February 5th, 2011

LOT Announcements / events
LOT Bureau verhuisd
Beste allen,

Ons LOT bureau is verhuisd.
U kunt ons nu per reguliere post bereiken op:

Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap (LOT)
Netherlands National Graduate School of Linguistics
Trans 10, 3512 JK Utrecht
The Netherlands

Bezoekadres: Trans 6, kamer 0031.

Overige contactgegevens blijven ongewijzigd:
T +31 (0)30 253 6111
F +31 (0)30 253 6406
E lot(removeme)uu.nl
W www.lotschool.nl
Kennislink Taal & Spraak
Kennislink Taal & Spraak is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied: www.kennislink.nl/taal-en-spraak


Mens en computer ontleden even goed
Lectures / talks
Master classes by Jacques Mehler and Marina Nespor, UIL OTS Utrecht, CANCELLED
Unfortunately, the master classes by Jacques Mehler and Marina Nespor scheduled for February 8-9 will be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances: Marina Nespor has broken a shoulder.

The event will be postponed to later this academic year.

Original message
Following up on the honorary doctorate assigned to Jacques Mehler in 2010, we are happy to welcome back Jacques and Marina Nespor at our institute in early February for a brief series of master classes.

Jacques Mehler (SISSA, Trieste)

Lecture 1: Tuesday 8 February, 2-3 p.m.
(topic to be announced)

Lecture 2: Wednesday 9 February, 2-3 p.m.
(topic to be announced)

Marina Nespor (Universitą degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca)

Lecture 1: Tuesday 8 February, 10–11 a.m.
Motivating different word orders

Lecture 2: Wednesday 9 February, 10–11 a.m.
The iambic trochaic law

The institute also offers Jacques and Marina the opportunity to find out what is going on in Utrecht. On both days, two 30 minute slots will be reserved for UIL-OTS PhD students to present their ongoing work (20 minute presentation + 10 minutes discussion). Hence, in total, 4 slots are available.

Slot 1: Tuesday 8 February, 11:00 - 11:30
Slot 2: Tuesday 8 February, 11:30 - 12:00
Slot 3: Wednesday 9 February, 11:00 - 11:30
Slot 4: Wednesday 9 February, 11:30 - 12:00

Apart from this, there will be room to make appointments, and meet Jacques en Maruina informally.
Tuesday sessions will take place at Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06 (“Stijlkamer”), and Wednesday sessions at Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, room 1.06 (also “Stijlkamer”).

If you are interested in attending one or both of these master classes, or give a brief presentation about your research, let us know by 25 January at GW_UiL-OTS(removeme)uu.nl


René Kager & Martin Everaert
Syntax Circle, Lectures by M. van Koppen, G. Postma and H. Zeijlstra, Meertens Institute Amsterdam, March 2 2011
The next Syntax Circle will take place on Wednesday March 2 from 14:00 - 17:00 at the Meertens Institute (Symposiumzaal).

The theme of this meeting is: Probing downward or upward.


14:00 - 15:00 Gertjan Postma (Meertens Instituut): Syntactic relations: Probing down or up? What the EPP feature can teach us.

15:00 - 16:00 Marjo van Koppen (Utrecht University): How do we agree?

16:00 - 16:15 Break

16:15 - 17:15 Hedde Zeijlstra (University of Amsterdam): There is only one way to agree.

Drinks afterwards

Syntactic relations: Probing down or up? What the EPP feature can teach us.

Gertjan Postma (Meertens Institute Amsterdam)

The main purpose of syntactic theory is to handle and account for the existence of relations between nodes that exceed strict adjacency: syntactic relations. In Minimalism, such relations are accounted for by hypothesizing heads that carry uninterpretable features that are to be resolved at the interfaces. Syntactic relations between nodes solely serve the purpose of deleting such uninterpretable features. Chomsky 1995 implements this idea by assuming heads with uninterpretable features probing down for their interpretable counterparts at hierarchically lower positions, i.e. the probing activity typically proceeds top-down, be it under c-command or domination. In recent years, doubt has been cast whether the source of syntactic activity is really high in the tree. As Koster 2009 argues, syntactic activity always orginates low and requires for resolution at a later stage of the derivation, i.e. the syntactic activity probes up. Koster takes probing up as an instantiation of the Anaphoric Principle that states that the dependent (probe) should be less complete than the antecedent (goal). Koster's position is part of his criticism of Internal Merge in Minimalism as such. Minimalist-internal criticism comes from Pesetsky and Torrego in a sequence of papers, where they assume probing up as well as probing down. (Un)interpretable features come in two flavours: valued and unvalued features. Although no principled claim is made of the direction of probing, P&T discuss cases of [T]-feature resolution where the interpretable-uninterpretable resolution probes up, while the valuating relation probes down. Studies on negation such as Zeijlstra (2010), on the other hand, show that uninterpretable [neg] features must probe up in order to account for the rich variety in neg-readings.

In this talk, we study the probing direction in a round-about way: we study it from the perspective of the EPP feature. According to Chomsky, syntactic relations can be established by movement or at a distance. The difference is made by the hypothetical EPP feature on the probe, which defines the strategy of the feature resolution, movement ("internal merge") or in situ ("Agree"). We discuss cases where this EPP feature turns out to be lexical (get a phonological realization). We then show that the replacement of Middle Dutch du by Early Modern Dutch gij can be described as a replacement of the +EPP feature on [2] in du 'thou' by the -EPP feature on [2] in gij 'you'. Crucially, we can show that these pronouns maintain a syntactic relation with C. This implies, both in the original formulation by Chomsky and in the newer P&T-framework, that the probing must be from the pronoun to C, i.e. that there is probing up.

How do we agree?

Marjo van Koppen - Utrecht University

In recent years a strong debate has emerged on the syntactic implementation of agreement phenomena in natural language. In particular, scholars have proposed that Agree (Chomsky 1998, 2001 and further work; Bobaljik & Wurmbrand 2005), Spec,Head-agreement (Koopman 2006) and most recently "Agreeing up" (Zeijlstra 2010)are the pivotal mechanisms. I first evaluate these three proposals and discuss the strongest arguments in favor of them. Secondly, I show that complementizer agreement in the Dutch dialects may provide an argument pro Agree and contra Spec,Head-agreement and Agreeing up. Finally, I discuss some cases of so-called agreement impoverishment (Samek-Lodovici 2002). Agreement impoverishment is the phenomenon that a probe (for instance a finite verb) shows different (usually richer) agreement morphology when the goal (for instance the subject) precedes it than when it follows it. I will show what these types of patterns tell us about the correct syntactic implementation of agreement.

There is only one way to agree

Hedde Zeijlstra - University of Amsterdam

Abstract: Current minimalism takes syntactic operations Agree and Move to be triggered by underlying feature checking requirements (Chomsky (1995, 2000, 2001), Pesetsky & Torrego (2004). This standard version of Agree/Move suffers from at least five problems: (i) it does not explain the existence of Reverse Agree; (ii) it does not explain the existence of Multiple Agree; (iii) it does not explain the behaviour of Concord phenomena; (iv) it does not explain the triggering of intermediate steps in successive cyclic movement; and (v), the [EPP] feature itself remains unmotivated. Moreover, I argue that two recent proposals (Pesetsky & Torrego 2007, Boskovic 2007) solve some, but not all of these problems. Finally, I argue that all these problems disappear once a simpler version of Agree is adopted, which in some way is the mirror image of Boskovic 2007 proposal and where uninterpretable features can only be checked if they are c-commanded by a matching interpretable feature (and not the other way round).
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Third Cologne-Nijmegen Prosody Meeting, Radboud University Nijmegen, February 11 2011
TvA 2.03.04 (morning) and EG laagbouw 2.72 (afternoon).

No registration required.

10.30 Coffee available
Antje Muntendam (CLS, Nijmegen)
Prosody of Focus in Bolivian Quechua
Henrik Niemann (IfLP, Cologne)
Tones as gestures: The case of German and Italian
Anne Hermes (IfLP, Cologne)
Gestural planning in Italian syllables
12.30 Lunch (We recommend a campus restaurant: CultuurCafé, De Refter or Het Gerecht)
Erasmusgebouw south wing (above Refter) Room 2.72
Marinda Hagen (CLS, Nijmegen)
The effect of singing on the perception of Dutch-accentedness in English
Sara Bögels (Donders Institute BCB, Nijmegen)
Pitch accents in context: Listeners' on-line processing of accentuation in referential
Marco van de Ven (MPI, Nijmegen)
The timing of the final rise in falling-rising contours in Dutch
Tea break
Carlos Gussenhoven (CLS, Nijmegen)
Retaining prosodic structure under postfocal reduction in Persian
Thomas Grünloh (MPI, Nijmegen)
German 3-year-olds intonational realization of information status
Phuong Ha (IfLP, Cologne)
Linguistic and affective meanings of one-word utterances in Northern Vietnamese
17.00 Drinks in CultuurCafé (cash bar) followed by dinner in Het Gerecht (€ 15).
CICLing 2011, 12th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics, Tokyo, Japan, February 20-26, 2011
CICLing 2011

12th International Conference on
Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics

Tokyo, Japan, February 20-26, 2011


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

Chris Manning, Diana McCarthy, Jun'ichi Tsujii, Hans Uszkoreit

Three excellent tours in and around Tokyo

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

October 20: registration of tentative abstract,
November 1: uploading of full papers
(contact us for late submissions)

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

See complete CFP and contact on www.CICLing.org/2011

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

Alexander Gelbukh
NET-Symposium 2011, UIL OTS Utrecht, 18 maart 2011
Locatie: Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, 3512 BR, Utrecht

Iedereen is welkom. De toegang, koffie en thee zijn gratis. Lunch en borrel zijn op eigen kosten. Graag je deelname doorgeven via het volgende e-mailadres: netsymposium2011(removeme)gmail.com
De samenvattingen van de lezingen zijn hier te vinden: www.eerstetaalverwerving.eu/

We hopen jullie allen te zien op 18 maart in Utrecht!

De organisatie, namens UiL OTS,

Rob en Margo Zwitserlood

Programma NET-dag 2011

9.30-10.00 Ontvangst met koffie en thee

10.00-11.00 Invited speaker: Anne Cutler (Max Planck Instituut Nijmegen): tba

11.00-11.30 Judith Rispens (Universiteit van Amsterdam): Productie van verleden tijd in specific language impairment: de rol van fonologie en frequentie

Koffie en thee
12.00-12.30 Sita ter Haar (Universiteit Leiden): The role of predispositions and experience in birdsong and language acquisition

Jacqueline van Kampen (Universiteit Utrecht): “Die zijn wiese? Dit is mijnese pen, dat is jouwese en dat is Lauraase”. Syntactische creativiteit.

14.30-15.00 Petra Hendriks (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen): Wanneer taalbegrip achter loopt op taalproductie
Elma Nap-Kolhoff (Universiteit Maastricht): Dialect in de opvoeding van Zuid-Limburgse kinderen

Dorina Veldhuis (Universiteit van Tilburg) - Chunks for segmentation and processing

16.00-18.00 Borrel
5-day residential course on Researching Multilingualism, University of Birmingham, April 4th to 8th, 2011
Dear colleagues and friends,
We are writing to you to share with you details of a 5-day residential course on Researching Multilingualism that we are running here in the MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism, School of Education, University of Birmingham, from April 4th to 8th, 2011. Do please pass on these details to anyone who you think might be interested in participating. The original deadline for applying was January 28, 2011 but this has now been extended till February 15, 2011.
This is the second of two residential courses that we are running as part of a three year project, which has been designed for Ph.D. students and early career post-doctoral researchers and which is focusing on research methodology. The project began in May 2010 and will run till April 2013 and it has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under its Researcher Development Initiative (RDI) programme. Details of the course are attached, along with an application form, and details of the wider project are posted on the MOSAIC website:
www.education.bham.ac.uk/research/mosaic/index.shtml< www.education.bham.ac.uk/research/mosaic/index.shtml>.
One of the aims of the wider project is to build a network of researchers who are interested in the specific challenges of developing research methodology for the study of the new multilingualisms of the twenty first century.
Beyond April 2011, we will be organising a series of one-day seminars, on different topics, in different areas of the UK: in the north and south of England, in Scotland and in Wales. There will also be a Master Class by Monica Heller in May 2012 and then we will be hosting a final conference here in Birmingham on the teaching of research methods in the field of multilingualism. The title of that conference will be: New times, new multilingualisms, new research methods.
If you would like to be on our mailing list, please contact Sally Cliff on s.l.cliff(removeme)bham.ac.uks.l.cliff(removeme)bham.ac.uk>

Deirdre Martin, Marilyn Martin-Jones, Angela Creese, Adrian Blackledge and Sheena Gardner

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

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

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

Tarragona, Spain, April 18-22, 2011

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




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

All courses will be made compatible in terms of schedule.


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


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


It has to be done on line at



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

1 hour =

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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




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

Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-558386
Historical Sociolinguistic Network Conference, Leiden University, 22-24 June 2011
HiSoN Conference: Touching the Past: (Ego) documents in a Linguistic and Historical Perspective

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format at


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


To be announced.


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


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


5th HiSoN Summer School in Historical Sociolinguistics, Lebos, Greece, August 20-27 2011
The University of Agder, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the University of Bristol are thrilled to announce the

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

Our teachers and courses in 2011 will be

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

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

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

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

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

Jack Chambers (Toronto, Canada)
Language and Global Warming

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

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

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

Further information and registrations forms are available here:

Conference on Psycholinguistics, 'New Trends in Experimental Psycholinguistics', Madrid, 29-30 September 2011
We are organizing a conference on psycholinguistics.
The conference will deal with new methods to study language (eye tracking,
reaction times, ERPs, fMRI, visual preference paradigm, genetics).
The conference is intended to cover language processing, language
acquisition or language disorders.
The plenary speakers are Harald Clahsen and Michael Ullman.
Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 11 april 2011

Dates of conference: 29, 30 September 2011

For more information: www.linguistic-institute.info/experimental.htm
Job Announcements / Vacancies
AHRC Doctoral Studentship at University of Manchester. Deadline: February 15 2011
The Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester expects to offer one AHRC Doctoral Studentship to a student starting on PhD research in September 2011. The award covers full-time fees and maintenance for three years and can be used for study in any of the areas of linguistics in which we offer supervision, including phonology, phonetics, and their interfaces.

Interested applicants are advised to consult our departmental webpages for potential supervisors' areas of


Current work by our postgraduate phonologists is described





Interested applicants should submit their applications for doctoral study online by 15 February 2011, starting from the
following link:


AHRC applications should arrive to the Postgraduate Office of the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures by 1 March
2011 either by post or email:

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Ms Amanda Mathews
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL
United Kingdom


Applications received after this deadline will still be considered for acceptance to the programme but will be ineligible for AHRC funding. Applicants are strongly advised to make contact with potential supervisors well in advance of the deadlines. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Ms Amanda Matthews at the above

Potential students are additionally advised that we will also be offering a number of other funding awards for outstanding
PhD candidates. For details please see our funding page at

3 PhD positions in the broader area of language, communication and cognition, Tilburg University. Deadline: February 15 2011
For the Tilburg School of Humanities, we will be looking for a(n):

3 PhD students, fulltime or 80%

The job
For the TiCC research program Language, Communication and Cognition (LCC), we are looking for three new enthusiastic and competent PhD colleagues.

If you are interested in one of these positions, you will need to identify a potential research topic related to one of the research themes of the LCC program. Current themes include:
- Visual communication (diagrams, metaphors, etc.).
- Alignment and adaptation in communication.
- Social exclusion and other social aspects of interaction.
- Emotion and speech.
- Language acquisition and learning.
- Multimodality and communication.
- Language and speech production.
- Professional communication (medical, business, etc.).
- Gesture and other forms of non-verbal behavior.

Your profile
For the positions we seek candidates with a background in psycholinguistics, communication & information sciences, linguistics, cognitive science, psychology or some related area, with experience in doing experiments and analyzing data. The PhD candidates have a good (research) master degree in one of the aforementioned areas, a strong interest in doing research, excellent writing skills and a good command of English. Developing and defending a research plan will be part of the procedure.

Employment terms and conditions
Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers, offering excellent terms of employment. The collective labour agreement of Tilburg University applies. The selected candidates will start with a contract for one year, concluded by an evaluation. Upon a positive outcome of the first-year evaluation, the candidate will be offered an employment contract for the remaining years. Candidates with a Research Master (MPhil) will be offered a 1+2 years-contract. Master students might be offered a 1+3 years-contract, depending on their previous research experience. It is also possible to work 80% instead of fulltime. The PhD candidates will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as a PhD-student (promovendus) with a starting salary of € 2.042.-- gross per month in the first year, up to € 2.612,-- in the fourth year (amounts fulltime). The selected candidate is expected to have written a PhD thesis by the end of the contract (which may be based on articles).

Research in the Department of Communication and Information Sciences (DCI) is located in the Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC). TiCC consists of two research programs: Language, Communication and Cognition (LCC) and Creative Computing (CC). There is a strong emphasis on experimental research and interdisciplinary cooperation. The department is also responsible for the academic programme Communication and Information Sciences (CIW), with an annual group of about 100 bachelor students, 100 premaster and 120 master students. The department participates in the Research Master Language and Communication. More information about the department can be found at: www.tilburguniversity.edu/about-tilburg-university/schools/humanities/dci/.

Information and Application
For more information on the positions, please contact one of the LCC program leaders: prof.dr. Emiel Krahmer (E.J.Krahmer(removeme)uvt.nl, +31 13 466 3070) or prof.dr. Marc Swerts (m.g.j.Swerts(removeme)uvt.nl, +31 13 466 2922) or the head of the department: prof.dr. Fons Maes (maes(removeme)uvt.nl, +31 13 466 2058). Applications should include:
- a cover letter.
- a Curriculum Vitae.
- a 2-page research proposal on a selected theme, plus names of potential supervisor and promotor.See for details on the research programme www.tilburguniversity.edu/about-tilburg-university/schools/humanities/cc2/.
- names of two references.

Applications should be sent before the application deadline of February 15, 2011. Interviews are expected to be held in March 2011. Starting dates are flexible, so applicants who expect to graduate in the summer of 2011 are also invited to apply. The only way to apply is via the online link at the bottom of this vacancy: "apply direct". Please look at the vacancy located at: www.tilburguniversity.edu/about-tilburg-university/working-at/wp/.

Recruitment Code
Tilburg University applies the recruitmentcode of the Dutch Association for Personnel Management & Organisation Development (NVP).

The text of this vacancy advertisement is copyright-protected property of Tilburg University. Use, distribution and further disclosure of the advertisement without express permission from Tilburg University is not allowed, and this applies explicitly to use by recruitment and selection agencies which do not act directly on the instructions of Tilburg University. Responses resulting from recruitment by non-contractors of Tilburg Universities will not be handled.
Vacature Docent-promovendus Taalverwerving en syntaxis van het Zweeds, ACLC Amsterdam. Deadline: 11 maart 2011
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen

De Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen verzorgt onderwijs en onderzoek met een sterk internationaal profiel in een groot aantal disciplines op het gebied van taal en cultuur. De faculteit is gevestigd in het centrum van Amsterdam en onderhoudt intensieve contacten met vele culturele instellingen in de hoofdstad. Aan de faculteit zijn ruim 1.250 medewerkers verbonden en circa 8.000 studenten volgen er onderwijs.

Nieuwe impulsen zijn nodig om het onderwijs op het terrein van taal en cultuur verder te ontwikkelen tot geėngageerde geesteswetenschappen. Een geesteswetenschappelijk perspectief levert inzichten op die nodig zijn om allerlei maatschappelijke ontwikkelingen, bijvoorbeeld op het vlak van informatie- en communicatietechnologie, te begrijpen en te kunnen bijsturen. De Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen zoekt daarom academici voor de nieuwe generatie docenten. Kandidaten hebben een achtergrond in de geesteswetenschappen. Naast inzicht in de meest recente ontwikkelingen binnen het vakgebied zijn didactische kwaliteiten en affiniteit met studenten vereist.

De functie van docentpromovendus is een tijdelijke functie in de verdeling 40% onderwijstaken en 60% onderzoek voor het verrichten van promotieonderzoek en voor het schrijven van een proefschrift, dat binnen vijf jaar afgerond moet zijn. De werkzaamheden van de docentpromovendus bestaan uit het geven van onderwijs, het verrichten van promotieonderzoek, het schrijven van het proefschrift en het afronden van de promotie. Ten aanzien van de onderwijstaak is het functieprofiel docent van toepassing. Ten aanzien van het promotieonderzoek is het functieprofiel promovendus van toepassing. Aangezien voor beide functieprofielen een andere salarisschaal geldt en andere resultaatgebieden van toepassing zijn, moet om rechtspositionele redenen worden uitgegaan van twee dienstverbanden.

De Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen biedt u samenwerking met vooraanstaande wetenschappers die - mede door een multidisciplinaire benadering - internationaal hoog staan aangeschreven. Bovendien geeft u onderwijs in een dynamische omgeving waarin nieuwe onderwijsmethodieken worden ontwikkeld. U neemt deel aan een didactisch scholingsprogramma dat binnen drie jaar moet leiden tot de Basiskwalificatie onderwijs (BKO)

De faculteit zoekt een

Docent-promovendus Taalverwerving en syntaxis van het Zweeds

Voor 38 uur per week voor een periode van 5 jaar
vacaturenummer W11-012.

Als docent zal u een gedeelte van het taalverwervingsonderwijs Zweeds verzorgen en onderwijs geven op het gebied van de syntaxis van de Scandinavische talen. Naast uw onderwijs verricht u onderzoek op het gebied van de taalkunde, bij voor keur de syntaxis, van het Zweeds, leidend tot het schrijven van een proefschrift binnen de aanstellings¬periode van 5 jaar. Het onderzoek vindt plaats binnen de kaders van het Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication. Kandidaten dienen bij hun sollicitatie een onderzoeksplan in dat is opgesteld volgens de richtlijnen van het ACLC. De website van het ACLC verschaft daarvoor verdere informatie ( www.hum.uva.nl/aclc-vacancies).

• voorbereiden en uitvoeren van onderwijs binnen de verschillende opleidingen die verzorgd worden door het departement Taal- en letterkunde, met name Scandinavistiek
• bijhouden van literatuur en het integreren van nieuwe inzichten in het onderwijs
• begeleiden en coachen van studenten
• begeleiden van studieopdrachten
• signaleren en integreren van verbeteringen in didactiek en/of inhoud van het onderwijs
• bijdragen aan de evaluatie van de opzet en de uitvoering van het onderwijs
• deelnemen aan commissies of werkgroepen, alsmede uitvoeren van toegewezen beheers- en bestuurstaken.

• het verrichten van promotieonderzoek
• het schrijven van een proefschrift
• het afronden van de promotie met de verdediging van het proefschrift
• waar relevant deelnemen aan landelijke seminars, workshops e.d., die door de onderzoekscholen worden georganiseerd
• het presenteren van resultaten van onderzoek in de vorm van lezingen en bijdragen aan workshops, seminars, congressen e.d.

• De aan te stellen kandidaat heeft een BA-examen afgelegd in de Scandinavische taal- en letterkunde met als hoofdvaktaal Zweeds, alsmede een tweejarig onderzoeks MA-traject gevolgd op het gebied van de taalkunde, bij voorkeur afgesloten met een scriptie over een onderwerp uit de taalkunde van de Scandinavische talen, m.n. het Zweeds.
• aanwijsbare affiniteit met wetenschappelijk onderzoek, blijkend uit b.v. publicaties, onderzoeksplannen en overige projecten;
• onderwijservaring op universitair niveau en didactische aanleg
• ervaring met digitale en audiovisuele hulpmiddelen; affiniteit met ICT in het academisch onderwijs
• teamgeest en brede inzetbaarheid op alle niveaus van meer dan één opleiding
• bereidheid tot multidisciplinaire ontwikkeling, zodat men op meerdere onderdelen van het onderwijsprogramma van de faculteit inzetbaar is
• organisatorische ervaring en kwaliteiten
• (near-)native spreker van het Nederlands en het Zweeds; grondige beheersing van het Engels

Voor nadere inlichtingen kunt u contact opnemen met prof. dr. H.A. van der Liet, telefoon 020-525 4664 of via e-mail H.A.vanderliet(removeme)uva.nl .

Deze geschiedt in tijdelijke dienst voor de duur van 5 jaar. Het salaris bedraagt voor de functie van docent minimaal € 2.330,- (schaal 10) en maximaal € 4.284,- (schaal 11) en voor de functie van promovendus minimaal € 2.330, - en maximaal € 2.558,- (schaal P) bruto per maand bij volledige werktijd (38 uur per week)

De sollicitatiebescheiden (brief, onderzoeksplan, cv, scriptie, cijferlijst) dienen gericht te worden aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam, aan de decaan van de Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, mevrouw prof. dr. J.F.T.M. van Dijck, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam. Vermeldt u s.v.p. het vacaturenummer linksboven op de enveloppe. Een proefcollege kan deel uit maken van de procedure.

Tevens is het mogelijk uw sollicitatie per e-mail te sturen aan ‘solliciteren2011-fgw(removeme)uva.nl’. Vermeld dan het vacaturenummer in het subjectveld.

Sluitingstermijn: uw sollicitatie dient vņņr vrijdag 11 maart 2011, 12.00 uur bij de faculteit binnen te zijn
Combined position of lecturer and PhD researcher Swedish Linguistics, ACLC Amsterdam. Deadline: March 11 2011
Lecturer – PhD researcher Swedish

The University of Amsterdam is offering a combined position of lecturer and PhD researcher in the area of Swedish Linguistics. The successful candidate will combine two positions, that of lecturer and of PhD researcher. As a lecturer you will teach Swedish as a second language and courses on Swedish syntax. As a researcher you will carry out a PhD project in the field of the syntax of Swedish on the basis of a PhD proposal that you have to submit as part of the application procedure.
Guidelines for a research proposal may be found on the website of the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) www.hum.uva.nl/aclc-vacancies. The position is a temporary one. The initial contract is for a year, and when progress is satisfactory will be prolonged for another four years. For more information see www.uva.nl/vacatures/vacatures.cfm/748829B7-8E28-44EA-9AAF364AD16DF3B8. Note that (near) native knowledge of both Dutch and Swedish is desirable.
Calls for papers for events
Call for applications for European Master's Program in Computational Logic, International Center for Computational Logic, Dresden. Deadline: February 10 2011
I'd like to draw your attention to the fact that fresh Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available for Non-European AND European students who intend to enroll in our European Master's Program in Computational Logic in the fall of 2011.

The deadline for application is 31 January, 2011.

More details are given below. In particular, I'd like to draw your attention to the fact that we are able to provide grants to EU-students for doing their project at the National ICT of Australia (NICTA).

Please spread this information as wide as possible among friends and colleagues, at your old universities and the places, where you currently live and work.

Many thanks -- Bertram Fronhöfer


The European Master's Program in Computational Logic

We are glad to announce to you the possibility to join our European
Master's Program of Computational Logic. This program is offered
jointly at the Free-University of Bozen-Bolzano in Italy, the
Technische Universität Dresden in Germany, the Universidade Nova de
Lisboa in Portugal and the Technische Universität Wien in
Austria. Within this program you have the choice to study at two
/three of the four European universities. In addition you can do your
project work at the National ICT of Australia (NICTA). You will
graduate with a MSc in Computer Science and obtain a double/multiple
degree. Information on the universities and the program including the
application form are provided here:


Language of instruction is English. Tuition fees are 3.000 EUR (for
non-European students) and 1.000 (for European students) per year.

In addition, we would like to draw your attention to the
ERASMUS-MUNDUS scholarship program. The ERASMUS-MUNDUS consortium
offers 2-year scholarships up to 48.000 EUR for non-EU students and up
to 23.000 EUR for EU students of our European Master's Program in
Computational Logic.

More information on the application procedure is available from:


Do not hesitate to contact us again if you have any further questions.

Kind regards -- Steffen Hölldobler

Prof. Dr. Steffen Hoelldobler
International Center for Computational Logic
Technische Universität Dresden
01062 Dresden, Germany
Call for papers for LACL 2011 Conference, June-July 29-1 2011 Montpellier. Deadline: February 13 2011
Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics

June 29th, 30th and July 1st

LIRMM, Montpellier, France



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


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

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


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

Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format at


Accepted papers will be published in advance of the meeting as a volume of the FoLLI LNAI subline of Lecture Notes in Computer Science
(LNCS) by Springer ( www.springer.com/lncs).
Cal for papers for ESSLLI Workshop on Formal Approaches to Discourse Particles and Modal Adverbs, August 8-11 2011. Deadline: February 15 2011
Eric McCready
Lotte Hogeweg

Invited speakers:
Regine Eckardt
Henk Zeevat

Workshop purpose and topics:
Discourse particles and modal adverbs form a borderline case between semantics and pragmatics and so can be the source of new insights in these areas. The use of particles has been connected with discourse relations and other coherence relations, the relation between semantic content and discourse context, especially the mutual knowledge and the common discourse goals of the discourse participants, with expression of speaker beliefs, desires and intentions and with the control of interpretations that go beyond semantic content, i.e. explicatures and implicatures. And, last but not least, particles and modal adverbs can contribute to expressive and other non-truth-conditional aspects of meaning.
The workshop proposes to collect contributions to the formal description and implementation of discourse particles and modal adverbs as well as experimental investigation into the use and interpretations of such words. We welcome contributions that address the question what kind of discourse representations and discourse entities we need to assume given the semantic contribution of discourse particles and modal adverbs.

This workshop is funded by the linguistics department of Radboud University Nijmegen.

Submission details:
Authors are invited to submit an anonymous, extended abstract. Submissions should not exceed 2 pages, including references. In addition, we would like to receive a separate ID page with the authors’ names, affiliations and email-addresses. Submissions should be in PDF format. Please send your submission electronically to l.hogeweg(removeme)let.ru.nl. The submissions will be reviewed by the workshop's programme committee.

Workshop format:
The workshop is part of ESSLLI and is open to all ESSLLI participants. It will consist of five 90-minute sessions held over five consecutive days in the second week of ESSLLI. There will be 3 slots for paper presentation and discussion per session.

Practical information:
All workshop participants including the presenters will be required to register for ESSLLI; workshop presenters will be able to register at a reduced rate to be determined by the local organizers.

Further Information about ESSLLI: esslli2011.ijs.si/

Program committee:
Malte Zimmermann
Edgar Onea
Katja Jasinskaja
Henk Zeevat
Eric McCready
Lotte Hogeweg
Bart Geurts
Jennifer Spenader
Hans-Christian Schmitz
Kyle Rawlings
Rick Nouwen

Important dates:
Submission Deadline: February 15, 2011
Notification: April 15, 2011
Preliminary programme: April 24, 2011
Workshop dates: 8-12 August, 2011
Call for papers for workshop Dutch Linguistics in Amsterdam 18-19 March 2011. Deadline: February 15 2011
Dutch without any doubt is one of the best documented languages in the world. One reason for this is that traditionally the number of linguists per capita is relatively high in the Low Countries; but also scholars from all around the world who are not (native) speakers of Dutch have provided insight into the structure of the language. This workshop aims to bring together these scholars to discuss new work on any aspect of Dutch linguistics, including, but not limited to, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. It is our goal to promote high quality discussion on all aspects of Dutch linguistics. The workshop will also mark the beginning of work on the so-called ‘Taalportaal’, a big online grammatical description of Standard Dutch (as well as Frisian).

The workshop is organized by the department of variation linguistics of the Meertens Instituut of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The language of the conference will be English.

Invited speakers:
Geert Booij
Liliane Haegeman

Heimir Freyr Vidarsson (Heimirfreyr.Vidarsson(removeme)meertens.knaw.nl)
Marc van Oostendorp (Marc.van.Oostendorp(removeme)meertens.knaw.nl)

Important dates:
Abstract submission deadline: 15 February, 2011
Notification of acceptance: 22 February, 2011
Workshop dates: 18-19 March, 2011
Call for papers for Bessensap 2011, Den Haag 6 juni. Deadline: 23 Februari 2011:
Onderzoekers kunnen hun voorstel indienen voor Bessensap 2011 in Den Haag op 6 juni. Deadline 23 februari

Je kunt tot 23 februari een voorstel indienen om deel te nemen aan Bessensap. Dat is een evenement van NWO en de Vereniging voor Wetenschapsjournalisten in Nederland, om wetenschappers samen te brengen met journalisten, redacteuren en voorlichters, onder het motto: wetenschap ontmoet pers, pers ontmoet wetenschap.

Breng de taalwetenschap onder de aandacht van de pers en presenteer jouw project!

Bessensap vindt plaats op maandag 6 juni in het Museon in Den Haag. Lees meer op www.nwo.nl/bessensap.
Call for Papers for MSDA2011, Portland Oregon, June 25 2011. Deadline: February 25 2011
Models of Scientific Discourse Annotation (MSDA2011) Portland, Oregon, June 25, 2011 (collocated with ACL/HLT 2011) msda2011.wordpress.com/


The detection of discourse structure of scientific documents is important for a number of tasks, including biocuration efforts, text summarisation, and the creation of improved formats for scientific publishing. Currently, many parallel efforts exist to detect a range of discourse elements at different levels of granularity, and for different purposes. Discourse elements detected include facts, problems, hypotheses, experimental results, and analyses of results; the differentiation between new and existing work, and the difference between the author's own contribution and that of cited sources. A plethora of feature classes is used to identify these elements, including verb tense/mood/voice, semantic verb class, speculative language or negation, and various classes of stance markers, as well as text-structural components and the location of references. The linguistics behind this work involves topics such as the detection of subjectivity, opinion, entailment, and inference; detecting author stance and author disagreement, and inferring differences between the given text and the state of knowledge in a particular field.

Several workshops have been focused on the detection of some of these features in scientific text, such as speculation and negation in the 2010 workshop on Negation and Speculation in Natural Language Processing, and hedging in the CoNLL-2010 Shared Task Learning to detect hedges and their scope in natural language text. There have also been several efforts to produce large-scale corpora, such as BioScope, where negation and speculation information were annotated, and the GENIA Event corpus.

To perform this analysis, a wide range of annotation schemes have been produced, that vary along a number of different axes, including:
* Annotation viewpoint (e.g. argumentative zones, scientific investigation structure, type of knowledge conveyed)
* Unit of annotation (e.g. zone, sentence, segment, event, etc)
* Type of text (abstracts or full papers)
* Domain of application
* Granularity of the annotation categories (coarse or fine-grained)
* Whether other types/levels of information are also annotated (e.g. certainty level, knowledge source, manner etc.)


The goal of 'Models of Scientific Discourse Annotation' is to compare and contrast the motivation behind these different efforts, the techniques and principles applied in the various approaches, and discuss ways in which they can complement each other and collaborate to form standards for an optimal method of annotating appropriate levels of discourse, with enhanced accuracy and usefulness.

The workshop aims to compare, contrast and evaluate different scientific discourse annotation schemes and tools, in order to answer questions such as:
* What motivates a certain level, method, viewpoint for annotating scientific text?
* What is the annotation level for a unit of argumentation: an event, a sentence, a segment? What are advantages and disadvantages of all three?
* How easily can different schemes to be applied to texts? Are they easily trainable?
* Which schemes are the most portable? Can they be applied to both full papers and abstracts? Can they be applied to texts in different domains?
* How granular should annotation schemes be? What are the advantages/disadvantages of fine and coarse grained annotation categories?
* Can different schemes complement each other to provide different levels of information? Can different schemes be combined to give better results?
* How can we compare annotations, how do we decide which features, approaches, techniques work best?
* How do we exchange and evaluate each other's annotations?
* How applicable are these efforts towards improved methods of publishing or summarizing science?

We invite two types of submissions:
1) Research papers by participants who are currently conducting scientific discourse analysis are invited to present their work, augmented by a clear motivation for the granularity, discourse elements and goal of their annotation procedure
2) Vision papers, by participants who wish to either compare and contrast existing efforts, or present a vision of annotation as it pertains to specific user goals or a particular view of scientific discourse as a textual genre of study.

In inviting both categories, we hope to stimulate a discussion between the Computational Linguistics community and linguists, genre specialists and sociologists of science, to come to a common understanding regarding the needs and possibilities of scientific discourse analysis.

Keynote lecture:

We are proud to announce a keynote lecture by Eduard H. Hovy of ISI/USC, tentatively entitled: 'Towards a systematic approach for annotating scientific discourse'

Submission details:

Submission deadline is FEBRUARY 25, 2011.

Two types of papers are solicited:
- 8-page (+ 2 pp references) research papers reporting to original and unpublished research in scientific discourse annotation
- 4-page (+ 2 pp references) vision papers pertaining to models, concepts, critiques or comparisons of systems of annotation of scientific discourse.

Accepted papers are expected to be presented at the workshop and will be published in the workshop proceedings. A selection of the presented papers will be published as a special issue of PLoS One ( www.plosone.org/).

Submissions must be formatted using ACL 2011 style files, available at www.acl2011.org/call.shtml

Contributions should be submitted via the MSDA2011 submission site:

Organising committee:

Sophia Ananiadou, National Centre for Text Mining, University of Manchester Įgnes Sįndor, Xerox Research Europe, Grenoble Hagit Shatkay, University of Delaware Anita de Waard, Elsevier Labs/Utrecht University

Program Committee:

Gully Burns - ISI/USC
Tim Clark - Harvard/MGH
Kevin Cohen - University of Colorado
Nigel Collier - National Institute of Informatics Walter Daelemans -University of Antwerp Kjersti Flottum - University of Bergen Roxana Girju - University of Illinois Sanda Harabagiu - University of Texas Dallas Lynette Hirschman - MITRE corporation Halil Kilicoglu - Concordia University Jin-Dong Kim - DBCLS, University of Tokyo Anna Korhonen - University of Cambridge Maria Liakata - Aberystwyth University Roser Morante - University of Antwerp Raheel Nawaz -University of Manchester Caroline Sporleder - Saarland University Drago Radev - University of Michigan Andrey Rzhetsky - University of Chicago Gyorgy Szarvas - Technical University Darmstadt Paul Thompson - University of Manchester Junichi Tsujii - University of Tokyo Antal van den Bosch - Tilburg University Karin Verspoor - University of Colorado Theresa Wilson - University of Edinburgh

Elsevier B.V. Registered Office: Radarweg 29, 1043 NX Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Registration No. 33156677 (The Netherlands)
Call for papers for Computational Linguistics Journal. Deadline: March 10 2011
A Special Issue of the Computational Linguistics Journal
on Modality and Negation


Computational linguistics has seen achievements in handling language at different levels of linguistic abstraction, from tokenization to semantic role labeling. Given a sentence, systems can more or less reliably determine who does what to whom when and where. However, texts do not always express factual information; on the contrary, language is often used to express uncertainty, opinion, evaluation, or doubt. Accordingly, computational linguistics has started to take into account the subjective aspects of language. There is now research that focuses also on determining who states that someone does something somewhere at a certain point in time (perspective) and based on what evidence (evidentiality), how certain someone is about stating something (certainty), the truth value of the facts being stated (negation), or the subjective evaluation of these facts (positive/negative opinion).

Linguistic phenomena such as modality and negation allow the expression of subjective aspects of meaning. Modality and negation are two information-level concepts that are well described from a philosophical perspective. Modality (Palmer 1986) is related to the attitude of the speaker towards her statements in terms of degree of certainty, reliability, subjectivity, sources of information, and perspective. It is related to other concepts like hedging (Hyland 1998), evidentiality (Aikhenvald 2004), uncertainty (Rubin et al. 2005), and factuality (Saur?? 2008). Negation (Tottie 1991, Horn 2001) is used to position information as a counterfact, a fact that does not hold in the world. Both modality and negation are complex linguistic phenomena that are challenging both from a theoretical and a computational point of view. Their complexity is due to the fact that both phenomena interact with each other (de Haan 1997) and with other aspects of the linguistic context, such as mood, tense, and lexis. While modality and negation tend to be lexically marked, the class of markers is relatively large and heterogeneous. For example, while negation words such as "not" are clear indicators of negation, other terms such as modals, adverbs, conjunctions and multi-word expressions can also express negation and subjectivity. Moreover, processing modality and negation involves disambiguating the markers and determining their scope.

The treatment of modality and negation is very relevant for all NLP applications that involve deep text understanding. This includes applications that need to discriminate between factual and non-factual information (uncertain facts, opinions, attitudes, emotions, and beliefs), such as information extraction, opinion mining, sentiment analysis, text mining, and question answering, as well as other applications that process the meaning of texts, such as recognizing textual entailment, paraphrasing, and summarization. Hence, the adequate modeling of these phenomena is of crucial importance to the NLP community as a whole. While the area is still relatively new compared to areas like machine translation, parsing or semantic role labeling, it is now growing quickly.


For this special issue we solicit full-length article submissions describing innovative and challenging research on aspects of the computational modelling and processing of modality and negation. We specifically invite submissions that take into account linguistic aspects of the phenomena and bring a theoretical basis to research on computing the factuality and certainty of the events in a statement, finding the source and evidence for the statement of a fact, and determining whether a statement has a truth value. We encourage submissions that have a substantial analysis component, in the form of an analysis of the task and data and/or an error analysis of the proposed method. Submissions can address aspects of either modality or negation or both, provided that they lead to an enhanced understanding of the phenomena, as opposed to a straightforward engineering solution.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

- Linguistically informed modelling of modality and negation for NLP
- Analysis of the relevant information/knowledge involved in processing modality and negation
- The computational complexity of processing modality and negation
- Novel machine learning approaches for learning modality and negation
- Processing modality and negation across domains and genres
- The interaction of modality and negation for determining the factuality of events
- The influence of the linguistic context on the processing of modality and negation
- Evaluation of systems: metrics and application-based evaluation


Submission of full articles: 10 March 2011
Preliminary decisions to authors: 31 June 2011
Submission of revised articles: 30 August 2011
Final decisions to authors: 18 October 2011
Final versions due from authors: 1 November 2011


Articles submitted to this special issue must adhere to the Style Guidelines of the Computational Linguistics Journal ( cljournal.org/style.html). The submission guidelines can be found in the Computational Linguistics web site ( cljournal.org/submissions.html). As in regular submissions to the journal, paper submissions should be made through the CL electronic submission system ( cljournal.org/submissions/index.php/cljournal).


Roser Morante

CLiPS - University of Antwerp, Belgium

Caroline Sporleder

Computational Linguistics and Phonetics - Saarland University, Germany
Call for papers for 32nd TABU Dag, 17+18 June 2011, University of Groningen. Deadline: March 11 2011

Abstract submission deadline: 11 March 2011

The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) is pleased to announce the 32nd TABU Dag, which will take place at the University of Groningen on the evening of 17 June and during 18 June, 2011. 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.

In addition to the presentations, three plenary lectures will be held:
Friday evening 17 June 2011: Prof dr Peter Mariėn, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Saturday 18 June 2011: Prof Barbara H. Partee, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.
The 3rd keynote speaker will be announced as soon as possible.

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 submission system on the conference website. Please mind that no other formats are excepted.

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. The official language of the conference is English.

Important dates:
Abstract submission deadline : 11 March 2011
Notifications of acceptance: 15 April 2011
Registration deadline: 29 April 2011

For further information, please visit our website: www.let.rug.nl/tabudag
We are looking forward to seeing you in Groningen!

Kind regards,
The organizing committee,

Laura S. Bos (PhD student in Neurolinguistics)
Nanna Hilton (Assistant professor of Sociolinguistics)
Pavel Rudnev (PhD student in Syntax and Semantics)
Oscar Strik (PhD student in Language Variation and Language Change)
Nynke van der Vliet (PhD student in Computational Linguistics)
Call for papers for workshop "Revitalizing older linguistic documentation", ACLC UvA, May 12 2011. Deadline: April 1 2011
Workshop summary
This workshop explores the use of manuscripts and other old linguistic documentation, viz. the difficulties one may encounter and the interesting possibilities offered when working with such data. Scholars may also present their current research in this matter and/ or the results of an investigation made with the aid of old linguistic material.

The workshop, under the auspices of the research group Revitalizing Older Linguistic Documentation (ACLC, UvA), and with the collaboration of AIN (Americanists in the Netherlands, a group for people interested in attending meeting up to discuss current research in Native American indigenous languages within the Netherlands), will be held on: Thursday May 12th 2011, at the University of Amsterdam.

Call for papers
Participants are kindly asked to send the title of their presentation before April 1st 2011 to one of the organizers mentioned below.

O.J.Zwartjes(removeme)uva.nl (Otto Zwartjes, ACLC, UvA)
A.Alexander-Bakkerus(removeme)uva.nl (Astrid Alexander, idem)
ml.coler(removeme)let.vu.nl (Matt Coler, AIN)
a.cruz(removeme)let.vu.nl (Aline da Cruz, AIN)
CALL FOR PAPERS for SLaTE-2011 workshop in Venice, August 24-26, 2011. Deadline: April 8 2011
We would like to invite you to submit a paper to the SLaTE-2011 workshop August 24-26, 2011 (before Interspeech-2011 in Florence, Italy) Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy project.cgm.unive.it/events/SLaTE2011/

The ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE) promotes the use of speech and language technology for educational purposes, and provides a forum for exchanging information ( www.sigslate.org).

The workshop will address all topics related to SLaTE, such as:
- Speech technology for education
- Natural language processing for education
- Spoken dialogue systems for education
- Applications using speech and/or natural language processing for education
- Intelligent tutoring systems using speech and natural language
- Development of language resources for SLaTE applications
- Assessment of SLaTE methods and applications

We especially welcome contributions on the future of Speech and Language Technology in Education, e.g. mobile learning, serious gaming, virtual reality, social media (networks), etc.
In addition, we would like to invite demonstrations of systems.

Full 4-page papers should be submitted before April 8, 2011.
Notification of acceptance or rejection of papers will be given by June 10, 2011.
For further information see project.cgm.unive.it/events/SLaTE2011/
If you have questions, you can send an e-mail to SLaTE2011-org (at) let.ru.nl

SLaTE-2011 will be organized by Helmer Strik, Catia Cucchiarini (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, technical program), Rodolfo Delmonte and Rocco Tripodi (Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy, local organizers), within the framework of the ISCA-SIG SLaTE (see www.sigslate.org).

Best regards,
Helmer Strik, Catia Cucchiarini, Rodolfo Delmonte, and Rocco Tripodi The SLaTE-2011 Organizing Committee
Call for papers for conference SINN UND BEDEUTUNG 16, UIL OTS Utrecht, september 6-8 2011. Deadline: April 15 2011
The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS is pleased to announce the 16th Sinn und Bedeutung conference, which will take place from 6 to 8 September 2011 in Utrecht.

The invited speakers are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact us at: subutrecht(removeme)gmail.com
Conference website: www.hum.uu.nl/sub16/
Call for papers for taalbeheersingscongres TAALGEBRUIK & DIVERSITEIT, December 21-23 2011 Leiden. Deadline: Mei 16 2011
Call for papers VIOT 2011
Op 21, 22 en 23 december 2011 vindt aan de Universiteit Leiden het 12e taalbeheersingscongres van de Vereniging voor Interuniversitair Overleg Taalbeheersing (VIOT) plaats. Als thema voor dit twaalfde VIOT-congres is gekozen: Taalgebruik & Diversiteit. U wordt van harte uitgenodigd om een bijdrage aan het congres te leveren.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Organisatie en contact
Het organisatiecomité bestaat uit Ronny Boogaart, Ton van Haaften (vz), Henrike Jansen, Jaap de Jong, Maarten van Leeuwen en Arie Verhagen.
Voor vragen of informatie, mail naar viot2011(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.
NWO deadlines, NWO Nieuwsservice GW
* Graduate Programme
In 2009 en 2010 is door NWO op verzoek van de minister van OCW en in overleg met VSNU en KNAW een programma ontwikkeld om het Nederlandse promotiestelsel te versterken. Interuniversitaire en lokale onderzoeksscholen of Graduate Schools kunnen in aanmerking komen voor een blockgrant van k€ 800 voor het aanstellen van promovendi. Op advies van een evaluatiecommissie die de opzet van de eerste twee rondes heeft doorgelicht, heeft NWO besloten het programma in iets gewijzigde vorm voort te zetten.

Sluitingsdatum: 15 februari 2011, 23.59 uur.
- Meer informatie: www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOA_7LGTB9

* Promoties in de geesteswetenschappen
Het doel van het promotieprogramma van het Regieorgaan Geesteswetenschappen en het NWO Gebiedsbestuur Geesteswetenschappen is het aantrekken van jong onderzoekstalent om op termijn het hoofd te bieden aan de toenemende vergrijzing binnen de geesteswetenschappen. Het kader daarvoor vormen de door de universiteiten/faculteiten ontwikkelde structuurversterkingsplannen voor onderwijs en organisatie.

Sluitingsdatum: 1 maart 2011, 23.59 uur
- Meer informatie: www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOA_6WQH2X

* Internationalisering geesteswetenschappen
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.

Sluitingsdatum: 1 maart 2011, 12.00 uur
- Meer informatie: www.nwo.nl/subsidiewijzer.nsf/pages/NWOA_6JVJDY?Opendocument

Interdisciplinary research programme for the conservation of art

21 March 2011: Open for Applications: SCIENCE4ARTS Network Grants deadline 15 March 2011

The SCIENCE4ARTS research programme aims to investigate changes in artworks with regard to an object’s chemical and physical dynamics, significance and substance, as well as its frame of reference. Collaboration between specialists in the fields of conservation, humanities, physical and chemical sciences is pivotal as they collectively investigate an object or group of related objects in a museum environment. The programme aims to develop and strengthen interchange between the research of various research institutions and the museological field.

Network grants are the first phase of the SCIENCE4ARTS program. To stimulate and support collaboration between groups from different disciplines and institutions there are two phases in the application process of the national and international proposals (with the National Science Foundation of the USA, specifically the SciArt programme). The first phase of Dutch or Dutch-US proposals consists of applications for network grants. Participation in the first phase is obligatory for participation in the second phase of full proposals.
- More information: www.nwo.nl/science4arts

* Vernieuwingsimpuls deadlines voor 2011:
Vidi: 4 oktober 2011
Vici-vooraanmeldingen: 31 maart 2011
De sluitingsdatum voor het indienen van uitgewerkte Vici-aanvragen is 30 augustus 2011.
- Meer informatie: www.nwo.nl/vernieuwingsimpuls

* Promotiebeurzen voor leraren
In 2011 organiseert NWO de eerste ronde van Promotiebeurzen voor leraren. Dit is een van de maatregelen die voortkomt uit het Actieplan Leraren van het ministerie van OCW. Het doel is het aantal gepromoveerde leraren te vergroten. Het gaat dan om leraren uit het primair, voortgezet, middelbaar beroeps-, hoger beroeps- en speciaal onderwijs.
Voor de eerste ronde stelt het ministerie van OCW 1,5 miljoen euro beschikbaar.

Sluitingsdatum voor het indienen van vooraanmeldingen:is 31 maart 2011.
- Meer informatie: www.nwo.nl/leraren
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