June 1st, 2012

LOT Announcements / events
LOT Summer School 2012, 2-13 July 2012. Deadline Registration today!
Registration closes on 1 June

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


De grammatica van het geluk
Deze maand was de controversiėle taalwetenschapper Dan Everett te gast aan de Universiteit Leiden om zijn nieuwe film en boek te promoten. De redacteur van Kennislink Taal en Spraak was aanwezig en deed verslag van deze bijeenkomst.

Minder focussen op fouten in leesonderwijs

Als kinderen leren lezen, gaat er vaak veel aandacht uit naar de fouten die zij maken. Dįįr wordt op geoefend. Maar dat is niet altijd zinvol, stelt Esther Steenbeek-Planting, onderzoeker psycholinguļstiek. Op 8 juni promoveert ze aan de Radboud Universiteit.
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
ACLC Seminar by Dr Arndt Wigger on corpus-based lexicographical work, Amsterdam, June 1 2012
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal K02

June 1 2012, 15.15-16.30 uur

Dr Arndt Wigger (Studienhaus für Keltische Sprachen und Kulturen, Königswinter)


Irish verbs in context: Findings and problems in corpus-based lexicographical work
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)uva.nl, tel. 020-5252543
BIMU Talk by Roumyana Slabakova on CLLD in Spanish and Bulgarian. Utrecht University, June 4 2012
As part of the new Bilingualism and Multilingualism in Utrecht (BIMU) talks series, we are pleased to announce a talk by Roumyana Slabakova (University of Iowa, current Ikerbasque Visiting Fellow in the Basque Country) on Monday June 4th, 11 am, Trans 8, room 0.19.

All welcome!
Sharon Unsworth (s.unsworth(removeme)uu.nl)

Utrecht institute of Linguistics, Utrecht University


Bridging the mind-context divide in the second language

In this talk, I will present partial results of several experiments that deal with the L2 acquisition of the same phenomenon: Clitic Left Dislocation (CLLD) in Spanish and Bulgarian by native English speakers. This is the phenomenon where an object that is previously mentioned in the discourse (a Topic) moves to the beginning of the sentence, and is doubled by a clitic agreeing with it in person, number, and gender. Because the acceptability of this word order depends on the previous discourse, this linguistic construction is evaluated at the interface of syntax and discourse. The Interface Hypothesis (Sorace & Serratrice, 2009; Sorace, 2011) postulates that acquisition of such constructions present insurmountable difficulties even to very advanced L2 speakers. We will see data from Valenzuela (2005, 2006), Ivanov (2009), and Slabakova, Campos, Leal Mendez, Kempchinsky & Rothman (2010), which demonstrate successful acquisition of Bulgarian and Spanish topicalization constructions. I also hope to present data from heritage speakers of Spanish.I will show that these findings argue against a strong version of the Interface Hypothesis and ponder what factors might affect acquisition of properties calculated at this interface. Finally, I will discuss why L2 acquisition of this type is interesting to study.
Lecture in the Nijmegen e-Humanities Lectures by Antal van den Bosch on Big Language Data, Radboud University Nijmegen, June 5 2012
The next lecture in the Nijmegen e-Humanities Lectures presented by TLA will be given the 5th of june by Antal van den Bosch. He will present on Big Language Data.

Who: Antal van den Bosch, Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen
What: Big Language Data
Where: MPI for Psycholinguistics, room 1.63 (main lecture hall)
When: Tuesday 5th of June, 14:30


Digitized written language can be scooped up at will from the internet and exploited for science. Even without any explicit linguistic annotation the language data itself can directly be used for practical purposes such as spelling correction, text completion, and if parallel text in two languages can be found, for machine translation. Zipf's law ensures that when you have more data, results will be better (log-linearly). In fact many of the best natural language processing systems are based on data only, plus the power of sophisticated stochastic methods. I'll argue that there is a less sophisticated class of methods based on analogical reasoning that produces the same impressive results. I'll discuss the linguistic interestingness of this idea using centenary concepts such as Hermann Paul's Analogiebildung and De Saussure's quatričme proportionelle.

You are all cordially invited to attend.
If you plan to attend please send an email to tla-lectures(removeme)mpi.nl (for administrative reasons).
Language and Speech Colloquium with Patti Dank and Laura Menenti, Radboud University Nijmegen, June 6 2012
speakers: Patti Adank (University of Manchester) & Laura Menenti (MPI)

topic: Language in the Brain

time: Wednesday 6 June, 15:30 – 17:00

place: Erasmusplein 1 (Erasmus building), room E 3.04, Nijmegen

15.30h Using neuroimaging to elucidate the robustness of human spoken language comprehension

Patti Adank (University of Manchester)

Listeners show remarkable flexibility in processing variation in speech signal. Most of us can relatively easily understand others in noisy backgrounds such as a train station, over a bad telephone connection, or in the presence of other people talking in the background. What's more, we also have the ability to quickly and robustly adapt to specific distortions of the speech signal, such as very fast speech, accented speech, or noise-vododed speech. Within speech science, there is no consensus on the cognitive mechanism supporting the robustness and flexibility of spoken language comprehension. In this talk, I will first quickly introduce the use of neuroimaging techniques (especially functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, fMRI), and discuss its advantages compared to behavioural experiments as well as its limitations. I will present results from two recent fMRI studies: the first of which scanned participants while they were adapting to distorted speech, and the second scanned participants while listening to speech that had been distorted in various ways. I will finally discuss how the results of these two studies inform theories on the robustness of speech processing.

16.15h Speaking brains: fMRI in speech production and conversation

Laura Menenti (MPI Nijmegen)

Ever since functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) came into widespread use in the early 90’s, a host of studies have investigated how the brain performs language comprehension. However, language production research, and sentence production in particular, has been a blind spot – mainly due to the difficulty of measuring the brain while the head is speaking. I will present a series of studies investigating speech production in fMRI.

In a first study I show that sentence production can be meaningfully investigated in fMRI and dissect several steps in speaking as they are performed by the brain. I then show that our language production and comprehension systems look very much alike. Finally, I show that during spoken communication brain activity related to an underlying topic of discussion is correlated between speakers and listeners. These results dissect the sentence production process from underlying nonverbal representations through lexical encoding, and show that speakingbrains can be meaningfully investigated.
MPI Lecture Series with Antal van den Bosch (June 6) and Alexander Mehler (July 11), Max Planck Institute Nijmegen
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: Antal van den Bosch (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Title: Big Linguistic Data
Antal van den Bosch is professor of example based language modeling at the Centre for Language Studies of the Radboud University Nijmegen. His research focuses on the intersection of computational understanding of language and computational generation of language.
Date, time: June 6, 2012, 14:30-15:30
Location: MPI for Psycholinguistics, conference room 163

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.
ACLC Seminar by Jeanette Schaeffer on interface pragmatics and grammar in Specific Language Impairment, Amsterdam, June 8 2012
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal K02

June 8 2012, 15.15-16.30 uur

Jeannette Schaeffer (UvA/ACLC)


On interface pragmatics and grammar in Specific Language Impairment

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)uva.nl, tel. 020-5252543
Experimental Linguistics Talks Utrecht (ELiTU), June 11 & 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: Charles Yang (University of Pennsylvania)
Title: The ontogeny and phylogeny of recursion
Date: June 11th, 13:30
Location: Janskerkhof 15a, room 0.04 Note different location!

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!


The Ontogeny and Phylogeny of Recursion

Charles Yang (University of Pennsylvania)

The recursion gap between non-human communication systems and human language is obvious. For gradualist accounts of language evolution, a popular approach appeals to the ontogenic recapitulation of phylogeny (Bickerton 1996, Hurford 2011). Very young children’s language shows only limited degree of combinatorial diversity (Tomasello 2003), which seem to bear certain similarities to the signing patterns of primates (Terrace 1979). Even for adult languages, certain linguistic forms are believed to be holistically stored: for irregular past tense, both sides of the debate (Pinker & Ullman 2002, McClelland & Patterson 2002) are in an association-based agreement.

It is worth noting that low combinational diversity in child language has never been shown to be inconsistent with a compositional view of grammar. Likewise, a rule-based approach to all word formation, including the highly idiosyncratic irregulars (Chomsky & Halle 1968), has never been fully considered in the study of child language.

In this paper, we present three findings:

(1) Young children's syntactic diversity in their language usage is statistically indistinguishable from the expectations of a fully compositional grammar when universal statistical laws of languages are taken into account.

(2) Analysis of Nim Chimpsky's signs shows that Nim's two-sign combinations fail to reach the expected level of diversity if the combinations were fully independent. Rather, they appear to bear hallmarks of memory and retrieval of holistic forms (Tomasello 2003).

(3) In the largest quantitative study of past tense to date, word frequency effects purportedly showing holistic storage of irregulars completely break down. The best account for children's performance involves rules such as "add -t and shorten the vowel" (as in "lose-lost", "sleep-slept") despite their lack of productivity.

Taken together, these results suggest that the recursive and compositional formation of linguistic expression is available to human children from very early on and used in every corner of language. And it appears absent even in our closest relatives.


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.
Syntax Circle Talk , UiL-OTS, Utrecht University, June 13 2012
Topic: Agreement, A-movement and Intervention Effects

When? June 13, 2012, 14.00 - 17.00 hours
Where? Utrecht, Drift 21, room 0.05 (Sweelinckzaal)

14.00 - 15.30 Jairo Nunes - Universidade de Sćo Paulo
Phi-Miminality and Inflected Infinitives in Portuguese

15.30 - 17.00 Julie Legate - University of Pennsylvania
Passives and Object Voice in Acehnese

Afterwards: Drinks
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.
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
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
L2 at the Syntax-Pragmatics Interface, UvA Amsterdam, June 5 2012
L2 at the Syntax-Pragmatics Interface

Date: June 5, 2012
Time: 13:55 – 18:30
Location: PC Hoofthuis 1.05
Spuistraat 134

13:50 – 14:00 Opening

14:00 – 14:45 Roumyana Slabakova –
Heritage Speakers’ Knowledge of Spanish Clitic-doubled Dislocations
14:45 – 15:30 Petra Sleeman –
The L2 acquisition of the quantitative pronoun in French and the syntax-pragmatics interface
15:30 – 16:15 Sharon Unsworth –
Some thoughts on interfaces and input in child L2 acquisition

16:15 – 16:30 Coffee/Tea Break

16:30 – 17:15 Bonnie D. Schwartz & Mari Miyao –
Case, scrambling and pragmatics in L1-English children acquiring Japanese
17:15 – 18:00 Ianthi Tsimpli & Aleksandra Prentza –
When does an overt pronoun become unmarked? Pronominal use and resolution by adult Greek L2 learners of English
18:00 – 18:30 “The bigger picture” – Discussion led by Fred Weerman, centered around the question what the research presented today says about issues such as L2 vs. L1 acquisition, type of knowledge involved, access to UG/critical period, transfer, division of labor and interaction between grammar and pragmatics, …

19:00 Dinner
International Conference on Functional Discourse Grammar IC-FDG-2012, Ghent University, Belgium, June 4-5 2012

International Conference on Functional Discourse Grammar

Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

6-8 June 2012

preceded by


International Postgraduate Conference on Functional Discourse Grammar

Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

4-5 June 2012

The Conference

The aim of IC-FDG-2012 is to further elaborate the model of Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG) as proposed by Kees Hengeveld and J. Lachlan Mackenzie. A full treatment of FDG may be found in: Hengeveld, Kees and J. Lachlan Mackenzie 2008. Functional Discourse Grammar: A typologically-based theory of language structure. Oxford: Oxford University Press. For the conference programme see our website: www.functionaldiscoursegrammar.info.
Symposium in memory of Melissa Bowerman - Semantics and the child, MPI Nijmegen, June 8 2012
Semantics and the child: A symposium in memory of Melissa Bowerman

June 8th 2012
HAN auditorium, Nijmegen

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is organising a symposium to honour the work and memory of Melissa Bowerman. We want to give you advance notice so that you can hold the date in case you would like to attend. The symposium will bring together some leading scholars in language acquisition and the study of cross-linguistic patterns in semantics to explore some of the themes that were central to Melissa’s work. Plenary speakers include:
1. Eve Clark
2. Dan Slobin
3. Eric Pederson
4. Asifa Majid
5. Elena Lieven
6. Bhuvana Narasimhan
7. Dedre Gentner

We would be very pleased to welcome you to Nijmegen on this occasion. There is a website under construction under which you will find more information about the event, the location and local accommodation if required. Please check here:
Registration will be open from March 1st.

Steve Levinson
(for the Directorate, MPI Psycholinguistics)

Edith Sjoerdsma (secr. Stephen Levinson)
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Wundtlaan 1
NL-6525 XD Nijmegen
Tel: 0031 24 3521276
email: edith.sjoerdsma(removeme)mpi.nl
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, 9-16 August, 2012
Summer Course on Hungarian, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 19 August to 1 September 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.
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

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
POSTDOCTORAL POSITION, CENTER FOR LANGUAGE SCIENCE, The Pennsylvania State University. Deadline: open until position is filled
The Center for Language Science (CLS) at The Pennsylvania State University ( cls.psu.edu/) invites applications for an anticipated postdoctoral position. The CLS is home to a cross-disciplinary research program that includes a new NSF training program, Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE): Bilingualism, mind, and brain: An interdisciplinary program in cognitive psychology, linguistics, and cognitive neuroscience. The program provides training in research on bilingualism that includes an international perspective and that exploits opportunities for collaborative research conducted with one of our international partner sites in the UK (Bangor, Wales), Germany (Leipzig), Spain (Granada and Tarragona), The Netherlands (Nijmegen), Sweden (Lund) and China (Hong Kong and Beijing) and in conjunction with our two domestic partner sites at Haskins Labs and the VL2 Science of Learning Center at Gallaudet University. The successful postdoctoral candidate will have an opportunity to engage in collaborative research within the Center's international network.

We welcome applications from candidates with preparation in any of the disciplines that contribute to our program. The successful candidate will benefit from a highly interactive group of faculty whose interests include bilingual language processing, language acquisition in children and adults, and language contact, among other topics. Applicants with interests in these topics and with an interest in extending their expertise within experimental psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience are particularly welcome to apply. There is no expectation that applicants will have had prior experience in research on bilingualism but we expect candidates to make a commitment to gain expertise in research on bilingualism and also in using neuroscience methods, including both fMRI and ERPs. There is also a possibility of teaching one course during the academic year in the Program in Linguistics.

Questions about faculty research interests may be directed to relevant core training faculty: Psychology: Judith Kroll, Ping Li, Janet van Hell, and Dan Weiss; Spanish: Rena Torres Cacoullos, Giuli Dussias, John Lipski, and Karen Miller; Communication Sciences and Disorders: Carol Miller; German: Carrie Jackson, Mike Putnam, and Richard Page. Administrative questions can be directed to the Director of the Center for Language Science, Judith Kroll: jfk7(removeme)psu.edu. More information about the Center for Language Science (CLS), about the PIRE program, and faculty research programs can be found at cls.psu.edu or cls.psu.edu/PIRE.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with a strong possibility of renewal for the next year. Salary and benefits follow NSF/NIH guidelines. The search is open to all eligible candidates regardless of citizenship.
Applicants should send a CV, several reprints or preprints, and a statement of research interests. This statement should indicate two or more core faculty members as likely primary and secondary mentors and should describe the candidate's goals for research and training during a postdoctoral position, including previous experience and directions in which the candidate would like to develop his/her expertise in the language science of bilingualism. Candidates interested in gaining teaching experience should include information on teaching experience and preparation. Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent separately.

Application materials and letters of recommendation should be sent electronically to pirepostdoc(removeme)gmail.com. We will begin to review applications by June 10, 2012. We will consider applications until the position is filled. The appointment can begin as soon as August 1, 2012. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.
Research Staff Positions MPI: Interactional Foundations of Language. Open until position is filled
In connection with the ERC Advanced Grant to Stephen Levinson, a
research staff position is currently available in the general field of
the study of human communication interaction.

The research, charting new territory, will have two foci: (i)
interactional timing and synchronization, and (ii) the process of
action and speech act recognition.

We are now looking for a researcher who can address either or both of
these foci from the following approach:

Developmental studies of interaction with pre-school aged and
school aged children using experimental and observational techniques,
and/or a cross cultural approach.

The position will be for two years in the first instance, renewable
for up to four years. A pure research position, with access to all the
requisite lab facilities (baby-lab, eye-tracking, cognitive
neuroimaging, etc.), they offer excellent opportunities to learn new
techniques and build an outstanding vita. The Max Planck Society is an
equal opportunity employer. The business of the institute is conducted
in English and candidates should have excellent written and spoken
command of this language; command of Dutch would be advantageous for
experimental work.

Required/Desired skills

Experience conducting developmental studies, training in linguistics,
affinity with pre-school and school aged children, preferably
interested in child discourse.

Applicants are advised to explore the MPI for Psycholinguistics
website and particularly the IFL project.

Applications should include:

curriculum vitae
a clear statement of personal research goals
a description of special research skills appropriate to the above
attached sample publications
the names of three referees

Applications will be considered on an on-going basis until the
positions are filled.

Please send applications electronically to:

Edith Sjoerdsma (Secretary to Prof. S. C. Levinson)
E-mail: Edith.Sjoerdsma(removeme)mpi.nl
3 PhD fellowships in Second Language Acquisition & Linguistics, Dept. of Language and Literature, University of Brussels (VUB). Deadline: June 12 2012
The Vrije Universiteit has 3 PhD fellowships (four years each) in the domains of Second Language Acquisition & Linguistics.

Non-Belgians are also encouraged to apply.

Candidates can apply for more than one position (but separate applications are required for each position).

More info: Prof. dr. Alex Housen
Dept. of Linguistics and Literature (TALK)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
B-1050 Brussel, Belgium
Email: ahousen(removeme)vub.ac.be
Vacancy for two full professors, UvA, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation. Deadline: June 15 2012
The University of Amsterdam currently offers two vacancies:

• a Full Professor (1.0 fte) in Philosophy of Language


• a Full Professor (1.0 fte) in Philosophical Logic.

More details about these vacancies and the application procedure can be found at


The deadline for application is June 15, 2012.
Leadership Chair for 'Language at Leeds', University of Leeds, UK. Deadline: June 15 2012
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is seeking an exceptional leader who combines internationally leading research and innovation with an outstanding record in student education for the position of Chair for 'Language at Leeds', as part of a £23m investment in academic leadership at the University of Leeds (see www.universityofleedschairs.co.uk).

This new appointment, located in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, will have a subject specialism in the broad field of linguistics in order to lead and develop the new Faculty-based strategic Language at Leeds initiative (see below) with the aim of building on substantial existing successes and making Leeds an international leader in language-related research, scholarship and teaching. The structures of this initiative will bring together and enhance language studies in the School (the largest of its kind in the country), in the Faculty (notably English Language) and in the wider University (including Computing and Education). Within the School, this will particularly involve staff in Linguistics & Phonetics, Translation Studies and the Language Centre.

Most importantly, the successful candidate will bring substantial experience in academic leadership and a clear vision for how the potential of the Language at Leeds initiative may be realised. The role will therefore require outstanding leadership and team skills and the ability to encourage and develop interdisciplinary links between colleagues in the different academic areas.

The successful candidate will also have an excellent record in research and student education at all levels, demonstrating both a broad understanding of the fields of linguistics and language study in general, and an outstanding research record in a specialism that will complement and dovetail with current research within Linguistics & Phonetics and/or Translation studies. A strong commitment to interdisciplinarity should also be demonstrated. The Chair is expected to enhance existing research into language in the School and to foster research collaboration within language studies across the University, while also making an innovative contribution to teaching on relevant School-level undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and supporting cross-School scholarship activities.

Preliminary enquiries about the post should be directed to our retained consultancy firm, Perrett Laver on +44 (0)207 340 6200. To download further particulars about the role please visitwww.perrettlaver.com, quoting reference number 0995/8.
Deadline for receipt of applications: 15th June 2012.

Language at Leeds
Language at Leeds is a recently articulated initiative that brings together the study of language, both in terms of teaching and research. Within this, the Language at Leeds Research Hub aims to link up existing research groups from the Faculties of Arts, Engineering, Medicine and Health, and Education and provide them with (i) a coherent outward-facing identity with the potential to make Leeds an internationally recognised centre of excellence for the study of language, (ii) centralised research support (within the Faculty of Arts) to better enable the incremental growth of expertise, (iii) the infrastructure necessary to enable more and better inter-disciplinary research.

The Chair will be expected to develop further the Language at Leeds Research Hub within the proposed framework and in conjunction with the team that define it (comprising the research directors from Linguistics & Phonetics, the Centre for Translation Studies, the language group of the School of English, and the Director of the Language, Linguistics & Translation research group within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures).
Calls for papers for events
Call for poster for Workshop on Language Impairment in Bilingual and Multilingual Societies, Bangor University July 21 2012. Deadline: June 10 2012
We are pleased to announce the Workshop on Language Impairment in Bilingual and Multilingual Societies to take place at Bangor University on July 21, 2012. The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers, academics, speech and language therapists and health professionals who work with children with typical and atypical language development. The emphasis will be on language development in a bilingual and/or a multilingual setting.

We are happy to host talks by distinguished researchers in the field of bilingualism and language impairment, such as Prof. Fred Genesee (McGill University, Canada), Prof. Shula Chiat (City University London, UK), Dr. Sharon Arnom-Lotem (Bar-Ilan University, Israel), Prof. Elin Thordadottir (McGill University, Canada), Dr Carolyn Letts (Newcastle University, UK) and Dr. Kamila Polisenska (Manchester University, UK). The talks will cover a range of issues such as bilingual development, bilingual literacy, language assessments for bilingual children, and diagnostic tools of language impairment in bilingual children.


We are organising a poster session on topics related to the theme of the workshop, i.e. typical and atypical language development in bilingual children, language assessments for bilingual children and diagnostic tools for language impairment in bilingual children. Please send a 300-word abstract on any of these of issues to Vicky Chondrogianni at v.chondrogianni(removeme)bangor.ac.uk v.chondrogianni(removeme)bangor.ac.uk> by June 10th. References and tables are not included in the final word count. Please state the author(s) name(s), affiliation(s) and contact details in the body of the email. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out shortly after.

You can find more information about the workshop under the following link:


To register please fill in the registration form available on the workshop’s website and return it to Vicky Chondrogianni at v.chondrogianni(removeme)bangor.ac.uk by July 1st.

This workshop is funded by the European COST Action IS0804 "Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society" and the College of Arts and Humanities of Bangor University, UK.
Call for Course and Workshop Proposals, ESSLLI 2013. Deadline: June 15 2012

25th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information

Duesseldorf, Germany

August 5-16, 2013




15 June 2012: Proposal submission deadline
15 September 2012: Notification
1 June 2013: Course material due


Proposals for courses and workshops at ESSLLI'2013 are invited in all areas of Logic, Linguistics and Computing and Information Sciences.
Cross-disciplinary and innovative topics are particularly encouraged.

Each course and workshop will consist of five 90 minute sessions, offered daily (Monday-Friday) in a single week. Proposals for two-week courses should be structured and submitted as two independent one-week courses, e.g. as an introductory course followed by an advanced one.
In such cases the ESSLLI programme committee reserves the right to accept just one of the two proposals.

All instructional and organizational work at ESSLLI is performed completely on a voluntary basis, so as to keep participation fees to a minimum. However, organizers and instructors have their registration fees waved, and are reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses up to a level to be determined and communicated with the proposal notification. ESSLLI can only guarantee reimbursement for at most one course/workshop organizer, and can not guarantee full reimbursement of travel costs for lecturers or organizers from outside of Europe. The ESSLLI organizers would appreciate any help in controlling the School's expenses by seeking complete coverage of travel and accommodation expenses from other sources.
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 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
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.