October 12th, 2012

LOT Announcements / events
LOT ontvangt subsidie uit NWO Graduate Programme
Uit: nieuws.hum.uu.nl/2012/09/07/nwo-subsidie-voor-landelijke-onderzoekschool-taalkunde/

De Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap (LOT) ontvangt 800.000 euro uit het NWO Graduate Programme. Dit subsidieprogramma is bedoeld om een sterk onderwijs- en onderzoeksprogramma op te zetten voor de ontwikkeling van jong wetenschappelijk talent.
De Graduate Programme subsidie van NWO biedt LOT een financieringsmogelijkheid voor de aanstelling van vier promovendi. Deze promovendi worden geselecteerd uit de beste research master-studenten. Deze kunnen zich al tijdens hun studie voorbereiden op een promotietraject door middel van een speciale cursus binnen de LOT winterschool en het uitvoeren van stages en afstudeerprojecten bij diverse LOT onderzoeksgroepen (zg. 'rotaties').

De Nederlandse taalwetenschap is bijzonder succesvol in het NWO Graduate Programme: in 2010 ontving het Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS al 800.000 euro in het kader van dit programma en in 2011 is de aanvraag van het Leiden University Centre for Linguistics gehonoreerd.
Lot Winterschool: 7-18 January 2013 in Leiden
The next LOT Winterschool will take place from 7-18 January 2013, and will be hosted by the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. Registration opens on the 25-th of October.

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.

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

Make sure you take note of this event in your diary! More detailed information will appear on www.lotschool.nl soon. For questions regarding this LOT Winterschool 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


Duizenden gekaapte brieven openbaar
Sinds maandag 8 oktober zijn ruim 3000 gekaapte brieven voor iedereen beschikbaar op internet. Het gaat om handgeschreven brieven, afkomstig van Nederlandse schepen die in de zeventiende en achttiende eeuw werden buitgemaakt door de Engelsen.

Mannentaal en vrouwenpraat

Mannen en vrouwen praten verschillend: ze hebben een andere spreekstijl en gebruiken andere woorden. Dit ontdekte Karen Keune met behulp van een uitgebreide corpusstudie. Zij promoveert op 15 oktober aan de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen.
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
Series of Lectures on e-Humanities, MPI Nijmegen, October 2012 - Januari 2013
We are excited to be able to announce the next series of lectures in the Lectures on e-Humanities in Action (in Nijmegen) presented by TLA.
Some details about the lectures are still to be announced. We will keep our website at tla.mpi.nl/lecture-series/ up to date with the latest information.

17 oktober 2012 Manfred Stede -- ANNIS (exact title tba)

22 october 2012 Harald Hammarström -- Unsupervised Learning of Morphology for Lesser-Studied Languages

31 october Bruce Birch -- a usage-based approach to the analysis of prosodic structure, in Iwaidja and in general

14 november 2012 Chris Biemann -- Structure Discovery in Natural Language - unsupervised language-independent methods

5 december 2012 Bram Vandekerckhove -- Exemplar-based generalization at the interface between syntax and semantics

31 januari 2013 Alexander Mehler -- Linguistic Networks: Text-technological Representation and Quantitative Analysis

You are all cordially invited to attend.
Attendence to all lectures is free.
However, we do ask that you register by sending an email to tla-lectures(removeme)mpi.nl

All lectures start at 14:30 in the afternoon and will take place in the lecture hall of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen (right next to the Radboud University and Radboud University Hospital).
Syntax-Interface Meeting, Rick Nouwen (UiL OTS, Utrecht University), 15 October 2012
Syntax-Interface Meetings, 15/10/2012, Rick Nouwen (UiL OTS, Utrecht University)
This is to inform you that our next Syntax-Interface Meeting takes place on 15/10/2012. Our speaker is Rick Nouwen (UiL OTS, Utrecht University) and the title of his talk is Ignorance, obviation and scope: the case of numeral quantifiers. The talk starts at 15:30 and takes place in Trans 8, in A.W. de Grootkamer (0.19)

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

The organizers

ABSTRACT: This presentation addresses the question how certain effects that at first sight look pragmatic interact with scopal properties of scalar expressions. The relevant pragmatic effects are so-called ignorance

implicatures: these are epistemic inferences that typically concern information the speaker lacks. They are exemplified by disjunctions and indefinites. For example, (1) implies that the speaker does not know what fruit John ate, and (2) implies that the speaker does not know who is at the door.

(1) John ate an apple or a pear

(2) Someone is at the door

To account for such inferences is very straightforward. Things get difficult once we move away from pragmatics and look at the compositional side of things. In certain configurations the ignorance implicature disappears and is replaced by a free choice inference (Kamp 1973). For example, (3) has a reading where the speaker has full knowledge of what John may and may not eat: he may eat an apple *and* he may eat a pear.

(3) John may eat an apple or a pear

The free choice puzzle does not just concern the origin of free choice inferences but also the mechanism responsible for obviating the ignorance implicature we saw in (1): why do we not need to infer from

(3) that the speaker is ignorant? Obviation of epistemic implicatures becomes an especially pressing matter if we turn to the case of epistemic indefinites. While the ignorance inference in (2) is defeasible ("Someone is at the door. It's John.") many languages have indefinites that non-defeasibly express speaker ignorance. Take German "irgendein" (Kratzer & Shimoyama 2002):

(4) Irgendein Student hat angerufen #nämlich Fritz

some.epistemic student has called namely Fritz

Intended: "Some student called. It was Fritz"

While in (4) the epistemic effect is non-cancellable, the effect can be obviated: the ignorance component disappears when the indefinite is embedded under a modal. While there is no lack of theories of obviation of this kind (Kratzer & Shimoyama 2002, Alonso-Ovalle & Benito-Menendez 2010, Aloni & Port 2012), there is so far no general consensus on what the relation is between obviation and scope. I will show in this talk that this is a particularly pressing issue this, by turning to ignorance and obviation effects with modified numerals. (An example like (5) implies that the speaker does not know (or care to

know) exactly how many people there are.)

(5) There are more than 50 people in this room

I will discuss two approaches to so-called class B modified numerals (Nouwen 2010), the modified numeral equivalent of epistemic indefinites and show that there is a profound puzzle of what the scopal properties are of obviation cases. In particular, I will address the question of whether we could and should resort to null scope markers like Heim's Pi-operator (Heim 2006).


-Aloni, M. and A. Port (2012). Epistemic indefinites and methods of identification. In L. Alonso-Ovalle and P. Menendez-Benito (Eds.), Epistemic Indefinites. Oxford University Press.

-Alonso-Ovalle, L. and P. Menendez-Benito (2010). Modal indefinites.

Natural Language Semantics 18, 1–31.

-Heim, Irene: 2006, Remarks on Comparative Clauses as Generalized Quantifiers, Ms. MIT.

-Kamp, H. (1973). Free choice permission. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, New Series 74, 5774.

-Kratzer, A. and J. Shimoyama (2002). Indeterminate pronouns: The view from japanese. In Y. Otsu (Ed.), The Proceedings of the Third Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics (TCP 2002), Tokyo, pp. 1–25. Hituzi Syobo.

-Nouwen, R. (2010a). Two kinds of modified numerals. Semantics and Pragmatics 3(3), 1–41.
Lecture on Multilevel annotation for discourse research, by Manfred Stede; MPI for Psycholinguistics, room 1.63 (main lecture hall). Wundtlaan 1, Nijmegen, 17th of October, at 15:30
The Language Archive of the Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics is continuing its lecture series "Digital Humanities in Action" (formerly known as Nijmegen e-Humanities Lectures).

There are six lectures scheduled for this semester so far, including the talk that Alexander Mehler was not able to give in July 2012.

The complete program can be seen at the lecture series page on the TLA website.

The next lecture will be given in a week, the 17th of October, at 15:30, by Manfred Stede. He will present on

Multilevel annotation for discourse research: The ANNIS2 linguistic database.


While sentence-oriented linguistic investigation has for a long time benefited from the availability of annotated corpora (tree banks), the situation for research on the discourse level is less satisfactory: text corpora are expensive to produce, and there is not very much agreement yet on what the appropriate structural descriptions are. A promising framework is the annotation of text on multiple “simple” levels, which can be independently motivated and verified with agreement studies. Multilevel annotations then allow for systematically exploring correlations between the different levels in two different ways: (i) data mining that looks for patterns in a “bottom-up” way, and (ii) query-directed (“top-down”) explorations performed by a user to answer a specific research question. We focus on the latter scenario and consider the inspection of several linguistic issues on the discourse level, in particular correlations between syntax, coreference, and “rhetorical structure” of texts. As the technical tool set for this research, we use a linguistic database (ANNIS2) and an associated software infrastructure, which can be used to query corpora across distinct layers of annotation. After a general introduction to ANNIS2, we show several use cases to demonstrate how the above-mentioned discourse issues can be explored.

Who: Manfred Stede, Universität Potsdam, Germany

What: Lecture on Multilevel annotation for discourse research: The ANNIS2 linguistic database

Where: MPI for Psycholinguistics, room 1.63 (main lecture hall). Wundtlaan 1, Nijmegen, NL

When: Wednesday 17th of October, 15:30

More info: tla.mpi.nl/lecture-series/
Lecture Philippe van Parijs (Louvain/Oxford) on Linguistic Diversity versus Social Justice in the European Union, Universiteitsbibliotheek, Doelenzaal, University of Amsterdam, Oude Turfmarkt 145, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4-6 pm
Philosophy & Public Affairs Colloquium, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Philippe van Parijs (Louvain/Oxford):
Linguistic Diversity versus Social Justice in the European Union

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4-6 pm

location: Universiteitsbibliotheek, Doelenzaal
University of Amsterdam
Oude Turfmarkt 145
1012 GC Amsterdam

Philippe van Parijs is professor at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), where he directs the Hoover Chair of economic and social ethics, and Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College and Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford. He is one of the founders of the Basic Income European Network (BIEN), which became in 2004 the Basic Income Earth Network, and he chairs its International Board. His two most recent books are Just Democracy. The Rawls-Machiavelli Programme (2011) and Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World (2011).
Talk Elma Blom (UvA/ACLC) Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal K02, October 19 2012, 15.15-16.30 uur
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal K02

October 19 2012, 15.15-16.30 uur

Elma Blom (UvA/ACLC)


Tense morphology in English second language children with and without Specific Language Impairment: A usage-based approach

The abstract can be found on the ACLC website:
Discourse op Dinsdag: Language without interpretation: Grammatical rules in Senegalese music, Utrecht University, Drift 23, Room 1.04, October 30; 15:30-17:00
The next Discourse op Dinsdag meeting will take place on the 30th of October. Our speaker will be:

Yoad Winter (UiL OTS - Utrecht University)

Date & time: October 30; 15:30-17:00
Location: Utrecht University, Drift 23, Room 1.04


Title: Language without interpretation: Grammatical rules in Senegalese music (see below for an abstract)

For the rest of 2012, we have planned the following Discourse op Dinsdag meetings (abstracts to follow):

November 13th:

Rolf Zwaan (Erasmus University Rotterdam) ‘How the use of direct and indirect speech affects discourse comprehension’

December 18th:

Loes Koring (UiL OTS – Utrecht University) ‘The relationship between expression and expressive displacement’

We hope to see you all there!

Kind regards,

Ted Sanders

Gerdineke van Silfhout

Hannah De Mulder


Language without interpretation: Grammatical rules in Senegalese music

Yoad Winter

Uil-OTS – Utrecht University

A hallmark of human language is its use for communicating complex symbolic representations of reality. This propositional nature of linguistic communication distinguishes it from other communicative modalities like gesturing and musical expression. Another central characteristic of human language is the way it organizes perceptually discrete elements into hierarchical structures. Much work in cognitive science has assumed that this structural organization of language is determined by its use for propositional communication. This hypothesis expects musical structures, which are lacking in precise propositional content, to be clearly distinguished from linguistic structures. However, many works in Musicology, Linguistics and Neuroscience have pointed out structural similarities between language and music.

Here we show that language-like constructions in Senegalese drumming encode propositional content but are experienced by hearers as mainly musical expressions. We demonstrate speech-like grammar rules in drumming, and show that they are partly independent of the rules in languages spoken by players.

Grammar in this distinct musical language family, called Sabar, enables players to creatively and consistently encode propositional meanings in rhythms without acoustically mimicking speech as in other `drum languages’. However, in normal use hearers do not interpret the propositions that are encoded in Sabar rhythms. These fieldwork-based observations are supported by more recent experimental findings about asymmetries in the quality of meaning encoding in Sabar music as opposed to quality of its decoding. These findings contradict the hypothesis that grammar must rely on propositional communication between speaker and hearer. Rather, we hypothesize that grammatical utterances encoding propositions may create a musical or rhetoric affect in the hearer, without requiring full interpretation of the propositional content. This hypothesis is consistent with previous results about structural and cognitive similarities between language and music.

Joint work with Ineke van der Ham and Hannah De Mulder
Talk entitled ‘Attitudes to English Usage: towards a new research model’.Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade (Leiden University), Leiden University, Lipsius building (Cleveringaplaats 1), room 14, Friday 2 November 2012, 15:30-17:00,
LUCL Colloquium: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade (Leiden University), 2 Nov, Leiden University

On Friday 2 November Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade (Leiden University) will give a talk entitled ‘Attitudes to English Usage: towards a new research model’.

Date, time and venue

Date Friday 2 November 2012
Time 15.30-17.00
Venue Leiden University, Lipsius building (Cleveringaplaats 1), room 147


Attitudes to English Usage is the title of a small book (121 pp.) published in 1970 by Oxford University Press which reports on a survey carried among British speakers (it would seem) into the acceptability of 50/55 sentences that reflect disputed usage (Mittins et al. 1970). The book approaches the question of acceptibility in language use by directly asking informants for their opinions (correct in formal or informal usage, in speech or in writing) – a method no longer acceptable within sociolinguistics or social dialectology. Speakers’ attitudes to usage is a major research topic in the Bridging the Unbridgeable project, as we seek to come to an understanding of what gave rise to specific usage problems in the history of English as well as of the more general question of perceived (in)correctness in language, and of the rise and popularity of the usage guide, a phenomenon that is perhaps more typical of English than of other languages (Hitchings 2011:4). But if the direct method adopted by Mittins et al. is no longer acceptable, what can we use instead?
To try and find an answer to this problem I conducted an experiment by inviting readers of the Bridging the Unbridgeable blog – linguists, prescriptivists and the general public, the three target groups of the research project – to commit to writing their opinions on three sentences that are contested for different reasons. In this paper I will present the results of that experiment, reporting on the demographics of the turnout of the questionnaire (nearly 31,000 words for analysis) as well as on the contents of the texts produced. I will specifically focus on two aspects of what the informants chose to write about, their often emotional attitudes to the usage issues in question, as well as the topics raised in consequence of this. These reflect negatively on the changes in the educational system particularly in Britain during the 1970s and 1980s (see Cameron 1995), but also in the US. For more information on the Attitudes Survey as well as for some of the intermediate results, see bridgingtheunbridgeable.com (search for “attitudes survey”).


Cameron, Deborah. 1995. Verbal Hygiene. London/New York: Routledge [repr. 1996].
Hitchings, Henry. 2011. The Language Wars. A History of Proper English. London: John Murray.
Mittins, W.H., Mary Salu, Mary Edminson and Sheila Coyne. 1970. Attitudes to English Usage [repr. 1975]. London: Oxford University Press.
Talk Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro,University of Florida, Monday 5th November, 15:00 - 16:30, Room 0.19, Trans 10, Utrecht University
As part of the Bilingualism and Multilingualism in Utrecht talk series, we are pleased to announce the following talk:

Monday 5th November, 15:00 - 16:30
Room 0.19, Trans 10, Utrecht University

The Phonological Permeability Hypothesis: Measuring L3 regressive transfer to test L1/L2 phonological representations

Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro
University of Florida

Viewing the critical/sensitive period for phonology in absolute terms, the fact that some L2 learners seem to attain a native-like phonological system under particular empirical measurements (e.g. Birdsong and Molis 2001) leaves unexplained the fact that most do not. To test how native-like these L2 systems are, one can experimentally examine the extent to which these systems are equally resilient/permeable to cross-linguistic interference from an L3 as native phonological systems. This contention is formally captured under the Phonological Permeability Hypothesis (PPH) (Cabrelli Amaro & Rothman 2010). The PPH states that pre- and post-pubescent phonological acquisition is fundamentally different, and this maturationally conditioned difference can be evidenced via differences in cross-linguistic permeability between native and non-native phonological systems when an L3/Ln is acquired. If the L1 and L2 systems are mentally constituted differently, then it is possible that the additive system (L2) would be subject to more rapid and pervasive cross-linguistic influence from the L3 than an early-acquired language. In this talk, I will present the predictions born out of the PPH within an Optimality Theoretic framework. Specifically, I map out an exemplar methodology examining vowel reduction and the voiced stop/continuant alternation in three groups of Spanish/English bilinguals acquiring L3 Brazilian Portuguese, where age and context of acquisition differentiate the groups. In addition, I will discuss the PPH’s functional significance for adult SLA and L3 studies.

We look forward to welcoming you there!
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Conference Moving Humanities, Radboud University Nijmegen, October 18 2012
'Moving Humanities', a biannual conference for PhD candidates and (Re)Ma students from the Faculty of Humanities of Radboud University, Nijmegen.

At this conference, young scholars of our university will have the opportunity to present their research. This year's topic is 'Interdisciplinarity in the Humanities'. At this stage, we have drafted a preliminary programme which you will find in the attachment of this message. The day will start and end with keynote lectures by two distinguished academics, prof. Asli Özyürek and prof. Inger Leemans. As you can tell from the titles on the programme, some lectures will be given in English, others in Dutch.

While we are not accepting any abstracts any more, we would very much like to invite members of the national research schools to attend the conference. For more information, please see the preliminary programme at: www.ru.nl/movinghumanities.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us via email.

Kind regards, also on behalf of the organisational committee,

Stefanie Ramachers and Lindsay Janssen
2012 INTERNATIONAL FALL SCHOOL IN NATURAL COMPUTING; Tarragona, Spain, November 19-23, 2012; registration deadline: October 22, 2012
FSNC 2012

Tarragona, Spain
November 19-23, 2012

Organized by:

Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)

Rovira i Virgili University


FSNC 2012 offers a broad and intensive series of lectures at different levels on selected topics in nature-inspired computing. The students choose their preferred courses according to their interests and background. Instructors are top names in their respective fields. The School intends to help students initiate and foster their research career.

Graduate (and advanced undergraduate) students from around the world. Most appropriate degrees include: Computer Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Physics and Mathematics. Other students (for instance, from Engineering or Information Sciences) are welcome too.

The School is appropriate also for people more advanced in their career who want to keep themselves updated on developments in the field.
There is no overlap in the class schedule.


- Andries P. Engelbrecht (Pretoria), Learning from Zero-Knowledge [intermediate/advanced, 6 hours]

- Etienne E. Kerre (Gent), Basic Principles of Fuzzy Set Theory [introductory, 8 hours]

- Xiaodong Li (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), Advances in Particle Swarm Optimization [introductory/advanced, 6 hours]

- Leandro Nunes de Castro (Mackenzie Presbiterian, Sćo Paulo), Introduction to Evolutionary Data Clustering [introductory/intermediate, 6 hours]

- Sankar K. Pal (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata), Granular Mining in Soft Computing and Pattern Recognition [introductory/advanced, 4 hours]

- Ned Seeman (New York), Structural DNA Nanotechnology [introductory/advanced, 10 hours]

- Tatsuya Suda (University Netgroup Inc., Irvine), Molecular Communication and the Bio-networking Architecture [introductory/intermediate, 6 hours]


It has to be done on line at


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

1 hour =
- 10 euros (for payments until September 24, 2012),

- 12.50 euros (for payments between September 25 and October 22, 2012),

- 15 euros (for payments after October 22, 2012).

PAYMENT PROCEDURE:The fees must be paid to the School's bank account:
Uno-e Bank

bank’s address: Julian Camarillo 4 C, 28037 Madrid, Spain

IBAN: ES3902270001820201823142


account holder: C. Martin – GRLMC
account holder’s address: Av. Catalunya 35, 43002 Tarragona, Spain

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


- Bank transfers should not involve any expense for the School.

- People claiming early registration will be requested to prove that the bank transfer order was carried out by the deadline.

- The organizers reserve the right to cancel a course if the number of students who signed up for it is less than 10.

- Students will be refunded only in the case when a course gets cancelled due to the unavailability of the instructor or because of insufficient registration numbers.

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


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


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


Announcement of the programme: August 27, 2012

Very early registration deadline: September 24, 2012
Early registration deadline: October 22, 2012
Starting of the School: November 19, 2012
End of the School: November 23, 2012

Lilica Voicu: florentinalilica.voicu(removeme)urv.cat

WEBSITE: grammars.grlmc.com/fsnc2012/

FSNC 2012
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University
Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain
Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-558386

Diputació de Tarragona
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
CLS Colloquium Series: "'Wreck a nice beach' - Speech technology in practice" by Marijn Huijbregts, Radboud University Nijmegen, Centre for Language Studies, EL 2.55, 25.10.2012, 16:00,
CLS Colloquium Series: "'Wreck a nice beach' - Speech technology in practice" by Marijn Huijbregts

Date: 25.10.2012
Time: 16:00
Place: Radboud University Nijmegen, Centre for Language Studies, EL 2.55

"Wreck a nice beach" - Speech technology in practice

When I tell people that I do research in the field of speech technology, more than often they ask me: "Really, so do you actually think that it will ever work properly?" I normally try to avoid a discussion by responding that I don't hope so, because I would be out of a job. But in fact I think that the quality of the technology is already really, really high*. We just need to figure out better ways to use it.

The goal of my talk is to convince you of both: the technology is great, if we apply it in a clever way. In the first half of my presentation I will show a number of demos that apply speech technology for various tasks: from learning languages to searching fragments in television broadcasts. I will show that speech technology is more than just dictating letters. In the second half, I will explain the limitations of the demos and how we, for the time being, figured out ways around them. Yes, for the time being, because at the Centre for Language and Speech Technology (CLST) we do not only perform applied research, we also perform fundamental research to get rid of the limitations all together. So that the technology will some day "finally work properly"!

(*) Yes really, most speech recognition systems are very good. It's just my software that acts up every now and then... So if you want to see my system wreck a nice beach (recognize speech), be there!

For more information, please visit:
Tarragona, Spain

October 29 – November 2, 2012

Organized by:

Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)

Rovira i Virgili University

EuroBABEL workshop on Rural sign varieties, Leiden University, November 7 2012
Rural sign varieties: social dynamics and linguistic structure

On November 7, the workshop ‘Rural signing varieties: social dynamics and linguistic structure’ will take place at Leiden University. Co-organised by Leiden University and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, this event presents results from the EuroBabel project on “Endangered Sign Languages in Village Communities”, as well as related work from collaborators.

Confirmed speakers
Dr. Angela Nonaka (University of Texas, Austin)
Dr. Olivier Le Guen (CIESAS)
Prof. Dany Adone (University of Cologne)
Prof. John Haviland (UCSD, San Diego)
Prof. Ulrike Zeshan (University of Central Lancashire, Preston)

In addition to these presentations there will be an opportunity to present work in poster format. The poster session will be concluded with a Best Poster Prize. We welcome poster presentations focused on emerging sign languages, minority sign language (of developing countries), as well as the relationship between social dynamics and linguistic structure more generally. Please contact Connie de Vos (Connie.deVos(removeme)mpi.nl) if you would like to present your research in this session.

This workshop is co-organised by Victoria Nyst (Leiden University) and Connie de Vos (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics). For any practical enquiries regarding registration or local arrangements please contact Ms. Esrih Bakker (lucl-lectures(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl). Registration is free and open to the general public. International Sign interpreting is provided.

Date: Wednesday 7 November 2012
Venue: LAK Theater, Lipsius Building, Leiden University
More information: www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/research/conferences/upcoming-conferences/rural-sign-languages-workshop.html.
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

Conférence:Regards sur l’histoire du franēais aux Pays-Bas:diffusion,didactique, enjeux culturels, 23 November, Institut franēais des Pays-Bas, Vijzelgracht 2a, Amsterdam
Conférence:Regards sur l’histoire du franēais aux Pays-Bas:diffusion,
didactique, enjeux culturels

9.30 > 17.00
Institut franēais des Pays-Bas
Vijzelgracht 2a
1017 HR Amsterdam
6de Dag van de Nederlandse Zinsbouw (DNZ 6) UPDATE, Universiteit Antwerpen, 23 November 2012
6de Dag van de Nederlandse Zinsbouw

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
StuTS, Freie Universität(FU) and Technische Universität Berlin (TU), November 21-25 2012
The 52nd Students' Conference of Linguistics (StuTS) will take place in Berlin, November 21-25, 2012, at campus locations of Freie Universität
(FU) and Technische Universität Berlin (TU). After 17 years, StuTS returns to Berlin - it is jointly organized by students of all four Berlin universities.

We invite students of linguistics and everyone else interested in the field to give a presentation in German or English, for example on the subject of a term paper, thesis or dissertation project. Alternatively, you can also simply take part in order to attend the talks and meet students from all over Germany and Europe. We therefore want to bring together students from as many different linguistic disciplines as possible. Moreover, we will try out tutorials as a new format for introducing methods and tools.

Important dates are listed below. One shall be highlighted: the early-bird discount is available until 2012-10-07.

Registration is open: stuts52.de/en/


Conventional talks may take 20 or 40 minutes (plus 5 resp. 10 minutes for Q&A). They are typically based on an term or seminar paper or an academic thesis.

Besides talks, tutorials can be given as well. By this we mean 20- or 40-minutes talks that introduce a method or tool. Each tutorial should be based on a linguistic use case. For a LaTeX tutorial e.g., it is not sufficient to give an overall introduction to the tool. Instead, details specific to linguistics should be addressed. In the case of LaTeX this could be the listing and annotation of samples, drawing syntax trees and other graphs. A term paper or final thesis may be an appropriate use case for a LaTeX tutorial. Therefore the speaker should prepare a skeleton of such a paper that is to be discussed during the tutorial.
Furthermore, a handout is necessary that explains essential LaTeX environments and provides further sources of information on LaTeX like forums and on-line references. The skeleton paper and the handout will be available on the StuTS website so that the participants can later work with them. The presentation of the tool or method should also allow a choice: it has to demonstrate the pros and cons of the method or tool and at least mention alternatives. In your abstract, please do not only state the name of the tool or method but also the use case and prior knowledge required to follow your tutorial.

Workshops are not planned, since slots during the StuTS are too short for intensive interaction. Nevertheless, the audience should be involved in the talks and tutorials whenever possible.

Important Dates

2012-10-07 Last day with early-bird discount
2012-11-11 Abstract submission deadline
2012-11-11 Deadline for registrations*
2012-11-21 Arrival
2012-11-22 StuTS at FU Berlin
2012-11-23-2012-11-24 StuTS at TU Berlin
2012-11-25 Goodbye
* if space isn't exhausted earlier

The StuTS 52 organizing team
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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?
Workshop on Quantitative Approaches to Areal Linguistic Typology, KNAW Amsterdam, December 13-14 2012

Description: The idea that geographically proximal languages share
structural features due to contact has a long history in
linguistics. Delimiting linguistic areas that arise from contact, and
specifying the linguistics features that define them have, however,
typically depended on relatively subjective judgments regarding the
boundaries of such areas and the significance of particular linguistic
features. Thanks to the increasing availability of large scale
databases of linguistic features, it is now becoming possible to apply
statistical techniques and computational models to systematize and
render more objective the identification and evaluation of linguistic
areal phenomena, and to thereby deepen our understanding of linguistic

The workshop invites presentations including, but not limited to, the
following topics:

* Models for objective and systematic assessment and inference of areality
* Soft versus hard boundaries of language contact phenomena
* Phylogenetics and separating genetic versus areal origins for linguistic features
* Stability and importance of areal versus genetic characteristics of languages
* Macro-areality versus micro-areality
* The role of population movements and social history in areal typology
* Methods and ideas from dialectology applied to areal linguistics and vice versa

Plenary Speakers (confirmed):

* Will Chang (University of California, Berkeley)
* Balthasar Bickel (ZAS, Z rich)
* Michael Cysouw (Marburg University)
* Mark Donohue (Australian National University)
* Michael Dunn (MPI Nijmegen)
* Tom Guldemann (Humboldt-University, Berlin)

Submission: We invite submission of abstracts for 45-minute
presentations. The desired length for abstracts is 1 page of text
(plus any amount of pages of references or data tables). Abstracts
should be sent to arealquantworkshop(removeme)gmail.com <arealquantworkshop(removeme)gmail.com>
*BEFORE OCT 15, 2012*.

Additional Information: The workshop is being held in combination with
the KNAW Conference on Language Dispersal in Africa, South-East Asia,
and South America and the Workshop on Ritual & Secret Languages,
Amsterdam 11-14 December. Participants are encouraged to attend these
events as well.

The organisers foresee the publication of a proceedings as a special
issue of a suitable journal or as a thematic volume with a suitable

Important dates:
-Oct 15, 2012: Deadline for submission of abstracts
-Oct 22, 2012: Notification of acceptance
-Dec 13-14, 2012: Workshop

* Harald Hammarstr m (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen and MPI EVA, Leipzig) h.hammarstrom(removeme)let.ru.nl
* Lev Michael (University of California at Berkeley) levmichael(removeme)berkeley.edu

Location: KNAW, Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
5th Annual Meeting of theBelgian Netherlands Cognitive Linguistics Association (BeNeCLA),December 14-15 2012
Invited speakers: Alan Cienki, Dagmar Divjak and Mirjam Fried.

For more information and registration for the conference see: www.rug.nl/let/onderzoek/onderzoekinstituten/clcg/events/cogling2012/index
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.
Symposium Paradigm change in historical reconstruction: the Transeurasian languages and beyond, Mainz, March 7-8 2013
Date: 7-8 March 2013

Location: Mainz, Germany

Organization: Walter Bisang & Martine Robbeets

Contact: Martine Robbeets

Contact Email: martine_robbeets(removeme)hotmail.com

Meeting URL: www.marumaru.eu/Paradigm_change_in_historical_reconstruction__the_Transeurasian_languages_and_beyond/HOME.html


Supporters and critics of the genealogical relatedness of the Japonic, Koreanic, Tungusic, Mongolic and Turkic languages, seem to agree that paradigmatic evidence could substantially help unravel the question. This relative consensus provides a starting point for the symposium because it raises two issues: first, a theoretical question concerning the role of patterned morphology in assessing geneaological relatedness vs. contact-induced convergence, and, second, an empirical one, concerning the existence and the historical explanation of paradigmatic correlations between the Transeurasian languages.

Treating genealogical linguistics and areal linguistics from an integrative perspective, the interaction of and the differentiation between inheritance and contact as triggers of paradigmatic correlations will be the main topic of this symposium. This problem will be approached from a cross-linguistic historical perspective with the intention of assessing more clearly the situation of the Transeurasian languages. For that purpose, specialists of such fields as historical linguistics of various families, areal linguistics and morphological typology will interact with specialists on Transeurasian languages.

The term “Transeurasian” is used in reference to a large group of geographically adjacent languages, traditionally known as “Altaic” (Johanson & Robbeets 2009: 1-2). They share a significant number of linguistic properties and include at most five different linguistic families: Japonic, Koreanic, Tungusic, Mongolic and Turkic.


Admission to the symposium is free to anybody interested in the matter. To register, please send an Email to martine_robbeets(removeme)hotmail.com


On the strength of morphological paradigms: between economy and explicitness

Walter Bisang (Mainz)

Paradigms: representation and meaning

Greville Corbett (Surrey)

Agglutination vs. analyticity in Proto-Niger Congo: addressing a historical-comparative problem

Tom Güldeman (Leipzig)

Reconstructing the Niger-Congo Verb Extension Paradigm:

What’s cognate, copied or renewed?

Larry Hyman (Berkeley)

On arguing from diachrony for paradigms

Brian Joseph (Columbus, Ohio)

Derivational paradigms for wide-scale comparison

Johanna Nichols (Berkeley)

Lars Johanson (Mainz)

Deverbal nominals in Altaic

Lįszló Kįroly (Mainz)

Innovations and archaisms in Siberian Turkic case paradigms:

a Transeurasian historical and areal perspective

Irina Nevskaya (Frankfurt)

Gender in Mongolian

Andrįs Róna-Tas (Szeged)

Ural-Altaic: The polygenetic origins of nominal morphology

Juha Janhunen (Helsinki)

Innovations in the case system of the Mongolic languages of the Amdo Sprachbund

Hans Nugteren (Leiden)

Andrej Malchukov (Mainz)

Paradigm copying in Tungusic: the Lamunkhin dialect of ?ven and beyond

Brigitte Pakendorf (Lyon)

The Comparative Method and Korean

Robert Ramsey (Maryland)

Common “paradigmatic” verb morphology in Transeurasian

Martine Robbeets (Mainz)

Comparative consequences for a toungue root harmony analysis for proto-Tungusic, proto-Mongolic, and proto-Korean

John Whitman, Seongyeon Ko, Andrew Joseph (New York)

Rethinking Old Japanese verb paradigms and implications for K-J Comparison

Jim Unger (Columbus, Ohio)
35th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS), University of Potsdam, March 12-15 2013
Title: 'Information Structure'
Location: University of Potsdam, Germany
Date: 12th -15th March 2013

The German Linguistic Society (DGfS) and the Local Organizing Committee are pleased to invite you to the 35th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society, which will be hosted by the University of Potsdam on March 12-15, 2013.

The main topic of this year's conference is 'information structure'.

Invited Speakers:
Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky (University of Marburg)
Laurence Horn (Yale University)
Pia Quist (University of Copenhagen)
Ian Roberts (University of Cambridge)

The conference program will feature 14 workshops focusing on various topics in linguistics, including (but not restricted to) information structure. Calls for papers are issued for individual workshops, and announced separately.
All conference information (workshops, calls for papers, registration, etc.) is now available on our website: www.sfb632.uni-potsdam.de/~dgfs-2013/index_en.html
More information (hotels, program etc.) will be made available over the next months.

Conference fees: 20 to 55 Euros
Early registration deadline: Jan. 31, 2013

We look forward to welcoming you in Potsdam.

With best regards,
Heike Wiese and Malte Zimmermann
Summer School in Cognitive Linguistics, Bangor University, UK, July 22-26, 2013

The Summer School in Cognitive Linguistics is a one-week international
programme held at Bangor University in July 2013. The Summer School will
consist of 16 courses on topics in cognitive linguistics and will be
taught by leading researchers in the field. Our teaching faculty will be
drawn from across the cognitive sciences and include local instructors
as well as distinguished researchers from outside Bangor.

The Summer School will also feature keynote speeches by Gilles
Fauconnier, Adele Goldberg, and Vyvyan Evans, and a poster session
during which participants can present their work and obtain feedback.

Teaching faculty:
- Benjamin Bergen (University of California, San Diego)
- Silke Brandt (Lancaster University)
- Daniel Casasanto (New School for Social Research, New York)
- Alan J. Cienki (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
- Ewa Dabrowska (Northumbria University)
- Christopher Hart (Northumbria University)
- Willem Hollmann (Lancaster University)
- June Luchjenbroers (Bangor University)
- Laura Michaelis (University of Colorado, Boulder)
- Aliyah Morgenstern (Université Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle)
- Patrick Rebuschat (Bangor University)
- Gabriella Rundblad (King’s College London)
- Christopher Shank (Bangor University)
- Luc Steels (Vrije Universiteit Brussels)
- Thora Tenbrink (Bangor University)
- Alan Wallington (Bangor University)

This event provides a unique opportunity for students and researchers to
get a snapshot of the exciting work done in cognitive linguistics and to
discuss their research. It is also a wonderful opportunity to visit
North Wales and to enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes and
historical sites in the United Kingdom.

Registration opens in October 2012 and closes in June 2013. Early-bird
rates are available for participants who register by April 15, 2013.
- Early-bird fee with accommodation: £475*
- Early-bird fee without accommodation: £375
*includes transfer to/from Manchester airport

For more information, please consult the Summer School website
( www.bangor.ac.uk/cogling-summerschool) or email the School Director,
Dr. Patrick Rebuschat (p.rebuschat(removeme)bangor.ac.uk).
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
Trois postes / Three positions - Université de Montréal. Deadline: open untill filled
1a. Professeure ou professeur de linguistique, avec une spécialisation en sémantique lexicale
Le Département de linguistique et de traduction sollicite des candidatures pour occuper un poste ą temps plein de professeure ou de professeur de linguistique, avec une spécialisation en sémantique lexicale, au rang d’adjoint. Plus de renseignement ą l'adresse suivante:


1b. Professor in Linguistics, with a Specialization in Lexical Semantics
The Department of Linguistics and Translation invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in linguistics, with a specialization in lexical semantics. More information at:


2a. Professeure ou professeur de traduction spécialisée (anglais-franēais)
Le Département de linguistique et de traduction sollicite des candidatures pour occuper un poste ą temps plein de professeure ou de professeur de traduction spécialisée (anglais- franēais), avec une spécialisation en traduction scientifique et technique, au rang d’adjoint ou d’agrégé. Plus de renseignement ą l'adresse suivante:


2b. Professor in Specialized Translation (English to French)
The Department of Linguistics and Translation invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of either associate or assistant professor in specialized translation, with a specialization in scientific and technical translation. More information at:


3a. Professeure ou professeur de phonologie
Le Département de linguistique et de traduction sollicite des candidatures pour occuper un poste ą temps plein de professeure ou de professeur de phonologie, au rang d’adjoint. Plus d'information ą l'adresse suivante:


3b. Professor in Phonology
The Department of Linguistics and Translation invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in phonology at the rank of assistant professor. More information at:

Vacancy for Assistant Professor in Latin-American Linguistics and Language Acquisition, LUCL Leiden University. Deadline: October 22 2012
The Faculty of Humanities
The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics

The Faculty of Humanities has approximately 4,500 students and 900 staff. Staff and students come from all over the world. The Faculty offers 30 BA programs and 45 MA programs. Its Graduate School has an annual output of approximately 50 PhDs. The Faculty has seven Institutes, among which the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (www.lucl.nl). LUCL has a longstanding tradition in the world’s languages and features unique linguistic expertise. Current theoretical insights are combined with modern experimental methods in its research profile area ‘Language Diversity in the World’. Within LUCL there is vacancy for:

Assistant Professor in Latin-American Linguistics and Language Acquisition
(38 per week, 1.0 fte), starting 1 January 2013

Vacancy number: 12 - 203


• Teaching and developing courses in Latin American linguistics (Spanish linguistics, but knowledge of Brazilian-Portuguese linguistics will be considered an advantage) and Spanish language acquisition in the department Latin American Studies.
• Participation in developing the linguistics curriculum of LUCL, and implementation of innovative concepts for language teaching.
• Research in Latin American linguistics and supervision of BA, MA and PhD theses.
• Participation in ongoing research at LUCL, acquisition of research grants at the national and international level.
• Managerial and organizational responsibilities in LUCL and the department of Latin American Studies.


• A PhD in Spanish and/or Latin American linguistics. Candidates who also have a knowledge of Brazilian-Portuguese linguistics will be given preference.
• Excellent research qualities, and research experience in the study of Spanish language variation in Latin America.
• Demonstrable commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and the ability to teach Latin American linguistics and Spanish language acquisition.
• An interest in and preferably experience with research-driven teaching.
• Proven didactic qualities (teaching evaluations).
• Near-native speaker of Spanish.
• Non-Dutch nationals are expected to fluently speak Dutch within two years after their appointment.
The successful candidate will closely collaborate with other members of LUCL and especially with members of the department of Latin American Studies who are involved in language teaching

Upon appointment, depending on experience to date, the Assistant Professor may be required to enter a nationally standardized tertiary teaching skills certification trajectory (BKO or Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs), successful completion of which is a condition for extensions and tenure.

We offer:

The position is for 1.0 fte as Assistant Professor (Universitair Docent 2), for 2 years, with the possibility of another 3 years, and after that tenure. The salary depends on qualifications and experience, and ranges from € 3195 to € 4374 per month, commensurate with qualifications, with additional holiday and end-of-year bonuses. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Additional information can be obtained from prof.dr. Luz Rodrķguez-Carranza, Professor of Languages and Literatures of Latin America, email l.m.l.rodriguez(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl and/or Prof.dr. Johan Rooryck, Professor French Linguistics, email: j.e.c.v.rooryck(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.


Candidates should submit *one* PHD document named ‘Family name – Given name – vacancy number’. This PDF should include:
• A motivation letter
• A detailed curriculum vitae, listing education and employment history, publications, grants and awards, etc.
• A teaching statement (a description of courses taught and teaching interest)
• A research agenda with clear potential for grant applications to external funding agencies
• Names, positions and contact information for three referees (no reference letters).

These documents should be submitted to: vacatureslucl(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl, on 22 October 12am at the latest, mentioning the vacancy number 12-203 in the subject line.

Acquisitie naar aanleiding van deze advertentie wordt niet op prijs gesteld.
Het WAP zoekt een voorzitter, deadline 1 november 2012
Het WAP zoekt een voorzitter

Ben je psycholinguļst en wil je je inzetten om wetenschap en praktijk dichter bij elkaar te brengen? Solliciteer dan als voorzitter van het Werkverband Amsterdamse Psycholinguļsten.

Wat is het WAP?
Het WAP is een landelijke vereniging die mensen uit de wetenschap en de praktijk van de psycholinguļstiek bij elkaar brengt. We organiseren daarvoor activiteiten, hebben een nieuwsbrief en een website: www.hetwap.nl.

Wat moet je doen?
Het bestuur komt eens per twee tot drie maanden bij elkaar om de stand van zaken rondom het WAP door te nemen, ideeėn te bespreken voor toekomstige activiteiten en het beleid uit te denken. Specifieke taken van de voorzitter zijn vergaderingen voorzitten, het jaarverslag maken, beleidspunten opstellen, aanspreekpunt zijn voor de buitenwereld en woord- en penvoerder voor WAP-aangelegenheden.

Met wie doe je dat?
De andere bestuursleden zijn Antje Orgassa (penningmeester), Marieke Kolkman (webmaster) en Patricia Schaaij-Gulpen (secretaris). Het WAP heeft verder een enthousiaste groep actieve leden in de nieuwsbrief- en activiteitencommissies met wie je te maken krijgt.

Mail dan uiterlijk 1 november naar Patricia Schaaij-Gulpen, secretaris van het WAP, via info(removeme)hetwap.nl. Het streven is om op de ALV van 15 november de nieuwe voorzitter aan te stellen.
PhD researcher studying the role of nonverbal information in online communication, Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC), Deadline: November 9, 2012
The Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC) has an opening for a PhD researcher studying the role of nonverbal information in online communication. More information can be found here. Deadline: November 9, 2012.

Emiel Krahmer
Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC)
University of Toronto, Scarborough: Assistant Professor - Psycholinguistics; Closing date, November 14, 2012
University of Toronto, Scarborough: Assistant Professor - Psycholinguistics

The Centre for French and Linguistics at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a tenure-stream position in Psycholinguistics. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin on July 1, 2013.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Linguistics or a closely related discipline. Expertise in one or more of the following areas is desirable: speech perception; child and/or adult acquisition; adult psycholinguistics; speech-language disorders; or neurolinguistics. Research interest in a language other than English will be an asset.

The successful candidate’s profile should indicate demonstrated excellence in research and teaching. He or she is expected to teach a variety of undergraduate psycholinguistics courses, for example, speech perception, language acquisition, adult psycholinguistics, and speech-language disorders. Special consideration will be given to applicants with experience teaching large introductory classes, including courses with an online option. In addition, the candidate must be qualified to teach general linguistics courses at the undergraduate level and should be willing to teach independent study courses where needed.

As a full member of the integrated tri-campus graduate Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto, the successful candidate will be responsible for graduate teaching, supervising masters and doctoral theses and collaborating with colleagues on programs, initiatives, and public events. He or she will be expected to actively seek external research funding and set up a departmental research laboratory at UTSC. There may also be an opportunity to participate in new graduate programs to be located at UTSC. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, three samples of research-based writing (including a successful grant proposal if applicable), a statement outlining current and future research interests, and teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy and sample syllabi relevant to the position). If you have questions about this position, please contact LinSearch(removeme)utsc.utoronto.ca. All application materials should be submitted online.

The UofT application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at: uoft.me/how-to-apply.

Applicants should also ask three referees to email letters directly to Dr. Karen McCrindle, Interim Director, Centre for French and Linguistics at LinSearch(removeme)utsc.utoronto.ca by the closing date, November 14, 2012.

UTSC is a research-intensive institution with an interdisciplinary commitment and a multicultural student body speaking a wide range of languages. The university offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. Additional information on the UTSC Linguistics Program can be found at www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~cfl/ and on the tri-campus Graduate Department of Linguistics at linguistics.utoronto.ca/
Dept. Chair, Assoc/Full Professor Rank, Dept of Linguistics, University of Alberta. Deadline: open untill filled
Faculty of Arts - Department of Linguistics
Competition No. - A110718471
Closing Date - Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Linguistics within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta invites applications for the tenured position of Department Chair at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The Department consists of eleven full-time, continuing faculty members and currently is home to 40 graduate students at the Masters and PhD level. The Department of Linguistics has a strong commitment to empirical and experimental approaches to linguistic research and its members conduct investigations in phonetics, the morphosyntax and semantics of Amerindian languages, child bilingual acquisition, child language impairment, corpus linguistics, psycholinguistics, phonology, cognitive linguistics, child and adult 2nd language acquisition, language documentation and revitalization, computational historical linguistics, and sociolinguistics. More information about the Department can be found atwww.linguistics.ualberta.ca.

The Chair will be someone with a strong sense of collaborative leadership and a clear commitment to continuing to develop the Department's standing within the University, within Canada, and internationally on the cutting edge of data-centred approaches to the study of human language and linguistic development. The Chair will support a culture of grantsmanship, will contribute to the development of graduate and undergraduate programmes in the Department and will foster the activities of the in-house research facilities—the Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics, the Language Documentation Research Cluster, Alberta Phonetics Lab, and the Language Acquisition Lab; an active participation in one or more of these groups would be expected.

Candidates must hold a PhD, together with a distinguished record in university teaching and research, (including a strong track record of appropriate grant activity) in areas of interest to the Department. Demonstrated administrative experience will be preferred. The successful candidate should have strong interpersonal communication skills and a commitment to excellence in teaching and research, as well as a scholarly track record suitable for appointment at a senior rank. Salary is negotiable and will be commensurate with experience and rank.

The University of Alberta, one of Canada’s largest and most accomplished research universities, is situated in Edmonton, a metropolitan area of over one million with a vibrant artistic community and excellent standard of living. Established in 1908 as a board-governed public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation of being one of the top five universities in Canada based on its strengths in teaching, research and service. The University of Alberta serves over 38,000 students in more than 200 undergraduate and 170 graduate programs (www.ualberta.ca). The Faculty of Arts is the oldest and most diverse faculty on campus, and one of the largest research and teaching centres in western Canada (www.arts.ualberta.ca).

To receive consideration, online applications (including an up-to-date curriculum vitae and the names of at least three referees), nominations, or expressions of interest should be submitted by October 15, 2012, however, the competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

For further information concerning the position or the Department, please contact the Dean, Lesley Cormack by email lesley.cormack(removeme)ualberta.ca.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.
Post-Doctoral Traineeship in Language Processing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Deadline: open untill filled
The NIH-funded Training Program in Language Processing at the
>University of Illinois expects to have an opening for one post-doctoral
>trainee beginning before 15 June 2013. The appointment will be for one
>year with the possibility of extension to a second year. Only US
>citizens or permanent residents are eligible. We encourage applications
>from those with doctoral degrees in linguistics, computer science, and
>neuroscience, as well as psychology and related fields.
>Applicants may work in areas such as language comprehension and
>production, language acquisition, cognitive neuroscience, and
>computational modeling. Faculty involved in the training program
>include Renee Baillargeon, Kathryn Bock, Sarah Brown-Schmidt, Kiel
>Christianson, Jennifer Cole, Gary Dell, Kara Federmeier, Cynthia
>Fisher, Susan Garnsey, Brian Ross, Chilin Shih, Elizabeth Stine-Morrow,
>and Duane Watson. The Psychology Department and the Beckman Institute
>provide advanced technical facilities for carrying out research,
>including magnetic resonance imaging, optical imaging,
>electrophysiological recording, electromagnetic articulography, eye
>tracking, conversational interaction, speech processing, and virtual
>environments. Please send a statement of interest, a CV, and three letters of reference to jkbock(removeme)illinois.edu.
>Materials may also be sent by mail to Kathryn Bock, Beckman Institute,
>University of Illinois, 405 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801.
>Applications will be!
> considered immediately and will be reviewed until the position is
PhD-Positions psycho-/neurolinguistics, Erasmus Mundus Program (IDEALAB). Deadline: November 15 2012
The Erasmus Mundus Program "International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain" (IDEALAB) offers 3-year PhD positions in the area of psycho-/neurolinguistics from October 2013.
The PhD program has been established as an outstanding 3-year doctoral training to its candidates to study structure, processing and foundations of human language integrating interdisciplinary approaches.

For this purpose, four European universities (Potsdam (GER),Groningen (NL), Newcastle- upon-Tyne (GB), Trento/Rovereto (IT)) and one non-European university (Macquarie University Sydney (AU)) provide an intellectual environment for original and independent research on experimental and clinical aspects of language and the brain. Associated members from Research & Development industries contribute in various ways to the program and stimulate an innovative environment. They are potential co-supervisors and are involved in training.
Finally, there are seven clinics associated to the consortium, amongst others the non-European rehabilitation center in Moscow which is the world’s largest centre for language disorders in the world. The associated clinics provide internships to study unimpaired as well as impaired language of children and adults.

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

The application period starts beginning of October and ends on November 15, 2012. Further information can be found at our website:

The Linguistics Program at the Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a three-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Linguistics (non-tenure track). We seek candidates with a proven record of research in Linguistics (broadly defined), a record of excellence in teaching, and strong evidence of interest in cross-disciplinary approaches to linguistics.

Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics or a related field by August 2013. The teaching load is three courses per semester and the ideal candidate will be comfortable teaching across the discipline, primarily at the undergraduate level. Courses include Introduction to Linguistics, Phonology, and other topics in the undergraduate Linguistics curriculum.

The Linguistics Program ( linguistics.la.psu.edu/) is affiliated with the Center for Language Science ( cls.psu.edu/) consisting of faculty and students conducting research in linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, and speech and language pathology. The Visiting Assistant Professor will have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for EEG/ERP, eye-tracking, and behavioral research and will be expected to participate actively in the cross-disciplinary Center for Lan! guage Science community. The Visiting Assistant Professor will also have access to the excellent teaching resources through the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, a recent publication or writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to the Chair of the search committee Dr. Janet van Hell, Director Linguistics Program, Pennsylvania State University. Application materials should be sent electronically to www.la.psu.edu/facultysearch/
We will begin to review applications by November 15, 2012. We will consider applications until the position is filled. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.
Research Assistant in didactic project ALIAS, KU Leuven Belgium. Deadline: November 2012
The Humanities and Social Sciences Group; Faculty of Arts; Research Unit Linguistics are looking for
Research Assistant (f/m) - ABV2012218

Your function
The position is part of the didactic project ALIAS (Archivio di LInguA Spontanea), which is currently being carried out at the KU Leuven (Belgium).
The aim of the project consists in developing an online-corpus of Italian language to be used by BA and MA students of Italian linguistics, both to increase their language proficiency and to develop their research competence/skills.
You will work in close collaboration with the lecturers and researchers and will have to carry out the following tasks:
1) fieldwork in Italy, Switzerland and Belgium to collect spoken data in natural settings;
2) designing a corpus of the collected data. In particular, you are expected to:
- develop exercises aimed at improving the students' language skills at BA level (listening and speaking exercises)
- improve the teaching resources for Italian linguistics (BA/MA)

Your profile
- You have a Master's degree in (applied) linguistics, linguistics and literature, translating and interpreting, multilingual communication, or in a related field.
- You are familiar with teaching of Italian as a foreign language and with computer-controlled teaching resources.
- You preferably have experience in fieldwork and empirical research methods and you are familiar with the use of audio and video recording devices.
- You are a native or near-native speaker of Italian, with excellent speaking and writing skills, and you are familiar with Italian culture and life.
- You have a good knowledge of Dutch or English.

We offer
We offer a full-time position for 1 year, starting November 15, 2012 and renewable for 9 months.
Please visit: www.kuleuven.be/vacatures and apply online
Assistant Professor position, Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University USA. Deadline: December 1 2012
The Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University seeks to fill a tenure-line Assistant Professor position with a start date of September 1, 2013. We are looking for candidates with primary research and teaching interests in morphology, syntax, or semantics, and their interfaces with other areas of linguistics.

Candidates with demonstrated research and teaching strengths in one or more of following areas are especially encouraged to apply:

language variation and change in individuals or linguistic communities;
first or second language acquisition;
natural language processing.

The ideal candidate will also possess language breadth and methodological versatility, and will have analyzed experimental data, field data, or natural
language corpora in order to address theoretical issues. Preference will be given to those applicants who will contribute to the department's active role in
interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives. Although we expect to hire at the rank of Assistant Professor, more senior candidates will also be considered. Candidates must hold a PhD in Linguistics, Psychology, Computer Science, or a related field by the start date.

To receive fullest consideration, applications should arrive by December 1, 2012. Please send a CV (including contact information), statements of research and teaching interests, reprints or other written work, teaching evaluations (if available), and the names of three references (with their contact information). Candidates should arrange to have their reference letters sent directly to the search committee. Send all materials (hard copy) to:

Linguistics Search Committee
Department of Linguistics
Northwestern University
2016 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-4090 USA
(phone 847-491-7020; fax 847-491-3770)

E-mail inquiries should be directed to NUlingjob(removeme)ling.northwestern.edu (our website can be found at: www.linguistics.northwestern.edu).

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from minority and women candidates are especially welcome. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States
Calls for papers for events
Reminder: Call for papers for Conference on Frisian linguistics 2012, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden, December 14 2012. Deadline: October 29 2012

Conference on Frisian linguistics 2012

The Linguistics Society of the Frisian Academy (Fryske Akademy) organizes its yearly meeting in December this year. Just like previous times, the fifth Conference on Frisian linguistics will have an informal character. It will be of interest to everybody who actively or passively participates in Frisian linguistics: grammar, phonetics/phonology, onomastics, lexicology, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics and so on. Talks may focus on the results of scientific research, but presentations of research plans, of speculations or of language corpora are also welcome. They may be held in any language belonging to the family of West-Germanic languages.

When: friday 14 December 2012.
Where: Fryske Akademy, It Aljemint, Doelestraat 2-4, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

The time allotted for presentations is 30 minutes (20 minutes talk, 10 minutes discussion).

We invite everyone to participate. Please send an abstract – as soon as possible, but not later than October 29 – of half A4, with name and address, to:


Or by regular mail to:

Fryske Akademy,
Taalkundich Wurkferbān,
Postbus 54,
8900 AB Ljouwert/Leeuwarden,
The Netherlands.
Call for papers for Conference TISLR on sign language, London July 10-13 2013. Deadline: October 31 2012
Dear colleagues the Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR) Conference will be held in London from 10th to 13th July 2013.
For full information and call for papers please go to:
Oproep voor bijdragen voor Dag van de Fonetiek, Utrecht, 13 december 2012. Deadline: 2 november 2012
De Nederlandse Vereniging voor Fonetische Wetenschappen organiseert op donderdag 13 december 2012 in de Sweelinckzaal in (Drift 21, Utrecht) wederom de Dag van de Fonetiek.

Net als voor eerdere edities vragen we iedereen die iets kan vertellen of demonstreren over spraak of spraaktechnologie om bij te dragen aan deze dag. We hopen zo een mooi overzicht te kunnen geven van het fonetisch onderzoek in Nederland en Vlaanderen.

Indien u een bijdrage heeft, stuur dan uiterlijk vrijdag 2 november a.s. een titel en samenvatting (13 regels / 200 woorden) naar titia.benders(removeme)uva.nl.

Keynote-speaker op de Dag van de Fonetiek is dit jaar Bart de Boer.
Na afronding van het door een VIDI-beurs gesubsidieerde project "Modeling the evolution of speech", heeft Bart de Boer in 2011 een ERC-Starting Grant ontvangen voor het onderzoek "ABACUS: Advancing Behavioral and Cognitive Understanding of Speech". Hij combineert bioakoestisch onderzoek naar de anatomische eigenschappen van het spraakkanaal, met computationeel en experimenteel onderzoek naar het menselijk spraakverstaan en leervermogen. Bart de Boer is sinds maart 2011 verbonden aan het Artificial Intelligence Lab aan de Vrije Universiteit van Brussel. Op 13 december geeft hij over zijn onderzoek een lezing met de titel "De evolutie van ons spraakvermogen"

Meer informatie over bijdragen aan de de Dag van de Fonetiek kunt u vinden via de website: www.fon.hum.uva.nl/FonetischeVereniging/.
The 24rd International Conference on Automated Deduction
Lake Placid, USA, 9-14 June 2013


Submission deadline: 9 November 2012

CADE is the major international forum at which research on all aspects of automated deduction is presented.


Workshop proposals for CADE-24 are solicited. Both well-established workshops and newer ones are encouraged. Similarly, proposals for workshops with a tight focus on a core automated reasoning specialization, as well as those with a broader, more applied focus, are very welcome.

Please provide the following information in your application document:

+ Workshop title.
+ Names and affiliations of organizers.
+ Proposed workshop duration (from half a day to two days).
+ Brief description of the goals and the scope of the workshop. Why is
the workshop relevant for CADE?
+ Is the workshop new or has it met previously? In the latter case
information on previous meetings should be given.
+ What are the plans for publication?


Tutorial proposals for CADE-24 are solicited. Tutorials are expected to be half-day events, with a theoretical or applied focus, on a Topic Of Interest for CADE-24. Proposals should provide the following information:

+ Tutorial title.
+ Names and affiliations of organizers.
+ Brief description of the tutorial's goals and topics to be covered.
+ Whether or not a version of the tutorial has been given previously.

CADE will take care of printing and distributing notes for tutorials that would like this service.


The CADE ATP Systems Competition CASC, which evaluates automated theorem proving systems for classical logics, has become an integral part of the CADE conferences.

Further system competition proposals are solicited. The goal is to foster the development of automated reasoning systems in all areas relevant for automated deduction in a broader sense.

+ Competition title.
+ Names and affiliations of organizers.
+ Duration and schedule of the competition.
+ Room/space requirements.
+ Description of the competition task and the evaluation procedure.
+ Is the competition new or has it been organized before?
In the latter case information on previous competitions should be given.
+ What computing resources are required and how will they be provided?


Deadline for proposal submissions: 9 November 2012
Acceptance/rejection notification: 30 November 2012

Workshops and Tutorials: 9-10 June 2013
Competitions: 9-14 June 2013
Conference: 11-14 June 2013


Proposals should be uploaded via www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cade24workshopscompe
Call for papers for LATA 2013, April 2-5 2012 Bilbao, Spain. Deadline: November 9 2012


LATA 2013

Bilbao, Spain

April 2-5, 2013

Organized by:

Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)

Rovira i Virgili University



LATA is a yearly conference in theoretical computer science and its applications. Following the tradition of the International Schools in Formal Languages and Applications developed at Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona since 2002, LATA 2013 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career. It will aim at attracting contributions from both classical theory fields and application areas (bioinformatics, systems biology, language technology, artificial intelligence, etc.).


LATA 2013 will take place in Bilbao, at the Basque Country in Northern Spain. The venue will be the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM).


Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to:

? algebraic language theory

? algorithms for semi?structured data mining

? algorithms on automata and words

? automata and logic

? automata for system analysis and programme verification

? automata, concurrency and Petri nets

? automatic structures

? cellular automata

? combinatorics on words

? computability

? computational complexity

? computational linguistics

? data and image compression

? decidability questions on words and languages

? descriptional complexity

? DNA and other models of bio?inspired computing

? document engineering

? foundations of finite state technology

? foundations of XML

? fuzzy and rough languages

? grammars (Chomsky hierarchy, contextual, multidimensional, unification, categorial, etc.)

? grammars and automata architectures

? grammatical inference and algorithmic learning

? graphs and graph transformation

? language varieties and semigroups

? language?based cryptography

? language?theoretic foundations of artificial intelligence and artificial life

? parallel and regulated rewriting

? parsing

? pattern recognition

? patterns and codes

? power series

? quantum, chemical and optical computing

? semantics

? string and combinatorial issues in computational biology and bioinformatics

? string processing algorithms

? symbolic dynamics

? symbolic neural networks

? term rewriting

? transducers

? trees, tree languages and tree automata

? weighted automata


LATA 2013 will consist of:

? 3 invited talks

? 2 invited tutorials

? peer?reviewed contributions


To be announced


Paper submission: November 9, 2012 (23:59h, CET)

Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: December 16, 2012

Final version of the paper for the LNCS proceedings: December 25, 2012

Early registration: January 2, 2013

Late registration: March 23, 2013

Starting of the conference: April 2, 2013

End of the conference: April 5, 2013

Submission to the post?conference journal special issue: July 5, 2013




LATA 2013

Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)

Rovira i Virgili University

Av. Catalunya, 35

43002 Tarragona, Spain

Phone: +34?977?559543

Fax: +34?977?558386


Basque Center for Applied Mathematics

Diputació de Tarragona

Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Update 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 2013)


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

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 2013 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. The submission form can be found on:

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 2013
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 2013 meeting

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

Contact: clin2013(removeme)lists.utwente.nl
Call for papers for 46th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE2013), University of Split, Croatia, September 18-21 2013. Deadline: November 15 2012


The Societas Linguistica Europaea and the Italian Department, the English Department and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research Studia Mediterranea of the University of Split, Croatia, invite you to submit abstracts for workshop, poster or general session papers for the next annual meeting.

SLE meetings provide a forum for high-quality linguistic research from all (sub)domains of linguistics. For more information on previous editions, see SLE 2010, SLE 2011 and SLE 2012.


15 November 2012: submission of workshop proposals (description + short abstracts)
15 December 2012: notification of acceptance/rejection
15 January 2013: submission of all abstracts
31 March 2013: notification of acceptance


Piotr Cap (University of Lodz)
Elisabeth Leiss (University of Munich)
Amina Mettouchi (EPHE, Paris and CNRS Llacan)
Ian Roberts (Cambridge University)


Chair: Danica Škara (Split)
Secretary: Jelena Mrkonji

Members: Milena ic Fuchs (Zagreb), Marina Marasovi Alujevi (Split), Joško Bo ani (Split), Sre ko Juriši (Split), Mateusz-Milan Stanojevi (Zagreb), Renata Geld (Zagreb).


Treasurer: Dik Bakker (Amsterdam)
Conference manager: Bert Cornillie (Leuven)
CALL FOR PAPERS—LUCAS Graduate Conference 2013, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, 24–25 January, 2013. Deadline: November 15 2012
Keynote Speakers:
Professor Joanna Woodall, Courtauld Institute of Art, United Kingdom
Professor Rosi Braidotti, University of Utrecht, Netherlands

The Conference
Death is a defining factor in the explorations of our subjectivity, art, history,
politics, and many other aspects of our social interactions and perceptions of the
world. In the modern age, conceptions of death have continued to shift and
evolve, yet our perceptions are still fueled by an instinctive fear of the end of life.

In recent decades, we have rebelled against the threat of death by inventing new technologies and medicines that have drastically increased our life expectancy—diseases and disabilities are gradually disappearing. Some believe that one day we will completely conquer the aging process, and ultimately death. Life can now be seen as a new form of commodity, a material object that we can trade, sell, or buy.

Despite our attempts to shut-out death or overcome its inevitability, the end of life
has remained a visible and unavoidable aspect of our society. From antiquity to the present day, perceptions of death have been represented through various
different mediums: visual culture, art, literature, music, historical writing, cinema,
religious symbols, national anniversaries, and public expressions of mourning.

This conference aims to explore how death has been represented and
conceptualized, from classical antiquity to the modern age, and the extent to
which our perceptions and understandings of death have changed (or remained
the same) over time. The wide scope of this theme reflects the historical range of LUCAS’s (previously called LUICD) three research programs (Classics and Classical Civilization, Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Modern and Contemporary Studies), as well as the intercontinental and interdisciplinary focus of many of the institute’s research projects.

The LUCAS Graduate Conference welcomes papers from all disciplines within the humanities. The topic of your proposal may address the concept of death from a cultural, historical, classical, artistic, literary, cinematic, political, economic, or social viewpoint.

Questions that might be raised include: How have different cultures imagined the end of life? What is the role of art (literature, or cinema) in cultural conceptions of death? How might historical or contemporary conceptualizations of death be related to the construction of our subjectivity and cultural identity? What is the cultural meaning(s) of death? To what extent has modern warfare changed our perceptions of death? How is death presented in the media and how has this changed? In what ways has religion influenced our reflections on death and the afterlife?

Please send your proposal (max. 300 words) to present a 20-minute paper to lucasconference2013(removeme)gmail.com. The deadline for proposals is 15 November, 2012. You will be notified whether or not your paper has been selected by 1 December, 2012.

As with the previous LUCAS Graduate Conference (2011), a selection of papers will be published in the conference proceedings. For those who attend the conference, there will be a registration fee of €45 to
cover the cost of lunches, coffee breaks, and other conference materials.
Unfortunately we cannot offer financial support at this time.

If you have any questions regarding the conference and/or the proposals, please
do not hesitate to contact the organizing committee at: lucasconference2013(removeme)gmail.com. Further details will be available online in the Fall.

The organizing committee:
Odile Bodde
Maarten Jansen
David Louwrier
Jenny Weston
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 conference on Interactions between indigenous and migrant minority languages, Luxembourg, July 17-19 2013. Deadline: November 30 2012
Interactions between indigenous and migrant minority languages
in changing multilingual environments

17-19 July 2013
University of Luxembourg

Keynote speakers

• Stephen May, School of Critical Studies in Education, University of Auckland (New Zealand)
• Guus Extra, Chair of Language and Minorities, Tilburg University (Netherlands)
• Melissa G. Moyer, Departament de Filologia Anglesa, Universitat Autņnoma de Barcelona (Catalonia)


Minority languages, by their very nature, exist in multilingual environments. But far-reaching developments in globalisation and migration mean these multilingual environments are currently undergoing dramatic changes. Across Europe and around the world, traditional forms of multilingualism are giving way to new and more complex forms, in which speakers of indigenous minority languages must negotiate their place alongside newer migrant minority languages, in addition to other more established majority languages.

In such contexts, several issues are raised, including:

• How do speakers of indigenous minority languages construct their position in relation to speakers of both ‘old’ majority languages and ‘new’ minority languages?
• How do indigenous minority language speakers view migrant minority languages? Are these languages seen in terms of threat/competition, or as facilitating acceptance of a wider range of languages within a multilingual society?
• What three-way relationships exist between the indigenous minority language(s), the majority language(s), and the new migrant language(s)?
• What scope is there for indigenous minority languages to gain prominence in a changing multilingual environment?
• What can speakers of indigenous and migrant languages learn from each other’s minority language experiences?
• What even counts as a minority language in these increasingly complex multilingual environments?

With these issues in mind, this conference addresses the overall question of:

What challenges and possibilities do changing forms of multilingualism pose for speakers of indigenous and migrant minority languages, and what opportunities are presented by interactions between the two?

The conference welcomes data-driven papers focusing on interactions between indigenous and migrant minority languages in Europe and around the world, in fields including but not limited to:

• Language policy
• Language ideologies/discourses about minority languages
• Linguistic landscapes
• Advertising
• The new media
• The workplace
• Health communication
• Education
• Literature and the arts

For inclusion in the conference, papers must directly address the following areas:

• How an existing multilingual environment is changing in response to current demographic developments
• What interactions are occurring between speakers of indigenous and migrant minority languages in this changing multilingual context
• What challenges and/or opportunities these interactions present for speakers of indigenous and migrant minority languages.

Terms such as minority/majority languages and indigenous/migrant languages are (increasingly) problematic, and conference participants are encouraged to critically engage with these terms in their presentations.

The conference will take place in multilingual Luxembourg, a traditionally trilingual and increasingly multilingual country that is a prime example of the changing forms of multilingualism that are the subject of the conference.

Abstract submission

Abstracts should:

• be sent to Julia de Bres (julia.debres(removeme)uni.lu) by 30 November 2012.
• be no more than 500 words in length
• include the author’s title, name and affiliation
• directly address the conference theme
• indicate whether they are intended to be considered for a paper presentation (20 minutes plus questions) or a poster session.

Submitters will be notified of the outcome of their submission in January 2013.
Call for papers for Cognitive Futures in the Humanities: 1st International Conference, Bangor University, UK, 4-6 April 2013. Deadline: November 30 2012


We invite 20-minute paper submissions for the first international conference organized on the Cognitive Futures in the Humanities. Confirmed plenary speakers include:

• Peter Stockwell (University of Nottingham)
• Ellen Spolsky (Bar Ilan University )
• Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)
• Lisa Zunshine (University of Kentucky)
• Mark Turner (Case Western Reserve University)
• Elena Semino (Lancaster University)

Please send 250-word abstracts to az.cognitivefutures(removeme)northumbria.ac.uk
by the closing date of 30 November 2012. Full details:

What is the ‘cognitive humanities’? In what ways is knowledge from the cognitive sciences changing approaches to language, literature, aesthetics, historiography and creative culture? How have practices in the arts and humanities influenced the cognitive sciences, and how might they do so in the future?

The conference is associated with an international research network on the ‘Cognitive Futures in the Humanities’, which is supported by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
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 papers for CADE-24, June 9-14, 2013, Lake Placid, New York, USA. Deadline: January 14 2013

24th International Conference on Automated Deduction
June 9-14, 2013, Lake Placid, New York, USA
Submission Deadline: 14 January 2013

CADE is the major forum for the presentation of research in all
aspects of automated deduction. The conference program features
invited talks, paper presentations, system descriptions, workshops,
tutorials, and system competitions, including the CADE ATP System
Competition (CASC). CADE-24 invites high-quality submissions on
the general topic of automated reasoning, including foundations,
applications, implementations and practical experiences.

* Logics of interest include: propositional, first-order,
equational, classical, higher-order, non-classical, constructive,
modal, temporal, many-valued, description, meta-logics,
logical frameworks, type theory, set theory, as well as any
combination thereof.

* Paradigms of interest include: theorem proving, model building,
constraint solving, computer algebra, model checking, proof
checking, and their integrations.

* Methods of interest include: resolution, superposition or
paramodulation, completion, saturation, term rewriting,
decision procedures and their combinations, model elimination,
connection method, inverse method, tableaux, induction, proof
planning, sequent calculi, natural deduction, as well as their
supporting algorithms and data structures, including unification,
matching, orderings, indexing, proof presentation and explanation,
and search plans or strategies for inference control, including
semantic guidance and AI-related methods.

* Applications of interest include: analysis, verification and
synthesis of software and hardware, formal methods, computer
mathematics, computational logic, declarative programming,
knowledge representation, deductive databases, natural language
processing, computational linguistics, ontology reasoning,
robotics, planning, and other areas of artificial intelligence.

Detailed information on satellite events will be published in
separate calls and on the conference website.


The proceedings of the conference will be published in the
Springer LNAI/LNCS series. Submissions can be made in the
categories 'regular paper' (max 15 pages) and 'system
description' (max 7 pages). Full system descriptions that
provide in-depth presentation of original ideas in an
implemented system can be submitted as regular papers.
There is an expectation that proofs of theoretical results
that do not fit in the page limit, executables of systems,
and input data of experiments be available, via a reference
to a website, or in an appendix of the paper. Reviewers will
be encouraged to consider these additional materials, however
it will be at their discretion to do it. All papers will
be evaluated according to the highest standards in terms of
originality, significance, technical quality, and readability.
Submissions must be in English and standard conforming pdf
format. Submissions must be unpublished and not submitted for
publication elsewhere. Authors are strongly encouraged to
produce their papers in LaTeX. Formatting instructions and the
LNCS style files can be obtained via
The page for electronic submission via EasyChair is


Title and abstract must be submitted before the paper.

Abstract submission: 7 January 2013
Paper submission: 14 January 2013
Notification: 11 March 2013
Final version: 1 April 2013

Workshops and Tutorials: 9-10 June 2013
Competitions: 9-14 June 2013
Conference: 11-14 June 2013
BIMI group on bi/multilingualism
BIMU is a group of UiL-OTS researchers working in the field of multilingualism (Bi-/Multilingualism in Utrecht). We organise lectures, lab-meetings and data sessions, and we have a reading group. Every second week there is a newsletter from BIMU with lectures and other activities in Utrecht. We also include some links to relevant websites and news about bi-multilingualism. Within a few weeks, our new website will be launched. If you don't receive the BIMU newsletter and want to be included in the mailing list, please send an email to Jacomine Nortier (J.M.Nortier(removeme)uu.nl).
We are looking forward to welcoming you at our activities!
Jacomine Nortier