January 21st, 2010

LOT Announcements / events
LOT Winterschool 2010, VU Amsterdam, January 11-22 2010
The LOT Winterschool, from January 11 - 22 2010, is about to end.
The Free University of Amsterdam (VU) hosted this event as local organisator. Attandance sheets and evaluations have been spread amongst the participants. Based upon these, certificates will be sent to all participants and the Graduate Program Committee will evaluate the school for the upcoming LOT Summerschool in Nijmegen in June.

On the LOT website, expenses reimbursement forms can be downloaded.

For any questions, contact the LOT Secretary Office via lot(removeme)uu.nl

Thank you for joining the LOT Winterschool 2010!
Kennislink Taal & Spraak
Kijk voor het laatste nieuws over Kennislink Taal & Spraak op: www.kennislink.nl/taal-en-spraak

Een echte Amelander spreekt dialect
De meerderheid van de Amelander bevolking spreekt dialect. Terwijl de mannen vasthouden aan het oude dialect, staan de vrouwen meer open voor verandering.

Hoezo grammatica saai?
In de middeleeuwen vormde het onderwijs in de Latijnse grammatica en retorica de basis voor een goede opleiding. Ook toen al deden schrijvers van leerboeken hun best om saaie leerstof leuk te maken.

Hoe kinderen leren verwijzen
Het doorgronden van de betekenis van verwijswoorden vergt veel van onze hersenen. Toch toont recent onderzoek aan dat kinderen dit veel vroeger leren dan altijd werd gedacht.

Stem verraadt stemming
De manier waarop je iets zegt, zegt soms méér dan wat je zegt. Artsen maken hier gebruik van om de gemoedstoestand van patiėnten te peilen. En computers kunnen hen hier een handje bij helpen.

Taal is spraak en gebaar
Gebaren maken terwijl je praat maakt dat je boodschap snel en duidelijk overkomt. Belangrijk is wél dat je lichaamstaal past bij wat je zegt. Zijn klank en beweging niet consistent, dan komt je boodschap niet goed over.
Lectures / talks
LUCL Vrijdagmiddaglezing Beschrijvende Taalkunde 2010, Leiden University (LUCL), January 22 2010
Friday January 22, van Eyckhof 4 (ex-1168), room 005

Kofi Yakpo (Nijmegen)

Isolation, koinéisation, hybridisation

The story of Fernando Po Creole English (Equatorial Guinea)

Fernando Po Creole English (referred to as "Pichi" or "Pichinglis" by its speakers) is an English lexicon Creole spoken on the island of Bioko (formerly Fernando Po) in the Gulf of Guinea and is a direct descendant of Sierra Leonean Krio. The language is characterised by an exceptional sociohistory, and thence, a distinct Grammar and phonology which sets it apart from other West African English Creoles.

The forces that have shaped Fernando Po Creole English are its century-long isolation from Krio, the koinéisation of West African English Creoles on Bioko in the face of large-scale immigration by speakers of other varieties, as well as the hybridisation of the language through heavy contact with Spanish and large-scale shift to Fernando Po Creole English from Bube, the Bantu language indigenous to Bioko island.

In this talk, I will show how the complex scenario in which Fernando Po Creole English has been evolving has profoundly affected the linguistic system of the language. The facts about Fernando Po Creole English also provide the opportunity to reflect whether internal and contact-induced language change affect a Creole language in ways different from non-Creoles


Yakpo, Kofi (2009b) A grammar of Pichi. PhD dissertation. Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen: webdoc.ubn.ru.nl/mono/y/yakpo_k/gramofpi.pdf< webdoc.ubn.ru.nl/mono/y/yakpo_k/gramofpi.pdf

Yakpo, Kofi (2009a) Complexity revisited: Pichi (Equatorial Guinea) and Spanish in contact. In Nick Faraclas & Thomas Klein (ed) Simplicity and complexity in Creoles and Pidgins. London: Battlebridge.

For more information or to be included on the e-mail list, contact: Maarten Kossmann, Department Languages and Cultures of Africa,

Rebecca Voll r.m.voll(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl 071-527 2239
Stanly Oomen s.oomen(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl
Martine Bruil m.bruil@hum;leidenuniv.nl
Maarten Kossmann m.g.kossmann(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl 071-527 2649

The lectures take place at Leiden University, Faculteit der Letteren, Witte Singel–Doelencomplex from 15:15 till 17.
Lecture by Jochen Trommer at Meertens Institute, January 22 2010
Date & time: January 28, 16.00-17.00
Place: Erasmusbuilding, room 2.55 (Erasmusplein 1, Nijmegen)

Speaker: Ellen Ormel (RU Nijmegen)
Title: Cross-language activation during sign recognition and visual word recognition

Cross-language activation during sign recognition and visual word recognition

In the last two decades, several studies have been conducted on the relation between the signing and reading skills of deaf children from bilingual education programs. These studies have consistently reported a positive relationship between these skills. Although the positive link between deaf children’s signing and reading skills has now been firmly established, studies on the architecture of the language system of (deaf and hearing) children and adult signers have been limited.

In order to gain more insight into the language system of deaf signers, a sign-picture verification task was administered to a group of deaf children. The role of sign iconicity and sign form during the recognition of signs was examined. The results show that sign iconicity as well as sign form played a significant role in the recognition of signs by the children. In a second experiment (a word-picture verification paradigm) it was investigated whether or not deaf children utilize their knowledge of Sign Language of the Netherlands (SLN) during the recognition of written Dutch words. The findings demonstrate cross-language activation of SLN during the recognition of written words by deaf children. Currently, we are examining cross-language activation of SLN and Dutch during sign recognition and visual word recognition experiments by sign language interpreters.

The lecture will be held in English, and interpreted into Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT)
You are all very welcome!

(See also www.ru.nl/sign-lang/events/sign_language for information about past and upcoming talks.)
Next Syntax Circle by Roland Pfau, UvA Amsterdam, January 27 2010
Time: January 27th, 15:15-17:00

Location: Universiteit van Amsterdam, Room 015 Bungehuis; Spuistraat 210 Amsterdam.

Spreading of Suprasegmentals in Sign and Spoken Languages

It has been suggested that various non-manual markers in sign languages function like suprasegmentals in spoken languages: they constitute a layer on top of the segmental skeleton, they define a prosodic contour, and they are capable of spreading. In this talk, I compare the use of non-manuals to the use of tone in tone languages. I will consider various functions of both types of suprasegmentals (i.e. lexical, morphological, or syntactic) and I will consider their spreading behavior. As for sign languages, it will be suggested that spreading of non-manuals, depending on their function, is confined to prosodic domains of varying size, most importantly, the prosodic word and the intonational phrase.

Drinks offered after!
MPI Formal Colloquium by Jonas Obleser (Leipzig), MPI Nijmegen, January 26 2010
Jonas Obleser, January 26
From Sound to Meaning: Mapping Auditory Comprehension in the Human Brain

Jonas Obleser
Department of Neuropsychology
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Leipzig, Germany

Speech comprehension is a perceptual and cognitive task that is fulfilled in a surprisingly robust and effortless manner. I will present a series of fMRI and EEG studies that aim at disentangling mechanisms and functional neuroanatomy of our speech comprehension system.

Specifically, they ask and propose answers to (i) how does the comprehension system deal with noise at the auditory entry level?, (ii) which are key contextual influences that aid speech comprehension when the signal quality drops?, and (iii) what is the functional circuitry within and across auditory cortex that copes with such speech comprehension difficulties?

Where and when:
15:45-17:00 Jan 26, 2010
MPI, Nijmegen
Lecture by Ellen Ormel (RU Nijmegen) on Cross-language activation during sign recognition and visual word recognition, Nijmegen, January 28 2010
Date & time: January 28, 16.00-17.00
Place: RU Nijmegen: Erasmusbuilding, room 2.55 (Erasmusplein 1, Nijmegen)

Speaker: Ellen Ormel (RU Nijmegen)
Title: Cross-language activation during sign recognition and visual word recognition

Cross-language activation during sign recognition and visual word recognition

In the last two decades, several studies have been conducted on the relation between the signing and reading skills of deaf children from bilingual education programs. These studies have consistently reported a positive relationship between these skills. Although the positive link between deaf children’s signing and reading skills has now been firmly established, studies on the architecture of the language system of (deaf and hearing) children and adult signers have been limited.

In order to gain more insight into the language system of deaf signers, a sign-picture verification task was administered to a group of deaf children. The role of sign iconicity and sign form during the recognition of signs was examined. The results show that sign iconicity as well as sign form played a significant role in the recognition of signs by the children. In a second experiment (a word-picture verification paradigm) it was investigated whether or not deaf children utilize their knowledge of Sign Language of the Netherlands (SLN) during the recognition of written Dutch words. The findings demonstrate cross-language activation of SLN during the recognition of written words by deaf children. Currently, cross-language activation of SLN and Dutch during in sign recognition is studied in visual word recognition experiments by sign language interpreters.

The lecture will be held in English, and interpreted into Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT)
You are all very welcome!

(See also www.ru.nl/sign-lang/events/sign_language for information about past and upcoming talks.)
Talk by Silvia Montrul (Illinois) on the acquisition of Spanish, University of Utrecht (UIL OTS), February 4 2010
Utrecht institute of Linguistics is happy to announce that Silvina Montrul (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) will give a talk on the acquisition of Spanish by second language learners and heritage speakers on Thursday 4th February at 4pm in room 0.06 at Janskerkhof 13. All welcome.

Article Semantics in Adult Bilingualism

Silvina Montrul, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In this talk, I will discuss two adult bilingual populations: L2 learners of Spanish, and Spanish heritage speakers. The heritage speakers are bilinguals exposed to Spanish and English early in life, who speak Spanish as a minority language, and whose knowledge of Spanish is typically weaker than their knowledge of English. According to Lipski (1993), Spanish heritage speakers, like Spanish L2 learners, misuse articles in production (*Tengo miedo de exįmenes “I am afraid of exams” instead of tengo miedo de los exįmenes, with a definite article). This study focuses on the interpretation of definite articles in Spanish and investigates dominant language transfer (from English) in these two groups. Spanish plural NPs with definite articles can express generic reference (Los elefantes tienen colmillos de marfil), or specific reference (Los elefantes de este zoológico son marrones). English plurals with definite articles can only have specific reference (The elephants in this zoo are brown), while generic reference is expressed with bare plural NPs (Elephants have ivory tusks). Furthermore, the Spanish definite article is preferred in inalienable possession constructions (Pedro levantó la mano, “Peter raised the hand”), whereas in English the use of a definite article typically means that the body part belongs to somebody else (alienable possession). In the first study, 23 adult Spanish heritage speakers were tested in Spanish and English and compared to two control groups of Spanish and English native speakers. In the second study, 30 Spanish heritage speakers and 30 proficiency-matched L2 learners of Spanish were compared. The same written tasks were used in the two studies: an acceptability judgment, a truth value judgment, a picture-sentence matching, and a sentence-picture acceptability judgment task). The results show that the heritage speakers and the L2 learners exhibited dominant language transfer from English with the interpretation of definite articles in generic contexts; transfer effects were not as pronounced in the inalienable possession construction. The similar performance of the two groups indicates that language dominance, rather than age of acquisition, is relevant for transfer. I discuss the implications of these findings for heritage language research and teaching.
Seminar on IT challenges of Spanish for lexicology, terminology and phraseology, Amberes (Esp.), February 26-27 2010
The goal of this seminar, organized by the Fundación Duques de Soria and the University of Antwerp, is to focus on the growing importance of IT in investigations into lexicology, terminology and phraseology. Nine specialists present their thoughts about what IT might contribute to the systematic study of the role of lexicology and phraseology in different types of discourse, both spoken and written.

More information on www.fds.es (Los retos informįticos del espańol en lexicologķa, terminologķa y fraseologķa)
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
20th Anéla Juniorendag 2010, Leiden University, January 29. Registration deadline: January 15 2010
(English version below)

Uitgestelde registratiedeadline Anéla Juniorendag 2010: vrijdag 22 januari 2010

Op vrijdag 29 januari 2010 organiseert Anéla (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Toegepaste Taalwetenschap) de 20e Juniorendag. De Juniorendag vindt dit jaar plaats aan de Universiteit Leiden (locatie Lipsiusgebouw, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden), en dit jaar wordt de dag voor het eerst georganiseerd in samenwerking met de VIOT, de Vereniging Interuniversitair Overleg Taalbeheersing. Tijdens de Juniorendag zullen beginnende onderzoekers, promovendi en studenten hun onderzoek op het terrein van de toegepaste taalwetenschap (taalgebruik, taalverwerving, taalonderwijs, discourse en communicatie) presenteren aan een publiek van andere junior-, maar ook senior-onderzoekers. Tijdens de Juniorendag wordt ook de jaarlijkse scriptieprijs uitgereikt voor de beste scriptie op het gebied van de toegepaste taalwetenschap, en dr. Lesya Ganushchak en dr. Henrike Jansen zullen beiden een plenaire lezing verzorgen. Daarnaast zal er ter ere van het 20-jarig jubileum van de Juniorendag een speciale workshop gebarentaal worden gegeven.

Verdere informatie en het volledige programma, kunt u vinden op de website van Anéla: www.anela.nl > juniorendag. Via de website kunt u zich ook online registreren voor de Juniorendag. De deadline voor inschrijving is zaterdag 15 januari 2010.

We hopen u op de Anéla-juniorendag te mogen begroeten!

Vriendelijke groet,

De Juniorendag voorbereidingscommissie

Postponed registration deadline Anéla Juniorendag 2010: Friday, January 22, 2010

On Friday, January 29th 2010 Anéla (the Dutch Association for Applied Linguistics) organizes its 20th Juniorendag. This year's Juniorendag will take place at Leiden University (location: Lipsius-building, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden), and this year, the Juniorendag is for the first time organized in co-operation with VIOT, the Vereniging Interuniversitair Overleg Taalbeheersing. The Juniorendag serves as a platform for beginning researchers, PhD-students and graduate students to present their work (in progress) in the field of applied linguistics (language use, language acquisition, language education, discourse, or communication). On the day, the yearly Anéla scriptieprijs will also be awarded to the best thesis in the field of applied linguistics and there will be plenary lectures by dr. Lesya Ganushchak and dr. Henrike Jansen. In addition to this, there will be a special workshop in sign-language on January 29, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Juniorendag.

Further information, the full programme, and an online registration form are available at www.anela.nl > juniorendag. The deadline for registration for the Juniorendag 2010 is Saturday, January 15, 2009.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Juniorendag on January 29th!

Kind regards,

The Juniorendag organizing committee
Conference: Let the Children Speak 1, London, January 22-24 2010
Let the Children Speak
Learning of Critical Language Skills across 25 Languages
A European-wide initiative on Language Acquisition and
Language Impairment
22 - 24 January 2010

The Wellcome Trust
Conference Centre

Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE
Let the Children Speak 2
Friday 22nd January 2010
12.00 - 14.00 Registration
Chair: Daniel Glaser (The Wellcome Trust)
13.45 - 14.15 Welcome: Uli Sauerland and Heather van der Lely
14.15 - 14.45 TBC The right Hon Mr Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Families and Schools
Introduced by Linda Lascelles, CEO Association for all Speech Impaired Children
14.45 - 15.05 Abby Beverly The perspective of an Adult with SLI
Living with a language impairment
In discussion with Victoria Joffe (City University London, UK)
15.05 - 15.55 Stephen Crain, Professor of Cognitive Science MACCS Macquarie University, Australia
Investigating child language from a 'biolinguistic' perspective
15.55 - 16.50 Coffee Break
Poster Session I
Interactive Sessions
Demonstrations and participation in the COST A33 language experiments
16.50 - 17.00 Jo Eddings
The perspective of a parent of a child with SLI
17.00 - 18.30 Panel Discussion
Also open to those attending the Reception
Moderated and chaired by Daniel Glaser (The Wellcome Trust)
Panel Members:
1. Heather van der Lely, COST A33 Vice Chair (Harvard University, USA)
The scientific perspective
2. Virginia Beardshaw, CEO I CAN: The children's communication charity
3. TBC: Mįire Geoghegan-Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and
4. Hazel Roddam, Deputy Chair of the Royal College of Speech and Language
Therapists, UK
Panel Discussion
General Discussion and Audience Participation
18.30 - 21.00 COST A33 Reception
At The Wellcome Trust Medicine Now Gallery
Conference participants plus Ambassadors of all 25 countries involved in COST A33, and
other professionals and politicians from the EU
Let the Children Speak 3
Saturday 23rd January 2010
08.30 - 09.00 Registration
Chair: Dr Michael Thomas, (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)
09.00 - 10.15 Symposium 1: Coordinator Spyridoula Varlokosta (Athens University, Greece
Children's production and comprehension of pronouns across languages
Joćo Costa (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)
Production of pronouns - designing a crosslinguistic experiment and crosslinguistic
Maria Teresa Guasti (University Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
Production of partitive pronouns across languages
Maria Teresa Guasti (University Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
Children's comprehension of pronouns in European languages
10.15 - 10.30 Susan Edwards (Reading University, UK). Discussion by Professional SLT
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break
Poster Session II
11.00 - 12.00 Symposium 2: Coordinator Angeliek van Hout (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
Acquiring tense and aspect
Angeliek van Hout (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
Learning to understand aspect across languages
Bart Hollebrandse (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
Acquiring tense crosslinguistically: comprehension and production
12.00 - 12.15 Jane Stokes (MRCSLT University of Greenwich, UK) Discussion by Professional
End of Symposium
12.15 - 14.30 Lunch
Interaction session
Poster Session II (continued)
14.30 – 16.00 Symposium 3: Coordinator Naama Friedmann (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Children's questions about questions
Naama Friedmann (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Introduction: on wh questions and relative clauses in typically developing and languageimpaired
Heather van der Lely (Harvard University, USA)
How do 5 year olds understand questions: Differences in languages across Europe?
Petra Schulz (Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Who answered what to whom? On children’s understanding of exhaustive questions
Naama Friedman (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
The production of relative clauses by 5 year olds across multiple languages:
"They prefer to be the children who do not produce object relatives"
15.45 - 16.00 Virginia Gathercole (Centre for Multilingualism, Theory and Therapy, University of
Bangor, Wales). Discussant.
16.00 - 17.00 Coffee Break
Let the Children Speak 4
Poster session III
Interactive Session
17.00 - 17.30 TBC Androulla Vassiliou EU Commissioner for Education, Culture and Youth
Multilingualism Keynote address
17.30 - 17.45 General Discussion: Led by Daniel Glaser
17.45 - 18.30 Management Meeting: MC COST members only
19.15 Conference Dinner
The Crypt in Ely Place (off Holborn Circus)
(Bleeding Heart Yard Restaurant)
Let the Children Speak 5
Sunday 24th January 2010
Chair: Dr Ineta Dabašinskien? (Vytautas Magnus University Lithuania)
09.00 - 10.15 Symposium 4: Coordinator Sharon Armon-Lotem, (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
Understanding passive sentences
Sharon Armon-Lotem (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
An introduction – why study the acquisition of passive sentences?
Kazuko Yatsushiro (ZAS, Berlin)
Short and long passives in 5 year olds: a crosslinguistic perspective
Sari Kunnari (University of Oulu, Finland )
The development of the passive
Kristine Jensen de López (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Understanding passive sentences by children with specific language impairments: a
cross-linguistic comparison
10.15 - 10.30 Julie Dockrell (Institute of Education, UK) Discussion from an Educational perspective
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break
Poster session III (continued)
11.00 - 12.15 Symposium 5 Coordinator Ken Drozd (Hanze University, Groningen, Netherlands)
Quantifiers and implicatures
Ken Drozd (Hanze University, Groningen, Netherlands)
Some ambassadors attended the conference: Understanding quantifiers and implicatures
Napoleon Katsos (Cambridge University, UK)
What can the acquisition of quantification tell us about assessing language
development? Evidence from crosslinguistic, bilingual and SLI research
Arve Asbjųrnsen (University of Bergen, Norway)
Challenges in test development: some psychometric properties of the quantification tasks
12.15 – 12.30 Deidre Martin (University of Birmingham, UK). Discussion: an educational and
professional perspective
12.30 - 13.00 Tom Roeper (University of Massachusetts, USA)
Conference Discussant
13.00 – 13.05 Presentation of Poster Prize
Conference Close
13.05 - 14.00 Lunch
Symposium Past and present processes of dialect convergence. Data and methods, Amsterdam, February 4 2010
Op 4 februari 2010 organiseren we op het Meertens Instituut in Amsterdam een klein symposium met als titel:

Past and present processes of dialect convergence. Data and methods

Meer informatie is te vinden op:

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

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

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

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

Registration deadline: December 20, 2009.

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

Confirmed speakers and topics:

Anne Baker (University of Amsterdam) – Studying language acquisition in deaf children: the challenges of signing
Luca Bonatti (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) – Finding rules and words in a speech stream: infant data
Elise de Bree (Utrecht University) – Dyslexia: theory and methods
Stephen Crain (Macquarie University) – First language acquisition
Annick De Houwer (Universität Erfurt) – Some points of methodological concern in working with bilingual children and adults
Peter Indefrey (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf) – Brain imaging in bilingualism
René Kager (Utrecht University) - Phonological acquisition
Barbara Köpke (Université de Toulouse II-Le Mirail) – Experimental aspects of language attrition research
Pim Mak (Utrecht University) – The use of eye-tracking in language acquisition research
Silvina Montrul (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) – Research methods in adult L2 acquisition and bilingualism
Jim Scobbie (Queen Margaret University College) – Ultrasound tongue imaging and an articulatory perspective on phonetics and phonology in language acquisition research


Lexical databases
Multilevel regression
Statistics with R

Organizing committee:
Chen Ao

Diana Apoussidou

Sergey Avrutin

Ivana Brasileiro

Carolina Méndez Orellana

Luisa Meroni

Marie-Elise van der Ziel
WAP Symposium over Taalontwikkeling en de Maatschappij, UvA Amsterdam, 4 Februari 2010
Taalontwikkeling en de Maatschappij

Wanneer: donderdag 4 februari , 9.30-13.00 uur
Waar: Universiteit van Amsterdam, VOC zaal E0.02, Kloveniersburgwal 48,
1012 CX Amsterdam

9:00-9:30 Ontvangst met koffie
9:30-9:35 Opening door de voorzitster van het WAP, Caroline Junge
9:35-10:30 Catherine Snow (Harvard University), keynote over het thema Taalontwikkeling en de Maatschappij
10:30-11:00 Marjolein Deunk (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Emergent literacy through participation in the activity of book loan in preschool classrooms
11:00-11:30 Koffiepauze
11:30-12:00 Dubravka Kne˛i? (Hogeschool Utrecht), Socratic Group Dialogues Improve Teacher-Pupil Learning Dialogues
12:00-12:30 Lies Strobbe en Lies Sercu (KU Leuven), The influence of different CLIL-methodologies on the development of FL listening skills
12:30-13:00 Dorian de Haan, Eva Sabee en Elly Singer (Universiteit Utrecht), "Pasta is van chocola". De kwaliteit van de leidster-kind interactie op het kinderdagverblijf

Toegang: €10,00 voor WAP-leden en studenten / €15 voor niet-leden

Inschrijving via: activiteiten(removeme)hetwap.nl
The 28th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, University of Southern California, February 19-21 2010
The Department of Linguistics at the University of Southern California Presents

The 28th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics


February 19 – 21, 2010

Keynote Speakers

Richard Kayne (New York University)
Adamantios Gafos (New York University)

Special Session: Prosody in Grammar, Acquisition, and Processing

Invited speakers:

Sun-Ah Jun (University of California, Los Angeles)

David Beaver (University of Texas at Austin)

Duane Watson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Annual Meeting of Computational Linguistics in The Netherlands (CLIN 20) - Call for registration. Deadline: February 22 2010
Computational Linguistics in The Netherlands
Friday 5 February 2010

The Twentieth Annual Meeting of Computational Linguistics in The Netherlands (CLIN) will be held on Friday 5 February 2010 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. We invite everyone with an interest in computational linguistics to take part in the meeting.


CLIN 20 will contain 58 talks and 21 posters on different aspects of computational linguistics. A complete list of the accepted papers can be found at the conference website.


The invited talk at CLIN 20 on "Social attention in the age of the web" will be presented by Bernardo Huberman (Senior Fellow at HP Labs and director of the Social Computing Lab at HP Labs).


Online registration is compulsory and can be done via the conference website: www.clin.nl/20/conference/authentication

Deadline for registration is 22 January 2010. Payments can be made on-site (cash only) during the conference. No credit-card payments are possible.


CLIN 20 is organized by Thomas Markus, Paola Monachesi, and Eline Westerhout

See you in Utrecht on Friday 5 February!


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

- Meer informatie : www.esf.org/conferences/10327
NET-Symposium 2010 (Netwerk Eerste Taalverwerving), University of Groningen, March 5 2010
This is our yearly workshop. The 2010 symposium will take place on Friday 5 March, at the University of Groningen. Invited speaker: Dr. Esther Ruigendijk from Oldenburg University. The complete program will be available soon.

Register at NETsymposium2010(removeme)gmail.com; more info: www.eerstetaalverwerving.eu/
Workshop on the Subatomic Semantics of Event Predicates, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, March 17 2010
March 17, 2010
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Department of Translation and Language Sciences


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

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

Invited Speakers:

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


9:00-9:15 Welcome
9:15-10:15 Anita Mittwoch (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
10:15-10:35 Coffee Break
10:35-11:15 Kyle Rawlins (Johns Hopkins University)
On adverbs of space and time
11:15-11:55 Jens Fleischhauer (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)
Interaction of telicity and degree gradation of change of state verbs in German
11:55-12:15 Coffee Break
12:15-12:55 M. Ryan Bochnak (Chicago University)
Two sources of scalarity within the verb phrase
12:55-13:35 Malka Rappaport Hovav (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) & Beth Levin (Stanford University)
Building Scalar Changes

13:35-15:30 Lunch
15:30-16.10 Karen Ferret (Paris 3), Elena Soare (Paris 8) & Florence Villoing (Paris 8)
The event structure of French -age and -ée nominalizations: Argument structure and grammatical aspect in interplay
16:10-16:50 Evie Malaia (Purdue University), Marina Milkovic (University of Zagreb) & Ronnie Wilbur (Purdue University)
Cross-linguistic experimental investigation of telicity expression in sign languages
16.50-17:10 Coffee Break
17:10-18:10 Jean-Pierre Koenig (State University of New York & University of Buffalo)
20:30 Workshop dinner
CICLing 2010, 11th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics,Romania, March 21-27 2010
Post-conf event: Promise 2010 workshop

Iasi, Romania
March 21-27, 2010


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

Nicoletta Calzolari,
James Pustejovsky,
Hans Uszkoreit,
Shuly Wintner

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

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

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

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

See call for papers below Calls for papers for events.
Evolang 8, April 14-17 2010, Utrecht University
The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS) of Utrecht University, the Netherlands, hosts the 8th International conference on the Evolution of Language (Evolang8), to be held 14-17 April 2010

Plenary Speakers

Stephen Anderson (Yale)
Morten Christiansen (Cornell)
Terrence Deacon (Berkeley)
Peter Gärdenfors (Lund)
Marc Hauser (Harvard)
Wil Roebroeks (Leiden)
Eörs Szathmįry (Budapest)
Maggie Tallerman (Newcastle)

Invited Speakers

Alan Barnard (Edinburgh)
Robert Berwick (MIT)
Rebecca Cann (Hawaii) & Karl Diller (Hawaii)
Julia Fischer (Göttingen)
Kathleen Gibson (Texas at Houston)
Patricia Greenfield (UCLA)
Eva Jablonka (Tel Aviv) & Daniel Dor (Tel Aviv)
Gerhard Jäger (Tübingen)
Constance Scharff (FU Berlin)
Ann Senghas (Columbia) & Asli Özyurek (MPI, Nijmegen)
Marilyn Vihman (York)
Thomas Wynn (Colorado at Colorado Springs) & Frederick Coolidge (Colorado at Colorado Springs)
These speakers have been invited to present papers at Evolang 2010 in an attempt to involve in the conference a larger number of pertinent areas and prominent participants.

For the preliminary programme, go here: www.let.uu.nl/evolang2010.nl/evolangprogram.htm

All information regarding submission, registration, travel, accomodation, program etc. will be available in due time through the website.

Conference Office
All communication concerning the conference should be sent to the conference office at the following address:

Utrecht University
FBU Conference Office
Attn. Sabine Preuss
P.O. Box 80125
3508 TC Utrecht
The Netherlands

Tel: +31302532728
Fax: +31302535851
E-mail: evolang2010(removeme)uu.nl
Homepage: evolang2010.nl/
31th TABU Day Groningen 2010, June 3-4 2010
The annual TABU Dag is an international linguistics conference organized at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Researchers, students and other interested people are warmly invited to participate! Over the last 30 years TABU Dag has been an open conference with a varied programme and guest speakers from different fields.

The conference offers excellent opportunities to meet other linguists and discuss current research in several areas of linguistics. Postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers in particular are encouraged to present their work.

This year TABU Dag will take place on 3 and 4 June 2010. You can find the important dates here:
4 January 2010: Opening of abstract submission (presentations and posters)
22 March 2010: Deadline for abstract submission
19 April 2010: Notification of abstract acceptance (presentations and posters)
20 May 2010: Deadline for conference registration
3-4 June 2010: Conference

We look forward to welcoming you to the 31st TABU Dag!
More information: www.let.rug.nl/tabudag/
Symposium Uitgesproken Engels, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 24-25 Juni 2010
Op 24 en 25 juni 2010 organiseren de Universiteit Utrecht en de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam een tweedaags symposium “Uitgesproken Engels” over de uitspraak van het Engels in Nederland. Meer informatie en de call voor papers is te vinden op: www2.hum.uu.nl/solis/hum/congres/uiteng/eng.htm
Workshop Computational Linguistics - Applications (CLA'10), Poland, October 18-20 2010
Wis?a, Poland, October 18-20, 2010


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

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

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

CLA'10 Workshop is a place where the parties meet to exchange views and ideas with a benefit to all involved. The Workshop will focus on practical outcome of modeling human language use and the applications needed to improve human-machine interaction.
Job Announcements / Vacancies
PhD student for the research project ‘Feedback and the acquisition of syntax in oral proficiency’ (1,0 fte), Radboud University Nijmegen. Deadline: February 1 2010
Faculty of Arts, Radboud University, Nijmegen
Vacancy number: 23.24.09
Closing date: 1 February 2010

Job description
As a PhD student you will take part in the larger research project ‘Feedback and the acquisition of syntax in oral proficiency’. The goal of this research project is to investigate the essential role of feedback in L2 learning of syntax in oral proficiency. It will proceed from a granular level investigating the short-term effects of different types of feedback moves on different types of learners, to a global level by studying whether the granular, short-term effects also generalize to actual learning in the long term. Feedback will be provided through a CALL system that makes use of automatic speech recognition. This will make it possible to assess the learner’s oral production online and to provide feedback immediately under near-optimal conditions. As a PhD student you will study which feedback moves lead to immediate uptake and acquisition in the long term.
You are expected to start around April 2010. You will be part of an international and interdisciplinary team and will work in a motivating research environment.
For more information, see: lands.let.ru.nl/~strik/research/FASOP.html.

You must have:
- a Master’s degree in (Applied) Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, Psycholinguistics, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science or Education;
- an interest in second language acquisition;
- programming skills (e.g. Matlab, Perl);
- a working knowledge of Dutch and a good command of the English language.

The Faculty of Arts consists of eleven departments in the fields of language and culture, history, history of arts, linguistics and business communication, which together cater for about 2,800 students and collaborate closely in teaching and research. The project will be carried out at the Centre for Language Studies ( www.ru.nl/cls/) as part of the Communicative Competences and Linguistic Information Processing research programmes.

Conditions of employment
Employment: 1,0 fte

Additional conditions of employment
The total duration of the contract is 3.5 years. The PhD students will receive an initial contract for 18 months with possible extension by 2 years.
The starting gross salary is €2,042 per month based on full-time employment.

Other Information
Please include:
- a copy of your university degree (in English or Dutch)
- a list of all your university marks (in English or Dutch)
- a motivation letter with details of research interests/experience, programming skills and knowledge of Linguistics or Psycholinguistics.

Additional Information
Dr. Helmer Strik (h.strik _at_ let.ru.nl)
Dr. Catia Cucchiarini (c.cucchiarini _at_ let.ru.nl)
Prof. Roeland van Hout (r.vanhout _at_ let.ru.nl)

You can apply for the job (mention the vacancy number 23.24.09) before 1 February 2010 by sending your application -preferably by email- to:

RU Nijmegen, Faculty of Arts, Personnel Department
P.O. Box 9103, 6500 HD, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
E-mail: vacatures(removeme)let.ru.nl

No commercial propositions please.
PhD positions at the ACLC, Amsterdam. Deadline: February 18 2010
The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication has two four-year PhD
positions available for excellent candidates with an excellent research proposal,
starting September 2010. The availability of the second position is pending final
approval of funding.

Research direction
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.

Types of application
You can apply for one of the PhD positions to be filled per September 1st 2010, by
submitting your own proposal before February 18th 2010. The ACLC website provides
further information on how to submit your proposal (www.hum.uva.nl/aclc under
PhD candidates > How to become a PhD candidate at the ACLC > Submit your own

The PhD student needs to carry out the research and write a dissertation within the
contract period.
MA in linguistics (or equivalent), obtained no longer than five years ago.

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 .

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 of a proposal should be sent before February 18th, 2010 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.
Postdoctoral staff position in the field of spoken-language comprehension, MPI Nijmegen. Deadline: February 20 2010
The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is offering a
postdoctoral staff position in the field of spoken-language
comprehension. The position is a research position and involves no
teaching responsibilities.

The successful candidate will join the Adaptive Listening Group at the
Max Planck Institute. The Adaptive Listening Group is an independent
research group under the direction of Dr. Andrea Weber and investigates
the processing of foreign-accented speech. A research topic concerning
the processing of variation in speech or experiential influences on
perception is currently of most interest to the group, but other topics
that fall in the scope of the group are possible as well. The successful
candidate is expected to develop, in collaboration with other members of
the group, a line of research that complements our current research
More information about our research can be found at

We are looking for an experimental scientist with a background in
psycholinguistics or phonetics who is interested in undertaking research
in any of the above areas. An ability to work collaboratively in an
interdisciplinary team is a plus, and an important criterion is a
demonstrated ability to publish research findings. Young scientists with
a completed PhD in the field of experimental psychology and/or
psycholinguistics are encouraged to apply.

The position is available from May 2010 and has a term of appointment of
3 years. We would prefer the successful candidate to begin this spring,
rather than later in the year. Applications should include a c.v., the
names of two referees who would be willing to write letters of
recommendation, and a cover letter describing research interests and
research plans; examples of published work would also be helpful.
Applications should arrive at the secretariat by 20 February 2010.

Contact: Rian Zondervan (Secretariat)
Max Planck Institut für Psycholinguistik
Postbus 310
NL-6500 AH Nijmegen
Fax: +31-24-3521213
e-mail: rian.zondervan(removeme)mpi.nl
Calls for papers for events
Call for Papers for Amsterdam Workshop, April 9-10 VU University. Extended deadline: January 29 2010
AMSTERDAM WORKSHOP – Political Text Analysis

2nd Call for Papers – extended deadline – 29 January

From Text to Political Positions 2010
9-10 April 2010, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

CONTACT: T2PP(removeme)let.vu.nl
Details and updates on: www2.let.vu.nl/oz/cltl/t2pp/index.html

Kenneth Benoit (Trinity College, Dublin, Dept of Political Science)
Jan Kleinnijenhuis (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Dept of Communication Studies and The Network Institute)
Veronika Koller (Lancaster University, Dept of Linguistics and English Language) and Paul Davidson (University of Bradford, Department of Peace Studies)
Janyce Wiebe (University of Pittsburgh, Dept of Computer Science).

The workshop ‘From Text to Political Positions´ (T2PP) is intended to provide a meeting place for individual researchers and research groups focussing on the development of methods and techniques for the analysis of political texts. It will allow for dialogue between scholars working on complementary multidisciplinary projects, and so may lead to further collaboration. During these two days, plenty of time will be reserved for social and intellectual exchanges and the event will close with a round-table discussion.

The meeting will focus on comprehensive and precise methods for manual and automated analysis of subjectivity and the presentation of opinions in political texts. Examples of relevant text-types include, but are not limited to: television news broadcasts, interviews, newspapers, opinion papers, parliamentary debates, manifestos, party websites, blogs, public-opinion polls on the internet and voting polls and election results.

We plan to compile a selection of the papers and submit them to a peer-reviewed international journal for publication as a special issue.

We invite 500-1000 word abstracts in English. They should be sent to T2PP(removeme)let.vu.nl
-- Deadline for abstracts: 29 January 2010
-- Notification of acceptance will be made by February 15th.
-- Participation will be based upon acceptance of refereed abstracts.
-- Only a limited number of papers (12-16) can be accepted to allow for 20 minutes per paper plus discussion time.
-- Deadline for papers from accepted participants: 10 March 2010
-- Accepted papers will be posted on the T2PP web site two weeks in advance as ‘working papers’ to enhance discussion and debate.

Workshop dates: 9-10 April 2010
Workshop cost: FREE – There will be no registration fee!

• Modelling positions of actors in political texts on issues and dimensions
• Sociological and linguistic models for deep-structure analysis of political texts
• Linguistic evidence of popularisation of language in politics
• Politics in the media: methods of analysis in media discourse on politics
• Securing quality in quantitative research methods
• Analysing political discourse from a regional (e.g., European, Asian, African, British, USA) or global perspective
• Acquisition and representation of subjectivity and modality (emotion, deontic and epistemic modality, urgency) as expressed lexically (e.g. ‘good/bad’, ‘for/against’, ‘can/will/should/must/shall’, ‘say/state/assume/demand’, pos./neg. ‘possible/likely’) or on a higher discourse level.
• The automatic annotation of subjective, deontic and modal layers of implications in texts to model complex opinions and positions of actors
• Applications for political opinion mining and positioning tools
• ... other suggestions are welcome

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU University Amsterdam)
Metropolitan Building
Buitenveldertselaan 3 – 7
1082 VA Amsterdam
The Netherlands

The T2PP team:
Prof. Dr. Piek Vossen
Prof. Dr. Liesbet Hooghe
Dr. André Krouwel
Dr. Alan Cienki
Drs. Annemarie van Elfrinkhof
Drs. Bertie Kaal
Drs. Isa Maks

The research project ‘From Text to Political Positions’ (T2PP) is funded by the Center for Advanced Media Research Amsterdam (CAMeRA) at the VU University Amsterdam. The goal of the project is to combine analytical methods from the social sciences with linguistic and discourse analytic methods from the humanities to find ‘deeper’ meanings expressed via political texts and to characterise positioning strategies used in them. The research group is developing a political/linguistic model to incorporate content analysis with context analysis as well as lexical-semantic analysis. It is aimed at uncovering characteristic semantic and stylistic variations in language use of political actors which express their positions and also evoke a range of reactions in the media and the electorate.

CONTACT: T2PP(removeme)let.vu.nl
Details and updates on: www2.let.vu.nl/oz/cltl/t2pp/index.html
Call for papers for Anéla Spring Conference 2010. Deadline: January 31 2010
Toegepaste Taalwetenschap Cognitief Benaderd
Cognitive approaches to Applied Linguistics
Approches cognitives en linguistique appliquée

23 april/23 avril 2010, Universiteit Utrecht

Op 23 april 2010 organiseert Anéla, in samenwerking met ABLA en BeNeCLA, haar jaarlijkse Voorjaarsstudiedag. Het thema voor deze dag is “Toegepaste Taalwetenschap Cognitief Benaderd”, waarbij we geļnteresseerd zijn in raakvlakken tussen cognitieve, functionele en usage-based benaderingen van taal enerzijds en de Toegepaste Taalwetenschap anderzijds. Mogelijke thema’s zijn eerste of tweede taalontwikkeling, -verwerking, -onderwijs, discourse analyse, sociolinguļstiek, lexicografie en vertaalwetenschap.

In cooperation with ABLA and BeNeCLA, Anéla organizes the Anéla Spring Conference 2010. The theme is “Cognitive approaches to Applied Linguistics”, focusing on the interface between cognitive linguistic, functional or other usage-based approaches to the field of Applied Linguistics. Possible themes are language (L1 or L2) acquisition, processing, teaching, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, lexicography and translation studies.

En collaboration avec l’ABLA et BeNeCLA, l’Anéla organise sa « Journée d’études de printemps 2010 » sur le thčme de l’application des approches cognitives, fonctionnelles et ‘basées sur l’usage’ en linguistique appliquée. Thčmes possibles sont acquisition du langage (L1 et L2), traitement du langage, développement langagier, enseignement des langues, analyse textuelle, analyse du discours, sociolinguistique, lexicographie et traductologie.

Abstracts (200 words/woorden/mōts)
voor/before/avant 31 januari/January/Janvier 2010
For more details see Anéla Webadres

Notification of acceptance: 23 februari 2010

Organiserend comité : Marjolijn Verspoor, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (chair); Jacqueline Evers-
Vermeul, Universiteit Utrecht (local organizer); Esther Pascual, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen ;
Laurent Rasier, Université Catholique de Louvain ; Elena Tribushina, Universiteit Antwerpen

Anéla (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Toegepaste Taalwetenschap): www.anela.nl/
ABLA (Association Belge de Linguistique appliquée): www.abla.be/
BeNeCla (Belgian Netherlands Cognitive Lingusitics Association): benecla.com/
Call for papers for Workshop ‘Evolution of semantic structure’, Utrecht University. Deadline: January 31 2010
Workshop organized as part of Evolang 8 at Utrecht University, see: evolang2010.nl/

Call for papers
Workshop organizers: Henriėtte de Swart (Utrecht University) and Marieke Schouwstra (Utrecht University)
Invited speaker: Jim Hurford (Edinburgh)
Language is used to communicate thoughts. And the thoughts that are communicated in modern human language are quite sophisticated. How did this come about? What do the semantic structures we express in our languages have to do with the cognitive structures we have in our minds? And what is the evolutionary history of these structures? I this workshop, our aim is to find answers to these questions, based on data or models from various disciplines, including linguistics, cognitive science, philosophy and computer science. We invite 2-page abstracts fitting in with the general theme of 'the evolution of semantic structure'. We intend to collect papers into a special issue for a journal.

Please send abstracts to M.Schouwstra(removeme)uu.nl by Sunday January 31, 2010.
• Sunday 31 Jan 2010: extended deadline for workshop submissions
• Sunday 14 Feb 2010: notification of acceptance
• Wednesday 14 April 2010: workshop
• June 2010: deadline for special issue submissions
Call for papers voor ‘Doktoranden- und Habilitanden-Kolloquium’ van de Duitstalige neerlandistiek aan de Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg. Deadline: 1 Februari 2010
Seminar für Niederlandistik
Oldenburg, 14.12.2009

Call for Papers
Doktoranden- und Habilitanden-Kolloquium, Oldenburg, 5 en 6 november 2010

Op 5 en 6 november 2010 zal het jaarlijkse ‘Doktoranden- und Habilitanden-Kolloquium’ van de Duitstalige neerlandistiek aan de Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg plaatsvinden. Het colloquium biedt de gelegenheid proefschriften en ‘Habilitationsschriften’ in wording binnen de neerlandistiek in het Duitse taalgebied voor te stellen en daardoor de kwaliteit ervan te verbeteren. De primaire doelgroep van het colloquium zijn daarom onderzoekers (in opleiding) die aan een universiteit in het Duitse taalgebied zijn verbonden.
Omdat het colloquium gericht is op een intensieve inhoudelijke discussie wordt dit jaar de klemtoon gelegd op het voorleggen van schriftelijke discussiestukken, bijvoorbeeld een onderzoeksopzet of een voorlopig hoofdstuk (richtlijn ca. 15 blz.). Die stukken zullen van te voren worden verspreid en door alle deelnemers worden gelezen.
Naast degenen uit de Duitstalige neerlandistiek die een discussiestuk of een voorlopig hoofdstuk voorleggen, hopen we ook alle hoogleraren binnen de Duitstalige neerlandistiek en twee gast- neerlandici (één taal- en één letterkunde) uit Nederland of Vlaanderen te kunnen begroeten.
Bovendien hebben we dit jaar ervoor gekozen om maximaal twee deelnemers uit het Nederlandse taalgebied en maximaal twee deelnemers uit de ‘extramurale’ neerlandistiek de mogelijkheid tot deelname te bieden. Gedacht is aan promovendi of habilitandi die qua onderwerp of qua methode affiniteit met de bijeenkomst van het Duitse taalgebied vertonen. Belangstellenden worden verzocht hun motivatie kort toe te lichten. De keuze van de uit te nodigen personen zal door de organisatoren aan de hand van de genoemde affiniteit in overleg met het NLV worden gemaakt.
Het aanmeldingsformulier voor de bijeenkomst vindt u online op de website van de Oldenburgse neerlandistiek ( www.niederlandistik.uni-oldenburg.de/28295.html).
Gelieve het vóór 1 februari op te sturen. Begin maart zal de bevestiging van deelname volgen.
Discussiestukken (richtlijn ca. 15 blz.) kunt u vóór 1 oktober 2010 aan Sara Jonkers en Samira Sassi sturen: sara.jonkers(removeme)uni-oldenburg.de, s.sassi(removeme)uni-oldenburg.de.
Dankzij financiėle ondersteuning van de Nederlandse Taalunie kunnen de reis- en verblijfkosten van alle deelnemers vergoed worden.

Met vriendelijke groet,
Sara Jonkers
Samira Sassi
Call for Abstracts voor CLIN 2010, Utrecht. Deadline: February 5 2010

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

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


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

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


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


Bernardo Huberman, Social Computing Lab at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories


The local organization committee consists of Thomas Markus, Paola Monachesi, and Eline Westerhout. Contact address: info(removeme)clin.nl.
CALL FOR PAPERS: 5th Moscow Student Conference on Linguistics, April 3-4, Moscow. Deadline: February 14 2010
DATES: April 3-4, 2010
LOCATION: Independent University of Moscow, Russia


WEBSITE: www.philol.msu.ru/~otipl/new/mscl
E-MAIL: mscl.submission(removeme)gmail.com

The 5th Moscow Student Conference on Linguistics (MSCL 5) will be held on April 3-4, 2010 at the Independent University of Moscow. Abstracts are solicited from all areas of formal linguistics including but not limited to Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, and Semantics. The key topic of this year's conference is Scrambling, Free Word Order and Related Phenomena. While submissions on the conference's key topic are especially encouraged, all other abstracts will be given equal consideration.


John F. Bailyn
Zeljko Boskovic
Norvin W. Richards


Abstracts should be anonymous and may not exceed two pages, including data, references and diagrams. Abstracts should be typed in at least 11-point font, with one-inch margins. Only abstracts from students (i.e., those not having defended a PhD by the submission deadline) will be considered. Accepted papers will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion.

The deadline for submissions is February 14, 2010. Note that submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author. To submit an abstract send an e-mail to the conference e-mail mscl.submission(removeme)gmail.com with a PDF-copy of your abstract attached to the message.

Include the following information in the body of the message:

title of the paper
name(s) of author(s)

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at the conference e-mail.


Independent University of Moscow
French Russian Poncelet Laboratory
Moscow State University
Call for papers for workshop Between me and you: ‘local pronouns across modalities’, June 7-8 Nijmegen. Deadline: February 15 2010

All languages in the world have personal pronouns, such as ‘I’ referring to the speaker, ‘you’ referring to the addressee, and ‘she’ referring to another referent. First and second person pronouns are called local pronouns as they refer to the persons in the local context: the speaker and the hearer. Local pronouns thus encode the two key roles in face-to-face communication. Their main usage lies in the direct interaction between the participants in a conversation.
In this workshop we want to discuss research on the distribution, meaning, and use of local pronouns, in the hope that it can give us more insight in how the local communicative context influences grammar. In addition to local pronouns in spoken languages, we are especially interested in contributions dealing with pronouns in sign languages. After all, signed languages appear to be ultimately suited for direct interaction between the signer and the addressee, and have been argued to have rather different pronominal paradigms.

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:
- typology of (local) pronouns
- person and/or role shift in sign language
- person and pointing gestures in spoken language
- evidentiality/modality/mood and person
- person and imperatives
- anaphoricity, deixis and person
- (fake) indexical pronouns
- (formal) semantics/pragmatics of (local) pronouns
- number and person

Kearsy Cormier (University College London)
Hotze Rullmann (University of British Columbia)
Anna Siewierska (Lancaster University)
Michael Cysouw (MPI Leipzig)

workshop: June 7-8, 2010
location: Radboud University Nijmegen
submission deadline: February 15, 2010
notification: March 15, 2010

We invite authors to submit a one-page abstract to local.pronouns(removeme)gmail.com before February 15, 2010, for a talk of approximately 25 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion.

Martine Zwets
Kees de Schepper
Wessel Stoop
Emar Maier
Call for papers for Workshop on Supporting eLearning with Language Resources and Semantic Data, Malta. Deadline: February 15 2010
To be held in conjunction with the 7th International
Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2010)
22 May 2010, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Malta


Deadline for submission: 15 February 2010

Language resources are of crucial importance not only for research and development in language and speech technology but also for eLearning applications. In addition, the increasingly availability of semantically interpreted data in the WEB 3.0 is creating a huge impact in semantic technology. Social media applications such as Delicious, Flickr, YouTube, and Facebook, provide us with data in the form of tags and interactions among users. We believe that the exploitation of semantic data (emerging both from the Semantic Web and from social media) and language resources will drive the next generation eLearning platforms. The integration of these technologies within eLearning applications should also facilitate access to learning material in developing economies.

The workshop aims at bringing together computational linguists, language resources developers, knowledge engineers, social media researchers and researchers involved in technology-enhanced learning as well as developers of eLearning material, ePublishers and eLearning practitioners. It will provide a forum for interaction among members of different research communities, and a means for attendees to increase their knowledge and understanding of the potential of language resources in eLearning. We will especially target eLearning practitioners in the Mediterranean Partner Countries.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Relevance of language resources, semantic data (i.e. ontologies, social media data) and tools in eLearning;
Use of social media applications and social networks in enhancing eLearning;
Methods to link semantic description of learning objects to semantic web data;
Ontology Design in the eLearning domain;
Different methods of employing LRs such as written and spoken corpora, grammars, lexicons, and linguistic databases in eLearning;
Use of multilingual language resources in facilitating knowledge exchange within eLearning applications;
Use of language and speech technology for improvement of language learning applications;
Use of language and speech technology to provide feedback in eLearning applications;
Exploitation of semantic data and language resources for the development of intelligent functionalities in eLearning systems;
Collaborative development of semantic data describing learning objects;
Methods to re-use linked data in the development of learning objects;
eLearning applications enhanced with language technology tools and semantic data in facilitating education access in Mediterranean partner countries.

Abstracts should be 5 pages long and submitted through the START Conference Manager submission site: www.softconf.com/lrec2010/E-learning2010/

Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings and should adhere to the style sheet.

When submitting a paper from the START page, authors will be asked to provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense, i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of your research.

For further information on this new initiative, please refer to www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2010/?LREC2010-Map-of-Language-Resources.

Important dates
Submission of abstracts: 15 February 2010
Notification of acceptance: 22 March 2010
Final version for the proceedings: 28 March 2010
Workshop: 22 May 2010

Organizing Committee
Paola Monachesi, University of Malta and Utrecht University
Alfio Massimiliano Gliozzo, ISTC-CNR
Eline Westerhout, Utrecht University
Call for papers for Workshop on Language Resources, Malta. Deadline: February 22 2010
'From Storyboard to Sustainability and LR Lifecycle Management'
23 May 2010, Malta
Deadline for abstracts: Monday 22 February 2010

To be held in conjunction with the 7th International
Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2010)
23 May 2010, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Malta


The life of a language resource (LR), from its mere conception and drafting to its adult phases of active exploitation by the HLT community, varies considerably. Ensuring that language resources be a part of a sustainable and endurable living process represents a multi-faceted challenge that certainly calls for well-planned anti-neglecting actions to be put into action by the different actors participating in the process. Clearing all IPR issues, exploiting best practices at specification and production time are just a few samples of such actions. Sustainability and lifecycle management issues are thus concepts that should be addressed before endeavouring into any serious LR production.

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:
- Which fields require LRs and which are their respective needs?
- What needs to be part of a LR storyboard? What points are we missing in its design?
- General specifications vs. detailed specifications and design
- Annotation frameworks and layers: interoperable at all?
- Should creation and provision of LRs be included in higher education curriculae?
- How to plan for scalable resources?
- Language Resource maintenance and improvement: feasible?
- Sharing language resources: how to bear this in mind and implement it? Logistics of the sharing: online vs. offline
- Centralised vs. decentralised, and national vs. international management and maintenance of LRs
- What happens when users create updated or derived LRs?
- Sharing language resources: legal issues concerned
- Sharing language resources: pricing issues concerned, commercial vs. non-commercial use
- Do LR actors work in a synchronised manner?
- What should be the roles of the different actors?
- What are the business models and arrangements for IPRs?
- Self-supporting vs. subsidised LR organisations
- Other general problems faced by the community

Abstracts should be no longer than 1500 words and should be submitted in PDF format through the online submission form on START ( www.softconf.com/lrec2010/Sustainability2010/).

Deadline for abstracts: Monday 22 February 2010
Notification to Authors: Friday 12 March 2010
Submission of Final Version: Sunday 21 March 2010
Workshop: Sunday 23 May 2010

For further queries, please contact Victoria Arranz at arranz(removeme)elda.org or Laura van Eerten at laura.vaneerten(removeme)inl.nl.
Call for papers for Conference on ‘Minority Politics within the Europe of Regions’ in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvįr, Klausenburg), Romania. Deadline: February 28 2010
The ECPR Standing Group on Federalism and Regionalism, together with the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania and the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities (ISPMN), will organize an international conference entitled ‘Minority Politics within the Europe of Regions’ on 17-20 June 2010.

Within the European space, issues related to ethno-regionalism and the legal status of national and ethnic minorities are covered by several models, such as federalization, self-rule and autonomy. In the recent decade these models and their consequences influencing European architecture have been widely studied in all sorts of theoretical and empirical frameworks. After the expansion of the EU with the Central and Eastern European countries in 2004 and 2007, and with the coming integration of the Western Balkans and possibly other states from Eastern Europe, there has been a proliferation of multi-ethnic regions and national and ethnic minority cases within or in the close vicinity of the Union. Researchers and speakers from a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines, including social and political sciences, history, linguistics, law, economy and area studies will be invited to present empirical and theoretical studies on the minority issue in the European space. The organizers will especially welcome studies on ethno-regionalist politics, as well as on institutional arrangements and policies concerning national and ethnic minorities in the new Member States and the Eastern parts of Europe.

The organizers will select 30 papers for presentation in the following four panels:
(1) Ethno-regionalism in Europe – where the history of ethno-regionalism in the old Member States of the Union and the present state of affairs will be discussed
(2) Models of self-rule and autonomy with respect to national, ethnic and linguistic minorities in the Union: this panel will address the institutional solutions and rights benefiting minorities in old and new Member States and the solutions that are provided form by the Union’s transnational structure.
(3) The historical and the present status of national and ethnic minorities in Central and Eastern Europe – focusing on the historical, social and economic and linguistic aspects of minorities’ situation
(4) Minority regimes at work – the implementation and the practical consequences of the policies concerning national and ethnic minorities in Central and Eastern Europe.

The deadline for submitting abstracts (300 words) is 28 February 2010. Applicants will receive feedback on the acceptance of their paper by 10 March. Papers (5000-7000 words) must be submitted by 1 June 2010. The organizers intend to publish the proceedings of the conference.

The official language of the conference is English. In the case of papers presented in other languages (e.g. Hungarian, Romanian) simultaneous translation will be available.

Participants whose abstracts have been selected are expected to cover travelling expenses only, the organizers will provide for food and accommodation. Cluj-Napoca has excellent infrastructural facilities, such as an international airport that can also be reached by low budget airlines.

Please send abstracts to both of the following e-mail addresses: mineureg(removeme)ispmn.gov.ro, mineureg(removeme)sapientia.ro

For further information, please visit kv.sapientia.ro/en/mineureg or www.ispmn.gov.ro/en/mineureg.

Conference organizers:

Klaus Detterbeck, University of Magdeburg, ECPR Standing Group on Federalism and Regionalism
Istvįn Horvįth, Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, Cluj-Napoca
Lįszló Marįcz, University of Amsterdam
Mįrton Tonk, Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca
Call for papers for ‘What’s in a Text’, Lublin. Deadline: February 28, 2010
We are pleased to announce the International Postgraduate Linguistic Conference in Text Studies "What's in a Text?". It will be held at Maria Curie-Sk?odowska University (UMCS) in Lublin, Poland between 9 and 11 Sep 2010, and organized by the university’s Department of English.
The main focus of the conference is a broadly understood notion of “text”. The meeting is intended to be a forum for an exchange of ideas between doctoral students of various linguistic fields.
We invite presentations of research from various fields of linguistics relevant for broadly understood inquiry into the nature of text(s). “Text” is understood here in a broad sense, ranging from belles lettres, via journalism, to everyday spoken discourse or electronic corpora. Presentations should deal with text(s) from the linguistic viewpoint.
Specific areas of interest include but are not limited to:
cognitive poetics
discourse analysis
the study of corpora and electronic texts
linguistic problems of narration and "author presence"
semantics and pragmatics of texts
iconicity in text
the linguistics of translation

In other words, we would like to consider the following questions:
What kind(s) of texts do we study?
Why do we study them? What are we looking for?
What do and don't we find?
What do we do with whatever we do find?
What does it tell us about language, its speakers or the human mind?
Generally, what is (a) text for me as a linguist and/or translator?

Abstracts of maximum 300 words (including the references) should be submitted by February 28, 2010 to the following e-mail address: iplc2010(removeme)umcs.pl. Send your abstract as a doc, odt or an rtf file. Do NOT reveal your name or affiliation in the abstract; instead, provide full name and affiliation (Ph.D. programme) in the body of the e-mail. The presentations will last 20 minutes each, plus 10 minutes for discussion.
Note that we can ONLY accept submissions from students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. programme or are affiliated with a university and engaged in a research towards a Ph.D.
We are planning a publication of selected presentations with an international publisher.

January 31, 2010 Deadline for abstract submission
May 16, 2010 Notification of acceptance (your abstracts will have been reviewed anonymously by members of the Scientific Committee)
June 27, 2010 Programme announced
September 9–11, 2010 Conference

Dr. Catherine Emmott (University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK)
Prof. Ulf Magnusson (Emeritus Professor of English, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden)
Prof. El?bieta Tabakowska (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland)
Prof. Jenny Thomas (University of Bangor, Wales, UK)

Christina Alm-Arvius (University of Stockholm, Sweden)
Marta Andersson (University of Stockholm, Sweden)
Henryk Kardela (UMCS, Lublin, Poland)
Anna K?dra-Kardela (UMCS, Lublin, Poland)
June Luchjenbroers (University of Bangor, Wales)
Przemys?aw ?ozowski (UMCS, Lublin, Poland)
Alan McMillion (University of Stockholm, Sweden)
Martina O˛bot (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Elizabeth Riddle (Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA)
Vasyl Starko (Volyn State University, Lutsk, Ukraine)
Margaret Winters (Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA)
Jerzy ?mudzki (UMCS, Lublin, Poland)

The conference fee is 30 EUR (inclusive of conference materials, tea and coffee during the breaks and the conference banquet). More information will be sent to the delegates via e-mail when their presentations have been accepted.
Please check the conference website ( www.iplc2010.umcs.pl) for updates on the venue, travel information, accommodation etc.

With questions, please contact conference organizers:
Adam G?az
Anna Weremczuk
Hubert Kowalewski
Piotr Florek
Beata Marczy?ska-Fedorowicz
at iplc2010(removeme)umcs.pl
Call for papers for 13thCICCL in Shanghai, China. Deadline: February 28 2010
China's 13th International Conference on Contemporary Linguistics

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


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

School of Foreign Languages, East China Normal University

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

Journal of Foreign Language Learning: Theory and Practice

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

Key-note Speakers:

Moria Yip (University College London)

Mick Short (Lancaster University)

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

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

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

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

Important Dates:

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: Feb. 28, 2010

Notification of Acceptance: May 31, 2010

Deadline for Submission of completed papers: June 30, 2010

Registration: Oct. 21st , 2010

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

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

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

Contact person:

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

School of Foreign Languages

East China Normal University

Shanghai, 200241



The conference homepage: www.icclc.org.cn

The host university homepage: www.ecnu.edu.cn
Call for members for reading group on aspects of lexical contrasts. Deadline: March 1 2010
Dear all,

We would like to set up a reading group to discuss various aspects of lexical contrasts. Topics may include, but are not limited to

· diagnostics for positivity/negativity

· asymmetries in contrast pairs

· cognitive processing of opposites

· rhetoric aspects of lexical contrasts (e.g. wording effects)

· acquisition of antonymy

· types of opposites (e.g. contraries, contradictories, converses, reversives)

· lexical vs. morphological antonyms

We propose the following working programme:

Format: informal discussions of relevant articles/chapters (to be sent in advance by the organizers)

Time: once a month, Friday 15.30 – 17.00

First meeting: March 5, 2010

Location: Utrecht

Please let us know if you would like to participate and/or to be added to the mailing list of this reading group. You are also welcome to express your wishes concerning possible topics and practical issues (schedule, location).

Feel free to forward this e-mail to everyone you think might be interested.

Hope to see you soon.

Kind wishes,

Naomi Kamoen <n.kamoen(removeme)uu.nl>

Elena Tribushinina <elena.tribushinina(removeme)ua.ac.be>
Call for papers for symposium on the pronunciation of English in the Netherlands, June 24-25 Amsterdam. Deadline: March 1 2010
Utrecht University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are organising a two-day symposium on the pronunciation of English in the Netherlands. The symposium is intended for all language users, including those in the corporate and public sectors, teachers, students and researchers.

· Date 24-25 June 2010

· Venue Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

All over the world, proficiency in spoken English is playing an increasingly important role. Within a European context, considerably more emphasis is now being placed on effective pronunciation training – one example being the Common European Framework (CEFR) for Languages. Nevertheless, very little attention is being paid to pronunciation training in the Netherlands, something which could have an adverse effect on professional and international interaction in English. In the Dutch Accents in English symposium, all involved language users in the Netherlands will be gathered together for the first time to explore the relevant issues and propose realistic solutions.

Keynote speakers

· Beverley Collins and Inger Mees
Priorities for pronunciation training in the Netherlands
Leiden University Centre for Linguistics and Copenhagen Business School

· Jo Kim
Pronunciation advice for companies and private individuals
BBC Pronunciation Unit

· Pamela Rogerson-Revell
Research into Business English
University of Leicester


Contributions will be welcomed on any one of the following topics:

· What is the role of English pronunciation in the Netherlands, both in professional and international exchanges, in the media, and in education?

· Which English pronunciation models (American, British, Dutch, EIL) are relevant in a Dutch context? How can these various models be evaluated?

· What is the best way to conduct pronunciation training? What areas need to be prioritised?

· Are there any groups of users with specific requirements and priorities?

Contributions may be based either on research or on practical experience and may be presented in English or in Dutch.

Each contribution will be allocated a 30-minute slot: a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute Q&A session. Abstracts (max. 500 words) should be submitted to uiteng(removeme)uu.nl (using MS Word). Please attach two copies of your abstract, one being an anonymous version and one stating the title of the presentation, your name, affiliation, and email address.

Registration will start on 24 May 2010. The conference fee will be 50 euros (including coffee and lunch).


· Deadline for the submission of proposals: 1 March 2010

· Notification of acceptance: 3 May 2010

· Registration: 24 May 2010

· Symposium: 24-25 June 2010
Call for papers for Conference Experimental Approaches to Perception and Production of Language Variation (ExAPP2010), November 11-12, Groningen. Deadline: March 15 2010
Experimental Approaches to Perception and Production of Language Variation (ExAPP2010)

Groningen, Netherlands, 11-12 November 2010



Empirical approaches to the study of language variation and change can benefit largely from the accompaniment of systematic manipulation of variables in the research setting. The goal of ExAPP2010 is to gather scholars employing experimental methods to investigate linguistic variation. We welcome abstracts for posters and papers that cover aspects of variation on all linguistic levels, and the perception as well as the production thereof. These include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• Perception of variation
• Production of variation
• Social meaning of linguistic features
• Language attitudes
• (Mutual) intelligibility
• Innovative methodologies

Talks are 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Abstracts should be approximately 300 words (excluding references) and may be submitted using EasyAbstracts provided by LinguistList ( linguistlist.org/confcustom/ExAPP2010). Posters will be displayed throughout one day, and there will be a dedicated poster session.

The following plenary speakers have kindly accepted an invitation::

• Raphael Berthele (Fribourg)
• Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (Ohio State)
• Marianne Gullberg (Lund and MPI Nijmegen)
• Mark Liberman (UPenn)
• Nancy Niedzielski (Rice)

15 March 2010: Deadline of Abstract Submission
15 April 2010: Notification of Acceptance
15 April - 30 June 2010: Early Bird Registration
1 July - 30 September: Normal Registration
11 - 12 November 2010: Conference

A publication of selected papers is planned.

Please visit our website at www.rug.nl/let/exapp2010 for more information. If you have any inquiries, please contact us at exapp2010(removeme)rug.nl.

Organisational team:
• Charlotte Gooskens
• Nanna Haug Hilton
• Alexandra Lenz
• Anja Schüppert
Call for papers for Eleventh International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2010), Czech Republic. Deadline: March 20 2010

Brno, Czech Republic, 6-10 September 2010

The conference is organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen. The conference is supported by International Speech Communication Association.

Venue: Brno, Czech Republic


TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers in both spoken and written language processing from the former East Block countries and their Western colleagues. Proceedings of TSD form a book published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series.


Topics of the conference will include (but are not limited to):

text corpora and tagging
transcription problems in spoken corpora
sense disambiguation
links between text and speech oriented systems
parsing issues
parsing problems in spoken texts
multi-lingual issues
multi-lingual dialogue systems
information retrieval and information extraction
text/topic summarization
machine translation
semantic networks and ontologies
semantic web
speech modeling
speech segmentation
speech recognition
search in speech for IR and IE
text-to-speech synthesis
dialogue systems
development of dialogue strategies
prosody in dialogues
emotions and personality modeling
user modeling
knowledge representation in relation to dialogue systems
assistive technologies based on speech and dialogue
applied systems and software
facial animation
visual speech synthesis

Papers on processing languages other than English are strongly encouraged.


Frederick Jelinek, USA (general chair)
Hynek Hermansky, Switzerland (executive chair)
Eneko Agirre, Spain
Genevieve Baudoin, France
Jan Cernocky, Czech Republic
Attila Ferencz, Romania
Alexander Gelbukh, Mexico
Louise Guthrie, GB
Jan Hajic, Czech Republic
Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic
Patrick Hanks, Czech Republic
Ludwig Hitzenberger, Germany
Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Republic
Ales Horak, Czech Republic
Eduard Hovy, USA
Ivan Kopecek, Czech Republic
Steven Krauwer, The Netherlands
Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany
Natalija Loukachevitch, Russia
Vaclav Matousek, Czech Republic
Hermann Ney, Germany
Elmar Noeth, Germany
Karel Oliva, Czech Republic
Karel Pala, Czech Republic
Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
Vladimir Petkevic, Czech Republic
Fabio Pianesi, Italy
Josef Psutka, Czech Republic
James Pustejovsky, USA
Leon Rothkrantz, The Netherlands
Ernst G. Schukat-Talamazzini, Germany
Pavel Skrelin, Russia
Pavel Smrz, Czech Republic
Marko Tadic, Croatia
Tamas Varadi, Hungary
Zygmunt Vetulani, Poland
Taras Vintsiuk, Ukraine
Yorick Wilks, GB
Victor Zakharov, Russia


The conference program will include presentation of invited papers, oral presentations, and poster/demonstration sessions. Papers will be presented in plenary or topic oriented sessions.

Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Brno will allow for additional informal interactions.


Authors are invited to submit a full paper not exceeding 8 pages formatted in the LNCS style (see below). Those accepted will be presented either orally or as posters. The decision about the presentation format will be based on the recommendation of the reviewers. The authors are asked to submit their papers using the on-line form accessible from the conference website.

Papers submitted to TSD 2008 must not be under review by any other conference or publication during the TSD review cycle, and must not be previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

As reviewing will be blind, the paper should not include the authors'
names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...". Papers that do not conform to the requirements above are subject to be rejected without review.

The authors are strongly encouraged to write their papers in TeX or LaTeX formats. These formats are necessary for the final versions of the papers that will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes. Authors using a WORD compatible software for the final version must use the LNCS template for WORD and within the submit process ask the Proceedings Editors to convert the paper to LaTeX format. For this service a service-and-license fee of CZK 1500 will be levied automatically.

The paper format for review has to be either PDF or PostScript file with all required fonts included. Upon notification of acceptance, presenters will receive further information on submitting their camera-ready and electronic sources (for detailed instructions on the final paper format see

Authors are also invited to present actual projects, developed software or interesting material relevant to the topics of the conference. The presenters of the demonstration should provide the abstract not exceeding one page. The demonstration abstracts will not appear in the conference proceedings.


March 13 2010 ............ Submission of abstract March 20 2010 ............ Submission of full papers May 13 2010 .............. Notification of acceptance May 31 2010 .............. Final papers (camera ready) and registration July 25 2010 ............. Submission of demonstration abstracts July 30 2010 ............. Notification of acceptance for
demonstrations sent to the authors September 6-10 2010 ...... Conference date

Submission of abstract serves for better organization of the review process only - for the actual review a full paper submission is necessary.

The contributions to the conference will be published in proceedings that will be made available to participants at the time of the conference.


The official language of the conference is English.


The organizing committee will arrange discounts on accommodation in the 3-star hotel at the conference venue. The current prices of the accommodation will be available at the conference website.


All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to

Dana Hlavackova, TSD 2010
Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University
Botanicka 68a, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
phone: +420-5-49 49 33 29
fax: +420-5-49 49 18 20
email: tsd2010(removeme)tsdconference.org

The official TSD 2010 homepage is: www.tsdconference.org/
Call for papers for 31st TABU Dag 2010, June 3-4, University of Groningen. Deadline: March 22 2010
3-4 June 2010
Abstract submission deadline: 22 March 2010

The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen is pleased to announce the 31st TABU Dag, which will take place at the University of Groningen on 3 and 4 June 2010. Senior researchers, postdoctoral researchers, (post)graduate students, and others who are interested are warmly invited to participate.

TABU Dag is an annual international linguistics conference which offers excellent opportunities to meet other linguists and discuss current research in several areas of linguistics. (Post)graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in particular are encouraged to present their work.

In addition to the presentations, four plenary lectures will be held. We are happy to have Michael Cysouw (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig), Julia Hirschberg (Columbia University), John C. Trueswell (University of Pennsylvania), and Sten Vikner (University of Aarhus) as keynote speakers at the conference.

TABU Dag provides an opportunity for the participants to present work addressing any of the following research areas:

- Computational linguistics
- Discourse and communication
- Language and literacy development across the life span
- Language variation and language change
- Neurolinguistics
- Syntax and semantics

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

We invite short abstracts for presentations and posters in English.

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. Abstracts should be submitted, preferably in PDF format, via the submission system on the conference website.

Depending on the number of submissions, some authors may be invited for a poster presentation.

Time allotted for presentations is 20 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussion. The official language of the conference is English.

The deadline for the abstract submission is 22 March 2010.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent on 19 April 2010.

For further information, please visit our website: www.tabudag.nl

We are looking forward to seeing you in Groningen!
Kind regards,
The organising committee,
Veerle Baaijen, Ildikó Berzlįnovich, Tim Kallenborn, Ben Maassen and Ruggero Montalto
FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS International Workshop on Hybrid Logic and Applications (HyLo 2010), July 10 Scotland. Deadline: March 30 2010
Affiliated with LICS 2010, July 10, 2010, Edinburgh, Scotland

Hybrid logic is an extension of modal logic which allows us to refer explicitly to states of the model in the syntax of formulas.
This extra capability, very natural in the realm of temporal logics, where one usually wants to refer to specific times, has been shown very effective in other domains too. Although they date back to the late 1960s, and have been sporadically investigated ever since, it was only in the 1990s that work on them really got into its stride.

It is easy to justify interest in hybrid logic on applied grounds, with the usefulness of the additional expressive power.
For example, when reasoning about time one often wants to build up a series of assertions about what happens at a particular instant, and standard modal formalisms do not allow this. What is less obvious is that the route hybrid logic takes to overcome this problem (the basic mechanism being to add nominals - atomic symbols true at a unique point - together with extra modalities to exploit them) often actually improves the behaviour of the underlying modal formalism.
For example, it becomes far simpler to formulate modal tableau, resolution, and natural deduction in hybrid logic, and completeness and interpolation results can be proved of a generality that is simply not available in modal logic. That is, hybridization - adding nominals and related apparatus - seems a fairly reliable way of curing many known weaknesses in modal logic.

Hybrid logic is now a mature field with significant impact on a range of other fields, including

- description logic,
- applied modal logics,
- temporal logic,
- memory logics,
- memoryful logics,
- reactive logic,
- labelled deduction, and
- feature logic.

The topic of the HyLo workshop of 2010 is hybrid logic and its applications, for instance within the fields mentioned above.
The scope is not only standard hybrid-logical machinery like nominals, satisfaction operators, and the downarrow binder but, more generally, extensions of modal logic that increase its expressive power.

The workshop continues a series of previous workshops on hybrid logic and applications, for example the LICS-affiliated HyLo 2002 ( floc02.diku.dk/HYLO) and HyLo 2006
( hylomol.ruc.dk/HyLo2006) which both were held as part of FLoC.

Please use the HyLo 2010 submission page to submit papers ( www.easychair.org/login.cgi?conf=hylo2010).
Papers should not exceed 15 pages including references.
The revised versions of accepted papers will be published online in a volume of Elsevier Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science (ENTCS). A preliminary version of the proceedings will be distributed at the workshop. Authors are invited to submit papers in the following two categories:

- Regular papers describing original research.
- Presentation-only papers describing work recently published or submitted.

The presentation-only papers will be included in the preliminary proceedings, but not in the final proceedings in ENTCS.
One author for each accepted paper must attend the workshop in order to present the paper. Authors are strongly encouraged to prepare their submissions according to the ENTCS guidelines ( www.entcs.org).

Important Dates
Deadline for submissions: March 30, 2010 Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2010 Deadline for final versions: June 15, 2006

Invited Speakers
- Moshe Vardi, Rice University, USA
- NN

Program Committee
Carlos Areces (INRIA Lorraine, France)
Patrick Blackburn (INRIA Lorraine, France) Thomas Bolander (Technical University of Denmark), Co-chair Torben Braüner (Roskilde University, Denmark), Co-chair Stephane Demri (ENS de Cachan, France) Mai Gehrke (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands) Valentin Goranko (Technical University of Denmark) Valeria de Paiva (Cuil Inc., USA) Thomas Schneider (University of Manchester)

Contact Details
See the workshop home page ( hylocore.ruc.dk/HyLo2010.html) for further information. Please send all correspondence regarding the workshop to the organizers:

Thomas Bolander

Torben Braüner
Call for papers for International Phonetics-Phonology Conference Shanghai. Deadline: March 31 2010
Web version: linguistlist.org/callconf/browse-conf-action.cfm?confid=99101

Short Title: IPPCS
Location: Shanghai, China
Start Date: 28-May-2010 - 30-May-2010
Contact: Xiaolei Wan
Meeting Email: engdept(removeme)shisu.edu.cn
Meeting Description: International Conference on Phonology and Phonetics

The College of English Language and Literature at Shanghai
International Studies University (SHISU) will host an International
Conference on Phonology and Phonetics from May 28 until May 30, 2010
(Friday–Sunday). The conference theme is “Accent on Tone”, but panel
discussions will focus on a number of topics:

1. General phonology and phonetics
2. Phonology and phonetics of Chinese languages
3. Interface between phonology and phonetics with morphology, syntax
and semantics
4. The description and analysis of Shanghainese (not limited to
phonology and phonetics)
5. Pronunciation teaching and interference in L2-acquisition
6. Tone and intonation
7. Historical phonology and language change
8. Other topic: _________ (if applicable)

Invited speakers are Carlos Gussenhoven (Radboud University Nijmegen;
confirmed), Zhang Jisheng (East China Normal University; confirmed),
Li Bing (Nankai University; confirmed, Wang Hongyan (Shenzhen
University; confirmed), Haruo Kubozono (Kobe University; confirmed),
Hsieh Feng-fan (National Tsing Hua University; confirmed) and Harry van
der Hulst (University of Connecticut; pending).

The working language of the conference will be English, except for
panels with exclusively Chinese participants. Participants need to pay
for their own travelling fares and accommodation, plus a conference
fee of 800 RMB (non-SHISU postgraduates: half price; SHISU graduates:
free). A visit to the 2010 Shanghai EXPO is included in the conference fee.

Call for papers:

Abstracts for papers (200-300 words, including title and key words) and
registration forms (see below) should reach us by email before March
31, 2010. Please indicate which panel the paper is intended for.
Papers submitted to the conference proceedings will be selected for
publication in a journal to be determined.

College of English Language and Literature
Shanghai International Studies University
Organizing Committee for International Conference on Phonology and Phonetics
200083, Shanghai, China

Contact person: WAN Xiaolei
E-Mail: engdept(removeme)shisu.edu.cn
Tel.: 86021- 67701355, 55511303
Fax: 86021- 55395556

Registration Form (please complete and send by email before March 31, 2010):
Name :
Title :
Institution :
Address, incl. ZIP code : (please ensure the accuracy of this part so the letter
of invitation can reach you on time)
Email :
Tel. :
Mobile :
Panel choice :
Call for papers for workshop on the relationship between units of language and units of writing on 30th September – 1st October 2010, Paris. Deadline: April 15 2010
Paris, France, 30th September – 1st October 2010
Laboratory Language-Music-Society UMR 8099 CNRS-Paris Descartes

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS, Submission deadline April 15, 2010.
The writing systems workshops have offered a forum for discussion between researchers from a range of different countries and linguistic backgrounds, working in a variety of fields of writing research such as theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics and language education.
The focus of this 7th workshop is the relationship between units of language and units of writing. Especially welcome are contributions on the following questions:
• How are units of language and units of writing related? Which levels are involved and which kinds of relationships are maintained ?
• Which models of language and writing accommodate the relationships that have been established?
• How do writers map units of language onto units of writing?
• How do readers map units of writing onto units of language?
• Does knowledge of the relationship between speech and writing in one language influence one’s understanding of the same connection in a foreign language?
• How do teaching techniques influence literacy development?
• What is the role of writing in acquiring knowledge of one’s mother tongue ?
• What is the role of writing in foreign language education ?
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Authors should submit abstracts of no more than 300 words (Font: Times New Roman 12, line spacing: 1.5). Speakers will have 30 minutes for their presentation, and 15 minutes for discussion and questions. Please submit abstracts electronically (rtf, pdf, doc).
CONTACT: Amandine Bergčre : amandine.bergere(removeme)gmail.com
Call for Papers for Conference on Concepts and Consequences of Multilingualism in Europe 2, Macedonia. Deadline: May 1 2010
From October 7-10, 2010 the Scientific Research Center of the State University of Tetovo (Macedonia) and the research group ‘Babylonian Europe’ of the University of Amsterdam will organize a conference hosted by the University of Tetovo in the Republic of Macedonia. The conference is a follow-up meeting of the conference on the Concepts and Consequences of Multilingualism in Europe 1 that took place in September 2009 in Budapest hosted by the Budapest College of Communication and Business.

The organizers will select 20 papers for presentation in the following four panels: (1) multilingual institutions and organizations; (2) a tool-kit for transnational communication; (3) multicultural societies and (4) free space. In the first panel the analysis of multilingual institutions and organizations is focused on. The central question is: how do collaborators of multilingual organizations and institutions communicate. Not only the analysis of European institutions and organizations, like the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Europe is welcomed but in fact all sorts of international organizations, like the UN, NATO, CIS, etc. can be presented.This topic is inspired by the State University of Tetovo itself for this university which received an official status in 2004 is a multilingual institution, including teaching in Albanian, Macedonian and English. In the second panel, the consequences of multilingualism for society are discussed. How is the formal communication between citizens and the state institutions and between citizens organized? Is there a communicational language involved, a so-called lingua franca? What about the role of culture and discourse, including literature, performing arts and media in a multicultural society? The third panel concentrates on the solutions of multilingualism in Europe. Several options come to mind, including English-only; regional lingua francae and lingua receptiva. In the latter case the speakers communicate by using each their L1 being comprehensible for the receiver. What are the advantages and disadvantages of these solutions? In the fourth panel any topic that has to do with multilingualism in Europe can be put forward.

The deadline for submitting abstracts (300 words) will be May 1, 2010. By the end of May the participants will receive a definite answer on the acceptance of their paper. The deadline for submitting papers (5000-7000 words) will be September 1, 2010. The conference organizers have the intention to publish a proceedings of the conference.

Accommodation for conference speakers and participants will be available in the neighborhood of the campus of the University for a modest price. Conference participation requires no fee. Tetovo can be reached by plane via the international airport of the capital of Macedonia, Skopje. Low budget airlines frequently fly to Skopje. A visit to the beautiful lake Ohrid will be included into the program.

Conference organizers:
Amra Alik, conference coordinator (amra.architect.aa(removeme)live.com)
Mustafa Ibrahimi, Director of the Scientific Research Center of the State University of Kosovo (m.ibrahimi(removeme)seeu.edu.mk)
Lįszló Marįcz, chairman of Babylonian Europe RG, European Studies, University of Amsterdam (l.k.maracz(removeme)uva.nl)
Call for papers for Workshop Computational Linguistics - Applications (CLA'10), Poland. Deadline: May 31 2010
Paper Topics
This call is for papers that present research and developments on all aspects of Natural Language Processing used in real-life applications, such as (this list is not exhaustive):

information retrieval
extraction of linguistic knowledge from text corpora
semantic ontologies in computer linguistics
lexical resources
machine translation and translation aids
ambiguity resolution
text classification
corpus-based language modeling
parsing issues
proofing tools
dialogue systems
machine learning methods applied to language processing
ontology and taxonomy evaluation
opinion mining
question answering
sentiment analysis
speech and audio processing
text summarization
use of NLP techniques in practical applications

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

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

Papers will be evaluated and accepted on the basis of their technical merit, usefulness of the real life application and relevance to the workshop scope by the CLA'10 Program Committee. The paper will be assessed by academics as well as industry representatives in order to assure fair and balanced assessment.

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

Papers Submission

Authors should submit draft papers (as Postscript, PDF of MSWord file).
The total length of a paper should not exceed 8 pages (IEEE style). IEEE style templates will be available ASAP.
Papers will be refereed and accepted on the basis of their scientific merit and relevance to the workshop.
Accepted and Presented paper will be published in the Conference Proceedings and included in the IEEE Xplore® database.
Organizers reserve right to move accepted papers between IMCSIT events.

Important dates
31.05.2010 (May 31, 2010) - Full paper submission
12.07.2010 (July 12, 2010) - Notification of acceptance
23.08.2010 (August 23, 2010) - Camera-ready version of the accepted paper

CLA '09 post conference report
It seems that the motto of our workshop "Show the system in action" has been accepted by the NLP community. This year 33 papers were submitted (90% increase from last year); 19 of them were accepted by the programming committee. 15 papers were presented during the workshop - our guests from Iran or Tunisia seemingly found Poland too far away from their homelands. Still, 11 countries were represented in the workshop, mainly from the Western Europe.

The workshop was composed of oral presentations and the demo-poster session. Presentations, given on Tuesday (October, 12th), were divided into three sessions:

Information Retrieval,
Use of NLP Tools In practical application,
Parsing issues; Linguistic resources.

In the evening the audience voted for the best presentations of each of the session as well as the best overall performance. The voters used their mobile phones and the result were known immediately - to the chairman. The winners were presented officially at the Gala Ceremony (In the Oscar Ceremony fashion). The Information Retrieval session was one by Igor Leturia from Spain - or rather his virtual agent who could fluently answer any question posed in the Basque language. The session on Practical Applications was won by Eric Wehrli from Switzerland and his micro-scanner that read German texts and translated them into English. Parsing issues were best presented by charming Katarzyna Moroz from Poznan (Poland) who convinced the audience that her new parsing algorithm using pregroup grammars will soon outperform existing ones. And finally, after the three nominees had been presented, the Oscar went to...Spain.

The demo-poster session took place on Wednesday morning. It looked as if the participants had not celebrated too long into the Tuesday night - at 9 a.m. almost all of them were ready to put their applications under the pressure of real tests. Well, the winner did not understand the chairman's Basque too well... she obviously preferred her master, Igor.