October 22nd, 2009

LOT Announcements / events
LOT Winterschool 2010, VU Amsterdam, January 11-22 2010
The next LOT Winterschool will take place from January 11 - 22 2010.
The Free University of Amsterdam (VU) will host this event as local organisator.

Registration is open now untill December 7th! You can find the registration form on the website. Reservations for lodging in the Nova Hotel in Amsterdam will be made possible via the website soon.

Make sure you reserve this event in your agenda and check the website regularly: www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2010%20winterschool%20Amsterdam/ for updates .

Are you interested in presenting a poster during the postersessions on Mondays, please let us know via: lot(removeme)uu.nl
Taalgala 2009, Utrecht, 13 november 2009
Op vrijdagmiddag 13 november 2009 vindt de veertiende editie van het Taalgala plaats. Het Taalgala is een jaarlijks evenement gezamenlijk georganiseerd door ANéLA, AVT en LOT.

Tijdens het Taalgala zal de ANéLA /AVT dissertatieprijs worden uitgereikt voor het beste taalkundige proefschrift op het terrein van de taalwetenschap.

Het Taalgala vindt plaats in Utrecht,
Kromme Nieuwegracht 47, Pietershof, Raadzaal.


13.00 uur
Ontvangst met koffie

13.15 uur
Korte presentatie genomineerden voor de AVT/ANéLA dissertatieprijs:

Gerlof Bouma (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Starting a sentence in Dutch: a corpus study on subject- and object-fronting

Joke de Lange (Universiteit Utrecht)
Article omission in headlines and child language: a processing approach

Margot Rozendaal (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
The acquisition of reference: a cross-linguistic study

13.50 uur

Posterpresentaties genomineerden AVT/ANéLA dissertatieprijs
Stemming voor de publieksprijs via stembriefjes

Tijdens de posterpresentaties wordt er koffie en thee geserveerd

14.30 uur
“Taalcanon: hoe, wat, waarom?”


Rens Bod
(Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Marc van Oostendorp
(Universiteit Leiden)

Frits van Oostrom
(Universiteit Utrecht)

Introductie van het Taalcanonproject door de Taalcanoncommissie

16.00 uur
Bekendmaking winnaar LOT-publieksprijs
Juryrapport en uitreiking AVT/Anéla-dissertatieprijs

16.15 – 17.45 uur

Meer info: www.lotschool.nl of www.anela.nl
Kennislink Taal & Spraak
Kijk voor het laatste nieuws over Kennislink Taal & Spraak op: www.kennislink.nl/taal-en-spraak

Gebarentaal leren van de computer www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/gebarentaal-leren-van-de-computer
Onderzoekers van de TU Delft hebben een ‘spraakherkenner’ ontwikkeld voor gebarentaal. De computer ziet en herkent dus de gebaren die de dove gebruiker maakt. Dove kinderen kunnen deze computer gebruiken om gebarentaal te leren.

Grove taal politici werkt averechts www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/grove-taal-politici-werkt-averechts
Steeds meer politici nemen niet langer een blad voor de mond en spreken in de Kamer zoals ze in de kroeg zouden doen. Dat is immers wat het grote publiek lijkt te willen. Maar is dat wel zo?
Lectures / talks
Two talks in the Language and Cognition group in Leiden, October 29 & November 12 2009
Leticia Pablos (University of the Basque Country ) will present a lecture

"The role of agreement in the online comprehension of NPI constructions"

on Thursday, Oct 29, at 10.00 (FSW/Pieter de La Court building - 0A47)

See www.languageandcognition.nl/lacg/index.php?q=node/39 for an abstract and further details.

All welcome!


Itziar Laka Mugarza (University of the Basque Country ) will present a lecture

"Complexity At The Interface Of Processing And Grammar"

on Thursday, Nov 12, at 10.00 (FSW/Pieter de La Court building - 0A47)

See www.languageandcognition.nl/lacg/index.php?q=node/31 for an abstract and further details.

All welcome!
Syntax Circle Lecture by Marcel den Dikken, Meertens Institute Amsterdam, October 28 2009
Marcel den Dikken (CUNY): On the nature and distribution of successive cyclicity
Time: Wednesday October 28, 2009; 15:15-17:00
Place: Meertens Institute, Amsterdam; Symposiumzaal
Drinks afterwards


On the nature and distribution of successive cyclicity

Successive-cyclic movement via an escape hatch on the edge of a subordinate clause (Comp in the early
literature, SpecCP in more recent work) has long been a staple of the generative-syntactic approach to the
formation long-distance AN–dependencies. The purpose of this paper is to argue in detail that it does not exist.
1 Successive-cyclic movement through the CP–edge is theoretically problematic — it raises an insuperable
‘trigger problem’, and would stand out as a lone exception in the realm of movements to AN–specifier
positions in the left periphery, which are otherwise consistently terminal (e.g., there is no movement from
a subordinate focus position to a matrix focus position). We argue for a primitive difference between AN–
specifier and adjunction positions: the former are terminal landing-sites; the latter feed onward movement.
2 With SpecCP a terminal landing-site, successive-cyclic AN–movement may only proceed via vP–edge
adjunction positions, as in Rackowski & Richards’ (2005) analysis, wherein it is the Agree relationship
between the matrix v and the complement–CP that ‘opens up’ the CP, allowing movement out of CP without
a stop-over on its edge. Evidence that successive-cyclic movement uniquely via vP–edges exists comes not
only from Tagalog (Rackowski & Richards’ source) but also from Chamorro and Hungarian. In Hungarian,
this derivation is responsible for outputs of long AN!fronting in which the matrix verb systematically shows
definite (DEF) agreement inflection and the extractee bears a morphological case corresponding to the Case
it checks in the embedded clause — e.g. nominative for extraction of the subject of an embedded finite clause.
(1) a. hįny lįny akar-od hogy jöjjön?
how.many girl(NOM) want-2SG.DEF that come-3SG
b. DP=hįny lįny ... [vP DP [vP v [VP akar-od [CP hogy DP jöjjön]]]]
3 Alongside (1), Hungarian exploits three additional strategies for the formation of long AN–dependencies.
One is a resumptive prolepsis strategy, with accusative hįny lįny-t originating in the matrix VP and
binding a null resumptive pronoun in the subordinate clause that shows semantic agreement with its grammatically
singular but notionally plural antecedent, and which itself controls plural inflection on the lower verb:
(2) a. %hįny lįny-t akar-sz hogy jöjjenek?
how.many girl-ACC want-2SG.INDEF that come-3PL
b. DP=hįny lįnyti ... [vP DP [vP v [VP akar-sz DP [CP hogy proi jöjjenek]]]]
4 Wh-scope marking (or ‘partial wh-movement’) is another option: the wh-constituent moves no further
than the embedded focus position, its scope being indicated by the accusative wh-expletive mit in the matrix
clause. The wh-subject of the embedded clause checks N-features and nominative Case downstairs, and has
no feature-checking relationship with the matrix v, from which it is separated by a phase boundary. At no
point does the ‘real’ wh-constituent move out of the embedded clause to replace the wh-expletive (i.e., there
is only an indirect dependency between the wh-expletive and the ‘real’ wh; see Dayal 1994, Horvath 1997).
(3) a. mit akar-sz hogy hįny lįny jöjjön?
what-ACC want-2SG.INDEF that how.many girl(NOM) come-3SG
b. SM=mit ... [vP SM [vP v [VP akar-sz SM [CP hogy DP=hįny lįny jöjjön]]]]
5 The last strategy for forming long AN–dependencies in Hungarian is represented by (4a), which is in
complementary distribution with (2a) across speakers. Here, as in (2a), the wh-constituent checks accusative
Case and definiteness against the matrix v; but unlike in (2a), the embedded verb shows grammatical singular
agreement, apparently checked by hįny lįny rather than by a (null) plural resumptive pronoun. Movement
of hįny lįny from the embedded nominative Case-checking position into the matrix accusative Case-checking
position is impossible: chains do not have two structural Case-features. We argue that the wh–DP moves
locally, within the embedded clause, and stays there, as in (3): (4) is a hidden wh-scope-marking construction.
(4) a. %hįny lįny-t akar-sz hogy jöjjön?
how.many girl-ACC want-2SG.INDEF that come-3SG
b. SM+FFDP=hįny lįnyt ... [vP SM+FFDP [vP v [VP akar-sz SM+FFDP [CP DP=i hogy DP jöjjön]]]]
On the nature and distribution of successive cyclicity 2
6 More specifically, we argue that in the derivation of (4a), the wh-constituent checks nominative Case
and agreement in the embedded clause, and then terminally AN–moves to the SpecCP position of the subordinate
clause. It is not spelled out there, however, because all of its remaining features are subsequently shared,
via CONCORD, with the wh-scope marker generated in the matrix VP (cf. also Felser 2001 for a precursor on
‘interrogative concord’ in wh-scope marking). Concord gives the scope marker all the formal and semantic
features of the ‘real’ wh-constituent except for those uninterpretable features that had already been checked
in the lower clause. So after concord, the scope marker is fully featurally identical with the wh-phrase in
SpecCP, except for Case: an accusative Case feature is deployed on the scope marker to ensure proper Casechecking
in the matrix clause. Thus, the concordial scope marker, which raises to the matrix focus position,
is spelled out as hįny lįny-t ‘which girl-ACC’. Its spell-out in the matrix clause, in a position that asymmetrically
c-commands the position of the lower wh-phrase, forces the full deletion of its featurally identical
twin in the lower SpecCP (as per Kayne 1994). The concordial wh-scope-marking derivation in (4b) circumvents
the Case problem posed by (4a) by not positing successive-cyclic movement of the embedded subject.
Since (4a) looks at first like a prime candidate for an analysis in terms of successive-cyclic movement via
SpecCP (with the embedded subject checking Case- and N-features against the lower T, and subsequently
checking Case and definiteness against the higher v), the fact that it cannot be so analysed is very significant.
7 A difference between ‘regular’ scope marking as in (3) and concordial scope marking as in (4) is that
while the former involves an indirect dependency between the scope marker and the ‘real’ wh-constituent,
in (3) there is a direct dependency between the two. Both direct and indirect dependency thus exist in the
realm of scope-marking constructions, but they deliver different outputs: ‘classic’ wh-scope marking always
involves indirect dependency (Bruening 2006); direct dependency always delivers concordial scope marking.
8 In (4) all the remaining features of the wh-constituent in the lower SpecCP are copied over to the
scope marker (i.e., both N-features and D-features), in a case of full-concordial scope marking. Full feature
concord causes the scope marker upstairs and the wh-constituent downstairs to look identical, resulting in full
deletion downstairs. A logical possibility is that the scope marker and the wh-constituent agree only in Nfeatures.
In such partial-concordial scope marking, (a) the upstairs wh is always a bare wh-word (because
it inherits nothing but the N-features), and (b) the partially concordial scope marker and the downstairs whconstituent
are both allowed to be spelled out (because the identical N-features of the two wh-elements are
not in a c-command relationship). This description characterises the so-called wh-copying construction (who
do you think who won the race?, attested in a variety of languages, including child English, though not in
adult standard English). By analysing ‘wh-copying’ as partial-concordial scope marking, we avoid the thorny
questions posed by analyses that literally invoke the spell-out of multiple copies of the same wh-constituent.
‘Wh-copying’ is predicted not to exist in languages that spell (embedded) wh’s out in a position lower than
SpecCP: concord is subject to locality conditions; no CP phase boundary may intervene between the members
of a concord relationship. Hungarian spells out its wh’s in a CP–internal focus position, and hence, while
extraordinarily well-stocked in types of AN–dependencies, it lacks precisely the ‘wh-copying’ construction.
9 With ‘classic’ wh-scope marking, ‘wh-copying’ and certain cases of apparent successive-cyclic whfronting
all analysed in terms of a generalised wh-scope-marking strategy, we expect there to be significant
empirical connections between these three types of AN–dependencies. Indeed there are such connections, as
will be discussed. There are differences as well (though these are less profound than the previous literature
has made them out to be) — but those, too, can be understood in the present approach, as a function of the
extent to which featural concord obtains: no concord at all, partial concord (N-features only), or full concord.
10 Successive-cyclic movement via SpecCP does not exist. Successive cyclicity remains an option, via
vP–edges; resumptive prolepsis and scope marking, with varying degrees of concord, take care of the rest.
The resulting theoretical typology of long AN–dependencies is both descriptively and explanatorily adequate.

Bruening 2006, LI 37:25–49 • Dayal 1994, NLS 2:137–70 • Felser 2001, JGL 5–38 • Horvath 1997, NLLT 15:509–72 •
Kayne 1994, MIT Press • Rackowski & Richards 2005, LI 36:565–99 • Stepanov & Stateva 2006, Lingua 116:2107–53
Friday afternoon Lectures by Aude Soubrier, November 20 2009
Friday November 20, 2009, 15:15h., van Eyckhof 4 (ex-1168), room 005

Aude Soubrier (Lyon-II and Leiden)

The 'take' serial verb constructions in Ikposo (Uwi), a Ghana-Togo-Mountain language

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

Maarten Kossmann m.g.kossmann(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl 071-527 2649
Maarten Mous m.mous(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl 071-527 2105
Rebecca Voll r.m.voll(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl 071-527 2239

The lectures take place at Leiden University, Faculteit der Letteren, Witte Singel–Doelencomplex from 15:15 till 17.
Lecture by Hermann Niebaum on 'Stad-Gronings uit 1793', Groningen, November 27 2009
Prof. Hermann Niebaum (department of German Language and Culture at the University of Groningen) will give his valedictory lecture on Friday November 27.
13.00: opening
15:15 uur: lecture by Hermann Niebaum "Stad-Gronings uit 1793. De taal van de humoristische toneelschets /Et en Fret/"
16.30: reception
het Bestuursgebouw
Oude Boteringestraat 44
Please send an email to G.Peters-Beuke(removeme)rug.nl G.Peters-Beuke(removeme)rug.nl> before 20 October if you would like to attend.
LUCL Colloquium: Lecture by Bernard Comrie on "Typology of numeral systems", December 18 2009
At the LUCL Colloquium on 18 December 2009, Bernard Comrie (Max Planck Institute) will give a lecture on the typology of numerals.

More information

The title of the lecture is: "Typology of numeral systems: Some recent insights". More details will follow soon on: www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/research/conferences/upcoming-conferences/colloquium-18-december.html
NIAS-Lezingen / NIAS -Lectures
Universiteiten in Nederland kunnen profiteren van de wetenschappelijke kennis die in het instituut geconcentreerd is. Onze buitenlandse fellows zijn graag bereid een lezing of seminar te geven aan een Nederlandse universiteit.
Bezoek voor meer informatie over alle NIAS Lezingen onze website: www.nias.knaw.nl/en/regeling_nias_lezingen/

In order to increase NIAS' visibility within the Dutch academic world and to enhance the scholarly image of the Institute vis-a-vis the universities, the Institute has established the 'NIAS Lectures'.

These are lectures, usually given by non-Dutch NIAS Fellows at Dutch Universities and research institutes. NIAS provides the following facilities:
NIAS acts as intermediary in inviting fellows
NIAS lectures will be announced on the NIAS website
NIAS reimburses fellows for travel expenses
NIAS reimburses accommodation costs with a per diem sum. In many cases such accommodation costs will also include an overnight stay.
The institute which invites the Fellow agrees to produce publicity in which it is made clear that the guest lecturer is a NIAS Fellow and in which attention is also paid to NIAS itself. This can be done by means of a brief text, supplied by NIAS and /or a link to the NIAS website.
A brief post hoc evaluation made by the inviting institution would also be appreciated.
Financial reimbursements:
Per diem € 35
Overnight stay, based on receipts up to a maximum of € 90
Travel expenses by first class Dutch Railways or € 0,15 per km

For more details, contact:
Johan Kwantes
Communications Officer
(070) 51 22 730
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
NAP-dag 2009, Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), October 23 2009
NAP-dag 2009

We would like to invite you to the NAP-dag 2009. NAP is the abbreviation for Nieuw Amsterdams Peil, and this day allows PhD candidates at the University of Amsterdam to present their ongoing work in the field of linguistics. This year, the NAP-dag will take place on October 23rd. It will be an all-day event including coffee breaks, lunch and drinks afterwards. Lunch will be free to those who register before 16 November at napdag2009(removeme)gmail.com

Location: Universiteit van Amsterdam, Bungehuis room 401 Spuistraat 210 in Amsterdam

09.45-10.00 Welcome

10.00-10.30 Tessa Verhoef: Age effects in language acquisition and their preserving powers: an agent-based computer modelling approach.

10.30-11.00 Gideon Borensztajn: Where do categories come from? A neural network account for grammar acquisition through the induction of a syntactic category space.

11.00-11.20 Coffee and tea

11.20-11.50 Hadil Karawani: Mood for counterfactuals.

11.50-12.20 Ekaterina Bobyleva: Variable plural marking in creole languages and the typology of the creole noun.

12.30-13.45 Lunch in PCH K02: register at napdag2009(removeme)gmail.com

14.00-14.30 Aude Laloi: Linguistic and non-linguistic processing in child L2 with SLI.

14.30-15.00 Jelske Dijkstra: Frisian and Dutch development of toddlers.

15.00-15.20 Coffee and tea

15.20-15.50 Joke Schuit: Verb agreement in Inuit Sign Language.

15.50-16.20 Titia Benders: Can Dutch vowels be learnt from Dutch input?

16.20-16.30 Closing

17.00 Granting of the NAP Award for best presentation during the borrel

For more information: please email to napdag2009(removeme)gmail.com

The organizers: Titia Benders, Hadil Karawani, Aude Laloi, Joke Schuit, Tessa Verhoef.
Workshop "Degrees under Discussion", Utrecht (UIL OTS), October 30 2009
You are cordially invited to this mini-workshop on all things gradable and vague.

The workshop brings together diverse perspectives on the semantics and pragmatics of degree and vagueness and is meant to kick-start the NWO/VIDI project "Degrees under Discussion". For more information about the workshop and the project see:

Confirmed Speakers:
Anna Chernilovskaya (Utrecht),
Camelia Constantinescu, Jenny Doetjes & Kaca Souckova (Leiden), Raquel Fernįndez Rovira (Amsterdam), Naomi Kamoen (Utrecht), Rick Nouwen (Utrecht), Gallit Sassoon (Amsterdam), Yoad Winter (Utrecht)

Date: October 30th, 2009
Location: Janskerkhof 13, Utrecht, Room 0.06
Time: 10.00 - 18.00
3e Dag van de Nederlandse Zinsbouw, Meertens Instituut, 30 Oktober 2009
Met de Dag van de Nederlandse Zinsbouw beogen wij taalkundigen met verschillende theoretische achtergronden bijeen te brengen teneinde een specifiek onderwerp uit de Nederlandse Grammatica vanuit verschillende gezichtspunten te belichten. Het thema van de tweede bijeenkomst is Het voorveld van de Nederlandse zin. De volgende sprekers hebben hun deelname bevestigd:

L. Haegeman (UGent)
Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul (Universiteit Utrecht)
S. Barbiers, O. Koeneman, M. Lekakou (Meertens Instituut Amsterdam)
G. De Vogelaer (UGent)
Jacqueline van Kampen (Universiteit Utrecht)
F. Van de Velde (K.U.Leuven)

Voor meer informatie over de achtergronden van deze dag, alsmede een missie-statement, verwijzen wij u naar onze website:


Het bijwonen van deze dag is gratis en wordt uiteraard zeer op prijs gesteld.

Met vriendelijke groet,

Hans Broekhuis, Gert de Sutter & Olaf Koeneman


8.45 u. tot 9.10 u. Koffie en thee
9.10 u. tot 9.15 u. Welkomstwoord

9.15 u. tot 10.25 u. Liliane Haegeman (Universiteit Gent)
Syntaxis van de linkerperiferie

Respondent: Jack Hoeksema (RU Groningen)

10.25 u. tot 11.00 u. Koffie en thee

11.00 u. tot 12.10 u. Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul (Universiteit Utrecht)
Dus links of in het midden? Over vorm/functie relaties in het gebruik van connectieven

Respondent: Gert De Sutter (Hogeschool Gent / Universiteit Gent)

12.15 u. tot 13.15 u. Lunch

13.15 u tot 14.25 u. Gunther De Vogelaer (Universiteit Gent)
Does grammaticalisation need analogy?Different pathways on the 'pronoun/agreement marker' cline

Respondent: Marjo van Koppen (Universiteit Utrecht)

14.25 u tot 15.35 u. Jacqueline van Kampen (Universiteit Utrecht)
Anaphoric topic shift devices

Respondent: Mark de Vries (RU Groningen)

15.35 u. tot 16.00 u. Koffie en thee

16.00 u tot 17.10 u. Freek Van de Velde (K.U.Leuven)
Ontwikkelingen in de linkerperiferie van de nominale constituent

Respondent: Ad Foolen (RU Nijmegen)

17.10 u. tot 18.20 u. Sjef Barbiers, Olaf Koeneman & Marika Lekakou
(Meertens Instituut Amsterdam / Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Syntactic doubling and the structure of WH chains

Respondent: Lisa Cheng (Universiteit Leiden)

18.20 u. tot 18.30 u. Bepaling van het thema van de volgende editie
Semantics in the Netherlands Day (SiN VII), ACLC Amsterdam, November 6 2009
We would like to invite you to the Semantics in the Netherlands Day 2009 (SiN VII). The SiN is a series of annual conferences which provide the opportunity for graduate students working on natural language semantics in the Netherlands to present the results of their current research. This year the SiN will be organised by the ACLC, at the UvA on November the 6th. It will be an all-day event including coffee breaks, lunch and drinks afterwards.

If you would like to attend (parts of) the SiN VII please register before 30 October by sending an e-mail to the organisers (J.Sweep(removeme)uva.nl & M.O.vanSchaik-Radulescu(removeme)uva.nl). Registration is free.

Date: Friday, 6 November 2009

Location: Universiteit van Amsterdam, Bungehuis room 420 (Spuistraat 210, A’dam)

Programme (see also: www.hum.uva.nl/sin7)

09.30-10.00 Welcome & coffee

10.00-10.30 Marie-Elise van der Ziel (UU): The L1-Acquisition of Scope Freezing: Evidence from Dutch

10.30-11.00 Ruggero Montalto (Angeliek van Hout & Petra Hendriks) (RUG): Italian children and indeterminate quantifiers: a magnitude estimation study with a two-point scale

11.00-11.20 Coffee and tea

11.20-11.50 Ildikó Berzlįnovich (RUG): The expository text type and lexical cohesion.

11.50-12.20 Sonja Gipper (RU/MPI): Talking about evidence: an interactional approach to evidentiality in Yurakaré

12.20-12.50 Hadil Karawani (UvA): What Makes Counterfactuals Counterfactual?

12.50-14.10 Lunch (in PCH K02): register at J.Sweep(removeme)uva.nl & M.O.vanSchaik-Radulescu(removeme)uva.nl

14.10-14.40 Erwin Komen SIL-intern./RU): Overriding negative concord

14.40-15.10 Bert Le Bruyn (UU): French des.

15.10-15.30 Coffee and tea

15.30-16.30 ACLC/Keynote lecture: Fred Landman (with Susan Rothstein) (Tel Aviv U. & Bar Ilan U.): Incremental homogeneity in the semantics of aspectual for-phrases

16.30-16.40 Closing

16.40-... Drinks on the 3th floor (Bungehuis)


met vriendelijke groeten,

Josefien Sweep & Mara van Schaik-Radulescu
Conferentie KNAW Geesteswetenschappen, Amsterdam, November 5 2009
Op 5 november a.s. organiseert de afdeling geesteswetenschappen van de KNAW een conferentie over de organisatie van de geesteswetenschappen in internationaal vergelijkend perspectief.

Het complete programma én een aanmeldingsformulier zijn te vinden op www.knaw.nl/cfdata/agenda/agenda_detail.cfm?agenda__id=1345
Jubileumviering Tijdschrift voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde (TNTL), Leiden, 6 November 2009
Uitnodiging voor de jubileumviering van TNTL:

Hoe denkt de buitenwereld over de neerlandistiek?

Leiden, 6 november 2009

In 2009 ziet de 125ste jaargang van het Tijdschrift voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde het licht. Ter gelegenheid hiervan verscheen eerder dit jaar het themanummer In- en export, dat gewijd is aan de relatie tussen de neerlandistiek en de buitenwereld. Aan dit nummer hebben negentien neerlandici uit binnen- en buitenland meegewerkt. Nu is het woord aan ‘de buitenwereld’.

Op vrijdagmiddag 6 november zullen vier prominente sprekers van buiten de neerlandistiek reageren op het themanummer en hun visie geven op de relatie tussen de neerlandistiek en hun vakgebied. Na iedere lezing van twintig minuten is er tien minuten gelegenheid om van gedachten te wisselen. De middag wordt afgesloten met een receptie.

U wordt van harte uitgenodigd deze feestelijke bijeenkomst bij te wonen.

Tot en met 1 november 2009 kunt u zich aanmelden door middel van een email naar de redactiesecretaris van TNTL, Ton van Kalmthout (ton.van.kalmthout(removeme)huygensinstituut.knaw.nl).

Locatie: Leiden, Poortgebouw-Zuid, ontvangstruimte 1e etage
(Rijnsburgerweg 10, vlak achter Leiden CS)
Datum en tijd: vrijdag 6 november 2009, 14.00-18.00


Olf Praamstra (bijzonder hoogleraar Nederlandse literatuur in contact met andere culturen, Universiteit Leiden)

14.00: Welkomstwoord

14.05-14.15: impressie van 125 jaargangen TNTL

14.15- 14.35: Pieter Muysken (hoogleraar Algemene Taalwetenschap, Universiteit Leiden)

14.45- 15.05: Maarten Prak (hoogleraar Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht)

15.15- 15.45: theepauze

15.45-16.05: Tony Visser (hoogleraar Duitse Taal- en Letterkunde, Universiteit Leiden)

16.15-16.35: Joep Leerssen (hoogleraar Moderne Europese Letteren, Universiteit van Amsterdam)

16.45-18.00: receptie
Workshop on grammatical gender, VU Amsterdam, November 13 2009
Workshop on Gender, VU Amsterdam
Friday, 13th of November 2009
14.00 - 16.45
Vrije Universiteit, main building
De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam
Room 7 A-13

On the occasion of Jenny Audring's defence, a small workshop on grammatical gender will be held at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Invited speakers are:

Greville Corbett, University of Surrey, GB Peter Siemund, University of Hamburg, D Hans-Olav Enger, University of Oslo, N Monika Schmid, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, NL Lourens de Vries, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL

The workshop is public, and guests are welcome. Please let us know if you're planning to attend: j.audring(removeme)let.vu.nl.
Debat Bedreigde Talen, NWO en SPUI25, Amsterdam, 24 november 2009
NWO organiseert in samenwerking met het Academisch-Cultureel centrum SPUI25 op dinsdag 24 november een debat over bedreigde talen.

Slechts een klein deel van de bijna 6000 talen die over de wereld worden gesproken zijn zodanig goed beschreven dat de beschikbare feiten uitgebreid genoeg zijn voor taalkundig onderzoek. Tegelijkertijd verdwijnen er bijna dagelijks talen die nog niet of nauwelijks beschreven zijn. Hiermee ziet de taalwetenschap een belangrijk deel van haar empirisch fundament verdwijnen. Het Bedreigde Talen Programma van NWO was nadrukkelijk gericht op het onderzoek naar een aantal met uitsterven bedreigde talen, in Zuid-Amerika, Afrika en Aziė. Het boek The Linguistics of Endangered Languages: Contributions to Morphology and Morphosyntax bevat opstellen van de uitvoerders van het Bedreigde Talen Programma. Naar aanleiding van het verschijnen van dit boek discussiėren een drietal taalkundigen, Prof. Dr Willem Adelaar, Dr Eithne Carlin en Prof. Dr Leo Wetzels, editor van het boek, onder leiding van Prof. Dr Abram de Swaan, over het belang en de praktijk van het onderzoek naar bedreigde talen.

Leo Wetzels is hoogleraar aan de Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, leerstoel Romaanse talen en Amazonetalen, en was tot voor kort Directeur de recherche van het Laboratoire de Phonétique et Phonologie (LPP), CNRS/Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris. Zijn onderzoek richt zich voornamelijk op het Portugees van Braziliė en de inheemse Zuid-Amerikaanse talen die behoren tot de Nambikwara en Maku taalfamilies.

Willem Adelaar is hoogleraar Talen en Culturen van Indiaans Amerika aan de Universiteit Leiden. Hij heeft in de jaren 1960-1980 taalkundig veldonderzoek verricht in de Andes met als doel het in kaart brengen en analyseren van verschillende variėteiten van het Quechua. Sindsdien houdt hij zich bezig met de typologie en de historische relaties, zowel genealogisch als door taalcontact, van de oorspronkelijke talen van Latijns Amerika. Tot zijn onderzoeksterrein behoort ook de bedreigde situatie van de inheemse talen van Amerika en hun overlevingsmogelijkheden. Hij is de auteur van o.a. een grammatica van het Quechua van Tarma (1977) en (met Pieter Muysken) van het boek The Languages of the Andes (2004, herziene druk 2007).

Eithne B. Carlin, eveneens als universitair docent/onderzoeker werkzaam aan de Universiteit Leiden, houdt zich onder andere bezig met de Indianentalen van de Guianas. Zij heeft samen met Jacques Arends een Engelstalige atlas van alle talen in Suriname gepubliceerd: Atlas of the Languages of Suriname (2002), en een grammatica van het Trio: A Grammar of Trio, a Cariban Language of Suriname (2004).

Abram de Swaan (1942) is universiteitshoogleraar sociale wetenschap aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam sinds 2002 en vanaf 2007 emeritus. Hij is voorzitter van de Amsterdamse School voor Sociaalwetenschappelijk Onderzoek, en auteur van onder andere Woorden van de wereld; het mondiale talenstelsel (2002).

SPUI25 is een Academisch-Cultureel centrum dat een brug vormt tussen de Universiteit van Amsterdam en de wereld van de culturele praktijk in de breedste zin. Partners van het centrum zijn de Universiteit van Amsterdam (Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen) en de Amsterdamse Universiteits- Vereniging (AUV), met als externe partners uitgeverij Amsterdam University Press (AUP), uitgeverij De Bezige Bij, NWO Geesteswetenschappen en Athenaeum Boekhandel. Mediapartner is NRC Handelsblad.

Datum : 24 november 2009

Tijd : 17.15 uur - 19.00

De toegang is gratis tenzij anders vermeld. De capaciteit van SPUI25 is beperkt. Voor het bijwonen van bijeenkomst dient u zich dan ook van tevoren aan te melden via de website www.spui25.nl < www.spui25.nl/> . Mocht u verhinderd zijn dan graag afmelden via spui25(removeme)uva.nl. Adres: Spui 25 - 27, 1012 WX Amsterdam.
One-day workshop on Quantitative methods in cultural history by NWO & NEWW, The Hague, November 20 2009
The NWO project and Huizinga Working Group "New approaches to European Women’s Writing" (NEWW) will organise a one-day workshop to be held on 20 November 2009, at the Huygens Institute The Hague. It will be the third of a long term series that allows researchers and graduate students to discuss their work, together and with invited experts.

The theme of this workshop is: Quantitative methods in cultural history.

It will be an occasion to continue discussions recently undertaken (in Dutch) at the Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in a symposium entitled: "Innovation in the Humanities: Technics or Theory?".

Keynote speaker: Franco Moretti (Stanford University VS), author of: Graphs, maps, trees. Abstract models for a literary history (London/New York 2005).

Other speakers include: Madeleine Jeay (McMaster University Hamilton Canada), Joris van Zundert (Huygens Institute) and other researchers involved in the NEWW project.

PhD-students using quantitative methods are invited to send a proposal for the afternoon session, which – to be sure – will not be restricted to discuss women’s literary history.

Abstracts can be sent to Suzan van Dijk.
More information: www.womenwriters.nl/index.php/20_November_2009

Meetingplace: Huygens Institute, The Hague
Coördination: Suzan van Dijk (UU)
Att.: all PhD-students
Credits: 1 ECTS
Date: Friday 20 November 2009
Time: 11.00 to 17.00 hrs.
Location: Huygens Instituut, The Hague
Registration: huizinga-fgw(removeme)uva.nl
Fee Huizinga members: none
Fee others (non Logos): € 50
KNAW symposium: ‘Does peer review still have a future?’, Amsterdam, November 30 2009
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts

and Sciences

Trippenhuis Building

Kloveniersburgwal 29

NL-1011 JV Amsterdam

Does peer review actually help improve the quality of scientific and scholarly research?

How big is its impact on the career prospects of young researchers? What

integrity issues play – or should play – a role in the assessment process? What

improvements are needed? Are there alternatives available?

13.00-17.15 hrs

To register, go to www.knaw.nl and click on ‘Events’, then ‘30 November 2009’. Admission is free

For more information: annelies.ten.have(removeme)bureau.knaw.nl or

phone +31 (0)20 551 0746.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Annelies ten Have



Het Trippenhuis

Kloveniersburgwal 29

P.O. Box 19121

1000 GC Amsterdam

The Netherlands
Telephone +31 20 551 0746

Fax +31 20 620 4941

EMLAR VI, sixth edition in Utrecht, February 3-5 2010
Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research (EMLAR) VI
Lectures and hands-on sessions on practical aspects of language acquisition research

We are happy to announce the sixth edition of EMLAR, taking place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from the 3rd to the 5th of February 2010 (Wednesday to Friday).

The workshop aims at training advanced MA and PhD students working on first and second language acquisition in experimental research. Experts in various domains of language acquisition research are giving various lectures and practices. Covered are, among other things, phonological acquisition, language impairment, neuroimaging and sign language. Participants are also offered practical sessions on PRAAT, SPSS, Statistics with R, CELEX, CHILDES and CGN.

The full program of EMLAR VI and details about registration will be available at:


For further questions, contact us at: EMLAR.UU(removeme)gmail.com

Confirmed speakers and topics:

Anne Baker (University of Amsterdam) - Sign language

Luca Bonatti (Sissa) - Statistical learning

Elise de Bree (Utrecht University) - Dyslexia/SLI

Stephen Crain (Macquarie University) - First Language Acquisition

Peter Indefrey (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf) - Brain Imaging in Bilingualism

René Kager (Utrecht University) - Phonological Acquisition

Pim Mak (Utrecht University) - Eye-tracking with children

Silvina Montrul (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) – Second Language Acquisition

Jim Scobbie (Queen Margaret University College) - The use of ultrasound in Language Acquisition




Multilevel regression



Statistics with R

Chen Ao

Diana Apoussidou

Sergey Avrutin

Ivana Brasileiro

Carolina Méndez Orellana

Luisa Meroni

Marie-Elise van der Ziel
NWO Conference on Contact Zones of Empires in Asia and Europe : 27 February - 4 March 2010
The “ESF-JSPS Frontier Science Conference for Young Researchers 2010” will provide early career researchers from Europe and Japan with opportunities to explore jointly an emerging field of research. This conference seeks new approaches to common topics concerning social, cultural and political complexity on the fringes of empires in Europe and East Asia, namely, the Hellenistic and Roman, and successive Chinese empires. A special focus of the conference will be on interactions between empires and their peripheries, and on contact zones. The temporal coverage spans from the formative phase of the earliest empires in the concerned regions up to A.D.1000. The purpose of the conference is to seek new avenues for research collaboration in cutting-edge research, which is why early career researchers are particularly welcome.

- Meer informatie : www.esf.org/conferences/10327
Workshop on the Subatomic Semantics of Event Predicates, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, March 17 2010
March 17, 2010

Meeting URL: parles.upf.es/glif/pub/events2010/

The last 20 years have seen a flowering of approaches to the semantics of predicates that describe different sorts of eventualities, including states, processes, and more complex events (hereafter 'event predicates', for short). The complexity of these semantics has developed in two directions. On the one hand, increasingly greater richness of detail has been provided in the logical representations for event predicates, from Davidson's 1967 use of event arguments, to so-called neo-Davidsonian representations (e.g. Krifka 1989, Parsons
1990) which represent the entailments associated with event participants separately, to representations which focus on the relation between events and their parts - often referred to in terms of 'event structure' (e.g. Pustejovsky 1995). On the other hand, the models for event semantics have been enriched, for example, by imposing a mereological structure on the models for the eventuality domain (e.g. Lasersohn 1988), or by proposals to expand or restrict the basic ontological inventory of eventualities (e.g. Pińón 1997 and Katz 1995, respectively).

In contrast, comparatively less attention has been devoted to an equally important aspect of the semantics of event predicates, namely the specific sets of entailments that support a theory of the typology of event predicates. Since the seminal work of Dowty (1979), in which a small set of primitive predicates were defined to characterize the so-called aspectual classes of verbs, little work on event semantics has explicitly addressed questions such as whether Dowty's primitives are empirically adequate, particularly cross-linguistically, or what a typology of the lexical entailments that support aspectual classifications across languages might consist in and in what ways it might be parameterized.

Invited Speakers:

Anita Mittwoch (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Jean-Pierre Koenig (University of Buffalo)

See call for papers below.
CICLing 2010, 11th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics,Romania, March 21-27 2010
Post-conf event: Promise 2010 workshop

Iasi, Romania
March 21-27, 2010


LNCS: Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science,
poster session: special issue of a journal

Nicoletta Calzolari,
James Pustejovsky,
Hans Uszkoreit,
Shuly Wintner

Medieval castles (including Dracula castle),
painted monasteries, salt-mine, possibly
winery, bison reservation, Red Lake, and more.

Best paper, best student paper,
best presentation, best poster.

November 16: registration of tentative abstract,
November 23: uploading of full papers
(contact us for late submissions)

All topics related with computational
linguistics, natural language processing,
human language technologies, information
retrieval, etc.

See call for papers below Calls for papers for events.
Verkennende workshops NIAS
Nederlandse onderzoekers kunnen op ieder moment aanvragen indienen bij het Netherlans Institute for Advanced Study in de Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) voor het inrichten van een verkennende workshop met Nederlandse en internationale deelnemers. De formule is flexibel in die zin dat de beschikbare middelen, tot een maximum van € 15.000 per workshop, ingezet kunnen worden om een collectief projectplan uit te werken, om een gezamenlijke publicatie af te ronden, of om een subsidie-aanvraag voor te bereiden. Afhankelijk van de opzet, kan een dergelijke workshop enkele dagen duren, maar ook iets langer. De Wetenschapscommissie van het NIAS beoordeelt de voorstellen. In het voorjaar van 2009 zijn reeds twee dergelijke workshops gehouden en een derde staat gepland. Er is nog ruimte voor twee nieuwe workshops in het najaar.

Op de website worden de vormvereisten voor de aanvraag aangegeven: www.nias.knaw.nl/en/regeling_verkennende_workshops_nias/
Job Announcements / Vacancies
PhD-position Max Planck Institute Nijmegen. Deadline: November 11 2009
The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen) offers a 3-year position for research leading towards a PhD in the field of spoken-language comprehension.

The successful candidate will work on a project entitled "Adapting to phonological reduction" funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The purpose of the project is to investigate whether and how listeners can adapt to sloppy speaking styles. This research should result in novel insights about perceptual learning in casual speech. In particular, can listeners track talker-specific styles of speaking?

deadline for applications: 20-11-2009
for further information see
Vacature Student-assistent Meertens Instituut Amsterdam. Deadline: November 13 2009
Het Meertens Instituut is een instituut van de Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW). Het houdt zich bezig met onderzoek en documentatie van Nederlandse taal en cultuur. Het zwaartepunt ligt op het terrein van de hedendaagse variatie op het gebied van taal (o.a. dialecten) en (volks)cultuur in Nederland. Binnen de afdeling Variatielinguļstiek is er een vacature voor: student-assistent in het project European Dialect Syntax.

Het project European Dialect Syntax is een door ESF gefinancierd project (EURYI), lopend van 2005-2010. Dit project heeft een drieledig doel: (i) documentatie en analyse van syntactische verdubbelingsverschijnselen in Europese dialecten; (ii) het opbouwen van een Europees netwerk van dialectsyntactici en (iii) het standaardiseren van methodologie, opslag en retrieval van syntactische data. Met betrekking tot (iii) is er een search engine opgezet die in verscheidene (dialect)databases tegelijk kan zoeken. De zoekmachine zoekt op basis van parts-of-speech tags (woordsoortinformatie) of tekst.

Functie-informatie: Een van de databases die onderdeel uitmaakt van de Edisyn zoekmachine is de SAND (Syntactische Atlas van de Nederlandse Dialecten) database. Deze database bevat opnames en transcripties van interviews die gemaakt zijn in 267 plaatsen in Nederland, Vlaanderen en noordwest Frankrijk. De database wordt gebruikt voor onderzoek naar variatie in de zinsbouw en de spreiding van varianten over het taalgebied. Een van de manieren waarop in de database kan worden gezocht is op basis van tags. Een deel van de transcripties is reeds voorzien van linguļstische tags. De student-assistent kent met behulp van speciale software tags toe aan nog niet getagde transcripties. Er is plaats voor zeven student-assistenten die in drie maanden de tagging van de database voltooien. Een en ander vindt plaats onder begeleiding van een onderzoeksmedewerker.

- MA student met een taalkundige specialisatie
- Goede kennis van syntaxis en morfologie
- In staat zowel zelfstandig als in teamverband te werken.

Aanstelling: Het betreft een dienstverband voor bepaalde tijd, voor de duur van drie maanden. De kandidaat werkt drie halve dagen (ą 4,5 uur) per week. Ingangsdatum is 2 januari 2010. De vergoeding bedraagt ? 358.11 bruto per maand.

Standplaats: Meertens Instituut Amsterdam.

Inlichtingen: Nadere informatie wordt verstrekt door Franca Wesseling, tel. 020-4628521 of e-mail franca.wesseling(removeme)meertens.knaw.nl. Algemene informatie over het Meertens Instituut en het Edisyn project vindt u op www.meertens.knaw.nl en www.dialectsyntax.org. Uw sollicitatie met een curriculum vitae kunt u tot uiterlijk 13 november 2009 richten aan het Meertens Instituut, ter attentie van Mw. F. Wesseling, Postbus 94264, 1090 GG Amsterdam. U kunt ook per e-mail solliciteren door een Word document te zenden aan franca.wesseling(removeme)meertens.knaw.nl, onder vermelding van Vacature student-assistent taggen. Acquisitie naar aanleiding van deze advertentie wordt niet op prijs gesteld.
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for 20th Colloquium on Generative Grammar. Deadline: October 31 2009
The Colloquium on Generative Grammar is a conference organized every year since 1991 in a different university of the Iberian Peninsula where linguists from all over the world present and discuss current proposals on the study of the language faculty within the Generative Grammar framework. It hosts formal analyses in all subdomains of grammar and their interfaces.

The 20th edition will be hosted by GLiF (Grup de Lingüķstica Formal-URLING) at the Department of Translation and Language Sciences of the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.

The conference will consist of a two-day main session (free topic) and a one-day thematic session on the interface between prosody and information structure and the issues that it raises for the organization of grammar, both in spoken or signed modalities. Two poster sessions will be organized during the conference. In order to celebrate its 20th edition, the conference will also feature a panel session on the state of the field at the local and international levels 20 years later.

Invited Speakers:

Main Session:

Enoch Aboh (Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Joćo Costa (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)

Thematic Session on Prosody and Information Structure:

Onno Crasborn (Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Caroline Féry (Universität Potsdam, Germany)

Please note that this year's conference will be preceded by a Workshop on Subatomic Semantics for Event Predicates (March 17, 2010), held at Universitat Pompeu Fabra as well. For more information on this, visit the workshop site: parles.upf.es/glif/pub/events2010/

Organizing Committee:

Ąlex Alsina
Boban Arsenijevi?
Gemma Barberą
Joan Costa
Josep M. Fontana
Berit Gehrke
Louise McNally
Pilar Prieto
Josep Quer (coord.)


E-mail: cgg20upf.edu

URL: parles.upf.es/glif/pub/cgg20/

Postal Address:

Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Departament de Traducció i Cičncies del Llenguatge
Roc Boronat, 138
08018 Barcelona

Telephone: +34 93 542 24 09
Fax: + 34 93 542 16 17

Call for Papers:

Linguists working in any theoretical framework of Generative Grammar are invited to participate. Each presentation will be allotted 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. A limited number of abstracts will also be accepted for two poster sessions.

If the authors want to submit their proposals only as either full paper presentations or posters, this should be indicated in the submission page. Please indicate as well whether the submission is meant for the main or the thematic session.

Submission of Abstracts:

Authors are asked to submit their abstracts in an anonymous PDF file to the following site:


If you do not have an EasyChair account, please follow the instructions provided and create one.

Abstracts should be no longer than two pages in length (including examples and references), in Times New Roman 12-point lettertype, single line spacing and 2,5 cm. margins. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author.

The official language of the conference will be English.

Deadline for abstract submission: October 31st, 2009.
Notification of acceptance by January 1st, 2010.
Call for Papers and posters for Digital Humanities 2010. Deadline: October 31 2009
Proposals must be submitted electronically using the system which will be available at the conference web site from Oct. 1st. Presentations may be any of the following:

Single papers (abstract max of 1500 words)
Multiple paper sessions (overview max of 500 words)
Posters (abstract max of 1500 words)

Call for Papers
The International Programme Committee invites submissions of abstracts of 1500 words on any aspect of humanities computing, broadly understood to encompass the common ground between information technology and problems in humanities research and teaching. We welcome submissions in all areas of the humanities, particularly interdisciplinary work. We especially encourage submissions on the current state of the art in humanities computing, and on recent developments.

Suitable subjects for proposals include, for example,
text analysis, corpora, language processing, language learning
IT in librarianship and documentation
computer-based research in cultural and historical studies
computing applications for the arts, architecture and music
research issues such as: information design and modelling; the cultural impact of the new media, scientific visualization.
the role of digital humanities in academic curricula
The special theme of the 2010 conference is cultural expression old and new.

The range of topics covered is reflected in the journals of the associations: Literary and Linguistic Computing (LLC), Oxford University Press, and the Digital Humanities Quarterly, www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/

The deadline for submitting paper, session and poster proposals to the Programme Committee is Oct. 31th, 2009. All submissions will be refereed. Presenters will be notified of acceptance February 24, 2010.

To submit a proposal, please use our ConfTool system: www.digitalhumanities.org/conftool.

Anyone who has previously used the ConfTool system to submit proposals or reviews or to register for a Digital Humanities conference should use their existing account rather than setting up a new one.

If anyone has forgotten their user name and/or password, please contact dh2010 [at] digitalhumanities.org or dh2010 [at] kcl.ac.uk.

See below for full details on submitting proposals.

Proposals for (non-refereed, or vendor) demos and for pre-conference tutorials and workshops should be made to the local conference organizer as early as possible.

Types of Proposals
Proposals to the Programme Committee may be of three types: (1) papers, (2) poster presentations and/or software demonstrations, and (3) sessions (either three-paper or panel sessions). The type of submission must be specified in the proposal.

Papers and posters may be given in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

1) Papers
Proposals for papers (750-1500 words) should describe original, unpublished work: preferably completed research with substantial results, but also the development of significant new methodologies, or rigorous theoretical or critical discussions. Individual papers have 20 min. for presentation and 10 for questions.

Proposals concerning new computing methodologies should show how the methodologies are applied to humanities research, and should critically assess the application. Those concerning a particular application should compare earlier traditional and computational approaches and should also assess the new methodologies. References are naturally required. Those describing the creation or use of digital resources should follow these guidelines as far as possible.

2) Poster Presentations and Software Demonstrations
Poster sessions showcase some of the most important and innovative work being done in humanities computing. Poster presentations may include technology and project demonstrations. Hence the term poster/demo to refer to different possible combinations of printed and computer based presentations. There should be no difference in quality between poster/demo presentations and papers, and the format for proposals is the same for both. The same academic standards also apply, but posters/demos may be more suitable way for late-breaking work, or work in progress. Both will be submitted to the same refereeing process. The choice between the two modes of presentation (poster/demo or paper) should depend on the most effective and informative way of communicating the scientific content of the proposal.

Poster presentations are less formal and more interactive than talks. Poster presenters can present their work and exchange ideas one-on-one and in detail with those most deeply interested. Presenters will have about two square meters of board space for display and may also wish to provide handouts. Posters remain on display throughout the conference, and are the sole focus of separate dedicated poster sessions. Additional times may be available for software or project demonstrations.

As an acknowledgement of the special contribution of the posters to the conference, the Programme Committee will award a prize for the best poster.

3) Sessions
Sessions (90 minutes) take the form of either:

Three papers. The proposal should include a 500-word statement describing the session topic, include abstracts of 750-1500 words for each paper, and indicate that each author is willing to participate in the session. All speakers are required to register for the conference and to participate in the session. Focused sessions should have added value when compared to the set of the individual papers.


A panel of four to six speakers. The proposal is an abstract of 750-1500 words describing the panel topic, how discussion will be organized, the names and affiliations of all the speakers, and an indication that each speaker is willing to participate in the session. All speakers are required to register for the conference and to participate in the session.
Call for papers for ISA-5 Workshop, January 15-17 Hong Kong. Deadline: November 5 2009
Fifth Joint ISO-ACL/SIGSEM Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation ISA-5 in conjunction with ICGL 10, the International Conference on Global Interoperability for Language Resources, January 18-20

ISA-5 is the fifth edition of a series of joint workshops of the ACL SIGSEM
Working Group "The Representation of Multimodal Semantic Information"
(see let.uvt.nl/research/TI/sigsem/wg) and ISO TC 37/SC 4
(Language Resources) WG 2: Annotation and representation schemes.

This workshop aims to bring together experts from ongoing and recent
projects concerned with the annotation or representation of linguistic
and amultimodal semantic information, and its relation to the analysis,
interpretation and generation of text, speech, and multimodal
communicative behaviour.

The main focus of the workshop will be on approaches, experiences,
experiments, problems, and proposals concerning the construction or
application of interoperable semantically annotated linguistic resources,
including (but not limited to) the following topics:

*methodological aspects of semantic annotation
* experiments in or with semantic annotation
* semantic annotation and semantic interpretation
* semantic annotation, ontologies, and inferencing
* the semantics of semantic annotations
* issues in semantic annotation in specific domains:
* temporal entities and relations
* spatial entities and relations
* events
* communicative functions
* semantic roles and predicate-argument structures
* discourse relations
* modification and quantification
* ...
* integration of annotations across domains
* best practices in semantic annotation
* semantic annotation project reports
* reports and comments on recent, current, and planned ISO projects
on developing semantic annotation standards:

* project 24617-1 Semantic Annotation Framework, Part 1: Time and events
* project 24617-2 Semantic Annotation Framework, Part 2: Dialogue acts
* project 24617-3 Semantic Annotation Framework, Part 3: Named entities
(to start soon)
* ISO-Space (in preparation)
* ISO-Semantic roles (in preparation)

Two types of papers can be submitted:

* long papers, maxmimally 8 pages
* short papers, maximally 4 pages

Members of the project teams or advisory boards of the ISO projects
24617-1 and 24617-2 also have the possibility to submit commentaries
of maximally 2 pages on the most recent versions of the documents
describing these projects.

All submissions should be in the ACL format - see
and should be submitted through the ICGl 2010 website for paper

Important dates
* Submission deadline for long papers: 15 October EXTENDED TO 5 NOVEMBER
* Submission deadline for short papers: 5 November EXTENDED TO 15 NOVEMBER
* Submission deadline for commentaries: 25 November
* Notification of paper acceptance: 1 December
* Camera-ready papers due: 15 December
* ISA-5 Workshop: January 15-17, 2009
* ICGL 2010 conference: January 18-20, 2009

Programme Committee
Jan Alexandersson
Branimir Boguraev (tbc)
Harry Bunt
Nicoletta Calzolari
Jean Carletta (tbc)
Jae-Woong Choe
Katrin Erk
Alex Fang
Gil Francopoulo
Dafydd Gibbon
Koiti Hasida
Nancy Ide
Kiyong Lee
Martha Palmer
Andrei Popescu-Belis
James Pustejovsky
Laurent Romary
David Traum

Harry Bunt (Tilburg University)
Alex Fang (City University of Hong Kong)
Gil Francopoulo (Tagmatica, Paris))
Martha Palmer (University of Colorado)
James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University)

Registration is only possible in conjunction with the International
Conference on Global Interoperability for Language Resources (ICGL 2010):
The registration fee for the ISA-5 workshop is US$ 50,00.

For urgent questions contact Harry.Bunt(removeme)uvt.nl
or Alex Fang at acfang(removeme)cityu.edu.hk

More information
For more information see the websites of the ISA-4 workshop:
and that of the ICGl 2010 conference:
Oproep voor bijdrages voor Dag van Fonetiek op 18 dec. 2009. Deadline: 6 november 2009
Dag van de Fonetiek 2009: oproep voor bijdrages

Dit jaar organiseert de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Fonetische Wetenschappen de Dag van de Fonetiek op vrijdag 18 december a.s.

Wij vragen iedereen die iets kan vertellen of demonstreren over spraak of spraaktechnologie om bij te dragen aan deze dag.

Indien u een bijdrage heeft, stuur dan uiterlijk 6 november a.s. een titel en samenvatting (13 regels) naar de secretaris van de vereniging, Willemijn Heeren: w.f.l.heeren(removeme)ewi.utwente.nl

Meer informatie kunt u vinden op:
www.fon.hum.uva.nl/FonetischeVereniging/DvdFonetiek/OproepDvdF-dag2009.html en op onze algemene website:
Deelname aan de Dag van de Fonetiek is gratis.
Call for proposals for bidders to host ESSLI in 2011. Deadline: November 6 2009
* Call for Bids to Host the 23-th ESSLLI, 2011 *

The Association for Logic, Language and Computation (FoLLI) and the ESSLLI Standing Committee invite proposals to host the 23-nd European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI), to be held in August 2011.

*** The ESSLLI Summer School ***

ESSLLI is a summer school which takes place two weeks in the summer, every year since 1989. The school hosts approximately 50 courses at both introductory and advanced level, and convokes around 500 participants each year from all over the world.

The main focus of the program of the summer schools is the interface between linguistics, logic and computation. Courses, both introductory and advanced, cover a wide variety of topics within the combined areas of interest: Language and Computation, Language and Logic, and Logic and Computation. Workshops are also organized, providing opportunities for in-depth discussion of issues at the forefront of research, as well as a series of invited lectures.

Detailed information about the ESSLLI organization can be found in the ESSLLI general guide, and the organizing and program committee guides. The guides can be obtained via the Standing Committee secretary.

*** Submission Procedure ***

At this time we seek draft proposals from prospective bidders.
Based on an evaluation of the draft proposals, promising bidders will be asked to provide additional information for the final selection procedure. The ESSLLI Standing Committee (SC), in consultation with the management board of FoLLI, will finally select the site, the organizing committee, and the program committee, and supervise the subsequent organization.

*** Draft Proposals ***

Draft proposals should identify a target site, date and organizing team with a chair who will be responsible for the overal organization. The organization committee is responsible for all matters having to do with the practical organization. Draft proposals should at least include information on:

-> Location (accessibility; school venue; accommodation and
-> Proposed dates and organizing team
-> Endorsement by hosting organization
-> Local Language, Logic, and Computation community -> Meeting and accommodation venues; audiovisual equipment -> Catering and reception facilities; social program
-> Budget estimates

*** Proposal Assessment ***

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria

-> Experience of organizing team, involvement in previous ESSLLIs -> Local endorsement -> Appropriateness of proposed dates -> Accessibility and attractiveness of proposed site -> Adequacy of campus facilities for the anticipated
number of registrants
-> Adequacy of residence accommodations and food services
in an appropriate range of price categories and close
to the conference facilities
-> Adequacy of budget projections
-> Geographical and national balance with regard to meetings in
the decade prior to 2011: Helsinki (2001), Trento (2002),
Wien (2003), Nancy (2004), Edinburgh (2005), Malaga (2006),
Dublin (2007), Hamburg (2008), Bordeaux (2009), Copenhagen (2010)

*** Important Dates ***

-> September 11, 2009, call for bids posted -> November 6, 2009, draft proposals due
November/December, 2009, SC provides feedback -> January 31, 2010, final proposals due -> February 28, 2010, bid selected at ESSLLI SC meeting -> August 14, 2010, OC and PC progress report -> August, 2011, 23-nd ESSLLI

Information about FoLLI and ESSLLI can be found at: http:// www.folli.org/. If you want to consult the ESSLLI guidelines, or have any other queries about drafting your bid, please contact Sophia Katrenko or Paul Dekker. Draft proposals should be sent to:

Sophia Katrenko Paul Dekker
Informatics Institute ILLC/Department of Philosophy
Faculty of Science Faculty of Humanities
Universiteit van Amsterdam

Kruislaan 419 Nieuwe Doelenstraat 15
NL-1098 VA Amsterdam NL-1012 CP Amsterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0)20 525 6786 +31 (0)20 5254541
+31 (0)20 525 6896 (fax) +31 (0)20 5254503 (fax)
katrenko(removeme)science.uva.nl p.j.e.dekker(removeme)uva.nl
Call for lecture or posterpresentation for Anéla Juniorendag, January 29 2010 Leiden. Deadline: November 8 2009
Juniorendag Toegepaste Taalwetenschap: call for papers
(English version below)
De Anéla (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Toegepaste Taalwetenschap) organiseert jaarlijks een
Juniorenstudiedag gewijd aan het scriptie- of promotieonderzoek van junioren.

Dit jaar zal de
juniorendag voor het eerst in samenwerking met de VIOT, de Vereniging Interuniversitair Overleg
Taalbeheersing, georganiseerd worden. De Juniorendag biedt studenten, net afgestudeerden en
promovendi op het terrein van toegepaste taalkunde (taalgebruik, taalverwerving, taalonderwijs,
taalbeheersing of bedrijfscommunicatie) de mogelijkheid hun onderzoek in een informele sfeer te
presenteren. Daarnaast wordt op deze dag de jaarlijkse Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs uitgereikt voor de
beste scriptie binnen dit vakgebied.

Op vrijdag 29 januari 2010 vindt de 20ste Juniorendag plaats aan de Universiteit Leiden. De Anéla
Juniorendag wordt geopend met een plenaire lezing. Aansluitend vinden parallelle sessies van
presentaties door studenten en promovendi plaats. Vervolgens worden na de lunch posters
gepresenteerd. Aan het einde van de dag is er een borrel waarbij de winnaar van de Anéla-VIOT
scriptieprijs bekend wordt gemaakt. Dit jaar zal ook het feit dat de Anéla juniorendag voor de 20ste
maal wordt georganiseerd op verrassende wijze worden gevierd.

Wil je een lezing of posterpresentatie houden op de Juniorendag, meld je dan vóór 8 november 2009
aan door een samenvatting van maximaal 200 woorden exclusief referenties in te dienen via
linguistlist.org/confcustom/anelaj2010. Vergeet niet alle persoonlijke informatie uit het bestand
(pdf or word) te verwijderen, en aan te geven of je een mondelinge- of posterpresentatie wilt geven.

Meer informatie over de Juniorendag 2010 kun je vinden op de Anéla-website: www.anela.nl.
Voor verdere vragen kun je een e-mail sturen naar anelajuniorendag2010(removeme)gmail.com.
Every year the Anéla (Dutch Society for Applied Linguistics) organizes the so-called
Juniorenstudiedag (‘junior study day’), which is devoted to the work of junior researchers. This year,
the Junior day will for the first time be organized in collaboration wit the VIOT, the Dutch and Flemish
Interuniversity Association for Speech Communication. The Junior day offers PhD students and
graduate students in the field of applied linguistics (language use, language acquisition, education,
discourse, or communication) the opportunity to present their work in an informal setting. During the
Junior day, the yearly Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs will be awarded to the best BA- or MA-thesis in the
area of applied linguistics.

On Friday, January 29th, 2010 the 20st Junior day will be held at Leiden University. The Junior day
starts with a lecture by a plenary speaker, followed by parallel sessions in which graduate students and
PhD-students can present their work. There will also be poster-presentations in the afternoon. The day
will end with drinks and a ceremony for the Anéla-VIOT scriptieprijs. Moreover, there will also be a
special surprise event to celebrate the fact that the Junior day is organized for the 20st time this year.

If you would like to present a paper or a poster on the Junior day, please upload your abstract on
linguistlist.org/confcustom/anelaj2010 before 8 November 2009. Abstracts (in pdf or word
format) should not exceed 200 words excluding references. Personal information (name, university etc)
shoud not be mentioned in the abstract, but only on the form where you can upload your abstract. In
addition, please state your preference for a talk or poster presentation. Abstracts in Dutch as well as in
English are welcome.

More information about the Junior study day is available on the Anéla-website www.anela.nl. For further questions, you can also send an e-mail to anelajuniorendag2010(removeme)gmail.com.
Trier, Germany, May 24-28, 2010




LATA is a yearly conference in theoretical computer science and its applications. As linked to the International PhD School in Formal Languages and Applications that was developed at Rovira i Virgili University (the host of the previous three editions and co-organizer of this one) in the period 2002-2006, LATA 2010 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career. It will aim at attracting contributions from both classical theory fields and application areas (bioinformatics, systems biology, language technology, artificial intelligence, etc.).


Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to:

- algebraic language theory
- algorithms on automata and words
- automata and logic
- automata for system analysis and programme verification
- automata, concurrency and Petri nets
- cellular automata
- combinatorics on words
- computability
- computational complexity
- computer linguistics
- data and image compression
- decidability questions on words and languages
- descriptional complexity
- DNA and other models of bio-inspired computing
- document engineering
- foundations of finite state technology
- fuzzy and rough languages
- grammars (Chomsky hierarchy, contextual, multidimensional, unification, categorial, etc.)
- grammars and automata architectures
- grammatical inference and algorithmic learning
- graphs and graph transformation
- language varieties and semigroups
- language-based cryptography
- language-theoretic foundations of artificial intelligence and artificial life
- neural networks
- parallel and regulated rewriting
- parsing
- pattern matching and pattern recognition
- patterns and codes
- power series
- quantum, chemical and optical computing
- semantics
- string and combinatorial issues in computational biology and bioinformatics
- symbolic dynamics
- term rewriting
- text algorithms
- text retrieval
- transducers
- trees, tree languages and tree machines
- weighted machines


LATA 2010 will consist of:

- 3 invited talks
- 2 invited tutorials
- refereed contributions
- open sessions for discussion in specific subfields, on open problems, or on professional issues (if requested by the participants)

Invited speakers to be announced.

Adrian Horia Dediu (Tarragona)
Henning Fernau (Trier, co-chair)
Maria Gindorf (Trier)
Stefan Gulan (Trier)
Anna Kasprzik (Trier)
Carlos Martķn-Vide (Brussels, co-chair) Norbert Müller (Trier) Bianca Truthe (Magdeburg)


Authors are invited to submit papers presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages and should be formatted according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series (see www.springer.com/computer/lncs/lncs+authors?SGWID=0-40209-0-0-0). Submissions have to be uploaded at:



A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series will be available by the time of the conference.

At least one special issue of a major journal will be later published containing extended versions of the papers contributed to the conference.

Submissions to the post-conference publications will be only by invitation.


The period for registration will be open since September 1, 2009 until May 24, 2010. The registration form can be found at the website of the conference: grammars.grlmc.com/LATA2010/

Early registration fees: 500 Euro
Early registration fees (PhD students): 400 Euro Late registration fees: 530 Euro Late registration fees (PhD students): 430 Euro On-site registration fees: 550 Euro On-site registration fees (PhD students): 450 Euro

At least one author per paper should register. Papers that do not have a registered author by February 15, 2010 will be excluded from the proceedings.

Fees comprise access to all sessions, one copy of the proceedings volume, coffee breaks, lunches, excursion, and conference dinner.


Early (resp. late) registration fees must be paid by bank transfer before February 15, 2010 (resp. May 14, 2010) to the conference series account at Open Bank (Plaza Manuel Gomez Moreno 2, 28020 Madrid, Spain): IBAN: ES1300730100510403506598 - Swift code: OPENESMMXXX (account holder: Carlos Martin-Vide & URV – LATA 2010).

Please write the participant’s name in the subject of the bank form. Transfers should not involve any expense for the conference.

On-site registration fees can be paid only in cash.

A receipt for the payment will be provided on site.

Besides paying the registration fees, it is required to fill in the registration form at the website of the conference.


An award will be presented to the authors of the two best papers accepted to the conference. Only papers fully authored by PhD students are eligible. The award intends to cover their travel expenses.


Paper submission: December 3, 2009
Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: January 21, 2010
Final version of the paper for the LNCS proceedings: February 3, 2010
Early registration: February 15, 2010
Late registration: May 14, 2010 S
tarting of the conference: May 24, 2010
Submission to the post-conference publications: August 27, 2010




LATA 2010
Universität Trier
Fachbereich IV – Informatik
Campus II, Behringstraße
D-54286 Trier

Phone: +49-(0)651-201-2836
Fax: +49-(0)651-201-3954
Call for papers for RaAM 8 conference: Metaphor and Domains of Discourse at VU University. Deadline: December 31 2009
RaAM 8 conference: Metaphor and Domains of Discourse
30 June through 3 July 2010 at VU University (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
The deadline for abstracts is 31 December 2009
We are pleased to announce the 8th conference of the Researching and Applying Metaphor International Association (RaAM), which will be held at VU University (Vrije Universiteit), Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 30 June through 3 July 2010.
As an association, RaAM strives to advance the study of metaphor, metonymy and other aspects of figurative language, with a commitment to the application of metaphor research to 'real world' issues. In light of this, the theme of the upcoming international conference will be 'metaphor and domains of discourse'. The theme is intended to highlight the socio-cultural as well as the situational diversity of metaphor as manifested in, for example:
-- government and politics;
-- religion and ethics;
-- education;
-- science and healthcare;
-- business and organizations;
-- mass media and journalism; and
-- literature and the arts.
The conference will feature plenary lectures by:
- Paul Chilton
< www.ling.lancs.ac.uk/profiles/Paul-Chilton/>
Dept. of Linguistics and English Language
Lancaster University, UK
- Dedre Gentner
< www.psych.northwestern.edu/psych/people/faculty/gentner/>
Dept. of Psychology and School of Education and Social Policy
Northwestern University, USA
and an address by the outgoing Chair of the RaAM Executive Committee:
- Lynne Cameron
< www.open.ac.uk/education-and-languages/people/people-profile.php?staff_id=1618003&show=researchInterests>
Faculty of Education and Language Studies
Open University, UK

We are soliciting abstracts for 20-minute papers and for poster presentations. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words (excluding references). Updates, including a link to the conference web site and information on abstract submission, will be posted shortly at www.raam.org.uk/Amsterdam_2010.html . The deadline for abstracts is 31 December 2009. Notification of acceptance decisions will be sent by 1 March 2010. Early registration will be open between 1 March and 30 April 2010.

The conference will also include a new way of linking basic and applied research: in addition to regular papers and a poster session, a selection of 'real world workshops' will be offered. The workshops will involve demonstrations for, and with, conference participants on how metaphor can be used as an intervention or tool to change people's way of thinking and reasoning. 'Real world workshops' will be offered on:
-- Metaphor in communicating public interest issues
(Joseph Grady, Cultural Logic, USA)
-- Metaphor in business organizations
(Joep Cornelissen, Leeds University Business School, UK)
-- Metaphor in education professionals' discourse
(Graham Low, University of York, UK)
-- Metaphor in knowledge management
(Daan Andriessen, INHolland University of Applied Sciences, NL)
-- Metaphor and metonymy in painting
(Irene Mittelberg, RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
- Metaphor in product design
(Paul Hekkert, Technical University Delft, NL).

A number of pre-conference tutorials, geared toward PhD students, will be offered on 30 June before the conference begins. Furthermore, a limited number of bursaries/stipends will be available for PhD students from the RaAM Executive Committee and the local organising committee. Details will be available in the second call for abstracts and the conference web site.

The RaAM8 scientific committee:
John Barnden (University of Birmingham, UK)
Frank Boers (Erasmus College of Brussels, Belgium)
Lynne Cameron (Open University, UK)
Jonathan Charteris-Black (University of the West of England, UK)
Alan Cienki (Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands)
Charles Forceville (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Veronika Koller (Lancaster University, UK)
Zouhair Maalej (King Saud University, Saudi Arabia)
Brigitte Nerlich (University of Nottingham, UK)
Elena Semino (Lancaster University, UK)
Gerard Steen (Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands)
Dvora Yanow (Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands)
Ning Yu (University of Oklahoma, USA)
Lawrence Zbikowski (University of Chicago, USA)
The local organizing committee:
Alan Cienki and Gerard Steen (chairs);
Lettie Dorst, Berenike Herrmann, Anna Kaal, Tina Krennmayr, Tryntje Pasma
Call for papers and posters for annual SLE meeting, September 2-5 2010 Lithuania. Deadline: January 1 2010
43rd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea
2-5 September 2010

Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania

The Societas Linguistica Europaea and the Vilnius Local Organizing Committee invite you to submit workshop, poster and paper proposals for the next annual SLE meeting. SLE meetings give a forum to high-quality scientific research from all (sub)domains of linguistics. Every year local organizers pay special attention to one specific topic. Though the next annual meeting particularly welcomes papers on “Language contact: at the crossroads of disciplines and frameworks”, workshops, posters and individual papers are invited on topics belonging to all fields of linguistics.

Bas Aarts (London)
Balthasar Bickel (Leipzig)
Hubert Cuyckens (Leuven)
Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm (Stockholm)
Tania Kuteva (Duesseldorf)
Vladimir Plungian (Moscow)

Aurelija Usoniene (Chair)
Antanas Smetona
Jolanta Sinkuniene (Secretary)
Birute Ryvityte
Vytautas Kardelis
Erika Jasionyte
Jurgis Pakerys

Bert Cornillie (Leuven – Research Foundation Flanders)

Werner Abraham (Wien/Muenchen), Sander Adelaar (Melbourne), Karin Aijmer (Gothenburg), Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (James Cook, Cairns), Sjef Barbiers (Meertens Instituut), Ineta Dabasinskiene (Kaunas), Jean-Marc Dewaele (London), Gabriele Diewald (Hannover), Ursula Doleschal (Wien), Anna Duszak (Warsaw), Dirk Geeraerts (Leuven), Teresa Fanego (Santiago de Compostela, Chair), Maria del Pilar Garcia Mayo (Vitoria), Volker Gast (Jena), Kleanthes K. Grohmann (Nicosia), Youssef Haddad (Florida), Bernd Heine (Koeln), Eva Hajicova (Prague), Axel Holvoet (Vilnius), Johannes Kabatek (Tuebingen), Violeta Kaledaite (Kaunas), Roman Kalisz (Gdansk), Birute Klaas (Tartu), Ekkehard Koenig (Berlin), Petar Kehayov (Tartu), Elizabeth Lanza (Oslo), David Lasagabaster (Vitoria), Michele Loporcaro (Zurich), Ruta Marcinkeviciene (Research Council, Lithuania), Caterina Mauri (Pavia), Lachlan Mckenzie (Lisbon-VU Amsterdam), Edith Moravcsik (Wisconsin, Milwaukee), Pieter Muysken (Nijmegen), Robert Nicolaļ (Nice), Brigitte Pakendorf (Max Planck, Leipzig), Carita Paradis (Vaxjo), Shana Poplack (Ottawa), Anna Siewierska (Lancaster), Frank Seifart (Max Planck, Leipzig), Pieter Seuren (Max Planck, Nijmegen), Carmen Silva-Corvalįn (Los Angeles, USC), John-Charles Smith (Oxford), Thomas Stolz (Bremen), Jarmila Tarnyikova (Olomouc), Marina Terkourafi (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Sarah Thomason (Michigan), Johan van der Auwera (Antwerp), Andrejs Veisbergs (Riga), Jean-Christophe Verstraete (Leuven), Salvador Valera (Jaén), Letizia Vezzosi (Perugia), Dominique Willems (Gent), Jacek Witkos (Poznan), Virginia Yip (Hong Kong), Klaus Zimmermann (Bremen), Debra Ziegeler (Singapore), Ghil'ad Zuckermann (Queensland)


Since SLE 2009, more than half of the presentations take place within the framework of thematic workshops. Proposals for workshops are hence particularly welcome. They should contain
(i) a description of the topic (including research questions to be addressed) and
(ii) a provisional list of workshop participants and a three line description of their topics
We encourage workshop convenors to distribute an open call for papers on the LinguistList and other fora. The deadline for the submission of workshop proposals is 15 November 2009. Notification of acceptance will follow by 15 December 2009. All abstracts of workshop papers have to be registered and sent to us by 1 January 2010.

Since we want 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 ideally comprises:

1. 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.
2. Seven or eight papers. The preference is for one-day workshops, but two-day workshops may also be considered.
3. A slot for final discussion on topics covered by the papers, methodological issues and questions for future research.

More details can be discussed with the SLE conference manager.


The next SLE meeting will hold two poster sessions of an hour for both senior and junior researchers. Posters and oral presentations will be evaluated according to the same quality standards. In order to foster interaction, all other sessions will be suspended during the poster session.

The maximum size of the poster is 1,10 m x 1 m. For more information about how to make a good poster, click here.

The deadline for the submission of poster abstracts is 1 January 2010.


Workshops, posters and individual papers are invited on all topics belonging to the field of linguistics. Presentations will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes question time.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (exclusive of references) and should state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results. The abstract will also contain three to five key words specifying the (sub)domain, the topic and the approach.

Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by three people. Due to the good efforts of the SLE 2009 SC, the acceptance rate of the Lisbon conference was 57% for the general session. (More information on SLE 2009 can be found here)

The deadline for all abstracts (for the general session, the poster session and the workshops) is 1 January 2010. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 March 2010.

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.

Prize for the best presentation and the best poster

On the basis of the ranking of the abstracts, the Scientific Committee will set up an internal shortlist with nominees for the prize of best oral presentation and the prize for best poster. Members of the Executive Committee and the Scientific Committee will decide on the last day of the meeting who will receive the prizes, which consist of 500 euros.

Nominees are PhD students or postdocs who finish their dissertation in the academic year of 2009-2010.


Registration will start from 1 April 2010 onwards. SLE 2010 keeps the SLE 2009 conference fees (see our website).

Become a member of the Societas Linguistica Europaea and get a discount.


There will be a reception (included in the registration fee) and a conference dinner. On Sunday afternoon there will be a post-conference excursion. Further information will be given in the second circular.


Frequent flights operate between Vilnius or Kaunas and most European capitals. Vilnius airport is 5 km (3miles) south of the city centre. The carriers are: Aer Lingus, Air Baltic, Austrian airlines, Brussels Airlines, Finnair, LOT, Lufthansa, SAS, Skyways, Star1 Airlines, etc. There are good train, shuttle and taxi connections between the airport and the city centre.

Vilnius Railway Station is very centrally located. There are connections with Warsaw, Berlin and St Petersburg.


15 November 2009: deadline for submission of workshop proposals
1 January 2010: deadline for submission of poster and paper abstracts
31 March 2010: notification of acceptance
1 April 2010: early registration starts
1 June 2010: registration (full fee)


SLE 2010 Local organizing committee:
Jolanta Sinkuniene (Secretary)

Tel. +370 618 68887
Fax +370 5 2687 228
E-mail: sle43(removeme)flf.vu.lt

SLE conference manager:

Local Conference Secretariat:

Meeting Management Company
Olimpieciu 1-34, LT-09200
Vilnius, Lithuania
Phone: +370 5 2000780
Fax: +370 5 2000782
E-mail: sle43(removeme)viaconventus.com
Call for papers for Conference "A Germanic Sandwich 2010" in Germany. Deadline: January 9 2010
First call for papers

A Germanic Sandwich 2010: Dutch between English and German A comparative linguistic conference
Where? University of Oldenburg (Germany)
When? 17-18 September 2010

A Germanic Sandwich 2010 will be the third in a series of conferences in which Dutch is compared with its closest Germanic neighbours, English and German. Four years ago the first one took place in Berlin to commemorate the appearance of Nederlands tussen Duits en Engels (‘Dutch between German and English)’, a study by the renowned Dutch linguist C.B. van Haeringen. In 2006 (the 50th anniversary of Van Haeringen’s book) the conference papers were published under the same title. In 2008 the conference took place in Sheffield (a report on that meeting as well as presentations that were given there can be found here: dutchcentre.group.shef.ac.uk/sandwich.htm ).

This third two-day conference will be hosted by the Department of Dutch, and the faculty of arts of the Carl von Ossietzky university in Oldenburg. The conference organising committee consists of Esther Ruigendijk (Oldenburg), Roel Vismans (Sheffield) and Freek van de Velde (Leuven). The conference languages will be Dutch, English and German.

We invite you to submit abstracts in which Dutch is compared to German and/or English (other Germanic languages may of course be included as well). We welcome studies with a typological perspective, with questions about structural aspects of the languages, their history or their status. Comparative studies from a language acquisition or psycholinguistic perspective will find their place as well.
There will be the option to either present a plenary talk, or a poster presentation. Please indicate your preference. Talks will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes discussion time.

Abstracts (ca. 300 words) can be sent to Esther Ruigendijk:
Esther.Ruigendijk(removeme)uni-oldenburg.de. Deadline for submission: 9th January 2010. Notification of acceptance will by the end by the end of February 2010.
Call for Abstracts voor CLIN 2010, Utrecht, February 5 2010

20th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands
Friday 5 February 2010, Utrecht, The Netherlands

The 20th CLIN meeting will be hosted by the Computational Linguistics group of the UiL-OTS institute at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Utrecht. We invite presentations of work on all aspects of computational linguistics and related language technologies.


Candidate speakers should submit an English abstract of their work, which includes
* a title
* author name, address, affiliation, and email address
* a short outline of the presentation (250 words maximum)
* preference for oral or poster presentation

Papers should be submitted online directly on the CLIN website by Tuesday, December 1st.


Tuesday, December 1st: Deadline for abstract submission
Sunday, December 20th: Notification of acceptance
Thursday, January 28th: Online registration closes
Friday, February 5th: CLIN 20 conference in Utrecht


Bernardo Huberman, Social Computing Lab at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories


The local organization committee consists of Thomas Markus, Paola Monachesi, and Eline Westerhout. Contact address: info(removeme)clin.nl.
Call for papers for 13thCICCL in Shanghai, China. Deadline: February 28 2010
China's 13th International Conference on Contemporary Linguistics

Call for Papers. Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2010


Research Institute of Linguistics/Journal of Contemporary Linguisitics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

School of Foreign Languages, East China Normal University

Dept of Linguistics & Modern Languages, the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Journal of Foreign Language Learning: Theory and Practice

China's 13th International Conference on Contemporary Linguistics (13thCICCL) is to be held in East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. The 13thCICCL continues to foster the growth of linguistic research in China with special themes on phonology and sign language. The CICCL homepage: www.icclc.org.cn

Key-note Speakers:

Moria Yip (University College London)

Mick Short (Lancaster University)

Topics include, but are not limited to: syntax, phonetics and phonology, semantics, pragmatics, cognitive Linguistic, stylistics, historical linguistics, discourse analysis, functional linguistics, anthropological linguistics, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, and foreign language teaching.

Abstracts should be one page long with one-inch margins and typed in Times New Roman (Title: 14 point, Body: 10 point). An optional second page is allowed only for data and references if necessary. Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author.

Applicants for the conference should register online at www.icclc.org.cn and submit their abstracts online. Please include in your registration and your abstract the following information: (1) Name(s) of author(s), (2) Title of your paper, (3) Affiliation, (4) Phone number, (5) E-mail address, and (6) Mailing address.

All papers are allotted 25 minutes including 5-minute discussion and the official languages are Chinese and English.

Important Dates:

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: Feb. 28, 2010

Notification of Acceptance: May 31, 2010

Deadline for Submission of completed papers: June 30, 2010

Registration: Oct. 21st , 2010

Conference: Oct. 22nd ---24th, 2010

Conference Fees: 150 USD for overseas scholars; 75 USD for overseas students.

(Three meals a day during the conference are included by the conference fee)

Contact person:

Mr.Yang Feng: fantasy251(removeme)hotmail.com

School of Foreign Languages

East China Normal University

Shanghai, 200241



The conference homepage: www.icclc.org.cn

The host university homepage: www.ecnu.edu.cn
REMINDER: NWO Talent Classes Fall 2009
REMINDER: Talent Classes Fall 2009

Please find below information on the NWO Talent Classes of Fall 2009. It is still possible to register for most of the Classes!

Dear researcher,

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.

In Fall, NWO organises 2 more days of Talent Classes: on 10 November and 8 December. It is still possible to register for most of the courses. More information about the Classes offered these days, will be available on our website: www.nwo.nl/talentclasses.

These masterclasses take up one full day. The classes 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.

You are invited to participate. 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.

Registration, fee and direct debit mandate
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 direct debit mandate on time! The registration fee is € 95.00.

If you wish to participate, we would strongly advice you to register as soon as possible, since the number of places available is limited and registration will be closed for fully booked masterclasses.

Value for money
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.

For whom?
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.

Place and time
The Talent Classes will take place at NWO in The Hague. The Talent Classes will start at 9.00 and finish at 17.00 hrs.

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.

Kind regards,
On behalf of the Talent Classes team,
Marianne Storm