January 8th, 2010

LOT Announcements / events
Van de LOT Bestuurstafel
LOT is in 2009 veel met zichzelf bezig geweest, met perikelen rond hererkenning en het voortbestaan van het systeem van onderzoekscholen. Toch zijn we ook weer volop bezig met plannen naar buiten toe. Stevin heeft onze vervolgaanvraag voor Taal & Spraak op Kennislink gehonoreerd.
Er staat in januari een mooie Winterschool op stapel, die meer dan 160 inschrijvingen heeft gekregen. We zijn ook een heel eind gevorderd met het programma van de zomerschool in Nijmegen.
Al met al genoeg reden om optimistisch het nieuwe jaar in te gaan!

Mede namens Ivana, Nicole Gregoire, Mariėtte Bonenkamp en Nicole Tak een heel goed 2010 gewenst!

Henriėtte de Swart
Directeur Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap
LOT Winterschool 2010, VU Amsterdam, January 11-22 2010
The next LOT Winterschool will take place from January 11 - 22 2010.
The Free University of Amsterdam (VU) will host this event as local organisator.

Registration has closed and all confirmations have been sent.
Reservations for lodging in the Nova Hotel in Amsterdam have been confirmed via de local organisation of the VU.

Check the website regularly for updates or changes that might occur.

For any questions or late changes, contact the LOT Secretary Office via lot(removeme)uu.nl
Kennislink Taal & Spraak
Kijk voor het laatste nieuws over Kennislink Taal & Spraak op: www.kennislink.nl/taal-en-spraak

Woordbetekenis is lichaamsafhankelijk
Links- en rechtshandigen laten verschillende hersenactiviteiten zien bij het begrijpen van taal. Dat komt doordat woordbetekenis niet iets abstracts is voor het brein: het is gelinkt aan hoe je dingen doet in de wereld.

Gebaren met je baby
Babygebaren zijn hot. Maar leiden ze echt tot minder gefrustreerde en eerder sprekende peuters?

Hoe woorden werken
Onze kennis van de betekenis van woorden lijkt eenvoudig. We hebben gewoon een lijst met woorden in ons hoofd met de daarbij horende betekenis. Maar als je wat beter naar ons woordgebruik kijkt, blijkt het toch wat ingewikkelder te zijn.
Lectures / talks
Lecture by Jochen Trommer at Meertens Institute, January 22 2010
On Friday January 22, 2010 (15.00-16.30), Jochen Trommer (Universität Leipzig) will give a talk at the Meertens Instituut in Amsterdam (room: Rode Boog). The abstract follows below. All invited!

For more information, contact Marc van Oostendorp (marc.van.oostendorp(removeme)meertens.knaw.nl; tel. 020 4628528)


Locality Conditions on Umlaut Restrict German Schwa Epenthesis


Standard German verbs exhibit schwa epenthesis between roots ending in a coronal stop and inflectional suffixes starting with coronal obstruents 3sg -t /past -t /2sg -st (1-b). However, schwa epenthesis between heteromorphemic coronal obstruents is systematically suppressed
in forms with umlaut (1-c):


(1) a. ?to grab? b. ?to wade? c. ?to advice?

Present 1sg pack-e wat-e rat-e

Present 2sg pack-st wat-[?]-st r[?:]t-st/*r[?:]t-[?]-st

Present 3sg pack-t wat-[?]-t r[?:]t/*r[?:]t-[?]-t

Past 1pl pack-t-en wat-[?]-t-en r[i:]t-en/*r[i:]t-[?]-t-en


Neef (1997) claims that the blocking of schwa-epenthesis in 3sg verb forms follows from a paradigmatic distinctivity constraint: 3sg forms must be phonologically distinct from their underlying stems, hence the root wat cannot be used as a 3sg form, and schwa epenthesis guarantees a non-homophonous form. In umlauting verbs, distinctivity is already ensured by

the umlaut - schwa epenthesis gets superfluous and blocked for economy reasons.

In this talk, I argue that a paradigmatic account for these data is unnecessary since schwa blocking already follows from the representation of umlaut as a defective coronal segment in suffix position which must be licensed by linking to a stressed vowel in an autosegmental span comprising maximally 2 vowels. Epenthetic schwa is blocked because it would intervene in the creation of the necessary span. This amounts almost exactly to the analysis of umlaut and ineffability in Hermans & Marc van Oostendorp (2008) for Limburgian diminutives, with the exception that schwa does not block licensing of umlaut in Limburgian. A closer look at the behavior of German diminutives shows that intervening schwa although not leading to ineffability is deleted to guarantee binary licensing constraints in specific phonological contexts. I argue that this follows from the an account of place licensing for schwa which renders it a context-sensitive intervenor for place association.

References:


Neef, Martin (1997) Wortdesign: Eine deklarative Analyse der deutschen Verbflexion. Stauffenburg.

Hermans, Ben & Marc van Oostendorp (2008) Umlaut is Phonological. Evidence from Ineffability. Talk at mfm 16, Manchester.
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
20th Anéla Juniorendag 2010, Leiden University, January 29. Registration deadline: January 15 2010
(English version below)

Registratiedeadline Anéla Juniorendag 2010: zaterdag 15 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
anelajuniorendag2010(removeme)gmail.com


Registration deadline Anéla Juniorendag 2010: Saturday, January 15, 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
anelajuniorendag2010(removeme)gmail.com
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
London

Programme
The Wellcome Trust
Conference Centre
COST A 33
www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/cost/

Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE
Let the Children Speak 2
Programme
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
Science
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
findings
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
children
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:

www.let.rug.nl/~heeringa/dialectology/symposium/
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:
www.hum.uu.nl/emlar/EMLAR_1.htm

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

Tutorials:

CGN
CHILDES
Lexical databases
Multilevel regression
Praat
SPSS
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
WAP-symposium

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

Programma:
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
Computational Linguistics In The Netherlands (CLIN) 2010, Utrecht, February 5 2010
Computational Linguistics In The Netherlands number 20 will take place at Drift 21 and the Academie Gebouw of Utrecht University on the 5th of February 2010.

At CLIN, Bernardo Huberman, who is a Senior Fellow at HP Labs and director of the Social Computing Lab at HP Labs, will give a talk about “Social attention in the age of the web”.

From 2009, STIL will sponsor a prize for an MA thesis that describes high quality research in computational linguistics or its applications. This prize of 1000 euro will be awarded for the first time during CLIN 2009 in Utrecht, and from that time on a yearly basis during the CLIN meetings. More information can be found at the CLIN website: www.let.rug.nl/vannoord/Clin/stilprijs.html

Organizing committee
Paola Monachesi – P dot Monachesi(removeme)uu.nl
Eline Westerhout – E dot N dot Westerhout(removeme)uu.nl
Thomas Markus – Thomas dot Markus(removeme)phil.uu.nl
with support of Joost Bastings, Coert van Gemeren, Ronald de Haan, Emiel van Miltenburg, and Bas Mulders.


More information and call for papers on: www.clin.nl/20/
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
Workshop on the Subatomic Semantics of Event Predicates, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, March 17 2010
March 17, 2010

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

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

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

Invited Speakers:

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

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

Iasi, Romania
March 21-27, 2010

www.CICLing.org/2010

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

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Nicoletta Calzolari,
James Pustejovsky,
Hans Uszkoreit,
Shuly Wintner

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

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

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

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

See 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/
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

CLA2010.imcsit.org

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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
Two-year Postdoc position in psycholinguistics (acquisition, bilingualism, multimodality) at Lund University, Sweden. Deadline: January 11 2009
Lund University invites applications for a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psycholinguistics at the Humanities Laboratory, Centre for Languages and Literature.
Ref. No. 4236, application deadline Jan. 11, 2010 www3.lu.se/info/lediga/admin/document/PA2009-4236eng.pdf

The applicant is expected to conduct interdisciplinary psycholinguistic research on multimodal linguistic processing in mono-/bilinguals and language learners with an emphasis on speech and co-speech gestures. The successful applicant has a background in one or several of the following
domains: online studies of processing in language learners or bilinguals; psycholinguistic studies of co-speech gestures; EEG/ERP studies of linguistic processing (including data treatment and programming skills).

Requirements:
Eligible applicants are those who have passed their PhD examinations not more than three years before the application period expires and have not been previously employed as research or post-doctoral fellows.

For further information, please contact Dr Marianne Gullberg, marianne.gullberg(removeme)mpi.nl
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.

Requirements
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.

Organization
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)

Application
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
proposal).

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

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

Position
The PhD student will be appointed for a period of 4 years (80%) or 3.3 years (full
time) at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam under the terms of
employment currently valid for the Faculty. A contract will be given in the first
instance for one year, with an extension for the following years on the basis of an
evaluation of, amongst other things, a written piece of work. The salary (on a full time
base) will be € 2042 during the first year (gross per month) and will reach € 2612
during the fourth year, in accordance with the CAO for Dutch universities.

Submissions
Submissions of a proposal should be sent before 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.
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for Conference A Germanic Sandwich 2010 in Germany. Deadline: January 9 2010
First call for papers

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

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

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

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

Abstracts (ca. 300 words) can be sent to Esther Ruigendijk:
Esther.Ruigendijk(removeme)uni-oldenburg.de. Deadline for submission: 9th January 2010. Notification of acceptance will by the end by the end of February 2010.
Call for papers for 16th International Conference on Logic for Programming, Artificial Intelligence and Reasoning (LPAR-16), April 25 - May 1, 2010 Senegal. Deadline: January 13, 2010
Dakar, Senegal
www.lpar.net/lpar-16/

The series of International Conferences on Logic for Programming, Artificial Intelligence and Reasoning (LPAR) is a forum where, year after year, some of the most renowned researchers in the areas of logic, automated reasoning, computational logic, programming languages and their applications come to present cutting-edge results, to discuss advances in these fields, and to exchange ideas in a scientifically emerging part of the world. The 16th edition will be held in Dakar, Senegal.

Logic is a fundamental organizing principle in nearly all areas in Computer Science. It runs a multifaceted gamut from the foundational to the applied.
At one extreme, it underlies computability and complexity theory and the formal semantics of programming languages. At the other, it drives billions of gates every day in the digital circuits of processors of all kinds. Logic is in itself a powerful programming paradigm but it is also the quintessential specification language for anything ranging from real-time critical systems to networked infrastructures. Logical techniques link implementation and specification through formal methods such as automated theorem proving and model checking. Logic is also the stuff of knowledge representation and artificial intelligence. Because of its ubiquity, logic has acquired a central role in Computer Science education.

Topics
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New results in the fields of computational logic and applications are welcome. Also welcome are more exploratory presentations, which may examine open questions and raise fundamental concerns about existing theories and practices.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Automated reasoning
* Verification
* Interactive theorem proving and proof assistants
* Model checking
* Implementations of logic
* Satisfiability modulo theories
* Rewriting and unification
* Logic programming
* Satisfiability checking
* Constraint programming
* Decision procedures
* Logic and the Web
* Ontologies and large knowledge bases
* Logic and databases
* Modal and temporal logics
* Program analysis
* Foundations of security
* Description logics
* Non-monotonic reasoning
* Specification using logics
* Logic in artificial intelligence
* Logic and types
* Logical foundations of programming
* Logical aspects of concurrency
* Logic and computational complexity
* Knowledge representation and reasoning
* Logic of distributed systems

Programme Chairs
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* Ed Clarke
* Andrei Voronkov

Programme Committee
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* Rajeev Alur
* Matthias Baaz
* Peter Baumgartner
* Armin Biere
* Nikolaj Bjorner
* Iliano Cervesato
* Agata Ciabattoni
* Hubert Comon-Lundh
* Nachum Dershowitz
* Juergen Giesl
* Guillem Godoy
* Georg Gottlob
* Jean Goubault-Larrecq
* Reiner Haehnle
* Claude Kirchner
* Michael Kohlhase
* Konstantin Korovin
* Laura Kovacs
* Orna Kupferman
* Leonid Libkin
* Aart Middeldorp
* Luke Ong
* Frank Pfenning
* Andreas Podelski
* Andrey Rybalchenko
* Helmut Seidl
* Geoff Sutcliffe
* Ashish Tiwari
* Toby Walsh
* Christoph Weidenbach

Submission Details
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Submissions of two kinds are welcome:

* Regular papers containing new results;
* Experimental papers describing implementation or evaluation of systems.

All submitted papers must be original, and not submitted concurrently to a journal or another conference. The page limit for all papers is 15 pages using the EasyChair class file that can be obtained at ....
www.easychair.org/easychair.zip.

All papers must be submitted through the EasyChair system using the Web page

www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=3Dlpar16

Important Dates
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* Abstract submission: January 5, 2010
* Paper submission: January 13, 2010
* Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2010
* Proceedings version: March 15, 2010
* Short papers submission: March 17, 2010
* Short papers notification: March 25, 2010
* Conference: April 25-May 1, 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS for Workshop: Mood and modality in the indigenous languages of the Americas, Leiden University, March 25-26 2010; Deadline: January 15 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS
Workshop: Mood and modality in the indigenous languages of the Americas
Leiden University, March 25-26 2010
The categories of mood and modality find extremely diverse realizations across languages (e.g.
Palmer 2001). Consequently, there is no unanimity which notions these two categories actually
comprise. The increasing availability of data on Indigenous American languages makes it now
possible to take a fresh look at the categories of mood and modality. Which modal categories
are expressed in these languages? How are they connected to each other and to other categories
like tense and aspect within a language? This workshop aims at gaining an insight into these
questions. Are mood and modality useful categories at all for subsuming the concepts
expressed in the languages of the Americas?
Since we are interested in finding out how the categories of mood and modality are realized in
South American languages, we take the scope of these categories to be quite broad.
Distinctions of mood could be concerned with contrasting declarative and interrogative speech
acts, or a realis-irrealis distinction, while modality could be concerned with concepts like
permission and obligation, ability, and expressions of epistemic modality, for example in terms
of degree of certainty.
Abstracts are invited for presentations from 20 up to 45 minutes. There will be 10 minutes of
discussion time after each talk. Please indicate on your abstract how long you intend to speak.
Any topic related to modality in the indigenous languages of the Americas is welcome.
Examples of possible topics are:
• Which modal categories are expressed in the languages of the Americas, and how?
• Do these languages show a pervasive contrast between possibility and necessity within
the modal category, like European languages?
• How are different types of modality related to other verbal categories, such as tense and
aspect?
• How do modal categories evolve historically?
Please send your abstract to Martine Bruil before 15 January 2010. We hope to be able to
accept all abstracts, but in case there are too many, we will let you know by 30 January about
acceptance.: m.bruil(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact
any of the organizers:
Neele Müller: n.muller(removeme)let.ru.nl
Sonja Gipper: sonja.gipper(removeme)mpi.nl
Willem Adelaar: w.f.h.adelaar(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl
Martine Bruil: m.bruil(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl
Reference
Palmer, F.R. (2001) Mood and modality. Second edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press.
Call for Papers for Amsterdam Workshop, April 9-10 VU University. Deadline: January 18 2010
AMSTERDAM WORKSHOP

Call for Papers

From Text to Political Positions 2010
9-10 April 2010, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
www2.let.vu.nl/oz/cltl/t2pp/


Plenary speakers
- Ken Benoit (Trinity College, Dublin, Dept of Political Science)
- Jan Kleinnijenhuis (Vrije Universiteit/VU 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, Dept 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.

Call for Abstracts
We invite 500-1000 word abstracts in English. They should be sent to T2PP(removeme)let.vu.nl
-- Deadline for abstracts: 18 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!

Topic suggestions
* 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. ‘for/against’, ‘can/will/must’, ‘say/state/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 political/social actors
* Applications for political opinion mining and positioning tools
* ... other suggestions are welcome

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

Organising Committee
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 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.
Timetable
• 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
CLIN 20 – FIRST CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

20th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands
Friday 5 February 2010, Utrecht, The Netherlands
www.clin.nl/20

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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.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

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.

IMPORTANT DATES

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

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Bernardo Huberman, Social Computing Lab at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories

ORGANIZATION

The local organization committee consists of Thomas Markus, Paola Monachesi, and Eline Westerhout. Contact address: info(removeme)clin.nl.
Call for papers for workshop Between me and you: ‘local pronouns across modalities’, June 7-8 Nijmegen. Deadline: February 15 2010
www.ru.nl/optimalcommunication/events/workshop_history/local_pronouns/local_pronouns/

DESCRIPTION
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
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

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

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

SUBMISSION
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.


ORGANIZING
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

www.lt4el.eu/ws_elearning.php


Deadline for submission: 15 February 2010

Description
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
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.

Submissions
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 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
stylistics
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?

PAPER PROPOSALS
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.

IMPORTANT DATES
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

CONFIRMED PLENARY SPEAKERS
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)

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
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

Organizors:

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

China

Fax:+86-21-54344902

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


Presentations

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).


Dates

· 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 Eleventh International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2010), Czech Republic. Deadline: March 20 2010
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TSD 2010 - FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS
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Brno, Czech Republic, 6-10 September 2010
www.tsdconference.org/

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

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

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.


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

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


FORMAT OF THE CONFERENCE

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.


SUBMISSION OF PAPERS

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
www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html#Proceedings.)

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.


IMPORTANT DATES

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.


OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

The official language of the conference is English.


ACCOMMODATION

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.


ADDRESS

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/
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

Scope
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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.

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

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

Program Committee
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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
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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
www.imm.dtu.dk/~tb

Torben Braüner
www.ruc.dk/~torben
Call for papers for workshop on workshop the relationship between units of language and units of writing on 30th September – 1st October 2010, Paris. Deadline: April 15 2010
UNITS OF LANGUAGE - UNITS OF WRITING
SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON WRITING SYSTEMS AND LITERACY
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
FURTHER INFORMATION:
writtenlanguage.ruhosting.nl/workshopbestanden/firstcall2010.pdf
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
POS-tagging
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.