December 16th, 2011

LOT Announcements / events
Update 'De Grote Taaldag', Utrecht University, LOT, Anéla/VIOT & AvT, 4 februari 2012
Op zaterdag, 4 februari 2012 vindt de tweede editie van de Grote Taaldag plaats. De Grote Taaldag is een initiatief van AVT, Anéla, VIOT en LOT waarbij drie bekende evenementen samen worden gebracht: de Anéla / VIOT Juniorendag, de AVT TINdag en het Taalgala.

Tijdens het eerste deel van de dag worden de reguliere programma’s van de Juniorendag en de TINdag naast elkaar gehouden.
Tijdens het tweede deel van de dag vindt het Taalgala plaats. Tijdens het Taalgala worden verschillende prijzen uitgereikt zoals de Anéla / AVT-dissertatieprijs voor het beste taalkundige proefschrift van 2010 en de LOT-Populariseringsprijs voor het beste populariserende artikel op het terrein van de taalwetenschap van 2009 en 2010. Zie www.degrotetaaldag.nl voor een overzicht van de genomineerden.

De Grote Taaldag vindt plaats in Utrecht, Drift 21 en 25.

Programma:

09:30 - 10.00 Ontvangst en registratie
10.00 - 12.30 Juniorendag en TINdag lezingen
12.30 - 14.00 Lunchpauze met:
AVT ledenvergadering
Posterpresentatie Anéla /VIOT Juniorendag
14.00 - 16.30 Juniorendag en TINdag lezingen
16.30 - 17.30 Taalgala
17.30 – 19.00 Borrel en tapasreceptie


Registratie:
Deelnemers aan de Grote Taaldag kunnen zich inschrijven voor de Juniorendag via www.degrotetaaldag.nl

Inschrijvingsgeld is 15 euro voor reguliere leden, 12,50 euro voor junioren en werkzoekende taalkundigen, en 25 euro voor externen. Dit bedrag is inclusief koffie/thee en lunch.
Schultink lecture by Leanne Hinton, Tilburg University (LOT), January 18 2012
The Schultink lecture will be hosted by the LOT Winterschool 2012, Tilburg University
See this page for more info on linguist Henk Schultink: nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henk_Schultink

Date: Wednesday 18 January 2012
Time: 19.30
Location: Tilburg University, DZ1

Speaker: Leanne Hinton, Prof. emerita, University of California at Berkeley
Title: 20 years in language revitalization: what have we learned?

abstract
It is now 20 years since Ken Hale et al galvanized the linguistic community with their set of articles on endangered languages, and 10 years since the publication of /The Green Book on Language Revitalization in Practice. /During these two decades, both language documentation and language revitalization have developed new methods and practices, and have been participated in by a growing number of linguists and speech communities. Linguists and the communities they work with have developed new kinds of relationships, with stronger control by the communities and a greater commitment to applied work by the linguists. At the same time, all players are developing more sophisticated goals for documentation and a more realistic understanding of the future of endangered languages. This talk will survey what we have learned over the last 20 years about ways and means of the preservation, survival, or revival of endangered languages, and where we might expect people will go from here.


We hope to see you all there!

Best regards, the organization

For more information about the LOT winterschool and local information, go to: www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2012_Winterschool_Tilburg
Kennislink Taal & Spraak
Kennislink Taal & Spraak is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied: www.kennislink.nl/taal-en-spraak

Actueel:

Liplezen helpt bij afasie
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/liplezen-helpt-bij-afasie
Mensen met afasie hebben moeite met het waarnemen van subtiele klankverschillen. Liplezen kan ze helpen toch een onderscheid te maken. Dat blijkt uit promotieonderzoek van Dörte Hessler.

Switchen van taal: nothing to worry about
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/switchen-van-taal-is-nothing-to-worry-about
Nederlandse spreektaal is steeds vaker doorspekt met Engels. Psycholinguļst Gerrit Jan Kootstra onderzocht welke factoren het wisselen van taal beļnvloeden: ‘De neiging om elkaar na te doen is vreselijk sterk.’

Subsidie voor Indianentalen
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/grote-europese-subsidie-voor-onderzoek-naar-indianentalen
Willem Adelaar, Leids hoogleraar Talen en Culturen van Indiaans Amerika, krijgt een Europese subsidie voor onderzoek naar de relaties tussen Midden-Amerikaanse en Zuid-Amerikaanse Indianentalen.

Taal voor de leugendetector
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/taal-voor-de-leugendetector
Amerikaanse wetenschappers zijn al decennialang op zoek naar een betrouwbare leugendetector. Werden voorheen fysiologische kenmerken zoals hartslag en zweetproductie gemeten, tegenwoordig vormt taal het belangrijkste uitgangspunt.
Lectures / talks / Colloquia
LUCL Colloquium by Anne Baker (ACLC/CSCA), Leiden University, December 16 2011
Date: 16 December 2011
Time: 15.00-16.00 (no academic quarter)
Location: Leiden University, Lipsius building (Cleveringaplaats 1), room 147

On Friday 16 December Anne Baker (ACLC/CSCA University of Amsterdam) will give a talk in the LUCL colloquium. The title of her talk is “Acquiring a sign language – is it different?”.

After the colloquium, Christmas drinks will be held at the Brasserie in the Faculty Club (Rapenburg 73).

Abstract

Once you understand what sign languages are, that is natural human languages, you can ask the quite legitimate question whether learning such a language is different in any essential way. In this talk I will address a selection of questions and provide some answers. The modality of sign languages is visual and spatial - will this make an essential difference to the acquisition process for children or for adults as second language learners? Is signing easier for children? When you sign your conversation partner has to look at you. Is this difficult for children or adults? A sign language has its own grammar – how do such features impact on learning? Finally you can speak and sign at the same time – how does this affect acquisition?
Early Friday afternoon lecture On Negation in Noon (Atlantic, Niger-Congo) by Hamine Wane, Leiden, (LUCL), December 16, 2011
LUCL Vrijdagmiddaglezing Beschrijvende Taalkunde 2011

Time: 14:00 – 14:45

Recently, negation has constituted an area of study because of the variation of the forms of negation morphemes depending on the TAM (Tense Aspect Mood). Still, the ways in which negation interacts with other grammatical categories are seldom explored. This presentation investigates the negative construction in Noon, an Atlantic (Niger-Congo) language spoken in Senegal.

The Noon language uses two negative morphemes ( -oo , -ii) which are constrained by tense and aspect. It is therefore possible to identify the negation morphemes and match them with the tenses. This makes the occurrence of negation morphemes in Noon predictable.

Note that we will stop at 14:45. Those willing to go to the LUCL colloquium (and Christmas drinks) can thus do so.

If you know someone who is willing to give a talk, or if you need more information, or if you want to be included on the e-mail list, please contact: Martine Bruil, Rebecca Voll or Stanly Oomen.

Martine Bruil m.bruil(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl
Stanly Oomen s.oomen(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl
Rebecca Voll r.m.voll(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl
Taal en Tongval Colloquium; Dialects in Contact, Ghent, December 16 2011
Dialects in Contact: Changes in Transitional Zones.
A colloquium organized by the journal Taal & Tongval.
Location: Ghent, Belgium.
Date: 16-12-2011 (16th of December). `

Organizers:
Anne Breitbarth, University of Ghent
Ben Hermans, Meertens Institute


Information about the theme of the Colloquium:
linguistlist.org/callconf/browse-conf-action.cfm?confid=134363

Information about the program and the location of the Colloquium:
www.meertens.knaw.nl/taalentongval2011

See for call for papers below.
Nijmegen Lectures by Nicholas Evans, January 9-11, 2012
The Nijmegen Lectures committee is pleased to announce that the Nijmegen Lectures will take place on January 9th, 10th and 11th, 2012.
The lectures will be given by Nicholas Evans (Australian National University). The title of the lecture series is: Coevolutionary Linguistics: Diversity, Culture, Mind and History.

For more detailed information on each of the lectures, including abstracts, please go to the Nijmegen Lectures website www.mpi.nl/events/nijmegen-lectures-2011

Please note that registration is required for everybody who plans to attend - this includes MPI Nijmegen members. Seating is limited for the afternoon sessions. We advise you to register as soon as possible (deadline January 3rd, 2012). You can do so by clicking on the following link: www.mpi.nl/events/nijmegen-lectures-2011/registration-2011

All lectures and seminars are free of charge and open to the public.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Nijmegen Lectures, January 9-11, 2012.

Sincerely,
Joe Blythe, Michael Dunn, Ad Foolen, Olga Krasnoukhova, Julia Udden and Nanjo Bogdanowicz
1st announcement 2012 INTERNATIONAL SPRING SCHOOL IN FORMAL LANGUAGES AND APPLICATIONS, SSFLA 2012 (formerly International PhD School in Formal Languages and Applications) Organized by: Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC) Rovira i Virgili University,Tarragona, Spain April 2-6, 2012
AIM:
SSFLA 2012 offers a broad and intensive series of lectures at different levels on selected topics in language and automata theory and their applications. The students choose their preferred courses according to their interests and background. Instructors are top names in their respective fields. The School intends to help students initiate and foster their research career.

The previous event in this series was FSFLA 2011 ( www.grammars.grlmc.com/fsfla2011/).

ADDRESSED TO:
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.

The School is appropriate also for people more advanced in their career who want to keep themselves updated on developments in the field.

There will be no overlap in the class schedule.

COURSES AND PROFESSORS:
- Eric Allender (Rutgers), Circuit Complexity: Recent Progress in Lower
Bounds [introductory/advanced, 8 hours]
- Amihood Amir (Bar-Ilan), Periodicity and Approximate Periodicity in Pattern
Matching [introductory, 6 hours]

- Ahmed Bouajjani (Paris 7), Automated Verification of Concurrent Boolean
Programs [introductory/advanced, 10 hours]

- Andrea Corradini (Pisa), Computational Models Based on Rewriting
[introductory, 12 hours]

- Bruno Courcelle (Bordeaux), Automata for Monadic Second-order Model
Checking [intermediate, 8 hours]

- Manfred Droste (Leipzig), Weighted Automata and Weighted Logic
[introductory/advanced, 8 hours]

- Jörg Flum (Freiburg), The Halting Problem for Turing Machines
[introductory/advanced, 6 hours]

- Aart Middeldorp (Innsbruck), Termination of Rewrite Systems
[introductory/intermediate, 8 hours]

REGISTRATION:
It has to be done on line at

www.grammars.grlmc.com/ssfla2012/Registration.php

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

1 hour =
- 10 euros (for payments until January 22, 2012),
- 15 euros (for payments after January 22, 2012).

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

Uno-e Bank (Julian Camarillo 4 C, 28037 Madrid, Spain): IBAN: ES3902270001820201823142 – Swift/BIC code: UNOEESM1 (account holder: Carlos Martin-Vide GRLMC; account holder's address: Av. Catalunya, 35, 43002 Tarragona, Spain)

Please mention SSFLA 2012 and your name in the subject. A receipt will be provided on site.

Remarks:
- Bank transfers should not involve any expense for the School.

- People claiming early registration will be requested to prove that the bank
transfer order was carried out by the deadline.

- Students may be refunded only in the case when a course gets cancelled
due to the unavailability of the instructor.

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

ACCOMMODATION:
Information about accommodation is available on the website of the School.

CERTIFICATE:
Students will be delivered a certificate stating the courses attended, their contents, and their duration.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Announcement of the programme: December 10, 2011

Starting of the registration: December 10, 2011

Early registration deadline: January 22, 2012

Starting of the School: April 2, 2012

End of the School: April 6, 2012

QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:
Lilica Voicu: florentinalilica.voicu(removeme)urv.cat

WEBSITE:
www.grammars.grlmc.com/ssfla2012/

POSTAL ADDRESS:
SSFLA 2012
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University
Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain
Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-558386

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:
Diputació de Tarragona
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
OAP DAG 2011, Amsterdam (ACLC), December 16 2011
Senior members of the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication present their research during the
OAP DAG 2011 Friday december 16, 2011

www.hum.uva.nl/aclc-news/events.cfm/581E50B6-7BAC-4B72-82006259EA362B09

Current and former members alike are cordially invited to join us for this informal and festive event, which will be rounded off with a reception introducing the Christmas break.

The OAP dag will take place in room 004 of the Bungehuis building, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam, and will start at 13.00.

Programme
13.00-13.30 Room open, coffee/tea

13.30-14.05 Liesbeth Zack
Language change in Cairo in the 19th century

14.05-14.40 Janneke Kalsbeek
Some historical developments in western South Slavic verb systems

14.40-15.15 Tamas Biró
Errors in language production, language learning and language change: Some computational experiments with Optimality Theory

15.15-15.50 Break, coffee/tea

15.50-16.25 Judith Rispens
Lexical and sublexical processing in developmental language disorders

16.25-17.00 Jan Hulstijn
The study of second language acquisition: Short history, long future
17.00- Reception (third floor Bungehuis building)
Twaalfde VIOT-congres 'taalgebruik en diversiteit', Universiteit Leiden (VIOT), December 21-23 2011
Programma VIOT2011 on-line en vroege registratie verlengd

Van 21 tot en met 23 december a.s. vindt aan de Universiteit Leiden het VIOT-congres plaats, met als thema 'taalgebruik en diversiteit'. Meer dan honderd lezingen over onder andere begrijpelijke taal, politiek en juridisch taalgebruik, speeches, argumentatie, visuele communicatie, conversatie-analyse, schrijfvaardigheid en meertaligheid. Het volledige programma is nu on-line en de mogelijkheid tot vroege registratie is verlengd tot 5 december a.s. (het tarief is inclusief lunches en congresbundel):

www.viot2011.nl/

E-mail: viot2011(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl
Update Morphology days 2011, Nijmegen, December 21-22 2011
Morphology days 2011, Nijmegen, December 21-22 2011

After an interesting conference in Luik in 2009, this year's Morphology Days (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; various topics with a central place for morphemes are incorporated in the programme.

Keynote speakers:
- prof. dr. Geert Booij (Leiden University)
- dr. Andrea Krott (University of Birmingham)
- dr. Raymond Betram (University of Turku)

Program & Registration:
www.ru.nl/morfologiedagen/conference/programme

If you would like to participate, please register before 5 December via our website: www.ru.nl/morfologiedagen/
Email: morfologiedagen2011(removeme)gmail.com

We hope to welcome you at the Morfologiedagen - Morphology Days 2011!

Kind regards,

Arina Banga
Esther Hanssen
Anneke Neijt
Robert Schreuder
Workshop on Non-lexical knowledge in word perception on the occasion of Tom Lentz's defence, December 21 2011
On the occasion of Tom Lentz's defence there will be a workshop on non-lexical knowledge in word perception on Wednesday December 21st.

The programme of speakers is:

14:30-15:00 Tom Lentz (UiL OTS - Utrecht University) 'Phonotactic Illegality and
Probability in Speech Perception: Evidence from second language listeners'

15:00-15:30 René Kager (UiL OTS - Utrecht University) t.b.a.

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-16:30 Hugo Quené (UiL OTS - Utrecht University) ‘Production and perception of segmental durations in L2 and L1’

16:30-17:00 Frans Adriaans (University of Pennsylvania) 'Phonotactic learning from word types, word tokens, and continuous speech'

17:00-17:30 Todd Bailey (Cardiff University) 'Perceptual and representation-based contributions to priming of word recognition'


Phonotactic Illegality and Probability in Speech Perception: Evidence from second language listeners

Tom Lentz (UiL OTS – Utrecht University)

Speech perception can be modelled as a mapping from sound to abstract categories (usually phonemes) to higher-level representation containing them, usually words. Sound is physically real and the existence of words is not under discussion either, but every representation between sound and lexical form has to be justified. There is no direct linguistic justification for the existence of anything more than phonemes, but certain combinations of phonemes are easy to recognise, while others are hard if not impossible to recognise. Phonotactic knowledge does not only comprise strict co-occurrence relations, but also the psychologically real, but linguistically unnecessary knowledge of phoneme combinations. A series of word recognition and speech segmentation experiments will be discussed that show this process. The results suggest that phonotactic knowledge has a place in the speech perception process and not just as a derivative of lexical influence on word and speech recognition.

Production and perception of segmental durations in L2 and L1

Hugo Quené (UiL OTS – Utrecht University)

In this talk I will present two studies, both concerned with segmental durations in L2 and L1. In a speech production study, we investigated whether and how Dutch speakers of L2 English produced native-like duration patterns. Even highly proficient speakers turn out to produce non-native duration contrasts. Because of their high L2 fluency, however, this seems to be unproblematic in conversation, although the speakers' peers (international students, mostly L2
English speakers) may be more lenient than native speakers. Indeed, results from a perception study show that non-native duration contrasts in L2 Dutch (e.g. misrepresenting the short~long vowel contrast) have a detrimental effect on speech comprehension. Thus it
seems that segmental durations result from intricate interactions among multiple factors, and that the effects of nonnative control over these factors may be dissimilar for L1 and L2 speakers.

Phonotactic learning from word types, word tokens, and continuous speech

Frans Adriaans (University of Pennsylvania)

Phonotactic constraints are useful for the detection of word boundaries in continuous speech. Already in the first year of life, infants rely on phonotactics to discover word-like units in speech. This raises the question of how phonotactic constraints are acquired. Most models of phonotactic learning assume that constraints are learned from word forms the lexicon. This, however, assumes prior knowledge of word boundaries. Alternatively, constraints could be learned in a bottom-up fashion from the speech stream, providing the learner with lexicon-independent cues to word boundaries. In this talk I will provide an account of the induction of OCP-Place (a phonotactic constraint restricting the occurrence of consecutive labials within words) and its effect on segmentation. In a series of computer simulations I aim to determine which source of input (word types, word tokens, continuous speech) provides the best source of learning OCP-Place. In addition, I investigate which type of input best explains the role of OCP-Place in human segmentation data.

Perceptual and representation-based contributions to priming of word recognition

Todd Bailey (Cardiff University)

Speeded recognition of words that have been seen before involves a combination of improved perception (what words look like) and improved access to conceptual memory (what words mean and how they relate to other things). Using speeded recognition of written words seen before, we examined the relative contributions of perceptual facilitation versus facilitated access to conceptual memory, to inform our understanding of the mental processes involved in word recognition and to test whether they are distinct from those involved in recognizing other types of stimuli, including faces.
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:

linguistlist.org/callconf/browse-conf-action.cfm?ConfID=129022

Further details can be found on our homepage:
www.uni-leipzig.de/console20/

If you have any questions, please contact the organizing committee at consolexx(removeme)uni-leipzig.de

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

Contact:
Universität Leipzig
Institut für Linguistik
Beethovenstraße 15
D-04107 Leipzig
Germany
Email: consolexx(removeme)uni-leipzig.de
FIFTH WORLD UNIVERSITIES FORUM, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece, January 8-10 2012
www.ontheuniversity.com/conference/

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 ontheuniversity.com/ideas/action-agenda/ - 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 www.ontheuniversity.com/conference/ .

We look forward to seeing you in Rhodes in January.
Workshop Socio-cognitive mechanisms of symbolic communication, Tilburg University, 26 January 2012
Call for Participation

Workshop: Socio-cognitive mechanisms of symbolic communication
Venue: Tilburg University
Date: 26 January 2012 from 9:00 until 18:30 hours.

In contrast to other species, humans have the capacity to communicate symbolically (i.e. using forms that are either arbitrary or conventionalised) in an open fashion (i.e. with a very large repertoire of symbols, which in turn can be strung together according to some conventions and rules). It is widely accepted that our ability to communicate symbolically has both cognitive and social roots. In recent years, traditional approaches from humanities to study symbolic communication, such as linguistics and psychology, have been complemented by computational approaches. However, interactions between researchers from the humanities with computer modellers have been few and far between, perhaps due to a lack of mutual understanding of what each field can contribute to the other.

This workshop inaugurates the ‘Socio-cognitive mechanisms of symbolic communication’ project, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) within the Internationalisation of the Humanities programme. The objective of this project is to set up an open structural research network, which brings together researchers from various disciplines who investigate the socio-cognitive nature of symbolic communication. The objective of the network is to improve cross-fertilization between researchers from different disciplines by exchanging knowledge and experiences, and join forces to study communication multidisciplinary. This way, we aim to improve each other’s research methods and investigate unifying properties of the socio-cognitive mechanisms underlying symbolic communication. At the workshop, the partners in this project and two keynote speakers will present about their research.

If you wish to attend the workshop, register by sending an email to socog.symcom(removeme)gmail.com. Registration fee is € 25 for regular participants, € 15 for students (to be paid in cash at the workshop). Seating is limited, so please register soon.

Keynote speakers:

Aylin Küntay (Koē University, Istanbul)
Luc Steels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel / Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris)

Invited speakers:

Tony Belpaeme (University of Plymouth)
Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (INRIA, Bordeaux)
Asli Özyürek (Radbout Universiteit Nijmegen / MPI Nijmegen) Linda Smith (Indiana University) Paul Vogt (Tilburg University)

Tentative programme (details TBA):

8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome
9:15 – 10:15 Keynote lecture
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 12:15 Presentations invited speakers
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch break
13:15 – 15:30 Presentations invited speakers 15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break 16:00 – 17:00 Keynote lecture 17:00 – 17:30 Panel discussion 17:30 – 18:30 Reception

For more information, consult ilk.uvt.nl/~paul/scmsc/ or contact Paul Vogt (socog.symcom(removeme)gmail.com).
INTERNATIONAL WINTER SCHOOL IN LANGUAGE AND SPEECH TECHNOLOGIES (WSLST 2012), Tarragona, Spain, January 23-27, 2012
(formerly International PhD School in Language and Speech Technologies)

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

grammars.grlmc.com/wslst2012/

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AIM:

WSLST 2012 offers a broad and intensive series of lectures on language and speech technologies at different levels. The students choose their preferred courses according to their interests and background. Instructors are top names in their respective fields. The School intends to help students initiate and foster their research career.

The previous event in this series was SSLST 2011 ( grammars.grlmc.com/sslst2011/).

ADDRESSED TO:

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

The School is appropriate also for people more advanced in their career who want to keep themselves updated on developments in the field.

There is no overlap in the class schedule.

COURSES AND PROFESSORS:

- Eneko Agirre (U Basque Country), Semantic Processing of Text: Word Sense Disambiguation, Entity Linking and Semantic Similarity [introductory/intermediate, 8 hours]
- William J. Byrne (Cambridge), Weighted Finite State Transducers in Statistical Machine Translation [introductory/advanced, 6 hours]
- Marcello Federico (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento), Statistical Language Modeling [introductory/advanced, 8 hours]
- Ralph Grishman (New York), Information Extraction [intermediate, 8 hours]
- John Nerbonne (Groningen), Using Edit-Distance to Understand Linguistic Variation [introductory/advanced, 4 hours]
- Geoffrey K. Pullum (Edinburgh), The Formal Properties of Human Languages: Description with a View to Implementation [introductory/intermediate, 8 hours]
- Jian Su (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore), Coreference Resolution and Discourse Relation Recognition [advanced, 4 hours]
- Christoph Tillmann (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center), Simple and Effective Algorithms and Models for Non-hierarchical Statistical Machine Translation [intermediate, 6 hours]
- David R. Traum (U Southern California), Approaches to Dialogue Systems and Dialogue Management [introductory, 8 hours]
- Dekai Wu (Hong Kong U of Science and Technology), Syntactic and Semantic Statistical Machine Translation [introductory/advanced, 8 hours]

REGISTRATION:

It has to be done on line at

grammars.grlmc.com/wslst2012/Registration.php

FEES:

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

1 hour =

- 10 euros (for payments until November 13, 2011),
- 15 euros (for payments after November 13, 2011).

PAYMENT PROCEDURE:

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; account holder’s address: Av. Catalunya, 35, 43002 Tarragona, Spain)

Please mention WSLST 2012 and your full name in the subject. A receipt will be provided on site.

Remarks:

- Bank transfers should not involve any expense for the School.
- People claiming early registration will be requested to prove that they gave the bank transfer order by the deadline.
- Students may be refunded only in the case when a course gets cancelled due to the unavailability of the instructor.

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

ACCOMMODATION:

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

CERTIFICATES:

Students will be delivered a certificate stating the courses attended, their contents, and their duration.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Announcement of the programme: September 26, 2011 Starting of the registration: September 26, 2011 Early registration deadline: November 13, 2011 Starting of the School: January 23, 2012 End of the School: January 27, 2012

QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:

Florentina-Lilica Voicu: florentinalilica.voicu(removeme)urv.cat

WEBSITE:

grammars.grlmc.com/wslst2012/

POSTAL ADDRESS:

WSLST 2012
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC) Rovira i Virgili University Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain

Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-558386

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

Diputació de Tarragona
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Kick-off workshop “Discourse Coherence in Bilingualism and SLI”, Utrecht, Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UIL OTS), January 30 2012
Utrecht Institute of Linguistics, in collaboration with the Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS Berlin) and Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia (St. Petersburg), is organizing a one-day kick-off workshop for the EU-project “Discourse Coherence in Bilingualism and SLI”.
Registration: You can register for the workshop by sending an e-mail to GW_uil-ots(removeme)uu.nl. PLEASE MENTION IN THE SUBJECT HEADER: “COHERENCE BILINGUALISM WORKSHOP”. The deadline for registration is January 25; the number of available places is limited. Participation is free of charge.

Programme
9:30-9:40 Opening by Ted Sanders
9:40-10:00 Elena Tribushinina (Utrecht University):
Introduction into “Discourse BiSLI”
10:00-11:00 Jan de Jong (University of Amsterdam): Bilingual SLI: what
progress has been made?
11:00-11:30 coffee break
11:30-12:00 Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul (Utrecht University): Corpus-based
and experimental methods to discover determinants of
connective acquisition
12:00-12:30 Rosie van Veen (Utrecht University): Measuring children's
comprehension of causal relations with eye-tracking
12:30-13:00 Eva Valcheva (ZAS Berlin): Coherence relations and reference
assignment in German child language
13:00-14:30 lunch break
14:30-15:00 Jeannette Schaeffer (University of Amsterdam): Grammatical
and pragmatic properties of DP in SLI: Evidence for modularity
15:00-15:30 Alla Peeters-Podgaevskaja (University of Amsterdam): On
morphology of Russian in bilingual Dutch-Russian children of
5-7 years old
15:30-16:00 coffee break
16:00-16:30 Natalia Gagarina (ZAS Berlin): Cohesion in the elicited
narratives of early sequential Russian-German bilinguals
16:30-17:00 Paul Leseman and Josje Verhagen (Utrecht University):
Discourse coherence in mono- and bilingual preschool children:
Developmental trends in linguistic characteristics and the role
of spatial working memory
Drinks
Update on Registration deadline EMLAR VIII, Utrecht University (UIL OTS), February 1-3 2012
Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research (EMLAR) VIII
Lectures and hands-on tutorials on methodological aspects of language acquisition research

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.

For details about the programme of EMLAR VIII and registration please visit our website:
www.hum.uu.nl/emlar/home.htm

Registration closes: December 15, 2011.

For further questions, contact us at: EMLAR2012(removeme)uu.nl

Lectures:
• A nutritional basis for SLI: tasks, results and methodological aspects of assessing syntax, lexical retrieval, and reading
Naama Friedmann – Tel Aviv University
• Samples, sampling and other confusing things
Steven Gillis – University of Antwerp
• Early language acquisition at the prosody/syntax interface
Barbara Höhle – University of Potsdam
• The integration of morphosyntax in advanced second language processing: evidence from eye tracking
Holger Hopp – University of Mannheim
• On-line reaction time experiments testing sentence processing in children with typical and atypical language
Theodoros Marinis – University of Reading
• Using Event-related Potentials in language aquisition research
Judith Rispens – University of Amsterdam
• Magnitude Estimation as a method for testing linguistic acceptability: the recent debate
Antonella Sorace – University of Edinburgh
• Methodological issues in early bilingual acquisition
Sharon Unsworth – Utrecht University

Tutorials:
• PRAAT (Paul Boersma)
• ERP (Jos van Berkum & Titia van Zuijen)
• Eye tracking: reading (Iris Mulders)
• Eye tracking: visual world paradigm (Pim Mak)
• Statistics with R (Hugo Quené)
• Multilevel analysis (Huub van den Bergh)
• SPSS (Roeland van Hout)
• CHILDES (Jacqueline van Kampen)
• Computational methods (Maarten Versteegh & Christina Bergmann)

Organising committee:

Sergio Baauw
René Kager
Brigitta Keij
Marijn Struiksma
Shalom Zuckerman
Anéla / VIOT Juniorendag 2012, Grote Taaldag Utrecht, 4 februari 2012
Op zaterdag 4 februari 2012 wordt de jaarlijkse Juniorendag van Anéla en VIOT georganiseerd tijdens de Grote Taaldag in Utrecht. Op de Grote Taaldag zijn de Anéla-VIOT Juniorendag, de AVT TIN-dag en het Taalgala samengebracht. Studenten, net afgestudeerden en promovendi presenteren op de Juniorendag in een informele sfeer hun scriptie- of promotieonderzoek op het gebied van toegepaste taalkunde (taalgebruik, taalverwerving, taalonderwijs, taalbeheersing of bedrijfscommunicatie).

Tijdens het aansluitende Taalgala worden prijzen uitgereikt: de jaarlijkse Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs voor de beste scriptie binnen het vakgebied, de posterprijs, de LOT-Populariseringsprijs en de AVT/Anéla-Dissertatieprijs.

Meld je nu aan via deze link om deel te nemen aan de Juniorendag en het Taalgala, inclusief de borrel.

Meer informatie over de Juniorendag 2012 en de geschakelde activiteiten van de Grote Taaldag kun je vinden via www.degrotetaaldag.nl. Voor verdere vragen kun je een e-mail sturen naar juniorendag2012(removeme)gmail.com.

On Saturday, February 4th 2012, Anéla and VIOT (the Dutch and Flemish associations for applied linguistics and discourse studies) organize their annual junior research day (Juniorendag) in Utrecht. The Juniorendag is part of the 'Big Language Day' (Grote Taaldag), together with the AVT-TINday, and the Taalgala.

At the Juniorendag, graduate students, junior researchers and PhD candidates in the field of applied linguistics (language use, language acquisition, education, discourse, or communication) present their work.

During the subsequent Taalgala several prizes will be awarded: the annual Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs to the best BA- or MA-thesis in the field of applied linguistics, the poster prize, the LOT popularization award, and the AVT/Anéla dissertation award.

You can register now to de Juniorendag en het Taalgala, including drinks. Further information about the Juniorendag is available on www.degrotetaaldag.nl or contact us at juniorendag2012(removeme)gmail.com.
AvT TIN Dag 2012, Grote Taaldag Utrecht, 4 februari 2012
De Grote Taaldag: TIN-dag, Anéla Juniorendag en Taalgala

De volgende TIN-dag wordt gehouden op zaterdag 4 februari 2012. Net als vorig jaar maakt de TIN-dag deel uit van de Grote Taaldag. Tijdens deze dag wordt parallel aan de TIN-dag ook de Anéla-juniorendag georganiseerd. Aansluitend volgt het jaarlijkse Taalgala, waarop ondermeer de Dissertatieprijs 2011 uitgereikt wordt. De Grote Taaldag vindt plaats op Drift 21 en 25; de TIN-dag op Drift 25 (en dus niet op het terrein van de Uithof, zoals vorig jaar!).

Inschrijven
Om een goed beeld te krijgen van het aantal aanwezigen op de Grote Taaldag/TIN-dag is het belangrijk dat u zich vóór 15 januari 2012 via de website van de AVT ( www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderzoek/avt) of van de Grote Taaldag ( www.grotetaaldag.nl) inschrijft.
Voor het bijwonen van de Grote Taaldag vragen wij een bijdrage (€15,- voor reguliere leden, €12,50 voor promovendi, €25,- voor niet-leden). Bij dit bedrag zijn inbegrepen koffie/thee , lunch en een afsluitende borrel. Wij verzoeken u het bedrag op uiterlijk 22 januari 2012 over te maken op rekeningnummer 474579 (ING) ten name van de AVT, onder vermelding van “TIN-dag 2012”.
Seventh International Conference on Missionary LinguisticsUniversity of Bremen, 28 February ? 2 March 2012
www.fb10.uni-bremen.de/misling2012bremen/registration.aspx

Objective and Content of the Conference
Impacts of Colonial Thinking on Intercultural, Transcultural and Translational Processes and the Influence of the Missionized Other in Missionary Linguistics.
This conference aims at exploring missionary linguistics within the wider context of (political and spiritual) colonization. The cognitive appropriation of foreign cultural givens and the transcultural processes such as transference and translation implicated in these processes (based on intercultural encounters and interactions between the European missionaries and the speakers of the various indigenous languages and cultures in the Americas, Asia or Africa can be considered activities of colonizing or only influencing the Other. Within this framework, the learning, recording and studying of the indigenous languages by the missionaries can be described as complex processes of perception of the language and culture (semantics and pragmatics) of the Other and of oneself in confrontation with the Other, processes at the interface between subjective and socially constructed knowledge.

The historical process of recognition in the context of colonial thinking and missionary ideology starts within the basic cognitive experience and operation of an implicit – or even explicit – contrastive (interculturally-based) take on the perceived object: the indigenous language, its variation and normativization, its social function in the new context. The missionary perception here is very specific since the description implies language politics and planning. The formerly socially constructed knowledge about the concept of language, the structure of language, grammatical category and lexical inventories (the linguistic discourse of grammar and lexicon) forms the memory base for the study and record of the given language. The ongoing discourses on language situated in a specific temporally and culturally determined context further determine the study and recording of language and its function in society. On the other side, confrontation with the languages and cultures which are the object of missionary activities, may result in changes of such (pre-)conceptions.

The output (grammars, dictionaries, language courses, catechisms etc.) is a transcultural hybrid of given and new information: known structures and a differing language. The studies, records, descriptions, analyses of the indigenous language can thus be described in terms of a process by which the missionary linguist having been formed in Europe or by European conceptions translates the unknown language into the known structures of language (assisted by native informants and “colleagues”). On the other hand, the missionary-linguist translates the known paradigms and concepts of European languages into the indigenous languages overcoming sometimes traditional thinking about language and language categories. Asymmetries and incongruences between different systems could operate both as a negative and a positive inspiring factor. Facts could be overseen when the traditional paradigm was applied too strictly, whereas in other cases, the differences offered new challenges for describing typologically different languages.

The conference lLanguages will be English, Spanish, and German
NET-symposium 2012 (Netwerk Eerste Taalverwerving), Universiteitstheater UvA Amsterdam, 9 Maart 2012
Locatie: Universiteitstheater, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, 1012 CP, Amsterdam

Op vrijdag 9 maart vindt in Amsterdam het NET-symposium 2012 plaats (9.30-18.00). De Universiteit van Amsterdam heet geļnteresseerde studenten (BA & MA), promovendi, post-docs, senior onderzoekers en andere belangstellenden van harte welkom! Deelname is kosteloos, en ook de koffie/thee tussendoor en de borrel achteraf zijn gratis. Om een goede inschatting van het aantal bezoekers te kunnen maken, verzoeken we iedereen zich voor 24 februari 2012 aan te melden via netsymposium2012(removeme)gmail.com. Het programma van de dag volgt zo snel mogelijk op de website www.cnts.ua.ac.be/NET/netsymp2012.php.

Zegt het voort! We hopen jullie allen te zien op 9 maart in Amsterdam!

De organisatie, namens UvA, ACLC en NET,

Anne Baker, Elma Blom en Iris Duinmeijer
CICLing 2012, Delhi, India, March 11-17, 2012
13th International Conference on
Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics

www.CICLing.org/2012

TOPICS:
All topics related with computational
linguistics, natural language processing,
human language technologies, information
retrieval, etc.

PUBLICATION:
LNCS - Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science;
poster session: special issue of a journal

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Four keynote speakers anticipated

CULTURAL PROGRAM:
Three days of cultural activities:
tours by Delhi, Agra & Taj Mahal, Jaipur

AWARDS:
Best paper, best student paper,
best presentation, best poster, best software

SUBMISSION DEADLINES:
October 23: registration of tentative abstract,
October 31: uploading of full papers

See complete CFP and contact on www.CICLing.org/2012

This message is sent in good faith of its usefulness for you as an NLP researcher. If this is an error, kindly let me know.

Alexander Gelbukh
www.Gelbukh.com
Relations in Relativity: New Perspectives on Language and Thought, IMPRS Nijmegen, Aula Radboud University Nijmegen, May 9-11 2012
IMPRS (Internation Max Planck Research School for language sciences)

It is our great pleasure to announce the first IMPRS student organised workshop:

Relations in Relativity: New Perspectives on Language and Thought

Does the language we speak influence the way we think? This question of linguistic relativity, most famously raised by Benjamin Whorf,
has been a strong point of debate over the past decades. An emerging view that reconciles the empirical evidence is that thought is neither
determined by language nor completely free of its influence. This workshop aims to take this idea further and ask the resulting questions:
How does language influence thought? In which domains? When do language effects kick in? And why is it important?

Date: May 9 – 11, 2012
Venue: Radboud University (Aula) & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Accessibility: Open to all, with the exception of the small discussion group sessions which are only available to IMPRS students.
Registration will open closer to the date.

Format:
The workshop consists of:
- two discussions between invited guests,
- a panel discussion between invited and local experts,
- a PhD student poster session
- and a series of small discussion groups between the invited guests and IMPRS students.

The first conversation is a perspectives discussion on the mechanisms of linguistic relativity.
The second debate extends the linguistic relativity question to the domain of phonology asking the question: Are low levels of auditory
perception affected by phonological categorization, or does language experience only influence perceptual categorization at a later stage?
The final panel discussion looks at the relevance of linguistic relativity. Why should we study it? What impact does it have on our
everyday lives?

Confirmed speakers:
Emmanuel Dupoux (Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique & Ecole Normale Superieure)
Nick Enfield (MPI)
Monique Flecken (Donders Institute)
Dedre Gentner (Northwestern University)
John Kingston (University of Massachusetts)
Gary Lupyan (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Stephen Levinson (MPI)
Barbara Malt (Lehigh University)
Asifa Majid (MPI)

For more information please see the website: www.mpi.nl/events/relations-in-relativity

Regards,
The IMPRS student workshop organising committee
(Rebecca Defina, Sarah Dolscheid, Inge Alferink, Helen Buckler, Joost Rommers, Beyza Sumer, Sho Tsuji, Maartje van de Velde, Maarten Versteegh & Ewelina Wnuk)
2012 NIMH Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, Santa Barbara, CA, Jun 24, 2012 - Jul 07, 2012
Our topics this year are "Does Brain Plasticity Account for Everything?" and "The Indispensable Role of Episodic Memory in Adaptive Behavior." We hope you can help us identify graduate and postgraduate students that might take part in this year's Institute and whose presence would help create a diverse body of fellows. (All accepted Fellows will have their tuition, room, and board covered by the Summer Institute.)

The flyer is available in color or black and white, and may be downloaded
here: sicn.cmb.ucdavis.edu/sicn2012-flyers

Sincerely,

George R. Mangun, Ph.D.
Director, NIMH Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience Professor of
Psychology and Neurology University of California, Davis
Universals and Typology in Word-Formation II, Šafįrik University, Košice, Slovakia, August 26-28, 2012, Submission of abstracts: March 31, 2012
Universals and Typology in Word-Formation II

Venue: Šafįrik University, Košice, Slovakia
Date: August 26-28, 2012

The Conference aims to give an impetus to the research into universals and typology in word-formation by a joint effort of both morphologists and typologists. Papers discussing cross-linguistic correlations between individual word-formation processes, between WF processes, on one hand, and genetic types and/or geographically related languages, on the other, are most welcome. Space will also be given to any other typologically oriented research into word-formation as well as papers discussing the scope of word-formation and the relation between word-formation and other linguistic disciplines.

Main organizers:
Jan Don, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Lķvia Körtvélyessy, Šafįrik University, Košice, Slovakia
Pavol Štekauer, Šafįrik University, Košice, Slovakia
Slįvka Tomaš?ķkovį, Šafįrik University, Košice, Slovakia

Guest Speakers
Alexandra Aikhenvald, James Cook University, Australia - “Deriving Words with Classifiers”
Mark Aronoff, University of New York at Stony Brook, USA - “Roots and Reductionism in Morphological Theory”
Matthew Baerman, University of Surrey, United Kingdom - “Nominal Person between Inflection and Derivation”
Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand – “Derived Nouns of Location”
Peter Koch, Tubingen University, Germany – “The Semantics of Word-Formation and of other Lexical Processes”
Franz Rainer, WU Vienna, Austria - “How to Constrain Relational Adjectives”
Keren Rice, University of Toronto, Canada - “Voice in Word-Formation: Athabaskan evidence”

Scientific Committee


Michael Cahill, SIL International, USA
Greville Corbett, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Jan Don, Amsterdam University, Holland
Heinz Giegerich, Edinburgh University, United Kingdom
Pius ten Hacken., Swansea University, United Kingdom
Denis Jamet, Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University, France
Stanislav Kavka, Ostrava University, Czech Republic
Ferenc Kiefer, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
Grzegorz Kleparski, Rzeszow University, Poland
Lķvia Körtvélyessy, Šafįrik University, Slovakia
Rochelle Lieber, University of New Hampshire, USA
Lachlan Mackenzie, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
Stela Manova, Vienna University, Austria
Verónica Nercesian, Universidad Nacional de Formosa, Argentina
Sailaja Pingali, University of Hyderabad, India
Ingo Plag, Siegen University, Germany
Angela Ralli, University of Patras
Anna-Maria Di Sciullo, Quebec University in Montreal, Canada
Pavol Stekauer, Šafįrik University, Slovakia
Greg Stump, University of Kentucky, USA
Bogdan Szymanek, Catholic University Lublin, Poland

Important deadlines
Submission of abstracts: March 31, 2012
Notification of acceptance: May 21, 2012
Submission of a registration form: June 15, 2012
Job Announcements / Vacancies
2012 PhD Fellowships, International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen. Deadline: January 5 2012
- Call for Applications: 2012 IMPRS for Language Sciences PhD Fellowships

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and two research institutes based at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Centre for Language Studies. The research school offers an unrivalled training and research environment in the language sciences, allowing interdisciplinary work of the highest standard.

The IMPRS for Language Sciences is now advertising three doctoral fellowships in any field contributing to the language sciences, for example, linguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive neuroscience of language, or language and genetics.

The fellowships are, in the normal case, three years in length. Fellowship recipients will receive a monthly salary sufficient to cover living costs in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Applicants must have a Masters degree (or expect to complete the degree before September 2012) in a relevant field. The working language of the research school is English.

Applications must be prepared according to the following guidelines or will not be considered. Your application must be emailed as one PDF document that includes the following information:

Curriculum vitae. Include:
Relevant work and educational background.
Details about your completed or expected Masters degree, including supervisors, date of completion, title of thesis and a brief description of your topic, and any grades you received for relevant coursework (no official transcript required).
Details about your technical skillset and proficiency. For example, this may include programming, statistics, mathematical knowledge, experimental design/methods, neuroimaging, practical phonetics, corpus methods, fieldwork, etc.

Research proposal. No more than one page. Include:
Your proposed research question (one sentence) and title (no longer than 10 words).
A sketch of your proposed PhD research project that gives a basic overview of your proposed research and the methods you would hope to employ. Note, the details of the final research project would be decided upon in consultation with supervisors if a fellowship were awarded—here we would like to see how well you can frame a research question and test a hypothesis.
Names of potential supervisors from any of the three IMPRS partner institutes. You can find out about researchers’ work from the partner institute websites (see below for links). You do not need to contact potential supervisors at this time.

Personal statement. No more than half a page.
The IMPRS community is an active one, where our students take part in enrichment and training, and help to organise activities for the research school. If you were awarded a fellowship (a) whom would you like to invite as a guest speaker? (b) what professional development training would be most useful for you? and (c) what activities would you propose?

References. Provide:
Names, titles and email contact details of two academic referees. We will only contact them if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Proof of English-language proficiency if not a native English speaker. Provide:
Electronic copy/scan of TOEFL/Cambridge/IELTS certificate or equivalent. This may be submitted after the main application deadline if necessary.

The final day for applications is Thursday, 5 January 2012. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Send your application by email (marked "IMPRS application") to imprs(removeme)mpi.nl. All queries may also be sent to this address. In your email, please specify how you heard about the IMPRS for Language Sciences.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be held in mid-February 2012. Start dates for the positions will be 3 September 2012.

For more information about the IMPRS for Language Sciences, visit the research school's website:
www.mpi.nl/education/imprs-for-language-sciences

For more information about research at the IMPRS for Language Science’s partner institutes, visit their websites:
www.mpi.nl
www.ru.nl/cls
www.ru.nl/donders
Vacancy for Strategic Chair (Professor) of Learnability of Human Languages, Amsterdam (ACLC). Deadline: January 10 2011
www.uva.nl/vacatures/vacatures.cfm/A90023F2-162B-4ABC-9D17B2D052D92ED7

The Faculty of Humanities (UvA) has a vacancy for a:

Strategic Chair (Professor) of Learnability of Human Languages
38 hours per week (for 5 years)
vacancy number W11-230

This position stems from the Faculty of Humanities’ decision to adopt Brain and Cognition as one of its three research priority areas for the next five years. The aim of the Brain and Cognition research priority area is to promote and deliver international, interdisciplinary, and leading-edge research in a rapidly evolving field of study.

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) carries out its research programme on Learnability within the context of this research priority area and gives a broad and novel interpretation to the notion of learnability, as a result of which it bridges research in a number of areas within linguistics, such as language acquisition, language change, and language typology. It does so by studying a number of related hypotheses. (1) The language data that children hear is impoverished, in the sense that (a) some crucial types of data may never appear in the child’s input, (b) the data that does appear only gives superficial information about the structures that generated the data in the speaker’s brain, and (c) the data will contain noise as a result of errors or ellipses by the speaker and as a result of imperfections in the transmission channels. On the basis of such impoverished input children will construct their own internal language. (2) When constructing their own language, the children will almost inevitably end up speaking somewhat differently from their parents and peers. Such changes will not only be apparent in the histories of single languages, but even more dramatically in second language acquisition (where learners start with an already present language system rather than from scratch) and in language creation processes such as creolization (where no single mother tongue is available). (3) By evoking change, learnability problems lead to typological variation between languages.

Given this set of hypotheses, the involvement of researchers with different types of orientations and research interests is necessary to come to grips with the issue of learnability in this wide sense. The ACLC is ideally placed to initiate this type of debate, as it is home to a highly diversified group of linguists, addressing linguistic issues from a wide variety of angles, and in a collaborative spirit.

Tasks
The professor of learnability should, apart from bringing a relevant and innovative research agenda to the programme, bring researchers working on individual aspects of the learnability problem together, formulate new, broad research programmes in which these researchers can collaborate, and acquire funding for these programmes. The candidate to be appointed will thus play an important leadership role in the Learnability research programme, and will furthermore create a bridge between ACLC research and research carried out at the ILLC. The ILLC participates in the research focus area Brain and Cognition with its research programme on Cognitive modeling. Apart from her/his involvement in the research priority area, the candidate will play a prominent role in teaching courses and in curriculum development in the general area of Learnability and Linguistics and will be actively involved in PhD supervision. The candidate is furthermore expected to be an ambassador of the priority area and actively liaise and work with stakeholders both within and outside of the university sector.

Requirements
The professor of Learnability of human languages must hold a PhD in Linguistics and demonstrate broad expertise and experience across multiple subareas of linguistics. The successful candidate will be able to contribute substantively to theoretical and methodological reflections on the study of learnability and engage actively in empirical research. She/he will have a strong international reputation, an excellent publication record, and a proven track record of acquiring external research funding.

The professor is expected to give direction to, and raise the profile of, research and teaching on the issue of learnability and linguistics more generally in the Faculty. The successful candidate will have broad working experience – including internationally – in university settings, and will have experience supervising graduate students and doctoral candidates. She/he will have an active international network.

A willingness to collaborate with various educational units, within and beyond the Faculty of Humanities, is needed. The professor must be willing and able to act as a liaison between the faculty’s research community and external cultural institutions (in the Netherlands and abroad) in developing the Faculty’s research agenda in the field Learnability of human languages. She/he is expected to secure external research funding for major projects and to supervise PhD candidates. She/he is also expected to be willing to assume administrative duties related to the chair and the teaching programmes it is involved in.

The candidate must have a fluent command of Dutch and English; any appointee lacking this level of linguistic competence will be expected to acquire it within two years. In keeping with university policy, candidates should hold a doctoral degree and have at least three years of work experience at a university or academic research institute other than the UvA, preferably abroad.

Organizational Embedding
The professor of Learnability of Human Languages is a Faculty appointment, but the position will be embedded in an academic department matching the disciplinary profile of the candidate, either the Department of Language and Literature or the Department of Dutch. The professor’s research will be part of the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC).

Teaching/Education
Teaching in the field of learnability and linguistics more generally is relevant in various departments. The professor is expected to show leadership in program building, which, at MA level, may include the development of a course in “Learnability Studies”. The Faculty’s Bachelor programs are overseen by the College of Humanities. Masters and PhD education is overseen by the Graduate School of Humanities.

Research
The Faculty of Humanities has three research priority areas: (1) Globalization and Cultural Transformations; (2) Cultural Heritage and Identity; and (3) Brain and Cognition. The professor of Learnability of Human Languages will be active in the last priority area.

Strategic Chairs at the Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities has been appointing Strategic Chairs since 2010. These positions are intended as a strategic investment in new research and teaching innovations. The Strategic Chairs are temporary appointments for a period of five years. After this period, the candidate will return to the position she/he occupied before the start of the professorial appointment if previously appointed at the UvA. For chair-holders appointed from outside the UvA, the position will formally end after the initial 5-year period. This does not mean that the candidate cannot continue working at the UvA if she/he is appointed to another position. Rather, the position of the Strategic Chair itself cannot be extended.

Further information
For further details, interested parties should contact the secretary of the selection committee, D. van der Vaart, tel. +31(0)20-525.3804, e-mail D.vanderVaart(removeme)uva.nl, or the chairperson prof. dr. P.C. Hengeveld, +31(0)20525.3854, e-mail P.C.Hengeveld(removeme)uva.nl.

Appointment
The initial appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of no more than two years. Subject to satisfactory performance, this will be extended to a five year period. The gross salary will normally conform to professorial scale 2 (between €4,904 and €7,142 per month on a full-time basis in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU)). In certain cases, however, different terms of employment may be offered.

Job application
Please submit a letter of application in Dutch or English, accompanied by a CV and list of publications. The application should be addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, prof. dr. J.W. van Henten, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam. The top left-hand corner of the envelope should be marked with the vacancy number and the words ‘strictly confidential’.

Applications should be received by us 10 January 2012 at the latest.

Alternatively, applications may be emailed to solliciteren2011-FGW(removeme)uva.nl. Please indicate the vacancy number in the subject field.

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee headed by prof. dr. P.C. Hengeveld. Following a procedure involving a formal assessment and a public lecture, the committee will make a recommendation to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.
4 assistant professors for Dep. ofLinguistics and English Language of the University of Manchester. Deadline: January 13 2012
The Department of Linguistics and English Language of the University of Manchester is seeking to appoint FOUR new lecturers (assistant professors) from 1 September 2012: one in Linguistics and three in English Linguistics.

LECTURER IN LINGUISTICS (one post)
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Candidates with a research specialism in any area of Linguistics are encouraged to apply. A specialism in psycholinguistics and/or CHILD LANGUAGE ACQUISITION may be an advantage.

LECTURER IN ENGLISH LINGUISTICS (three posts)
tinyurl.com/brmenc3
Candidates with a research specialism in any area of English Linguistics are encouraged to apply. A specialism in historical linguistics, CHILD LANGUAGE ACQUISITION, psycholinguistics, or corpus-based and quantitative methods of data analysis may be an advantage.
Vacancy for full professorship at The Tilburg center for Communication and Cognition (TiCC). Deadline: February 2 2012
The Tilburg center for Communication and Cognition (TiCC) is looking for
an enthousiastic and competent colleague for the position of Full
Professor.

Excellent young candidates who do not yet qualify for a full
professorship, are also invited to apply, and will initially be offered an
associate professorship.

Full details can be found here:
erec.uvt.nl/vacancy?inc=UVT-EXT-2011-0517

Main responsibilities
The candidate is expected to initiate and conduct fundamental and applied
research in the Creative Computing (CC) research program. Within the
program, the research currently focuses on computational modeling of
cognitive processes, with application domains in language, vision, games
and social signal processing. Furthermore, the candidate contributes (both
in terms of teaching and organization) to the teaching program
Communication and Information Sciences, in particular in the track Human
Aspects of Information Technology (HAIT) and in the new track Data
Journalism. The candidate has an important task in acquiring external
projects and in managing tasks on the department and faculty level.
Experience with applying computational techniques to humanities research
in general is considered a bonus.

Profile
The responsibilities that come with this function call for a scientist
with a strong research and teaching background, preferably in
computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, data mining or other
relevant areas.

The successful candidate:
- has a PhD thesis in a relevant discipline and has published in top
international publication media;
- has shown the ability to raise external funding for research;
- has expertise in one or more of the domains covered by the research
program Creative Computing, with a preference for Language and
Communication as application area;
- has clear and proven managerial and leadership qualities;
- is willing to stimulate and support the development of collaboration
across departments within the Tilburg School of Humanities;
- has proven experience and affinity with research using different
methodologies within a multidisciplinary context;
- has proven academic teaching experience;
- is able or willing to learn to communicate in Dutch.

Terms of employment
Initially the selected candidate will apply for a temporary full-time
contract during five years (starting with a one year contract which can be
continued with four years). After three and a half years the performance
will be evaluated with respect to the quality of research, education and
management as well as with respect to the results and future expectations
of acquiring sufficient external funding. A permanent and full-time
position after five years is dependent on the positive outcome of this
evaluation. The level of the position will depend on the experience of the
candidate. Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers
and has excellent terms of employment. Selected candidates will be ranked
in the Dutch university employment system. The starting gross salary is
(minimal) 4.902,- up to (maximal) 7.142,- euro per month (for a full-time
appointment as full professor). Researchers from outside the Netherlands
may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary.
The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The
Tilburg School of Humanities will provide assistance in finding suitable
accommodation. The university offers very good fringe benefits (it is one
of the best non-profit employers in the Netherlands), such as a holiday
allowance, an options model for terms and conditions of employment and
excellent reimbursement of moving expenses.

Information
Requests for information regarding this vacancy can be directed to the
chair of the application committee, prof.dr. E. Krahmer
(e.j.krahmer(removeme)uvt.nl, tel +31 13 466 3070), or to the Director of TiCC,
prof.dr. H.J. van den Herik (h.j.vdnHerik(removeme)uvt.nl, tel + 31 13 466 3569).
Your application including curriculum vitae must be submitted before
February 1, 2012.

Application
Applications including curriculum vitae and names of three referents must
be submitted before February 1, 2012. You can apply for this vacancy only
online through our vacancy site
( www.tilburguniversity.edu/about-tilburg-university/working-at/wp/).
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for Congress on Adjectives, 29 March-30 March, 2012, University of Amsterdam (ACLC) . Deadline: December 16 2011
Although the Germanic and Romance languages are two branches of the same language family and both have developed the adjective as a separate morphological and syntactic category, the syntax and semantics of adjectives is by no means the same in these two language groups. The goal of this conference is to map the differences and similarities in meaning and syntactic behavior of the Germanic and Romance adjective, and to find an answer to the question: are the (dis)similarities the result of autonomous development in each of the two branches of the Indo-European language family or are they caused by language contact.

Topics to be discussed at the conference may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- predicative vs attributive adjectives
- adjectival positions
- adjectival agreement
- weak and strong adjectives
- relational adjectives
- functional adjectives
- gradable vs non-gradable adjectives
- superlatives

Invited Speakers:
Guglielmo Cinque (Universitą Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
Frans Plank (Universität Konstanz)

Abstracts are invited for 30 minute talks (20'+10') relevant to the conference theme. Submissions are limited to one single-authored and one joint-authored abstract. The abstracts should be sent by e-mail to variation-change-fgw(removeme)uva.nl no later than 16 December 2011.

Abstracts should be anonymous both in the body of the text and the filename and should not exceed two A4 pages with a 2.5cm margin on each side and in 12 pt font. A second document (in a separate file) should be submitted with the title of your paper and name(s), affiliation(s), and preferred contact details of the author(s).

Submission Deadline: December 16, 2011.
Notification of acceptance: January 20, 2012.

Organizing committee: Harry Perridon, Petra Sleeman & Freek Van de Velde

Submission address: variation-change-fgw(removeme)uva.nl
Extended deadline Call for papers for Anéla/VIOT Juniorendag (onderdeel Grote Taaldag), Utrecht, February 4 2012. Deadline: December 22 2011
Juniorendag 2012 Call For Papers: Extended Deadline December 22 !!
(English version below)

Op zaterdag 4 februari 2012 wordt de jaarlijkse Juniorendag van Anéla en VIOT georganiseerd tijdens de Grote Taaldag in Utrecht. Op de Grote Taaldag zijn de Anéla-VIOT Juniorendag, de AVT TIN-dag en het Taalgala samengebracht. Studenten, net afgestudeerden en promovendi kunnen op de Juniorendag hun scriptie- of promotieonderzoek op het gebied van toegepaste taalkunde (taalgebruik, taalverwerving, taalonderwijs, taalbeheersing of bedrijfscommunicatie) in een informele sfeer presenteren tijdens een lezing of een posterpresentatie. Daarnaast wordt op deze dag de jaarlijkse Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs uitgereikt voor de beste scriptie binnen het vakgebied.
Meld je nu aan voor een presentatie tijdens de Juniorendag. Dien uiterlijk 22 december 2011 een samenvatting van je onderzoek van maximaal 200 woorden in via juniorendag2012(removeme)gmail.com.
Vergeet niet alle persoonlijke informatie (naam, universiteit, adres) uit het bestand te verwijderen en aan te geven of je voorkeur hebt voor een mondelinge presentatie of een posterpresentatie. Je mag hetzelfde abstract niet zowel voor de Juniorendag als voor de TIN-dag insturen.

Meer informatie over de Juniorendag 2012 en de geschakelde activiteiten van de Grote Taaldag kun je vinden op http//www.degrotetaaldag.nl. Voor verdere vragen kun je een e-mail sturen naar juniorendag2012(removeme)gmail.com.

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On Saturday, February 4th 2012, Anéla and VIOT (the Dutch and Flemish associations for applied linguistics and discourse studies) organize their annual junior research day (Juniorendag) in Utrecht. The Juniorendag is part of the 'Big Language Day' (Grote Taaldag), together with the AVT-TINday, and the Taalgala.
At the Juniorendag, graduate students, junior researchers and PhD candidates in the field of applied linguistics (language use, language acquisition, education, discourse, or communication) get the opportunity to present their work. In addition, the annual Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs is awarded to the best BA- or MA-thesis in the field of applied linguistics.
If you want to present a paper or a poster at the Juniorendag, please send your abstract, in Dutch or English, to juniorendag2012(removeme)gmail.com. Deadline: December 22 2011.
Abstracts should not exceed 200 words, and they should not include any personal information (name, university/institute, address). Please indicate whether you prefer a poster presentation or an oral lecture. You cannot submit the same abstract for both the Juniorendag and the TIN-dag.

Further information about the Juniorendag is available on www.degrotetaaldag.nl or contact us at juniorendag2012(removeme)gmail.com.
Extended deadline Call for papers for AvT TIN Dag 2012, February 4 2012 Utrecht. Deadline: December 22 2012
De volgende TIN-dag wordt gehouden op zaterdag 4 februari 2012. Net als vorig jaar maakt de TIN-dag deel uit van de Grote Taaldag. Tijdens deze dag wordt parallel aan de TIN-dag ook de Anéla-juniorendag georganiseerd. Aansluitend volgt het jaarlijkse Taalgala, waarop ondermeer de Dissertatieprijs 2011 uitgereikt wordt. De Grote Taaldag vindt plaats op Drift 21 en 25; de TIN-dag op Drift 25 (en dus niet op het terrein van de Uithof, zoals vorig jaar!).

Indienen van een samenvatting
Ieder AVT-lid dat op de TIN-dag een voordracht wil houden, wordt verzocht op uiterlijk donderdag 22 december aanstaande een samenvatting van maximaal 170 woorden in te dienen via het invulformulier op de AVT-site ( www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderzoek/avt). Als u van plan of bereid bent uw lezing in het Engels te houden, kunt u dit aangeven met een Engelse titel en samenvatting in plaats van een Nederlandse. Leden mogen maximaal 2 samenvattingen indienen (1 als eerste auteur, 1 als co-auteur).
Alleen bevestigde sprekers worden ingepland voor de TIN-dag.

De lezingen op de TIN-dag duren 20 minuten, gevolgd door een vragensessie van 10 minuten. Ook deze keer wordt een bundel Linguistics in the Netherlands samengesteld. Sprekers kunnen na de TIN-dag een schriftelijke versie van hun lezing aanbieden aan de redactie, die op basis van referentenrapporten beslist of het paper voor publicatie in de LIN-bundel in aanmerking komt. Het programmaboekje van de TIN-dag (inclusief samenvattingen) tzt op de AVT-site verschijnen.
Call for papers: Workshop on Properties and Optionality in Syntax and Semantics, Utrecht University (UIL OTS), February 13-14, 2012. Submission deadline: January 10 2012
www.hum.uu.nl/medewerkers/h.devries1/poss2012.htm

Description
Much research in linguistics over the last decades has involved various procedures of syntactic optionality, which work in parallel to intensional phenomena in semantics. Certain phenomena of optionality, e.g. of unspecified objects or by-phrases in passives, have been treated by assuming empty syntactic positions (Bach 1980, Landau 2010). Other optionality phenomena, e.g. of verbal adjuncts, were traditionally treated in Montague Grammar using intensional properties, but are more standardly treated as involving modification in event semantics (Parsons 1990, Landman 2000). Even some cases of adjectival modification (e.g. skillful doctor, beautiful dancer) that were traditionally analyzed as involving properties have been argued to involve event modification (Larson 2002). Both theories of intensionality and event semantics take the modification process to be purely semantic and avoid any empty syntactic positions.

The variety of optionality and modification phenomena, and their intricate relations with intensional properties, lead to some hard puzzles about syntax and semantics:
1. Should there be a unified grammatical framework for analyzing
phenomena of optionality?
2. Is there still a role for intensional properties in accounting for optionality
effects?
3. How precise and elegant are current hypotheses about optionality in
natural language grammar?

The workshop will examine these questions from the perspectives of formal syntax and semantics, and the formal philosophy of intensional properties.

Invited speakers:
Philippe de Groote (INRIA): TBA
Thomas Ede Zimmermann (Frankfurt): TBA

Contributed Talks:
- Chris Blom (Utrecht): ACG fragment for verbs with optional arguments
- Hanna de Vries (Utrecht): Group distributivity and property-denoting
indefinites
- Marijana Marelj (Utrecht): Optionality and argument structure
- Reinhard Muskens (Tilburg) and Noor van Leusen (Nijmegen): Events,
Time, Worlds, Roles, Linking, and Variable Management
- Yoad Winter (Utrecht): Property descriptions in locative PPs
- Joost Zwarts (Utrecht): The role of events in adjective modification

In addition, there will be a number of slots reserved for solicited papers.

Procedure
We invite authors to submit an abstract (1 or 2 pages including references) for a 30-minute presentation (+10 minute discussion). Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair: www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=poss2012

Submission deadline: 10 January 2012
Notification: 17 January 2012.

The Workshop on Properties and Optionality in Syntax and Semantics is part of a VICI program funded by NWO (Winter) and a Van Gogh grant (De Groote and Winter) funded by the Dutch-French Academy.
Call for papers for FASAL 2012, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA , March 17-18 2012. Deadline: December 23 2011
Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages 2


Call for Papers:

We invite submissions for 20-minute talks plus 10 minutes for discussion. Abstracts must be anonymous, in PDF format, 2 pages (A4 or letter), in a font size no less then 11pt, and with margins of 1 inch/2.5cm. Please submit abstracts via EasyAbs (see link below) no later than December 23, 2011.

Link to the abstract submission page:

linguistlist.org/confcustom/FASAL%202

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission: December 23, 2011
Notification: Early January, 2012

If you have any questions, please write to fasal-2012(removeme)mit.edu.

Organizers:

Laura Grestenberger (Harvard)
Patrick Grosz (Universitaet Tuebingen)
Sabine Iatridou (MIT)
Norvin Richards (MIT)
Sixth European Dialect Syntax (EDISYN) Workshop Queens' College, University of Cambridge, 31st March 2012, Deadline: December 23th, 2011
Sixth European Dialect Syntax (EDISYN) Workshop
Queens’ College, Cambridge, 31st March 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Sixth European Dialect Syntax Workshop is organized by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Cambridge, in cooperation with the Meertens Institute and the Edisyn project ( www.dialectsyntax.org). It will take place at Queens’ College, Cambridge, on March 31st, 2012. It will be preceded by The Second Cambridge Colloquium on the ‘Histories of the Ibero-Romance languages’–Norman MacColl Symposium 2012, to be held 28-30 March 2012 at Queens’ College, Cambridge; and it will be immediately followed on 1st April 2012 (Queens’ College, Cambridge) by the workshop on Romeyka and Asia Minor Greek, the second instalment of a series of workshops on Greek dialectal syntax, Romeyka, in particular, and Asia Minor Greek, in general.

The general goal of Edisyn (an ESF-funded project which runs from 2005 - 2012 at the Meertens Institute and whose labours continue to bear fruits) is to stimulate international cooperation in the study of European dialect syntax, which is a rapidly growing field. The workshop this year does not have a specific theme, but on previous years we examined doubling phenomena and dative constructions; therefore, this year we would be keen on receiving abstracts for papers in other areas of the grammar, for instance, complementation, information structure, and wh-clauses, although no thematic restrictions apply. We continue to welcome project presentations by new members to the Edisyn network. If the number of new project presentations is high enough we will organize a poster session during the workshop.
Submissions are limited to 1 single authored and 1 jointly authored abstract. Abstracts should not exceed 2 pages including figures, examples and references, with 1-inch margins and in fonts no smaller than 12-point. Please send your abstract as an attachment (PDF or Word format) by e-mail to Ioanna Sitaridou (is269(removeme)cam.ac.uk). Submissions should be anonymous. Contact details (name, affiliation and e-mail) along with the title of the talk should be included in the body of the e-mail.

IMPORTANT DATES
Deadline for submission: 23/12//2011
Notification of acceptance: 21/1/ 2012
Program available on: 10/2/2012

PRESENTATION AND PUBLICATION
Presentations are allotted 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. Depending on the emerging theme, we may consider publishing a volume or special journal edition with selected papers presented during the workshop.

ORGANISING COMMITTEE
Ioanna Sitaridou (University of Cambridge)
Sjef Barbiers (Meertens Institute)
Franca Wesseling (Meertens Institute)

is269(removeme)cam.ac.uk
sjef.barbiers(removeme)meertens.knaw.nl
franca.wesseling(removeme)meertens.knaw.nl

Website:
www.dialectsyntax.org

CONFIRMED INVITED SPEAKER
David Willis (‘Syntactic Atlas of Welsh Dialects’, University of Cambridge)

PRACTICAL DETAILS
Conference fee:
a) Speakers: free
b) Students: free
c) Other participants: £20

Conference dinner: Saturday 31st March. If participants (speakers, students, others) want to take part in the conference dinner, they have to subscribe at the registration desk. For all participants, the fee is £25.

Registration: Information will become available in due time.

Accommodation: Accommodation at Queens’ College is available (single en-suite rooms). Please contact Ioanna Sitaridou to make a booking prior to 1st February 2012. Mention the code "EDISYN" on the heading of your message.

How to get to Queens’ College: Information will become available in due time.
CALL FOR EVENTS for 2012 FEDERATED CONFERENCE ON COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS, 9 - 12 SEPTEMBER 2012, WROCLAW, POLAND. Deadline: January 11 2012
www.fedcsis.org

The 2012 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems cordially invites you to consider contributing an event (conference, symposium, workshop, consortium meeting, special session). The FedCSIS multi-conference consists of a significant number of recurring Events, but proposals for new associated events are welcome until January 11, 2012. The Events can run over any span of time within the conference dates; from half-day to three days.

Wroclaw (pronounced Vrots-Love) www.wroclaw-life.com/ is proud to be the host city of FedCSIS 2012. You are welcome to the city that has gained the titles of „the Meeting Place of Poland” and „the Venice of Poland.” With over a thousand years of history, Wroclaw is the city where as many as 10 Nobel Prize winners lived, and which provides education to as many as 120,000 students enrolled in the city's universities. Wroclaw is the co-host of Euro 2012 - European Football Championships and it was chosen as the 2016 European Capital of Culture, which illustrates diversity of its strengths.

GOALS

The FedCSIS Events provide a platform for bringing together researchers, practitioners, and academia to present and discuss ideas, challenges, and potential solutions on established or emerging topics related to research and practice in computer science and information systems. The Events will be selected based on the scientific/technical interest and/or their relevance to practitioners in their topics, the clarity of the proposal in addressing the requested information, the innovativeness of the Event topics, and the capacity in the FedCSIS multi-conference program.

PUBLICATIONS

As in previous years, papers accepted and presented at any Event will be published in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library proceedings (pending), and on USB memory stick given to FedCSIS participants. The IEEE proceedings will be published under an ISBN number and under nonexclusive copyright. Such copyright implies that Events' organizers can and, indeed, are strongly encouraged to invite extended and revised papers for post-conference publications in high-quality journals, edited volumes, etc.

EVENT PROPOSALS

Event proposals should include the following information (2 pages maximum):

1. The nature of the Event.

2. The title the Event, and a clear description of the topic, including a brief justification.

3. The complete contact information of the Event organizers, including a link to their personal websites, and an overview of previous experiences with organization of scientific events.

4. Indication of the expected number of papers/attendees to attend the Event.

5. Information of expected post-event publications, of extended and revised papers, in high-quality journals, edited volumes, etc.

Event organizers should email their proposals (in a single pdf file) to the FedCSIS Secretariat secretariat(removeme)fedcsis.org

Event proposal submission deadline: January 11, 2012

ORGANIZATIONAL RULES


1. Each Event is considered a satellite event of FedCSIS. All basic information about the Event, including its Call for Papers and a link to the FedCSIS-provided Paper Submission System, will be published in a unified form on the FedCSIS website.


2. The Event's chair(s) may publish a more complete and up-to-date information on other websites, but all references to the event must mention its association with the FedCSIS.


3. The FedCSIS organizers will widely announce and advertise all multi-conference events, but the Event's chair(s) should advertise their Event, to the best of their ability, through their own channels and solicit submissions.


4. The Event's chair(s) manage the paper reviewing process through the FedCSIS-provided OpenConf conference management system. The review process must adhere to the IEEE guidelines published at www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/organizers/paper_review_process.html The process will also need to adhere to the more specific quality-assuring FedCSIS guidelines defining among others the expected acceptance rate for papers, conflict of interest principles, etc.


5. The paper submission formats are specified by the FedCSIS. The total length of a paper should not exceed 8 pages and should be formatted according to an IEEE style template made available to the authors from the FedCSIS site. Only papers submitted personally by the author(s) into the conference submission systems can be subjected to review and potential acceptance. Each paper will receive at least two reviews prior to the acceptance/rejection decision.


6. All the due dates for paper submissions, author notifications, camera-ready submissions and registrations are the same for all FedCSIS Events. However, some deadlines may be modified based on justified requests by the Event's chair(s).


7. An Event with less than ten accepted papers/presentations is deemed to fall below the expectations for an autonomous event. Subject to negotiations with the event's organizers, such an event may be canceled or included as a special session of papers in another thematically-close Event.


8. The Event's chair(s) ought to prepare the final program in a publishable format according to the formatting guidelines provided by the FedCSIS organizers.


9. The Event's chair(s) need to coordinate the Event sessions, stimulate discussion, and will be asked to submit an Event Report to the FedCSIS organizers.


10. Registration of participants, and all financial and local arrangements are managed by the FedCSIS organizers.





FEDCSIS SECRETARIAT


Email: secretariat(removeme)fedcsis.org


Web: www.fedcsis.org
Call for papers for FASL 21 + session on Slavic Computational session, Bloomington Indiana, May 11-13 2012. Deadline: February 1 2012
The Twenty-First Annual Workshop on
Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics
The Third Indiana Meeting
11-13 May 2012
Bloomington, IN


Invited Speakers:
Zeljko Boskovic, University of Connecticut
Damir Cavar, Eastern Michigan University
Tania Ionin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

FASL 21 will be preceded by a SPECIAL SESSION on

Slavic Computational Linguistics:
Computational Approaches to Slavic Languages
10-11 May 2012

Call for Papers:

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute presentations (plus 10 minutes discussion) on any topic dealing with formal aspects of Slavic syntax, semantics, morphology, phonology,
phonetics, including language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and computational linguistics. Computational talks will be organized into the special session.

Abstracts are limited to TWO PAGES and should be ANONYMOUS. Abstract submissions should be made via the EasyChair Conference System.
Specific instructions will be made available on the conference website: www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/fasl21.html.

Authors are advised to re-check examples and glosses with speakers of the languages involved.

Abstracts must be received by 1 FEBRUARY 2012. We hope to make a program available by 15 MARCH 2012.

Organizing Committee:
Contacts:
Muamera Begovic mbegovic(removeme)indiana.edu
George Fowler gfowler(removeme)indiana.edu fasl21(removeme)indiana.edu
Steven Franks franks(removeme)indiana.edu
(812) 855-9906/3272
Markus Dickinson md7(removeme)indiana.edu fax: (812) 855-2107
Melissa Wircombe mwitcomb(removeme)indiana.edu
Ksenia Zanon kzanon(removeme)indiana.edu www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/fasl21.html
Call for papers and Conference information for 33rd TABUdag, June 18-19 2012. Deadline: March 15 2012
The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) is pleased to announce the 33rd TABU Dag, which will take place at the University of Groningen on the afternoon of 18th June and during 19th June, 2012. TABU Dag is an annual international general linguistics conference which offers excellent opportunities to meet other linguists and discuss current research in several areas of linguistics. The expertise of the CLCG is in the fields of Computational Linguistics, Discourse and Communication, Language and Literacy Development across the Life Span, Language Variation and Language Change, Neurolinguistics, and Syntax and Semantics, but submissions that deal with other branches of linguistic research are also very welcome. Senior researchers, postdoctoral researchers, (post)graduate students, and others who are interested are warmly invited to participate. (Post)graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in particular are encouraged to present their work.

Invited keynote speakers:
Cedric Boeckx (Catalan Institute for Advanced Studies, Spain)
Marc van Oostendorp (Leiden Universtity, Meertens Institute, The Netherlands) (confirmed)
Michel Paradis (McGill University, Canada)(confirmed)

We invite short abstracts for presentations and posters in English about any field of linguistics. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, excluding title, author names, keywords, data and references. Please indicate 3 keywords. Abstracts should be submitted in .pdf or .txt format via the The abstract submission deadline is March 15th 2012. Even if you are just available for one day, you are invited to submit your abstract. Please use EasyAbs to submit your abstract linguistlist.org/confcustom/customhome.cfm?emeetingid=0802J84058B65258408040441.

Time allotted for presentations is 20 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussion. Depending on the number of submissions, some authors may be invited for a poster presentation. There will be special attention to posters and a prize for the Best TABU Talk 2012 as well as The Best TABU Poster 2012 will be awarded. The official language of the conference is English.

The meeting URL is www.let.rug.nl/tabudag/
Meeting Location:
Groningen, The Netherlands
Contact Information:
Marjoleine Sloos
tabudag(removeme)rug.nl
Meeting Dates:
The 33rd TABU Dag 2012 will be held from 18-Jun-2012 to 19-Jun-2012.
Abstract Submission Information:
Abstracts can be submitted from 13-Jan-2012 until 15-Mar-2012.
Call for Papers for 15th International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2012), Brno, Czech Republic, Masaryk University, September 3 - 7, 2012. Deadline: March 15, 2012
The conference is organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen. The conference is supported by International Speech Communication Association.

Venue: Brno, Czech Republic

TSD SERIES
TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers in both spoken and written language processing from all over the world.
Proceedings of TSD form a book published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series.

TOPICS
Topics of the conference will include (but are not limited to):

Corpora and Language Resources (monolingual, multilingual,
text and spoken corpora, large web corpora, disambiguation,
specialized lexicons, dictionaries)

Speech Recognition (multilingual, continuous, emotional
speech, handicapped speaker, out-of-vocabulary words,
alternative way of feature extraction, new models for
acoustic and language modelling)

Tagging, Classification and Parsing of Text and Speech
(multilingual processing, sentiment analysis, credibility
analysis, automatic text labeling, summarization, authorship
attribution)

Speech and Spoken Language Generation (multilingual, high
fidelity speech synthesis, computer singing)

Semantic Processing of Text and Speech (information
extraction, information retrieval, data mining, semantic web,
knowledge representation, inference, ontologies, sense
disambiguation, plagiarism detection)

Integrating Applications of Text and Speech Processing
(machine translation, natural language understanding,
question-answering strategies, assistive technologies)

Automatic Dialogue Systems (self-learning, multilingual,
question-answering systems, dialogue strategies, prosody in
dialogues)

Multimodal Techniques and Modelling (video processing, facial
animation, visual speech synthesis, user modelling, emotions
and personality modelling)

Papers on processing of languages other than English are strongly encouraged.

FORMAT OF THE CONFERENCE
The conference program will include presentation of invited papers, oral presentations, and a poster/demonstration sessions. Papers will be presented in plenary or topic oriented sessions.

Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Brno will allow for additional informal interactions.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM
The conference program will include oral presentations and poster/demonstration sessions with sufficient time for discussions of the issues raised.

IMPORTANT DATES
March 15 2012 ..... Submission of abstract
March 22 2012 .....Submission of full papers
May 15 2012 ..... Notification of acceptance
May 31 2012 ..... Final papers (camera ready) & Registration
July 26 2012 ..... Submission of demonstration abstracts
July 31 2012 .....Notification of acceptance sent to the authors
Sept. 3-7 2012 .....Conference date

The contributions to the conference will be published in proceedings that will be made available to participants at the time of the conference.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
of the conference will be English.

ADDRESS
All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to

Vendula Halkova, TSD 2012
Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University
Botanicka 68a, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
phone: +420-5-49 49 18 63
fax: +420-5-49 49 18 20
email: tsd2012(removeme)tsdconference.org
www.tsdconference.org/

LOCATION
Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic with a population of almost 400.000 and is the country's judiciary and trade-fair center. Brno is the capital of South Moravia, which is located in the south-east part of the Czech Republic and is known for a wide range of cultural, natural, and technical sights.
South Moravia is a traditional wine region. Brno had been a Royal City since 1347 and with its six universities it forms a cultural center of the region.

Brno can be reached easily by direct flights from London, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Eindhoven, Rome and Prague and by trains or buses from Prague (200 km) or Vienna (130 km).
Call for papers for Leuven Statistics Days 2012, KU Leuven, June 7-8 2012. Deadline: February 29 2012
EVENT: Leuven Statistics Days 2012: Mixed models and modern multivariate methods in linguistics

DATE: Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8, 2012

CALL DEADLINE: 29 February 2012

WEBSITE: lstat.kuleuven.be/research/lsd/lsd2012/

DESCRIPTION:

Leuven Statistics Days 2012: Mixed models and modern multivariate methods in linguistics

Following the tradition of celebrating statistics at K.U.Leuven, we are glad to announce the biennial Leuven Statistics Days 2012, to be held in Leuven on June 7 and 8, 2012. This edition’s theme is “Mixed models and modern multivariate methods in linguistics”. This international Leuven-based meeting warmly welcomes everyone interested in the methodological and applied themes. Through excellent invited speakers, a number of fine contributions, and a panel discussion, the meeting organizers aim to reach their twofold goal: (1) provide an exchange forum for statistical methods in linguistics and (2) stimulate cross-fertilization, centered around the methodological themes, between researchers in linguistics, bioinformatics, computer science, data mining, engineering, bio-engineering, imaging, and medical statistics, to name but a few.

Contributed presentations (oral and poster) are very welcome. To stimulate interaction, the entire meeting is held in a plenary format. Therefore, the number of oral slots available is limited. However, also a poster session will be organized with the explicit aim of fostering interaction.

Date: Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8, 2012

Location: College De Valk, Tiensestraat 41, Leuven

Website: lstat.kuleuven.be/research/lsd/lsd2012/

We invite you to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Authors of abstracts selected for oral presentation will have the opportunity to give a talk of about 20 minutes. In addition, we plan to organize a poster session to encourage PhD and postdoctoral researchers to present their ongoing work to statisticians from other disciplines. The total length of the abstract should not exceed one A4 sheet and the abstract should consist of the following parts:

Title (in Times New Roman 16)
Authors (the presenter should be underlined) (in Times New Roman 12)
Affiliation of the authors (in Times New Roman 12)
Abstract (maximum 300 words) (in Times New Roman 12)
References (in Times New Roman 12)
The abstract should preferably be submitted in Word and .pdf format. In case LaTeX is used, the LaTeX source code should also be provided.

To submit, please send your abstract to info(removeme)lstat.kuleuven.be.

Abstracts should be sent no later than February 29, 2012.

We hope to welcome you at the Leuven Statistical Days 2012!

Scientific and organizing committee: Dirk Speelman (chairman), Geert Molenberghs (LStat organizing chair), An Carbonez, Lilian Wassink, Dirk Geeraerts, Kris Heylen.
Extra
Vervangingssubsidie geesteswetenschappen opgeheven per 1-1-2012
Let op: Vervangingssubsidie geesteswetenschappen wordt met ingang van 1 januari 2012 opgeheven. Alleen aanvragen die voor deze datum zijn ingediend, worden in behandeling genomen.

Het doel van Vervangingssubsidie geesteswetenschappen is om buitenuniversitaire promovendi op het terrein van de geesteswetenschappen de gelegenheid te geven hun proefschrift af te ronden door hem of haar tijdelijk vrij te stellen van betaalde werkzaamheden. De subsidie dient om de kosten te vergoeden die de werkgever van de promovenda/promovendus moet maken om tijdelijk, voor de duur van de projectperiode, een vervanger aan te stellen.


Aanvraagprocedure
Wie kan aanvragen

De hoogleraar die tevens zijn of haar promotor is, dient aan te vragen voor de (buitenuniversitaire) promovendus/promovenda.

Wat kan aangevraagd worden

Een vervangingssubsidie voor een termijn van maximaal één jaar, verstrekt in de vorm van een lump sum waarmee de werkgever van de promovendus/promovenda de kosten van vervanging kan dekken. Er wordt een maximum van 50.000 euro per aanvraag gehanteerd. De werkgever dient gevestigd te zijn in Nederland.

Aanvragen voor een Vervangingssubsidie kunnen alleen ingediend worden als aan de volgende voorwaarden wordt voldaan:

het onderzoek van evident belang is voor de Geesteswetenschappen.
het een proefschrift betreft waarvan het onderzoek afgerond is en de subsidie wordt aangewend voor de schrijffase die tot definitieve afronding van het proefschrift moet leiden;
het onderzoek betreft dat niet eerder gefinancierd is.
Wanneer kan aangevraagd worden

Let op: Vervangingssubsidie geesteswetenschappen wordt met ingang van 1 januari 2012 opgeheven. Alleen aanvragen die voor deze datum zijn ingediend, worden in behandeling genomen.

Aanvragen voor subsidies in het kader van de persoonsgebonden Vervangingssubsidie kunnen tot 01 januari 2012 doorlopend worden ingediend. De besluitvorming vindt doorlopend plaats in de reguliere vergaderingen van het Gebiedsbestuur Geesteswetenschappen. De beoordelingsprocedure neemt doorgaans vier maanden in beslag.

Extra Informatie

In het kader van een vervangingssubsidie worden geen materiėle kosten vergoed.


Beoordelingsprocedure
Criteria

Wetenschappelijke kwaliteit

1 wetenschappelijke probleem- , vraag- en doelstelling

wetenschappelijk belang van het voorstel
originaliteit/innovatief karakter van de doelstellingen
helderheid van de probleemstelling; operationaliseerbaarheid in deelvragen
2 theoretisch kader

3 onderzoeksmethode

geschiktheid van de benadering/methodologie voor de beoogde doelstellingen
originaliteit/innovatieve karakter van de voorgestelde benadering/methodologie
multidisciplinariteit en interdisciplinariteit
benadering/methodologie
haalbaarheid, uitvoerbaarheid
4 aard, omvang en beschikbaarheid van het bronnenmateriaal

5 begeleidingssteam

adequate samenstelling begeleidings-/onderzoeksgroep
haalbaarheid in termen van ervaring, begeleiding en logistieke faciliteiten
Relevantie

actualiteit van de thematiek
maatschappelijke en culturele relevantie (indien van toepassing)
relevantie voor de Geesteswetenschappen
Mate van afronding

Procedure

Voor de beoordeling van de aanvraag worden twee onafhankelijke deskundigen op het terrein van de geesteswetenschappen geraadpleegd. De aanvrager/promotor krijgt de gelegenheid op deze externe adviezen te reageren. Op basis van alle stukken (de aanvraag, de uitgebrachte adviezen en het weerwoord) besluit het gebiedsbestuur Geesteswetenschappen over het al dan niet toekennen van de vervangingssubsidie.


Overige informatie
Budget

Per jaar is 300.000 euro beschikbaar.

Financiers

NWO-gebied Geesteswetenschappen (GW).

Contactpersonen
Mw. Drs. M. Berendsen
telefoon: + 31 (0) 70 3440691, e-mail: m.berendsen(removeme)nwo.nl
NWO: Lid worden van een beoordelingscommissie?
Beoordelingscommissies spelen een essentiėle rol bij het toekennen van subsidiegelden. Zij brengen immers aan het Gebiedsbestuur Geesteswetenschappen advies uit over de ingediende aanvragen op basis van waarvan het gebiedsbestuur uiteindelijk de toekennings- en afwijzingsbesluiten neemt.

Bent u geļnteresseerd en gemotiveerd om tijdens een subsidieronde deel te nemen aan een GW beoordelingscommissie, dan kunt dit u via www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOP_8FMJPV expliciet kenbaar maken.
Laatste call OAPEN-NL: Open Access-boeken. Deadline: 15 februari 2012
Doe je onderzoek in het kader van een NWO-project en overweeg je om te publiceren in boekvorm? Denk dan eens aan de mogelijkheid om de uitgever van jouw keuze te attenderen op het project OAPEN-NL.

Het project OAPEN-NL heeft tot doel te onderzoeken hoe het Open Access-uitgeven van boeken het beste kan verlopen. Voor dat onderzoek wordt een fonds of bibliotheek gevormd van enkele tientallen Open Access-boeken. Uitgevers kunnen een aanvraag indienen bij OAPEN-NL.

Er zijn inmiddels twee beoordelingsrondes geweest. De derde en tegelijk laatste ronde van OAPEN-NL heeft als deadline 15 februari 2012.

Meer informatie: www.oapen.nl
Internationalisering in de geesteswetenschappen (NWO): Deadline 1 maart 2012
Het Gebiedsbestuur Geesteswetenschappen wil met behulp van dit subsidie-instrument de internationale samenwerking tussen Nederlandse onderzoeksgroepen en hun buitenlandse collega's bevorderen, internationale netwerkvorming in de geesteswetenschappen stimuleren en geesteswetenschappelijke aanvragen bij internationale instellingen aanmoedigen.

Meer informatie: www.nwo.nl/internationalisering /gw
SyntaxUiLOTSIF Platform meetings, Utrecht University (UIL OTS), Mondays 15.30h
UiL-OTS is organising the Syntax- Uil OTS - Interface meetings (shortened to SyntaxUiLOTSIF) on Mondays from 15:30-17:00 in Utrecht.
The program for these meetings can be found on the following website:

uilotssyntaxif.wordpress.com/

If you register at this website, the talks will be announced to you by e-mail.

We hope to welcome many of you in Utrecht.