August 5th, 2011

LOT Announcements / events
Kennislink Taal & Spraak
Kennislink Taal & Spraak is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied:


Hoe groot is een olifant
Veel dreumesen van nog geen twee jaar oud gebruiken al bijvoeglijke naamwoorden als groot en hoog. Maar pas op hun zevende begrijpen ze deze termen op ‘volwassen’ niveau, concludeert taalwetenschapper Elena Tribushinina.

Hoe versta je een vreemde taal
Het verstaan van spontane gesprekken in een vreemde taal blijft vaak lastig. Dat komt doordat woorden in spontane spraak vaak niet volledig worden uitgesproken. Nieuw onderzoek moet uitwijzen hoe onze hersenen dit verwerken.
Lectures / talks / Colloquia
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
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:
Linguapolis Summer School, University of Antwerp, August 21-26 2011
Linguapolis, the Institute for Language and Communication of the University of Antwerp, conducts, from 21 to 26 August 2011, a Summer School course on qualitative and quantitative research methods in language learning and teaching:

A Toolbox for Design-Based Research

Lecturers are: Sven De Maeyer, PhD and Vincent Donche, PhD (Institute for Education and Information Sciences, University of Antwerp).

The course will focus on methodological considerations in designing and conducting empirical research. We will highlight the practical issues involved in the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Insight will be given into the most commonly used data-collection techniques such as surveys, interviews, and observation. Further we will analyse how to generate more data-driven conclusions.

The target group are researchers in language learning and teaching who need to investigate user data or results of specific design practices and experiments in a more evidence-based manner. At the end of the course each participant gets a personal consult with the lectures to discuss current research.

The number of participants is limited to 25. Timely registration (or reservation) is therefore necessary. At this moment we still have 10 places available.

Check for more information and registration or contact ann.aerts(removeme)

The third edition of the Linguapolis Summer School can be combined with several other conferences in Europe.

Eurocall 2011 at the University of Nottingham: from 31 August until 3 September

EARLI 2011 at the University of Exeter: from 30 August until 2 September

JURE 2011 at the University of Exeter: from 29 until 30 August
Workshop “The World of Reflexives”, UiL OTS, Utrecht University, August 25-27, 2011
We are happy to announce that “The World of Reflexives” workshop is going to be held at Utrecht University on August 25-27, 2011.

Our workshop is focusing on universals capturing cross-linguistic similarities in conditions on anaphoric relations. All languages have elements that for their interpretation may or must depend on another element (their antecedent). One of the approaches to explain the cross-linguistic patterns of anaphora is by decomposing them into more elementary principles, in part language independent (Everaert 1986, Reinhart & Reuland 1991, 1993, Reuland 2001, 2011). The internal structure of a reflexive and the properties of its subparts can also give clues on how the dependency relations are established.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together theoretical linguists and language experts and to discuss a wide range of anaphora related phenomena in less described languages.

Invited speakers:

Peter Cole (University of Delaware)

Denis Delfitto (University of Verona)

Claire Moyse-Faurie (LACITO-CNRS)

Johan Rooryck & Guido van den Wyngaerd (Leiden University, HU Brussels)

Karumuri V. Subbarao (University of Hyderabad)

Svetlana Toldova (Russian State University for the Humanities)

Martina Wiltschko & Rose-Marie Déchaine (UBC)

For further details and the program, please visit our webpage

If you have any questions please contact A.Volkova(removeme)
(formerly International PhD School in Language and Speech Technologies)

Tarragona, Spain, August 29 – September 2, 2011

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



Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Most appropriate degrees include: Computer Science and Linguistics. Other students (for instance, from Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, or Philosophy) are welcome too.

All courses will be compatible in terms of schedule.


Walter Daelemans (Antwerpen), Computational Stylometry [advanced, 4 hours] Robert Dale (Macquarie), Automated Writing Assistance: Grammar Checking and Beyond [intermediate, 8 hours] Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton), Computational Lexical Semantics [introductory/intermediate, 10 hours] Ralph Grishman (New York), Introduction to Information Extraction [intermediate, 8 hours] Daniel Jurafsky (Stanford), Computational Extraction of Social and Interactional Meaning [introductory/advanced, 8 hours] Chin-Hui Lee (Georgia Tech), Digital Speech Processing [intermediate, 8 hours] Yuji Matsumoto (Nara), Syntax and Parsing: Phrase Structure and Dependency Parsing [introductory, 8 hours] Diana Maynard (Sheffield), Text Mining [introductory/intermediate, 8 hours] Dan Roth (Urbana-Champaign), Structured Predictions in NLP: Constrained Conditional Models, and Integer Linear Programming in NLP [intermediate/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 June 5, 2011),
- 15 euros (for payments after June 5, 2011).

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 SSLST 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 will be provided on the website of the School.


Students will be delivered a certificate 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: April 21, 2011 Starting of the registration: April 25, 2011 Early registration deadline: June 5, 2011 Starting of the School: August 29, 2011 End of the School: September 2, 2011


Florentina-Lilica Voicu: florentinalilica.voicu(removeme)



SSLST 2011
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC) Rovira i Virgili University Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain

Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-558386
SLE 2011 – La Rioja, Logrońo, September 8-11 2011
SLE 2011 – La Rioja, Logrońo. 44th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea.

Progamme schedule available on
Workshop on Weak Referentiality, UIL OTS Utrecht University, September 9 2011
Sinn und Bedeutung satellite event: the fourth ‘Weak Referentiality’ workshop

The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS will host a workshop on Weak Referentiality on September 9, just after the 16th Sinn und Bedeutung conference. This event is organized by the members of the NWO-funded project 'Weak referentiality: bare nominals at the interface of lexicon, syntax and semantics'.

We're happy to announce the programme that includes many of the topics that have been at the center of attention of our project: bare nominals, (weak) indefinites, weak definites, scope, ... Invited speakers are Paula Menéndez-Benito (University of Göttingen) and Luis Alonso-Ovalle (McGill University).

Venue: Belle van Zuylenzaal, Utrecht Academy Building (Domplein)



Coffee/tea and Welcome


Gisi Cannizzaro, Jacolien van Rij, Saskia van den Akker, Zoė Bogart, Laura
Hemstra, jan Korterink, Kaitlin Mignella, Jessica Overweg & Petra Hendriks (University of Groningen)

"Are Dutch children delayed in their production of scrambled indefinites, too?"


Gabriella Toth (Karoli Gaspar University)

"Achievement verbs and bare deep objects"


Coffee/tea break


Shen Yuan (Fudan University)

"'Weakly referential' Bare NPs in Chinese"


Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga (Universitat Autņnoma de Barcelona)

"The distribution and interpretation of bare singular count nouns in Greek"


Lunch break


Paula Menéndez-Benito (University of Göttingen) & Luis Alonso-Ovalle (McGill University)



Coffee/tea break


Maria Cieschinger & Peter Bosch (University of Osnabrück)

"Seemingly weak definites - German preposition-determiner contractions"


Kyle Rawlins (John Hopkins University)

"Existential prepositional possessives"

Further Information

- A final update will be sent out in August so stay tuned !

- Email contact: b.s.w.lebruyn(removeme) | agostana(removeme)

- About the Weak Referentiality project :
NP2 Congress, Newcastle University, September 15-16 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, the second Vigo-Newcastle-Santiago-Leuven International Workshop on ‘The structure of the noun phrase in English -- synchronic and diachronic explorations’ (NP2), will be held at Newcastle University (UK) on 15 and 16 September 2011.
This workshop brings together linguists currently looking at various aspects of the English noun phrase from different points of view (syntactic, pragmatic, structural, functional, textual, descriptive, synchronic and diachronic).

Thurs 15 Sept 2011

10:00-10.30 registration/coffee

10:30-11.30 David Denison, University of Manchester
"The construction of SKT" (plenary paper)
11.30-12.15 Kristin Davidse, University of Leuven
"Noun complement clauses: towards a delineation and characterization of the construction"
12.15-13.00 Christine Günther, Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim
"One-replacement vs. noun ellipsis – the case of every"

13.00-13.45 lunch

13.45-14.30 Lotte Sommerer, University of Vienna
"Why investigating article development can become a linguist’s nightmare: categorization, gradualness and the fuzziness of grammar"
14.30-15.15 Marianne Hundt, Universität Zürich
"Variable article usage with institutional nouns – an ‘oddment’ of English?"

15.15-15.45 tea Tine Breban, University of Leuven
"Complex determinatives 'under construction': a case of constructional emergence"
16.30-17.15 Freek Van de Velde, University of Leuven/Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)
"The rise of NP structure in English"

19.30- conference dinner

Friday 16 Sept 2011

9.00-9.45 Alex Ho-Cheong Leung and Wim van der Wurff, Newcastle University
"Anaphoric reference in Early Modern English: the case of said and same"
9.45-10.30 Jong-Bok Kim and Peter Sells, Kyung Hee University and SOAS
"The English Binominal NP as a Nominal Juxtaposition Construction"

10.30-11.00 tea/coffee

11.00-12.00 Heinz Giegerich, University of Edinburgh
"Noun compounds and noun phrases: stress and some other similarities" (plenary paper)
12.00-12.45 Miguel Įngel Benķtez Castro, University of Jaén
"“Language acquisition” vs. “the acquisition of language”: nominal technicality in higher education"

12.45-13.30 lunch

13.30-14.15 Iria Bello Viruega, Universidade de A Coruńa
"Two hundred years nominalizing science: A diachronic study of nominalizations in astronomy and philosophy texts in the Coruńa Corpus"
14.15-15.00 Annette Mantlik, Munich University
"The rise of abstract noun constructions in English"

15.00-15.15 business meeting

Venue: Room G10, Percy Building, Newcastle University (Building 23 on

There is no conference fee but all participants are asked to confirm their attendance before 15 August by sending an e-mail to Alex Ho-Cheong Leung at h.c.leung(removeme)


Contact: Alex Ho-Cheong Leung at h.c.leung(removeme)
or Wim van der Wurff at w.a.m.van-der-wurff(removeme)
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:


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

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 Please contact Martine Robbeets martine_robbeets(removeme) or hubert.cuyckens(removeme) for any additional information.
Conference on Psycholinguistics, 'New Trends in Experimental Psycholinguistics', Madrid, September 29-30 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:
CLA '11 Conference, Poland, October 17-19-2011
Computational Linguistics-Applications
Conference - CLA'11
17-19 October 2011
Held in Warszawianka Hotel Wellness & Spa in Jachranka (near Warsaw, Poland)

Conference Goals
The Computational Linguistics – Applications Conference was established in 2008 as the Workshop for its first three editions in response to the fast-paced progress in the area, to create a dialog between researchers and practitioners involved in Computational Linguistics and related areas of Information Technology.

Traditionally, computational linguistics was limited to the scientists specialized in the processing of a natural language by computers. Scientific approaches and practical techniques come from linguistics, computer science, psychology, and mathematics. Nowadays, there is a number of practical applications available. These applications are sometimes developed by smart yet NLP-untrained developers who solve the problems using sophisticated heuristics. CLA aims to be a meeting place for both parties in order to share views and ideas. It will help scientist to better understand real world needs and practitioners not to reinvent the wheel.

Computational Linguistics needs to be applied to make the full use of the Internet. There is a definite need for software that can handle unstructured text and information to allow search for information on the web. The priority aim of the research in this area is to enable users to communicate with the computer in their native language.

CLA'11 Conference is a place where the parties meet to exchange views and ideas with a benefit to all involved. The Conference will focus on practical outcome of modeling human language use and the applications needed to improve human-machine interaction.

Draft Program
Monday (October 17, 2011) - Wednesday (October 19, 2011)

Automatic Metatada Generation in an archaeological digital library: semantic annotation of grey literature
Andreas Vlachidis, Ceri Binding, Douglas Tudhope, Keith May

Expanding a Corpus of Closed-World Descriptions by Semantic Unit Selection
Marcus Uneson, Peter Juel Henrichsen

A Graph Based Approach for Identifying Hindi Derivational Variants
Nikhil Kanuparthi, Nithin Dasari, Abhilash Inumella, Dipti Misra Sharma

Infomat -- Text Clustering Visualization Based on the Term-Document-Matrix
Magnus Rosell

A System for Modularly Constructing Efficient Natural Language Processors
Rahmatullah Hafiz, Richard A. Frost

MUSE – A Multilingual Sentence Extractor
Marina Litvak, Slava Kisilevich, Mark Last, Menahem Friedman

Natural Language Understanding for Grading Essay Questions in Persian Language
Iman Mokhtari-Fard

Sentiment Analysis for Hotel Reviews
Walter Kasper, Mihaela Vela

Cross-Language Boosting in Pattern-based Semantic Relation Extraction from Text
Emiliano Giovannetti, Simone Marchi

Automatic Prominence Detection Using Declination Reset Feature in Russian
Nina Volskaya, Daniil Kocharov, Pavel Skrelin

Production of morphological dictionaries of multi-word units using a multipurpose tool
Ranka Stankovi?, Ivan Obradovi?, Cvetana Krstev, Duško Vitas

Improving Predictive Entry of Finnish Text Messages using IRC Logs
Miikka Silfve rberg, Mirka Hyvärinen, Tommi Pirinen

An Automatic Tagger for Diacritizing and Analyzing Arabic Text
Ramy Eskander, Amin Shoukry, Saleh Alshehaby

Towards An Enhanced Semantic Approach For Automatic Usability Evaluation
Peter Steinnökel, Christian Scheel, Michael Quade, Sahin Albayrak

Environmental Knowledge in EcoLexicon
Pilar León Araśz, Arianne Reimerink, Pamela Faber

Bootstrapping Events and Relations from Text
Ting Liu, Tomek Strzalkowski

A New Approach to HMM-Based Automatic Headline Generation
Fahad Alotaiby, Salah Foda, Ibrahim Alkharashi

Tools for better OCR results of the ancient Czech language and better digital image quality
Tomas Foltyn, Jiri Polisensky

Hierarchical Text Clustering Based on ICA
Julian Driver, Dominik Heider, Sascha Hauke, Martin Pyka

Vocabulary Selection and Language Model Adaptation for Simultaneous Lecture Translation
Paul Maergne r, Ian Lane, Alex Waibel

See for more info:

See for call for papers below.
Symposium on Tools for Analyzing Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency of Free Spoken Data, University of Groningen, November 11 2011
Location: Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen
Date: 11.11.2011
Time: 9.30 – 14.00

Invited speakers:

Prof. Alex Housen. Dept. of Language and Literature. University of Brussels (VUB)
Prof. Folkert Kuiken. Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication. University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Prof. Ekkehard König. Institut für Englische Philologie. Freie University Berlin (FUB)


Complexity, accuracy, and fluency (CAF) have figured as major research variables in applied linguistic research. At the same time, questions concerning the definition and operationalization of these variables are still subject to debate and reoccur for various types of linguistic data being analyzed.
This also applies to the analysis of corpora containing free spoken data which are frequently used in, e.g., research on language development or the analysis of natural discourse. In these cases, additional experimental assessments of a speaker’s proficiency may not always be possible, and the complexity, accuracy, and fluency of a given speaker have to be assessed on the basis of natural speech only. However, natural speech is characterized by the spontaneity with which it is produced, and it can be expected to contain pauses, retracings, speech errors, and other distinct features. This has the effect that many different speech characteristics have to be considered during analysis and that different speakers may be difficult to compare. To approach these challenges, the symposium aims at defining and operationalizing the CAF variables with regard to corpora containing free spoken data.
The CAF framework is commonly used in L2 acquisition / L1 attrition research. In these areas, contrastive analysis can serve as a useful tool when deciding how to assess accuracy. The second aim of the symposium is therefore to discuss the role that contrastive analysis can play when analyzing CAF.
For this symposium we have invited three leading figures/scholars in the area of CAF and Contrastive Analysis who will share their expertise on analyzing free spoken data with respect to the three dimensions complexity, accuracy, and fluency. Participants will be given the opportunity to enter into discussion with the experts and ask questions.

Registration & Fees:

The symposium is addressed to researchers interested in the CAF framework and researchers working with free spoken data in the areas of attrition, acquisition, and discourse. If you are interested in attending the symposium, please send an email to Cornelia Lahmann (C.M.M.A.Lahmann(removeme) including your full name and your university affiliation.

Attendance is free for PhD students; however, a contribution of EUR 10,- for coffee and lunch will be asked.
For all other participants, a registration fee of EUR 10,- will be charged, plus EUR 10,- for coffee and lunch.
The fees are to be paid on the day of the symposium.

Contact & Travel:

The symposium will take place in the city center of Groningen, in walking distance to the Central Station. The precise location will be announced to all registered participants in time.
For questions, please contact Cornelia Lahmann: C.M.M.A.Lahmann(removeme)

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Groningen!

Rasmus Steinkrauss
Cornelia Lahmann
SDH 2011 Conference, November 17-18 2011 Copenhagen.
SDH 2011 Supporting Digital Humanities:
Answering the unaskable

17-18 November, Copenhagen

Following up on the success of the first SDH conference, held in Vienna in 2010, the CLARIN and DARIAH initiatives have decided to jointly organise the second SDH conference, to be held in November 2011 at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, a participant in both CLARIN and DARIAH.

Digital technologies have the potential to transform the types of research questions that we ask in the Humanities, allowing us both to address traditional questions in new and exciting ways but also to answer questions that we were not even aware we could ask – hence the title of this conference. How can digital humanities help us not just to find the answers to our research questions more quickly and more easily, but also to formulate research questions we would never have been able to ask without access to large quantities of digital data and sophisticated tools for their analysis? Supporting Digital Humanities will be a forum for the discussion of these innovations, and of the ways in which these new forms of research can be facilitated and supported.

CLARIN and DARIAH are creating European research infrastructures for the humanities and related disciplines. SDH2011 aims to bring together infrastructure providers and users from the communities involved in these two infrastructure initiatives. The conference will consist of a number of topical sessions where providers and users will present and discuss results, obstacles and opportunities for digitally-supported humanities research. Participants are encouraged to engage with honest assessments of the intellectual problems and practical barriers in an open and constructive atmosphere.

The first SDH conference in 2010 gave a broad and multi-facetted presentation of the domains of interest to CLARIN and DARIAH. This time we have chosen a somewhat more focussed approach, concentrating on two major themes, but not excluding other themes of interest for the humanities. The two themes are:

• Sound and movement – music, spoken word, dance and theatre
• Texts and things – texts, and the relationship between texts and material artefacts, such as manuscripts, stone or other carriers of texts

Programme committee
Bente Maegaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Steven Krauwer, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Helen Bailey, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Tim Crawford, Goldsmith’s University of London, UK
Matthew James Driscoll, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Neil Fraistat, University of Maryland, United States
Erhard Hinrichs, Tübingen University, Germany
Fotis Jannidis, Würzburg University, Germany
Helen Katsiadakis, Academy of Athens, Greece
Krister Lindén, Helsinki University, Finland
Heike Neuroth, Göttingen State and University Library, Germany
Laurent Romary, INRIA, France
Nina Vodopivec, Institute for Contemporary History, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Peter Wittenburg, MPI, Netherlands/Germany
Martin Wynne, Oxford University, UK

Conference website
Conference Going Romance, Utrecht (UIL OTS), December 8-10 2011
Going Romance is the European conference series that focuses on Romance languages from the perspective of current linguistic theorizing. In the two decades of its existence, it has developed into the major European discussion forum for theoretically relevant research on Romance languages where current ideas about language in general and about Romance languages in particular are discussed.

The conference lasts for three days, with at least two days for the general session. Slots for invited speakers are 60 minutes (45+15), while slots for selected speakers are 40 minutes (30+10). The conference may include a one-day workshop with a theme depending on the initiatives of the steering committee or the local organisation.

Going Romance is organised every year, in the first half of December. The call for papers is issued and distributed before summer, with a submission deadline in the first half of September. Around half October the definitive program is established.

Going Romance has a steering committee, in which all Dutch universities that are involved in research on Romance languages are represented; currently (February 2011) the steering committee has the following members:

Prof. Dr. Roberta d'Alessandro, associated to LUCL (Leiden)
Dr. Jenny Doetjes (and Prof. Dr. Johan Rooryck), associated to LUCL(Leiden)
Dr. Frank Drijkoningen, associated to UiL-OTS (Utrecht)
Prof. Dr. Haike Jacobs, associated to CLS (Nijmegen)
Dr. Ellen-Petra Kester, associated to UiL-OTS (Utrecht)
Dr. Petra Sleeman, associated to ACLC (Amsterdam)
Prof. Dr. Henriėtte de Swart, associated to UiL-OTS (Utrecht)
Prof. Dr. Leo Wetzels, associated to the Free University (Amsterdam)
Vacancy: representative for CLCG (Groningen)

This "all Dutch" initiative for Romance languages differs from most other initiatives in the field. It is a conference that considers the Romance languages as the dominant object of closer scrutiny (most other colloquia in the home countries accept contributions on other languages); the lingua franca of the conference is English (most other colloquia in the home countries accept contributions in the mother tongue). Going Romance is generally considered to be the European counterpart to the American LSRL (Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages). In 2008 the steering committee decided that its "European" aims may lead to venues other than in the Netherlands once every two years.

Going Romance 2011 (25th anniversary) is scheduled to take place in Utrecht. See for call for papers below this header.

Going Romance 2012 is scheduled to take place in Leuven (Belgium)
ConSOLE XX Conference, Leipzig, Germany, January 5-7 2012
We are proud to announce that the 20th Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE XX) will take place from January 5 - 7, 2012 at the University of Leipzig (Germany). The ConSOLE is a highly competitive conference for the coming generation of linguists working in the field of formal linguistics. It provides a forum for presenting results of their research to an international audience (including distinguished invited speakers).

Deadline for abstract submission:

September 9, 2011

Call on LinguistList:

Further details can be found on our homepage:

If you have any questions, please contact the organizing committee at consolexx(removeme)

Organizing committee:
Anke Assmann
Sebastian Bank
Doreen Georgi
Daniela Henze
Stefan Keine
Philipp Weisser
Eva Zimmermann

Universität Leipzig
Institut für Linguistik
Beethovenstraße 15
D-04107 Leipzig
Email: consolexx(removeme)
FIFTH WORLD UNIVERSITIES FORUM, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece, January 8-10 2012

The World Universities Forum brings together those with a common concern for the role and future of the university in a changing world.

Never before in their long history have universities faced as many challenges as they do now. This is so because we live in times of enormous economic, political and cultural transformations, demanding the very idea of university to be re-imagined. Citizenries and constituents now question the relevance and effectiveness of the University, in ways they have never done before. In such a context, universities do not only need to re-think and re-frame their purposes and governance, but also communicate effectively with the communities that support them. They also need to take a manifestly pivotal role in addressing the key challenges and opportunities of our times: globalization, environmental sustainability, economic development, social inclusion, and human security. The World Universities Forum is a forum for the discussion of an agenda that explores the key challenges of our times, challenges that will shape the future role of the University. We have published the draft agen!
da emerging from our 2010 conference at - please join us at the next conference as we take this discussion a further step forward.

The World Universities Forum is held annually in different locations around the world. The Forum was held in Davos, Switzerland in 2008 and 2010; in conjunction with the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, Mumbai, India in 2009; and it was hosted by the Hong Kong Institute of Education in 2011.

The 2012 World Universities Forum is being held in Rhodes, Greece. The island sits at the Crossroads between the Middle East, Africa and Europe. This has given the city a long history of different cultures, identities and languages. Rhodes is famous as the site of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It also contains the citadel of Rhodes, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe.

Plenary speakers, parallel paper, workshop and colloquium presentations will be made by researchers and administrators from a wide range of fields, institutions and geographical locations. Participants are invited to submit a presentation proposal for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, or a jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session.

Presenters may also choose to submit their written papers for publication in the peer-refereed Journal of the World Universities Forum. Those who are unable to attend the conference in person are welcome to submit a virtual registration, which allows for submission of a paper for refereeing and possible publication in the journal, as well as an option to upload a video presentation to the conference YouTube channel.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 12 May 2011. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference can be seen at .

We look forward to seeing you in Rhodes in January.
EMLAR VIII, UIL OTS Utrecht University, February 1-3 2012
Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research VIII
Lectures and hands-on sessions on practical aspects of language acquisition research.

February 1 - 3, 2012

UiL-OTS, Utrecht University - Netherlands

The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL-OTS) is pleased to announce the eighth edition of EMLAR, taking place in Utrecht (The Netherlands) from February 1-3, 2012 (Wednesday to Friday).

The workshop aims at training PhD students and advanced MA students in methods of experimental research in first and second language acquisition. Experts in various domains of language acquisition research will give lectures and tutorials. We will also provide the opportunity to present a poster.

Registration opens: August 15, 2011.
Registration closes: December 15, 2011.

For further questions, contact us at: EMLAR2012(removeme)
More info:
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Projectmedewerker aan dep. Taalkunde, Universiteit Antwerpen. Deadline: 31 Augustus 2011
Projectmedewerker/Doctoraatsstudent in het kader van FWO-onderzoeksproject 'Smells like teen spirit? Tienertaal, attitudes en identiteitspraktijken in multi-etnische stedelijke vriendengroepen


Aan het departement Taalkunde (onderzoeksgroep: IPrA Research Center) van de Universiteit Antwerpen is een plaats vacant voor

een voltijds projectmedewerker/doctoraatsstudent (m/v) in het kader van het FWO-onderzoeksproject Smells like teen spirit? Tienertaal, attitudes en identiteitspraktijken in multi-etnische stedelijke vriendengroepen.

Situering van het project

Het taalgebruik van tieners staat de laatste jaren flink in de belangstelling. Taalkundigen wijzen erop dat in zowat alle West-Europese landen grootschalig dialectverlies plaatsvindt, maar dat dat geen toename van standaardtaalgebruik met zich meebrengt. Vooral tieners lijken een substandaard of tussentaal te verkiezen en zich steeds minder zorgen te maken om spellingsregels en andere conventies. In stedelijke, multi-etnische contexten valt bovendien op dat jongeren accenten overnemen of talen met elkaar beginnen te vermengen en dat vervolgens als ‘hun’ taal of zelfs als ‘de nieuwe taal’ voorstellen. Deze ontwikkelingen leiden geregeld naar ongerustheid (‘waar gaat het Nederlands naartoe?’), naar nieuwe beleidsinitiatieven (‘iedereen moet Algemeen Nederlands spreken’), en naar een versterkte afkeuring van stedelijke en hedendaagse taalfenomenen (‘geen creolisering van het Nederlands!’, ‘geen sms-taal!’). Veel wijst er echter op dat Vlaamse steden in de toekomst er nog een stuk diverser zullen uitzien dan vandaag het geval is en dat meertalige, elektronische communicatie een nog prominenter deel zal uitmaken van het leven en de identiteit van jonge stedelingen. Bovendien zijn er amper data beschikbaar over concreet, dagelijks taalgebruik onder tieners in de stad en over hoe ze zich daarmee verhouden tot elkaar en de rest van de stad en/of samenleving. Dit project wil daarom op een etnografische manier beschrijven en onderzoeken welke taalpraktijk, attitudes en identiteitspraktijken zich voordoen onder tieners in één etnisch gemengde vriendengroep in Antwerpen, en deze casus vergelijken met internationale voorbeelden.


Een projectmedewerker/doctoraatsstudent die:

- een doctoraat wil voorbereiden en afwerken;

- weet hoe een academische tekst moet geschreven worden en een groot analytisch vermogen heeft;

- geen enkel probleem heeft met het lezen en verwerken van Engelstalige academische artikels;

- erg communicatievaardig is, en – omdat het om een taalkundig-etnografisch project gaat – de veilige grenzen van de eigen discipline durft overschrijden;

- mogelijk over actieve of passieve kennis van een courante minderheidstaal beschikt.


Licentiaat of Master in de Taal- en Letterkunde, of in een andere relevante discipline met aantoonbare aandacht voor de studie van sociaal gedrag en taalgebruik.

Graden strekken tot aanbeveling.

Aanvangsdatum : 1/10/2011

Voorziene einddatum : 30/9/2015

Solliciteren kan door een brief met motivatie, curriculum vitae én een paper (eender welk onderwerp) waar de kandidaat trots op is te sturen naar:

prof. dr. Jürgen Jaspers

Departement Taalkunde

Universiteit Antwerpen

Prinsstraat 13

2000 Antwerpen

Uiterste indiendatum sollicitaties : 31 augustus 2011 (ook studenten die hun Masterdiploma in september 2011 zullen behalen kunnen zich kandidaat stellen).

Voor meer informatie : jurgen.jaspers(removeme)
Two postdoc positions with UIL OTS and Dep. Dutch, Utrecht University. Deadline: September 2 2011
Description of the faculty
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), Research Institute for Philosophy, Research Institute for Theology & Religious Studies (INTEGON). 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 and communication. UIL OTS features a stimulating, innovative, and internationally oriented research environment that offers opportunities for a broad professional development. We have excellent experimental facilities, including two EEG labs, several eye tracking labs, and access to MRI scanners via the Neuroscience & Cognition Utrecht focus area.

Department of Dutch
The Department of Dutch Studies is one of the top organisations in the Netherlands and abroad in the field of Dutch language and culture. The department is distinguished by the breadth of its disciplines: literature (medieval, early modern and modern periods), linguistics and language proficiency. The department staff provides high-quality education and participates in a broad international network of education and research. The department is located in the historic centre of Utrecht.

The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS and the Department of Dutch are offering
Two postdoctoral positions for research on affective factors in language comprehension
Appointment type
0,8-1,0 fte each

a gross monthly salary in the range between € 2,977.- and maximum € 4,374.- per month on a full-time basis depending on experience and qualifications.

Job description
The postdoc projects are part of the NWO Vici programme "Moving the language user: Affect and perspective in discourse processing”, awarded to Prof. Jos van Berkum. In this programme, we explore the interfaces between the language system and affect (‘emotion’), while taking into account that linguistic communication involves multiple perspectives. Using cognitive neuroscience methods, we ask four questions about how language interfaces with affect: (1) How do linguistic and affective representations interact as people read a simple sentence? (2) How do readers deal with the affective stance of the author, implied by the choice of words and expressions? (3) How do readers balance their own feelings, and the value systems beneath them, with those of protagonists as narrative develops? (4) Where in the processing of language do involvement and perceived personal relevance make a difference?

The two postdoctoral researchers will address questions (1) and (2) by means of laboratory experiments involving EEG, fMRI and behavioural measures, possibly complemented by corpus analysis.
In postdoc project 1 we examine the basic interaction between the language code and
valence (good/bad). In particular, we explore how the valence and the associated affective connotations of words (e.g., emotion words, taboo words, preferences) mesh with the incremental construction of precise sentence meaning.
In postdoc project 2 we explicitly take the perspective of the author into account. In particular, we examine how, during statement processing, valence in the contents interacts with the degree of author presence (‘subjectivity’) as well as with one’s beliefs about that author, e.g., his/her attitudes and value system.
PhD positions for the remaining 2 projects will be advertised in October.

Required qualifications
Applicants should have:
a PhD in psycholinguistics, communication science, semantics or pragmatics, cognitive, social or affective neuroscience, or a related field;
experience with fMRI, or EEG, or MEG acquisition and analysis;
good lab experimentation skills;
an excellent command of English, both spoken and written;
the ambition to pursue an academic career in an internationally oriented scientific community;
the willingness to work in a closely collaborating team and to share one’s expertise with others;
a strong interest in language and communication.
In addition, we consider as an advantage any or more of the following:
good programming skills (e.g. MatLab, Presentation);
experience with corpus analysis;
Native Dutch;
experience supervising students.

Work conditions
For both projects, we offer a full-time position to a maximum of 3 years, with a gross monthly salary in the range between € 2,977.- and maximum € 4,374.- per month on a full-time basis depending on experience and qualifications..
The chosen candidates will be offered an initial contract for 1 year, which, upon positive evaluation, will be extended by 2 more years. Part-time arrangements (0.8fte) can be discussed. Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.
The postdocs will operate in the UiL OTS (and NCU) research context but will also be part of the Department of Dutch ‘Taalbeheersing’ group, whose researchers have a strong interest in issues of effective communication.

Neuroscience & Cognition Utrecht (NCU):
Department of Dutch:
Taalbeheersing group:
Jos van Berkum:

Please contact Dr. Jos van Berkum for more information on the projects (e.g. if you
would like to have a copy of the NWO project proposal), and Dr. Maaike Schoorlemmer for further questions about the recruitment procedure.
Prof. Dr. Jos van Berkum
Telephone: +31 30 2537984 (but best make an email appointment first)
E-mail: j.vanberkum(removeme)
Dr. Maaike Schoorlemmer
Telephone: +31 30 253 6183 or +31 30 2536006 (secretary)
E-mail: m.schoorlemmer(removeme)

Applications (by e-mail) should include:
a curriculum vitae;
a letter of motivation;
a 1-page statement of research interests;
a sample of written work (all will be returned upon request);
contact details of three referees (including e-mail addresses).

Click on the link below to open the application form on the website of Utrecht University:
Apply using the application form of Utrecht University
Deadline for receipt of applications: September 2, 2011.
Job interviews are expected to take place in week 38 (September 19-23). A presentation (‘job talk’) may be part of the selection.
Two PhD positions with TiLPS in Natural Logic and Linguistic Semantics and in Computational Logic and Natural Reasoning, Tilburg University. Deadline: October 15 2011
The Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) invites applications for two fully funded four-year PhD positions.

1 PhD student in Natural Logic and Linguistic Semantics
1 PhD student in Computational 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 an interdisciplinary setting where linguistic investigation is combined with 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

These positions are open to candidates with a master's degree or equivalent and successful candidates are required to complete a PhD thesis within maximally four years.

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.

Applications (in English) should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a two-page research proposal, and the names of two references. Candidates are also invited to include a sample of their writing, if one is available in English, French, German or Dutch.
Only applications made with the help of our Application Wizard will be taken into consideration:

- Go to
- Click on the relevant vacancy
- Click "apply directly".

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2011. For more information about TiLPS, visit
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for CLA '11 Conference, Poland, October 17-19 2011. Deadline: August 8 2011
This call is for papers that present research and practical developments on all aspects of Natural Language Processing used in real-life applications, such as (this list is not exhaustive):

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


Paper Presentation

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

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

Papers will be evaluated and accepted on the basis of their technical merit, usefulness of the real life application and relevance to the workshop scope by the CLA'11 Program Committee. The paper will be assessed by academics as well as industry representatives in order to assure fair and balanced assessment.

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

Papers Submission
Authors should submit draft papers (as Postscript, PDF of MSWord file)via:
The total length of a paper should not exceed 8 pages (IEEE style).
Papers will be refereed and accepted on the basis of their scientific merit and relevance to the workshop.
Accepted and Presented paper will be published in the Conference Proceedings.
Call for papers for Questions in Discourse, March 7-9, 2012, Frankfurt am Main.Deadline: August 15 2011
Hosted by theDeutsch Gemeinschaft fur Sprachwissenschaft


Invited speakers
David Beaver
Jeroen Groenendijk
Malte Zimmermann

Call for papers
The proposed workshop focuses on the interaction of form and meaning of linguistic expressions with questions indiscourse. It is well known that such an interaction exists, for instance, focus in an answer often corresponds to the wh-word in an explicit or implicit question, and some verbs can even embed overt or concealed questions. Recently, however, important progress has been achieved in this regard.

On the one hand, it has been shown that questions, in particular the question under discussion, affects the interpretation of natural language utterances more deeply than previously assumed, for instance, the interpretation ofdiscourseparticles seem to strongly depend on the question under discussion (Beaver & Clark 2008) and even classical phenomena such as presupposition projection have recently been argued to depend on the question under discussion in a substantial way (Simons et al 2010).

On the other hand, recent developments in Inquisitive Semantics (Groenendijk & Roelofsen 2009) suggests that the class of natural language expressions that give rise to alternatives and invite the hearer to choose between these alternative includes not only questions but also all kinds of expressions related to disjunction and indefinites. This gives a new perspective on the meaning of natural language expressions in general as suggesting one or more potential updates of the common ground, and it gives rise to new tools in pragmatics e.g. for the computation of quantity implicatures and the grammatical structure of answers.
We invite theoretical papers or case studies that discuss the ways in which questions can be captured in adiscoursemodel, the interaction of questions with the interpretation of other expressions, and the inquisitive nature of disjunctive, indefinite, and interrogative constructions.

Instructions for authors
Authors can submitanonymousabstracts of at most250 wordsviaeasychair.

Important dates
Submission deadline: August 15, 2011
Notification: September 15, 2011
Conference: March 7-9, 2012

Edgar Onea
Floris Roelofsen
Call for voordrachten voor AVT/Anéla dissertatieprijs 2011. Deadline: August 15 2011
Ook in 2011 zal er weer een AVT/ANéLA-dissertatieprijs worden uitgereikt. De prijs wordt toegekend aan de beste dissertatie op het gebied van de taalwetenschap verdedigd aan een Nederlandse universiteit in het jaar 2010.
Wij nodigen iedereen uit om (gemotiveerde) voordrachten te doen voor kandidaten voor de dissertatieprijs 2011. De voordrachten dienen zo spoedig mogelijk en uiterlijk 15 augustus 2011 te worden ingediend. Dit kan online:

Secretaris van de jury is dr. Catherine van Beuningen (namens het Anéla-bestuur). De tweede secretaris namens het AVT-bestuur is dr. Suzanne Aalberse. Voor meer informatie over de AVT/ANéLA-dissertatieprijs 2011 kunt u contact opnemen met Catherine van Beuningen, C.G.vanBeuningen(removeme)
Call for papers for NASSLLI 2012, June 18-22 2012 University of Texas. Deadline: August 31 2011
North American Summer School in Logic, Language and Information 2012

June 18-22, University of Texas at Austin


The fifth NASSLLI (after previous editions at Stanford University, Indiana University and UCLA) will be hosted at the University of Texas at Austin, on June 18 - 22, 2012. The summer school, loosely modeled on the long- running ESSLLI series in Europe, will consist of a number of courses and workshops, selected on the basis of the proposals. By default, courses and workshops meet for 90 minutes on each of five days.

Proposals are invited that present interdisciplinary work between the areas of logic, linguistics, computer science, cognitive science, philosophy and artificial intelligence, though work in just one area is within the scope of the summer school if it can be applied in other fields. Examples of possible topics would include e.g. logics for communication, computational semantics, game theory (for logic, language and/or computation), dynamic semantics, modal logics, linear logic, machine learning techniques, statistical language models, and automated theorem proving. We encourage potential course or workshop contributors to check out previous programs at:


Courses and workshops should aim to be accessible to an interdisciplinary, graduate level audience. Courses may certainly focus on a single area, but lecturers should then include introductory background, try to avoid specialized notation that cannot be applied more widely, and spend time on the question of how the topic is relevant to other fields. A workshop can be more accessible if its program is bracketed by broader-audience talks that introduce and summarize the week's presentations.

Associated Workshops/Conferences: In addition to courses and workshops taking place during the main NASSLLI five day session, NASSLLI welcomes proposals for 1-3 day workshops or conferences hosted on campus immediately before or after the summer school, thus on the weekends of June 15-17 and June 23-25 2012. Previous such associated meetings have included the Dynamic Epistemic Logic Workshop, the Mathematics of Language conference, and the Theoretical Aspects of Reasoning About Knowledge (TARK) conference.

Submission Details:

Submissions should be submitted using EasyChair (, and should indicate

1) person(s) in charge of the course/workshop and affiliation(s)
2) type of event (one week course or workshop, 2 hours a day)
3) an outline of the course/workshop up to 500 words
4) Special equipment (if any) needed to teach the course (beamer, computer ...)
5) a statement about the instructor's experience in teaching in interdisciplinary settings
6) expected costs (whether you want to be paid hotel and/or travel, and descriptions of funding in hand or for which you will apply)

Financial Details:

A course may be taught by one or two persons. Conference fees are waived for all instructors. However, we are only able to pay for the full travel and expenses of one instructor per course. If two persons are lecturing, they may share a lump sum paid for both. We must also stress that while proposals from all over the world are welcomed, the Summer School can in general guarantee only to reimburse travel costs for travel from destinations within North America to Texas, although exceptions can be made depending on the financial situation.
Furthermore, we encourage all lecturers to fund their own travel if this is feasible, since this will allow us to use our available funding for student scholarships.

Workshops are more complicated financially than courses, and a proposal for a workshop should include a plan to obtain some outside funding for the speakers.

Notifications of Interest:

To give us an idea about the number of submissions, we request and early notificaton of intention to submit a proposal. This will not commit you to actually submit a proposal and those failing to submit an early notification will still be able to submitting a full proposal, by the deadline. This information will be used only for organizational issues.


June 19 on, 2011 - unofficial notifications of intention to submit; July 31, 2011 - Deadline for submissions; August 31, 2011 - Course/workshop proposers notified of p.c. decisions; May 15, 2012 - Material for courses available for printing;

(Preliminary) Program Committee:

Carlos Areces (co-chair), Universidad Nacional de Córdoba David Beaver, University of Texas, Austin Valeria de Paiva (co-chair), Rearden Commerce, Inc.
Angelika Kratzer, University of Massachusetts Lawrence S. Moss Indiana University Eric Pacuit, Maryland University Chris Potts, Stanford University

Standing NASSLLI Steering Committee:
David Beaver, University of Texas, Austin Phokion Kolaitis, UC Santa Cruz and IBM Almaden Research Center Lawrence S. Moss, Indiana University Valeria de Paiva , Rearden Commerce, Inc.
Stuart Shieber, Harvard University
Moshe Vardi, Rice University

Inquiries: General inquiries regarding NASSLLI 2012, notifications of interest in course or workshop proposal submission, and final submissions of proposals should be directed to the co-chairs at carlos.areces AT and valeria.depaiva AT
Call for papers for Workshop over grammaticalisatie en degrammaticalisatie in het Nederlands, Université Catholique de Louvain, 24-25 mei 2012. Deadline: 1 September 2011
Grammaticalisatie is nog steeds een van de belangrijkste onderzoeksdomeinen binnen de taalkunde, onder meer aan de Belgische en Nederlandse universiteiten. Paradoxaal genoeg wordt er echter relatief weinig onderzoek gedaan over grammaticalisatiefenomenen in het Nederlands zelf. Dit geldt des te meer voor het onderzoek over degrammaticalisatie, een fenomeen dat zijn eigen plekje verdient binnen het onderzoek over taalverandering.
De bedoeling van deze tweedaagse workshop is theoretische en empirische bijdragen bijeen te brengen over grammaticalisatie en degrammaticalisatie in het Nederlands. Ook bijdragen die het Nederlands vergelijken met andere talen zijn van harte welkom.
Thema's die aan bod kunnen komen zijn:
- In welke mate is het Nederlands een gegrammaticaliseerde taal (in vergelijking met andere talen)?
- Welke empirische studies ondersteunen het concept van (de)grammaticalisatie in het Nederlands?
- Ondergaat (de)grammaticalisatie in het Nederlands de invloed van taalcontact?
- Hoe interageren grammaticalisatie en degrammaticalisatie in het Nederlands?
- Hoe kunnen Nederlandse constructies beschreven worden binnen de grammaticalisatietheorie?
Muriel Norde (Universiteit Groningen)
Jan Nuyts (Universiteit Antwerpen)
Abstracts (in het Nederlands) van ongeveer één pagina lang (exclusief referenties) kunnen worden ingediend in Word-formaat (.doc) op het volgende e-mailadres: nedergram2012(removeme) Ze geven een overzicht van de belangrijkste onderzoeksvragen, de gebruikte methodologie en de (voorlopige) resultaten.
- indienen abstracts: 1 september 2011
- bekendmaking programma: 15 oktober 2011
Liesbeth Degand (UCL, FNRS), Philippe Hiligsmann (UCL), Lieven Vandelanotte (FUNDP), Kristel Van Goethem (UCL, FNRS)
Wetenschappelijk comité
Geert Booij (Universiteit Leiden), Timothy Colleman (UGent), Evie Coussé (UGent), Liesbeth Degand (UCL, FNRS), Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul (Universiteit Utrecht), Philippe Hiligsmann (UCL), Béatrice Lamiroy (K.U.Leuven), Lieven Vandelanotte (FUNDP), Kristel Van Goethem (UCL, FNRS)
Call for papers for Workshop Formal Semantic Evidence, the Amsterdam Colloquium, December 19-21 2011. Deadline: September 1 2011
Invited speakers
Richard Breheny, University College London

Bart Geurts, Radboud University Nijmegen

Call for papers
Formal semantics as a field of linguists undergoes a rapid change with respect to the status of quantitative methodologies, the application of which is gradually becoming a standard in the field, replacing the good old 'armchair' methodology. In light of this development, we invite submissions reporting of high level formal semantic research benefiting from the use of a quantitative methodology, corpora-based, experimental, neurolinguistic, computational or other. Ideal presentations include informed reflections on the role of a particular methodology in formal semantics.
We welcome submissions focusing on wide spread, yet not unproblematic or elusive semantic-pragmatic concepts such as 'context', 'accommodation', 'question under discussion', 'ordering source', and so forth; what methodologies can shed new light on such notions and the way they might be systematically studied and decoded?
What kind of experimental evidence (if any) can bear on fundamental issues such as the nature of the semantic lexicon on the one hand, and compositionality and projection on the other? What is the nature of semantic infelicity or markedness? What kind of experimental evidence (if any) can support or refute hypotheses concerning the nature of the logical form or its very existence? Concerning empty categories?
Finally, can formal semantic tools contribute to our understanding of experimental results and theoretical issues within cognitive psychology as pertaining to natural language semantics?
Instructions for authors
Authors can submit anonymous abstracts of at most two pages via the website of the Amsterdam Colloquium.

Important dates
Submission deadline: September 1, 2011
Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2011
Deadline for pre-proceedings: December 1, 2011
Deadline for registration: December 1, 2011
Conference: December 19 - 21, 2011
Call for papers for Prijs van de Limburgse Taalkunde 2011. Deadline: September 1 2011
Prijs van de Limburgse Taalkunde 2011

De Vereniging voor Limburgse Dialect- en Naamkunde looft eens per twee jaar een prijs uit voor de beste universitaire afstudeerscriptie (BA, MA of anderszins) op het gebied van de taalkunde of naamkunde van het Limburgs (of direct aangrenzende dialecten).
Met deze prijs wil de vereniging het taalkundig onderzoek naar het Limburgs stimuleren. De beste inzending wordt beloond met 500 euro en een aanbod tot publicatie van een samenvatting in het Jaarboek van de VLDN. De winnaar wordt bekend gemaakt op het congres van de VLDN, 26 november 2011 te Venray. Scripties moeten op papier en digitaal worden ingezonden. Ze dienen vergezeld te gaan van een kopie van een tentamenbriefje of een ander gedateerd bewijs van acceptatie; zie voor het volledige reglement.

Voor mededinging moet de scriptie uiterlijk op 1 september 2011 in het bezit zijn van de Jury Scriptieprijs Limburgse Taalkunde
p/a VLDN, Scapulierstraat 2a/bus 3
B-3740 Munsterbilzen
Call for papers for Inquisitiveness, a workshop about inquisitiveness in semantics, pragmatics, and logic,the Amsterdam Colloquium (December 19-21 2011). Deadline: September 1 2011

Invited speaker
Manfred Krifka,Humboldt-Universitt zu Berlin

Call for papers
Questions and answers are a major topic in semantics and pragmatics, and to some extent in logic and philosophy as well. This interest ininquisitivenessgoes beyond the interpretation of questions as such. For example, questions are widely assumed to play a structural role in the analysis of discourse. Likewise, most theories on focus and the interpretation of intonation make a link with the question-answerhood relation. More radically it has been argued that a proper understanding of seemingly purely informative constructions, like disjunctions and conditionals, requires a notion ofinquisitivenessas a basic ingredient of meaning. The main aim of this workshop is to investigate the significance ofinquisitivenessfor semantics, pragmatics, and logic.

Instructions for authors
Authors can submitanonymousabstracts of at mosttwo pagesvia the website of theAmsterdam Colloquium.

Important dates
Submission deadline: September 1, 2011
Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2011
Deadline for pre-proceedings: December 1, 2011
Deadline for registration: December 1, 2011
Conference: December 19 - 21, 2011

Jeroen Groenendijk
Floris Roelofsen
Matthijs Westera
Call for papers for VI Forum of Linguistic Sharing, November 24-25 Lisboa. Deadline: September 4 2011
CLUNL’s Young Researchers Group is pleased to announce the organization of the VI Forum of Linguistic Sharing, which will take place on the 24th and 25th November 2011 at Faculdade de Ciźncias Sociais e Humanas – Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal).

We invite all young researchers to submit proposals for oral presentations and posters. Deadline will be 4th September 2011.

The call for papers with the necessary information is found here:

We would be grateful if you could send this information to others that might be interested.

Best regards,

CLUNL’s Young Researchers Group
Call for papers for Conference Going Romance (December 8-10 2011). Deadline: September 10 2011
Going Romance
25th anniversary
Utrecht institute of Linguistics - OTS
General sessions: December 8 – 9, 2011
Workshop Syntactic Variation: December 10, 2011

Call for papers
General Sessions: We welcome papers on all (sub-)disciplines of Romance linguistics. Preference will be given to papers that are embedded in well-established theoretical approaches and frameworks.

Invited speakers:
Andrea Calabrese
Caterina Donati & Carlo Cecchetto
Maribel Romero
Jason Rothman

Workshop: The theme of the workshop is syntactic variation and focuses on the data of Romance languages that can be used to define the position of Romance from a typological perspective (‘meso’ variation). Preference will be given to papers that address contrastive comparison of syntactic properties with language families outside the Romance family.

Invited speaker:
Ricardo Etxepare

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute talks (plus 10 minutes for discussion). Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than two pages, including references and examples, with margins of at least 1-inch, font size 12, single spaced. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author (for the entire conference). Abstracts can only be submitted by e-mail to: GoingRomance2011(removeme) Please indicate
whether your paper is to be taken into consideration for the main sessions or for the workshop. Authors are asked to submit two PDF-files as attachments, one anonymous [for the selection procedure] and one with the author’s name and affiliation. Do not forget to include contact information in your e-mail message.

The deadline for abstract submission is September, 10, 2011.

Going Romance: Roberta d’Alessandro (LUCL, Leiden), Frank Drijkoningen (UiL-OTS, Utrecht), Haike Jacobs (CLS, Nijmegen), Petra Sleeman (ACLC, University of Amsterdam), Henriėtte de Swart (UiL-OTS, Utrecht), Leo Wetzels (Free University Amsterdam). Local organization: Sergio Baauw, Sjef Barbiers (especially for the workshop), Frank Drijkoningen, Ellen-Petra Kester, Manuela Pinto

Further information on our website:
Call for papers for the workshop Conceptual Salience and Early Child Morphology, Febr.11-12 Vienna. Deadline: September 15 2011
When: February 11-12, 2012
Where: Vienna
Deadline for abstract submission: September 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance: October 25, 2011

Workshop description
There are different ways in which conceptual salience may influence the acquisition of morphology. For example, one of the reasons that nouns are acquired faster than adjectives is that the prototypical referents of nouns (i.e. objects) are more salient and more easily accessible to a child than relatively abstract properties denoted by adjectives. Some concepts, such as agentivity, causality, possession and number, are so salient that children may attempt to express them even before they have started acquiring the morphological form associated with that particular meaning.

On the other hand, children are from early on highly sensitive to the distributional properties of the linguistic input addressed to them. Whereas high token frequency leads to entrenchment and storage as “chunk“, type frequency and morphotactic transparency play an important role in the recognition of analogies and the extraction of regularities between morphological patterns. Consequently, the acquisition of morphology may also influence the formation of concepts and determine which concepts would become more salient than others.

Moreover, languages may differ with respect to which specific concepts are expressed morphologically. Accordingly, a number of cross-linguistic investigations demonstrate that children’s attention is channeled towards different aspects of a situation depending on which portions of the conceptual space are grammaticized in the target language.

We invite contributions exploring this complex relationship between the conceptual development of a child and the acquisition of morphology using a variety of state-of-the-art methods of psycholinguistic research. A special focus of the workshop will be on cross-linguistic comparisons.

This workshop is part of the 15th International Morphology Meeting held in Vienna on February 9-12, 2012.
Conference URL:

Confirmed invited speakers
P.M. Bertinetto (Pisa), W.U. Dressler (Vienna), D. Ravid (Tel Aviv), U. Stephany (Cologne)

Abstract submission
Abstracts (max. 500 words) in MS Word should be sent to e.tribushinina(removeme) by September 15, 2011.

More information
For further information please contact the convenors: Sabine Laaha (sabine.laaha(removeme) or Elena Tribushinina (e.tribushinina(removeme)
Werkt u samen met onderzoekers in China of zou u dat willen? Dan is het China Exchange Programme (CEP) van de KNAW wellicht interessant voor u. Het CEP is een laagdrempelig stimuleringsprogramma voor wetenschappelijke samenwerking op alle wetenschapsgebieden tussen Nederland en China. Het programma stimuleert mobiliteit van onderzoekers en maakt verkenningen voor nieuwe samenwerkingsverbanden mogelijk.

Het CEP kan een duwtje in de rug geven om langdurige samenwerking op te zetten met China. Velen gingen u reeds voor: het programma dat is gefinancierd door het Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, bestaat inmiddels meer dan dertig jaar.

Binnen het CEP kunnen twee typen subsidie aangevraagd worden:

Individuele bezoeken China-Nederland v.v.
Deze subsidie is bedoeld voor senior wetenschappers met de intentie om langdurige samenwerking op te zetten
Gezamenlijke onderzoeksprojecten
Deze subsidie is bedoeld voor gezamenlijke onderzoeksprojecten van een Nederlandse en een Chinese onderzoeksgroep van een universiteit of wetenschappelijk instituut
Op dit moment kunnen er aanvragen worden ingediend voor gezamenlijke onderzoeksprojecten. De deadline voor het indienen van deze aanvragen is 15 september 2011. Aanvragen voor individuele bezoeken kunnen gedurende het hele jaar worden ingediend.

Meer informatie over het programma, de richtlijnen en aanvraagformulieren vindt u op de website van de KNAW.

Met vriendelijke groeten,

Marianne van Driel
Programma manager China Exchange Programme

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Biografie over Sittardse taalkundige Willy Dols
Ter herdenking van de 100e geboortedag van Willy Dols is op 14 maart j.l. diens biografie verschenen: Willy Dols 1911 – 1944; een verwachting die niet in vervulling mocht gaan. De auteur Lei Limpens beschrijft het korte leven van deze Sittardse taalkundige, wiens carričre door het optreden van de Duitsers bruut afgebroken werd. Hoogtepunt van zijn wetenschappelijk onderzoek in zijn korte leven was het proefschrift Sittardse Diftongering over het dialect van zijn geboortestad, dat hij tijdens de oorlog onder moeilijke omstandigheden wist te voltooien.

Op 21 maart 2011 was het honderd jaar geleden dat de Sittardenaar Willy Dols geboren is. Hij was een veelbelovend geleerde die aan het einde van de Tweede Wereldoorlog op tragische wijze om het leven gekomen is. Tijdens zijn studie al publiceerde hij een aantal artikelen op taalkundig gebied waarin hij reeds blijk gaf van zijn grote interesse voor het Limburgse dialect. Zijn in 1953 postuum uitgegeven proefschrift wordt gerekend tot de beste die in Nederland ooit over een taalkundig onderwerp geschreven zijn.
De neerlandicus Lei Limpens heeft het leven van deze geleerde beschreven in een boek waarbij hij ook aandacht schenkt aan het wetenschappelijk werk van Willy Dols. Zo geeft de auteur voor een breed publiek een samenvatting van Dols’ gepubliceerde en niet-gepubliceerde werk, waaruit de brede belangstelling van deze erudiete geleerde blijkt. Verder onder andere de nog nooit gepubliceerde recensie van J.P.C. Kats, Het phonologisch en morphologisch systeem van het Roermondsch dialect uit1939.

Op de website van Marc van Oostendorp leest u het artikel dat hij over Willy Dols en Limpens' boek schreef voor Onze Taal:
Tenslotte hebben de hoogleraren Marc van Oostendorp, Ben Hermans en Carlos Gussenhoven als hommage aan hun collega uit het begin van de Twintigste Eeuw een artikel geschreven over een aspect van het Limburgse dialect.

U kunt een exemplaar van het boek bestellen door € 19.95
(+ € 3 verzendkosten / verzending naar Belgiė € 9)

over te maken op rekeningnummer SNS Regio Bank. t.n.v. H.L.J. Limpens, Munstergeleen

IBAN: NL62SNSB0648669858


Met vermelding van de volledige adresgegevens

Inlichtingen bij de auteur Lei Limpens; Telefoon 046?4529623

Email: hljlimpens(removeme)
Information about Veni, Vidi, Vici at 2 September and 13 October, NWO, The Hague
Dear researcher,

Are you planning to apply for a Veni, Vidi or Vici and do you want practical information and tips from successful applicants, coordinators and committee members? Then make sure you attend one of NWO's information meetings. There you will hear from successfull applicants, coordinators and committee members about what to pay attention to when completing your grant application, what not to write and why some applications are successful and why.

Friday morning 2 September, 9.00 - 12.30 hrs.: information for alpha/gamma researchers

Friday afternoon 2 September, 13.00 - 16.30 hrs.: information for bčta and life sciences researchers

Thursday morning 13 October, 9.00 - 12.30 hrs.: information for bčta and life sciences researchers

Thursday afternoon 13 October, 13.00 - 16.30 hrs: information for alpha/gamma researchers

The days will be held in English at NWO, Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indiė 300, Den Haag.

Programme, directions, more information:

Direct link to registration form: