May 13th, 2011

LOT Announcements / events
LOT Summer School 2011 Leuven. Deadline registration & Popularisation workshop
Registration for the LOT Summer School 2011 in Leuven, Belgium, at La Foresta Conference Centre (June 13-24 2011) will close TODAY.
Make sure your registration and payment are done today in order to assure your participation. Registration via:

Popularisation Workshop
Writing about your own research

Marc van Oostendorp

Monday June 13th 16.30-18.00 h and Wednesday 15th 20.00-21.30 h. La Foresta Conference Centre.

It is considered more and more important that scholars know how to explain about their research for a general public. Given that a lot linguistic research does not lead to practical applications, popularisation of research results is indeed one of our main methods of 'valorisation' --- giving back to society more than just a set of obscure research papers. Another aspect of linguistics, well-known to every linguist who ever talked to a non-linguist, is that it is virtually unknown to the outside world, while at the same time people have many opinions and feelings about its subject matter, language.

Writing good research papers and writing good popularisation papers are different trades. One reason for this is that researchers tend to get very excited about things which laymen do not worry about at all, and vice versa. For instance, a researcher might be very happy to learn that an old theory has been overthrown, while laymen would not care, given that they did not know the old theory in the first place.

In this short workshop, we will discuss some tips and tricks in popularizing research. The emphasis will be on your own thesis work:
which aspects would be interesting for which lay audience? In particular we will talk about this topic from two different sides:

- Participants are asked to send an article about their research at latest one week before the LOT Summer school starts (to lot(removeme) The intended audience are readers of a popular science magazine for 14-18 yr olds. The length should be approximately 1200 words. During the first class, we will discuss these papers, and I will give some general tips and tricks.

- During the second class, we will try to construct an 'elevator pitch' for each of your researches: suppose an editor of a tv talkshow calls; you have two and a half minutes to explain what your work is about.
Kennislink Taal & Spraak
Kennislink Taal & Spraak is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied:


"Dat zei mijn vrouw gisteravond ook!"

Vogelzang lijkt meer op menselijke spraak dan gedacht
Lecture by Glenn Schellenberg, LOT Summer School 2011 Leuven, June 22 2011
Lecture by Glenn Schellenberg

Wednesday, June 22 at 8pm
La Foresta Centre

Does music make you smarter?

Music listening and music lessons have been claimed to confer intellectual advantages. Any association between music and intellectual functioning would be notable only if the benefits apply reliably to nonmusical abilities and if music is unique in producing the effects. The available evidence indicates that music listening leads to enhanced performance on a variety of cognitive tests, but that such effects are short-term and stem from the impact of music on arousal level and mood, which, in turn, affect cognitive performance; experiences other than music listening have similar effects. Music lessons in childhood tell a different story. They are associated with small but general and long-lasting intellectual benefits that cannot be attributed to obvious confounding variables such as family income and parents' education. The mechanisms underlying this association have yet to be determined.
Schultink lecture, LOT Summer School 2011 KU Leuven, Belgium, June 14 2011
LOT Summer School 2011: June 13-24 2011, La Foresta Conference Centre, Leuven, Belgium

Registration is open until May 13th.

For all information on regular courses, masterclasses and local information, go to:

Schultink Lecture
The Schultink lecture will be organised at the La Foresta Centre on Tuesday June 14th 8 pm. Speaker: Carlos Acuńa Farińa.
See this page for more info on linguist Henk Schultink:


Following Franck, Lassi, Frauenfelder & Rizzi (2006), I assume that the different theories of agreement should connect to the way speakers err when they implement agreement operations. As an aberrant computation of the mind, attraction is interesting due to its frequency: 13% of complex NPs establish incorrect agreement with the verb in experiments in English (as in *the key to the cabinets are in the kitchen; Eberhard et al. 2005). This is what makes it a magnet for both linguistic and psycholinguistic research. Here I examine the main findings and models in the psycholinguistic literature, and how they relate to existing theories of agreement in grammar. It will be argued that agreement cannot be properly understood unless models incorporate an adequate measurement of the size of the morphological component of every language studied, as agreement operations are continuously sensitive to this. The general idea, that I extend from Berg (1998), and Acuńa-Farińa (2009) (but also Lorimor et al. 2008 and Foote & Bock, forthcoming), is that a strong morphosyntactic component blocks (instead of facilitates) semantic interference, and that languages opportunistically use more or less semantics in establishing agreement ties depending not only on morphological richness but also on the direction of encoding. Finally, other cases of architectural opportunism not involving agreement will be briefly reviewed.

We hope to see you all there!

Best regards, the organization
Lectures / talks / Colloquia
LUSH talk Ileana Paul May 13th, Utrecht University, May 13 2011
We're very happy to announce that Ileana Paul (University of Western Ontario) will be giving the next LUSH talk entitled 'Apparent optionality of determiners in Malagasy'. The details for the talk are given below.

We also would like to remind you of the Gradability workshop in Leiden on June 6th and 7th ( and announce yet another LUSH talk on June 8th by Roger Schwarzschild (details will be announced as soon as possible).

Hope to see you all there!


the LUSH organizers

date: Friday May 13th
time: 15.00-17.00
location: Utrecht, Trans 8, room 0.19
speaker: Ileana Paul (University of Western Ontario)
title: Apparent optionality of determiners in Malagasy


This talk explores definiteness as expressed by the determiner system of Malagasy. In particular, noun phrases with and without an overt determiner are compared in terms of familiarity, uniqueness, and other semantic notions commonly associated with definiteness. It is shown that the determiner does not uniformly signal definiteness (as typically understood) and that bare noun phrases can be interpreted as either definite or indefinite. The determiner instead signals the familiarity of the discourse referent of the DP and the absence of a determiner signals a non-familiar DP. In certain syntactic positions, however, where the determiner is either required or banned, the interpretation of DPs is underdetermined.
Lecture by Raquel Palomo Rodriguez on The role and evolution of emphasis in concessive aunque in Spanish, Meertens Institute Amsterdam, May 18 2011
Lezing gastonderzoekster Raquel Palomo Rodriguez, woe 18 mei a.s. om 14 uur, aan het Meertens Instituut.

The role and evolution of emphasis in concessive aunque in Spanish. A diachronic corpus-based approach to grammaticalization.

Raquel Palomo Rodrķguez


Despite the emergence in recent years of interesting and valuable studies on concessivity either comparative (König, Kortmann) or monolingual (Rivarola, Bartol Hernįndez), it seems still necessary to provide a clear and universal explanation for the significance of these predicates and its syntactic variety. Considering the number and diversity of occurrences of these conjunctions in the world`s languages, it is evident that a wide range of forms exists, so it does a variety of meanings. Among the various forms, stand out those with an emphatic nature, characterised by their high frequency of use. Its emphatic functions are covered mostly by particles of temporal or quantitative background. The continuous influence of emphasis erodes the original meaning of the particle, as well as, paradoxically, it weakens its own emphatic force. This process is quite general and can be observed in a sample of languages taken into consideration, and it is also the preferred construction in many of them. Speakers have preferred these emphasis-based structures possibly because of their high degree of expressiveness; i.e., the amount of subjectivity present in these particles is considerably higher than in any other concessive constructs. This preference is revealed through the high frequency of use; however, time causes a partial bleaching on the emphatic component. This fact is associated with the emergence of a second emphatic layer, which covers part of the significant loss of strength suffered by the conjunction and allows the emergence of somehow more specialized structures.

Through a corpus-based analysis of old and contemporary oral and written texts, the emergence of a new structure developing a second emphatic layer in Spanish can be observed: aunque sólo. The new conjunction provide empirical support to our hypothesis. Our analysis reveals that the frequency of use of this emergent emphatical particles has been increasing steadily since the Middle Ages up today.
Master Class on Bilingual Language Acquisition, LUCL Leiden, May 19 2011
On Thursday 19 May 2011 there will be a master class on bilingual language acquisition. Speakers include Prof. Nuria Sebastiįn (Barcelona), Prof. Antonella Sorace (Edinburgh) and Prof. Karen Emmorey (San Diego). Each speaker will lecture approximately one hour about a specific topic in bilingual language acquisition including the acquisition of different phonological inventories, syntactic phenomena and aspects of bi-modal (verbal-gestural) language acquisition. There will be extra time reserved for interaction and discussion with the lecturers. After the master class, there is the possibility to go out for dinner with the lecturers (at students' own expenses).

The master class is aiming for MA and PhD students, as well as advanced BA students (if space permits) interested in language acquisition and/or bilingualism.

Date: Thursday 19 May
Time: 13.00 - 18.30
Place: Lipsiusgebouw, zaal 003, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden

Registration is required. Please send an email to LIBC(removeme) Dit e-mailadres is beschermd tegen spambots. U heeft Javascript nodig om het te kunnen zien. in which you motivate your application. Please send your CV as well. All students can apply for a seat in this Master Class although students from Leiden will have priority. Do not hesitate to send your application.
We will inform you on May 16, 2011 whether you can attend this masterclass.
ACLC Seminar by Bart de Boer (ACLC) on Evolution of learnability, Amsterdam, May 20 2011
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 420
May 20 2011, 15.30-16.45 uur
Bart de Boer(UvA/ACLC)


Evolution of learnability

The abstract can be found on the ACLC website:

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday. After the lectures drinks are served at the Opleiding Algemene Taalwetenschap, Spuistraat 210, third floor. For more information: aclc-fgw(removeme), tel. 020-5252543
SLC lecture by Vadim Kimmelman on Word order in Russian Sign Language and by Maartje de Meulder on Sign language recognition, Nijmegen, May 24
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Location: E 2.50 (Erasmusplein 1, Nijmegen)

Vadim Kimmelman (University of Amsterdam): Word order in Russian Sign Language. In this talk the results of an investigation of word order in Russian Sign Language (RSL) will be presented. A small corpus (16 minutes) of narratives based on comic strips by 9 native signers was analyzed and a picture-description experiment (based on Volterra et al. 1984) was conducted with 6 native signers. The results are as follows: the basic word order in RSL is SVO for plain and agreeing verbs and SOV for classifier predicates. Some factors can influence the word order, namely aspect marking on the verb (this favours OV), semantic reversibility of the situation (this favours SVO) and “heaviness” (manifested in the presence of modifiers) of the object (this favours VO). Adverbs are usually placed before the verb, and adjectives before the noun, but some lexemes choose for a different word order. Repetition of constituents happens often in RSL discourse: verbal and nominal predicates, arguments, adverbs, adjectives and even whole sentences can be repeated, the second occurrence of the constituent usually being more morphologically, prosodically or semantically marked.
One of the findings of the investigation is that locative situations are described differently in the narratives and in the experimental settings: in the latter but not in the former case the OSV order is quite common. This may result from two different strategies of creating locative sentences: syntactic vs. spatial strategy.

Maartje de Meulder (University of Jyväskylä, Finland): Sign language recognition: towards collective self-determination for Sign Language Peoples?
Campaigns for legal recognition of sign languages are among the most striking examples of the recent struggle for social and political self-determination of Sign Language Peoples (SLPs), which have for two centuries been conceptualized as ‘disabled’ people while their languages have been treated as compensatory tools rather than languages in their own right. If successful, these campaigns would initiate a paradigm shift in the way SLPs are perceived and treated, and enable their own priorities to be recognized and implemented. However, the nature and degree of recognition not only varies widely, but is in most cases also a ‘token’ recognition, which does not guarantee even basic human rights for SLPs, and is not linked to the equally important protection of cultural rights. Moreover, SLPs are seldom consulted in the policy-making processes leading to recognition because in most cases it is not recognized that they are a collective people with their own agendas and priorities. So far, no one has really attempted to investigate the effects and consequences of the different ways of sign language recognition on the SLPs communities which use these languages. This presentation will explain why this research is urgently needed.


See also
LUCL Colloquium (Leiden), Sjef Barbiers (Meertens Institute and Utrecht University), 27 May 2011
On Friday 27 May Sjef Barbiers (Meertens Instituut and Utrecht University) will give a talk entitled "Imperatives as distals".

Fronting in imperatives is possible in German and Middle Dutch but impossible in Modern Dutch (Das Buch lies besser nicht! *Dat boek lees maar niet! lit. that book read just not vs. Lees dat boek maar niet! lit. read that book just not). In previous work (Barbiers 2007) I argued that the possibility of fronting in imperatives can be reduced to the properties of the verbal inflection paradigm in these languages, more specifically to the availability of a unique imperative form. Eastern Brabantish dialects do not have a unique imperative form. Fronting is nevertheless possible, but it is restricted to distal pronouns and the clause must contain certain adverbs, e.g. the focus particle maar 'just'. (e.g. Da doe maar lit. that do just). In this talk I will provide an analysis for these curious conditions and discuss its consequences for the structure of imperatives in general and the licensing of silent arguments (subject and object pro drop) in imperatives.

Date: Friday 27 May 2011
Time: 15.30-17.00
Venue: Lipsius building, room 147, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden
LUCL Colloquium (Leiden), Laura Wright (University of Cambridge), 24 June 2011
On Friday 24 June Laura Wright (University of Cambridge) will give a talk entitled "Language contact, variation and change in Medieval London business writing".

This talk will be about codeswitching in medieval mixed-language business writing; that is, the systematic and rule-governed method of mixing either [Medieval Latin + Middle English] or [Anglo-Norman + Middle English] for business purposes as practiced in Britain from the time of the Norman Conquest until around the mid-fifteenth century. This system was in operation country-wide at a time when the Middle English dialects were not all mutually intelligible. We will look at the internal make-up of this text-type and track changes over time. In the early years of usage the languages were kept fairly distinct, so it makes sense to talk of codeswitching, but by the early fifteenth century the languages had become integrated to such a degree that it makes better sense to talk not of codeswitching but of a new system altogether. Crucially, we shall look at slides of manuscripts, because edited texts tend to expand the medieval abbreviations and suspensions, thereby altering the data in a way that hides the visual integration of the three languages. I shall suggest that the demise of the system is linked to the demise of the use of Anglo-Norman as a language acquired in youth.

Date: Friday 24 June 2011
Time: 15.30-17.00
Venue: Matthias de Vrieshof 2, room 002, Leiden
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
International conference Post/Autonomia, University of Amsterdam, May 19-22 2011
University of Amsterdam / SMART project space
Date: May 19-22, 2011

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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

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

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

You are most welcome to attend this symposium.
More info on:
Workshop on bilingualism and bilingual children, UIL OTS Utrecht University, June 1 2011
English version below

Workshop over tweetaligheid en tweetalige kinderen

Het Utrechts instituut voor Linguļstiek organiseert een workshop over tweetaligheid en tweetalige kinderen in het kader van het Lustrum van de Universiteit Utrecht . Deze workshop is bestemd voor een breed publiek van ouders, opvoeders, expats, taaltherapeuten, enz. die zich vragen stellen over het tweetalige opvoeden van kinderen.
In het eerste deel van de workshop bespreken de onderzoeksters van het Utrechtse Instituut voor Linguļstiek - Ivana Brasileiro, Manuela Pinto and Sharon Unsworth - enkele belangrijke bevindingen op het gebied van tweetaligheid. Het publiek zal de gelegenheid krijgen om vragen te stellen. In het tweede deel zullen er een aantal specifieke vragen en stellingen in kleinere werkgroepen ter discussie gebracht worden.
De workshop wordt in het Engels gegeven en vindt plaats op 1 juni (19.00 – 21.30 in de Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21 (binnenstad) in Utrecht).
De deelname is gratis. Gelieve u op voorhand in te schrijven.

Zie onze website voor meer informatie:


Workshop on bilingualism and bilingual children

Utrecht institute of Linguistics is organising a workshop on bilingualism and bilingual children as part of the Lustrum of the University Utrecht. This workshop is intended for a broad audience of parents, educators, expats, speech language therapists, etc. who have questions on raising children bilingually.
In the first part of this 2,5 hour session, researchers from Utrecht Institute of Linguistics - Ivana Brasileiro, Manuela Pinto and Sharon Unsworth - will discuss some findings in the field of bilingualism. The audience will have the opportunity to raise questions. In the second part, a number of questions and statements will be presented for discussion within working groups.
The workshop will be held in English and will take place in Utrecht on June 1st (19.00 – 21.30, Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21 - Utrecht).
Attendance is free, but we kindly ask you to register in advance.

Please see our website for more information:

Student's Conference on Linguistics (StuTS), Leipzig, June 1-5 2011
Dear linguists and language enthusiasts,

we are delighted to invite you to a very special event that will take place in Leipzig, Germany, 1-5 of June 2011
-- the Student's Conference on Linguistics, known and loved as the StuTS ([?t??]; stands for Studentische Tagung Sprachwissenschaft).

The StuTS is a conference by students, for students, for linguistics and related topics. Talks will be given in German and English.

So if you feel like getting to know a bunch of linguistics students, maybe presenting your favorite topic on language and linguistics, spending some summer days in the beautiful city of Leipzig, then check out the Conference webpage: (in German and English).

Registration is open:

the StuTS organisation Team from Leipzig
Bessensap 2011 Evenement, NWO, Den Haag, 6 Juni 2011
Presenteer uw nieuws op Bessensap 2011

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

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

Over Bessensap

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

Onderzoekers kunnen voorstellen indienen voor twee presentatievormen:

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

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

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

Voorstellen indienen en selectie

Voorstellen indienen kan tot woensdag 23 februari.

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

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

Over NWO

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

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

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

The summerschool is organized by Jos van Berkum (Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities, UiL-OTS) and Gün Semin (Utrecht University, Faculty of Social Sciences), with funding from The Neuroscience and Cognition Utrecht program.
Conference 'Stylistics across disciplines', Leiden University, June 16-17 2011
Registration open

Dear colleague,

On June 16 and 17, the international cross-disciplinary conference 'Stylistics across disciplines' will be held at Leiden University. The aim of the conference is to bring together linguists, rhetoricians and literary scholars with an interest in stylistic research. The goal is to exchange ideas and to stimulate collaboration between these different disciplines.

Registration for the conference is open now. Please visit for more information.

Kind regards,

The organizers of the SAD 2011 conference

Organizing committee
Suzanne Fagel
Maarten van Leeuwen
Ninke Stukker

Scientific committee
Jaap Goedegebuure
Ton van Haaften
Jaap de Jong
Arie Verhagen
TABU Dag Groningen, June 17-18 2011

The annual TABU Dag is an international linguistics conference organized at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Researchers, students and other interested people are warmly invited to participate! Over the last 30 years TABU Dag has been an open conference with a varied programme and guest speakers from different fields.

The conference offers excellent opportunities to meet other linguists and discuss current research in several areas of linguistics. Postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers in particular are encouraged to present their work.

This year TABU Dag will take place on the evening of 17 and during the day of 18 June 2011. You can find the important dates here.

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

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

More information:
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 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 (


To be announced.


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Registration fee:

Working language:

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

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

All classes are in English.

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

*Meeting Description*
For the past 23 years, the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) has been organized every year by the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI) in different sites around Europe. The main focus of ESSLLI is on the interface between linguistics, logic and computation.

ESSLLI offers foundational, introductory and advanced courses, as well as workshops, covering a wide variety of topics within the three areas of interest: Language and Computation, Language and Logic, and Logic and Computation. Previous summer schools have been highly successful, attracting up to 500 students from Europe and elsewhere. The school has developed into an important meeting place and forum for discussion for students and researchers interested in the interdisciplinary study of Logic, Language and Information. During two weeks, around 50 courses and 10 workshops are offered to the attendants, each of 1.5 hours per day during a five days week, with up to seven parallel sessions. ESSLLI also includes a student session (papers and posters by students only, 1.5 hour per day during the two weeks) and four evening lectures by senior scientists in the covered areas.

In 2011, ESSLLI will held in Ljubljana, Slovenia and will be organized by the Slovenian Language Technologies Society (SDJT), the Jo˛ef Stefan Institute (IJS) and The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (FMF) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Chair of the Program Committee is Makoto Kanazawa (National Institute of Informatics, Japan), and Chair of the Organizing Committee is Darja Fišer (The University of Ljubljana, Slovenia). To contact the ESSLLI 2011 Organizing Committee, write to: esslli2011(removeme)

*Summer School Programme*

*Online Registration Form*

*Programme Committee*

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

Area Specialists:

Language and Computation:
- Markus Egg (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
- Aline Villavicencio (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

Language and Logic:
- Hans-Christian Schmitz (Fraunhofer FIT, Sankt Augustin)
- Louise McNally (UPF, Barcelona)

Logic and Computation:
- Ralph Matthes (IRIT, CNRS and University of Toulouse)
- Eric Pacuit (Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Tilburg

*Organizing Committee*

Chair: Darja Fišer (University of Ljubljana)

Committee Members:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers and courses in 2011 will be

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

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

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

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

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

Jack Chambers (Toronto, Canada)
Language and Global Warming

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

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

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

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



University of Leuven, Belgium

September 21-23, 2011


Martine Robbeets (University of Leuven & University of Mainz)


Hubert Cuyckens (University of Leuven)


Symposium website:


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

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

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

Specific issues to be addressed include, among others:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Areal diffusion and parallelism in drift: shared grammaticalization patterns

Alexandra Aikhenvald (Cairns)

On Contact-Induced Grammaticalization: Internally or Externally Induced?

Bernd Heine (Cologne)

Shared grammaticalization in isomorphic processes

Lars Johanson (Mainz)

Demystifying 'Drift' — A Variationist Account

Brian Joseph (Columbus, OH)

On the diachrony of ‘even’ constructions

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

Contact and parallel developments in Cape York Peninsula, Australia

Jean-Christophe Verstraete (Leuven)

Temporalization of Turkic aspectual systems

Hendrik Boeschoten (Mainz)

Growing apart in shared grammaticalization

Éva Csató (Uppsala)

Biverbal constructions in Altaic

Irina Nevskaya (Frankfurt)

The indefinite article in the Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund

Hans Nugteren (Amsterdam)

Personal Pronouns in "Core Altaic".

Juha Janhunen (Helsinki)

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

Béla Kempf (Budapest)

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

Brigitte Pakendorf (Leipzig)

Verbalization and insubordination in Siberian languages

Andrej Malchukov (Mainz)

Emphatic reduplication in Korean, Kalkha Mongolian and other Altaic languages

Jaehoon Yeon (London)

Comparative grammaticalization in Japanese and Korean

Heiko Narrog & Seongha Rhee (Sendai & Seoul)

Inherited grammaticalization and Sapirian drift in the Transeurasian family

Martine Robbeets (Leuven / Mainz)

Japanese hypotheticals, conditionals, and provisionals: a cautionary tale

Jim Unger (Columbus, OH)

To REGISTER, please complete the REGISTRATION FORM, available from the registration page on the symposium website

Deadline for registration: 11 September 2011

A detailed program, information on payment, as well as Information on Travel and Accommodation can be found on the symposium website Please contact Martine Robbeets martine_robbeets(removeme) or hubert.cuyckens(removeme) for any additional information.
Conference on Psycholinguistics, 'New Trends in Experimental Psycholinguistics', Madrid, 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:
Job Announcements / Vacancies
PHD STUDENTSHIP IN NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING, University of Edinburgh. Deadline: May 15 2011
Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation School of Informatics University of Edinburgh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Application deadline: May 15, 2011.

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

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
Two PhD positions on individual differences in speech perception ability, CLS Nijmegen. Deadline: May 20 2011
(3.5 years)
(Center for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands)

As a Ph.D student you will participate in the project “What makes a good
listener? Correlates of speech comprehension ability in young and older
listeners”. This project is funded in the form of a VIDI Grant by the
Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research, directed by Esther Janse.

General project description:
When listening to spoken language, people vary considerably in their
listening proficiency, even if their objective hearing sensitivity is
taken into account. This project attempts to identify which individual
abilities predict speech-processing ability across a range of speech
materials and in different listening conditions. The aim is to develop a
new model of speech recognition in everyday listening.

Project information Ph.D student 1: Individual differences in the
perception of conversational speech.
This project intends to investigate how several aspects of
conversational speech (such as articulation clarity and dysfluencies)
interact with individual listener abilities in speech recognition.

Project information Ph.D student 2: Individual differences in perceptual
When presented with distorted speech or novel listening conditions (such
as after initial hearing-aid fitting), listeners may improve over
exposure. This project attempts to describe perceptual reorganization
processes and to identify correlates of perceptual learning.

Your research will be embedded in the Center for Language Studies at
Radboud University Nijmegen (, see Linguistic Information
Processing subtheme). The current project also connects to the
Individual Differences in Language Processing research group at the Max
Planck institute for Psycholinguistics

The positions are available as of 1 September 2011. Applications should
include the candidate's CV, a sample of their writing, grade lists, and
names and e-mail addresses of two potential referees. Closing date for
applications: 20 May 2011.

For additional information, please go to:
Or send me an email: Esther.Janse(removeme)
Lectureship in the language acquisition section, LUCL Leiden. Deadline: May 22 2011
(Universitair Docent or Docent)

Faculty of Humanities

Leiden University Centre for Linguistics

The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is the Institute for linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University. LUCL coordinates the research of about 60 permanent faculty members, 50 PhD students and 30 post-docs.

The Department of English Language and Culture is looking for:
LECTURESHIP in the language acquisition section (universitair docent or docent) (38 hours per week)
Vacancy number: 11-103

Tenable for two years in the first instance, from 1st August 2011, with the possibility of subsequent reappointment.

Department of English Language and Culture

The language acquisition section of the English department (currently 3.55 fte) offers courses at both B.A. and M.A. levels. Details of the B.A. courses currently offered can be found at

As well as the B.A. courses in the core curriculum of the English department, it offers a Minor in Translation

From 2012 / 2013 the M.A. teaching will be incorporated in the English Language and Linguistics track of the new M.A. Linguistics. A second track, Translation Studies (Dutch-English), will also be offered. (For details of the M.A. courses currently offered see


The successful applicant will be expected to teach at all levels of the curriculum, across a wide range of the courses offered in the language acquisition programme of the department, and be able to design and teach new courses throughout the B.A. and M.A. curricula.

The successful applicant will have experience at university level in the teaching of writing, applied grammar and vocabulary, as well as pronunciation courses in the language laboratory. Experience in teaching translation courses, second language acquisition and English as a foreign language, or presentation skills and rhetoric will be an advantage. S/he will have a near-native speaker level of competence in spoken and written English (equivalent to C2 in the Common European Framework of Reference), and, if a non-native speaker of Dutch, will have sufficient competence in the language to be able to participate in the teaching of courses with a contrastive component. Preference will be given to applicants with good communication skills, a high level of commitment and enthusiasm, and the ability to work with and motivate colleagues within the language acquisition section and the department.

Depending on the successful applicant’s qualifications, s/he may be made responsible for the organisation of the teaching programme of the language acquisition section, under the supervision of the Chair of English Language and Linguistics.

As noted above, the appointment will be made either as Docent or as Universitair Docent, depending on the successful applicant’s qualifications and interests. It may be possible to split an appointment as Docent between two applicants, either as two 0,5 fte appointments or as a 0,6 and a 0,4 appointment.

For an appointment as Docent, the successful applicant will have an M.A. in English, or equivalent qualification. Her/his primary interest within the study of English, as evidenced by previous work, will lie within the general area of language acquisition.

For an appointment as Universitair Docent, the successful applicant will have an M.A. in English, or equivalent qualification, as well as a PhD in a relevant area of language research, preferably supported by subsequent publications. Her/his primary interest, as evidenced by previous work, will lie within the general area of English language and applied linguistics. S/he will carry out research in one or more areas relevant to the work of the interests of the section. Interest and/or experience in research in one or more of the following areas would be an advantage: translation studies, second language acquisition, language as a social phenomenon. Applicants should include in their application a short outline of a research plan covering the first two years of the appointment.

Terms of employment

The salary will be within the normal Docent range (currently € 2.379,00 to € 3.755,00 gross monthly income for a full-time (1.0) appointment) or Universitair Docent range (currently € 3.195,00 to € 4.374,00 gross monthly income for a full-time (1.0) appointment), as appropriate.


Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Colin J. Ewen, by telephone +31 71 5272148 or
e-mail c.j.ewen(removeme)


Applicants should submit their application, including a cover letter stating the motivation for this position and curriculum vitae, electronically to vacaturesLUCL(removeme)
Please make sure the vacancy number is clearly stated and the application should arrive no later than
22 May 2011.
Lecturer/PhD candidate in Scandinavian linguistics (especially Swedish), ACLC UvA Amsterdam. Deadline: May 27 2011
Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strongly international profile in a large number of disciplines in the field of language and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutes in the Dutch capital. There are almost 1,000 employees affiliated with the Faculty, which has about 8,000 students.

The Faculty of Humanities is looking for academics for its next generation of lecturers. Candidates should have a background in the humanities. In addition to insight into the latest developments in their discipline, they are required to possess didactic skills and have affinity with students.

The position of lecturer/PhD candidate is a temporary job that is composed of 40 per cent teaching duties and 60 per cent research duties, including the preparation and writing of a PhD thesis that must be completed within five years. The duties of the lecturer/PhD candidate consist of teaching, conducting PhD research, writing a PhD thesis and obtaining a doctorate. The lecturer job description details the teaching duties, while the PhD candidate job description details the PhD research duties. Since different salary scales and different job performance standards apply, there shall be two separate appointments for reasons of legal status.

Together with the other new lecturers you will participate in a comprehensive introductory programme. You will be supervised closely during the first year of your appointment. Additional didactical training is also part of the appointment. Based on the candidate's educational portfolio, previously acquired competences will be taken into consideration. The Faculty of Humanities offers you the opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers at research institutes that - partly as a result of their multidisciplinary approach - are world-renowned. Moreover, you will be teaching in a dynamic context in which new educational methods are being developed.

The Faculty invites applications for the position of

Lecturer/PhD candidate in Scandinavian linguistics (especially Swedish)
for 38 hours a week for a period of five years

The two main tasks of the successful candidate are teaching and research. The teaching involves a substantial part of the BA language courses in the Swedish programme, and courses in Scandinavian syntax.
The research is carried out in the domain of Scandinavian linguistics, preferably in the study of Swedish syntax, leading to a PhD within the five-year term of the contract. The research will be carried out in one of the research groups of the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC).

We are looking for a candidate with a clear aptitude for the domain of Swedish linguistics, especially syntax. The candidate must have a (near-)native command of the Swedish language, and a clear interest in language acquisition because a substantial part of the teaching load will be within that field. Furthermore, the candidate should have demonstrable teaching and research skills.
Candidates must submit a detailed PhD proposal according to the guidelines published on the ACLC website (under ‘vacancies’)on a relevant subject in the field of Scandinavian linguistics. They may contact the ACLC director, Prof dr P.C. Hengeveld (p.c.hengeveld(removeme) to find a potential supervisor that may assist them in the elaboration of this proposal. The proposal will be evaluated with respect to viability, general scholarly interest, relevance for the current ACLC and Departmental research target areas, e.g.: The Language Blueprint and Learnability. Information about the research groups working under the auspices of the ACLC can be obtained from the ACLC website.

More information
For further information about this vacancy, please contact prof dr H. van der Liet, telephone +31(0)20-5252980, e-mail h.a.vanderliet(removeme)

This is a temporary appointment for a period of 5 years. The minimum salary for the lecturer appointment is € 2379 (scale 10) and the maximum € 4374 (scale 11), while the minimum salary for the PhD candidate appointment is € 2379 and the maximum € 26212 (scale P) gross per month for full-time appointment (38 hrs a week).

Job application
Applications should include a letter of application, curriculum vitae and research proposal, and arrive no later than May 27th 2011. Please send your documents to the attention of the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Ms Prof Dr J.F.T.M. van Dijck, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Please state the vacancy number (W11-083) in the upper left corner of the envelope.

You can also submit your application by e-mail no later than May 27th; ‘solliciteren2011-fgw(removeme)’. Please state the vacancy number in the subject field of your e-mail

The selection process may include a trial lecture.
Vacancy for two PhD positions on the acquisition of prosodic encoding of focus across languages, UIL OTS Utrecht University. Deadline: June 6 2011
The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS, Utrecht University) is offering

Two PhD positions on the acquisition of prosodic encoding of focus across languages

Appointment type full-time (1fte)

Job description
The PhD projects are part of the programme "Get the focus right: a cross-linguistic study on prosodic encoding of focus in children”. awarded to Dr. Aoju Chen by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This programme investigates how 4- to 10-year-olds acquire prosodic encoding of focus in four languages differing sharply in both prosodic realisation of focus and lexical specifications of prosody, i.e. Korean, Swedish, Dutch and Mandarin Chinese. Particular attention will be given to how individuals differ in the rate and route of acquisition and what causes individual differences. The programme aims to develop a comprehensive theory of acquisition of prosodic encoding of focus with an emphasis on language-specificity and individual differences.

Required qualifications The two PhD projects will examine the cross-linguistic similarities and differences in the acquisition of prosodic focus-marking, addressing the following research questions:
• How does the employment of a prosodic parameter for lexical purposes affect the acquisition of the use of the same parameter in marking focus?
• How does the relation between the focus-marking pitch gesture and the focused word affect the acquisition of the focus-marking pitch gesture?
• How do children acquire the prosodic adjustment in the post-focus sequence?

PhD project 1 (vacancy number 681125) focuses on the comparison between Dutch- and Swedish-speaking children. This project will include a research visit of two to three weeks to the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

PhD project 2 (vacancy number 681126) focuses on the comparison between Korean- and Mandarin Chinese-speaking children. This project will include research visits of two to three weeks to Hanyang University in Seoul and Beijing Normal University in Beijing.

The PhD projects aim at a dissertation within a maximum of 3.5 years. They also involve research training, such as graduate courses offered by the National Graduate School in Linguistics (LOT).

Applicants should have
• a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in linguistics, psycholinguistics or a related filed;
• demonstrable knowledge in at least one of the following areas: prosody, phonetics, phonology, first language acquisition, and pragmatics;
• an excellent command of English, both spoken and written
• high proficiency in at least one of the two languages under investigation in the project applied for
• the ability to quickly learn the use of new speech processing software and new data analysis methods;
• the willingness to work in a closely collaborating team;
• the ambition to pursue an academic career in an internationally oriented scientific community.
Prior experience with testing children and conducting phonetic analysis using Praat is considered an advantage.

Work conditions

For both projects, we offer a full-time PhD position to a maximum of 3,5 years, with a gross monthly salary starting at € 2.042,- in the first year to €2.612,- in the fourth year of appointment. The successful candidates will be offered an initial contract as a PhD student for 18 months. Upon positive evaluation of the PhD students’ performance at the end of the first year, the contract will be extended by 2 years. We also offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.

About 130 researchers are affiliated to UiL OTS (Humanities faculty, Utrecht University), with 19 full professors, a dozen postdocs and around 50 PhD students. The goal of UiL OTS is to develop scientific expertise in the area of language, speech, and their usage. The Utrecht University Graduate School of Humanities monitors and guarantees the outstanding quality of education programmes for Research Master students and PhD students.
The enthusiastic colleagues, the workplaces and excellent facilities both in the modern Uithof and the historic town centre of Utrecht provide a stimulating, professional atmosphere. Moreover, the Faculty of Humanities offers attractive terms of employment.
UIL-OTS features a stimulating, innovative, and internationally oriented research environment which offers opportunities for a broad professional development, courses taught by internationally renowned experts, and possibilities for conference visits. We offer excellent experimental facilities and computational support. Students are invited to participate in the Academic Professionalism programme of transferrable skills offered by the Graduate Schoo Humanities, which involves training in general research and project management skills.

Contact Please contact Dr. Aoju Chen (phone +31 30 2535706/6006) for more information on the projects (e.g. if you would like to have a copy of the NWO project proposal), and Dr. Maaike Schoorlemmer (UiL-OTS PhD coordinator, phone +31 30 253 6183/6006) for further questions about the positions.

Applications (by e-mail) should include:
• CV (including contact and personal details;
• a letter of motivation;
• academic transcript;
• a sample of written work (e.g. a copy of the MA thesis, a term paper, or a published article);
• contact details of two referees (names, affiliations, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses);
• two reference letters (optional).

Interested candidates can apply by sending their applications by email to

University Utrecht, Faculty of Humanities
Human Resources
Attn. Ms Thea Strotbaum-Kapel

Please specify your name and the vacancy number (681125 and/or 681126) in the subject line as well as in the message. Please also include a list of attachments in the message, and specify your name in the filename and the text of each attachment file.
Deadline for receipt of applications: 6 June, 2011, 9 a.m. CESN.

Job interviews are expected to take place in the last two weeks of August 2011.
Vacancy for PhD candidate for the project "Regional identity in Limburg: selfing and othering, Maastricht University. Deadline: July first 2011
PhD at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 1.0 fte

Project: "Regional identity in Limburg: selfing and othering through language practices".
Reference number: AT2011.68

Maastricht University
Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning
system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research
at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated
in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 14,500 students and
3,800 employees. Reflecting the university’s strong international profile, a fair amount of
both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of
Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics,
Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of
Psychology and Neuroscience.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has 200 employees and 1600 students.
All programmes are (also) offered in English. Its students come from all over the world.
FASoS offers two 3-year bachelors programmes: Arts and Culture, and European Studies,
seven different 1-year masters courses and two 2-year research masters programmes. It
has a Graduate School with an intake of about 10 PhD students each year. Research is
organized across three programmes: Politics and Culture in Europe; Science, Technology
and Society Studies; and Cultural Memory and Diversity. Additionally, the faculty has a
Globalization and Development Initiative, which clusters various multi-year, interdisciplinary
collaborative research programs conducted on themes of Globalization and
Development. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is located in several recently
renovated, 18th century buildings in the historic city-centre of Maastricht.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Maastricht is looking for a
PhD candidate for the project "Regional identity in Limburg: selfing and othering
through language practices". The PhD-candidate will be enrolled in one of the
Netherlands Graduate Research Schools, and supervised by Dr. Leonie Cornips
(Maastricht University & Meertens Institute/KNAW). (S)he will be based at Maastricht
PhD project
The project will concentrate on the Dutch province of Limburg within its local, regional,
national and Euregional contexts. Limburg combines a history of language
standardization with a history of linguistic differentiation and distinction. Constructions of
regional/local identities took place within the process of the Dutch nation-state system
and, as a consequence, Limburg’s otherness – its culture and language –is imagined and
experienced in its difference from the Dutch standard. As an arena of linguistic
contestation, Limburg is an excellent case for a theoretical and empirical exploration of
the relation between language politics and identity politics. The main question will be how
alternative identities are articulated vis-ą-vis normative national standards.
The aim of this PhD-project is to study how local identities are performed in language
use. Language use will be examined as a social practice (Bourdieu 1977). Within this
perspective the languages spoken in Limburg, i.e. dialects, (regional) standard, hybrids
(“straattaal”), Berber, Polish, Turkish, German, English etc. constitute a pool of resources
that speakers deploy both automatically and intentionally in their day-to-day practices.
The choice of language varieties and linguistic features, whether in oral form or in
writing, is therefore an inherent aspect of processes of selfing and othering. As such,
they are implicated in the ongoing tensions between dominant and marginal voices in
society, in which various actors seek to (re)invest specific language practices with
symbolic power and indexical meanings in order to create forms of distinction. At the
same time, these practices take the form of heritage formation. Heritage politics are a
primary motivator for those engaged in the so-called preservation of an authentic
Limburgian identity, which is seen as principally located in the local language. Everyday
language practices are not just individually informed or ‘private matters’: they are
shaped in continuous exchange through and with public heritage politics.
Specific research questions are: How is a ‘peripheral place’ as Limburg imagined and
constructed as ‘different’ by themselves and by others? Which linguistic sources do
speakers appropriate to express and/or construct the linguistic 'other'? Which varieties
and elements are performed as linguistic unique, and become part of linguistic heritage?
The project addresses these questions by investigating linguistic expressions of popular
culture by the study of practices as carnival, celebrations, processions, local literature,
narratives, computer-mediated-discourse, popular music, and other performing arts, and
other public, ritualized events.
Research methodology
For investigating linguistic practices in the public domain, the researcher will use
ethnographic methods: participant observation of various cultural practices (carnival,
local festivities, comics, poems, soaps, dictionaries, webchats), interviewing, making
fieldnotes, social network analyses, assembling corpora of local newspapers, books,
radio, and television programs, websites, taking photographs, video and audiorecordings.
Recorded interviews will be transcribed as well. In order to analyze the social practices,
the researcher will chart and analyze the interaction between people, their linguistic
products, and contexts.
We seek candidates with strong academic abilities and the ambition to become excellent
researchers. You have completed a research master (MSc, MPhil). This degree should
have been obtained no longer than five years ago.
We are looking for a prospective PhD candidate with:
• A Master’s degree in an area of Sociolinguistics and/or Linguistic Anthropology
and/or Cultural Anthropology;
• An outspoken interest in and proven qualifications for doing research and
fieldwork. This should be evident from the Master’s thesis as well as from the
course load taken during the BA/MA training period;
• Willingness and proven ability to work interdisciplinary: a firm willingness to
include sociolinguistic theory and methods when completed a master in
Anthropology or a firm willingness in including anthropological research and
methods when completed a master in (socio)linguistics;
• Experience in ethnographic research (including doing qualitative interviews) on
issues concerning construction of identities and/or experience in sociolinguistic
fieldwork (including quantitative analyses);
• Affinity with border area’s and constructions of local identities;
• Strong analytical capacity;
• Abilities to speak Dutch and a Limburg dialect or the willingness to acquire a
Limburg dialect. Knowledge of one of the minority languages in The Netherlands
such as Berber, Sranan, Turkish is desirable but not a precondition;
• Writing skills in English.
We offer a 4-year full-time PhD contract. (The first year will be a probation period, after a
positive assessment the position will be extended with another three years.) You will be
employed by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
We offer two options:
1. a four-year contract with moderate teaching obligations;
2. a three-year contract without teaching.
Part-time variants (minimum 0.8) are also possible.
Compensation will be according to standard salary levels for PhD students starting with a
salary of € 2042,- with a yearly growth to € 2612,- gross a month (based on a full-time
appointment). The gross yearly salary, according to standard salary levels for PhD
students, is about € 28.498,- during the first year, with a yearly growth to about
€ 36.453,- during the fourth year (based on a full-time appointment). If you do not
already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings) you will be eligible for an allowance
for removal costs.
You will be provided with shared office space and a PC.
Starting date: Between 1 September 2011 and 1 November 2011
Please consult our website:
Any inquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to
Candidates are invited to submit their application, Applicants should send:
1. proposal of max. 1 A4 in which you suggest which topic you would like to examine in
more detail and by which method(s)
2. CV
3. transcript of grades from MA education
4. the names and addresses of two references
5. (digital) copies of written work
The deadline for submitting your application is 1 July 2011
Please send your application electronically to the Secretariat of the Faculty Office (please
give the reference number): pzfdcwvacatures(removeme)
Calls for papers for events
Last Call for papers for Taalbeheersingscongres VIOT 2011, Universiteit Leiden, December 21-23 2011. Deadline: May 15 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.
Keynote sprekers
Prof.dr. A. C. (Arthur) Graesser is hoogleraar aan het Department of Psychology, adjunct professor in Computer Science, en co-director van het Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Memphis.
Prof.dr. M.P.G.M. (Maarten) Mous is hoogleraar Afrikaanse taalkunde en hoofd van de afdeling Afrikaanse Talen en culturen aan de Universiteit Leiden. Hij is tevens Wetenschappelijk directeur van het Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.
Prof.dr. F.H. (Frans) van Eemeren is hoogleraar van de Capaciteitsgroep Taalbeheersing, Argumentatietheorie en Retorica van de Universiteit van Amsterdam.

• 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 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)

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)
Call for Participation and Call for Posters for Workshop Optimality Theory as a General Cognitive Architecture, Boston, July 20 2011. Deadline: May 20 2011
Workshop held at the 33rd annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
July 20, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts

Tamas Biro (t . s . biro @ uva . nl)
Judit Gervain (judit . gervain @ parisdescartes . fr)

Call for Participation and Call for Posters:

Harmony Theory (Smolensky, 1986), introduced exactly 25 years ago, became one of the most popular current approaches to linguistics in the form of Optimality Theory (OT, Prince and Smolensky 1993). While most people in the OT camp focus on particular linguistic problems, the underlying motivations of the theory warrant a constant connection between OT and the
(computational) cognitive sciences. The aim of this workshop is to discuss the place of Optimality Theory (and related approaches: Harmony Grammar and the ICS Architecture) within the cognitive sciences at large.

In "The Harmonic Mind" (2006), Smolensky and Legendre repeatedly allude to the possibility of applying their ICS Architecture to a broad spectrum of domains in (higher) cognition, while maintaining the connection between higher (abstract) level description and lower (neural) level processing.
At the same time, some scholars have already adopted Optimality Theory to specific, non-linguistic phenomena, including culture and ethical decision making. Thirdly, experimental and computational OT research often tackle issues that fit nicely into the cognitive psychological tradition, thereby building new bridges between linguistics and other cognitive domains.

Yet, it is sad to see the lack of opportunities for scholars working on OT as a general cognitive architecture to share their ideas. Even less collaboration is going on between the OT-camp and those employing utility function-based models in computational biology, psychology or economics.
Therefore, the workshop offers a meeting point to those applying OT to non-linguistic domains, as well as an opportunity to discuss the place of OT, HG and ICS within the cognitive sciences.

The half-day-long workshop consists of a key-note address by Paul Smolensky, as well as by papers delivered by Petra Hendriks, Lotte Hogeweg, Geraldine Legendre and Giorgio Magri. Additionally, the workshop will also feature a poster session.

We thus seek posters describing new results and addressing, primarily, though not exclusively, the following issues:

* Optimality Theory and Harmony Grammar as general frameworks of
(higher) cognition.
* OT/HG-style analyses of phenomena belonging to (primarily,
non-linguistic) domains that have not yet employed OT.
* The connection of linguistic OT/HG to the study of other (higher) cognitive functions.
* OT compared to HG, from theoretical-mathematical and cognitive-neuroscientific perspectives.
* OT/HG-style formalisms compared to utility function-based approaches from a mathematical-computational perspective; their place in explaining the brain/mind.
* Relating connectionist and symbolic approaches: the ICS Architecture and its eventual alternatives.
* Ontogenetic aspects of OT/HG approaches (learnability).
* Phylogenetic aspects of OT/HG approaches (including historical change, evolutionary models, etc.).

1-page-long abstracts are solicited by May 20, to be sent to Tamas Biro (t . s . biro @ uva . nl). Notification of acceptance is due by May 31.

Further information, including a longer description of the workshop is getting gradually available on the website of the workshop:

And a final (informal) note:

One of the aims of the workshop is to gauge ongoing work and eventual interest in using OT beyond linguistics, either in other domains, or as a general cognitive architecture. Therefore, if you cannot join us in Boston for whatever reason, but you are nevertheless interested in contributing to the theme of the workshop, for instance in the form of a paper in an eventual volume coming out of the meeting, then you are still extremely welcome to contact us.
Call for papers for the Workshop on Degree Semantics and its Interfaces (a satellite event to Sinn und Bedeutung 2011), September 5 2011. Deadline: May 20 2011
Workshop date: 5 September, 2011
Submission deadline: 20 May, 2011
Workshop URL:

The semantics of degree is one of the core topics of formal semantics. The goal of this workshop is to shed light on this topic by inviting contributions focusing on one of the many interfaces with the semantics of gradability and degree. We invite submissions for presentations for a one-day workshop on degree semantics and its interfaces, organised as a satellite event to Sinn und Bedeutung 16 at Utrecht University. The workshop will take place on September 5, 2011, right before Sinn und Bedeutung.

Topics include but are not limited to:

- Syntactic aspects of degree constructions and their relation to meaning (e.g. the syntax of comparison, the distribution of degree modifiers)
- Degree and discourse (e.g. degree anaphora, rhetorical aspects of intensification)
- Pragmatics of degrees (e.g. exclamation and speech act theory, expressiveness in degree constructions, pragmatic constraints on degree, the role of context-dependence)
- Interface of degree semantics and intonation, in particular the relation between intonation and degree intensification
- Syntactico-semantic generalisations of cross-linguistic variation in the domain of degree, especially the study of degree-related phenomena in understudied languages

Important Dates:

- Deadline for abstract submission: May 20
- Notification of acceptance: June 3
- Workshop dates: September 5

Abstract Submission:

- Abstracts should be anonymous, in the form of a PDF file and should be at most 2 pages long.
- Abstracts should be sent to the following email address: degreesatsub(removeme)

For more information:

- Email contact: degreesatsub(removeme)
Call for papers: Weak Referentiality, The Sinn und Bedeutung Workshop, September 9 2011. Deadline: June 3 2011
The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS will host a workshop on Weak Referentiality on September 9, just after the 16th Sinn und Bedeutung conference. This event is organized by the members of the NWO-funded project 'Weak referentiality: bare nominals at the interface of lexicon, syntax and semantics'.

We invite submissions for presentations devoted to any aspect of the study of weakly referential noun phrases (e.g. weak definites, bare nominals, weak indefinites, idioms, etc.)

Invited speakers

Paula Menendez-Benito (
Luis Alonso-Ovalle (

Important dates

• Deadline for abstract submission: June 3 (extended deadline!)
• Notification of acceptance: June 10
• Workshop dates: September 9

Abstract submission

• Abstracts should be anonymous, in the form of a PDF file, at most 1 page, using a 12 pt. font with 2.5 cm (or 1 inch) margins on all sides. Examples and references can be included in a separate page.
• Abstracts should be sent to the following email addresses: b.s.w.lebruyn(removeme) | agostana(removeme)


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

• Information about the Weak Referentiality project and previous workshops:

Program Committee

• Paula Menendez-Benito
• Luis Alonso-Ovalle
• Henriette de Swart
• Martin Everaert
• Joost Zwarts
• Ellen-Petra Kester
• Bert Le Bruyn
• Ana Aguilar-Guevara
Call for course and worshop proposals for ESSLLI 2012, Poland, August 6-17 2012. Deadline: June 14 2011
24th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information ESSLLI 2012 August 6-17, 2012 Opole, Poland

Call for Course and Workshop Proposals

The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) is organized every year by the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI, in different sites around Europe. The main focus of ESSLLI is on the interface between linguistics, logic and computer science.
ESSLLI offers foundational, introductory and advanced courses, as well as workshops, covering a wide variety of topics within or around the three main areas of interest: Language and Computation, Language and Logic, and Logic and Computation. Previous summer schools have been highly successful, attracting up to 500 students from Europe and elsewhere. The school has developed into an important meeting place and forum for discussion for students and researchers interested in the interdisciplinary study of Logic, Language and Information. For more information, visit the FoLLI website, as well as the ESSLLI 2011 website:


The ESSLLI 2012 Program Committee invites proposals for foundational, introductory, and advanced courses, and for workshops for the 24th annual Summer School on important topics of active research in the broad interdisciplinary area connecting logic, linguistics, computer science and the cognitive sciences.

All proposals should be submitted via the EasyChair system, using a prescribed form that is available on the ESSLLI 2012 website, no later than:

June 14, 2011

Authors of proposals will be notified of the committee's decision by September 15, 2011.


Proposers of courses and workshops should follow the guidelines below while preparing their submissions; proposals that do not conform with these guidelines may not be considered.

Courses are taught by 1 or max. 2 lecturers, and workshops are organized by 1 or max. 2 organizers. Lecturers and organizers must have obtained a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree at the time of the submission deadline. Courses and workshops run over one week (Monday-Friday) and consist of five 90-minute sessions.
Lecturers who want to offer a long, two-week course should submit two independent one-week courses (for example, an introductory course in the first week and an advance course in the second). The ESSLLI program committee has the right to select only one of the two proposed courses.


These are strictly elementary courses not assuming any background knowledge.
They are intended for people who wish to get acquainted with the problems and techniques of areas new to them. Ideally, they should allow researchers from other fields to acquire the key competencies of neighboring disciplines, thus encouraging the development of a truly interdisciplinary research community.
Foundational courses should have no special prerequisites, but may presuppose some experience with scientific methods and general appreciation of the field of the course.


Introductory courses are central to the activities of the Summer School. They are
intended to provide an introduction to the (interdisciplinary) field for students,
young researchers, and other non-specialists, and to equip them with a good
understanding of the field's basic methods and techniques. Such courses should
enable experienced researchers from other fields to acquire the key competencies
of neighboring disciplines, thus encouraging the development of a truly
interdisciplinary research community. Introductory courses in a topic at the
interface of two fields can build on some knowledge of the component fields; e.g.,
an introductory course in computational linguistics should address an audience
which is familiar with the basics of linguistics and computation. Proposals for
introductory courses should indicate the level of the course as compared to
standard texts in the area (if available).


Advanced courses should be pitched at an audience of advanced Masters or Ph.D.
students. Proposals for advanced courses should specify the prerequisites in detail.

Jun 15, 2011: Proposal Submission Deadline
Sep 15, 2011: Notification Deadline
Jun 1, 2012: Deadline for receipt of camera-ready course material by the ESSLLI
2012 local organizers


The aim of the workshops is to provide a forum for advanced Ph.D. students and
other researchers to present and discuss their work. Workshops should have a
well-defined theme, and workshop organizers should be specialists in the theme of
the workshop. The proposals for workshops should justify the choice of topic, give
an estimate of the number of attendants and expected submissions, and provide a
list of at least 15 potential submitters working in the field of the workshop. The
organizers are required to give a general introduction to the theme during the first
session of the workshop. They are also responsible for various organizational
matters, including soliciting submissions, reviewing, drawing up the program,
taking care of expenses of invited speakers, etc. In particular, each workshop
organizer will be responsible for sending out a Call for Papers for the workshop
and to organize the selection of the submissions by the deadlines specified below.
The call for workshop submissions must make it clear that the workshop is open to
all members of the ESSLLI community and should indicate that all workshop
contributors must register for the Summer School.

Jun 14, 2011: Proposal Submission Deadline
Sep 15, 2011: Notification Deadline
Oct 15, 2011: Deadline for submission of the Calls for Papers to ESSLLI 2012 PC
Nov 1, 2011: Workshop organizers send out First Call for Papers
Dec 15, 2011: Workshop organizers send out Second Call for Papers
Jan 15, 2012: Workshop organizers send out Third Call for Papers
Feb 15, 2012: Deadline for submissions to the workshops
Apr 15, 2012: Suggested deadline for notification of workshop contributors
Jun 1, 2012: Deadline for submission of camera-ready copy of workshop
proceedings to the ESSLLI 2012 Local Organizers.

Workshop speakers will be required to register for the Summer School; however,
they will be able to register at a reduced rate to be determined by the Local Organizers.


Forms for submitting course and workshop proposals are available on the ESSLLI 2012 website.

The proposers are required to submit the following information:

* Contact address and fax number
* Name, email, affiliation, homepage of each lecturer / workshop organizer (at most
two per course or workshop)
* Title of proposed course/workshop
* Abstract (abstract of the proposal, max 150 words)
* Type (workshop, foundational, introductory, or advanced course)
* Areas (one or more of: Computation, Language, Logic, or Other)
* Description (describe the proposed contents of the course and substantiate
timeliness and relevance to ESSLLI in at most one A4 page)
* Tentative outline of the course / expected participation in the workshop
* External funding (whether the proposers will be able to obtain external funding for
travel and accommodation expenses)
* Further particulars (e.g., course prerequisites, previous teaching experiences, etc.)


Prospective lecturers and workshop organizers should be aware that all teaching
and organizing at the summer schools is done on a voluntary basis in order to keep
the participants' fees as low as possible. Lecturers and organizers are not paid for
their contribution, but are reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses (up
to fixed maximum amounts, which will be communicated to the lecturers upon
notification). Lecturers and workshop organizers will have their registration fee
waived. In case a course or workshop is to be taught/organized by two people, a
lump sum will be reimbursed to cover travel and accommodation expenses for one
of them; the splitting of the sum is up to the lecturers/organizers. It should be
stressed that while proposals from all over the world are welcome, the School
cannot guarantee full reimbursement of travel costs, especially if lecturers or
organizers have to come from outside of Europe.

The local organizers would highly appreciate it if, whenever possible, lecturers and
workshop organizers find alternative funding to cover travel and accommodation
expenses, as that would help us keep the cost of attending ESSLLI 2012 lower.


Chair: Andreas Herzig (Institut de recherche en informatique de Toulouse and CNRS)
Local Co-chair: Anna Pietryga (Opole)

Area specialists:
Language and Computation:
Miriam Butt (Sprachwissenschaft, University of Konstanz)
Gosse Bouma (Groningen University)
Language and Logic:
Regine Eckardt (Language and Literature, University of Göttingen)
Rick Nouwen (UiL-OTS, Utrecht University)
Logic and Computation:
Natasha Alechina (CS, University of Nottingham)
Andreas Weiermann (Mathematics and Computation, Ghent University)

Chair: Urszula Wybraniec-Skardowska and Janusz Czelakowski (University of Opole)

ESSLLI 2012 website:

EasyChair submission page:
Call for abstracts for Morphology Meeting 2011, Radboud University, Nijmegen, December 21-22 2011. Deadline: Juli 1 2011
From Word to Models of Language: 21-22 December 2011

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

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

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

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

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

Organization: Arina Banga, Esther Hanssen, Anneke Neijt and Robert Schreuder
Call for papers for Prijs van de Limburgse Taalkunde 2011. Deadline: September 1 2011
Prijs van de Limburgse Taalkunde 2011

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

Voor mededinging moet de scriptie uiterlijk op 1 september 2011 in het bezit zijn van de Jury Scriptieprijs Limburgse Taalkunde
p/a VLDN, Scapulierstraat 2a/bus 3
B-3740 Munsterbilzen
Call for papers voor Workshop over grammaticalisatie en degrammaticalisatie in het Nederlands, Université Catholique de Louvain, 24-25 mei 2012. Deadline: September 1 2011
Call for papers

Grammaticalisatie is nog steeds een van de belangrijkste onderzoeksdomeinen binnen de taalkunde, onder meer aan de Belgische en Nederlandse universiteiten. Paradoxaal genoeg wordt er echter relatief weinig onderzoek gedaan over grammaticalisatiefenomenen in het Nederlands zelf. Dit geldt des te meer voor het onderzoek over degrammaticalisatie, een fenomeen dat zijn eigen plekje verdient binnen het onderzoek over taalverandering.
De bedoeling van deze tweedaagse workshop is theoretische en empirische bijdragen bijeen te brengen over grammaticalisatie en degrammaticalisatie in het Nederlands. Ook bijdragen die het Nederlands vergelijken met andere talen zijn van harte welkom.
Thema's die aan bod kunnen komen zijn:
- In welke mate is het Nederlands een gegrammaticaliseerde taal (in vergelijking met andere talen)?
- Welke empirische studies ondersteunen het concept van (de)grammaticalisatie in het Nederlands?
- Ondergaat (de)grammaticalisatie in het Nederlands de invloed van taalcontact?
- Hoe interageren grammaticalisatie en degrammaticalisatie in het Nederlands?
- Hoe kunnen Nederlandse constructies beschreven worden binnen de grammaticalisatietheorie?
Muriel Norde (Universiteit Groningen)
Jan Nuyts (Universiteit Antwerpen)
Abstracts (in het Nederlands) van ongeveer één pagina lang (exclusief referenties) kunnen worden ingediend in Word-formaat (.doc) op het volgende e-mailadres: nedergram2012(removeme) Ze geven een overzicht van de belangrijkste onderzoeksvragen, de gebruikte methodologie en de (voorlopige) resultaten.
- indienen abstracts: 1 september 2011
- bekendmaking programma: 15 oktober 2011
Liesbeth Degand (UCL, FNRS), Philippe Hiligsmann (UCL), Lieven Vandelanotte (FUNDP), Kristel Van Goethem (UCL, FNRS)
Wetenschappelijk comité
Geert Booij (Universiteit Leiden), Timothy Colleman (UGent), Evie Coussé (UGent), Liesbeth Degand (UCL, FNRS), Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul (Universiteit Utrecht), Philippe Hiligsmann (UCL), Béatrice Lamiroy (K.U.Leuven), Lieven Vandelanotte (FUNDP), Kristel Van Goethem (UCL, FNRS)
Nieuwe gebruikersomgeving waarin een diachroon corpus wordt geboden, Meertens Instituut Amsterdam
Zoals de meesten van u inmiddels wel weten, is er een consortium opgericht dat gezamenlijk een NWO-groot aanvraag gaat indienen voor een gebruikersomgeving waarin een diachroon corpus met tools wordt aangeboden. Het Meertens Instituut wordt de penvoerder van deze aanvraag.

Als voorbereiding op de aanvraag zijn alvast enkele corpora in verschillende fasen van bewerking en verrijking geplaatst op de website Het doel hiervan is deze corpora alvast ter beschikking te stellen voor wetenschappelijk onderzoek, ook al zijn ze deels nog in bewerking. Opmerkingen of aanmerkingen zijn uiteraard welkom. Iedereen die bezig is met een corpus dat onderdeel zou kunnen worden van het grote diachrone corpus, of tools om dit corpus mee te bewerken, wordt van harte uitgenodigd deze, eventueel tijdelijk, via de website beschikbaar te stellen.

Op deze manier kunnen we alvast een eerste inventarisatie maken van welke corpora beschikbaar zijn, op welke manier ze zijn verrijkt en welke metadata eraan zijn toegevoegd. Voordat de NWO-groot aanvraag kan worden ingediend, zal dit alles namelijk bekend moeten zijn. Het zou daarom welkom zijn als u mij een bericht zou sturen waarin u opsomt over welke gegevens (corpora, tools) u beschikt. Overigens zat ik verschillenden van u hierover persoonlijk nog benaderen.

Ik raad u aan zo af en toe de website opnieuw te bezoeken, want het aantal corpora en tools zal nog worden uitgebreid; ook zal nog gewerkt worden aan het tab-blad ’Beschrijvingen van corpora‘.
Taalportal Newsflash
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In 1997, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Ministry of
Education, Culture and Science (OCW) signed a bilateral agreement to increase the possibilities for scientific cooperation between the two countries, resulting in the Van Gogh programme. The programme is administered by the FNA on the Dutch side and by EGIDE on the French side.
The objective of the Van Gogh programme is to encourage and facilitate the exchange of French and Dutch researchers within the framework of a joint research project.

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

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

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

Frans-Nederlandse Academie
Drs. L.G.H. Poorthuis (Lidwien)
Kromme Nieuwegracht 46, 3512 HJ Utrecht
T 0031 30 253 9198
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WANTED: LINGUISTS interested in a Marie Curie IEF Grant
I’m working at Wuppertal University (Germany) as a full professor. To extend my working group, I’m looking for fellows interested in a Marie Curie IEF Grant. These are the facts:

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

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

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