December 2nd, 2010

LOT Announcements / events
Van de LOT Bestuurstafel
Henriėtte de Swart

Op 14 oktober heeft het LOT bestuur samen met de LOT directeuren vergaderd in Utrecht. We hebben Hans den Besten herdacht, die zijn hart verpand had aan de taalwetenschap in Nederland, en jaren lid is geweest van de LOT Redactieraad. We danken hem voor zijn inspanningen!

Het bestuur en de directeuren zijn blij met de organisatie van de Grote Taaldag op 5 februari 2011, en nodigen alle taalkundigen van Nederland uit om hieraan deel te nemen.

Een praktische mededeling betreft de verhuizing van het LOT bureau van Janskerkhof 13 naar het Transcomplex. Het gehele UiL-OTS verhuist, en LOT verhuist mee. We krijgen in de nieuwe situatie minder ruimte voor de opslag van boeken, dus we zullen de komende maanden proberen om oude titels terug te sturen aan de auteurs of hun instituut. Eventuele overblijvende exemplaren zullen worden uitgedeeld op de Grote Taaldag, dus wellicht is dat een extra argument om te komen?

Er is al een paar maal gesproken over deelname van Research Master studenten aan de LOT scholen. Nu mag dat ook al (voor studenten die minimaal 2 semesters MA onderwijs hebben genoten), maar als de plannen van Duurzame Geesteswetenschappen doorgaan zal ook de financiering daarvan netjes geregeld kunnen worden. Studenten kunnen dan 3 ECTS verdienen met deelname aan een LOT school (2 cursussen per week, 2 weken lang), en dat mogelijk ophogen door het schrijven van papers of andere aanvullende opdrachten (afhankelijk van de regeling binnen hun eigen universiteit). Wij hopen dat hiermee de LOT scholen nog aantrekkelijker worden voor de Research Master studenten!

Toch willen we niet alleen de jongste groep onderzoekers bedienen, we starten in januari voor het eerste met speciale Master Classes voor gevorderde PhD studenten. In de masterclass kun je in een kleine groep je lopende onderzoek bespreken met een internationale expert op jouw onderzoeksterrein. We hopen hiermee een mooie aanvulling te kunnen geven op het bestaande programma.

Over de financiering van de onderzoekscholen als zodanig is nu bijna een akkoord bereikt tussen het DLG (de letterendekanen in den lande) en LOGOS (de samenwerkende onderzoekscholen binnen Geesteswetenschappen). Als dat allemaal lukt is de financiering van o.a. LOT voor de komende 5 jaar goed geregeld. In het huidige voorstel blijft het LOT bureau in Utrecht.

De afspraken over een nieuwe drukker voor de LOT dissertatie serie worden nu definitief gemaakt. We hopen op een beter financieel plaatje, een snellere doorloopprocedure, en een echte printing on demand service. De kleur van de omslagen zal licht wijzigen met het nieuwe printproces, maar blijft zo dicht mogelijk bij de bekende donkerrode kleur van LOT. Iedereen die na 1 maart 2011 zijn/haar proefschrift laat drukken in de LOT dissertatie serie krijgt te maken met de nieuwe drukker. Tot die tijd blijven de huidige afspraken van kracht.

De Language, Brain & Cognition track van de LOT zomerschool in Nijmegen (zomer 2010) is goed bezocht, en positief geėvalueerd. We maken nu al plannen om in de zomer van 2012 opnieuw zo’n track te organiseren.. Met dank aan NWO voor de verleende subsidie!

De eerstvolgende LOT winterschool vindt plaats aan de UvA (van 10 tot 21 januari 2011). De registratie is geopend, dus schrijf je vooral in!!
De eerstvolgende zomerschool vindt plaats in Leuven (van 13 tot 24 juni). We zijn al druk bezig met de programmering, dus houd de informatie op de LOT website in de gaten….
LOT Winterschool 2011 UvA. Registration closes December 10th!
The next LOT Winterschool will take place from January 10 - 21 2011.
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) will host this event as local organisator.
Registration is now open but closes December 10th!!

You can find the schedule and more information at our website www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2011%20Winterschool%20UvA/.
Check out the information on masterclasses (new this school!) in the schedule and make sure you send your application before december 10th!

Check the website regularly for updates. For questions regarding this LOT Winterschool; email lot(removeme)uu.nl
Schultink Lecture at LOT Winterschool 2011 by P. Gardner-Chloros, University of Amsterdam (ACLC) January 12 2011
Wednesday January 12th by Penelope Gardner-Chloros, 19:30 - 21:00.
Location: PC Hoofthuis (Spuistraat 134), room 104.


Abstract for 2011 Schultink Lecture:
Combining sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic methodology in code-switching research: the case of pauses

Psycholinguistic evidence to date has revealed that pauses are part of the normal encoding cycle in oral production; at the same time we know from sociolinguistic studies involving fine-grained analyses of conversational texts that pauses serve specific discourse purposes. In this lecture I will propose that the study of pausing in spontaneous bilingual speech can serve as a methodological ‘bridge’ in the study of code-switching and suggest how a consideration of such sociolinguistic and discourse variables might contribute (more specifically) to the development of a ‘discourse/contextual’ component, as part of, or influential upon, any bilingual language production model. In Gardner-Chloros, McEntee-Atalianis and Paraskeva (2010), a pilot study was conducted using spontaneous speech samples from two sociolinguistically distinct groups, each bilingual in the Greek-Cypriot Dialect and English. Speakers were recorded in parallel settings in Estate Agents’ offices in London and Cyprus, and in each case both monolingual and in code-switching segments were analysed. Our hypothesis was that for the London speakers, for whom CS is a default speech mode, switching would not be correlated with increased pausing, whereas for the speakers in Cyprus the more marked character of the alternation in the bilingual stretches would be reflected by decreased fluency. The results showed, however, that in both Cyprus and London, pauses reflected conversational factors more than production factors, and there was no significant difference between the monolingual and bilingual speech conditions. I conclude that whilst some research on pausing in bilinguals has focused on grammatical encoding (lexical & syntactic), studies which ignore sociolinguistic and discourse variables could be misleading. At a methodological level, psycholinguistic models stand to benefit from studying code-switching on the basis of data gathered in meaningful, naturalistic contexts.



Reference

Gardner-Chloros, P., McEntee-Atalianis, L.and Paraskeva, M. 2010 Putting the Sociolinguistics into Psycholinguistics: a study of code-switching and fluency. Talk given at SS18, Southampton, September 2010.
Kennislink Taal & Spraak
Kennislink Taal & Spraak is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied: www.kennislink.nl/taal-en-spraak

Actueel:
Nederlands: een wereldtaal?
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/nederlands-een-wereldtaal
Nederlandstaligen zijn trots op hun taal, zo blijkt uit onderzoek van de Nederlandse Taalunie. Toch waarderen Nederlanders hun taal veel meer als communicatiemiddel, terwijl Vlamingen er eerder de schoonheid van inzien. Over leenwoorden wordt wisselend gedacht, maar Surinamers hebben daar als meertalige sprekers geen problemen mee.

Asielzoeker dupe van foute taalanalyse
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/asielzoeker-dupe-van-verkeerde-aannames-over-taal
Taalkundig antropoloog Jan Blommaert heeft de Barbara Metzger Price gewonnen met een artikel waarin hij laat zien dat aan de afwijzing van een asielaanvraag een foutief oordeel over taal ten grondslag kan liggen.
De Grote Taaldag, AVT, Anéla, VIOT en LOT, Universiteit Utrecht, 5 Februari 2011
Op zaterdag, 5 februari 2011 vindt de eerste editie van de Grote Taaldag plaats. De Grote Taaldag is een initiatief van AVT, Anéla, VIOT en LOT waarbij drie reeds bekende evenementen samen worden gebracht: de Anéla / VIOT Juniorendag, de AVT TINdag en het Taalgala.

Lees meer over het programma en registratie in deze pdf: www.lotschool.nl/files/newsletters/2010/aankondiging-Taaldag-2011.pdf

Tot op de Grote Taaldag!
Lectures / talks
Friday Afternoon Lecture by Rob Amery & Mary-Anne Gale on two South Australian Languages, LUCL Leiden, December 3 2010
LUCL Vrijdagmiddaglezing Beschrijvende Taalkunde 2010

Friday December 3, van Eyckhof 4 (ex-1168), room 005

Rob Amery (University of Adelaide & Universität zu Köln) and Mary-Anne Gale (University of Adelaide)

Language Revival in two South Australian Languages: Ngarrindjeri from the Lower Murray and Coorong and Kaurna from the Adelaide Plains

Australia has perhaps the worst record of loss of its Indigenous languages anywhere in the world. Of an original 250 or so languages, only 17 or 18 are still transmitted to children by normal means and Aboriginal languages continue to be lost at a rapid rate with the passing of the older generations. Despite this there are now numerous efforts to revive languages throughout Australia. Languages which ceased to be spoken fluently decades or even several generations ago remain or are emerging as potent vehicles for identity.

Two such languages are Ngarrindjeri from the Lower Murray and Coorong and its neighbour, Kaurna from the Adelaide Plains in South Australia. Numerous Ngarrindjeri words have always had currency within the community, whilst Ngarrindjeri language revival efforts date back to the mid 1980s. Ngarrindjeri language revival in recent years has gained significant momentum and is based around regular workshops with Elders to produce language resources. Two choirs singing Ngarrindjeri songs have a emerged and programs have been established in schools.

Kaurna is a language that ceased to be spoken on a daily basis in the early 1860s, and of which almost nothing was remembered in the community. Kaurna language revival efforts effectively began in 1990 with the production of a songbook. Since then numerous teaching programs and resources have been produced and the language is now gaining a significant public profile. This Kaurna language revival is based on nineteenth century written records in the absence of any sound recordings.

If you know someone who is willing to give a talk, or if you need more information, or if you want to be included on the e-mail list, please contact: Stanly Oomen (Leiden University Centre of Linguistics)

Martine Bruil m.bruil(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl (currently absent)
Stanly Oomen s.oomen(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl
Rebecca Voll r.voll(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl

The lectures take place at Leiden University, Faculteit der Letteren, Witte Singel–Doelencomplex from 15:15 till 17.
ACLC Lecture by Gaetano Fiorin on Language Comprehension, Dyslexia, and Working Memory, UvA Amsterdam, December 3 2010
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 420
December 3 2010, 15.30-16.45 uur
Gaetano Fiorin
(University Utrecht)

presents

Language Comprehension, Dyslexia, and Working Memory


The abstract is to be found on the ACLC website:

www.hum.uva.nl/aclc/object.cfm/4317883A-3102-4F8A-A31CBC1402EBC5E4/9E40F4E0-4D96-4A06-BAB9EC0F58982CD7

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)uva.nl, tel. 020-5252543
DIUG Lectures 2010, lectures bij Pavel Caha (Tromso) on 'he nanosyntax of case', Groningen, 6/7/8 december 2010
Three lectures in Groningen by Pavel Caha (University of Tromso) on his nanosyntactic analysis of case, as laid out in his recent dissertation.
Monday 6/12, 13:00, Oude Boteringestraat 23 room 001; Tuesday 7/12, 11:00, Harmonie room 12.019; Wednesday 8/12, 10:00, Harmonie room 13.346.

Contact: Jan-Wouter Zwart (c.j.w.zwart AT rug.nl)
Lecture by Bettina Beinhoff on Attitudes and Identity in Non-Native Speaker Accents of English, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam , December 8 2010
------
Bettina Beinhoff

University of Cambridge

Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics (RCEAL)

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

12.30-13.30

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 8A-05

Open lecture, ALL WELCOME


Abstract

‘How to sound intelligent?
Attitudes and identity in non-native speaker accents of English’

Whenever we hear a person speak with a particular accent we make assumptions on her/his regional and social background. This happens because language in general and accents in particular are considered to be reliable markers of group-membership and thus, of a person’s social identity.

This relation between accents and perceived group-membership is somewhat problematic for non-native speakers (NNS) of a language because NNS accents are influenced by a variety of factors – many of which do not affect native speakers (NS). Still, NNS speech seems to be constantly judged by NS norms and standards. This is especially apparent in the case of English.



English is the global lingua franca and as such it is increasingly used for communication among NNS of English which outnumber NS of English by far. In this lingua franca context NNS of English need to establish their identity through the medium of their second language. Additionally, most NNS speak English with a ‘foreign’ accent which causes certain attitudes in speakers as well as listeners and can have profound social consequences.

I will present a study which looks at NNS attitudes towards ingroup and outgroup accents of English, with particular interest in the solidarity dimension (i.e. how much a person identifies with an accent) and status dimension (i.e. how much prestige is assigned to an accent). A further aim is to find out whether variation in specific sounds – especially consonants – directly influences the perception of NNS accents of English and makes them sound more ‘friendly’ or ‘intelligent’. The results reveal direct connections between certain attitudes and specific phonetic detail and thus, help to understand the impact of the phonetics/phonology and sociolinguistics interface in non-native speech.
International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences Open Lecture, Radboud University Nijmegen, November 22 2010
Tecumseh Fitch
Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna

Monday, 22 November 2010
10.30 to 12.00

Aula, Radboud University Nijmegen, Comeniuslaan 2
Open lecture, ALL WELCOME

The Biology and Evolution of Syntax: A View from Cognitive Phylogenetics
Understanding the biology and evolution of language requires a highly multi-disciplinary approach. The use of comparative work on multiple animal species is increasingly being recognized as a central pillar in the study of cognitive biology and evolution, including the evolution of language. This approach, called "cognitive phylogenetics", starts by breaking down the feature of interest into its component mechanisms, and then studying similar mechanisms, whether homologous and convergently-evolved, in other species. After illustrating the power of this approach when applied to language with examples from vocal communication and social cognition, I will turn to the challenging problem of human linguistic syntax. Although syntax in its full sense appears unique to our species, multiple core components of syntax (including implicit rule acquisition, motor sequence learning, and pattern recognition of various sorts) appear to be widely shared, and both their evolutionary origins and neural basis can be profitably investigated using cognitive phylogenetics. Such an analysis requires some over-arching classification framework, within which issues of parsing and generative complexity can be adjudicated. I suggest that formal language theory offers the best available framework at present, although this should eventually be replaced by some more natural, neurally-based framework, once such a framework becomes available. I will illustrate the promise, and some pitfalls, associated with this approach by discussing some recent research comparing pattern-recognition in various human populations, and multiple animal species.


More details: www.mpi.nl/education/imprs-for-language-sciences/news-and-events/tecumseh-fitch
Discourse op Dinsdag, UIL OTS Utrecht University, November 23 2010
Date & time: 23 November, 13:00-14:30
Location: Utrecht University, Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, Stijlkamer van Ravesteyn 1.06

Maite Taboada
Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada)


Coherence and cohesion in multimodal documents

In this talk I present preliminary results of an ongoing project on the discourse characteristics of multimodal documents. This is joint work with Christopher Habel, carried out under an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship at the University of Hamburg.
A great deal of work in the last few years has focused on the relationships between text and material presented through other modalities, be it visual, audio, or a combination of the two. Research on document design and learning has been trying to elucidate what kind of impact multimodal material has on the reader. Much research has studied whether to use multimodal material or not, where to place it, and what effect captions or other verbal information surrounding such material have on the reader (e.g., Acartürk et al., 2008; Mayer, 2009).

Less frequently discussed is the nature of the relationship between graphical material and the text itself. The point of departure for this work is that multimodal documents, just like any other form of discourse, exhibit coherence and cohesion relations. In particular, we are examining coherence relations between text and graphical material (pictures, diagrams, figures and tables), and cohesive ties that establish cross-reference between the two modes. In order to understand and categorize the types of relations between figures and text, we are making use of Rhetorical Structure Theory (Mann and Thompson, 1988), and discuss whether RST relations are sufficient for describing these types of relations.
Ours is a corpus study. Because we believe genre constraints the types of figures present and the way they are introduced, we study three different genres: newspaper articles (New York Times), magazine articles in a scientific magazine (Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery), and scientific articles (Journal of Computational Linguistics). The corpus consists of about 1,500 pages of material, containing over 700 figures, tables and graphs. We show that figures stand in both presentational and subject matter relations to the text they accompany, and that cross-referencing varies widely across genres, with newspaper articles showing little or no reference to the graphical material, and scientific articles marking the reference to the figure explicitly in the text.


References
Acartürk, Cengiz, Christopher Habel, Kursat Cagiltay and Ozge Alacam (2008) Multimodal comprehension of language and graphics: Graphs with and without annotations. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 1 (3): 2, 1-15.
Mann, William C. and Sandra A. Thompson (1988) Rhetorical Structure Theory: Toward a functional theory of text organization. Text, 8 (3): 243-281.
Mayer, Richard E. (2009) Multimedia Learning (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Brief biographical note:
Maite Taboada is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada). She holds a PhD from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), and carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Alberta (Canada). Her areas of research are discourse analysis, computational linguistics and systemic functional linguistics. Some of her current research projects are: cohesion and referring expressions in Spanish and English, combining cohesion and Centering Theory; structure of multimodal documents; evaluation and appraisal in text (and how to implement a system to perform automatic sentiment analysis).

The Discourse op Dinsdag discussion group is intended for researchers working on discourse from a language use perspective, and offers a platform to discuss their work (in progress). For more information check our website www.let.uu.nl/vici.

Kind regards,
The organizers:
Anneloes Canestrelli,
Pim Mak,
Ingrid Persoon,
Ted Sanders,
Rosie van Veen.
Nijmegen Lectures 2010, December 6th, 7th and 8th; deadline registration November 30th
The Nijmegen Lectures committee is pleased to announce that the Nijmegen Lectures 2010 will take place on December 6th, 7th and 8th.
This year's lectures will be given by Aniruddh D. Patel (Esther J. Burnham Senior Fellow, The Neurosciences Institute). The title of the lecture series is: Music, language, and the brain.

For more detailed information on each of the lectures, including abstracts, please go to the Nijmegen Lectures 2010 website www.mpi.nl/events/nijmegen-lectures-2010

Please note that registration is required for everybody who plans to attend. Seating is limited for the afternoon sessions. We advise you to register as soon as possible (deadline November 30th). You can do so by clicking on the following link: www.mpi.nl/events/nijmegen-lectures-2010/registration-2010

All lectures and seminars are free of charge and open to the public.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Nijmegen Lectures 2010.

Sincerely,
Daniel Casasanto, Agnieszka Konopka, Makiko Sadakata, Kirsten Weber and Nanjo Bogdanowicz
-----
Mrs. Nanjo Bogdanowicz
secretary Language Acquisition Group
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Wundtlaan 1, 6525 XD NIJMEGEN The Netherlands
Tel.: +31 (0)24 3521 454
Fax: +31 (0)24 3521 213
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
CamLING2010, the Sixth Cambridge Postgraduate Conference in Language Research, Cambridge, UK, December 7-8 2010
We are pleased to announce the Sixth Cambridge Postgraduate Conference in Language Research (CamLing2010) to be held in the University of Cambridge Computer Lab on 7 and 8 December 2010.

CamLing brings together postgraduate students working in a wide range of areas of language research and provides a forum for interdisciplinary discussion where students can present and discuss their work with other people from both theoretical and applied backgrounds. Continuing an established tradition, this year's conference has attracted the submission of a number of outstanding papers from leading universities in the UK and abroad. Please, visit www.srcf.ucam.org/camling/programme.html for details on the conference programme.

We are particularly delighted to welcome Dr Philip Durkin of the Oxford English Dictionary and Dr Napoleon Katsos of the Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics of the University of Cambridge as this year's plenary speakers. For more information on their plenary talks, please see www.srcf.ucam.org/camling/speakers.html.

For the first time in the history of the conference, CamLing2010 will feature a workshop themed 'Linguistics matters!'. The workshop will include two invited talks by Professors Peter Patrick and Dick Hudson who will showcase a range of possibilities for the active involvement of graduate students of Linguistics in public engagement. More information and updates on the workshop can be found at www.srcf.ucam.org/camling/workshop.html.

We would also like to draw your attention to the registration page on our website: www.srcf.ucam.org/camling/registration.html. There you will find all the necessary information on how to register

(a) to attend the conference;
(b) for accommodation at Selwyn College during the days of the conference; and,
(c) to attend the conference dinner at Selwyn College on 7 December 2010.

Registration for all of the above is done by means of a secure online registration form. The link to the form can be form can be found on the above page, where you will also find more information regarding your attendance, accommodation and catering during CamLing2010.

We look forward to welcoming you all.

With warmest wishes,
Petros Karatsareas
On behalf of the CamLing2010 Organising Committee
Workshop on Morphosyntax-Phonology Interface Theories, Leiden University, December 8 2010
Date/ time: 8 December, 9,30-18,00

Location: Gravensteen 11

LUCL Leiden, the Meertens Instituut (KNAW) and Mouton de Gruyter are very happy to announce a workshop on

Morphosyntax-Phonology Interface Theories

to be held in Leiden on December 8, 2010.

The workshop is centered around the topics addressed in Tobias Scheer's latest book A Guide to Morphosyntax-Phonology Interface Theories. How Extra-Phonological Information is treated in Phonology since Trubetzkoy’s Grenzsignale, which reviews the history of morphosyntax-phonology interface from structuralism until phase theory.

The questions to be addressed include:

What should a good interface theory look like?

To what extent is modularity required in a theory of language?

How can we use properties of morpho-syntactic theory to argue for or against competing theories of phonology (and vice-versa)?

Mainly representational models (like prosodic phonology) alternate historically with mainly derivational ones (like phase theory). However, exclusively representational or exclusively derivational models do not seem to be plausible. Where can we draw the line between derivation and representation? How much derivation is needed, and how much representation, to account for interface events?

On this occasion, Tobias Scheer’s book will also be presented.

Invited speakers:

- Lisa Cheng

- David Embick

- Pavel Iosad

- Rita Manzini

- Marc van Oostendorp

- Andres Saab & Anikó Liptak

- Tobias Scheer
Workshop Going Romance 24, Leiden University, December 11 2010
Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Start Date: 09-Dec-2010 - 11-Dec-2010
Contact: Going Romance 2010 Conference Organizer
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: hum.leiden.edu/lucl/going-romance/
Meeting Description: Going Romance is the European conference series that focuses on Romance languages from the perspective of current linguistic theorizing. In the two decades of its existence, it has developed into the major European discussion forum for theoretically relevant research on Romance languages where current ideas about language in general and about Romance languages in particular are discussed.

Going Romance has a steering committee, in which all Dutch universities that are involved in research on Romance languages are represented. It is organised every year, in the first half of December.

Going Romance is the European conference series that focuses on Romance languages from the perspective of current linguistic theorizing. In more than two decades of its existence, it has developed into the major European discussion forum for theoretically relevant research on Romance languages where current ideas about language in general and about Romance languages in particular are discussed.

Going Romance 24 will take place in Leiden (Netherlands) on December 9-10 2010 and will be followed by the Going Romance Workshop 'Non-Romance features in Romance languages' on December 11 2010.

The invited speakers for Going Romance 24 are:

Ana Arregui
Joćo Costa
Rita Manzini
Tobias Scheer

Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics
NORMS Workshop on Verb Movement: Its Nature, Triggers and Effects, University of Amsterdam, December 11th & 12th 2010
The Nordic Center of Excellence in Microcomparative Syntax (NORMS) and the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organize a two-day workshop on verb movement. For a description of this workshop, see:

linguistlist.org/callconf/browse-conf-action.cfm?ConfID=114521

It is possible to attend this workshop by registering as follows: send an email to before December 9th to o.n.c.j.koeneman(removeme)uva.nl and pay a 10 euro payment at the workshop site.

Location:
Doelenzaal, Singel 421-427, Amsterdam.

Program:

Saturday 11th of December

09:30-10:30: Invited speaker 1: Winfried Lechner (University of Athens): TBA
10:30-11:10: Martin Salzmann (University of Zürich):
Evidence for semantically active covert head-movement–scope in Verb Projection Raising
11:10-11:20: COFFEE BREAK
11:20-12:00: Höskuldur Thrįinsson (University of Iceland): TBA
12:00-13:00: Invited speaker 2: Ųystein Nilsen (Queen Mary, U. of London): TBA
13:00-14:00: LUNCH BREAK
14:00-14:40: Kristine Bentzen (University of Tromsų) & Caroline Heycock (University of Edinburgh): TBA
14:40-15:20: Madoka Murakami (Jissen Women's University and U. of Siena):
Mood, features, and verb movement
15:20-16:00: Sonia Cyrino (University of Campinas):
Morphological marking and verb movement in Brazilian Portuguese
16:00-16:20: COFFEE BREAK
16:20-17:00: Terje Lohndal (U. of Maryland), Ųystein Vangsnes (U. of Tromsų) & Marit Westergaard (U. of Tromsų):
Verb movement in matrix wh-questions in Norwegian dialects: Microvariation and diachrony
17:00-18:00: Invited speaker 3: Klaus Abels (Univ. College London): TBA

19:30: WORKSHOP DINNER

Sunday 12th of December
09:30-10:30: Invited speaker 4: Anna-Lena Wiklund (Lund University):
AGR-related verb second effects
10:30-11:10: Piotr Garbacz (University of Oslo):
Low verb second and agreement in Scandinavian dialects
11:10-11:20: COFFEE BREAK
11:20-12:00: Hedde Zeijlstra (University of Amsterdam) & Olaf Koeneman (University of Amsterdam): The Rich Agreement Hypothesis resurrected: weak isn’t strong enough
12:00-13:00: Invited speaker 5: Ora Matushansky (Utrecht University): Alternatives to head-movement
13:00-14:00: LUNCH BREAK
14:00-14:40: Thórhallur Eythórsson (University of Iceland): TBA
14:40-15:40: Invited speaker 6: Theresa Biberauer (U. of Cambridge): TBA
15:40-16:00: COFFEE BREAK
16:00-16:40: Gary Thoms (University of Strathclyde):
Syntactic verb movement without feature-checking: evidence from ellipsis
16:40-17:40: Invited speaker 7: Jan-Wouter Zwart (U. of Groningen): TBA

Alternate: Krzysztof Migdalski (University of Wroclaw):
Remnant XP movement becomes head movement – evidence from Polish
Workshop ‘morpho-phonology in language and literacy’, University of Amsterdam, January 13-14 2011
Funded by the Partnership Programme in Science of the British Research Council and the Dutch Bčta Platform Techniek

Time: Thursday 13 January and Friday 14 January 2011 from 09.30-17.00
Place: University of Amsterdam. VOC-zaal, Bushuis / Oost-Indisch Huis. Kloveniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam

Note: Attendance is free of charge, but tea / coffee and lunch is not provided.
The capacity of the lecture room is limited, so please sign up if you would like to attend: J.E.Rispens(removeme)uva.nl

In this workshop, UK and Netherlands-based postdoc researchers will explore the interaction between phonology and morphology. Perspectives from first-language, second-language acquisition and language disorders will be discussed, as well as the role of morpho-phonology in literacy acquisition.

Thursday 13 January 2011
Session 1 Morpho-phonological acquisition across childhood (from infancy to adults)
09.30-10.15 Helen Bucker (Radboud University Nijmegen) The acquisition of voicing alternations by Dutch toddlers.
10.15-11.00 Merel Keijzer (Utrecht University) Morpho-phonology across the lifespan: comparing L1 attrition and advanced L1 acquisition.
Session 2 Cross-linguistic and second language morpho-phonological acquisition

11.15-12.00 Vicki Chondrogianni (University of Reading): Production and processing of gender by Greek successive bilingual children.
12.00-12.45 Nada Vasic (University of Amsterdam) TBA
LUNCH
Session 3 The relationship between morphophonology and literacy
14.15-15.00 Annemarie Kerkhoff (Utrecht University) Acquisition of voicing alternations and neutralisation in Dutch school-aged children
15.00-15.45 Rebecca Larkin (Nottingham Trent University) Do children use morphological spelling strategies?
16.00-16.45 Catherine Dickie (University of Edingburgh). Rebelling greenhouses: The invisible relationship between morpho-phonology and literacy

Friday 14 January
Session 4 Morpho-phonology in language and literacy impairment
09.30-10.15 Theo Marinis (University of Reading) TBA
10.15-11.00 Chloe Marshall (City University London) Comorbidity in SLI and dyslexia: Testing models of a shared phonological deficit
11.15-12.00 Hannah Nash (University of York) Phonological and broader oral language skills: the overlap between dyslexia and SLI in the early years
12.00-12.45 Marjolein van Weerdenburg (Radboud University Nijmegen) TBA
LUNCH
14.15-15.00 Kristina Moll (University of York) Broader phenotypes of dyslexia in siblings at family-risk of dyslexia
15.00-15.45 Judith Rispens (University of Amsterdam) & Elise de Bree (Utrecht University) The morpho-phonological nature of plural noun and past tense acquisition in Dutch typically developing children, children with SLI and reading impairment.
16.00-16.30 DISCUSSION AND CLOSING

Organisation: Elise de Bree (University of Utrecht), Chloe Marshall (City University London) and Judith Rispens (University of Amsterdam).

Please go to home.medewerker.uva.nl/j.e.rispens/ for updates on the programme
Workshops GALATEA I, II, III, CLARIN-Vlaanderen in Leuven, December 14 2010
GALATEA:

Oud(er) Nederlands en nieuwe, digitale onderzoeksmogelijkheden

Op 14 december 2010 organiseert CLARIN-Vlaanderen in Leuven de eerste van een drietal workshops over het gebruik van digitale hulpmiddelen bij onderzoek gebruikmakend van Nederlandse teksten. De nadruk ligt op het onderzoek in /van oude(re) teksten, omdat voor hedendaags Nederlands al meer mogelijk is.

We definiėren oud(er) Nederlands erg ruim: van Middelnederlands tot het Nederlands van het begin van de 20e eeuw! Een en ander geschiedt in het kader van het CLARIN-project dat beoogt een digitale infrastructuur beschikbaar te maken voor onderzoekers in de humane en sociale

wetenschappen: taalkundigen, letterkundigen, historici, sociologen, ...

Natuurlijk zijn ook onderzoekers die zich bezighouden met hedendaags Nederlands van harte welkom om mee te discussiėren en ook hun noden en behoeften te formuleren!

***

GALATEA I

14 december, Leuven, 10-16 uur

www.ccl.kuleuven.be/CLARIN

Deze eerste workshop is bedoeld om te achterhalen welke noden en wensen de betrokken onderzoekers hebben. Wat zou men in de toekomst graag willen kunnen doen? Wat is er bijvoorbeeld voor andere talen al wel mogelijk en nog niet voor het Nederlands? In de presentaties staan de mogelijkheden die het gebruik van digitale hulpmiddelen bieden centraal.


Programma

09.40-10.00 Ontvangst, koffie en thee

10.00-10.15 Introductie (Ineke Schuurman)

10.15-10.45 Jan Dumolyn & Jonas Braekevelt (U.Gent), 'Kwantitatieve

en kwalitatieve discoursanalyse van de verordeningen van Filips de Goede aan de hand van Hyperbase (E. Brunet')

10.45-11.15 Joop van der Horst & Freek Van de Velde (K.U.Leuven),

'Zoeken in taal'.

11.15-11.30 Koffie- en theepauze

11.30-12.00 Thomas Crombez (U.Antwerpen), 'Weg van de searchbox. Nut

en nadeel van het Google-paradigma voor historisch onderzoek aan de hand van digitale corpora'.

12.00-12.30 Huib Zuidervaart (KNAW), 'Geleerdenbrievenproject en

wetenschapsgeschiedenis'.

12.30-13.00 Evie Coussé; (U.Gent & U.Göteborg), 'Methodologische

uitdagingen voor een longitudinaal corpus "Historisch Nederlands"'.

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.15 Korte presentatie nog niet aan bod gekomen mogelijkheden

(Ineke Schuurman)

14.15-15.00 Noden en verlangens. Discussie in kleinere groepen

15.00-15.15 Koffie- en theepauze

15.15-15.50 Plenaire discussie

15.50-16.00 Afsluiting en vooruitblik naar GALATEA II en III

Organisatie:

Walter Daelemans en Mike Kestemont (U.Antwerpen) Ineke Schuurman (K.U.Leuven, coördinator CLARIN-Vlaanderen)

Deelname is gratis. Wel vragen we u zich te registreren om het aantal deelnemers in te kunnen schatten (grootte zaal, organisatie lunch etc).

Registratie is mogelijk tot 10 december ( www.ccl.kuleuven.be/CLARIN). De zaal wordt later bekend gemaakt.
Robert Lowth Symposium, University of Leiden, 17-18 December 2010
2010 may rightly be called the Robert Lowth Year: on 27 November it will have been three hundred years since he was born “in his Father’s Prebendal house in the Close Winchester”, as he himself wrote in his brief Memoirs.

To celebrate this event as well as the fact that his grammar may be called the most important grammar published during the eighteenth century, the VICI research project The Codifiers and the English Language is organising a two-day symposium in Leiden, on 17 and 18 December.

Plenary speaker at the symposium will be Carol Percy, from the University of Toronto.
More information: www.robertlowth.com/conference.html
De dag van de Fonetiek 2010, Universiteit Utrecht, December 23 2010
Over onderzoek naar spraak en spraaktechnologie

( www.fon.hum.uva.nl/FonetischeVereniging/)

Donderdag 23 december 2010 in de Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21 te Utrecht
Georganiseerd door de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Fonetische Wetenschappen

Deelname is gratis, iedereen is welkom

Programma
9:00 Ontvangst met koffie
9:25 Opening
9:30-10:30 Ochtendsessie I
9:30 De 'scherpe' /z/ en forensische relevantie van segmentele variatie
David van der Vloed
9:50 Uit de forensische spraakkeuken
Jos Vermeulen
10:10 Validiteit van herkomstbepaling op basis van spraak door de IND
Tina Cambier-Langeveld
10:30-11:00 Koffie- en theepauze
11:00-12:20 Ochtendsessie II
11:00 spraaksynthese met de eigen stem: 4 casestudy's met ALS-patiėnten
Arthur Dirksen
11:20 Optimalisatie van tekst-to-speech door gebruik van metainformatie (documentstructuur)
Bouke Versteegh
11:40 De overgang
Ellen Ormel en Onno Crasborn
12:00 Over postura in het NL
Luc van Buuren
12:20-12:50 Algemene Ledenvergadering
12:50-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Middagsessie I
14:00 Schwareductie in Nederlandse woordinitiėle lettergrepen
Iris Hanique, Barbara Schuppler, en Mirjam Ernestus
14:20 Klinkerproductie en -perceptie in het Standaardnederlands
Jan-Willem van Leussen
14:40 Effect van luistertype op de perceptie en productie van spraak
Marie Nilsenovį
15:00-15:30 Koffie- en theepauze
15:30-16:30 Middagsessie II
15:30 Een dynamisch perspectief op de ontwikkeling van T2-fonologie: productie en perceptie
Wander Lowie
15:50 Mutual intelligibility of English vowels by chinese dialect speakers
Rongjia CUI en Vincent J. van Heuven
16:10 Mutual intelligibility of Dutch and German cognates by humans and machines
Vincent J. van Heuven, Charlotte Gooskens en Renée van Bezooijen
16:30 Afsluiting en borrel
Biolinguistics Workshop, University of Groningen, January 7 2011
Associated with ConSOLE XIX, a workshop on biolinguistics will be held at the University of Groningen on January 7th, 2011. The biolinguistics research area focuses on the biology and evolution of language and aims to understand the unique ability and origin of human language. Research carried out within the field of biolinguistics has received considerable and increasing attention over the past few decades from researchers within various fields including linguistics, (evolutionary) biology, philosophy, mathematics, and neuroscience. The collaborative efforts within these scientific fields attempt to arrive at a deeper understanding of the origin, biology and evolution of the language faculty.

Graduate students not having defended a Ph.D. in Linguistics by September 13th are invited to submit abstracts relating to the topic of biolinguistics. The call is open to any subfield relevant to this matter, from theoretical linguistics to more applied research areas such as language acquisition and neurolinguistics.

The Biolinguistics Workshop will precede the nineteenth Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE XIX). ConSOLE XIX will be held in Groningen from 5 to 8 January 2011. For more information, follow this link: www.let.rug.nl/console19/.

Local organizing committee
Ankelien Schippers
Gisi Cannizzaro
Hanneke Loerts
Anja Schüppert
Radek Šimķk
Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE XIX), Groningen, January 5-8 2011
19th Conference of Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE XIX)

Date: 05-Jan-2011 - 08-Jan-2011
Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Meeting Email: consolexix(removeme)gmail.com
Web Site: www.let.rug.nl/console19

MEETING DESCRIPTION

We are proud to announce that the 19th Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE XIX) will take place at the University of Groningen in January 6 - 8, 2010.
See for call for paper below 'Calls for papers for events.'
Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research (EMLAR) VII, Utrecht University, February 2-4 2011
Lectures and hands-on sessions on methodological aspects of language acquisition research

We are happy to announce the seventh edition of EMLAR, taking place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from February 2 – 4 2011 (Wednesday to Friday).

The workshop aims at training advanced MA and PhD students working on first and second language acquisition in experimental research. Experts in various domains of language acquisition research are giving various lectures and practices.

The full program of EMLAR VII and details about registration are available at:

www.hum.uu.nl/emlar/home.htm

Registration deadline: December 20, 2010.

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

Confirmed speakers and topics:
• Huub van den Bergh (Utrecht University) - Educational research
• Onno Crasborn & Paula Fikkert (Radboud University Nijmegen) - Acquisition of sign language phonology
• Virginia Gathercole (Bangor University) - Naturalistic versus experimental studies: taking advantage of both
• Judith Gervain (CNRS-Paris Descartes) - Near-Infrared Spectroscopy: a primer
• Steven Gillis (University of Antwerp) - Samples, sampling and other confusing things
• Petra Hendriks (University of Groningen) - Identifying production-comprehension asymmetries in language acquisition
• Jan Hulstijn (University of Amsterdam) - Measuring language proficiency
• Elizabeth Lanza (Oslo University) - Methodological issues in selecting sites and participants for research on bilingualism
• Tierry Nazzy (Université Paris) - Crosslinguistic study of the consonantal bias in early word learning
• Nuria Sebastiįn-Gallés (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - The bilingual in the crib: early acquisition of two languages

Tutorials:
• PRAAT
• Lexical databases
• Eye tracking: reading
• Eye tracking: visual world paradigm
• Statistics with R
• Multilevel analysis
• SPSS
• CHILDES
• Computational methods

Organizing committee:
Ivana Brasileiro
Desiree Capel
Lizet van Ewijk
Rene Kager
Arnout Koornneef
Elena Tribushinina
TIN-DAG AvT Leiden, onderdeel De Grote Taaldag, Utrecht, 5 februai 2011
ALGEMENE VERENIGING VOOR TAALWETENSCHAP

Secretariaat: Bert Botma (e.d.botma(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl) / Ale de Boer (a.de.boer(removeme)net.hcc.nl) Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, Universiteit Leiden, Postbus 9515, 2300 RA Leiden

Website: www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderzoek/avt

Aan de leden van de Algemene Vereniging voor Taalwetenschap:

De Grote Taaldag
De volgende TIN-dag wordt gehouden op zaterdag 5 februari 2011. De TIN-dag zal voor het eerst plaatsvinden tijdens de Grote Taaldag, een initiatief van AVT, Anéla, Viot en LOT. Tijdens deze dag wordt parallel aan de TIN-dag ook de Anéla-juniorendag georganiseerd. Aansluitend volgt het jaarlijkse Taalgala, waarop ondermeer de AVT-Anéla-dissertatieprijs 2010 uitgereikt wordt. Tot slot viert de AVT op deze dag haar 60-jarige bestaan, met een borrel en tapasreceptie.
De Grote Taaldag vindt plaats in het Marinus Ruppertgebouw op het terrein van de Uithof (en dus niet op de Drift!): Leuvenlaan 21, 3584 CE Utrecht. Omdat hier geen horecagelegenheden in de buurt zijn, worden de lunch en koffie/thee door de AVT verzorgd. Hiervoor vragen wij een bijdrage (€15 voor reguliere leden, €10 voor promovendi), die u aan het begin van de dag kunt voldoen. Voor de tapasreceptie wordt een aparte bijdrage (van €10) gevraagd.

Inschrijving
Om een goed beeld te krijgen van het aantal aanwezigen op de TIN-dag en de daarop volgende receptie is het belangrijk dat u zich van tevoren via de website van de AVT inschrijft. U kunt dit doen op www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderzoek/avt. Graag horen we voor vrijdag 21 januari bij welke onderdelen u aanwezig wil zijn.

Samenvattingen voor de TIN-dag
Ieder AVT-lid dat op de TIN-dag een voordracht wil houden, wordt verzocht op uiterlijk maandag 29 november aanstaande een samenvatting van maximaal 170 woorden te sturen naar a.de.boer(removeme)net.hcc.nl. Daarnaast geeft u aan: uw naam, de titel van de lezing, eventueel uw werkbetrekking en het globale deelgebied van uw onderwerp. Als u van plan of bereid bent uw lezing in het Engels te houden, kunt u dit aangeven met een Engelse titel en samenvatting in plaats van een Nederlandse. Uw samenvatting dient geschreven te zijn in ASCII of RTF/word. Leden mogen maximaal 2 samenvattingen indienen (1 als eerste auteur, 1 als co-auteur).
Als u geen bevestiging van ontvangst van uw samenvatting ontvangt, verdient het aanbeveling contact op te nemen met de AVT. Alleen bevestigde sprekers worden ingepland voor de TIN-dag. Mochten er meer sprekers zijn dan plaatsen in het programma, dan zullen de laatst ontvangen abstracts opgenomen worden als “alternates”.
De lezingen op de TIN-dag duren 20 minuten, gevolgd door een vragensessie van 10 minuten. Ook deze keer wordt een bundel Linguistics in the Netherlands samengesteld. Sprekers kunnen na de TIN-dag een schriftelijke versie van hun lezing aanbieden aan de redactie, die op basis van referentenrapporten beslist of het paper voor publicatie in de LIN-bundel in aanmerking komt.
Het programmaboekje van de TIN-dag (inclusief samenvattingen) zal in de loop van december op de AVT-site verschijnen. In tegenstelling tot wat u gewend bent, zal er vanaf dit jaar geen papieren programmaboekje van de TIN-dag meer verschijnen.

Met vriendelijke groet,
Bert Botma, secretaris AVT
CICLing 2011, 12th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics, Tokyo, Japan, February 20-26, 2011
CICLing 2011

12th International Conference on
Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics

Tokyo, Japan, February 20-26, 2011

www.CICLing.org/2011

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

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Chris Manning, Diana McCarthy, Jun'ichi Tsujii, Hans Uszkoreit

TOURS:
Three excellent tours in and around Tokyo

AWARDS:
Best paper, best student paper,
best presentation, best poster, best software

SUBMISSION DEADLINES:
October 20: registration of tentative abstract,
November 1: uploading of full papers
(contact us for late submissions)

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

See complete CFP and contact on www.CICLing.org/2011

This message is sent in good faith of its usefulness for you as an NLP/CL researcher. If this is an error, kindly let me know.

Alexander Gelbukh
www.Gelbukh.com
Historical Sociolinguistic Network Conference, Leiden University, 22-24 June 2011
HiSoN Conference: Touching the Past: (Ego) documents in a Linguistic and Historical Perspective

The research project “Brieven als Buit/ Letters as Loot” will be organising the next Historical Sociolinguistic Network Conference at Leiden University in June 2011. This time, the theme of the conference will be: "Touching the Past: (Ego)documents in a Linguistic and Historical Perspective". Scholars interested in any aspect relating to the HiSoN Conference theme are invited to submit abstracts for papers and to propose suggestions for workshops or panel sessions.

More information: hum.leiden.edu/lucl/hison-conference/news/conference.html
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Twee promotieplaatsen aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel voor onder zoek naar Europese sociale taalgeschiedenis. Deadline: December 10 2010
FACULTEIT LETTEREN EN WIJSBEGEERTE
Centrum voor linguļstiek

Aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel (faculteit LW, Centrum voor linguļstiek) zijn twee promotieplaatsen beschikbaar voor onderzoek naar

' Fundamenten voor een Europese sociale taalgeschiedenis: taalplanning in Europa tijdens de lange 19de eeuw (1794-1914).'

Het project past in de bredere context van lopend historisch-sociolinguļstisch VUB-onderzoek naar taal en maatschappij tijdens de lange 19de eeuw.

Een ruimere projectbeschrijving is te vinden op volgende webpagina:
homepages.vub.ac.be/~wvdbussc/vacancy.html

In principe wordt uitgekeken naar kandidaten met een diploma taal- en letterkunde, maar kandidaten met affiniteit voor sociale taalgeschiedenis en sociolinguļstiek uit andere disciplines komen uiteraard ook in aanmerking.

In het onderzoek wordt een belangrijke comparatieve dimensie sterk benadrukt (bijvoorbeeld door aparte nationale case studies over taalplanning in een bredere Europese context te plaatsen, of door een aantal cruciale factoren te analyseren die in verschillende types van taalplanning doorheen Europa een rol speelden).

Van de kandidaten wordt verwacht dat het onderzoek na vier jaar tot een afgerond proefschrift leidt.

In principe werken de onderzoek(st)ers in Brussel, maar samenwerking met een buitenlandse onderzoekseenheid is bespreekbaar.

Geļnteresseerden sturen een CV, een korte visietekst over het uit te voeren onderzoek en een kopie van hun eindverhandeling naar

prof. dr. Wim Vandenbussche
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Centrum voor linguļstiek
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel
Belgiė

email: wvdbussc(removeme)vub.ac.be

Daar kan men ook terecht voor verdere informatie over deze vacatures en over het project.

We bieden een aanstelling als doctoraatsbursaal (jaarlijks verlengbaar, in principe voor vier jaar). Werkingsmiddelen worden voorzien.

De aanstelling gaat normaliter in op 1 januari of 1 februari 2011.
Reageren kan tot vrijdag 10 december 2010.
PhD candidate in the project 'Experimenting with mixed modes of data collection', University of Groningen (CLCG). Deadline: December 15 2010
University of Groningen, Faculty of Arts, CLCG

PhD position 'Mixed modes in the European Social Survey' (1,0 fte)

The department of Communication and Information Sciences is looking for a PhD candidate in the project 'Experimenting with mixed modes of data collection'. The project is part of the Methodological development projects in the European Social Survey (ESS, (www.europeansocialsurvey.org)).

See for further details and application procedure the advert at:
www.academictransfer.com/employer/RUG/vacancy/7314/lang/en/
3PhD Fellowships at IMPRS for Language Sciences. Deadline: January 6 2011
The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and two research institutes based at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Centre for Language Studies. The research school offers an unrivalled training and research environment in the language sciences, allowing interdisciplinary work of the highest standard.

The IMPRS for Language Sciences is now advertising three doctoral fellowships in any field contributing to the language sciences, for example, cognitive neuroscience of language, psycholinguistics or linguistics. The fellowships are, in the normal case, three years in length. Fellowship recipients will receive a monthly salary sufficient to cover living costs in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Applicants must have a Masters degree (or expect to complete the degree before September 2011) in a relevant field. The working language of the research school is English.

Applications must be prepared according to the following guidelines or will not be considered. Your application should be emailed as one PDF document that includes the following information:

Curriculum vitae. Include:

Relevant work and educational background.
Details about your completed or expected Masters degree, including supervisors, date of completion, title of thesis and a brief description of your topic, and any grades you received for relevant coursework.
Details about your technical skillset, for example, this may include programming, statistics, mathematical knowledge, experimental design/methods, neuroimaging, practical phonetics, corpus methods, fieldwork, et cetera.

Personal statement of interest. No more than half a page.
Include:

Highlights of your background and career aspirations.
Reasons for special interest in the IMPRS for Language Sciences.

Tentative research proposal. No more than one page. Include:

A sketch of your proposed PhD research project that gives a basic overview of your proposed research and the methods you hope to employ. Note, the details of the final research project would be decided upon in consultation with supervisors—here we would like to see how well you can frame a research question and test a hypothesis.
Names of potential supervisors from any of the three IMPRS partner institutes. You can find out about researchers’ work from the partner institute websites (see below for links). You do not need to contact potential supervisors at this time.

References. Provide:

Names, titles and email contact details of two academic referees.

Proof of English-language proficiency if not a native English
speaker. Provide:

Electronic copy/scan of TOEFL/Cambridge/IELTS certificate. This may be submitted after the main application deadline if necessary.

The final day for applications is Thursday, 6 January 2011. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Send your application by email (marked "IMPRS application") to imprs(removeme)mpi.nl. All queries may also be sent to this address.

Short-listed applicants will be contacted about interviews in early February 2011 and interviews will be held in mid-February 2011.

For more information about the IMPRS for Language Sciences, visit the research school's website.

For more information about research at the IMPRS for Language Science’s partner institutes, visit their websites:

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psycholinguistics at the Humanities Laboratory, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, Sweden. Deadline: January 10 2011
Postal address Box 117, 221 00 LUND Visiting address Sölvegatan 14 A, LUND Telephone +46 46 222 7221 switchboard
+46 46 222 00 00 Fax +46 46 222 4410 E-mail marina.rochester(removeme)kansliht.lu.se
Website www.ht.lu.se
Faculty Office

Lund University invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral
Fellowship in Psycholinguistics at the Humanities Laboratory, Centre for
Languages and Literature.
Reg. No 2047
Starting date: 1 March 2011 or by agreement

For information on the position, please contact Professor Marianne
Gullberg (tel. +46 46 222 03 89 or e-mail marianne.gullberg(removeme)ling.lu.se or
marianne.gullberg(removeme)humlab.lu.se).

For information on the terms of employment and salary, please contact
human resources officer Lena Kandefelt (tel +46 46 222 72 24, e-mail
lena.kandefelt(removeme)kansliht.lu.se).

We invite applications for a two-year project in one of three
psycholinguistic domains:
1) Online language processing in (adult) bilinguals or language learners
in production or comprehension. Relevant questions are: How does
processing change during acquisition? How and when do the
languages involved interact and which effects are general to all
learners/bilinguals regardless of source and target language?
2) Psycholinguistic studies of multimodal language processing
(preferably in a cross-linguistic perspective). Pertinent questions are:
How are speech and gesture integrated in production or
comprehension? How and when do the modalities interact in
production, comprehension, and acquisition?
3) Online multimodal language processing in (adult) bilinguals or
language learners. Relevant questions are: What does multimodal
analysis reveal about processing during acquisition, about how and
when languages interact, and about effects that are general to all
bilinguals/learners? What role do gestures play for language
acquisition? How is multimodal bilingual production perceived and
understood by monolingual native speakers?

All studies are expected to combine experimental methods (both
behavioural and/or electrophysiological) with more qualitative analyses.
19 November 2011
1
Reg. No 2010/2047 E23
VACANCY NOTICE
2
The research will be conducted in the Lund University Humanities Lab
( www.humlab.lu.se/en/home), an advanced, interdisciplinary research
facility. It offers access to a wide array of experimental techniques,
including eye-tracking, ERP, motion capture and VR. The Lab has
permanent personnel with technological and methodological expertise,
including an in-house methodologist.
The successful applicant has a background in one or several of the following
domains: online studies of processing in language learners or bilinguals;
psycholinguistic studies of co-speech gestures; EEG/ERP studies of
linguistic processing (including data treatment and programming skills).
The position of post-doctoral researcher is intended for researchers who already hold a PhD degree. The main criterion for assessment is documented research skills.

Assessment of the applicant’s qualifications will be based partly on relevant
previously conducted research and partly on a description of the research project that the applicant intends to carry out within the advertised position (three pages maximum). It must be possible to complete the planned research project within two years. Therefore, the project description must include information on how the project’s findings are to be reported.
Qualifications: the candidate must have been awarded a PhD degree not
more than three years before the application deadline and must not have
been previously employed as a postdoctoral fellow in Sweden. If the PhD
degree is more than three years old the candidate must submit certificates of
parental leave, sickness or similar reasons for leave.
The postdoctoral fellowship is a full-time post. The successful candidate is
expected to participate in seminar activities and to report on his or her
research to colleagues, doctoral students and others.
The application must include three copies of
- a complete and signed CV and a certified copy of the PhD degree
transcript
- a list of publications (including ISBN and ISSN numbers)
- a signed project plan of the research project the candidate intends to pursue
during the fellowship (no more than 3 pages, excluding references)
- two letters of reference
The application, in three copies, one of which is to be an unstapled original,
is to be addressed to the Vice-Chancellor of Lund University and sent to the
Registrar, Box 117, S-221 00 Lund, and must have arrived at the
Registrar’s Office no later than 10 January 2011. The registration
number of this vacancy announcement must be included in the application.
3
Equal opportunity aspects will be taken into account for this appointment, in
compliance with Lund University’s directives.
Ex officio
Marina Rochester
Two PhD positions at the ACLC within the ACLC research programme The Language Blueprint. Deadline: January 23 2011
The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication has two four-year PhD positions available for excellent candidates with an excellent research proposal, starting September 2011.

Research at the ACLC
The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication focuses on the description and explanation of variation in language and language use. A key feature of the ACLC approach is that linguistic phenomena 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. 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 another 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 also a clear focus.

PhD proposal
It should fit within the ACLC research programme The Language Blueprint, preferably also witin the research focus area Learnability. Proposals futhermore focusing on foreign languages taught at the University of Amsterdam are specifically invited. Your research proposal should follow the guidelines available at the ACLC website.

Application
You can apply for one of the PhD positions to be filled per September 1st 2011, by submitting your own proposal before Monday January 24th 2011 (January 23rd 23:59 at the latest). The ACLC website provides further information on how to submit your proposal (see www.hum.uva.nl/aclc under Vacancies).

Tasks
The PhD student needs to carry out the research and write a dissertation within the contract period.

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

Information
Further information can be obtained from the managing director of the research institute dr. Els Verheugd, phone +31.20.525.2543, e-mail: E.A.B.M.Verheugd-Daatzelaar(removeme)uva.nl .

Position
The PhD student will be appointed for a period of 4 years (80%) or 3.3 years (full time) at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam under the terms of employment currently valid for the Faculty. A contract will be given in the first instance for one year, with an extension for the following years on the basis of an evaluation of, amongst other things, a written piece of work. 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
Submissions of a proposal should be sent before January 24th, 2011 ((January 23rd 23:59 at the latest) to the director of the ACLC, prof. dr P.C. Hengeveld. They should be submitted electronically to the address aclc-fgw(removeme)uva.nl. Applications received after this date or those that are incomplete will not be taken into consideration.
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for 23rd International Conference on Automated Deduction, Wroclaw, Poland, July 31 - August 5, 2011. Deadline: December 7, 2010
CADE-23

The 23rd International Conference on Automated Deduction
Wroclaw, Poland, July 31 - August 5, 2011

cade23.ii.uni.wroc.pl/

================
Call for Workshop and Tutorial Proposals
--------------------------
CADE-23 is the 23rd International Conference on Automated Deduction,
the major forum for the presentation of research in all aspects of
automated deduction. Topics of interest range from theoretical
foundations to high-performance implementations in a wide variety
of logics and logical theories, with applications in areas like
- verification, testing and synthesis:
program analysis and verification, hardware verification,
systematic software and hardware testing, synthesis.
- (computer-aided) mathematics,
- natural language processing, computational linguistics,
- knowledge representation, ontology reasoning, deductive databases,
- functional and logic programming,
- robotics, planning, and other areas of AI.

Workshop and tutorial proposals for CADE-23 are solicited.
Both well-established workshops and newer ones are encouraged.
Similarly, proposals for workshops with a tight focus on a core
automated reasoning specialization, as well as those with a broader,
more applied focus, are very welcome.

1. Workshop Proposals

Please provide the following information:

+ Workshop title.
+ Names and affiliations of organizers.
+ Brief description of workshop goals and/or topics.
+ Proposed workshop duration
(from half a day to two days is possible).
+ If the workshop has met previously, please include the conference
affiliation for the previous meeting. If the workshop is new,
please indicate this.


2. Tutorial Proposals

Tutorials are expected to be half-day events. Tutorial proposals
should provide the following information:

+ Tutorial title.
+ Names and affiliations of organizers.
+ Brief description of the tutorial's goals and topics to be covered.
+ Whether or not a version of the tutorial has been given previously.


All proposals should be sent via email in plain text to the Workshop
and Tutorial Chair (astump(removeme)cs.uiowa.edu), for consideration by the
CADE-23 workshops and tutorials committee:

Nikolaj Bjorner (Microsoft Research), Program Co-Chair
Viorica Sofronie-Stokkermans (Max Planck Institute), Program Co-Chair
Aaron Stump (The University of Iowa), Workshop and Tutorial Chair

Important dates:
Deadline for proposal submissions: December 7, 2010
Acceptance/rejection notification: January 7, 2011
Workshop dates: July 31 - August 1, 2011
CALL FOR PAPERS for A Special Issue of the Computational Linguistics Journal. Deadline: December 10 2010
cljournal.org/specials/modality-and-polarity.html
----------------------------------------------------------

Computational linguistics has seen achievements in handling language at different levels of linguistic abstraction, from tokenization to semantic role labeling. Given a sentence, systems can more or less reliably determine who does what to whom when and where. However, texts do not always express factual information; on the contrary, language is often used to express uncertainty, opinion, evaluation, or doubt. Accordingly, computational linguistics has started to take into account the subjective aspects of language. There is now research that focuses also on determining who states that someone does something somewhere at a certain point in time (perspective) and based on what evidence (evidentiality), how certain someone is about stating something (certainty), the truth value of the facts being stated (negation), or the subjective evaluation of these facts (positive/negative opinion).

Linguistic phenomena such as modality and negation allow the expression of subjective aspects of meaning. Modality and negation are two information-level concepts that are well described from a philosophical perspective. Modality (Palmer 1986) is related to the attitude of the speaker towards her statements in terms of degree of certainty, reliability, subjectivity, sources of information, and perspective. It is related to other concepts like hedging (Hyland 1998), evidentiality (Aikhenvald 2004), uncertainty (Rubin et al. 2005), and factuality (Saurķ 2008). Negation (Tottie 1991, Horn 2001) is used to position information as a counterfact, a fact that does not hold in the world. Both modality and negation are complex linguistic phenomena that are challenging both from a theoretical and a computational point of view. Their complexity is due to the fact that both phenomena interact with each other (de Haan 1997) and with other aspects of the linguistic context, such as mood, tense, and lexis. While modality and negation tend to be lexically marked, the class of markers is relatively large and heterogeneous. For example, while negation words such as "not" are clear indicators of negation, other terms such as modals, adverbs, conjunctions and multi-word expressions can also express negation and subjectivity. Moreover, processing modality and negation involves disambiguating the markers and determining their scope.

The treatment of modality and negation is very relevant for all NLP applications that involve deep text understanding. This includes applications that need to discriminate between factual and non-factual information (uncertain facts, opinions, attitudes, emotions, and beliefs), such as information extraction, opinion mining, sentiment analysis, text mining, and question answering, as well as other applications that process the meaning of texts, such as recognizing textual entailment, paraphrasing, and summarization. Hence, the adequate modeling of these phenomena is of crucial importance to the NLP community as a whole. While the area is still relatively new compared to areas like machine translation, parsing or semantic role labeling, it is now growing quickly.


TOPICS

For this special issue we solicit full-length article submissions describing innovative and challenging research on aspects of the computational modelling and processing of modality and negation. We specifically invite submissions that take into account linguistic aspects of the phenomena and bring a theoretical basis to research on computing the factuality and certainty of the events in a statement, finding the source and evidence for the statement of a fact, and determining whether a statement has a truth value. We encourage submissions that have a substantial analysis component, in the form of an analysis of the task and data and/or an error analysis of the proposed method. Submissions can address aspects of either modality or negation or both, provided that they lead to an enhanced understanding of the phenomena, as opposed to a straightforward engineering solution.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

- Linguistically informed modelling of modality and negation for NLP
- Analysis of the relevant information/knowledge involved in processing modality and negation
- The computational complexity of processing modality and negation
- Novel machine learning approaches for learning modality and negation
- Processing modality and negation across domains and genres
- The interaction of modality and negation for determining the factuality of events
- The influence of the linguistic context on the processing of modality and negation
- Evaluation of systems: metrics and application-based evaluation


EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

If you are considering submitting an article to this special issue, please send an expression of interest to the Guest Editors (roser.morante(removeme)ua.ac.be, csporled(removeme)coli.uni-sb.de) before the 10th December, 2010. Expressions of interest are not binding. Please use subject line "EoI CL SI Modality and Negation", and include a brief description of your potential submission.


IMPORTANT DATES

Call for papers: 10 November 2010
Expressions of interest: 10 December 2010
Submission of full articles: 10 March 2011
Preliminary decisions to authors: 31 June 2011
Submission of revised articles: 30 August 2011
Final decisions to authors: 18 October 2011
Final versions due from authors: 1 November 2011


SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Articles submitted to this special issue must adhere to the Style Guidelines of the Computational Linguistics Journal ( cljournal.org/style.html). The submission guidelines can be found in the Computational Linguistics web site ( cljournal.org/submissions.html). As in regular submissions to the journal, paper submissions should be made through the CL electronic submission system ( cljournal.org/submissions/index.php/cljournal).


GUEST EDITORS

Roser Morante

CLiPS - University of Antwerp, Belgium
roser.morante(removeme)ua.ac.be

Caroline Sporleder

Computational Linguistics and Phonetics - Saarland University, Germany
csporled(removeme)coli.uni-sb.de
Call for papers for STYLISTICS ACROSS DISCIPLINES, Leiden University, The Netherlands, June 16-17, 2011; Deadline: December 15, 2010
2nd Call for papers

STYLISTICS ACROSS DISCIPLINES

Leiden University, The Netherlands
June 16-17, 2011

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
* Douglas E. Biber, Northern Arizona University (USA)
* Barbara Dancygier, University of British Columbia (Canada)
* Arie Verhagen, Leiden University (Netherlands)

Stylistics is a field of study that is growing and developing fast. Its central concern is the way cognitive and communicative effects are achieved by means of linguistic choices. It therefore encompasses literary studies and linguistics as well as discourse studies. In spite of the shared, overarching definition of what it is, the field of study of Stylistics is highly fragmented. It mainly takes place within the boundaries of the various, more traditional, domains of study, e.g. literary analysis, rhetoric, (critical) discourse analysis, applied linguistics, etc. As a result, a comprehensive understanding of the wide variety of interests and foci of attention in stylistic studies, as well as exchange of knowledge between these research domains, is developing relatively slowly.

In recent years, successful attempts have been made to take an integrative, cross-disciplinary perspective on Stylistics, focusing on the shared research object: language use. An example is the expanding body of studies associated with the International Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA). Especially fruitful has proven to be the developing area of ‘cognitive poetics’, a field closely allied with the theoretical framework of cognitive linguistics, which includes attention for contextual factors and the inherently ‘subjective’ basis of language in linguistic analysis. This Stylistics across disciplines conference links up with these developments and intends to offer a platform for exchange of ideas and to stimulate fruitful collaboration among linguists, literary scholars and discourse scholars studying ‘style’.

We invite participants from all relevant fields to participate in the Stylistics across disciplines conference to discuss the opportunities and problems regarding the development of Stylistics as a coherent and methodologically sound research discipline. We welcome papers on (but not limited to) the subject of:

* Possibilities and limitations of an interdisciplinary perspective: what can literary scholars learn from the way style is studied in linguistics or rhetoric, and vice versa?

* Opportunities and problems of a ‘linguistic stylistics’
* Methodological issues: qualitative (interpretive analysis) or quantitative methods (digital humanities, corpus stylistics) and different research methods (corpus analysis, experimental effect studies) in relation to various research contexts

* Development of theoretical notions and analytical tools especially suited for stylistic analysis
* Context-sensitivity of stylistic patterns and analysis: how does stylistic choice interact with contextual factors such as institution, genre characteristics, etc.?

* Language specificity and culture specificity of stylistic phenomena and analysis

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION AND IMPORTANT DATES
Please submit your abstract (in Word or PDF format, containing the title of your paper, author’s name(s) and affiliation(s), max. 500 words) to stylistics(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl. The deadline for abstract submission is December 15, 2010. Notification of acceptance will be by February 1, 2011.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Suzanne Fagel
Maarten van Leeuwen
Ninke Stukker
stylistics(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
Jaap Goedegebuure (literary studies)
Ton van Haaften (language and communication)
Jaap de Jong (rhetoric)
Arie Verhagen (linguistics)

The Stylistics across disciplines conference is organized by researchers from the NWO research project Stylistics of Dutch (Leiden University 2007-2012).

Website: www.stylistics.leidenuniv.nl.
Call for Papers for EAMT 2011, Faculty of Arts, Erasmushuis Leuven. Deadline: December 31 2010
The 15th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation Faculty of Arts, Erasmushuis Leuven, Belgium, May 30–31, 2011 www.eamt2011.eu

The European Association for Machine Translation (EAMT) is pleased to announce that the 15th Annual Conference of the European Association for Machine Translation will be held in Leuven, Belgium, May 30-31 2011. The venue of the conference is the Faculty of Arts of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

The EAMT cordially invites everyone interested in machine translation and translation-related tools and resources to participate in this conference
- developers, researchers, users, professional translators, managers, marketing experts: anyone who has a stake in the vision of an information world in which language issues become transparent to the information consumer. We especially invite users from government and the translation industry to share their experiences, researchers to describe the state of the art and show their cutting-edge results, developers to describe what is happening in the Internet marketplace, researchers looking to new capabilities, and visionaries to describe the future.
During the conference there will be sessions including research papers, reports on users' experiences and invited talks. This will allow participants from research, business and government to get together to explore how to use machine translation technology to conquer language barriers and overcome the digital divide.

Scope

We expect to receive full papers in these two categories:
(R) Research papers: Submissions are invited for reports of significant research results in any aspect of machine translation and related areas.
Such reports should include a substantial evaluation component.
Contributions are welcome on all topics in the area of Machine Translation or translation-related technologies including:
• MT methodologies and techniques
• Speech translation: speech to text, speech to speech
• Translation aids (translation memory, terminology databases, etc.)
• Translation environments (workflow, support tools, conversion tools for
lexica, etc.)
• Practical MT systems (MT for professionals, MT for multilingual
eCommerce, MT for localization, etc.)
• Translation environments (workflow, support tools, conversion tools for
lexica, etc.)
• MT in multilingual public service (eGovernment etc.)
• MT for the web
• MT embedded in other services
• MT evaluation techniques and evaluation results
• Dictionaries and lexica for MT
• Text and speech corpora for MT
• Standards in text and lexicon encoding for MT
• Human factors in MT and user interfaces
• Related multilingual technologies (natural language generation,
information retrieval, text categorization, text summarization, information extraction, etc.)

(U) User studies: Submissions are invited for reports on users'
experiences with MT, in business, government, or NGOs. Contributions are welcome on:
• Use of MT to provide localization of data-driven, dynamic, or
user-specific information
• Use of MT to reduce localization effort (time, cost)
• Use of MT in collaborative projects and social networking
• Ways in which MT can be used to increase the scope of globalization
projects
• Managing change when implementing MT systems. Challenges (IT, personnel,
implementation)
• Integrating MT and computer-assisted translation into a translation
production workflow
• Implementing open- source MT in the corporation: challenges when taking
pilot results into full deployment (support, resources, infrastructure, advance customisation, system maintenance)
• Evaluation of MT in a real-world setting: metrics.
• Post-editing strategies: guidelines/support for translators/LSP’s
• Portability of MT systems across languages and domains

Papers should highlight problems and solutions and not merely describe MT integration process or project settings.

Programme

The two-day programme will include invited talks, oral presentations and poster sessions. Accepted papers may be assigned to an oral or poster session, but no differences will be made in the conference proceedings.

Important Dates
• 6 Nov 2010 – Initial call for papers
• 18 Feb 2011 – Submission deadline
• 1 Apr 2011 – Notification to authors
• 22 Apr 2011 – Deadline for camera-ready copy
• 22 Apr 2011 – Deadline for early-bird registration
• 30–31 May 2011 – Conference

Please visit the conference web pages ( www.eamt2011.eu) for the most up-to-date information about the calendar, the call for papers and formatting requirements, the programme, invited speakers, related conference activities, the venue, travel and registration.

Submissions

Papers should describe original work; they should emphasize completed work rather than intended work, and should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported results. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation results should be included. Submissions will be judged on correctness, originality, technical strength, significance and relevance to the conference, and interest to the attendees.

Submissions presented at the EAMT-2011 conference should mostly contain new material that has not been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings. Papers that are being submitted in parallel to other conferences or workshops must indicate this on the title page, as must papers that contain significant overlap with previously published work.
EAMT 2011 will use electronic submission through the EasyChair conference
tool: To submit a
research paper, go to the submission website at:
www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eamt2011 and follow the instructions. See “Important dates” for the final submission deadline.

Submissions should be anonymised (no authors, affiliations or addresses, and no explicit self-reference), be no longer than eight (8) pages (A4 size), and in PDF format. Initial versions of papers must conform to the format defined by the EAMT templates available at the conference website
( www.eamt2011.eu)

If you encounter any problem regarding submission, please do not hesitate to contact the programme co-chairs. For all other queries (e.g. visas, accommodation, payments) please contact the local organisers.

Conference Organisers

Programme Co-chairs

Research programme chair: Mikel L. Forcada (Universitat d’Alacant, Spain) User programme chair: Heidi Depraetere (Cross Language n.v., Belgium)

Local Organisation

Vincent Vandeghinste
Centre for Computational Linguistics
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Other information

EAMT Best Thesis Award

The EAMT Best Thesis Award 2011 for PhD theses submitted during 2010 will be awarded at the conference. Information for candidates to the award is available at www.eamt.org/news/news_best_thesis2010.php . The deadline is 31 December 2010.

Questions?

For more details, please visit the conference website:
www.eamt2011.eu
Call for papers for the workshop "Usage-based approaches to language change" at ICHL 2011 in Osaka (Japan). Deadline: January 15 2011
Conveners: Evie Coussé (Ghent University, Belgium) and Ferdinand von Mengden (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)


Workshop description

Most approaches to language (change) have principally in common that they locate the main explanandum of language in the human mind and that they operate with categories. Change is, implicitly or explicitly, seen as a shift of a linguistic form from one category to another ? whether across discrete or fuzzy boundaries. A well-know example of this view is the importance of reanalysis in explaining language change in mainstream historical linguistics. Reanalysis is considered to be the underlying mechanism that motivates changing patterns in usage such as contextual extension and increasing generalization / abstraction in meaning.

However, alternative views have also been expressed, in which linguistic structure is seen as subject to constant negotiation in communication. Hopper’s (1998) Emergent Grammar or Keller’s (1994) Invisible Hand are prominent examples. Without denying the share that cognition has in the production of utterances and the usefulness of categories for linguistic description, structure is seen as epiphenomenal in these approaches. Structure is in a constant flux across time, area and social strata and, therefore, language use or actual communication are the loci of structure formation and hence of change.

In line with this usage-based perspective of language and language change, an alternative for reanalysis has been proposed in which (changing) discourse patterns are directly related to meaning without referring to changes in abstract structures (e.g. Bybee e.a 1994, Haspelmath 1998, De Smet 2009). However, a larger coherent vision of the relation between language usage and language change is still largely missing.

The workshop aims at discussing possibilities for such a usage-based framework on language change. We wish to combine case studies with theoretical contributions that help setting up a comprehensive model on language change, in which language use is in the focus and in which the core properties of language are seen in its dynamics rather than in its states.


Call for papers

As the workshop has been approved and accepted by the conference organizers of ICHL 2011, a call for papers is launched for interested speakers.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words, including literature references, should be submitted through the conference website ( www.ichl2011.com/call_for_papers.html). Please remember to indicate the workshop title in the appropriate place on the abstract submission form.

Please note that also potential speakers that have reacted positively to the initial call for participation in October 2010 are required to send a full abstract through the conference website.


Important deadlines:

15 January 2011: abstract submission deadline

28 January 2011: notification of acceptance


References

Bybee, J., R. Perkins & W. Pagliuca (1994) The evolution of grammar. Tense, aspect, and modality in the languages of the world. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


De Smet, H. (2009) Analysing reanalysis. In: Lingua 119, 1728-1755.


Haspelmath, M. (1998) Does grammaticalization need reanalysis? In: Studies in Language 22, 315-351.


Hopper, P.J. (1998) Emergent grammar. In: M. Tomasello (ed.) The new psychology of grammar: cognitive and functional approaches to language structure. Mahwah: Erlbaum: 155-176.


Keller, R. (1994) On language change. The invisible hand in language.

London: Routlegde.
Call for abstracts for Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop 26 & European Dialect Syntax Workshop 5, Meertens Institute Amsterdam. Deadline: February 1 2011
The 26th Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop is organized by the Meertens Institute, the University of Amsterdam and the Edisyn-project. It will take place at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on June 23-24, 2011. It will be followed by the fifth European Dialect Syntax Workshop on June 25th. For both workshops, we invite abstracts for thirty-minute talks (followed by ten minutes of discussion). Abstracts for the CGSW workshop can be on any aspect of comparative Germanic syntax, including diachronic syntax and the interface between syntax and other components of the grammar. Abstracts for the European Dialect Syntax Workshop can be on any aspect of the syntactic analysis of European dialects.

Invited speakers CGSW26 : Jonathan Bobaljik (UConn) and Jeroen Van Craenenbroeck (University of Brussels)

Invited speaker European Dialect Syntax : Raffaella Zanuttini (Yale).

Conference website: www.cgsw26.nl
History of CGSW: www.let.rug.nl/~zwart/cgsw/history.htm

Abstract guidelines: Abstracts should not exceed two pages, including data, references and diagrams. Abstracts should be typed in at least 11-point font, with one-inch margins (letter-size; 8"1/2 by 11" or A4) and a maximum of 50 lines of text per page. Abstracts must be anonymous and submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author per workshop. Please indicate for which workshop your abstract is meant. Abstract submission only via EasyChair ( www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?timeout=1;conf=cgsw26). Deadline for abstract submission is February 1, 2011.

CGSW 26 and European Dialect Syntax 5 are sponsored by the University of Amsterdam, the Meertens Institute (KNAW) and the Edisyn-project (EURYI-ESF).

Organizers: Hans Bennis, Fred Weerman, Sjef Barbiers, Hedde Zeijlstra, Eefje Boef, Olaf Koeneman, Heimir Vidarsson.
Call for applications for European Master's Program in Computational Logic, International Center for Computational Logic, Dresden. Deadline: February 10 2011
I'd like to draw your attention to the fact that fresh Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available for Non-European AND European students who intend to enroll in our European Master's Program in Computational Logic in the fall of 2011.

The deadline for application is 31 January, 2011.

More details are given below. In particular, I'd like to draw your attention to the fact that we are able to provide grants to EU-students for doing their project at the National ICT of Australia (NICTA).

Please spread this information as wide as possible among friends and colleagues, at your old universities and the places, where you currently live and work.

Many thanks -- Bertram Fronhöfer


------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The European Master's Program in Computational Logic

We are glad to announce to you the possibility to join our European
Master's Program of Computational Logic. This program is offered
jointly at the Free-University of Bozen-Bolzano in Italy, the
Technische Universität Dresden in Germany, the Universidade Nova de
Lisboa in Portugal and the Technische Universität Wien in
Austria. Within this program you have the choice to study at two
/three of the four European universities. In addition you can do your
project work at the National ICT of Australia (NICTA). You will
graduate with a MSc in Computer Science and obtain a double/multiple
degree. Information on the universities and the program including the
application form are provided here:

www.emcl-study.eu/home.html

Language of instruction is English. Tuition fees are 3.000 EUR (for
non-European students) and 1.000 (for European students) per year.

In addition, we would like to draw your attention to the
ERASMUS-MUNDUS scholarship program. The ERASMUS-MUNDUS consortium
offers 2-year scholarships up to 48.000 EUR for non-EU students and up
to 23.000 EUR for EU students of our European Master's Program in
Computational Logic.

More information on the application procedure is available from:

www.emcl-study.eu/application.html

Do not hesitate to contact us again if you have any further questions.

Kind regards -- Steffen Hölldobler

Prof. Dr. Steffen Hoelldobler
International Center for Computational Logic
Technische Universität Dresden
01062 Dresden, Germany
CALL FOR PAPERS for SLaTE-2011 workshop in Venice, August 24-26, 2011. Deadline: April 8 2011
We would like to invite you to submit a paper to the SLaTE-2011 workshop August 24-26, 2011 (before Interspeech-2011 in Florence, Italy) Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy project.cgm.unive.it/events/SLaTE2011/

ISCA-SIG SLaTE
The ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE) promotes the use of speech and language technology for educational purposes, and provides a forum for exchanging information ( www.sigslate.org).

WORKSHOP THEMES
The workshop will address all topics related to SLaTE, such as:
- Speech technology for education
- Natural language processing for education
- Spoken dialogue systems for education
- Applications using speech and/or natural language processing for education
- Intelligent tutoring systems using speech and natural language
- Development of language resources for SLaTE applications
- Assessment of SLaTE methods and applications

We especially welcome contributions on the future of Speech and Language Technology in Education, e.g. mobile learning, serious gaming, virtual reality, social media (networks), etc.
In addition, we would like to invite demonstrations of systems.

PAPER SUBMISSION
Full 4-page papers should be submitted before April 8, 2011.
Notification of acceptance or rejection of papers will be given by June 10, 2011.
For further information see project.cgm.unive.it/events/SLaTE2011/
If you have questions, you can send an e-mail to SLaTE2011-org (at) let.ru.nl

ORGANIZATION
SLaTE-2011 will be organized by Helmer Strik, Catia Cucchiarini (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, technical program), Rodolfo Delmonte and Rocco Tripodi (Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy, local organizers), within the framework of the ISCA-SIG SLaTE (see www.sigslate.org).

Best regards,
Helmer Strik, Catia Cucchiarini, Rodolfo Delmonte, and Rocco Tripodi The SLaTE-2011 Organizing Committee
Extra
NWO subsidies voor onderzoeksprojecten en leraren promotiebeurzen
? MeerWaarde
Programma voor bevordering van kennisbenutting in de geesteswetenschappen Binnen de geesteswetenschappen wordt veel kennis gecreėerd. Dat geldt zowel voor de talentprojecten uit de Vernieuwingsimpuls, de programma’s in de vrije competitie als in de thematisch georiėnteerde onderzoeksprogramma’s. Ook zijn er steeds meer onderzoekers die zowel bij het uitvoeren van hun onderzoeksprojecten als bij het opzetten van thematische programma’s samenwerking zoeken met niet academische partners.
Er kan een projectsubsidie (minimaal € 10.000,- en maximaal € 40.000,-) aangevraagd worden voor de termijn van maximaal 12 maanden. Het beschikbare budget voor deze eenmalige ronde is € 300.000,-.

Deadline: 10 januari 2011, 12.00 uur.
-Meer informatie over de brochure en de richtlijnen voor het opstellen van een voorstel: www.nwo.nl/meerwaarde

* Vernieuwingsimpuls
Deadlines voor 2011:
Veni: 6 januari 2011
Vidi: 4 oktober 2011
Vici-vooraanmeldingen: 31 maart 2011

De sluitingsdatum voor het indienen van uitgewerkte Vici-aanvragen is 30 augustus 2011.
- Meer informatie: www.nwo.nl/vernieuwingsimpuls


Promotiebeurzen voor leraren
In 2011 organiseert NWO de eerste ronde van Promotiebeurs voor leraren. Dit is een van de maatregelen die voortkomt uit het Actieplan Leraren van het ministerie van OCW. Promotiebeurs voor leraren beoogt het aantal gepromoveerde leraren te vergroten. Het gaat dan om leraren uit het primair, voortgezet, middelbaar beroeps-, hoger beroeps- en speciaal onderwijs.
Voor de eerste ronde stelt het ministerie van OCW 1,5 miljoen euro beschikbaar.

Sluitingsdatum voor het indienen van vooraanmeldingen:is 31 maart 2011.
- Meer informatie: www.nwo.nl/leraren