June 15th, 2012

LOT Announcements / events
LOT Summer School 2012, 2-13 July 2012.
Registration closed.

The next LOT Summer School 2012 will take place from 2-13 July 2012, and will be hosted by the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS. The school will take place at conference center ‘De Baak’ in Driebergen (near Utrecht). Registration closes on June 1.

The school includes courses by Larry Horn (Yale), Andrew Nevins (UCL), Andrew Kehler (UCSD), Laurence Mettewie (Namen), Ted Sanders (Utrecht), Rolf Noyer (UPenn), Artemis Alexiadou (Stuttgart), and Ian Roberts (Cambridge).

This year’s edition includes two special teaching-tracks:
• A Language, Brain and Cognition session (LBC) sponsored by NCU. Teachers include Gina Kuperberg (Harvard), Naomi Feldman (Maryland), John Trueswell (Upenn), and Colin Phillips (Maryland). There is a special rate available for students who only wish to enroll for the LBC courses.
• A Bilingual SLI session sponsored by COST. Teachers are Patrick Rebuschat (Bangor), Sharon Armon Lotem (Bar-Ilan), Zofia Wodniecka (Krakow), Theo Marinis (Reading), and Vicky Chondrogianni (Bangor). Students who enroll for these courses can apply for COST student support.

Students are encouraged to present their work during the weekly poster session. Students may present a poster with original work, try-out their poster for an upcoming conference, or present a poster from a previous conference.

The courses in this school are free for all PhD-researchers and second year research master students who are affiliated with one of the eight LOT Institutes.

You can find the schedule, registration form and more information on our website www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2012_Zomerschool_Utrecht

Check the website for regular updates. For questions regarding this LOT Summer school email lot(removeme)uu.nl
Kennislink Taal & Spraak
Kennislink Taal & Spraak is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied: www.kennislink.nl/taal-en-spraak


Kinderen interpreteren anders dan volwassenen
Kinderen interpreteren zinnen die woorden bevatten zoals ‘elk’ en ‘ieder’, ook wel kwantoren genoemd, anders dan volwassenen. Dat blijkt uit het proefschrift van taalwetenschapper Marie-Elise van der Ziel die op woensdag 13 juni promoveert aan de Universiteit Utrecht.

Student brengt Chinese taalvariatie in beeld
De Leidse student Daan van Esch bracht de talige diversiteit in China in kaart met behulp van vijf miljoen berichten van Weibo, de Chinese variant van Twitter.
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
LUCL Vrijdagmiddaglezing Beschrijvende Taalkunde 2012, Leiden University, June 15 2012
Friday June 15
Time: 16:00 – 17:00
Venue: van Eyckhof 2 / room 004
Validating different methods of Language Analysis for Determination of
Origin (LADO)

Gerard J. Tolsma
(Immigration and Naturalisation Service)

Language Analysis for Determination of Origin (LADO), a relatively new
field of forensic linguistics, is much debated in the academic world.

In short, the debate focuses on two different approaches. The first
approach combines the input of a native speaker with the expertise of a
forensic linguist, while the other approach focuses on a linguist with
expertise in the language(s) involved, while deeming the input of a
native speaker of lesser importance.

In an article on this debate, Tina Cambier-Langeveld (2010) presented
the results of a study by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation
Service (INS) of eight language analyses that were analyzed according to
both approaches. In these eight cases, the true origin of the asylum
seeker was established beyond doubt several years after the analyses.

During the talk you will be given the opportunity to listen to the
actual recording of one of these cases, an asylum seeker who claims to
be a Krio speaker from Sierra Leone. The results of the language
analysis performed by the INS and the analysis performed by the expert
linguist (hired as a counter expert) will be presented and discussed.

This case study reveals the necessity to shift the focus of the
discussion to requirements such as objectivity, since lack of
objectivity seems to be a more pressing problem than lack of expertise,
also in present day casework.


Cambier-Langeveld, T. (2010), "The role of linguists and native speakers
in language analysis for the determination of speaker origin", in: The
International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law, Volume 17.1,


If you know someone who is willing to give a talk, or if you need more information, or if you want to be included on the e-mail list, please contact: Martine Bruil, Rebecca Voll or Stanly Oomen.

Martine Bruil m.bruil(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl
Stanly Oomen s.oomen(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl
Rebecca Voll r.m.voll(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl
SMART Cognitive Science Lecture with Kees Hengeveld & Östen Dahl, Doelenzaal UvA Amsterdam, June 22 2012
June 22nd: Östen Dahl on How languages get complex
by smartcognitivescience
The June SMART Cognitive Science Lecture will be presented on 22/6/2012 by:

Prof. Östen Dahl (Stockholm)
How languages get complex

Location: Doelenzaal (University library, Singel 421, Amsterdam)
Date: 22/6/2012


16h00, Kees Hengeveld (ACLC, UvA), SMART Perspective on Cognitive Typology
16h20, Östen Dahl (Stockholm), How languages get complex
17h10, Discussion
17h30, Drinks


Complexity is a topic that has recently attracted considerable attention in linguistics. Among other things, the conventional wisdom that all human languages are equally complex has been challenged. In the talk, I will discuss how the general notion of complexity and how it can be applied to linguistic, in particular grammatical, complexity; how grammatical complexity develops over time in what I call grammatical maturation processes; further, how grammatical complexity is influenced by external factors such as the extent to which a language is acquired and transmitted by adult second-language learners.
Rectification location/time ELiTU Talks, UIL OTS Utrecht, June 18 & 25 2012
In June the ELiTU (Experimental Linguistics Talks Utrecht) lecture series will feature the following talks (see below for abstracts). All are welcome!

Speaker: Ianthi Tsimpli (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Title: Language and cognition in a savant's mind
Date: June 18th, 13:00. Note different time and location!
Location: Drift 25, room 0.02

Speaker: Susan Goldin-Meadow (University of Chicago)
Title: How our hands help us think
Date: June 25th, 13:30
Location: Trans 6, A.W. de Grootkamer (room 0.19). Note different location!


How our hands help us think

Susan Goldin-Meadow (University of Chicago)

When people talk, they gesture. We now know that these gestures are associated with learning. They can index moments of cognitive instability and reflect thoughts not yet found in speech. What I hope to do in this talk is raise the possibility that gesture might do more than just reflect learning––it might be involved in the learning process itself. I consider two non-mutually exclusive possibilities: the gestures that we see others produce might be able to change our thoughts; and the gestures that we ourselves produce might be able to change our thoughts. Finally, I explore the mechanisms responsible for gesture's effect on learning––how gesture works to change our minds.


Language and Cognition in a savant’s mind
Ianthi Maria Tsimpli
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and NIAS

Christopher is a polyglot-savant with exceptional language learning abilities, atypical autistic behaviour, apraxia and visuo-spatial deficits. I will present the attested strengths and weaknesses in Christopher’s languages, in his language learning abilities and in other aspects of his cognition, mainly on false-belief tasks and memory. It will be argued that asymmetries are found within language abilities indicating that language is an umbrella term including properties which are more or less sensitive to non-linguistic cognitive abilities.
Special edition of Language and Speech Colloquium preluding Daphne Theijssen’s PhD defense, Radboud University Nijmegen, June 18 2012

speakers: R. Harald Baayen (Eberhard Karls University, Tuebingen) &

Joan Bresnan (Stanford University)

topic: Learning Syntactic Alternations

time: Monday 18 June, 10:45 – 12:30

place: Erasmusplein 1 (Erasmus building), room E 20.05, Nijmegen

10.45h Grounding probability in language in basic principles of learning

R. Harald Baayen (Eberhard Karls University, Tuebingen)

A foundational question in empirical research on language concerns the origin of the pervasive role of probabilistic knowledge in human grammars. Many studies have documented aspects of language that are stochastic in nature and are best described by statistical models such as logistic regression or Bayesian graphical models (cf. Theijssen's PhD thesis). It seems unlikely, however, that speakers are guided in their language use by internalized versions of such statistical models. One alternative to such models is offered by exemplar theory (cf. AML and TiMBL), which base prediction on the set of nearest neighbors using a simple similarity metric. In my presentation, I will discuss an alternative to exemplar models, naive discrimination learning, that grounds probability in basic principles of human learning as summarized in the Rescorla-Wagner equations. Following an overview of phenomena that have been addressed with naive discrimination learning, I will present an analysis of the dative alternation using this approach, and comment on the perspective this approach offers for construction grammar.

11.30h Do children learn syntactic usage probabilities? A cross-constructional study of children's dative and genitive productions.

Joan Bresnan (Stanford University)

Recent work from the Spoken Syntax Lab has found that children replicate probabilistic patterns of the dative and genitive alternations which are present in the "input" provided by their adult caregivers (de Marneffe et al 2012, McElvain 2010). Although both alternations are highly predictable from overlapping sets of variables, including the weight of lexical constituents (heavy last), the pronominality of the recipient or possessor (pronoun first), and discourse accessibility (given before new), the constructions differ distributionally: the genitive alternation is far more heavily driven by animacy than the dative alternation. Hence a cross-constructional comparison provides an opportunity to see whether children learn such distributional differences. They might instead utilize frequent lexical combinations from their intput (cf. Diessel and Tomasells 2005), or replicate just those patterns that can be attributed to production processing difficulties.

I will discuss the problems of doing such a cross-constructional study and present findings from my work modeling a combined dataset of children's dative and genitive constructions from our previous work on the individual constructions.
LUCL Talk by Prof. Jairo Nunes in the Syntax Lab Series, Leiden University, June 18 2012
LUCL (Leiden University) is happy to announce a talk by Prof. Jairo Nunes (Universidada de Sćo Paulo, Brazil) in the Syntax Lab Series.

When: 18 June, Monday, 15.15 - 17.00

Where: Room 001, Lipsius building

Title: Phi-feature specification and A-movement in Brazilian Portuguese
UiL-OTS Syntax Seminar by prof. Jairo Nunes, Utrecht University, June 19 & 21 2012
UiL-OTS Syntax Seminar by prof. Jairo Nunes (Universidade de Sćo Paulo, Brazil) 19/06/2012 & 21/06/2012

19/06/2012: Lecture 1 & Lecture 2

Lecture 1: Relativizing A-movement in the Verbal Domain
When? 13:15 – 15:00
Where? Drift 23, room 1.13

Lecture 2: Relativizing A-movement in the Nominal Domain
When? 15: 15 – 17:00
Where? Drift 23, room 2.07

21/06/2012: Lecture 3
Lecture 3: Adjunct Control and Wh-movement
When? 13:15 – 15:00
Where? Achter de Dom, room 102

Jairo Nunes is author/editor of the following books: (1) Linearization of Chains and Sideward Movement. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. 2004. (2) Understanding Minimalism (with N. Hornstein & K. Grohmann), Cambridge University Press. (3) The Copy Theory of Movement (with N. Corver). John Benjamins, 2007. (4) Minimalist Essays on Brazilian Portuguese Syntax. John Benjamins, 2009.?(5) Control as Movement (with C. Boeckx and N. Hornstein). Cambridge University
Minicourse by Andrew Nevins on Basque Auxiliary Morphotactics and the Structure of Spellout, Meertens Institute Amsterdam, June 28-29 2012
Date and time: June 28 and 29, 2012; 13-16 h.
Location: Meertens Instituut
Contact: marc.van.oostendorp(removeme)meertens.knaw.nl

In this mini-course I will provide an overview of the morphosyntax of Basque auxiliaries (as discussed in Arregi & Nevins 2012, Morphotactics, Springer) in light of the Crossmodular Structural Parallelism hypothesis, which holds that the formal properties defined and exemplified throughout our treatment of the spellout of the Basque auxiliary— including a serial and modular architecture with counterbleeding opacities, a separation of markedness into constraints and repairs, the particular implementation of fission as feature splitting, and the adoption of the Generalized Reduplication formalism for Metathesis and Doubling—reflect an overall organization of the grammar in which computational operations are ‘reused’ across levels of language structure with different alphabets.
MPI Lecture Series with Alexander Mehler, Max Planck Institute Nijmegen, July 11 2012
Starting this semester The Language Archive (TLA) of the MPI for Psycholinguistics will organize a new lecture series in the broad area of E-Humanities. We would like to invite you to these lectures, which are open to everybody who is interested.


Speaker: Alexander Mehler (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main)
Title Linguistic Networks: Text-technological Representation and
Quantitative Analysis
Alexander Mehler is professor at the text technology lab of the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. His research focuses on quantitative computational methods, for instance on semantics, multimodal corpora, and parallel corpora.
Date, time: July 11, 2012, 14:30-15:30
Location: MPI for Psycholinguistics, conference room 163

The lectures are free of charge and open to the public. If you wish to attend please send an e-mail to tla-lectures(removeme)mpi.nl.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, lectures can be cancelled at short notice. It is therefore advisable to confirm dates : +31-(0)24-3521911.
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
2nd International SAT/SMT Summer School, Trento, Italy, June 12-15 2012

Second International SAT/SMT Summer School
Trento, Italy, June 12-15th, 2012
Workshop e-prime by Kalinka Timmer, Leiden University, June 13 2012
On Wednesday 13 June the Werkverband Amsterdamse Psycholinguļsten (WAP) organizes a workshop on e-prime. E-prime is a user friendly programme for conducting computer-run experiments, especially for measuring reaction times. With e-prime you can easily to run reaction times experiments with images, videos, text and/or audio, and afterwards filter the data and create tables and graphs. The e-prime course is given by Kalinka Timmer of Leiden University. Do take your own data to practice with during the course.

Workshop e-prime by Kalinka Timmer (Leiden University)
Wednesday 13 June, 1-4 pm

Leiden University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Pieter de la Court Gebouw, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK, room 1A30.
Costs: 5 euro (WAP members), 10 euro (non-members)

Please register before 20 May with: activiteiten(removeme)hetwap.nl, and include your name and phone number.

Be quick, a maximum of 15 participants is regarded!

Attention! Be on time. There are renovations going on at Leiden University, so you might have to look for a while to find the right room.
Workshop Multimodality and language learning, Nijmegen, June 14-15 2012
Conference The Nature of Evidentiality (TNE2012), Leiden, The Netherlands, June 14-16 2012

hum.leiden.edu/lucl/ tne-2012

REGISTRATION: hum.leiden.edu/lucl/ tne-2012/registration

The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers working on various language families and from various subdisciplines of linguistics to discuss the linguistic nature of evidentiality. Topics addressed:
Theory: the nature of the network of relationships between evidential categories, and the descriptors that are needed to accurately map these relationships.
Description: fresh data or novel analyses that throw a new light on theoretical and typological assumptions about evidentiality.
Criteria: rigorous syntactic, morphological, and semantic tests for describing the differences between evidential categories.
Evidential systems: the nature of the interaction of various evidential markers within a given evidential system.
Beyond evidentiality: the relationships of evidentials with other linguistic categories such as tense, aspect, and modality.


***Thursday, June 14***

Registration opens

9:00 - 9:15
Welcome; opening remarks

9:15 - 10:15
Invited Speaker: Peggy Speas (UMass, Amherst)
Evidential Situations

10:15 - 10:45
Montserrat Gonzįlez, Paolo Roseano, Joan Borrąs-Comes & Pilar Prieto (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Indirect evidentiality and epistemicity in a multimodal reporting task. The case of Catalan

10:45 - 11:05

11:05 - 11:35
Henrik Bergqvist (Stockholm University)
Encoding the expectations of the speaker: Evidentiality and beyond

11:35 - 12:05
Lotta Jalava & Erika Sandman (University of Helsinki)
''The E-categories": Defining evidentiality in relation to egophoricity and epistemic modality

12:05 - 12:35
Anne Tamm (University of Florence)
Why can't we combine evidentials and generics: Cross-linguistic and developmental answers

12:35 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:00
Invited Speaker: Daniel J. Hintz (SIL International)
Building common ground: The evidential category of mutual knowledge

15:00 - 15:30
Elena Paducheva (Russian Academy of Sciences)
Evidentiality in Russian

15:30 - 16:00
Natalia Korotkova (UCLA)
How perfect is the perfect of evidentiality: Evidence from Georgian

16:00 - 16:30

16:30 - 17:00
Lila San Roque, Simeon Floyd & Elisabeth Norcliffe (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Interrogating evidentiality: Information source, questions, and egophoricity

17:00 - 17:30
Katherine Bolanos (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
Contact induced categories: A case study of evidentiality in Kakua

17:30 - 18:00
Kees Hengeveld & Marize Mattos Dall'Aglio Hattnher (University of Amsterdam & Universidade Estadual de Sao Paulo)
Four types of evidentiality

***Friday, June 15***

9:00 - 10:00
Invited Speaker: Mathias Schenner (ZAS, Berlin)
Structures for interpreting evidentials

10:00 - 10:30
Gabriela Alboiu & Virginia Hill
(York University & University of New Brunswick - Saint John)
RtoO and the shift from indirect to direct evidentiality in Romanian

10:30 - 11:00
Diane Hintz (SIL International)
Sihuas Quechua evidentials in interaction: Personal vs. shared knowledge

11:00 - 11:20

11:20 - 11:50
Monica Lau & Johan Rooryck (LUCL, Leiden University)
A dynamic semantic approach to evidential parentheticals

11:50 - 12:20
Ricardo Etxepare (IKER-CNRS)
Microsyntactic variation in the Basque hearsay evidential

12:20 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:00
Invited Speaker: Ferdinand de Haan (Oracle)
Automatic disambiguation of modals and evidentials: A corpus- based investigation

15:00 - 15:30
Mikyung Ahn & Foong Ha Yap (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies & Hong Kong Polytech University)
On the extended uses of evidential markers in Korean

15:30 - 16:00
Anastasios Tsangalidis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Evidentiality and modality: Evidence from emerging evidentials in Greek

16:00 - 16:30

16:30 - 17:00
Loes Koring (UiL-OTS, Utrecht University)
Evidentials as PPIs

17:00 - 17:30
Larraitz Zubeldia (ILCLI and UCL)
'Omen', a non-modal evidential particle contributing to the truth-conditions of the utterance

17:30 - 18:00
Anastasia Giannakidou & Alda Mari (University of Chicago & IJN, CNRS/ENS/EHESS)
An evidential analysis of Greek and Italian future morphemes

Conference dinner

***Saturday, June 16***

10:00 - 11:00
Invited Speaker: Rose-Marie Déchaine (UBC)
(De-)constructing evidentiality: What morphology, syntax & semantics reveal

11:00 - 11:30 Bettina Zeisler (Universität Tübingen)
Evidentiality and inferentiality: Overlapping and contradictory functions of the so-called evidential markers

11:30 - 11:45

11:45 - 12:15
Kristine Stenzel (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
Genesis of an evidential category: Revelation from the 'noisy stream'

12:15 - 12:45
Tyler Peterson (LUCL, Leiden University)
Evidentiality and the unprepared mind

12:45 - 14:15

14:15 - 14:45
Claudius Klose (University of Potsdam)
(Non-) Evidentiality in Aymara

14:45 - 15:15
Martina Faller (The University of Manchester)
Reportative evidentials and modal subordination

Alternates and Posters:

Prabesh Kumar Bhandari & Bhabendra Bhandari
Xenial International Educational Foundation & Tribhuvan University
Evidentiality in Manipuri

Anna Bugaeva (Waseda University)
Evidentials that come from nouns: A case of Ainu

Thiago Chacon (University of Hawaii)
Evidentiality in Kubeo

Federica Da Milano (Universitą Milano-Bicocca)
Evidentiality and deixis

Diana Forker (University of Bamberg)
Pushing an evidentiality system to its limits

Rose-Marie Déchaine (UBC)
Ferdinand de Haan (Oracle)
Daniel J. Hintz (SIL)
Matthias Schenner (ZAS Berlin)
Peggy Speas (UMass, Amherst)

Johan Rooryck (LUCL)
Tyler Peterson (LUCL)
Monica Lau (LUCL)
Willem Adelaar (LUCL)


Symposium Language Contact in the West Germanic Languages, 400-1200, UIL OTS Utrecht, June 15 2012
On 15 June 2012 the symposium 'Language Contact in the West Germanic Languages, 400-1200' will be held at Utrecht University. This symposium is organised by the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS) and the Philological Society.

Registration deadline: May 17 2012

This one-day symposium explores the linguistic effects of different dialect/language contact situations in West Germanic languages during the period 400-1200. The papers presented will focus on five different geographical areas and the languages used there, namely English, Frisian, Dutch, Low German and Central/Upper German. By viewing the dialect/language contact situations from different perspectives, this symposium aims to shed more light on the interrelations (a) amongst the West Germanic languages and (b) between West Germanic, Latin and the Celtic languages.

This symposium marks the first meeting of the Philological Society, i.e. "the oldest learned society in Great Britain devoted to the scholarly study of language and languages" (see PhilSoc website), outside the UK.
Workshop 'Critical dialogue revisited: Challenges and opportunities', I N T E R N A T I O NA L CO N F E R E N C E RCIC’12, Brasov, Romania, June 15 2012
Theoretical and Experimental Investigations at the Interfaces: A Workshop in Memory of Tanya Reinhart, Utrecht University Academybuilding, June 20 2012
Place: Kannunikenzaal, Faculty club, Achter de Dom 7

Time: 13:00 - 18:00


13:00 - 13:20 – Opening remarks: Martin Everaert - UiL OTS, Universiteit Utrecht

13:20 - 14:00 - Ad Neeleman - University College London
Causatives without causing events

14:00 - 14:40 - Olga Borik - Universitat Autņnoma de Barcelona
Kind reference and number (joint work with M.T. Espinal, UAB)

14:40 - 15:20 - Eric Reuland - UiL OTS, Universiteit Utrecht
Deriving Reflexives - Deriving the parameter (joint work with M.Marelj, UiL OTS, UU)

15:20 - 15:50 - BREAK (Coffee/tea & cookies)

15:50 - 16:30 - Kriszta Szendro?i - University College London
Quantifier Raising is blocked by Passive

16: 30- 17:10 - Loes Koring (Pim Mak & Eric Reuland) -UiL OTS, Universiteit Utrecht
Causing delays

17:10 - 17:50 - Marijana Marelj (UiL OTS, Universiteit Utrecht)
Light verbs: to HAVE the vacuous theta role (joint work with P. Ackema, University of Edinburgh)

17:50 - 18:00 - Closing words: Eric Reuland
Workshop Communication & Attitudes, Utrecht University Academybuilding, June 21 2012
Workshop Communicatie & Attitudes - Utrecht 21 Juni
(English version below)

Op 21 Juni organiseren wij in de Kanunnikenzaal van het Academiegebouw aan de Universiteit Utrecht een workshop van één dag met als overkoepelend thema “Communication & Attitudes”. De aanleiding voor deze workshop is de verdediging van het proefschrift Positive versus Negative. A cognitive perspective on wording effects for contrastive questions in attitude surveys (Naomi Kamoen, op 22/6), het Vici-project Moving the language user. Affect and perspective in discourse processing (Jos van Berkum) alsook de start van het Begrijpelijke Taal-project Voting advice through the internet (Bregje Holleman & Claes de Vreese).
Op 21 juni zullen diverse interessante sprekers een lezing houden gerelateerd aan het thema van Communication & Attitudes. Zo zullen Roger Tourangeau (UMichigan) en Naomi Kamoen (UU/TiU) wat vertellen over hoe de polariteit van vragen en de presentatie van antwoordopties beļnvloedt hoe respondenten hun mening rapporteren in meningvragenlijsten. Arie Verhagen (LU) zal spreken over een ERP-studie die laat zien waarom het niet onmogelijk is om bevriend te zijn met je ex-geliefde, m.a.w. de effecten van (dubbele) negatie. Daarnaast zullen Henk Pander Maat (UU) en Eric Igou (ULimerick) ingaan op de cognitieve en communicatieve mechanismen die ten grondslag liggen aan framingeffecten in teksten. Het volledige programma is te vinden op www.let.uu.nl/~bregje.holleman/personal/. Deelname aan de workshop is gratis, maar het aantal plaatsten is beperkt. Wij vragen u daarom wél vooraf in te schrijven door voor 18 juni een e-mail te sturen naar communication.attitudes(removeme)gmail.com.

Workshop Communication & Attitudes - Utrecht June 21st

June 21 2012, a workshop will be organised on “Communication & Attitudes” at Utrecht University (Academiegebouw, Kanunikkenzaal). The workshop is induced by the dissertation defence of Naomi Kamoen (June 22, Positive versus Negative. A cognitive perspective on wording effects for contrastive questions in attitude surveys), the Vici-project of Jos van Berkum (Moving the language user. Affect and perspective in discourse processing and the start of the NWO-project Voting advice through the internet (Bregje Holleman & Claes de Vreese).
During the workshop, a variety of speakers will present. Roger Tourangeau (UMichigan) and Naomi Kamoen (UU/TiU) will address how the valence of questions and the presentation of answering options affect how respondents report their attitudes in surveys. Arie Verhagen (LU) will discuss an ERP-study showing why it is not impossible to be friends with an ex, i.e. the effect of (double) negations. Henk Pander Maat (UU) and Eric Igou (ULimerick) will go into the cognitive and communicative mechanisms underlying valence framing effects in expository texts.The full program can be found at www.let.uu.nl/~bregje.holleman/personal/. Participation is free, but the number of seats is limited, so please register for this workshop by sending an email to communication.attitudes(removeme)gmail.com before June 18.
2012 NIMH Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, Santa Barbara, CA, Jun 24- Jul 07, 2012
Our topics this year are "Does Brain Plasticity Account for Everything?" and "The Indispensable Role of Episodic Memory in Adaptive Behavior." We hope you can help us identify graduate and postgraduate students that might take part in this year's Institute and whose presence would help create a diverse body of fellows. (All accepted Fellows will have their tuition, room, and board covered by the Summer Institute.)

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


George R. Mangun, Ph.D.
Director, NIMH Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience Professor of
Psychology and Neurology University of California, Davis
Workshop on Quantitative Linguistics and Dialectology, University of Groningen, June 28 2012
Information and registration (before June 22!):

On June 28, 2012 Martijn Wieling will defend his thesis on A Quantitative Approach to Socal and Geographical Dialect Variation at the University of Groningen. Linked to this, there will be a workshop on June 29, 2012 where several guest speakers will give a presentation about either of the two themes of the workshop. The programme is as follows:

09.30 - 10.00: Registration and opening by John Nerbonne 10.00 - 10.35: Jack Chambers, University of Toronto
10.35 - 11.10: Piet van Reenen, Meertens Institute, Amsterdam

--- coffee break

11.40 - 12.15: Simonetta Montemagni, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale "Antonio Zampolli" – CNR (Italy)
12.15 - 12.50: Charlotte Gooskens, Wilbert Heeringa and colleagues, University of Groningen

--- lunch break

14.00 - 14.35: Robert G. Shackleton, Congressional Budget Office, Washington D.C.
14.35 - 15.10: Roeland van Hout, Radboud University Nijmegen 15.10 - 15.45: Harald Baayen, University of Tübingen and University of Alberta

--- coffee break

16.15 - 17.30: Mark Liberman, University of Pennsylvania (CLCG colloquium)

--- drinks

Participation costs EUR 20 (including lunch). More information and registration is possible via www.martijnwieling.nl/workshop.
The first Birmingham/Melbourne Summer School in Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham, UK , July 2-13
Summer School in Applied Linguistics
University of Birmingham, UK, and University of Melbourne, Australia

2nd-13th July 2012

The first Birmingham/Melbourne Summer School in Applied Linguistics will be held at the University of Birmingham in July 2012. The programme consists of four themes:

· Language Testing

· Academic Writing

· Multilingualism

· Corpus Linguistics.

This series of short courses is designed for early-career researchers, PhD students, and individuals interested in studying for a PhD. The series is a collaboration between the Universities of Birmingham and Melbourne and features teaching by world-leading scholars from both institutions. Academic staff teaching the programme will include Professor Adrian Blackledge, Professor Angela Creese, Professor Susan Hunston, and Dr Paul Thompson (University of Birmingham), and Professor Tim McNamara and Dr Neomy Storch (University of Melbourne).

Fees: £550 (standard rate); £500 University of Melbourne and University of Birmingham students.

Application forms and further information about the School can be found at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/education/departments/language-discourse-society/birmingham-melbourne-school/school-applied-linguistics.aspx

[short version of URL: tinyurl.com/79fo6c3]

The deadline for applications is 30th March 2012.

Contact: appling-school(removeme)contacts.bham.ac.uk|

Professor Adrian Blackledge
Director, MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism
School of Education
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
ENGLISH LANGUAGE SUMMER SCHOOL 2012, Second Language Learning Centre, Glyndwr University UK, July 2 -30 2012
NYI Summer School St. Petersburg, Russia, July 9-27, 2012
NYI (the NY-St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture) - the ongoing St. Petersburg summer institute - which will be held for the 10th time this year from July 9-27, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Russia. NYI's website www.nyi.spb.ru/geninfo

NYI is a phenomenal way for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students to have an eye-opening travel experience, while continuing their focus on Linguistics and Cognitive Science. The school is a 3-week Institute, held in beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia, at which students choose 4 seminars in a range of fields, especially Linguistics and Cognitive Psychology. Faculty are from a wide range of US and European institutions, and this year's Linguistics and Psychology program features John F. Bailyn (Stony Brook), Thomas Bever (U of Arizona), Rajesh Bhatt(UMass, Amherst), James Hurford (U of Edinburgh), Sabine Iatridou (MIT), Jaye Padgett (UCal, Santa Cruz), Roumyana Pancheva (USC), Irina Sekerina (CUNY),Sergei Tatevosov (Moscow State), as well as 8 others in the area of Cultural and Media Studies.

NYI is a superb way to spend 3 weeks of summer 2011! Tuition is partially subsidized by the Institute, and comes to 475 EURO for Western European students (many comparable summer Institutes cost close to or above 1000 Euro). A Certificate of Completion is presented to all students who successfully complete the program. Dormitory spots are also available for an additional fee of about 150 EU for the duration of the program.

All classes are in English.
seventh edition of the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University, 16 July – 27 July 2012
This year, the Summer School will consist of six programmes, including courses for beginners as well as for advanced students, taught by internationally renowned specialists:

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

For more information and registration, visit: www.hum.leiden.edu/summerschool/
(formerly International PhD School in Language and Speech Technologies)

Organized by:

Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)

Rovira i Virgili University

Workshop Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 6 - Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio, August 1-5 2012
Applications are open for the 6th Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics workshop, to be held at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio August 1 – 5, 2012.

The goal of EMCL is to facilitate dialogue among language researchers with different methodological backgrounds, i.e. theorists, experimentalists, corpus linguists, etc. We do this by creating an environment where specialists learn from each other by developing a research project together where their various skills are combined.

Intended audience: Language researchers with an embodiment, situated cognition and/or cognitive linguistics background. No prior experimental or corpus training is required though an understanding of the theoretical issues is necessary. Participants can be at different early stages in their careers, i.e. graduate students, post-grads, post-docs, junior faculty, etc.

Workshop Format: During the course of a week, participants will join one of 5 hands-on mini-labs. Each mini-lab will be responsible for completing a joint research project. A select group of students (max. 8 per group for a total of 40) will be invited to participate. Each group will work with two researchers who will guide the group in selecting an idea for the group to investigate, structuring and organizing a research project, and carrying it out. The session will end with the presentation of findings and a general discussion.

Topics to be covered include
- Deciding on a research topic
- Transforming the research topic into a research question
- Developing experimental hypotheses and designing an experiment
- Data collection
- Statistical analysis and interpretation
- Presentation of findings to an audience
- post-Workshop write up of the research, as a brief article

Faculty Groups
Group 1: Seana Coulson and Shelli Feist
Group 2: Daniel Casasanto and Todd Oakley
Group 3: Ben Bergen and Laura Casasanto
Group 4: Fey Parrill and Vera Tobin
Group 5: Kensy Cooperrider and Michael Spivey
Application: Please see our website for details. Completed applications must be submitted to emcl6case at gmail.com by APRIL 1, 2012.

Participation Fee: $160. We have 1 tuition scholarship available for a student from Eastern Europe or a developing country which will be awarded by lottery.

See www.sites.google.com/site/emcl6case/ for more information.
24th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI), Poland, August 6-17 2012
Date: 06-Aug-2012 - 17-Aug-2012
Location: Opole, Poland
Meeting URL: www.esslli2012.pl
Early registration deadline: 15-06-2012
**************************************************************Meeting Description

For the past 24 years, the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) has been organized every year by the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI) in different sites around Europe. The main focus of ESSLLI is on the interface between linguistics, logic and computation.

ESSLLI offers foundational, introductory and advanced courses, as well as workshops, covering a wide variety of topics within the three areas of interest: Language and Computation, Language and Logic, and Logic and Computation. Previous summer schools have been highly successful, attracting up to 500 students from Europe and elsewhere. The school has developed into an important meeting place and forum for discussion for students and researchers interested in the interdisciplinary study of Logic, Language and Information. During two weeks, 49 courses and 6 workshops are offered to the attendants, each of 1.5 hours per day during a five days week, with up to seven parallel sessions. ESSLLI also includes a student session (papers and posters by students only,
1.5 hour per day during the two weeks). There will be three evening lectures by Mel Fitting, Jonathan Ginzburg and Adam Przepiorkowski.

In 2012, ESSLLI will held in Opole, Poland and will be organized by the University of Opole, Poland. Chair of the program committee is Andreas Herzig, and chairs of the organizing committee are Urszula Wybraniec-Skardowska and Janusz Czelakowski.

**Summer School Programme**


**Online Registration**


**Programme Committee**

Chair: Andreas Herzig (Université de Toulouse and CNRS) Local co-chair: Anna Pietryga (University of Opole)

Area specialists:
Language and Computation:
- Miriam Butt (Sprachwissenschaft, University of Konstanz)
- Gosse Bouma (Groningen University)
Language and Logic:
- Regine Eckardt (Language and Literature, University of Göttingen)
- Rick Nouwen (UiL-OTS, Utrecht University) Logic and Computation:
- Natasha Alechina (CS, University of Nottingham)
- Andreas Weiermann (Mathematics and Computation, Ghent University)
6th HiSoN Summer School on Historical Sociolinguistics, Historical Sociolinguistics Network, Frauenchiemsee, Bavaria, Germany, August 9-16 2012
Summer Course on Hungarian, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, August 10 to September 1 2012
Dear All,
We are starting a brand new summer school at the Institute, fully funded for eligible applicants. Application deadline: 26th April.

For more, see link below:

Istvan Kenesei

Research Institute for Linguistics
Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Advances in Modal Logic is an initiative aimed at presenting the state of the art in modal logic and its various applications. The initiative consists of a conference series together with volumes based on the conferences. Information about the AiML series can be obtained at www.aiml.net. AiML-2012 is the ninth conference in the series.
CITEC Summer School 2012, CITEC, Bielefeld University, Germany, August 27th-31st, 2012
Verbal and non-verbal interaction: From experiments to implementation

Application Deadline: June 20th, 2012
Humans, as well as animal or artificial agents or robots are continuously confronted with the problem of understanding each other. What are the mechanisms that shape communicative behaviour, what makes it so efficient in natural environments and what is the key for the improvement of it in artificial contexts? Dialogue coordination (alignment) in normal and noisy environments, intention understanding (pragmatic and joint attention), non-verbal cues (gestures and facial expression decoding), and asymmetric communication are some common challenges for interactive systems, and they require efficient verbal and non-verbal mechanisms. The CITEC Summer School 2012 will focus on such mechanisms from the perspectives of experimental psychology, cognitive sciences, computational modelling, neuroinformatics, gesture studies, animal communication, human-machine interaction and robotics.

To gain insights into these topics, the Graduate School in "Cognitive Interaction Technology" invites top PhD students to apply for the 2012 Summer School entitled "Verbal and non-verbal interaction: From experiments to implementation". It will take place from 27th to 31st of August 2012 at Bielefeld University (arrival 26th August, departure 1st September). The CITEC Summer School will consist of plenary lectures held by invited speakers, small-group workshops on practical, experimental and theoretical topics, as well as discussion groups, and an activity program.

For the afternoon workshops, you may select one of the following five streams:
1. Development of joint action
2. Gesture in communication
3. Multi-modal data recording and analysis
4. Verbal and non-verbal interaction in social neuroscience
5. Distributed cognition and coordination in interaction

Guest speakers:
Katja Liebal, Cluster of Excellence ‘Languages of Emotion’, FU Berlin
Hiroshi Ishiguro, Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Osaka University
Kerstin Dautenhahn, Adaptive Systems Research Group, University of Hertfordshire
Martha Alibali, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Ivan Toni, Cognitive Psychology and Motor Cognition, Radboud University Nijmegen

Please find details for the online application here:

For more information, please visit:
TSD-2012 Fifteenth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE, Brno, Czech Republic, September 3-7 2012
NIL2012 Conference, Paris, September 6-7 2012
International Conference NIL2012
Narrative, Intervention and Literacy:
Development of Oral narratives, intervention procedures and reading comprehension

6-7 September 2012
Paris, France

Organized by the NIL Team
Coordination : Edy Veneziano

Understanding, constructing or retelling coherent narratives contribute to progress in literacy skills and are in general good predictors of school success and disposition to literacy. It is therefore important to understand the processes underlying the development of narrative abilities as well as to reveal the conditions leading the child to further develop and/or to better utilize the competences implied in this activity. The goals of this international conference are threefold.
First, it aims to report on recent advances in narrative development, focusing particularly on the development of the capacity to express causal relations, be them physical or psychological, the internal states and the different points of view of the characters.
Secondly, and particularly important for this Conference, it aims to consider the conditions that stimulate and promote narrative skills, taking into account short term and long term intervention procedures as well as educational, developmental, linguistic and socio-cognitive variables.
Thirdly, it will focus on the interrelations between oral narrative skills and children’s advances in literacy in their early schooling.
These issues will be examined with an interdisciplinary approach by confronting the points of view of scholars of different disciplines like developmental psychology, linguistics and education.
The Conference will be organized around plenary presentations, poster sessions and will allow time for discussion. The Conference addresses specialists in narrative development and literacy, childhood professionals like teachers, educators, speech therapists or book publishers, as well as parents.

Barbara BOKUS, University of Warsaw, Poland
David K. DICKINSON, Vanderbilt Peabody College, Nashville, TN, USA
Ilaria GRAZZANI, University of Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italy
Harriet JISA, Université de Lyon, Lyon, France
Hélčne Makdissi, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
Alyssa McCABE, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA, USA
Ageliki NICOLOPOULOU, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA
Bracha NIR Saghiv, Haifa University, Israel
Christiane PRENERON, CNRS, MoDyCo UMR7114, Paris, France
Judy REILLY, University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA
Yves REUTER, Université Lille 3, Théodile-CIREL EA 4354, Lille, France
Pauline, SIROIS, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
Catherine SNOW, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA
Edy VENEZIANO, Université Paris Descartes-CNRS MoDyCo UMR 7114, Paris France

Conference languages : French and English

For further information please visit our website (kept updated): lewebpedagogique.com/nil2012/
Hybrid Machine Translation Workshop, satellite workshop of TSD 2012,Brno, Czech Republic, September 3 2012
The Architecture of Writing Systems”, 8th International Workshop on Writing Systems and Literacy. Oldenburg (Germany), October 4-5 2012
See writtenlanguage.ruhosting.nl/workshopsMaterials/call_awll_2012.pdf. Researchers who would like to attend the workshop without presenting a paper are welcome. Registration awll8@uni?oldenburg.de.
Tarragona, Spain

October 29 – November 2, 2012

Organized by:

Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)

Rovira i Virgili University

Congres TaalStaal, Janskerk Utrecht, 9 November 2012
Update TaalStaal: Aanmelding gestart

Auris organiseert op 9 november 2012 ‘TaalStaal’. Dit doet Auris samen met Pento en de NSDSK (Partners in Verstaan), de Universiteit Utrecht en Hogeschool Utrecht. Het congres geeft een actueel overzicht van de wetenschappelijke stand van zaken rond ernstige taal- en spraakproblemen (ESM) .

Hoofdlezingen van: prof. dr. Simon E. Fisher, directeur afdeling Taal en Genetica van het Max Planck instituut over ‘Erfelijke factoren bij Specific Language Impairment (SLI)’ en dr. Judy Clegg, University of Sheffield (UK) over ‘Follow up bij SLI-kinderen. Wat gebeurt er in adolescentie en daarna met deze groep cliėnten.

Voor medewerkers van de deelnemende organisaties is deelname gratis. Daarnaast mogen zij ook een gast uit hun professionele netwerk meenemen. Zij kunnen dus het bezoek aan dit congres ‘cadeau doen’.
De gast mag namelijk kosteloos deelnemen. Andere belangstellenden uit ons netwerk kunnen ook inschrijven, maar betalen voor hun deelname aan het congres (€75,-).
TaalStaal heeft een wetenschappelijke insteek. Wij denken dat het congres vooral interessant is voor mensen die inhoudelijk betrokken zijn bij de ESM problematiek van onze cliėnten/leerlingen.

De twee Engelstalige lezingen zullen op een scherm ondertiteld worden.

LET OP! Er is maar een beperkt aantal plaatsen beschikbaar. Dus wees er snel bij.

Voor de goede registratie van de deelnemers is het van belang dat iedereen zich individueel aanmeldt via de site www.taalstaal.nl.
Dus ook de gasten.

Wij willen jullie vragen je medewerkers te wijzen op deze mogelijkheid.

Zaterdag 9 juni heeft een advertentie van TaalStaal in Van Horen Zeggen gestaan. Aanmelden is inmiddels mogelijk via www.taalstaal.nl
Daar vind je ook het programma van de dag.
Symposium: the cultural meaning of the life-sciences, KNAW Amsterdam, November 13 2012
Date: Tuesday 13 November 2012\r\nVenue: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen – Tinbergenzaal, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam\r\nModerator: Prof. dr. Floris Cohen\r\n\r\nA discussion meeting of PhD researchers from Dutch universities with Daniel Dennett, recipient of the 2012 Erasmus Prize.\r\n\r\nOrganized by the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation and the Huizinga Research Institute and Graduate School for Cultural History. \r\n\r\ www.huizingainstituut.nl/call-for-participants-symposium-the-cultural-meaning-of-the-life-sciences/\r\n\r\n
9th International Conference on Language Transfer in Audiovisual Media, Hotel Berlin, Germany, November 21 - 23, 2012
9th International Conference on Language Transfer in Audiovisual Media

November 21 - 23, 2012, Hotel Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Conference Going Romance 2012, University of Leuven, Belgium (KU Leuven), 6-8 December 2012
Workshop (8 December) “Cleft sentences in Romance and Germanic”

Conference website: wwwling.arts.kuleuven.be/franitalco/gr2012/

Invited speakers

Cristina Tortora (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Manuel Leonetti (Universidad de Alcalį)
Adriana Belletti (Universitą degli Studi di Siena, CISCL)
Conference Description

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. This year, for the first time, the conference will be held in Belgium, at the KU Leuven.

The conference includes two days of general sessions, for which papers on all aspects and disciplines of Romance linguistics are invited, and a workshop “Cleft sentences in Romance and Germanic”. For the workshop, we invite contributions on cleft sentences in Romance, possibly, but not necessarily, in comparison with cleft sentences in Germanic. We explicitly welcome contributions from all types of theoretical frameworks. Questions to be addressed in the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following:

Are there specific differences between cleft sentences in Romance and Germanic?
Which are the prosodic, semantic, information structural and syntactic properties of non-prototypical instances of clefts, such as presentational clefts?
To which extent do these non-prototypical instances of clefts challenge existing analyses of clefts, which are mostly based on it-clefts and their counterparts in other languages?
Are clefts best analyzed by integrating information structure in syntax (as in cartographic analyses) or by strictly separating information structure and syntax?
Conference "A Germanic Sandwich 2013", University of Leuven, Belgium, January 11-12 2013
‘A Germanic Sandwich 2013’ will be held at the University of Leuven from 11-12 January 2013,
www.shef.ac.uk/dutch/pastevents#sandwich and Van der Wouden, forthc.
17th World Congress of the International Applied Linguistics Association, Brisbane, Australia, 10-15 August 2014
Please visit the website www.aila2014.com and register ‘Your Expression of Interest’ to be kept informed of the details of this upcoming congress.
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Two postdoc positions at IBM Language and Knowledge Center for Advanced Studies of TrentoRise - Italy. Deadline: June 30 2012
TWO Post-doctoral positions for 1 year (with the possibility of extension) are available at the new IBM Language and Knowledge Center for Advanced Studies of TrentoRise - Italy (TrentoRise is a joint research institution including the University of Trento, FBK and other important
research institutions of Trento)

Position 1: Information Extraction and Question Answering (Ref.Code IBM_PostDoc2012_IEQA)

This grant aims at developing a framework for Information Extraction and Retrieval based on deep
linguistic analysis. The main idea of the framework is to provide a flexible pipeline of NLP and IR
components, which can be used to model state-of-the-art systems, e.g., in the field of Question Answering.

Candidate Profile: the candidate must hold a PhD in Computer Science, e.g., Computational Linguistics,
Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval or equivalent, and should be familiar with or
willing to learn the following topics:

- UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Architecture);
- Named Entity Recognition & Normalization / Concept Segmentation and Labeling
- Relation Extraction;
- Question interpretation, answer classification and extraction
- Dependency-based parsing, practice and theory
- Semantic role labeling
- Question analysis
- Search engine design
- Text Categorization/Filtering
- Document/passage ranking and re-ranking using different sources
- Indexing, search and retrieval for unstructured, semi-structured and structured data
- Retrieval models for Question Answering
- Relational models for sentence, paragraph and document representation

Programming skills are important whereas knowledge of the Italian language is not required.

Scientific tutors:Bernardo Magnini (FBK, Trento - hlt.fbk.eu/en/home)
Alessandro Moschitti (University of Trento- disi.unitn.it/moschitti/
- projects.disi.unitn.it/iKernels/)

Position 2: Machine Learning for NLP (Ref.Code IBM_PostDoc2012_LSM)

This grant aims at modeling and implementing a machine learning framework, which can be applied for
fast system prototyping. Kernel methods are seen as a viable approach to automatic feature engineering,
which is a severe bottleneck for the design of real-world applications. The other interesting problem that
will be studied concerns domain adaptation. Although the framework is supposed to be general, its
primary application domain will be natural language processing.

Candidate Profile: the candidate must hold a PhD in Computer Science, e.g., Machine Learning,
Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, data mining or equivalent and should be
familiar with most of the following topics:

- Discriminative models, including Support Vector Machines and other Max-Margin approaches,
for tagging, extraction, (shallow) parsing and so on.
- Advanced data representation through Kernel Methods and Kernel Machines
- Online learning and Active Learning
- Supervised, Semi-Supervised, Unsupervised Learning, Domain Adaptation, Multi-task Learning in NLP
- Sequence labeling in NLP
- Relational Learning
- Graphical models, e.g., Conditional Random Fields and LDA, are a plus

Scientific tutor: Alessandro Moschitti (University of Trento- disi.unitn.it/moschitti/
- projects.disi.unitn.it/iKernels/)

Prof. Moschitti has been collaborating with the IBM Watson team since 2009. He has received two awards from IBM. The postdocs (if successful in their research) will have the possibility to collaborate with the IBM Watson team and carrying out working stage at IBM Watson of NY.

You can directly apply to:


If you want to know more, please send an email to
subject: IBM-POSTDOCS2012
salary net per month: 2k euros

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2012
(please note that the deadline indicated in the website above is going to be updated).

Your curriculum must show an appropriate record of publications in the areas of ML, NLP/CL or IR.
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for Drongofestival, De Taalstudio Amsterdam, 19 September 2012. Deadline: June 21 2012
DRONGO* Festival

Op woensdag 19 september aanstaande, van 12.30 tot 19.00, vindt in de OBA in Amsterdam de eerste editie van het DRONGOFESTIVAL plaats. Het DRONGOFESTIVAL is een feestelijke dag waarop de waarde van talenkennis en meertaligheid centraal staat, in het bijzonder voor ouders met kinderen, en voor leerkrachten en andere professionals die met meertalige gezinnen te maken hebben. Kinderen vanaf 8 jaar kunnen er pronken met hun talenkennis en ontdekken hoe leuk het is om andere talen te leren. Ouders kunnen informatie vinden over meertalig opvoeden en tweetalig onderwijs. Professionals kunnen kennismaken met de nieuwste methodes op het terrein van onderwijs in meertalige klassen. Iedereen kan het laatste nieuws horen over hoe een meertalig brein werkt. En dat alles in een feestelijke omgeving, met volop gelegenheid om contacten te leggen.

Het programma bestaat uit drie gedeelten: een lezingenprogramma, een informatiemarkt en DRONGO-Labs. In het lezingenprogramma wordt aandacht besteed aan meertaligheid en opvoeding, meertaligheid en onderwijs en meertaligheid en het brein. Op de informatiemarkt bieden diverse aanbieders materialen en expertise aan. En in de labs gaan de bezoekers in kleine groepjes zelf op onderzoek uit om spelenderwijs kennis te maken met verschillende talen, om te ontdekken hoe meertalig ze zelf zijn, wat meertaligheid is, en hoe meertaligheid wordt onderzocht. Het geheel wordt afgesloten met een spetterende centrale slotsessie onder leiding van een bekende persoon die nu nog even geheim blijft.

Wij zouden graag tijdens DRONGO het wetenschappelijk onderzoek in beeld brengen, niet alleen met lezingen maar vooral ook met DRONGO-Labs. Een Lab bestaat uit een interactieve demonstratie van een wetenschappelijk onderzoek of een wetenschappelijke bevinding op zo'n manier dat de bezoeker dit direct ervaart. Een Lab-demonstratie wordt uitgevoerd in maximaal een half uur, met een groepje van ongeveer vijf bezoekers tegelijk. labs worden gedurende de middag steeds herhaald, voor steeds weer nieuwe groepjes bezoekers.

Wij roepen de onderzoekers die bij LOT zijn aangesloten op om voorstellen in te dienen voor LABS over enig onderzoek naar talen, taalverwerving en meertaligheid, voor 21 juni aanstaande. In het voorstel moet worden omschreven welk onderwerp in het LAB wordt behandeld, hoe dat wordt gepresenteerd, en wat de belangrijkste inhoud is die de deelnemers meekrijgen. Uit de ingediende voorstellen worden door ons uiterlijk 1 juli acht tot tien voorstellen geselecteerd. Er is een (bescheiden) budget voor de vergoeding van onkosten voor LABS beschikbaar. Indien de onderzoeker daarvan gebruik wil maken, kan dit ook aangegeven worden in het voorstel. Voorstellen kunnen per email worden toegestuurd aan info(removeme)taalstudio.nl, onder vermelding van DRONGO-LABS, of per post naar het onderstaande postadres van De Taalstudio. Voor nadere informatie kan men contact opnemen met Maaike Verrips: mverrips(removeme)taalstudio.nl, 020-5285077 (maandag tm donderdag).

Mede namens de partners van het DRONGOFESTIVAL hopen wij van harte op vele spoedige en positieve reacties.

Het DRONGOFESTIVAL is een initiatief van De Taalstudio. Een flink aantal partners heeft zich inmiddels bij het initiatief aangesloten: binoq ATANA, de British Council, het Confucius Instituut, de Europese Commissie (Nederland), FORUM, de Fryske Akademy, Integratiecentrum Foyer, Koninklijke Kentalis, de Nederlandse Taalunie, Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, Ouders Online, Stichting Lezen, en UNESCO Nederland. Vele anderen onderschrijven het initiatief en zullen er via hun publiciteitskanalen aandacht aan besteden. Volg ons vanaf 11 juni op www.drongofestival.nl en natuurlijk op Facebook en Twitter.

*De Drongo is een vogelsoort die vooral in Zuid-Oost Aziė en Australiė voorkomt. Vooral de Vlaggendrongo is een heel bijzondere vogel. Voor zover we hebben kunnen nagaan, is het de enige meertalige diersoort ter wereld. En reken maar dat hij daar zijn voordeel mee doet!
Call for Abstracts for NLC 2012, San Sebastian, Spain, October 25 - 27, 2012. Deadline: June 25 2012
We are now accepting abstracts for poster and slide presentations for the 4th Annual Neurobiology of Language Conference which will take place in San Sebastian, Spain, October 25 - 27, 2012.

The Abstract Submission deadline is Monday, June 25, 2012, at midnight in the latest time zone on Earth. You must be an SNL member to submit an abstract.

To submit an abstract, you must first create an SNL account at: www.neurolang.org/?page=account_login&action=new
From your account home page, click 'Submit an Abstract'.
If you have questions about the submission process or requirements, or are having problems with the website, please email us at info(removeme)neurolang.org

We look forward to seeing you in Spain, as this promises to be a fantastic event!

SNL Annual Meeting

Society for the Neurology of Language

Call for nominations for E.W.Beth Dissertation Prize 2012. Deadline: June 30 2012
E. W. Beth Dissertation Prize: 2012 new call for nominations

Since 2002, FoLLI (the Association for Logic, Language, and Information, www.folli.org) awards the E.W. Beth Dissertation Prize to outstanding dissertations in the fields of Logic, Language, and Information. We invite submissions for the best dissertation which resulted in a Ph.D. degree in the year 2011. The dissertations will be judged on technical depth and strength, originality, and impact made in at least two of three fields of Logic, Language, and Computation.
Interdisciplinarity is an important feature of the theses competing for the E.W. Beth Dissertation Prize.

Who qualifies.

Nominations of candidates are admitted who were awarded a Ph.D. degree in the areas of Logic, Language, or Information between January 1st,
2011 and December 31st, 2011. There is no restriction on the nationality of the candidate or the university where the Ph.D. was granted. After a careful consideration, FoLLI has decided to accept only dissertations written in English. Dissertations produced in 2011 but not written in English or not translated will be allowed for submission, after translation, also with the call next year (for dissertations defended in 2012). The present call for nominations for the E.W. Beth Disertation Award 2012 will also accept nominations of full English translations of theses originally written in another language than English and defended in 2010 or 2011.


The prize consists of:

-a certificate

-a donation of 2500 euros provided by the E.W. Beth Foundation

-an invitation to submit the thesis (or a revised version of it) to the FoLLI Publications on Logic, Language and Information (Springer).
For further information on this series see the FoLLI site.

How to submit.

Only electronic submissions are accepted. The following documents are required:

1. The thesis in pdf or ps format (doc/rtf not accepted);

2. A ten page abstract of the dissertation in ascii or pdf format;

3. A letter of nomination from the thesis supervisor. Self-nominations are not admitted: each nomination must be sponsored by the thesis supervisor. The letter of nomination should concisely describe the scope and significance of the dissertation and state when the degree was officially awarded;

4. Two additional letters of support, including at least one letter from a referee not affiliated with the academic institution that awarded the Ph.D. degree.

All documents must be submitted electronically to buszko(removeme)amu.edu.pl.
Hard copy submissions are not admitted. In case of any problems with the email submission or a lack of notification within three working days, nominators should write to buszko(removeme)amu.edu.pl.

Important dates:

Deadline for Submissions: May 1, 2012. Extended: June 30, 2012.
Notification of Decision: July 31, 2012.


Due to some technical obstacles, the first call for nominations was announced on the site of FoLLI in the beginning of March 2012 but not widely distributed through mailing lists. Therefore we essentially prolong the deadline now. We ask all potential nominators to inform the chair earlier by a mail to buszko(removeme)amu.edu.pl, even before having completed the required documents.
Call for papers for the 13th International Symposium on Social Communication, Centre for applied linguistics, Santiago de Cuba. January 21-25, 2013. Deadline: July 1 2012
Web site of our International Symposiums on Social Communication:


Web site of our Basic School Dictionary:

Call for abstracts for conference Going Romance, University of Leuven, Belgium (KU Leuven), 6-8 December 2012. Deadline: July 10 2012
All authors who present their work at the conference will be invited to submit their paper for the peer reviewed volume in the Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory series, published by John Benjamins.

Guidelines for abstract submission

Abstracts are invited for 25-minute presentations plus 10 minutes for discussion.
Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than two pages, including references and examples, with margins of at least 1-inch (2.5 cm), Times New Roman font size 12, single spaced. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author.
Abstracts should be in English.
The anonymous abstracts should be anonymized and sent as e-mail attachments to GoingRomance2012(removeme)arts.kuleuven.be, both in PDF and Word format.
Mention in the subject field: Abstract + {general session OR workshop} + last name + first name
Join separately a Word file containing: title, author's name and address, affiliation and e-mail address, and preference for general session or workshop.
Deadline for submission = July 10th, 2012
Important dates

July 10, 2012: deadline for abstract submission (by e-mail)
Sept 9, 2012: notification of acceptance
Oct 22, 2012: deadline for registration
Dec 6-8, 2012: conference
Call for papers for Workshop Fluent speech: combining cognitive and educational approaches, Utrecht, 12 - 13 November 2012. Deadline: August 15 2012.
Utrecht University is organizing a two-day workshop on the topic of disfluencies in spoken language (pauses, uhm’s, slow tempo, corrections, and repetitions). The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers from various fields of linguistics. We invite psycholinguists and phoneticians who investigate hesitations and disfluencies in spoken language from a cognitive perspective, and applied linguists who investigate disfluencies from an educational/language testing perspective.

See for more information, also about the call for papers: www.let.uu.nl/~nivja.dejong/personal/workshopfluentspeech.html
Call for abstracts for DGfS workshop, University of Potsdam, March 12-15 2013. Deadline: August 15, 2012
We are accepting submissions for the following DGfS workshop, which will be held at the University of Potsdam on March 12-15, 2013, as part of the DGfS annual conference.


The investigation of early language acquisition and its development under specific conditions has proven to be a powerful tool to learn more about the system of different languages and their acquisition mechanisms. Several studies have addressed the question of how children acquire one or more languages under specific conditions, such as developmental disorders, sensory disabilities, or different ages of onset in L2-acquisition. This line of comparative research (cross-population and/or cross-linguistic) is able to uncover subtle aspects of the language acquisition process that only emerge under some specific conditions and it also helps in providing a finer-grained characterization of language disorders.

The papers in this workshop will focus on three topics: i) the comparison between different populations and different languages as a way to characterize the language acquisition process under specific conditions; ii) the distinction between “typical” and “atypical” language development and the discussion of different explanations for the latter (such as an impairment of the linguistic system or a performance deficit) and their potential interplay; and iii) the contribution of experimental data to inform the representation of grammar under specific conditions and vice versa.

The workshop gives an opportunity to address also methodological questions, e.g. the factors that need to be controlled when discussing different groups and the criteria of matching in order to draw meaningful comparisons (e.g. matching based on age, length of exposure, or linguistic abilities). Towards this end, the workshop aims to bring together recent studies that examine two or more groups acquiring one language under different specific conditions or cross-linguistic research on children acquiring different languages under the same specific condition, namely: children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI), children with hearing impairment, L2-learners with different ages of onset and children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The research will include the acquisition of different aspects of language, such as phonetics/phonology, inflectional morphology, and syntax.

Please send a one-page abstract (one anonymous version and one version with the authors' names and affiliations) by e-mail to Flavia Adani (e-mail: adani (at) uni-potsdam.de), Johannes Hennies (e-mail: johannes (at) hennies.org) and Eva Wimmer (e-Mail: eva.wimmer (at) uni-koeln.de) by August 15th, 2012.
Call for papers for CLIN 23, University of Twente, 18 January 2013. Deadline: November 14 2012
The 23rd Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands (CLIN 23)


The 23rd Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands (CLIN 23) will be hosted by the Human Media Interaction research group of the University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands on January 18th, 2013.

Keynote Speaker: Candy Sidner, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester (MA), USA

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. In addition to the regular scientific tracks, CLIN 23 aims to have an industry track with scientific presentations on topics such as R&D challenges in industry, collaborations between industry and academia, and experiences with "real-world" applications.

Submissions should include
* Author(s) names, affiliation and contact details
* Presentation title
* An abstract of 250 words maximum, outlining the presentation
* Presentation type preference (oral presentation or poster)
* Submission for industry track (yes or no)

Presentation abstracts should be submitted electronically, no later than Wednesday, 14 November 2012. (Details on the submission website will be announced once they become available).

CLIN Journal
After the conference, authors of accepted abstracts will have the opportunity to submit a full version of their paper to the CLIN journal (see www.clinjournal.org)

STIL thesis prize
At the CLIN meeting we will also announce the winner of the CLIN 23 STIL (Stichting Toepassing Inductieve Leertechnieken) Thesis Prize. MA theses submitted to and evaluated at a university or organization of higher education in the Netherlands or Flanders are eligible for the prize. The thesis should address a topic in computational linguistics or its applications, and may be written in Dutch or English. Please send submissions before November 14 2012 to clin2013(removeme)lists.utwente.nl. More information about the STIL Prize can be found on: www.let.rug.nl/vannoord/Clin/stilprijs.html.

Important dates
November 14: Deadline for abstract submission
December 5: Notification of acceptance
January 10: Early registration deadline
January 18: CLIN 23 meeting

Local organization committee
Maral Dadvar
Anton Nijholt
Mariėt Theune
Dolf Trieschnigg
Khiet Truong

Contact: clin2013(removeme)lists.utwente.nl
Call for papers for ICLaVE7 meeting, Trondheim, June 26-28 2013. Deadline: December 1 2012
ICLaVE7 invites submissions for papers and posters on all scientific approaches to analysing and interpreting language variation and change in Europe.

Papers will be 20 minutes each, with a 10-minute question-and-answer period. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, excluding title and references. Paper abstracts will be subjected to blind review, so author names should not appear anywhere on abstracts.

Abstract submission site: linguistlist.org/confcustom/iclave7

Deadline for abstracts: 1 December 2012

(Remember that the deadline for panel submissions is 1 November 2012. Panel submissions should be emailed to iclave7(removeme)hist.no)

With best wishes,
The ICLaVE7 organising committee
Nieuws NWO, mei-juni 2012

Aanvragen voor de Vrije competitie van NWO-Geesteswetenschappen kunnen doorlopend ingediend worden. www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOA_4XHDR5

Vernieuwingsimpuls Vidi – deadline 2 oktober 2012
Deadline voor het indienen van aanvragen voor de Vidi is 2 oktober 2012.

Stimuleringsfonds Open Access
Doet u onderzoek in het kader van een NWO-project en overweegt u om Open Access te publiceren? Denkt u dan eens aan de mogelijkheden die het Open Access-stimuleringsfonds biedt. Via dit fonds kunt u financiėle ondersteuning ontvangen voor het Open Access publiceren van onderzoeksresultaten. De publicatie moet voortkomen uit een door NWO gesubsidieerd onderzoeksproject en mag op het moment van aanvraag nog niet zijn verschenen. Per project is een budget beschikbaar van maximaal € 5000. Meer info: www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOP_86AFST

Contactpersoon: Coen Wilders (c.wilders(removeme)nwo.nl, +31 (0)70 344 08 33).

Nieuws en agenda
Maandag 4 juni 2012: Bessensap: wetenschap ontmoet pers in Museon, Den Haag

NWO organiseert jaarlijks het evenement Bessensap, dat journalisten, redacteuren, voorlichters en mediagenieke onderzoekers bij elkaar brengt onder het motto 'Wetenschap ontmoet pers'. Tijdens Bessensap presenteren ruim veertig wetenschappers hun nieuws. Het evenement wordt afgesloten met de bekendmaking van de laureaten van de NWO-Spinozapremie 2012.

Meer informatie
Master's degree in the cognitive neuroscience of language offered at the BCBL, Spain
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastiįn,
Basque Country, Spain) is offering a master's degree in the cognitive
neuroscience of language. The BCBL is a world class interdisciplinary
research center for the study of cognition, brain and language. The
center¹s main focus is on the neurocognitive mechanisms involved in the
acquisition, comprehension and production of language, with special
emphasis on bilingualism and multilingualism.

Further information and instructions on how to apply can be found at:
LUCL survey into attitudes to usage problems
The research project Bridging the Unbridgeable (University of Leiden Centre for Linguistics LUCL) is doing a survey into attitudes to usage problems. For this pilot study, and for a paper on the subject, Ingrid Tieken is collecting texts in which people express their attitudes to particular usage problems. To contribute to this study, please fill in the form behind this link: www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/research/form. For more information on the project, see bridgingtheunbridgeable.com/.
We are pleased to announce that the ESRC-funded digital repository IRIS (Instruments for Research into Second Language Learning and Teaching) is now open for submissions. It can be found at www.iris-database.org.

IRIS already contains data collection instruments from an increasing number of researchers, including Zoltįn Dörnyei, Susan Gass, Roger Hawkins, Carrie Jackson, Alison Mackey, Marķa del PilarGarcķa Mayo, Carman Muńoz, Leah Roberts and Rita Silver, among others. We also have a growing list (over 220) of international contributors who have previously offered to submit an instrument, of which you are one. We would be delighted if you could upload one or more of your data elicitation instruments and complete the online submission form at www.iris-database.org, as soon as possible. It usually takes between 10 and 20 minutes to submit your instrument(s), depending on how much information you choose to provide. There are just 7 obligatory fields.

After this initial period of population, IRIS will be fully operational in spring 2012, with the addition of search and download facilities.

IRIS is a freely accessible and sustainable source of data collection instruments encompassing many different types of media and modes of data elicitation, and a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives. The benefits of IRIS are numerous – greater visibility and accessibility of the primary data collection tools, enhanced ability to carry out replications in SLA research, and more effective evaluation of the reliability and validity of research instruments.

If you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at iris(removeme)iris-database.org.