November 3rd, 2011

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

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


Van spijkerschrift tot Unicode
Tijdens de Week van de Diversiteit bood de onderzoekschool taalwetenschap in Leiden een uniek kijkje in de taalwetenschappelijke keuken. Zo werden op het publiekssymposium ‘Schrift op Drift’ schriftsystemen uit verschillende werelddelen en verschillende tijdperken belicht.
Lectures / talks / Colloquia
Gesture Workshop on the occasion of Lisette Mol's PhD Defense on Language in the hands, Tilburg, November 7 2011
You are invited to a gesture workshop to mark the occasion of Lisette Mol’s PhD defense
on Monday November 7 2011
Academia building room AZ 211, Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 205, Tilburg

Programme (for abstracts, see below)

10.00-10.30 Lisette Mol, "Language in the hands"

10.30-11.00 Mieke van de Sandt, "How to talk when language lets you down"

11.00-11.30 Susan Brennan, "Adapting Co-Speech Gestures to Addressees"

11.30-12.00 Jan de Ruiter, "Is there a communicative trade-off between gesture and speech?"

12.00-13.30 lunch break

13.30-14.00 Sotaro Kita, "Gesture, language and cognition"

14.00-14.30 Asli Ozyurek, "Giving comprehension a hand: what does the brain reveal about speech-gesture comprehension"

followed at 16.00 by the defense of Lisette Mol's thesis "Language in the hands" in the Aula, Warandelaan 2, Tilburg

Please register by emailing a reply to Lisettegaatpromoveren(removeme) before Monday, October 24, so that appropriate lunch arrangements can be made


Lisette Mol, "Language in the hands"

Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC), Tilburg University

I will present an overview of the work described in my dissertation, which addresses the question of whether gesture resembles speech in it being communicative and it being intended as such. The first two studies show that speakers adapt their gesture production to their beliefs about their addressee, such as whether the addressee is a person or a computer system and whether the addressee can see them or not. Thus, we see that speakers adapt their message to their addressee in gesture, as they do in speech. The third study shows some parallels between adaptation in gesture and in speech and suggests that concepts are communicated through co-speech gesture. The final study examined the gesture production of speakers whose verbal ability is impaired as a result of a stroke. It seems that their gesture production tends to be impaired as well. Together, these four studies show various ways in which speech and co-speech gesture production are alike. Hence, one can think of gesture as 'language in the hands'.

Dr Mieke van de Sandt, "How to talk when language lets you down"

Rijndam revalidatiecentrum

Damage to the brain’s left hemisphere causes aphasia, i.e. a disorder of the language function. In most cases, this damage is caused by a stroke. Loosing your language has a disruptive effect on communication. As language is needed in almost all communicative settings, aphasia affects every aspect of social life.

To support communication, an aphasic patient may learn to use several low tech communicative strategies, such as writing, drawing and gesturing or using a communication book. In addition, people may benefit from a high tech communication aid. Not only the language symptoms vary considerably across patients, their ability to use low tech or high tech alternative and communicative communication (AAC) varies as well. A detailed diagnosis of verbal and nonverbal communication is therefore indispensible for an adequate planning of treatment. The Scenario Test, published in 2010, evaluates both verbal and nonverbal communication in aphasia, offering the possibility to investigate the relation between verbal and nonverbal communication.

Prof Susan Brennan "Adapting Co-Speech Gestures to Addressees"

Stony Brook University

Susan E. Brennan, Anna Kuhlen, & Alexia Galati

Spoken dialogue is a collaborative activity during which partners shape each other's cognitive processing and behavior. Speakers adapt not only utterances, but also gestures, to their addressees. Our experiments have found that gestures are shaped both by global information (available to the speaker in advance about an addressee's characteristics and needs), and by local information (or feedback from the addressee that emerges on-line as the dialogue unfolds). To the extent that global adaptation involves mentalizing about partners and their intentions, while local adaptation involves monitoring verbal and nonverbal cues, these two kinds of adaptations may rely on distinct but interacting neural networks.

Prof Jan de Ruiter “Is there a communicative trade-off between gesture and speech?”
Dept. of Linguistics and Literary Studies, Bielefeld University

The tradeoff hypothesis in the speech-gesture relationship claims that (1) when gesturing gets harder, speakers will rely relatively more on speech, and (2) when speaking gets harder, speakers will rely relatively more on gestures. In a recent, large scale experiments, we tested the second part of this hypothesis in an experimental collaborative referring paradigm where directors and matchers identified targets to each other from an array visible to both of them. We manipulated two factors known to affect the difficulty of speaking to assess their effects on the rate of gesture. The first factor is the ease with which targets can be described (codability). The second factor is whether the targets have already been described once or twice before (repetition). We also manipulated mutual visibility. The most striking finding in our study was that codability and repetition did not systematically affect the gesture rate. Our data are thus inconsistent with the tradeoff hypothesis. In addition, we could show that the gesture rate was sensitive to concurrent features in the speech, suggesting that gesture parallels aspects of speech. We argue that the redundancy between speech and gesture is communicatively motivated.

Dr Sotaro Kita "Gesture, language and cognition"

University of Birmingham

We (humans) produce gestures spontaneously not only when we speak ("co-speech gestures"), but also when we think without speaking ("co-thought" gestures). I will present studies that shed light on the cognitive architecture for gesture production. I will first review the evidence that co-speech gestures are highly sensitive to what goes on in speech production. For example, gestural representation of motion events varies as a function of the linguistic structures used to encode motion events. Gestures are produced more frequently when it is difficult to organise ideas for linguistic expression. Despite these pieces of evidence for a tight link between gesture and language, there are indications that gesture production is dissociable from speech production. Furthermore, new evidence shows that there are important parallelisms between co-speech gestures and co-thought gestures, suggesting that these two types of gestures are produced from the same mechanism, which is outside of speech production processes. I will conclude that gestures are produced from a mechanism that is inherently independent from, but highly interactive with, the speech production process. I will propose a cognitive architecture in which gesture production is related to action generation, spatial cognition, and speech production in an intricate way.

Prof Asli Ozyurek "Giving comprehension a hand: What does the brain reveal about speech-gesture comprehension"

Radboud University Nijmegen, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

There is growing evidence that gestures that speakers use during speaking are attended, picked up and integrated into the information received from the spoken message; modulating speech comprehension in significant ways. In this talk I will review evidence showing how our brain might be processing information coming from different channels to reveal further insights about the processes underlying multimodal language comprehension
ACLC Seminar by Vaclav Jonįš Podlipsky, Amsterdam UvA, November 11 2011
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 420
November 11 2011, 15.15-16.30 uur
Vaclav Jonįš Podlipsky (Palackż University Olomouc, Czech Republic)


Same cue, new role: English learners’ use of vowel duration as a perceptual cue in Czech
The abstract can be found on the ACLC website:

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday. After the lectures drinks are served at the Opleiding Algemene Taalwetenschap, Spuistraat 210, third floor. For more information: aclc-fgw(removeme), tel. 020-5252543
LUSH lecture by Lucas Champollion, Utrecht University, November 25 2011
LUSH lecture by Lucas Champollion, Utrecht University, Friday November 25th

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

Location: Utrecht University, Janskerkhof 13, Room 0.06

Title: The common core of aspect, distributivity and measurement

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

Hope to see you there!


The LUSH organizers


Why can I tell you that I 'ran for five minutes' but not that I '*ran to the store for five minutes'? Why can you say that there are 'five pounds of books' in this package if it contains several books, but not '*five pounds of book' if it contains only one? What keeps you from using '*sixty degrees of water' to tell me the temperature of the water in your pool when you can use 'sixty inches of water' to tell me its height? And what goes wrong when I complain that '*all the ants in my kitchen are numerous'?
The constraints on these constructions involve concepts that are generally studied separately: aspect, plural and mass reference, measurement, and distributivity. In this talk, I will provide a unified perspective on these domains, connect them formally within the framework of mereological semantics, and use this connection to transfer insights across unrelated bodies of literature. A generalized notion of atelicity is proposed and formalized as a parametrized higher-order property called stratified reference: a predicate that holds of a certain entity or event is required to also hold of its parts along a certain dimension and down to a certain granularity.
Stratified reference is used to formulate a single constraint that explains each of the judgments above. The constraint is exploited to improve on existing characterizations of distributivity, atelicity, and monotonicity of measurement.
Syntax Circle: Language and Cognition, Meertens Instituut Amsterdam, November 30 2011
November 30, 2011, 14:00 - 17:00
Meertens Instituut, Symposiumzaal

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


Tools, snowflakes and norms

Jan Koster, Groningen

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

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

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

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

Core knowledge systems and the language faculty?

Johan Rooryck (Leiden)

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

Studiemiddag over taaltesten:
constructie, interpretatie en beoordeling

14 december 2011

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

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

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

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

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


Anne Breitbarth, University of Ghent
Ben Hermans, Meertens Institute

See for call for papers below.
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Masterscriptieprijs EuroCORECODE Masterclass, Utrecht University, November 4 2011
Aan docenten en masterstudenten in de sociale en geografische en geesteswetenschappen aan de Nederlandse en Vlaamse universiteiten

Betreft: masterscriptieprijs

In 2010 is het programma EuroCORECODE van de European Science Foundation van start gegaan. Het programma heeft ten doel op een comparatieve manier de factoren te onderzoeken die de regionale dynamiek van Europa door de geschiedenis heen hebben bepaald.

Binnen dit programma zijn drie internationale samenwerkingsprojecten toegekend: 1. CULTICSYMBOLS, dat heiligendevoties onderzoek als expressies van lokale, regionale, nationale en universele identiteiten; 2. CUIUS REGIO, dat een analyse beoogt van de samenbindende en disruptieve krachten die de cohesie binnen regio’s hebben bepaald en 3. UNFAMILIARITY, waarin onderzoek wordt gedaan naar de historische beeldvorming van de ander en de moderne praktijk daarvan in grensregio’s. Met verschillende accenten bestrijken deze projecten gezamenlijk de periode van de volle middeleeuwen tot de modern tijd.

Om een jonge generatie te betrekken bij deze thematiek en om nieuw onderzoek op dit terrein te stimuleren heeft de ESF op voorstel van de projectleiders een Master-Thesis-Award ingesteld, waarvoor Master Theses die zich op een aspect van het EuroCORECODE-programma richten, en liefst binnen de onderzoeksvelden van de drie projecten liggen, kunnen worden ingezonden. Dit hoeven niet bij uitstek Researchmasterscripties te zijn.

Om Master studenten te informeren over de mogelijkheden en aan te moedigen hun masterscriptie over een toepasselijk onderwerp te schrijven, wordt op vrijdag 4 november een Masterclass georganiseerd, met het volgende programma:
- 10.00 -10.30 ontvangst en koffie
- 10.30-11.45 prof.dr. Dick de Boer (RUG) geeft een introductie op EuroCORECODE-concept als geheel; voorstelling van het Cultic Symbols-project en bespreking van Cuius Regio-projec
- 11.45-12.45 dr. Job Weststrate (RUG) geeft aan de hand van enkele casus uit zijn onderzoek betreffende Gelre en het Nederrijngebied een overzicht van thematische, heuristische en methodologische aspecten en introduceert onderwerpen die zich voor uitwerking als uitwerking als masterscriptie lenen
- 12.45-13.45 lunch
- 13.45-14.15 dr. Kees Terlouw (UU) behandelt het gebruik en de ontwikkeling van regionale concepten in de geografische wetenschappen
- 14.15-15.15 mw.dr. Bianca Szytniewski (RU) geeft aan de hand van enkele casus uit haar onderzoek naar de grensregio’s op de Nederlands-Duitse, Duits-Poolse en Poolse-Oekrainse grens Polen een overzicht van thematische, heuristische en methodologische aspecten en die zich voor uitwerking als uitwerking als masterscriptie lenen
- 15.15-15.30 thee
- 15.30-16.30 round table: bespreking van de Call voor de Award, gelegenheid tot vragenstellen over scriptieplannen

Plaats: Universiteit Utrecht: Van Ravesteijnzaal, Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, Utrecht
In verband met de ruimte en de catering is aanmelding noodzakelijk: dit kan tot en met dinsdag 1 november door een e-mail naar:
Voor details van het EuroCORECODE-programma, de projecten en de Master Thesis Award zie:
Semantics in the Netherlands Day (SiNday), Utrecht University, Friday November 11 2011
On November 11th, the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UIL-OTS) will organize the ninth Semantics in the Netherlands day (SiNday). The SiNday offers graduate students a platform to present their research in any area of natural language semantics. Our invited speaker is Luisa Martķ (Queen Mary London) who will conclude SiN IX with a talk entitled “Disassociation and movement: two problems for propositional quantification” (joint work with Klaus Abels). Hans van de Koot (University College London) has kindly accepted to deliver a warming up talk entitled “The linguistic representation of causal relations”.

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

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

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

We hope to see you all there!

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

Invited speakers:

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


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

Registration & Fees:

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

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

Contact & Travel:

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

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Groningen!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Workshop description

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

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

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



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

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

11:00 - 11:20
coffee break

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

12:00 - 12:50
lunch break

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

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

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

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

WSLST 2012

(formerly International PhD School in Language and Speech Technologies)

Tarragona, Spain

January 23-27, 2012

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



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

The previous event in this series was SSLST 2011 (


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

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

There will be no overlap in the class schedule.


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


It has to be done on line at


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

1 hour =

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


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

Uno-e Bank (Julian Camarillo 4 C, 28037 Madrid, Spain): IBAN: ES3902270001820201823142 - Swift code: UNOEESM1 (account holder: Carlos Martin-Vide GRLMC; account holder’s address: Av. Catalunya, 35, 43002 Tarragona, Spain)

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


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

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


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


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


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


Florentina-Lilica Voicu: florentinalilica.voicu(removeme)



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

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


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

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

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

Thank you in advance for your help.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best regards from Göttingen

The linguistics' students group

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

17-18 November, Copenhagen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


10.00-10.10 Opening

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

12.00-13.00 Lunch

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

14.50-15.10 Koffie + thee

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

18:00 Thesis defense Herman Stehouwer
19:30 Drinks

Abstracts will be made available shortly.

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

The symposium will be at the University of Tilburg, Warande building, room WZ104.
Conference Going Romance, Utrecht (UIL OTS), December 8-10 2011
Going Romance is the European conference series that focuses on Romance languages from the perspective of current linguistic theorizing. In the two decades of its existence, it has developed into the major European discussion forum for theoretically relevant research on Romance languages where current ideas about language in general and about Romance languages in particular are discussed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Going Romance 2012 is scheduled to take place in Leuven (Belgium)
Morphology days 2011, Nijmegen, December 21-22 2011
As you might know, on December 21 and 22 the Morfologiedagen -
Morphology Days 2011 will take place in Nijmegen. Hereby we announce
the programma:

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

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

Kind regards,

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

Deadline for abstract submission:

September 9, 2011

Call on LinguistList:

Further details can be found on our homepage:

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

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

Universität Leipzig
Institut für Linguistik
Beethovenstraße 15
D-04107 Leipzig
Email: consolexx(removeme)
FIFTH WORLD UNIVERSITIES FORUM, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece, January 8-10 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you in Rhodes in January.
Workshop Socio-cognitive mechanisms of symbolic communication, Tilburg University, 26 January 2012
Call for Participation

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

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

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

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

Keynote speakers:

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

Invited speakers:

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

Tentative programme (details TBA):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Course details

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

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

From linguistic to conceptual metaphor in five steps (Steen)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tentative program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

The previous event in this series was SSLST 2011 (


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

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

There is no overlap in the class schedule.


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


It has to be done on line at


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

1 hour =

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


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

Uno-e Bank (Julian Camarillo 4 C, 28037 Madrid, Spain): IBAN: ES3902270001820201823142 - Swift code: UNOEESM1 (account holder: Carlos Martin-Vide GRLMC; account holder’s address: Av. Catalunya, 35, 43002 Tarragona, Spain)

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Registration closes: December 15, 2011.

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

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

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

Organising committee:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Four keynote speakers anticipated

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

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

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

See complete CFP and contact on

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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
OFFRES D'EMPLOI RECHERCHE ET ENSEIGNEMENT 2011-2012 ą Paris, (LabEx EFL). Deadline: November 10 2011
Laboratoire d'excellence "Empirical Foundations of Linguistics: data, methods, models" (LabEx EFL)

Le LabEx EFL est un projet décennal financé par le Ministčre de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche, et qui s'appuie sur 13 laboratoires de recherche (par ordre alphabétique : Alpage, CRLAO, HTL, Lacito, Lattice, LIPN, Llacan, LLF, LPP-Paris3, LPP-Paris5, LpnCog/MemCog, MII, Sedyl) rattachés ą 5 universités parisiennes (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris-Diderot, Paris-Descartes, Paris 13, INALCO), en partenariat avec le CNRS, INRIA, EPHE, et l'IRD.

Le projet vise ą promouvoir une recherche interdisciplinaire innovante impliquant différents domaines de la linguistique théorique et appliquée, avec un accent particulier sur les fondements empiriques et les méthodes expérimentales de la discipline.

Pour l'année académique 2011-2012, les emplois suivants sont offerts :
- Chaire internationale de linguistique quantitative et expérimentale (Professeurs invités)
- 9 emplois post-doctoraux dans les domaines suivants : Prosodie, Syntaxe expérimentale, Sémantique expérimentale, Fouille de données textuelles, Typologie linguistique, Histoire de la linguistique informatique
- 2 emplois d'ingénieurs dans les domaines suivants : Ressources linguistiques, Psycholinguistique.
- 1 contrat doctoral de 3 ans en Sémantique expérimentale
- 2 Assistants de recherche en psycholinguistique

Date limite de candidature : 10 novembre 2011
Chercheur postdoctoral (sémantique des langues), Université Paris 7. Deadline: November 10 2011
Chercheur postdoctoral: Modčles et méthodes pour le traitement sémantique des langues. Histoire et réflexivité.

Contact: Jacqueline Léon, HTL
Adresse électronique du responsable:
Université: Université Paris 7
Niveau: chercheur postdoctorant
Durée: 12 mois
Salaire: 24 000 €/an env.
Spécialités: Linguistique, linguistique computationnelle, histoire des sciences, philosophie du langage Date limite de candidature: 10/11/2011 Référence de candidature: EFL-HRP Description :

Nous recherchons un chercheur post-doctorant pour une étude transdisciplinaire sur les relations entre la linguistique et le traitement automatique des langues, comprenant un volet épistémologique et historique important.

L’objectif de la recherche consiste ą envisager le transfert de concepts et de méthodes ą partir de théories sémantiques vers des systčmes de traitement automatique des langues, afin de déterminer les distorsions subies par la théorie lorsqu’elle donne lieu ą des applications. Une étude de cas sera choisie avec le candidat. Par exemple, l’annotation de rōles sémantiques pourrait faire l’objet d’une étude des différentes étapes entre la théorie de Fillmore (1968) et ses transformations successives aboutissant ą des ressources sémantiques, telles que Frame Net ou PropBank. D’autres études de cas sont envisageables, telles que la DRT etc.

Compétences: le candidat doit źtre titulaire d’un doctorat en linguistique, linguistique informatique, histoire des sciences ou philosophie du langage et s’intéresser aux aspects historiques et épistémologiques des sciences du langage et du TAL.

Candidature : un CV, les noms et les coordonnées de deux chercheurs universitaires référents , une liste complčte de publications et une lettre de motivation présentant les intérźts de recherche du candidat, en particulier la faēon dont il envisage le projet et quels axes de recherche il a l’intention de poursuivre.
Vacature Postdoc Taaldiversiteit, KNAW Programma Taaldiversiteit. Deadline: November 13 2011
Duur aanstelling: 24 maanden, januari 2012 – december 2013
Omvang aanstelling: 16-20 uur per week

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

For further inquiries, please contact:

Helena Trompelt, PhD

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

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

Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for the 22nd CLIN meeting 2012, Tilburg, January 20 2012. Deadline: November 14 2011
The 22nd Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands January 20th, 2012, University of Tilburg, Tilburg, The Netherlands 2nd Call for Abstracts ======================================================

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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


Workshop proposals should contain:

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

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

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

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

Further details can be discussed with the SLE Conference Manager.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Become a member of the Societas Linguistica Europaea.


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


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


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


SLE 2012 Local Organizing Committee:

Susanne Vejdemo (Secretary)

SLE Conference Manager:

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

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

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On Saturday, February 4th 2012, Anéla and VIOT (the Dutch and Flemish associations for applied linguistics and discourse studies) organize their annual junior research day (Juniorendag) in Utrecht. The Juniorendag is part of the 'Big Language Day' (Grote Taaldag), together with the AVT-TINday, and the Taalgala.
At the Juniorendag, graduate students, junior researchers and PhD candidates in the field of applied linguistics (language use, language acquisition, education, discourse, or communication) get the opportunity to present their work. In addition, the annual Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs is awarded to the best BA- or MA-thesis in the field of applied linguistics.
If you want to present a paper or a poster at the Juniorendag, please upload your abstract, in Dutch or English, on before December 11 2011, 23.59.
Abstracts should not exceed 200 words, and they should not include any personal information (name, university/institute, address). Please indicate whether you prefer a poster presentation or an oral lecture. You cannot submit the same abstract for both the Juniorendag and the TIN-dag. You will receive a notification of acceptance before Christmas.
Further information about the Juniorendag is available on or contact us at juniorendag2012(removeme)
Call for papers for FASAL 2012, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA , March 17-18 2012. Deadline: December 23 2011
Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages 2

Call for Papers:

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

Link to the abstract submission page:

Important Dates:

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

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


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

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

FASL 21 will be preceded by a SPECIAL SESSION on

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

Call for Papers:

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

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

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

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

Organizing Committee:
Muamera Begovic mbegovic(removeme)
George Fowler gfowler(removeme) fasl21(removeme)
Steven Franks franks(removeme)
(812) 855-9906/3272
Markus Dickinson md7(removeme) fax: (812) 855-2107
Melissa Wircombe mwitcomb(removeme)
Ksenia Zanon kzanon(removeme)
SyntaxUiLOTSIF Platform meetings, Utrecht University (UIL OTS), Mondays 15.30h
UiL-OTS is organising the Syntax- Uil OTS - Interface meetings (shortened to SyntaxUiLOTSIF) on Mondays from 15:30-17:00 in Utrecht.
The program for these meetings can be found on the following website:

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

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

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

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

Who can apply

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

Women especially are urged to apply.

Researchers from abroad may apply

What can be applied for

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

When can be applied

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

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

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

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

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

Wie kan aanvragen

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

Wat kan aangevraagd worden

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

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

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

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

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

Extra Informatie

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


Wetenschappelijke kwaliteit

1 wetenschappelijke probleem- , vraag- en doelstelling

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

3 onderzoeksmethode

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

5 begeleidingssteam

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

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


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

Overige informatie

Per jaar is 300.000 euro beschikbaar.


NWO-gebied Geesteswetenschappen (GW).

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