May 27th, 2011

LOT Announcements / events
LOT Summer School 2011 Leuven. Registration for popularisation workshop June 13 2011
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:


De kunst van het ontwijken

"Spring zelf door die hoepel!"
Praten met dolfijnen
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
ACLC Seminar with René Genis(UvA/ACLC), Amsterdam, May 27 2011
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 420
May 27 2011, 15.30-16.45 uur
René Genis(UvA/ACLC)


Polish aspect in compound sentences in the past tense

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
Language and Speech Colloquium with Didier Meuwly (Netherlands Forensic Institute) , Radboud University Nijmegen, June first 2011

speaker: Didier Meuwly (Netherlands Forensic Institute)

topic: Forensic automatic speaker recognition

time: Wednesday 1 June, 10:45 – 11:45

place: Erasmusplein 1 (Erasmus building), room E 2.70, Nijmegen

10.45h Forensic automatic speaker recognition

Didier Meuwly (Netherlands Forensic Institute)

Automatic speaker recognition is a biometric technology that has been developed for the last 40 years both for private and public sector purposes. Local and remote access control through the voice as well as surveilllance and investigation through wiretapping of the telephone network are applications on which research focused, at the initiative of the security industry and of the law enforcement agencies.

Automatic speaker recognition benefited from the progress in the field of speech and audio digital processing (analytical process) but also from the developments in the field of decision theory (decision process). In a first instance, the analytical and decision steps of the biometric technologies were considered together and the field of law enforcement tried to make use of speaker verification (1:1), close set (1:N) and open set identification (1:N+1) solutions developed for access-control purpose. Research also focused on the way to integrate the results of automatic speaker recognition in the process of forensic evaluation of the speech evidence. The idea was to consider the contribution of automatic speaker recognition to complement the traditional auditory and phonetic acoustic approaches.

The results of all these attempts showed that solutions developed for access control should be adapted to the forensic context before to be applied. The analytical process should take in account the particularities of the forensic data, meaning an adaptation and further developments of the speaker dependent feature extraction, comparison and modelling strategies.

For law enforcement purposes, the decision process is replaced by an inference process, in the sense that the contribution of the technology is to provide information more than automatic decision. The speaker recognition technology is used in the surveillance and investigation processes to select subsets of M speakers from a database of N speakers that can be linked together in a rank list (M:N, M:N+1). For the evaluation in court of the forensic speech evidence, the technology is used to estimate the similarities and differences between a reference and test sample that represent the evidence E in the case. Then the forensic evaluation of this evidence E is done using an inference method based on the Bayes theorem, considering two alternative and mutually exclusive hypotheses: the test and reference samples are from the same source (H-ss), the test and reference samples are from different sources (H-ds). The evidential value is calculated as the Likehood Ratio (LR) of the evidence, regarding this pair of hypothseses: LR = Pr (E|Hss) / Pr (E|Hds).
LUCL Colloquium (Leiden), Laura Wright (University of Cambridge), June 24 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
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)
Workshop The representation of gradability, Leiden University LUCL, June 6-7 2011
On 6 and 7 June the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics will host a workshop on the representation of gradability, organized by members of the NWO VIDI-project Degrees across categories. You can find information about the workshop at If you want to attend, you need to register beforehand (

Kind regards,
The workshop organizers


Monday 6 June

09.00­09.20 Coffee and registration
09.20­09.30 Introduction
09.30­10.35 Robert van Rooij (University of Amsterdam)
Prototypes and the predominance of interval-scales
10.35­11.40 Alan Bale (Concordia University)
Context and Multi-dimensional Adjectives
11.40­12.00 Break
12.00­13.05 Scott Fults (University of Maryland)
Vagueness, Measurement, and Numbers
13.05­14.30 Lunch
14.30­15.35 Friederike Moltmann (CNRS, Université Paris 1)
Gradability within a Trope-Based Approach
15.30­15.50 Break
15.50­16.55 Sigrid Beck (Universität Tübingen)
16.55­18.00 Roger Schwarzschild (Rutgers University)
The Marking of the Comparative
19.00 Dinner

Tuesday 7 June

09.15­09.30 Coffee
09.30­10.35 Marcin Morzycki (Michigan State University)
Flavors of Adnominal Degree Modification
10.35­11.40 Camelia Constantinescu, Jenny Doetjes, Kate?ina Sou?kovį (Leiden University)
Vague predicates and the representation of gradable nouns
11.40­12.00 Break
12.00­13.05 Rick Nouwen (Utrecht University)
'Quite' between degree modification and exclamation
13.05­14.30 Lunch
14.30­15.35 Yoad Winter (Utrecht University)
Adjective Modifiers and Modified Adjectives
15.30­15.50 Break
15.50­16.55 Joost Zwarts (Utrecht University)
Measuring time in prepositional phrases
16.55­18.00 Chris Kennedy (University of Chicago)
Incremental Themes: "Measuring out" is measuring change
19.00 Dinner
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:
26th Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop & fifth European Dialect Syntax Workshop, Meertens Institute Amsterdam, June 23-25 2011
The 26th Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop is organized by the Meertens Institute, the University of Amsterdam and the Edisyn-project. It will take place at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on June 23-24, 2011. It will be followed by the fifth European Dialect Syntax Workshop on June 25th.

Invited speakers CGSW26: Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut) and Jeroen Van Craenenbroeck (University of Brussels).
Invited speaker European Dialect Syntax: Rafaella Zanuttini (Yale University).


Vriendelijke groet,
Hedde Zeijlstra
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:
WORKSHOP: Reasoning about other minds: Logical and cognitive perspectives, Groningen, July 11 2011

Workshop Goal:

This workshop aims to shed light on models of social reasoning that take into account realistic resource bounds. People reason about other people’s mental states in order to understand and predict the others’ behavior. This capability to reason about others’ knowledge, beliefs and intentions is often referred to as ‘theory of mind’. Idealized rational agents are capable of recursion in their social reasoning, and can reason about phenomena like common knowledge. Such idealized social reasoning has been modeled by modal logics such as epistemic logic and BDI (belief, goal, intention) logics and by epistemic game theory. However, in real-world situations, many people seem to lose track of such recursive social reasoning after only a few levels.
The workshop provides a forum for researchers that attempt to analyze, understand and model how resource-bounded agents reason about other minds.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

-Logics modeling human social cognition;
-Computational cognitive models of theory of mind;
-Behavioral game theory;
-Bounded rationality in epistemic game theory;
-Relations between language and social cognition;
-Models of the evolution of theory of mind;
-Models of the development of theory of mind in children;
-Bounded rationality in multi-agent systems;
-Formal models of team reasoning;
-Theory of mind in specific groups, e.g., persons with autism spectrum disorder;
-Complexity measures for reasoning about other minds.

Invited Speakers:

-Chris Baker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
-Barbara Dunin-Keplicz, Warsaw University and Polish Academy of Sciences
-Petra Hendriks, University of Groningen

Programme Committee:

-Rineke Verbrugge (University of Groningen, chair)
-Jan van Eijck (CWI Amsterdam, vice-chair)
-Johan van Benthem (University of Amsterdam and Stanford University)
-Robin Clark (University of Pennsylvania)
-Hans van Ditmarsch (University of Sevilla)
-Peter Gärdenfors (Lund University)
-Sujata Ghosh (University of Groningen)
-Noah Goodman (Stanford University)
-Bart Hollebrandse (University of Groningen)
-Eric Pacuit (Tilburg University and University of Maryland)
-Rohit Parikh (City University of New York)
-Jun Zhang (University of Michigan)

The workshop will be held on the day before TARK XIII,
The Thirteenth Conference on Theoretical Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge.
A workshop on Quantum physics meets TARK will be held on the day after TARK, Friday 15 July.

It is already possible to register for the complete event, including TARK and two workshops, Monday 11 July - Friday 15 July.
Early bird registration until May 31: euro 225,- (euro 125,- for MSc and PhD students)

TARK local organizers at the University of Groningen:
Sonja Smets and Rineke Verbrugge (chairs), Virginie Fiutek, Sujata Ghosh, Barteld Kooi, Ben Meijering, Bryan Renne, Ben Rodenhäuser, Olivier Roy, Allard Tamminga, Bart Verheij.

Sponsors: The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), in particular the Vici project: ‘Cognitive systems in interaction: Logical and computational models of higher-order theory of mind’ and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
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:

*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 (DERI, NUI Galway)
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:
Linguapolis Summer School, University of Antwerp, August 21-26 2011
Linguapolis, the Institute for Language and Communication of the University of Antwerp, conducts, from 21 to 26 August 2011, a Summer School course on qualitative and quantitative research methods in language learning and teaching:

A Toolbox for Design-Based Research

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JURE 2011 at the University of Exeter: from 29 until 30 August
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:
(formerly International PhD School in Language and Speech Technologies)

Tarragona, Spain, August 29 – September 2, 2011

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



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

All courses will be compatible in terms of schedule.


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


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


It has to be done on line at


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

1 hour =

- 10 euros (for payments until June 5, 2011),
- 15 euros (for payments after June 5, 2011).

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

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

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

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


Information about accommodation will be provided on the website of the School.


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


Announcement of the programme: April 21, 2011 Starting of the registration: April 25, 2011 Early registration deadline: June 5, 2011 Starting of the School: August 29, 2011 End of the School: September 2, 2011


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

Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-558386
Symposium on Shared grammaticalization in the Transeurasian languages, University of Leuven, September 21-23 2011
We are pleased to announce the programme of the symposium on Shared grammaticalization in the Transeurasian languages, dedicated to Lars Johanson's 75th birthday.



University of Leuven, Belgium

September 21-23, 2011


Martine Robbeets (University of Leuven & University of Mainz)


Hubert Cuyckens (University of Leuven)


Symposium website:


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

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

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

Specific issues to be addressed include, among others:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Areal diffusion and parallelism in drift: shared grammaticalization patterns

Alexandra Aikhenvald (Cairns)

On Contact-Induced Grammaticalization: Internally or Externally Induced?

Bernd Heine (Cologne)

Shared grammaticalization in isomorphic processes

Lars Johanson (Mainz)

Demystifying 'Drift' — A Variationist Account

Brian Joseph (Columbus, OH)

On the diachrony of ‘even’ constructions

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

Contact and parallel developments in Cape York Peninsula, Australia

Jean-Christophe Verstraete (Leuven)

Temporalization of Turkic aspectual systems

Hendrik Boeschoten (Mainz)

Growing apart in shared grammaticalization

Éva Csató (Uppsala)

Biverbal constructions in Altaic

Irina Nevskaya (Frankfurt)

The indefinite article in the Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund

Hans Nugteren (Amsterdam)

Personal Pronouns in "Core Altaic".

Juha Janhunen (Helsinki)

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

Béla Kempf (Budapest)

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

Brigitte Pakendorf (Leipzig)

Verbalization and insubordination in Siberian languages

Andrej Malchukov (Mainz)

Emphatic reduplication in Korean, Kalkha Mongolian and other Altaic languages

Jaehoon Yeon (London)

Comparative grammaticalization in Japanese and Korean

Heiko Narrog & Seongha Rhee (Sendai & Seoul)

Inherited grammaticalization and Sapirian drift in the Transeurasian family

Martine Robbeets (Leuven / Mainz)

Japanese hypotheticals, conditionals, and provisionals: a cautionary tale

Jim Unger (Columbus, OH)

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

Deadline for registration: 11 September 2011

A detailed program, information on payment, as well as Information on Travel and Accommodation can be found on the symposium website Please contact Martine Robbeets martine_robbeets(removeme) or hubert.cuyckens(removeme) for any additional information.
Conference on Psycholinguistics, 'New Trends in Experimental Psycholinguistics', Madrid, September 29-30 2011
We are organizing a conference on psycholinguistics.
The conference will deal with new methods to study language (eye tracking,
reaction times, ERPs, fMRI, visual preference paradigm, genetics).
The conference is intended to cover language processing, language
acquisition or language disorders.
The plenary speakers are Harald Clahsen and Michael Ullman.
Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 11 april 2011

Dates of conference: 29, 30 September 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Going Romance 2012 is scheduled to take place in Leuven (Belgium)
FIFTH WORLD UNIVERSITIES FORUM, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece, 8-10 January 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you in Rhodes in January.
Job Announcements / Vacancies
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.
Opening for a PhD-studentship, Ghent University. Deadline: June 21 2011
Internal verbal self-monitoring: speech perception or forward models?

Start date: 1 October 2011

Robert Hartsuiker’s lab at the department of Experimental Psychology, Ghent University seeks a pre-doctoral researcher to work on a 4-year research project. The project “Internal verbal-self-monitoring: speech perception or forward models?” is funded by the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders (FWO) and awarded to Robert Hartsuiker and Hyo Jung De Smet. The successful candidate will conduct a multi-method program of research aimed at elucidating the neurocognitive basis of verbal self-monitoring, the ability to inspect one’s own speech for errors and other problems. Planned research methods include eye-tracking studies, patient studies, and fMRI studies (see project description below). We expect the candidate to defend a doctoral thesis on the basis of a collection of publications in peer-reviewed international journals coming out of the project.


- you hold a Master’s degree in psychology, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience or a related discipline (you need to have your diploma before 1 October 2011)

- you are fascinated by the neural and cognitive systems underlying linguistic performance; your interest is demonstrated by the course curriculum you followed and in particular by your choice of thesis and/or internship topic.

- you are proficient in Dutch and English

- experience in eye-tracking research, neuropsychological research, or neuro-imaging research (or a combination thereof) is a clear advantage.

The position will be at the level of doctoral bursary. Contact Robert Hartsuiker (robert.hartsuiker(removeme) for further information. Information about the department can be found at

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Robert Hartsuiker, no later than 21 June 2011. Your application package should contain: (1) motivation letter; (2) curriculum vitae, including an indication of your study results and the contact details of at least two referees; (3) a sample of your work (e.g., master’s thesis, report of internship, submitted manuscript, and so on) or an extensive summary thereof. We foresee to interview shortl isted candidates on 8 July 2011.

Project description

People can detect speech errors before overt articulation, but the mechanisms of “internal monitoring” remain unclear. This project will contrast the theory that the speech perception system listens to inner speech with the theory that speech production creates forward models (representations of intended speech outcomes) and compares these to actual outcomes. Study 1 will register speakers’ eye-movements during object naming. If speakers listen to inner speech, we expect inner speech to affect visual attention (i.e., looks to other elements in a visual scene) just as overt speech does. Study 2 tests brain-damaged patients with impairments in inner speech. If internal monitoring uses inner speech, these patients should have difficulties in error-monitoring when their overt speech is masked by noise. Study 3 uses the same task in patients with damage to the cerebellum, a brain area that appears to store forward models (Ito, 2008). If internal monitoring uses forward models, we predict monitoring impairments in this patient group. Study 4 will compare brain activation during erroneous and correct (silent) picture naming in healthy subjects. The forward model theory predicts activation of the cerebellum. These studies will lead to considerable progress in our understanding of self-monitoring, inner speech, language control, and language pathology.
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
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 papers for the Workshop on Structural Alternations, University of Groningen, August 24 2011. Deadline: June 25 2011
Call for papers for the Workshop on Structural Alternations: Speaker and Hearer Perspectives, University of Groningen, August 24 2011. Deadline: June 25 2011
Invited speakers:
* T. Florian Jaeger (Rochester)
* Holly Branigan (Edinburgh)

When composing a sentence, a speaker often has several structural options to choose from. Thus, in a predominant SO language, he may choose to have the object precede the subject (through object-preposing or SO-reversal). In the same way, the order of direct and indirect object can be reversed in certain languages. Such permutations are not restricted to arguments but can also involve arguments and particles or adverbs. In some cases a choice for a certain order entails a change in construction, as in the English genitive and ditransitive alternations.

Recent years have witnessed a rapid growth in studies identifying factors influencing structural permutations, among which animacy, definiteness, NP-type, discourse prominence, grammatical weight (e.g. Wasow 2002, Rosenbach 2005, Bresnan et al. 2007, Jaeger 2010). Motivations for these alternations can be roughly divided into speaker and hearer based ones. For instance, in speaker-motivated accessibility accounts a speaker maps highly accessible elements to positions earlier on in the sentence. Such a mapping may be either direct or indirect through alignment with prominent grammatical functions (see Branigan et al. 2008 for an overview). On a hearer-based account a speaker chooses a certain construction either because it reduces processing costs for the hearer or because it helps to get the intended meaning across in an unambiguous fashion (see e.g. Hawkins 2004).

In this one-day workshop we would like to bring together researchers working on structural alternations from a production and/or comprehension perspective. The aim of this workshop is to get a better understanding of the workings and motivation of such alternations. We invite abstracts dealing with any aspect of structural alternations with a special (but not exclusive) interest in:

* Studies investigating and providing a motivation for the influence of one or more factors on the production or comprehension of structural alternations.
* Studies investigating whether the same principles hold for alternations involving only arguments and ones involving both arguments and non-arguments.
* Studies juxtaposing the production and interpretation of structural alternations. Of particular interest are asymmetries between production and comprehension when a language user correctly produces a certain alternation but comprehends it incorrectly or vice versa.
* Papers presenting novel (experimental) ways to study the production and interpretation of alternations.
* Papers discussing the implications of alternations for (theoretical linguistic) models of grammar.
* Papers addressing the relation between 'statistical' and grammatical patterns of structural alternations. To what extent do soft constraints mirror hard constraints (Bresnan et al 2001, Hawkins 2004)?
* Papers discussing meaning equivalences between two alternates.

Abstract submission

We invite abstracts for 35-minute presentations (including a 10 minutes discussion). Submissions should include a one-page abstract (single-spaced with at least size 11 font), with an optional second page for examples, data and references. No identity properties of the author should be found on the abstract page(s).

The abstract must be submitted electronically to strucalt(removeme), in PDF format. Please state in the body of your email message the names of the author(s), their affilitiation, and the title of the paper.

The deadline for abstract submission is June 25th, 2011. Notification of acceptance will be sent in the second week of July, 2011.

This workshop is organized as part of the NWO-financed VICI-project 'Asymmetries in Grammar' (Petra Hendriks) and the VENI-project 'The Status of Hierarchies in Language Production and Comprehension' (Peter de Swart) at the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen of the University of Groningen.

For more information please contact us at strucalt(removeme) or have a look at our website:
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)
Call for papers for Conference Going Romance (December 8-10 2011). Deadline: September 10 2011
Going Romance
25th anniversary
Utrecht institute of Linguistics - OTS
General sessions: December 8 – 9, 2011
Workshop Syntactic Variation: December 10, 2011

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

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

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

Invited speaker:
Ricardo Etxepare

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

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

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

Further information on our website:
Research in Greek-Dutch bilinguals: contact the Greek School of Utrecht
Dear all-

It is my pleasure to inform you that if a colleague needs to conduct research in Greek-Dutch bilinguals and s/he desperately needs participants, then s/he can contact the teachers of the Greek School of Utrecht. No bureaucratic paper work needed.

I am providing you with the contact details of two Greek teachers, fluent in Dutch, who are very willing to help you.

1) Ms. Chryssi Totli - Groep 1/2 - Email: totchr(removeme)
2) Mr. Theodoros Ponstantzidis - Basisschool - Email: theodorosp1965(removeme), Cellular: 0650 969455.

There is also High School level students.

Classes take place Wednesdays 14:30 - 18:00 and Saturdays 10:00 - 15:45, at De Pijlstraat Utrecht.

Very truly yours,

Katerina Pantoula
Aikaterini D. Pantoula
MPhil Graduate Student
Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS
Utrecht University
NWO-Talent Day, 'Talent Days' series at het Vechthuis in Utrecht, June 30 3011
Dear researcher,

You are cordially invited to participate in the next NWO-Talent Day, which will be held on 30 June 2011. The NWO-Talent Days can help you on your way to the top. Only a limited number of places are available.

Why the NWO-Talent Days?

NWO tries to support and stimulate young scientific talent, e.g. NWO provides various grants for talented researchers (

NWO organises the Talent Days to:

· Provide you with the information, knowledge and skills you need to develop your scientific career, and to

· Give you the opportunity to exchange experiences with other young researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines.

For further information see

Are the NWO Talentdays something for me?

If you are a researcher at the start of your career – i.e. a Ph.D. or a postdoc - then yes, they are.

How can I register?

Registration will open on 17 May 2011, 12.00 p.m.. You can register by completing the registration form at

NOTE only a limited number of places are available for the NWO-Talent Day on a first come first served basis. So register soon.

Very important!

Be aware that the following workshops will be held in Dutch:

· Creatief denken (Creative thinking)

· Leidinggeven voor beginners (Management skills for beginners)

· Onderhandelen (Negotiate)

· Netwerken (Networking)

· Subsidies aanvragen (Funding)

These workshops are in English:

· Social media and your career

· Career Planning

Where can I get more information?

At or talentendag(removeme)

We look forward to seeing you at the NWO-Talent Day on 30 June 2011!

Kind regards,

On behalf of the NWO-Talent Days team,

Marianne Kukler en David Redeker