. Internationale Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Sprache und Sprachen
Linguistik-Tage in Jena vom 24.02. bis zum 26.02.2009

Die Gesellschaft für Sprache und Sprachen e.V. (GeSuS) ist ein gemeinnütziger Verein, der sich u.a. die Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Auseinandersetzung mit dem Phänomen Sprache im Allgemeinen und mit einzelnen Sprachen im Besonderen zur Aufgabe gemacht hat. Unsere Einladung richtet sich an alle, die sich wissenschaftlich mit Sprache beschäftigen. Das Themenspektrum ist weit gefächert: Phonetik, Syntax, Sprachdidaktik, Translation, Psycholinguistik, Sprachgeschichte, Sprechwissenschaft, Computerlinguistik, Eurolinguistik etc.

Anmeldung von Vorträgen mit Abstract bis zum 15.12.2008
Nähere Informationen unter www.indogermanistik.uni-jena.de
Boekvoorstelling van diverse taalkundige werken door Meertens Instituut en de Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde, Gent, Februari 26 2009
UITNODIGING BOEKVOORSTELLING
in de Academie op 26 februari 2009 om 15 uur

Het Meertens Instituut en de Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde nodigen U uit
op de voorstelling van de volgende boeken:

- Morfologische Atlas van de Nederlandse Dialecten Deel
II (T. Goeman, M. van Oostendorp, P. van Reenen, O. Koornwinder, B. van den Berg en A. van Reenen)
Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press ( www.aup.nl) 110€

- Syntactische Atlas van de Nederlandse Dialecten Deel II
(S. Barbiers, J. van der Auwera, H. Bennis, E. Boef, G. De Vogelaer en M. van der Ham)
Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press ( www.aup.nl) 110€

- De Nederlandse en Friese subjectsmarkeerders:
geografie, typologie en diachronie (G. De Vogelaer) Gent: KANTL 31€

- Microvariation in Syntactic Doubling (S. Barbiers, O. Koeneman, M. Lekakou en M. van der Ham)
Bingley: Emerald ( books.emeraldinsight.com) 68.99£

- Dialect en taalvariatie (H. Bennis)
Zwolle: Waanders Uitgevers ( www.hetalledaagseleven.nl) 5.95€

Graag aanmelden vóór 24 februari 2009:
telefonisch: 09/2659340 - e-mail: info(removeme)kantl.be

Programma
14.40 - 15.00 Onthaal met koffie
15.00 - 15.10 Welkomstwoord door Magda Devos
15.10 - 15.50 Voorstelling van de Morfologische Atlas van
de Nederlandse Dialecten (MAND) door Ton
Goeman + overhandiging aan Georges De Schutter
15.50 - 16.00 Muzikaal intermezzo
16.00 - 16.40 Voorstelling van de Syntactische Atlas van de
Nederlandse Dialecten (SAND) door Sjef Barbiers + overhandiging aan Jack Hoeksema
16.40 - 16.50 Muzikaal intermezzo
16.50 - 17.00 Overhandiging MAND/SAND aan subsidiėnten van FWO en NWO
17.00 - 17.30 Presentatie van de 3 publicaties:
> G. De Vogelaer door G. De Schutter
> S. Barbiers c.s. door S. Barbiers
> H. Bennis door J. Taeldeman
17.30 Slotwoord door J. Taeldeman + receptie

Bestellen
De Nederlandse en Friese subjectsmarkeerders:
geografie, typologie en diachronie door Gunther De
Vogelaer, 449 p., ISBN 978-90-72474-74-2, kan besteld
worden tegen 31€ per exemplaar (excl. verzendkosten)
bij het secretariaat van de KANTL. U kan het ook verkrijgen bij de boekhandel.
Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde
Koningstraat 18 - 9000 Gent
tel.: 09/265.93.40 fax: 09/265.93.49
e-mail: secretariaat(removeme)kantl.be
Language Contact and Change: 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 the bilingualism 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 and with 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)
NWO Talent Classes, The Hague, April 21, May 19, June 16 2009
More than a 1,000 researchers have already participated in the NWO Talent Days, since we have started organizing them in 2003. Most participants clearly indicated to have a need for a follow-up, with more in-depth and personalized information. We received a lot of positive and enthusiastic reactions from the participants, and also many requests for continuing with these Talent Classes.

On 21 April, 19 May and 16 June 2009 we will organise NWO-Talent Classes and you are invited to participate. Registration starts 2 January 2009.

Here’s your chance to get professional training and advice against a reduced fee. Please check the website www.nwo.nl/talentclasses for registration and information.

Subjects
The masterclasses take up one full day and deal with one of the following issues. The masterclasses are in Dutch, unless indicated otherwise. If you don’t speak Dutch, but would like to participate in a Dutch-spoken workshop, let us know by sending an email to verdieping(removeme)nwo.nl. Indicate your name, email address and workshop of choice, and the organisation will do its best to respect your wish.

- Marketing yourself effectively, whatever your career aspirations, how do you communicate your existing skills and experiences to set yourself apart from the competition? (in English);
- People, politics and power, on exploring your situation and identifying the next steps to improve your impact and build success (in English);
- Networking, on the do’s and don’ts of networking and the importance of a good network for your career;
- Media training, on presenting research results to media and the general public and dealing with unexpected questions;
- Funding, on writing a successful grant proposal and increasing your chances of getting selected;
- Creative thinking, on how you can step out of the box and find innovative solutions to take your research hurdles;
- Negotiating, on how to gain the most out of different situations and also maintain your relation with different parties;
- Write it Right, on writing a structured scientific article with good use of titles, graphics and technical English (in English);
- 21st Century career development, on how to plan your career in the global economy (in English).

Registration
You can register on www.nwo.nl/talentclasses to participate in the masterclasses. Please note that your participation in this Talent Class is only confirmed if we receive your registration form an direct debit form on time! The registration fee is € 95,00.

We would strongly advice you to register soon after the start, since the number of places available is limited and registration will be closed for fully booked masterclasses.

Registration costs for the ‘Talent Classes’ are low compared to other - commercial - training courses. Still, quality is guaranteed with the set up of the masterclasses. The masterclasses are supervised by professional trainers. Each expert has put together an interactive program of presentations, tests and assignments that help you find solutions for your challenges.
If you’re a researcher at PhD or postdoc level you can register for one of the masterclasses. It is not required that you previously participated in one of the Talent Days.

The masterclasses of 2009 will take place at NWO in The Hague on the following dates:

- 21 April
- 19 may
- 16 June
- 22 September
- 10 November
- 8 December

More information
Detailed masterclass descriptions and information about requirements and deadlines are available on www.nwo.nl/talentclasses. We look forward to seeing you at one of our Talent Classes.
Anéla Conference 2009, Rolduc in Kerkrade (Netherlands), May 27-29 2009
Aankondiging Anéla Conferentie 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). 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). If you have any questions or remarks please contact us: anela2009(removeme)anela.nl .

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Kerkrade!

De conference organisation:

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)
42nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Lisboa, September 9-12 2009
Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Letras, Portugal
www.societaslinguistica.eu/

The Societas Linguistica Europaea and the Lisbon local organizing committee invite you to submit paper abstracts and workshop proposals for the next annual SLE meeting. SLE meetings welcome papers and worshop submissions from all (sub)domains of linguistics. Every year local organizers pay special attention to one specific topic. Next year’s conference particularly welcomes papers which deal with the scholarly debate about “Global languages. Local languages”.

PLENARY SPEAKERS
Jens Allwood (Göteborgs Universitet)
Pier Marco Bertinetto (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
Perpétua Gonēalves (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo)
Colette Grinevald (Université de Lyon 2)
Johannes Kabatek (Universität Tübingen)

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
José Pinto de Lima (Chair), Maria Clotilde Almeida, Luisa Azuaga, Margarita Correia, Carlos A.M. Gouveia (Secretary), Marina Vigįrio

SLE CONFERENCE MANAGER
Bert Cornillie (Leuven)

CALL FOR PAPERS
Papers and workshops are invited on all topics belonging to the field of linguistics. Presentations will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes question time.

We particularly welcome proposals for workshops, which should contain (i) an outline of the theme and (ii) a provisional list of workshop participants and their topics (see also below). We encourage workshop convenors to distribute an open call for papers on the LinguistList and other fora. For workshop submissions or questions, use sle(removeme)arts.kuleuven.be

Paper abstracts should not exceed 500 words (exclusive of references) and should state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously.

The deadline for the submission of workshop proposals is 15 December 2008. Notification of acceptance will follow within the week. The deadline for all abstracts (both for the general session and workshops) is 31 January 2009. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 March 2009.

Submit your title through the Submit Abstract form and email your abstract as an attachment to sle(removeme)arts.kuleuven.be . The abstract should not mention the presenter(s) nor their affiliations or addresses. Abstracts are preferably in Word or .RTF format; if your abstract contains special symbols, please include a pdf version as well.

WORKSHOPS
Since we would like all conference participants to be able to attend individual workshop presentations, SLE workshops have to be compatible with the main conference programme. This means that the format of the workshops must be organized around 30 minute presentations (20 min. + 10 min. discussion). Each workshop should comprise:

An introductory paper by the convenor(s) or by a key-note speaker. It should summarize previous research, specify the approaches to be found in the workshop and explain the scope of the papers to be given.
At least 6 papers (20 min. + 10 min. discussion). The preference is for one-day workshops, but two-day workshops may also be considered.
A slot for final discussion on topics covered by the papers, methodological issues and questions for future research.

REGISTRATION
Registration will start from April 1 onwards. Registration fees are anticipated to be the following:

Early registration fee: from 1 April 2009 to 31 May 2009.

Regular 150 Euros (SLE members)
180 Euros (non members)
Students (without salary or grant) 70 Euros (SLE members)
100 Euros (non members)

Late registration fee (SLE members) (from 1 June 2009 to 30 June 2009):

Regular 180 Euros (SLE members)
210 Euros (non members)
Students (without salary or grant) 100 Euros (SLE members)
130 Euros (non members)

Become a member of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

The registration fee includes the conference materials, coffee/tea, lunch during the conference days, the conference reception, and an excursion to places of interest in Lisbon

SOCIAL PROGRAMME
There will be a reception (included in the registration fee) and a conference dinner. On Saturday afternoon there will be a post-conference excursion to Sintra and Cascais. Further information will be given in the second circular.

TRANSPORT
The Lisbon airport (Aeroporto da Portela) is located on the outskirts of the city, so that it is a short distance to the Cidade Universitįria (where most Faculties are, including the Faculdade de Letras): ca 5 to 10 min. by taxi. The city centre itself is just ca 30 min. by Aerobus or 20 min. by taxi.

There is a direct link by Aerobus from the airport to the city centre (from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., every 20 min; ticket: 3 Euros). The first two stops (Entre Campos and Campo Pequeno) serve most of the hotels that are close to the University; the trip to these stops takes ca. 10 min. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the airport to the hotel (from 6 to 12 Euros for most hotels, depending on the distance; for hotels near Entre Campos or Campo Pequeno, about 6 to 9 Euros.).

IMPORTANT DATES
15 December 2008: deadline for submission of workshop proposals
31 January 2009: deadline for submission of abstracts
31 March 2009: notification of acceptance
1 April 2009: early registration starts
1 June 2008: registration (full fee)

CONTACT
SLE 2009 Local organizing committee:

Faculdade de Letras – Universidade de Lisboa
Departamento de Estudos Germanķsticos
– SLE 2009

Alameda da Universidade
1600 – 214 LISBOA
PORTUGAL

Tel. +351 21 792 00 48 (Clotilde Almeida)
Fax +351 21 796 00 63
E-mail: sle2009(removeme)fl.ul.pt

SLE conference manager:
sle(removeme)arts.kuleuven.be
African Linguistics Summer School, Ghana, July 27- August 7 2009. Deadline application: April 15 2009
The School: During the summer of 2009, there will be a two week school that focuses on the study of African languages and linguistic theory. One of the biggest challenges most African countries face is the maintenance and management of linguistic diversity. In order to meet these challenges, it is necessary to have access to advanced linguistic tools. This school aims at offering African students the possibility of becoming familiar with new advances in linguistic description and theory. The school will be held in Accra, Ghana and will center around four major linguistic domains: Syntax, Phonology, Semantics, and Language Contact.

Faculty: The faculty consists of both senior and junior scholars, including the following:

Enoch O. Aboh (Univ. of Amsterdam), syntax
George Akanlig-Pare (Univ. of Ghana), phonology
Akin Akinlabi (Rutgers Univ.), phonology
Evershed K. Amuzu (Univ. of Ghana), languages in contact
Chris Collins (New York University), syntax, field methods
Ana Deumert (University of Cape Town), languages in contact
Hilda Koopman (UCLA), syntax
Jean Lowenstamm (Paris VII), phonology
Violeta Vįzquez-Rojas Maldonado (New York University), semantics
Pieter Muysken (Radboud University Nijmegen), languages in contact
John Victor Singler (New York University), languages in contact
Eno-Abasi Urua (University of Uyo, Nigeria), phonology
Malte Zimmermann (University Potsdam), semantics
Eligibility: This program is open to all students interested in linguistics, including syntax, phonology, morphology, semantics and languages in contact.

Admissions: Students should fill out the application form. There is no application fee. The completed form should be sent to africanlinguisticsschool(removeme)gmail.com

Application Deadline: April 15, 2009.

Courses: There will be introductory courses and advanced seminars.
There will also be a field methods course where we look into an endangered and/or a less studied African language.

Program: (forthcoming)

Location: NYU-in-Ghana Academic Centre, Labone, Accra, Ghana.

Costs: The school is free. There is no tuition or fees charged. Lodging will be covered by the school.
Students traveling within Africa will be eligible for a limited number of travel grants.

Dates: Monday, July 27 - Friday, August 7, 2009

Arrival Date: Sunday, July 26

Departure Date: Saturday, August 8

Sponsors: NYU Office of Global Programs and NYU-in-Ghana.

Organizers:
Chris Collins (NYU),
Enoch Aboh (University of Amsterdam),
John Victor Singler (NYU),
Akin Akinlabi (Rutgers)Archives: African Linguistics School [under construction]

Useful Links:
(a) Ling Buzz (b) ACLC Working Papers (c) ULCL Working Papers(d) EGG (e) NYU Department of Linguistics

Contact: africanlinguisticsschool(removeme)gmail.com
PhD-candidate in Linguistics and Postdoc candidate in Psycholinguistics within ERC Project, LUCL Leiden & LIBC Leiden. Deadline: March 1 2009
Within the European Research Council (ERC) project “Representation and Processing of Pitch Variation in Tonal Languages”, we are looking for

- One PhD candidate (1,0 fte) with training in Linguistics/Psychology, or other

related fields;

- One Postdoc candidate (1,0 fte) with expertise in Psycholinguistics;

to be located at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) and Leiden Centre for Brain Cognition (LIBC) at the University of Leiden.


Both candidates are expected to cooperate closely with an existing research team (which includes a PhD-student and a senior researcher) as well as other members of the LUCL and LIBC.


Your profile:

The candidate for the PhD position is expected

· to have a sound knowledge of and a demonstrable interest in Chinese and Chinese dialects;

· to have a solid background in Linguistics/Psychology or other related fields (with preference for some training in phonetics-phonology, psycholinguistics, and/or computational linguistics);

· to have a strong commitment to working on both empirical corpus data and theoretical analyses.


The candidate for the Postdoc position is expected

· to have a solid background in psycholinguistics (eye-tracking experience is a plus);

· to have an interest in Chinese dialects and Chinese linguistics;

· to have an excellent command of English and excellent academic writing skills;

· to have a strong commitment to working on empirical and theoretical issues.

Terms of employment

The position of the PhD-candidate is max. four years with a full-time appointment (38 hours per week). Starting date is as soon as possible but negotiable.

The position of the Postdoc is max. three years with a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) or longer term part-time. Starting date is negotiable.

The salary is determined in accordance with the current scales as set out in Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO).

PhD: min. € 2.042 – max. € 2.612

Postdoc: min. € 3.195 – max. € 3.422

Applications

For both positions, applications must include a cover letter, a CV, sample academic writings (such as a copy of BA, MA or M.Phil thesis, and/or published articles if available), and three letters of recommendation. For the Postdoc position, a statement of research interest is also required. The deadline for the PhD position (vacancy number 9-005) is March 1, 2009 and the deadline for the Postdoc position (vacancy number 9-006) will be open till the position is filled. The application package should be send to the following address (with indication of the vacancy number on both the letter and the envelope):

Faculty of the Humanities, LUCL

Mrs. Irene Cockram – van ‘t Haaff, HR advisor/afd. P&O

P.O. Box 9515

2300 RA Leiden

The Netherlands

Applicants are encouraged to send an additional electronic copy of the application package to: yiya.chen(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl
Post-doctoral fellowship in endangered languages research, SOAS, London. Deadline: February 20 2009
Post-doctoral Researcher
Download full job details from the website.
Vacancy No: 100443

Department: Department of Linguistics

Salary: £25,583 - £30,973 p.a inclusive of London Allowance
Contract Type: (Fixed Term for 2 years)

Closing date: 20 February 2009

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to engage in advanced study or research on an aspect of Endangered Languages documentation and description and/or language support and revitalisation. Research may include a period of fieldwork. Applicants should hold a PhD on a topic in endangered languages research, those who are close to completing a PhD will also be considered.

Applicants should be able to present evidence of being able to carry out and publish research of a high academic quality on endangered languages and language documentation and description and/or language support and revitalisation. Demonstrated ability to lecture, tutor and supervise students to a high academic standard, both undergraduate and postgraduate students, who have diverse backgrounds and experience would be an advantage. Also essential are sound time management skills, the ability to plan and meet deadlines, well-developed written and interpersonal communication skills, and proven ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with students, staff, academic peers and external/professional organisations.

This post involves teaching one advanced level course per term (approximately 3 hours per week), and some administrative duties.

An appl www.soas.ac.uk/jobs. Alternatively, write to the Human Resources Department, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG, fax no: 020 7074 5129 or e-mail humanresources(removeme)soas.ac.uk stating your name, address and the vacancy reference number. CV’s will only be accepted when accompanied by an application form. No agencies.

SOAS values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer.
Five Graduate Fellowships with the Center for Language and Cognition, Groningen. Deadline: March 1 2009
The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) announces the following positions:

Five Graduate fellowships

The Graduate fellowships (sponsored PhD-positions) are open to qualified applicants from around the world, including the Netherlands.

Specializations

The positions will preferentially be filled in one of the following CLCG research groups:

computational linguistics
language variation and language change
neurolinguistics
but we shall likewise consider applications in the following areas:

discourse and communication
language and literacy development across the lifespan
syntax and semantics
The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen

The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) is a research institute within the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. It embraces all the linguistic research in the faculty. Researchers participate in the Groningen Center for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN), and/or in the national Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap (LOT). Within the CLCG there are six research groups:

Computational Linguistics
Discourse and Communication
Language and Literacy Development across the Lifespan
Language Variation and Language Change
Neurolinguistics
Syntax and Semantics
Graduate students are working in all of these groups. PhD-training is organized by the Faculty of Arts Graduate School for the Humanities, which is affiliated with LOT and BCN.

Conditions
The positions are scheduled to begin September 1, 2009. They all require residence in Groningen, 40 hours/week research, and the stipends must result in a PhD dissertation.
Fellowship Stipends: Graduate students receive stipends of gross 1633 Euros per month (gross 2443 Euros for Dutch fellows), normally with slight cost-of-living increases in later years. Graduate student fellows receive a contract for one year extendible for three further years subject to evaluation after the first year.

Your profile
an MA degree in Linguistics or a related field such as Computer Science, Psychology, etc (depending on the project) excellent record of undergraduate and Master's level study preferably research experience in the relevant field
able to work independently interest in interdisciplinary research
willing to learn Dutch see specific projects for additional desiderata, differing per project


Procedure
Please include in your application letter remarks about how this position fits in your career goals and how you hope to contribute scientifically. Please include in a project sketch how you would interact with the work of the group as it is described in the pages above (the stronger this connection, the better the chance of acceptance). In total we would like to receive:
a letter of application (see above)
a project proposal
your curriculum vitae
a copy of your diploma together with a list of grades
a list of publications (if any)
the names and e-mail addresses of two referees

If you are interested in applying, please send the materials above before the March 1, 2009 to:
CLCG (Positions)
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Postbus 716
9700 AS Groningen
The Netherlands
E-mail: Ms Wyke van der Meer

Please note on the envelope and in your letter that you are applying for a CLCG-fellowship.

Further information
See the individual project descriptions for contact persons regarding the project work. Dr. C.J.W. Zwart will be pleased to answer your general questions. More details on the projects and on CLCG are to be found on the CLCG-website.
Professorship in English Language, University of Zurich. Deadline: February 27 2009
The Faculty of Arts of the University of Zurich invites applications for a
Professorship in English Language to be filled as soon as possible. Applicants should have demonstrated competence in diachronic English linguistics and the history of the English language (in particular Old and/or Middle English); candidates are also expected to have experience in teaching Medieval English literature. Substantial publications beyond the doctoral thesis and a functionally adequate command of German are prerequisites.
The University strives to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching.
Therefore, applications from suitably qualified female academics are particularly welcome.

Applications with CV, a list of publications (without the publications themselves) and a list of courses offered in the past should be sent by February 27, 2009, to: Dekanat der
Philosophischen Fakultät, Universität Zürich, Rämistr. 71, CH-8006 Zürich.
2 PhD positions Computational Linguistics Radboud University Nijmegen. Deadline: February 15 2009
2 PhD positions Computational linguistics
Radboud University
Vacancy number 23.09.09
The Centre for Language Studies (CLS) of the Radboud University Nijmegen invites applications for two PhD positions in computational linguistics (for 3,5 years).

Job description
The PhD projects are part of a larger research program ‘A computational model of language acquisition’. The goal of this research programme is to advance our understanding of the emergence of phonetic, phonological and lexical representations during the early stages of first language acquisition, and ultimately develop a computational model of the first stages of language acquisition that only assumes very general perceptual and learning capabilities.

The PhD students will each investigate a pivotal aspect of language acquisition in depth. One PhD student (PhD1) will focus on models based on data mining and structure discovery that can explain how continuous signals develop into discrete representations of words, sub-word units, phonemes and features. PhD2 will focus on modelling the developmental phase in language acquisition when perception becomes more language specific and gradually a mental lexicon is established.

The successful candidate is expected to start as soon as possible. She or he will be working in a vibrant research environment, engaging in active research, and they will participate in the MPI research school.

Organization
The Faculty of Arts consists of eleven departments in the area of language and culture, history, history of arts, linguistics and business communication, which together cater for about 2,700 students and collaborate closely in teaching and research. The project will be carried out at the research institute Centre for Language Studies as part of the Linguistic Information Processing and Grammar and Cognition research programmes.

Website: www.ru.nl

Conditions of employment
Employment: 1,0 fte

Duration of the contract: Initial contract for 1.5 years, with the possibility for an extension with two years.
The starting gross salary is € 2.000 euro per month based upon a full-time employment.

Required skills:

- Degree in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, Psycholinguistics, Artificial Intelligence, or Cognitive Science
- Programming skills (e.g. Matlab)
- Especially for PhD1: experience with methods for structure mining
- Especially for PhD2: experience with Natural Language Processing
- Interest in first language acquisition
- Good command of the English language

Applications must include:

- CV
- copy of university degree (in English or Dutch)
- copy of transcript listing all university marks (in English or Dutch)
- a covering letter in which candidates explain why they have applied for the position, give details of their research interests/experience, background, programming skills and their knowledge of Linguistics and Psycholinguistics

Applications (with reference to vacancy number 23.09.09) can be made both by email and surface mail to the following address:

Radboud University Nijmegen
Faculty of Arts, Personel Department
Postbus 9103
6500 HD Nijmegen
E-mail: vacatures(removeme)let.ru.nl

The closing date for applications is February 15, 2009. The short-listed applicants will be interviewed by email and/or telephone in the last week of February 2009. For further information please contact Prof. Lou Boves (l.boves(removeme)let.ru.nl) or Prof. Paula Fikkert (p.fikkert(removeme)let.ru.nl).
Vacancy for experienced computational linguist, IMPACT-project Institute for Dutch Lexicology. Deadline: February 20 2009
Computational Linguist, Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie, Leiden. Deadline: 20 February 2009
The Institute for Dutch Lexicology (Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie, INL) has a vacancy for an experienced computational linguist for the development of Named Entity Processing tools as part of the IMPACT project. IMPACT, started in January 2008, is a European research project in the field of informatics for the humanities, in which 15 national libraries and research institutes from Europe, Israel and Russia are working together. The main objective of IMPACT is to significantly improve access to historical text.

To achieve this, the following tasks will be dealt with:
1. Current OCR software is not suitable for mass digitization of historical documents. Within the project, OCR software will be developed that significantly improves the accuracy of state-of-the-art systems, enabling for the first time reliable full-text mass digitization of historical documents.
2. Information in historical documents is not easily accessed by modern users because of the historical language barrier. Within the project, historical lexica and linguistic processing tools will be developed to enable enriched indexing, thus providing access to historical material with contemporary query techniques.

In order to be effective, the lexica will also have to contain Named Entity data, and tools will have to be developed for NE recognition and NE classification for historical language material. Tasks: The computational linguist will be responsible for the development of a toolbox for NE lexicon building and NE lexicon deployment to tackle historical language material to be used for the improvement of OCR of historical texts and for better retrieval on historical text material. The work will imply the implementation as well as the design of relevant algorithms.

Profile:
- relevant background in computational linguistics, computer science or applied mathematics (master level, preferably Ph.D. level)
- sufficient knowledge of and experience with the development and implementation of NLP algorithms, preferably in the field of NE processing
- sufficient experience in developing complex software systems; preferably proficiency in C, C++ and/or Java
- knowledge of Dutch is required, preferably also knowledge of historical Dutch language material

Offer:
An INL contract for two years. The salary is dependent on relevant experience and skills, with a maximum of ¤ 4326, - gross per month (scale 11) on a full-time basis. In addition you will be entitled to 42 days holiday per year plus holiday pay, according to the cao-Onderzoekinstellingen. Application Deadline: 20 February 2009

Mailing Address for Applications: Dr. Jeannine Beeken INL Postbus 9515 Leiden 2300 RA, Netherlands Email Address for Applications: secretariaat(removeme)inl.nl Contact Information: Katrien Depuydt Email: katrien.depuydt(removeme)inl.nl Phone: 0031715272479 Fax: 0031715272115

See also www.impact-project.eu
PhD position on CASA MILA project, Tilburg University. Deadline: April 15 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

PhD RESEARCHER
Vacancy number 500.09.02
4 years, fulltime
Intended starting date: August 1, 2009

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.
Call for papers for ViC 2009, part of ESSLLI 2009. Deadline: February 15 2009
Vagueness in Communication (ViC 2009)
www.fit.fraunhofer.de/~hcschmitz/esslli2009/
July 20-24, 2009

organised as part of the European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information ESSLLI 2009 ( esslli2009.labri.fr/ ), 20-31 July,
2009 in Bordeaux, France

Workshop Organiser:
Nikolaus Bourbax (= Manfred Krifka, Rick Nouwen, Robert van Rooij, Uli Sauerland and Hans-Christian Schmitz)

The workshop is organised as an event of the VAAG project of the ESF Eurocore LogicCC.

Workshop Purpose and Topics:
Although vagueness has long since been an important topic in philosophy, logic and linguistics, some recent advances have made the functions of vagueness in natural language communication an exciting and timely research area. This renewed interest has a distinct cross-disciplinary character and has spawned many new research questions. While the classical instruments of dealing with vagueness -- like multi-valued logics, truth value gaps or gluts, or supervaluations -- have not been significantly extended, new approaches investigate questions like context-sensitivtiy of vagueness (Kyburg & Moreau 2000), the sharpening of vague predicates in context (Barker 2002), and the modeling of precision levels with expressions like 'roughly' or 'like' (Kennedy 2007).Within the study of comparatives and degree modification, moreover, researchers are now exploring cross-linguistic aspects of vagueness (Beck et al 2004). On a more fundamental level, the question why there is vagueness to begin with, what role vagueness serves in human communication, has been addressed. For example, it has been argued that vagueness is an epiphenomenon of the impossibility of complete shared knowledge about the extension of many terms (e.g. Williamson 1994), hence a consequence of the cognitive limitations of humans. It has been shown why this does not affect the utility of these terms in communication (Parikh 1994). Game-theoretic methods have been employed that show that being vague or imprecise can be beneficial for communication even if the speaker could truthfully use more precise terms (de Jaegher 2003). Furthermore, the important role of vagueness became evident in a number of empirical domains beyond obvious examples such as the language of diplomacy -- for example, in geographical terms (e.g.
Bennett 2008) or in the description of measures of economy (Qizilbash 2005). There are also initial experimental investigations into the ways how speakers interpret vague terms (e.g., Bonini e.a. 1999).

The workshop aims to bring together researchers (including advanced PhD students) whose work contributes to the broad inter-disciplinary line of inquiry outlined here. In particular, we welcome:

* papers that broaden the empirical base for the study of vagueness, be it linguistic or otherwise;
* papers offering a synthesis of theories from different disciplines; and
* papers addressing the pragmatics of vagueness.

Submission Details:
Authors are invited to submit an anonymous, extended abstract.
Submissions should not exceed 2 pages, including references.
Submissions should be in PDF format. Please submit your abstract via the EasyChair system:
www.easychair.org/conferences/submission_new.cgi?c=.103147 .
For questions regarding the submission procedure, contact Rick Nouwen (rnouwen(removeme)gmail.com )
The submissions will be reviewed by the workshop's programme committee.

Workshop Format:
The workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI participants.
It will consist of five 90-minute sessions held over five consecutive days in the first week of ESSLLI. There will be 2-3 slots for paper presentation and discussion per session. On the first day the workshop organisers will give an introduction to the topic.

Invited Speakers:

* Graeme Forbes (Boulder, Colorado)
* Louise McNally (Barcelona)
* N.N.

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: Febuary 15, 2009
Notification: April 1, 2009
Preliminary programme: April 24, 2009
ESSLLI early registration deadline: April 15, 2009 Final papers for proceedings: June 1, 2009 Final programme: June 19, 2009 Workshop dates: July 20-24, 2009

Local Arrangements:
All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to register for ESSLLI. The registration fee for authors presenting a paper will correspond to the early student/workshop speaker registration fee. There will be no reimbursement for travel costs and accommodation.

Further Information about ESSLLI: esslli2009.labri.fr/
Call for posters for presentations Academy Colloquium on Language Acquisition and Optimality Theory. Deadline: February 15
July 2-3, 2009, KNAW, Het Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam

Invited speakers:

Ricardo Bermudez-Otero (New Castle)
Reinhard Blutner (University of Amsterdam)
Paul Boersma (University of Amsterdam)
Ellen Broselow (Stony Brook University)
Jill de Villiers (Smith College, Amherst)
Caroline Féry (Potsdam)
Janet Grijzenhout (Konstanz)
Petra Hendriks (University of Groningen)
Angeliek van Hout (University of Groningen)
René Kager (Utrecht University)
Géraldine Legendre (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)
Claartje Levelt (Leiden University)
Joe Pater (University of Massachussetts, Amherst)
Paul Smolensky (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)

In Optimality Theory (OT) the essence of both language learning in general (learnability) and language acquisition (the actual development children go through) entails the ranking of constraints from an initial state of the grammar to the language-specific ranking of the target grammar. This is the common denominator in all OT studies on language acquisition and learning. There are many unsettled issues, however. Are the constraints innate or do they emerge during acquisition (nature-nurture)? And if they emerge, where do they come from? What is the initial state? Does the (re)ranking of constraints only involve the demotion of markedness constraints, the promotion of faithfulness constraints, or can it be achieved by both the demotion and the promotion of constraints? Another issue is whether comprehension and production are mediated by the same grammar or whether there is one grammar for comprehension and another for production. In this Colloquium we wish to review the current state of affairs in language acquisition studies in OT and to investigate how the field is likely to develop.

We have room for 15 additional poster presentations. Please submit your abstract of maximally one page by e-mail to: C.D.D.P.Prawiro-Atmodjo(removeme)student.ru.nl

Please indicate in your message your name and affiliation.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: February 15, 2009

The organizers, Paula Fikkert & Helen de Hoop , Radboud University Nijmegen
Call for abstracts for TABU Day 2009, University Groningen. Deadline: April 1 2009
Call for abstracts
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 1, 2009

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) and Marianne Gullberg (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics) have already accepted our invitation. The fourth speaker will be announced at a later date.
To mark the TABU Dag anniversary, the “TABU Dag 2009 prize” will be awarded to the best presentation of the conference!
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 1, 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 first Vigo-Newcastle-Santiago-Leuven International Workshop. Deadline: March 30 2009
FIRST VIGO-NEWCASTLE-SANTIAGO-LEUVEN
INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON THE STRUCTURE OF THE NOUN PHRASE IN ENGLISH:
SYNCHRONIC AND DIACHRONIC EXPLORATIONS (NP1)

Vigo, 2-3 October 2009

We are pleased to announce the First Vigo-Newcastle-Santiago-Leuven International Workshop on ‘The structure of the noun phrase in English:
synchronic and diachronic explorations& (NP1), to be held at the University of Vigo (Spain) on 2-3 October 2009.

Although there exists an enormous literature on many aspects of nouns and noun phrases (NPs) in English, there are still fundamental issues in their structure and distribution that remain unsolved. These involve matters like the structural relations between different types of NP elements, the relation between internal and external properties of NPs, the parallels (or lack thereof) between verbal and nominal constituents, the factors responsible for the textual frequencies of various NP-related phenomena, and the contribution of different types of NPs to the information structure of texts. This workshop aims at bringing together researchers who are currently looking at the English NP from different points of view (theoretical, structural, functional, textual and descriptive).

We would therefore like to invite presentations concerned with any topic involving NPs, including the following:
- NP complexity: the relationship between grammatical function and NP complexity
- NP types, including binominal phrases, discontinuous NPs and possessive constructions
- the structural representation of NPs and their constituents
- strategies of premodification, postmodification and complementation in the NP
- apposition in the NP
- headedness and NPs
- the exploration of the implications of particular theoretical frameworks for NP structure: diachronic, syntactic, construction-based, cognitive perspectives on all of the above

Invited speakers:
- Douglas Biber (Northern Arizona University)
- Evelien Keizer (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
- John Payne (The University of Manchester)

Abstracts must be submitted in MS Word or RTF format as an e-mail attachment to np1(removeme)uvigo.es by 30 March 2009. The e-mail should use the subject header ‘NP1 abstract’. Abstracts should be one page in length (single-spaced), excluding references, and be written in standard 12-point font. The page should be headed only by the title of the paper and not mention the presenter(s) nor their affiliations or addresses.

The accompanying e-mail should include:
(a) Title of the paper
(b) Name(s) of the author(s)
(c) Institutional affiliation(s)
(d) E-mail address(es)
Notification of acceptance will be sent out by 30 April 2009.

Publication:
Authors of papers accepted for presentation will be invited to submit their papers for publication in a special journal issue or volume with an international publisher. Papers will be subjected to refereeing.

Important dates:
30 March 2009: Deadline for abstract submission 30 April 2009: Notification of acceptance or rejection
1 September: (Re-)Submission of 1-page abstract for conference booklet
2-3 October: Workshop at Vigo, Spain

Workshop organisation: NP1 is organised by the Language Variation and Textual Categorisation (LVTC) research group at the University of Vigo ( lvtcuvigo.blogspot.com), in cooperation with:
- the School of English at the University of Newcastle
- the VLCG Research Group at the University of Santiago de Compostela
- the Functional Linguistics Leuven (FLL) Research group at the University of Leuven.
Providing there is sufficient interest, we anticipate having follow-up workshops in later years.

Contact person: Javier Perez-Guerra (jperez(removeme)uvigo.es )

Workshop webpage: webs.uvigo.es/np1

This workshop is sponsored by the English Linguistics Circle (ELC), a network coordinated by Professor Teresa Fanego involving four research groups based at the Universities of Santiago de Compostela and Vigo ( elc.org.es)
Call for papers for Student Conference for Linguistics, University of Leiden. Deadline: February 20 2009
Deadline: February 20th 2009
Student’s conference for Linguistics
University of Leiden, April 24th 2009

Dear students and postgraduates,

On Friday April 24th 2009, TWIST, the Leiden study association for Comparative Indo-European and General linguistics, will organise her third student’s conference for linguistics. All undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students who have done original research, for example as part of a thesis or a project, are very welcome to present their topic in a lecture of 20 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions and discussion. All languages and all areas of linguistics can be appropriate: from psycholinguistics to pragmatics in Finnish and from second language acquisition to historical sound changes in Tocharian. So historical linguistic contributions are appreciated also.

In order to subscribe as a lecturer, please send an abstract of your research to studieverenigingtwist(removeme)gmail.com. It should be clear on 1 sheet of A4 what you exactly have done research on, how you did this, why this is interesting and what (preliminary) conclusions that you have drawn from this. Abstracts and lectures can be either in Dutch or in English.

The deadline for sending the abstracts is February 20th 2009. Two weeks after the deadline, the committee will announce the selected abstracts.

We hope this will be an interesting day with a great diversity of lectures from guest speakers, students and postgraduates: a good opportunity to meat young linguists from all of the country!

Jurgen van den Heuvel,Tina Janssen, Matthias Franken, Daan van de Velde and Chantal van Vliet

Conference committee study association TWIST 2008-2009

studieverenigingtwist(removeme)gmail.com
Call for papers for ELC2 Conference on English Linguistics, University of VIGO (Spain). Deadline: June 1 2009
Second ELC International Postgraduate Conference on English Linguistics (ELC2) webs.uvigo.es/elcpostgrad Vigo (Spain) 30-31 October 2009

Meeting description
We are pleased to announce the Second ELC Postgraduate Conference on English Linguistics (ELC2), to be held at the University of Vigo
(Spain) on 30-31 October 2009. ELC2 aims to provide linguistics postgraduate students with an opportunity to present and discuss their research in an informal and intellectually stimulating setting.

The conference is organised by postgraduate students from the English Departments of the Universities of Vigo and Santiago de Compostela. It is supported by these two universities and by the English Linguistics Circle, a research network involving the following research teams:
- Variation, Linguistic Change and Grammaticalisation (VLCG; University of Santiago de Compostela; director: Prof. Teresa Fanego) [http://www.usc-vlcg.es]
- Spoken English Research Team at the University of Santiago de Compostela (SPERTUS; University of Santiago de Compostela; director:
Ignacio Palacios Martķnez) [http://www.usc.es/ia303/spertus]
- Language Variation and Textual Categorisation (LVTC; University of Vigo; director: Javier Pérez Guerra) [http://lvtcuvigo.blogspot.com]
- Methods and Materials for the Teaching and Acquisition of Foreign Languages (MMTAFL, University of Vigo; Coordinadora: Marta Dahlgren- Thorsell).

The English Linguistics Circle was also responsible for ELC1, a former edition of the International Postgraduate Conference on English Linguistics held in Santiago de Compostela in May 2008. A refereed volume containing a selection of the papers presented at ELC1 is now in preparation, and will be published as ?New trends and methodologies in applied English language research. Diachronic, diatopic and contrastive studies? (Linguistic Insights Series; Bern: Peter Lang).

Plenary speakers:
- Ans van Kemenade (Radboud University Nijmegen)
- Terence Odlin (Ohio State University)
- Geoff Thompson (University of Liverpool)

Organising committee:
Lidia Gómez Garcķa (University of Santiago de Compostela) Iria Pastor Gómez (University of Santiago de Compostela) Paula Rodrķguez Puente (University of Santiago de Compostela) Beatriz Tizón Couto (University of Vigo) David Tizón Couto (University of Vigo)

Call for papers:
Postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations on all fields of linguistic research, whether synchronic or diachronic. Papers are to be 20 minutes in length plus 10 minutes for discussion. The conference language is English.

Abstract submission guidelines:
Abstracts should be anonymous and not exceed 400 words. They should preferably be submitted via e-mail as an attachment (Microsoft Word, RTF or PDF files) to the address elcpostgrad(removeme)uvigo.es .

Abstracts should include:
- the title of the paper
- a list of 5-10 keywords
- the research focus
- the research methodology
- a brief summary of findings (if applicable)
- a short list of key references (restrict references to a minimum).

The e-mail message accompanying the abstract should contain the following information:
- the name(s) of the author(s) and their affiliation(s)
- the author?s e-mail address and contact details
- audiovisual equipment required.

Abstract submission deadline:
Abstracts must be received by 1 June 2009.
Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the programme committee and the authors will be notified of acceptance by 30 June 2009 (by e-mail).

Proceedings:
Authors of papers accepted for presentation will be invited to submit their paper for publication (length to be determined) in the volume of conference proceedings. Papers will be subjected to refereeing.

Registration information:
To register for the conference please download the registration form from the conference website webs.uvigo.es/elcpostgrad
The fee includes coffee, tea and refreshments during the conference days as well as an informal dinner (Friday 30 October, evening).
The registration fees are as follows:
- 50 ? fee for registration by 15 September 2009
- 60 ? fee for registration after 15 September 2009.
The registration fee can be paid by bank transfer; further information on the bank account number will be available soon.

Conference venue:
The conference will be held at the Club Financiero de Vigo in the centre of the city (Garcķa Barbón 62, Vigo - tel.: +34 986 44 72 20 -
fax: +34 986 44 98 86 - e-mail: cfv(removeme)clubfinvigo.com - web: www.clubfinvigo.com )

Further information:
For general enquiries send an e-mail message to: elcpostgrad(removeme)uvigo.es For further information, visit the conference website:
webs.uvigo.es/elcpostgrad
Call for papers for two-day workshop on current trends in grammaticalization in research. Deadline: April 15 2009
Current Trends in Grammaticalization Research: first circular

University of Groningen, October 8-9, 2009

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, along with 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

Plenary speakers

We are pleased to announce the following plenary speakers:

- Nikolaus Himmelmann, University of Münster

- Tania Kuteva, University of Düsseldorf

- 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. For details about abstract submission please visit our website (see url below).

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

Abstract submission address: linguistlist.org/confcustom/CTGR2009