April 8th, 2011

LOT Announcements / events
Update LOT Summer School 2011 KU Leuven, Belgium, June 13-24 2011; Registration deadline: May 13th
LOT Summer School 2011: June 13-24 2011, La Foresta Conference Centre, Leuven, Belgium

Registration is now open.

For all information on regular courses, masterclasses and local information, go to: www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2011_Summerschool_Leuven

Update LOT Summer School 2011: Program Change

The course Language & Music by Professor Glenn Schellenberg has been added to the program. More information can be found here: www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2011_Summerschool_Leuven

Popularization workshop

Professor Marc van Oostendorp will lead a 2 day workshop about popularizing linguistic research results. The workshop will be given in English and is open to all participants of the LOT Winter School. Participants are expected to send an article to LOT one week before the school. For more information about this workshop click here [add link to local info]. Please note that we may take order of registration into account if we need to limit the number of participants.

We hope to see you all there!

Best regards, the organization
Kennislink Taal & Spraak
Kennislink Taal & Spraak is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied: www.kennislink.nl/taal-en-spraak


Persoonlijkheid bepaalt taalgebruik
Lectures / talks / Colloquia
Lecture Harry van der Hulst, Leiden University, April 14 2011
Dear all,

We would like you all to a lecture given by prof. Harry van der Hulst (University of Connecticut), titled “A Minimal Framework for Vowel Harmony”. You will find the abstract below.

Marijn van 't Veer

Date: Thursday, April 14 2011
Time: 16:00 – 17:30
Location: Room 138, Reuvensplaats 2 (KITLV), Leiden


In this paper I will propose a minimal set of monovalent phonological features, among others based on the evidence coming from vowel harmony systems. Rooted in the approaches to features (or rather 'elements') within Dependency and Government phonology, I will suggest that we need exactly four elements, namely |I| ('high-front'), |U| ('back/round'), |A| ('low') and |?| ('ATR'). This proposal forms part of a broader theory ('Radical CV Phonology', RCVP; van der Hulst 2005) which organizes these elements into a segmental structure that distinguishes three gestures ('class nodes': manner, place and laryngeal). The proposed set of elements will be demonstrated by briefly analyzing several vowel harmony systems. In this model, harmonic pairs will be represented as ‘morphophonemes’, i.e. disjunctive representations that contain the harmonic element as a ‘variable’ element that needs to be licensed in order to be (phonetically) interpretable. It will be shown that licensing is local (i.e. holds between adjacent syllable heads or another between adjacent elements that the harmonic element is dependent, i.e. ‘parasitic’ on); cf. Ritter (1999). A crucial test for theories of vowel harmony is the proper treatment of so- called opaque and especially transparent vowels. In this paper I will return to an idea first suggested in van der Hulst and Smith (1986) and developed in van der Hulst (1988) which is that whether a vowel behaves transparently or opaquely can be predicted from the nature of this vowel and the specific element that is involved in the harmony: if the non-alternating vowel is incompatible with harmonic element, this vowel must be opaque. If, however, the element is compatible with the non-alternating vowel, this vowel can appear to be transparently (but it will be shown that the term ‘transparent’ is actually a misnomer). This approach, as will be shown, is crucially dependent on the specific set of monovalent elements that is being used. No other theory of vowel harmony makes this prediction. Rather, as far as I know, all other approaches predict (and are happy to admit) that any non-alternating vowel (whatever its relation to the harmonic feature or element) can behave in either way in one language or another. As might be expected, any strong theory faces empirical challenges (such as, in my case, the apparent transparency of /i/ in Mongolian rounding harmony). In this paper, I will examine the nature of such challenges.

Hulst, H. van der (2005). The molecular structure of phonological segments. In: P. Carr, J. Durand & C. Ewen (eds.). Headhood, elements, specification and contrastivity. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 193-234.
Hulst, H.G. van der (1988). The geometry of vocalic features. In: H. van der Hulst & N. Smith (eds.). Features, segmental structure and harmony processes. Dordrecht: Foris, 77-126
Hulst, H. van der and N. Smith (1986). On Neutral vowels. In: K. Bogers, H. van der Hulst & N. Smith (eds.). The phonological representation of suprasegmentals. Dordrecht: Foris, 233-281.
Ritter, N.A. (1999). ‘The effect of intrasegmental licensing conditions on elemental spreading.’ In Hannahs, S.J. & Davenport, M. (eds.) Issues in phonological structure. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 55-74.
ACLC Seminar on Correlating language change and demographic evolutions in Western Europe, Amsterdam (UVA), April 15 2011
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 420
April 15 2011, 15.30-16.45 uur
Freek van de Velde (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)


Correlating language change and demographic evolutions in Western Europe

The abstract can be found on the ACLC website:

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday. After the lectures drinks are served at the Opleiding Algemene Taalwetenschap, Spuistraat 210, third floor. For more information: aclc-fgw(removeme)uva.nl, tel. 020-5252543
Discourse op Dinsdag by Ronny Boogaart, Utrecht University, April 19 2011
Date & time: 19 April, 15:30-17:00
Location: Utrecht University, Drift 23, Room 104

Ronny Boogaart
(Leiden University)

How conditionals are different from causals

It is well known that conditional constructions may express conditional relations in different domains, such as the content domain (1), the speech act domain (2) and the epistemic domain (3) (Dancygier & Sweetser 2005).

(1) If it rains, the match will be cancelled
(2) If you need any help: my name is Ann
(3) If the lights are on, they must be home

The different uses of if in (1)-(3) clearly parallel those of causal connectors and may likewise be described in terms of categorization of relationships between events, with the different categories corresponding to different degrees of subjectivity (e.g. Sanders & Sweetser 2009). In fact, the connection between p and q in a conditional construction (if p, then q) is often of a causal nature as well: in (1), the match will obviously be cancelled because of the rain and the ‘pragmatic’ use of if in (2) and (3) may be compared, for instance, to that of the Dutch causal connector want.
However, by focusing on the different kinds of relationships between p and q, a crucial aspect of conditionals is neglected, namely their argumentative function in discourse: conditional constructions typically function as a premise for a conclusion, which may be presented in the surrounding discourse but may also be implicit. In my talk, I will illustrate the role of this ‘intersubjective’ dimension by discussing different conditional constructions of Dutch, focusing on ‘insubordination’ with als (‘if’). The argumentative function of these constructions will be defined in terms of speech act theory as well as Verhagen’s (2005) notion of ‘argumentative orientation’.

Dancygier, Barbara & Eve Sweetser (2005). Mental Spaces in Grammar. Conditional constructions. Cambridge: CUP.
Sanders, Ted & Eve Sweetser (eds.) (2009). Causal Categories in Discourse and Cognition. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
Verhagen, A. (2005). Constructions of Intersubjectivity. Discourse, Syntax, and Cognition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

The Discourse op Dinsdag discussion group is intended for researchers working on discourse from a language use perspective, and offers a platform to discuss their work (in progress). For more information check our website www.let.uu.nl/vici.

Kind regards,
The organizers:
Anneloes Canestrelli,
Pim Mak,
Ingrid Persoon,
Ted Sanders,
Rosie van Veen.
Languages in Contact Colloquium Series, Radboud University, April 26 2011

When: Tuesday 26 April, 11.00-12.30

Where: Radboud University Nijmegen, Erasmus building, room 2.18

Speaker: Katja Hannss, (Universitaet Konstanz, Radboud University)

Topic: "Reduplication strategies in Andean Languages"
Kiliaanlezing 2011, Jozef van Loon (Universiteit Antwerpen), April 27 2011
De etymologische databank bij het Toponymisch Woordenboek: nieuwe inzichten

Op woensdag 27 april 2011, in de sterfmaand van Cornelis Kiliaan (1529-1607), zal de jaarlijkse Kiliaanlezing worden gehouden, die tot doel heeft een bepaald onderwerp uit de historische taalkunde aan een breed publiek te presenteren. De lezing vindt dit jaar plaats in het Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie, begint om 14.30 uur en wordt afgesloten met een borrel.

Prof. dr. Jozef Van Loon (1945) is emeritus hoogleraar Duits en Nederlands aan de Universiteit Antwerpen en auteur van onder meer "Historische fonologie van het Nederlands" (1986), "Ontstaansgeschiedenis van het begrip Stad" (2000) en "Principles of Historical Morphology" (2005). Hij zal vertellen over zijn vervolgproject op het bekende Toponymisch Woordenboek (TW) van Maurits Gysseling. Dit woordenboek staat sedert 2007 geheel doorzoekbaar op het internet (www.wulfila.be/tw). Gysselings etymologieėn werden echter bewust niet in die databank opgenomen. Ze zijn niet volledig, er is geen literatuurstudie verricht en Gysseling zelf vond ze ook niet essentieel voor zijn woordenboek. Wel was het bij de makers van de databank van meet af aan de bedoeling een tweede databank te maken waarmee het TW ook etymologisch kon worden ontsloten.
Die werkzaamheden leverden ondertussen allerlei nieuwe etymologische inzichten op. Meestal brengen die "slechts" nieuwe informatie bij over lokale geschiedenis of afzonderlijke taalverschijnselen, zoals in het geval van namen als Arnemuiden, Duras of Valkenburg, maar niet zelden levert de nieuwe etymologie ook "spectaculairder" resultaten op die een nieuw licht werpen op onze vroegste vaderlandse geschiedenis, zoals in het geval van Brugge, Antwerpen, Oudenburg, Dorestat, of de Caesariaanse stamnamen Geidumni en Caerosi. Van Loon zal uiteenzetten hoe een concrete etymologie kan leiden tot nieuwe inzichten in de middeleeuwse landschaps- en cultuurgeschiedenis.

Het adres van het Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie is Matthias de Vrieshof 3 te Leiden. Informatie over de bereikbaarheid vindt u op www.inl.nl.
Voor meer informatie kunt u contact opnemen met ondergetekende.

Met vriendelijke groet,

Jeroen Balkenende <balkenende(removeme)benik.nl>
secretaris Kiliaanstichting
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
NWO-ELP conference on 'Language Documentation and Description in the Netherlands', Leiden University, April 8-9
NWO-ELP Conference
On 8 and 9 April 2011, LUCL will host the NWO-ELP conference on 'Language Documentation and Description in the Netherlands'.

Language Documentation and Description in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is a leading place where languages with different degrees of vitality from all parts of the world are being documented, described and theorized about. However, this vast resource for the humanities, social and cognitive sciences has never been show-cased in one place before. To round-off the Endangered Languages Programme (ELP), a funding initiative of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), a two-day international conference is being organized at Leiden University on April 8-9, 2011, to provide a forum for putting this work on stage in conference presentations as well as posters.

Tentative Program
Friday, April 89.00-9.45
9.45-10.00 Opening
10.00-11.00 Keynote speech Nicholas Evans

Explaining linguistic diversity: four challenges for 21st century linguistics

11.00-11.30 Mark Dingemanse

Ideophones as a challenge for language documentation and description

11.30-12.00 Hidetoshi Shirashi & Bert Botma

Breaking in Nivkh

12.00-12.45 Poster presentations
12.45 -14.30 Lunch and poster viewing session
14.30-15.00 Azeb Amha

Whistling names in Oyda

15.00-15.30 Aone van Engelenhoven

'Speak correct, write correct, read correct':

Fataluku perceptions on language documnetation (Timor Leste)

15.30-16.00 Marian Klamer, Antoinette Schapper, Greville Corbett & Gary Holton

Cardinal, ordinal, and distributive numerals
in the Papuan languages of Alor and Pantar

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-17.30 Keynote speech Willem Adelaar


17.30 Drinks and dinner

Saturday, April 99.45-10.00
10.00-10.30 Ulrike Mosel

Lexical flexibilty in Teop

10.30-11.00 Matt Coler

The documentation of Muylaq' Aymara

11.00-11.30 Loretta O'Connor

I'd rather scrub the hubcaps:
On the relevance of documentation in the speaker community

11.30-12.00 Ana Vilacy Galucio
Documentary linguistics in Brazil: Theory and practice
12.00-12.30 Harald Hammarström & Sebastian Nordhoff
How Many Languages Have so far been Described?
12.30-14.00 Lunch and poster viewing session
14.00-15.00 Public Lecture by Lourens de Vries

Demonentaal en Mensentaal

15.00-17.30 Public Events
More information on the public events will follow soon.

Conference venue
The conference will be held at the Lipsius building (main Faculty building) at the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University.

People interested in the conference are welcome to attend.
If you wish to register, fill out this registration form. For other questions regarding registration please contact Esrih Bakker at elp(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.
No conference fee will be charged.

Keynote speakers
Nicholas Evans, Australian National University, Canberra (confirmed)

Willem Adelaar, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (confirmed)

Third keynote speaker to be confirmed

Public events
More information on the public events will follow soon.

Organizing and Selection Committee
Willem Adelaar
Felix Ameka (Convener)
Azeb Amha
Esrih Bakker (Conference assistant)
Eithne Carlin
Aone Engelenhoven (Convener)
Kees Hengeveld
Maarten Mous

For questions and more information, please contact Esrih Bakker at elp(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Endangered Languages Programme, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research,
Coordinator: Marc Linssen (NWO), Programme Committee Chair: Kees Hengeveld
Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL)
Mind the Brain Symposium, UMC Utrecht University, April 12-13 2011
Mind the Brain is the annual symposium of the Masters of Neuroscience & Cognition of Utrecht University. This year the symposium will take place the 12th and 13th of April 2011 at the University Medical Center Utrecht (Blauwe Zaal). This symposium is a student project featuring both poster and oral presentations by students from the "Neuroscience & Cognition" master's program, as well as keynote lectures by international and national guest speakers. Last year, we had the great pleasure of hosting Dr. Patrick Cavanagh (Universite Paris Descartes) and Dr. Barry Kaverne (University of Cambridge). More information about the symposium can be found on our website ( mindthebrain.neuroscience-cognition.org) which is updated regularly. We really hope that you will be able to attend at least part of the symposium.

With kind regards,
On behalf of the organization committee of the "Mind the Brain" symposium,

Paulina Rowicka
(email: mtbs2011(removeme)gmail.com)
(formerly International PhD School in Formal Languages and Applications)

Tarragona, Spain, April 18-22, 2011

Organized by:
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics Rovira i Virgili University




Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Most appropriate degrees include: Computer Science and Mathematics. Other students (for instance, from Linguistics, Electrical Engineering, Molecular Biology or Logic) are welcome too provided they have a good background in discrete mathematics.

All courses will be made compatible in terms of schedule.


Franz Baader (Dresden), Automata and Logic [advanced, 4 hours] Thomas Bäck (Leiden), Natural Computing [introductory, 10 hours] Markus Holzer (Giessen), Computational Complexity [introductory, 14 hours] Claude Kirchner (Bordeaux), Rewriting and Deduction Modulo [introductory, 6 hours] Thierry Lecroq (Rouen), Text Searching and Indexing [introductory, 10 hours] Rupak Majumdar (Kaiserslautern), Software Model Checking [introductory, 10 hours] Risto Miikkulainen (Austin), Natural Language Processing with Subsymbolic Neural Networks [introductory, 6 hours] Bernhard Steffen (Dortmund), Automata Learning from Theory to Application [introductory/advanced, 18 hours] Wolfgang Thomas (Aachen), omega-Automata and Infinite Games [introductory/advanced, 6 hours] Sheng Yu (London ON), Finite Automata and Regular Languages [introductory/advanced, 8 hours]


On a voluntary basis, within 6 months after the end of the School, students will be expected to draft an individual or jointly-authored research paper on a topic covered during the classes under the guidance of the lecturing staff.


It has to be done on line at



They are variable, depending on the number of courses each student takes. The rule is:

1 hour =

- 10 euros (for payments until November 30, 2010),
- 15 euros (for payments after November 30, 2010).

The fees must be paid to the School's bank account:

Uno-e Bank (Julian Camarillo 4 C, 28037 Madrid, Spain): IBAN: ES3902270001820201823142 - Swift code: UNOEESM1 (account holder: Carlos Martin-Vide GRLMC)

Please mention SSFLA 2011 and your full name in the subject. An invoice will be provided on site. Bank transfers should not involve any expense for the School.

To check the eligibility for early registration, what counts is the date when the payment is received (not the date when the registration form was filled in).

People registering on site at the beginning of the School must pay in cash.


Information about accommodation will be provided through the website of the School in January 2011.


Students will be delivered a diploma stating the courses attended, their contents, and their duration. Those participants who will choose to be involved in a research paper will receive an additional certificate at the end of the task, independently on whether the paper will finally get published or not.


Announcement of the programme: October 8, 2010 Starting of the registration: October 11, 2010 Early registration deadline: November 30, 2010 Starting of the School: April 18, 2011 End of the School: April 22, 2011


Carlos Martin-Vide: carlos.martin(removeme)urv.cat




SSFLA 2011
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics Rovira i Virgili University Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain

Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-558386
Studiedag Meertaligheid, WAP & Anéla, Universiteit Utrecht, 20 April 2011
Het WAP organiseert in samenwerking met Anéla een studiedag over meertaligheidsbeleid in Nederland, rondom de thema's tweetalig onderwijs, referentieniveau's en inburgering.

Anéla-WAP Voorjaarsstudiedag "Meertaligheidsbeleid"
Datum: woensdag 20 april 2011
Plaats: Drift 21, Utrecht
Tijd: 10.00 – 17.00 (inloop vanaf 9.30 uur)

Met bijdragen van o.a. Koen Jaspaert, Sharon Unsworth, Rick de Graaff, Huub van den Bergh, Folkert Kuiken, Max Spotti en Petra Poelmans.

De dag heeft tot doel te komen tot een onderzoeks- en beleidsagenda op de volgende gebieden: (1) tweetalige ontwikkeling en tweetalig onderwijs, (2) taalbeleid en referentieniveaus voor het Nederlands, (3) toegang tot Nederland en inburgering.

De sprekers op de Voorjaarsstudiedag belichten de drie thema’s van verschillende kanten: in de ochtend vanuit wetenschappelijk perspectief en in de middag vanuit de praktijk. De hoofdlezing wordt verzorgd door Koen Jaspaert, hoofddocent Taal en onderwijs aan de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Daarnaast worden er posters gepresenteerd. De dag wordt afgesloten met een forumdiscussie geleid door referenten voor elk thema.

Meer info op: www.hetwap.nl/index.php/activiteiten/studiedag-meertaligheidsbeleid
Voorlichtingsbijeenkomst Begrijpelijke Taal, NWO, Utrecht, 21 April 2011
Donderdag 21 april: 12 – 17 uur, Locatie: Utrecht, Drift 21


Op donderdag 21 april 2011 zal er in Utrecht een bijeenkomst plaatsvinden in het kader van het nieuwe NWO- en ZonMW-programma Begrijpelijke Taal. Fundamenten en toepassingen van effectieve communicatie. Dit interdisciplinaire programma heeft tot doel bestaande expertise op het gebied van effectieve communicatie, en de fundamenten die daaraan ten grondslag liggen, te bundelen en te vergroten. Bovendien heeft het programma de ambitie om de wetenschappelijke expertise op dit terrein beter beschikbaar te maken.

Het Begrijpelijke Taal programma is vorig jaar opgestart met twee kortlopende verkenningsstudies. Een daarvan heeft tot doel een overzicht beschikbaar te maken van bestaande kennis en tools, en de tweede is een toekomstverkenning naar de gevolgen van digitalisering van communicatie. De eerste resultaten van deze verkenningen zullen op 21 april gepresenteerd worden.

Tijdens de bijeenkomst op 21 april 2011 zal ook de informele lancering plaatsvinden voor de call for proposals, die naar verwachting op 1 mei 2011 gepubliceerd gaat worden (deadline 1 september 2011). Bovendien zal er alle gelegenheid zijn voor netwerken en het informeel bespreken en uitwerken van projectideeėn, zowel met wetenschappers als met mogelijke maatschappelijke partners.

Deelname aan de bijeenkomst is gratis, wel dient u zich hier aan te melden: www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOA_7U6AZN

Het programma voor de middag zal binnenkort bekend gemaakt worden.
This workshop is being held in connection with the PhD defense of Marcel Giezen who will defend his thesis entitled Speech and Sign perception in Deaf Children with Cochlear Implants in the Agnietenkapel, Amsterdam at 2pm.

April 29th, 2011
9.00 - 12.30 in room 420, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam.
Open to the public
Contact: secretariat taalwetenschap-fgw(removeme)uva.nl

9.00 prof. dr. Paul Boersma Linguistics, UvA
Phonological influences on the McGurk effect
Explicit modelling of the McGurk effect within our model of Bidirectional Phonology and Phonetics predicts that the behaviour of the perceivers of combined auditory and visual cues depends on the structural constraints of their native language. Today I will present experimental results that bear on this.
9.45 prof. dr. Steven Gillis Linguistics, University of Antwerp
Can you hear the difference? Vowel production in 8YO children with a cochlear implant.

Can listeners identify the speech of a 7-year-old child with a cochlear implant? Does the speech of a 7-year-old congenitally deaf child with a cochlear implant sound like that of any other 7-year-old, or is there “something different”? In this talk preliminary results of ongoing research will be presented.
In a first, exploratory study the research question was very straightforward: can listeners identify the speech of a 7-year-old child with a cochlear implant?
Short sentences produced by 7-year-old children with normal hearing (NH), congenitally deaf children with a cochlear implant (implanted in the first two years of life, CI) and hearing impaired children with a conventional hearing aid (HA) were recorded. These stimuli were judged in a forced choice task by three panels: a group of naļve judges who did not have any particular experience with children’s speech, a group of 1st and 2nd grade teachers with extensive experience with the speech of 7-year-olds, and a group of speech clinicians with extensive experience with children suffering from hearing problems and children with cochlear implants. The judges had to decide whether a stretch of speech was uttered by a normal hearing child, a hearing impaired child with a conventional hearing aid, or a congenitally deaf child with a cochlear implant.

The results of this exploratory study clearly showed that the judges were able to identify the NH children, but had much more difficulties in identifying the voices of CI and HA children. Hence, there must be “something different” in the speech of these three groups of children.
As a first step in finding out what that “something different” may be, we assessed the production of the 12 steady-state vowels of Belgian Dutch produced by the same 7-year-olds. The acoustic characteristics of the children’s vowel productions were measured, so as to chart out the vowel spaces of the three groups. Hence, we answer the question: are there objectively measurable differences between the vowel spaces of these three groups?

10.30 break

10.45 prof. Gisela Szagun Psychology, University College, London.
Sources of variability in the acquisition of spoken German by young children with cochlear implants
One of the most outstanding characteristics of spoken language development in children with cochlear implants is its enormous variability. The better progress of earlier implanted children is often attributed to optimal use of a “sensitive phase” for language learning. However, in many studies an age effect is confounded with longer time for language learning. In order to assess whether the mechanism behind the age effect is purely maturational or, at least, partly dependent on experience, it is necessary to assess the influence of age at implantation and children’s experience with language separately. I will present the results of a number of studies with children acquiring spoken German. All the children were implanted between 6 and 47 months of age and acquired spoken German only. The children’s language development was studied over a period of up to three years. The first study with 22 children, based on extensive spontaneous speech samples, showed an association between pre-operative hearing, age at implantation and linguistic progress. A second cross-sectional study with 140 children, based on parental questionnaire data, rendered no significant age effect, but a significant effect of duration of language learning and of parental education on children’s progress in language. A third longitudinal study with 24 children based on spontaneous speech data, rendered a mild effect of age at implantation and a much stronger effect of parental education and quality of parental language input on the children’s language development. The second and third studies contained a significant proportion of children implanted in their first year of life.These results show that the sources of variability in early implanted CI children’s language development are largely due to experiential factors, such as amount of experience with language and quality of language input. Experiential factors interact epigenetically with the maturational factor of age.

11.30 prof. dr. Karen Emmorey Cognitive Neuroscience, SALK Institute, CA
Bimodal Bilingualsim
Bimodal (speech-sign) bilinguals use separate perceptual and motoric systems for each language. This separation of systems has significant implications for language processing and control, for the cognitive effects of bilingualism, and for the structural and neural changes that accompany bilingualism. Bimodal bilinguals often code-blend, rather than code-switch, producing elements of their two languages at the same time. Reduced demands on language control and conflict for bimodal bilinguals appears to reduce the advantages in cognitive control that have been observed in unimodal bilinguals. Bimodal bilingualism also uniquely affects brain organization for language and non-linguistic cognitive processes, altering the neural systems involved in motion processing and facial expression recognition.
TWIST conferentie Taalwetenschap 2011, Universiteit Leiden, 13 mei 2011
Beste studenten en promovendi,

Op vrijdag 13 mei 2011 zal TWIST, de Leidse studievereniging voor Vergelijkende Indo-Europese Taalwetenschap, Taalwetenschap en Talen en culturen van Afrika, haar vijfde studentenconferentie taalwetenschap organiseren. Alle Bachelor-, Master- en PhD-studenten die origineel onderzoek gedaan hebben (zoals een scriptie, een deel van een scriptie of een project) zijn van harte welkom om dit onderzoek te presenteren in een lezing van 20 minuten met 10 minuten uitloop voor vragen en discussie. Alle talen en alle onderzoekgebieden van de taalwetenschap zijn welkom: van psycholinguļstiek tot taalcontact, van tweedetaalverwerving tot historische fonologie.
De TWIST conferentie zal je een uitstekend academisch platvorm bieden om jouw onderzoek te presenteren aan medestudenten en academici uit het hele land. Om je als spreker aan te melden, stuur je een samenvatting (abstract) van jouw onderzoek naar studieverenigingtwist(removeme)gmail.com. In deze samenvatting maak je duidelijk waar het onderzoek over gaat,
waarom dit een interessant onderwerp is en welke (voorlopige) conclusies je uit je onderzoek hebt getrokken. De samenvatting mag hooguit 300 woorden bevatten. Je kunt je samenvatting zowel in het Nederlands als in
het Engels opsturen. De deadline voor het insturen van de samenvattingen is 31 maart 2010. Twee weken na de deadline zal de conferentiecommissie de geselecteerde sprekers bekendmaken.

We zijn ervan overtuigd dat dit een interessante dag zal zijn voor iedereen die geļnteresseerd is in taalkunde. Behalve het presenteren van je eigen onderzoek zul je ook de gelegenheid krijgen om lezingen bij te wonen van
gastsprekers, studenten en promovendi. Tussen de lezingen door en tijdens de pauzes zullen er volop mogelijkheden zijn om medestudenten, promovendi en academici te ontmoeten. Kortom, eenieder die zich
bezig houdt met algemene, beschrijvende of historische taalkunde mag de TWIST conferentie Taalwetenschap 2011 niet missen!
Wij kijken ernaar uit om je samenvatting van je onderzoek te mogen ontvangen en je te verwelkomen op de vijfde TWIST conferentie Taalwetenschap!

Saskia Lensink, Nina Ouddeken, Benjamin Suchard, Hilde Gunnink, Milan Lopuhaä, Bas Clercx
Conferentiecommissie studievereniging TWIST 2010-2011
International conference Post/Autonomia, University of Amsterdam, May 19-22 2011
University of Amsterdam / SMART project space
Date: May 19-22, 2011

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Speakers: Franco Berardi ('Bifo'), Vittorio Morfino, Stephen Shukaitis, Matteo Pasquinelli (to be confirmed)

Further information: postautonomia.wordpress.com
Symposium "Twee Talen - één beTalen", LIBC Leiden, May 20 2011
The Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC) will organize a symposium "Twee Talen - één BeTalen" (or in English "Two Languages, get one for free”) on Friday, 20 May 2011 to address recent developments on multilingualism and multilingual language acquisition.

Importantly, the symposium is open to and directed towards the general public, for instance parents who (plan to) raise their children with more than one language. What is the best way to achieve this goal? Are there different strategies to do this? What is important to keep in mind? Is it a bad sign if a child mixes languages and switches from one language to the other, sometimes in the middle of a sentence, or is this rather a normal, healthy step in the development? Do I ask too much of my child when I raise it with two (or even more) languages? Practical questions like these will be answered and discussed, and the speakers will give some advice about the do’s and don’ts in multilingual language acquisition. This symposium will deal with topics such as multilingual processing and the underlying areas of the brain that are involved when one is proficient in more than one language.

You are most welcome to attend this symposium.
More info on: www.libc-presents.nl/index.php/special-libc-symposium
Bessensap 2011 Evenement, NWO, Den Haag, 6 Juni 2011
Presenteer uw nieuws op Bessensap 2011

NWO organiseert op maandag 6 juni voor alweer de elfde keer het evenement Bessensap. Bessensap brengt journalisten, redacteuren, voorlichters en mediagenieke onderzoekers bij elkaar. Het motto: wetenschap ontmoet pers, pers ontmoet wetenschap. NWO organiseert het evenement samen met de Vereniging van Wetenschapsjournalisten in Nederland (VWN) en de Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten (NVJ). Wilt u uw onderzoek presenteren op Bessensap 2011? Dan kunt u vanaf nu tot en met 23 februari uw voorstel indienen.

Op Bessensap kunnen wetenschappers hun nieuws presenteren aan een uniek publiek van journalisten. Dit is dus de uitgelezen kans om uw onderzoek breed onder de aandacht te brengen.

Over Bessensap

Bessensap is met jaarlijks ruim driehonderd bezoekers dé ontmoeting tussen wetenschap en pers. De dag wordt georganiseerd door NWO, de Vereniging van Wetenschapsjournalisten in Nederland en de Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten. Tijdens Bessensap heeft u volop de gelegenheid om met journalisten te spreken. Plaats van handeling is het Museon in Den Haag. Tijdens Bessensap zullen niet alleen wetenschappers hun onderzoek presenteren, maar krijgen bezoekers ook een kans om een kijkje in de keuken te nemen van redacties van TV, radio, kranten en tijdschriften. De dag wordt feestelijk afgesloten met de bekendmaking van de winnaars van de NWO-Spinozapremie 2011. U kunt zich ook aanmelden als bezoeker.

Onderzoekers kunnen voorstellen indienen voor twee presentatievormen:

Traditionele presentatie
Tijdens de traditionele presentatie houdt de onderzoeker een verhaal van tien minuten. Daarna is er vijf minuten tijd voor vragen uit het publiek

Masterclass presentatie
In de masterclass presentatie staan niet alleen de wetenschap en het nieuws centraal, maar ook de presentatie zelf. De onderzoeker krijgt vijf minuten om een punt te maken. De volgende tien minuten geven journalisten uit een panel en het publiek feedback op de presentatie en stellen ze inhoudelijke vragen. Het panel geeft na afloop punten voor de presentatie. Alle masterclassers strijden tegen elkaar om de hoogste score.

Voor alle presentaties geldt dat ze bedoeld zijn voor een publiek van journalisten. Journalisten zijn bovenal leken. Spreek dus (ook in uw voorstel) in lekentaal, opgeleukt met voorbeelden. Journalisten willen nieuws, unieke zaken, mooie dingen, voorspellingen. Het hoeft niet allemaal hip, schokkend en controversieel te zijn, maar het helpt wel. En: hoe heter van de pers, hoe beter.

Voorstellen indienen en selectie

Voorstellen indienen kan tot woensdag 23 februari.

Vóór 31 maart laten wij de indieners weten welke voorstellen wij uit het aanbod hebben gekozen.

De selectiecommissie bestaat uit voorlichters en journalisten. Wij selecteren subjectiever dan onderzoekers gewend zijn van NWO. 'Hard' nieuws trekt bij de selectiecommissie de meeste aandacht. Als u een publicatie heeft in de fase 'accepted' of 'submitted', dan horen we dat heel graag. Dat levert pluspunten op.

Over NWO

De Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) is dé nationale wetenschapsfinancier en heeft tot taak het wetenschappelijke onderzoek in Nederland te laten excelleren via nationale competitie. Jaarlijks geeft NWO ruim 700 miljoen euro uit aan subsidies voor toponderzoek en toponderzoekers, vernieuwende instrumenten en apparatuur, en aan instituten waar toponderzoek wordt bedreven. NWO financiert het onderzoek van ruim 5300 getalenteerde wetenschappers aan universiteiten en instellingen. Selectie door middel van peer review is in handen van onafhankelijke deskundigen. NWO bevordert de overdracht van kennis naar de maatschappij.

Wij hopen u op 6 juni bij Bessensap te mogen verwelkomen. Heeft u nog vragen? Mail dan naar bessensap(removeme)nwo.nl.
NEUROSCIENCE OF COMMUNICATIVE MEANING summerschool, Utrecht, June 6 -10, 2011
A one-week summerschool on the cognitive neuroscience of communicative meaning will be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 6-10 this year. The summerschool aims at advanced PhD students and beginning postdocs working on this topic, and features Liina Pylkkänen, Ira Noveck, Evelyn Ferstl, Friedemann Pulvermuller, and Ivan Toni as tutors. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2011.

Practical information about the detailed program and how to apply can be found here:

The summerschool is organized by Jos van Berkum (Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities, UiL-OTS) and Gün Semin (Utrecht University, Faculty of Social Sciences), with funding from The Neuroscience and Cognition Utrecht program.
TABU Dag Groningen, June 17-18 2011

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 the evening of 17 and during the day of 18 June 2011. You can find the important dates here.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 32nd TABU Dag!
Historical Sociolinguistic Network Conference, Leiden University, June 22-24 2011
HiSoN Conference: Touching the Past: (Ego) documents in a Linguistic and Historical Perspective

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

More information: hum.leiden.edu/lucl/hison-conference/news/conference.html
Conference on Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics (LACL 2011), LIRMM, Montpellier, France, June 29th, 30th and July 1st

Proceedings will be published as a volume of the FoLLI LNAI subline of LNCS


LACL'2011 is the 6th edition of a series of international conferences on logical and formal methods in computational linguistics. It addresses in particular the use of type theoretic, proof theoretic and model theoretic methods for describing natural language syntax and semantics, as well as the implementation of natural language processing software relying on such models. It will be held at the LIRMM, Montpellier, France. It will be co-located with TALN, the conference of the French association for NLP (ATALA).


Computer scientists, linguists, mathematicians and philosophers are invited to present their work on the use of logical methods in computational linguistics and natural language processing, in natural language analysis, generation or acquisition.

* logical foundation of syntactic formalisms
o categorial grammars
o minimalist grammars
o dependency grammars
o tree adjoining grammars
o model theoretic syntax
o formal language theory for natural language processing
o data-driven approaches
* logic for semantics of lexical items, sentences, discourse and dialog
o discourse theories
o Montague semantics
o compositionality
o dynamic logics
o game semantics
o situation semantics
o generative lexicon
o categorical semantics
* applications of these models to natural language processing
o software for natural language analysis
o software for acquiring linguistic resources
o software for natural language generation
o software for information extraction
o inference tasks
o evaluation
o scalability


Articles should be written in the LaTeX format of LNCS/LNAI by Springer (see authors instructions at
www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0) and should not exceed 16 pages (including figures, bibliography, possible apendices). It is expected that each accepted paper be presented at the meeting by one of its authors.

Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format at


Accepted papers will be published in advance of the meeting as a volume of the FoLLI LNAI subline of Lecture Notes in Computer Science
(LNCS) by Springer ( www.springer.com/lncs).


To be announced.


A selection of the 1995 articles appeared in a special issue of the Journal of Logic, Language and Information (7:4, 1998). The proceedings of the international conferences LACL'96 ,LACL'97, LACL'98, LACL'2001 and LACL'2005 appeared in the series Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (volumes 1328, 1582, 2014, 2099, 3492) published by Springer.


Paper submission deadline: February 6th 2011
Notification of acceptance: March 25th 2011
Camera-ready papers due: April 10th 2011
LACL conference: June 29th, 30th and July 1st 2011


2nd IMPRS NeuroCom Summer School, London, UK, July 6-8 2011
We would like to solicit your help to announce the 2nd IMPRS NeuroCom Summer School among your colleagues, your students, or any interested researchers. For more details please see:

The Summer School of the “International Max Planck Research School on Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity” (IMPRS NeuroCom) is jointly run by the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig.

Target group:
We cordially invite national and international doctoral students, but also Master's students and post-docs conducting research in the interdisciplinary field of cognitive neuroscience.
Participants are invited to present their current project in form of a poster.


Wednesday 6 July: Neuroscience of Communication
Organisers: Sophie Scott, Mairead MacSweeney
Angela D. Friederici
Thomas C. Gunter
Peter Indefrey
Cathy Price

Thursday 7 July: Sensory Processes
Organisers: Patrick Haggard, Jon Driver
Marc Ernst
Sabrina Pitzalis
Geraint Rees
Arno Villringer

Friday 8 July: Neural Connectivity
Organiser: Klaas Stephan
Rosalyn Moran
Marc Tittgemeyer

Friday 8 July: States of Consciousness
Organiser: Vincent Walsh
Quinton Deeley
Steven Laureys

Lecture Theatre
33 Queen Square Lecture
WC1A 3BG London
United Kingdom

Registration fee:

Working language:

Registration deadline: 31 March, 2011
Online registration: imprs-neurocom.mpg.de/summerschool/registration
Summer School at NY-St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture, July 18 - August 5 2011
I hope this message finds you well. I wanted to let you know about NYI (the NY-St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture) - the ongoing St. Petersburg summer institute I have co-directed since 2003, which will be held this year from July 18-August 5, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
NYI is a phenomenal way for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students to have an eye-opening overseas experience, while continuing their focus on Linguistics and Cognitive Science. The school is a 3-week Institute, held in beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia, at which students choose 4 seminars in a range of fields, especially Linguistics and Cognitive Psychology. Faculty are from a wide range of US and European institutions, and this year's Linguistics and Psychology program features Caroline Heycock (Edinburgh), Darryl Hill (CUNY), Nina Kazanina (Bristol), Roumyana Pancheva (USC), Maria Polinsky (Harvard), John F. Bailyn, Robert Hoberman and Julie Weisenberg (Stony Brook) and others in the area of Cultural Studies.

NYI is a superb way to spend 3 weeks of summer 2011! Tuition is partially subsidized by the Institute, and comes to 400 EURO for Western European students. A Certificate of Completion is presented to all students who successfully complete the program. Dormitory spots are also available for an additional fee of under 150 EU for the duration of the program.

All classes are in English.

NYI's website is www.nyi.spb.ru
ESSLLI 2011, European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information, Ljubljana, Slovenia, August 1-12 2011
Meeting: 23rd European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI)
Date: 01-Aug-2011 - 12-Aug-2011
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Contact Email: esslli2011(removeme)gmail.com
Meeting URL: esslli2011.ijs.si/
Early registration deadline: 31-05-2011

*Meeting Description*
For the past 23 years, the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) has been 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 2011, ESSLLI will held in Ljubljana, Slovenia and will be organized by the Slovenian Language Technologies Society (SDJT), the Jo˛ef Stefan Institute (IJS) and The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (FMF) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Chair of the Program Committee is Makoto Kanazawa (National Institute of Informatics, Japan), and Chair of the Organizing Committee is Darja Fišer (The University of Ljubljana, Slovenia). To contact the ESSLLI 2011 Organizing Committee, write to: esslli2011(removeme)gmail.com.

*Summer School Programme*


*Online Registration Form*


*Programme Committee*

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

Area Specialists:

Language and Computation:
- Markus Egg (Humboldt-Universität 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

*Organizing Committee*

Chair: Darja Fišer (University of Ljubljana)

Committee Members:

- Špela Vintar (University of Ljubljana)
- Andrej Bauer (University of Ljubljana)
- Monika Kropej (Jo˛ef Stefan Institute)
- Špela Sitar (Jo˛ef Stefan Institute)
- Boštjan Bajec (University of Ljubljana)
- Senja Pollak (University of Ljubljana)
- Mihael Ar?an
Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics, Leiden University, 18 July – 29 July 2011
We are happy to announce the sixth edition of the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics which will be held from 18 July – 29 July 2011 at the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University.

The Summer School offers a number of courses on a wide range of subjects in the field of languages and linguistics.

This year, the Summer School will consist of six programmes, including courses for beginners as well as for advanced students, taught by internationally renowned specialists:

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

For more information and registration, visit: www.hum.leiden.edu/summerschool/
5th HiSoN Summer School in Historical Sociolinguistics, Lebos, Greece, August 20-27 2011
The University of Agder, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the University of Bristol are thrilled to announce the

5th HiSoN summer school in Historical Sociolinguistics
Metochi (Lesbos), Greece
Aug 20-27th, 2011.

Our teachers and courses in 2011 will be

Peter Trudgill (Agder, Norway)
Societies of Intimates and Mature Linguistics Phenomena

Elin Fredsted (Flensborg, Germany)
German and Danish - supra-regional influence and regional contact since
the Early Modern Period.

Sonja Janssens (VU Brussels, Belgium)
Quantitative methods in sociolinguistics: understanding statistics

Anita Auer (Utrecht, NL) & Tony Fairman (Independent, UK)
The lower orders in their own rites (England, c. 1750-1835)

Leigh Oakes (Queen Mary London, UK)
Language planning as identity planning: the case of Quebec

Jack Chambers (Toronto, Canada)
Language and Global Warming

and Miriam Meyerhoff (Auckland, New Zealand) with a topic to be confirmed.

As per usual, the summer school will last for a week and the cost of £419 (for early bookers)
includes food, teaching, accommodation, and pleasant company.

There will only be space for 40 postgraduate students and young researchers, so you are
advised to book early.

Further information and registrations forms are available here:

Symposium on Shared grammaticalization in the Transeurasian languages, University of Leuven, September 21-23 2011
We are pleased to announce the programme of the symposium on Shared grammaticalization in the Transeurasian languages, dedicated to Lars Johanson's 75th birthday.



University of Leuven, Belgium

September 21-23, 2011


Martine Robbeets (University of Leuven & University of Mainz)


Hubert Cuyckens (University of Leuven)


Symposium website: www.arts.kuleuven.be/gramm/


Shared grammaticalization refers to the state whereby two or more languages have the input and the output of a grammaticalization process in common. The shared grammaticalization may have arisen independently in each of them by universal principles of grammatical change, it may have been induced by language contact, or it may have been inherited, either from the ancestral language, when the languages were one and the same or through “parallel drift”, after the languages were disconnected. Universal principles are at work, for instance, in the shared grammaticalization of a verb ‘go’ into a future marker by genealogically and areally unrelatable languages such as English in Europe, Zulu in Africa, Quechua in South America and Tamil in Asia. A classical example of contact-induced grammaticalization is the copying of aspectual meanings on certain originally independent verbs, such as the copying of progressive aspect on the verb eraman ‘to carry’ in southern Basque under influence of the grammaticalized progressive meaning of the Spanish verb llevar ‘to carry’ (Jendraschek 2007: 157). A prototypical case of inheritance is the shared grammaticalization of the Romance future markers; Romance languages globally share a root for the verb ‘have’ such as French avoir, Spanish haber, Portuguese haver and Italian avere as well as the grammaticalized future marker as in French chante-rons, Spanish canta-ré, Portuguese canta-rei and Italian cante-rémo ‘we will sing’, reflecting a process of grammaticalization that took place in the ancestral language.

The approaches taken by the speakers will be either theoretical, reflecting upon shared grammaticalization in a cross-linguistic sample of languages, or experimental, investigating shared grammaticalization between two or more Transeurasian languages or between a Transeurasian language and unrelated languages. We use Transeurasian in reference to a large group of geographically adjacent languages, traditionally known as “Altaic”. They share a significant number of linguistic properties and include at most five different linguistic families: Japonic, Koreanic, Tungusic, Mongolic and Turkic.

The goal of the workshop is to shed light on instances of shared grammaticalization and the factors triggering them, with a special focus on the Transeurasian languages.

Specific issues to be addressed include, among others:

- Is it possible to distinguish between the different determinants of shared grammaticalization: universals, contact or inheritance?

- What is the exact impact of language contact and common ancestorship on the grammaticalisation process?

- Is it possible to borrow grammaticalization per se, as a historical process?

- Heine and Kuteva (2005) delimit their description of contact-induced grammaticalization to selective semantic copying, in their terms “replication”, but are there examples of globally copied grammaticalization?

- Where do instances of so-called “grammatical accomodation” (Aikhenvald 2002: 5, 239; 2007: 24), namely the development of a native morpheme on the model of the syntactic function of a phonetically similar morpheme in the model language, fit in? Are these cases of contact-induced grammaticalization?

- Do we find examples of “parallel drift” (Sapir 1921: 157-182, LaPolla 1994) in the Transeurasian languages or beyond? Is there evidence to support this specific type of grammaticalization in genealogical units whereby under influence of a common origin the same grammaticalization processes occur repeatedly but independently in each of the languages?


Areal diffusion and parallelism in drift: shared grammaticalization patterns

Alexandra Aikhenvald (Cairns)

On Contact-Induced Grammaticalization: Internally or Externally Induced?

Bernd Heine (Cologne)

Shared grammaticalization in isomorphic processes

Lars Johanson (Mainz)

Demystifying 'Drift' — A Variationist Account

Brian Joseph (Columbus, OH)

On the diachrony of ‘even’ constructions

Volker Gast (Jena) & Johan van der Auwera (Antwerp)

Contact and parallel developments in Cape York Peninsula, Australia

Jean-Christophe Verstraete (Leuven)

Temporalization of Turkic aspectual systems

Hendrik Boeschoten (Mainz)

Growing apart in shared grammaticalization

Éva Csató (Uppsala)

Biverbal constructions in Altaic

Irina Nevskaya (Frankfurt)

The indefinite article in the Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund

Hans Nugteren (Amsterdam)

Personal Pronouns in "Core Altaic".

Juha Janhunen (Helsinki)

Origin and development of possessive suffixes and predicative personal endings in some Mongolic languages

Béla Kempf (Budapest)

Grammaticalization of a purpose clause marker in ?ven – contact or independent innovation?

Brigitte Pakendorf (Leipzig)

Verbalization and insubordination in Siberian languages

Andrej Malchukov (Mainz)

Emphatic reduplication in Korean, Kalkha Mongolian and other Altaic languages

Jaehoon Yeon (London)

Comparative grammaticalization in Japanese and Korean

Heiko Narrog & Seongha Rhee (Sendai & Seoul)

Inherited grammaticalization and Sapirian drift in the Transeurasian family

Martine Robbeets (Leuven / Mainz)

Japanese hypotheticals, conditionals, and provisionals: a cautionary tale

Jim Unger (Columbus, OH)

To REGISTER, please complete the REGISTRATION FORM, available from the registration page on the symposium website www.arts.kuleuven.be/gramm/

Deadline for registration: 11 September 2011

A detailed program, information on payment, as well as Information on Travel and Accommodation can be found on the symposium website www.arts.kuleuven.be/gramm/. Please contact Martine Robbeets martine_robbeets(removeme)hotmail.com or hubert.cuyckens(removeme)arts.kuleuven.be for any additional information.
Conference on Psycholinguistics, 'New Trends in Experimental Psycholinguistics', Madrid, 29-30 September 2011
We are organizing a conference on psycholinguistics.
The conference will deal with new methods to study language (eye tracking,
reaction times, ERPs, fMRI, visual preference paradigm, genetics).
The conference is intended to cover language processing, language
acquisition or language disorders.
The plenary speakers are Harald Clahsen and Michael Ullman.
Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 11 april 2011

Dates of conference: 29, 30 September 2011

For more information: www.linguistic-institute.info/experimental.htm
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Vacature Universitair docent Taaltheorie (1,0 fte), Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. Deadline: 14 April 2011
Faculteit der Letteren
Vacaturenummer: 23.10.11
Sluitingsdatum: 14-04-2011

Als universitair docent verzorgt u onderwijs op het gebied van de taaltheorie, in het bijzonder de syntaxis en semantiek. Bij voorkeur bent u (op termijn) ook inzetbaar in het onderwijs op een of meer van de andere kerngebieden binnen de opleiding Taalwetenschap (te weten taalbeschrijving en variatie, taaldataverwerking en -analyse, taalproductie en -verwerking, taalverwerving of taal- en spraakpathologie). U voert coördinerende taken uit binnen het onderwijsprogramma en u neemt deel aan wervingsactiviteiten en publieksactiviteiten voor de opleiding. U doet onderzoek binnen het Centre for Language Studies (CLS) en ontwikkelt daarbinnen een eigen onderzoekslijn die goed past bij een van de huidige onderzoeksprogramma’s binnen het CLS. Hiervoor probeert u ook externe financiering (zoals een Vidibeurs van NWO) te verkrijgen.

- u bent gepromoveerd op een onderwerp uit de syntaxis en/of semantiek en u heeft bij voorkeur enige jaren ervaring als postdoconderzoeker;
- u heeft ervaring met het zelfstandig verzorgen van wetenschappelijk onderwijs in de taalwetenschap;
- u bent een enthousiast en ambitieus docent die ook een rol wil spelen in het begeleiden van studenten en het aantrekken van nieuwe studenten;
- u bent in het bezit van de Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs (BKO) of bereid deze binnen afzienbare tijd te behalen;
- u bent in het bezit van een Certificate of Proficiency in English om onderwijs in de Engelstalige masteropleiding te mogen verzorgen of u bent bereid deze binnen afzienbare tijd te behalen.

Als universitair docent maakt u deel uit van de afdeling Taalwetenschap binnen de leerstoelgroep Theoretische Taalwetenschap. De afdeling Taalwetenschap van de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen maakt deel uit van een brede, klassieke letterenfaculteit, waarin kwaliteit volgens internationale normen voorop staat en waarin samenwerking op het gebied van onderwijs en onderzoek en de bevordering van interdisciplinariteit centraal staan. De faculteit verzorgt voor ca. 2900 studenten opleidingen vanuit tien afdelingen op het gebied van geschiedenis en kunst, talen en culturen, taalwetenschap en bedrijfscommunicatie.
De Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen is een studentgerichte onderzoeksuniversiteit. De universiteit weet zich verantwoordelijk voor de persoonlijke ontwikkeling en ontplooiing van haar studenten. Vanuit die visie beschouwt ze de student niet als een ‘consument van onderwijs’, maar als iemand die zelf de verplichting op zich neemt voor een actieve inbreng in de eigen vorming.
Website: www.ru.nl/letteren

Aanstelling: 1,0 fte
Minimaal € 3.195,- en maximaal € 4.970,- bruto/maand, afhankelijk van opleiding en ervaring.
Contractduur: 1 jaar, met uitzicht op verlenging.

Aanvullende arbeidsvoorwaarden
Het functieprofiel universitair docent is op deze functie van toepassing.

Overige informatie
Een proefcollege kan deel uitmaken van de selectieprocedure.

Additionele informatie verkrijgbaar bij
Prof.dr. H. de Hoop, hoogleraar Theoretische Taalwetenschap
E-mail: H.deHoop(removeme)let.ru.nl

U kunt uw sollicitatie (vermeld het vacaturenummer 23.10.11) voor 14-04-2011 -bij voorkeur per e-mail- sturen naar:

Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Afdeling P&O, Faculteit der Letteren
Postbus 9103
6500 HD Nijmegen
Telefoon: 024 3612916
E-mail: vacatures(removeme)let.ru.nl
Lecturer Information Science focused on syntactic and phonological processing, University of Groningen. Deadline: April 15 2011
The department of Information Science (Alfa-Informatica) at the University of Groningen is seeking a temporary:
Lecturer Information Science
Part-time (0,7) position for three years
Vacancy number:

The department is focused on computational linguistics, especially in syntactic and phonological processing, and would most like to strengthen this focus by attracting researchers in computational linguistics with specializations complementary to those of the current staff, e.g. text sentiment analysis, machine translation, computational semantics, computer-supported language learning, computational simulations of language behavior. We are willing to consider other, similar specializations.
The teaching duties will be concentrated on databases, language processing, usability and/or simulation. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to research, including grant proposals, and will be asked to assume a share of organizational tasks, e.g. recruitment, communication or software/hardware support.

• A Ph.D. degree in (Computational) Linguistics or a related field such as Linguistics, Computer Science, or Artificial Intelligence.
• Proven research ability documented by publications.
• Proven interest and success in computational studies is a must.
• Ability to work independently and interest in interdisciplinary research.
• Willingness to learn Dutch and to locate in Groningen.

Terms and Conditions of Employment
The salary for this lecturer position is starting from € 3195,- (scale 11.0) on a full-time base. Commencement of employment is Aug. 2011. The duration of contract is 70% for three years. We foresee reserving 20% for research so that teaching responsibilities would be 50% for teaching.
For additional information, please see
or contact
prof. dr.ir. John Nerbonne
e-mail: j.nerbonne(removeme)rug.nl
tel.: +31 50 363 58 15

Your application should include a cover letter, including remarks on how this position fits in your career goals, a current curriculum vitae (including a list of publications), a sketch of current research interests and the name and e-mail addresses of two referees.
Please submit applications by 15 Apr 2011 to:
University of Groningen
Personnel and Organization Department

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number
2 PhD positions and 1 postdoc position in Logic and Language at TiLPS, Tilburg University. Deadline: April 15 2011
The Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) invites applications for two four-year full-time PhD positions and one two-year postdoc position, commencing June 1st, 2011:

1 PhD student in Natural Logic and Linguistic Semantics
1 PhD student in Computational Logic and Natural Reasoning
1 postdoc researcher in Natural Logic and Natural Reasoning

Individuals are encouraged to apply who have an interest in logical and computational theories of ordinary reasoning, natural logic, and/or linguistic semantics and who want to investigate these topics in a setting of tableau theorem proving and model checking. The positions are part of the program "Towards Logics that Model Natural Reasoning", funded by a Free Competition grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and led by Reinhard Muskens. More information about this program and about the projects can be found at tinyurl.com/tilnatlog.

The two PhD students are required to complete a PhD thesis within maximally four years. These positions are open to candidates with a master's degree or equivalent. The successful candidate for the postdoc position must have a PhD in a relevant area.

We expect the willingness to work in an international interdisciplinary research environment. The PhD candidates will receive a starting salary of 2042 Euro gross per month in the first year. The salary in the last year is 2612 Euro. The postdoctoral researcher will receive a starting salary ranging from 2977 to 3195 Euro gross per month, depending on experience.

Applications (in English) should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a two-page research proposal, and the names of two references. Only applications made with the help of our Application Wizard will be taken into consideration:

- Go to tinyurl.com/tilvacs
- Click on the relevant vacancy
- Click "apply directly".

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2011. For more information about TiLPS, visit tinyurl.com/tilps.
4 PhD positions in Linguistics, UIL OTS Utrecht University. Deadline: April 18 2011
Utrecht University, founded in 1636, has developed into one of Europe’s largest and most prominent institutes 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 culture, history, arts, literature, media, language, philosophy and theology, covering the period from classical antiquity to the present day. We pay special attention to interdisciplinary and international collaboration, the use of new media, and high-quality teaching and research. The research programmes are organised in four institutes:
Research Institute for History and Culture (OGC),
Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS),
ZENO Research Institute for Philosophy,
Research Institute for Theology and Religious Studies (INTEGON).
The Utrecht University Graduate School of Humanities monitors and guarantees the outstanding quality of education programmes for Research Master and PhD students.

The enthusiastic colleagues, the workplaces and excellent facilities both in the modern Uithof and the historic town centre of Utrecht provide a stimulating, professional atmosphere.
The faculty of Humanities offers attractive terms of employment.

About 130 researchers are affiliated to the UiL OTS, with 19 full professors, a dozen postdocs en roughly 50 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.

As part of the NWO graduate pilot programme, the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS, Utrecht University) is offering

4 PhD positions in Linguistics: The Study of the Language Faculty
starting October 1, 2011 at the latest
vacancy number 681114

The graduate programme pilot has been awarded on the basis of the quality of the research Institute and graduate School, which includes PhD training and supervision. Successful candidates will be offered the opportunity to participate in the ‘PhD rotation’, a period of several weeks within the period (June - September 2011) during which they will acquaint themselves thoroughly with the Institute and convert their research proposals into full-blown workplans. The PhD rotation has as its explicit aims to allow students a better grounded choice of supervisor and a head start into their projects. Some form of financial compensation for the time spent in the rotation will be negotiable.

In addition, in the (very) near future the Institute will be offering up to 6 further PhD positions in the following NWO projects:
• Marjo van Koppen 'The Uniformity of linguistic variation: subject-predicate relations' www.let.uu.nl/~Marjo.vanKoppen/personal/VIDI-project.htm;
• Aoju Chen 'Get the focus right: a cross-linguistic study on prosodic encoding of focus in children' www.mpi.nl/people/chen-aoju/research
• Jos van Berkum 'Moving the language user - Affect and perspective in discourse processing' www.uu.nl/university/research/NL/focusgebieden/NCU/Current/Pages/ViciforJosvanBerkem.aspx
If suitable candidates for any of these latter positions emerge from the present call for applications, they might be considered for them as well. Note, however, that formal calls for these three projects will be published separately (Van Koppen & Chen in April, Van Berkum in

The PhD positions involve research training and aim at the completion of a PhD dissertation within a maximum of 4 years. As part of their training, PhD students will take courses offered by the National Graduate School in Linguistics (LOT).

Applicants should have an MA degree (or nearing completion, expected graduation by the summer of 2011) in theoretical linguistics, computational linguistics or experimental linguistics (language acquisition, psycholinguistics, phonetics, text linguistics), or a linguistically oriented background from a related field like psychology, information science, communication studies, etc. Applicants should speak and write fluent English.

Employment conditions
For all projects, we offer a full-time PhD position to a maximum of 4 years, with a gross monthly salary starting at €2.042,- in the first year to €2.612,- in the fourth year of appointment. We also offer a pension scheme, a health insurance allowance and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities and are supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% per year. PhD students will undergo assessment after 18 months.
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. Students are invited to participate in the Academic Professionalism programme of transferrable skills offered by the Graduate School.

How to apply?
Applications (by e-mail) should include a 3-5 p project proposal consisting of a research question well-grounded in existing literature, supplemented with a research strategy, provisional plan and bibliography.
The application should also include a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae including contact and personal details, transcripts of academic results, an MA thesis or alternative piece of written work, certified copies of most recent diploma and passport, and the contact details of two referees (names, affiliations and phone numbers or e-mail addresses). Preferably, reference letters are included.

Applications that do not include a research proposal will not be taken into consideration. Candidates are free to come up with their own research topic, but they are strongly advised to visit the UiL OTS research groups document on the website and explicitly target their proposal at one or more of the local research groups.

The deadline for receipt of applications is April 18, 2011, 9 a.m. CET.

Applications in pdf or docx/doc format should be sent to HR department, humanitiesjobs.gw(removeme)uu.nl. Please specify your name and vacancy number (681114) in the message as well as in the topic, include a list of attachments in the message, and specify your name in each attachment title.

Receipt of your application will be confirmed within five working days.
The first round of interviews will be conducted during the first week of May, either in person or by telephone. The results will be communicated to interviewees by May 10.

Candidates accepted for the second round may choose to submit additional written work (for example, a finished MA thesis), or certified copies of diplomas and passport (provided regular copies are included in the original application). These additional materials should be submitted to Maaike Schoorlemmer by e-mail by May 20, 2011.

The second round of interviews will be conducted in Utrecht on May 25/26, 2011.

Final decisions will be made by June 1, 2011.
The preferred starting date for the employment contracts will be October 1st, 2011.

For further information, please contact the UiL-OTS PhD coordinator Dr Maaike Schoorlemmer, e-mail M.Schoorlemmer at uu.nl, telephone +31-30-2536183/6006, or consult our institute website: www-uilots.let.uu.nl/.
PhD position Neurolinguistic profiles of developmental dyslexia (0,8 fte), CLCG Groningen. Deadline: April 25 2011


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage what are currently 27,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The university is an equal opportunities employer. Because women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.

Job description

The research programme Neurolinguistic profiles of developmental dyslexia in a longitudinal perspective (funded by NWO) forms a continuation of the Dutch Dyslexia Programme (DDP): a longitudinal study that started in 1998, in which 180 children with a familial risk of dyslexia, and over 100 control children have been studied from the age of 2 months until 10 years. The DDP yielded a worldwide unique, longitudinal data-set; the research population is still available.
In the present programme, this context allows us to further study the phonological and literacy development of these children, and to address the following intriguing question. Although about 40% to 60% of children from dyslexic parents are diagnosed with dyslexia (labeled DYS), the remaining at-risk children learn to read and spell within normal ranges (nonDYS). The crucial question is how the differences between affected and unaffected children in reading abilities relate to risk factors and protecting factors in neurolinguistic processing.

In close collaboration with a parallel project at the UvA, this project monitors the higher order reading acquisition process by means of fMRI combined with EEG (ERP) measurements while the children perform increasingly complex reading tasks requiring integration of phonological, lexical and semantic processes. Theoretical and technical support is available. Task of the PhD-student is to set up, conduct, analyze and publish this exciting series of experiments.

• (Research) Master's degree in experimental or clinical linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, neurolinguistics, learning disabilities, or related field
• experience/affinity with neurophysiology (EEG, \ERP) and/or brain-imaging (fMRI)
• good knowledge of statistical analysis
• C-command of the English language
• excellent writing skills.
Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,042 gross per month in the first year to € 2,612 gross per month in the fourth year (figures based on full employment). The 80% appointment is temporary for a specified period of five years. The position requires residence in Groningen, 32 hours/week research and research training, and must result in a PhD dissertation. After the first year there will be an assessment of the candidate's results and the progress of the project to decide whether the employment will be continued.

The PhD candidate will be affiliated with the Neurolinguistics group of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. This institute embraces all the Linguistics research in the faculty. The PhD project will be performed in collaboration with the research school BCN, Neuroimaging Center (NIC), UMCG. The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the research training programme of the Graduate School for the Humanities.

How to apply:
You can apply for this vacancy until the closing date of 25 April 2011.

Please include in your application:
• a letter of motivation in English
• a curriculum vitae
• a copy of diplomas and a list of grades; a passport copy
• the names and contact details of two academic referees.

Please upload your application in two files: 1) movitation letter and 2) CV together with the other required documents as one pdf-file (200dpi scans; the entire document should not exceed 10 Mb) by using the application link below. Do NOT send your application to the e-mail addresses mentioned in this text. Incomplete dossiers will not be taken into consideration. Interviews with a selection of the best candidates will presumably take place in week 19.

Starting date of the PhD project from June 1st, 2011.

For information you can contact:

Prof. Ben A.M. Maassen, principal investigator, b.a.m.maassen(removeme)rug.nl
Ms Wyke van der Meer (for practical information), w.a.van.der.meer(removeme)rug.nl

Additional information:
Center for Language and Cognition Groningen
1 PhD position in language acquisition/semantics, University of Groningen. Deadline: May 1, 2011


The Faculty of Philosophy is seeking a PhD candidate for the ERC funded research project BLENDS (Between Direct and Indirect Discourse--Shifting Perspective in Blended Discourse) of Dr. Emar Maier.

The ability to talk about what others say or think is a key aspect of human cognition. For instance, reported speech constructions (he said it was raining) are claimed to be part of what sets human language apart from that of apes and other animals. In addition, the acquisition of this construction has been related to the acquisition of Theory of Mind, i.e. the ability to reason with the fact that other people have beliefs and desires distinct from one’s own. BLENDS tries to unravel how speech reporting in natural language works. It rejects the traditional rigid distinction between direct discourse (John said, "I’m a fool") and indirect discourse (John said that he's a fool), and proposes an alternative framework of “Blended Discourse”. We test this proposal empirically in signed languages, child language and Ancient Greek.

The position advertised is for the child language subproject, called “The acquisition of the direct--indirect distinction”. Its aim is to investigate if, when, and how children acquire an adult-like conception of the distinction between direct and indirect discourse. The hypothesis is that children start out with a flexible reporting mode where they can freely mix the reporter’s and reportee’s perspectives.

The ideal candidate has
an interest and background in experimental linguistics and formal semantics
an MA or MSc degree in a field relevant to the project (e.g. linguistics, philosophy, A.I. psychology,...),
fluency in Dutch and English
an interest and background in working with children
A detailed outline of the research project can be requested by sending an email to filosofie(removeme)rug.nl.

The PhD position is for a period of four years on a full time basis. The gross monthly salary will range between 2042 euro per month in the first year to 2612 euro per month in the fourth year. The successful applicant will be working under direct supervision of Dr. Emar Maier (Faculty of Philosophy) with co-supervision of promotores Prof. dr. Igor Douven (Faculty of Philosophy) and Prof. dr. Petra Hendriks (Faculty of Arts). The objective of the appointment is to conceive of and conduct child language experiments, publish the results in research articles, and write a dissertation on the acquisition of reported. speech. The preferred starting date is July 1st 2011.

Research environment
Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education. The current project will be co-hosted by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy of the Faculty of Philosophy, and the Semantics and Cognition group within the CLCG (Center for Language and Cognition Groningen) of the Faculty of Arts. Hence, the successful candidate will be based partly at the Faculty of Philosophy, and partly at the Faculty of Arts.

To apply for the position, please send an email to filosofie(removeme)rug.nl and attach
a curriculum vitae, detailing academic qualifications, grades, and a list of publications if applicable,
a letter explaining your motivation, your interest in the project, and your competence in the research field,
a writing sample of about 5,000 words as well as your MA/MSc thesis,
the name and contact details of two referees.
The closing date is May 1, 2011. Interviews will be held later in May.
4 PhD Fellows, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. Deadline: may 1 2011
The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is the Institute for linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University. www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/. LUCL coordinates the research of about 60 permanent faculty members, 50 PhD students and 30 post-docs. LUCL is looking for:

4 PhD STUDENTS (4 years, 38 hrs a week or 5 years, 30,4 hrs a week)
vacancy number: 11-085

starting on 1 September 2011.

There are two positions available for candidates with their own research proposal (project I and II); one on the project “Voices on Birch bark” (project III) and one on the project “Dialects entangled” (project IV).

Research at LUCL.

Leiden University has a long tradition in research in the world’s languages and boasts unique linguistic expertise in all corners of the earth. LUCL combines current theoretical insights and modern experimental methods in its research profile area “Language Diversity in the World”. For more information, see:

Tasks (for all positions)

conducting original research on a relevant topic;

writing of a PhD thesis;

submitting research results for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals;

presenting papers at (international) conferences;

teaching of at least two undergraduate courses, normally one in the second and one in the third year of the appointment;

organizing and participating in reading and discussions groups, seminars, workshops within LUCL.

Requirements (for all positions)

a Master or equivalent degree in a relevant field;

a curious, enterprising, and creative mind and excellent analytical skills;

good writing skills and an excellent command of English;

ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Conditions of employment (for all positions)

The position of PhD Student is temporary for a maximum of four years (full-time appointment), and with an initial 18-month probationary period. The salary is determined in accordance with the current scales as set out in the Collective Labour Agreement for the Dutch universities (CAO):
€ 2.042,= to € 2.612,= gross per month, with additional holiday pay and end-of-year bonus. Candidates form outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

PhD Position I and II

Vacancy number: 11- 085a

Two positions for PhD students are available on a research topic that is selected by the student him/herself, in consultation with one of the LUCL members of staff.

For one of these positions the candidate should submit the following documents (in English; documents to be submitted electronically):

Document 1 (name: proposal-surname applicant; e.g. proposal-Mous.doc) in the following format:

curriculum vitae;

stating your motivation for the position (200 words maximum);

research proposal (2.000 words maximum);

the name of a possible supervisor within LUCL;

a short letter of recommendation from your MA thesis supervisor, to be sent by separate email to
lucl(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl ;

copies of your academic transcripts (or Dutch cijferlijst).

NOTE: if the proposal is not in the requested format or if it exceeds the amount of words indicated, it will not be taken into account.

Document 2 (name: thesis-surname applicant; e.g. thesis-Mous.doc):

copy of your MA thesis.

For further information on these projects please contact Mr. Prof. Dr. Maarten Mous,
m.mous(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl or on practical matters Mrs. Gea Hakker, g.c.hakker(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Applicants should submit their application (documents as described above) before 1 May 2011. Applications should be sent to vacatureslucl(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl, clearly indicating the application number.

Please note that the letter of recommendation should be sent to lucl(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.

PhD Position III

“Voices on Birchbark: Reconstructing the pragmatics of Old Russian birchbark letters”
Vacancy number: 11 – 085b

Project description
This project studies pragmatic peculiarities in the corpus of medieval birchbark letters which have been discovered in annual excavations in Novgorod as well as in other archaeological sites in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. The main goal is to relate recent insights in this particular field to general notions of deixis and (co-)referentiality and of the role of orality in written communication in pre-modern societies.

A full project description can be found at: www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/job-opportunities/project-description-voices-on-birchbark.html.

For this position the candidate should submit the following documents (in English; documents to be submitted electronically):

Document 1 (name: proposal-surname applicant; e.g. proposal-Mous.doc) in the following format:

curriculum vitae;

stating your motivation for the position;

copies of your academic transcripts (or Dutch cijferlijst);

a short letter of recommendation from your MA thesis supervisor, to be sent by separate email to lucl(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Document 2 (name: thesis-surname applicant; e.g. thesis-Mous.doc):

copy of your MA thesis.

For this project an advanced level of Russian is essential; general knowledge in the field of pragmatics and philology is desirable.

For more information on this project or a full project description, please contact Mr. Prof. Dr. Jos Schaeken, j.schaeken(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl or Mr. Prof. Dr. Ton van Haaften, t.van.haaften(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Applicants should submit their application (documents as described above) before 1 May 2011. Applications should be sent to vacatureslucl(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl, clearly indicating the application number.

Please note that the letter of recommendation should be sent to lucl(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.

PhD Position IV

“Dialects entangled: language contact between Albanian and Southern Italian dialects”
Vacancy number: 11 – 085c

Project description
This project studies grammatical changes in Albanian (Arbėreshė) dialects spoken in three regions of Southern Italy. The goal is to help document these dialects, which have not received a lot of linguistic attention so far, as well as to bring these data to bear on our general understanding of language contact phenomena.

A full project description can be found at:

For this position the candidate should submit the following documents (in English; documents to be submitted electronically):

Document 1 (name: proposal-surname applicant; e.g. proposal-Mous.doc) in the following format:

curriculum vitae;

stating your motivation for the position;

a short letter of recommendation from your MA thesis supervisor, to be sent by separate email to lucl(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl;

copies of your academic transcripts (or Dutch cijferlijst).

Document 2 (name: thesis-surname applicant; e.g. thesis-Mous.doc):

copy of your MA thesis.

For this project knowledge of Albanian and/or Italian is crucial. The candidate will be expected to write a PhD Thesis in English on the topic of the research proposal. The MA Thesis and the letters of recommendation can be submitted in their original language.

For more information on this project, please contact:
Mrs. Prof. Dr. Roberta D’Alessandro, r.dalessandro(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl;
Mr. Prof. Dr. Marc van Oostendorp, m.van.oostendorp(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl or
Mr. Dr. Michiel de Vaan, m.a.c.de.vaan(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Applicants should submit their application (documents as described above) before 1 May 2011. Applications should be sent to vacatureslucl(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl, clearly indicating the application number.

Please note that the letter of recommendation should be sent to lucl(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.
2 Assistenten-In-Opleiding syntaxis van de Nederlandse dialecten, UIL OTS Utrecht. Deadline: 9 Mei 2011
Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen
De Universiteit Utrecht, gesticht in 1636, is een van de grootste en meest vooraanstaande universiteiten van Europa. De faculteit Geesteswetenschappen biedt met bijna 7000 studenten en bijna 900 medewerkers een stimulerende en dynamische werkomgeving. Onze onderwijs- en onderzoeksprogramma’s richten zich op taal, cultuur, geschiedenis, kunsten, literatuur, media, filosofie en theologie, van de Oudheid tot heden. Tot de speerpunten behoren interdisciplinaire en internationale samenwerking, uitmuntende kwaliteit van onderzoek en onderwijs, en het gebruik van nieuwe media. Het onderzoek is ondergebracht in vier instituten:
- Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Cultuur (OGC),
- Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS),
- ZENO (Leids-Utrechts onderzoekinstituut voor wijsbegeerte)
- Instituut voor Theologisch en Godsdienstwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (INTEGON)
De Utrecht University Graduate School of Humanities waarborgt de hoogwaardige kwaliteit van het onderwijs voor onderzoeksmasterstudenten en promovendi.

De enthousiaste collega’s, de werkplekken en uitstekende voorzieningen op de moderne Uithof en in de historische binnenstad van Utrecht zorgen voor een inspirerend werkklimaat. Bovendien biedt de faculteit Geesteswetenschappen aantrekkelijke arbeidsvoorwaarden.

Bij het UiL OTS werken een kleine honderd onderzoekers waaronder 19 hoogleraren, een vijftiental postdocs en ongeveer 50 promovendi. Het doel van het UiL OTS is het ontwikkelen van wetenschappelijke expertise op het gebied van taal, spraak en hun gebruik. Het instituut is penvoerder van de Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap.

In het kader van het (NWO-)VIDI-onderzoeksprogramma “The uniformity of linguistic diversity: Subject-Predicate relations’ is bij het onderzoeksinstituut UiL OTS plaats voor

2 Assistenten-In-Opleiding syntaxis van de Nederlandse dialecten (1,0)
startdatum 1-10-2011, vac. nr. 681116

Programma. Het (NWO-)VIDI-onderzoeksprogramma “The uniformity of linguistic diversity: Subject-Predicate relations” onderzoekt de syntactische variatie betreffende subject-predicaatrelaties (d.w.z. de relatie tussen het subject Jan en het predicaat lacht in Jan lacht) op drie verschillende niveaus van vergelijking: macrovariatie (variatie tussen ongerelateerde talen zoals het Japans en het Nederlands), synchrone microvariatie (variatie tussen gerelateerde talen zoals het Limburgs en het Utrechts) en diachrone microvariatie (variatie tussen bijvoorbeeld het Middellimburgs en het hedendaagse Limburgs).

Het theoretisch kader van het project als geheel is dat van de generatieve taalkunde. Het programma omvat drie deelprojecten: twee AiO-projecten en een project voor de projectleider.

De werkzaamheden van beide AiO’s omvatten de volgende twee componenten:
• Het opstellen van een corpus met dialectgegevens van de Nederlandse dialecten door de eeuwen heen (van de Middelnederlandse dialecten tot en met het hedendaagse dialecten);
• Het uitvoeren van syntactisch onderzoek naar de variatie betreffende het subject (project a) of het predicaat (project b).
De projectleider benadert de variatie vanuit een meer macrotypologische hoek.

Een volledige projectbeschrijving kan worden gevonden op deze website: www.let.uu.nl/~Marjo.vanKoppen/personal/VIDI-project.htm

Het doel van de AIO-aanstelling is dat u een opleiding volgt tot wetenschappelijk onderzoeker die uitmondt in een dissertatie binnen een periode van 3,5 (maximaal 4) jaar bij 1,0 FTE. Als onderdeel van uw opleiding wordt u in de gelegenheid gesteld onderwijs te volgen binnen de Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap.
Wij zoeken een promovendus met enthousiasme voor deze taalwetenschappelijke vragen en grote bereidheid en vermogen tot nauwe samenwerking in teamverband.
Kandidaten dienen afgestudeerd te zijn in de taalwetenschap, neerlandistiek, of een andere taalstudie, aantoonbare affiniteit te hebben met de generatieve taalkunde en een uitstekende beheersing van het Nederlands en Engels te hebben.Tot aanbeveling strekt: ervaring met onderzoek naar microvariatie en/of ervaring met diachroon onderzoek (d.w.z. bronnen-onderzoek naar oudere fasen van het Nederlands of een andere taal). Zij die binnenkort afstuderen (maar een maand vóór de startdatum) kunnen ook solliciteren.

Wij bieden een aanstelling als AIO voor de duur van 18 maanden per 1 october 2011 met, na evaluatie, de mogelijkheid tot verlenging met nog eens minimaal 2 jaar (1,0 FTE). De omvang van de functie is 80 tot 100%. Uw salaris bedraagt in het eerste jaar € 2.042,- bruto per maand en loopt op tot € 2.492,- bruto per maand in het derde jaar (volgens de CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten) bij een volledige aanstelling.
Binnen de aanstelling kunt u rekenen op goede secundaire arbeidsvoorwaarden. Verder wordt u in de gelegenheid gesteld om u binnen een stimulerende en innovatieve onderzoeksomgeving met veel internationale contacten wetenschappelijk breed te ontwikkelen. U volgt colleges van experts uit binnen- en buitenland en er zijn uitstekende mogelijkheden voor congresbezoek. Tevens zijn er ruime experimentele en informatiseringsvoorzieningen.

Heeft u belangstelling? Dan kunt u voor nadere inlichtingen contact opnemen met de projectleider dr.Marjo van Koppen; telefoon (030)253 4936, j.m.vankoppen(removeme)uu.nl. Verdere informatie over het project kunt u vinden op de website: www.let.uu.nl/~Marjo.vanKoppen/personal/VIDI-project.htm

Voor algemene informatie over de aio-posities kunt u ook contact opnemen met de AIO-coördinator dr. Maaike Schoorlemmer, telefoon (030) 253 6183, e-mail m.schoorlemmer at uu.nl. U kunt ook onze website bezoeken: www-uilots.let.uu.nl/

Uw sollicitatie o.v.v. het vacaturenummer (681116) gaat vergezeld van een uitgebreid curriculum vitae en twee referenties (of evt. naam en e-mail adres van twee referenten), met een scriptie / MA-thesis en een lijst van gevolgde cursussen en behaalde resultaten.
Zend uw sollicitatie per e-mail (pdf- of doc-formaat) aan humanitiesjobs.gw(removeme)uu.nl. Vermeld uw naam en het vacaturenummer in zowel het e-mailbericht als in de onderwerpregel, geef in het bericht een opsomming van alle bijlagen en vermeld in de documentsnaam van elke bijlage uw naam.
Uw sollicitatie moet uiterlijk 9 mei 2011 om 9:00 's ochtends bij ons binnen zijn.
Sollicitatiegesprekken staan gepland op 9 juni 2011.
Geen acquisitie naar aanleiding van deze advertentie.
PHD STUDENTSHIP IN NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING, University of Edinburgh. Deadline: May 15 2011
Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation School of Informatics University of Edinburgh

The Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC) at the University of Edinburgh invites applications for a three-year PhD studentship starting in September 2011. ILCC is dedicated to the pursuit of basic and applied research on computational approaches to language, communication and cognition.

The studentship is associated with the EPSRC project "An Integrated Model of Syntactic and Semantic Prediction in Human Language Processing". The aim of this project is to develop a model that combines probabilistic incremental parsing with compositional distributional semantics in order to achieve a broad-coverage account of human language processing that can simulate reading time data. The project will also apply this model to NLP tasks such as text simplification.

The student will be supervised by Dr. Frank Keller and Dr. Mirella Lapata, and will work on a topic drawn from following research areas:

o probabilistic parsing, including incremental parsing, unsupervised
parsing, and crosslinguistic parsing

o distributional models of semantics, including compositional and
syntax-aware vector-space models and topic models

o models of human language processing, including models that integrate
syntactic and semantic processing

o models of eye-tracking data in reading, including applications such
as text simplification

The successful candidate will have a good honors degree or equivalent in computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, computer science, or a related discipline. He/she will have strong programming skills and previous experience in natural language processing, e.g., in parsing, distributional semantics, or probabilistic modeling.

The studentship covers maintenance at the research council rate of around GBP 13 500 per year, plus tuition fees at the EU/UK rate.
Applications are restricted to UK/EU citizens. The start date of the studentship is flexible, but can be no earlier than September 1, 2011.

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Frank Keller
(keller(removeme)inf.ed.ac.uk) or Dr. Mirella Lapata (mlap(removeme)inf.ed.ac.uk). To apply, please follow the instructions at:


As your research area, please select "Institute of Communicating and Collaborative Systems". On the application form under "Research Project", please state "EPSRC Studentship: SynSem".

Application deadline: May 15, 2011.

Applications received after the deadline may be considered, but this cannot be guaranteed.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for taaldag Belgische Kring voor Linguitiek, 7 mei 2011. Deadline: April 2011

Dit jaar zal de Belgische Kring voor Linguļstiek zijn 75e verjaardag vieren, en dat willen wij graag feestelijk in de verf zetten op de jaarlijkse Taaldag, op 7 mei 2011 aan de Universiteit Antwerpen (Stadscampus). Enerzijds door de beproefde formule voor één keer wat op te smukken: naast de traditionele 20’-lezingen door de leden, zullen ook een paar gerenommeerde Belgische linguļsten van verschillende universiteiten, die nauwe banden gehad hebben (en/of nog hebben) met de BKL en werkzaam zijn in verschillende domeinen en op verschillende talen, een plenaire lezing houden: Johan van der Auwera, Guido Vanden Wyngaerd, Marc Dominicy en Marc Wilmet. Anderzijds proberen we die dag een record aantal deelnemers bijeen te brengen, en, indien mogelijk, ook voor de BKL het record aantal leden (125) van 2006 te overtreffen. En tot slot bieden we u met plezier een feestelijke receptie aan.
Verdere informatie over de precieze locatie en het programma worden later per mail meegedeeld aan alle geļnteresseerden.



Iedereen die lid is (of wordt) van de BKL (d.w.z. die een ledenfiche heeft ingevuld via de website en de contributie voor 2011 heeft betaald) kan op die taaldag van mei een lezing geven (20’ +10’ discussie) over gelijk welk taalkundig onderwerp, in het Nederlands, Frans, Engels of een andere taal naar keuze. BKL-lidmaatschap kost slechts 20€ (of 40€ indien u tegelijk een het laatste nummer wenst van de Belgian Journal of Linguistics) en kan verkregen worden door de hiertoe bestemde fiche in te vullen op de BKL-website ( www.bkl-cbl.be).
Abstracts voor de taaldag 2011 (400 ą 600 woorden, eventuele referentielijst niet inbegrepen) dienen per email-attachment te worden verstuurd naar Astrid De Wit (Astrid.DeWit(removeme)ua.ac.be), met vermelding van naam/namen en affiliatie(s) van de auteur(s). Dit kan tot uiterlijk zondag 10 april 2011.
Mogen wij U vragen bij het opsturen van uw abstract te willen vermelden in uw mail of U op de taaldag wenst deel te nemen aan de lunch in de Universiteitsclub (mits een kleine persoonlijke bijdrage) en op te geven of U vlees of vegetarisch wenst te eten.
Ook leden (en niet-leden) die geen lezing geven maar de taaldag (die voor iedereen gratis is) wensen bij te wonen en die aan de lunch wensen deel te nemen, dienen zich daarvoor in te schrijven bij Astrid De Wit.
Call for papers for conference SINN UND BEDEUTUNG 16, UIL OTS Utrecht, September 6-8 2011. Deadline: April 15 2011
The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS is pleased to announce the 16th Sinn und Bedeutung conference, which will take place from 6 to 8 September 2011 in Utrecht.

The invited speakers are:

* Maria Aloni (ILLC, University of Amsterdam)
* Chris Barker (New York University)
* Lisa Matthewson (University of British Columbia)
* Susan Rothstein (Bar-Ilan University)

We invite submissions devoted to natural language semantics, pragmatics, cross-linguistic semantics, the syntax-semantics interface, psycholinguistic studies related to meaning, and the philosophy of language.

45 papers will be selected for a 45 (35+10) minute presentation.

One person can submit at most one abstract as a sole author and one as co-author. We will not accept abstracts that at the time of the deadline have been published or accepted for publication.

Abstracts should be anonymous, in the form of a PDF file, at most 2 pages in length, including examples and references, using a 12 pt.
font with 2.5 cm (or 1 inch) margins on all sides. You will be also required to submit a short abstract (10 lines). Abstracts can be submitted via EasyChair.

The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS will organise two workshops as satellite events, one on degree semantics, and another one on weak referentiality. Details about the workshops will appear on the conference website.

Deadline for 2-page abstract submission: April 15
Notification of acceptance: June 15
Conference dates: September 6-8

Organisers: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS Gesellschaft für Semantik (GfS)

Contact us at: subutrecht(removeme)gmail.com
Conference website: www.hum.uu.nl/sub16/
Call for papers for international conference 'French as Lingua Franca in the Low Countries', December 15-16 2011 Brussels . Deadline: April 15 2011
Call for papers for Call for Papers: international conference French as Lingua Franca in the Low Countries during the long nineteenth century (1800-1914). Cases of histoire croisée and transnational cultural transfer
Date: December 15-16, 2011
Location: Brussels, Belgium

Further Information: see below

Proposals of no more than 300 words can be sent to fransalslinguafranca(removeme)gmail.com before 15 April 2011.

Participants will be noticed before 15 May.


During the long nineteenth century, French functioned as the lingua franca in Europe, as it was used for cultural contacts of the Low Countries with France and the Francophone part of Belgium as well as for contact with remote or peripheral areas. On the one hand, this situation implied that Francophone literature had an enormous influence on literature in Dutch and that, in the use of French, the first signs of a growing cosmopolitanism could be observed. This open-mindedness also implied an interest for literature in Dutch. On the other hand, the high status of French brought with it that the Dutch and Belgians came into contact with other literatures, for instance Russian literature, and connected with writers who did not use French in the first place for their own literary work.
For this conference, departing from the Low Countries and preferably using the method of ‘pragmatic induction’ presented by histoire croisée, we want to trace the ways in which literature in French (not limited to French literature) has influenced cultural life in general. This implies both the interaction with French-writing fellow-countrymen in the Netherlands and Belgium, with French literature itself, as well as the contacts using French in the European and global context. Special attention is paid to cultural intercrossings in history, such as the 1848 revolution, the inauguration of the five-yearly state prize in 1855, the publication of Charles de Coster’s La Légende d’Ulenspiegel in 1867, Victor Hugo’s first grand tour, the journal Van Nu en Straks, etcetera. More than has been the case till now, we want to stimulate textual evidence.
Possible approaches for this transnational study (both synchronic as diachronic) include travel accounts and lecture trips, translations and critiques, mediators and exiles, journals, clubs and associations, publishers and libraries, literary, theatrical and other artistic representations.

From these perspectives, the following questions arise:
On a general cultural level:
- What was the role of French in the formation of a national or transnational identity: were national borders marked or transgressed?
- Should the use of French be considered a pragmatic issue or did it imply a transfer of norms and values?
- Did the use of French enhance a particular look on other cultures?
- To what extent was French as a cultural or literary language challenged by the upcoming / progressing English language?
- What was the role of cultural and socio-economic elites, students and migrants in the dissemination of French?
- Why did particular transfers fail? What kind of reactions does one see on the emerging French cultural language?
- Did bilingualism play a role in the transfer?
- Which consequences did the dissemination of French have for its homeland France?

On a specifically literary level:
- Which decisive moments of cultural intercrossings are to be seen in the nineteenth century?
- Which genres dominated the reception of literature in French (travel accounts, fairy tales of for instance Perrault, science fiction of Jules Verne?)
- Were there new (historical or fictional) characters pushed to the fore (for instance Napoleon, the haggler)
- Which new topoi (not only Paris!) became visible (e.g. Normandy, Picardy, Pas de Calais ...)?
- Did literature change its character (more descriptive, more psychological?) due to transfers from French?
- Which foreign literatures and/or authors (e.g. Russians) became famous through the use of French?

Practical information
The conference is held in Brussels from 15 till 16 December 2011. Proposals of no more than 300 words can be sent to fransalslinguafranca(removeme)gmail.com before 15 April 2011. Participants will be noticed before 15 May.
The organizing committee: Elke Brems (HUB), Martine De Clercq (HUB), Mathijs Sanders (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen), Liselotte Vandenbussche (Hogent & UGent), Hans Vandevoorde (VUB).

Het Frans was gedurende geheel de lange negentiende eeuw dé lingua franca voor Europa, wat betekent dat het zowel gebruikt werd voor culturele contacten van de Lage Landen met Frankrijk en met het Franssprekend deel van Belgiė als met verafgelegen gebieden. Deze situatie impliceerde enerzijds dat de Franstalige literatuur een geweldige impact had op de Nederlandstalige literatuur en dat we in het Frans de eerste tekenen van een groeiend kosmopolitisme zien verschijnen. Deze openheid vertaalde zich ook in een belangstelling voor de Nederlandstalige literatuur. Anderzijds had de hoge status van het Frans tot gevolg dat Nederlanders en Belgen via die taal ook met andere literaturen (bijv. de Russische literatuur) kennis maakten en contacten legden met schrijvers die zich niet in de eerste plaats van het Frans bedienden voor hun eigen literair werk.
Met deze studiedag willen wij, uitgaand van de Lage Landen en bij voorkeur op de wijze van de ‘pragmatische inductie’ die de histoire croisée voorstaat, de wegen nagaan van de impact die literatuur in het Frans (dus niet noodzakelijk Franse literatuur) heeft gehad. Dat betekent dat zowel de uitwisseling met in het Frans schrijvende landgenoten in Nederland en Belgiė, met de Franse literatuur als de contacten in het Frans binnen de hele Europese en mondiale context onderzocht kunnen worden. Speciale aandacht gaat daarbij naar vervlechtingen, kruisingen in de geschiedenis, zoals de revolutie van 1848, de installatie van de vijfjaarlijkse staatsprijs in 1855; de verschijning van La Légende d’Ulenspiegel van Charles de Coster in 1867, de eerste rondreis van Victor Hugo, het tijdschrift Van Nu en Straks, etc. Meer dan tot nu toe in de benaderingen via de ‘histoire croisée’ het geval was, willen we ook de lectuur van teksten stimuleren.
Mogelijke invalshoeken voor deze transnationale studie (synchroon en diachronisch) zijn reisverslagen en lezingentournees, vertalingen en kritieken, bemiddelaars en ballingen,
tijdschriften en verenigingen, uitgevers en bibliotheken, literaire, theatrale en andere artistieke representaties. Uit deze perspectieven vloeien volgende vragen voort:
Op algemeen cultureel vlak:
- welke rol had het Frans bij de vorming van een nationale of transnationale identiteit: werden door het Frans nationale grenzen getrokken of doorbroken?
- was het gebruik van het Frans een pragmatische kwestie of ging het om een transfer van normen en waarden?
- welke selectieve blik op andere culturen had het gebruik van het Frans tot gevolg?
- in welke mate werd het Frans als culturele of literaire taal uitgedaagd door het oprukkende Engels?
- wat was de rol van culturele of sociaal-economische elites, studenten en migraties bij de verspreiding van het Frans?
- waardoor mislukten bepaalde transfers? Wat waren de reacties op het oprukkende Frans als cultuurtaal?
- speelde tweetaligheid een rol bij de overdracht?
- welke gevolgen had de verspreiding van het Frans voor het moederland Frankrijk?
Op specifiek literair vlak:
- welke decisieve momenten van kruisverbindingen geeft de negentiende eeuw te zien?
- welke genres (reisverhalen, sprookjes van bijv. Perrault, science fictionverhalen van Jules Verne?) domineerden de receptie van literatuur in het Frans?
- werden nieuwe (historische of fictieve) personages naar voren geschoven (bijv. Napoleon, de vrek)?
- welke nieuwe topoi (niet alleen Parijs!) werden zichtbaar (bijv. Normandiė, Picardiė, Pas de Calais, …)?
- kreeg de literatuur een nieuw karakter (descriptiever, psychologischer?) door de transfers uit het Frans?
- welke buitenlandse literaturen/auteurs werden in de eerste plaats door het Frans bekend (bijv. Russische literatuur?)
Praktische informatie:
De conferentie vindt plaats in Brussel van 15 tot 16 december 2011. Proposals kan je van maximum 300 woorden sturen naar fransalslinguafranca(removeme)gmail.com vóór 15 april 2011. Je krijgt antwoord tegen 15 mei.
Het organiserende comité: Elke Brems (HUB), Martine De Clercq (HUB), Mathijs Sanders (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen), Liselotte Vandenbussche (Hogent & UGent), Hans Vandevoorde (VUB).
Call for papers for NP2, Second International Workshop on the Structure of the Noun Phrase in English, Newcastle University, September 15-16 2011. Deadline: April 15 2011
Second International Workshop on the Structure of the Noun Phrase in English -- Synchronic and Diachronic Explorations
15 and 16 September 2011, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Following the successful NP1 workshop, held in Vigo on 2-3 October 2009, we are pleased to announce the second Vigo-Newcastle-Santiago-Leuven International Workshop on 'The structure of the noun phrase in English -- synchronic and diachronic explorations' (NP2), to be held at Newcastle University (UK) on 15 and 16 September 2011.

This workshop aims to bring together linguists currently looking at any aspect of the English noun phrase from any point of view (syntactic, pragmatic, structural, functional, textual, descriptive, synchronic or diachronic). We would therefore like to invite presentations concerned with any topic involving NPs, including the following:

* the relationship between NP-internal structure and the clausal function of NPs
* NP types, including binominal phrases, discontinuous NPs and possessive constructions
* the structural representation of NPs and their constituents
* strategies of premodification, postmodification and complementation in the NP
* headedness and NPs
* the implications of particular theoretical frameworks for NP structure
* diachronic, syntactic, cognitive and/or construction-based perspectives on any of the above

Keynote speaker:
David Denison (University of Manchester)

Abstracts must be submitted in MS Word or RTF format as an e-mail attachment to h.c.leung(removeme)ncl.ac.uk by 15 April 2011. The e-mail should use the subject header "NP2 abstract 2011". Abstracts should be not more than one page in length (single-spaced), including any references. The page should be headed only by the title of the paper and not mention the presenter(s) nor their affiliations or addresses. The accompanying e-mail should include:

(a) Title of the paper
(b) Name(s) of the author(s)
(c) Institutional affiliation(s)
(d) E-mail address(es)

Notification of acceptance will be sent out by 30 April, 2011.

Authors of papers accepted for presentation will be invited to submit their paper for publication in a special journal issue or volume with an international publisher. Papers will be subject to refereeing.

Important dates:
15 April 2011: Deadline for abstract submission 30 April 2011: Notification of acceptance or rejection
15-16 September 2011: NP2 Workshop at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Organisers: The Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS) at Newcastle University ( www.ncl.ac.uk/linguistics/).

Contact: Alex Ho-Cheong Leung at h.c.leung(removeme)ncl.ac.uk
Call for papers for SSFLA 2011, Tarragona, Spain, April 18-22, 2011. Deadline: April 17 2011

(formerly International PhD School in Formal Languages and Applications)

Tarragona, Spain, April 18-22, 2011

Organized by:
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics Rovira i Virgili University




Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Most appropriate degrees include: Computer Science and Mathematics. Other students (for instance, from Linguistics, Electrical Engineering, Molecular Biology or Logic) are welcome too provided they have a good background in discrete mathematics.

All courses will be made compatible in terms of schedule.


Franz Baader (Dresden), Automata and Logic [advanced, 4 hours] Markus Holzer (Giessen), Computational Complexity [introductory, 14 hours] Thierry Lecroq (Rouen), Text Searching and Indexing [introductory, 10 hours] Rupak Majumdar (Kaiserslautern), Software Model Checking [introductory, 10 hours] Bernhard Steffen (Dortmund), Automata Learning from Theory to Application [introductory/advanced, 18 hours] Wolfgang Thomas (Aachen), omega-Automata and Infinite Games [introductory/advanced, 6 hours] Sheng Yu (London ON), Finite Automata and Regular Languages [introductory/advanced, 8 hours]


On a voluntary basis, within 6 months after the end of the School, students will be expected to draft an individual or jointly-authored research paper on a topic covered during the classes under the guidance of the lecturing staff.


It has to be done on line at



They are variable, depending on the number of courses each student takes. The rule is:

1 hour =

- 10 euros (for payments until November 30, 2010),
- 15 euros (for payments after November 30, 2010).

The fees must be paid to the School's bank account:

Uno-e Bank (Julian Camarillo 4 C, 28037 Madrid, Spain): IBAN: ES3902270001820201823142 - Swift code: UNOEESM1 (account holder: Carlos Martin-Vide GRLMC)

Please mention SSFLA 2011 and your full name in the subject. An invoice will be provided on site. Bank transfers should not involve any expense for the School.

People registering on site at the beginning of the School must pay in cash. For the sake of local organization, however, it is recommended to complete the registration and the payment earlier.


Information about accommodation is provided on the website of the School.


Students will be delivered a diploma stating the courses attended, their contents, and their duration. Those participants who will choose to be involved in a research paper will receive an additional certificate at the end of the task, independently on whether the paper will finally get published or not.


Announcement of the programme: October 8, 2010 Starting of the registration: October 11, 2010 Early registration deadline: November 30, 2010 Starting of the School: April 18, 2011 End of the School: April 22, 2011


Carlos Martin-Vide: carlos.martin(removeme)urv.cat




SSFLA 2011
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics Rovira i Virgili University Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain

Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-558386
Call for papers for taalbeheersingscongres TAALGEBRUIK & DIVERSITEIT, December 21-23 2011 Leiden. Deadline: Mei 16 2011
Call for papers VIOT 2011
Op 21, 22 en 23 december 2011 vindt aan de Universiteit Leiden het 12e taalbeheersingscongres van de Vereniging voor Interuniversitair Overleg Taalbeheersing (VIOT) plaats. Als thema voor dit twaalfde VIOT-congres is gekozen: Taalgebruik & Diversiteit. U wordt van harte uitgenodigd om een bijdrage aan het congres te leveren.

Begrijpelijk en aanvaardbaar taalgebruik zijn de onderzoeksobjecten waarop uiteindelijk alle taalbeheersingsonderzoek is gericht. Taalbeheersers zijn immers geļnteresseerd in hoe ons taalgebruik in elkaar steekt en hoe de eigenschappen ervan verklaard kunnen worden, maar ook in hoe het geoptimaliseerd kan worden. Het laatste doel zou niet gerealiseerd kunnen worden zonder het eerste. De vraag of een concrete taaluiting begrijpelijk of aanvaardbaar is, is afhankelijk van tal van factoren, die gemakshalve vaak worden aangeduid als ‘de context’. En het is nu juist deze context die maakt dat de concepten begrijpelijk en aanvaardbaar taalgebruik geen eenduidige invulling kunnen krijgen. Om binnen het taalbeheersingsonderzoek tot betrouwbare beschrijvingen en verklaringen van en effectieve adviezen over taalgebruik te komen, is het daarom noodzakelijk antwoord te krijgen op de vraag hoe diversiteit in de context de begrijpelijkheid en aanvaardbaarheid van het taalgebruik op systematische wijze beļnvloedt. De term diversiteit moet daarbij breed worden opgevat. Hierbij valt te denken aan diversiteit in:
• talige achtergrond van de taalgebruikers
• culturele achtergrond van taalgebruikers
• gesproken en geschreven taalgebruik
• institutionele regels en conventies
• genreconventies
• het soort medium of platform waarvan gebruik wordt gemaakt.
Doel van het 12e VIOT-congres is om – naast de gebruikelijke ruimte voor andere onderwerpen – speciaal aandacht te besteden aan taalbeheersingsonderzoek waarin de samenhang tussen begrijpelijkheid of aanvaardbaarheid van taalgebruik en diversiteit centraal staat. Alle theoretische benaderingen en alle toepassingsgebieden binnen het taalbeheersingsonderzoek kunnen daarbij aan bod komen.

• abstracts kunnen worden ingediend vanaf 15 maart 2011;
• deadline voor het indienen van een abstract is maandag 16 mei 2011;
• bericht van acceptatie: uiterlijk vrijdag 8 juli 2011.

• titel: het abstract moet een informatieve titel hebben;
• trefwoorden: de inhoud van het abstract wordt in 4 trefwoorden samengevat;
• indeling: het abstract heeft de volgende indeling:
o Vraagstelling
o Theoretisch kader
o Methode
o Resultaten/analyse
o Conclusie
o Discussie (optioneel);
• referenties: het abstract mag een beperkt aantal referenties bevatten;
• lengte: de tekst van het abstract is maximaal 300 woorden, exclusief referenties.
• contactgegevens: vermeld naam, affiliatie, adres en e-mailadres van de auteur(s), samen met de titel van het abstract uitsluitend in het e-mailbericht waarbij het abstract wordt opgestuurd;
• modeldocument: voor het opstellen van het abstract dient gebruik te worden gemaakt van het modeldocument dat u op de website www.viot2011.nl kunt downloaden.

Maximum aantal abstracts
Een auteur kan maximaal 1 individueel abstract indienen en maximaal 2 als co-auteur.

Wijze van indienen
Een abstract kan alleen per e-mail worden ingediend: viot2011(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Elk abstract wordt beoordeeld door twee reviewers. Het moet geschikt zijn voor blinde beoordeling. Dit betekent dat het abstract geen enkele aanwijzing mag bevatten over wie de auteur(s) ervan is (zijn).

Organisatie en contact
Het organisatiecomité bestaat uit Ronny Boogaart, Ton van Haaften (vz), Henrike Jansen, Jaap de Jong, Maarten van Leeuwen en Arie Verhagen.
Voor vragen of informatie, mail naar viot2011(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.
Call for abstracts for Morphology Meeting 2011, Radboud University, Nijmegen, December 21-22 2011. Deadline: Juli 1 2011
From Word to Models of Language: 21-22 December 2011

After an interesting conference in Luik in 2009, this year's Morphology Meeting (De Morfologiedagen) will be hosted by the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands) on December 21th and 22th. This two-day conference is a meeting place for morphologists of all linguistic disciplines. It aims to strengthen the bonds between researchers in the field of theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, computational linguistics and psycholinguistics.

The theme ‘From Word to Models of Language' is chosen to emphasize that aspects of phonology, syntax and semantics combine with morphology. Sometimes in systematic ways and sometimes in apparently random ways. These connections can be language specific or universal. From morphemes to models; all topics with a central place for morphemes are welcome.

We would like to receive abstracts (maximally 300 words, .doc or .pdf) before the first of July on the following address: morfologiedagen2011(removeme)gmail.com. Please use the subject: ‘abstract Morphology Meeting’. The conference languages are English, Dutch and German.

Submission deadline: July 1st, 2011
Notification of acceptance: September 1st, 2011
Announcement of program: October 1st, 2011

Participation: about 80 euros (lunch and dinner included) or 40 euros (lunch included).

Organization: Arina Banga, Esther Hanssen, Anneke Neijt and Robert Schreuder
Wedstrijd Enlighten Your Research - NWO
SURFnet organiseert in samenwerking met SARA, BiG Grid en NWO de derde editie van de wedstrijd Enlighten Your Research. In deze editie worden onderzoekers uitgedaagd voorstellen in te dienen van instellingsoverstijgende samenwerkingsverbanden, die baat hebben bij een hoogwaardige netwerkverbinding tussen locaties waar e-Researchfaciliteiten aanwezig zijn. Hierbij valt te denken aan geavanceerde diensten zoals supercomputing, grid, visualisatie en grote hoeveelheden dataopslag. Researchers kunnen onderzoeksvoorstellen indienen tot en met 12 mei 2011.

Het is de eerste keer dat de organiserende partijen op deze manier hun krachten bundelen. Door inbreng van hun eigen expertise, infrastructuur en diensten proberen zij gezamenlijk het onderzoek in Nederland naar een hoger plan te brengen. Deze unieke samenwerking biedt onderzoekers de mogelijkheid om eenvoudig en efficiėnt met elkaar samen te werken via een naadloze koppeling tussen allerlei soorten infrastructurele diensten.

Deelnemers aan de wedstrijd maken kans op dataopslag, rekentijd, geavanceerde netwerkverbindingen en support bij de implementatie daarvan. Verder krijgen de winnaars een geldprijs van maximaal EUR 20,000. Daarnaast is er dit jaar een duurzaamheidsprijs voor het meest energiezuinige voorstel.

Hier zijn de wedstrijdvoorwaarden, Call for Proposals en voorbeelden van projecten uit voorgaande jaren te vinden.
WANTED: LINGUISTS interested in a Marie Curie IEF Grant
I’m working at Wuppertal University (Germany) as a full professor. To extend my working group, I’m looking for fellows interested in a Marie Curie IEF Grant. These are the facts:

• grant: a Intra?European Fellowship for Career Development (IEF)
• idea: IEFs support the career development of experienced researchers by providing
funding for a research project. The project should enhance the researcher’s
diversification of competences
• duration: 12 to 24 months
• topic of research: can be chosen freely by the researcher
• formal eligibility: experienced researchers of any nationality who have spent less
than 12 months in the last 3 years prior to the deadline in Germany
• deadline: August 2011
• qualification: postdocs and researchers with at least 4 years of research experience
(full?time equivalent) after graduation. There is no upper age limit.
• funding: salary + supplementary allowances, contribution to research and travel costs, management and overheads. Depending on research experience, the salary is between 37,000?85,000 Euros per year
Last year I applied successfully together with a fellow for an IEF Marie?Curie?Grant at the EU, so I know how it works.

More personal facts on my side are:
1) the proposal (20 pages) should be written by both of us, as the application is a joint
one ? me in the role of the host and you in the role of the researcher
2) there is a deadline in August for final submission. However, it would be better to finish the proposal end of June. Then we can hand it over to people whose job it is to help us ? there is a national contact point here (at Humboldt's) who read and comment proposals, the same in your country, there is a research unit in my rectorate who are also reading and commenting, there is Euroconsult in Bonn who likewise does it
3) the chances of success are about 20 percent, which is not bad

I DO hope that you like the idea as much as I do!
Please come back to me in case you're interested.
All the best,
Prof. Dr. Monika Rathert
Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Tel.: +49 (0)202 439 2374

In 1997, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Ministry of
Education, Culture and Science (OCW) signed a bilateral agreement to increase the possibilities for scientific cooperation between the two countries, resulting in the Van Gogh programme. The programme is administered by the FNA on the Dutch side and by EGIDE on the French side.
The objective of the Van Gogh programme is to encourage and facilitate the exchange of French and Dutch researchers within the framework of a joint research project.

Until recently the Van Gogh programme was linked to the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (Dutch: Vernieuwingsimpuls). The aim of this link is: to encourage and support the most talented (young) researchers in the Netherlands to engage in research cooperation with French research groups. An added benefit is that the quality of applicants has already been established.
As from 2009 the target group will be extended to other researchers with a record of proven excellence. Applications can be written by:
- the traditional group: veni-vidi-vici grantholders
- Spinoza prizewinners: recognizable quality
- KNAW professors and members of the Young Academy: recognizable quality
- Dutch ERC-grant holders
- Researchers that have been awarded for the excellent research by their
- Extra attention: application in alfa/gamma research.
PROCEDURE OCW only funds (the Dutch part of) the cooperation if it includes a researcher who has competed for and received a (relevant) research grant.
LINKING A FRENCH GROUP TO A DUTCH RESEARCHER Application. On the Dutch side, a researcher with an awarded research grant can submit a work plan and requested budget for the French-Dutch cooperation to FNA. It is then treated as an extension of the awarded grant and will automatically be approved if the cooperation plans are positively evaluated by both FNA and the French partner institution. On the French side, the procedure is unchanged: a separate application is tobe submitted to the appropriate institution.
Evaluation. FNA will only evaluate the cooperation plans and budget. As the scientific quality of the Dutch researcher has already been established, there is no need for additional peer review. On the French side the procedure is unchanged: approval will depend on the outcome of the external review and relative ranking of the proposals.

The maximum duration of the cooperation is two years. After one year, an extension has to be applied for together with a report on the first year.
The following budgetary restrictions apply for Dutch applicants:
The budget should not exceed € 10,000 in the 1st year (max. 2 years).
Only costs for travel and living costs are eligible (i.e. no research costs) (subsistence: up to a maximum of € 110- per day per person; travel costs: real costs up to a maximum of €300- per person, per trip). Costs for other members of the research group involved in the French – Dutch cooperation can be included. FNA will cover costs from Dutch researchers traveling to France, and vice versa.

DEADLINE 2011-2012
- May 18th 2011
- Selection committee: October 2011
- Grants will be awarded in December 2011

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