July 1st, 2010

LOT Announcements / events
LOT Schools questionnaire
LOT would like to know what second year master and PhD students think of the format and content of the LOT Summer and Winter Schools. Therefore, recently, we distributed a questionnaire amongst the LOT Institutes.

From the members who filled out the questionnaire we have chosen two winners of the 100 Euro book voucher: Eline Zenner (KU Leuven) and Xuan Wang (Tilburg University). Congratulations! The prices have been sent to you.

If you haven't filled out the questionnaire and would still be willing to do so, you are very welcome to do so at: www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/LOTquestionnaire.html
LOT could use all comments / recommendations for organizing upcoming schools even more according to all wishes!
Kennislink Taal & Spraak
Dialectverschillen in het Zweeds nemen af
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/dialectverschillen-in-het-zweeds-nemen-af
Therese Leinonen bracht de dialectverschillen in klinkeruitspraak in het Zweedse taalgebied in kaart. Uit haar onderzoek komt naar voren dat de dialectverschillen kleiner worden.

Bereken de woordvolgorde
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/bereken-de-woordvolgorde
‘De boze koningin geeft Sneeuwwitje de giftige appel.’ Of ‘… geeft de giftige appel aan Sneeuwwitje.’ Zelfde betekenis, andere volgorde. Met een beetje wiskunde berekenen taalwetenschappers welke volgorde het meest waarschijnlijk is.

Nieuw model simuleert spraakherkenning
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/nieuw-model-simuleert-spraakherkenning
De manier waarop mensen woorden herkennen bij het horen van spraak kan nu worden onderzocht met een computermodel. Taalonderzoekster Odette Scharenborg van de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen is er in geslaagd om een model te maken dat het proces simuleert van spraaksignaal tot herkenning van het woord.
Oproep LOT Populariseringsprijs 2010. Deadline: 10 september 2010
Aan alle taalkundigen in Nederland

LOT looft dit jaar wederom de Populariseringsprijs uit, ter stimulering van het vervaardigen van populair-wetenschappelijke bijdragen over een taalwetenschappelijk onderwerp.

De definitie van in aanmerking komende publicaties is uitermate ruim. Het bestuur denkt zowel aan speciaal voor dit doel geschreven bijdragen als aan reeds gepubliceerd materiaal - artikelen, boeken, cd-roms, video's, radio - en televisieprogramma's, websites etc. - met copyright in 2008 en 2009 (indien copyright van toepassing is). De bijdrage dient in het Nederlands te rapporteren over actueel taalkundig onderzoek en vervaardigd te zijn door een in Nederland werkzame dan wel wonende taalkundige. Bijdragen dienen de essentie van een onderzoeksvraag en het antwoord daarop toegankelijk te maken voor een ontwikkeld publiek dat niet specifiek taalkundig geschoold is.

De omvang van de LOT-prijs bedraagt 1000 Euro.

Iedere Nederlandse taalkundige onderzoeker kan maximaal één zelf geschreven nieuwe bijdrage ter beoordeling inzenden. Daarnaast kan iedere Nederlandse taalkundige een reeds gepubliceerde bijdrage van een collega (dus niet van eigen hand) voordragen voor de prijsvraag door de desbetreffende bijdrage gemotiveerd aan te melden. Bij voordracht dient vermeld te worden: Naam voorgedragene, titel bijdrage, adres voorgedragene, motivatie voordracht.

De inzendingen worden beoordeeld door een door het LOT benoemde jury die naast taalkundigen ook redacteuren van een dagblad of tijdschrift zal bevatten.

De uitslag zal bekend gemaakt worden op het Taalgala, een feestelijke bijeenkomst voor alle leden van LOT, AVT en Anéla, samen met het bekend maken van de uitslag van de AVT-Anéla dissertatieprijs. Het Taalgala zal plaatsvinden op zaterdag 5 februari 2011 in Utrecht.

De sluitingsdatum voor inzending/voordracht is 10 september 2010. Inzendingen / voordrachten kunnen gestuurd worden naar LOT, t.a.v. Ivana Brasileiro, Janskerkhof 13a, 3512 BL Utrecht of via e-mail naar I.BrasileiroReisPereira(removeme)uu.nl.

Het bestuur hoopt op een overvloedige inzending. De noodzaak tot effectievere publieksvoorlichting over aard en kwaliteit van het taalkundig onderzoek in Nederland en de resultaten daarvan blijft onverminderd aanwezig.

Het reglement is hier digitaal in te zien: www.lotschool.nl/files/newsletters/2009/LOT_Populariseringsprijs_reglement.pdf

Namens het LOT-bestuur,
Henriette de Swart, Wetenschappelijk directeur
Lectures / talks
Colloquiumlezing Marcel Giezen, Radboud University Nijmegen, July 12 2010
Speaker: Marcel Giezen (University of Amsterdam)
(in collaboration with Anne Baker and Paola Escudero)
Title: Cross-modal perception in CI children

Date & Time: July 12, 2010; 16.00
Place: Erasmusbuilding, room E2.55 (Erasmusplein 1, Nijmegen)

Abstract:
It is often suggested in the cochlear implant (CI) literature that using sign language with CI children negatively impacts their spoken language development. Most of these studies compare children in Total Communication programs and children in Oral Communication programs in terms of spoken language outcomes. However, such programs incorporate a variety of practices that are usually not explicitly described. In addition, results are sometimes confounded by other variables. Importantly, only a few studies have assessed both language modalities in the same sample of children.
In this talk, I will present findings from two recent studies. In the first study, we assessed speech and sign perception abilities in a sample of 15 CI children. The results reveal substantial inter-individual variation among the children in both language modalities, but no evidence for negative effects of signing experience on spoken language abilities. Rather, performance in the two language modalities was positively related to each other. Correlations do not imply causality, however, and need to be interpreted with caution. In the second study, still in progress, we therefore directly examine the effects of bimodal input (i.e., speech and sign) on audiovisual spoken word recognition and word learning by CI children. Preliminary results from this study support our earlier findings and even suggest some benefits of bimodal input for speech processing by CI children.
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Workshop on Dummy auxiliaries in (a)typical first and second language acquisition, Radboud University Nijmegen, July 1-2 2010
On 1-2 July 2010, the Centre for Language Studies and Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication will organise a workshop at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The topics that will be discussed are:
- Dummy auxiliaries in Second Language Acquisition. Speakers: Maria del Pilar Garcķa Mayo, Rosemarie Tracy, Solveig Chilla, Carson Schütze, Elma Blom, Ineke van de Craats, and Josje Verhagen.
- Dummy auxiliaries in First Language Acquisition. Speakers: Shalom Zuckerman, Sjef Barbiers, Manuela Julien, Margreet van Koert, and Evelina Leivada.
- Dummy auxiliaries in Atypical first language acquisition. Speakers: Antje Orgassa , Jan de Jong, and Anke Jolink.
- Discussant on the second day: Peter Jordens.

The participation fee is € 50 (this includes two lunches, a conference dinner and drinks). Please register before 16 June by sending an e-mail to Ineke van de Craats (i.v.d.craats(removeme)let.ru.nl). The full programme with abstracts is available on the website of CLS,
www.ru.nl/cls/events_news/cls-events/@712782/
Workshop on children and multilingualism, UIL OTS Utrecht, July 2 2010
The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS) organises a workshop on children and multilingualism on 2 July. All those interested are welcome, participation is free of charge. Contributions will be related to ‘Consciousness and social environments: Impact on models of multilingualism in children’
More information and abstracts:
www.let.uu.nl/~Emma.lePichon/personal/Workshop_children_and_multilingualism.htm

Startdatum en tijd: 02-7-2010 13:30
Einddatum en tijd: 02-7-2010 17:00
Locatie: Drift 23, room 212, Utrecht

Workshop on children and multilingualism

Consciousness and social environments: Impact on models of multilingualism in children

13:30 Opening and welcome

13:40 - 14:25 Paul Leseman (Utrecht University)
Transfer and competition in first and second language development of low-SES 3-6 year old immigrant children in the Netherlands

14:25 - 15:10 Georges Daniel Véronique (University of Provence, centre d'Aix, France)
About ‘Language Learning Experience’. Some thoughts on multilingual learning and teaching

15:10 - 15:25 Tea/ Coffee break

15:25 - 16:10 Daničle Moore (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada)
& Véronique Castellotti (Franēois Rabelais University, Tours, France)
Focus on children’s perspectives on migration and multilingualism. How Multilingual Chinese children's in Vancouver (Canada) picture themselves.

16:10 - 16:55 Elisabeth van der Linden (University of Amsterdam)
Parental strategies and metalinguistic awareness in preschool bilingual children


ABSTRACTS


Transfer and competition in first and second language development of low-SES 3-6 year old immigrant children in the Netherlands
Paul Leseman (Utrecht University)

The aim of the current study was to explain the early delays in first and second language of low-SES immigrant children by examining the effects of transfer and competition. The first and second language development of 58 Dutch, 46 Moroccan-Dutch, and 56 Turkish-Dutch children was followed from age 3 to age 6. The parents reported on the language input they provided to their children at home. Results of the multi-group latent growth analyses showed strong positive transfer effects of first language development on second language development, while controlling for the effects of working memory. These positive transfer effects were, however, counteracted by the negative effects of competition between the two languages for the scarce language input at home.


About ‘Language Learning Experience’. Some thoughts on multilingual learning and teaching
Georges Daniel Véronique (Université de Provence)

This presentation is meant to be a discussion of the contribution of E. Le Pichon- Vorstman’s Ph.D. thesis about the ‘language learning experience’ and its metacognitive implications. My discussion will be lead against the background of previous work on language development and bilingual education, especially Bialystok’s contributions.
Bilingual or plurilingual education tends to be recognized as a positive educational asset. Discussion is usually not related to this type of education per se but rather to the type of formula that should be practised. One of the major criticisms levelled at some types of bilingual education is that it aims at producing monolinguals in all the languages taught, i.e. it is marked by what is usually called the monolingual ideology. Crucial to this debate are the notions of linguistic and communicative repertoire and code switching. Bilingual repertoires are always in a state of flux, no language being dominant under all circumstances, at all times. Obviously code switching is clearly a normal feature of all bilingual communities. However, should it be a teaching device or practice in bilingual classrooms per se?
Le Pichon-Vorstman et al. contribution’s on the development of metacognitive capacities in multilingual children makes it possible to go beyond the technical issue of recourse to codeswitching in multilingual classes. I would like to discuss some of the avenues opened by this work for bilingual or plurilingual education.


Focus on children’s perspectives on migration and multilingualism. How Multilingual Chinese children's in Vancouver (Canada) picture themselves.
Daničle Moore (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada) & Véronique Castellotti (Franēois Rabelais University, Tours, France)

The contribution will report on a qualitative study conducted with fourteen young Chinese children enrolled in French immersion in Canada, to explore their consciousness of their multilingual practices and simultaneous acquisition of three writing systems. Drawings and in-depth interviews constituted creative and age appropriate narratives to understand children’s experience of migration and multilingualism. We explored in particular how multilingual children creatively appropriate Chinese script, English and French for three purposes: [i] to gain voice and expertise, [ii] to mediate their experience of migration and mobility, and [iii] to reconstruct knowledge and negotiate new and multiple identities in their various socio-cultural settings, including both French and Chinese schools, families, local communities, and the larger Anglophone society in Vancouver. The aim of the presentation is two-fold: to present findings on multiliteracy, language use and third script acquisition, from the point of view of young learners; and to discuss the use of drawings and photographs in qualitative research to understand children’s own perspectives and experiences of migration and multilingualism.


Parental strategies and metalinguistic awareness in preschool bilingual children
Elisabeth van der Linden (University of Amsterdam)

In this presentation I discuss the development of metalinguistic awareness in the first stages of language acquisition by preschool bilingual children. Until now, most research of metalinguistic awareness has concentrated on older children (from approximately 4 years old). It has been shown that bilingual children are better in certain tasks requiring metalinguistic awareness than monolingual children (Ben Zeev 1977, Bialystok 1988, Ricciardelli 1992). This awareness is measured by asking the children to perform certain linguistic tasks which are supposed to require a certain degree of control and analysis on the part of the child. Bialystok (2001:126) describes metalinguistic awareness as a product of “the combination of attention and explicit mental representations”. This implies that some kind of conscious knowledge about language is necessary in order to reach metalinguistic awareness.
For small children in the first stages of language acquisition, it is difficult to claim something like ‘explicit mental representations’. Nevertheless, we find that small bilingual children are able to differentiate their two languages from very early on: they address their interlocutors in the appropriate language (although there is evidence of cross-linguistic influence in their utterances, see e.g.Doepke 2002). This capacity of differentiating the two languages shows that there is some mechanism or strategy at work that helps them to tease apart their languages and it is only plausible that a certain degree of conscious knowledge plays a role in this differentiation. It is possible that the educational strategies adopted by the parents of the bilingual children influence the degree of metalinguistic awareness reached by them.
I will discuss the results of a study of the development of metalinguistic awareness of four Romance-Germanic bilingual children between 1;10 and 3;4 years of age. These results show that parental strategies do play a role.
Note: Participation to the workshop is free of charge!
International Symposium and Workshop on Terminology for Europeans (and beyond), Leeuwarden, July 5-6 2010
Pre-congress International Symposium and Workshop on Terminology
(Leeuwarden, July 5-6, 2010)

On July, 5, i.e. the day before the 14th Euralex International Congress in Leeuwarden (The Netherlands, July 6-10, 2010), an international symposium on terminology will take place at the same location, followed by a workshop on July, 6 till noon. This Symposium will focus entirely on the role terminological centres (can/should) play in a multilingual and multicultural environment, which makes it a unique event for both practitioners and theoreticians interested in the field of terminology.

On the first day there will be ten presentations of 25 minutes each (20 minutes for the presentations and 5 minutes for discussion), followed by a plenary discussion at the end of the day. The full programme is listed below.

On the next day, july 6, Dr. Hennie van der Vliet and his colleagues of the Dutch Terminology Service Centre (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) will give a half-day workshop on how the Dutch Terminology Centre copes with the above issues, making use of the outcome of the day before. The workshop will focus on;
- a practical, realistic working method (Hennie vd Vliet, Dutch Terminology Service Centre)
- accessible (open-source) tools (Attila Görög, Dutch Terminology Service Centre)
- where to find resources and how to make use of them (Michel Verhagen, terminographer at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

The organisation of both the pre-congress Symposium and the Workshop goes under the auspices of NL-TERM (the Dutch-Flemish Association for Dutch Terminology; pres.: Prof. Willy Martin) in close collaboration with the Euralex Organising Committee.

This one and a half day event is meant for all those interested in terminology both from a
practical and a theoretical as well as an administrative point of view. Registration via: www.euralex.nl/registration.asp (admission free for NL-Term members and Euralex-participants, others 50,- euro). Those who want to take part in the Pre-Congress event only have to send an e-mail to steunpunt(removeme)let.vu.nl.

PROGRAMME SYMPOSIUM

WELCOME (09.30-10.00)


1.GENERAL SECTION (10.00-11.00)

-Drs.Linde van den Bosch (Secretary General of the Dutch Language Union, The Hague),
‘Terminology and Government’
-Prof.dr.Willy Martin (Free University Amsterdam and President of the Association for
Dutch Terminology), ‘Is there anything we can do? Questions and Requests to Termino-
logical Service Centres (TSC’s)’
-Dr.Thierry Fontenelle (Past President of Euralex and Head of the General Affairs Depart-
ment of the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the EU, Luxemburg), ‘Terminological
Activities at the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union’

COFFEE BREAK (11.00-11.30)


2.PLANNING TSC’s (11.30-12.45)


-Prof.dr.Ayfer Altay (Head of the Department of Translation and Interpreting, Hacettepe
University, Ankara and Project Leader of Term Turk), ‘Towards a Terminology Centre :
The Awareness, The Project, The Outcome’
-Dr.Dina Ferreira (Faculty of Humanities, Department of Communication Sciences, Uni-
versity of Technology, Free State, Bloemfontein), ‘Terminology Management in South
Africa. A review of Three Working Methods’
-Dr.Bénédicte Madinier (Chef de la mission du développement de la langue, Délégation
générale a la langue franēaise et aux langues de France, DGLFLF, Paris) ‘Integrating
terminology in language policy : the French experience’


LUNCH (12.45-13.45)


3.TSC’s AT BEGINNING STAGE (13.45-15.00)

-Dr.Albina Auksoriute (Head of Terminology Centre of the Lithuanian Language,
Vilnius), ‘Terminology Work in Lithuania’
-Drs.Pieter Duijff (Fryske Akademy), ‘The Aim and the Contributions of the Frisian
Language Desk’
-Dr.Hennie van der Vliet (Free University Amsterdam and Head of the Dutch Termino-
logical Service Centre), ‘The Dutch Terminology Centre: realistic support for practical
terminography’


TEA BREAK (15.00-15.30)

4.LONG-RUNNING TSC’s (15.30-16.45)

-Anna-Lena Bucher,BA (Managing Director of the Swedish Centre of Terminology,
Solna), ‘Focus on Terminology: challenges and experiences at the Swedish Centre
of Terminology’
-Ingrid Swinnen,MA (Coordinator Terminological Services, Council of the EU,
Brussels), ‘Terminology for Translation at the Council of the European Union’
-(speaker from Termcat (Catalonian Terminology Centre))


5.PANEL DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS (16.45-17.30)


RECEPTION (17.30-19.00)
3L International Summer School on Language Documentation and Description, Leiden University, 5 – 17 July, 2010
The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is proud to host the third 3L International Summer School on Language Documentation and Description from Monday, 5 July to Saturday, 17 July, 2010.

Registration for the 3L Summer School is now open! For more information on the program, courses, instructors, and more, please visit the 2010 3L Summer School website located at www.hrelp.org/events/3L/leiden2010/

The 3L Summer School offers a variety of courses on all aspects of language documentation and description for both future and novice field linguists. Courses cover both practical and typological issues and include:

- Practical training in fieldwork methods and grammar writing
- Recording techniques and software for documentation, description and archiving
- In-depth courses on specific areas such as negation, tone, and kinship terminology
- The documentation of endangered Sign Languages
- Courses investigating various aspects of languages found in Central and South America, Indonesia, Africa, and the Caucasus

A Student Conference will be held during the Summer School on Saturday, 10 July, 2010, giving students an opportunity to present their ideas or research and receive feedback from their instructors and fellow peers.

The 3L Summer School draws upon the extensive expertise of the three organizing universities in the 3L Consortium: University of Lyon, Leiden University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. It builds upon the successes of the first 3L Summer School held in Lyon in 2008, and the second 3L Summer School held in London in 2009.

The 3L Summer School in 2010 will be followed by the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics, which will take place in the second half of July.
Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics: 19 July - 30 July 2010
We are happy to announce the fifth edition of the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics which will be held from 19 July – 30 July 2010 at the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University. The Summer School offers a number of courses on a wide range of subjects in the field of languages and linguistics. This year, the Summer School will consist of six programmes, including courses for beginners as well as for advanced students, taught by internationally renowned specialists:

Germanic Programme
Indo-European Programme
Indological Programme
Iranian Programme
Semitic Programme
Russian Programme

For more information and registration, visit: www.hum.leiden.edu/summerschool/ .

Yours sincerely,
Alexander Lubotsky (director)
Tina Janssen (organizer)

Comparative Indo-European Linguistics
Leiden University
PO Box 9515
NL-2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands
4th Summer School on Historical Sociolinguistics (HiSoN), Bruges Belgium, August 9-16 2010
HiSoN Summer School IV

Date: 09-Aug-2010 - 16-Aug-2010
Location: Bruges, Belgium

Contact: Nils Langer
Contact Email: Nils.Langer(removeme)bristol.ac.uk

Meeting URL: www.bris.ac.uk/german/hison/summerschool2010
This is the fourth summer school organised by the Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HISON) and it
will offer classes by leading experts on modern and historical sociolinguists.

This year we will be in the fine city of Brugge / Bruges - whose city centre is a UNESCO world heritage
site.

Our teachers this year will be:

Ana Deumert (University of Cape Town)
Historical Sociolinguistics in A Colonial World, African Perspectives

Martin Durrell (University of Manchester)
Linguistic standardisation and the nation in Europe

Susan Fitzmaurice (University of Sheffield)
The uses of Social Networks Analysis for social description in Historical Sociolinguistics

Anthony Lodge (University of St Andrews)
Aspects of the sociolinguistic history of Paris

Terttu Nevalainen (University of Helsinki)
Historical sociolinguistics as corpus linguistics

Wim Vandenbussche (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Back to the sources . Hands-on research, problems and mysteries in archives for young researchers.

Hans Van de Velde (Universiteit Utrecht)
When apparent becomes real. The interplay of synchronic and diachronic phonological variation in
Dutch.


There will be six hours of classes per day, so there is plenty of time to explore the city. You will have
the opportunity to present your own research at a special session and there will be an excursion for the
historically-touristically minded.

The school will last for one week and the cost of 350 Euros includes accommodation, tuition, and an
excursion. If you register and pay in full before May 1st, 2010, we will give you a discount of 50 Euros,
i.e. you will only pay 300 Euros.

Please note that there are only 40 places available.

Registration is now open at : www.bris.ac.uk/german/hison/summerschool2010

Contact: Nils Langer, Reader in German Linguistics, School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol,
BS8 1TE, UK
nils.langer(removeme)bris.ac.uk

website: www.bris.ac.uk/german/hison/summerschool2010

venue: www.arthostel.be

HISON: www.philhist.uni-augsburg.de/hison
ESSLLI 2010 / UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN / DENMARK / AUGUST 9-20, 2010. Registration now open!
ESSLLI 2010 / UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN / DENMARK / AUGUST 9-20, 2010

esslli2010cph.info/

The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) is organized every year by the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI) in different sites around Europe. The main focus of ESSLLI is on the interface between linguistics, logic and computation. ESSLLI offers foundational, introductory and advanced courses, as well as workshops, covering a wide variety of topics within the three areas of interest: Language and Computation, Language and Logic, and Logic and Computation.

Previous summer schools have been highly successful, attracting up to 500 students from Europe and elsewhere. The school has developed into an important meeting place and forum for discussion for students and researchers interested in the interdisciplinary study of Logic, Language and Information. During two weeks,46 foundational, introductory and advanced courses + 6 workshops headed by some of the most prominent scholars in the fields are offered to the attendants, each of 1.5 hours per day during a five days week, with up to seven parallel sessions.
ESSLLI also includes a student session (papers and posters by students only,
1.5 hour per day during the two weeks) and four evening lectures by senior scientists in the covered areas.

In 2010, the venue for ESSLLI will be The University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Chair of the Program Committee is Valentin Goranko (The Technical University of Denmark), and Chair of the Organizing Committee is Vincent F. Hendricks (The University of Copenhagen).

The registration for ESSLLI 2010 is open, see esslli2010cph.info/?page_id=40

  * Student: 350€.
  * Regular: 480€

Different accommodation packages are available, from 21€/night to 46€/night. All packages are currently available, but availability cannot be guaranteed. The rooms suggested are at Danhostel Copenhagen City, a mere 10 minute walk from the main venue.

For more information and links to registration and accommodation pages, please visit the ESSLLI 2010 website:
esslli2010cph.info/
DGfS-CNRS Summer School in Leipzig on Linguistic Typology, Leipzig, August 15 - September 3 2010
We invite advanced students (Ph.D. or M.A. level) in linguistics and related fields to attend this 3-week event in August/September 2010. It is co-organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the University of Leipzig, and the Fédération Typologie et Universaux Linguistiques (CNRS, Paris).
The Summer School offers courses in different areas of linguistics, which look at language from the point of view of linguistic typology (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, areal typology, sign language typology, language contact, language acquisition). The courses will be taught by distinguished linguists from Germany, France and elsewhere.
The summer school is of course also open to more advanced scientists who are interested in learning about typology.

More information:
www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/conference/2010_summerschool/index.html
A Germanic Sandwich 2010: Dutch between English and German A comparative linguistic conference, University of Oldenburg, September 17-18 2010
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.
The program, more information and a registration form can be found here:
www.niederlandistik.uni-oldenburg.de/germanicsandwich2010/

For questions: Esther.Ruigendijk(removeme)uni-oldenburg.de.
The First International Workshop on Hemispherectomy, UMC Utrecht, September 30 - October 1 2010
WHY WOULD YOU REMOVE HALF A BRAIN?
Dates: September 30th – October 1st
Location: University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands
Dear Colleagues;
It is a pleasure to announce the First International Workshop on Hemispherectomy. This workshop will be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands this fall, September 30 – October 1, 2010.
The goal of this workshop is to review 20 years of experience in cerebral hemispherectomy around the world addressing both clinical and scientific aspects of presurgical evaluation (including timing of surgery), surgical techniques, pathology as well as postoperative outcomes in areas of psychosocial, cognitive, language and motor development.
This meeting is the first workshop to merge neurologists and neurosurgeons with neuropsychologists, neuroscientists and rehabilitation specialists. We hope that the Workshop will bridge clinical knowledge with insights into cortical plasticity and reorganization from basic science.
The target audience includes epileptologists, (pediatric) neurologists, (pediatric) neurosurgeons, clinical and basic neurophysiologists, neuropsychiatrists, neuropsychologists, neuroscientists, linguists and rehabilitation specialists. We hope to welcome established professionals as well as neurologists and neuroscientists in training.

You will be able to register and submit abstracts online, via our website
www.umcutrecht.nl/subsite/Hemispherectomy-workshop/
Conference on Frisian linguistics 2010, Fryske Akademy Leeuwarden, October 29 2010
The Linguistics Society of the Frisian Academy (Fryske Akademy) organises this year for the fourth time the Conference on Frisian linguistics. The Conference has an informal character and is of interest to everybody who actively or passively participates in Frisian linguistics: grammar, phonetics/phonology, onomastics, lexicology, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics and so on. Talks may focus on the results of scientific research, but presentations of research plans, of speculations or of language corpora are also welcome. Talks may be held in any language belonging to the family of West-Germanic languages.

When: friday 29 october 2010.
Where: Fryske Akademy, It Aljemint, Doelestraat 2-4, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

The time allotted for presentations is 30 minutes (20 minutes talk, 10 minutes discussion).
Please send an abstract of half A4, with name and address, to:

wvisser(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl

Or by regular mail to:

Fryske Akademy,
Taalkundich Wurkferbān,
Postbus 54,
8900 AB Ljouwert/Leeuwarden,
The Netherlands.
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.
The 41st NELS meeting, University of Pennsylvania, October 21st to 23rd 2010
www.ling.upenn.edu/nels41/

Abstract submission is at

linguistlist.org/confcustom/nels41/

Many thanks, and hope to see you at Penn.

Best wishes,

NELS41 Organizing Committee
Workshop 'Sporen van het Fries en de Friezen in Noord-Holland: Taalkundige en Historische Evidentie', Universiteit Leiden, 12 en 13 november 2010
Aan de Universiteit Leiden wordt op 12 en 13 november 2010 een workshop georganiseerd over de sporen van het Fries in Noord-Holland. De nadruk zal liggen op taal- en naamkundige argumenten, maar de archeologie en
bevolkingsgeschiedenis komen ook aan bod. Geļnteresseerden zijn van harte welkom. Zie voor meer informatie de website, www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/research/conferences/upcoming-conferences/sporenvanhetfries.html

Met vriendelijke groet,

de organisatoren,

Rolf H. Bremmer & Michiel de Vaan
Universiteit Leiden - LUCL
Workshop Frontiers of Prosody, Leiden University, Nov. 19-20, 2010
Contributions are invited to the workshop Frontiers of Prosody to be held at Leiden University, 19-20 November 2010.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together research on prosodic variation and the role of prosody in speech processing, as well as to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas in research on prosody. We welcome the submission of work which uses behavioral and neuroimaging methods to address the role of prosodic information in production and comprehension, including individual variation and effects that can be attributed to typologically different prosodic systems. For instance, the following questions might be addressed:

1) How are different kinds of prosodic information (e.g., lexical stress, lexical tone, phrasal pitch accent, and intonational boundary tones) represented in the mental lexicon and encoded in speech production?

2) How do different acoustic cues contribute to the signaling of different prosodic categories? How are cues from different modalities (e.g., tonal cues and gestural cues) integrated?

3) How do word-level prosody and higher level prosody interact in the mapping of sounds onto lexical representations?

4) How are different types of prosodic information integrated and how do they interact with other linguistic (e.g. syntactic and semantic) and non-linguistic information in spoken language comprehension?

5) What is the time course of prosody acquisition/attrition as first and second language?

How do acquisition and attrition data shed light on brain plasticity?

Confirmed Speakers

Kai Alter

Bharath Chandrasekaran

Delphine Dahan

Aditi Lahiri

Bernd Möbius

Pilar Prieto

Niels Schiller

Linda Wheeldon

Website: www.hum2.leidenuniv.nl/prosody-frontiers

The workshop is organized as part of the NWO Internationalization Network Forms and Functions of Prosody ( www.ru.nl/gep/projects/forms_and_functions/)
Robert Lowth Symposium, University of Leiden, 17-18 December 2010
2010 may rightly be called the Robert Lowth Year: on 27 November it will have been three hundred years since he was born “in his Father’s Prebendal house in the Close Winchester”, as he himself wrote in his brief Memoirs.

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

Plenary speaker at the symposium will be Carol Percy, from the University of Toronto.
More information: www.robertlowth.com/conference.html
Biolinguistics Workshop, University of Groningen, January 5 2011
Associated with ConSOLE XIX, a workshop on biolinguistics will be held at the University of Groningen on January 5th, 2011. The biolinguistics research area focuses on the biology and evolution of language and aims to understand the unique ability and origin of human language. Research carried out within the field of biolinguistics has received considerable and increasing attention over the past few decades from researchers within various fields including linguistics, (evolutionary) biology, philosophy, mathematics, and neuroscience. The collaborative efforts within these scientific fields attempt to arrive at a deeper understanding of the origin, biology and evolution of the language faculty.

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

The Biolinguistics Workshop will precede the nineteenth Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE XIX). ConSOLE XIX will be held in Groningen from 6 to 8 January 2011. For more information, follow this link: www.let.rug.nl/console19/.

Local organizing committee
Ankelien Schippers
Gisi Cannizzaro
Hanneke Loerts
Anja Schüppert
Radek Šimķk
Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE XIX), Groningen, January 6-8 2011
19th Conference of Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE XIX)

Date: 06-Jan-2011 - 08-Jan-2011
Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Meeting Email: consolexix(removeme)gmail.com
Web Site: www.let.rug.nl/console19

MEETING DESCRIPTION

We are proud to announce that the 19th Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE XIX) will take place at the University of Groningen in January 6 - 8, 2010.
See for call for paper below 'Calls for papers for events.'
Historical Sociolinguistic Network Conference, Leiden University, 22-24 June 2011
HiSoN Conference: Touching the Past: (Ego) documents in a Linguistic and Historical Perspective

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

More information: hum.leiden.edu/lucl/hison-conference/news/conference.html
Job Announcements / Vacancies
PhD position at the CSCA / ACLC, University of Amsterdam.Deadline: July 11 2010
The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strong international profile in a large number of disciplines in the field of language and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutes in the capital city. Almost 1,250 employees are affiliated with the Faculty, which has about 7,200 students.

The Amsterdam Centre for Language and Communication (ACLC) is a research institute within the Faculty of Humanities. The ACLC focuses on the learnability of language, approaching it from functional as well as formal viewpoints and covering all aspects (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics) in a search for the “language blueprint”. The ACLC relates learnability issues to language acquisition (in the child learning her first language, or in the adult second language learner), to language variation (in terms of space and context), to language change, and to language typology (including that of creole and signed languages).

The Cognitive Science Center Amsterdam (CSCA) is an interdisciplinary centre that fulfils a number of functions within the University of Amsterdam. It serves as a platform and community for cognitive scientists interested in a wide range of Cognitive Science topics, ranging from perception to memory, decision-making, music, language and logic. Research projects within the CSCA are carried out in the participating institutes (such as the ACLC) but the Center also has its own research programme Brain and Cognition ( www.mindopen.nl/), which focuses on research questions that cross the borders between disciplines. This programme is carried out at the CSCA Research Center, which is strongly linked with the Spinoza Center for Neuroimaging. The combination of state-of-the-art neuroimaging facilities with the ambitious interdisciplinary research groups creates a true centre of excellence in the field of cognition as a whole.

The CSCA/ACLC invites applications for a:

PhD position on the subject of “linguistic category formation”
0.8 FTE

The PhD candidate will take part in the CSCA research project “Models and tests of early category formation: interactions between cognitive, emotional, and neural mechanisms”, which is one of the four projects that started in 2010 within the Brain and Cognition programme. The project is a multidisciplinary cooperation between three groups of the University of Amsterdam: Phonetic Sciences (part of the ACLC), Developmental Psychology, and Educational Sciences; the project proposal can be found at www.fon.hum.uva.nl/paul/earlycategories/EarlyCategoriesProposal.pdf. Next to the participation of the principal investigators from the three groups (prof. dr. Paul P.G. Boersma, dr. Maartje E.J. Raijmakers, and prof. dr. Susan Bögels, respectively), this project will employ two post-doctoral researchers and two PhD candidates.

Tasks
You will carry out research and write journal articles and a dissertation within the duration of the project, in which you will work either 4 years at 80% or 3.3 years full-time.

You will perform habituation experiments with infants and adults to study category formation in continuously and categorically perceived stimuli for the linguistic domain. Both behavioral measures and ERPs will be compared between these two conditions. The outcomes will be compared to the results in other domains, namely the object-perception domain and the social-emotional domain, on which the other PhD candidate and one of the two postdocs will work. The outcomes will also be compared to the predictions made by the computational models by Boersma (a multi-level symbolic-connectionist model of bidirectional language processing and acquisition) and Raijmakers (a dynamical-system model of categories as attractors in a high-dimensional feature space), which are the models that the project aims at integrating.

Requirements
- a finished research master degree with a specialization in linguistics
- experience running experiments with infants
- experience with explicit models, especially linguistic models with multiple representations
- affinity with fields outside linguistics proper, especially psychology
- enthusiasm for the research subject and the research environment
- good statistical skills
- good programming skills (you have to be able to program experiments and/or simulations)
- experience with computational modelling
- good scientific writing and presenting skills in English
- good social skills (you will work in a team)

Procedure
You send your CV (including two names of people ready to write a letter of reference), list of grades, MA thesis, and an application letter that should detail how you fit into the project and how you fulfil the above-mentioned requirements, to the ACLC secretariat (aclc-fgw(removeme)uva.nl) at or before 11 July 2010. Applications received after this date or that are incomplete will not be taken into consideration.

A number of candidates will be selected before 16 July, on which day you will hear whether you have been selected. The selected candidates will be invited for an interview that will take place before 13 August. The aim is to start the PhD research as soon as possible.

Further information can be obtained from the ACLC supervisor of this project, prof. dr. Paul Boersma, phone +31-20-5252385, e-mail: paul.boersma(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.
PhD/Postdoc positions L2 acquisition and L1 attrition of Dutch and German, University of Groningen, Center for Language and Cognition (CLCG). Deadline: August 1 2010
Job description

The PhD/postdoc positions are part of the NWO-funded Vici research project "The age effect in bilingual development: grammatical gender in second language acquisition and first language attrition", awarded to Dr. Monika S. Schmid. The program examines to what extent second language learners can attain fully native-like representations of grammatical gender, and what the role of their own language background and the age at which they started acquiring the L2 is in this respect. In order to shed more light on this question, migrants who have lived in an environment where a non-gender language is spoken are also investigated. The project will employ neurocognitive experimental techniques (ERPs and eyetracking) as well as more traditional behavioral measures (grammaticality judgments and free speech).
Additional information as well as a complete description of the project and the PhD/Postdoc subprojects, can be obtained from the principal investigator or secretary CLGC

Requirements

- Master's degree (preferably a Research Master) in (Neuro-/Psycho-/ Applied/ General) Linguistics, Psychology, or a related field for the PhD positions/PhD in one of these disciplines for a postdoc position
- excellent record of undergraduate and Master's level study
- native or near-native speaker of Dutch or German and excellent command of English
- ability to work in a research team
- ability or willingness to learn to apply experimental methods is an advantage.

Start date: 1 January 2011.

See for application details the advert on Academic Transfer:

www.academictransfer.com/4730

Deadline for applications: 1 August 2010
Vacature voor Master-student voor onderzoeksproject in het domein van de contrastieve (ver)taalkunde, Universiteit Gent. Deadline: 1 Oktober 2010
Op 1 oktober 2010 gaat binnen de Associatie van de Universiteit Gent een nieuw onderzoeksproject van start in het domein van de contrastieve (ver)taalkunde:

Een contrastieve (ver)taalstudie van het niet-prototypische agens in subjectpositie.

Een korte beschrijving van het project volgt hieronder.

Hiervoor zoeken wij een Master in de Taal-en Letterkunde: twee talen of een Master in het Vertalen of een Master in het Tolken of een Master in de Meertalige Communicatie, met als specialisatie Engels en Frans en/of Nederlands.

Het project duurt vier jaar en leidt naar een doctoraat (verplicht).

Geļnteresseerde kandidaten dienen aan volgend profiel te voldoen:

• scriptie in de (ver)taalkunde en een grote interesse voor taalkundig onderzoek
• zeer goede kennis van de drie betrokken talen (Nederlands, Frans, Engels)
• uitstekende studieresultaten kunnen voorleggen
• bereid zijn om zich voor 4 jaar te engageren
• goede organisatorische capaciteiten en een grote mate van autonomie
• ervaring met vertalen is een pluspunt

De inhoud van de functie ziet er als volgt uit:
• u bent betrokken bij het opzetten van dit onderzoek en verantwoordelijk voor de uitvoering hiervan
• u analyseert de onderzoeksgegevens en rapporteert hierover in nationale en internationale tijdschriften
• u neemt deel aan nationale en internationale congressen en volgt specifieke cursussen
• u schrijft een doctoraatsthesis van dit project


Ook Masterstudenten die pas in juni 2010 afstuderen kunnen zonder probleem hun kandidatuur stellen.

Geļnteresseerden kunnen voor 15 juni 2010 hun gemotiveerde sollicitatiebrief en CV (met vermelding van de graden behaald per studiejaar en referenties) mailen naar Prof. Sonia Vandepitte (sonia.vandepitte(removeme)hogent.be), Prof. Dominique Willems (Dominique.Willems(removeme)ugent.be) en Dr. Bernard De Clerck (Bernard.DeClerck(removeme)ugent.be). Graag ook een korte synthese van de Masterscriptie toevoegen (halve bladzijde). Aarzel niet om contact op te nemen voor nadere uitleg.

Beschrijving project:

Predicaten die zowel met een subject als een object voorkomen, zullen meestal een subject hebben dat voldoet aan de prototypische agenskenmerken (wilsbeschikking, waarnemings – of perceptievermogen, causativiteit, beweging en onafhankelijk bestaan). Dat impliceert dat minder prototypische agensargumenten moeilijker in subjectpositie zullen voorkomen, zoals geld en l’argent in (b) en (d) respectievelijk:

a. EN: Money buys action and influence.
b. NL: ? Geld koopt actie en invloed.
c. NL: Met geld koop je actie en invloed.
d. FR : ? L’argent achčte (de l’)action et (de l’)influence.
e. FR : L'argent permet d'acquérir (de l')action et (de l')influence.

Talen blijken hier echter verschillende tolerantiegraden tegenover te hebben. Het Engels, bijvoorbeeld, is vrij flexibel en aanvaardt vlot niet-humane argumenten die minder of niet aan de Proto-Agenseigenschappen voldoen in subjectpositie zoals blijkt uit (a), maar de letterlijke vertaling van deze zin in het Nederlands (b) en ook het Frans in (d) is gemarkeerd en meestal wordt geopteerd voor andere constructies zoals in (c) en (e). Dit onderzoek wil:

1. Een vergelijkend overzicht maken van de structuren met niet-prototypische agentia in subjectpositie in de verschillende talen.
2. Een comparatieve analyse maken van de restricties die wegen op deze structuren en de syntactische en lexicale strategieėn die in de talen ontwikkeld worden om dergelijke argumenten toch op te nemen in de zinsstructuur. Daarbij wordt aandacht besteed aan 1) het type niet-prototypisch agens in subjectpositie en 2) het type werkwoord.
3. Een overzicht leveren van alle vertaalalternatieven voor niet-prototypische agentia in subjectpositie met een diepte-analyse van de correlaties tussen de taalkenmerken en de vertaalalternatieven.


Informatie over de betrokken onderzoeksgroepen is te vinden op het internet:
Contragram: www.contragram.ugent.be/
Corpusvertaalkunde: veto.hogent.be/od/vertaalonderzoek/corpusvertaalkunde.cfm
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for Cambridge Postgraduate Conference in Language Research (CamLING2010), December 7-8 United Kingdom. Deadline: September 3 2010
CamLING2010 - The Sixth Cambridge Postgraduate Conference in Language Research
Cambridge, United Kingdom -- 7-8 December 2010

Call for papers

We are pleased to announce the Sixth Cambridge Postgraduate Conference in Language Research (CamLing) to be held at the University of Cambridge on 7 and 8 December 2010.

CamLing aims to bring together postgraduate students working in a wide range of areas of language research and to provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion where students can present and discuss their work with other students from both theoretical and applied backgrounds.

We are delighted to welcome the following invited speakers

Dr Philip Durkin (Principal Etymologist, Oxford English Dictionary)
Dr Napoleon Katsos (Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge)
We hereby invite postgraduate students to submit abstracts for 20 minute oral presentations (to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion) as well as poster presentations on any of the following areas of language research:

Phonetics
Phonology
Morphology
Syntax
Semantics
Pragmatics
Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics/Language Variation
Psycholinguistics
Language Acquisition
Neurolinguistics
Computational Linguistics


Abstracts must be anonymous and should not contain the author’s name or any other identifying information. Abstracts must be no more than 300 words (excluding references), written in 12-point Times New Roman, fully justified, and single spaced with top/bottom and left/right margins of 2.5 cm. In case IPA or any other special symbols are required, any Unicode font may be used but Arial Unicode MS, Charis SIL and Doulos SIL are preferred.

Abstracts will be reviewed by an independent reviewers committee. Please, submit your abstract in Word or PDF format via the Linguist List’s EasyAbs submission system at linguistlist.org/confcustom/camling2010 by Friday 3 September 2010. There you will be asked to indicate whether your abstract is to be considered for oral or poster presentation as well as the area of language research that it falls in. Notification of acceptance will be by Friday 8 October 2010.

For more information, please refer to the conference website at www.srcf.ucam.org/camling/ or contact the CamLing organising committee on camling(removeme)hermes.cam.ac.uk.

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Cambridge Postgraduate Conference in Language Research
c/o Department of Linguistics
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge CB3 9DA, UK

www.srcf.ucam.org/camling/
Call for papers for ConSOLE XIX, Groningen, January 6-8 2011. Deadline: September 13 2010
Graduate students not having defended a Ph.D. in Linguistics by September 13th are invited to submit abstracts in Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, and Semantics. Submissions in other areas, e.g.
Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Phonetics, etc., will also be welcome if their theoretical significance is made clear. Papers are allotted 30 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts should not exceed two pages, including data, references and diagrams. Abstracts should be typed in at least 11-point font, with one-inch margins (letter-size; 8"1/2 by 11" or A4) and a maximum of 50 lines of text per page. Abstracts must be anonymous and submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author.

Only abstracts in pdf format will be considered. Abstracts are to be submitted via EasyAbs. For submission, follow this link:

linguistlist.org/confcustom/consolexix

Participants of ConSOLE XIX are cordially invited to attend the LOT Winter School in Linguistics, to be held in Amsterdam in January 10-21, 2011. For more information and registration, follow this link:

www.let.rug.nl/console19

IMPORTANT DATES

Deadline for abstract submission: September 13, 2010 Notification of acceptance: October 29, 2010 Final Program: December 3, 2010
Conference: January 6-8, 2011

INVITED SPEAKERS

T.B.A.

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Ankelien Schippers
Gisi Cannizzaro
Hanneke Loerts
Anja Schüppert
Radek Simik
Call for papers for Biolinguistics Workshop, University of Groningen. Deadline: September 13 2010
Biolinguistics Workshop, Groningen, January 5 2011

Associated with ConSOLE XIX, a workshop on biolinguistics will be held at the University of Groningen on January 5th, 2011. The biolinguistics research area focuses on the biology and evolution of language and aims to understand the unique ability and origin of human language. Research carried out within the field of biolinguistics has received considerable and increasing attention over the past few decades from researchers within various fields including linguistics, (evolutionary) biology, philosophy, mathematics, and neuroscience. The collaborative efforts within these scientific fields attempt to arrive at a deeper understanding of the origin, biology and evolution of the language faculty.

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

Abstracts should not exceed two pages, including data, references and diagrams. Abstracts should be typed in at least 11-point font, with one-inch margins (letter-size; 8''1/2 by 11'' or A4) and a maximum of 50 lines of text per page. Abstracts must be anonymous and submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author.

Only abstracts in pdf format will be considered. Abstracts are to be submitted via EasyAbs. For submission, follow this link: linguistlist.org/confcustom/consolexix

Participants of the Biolinguistics Workshop are cordially invited to attend ConSOLE XIX, to be held in Groningen in January 6-8, 2011. For more information, follow this link: www.let.rug.nl/console19/.

Important dates:
Deadline for abstract submission: September 13, 2010
Notification of acceptance: October 29, 2010
Final Program: December 3, 2010
Conference: January 6–8, 2011

Invited speakers
T.B.A.

Local organizing committee
Ankelien Schippers
Gisi Cannizzaro
Hanneke Loerts
Anja Schüppert
Radek Šimķk
Call for papers for Ninth International Conference on COMPUTATIONAL SEMANTICS (IWCS 2011), Oxford, UK,January 12-14, 2011. Deadline: September 30 2010
www.meaningfactory.com/iwcs2011/
or
iwcs.uvt.nl

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Endorsed by SIGSEM,
the ACL Special Interest Group in
Computational Semantics
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Organisers: Johan Bos & Stephen Pulman

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FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS

The University of Oxford will host the Ninth International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS-2011), which will take place at the Computing Laboratory on 12-14 January 2011. The aim of the IWCS conference is to bring together researchers interested in any aspects of the computation, annotation, extraction, and representation of meaning in natural language, whether this is from a lexical or structural semantic perspective. IWCS embraces both symbolic and statistical approaches to computational semantics, and everything in between.


TOPICS OF INTEREST

Areas of special interest for the conference will be computational aspects of meaning of natural language within written, spoken, or multimodal communication. Papers are invited that are concerned with topics in these and closely related areas, including the following:

* representation of meaning
* syntax-semantics interface
* modelling and context in semantic interpretation
* representing and resolving semantic ambiguity
* shallow and deep semantic processing and reasoning
* inference methods for computational semantics
* recognising textual entailment
* methodologies and practices for semantic annotation
* machine learning of semantic structures
* statistical semantics
* computational aspects of lexical semantics
* semantics and ontologies
* semantic web and natural language processing
* semantic aspects of language generation
* semantic relations in discourse and dialogue
* semantics and pragmatics of dialogue acts
* computing meaning in multimodal interaction
* semantics-pragmatics interface


PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Rodrigo Agerri Marco Baroni Anja Belz
Patrick Blackburn António Branco Harry Bunt Aljoscha Burchardt Nicoletta Calzolari Rui Chaves Philipp Cimiano Peter Clark Ariel Cohen Robin Cooper Ann Copestake Rodolfo Delmonte Markus Egg Katrin Erk Raquel Fernįndez Anette Frank Claire Gardent Jonathan Ginzburg Jerry Hobbs Laura Kallmeyer Lauri Karttunen Ralf Klabunde Alexander Koller Emiel Krahmer Alex Lascarides Shalom Lappin Kiyong Lee Leonardo Lesmo Bernd Ludwig Bill MacCartney Katja Markert Paul Mc Kevitt Sergei Nirenburg Malvina Nissim Sebastian Padó Vincenzo Pallotta Martha Palmer Manfred Pinkal Paul Piwek Massimo Poesio Sylvain Pogodalla Richard Power James Pustejovsky Allan Ramsay German Rigau Rolf Schwitter Jennifer Spenader Manfred Stede Mary Swift Stefan Thater Peter Turney Kees van Deemter Benjamin Van Durme Jan van Eijck Josef van Genabith Carl Vogel


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Two types of submission are solicited: long papers and short papers. All papers will be reviewed by the PC. Please refer to the
IWCS-2011 website for submission instructions.

Long papers
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Long papers should describe original research and must not exceed 10 pages. They will be published in the conference proceedings and will have a full oral presentation of about 30 minutes at the conference.

Short papers
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Short papers (typically system or project descriptions, or ongoing
research) must not exceed 5 pages. They will be published in the conference proceedings, and will have a brief oral presentation (5
minutes) at the conference, followed by a poster/demo session for discussion.


PUBLICATION

The IWCS proceedings will be published in a printed volume with an ISBN number. In addition, all articles will be archived as PDF format in the ACL Anthology.


IMPORTANT DATES

30 September 2010 Submission: long and short papers
31 October 2010 Notification of acceptance: long and short papers
19 November 2010 Due: camera-ready long and short papers
1 December 2010 Early registration deadline
12 January 2011 Pre-Conference Workshops
13-14 January 2011 Main Conference
Extra
NWO-Talent Classes Fall 2010, 28 September, 9 November and 7 December 2010
Dear researcher,


More than 3,000 researchers have already participated in the NWO Talent Days, since we have started organizing them in 2003. Most participants clearly indicated to have a need for a follow-up, with more in-depth and personalized information. That is why we organize six NWO-Talent Classes each year as well. We received a lot of positive and enthusiastic reactions from the participants, and also many requests for continuing with these Talent Classes.

In Fall 2010, we will organize Talent Classes on 28 September, 9 November and 7 December. The workshops that will be held are:

28 september:

· Creative thinking

· Media training

· Funding

· Write it right



9 november:

· Moving on in your career

· Negotiating

· Presentation

· Funding



7 december:

· Media training

· Networking

· People, politics and power

· Funding


These masterclasses take up one full day. The classes are in Dutch, unless indicated otherwise on our website. If you don’t speak Dutch, but would like to participate in a Dutch-spoken workshop, let us know by sending an email to verdieping(removeme)nwo.nl. Indicate your name, email address and workshop of choice, and the organisation will do its best to respect your wish.

You are invited to participate. Here’s your chance to get professional training and advice against a reduced fee. Please check the website www.nwo.nl/indepth for registration and information.

Registration, fee and direct debit mandate
You can register to participate in the masterclasses on www.nwo.nl/indepth. Please note that your participation is only confirmed if we receive your direct debit mandate on time! The registration fee is € 95.00.
If you wish to participate, we would strongly advice you to register as soon as possible, since the number of places available is limited and registration will be closed for fully booked masterclasses.

Value for money
Registration costs for the NWO-Talent Classes are low compared to other - commercial - training courses. Still, quality is guaranteed with the set up of the masterclasses. The masterclasses are supervised by professional trainers. Each expert has put together an interactive program of presentations, tests and assignments that help you find solutions for your challenges.

For whom?
If you’re a researcher at PhD or postdoc level you can register for one of the masterclasses. It is not required that you previously participated in one of the NWO-Talent Days.

Place and time
The NWO-Talent Classes will take place at NWO in The Hague. The Talent Classes will start at 9.00 and finish at 17.00 hrs.

More information
Detailed masterclass descriptions and information about requirements and deadlines are available on www.nwo.nl/indepth.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our Talent Classes.

Kind regards,
On behalf of the NWO-Talent Classes team,

Marianne Storm
NWO-Talent Days. October 12 2010
Dear researcher,

You are one of the few people in the Netherlands who has the potential to become an outstanding researcher. The NWO-Talent Days can help you on your way to the top. You are cordially invited to participate in the next NWO-Talent Day, which will be held on Tuesday 12 October 2010.

Only a limited number of places are available.

Why the NWO-Talent Days?

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


NWO organises the Talent Days to:

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

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


For further information see www.nwo.nl/talentday.

Are the NWO Talentdays something for me?

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

How can I register?

You can register by completing the registration form at www.nwo.nl/talentday.


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


Very important!

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

· Creatief denken (Creative thinking)

· Leidinggeven voor beginners (Management skills for beginners)

· Mediatraining (Media training)

· Netwerken (Networking)

· Subsidies aanvragen (Funding)


These workshops are in English:

· Social media and your career

· Write it right


Where can I get more information?

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

We look forward to seeing you at the NWO-Talent Day on 12 October 2010!



Kind regards,

On behalf of the NWO-Talent Days team,

Marianne Storm