March 12th, 2009

LOT Announcements / events:
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In het Nederlands van Marokkaans- en Turks-Nederlandse jongeren komen verschijnselen voor die we bij autochtone Nederlanders niet of nauwelijks terugvinden. Maar ook typisch Nederlandse struikelblokken en regionale kenmerken nemen deze jongeren probleemloos over.
Lectures / talks:
ACLC seminar, Enoch O. Aboh, Amsterdam, March 13 2009
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 401

March 13 2009, 15.30 - 16.45 uur

Enoch O. Aboh


Don’t Go Chasing Unicorns!

The title of this talk expresses a structural and symbolical claim: there is no principled

way to distinguish between this title and its Gungbe Serial Verb Construction (SVC)

equivalent in (1), and therefore, there is no need to pursue a vain attempt to characterize

SVCs as genuine linguistic constructs.

(1) Mį yģ nyąn sO!-ązņnO~ bló

Neg go chase horse-horn Neg

‘Don’t go chasing unicorns’

Structurally, example (1) and the like are commonly characterized as a string of lexical

verbs within a monoclause which share an internal argument (e.g., Baker 1989, Collins

1997, Hiraiwa and Bodomo 2008). In terms of the internal Argument Sharing Hypothesis

(ASH) therefore, SVCs are complex predicates where multiple verbs discharge their

internal theta-roles onto the same argument. Under this view, such verbal ‘polyandry’ is

determined by a ‘serializing parameter’ also responsible for distinguishing non-

serializing languages from serializing ones.

In order to prove my case, I demonstrate that:

1. The ASH, often adopted in the literature without critical evaluation, emerged

from descriptive inadequacy, and must be abandoned.

2. With no ASH, we cannot rely any more on a ‘serializing parameter’ to distinguish

between sentence (1) and the title. This point is made more transparent by the

American English example in (2a), easily glossed in Gungbe by the grammatical

example (2b).

(2) a. I go buy bread [adapted from Jaeggli and Hyams 1993]

b. Łn yģ xO~ blE!?ģ

Symbolically, I conclude from this discussion that SVCs do not exist. Put another way, it

is never the case that a clause has two heads (i.e., predicates).

Using data from Kwa, I demonstrate that, in the so-called SVCs, V1 (i.e., go/yģ in 2a) is a

functional verb that merges in the functional domain of the lexical verb V2 (i.e., buy/xO~).

The latter introduces the internal argument. Accordingly, verb series represent a subset of

common clause union phenomena (e.g., restructuring), where some verbs, which

otherwise have a happy lexical life, are used functionally (Cinque 2004). Serializing

languages differ superficially from non-serializing ones only because they allow more of

such a ‘recycling’ process.

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday. After the lectures drinks are served at the Opleiding Algemene Taalwetenschap, Spuistraat 210, third floor. For more information:
MUST-Talk, Rose-Marie Déchaine, Utrecht, March 18 2009
We are very happy to announce that Rose-Marie Déchaine will give a MUST-talk in Utrecht next Wednesday (March 18th).

NOTE: Rose-Marie Déchaine will also give talks at the University of Leiden
on Monday March 16th (Vrieshof 4, 004a at 15:00)
and the University of Amsterdam on Friday March 20th (Bungehuis 401 at 15:30).
The abstracts for these talks are here and here.

Here’s the relevant information:
Who? Rose-Marie Déchaine (University of British Colombia)
Title? Discreteness as the basis of aspect (joined work with Mireille Tremblay (U. de Montréal)
Where? Utrecht, Trans 8, 0.19 (A.W. De Grootkamer)
Time? Wednesday March 18th, 15:30-17:00

Longer abstract you will find here.

Earlier work on aspect concentrated on the question of how aspectual contrasts present themselves within the word-class of verbs. More recently, research on aspect has begun to investigate how aspectual contrasts present themselves across different word-classes, extending the description and analysis of aspect to nouns, adjectives, and prepositions. The analysis presented here proposes that the property of "discreteness" is the basic aspectual distinction, i.e. that verbal, nominal, adjectival, as well as prepositional aspect is organized around the discrete/non-discrete contrast. This leads to the following claims:
(1) For verbs, the basic aspectual contrast is between time-stable versus time-variant properties.
(2) For nouns, the basic aspectual contrast is between mass and count nouns.
(3) For adjectives, the basic aspectual contrast is between individual-level and stage-level predicates.
(4) For adpositions, the basic aspectual contrast is between directional and locational expressions.
Claims (1-3) have all been proposed in the literature in one form or another: see Stassen (1997) on the time-variant/time-stable contrast; see Borer (2005) on the count/mass distinction; see Husband (2006) on the stage-level/individual distinction. However, to our knowledge, our proposal is novel in three respects in claiming that:(i) all lexical word-classes exhibit the same class partition with respect to aspect;?(ii) discreteness is the basic aspectual distinction; (iii) prepositions have temporal structure (the latter challenges analyses of prepositional aspect that assume that prepositions lack temporal structure (Zwarts 2005, 2006; Gerhke 2008). We propose that the syntactic correlate of discreteness is the functional head F-discrete.
This predicts that the sub-class of elements which are discrete? time-variant verbs, count nouns, stage-level adjectives, and locational prepositions? have a layer of functional superstructure that their non-discrete counterparts lack (time-stable verbs, mass nouns, individual-level adjectives, and directional prepositions. We review some of the data which supports this claim.
The syntax-discourse interface and representation of anaphoric dependencies, Sergey Avrutin, Utrecht, March 24 2009
Discourse op Dinsdag

Date & time: March 24; 15:30-17:00
Location: Utrecht University, Janskerkhof 13, Room 0.06

Sergey Avrutin
UiL-OTS, Utrecht University

The syntax-discourse interface and representation of anaphoric dependencies

I will present a model of the syntax-discourse interface that is based on the different representations of functional and lexical elements in discourse. Specifically, in the model I develop, functional categories such as D introduce a discourse place holder ('a file card frame') and lexical categories such as N introduce the referential substance ('a file card heading'). Anaphoric elements of three types are analyzed: SE elements ('zich'), SELF elements ('zichzelf') and pronouns. The main idea is that the differences in morphology and feature specification of these elements result in their different discourse representations. Their interpretation depends on the relationship between discourse entities (file cards) which are constrained by a set of rules/principles that I discuss. A substantial part of the theory of anaphora, therefore, appears to be explainable at a beyond-narrow-syntax level.

The Discourse op Dinsdag discussion group is intended for researchers working on discourse from a language use perspective, and offers a platform to discuss their work (in progress). For more information check our website
Meetings are planned 4-weekly on Tuesdays 15:30-17:00, in Utrecht. If you wish to participate, please let us know. If you’re interested in presenting your research, we invite you to come forward by sending an email to r.vanveen(removeme)
Next Syntax Circle, George Tsoulas, Leiden, March 25 2009
The next Syntax Circle will take place on Wednesday 25 March 2009 at 15.15, in Leiden (Lipsius building, room 147).

George Tsoulas will be talking about

'Agreement, Feature Spreading, and Clausal Architecture'

For the abstract, please see below.

After the talk, there will be drinks in 1166.

Hope to see you all there!

p s. Syntax Circle has a website that you can find at

Agreement, Feature Spreading, and Clausal Architecture

George Tsoulas, University of York

The concurrent appearance of a particular feature on more than one
item within any relevantly defined domain (under specific conditions) is
usually described as agreement. There are, however, cases where such an
understanding is in fact inaccurate. A case in point - which will form the
backbone of the argumentation in this talk - is the case of so-called plural
copying or extrinsic plural marking in Korean, whereby the plural morpheme
-tul occurs on a variety of categories, for some of which pluralisation is in
fact nonsensical - i.e. adverbs, prepositions, CPs -. I will first present the
properties of plural morphology in Korean and the conditions under which
so-called plural copying can occur. I will then suggest that these cases are
best understood not exactly as agreement (as traditionally understood) but
as a case of doubling of functional material as seen more dramatically in
cases of spreading (as in cases of determiner spreading in languages like
Greek, Hebrew, Arabic etc...) I will then try to develop a theory of feature
spreading and i will claim that plural copying in Korean is like Determiner
spreading in a different domain. In developing the theory the questions to
be addressed include:

1. What is the difference between spreading and agreement ?
2. Which types of feature is subject to spreading? (definiteness does
inside DP and number does across the clause but gender does not as
far as I know)
3. Where does the spreading start and what does that tell us about the
architecture of the clause ?

Specifically regarding the final question, I will try to put this in the
context of recent views of clause structure (Kratzer, Sportiche) where much
functional material associated with DPs is postulated as clausal heads.
Construction Grammar Discussion Group, Geert Booij, Utrecht, March 27 2009
Construction Grammar Discussion Group, Utrecht, March 27, 2009

Speaker: Geert Booij (University of Leiden)
Title: A Constructional Analysis of Quasi-Incorporation in Dutch
Date and time: March 27, 15.30-17.00
Location: Utrecht University (room t.b.a.)
Reading: If you would like to read the article we will be discussing, please send an e-mail to Elena Tribushinina.

Abstract: This paper deals with quasi-incorporation, the phenomenon that bare nouns form tight phrasal lexical units with verbs. The data are mainly from Dutch. The semantics of quasi-incorporation is similar to that of real noun-incorporation: the bare noun receives a generic interpretation, and the NV combination denotes a conventional activity. However, the lexical units are phrasal since they are separable in root clauses, and in verb raising clusters. It is shown that such Dutch bare Noun + V combinations (either singular or plural nouns) have two structural interpretations. They are either VPs with an NP that consist of the bare noun only, or they are units of the form [N0 V0]V0, and thus a case of adjunction of the bare noun to the verb. The behaviour of these NV combinations under verb raising, in the Dutch periphrastic progressive construction, and with respect to the choice of the correct negative word (geen or niet) is shown to follow from the assumption of two possible structural analyses. Thus, Dutch quasi-incorporation is parallel to the analysis of similar cases of incorporation in Japanese, presented in Iida and Sells (2007). If the bare noun has no argumental role with respect to the verb, it is only the second structural option that is available, that of adjunction.
Quasi-incorporation can be seen as a construction, in which a specific syntactic pattern receives a specific semantic interpretation, that of conventional activity. Thus, the paper argues that the notion ‘construction’ is essential for giving a proper account of the semantics of quasi-noun incorporation.
Workshops / conferences:
NWO Project Kick-off Workshop 'Weak Referentiality', Utrecht, March 27 2009
NOW Project ‘Weak Referentiality’ Kick-off Workshop

Time: 9:00 – 13:00 March 27th 2009
Place: Room 207, Drift 23, Utrecht
Program: (for abstracts and more details, please check our website below!)

9:00 - 9:15 Henriette de Swart (Utrecht University)
Weak referentiality: bare nominals at the interface of lexicon, syntax and semantics

9:15 - 9:45 Andrea Gualmini (Utrecht University)
Experimental studies on Scope resolution and implicature computation in child and adult language

9:45 - 10:15 Klaus von Heusinger (University of Stuttgart)
The architecture of referential categories

10:15 - 10: 30 coffee/tea break

10:30 - 11:00 Lisa Cheng, Rint Sybesma (Leiden University)
On weak dummies in Chinese

11:00 - 11:30 Tabea Ihsane (University of Geneva)
Paths to referentiality

11:30 - 12:00 Maria Aloni , Angelika Port (ILLC, Amsterdam University)
Free choice indefinites as fossils?

12:00 - 12:10 coffee/tea break

12:10 - 12:35 Ana Aguilar (Utrecht University)
Uniqueness and weak definites in Spanish

12:35 - 13:00 Min Que, Femke Smits, Bert le Bruyn (Utrecht University)
The scope of bare nominals: evidence from Mandarin and Dutch

(Note: The speakers will have lunch together after the workshop. If you intend to join us, please let us know by writing to: m.que(removeme) .)
Project website:
EACL 2009 Tutorials, Athens, Greece, March 30-31 2009

At EACL 2009 (Athens) the programme will include the following exciting

and varied selection of tutorials presented by outstanding researchers.

Constraint Conditional models for NLP
Ming-Wei Chang, Lev Ratinov and Dan Roth
Monday 30 March 2009 [Morning session]

Statistical Language Modeling for Information Access
Maarten de Rijke and Edgar Meij
Monday 30 March 2009 [Afternoon session]

Reinforcement Learning for Adaptive Dialogue Systems
Oliver Lemon and Verena Rieser
Tuesday 31 March 2009 [Morning session]

Combinatory Categorial Grammars for Robust Natural Language Processing
Mark Steedman

Tuesday 31 March 2009 [Afternoon session]

To sign up, and for more information, please visit
Seminar: Approaches to word accent, Leiden University, April 2 2009
Seminar: Approaches to word accent (word stress) Organized by Rob Goedemans, Jeroen van de Weijer and Marc van Oostendorp (Leiden University)

April 2, 2009; Leiden University, Lipsius Building (, room 235c

14.00 - 16:00 Harry van der Hulst (University of Connecticut): A new theory of word accentual structures (abstract below) 16:00 - Comments by Marc van Oostendorp and Jeroen van de Weijer, followed by discussion

Participation in this seminar is free for all. If possible, please announce your intention to come with Marc.van.Oostendorp(removeme)


A New Theory of Word Accentual Structures Harry van der Hulst University of Connecticut

The key insight of standard metrical theory (Liberman and Prince 1977, Vergnaud and Halle 1978, Hayes 1980, Halle and Vergnaud 1987, Idsardi
1990) is that syllables (or perhaps subsyllabic constituents such as skeletal positions, rhymes or moras) of words are organized into a layer of foot structure, each foot having a head. Primary accent is then derived by organizing the feet into a word structure in which one foot is the head. The head of the head foot, being a head at both levels, expresses primary accent. In this view, rhythmic accents are assigned first, while primary accent is regarded as the promotion of one of these rhythmic accents. In this seminar, I defend a different formal theory of word accent. The theory is non-metrical in that the account of primary accent location is not based on iterative foot structure. The theory separates the representation of primary and rhythmic accents, the idea being that the latter are accounted for with reference to the primary accent location. This means that rhythmic structure is either assigned later (in a derivational sense), or governed by constraints that are subordinate to the constraints that govern primary accent (as is possible in the approach presented in Prince and Smolensky 1993). The present approach has been called 'a primary-accent first theory' (see van der Hulst 1984, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000a, 2002, 2009, van der Hulst and Kooij 1994, van der Hulst and Lahiri 1988 for earlier statements; see web page below for these and other references). I will demonstrate the workings of the theory using a variety of examples from bounded and unbounded (weight-sensitive and insensitive systems) taken from the StressTyp database developed by Rob Goedemans and Van der Hulst (
Cycles of Grammaticalization: Fourth Seminar, Birmingham City University, April 4 2009
Dear colleagues,

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

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

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

Emma Mason

Network Facilitator
School of Languages and Social Sciences
Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET
+44 (0) 121 204 3675
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 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) 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 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 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 ( Voor vragen kunt u contact met ons opnemen via anela2009(removeme) .

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
If you have any questions or remarks please contact us: anela2009(removeme) .

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Kerkrade!

Ad Backus (UvT), Catherine van Beuningen (UvA, Anéla), Kees de Bot (RUG), Mienke Droop (RU/HU, Anéla), Koen van Gorp (KU Leuven), Merel Keijzer (TU Delft), Maria Mos (UvT, Anéla), Petra Sneijder (VU), Ineke Vedder (UvA) en Bert Weltens (VU)
Language Contact and Change: Conference on Multiple and Bimodal Bilingual Minorities, Estonia, May 28 2009
Date: May 28, 2009
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Workshop at the International Conference on Minority Languages XII (ICML 2009)
ntact: tartulcc at

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


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)
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
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)

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)
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)

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) . 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)

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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)

SLE conference manager:
Job Announcements / Vacancies:
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) or prof. dr Lou Boves (T +31 (0)24 361 2902; E L.Boves(removeme)

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)

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)
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) 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, telephone +31-30-2536183/6006. Also consult our institute website:
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 ( 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)

Ms. Wyke van der Meer, secretariat CLCG

Tel. +31 50 3635806

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

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)

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
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 ( 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) and/or Dr C. Odé (tel. +31-20-5252190/3864) c.ode(removeme) 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) .

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) (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.
Vijf vacatures voor hoogleraren taalkunde aan de Freie Universitat Berlin. Deadline: March 19-20 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
Vacancy PhD student (AiO) in Syntax, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL). Deadline: April 3 2009
Application number: 9-033
The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL, is the research institute of linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University.

LUCL announces a PhD position in theoretical syntax, within the NWO-funded project Focus and ellipsis (project leader Anikó Liptįk). The position is available from 1 September 2009.

Project description:
The project Focus and ellipsis aims at investigating the syntactic role of focus in the formation of forward and backward ellipsis in languages with different focus-marking strategies. The investigation will address the complete range of ellipsis constructions (sluicing, stripping, (pseudo-)gapping, fragments, verb phrase ellipsis, comparative deletion, noun phrase ellipsis) within generative grammar, specifically the minimalist framework.

The PhD student’s task will be to address the properties of backward ellipsis. Backward ellipsis is different from forward ellipsis and has received much less attention in the literature. The PhD student's project includes the following research goals and areas:

a) exploring the differences between remnants in backward ellipsis and remnants in forward ellipsis
b) the role of focus in the formation of backward ellipsis;
c) the nature of the mechanisms at work in backward ellipsis
d) building up an empirical database from 6 typologically distinct languages (Hungarian, English, Spanish, and three African languages to be determined);

The full description of the whole project can be found at:

The PhD candidate will need to:
- attend the one-year PhD program of LUCL
- present research results at international conferences
- help to organize a conference on the project topic
- write articles for international journals
- write a dissertation under the direction of the project supervisors
- collaborate with the principal investigator of the project, dr. Anikó Liptįk

Candidates should have an MA degree in Linguistics with a strong background in syntactic research; fluency in English and good writing skills; affinity with consulting informants and ability to work independently but in close collaboration with the other team members and the project supervisors.

Conditions of employment:
The successful applicant will be appointed at LUCL for one and a half year and after a positive evaluation, followed by a fixed-term period of two and a half years.

Gross salary will be € 2042,- per month in the first year, gradually rising, also depending upon the evaluation, to € 2612,- per month in the final year conform the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

The application should include:
? a letter of motivation with a description of the applicant’s background and past research
? a curriculum vitae (a complete list of publications)
? MA thesis (when not yet available, other representative material)
? a 2-page research proposal about the PhD project “Focus in background ellipsis” (for a short description of the project follow the link above)
? names and e-mail addresses of two referees
More information can be obtained from Anikó Liptįk, leader of the project: A.Liptak(removeme), tel. +31 71 527 3320.

Please send your letter (in Dutch or English), indicating the application number on the letter and the envelope, to the following address before 3 April 2009:

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: A.Liptak(removeme)
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

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) ). Relevant links: Tilburg University ( / ), Department of Communication and Information Sciences (, CASA MILA ( )

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) .
In your letter, please refer to the relevant vacancy code.
Job interviews dates: 29 May and 2 June 2009.

It is the policy of the university to increase the number of women employed.
Also members of ethnic minority groups and handicapped people are expressly invited to apply.
PhD Students/Researchers, University in Norway
There is a new grant to be advertized by the Norwegian Research Council soon, for PhD students and young researchers who would like to visit a University in Norway for a period of 1-10 months during the academic year 2009-2010. The grant is 12,000 NOK per month for PhD students, 15,000 NOK for researchers. Here is a link to an English version of the announcement:

Please spread the word to anybody you know who might be interested in working at CASTL. Here is the new website (still under construction):
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, 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) or policriti(removeme), with a cc to bethaward2008(removeme)

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 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) 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 (, 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) )

Workshop webpage:

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 (
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:
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)
Workshop URL:
Abstract submission address:
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)
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)
- Spoken English Research Team at the University of Santiago de Compostela (SPERTUS; University of Santiago de Compostela; director:
Ignacio Palacios Martķnez)
- Language Variation and Textual Categorisation (LVTC; University of Vigo; director: Javier Pérez Guerra)
- 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) .

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
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) - web: )

Further information:
For general enquiries send an e-mail message to: elcpostgrad(removeme) For further information, visit the conference website: