February 27th, 2009

LOT Announcements / events:
Kennislink Taalwetenschappen
Haperende computerstem klinkt natuurlijkst
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 vóór 8 maart 2009 te worden ingediend. Dit kan online:


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
Lectures / talks:
Talk about the role of causality in cognition, Tilburg University, March 4 2009
Next Wendesday March 4 at 3.30 pm Leo Noordman from Tilburg University will give a talk about "Complexity vs. predictability: on the role of causality in cognition".
Location: TZ7
Time: 3.30 - 5.00

See the abstract below. You are all cordially invited!

Best regards,
Ildiko Flesch
Martijn Goudbeek


Leo Noordman

Complexity vs. predictability: on the role of causality in cognition

Our cognitive system is particularly bad in dealing with randomness. We have difficulty with uncertainty and high informativity in the stimuli we perceive. We "prefer", organization, coherence, and meaningfulness. I will show that the inclination to perceive coherence and causal explanation manifests itself in quite different cognitive domains. In visual perception we perceive Gestalts. In statistical reasoning we tend to interpret correlations in terms of causal relations. In interpreting every day social behavior of ourselves and others, we attribute causes. In discourse processing sentences that are highly connected and causally connected are easier to process than sentences that are less connected. In information- theoretic terms, a coherent text is more redundant and therefore easier to be reproduced than a less coherent text. Complexity of astimulus should be defined not only in terms of characteristics of the stimuli, but also in terms of properties of the human information processing system. Predictability is probably a more useful concept in explaining behavior than complexity.
CLS Colloquium – Series in Linguistics, Frans van der Slik (Radboud University Nijmegen) on Indo-European first languages, Nijmegen, March 5 2009
CLS Colloquium – Series in Linguistics
Radboud University Nijmegen

5 March 2009:

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


In this presentation, a large data set containing information on 20,000 L2 learners of Dutch, varying widely with respect to their language background (and even more with respect to their country of origin), has been used to test the impact of the L1 in L2 acquisition. These native languages include virtually all European languages (Albanian, Baltic, Germanic, Romance, Slavic) and some Indo-Iranian languages (Farsi, Hindi, Sinhali).

Scores on a Dutch reading proficiency test, part of the State Exam Dutch as a Second Language, have been used as the dependent variable. The central focus is on the role of the first language learned, yet the effect of other variables such as age of arrival, and other languages learned has been tested too. Also, the role of country of origin characteristics, such as quality of schooling has been studied. The size of the data set allowed me to test hypotheses related to the impact of the L1 that hitherto have not been tested. I have used the cognate linguistic distance measure of McMahon and McMahon (2005), and a newly developed genealogical linguistic distance measure based on Ruhlen's (1987) language classification to explain the variation in migrants' oral proficiency in Dutch.

time: Thursday 5 March, 16:00 to 17:00

place: Erasmusbuilding, Room E 2.55, Nijmegen


Coming up in the CLS Colloquium Series:

Thursday 2 April, 16:00: Charlotte Koster (RUG)

For more information: www.ru.nl/cls
LUCL Vrijdagmiddaglezing Beschrijvende Taalkunde 2008, Rose Marie Beck (Universität Frankfurt), March 6 2009
LUCL Vrijdagmiddaglezingen Beschrijvende Taalkunde 2008
March 6, 2009, 15:15h., Van Eyckhof 4, room 004
Rose Marie Beck, Universität Frankfurt

The genderedness of turn-taking and speaking in a grassroots development organization in Namibia (Herero)

In interactional linguistics procedural aspects such as turn-taking typically have drawn substantial attention in the past. One important debate has been about the relevancy of implicit assumptions for analysis which are based on common knowledge between the interactants and the analyst. When looking at turn-taking in a non-European language, Herero, where the degree of common knowledge with the members at talk necessarily remains unclear for me as a non-native-speaker, the importance of such a basis becomes evident. The explicit inclusion of ethnographic knowledge becomes a cornerstone for understanding the social dynamics unfolding before our eyes. In the end we are rewarded with a profound understanding of how talk is guided by both interactional and social structures.

In my paper I want to show that and how ‘restricted’ turn-taking (Schegloff 1987) in a Herero grassroots development organization intersects with issues of gender and leadership. For women, turn-taking in their organization is restricted in a double sense: by the institution and by their gendered roles which prevents them from speaking in public. I want to show how they deal with, appropriate and negotiate this double restriction, turning it into a tool which allows for their legitimate participation. My argument takes me into understanding procedural aspects of interaction as a resource underlying both talk and development, language and society, which are inextricably linked to each other.

Some upcoming lectures:

20/3 Bob Botne on tense/aspect in Bantu

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.
Language and Speech Colloquium on Digital Data Preservation, Radboud University Nijmegen, March 4 2009
Language and Speech Colloquium, Radboud University Nijmegen

speakers: Marc Kemp-Snijders (MPI)

Rene van Horik & Dirk Roorda (DANS)

topic: Digital Data Preservation

time: Wednesday 4 March, 10:45 – 12:15

place: Thomas van Aquinostraat 2, room TVA 2 03 05, Nijmegen

10.45h CLARIN: A Pan-European Research Infrastructure Project

Marc Kemp-Snijders (MPI)

CLARIN is committed to establishing an integrated and interoperable research infrastructure, allowing easy access and use of language resources and technology. It aims to eliminate the current fragmentation, and offer a stable, persistent and extendable infrastructure.

CLARIN will offer its services to researchers and scholars across a wide spectrum of domains in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Linguists will be able to optimize their models and tools to the benefit of all using language material.

Humanities scholars will be able to efficiently access language resources relevant for their research questions and technology to exploit their content, and the public at large will find it easier to access multicultural and multilingual content. CLARIN is devoted to creating a pan-European infrastructure which will boost humanities research in a multicultural and multilingual Europe, and will facilitate multilingual and multicultural education in schools, colleges and universities.

11.30h MIXED: Migration to Intermediate XML for Electronic Data

Rene van Horik & Dirk Roorda (DANS)

Researchers in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences produce a lot of data. Increasingly, they recognise the need to have them electronically stored. Not only for their own needs, but also in order to keep them accessible for other researchers.

Just archiving the data is not enough, however, as many researchers have experienced thus far. If you do not keep up with the speed of ever changing software, sooner or later the data will be useless anyway. What is needed therefore, is a way of archiving the data in which the material is referable and stays accessible for a long time. This calls for the concept of digital preservation: ensuring the survival of archived materials in the race of ever new versions of the software with which they were created.

MIXED is a project to convert data that are now residing in databases and spreadsheets, into formats that are future-proof.

Workshops / conferences:
Workshop on Generalized Quantifiers, Formal Semantics meets Computation and Cognition, University of Amsterdam, March 5-6 2009
Dear Colleagues,

there will be a one and a half day workshop: "GENERALIZED QUANTIFIERS Formal Semantics Meets Computation and Cognition"
on March 5-6, 2009.
You can find more information at the web page:

The main themes of the meeting are very much related to the topics of "Language, Logic and Reasoning Seminar"
( staff.science.uva.nl/~szymanik/LLR.html) and therefore might be of interest for you.

I hope to see many of you at the workshop.

With kind wishes,

Jakub Szymanik
Institute for Logic, Language and Computation University of Amsterdam Room V-B.89 Valckenierstraat 65
1018 XE Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31-20-525-5586
URL: www.science.uva.nl/~szymanik
NWO Project Kick-off Workshop Weak Referentiality, Utrecht, March 27 2009
Weak Referentiality’ Project Kick-off Workshop

Dear Colleagues,

We will have our kick-off workshop on March 27th ! Hope to meet many of you there!

Time: 9:00 – 13:00 March 27th 2009

Place: Room 207, Drift 23, Utrecht

Program: coming soon…

Confirmed speakers:

· Ana Aguilar (Utrecht University)

· Maria Aloni (Amsterdam University)

· Lisa Cheng & Rint Sybesma (Leiden University)

· Andrea Gualmini (Utrecht University)

· Klaus von Heusinger (University of Stuttgart)

· Tabea Ihsane (University of Geneva)

· Min Que, Femke Smits, Bert le Bruyn (Utrecht University)

· Henriėtte de Swart (Utrecht University)

Project introduction:

The NWO funded project ‘Weak referentiality: bare nominals at the lexicon-syntax-semantics interface’ (2008-2012) focuses on constructions in which nominal expressions do not set up individual discourse referents in conversational space (e.g. John is in jail. #It is a big building), but have a more abstract semantic value (properties, types, means, activities, etc.). Sometimes, weakly referential nominals occur in a bare form (in jail, enjoy school, as governor of Aleska), but in other cases they come with a definite article (listen to the radio, take the bus) or an indefinite article (be a lawyer, take a taxi). We find variation in the presence/absence of an article across languages (be a lawyer versus French źtre avocat, English in jail, and French en prison versus Dutch in de gevangenis, and Dutch op kantoor versus English at the office, French au bureau). The general aim of the project is to develop a cross-linguistic analysis of weakly referential nominals that does justice to their lexical, syntactic and semantic properties. A parallel corpus search in Germanic and Romance will determine the range of nouns and constructions that allow weakly referential readings. Eye-tracking experiments will help us understand how weakly referential nominals are processed. Insights from theories on idioms, dynamic theories of referentiality and bi-directional OT as a model of the syntax-semantics interface will help us ground the analysis.

Project leaders: Prof.Dr. Henriėtte de Swart Prof.Dr. Martin Everaert

Project website: www.let.uu.nl/~Bert.leBruyn/personal/wr/index.htm

(More details about the kick-off workshop will be updated soon.)

Kind regards,

Min Que, UiL OTS, Utrecht University
21st Summerschool ESSLLI 2009, Bordeaux, July 20-31 2009
Bordeaux, July 20-31 2009



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 offers a total of 48 courses and workshops, divided among foundational, introductory and advanced courses, and including a total of 7 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.


* 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.


Richard Moot
ESSLLI Organizing Committee
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
ntact: 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


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.

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).

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)


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!

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

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”.

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)

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

Bert Cornillie (Leuven)

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.

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 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

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.

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.).

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)

SLE 2009 Local organizing committee:

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

Alameda da Universidade
1600 – 214 LISBOA

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

SLE conference manager:
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.

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
Job Announcements / Vacancies:
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


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
3 Grants in the International PhD Programme in Linguistics, UIL OTS Utrecht. Deadline: March 12 2009
3 Grants in the International PhD Programme in Linguistics (starting September 1, 2009)
The PhD places involve a research training and aim at the completion of a PhD dissertation within a maximum of three years. As part of their training, PhD students will take courses offered by the National Graduate School in Linguistics (LOT).
Applicants should have an MA degree (or nearing completion, expected graduation by 1 July 2009) in theoretical linguistics, computational linguistics or experimental linguistics (language acquisition, psycholinguistics, phonetics, text linguistics). Applicants should speak and write fluent English.
Grant conditions
The grant amounts to a monthly sum of €1550, payable at the beginning of each month. It is allocated for a trial period of one year, to be extended upon positive evaluation of the student's progress by a further two years (maximum). The grant entitles students to supervision, office, network and library facilities, assistance in finding housing as well as participation in the institute's support system for linguistics-related expenses (including attending conferences and LOT schools). As a member of the graduate school, the student can participate in the Academic Professionalism programme of transferable skills. For legal reasons, no grants can be offered to permanent residents of the Netherlands.
How to apply?
Applications (by regular mail or by e-mail) should include a 3-5 p project proposal consisting of a research question well-grounded in existing literature supplemented with a research strategy, provisional workplan and bibliography.
The application should also include a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae including contact and personal details, transcripts of academic results, an MA thesis or alternative piece of written work, certified copies of most recent diploma and passport, and the contact details of two referees (names, affiliations and phone numbers or e-mail addresses). Preferably, reference letters are included.
Applications that do not include a research proposal will not be taken into consideration. Candidates are free to come up with their own research topic, but they are strongly advised to visit the UiL OTS research groups document on the website and explicitly target their proposal at one or more of the local research groups.

The deadline for receipt of applications is March 12, 2009.
E-mail applications should be sent to UiL-OTS(removeme)let.uu.nl in pdf or doc format. Please observe the following: specify your name in the message as well as in the topic, include a list of attachments in the message, and include your name in the title of each attachment.
Hard copy applications should be marked "PhD grant application" and sent to: Dr Maaike Schoorlemmer, UiL OTS, Janskerkhof 13, 3512 BL Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Receipt of your application will be confirmed within five working days.
The first round of interviews will be conducted during the first half of April, either in person or by telephone. The results will be communicated to interviewees by April 20.
If you are invited for the second round, you will be offered assistance in rewriting your project proposal to suit our particular conditions and expertise. The rewritten proposal should be submitted to Maaike Schoorlemmer by e-mail by May 12, 2009.
If applicable, additional written work allowing us to assess your suitability for the grant should also be submitted by that date (for example, a finished MA thesis). Certified copies of diplomas and passport may also be submitted by this date, provided regular copies are included in the original application.
The second round of interviews will be conducted in Utrecht in the week starting May 25, 2009.
Final decisions will be made by June 30, 2009.
The preferred starting date for the grants will be September 1st, 2009.

For further information, please contact the UiL-OTS PhD coordinator Dr Maaike Schoorlemmer, e-mail Maaike.Schoorlemmer at let.uu.nl, telephone +31-30-2536183/6006. Also consult our institute website: www-uilots.let.uu.nl/
PhD position in computational analysis of coherence relations in Dutch, University of Groningen (CLCG). Deadline: March 15 2009
PhD position (100%) in Computational analysis of coherence relations in Dutch (vacancy number 209075)

University of Groningen, Faculty of Arts, Center for Language and Cognition (CLCG)

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. A considerable number of the researchers participate in the Graduate School for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN), and in the Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap (LOT). Within the CLCG there are six research groups: Computational Linguistics, Discourse and Communication, Language Variation and Language Change, Language and Literacy Development across the Life Span, Neurolinguistics, and Syntax and Semantics.

The research groups Discourse and Communication and Computational Linguistics are looking for a PhD student to participate in the NWO-funded research programme Modelling Textual Organisation ( www.let.rug.nl/mto). This programme studies the organisation of text into structural units by means of coherence (discourse relations between clausal and larger units) and cohesion (lexico-semantic relations between words in textual units). The programme is organised around two related PhD projects, focussing on coherence and cohesion, respectively. Both projects contribute to and then work with an annotated corpus of expository and persuasive Dutch texts.

We are inviting applications for one of these PhD projects (the other project is already underway). The successful candidate will study the mechanisms that are used to establish coherence in Dutch texts by focusing on three computational research questions:

(1) To what extent can syntactic pre-processing of text contribute to the task of annotating discourse structure?

(2) To what extent can discourse relations be added to a text automatically?

(3) Does annotation of discourse relations contribute to automatic summarization of text?


? Master's degree in (Computational) Linguistics, Computer Science, or a related field

? excellent record of undergraduate and Master's level study

? knowledge of Dutch or the willingness to learn it

? ability to work together with other researchers

Conditions of employment
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: Four years (100%), starting as soon as possible.

The positions require residence in Groningen, 38 hours/week research, and must result in a PhD dissertation. After the first year there will be an assessment of the candidates' results and the progress of the project to decide whether the employment will be continued.

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2042 gross per month in the first year to € 2612 gross per month in the fourth year (figures based on full employment) .

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Dr. Gosse Bouma (principal advisor)

Tel. +31 50 3635937

E-mail: g.bouma(removeme)rug.nl

Ms. Wyke van der Meer, secretariat CLCG

Tel. +31 50 3635806

E-mail: w.a.van.der.meer(removeme)rug.nl

Additional information can also be obtained through the following links:



You can apply for these vacancies before 15 March 2009 by sending your application to:

University of Groningen

Personnel and Organisation Department

P.O. Box 72

9700 AB Groningen

The Netherlands

E-mail: vmp(removeme)rug.nl

Interviews will take place as soon as possible after the application deadline.

Please include

? a letter of application

? your CV

? a copy of your diplomas and a list of grades

? a list of publications (if applicable)

? the names and e-mail addresses of two referees

? a short statement (no more than 2,000 words) about your motivation to apply for this project

When applying for this project, please quote the vacancy number 209075
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.


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

computational linguistics
language variation and language change
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
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.

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

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.
PhD position within the project Tundra Yukagir, a nearly extinct Paleo-Asian Isolate in Arctic Russia, University of Amsterdam. Deadline: March 15 2009
University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a university with an internationally acclaimed profile, located at the heart of the Dutch capital. As well as a world centre for business and research, Amsterdam is a hub of cultural and media activities. The University of Amsterdam is a member of the League of European Research Universities.

The Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities undertakes teaching and research with a strong international orientation in a large number of disciplines within the field of language and culture. The faculty is situated in the center of Amsterdam and maintains close contacts with many cultural institutions in the city. It employs almost a thousand staff members and its courses are attended by approximately 6,500 students.

The Amsterdam Centre for Language and Communication (ACLC) focuses on the description and explanations for variation in languages and language use. Despite their enormous variety, languages show a remarkable degree of similarity, which can be described in terms of a set of language universals. A key feature of the ACLC approach is that these universals are studied from the widest possible variety of perspectives, both descriptive and theoretical, in order to ensure that the findings are not accidental, but are truly representative of the basic parameters that govern the organization of natural languages. The ACLC includes both functional and formal approaches to language description and encourages dialogue between these approaches. Studies cover all aspects of speech and languages: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics - in a search for the Language Blueprint. Language typology, including that of creole and signed languages, plays an important part in the ACLC programme. Language variation in terms of time, space and context is also a specialisation. The study of variation in the different types of language user - from the child learning her first language to the adult second language learner including also different types of language pathology - is a clear focus.

The ACLC has a vacant PhD position per 1 April 2009 as part of the NWO funded project Tundra Yukagir, a nearly extinct Paleo-Asian Isolate in Arctic Russia: a Collection on CD/DVD of Linguistic and Folkloristic Materials of the Language and Culture of a Siberian People for Documentation, Education and Safeguarding for Posterity.

1 PhD position (m/f)
1,0 fte (4 years)
For both internal and external candidates.
Vacancy number: 09-2015

Project description
Tundra Yukagir is a nearly extinct language spoken in the utmost northeast of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). The population is approximately 700, but at present the number of fluent speakers is dramatically low with some 50 people still speaking their mother tongue properly. Tundra Yukagir forms, with Kolyma Yukagir, an isolated Paleo-Asian language family. Despite typological correspondences, Tundra and Kolyma Yukagir are mutually unintelligible due to large differences in both lexicon and morphology that presumably date back some two millennia. The aim of the project is: 1) a full description of the language, both as regards its morphosyntax and as regards its phonology, based on a transcribed spoken corpus; 2) a contribution to answering the typological question whether the Yukagir language family is isolated or possibly related to Altaic or Uralic languages; 3) in cooperation with local linguists: contribution to the development of courseware for the revitalization of the language. The research methodology is linguistic fieldwork (recordings, interviews, elicitation, transcription and analysis) with native speakers and local linguists. The role of the PhD student within this project is to provide a grammatical description of the Tundra Yukagir language, with an emphasis on morphology and syntax.

Project supervisors:
Prof dr P.C. Hengeveld (link to personal webpage provided below)
Dr C. Odé (link to personal webpage provided below)

The candidate is expected to research and complete a Ph.D. dissertation within a period of four years, and to participate in the group work (incl. conferences, workshops, and publications).

MA in descriptive/theoretical linguistics, obtained no longer than five years ago. The PhD candidate needs to have an excellent knowledge of Russian and English and preferably has experience with linguistic fieldwork. Knowledge of the Yakut language would be an advantage. The PhD candidate must have a strong affinity with endangered language communities and their cultural heritage, and be able and willing to acquire knowledge about anthropology, folklore and language revitalization. He/she must be able to travel and carry out linguistic fieldwork under circumstances of extreme hardship because of the remote area in Northeast Siberia where the Tundra Yukagir language is spoken.

More information
The document Guidelines for applying for an internal PhD position gives precise information about the application procedure. This document can be found on the ACLC website (www.hum.uva.nl/aclc) under Vacancies. NB: Incomplete applications will be automatically rejected so please read the guidelines carefully. Further information can be obtained from the project supervisors, Prof dr P.C. Hengeveld (tel. +31-20-5253864, p.c.hengeveld(removeme)uva.nl) and/or Dr C. Odé (tel. +31-20-5252190/3864) c.ode(removeme)uva.nl) or from the managing director of the research institute dr. Els Verheugd, phone +31 20 525 2543, e-mail E.A.B.M.Verheugd-Daatzelaar(removeme)uva.nl .

The PhD candidate will be appointed for a period of four years (full time), beginning as soon as possible at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam under the terms of employment currently valid for the Faculty. A contract will be given in the first instance for one year, with an extension for the following three years on the basis of an evaluation of, amongst other things, a written piece of work. The salary (on a full time base) will be € 2042 during the first year (gross per month) and will reach € 2612 during the fourth year, in accordance with the CAO for Dutch universities.

Applications for this position (preferably in pdf format) should be sent to the ACLC office aclc-fgw(removeme)uva.nl (or, in the case of a paper version, to the director of the ACLC, prof. dr A.E. Baker, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam). Deadline of submission March 15th, 2009 at the latest. Please state the vacancy number. Applications received after this date or those that are incomplete will not be taken into consideration.
PhD vacancy on Topic and Speaker Tracking in Broadcast ArchivesRadboud University Nijmegen. Deadline: March 8 2009
PhD ‘Topic and Speaker Tracking in Broadcast Archives’ (1.0 fte)

Faculty of Arts

Vacancy number: 23.08.09

Extended closing date: 8 March 2009

Job description

In the project BATS (Topic and Speaker Tracking in Broadcast Archives) we have an opening for a PhD position in audio mining and spoken document retrieval. The project aims at making it possible to search in audio/visual archives, as is currently possible in searching for written documents on the web. The approach is to use speech technology tools such as speech and speaker recognition to automatically transcribe and label the data in the archives, and then apply text retrieval techniques to disclose the archive. The doctoral research will focus on two techniques: topic detection, based on speech recognition and word spotting techniques; and speaker detection, based on a combination of the voice characteristics of the speaker and the contents of the speech. Apart from working on state-of-the-art technology, the research will involve development and assessment of a prototype search environment, with a focus on iterative, or refined, search strategies. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with the Catholic University of Leuven (Prof. H. Van hamme). The PhD thesis will consist of a collection of journal papers about the research subjects mentioned above.


The successful candidate must have a strong background in computer science, pattern recognition and/or signal processing. In addition, he/she must have an interest in human factors issues and user interface design. Good communication skills in English are essential, as well as a good record of collaboration in teams. Candidates must be authorized to work in the EU.


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 PhD student will work in an inspiring environment as a member of an international and interdisciplinary team with representatives from the universities of Nijmegen and Leuven as well as the Flemish Broadcast Organisation, which offers excellent career perspectives in academia and industry.

Conditions of employment

The total duration of the contract is 3.5 years. The PhD student will receive an initial contract for the duration of 18 months with the possibility of prolongation for another 2 years.

Informal inquiries should be made to Prof Dr David van Leeuwen (T +31 (0)346 356235; E d.vanleeuwen(removeme)let.ru.nl) or prof. dr Lou Boves (T +31 (0)24 361 2902; E L.Boves(removeme)let.ru.nl).

Additional information

The starting gross salary is € 2.000 per month based on a full-time employment.

Preferable starting date: April 2008.

An elaborate description of the project plan (in Dutch) or a summary description (in English) can be obtained upon request. Please ask Hella Jooren (h.jooren(removeme)let.ru.nl).

Application letters, including extensive CV and MA thesis and the names of at least two references, (with vacancy number: 23.08.09, preferably by e-mail) can be sent to:

Radboud University Nijmegen, Faculty of Arts,

Department of Human Resources, attn. of Ms. A. Graat

P.O. Box 9103, 6500 HD Nijmegen, the Netherlands

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

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.

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.

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 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.
Vijf vacatures voor hoogleraren taalkunde aan de Freie Universitat Berlin. Deadline: 19-20 Maart 2009
Op dit moment zijn er vijf vacatures voor hoogleraren taalkunde aan de Freie Universität Berlin
(2 x Duits, 2 x Romaanse talen, 1 x Engels).

Met vriendelijke groeten,

Prof. Dr. Matthias Hüning
FU Berlin * FB Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaften Institut für Deutsche und Niederländische Philologie
Habelschwerdter Allee 45 * D-14195 Berlin Tel. +49-30-838 54807 * Fax: +49-30-838 53768
Büro: Raum JK 30/243
Calls for papers for events:
Call for submissions for E.W. Beth Dissertation Prize 2009. Deadline: March 16 2009
Since 2002, FoLLI (the European Association for Logic, Language, and Information, www.folli.org) awards the E. W. Beth Dissertation Prize to outstanding dissertations in the fields of Logic, Language, and Information. We invite submissions for the best dissertation which resulted in a Ph.D. degree in the year 2008. The dissertations will be judged on technical depth and strength, originality, and impact made in at least two of the three fields of Logic, Language, and Computation. Inter-disciplinarity is an important feature of the theses competing for the E. W.
Beth Dissertation Prize.

Who qualifies.

Nominations of candidates are admitted who were awarded a Ph.D. degree in the areas of Logic, Language, or Information between January 1st, 2008 and December 31st, 2008. There is no restriction on the nationality of the candidate or the university where the Ph.D. was granted. After a careful consideration, FoLLI has decided to accept only dissertations written in English. Dissertations produced in 2008 but not written in English or not translated will be allowed for submission, after translation, also with the call next year (for 2009). Respectively, nominations of full English translations of theses originally written in other language than English and defended in 2007 and 2008 will be accepted for consideration this year, too.


The prize consists of:

* a certificate
* a donation of 2500 euros provided by the E. W. Beth Foundation.
* an invitation to submit the thesis (or a revised version
of it) to the new series of books in Logic, Language and
Information to be published by Springer-Verlag as part of LNCS
or LNCS/LNAI. (Further information on this series is available
on the FoLLI site)

How to submit.

Only electronic submissions are accepted. The following documents are required:

1. the thesis in pdf or ps format (doc/rtf not accepted);
2. a ten page abstract of the dissertation in ascii or pdf format;
3. a letter of nomination from the thesis supervisor.
Self-nominations are not admitted: each nomination must be
sponsored by the thesis supervisor. The letter of nomination
should concisely describe the scope and significance of the
dissertation and state when the degree was officially awarded;
4. two additional letters of support, including at least one letter
from a referee not affiliated with the academic institution that
awarded the Ph.D. degree.

All documents must be submitted electronically to


Hard copy submissions are not admitted.

In case of any problems with the email submission or a lack of notification within three working days after submission, nominators should write to goranko(removeme)maths.wits.ac.za or policriti(removeme)dimi.uniud.it, with a cc to bethaward2008(removeme)gmail.com.

Important dates:
Deadline for Submissions: March 16, 2009.
Notification of Decision: July 1, 2009.

Committee :

* Anne AbeillƩ (UniversitƩ Paris 7)
* Natasha Alechina (University of Nottingham)
* Wojciech Buszkowski (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)
* Didier Caucal (IGM-CNRS)
* Nissim Francez (The Technion, Haifa)
* Valentin Goranko (chair) (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)
* Alexander Koller (Saarland University)
* Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa)
* Gerald Penn (University of Toronto)
* Alberto Policriti (UniversitĆ di Udine)
* Rob van der Sandt (University of Nijmegen)
* Colin Stirling (University of Edinburgh)
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
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
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

- 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.
Call for papers for first Vigo-Newcastle-Santiago-Leuven International Workshop. Deadline: March 30 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 Universi bmitted 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.

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: -)Submission of 1-page abstract for conference booklet
2-3 October: Workshop at Vigo, Spain

Workshop organisation: NP1 is organised by the Language Var 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 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) 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) www.usc.es/ia303/spertus
- Language Variation and Textual Categorisation (LVTC; University of Vigo; director: Javier Pérez Guerra) 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).

Authors of papers accepted for presentation will be invited to submit their paper for publication (length to be determined) i To register for the conference ple 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:
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

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).

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.

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 acc train (with dire centre, with all main attractions within walking distance. Please visit our website (see URL below) for information about travel and accommodation.

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