May 7th, 2010

LOT Announcements / events
LOT Summer School 2010 - Nijmegen- Registration Prolonged!
LOT Summer School 2010, Nijmegen: new course by professor Lou Boves

We are please to announce that professor Lou Boves (University of Nijmegen) will be teaching a course during the next Summer School in Nijmegen. We have not yet received the details of the course but please visit professor Boves’ website for an indication:
If you are interested in language and speech, check the LOT website regularly for any update.

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

Op 29 april verschijnt het Kennislink-seksdossier. Speciaal voor dit dossier twee nieuwe publicaties over sexy taalgebruik.

Mag het een toontje lager?
Waarom mannen houden van vrouwen met hoge stemmen, waarom vrouwen houden van mannen met lage stemmen en waarom zowel mannen als vrouwen houden van monotone stemmen.

Over bambiseks, ecocondooms en seksotels
Alles over seksuele neologismen zoals ecoseks, breezerseks en cyberseks.
Lectures / talks
Language and Speech Colloquium, Radboud University Nijmegen, May 12 2010

speakers: Mandy Schiffrin (Q-go)

Jakub Zavrel (Textkernel)

topic: Customer Interaction

time: Wednesday 12 May, 10:45 – 12:15

place: Erasmusplein 1 (Erasmus building), room EL 2.51, Nijmegen

10.45h Making sense of nonsense

Mandy Schiffrin (Q-go)

Q-go's main strength in the website search market is the unparalleled relevance of the answers returned to a user by our technology. If a user is obtaining the information he wants simply and quickly, he is more likely to be satisfied by a company's customer service and less likely to utilise more expensive means of communication such as email or telephone. This, put simply, is the heart of Q-go, this is what we sell: Relevant Online Answers, Better Customer Service.

Nevertheless, despite our consistent excellence, not all user queries are successfully dealt with. In this talk, I will outline the various reasons why searches can fail and what solutions can be applied in these cases. I will present a study of 14 months' data looking in detail at cases where the user got no results, or where the results that were shown were insufficient for the user's needs and intentions. I will then present the various projects underway at Q-go to help the user get to the information he really needs.

11.30h Eliminating Barriers in Recruitment by Document Understanding

Jakub Zavrel (Textkernel)

A person looking for a job is often more demotivated by the recruitment process online than encouraged to develop a good image of their potential employer. When you react to an online job ad, you are sometimes asked to fill out long detailed application forms, duplicating the information already present in your CV. The last question on the form, which may take up to 45 minutes to complete, is in many cases: "Please attach your CV".

At Textkernel we see the applicant as a client, and the recruitment process as a sale that needs to be closed. Textkernel uses advanced machine learning based Document Understanding models in order to reverse the traditional process. Our CV parsing software first accurately extracts information from the uploaded document, and uses this to pre-populate the application form, that candidates can then correct. In this way, it speeds up the data entry process and makes the candidate more motivated. For the employer, this means a higher conversion rate on their e-recruitment website traffic and a database of more consistent and complete candidate profiles.

In the talk I will discuss the technology we use at Textkernel for CV parsing, and several contexts in which our software is used to eliminate the candidate data entry barrier.
The second barrier we are trying to eliminate with our technology is that the recruiter has a hard time finding the right candidate in their databases. I will discuss several routes how automatically marked up documents can be used to improve search.
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Students' Conference on Linguistics (XLVII. StuTS) Mainz, May 12-16 2010
Countdown: 50 days until the opening of the next StuTS:

The forthcoming Students' Conference on Linguistics (XLVII. StuTS)
will be held from 12 through 16 May 2010 in Mainz.

Registration for the upcoming StuTS
(you can actually register now!)

The following conference (XLVIII. StuTS)
will be held in November 2010 in Potsdam.

Workshop on IT Methods for Investigating the History of Contact in Amazonia, Radboud University Nijmegen, May 19 2010
Erasmusgebouw 2.16, RU
10:00 - 17:00

The South American Languages research group within the Traces of Contact project at Radboud University Nijmegen is hosting a one-day workshop to share ideas and identify possibilities for collaboration with the Lund University project on the Prehistory of Amazonian Languages: Cultural and Ecological Processes Underlying Linguistic Differentiation.

The workshop will focus on the technological aspects of the two investigations, which include phylogenetic approaches and the use of GIS components. Presentations will be 40 minutes in length, with roughly half for the talk and half for hands-on practice and discussion.

10:00 – 10:15 Loretta O’Connor/Pieter Muysken, RU
Introduce the main questions of the day
10:15 – 10:55 Harald Hammerström, RU
On the Traces of Contact project IT profile
10:55 – 12:15 Love Eriksen, Lund University
On the Lund Amazonia project & GIS and two case studies of Traces of Contact languages
13:15 – 13:55 Joshua Birchall, RU
On the position of Oro Win in Chapacuran
13:55 – 14:35 Sergio Meira, RU
On the meeting of Cariban & Tupķ: state of the question
14:45 – 15:25 Olga Krasnoukhova, RU
On the geographic distribution of semantic features in demonstratives in Amazonia
15:25 – 16:05 Rik van Gijn, RU
On the geographic distribution of patterns in subordination in South America
16:05 – 17:00 Q&A, demos, discussion

Please contact Loretta O'Connor, l.oconnor(removeme), with any questions.
Traces of Contact Research Project, Languages in Contact
Radboud University Nijmegen Center for Language Studies
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:
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)
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

E smiedema(removeme)

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 organiseren de Universiteit Utrecht en de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam een tweedaags symposium “Uitgesproken Engels” over de uitspraak van het Engels in Nederland. Meer informatie en de call voor papers is te vinden op:
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:
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:
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
Professorship in Second Language Acquisition and cross-linguistic diversity, Radboud University Nijmegen. Deadline: May 8 2010
Vacancy number 23.11.10
Job title Professor of Second Language Acquisition and cross-linguistic Diversity

Scope 1.0 FTE

Department English Language and Culture

Salary Commensurate with qualifications and level of experience, between € 4,904 and € 7,142 gross per month, based on full-time employment

Salary scale Payment classification according to Professor 2 (H2) scale

Description of the faculty/department Radboud University Nijmegen is strategically located in Europe and is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. Established in 1923 and situated in the oldest city of The Netherlands, it has nine faculties and enrolls over 17.500 students in 107 study programmes. Our personal style of teaching - offering plenty of opportunity to work closely with instructors and fellow students in small seminars, offers a rich educational environment. It’s a place with a personal touch, with top-flight teaching and research, on a beautiful green campus, in modern buildings, with state-of-the-art facilities.

The Faculty of Arts consists of ten departments in the areas of language and culture, history, history of arts, linguistics and business communication, which together cater for about 2.900 students and collaborate closely in teaching and research.

The department of English Language and Culture is one of the largest departments within the Faculty of Arts, and offers the Bachelor programme English Language and Culture and the Master programmes English Language and Culture and American Studies. The department has two chairs: English Linguistics and English and American Literature and Culture.

Research in the Faculty of Arts is embedded in two research institutes: the institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies (HLCS) and the Centre for Language Studies (CLS).

Job description As Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Cross-Linguistic Diversity, you will be giving new and further impetus to teaching and research in this area, building bridges between English Linguistics and the departments of Linguistics and Business Communication Studies. Your research-oriented courses are taught for students in the departments of English and Linguistics. In your teaching, the emphasis will be on theory and praxis of second language acquisition.

Research in second language acquisition and cross-linguistic diversity is embedded in the research institute CLS and will fit one of the CLS research programmes ( CLS research combines theoretical inspiration with a strong empirical and experimental orientation, and is explicitly interdisciplinary in nature; collaborative partners include the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, both on campus. Your research strengthens our research lines in second language acquisition and use generally, and addresses issues of multilingualism related to contact between linguistically diverse languages.

In addition to teaching and research, you will have administrative responsibilities related to the chair of English linguistics, the department of English Language and Culture, and where appropriate, the Faculty of Arts.
Job requirements As candidate for this position you:
• have a doctoral degree in linguistics with a specialization relevant to the position, preferably second language acquisition, multilingualism or psycholinguistic processing;
• hold a prominent position within the international community in second language acquisition research;
• have a large number of relevant publications in leading international publication outlets to your name;
• are able to supervise doctoral research effectively and to a high standard;
• have proven successful in acquiring external research funding;
• are an inspiring and demanding teacher, with ample teaching experience at both Bachelor and Master level, who is willing to integrate ICT into your teaching;
• have an interest and experience in administrative tasks and management;
• are a native speaker of English, or have near-native command of English;

Given the current composition of the professorial staff in the Faculty of Arts, we are looking especially for a strong female candidate..

Other information A brief profile is available upon request from the Personnel Department of the Faculty of Arts, Tel. +31 (0)24 361 2916, e-mail PO(removeme)

The selection process may include a sample lecture or an assessment.


Additional information about person 1 Prof. A. van Kemenade, chair of English Linguistics, Tel. +31 (0)24 361 1422/16034, A.v.Kemenade(removeme)

Additional information about person 2 Prof. P.L.M. Sars, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Tel. +31 (0)24 361 2171, P.Sars(removeme)

Term of contract Temporary appointment for 2 years, with the possibility of extension/permanent employment.

Applications Please send your letter of application (stating vacancy number XXX) before May 8th 2010 to:
Faculty of Arts
Prof. P.L.M. Sars
PO Box 9103
6500 HD Nijmegen
E-mail: facbureau(removeme)

Start of procedure
Closing date
1 PhD position: Perception of speaking fluency (1,0), UIL OTS Utrecht. Deadline: May 10 2010
Faculty of Humanities
Utrecht University is one of Europe’s largest and most prominent institutions for research and education. The Faculty of Humanities, with nearly 7.000 students and nearly 900 staff members, offers an inspiring and dynamic working environment. Our research and education programmes focus on language, culture, history, arts, literature, media, philosophy and theology. We pay special attention to interdisciplinary and international collaboration. The research programmes are organised in four institutes, among which is Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS), which covers all research in linguistics at the faculty.

The Institute
About 100 researchers are affiliated to the UiL OTS, with 19 professors, a dozen postdocs en around 40 PhD-researchers. The goal of the UiL OTS is to develop scientific expertise in the area of language, speech, and their usage. The Utrecht University Graduate School of Humanities monitors and guarantees the outstanding quality of education programmes for Research Master and PhD-researchers.

This research is carried out within the research programme of the UiL OTS, and particularly within the project “Oral Fluency: production and perception”. The research focuses on second language speaking fluency. This project, funded by Pearson Language Testing and Utrecht University, investigates the construct of fluency from two viewpoints: the point of view of the listener and the point of view of the speaker. Within the research team, supervised by Dr. Nivja de Jong and Prof. Dr. Ted Sanders, expertise is present in the area of language use and discourse representation, phonetics, second language speaking proficiency, and methodology and statistics.

In this research programme UiL OTS is offering a PhD-position.

1 PhD position: Perception of speaking fluency (1,0)
Starting date 1-9-2010, vacancy number 681016

Project content
Some people speak more fluently than others, with fewer and/or shorter pauses, a relatively fast speaking rate, and with few “uhm”’s. These individual differences exist for native speakers, and they also exist for non-native speakers. For non-native speakers, part of these hesitations are related to language proficiency. In testing second language oral proficiency, therefore, fluency is an important component. The PhD-candidate will investigate which aspects of speech play a role in the perception of fluency, and in the judging of fluency. The research is carried out using listening experiments in which several aspects of (second language) speech is manipulated, such as pausing behaviour, speech rate, and the use of filled pauses such as “uhm”’s. This project has a clear applied linguistic focus, because for the purpose of second language testing it is crucial to have a good understanding of fluency perception and the judgement of fluency.

The PhD project involves training in research and completion of a PhD dissertation within 3 (maximally 3.5) years with 1.0 FTE. As part of her/his training, the PhD student will take courses offered by the National Graduate School in Linguistics (LOT).
Required qualifications
We are looking for an ambitious student who is willing and able to work in a closely collaborating team.
Candidates must hold an MA in (applied) linguistics or psycholinguistics, must have experience with the analysis of speech, and have outstanding proficiency in Dutch and English. Candidates are experienced in experimental research, preferably in conducting listening experiments. Experience in statistics and proven affinity with research on second language proficiency are recommendations. The candidate must have an MA degree in hand one month prior to the starting date.

Work conditions
The successful candidate is offered a one-and-a-half-year employment contract as AiO (“Assistant in Opleiding” -- research trainee) with the possibility of renewal with two years maximum, after evaluation. The AiO will receive a gross monthly salary of €2042 during the first year (1.0 FTE), and €2612 during the fourth year. The AiO will be offered the opportunity to participate in the "Academic Professionalism" scheme, which involves coaching and courses in general skills. We also offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.
UIL-OTS features a stimulating, innovative, and internationally oriented research environment which offers opportunities for a broad professional development. Courses are offered by internationally renowned experts, while possibilities for conference visits are plentiful. We offer excellent experimental facilities and computational support.

For furhter information, please contact the project supervisor dr. Nivja de Jong, (030) 253 6150, e-mail For information about the PhD-postition, contact the UiL OTS PhD-coordinator dr. Maaike Schoorlemmer, (030) 253 6183, e-mail You might also like to consult our institute’s website:

How to apply
Applications should include a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, two references (or contact details of two referees), an MA thesis, and a list of academic courses including results.
E-mail applications in pdf or doc format should be sent to, and should specify the applicant's name and the vacancy number (681016) in the topic as well as the message text. Please also include a list of attachments in the message, and specify your name in the filename and text of each attachment. E-mail applications have our preference.
Hard copy applications (or partial applications) should be sent to the Personnel Department, Kromme Nieuwegracht 46, 3512 HJ Utrecht, The Netherlands with the vacancy number clearly marked on the envelope.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 10 May, 2010.
Interviews are planned on May 25th and 27th.
Voor de afdeling Taalbank Nederlands zoekt het Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie een lexicoloog/taalkundige (40 uur), INL Leiden. Deadline: 10 mei 2010
De medewerker maakt deel uit van een interdisciplinair team dat werkt aan de ontwikkeling en opbouw van de Taalbank Nederlands. In de Taalbank Nederlands worden gedigitaliseerde teksten en woordenboeken vanaf de vroegste periode van het Nederlands tot heden voor vakspecialisten en het brede publiek ontsloten. Daarvoor werken we aan lexiconbouw, corpusbouw en verrijking, van zowel historisch als modern materiaal, waarbij voor het laatste met name gekeken zal worden naar de mogelijkheden van het web als corpus. De verrijking van het materiaal gaat van minimaal lemmatisering, naar part of speech tagging, syntactische parsing en uiteindelijk semantische annotatie.

- voltooide studie Nederlands (minimaal MA) met specialisatie moderne taalkunde
- aantoonbare ervaring met corpuslinguļstiek en minstens twee van de deelgebieden morfologie, syntaxis, semantiek
- aantoonbare onderzoekservaring
- inzicht in de mogelijkheden van informatietechnologie;
- toepassingsgerichte instelling en flexibele werkhouding
- zowel zelfstandig als in teamverband kunnen werken
- ervaring met de aansturing en begeleiding van medewerkers is een pre

Initiatief; zelfstandigheid; probleemanalyse; planning en organisatie.

Wij bieden
De aanstelling is voorshands voor twee jaar. Het salaris bedraagt maximaal euro 4395 (schaal 11 cao WVOI) en is afhankelijk van leeftijd en ervaring.

Inlichtingen over deze functie kunnen worden ingewonnen bij Katrien Depuydt, hoofd Taalbank Nederlands: katrien.depuydt(removeme)

Heeft u interesse in deze functie, zorg dan dat uw sollicitatie voor 10 mei a.s. aankomt bij Jeannine Beeken, directeur Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie, Postbus 9515, 2300 RA Leiden of via het
e-mailadres: secretariaat(removeme)
Vacature lexicoloog/taalkundige (40 uur) bij INL Leiden. Deadline: 10 mei 2010
Voor de afdeling Descriptie en Productie bij het Algemeen Nederlands Woordenboek (ANW) zoekt het Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie een

lexicoloog/taalkundige (40 uur)

De werkzaamheden bestaan onder meer uit het schrijven van woordenboekartikelen en het verrichten van metalexicografisch onderzoek ten behoeve daarvan.

Kandidaten hebben een voltooide universitaire opleiding op het gebied van de taalwetenschap/ Nederlandse taal en beschikken daarnaast over kennis en ervaring op het gebied van de lexicografie en lexicologie. Verder wordt kennis verondersteld van relevante deelgebieden vanuit de corpuslinguļstiek en de information retrieval. Ervaring met het schrijven/redigeren van taalkundige artikelen is vereist.
Men moet in staat zijn zeer nauwgezet en zelfstandig te werken en daarnaast ook in teamverband. Tot het profiel behoren verder kwalificaties als resultaatgericht, planmatig, creatief en initiatiefrijk.

Initiatief; zelfstandigheid; probleemanalyse; planning en organisatie.

Wij bieden
De aanstelling is voorshands voor twee jaar. Het salaris bedraagt maximaal euro 4395 (schaal 11 cao WVOI) en is afhankelijk van leeftijd en ervaring.

Inlichtingen over deze functie kunnen worden ingewonnen bij Tanneke Schoonheim, hoofdredacteur ANW: tanneke.schoonheim(removeme)

Heeft u interesse in deze functie, zorg dan dat uw sollicitatie voor 10 mei a.s. aankomt bij Jeannine Beeken, directeur Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie, Postbus 9515, 2300 RA Leiden of via het
e-mailadres: secretariaat(removeme)
Universitair docent Taal & Communicatie (specialisatie Franse Taalkunde) v/m (0,7 fte), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Deadline: 10 mei 2010
Vacaturenummer: 1.2010.00118

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

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

* Interactie en discourse analyse (media en politiek discourse)

* Argumentatie in discourse

* Interculturele communicatie


* Bij het onderwijs ligt de nadruk op het verzorgen van colleges op het terrein van Franse taalkunde en Franse taalvaardigheid. De betrokken opleidingen zijn op bachelorniveau Franse taal & cultuur en Communicatie & Informatiewetenschap (CIW), en op masterniveau Franse taal & cultuur. Vast onderdeel in het onderwijs is de begeleiding van scripties.

* Uw onderzoek dient aan te sluiten bij dat van de onderzoeksgroep Language Cognition and Communication, die een onderdeel vormt van het interuniversitaire onderzoeksinstituut Camera []

* Verder wordt van u verwacht dat u in staat bent managementtaken binnen de afdeling uit te voeren.


* U hebt een (near)native beheersing van de Franse taal.

* U hebt een goede beheersing van het Nederlands en van het Engels.

* U bent gepromoveerd op het terrein van de Franse taalkunde.

* U heeft expertise op het terrein van de pragmatiek en de discourse analyse, in het bijzonder op het terrein van media en politiek discourse, en van inter/crossculturele communicatie.

* U heeft expertise op het terrein van de Franstalige linguļstische literatuur.

* U heeft gepubliceerd in nationale en internationale tijdschriften.

* U bent een enthousiasmerende, flexibele en ervaren docent(e.

* U bent in staat gebleken managementtaken efficiėnt en zorgvuldig uit te voeren.

* U beschikt over de basiskwalificatie Onderwijs(BKO) of bent bereid dit te behalen.


De arbeidsovereenkomst wordt aangegaan voor een periode van twee jaar. Daarna bestaat de mogelijkheid van verlenging voor langere duur. Op kun je onze arbeidsvoorwaarden uitgebreid terugvinden.


Het salarisedraagt afhankelijk van opleiding en ervaring minimaal EURO 3.195,- bruto per maand en maximaal EURO 4.374,- bruto per maand (salaris schaal 11 ) bij een voltijds dienstverband.


Voor meer informatie kunt u contact opnemen met dr. DMF. Torck, UHD Franse Taalkunde, tel. 020-5986450 (werk) en e-mail: dmf.torck(removeme)


Schriftelijke sollicitaties onder vermelding van het vacaturenummer linksboven op brief en envelop kunt u voor 10 mei 2010 richten aan de Vrije Universiteit, Faculteit der Letteren, t.a.v. dr. G. Nijsten, directeur bedrijfsvoering, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam of per e-mail naar vacature(removeme)

Acquisitie naar aanleiding van deze advertentie wordt niet op prijs gesteld.
Vacature voor een hoogleraar Taalbeheersing, Dep. Neerlandistiek UvA Amsterdam. Deadline: 15 mei 2010
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen

De Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen verzorgt onderwijs en onderzoek met een sterk internationaal profiel in een groot aantal disciplines op het gebied van taal en cultuur. De faculteit is gevestigd in het centrum van Amsterdam en onderhoudt intensieve contacten met vele culturele instellingen in de hoofdstad. Aan de faculteit zijn een kleine duizend medewerkers verbonden en circa 7.500 studenten volgen er onderwijs.

Binnen het departement Neerlandistiek bestaat een vacature voor een hoogleraar

1,0 fte

De leerstoel Taalbeheersing richt zich op onderwijs van en onderzoek naar taalbeheersing in brede zin, waaronder de argumentatie en retorica in institutionele contexten. De Faculteit der Geestesweten-schappen bestaat uit zes departementen: Geschiedenis, archeologie en regiostudies, Kunst-, religie- en cultuurwetenschappen, Mediastudies, Neerlandistiek, Taal- en letterkunde en Wijsbegeerte. Elk depar-tement is opgebouwd uit capaciteitsgroepen, die bestaan uit één of meer hoogleraren en een aantal medewerkers die werkzaam zijn op het betreffende vakgebied.
De leerstoel Taalbeheersing maakt deel uit van de capaciteitsgroep Taalbeheersing, argumentatietheo-rie en retorica van het departement Neerlandistiek. In dit departement zijn naast deze capaciteitsgroep ook de capaciteitsgroepen Nederlandse letterkunde en Nederlandse taalkunde ondergebracht. De be-treffende capaciteitsgroep bestaat op dit moment uit ruim 12 fte. Afhankelijk van financiėle ontwikke-lingen is werving van nieuwe medewerkers in de komende jaren mogelijk.

Het onderwijs richt zich met name op de bachelor en master Nederlandse taal en cultuur, de bachelor Taal en communicatie, de duale master Tekst en communicatie, de research master Rhetoric, Argu-mentation theory and Philosophy (RAP) en het mastertraject Discourse and Argumentation Studies (DASA). Ook wordt een aantal minors en keuzevakken aangeboden (zie voor het onderwijsprogram-ma de digitale onderwijsgids van de UvA: De bacheloropleidingen van de faculteit zijn ondergebracht in het College of Humanities, de masteropleidingen en het onderwijs aan promovendi in de Graduate School for Humanities.
Het onderzoek richt zich op de bestudering van taalbeheersing in brede zin, waaronder de argumenta-tie en retorica in institutionele contexten. Het onderzoek van de te benoemen hoogleraar wordt afhan-kelijk van diens voorkeur en specialisatie ondergebracht in de Amsterdam School for Cultural Analy-sis (ASCA), het Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) of het interfacultaire Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC).
De faculteit heeft voor de periode 2009-2012 drie onderzoekszwaartepunten gekozen: Cultural Herita-ge and Identities (Cultureel Erfgoed en Identiteit); Cultural Transformations and Globalization (Cultu-rele Transformaties en Globalisering); Cognitive modelling & learning (Cognitieve modellen en leer-baarheid - interfacultair). Zie voor verdere informatie over het onderzoekprogramma van de faculteit

De hoogleraar Taalbeheersing heeft door haar/zijn opleiding, door publicaties en door gegeven onder-wijs, blijk gegeven te beschikken over een gedegen kennis van het vakgebied. Zij/hij is gepromoveerd op een onderwerp binnen dit vakgebied of in een verwante discipline en overziet het vakgebied van de leerstoel als geheel.
Van de hoogleraar wordt verwacht dat zij/hij het bestaande hoogwaardige onderzoeksprofiel op het gebied van taalbeheersing, argumentatietheorie en retorica voortzet én uitbouwt. Verbreding van het profiel van de huidige groep naar de bestudering van taalgebruik, taalhandelingsaspecten en stilisti-sche verschijnselen in (schriftelijke en mondelinge) communicatie is hierbij aan de orde. Dit proces dient ook te leiden tot een heroverweging van de positionering van het vakgebied in het onderwijs, met name, maar niet noodzakelijk uitsluitend, in de research master.
De hoogleraar heeft ruime ervaring in een academische onderwijsomgeving en met het begeleiden van studenten en promovendi. Verder beschikt zij/hij over bekendheid en aantoonbare affiniteit met rele-vante ICT-ontwikkelingen op onderwijs- en onderzoekgebied. Zij/hij beschikt over een nationaal en internationaal netwerk op het vakgebied.
Wat betreft onderwijs is de hoogleraar verantwoordelijk voor het ontwikkelen en handhaven van een kwalitatief hoogwaardige en voor studenten aansprekende bijdrage op het gebied van de leeropdracht aan de genoemde opleidingen. Dit doet zij/hij in samenwerking met andere medewerkers. Zij/hij ziet er op toe dat de onderwijsprogramma’s aansluiten bij de maatschappelijke behoefte aan academici die in staat zijn hun kennis voor een breder publiek toegankelijk te maken. Bereidheid tot samenwerking met diverse onderwijseenheden binnen de universiteit en andere instellingen van hoger onderwijs is geboden. Gelet op het algemene beleid van de faculteit om voor wetenschappelijk personeel een brede onderwijsinzet na te streven wordt van de te benoemen hoogleraar verwacht dat zij/hij bereid is ook interdisciplinair en buiten haar/zijn directe vakgebied liggend onderwijs te verzorgen.
De hoogleraar wordt geacht op alle niveaus van het academisch onderwijs ervaring te hebben met de verschillende onderwijsvormen die de universiteit kent (werkgroep, hoorcollege, scriptie- en stagebe-geleiding, elk met hun eigen toetsingsmogelijkheden). Aan haar/zijn pedagogisch-didactische kwali-teiten en toegankelijkheid voor studenten worden hoge eisen gesteld. Zij/hij heeft een vloeiende be-heersing van zowel het Nederlands als het Engels; kandidaten die deze talen niet op het gewenste ni-veau beheersen, worden geacht deze competentie binnen twee jaar te verwerven.
Het belang dat de faculteit hecht aan deze leerstoel komt ook tot uitdrukking in de eisen die aan de hoogleraar worden gesteld op onderzoeksgebied. Zij/hij is gepromoveerd op een onderwerp uit het vakgebied of in een verwante discipline. Diepgaande kennis op dit gebied moet blijken uit substantiėle bijdragen aan internationale discussies over taalbeheersing in brede zin en uit publicaties, waaronder artikelen in internationale vakbladen en bundels, alsmede uit bijdragen aan het openbare debat.
Voorts wordt ervan uit gegaan dat de hoogleraar nieuw onderzoek zal entameren, waarbij niet alleen moet worden gedacht aan individuele projecten, maar ook aan grote projecten die de grenzen van het departement Neerlandistiek of de faculteit overschrijden. Zij/hij moet in staat zijn daarvoor de beno-digde middelen te verwerven uit de tweede en derde geldstroom. De begeleiding van promovendi en postdocs behoort tot haar/zijn taak; zij/hij wordt geacht over ervaring te beschikken die relevant is voor de uitoefening van deze taken. De hoogleraar wordt geacht goede contacten met het veld te on-derhouden, dan wel in staat te zijn die op te bouwen.
De hoogleraar krijgt bestuurlijke verantwoordelijkheden voor haar/zijn eigen vakgebied. Daarvoor is in de eerste plaats een inspirerend en collegiaal leiderschap noodzakelijk. Door het stimuleren en acti-veren in kritisch-positieve zin van de medewerkers draagt zij/hij bij aan de kwaliteit en het rendement op het terrein van onderwijs en onderzoek. Daartoe behoren onder meer het voeren van geregeld werkoverleg met de personeelsleden binnen de capaciteitsgroep en het houden van functionerings- en beoordelingsgesprekken.
Van de hoogleraar wordt verwacht dat zij/hij zowel binnen als buiten de faculteit algemene bestuurlij-ke en organisatorische taken op zich neemt. Concrete en aantoonbare ervaring op bestuurlijk en mana-gementgebied is in hoge mate wenselijk.
Conform universitair beleid zijn kandidaten na het behalen van de titel master of doctorandus bij voorkeur tenminste drie jaar werkzaam geweest aan een andere universiteit of wetenschappelijk on-derzoekinstituut dan de UvA, liefst in het buitenland.

Voor nadere inlichtingen kunnen geļnteresseerden zich wenden tot de secretaris van de selectiecom-missie, drs. H.A. Mulder, tel. 020-525 3066, e-mail H.A.Mulder(removeme), of tot de voorzitter, prof. dr. F.P. Weerman, tel. 020-525 4737, e-mail F.P.Weerman(removeme)

Aanstelling geschiedt in eerste instantie in tijdelijke dienst voor een periode van ten hoogste twee jaar. Bij gebleken geschiktheid volgt een aanstelling in vaste dienst. De honorering geschiedt overeenkom-stig hoogleraarsalarisschaal 2 (minimaal € 4904 en maximaal € 7142 bruto per maand bij volledige werktijd conform de salarisschaal per januari 2009). In bijzondere gevallen kan een ander pakket aan arbeidsvoorwaarden worden aangeboden.

Sollicitaties in het Nederlands of in het Engels, voorzien van curriculum vitae en publicatielijst, dienen uiterlijk op 15 mei 2010 te worden gericht aan de selectiecommissie voor de leerstoel Taalbeheersing, p/a drs. H.A. Mulder, Faculteitsbureau Geesteswetenschappen, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam, onder vermelding van “strikt vertrouwelijk” op de enveloppe.

De selectie zal worden verricht door een selectiecommissie onder leiding van de voorzitter van het departement Neerlandistiek, prof. dr. F.P. Weerman. De commissie zal mede op basis van een assess¬ment en een openbaar proefcollege een voordracht aan de decaan van de Faculteit der Geestesweten-schappen doen. De commissie zal voor het zomerreces een eerste selectie maken uit de sollicitanten en in september gesprekken voeren met de geselecteerde kandidaten.
Lecturer positions Communication and Information Sciences (3,0 fte), University of Groningen. Deadline: May 18 2010
(210160-62E). See also:

The University of Groningen was founded in 1614 and has a very good reputation. It has an international orientation and it houses a wide variety of disciplines. It is rooted in the North of the Netherlands. Our researchers and lecturers are inspired academics, our students are high level. 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 university is an equal opportunities employer. Because women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.

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 Communication and Information Sciences programme (CIW) is an interdisciplinary programme in the Faculty of Arts. CIW is one of the larger programmes in the Faculty of Arts. Every year around 120 students enter the Bachelor programme and around 60 the Master programme. The programme has an outspoken discourse-analytic orientation and covers the following areas: Organizational communication, Media communication and Computer communication. The core staff is assigned to the chair for Communication Studies. Faculty from other departments -- especially Speech Communication and Discourse Analysis and Information sciences / Humanities computing -- also teach in the programme. We collaborate with departments that offer minors in the programme (Foreign languages, Information sciences, Journalism, Linguistics). The research group Discourse & Communication is part of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG).

The department of Communication and Information Sciences offers Lecturer positions Communication and Information Sciences.
Job description
The new lecturers teach within the Communication and Information Sciences programme (60%) and do research within the Discourse & Communication group (40%). Supervision of students and course development are also important tasks. Administrative and management tasks may be part of the function.
Our new colleagues have research and teaching expertise in one (or several) of the following areas: document design, applied conversation analysis, media and computer communication. Apart from excellent communicative and didactic qualifications, we are looking for candidates who:
• have a PhD in a research area that contributes to the discourse-theoretical approach of communication processes
• have experience with teaching and research in one of the following areas: document design, applied conversation analysis, media and computer communication
• are able to develop courses and teaching formats that give shape to the profile of the CIW programme
• are professionally involved and engaged, documented by publications and other research activities
• have an excellent command of Dutch and English, or are prepared to learn Dutch within reasonable time.
The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience with a minimum of € 3,195 (salary scale 11) till a maximum of € 4,970 (salary scale 12) per month for a full-time position. Two full-time appointments will be for a period of two years. One full-time appointment will be for a period of two years, with the prospect of appointment for an indefinite period (tenure track), based on an appraisal in the second year.

Date of entry into employment commences: 1 August 2010.

A short lecture may be part of the selection procedure.
For information you can contact:
Prof. C.M. de Glopper,, or J. Oosterheert, Coordinator of Studies, +31 50 3635931, j.oosterheert(removeme)
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)

Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for Workshop NeSp-NLP, Uppsala, Sweden, July 10 2010. Deadline: May 14 2010

Workshop NeSp-NLP 2010
Negation and Speculation in Natural Language Processing

Organised by the University of Antwerp and Saarland University

July 10, 2010, Uppsala, Sweden


Papers are invited for the one-day workshop to be held in Uppsala on the 10th of July, 2010.

In recent years, research has yielded substantial progress in NLP tasks like NE recognition, WSD, parsing, semantic role labeling, and anaphora resolution among others. This has been in part supported by the organisation of shared tasks, which provide annotated data, a definition of the task and an evaluation framework, motivating researchers to develop new techniques to tackle these tasks. Other tasks like paraphrasing, summarization or textual entailment have also progressed, but results are still relatively low because deep understanding of language - mapping meaning to meaning - is necessary. This raises methodological questions. Furthermore, large scale linguistic resources are still lacking.

Negation and speculation are two phenomena involved in deep understanding of text. Both are related to expressing the factuality of statements, that is, expressing to which extent a statement is or is not a fact or a speculation. Negation turns an affirmative statement into negative (it rains/it does not rain). Speculation is used to express to which extent a statement is certain or speculated (it might rain/apparently, it will rain/ it is likely to rain/it is not clear whether it will rain/we suspect that it will rain).


In this workshop we aim at bringing together researchers working on negation and speculation from any area related to computational language learning and processing. The general goal of the workshop is to stimulate research about these topics. Specific goals are to describe the lexical aspects of negation and speculation, to define how the semantics of these phenomena can be modelled for computational purposes, to explore techniques aimed at learning the factuality of an statement, and to analyse how the treatment of these phenomena affects the efficiency of NLP applications. Finally, the workshop aims at encouraging discussion about the need of deep linguistic processing as a way to take computational linguistics a step further.

The wokshop will address the following aspects of negation and speculation, although it will be open to other related topics:

- Lexical aspects of negation and speculation
- Linguistic resources with information about negation and speculation: corpora, dictionaries, lexical databases
- Descriptive analysis of negation and speculation cues
- Negation and speculation across domains and genres
- Negation and speculation in biomedical texts and biomedical text mining
- Handling negation and speculation in NLP: dialogue systems, sentiment analysis, text mining, textual entailment, information extraction, machine translation, paraphrasing
- Learning the scope of negation and speculation cues
- Interaction of negation and speculation for evaluating the factuality of an statement
- Corpora annotation: guidelines, bootstrapping techniques, quality assessment
- Modelling factuality for computational purposes
- Algorithms to learn negation and speculation
- Structured prediction of negation and speculation
- Joint learning of negation and speculation
- Inference of factual knowledge


Authors are invited to submit full papers on original, unpublished work in the topic area of this workshop. All submissions must conform to the official ACL 2010 style guidelines and should not exceed 8 pages. Formatting instructions can be found in the ACL web page:

The reviewing of the papers will be blind and the papers should not include the authors' names and affiliations. Each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings with an ISBN.

Papers should be submitted as PDF no later than May 14, 2010, via the following website:


May 14 - Deadline for workshop papers
June 15 - Notification of acceptance
June 25 - Camera-ready papers due
July 10 - Workshop in Uppsala


Roser Morante, CLiPS-LTG, University of Antwerp
roser.morante [at] ua dot ac dot be
Caroline Sporleder, MMCI / Computational Linguistics and Phonetics, Saarland University
csporled [at] coli dot uni-sb dot de


Timothy Baldwin - University Melbourne
Aljoscha Burchardt - TU Darmstadt
Claire Cardie - Cornell University
Xavier Carreras - Technical University of Catalonia
Wendy W. Chapman - University of Pittsburgh
Kevin B. Cohen - University of Colorado
Walter Daelemans - University of Antwerp
Bonnie Dorr - University of Maryland
Roxana Girju - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sanda Harabagiu - University of Texas at Dallas
Iris Hendrickx - University of Lisbon
Veronique Hoste - University College Ghent
Halil Kilicoglu - Concordia University
Lori Levin - Carnegie Mellon University
Lluis Mąrquez - Technical University of Catalonia
Erwin Marsi - Tilburg University
Roser Morante - University of Antwerp
Arzucan Özgür - University of Michigan
Manfred Pinkal - Saarland University
Sampo Pyysalo - University of Tokyo
Owen Rambow - Columbia University
Josef Ruppenhofer - Saarland University
Roser Saurķ - Barcelona Media Innovation Center
Khalil Sima'an - University of Amsterdam
Caroline Sporleder - Saarland University
Mihai Surdeanu - Stanford University
Antal van den Bosch - Tilburg University
Michael Wiegand - Saarland University
Theresa Wilson - University of Edinburgh
Call for abstracts for Cogling days 4, Antwerp, 17th and 18th December 2010. Deadline: May 15 2010
Biannual meeting of the Belgian Netherlands Cognitive Linguistics Association (BeNeCLA)



After three fruitful meetings in Utrecht (2004), Leuven (2006) and Leiden (2008), Antwerp is hosting the fourth biannual conference of the Belgian Netherlands Cognitive Linguistics Association (BeNeCLA, ). The event is jointly organized by the University of Antwerp and Lessius University College Antwerp on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th December 2010. The two-day conference offers a venue for researchers from the Low Countries to present and discuss their research results in the various strands of cognitive linguistics. It explicitly aims at offering junior researchers, including doctoral students and postdocs, the opportunity to present their (ongoing) work. All interested scholars working in the field of cognitive linguistics or related areas are invited to submit an abstract for the conference.

Plenary speakers

Ronny Boogaart (University of Leiden)

Kristin Davidse (University of Leuven)

Irene Mittelberg (RWTH University Aachen)

Ted Sanders (University of Utrecht)


We invite abstracts for poster presentations and regular conference papers (20 min. talk plus 10 min. discussion), the length of which should not exceed 600 words, including references and data. Paper proposals are expected to clearly formulate the main research question(s), methodology, dataset and (expected) results.

They will be reviewed anonymously and cannot therefore include any reference to the identity of the author. In the body of your email, please include the following information: author's name and affiliation and title of the submission. Please also indicate whether you would like your abstract to be considered for a regular or a poster presentation.

Abstracts in Dutch or English have to be submitted electronically, as attachment files in PDF format, to the following address:


Deadline for submission: extended deadline 15th May 2010

Notification of acceptance: 20th June 2010

Scientific committee

Ronny Boogaart (Universiteit Leiden), Tine Breban (FWO- KU Leuven), Bert Cappelle (Hogeschool Gent), Alan Cienki (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Timothy Colleman (UGent), Bert Cornillie (FWO- KU Leuven), Liesbeth Degand (UCLouvain), Walter De Mulder (Universiteit Antwerpen), Jan Nuyts (Universiteit Antwerpen), Esther Pascual (RU Groningen), Elena Tribushinina (Universiteit Antwerpen), Lieven Vandelanotte (FUNDP Namur), Marjolein Verspoor (RUGroningen),

Organizing committee

Frank Brisard (Universiteit Antwerpen), Geert Brōne (Lessius Antwerp - KU Leuven), Astrid De Wit (Universiteit Antwerpen), Liesbet Heyvaert (FWO- KU Leuven), Tanja Mortelmans (Universiteit Antwerpen), Paul Sambre (Lessius Antwerp - KU Leuven)
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION AND POSTER ABSTRACTS for Bloomsday 2010: Echoes of Albion. Deadline: May 16 2010

On June 17, 2010 Robert G. Shackleton, Jr., will defend his thesis on Quantitative Assessment of English-American Speech Relationships at the University of Groningen. In honor of this event there will be a workshop on June 16, 2010 entitled "Bloomsday 2010: Echoes of Albion"
where several guest speakers will give a presentation. In addition, there will be a small poster session of about 10 posters about related themes, for example quantitative analysis of language variation in general or qualitative analysis of English or American dialects. We cordially invite researchers who would like to present their poster to submit a title and a 200-word abstract via our website (or before May 16, 2010.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent before June 1, 2010. The cost for participating in the workshop is EUR 20 including lunch or EUR 10 without lunch. Note that if you would like to join the workshop lunch, you should register as soon as possible as there are only 30 places available.

More information and the possibility to register can be found on Please feel free to forward this announcement to any colleague who might be interested in this event.

With regards,

John Nerbonne and Martijn Wieling,
University of Groningen
Call for papers for Workshop Computational Linguistics - Applications (CLA'10), Poland. Deadline: May 31 2010
Paper Topics
This call is for papers that present research and developments on all aspects of Natural Language Processing used in real-life applications, such as (this list is not exhaustive):

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

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

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

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

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

Papers Submission

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

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

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

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

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

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

The demo-poster session took place on Wednesday morning. It looked as if the participants had not celebrated too long into the Tuesday night - at 9 a.m. almost all of them were ready to put their applications under the pressure of real tests. Well, the winner did not understand the chairman's Basque too well... she obviously preferred her master, Igor.
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 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)
E. W. Beth Dissertation Prize: 2010 call for nominations. Deadline: May 16 2010
Since 2002, FoLLI (the Association for Logic, Language, and Information, awards the E.W. Beth Dissertation Prize to outstanding dissertations in the fields of Logic, Language, and Information. We invite submissions for the best dissertation which resulted in a Ph.D. degree in the year 2009. The dissertations will be judged on technical depth and strength, originality, and impact made in at least two of three fields of Logic, Language, and Computation. Interdisciplinarity is an important feature of the theses competing for the E.W. Beth Dissertation Prize.

Who qualifies.

Nominations of candidates are admitted who were awarded a Ph.D. degree in the areas of Logic, Language, or Information between January 1st,
2009 and
December 31st, 2009. There is no restriction on the nationality of the candidate or the university where the Ph.D. was granted. After a careful consideration, FoLLI has decided to accept only dissertations written in English.
produced in 2009 but not written in English or not translated will be allowed for submission, after translation, also with the call next year (for 2010).
The present call for nominations for the E.W. Beth Dissertation Award 2010 will also accept nominations of full English translations of theses originally written in another language than English and defended in 2008 or 2009.


The prize consists of:

-a certificate

-a donation of 2500 euros provided by the E.W. Beth Foundation

-an invitation to submit the thesis (or a revised version of it) to the FoLLI Publications on Logic, Language and Information (Springer). For further information on this series see the FoLLI site.

How to submit.

Only electronic submissions are accepted. The following documents are

1. The thesis in pdf or ps format (doc/rtf not accepted);

2. A ten page abstract of the dissertation in ascii or pdf format;

3. A letter of nomination from the thesis supervisor. Self-nominations are not
admitted: each nomination must be sponsored by the thesis supervisor.
The letter
of nomination should concisely describe the scope and significance of the dissertation and state when the degree was officially awarded;

4. Two additional letters of support, including at least one letter from a referee not affiliated with the academic institution that awarded the Ph.D.

All documents must be submitted electronically to buszko(removeme)
Hard copy
submissions are not admitted. In case of any problems with the email submission or a lack of notification within three working days, nominators should write to buszko(removeme)

Important dates:

Deadline for Submissions: April 30, 2010 (extended: May 16, 2010) Notification of Decision: July 20, 2010.

Committee :

Natasha Alechina (Nottingham)
Lev Beklemishev (Moscow)
Wojciech Buszkowski (chair) (Poznan)
Didier Caucal (IGM-CNRS)
Nissim Francez (Haifa)
Alexander Koller (Saarbruecken)
Alberto Policriti (Udine)
Ian Pratt-Hartmann (Manchester)
Rob van der Sandt (Nijmegen)
Colin Stirling (Edinburgh)
Rineke Verbrugge (Groningen)
Heinrich Wansing (Dresden)
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NWO-Talent Classes Spring 2010, The Hague, May 11 & June 22 2010
Invitation: NWO-Talent Classes Spring 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 Spring 2010, we will organize Talent Classes on 11 May, and 22 June. The workshops that will be held are:

11 May:

· Media training

· Moving on in your career

· Presentation

· Write it right

22 June:

· Creative thinking

· Marketing yourself effectively

· Networking

· Negotiating

These masterclasses take up one full day. The classes are in Dutch, unless indicated otherwise. 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 on to participate in the masterclasses. 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 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
De Nationale DenkTank zoekt Denkers (promovendi/pas-afgestudeerden/masterstudenten)
Begin april is de werving voor de Nationale DenkTank 2010 van start gegaan. Stichting de Nationale DenkTank is een non-profit organisatie die zich inzet om de samenwerking tussen wetenschap, overheid en bedrijfsleven te bevorderen en wil hiermee een innovatieve bijdrage leveren aan de maatschappij. De DenkTank wordt dit jaar voor de 5e keer georganiseerd. De deadline voor inschrijving is 16 mei.

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