November 22nd, 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 www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2012_Winterschool_Tilburg

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)uu.nl
Kennislink Taal & Spraak
Kennislink Taal & Spraak is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied: www.kennislink.nl/taal-en-spraak

Actueel:

Gastcolumn: To boldly go where no man has gone before
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/to-boldly-go
Elke twee weken verschijnt op Kennislink een gastcolumn. De columnist is steeds een andere onderzoeker, die vanuit zijn of haar vakgebied schrijft over de wetenschap achter een gebeurtenis in de maatschappij of uit ons dagelijks leven. Deze week: Ingrid Tieken over taalergernissen in het Engels.

"Waarom mama?" Het belang van waaromvragen voor de taalontwikkeling
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/waarom-mama
Het eeuwige ge-waarom van kinderen kan ouders soms behoorlijk irriteren. Toch is dit een belangrijke fase in de taalontwikkeling van het kind. En net zo belangrijk is het dat ouders hun kinderen waaromvragen stellen, zo blijkt uit onderzoek van Rosie van Veen die op 16 november promoveert aan de Universiteit Utrecht.

De functie van gebaren
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/de-functie-van-gebaren
Als we iemand een gebaar zien maken terwijl hij of zij iets vertelt, maken we dat gebaar soms even later zelf als we iets vergelijkbaars zeggen. Maar alleen als het gebaar betekenisvol is, zo blijkt uit het promotieonderzoek van Lisette Mol.
Lectures / talks / Colloquia
Barlaeus voordracht door Eva van Lier. Amsterdam, 24 November 2011
dr. Eva van Lier (FGw) vertelt over haar onderzoek naar basale grammaticale eigenschappen van taal. Zijn bepaalde eigenschappen in alle talen hetzelfde, of is iedere taal volstrekt uniek?

De bezoekers van de lezing wordt het boek van voordracht gratis aangeboden.

Wanneer en waar:

- Donderdag 24 november van 15:00 tot 17:00
- Allard Pierson Museum: Oude Turfmarkt 127, Amsterdam


Meer informatie:
Bureau Kennistransfer ( www.uva.nl/bkt in het menu “nieuws”)
Of neem contact op met Jorrit Kelder 020 525 2694
ACLC Seminar by Samona Kurilova on Dialects of the Yukaghir Language, ACLC Amsterdam, November 25 2011
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 420
November 25 2011, 15.15-16.30 uur
Samona Kurilova (Institute of Humanities and Problems of Minority Peoples of the North, Siberian Branch of the Academy of Sciences, Yakutsk)

presents

Primary Interjections in the Dialects of the Yukaghir Language
The abstract can be found on the ACLC website:
www.hum.uva.nl/aclc-news/seminar.cfm/D87F7F87-85CF-4E1F-AA4F58EB04F8F38B


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)uva.nl, 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)boun.edu.tr) & Jonathan Kaye (Gorizia, Italy, jdkaye10(removeme)gmail.com) 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.


Abstract

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).

References
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, sites.google.com/site/vaguenesscircle/).

Hope to see you there!

Best,

The LUSH organizers

Abstract:

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.


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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.

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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 www.ru.nl/sign-lang/events/sign_language_0/
Meeting 'Dynamizing language processing models', Groningen, November 28 2011
In research on language production and perception information processsing models have figured prominently in the last decades. The best and most widely used example of this is Levelt’s ‘Speaking’- model for language production for which also bilingual versions have been proposed.
Main characteristics of such models based on information processing are that they are modular, incremental, and assume stable representations on which procedures are applied. They also see syntactic and lexico-semantic processing as separate operations and they take the individual speaker’s monologue as the default speaking situation.
In a perspective on language that is based on Dynamic Systems principles some of these underlying assumptions are problematic, in particular the modularity and the idea that there are static representations. Also the models are essentially steady state models that describe the language user at a given moment in time and not as a constantly changing and adapting system.
The aim of the meeting is to see how and to what extent such static models can be ‘dynamized’ in the sense that they can deal with change over time.
The program is as follows:
- Kees de Bot: Introduction: The end of psycholinguistics as we know it? It’s about time!
- Wander Lowie: The problem of static representations in language processing
- Paul van Geert: Turning static models into dynamic ones
- Discussion
Place: Sneijderszaal, M0061, in the Muntingbuilding
Day/Time: November 28, 13-17
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

Abstracts

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).
Lecture by Diana Passino on Raddoppiamento phenomena in Italian, LUCL Leiden, December 7 2011
A unified account of consonant gemination in external sandhi in Italian: Raddoppiamento phenomena in Italian and in the dialects of Italy

Abstract
A unified account of consonant gemination in external sandhi, also known as Raddoppiamento phenomena, is proposed for Italian. As opposed to the common interpretation of Raddoppiamento as being driven by well-formedness conditions on Italian rhymes, it is argued that gemination in sandhi ought to be analysed as a fortition process driven by positional factors. It originates as an effect of the phonological representation of the words subject to sandhi, where strong positions arise. Not only does this account unify all of the Italian Raddoppiamento phenomena (backwards Raddoppiamento, synchronic and idiosyncratic Raddoppiamento Sintattico) but it provides a picture of the phenomena that is consistent from a theoretical, diachronic, geographic, cross-linguistic and synchronic point of view.


www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/news-events/news/lecture-passino.html
Talks on language acquisition and evolution on the occasion of Cagri Coltekin's Defence, CLCG Groningen, December 8 2011
I am about to defend my PhD in Groningen (CLCG).

There will be three talks on language acquisition and evolution by researchers visiting Groningen for the occasion. The talks may be of interest to linguistic community at large in NL. We appreciate if you could place them in LOT calendar and/or announce it in the newsletter. You can find the schedule below, and further information (including abstracts of the talks) can be found at www.let.rug.nl/coltekin/thesis/talks.html.

Kind regards,

Cagri Coltekin
CLCG, University of Groningen

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Time/Place: December 8, 2011, 9:30 -- 11:30,
Zernikezaal, Academigebouw, Groningen

09:30 - 10:10 From sounds to words: a Bayesian approach to modeling early language acquisition
Sharon Goldwater, University of Edinburgh

10:10 - 10:50 Evolved properties of language through language learning
Padraic Monaghan, Lancaster University

10:50 - 11:30 A computational approach to early language bootstrapping
Emmanuel Dupoux, LSCP, Paris
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Studiemiddag over taaltesten, NVSST & WAP, Amsterdam, December 14 2011
Vooraankondiging

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). `

Organizers:

Anne Breitbarth, University of Ghent
Ben Hermans, Meertens Institute


See for call for papers below.
Nijmegen Lectures by Nicholas Evans, January 9-11, 2012
The Nijmegen Lectures committee is pleased to announce that the Nijmegen Lectures will take place on January 9th, 10th and 11th, 2012.
The lectures will be given by Nicholas Evans (Australian National University). The title of the lecture series is: Coevolutionary Linguistics: Diversity, Culture, Mind and History.

For more detailed information on each of the lectures, including abstracts, please go to the Nijmegen Lectures website www.mpi.nl/events/nijmegen-lectures-2011

Please note that registration is required for everybody who plans to attend - this includes MPI Nijmegen members. Seating is limited for the afternoon sessions. We advise you to register as soon as possible (deadline January 3rd, 2012). You can do so by clicking on the following link: www.mpi.nl/events/nijmegen-lectures-2011/registration-2011

All lectures and seminars are free of charge and open to the public.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Nijmegen Lectures, January 9-11, 2012.

Sincerely,
Joe Blythe, Michael Dunn, Ad Foolen, Olga Krasnoukhova, Julia Udden and Nanjo Bogdanowicz
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Dag van de Nederlandse Zinsbouw, Meertens Instituut Amsterdam, November 25 2011
Datum: 25 november 2011
Locatie: Meertens Instituut, Joan Muyskenweg 25, Amsterdam
Website: atlas.hogent.be/~disgram/dnz/index.htm

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.

Programma:

10.00-10.10 Opening

Datieven/dubbelobjectconstructies
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

Negatie
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

Typologie
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 www.taalinbedrijf2011.org.
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.

Program:

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.

Registration:
To register please send an email to: lm-colloquium(removeme)uvt.nl

Location:
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)
Update Morphology days 2011, Nijmegen, December 21-22 2011
Morphology days 2011, Nijmegen, December 21-22 2011

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

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

Keynote speakers:
- prof. dr. Geert Booij (Leiden University)
- dr. Andrea Krott (University of Birmingham)
- dr. Raymond Betram (University of Turku)

Program & Registration:
www.ru.nl/morfologiedagen/conference/programme

If you would like to participate, please register before 5 December via our website: www.ru.nl/morfologiedagen/
Email: morfologiedagen2011(removeme)gmail.com

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:

linguistlist.org/callconf/browse-conf-action.cfm?ConfID=129022

Further details can be found on our homepage:
www.uni-leipzig.de/console20/

If you have any questions, please contact the organizing committee at consolexx(removeme)uni-leipzig.de

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

Contact:
Universität Leipzig
Institut für Linguistik
Beethovenstraße 15
D-04107 Leipzig
Germany
Email: consolexx(removeme)uni-leipzig.de
FIFTH WORLD UNIVERSITIES FORUM, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece, January 8-10 2012
www.ontheuniversity.com/conference/

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 ontheuniversity.com/ideas/action-agenda/ - 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 www.ontheuniversity.com/conference/ .

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)gmail.com. 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 ilk.uvt.nl/~paul/scmsc/ or contact Paul Vogt (socog.symcom(removeme)gmail.com).
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)let.vu.nl 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, www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2012_Winterschool_Tilburg
More detailed information about the course will become available through the new Metaphor Lab web site www.metaphorlab.vu.nl 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


Costs
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.

Application
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)let.vu.nl by 18 November 2011.

For questions, please contact metaphorlab(removeme)let.vu.nl.
INTERNATIONAL WINTER SCHOOL IN LANGUAGE AND SPEECH TECHNOLOGIES (WSLST 2012), Tarragona, Spain, January 23-27, 2012
(formerly International PhD School in Language and Speech Technologies)

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

grammars.grlmc.com/wslst2012/

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AIM:

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 ( grammars.grlmc.com/sslst2011/).

ADDRESSED TO:

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.

COURSES AND PROFESSORS:

- 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]

REGISTRATION:

It has to be done on line at

grammars.grlmc.com/wslst2012/Registration.php

FEES:

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

1 hour =

- 10 euros (for payments until November 13, 2011),
- 15 euros (for payments after November 13, 2011).

PAYMENT PROCEDURE:

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.

Remarks:

- 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.

ACCOMMODATION:

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

CERTIFICATES:

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

IMPORTANT DATES:

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

QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:

Florentina-Lilica Voicu: florentinalilica.voicu(removeme)urv.cat

WEBSITE:

grammars.grlmc.com/wslst2012/

POSTAL ADDRESS:

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

Diputació de Tarragona
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:

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

Registration closes: December 15, 2011.

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

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

Tutorials:
• 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
www.fb10.uni-bremen.de/misling2012bremen/registration.aspx

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

www.CICLing.org/2012

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

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

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Four keynote speakers anticipated

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

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

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

See complete CFP and contact on www.CICLing.org/2012

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

Alexander Gelbukh
www.Gelbukh.com
2012 NIMH Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, Santa Barbara, CA, Jun 24, 2012 - Jul 07, 2012
Our topics this year are "Does Brain Plasticity Account for Everything?" and "The Indispensable Role of Episodic Memory in Adaptive Behavior." We hope you can help us identify graduate and postgraduate students that might take part in this year's Institute and whose presence would help create a diverse body of fellows. (All accepted Fellows will have their tuition, room, and board covered by the Summer Institute.)

The flyer is available in color or black and white, and may be downloaded
here: sicn.cmb.ucdavis.edu/sicn2012-flyers

Sincerely,

George R. Mangun, Ph.D.
Director, NIMH Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience Professor of
Psychology and Neurology University of California, Davis
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
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.

Tasks
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.

Requirements

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)uva.nl, or the Faculty’s research department at onderzoek-fgw(removeme)uva.nl.

Appointment
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)uva.nl. 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.
Professor of Language Acquisition, UvA Amsterdam. Deadline: December 12 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 1,000 employees affiliated with the Faculty, which has about 8,000 students.
The Faculty of Humanities consists of six departments: History, Archaeology and Area Studies; Art, Religion and Cultural Sciences; Media Studies; Dutch Studies; Language and Literature; and Philosophy. Each department is made up of work pools comprising one or more professors and a number of other academic staff working in the relevant field.
The Language and Literature department is made up of eight work pools, which currently employ a total of over 75 fte.
The Language and Literature department has a vacancy for a:
Professor of Language Acquisition
1.0 FTE
vacancy number W11-218

The chairs of Second Language Acquisition (prof. J.H. Hulstijn) and Psycholinguistics and Language Pathology (prof. A.E. Baker) will be merged into one new chair of Language Acquisition, following developments in the field.

Tasks
The chair in Language Acquisition comprises teaching and research in the area of language acquisition in a multilingual context, with a potential specialization in second language acquisition, early child bilingualism, specific language impairment in a multilingual context, and related areas.
The study programme is mainly centred around Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes on specific languages offered by the faculty, as well as the programme in general linguistics. The professor will also participate in research Master programmes and other overarching curricular subjects that are not related to any particular language (for the curriculum, please see the UvA’s digital course catalogue: www.studiegids.uva.nl). The Faculty’s BA programmes are taught within the College of Humanities, while MA and doctorate programmes are administered within the Graduate School for Humanities.

Research focuses on the study of Language Acquisition and is conducted at Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC). In defining its research programme for the period 2009-2012, the Faculty has identified three research priority areas: Cultural Heritage and Identities, Cultural Transformations and Globalisation, and the interfaculty area of Cognitive Modelling and Learning. For further information about the Faculty research programme, please see: www.hum.uva.nl/onderzoek.

Requirements
The professor of Language Acquisition must be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the field, as evidenced by his/her academic qualifications, publications and teaching experience. S/he has completed doctoral work on a topic in this or a related discipline and, as the prospective chair, has a good understanding of the domain as a whole.
Much of the acquisition research carried out at the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication concerns language acquisition in a multilingual context. This includes research into (early) child bilingualism, adult second language acquisition, second and foreign language learning in primary, secondary and tertiary education, specific language impairment in a bilingual context, the critical period in language acquisition, and the adequacy of testing methods to determine levels of competence in language acquisition. In all these types of research the presence of two or more languages in the input is crucial. This research is both socially relevant and theoretically significant. In the highly multilingual society of Amsterdam such research has an immediate social impact, on the development of curricula at schools, the treatment of language disorders, and the incorporation of immigrants into society. For linguistic theory, this type of research helps to gain insight into the language faculty and multilingual competence, the effects of language contact on linguistic systems, and into the question how such systems emerge in the brain and spread through the community of speakers. The task of the chair of Language Acquisition will be to lead and expand the study of language acquisition in the sense described above.

The professor is expected to determine the focus of all education and research relating to the chair, preferably in accordance with the Faculty’s designated research priority area. The professor will have wide-ranging (and preferably international) experience of university teaching and of supervising students at all academic levels. In addition, he/she must be able to demonstrate familiarity and affinity with ICT developments relevant to teaching and research. S/he can draw on an existing national and international network in the relevant field.

Where education is concerned, the new professor will be responsible for developing and maintaining a high-quality and appealing contribution which satisfies the curricular aims of the aforementioned study programmes. This shall be done in consultation with other staff. S/he will ensure that teaching programmes respond to society’s demand for graduates capable of making academic knowledge more accessible to a broad audience. The candidate must show willingness to collaborate with various other educational units both within the University and at other higher education institutions. In view of the Faculty’s general policy that academic staff should be capable of flexible deployment, the new professor must be prepared to teach in an interdisciplinary context as well as outside his/her direct field of expertise.
The successful candidate should have experience of teaching at all levels of university education and in all forms employed at the UvA (seminars, lectures and supervision of dissertations/theses and work experience placements) and also of the methods of assessment associated with each of these. S/he must possess teaching and educational skills of a high order and an approachable personality and manner. The candidate must have an excellent command of Dutch and English; any appointee lacking this level of linguistic competence will be expected to acquire it within two years of taking up the post.

The importance that the Faculty attaches to this chair is reflected in the standards set for candidates in terms of research experience. The professor’s area of research should reflect one of the Faculty’s research priority areas. S/he must be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the field by reference to major contributions to international discussions on Language Acquisition in the broad sense and publications, including articles in international academic journals and anthologies, as well as to contributions to the wider public debate.

In addition, the professor will be expected to undertake new research, including both independent work and larger-scale projects involving partners outside the Language and Literature department and the Faculty of Humanities. S/he must be capable of recruiting the necessary indirect government or private sector funding for this. Further duties include the supervision of doctorate students and postdocs, and candidates are expected to possess experience relevant to the exercise of these responsibilities. In addition, the new professor will be expected to maintain close contacts with the field, or to be in a position to establish such contacts.
Structural chairs at the Faculty of Humanities

Structural chairs at the Faculty of Humanities comprise disciplines with a relatively high aggregation level and are held by scientists who have broad authority in and knowledge of their disciplines as well as an individual specialism. Structural chairs serve to bolster education, research and PhD supervision and generate leadership capacity. The structural chairs in each department are housed in work pools. Depending on their composition, they may be chaired by the professor her-/himself, or on the basis of rotation if the group comprises more than one professor. The professors (in collaboration with the senior university lecturers) of each department hold shared responsibility for dividing leadership duties (such as annual consultations, the fulfilment of executive positions). Departments will ensure the fair division and rotation of executive and managerial duties. The structural chairs aim to serve the full breadth of the department in this regard. Professors provide PhD supervision in collaboration with the (senior) university lecturers at their department.

The appointee will have administrative responsibility for his/her own staff. First and foremost, this will require inspiring and supportive team leadership. By encouraging staff and providing constructive criticism, the new professor will help to advance the quality and effectiveness of University teaching and research. Specific means of achieving this will include regular team meetings with work pool staff and annual consultations and assessment interviews. In addition, the new professor will be expected to undertake general administrative and organisational duties both within and outside the Faculty. Substantial evidence of practical experience in these areas is extremely desirable.

In keeping with University policy, candidates should have at least three years of subsequent work experience at a university or academic research institute other than the UvA, preferably abroad.

Further information
For further details, interested parties should contact the secretary of the selection committee, mrs. A.S.P.M. Peters, +31 (0)20 525 4428, A.S.P.M.Peters(removeme)uva.nl, or the chairman professor H.A. van der Liet, +31 (0)20 525 4664, H.A.vanderLiet(removeme)uva.nl.
The full text of the vacancy can also be found on www.english.uva.nl/vacancies/vacancies.cfm/06D28B0C-E628-40C3-A59AB9D8EEE3106F. There you can also find a Digital course catalogue and the Faculty research programme.

Appointment
The initial appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of no more than two years. Subject to satisfactory performance, this will be followed by a permanent appointment. The gross salary will normally conform to professorial scale 2 (between €4,904 and €7,142 per month before tax on a full-time basis in accordance with the salary scale established in January 2009). In certain cases, however, different terms of employment may be offered.

Job application
Please submit a letter of application in Dutch or English, accompanied by a CV and list of publications. The application should be addressed to the deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, prof. J.W. van Henten, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam. The top left-hand corner of the envelope should be marked with the vacancy number and the words ‘strictly confidential’. Applications should be received by us 12 december 2011 at the latest.
Alternatively, applications may be emailed to solliciteren2011-fgw(removeme)uva.nl. Please indicate the vacancy number in the subject field.
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee headed by the chair of the department of Language and Literature, prof. H.A. van der Liet. Following a procedure involving a formal assessment and a trial public lecture, the committee will make a recommendation to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.
Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Connecticut. Deadline: Open until position is filled.
The Department of Linguistics, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, is accepting applications for a tenure-track position in semantics at the Assistant Professor level, expected to start August 23, 2012.

Minimum qualifications: a Ph.D. in Linguistics or a related field, completed by start date of employment; primary research focus on formal semantics within a generative framework; evidence or promise of a strong research/publication record; ability to teach graduate courses in formal semantics, and a range of courses in the Department’s undergraduate curriculum; and research interests meshing well with those of the Department’s current faculty members. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.

Preferred qualifications: the ability to teach graduate courses in a second area of linguistics; the ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.

Appointment terms: The successful candidate's primary academic appointment will be in the Department of Linguistics at the Storrs campus with the possibility of work at UConn’s regional campuses across the state. Salary will be commensurate with background, qualifications and experience. While an appointment at the Assistant Professor rank is preferred, qualified candidates whose research, teaching, or service will make an exceptional contribution to UConn’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education may be appointed at a higher rank.

To apply: Applicants should visit Husky Hire at www.jobs.uconn.edu to upload their application materials (listing #: 2012235). Screening of applications will begin on December 16, 2011 and continue until the position is filled.

The application package should include: a cover letter, a statement of research interests, CV, evidence of teaching ability and at least three samples of scholarly writing. In addition, three letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the referees to Jon Gajewski at linguisticssearch(removeme)uconn.edu. Inquiries may also be sent to that email address.


Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the 86th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, January 5-8, 2012. Applicants should indicate in their cover letters whether they plan to attend.


The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.
PHD STUDENTSHIPS IN COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS, SPEECH TECHNOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE, University of Edinburgh. Deadline: December 16 2011
Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation School of Informatics University of Edinburgh

The Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC) at the University of Edinburgh invites applications for 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
include:

* 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:

www.ilcc.inf.ed.ac.uk/people
www.ilcc.inf.ed.ac.uk/study/possible-phd-topics-in-ilcc

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

www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/informatics/postgraduate/research-degrees/phd

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)ed.ac.uk>, the ILCC PhD admissions coordinator.

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The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
3 (RENEWABLE) 2-YEAR POST-DOC POSITIONS AVAILABLE, University of Trento. Deadline: open until position is filled
The CIMeC-CLIC laboratory of the University of Trento, an interdisciplinary group of researchers studying language and conceptualization using both computational and cognitive methods
(clic.cimec.unitn.it) announces the availability of at least 3
(renewable) 2-year Post-Doc positions.

The scholarships are funded by a 5-year European Research Council Starting Grant awarded to the COMPOSES (COMPositional Operations in SEmantic SPACE) project (clic.cimec.unitn.it/composes), that aims at modeling composition in distributional semantics. The project is expected to have strong impact on both theoretical and computational semantics, as well as their cognitive underpinnings.


* Desired Profiles *

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the project, we seek brilliant researchers with any of the following backgrounds:

- Machine learning (areas of special interest: regression, regularization methods, hierarchical regression, autoencoders, curriculum learning, scaling machine learning to large multivariate and multi-level problems, dealing with very sparse data);

- Psycholinguistics, experimental linguistics or cognitive science (areas of special interest: systematic judgment elicitation methods such as Likert scales or magnitude estimation, crowdsourcing, semantic processing);

- Formal and/or computational semantics (areas of special interest:
Montague Grammar and its derivatives, distributional semantics)

Advanced programming and mathematical skills are required of candidates from machine learning. Linguists and cognitive scientists must possess at least basic programming skills and a reasonable knowledge of statistics.

If you think that your background is relevant to the research program outlined on the project website (clic.cimec.unitn.it/composes) and you have good programming and quantitative skills, please do get in touch even if you do not fit any of the profiles above.

All researchers are expected to have an interest in working in an interdisciplinary environment.


* The Research Environment *

The CLIC lab (clic.cimec.unitn.it) is a unit of the University of Trento's Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC, www.unitn.it/en/cimec), an English-speaking, interdisciplinary center for research in brain and cognition whose staff includes neuroscientists, psychologists, (computational) linguists, computer scientists and physicists.

CLIC consists of researchers from the Departments of Computer Science
(DISI) and Cognitive Science (DISCoF) carrying out research on a range of topics including concept acquisition, corpus-based computational semantics, combining NLP and computer vision, combining brain and corpus data to study cognition, formal semantics and theoretical linguistics. Modeling composition in distributional semantics is increasingly a focus point of CLIC, and activity in this area will grow considerably thanks to COMPOSES funds.

CLIC is part of the larger network of research labs focusing on Natural Language Processing and related domains in the Trento region, that is quickly becoming one of the areas with the highest concentration of researchers in NLP and related fields anywhere in Europe.

The CLIC/CIMeC laboratories are located in beautiful Rovereto, a lively town in the middle of the Alps, famous for its contemporary art museum, the quality of its wine, and the range of outdoors sport and relax opportunities it offers:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rovereto


* Application Information *

For further information, please send an expression of interest to marco.baroni(removeme)unitn.it, attaching a CV. Positions are available immediately and open until filled.
Calls for papers for events
Call for abstracts for RC-33 Eight International Conference on Social Science Methodology, University of Sydney. Deadline: December 1st 2011
In July,RC-33 Eight International Conference on Social Science Methodology will be organized at the University of Sydney (Australia). This conference will bring together (socio) linguists, sociologists and psychologists who are interested in social science methodology.
For this conference we have organized a session on ‘Conversational and cognitive issues in flexible interviewing procedures’ and we are now looking for participants who are willing to give a presentation. The deadline for submitting an abstract is December 1st 2011.

Description: Conversational and cognitive issues in flexible interviewing procedures
Despite the rise of conversational interviewing and calendar interviewing in the survey practice, little attention has been paid to the social and cognitive foundations of these more flexible interviewing methods. This shortage is especially noteworthy given the great variety of flexible interviewing methods and their different levels of standardization that exist today. In order to evaluate these interviewing methods, attention needs to be paid to specific features like question wording and also to more general procedures, such as the style of interviewing and the integration of (aided recall) tools in the interview. Presentations in this session may cover social and cognitive aspects of interviewing regarding:
• Conversational features, verbal interaction, framing, non-verbal behavior;
• Memory, life histories, narratives, timeframes, aided recall, probing;
• The interaction of these issues with: a) characteristics of the study population, b) the type of research design, c) the mode of data collection, and d) the visual or verbal characteristics of data collection tools.

We welcome researchers from several fields e.g. linguistics, sociology and psychology. The aim of this session is to discuss how conversational and cognitive insights can be used to enhance the data quality as produced by flexible interviewing methods.

Submitting an abstract
Please submit an abstract of your paper containing no more than 300 words via the RC-33 website: conference.acspri.org.au/index.php/rc33/2012/index
To submit go to “log in or create an account” on the RC-33 website. After logging in with your account, click "Proposal submission" to start submitting. The closing date is December 1, 2011.

We hope some of you would like to attend the conference and the session. For additional information you can contact us (marieke.haan(removeme)rug.nl).

Kind regards,

Yfke Ongena (CLCG, University of Groningen)
Wander van der Vaart (University forHumanistics / VU medical center, Amsterdam)
MariekeHaan (CLCG, University of Groningen)
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 linguistlist.org/confcustom/junioren2012.
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 www.degrotetaaldag.nl. Voor verdere vragen kun je een e-mail sturen naar juniorendag2012(removeme)gmail.com.

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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 linguistlist.org/confcustom/junioren2012 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 www.degrotetaaldag.nl or contact us at juniorendag2012(removeme)gmail.com.
Call for papers voor TIN-dag AvT, onderdeel Grote Taaldag 4-2-2012. Deadline: 12 december 2011
ALGEMENE VERENIGING VOOR TAALWETENSCHAP
Secretariaat: Bert Botma (e.d.botma(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl) / Ale de Boer (a.de.boer(removeme)net.hcc.nl)
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!).

Inschrijven
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 ( www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderzoek/avt) of van de Grote Taaldag ( www.grotetaaldag.nl) 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 ( www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderzoek/avt). 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 (a.de.boer(removeme)net.hcc.nl). 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 Congress on Adjectives, 29 March-30 March, 2012, Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam (ACLC) . Deadline: December 16 2011
Although the Germanic and Romance languages are two branches of the same language family and both have developed the adjective as a separate morphological and syntactic category, the syntax and semantics of adjectives is by no means the same in these two language groups. The goal of this conference is to map the differences and similarities in meaning and syntactic behavior of the Germanic and Romance adjective, and to find an answer to the question: are the (dis)similarities the result of autonomous development in each of the two branches of the Indo-European language family or are they caused by language contact.

Topics to be discussed at the conference may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- predicative vs attributive adjectives
- adjectival positions
- adjectival agreement
- weak and strong adjectives
- relational adjectives
- functional adjectives
- gradable vs non-gradable adjectives
- superlatives

Invited Speakers:
Guglielmo Cinque (Universitą Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
Frans Plank (Universität Konstanz)

Abstracts are invited for 30 minute talks (20'+10') relevant to the conference theme. Submissions are limited to one single-authored and one joint-authored abstract. The abstracts should be sent by e-mail to variation-change-fgw(removeme)uva.nl no later than 16 December 2011.

Abstracts should be anonymous both in the body of the text and the filename and should not exceed two A4 pages with a 2.5cm margin on each side and in 12 pt font. A second document (in a separate file) should be submitted with the title of your paper and name(s), affiliation(s), and preferred contact details of the author(s).

Submission Deadline: December 16, 2011.
Notification of acceptance: January 20, 2012.

Organizing committee: Harry Perridon, Petra Sleeman & Freek Van de Velde

Submission address: variation-change-fgw(removeme)uva.nl
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:

linguistlist.org/confcustom/FASAL%202

Important Dates:

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

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

Organizers:

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: www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/fasl21.html.

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:
Contacts:
Muamera Begovic mbegovic(removeme)indiana.edu
George Fowler gfowler(removeme)indiana.edu fasl21(removeme)indiana.edu
Steven Franks franks(removeme)indiana.edu
(812) 855-9906/3272
Markus Dickinson md7(removeme)indiana.edu fax: (812) 855-2107
Melissa Wircombe mwitcomb(removeme)indiana.edu
Ksenia Zanon kzanon(removeme)indiana.edu www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/fasl21.html
Call for papers for Leuven Statistics Days 2012, KU Leuven, June 7-8 2012. Deadline: February 29 2012
EVENT: Leuven Statistics Days 2012: Mixed models and modern multivariate methods in linguistics

DATE: Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8, 2012

CALL DEADLINE: 29 February 2012

WEBSITE: lstat.kuleuven.be/research/lsd/lsd2012/

DESCRIPTION:

Leuven Statistics Days 2012: Mixed models and modern multivariate methods in linguistics

Following the tradition of celebrating statistics at K.U.Leuven, we are glad to announce the biennial Leuven Statistics Days 2012, to be held in Leuven on June 7 and 8, 2012. This edition’s theme is “Mixed models and modern multivariate methods in linguistics”. This international Leuven-based meeting warmly welcomes everyone interested in the methodological and applied themes. Through excellent invited speakers, a number of fine contributions, and a panel discussion, the meeting organizers aim to reach their twofold goal: (1) provide an exchange forum for statistical methods in linguistics and (2) stimulate cross-fertilization, centered around the methodological themes, between researchers in linguistics, bioinformatics, computer science, data mining, engineering, bio-engineering, imaging, and medical statistics, to name but a few.

Contributed presentations (oral and poster) are very welcome. To stimulate interaction, the entire meeting is held in a plenary format. Therefore, the number of oral slots available is limited. However, also a poster session will be organized with the explicit aim of fostering interaction.

Date: Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8, 2012

Location: College De Valk, Tiensestraat 41, Leuven

Website: lstat.kuleuven.be/research/lsd/lsd2012/

We invite you to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Authors of abstracts selected for oral presentation will have the opportunity to give a talk of about 20 minutes. In addition, we plan to organize a poster session to encourage PhD and postdoctoral researchers to present their ongoing work to statisticians from other disciplines. The total length of the abstract should not exceed one A4 sheet and the abstract should consist of the following parts:

Title (in Times New Roman 16)
Authors (the presenter should be underlined) (in Times New Roman 12)
Affiliation of the authors (in Times New Roman 12)
Abstract (maximum 300 words) (in Times New Roman 12)
References (in Times New Roman 12)
The abstract should preferably be submitted in Word and .pdf format. In case LaTeX is used, the LaTeX source code should also be provided.

To submit, please send your abstract to info(removeme)lstat.kuleuven.be.

Abstracts should be sent no later than February 29, 2012.

We hope to welcome you at the Leuven Statistical Days 2012!

Scientific and organizing committee: Dirk Speelman (chairman), Geert Molenberghs (LStat organizing chair), An Carbonez, Lilian Wassink, Dirk Geeraerts, Kris Heylen.
Extra
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 www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOP_8FMJPV 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: www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOP_8MHHW7
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
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.


Aanvraagprocedure
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.


Beoordelingsprocedure
Criteria

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

Procedure

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.
Commissies

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
Budget

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


Financiers

Algemeen Bestuur van NWO.


Contactpersonen
Mw. drs. H.R. Varwijk
telefoon: +31 (0)70 349 44 37, e-mail: rubicon(removeme)nwo.nl
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: www.oapen.nl
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: www.nwo.nl/internationalisering /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:

uilotssyntaxif.wordpress.com/

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


Objective
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.


Application
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: www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOP_6H2G7R_ENG
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.


Aanvraagprocedure
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.


Beoordelingsprocedure
Criteria

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
benadering/methodologie
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
Relevantie

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

Procedure

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
Budget

Per jaar is 300.000 euro beschikbaar.

Financiers

NWO-gebied Geesteswetenschappen (GW).

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