March 27th, 2009

LOT Announcements/events
Summer School, LOT, Leiden University, Leiden, June 8-19 2009
LOT is happy to announce that its next Summer School will be organized by the University of Leiden.
The school will take place from June 8 - 19, 2009.
The full program and the course descriptions are now available at:
www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2009%20zomerschool%20Leiden/


Deadline for registration is May 10.
We hope to see you all in Leiden!
Oproep LOT Populariseringsprijs 2009
Aan alle taalkundigen in Nederland

LOT looft dit jaar wederom de Populariseringsprijs uit, ter stimulering van het vervaardigen van populair-wetenschappelijke bijdragen over een taalwetenschappelijk onderwerp.

De definitie van in aanmerking komende publicaties is uitermate ruim. Het bestuur denkt zowel aan speciaal voor dit doel geschreven bijdragen als aan reeds gepubliceerd materiaal - artikelen, boeken, cd-roms, video's, radio - en televisieprogramma's, websites etc. - met copyright in 2008 (indien copyright van toepassing is). De bijdrage dient in het Nederlands te rapporteren over actueel taalkundig onderzoek en vervaardigd te zijn door een in Nederland werkzame dan wel wonende taalkundige. Bijdragen dienen de essentie van een onderzoeksvraag en het antwoord daarop toegankelijk te maken voor een ontwikkeld publiek dat niet specifiek taalkundig geschoold is.

De omvang van de LOT-prijs bedraagt 1000 Euro.

Iedere Nederlandse taalkundige onderzoeker kan maximaal één zelf geschreven nieuwe bijdrage ter beoordeling inzenden. Daarnaast kan iedere Nederlandse taalkundige een reeds gepubliceerde bijdrage van een collega (dus niet van eigen hand) voordragen voor de prijsvraag door de desbetreffende bijdrage gemotiveerd aan te melden. Bij voordracht dient vermeld te worden: Naam voorgedragene, titel bijdrage, adres voorgedragene, motivatie voordracht.

De inzendingen worden beoordeeld door een door het LOT benoemde jury die naast taalkundigen ook redacteuren van een dagblad of tijdschrift zal bevatten.

De uitslag zal bekend gemaakt worden op het Taalgala, een feestelijke bijeenkomst voor alle leden van LOT, AVT en Anéla, samen met het bekend maken van de uitslag van de AVT-Anéla dissertatieprijs. Het taalgala zal plaatsvinden op vrijdagmiddag 13 november 2009, aan het Pietershof te Utrecht. Van de genomineerden wordt een actieve deelname aan het Taalgala verwacht.

De sluitingsdatum voor inzending/voordracht is 1 juni 2009. Inzendingen / voordrachten kunnen gestuurd worden naar LOT, t.a.v. Ivana Brasileiro, Janskerkhof 13a, 3512 BL Utrecht.

Het bestuur hoopt op een overvloedige inzending. De noodzaak tot effectievere publieksvoorlichting over aard en kwaliteit van het taalkundig onderzoek in Nederland en de resultaten daarvan blijft onverminderd aanwezig.

Het reglement is via de website www.lotschool.nl/index.php?p=101 digitaal in te zien.

Namens het LOT-bestuur,
Henriette de Swart, Wetenschappelijk directeur
Lectures/talks
CLS Colloquium – Series in Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands), April 2 2009
Charlotte Koster (University of Groningen)
The optimal NP-Pronoun dance: Referring expressions in child discourse

Abstract:
Carrying on a conversation involves reasoning about the knowledge and intentions of others. Bidirectional Optimality Theory captures this interdependence of speakers’ choices on listeners’ perspectives and vice versa. The focus of this talk will be on children’s use and understanding of full NPs and pronouns during topic introduction and topic shift. Within Bidirectional OT, two constraints have already been shown to give a principled account of children’s incorrect comprehension as well as correct production of sentences with object pronouns (reflexives versus pronouns). These same constraints predict asymmetrical error patterns in discourses with subject pronouns, when the target item must refer back to a previous topic after topic shift. In production, children are predicted to be overly economical, without concern for listener recoverability: they will indiscriminately over-use pronouns in their discourse. In comprehension, they are predicted to be linguistically insensitive to speakers’ choices: they will not take notice of NPs as topic shift markers.

Experiments investigating these predictions were carried out with Dutch children (mean: 5;6 yrs.) and adults (mean: 24;7 yrs.). For production, participants told a story based on picture booklets designed to elicit topic shifts. If speakers optimize bidirectionally and take listeners into account, they will use a full NP when referring back to a previous discourse topic. Further in-depth study of the production data investigates differences between children and adults in choice of reference forms throughout their discourses. For comprehension, participants heard stories with and without topic shift and were asked a question following a sentence with a potentially ambiguous pronoun. To resolve this pronoun and answer the question, bidirectionally optimizing listeners will use the story’s discourse structure. In addition, the verbal working memory of all participants was tested. If children have limited verbal memory capacity, their ability to optimize bidirectionally may be compromised. The children’s asymmetrical production versus comprehension patterns in relation to referring expressions and topic shift are shown to be accurately predicted by Bidirectional Optimality Theory.

time: Thursday 2 April, 16:00 to 17:00
place: Erasmusbuilding, Room E 2.05, Nijmegen

DRINKS AFTERWARDS

Coming up in the CLS Colloquium Series:
Thursday 23 April, 16:00: Ad Foolen (RU) - Emotion in language: description and expression

For more information: www.ru.nl/cls
Colloquium-I didn't say that: On coordinating intentions in quotation, MPI Nijmegen, April 8 2009
Speaker: Stephan Spronck, MPI Nijmegen
Title: I didn't say that: On coordinating intentions in quotation
Date and time: April 8, 10.30-11.30
Location: E 1.19

Abstract
Constructions with which a speaker reports a message that originated in the mind of an other speaker (i.e. quotation) defy a number of basic assumptions in linguistics. They challenge the view that declaratives encode assertions about propositions (‘Speaker states that p’), seem to render most of the Gricean maxims useless and are exceptional in the constituent/word order
restrictions, intonation patterns and information value most languages display for them. In this talk I will argue that these features can be explained with the notion of mixed intentionality, i.e. the particular coordination of the intentions of the reporting and reported speakers
languages allow.

I will present a typological account of intentionality in quotation that cuts through traditional distinctions between pragmatics and semantics, illocution and modality and aim to show that although the encoding of coordinated intentions in quotation may take many different forms, it is actually quite regular and predictable. Subsequently, I will frame the results in a social cognitive perspective and I will argue for a view in which quotation offers a paradigm case for studying how such social cognitive skills as shared intentionality and the conceptualization of other minds help to shape grammar.
Workshops/Conferences
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 www.esf.org/workshops.
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
(www.visitors.leiden.edu/lipsius.jsp), 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)Meertens.KNAW.nl

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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 ( stresstyp-test.leidenuniv.nl/).
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:

www1.aston.ac.uk/lss/research/research-projects/cycles-of-grammaticalization/

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
Birmingham
B4 7ET
+44 (0) 121 204 3675
e.mason(removeme)aston.ac.uk
NWO Talent Classes, The Hague, April 21, May 19, June 16 2009
More than a 1,000 researchers have already participated in the NWO Talent Days, since we have started organizing them in 2003. Most participants clearly indicated to have a need for a follow-up, with more in-depth and personalized information. We received a lot of positive and enthusiastic reactions from the participants, and also many requests for continuing with these Talent Classes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information
Detailed masterclass descriptions and information about requirements and deadlines are available on www.nwo.nl/talentclasses. We look forward to seeing you at one of our Talent Classes.
Anéla Conference 2009, Rolduc in Kerkrade (Netherlands), May 27-29 2009
Van woensdagmiddag 27 mei tot vrijdagmiddag 29 mei 2009 zal in conferentieoord Rolduc te Kerkrade de 6e Anéla conferentie plaatsvinden. Op deze conferentie zullen alle hoeken van de toegepaste taalwetenschap vertegenwoordigd zijn. Plenaire sprekers zijn:

Gerard Steen: Researching and Applying Metaphor: From fundamental to applied research and back again

Marianne Gullberg: A talk about our experimental work on 'first exposure' to an unknown language

Pia Quist: Multilingual practices in the late modern speech community

Alle artikelen van presentatoren zullen samengebracht worden in een bundel (uitgegeven bij Eburon), die vóór het congres verspreid zal worden aan alle deelnemers. U kunt zich vanaf heden registreren als deelnemer van de conferentie op de website van Anela ( www.anela.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=16&Itemid=153). Voor vragen kunt u contact met ons opnemen via anela2009(removeme)anela.nl .

Wij verwelkomen u graag in Kerkrade!


De conferentieorganisatie:

Ad Backus (UvT), Catherine van Beuningen (UvA, Anéla), Kees de Bot (RUG), Mienke Droop (RU/HU, Anéla), Koen van Gorp (KU Leuven), Merel Keijzer (TU Delft), Maria Mos (UvT, Anéla), Petra Sneijder (VU), Ineke Vedder (UvA) en Bert Weltens (VU)

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Announcement Anela Conference 2009


From Wednesday afternoon May 27th Van until Friday afternoon May 29th the sixth Anela Conference will take place in Rolduc in Kerkrade. At this conference all angles of applied linguistics will be represented. We have invited the following keynote speakers:

Gerard Steen: Researching and Applying Metaphor: From fundamental to applied research and back again

Marianne Gullberg: A talk about our experimental work on 'first exposure' to an unknown language

Pia Quist: Multilingual practices in the late modern speech community

All articles of presenters will be joined in a book (published by Eburon), which will be distributed among the participants before the conference. You can now register as participants on the Anela website
( www.anela.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=16&Itemid=153).
If you have any questions or remarks please contact us: anela2009(removeme)anela.nl .

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Kerkrade!

Ad Backus (UvT), Catherine van Beuningen (UvA, Anéla), Kees de Bot (RUG), Mienke Droop (RU/HU, Anéla), Koen van Gorp (KU Leuven), Merel Keijzer (TU Delft), Maria Mos (UvT, Anéla), Petra Sneijder (VU), Ineke Vedder (UvA) en Bert Weltens (VU)
Language Contact and Change: Conference on Multiple and Bimodal Bilingual Minorities, Estonia, May 28 2009
Date: May 28, 2009
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Workshop at the International Conference on Minority Languages XII (ICML 2009)
Website: www.dipfilmod-suf.unifi.it/CMpro-v-p-236.html
contact: tartulcc at gmail.com

The workshop aims at exploring the language contact and language change phenomena that characterize multiple linguistic minorities. It focuses on but is not confined to signed, Uralic and Caucasian languages.

On the one hand, we intend to explore the situation of bimodal bilingualism. Data from changes in multi-modal bilingual contexts can lead to new insights into bilingualism, the typology and structure of languages, and language change and contact in general. Research into bimodal bilingualism can draw upon several methods and approaches developed for studying tingualism of other minority languages, and vice versa.

On the other hand, we know that it is difficult to reach the bilingual individuals and communities that are deaf and belong to several linguistic minorities. Therefore, we approach the bimodal target via individual studies on minority languages. More specifically, we concentrate on the issue of language change in contact in the context of a typologically wide range of minority languages. We are looking for answers to questions such as the following:

- How do deaf children of (hearing) parents belonging to linguistic minorities (e.g., Nganasan) communicate with the Deaf communities in their country anith their own parents?
- How does their language change?
- How can we test the change in the structure of the languages in contact in a uniform way?
- What are the factors that influence the developments?
- Can we work towards a typology?

Invited keynote speakers:

Csilla Bartha (hearing) (Eötvös Lorįnd University, Budapest): The situation of the Deaf and national minorities in Hungary; Östen Dahl (hearing) (Stockholm University): Contact induced changes in tense and aspect systems; Tatiana Davidenko (Deaf) (Moscow Centre for Deaf Studies and Bilingual
Education): Sign Language Diversity in Post-Soviet Countries; Anna Komarova (hearing) (Moscow Centre for Deaf Studies and Bilingual
Education): Development of Bilingual Education of the Deaf in Post-Soviet Countries; Gaurav Mathur (Deaf) (Gallaudet University): The relationship between agreement and finiteness in sign languages; Johanna Mesch (Deaf) (Stockholm University): Variations in tactile signing - the case of one-handed conversation; Helle Metslang (hearing) (University of Tartu): Changes in Finnish and Estonian tense and aspect; Christian Rathmann (Deaf) (Hamburg University): Minority Communities within German Deaf Community; Don Stilo (hearing) (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig): Introduction to an Atlas of the Araxes-Iran Linguistic Area.

Check for updates, our interdisciplinary areas, and more research questions at www.dipfilmod-suf.unifi.it/CMpro-v-p-236.html

Organizers:

Nino Amiridze, Utrecht University (The Netherlands) Östen Dahl, University of Stockholm (Sweden) Anne Tamm, University of Florence (Italy) and Institute for the Estonian Language (Estonia) Manana Topadze, University of Pavia (Italy) Inge Zwitserlood, Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
21st Summerschool ESSLLI 2009, Bordeaux, July 20-31 2009
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
21st EUROPEAN SUMMER SCHOOL IN LOGIC, LANGUAGE AND INFORMATION = ESSLLI 2009 =
Bordeaux, July 20-31 2009

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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.

esslli2009.labri.fr/programme.php

* 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.

esslli2009.labri.fr/reg.php

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)gmail.com


Application Deadline: April 15, 2009.

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

Program: (forthcoming)

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

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

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

Arrival Date: Sunday, July 26

Departure Date: Saturday, August 8

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

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

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

Contact: africanlinguisticsschool(removeme)gmail.com
esslli2009.labri.fr/
42nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Lisboa, September 9-12 2009
Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Letras, Portugal
www.societaslinguistica.eu/

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

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

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

SLE CONFERENCE MANAGER
Bert Cornillie (Leuven)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Become a member of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

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

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

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

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


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

CONTACT
SLE 2009 Local organizing committee:

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

Alameda da Universidade
1600 – 214 LISBOA
PORTUGAL

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

SLE conference manager:
sle(removeme)arts.kuleuven.be

www.societaslinguistica.eu/meetings/conference%20lisboa/Lisboa%202009.htm
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.

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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.

Aims

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.


Formula
• 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 www.genderstudies.nl/summerschool2009 for more information, registration and regular updates.

Please check www.genderstudies.nl/summerschool 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.

Grand

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)uu.nl

Tel: +31-30-2536001

Fax: +31-30-2536134

Registration: Please note that you can only register online (before May 1st) at this address: www.genderstudies.nl/summerschool2009

COME TO THE NOI?SE SUMMERSCHOOL AND BE CHALLENGED!
Job Announcements/Vacancies
Vernieuwingsimpuls Vici, NWO. Deadline: March 31 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. Deadline is 31 maart (vooraanmeldingen).
Meer informatie: www.nwo.nl/NWOHome.nsf/pages/NWOP_5VTGS6

* Hoe om te gaan met kennisbenutting binnen de vernieuwingsimpuls?
Afgelopen zomer heeft NWO de Vernieuwingsimpuls op een aantal punten gewijzigd (zie www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOA_7JJA4X). 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: www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOA_7NZK4M
Vacancy University Lecturer Germanic Linguistics, University Leiden. Deadline: April 15 2009
Universitair Docent germanistische linguļstiek. (9-055)
het Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL)
Universitair docent (v/m) (15,2 uur per week)
vacaturenummer: 9-055

In het Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) van de faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen is per 1 juli 2009 plaats voor een enthousiaste universitair docent op het terrein van de germanistische linguļstiek.

TAKEN:
• verzorgt een deel van het onderwijs binnen de Opleiding Duitse taal en cultuur (ook in de propedeuse) met name op het terrein van de taalvaardigheid en de germanistische linguļstiek
• participeert in het (ontwikkelen van nieuw) onderwijsaanbod van LUCL en in het implementeren van vernieuwingsconcepten voor het taalvaardigheidonderwijs
• verricht zelfstandig onderzoek op het terrein van de germanistische linguļstiek en (mede)begeleidt het onderzoek van studenten, promovendi en postdocs
• participeert in het onderzoek van LUCL en verwerft onderzoeksmiddelen uit de tweede en derde geldstroom
• draagt bestuurlijke en organisatorische verantwoordelijkheden

EISEN:
• aantoonbare onderwijservaring en didactische kwaliteiten
• interesse in en liefst ook ervaring met onderzoeksgestuurd onderwijs
• een afgerond proefschrift op het gebied van de germanistische linguļstiek
• een actief onderzoeksprofiel
• bij voorkeur moedertaal Duits, actieve beheersing van het Nederlands

De universitair docent werkt samen met de andere stafleden van LUCL en in het bijzonder met de medewerkers die betrokken zijn bij het onderwijs en onderzoek in de Duitse taal en cultuur. Hij of zij wordt direct aangestuurd door de hoogleraar Duitse taal en cultuur. De aanstelling geschiedt voor 0.4 fte in de functie van universitair docent 2 voor 2 jaar met uitzicht op een vast dienstverband. Het salaris is afhankelijk van opleiding en ervaring en bedraagt minimaal € 2.379 en maximaal € 4374bruto per maand bij een volledige werkweek. Nadere inlichtingen over deze functie zijn te verkrijgen bij prof.dr. A. Visser, hoogleraar Duitse taal en cultuur, of prof.dr. J. Schaeken, wetenschappelijk directeur LUCL.

Sollicitaties, vergezeld van een curriculum vitae, een exemplaar van een sleutelpublicatie en onder vermelding van de namen en contactgegevens van twee referenten, kunt u onder vermelding van het vacaturenummer tot 15 april a.s. richten aan
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, afdeling P&O,
Mw. Irene Cockram – van ‘t Haaff, P&O adviseur,
P.O. Box 9515,
2300 RA Leiden.

publicatiedatum: 16-3-2009
Vacancy PhD Research Studentship in the Surrey Morphology Group, Deadline: May 13 2009
University of Surrey
Surrey Morphology Group
English Dept.
Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences
PhD Research Studentship in the Surrey Morphology
(for three years, subject to satisfactory progress)

£13,290 maintenance grant per annum
(funded by the European Research Council)

The Surrey Morphology Group invites applications for a PhD Studentship funded by the European Research Council as part of the MORPHOLOGY project.

Applications are invited for a Research Studentship leading to a PhD in the Surrey Morphology Group, for three years, starting either July 1 2009 or October 1 2009. This post is part of a larger European Research Council-funded project on morphological complexity (the morphology project) awarded to Professor Greville Corbett, Dr Matthew Baerman and Dr Dunstan Brown.

The MORPHOLOGY project investigates the contribution of inflectional morphology to linguistic complexity, and in particular the role of autonomous morphological systems, such as inflection classes and many-to-one correspondences, which constitute a level of structure distinct from the functional categories they express. The current position is the first of two PhD studentships on the project and it is dedicated to the study of inflectional classes.

The studentship includes a maintenance grant of £13,290 per annum. Applicants are expected to have a good first degree and a grounding in linguistics. The post will be particularly appealing to applicants interested any of the following areas: morphology; syntax; typology; computational linguistics. The successful applicant will pursue a specific agreed topic related to inflectional classes within the overall project, and will benefit from being part of a larger team, within a research group. The ability to work collaboratively and to meet deadlines is essential.

Details of the Surrey Morphology Group can be found at:
www.surrey.ac.uk/LIS/SMG/

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Matthew Baerman (m.baerman(removeme)surrey.ac.uk).

To apply, please send: a covering letter explaining how you meet the criteria specified on the 'further intormation sheet'; one page outlining why you are interested in morphological complexity; and a CV including the names of two referees. These should be sent to Melanie Mullally, Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH or emailed to l.mack(removeme)surrey.ac.uk. Please include the reference MORPHOLOGY/PhD in your application and supply your postal address. The closing date for applications is May 13 2009. Interviews are expected to be held on June 4 2009.

The University is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy

University of Surrey
The Surrey Morphology Group
Dept. of English

MPhil/PhD Studentship
(For three years, subject to satisfactory progress)


FURTHER INFORMATION


The Surrey Morphology Group invites applications for a PhD Studentship funded by the European Research Council as part of the MORPHOLOGY project, for three years, starting either July 1 2009 or October 1 2009. The post-holder will register for a full-time PhD in the Group to work on the contribution of inflectional classes to morphological complexity. The supervisory team will consist of Professor Greville Corbett, Dr Matthew Baerman and Dr Dunstan Brown.


The MORPHOLOGY project investigates the contribution of inflectional morphology to linguistic complexity, and in particular the role of autonomous morphological systems, such as inflection classes and many-to-one correspondences, which constitute a level of structure distinct from the functional categories they express.


The studentship includes a maintenance grant of £13,290 per annum and will last for three years.


Selection criteria

The following criteria will be used to select the successful candidate:

Qualifications and Professional Memberships
• A good first degree in a relevant discipline (Essential)
• Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (Desirable)

Knowledge and Skills
• Knowledge of one of the following: morphology; syntax; typology; computational linguistics
• Strong interest in inflectional classes or morphological complexity.
• Excellent inter-personal skills
• Excellent presentation skills
• Good administrative and organisational skills
• Good IT skills
• Able to work independently and as part of a team

Research
Many languages express different grammatical meanings through inflectional morphology, as in English walk, walk-s, walk-ed and walk-ing. It can be argued that inflection is one of the most uniquely human aspects of language: even animal communication may be said to have a lexicon and at least a rudimentary syntax, but only human language has inflectional morphology. Morphology thus has a unique potential to illuminate aspects of human cognition.

The MORPHOLOGY project investigates the extra complexity that autonomous systems introduce. These are systems which introduce a degree of complexity at cross-purposes with the meaning or function of the utterance. This complexity, though often idiosyncratic, is highly structured, and is determined by – and hence a reflection of – the human mind. The MORPHOLOGY project proposes a comprehensive investigation of morphological complexity and what it can tell us about the thought processes that produce it, drawing on the resources both of linguistic typology and of those branches of linguistics that deal with cognition.

The successful applicant will pursue a specific agreed topic related to inflectional classes within the overall project, and will benefit from being part of a larger research group.

Further information on Surrey Morphology Group may be found at our website: www.surrey.ac.uk/LIS/SMG

As a member of the Surrey Morphology Group the post-holder will be expected to attend regular supervisory sessions and other training activities organised for doctoral students.


Application process

To apply, please send: a covering letter explaining how you meet the criteria specified on the 'further intormation sheet'; one page outlining why you are interested in morphological complexity; and a CV including the names of two referees. These should be sent to Melanie Mullally, Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH or emailed to l.mack(removeme)surrey.ac.uk. Please include the reference MORPHOLOGY/PhD in your application and supply your postal address.

The closing date for applications is May 13 2009. Interviews are expected to be held on June 4 2009.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Matthew Baerman (m.baerman(removeme)surrey.ac.uk).
Vacancy PhD researcher Language Acquisition Utrecht University. Deadline: May 1 2009
Detail vacature 68907

Vacaturenummer 68907
Ordernummer 064181101
Faculteit / Dienst Geesteswetenschappen
Omschrijving faculteit / dienst Utrecht University (UU), founded in 1636, is one of the largest and most prominent centers for research and education. With almost 7,000 students and close to 900 staff, the Humanities Faculty offers a stimulating, dynamic working environment. Our educational and research programmes focus on language, culture, history, the arts, literature, media, philosophy and theology, from the Ancient World to the present. Key areas are interdisciplinary work and international cooperation, excellent quality of research and education, and the use of new media. The research programmes are organised in four institutes, among which is Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS), which covers all research in linguistics at the faculty.
The Utrecht University Graduate School of Humanities monitors and guarantees the outstanding quality of education programmes for Research Master and PhD-researchers.

Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS is now offering a position of:
Functie titel PhD researcher Language Acquisition
Omvang 0,8 fte
Salaris starting from ā‚¬ 2,042.- gross a month during the first year and increasing to ā‚¬ 2.612.- gross a month in the fourth year on a fulltime basis
Functie-inhoud The current opening is for:
PhD project Investigating Early English in Dutch primary schools (vacancy number 68907; preferable starting date 1-9-2009).

This PhD position investigates the acquisition of English in the Dutch primary classroom. More specifically, its goal is to determine the extent to which the quantity and quality of the input to which children are exposed as part of early English programmes (VVTO in Dutch) has a direct effect on their linguistic proficiency. It will involve a longitudinal study of the morph osyntactic and lexical development of several groups of children who systematically differ in terms of input quantity (number of hours per week) and quality (linguistic proficiency of the teacher).

A full description of the project is available at www.let.uu.nl/~Sharon.Unsworth/personal/AiO.html.

Goal
The PhD project involves training in research and completion of a PhD dissertation. As part of her/his training, the PhD student will take courses offered by the National Graduate School in Linguistics (LOT).
Functie-eisen We are looking for an ambitious student who is willing and able to work in a team consisting of linguists and language teachers. The candidate must have an MA degree in hand one month before the starting date. Specific requirements are: An MA degree in linguistics, education or psycholinguistics (either with a heavy focus on language/linguistics). Candidate should have a working knowledge of Dutch and near-native English.
Arbeidsvoorwaarden The successful candidate is offered a one-year employment contract as PhD (ā€œAssistant in Opleiding, or AiOā€¯ research trainee) with the possibility of renewal with three years maximum, after evaluation. The PhD will receive a gross monthly salary of ā‚¬ 2,042.- during the first year and increasing to ā‚¬ 2.612.- in the fourth year on a fulltime basis. The PhD will be offered the opportunity to participate in the "Academic Professionalism" scheme, which involves coaching and courses in general skills. We also offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, a end-of-year allowance of 8,3 % and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities. A complementary teaching contract in the English department might be available. UIL-OTS features a stimulating, innovative, and internationally oriented research environment which offers opportunities for a broad professional development. Courses are offered by internationally renowned experts, while possibilities for conference visits are plentiful. We offer excellent experimental facilities and computational support.
Contactpersoon For further information, please contact the project supervisor at the UiL OTS, dr Sharon Unsworth, telephone +31 (0)30 253 1729, e-mail S.Unsworth(removeme)uu.nl, or the UiL-OTS PhD coordinator dr Maaike Schoorlemmer, telephone +31 (0)30 253 6183, e-mail M.Schoorlemmer(removeme)uu.nl.
You might also like to consult our institute's website: www-uilots.let.uu.nl.

Datum aanmelding 03-10-2009
Datum start 21-03-2009
Datum eind 01-05-2009

Soll. richten aan Applications should include:
o a letter of motivation;
o a curriculum vitae including contact and personal details;
o transcripts of academic results;
o an MA thesis or (if the thesis is not available yet) some alternative piece of written work;
o the contact details of two referees (names, affiliations and phone numbers or e-mail addresses);
o preferably: two reference letters.
E-mail applications in pdf or doc format should be sent to; Humanitiesjobs.gw(removeme)uu.nl, and should specify the applicant's name and the vacancy number 68907 in the topic as well as the message text. Please also include a list of attachments in the message, and specify your name in the filename and text of each attachment. E-mail applications have our preference.

Hard copy applications (or partial applications) should be sent to the Personnel Department, attn. Ms Marlies Kluver, Kromme Nieuwegracht 46, 3512 HJ Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Please refer to the vacancy number 68907 as well as to the website where you found this advertisement.

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 1, 2009.
Interviews are planned during the week starting Monday, June 1, 2009.
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: www.forskningsradet.no/en/Funding/ISMOBIL/1233557744786

Please spread the word to anybody you know who might be interested in working at CASTL. Here is the new website (still under construction): uit.no/castl
PhD position on CASA MILA project, Tilburg University. Deadline: April 15 2009
PhD RESEARCHER
Vacancy number 500.09.02
4 years, fulltime
Intended starting date: August 1, 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

The PhD researcher will collaborate with Dr. Paul Vogt on the project 'Cultural and social aspects of multimodal interaction in language acquisition (CASA MILA)'. This project is concerned with the relation between joint attentional usage and infants' first language acquisition. The project consists of roughly two phases:
The collection of quantitative data on joint attention and multimodal interactions between caregivers and infants (9-24 months old) during field trips to Mozambique and the Netherlands.
The incorporation of these data in computer simulations on language evolution.

For a summary of the project proposal, see www.paul-vogt.nl

The successful candidate will have the following tasks:
- Prepare and perform empirical research on joint attention and child language acquisition within the CASA MILA project.
- Carry out fieldwork in Mozambique and in the Netherlands.
- Publish and present the results at international scientific conferences and in journals.
- Write a dissertation.

It is required to spend one period of 8 Months in 2010 and one of 2 Months in 2011 in Maputo (Mozambique), but the PhD researcher will be based at Tilburg University for the remainder of the appointment.

Requirements
He or she will have the following profile:
- An MA or MSc in (Linguistic/Psychological) Anthropology, (Developmental) Psychology, Psycholinguistics, Linguistics, Cognitive Science or related subject.
- Highly motivated and autonomous with good contactual skills.
- Proven research experience regarding child language acquisition or developmental psychology. (Experience with carrying out ethnographic fieldwork is an asset.)
- An excellent command of oral and written English.
- A good command of Dutch and Portuguese (also Spanish/Italian/French or Changana/Tsonga are acceptable) or the willingness to learn Dutch and/or Portuguese.

Information
For more information please contact dr. Paul Vogt via email (P.A.Vogt(removeme)uvt.nl ). Relevant links: Tilburg University ( www.uvt.nl / www.tilburguniversity.nl/ ), Department of Communication and Information Sciences ( www.tilburguniversity.nl/faculties/humanities/dci/), CASA MILA ( www.paul-vogt.nl )

Terms of employment
Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers, offering excellent terms of employment. The collective labour agreement of Tilburg University applies. The selected candidates will start with a contract for one year, concluded by an evaluation. Upon a positive outcome of the first-year evaluation, the candidate will be offered an employment contract for the remaining three years.
The PhD candidate will receive a starting salary of € 2.042 gross per month in the first year, up to € 2.612 in the 4th year. The selected candidate is expected to have written a PhD thesis by the end of the contract. Furthermore, the usual facilities (desk, computer, options model) are offered, as well as support with housing, immigrations, etc.

Applications
Applications should include cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and names of two references. Application letters should be sent before the application deadline of April 15, 2009, by regular mail to mr. P. van Balen, Human Resource Manager, Faculty of Humanities, Room D304, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, NL-5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands or by email to solliciterenfdl(removeme)uvt.nl .
In your letter, please refer to the relevant vacancy code.
Job interviews dates: 29 May and 2 June 2009.

It is the policy of the university to increase the number of women employed.
Also members of ethnic minority groups and handicapped people are expressly invited to apply.
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, www.hum.leiden.edu/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: www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/research/focus-and-ellipsis.jsp

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

Requirements:
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
Information:
More information can be obtained from Anikó Liptįk, leader of the project: A.Liptak(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl, 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)hum.leidenuniv.nl.
Calls for papers for events
Call for abstracts for TABU Day 2009, University Groningen. Deadline: April 1 2009
Call for abstracts
TABU Dag 2009
30th international linguistics conference
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
June 11-12, 2009
www.let.rug.nl/tabudag
Abstract submission deadline: April 1, 2009

The Center for Language and Cognition at the University of Groningen is pleased to announce the 30th TABU Dag. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, TABU Dag 2009 will last two days and will be held on Thursday, June 11th and Friday, June 12th 2009. Researchers and other interested people are cordially invited to participate!
TABU Dag is an international broad linguistics conference which offers excellent opportunities to meet other linguists and discuss current research on several areas of linguistics. We strongly encourage participation and abstract submission by young researchers.
This year, four plenary speakers will give a talk. We are happy to announce that Jack Chambers (University of Toronto), Ken Church (Microsoft Research) and Marianne Gullberg (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics) have already accepted our invitation. The fourth speaker will be announced at a later date.
To mark the TABU Dag anniversary, the “TABU Dag 2009 prize” will be awarded to the best presentation of the conference!
We welcome contributions related to the following aspects of linguistics:
Computational Linguistics
computer-assisted language learning
dialectometry
language processing
machine learning
parsing and machine translation

Discourse and Communication
communication in institutions, media, on the internet
discourse structure
spoken language communication & intonation
written, visual, audio-visual conversations

Language and Literacy Development across the Life Span
- bilingualism and bilingual education
- first language acquisition
- language attrition
- language development and aging
- language learning in educational settings
- second language acquisition

Language Variation and Language Change
- dialectology and sociolinguistics
- grammaticalization and degrammaticalization
- language change
- language contact
- synchronic and diachronic language variation

Neurolinguistics
- developmental speech and language disorders
- normal language processing in the brain (neuroimaging techniques – ERP, MEG, fMRI, TMS, eye tracking)
- speech and language disorders after brain damage

Syntax and Semantics
- discourse semantics
- perception and understanding (asymmetries in grammar)
- syntactic structure, information structure

In addition, we encourage abstract submissions from other linguistic areas which may have remained unmentioned in the overview above.

Abstracts of max 400 words should be submitted via the abstract submission system on our website: www.let.rug.nl/tabudag.
Call for papers for two-day workshop on current trends in grammaticalization in research. Deadline: April 15 2009
Current Trends in Grammaticalization Research: first circular

University of Groningen, October 8-9, 2009

Call for papers

The study of grammaticalization and related phenomena continues to be a thriving branch of historical linguistics. Where the 1990s and the beginning of the 21st century witnessed a special interest in definitional issues, recent theorizing has been focusing on a synthesis of grammaticalization studies and other disciplines, such as psycholinguistics, contact linguistics, and Construction Grammar. These novel perspectives, along with an increasing body of data (including work from non-Indo-European languages), provoke new and interesting questions about the very nature of grammaticalization, degrammaticalization, and lexicalization.

This two-day workshop aims to bring together theoretical and empirical approaches to grammaticalization, degrammaticalization, and lexicalization, and we therefore welcome both theoretical and data-oriented submissions. Topics include (but are not restricted to):
- the grammaticalization-lexicalization interface
- the status of pragmaticalization
- contact-induced grammaticalization
- psycholinguistic approaches to directional tendencies
- grammaticalization, degrammaticalization, and lexicalization within a constructional framework

Plenary speakers
We are pleased to announce the following plenary speakers:
- Nikolaus Himmelmann, University of Münster
- Tania Kuteva, University of Düsseldorf
- Graeme Trousdale, University of Edinburgh
- Jacqueline Visconti, University of Genova

Abstracts
We invite abstracts for 30-minute papers (including ten minutes discussion time). Abstracts should not exceed a maximum of 400 words, including references. Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is April 15, 2009. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by May 15, 2009. For details about abstract submission please visit our website (see url below).

Registration
Early registration (until July 1, 2009) is 75 Euro. Late or on-site registration will be 100 Euro. Early registration for (graduate) students is 45 euro, late registration 60 euro. Please bring some kind of identification to prove that you are a student. The fee includes the workshop package, reception, coffee, tea, and lunches. The workshop dinner will have to be paid for separately. More information about payment (bank transfer only) will be posted on our website as soon as possible.

Venue
The workshop will be held at the University of Groningen. The city of Groningen is situated in the North of the Netherlands and is easily 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.

Contact
The workshop is organized by Karin Beijering, Alexandra Lenz, and Muriel Norde.
Workshop e-mail: grammaticalization(removeme)rug.nl
Workshop URL: www.rug.nl/let/onderzoek/onderzoekinstituten/clcg/events/currenttrends/index
Abstract submission address: linguistlist.org/confcustom/CTGR2009
Call for papers for ELC2 Conference on English Linguistics, University of VIGO (Spain).Deadline: June 1 2009
Second ELC International Postgraduate Conference on English Linguistics (ELC2) webs.uvigo.es/elcpostgrad
Vigo (Spain) 30-31 October 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proceedings:
Authors of papers accepted for presentation will be invited to submit their paper for publication (length to be determined) i To register for the conference ple download the registration form from the conference website webs.uvigo.es/elcpostgrad
The fee includes coffee, tea and refreshments during the conference days as well as an informal dinner (Friday 30 October, evening).
The registration fees are as follows:
- 50 ? fee for registration by 15 September 2009
- 60 ? fee for registration after 15 September 2009.
The registration fee can be paid by bank transfer; further information on the bank account number will be available soon.

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

Further information:
For general enquiries send an e-mail message to: elcpostgrad(removeme)uvigo.es For further information, visit the conference website: webs.uvigo.es/elcpostgrad
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: www.heranet.info.

De volledige tekst van de oproep en een document met antwoorden op Frequently Asked Questions zijn te vinden op de HERA website www.heranet.info
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 ( cordis.europa.eu/home_en.html)

Voor meer informatie kunt u contact opnemen met EGL-liaison : www.senternovem.nl/egl/zevende_kaderprogramma_kp7/
Call for papers for ERC Advanced Grants: Deadline: April 15 2009
De Advanced grants steunen innovatief, baanbrekend onderzoek dat wordt uitgevoerd door onderzoekers met veel ervaring die op internationaal niveau tot de top van hun gebied worden gerekend. De onderzoekers zijn vrij in de keuze van het onderwerp van onderzoek, en in principe vereisen de projecten geen internationale partners.
De sluitingsdatum voor het domein Social Sciences and Humanities is : 15 april 2009
Meer informatie: cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=UserSite.IdeasDetailsCallPage&call_id=187
Call for ESF Exploratory Workshops. Deadline: April 30 2009
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 www.esf.org/workshops
Call for Programmes for Excellence, NWO, Brain & Cognition. Deadline: June 3 2009
Op 1 februari 2009 wordt de call voor Programmes for Excellence binnen het NWO programma ‘Brain & Cognition: an integrated approach’ opengesteld. Deze Call biedt wetenschappers de mogelijkheid om subsidie aan te vragen voor onderzoeksvoorstellen gericht op geļntegreerd en interdisciplinair onderzoek binnen dit thema. De voorstellen dienen te voldoen aan de in de Call beschreven criteria die voor deze ronde zijn gesteld. Indienen van een vooraanmelding is een verplicht onderdeel van deze ronde. De deadline voor de vooraanmeldingen is op woensdag 3 juni 2009. Voor deze Call is een totaal budget van maximaal 6 M€ beschikbaar. Meer informatie (vanaf 1 februari): www.nwo.nl/subsidiewijzer en www.nwo.nl/bcia .
Naast deze Call bestaat de mogelijkheid om continue aanvragen in te dienen voor interdisciplinaire educatie van master studenten en AiO’s. Ook hierover is meer informatie te vinden op de bovenstaande websites.
FMCAD 2009 first call for papers, University of Texas, USA. Deadline: May 15 2009
International Conference on Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design

University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA November 15 - 18, 2009

fmv.jku.at/fmcad09

Important Dates

Abstract Submission: May 15
Paper Submission: May 22
Author Notification: July 31
Final Version: August 21
Conference: November 15-18

Conference Scope

FMCAD 2009 is the ninth in a series of conferences on the theory
and application of formal methods in hardware and system design and
verification. In 2005, the bi-annual FMCAD and its sister conference
CHARME decided to merge to form an annual conference with a unified
community. The resulting unified FMCAD provides a leading international
forum to researchers and practitioners in academia and industry
for presenting and discussing novel methods, technologies,
theoretical results, and tools for formally reasoning about
computing systems, as well as open challenges therein.

Topics of Interest

Foundations

Advancing Industrial-Strength Technologies in Model Checking,
Theorem Proving, Equivalence Checking, Abstraction and Refinement
Techniques, Property-Preserving Reduction Techniques,
Compositional Methods, Decision Procedures, SMT Solvers,
Bit-Precise Reasoning, Word-Level Techniques,
SAT- and BDD-Based Methods, Probabilistic Methods,
Combining Deductive Methods with Decision Procedures.

Verification Applications

Tools, Industrial Experience Reports, Case Studies.
We encourage the submission of materials relating to novel and
challenging industrial-scale applications of formal methods, including
problem domains where formal methods worked well or even fell short. We also encourage submissions relating to the development and execution of methodologies for formal and informal verification strategies.

Applications of Formal Methods in Design

Topics relating to the application and applicability of

Assertion-Based Verification, Equivalence Checking,
Transaction-Level Verification, Semi-Formal Verification,
Runtime Verification, Simulation and Testcase Generation,
Coverage Analysis, Microcode Verification, Embedded Systems,
Software Verification, Concurrent Systems, Timing Verification,
Formal Approaches to Performance and Power.

Model-Based Approaches

Modeling and Specification Languages,
System-Level Design and Verification,
Design Derivation and Transformation,
Correct-by-Construction Methods.

Novel Technologies

Formal methods for the design and verification of emerging and novel
technologies, such as Nano, Quantum, Biological, Video Gaming, and Multimedia Applications.

Paper Submissions

Submissions must be made electronically in PDF format
via EasyChair. More details will be provided at
fmv.jku.at/fmcad09/submissions.html.

The proceedings are planned to be published by IEEE and ACM and will
then be available online in the ACM Digital Library and the IEEE
Xplore Digital Library. Two categories of papers can be submitted:
regular papers (8 pages), containing original research that has not
been previously published, nor concurrently submitted for publication;
and short papers (4 pages), describing applications, case studies,
industrial experience reports, emerging results, or implemented tools
with novel features.

Regular and short papers must use the IEEE Transactions
format on letter-size paper with a 10-point font size (see
www.ieee.org/portal/pages/pubs/transactions/stylesheets.html). We
recommend that self-citations be written in the third person,
though authors will be required to identify themselves on their
submissions. Submissions must contain original research that
has not been previously published, nor concurrently submitted for
publication. Any partial overlap with any published or concurrently
submitted paper must be clearly indicated.

If experimental results are reported, authors are strongly encouraged
to provide adequate access to their data so that results can be
independently verified.

A small number of accepted papers will be considered for a distinguished
paper award.

General Chairs

Armin Biere, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria
Carl Pixley, Synopsys Inc., Hillsboro, USA

Local Arrangement

Sandip Ray, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Anna Slobodova, Centaur Technology, USA

Steering Commitee

Jason Baumgartner, IBM, USA
Aarti Gupta, NEC Labs America, USA
Warren Hunt, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Panagiotis Manolios, Northeastern University, USA
Mary Sheeran, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Program Committee

Jason Baumgartner, IBM, USA
Armin Biere, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Per Bjesse, Synopsys, USA
Roderick Bloem, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Gianpiero Cabodi, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Supratik Chakraborty, IIT Bombay, India
Alessandro Cimatti, FBK-IRST, Italy
Koen Claessen, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Leonardo de Moura, Microsoft, USA
Wolfgang Ecker, Infineon, Germany
Masahiro Fujita, University of Tokyo, Japan
Ganesh Gopalakrishnan, University of Utah, USA
Aarti Gupta, NEC Labs America, USA
Ziyad Hanna, Jasper, USA
John Harrison, Intel, USA
Alan Hu, University of British Columbia, Canada
Warren Hunt, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Daniel Kroening, University of Oxford, UK
Thomas Kropf, Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany
Andreas Kuehlmann, Cadence, USA
Wolfgang Kunz, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
Panagiotis Manolios, Northeastern University, USA
Joao Marques-Silva, University College Dublin, Ireland
Anmol Mathur, Calypto, USA
Ken McMillan, Cadence, USA
Tom Melham, University of Oxford, UK
Ganapathy Parthasarathy, Real Intent, USA
Lee Pike, Galois, USA
Carl Pixley, Synopsys, Hillsboro, USA
Mukul Prasad, Fujitsu, USA
Sandip Ray, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Anna Slobodova, Centaur Technology, USA
Ofer Strichman, Technion, Israel
Helmut Veith, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
Karen Yorav, IBM, Israel
CALL for papers for Workshop on Games, Dialogue and Interaction, University of Paris. Deadline: May 15 2009
CALL FOR PAPERS
Workshop on Games, Dialogue and Interaction
anr-prelude.fr University of Paris – VIII September 28/29, 2009

BACKGROUND

This workshop is to be held in the frame of the PRELUDE project (funded by the French ANR – Agence Nationale pour la Recherche), which is a joint project of four research teams : laboratoire “Structures Formelles de la Langue” (Paris VIII and CNRS), Institut de mathématiques de Luminy (Aix-Marseille and CNRS), Laboratoire d’informatique de Bordeaux (équipe
Signes) (Bordeaux I, CNRS and INRIA) and Laboratoire lorrain de recherches en informatique et applications (LORIA, Nancy). It will be hosted by Paris VIII University in its premises located in Paris, 59 rue Pouchet (17e).

AIMS AND SCOPE

“PRELUDE” stands for “Towards a Theoretical Pragmatic based on Ludics and Continuations”, that is to say that a particular emphasis has been put during all these years on the use of new formal tools coming from Theoretical Computer Science and Logic in order to give new formulations for language phenomena pertaining to formal semantics (logical forms), pragmatics (dialogue, presupposition) and even argumentation (fallacies and stratagems).
As indicated by its title, this workshop will be devoted on all aspects of the formal study of dialogue and interactions: syntax of dialogue, semantic, pragmatic and philosophical aspects.

INVITED SPEAKERS

Jean-Yves Girard (CNRS, Institut de Mathématiques de Luminy) Ruth Kempson (King’s College, London) Sandra Laugier (Department of Philosophy, Université de Picardie) Mathieu Marion (Department of Philosophy, Université du Québec ą Montréal) Dale Miller (INRIA, Saclay – Ile de France and Ecole Polytechnique) Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen (Department of Philosophy, Helsinki)

SUBMISSION DETAILS

We invite submissions of extended abstracts of maximally 8 pages (A4 or letter, 12pt single spaced). The material must be original and previously unpublished. Parallel submissions to other conferences is possible but must be indicated with the submission. The material that is covered in the abstract must be appropriate in length and content to be presented in a 30-minute talk. Submissions must be made before *May 15* and sent to one of the following addresses: Alain.Lecomte(removeme)univ-paris8.fr, quatrini(removeme)iml.univ-mrs.fr


IMPORTANT DATES

- Conference: 28/28 September
- Submission: 15 May
- Notification: 10 June
- Final version: 15 July

INSCRIPTION FEES:
- 100 euros, for lunches and proceedings (students : 50 euros)

LOCAL ORGANIZERS:

Alain Lecomte, Laurent Roussarie, Maya Hickman (Paris VIII)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Michele Abrusci (Roma III)
Nicholas Asher (Toulouse & Austin)
Francis Corblin (Paris IV)
Marie-Renée Fleury (Aix-Marseille II)
Christophe Fouqueré (Paris XIII)
Jean-Baptiste Joinet (Paris I)
Laurent Keiff (Lille III)
Ruth Kempson (King’s College, London)
Alain Lecomte (Paris VIII)
Pierre Livet (Aix-Marseille)
Giuseppe Longo (ENS – Paris)
Mathieu Marion (UQAM – Montréal)
Dale Miller (Polytechnique – Paris)
Frédéric Nef (EHESS – Paris)
Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen (Helsinki)
Myriam Quatrini (Aix-Marseille II)
Shahid Rahman (Lille III)
Christian Retoré (Bordeaux I)
Sylviane Schwer (Paris XIII)
Jean-Jacques Szczeciniarz (Paris VII)

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Pr. Alain Lecomte Alain.Lecomte(removeme)univ-paris8.fr
Université Paris 8 tel. 06 63 09 67 64
UMR 7023 « Structures Formelles de la Langue » Bātiment D, pičces 323-327 2, rue de la Liberté, Saint-Denis
Call for Papers for International Multiconference on Computer Science, Poland. Deadline: May 10 2009
International Multiconference on Computer Science
and Information Technology (IMCSIT 2009)

12-14 October 2009, Mragowo, Poland

The CLA Workshop is located within the framework of the IMCSIT conference to create a dialog between researchers and practitioners involved in Computational Linguistics and related areas of Information Technology.

IMSCIT is a multi-disciplinary conference gathering scientists form the different fields of IT & Computer Science together with representatives of industry and end-users. IMSCIT with its motto: "new ideas are born not inside peoples' heads but in the space between them", quickly became a unique place to share thoughts and ideas. This year's gathering is held in October 2009 in a beautiful town of Mragowo in the midst of Mazury Lake Country.


Workshop Goals
The Computational Linguistics - Applications Workshop was created in 2008 in response to the fast-paced progress in the area.

Traditionally, computational linguistics was limited to the scientists specialized in the processing of a natural language by computers. Scientific approaches and practical techniques come from linguistics, computer science, psychology, and mathematics. Nowadays, there is a number of practical applications available. These applications are sometimes developed by smart yet NLP-untrained developers who solve the problems using sophisticated heuristics.

Computational Linguistics needs to be applied to make the full use of the Internet. There is a definite need for software that can handle unstructured text to allow search for information on the web. According to the European Commission, Human Language Technologies are one of the key research areas for the upcoming years. The priority aim of the research in this area is to enable users to communicate with the computer in their native language.

CLA'09 Workshop is a place where the parties meet to exchange views and ideas with a benefit to all involved. The Workshop will focus on practical outcome of modeling human language use and the applications needed to improve human-machine interaction.

Paper Topics
This call is for papers that present research and developments on all aspects of Natural Language Processing used in real-life applications, such as (this list is not exhaustive):
• information retrieval
• extraction of linguistic knowledge from text corpora
• semantic ontologies in computer linguistics
• lexical resources
• machine translation and translation aids
• ambiguity resolution
• text classification
• corpus-based language modeling
• POS-tagging
• parsing issues
• proofing tools
• dialogue systems
• machine learning methods applied to language processing
• ontology and taxonomy evaluation
• opinion mining
• question answering
• sentiment analysis
• speech and audio processing
• text summarization
• use of NLP techniques in practical applications

Paper Presentation
The presentation of the paper has to include a demonstration of an existing tool. The papers should include a section describing the tool (or a prototype), which demonstrates the theory discussed in the paper.

The presentation is divided into two parts. First, the author(s) shortly demonstrate their tools to the audience. In the second part, the authors discuss their work with other participants and let the audience test their software.

Papers will be evaluated and accepted on the basis of their technical merit, usefulness of the real life application and relevance to the workshop scope by the CLA'09 Program Committee. The paper will be assessed by academics as well as industry representatives in order to assure fair and balanced assessment.

All accepted and presented papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings and included in the IEEE Xplore® database. The best demonstrations will be selected to be shown to the general audience of the conference at a plenary session.


Papers Submission Requirements
• Authors should submit full papers (as Postscript, PDF of MSWord file).
• The submissions are accepted via conference submission system until 2009-05-10 (link will be published soon).
• The total length of a paper should not exceed 8 pages (IEEE style).

IEEE style templates are available here.


CLA'09 Committees
See here.

Useful links
• Mragowo: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr%C4%85gowo
• IMCSIT: www.imcsit.org/
Call for candidates for European Latsis Prize, ESF, Strasbourg, France. Deadline: June 30 2009
European Latsis Prize
2009
invitation to nominate candidates
The European Science Foundation (ESF) invites nominations for the European Latsis Prize 2009. The Prize, of a value of 100 000 Swiss Francs, is presented each year by the International Latsis Foundation at the ESF Annual Assembly to a scientist or research group in recognition of outstanding and innovative contributions in a selected field of research. The research field for the 2009 Prize is:
“The Human Brain – The Human Mind”
The European Latsis Prize 2009 will be awarded for outstanding contributions to the development of interdisciplinary research on “The Human Brain – The Human Mind”, which has had a major impact in this domain. Excellent research achievements related to the main disciplines which have contributed to this development, e.g. neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology and linguistics, will be considered.
The criteria used in the selection procedure will be scientific excellence, a focus on the relation between brain and mind, societal impact and contribution to European progress.
Nominations may be received for individual scholars or for research groups, but no self nominations will be accepted. 1 All nomination forms should be clearly presented and include a detailed nomination statement (maximum 2 pages) setting out clear reasons for the submission, a complete Curriculum Vitae and a full list of publications.
The nominations will be evaluated by a high-level committee of experts in the field.
The European Latsis Prize 2009 will be awarded on the occasion of the Annual Assembly of the European Science Foundation on Thursday 19 November 2009, in Strasbourg, France.
1 All nominees will be considered irrespective of age, sex, religion or nationality.
Nomination Statement
This should be contained in no more than 2 pages describing the candidate’s qualifications for the European Latsis Prize.
The Nomination Statement should cover:
(a) The merits of an individual or group’s work on the present state of the topic.
(b) The impact on the scientific community of the work of the individual candidate or group nominated.
(c) Recognition by peers within the scientific community.
(d) Influence on practice in the field through publications and other means of dissemination, including teaching and training students in the field.
(e) Contributions made to scientific excellence, societal impact and European progress.
Nominations to be submitted online. You will be required to upload a file containing the nomination statement and complete Curriculum Vitae with full list of publications. Access to the online nomination form can be found at www.esf.org/latsis. The deadline for nominations is 30 June 2009.
Call for papers for Workshop Atoms and laws of the noun phrase: a comparative perspective, CRISSP (University Brussels Belgium) and UiL-OTS (University Utrecht, Netherlands) Deadline: May 15, 2009
Atoms and laws of the noun phrase: a comparative perspective
CALL FOR PAPERS

CRISSP (University of Brussels/Belgium) and UiL-OTS (University of Utrecht/The Netherlands) are pleased to announce a workshop on Atoms and laws of the noun phrase: a comparative perspective, which will be held in Utrecht (the Netherlands) on July 2-3, 2009.

Theme description
The general theme of this workshop is the design of the noun phrase. In particular, we hope to further our insight into the atoms (building blocks) and laws (rule systems) of the noun phrase, by approaching this subject matter from a micro-comparative, a macro-comparative and a diachronic perspective. A second important question that will be addressed concerns the issue of cross-categorial symmetry: to what extent is the nominal system comparable to the sentential system (or other phrasal systems), e.g. with respect to the typology of the computational rules that are involved or the way in which morphosyntactic diversity is encoded in the atoms?

More specifically, this workshop wants to address the following central research questions :

(a) What are the atoms of the noun phrase? That is, what are the ‘building blocks’ (i.e. categories) within the nominal domain that through the combinatorics of the computational system yield a nominal projection ? A central question that needs to be dealt with concerns the inventory of so-called functional categories (and their projections). Thus far, research on the noun phrase has argued for the existence of functional categories such as Num(P), Pos(P), and D(P). The question arises as to whether the set of (functional) atoms is richer, and consequently whether the structure of the nominal system is more articulate than is generally assumed thus far. Alternatively, one might raise the question as to whether the inventory of functional atoms is too rich as it is generally assumed to be. In that case, the question arises where unification of apparent atoms is possible. In short : What is the inventory of functional atoms within the noun phrase ?
(b) What are the laws (rules) of the noun phrase ? That is, to what extent are nominal structures the result of simple External Merge (i.e. the junction of two categories) ? Or is the displacement property (so-called Internal Merge), which is widely attested in the clausal system, also attested within the nominal system ? A related question concerns the construction-specificity of the rule system , i.e. to what extent are ‘types of nominal constructions’ (e.g. N of N-constructions, pseudopartitives, partitives, possessives, appositives, head-argument-constructions) the result of (language specific) and construction-specific rules? Or do they result from more general, construction-independent rule formats for structure building ?
(c) To what extent is the syntax of the noun phrase similar to/different from the syntax of the sentence (or, for that matter, other phrasal domains)? Ever since Chomsky (1970) and Jackendoff (1977), the search for cross-categorial parallelism has been an important heuristic strategy in syntactic theory (see also Abney 1987, Szabolcsi 1987). The question arises whether symmetry is found between the clausal system and the nominal system. For example, is the typology of displacement as attested in the clausal domain (head movement, phrasal A-movement, phrasal A-bar movement) also found in the nominal system ?
(d) What are the atoms of linguistic diversity, i.e. the parameters, within the noun phrase, and how are they set (i.e. what is their value)? This question about the ‘setting of parameters’ can be examined from a number of comparative perspectives : (i) a synchronic microvariation (i.e. cross-dialectal) perspective, (ii) a diachronic perspective, (iii) a macrovariation perspective.

For this workshop we welcome papers on any topic related to the issues raised above.

INVITED SPEAKERS

The following people have accepted our invitation to present a paper at the Atoms and laws of the noun phrase-workshop:
- Liliane Haegeman (UGent)
- Hilda Koopman (UCLA)
- ˇeljko Boškovi? (UConn)
- Tal Siloni (Tel Aviv)


ABSTRACT GUIDELINES

Abstracts should not exceed two pages, including data, references and diagrams. Abstracts should be typed in at least 11-point font, with one-inch margins (letter-size; 8"1/2 by 11" or A4) and a maximum of 50 lines of text per page. Abstracts must be anonymous and submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Send name, affiliation, e-mail, mailing address and title of the paper in the body of the message. The anonymous abstract should be sent as an attachment, and only abstracts in pdf-format will be accepted. Abstracts should be sent to marjo.vankoppen(removeme)let.uu.nl.

Accepted papers are allotted 30 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion.

IMPORTANT DATES

First call for papers: March 24, 2009
Second call for papers: May 1, 2009

Submission deadline: May 15, 2009

Notification of acceptance: June 1, 2009
Workshop: July 2-3, 2009

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Jeroen van Craenenbroeck (CRISSP/Brussels)
Guido Vanden Wyngaerd (CRISSP/Brussels)

Norbert Corver (UiL-OTS/Utrecht)
Marjo van Koppen (UiL-OTS/Utrecht)
Call for papers for PRE-CogSci 2009, University of Amsterdam. Deadline: May 10 2009
CALL FOR PAPERS

PRODUCTION OF REFERRING EXPRESSIONS (PRE-CogSci 2009):
Bridging the gap between computational and empirical approaches to reference
(29 July 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

pre2009.uvt.nl/

Deadline for abstract submission: May 10, 2009


PRE-CogSci 2009 is organized as part of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2009 < cognitivesciencesociety.org/conference2009/>)

Invited speakers are:

- Deb Roy (MIT, USA)
- William S. Horton (Northwestern University, USA)

There is a long research tradition of work on the production of referring expressions, in the area of computational linguistics as well as in psycholinguistics and cognitive science. This encompasses work on definite descriptions, deictic expressions, anaphora, and many other topics. Both research traditions have resulted in many interesting findings, but so far the interaction between these two traditions has been very limited. We believe that much is to be gained from more interaction, for both research traditions involved.

This workshop aims to bring together --for the first time-- psycholinguists with an interest in computational modeling and computational linguists with an interest in human speech production. In addition, the workshop is expected to be of interest to theoretical linguists whose work borders on other areas of cognitive science, particularly those with an interest in discourse structure, and those interested in models of human language that are grounded in cognitive principles.

The workshop will open with a short introductory talk about the production or referring expressions, to make the workshop broadly accessible. The rest of the day will consist of a mixture of regular 20 minute talks, poster presentations and two invited talks by renowned experts in the field.

We received financial support from The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), via the Vici project "Bridging the gap between computational linguistics and psycholinguistics: The case of referring expressions" (Krahmer; 277-70-007), which is gratefully acknowledged.

We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!

Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen
Albert Gatt, University of Aberdeen & University of Malta
Roger van Gompel, University of Dundee
Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University

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CALL FOR PAPERS

We invite substantial, original, and unpublished submissions on all topics related to the production of referring expressions. Contributions may focus on computational or experimental approaches to reference, with combinations of the two especially appreciated. Note that we particularly welcome new results, but given the purpose of the workshop, papers that present an original overview of previously published work tailored to this workshop may also be acceptable.

Topics of interest include computational and/or experimental approaches to:
- different kinds of referring expressions; when are which types of reference (pronouns, descriptions, etc.) most appropriate?
- plural and quantified references
- vagueness: the use of vague (e.g. gradable) predicates in referring expressions
- referential overspecification: why and how do speakers overspecify?
- referential underspecification: production of descriptions which do not uniquely identify a referent
- referring expressions in interactive settings; audience design, adaptation and alignment
- ambiguity avoidance in references
- common ground, cooperativeness and shared/private information in reference
- realization of referring expressions (including speech and gesture)
- visual scene perception and its influence on the production of referring expressions
- social and contextual factors in reference
- data-collection and experimental evaluation methods

Extended abstract submission:
Paper selection will be based on extended abstracts (max 2000 words). The only accepted format for submitted abstracts is Adobe PDF. Abstracts should be sent to k.vdeemter(removeme)abdn.ac.uk.

Final submission:
Upon acceptance, authors are invited to prepare a 4-6 page paper using the COGSCI author kit ( cognitivesciencesociety.org/conference2009/submissions.html). Final versions need to be submitted as pdf. Papers will be published in on line proceedings, and the authors retain the copyrights. Final versions of accepted papers should be sent to k.vdeemter(removeme)abdn.ac.uk.

Special Issue
We hope to edit a special issue based on the workshop results. More information about this will follow.

If authors have any questions, they should contact the workshop organizers.

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PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Mira Ariel, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Jennifer Arnold, University of North Carolina, USA
Adrian Bangerter, Universite de Neuchatel, Switzerland
Dale Barr, University of California, USA
Susan Brennan, Stony Brook University, USA
Sarah Brown-Schmidt, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia
Fernanda Ferreira, University of Edinburgh, UK
Victor Ferreira, University of California, USA
Claire Gardent, CNRS, France
Ellen Gurman Bard, University of Edinburgh, UK
Helmut Horacek, University of the Saarland, Germany
John Kelleher, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
Alfons Maes, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Linda Moxey, University of Glasgow, UK
Martin Pickering, University of Edinburgh, UK
Massimo Poesio, University of Trento, Italy
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, UK
David Reitter, Pittsburgh University, USA
Jan-Peter de Ruiter, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Advaith Siddharthan, Cambridge University, UK
Matthew Stone, Rutgers University, USA
Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

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IMPORTANT DATES

May 10, 2009: Deadline for abstract submission

June 8, 2009: Notification of acceptance

June 26, 2009: Early registration deadline

July 8, 2009: Deadline for full paper submission

July 29, 2009: Workshop

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CONTACT

PRE-COGSCI 2009 is organized by:

Kees van Deemter
Computing Science Department
Meston Building
King's College
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UE, Scotland, UK
k.vdeemter(removeme)abdn.ac.uk
www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/~kvdeemte/

Albert Gatt
Computing Science Department
Meston Building
King's College
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UE, Scotland, UK
a.gatt(removeme)abdn.ac.uk
www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/~agatt/

Roger van Gompel
School of Psychology
University of Dundee
Dundee
DD1 4HN
Scotland, UK
r.p.g.vangompel(removeme)dundee.ac.uk
www.dundee.ac.uk/psychology/people/academics/rpgvangompel/

Emiel Krahmer
Tilburg centre for Creative Computing / Communication and Cognition
Department of Communication and Information Sciences
Tilburg University
P.O.Box 90153
NL-5000 LE Tilburg
The Netherlands
e.j.krahmer(removeme)uvt.nl
fdlwww.uvt.nl/~krahmer/
Final Call for abstracts TABU Dag 2009. Deadline April 8 2009
Final call for abstracts


EXTENDED DEADLINE:


TABU Dag 2009
30th international linguistics conference
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
June 11-12, 2009
www.let.rug.nl/tabudag
Abstract submission deadline: April 8, 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), Marianne Gullberg (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics) and Matthias Schlesewsky, (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz) accepted our invitation.

To mark the TABU Dag anniversary, the “TABU Dag 2009 prize” will be awarded to the best presentation of the conference!

We welcome contributions related to the following aspects of linguistics:

Computational Linguistics
- computer-assisted language learning
- dialectometry
- language processing
- machine learning
- parsing and machine translation

Discourse and Communication
- communication in institutions, media, on the internet
- discourse structure
- spoken language communication & intonation
- written, visual, audio-visual conversations

Language and Literacy Development across the Life Span
- bilingualism and bilingual education
- first language acquisition
- language attrition
- language development and aging
- language learning in educational settings
- second language acquisition

Language Variation and Language Change
- dialectology and sociolinguistics
- grammaticalization and degrammaticalization
- language change
- language contact
- synchronic and diachronic language variation

Neurolinguistics
- developmental speech and language disorders
- normal language processing in the brain (neuroimaging techniques – ERP, MEG, fMRI, TMS, eye tracking)
- speech and language disorders after brain damage

Syntax and Semantics
- discourse semantics
- perception and understanding (asymmetries in grammar)
- syntactic structure, information structure

In addition, we encourage abstract submissions from other linguistic areas which may have remained unmentioned in the overview above.

Abstracts of max 400 words should be submitted via the abstract submission system on our website: www.let.rug.nl/tabudag.

The deadline for abstract submission is April 8, 2009. Notification of acceptance will be sent on April 15. The duration of the presentations is twenty minutes plus five minutes for discussion. Depending on the number of submissions, some authors may be invited to give a poster presentation. The conference language is English.

Further information is available on our website: www.let.rug.nl/tabudag.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Groningen!

Best regards,

The organizers,
Diana Dimitrova, Myrte Gosen, Dörte Hessler, Alexandra Lenz & Martijn Wieling,
tabudag(removeme)rug.nl
Call for papers for Conference on Frisian linguistics 2009, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Conference on Frisian linguistics 2009

The Linguistics Society of the Frisian Academy (Fryske Akademy) organises this year for the third time the Conference on Frisian linguistics. The Conference has an informal character and is of interest to everybody who actively or passively participates in Frisian linguistics: grammar, phonetics/phonology, onomastics, lexicology, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics and so on. Talks may focus on the results of scientific research, but presentations of research plans, of speculations or of language corpora are also welcome. Talks may be held in any language belonging to the family of West-Germanic languages.

When: friday 23 october 2009.
Where: Fryske Akademy, It Aljemint, Doelestraat 2-4, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

The time allotted for presentations is 30 minutes (20 minutes talk, 10 minutes discussion).
Please send an abstract of half A4, with name and address, to:

wvisser(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl

Or by regular mail to:

Fryske Akademy,
Taalkundich Wurkferbān,
Postbus 54,
8900 AB Ljouwert/Leeuwarden,
The Netherlands.
Call for papers for 17th ANNUAL MEETING: CEU Budapest, Hungary. Deadline: April 15 2009
European Society for Philosophy and Psychology
17th ANNUAL MEETING: CEU Budapest, Hungary, August 27-30th 2009
CALL FOR PAPERS: Deadline 15th April 2009.
ESPP Webpage: www.eurospp.org
Conference Webpage: web.ceu.hu/phil/espp09/
Invited speakers:
Dare Baldwin (University of Oregon)
Leonard Talmy (SUNY at Buffalo)
Giacomo Rizzolatti (University of Palma)
Alex Byrne (MIT)
Invited symposium organizers:
Loiuse Röska-Hardy – Rational Imitation
Nick Shea and Tim Bayne – Consciousness in Vegetative State Patients
Pierre Jacob – Dissociations between perception and action
Minjeong Son – Representations of Space
The Society invites submitted papers and posters for this meeting.
Previous topics covered at ESPP include spatial concepts, emotion, perception, simulation theory, attention, reference, problems of consciousness, early numerical cognition, infants' understanding of intentionality, memory and time, motor imagery, causal understanding, counterfactuals, the semantics/pragmatics distinction, reasoning, vagueness, mental causation, action and agency, thought without language, externalism, connectionism, hypnosis, and the interpretation of neuropsychological results.
See www.eurospp.org for full details of electronic submission requirements. Submissions are refereed and selected on the basis of quality and relevance to psychologists, philosophers and linguists.
Submissions of papers and posters must include an abstract of 250 words maximum, in addition to a 750 word summary or a short paper (philosophy). They have to be submitted electronically through the ESPP web page www.eurospp.org/2009/submission.html by April 15, 2009. (If you are unable to submit using this link, please email your submission to the programme chair.)
We particularly welcome POSTER submissions. Posters will be displayed throughout the conference as well as at designated poster sessions. The first author of each accepted poster (and who does not also present a paper) will get free ESPP membership for 2009.
Programme chairs:
Philosophy: Matt Nudds, U. Edinburgh, UK. matthew.nudds(removeme)ed.ac.uk
Psychology: Sarah Beck, U. Birmingham, UK. s.r.beck(removeme)bham.ac.uk
Linguistics: Peter Svenonius, U. Tromsoe, Norway. Peter.Svenonius(removeme)hum.uit