March 19th, 2009

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Lectures / talks:
Discourse op Dinsdag: The syntax-discourse, 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.
Lecture on The word-class of Adjectives poses a number of empirical and theoretical challenges, Rose-Marie Déchaine, ACLC, Amsterdam, March 20 2009
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 401
March 20 2009, 15.30 - 16.45 uur

Rose-Marie Déchaine
(University of British Columbia)


(joint work with Mireille Tremblay (U. de Montréal))

The word-class of Adjectives poses a number of empirical and theoretical challenges.

1. The typological puzzle. While Noun & Verb are universally attested categories, the category Adjective is not present in all languages.
2. The class size puzzle. In some languages adjectives are a relatively open-class (200-300 adjectives in Russian), but in other languages adjectives form a relatively closed class (8 adjectives in Igbo).
3. The formal puzzle. In some analyses, just as V & N are associated with specific Functional categories (T and D respectively), so too is Adj. But none of the F-categories associated with Adj-namely Degree, Agreement, Pred-uniquely selects for A.
4. The distributional puzzle. Adjectives are always a sub-class of V or a sub-class of N. 5. The interpretive puzzle. Adjectives fulfill a wide range of semantic functions: they can be predicates, entity, event, or propositional modifiers, as well as quantifiers.

Solving the puzzle: Adjectives are not an independent word-class in that they do not have a unique context of identification. The latter is formally defined as a class-partition that arises when an F-category uniquely selects a sub-class of L-forms ("Lexical-forms"). We show how the absence of class partition accounts for the typology puzzle, the class size puzzle, the formal puzzle, the distributional puzzle, and the interpretive puzzle.

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:
Lecture on A Constructional Analysis of Quasi-Incorporation in Dutch, Geert Booij, UIL OTS, 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, Trans 8, room 0.19 (A.W. de Grootkamer)
Reading: If you would like to read the article we will be discussing, please send an e-mail to e.tribushinina(removeme)

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.
Talk on Tense and the construal of time: Futurity in Dagbani, Robert Botne, LUCL, Leiden, March 20 2009
LUCL Vrijdagmiddaglezingen Beschrijvende Taalkunde 2009

March 20, 2009, 15:15h., Van Eyckhof 4, room 004

Robert Botne (Indiana University)

Tense and the construal of time: Futurity in Dagbani

Some upcoming lectures:

15/5 Ongaye Oda: Subject clitics in Konso

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

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

The lectures take place at Leiden University, Faculteit der Letteren, Witte Singel –Doelencomplexfrom 15:15 till 17.

Read more:
Discourse op Dinsdag: Coherence Relations, Anaphora and Presupposition, Jennifer Spenader, UIL OTS, Utrecht, March 30 2009
Discourse op Maandag

Date & time: March 30; 11:00-12:30
Location: Utrecht, Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, Stijlkamer van Ravesteyn 1.06

Jennifer Spenader
University of Groningen

Coherence Relations, Anaphora and Presupposition

Consider the following sentences and what the preferred interpretation of "he" is:

(1) Samuel threatened Justin with a knife, and he blindfolded Erin with a scarf (too). (Parallel)
(2) Justin was threatened by Samuel with a knife, and he blindfolded Erin with a scarf (too). (Parallel)
(3) Justin was threatened by Samuel with a knife, and he was arrested. (Cause-Effect)

The verb meaning makes clear that "he" should be interpreted as Justin in all three sentences, but somehow (2) is awkward. Kehler's (2002) theory claims parallel coherence relations between two clauses constrains antecedent-anaphor relationships to parallel interpretations, e.g. object antecedents for object anaphora, etc. Because (2) has a passive-active voice mismatch, interpreting the pronoun in (2) is more awkward than in (1). Cause-Effect relations are claimed to permit freer anaphoric links, thus the same voice mismatch in a cause-effect relation in (3) is claimed not to influence anaphoric relationships.

Kehler illustrates his theory with convincing natural examples, but recently his theory has been tested experimentally, with a number of conflicting results (e.g. Frazier & Clifton, 2006, Kehler et al. 2008, Kertz 2008, Kobele et al. 2008). As a possible explanation, Frazier & Clifton (2006) and Hendriks (2002) have both suggested that the presence of presupposition triggers like "too" might influence pronoun interpretation possibilities.

In this talk I will present the motivation and set-up of a series of planned experiments to clarify the contribution of presuppositional triggers to pronoun interpretation in Parallel and Cause-Effect coherence relations, and discuss potential outcomes and their explanations.

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

Kind regards,
The organizers:
Anneloes Canestrelli,
Pim Mak,
Ingrid Persoon,
Ted Sanders,
Ninke Stukker,
Rosie van Veen.
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)

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)

SLE conference manager:
Language and Speech Colloquium, Wessel Kraaij & Martha Larson, CLS, Nijmegen, April 1 2009
Language and Speech Colloquium

Radboud University Nijmegen

speakers: Wessel Kraaij (RU)

Martha Larson (TUD)

topic: Information Retrieval

time: Wednesday 1 April, 10:45 – 12:15

place: Erasmusplein 1 (Erasmusgebouw), room E 1.17, Nijmegen

10.45 Applying statistical language models for semantic document annotation

Wessel Kraaij (RU)

Despite the fact that language models have been a core module in ASR and statistical MT systems for a long time, generative language models have only been applied in information retrieval research since 1998. We will review the LM based IR model and explain why it has become so popular in the IR community. The application of language models for IR will be illustrated by two cases. The first case is a trend mining methodology for patent databases, where language models are applied to extract distinctive terminology. The second case concerns the analysis of search engine logfiles. We explored and evaluated several models to generate document descriptions based on queries that are associated to webpages via clicks.

11.30 Plumbing the Podosphere: Providing users with access to spoken audio on the web

Martha Larson (TUD)

Podcasts are audio series distributed over the web. Some podcasters are professionals, but a typical podcaster produces and publishes podcast episodes without specialized equipment or prior training. The large number of podcasts available online, the diversity of their intellectual content and the variability in their quality makes podcast search a challenge for information retrieval. Two examples are given of the application of IR techniques within the language modelling framework to the task of providing users with access to the podosphere. First, an experiment that explores the efficacy of speech-recognition-transcript-based indexing features for meeting user search goals in podcast search. Second, an experiment that investigates the usefulness of surface features in calculating a score that reflects query-independent podcast quality as perceived by users.
ESF Exploratory Workshops, NWO, to be held in 2010
ESF Exploratory Workshops awards are intended for small, interactive and output-oriented discussion meetings. The focus of the scheme is on meetings aiming to open up new directions in research or to explore emerging research fields with potential impact on new developments in science. Proposals should demonstrate the potential for initiating follow-up research activities and/or developing future collaborative actions. Interdisciplinary topics are encouraged. Awards are for workshops to be held in the calendar year 2010 (1 February - 31 December).

Deadline for receipt of proposals: 30 April 2009

Full details at
NOISE 2009 Summerschool: Moving Boundaries in Feminist Theory: Postcoloniality and Posthumanity, Utrecht, August 17-28 2009
NOI?SE 2009 Summer School: Moving Boundaries in Feminist Theory: Postcoloniality and Posthumanity

17 August – 28 August, Utrecht, the Netherlands

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

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

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

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

Moving Boundaries in Feminist Theory: Postcoloniality and Posthumanity

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

First Cluster: Feminist Perspectives on Postcolonial Europe

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

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

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

Second Cluster: Posthuman Tropes in Feminist Theory

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

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


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

· Two lectures in the morning

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

· Social programme

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

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

Please check for more information, registration and regular updates.

Please check for last years’ programmes to get an impression of the structure of the programme.

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

Tuition Fees

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


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

Teachers in the course

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

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

For more information:
NOI?SE Central Coordination

Graduate Gender Programme

Utrecht University

Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Buikema

Muntstraat 2a

3512 EV Utrecht

The Netherlands

E-mail: noise(removeme)

Tel: +31-30-2536001

Fax: +31-30-2536134

Registration: Please note that you can only register online (before May 1st) at this address:


Please note that you can only register online (before May 1st) at this address:
Job Announcements / Vacancies:
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. Deadline: April 22 2009
There is a new grant to be advertized by the Norwegian Research Council soon, for PhD students and young researchers who would like to visit a University in Norway for a period of 1-10 months during the academic year 2009-2010. The grant is 12,000 NOK per month for PhD students, 15,000 NOK for researchers. Here is a link to an English version of the announcement:

Please spread the word to anybody you know who might be interested in working at CASTL. Here is the new website (still under construction):
Vernieuwingsimpuls Vici, NWO. Deadline: Maart 31 2009
Vernieuwingsimpuls Vici
Onderdeel van de Vernieuwingsimpuls

Penvoerderschap : NWO
Deelnemers : ALW, CW, EW, GW, MaGW, MW, N, STW
Indienen : Ja, u kunt nu indienen
Sluitingsdatum : 31 maart 2009

Deze subsidievorm is gericht op de senior-onderzoeker die heeft aangetoond met succes een eigen vernieuwende onderzoekslijn tot ontwikkeling te kunnen brengen en als coach voor jonge onderzoekers te kunnen fungeren. Het programma biedt de onderzoeker de gelegenheid een eigen onderzoeksgroep op te bouwen, vaak vooruitlopend op een structurele hoogleraarspositie. De onderzoekslijn zou een structurele inbedding binnen de onderzoeksinstelling moeten krijgen.

Wie kan aanvragen
Onderzoekers die maximaal 15 jaar geleden gepromoveerd zijn (gerekend vanaf de promotiedatum tot de deadline van de desbetreffende Vici-ronde). Vanaf 1 januari 2009 mogen hoogleraren meedingen in de Vidi-ronde ongeacht wanneer de benoeming tot hoogleraar plaats heeft gevonden.

Toegankelijk voor buitenlandse onderzoekers

Wat kan aangevraagd worden

De subsidie bedraagt maximaal € 1.500.000.

Wanneer kan aangevraagd worden

De sluitingsdatum voor het indienen van vooraanmeldingen is op 31 maart 2009
De sluitingsdatum voor het indienen van uitgewerkte aanvragen is op 1 september 2009

Extra Informatie

Voor meer informatie over eerdere toekenningen, de VI-vereniging enz. zie de programmasite.

Volledige informatie over de doelgroepen, procedures en richtlijnen vindt u in de brochure Vernieuwingsimpuls 2009. U kunt de brochure 2009 vanaf 1 november 2008 aanvragen door een e-mail te sturen aan vi(removeme) o.v.v. 'brochure 2009 Nederlands' of 'brochure 2009 Engels' en uw volledige adresgegevens.


Aanvragen kunnen uitsluitend elektronisch ingediend worden via het Iris-systeem van NWO. Het aanvraagformulier is vanaf 2 maanden voor de desbetreffende deadline te downloaden vanaf de website en elektronisch in te dienen. Zie voor meer informatie over de procedure de brochure 2009 en volg de instructies op de website.

Aanvragen voor het gebied Medische Wetenschappen dienen bij ZonMw via ProjectNet te worden ingediend, deze indiening verloopt niet via het Iris-systeem.


Per wetenschapsgebied en per subsidievorm wordt een commissie samengesteld.

Overige informatie
Per jaar is 150 miljoen euro beschikbaar voor Veni, Vidi en Vici tezamen.


OCW (via NWO)

Coördinator Vernieuwingsimpuls
telefoon: +31 (0)70 344 09 40, e-mail: vi(removeme)

Hoe om te gaan met kennisbenutting binnen de vernieuwingsimpuls?

Afgelopen zomer heeft NWO de Vernieuwingsimpuls op een aantal punten gewijzigd (zie Aan de criteria 'Kwaliteit van de onderzoeker' en 'kwaliteit van het onderzoeksvoorstel' is een nieuw criterium 'kennisbenutting' toegevoegd. Hoe binnen de geesteswetenschappen om te gaan met dit criterium kennisbenutting? Hierover leest u meer op:
Calls for papers for events:
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)
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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:
HERA Call for Joint Research Programmes (JRP), NWO. Deadline: April 7 2009
Transnationale consortia – opgebouwd uit minimaal drie deelnemende landen ? kunnen maximaal € 1.000.000 aanvragen voor onderzoeksvoorstellen met een duidelijke Europese meerwaarde binnen de HERA JRP thema’s: 1) Cultural dynamics: Inheritance and identity en 2) Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation.

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

De volledige tekst van de oproep en een document met antwoorden op Frequently Asked Questions zijn te vinden op de HERA website
Vierde ICT call KP7, NWO. Deadline: April 1 2009
Op woensdag 19 november is de vierde ICT call van KP7 gepubliceerd. Dit is de eerste en grootste call van het nieuwe werkprogramma 2009-2010. Er is 801 miljoen euro beschikbaar voor projecten waarin Europees wordt samengewerkt. De deadline voor het indienen van een voorstel is 1 april 2009. Een groot aantal onderwerpen komt in een viertal acties aan bod, te weten: basistechnologieėn (waaronder (2.2.) Language-Based Interaction Toepassingen), langetermijnonderzoek, ondersteunende acties (waaronder (9.1) International Cooperation, (9.2) Supplements to support International Cooperation between ongoing projects). Deze onderwerpen worden nader beschreven in het ICT werkprogramma. Dit document vindt u samen met alle andere benodigde informatie op Cordis (

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