October 8th, 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 will open around the 10th of October 2009.

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

Are you interested in presenting a poster during the postersessions on Mondays, please let us know via: lot(removeme)uu.nl
Oratie en workshop Eric Reuland, 20 oktober, Academiegebouw Utrecht, 16.15
Oratie en workshop Eric Reuland

Vorig jaar is Eric Reuland (wetenschappelijk directeur van LOT van 1995 tot 2002) in Utrecht benoemd als faculteitshoogleraar Taal en Cognitie. Vlak voor de zomer van dit jaar is Eric 65 geworden, de pensioengerechtigde leeftijd. Eric Reuland zal echter de komende jaren officieel verbonden blijven aan de faculteit Geesteswetenschappen in Utrecht, als faculteitshoogleraar.

En bij benoeming als hoogleraar, met een nieuwe leeropdracht, hoort een oratie. En die zal Eric ook uitspreken, op dinsdag 20 oktober:

Taal en regels: door eenvoud naar inzicht
20 oktober, Academiegebouw Utrecht, 16.15.

Voorafgaand aan de oratie zal op maandag 19 oktober en dinsdag 20 oktober in het academiegebouw een workshop zijn ter ere van Eric, onder de titel: Promoting Systems Interface. Lees hiervoor verder onder Workshops hieronder onder de titel: Two-Day Workshop in Honor of Prof. Eric Reuland, 19 & 20 oktober 2009

Peter Coopmans, Martin Everaert, Marijan Marelj
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.

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

De oorsprong van taal www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/evolutie-kan-ook-oorsprong-van-taal-verklaren
Darwins evolutietheorie kan ook het ontstaan van taal verklaren. Maar gingen we praten omdat dit biologisch mogelijk was? Of werd het biologisch mogelijk omdat we wilden communiceren?
Lectures / talks
Talks on the occasion of Cem Keskin's Defense by Mark Baker & Jaklin Kornfilt, October 9 2009
On thursday october 8th, Cem Keskin will defend his doctoral thesis entitled "Subject Agreement-Dependency of Accudative Case in Turkish, or Jump-starting Grammatical Machinery." On the occasion of this event, there will be two talks on friday 9th (i.e., the day after the defense!), one by Jaklin Kornfilt (Syracuse University) and one by Mark Baker (Rutgers University).


10.00 - 10.15 tea/coffee

10.15 - 11.30 Mark Baker (Rutgers university) Degrees of Nominalization: Clause-like constituents in Sakha

11.30 - 11.45 coffee break

11.45 - 13.00 Jaklin Kornfilt (Syracuse University) Subject case and its dependence on Agr in Turkic RCs

Location: Sweelinckzaal (= room 0.05), at Drift 21, Utrecht.

Time: Friday, october 9th, 10.00 - 13.00


Mark Baker

Degrees of Nominalization: Clause-like constituents in Sakha

Generative theories of lexical categories are typically discrete: either something is all verb, or all noun, or all something else. But it has long been known that in the area of complementation/nominalization one can observe a degree of continuity (dating back at least to Ross's 1972 "NP-squish"). Subscribing to the atomization of clause structure gives one a semi-standard way to approach this phenomenon: different types of nominalization/complementation can come from replacing different functional heads in the structure of the clause with a (fully) nominal counterpart (cf. Borsley and Kornfilt 2000). But the details of many particular cases remain to be worked out.

In this talk, I explore these issues via an investigation into details of complementation in Sakha, a Turkic language spoken in Siberia. In particular, I compare the syntax of "Participial clauses" to the syntax of finite CPs and gerund DPs. Descriptively, participial clauses pattern with "less nominal" CPs with respect to the distribution of negative polarity items, in allowing scrambling, in allowing raising to object, and in the ability to function as indirect questions. In contrast, they pattern with "more nominal" Gerund DPs in details of their external distribution, in being active for case assignment, and in being islands for extraction in relative clauses. Finally, Participial clauses are different from either finite CPs or gerund DPs in being able to enter into relations of obligatory control. I endeavor to show that this rather complex pattern can be derived from a simple difference as to which head in a minimally elaborated clause structure is nominal in ea ch construction—"nominal" crucially being understood precisely as in Baker 2003, as a category with a referential index but no specifier. The investigation also leads to a refinement of Baker’s 2003 Reference-Predication Constraint, which divides into two more specific conditions.

Jaklin Kornfilt

Subject case and its dependence on Agr in Turkic RCs

Locality holds between the subject agreement marker and the subject, albeit in different ways, in two types of Turkic RCs. In one type (e.g. Turkish), the modifying clause is a CP, and in the other, it’s a bare TAM-phrase (e.g. Sakha, Uighur). In both types, Agr appears on the phase head: in Turkish, on C, and in Sakha/Uighur, on N/D. The local domain for licensing the subject’s Case (via a probe-goal relation between Agr and subject) is CP for Turkish RCs, and DP for Sakha/Uighur RCs. Two phenomena offer independent motivation: 1. Turkish-type RCs display Complementizer Agreement effects, while Sakha/Uighur type RCs don’t; 2. In both types, generalized binding precludes locally bound resumptive pronouns, with CP as the local domain for the ban in Turkish RCs, and the entire DP in Sakha/Uighur RCs.
Friday afternoon Lectures by Elisabeth de Boer & Aude Soubrier, October 9 & November 20 2009
Friday October 9, 2009, 15:15h., van Eyckhof 4 (ex-1168), room 005

Elisabeth de Boer (Leiden)

What the split of the Tōkyō type tone system into a number of sub-types can tell us about the tone system of proto-Japanese.

A remaining problem in historical Japanese linguistics is the fact that there is no satisfactory account of the development of the tone systems of the various modern dialects from the tone system of proto-Japanese. The reconstructed tone system of proto-Japanese does not form a suitable starting point for the developments, as it does not fit in well with the modern dialect data.

The reconstruction of the proto-Japanese tone system is heavily based on the tone system of Middle Japanese, which is known from the so-called tone dot material, stemming from the 11th to 14th centuries. In this material, the tones of Japanese were marked by means of dots which were added around the Japanese kana graphs.

Some thirty years ago, S.R. Ramsey argued that the Middle Japanese tone system had been reconstructed ‘upside down’: If the tones were exactly reversed, the tone system of proto-Japanese could be reconstructed in a way that agreed much better with the modern dialect data.

Ramsey’s theory has not found acceptance, which is due for a large part to the fact that his interpretation of the tone dots appeared to be in contradiction with descriptions of the tones from the same period by Buddhist monks. It turns out however (De Boer 2008), that the 20th c. scholars who studied these texts adapted their translations to all kinds of pre-existing ideas on what the tones of Middle Japanese must have been like. A literal translation of the old tone descriptions offers support for Ramsey’s interpretation.

Ramsey’s work concentrated on the origin of the split between the Tōkyō type and the Kyōto type tone systems in Japan. In my presentation, I will show how the split of the Tōkyō type tone system into a number of sub-types offers additional support for Ramsey’s reversed interpretation of the Middle Japanese material.

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.
CLS Colloquium – Series in Linguistics, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, October 15 2009
CLS Colloquium – Series in Linguistics
Radboud University Nijmegen

‘Perspective in narrative discourse – an empirical linguistic approach’
José Sanders (RU Nijmegen)

Perspective is an essential characteristic of discourse representation. Perspective taking by subjects in the narrative discourse – either narrator or character(s) – is represented as restricting the validity of information in the narrative text to those subjects. This representation can be adequately modelled by an adaption of Mental Space Theory (a.o., Fauconnier and Sweetser 1996).
In my talk I will specifically illustrate how such text linguistic modelling of perspective in narratives describes and explains for types of perspective that intertwine the voices of narrator and character(s), such as Free Indirect Speech/Thought and Paraphrase. Examples from journalistic narrative genres are analyzed in detail. Comparison of various news genres shows that blending of perspectives is typical for “soft” news, but is avoided in hard news texts.

time: Thursday 15 October, 16:00 to 17:00
place: Gymnasion room 2, Nijmegen

Drinks afterwards

For more information: www.ru.nl/cls
KNAW Visiting Professors Lectures Series: Marcel van Dikken, Meertens Institute, October 15 2009
Professor Marcel den Dikken from City University New York is visiting the Meertens Institute this year.

KNAW would like to invite you for a lecture by Marcel den Dikken and his host Hans Bennis, on Thursday 15 October:

Wat dacht je wat? On the strategies for the formation of long-distance dependencies in constituent questions

The lecture starts at 15.00 hrs in the 'Oude Vergaderzaal' in the Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam.

For more details please check our website

KNAW Visiting Professors Lectures Series

The Visiting Professors Programme is an initiative of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) to allow excellent researchers working outside the Netherlands to spend some time in the Netherlands to contribute towards strengthening Dutch science.



Het Trippenhuis

Kloveniersburgwal 29

P.O. Box 19121

1000 GC Amsterdam

The Netherlands

Telephone +31 20 551 0759

Fax +31 20 620 4941

Afscheidsrede Prof. dr. P. Jordens: Creating language anew, Amsterdam (VU), October 16 2009
Taalverwerving: Creating language anew
Startdatum 16-10-2009
Tijd 15.45
Locatie Aula
Titel Taalverwerving: Creating language anew
Spreker prof.dr. P. Jordens
Onderdeel Faculteit der Letteren
Wetenschapsgebied Letteren
Evenementtype Afscheidscollege

Taalverwerving is een natuurlijk proces zegt Peter Jordens in zijn afscheidscollege Taalverwerving: "Creating language anew". Het is te vergelijken met leren lopen. Om te kunnen lopen moeten we beschikken over de fysieke condities, maar het leren lopen gaat vanzelf. Met taal is het precies zo. Om een taal te leren moeten de voorwaarden gegeven zijn: het taalleervermogen en een talige context. Taalverwerving gaat vanzelf.

Onderzoek naar taalverwerving is onderzoek naar het ontstaan van een taalsysteem. In vroege stadia van taalverwerving blijken er verrassend veel overeenkomsten te zijn tussen het taalgebruik van kinderen die hun moedertaal leren en dat van volwassenen die naast hun moedertaal een tweede taal leren. Jordens noemt als voorbeeld:

Kinderen: Nederlands als moedertaal Volwassenen: Nederlands als tweede taal

ik chocomel hebbe ik alles doen
kannie bal pakke die kanniet praten nederlands
popje valt bijna ik woont in casablanca

Kennelijk bestaat er zoiets als een basic language of basic variety waarmee beginnende taalleerders zich eenvoudig maar effectief kunnen uitdrukken. Een basic language bestaat uit lexicale structuren. Dat wil zeggen, structuren die verwijzen naar gebeurtenissen en toestanden, en de rol die personen en objecten daarin vervullen. Grammaticale of functionele elementen ontbreken. Een basic language heeft weinig morfologie (geen oppositie tussen tegenwoordige- en verledentijdsvormen), geen functiewoorden (geen oppositie tussen de, het vs. een; geen hulpwerkwoorden heb/heeft, ben/is) en een vaste woordvolgorde.

Jordens beantwoordt in zijn afscheidsrede de vraag hoe en waarom zich het eenvoudige systeem van de beginnende taalleerder ontwikkelt tot het complexe systeem van de volwassenentaal. En wat kunnen we daaruit leren voor de praktijk van het taalonderwijs?
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
ACLC Workshop preceding thesis defence Marina Dyakonova, Amsterdam, October 9 2009
Friday, October 9 2009, 9:15 - 12:15 hrs.
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, room 420

9.15 - 9.30 Welcome, coffee
9.30 - 10.15 Roland Pfau (UvA): Topics and conditionals in sign languages
10.15 - 10.25 Coffee break
10.25 - 11.10 Lisa Cheng (Leiden University): Wh-subjects in Zulu
11.10 - 11.20 Coffee break
11.20 - 12.05 Luigi Rizzi (University of Siena)

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday. After the lecture drinks are served at the Opleiding Algemene Taalwetenschap, Spuistraat 210, third floor. For more information: aclc-fgw(removeme)uva.nl tel. 020-5252543
Fifth Cognition Autumn School, Doorwerth, October 9-11 2009
BCN, EPOS, Helmholtz and NICI present the fifth Cognition Autumn School
Call for Participation
From Stimulus to Understanding in Perception and Language
9-11 October 2009
Golden Tulip Park Hotel, Doorwerth, the Netherlands
PhD students can apply to the organizing committee to be selected for participation. Participation and lodging will be free of charge for all participants. An application form is included at the end of this preliminary program.

Please contact:
Albertien Olthoff; Leiden University, Cognitive Psychology Unit; Wassenaarseweg 52; 2333 AK Leiden; the Netherlands; phone: +31 (0)71 527 3630; Email olthoff(removeme)fsw.LeidenUniv.nl.
Details of the program can be found at: home.planet.nl/~homme247/AutumnSchoolOnCognition2009.htm

Organizing Committee:
Harold Bekkering (Nijmegen)
Chris Dijkerman (Utrecht)
Bernhard Hommel (Leiden)
Monicque Lorist (Groningen)

Application Form
Applications are to be sent to the Helmholtz Instituut, preferably via E-mail to: olthoff(removeme)fsw.leidenuniv.nl. Applications need to include the following details:
Research School/Institution:
Starting date of PhD project:
Which four workshops would you like to attend?
Poster Title:(participants must present a poster, however, it can be on any topic within the area of cognition. Research ideas can also be put on a poster for PhD students that have just started):
Poster Abstract (200 words max):
I would like to share a room with: N.B.:
If there are more applications than slots, the program committee will select students on the basis of research school membership, number of years to graduation, research interests and abstracts. Only applications that reach us before 1st June 2009 will enter this selection process. If you apply after this date, the Autumn School might be full.
Computational Linguistics – Applications (CLA'09) workshop. Poland, October 12-14 2009
The CLA Workshop is located within the framework of the IMCSIT conference to create a dialog between researchers and practitioners involved in Computational Linguistics and related areas of Information Technology.

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

Workshop Goals

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

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

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

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

More information: www.imcsit.org/pg/199/161
Workshop 'Suriname and West African Pidgin English: Trans-Atlantic Connections', Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, October 19 2009
On October 19, Kofi Yakpo (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen) will defend his dissertation, a grammar of Pichi, the first linguistic description of the English-lexicon Creole of the island of Bioko, Equatorial Guinea. Preceding the defense we host a workshop with eminent specialists. You are cordially invited to attend the workshop as well as the defense.

Workshop 'Suriname and West African Pidgin English: Trans-Atlantic Connections'

Time: October 19, 13-15hrs

Place: Buytendijkkamer, Aula, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen


12.55 Nicholas Faraclas (Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rķo Piedras)

From Old Guinea to Papua New Guinea via Suriname (and Back!): Creoles, the Afro-Atlantic, and the Afro-Pacific

13.20 Felix Ameka (Universiteit Leiden)

From Ferdinando Po to across the Volta: A perspective on Pidgin from West-African languages

13. 45 Bettina Migge (University College Dublin)

TMA in the Surinamese Creole and Pichi: similarities and possible common origins

14.10 Norval Smith (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Surinam, Jamaica, Nova Scotia: Connections and non-connections

14.35 Magnus Huber (Universität Gießen)

From Freetown along the West African coast. The role of Kru labourers in the spread of Krio and West African Pidgin English

The defense starts at 15.30 in the same building!

Please contact Margot van den Berg (m.v.d.berg(removeme)let.ru.nl) for more information.
Two-Day Workshop in Honor of Prof. Eric Reuland, 19 & 20 oktober 2009
Workshop The Supervisor -PhD Student Interface (A Two-Day Workshop in Honor of Prof. Eric Reuland), 19 en 20 oktober, Kanunikkenzaal, Academiegebouw, Utrecht

Vorig jaar is Eric Reuland (wetenschappelijk directeur van LOT van 1995 tot 2002) in Utrecht benoemd als faculteitshoogleraar Taal en Cognitie. Vlak voor de zomer van dit jaar is Eric 65 geworden, de pensioengerechtigde leeftijd. Eric Reuland zal echter de komende jaren officieel verbonden blijven aan de faculteit Geesteswetenschappen in Utrecht, als faculteitshoogleraar.
En bij benoeming als hoogleraar, met een nieuwe leeropdracht, hoort een oratie. En die zal Eric ook uitspreken, op dinsdag 20 oktober:

Taal en regels: door eenvoud naar inzicht
20 oktober, Academiegebouw Utrecht, 16.15.

Voorafgaand aan de oratie zal op maandag 19 oktober en dinsdag 20 oktober in het academiegebouw een workshop zijn ter ere van Eric, onder de titel: Supervisor - PhD Student Interface

Peter Coopmans, Martin Everaert, Marijana Marelj
Het programma:
The Supervisor - PhD Student Interface
A Two-day Workshop in Honor of Prof. Eric Reuland

1st Day

When? Monday, 19/10/2009

Where? Kanunikkenzaal, Academiegebouw

09:30– 09:45 COFFEE

09:45 – 10:00 Martin Everaert (Utrecht University)

A Word of Welcome

10:00 – 10:30 Helen de Hoop (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Variation in Scrambling

10:30 - 11:00 Linda Escobar (U.N.E.D., Madrid)

Hanging Topic Left-Dislocation of Indefinites

11:00 - 11:30 Natalia Slioussar (University College London)

Exploring Information Structure

11:30 – 12:00 Jacqueline van Kampen (Utrecht University)

Language Evolution in the Playpen

12:00 – 13:30 LUNCH

13:30 – 13:40 COFFEE

13:40 – 14:10 Anca Sevcenco (University of Bucharest)

The Syntax of Restrictive Relative Clauses with Resumptive Pronouns

14:10 – 14:50 Christina Unger (Utrecht University)

A Computational Approach to Unbounded Dependencies

14:50 – 15:00 COFFEE

15:00 – 15:30 Eric Hoekstra (Fryske Akademy, KNAW, Ljouwert/Leuwaarden)

Some Linear Asymmetries inside VP and AP

15:30 – 16:00 Joost Kremers (University of Frankfurt)

Rethinking Linearisation

16:00 – 16:10 COFFEE

16:10 – 16: 40 Dagmar Schadler (Utrecht University)

The Anaphoric System in Swedish

16:40 – 17:10 Anna Volkova (Utrecht University)

Reflexives in Finno-Ugric Languages

17:10 – 17:20 COFFEE

17:20 – 17:50 Jakub Dotla?il (Utrecht University)

Two Ways of Expressing Anaphoric Relations

17:50 – 18:20 Giorgos Spathas (Utrecht University)

Focus on Reflexive Anaphors

18:20 – 18:50 Ųystein Nilsen (University College London)

A-Movement and Anaphors

2nd Day

When? Tuesday, 20/10/2009

Where? Kanunikkenzaal, Academiegebouw

09:30 – 10:00 COFFEE

10:00 – 10:30 Iris Mulders (Utrecht University)

On Processing Causative Object Experiencer Verbs

10:30 – 11:00 Oren Sadeh Leicht (Tel Aviv University)

Could Center-embeddings be Locally Ungrammatical?

10:00 – 11:30 Arnout Koorneef (Utrecht University)

Eye-catching Anaphora

11:30 – 12: 00 Nino Grillo (Centro de Linguķstica da Universidade Nova de Lisboa) Complexity Hierarchies

12:00 – 13:20 LUNCH

13:20 – 13:30 COFFEE

13:30 – 14:00 Andreas Pankau (Utrecht University)

Some Remarks on Prelexical Syntax

14:00 – 14:30 Patrick Brandt (University of Cologne)

A Personal Dative Visit to some other Individual or World

14:30 – 15:00 Olga Borik (Universitat Autņnoma de Barcelona)

Past Tense: Morphology and Semantic Interpretation
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.
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 verwijzen wij u naar liquid.hogent.be/~disgram/dnz/index.htm
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
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
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 in theoretical syntax, LUCL Leiden University. Deadline: October 15 2009
Ph.D. Student in Syntax (9-033)
Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), vacancy number: 9-033

The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL, www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/) is the research institute of linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University. LUCL announces a PhD position in theoretical syntax, within the NWO-funded project Focus and ellipsis (project leader Anikó Liptįk). The position is available from 1 February 2010.

Project description:
The project Focus and ellipsis aims at investigating the syntactic role of focus in the formation of forward and backward ellipsis in languages with different focus-marking strategies. The investigation will address the complete range of ellipsis constructions (sluicing, stripping, (pseudo-)gapping, fragments, verb phrase ellipsis, comparative deletion, noun phrase ellipsis) within generative grammar, specifically the minimalist framework. The PhD student’s task will be to address the properties of backward ellipsis. Backward ellipsis is different from forward ellipsis and has received much less attention in the literature. The PhD student's project includes the following research goals and areas:
1. exploring the differences between remnants in backward ellipsis and remnants in forward ellipsis
2. the role of focus in the formation of backward ellipsis;
3. the nature of the mechanisms at work in backward ellipsis
4. building up an empirical database from 6 typologically distinct languages (Hungarian, English, Spanish, and three African languages to be determined);
The full description of the whole project can be found at: www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/research/focus-and-ellipsis.jsp
The PhD candidate will need to:
• attend the one-year PhD program of LUCL
• present research results at international conferences
• help to organize a conference on the project topic
• write articles for international journals
• write a dissertation under the direction of the project supervisors
• collaborate with the principal investigator of the project, dr. Anikó Liptįk

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

Conditions of employment:
The successful applicant will be appointed at LUCL for one and a half year and after a positive evaluation, followed by a fixed-term period of two and a half years.
Gross salary will be € 2042,- per month in the first year, gradually rising, also depending upon the evaluation, to € 2612,- per month in the final year conform the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.
The application should include:
• a letter of motivation with a description of the applicant’s background and past research
• a curriculum vitae (a complete list of publications)
• MA thesis (when not yet available, other representative material)
• a 2-page research proposal about the PhD project “Focus in backward ellipsis” (for a short description of the project follow the link above)
• names and e-mail addresses of two referees
More information can be obtained from Anikó Liptįk, leader of the project: A.Liptak(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl, tel. +31 71 527 3320.

Please send your letter (in Dutch or English), indicating the application number on the letter and the envelope, to the following address before 15 October 2009: Faculty of the Humanities,
Mrs. Irene Cockram – van ‘t Haaff, HR advisor/afd. P&O
P.O. Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

Applicants are encouraged to also send an additional electronic copy of the application package to: A.Liptak(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.
Calls for papers for events
Call for proposals for ESF Research Networking Programmes. Deadline: 22 oktober 2009
An ESF Research Networking Programme is a networking activity bringing together nationally funded research activities for four to five years, to address a major scientific issue or a science-driven topic of research infrastructure, at the European level with the aim of advancing the frontiers of science. Key objectives include:

- creating interdisciplinary fora;

- sharing knowledge and expertise;

- developing new techniques;

- training young scientists.

A successful Programme proposal must show high scientific quality and also demonstrate added value by being carried out at a European level rather than by individual research groups at the national level.

Proposals may be submitted in any scientific field. Deadline for receipt of proposals: 22 October 2009 (16:00 CET).

Full details at www.esf.org/programmes
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.
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
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 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
NWO Talentday October 6 2009
Dear talent,

You are one of the few people in the Netherlands who have the potential to become an outstanding researcher. The NWO Talent Days can help you on your way to the top. You are cordially invited to participate in the next NWO Talent Day, which will be held on Tuesday 6 October 2009.
Only a limited number of places are available.

Why the NWO Talent Days?

NWO tries to support and stimulate young scientific talent, e.g. NWO provides various grants for talented researchers ( www.nwo.nl/subsidiewijzer).

NWO organises the Talent Days to:

· provide you with the information, knowledge and skills you need to develop your scientific career, and to

· give you the opportunity to exchange experiences with other young researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines.

For further information see www.nwo.nl/talentendag

Are the NWO Talentdays something for me?

If you are a researcher at the start of your career – i.e. a Ph.D. or a postdoc - then yes, they are.

How can I register?

Registration will open on 19 June 2009, 12.00 p.m. You can register by completing the registration form at www.nwo.nl/talentendag

NOTE only a limited number of places are available for the NWO Talentday on a first come first served basis. So register soon.

Very important!

Be aware that the following workshops will be held in Dutch:

- Funding (Subsidies aanvragen)

- Creative thinking (Creatief denken)

- Networking (Netwerken)

- Presentation workshop (Presentatietraining)

- Project management game (Projectmanagementspel)

The two English-spoken workshops are:

- Write it Right

- 21st Century career survival

Where can I get more information?

At www.nwo.nl/talentendag or talentendag(removeme)nwo.nl.

We look forward to seeing you at the NWO Talent Day on 6 October 2009!
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