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LOT Winterschool 2009: last update
The last days of the LOT Winterschool 2009 have started in Groningen.

The General Information-page on the LOT website offeres all information on current classrooms, dinners, drinks, poster session and related lectures: www.lotschool.nl/GraduateProgram/graduate.htm

After de Winterschool, evaluations will be taken in account, certificates will be made up based on the attandance sheets and send to all participants. Also payment confirmations will be send to those who have paid for participation and lodging.
Reimbursement forms for travel expenses can be downloaded here.

For all questions or remarks about the school, please send your message to: lot(removeme)uu.nl
Lectures / talks
Language and Speech Colloquium, D. van Leeuwen (TNO) and M. Huijbregts (University of Twente), Radboud University, February 4 2009 on Tanzanian rap songs, October 17 2008
Language and Speech Colloquium
Radboud University Nijmegen

David van Leeuwen (Radboud University Nijmegen / TNO)
Marijn Huijbregts (University of Twente)
topic: Speaker Recognition and Diarization
time: Wednesday 4 February, 10:45 – 12:15
place: Thomas van Aquinostraat 1, room TVA 1 0 09, Nijmegen

10.45h The state of the art in speaker recognition
David van Leeuwen (Radboud University Nijmegen / TNO)

Speaker recognition is a part of speech technology which has become a more popular research direction recently. With applications in intelligence and forensics, the research area has made substantial progress in performance and robustness over the past decade. We will introduce the task, research paradigm and approach to text independent speaker recognition, where data, modeling and normalization play imprortant roles. We will then discuss the hard problems of channel variability and calibration, and the more successful attempts to deal with these. Throughout the presentation, we may compare the approaches of machines to humans, and the audience is encouraged to think of anecdotal evidence for how we humans recognize speakers.

11.30h Speaker diarization: finding out who spoke when
Marijn Huijbregts (University of Twente)

Speaker diarization is the task of automatically segmenting a spoken word audio recording into speaker homogeneous regions without any prior information about the identity of individual speakers. A diarization system should be able to anonymously label each speaker in the recording and answer the question: 'Who spoke when?'. Being able to group all speech from one particular speaker is a useful pre-processing step for various speech processing tasks. For example, an application that summarizes meetings may need to keep track of who said what to whom, and a dialogue act tagger needs utterance boundary information and can exploit speaker change information to model interruptions. With the use of normalization and adaptation techniques, automatic speech recognition systems can employ the speaker diarization information to optimize decoding performance. In this talk we will introduce the task and describe how we approached it for the international NIST speaker diarization benchmark.
CLS Colloquium-Series in Linguistics, F.Kuiken (ACLC) on the effect of task complexity on linguistic performance, Radboud Univerversity, February 5 2009
5 February 2009: Folkert Kuiken (ACLC, University of Amsterdam)

The effect of task complexity on linguistic performance in learning a second language (This is a postponed lecture from November)

The fact how well a language learner performs a language task in a second language depends on various factors, such as the cognitive complexity of the task, the conditions under which the task has to be performed (e.g. participants involved, oral versus written mode) and learner factors (like attitude, motivation, anxiety). Two of the most well known models which try to explain the relationship between cognitive complexity and linguistic performance are the Limited Attentional Capacity Model (Skehan and Foster 1998) and the Multiple Resources Attentional Model or Cognition Hypothesis (Robinson 2005). The models differ with respect to the role that is assigned to attention in the acquisition process of a second language and therefor differ in their predictions with regard to the effect of task complexity on linguistic performance.

In this paper I will report on a series of studies in which Ineke Vedder and I have investigated the relationship between the cognitive complexity of a language task and the linguistic complexity of the output. Task complexity was operationalized in terms of the number of elements the learners had to take into account and the ensuing reasoning demands; linguistic performance was assessed in terms of accuracy, syntactic complexity and lexical variation, first by using global measures of proficiency and then also by means of more specific measures. The effect of mode (writing versus speaking) was taken into consideration as well. The findings will be discussed with respect to both their theoretical and practical implications.

time: Thursday 5 February, 16:00 to 17:00
place: Erasmusbuilding, Room E 2.55, Nijmegen


Coming up in the CLS Colloquium Series:

Thursday 19 February, 16:00: Gerrit Dimmendaal (University of Cologne), More on case marking in languages of northeastern Africa

For more information: www.ru.nl/cls
Course on Binary Tense, by Henk Verkuyl, University Utrecht, February 17, 19, 24, 26 2009
Interested linguists are invited to a course on the semantics of tense, to be taught at UiL OTS by UiL OTS emeritus professor Henk Verkuyl, on his book "Binary Tense". Below, please find a general overview of the topics to be discussed.

The course will comprise four sessions, on the following dates:
Tuesday, Feb 17, Thursday, Feb 19, Tuesday, Feb 24, Thursday, Feb 26

Each session will start at 1:30 p.m. and end at 4 p.m.
Room to be announced (at Utrecht University).

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
Workshops / conferences
Congres Variation and Change in the Romance and Germanic Noun Phrase, Amsterdam, January 28-30 2009
Program Variation and Change in the Romance and Germanic noun phrase
Wednesday January 28 Location: PC Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, room 105

08.45-09.20 Registration
09.20-09.30 Welcome address by the Director of the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) of the University of Amsterdam, prof. dr. Anne Baker
09.30-10.30 Invited Speaker: prof. dr. Norbert Corver (Utrecht University)
Micro-dimensions of diversity in the Dutch DP
10.30-10.50 Coffee break
10.50-11.30 Johanna Wood & Sten Vikner (University of Aarhus)
Noun phrase structure and movement: a cross-linguistic comparison of such/ sådan/ solch and so/så/so
11.30-12.10 Freek Van de Velde (Lessius University College & University of Leuven)
Some odd determiners in West Germanic, with special reference to Dutch
12.10-12.50 Federica Cognola, Diana Vedovato & Chiara Zanini (University of Padua)
N-P-Ns in Romance and Germanic DP
12.50-14.20 Lunch break
14.20-15.00 Robert Cirillo (ACLC, University of Amsterdam)
WHAT ALL happens when universal quantifiers select wh-DPs in the Romance and Germanic languages
15.00-15.40 Ulla Stroh-Wollin (Uppsala University)
A universal (?) structure of noun phrases captured in four projections
15.40-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-16.40 Susanne Lohrmann (Universität Stuttgart)
A Unified Structure for Scandinavian DPs
16.40-17.20 Erik Schoorlemmer (Leiden University)
The licensing of strong and weak adjectival inflection in Germanic
17.30 Drinks

Program Variation and Change in the Romance and Germanic noun phrase
Thursday January 29 Location: PC Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, room 105

09.30-10.30 Invited Speaker: prof. dr. Östen Dahl (Stockholms Universitet)
The grammaticalization of definiteness marking in Scandinavian
10.30-10.50 Coffee break
10.50-11.30 Paola Crisma (Universitą di Trieste)
The emergence of the definite article in English: a contact-induced change?
11.30-12.10 Dominika Skrzypek (Adam Mickiewicz University Pozna?)
Between a demonstrative and an article – properties of the Old Swedish žęn and –in
12.10-12.50 Christopher Lucas (University of Cambridge)
Form-function mismatches in (formally) definite English noun phrases: towards
a diachronic account
12.50-14.20 Lunch break
14.20-15.00 Olga Fischer (ACLC, University of Amsterdam)
The status of the postposed ‘and Adjective’-construction in Old English: Attributive or predicative?
15.00-15.40 Enoch Aboh (ACLC, University of Amsterdam)
Why D?
15.40-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-16.40 Hans den Besten (ACLC, University of Amsterdam)
Demonstratives in Afrikaans and Cape Dutch Pidgin: partial destruction, innovative reuse and creative construction
16.40-17.20 Ekaterina Bobyleva (ACLC, University of Amsterdam)
Specificity and definiteness in creole languages. Unfinished grammaticalization or contact-induced variation?
18.00 Conference dinner

Program Variation and Change in the Romance and Germanic noun phrase
Friday January 30 Location: PC Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, room 105

09.30-10.30 Invited Speaker: Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Longobardi (Universitą di Trieste)
Parametric convergences: homoplasy or principled explanation?
10.30-11.10 Artemis Alexiadou, Gianina Iordachioaia & Florian Schäfer (Universität Stuttgart)
Scaling the variation in Romance and Germanic Nominalizations
11.10-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.10 Fred Weerman (ACLC, University of Amsterdam)
Grammatical Gender in Germanic: Acquisition and Change
12.10-12.50 Christiane M. Bongartz & Christiane Schöneberger (University of Cologne)
Acquiring articles: overt [+definite], bare nouns, and the problem of genericity in Italian and German
12.50-14.20 Lunch break
14.20-15.00 Elisabetta Magni (Universitą di Bologna)
Coexisting structures and competing functions in genitive word order
15.00-15.40 Dana Niculescu (University of Amsterdam)
On two de-phrases in the Romanian DP
15.40-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-16.40 Alexandra Cornilescu (University of Bucharest) & Alexandru Nicolae, (“Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti” Institute of Linguistics, Bucharest)
On the syntax of Romanian definite phrases: changes in the patterns of definiteness checking
16.40-16.50 Closing

Evelien Keizer (ACLC, University of Amsterdam)
Prenominal possessives in English, Dutch and German: form, function and use
Harry Perridon (ACLC, University of Amsterdam)
The emergence of the s-genitive in Danish
Petra Sleeman (ACLC, University of Amsterdam)
The nominalized infinitive in Romance and Germanic: variation and change

Website: www.hum.uva.nl/variation-and-change
Workshop Grammar in the Wild, Amsterdam, January 29 & February 12 2009
Please find below the invitation for a series of three workshops entitled “Grammar in the Wild”. This is the third fieldwork methods workshop organized by ACLC fieldworkers. This year, Rafael Fischer, Sebastian Nordhoff, Joke Schuit and Stef Spronck (Australian National University) focus on speakers and data elicitation. All instructors work on undescribed languages in Ecuador, Sri Lanka, Arctic Canada and Australia respectively, where they spend several months per year doing fieldwork. Not only four different continents are covered, but also spoken and signed languages.

The lectures are introductory and the target audience are graduate and undergraduate students interested in doing fieldwork, but more advanced linguists curious about fieldwork are also welcome.

Workshop “Grammar in the wild”

Linguistic description relies on data gathered from a notoriously difficult and unreliable source: speakers. In this series of workshops, four field linguists present best practices to collect language data, and techniques how to guide speakers during the elicitation process without distorting their judgments.

Topics are:
- Choice of informants;
- Different ways of elicitation with pros and cons;
- Simulating an elicitation session, with specific focus on the pitfalls;
- Mentored elicitation in the wild (aka Dutch cities).

When? Thursday 29th January and 12th February, 16:00-18:00 in room 420 of the Bungehuis, Spuistraat 210 in Amsterdam.
Enroll by sending an email to Joke Schuit before 13th January: J.M.Schuit(removeme)uva.nl
Workshop on Diagnosing Syntax, Leiden & Utrecht, January 29-31 2009
Organizers: Lisa Cheng (LULC, Leiden University), Norbert Corver (UiL-OTS, Utrecht University)
Date: 29-30-31 January 2009
Location: Leiden University (Jan 29th) & Utrecht University (Jan 30,31st)
Sponsors: KNAW, LUCL, UiL-OTS
Website: www.abelcorver.com/DiagnosingSyntax/
Contact: DiagnosingSyntax(removeme)let.uu.nl

Registration deadline: January 10th 2009

This workshop seeks to offer the opportunity for syntacticians in different branches of linguistics to meet and discuss the use of diagnostics in syntactic research. Focusing on five core domains of natural language syntax (viz. ellipsis, agreement, anaphora, phrasal movement, and head movement) and taking a multi-perspective on syntactic diagnostics (i.e. syntax, syntax-semantics/morphology interface, neuro-psycholinguistics, and typology), this workshop addresses some central issues concerning diagnosis in syntax, such as: the identification of core diagnostic signs in each of the above domains of syntax; the validity of a syntactic property as a diagnostic sign (i.e. is it a true syntactic sign or rather a syntactic ‘symptom’), the use and usefulness of the diagnostic method in different ‘branches’ of linguistics, the convergence of those branches on core syntactic diagnostics, the techniques and procedures that are used in diagnosing syntactic features, et cetera. For each of the five empirical core domains, syntactic diagnostics will be investigated from four angles: (a) (pure) syntax; (b) syntax at the interface (with semantics / morphology); (c) neuro/psycholinguistics (acquisition, parsing, aphasia); (d) a language X whose syntax is less well-known and is beginning to be explored.

Elena Anagnostopoulou, Sergey Avrutin, Sandra Chung, Hamida Demirdache, Martin Everaert, Lynn Frazier, Naama Friedmann, Teresa Guasti, Heidi Harley, Angelika Kratzer, Winfried Lechner, Anikó Liptįk, Jason Merchant, Jamal Ouhalla, David Pesetsky, Maria Polinsky, Christer Platzack, Norvin Richards, Chris Tancredi, Jeroen Van Craenenbroeck, Susanne Winkler, Jochen Zeller
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 workshop 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:
Master Classes on Language Acquitistion and Optimality Theory, Amsterdam. Registration deadline: February 1 2009
Call for participation Master classes on Language Acquisition and Optimality Theory

July 4, 2009
KNAW, Het Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam


* Géraldine Legendre (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)
* Joe Pater (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
* Paul Smolensky (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)
* Jill de Villiers (Smith College, Amherst)

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 these master classes 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.

These master classes are seen as a unique opportunity for PhD as well as master’s students to meet and talk to experts in the fields of language acquisition and/or Optimality Theory. The master classes will be organized in such a way that the participants also get the opportunity to briefly present (some of) their own work. There will be plenty of time for discussion with the instructors on issues and questions raised by the students.

If you are a graduate student in the Netherlands and you are interested in participating in the master classes, please register before February 1st, 2009, by sending an e-mail to:


Please indicate in your message your name and affiliation, and also whether you are a PhD or a master’s student (in case of too many applications, PhD-students will get priority).

Looking forward to seeing you in Amsterdam the 4th of July, 2009.

The organizers, Paula Fikkert & Helen de Hoop, Radboud University Nijmegen
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

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.
Symposium Netwerk Eerste Taalverwerving (NET), Nijmegen, 13 Februari 2009
Aankondiging NET-symposium en Call for Presentations

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.

Het programma ziet er als volgt uit:

9.30: Ontvangst met koffie en thee

10.00: Lotte Hogeweg

10.30: NETwerk ronde 1 (Een aantal korte presentaties)

11.00: koffie/thee

11.30: Kino Jansonius

12.00: Lunch + Kwartet overleg

14.00: Bart Hollebrandse

14.30: Evelien Krikhaar

15.00: NETwerk ronde 2 (Een aantal korte presentaties)

15.30: koffie/thee

16.00: NETwerk ronde 3 (Een aantal korte presentaties)

16.30: business meeting


Deelname is gratis. We stellen het op prijs als u zich aanmeldt door een e-mail te sturen naar netdag09(removeme)gmail.com

De organisatoren:
Paula Fikkert, Irene Krämer, Aoju Chen
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!

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)
Job Announcements / Vacancies
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.
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
Researcher / postdoc in linguistics / phonetics, University of Groningen. Deadline: February 1 2009
Researcher/Postdoc Experimental Linguistics/Computational Linguistics/Phonetics (1,0 fte) Groningen, 38 hours per week, University of Groningen

Job description

Researcher/Postdoc Experimental Linguistics/Computational Linguistics/Phonetics Applications are invited for a two-year researcher/postdoc at the Department of Scandinavian Studies/ Information Science, Faculty of Arts, Center for Language and Cognition Groningen. The successful applicant will join the projects ‘Linguistic determinants of mutual intelligibility in Scandinavia’ and/or ‘Mutual intelligibility of language varieties in the Low Countries: linguistic and attitudinal determinants’ which are both funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The aim of the projects is to refine newly developed computational methods in order to quantify communicatively relevant similarity between closely related languages and language varieties. The similarity measurements will be used to develop a model for predicting and explaining mutual intelligibility.
The candidate will cooperate closely with a PhD-student and a senior researcher.


University Graduate. Candidates should have a degree in a field that
trains in (computational) linguistics or phonetics. Preference will be
given to candidates who can offer one or more of the following: interest
and experience in experimental research, experience with speech
manipulation and speech processing programs (e.g. PRAAT), phonetic and
statistical knowledge, computational linguistic skills, good publication
record, and the ability to work collaboratively. Proficiency in one of
the Scandinavian languages and/or Dutch is a big plus.

Conditions of employment

Maximum salary amount in Euro's a month 3636
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: Two years
Maximum hours per week: 38

Additional conditions of employment:
The University of Groningen offers a starting salary from € 3195 (scale
11.0) to € 3636 (scale 11.4) an 8% holiday allowance per annum and an
end of the year bonus for a full-time position depending on experience
and qualifications. The position will provide funding for two years (32
to 40 hours per week). Job Rank: Researcher/Postdoc. The project will
start on 1 March 2009 or as soon as possible after.

Additional Information can be obtained from:

Charlotte Gooskens
Telephone number: +31 50 3635827
E-mail address: c.s.gooskens(removeme)rug.nl

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following

Applications (in English or Dutch) should contain the following:

- a letter of application
- your curriculum vitae (including a list of publications)
- a copy of your diploma together with a list of grades
- a copy of an article or short paper
- the names and email addresses of two referees.

Applications must sent to: vmp(removeme)rug.nl


You can apply for this job before 01-02-2009 by sending your application

University of Groningen
Personnel and Organization Office
P.O. Box 72
9700 AB Groningen
The Netherlands
E-mail address: vmp(removeme)rug.nl

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number AT209002.
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
* 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.

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.
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.
PhD scholarship in the field of spoken-language comprehension, Max Planck Institute. Deadline: February 1 2009
The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen offers a
3-year scholarship for research leading towards a PhD in the field of
spoken-language comprehension.

The successful candidate will develop a dissertation project within the
ongoing research themes of the Adaptive Listening Group. The Adaptive
Listening Group is a newly established independent research group under
the direction of Dr. Andrea Weber and investigates the processing of
foreign-accented speech. The institute’s website provides more
information about the group. With respect to the research project, a
topic concerning the processing of variation in speech or experiential
influences on perception is currently of most interest to the group, but
other topics that fall in the scope of the group are possible as well.
The research will concern language perception by adults, but may involve
a variety of methodological approaches, including cross-linguistic
comparisons, the use of eyetracking and neuroimaging techniques, or
computational modeling. Candidates with a background in experimental
psycholinguistics or experimental phonetics may receive preference. Good
command of English is required.

Rian Zondervan (Secretariat)
Max Planck Institut für Psycholinguistik
Postbus 310
NL-6500 AH Nijmegen
Fax: +31-24-3521213
e-mail: rian.zondervan(removeme)mpi.nl

Application letters including a short statement of interest, including a
full CV and the names of two academic referees, should arrive at the
secretariat by 1 February 2009.
2 PhD positions Computational Linguistics Radboud University Nijmegen. Deadline: Fabruary 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.

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).
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for Colloquium on Generative Grammar, Basque Country. Deadline: January 23 2009
19th Colloquium on Generative Grammar - CALL FOR PAPERS

Linguists working in any theoretical framework of Generative Grammar are invited to participate. Each paper presentation will be allotted 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. A limited number of abstracts will also be accepted for two poster sessions.
If the authors want to submit their proposals only as either paper presentations or posters, this should be stated clearly in their e-mail message to the organizers.

Submission of Abstracts:

Authors are asked to submit their abstracts in two .PDF files, one anonymous and one with the author's name and affiliation, to the following address:


The body of the message should include the title of the paper, name of the author(s), affiliation(s), surface mail address and e-mail address.
Abstracts should be no longer than two pages in length (including examples and references), in Times New Roman 12-point type, single line spacing and 2,5 cm. margins. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author.

The official language of the conference will be English.

Reimbursement: The organizers might be able to cover part of the travel expenses of accepted speakers.

Deadline for abstract submission: January 23, 2009.

Further information about the 19th Colloquium on Generative Grammar will soon be available at www.ehu.es/cgg-19
Call for papers for DIGS11, University of Campinas (Brazil). Deadline: January 31 2009
DiGS (Diachronic Generative Syntax) is an established international conference bringing together scholars working in the field of syntactic change from a generative perspective. The conference provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of current and innovative research with special emphasis on (morpho)syntactic parameter change.

The meetings have been biennial and have alternated between venues in North America and Europe in the last twenty years. This is the first time the conference does not follow that tradition: in 2009, it will be held in South America .

We invite abstracts for a 30-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute discussion period.
Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than two pages, including references and examples, with margins of at least 1 inch, Times New Roman 12, single-spaced. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author.

Authors are requested to send an e-mail message to digs11(removeme)iel.unicamp.br , with two copies of their abstract attached (in pdf format); one of them anonymous.

Please include the title of the paper, the author's name, affiliation and e-mail address in the body of the submission email. Subject should be "submission".

The deadline for submission is Saturday, January 31, 2009.
Notification of acceptance will be made by March 15, 2009.


There will also be a poster session, for which we invite papers of an empirically-driven nature or in a squib-like format when dealing with theoretical issues.

Although all topics on formal historical syntax are welcome, the 11th edition of DiGS encourages papers that approach topics related to the understanding and modeling of how syntactic change comes about in languages, or groups of languages, including but not restricted to: parameter theory, the role of language acquisition and contact on language change, the dynamics of syntactic change, grammaticalization, and language reconstruction.

Invited speakers:
Ana Maria Martins (University of Lisbon)
Giuseppe Longobardi (University of Trieste)
Ian Roberts (University of Cambridge)
Jürgen Meisel (University of Hamburg / University of Calgary)
Mary Aizawa Kato (University of Campinas)
Michel DeGraff (MIT) :: to be confirmed ::

Important dates:
- Deadline submission: January 31, 2009
- Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2009

Organizing committee
Charlotte Galves, Filomena Sandalo, Juanito Avelar, Ruth Lopes, Sonia Cyrino

Programme is to be found on: www.unicamp.br/~digs11/
Call for papers for ViC 2009, part of ESSLLI 2009. Deadline: February 15 2009
Vagueness in Communication (ViC 2009)
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
Call for poster presentations Academy Colloquium on Language Acquisition and Optimality Theory

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
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
- 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,
Call for papers for first Vigo-Newcastle-Santiago-Leuven International Workshop. Deadline: March 30 2009

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.

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).