November 10th, 2011

LOT Announcements / events
LOT Winterschool 2012, Tilburg University, January 9-20 2012
The next LOT Winterschool will take place from January 9 - 20 2012.
Tilburg University, the School of Humanities, will host this event as local organisator. Registration opens October 17th.
You can find the schedule, registration form and more information at our website

Make sure you take note of this event in your agenda and check the website regularly for updates. For questions regarding this LOT Winterschool; email lot(removeme)
Kennislink Taal & Spraak
Kennislink Taal & Spraak is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied:


Van spijkerschrift tot Unicode
Tijdens de Week van de Diversiteit bood de onderzoekschool taalwetenschap in Leiden een uniek kijkje in de taalwetenschappelijke keuken. Zo werden op het publiekssymposium ‘Schrift op Drift’ schriftsystemen uit verschillende werelddelen en verschillende tijdperken belicht.
Lectures / talks / Colloquia
ACLC Seminar by Vaclav Jonįš Podlipsky, Amsterdam UvA, November 11 2011
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 420
November 11 2011, 15.15-16.30 uur
Vaclav Jonįš Podlipsky (Palackż University Olomouc, Czech Republic)


Same cue, new role: English learners’ use of vowel duration as a perceptual cue in Czech
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
ACLC Seminar by Tuba Yarbay Duman, UvA Amsterdam, November 18 2011
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 420
November 18 2011, 15.15-16.30 uur
Tuba Yarbay Duman (UvA/ACLC)


Word Order, Time Reference and Case in Agrammatic Broca's Aphasia
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
LUCL Colloquium by Markus A. Pöchtrager & Jonathan Kaye, LUCL Leiden, November 25 2011
Date: 25 November 2011
Time: 15.30-17.00
Location: Leiden University, Lipsius building (Cleveringaplaats 1), room 227

On Friday 25 November Markus A. Pöchtrager (Bo?aziēi University, Istanbul, Turkey, markus.pochtrager(removeme) & Jonathan Kaye (Gorizia, Italy, jdkaye10(removeme) will give a talk in the LUCL colloquium. The title of their talk is “Phonology : Syntax = RNA : DNA (Or: Why syntax and phonology are not different)”.

There will be drinks afterwards in building 1166 (Wijkplaats 4) on the second floor.


This talk addresses an issue that was originally raised by Bromberger & Halle (1989), i.e. the claim that syntax and phonology are very different from each other. Countering that claim, we will argue that the two have much that they share. Like in syntax, processes in phonology apply whenever they can. Like in syntax, there are no exceptions. Like in syntax, there is a connection between the trigger and the event. Notions on the basis of which a crucial difference between syntax and phonology has been argued for (such as rule ordering) will
be shown to be faulty.
To complete the picture, we will present an alternative model which not only makes syntax and phonology look very similar, but can also be shown to be empirically superior to previous models. The model presented is a further development of Government Phonology (Kaye, Lowenstamm & Vergnaud 1985, 1990), argued for in Pöchtrager (2006).

Bromberger, Sylvain & Morris Halle. 1989. Why Phonology is different. Linguistic Inquiry 20. 51-70.
Kaye, Jonathan, Jean Lowenstamm & Jean-Roger Vergnaud 1985. The internal structure of phonological representations: a theory of Charm and Government. Phonology Yearbook 2. 305-328
Kaye, Jonathan, Jean Lowenstamm & Jean-Roger Vergnaud 1990. Constituent structure and government in phonology. Phonology Yearbook 7. 193-231.
Pöchtrager, Markus A. 2006. The Structure of Length. PhD dissertation, University of Vienna.
LUSH lecture by Lucas Champollion, Utrecht University, November 25 2011
LUSH lecture by Lucas Champollion, Utrecht University, Friday November 25th

Date & time: Friday November 25th, 14.00-16.00

Location: Utrecht University, Janskerkhof 13, Room 0.06

Title: The common core of aspect, distributivity and measurement

We are happy to announce the November LUSH talk. Lucas Champollion (University of Tübingen) will give a lecture entitled “The common core of aspect, distributivity and measurement”. You can find the abstract below. We also would like to note that those who will not be able to attend but really want to see the talk can join the Amsterdam Vagueness Circle on Wednesday November 23rd where Lucas will give the same talk (see, for more information,

Hope to see you there!


The LUSH organizers


Why can I tell you that I 'ran for five minutes' but not that I '*ran to the store for five minutes'? Why can you say that there are 'five pounds of books' in this package if it contains several books, but not '*five pounds of book' if it contains only one? What keeps you from using '*sixty degrees of water' to tell me the temperature of the water in your pool when you can use 'sixty inches of water' to tell me its height? And what goes wrong when I complain that '*all the ants in my kitchen are numerous'?
The constraints on these constructions involve concepts that are generally studied separately: aspect, plural and mass reference, measurement, and distributivity. In this talk, I will provide a unified perspective on these domains, connect them formally within the framework of mereological semantics, and use this connection to transfer insights across unrelated bodies of literature. A generalized notion of atelicity is proposed and formalized as a parametrized higher-order property called stratified reference: a predicate that holds of a certain entity or event is required to also hold of its parts along a certain dimension and down to a certain granularity.
Stratified reference is used to formulate a single constraint that explains each of the judgments above. The constraint is exploited to improve on existing characterizations of distributivity, atelicity, and monotonicity of measurement.
SLC Lectures by Onno Crasborn & Martine Zwets, Radboud University Nijmegen, November 28 2011
Date: Monday November 28, 2011
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: Erasmusbuilding, room 2.66, Radboud University Nijmegen

Onno Crasborn (RU Nijmegen): "Are left and right like high and low?"

The choice of the left vs. the right hand as the active hand is not a distinctive feature in the lexicon of any sign language. The hypothesis will be proposed that hand choice can be compared to phrase-level tones in the prosody of spoken languages. Its prosodic use is demonstrated in a wide variety of constructions in NGT that Frishberg (1985) has dubbed ‘dominance reversal’. Evidence from the Corpus NGT will be provided to show that dominance reversal is linguistically used at the syntactic, discourse, and interaction levels. Furthermore, a phonetic intricacy in the use of these structures is discussed, namely handedness. The actual use of dominance reversal is shown to be related to the strength of hand preference.


Martine Zwets (RU Nijmegen) et al.: "Show and tell: Framing and narrating constructed action in signed and spoken languages"

With constructed action (CA, also known as role shift), the signer uses his/her head, face and/or body to represent a referent’s actions. CA if often used as an umbrella term to cover representation of not only action but also utterances and thoughts as well, with the latter two sometimes referred to as constructed dialogue (Metzger, 1995). This is consistent with Clark & Gerrig’s (1990) notion of quotations as demonstrations (in non-signers) – i.e. that quotations can include representations of all kinds of communicative expression, including not only utterances but also thoughts, gestures, non-lexical sounds, etc. Several studies have examined how quotations/demonstrations in spoken language are framed (i.e. whether with a subject identifying the referent and/or quotative verb) (Cameron, 1998; Mathis & Yule, 1994). The current study examines how CA is framed in British Sign Language (BSL) narratives produced by 16 deaf adult signers. Using results of this study, together with evidence from the literature on spoken language quotations, we argue that constructed action, constructed dialogue, quotation and demonstration, in both signed and spoken languages, all share inherent properties of direct representation of communicative expression – i.e. “showing” as opposed to “telling”. We also consider the extent to which narration can occur during CA in signed vs spoken languages – i.e. to what extent there is “telling” occurring with the “showing.”

Cameron, R. (1998). A variable syntax of speech, gesture, and sound effect: Direct quotations in Spanish. Language Variation and Change, 10, 43-83.
Clark, H., & Gerrig, R. J. (1990). Quotations as demonstrations. Language, 66(4), 764-805.
Mathis, T., & Yule, G. (1994). Zero quotatives. Discourse Processes, 18(1), 63-76.
Metzger, M. (1995). Constructed dialogue and constructed action in American Sign Language. In C. Lucas (Ed.), Sociolinguistics in deaf communities (pp. 255-271). Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.


The next SLC lectures will be held on Monday January 23, 2012 by Stefan Hardonk & Kimberley Mouvet (Free University Brussels).

More information may be found on
Syntax Circle: Language and Cognition, Meertens Instituut Amsterdam, November 30 2011
November 30, 2011, 14:00 - 17:00
Meertens Instituut, Symposiumzaal

14:00 Jan Koster (Groningen): Tools, snowflakes and norms
15:00 Dany Jaspers (Brussels): Quantifiers and Colours in the Natural Language Lexicon
16:00 Johan Rooryck (Leiden): Core knowledge systems and the language faculty?
17:00 Drinks


Tools, snowflakes and norms

Jan Koster, Groningen

Traditionally, language is seen as a system of signs. Signs have a public face (“signifiant”) and an inner, conceptual side (“signifié”). Signs are tools invented by humans and must, therefore, be seen as socio-cultural entities. The smallest signs are morphemes and words, which can be combined to complex signs (phrases and sentences). Practically nobody has ever denied that the combinatorial rules are constrained by our biology. If this is all there is to “biolinguistics,” it is uncontroversial, as everything we do is constrained by our biology.

What is known as the Chomskyan revolution has led to a more radical thesis, namely that language can be construed in a more narrow, purely biological sense. This “narrow” language is comparable to organs and innate computational systems, like those involved in human vision. In this sense, language has a biological existence “before” its externalization by means of invented words. This I-language, coming down to recursive Merge, is believed to have the perfection of a snowflake and is claimed to be optimal as a language of thought.

I will argue that this view goes back to the historical error of replacing sign-based linguistics by syntax-based linguistics. This error was due to the misleading inspiration coming from formal languages in the 1950s. The Achilles heel of language of thought hypotheses is that nobody has been able to specify what the vocabulary is of such a language. Chomsky’s way-out (perhaps the only one) is the highly implausible proposal that words have an inner, “biological” counterpart, pre-externalization. Among the many objections against this idea stands out the fact that words and grammars are intentional-normative objects, like the objects of mathematics. Nobody has ever succeeded in reducing norms to biological facts, which is reminiscent of Hume’s insight that “ought” cannot be reduced to “is.” I will generalize Hume’s insight to all forms of intentional normativity and therefore conclude that radical biolinguistics is doomed to failure.

Quantifiers and Colours in the Natural Language Lexicon
Dany Jaspers, CRISSP (HUBrussels, KULeuven)
In this talk on quantifiers, colour percepts and colour concepts, proof will be provided that Wittgenstein was right when he wrote in his “Remarks on Colour” (1977: III-46): “Among the colours: Kinship and Contrast. (And that is logic)”. It will be argued that his intuition about the link between colour and logic has to be taken literally. Relations of opposition between primary and secondary chromatic percepts can indeed be shown to be algebraically the same as those between the three primary items (all, some, none) in the lexical class of quantifiers and their contradictories. This surprising homology manifests itself linguistically in parallel asymmetries of lexicalisation. Thus, the small subset of logical and colour terms that are organised by the abovementioned system of oppositions is very commonly lexicalized cross-linguistically, as if by conceptual pressure. Other terms are less frequently lexicalized, with lexicalisation largely determined by utility or frequency. This bifurcation suggests that Hauser, Chomsky and Fitch’s (2002) distinction between an internal computational system FLN (Faculty of language--narrow sense) and an internal computational system plus its accompanying "sensory-motor" and "conceptual-intentional" systems FLB (Faculty of language--broad sense) might be applicable to individual components of the linguistic system, in casu the lexicon.

Core knowledge systems and the language faculty?

Johan Rooryck (Leiden)

In this talk I will discuss Core knowledge systems and their relation to the language faculty. Core knowledge theory holds that humans are born with a small number of language-independent task-specific systems of core knowledge (TSCK). These innate cognitive skills can be related to neuronal substrates that represent an initial capacity for building distinct mental representations of conceptual objects and agents, number and geometry, as well as social interaction (Spelke & Kinzler 2007). Properties of TSCK have been primarily determined by studies based on direction and duration of gaze. It is now assumed that TSCK are universal, domain-specific, and characterized by signature limits. In combination with the compositional nature of the autonomous faculty of language that expands their limits, TSCK may serve as a base for further knowledge through experience.?I will show how recent insights into the nature of TSCK raise interesting questions for the faculty of language in its narrow (FLN) and broad (FLB) sense (Hauser, Chomsky & Fitch 2002).
Studiemiddag over taaltesten, NVSST & WAP, Amsterdam, December 14 2011

Studiemiddag over taaltesten:
constructie, interpretatie en beoordeling

14 december 2011

Op woensdag 14 december organiseren de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Stem-,Spraak- en Taalpathologie (NVSST) en het Werkverband Amsterdamse Psycholinguļsten (WAP) een studiemiddag over constructie, interpretatie en beoordeling van taaltesten.

Tijdens deze middag wordt ingegaan op vragen, zoals ‘Wat betekent de beoordeling van de ‘COTAN?’, ‘Hoe moeten resultaten geļnterpreteerd worden bij tweetalige kinderen?’, ‘Wanneer noemen we een score beneden gemiddeld of zwak?’ en ‘Wat zijn de nadelen van het gebruik van leeftijdsequivalenten in de communicatie naar ouders toe?’.

In het plenaire gedeelte zullen diverse deskundigen een uiteenzetting geven over:
1. hoe het proces van testontwikkeling eruit ziet;
2. hoe resultaten van taaltesten geļnterpreteerd worden;
3. hoe de betrouwbaarheid en validiteit van een test wordt bepaald.
Na het plenaire deel zijn er twee parallelle sessies. Een sessie met lezingen door ontwikkelaars van taaltesten voor kinderen. In de andere sessie lezingen door ontwikkelaars van taaltesten voor volwassenen. In het parallelle deel wordt de link gelegd tussen de kernpunten uit het plenaire gedeelte en het gebruik van taaltesten in de praktijk. Ook zal er voldoende tijd zijn voor discussie tussen de ontwikkelaars en het publiek.

Binnenkort volgt meer informatie over het precieze programma, locatie, tijdstip en registratie.

Noteer deze datum alvast in uw agenda, want het wordt zeker een zeer
informatieve middag!
Colloquium Dialects in Contact, Ghent, December 16 2011
Dialects in Contact: Changes in Transitional Zones.
A colloquium organized by the journal Taal & Tongval.
Location: Ghent, Belgium.
Date: 16-12-2011 (16th of December). `


Anne Breitbarth, University of Ghent
Ben Hermans, Meertens Institute

See for call for papers below.
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Semantics in the Netherlands Day (SiNday), Utrecht University, Friday November 11 2011
On November 11th, the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UIL-OTS) will organize the ninth Semantics in the Netherlands day (SiNday). The SiNday offers graduate students a platform to present their research in any area of natural language semantics. Our invited speaker is Luisa Martķ (Queen Mary London) who will conclude SiN IX with a talk entitled “Disassociation and movement: two problems for propositional quantification” (joint work with Klaus Abels). Hans van de Koot (University College London) has kindly accepted to deliver a warming up talk entitled “The linguistic representation of causal relations”.

Date: November 11th
Time: 9.30-16.40
Venue: Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal
Full program:

09.00-09.30 Coffee/Tea
09.30-10.25 Special talk by Hans van de Koot (University College London): “The Linguistic Representation of Causal Relations”
10.25-11.00 Jing Lin (UVA): “Mandarin shenme as a Negative Polarity Indefinite”
11.00-11.15 Coffee/Tea
11.15-11.50 Assaf Toledo (UU): “Absolute vs. relative adjectives” (joint work with Gallit Sassoon)
11.50-12.25 Haitao Cai (UVA): “The partial concept approach to belief reports”
12.25-13.45 Lunch Break
13.45-14.20 Sammie Tarenskeen (RU): “From you to me (and back)”
14.20-14.55 Emiel van Miltenburg (UU): “Obligatory modification in PPs”
14.55-15.10 Coffee/Tea
15.10-15.45 Lucķa Contreras-Garcķa (UVA): “The syntax-semantics interface and the domino effect”
15.45-16.40 Invited talk by Luisa Martķ (Queen Mary London): “Disassociation and movement: two problems for propositional quantification” (joint work with Klaus Abels)
16.40- Drinks!

You can find all information about SiNday – including abstracts – on the SiNday website ( Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Stavroula Alexandropoulou (s.alexandropoulou(removeme)

We hope to see you all there!

Stavroula, Anja, Bert, Maartje & Ana
Symposium on Tools for Analyzing Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency of Free Spoken Data, University of Groningen, November 11 2011
Location: Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen
Date: 11.11.2011
Time: 9.30 – 14.00

Invited speakers:

Prof. Alex Housen. Dept. of Language and Literature. University of Brussels (VUB)
Prof. Folkert Kuiken. Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication. University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Prof. Ekkehard König. Institut für Englische Philologie. Freie University Berlin (FUB)


Complexity, accuracy, and fluency (CAF) have figured as major research variables in applied linguistic research. At the same time, questions concerning the definition and operationalization of these variables are still subject to debate and reoccur for various types of linguistic data being analyzed.
This also applies to the analysis of corpora containing free spoken data which are frequently used in, e.g., research on language development or the analysis of natural discourse. In these cases, additional experimental assessments of a speaker’s proficiency may not always be possible, and the complexity, accuracy, and fluency of a given speaker have to be assessed on the basis of natural speech only. However, natural speech is characterized by the spontaneity with which it is produced, and it can be expected to contain pauses, retracings, speech errors, and other distinct features. This has the effect that many different speech characteristics have to be considered during analysis and that different speakers may be difficult to compare. To approach these challenges, the symposium aims at defining and operationalizing the CAF variables with regard to corpora containing free spoken data.
The CAF framework is commonly used in L2 acquisition / L1 attrition research. In these areas, contrastive analysis can serve as a useful tool when deciding how to assess accuracy. The second aim of the symposium is therefore to discuss the role that contrastive analysis can play when analyzing CAF.
For this symposium we have invited three leading figures/scholars in the area of CAF and Contrastive Analysis who will share their expertise on analyzing free spoken data with respect to the three dimensions complexity, accuracy, and fluency. Participants will be given the opportunity to enter into discussion with the experts and ask questions.

Registration & Fees:

The symposium is addressed to researchers interested in the CAF framework and researchers working with free spoken data in the areas of attrition, acquisition, and discourse. If you are interested in attending the symposium, please send an email to Cornelia Lahmann (C.M.M.A.Lahmann(removeme) including your full name and your university affiliation.

Attendance is free for PhD students; however, a contribution of EUR 10,- for coffee and lunch will be asked.
For all other participants, a registration fee of EUR 10,- will be charged, plus EUR 10,- for coffee and lunch.
The fees are to be paid on the day of the symposium.

Contact & Travel:

The symposium will take place in the city center of Groningen, in walking distance to the Central Station. The precise location will be announced to all registered participants in time.
For questions, please contact Cornelia Lahmann: C.M.M.A.Lahmann(removeme)

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Groningen!

Rasmus Steinkrauss
Cornelia Lahmann
Publiekssymposium 'Gespleten tongen in de Lage Landen. Over standaardtaal, dialect en accent', Leiden University (LUCL), 12 November 2011
Het Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) organiseert op zaterdag 12 november een publiekssymposium over standaardtaal, dialect en accent.

In Nederland en Vlaanderen wemelt het van de taalvariėteiten. Een standaardtaal, tientallen dialecten en honderden verschillende accenten strijden om voorrang in de dagelijkse omgang, in het onderwijs en in de media. Voor het bepalen van onze persoonlijke identiteit en het afbakenen van de groep(en) waar we toe behoren is ons taalgebruik van grote invloed.
Joop van der Horst bespreekt de vroegere opkomst en de huidige neergang van de standaardisering, terwijl José Cajot ingaat op de tendens tot het loskoppelen van de Vlaamse omgangstaal van de Nederlandse standaard. Jacomine Nortier legt uit wat meertaligheid is en wat er de voordelen van zijn voor de meertalige spreker. Jos Swanenberg zoomt in op het dialectgebruik van Brabantse jongeren in het voortgezet onderwijs, in het kader van taalgebruik en lokale identiteit.

- José Cajot (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel)
- Joop van der Horst (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
- Jacomine Nortier (Universiteit Utrecht)
- Jos Swanenberg (Universiteit van Tilburg)

12.30 Zaal open
13.00 Opening
13.15 Joop van der Horst (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Standaardtalen en taalcultuur
14.00 José Cajot (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel)
De omgangstaal van Vlaanderen. Weg van het Nederlands?
14.45 Pauze
15.15 Jacomine Nortier (Universiteit Utrecht)
Voor(oor)delen rond meertaligheid
16.00 Jos Swanenberg (Universiteit van Tilburg)
Ewa dreri hoe izzie? Raden raad raad wie ik ben.
Taalvariatie en identiteit in Noord-Brabant
16.45 Forumdiscussie onder leiding van Marc van Oostendorp
17.15 Borrel

Het symposium is gericht aan een algemeen publiek en deelname aan het symposium is gratis. U wordt vriendelijk verzocht u van te voren te registreren door een e-mail te sturen aan mw Esrih Bakker via lucl-symposium(removeme) of telefonisch via 071-527 4132.

Praktische informatie
Het publiekssymposium vindt plaats in het Poortgebouw.
Rijnsburgerweg 10
2333 AA Leiden

Voor vragen en meer informatie kunt u contact opnemen met Esrih Bakker: lucl-symposium(removeme) / 071-527 4132.

Roberta D'Alessandro
Björn Köhnlein
Sasha Lubotsky
Marc van Oostendorp
Michiel de Vaan
Workshop "Quirky ellipsis" Academiegebouw University of Groningen, 15 November 2011
Workshop "Quirky ellipsis"

15 November 2011, Academiegebouw (A900), University of Groningen

Workshop description

This workshop brings together a group of scholars interested in unfamiliar kinds of ellipsis an/or ellipsis in less well-known configurations. The starting point is the idea that so-called "sentence amalgams" should be viewed as an instance of sluicing in parentheticals (Kluck 2011). Interesting implications of this approach are for instance that antecedents of sluicing may be scattered around the ellipsis site, that ellipsis can be (partially) backward, and that sluicing correlates can be empty. The topics are obviously not limited to amalgamation, but include poorly understood NP-ellipsis in Greek, unexpected interactions between ellipsis and negation, and peculiar parentheticals in Spanish.

The workshop is organized on the occasion of Marlies Kluck's thesis defense (14 november, 14:30 in the Aula of the Academiegebouw).

For more information about the talks and the venue of the workshop, please visit , or contact Marlies Kluck (m.e.kluck at



9:40 - 10:20 Marlies Kluck, CLCG, University of Groningen
"Multiple puzzles for the sluicing approach to amalgams"

10:20 - 11:00 Jeroen van Craenenbroeck, HU Brussel, Belgium
"Quirky interactions between ellipsis and negation" (joint work with Tanja Temmerman)

11:00 - 11:20
coffee break

11:20 - 12:00 Kyle Johnson, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA
"On Deriving Vehicle Change"

12:00 - 12:50
lunch break

12:50 - 13:30 Luis Vicente, University of Potsdam
"Collins conjunctions and the grammar of parentheticals"

13:30 - 14:10 Jan-Wouter Zwart, CLCG, University of Groningen
title and abstract t.b.a.

14:10 - 14:50 Jason Merchant, University of Chicago, IL
"Quirky isotopes of gender in Greek NPE"

Closing, drinks afterwards
Symposium on Language Acquisition and Discourse, Utrecht University, November 15, 2011
14.00 Welcome
14.10 The influence of parental why-questions on causal connective acquisition
Rosie van Veen
14.40 Studying young children's comprehension of complex linguistic stimuli:
What do we learn from the visual world paradigm?
Pim Mak & Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul
15.10 General discussion (discussant: Heike Behrens)
15.20 Coffee / tea break
15.40 Conjunction use by children with specific language impairment
Elena Tribushinina
16.10 Acquisition of connectives as part of broader early emerging academic language
skills in Dutch three-year-olds: the role of home language and literacy
Paul Leseman
16.40 General discussion (discussant: Heike Behrens)
17.00 Drinks
2012 INTERNATIONAL WINTER SCHOOL IN LANGUAGE AND SPEECH,Tarragona, Spain, January 23-27, 2012, registration deadline: November 13, 2011
registration deadline: November 13, 2011

WSLST 2012

(formerly International PhD School in Language and Speech Technologies)

Tarragona, Spain

January 23-27, 2012

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



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

The previous event in this series was SSLST 2011 (


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

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

There will be no overlap in the class schedule.


- Eneko Agirre (Donostia/San Sebastiįn), Semantic Processing of Text: Word Sense Disambiguation, Entity Linking and Semantic Similarity [introductory/intermediate, 8 hours]
- William J. Byrne (Cambridge), Weighted Finite State Transducers in Statistical Machine Translation [introductory/advanced, 6 hours]
- Marcello Federico (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento), Statistical Language Modeling [introductory/advanced, 8 hours]
- Ralph Grishman (New York), Information Extraction [intermediate, 8 hours]
- John Nerbonne (Groningen), Using Edit-Distance to Understand Linguistic Variation [introductory/advanced, 4 hours]
- Geoffrey K. Pullum (Edinburgh), The Formal Properties of Human Languages: Description with a View to Implementation [introductory/intermediate, 8 hours]
- Jian Su (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore), Coreference Resolution and Discourse Relation Recognition [advanced, 4 hours]
- Christoph Tillmann (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center), Simple and Effective Algorithms and Models for Non-hierarchical Statistical Machine Translation [intermediate, 6 hours]
- David R. Traum (U Southern California), Approaches to Dialogue Systems and Dialogue Management [introductory, 10 hours]
- Dekai Wu (Hong Kong U of Science and Technology), Syntactic and Semantic Statistical Machine Translation [introductory/advanced, 8 hours]


It has to be done on line at


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

1 hour =

- 10 euros (for payments until November 13, 2011),
- 15 euros (for payments after November 13, 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; account holder’s address: Av. Catalunya, 35, 43002 Tarragona, Spain)

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


Diputació de Tarragona
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
StuTS (Students' Conference on Linguistics), Georg-August-University Göttingen,November 16th-20th 2011
Dear Sir or Madam,

We, the students of the linguistics department of the Georg-August-University Göttingen, cordially invite all interested students to this winter semester's StuTS (Students' Conference on Linguistics).

We would like to ask you to forward the attached flyer to your students and to inform them of the StuTS in your linguistic courses.

Thank you in advance for your help.

The next legendary StuTS (Students' Conference on Linguistics) is just around the corner! This winter semester the Georg-August-University Göttingen has the pleasure of organizing the - behold - 50th StuTS! The conference is going to take place November 16th-20th 2011.

As always we would like to welcome a whole lot of students interested in linguistics, in order for everyone to broaden their linguistic horizons beyond the confines of their own institutes and to meet new people from all around our field of interest.

In addition to a number of interesting talks we offer you a cultural programme to get to know our city a bit better. As usual, we supply you with a place to stay for the night.

For further information visit our conference homepage ( and stay up to date via Twitter (!/50stuts) or our Facebook group (

We will happily answer all your questions via e-mail written to stuts50(removeme)

We are looking forward to welcoming you guys in Göttingen this November.

Best regards from Göttingen

The linguistics' students group

(Linguistic Department of the Georg-August-University Göttingen)
SDH 2011 Conference, November 17-18 2011 Copenhagen.
SDH 2011 Supporting Digital Humanities:
Answering the unaskable

17-18 November, Copenhagen

Following up on the success of the first SDH conference, held in Vienna in 2010, the CLARIN and DARIAH initiatives have decided to jointly organise the second SDH conference, to be held in November 2011 at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, a participant in both CLARIN and DARIAH.

Digital technologies have the potential to transform the types of research questions that we ask in the Humanities, allowing us both to address traditional questions in new and exciting ways but also to answer questions that we were not even aware we could ask – hence the title of this conference. How can digital humanities help us not just to find the answers to our research questions more quickly and more easily, but also to formulate research questions we would never have been able to ask without access to large quantities of digital data and sophisticated tools for their analysis? Supporting Digital Humanities will be a forum for the discussion of these innovations, and of the ways in which these new forms of research can be facilitated and supported.

CLARIN and DARIAH are creating European research infrastructures for the humanities and related disciplines. SDH2011 aims to bring together infrastructure providers and users from the communities involved in these two infrastructure initiatives. The conference will consist of a number of topical sessions where providers and users will present and discuss results, obstacles and opportunities for digitally-supported humanities research. Participants are encouraged to engage with honest assessments of the intellectual problems and practical barriers in an open and constructive atmosphere.

The first SDH conference in 2010 gave a broad and multi-facetted presentation of the domains of interest to CLARIN and DARIAH. This time we have chosen a somewhat more focussed approach, concentrating on two major themes, but not excluding other themes of interest for the humanities. The two themes are:

• Sound and movement – music, spoken word, dance and theatre
• Texts and things – texts, and the relationship between texts and material artefacts, such as manuscripts, stone or other carriers of texts

Programme committee
Bente Maegaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Steven Krauwer, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Helen Bailey, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Tim Crawford, Goldsmith’s University of London, UK
Matthew James Driscoll, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Neil Fraistat, University of Maryland, United States
Erhard Hinrichs, Tübingen University, Germany
Fotis Jannidis, Würzburg University, Germany
Helen Katsiadakis, Academy of Athens, Greece
Krister Lindén, Helsinki University, Finland
Heike Neuroth, Göttingen State and University Library, Germany
Laurent Romary, INRIA, France
Nina Vodopivec, Institute for Contemporary History, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Peter Wittenburg, MPI, Netherlands/Germany
Martin Wynne, Oxford University, UK

Conference website
Dag van de Nederlandse Zinsbouw, Meertens Instituut Amsterdam, November 25 2011
Datum: 25 november 2011
Locatie: Meertens Instituut, Joan Muyskenweg 25, Amsterdam

De Dag van de Nederlandse Zinsbouw is een jaarlijkse workshop waar taalkundigen vanuit verschillende achtergronden (disciplines, theorieėn) in debat gaan over prominente thema’s die betrekking hebben op de zinsbouw van het Nederlands. In deze lustrumeditie (DNZ 5) komen drie thema’s aan bod die steeds vanuit verschillende theoretische kaders bekeken worden om zo een indruk te krijgen van de overeenkomsten en verschillen.


10.00-10.10 Opening

10.10-10.50 Timothy Colleman (Universiteit van Gent)
10.50-11.30 Marcel den Dikken (City University of New York)
11.30-11.40 Discussie tussen sprekers
11.40-12.00 Publiek

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-13.40 Hedde Zeijlstra (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
13.40-14.20 Johan van der Auwera (Universiteit van Antwerpen)
14.20-14.30 Discussie tussen sprekers
14.30-14.50 Publiek

14.50-15.10 Koffie + thee

15.10-15.50 Kees Hengeveld (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
15.50-16.30 Jan Wouter Zwart (Universiteit van Groningen)
16.30-16.40 Discussie tussen sprekers
16.40-17.00 Publiek

17.00 Borrel
Workshop Historical perspectives on Sprachbund phenomena:the case of the Guaporé-Mamoré, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, November 25 2011
Friday November 25, 2011, 13-17.00
Erasmusgebouw, E20.12

13.00 Welcome and opening words: ‘Result’ and ‘process’ approaches to linguistic areas
Pieter Muysken

13.15 The archaeology of the Guaporé-Mamoré Region: Tracing material culture and language through time
Love Eriksen

Overall, Amazonian material cultures and languages are characterized by, one the one hand, great diversity, and, on the other, by vast expansions of a few language families (e.g. Arawak, Tupi) and ceramic traditions (e.g. Barrancoid, Amazonian Polychrome). In several regions of Amazonia, linguistic isolates spoken in very restricted geographical areas occur side by side with languages of the major families that have expanded across the continent. The same holds true for many of the ceramic styles of lowland South America; while most of them were only locally manufactured, others were brought across the continent following the expansion of major ethno-linguistic groups. The study of the interplay between the local and the regional, both in terms of language and material culture, holds the potential of revealing some of the mechanisms behind the preservation of linguistic isolates and the creation of linguistic areas, as well as increasing our understanding of the promotion of ethnic identities through the display of material culture and language taking place in the clash between majorities and minorities in Amazonia. This talk explores the relationship between local and regional expressions taking place in the Guaporé-Mamoré area.

13.55 The Guaporé-Mamoré region: Ethnohistorical notes about a potential Sprachbund
Vincent Hirtzel

The Guaporé-Mamoré region presents a high level of genetic diversity and a very heterogeneous linguistic patchwork. In spite of this ‘Babelian’ appearance, some linguistic features – especially grammatical – indicate the possible existence of a general Sprachbund in this area, with two subregions: one centred in Rondonia and the other in the Mojos plains (Crevels & van der Voort 2008). What can bring the actual ethnohistorical knowledge of this area to this issue? In this talk three points will be discussed: (1) The large scale sociological processes which occurs in this region taking as a point of departure the Mojos savanna archeological remains; (2) the situation of the two more conspicuous ethnolinguistic groups of South America in this precise area, the Tupi and Arawak; (3) The colonial impact on the regional social fabric, especially through the demographic doom, the decline of linguistic diversity, and the native population movements.

14.35 Tea/Coffee

15.00 Evaluating Arawakan features versus Guaporé-Mamoré features
Swintha Danielsen

The Arawakan language family is one of the most widely extended language families of South America. Also in the Guaporé-Mamoré area there are representatives of the Arawakan language family. A still open question is how much influence there has been to this linguistic area from Arawakan languages. In this presentation I will evaluate the postulated linguistic features of the Guaporé-Mamoré area (Crevels & van der Voort 2008) in comparison to the identified Arawakan features (Aikhenvald 1999, 2001). The evaluation also takes into account that some Arawakan features are more resistant than others; these may be the ones to have been more influential than others.

15.40 The Guaporé-Mamoré: the development of the linguistic isolates
Mily Crevels

The Guaporé and Mamoré rivers together drain a part of the tropical lowlands where traditionally over 50 different indigenous languages are spoken. Nowadays more than half of these languages have less than 50 speakers and one third even less than 10 speakers. Since these languages represent numerous language families and unclassified languages that may be isolates, it is one of the linguistically most diverse regions of the world. Besides languages from the Arawakan, Chapacuran, Jabutian, Macro-Gean, Nambikwaran, Panoan, Tacanan, and Tupian families, this linguistic diversity includes no less than 10 linguistic isolates or unclassified languages. Since little to nothing is known about the history and speakers of these isolates in pre-Columbian times, this paper explores the radically different development of the linguistic isolates on the Bolivian and the Rondonian side of the Guaporé.

16.20 Discussion
Congres Taal in Bedrijf 2011, De Doelen Rotterdam, 29 November 2011
Taal in Bedrijf is hét Vlaams-Nederlandse evenement over praktische toepassingen van taal- en spraaktechnologie voor het Nederlands. Op dinsdag 29 november 2011 vindt de vierde editie van het evenement plaats in Concert- en congresgebouw de Doelen in Rotterdam.

Naast de plenaire bijeenkomst met aansprekende keynotes van Branimir Boguraev (IBM, TJ Watson Research Center, USA) en Yuri van Geest (onder andere lid topteam Creatieve Industrie), zijn er sessies rondom specifieke thema’s. Daarnaast is er de hele middag een Bedrijvenmarkt waar u kunt kennismaken met vele organisaties, die hun toepassingen op het gebied van taal- en spraaktechnologie presenteren. Taal in Bedrijf is gericht op leveranciers, wetenschappers, investeerders, bestuurders en vooral gebruikers.

Datum: Dinsdag 29 november 2011
Tijd: van 09.15 tot 17.30 uur
Plaats: De Doelen, Rotterdam

Meer informatie over programma en registratie kunt u vinden op
TiCC/SIKS Symposium on Language Modelling, Tilburg University, December 7 2011
On 7 December 2011 the Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication organizes a symposium on language modelling on the occasion of the Ph.D. thesis defense of Herman Stehouwer later that day.

Language modelling has grown to be a pervasive technology in various information processing fields where the matching and ranking of linguistic objects such as documents, user profiles, and questions and answers is based on similarity of the text contained in them. The goal of the symposium is to provide an overview of different approaches in language modelling, exhibiting the large variety of work in this area. There will be talks by Colin de la Higuera, Antal van den Bosch, and Louis ten Bosch; Herman Stehouwer will additionally present the work described in his thesis.


13:00 registration and coffee
13:20 introduction by Jaap van den Herik 13:30 Speaker 1: Louis ten Bosch: "Dealing with uncertain input in Language Modeling: Detecting syntactic change"
14:15 Speaker 2: Antal van den Bosch: "Memory-based language modeling"
15:00 Coffee
15:30 Speaker 3: Colin de la Higuera: "Can grammatical inference provide language models?"
16:15 Speaker 4: Herman Stehouwer: "Statistical Language Models for Alternative Sequence Selection"
17:00 End of symposium

18:00 Thesis defense Herman Stehouwer
19:30 Drinks

Abstracts will be made available shortly.

To register please send an email to: lm-colloquium(removeme)

The symposium will be at the University of Tilburg, Warande building, room WZ104.
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)
Morphology days 2011, Nijmegen, December 21-22 2011
As you might know, on December 21 and 22 the Morfologiedagen -
Morphology Days 2011 will take place in Nijmegen. Hereby we announce
the programma:

Other information (for example about registration) can be found on
this website as well.

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

Kind regards,

Arina Banga, Esther Hanssen, Anneke Neijt, Robert Schreuder
ConSOLE XX Conference, Leipzig, Germany, January 5-7 2012
We are proud to announce that the 20th Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE XX) will take place from January 5 - 7, 2012 at the University of Leipzig (Germany). The ConSOLE is a highly competitive conference for the coming generation of linguists working in the field of formal linguistics. It provides a forum for presenting results of their research to an international audience (including distinguished invited speakers).

Deadline for abstract submission:

September 9, 2011

Call on LinguistList:

Further details can be found on our homepage:

If you have any questions, please contact the organizing committee at consolexx(removeme)

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

Universität Leipzig
Institut für Linguistik
Beethovenstraße 15
D-04107 Leipzig
Email: consolexx(removeme)
FIFTH WORLD UNIVERSITIES FORUM, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece, January 8-10 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.
Workshop Socio-cognitive mechanisms of symbolic communication, Tilburg University, 26 January 2012
Call for Participation

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

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

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

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

Keynote speakers:

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

Invited speakers:

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

Tentative programme (details TBA):

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

For more information, consult or contact Paul Vogt (socog.symcom(removeme)
VU Metaphor Lab Winter School 2012, "Metaphor Identification and Analysis", VU Amsterdam, January 23-27 2012, Deadline Applications: 18 November 2011
VU Metaphor Lab Winter School 2012, "Metaphor Identification and Analysis", VU Amsterdam, January 23-27 2012
VU University (Vrije Universiteit)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Monday, 23 January 2012 - Friday, 27 January 2012

Applications should be sent to metaphorlab(removeme) by 18 November 2011

This event is endorsed by the international Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM)

The Metaphor Lab at VU University Amsterdam is organizing a special Winter School in metaphor identification and analysis for approximately 30 PhD students and postdocs at the end of January 2012. Three courses will be offered, each consisting of four sessions of two hours. Participants may select one, two or all three courses.

Tina Krennmayr: Linguistic metaphor identification: How to use the MIPVU procedure Gerard Steen: From linguistic to conceptual metaphor in five steps Alan Cienki: Metaphor in gesture with speech: Identification and interpretation

In addition, two guest lectures will be held on metaphor research in the fields of organization and management (Joep Cornelissen, VU Faculty of Economics and Business Administration) and cognitive psychology (Diane Pecher, Erasmus University Rotterdam).

It should be noted that the timing of the course is connected to the end of the Dutch LOT Winter School in linguistics,
More detailed information about the course will become available through the new Metaphor Lab web site that will be launched by the end of October.

Course details

Linguistic metaphor identification: How to use the MIPVU procedure (Krennmayr)

This course will focus on the identification of various types of metaphor in different kinds of language data using the MIPVU procedure (Steen et al. 2010). This procedure is a systematic, step-by-step protocol that allows you to code natural language data for metaphorical language use. We will discuss what it means to identify metaphor on a linguistic level of analysis and critically look at tools analysts may choose to code their data for metaphorical language use. The course will guide you through each step of the MIPVU metaphor identification procedure. Through hands-on activities using texts from different registers you will learn to solve problems you may encounter as you proceed through each of the procedure?s steps. You will be equipped with the skills you will need for building your own dataset annotated for metaphor.
Steen, G.J., Dorst, A.G., Herrmann, J.B., Kaal, A.A., Krennmayr, T., and Pasma, T. (2010). A method for linguistic metaphor identification: From MIP to MIPVU. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

From linguistic to conceptual metaphor in five steps (Steen)

This course will examine how you can reconstruct conceptual mappings across domains from previously identified metaphor-related words in discourse. The five-step method (Steen 2009) assumes that the first step involves the identification of metaphor-related words by means of MIPVU, and then considers four subsequent stages of analysis required for formulating a complete cross-domain mapping: 2) identifying the underlying conceptual structure of the utterance, in the form of a proposition in a text base; 3) identifying the assumed open comparison inherent in the proposition; 4) determining a related closed comparison in the form of an analogy; 5) identifying the most important implicature(s) of the analogy. The focus of the course will lie on the theoretical model for metaphor in discourse that is assumed for this type of approach, and on the nature of the various analytical steps involved in the five-step method. Connections with Lakoff and Johnson?s Conceptual Metaphor Theo!
ry will be considered throughout.

Steen, G.J. (2009). From linguistic form to conceptual structure in five steps: analyzing metaphor in poetry. In G. Br?ne & J. Vandaele (Eds.), Cognitive poetics: Goals, gains and gaps (pp. 197-226). Berlin/ New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Steen, G.J. (2011). The contemporary theory of metaphor?now new and improved! Review of Cognitive Linguistics 9(1), 26-64.

Metaphor in gesture with speech: Identification and interpretation (Cienki)

This course will be oriented towards those with little or no background in gesture research who would like to analyze metaphor use in video-recorded spoken language data. We will begin with a brief overview of basic issues, including some fundamentals of analyzing gesture, consideration of how a gesture can be metaphoric, and an overview of the ways in which metaphoric gestures may relate to speech (metaphoric gesture with and without metaphorically used words) (Cienki 2008, 2010). Applied analysis in the class will include group work on examples provided by the instructor and work with video data brought by the participants. Participants are therefore encouraged to bring excerpts of digital video from their own data as well as their own laptop computers. Based upon the analysis, we will discuss how metaphor plays out in dynamic ways in multimodal communication and what gesture may reveal about metaphoric thought.

Cienki, A. (2008). Why study metaphor and gesture? In A. Cienki & C. Müller (Eds.), Metaphor and gesture (pp. 5-25). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Cienki, A. (2010). Multimodal metaphor analysis. In L. Cameron & R. Maslen (Eds.), Metaphor analysis: Research practice in applied linguistics, social sciences and the humanities (pp. 195-214). London: Equinox.

Tentative program

Mon 23
10.00 - 12-00: arrival
12.00 - 13.00: lunch
13.00 - 15.00: Krennmayr
15.15 - 17.15: Cienki
17:30 - 18:30: reception

Tue 24
10.00 - 12-00: Steen
12.00 - 13.00: lunch
13.00 - 15.00: Krennmayr
15.15 - 17.15: Cienki
17:30 - 18:30: Pecher

Wed 25
10.00 - 12-00: Steen
12.00 - 13.00: lunch
13.00 - 15.00: Krennmayr
15.15 - 17.15: Cienki

Thurs 26
10.00 - 12-00: Steen
12.00 - 13.00: lunch
13.00 - 15.00: Krennmayr
15.15 - 17.15: Cienki
17:30 - 18:30: Cornelissen

Fri 27
10.00 - 12-00: Steen
12.00 - 13.00: lunch
13.00 - 15.00: discussion
15.15 - 17.15: departure

There is no fee for the course(s). Participants will need to cover their own expenses (travel, accommodation, food). RaAM is providing a small number of bursaries to cover part of the personal expenses for those in economic need. Inexpensive but adequate accommodation will be reserved for participants.

Prospective students are requested to send a one-page CV and a motivation letter (one A4 or US Letter page) in which they explain their reasons for applying, the research they are engaged in and how their research relates to the topic of the winter school. Participants who want to apply for a bursary need to include an additional section in which they explain why they think they should be eligible for financial support. Applications should be sent to metaphorlab(removeme) by 18 November 2011.

For questions, please contact metaphorlab(removeme)
(formerly International PhD School in Language and Speech Technologies)

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



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

The previous event in this series was SSLST 2011 (


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

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

There is no overlap in the class schedule.


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


It has to be done on line at


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

1 hour =

- 10 euros (for payments until November 13, 2011),
- 15 euros (for payments after November 13, 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; account holder’s address: Av. Catalunya, 35, 43002 Tarragona, Spain)

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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Universitat Rovira i Virgili
EMLAR VIII, Utrecht University (UIL OTS), February 1-3 2012
Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research (EMLAR) VIII
Lectures and hands-on tutorials on methodological aspects of language acquisition research

The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS) is pleased to announce the eighth edition of EMLAR, taking place in Utrecht (The Netherlands) from February 1-3, 2012 (Wednesday to Friday).

The workshop aims at training PhD students and advanced MA students in methods of experimental research in first and second language acquisition. Experts in various domains of language acquisition research will give lectures and tutorials. We will also provide the opportunity to present a poster.

For details about the programme of EMLAR VIII and registration please visit our website:

Registration closes: December 15, 2011.

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

Confirmed lecturers:
• Steven Gillis – University of Antwerp
• Naama Friedmann – Tel Aviv University
• Barbara Höhle – University of Potsdam
• Holger Hopp – University of Mannheim
• Theodoros Marinis – University of Reading
• Antonella Sorace – University of Edinburgh
• Sharon Unsworth – Utrecht University
• Judith Rispens – University of Amsterdam

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

Organising committee:

Sergio Baauw
René Kager
Brigitta Keij
Marijn Struiksma
Shalom Zuckerman
Seventh International Conference on Missionary LinguisticsUniversity of Bremen, 28 February ? 2 March 2012

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

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

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

The conference lLanguages will be English, Spanish, and German
CICLing 2012, Delhi, India, March 11-17, 2012
13th International Conference on
Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics

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

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

Four keynote speakers anticipated

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

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

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

See complete CFP and contact on

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Alexander Gelbukh
Universals and Typology in Word-Formation II, Šafįrik University, Košice, Slovakia, August 26-28, 2012, Submission of abstracts: March 31, 2012
Universals and Typology in Word-Formation II

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

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

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

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

Scientific Committee

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

Important deadlines
Submission of abstracts: March 31, 2012
Notification of acceptance: May 21, 2012
Submission of a registration form: June 15, 2012
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Vacature Postdoc Taaldiversiteit, KNAW Programma Taaldiversiteit. Deadline: November 13 2011
Duur aanstelling: 24 maanden, januari 2012 – december 2013
Omvang aanstelling: 16-20 uur per week

De KNAW heeft een programma van congressen, publieksactiviteiten en onderzoeksprogrammering goedgekeurd onder de noemer Taaldiversiteit: genese, historische ontwikkeling, en cognitie. Het programma wordt geleid door Maarten Mous (Leiden), Pieter Muysken (Nijmegen), en John Nerbonne (Groningen). Om dit programma te coördineren wordt een postdoc aangesteld. Tewerkstelling aan een van de drie genoemde universiteiten.


• gespecialiseerd op en goed inzicht in de brede thematiek van het programma
• uitstekende schriftelijke vaardigheden, ook in het Engels
• ervaring in het schrijven van onderzoeksaanvragen en formuleren van onderzoeksprogramma’s
• ervaring in het organiseren van conferenties en goede communicatieve vaardigheden

Informatie over het programma, de functie en de selectieprocedure te verkrijgen bij p.muysken(removeme) Graag reageren voor 13 november a.s.
PhD positions Erasmus Mundus Program IDEALAB, University of Potsdam. Deadline: November 15 2011
The Department of Linguistics at the University of Potsdam is now accepting applications for the Erasmus Mundus PhD Program "International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain" (IDEALAB).
The PhD program has been established as an outstanding 3-year doctoral training to its candidates to study structure, processing and foundations of human language integrating interdisciplinary approaches.

For this purpose, four European universities (Groningen (NL), Newcastle upon Tyne (GB), Trento/Rovereto (IT) ) and one non-European university (Macquarie University Sydney (AU) ) provide an intellectual environment for original and independent research on experimental and clinical aspects of language and the brain. Associated members from Research & Development industries and clinics contribute in various ways to the program and stimulate an innovative environment. They are potential co-supervisors and are involved in training.

The program is jointly offered by a transnational consortium with an integrated study program along with required mobility between the participating institutions. The mobility plan of each individual young researcher is tailored according to the particular specialities required by the thesis topic.

ERASMUS MUNDUS fellowships are awarded to the best applicants of the current application period. They cover a fixed monthly allowance for an employment, the programme fee of 7.800€ per academic year, and travel grant.

Application deadline is November 15, 2011. Further information can be found at our website:

For further inquiries, please contact:

Helena Trompelt, PhD

University of Potsdam
Department of Linguistics
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 24-25
14476 Potsdam

Tel. +49 331 977-2796
Fax +49 331 977-2095

Vacancy 2 postdocs ror the Research Priority Area Brain & Cognition, ACLC Amsterdam. Deadline: November 28 2011
The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strong international profile in a large number of disciplines in the field of language and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutes in the capital city. There are almost 1,250 employees affiliated with the Faculty, which has about 8,000 students.

The Faculty’s research is organised in four research institutes: the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC), the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), the Institute for Culture and History (ICH) and the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC).

Researchers from the Faculty of Humanities participate in three of the UvA’s fifteen Research Priority Areas (‘zwaartepunten’): Brain & Cognition, Cultural Heritage & Identity and Cultural Transformations & Globalisation. For each of these three areas the Faculty has vacancies for two postdoctoral researchers (full-time, 38 hours/week, for a period of two years, starting on March 1st, 2012 at the latest).

The principal tasks of the postdoctoral researchers are:

carry out a research project on the basis of a research plan (see below) and produce a number of articles within the context of this project;
draw up a proposal for an ERC or NWO Vernieuwingsimpuls grant.

For the Research Priority Area Brain & Cognition the Faculty invites applications for:

2 Postdocs in Brain & Cognition
1.0 FTE (38 hours per week, for 2 years)
vacancy number W11-211
The postdocs will be based at the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC). The ACLC contribution to the research priority area Brain & Cognition aims to produce research of top-quality in the area of Learnability of Human Languages, taken in the broadest possible sense, and encompassing research in language acquisition, language change, language typology, linguistic theory, and preferably a combination of these.

The postdoctoral researchers will execute their research projects within the broader context of the research priority area and will occasionally be called upon to participate in teaching and supervision tasks. The researchers will cooperate with other members of the priority program that have backgrounds in various relevant fields, and contribute to organizing an international conference. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to apply actively for external funding related to the research priority area.

The research of the candidates fits squarely within the ACLC research programme on Learnability that forms part of the university’s research priority area Brain & Cognition. The ACLC gives a broad and novel interpretation to the notion of learnability, as a result of which it bridges research in a number of areas within linguistics, such as language acquisition, language change, and language typology. It does so by studying a number of related hypotheses. (1) The language data that children hear is impoverished, in the sense that (a) some crucial types of data may never appear in the child’s input, (b) the data that does appear only gives superficial information about the structures that generated the data in the speaker’s brain, and (c) the data will contain noise as a result of errors or ellipses by the speaker and as a result of imperfections in the transmission channel. On the basis of such impoverished input children will construct their own internal language. (2) When constructing their own language, the children will almost inevitably end up speaking somewhat differently from their parents and peers. Such changes will not only be apparent in the histories of single languages, but even more dramatically in second language acquisition (where learners start with an already present language system rather than from scratch) and in language creation processes such as creolization (where no single mother tongue is available). (3) By evoking change, learnability problems lead to typological variation between languages. Given this set of hypotheses, the involvement of researchers with different types of orientations and research interests is necessary to come to grips with the issue of learnability in this wide sense. The ACLC is ideally positioned to initiate this type of debate, as it is home to a highly diversified group of linguists, addressing linguistic issues from a wide variety of angles, and in a collaborative spirit. The postdocs to be appointed should, apart from bringing a relevant and innovative research agenda to this broad programme, formulate new projects and submit these for external funding.


Completed Doctoral degree in a relevant field;
Publications in peer-reviewed journals;
Excellent academic writing and presentation skills;
Excellent social and organizational skills;
Experience with external fundraising is an advantage.

Further information
A detailed description of the Research Priority Area can be found on the website, please see the 'Refer To'-section below. For further information about the positions please contact Prof. Dr P.C. (Kees) Hengeveld at p.c.hengeveld(removeme), or the Faculty’s research department at onderzoek-fgw(removeme)

The Postdoc positions will be on a temporary basis for the period of two years. The starting date will be March 1st 2012 at the latest. The gross monthly salary will be between € 3195 and € 4374 (‘Onderzoeker 3’; salary scale 11, according to the collective labour agreement Dutch universities) in the case of a full-time position (38 hours/week). Depending on experience and date of completion of the PhD an appointment as ‘Onderzoeker 4’ (between € 2379 and € 3755; salary scale 10, according to the collective labour agreement Dutch universities) may (initially) be necessary. A contract of 0.8 fte is possible as well. Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include holiday pay and an end of year bonus.

Job application
Applications including a cover letter, complete academic CV, and project proposal (maximum 1800 words in length) should be submitted at the latest on Monday November 28th 2011, 08.00 hrs am.

Please send your documents to onderzoek-fgw(removeme) Interviews will be held on Wednesday December 21st, 2011. Please state the vacancy number and ‘strictly confidential’ in the subject field of your e-mail.
Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation School of Informatics University of Edinburgh

The Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC) at the University of Edinburgh invites applications for three-year PhD studentships starting in September 2012. ILCC is dedicated to the pursuit of basic and applied research on computational approaches to language, communication and cognition. Primary research areas

* Natural language processing and computational linguistics

* Spoken language processing

* Dialogue and multimodal interaction

* Information extraction, retrieval and presentation

* Computational theories of human cognition

* Educational and assistive technology

Approximately 8 studentships from a variety of sources are available, covering maintenance at the research council rate of around GBP 13 500 per year, plus tuition fees.

Applicants should have a good honours degree or equivalent in computational linguistics, speech technology, cognitive science, computer science, or a related discipline.

For a list of academic staff at ILCC with research areas, and for a selection of potential PhD topics, please consult:

Details regarding the PhD programme and the application procedure can be found at:

In order to ensure full consideration for funding, applications (including all supporting documents) need to be received by December 16, 2011.

Please direct inquiries to Hiroshi Shimodaira <h.shimodaira(removeme)>, the ILCC PhD admissions coordinator.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for the 22nd CLIN meeting 2012, Tilburg, January 20 2012. Deadline: November 14 2011
The 22nd Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands January 20th, 2012, University of Tilburg, Tilburg, The Netherlands 2nd Call for Abstracts ======================================================

The 22nd Meeting of Computational Linguistics in The Netherlands (CLIN 22) will be hosted by the Tilburg centre for Cognition and Communication (TiCC) Induction of Linguistic Knowledge (ILK) research group at the University of Tilburg on January 20th, 2012.

Abstract submission information
Researchers are invited to submit, in English, abstracts describing work on all aspects of computational linguistics and related language technologies and applications. Submissions should include:
Author(s) names, affiliation and contact details
Presentation title
An abstract of 250 words maximum, outlining their presentation Presentation type preference (oral presentation or poster)

Presentation abstracts should be submitted electronically, via the submission website at, no later than Monday, 14 November 2011.

Important dates November 14th: Deadline for abstract submission December 5th: Notification of acceptance January 14th: Early registration deadline January 20th: CLIN 22 meeting

Local organisation committee Matje van de Camp Roser Morante Martin Reynaert Menno van Zaanen Kalliopi Zervanou Contact: clin22(removeme)
Call for papers for GLOW 35, Potsdam, March 28-30, 2012. Deadline: November 15 2011
The 35th GLOW Colloquium will take place on March 28-30, 2012 in Potsdam, Germany. It is hosted by the Department of Linguistics and the
Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 632 "Information structure".

The topic of the Colloquium is "Context in grammar: a frequent visitor or a regular inhabitant?" [See below for topic description.] Abstracts are invited for 45 minute talks with 15 minutes for discussion, as well as two poster sessions. The submission deadline is November 15 and proceeds via EasyChair. [See below for abstract guidelines.]
In addition to the colloquium, there will also be four thematic workshops happening on Tuesday, March 27 and Saturday, March 31.

1. The timing of grammar: Experimental and theoretical considerations (Harald Clahsen, Claudia Felser)
2. Production and perception of prosodically-encoded information structure (Frank Kügler, Sabine Zerbian)
3. Empty categories in syntax: Are there any? (Gisbert Fanselow, Gereon Müller)
4. Association with focus (Malte Zimmermann, Mira Grubic)


It is uncontroversial that extra-grammatical context (linguistic and non-linguistic) influences the form and meaning of sentences. The sentence Everybody is asleep will have a different form (intonation, word order, etc.) depending on what question precedes it (Who is asleep? vs. What is everybody doing?) and different truth-conditions depending on who is included in the domain of quantification of everybody (e.g. people in the house vs. people in the village). What is subject to ongoing controversy is how (and if at all) contextual and more generally extra-grammatical information should be represented in the grammar. Searching for answers to this question is of great importance to our understanding of all the major grammatical modules - syntax, semantics, and phonology, their mutual interfaces, as well as their interfaces to the "peripheral" systems, in particular pragmatics and phonetics. The question is also intimately related to the traditional but still vital issue of grammatical modularity.

The pool of theories and proposals offering partial answers to this general question is rich. Concerning the pragmatics-grammar relationship, there is a well-established hypothesis that contextual information can (or even must) be directly encoded in the syntax, giving rise to contextual syntactic categories and features, such as focus, topic, contrast (Brody 1990, Rizzi 1997, Aboh 1998, a.o.), speaker, hearer (e.g. Speas and Tenny 2003), etc. These narrow syntactic approaches have recently come under attack, esp. within the study of information structure. The competing hypothesis is that context relates to syntax much less directly, particularly via its interface representations (Fanselow 2006, Horvath 2010, Fanselow and Lenertova 2011, a.o.). The theories that have been developed within this research program rely both on a context-PF relation (Zubizarreta 1998, Szendroi 2001, Samek-Lodovici 2005) and a context-LF relation (Herburger 2000, Kucerova 2007, Neeleman & van de Koot 2008, a.o.). The other side of the spectrum is occupied by theories according to which the impact of context on the grammar of sentences is minimal (e.g. von Fintel 1994) or virtually non-existent (Recanati 2002), positions which are particularly influential in the study of quantifier domain restrictions.

An analogous controversy is present in theorizing about the phonetics-grammar relationship. There, the question is to what extent extra-grammatical (i.e. phonetic) properties affect the grammatical (i.e. phonological) system. Some strands in phonology (e.g. Bermudez-Otero 2007), but also theories of the phonology-phonetics interface (Kingston 2007 provides a survey) maintain a strict modular division along the classical generative architecture of grammar. Optimality theoretic approaches typically draw no strict border between grammar and phonetics, freely interspersing phonetic and phonological constraints in the same constraint hierarchy, or even preferring constraints that only refer to extra-grammatical information (Hayes et al. 2004).


Abstracts (both for oral presentations and posters) must not exceed two pages in length (preferably A4, but letter-sized is also acceptable). This includes data and references. Submissions must follow the following format: 2.5 cm (1 inch) margins on all four sides. On A4 paper, these margins produce a 160mm x 247mm text box. Submitters whose computers are set up for other paper sizes should adjust their margins accordingly to produce a text box of this size. This is especially important for the printing of the Spring Newsletter. Font no smaller than 12pt, with single line spacing; no more than 50 lines of text per page, including examples. Examples must be integrated throughout the text of the abstract, rather than collected at the end. Nothing in the abstract, the title, or the name of the document should identify the author(s). At most two submissions total (including both colloquium and workshops) per author, at most one of which can be single-authored. The same abstract may not be submitted to both the colloquium and a workshop. Only submissions in .pdf format will be accepted.
Call for papers for 45th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, 29 August - 1 September 2012 Stockholm. Deadline: November 15 2011
Department of Linguistics, University of Stockholm

The Societas Linguistica Europaea and the Department of Linguistics of the University of Stockholm, Sweden, invite you to submit abstracts for workshop, poster or general session papers for the next annual meeting.

SLE meetings provide a forum for high-quality linguistic research. For more information on the previous editions, see SLE 2009, SLE 2010 and SLE 2011.


15 November 2011: submission of workshop proposals (description + short abstracts)
15 December 2011: notification of acceptance/rejection
15 January 2012: submission of all abstracts
31 March 2012: notification of acceptance


Juan Carlos Acuńa Farińa (University of Santiago de Compostela)
Guglielmo Cinque (University of Venice)
Olga Fischer (University of Amsterdam)
Andrej Kibrik (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)
Catrin Norrby (University of Stockholm)


Chair: Maria Koptjevskaja Tamm
Secretary: Susanne Vejdemo
Members: Fredrik Heinat, Jenny Larsson, Matti Miestamo, Tomas Riad, Bernhard Wälchli


Treasurer: Dik Bakker (Lancaster)
Conference manager: Bert Cornillie (Leuven)

PROCEDURE. The deadline for the submission of workshop proposals is 15 November 2011. The address for submission is sle(removeme) Notification of acceptance/rejection will be given by 15 December 2011. After a workshop proposal has been accepted, the convenors will be requested to invite their participants to submit their full abstracts by 15 January 2012. These full abstracts will be evaluated individually by the Scientific Committee and the convenors.

The deadline for all abstracts (for the general session, the poster session and the workshops) is 15 January 2012. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 March 2011.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (exclusive of references) and should clearly state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results.

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


Workshop proposals should contain:

(i) A 1000 word description of the topic (including the research questions to be addressed) and
(ii) a (provisional) list of workshop participants and 300 word abstracts of their papers.

We encourage workshop convenors to distribute an open call for papers on the LinguistList (announce your cfp as a session of SLE 2012) and other fora in October 2011.

Since we want conference participants to be able to attend individual workshop presentations, SLE workshops have to be compatible with the main conference schedule. This means that the format of the workshops must be organized around 30 minute presentations (20 min. + 10 min. discussion). Workshops can contain 10 or 15 slots (corresponding to 1 or 1.5 days); each workshop ideally comprises:

1. An introductory paper by the convenor(s) or by a key-note speaker, which summarizes previous research, specifies the approach(es) to be taken and sets the scope of the papers to be presented.
2. Eight papers (1 day) or thirteen papers (1.5 day).
3. A slot for final discussion on the topics covered by the papers, methodological issues and questions for future research.

Further details can be discussed with the SLE Conference Manager.

POSTERS. The next SLE meeting will hold a poster session of an hour for both senior and junior researchers. In order to foster interaction, all other sessions will be suspended during the poster session. Posters may be remain available during the rest of the conference. The maximum size of the poster is 1.10 m (vertical) x 1 m (horizontal). For more information about how to make a good poster, click here.

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

EVALUATION. Workshop proposals contain the names of convenors and participants and will be evaluated and ranked by the 5 officers of the SLE Scientific Committee. All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by three referees. Abstracts submitted to the general session and to the poster session will be evaluated by three members of the Scientific Committee. Workshop papers receive two evaluations by SC members and one by the workshop convenors. The threshold for acceptance is the same for general session, poster and workshop abstracts. The acceptance of a paper depends on the quality of the abstract. The acceptance rate of the previous conference was 68%.


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

For current purposes, PhD-students are students that have not completed their PhD before the conference. Postdocs have completed their PhD not earlier than January 2009. A nominated paper may be co-authored; in such a case the nominee will be the first author.

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

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


Registration will start from 1 April 2012 onwards. From this year on, the SLE meeting will be a member only conference. That is, all participants with a paper in the program will have to be members. The early bird conference fee for members will be 170 Euros.

Become a member of the Societas Linguistica Europaea.


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


Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is well connected by train, boat and airways. Stockholm is a key hub for flights in the Baltic Sea Region, the European Union and the rest of the world. It has three major airports - Arlanda (the primary gateway to Sweden), Bromma (smaller, but close to central Stockholm) and Skavsta (although 1,5 hours away by airport bus, this is the hub for Ryanair, Europe's largest low cost airline). Train tickets from continental Europe can be booked at, and all major travel agencies should have information on boat schedules for the Baltic Sea Region.


15 November 2011: deadlines for submission of workshop proposals
15 January 2012: deadline for submission of all abstracts
31 March 2012: notification of acceptance
1 April 2012: early registration starts
1 June 2012: registration (full fee)
30 June 2012: registration closed for participants with a paper
20 August 2012: registration closed.


SLE 2012 Local Organizing Committee:

Susanne Vejdemo (Secretary)

SLE Conference Manager:

Bert Cornillie
Call for papers for Anéla/VIOT Juniorendag (onderdeel Grote Taaldag), Utrecht, February 4 2012. Deadline: December 11 2011
Juniorendag 2012 Call For Papers
(English version below)

Op zaterdag 4 februari 2012 wordt de jaarlijkse Juniorendag van Anéla en VIOT georganiseerd tijdens de Grote Taaldag in Utrecht. Op de Grote Taaldag zijn de Anéla-VIOT Juniorendag, de AVT TIN-dag en het Taalgala samengebracht. Studenten, net afgestudeerden en promovendi kunnen op de Juniorendag hun scriptie- of promotieonderzoek op het gebied van toegepaste taalkunde (taalgebruik, taalverwerving, taalonderwijs, taalbeheersing of bedrijfscommunicatie) in een informele sfeer presenteren tijdens een lezing of een posterpresentatie. Daarnaast wordt op deze dag de jaarlijkse Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs uitgereikt voor de beste scriptie binnen het vakgebied.
Meld je nu aan voor een presentatie tijdens de Juniorendag. Dien vóór 11 december 2011, 23.59 uur een samenvatting van je onderzoek van maximaal 200 woorden in via
Vergeet niet alle persoonlijke informatie (naam, universiteit, adres) uit het bestand te verwijderen en aan te geven of je voorkeur hebt voor een mondelinge presentatie of een posterpresentatie. Je mag hetzelfde abstract niet zowel voor de Juniorendag als voor de TIN-dag insturen. Voor kerst laten we weten of je aanmelding is geaccepteerd.
Meer informatie over de Juniorendag 2012 en de geschakelde activiteiten van de Grote Taaldag kun je vinden op Voor verdere vragen kun je een e-mail sturen naar juniorendag2012(removeme)

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On Saturday, February 4th 2012, Anéla and VIOT (the Dutch and Flemish associations for applied linguistics and discourse studies) organize their annual junior research day (Juniorendag) in Utrecht. The Juniorendag is part of the 'Big Language Day' (Grote Taaldag), together with the AVT-TINday, and the Taalgala.
At the Juniorendag, graduate students, junior researchers and PhD candidates in the field of applied linguistics (language use, language acquisition, education, discourse, or communication) get the opportunity to present their work. In addition, the annual Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs is awarded to the best BA- or MA-thesis in the field of applied linguistics.
If you want to present a paper or a poster at the Juniorendag, please upload your abstract, in Dutch or English, on before December 11 2011, 23.59.
Abstracts should not exceed 200 words, and they should not include any personal information (name, university/institute, address). Please indicate whether you prefer a poster presentation or an oral lecture. You cannot submit the same abstract for both the Juniorendag and the TIN-dag. You will receive a notification of acceptance before Christmas.
Further information about the Juniorendag is available on or contact us at juniorendag2012(removeme)
Call for papers voor TIN-dag AvT, onderdeel Grote Taaldag 4-2-2012. Deadline: 12 december 2011
Secretariaat: Bert Botma (e.d.botma(removeme) / Ale de Boer (
LUCL, Universiteit Leiden, Postbus 9515, 2300 RA Leiden

Aan de leden van de Algemene Vereniging voor Taalwetenschap:

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

Om een goed beeld te krijgen van het aantal aanwezigen op de Grote Taaldag/TIN-dag is het belangrijk dat u zich vóór 15 januari 2012 via de website van de AVT ( of van de Grote Taaldag ( inschrijft.
Voor het bijwonen van de Grote Taaldag vragen wij een bijdrage (€15,- voor reguliere leden, €12,50 voor promovendi, €25,- voor niet-leden). Bij dit bedrag zijn inbegrepen koffie/thee , lunch en een afsluitende borrel. Wij verzoeken u het bedrag op uiterlijk 22 januari 2012 over te maken op rekeningnummer 474579 (ING) ten name van de AVT, onder vermelding van “TIN-dag 2012”.

Indienen van een samenvatting
Ieder AVT-lid dat op de TIN-dag een voordracht wil houden, wordt verzocht op uiterlijk maandag 12 december aanstaande een samenvatting van maximaal 170 woorden in te dienen via het invulformulier op de AVT-site ( Als u van plan of bereid bent uw lezing in het Engels te houden, kunt u dit aangeven met een Engelse titel en samenvatting in plaats van een Nederlandse. Leden mogen maximaal 2 samenvattingen indienen (1 als eerste auteur, 1 als co-auteur).
Als u geen bevestiging van ontvangst van uw samenvatting ontvangt, verdient het aanbeveling contact op te nemen met de AVT ( Alleen bevestigde sprekers worden ingepland voor de TIN-dag. Mochten er meer sprekers zijn dan plaatsen in het programma, dan zullen de laatst ontvangen abstracts opgenomen worden als “alternates”.

De lezingen op de TIN-dag duren 20 minuten, gevolgd door een vragensessie van 10 minuten. Ook deze keer wordt een bundel Linguistics in the Netherlands samengesteld. Sprekers kunnen na de TIN-dag een schriftelijke versie van hun lezing aanbieden aan de redactie, die op basis van referentenrapporten beslist of het paper voor publicatie in de LIN-bundel in aanmerking komt.
Het programmaboekje van de TIN-dag (inclusief samenvattingen) zal in de loop van december op de AVT-site verschijnen.

Met vriendelijke groet,
Bert Botma, secretaris AVT
Call for papers for FASAL 2012, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA , March 17-18 2012. Deadline: December 23 2011
Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages 2

Call for Papers:

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

Link to the abstract submission page:

Important Dates:

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

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


Laura Grestenberger (Harvard)
Patrick Grosz (Universitaet Tuebingen)
Sabine Iatridou (MIT)
Norvin Richards (MIT)
Call for papers for FASL 21 + session on Slavic Computational session, Bloomington Indiana, May 11-13 2012. Deadline: February 1 2012
The Twenty-First Annual Workshop on
Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics
The Third Indiana Meeting
11-13 May 2012
Bloomington, IN

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

FASL 21 will be preceded by a SPECIAL SESSION on

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

Call for Papers:

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

Abstracts are limited to TWO PAGES and should be ANONYMOUS. Abstract submissions should be made via the EasyChair Conference System.
Specific instructions will be made available on the conference website:

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

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

Organizing Committee:
Muamera Begovic mbegovic(removeme)
George Fowler gfowler(removeme) fasl21(removeme)
Steven Franks franks(removeme)
(812) 855-9906/3272
Markus Dickinson md7(removeme) fax: (812) 855-2107
Melissa Wircombe mwitcomb(removeme)
Ksenia Zanon kzanon(removeme)
NWO: Lid worden van een beoordelingscommissie?
Beoordelingscommissies spelen een essentiėle rol bij het toekennen van subsidiegelden. Zij brengen immers aan het Gebiedsbestuur Geesteswetenschappen advies uit over de ingediende aanvragen op basis van waarvan het gebiedsbestuur uiteindelijk de toekennings- en afwijzingsbesluiten neemt.

Bent u geļnteresseerd en gemotiveerd om tijdens een subsidieronde deel te nemen aan een GW beoordelingscommissie, dan kunt dit u via expliciet kenbaar maken.
AHRC - NWO Humanities Research Networking and Exchange Scheme: 13 december 2011
Dit is een mogelijkheid voor het verkrijgen van kleine internationaliseringssubsidies (max. € 40.000), gezamelijk aan te vragen door de betrokken Nederlandse en Britse geesteswetenschappers.

Er zijn twee thema's aangewezen: Sustainable Communities in a changing world en Cultural Interactions of Research.

Voor meer informatie over de thema's en de selectiecriteria:
Rubicon-programma. Aanvragen tot 1 december 2011
Actielijn : Ruimte voor onderzoekers
Penvoerderschap : NWO
Deelnemers : ALW, CW, EW, GW, MaGW, ZonMw, N, STW
Indienen : Ja, u kunt nu indienen
Open voor aanvragen vanaf : 1 oktober 2011
Sluitingsdatum : 1 december 2011 23.59 uur

Doel van het Rubicon-programma is talentvolle onderzoekers bij Nederlandse universiteiten en onderzoeksinstituten van KNAW en NWO na voltooiing van hun promotie voor de wetenschap te behouden.

Rubicon biedt recent gepromoveerde wetenschappers de mogelijkheid ervaring op te doen aan een buitenlands topinstituut of aan een excellent Nederlands onderzoeksinstituut, voor een periode van maximaal twee jaar. Het aanwenden van de subsidie voor onderzoek in het buitenland heeft de voorkeur.

Het programma biedt tevens talentvolle onderzoekers uit het buitenland de mogelijkheid voor een periode van maximaal twee jaar in Nederland onderzoek te doen.

Wie kan aanvragen

Afgestudeerde onderzoekers die met een promotieonderzoek bezig zijn of onderzoekers die maximaal één jaar zijn gepromoveerd (gerekend vanaf de promotiedatum tot de deadline van de desbetreffende ronde). Kandidaten die nog bezig zijn met hun promotieonderzoek mogen alleen een aanvraag indienen wanneer hun promotor goedkeuring verleent aan het proefschrift (door middel van een schriftelijke verklaring).

Vrouwen worden nadrukkelijk uitgenodigd voorstellen in te dienen.

Toegankelijk voor buitenlandse onderzoekers

Wat kan aangevraagd worden

Een verblijf van minimaal twaalf en maximaal vierentwintig maanden aan een buitenlands instituut of aan een instituut in Nederland. Zowel voor verblijf in het buitenland als voor een verblijf in Nederland wordt door NWO een normbedrag vastgesteld.

Wanneer kan aangevraagd worden

Sluitingsdatum voor het indienen van aanvragen is 1 december 2011

Extra Informatie

De eerstvolgende sluitingsdatum voor het indienen van aanvragen is op 1 december 2011.

Het Algemeen Bestuur van NWO heeft besloten het Rubicon programma voor 2012 voort te zetten. Vanwege bezuinigingen is het echter niet mogelijk het programma op volle sterkte door te laten gaan. Vanaf 1 januari 2012 zal Rubicon daarom niet meer toegankelijk zijn voor aanvragers vanuit het buitenland. Alleen aanvragers die hun Masters en/of hun PhD in Nederland behaald hebben, zullen ontvankelijk zijn. De deadlines in 2012 zullen zijn op 3 april, 30 augustus en 29 november.

Om wetenschappelijke mobiliteit te bevorderen zijn alleen aanvragen ontvankelijk waarbij de kandidaat het onderzoek uitvoert bij een andere kennisinstelling dan waar hij of zij afgestudeerd of gepromoveerd is. Een beoogd verblijf in hetzelfde land als waar men is afgestudeerd of gepromoveerd, is niet toegestaan met uitzondering van een verblijf in Nederland. Rubicon-onderzoek dient te worden uitgevoerd bij één gastinstelling. Het combineren van gastinstellingen is niet mogelijk. Wel kan, afhankelijk van de aard van het onderzoek, het uitvoeren van veldonderzoek worden toegestaan.

Kandidaten mogen maximaal éénmaal een Rubicon-aanvraag indienen. Aanvragen worden gedaan door individuele onderzoekers en niet door duo’s of (onderzoeks)groepen.

Aanvragen kunnen uitsluitend via Iris, het elektronisch indiensysteem van NWO, worden ingediend.


Beoordeling van voorstellen gebeurt op basis van kwaliteitscriteria (zoals vermeld in de van deze website te downloaden brochure) en op basis van beleidscriteria.


De beoordeling van aanvragen vindt plaats door multidisciplinaire adviescommissies.
Er worden geen referentencommentaren ingewonnen.
Besluit geschiedt door de penvoerende gebiedsbesturen.
De doorlooptijd van de aanvragen bedraagt ongeveer 4 maanden.

NWO stelt drie multidisciplinaire adviescommissies in:

één adviescommissie voor de cluster alfa- en gammawetenschappen, penvoerend gebied is Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen (MaGW) mede namens Geesteswetenschappen;
één adviescommissie voor de cluster levenswetenschappen, penvoerend gebied is Aard- en Levenswetenschappen (ALW) mede namens Medische wetenschappen;
en één adviescommissie voor de cluster bčtawetenschappen, penvoerend gebied is Exacte Wetenschappen (EW), ook namens Chemische Wetenschappen (CW), Natuurkunde (N) en Technische Wetenschappen (STW).

Overige informatie

Het budget voor Rubicon per ronde in 2011 bedraagt ongeveer 2,9 miljoen euro.


Algemeen Bestuur van NWO.

Mw. drs. H.R. Varwijk
telefoon: +31 (0)70 349 44 37, e-mail: rubicon(removeme)
Laatste call OAPEN-NL: Open Access-boeken. Deadline: 15 februari 2012
Doe je onderzoek in het kader van een NWO-project en overweeg je om te publiceren in boekvorm? Denk dan eens aan de mogelijkheid om de uitgever van jouw keuze te attenderen op het project OAPEN-NL.

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

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

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

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

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

We hope to welcome many of you in Utrecht.
Rubicon programme NWO. Deadline for submission: December 1 2011
Line of action : Opportunities for researchers
Secretariat : NWO
Participants : ALW, CW, EW, GW, MaGW, ZonMw, N, STW
Apply : Yes, but at a later stage

The aim of the Rubicon programme is to encourage talented researchers at Dutch universities and research institutes run by KNAW and NWO to dedicate themselves to a career in postdoctoral research. Rubicon offers researchers who have completed their doctorates in the past year the chance to gain experience at a top research institution outside or in the Netherlands (maximum of two years).

The Rubicon programme also offers talented researchers from abroad the opportunity to obtain grants to spend a maximum of two years in the Netherlands to conduct research.

Who can apply

Postgraduates who are currently engaged in doctoral research or who have been awarded a doctorate in the twelve months preceding the relevant deadline. Applicants who are still engaged in doctoral research may only apply if their supervisor provides a written declaration approving their thesis.

Women especially are urged to apply.

Researchers from abroad may apply

What can be applied for

A period of up to two years at an institution outside the Netherlands or at a Dutch institution. The minimum duration is twelve months. Standard awards have been set both for periods spent abroad and for periods spent in the Netherlands.

When can be applied

The closing date for the next submission round is on 1 December 2011. As soon as a definite decision has been made on the funding of Rubicon submission rounds after 1 December 2011, NWO will announce this here.

In order to promote mobility among researchers, applications will be admissible only if the candidate is to conduct the research at an institution other than the one where he or she graduated or that awarded his or her doctorate. The research must also be conducted in a country other than the one where the applicant graduated or obtained the doctorate, unless that country is the Netherlands. It is not allowed to combine research at different institutes. Depending on the nature of the project, applicants may conduct field research.

Candidates may apply for a Rubicon grant only once. An application will be deemed to have been made if the application has been accepted for consideration by NWO. Past recipients of Talent grants will not be eligible for consideration under the Rubicon programme. Applications must be submitted by individual researchers and not by pairs or teams of researchers.

Application must be submitted via NWO's electronic submission system Iris.
More information can be found here:
Vervangingssubsidie geesteswetenschappen opgeheven per 1-1-2012
Let op: Vervangingssubsidie geesteswetenschappen wordt met ingang van 1 januari 2012 opgeheven. Alleen aanvragen die voor deze datum zijn ingediend, worden in behandeling genomen.

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

Wie kan aanvragen

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

Wat kan aangevraagd worden

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

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

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

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

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

Extra Informatie

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


Wetenschappelijke kwaliteit

1 wetenschappelijke probleem- , vraag- en doelstelling

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

3 onderzoeksmethode

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

5 begeleidingssteam

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

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


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

Overige informatie

Per jaar is 300.000 euro beschikbaar.


NWO-gebied Geesteswetenschappen (GW).

Mw. Drs. M. Berendsen
telefoon: + 31 (0) 70 3440691, e-mail: m.berendsen(removeme)