June 3rd, 2010

LOT Announcements / events
LOT Summer School 2010 - Nijmegen- REGISTRATION CLOSED
Dear LOT students,

The next LOT Summer School is to be held 14-25 June 2010 at the University of Nijmegen. Registration has closed. More information on location, accomodation and other will come to you via the local organisation of CLS, Radboud University Nijmegen.

More information can be found also on our website: www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2010%20zomerschool%20nijmegen/

Furthermore we would like to announce a slight programme change. Ger Reesink will take over Marian Klamer’s course “Typological issues in Austronesian and Papuan languages”. Please visit our website for a slightly revised course description.

We look forward to welcoming you all!
Kennislink Taal & Spraak

De namen van onze voetbaljongens
Vanaf 3 juni is de Nederlandse Voornamenbank online. Kennislink onderzocht de populariteit van de namen van spelers uit het Nederlandse Elftal

Computer herkent sarcasme
Israėlische onderzoekers zijn er in geslaagd software te ontwikkelen die sarcasme herkent. Niet altijd, want dat is zelfs voor mensen een te grote opgave. Niettemin zijn collega-taalkundigen onder de indruk. Online sentimenten kunnen hiermee in de toekomst nog nauwkeuriger gemeten worden
Lectures / talks
CLS Colloquium – Series in Linguistics by Esther Janse (MPI), Radboud University Nijmegen, June 3 2010
'Speech perception in older listeners: ears and brains’
Esther Janse (MPI Nijmegen)

In this talk I will present two studies on auditory and cognitive abilities that relate to listeners' ability to process speech in adverse listening conditions. It has long been known that a listener's ability to perceive speech cannot be predicted from hearing sensitivity alone. I will present a study on factors related to individual ability to keep up with time-compressed speech and on factors relating to the ability to understand speech in a novel (foreign-sounding) accent. The investigation of spoken-language processing in various listening conditions with listener populations that are more heterogeneous than students will enhance our understanding of speech comprehension in everyday listening.

time: Thursday 3 June, 16:00 to 17:00
place: Erasmus building room 2.70, Nijmegen

Drinks and nibbles afterwards

For more information: www.ru.nl/cls
Discourse op MAANdag by Eduard H. Hovy (ISI/USC), Utrecht University (UIL OTS), June 28 2010
Date & time: Monday, June 28; 15:30-17:00
Location: Utrecht University, Stijlkamer van Ravesteyn (zaal 1.06), Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, Utrecht

Dr. Eduard Hovy is the Director of the Natural Language Group at the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California ( www.isi.edu/natural-language/people/hovy.html).

Title and abstract to be announced.
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Tweedaagse seminar met als het onderwerp ‘De toegevoegde waarde van meertaligheid en meertalig onderwijs’, Fryske Akademy, June 3-4 2010
De seminar wordt georganiseerd door het Mercator Europees Kenniscentrum voor Meertaligheid en Taalleren, onderdeel van de Fryske Akademy, en het Ministerie van Onderwijs, Universiteiten en Onderzoek van de Baskische Autonome Regio (BAC, Spanje).

Het centrale thema wordt uitgewerkt in een aantal onderwerpen, te weten: ‘social benefits and costs of multilingualism’, ‘metalinguistic awareness’, ‘bi- and multilingual education’, ‘multilingualism and multicompetence’ en ‘methodological issues and testing in multilingual contexts’. De sprekers zijn hoogleraren, onderzoekers en promovendi van diverse universiteiten binnen Nederland en Europa.

Voor meer details over de seminar kunt de uitnodiging of onze website ( www.mercator-research.eu/conferences/2010-june-3-4) bekijken.

Mercator Europees Kenniscentrum voor Meertaligheid en Taalleren

p/a Fryske Akademy

Doelestrjitte 8

Postbus 54

8900 AB Ljouwert/Leeuwarden

T 0031(0)58 233 6921

F 0031 (0) 58 213 1409

E smiedema(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl

W www.mercator-research.eu
31th TABU Day Groningen 2010, June 3-4 2010
The annual TABU Dag is an international linguistics conference organized at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Researchers, students and other interested people are warmly invited to participate! Over the last 30 years TABU Dag has been an open conference with a varied programme and guest speakers from different fields.

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

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

We look forward to welcoming you to the 31st TABU Dag!
More information: www.let.rug.nl/tabudag/
Expert seminar Mercator Europees Kenniscentrum voor Meertaligheid en Taalleren, June 3-4 2010
Akademy/Mercator Research Centre, 3-4 June 2010

On 3 – 4 June 2010, the Mercator Research Centre and the Ministry of Education of the Basque Government will organise a seminar at the Galamadammen, Koudum. The topics that will be discussed are:
• Social Benefits and Costs of Multilingualism;
• Metalinguistic Awareness;
• Bi- and Multilingual Education;
• Multilingualism and Multi-competence;
• Methodological Issues and Testing in Multilingual Contexts.

It promises to be a very informative two-day-seminar with many interesting speakers. The keynote speakers of this event are Franēois Grin, Ulrike Jessner, Jasone Cenoz, Durk Gorter, Maria-Louisa Garciį Gurrutxaga and Reinier Salverda.

The participation fee is €150,- (this includes lunches, two conference dinners and a social activity). Please register before 16 May. For more information and registration please check www.mercator-research.eu/conferences/2010-june-3-4.
Summer meeting of the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Fonetische Wetenschappen on "Applications in Language and Speech Technology", June 4 2010
Zomerbijeenkomst van de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Fonetische Wetenschappen
"Toepassingen in Taal- en Spraaktechnologie"
Vrijdag 4 juni 2010
Max Planck Instituut voor Psycholinguļstiek, Wundtlaan 1, Nijmegen

Op vrijdag 4 juni a.s. vindt op het Max Planck Instituut Nijmegen de jaarlijkse NVFW-zomerbijeenkomst plaats. Dit jaar is het thema "Toepassingen van Taal- en Spraaktechnologie". Meer informatie over de bijeenkomst en de titels en samenvattingen van de presentaties zijn nu beschikbaar via de link op www.fon.hum.uva.nl/FonetischeVereniging. Alle geļnteresseerden zijn van harte welkom en de toegang is gratis.

Summer meeting of the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Fonetische Wetenschappen
"Applications in Language and Speech Technology"
Friday 4 June 2010
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Wundtlaan 1, Nijmegen

The yearly summer meeting of the NVFW will take place on Friday June 4 at the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen. This year's theme is 'Applications in Language and Speech Technology'. More information about the meeting and the titles and abstracts of the presentations are available through a link on www.fon.hum.uva.nl/FonetischeVereniging. All those interested are cordially invited and the admission is free.
Workshop on negation, Utrecht University (UIL OTS), June 17 2010
Workshop on negation
June17th , 2010
Utrecht University


Location: JKH 13, room 0.06 (de Stijlkamer)

Workshop program

13.00 Opening and welcome
13.15 – 14.15 Jack Hoeksema (RUG)
Polarity items in superlative constructions
14.15 – 15.15 Hans den Besten (UVA)
The diachrony of Afrikaans negation again
15.15 – 15.30 Tee/coffee break
15.30 - 16.30 Theresa Biberauer (Cambridge Univwersity)
When Jespersen stalls: insights from Afrikaans
16.30 – 17.30 Hedde Zeijlstra (UVA)
Pas de probleme

Polarity items in superlative constructions Jack Hoeksema
University of Gronigen

The superlative is one of the more problematic environments of negative items. It is not downward entailing, and a more recent account in terms of Strawson entailment (von Fintel 1999) is likewise problematic. I will discuss differences in licensing behaviour between superlatives and the restrictive adverb – only--, both of which have been claimed to fall under the purview of the Strawson entailment theory. I will show that the two environments do not line up very well.

The diachrony of Afrikaans negation again
Hans den Besten
University of Amsterdam

The Afrikaans postfield negator nie-2 is generally regarded as an un-Dutch feature of Afrikaans.. The following hypotheses have been proposed in the course of time:
The French (Hugunot) hypothesis
The Dutch dialect hypothesis (Pauwels, Raidt, Scholtz, Waher)
The Khoehoe (plus Indian slaves) hypothesis (Nienaber, den Besten, Bell)
The Portuguese Creole hypothesis (Waher)
The reanalysis hypothesis (Roberge)
Two hypotheses, H1 and H4, can be discarded immediately – H1 for linguistic reasons and H4 on sociolinguistic grounds. Furthermore, the .evidence for postfield nie-2/nie-3 in Dutch dialects is rather weak – and in the case of Hollandic dialects: too weak. However multiple negation in the middle field has to be reconsidered. Given the findings in Huddestone (2010) one may wonder whether nie-2 could derive from multiple negation in the middle field. Yet, that is most unlikely on various grounds. Therefore, we are left with H3 and H5
As for H3: there is new evidence for the popularity of nie-2 among early 19th c. and even late 18th c. Khoekhoen. Nevertheless a simple Khoekhoe substrate hypothesis is making the wrong predictions: (a) There is no postfield nie-2 in Cape Dutch Pidgin, contrary to expectations. (b) A mixture of Dutch and KLhoekhoe syntax would have yielded a negative suffix or clitic. However, *Hoekom lag-nie hy nooit?[ ‘Why laughs-not he never?’] is ungrammatical. (c) Nie-2 in APs does not exist, contrary to expectations. Therefore, the Khoekhoen may have been instrumental in creating nie-2 but their language must have played an indirect role.
So we are left with H5. This hypothesis, which derives nie-2 from the negative tag nee ‘no’ in negative affirmatives, looks promising but suffers from being underspecified. Some suggestions will be made to improve this situation.

When Jespersen stalls: insights from Afrikaans
Theresa Biberauer
(University of Cambridge and Stellenbosch University)

Superficially, Afrikaans appears to be a language that has reached the obligatory doubling stage of Jespersen’s Cycle (JC): clauses containing negative elements are prescriptively required to feature clause-final nie, a concord element. This is shown in (1):

(1) a. Ek is nie moeg nie
I am not tired NEG
“I am not tired”

b. Ek is nooit moeg nie
I am never tired NEG
“I am never tired”

Given the fact that sentential concord elements in familiar European languages have in many cases developed into “real” negation elements which take over the role of the original negator (clause-internal nie in (1a)), the question arises whether Afrikaans might not be showing signs of becoming one of the crosslinguistically rare languages featuring clause-final negation elements (cf. Reesink 2002 and Dryer 2009 for recent discussion). The purpose of this paper is:
(a) to show that this is very clearly not the case: as far as clausal negation is concerned, Afrikaans is inert in respect of JC;
(b) to show that Afrikaans is, however, not generally inert in the negation domain: there are cyclic and other developments underway, which further reinforce the contention that this language is not developing into a clause-final negation language;
(c) to propose a formal reason for Afrikaans’s inertness in the clausal domain; and
(d) to present evidence from Brazilian Portuguese and Bantu languages that appears to support this formal proposal.

Viewed in broad perspective, then, the objective of this paper is to argue that language systems may develop formal properties which preclude changes that might, under different formal circumstances, have occurred quite readily.

Pas de problčme
Hedde Zeijlstra University of Amsterdam
Two main characteristics of French negation are (i) that the language is a so-called Negative Concord (NC) language; and (ii) that French exhibits so-called embracing negation. NC refers to the phenomenon where multiple negative expressions yield only one negation. Embracing negation means that the language exhibits two negative markers that embrace the finite verb. This is illustrated in (1) where both ne and pas together express sentential negation. (1) Jean (ne) mange *(pas) Jean (NEG) eats NEG At first sight the two phenomena seem to behave on a par. Both in combination with French negative and with French pas, ne may co-occur. But co-occurrence of pas with an n-word always yields a Double Negation (DN), i.e. a non-NC, reading. In this paper I argue that French n-words carry the same feature as n-words in other languages (following Zeijlstra (2004)): [uNEG]. However, I argue that French ne does not carry any formal feature and is a plain Negative Polarity Item (NPI). Due to the NPI status of ne it follows that ne cannot invoke the presence of an abstract negative operator as that is restricted to n-words only (by virtue of their [uNEG] feature). Moreover, it also follows why pas cannot establish en NC relation with n-word. Since cases of ne … pas can no longer been seen as cases of syntactic agreement, these constructions cannot act as a cue for language learners to assign a formal negative feature to pas. Pas is thus only lexically and therefore semantically negative, but not formally (i.e. morphosyntactically).

Note: Participation to the workshop is free of charge!
Fourth North American Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information NASSLLI 2010, Indiana, June 20-26 2010
Fourth North American Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information NASSLLI 2010, June 20-26, 2010


The North American Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (NASSLLI) is a summer school with classes in the interface between computer science, linguistics, and logic.

After previous editions at Stanford University, Indiana University, and UCLA, NASSLLI will return to Bloomington, Indiana, June 20–26, 2010. The summer school, loosely modeled on the long-running ESSLLI series in Europe, will consist of a number of courses and workshops, selected on the basis of the proposals. Courses and workshops meet for 90 or 120 minutes on each of five days, June 21–25, and there will be tutorials on June 20 and a day-long workshop on June 26. The instructors are prominent researchers who volunteer their time and energy to present basic work in their disciplines. Many are coming from Europe just to teach at NASSLLI.

NASSLLI courses are aimed at graduate students and advanced undergraduates in wide variety of fields. The instructors know that people will be attending from a wide range of disciplines, and they all are pleased to be associated with an interdisciplinary school. The courses will also appeal to post-docs and researchers in all of the relevant fields.

We hope to have 100-150 participants. In addition to classes in the daytime, the evenings will have social events and plenary lectures. Bloomington is a wonderful place to visit, known for arts, music, and ethnic restaurants. All of this is within 15 minutes walking from campus. We aim to make NASSLLI fun and exciting.

Joey Frazee
Student Program Committee
Symposium bij Afscheid Jan Koster, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 21 Juni 2010
Jan Koster, sinds 1985 hoogleraar Algemene Taalwetenschap en Wijsbegeerte der Taal aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen neemt op 21 juni 2010 afscheid wegens het bereiken van de pensioengerechtigde leeftijd. Zijn afscheid wordt luister bijgezet met een symposium in het Academiegebouw vanaf 12:00, waarop Hans den Besten, Henk van Riemsdijk, Joe Emonds, Marcel den Dikken, en Jan-Wouter Zwart zullen spreken. Om 16:00 is Prof. Koster's afscheidscollege in de Aula, getiteld 'Tegelzetter of tovenaar?', en om 17:30 volgt een receptie.

Belangstellenden worden van harte uitgenodigd deze feestelijke dag bij te wonen. Meer informatie:
Symposium Uitgesproken Engels, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 24-25 Juni 2010
Op 24 en 25 juni 2010 houden de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam en de Universiteit Utrecht het symposium "Uitgesproken Engels" over de uitspraak van het Engels in Nederland. Het symposium richt zicht op verschillende doelgroepen Engelse taalleerders en taalgebruikers, waaronder scholen, bedrijven, media en wetenschappelijk onderzoekers.

Gastsprekers zijn:

Beverly Collins & Inger Mees (Universiteit Leiden en Copenhagen Business School): Priorities for pronunciation training in the Netherlands
Pamela Rogerson-Revell (Leicester University): Pronunciation matters: using English for international buisness communication
Joe-Eun Kim (BBC Pronunciation Unit): Pronunciation practices and policies at the BBC
David Holmer (British Council/Cambridge): And what about testing pronunciation?
Het volledige programma, en verdere informatie (inclusief registratie) staat op de website van het symposium ( www2.hum.uu.nl/solis/hum/congres/uiteng). We nodigen je graag uit het symposium bij te wonden. Het symposium vindt plaats op de VU.

Als je vragen hebt, kun je contact met ons opnemen op uiteng(removeme)uu.nl.

Laura Rupp (VU) & Rias van den Doel (UU)
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,
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.


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

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))


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

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

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,

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

venue: www.arthostel.be

HISON: www.philhist.uni-augsburg.de/hison
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, around 50 courses and 10 workshops 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, and until June 1, an early bird discount is available.

* Student: €300 before June 1, 2010, 350€ after.
* Regular: €450 before June 1, 2010, 480€ after.

Different accommodation packages are available, from 21€/night to 46€/night. All packages are currently available, but availability cannot be guaranteed after May 3, 2010. 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:
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:
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:

For questions: Esther.Ruigendijk(removeme)uni-oldenburg.de.
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:


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


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.
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
Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE XIX), Groningen, January 6-8 2011
The University of Groningen is proud to host the nineteenth Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE XIX). The conference will be held in Groningen (the Netherlands) from 6 to 8 January 2011.

ConSOLE is an annual traveling conference for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in Linguistics from around the world. SOLE, founded in 1992 by students of the Holland Institute of Generative Linguistics, is currently based at Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. Together with a local organizing committee, it runs an annual conference for linguistics students, providing a forum for the upcoming generation of linguists to present research to an international audience. More information about SOLE and previous ConSOLEs can be found at the SOLE webpage: www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/research/SOLE/

Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students not having defended a PhD by 13 September 2010 are invited to submit abstracts discussing work in theoretical linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics). Abstracts from other areas of linguistics (psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, phonetics, etc.) are also welcome, as long as the theoretical significance is made clear.

This years ConSOLE is organized in close collaboration with the LOT Winterschool, which takes place from 10 - 21 January in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Winterschool offers a variety of state of the art courses taught by renowned international linguists. For more information on the Winterschool and how to sign up, follow this link.

SOLE board
Bert le Bruyn

Camelia Constantinescu

Dragana Surkalovic

Local organizers
Gisi Cannizzaro

Hanneke Loerts

Ankelien Schippers

Anja Schüppert

Radek Šimķk
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
Vacature voor docent Engels, Hogeschool Gent. Deadline: 4 Juni 2010
De Hogeschool Gent verklaart volgende betrekking extern vacant
departement Vertaalkunde

VETO E 067
docent vakgroep/vakgebied Engels, 100% van een voltijdse betrekking
- Beschikken over een diploma van doctor op proefschrift in de letteren en wijsbegeerte of in de taal- en letterkunde - richting Engels
- Voldoen aan de bepalingen van artikel 89 van het hogescholendecreet

- Onderwijs en begeleiding van grammaticale vaardigheden Engels op basis van contrasten met het Nederlands in de opleiding bachelor in de
toegepaste taalkunde.
- Onderwijs en begeleiding van Engelse communicatietechnieken in bedrijven en organisaties in de opleiding master in de meertalige
- Medewerking verlenen aan en uitwerken van vernieuwende didactische projecten m.b.t. activerend en flexibel studiemateriaal voor het Engels.
- Begeleiding van individuele studenten (begeleide zelfstudie, projectonderwijs, bachelorproef en masterproef).
- Bijdragen tot het wetenschappelijk onderzoek van het Engels, aansluitend bij een van de onderzoeksdomeinen van het departement. Dat betreft
zowel de publicatie van eigen onderzoeksresultaten, het opzetten en begeleiden van nieuwe onderzoeksprojecten en doctorandi als het
introduceren van het onderzoek in de eigen onderwijsopdracht.
- Actieve deelname aan de werking van het departement, masteropleiding in de meertalige communicatie en vakgroep, en aan de dienstverlening
aan derden.

- De kandidaat beschikt over een uitstekende mondelinge en schriftelijke beheersing van het Engels (minimum near native) en van het
Nederlands (minimum near native). De kandidaat zal gevraagd worden de schriftelijke beheersing in een test te demonstreren.
- De kandidaat beschikt over een zeer grondige kennis van Engelse taal- en communicatievaardigheden in bedrijven en organisaties.
- De kandidaat heeft een visie op de opleiding meertalige communicatie, ter staving waarvan er bij de sollicitatiedocumenten een visietekst in het
Engels (max 500 woorden) wordt toegevoegd waarin de kandidaat zijn/haar visie geeft op onderwijs, onderzoek en de combinatie ervan in de
opleiding master in de meertalige communicatie.
- De kandidaat heeft belangstelling voor en ervaring met vernieuwende onderwijstechnieken.
- De kandidaat beschikt over de nodige pedagogische en didactische bekwaamheden en heeft ervaring met Engelse grammatica-onderwijs en met
het onderwijs van communicatietechnieken in bedrijven en organisaties aan studenten in het hoger onderwijs. De kandidaat zal gevraagd worden
dat in een proefles te demonstreren.
- De kandidaat heeft een sterke onderzoeksingesteldheid en is in staat om resultaten van het onderzoek te integreren in het onderwijs. De
kandidaat kan publicaties voorleggen op een terrein dat aansluit bij een van de departementale onderzoekslijnen.
- De kandidaat heeft een uitstekend organisatievermogen en beschikt over de nodige sociale en communicatieve vaardigheden en flexibiliteit om
uitstekend in teamverband te functioneren.
- De kandidaat beschikt over de capaciteiten en is bereid bij te dragen tot de coördinatie en sturing van onderwijs en onderzoek binnen de
daartoe opgerichte beleidsorganen.

528 (maandelijkse bruto aanvangswedde aangepast aan de huidige index: 3.550,02 EUR in geval van 0 jaar anciėnniteit). In toepassing van
artikel 140 van het hogescholendecreet kan naast eventuele anciėnniteit uit de openbare sector ook maximaal 10 jaar beroepservaring uit de
privé-sector worden verrekend. Toekenning ervan gebeurt aan de hand van tewerkstellingsattesten en na onderzoek van het dossier.
Tijdelijke statutaire aanstelling in een vacante betrekking met ingang van ten vroegste 1 oktober 2010 voor de periode tot en met 30 september
2011, met mogelijkheid tot verlenging op basis van evaluatie.

Kandideren voor deze vacature doe je uitsluitend via ses.hogent.be en dit uiterlijk op 04-06-2010.
U dient zich eerst te registreren. Eénmaal geregistreerd moet u ook nog effectief solliciteren voor de desbetreffende vacature.
Enkel tijdige kandidaatstellingen zijn geldig.

Eventuele vragen of opmerkingen kan je mailen naar mailto://vacatures(removeme)hogent.be
De Hogeschool Gent wil de samenleving waarvoor ze zich inzet zo goed mogelijk weerspiegelen. Kandidaten worden geselecteerd op basis van hun kwaliteiten en vaardigheden, ongeacht geslacht, afkomst of handicap.
Universitair docent Taal & Communicatie (specialisatie Franse Taalkunde) v/m, VU Amsterdam afdeling Taal & Communicatie. Deadline: 7 Juni 2010
Voor 0,7 fte (70 % van de werktijd)

Vac. nr. 1.2010.00118

[Herhaalde oproep]

De afdeling Taal & Communicatie van de Faculteit der Letteren zoekt op korte termijn/per 1 augustus 2010 een universitair docent met als taak het verzorgen van onderwijs, het verrichten van onderzoek en het uitvoeren van bestuur- en beheerstaken op het terrein van taal en communicatie in het algemeen en Franse taalkunde en taalvaardigheid in het bijzonder.

De gezochte functionaris is een specialist op het terrein van tekst en discourse en voelt zich thuis in één of meer gebieden als de volgende:

- Interactie en discourse analyse (media en politiek discourse)

- Argumentatie in discourse

- Interculturele communicatie


Bij het onderwijs ligt de nadruk op het verzorgen van colleges op het terrein van Franse taalkunde en Franse taalvaardigheid. De betrokken opleidingen zijn op bachelorniveau Franse Taal- & Cultuurstudies en Communicatie? & Informatiewetenschappen (CIW), en op masterniveau Franse Taal- & Cultuurstudies. Vast onderdeel in het onderwijs is de begeleiding van scripties.
Uw onderzoek dient aan te sluiten bij dat van de onderzoeksgroep Language, Cognition and Communication, die een onderdeel vormt van het interuniversitaire onderzoeksinstituut Camera [www.camera.vu.nl]
Verder wordt van u verwacht dat u in staat bent managementtaken binnen de afdeling uit te voeren.


U hebt een (near)native beheersing van de Franse taal.
U hebt een goede beheersing van het Nederlands en van het Engels.
U bent gepromoveerd op het terrein van de Franse taalkunde.
U hebt expertise op het terrein van de pragmatiek en de discourse analyse, in het bijzonder op het terrein van media en politiek discourse, en van inter/crossculturele communicatie.
U hebt expertise op het terrein van de Franstalige linguļstische literatuur.
U hebt gepubliceerd in nationale en internationale tijdschriften.
U bent een enthousiasmerende, flexibele en ervaren docent(e).
U bent in staat gebleken managementtaken efficiėnt en zorgvuldig uit te voeren.
U beschikt over de basiskwalificatie Onderwijs (BKO) of bent bereid die te behalen.


De arbeidsovereenkomst wordt aangegaan voor een periode van twee jaar. Daarna bestaat de mogelijkheid van een arbeidsovereenkomst voor onbepaalde tijd. Op www.werkenbijdevu.nl kunt u onze arbeidsvoorwaarden uitgebreid terugvinden.


Afhankelijk van opleiding en ervaring minimaal € 3.195,- bruto per maand en maximaal € 4.374,- bruto per maand (salarisschaal 11) bij volledige werktijd. Bij een aanstelling van 0,70 fte bedraagt het salaris 70 % van deze bedragen.


Voor meer informatie kunt u contact opnemen met dr. DMF. Torck, UHD Franse Taalkunde, tel. 020-5986450 (werk) en e-mail: dmf.torck(removeme)let.vu.nl. Kandidaten uit het buitenland raden wij dringend aan om zich uitgebreid te laten informeren over de aard van de werkzaamheden en de levensomstandigheden in en om Amsterdam.


Schriftelijke sollicitaties onder vermelding van het vacaturenummer 1.2010.00118 linksboven op brief en envelop, vóór 7 juni a.s., te richten aan de Vrije Universiteit, Faculteit der Letteren, t.a.v. dr. G. Nijsten, directeur bedrijfsvoering, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam of per e-mail vacature(removeme)let.vu.nl (graag vacaturenummer vermelden in onderwerpregel).
Job opening for a PhD position, Tilburg University. Deadline: June 15 2010
Tilburg University is a modern university specialized in human and social sciences. It is characterized by high-quality teaching and research and, nationwide, has been among top-ranking institutions for many years. The University offers good support facilities to its students and employees, as well as excellent fringe benefits.
Department of Communication and Information Sciences (DCI)
The department DCI has about 60 members and is responsible for a flourishing academic programme in Communication and Information Sciences (CIW) that annually attracts about 100 Bachelor students, 100 Pre-master and 120 Master students. The department is also co-responsible for the Research Master programme Language and Communication. For more information, see www.tilburguniversity.nl/faculties/humanities/dci/.
Research in the department centers on cognitive, multimodal, computer-mediated and interpersonal aspects of communication and discourse, and on the study of computer vision, data mining and computer games from a knowledge-representation and cognitive perspective. There is a strong emphasis on experimental work and interdisciplinary cooperation. The department hosts a research centre: the Tilburg Centre for Cognition and Communication (TiCC).
The Department of Communication and Information Sciences has an opening for a PhD position on “The development of audiovisual prosody”.

“The development of audiovisual prosody”
Fulltime, 4 years, as from 1st September 2010

Summary of the project
The PhD project aims to get a better understanding of how children (between 4 and 12 years old) learn to use and interpret audiovisual prosody. Audiovisual prosody is defined here as the set of features that do not so much determine what speakers say, but rather how they say it. It includes both auditory features, such as intonation, tempo, rhythm, and loudness, and visual features, in particular facial expressions. To get a nuanced perspective on the development of audiovisual prosody, the project will focus on 3 sets of questions:

(1) Does the development in audiovisual prosody differ for linguistic and social functions?Are children faster or better at acquiring the rules of audiovisual prosody for linguistic functions than for social ones, or vice versa?
(2) How does the development of productive skills relate to that of receptive skills? Do children first learn to comprehend the rules of audiovisual prosody before they are able to produce them, or is it the other way around?
(3) How does the development of facial features relate to that of auditory ones? Do the facial features develop in parallel with the auditory features, or does one set precede the other?
To tackle such questions, the project will make use of a game-based experimental paradigm to elicit spontaneous utterances in various linguistic and social contexts from children in different age groups. These recordings will be used as stimuli in subsequent perception tests which aim to explore how the children’s audiovisual expressions can be interpreted regarding a number of linguistic and social variables. The audiovisual characteristics will also be annotated using a combination of manual and automatic measurement techniques.

For this position, we seek a candidate with a background in experimental psycholinguistics, phonetics, communication & information sciences, social sciences, or some related area. The candidate has a strong interest in doing experimental research, excellent writing skills and a good command of English. In addition, since the analyses will be based on analyses of Dutch children, the candidate has a (near) native knowledge of Dutch. A proven interest in non-verbal communication is considered an advantage.

For more information please contact prof.dr. Marc Swerts (M.G.J.Swerts(removeme)uvt.nl , +31.13.466.2922)
Relevant links: Tilburg University ( www.tilburguniversity.nl), Department of Communication and Information Science ( www.tilburguniversity.nl/faculties/humanities/dci)

Terms of employment
Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers, offering excellent terms of employment. The collective labour agreement of Tilburg University applies. The selected candidates will start with a contract for one year, concluded by an evaluation. Upon a positive outcome of the first-year evaluation, the candidate will be offered an employment contract for the remaining years. The PhD candidate will receive a starting salary of € 2.042 gross per month in the first year, up to € 2.612 in the 4th year. The selected candidate is expected to have written a PhD thesis by the end of the contract (which may be based on articles). Furthermore, the usual facilities (desk, computer, options model) are offered, as well as support with housing, immigrations, etc.

Applications should include cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and names of two references. Applications should be sent before the application deadline of June 15, 2010 by means of our E-recruitment system (it is a new system and should be operational as from May 25; access via the webpage www.tilburguniversity.nl/vacancies)

It is the policy of the university to increase the number of women employed. Also members of ethnic minority groups and handicapped people are expressly invited to apply.
6 Vacatures voor PhD’s en Postdocs, Universiteit van Tilburg. Deadline: June 10 2010
Het Departement Taal- en Cultuurstudies van de Universiteit van Tilburg heeft een 6-tal vacatures voor PhD’s en Postdocs.
Het gaat om de volgende linken naar de advertentieteksten op onze website:

· PhD "The emergence of internet subcultures in China"

· PhD "Mobile literacies in South Africa"

· PhD "The Rhetoric of Authenticity in Politics and Literature"

· PhD "European Media: Opinion Makers in the Age of Mass Media"

· Postdoc “Inventory of writers and political issues in different national literatures in the European context”

· Postdoc “The transformation of the public space in Europe”
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


- 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:


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 Meeting on Formal Linguistics: Language(s) and Cognition (RALFe), October 14-16 Paris. Deadline: June 10 2010
The 1st Fall Meeting on Formal Linguistics: Language(s) and Cognition

(Rencontres dAutomne de Linguistique Formelle: Langage, Langues et Cognition) (RALFe) will be organized by the UMR « Structures Formelles du Langage » Universit? Paris 8 / CNRS in Paris

14-16 october, 2010.

Submissions are invited for 30 minute-papers (plus discussion) on all domains of linguistic theory.

Abstracts are invited from all areas (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) of formal linguistics (e.g., generative grammar or related frameworks). Topics may include syntax-semantics interface, syntax-morphology interface and others.

Abstracts on language acquisition, psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics are also particularly welcome in a perspective that relates them to theories of grammar.

We strongly encourage contributions exploring formal approaches to language diversity and typological works (including but not limited to sign languages, creoles, under-represented languages and comparative studies).

Plenary speakers:

Melissa Bowerman (Max Plank Inst.)

Hans Kamp (U. Stuttgart)

Richard Kayne (NYU)

Instructions for Abstract Submission

Presentations may be in French or in English. The language used in the abstract will also be the language of the presentation.

Abstracts should be anonymous and must not exceed 2 pages (A4) (including data and references) with a 2,54 cm (1 inch) margin on all four sides using Times New Roman 12 pt.

Abstracts must be submitted online using the link below. We use EasyChair as our system of abstract collection. We will accept electronic submissions only (.pdf files).

EasyChair link: www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ralfe2010


extended deadline for submission: June 10, 2010

Notification of acceptance: July, 15, 2010

Conference dates: October 14-16, 2010

All information about the conference is available at our web page (currently under construction)


Organizing Committee:

Isabelle Roy (Chair)

Laurent Roussarie

L?a Nash

Elena Soare

Sophie Wauquier
Call for course and workshop proposals for ESSLLI 2011 in Slovenia. Deadline: June 14 2010
23rd European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
August 1-12, 2011
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Call for Course and Workshop Proposals

The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) is organized every year by the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI, www.folli.org/) in different sites around Europe. The main focus of ESSLLI is on the interface between linguistics, logic and computer science. ESSLLI offers foundational, introductory and advanced courses, as well as workshops, covering a wide variety of topics within or around the three main 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. For more information, visit the FoLLI website, as well as the ESSLLI 2010 website:


The ESSLLI 2011 Program Committee invites proposals for foundational, introductory, and advanced courses, and for workshops for the 23rd annual Summer School on important topics of active research in the broad interdisciplinary area connecting logic, linguistics, computer science and the cognitive sciences.

All proposals should be submitted, using a prescribed form that will be available soon on the ESSLLI 2011 website, no later than:

June 14, 2010

Authors of proposals will be notified of the committee's decision by September 15, 2010.


Proposers of courses and workshops should follow the guidelines below while preparing their submissions; proposals that do not conform with these guidelines may not be considered.

Courses are taught by 1 or max. 2 lecturers, and workshops are organized by 1 or max. 2 organizers. Lecturers and organizers must have obtained a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree at the time of the submission deadline. Courses and workshops run over one week
(Monday-Friday) and consist of five 90-minute sessions. Lecturers who want to offer a long, two-week course should submit two independent one-week courses (for example, an introductory course in the first week and an advance course in the second). The ESSLLI program committee has the right to select only one of the two proposed courses.


These are strictly elementary courses not assuming any background knowledge. They are intended for people who wish to get acquainted with the problems and techniques of areas new to them. Ideally, they should allow researchers from other fields to acquire the key competencies of neighboring disciplines, thus encouraging the development of a truly interdisciplinary research community.
Foundational courses should have no special prerequisites, but may presuppose some experience with scientific methods and general appreciation of the field of the course.


Introductory courses are central to the activities of the Summer School. They are intended to provide an introduction to the
(interdisciplinary) field for students, young researchers, and other non-specialists, and to equip them with a good understanding of the field's basic methods and techniques. Such courses should enable experienced researchers from other fields to acquire the key competencies of neighboring disciplines, thus encouraging the development of a truly interdisciplinary research community.
Introductory courses in a topic at the interface of two fields can build on some knowledge of the component fields; e.g., an introductory course in computational linguistics should address an audience which is familiar with the basics of linguistics and computation. Proposals for introductory courses should indicate the level of the course as compared to standard texts in the area (if available).


Advanced courses should be pitched at an audience of advanced Masters or Ph.D. students. Proposals for advanced courses should specify the prerequisites in detail.

Jun 14, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline Sep 15, 2010: Notification Deadline Jun 1, 2011: Deadline for receipt of camera-ready course material by the ESSLLI 2011 local organizers


The aim of the workshops is to provide a forum for advanced Ph.D.
students and other researchers to present and discuss their work.
Workshops should have a well-defined theme, and workshop organizers should be specialists in the theme of the workshop. The proposals for workshops should justify the choice of topic, give an estimate of the number of attendants and expected submissions, and provide a list of at least 15 potential submitters working in the field of the workshop.
The organizers are required to give a general introduction to the theme during the first session of the workshop. They are also responsible for various organizational matters, including soliciting submissions, reviewing, drawing up the program, taking care of expenses of invited speakers, etc. In particular, each workshop organizer will be responsible for sending out a Call for Papers for the workshop and to organize the selection of the submissions by the deadlines specified below. The call for workshop submissions must make it clear that the workshop is open to all members of the ESSLLI community and should indicate that all workshop contributors must register for the Summer School.

Jun 14, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline Sep 15, 2010: Notification Deadline Oct 15, 2010: Deadline for submission of the Calls for Papers to ESSLLI 2011 PC chair Nov 1, 2010: Workshop organizers send out First Call for Papers Dec 15, 2010: Workshop organizers send out Second Call for Papers Jan 15, 2011: Workshop organizers send out Third Call for Papers Feb 15, 2011: Deadline for submissions to the workshops Apr 15, 2011: Suggested deadline for notification of workshop contributors Jun 1, 2011: Deadline for submission of camera-ready copy of workshop proceedings to the ESSLLI 2011 Local Organizers.

Workshop speakers will be required to register for the Summer School; however, they will be able to register at a reduced rate to be determined by the Local Organizers.


A form for submitting course and workshop proposals will be available soon on the ESSLLI 2011 web site: esslli2011.ijs.si/.

The proposers are required to submit the following information:

* Contact address and fax number
* Name, email, affiliation, homepage of each lecturer / workshop organizer (at most two per course or workshop)
* Title of proposed course/workshop
* Abstract (abstract of the proposal, max 150 words)
* Type (workshop, foundational, introductory, or advanced course)
* Areas (one or more of: Computation, Language, Logic, or Other)
* Description (describe the proposed contents of the course and substantiate timeliness and relevance to ESSLLI in at most one A4
* Tentative outline of the course / expected participation in the workshop
* External funding (whether the proposers will be able to obtain external funding for travel and accommodation expenses)
* Further particulars (e.g., course prerequisites, previous teaching experiences, etc.)


Prospective lecturers and workshop organizers should be aware that all teaching and organizing at the summer schools is done on a voluntary basis in order to keep the participants' fees as low as possible.
Lecturers and organizers are not paid for their contribution, but are reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses (up to fixed maximum amounts, which will be communicated to the lecturers upon notification). Lecturers and workshop organizers will have their registration fee waived. In case a course or workshop is to be taught/organized by two people, a lump sum will be reimbursed to cover travel and accommodation expenses for one of them; the splitting of the sum is up to the lecturers/organizers. It should be stressed that while proposals from all over the world are welcomed, the School cannot guarantee full reimbursement of travel costs, especially from destinations outside Europe.

The local organizers would highly appreciate it if, whenever possible, lecturers and workshop organizers find alternative funding to cover travel and accommodation expenses, as that would help us keep the cost of attending ESSLLI 2011 lower.


Chair: Makoto Kanazawa (National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo) Local Co-chair: Andrej Bauer (University of Ljubljana)

Area specialists:
Language and Computation:
Markus Egg (Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin)
Aline Villavicencio (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) Language and Logic:
Hans-Christian Schmitz (Fraunhofer FIT, Sankt Augustin)
Louise McNally (UPF, Barcelona)
Logic and Computation:
Ralph Matthes (IRIT, CNRS and University of Toulouse)
Eric Pacuit (Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Tilburg)

Chair: Darja Fiser (University of Ljubljana)

ESSLLI 2011 website: esslli2011.ijs.si/
Call for papers for Text, Transmission, Reception Conference, Radboud University Nijmegen. Deadline: June 15 2010
Over the past two years, a number of researchers of the Faculties of Arts, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology of Radboud University have explored common ways to study the function and meaning of “texts” in the broadest sense of the term. They would like to share their results with others and therefore invite scholars from both the Netherlands and abroad to send in abstracts for papers to be read at a conference that will be held on the campus of Radboud University on October 28 and 29, 2010. The language of the conference will be English.

Invited Speakers

Isabelle Kalinowski (École Normale Supérieure, Paris)
Stephen Nichols (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)
Glenn Most (Scuola Normale di Pisa / University of Chicago)
Steffen Siegel (Friedrich Schiller University of Jena)
Dolf Zillmann (University of Alabama)


The conference will focus on four themes, to each of which one or two panels will be devoted:

1) Image and Text. For this panel we are looking for papers that discuss the triangular relation between images, texts and the medium in which these occur. Examples of the type of questions we are interested in are: Do words and images interact differently in books, newspapers, church frescoes, websites or publicity posters? Can the same type of information be conveyed in different textual and visual ways depending on the intended audience? How has the historical evolution of graphic possibilities determined the way in which words, images and other visual means have been employed? Both systematic and historical papers are welcome. Steffen Siegel (Friedrich Schiller University of Jena) has been invited to comment on the papers in this panel. Please submit abstracts before June 15, 2010 to Christoph Lüthy (luethy(removeme)phil.ru.nl).

2) Narrativity. Papers are invited that reflect on narratives as serving a variety of communicative functions. The personal story has for ages functioned as a basic structure of identity building and emotional exchange in language, be it in conversation, fiction, religion, or rhetoric; today, narratives are expanding towards broader communicative and cross-medial settings such as advertising, business communication, politics, and journalism. We invite papers that try to describe what these narrative structures have in common, and what explanations can be found for their forms, functions and/or effects in various communicative settings. Commentator on these papers will be Dolf Zillmann (Univ. of Alabama). Please submit abstracts for this panel before June 15, 2010 to Hans Hoeken (h.hoeken(removeme)let.ru.nl) and José Sanders (j.sanders(removeme)let.ru.nl).

3) New Philology. This panel will be devoted to an approach to textual criticism that calls itself New Philology, an approach that demands attention for the dynamic changes, the physical appearance and changing contexts of literary, philosophical and religious texts. The aim of this panel is to evaluate the merits of this approach with papers that combine the study of a particular text with theoretical reflection in either modern or historical literary, philosophical and religious studies. Stephen Nichols (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore) will comment on the papers in this panel. Abstracts for this panel should be sent before June 15, 2010 to Johan Oosterman (j.oosterman(removeme)let.ru.nl).

4) Reception and Literary Infrastructure. For this panel abstracts are invited about the diffusion and critical reception of literary, philosophical and religious texts. Papers may deal either with either modern developments, such as the (critical) reception of texts and their distribution in different countries or among different segments of the population, or historical developments, such as the changing reception of texts over time. The commentator on the papers in this panel will be Isabelle Kalinowski (École Normale Supérieure, Paris). Abstracts for this panel should be sent before June 15, 2010 to Jos Joosten (j.joosten(removeme)let.ru.nl) and Maarten Steenmeijer (m.steenmeijer(removeme)let.ru.nl).

Submission guidelines

Please send in an English abstract of max. 500 words. The length of the papers will ultimately be 25 minutes (around 3000 words). After the delivery of each paper the invited commentator will react to it (see above), and there will be a general discussion. You are asked to send your abstract to the organiser(s) of your panel (see above) before June 15. You will be notified regarding your selection before July 15. Should your abstract be accepted, you will be asked to write out a full paper or extended abstract of around 3000 words before October 1, so that the commentator will have time to prepare a response to it. All conference-related expenses will be covered. For more information about the conference, you can contact André Lardinois (a.lardinois(removeme)let.ru.nl).


This conference is organised jointly by the humanistic faculties of Radboud University, i.e. the Faculties of Arts, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology.


André Lardinois (Greek and Latin Languages and Cultures)
Jos Joosten (Dutch Language and Culture)
Hans Hoeken (Business Communication Studies)
Christoph Lüthy (Philosophy and History of Science)
Johan Oosterman (Dutch Language and Culture)
José Sanders (Business Communication Studies)
Maarten Steenmeijer (Romance Languages and Cultures)

Important Dates

Abstract submission: 15 June 2010
Notification: 15 July 2010
Full paper or extended abstract: 1 October 2010
Conference dates: 27 October (arrival) – 30 October (departure), 2010
Call for papers for Ancient Greek and Semantic Theory Congress, Radboud University Nijmegen. Deadline: June 15 2010
We invite abstracts covering any topic from the semantics and pragmatics of Ancient Greek. Potential topics include, but are by no means limited to: verbal semantics, case and spatial relations, particles, report constructions, tense, aspect, modality, discourse structure, anaphora, deixis, and quantication. The only limitation is that the analysis should be clearly embedded within a theoretical framework to your choice.

Invited Speakers:
Cleo Condoravdi (Palo Alto Research Center)
Dag Haug (University of Oslo)
Paul Kiparsky (Stanford University)
Albert Rijksbaron (University of Amsterdam)
Gerry Wakker (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)

Submission guidelines:
1-page abstracts should be sent in .pdf to AGST(removeme)phil.ru.nl. One additional page may be used for examples and references. Examples should be translated and relevant features glossed. The conference language is English. Each presentation will be allotted 40 minutes, including 15 minutes for discussion. The body of your email message should include the title of your presentation, your name, affiliation, and contact information. The deadline for abstract submission is June, 15th 2010. Notification of acceptance will be sent out before July 15th.

This conference is supported by the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Greek and Latin Languages and Cultures of the Radboud University Nijmegen.

Corien Bary (Department of Philosophy)
André Lardinois (Department of Greek and Latin Languages and Cultures)
Rob van der Sandt (Department of Philosophy)

Important Information:
Abstract submission: 15 June 2010
Noti cation of acceptance: 15 July 2010
Conference dates: 16-18 December 2010
Contact: AGST(removeme)phil.ru.nl
Call for papers for Taal & Tongval colloquium, Ghent, November 19 2010. Deadline: June 30 2010
“Dutch verb order variation in a broader perspective”
(Ghent, November 19th 2010)

Taal & Tongval is a journal on variation linguistics (i.e. regional, social, pragmatic and historical variation) in the Low Countries ( www.meertens.knaw.nl/taalentongval). The upcoming yearly colloquium will be held in Ghent (Belgium) on the topic “Dutch verb order variation in a broader perspective”.

In the last decades, word order research into the distribution of the verb patterns past participle – finite verb (the so-called „green word order?) and the verb pattern finite verb – past participle (the so-called „red word order?) has become one of the classical themes of Dutch variation linguistics. From the fifties onwards, Dutch linguistics has proposed divergent language internal and external factors that help to determine the (in principle) free choice between both word order variants, such as:
- regional variety (dialect – standard language, exogenous language usage)
- stylistic variety (formal – informal, written – spoken, jargon)
- accentuation of the verb cluster and surrounding constituents
- morpho-syntactic analysis of the verb cluster and surrounding constituents
In the colloquium, we want to relate explicitly to this respected research tradition, where the choice between the red and green order variant in actual language usage is central. In most of the publications, however, the variable verb order has been studied in a relative isolation with an exclusive attention to the factors which determine the order in the dual clusters in Standard Dutch.

Suggested topics
With the conference, we invite participants who want to study the red and green word order in a wider descriptive and theoretical perspective:
(a) a wider syntactic perspective
How can the word order variation between two verbs be related to the word order variation within longer verb clusters? More particularly, how do the factors that determine the choice for the red or green word order within double verb clusters work in longer verb clusters?
(b) een wider regional perspective
How does the word order variation in the (double and longer) verb clusters in standard Dutch relate to the verb order attested in the Dutch and German dialects? How are the possible differences to be explained? Are the factors that determine the choice for the red and green word order in the standard language also important for the dialects? To what extent is there a continuum between the Dutch and German language area with respect to verb order?
(c) a wider diachronic perspective
How did the modern verb order variation in Dutch (and the German dialects) come into being? Is there an ongoing change in verb order? What factors in the history of Dutch could have contributed to the modern verb order variation?
(d) a wider theoretical perspective
Does the word order variation in the verb cluster pose a challenge to the Humboldtian principle of one form – one meaning? What is the status of the factors that determine the verb order in the syntax of Dutch? Do those factors also work in other domains of Dutch syntax? Can the issue of variable verb order be related to cross-linguistic patterns?

Abstract submission
To participate, send your one-page abstract (including references) to evie.cousse(removeme)ugent.be before June 30th 2010. Talks are will take 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes discussion time. We encourage abstracts in Dutch, but non-native speakers of Dutch may submit in English. Decisions on the acceptance of the abstract can be expected before September 1rst 2010.

A selection of papers will be published as a theme issue of „Taal & Tongval? ( www.meertens.knaw.nl/taalentongval/).
Invited speakers
- Sjef Barbiers (Utrecht University, The Meertens Institute)
- Gert De Sutter (University College Ghent)
- Susanne Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)

For the organizing committee,
Evie Coussé (Ghent University)
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:

Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics/Language Variation
Language Acquisition
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.

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

Call for papers for Ninth International Conference on COMPUTATIONAL SEMANTICS (IWCS 2011), Oxford, UK,January 12-14, 2011. Deadline: September 30 2010

Endorsed by SIGSEM,
the ACL Special Interest Group in
Computational Semantics

Organisers: Johan Bos & Stephen Pulman



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.


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


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


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
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
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.


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.


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
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 from 26 May 12 p.m. onwards 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?

Registration will open on 26 May 2010, 12.00 p.m.. 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
NIAS Activiteiten
Fellowship aan het NIAS in 2011/12

Voor een NIAS Fellowship komen gepromoveerde wetenschapsbeoefenaren in aanmerking, die in belangrijke mate hebben bijgedragen tot de ontwikkeling van hun vakgebied. Nederlandse onderzoekers kunnen tot 1 juli a.s. een fellowship voor het jaar 2011/12 aanvragen. Voor meer informatie over onder andere de aanvraagprocedure en vervangingsgelden, evenals het aanvraagformulier kijk hier.

Middelen voor onderwijsvervanging

Het NIAS heeft een fonds beschikbaar om te voorzien in de onderwijsvervanging van Nederlandse universitaire medewerkers. Deze vergoeding bedraagt bij een voltijdse aanstelling € 25.000 voor tien maanden € 12.500 voor vijf maanden, en wordt beschikbaar gesteld aan de faculteit waarin het onderwijs gegeven dient te worden.

Verkennende Workshops

Nederlandse onderzoekers kunnen op ieder moment aanvragen indienen voor het inrichten van een verkennende workshop met evenveel Nederlandse als internationale deelnemers. De beschikbare middelen, tot een maximum van € 16.500 per workshop, kunnen worden ingezet om een collectief projectplan uit te werken, om een gezamenlijke publicatie af te ronden, of om een subsidie-aanvraag voor te bereiden. Afhankelijk van de opzet, kan een dergelijke workshop enkele dagen duren, maar ook iets langer. De verkennende workshops worden op het NIAS gehouden. De Wetenschapscommissie van het NIAS beoordeelt de voorstellen. Op de website worden de vormvereisten voor de aanvraag aangegeven