May 20th, 2010

LOT Announcements / events
LOT Summer School 2010 - Nijmegen- Registration Prolonged!
Dear LOT students,

We would like to remind you that the deadline for registration for the LOT Summer School is May 21. Please make sure to register before that if you wish to attend the school. There are 24 courses to choose from, including 8 on the special track “Language, Brain and Cognition”. You can find the schedule on our website.

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 revised course description.

The next LOT Summer School is to be held 14-25 June 2010 at the University of Nijmegen.

More information can be found on our website:

We look forward to welcoming you all!

The next LOT Summer School is to be held 14-25 June 2010 at the University of Nijmegen.

This year’s school has a slightly different format than other years. Nijmegen received a NWO grant to organize a special Language, Brain and Cognition session, which will be held next to the regular LOT sessions. Please check the schedule for more information.

Registration for accommodation closes May 7 but we will keep registration for the courses open until May 21.

More information can be found on our new website:

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

26 letters onder 9 toetsen
Sms-software, waarmee je voor elke letter maar één toets hoeft in te drukken op je mobiel, is waarschijnlijk de meest gebruikte toepassing van taaltechnologie. Naar schatting 4 miljard telefoons maken gebruik van T9 en vergelijkbare software. Hoe werkt het eigenlijk precies? En kan het niet nóg makkelijker?

Goede taalontwikkeling met cochleair implantaat
De meeste dove kinderen die voor hun tweede jaar een cochleair implantaat krijgen spreken als ze zeven zijn grammaticaal net zo goed als horende leeftijdsgenoten. Ook toonverschillen horen wordt met de nieuwste apparaatjes beter mogelijk. Dit blijkt uit promotieonderzoek aan de Universiteit Leiden.

Automatische opiniepeilingen via twitter
Het afnemen van opiniepeilingen kost veel tijd – en dus geld. Amerikaanse onderzoekers tonen aan dat automatische analyse van tweets de resultaten van de peilingen al aardig benaderen. Zijn automatische peilingen via Twitter de toekomst?
Lectures / talks
ACLC seminar by Fred Weerman on Learnability and Agents of Language Change, UvA Amsterdam, May 21 2010
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 420
May 21 2010, 15.30 - 16.45 uur

Fred Weerman


Whodunit? Learnability and Agents of Language Change

There is a long linguistic tradition, probably going back to work in the nineteenth century (cf. Paul 1880), in which language change is explained by first language acquisition. Following this line of reasoning children are the agents of language change. In the (generative) terminology of Lightfoot (and many others): whereas an older generation acquires one particular setting of a parameter (during childhood), a next generation of L1 children may set the parameter differently, basing themselves on the input of their parents, which may lead to a different output.

For obvious reasons this argumentation had to be based on theoretical rather than empirical work on language acquisition. Recently we have more knowledge of empirical details of acquisition. In this talk I will show that these recent findings show that the argumentation that L1 acquisition is the trigger is incomplete at best. In particular with respect to the process of deflection, ‘late’ learners (i.e. child L2, adult L2 but also ‘late L1’ acquisition), seem to be the agents of change rather than L1 children. Briefly, the central observation is that L1 children are capable to pick up even the opaque aspects of the inflectional system of the target language very early. If so, it is very unlikely that they will deviate from the input (under normal conditions). However, it can also be shown that this capacity to acquire inflection rapidly decreases, so that ‘late’ learners do deviate from the target (and hence may be the agents of change).

A possible explanation of the age effects is that there are two qualitatively different systems underlying language. Roughly, the one system is input driven and is characterized by lexical and statistical learning of frames, whereas the other is rule governed. ‘Late’ acquisition tends to be based on the former type, while the latter is more central in ‘early’ acquisition. If so, this has two more important consequences for our understanding of change. First, we may expect children to be agents of change in precisely those aspects where they are the ‘specialists’. Second, the idea that there are two qualitatively different systems may help us to account for the phenomenon that even when change is clearly unidirectional there is always a stage of variation and optionality (no parameter changes from one setting to the other over night).

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday. After the lectures drinks are served at the Opleiding Algemene Taalwetenschap, Spuistraat 210, third floor. For more information: aclc-fgw(removeme), tel. 020-5252543
LUCL Vrijdagmiddaglezing Beschrijvende Taalkunde 2010, Leiden University, May 21 2010
Friday, May 21, van Eyckhof 4 (ex-1168), room 005

Elisabetta Ragagnin

(Frankfurt am Main)

The Fortis-Lenis Opposition of Consonants in Sayan Turkic

According to one widespread opinion among Turcologists, Proto-Turkic stop consonants were in opposition with respect to the features fortis vs. lenis, in non-initial position of monosyllabic words, i.e. in primary syllables. Regarding their articulatory feature, it is assumed that the strong member of the opposition was unvoiced and maybe aspirated, whereas the weak member of the opposition was non-aspirated and probably unvoiced. It is still unclear whether this strength opposition also concerned spirants and affricates.

My talk will focus on the various reflexes of this opposition within Sayan Turkic - a small Turkic language group of South Siberia - presenting data from the official languages Tuvan and Tofan and from the Sayan varieties spoken in Mongolia and China.

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

Stanly Oomen s.oomen(removeme)
Martine Bruil m.bruil@hum;
Maarten Kossmann m.g.kossmann(removeme) 071-527 2649

The lectures take place at Leiden University, Faculteit der Letteren, Witte Singel–Doelencomplex from 15:15 till 17.
Syntax Circle Lecture by Thomas McFadden, Meertens Instituut, May 26 2010
Thomas McFadden (University of Tromsų): Why some things in diachronic syntax can only be done with corpora
Wednesday May 26, 15:15, Meertens Instituut, Symposiumzaal; drinks afterwards

Why some things in diachronic syntax can only be done with corpora
In this talk I will consider some methodological issues that arise in the study of diachronic syntax
and demonstrate how they can be dealt with by the careful use of large-scale – preferably parsed and
annotated – corpora. I will first lay out a series of challenges that face researchers in diachronic and
historical syntax, some which distinguish it from the study of the synchronic syntax of modern languages,
and others which distinguish it from the study of historical and diachronic phonology and morphology.
Some obvious examples include the lack of access to native-speaker judgments, in particular on the
interpretation of examples and on ungrammaticality, the limited availability of texts and the limited yield
of syntactic material from texts of a given length, and the still rudimentary state of our understanding
of principles of syntactic change. I will briefly discuss in general terms how these challenges can be met
– if not completely resolved – by the appropriate use of corpora.
The bulk of the talk will then be devoted to the examination of a few specific examples from the
history of English – taken from my own work and from the literature – which illustrate the usefulness of
corpus studies in investigating specific questions in diachronic syntax. Included will be developments in
the choice between have and be as auxiliaries in the perfect, the relationship between the shift from OV
to VO and changes in the morphological case system, and the development of do-support. I will argue
that, in each case, the use of the corpus was crucial to the achievement of some particular insight. In the
instance of the perfect auxiliaries, the use of a large-scale corpus – rather just a sub-corpus of perfect
clauses – made it possible to recognize that the initial inroads of auxiliary have with unaccusative verbs
like come in Middle English actually came at the expense of the simple past, and did not represent the
start of the loss of be, the use of which actually remained stable for a few more centuries. The work
on OV/VO and case demonstrates nicely how relatively quick and simple research with a corpus can
turn up simple and clear evidence against a particular hypothesis, in particular when it comes to causal
connections between two changes which occurred at approximately the same time. In particular, while
OV word was lost around when the case system collapsed, the details of the two changes make it quite
clear that the latter could not have directly triggered the former. Finally, studies of the rise of do-support
uncovered the so-called Constant Rate Effect – a pattern whereby related changes progress at the same
rate – which has since been identified in several other changes. Crucially, this effect can only be detected
statistically with the relatively large sample sizes of a large-scale corpus study.
Note that I will not be proposing that corpus data replace native-speaker intuitions in the study of
syntax, but that the two should complement each other. Indeed, I will propose that the combination of
corpus data on a dead language with native-speaker judgments on a living language can allow the best
understanding of certain historical stages and diachronic developments.
SLC lecture Rachel Mayberry on Age of acquisition effects on phonological processing in American Sign Language, Nijmegen, May 27 2010
Speaker: Rachel Mayberry (University of San Diego)
Title: Can mental phonology be visual and gestural? Age of acquisition effects on phonological processing in American Sign Language
Date & Time: May 27, 2010; 16.00
Place: Erasmusbuilding, room 2.50 (Erasmusplein 1, Nijmegen)


One of the most robust effects of age of acquisition on the outcome of second language (L2) learning is on the perception and production of L2 phonology. This effect is thought to be the consequence of early perceptual tuning of the auditory system to the phonetic categories of the language heard by the infant. The L1 phonological system is hypothesized to become a filter through which L2 phonology is perceived, resulting in misperceptions and accent. The question is whether age of acquisition affects phonological processing in sign language? If so, this would suggest that early perceptual tuning to phonological categories is a linguistic phenomenon of early acquisition, one that transcends sensory-motor modality. This presentation summarizes a series of experiments designed to answer the question by studying lexical and phonological processing in American Sign Language.

For upcoming SLC lectures see:
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
One-Day-Workshop 'Beyond Hearing', Leiden University, May 25 2010
The researchers involved in the NWO VIDI project on Morphosyntactic development in children with a cochlear implant at Leiden University and the Consortium of the FP7-SME1-222291 project “DUAL PRO” will be organizing a one-day workshop entitled

Beyond Hearing: Current investigations in listening and language skills of cochlear implant users

The workshop Beyond Hearing has two parallel sessions:

Session 1 Language development in cochlear-implanted children, children with classical hearing aids and children with specific language impairment

This session will be concerned with oral language development in deaf children with a Cochlear Implant (CI), in comparison with hearing impaired children wearing conventional H(earing)A(ids) and with children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Speakers are: Derek Houston, Annemiek Hammer, Francesca Volpato, Laurice Tuller, Annemie Verbist and Ellen Gerrits.

Session 2 Electric-acoustic speech processing and assessment tools for residual
low-frequency hearing in deaf CI users

Current cochlear implants with speech processors based on electric stimulation are hardly able to code the sound’s temporal fine structure (TFS), the rapid variations in amplitude over time. As a result, CI listeners are clearly impaired in their perception of music and intonation. This session explores the assessment of music and language prosody reception with different types of hearing devices (CI, classical hearing aids, hybrid electric-acoustic speech processors). Speakers are: Alain de Cheveigné, Willemijn Heeren, Karen Schauwers, Vincent van Heuven, Bart Vaerenberg and Vincent Péan.

Session 1 and 2 will be followed by a presentation of Paul Govaerts on the newly developed prosodic module of the Auditory Speech Sound Evaluation (A§E®) ( aiming to assess prosody perception in the hearing impaired.

For more information and full program visit:
Workshop preceding the defence of Arjen Zondervan, Utrecht University (UIL OTS), May 28 2010
Dear all,

On the 28th of May, Arjen Zondervan will defend his thesis entitled “Scalar implicatures or focus: an experimental approach”. Preceding his defence, there will be a workshop at which a number of his committee members will give a presentation. The workshop will be from 9:30 till 12:30 in the Sweelinckzaal (room 0.05) of Drift 21. You are all welcome to attend!

Schedule workshop

9:30- 10:10 Arjen Zondervan “Scalar implicatures or focus”
10:10-10:50 Ted Sanders “Causality by default in discourse processing?
Linguistic arguments and experimental evidence from eye-tracking”

10:50- 11:05 Coffee break

11:05- 11:45 Ira Noveck t.b.a.
11:45- 12:25 Michiel van Lambalgen “Logical form in cognitive processes”


Scalar implicatures or focus
Arjen Zondervan (UiL OTS)

The traditional view (due to Grice (1967) and Horn (1972)) of the apparent ambiguity of 'or' between an inclusive reading (on which 'A or B' means 'A or B or both') and an exclusive reading ('A or B and not both'), is that the latter comes about by a scalar implicature (SI), based on the entailment scale between 'or' and 'and'. In this talk I address two issues that I investigated experimentally in my PhD-research: The effect of the contextual property of information focus on these inferences, and the psychological reality of this SI-view of the meaning of 'or'. The results of a series of 11 experiments confirm that focus increases exclusive readings (and therefore presumably SIs), but the results cast serious doubt on the view that exclusive-or is the result of an SI.

Causality by default in discourse processing?
Linguistic arguments and experimental evidence from eye-tracking
Ted Sanders, Fang Li & Pim Mak (UiL OTS)

Causality plays a crucial role in human cognition. We believe people have a basic tendency to interpret a sequence of events causally whenever they get the chance. We present linguistic arguments in favor of this 'causality by default hypothesis' and provide evidence for it from two eye-tracking experiments, indicating that readers process identical information faster when the discourse allows for a causal interpretation. Furthermore, we clarify the role of causal and temporal connectives as on-line processing instructions.

Logical form in cognitive processes
Michiel van Lambalgen (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

We discuss a research program on reasoning patterns in subjects with autism, showing that they fail to engage in certain forms of non-monotonic reasoning that come naturally to neurotypical subjects.
The striking reasoning patterns of autists occur both in verbal and in non-verbal tasks. Upon formalising the relevant non-verbal tasks, one sees that their logical form is the same as that of the verbal tasks.
This suggests that logical form can play a causal role in cognitive processes, and we suggest that this logical form is actually embodied in the cognitive capacity called 'executive function'.
Symposium: Speech-Language Research: Clinical Implications, Groningen University, June 2 2010
Research in normal and pathological speech-language processing shows tremendous progress and is a rapidly growing multidisciplinary field. Participating disciplines are (neuro)linguistics and -phonetics, (neuro)psychology, neurology, other branches of neuroscience, educational psychology, and speech-language pathology. This symposium is organized to highlight and bring to the attention of a broad audience of students, researchers and professionals clinical implications of speech-language research, as applied to speech and language processing, including dyslexia.
To accentuate the role of linguistics as a common denominator in this branch of neuroscience, the symposium is organized as a satellite to the 31st TABU-dag (3-4 June), the annual international linguistics conference at the University of Groningen.

Date: June 2, 2010.
Venue: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Oude Boteringestraat 33, Groningen

12.15 Arrival; Coffee
12.35 Welcome
12.45 Pascal van Lieshout: Dynamical aspects of speech motor control: Potential sources of variability and its impact on the production of speech.
13.15 Hayo Terband and Ben Maassen: Computational modeling of neuromotor speech disorders in childhood
13.45 Coffee/Tea break
14.00 Aryan van der Leij: Dyslexia as a basic learning disorder: Evidence from brain and behavior studies
14.30 Natasha Maurits: Simultaneous EEG-fMRI: principles and applications in language research
15.00 Roelien Bastiaanse: Verbs in aphasia: From theory to therapy
15.30 Coffee/Tea break
16.15 Oratie: Ben Maassen (in Dutch): Dyslexie. Neurocognitieve oorzaken van taalvaardigheidstekort

Roelien Bastiaanse (PhD) professor of neurolinguistics at University of Groningen and University Medical Centre Groningen
Aryan van der Leij (PhD) professor of special education at University of Amsterdam
Pascal van Lieshout (PhD) associate professor of speech science at the University of Toronto
Ben Maassen (PhD) professor of dyslexia at University of Groningen and University Medical Centre Groningen
Natasha Maurits (Ph.D.) professor of biomedical signal analysis at University Medical Centre Groningen
Hayo Terband (MA) PhD student at University Medical Centre Groningen

The symposium is supported by the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) and the School of Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN).
Admission is free; participants are requested to subscribe at the following address:

University of Groningen
Faculty of Arts, Secretariat of the Dutch Department
PO Box 716
9700 AS Groningen, The Netherlands

Email: seccnl(removeme)
Language and Speech Colloquium, Radboud University Nijmegen, June 2 2010

Language and Speech Colloquium

Radboud University Nijmegen

speakers: Simon Brouwer (OpenTaal)

Antal van de Bosch (Tilburg University)

topic: Language technology: Bridging the gap between open source and research

time: Wednesday 2 June, 10:45 – 12:15

place: Erasmusplein 1 (Erasmus building), room EL 2.62, Nijmegen

10.45h Language should be free

Simon Brouwer (OpenTaal)

OpenTaal is a community project that aims for providing free Dutch linguistics resources,
primarily (but not exclusively) for use in open source software. It is mostly known for its
Dutch spell checking word list, that has received official certification from the Nederlandse Taalunie, and that is used in among others and Mozilla Firefox/Thunderbird.

Simon Brouwer, a long standing member of this community, will present the achievements so far and show what a volunteer community is capable of when getting some help from Dutch and international linguists.

The possibilities to contribute to society in this way will be discussed as well as the
challenges that the project is facing. In what ways can the cooperation with the scientific community be intensified?

11.30h Echoes of lost memories: Progress versus preservation in NLP research software

Antal van de Bosch (Tilburg University)

When Ph.D. students or post-doc researchers leave their lab, they tend to leave behind a treasure trove of software. However, the conditions in which this software is usually kept often bars it from ever being used again. Paradoxically, much of this software is declared open source, or would be if the issue would arise. If the software would be available to the outside world (preferably in a reasonable state of being documented and packaged), it could seriously benefit the research of others, or perhaps even the public at large.

On the positive side, this issue has been noted, and in the past decade attempts have been made to avoid the road to oblivion. I present two cases in point. The first, NeXTeNS ("Nederlandse Extensie voor Tekst naar Spraak"), funded by the Dutch Foundation for Speech Technology, was a joint Nijmegen-Tilburg venture to salvage various components of text-to-speech synthesis, developed at various universities by several researchers over time, and integrate them into one working open source tool. The second, Tadpole, implements an extendible open-source NLP pipeline for Dutch, drawing on modules that were mostly developed during the 1990s at the universities of Tilburg and Antwerp.

In the talk I try to formulate best practices and recommendations, and discuss them in light of over-arching developments in programmes such as STEVIN and CLARIN-NL. I also critically review the usability of NLP research software outside the research realm, e.g. on the average user's desktop or on mobile devices.
Workshop New Approaches to Russian syntax, CLCG Groningen, June 2 2010
The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen announces a workshop on "New Approaches to Russian syntax", to be held on June 2, 2010, from 10:00 on (Zernikezaal, Academiegebouw). This workshop is organized in conjunction with the 31st TABU-dag (June 3-4), and we hope people will be tempted to spend some time in Groningen to attend these interesting events. For further information, see:

or contact Aysa Arylova (a.arylova(removeme)
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 ( 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

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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:
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 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 All those interested are cordially invited and the admission is free.
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
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 ( 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)

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

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: .

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

Comparative Indo-European Linguistics
Leiden University
PO Box 9515
NL-2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands
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:
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)

Meeting URL:
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 :

Contact: Nils Langer, Reader in German Linguistics, School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol,



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:

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)
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


The workshop is organized as part of the NWO Internationalization Network Forms and Functions of Prosody (
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:
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:

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:
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Two PhD positions at the ILLC in Amsterdam on inquisitive semantics, logic, and pragmatics. Deadline: May 22 2010
The Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation of the University of Amsterdam invites applications for 2 PhD positions within the research programme: The Inquisitive Turn. A New Perspective on Semantics, Logic, and Pragmatics.

Applications are expected before May 22.

For the full job announcement see:

For more information on the project see:
Lecturer (Universitair Docent) English language and linguistics (0,8 fte), Groningen University. Deadline: May 25 2010

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen counts among the best universities in the world. A wide variety of disciplines is offered in an internationally oriented institution. The university is rooted in the North of The Netherlands. Our researchers and lecturers are inspired academics and socially active, our student body is ambitious. We respect the differences in talent, ambitions and performance of the 25.000 students and members of staff. The university provides a career advisory service for partners of new staff who move to Groningen.

The Faculty of Arts is a large dynamic faculty in the heart of the city of Groningen. Over 5000 students and 700 members of staff are working at the frontiers of knowledge every day. With 19 Bachelor's degree programmes and more than 35 Master's degree programmes, the faculty focuses on the study of the languages, cultures and history of Europe, the Mediterranean area and the North American continent. Special attention is paid to the language, culture and history of The Netherlands and particularly the Northern Netherlands region. The faculty organizes a large number of interdisciplinary programmes. Research at the Faculty of Arts is highly regarded in the various academic fields. The faculty has one local research school, the Groningen Research School for the Study of the Humanities. In addition, there are three research institutes within the Faculty of Arts.

The Department of English Language and Culture is responsible for the Bachelor and Master's programmes in English Language and Culture as well as for English proficiency Minors in other departments of the Faculty of Arts. The Department also offers the Master specialization Writing, Editing and Mediating.

The Department of English language and Culture is seeking to appoint a Lecturer (universitair docent) English language and linguistics.
Job description
The objective of the position is to teach and conduct research in the field of English language and linguistics and in English language proficiency. You will contribute to the teaching across the curriculum (BA and MA) and to the evaluation of the framework and implementation of course components, including making proposals with regard to possible improvements in the teaching and/or content of these course components. You will test academic achievement, using assessment methods developed and/or approved by the university's educational institute for this purpose. In addition, the duties of the successful candidate also include participation in work groups and committees (management and administration). The supervision of undergraduate and graduate students plays an important part in the position. The teaching duties will be concentrated on language variation, including world varieties of English and sociolinguistics. A contribution to the Department's proficiency teaching and to modules in the MA Writing, Editing and Mediating will also be expected. The successful candidate will furthermore be expected to contribute to research within the research institute Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG). The position of 0.8 fte comprises 0.6 fte teaching and 0.2 fte research time.
Besides some basic competences that the University asks from their employees like excellent social and communicative skills, presentation skills, coaching skills and result orientation, candidates are expected to:
• hold a PhD in English Language and Culture or a related field
• possess native or near-native knowledge of English
• possess a good knowledge of Dutch, or be willing to learn Dutch within 2 years
• have wide experience with various teaching methods and with student supervision
• be able to work constructively and with collegiality in a team
• have organisational qualities and communication skills
• be legally eligible to work in The Netherlands.
The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience with a minimum of € 3,195 (salary scale 11) up to a maximum of € 4,970 per month (salary scale 12) for a full-time position. The appointment will be for a period of two years, with the prospect of renewal for a further three years, subject to appraisal in the second year of appointment.

Appointment commences: 16.08.2010.

Apply before: 25.05.2010.
Please submit in your curriculum vitae a statement on teaching and the names of two referees

A short lecture can be part of the selection procedure.

The university is an equal opportunities employer. As women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.
For information you can contact:
Dr M.S. Schmid, +31 50 3632063, m.s.schmid(removeme)
Ms J. Oosterheert for practical information about the application procedure/conditions of employment, +31 50 3635931, j.oosterheert(removeme)

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 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)
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.
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”
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), Prof. Dominique Willems (Dominique.Willems(removeme) en Dr. Bernard De Clerck (Bernard.DeClerck(removeme) 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:
Calls for papers for events
Final call for papers for Workshop Computational Linguistics - Applications (CLA'10), Poland. Deadline: May 31 2010
The CLA is located within the framework of the IMCSIT conference to create a dialog between researchers and practitioners involved in Computational Linguistics and related areas of Information Technology.

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.

Paper Topics
This call is for papers that present research and developments on all aspects of Natural Language Processing used in real-life applications, such as (this list is not exhaustive):

ambiguity resolution • anaphora resolution • applied CL software and systems • computational morphology • computational phonology • corpus annotation • corpus-based language modeling • creation of lexical resources • dialogue systems • emotions and personality modeling • entity recognition • extraction of linguistic knowledge from text corpora • information retrieval and information extraction • lexical resources • machine learning methods applied to language processing • machine translation and translation aids • multi-lingual dialogue systems • ontology and taxonomy evaluation • opinion mining and sentiment classification • paraphrasing and entailment • parsing issues • parts-of-speech tagging • proofing tools • prosody in dialogues • que stion answering • semantic networks and ontologies • semantic role labeling • semantic web • speech recognition and generation • summarization • text classification • text summarization • word sense disambiguation

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

Several good reasons to be there, in the order of their importance.

0) Why not?

1) CLA is organized for the third time in the scope of IMCSIT which is a multiconference gathering people from different fields of the IT&Computer Science. Paying for one you can attend a dozen of different seminars and workshops, including some of the fields close to the computational linguistics, like AIAA which is about the advances in AI. List of all events can be found at:

2) Apart from the scientists from all around the world you will also meet two hundredth or so Polish IT professionals. The annual gathering of PIPS (the society organizing both events) is taking place in parallel to IMCSIT under the same roof; social events are common for both. You can meet people who are kind of opinion leaders think-tank for Polish IT. It is always good to extend your network.

3) CLA is young yet growing fast. We have applied an inclusive model of building the Programme Committee, by inviting authors of the best papers to the PC of next year. If you'll be ranked above 4,4/5 we will be honored to have you in CLA '11 PC. Since the workshop is growing it may be useful for your academic career to deliver a really good paper.

4) Your paper will be reviewed by four reviewers; two from the academia and two from the industry. You will have to convince practitioners about the practical usefulness of your solution at the same time keeping proper level of the scientific part of it. Quite a challenge, but worth to be taken, we believe.

5) Poland seems to be interesting place nowadays as the only European country with the positive economy growth over last year, come and learn why. The area where a conference takes place belongs to the most picturesque parts of Polish mountains. The only thing we can not promise is the weather. At that period of the year it happens to be nice and in that case place looks really great, but sometimes it is awful. So trace the weather report on the conference page before you go.

6) If it will go wrong with the weather you do not have to go outside the venue at all. It is a huge hotel with SPA, swimming pools, saunas, salt baths a.s.o. There are also bars, restaurants, disco, bowling, gym, snooker. You name it. The long-lasting tradition of the conference is its great social spirit. If you are kind of shy, there will be a lot of occasions to socialize. If you do not need it, hotel is big enough to hide.

7) Price is moderate as for the scope of the event and the standard of the venue. We will publish price-list late July but it will definitely not exceed euro 700 for all. All means attendance, paper publication, breaks, gala diner, swimming pool access, three nights in the single room, three meals per day and social events. If you wish to make a trip we will assist you in arranging it. Krakow (Cracow, former Polish capital, the most "Italian" Polish city) and Oswiecim (where Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz was located) are in two hours drive distance from Wisla.

8) Reaching Poland is easy. There are a lot of flights many of them operated by the budget lines. You should fly Katowice (KTW) but Krakow (KRK) will do as well. We will provide participants with transportation from Bielsko-Biala railway station (you can get there from Warsaw - WAW, by train).

Well, eight reasons is a round number as for the IT/CS person, so if you are convinced please first look at the important dates next check the papers from the previous years, learn about the papers' format and deliver on time at
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, 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:

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:
Call for papers for Workshop on pluractionality, August 26 2010 LUCL Leiden. Deadline: June 1 2010
Workshop on pluractionality: towards a typology of verbal plurality
On 26 August 2010 LUCL will host a workshop on pluractionality, organized by members of the NWO VIDI-project Degrees across categories.
The webapge of the workshop:

Call for papers
Workshop on pluractionality: towards a typology of verbal plurality
Invited speaker: Sigrid Beck ( Universität Tübingen)
In the descriptive literature the phenomenon of pluractionality has a long history even if not necessarily under this label. Quite recently, there has also been an increase of interest in the phenomenon in the formal semantic literature, especially since Lasersohn (1995). Researchers have been looking not only at traditionally pluractional languages such as many Amerindian or African languages, but also at languages such as Germanic or Romance where certain phenomena and constructions – often traditionally analyzed as aspectual – have been analyzed as involving pluractional operators (see for instance Van Geenhoven 2005). This raises the question of what the limits of pluractionality are – what should be included and what is outside the domain of the phenomenon. For that purpose, cooperation of descriptive and formal linguists is crucial as the theoretical predictions of various approaches need to be compared with the empirical findings in many different languages.

In this workshop we would like to bring together researchers working on pluractionality both in traditional pluractional languages and on similar phenomena in languages that do not have morphological marking of event plurality. The goal of this workshop is to increase the understanding of various aspects of pluractionality. We are interested in talks discussing the relation between the following formally different ways of encoding event plurality: morphological pluractionality and event plurality marked by other means (e.g. by the use of specific constructions). This kind of investigation necessarily leads to the relation between pluractionality and aspect, as the so called pluractional constructions in “non-pluractional” languages generally manifest only the temporal “flavor” of pluractionality (roughly corresponding to the so called event number from Corbett 2000). It is clear that pluractionality and aspect or aktionsart are closely related categories. However, the exact nature of the connection remains elusive. In connection to that it is important to look at issues such as the relation between temporal pluractionality (or, event number, potentially identical to certain “aspects”) and participant-based pluractionality (or, participant number). Participant-based pluractionality is not really comparable to aspect, although many languages do use a single marker for both temporal and participant-based plurality. Apart from these inter-related issues, the workshop is open to other contributions that will throw new light on pluractionality, e.g., the specialization in meaning in the case of multiple pluractional markers in a language, comparison of plurality in the nominal and verbal domains, or interaction of pluractional morphology with other kinds of verbal morphology

Date: 26 August 2010, following on the 40th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics (CALL)
Venue: Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
Organizers: Kate?ina Sou?kovį and Jenny Doetjes
Abstracts: Anonymous 1 page anonymous abstracts must be submitted prior to 1 June 2010 by email to CALL(removeme); make sure you write your name, email address and affiliation in the mail and mention ‘Workshop on pluractionality’ in the subject line.

Notification of acceptance: 15 June 2010
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)

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) and José Sanders (j.sanders(removeme)

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)

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) and Maarten Steenmeijer (m.steenmeijer(removeme)

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)


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) 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)
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 ( 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) 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? (
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)
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) 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 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 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

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 (

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

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

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 or talentendag(removeme)

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, Mei 2008
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