May 22nd, 2012

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

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


Aardbeienjam bevat meer aardbeien dan strawberry jam
Het lijkt vanzelfsprekend: er zitten evenveel aardbeien in aardbeienjam als strawberries in strawberry jam. Dit is echter niet het geval volgens taalgebruikers van het Nederlands en het Engels, zo blijkt uit Nijmeegs onderzoek naar de Nederlandse tussenklank en.

Universele uitdrukkingen
Als iemand zijn of haar mondhoeken en wenkbrauwen omhoog trekt, is deze persoon blij. En als iemand juist z’n mondhoeken en wenkbrauwen naar beneden drukt, is diegene kwaad. Of toch niet? Er komt steeds meer bewijs dat gezichtsuitdrukkingen minder universeel zijn dan gedacht.
Lectures / Talks / Colloquia
Language and Speech Colloquium CLS, Michel Boedeltjes on HLT in Applications, Radboud University Nijmegen, May 23 2012

Language and Speech Colloquium

Radboud University Nijmegen

speaker: Michel Boedeltje (Telecats)

topic: HLT in Applications

time: Wednesday 23 May, 15:30 – 16:15

place: Erasmusplein 1 (Erasmus building), room E 3.15, Nijmegen

15.30h Speech Recognition in the Courtroom

Michel Boedeltje (Telecats)

The increasing workload in most district courts caused the Raad voor de Rechtspraak to investigate the potential benefits of applied HLT (Human Language Technology) for a better and more efficient handling of reports made by the court clerks. Moreover, the (to be developed) system should enable the search in and retrieval of relevant items from the full recorded lawsuits. Especially in lengthy lawsuits (with a duration of several months and sometimes more than 10 hearings) it is difficult for the attorney-general and judges to “recall” the literal text and the way it was said by the suspects, witnesses and experts. In this talk I will discuss the HLT that has been incorporated in this application and give a demonstration of “RechtSpraakHerkenning” system.
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)

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
Workshop on grammaticalization and degrammaticalization in Dutch, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 24-25 May 2012
All relevant information about this workshop can be found at the following webpage:
Italian Dialect Meeting, Leiden University (LUCL), May 24-26 2012
SSNC 2012, Tarragona, Spain, May 28 – June 1st, 2012
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University

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

L2 at the Syntax-Pragmatics Interface, UvA Amsterdam, June 5 2012
Date: June 5, 2012
Time: 13:00 – 18:00
Location: PC Hoofthuis 1.05
Spuistraat 134

13:00 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 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 Schwartz –
17:15 – 18:00 Ianthi Tsimpli –
When does an overt pronoun become unmarked? Pronominal use and resolution by adult Greek L2 learners of English

18:00 – 18:30 Discussion

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:
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)
2nd International SAT/SMT Summer School, Trento, Italy, June 12-15, 2012

Second International SAT/SMT Summer School
Trento, Italy, June 12-15th, 2012
Conference The Nature of Evidentiality (TNE2012), Leiden, The Netherlands, June 14-16 2012

REGISTRATION: 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)


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), 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 and 15 2012
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
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


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
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:

[short version of URL:]

The deadline for applications is 30th March 2012.

Contact: appling-school(removeme)|

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

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:
(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 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 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:
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 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
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 Researchers who would like to attend the workshop without presenting a paper are welcome. Registration awll8@uni?
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\\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:

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, and Van der Wouden, forthc.
17th World Congress of the International Applied Linguistics Association, Brisbane, Australia, 10-15 August 2014
Please visit the website 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 ( 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) More information about the Center for Language Science (CLS), about the PIRE program, and faculty research programs can be found at or

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) 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)
Vacature AIO & Post-doc bij Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), UvA. Deadline: June 1 2012
Gezocht bij de Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) aan de UvA, een AIO en Post-doc voor het NWO/ZonMw-project: “health promotion for low-literate adolescents: Increasing comprehensibility and persuasive effects of a school module on substance use”.
Zowel belangstellenden met een achtergrond in de sociale wetenschappen als de letteren worden uitgenodigd te solliciteren.


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)
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.
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for ARCOE-12 Workshop, August 27-28, France. Deadline: May 28 2012
Acquisition, Representation and Reasoning with Contextualized Knowledge, 4th International Workshop (ARCOE-12)

held in collocation with

20th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI-12) Montpellier, France

-- Submission Open --

Submission now open via:

-- Important Dates --

Submission deadline: 28 May 2012
Notification: 28 June 2012
Camera ready: 15 July 2012
Early registration: 5 July 2012
Late registration: 8 August 2012
Workshop dates: 27-28 August 2012

-- Description of the workshop --

Dealing with context is one of the most interesting and most important problems faced in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Traditional AI applications often require to model, store, retrieve and reason about knowledge that holds within certain circumstances - the context. Without considering this contextual information, reasoning can easily run to problems such as:
inconsistency, when considering knowledge in the wrong context; inefficiency, by considering knowledge irrelevant for a certain context; incompleteness, since an inference may depend on knowledge assumed in the context and not explicitly stated. Contextual information is also relevant in many tasks in knowledge representation and reasoning such as common-sense reasoning, dealing with inconsistency, ambiguity, and uncertainty, evolution, etc.

In recent years, research in contextual knowledge representation and reasoning became more relevant in the areas of Semantic Web, Linked Open Data, and Ambient Intelligence, where knowledge is not considered a monolithic and static asset, but it is distributed in a network of interconnected heterogeneous and evolving knowledge resources. The ARCOE workshop aims to provide a dedicated forum for researchers interested in these topics to discuss recent developments, important open issues, and future directions.

-- Topics --

ARCOE-12 welcomes submissions on the topics below as well as on their intersection and other topics related to acquisition, representation, reasoning with context and its applications.

Philosophical and theoretical foundations of context:

1. What is context and how should it be represented.
2. Relevant types of contextual information and their properties.
3. Combining contextual information with object information for reasoning.
4. Context and common-sense reasoning.
5. Exploiting context in inconsistency and uncertainty handling,
defeasible reasoning and argumentation.
6. Contextual logic programming.
7. Updating contextual knowledge and context-aware belief revision.
8. Frameworks for formalizing context and context-aware knowledge

Context modeling and contextual knowledge engineering:

1. Modeling of user's/agent's context.
2. Context driven organization of knowledge and modeling.
3. Ontologies for context modeling.
4. Context-aware modeling tools and methodology.
5. Comparisons to context-unaware modeling techniques.

Effective reasoning with context:

1. Effective context-aware reasoning algorithms.
2. Distributed reasoning with context.
3. Context-driven heuristics in classical reasoning systems.
4. Reasoning under uncertainty and inconsitency.
5. Defeasible reasoning.
4. Hybrid formalisms for reasoning with context, including sub-symbolic

Applications of context in areas such as:

1. Agent communication and coordination.
2. Semantic Web and Linked Open Data.
3. Knowledge modularization.
4. Ontology matching.
5. Ontology fault diagnosis and repair.
6. Ontology evolution and versioning.
7. Information integration.
8. Ambient intelligence and pervasive computing.
9. Exploiting context in Web 2.0 applications, e-commerce, and e-learning.

-- Submission Requirements --

Papers of two types can be submitted. Regular papers are intended for research reports and surveys. ARCOE also welcomes reports on significant work in progress which has already achieved some interesting partial results, as well as papers recently submitted or published elsewhere as long as their topic is in line with the workshop. Regular papers should not exceed 12 pages in length including references. Position papers are intended for presentation of interesting new open issues and challenges, and opinions on the status of the field. Position papers are limited to 6 pages including references. All papers must be formatted using the Springer LNCS style:

and submitted in PDF format via EasyChair using:

The distinction during the selection-phase will be based on

1) Relevance, significance and quality of the submission;

2) The contribution's potential to foster cross-pollination and discussions on ARCOE main themes during the event.

Accepted papers will be presented either as oral presentations or as posters, depending on the choice of the program committee.
However, all accepted papers will be included in the Working Notes in their full form and will be accessible via the Internet.

-- Invited Talks --

* The role of context in controlling inconsistency - Alan Bundy, University
of Edinburgh
* Multi context logics: a formal support for structuring knowledge - Luciano
Serafini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento

-- Workshop Co-Chairs --

* Michael Fink, Vienna University of Technology
* Martin Homola (primary contact), Comenius University, Bratislava
* Alessandra Mileo, DERI, National University of Ireland
* Ivan Jose Varzinczak, Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research, South

-- Steering Committee --

* Alan Bundy, University of Edinburgh
* Thomas Eiter, Vienna University of Technology
* Luciano Serafini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento

-- Resources --

ARCOE-12 website:
EasyChair submission site:
ARCOE workshop series:
ECAI-12 website: Enquiries about the ARCOE workshop: arcoe(removeme)
Call for papers for 8th Scandinavian Logic Symposium, Denmark, 20-21 August 2012. Deadline: June 1 2012
The 8th Scandinavian Logic Symposium will be held at Roskilde University, Trekroner, Denmark, 20-21 August 2012.

After a gap of fifteen years, the Scandinavian Logic Symposium is back. The
Symposium is the first major initiative of the newly revived Scandinavian Logic Society (SLS, and will be held at Roskilde University (RUC), Denmark.

As with previous editions of this conference, the aim of the programme is to reflect current activity in logic in our part of the world. So we hope that participants from Scandinavia, the Baltic countries and Northwestern Russia will take the opportunity to contribute a talk and to meet with fellow logicians from the area. But needless to say, we also extend a warm welcome to
logicians from further afield and plan to present a varied and interesting collection of invited and contributed talks.

The scope of SLS 2012 is broad, ranging over the whole area of mathematical and philosophical logic, and logical methods in computer science. Suitable topics include (but are not limited to):

Proof Theory and Constructivism
Model Theory (including Finite Model Theory)
Set Theory
Computability Theory
Categorical Logic
Logic and Provability
Logic and Computer Science
Logic and Linguistics
Modal, Hybrid, Temporal, and Description Logic
Logics of Games, Dynamics and Interaction
Philosophy of Mathematics
Philosophy of Computation
Philosophy of Logic
Philosophical Logic

The Program Committee is delighted to announce the names of the four invited speakers:
Nikolaj Bjorner
Rosalie Iemhoff (sponsored by The Danish Network for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics)
Per Martin-Löf
Boban Velickovic

On August 22nd, the day after the symposium finishes, a number of tutorials for PhD-students (or anyone else who is interested) will be given. These are intended to start from a relatively elementary level and lead on to current research problems.
The following tutorial lectures have been confirmed so far:
Lars Kristiansen - "Honest subrecursive degree theory"
Sara Negri - "Labelled proof systems for modal logic"
M. H. Sųrensen - "Curry-Howard Isomorphism"

Also note that Advances in Modal Logic (AiML) will be held on 22-25
August 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark. URL:


Abstracts of talks should be submitted by June 1, 2012 using the EasyChair system
The abstracts may not exceed 3 pages (including bibliography) and should be in PDF format.

The conference website will be found at:
Details concerning registration will be posted there in due course.
call for papers Morphology Meeting 2012 September 8, 2012. Deadline: June 1 2012
On Saturday September 8, 2012 -- the day after Geert Booij’s farewell symposium, of which you will be informed separately -- the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) and the Meertens Institute will hold the Morphology Meeting 2012, a one-day conference on morphology, at Leiden University. Marian Klamer (LUCL) will give the keynote speech. Abstracts in Dutch or English are invited for papers of twenty minutes plus discussion on any topic concerning the structure of words in any human language. We especially welcome diachronic subjects, this being the leading theme of the Morphology Meeting 2012, but synchronic subjects will also be admitted. Conference languages are Dutch and English. Please send 500-word abstracts before June 1, 2012 to post(removeme)

The organizing committee: Marc van Oostendorp, Nicoline van der Sijs, Ton van der Wouden

Het LUCL (Leiden University Centre for Linguistics ) en het Meertens Instituut organiseren de Morfologiedag 2012 op zaterdag 8 september 2012, de dag na het afscheidssymposium van Geert Booij (waarover informatie zal volgen). Marian Klamer (LUCL) zal de openingslezing verzorgen. We nodigen alle vakgenoten uit, een abstract (in het Nederlands of het Engels) in te sturen voor een lezing van 20 minuten netto over een onderwerp uit de morfologie van het Nederlands of een andere taal. Diachrone onderwerpen vormen de rode draad van de Morfologiedag 2012, maar ook synchrone onderwerpen kunnen aan de orde komen. De voertalen zijn Nederlands en Engels. Samenvattingen (500 woorden) graag opsturen voor 1 juni 2012 naar: post(removeme)

Het organisatiecomité: Marc van Oostendorp, Nicoline van der Sijs, Ton van der Wouden
A heritage speaker is someone who grows up with a family language in the home which is different from the surrounding dominant language. This conference focuses on structural change in the language of heritage speakers.

Invited Speakers:
Ad Backus. University of Tilburg
Silvina Montrul, University of Illinois
Li Wei, University College London
Maria Polinsky, Harvard University

Abstracts for presentations are solicited on structural changes in heritage languages. Priority will be given to work that addresses intergenerational changes and/or developments in the domains of TAME (aspect, tense, mood, evidentiality) or argument realization (i.e. case, adpositions, DOM, word order, valency).

Talks will be 35 minutes long, including 10 minutes for discussion. Abstracts should be one page, font size 12 pt., with one-inch margins. A second page may (optionally) be used for examples, tables or graphs, and references. In order to maintain anonymity during the review process, please do not include your name or otherwise identify yourself anywhere in your abstract. Depending on the number of submissions, some abstracts may be accepted as posters presentations.

Abstracts should be sent by email in pdf format to heritagelanguagesworkshop(removeme) Please use ‘abstract submission heritage languages’ as subject heading. The body of the message should include the author’s name(s), title, and contact information.
For more information about the call or the conference, contact the organizers: Suzanne Aalberse, Ad Backus or Pieter Muysken via heritagelanguagesworkshop(removeme)
Abstract deadline: June 1, 2012 (midnight EST)
Notification of acceptance: July 1st, 2012
Workshop dates: January 23-25 2013.
Location: De Leeuwenhorst, Noordwijkerhout (not far from Schiphol airport).
We hope to be able to cover a substantial part of the accommodation expenses for accepted speakers.
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, 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)
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)

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), 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), 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

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) More information about the STIL Prize can be found on:

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)
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: For more information on the project, see
Nieuwsbrief NWO april/mei 2012
De nieuwsbrief april/mei 2012 van NWO – GW is verschenen, met onder meer calls voor de topsector Creatieve Industrie, vrije competitie GW, Vernieuwingsimpuls – VIDI, HERA joint research programme 'cultural encounter' en de Vlaams-Nederlandse samenwerking.
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

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, 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)
NWO, Deadlines aanvragen GW
Vrije competitie Geesteswetenschappen – aanvragen kunnen doorlopend ingediend worden. De Vrije competitie van NWO-Geesteswetenschappen richt zich op onderzoeksprogramma's met een overwegend geesteswetenschappelijke component. Een programma dient uit minimaal twee deelprojecten te bestaan met daartussen een duidelijke onderlinge samenhang. De samenhang tussen de projecten moet een aantoonbare meerwaarde hebben voor het eindresultaat van het onderzoeksprogramma.

Het Vernieuwingsimpulsprogramma is door NWO samen met KNAW en de universiteiten in 2000 opgezet. Het programma heeft als doel om vernieuwend onderzoek een extra impuls te geven. De Vernieuwingsimpuls is persoonsgebonden en biedt talentvolle, creatieve onderzoekers de kans om onderzoek naar hun keuze uit te voeren en de doorstroom bij wetenschappelijke onderzoeksinstellingen te bevorderen. De Vernieuwingsimpuls bestaat uit de subsidievormen Veni, Vidi en Vici.

VENI Sluitingsdatum voor het indienen van Veni-aanvragen was 5 januari 2012.

VIDI Vernieuwingsimpuls Vidi – deadline 2 oktober 2012
Deze subsidievorm is gericht op de onderzoeker die na zijn/haar promotie al een aantal jaren onderzoek op postdocniveau heeft verricht en daarbij heeft aangetoond vernieuwende ideeėn te genereren en succesvol zelfstandig tot ontwikkeling te brengen. Onderzoekers worden in staat gesteld een eigen vernieuwende onderzoekslijn te ontwikkelen en daartoe zelf één of meer onderzoekers aan te stellen. De subsidie bedraagt maximaal € 800.000.
Meer informatie vindt u op
Deadline voor het indienen van aanvragen is 2 oktober 2012

VICI Vernieuwingsimpuls Vici – deadline was 29 maart 2012
VAN GOGH BEURZENPROGRAMMA - Deadline: 31 mei 2012
Met ingang van 2008 voert de Frans-Nederlandse Academie het secretariaat van het PHC van Gogh beurzenprogramma. Het doel van dit programma is de uitwisseling van Nederlandse en Franse onderzoekers die binnen één onderzoeksproject werkzaam (willen) zijn, te stimuleren en te ondersteunen.

Aan Nederlandse zijde, maakten voorheen alleen Veni, Vidi en Vici laureaten kans op beurs. Met ingang van 2009 is de Van Gogh-doelgroep uitgebreid en kunnen alle onderzoekers die bewezen excellent onderzoek verrichten, meedingen naar een Van Gogh-beurs.

Elk jaar start de aanvraagronde voor het Van Gogh Programma in februari. De aanvraagformulieren kunnen uiterlijk tot 31 mei van dat jaar worden ingezonden. Per jaar kan een maximum van €10.000 worden aangevraagd met een mogelijkheid tot verlening van een jaar. In het geval van het aanvragen van een verlening dient hiervoor een aanvraag tot verlenging te worden ingezonden voor 1 september van het jaar volgend op het toekenningsjaar. De Van Gogh Subsidies zijn uitsluitend bedoeld voor het financieren van reis- en verblijfskosten die gemoeid zijn met de onderzoeksuitwisseling tussen Frankrijk en Nederland.

Uiterste indiendatum: 31 mei 2012
Resultaten: oktober 2012
Start projecten: januari 2013

Ga naar voor de aanmeldingsprocedure, verdere informatie over de beurzen en de Frans-Nederlandse Academie. Of neem contact op met Lidwien Poorthuis, 030 253 9198, l.g.h.poorthuis(removeme)