September 17th, 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. Make sure you reserve this event in your agenda and check the website regularly: for updates on the schedule.
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

Het programma volgt snel, maar u kunt de data alvast in uw agenda noteren.

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, en de LOT populariseringsprijs voor het beste populariserende artikel op het terrein van de taalwetenschap.

Het Taalgala vindt plaats in Utrecht, Kromme Nieuwegracht 47, Pietershof, Raadzaal.
Kennislink Taal & Spraak
Kijk voor het laatste nieuws over Kennislink Taal & Spraak op:

Darwin verklaart ook taalverandering
De ‘survival of the fittest’ blijkt ook te gelden voor taal. Bewust of onbewust gemaakte variaties in taal hebben meer kans om te beklijven als zij voordelig zijn voor de taalgebruiker.
Lectures / talks
ACLC-Talk by Asifa Majid (MPI), Amsterdam, September 18 2009
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 420
September 18 2009, 15.30 - 16.45 uur

Asifa Majid
(MPI, Nijmegen)


Action and perception semantic categories across languages

In this talk I will outline a new approach for investigating the human conceptual system. By doing large-scale cross-linguistic studies, sampling genetically, typologically and geographically unrelated languages, we can uncover shared propensities suggesting true universals in human conceptualisation. But more excitingly, perhaps, we can uncover the limits and potentials of human categorisation by finding hitherto undiscovered conceptual properties. I will illustrate this drawing examples from the domains of action and perception.

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday. After the lectures drinks are served at the Opleiding Algemene Taalwetenschap, Spuistraat 210, third floor. For more information: aclc-fgw(removeme), tel. 020-5252543
The Future of Englishes'- A talk David Crystal, Rotterdam, September 18 2009
We would like to inform you and your organisation about a talk to be given by Prof.dr.David Crystal (, author of 'The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language'and 'The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language'.

The talk is called 'The Future of Englishes'. It will last for an hour in the theatre of the Central Library Theatre in Rotterdam on September 18, after which Professor Crystal will take questions from the audience.

Since your organisation is directly involved in language, we want to offer you the opportunity to put all of your questions concerning English and language to the leading authority in these fields working today.

All you have to do to register yourself for this event is to go to our

Tickets are 5 euro each and can be paid online. There is only a limited number of seats available, so simply click on the link to reserve a seat, and we will send you your invitations through the mail.

Please find attached a poster for the event. Feel free to put it on display.

We hope to see you on the 18th.

Kind regards,

Frank Hawken

F.J. Hawken MA
Masterclass English Rotterdam
Postbus 52032
3007 LA Rotterdam
LUCL Vrijdagmiddaglezing Beschrijvende Taalkunde 2009, September 18 2009
Friday September 18, 2009, 15:15h.
The friday afternoon lectures will take place this year in Van Eyckhof 4, room 005. This is the room next door to where they were held last year.

David Bradley (La Trobe University, Australia)


This paper presents data on epistemic and evidential markers in three main varieties and several subvarieties of Lisu, a Tibeto-Burman language with about a million speakers in China, Burma, Thailand and India. It is shown that the original system had a number of epistemic markers and a reported speech marker, along with various imperative and question markers, all in clause-final position. These markers have similar meanings in those varieties which have not undergone change. In some varieties and subvarieties, evidential systems have developed separately over the last couple of hundred years, grammaticalising verbs and redeploying some epistemics into evidentials.

The corresponding systems in closely-related languages show cognates for the reported speech marker, some epistemic markers and various other final markers, and for the verbs which grammaticalise into evidentials in Lisu. Some, such as Akha, have also developed evidential systems through similar pathways. However, it is clear that the direction of change is from epistemic to evidential, and that these developments are relatively recent and separate.

Upcoming talk:

October 2. Shigeki Kaji (Kyoto University) on (in)transitivity in Bantu

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) 071-527 2649
Maarten Mous m.mous(removeme) 071-527 2242
Rebecca Voll r.m.voll(removeme) 071-527 2239

The lectures take place at Leiden University, Faculteit der Letteren, Witte Singel –Doelencomplex from 15:15 till 17.
CLS Colloquium – Series in Linguistics, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, September 24 2009
‘Word in Process’
Lotte Hogeweg (RU Nijmegen)

In this talk I will discuss the process of interpreting, acquiring and producing words from an Optimality Theoretical perspective. Lexical knowledge does not consist of a list of form-meaning combinations. It is not the case that people have some sort of dictionary in their heads which links a word form to a meaning or to a set of meanings. I argue that the interpretation, acquisition and production of words are processes of optimization. This means that there is no fixed relation between forms and meanings but that the candidate form or interpretation that best satisfies a set of constraints of a varying nature wins.

time: Thursday 24 September, 16:00 to 17:00
place: Erasmusbuilding, Room E 2.72, Nijmegen
Drinks afterwards
For more information:
Special lecture by Prof. John Searle on "The Nature of Language", Nijmegen, September 30 2009
You are invited to a special lecture by Prof. John Searle to mark the official opening of the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences.


Speaker: Prof. John Searle, University of California, Berkeley

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Time: Programme starts at 17.15, followed by drinks

Location: Aula, Radboud University Nijmegen, Comeniuslaan 2

Title: "The Nature of Language"

In spite of its remarkable achievements, it seems to me the philosophy of language over the past century has been insufficiently naturalistic.
That is, it does not attempt to analyze the nature of language in a way that shows language to be a natural extension of more biologically basic prelinguistic cognitive capacities. In this investigation, I am not attempting to do speculative evolutionary biology, but a conceptual analysis of the features special to language and of how language differs from prelinguistic forms of cognition. I address four questions: What features of language are already present in prelinguistic consciousness?
What features of language are lacking in prelinguistic consciousness?
What special features of consciousness are lacking in language? And finally, what functions do humans need language to perform, given their prelinguistic cognitive abilities?
I distinguish between representation and expression. It is essential to what we think of as human languages that they should be capable of representing. I analyze speaker meaning and I show how to develop conventions of speaker meaning. And finally, I introduce inner syntactical structure, the structure of sentences.
Once we have all of these features, we are then in a position to see how language forms the basis of all human society. Human social and institutional reality is created by iterated operations of a certain, quite specific, linguistic operation.


For more information, please contact IMPRS(removeme)

The International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and the Centre for Language Studies, offering an interdisciplinary training and research programme for excellent PhD students in the broad field of language sciences.
Special lecture by Prof. Shigeki Kaji from Kyoto University on Japanese and African languages, Leiden, October 7 2009
The department of Japanese studies organises a special lecture by Prof. Shigeki Kaji from Kyoto University.
The lecture takes place on October 7th (Wed) at 17:00 in Lipsius 147 (Leiden University, WSD Complex - ex-Centraal faciliteitengebouw).

Can Japanese and African languages go together in terms of tone and pitch accent? A typological overview

In Japan speakers of Japanese are exposed to varieties of dialects even though they may usually speak only one dialect. In my case, I was born and brought up in Kagawa Prefecture (western), went to Kyoto (central-west) to study, and then to Tokyo (central-east) to get employed. So, I have fully experienced three different dialects. In particular the difference of pitch accent is great according to dialects. In 1976, after learning general linguistics and a little bit of Swahili, I went to the eastern part of Congo/Kinshasa to carry out linguistic fieldwork of unknown languages. Curiously enough, similar things which I had experienced in Japan were there. In Tembo, for example, a tree is called mśtSi, but in Vira it is mutķ, and again in Hunde, it is m?Éti. In this lecture, I will talk about the typology of tone and pitch accent languages, and see how Japanese dialects and African Bantu languages are accommodated in the framework. I will use some data of Japanese dialects and African Bantu languages without going much in detail.

For more information, please contact:

Keiko Yoshioka
Dept. of Languages and Cultures of Japan
Leiden University
P.O. Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
Phone +31 (0)71 527 2213
Fax +31 (0)71 527 2215
E-mail k.yoshioka(removeme)
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:

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
Workshop: Grammar and Aphasia: Where theoretical, psycho- and neurolinguistics meet, September 18-19 2009, Groningen
Workshop: Grammar and Aphasia: Where theoretical, psycho- and neurolinguistics meet
September 18-19, 2009, Groningen

Workshop Announcement and Call for Registration

This workshop is sponsored by:
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)
Groningen University Fund (GUF)
Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG)
School for Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN)
Research group Patholinguistics, University Potsdam
Stichting Afasie Nederland (SAN)

The aim of the workshop is to discuss the most recent data on language impairments as regards to grammars of several languages, with a particular focus on Turkish and aphasia.

The speakers were selected to cover:

• a broad range of topics (e.g., clause structure, word order, verb inflection, time reference, case, syntactic movement, phonetic features, aphasia diagnosis tests)
• different research groups (e.g., agrammatic aphasia, SLI children, dyslexia, bilinguals, parkinson’s disease)
• several languages (e.g., Turkish, German and Dutch)
• both modalities (comprehension and production)
• different methodologies (e.g., sentence completion tests, grammaticality judgments, and verb insertion tests)

The workshop is relevant for linguists, psycholinguists, neurolinguists and students who have interest in improving and discussing about methodological issues.

Confirmed Speakers
Friday, September 18th
(Location: Grote Vergaderzaal, Oude Boteringestraat 44)

Prof. Dr. Gulsat Aygen (Northern Illinois University, U.S.A.)
Prof. Dr. Harald Clahsen (University of Essex, UK)
Prof. Dr. Ria de Bleser (University of Potsdam, Germany)
Dr. Ilknur Mavis (Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey)
Dr. Jan de Jong (University of Amsterdam)
Dr. Tuba Yarbay Duman (University of Groningen)

Confirmed Speakers
Saturday, September 19
(Location: Allersmaborg, Enzinge)

The PhD students from the University of Groningen and the University of Potsdam will present and discuss their most recent data.
Harwintha Anjarningsih (University of Groningen)
Dörte Hessler (University of Groningen)
Maria Trofimova (University of Groningen)
Helena Trompelt (University of Potsdam)
Judith Heide (University of Potsdam)
Katrien Colman (University of Groningen)

Admission is free

Please subscribe for the workshop by sending an e-mail to Tuba Yarbay Duman (T.Yarbay.Duman(removeme)

A preliminary Program is available at
Workshop Comparing Frameworks, Utrecht University (UIL OTS), September 24-26 2009
The research institute for linguistics UiL-OTS of the University of Utrecht (Netherlands)

is happy to announce the following workshop:


24 – 26 September 2009

with the following goals:

1) Introduction to the following six grammar frameworks focussing on syntax:
- Head Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, - Optimality Theory, - Lexical Functional Grammar

- Categorial Grammar, - Construction Grammar, - Transformational Grammar

2) Comparing how these frameworks deal with natural language syntax.

3) Encouraging discussions on and between these approaches.

Registration and further details can be found on the workshop's homepage:

Looking forward to an inspiring workshop,

The organising committee
Workshop on Games, Dialogue and Interaction, University of Paris – VIII, September 28/29/30, 2009

Workshop on Games, Dialogue and Interaction
University of Paris – VIII
September 28/29/30, 2009


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


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


Jean-Yves Girard (CNRS, Institut de Mathématiques de Luminy)
Ruth Kempson (King’s College, London)
Michele Abrusci (University Rome-3, Italy)
Mathieu Marion (Department of Philosophy, Université du Québec ą Montréal)
Dale Miller (INRIA, Saclay – Ile de France and Ecole Polytechnique)
Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen (Department of Philosophy, Helsinki)


Monday, September 28 :
10h : Inscriptions
10h 30 : Welcome
11h 30 : first invited speaker : Jean-Yves Girard
12h 30 : lunch

Session on Linear Logic, Ludics and Applications
14h : Michele Abrusci, M. Romano & Christophe Fouqueré : Ontologies and
Coherence Spaces
14h 40 : Pierre Livet : Actes de langage et ludique : des réactions ą des
pannes de l’interaction des preuves et leurs tentatives de réparation.
15h 20 : Alain Lecomte & Myriam Quatrini : results of PRELUDE (1)
16h : pause
Session on Games and Pragmatics
16h 20 : second invited speaker : Mathieu Marion
17 h 20 : Mathieu Fontaine, Marie-Hélčne Gorisse & Shahid Rahman :
domaines variables en dialogique, lecture d’une controverse entre
logiciens jaļns et grammairiens en Inde classique
17h 40 : third invited speaker : Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen

Tuesday, September 29 :
Session on Syntax, Discourse and Text
10h : fourth invited speaker : Ruth Kempson
11h : Grégoire Winterstein & Gerhard Schaden: The Accommodation of
Discourse Topics
11h 40 : Dario Compagno : Openness and Interactivity: Introducing Game
Interaction into Textual Cooperation
12h 20 : lunch
Session on Ludics and Logical Calculus
14 h : fifth invited speaker : Dale Miller
15h : Mattia Petrolo : Classical negation and duality: toward a unified
15h 40: Michele Basaldella, Alexis Saurin & Kazushige Terui: On the
meaning of focalization
16h 20 : pause
16h 40 : sixth invited speaker : Michele Abrusci
17h 40 : round table 1 : is meaning soluble in logical calculus ?

Wednesday, September 30
Session on Formal Pragmatics and Philosophy of Language
10h : Jeroen Groenendijk et Floris Roelofsen : Compliance
10h 40 : Felice Cardone : Formal Pragmatics and the Geometry of Obligations
11h 20 : Marie-Renée Fleury & Samuel Tronēon : results of PRELUDE (2)
12 h : round table 2 : what objectives for PRELUDE II?
13h : lunch


See :

Inscription fees : 100 euros, 50 euros for students. (Lunches + prelimanry
Payment : at arrival, by check, card, or cash.

et conditions d’inscriptions

Colloque sur les jeux, le dialogue et l’interaction
Université Paris – VIII
28/29/30 Septembre 2009


Ce colloque a lieu dans le cadre du projet PRELUDE (financé par l’Agence
Nationale de la Recherche), qui est un projet commun entre quatre groupes
de recherche appartenant aux laboratoires : “Structures Formelles de la
Langue” (Paris VIII and CNRS), Institut de mathématiques de Luminy
(Aix-Marseille and CNRS), Laboratoire d’informatique de Bordeaux (équipe
Signes) (Bordeaux I, CNRS and INRIA) et Laboratoire lorrain de recherches
en informatique et applications (LORIA, Nancy). Il sera hébergé par le
centre CNRS du 59 de la rue Pouchet ą Paris (17čme).


« PRELUDE » est l’abréviation de : « Vers une Pragmatique Théorique basée
sur la Ludique et les Continuations », c’est dire qu’au sein de ce projet,
une emphase particuličre a été portée durant ces derničres années sur
l’utilisation d’outils formels venant de l’informatique théorique et de la
logique afin de donner de nouvelles formulations ą l’expression de
phénomčnes ressortissant de la sémantique formelle (formes logiques), de
la pragmatique (dialogue, présupposition) et mźme de l’argumentation
(sophismes et stratagčmes).
Comme indiqué dans le titre, ce colloque sera dédié ą tous les aspects de
l’étude formelle du dialogue et de l’interaction : syntaxe du dialogue,
aspects sémantiques, pragmatiques et philosophiques.


Jean-Yves Girard (CNRS, Institut de Mathématiques de Luminy)
Ruth Kempson (King’s College, London)
Michele Abrusci (Université Rome-3, Italie)
Mathieu Marion (Department of Philosophy, Université du Québec ą Montréal)
Dale Miller (INRIA, Saclay – Ile de France and Ecole Polytechnique)
Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen (Department of Philosophy, Helsinki)


Lundi 28 septembre
10h : Inscriptions
10h 30 : Mots de bienvenue
11h 30 : premier orateur invité : Jean-Yves Girard
12h 30 : lunch

Session « Logique linéaire, Ludique et applications »
14h : Michele Abrusci, M. Romano & Christophe Fouqueré : Ontologies and
Coherence Spaces
14h 40 : Pierre Livet : Actes de langage et ludique : des réactions ą des
pannes de l’interaction des preuves et leurs tentatives de réparation.
15h 20 : Alain Lecomte et Myriam Quatrini : Bilan de PRELUDE (1)
16h : pause
Session « Jeux et Pragmatique »
16h 20 : deuxičme orateur invité : Mathieu Marion
17 h 20 : Mathieu Fontaine, Marie-Hélčne Gorisse & Shahid Rahman :
domaines variables en dialogique, lecture d’une controverse entre
logiciens jaļns et grammairiens en Inde classique
17h 40 : troisičme orateur invité : Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen

Mardi 29 septembre
Session « Syntaxe, Discours et Texte »
10h : quatričme orateur invité : Ruth Kempson
11h : Grégoire Winterstein & Gerhard Schaden: The Accommodation of
Discourse Topics
11h 40 : Dario Compagno : Openness and Interactivity: Introducing Game
Interaction into Textual Cooperation
12h 20 : lunch
Session « Ludique et Calcul Logique »
14 h : cinquičme orateur invite : Dale Miller
15h : Mattia Petrolo : Classical negation and duality: toward a unified
15h 40: Michele Basaldella, Alexis Saurin & Kazushige Terui: On the
meaning of focalization
16h 20 : pause
16h 40 : sixičme orateur invité : Michele Abrusci
17h 40 : table ronde 1 : le sens est-il soluble dans le calcul logique ?

Mercredi 30 septembre
Session « Pragmatique Formelle et Philosophie du langage »
10h : Jeroen Groenendijk et Floris Roelofsen : Compliance
10h 40 : Felice Cardone : Formal Pragmatics and the Geometry of Obligations
11h 20 : Marie-Renée Fleury & Samuel Tronēon : Bilan de PRELUDE (2)
12 h : table ronde 2 : quels objectifs pour un PRELUDE II?
13h : lunch

Pr. Alain Lecomte Alain.Lecomte(removeme)
Université Paris 8 tel. 06 63 09 67 64
UMR 7023 « Structures Formelles de la Langue »
Bātiment D, pičces 323-327
2, rue de la Liberté, Saint-Denis
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)
Details of the program can be found at:

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) 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:
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
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:

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)
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.

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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:
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Vacancy for a Research professor of Discourse, Cognition and Communication, Utrecht University. Deadline: September 19 2009
Faculty of Humanities
Utrecht University, founded in 1636, is one of the largest and most prominent centers for research and education. With almost 7,000 students and close to 900 staff, the Faculty of Humanities offers a stimulating, dynamic working environment. Our educational and research programmes focus on language, culture, history, the arts, literature, media, philosophy and theology, from the Ancient World to the present. Key areas are interdisciplinary work and international cooperation, excellent quality of research and education, and the use of new media. The faculty consist of seven schools, including the school of Dutch Language and Culture and the school of Media and Cultural studies, which offers BA and MA degrees in the fields of Dutch, Communication and Information Studies, Linguistics and Literary Studies. Research takes place in four institutes:
• Research institute for History and Culture (OGC)
• Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS)
• ZENO (Leiden-Utrecht research institute for philosophy)
• Research Institute for Theology and Religious Studies (INTEGON)
The Utrecht University Graduate School of Humanities guarantees the high quality of education for research master's and PhD students.

The faculty currently has a vacancy for a Research professor of Discourse, Cognition and Communication (1,0 fte)

Job description

Your research and teaching will concentrate on the domain of Language and Communication, which focuses on the study of form and function of language use. It will be your responsibility to initiate and conduct innovative research for the Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS, in particular in the groups Discourse Representation and Processing and Readability and Comprehension. You will raise external research funding, you will supervise PhD students and direct research projects.

You will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. At the undergraduate level your teaching primarily concerns the programs Dutch Language and Culture, Communication and Information Sciences. At the graduate level, teaching primarily concerns the MA-programme Communication Studies and the Research Master programme in Linguistics. You will be expected to establish and maintain connections with colleagues within and beyond the faculty, both nationally and internationally. You will perform administrative and organizational duties at various levels within the Faculty of Humanities.

The candidate we are looking for is a linguist, cognitive scientist or communication specialist, with a strong interdisciplinary background, expertise and research ambition.
• You are experienced in empirical research on language use and communication in discourse.
• You hold a PhD and have published extensively and internationally in the field.
• You have been successful in acquiring funds and in directing research projects.
• You have shown the ability to develop your own innovative line of research.
• You have an international orientation.
• You are able to initiate and maintain a network of international and interdisciplinary connections.
• You have a broad experience in developing and teaching academic courses.
• You are in command of the Dutch language, or will undertake to acquire this command within two years.
Terms of employment

This research professorship concerns an appointment for a period of five years; after that, and depending on a positive assessment, a permanent position may be obtained. The position is full time (1,0 fte). Dependent upon knowledge and experience a minimum of 4,904.- and a maximum of € 7,142.- gross per month for a full time appointment (Dutch university professor scale 2).
Further details

Interested? The job profile is available from the personnel department, e-mail
For further information, contact Prof Dr T.J.M. Sanders; telephone +31 30 253 6080, e-mail t.j.m.sanders(removeme)

How to apply

Please address your application, accompanied by a CV and before September 19, 2009, to the Personnel Department, Faculty of Humanities, attn. Ms M. Kluver, Kromme Nieuwegracht 46, 3512 HJ Utrecht, mentioning reference 68921, or by e-mail

The application procedure may include a trial lecture, a research plan and/or an assessment.

Interviews with selected candidates will take place in week 46.
Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.
Four doctoral positions in Linguistics (Experimental Pragmatics) at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, Deadline September 10, 2009
Four doctoral positions in Linguistics (Experimental Pragmatics) at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.

The graduate group "“Pragmatic Enrichment: Theoretical and experimental approaches"” offers 4 doctoral positions to work in a stimulating working environment in theoretical and psycho/neurolinguistic research. The positions are available from October 1, 2009 or shortly thereafter. The graduate group has been established as part of the university’s initiative “Pro Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften” and brings together researchers from the Department of English and Linguistics ( and the German Institute ( to work on different aspects of enriched composition. The speaker of the group is Prof. Joerg Meibauer.

We offer 4 doctoral positions for 2 years each, with a possible extension for another year contingent on future funding. Each doctoral position has a particular focus on theoretical, typological or experimental approaches to enriched composition. The members of the graduate group will work together closely and are expected to actively participate in workshops and international conferences. They are also expected to assume teaching responsibilities within the participating institutions (1 course/2 hours per week).

1 doctoral position each is available

- to focus on theoretical aspects of enriched composition (semantics/pragmatics distinction, implicature theory), with the aim of formulating specific hypotheses for future experimentation (supervised by Joerg Meibauer). Prior experience in theoretical linguistics with a focus on pragmatics and knowledge of German is desired.

- to conduct ERP research on different phenomena of enriched composition at the semantics/pragmatics interface with a main focus on German (supervised by Petra Schumacher). Prior experience in linguistic theory with a focus on pragmatics and/or ERP research is desired.

- to carry out research on enrichment in one or more East Asian language(s) from a typological-comparative perspective (supervised by Walter Bisang). Experience with linguistic typology and knowledge of one (or more) East Asian languages.

- to approach typological investigations of enriched composition through ERP studies with a main focus on East Asian and/or South East Asian languages (supervised by Matthias Schlesewsky). Prior experience in Chinese, Vietnamese and/or related languages as well as interest in ERP research is desired.

Ideal candidates should have a degree in linguistics or a related discipline. They should have a keen interest in pragmatic theory, as well as in experimental work. The successful candidates will work towards a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Mainz on a topic related to the graduate group. Each position is granted a stipend of 1000 Euro/month.

Interested candidates are invited to send their application materials electronically to spahn(at)uni-mainz(dot)de. Pdf files are preferred. Applications can be written in German or English and should include

(i) a curriculum vitae
(ii) copies of diplomas
(iii) contact information for at least two referees
(iv) a cover letter describing research interests

Please also submit a hard copy to

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Department of English and Linguistics
Attention: Mrs. Spahn
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
55099 Mainz

In order to increase the proportion of female staff members, applications from women are particularly encouraged. Disabled applicants are preferred if qualification is equal.

Applications received by September 10, 2009 will receive full consideration, however, the search continues until the positions have been filled.

For more information about our lab:

For specific information about the graduate group, you can contact the individual supervisors (see above).

This posting can also be found at

Dr. Petra B. Schumacher
Emmy Noether Junior Research Group
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department of English and Linguistics
General Linguistics
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18 (03-536)
55099 Mainz

Phone: (+49) (0)6131 - 39 23 859
Fax: (+49) (0)6131 - 39 23 836

The School of Management and Governance (SMG) is a growing school that strives to hold a leading position in the field of business and social sciences and to do joint education and research with the technical schools of the University of Twente. The school focuses on management, governance, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. In all these fields, the school provides bachelor, master and professional development programmes. In addition, scientific and applied research is carried out in various branches, such as health care, higher education, banking, and services business. Research is accommodated within the university research institutes: The Institute for Governance Studies (IGS), and the Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT). The school has approximately 350 staff and 2,200 students.

Research in the Department of Political Science and Research Methods focuses on the relationship between citizens and their government in multilevel political systems. Core topics include political behavior, political representation and the legitimacy of government, and the innovation of democratic governance. An emphasis on research methodology is central to all our research endeavors. The department has a strong record in international comparative survey research and is strongly involved in a number of prominent international collaborative projects in the field of electoral research and political representation at the local, national, and European level. Several research projects are commissioned by government agencies and other local, national and international organizations. The Department of Political Science and Research Methods coordinates all courses in research methodology and (quantitative) data analysis for all degree programs (BA, MA/MSc, PhD) offered by the School of Management and Governance. It is also strongly involved in the BA and MSc in Public Administration and European Studies. The department offers (jointly with the School of Behavioral Science) a 2-year Master program on Social Systems Evaluation and Survey Research. A description of our research program can be found at

The Department of Political Science and Research Methods of the University of Twente invites applications for a:
PhD position
project ‘European Social Survey’
(1.0 fte)
The position
The European Social Survey ( is an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe's changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behavior patterns of its diverse populations. Now in its fourth round, the survey covers over 30 nations and employs the most rigorous methodologies.
The National Coordinators of the ESS are the link between the national survey operation and the central ESS organization. The National Coordinators are responsible for the preparation, conduct, delivery and dissemination of the ESS in their country. For Round 5 of the ESS prof. dr. Kees Aarts has been appointed as National Coordinator of the Netherlands. In the context of Round 5, a number of separately funded Development Projects are being prepared. The vacant position involves carrying out one of these projects, focusing on the effects of the choice of sampling frames on core survey variables. The successful candidate will be required to carry out the Development Project under supervision, and to complete a PhD thesis of which the Development Project will be part.
The position also entails participation in the local ESS team at the University of Twente. Some teaching duties will be involved.

You have a master degree in Political Science, European Studies, Public Administration or a related field in the social sciences. You have a thorough knowledge of the methodology and techniques of empirical social research, as evidenced in your master thesis. You are motivated and able to work independently as well as in collaborative projects. You are proficient in English as well as Dutch.

Employment conditions
We offer a challenging position in a stimulating environment. As a PhD candidate you will be appointed in a full-time position for a period of four years, at the end of which you must have completed your PhD thesis. The gross monthly salary for a PhD increases from € 2042,- in the first year to € 2612,- in the final year (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). In addition, the University of Twente offers additional attractive employment conditions. Our PhD candidates have opportunities to broaden their knowledge by participating in a nationwide research school, by joining international exchange programs, by participating in national and international conferences and workshops, and by visiting other research institutes and universities worldwide.

Information and application
For more information on this position you can contact prof. dr. C.W.A.M. Aarts, chair of the department Political Science and Research Methods, phone: +31 53 4893251. Please send your written application including a full resume, and possibly with references, before September, 11th, 2009 to mbsollicitaties(removeme), stating application number 09/184, attn: prof. dr. P.J.J.M. van Loon, Dean. It is also possible to send your application to the University of Twente, School of Management and Governance, attn: prof. dr. P.J.J.M. van Loon, Dean, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, the Netherlands. See link
PhD position at the ACLC/Meertens Institute Research direction, Deadline September 28, 2009
PhD position at the ACLC/Meertens Institute

Research direction
Deadline September 28, 2009

The Amsterdam Centre for Language and Communication (ACLC) focuses on the description and explanations for variation in languages and language use. Despite their enormous variety, languages show a remarkable degree of similarity, which can be described in terms of a set of language universals. A key feature of the ACLC approach is that these universals are studied from the widest possible variety of perspectives, both descriptive and theoretical, in order to ensure that the findings are not accidental, but are truly representative of the basic parameters that govern the organization of natural languages. The ACLC includes both functional and formal approaches to language description and encourages dialogue between these approaches. Studies cover all aspects of speech and languages: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics - in a search for the Language Blueprint. Language typology, including that of creole and signed languages, plays an important part in the ACLC programme. Language variation in terms of time, space and context is also a specialisation. The study of variation in the different types of language user - from the child learning her first language to the adult second language learner including also different types of language pathology – is a clear focus.

The Meertens Institute is a research institute engaged in the study and documentation of the Dutch language and culture. A central issue is the role of language and culture in the development of social identities and group culture. The specific linguistic research conducted by the Meertens institute is called Variationist Linguistics. The research group Variationist Linguistics describes and investigates linguistic variation in the Dutch language area, primarily in the Netherlands. This does not only concern geographical variation (like for instance dialects), but also socially and culturally determined variation. The main goal of this research is to gain insight into the nature of linguistic variation, the linguistic factors playing a part in this, and the language-external factors (like age, gender, ethnicity, etc.) that cause or influence variation in the Netherlands. The research focuses on insight into the present-day situation. Diachronic research into language change plays a part in this, as well as sociolinguistic and formal linguistic research. The interaction between these three approaches is of essential importance too. The research group concentrates on variation in grammar (sounds, word formation and sentence structure).

The ACLC and the Meertens institute intensify their collaboration and jointly offer a position for a PhD whose research is interesting for both partners and who will be active in both research environments. The position is filled (in principle) per November 1st 2009. There are two types of application. You can apply:
1. by submitting your own proposal before September 28st 2009. Interested candidates should formulate a research project proposal that fits in with the research programs of Encoding Grammatical Information and Variatielinguistiek. The research project should combine theoretic modelling with linguistic variation (synchronic or diachronic) and/or language acquisition. An example of this type of research are the completed projects of the NWO-program Variation in Inflection (follow the links below for more information on these research programs) or the existing project Arbitrary Reference (see below in 2).
How to submit your own proposal is described in the document Guidelines for submitting a PhD project proposal, 2009 (see attachment).
2. by submitting an application for the existing research project Arbitrary Reference; from man to soccer je before September 28st 2009.

In both cases you also have to apply as a candidate. Please follow the Guidelines for application 2009.

Your project proposal will be evaluated by the selection committee in October 2009. It is possible that your proposal has to be amended and re-evaluated.
After your proposal has been definitively selected you will enter the selection procedure for candidates together with the candidates who applied for the existing project proposal (see also the Guidelines for submitting a PhD project proposal, 2009). The determining factor in the selection will be the excellence of the candidate.

The PhD student needs to carry out the research within four years and needs to write a dissertation.

MA in linguistics (or equivalent), obtained no longer than five years ago.

The following documents give precise information about the application procedure:
Guidelines for submitting a PhD project proposal, 2009.
Guidelines for application 2009.
NB Incomplete applications will be automatically rejected so please read the guidelines carefully.

Relevant information concerning:
1. The Language Blueprint
2. Encoding Grammatical Information
3. Variationist Linguistics
4. Variation in Inflection
can be found by following the links on this website.

Further information can be obtained from the intended supervisors of this project, prof.dr F.P. Weerman, phone +31.20.525. 4737, e-mail: F.P.Weerman(removeme) or prof.dr H.J. Bennis, phone +31.20.462.8523, e-mail: Hans.Bennis(removeme) or from the managing director of the ACLC, dr. Els Verheugd, phone +31.20.525.2543, e-mail: E.A.B.M.Verheugd-Daatzelaar(removeme) .

The total duration of the contract is four years on a basis of 0,8fte. Depending on the project and the result of the selection the PhD will be appointed either at the Meertens Institute or the UvA. In both cases the PhD is expected to interact and collaborate with the above mentioned research groups.
The salary (on a full time base) will be € 2042 during the first year (gross per month) and will reach € 2612 during the fourth year, in accordance with the CAO for Dutch universities.

Submissions of a proposal (preferably in pdf format) as well as your application as a candidate should be sent before September 28st, 2009 to aclc-fgw(removeme) (or, in the case of a paper version, to the director of the ACLC, prof. dr P.C Hengeveld, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam). Applications received after this date or those that are incomplete will not be taken into consideration
Vacature Italiaanse Taalkunde, KU Leuven. Deadline: 30 September 2009
Profielvacature Italiaanse taalkunde (ingangsdatum 1 oktober 2010)

Aan de faculteit Letteren is een voltijds ambt in het zelfstandig academisch personeel vacant in het domein van de Italiaanse taalkunde.



Het behoort tot de opdracht van de aangestelde kandidaat een onderzoeksprogramma te ontwikkelen, excellente wetenschappelijke resultaten van internationaal niveau na te streven en nationale en internationale samenwerkingsverbanden op het vlak van onderzoek van de onderzoekseenheid te steunen en te bevorderen.


De opdracht van de kandidaat omvat eveneens het verstrekken en verzorgen van academisch onderwijs over Italiaanse Taalkunde en domeinen gerelateerd aan de Italianistiek in de opleiding Taal- en Letterkunde in Kortrijk en Leuven.

De onderwijsopdracht zal na overleg in de curriculumcommissie Italiaans en de onderwijscommissie Taal- en Letterkunde worden bepaald.

Het onderwijs moet aan de eisen beantwoorden die aan academische opleidingen worden gesteld wat niveau, oriėntatie en academisch gehalte betreft. Het onderwijs moet bij het onderwijsconcept van de K.U.Leuven aansluiten. Engagement voor de kwaliteit van de opleiding als geheel wordt vanzelfsprekend geacht.


De kandidaten dienen zich ter beschikking te stellen voor academische dienstverlening en participatie in bestuurstaken. Zij moeten goede contactuele vaardigheden met een collegiale instelling combineren.


De kandidaten moeten houder zijn van een diploma van doctor in de Taal- en Letterkunde of equivalent en gespecialiseerd zijn in het domein van de Italiaanse taalkunde.

Er wordt verwacht dat zij een uitstekend onderzoeksdossier hebben en uitstekend onderwijs kunnen geven, zodat ze op het gebied van onderzoek en onderwijs kunnen bijdragen tot de kwaliteit van de onderzoekseenheid en van de opleidingen waarin ze doceren. De onderzoekskwaliteit moet onder meer blijken uit publicaties in internationale tijdschriften. Internationale ervaring is een pluspunt.

De kandidaten worden gevraagd bij hun sollicitatie een kort onderzoeksproject (maximum 2 pagina's) en een visietekst over het onderwijs (maximum 2 pagina’s) te voegen in het Nederlands en het Engels.

Van niet-Nederlandstalige kandidaten wordt verwacht dat ze binnen drie jaar voldoende kennis ervan verworven hebben om in een Nederlandstalige academische context te functioneren.

Ook goede kennis van het Engels is een vereiste. Mede daarom organiseert de universiteit cursussen Academisch Engels.

Afhankelijk van de kwalificaties van de kandidaat gebeurt de aanstelling in een van de graden van het zelfstandig academisch personeel.

De K.U.Leuven voert een gelijkekansen- en diversiteitsbeleid.

Kandidaatstelling: uitsluitend elektronisch op:

De kandidaatstellingen moeten ten laatste op 30 september 2009 worden ingediend.

Meer informatie over deze vacature kan verkregen worden bij:
- Prof. dr. Luk Draye, decaan van de faculteit Letteren,
Blijde Inkomststraat 21, B-3000 Leuven, Belgiė
(tel. 016/32.50.00; e-mail: luk.draye(removeme)
- Prof. dr. Hubert Cuyckens, voorzitter van de Subfaculteit Taalkunde, Faculteit Letteren, Blijde Inkomststraat 21, B-3000 Leuven, Belgiė
(tel.016/32.48.17; e-mail : hubert.cuyckens(removeme)
Vacature Nederlandse taalbeheersing in Leuven en Kortrijk, KU Leuven. Deadline: 30 September 2009
Profielvacature Nederlandse taalbeheersing (ingangsdatum 1 oktober 2010)

Aan de faculteit Letteren is een voltijds ambt in het zelfstandig academisch personeel vacant in het domein van de Nederlandse taalbeheersing.



Het behoort tot de opdracht van de aangestelde kandidaat een onderzoeksprogramma te ontwikkelen, excellente wetenschappelijke resultaten van internationaal niveau na te streven en nationale en internationale samenwerkingsverbanden op het vlak van onderzoek in de verschillende domeinen van de Nederlandse taalbeheersing en bedrijfscommunicatie te steunen en te bevorderen.


De opdracht van de kandidaat omvat eveneens het verstrekken en verzorgen van academisch onderwijs in de taalbeheersing en het taalbeheersingsonderzoek, in Leuven en Kortrijk.
De onderwijsopdracht omvat de volgende vakken en kan later aangepast of uitgebreid worden:

Nederlandse Taalbeheersing I - BA 1 - 0,75 ju
Nederlandse Taalbeheersing I (Kortrijk) - BA 1 -1 ju
Nederlandse Taalbeheersing II - BA 2 - 0,75 ju
Nederlandse Taalbeheersing II (Kortrijk) BA 2 - 1 ju
Taalbeheersingsonderzoek Nederlands - BA 3 - 1 ju
(=Ned. Taalkunde III: descriptief)
Nederlandse Taalkunde: Normatieve Taalkunde - Ma - 1,5 ju
Nederlandse Bedrijfscommunicatie - Ma - 2 ju.

Het onderwijs moet aan de eisen beantwoorden die aan academische opleidingen worden gesteld wat niveau, oriėntatie en academisch gehalte betreft. Het onderwijs moet bij het onderwijsconcept van de K.U.Leuven aansluiten. Engagement voor de kwaliteit van de opleiding als geheel wordt vanzelfsprekend geacht.


Tot de opdracht behoren eveneens activiteiten van maatschappelijke dienstverlening en bestuurstaken (o.m. inzet voor het programma van permanente vorming ‘Vertalen op Europees Niveau’). Van de aan te stellen kandidaat wordt ook verwacht dat hij/zij binnen de K.U. Leuven het aanspreekpunt is op het vlak van Standaardnederlands en dat hij/zij een grote maatschappelijke betrokkenheid aan de dag legt op het vlak van taalbeleid. De kandidaat moet goede contactuele vaardigheden met een collegiale instelling combineren.


De kandidaten moeten houder zijn van een diploma van doctor in de Taal- en Letterkunde op het gebied van de Nederlandse taalbeheersing of taalkunde, of van een gelijkwaardig diploma. Zij zijn gespecialiseerd in de mondelinge en schriftelijke taalbeheersing van het Nederlands. Zij zijn bovendien vertrouwd met het domein van de Nederlandse bedrijfscommunicatie of geven de garantie dat ze zich in dat domein zullen inwerken.

Er wordt verwacht dat zij een uitstekend onderzoeksdossier hebben op het gebied van de Nederlandse taalbeheersing of de Nederlandse taalkunde en uitstekend onderwijs kunnen geven, zodat ze op het gebied van onderzoek en onderwijs kunnen bijdragen tot de kwaliteit van de onderzoekseenheid en van de opleidingen waarin ze doceren. De onderzoekskwaliteit moet onder meer blijken uit publicaties in internationale tijdschriften. Internationale onderzoekservaring is een pluspunt.

Ook goede kennis van het Engels is een vereiste. Mede daarom organiseert de universiteit cursussen Academisch Engels.

De kandidaten worden gevraagd bij hun sollicitatie een kort onderzoeksproject (maximum 2 pagina's) en een visietekst over het onderwijs (maximum 2 pagina’s) te voegen in het Nederlands en het Engels.

Afhankelijk van de kwalificaties van de kandidaat gebeurt de aanstelling in een van de graden van het zelfstandig academisch personeel.

De K.U.Leuven voert een gelijkekansen- en diversiteitsbeleid.

Kandidaatstelling: uitsluitend elektronisch op:

De kandidaatstellingen moeten ten laatste op 30 september 2009 worden ingediend.

Meer informatie over deze vacature kan verkregen worden bij:
- Prof. dr. Luk Draye, decaan van de faculteit Letteren
Blijde Inkomststraat 21, B-3000 Leuven, Belgiė
(tel. 016/32.50.00; e-mail: luk.draye(removeme)
- Prof. dr. Hubert Cuyckens, voorzitter van de Subfaculteit Taalkunde, Faculteit Letteren, Blijde Inkomststraat 21, B-3000 Leuven, Belgiė
(tel.016/32.48.17; e-mail : hubert.cuyckens(removeme)
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for Conference on The Future of Social Sciences and Humanities, Brussels. Deadline: September 30 2009
International Conference
22-23 October 2009
Hotel Metropole, Brussels, Belgium

This conference is the final conference of the SSH-FUTURES project commissioned by DG Research in the 6th Framework Programme. The project was completed by an international consortium headed by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences (ICCR).
The Social Sciences and the Humanities have an important mission in the formation of the Knowledge Economy and Society and evidence-based politics. However, the role and contribution of the Social Sciences have not yet been fully comprehended. There are discrepancies between the potential importance of social science knowledge and the comparatively low attention it receives from politics, other research communities and the public in general.
Social Sciences and, to a lesser extent, the Humanities have contributed to this phenomenon. The landscape is fragmented, as the Social Sciences and the Humanities are, to some degree, split according to national boundaries and disciplines, even sub-disciplines.
This leads to two major threats: to an over-emphasized claim to autonomy (the 'ivory tower' phenomenon), on the one hand, and a misunderstanding of what 'applied research' means for the Social Sciences and the Humanities ('consulting approach'), on the other.
How can the Social Sciences and the Humanities better cope with the needs of society? This is the key question that will decide on their future.
The issue is contingent on three elements: an understanding of what society’s needs are, what the Social Sciences and the Humanities have to offer and if knowledge-producing institutions can deliver the expertise requested.
In complex societies, it is evident that single disciplines cannot provide solutions to problems on their own. The co-operation between all types of knowledge producers is important and necessary. ‘Useful’ research combines knowledge from different disciplines. Hence, interdisciplinary research plays a key role in the acceptance of the new mode of knowledge production, which is expected better to address policy concerns and social demands.
There is a need for social sciences and humanities knowledge. This need has to be substantiated to safeguard the future. The scientific communities have to strive for 'excellence', but the understanding of 'excellence' must be expanded beyond mere bibliographical factors. To reach society, the economy and the political system, good interaction is required between the different intellectual communities, an interaction that overcomes traditional feuds between schools and disciplines.

The Conference
The conference will be a two-day event held in Brussels. On the first day, the members of the SSH-FUTURES consortium will present the results of their study and discuss potential recommendations and conclusions. The second day will be devoted to the results of similar projects.

Call for Papers
The main objective of the workshop is to discuss: the achievement of Social Sciences and Humanities so far, the potential of inter- and transdisciplinary research, facilitators for and barriers to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the Social Sciences and Humanities, the expectations of policy makers, NGOs and other funding organizations of the Social Sciences and Humanities and their potential to respond to these expectations. Papers may contain an analysis of experiences: with research and knowledge advancement in social science and humanities research, in the interaction between knowledge providers and knowledge users, with the assets and liabilities of the 'governance' of social science and humanities research by funding conditions, institutional set-ups, career patterns etc.
The conference does not privilege any mode of research, be it basic/generic or applied, disciplinary, interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary.
Contributions should follow a conceptual approach emphasizing the overall strengths and weaknesses of the profession, theoretical frameworks, methodology, applied and/or policy regimes, and/or actual or potential social, cultural, political and the economic advantages and disadvantages of different modes of research.

Abstracts should be a minimum of 500 words long and include the full co-ordinates of the author(s) (postal address, fax, telephone and e-mail).
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 30 September 2009.
The authors of papers selected for presentation will be contacted in the first week of October. They will be expected to declare their readiness to submit full versions of their presentation for publication by January 2010.
Selected speakers will be reimbursed for their travel and accommodation costs for participating in the workshop.
For further inquiries and/or the submission of abstracts, please contact Louise Beltzung at l.beltzung(removeme)
Please feel free to pass this announcement on to anybody who may be interested in the workshop.
Call for papers Morfologiedagen 2009 in Luik. Deadline: September 30 2009
17 en 18 december 2009
Université de Ličge

Na een korte onderbreking tussen 2003 en 2007 zijn de Morfologiedagen twee jaar geleden heropgestart als een tweejaarlijkse conferentie voor taalkundigen met interesse voor de Nederlandse morfologie. De Morfologiedagen worden de dit jaar voor de tweede keer (na 1997) georganiseerd in Luik.
De locatie van deze editie van de Morfologiedagen inspireerde ook het thema waarvoor we speciale aandacht vragen: de contrastieve morfologie. Papers waarin de Nederlandse morfologie wordt vergeleken met die van andere talen willen we hierbij aanmoedigen. Bij voldoende voorstellen voor contrastieve lezingen zal één van beide dagen als themadag worden georganiseerd.
Graag ontvangen we anonieme abstracts (max. 300 woorden) over alle mogelijke aspecten van de Nederlandse morfologie vóór 30 september 2009 per e-mail op het volgende adres: lien.devos(removeme), met als onderwerp “abstract morfologiedagen” (gegevens afzender op apart blad).
Presentaties: 30 min. (excl. 10 min. discussie)
Bij voldoende aanmelding kan de organisatie een postersessie inlassen.
Kosten deelname: 40 Euro (incl. diner)

Organisatie: Gert Meesters, Lien De Vos (Service de néerlandais, Université de Ličge)

Voor meer informatie: gert.meesters(removeme)
CALL FOR POSTER PRESENTATIONS on Learning of Critical Language Skills across 25 Languages. Deadline: September 30 2009
Let the Children Speak:
Learning of Critical Language Skills across 25 Languages
A European-wide initiative on Language Acquisition and Language Impairment
22 - 24 January 2010

Two children in every classroom across Europe suffer from Specific Language Impairment (SLI), meaning that they have problems learning language. Language is one of the key skills that children need in order to succeed in education and in later life; without it, children may fail to reach their potential. Early assessment of language skills, to identify children who have
SLI, is essential. Yet migration and multilingualism may make it difficult to assess whether children have the necessary language skills to access the school curriculum, and diagnosing SLI across Europe is a challenge.
SLI is costing Europe more than 250 billion Euros a year. That’s equivalent to 1% of GDP, enough to bail out a medium-sized bank. Like the world banking crisis, it must be addressed at an international level. In a unique initiative, scientists from 25 European countries (and close neighbours), and representing 25 languages (covering the major European language families: Germanic, Romance, Slavic, Baltic, Greek and Romani and also Finno-Ugric and Semitic) have worked together to investigate the critical language skills that children need to learn. We have created an assessment that is comparable across languages, with 13 subtests that test critical skills in grammar, semantics and pragmatics. This work allows us to assess whether a child has the key language abilities needed for education and life-long
learning in languages across the EU, and can serve as a template for other languages too.
This work provides the necessary platform for politicians, professionals and scientists alike to take up the reins to collaboratively address the severe socio-economic cost of our children's lost potential. We are therefore bringing together a unique team of experts from across the EU - politicians, educationalists, health specialists, scientists and parents to address this
challenge at a ground-breaking international conference.

The conference aims to:
• Establish an agenda for a political and interdisciplinary European effort to address
language and communication impairments, in order to help prevent the enormous
socioeconomic loss that they incur.
• Communicate (and demystify) knowledge of learning of critical language abilities and
their assessment across 25 languages, to facilitate the education, health and social
welfare of children. In this way, children’s strengths and weaknesses can be identified
early, and children helped to reach their potential.
• Build on our findings, establish a way forward to how children can be helped through
being better able to access life-long education and learning across all 25 languages.
• Develop a commitment from member countries to put language and communication
skills at the top of the agenda for investment in research, education and health.

Stephen Crain, Macquarie University, Australia
Tbc: The Hon Ed Balls, MP Secretary of State, Department of Children, Families and Schools
UK Government.
Tbc: The Hon John Bercow MP, Author of the Departments of Health and Children, families
and Schools UK Government "The Bercow Report 2008"
Tbc: The EU Commissioner for Science and Education
Tbc: The EU Commissioner for Multilingualism
Scientific presentations by the working groups of COST Action A33:
Heather van der Lely, Harvard University and UCL
Uli Sauerland, Centre for General Linguistics (Zas), Berlin
Angeliek van Hout, University of Groningen
Na'ama Friedman, University of Tel Aviv
Ken Drozd, University of Aarhus
Sharon Armon-Lotem, Bar Ilan University
Spyridoula Varlokosta, University of Athens
Preliminary Program:
14:00- 18:00
Political and Professional (Education, Health) issues
To include interactive sessions where participants can try out the language assessments in
any of the 25 languages.
Key Note: Professor Stephen Crain
Panel Discussion
Reception (wine and canapés) at the Wellcome Trust, Medicine Now Gallery
Saturday 9:00 - 18:00
Scientific issues
Paper and discussants.
Poster and interactive sessions
19.00 Conference Dinner
Sunday 9:0 - 13.00
Scientific issues
Papers and discussants.
13.00 Lunch and close
This conference is supported by:
• COST Action A33
• The Wellcome Trust, UK.
• Centre for Developmental Language Disorders & Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL
• Department of Language and Communication Science, City University, London.
• Department of Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London

Abstract submission information
Abstracts are invited for poster presentations, on any topic relating to language development and developmental language disorders. Abstracts must be written in English and include the following:
Cover Page
· Title of presentation
· Authors’ names and affiliations
· Name, address, telephone number and email address of contact person
· Title of presentation
· Summary of research undertaken (500 words maximum, single spaced)
· Do not include authors’ names
Abstracts must be submitted as an attachment to an email to Angeliek van Hout, chair of the reviewing committee, at: Cost(removeme) The deadline for submissions is 30th September 2009, and authors will be notified of the committee’s decision by 15th October.
A number of bursaries will be awarded to people with an accepted poster pay for conference
fees and help with travel and subsistence costs. If you would like to apply for one of the
bursaries to attend the conference please provide a short paragraph stating your
circumstances, your areas of interest and how you think attending the conference would
benefit: a) you and/or b) children with language impairment, and c) what you can bring to the
conference. Please add this paragraph on a separate sheet to your abstract submission,
including your name and contact details.

Full list of languages involved in A33:
German & Austrian German
Greek & Cypriot Greek
Call for papers for Evolang 2010. Deadline: October 2 2009

EVOLANG 8, 2010, 14-17 April.
The conference welcomes substantive contributions relating to the
evolution of human language from any relevant discipline, including
Anthropology, Genetics, Population Biology, Linguistics, Psychology,
Primatology, Ethology, Paleontology, Archeology, Artificial Life and
Mathematical Modelling. Normal standards of academic quality apply.
Thus, submitted papers should aim to make clear their own substantive
claim, relating this to relevant scientific literature, and briefly
setting out the method by which the claim is substantiated, the nature
of the relevant data, and/or the core of the theoretical argument

There are two possible types of submission: Full Papers, which can have
a length of between 6 and 8 pages. Abstracts, which can be at most 2
pages long. All accepted submissions will be published in the
proceedings of the conference. All papers or abstracts accepted will be
allotted the same presentation length (probably 25 minutes plus 10
minutes discussion).

Submissions due: 2 October 2009
Acceptance Notifications: 13 November 2009
Final versions due (provisional): 11 December 2009

Proceedings will be published by World Scientific. Formatting
instructions for users of MS Word and Latex instructions can be found on
the conference website at

In conjunction with Evolang 8, three workshops will be organized on
Wednesday April 14th, 2010. The workshops will each have their own call
for papers, and their own selection procedure - see under the heading
'workshop' at The topics are as follows:

* The evolution of semantic structure
* Birdsong and the evolution of speech
* Models of Language Evolution - Does the Math Add Up?

* Stephen Anderson (Yale) *plenary*
* Morten Christiansen (Cornell) *plenary*
* Terrence Deacon (Berkeley) *plenary*
* Peter Gärdenfors (Lund) *plenary*
* Marc Hauser (Harvard) *plenary*
* Wil Roebroeks (Leiden) *plenary*
* Eörs Szathmįry (Budapest) *plenary*
* Maggie Tallerman (Newcastle) *plenary*
* Alan Barnard (Edinburgh)
* Robert Berwick (MIT)
* Rebecca Cann (Hawaii) & Karl Diller (Hawaii)
* Julia Fischer (Göttingen)
* Kathleen Gibson (Texas at Houston)
* Patricia Greenfield (UCLA)
* Eva Jablonka (Tel Aviv) & Daniel Dor (Tel Aviv)
* Gerhard Jäger (Tübingen)
* Constance Scharff (FU Berlin)
* Ann Senghas (Columbia) & Asli Özyurek (MPI, Nijmegen)
* Marilyn Vihman (York)
* Thomas Wynn (Colorado at Colorado Springs) & Frederick Coolidge
(Colorado at Colorado Springs)

The Local Organizing Committee are taking various steps to ensure that
Evolang 2010 will be a significant event from a scientific perspective.
These include inviting, in addition to plenary speakers, a number of
other leading scientists to present papers at the conference, extending
the range of pertinent perspectives on langage evolution to be included
in the programme, revising the review procedure for submitted papers,
and exploring the possibility of publishing, in addition to the
proceedings, a selection of reworked/expanded papers with an publisher
of high repute.
Call for papers for Second Junior Research Meeting, Germany. Deadline: October 1 2009
GAL (Germany), Anéla (The Netherlands) and Vals-Asla (Switzerland) are pleased to announce:

Second Junior Research Meeting for Applied Linguistics (2010)

March 18-19, 2010; University of Muenster, Germany


After the successful first Junior Research Meeting for Applied Linguistics in Groningen in 2007, GAL (Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik, Germany), Anéla (Association Néerlandaise de Linguistique Appliquée), and Vals-Asla (Swiss Association for Applied Linguistics) are pleased to invite budding researchers, graduate students, and PhD students to the “Junior Research Meeting for Applied Linguistics”. At this meeting the opportunity will be given to participants to present their work to colleagues, both junior and senior, in an informal and supportive setting. It will also offer the possibility to come in contact with other researchers in your field.

Meetings of this kind have already been very successfully organized by Anéla, the Dutch affiliate of AILA, for over ten years. The aims of such junior research meetings are to provide junior researchers with the opportunity to present their studies to the wider academic community and to receive valuable feedback at the early stages of their research.

In addition, this meeting wants to promote the international exchange of ideas and to facilitate networking between European affiliates of AILA. The meeting is therefore organized in close cooperation with the Dutch and Swiss affiliates of AILA, Anéla and Vals-Asla.

We invite junior researchers to submit abstracts for:

- presentations of on-going or completed research (20 mins + 10 mins discussion)


- presentations of raw data leading to discussion (60 mins)


- poster presentations.

Your research should address one or more questions from the following fields of applied linguistics:

- Language development

- Language in the community

- Language in education

- Language in professional settings

- Language counseling, including speech therapy

- Language of media

Possible topics range from first and second language acquisition; literacy development; language disorders; communication in institutions; language variation and linguistic discrimination, to multilingualism and intercultural communication. Topics from the field of language conflict; language policy and language planning; language and communication in politics, discourse and multimodality are also welcome. The studies can be based on written, audiovisual and virtual data.

Presentations may be held either in German or in English. To register and to submit abstracts please use the following e-mail address: galjunio(removeme)

For further information on the conference, please contact the local organizers at the following address: mail(removeme) or kersten(removeme)

Programme committee:

Wilhelm Griesshaber (Münster)

Saskia Kersten (Hildesheim)

Martin Luginbühl (Zürich)

Dorothee Meer (Münster)

Jan D. ten Thije (Utrecht)

Local organizers:

Olga Fekete (Münster)

Wilhelm Griesshaber (Münster)

Dorothee Meer (Münster)

Important dates:

Submission deadline: October 1, 2009

Notification of authors: End of November 2009

Registration deadline: January 1, 2010

Conference: March 18-19, 2010

Further Information:

Conference languages: German and English

Conference Fees: 30 Euros (junior researchers), 50 Euros (senior researchers)
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:

Organizing Committee:

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




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 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
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:// 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) p.j.e.dekker(removeme)
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 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:

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: 31 December 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
Dept. of Linguistics and English Language
Lancaster University, UK
- Dedre 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
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 . 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 Abstracts voor CLIN 2010, Utrecht, Friday 5 February 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)
Invitation for the official opening of the Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences, September 30 2009
The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Radboud
University Nijmegen cordially invite you to the official opening of the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences.

This joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics,
the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and the Centre for
Language Studies offers an unrivalled international training and research
programme for excellent PhD students in the broad field of language sciences.
Location Aula of the Radboud University Nijmegen, Comeniuslaan 2
Programme 17.15: Introduction by Prof. Stephen Levinson
17.30: ‘The Nature of Language’, lecture by Prof. John Searle,
University of California, Berkeley
18.15: Drinks
PUMP YOUR CAREER, Talentendag voor vrouwelijke wetenschappers, Den Haag, 1 Oktober 2009
De Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) en het Landelijk Netwerk Vrouwelijke Hoogleraren (LNVH) willen de doorstroom van vrouwelijke wetenschappers in academia vergroten. Om vrouwelijke wetenschappers te ondersteunen met het verwerven van een hogere positie in de universitaire wereld organiseren NWO en het LNVH een speciale talentendag.

Tijdens 'Pump Your Career' kunnen vrouwelijke wetenschappers bijvoorbeeld kennismaken met rolmodellen en leren van hun ervaringen. Ook kunnen de deelnemers netwerken met mentoren, die ondersteuning kunnen bieden bij hun carričre of met Vernieuwingsimpuls-coördinatoren die tips kunnen geven over de VI, met name Vidi en Vici. Daarnaast zijn er een aantal workshops die handreikingen geven over hoe je als vrouwelijke wetenschapper hogerop kunt komen.

De talentendag is speciaal voor vrouwen werkzaam in de wetenschap: postdocs, universitair docenten en hoogleraren. Ook welkom zijn (universitaire) beleidsmedewerkers en beleidsmakers die zich richten op vrouwenbeleid.

Het evenement vindt plaats op donderdag 1 oktober in het Museum voor Communicatie in Den Haag. Deelname is gratis, inclusief lunch en borrel, voor wie aantoonbaar tot de doelgroep behoort. Reiskosten komen voor rekening van de deelnemers zelf.

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afdeling Voorlichting en Communicatie;
t.: +31(0)70 344 713, voorlichting(removeme)
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 (

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

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

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 or talentendag(removeme)

We look forward to seeing you at the NWO Talent Day on 6 October 2009!
REMINDER: NWO 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 3 days of Talent Classes: on 22 September, 10 November and 8 December. More information about the Classes offered these days, will be available on our website:

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) 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 for registration and information.

Registration, fee and direct debit mandate
You can register on to participate in the masterclasses. Please note that your participation in this Talent Class is only confirmed if we receive your 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 We look forward to seeing you at one of our Talent Classes.

Kind regards,
On behalf of the Talent Classes team,
Marianne Storm
Nick Clements Deceased on 30 August 2009
Nick Clements, research director CNRS with l' ILPGA (Paris) in the group LP (Laboratory of Phonetics and Phonology) passed away on Sunday 30 August after a long illness.

Nick Clements was a linguist theorist of great reputation, well-known in the field of phonology and also of phonetics.

In 1992, he joined the group of research in phonetics and phonology of Paris as a research director of CNRS.
His scientific contributions are extremely numerous:
- on the distinctive features,
- on the harmony of vowels,
- on the theory of the syllable,
- on the African languages (in particular syntax and sounds)
- on the relations between phonetics and phonology.

He also wrote many articles.

Nick Clements was particularly appreciated by his colleagues and all the scientific community for his serious and intellectual honesty, the originality of his ideas, the depth of his reflexions, his scholarship, his kindness and his humour.

Nick Clements, directeur de recherche CNRS ą l'ILPGA (Paris3)
dans le groupe LPP
(Laboratoire de Phonétique et de Phonologie)
nous a quittés dimanche soir le 30 Aōut a la suite d'une longue maladie.

Nick Clements est un linguiste théoricien de grand renom, bien connu dans le domaine de la phonologie et aussi de la phonétique.

Aprčs une éducation ą New Haven, Paris et Londres, et un PhD sur la langue Ewe ( une langue parlée au Ghana et au Togo)
il a séjourné ą MIT et ą Harvard (Cambridge, USA), puis fut nommé professeur
ą l'université de Cornell en1982.

En 1992, il a rejoint le groupe de recherche en phonétique et en phonologie de Paris3 en tant que directeur de recherche CNRS.

Ses contributions scientifiques sont extrźmement nombreuses:
sur les traits distinctifs ,
sur l'harmonie des voyelles,
sur la théorie de la syllabe,
sur les langues africaines (en particulier la syntaxe et les tons),
sur les relations entre phonétique et phonologie.

Il a écrit de nombreux articles

Ses livres principaux
• Clements, G. N. & S. J. Keyser, 1983. CV Phonology: a Generative Theory of the Syllable (Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 9), MIT Press, Cambridge, Ma.
• Halle, Morris & G. N. Clements, 1983. Problem Book in Phonology. Cambridge, Ma.: MIT Press and Bradford Books.
• Clements, G. N. & J. Goldsmith, eds., 1984. Autosegmental Studies in Bantu Tone. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter
Quelques publications
• Clements, G. N., 1985. "The Geometry of Phonological Features," Phonology Yearbook 2, 225-252
• Clements, G. N., 1990. "The Role of the Sonority Cycle in Core Syllabification." In John Kingston & M. Beckman, eds., Papers in Laboratory Phonology I, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, MA, pp. 283-333
• Clements, G. N. & Elizabeth Hume, 1995. "The Internal Organization of Speech Sounds" In John Goldsmith, ed., Handbook of Phonological Theory. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 245-306
• Clements, G. N., 2003. "Feature Economy in Sound Systems", Phonology 20.3, pp. 287-333
• Clements, G. N. & Annie Rialland, 2008. "Africa as a phonological area". In Bernd Heine & Derek Nurse, eds, A Linguistic Geography of Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 36-85.

Nick Clements était particuličrement apprécié de ses collčgues et de toute la communauté scientifique pour son sérieux, son honnźteté intellectuelle, l'originalité de ses idées, la profondeur de sa réflexion, son érudition, sa gentillesse, et son humour.

Il laisse le souvenir d'un homme comblé, passionné par ses recherches, et heureux dans sa famille.
Verruiming vervangingssubsidies NWO Vrije Competitie.
Verruiming budget vervanging in Vrije Competitie Geesteswetenschappen

Vanaf heden zijn de mogelijkheden voor het aanvragen van een vervangingssubsidie binnen de Vrije Competitie in de Geesteswetenschappen verruimd. De Vrije Competitie richt zich op onderzoeksprogramma's met een overwegend geesteswetenschappelijke component, bestaande uit een beperkt aantal deelprojecten die een duidelijke onderlinge samenhang hebben en een samenhangend eindresultaat beogen, waarmee aantoonbare meerwaarde wordt bereikt ten opzichte van afzonderlijke uitvoering van de deelprojecten. Een aanvraag heeft een maximale omvang van € 600.000,-. Hiervan kan maximaal € 50.000 (was € 25.000) worden aangevraagd voor vervanging van de programmaleiding voor onderwijs- en begeleidingstaken als daaruit een of meer publicaties (waaronder een synthetiserende publicatie) van betrokkene(n) in het kader van het programma voortvloeien.

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