January 10th, 2011

LOT Announcements / events
LOT Winterschool 2011 UvA, January 10-21 2011
The next LOT Winterschool will take place from January 10 - 21 2011.
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) will host this event as local organisator.
Registration is now open but closes December 10th!!

You can find the schedule and more information at our website www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2011%20Winterschool%20UvA/.

Check the website regularly for updates. For questions regarding this LOT Winterschool; email lot(removeme)uu.nl
LOT Bureau verhuisd
Beste allen,

Per 12 januari 2011 kunt u ons 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
Schultink Lecture at LOT Winterschool 2011 by P. Gardner-Chloros, University of Amsterdam (ACLC) January 12 2011
Wednesday January 12th by Penelope Gardner-Chloros, 19:30 - 21:00.
Location: PC Hoofthuis (Spuistraat 134), room 104.

Abstract for 2011 Schultink Lecture:
Combining sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic methodology in code-switching research: the case of pauses

Psycholinguistic evidence to date has revealed that pauses are part of the normal encoding cycle in oral production; at the same time we know from sociolinguistic studies involving fine-grained analyses of conversational texts that pauses serve specific discourse purposes. In this lecture I will propose that the study of pausing in spontaneous bilingual speech can serve as a methodological ‘bridge’ in the study of code-switching and suggest how a consideration of such sociolinguistic and discourse variables might contribute (more specifically) to the development of a ‘discourse/contextual’ component, as part of, or influential upon, any bilingual language production model. In Gardner-Chloros, McEntee-Atalianis and Paraskeva (2010), a pilot study was conducted using spontaneous speech samples from two sociolinguistically distinct groups, each bilingual in the Greek-Cypriot Dialect and English. Speakers were recorded in parallel settings in Estate Agents’ offices in London and Cyprus, and in each case both monolingual and in code-switching segments were analysed. Our hypothesis was that for the London speakers, for whom CS is a default speech mode, switching would not be correlated with increased pausing, whereas for the speakers in Cyprus the more marked character of the alternation in the bilingual stretches would be reflected by decreased fluency. The results showed, however, that in both Cyprus and London, pauses reflected conversational factors more than production factors, and there was no significant difference between the monolingual and bilingual speech conditions. I conclude that whilst some research on pausing in bilinguals has focused on grammatical encoding (lexical & syntactic), studies which ignore sociolinguistic and discourse variables could be misleading. At a methodological level, psycholinguistic models stand to benefit from studying code-switching on the basis of data gathered in meaningful, naturalistic contexts.



Reference

Gardner-Chloros, P., McEntee-Atalianis, L.and Paraskeva, M. 2010 Putting the Sociolinguistics into Psycholinguistics: a study of code-switching and fluency. Talk given at SS18, Southampton, September 2010.
Kennislink Taal & Spraak
Kennislink Taal & Spraak is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied: www.kennislink.nl/taal-en-spraak

Actueel:
Moet alles maar kunnen?
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/moet-alles-maar-kunnen
Het afgelopen jaar werd veel gediscussieerd over de kwestie hun hebben. Taalkundige Jan Stroop schreef er een boek over. Zijn conclusie: als hun hebben gezegd kan worden, dan is het grammaticaal.

Trendwatchen vanuit je luie stoel
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/trendwatcher-vanuit-je-luie-stoel
Met de Ngram Viewer van Google kun je zoeken in meer dan 5 miljoen gedigitaliseerde boeken. Met één druk op de knop weet je waar en wanneer het feminisme hoogtij vierde. Of wanneer het woord ‘netiquette’ populair werd en onregelmatige werkwoorden regelmatig werden.

Computer herkent inhoudelijke overlap
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/computer-herkent-inhoudelijke-overlap
Verschillende kranten publiceren vaak over dezelfde onderwerpen — in nčt even andere bewoordingen. Tilburgse onderzoekers hebben een dataset van meer dan twee miljoen woorden ontwikkeld waarmee een computer deze inhoudelijke overlap kan herkennen. Handig voor zoekmachines, of voor software die moet kunnen samenvatten.

Onder de kerstboom: boeken over retorica
www.kennislink.nl/pagina/twee-boeken-over-retorica
In januari is het weer tijd voor de traditionele nieuwjaarstoespraken. Maar hoe zet je zo’n toespraak in elkaar? Welke ingrediėnten maken een goede toespraak? En hoe breng je deze goed over op je publiek?

Hacktivist
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/hacktivist
Elke twee weken verschijnt op Kennislink een gastcolumn van steeds een andere onderzoeker, die vanuit zijn of haar vakgebied schrijft over de wetenschap achter een gebeurtenis in de maatschappij of uit ons dagelijks leven. Deze week Antal van den Bosch, hoogleraar Geheugen, taal en betekenis (UvT). Hij vertelt dat computers veel informatie kunnen halen uit grote tekstbestanden, zoals de files van Wikileaks.

Waarin verschillen talen?
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/waarin-verschillen-talen
Marjo van Koppen is universitair docent Nederlandse taalkunde in Utrecht. Onlangs ontving zij een Vidi-beurs voor een onderzoek naar de manier waarop talen van elkaar verschillen.
De Grote Taaldag, AVT, Anéla, VIOT en LOT, Universiteit Utrecht, 5 Februari 2011
Op zaterdag, 5 februari 2011 vindt de eerste editie van de Grote Taaldag plaats. De Grote Taaldag is een initiatief van AVT, Anéla, VIOT en LOT waarbij drie reeds bekende evenementen samen worden gebracht: de Anéla / VIOT Juniorendag, de AVT TINdag en het Taalgala.

Lees meer over het programma en registratie in deze pdf: www.lotschool.nl/files/newsletters/2010/aankondiging-Taaldag-2011.pdf

Tot op de Grote Taaldag!
Lectures / talks
Schultinklecture by Penelope Gardner-Chloros on Wednesday January 12 2011
Time: 19.30 – 21.00
Location: PC Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, room 1.05 (not 1.04) (first floor).

Coffee, tea and fruit will be served as of 19.00 hrs on the first floor, in the central space next to room 1.04.

Penelope Gardner-Chloros (Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck, University of London)

Combining sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic methodology in code-switching research: the case of pauses

Psycholinguistic evidence to date has revealed that pauses are part of the normal encoding cycle in oral production; at the same time we know from sociolinguistic studies involving fine-grained analyses of conversational texts that pauses serve specific discourse purposes. In this lecture I will propose that the study of pausing in spontaneous bilingual speech can serve as a methodological ‘bridge’ in the study of code-switching and suggest how a consideration of such sociolinguistic and discourse variables might contribute (more specifically) to the development of a ‘discourse/contextual’ component, as part of, or influential upon, any bilingual language production model. In Gardner-Chloros, McEntee-Atalianis and Paraskeva (2010), a pilot study was conducted using spontaneous speech samples from two sociolinguistically distinct groups, each bilingual in the Greek-Cypriot Dialect and English. Speakers were recorded in parallel settings in Estate Agents’ offices in London and Cyprus, and in each case both monolingual and in code-switching segments were analysed. Our hypothesis was that for the London speakers, for whom CS is a default speech mode, switching would not be correlated with increased pausing, whereas for the speakers in Cyprus the more marked character of the alternation in the bilingual stretches would be reflected by decreased fluency. The results showed, however, that in both Cyprus and London, pauses reflected conversational factors more than production factors, and there was no significant difference between the monolingual and bilingual speech conditions. I conclude that whilst some research on pausing in bilinguals has focused on grammatical encoding (lexical & syntactic), studies which ignore sociolinguistic and discourse variables could be misleading. At a methodological level, psycholinguistic models stand to benefit from studying code-switching on the basis of data gathered in meaningful, naturalistic contexts.

Reference
Gardner-Chloros, P., McEntee-Atalianis, L.and Paraskeva, M. 2010 Putting the Sociolinguistics into Psycholinguistics: a study of code-switching and fluency. Talk given at SS18, Southampton, September 2010.

ALL INVITED!!
Lecture by Stuart Davis on first language acquisition, UIL OTS Utrecht, January 25 2011
UIL-OTS presents a lecture by Stuart Davis (Indiana University):

“Prosody in First Language Acquisition: Mora Structure in Cairene Arabic and Foot Structure in American English” (abstract see below)

Date: 25 January 2011
Time: 3 p.m.

Place: Drift 23, room 1.13
Utrecht

Stuart Davis is Chair and Professor of Linguistics at the Department of Linguistics, Indiana University. He is an Associate Member of Cognitive Science Program faculty. He specializes in Phonology, Semitic linguistics, African-American English, and general linguistics.

For inquiries: R.W.J.Kager(removeme)uu.nl

Abstract

Prosody in First Language Acquisition: Mora Structure in Cairene Arabic and Foot Structure in American English
Stuart Davis
Indiana University

Blevins (2009:328) maintains that, “A wealth of data illustrate that the majority of recurrent features of child phonology (e.g. CV syllable stage, cluster reduction stage, consonant harmony) are reflections of articulatory
developmental stages, indicating developmental constraints on performance, not on language competence.” We will argue against this claim by maintaining the developmental constraints on performance can and do reflect language competence. We show this by considering two cases reflecting on prosodic acquisition: Cairene Arabic mora structure
and English foot structure. Our claim is that performance can be controlled by higher-level linguistic structure.
We first consider the acquisition of word-final consonant clusters in Cairene Arabic. Data were elicited from a male child (2 years, 8 months) acquiring Cairene Arabic (CA) as his first language, in a monolingual setting in Cairo
through the use of a spontaneous picture-naming task and in conversation using a probe list designed to focus on wordfinal clusters uttered in isolation, or at the end of a phrase. Word-final consonant clusters in CA are phonologically interesting because any two consonants can occur in final position regardless of the sonority relation between them, as can be seen in examples like [bint] ‘girl’ with falling sonority, [?uTb] ‘pole’ and [?amn] ‘security’ with level sonority, and [?ism] ‘name’ with rising sonority. While there have been virtually no studies on the acquisition of clusters in
Arabic, we know from studies on English that most children have difficulty in acquiring the target-like pronunciation of consonant clusters, including word-final ones. For example, in English, children may employ a range of repair strategies (cf. McLeod et al. 2002) as exemplified by target “task” being pronounced as “tak” or “tas” with deletion, as “tast” with substitution, as “tasEk” with epenthesis, or as “taks” with metathesis. However, with our CA data, the child employs a different strategy that is not witnessed in English. Consider the representative data in (1-3), where the target word is
indicated in slashes and the child’s pronunciation is shown in brackets.
(1) a. /bint/ > [bitt] ‘girl’ b. /?ism/ > [?imm] ‘name’ c. /nuSS/ > [nuSS] ‘half’
(2) a. /?amH/ > [?amm] ‘wheat’ b. /malH/ > [?all] ‘salt’
(3) a. /b!Hr/ > [b!Hl] ‘sea’ b./taHt/ > [taHt] ‘under’
These data indicate that the child uses only one strategy in approximating the target-appropriate word-final cluster: gemination. This strategy is not witnessed in English acquisition data. The data in (1a-b) show that the child geminates the last consonant of the cluster regardless of the sonority relation, while (1c) shows that the child has target geminates.
In (2), we see that when the target cluster has a pharyngeal as its final consonant, the cluster is still realized as a single geminate, but it is the first consonant of the cluster that geminates. In (3), we see the first set of target-appropriate clusters emerge, when the pharyngeal is the initial consonant of the cluster. We offer an optimality-theoretic analysis of
this pattern showing that this pattern can only be understood with reference to Cairene Arabic mora structure indicating that the error pattern reflects upon language competence and is not merely a developmental constraint on performance.
We next take up the acquisition of American English foot structure through a reconsideration of the acquisition data in Inkelas and Rose (2007). They observe a pattern of velar fronting of a child E between the ages of 1 and 2
where target velar stops are fronted to alveolars at the beginning of syllables with primary stress (e.g. target “again” where /g/ is pronounced as [d]), at the beginning of syllables with secondary stress (e.g. target “alligator” where /g/ is pronounced as [d]), and at the beginning of a word-initial stressless syllable (e.g. target “conductor” with the initial
consonant pronounced at [t]). The velar is pronounced target appropriately in coda position and intervocalically after a stress vowel and before a stressless one, as in target “bagel” where the intervocalic /g/ is pronounced as [g]. This pattern of distribution mimics what is found for aspirated and unaspirated voiceless stops in American English: aspirated stops
occur at the beginning of syllables with primary or secondary stress, and at the beginning of a word-initial stressless syllable; the unaspirated variant occurs in the other environments. While Inkelas & Rose show that the velar fronting reflects a specific articulatory developmental stage, it is important to emphasize that the particular pattern seems to be
controlled by higher level foot structure given that E already has target appropriate stress and aspiration. Thus, the articulatory developmental stage seems to reflect on E’s language competence with respect to his tacit knowledge of American English foot structure, and, consequently, argues against the perspective of Blevins (2009). [This work is in collaboration with Marwa Ragheb, partially funded by an Indiana University Grant-in-Aid for Research]

References
Blevins, Juliette (2009). Phonetic Explanations for Recurrent Sound Patterns: Diachronic or Synchronic? In Eric Raimy and Charles Cairns (eds.) Contemporary Views on Architecture and Representations in Phonology. (pp. 325-336). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Inkelas, Sharon and Ivan Rose (2007). Positional neutralization: A case study from child language. Language 83:707-736.
McLeod, S., van Doorn, J., & Reed, V. A. (2002). Typological description of the normal acquisition of consonant clusters. In F.Windsor, L. Kelly, & N. Hewlett (Eds.), Themes in Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics (pp. 185–
200). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Lectures by Esther Kolen and Marie-Anne Sallandre on sign language, Radboud University, Nijmegen, January 25 2011
Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Location: E2.54 (Erasmusplein 1, Nijmegen)

Esther Kolen (Kentalis): The bilingual development of deaf children in Sign Language of the Netherlands and Dutch: the role of communicative strategies

Many deaf children in the Netherlands grow up learning Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT), spoken Dutch and/or a combination of both languages. A relevant question is what the development of the language proficiency of the children is in these languages. Besides, it is important to know in what way the children use both languages in interaction with Deaf and hearing communication partners.
This presentation describes a longitudinal multiple case study of language proficiency, communicative behavior and communication strategies in NGT and Dutch of eleven deaf children in the age of three to seven years. Semi-spontaneous conversations between the deaf children and Deaf and hearing adults form the essence of the data. The children’s role in these conversations was analyzed on three aspects: lexical and syntactic complexity of the utterances, communicative turns and the use of communicative strategies. Additionally, language proficiency was investigated by means of receptive and productive language tasks, and background information was collected by interviewing parents and teachers. The focus of this presentation will be on the interaction between children and adults and the communicative strategies that were used.


Marie-Anne Sallandre (Université Paris 8): Iconicity in French Sign Language (LSF) and acquisition of motion events by deaf children

Units in signed discourse have different degrees of iconicity, depending on the lexicalisation of signs and depending on the signer’s intent. Highly iconic structures (that we call “transfers”) can be combined with each other or with lexical signs and produce complex simultaneous constructions. This presentation will discuss ongoing research on the acquisition of motion events by French deaf children. Following methodologies proposed originally for spoken languages, three case studies concerning one deaf adult and two eight-year-old deaf children in this domain will be presented. Qualitative analyses show high semantic density in the LSF utterances, marked by the use of two highly iconic structures. One of these (personal transfers or role shifts) mainly express manner of locomotion while the other (situational transfers) express both path and manner simultaneously. In addition, French deaf signers systematically link these two structures to express internal and external viewpoints on the same motion event. These first results continue the debate initiated by Slobin (2006) on the linguistic typology of sign languages.
Master classes by Jacques Mehler and Marina Nespor, UIL OTS Utrecht, February 8-9 2011
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

Regards,

René Kager & Martin Everaert
organizers
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Workshop morpho-phonology in language and literacy, UvA Amsterdam, January 13-14 2011
Funded by the Partnership Programme in Science of the British Research Council and the Dutch Bčta Platform Techniek

Time: Thursday 13 January and Friday 14 January 2011 from 09.30-17.00
Place: University of Amsterdam. VOC-zaal, Bushuis / Oost-Indisch Huis. Kloveniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam

Note: Attendance is free of charge, but tea / coffee and lunch is not provided.
The capacity of the lecture room is limited, so please sign up if you would like to attend: J.E.Rispens(removeme)uva.nl

In this workshop, UK and Netherlands-based postdoc researchers will explore the interaction between phonology and morphology. Perspectives from first-language, second-language acquisition and language disorders will be discussed, as well as the role of morpho-phonology in literacy acquisition.

Thursday 13 January 2011
Session 1 Morpho-phonological acquisition across childhood (from infancy to adults)
09.30-10.15 Helen Bucker (Radboud University Nijmegen) The acquisition of voicing alternations by Dutch toddlers.
10.15-11.00 Merel Keijzer (Utrecht University) Morpho-phonology across the lifespan: comparing L1 attrition and advanced L1 acquisition.
Session 2 Cross-linguistic and second language morpho-phonological acquisition

11.15-12.00 Vicki Chondrogianni (University of Reading): Production and processing of gender by Greek successive bilingual children.
12.00-12.45 Nada Vasic (University of Amsterdam) TBA
LUNCH
Session 3 The relationship between morphophonology and literacy
14.15-15.00 Annemarie Kerkhoff (Utrecht University) Acquisition of voicing alternations and neutralisation in Dutch school-aged children
15.00-15.45 Rebecca Larkin (Nottingham Trent University) Do children use morphological spelling strategies?
16.00-16.45 Catherine Dickie (University of Edingburgh). Rebelling greenhouses: The invisible relationship between morpho-phonology and literacy

Friday 14 January
Session 4 Morpho-phonology in language and literacy impairment
09.30-10.15 Theo Marinis (University of Reading) TBA
10.15-11.00 Chloe Marshall (City University London) Comorbidity in SLI and dyslexia: Testing models of a shared phonological deficit
11.15-12.00 Hannah Nash (University of York) Phonological and broader oral language skills: the overlap between dyslexia and SLI in the early years

LUNCH

14.15-15.00 Kristina Moll (University of York) Broader phenotypes of dyslexia in siblings at family-risk of dyslexia
15.00-15.45 Judith Rispens (University of Amsterdam) & Elise de Bree (Utrecht University) The morpho-phonological nature of plural noun and past tense acquisition in Dutch typically developing children, children with SLI and reading impairment.
16.00-16.30 DISCUSSION AND CLOSING

Organisation: Elise de Bree (University of Utrecht), Chloe Marshall (City University London) and Judith Rispens (University of Amsterdam).

Please go to home.medewerker.uva.nl/j.e.rispens/ for updates on the programme
Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research (EMLAR) VII, Utrecht University, February 2-4 2011
Lectures and hands-on sessions on methodological aspects of language acquisition research

We are happy to announce the seventh edition of EMLAR, taking place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from February 2 – 4 2011 (Wednesday to Friday).

The workshop aims at training advanced MA and PhD students working on first and second language acquisition in experimental research. Experts in various domains of language acquisition research are giving various lectures and practices.

The full program of EMLAR VII and details about registration are available at:

www.hum.uu.nl/emlar/home.htm

Registration deadline: December 20, 2010.

For further questions, contact us at: EMLAR.UU(removeme)gmail.com

Confirmed speakers and topics:
• Huub van den Bergh (Utrecht University) - Educational research
• Onno Crasborn & Paula Fikkert (Radboud University Nijmegen) - Acquisition of sign language phonology
• Virginia Gathercole (Bangor University) - Naturalistic versus experimental studies: taking advantage of both
• Judith Gervain (CNRS-Paris Descartes) - Near-Infrared Spectroscopy: a primer
• Steven Gillis (University of Antwerp) - Samples, sampling and other confusing things
• Petra Hendriks (University of Groningen) - Identifying production-comprehension asymmetries in language acquisition
• Jan Hulstijn (University of Amsterdam) - Measuring language proficiency
• Elizabeth Lanza (Oslo University) - Methodological issues in selecting sites and participants for research on bilingualism
• Tierry Nazzy (Université Paris) - Crosslinguistic study of the consonantal bias in early word learning
• Nuria Sebastiįn-Gallés (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) - The bilingual in the crib: early acquisition of two languages

Tutorials:
• PRAAT
• Lexical databases
• Eye tracking: reading
• Eye tracking: visual world paradigm
• Statistics with R
• Multilevel analysis
• SPSS
• CHILDES
• Computational methods

Organizing committee:
Ivana Brasileiro
Desiree Capel
Lizet van Ewijk
Rene Kager
Arnout Koornneef
Elena Tribushinina
Anéla Juniorendag 2011, onderdeel De Grote Taaldag, Utrecht, 5 Februari 2011
21e Anéla/VIOT
JUNIORENDAG
Zaterdag 5 februari 2011
Universiteit Utrecht

MA-studenten en promovendi geven presentaties op het gebied van
toegepaste taalwetenschap.

Plenaire lezingen:
Jos van Berkum: “Wat doet gevoel in taalbegrip?”
Henk Pander Maat: “Begrijpelijkheid: een teksteigenschap?”

De Juniorendag is onderdeel van de Grote Taaldag met o.m.:
- taalgala met o.a. uitreiking scriptie- en dissertatieprijs
- lezingen van de AVT TiN-dag
- gezellige tapasborrel

Schrijf je nu in!
Meer informatie op www.anela.nl
TIN-DAG AvT Leiden, onderdeel De Grote Taaldag, Utrecht, 5 februai 2011
ALGEMENE VERENIGING VOOR TAALWETENSCHAP

Secretariaat: Bert Botma (e.d.botma(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl) / Ale de Boer (a.de.boer(removeme)net.hcc.nl) Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, Universiteit Leiden, Postbus 9515, 2300 RA Leiden

Website: www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderzoek/avt

Aan de leden van de Algemene Vereniging voor Taalwetenschap:

De Grote Taaldag
De volgende TIN-dag wordt gehouden op zaterdag 5 februari 2011. De TIN-dag zal voor het eerst plaatsvinden tijdens de Grote Taaldag, een initiatief van AVT, Anéla, Viot en LOT. Tijdens deze dag wordt parallel aan de TIN-dag ook de Anéla-juniorendag georganiseerd. Aansluitend volgt het jaarlijkse Taalgala, waarop ondermeer de AVT-Anéla-dissertatieprijs 2010 uitgereikt wordt. Tot slot viert de AVT op deze dag haar 60-jarige bestaan, met een borrel en tapasreceptie.
De Grote Taaldag vindt plaats in het Marinus Ruppertgebouw op het terrein van de Uithof (en dus niet op de Drift!): Leuvenlaan 21, 3584 CE Utrecht. Omdat hier geen horecagelegenheden in de buurt zijn, worden de lunch en koffie/thee door de AVT verzorgd. Hiervoor vragen wij een bijdrage (€15 voor reguliere leden, €10 voor promovendi), die u aan het begin van de dag kunt voldoen. Voor de tapasreceptie wordt een aparte bijdrage (van €10) gevraagd.

Inschrijving
Om een goed beeld te krijgen van het aantal aanwezigen op de TIN-dag en de daarop volgende receptie is het belangrijk dat u zich van tevoren via de website van de AVT inschrijft. U kunt dit doen op www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderzoek/avt.
Graag horen we voor vrijdag 21 januari bij welke onderdelen u aanwezig wil zijn.

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) staat op de AVT-site. In tegenstelling tot wat u gewend bent, zal er vanaf dit jaar geen papieren programmaboekje van de TIN-dag meer verschijnen. het juryrapport van de Dissertatieprijs zal ook op de website verschijnen na de TIN-Dag AvT.

Met vriendelijke groet,
Bert Botma, secretaris AVT
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

www.CICLing.org/2011

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

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Chris Manning, Diana McCarthy, Jun'ichi Tsujii, Hans Uszkoreit

TOURS:
Three excellent tours in and around Tokyo

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

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

TOPICS:
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
www.Gelbukh.com
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)
2011 INTERNATIONAL SPRING SCHOOL IN FORMAL LANGUAGES AND APPLICATIONS (SSFLA 2011), Spain, April 18-22 2011
(formerly International PhD School in Formal Languages and Applications)

Tarragona, Spain, April 18-22, 2011

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

grammars.grlmc.com/ssfla2011/

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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.

All courses will be made compatible in terms of schedule.

COURSES AND PROFESSORS:

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]

SCHOOL PAPER:

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.

REGISTRATION:

It has to be done on line at

grammars.grlmc.com/ssfla2011/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 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.

ACCOMMODATION:

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

CERTIFICATES:

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.

IMPORTANT DATES:

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

QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:

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

WEBSITE:

grammars.grlmc.com/ssfla2011/

POSTAL ADDRESS:

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
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:

www.bris.ac.uk/german/hison/summerschool2011
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
Two PhD positions at the ACLC within the ACLC research programme The Language Blueprint. Deadline: January 23 2011
The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication has two four-year PhD positions available for excellent candidates with an excellent research proposal, starting September 2011.

Research at the ACLC
The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication focuses on the description and explanation of variation in language and language use. A key feature of the ACLC approach is that linguistic phenomena are studied from the widest possible variety of perspectives, both descriptive and theoretical, in order to ensure that the findings are not accidental, but are truly representative of the basic parameters that govern the organization of natural languages. The ACLC includes both functional and formal approaches to language description and encourages dialogue between these approaches. Studies cover all aspects of speech and languages: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Language typology, including that of creole and signed languages, plays an important part in the ACLC programme. Language variation in terms of time, space and context is another specialisation. The study of variation in the different types of language user - from the child learning her first language to the adult second language learner including also different types of language pathology – is also a clear focus.

PhD proposal
It should fit within the ACLC research programme The Language Blueprint, preferably also witin the research focus area Learnability. Proposals futhermore focusing on foreign languages taught at the University of Amsterdam are specifically invited. Your research proposal should follow the guidelines available at the ACLC website.

Application
You can apply for one of the PhD positions to be filled per September 1st 2011, by submitting your own proposal before Monday January 24th 2011 (January 23rd 23:59 at the latest). The ACLC website provides further information on how to submit your proposal (see www.hum.uva.nl/aclc under Vacancies).

Tasks
The PhD student needs to carry out the research and write a dissertation within the contract period.

Requirements
MA in linguistics (or equivalent), obtained no longer than five years ago.

Information
Further information can be obtained from the managing director of the research institute dr. Els Verheugd, phone +31.20.525.2543, e-mail: E.A.B.M.Verheugd-Daatzelaar(removeme)uva.nl .

Position
The PhD student will be appointed for a period of 4 years (80%) or 3.3 years (full time) at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam under the terms of employment currently valid for the Faculty. A contract will be given in the first instance for one year, with an extension for the following years on the basis of an evaluation of, amongst other things, a written piece of work. The salary (on a full time base) will be € 2042 during the first year (gross per month) and will reach € 2612 during the fourth year, in accordance with the CAO for Dutch universities.

Submissions
Submissions of a proposal should be sent before January 24th, 2011 ((January 23rd 23:59 at the latest) to the director of the ACLC, prof. dr P.C. Hengeveld. They should be submitted electronically to the address aclc-fgw(removeme)uva.nl. Applications received after this date or those that are incomplete will not be taken into consideration.
PhD position "Dutch as a second language"(1.0 fte),Department of Linguistics,Radboud University, Nijmegen. Deadline: February 1 2011
As a PhD student you will investigate how the variation in proficiency in Dutch as a second language can be predicted/explained by means of a number of individual and contextual determinants. The key objective of the study is the development of a new and empirically validated measure of linguistic distance that overcomes the weaknesses of existing distance measurements.

In doing so, you will apply multi-level regression techniques to an existing database. Besides test scores on oral, written, listening and reading proficiency, this longitudinal database contains background information on a huge number of language learners from virtually every country in the world.

You should have:
- a background in Linguistics and/or Sociology, and be well versed in statistics;
- excellent proficiency in English (spoken and written);
- an interest in Language Typology is required;
- knowledge of multi-level analyses will be considered an advantage.

The Department of Linguistics is one of the top linguistic departments in the Netherlands, and offers the Bachelor degree programme in Linguistics and Master’s degree programmes in Linguistics and Language and Speech Pathology. The department is explicitly internationally oriented and is highly successful in attracting MA and PhD students from all over the world.

Conditions of employment:
Employment: 1,0 fte
The gross starting salary is €2,042 per month based on full-time employment.
The total duration of the contract is 3.5 years. You will be offered an initial contract for 18 months with the possibility of extension by 2 years.

Closing date for applications is 1 February 2011

For information on the application procedure see:
www.ru.nl/vacatures/details/details_vacature_0?recid=501618

No commercial propositions please.
PhD-student position at the Faculty of Arts of the Radboud University Nijmegen. Deadline: February 1 2011
Pardon my Espanglish: Communication between non-native speakers

The PhD-student will investigate how native speakers of Spanish communicate with native speakers of Dutch in English, under different conditions (asking for formal or informal speech). The student will focus on how the Spanish adapt their pronunciation, how they prevent or solve miscommunication, how intelligible they are and on how they are judged by native speakers of Dutch.

For this, the PhD-student will collect a corpus of English produced by Spanish students communicating with a native speaker of Dutch of their own social status, and talking to a group of native speakers of Dutch and Spanish of the same and higher social status. The PhD-student will provide an orthographic transcription of this corpus and then analyze this corpus in pragmatic respect (how is miscommunication prevented and solved?), in acoustic respect (what are the qualitative and quantitative aspects of English spoken by Spanish language
users) and in receptive respect (what are the consequences of deviant patterns on comprehension and on speaker evaluation?). These corpus studies will be supplemented with experimental studies.

The PhD-student will write at least four papers on the basis of this research for high impact international journals, and also present the research at international conferences. The dissertation will consist of the papers, preceded by a General Introduction and followed by a General Discussion.

We are looking for candidates with a background in English, Linguistics, or Communication, who are fluent in English. Knowledge of Spanish and of Phonetics will be considered as an advantage.

The successful candidate will receive a contract for 3.5 years with the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and be considered as a regular employee.
The PhD-student will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Margot van Mulken and Dr.
Mirjam Ernestus, and be a member of a large research group.

Send your application before 1 February 2011 to:
Mirjam Ernestus: m.ernestus(removeme)let.ru.nl

If you have any questions, you can also contact Mirjam Ernestus (m.ernestus(removeme)let.ru.nl).
Universitair Docent Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen (1,0 fte), Universiteit Groningen (CLCG). Deadline: Februari 4 2011
(210357)

Organisatie
De Faculteit der Letteren is een grote dynamische faculteit in het hart van de stad Groningen. Ruim 5000 studenten en 700 medewerkers werken er elke dag aan de grenzen van het weten. Met 19 bacheloropleidingen en meer dan 35 masteropleidingen richt de faculteit zich in haar onderwijsaanbod met name op de bestudering van taal, cultuur en geschiedenis van Europa, het Middellandse-Zeegebied en het Noord-Amerikaanse continent. Er is bijzondere aandacht voor de taal, cultuur en geschiedenis van het eigen land, speciaal voor de Noord-Nederlandse regio. Daarnaast kent de faculteit een groot aantal interdisciplinaire studies. Het onderzoek aan de Faculteit der Letteren wordt in de verschillende wetenschapsgebieden hoog gewaardeerd. De faculteit heeft één lokale onderzoekschool, de Groningen Research School for the Study of the Humanities. Zij kent daarnaast nog een drietal onderzoekinstituten.

De opleiding Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen (CIW) is een interdisciplinaire opleiding binnen de Faculteit der Letteren met een eigen opleidingsbestuur. De kernstaf is ondergebracht in de leerstoelgroep Communicatiekunde. CIW is een van de grote opleidingen van de Faculteit der Letteren. Jaarlijks trekt de opleiding ca. 120 nieuwe studenten in de bachelorfase en 60 studenten in de maatschappelijke master. Het programma van de opleiding CIW heeft een duidelijke discourse-analytische oriėntatie en richt zich op Organisationele en Professionele communicatie, met de volgende invalshoeken: Tekstuele en Mondelinge Interactie, Mediacommunicatie en Computercommunicatie. Daarnaast wordt onderwijs binnen de opleiding verzorgd door docenten van de leerstoelgroepen Taalbeheersing van het Nederlands en Alfa-informatica. Bij de uitvoering van het programma wordt voorts samengewerkt met andere opleidingen die opleidingsgebonden minoren aanbieden (Moderne vreemde talen, Informatiekunde, Media en Journalistieke cultuur, Taalwetenschap). De onderzoeksgroep Discourse & Communication maakt deel uit van het Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG).

Binnen de afdeling Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen (CIW) zijn wij op zoek naar een Universitair Docent Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen.

Functieomschrijving
Doel van de functie is het verzorgen van onderwijs ten behoeve van bovengenoemde opleiding (60%) en het verrichten van onderzoek op het terrein van de onderzoeksgroep Discourse & Communication (40%). Het begeleiden van studenten is een belangrijk onderdeel van de functie. Daarnaast is deelname aan werkgroepen en commissies (bestuur en beheer) in voorkomende gevallen een onderdeel van het takenpakket.

Functie-eisen
De nieuwe collega zou een deskundige moeten zijn in mediacommunicatie en met name expertise moeten hebben op het gebied van multimodale aspecten van communicatie, inclusief computercommunicatie.
Naast basiscompetenties zoals goede sociale en communicatieve vaardigheden, uitstekende didactische en coachende vaardigheden, zijn wij op zoek naar kandidaten die:
• gepromoveerd zijn op een onderzoeksgebied dat relevant is voor een discourse-theoretische benadering van communicatieve processen
• ervaring hebben met onderwijs en onderzoek op het gebied van mediacommunicatie
in staat zijn onderwijsinhouden en onderwijsvormen te ontwikkelen waarmee het profiel van de opleiding verder ingevuld en up-to-date gehouden wordt
• vakmatig geļnteresseerd zijn, blijkend uit publicaties en andere onderzoeksactiviteiten
• een goede beheersing van het Engels en het Nederlands hebben, of de bereidheid zich het Nederlands op korte termijn eigen te maken.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden
De Rijksuniversiteit Groningen biedt een salaris afhankelijk van opleiding en ervaring van minimaal € 3195,- (schaal 11) tot maximaal € 4970,- (schaal 12) bruto per maand bij volledige werktijd. Het betreft in principe een tijdelijke aanstelling voor een periode van twee jaar met een werktijd van 1,0 fte.

Datum indiensttreding: 1 augustus 2011.

Een korte voordracht kan onderdeel uitmaken van de selectieprocedure.

U kunt solliciteren door middel van uw brief met curriculum vitae te sturen vóór 04.02.2011 uitsluitend aan de hand van het sollicitatieformulier.

Acquisitie wordt niet op prijs gesteld.
Informatie
Voor informatie kunt u contact opnemen met:
Prof.dr. C.M. de Glopper, c.m.de.glopper(removeme)rug.nl
Drs. J. Oosterheert, opleidingscoördinator, j.oosterheert(removeme)rug.nl
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
interest:

www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/lel/


Current work by our postgraduate phonologists is described
here:

manling.wordpress.com/2010/01/09/manchesters-
postgrad-phonologists-go-places/

manling.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/manchester-
phonologists-at-18th-mfm/

manling.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/funding-
bonanza-for-manchesters-postgrad-phonologists/

manling.wordpress.com/2010/10/26/968/


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

www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapply/


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

Amanda.Mathews(removeme)manchester.ac.uk

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
address.

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

www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/
Calls for papers for events
FINAL Call for papers for 44th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE2011), Spain. Deadline: January 15 2011
8-11 September 2011

Universidad de La Rioja, Logrońo, Spain

www.societaslinguistica.eu/
sle2011.cilap.es/

DEADLINE for ALL abstracts: 15 January 2011

The Societas Linguistica Europaea and the Centre for Research in the Applications of Language at the University of La Rioja, Logrońo (Spain), invite you to submit abstracts for workshop, poster or general session papers for the next annual meeting.

SLE meetings provide a forum for high-quality linguistic research.

A list of the 18 accepted workshops to be held at SLE 2011 can be found on our website.


PLENARY SPEAKERS

Bas Aarts (London)
Martin Everaert (Utrecht)
Adele Goldberg (Princeton)
Juan Manuel Hernįndez-Campoy (Murcia)
Ruth Wodak (Lancaster)

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Chair: Francisco Ruiz de Mendoza Ibįńez
Secretary: Sandra Peńa Cervel
Treasurer: Andrés Canga
Members: Marķa Pilar Agustķn, Asunción Barreras, Almudena Fernįndez, Rosa MŖ Jiménez, Javier Martķn, Juan Manuel Molina, Lorena Pérez, Roberto Torre.

SLE CONFERENCE MANAGER

Bert Cornillie (Leuven)

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Chair: Letizia Vezzosi (Perugia), Members: Laura Alba-Juez (Madrid, UNED), Johanna Baršdal (Bergen), Delia Bentley (Manchester), Marcella Bertuccelli (Pisa), Walter Bisang (Mainz), Kasper Boye (Copenhague), Anna Cieslicka (Poznan/TAMIU Laredo), Giuglielmo Cinque (Venice), Joćo Costa (Lisbon), Marķa Josep Cuenca (Valencia), Michael Daniel (Moscow), Kristin Davidse (Leuven), David Denison (Manchester), Ursula Doleschal (Wien), Patricia Donegan (Honolulu), Mirjam Fried (Prague), Francisco Gonzįlvez (Almerķa), Stefan Th. Gries (UC Santa Barbara), Youssef Haddad (Florida), Liliane Haegeman (Ghent), Marja-Liisa Helasvuo (Turku), Daniel Hirst (Aix-en-Provence), Hans Henrich Hock (Urbana Champaign), Willem Hollmann (Lancaster), Michael Israel (Maryland), Gunther Kaltenboeck (Viena), Stanislav Kavka (Ostrava), Seppo Kittila (Helsinki), Grzegorz Kleparski (Rzeszow), Bernd Kortmann (Freiburg), Livia Kortvelyessy (Kosice), Gitte Kristiaensen (Madrid, Complutense), Leonid Kulikov (Leiden), Karen Lahousse (Leuven), Meri Larjavaara (Turku/Åbo), Maria Luisa Lecumberri (Vitoria-Gasteiz), Elisabeth Leiss (München), Marķa Rosa LLoret (Barcelona), Marķa José López-Couso (Santiago), Ricardo Mairal (Madrid, UNED), Andrej Malchukov (EVA, Leipzig), Amaya Mendikoetxea (Madrid, UAM), Lavinia Merlini (Pisa), Laura Michaelis (UC, Boulder), Edith Moravcsik (Wisconsin, Milwaukee), Jan Nuyts (Antwerp), Miren Lourdes Onederra (Vitoria-Gasteiz), Hamid Ouali (Wisconsin, Milwaukee), Eric Pederson (Oregon), Paola Pietrandrea (Roma III), José Pinto de Lima (Lisbon), Vladimir Plungjan (Moscow), Nikolaus Ritt (Viena), Nicoletta Romeo (Sydney), Fernando Sįnchez Miret (Salamanca), Andrea Sansņ (Como-Universitą dell'Insubria), Stephan Schmid (Zürich), Roland Schuhmann (Jena), Elena Seoane (Santiago), Augusto Soares da Silva (Braga), Jae Jung Song (Otago), Roeland van Hout (Nijmegen), Arie Verhagen (Leiden), Guido Vanden Wyngaerd (Brussels), Elly Van Gelderen (Arizona), Anna Verschik (Tallinn), Björn Wiemer (Mainz), Jan-Wouter Zwart (Groningen).


CALL FOR PAPERS: WORKSHOP PAPERS, POSTERS AND GENERAL SESSION PAPERS

Workshop papers, posters and individual papers are invited on any topic belonging to the field of linguistics. All abstracts have to be registered and uploaded on the website by 15 January 2011.

GENERAL SESSION - WORKSHOPS. General session papers can deal with any topic in linguistics. Workshop papers take into account the topic of the workshop proposal, and are usually pre-selected by the workshop convenors.

Abstracts will be evaluated by three referees. Abstracts submitted to the general session and to the poster session will be evaluated by three members of the Scientific Committee. Workshop papers receive two evaluations by SC members and one by the workshop convenors. The threshold for acceptance is the same for general session, poster and workshop abstracts. The acceptance of a paper depends on the quality of the abstract. The acceptance rate of the previous conferences was 60% for the general session.

POSTERS. The next SLE meeting will hold a poster session of an hour for both senior and junior researchers. Posters will be evaluated according to the same quality standards of other presentations. In order to foster interaction, all other sessions will be suspended during the poster session.

The maximum size of the poster is 1.10 m x 1 m. For more information about how to make a good poster, click here.

One person may submit a single-authored abstract, a single-authored abstract and a co-authored one (not as first author) or two co-authored abstracts (only one as first author). Note that keynote papers within workshops count as ordinary papers. Presentations will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes question time.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (exclusive of references) and should clearly state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results. The abstract will also contain three to five key words specifying the (sub)field, the topic and the approach.

The deadline for all abstracts (for the general session, the poster session and the workshops) is 15 January 2011. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 March 2011.

Submit your title through the Submit Abstract form where you can upload your abstract as an attachment. The abstract should not mention the presenter(s) nor their affiliations or addresses. Abstracts are preferably in Word or .RTF format; if your abstract contains special symbols, please include a pdf version as well.


PRIZE FOR THE BEST PRESENTATION AND THE BEST POSTER

There will be a prize for the best oral presentation by a PhD student, a prize for the best oral presentation by a postdoc and a prize for the best poster.

For current purposes, PhD-students are students that have not completed their PhD before the conference. Postdocs have completed their PhD not earlier than January 2008. A nominated paper may be co-authored; in such a case the nominee will be the first author.

Applicants are invited to mark the button referring to the prize when they register their abstract. On the basis of the ranking of the abstracts, the Scientific Committee will set up an internal shortlist with nominees for the prizes.

Members of the Editorial Board of Folia Linguistica (Historica) and the Scientific Committee will decide who will be awarded the first prize in each category, which consists of 500 Euros and the 2nd and 3rd prize, which is a three-year SLE membership.


REGISTRATION

Registration will start from 1 April 2011 onwards. SLE 2011 keeps the SLE 2010 conference fees (see our website).

Become a member of the Societas Linguistica Europaea and get a discount.


SOCIAL PROGRAMME

There will be a reception (included in the registration fee) and a conference dinner. On Sunday afternoon there will be a post-conference excursion. Further information will be given in the second circular.


HOW TO GET TO LOGROŃO

Logrońo, the capital of La Rioja, is located in the North of Spain, 336 Km from Madrid, 478 Km from Barcelona, 171 Km from Zaragoza and 137 Km from Bilbao. The local airport offers daily flights to the international airport of Madrid. Other important international airports are Bilbao and Zaragoza, from where you can travel to Logrońo by bus or by train.


IMPORTANT DATES

15 January 2011: deadline for submission of all abstracts
31 March 2011: notification of acceptance
1 April 2011: early registration starts
1 June 2011: registration (full fee)
30 June 2011: registration closed for participants with a paper
20 August 2011: registration closed.


CONTACT

SLE 2011 Local Organizing Committee:

Sandra Peńa Cervel (Secretary)

Tel. (+34) 941299437
Fax (+34) 941299419
E-mail: sle2011(removeme)cilap.es

SLE Conference Manager:

Bert Cornillie
sle(removeme)arts.kuleuven.be

Local Conference Secretariat:

University of La Rioja
Centre for Research in the Applications of Language
c/ San José de Calasanz s/n
26004, Logrońo, La Rioja, Spain
sle2011.cilap.es/
Call for papers for the workshop "Usage-based approaches to language change" at ICHL 2011 in Osaka (Japan). Deadline: January 15 2011
Conveners: Evie Coussé (Ghent University, Belgium) and Ferdinand von Mengden (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)


Workshop description

Most approaches to language (change) have principally in common that they locate the main explanandum of language in the human mind and that they operate with categories. Change is, implicitly or explicitly, seen as a shift of a linguistic form from one category to another ? whether across discrete or fuzzy boundaries. A well-know example of this view is the importance of reanalysis in explaining language change in mainstream historical linguistics. Reanalysis is considered to be the underlying mechanism that motivates changing patterns in usage such as contextual extension and increasing generalization / abstraction in meaning.

However, alternative views have also been expressed, in which linguistic structure is seen as subject to constant negotiation in communication. Hopper’s (1998) Emergent Grammar or Keller’s (1994) Invisible Hand are prominent examples. Without denying the share that cognition has in the production of utterances and the usefulness of categories for linguistic description, structure is seen as epiphenomenal in these approaches. Structure is in a constant flux across time, area and social strata and, therefore, language use or actual communication are the loci of structure formation and hence of change.

In line with this usage-based perspective of language and language change, an alternative for reanalysis has been proposed in which (changing) discourse patterns are directly related to meaning without referring to changes in abstract structures (e.g. Bybee e.a 1994, Haspelmath 1998, De Smet 2009). However, a larger coherent vision of the relation between language usage and language change is still largely missing.

The workshop aims at discussing possibilities for such a usage-based framework on language change. We wish to combine case studies with theoretical contributions that help setting up a comprehensive model on language change, in which language use is in the focus and in which the core properties of language are seen in its dynamics rather than in its states.


Call for papers

As the workshop has been approved and accepted by the conference organizers of ICHL 2011, a call for papers is launched for interested speakers.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words, including literature references, should be submitted through the conference website ( www.ichl2011.com/call_for_papers.html). Please remember to indicate the workshop title in the appropriate place on the abstract submission form.

Please note that also potential speakers that have reacted positively to the initial call for participation in October 2010 are required to send a full abstract through the conference website.


Important deadlines:

15 January 2011: abstract submission deadline

28 January 2011: notification of acceptance


References

Bybee, J., R. Perkins & W. Pagliuca (1994) The evolution of grammar. Tense, aspect, and modality in the languages of the world. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


De Smet, H. (2009) Analysing reanalysis. In: Lingua 119, 1728-1755.


Haspelmath, M. (1998) Does grammaticalization need reanalysis? In: Studies in Language 22, 315-351.


Hopper, P.J. (1998) Emergent grammar. In: M. Tomasello (ed.) The new psychology of grammar: cognitive and functional approaches to language structure. Mahwah: Erlbaum: 155-176.


Keller, R. (1994) On language change. The invisible hand in language.

London: Routlegde.
Call for papers for 12th Szklarska Poreba Workshop on the Roots of Pragmasemantics, Poland. Deadline: January 17 2011
"Ambiguity in Language and the Process of Disambiguation"
11.03.-15.03.2011

Description:

Linguists, logicians and philosophers are invited to join the twelfth conference on the Roots of Pragmasemantics. The focus of this year’s convention is "ambiguity in language and the process of disambiguation". Thus, we are interested particularly in how interpretation of ambiguous sentences is determined and hence how efficiently communication is obtained. Experimental as well as theoretical approaches to the problem are welcome. We especially invite submissions related to this topic, but also welcome contributions relevant to any of the more classical subjects of this workshop series. We in particular encourage the presentation of innovative ideas, even if still in need of later refinement.

We invite submission of anonymous abstracts of no longer than 500 words in PDF, to be sent to m.spychalska(removeme)gmail.com.


Especially relevant topics include:

• Lexical & syntactical ambiguity

• Cognitive aspects of disambiguation in language

• Language comprehension and language production

• The role of disambiguation in reasoning

• Experimental studies on ambiguity and disambiguation in language




Invited Speakers:




Justyna Grudzi?ska (confirmed)

Katrin Schulz (confirmed)

Jacques Jayez (confirmed)

Bernhard Schröder (confirmed)








Deadline for submissions: Monday, 17. 01.2011

Notification of acceptance: 07.02.2011


Workshop: March 11th to 15th.


Location: Szklarska Por?ba, Poland








Organizers:




Maria Spychalska (chair, program, accommodation)


Reinhard Blutner (webmaster)


Henk Zeevat (program, finances)


Anton Benz (program, coordination)


Sophia Katrenko (program)


Anna Chernilovskaya (program)



For further details check the webpage:
szklarska2011.hlotze.com/
Call for abstracts for Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop 26 & European Dialect Syntax Workshop 5, Meertens Institute Amsterdam. Deadline: February 1 2011
The 26th Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop is organized by the Meertens Institute, the University of Amsterdam and the Edisyn-project. It will take place at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on June 23-24, 2011. It will be followed by the fifth European Dialect Syntax Workshop on June 25th. For both workshops, we invite abstracts for thirty-minute talks (followed by ten minutes of discussion). Abstracts for the CGSW workshop can be on any aspect of comparative Germanic syntax, including diachronic syntax and the interface between syntax and other components of the grammar. Abstracts for the European Dialect Syntax Workshop can be on any aspect of the syntactic analysis of European dialects.

Invited speakers CGSW26 : Jonathan Bobaljik (UConn) and Jeroen Van Craenenbroeck (University of Brussels)

Invited speaker European Dialect Syntax : Raffaella Zanuttini (Yale).

Conference website: www.cgsw26.nl
History of CGSW: www.let.rug.nl/~zwart/cgsw/history.htm

Abstract guidelines: Abstracts should not exceed two pages, including data, references and diagrams. Abstracts should be typed in at least 11-point font, with one-inch margins (letter-size; 8"1/2 by 11" or A4) and a maximum of 50 lines of text per page. Abstracts must be anonymous and submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author per workshop. Please indicate for which workshop your abstract is meant. Abstract submission only via EasyChair ( www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?timeout=1;conf=cgsw26). Deadline for abstract submission is February 1, 2011.

CGSW 26 and European Dialect Syntax 5 are sponsored by the University of Amsterdam, the Meertens Institute (KNAW) and the Edisyn-project (EURYI-ESF).

Organizers: Hans Bennis, Fred Weerman, Sjef Barbiers, Hedde Zeijlstra, Eefje Boef, Olaf Koeneman, Heimir Vidarsson.
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


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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:

www.emcl-study.eu/home.html

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:

www.emcl-study.eu/application.html

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
Cal for papers for ESSLLI Workshop on Formal Approaches to Discourse Particles and Modal Adverbs, August 8-11 2011. Deadline: February 15 2011
Organizers:
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 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/

ISCA-SIG SLaTE
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).

WORKSHOP THEMES
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.

PAPER SUBMISSION
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

ORGANIZATION
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
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