June 21st, 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


Grotere letterafstand helpt dyslectici
Een grotere afstand tussen letters verbetert de leesvaardigheid van dyslectici. Dat komt doordat letters gezien door de ogen van dyslectici sneller in elkaar overlopen.
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
Schultink lecture, LOT Summer School 2012 Driebergen, July 4 2012
The Schultink lecture will be hosted by the LOT Summerschool 2012, Utrecht University
See this page for more info on linguist Henk Schultink: nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henk_Schultink

Date: Wednesday 4 July
Time: 19.30 – 21.00
Location: conference center ‘De Baak’ in Driebergen (Zolder landhuis, Gebouw 1)

Speaker: Naomi Feldman (Univeristy of Maryland)
Title: Finding the right statistics for language acquisition

Learners make use of statistical information when acquiring language, but how do they decide which statistics to compute? This talk argues that children's encoding of words in their developing lexicons plays a key role in guiding statistical learning of multiple domains of language. A first case study analyzes the statistical problem of phonetic category acquisition, showing how word forms in infants’ early lexicons can interact with acoustic cues to support robust sound category learning. A second case study examines noun class learning in Tsez, proposing ways in which characteristics of children’s early lexicons can explain their seemingly suboptimal use of cues to noun class membership. In each case, results from computational and experimental studies demonstrate that early lexical structure can influence language acquisition in unexpected ways. This points to a critical role for the developing lexicon in language acquisition and highlights the importance of considering how children integrate statistical information across multiple layers of linguistic structure.

We hope to see you all there!

Best regards, the organization

For more information about the LOT summerschool and local information, go to: www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2012_Zomerschool_Utrecht/
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 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: 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.
Update Minicourse by Andrew Nevins on Basque Auxiliary Morphotactics and the Structure of Spellout, Meertens Institute Amsterdam, June 28-29 2012
Minicourse by Andrew Nevins
Basque Auxiliary Morphotactics and the Structure of Spellout
Date and time: June 28 and 29, 2012; 13-16
Location: Meertens Instituut
For registration, please 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
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 Ellipsis, LUCL Leiden University, June 27 2012
On 28 June 2012 Tanja Temmerman will defend her thesis ‘Multidominance, ellipsis and quantifier scope’ at the University of Leiden. Linked to this, there will be a workshop on 27 June 2012 where several scholars will present their work on ellipsis and discuss some of its intricacies.

When: Wednesday 27 June 2012, 13.00-17.50
Where: Lipsius 203, LUCL (Leiden University)

For more information regarding the workshop you can contact Enrico Boone (e.boone(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl).


13.00-13.10 Opening
13.10-13.50 Kyle Johnson (University of Amherst) - t.b.a.
13.50-14.30 Dennis Ott (University of Groningen) - Dislocation, deletion, and the left periphery

Coffee Break

14.50-15.30 Enrico Boone (University of Leiden) - Gapping as conjunction deletion
15.30-16.10 Mark de Vries (University of Groningen) - What people don't say...

Coffee Break

16.30-17.10 Anikó Liptįk (University of Leiden) - The lexical identity condition in types of V-stranding ellipsis in Hungarian
17.10-17.50 Andrés Saab (University of Leiden) - Levels of silence
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.

REGISTRATION: Please see hylocore.ruc.dk/aiml2012/registration.php

ACCEPTED PAPERS: Please see hylocore.ruc.dk/aiml2012/accepted.php

Advances in Modal Logic 2012 will be held at the IDA conference centre in downtown Copenhagen:


This is in easy walking distance from Copenhagen Central Station and a number of reasonably priced hotels.

Lev Beklemishev (Moscow State University) Johan van Benthem (University of Amsterdam and Stanford University) Lars Birkedal (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark) Patrick Blackburn (Roskilde University) Balder ten Cate (UC Santa Cruz) Larisa Maksimova (Novosibirsk State University)

SPECIAL SESSION ON HYBRID LOGIC. Hybrid logic is an extension of modal logic allowing to refer explicitly to states of the model in the syntax of formulas.
There will be a special session of AiML devoted to papers on hybrid logic.
The scope of the special session is standard hybrid-logical machinery like nominals, satisfaction operators, and the downarrow binder, but also other extensions of modal logic can be considered.

SPECIAL SESSION IN HONOUR OF LARISA MAKSIMOVA. There will be a special session of AiML devoted to papers and talks in honour of Larisa Maksimova, in recognition of her many outstanding contributions to modal logic.

Carlos Areces (FaMAF, Universitad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina) Philippe Balbiani (IRIT, Toulouse, France) Lev Beklemishev (Moscow State University, Russia) Guram Bezhanishvili (New Mexico State University, USA) Nick Bezhanishvili (Imperial College London, UK) Patrick Blackburn (Roskilde University, Denmark) Thomas Bolander (Technical University of Denmark) Torben Brauner (Roskilde University, Denmark) Giovanna Corsi (Universitą di Bologna, Italy) Giovanna D'Agostino (Universitą di Udine, Italy) Stephane Demri (LSV, ENS Cachan, France) Melvin Fitting (Lehman College, CUNY, USA) Robert Goldblatt (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) Valentin Goranko (Technical University of Denmark) Rajeev Gore (Australian National University, Australia) Andreas Herzig (IRIT, Toulouse, France) Ian Hodkinson (Imperial College London, UK) Wiebe van der Hoek (University of Liverpool, UK) Rosalie Iemhoff (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands) Alexander Kurz (University of Leicester, UK) Tadeusz Litak (University of Leicester, UK) Hiroakira Ono (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) Martin Otto (Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany) Alessandra Palmigiano (ILLC, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Renate Schmidt (University of Manchester, UK) Lutz Schröder (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) Valentin Shehtman (Moscow State University, Russia) Dimiter Vakarelov (Sofia University, Bulgaria) Yde Venema (ILLC, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Heinrich Wansing (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany) Frank Wolter (University of Liverpool, UK) Michael Zakharyaschev (Birkbeck College, London, UK)

Silvio Ghilardi (Universitą degli Studi di Milano, Italy) Lawrence Moss (Indiana University, USA)

Thomas Bolander (Technical University of Denmark) Torben Braüner (Roskilde University, Denmark)

FURTHER INFORMATION. Please see hylocore.ruc.dk/aiml2012/

ENQUIRIES. E-mail enquiries should be directed to aiml2012(removeme)easychair.org
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:
NC Utrecht Research Day 2012, AZU Utrecht, August 31 2012
Friday 31st August
13:00 — 18:00
The 2012 NC Utrecht Research Day is scheduled for Friday August 31.

Friday 31 August 2012- lectures start at 13.30 hrs
“Roze Collegezaal” AZU (Pink Lecture Hall AZU)

NCU Debate:
“The language comprehension network: structure and function"
Main speaker this year will be Angela Friederici, director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig ( www.cbs.mpg.de/staff/angelafr-203).
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

6de Dag van de Nederlandse Zinsbouw (DNZ 6), Universiteit Antwerpen, 23 November 2012
Datum: vrijdag 23 november 2012
Locatie: Universiteit Antwerpen, Klooster Grauwzusters, Lange St.-Annastraat 7, Antwerpen
Website: atlas.hogent.be/~disgram/dnz/index.htm

De Dag van de Nederlandse Zinsbouw is een jaarlijkse workshop waar taalkundigen vanuit verschillende achtergronden (disciplines, theorieėn) in debat gaan over prominente thema’s die betrekking hebben op de zinsbouw van het Nederlands. In deze zesde editie (DNZ 6) komen drie thema’s aan bod die steeds vanuit verschillende theoretische kaders bekeken worden om zo een indruk te krijgen van de overeenkomsten en verschillen.

Daniėl Van Olmen (North-West University Potchefstroom, Universiteit Antwerpen)
Gertjan Postma (Meertens Instituut)

Eric Reuland (Universiteit Utrecht)
Petra Hendriks (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)

Tempus, aspect en modaliteit
Henk Verkuyl (Universiteit Utrecht)
Ronny Boogaart (Universiteit Leiden)

Deelname aan de dag is gratis maar aanmelding is noodzakelijk vóór 12 november 2013 op het adres reinhild.vandekerckhove(removeme)ua.ac.be.

Organisatie: Hans Broekhuis, Evie Coussé, Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul, Olaf Koeneman, Mark de Vries
Lokale organisatie in Antwerpen: Jan Nuyts, Johan van der Auwera, Reinhild Vandekerckhove
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.
3 PhD fellowships in the research project “The Multiple Functional Load of grammatical signs in text construction and processes of language change” at the University of Leuven. Deadline: July 15 2012
The Research Unit of Cognitive and Functional Linguistics at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Leuven is looking for applicants for three fully funded four-year PhD fellowship in linguistics (starting date: October/November 2012).

The three PhD fellowship are part of a larger collaborative project (GOA/12/007) "The Multiple Functional Load of grammatical signs in text construction and processes of language change", funded by the Research Council of the University of Leuven. The team supervising the project consists of Bert Cornillie, Kristin Davidse, Jean-Christophe Verstraete and An Van linden. The PhD projects deal with English Linguistics, Spanish Linguistics and Typology.

- The PhD project on English linguistics will focus on factive complements of verbal predicates in English. Its aims are to identify the specific properties that characterize factive complements in contrast with complements of reported speech, and to further elucidate the essence of the factive presupposition. More information about the project can be requested by e-mail. The supervisor of this PhD is Kristin Davidse and the co-supervisor Lieselotte Brems.

The PhD project on Spanish linguistics is entitled ‘Discourse status and the development of object doubling in Spanish’ and its aim is to account for the origin and evolution of (indirect) object doubling in Spanish (e.g. Se (COI) lo (COD) dije a mi vecino (COI) ‘I told it to my neighbour’). A summary of the research project can be requested by e-mail. The supervisor of this PhD is Bert Cornillie, its co-supervisor is Freek Van de Velde.

The aim of the typological PhD project is to develop a typology of referring expressions and their role in discourse, based on a sample of Australian languages (or focusing on one language, if the candidate has field experience). More information about the project can be requested by e-mail. The supervisor of this fellowship is Jean-Christophe Verstraete.

Motivated candidates are invited to apply online according to the instructions given at: www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/vacancies_aapbap/phd_humanities.html#linguistics

Please include a cover letter, a CV, the names of up to three referees we may contact prior to appointment, and a sample piece of writing. The deadline for applications is July 15th 2012.

Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates in the second half of August (in person or online for overseas applicants). A decision will be made by the end of August.

The fellow will receive a salary of approximately 1700 EUR/month (after taxes) for a period of four years and all regular provisions for PhD fellows at the University of Leuven. In addition, s/he will be allocated office space and a laptop, and receive funding for research activities like attending conferences abroad and organizing workshops and conferences in Leuven or elsewhere.

The successful candidate may be asked to provide (limited) assistance with teaching, student supervision and data management. S/he will join a dynamic research team (including six faculty members, several postdoctoral fellows and many PhD students).

For further information, please contact the respective supervisors. Kristin.davidse(removeme)arts.kuleuven.be ; bert.cornillie(removeme)arts.kuleuven.be ; jcv(removeme)arts.kuleuven.be

Start date: October/November 2012

End date: September 2016
Postdoc for project 'Empirical foundations of linguistics’, University Paris Diderot-Paris 7 / Paris Descartes-Paris 5. Deadline: July 13 2012
Postdoctoral Position : Role of phonological and categorial information on the recognition of French VN compounds: An electroencephalographical study

Contact: Bernard Fradin and Frederic Isel
Contact email: bernard.fradin_at_linguist.jussieu.fr
University: University Paris Diderot-Paris 7 / Paris Descartes-Paris 5
Job rank: Postodoctoral fellow position
Duration: 12 months, (starting October 2012)
Salary: between € 2 000 and € 1 800 net / month.
Keywords: prosody; lexical morphology; VN compounds; prosody-driven model; EEG;
Application deadline: July 13, 2012
Application email: bernard.fradin_at_linguist.jussieu.fr

This position is offered within the 10-year project ‘Empirical foundations of linguistics’ that started in 2011. The present postdoctoral project is part of the Strand 2 ‘Experimental grammar from a cross-linguistic perspective’ in the axis ‘The many-to-many nature of lexeme formation’.
The successful candidate will investigate the prosody-syntax interaction during recognition of French VN compounds using electroencephalography (EEG). The rationale of the present project is to better understand the role of prosodic pattern and word category information delivered by the first syllables of a word to anticipate its morphological structure. The use of event-related-brain potentials will allow us to trace with a high temporal resolution the electrical responses of the brain in natural and truncated prosody-syntax conditions. The experimental investigations will take place at the University Paris Descartes in the Vision, Action, Cognition Lab led by Prof. Karine Doré-Mazars (Neurocognition of Language group, Prof. Frederic Isel). The post-doc will work in a multidisciplinary (psychology, linguistics, neurophysiology) dynamic and supportive environment on a variety of projects involving behavioral, and EEG studies.
Individuals with a Ph.D in cognitive neuroscience or neurolinguistics with a formation in formal linguistics or a Ph.D in linguistics with solid formation in cognitive neuroscience or neurolinguistics are encouraged to apply. Previous experience with: 1) Experimental Cognitive Psychology ; 2) EEG; 3) familiarity with Matlab, EEGlab, SPM, etc ; and 4) a formation in phonetic-phonology or lexical morphology are considered strengths.

Applications will be examined by a committee of experts. To apply, send
a motivation letter
an updated CV with the list of publications ;
the website where your publications can be found ;
the names and email addresses of two referees.
Postdoc for project "Explaining language", Tilburg School of Humanities. Deadline: August 15 2012
The Tilburg School of Humanities has a vacancy for a three year postdoc for a project on "Explaining language". The project is situated at the interface of philosophy of science and computational linguistics. It explores the scope and limits of probabilistic explanations in natural language processing with particular attention to the role of subjective uncertainty and statistical learning in such models.

More details can be found here: erec.uvt.nl/vacancy?inc=UVT-EXT-2012-0258
Calls for papers for events
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 APPLICATIONS - CITEC Summer School 2012, Bielefeld University, Germany, August 27th-31st, 2012. Deadline: July 1 2012
Verbal and non-verbal interaction: From experiments to implementation

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:
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 the conference A Germanic Sandwich 2013, University of Leuven from 11-12 January 2013. EXTENDED DEADLINE: 15 July 2012
Meeting Description:

‘A Germanic Sandwich 2013’ will be held at the University of Leuven from 11-12 January 2013, as the fourth edition of a series of conferences in which Dutch is compared with its West Germanic neighbours, English and German. The first one took place in Berlin to commemorate the 1956 appearance of the seminal publication Nederlands tussen Duits en Engels ('Dutch between German and English'), a study by the renowned Dutch linguist C.B. van Haeringen. Later editions of the conference were held at Sheffield (2008) and Oldenburg (2010). The conferences have spawned a number of special issues, either as a book volume (Hüning et al. 2006) or as special issues of journals (Vismans et al. 2010; Ruigendijk et al. in prep.). See also www.shef.ac.uk/dutch/pastevents#sandwich and Van der Wouden, forthc.).

Invited Speaker: Johan Van der Auwera, in collaboration with Daniėl Van Olmen: “On West Germanic moods and modalities”

Abstracts are invited for 30 minutes talks (20+10), in which Dutch is compared to German and/or English. Other Germanic languages may of course be included as well, and application of the ‘sandwich’ idea to other language families (see e.g. Lamiroy & De Mulder 2011) also fall within the scope of the conference. We welcome studies with a typological and/or comparative perspective, dealing with questions about structural aspects of the languages, their history or their status. Studies from a language acquisition or psycholinguistic perspective will find their place as well.

Hüning, M., A. Verhagen, U. Vogl & T. van der Wouden (eds.). 2006. Nederlands tussen Duits en Engels. Leiden: Stichting Neerlandistiek Leiden.

Lamiroy, B. & W. De Mulder 2011. ‘Degrees of grammaticalization across Languages’. In: H. Narrog & B. Heine (eds.), The Oxford handbook of grammaticalization. Oxford University Press. 302-317.

Ruigendijk, E., F. Van de Velde & R. Vismans (eds.). In prep. Special issue: Dutch between English and German. Leuven Contributions in Linguistics and Philology.

Vismans, R., M. Hüning & F. Weerman (eds.). 2010. Special issue: Dutch between English and German. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 22(4).

Wouden, T. van der. Forthcoming. ‘Nederlands tussen Duits en Engels’. Internationale Neerlandistiek.

Abstracts (ca. 500 words) can be sent to: <sandwich2013(removeme)arts.kuleuven.be>

Deadline for submission: 15 July 2012

Notification of acceptance: 15 September 2012

Website: wwwling.arts.kuleuven.be/nedling/germanicsandwich2013/

Local organising committee: Hans Smessaert (University of Leuven), Joop van der Horst (University of Leuven), Freek Van de Velde (University of Leuven)

Scientific committee: Matthias Hüning (FU Berlin), Esther Ruigendijk (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg), Alan Scott (University of Nottingham) Hans Smessaert (University of Leuven), Joop van der Horst (University of Leuven); Ton van der Wouden (Meertens Institute, Amsterdam); Freek Van de Velde (University of Leuven); Roel Vismans (University of Sheffield), Fred Weerman (University of Amsterdam).
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: Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA)-12, University of Florida, April 26-28 2013. Deadline: November 15 2012
website: www.gasla12.com

Paper and poster proposals on any topic in generative second language acquisition (adult and child), L1 Attrition, L3/Ln acquisition, and childhood bilingualism are invited. Abstracts are invited for 20 minute presentations (with 10 minutes for discussion) and/or posters.

Please indicate on your abstract whether you wish your submission to be considered for one category only (regular paper, or poster, please specify) or for both categories. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words: the text is limited to 500 words, not including the title. Figures, tables, examples, and references may be included on a second page. These do not count toward the 500 words.

Please submit your anonymous abstract through Easy Abstracts. No more than three abstracts per person should be submitted, with no more than one as first or sole author. Electronic submission of abstracts is required.

Plenary speakers:
Theodoros Marinis (University of Reading)
Bonnie D. Schwartz (Radboud University & University of Hawaii)
Ianthi Maria Tsimpli (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Abstract Submission:
Authors are asked to submit their anonymous abstracts in pdf format via the Easy Abstracts submission site: linguistlist.org/confcustom/gasla12? When you create the pdf, make sure to remove any author information: in Acrobat, go to ''File:Document Properties.” When you go to the submission website, you will be asked to register with your name, email, affiliation and phone number. Once registered, your username will be your email. During the submission process, please make sure that you indicate for which session (Main Session /Poster, both) you want to be considered. No faxed abstracts will be accepted.

Please Note:
If you encounter any difficulty, you may also submit your abstract as a last resort via email (pdf format only) to gasla-12(removeme)clas.ufl.edu with the following information in the email message: Title of paper, Name of author(s), Affiliation(s), Address(es), Phone number(s), email address(es), and the session for which you want to be considered.
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
Call for manuscripts for publication in International Research Journals (IRJ)
The International Research Journals (IRJ) is currently accepting manuscripts for publication. IRJ publishes high-quality solicited and unsolicited articles, in English, in all areas of Education. All articles published in IRJ will be peer-reviewed.

Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript within five weeks of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next available issue.

One key request of researchers across the world is open access to research publications. The International Research Journals is fully committed to providing free access to all articles as soon as they are published. We ask you to support this initiative by publishing your papers in this journal.

Instruction for authors and other details are available on our website resjournals.com. Prospective authors should send their manuscript(s) to education(removeme)resjournals.com

Best regards,

Dr. Muhammad Sarwar
Education Research Journal
International Research Journals
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.