April 18th, 2013

LOT Announcements / events
Registration for the upcoming LOT Summer School open untill June second!
Registration for the annual Summer School of the Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT) has opened! The LOT summer school will take place from June 17-28th 2013, and will be hosted by the Groningen University Centre for Language and Cognition (CLCG). Registration closes June the 2nd.

The LOT Summer School provides introductory and advanced courses in Linguistics. It offers 18 courses in different domains and 4 master classes, spread over two weeks. The regular courses are free for all PhD-researchers and second year research master students who are affiliated to one of the eight LOT Institutes. For PhD-researchers and research master students who are not affiliated to one of these institutes: please check the general info at our website to see whether you can participate or not.

During the master classes students will have the opportunity to discuss their project with experts in their research field. They are open for PhD students only. There is a limit of 12 participants per master class.

Participants 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.
The Schultink Lecture of this LOT School is given by Paola (Giuli) Dussias. Non-participants are welcome as well!
In each week of the Summer School other social activities will be organized as well.

Make sure you take note of this event in your diary!
The schedule, registration form and other info can be found online: www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2013_Summerschool_Groningen/
For questions regarding this LOT Summer School, please send an email to lot(removeme)uu.nl.
Schultink Lecture by Paola Dussias in LOT Summer School, week 25 2013
The Schultink Lecture of this year is given by Paola (Giuli) Dussias of the Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, Center for Language Science, Penn State University
Title: Cross-language interactions during bilingual sentence processing


Bilingual speakers are more representative language users than monolinguals. The consequence has been a dramatic increase in research on language processing in bilinguals and second language learners. In part, this recent research has focused on the interactions that exist between a bilingual’s two lexicons, with findings indicating a great deal of permeability across a bilingual’s two languages. Other work has focused on whether this permeability extends to the level of syntactic processing. In this talk, I review new research examining the interactions of the bilingual’s two languages when bilinguals are making structural decisions about the words they read or hear. I will discuss the voluminous research examining this question from the perspective of the role of the first language on the syntactic processing of the second language, and also examine cross-language interactions in the opposite direction (from the second language to the first language) in bilinguals who actively use their two languages in their daily lives and who value maintenance of the first language. I will also discuss work on processing mixed language and its implications for models of language processing, for our understanding of how bilinguals manage to negotiate their two languages, and for existing assumptions about the plasticity of cognitive and neural representations. Throughout, I will argue that research on bilingual sentence processing has the potential to lead to significant changes in the conceptualization of the mind with two languages and in current views about the permeability of the first language system.

More detailed information can be found on: www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2013_Summerschool_Groningen/

For questions regarding this LOT Summer school, send an email to lot(removeme)uu.nl.
Deadline travel reimbursements LOT Winterschool 2013 Leiden
For all LOT-students who participated in the past LOT Winterschool 2013 at LUCL in Leiden. The deadline for sending in your travel reimbursement form (including original tickets) is set on April 27. You can find the form at: www.uu.nl/NL/Informatie/medewerkers/financien-administratie/formulieren/Pages/FormulierenASC-F.aspx
(go to the FC3 form). Return address: LOT Secretary Office, Trans 10, 3512 JK Utrecht. No reimbursement claims will be dealt with after this deadline.

The next LOT School will be the lOT Summer School 2013 at CLCG in Groningen, June 17-28 2013. Schedule will be online soon on the lotschool website. Hope to see you all there!
Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen
Kennislink is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied: www.kennislink.nl/vakgebieden/taalwetenschappen

Hoe verwerken babyhersenen taal?
Geef pasgeboren baby’s een willekeurige taal, en ze kunnen ermee uit de voeten. Dat verandert als ze zo’n half jaar oud zijn. Op dat moment leren ze om alleen die klankverschillen te herkennen, die ertoe doen in hun moedertaal. Maar hoe leren baby’s dit nou precies? Want het is niet zo dat ze die verschillen op een bordje gepresenteerd krijgen. Het blijkt zelfs zo te zijn dat moeders helemaal niet zo goed articuleren, als ze tegen hun baby praten. Titia Benders van de UvA deed promotieonderzoek naar dit vroege stadium in de taalontwikkeling.
Van de LOT bestuurstafel
Op 24 januari 2013 vergaderden het LOT-bestuur en de directeuren. Er kwamen overwegend lopende zaken aan bod: het financiėel jaarverslag (LOT staat er financieel gezond voor); een terugblik op de afgelopen winterschool in Leiden (geslaagd programma en goede logistiek); vooruitblik op de komende zomerschool in Groningen (een aantal interessante docenten / cursussen zijn al vastgelegd).
Naar aanleiding van de toekenning van de Zwaartekrachtsubsidies hebben bestuur en directeuren gesproken over de mogelijke rol van LOT bij het ontwikkelen van een omvangrijk, LOT-breed onderzoeksvoorstel voor een volgende ronde bij NWO, of voor een Europese subsidie. Er zal een taakgroep worden ingesteld die zich hierover gaat buigen.
Het LOT / NWO graduate programme is van start gegaan. Twaalf talentvolle research master studenten uit diverse instituten nemen deel aan de “rotaties” en hebben tijdens de winterschool deelgenomen aan een voorbereidingsklas (meer bijeenkomsten liggen in het verschiet). De werving voor de PhD plaatsen zal eind april starten; het idee is om tegen het einde van mei kandidaten geselecteerd te hebben.
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
CLCG-Colloquium with Anastasia Giannakidou, University of Groningen, April 19 2013
On Friday 19th April Prof. Anastasia Giannakidou (University of Chicago) will give a talk entitled ‘How do we know what will happen? The nonveridicality of the future’.

Time: Fri, 19th April 15:00-17:00
Place: University of Groningen, the Harmonie building, room 1312.007
In this presentation, I argue that so-called future morphemes in natural languages are epistemic modals. They rely on information or knowledge available at the present time in order to convey an agent's conviction about the future, present, or the past. So, the future is not a purely temporal category, or perhaps even not temporal at all. The epistemic modality of the future is gradable, and renders the future non-veridical in all uses-- a fact that explains why the future (or "prospective" aspect in general) licenses NPIs, on a par with epistemic modals (Giannakidou 1997, Giannakidou and Zwarts 1999). The analysis draws evidence from future morphemes in Greek (tha), Italian, and Dutch (zullen), and is in line with recent work on zullen as an epistemic modal (Broekhuis and Verkuyl 2013).
ACLC Seminar with Elena Tribushinina (UIL OTS Utrecht), UvA Amsterdam, April 19 2013
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal K02
April 19 2013, 15.15-16.30 uur
Elena Tribushinina (Utrecht University)
Adjectives in typical and atypical language development
The abstract can be found on the ACLC website: Tribushinina

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday.
After the lectures drinks are served at the Opleiding Algemene Taalwetenschap, Spuistraat 210, third floor.
For more information: aclc-fgw(removeme)uva.nl, tel. 020-5252543
LUSH talk entitled Discourse particles and common ground management, Leiden University, April 19 2013
We are very happy to announce that Markus Egg (Humboldt University of Berlin) will be giving a LUSH talk entitled Discourse particles and common ground management (details can be found below).
We do hope to see you all there!
With best regards,
Monica Lau
Date: April 19, 2013
Time: 15:15 - 17:00
Location: LEIDEN, Vrieshof 4, room 012
Speaker: Markus Egg
Title: Discourse particles and common ground management
In this talk, I will analyse the semantics of (mostly, German) discourse particles like doch in terms of their potential to manage the common ground. These particles are relations between propositions semantically, e.g., doch expresses that, according to the common ground, its first semantic argument is a potential counterargument of the second one. For instance, in (1), Max’s illness is a potential counterargument to his coming along:
(1) A:Max wird auch mitkommen. B: Er ist doch krank.
Max will also come.along he is DOCH ill
‘A: Max will come along, too. B: But he is ill.’
I will offer a monosemantic analysis that tries to captur the wide range of uses of these particles in terms of one single yet fully specified semantic representation. The different uses of the article emerge because their second argument is anaphoric and has a certain leeway in that there are several suitable kinds of antecedents. (1) is only the simplest case, in which the semantic contribution of a preceding utterance is the antecedent, but felicity conditions of previous speech acts or presuppositions can also be antecedents.
Discourse particles differ w.r.t. the logical relation they presuppose between their arguments (e.g., auch introduces a potential explanation, schon rules out a potential consequence), or w.r.t. the strength of this relation (eben as opposed to auch introduces a strict explanation). Minimal pairs of discourse that differ only in terms of a discourse particle can be explained in terms of these analyses. In an outlook on further work, I will review the issue of stressed discourse particles.
lecture series on Neuroscience: 'The Brain Explained', VU University Amsterdam, April 24, May 8 2013
We are pleased to invite you to the public lecture series on Neuroscience titled 'The Brain Explained' featuring a list of five national and international speakers, spanning topics of neurophysiology, clinical disorders, computation and psychology. These are public lectures designed for anyone who is interested in advances in Neuroscience. No prior knowledge is necessary. (Details attached)

Best wishes,
CREA Organizing Team
University of Amsterdam


The Brain Explained - Public Lecture Series on Neuroscience in Amsterdam
Leading experts in various fields of Neuroscience explain to the general public the recent developments in understanding the human brain. No prior background in the field is necessary, everyone is welcome. No prior registration is needed. Free for students/ AUV pass, others € 5,-.

Lecture 1: The computational brain
March 13th, Wednesday - Prof. Marc Ernst, 20:00
University of Bielefeld, Germany

Lecture 2: Connections in the brain
March 27th, Wednesday - Prof Pieter Roelfsema, 20:00
KNAW, Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience, Amsterdam

Lecture 3: Functions of brain regions
April 10th, Wednesday - Prof. Rainer Goebel, 20:00
University of Maastricht, KNAW

Lecture 4: Brain disorders
April 24th, Wednesday - Prof. Bastiaan Bloem, 20:00
Radboud UMC Nijmegen

Lecture 5: Behavior and the brain
May 8th, Wednesday - Prof. Jeroen Smeets, 20:00
VU University, Amsterdam

20:00 hrs

CREA Theater
Nieuwe Achtergracht 170, Amsterdam
Map: goo.gl/maps/pVFTG
CLS colloquium with Peter de Swart on the influence of (weak) definiteness and lexical connectedness on sentence production, Radboud University Nijmegen, April 25 2013
"Why reading the newspaper affects word order. The influence of (weak) definiteness and lexical connectedness on sentence production" by Peter de Swart (based on joint work with Geertje van Bergen)

Date: 25.04.2013
Time: 16:00
Place: E 2.53 (Erasmusgebouw, Radboud University)


The distinction between definite and indefinite NPs is relevant for a variety of linguistic phenomena (including word order and case marking). Traditionally, definite elements are associated with two properties: uniqueness and familiarity. Where a definite NP satisfies both uniqueness and familiarity, an indefinite NP is generally said to be unspecified for these features. This strong correlation between the meaning and form of (in)definites is corrupted by a group of expressions that are definite as to their form but indefinite in their semantic behavior. This class of expressions is called weak definites (following Carlson and Sussman 2005). An example of such a weak definite is 'the newspaper' in the phrase 'read the newspaper', which contrasts with the regular, or strong, definite 'the book' in 'read the book'. Such weak definites seem to lack both features of uniqueness and familiarity.

Research in the last few years has adduced behavioral evidence for the distinction between strong and weak definites. In this presentation I present further evidence, showing that weak definiteness affects the placement of the direct object in the Dutch Midfield (scrambling). Participants in controlled production experiments prefer to place weak definites closer to the main verb than regular definites. I suggest that this difference should be related to the lexical nature of weak definites, as the object in a weak definite expression forms a close unit with the verbal head. In order to test this hypothesis I present different ways of operationalizing the lexical connectedness between verb and object. It turns out that the predictability of a verb given the object maps best onto the weak/strong distinction. These results will be shown to converge both with earlier findings in the sentence production literature and with recent theoretical proposals concerning the lexical nature of weak definites.

For more information, please visit:
SMART Cognitive Science Debate and ACLC Lecture with Daniel Everett & others, Amsterdam, April 26 2013
April 26th: On Friday April 26th there will be a SMART Cognitive Science Debate on Language, Recursion and Cognition with:

Daniel Everett (Bentley University)
Rens Bod (ILLC)
Hedde Zeijlstra (Goettingen)
Kees Hengeveld (ACLC)

Followed by an ACLC Lecture by

Daniel Everett (Bentley University)
Language and Culture

Abstract below.

Location for both events:
Oudemanhuispoort, Amsterdam, room F2.01c

1pm-2.45pm Debate
Coffee break
3.15pm-4.30pm Lecture


In the emergence of modern linguistics in the United States, from the work of Boas, Sapir, Haas, Pike and many others, language was considered part of human behavior or human culture, hence its appearance as one of the four pillars of anthropology. With the advent of Chomsky’s work, though also through earlier work such as Harris, Wells, Bloch, Trager, Hockett and others, many linguists came to believe that language possessed unique properties that required that it be studied as a separate discipline. In this paper I will revisit this debate, focusing on the nature of syntax. I will look primarily at Piraha, though other Amazonian languages will also be discussed. In Piraha I claim that a general cultural principle, Immediacy of Experience, is reflected in the grammar via the Potential Evidentiality Domain (PED), an idea I develop within the theory of Role and Reference Grammar (Van Valin 2007). The effect of the PED in Piraha is to eliminate recursion from the sentential syntax, though not from discourse. The implications of this are, buttressed by quite different data from Wari’, a language with rich recursive syntax, is that there is little need to appeal to nativism to account for human syntactic abilities.
LUCL Colloquium: John Harris (University College London), Leiden University, April 26 2013
On Friday 26 April John Harris (University College London) will give a talk entitled ‘English vowels: an update and a rethink’.

Date, time and venue
Date Friday 26 April 2013
Time 15.30-17.00
Venue Leiden University, Lipsius building (Cleveringaplaats 1), room 028

On-going vowel changes in non-rhotic British English prompt a rethink of how best to analyse linking [r] and the restricted distribution of lax vowels. The rethink has implications not just for English phonology but also for a number of more general questions, two of which I address in this paper. What is the feature composition of [r]? Are we justified in persisting with the traditional assumption that there exists a unitary natural class of coronals that includes rhotics?
Linking [r] in English is standardly viewed as a strategy for breaking the potential hiatus between two vowels where the first is non-high (as in sta[r] of, doo[r] of). Whatever natural connection might have existed between this [r] and non-high vowel quality is being rendered increasingly tenuous by recent sound changes. One is the extreme raising of the vowel of SORE/SAW. The other is the monophthongisation of formerly in-gliding diphthongs (mostly from historical pre-[r] sources) in FEAR, FAIR, SORE/SAW. The two newly high vowels produced by these changes, in SORE/SAW and FEAR, continue to exhibit linking [r]. On the face of it, this weakens the case for saying that [r] has a special affinity for non-high quality -- let alone that it actually contains a non-high feature (as proposed in some versions of AIU theory, for example).
There is long-standing disagreement over whether the restricted distribution of lax vowels in West Germanic is best specified in terms of quality or length. In British English, the monophthongisation of in-gliding diphthongs is producing a new series of stressed lax vowels in word-final position (in FEAR, FAIR, SORE/SAW), a context historically reserved for tense vowels. On the face of it, this development favours a length-based analysis of the vowel restrictions, since it means that lax vowels are no longer limited to pre-consonantal (‘checked’) environments. A quality-based analysis might be sustainable if it can be shown that historical [r] has been underyingly retained after lax vowels (and is deleted in non-hiatus contexts). In that case, the new vowels are not truly final, and the generalisation that lax vowels are restricted to checked environments can be saved. Naturally this account too has implications for the representation of [r].
I will propose representations for the emerging British English vowel system (using the AIU model) and consider their implications for the representation of [r] and coronals in general.
Running in the background of this investigation is a familiar, even more general theme. It has to do with the nature of one type of evidence that is often cited in support of particular feature analyses: a given feature is claimed to be motivated when it can be mapped to some phonetic property that is shared by the output and the context of some phonological process. What becomes of this kind of evidence when, as appears to be happening with linking [r] in British English, the connection between output and context becomes obscured by sound change?
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Workshop LUCL & Latex Users Group on the typesetting system Latex, Leiden University, April 18 & 22 2013
The Latex Users Group of Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) hereby cordially invites you to a workshop for linguists on the typesetting system Latex in April (see below for the exact dates). It will consist of two independent two-hour sessions led by Monica Lau.

The sessions will be very practical and each will be designed to teach you a specific skill that is especially useful for linguists. It is possible to follow one session or both sessions. Previous knowledge of Latex is desirable, but not mandatory.

Topics that will be dealt with include the following:
- graphics with TikZ, tree making and PStricks
- making presentations with Beamer (LaTeX class).

Importantly, in order to be able to take your specific needs into account, we would like to ask you what specific skill, command or any other aspect of Latex you would like to learn or improve upon. We will try to incorporate as many of them as possible into the workshop.

The sessions will consist of one hour involving an explanation of a specific aspect of Latex and then one hour involving hands-on practice.

The workshop will take place in a computer room in the main building of the Humanities faculty with computers on which Latex is already installed. You can bring your own laptop and/or document but it is not required.

The workshop will take place on the following dates:
- Thursday 18 April, from 3.00 to 5 pm
- Monday 22 April, from 11.00 am to 1 pm.

The workshop will take place in the following venue:
Lipsius building, room 126A (first floor)
Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden (15 minutes walking from the central station).

If you would like to participate please let us know the following, using the e-mail addresses that you can find below:
- what topics you would like addressed, both the topics mentioned above or your personal wishes (please indicate on Tuesday 16 April the latest)
- on which day or days you would like to come
- if you are not using your own laptop, please indicate, so that we can create a guest account.

The exact topics of the specific days will be decided upon depending on the participants’ preferences and availability.
Workshop (six lectures) on discourse representation and processing, UIL OTS Utrecht, April 19 2013
Graag nodigen we u uit voor de Workshop on discourse representation and processing op vrijdag 19 april 2013 aan het Janskerkhof 13 in de Stijlkamer (0.06).

Ter gelegenheid van de promotie van Anneloes Canestrelli wordt op deze dag een zestal lezingen gegeven rondom het thema Discourse representation and processing.

De eerste vijf lezingen duren elk twintig minuten, met na elke lezing tien minuten ruimte voor discussie.

De laatste lezing duurt één uur en zal worden gegeven door Keith Millis van de Northern Illinois University. Een korte vooruitblik op de lezing:

The Triumphs and Challenges of a First Person Shooter Learner Game: A Case Study of Operation ARA

Across the last few decades, several new types of technologies have emerged into the education arena. A common theme of these technologies is individualized instruction for the learner. These include digital learning platforms, intelligent tutors, simulations, and games. Ideally, educational technologies must engage the learner and implement effective pedagogical practices which lead to learning. Typically, games are good at engaging the learner but may fall short on increasing learning. On the other hand, intelligent tutors are good at increasing learning but not necessarily engagement. In this talk, I will describe a learning environment which my colleagues and I have built named Operation ARA. Operation ARA is a serious game that combines intelligent tutoring and gaming attributes. It teaches students how to evaluate critical thinking about science. It is geared towards students in secondary education as well as students enrolled in introductory courses at the university. I will describe the game, present evidence regarding its effectiveness, and discuss challenges to its implementation.

Het programma:

10.15u. Ted Sanders
10.25-10.55u. Gerdineke van Silfhout (Universiteit Utrecht)
The importance of cohesive texts: How connectives affect students’ text processing and mental representation
10.55-11.25u. Suzanne Kleijn (Universiteit Utrecht)
Causality, subjectivity and mental spaces: Insights from on-line processing
11.25-11.35u Pauze
11.35-12.05u. Pim Mak (Universiteit Utrecht)
The role of additive connectives in predicting referential development of discourse: An eye-tracking study of Dutch and Russian
12.05-12.45u Pauze
12.45-13.15u. Liesbeth Degand (Université catholique de Louvain)
Discourse segmentation as discourse strategy: the contribution of prosody and syntax
13.15-13.45u. José Sanders (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
Functions of Viewpoint: Perspectives of subjects in news genres

14.00-15.00u. Keith Millis (Northern Illinois University)
The Triumphs and Challenges of a First Person Shooter Learner Game: A Case Study of Operation ARA
Drift 21, zaal 0.03
16.15u. Promotie Anneloes Canestrelli
Academiegebouw, Domplein 29
Symposium 'Perspectives on Narrative', CLS/HCLS, Radboud University Nijmegen, April 23 2013
Perspectives on narrative
An initiative from the Text, Transmission & Reception-group Narrativity

CLS/HCLS – Faculty or Arts – Radboud University Nijmegen

Organizers: José Sanders & Hans Hoeken; Kobie van Krieken, assistent

Date: Tuesday April 23, 2013

Time: 13.00-17.30 hrs

Place: Thomas van Aquinostraat (TvA) 2.00.12

Please register at k.vankrieken(removeme)let.ru.nl

Reflecting on perspective in narrative from various angles on a linguistic and discourse level. Our generic interest lies in the function of narrators’ voices and narrators’ perspectives in narrative text: how are these voices and perspectives constructed linguistically, reconstructed cognitively, and applied functionally intended (either consciously or unconsciously) to establish a particular effect (for instance, identification, transportation, persuasion).

We intend to discuss these insights for literary fictional contexts and expand them to journalistic and persuasive contexts; in these areas, narratives are functionally applied more often today and sometimes tested for their effect.

Barbara Dancygier, University of British Columbia Lieven Vandelanotte, University of Namur & University of Leuven Max van Duijn & Arie Verhagen, Leiden University Kobie van Krieken & José Sanders, Radboud University Nijmegen Anneke de Graaf, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Workshop Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA-12), University of Florida, April 26-28 2013
Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA)-12, April 26-28, 2013, University of Florida

Website: www.gasla12.com

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

Invited Workshop: “Applying Generative SLA to language teaching”
Joyce Bruhn de Garavito (Western Ontario University)
Kook-hee Gil (University of Sheffield)
Heather Marsden (University of York)
Roumyana Slabakova (University of Iowa)
David Stringer (Indiana University)
Lydia White (McGill University)
Melinda Whong (University of Leeds)

GASLA - 12- Faculty Organizing Committee: Jason Rothman, Ana de Prada Pérez, Wind Cowles, Edith Kaan, Gillian Lord, Eric Postdam, Caroline Wiltshire, and Steffi Wulff.
Student Organizing Committee: Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro, Tiffany Judy, and Diego Pascual y Cabo.
Workshop on electronic tools in Biblical Hebrew teaching and research, VU University Amsterdam, May 2-3 2013
Workshop Electronic Tools in Biblical Hebrew Teaching and Research, 2-3 May 2013 (with inaugural lecture)

Over the last decades, the Research Group for IT and Biblical Studies at VU University, Amsterdam (WIVU: Werkgroep Informatica Vrije Universiteit) has created a database of the Hebrew Bible, including morphological encoding, clause segmentation and clause parsing, clause relations and proposal for a text syntactical analysis. It has become an extremely rich resource for Biblical Hebrew teaching and research. The challenge remains, however, to build a bridge between (a) the potential of IT to reshape research strategies and teaching methods and (b) traditional linguistic and literary research on the Bible. Many biblical scholars are satisfied by IT as an instrument to make life more comfortable (a library on the screen instead of on the shelves; a quick word search replacing consulting a printed concordance), without realizing the potential of the electronic instruments for redefining our research and teaching practices. The aim of the symposium is to build such a bridge.

At the end of the second day of the program will be the inaugural lecture of Wido van Peursen, the new professor of Old Testament at VU University. The computational analysis of the Hebrew Bible will be the key focus of his teaching and research.

For more information see www.godgeleerdheid.vu.nl/wetbhtr
Workshop "Sociolinguistics in dialogue with the Parallel Architecture", FRIAS Institute, Freiburg Germany, May 3 2013
Leonie Cornips, Ray Jackendoff and Shana Poplack organize the one-day workshop "Sociolinguistics in dialogue with the Parallel Architecture", on 3 May 2013, sponsored by the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) in Freiburg, Germany.

You can find the program here: www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/lang_and_lit/veranstaltungen/sociolinguistics-in-dialogue-with-the-parallel-architecture
StuTS Conference, Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, May 8th to 12th 2013
We would like to inform you about the next StuTS (Studentische Tagung Sprachwissenschaft, student conference for linguistics). It will take place from May 8th to 12th at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.
Registration will begin on our homepage ( 53.stuts.de) on Friday and end on April 10th.

We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues in Munich soon.
The organising team for the 53rd StuTS.
2013 summerschool on The Neurocognition of Bilingualism and Cognitive Control, Utrecht University, June 3-6, 2013
A hotly-debated controversy in the neurocognition of bilingualism concerns the nature of the mechanisms responsible for language switching and language selection. Is this a language-internal mechanism or is it a general cognitive control mechanism? What effect does bilingualism have on general cognitive functioning and underlying neural mechanisms? This summer school will present current views on these issues in detail. Speakers will also address the experimental designs and techniques (brain imaging techniques, EEG , eyetracking, behavioral research) used to investigate the issues at stake.

Jubin Abutalebi
Albert Costa
Julia Festmann
Walter Van Heuven
Edith Kaan
Frank Wijnen

Target audience: Advanced (research) master students, PhD students, and other scholars in cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, linguistics, education, neuroscience, neuropsychology, and communication disorders.

For more information, and how to register, see:

Contact: Edith Kaan, kaan(removeme)ufl.edu

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Edith Kaan

Associate professor
Department of Linguistics
University of Florida

Office: Turlington Hall 4127 -- Mailing address: Box 115454, Gainesville FL 32611, USA -- Email: kaan(removeme)ufl.edu -- Phone: 352 294 7453 -- Fax: 352 392 8480
International Child Phonology Conference (ICPC) 2013, Radboud University Nijmegen, June 10-12 2013
Call for Registration
The International Child Phonology Conference (ICPC) is an annual conference on issues related to all aspects of children's speech-sound development. This year, the regular meeting on phonological acquisition (June 10-12) will be preceded by a themed workshop on the perception-production interface in child phonology (June 10). For continuous updates, please check: www.childphonology.org/

Registration for ICPC 2013 is now open, with reduced fares for early bird registration until May 1st. Registration is available via www.childphonology.org or directly at childphonology.bpt.me

The program is now available and can be found on the meeting website under www.childphonology.org

Key Dates

Early registration deadline: May 1, 2013
Themed session: June 10, 2013
General meeting: June 11-12 , 2013

TABU Dag Linguistics conference taking place at the University of Groningen, June 13-14 2013
TABU Dag originated from the university's linguistic journal TABU (taalbulletin, language bulletin) and over the last 33 years has developed into a well-established conference with a varied programme and guest speakers from different fields. It particularly welcomes contributions from postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. ( www.let.rug.nl/tabudag/2013/)
On behalf of the organisational committee of TABUdag,

Jelena Golubovic, MPhil
University of Groningen
Oude Boteringestraat 23
9712 GC Groningen
The Netherlands
Tel. (+31) 50 363 96 27
Fifth meeting of the ACLC Research group, “Revitalising older linguistic documentation” (ROLD), University of Amsterdam, June 13 2013

With pleasure we invite you to participate in the workshop

Vth meeting of the ACLC Research group
“Revitalising older linguistic documentation” (ROLD)

In this workshop we shall explore the use of manuscripts and other old linguistic documentation, viz. the difficulties one may encounter and the interesting possibilities offered when working with such data. Scholars may also present their current research in this matter and/ or the results of an investigation made with the aid of old linguistic material.

The workshop, under the auspices of the research group Revitalizing Older Linguistic Documentation (ACLC, UvA), will be held on:

Thursday June 13th 2013, at the University of Amsterdam

(Place and time will be announced in due course when the programme is available.)

Participants are kindly asked to send the title of their presentation before May 1st 2013 to one of the organizers mentioned below.

We look forward to seeing you.
Best wishes,

Otto Zwartjes, ACLC, UvA: O.J.Zwartjes(removeme)uva.nl
Astrid Alexander, ACLC, UvA: A.Alexander-Bakkerus(removeme)uva.nl
The 8th Morphological Processing Meeting at Cambridge University, UK, June 20th - June 22nd 2013
The 8th Morphological Processing Meeting will be held at the University of
Cambridge, UK, from June 20th to June 22nd 2013. We are pleased to announce that registration is open: morphologicalprocessing2013.webs.com/

The meeting aims to bring together scientists that work on all aspects of
morphological processing. It is intended to provide an opportunity to
discuss and explore different aspects of morphological processing, across
several languages, language modalities and experimental paradigms.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge!
Studies on discourse processing suggest that natural language interpretation is expectation-driven. World knowledge and discourse context are used immediately to anticipate how discourse is likely to continue. Although there is ample evidence demonstrating such forward-looking processes both within single sentences and in larger discourse, we still lack a unified account of its foundation; i.e. the extent to which linguistic and extralinguistic factors influence expectations and whether these are driven by linguistic or language-external factors. The workshop contributes to the understanding of discourse expectations by bringing together linguists, psycholinguists, cognitive scientists and computational linguists working on discourse processing.

We encourage submissions of theoretical, experimental and computational studies on the following aspects, and topics related to these:

- What is the nature of expectations in discourse? Do they pertain only to discourse or anaphoric relations? How specific are expectations? Are they abstract objects or particulars?
- How do expectations emerge? Are they triggered locally, e.g. by lexical items, or are they determined globally by more general properties of discourse, such as the discourse topic/Question under Discussion (QuD)? How do local and global expectations interact?

The phenomenon of implicit causality may serve as a particularly illustrative example: In psycholinguistic and linguistic research, it has been shown that certain transitive verbs with two animate arguments trigger expectations of explanations of a particular type. Thus, while the experiencer-object verb "fascinate" triggers explanations about the subject ("John fascinates Mary because HE..."), the experiencer-subject verb "admire" triggers explanations about the object ("John admires Mary because SHE..."). This phenomenon has been exploited in psycholinguistic experiments to investigate the time course of semantic and/or pragmatic interpretation, often with clear demonstrations of the emergence of early effects in discourse comprehension that appear shortly after the verb has been processed. However, further theoretically oriented investigations may benefit our understanding of the nature of these effects as well as their modeling.


- Arnout W. Koornneef (Utrecht University): On predictive reading styles and the use of implicit causality information in pronoun resolution
- Hannah Rohde (University of Edinburgh): What to do when a linguist says she's expecting: Coherence and coreference expectations in sentence processing
- Roger van Gompel (University of Dundee): Producing reference: Psycholinguistic and computational perspectives

We plan to publish a selection of papers in a special issue of a journal.


The workshop will take place at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

Submission deadline: March 1, 2013
Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2013
Workshop dates: June 20-21 (Thursday-Friday), 2013


We invite abstracts for 45 minute presentations (including discussion). Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format, not exceeding two pages (A4) with 1 in margins, including references, examples, data summaries and charts. Authors and their affiliations should be omitted and submitted on a separate sheet with the abstract title.

Abstracts should be submitted to the below address. Please, include the first author's name in the subject line of your email. The title of the abstract and the names of any co-authors should appear in the body of the email.



More information on the workshop will be made available continuously under the following address:



Nicholas Asher (CNRS & University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse)
Nadine Bade (University of Tübingen)
Berry Claus (Humboldt University Berlin)
Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen (University of Oslo)
Alan Garnham (University of Sussex)
Joshua Hartshorne (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Barbara Hemforth (University Paris Descartes)
Robin Hörnig (University of Tübingen)
Katja Jasinskaja (Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin)
Elsi Kaiser (University of Southern California, Los Angeles)
Yuki Kamide (University of Dundee)
Hans Kamp (University of Texas, Austin/University of Stuttgart)
Elena Karagjosova (University of Stuttgart)
Barbara Kaup (University of Tübingen)
Arnout Koornneef (Utrecht University)
Detmar Meurers (University of Tübingen)
Arndt Riester (University of Stuttgart)
Hannah Rohde (University of Edinburgh)
Antje Rossdeutscher (University of Stuttgart)
Ted Sanders (Utrecht University)
Patrick Sturt (University of Edinburgh)
Roger van Gompel (University of Dundee)
Yannick Versley (University of Tübingen)
Henk Zeevat (University of Amsterdam)


Oliver Bott (SFB 833, University of Tübingen)
Juhani Järvikivi (University of Alberta/Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Anna Pryslopska (SFB 833, University of Tübingen)
Pirita Pyykkönen-Klauck (Norwegian University of Science and Technology/Saarland University)
Torgrim Solstad (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)


This workshop is financially supported by the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 833 "The construction of meaning - the dynamics and adaptivity of linguistic structures" at the University of Tübingen.
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French Phonology Network Meeting 2013 (RFP 2013), Nantes, July 1-3 2013
After the conferences organized in Orléans 2010, Tours 2011 and Paris 2012, the French Phonology Network (Réseau Franēais de Phonologie) is launching a new meeting in the same spirit that will take place in Nantes from July, 1st to 3rd, 2013 thanks to the LLing (EA3827, Université de Nantes), FoReLL (Université de Poitiers) and MSH-Ange Guépin.

Main session

Phonologists of every school or background are warmly welcome to participate. Issues at stake may be in the field of general phonology or of the phonological analysis of a linguistic phenomenon of a specific language.

Thematic sessions

This year we’d like to draw your attention to the fact that thematic sessions will be organized around 'Acquisition' and 'Harmony'.

Thematic session 1 : Acquisition
This thematic session aims at addressing the latest issues in the field of phonological acquisition of a first or second language. It will bring forward data which are unattested in adult’s languages and challenge phonological theories.
Thematic session 2 : Harmony
Harmony is a wide-spread process among the world’s languages. It may be defined as a syntagmatic change whereby a given segment absorbs some of the properties of another segment in the same phonological domain. When it is perceived as some kind of long-distance assimilation, harmony -which may be local (strict contiguity) or extended to a given domain (syllable, foot, word, phonological phrase)- may target vowels (vowel harmony) or consonants (consonant harmony). If locality seems to play a crucial role in its definition, harmony is also sensitive to directionality. Intervening segments (within the domain within which harmony applies) may prevent harmony to take place or be transparent: are these really invisible or are they somehow involved in the harmony process? Are harmony processes due to phonetic (e.g. phonologization of a coarticulation process) or to strictly phonological principles (e.g. computation of a restricted set of principles)?
This thematic session aims at bringing together people who are concerned with harmony in general phonology as well as with harmonic relations in speech perception and production, prosody, acquisition, development, the structuring of the lexicon, automatic speech recognition and speech synthesis (this list, of course, should not be interpreted as being exhaustive).

Invited speakers

* Phillip Backley (Tohoku Gakuin University, Sendai, Japon).
* Didier Demolin (GIPSA Grenoble / UMR 5216 , France).
* Andrew Nevins (University College London, Royaume-Uni)
* Bert Vaux (King’s College Cambridge, Royaume-Uni).
* Sophie Wauquier (Université de Paris 8 / UMR 7023, France).
* Leo Wetzels (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Pays-Bas).
Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University, 15 July – 26 July 2013
Summer School offers a number of courses on a wide range of subjects in the field of languages and linguistics.
This year, the Summer School will consist of nine programmes, including courses for beginners as well as for advanced students, taught by internationally renowned specialists:
• Germanic Programme
• Indo-European Programme for beginners
• Indo-European Programme for advanced students
• Indological Programme
• Iranian Programme
• Language Description Programme
• Romance Languages Programme
• Semitic Programme
• Russian Programme
In addition to these programmes, a Tashelhiyt Berber Language Course will be taught daily from 14.00 to 15.30 h.
For more information and registration, visit: www.hum.leiden.edu/summerschool/.
Summer School Linguistics, Bangor University, UK, July 21-26, 2013
We are very pleased to announce that registration for the Summer School
in Cognitive Linguistics is now open. A very competitive early-bird fee
is available until April 15, 2013.

The Summer School takes place between July 21-26, 2013, and will bring
to Bangor a stellar cast of keynote speakers and teaching faculty. There
will also be a poster session during which participants can present
their work and obtain feedback.


Keynote speakers:
- Gilles Fauconnier (UCSD)
- Adele Goldberg (Princeton)
- James Pustejovsky (Brandeis)
- Vyvyan Evans (Bangor)

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 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 p.rebuschat(removeme)bangor.ac.uk.

Dr. Patrick Rebuschat
Lecturer in Bilingualism and Cognitive Linguistics
School of Linguistics and English Language
Bangor University
Bangor, LL57 2DG
United Kingdom
Rhif Elusen Gofrestredig / Registered Charity No. 1141565

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hanfonodd yn unig ac nid yw o anghenraid yn cynrychioli barn
Prifysgol Bangor. Nid yw Prifysgol Bangor yn gwarantu
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Conference LDCG on Language Diversity, Groningen University, July 18-20 2013
Conference Patterns of Macro- and Micro-Diversity in the Languages of Europe and the Middle East. Computational Issues in Studying Language Diversity: Storage, Analysis and Inference to be held in Groningen 18-20 July 2013.

We reserved a room for you in the University Guesthouse, from Thursday July 18 to Saturday July 20 (2 nights). Please let me know as soon as possible (but June 10th the latest) if you would like to change this reservation, but also let me know if the reservation is ok. The conference will not start before 10:00 AM on Thursday; we are looking for a location within walking distance from Groningen Central Station.

Conference website
The conference website is online. More information about the (social) programme, abstracts and registration will be added to the website within a couple of weeks.
The url is: metsvisser.hostei.com/lingcon
11th annual session of the New York - St. Petersburg Institute for Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI XI), to be held at St. Petersburg State University, July 15-August 2, 2013

We are very excited about moving into our second decade - this year will feature some of our finest former faculty, including world famous linguists, psychologists, philosophers, media and film scholars and historians as well as award-winning new faculty in Cultural and Media Studies (see our website). Together our 16-18 person faculty will constitute one of the finest group of summer faculty one can imagine. Here is the current list of our 2013 faculty (several more to be announced shortly):

John Frederick Bailyn (Stony Brook) Russian Syntax, Cognitive Science
Rajesh Bhatt (UMass, Amherst) Syntax, Semantics, Computational Linguistics
Janet Dean Fodor (CUNY) Processing, Psycholinguistics, Language Acquisition
Jerry Fodor (Rutgers) Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language
Polly Gannon (St. Petersburg) Poetry, Literature, Film
Caroline Heycock (Edinburgh) Syntax, Linguistic Theory
Sabine Iatridou (MIT) Syntax, Formal Semantics
Konstantine Klioutchkine (Pomona College) Media Studies, Cultural Studies
Gary Marker (Stony Brook) History, Social Studies
Lilian Park (SUNY, Old Westbury) Psychology, Memory Studies
Jaye Padgett (UCSC) Phonetics and Phonology
Roumyana Pancheva (USC) Syntax and Semantics
Sergei Tatevosov (Moscow State) Formal Semantics

Details can be found on our website at nyi.spb.ru/faculty : here you can find application information, receive the most recent news, and learn about our 2013 faculty.

Applications must be submitted through the NYI website. Early applicants receive a discount for the school.
Early application review begins April 10, 2013.

Some student mini-grants are available - please inquire at the time of application.

We will be happy to respond to any questions, queries and comments - please do not hesitate to contact us at: nyistudents(removeme)gmail.com.

Best regards,

John Frederick Bailyn, Stony Brook University
Anna Alexandrovna Maslennikova, St. Petersburg State University
co-Directors, NYI
9th International Conference on Natural Computation (ICNC 2013), Shenyang, China, July 23-25 2013
We cordially invite you to submit a paper to the upcoming 9th International Conference on Natural Computation (ICNC 2013) and the 10th International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery (FSKD 2013), to be jointly held from 23-25 July 2013 in Shenyang, China.

Shenyang, the largest city in Northeast China, has a celebrated history dating back to the Warring States of 476 BC. It is the birthplace of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and has many cultural relics which symbolize the prosperity and subsequent decline of the last feudal dynasty in China. Shenyang has one of China's the two best preserved imperial palace complexes, along with the famous Zhaoling Tomb and Fuling Tomb. Shenyang is also renowned for its mild summer and mouth-watering local food.

As with the past ICNC-FSKD conferences, all papers in conference proceedings will be submitted to both EI Compendex and ISTP (ISI Proceedings), as well as IEEE Xplore. Extended versions of selected best papers will appear in an ICNC-FSKD special issue of an SCI-indexed journal. ICNC-FSKD 2013 is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.

ICNC-FSKD is a premier international forum for scientists and researchers to present the state of the art of data mining and intelligent methods inspired from nature, particularly biological, linguistic, and physical systems, with applications to computers, circuits, systems, control, robotics, communications, and more. This is an exciting and emerging interdisciplinary area in which a wide range of theory and methodologies are being investigated and developed to tackle complex and challenging problems. The registration fee of US-D390 includes proceedings, lunches, dinners, banquet, coffee breaks, and all technical sessions.

To promote international participation of researchers from outside the country/region where the conference is held (i.e., China’s mainland), researchers outside of China’s mainland are encouraged to propose invited sessions. An honorarium of US-D400 will be enjoyed by the organizer(s) for each completed (with at least 6 registered papers) invited session. The first author of each paper in an invited session must not be affiliated with an organization in China’s mainland. "(Invited Paper)" may be added below the title of each paper in the invited sessions. Invited session organizers will solicit submissions, conduct reviews and recommend accept/reject decisions on the submitted papers. Invited session organizers will be able to set their own submission and review schedules, as long as a set of recommended papers is determined by 3 June 2013. Each invited session proposal should include: (1) the name, bio, and contact information of each organizer of the invited session; (2) the title and a short synopsis of the invited session. Please send your proposal to icnc_fskd_2013(removeme)126.com

For more information, visit the conference web page:

Organized by:
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University


SSTiC 2013 will be an open forum for the convergence of top class well recognized computer scientists and people at the beginning of their research career (typically PhD students) as well as consolidated researchers.

SSTiC 2013 will cover the whole spectrum of computer science by means of more than 70 six-hour courses dealing with hot topics at the frontiers of the field. By actively participating, lecturers and attendees will share the idea of scientific excellence as the main motto of their research work.


Graduate students from around the world. There are no pre-requisites in terms of the academic degree the attendee must hold. However, since there will be several levels among the courses, in the description of some of them reference may be made to specific knowledge background.

Palau Firal i de Congressos de Tarragona
Arquitecte Rovira, 2
43001 Tarragona


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Since a large number of attendees are expected and the capacity of the venue is limited, registration requests will be processed on a first come first served basis. The registration period will be closed when the capacity of the venue will be complete.

FEES are the same (a flat rate) for all people by the corresponding deadline. They give the right to attend all courses.


Six registration deadlines: February 26, March 26, April 26, May 26, June 26, July 26, 2013


Lilica Voicu:


SSTiC 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

Ajuntament de Tarragona
Diputació de Tarragona
Organised by:

Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University

Research Institute for Information and Language Processing (RIILP)
University of Wolverhampton



SLSP is the first event in a series to host and promote research on the wide spectrum of statistical methods that are currently in use in computational language or speech processing. It aims at attracting contributions from both fields. Though there exist large, well-known conferences including papers in any of these fields, SLSP is a more focused meeting where synergies between areas and people will hopefully happen. SLSP will reserve significant space for young scholars at the beginning of their careers.


SLSP 2013 will take place in Tarragona, 100 km. to the south of Barcelona.


The conference invites submissions discussing the employment of statistical methods (including machine learning) within language and speech processing. The list below is indicative and not exhaustive:

- phonology, morphology
- syntax, semantics
- discourse, dialogue, pragmatics
- statistical models for natural language processing
- supervised, unsupervised and semi-supervised machine learning methods applied to natural language, including speech
- statistical methods, including biologically-inspired methods
- similarity
- alignment
- language resources
- part-of-speech tagging
- parsing
- semantic role labelling
- natural language generation
- anaphora and coreference resolution
- speech recognition
- speaker identification/verification
- speech transcription
- text-to-speech synthesis
- machine translation
- translation technology
- text summarisation
- information retrieval
- text categorisation
- information extraction
- term extraction
- spelling correction
- text and web mining
- opinion mining and sentiment analysis
- spoken dialogue systems
- author identification, plagiarism and spam filtering


SLSP 2013 will consist of:

? invited talks
? invited tutorials
? peer-reviewed contributions


Yoshua Bengio (Montréal), tutorial Learning Deep Representations
Christof Monz (Amsterdam), Challenges and Opportunities of Multilingual Information Access
Tanja Schultz (Karlsruhe Tech), Multilingual Speech Processing with a special emphasis on Rapid Language Adaptation


Authors are invited to submit papers presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single?spaced pages (including eventual appendices) and should be formatted according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNAI series (see www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0).

Submissions are to be uploaded to:



A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNAI topical subseries of the LNCS series will be available by the time of the conference.

A special issue of a major journal will be later published containing peer-reviewed extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions will be by invitation.


The period for registration is open from November 30, 2012 to July 29, 2013. The registration form can be found at:



Paper submission: March 5, 2013 (23:59h, CET)
Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: April 9, 2013
Final version of the paper for the LNAI proceedings: April 17, 2013
Early registration: April 24, 2013
Late registration: July 19, 2013
Submission to the post-conference journal special issue: October 31, 2013




SLSP 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
7th HiSoN Summer School in Historical Sociolinguistics, Metochi, Kalloni, Lesbos, Greece, August 3-10 2013
This is the seventh summer school organised by the Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN) and it will offer seven courses by leading experts on modern and historical sociolinguistics, aimed at postgraduate students and young researchers. The venue is the monastery of Metochi-Kalloni on the island of Lesbos (Greece). Classes will take place in the morning and early evening and you will have the opportunity to present your own research at a special session. Our teachers and modules in 2013 will be

• Peter Trudgill (Agder)
on Contact-related Processes of Change in the History of English
• Joseph Salmons (UW Madison) on the Historical Sociolinguistics of Heritage Languages
• Doris Stolberg (IDS Mannheim)
on Language and Colonialism: German in the Pacific
• Peter Bakker (Århus)
on Distinct Men’s and Women’s Languages: When, Where, What & Why?
• Gijsbert Rutten (Leiden)
on Dutch in Modern Times: Historical Sociolinguistic Perspectives
• Michael Schulte (Agder)
on Historical Language Contact in Western Scandinavian:
Icelandic - Faroese - West Norwegian - Shetland and Orkney Norn
• Raymond Hickey (Duisburg-Essen)
on Phonological Typology in English

The school will last for one week and will cost £475 (if registered by May 1st or £575, if you register thereafter), which includes accommodation, three meals per day, tuition, and an excursion. There is space for only 40 students, so secure your place with a £100 deposit now!

For further information and registration, visit www.bris.ac.uk/german/hison/summerschool2013.html
ICCL Summer School 2013: 'Semantic Web - Ontology Languages and Their Use', Technische Universität Dresden, August 18 - 31, 2013. Registration before April 11!
As in the past summer schools at the Technische Universität Dresden, people from distinct, but communicating communities will gather in an informal and friendly atmosphere. This two-week event is aimed at graduate students, researchers and practitioners.

The topic of this year's summer school is

Semantic Web - Ontology Languages and Their Use

The summer school is devoted to the Semantic Web, a very dynamic and current area of research and application which aims at making information on the World Wide Web fit for intelligent systems applications. One of the key ideas of the Semantic Web approach is to make use of methods from knowledge representation and of AI research in general in order to obtain seamless integration of information from diverse resources, interoperability of tools, enhance search functionalities, and the like.

Central for this development is the design of knowledge representation languages for building so-called ontologies, which serve as a kind of metadata to describe the semantics or meaning of data on the Web. Of primary importance are ontology languages and related recommended standards by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), as well as methods and algorithm for their processing.

The Semantic Web is now an advanced interdisciplinary field having its home in Computer Science. Third party funding for more than a decade, in particular from the European Union, has led to significant progress. Systems like Apple's Siri or IBM's Watson, adaptions of Semantic-Web-based technologies for e.g. schema.org, Facebook's Open Graph or Google's Knowledge Graph bring these technologies to widespread use and application. Through so-called Linked Data, high volumes of Semantic-Web-processable data is already available on the Web.

The ICCL Summer School 2013 will introduce to Semantic Web Ontology Languages and some of their application areas, and highlight related research problems.


If you want to attend the summer school, we would like you to register via the Online Registration Form preferably by April 11, 2013. This deadline is obligatory for all who want to apply for a grant.

After April 11, 2013, registration will be possible as long as there are vacant places. (Since we intend to restrict participation to about
60 people, in case of excessive demand, we will have to close the registration to the summer school.)

Please register at the latest by July 1, 2013, because - apart from the mentioned overall restriction of participation - we would need an early estimate of the number of participants.

People applying until April 11, 2013, and applying for a grant will be informed about respective decisions on grants by end of April 2013.

After April 11, 2013 applications for grants cannot be considered any more.

An on-site check-in is on Sunday, August 18, 2013, at 4 - 7 pm in room E001 of the Computer Science building. It continues on Monday, August 19, 2013, 8 - 10 am.


(A) We ask for a participation fee of 250 EUR for participants from
the university sector (students, university employees, etc)

(B) We ask for a participation fee of 1000 Euro for participants
from industry.

Please pay this summer school fee in cash at the day of your arrival.

If belonging to the university sector you have to provide some respective evidence when paying the fees at the check-in (e.g.
student card, web page at a university, etc).


A limited number of grants for students and university employees will be available, which includes a waiver of the participation fee. Please indicate in your application, if the only possibility for you to participate is via a grant. Applications for grants must include an estimate of travel costs. (Such info shall be mentioned in the respective parts of the online registration form).

Please consult our web pages for further details.

Sixteenth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2013), Plzen (Pilsen), Czech Republic, September 1-5 2013


The TSD conference fee was significantly reduced. It is organized in parallel with SPECOM.


The conference is organized by the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, and the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno. This year the conference is organized in parallel with the 15th International Conference on Speech and Computer (SPECOM). The conference is supported by International Speech Communication Association (ISCA).

Venue: Plzen (Pilsen), angelo Hotel (city center), Czech Republic


TSD series have evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers in both spoken and written language processing from all over the world. Proceedings of TSD form a book published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. The TSD proceedings are regularly indexed by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index. LNAI series are listed in all major citation databases such as DBLP, SCOPUS, EI, INSPEC, or COMPENDEX.


Topics of the conference will include (but are not limited to):

Corpora and Language Resources (monolingual, multilingual,
text and spoken corpora, large web corpora, disambiguation,
specialized lexicons, dictionaries)

Speech Recognition (multilingual, continuous, emotional
speech, handicapped speaker, out-of-vocabulary words,
alternative way of feature extraction, new models for
acoustic and language modelling)

Tagging, Classification and Parsing of Text and Speech
(multilingual processing, sentiment analysis, credibility
analysis, automatic text labeling, summarization, authorship

Speech and Spoken Language Generation (multilingual, high
fidelity speech synthesis, computer singing)

Semantic Processing of Text and Speech (information
extraction, information retrieval, data mining, semantic web,
knowledge representation, inference, ontologies, sense
disambiguation, plagiarism detection)

Integrating Applications of Text and Speech Processing
(machine translation, natural language understanding,
question-answering strategies, assistive technologies)

Automatic Dialogue Systems (self-learning, multilingual,
question-answering systems, dialogue strategies, prosody in

Multimodal Techniques and Modelling (video processing, facial
animation, visual speech synthesis, user modelling, emotions
and personality modelling)


The official language of the event will be English. However, papers on processing of languages other than English are strongly encouraged.


The conference program will include presentation of invited papers, oral presentations, and poster/demonstration sessions. Papers will be presented in plenary or topic oriented sessions.One day of the conference will be dedicated to tutorials and workshops.

Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Pilsen will allow additional informal interactions. Details about the social event will be available on the web page.
In conjunction with XPRAG-2013


Invited Speakers:
Stephen Crain (Macquarie University)
James Hampton (City University London)
Hans Kamp (University of Stuttgart, University of Texas at Austin)

One of the hardest problems in experimental semantics and pragmatics is the way meanings of complex expressions are derived from simple lexical concepts and connected to concept representations. While concepts corresponding to simple words can be represented as feature lists or prototypes (Rosch & Mervis 1975, Hampton 2006), the ways in which such representations may be derived for composite expressions is highly puzzling, both in terms of experimental measures and in terms of formal analysis (Kamp & Partee 1995, Hampton & Jönsson 2012). Since the introduction of this problem by Osherson & Smith (1981), much experimental and theoretical work has been done by cognitive psychologists on the derivation of concept representations. However, in many ways this work has been carried out independently of related on-going work on meaning and use of logical operators (Crain/Khlentzos 2008) and compositionality (Bemis & Pylkkänen 2011). As a result, the interactions between concept combination, meaning and use of logical concepts, and compositionality principles have remained by and large underexplored.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together theoretical linguists, psycholinguists and cognitive psychologists in search of a common ground for on-going work on compositionality and concepts. Relevant questions are:
* Is there evidence for a general procedure mapping lexical concepts into concepts corresponding to complex expressions?
* Are there inherent and experimentally-supported distinctions between logical concepts (e.g. quantifiers, conjunctions and disjunction) and concepts corresponding to content words?
* How is the composition of concepts sensitive to contextual factors? Are there experimentally-supported generalizations to make in this domain?
* Are there significant distinctions in concept composition between different conceptual domains (space, time, quantification, boolean operators, colors, etc.)?
* What are the interactions between concept composition and phenomena involving vagueness, implicatures, or scalar expressions?

The workshop will be held in conjunction with XPRAG-2013, which is under the auspices of the ESF research network EuroXprag. The workshop is part of the VICI project “Between Logic and Common Sense” supported by NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

Submission details:
We welcome abstracts containing no more than 2 pages, on new experimental findings or formal theoretical developments in the area of concept composition.
Abstracts should be submitted as PDF files via EasyChair:
Conference code: CC&ESP 2013.

Important dates:
Submission deadline: April 1, 2013
Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2013
Workshop: September 2-3, 2013
XPRAG-2013: September 4-6, 2013

For practical questions, please email one of the organizers at Utrecht University:
Choonkyu Lee choonkyu.wordpress.com/about/
Eva Poortman evapoortman.wordpress.com/
Yoad Winter www.phil.uu.nl/~yoad/

Other relevant links:
Workshop logiccommonsense.wp.hum.uu.nl/events/workshop2013/
XPrag2013 xprag2013.wp.hum.uu.nl
XPrag Network www.euro-xprag.org/
Lorentz Workshop "Modelling Meets Infant Studies in Language Acquisition", Lorentz Center@Oort Leiden, September 9-13 2013
We are pleased to announce the upcoming Lorentz Workshop "Modelling Meets Infant Studies in Language Acquisition", organised jointly by Prof. P. Fikkert (Radboud University) and Prof. R. Bod (University of Amsterdam). The workshop will take place September 9-13 at the Lorentz Center in Leiden. To participate, researchers are required to indicate their interest on the website at www.lorentzcenter.nl/lc/web/2013/579/info.php3?wsid=579&venue=Oort

Aim of the workshop:
The study of first language acquisition is crucial in furthering our understanding of the cognitive prerequisites and processes involved in language, a defining capacity of human cognition. Currently, early language acquisition is successfully studied from two main perspectives: one approach tests theoretical assumptions by studying infants' responses with behavioural and neurocognitive methods; the other implements theories by means of computational models. This workshop aims to bring these two approaches closer together, a much needed advance in the field and one that promises to deepen our understanding of the issues that play a role during language acquisition.

The workshop consists of five days of plenary talks and group discussions, where each day in centered around a fundamental issue in the study of early language acquisition. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all five days of the workshop.

For more information and continuous updates, please refer to the website:
Conference Identity in Ellipsis, LUCL, Leiden University, 20-21 September 2013
conference website:

Identity in ellipsis is a long-standing issue in linguistics. Virtually all accounts of ellipsis phenomena assume that the elided material must be identical in some way or other to material in a suitable antecedent available in the discourse. The nature of the identity condition and its precise formulation is under heated debate in current research. The main question is whether identity holds at some syntactic level of representation, or some semantic one, or both.
The syntactic account of identity (Sag 1976, Williams 1977, Fiengo & May 1994, Chung et al. 1995, Baltin 2012, Johnson 2012, Chung 2013) holds that ellipsis is recovered under a form of structural identity with the antecedent, defined over phrase markers of some sort, in most but not all cases, identical LF representations. Clearly, surface identity is not required, as shown by possible inflectional differences on verbs (see Warner 1985 for exceptions, and Lasnik 1995 for an account), cf. (1).

(1) a. They eat nattoo and John eats nattoo, too.
b. John has eaten nattoo and Bill may eat nattoo, too.

Semantic accounts, on the other hand, operate with an identity relation stated purely over semantic representations (Dalrymple et al 1991, Sag & Hankamer 1984, Hardt 1993, Ginzburg and Sag 2000, Merchant 2001, Anderbois 2011). Support for the semantic approach comes from various phenomena. One is 'vehicle change' (Fiengo and May 1994), others are syntactic mismatches of the kind in (2) (Merchant 2005):

(2) I remember meeting him, but I don't remember when I met him.

Semantic accounts are also supported by the availability of non-isomorphic antecedents in clausal ellipsis like sluicing (Postdam 2007, Vicente 2008, van Craenenbroeck 2010).
Syntactic identity is heavily supported by the lack of argument structure alterations (Chung 2006) and the lack of active-passive mismatches in clausal ellipsis (Merchant 2008), such as (3), since active and passive sentences differ from each other only in their syntax but not in their semantics.

(3) * Joe was murdered, but we don’t know who murdered Joe.

In addition to purely syntactic and semantic approaches, there also exist 'hybrid' approaches, according to which both semantic and syntactic identity can guide the recovery of the elided material. In the most prominent type of hybrid approach (Kehler 2002), it is the discourse relation between the elliptical clause and its antecedent that determines the choice between syntactic and semantic identity and impacts the elidability of constituents.
Psycholinguistic research on ellipsis has also begun to address the issue of ellipsis identity, in order to understand what guides the parser in the recovery of the antecedent. It has been found that various forms of antecedent-ellipsis mismatches receive a systematic cline of acceptability (Kim et al 2011), which might suggest that identity is syntactic but non-identical ellipsis can be 'repaired' and become acceptable if the repair is not too difficult (Arregui et al 2006).

We invite abstracts that bear on the identity condition on ellipsis from theoretical and experimental angles, addressing the issue of identity in any language. In particular, questions that the conference seeks to address include – but are not limited to – the following:

• Does ellipsis need syntactic or semantic identity, or both?
• What is the role of discourse in determining which kind of identity is required?
• Are there differences in identity across small and large ellipses (clausal vs. predicate ellipsis)?
• Are there cross-linguistic differences in the kind of identity ellipsis requires?
• Under which conditions can ellipsis sites be non-isomorphic to their antecedent?
• What is the role of extralinguistic material in the recoverability condition in ellipsis?
• Which psycholinguistic methodology can be used to address the identity issue?
• How can we integrate experimental and theoretical approaches into one coherent model?

Invited speakers
We are pleased to announce that the following invited speakers have agreed to give a talk:

Jeroen van Craenenbroeck
Jason Merchant
Gary Thoms

Submission guidelines
Abstracts are invited for 30-minute oral presentations (plus 10 minutes for discussion) and a poster session. Abstracts should not exceed two pages, including data, references and diagrams. Abstracts should be typed in at least 11-point font, with one-inch margins (letter-size; 8? ½ by 11? or A4) and a maximum of 50 lines of text per page. Abstracts must be anonymous and submissions are limited to 2 per author, at least one of which is co-authored. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please submit your abstract to identitycondition(removeme)gmail.com by 15 June 2013.

Selection committee
Lobke Aelbrecht, Enrico Boone, Jeroen van Craenenbroeck, James Griffiths, Kyle Johnson, Marjo van Koppen, Anikó Liptįk, Jason Merchant, Andrés Saab, Bobby Ruijgrok, Erik Schoorlemmer, Gary Thoms, Mark de Vries.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 15 June, 2013

Notification of acceptance: 15 July, 2013

Conference dates: 20-21 September, 2013

Organizing committee
Enrico Boone, Anikó Liptįk and Bobby Ruijgrok
17th World Congress of the International Applied Linguistics Association, Brisbane, Australia, August 10-15 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
Post Doc position in Language Acquisition at Johns Hopkins University. Deadline: open untill filled
The Department of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a one-year (renewable for a second year) postdoctoral fellowship for an NSF-funded research grant on the early acquisition of morpho-syntax. The position is affiliated with the JHU Language Acquisition Lab ( mind.cog.jhu.edu/acqlab/) but the post-doc fellow will be based in Paris ( lpp.psycho.univ-paris5.fr/speech.php) and primarily involved in carrying out experimental research on French.

- Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g. linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, speech & hearing), completed prior to appointment date (Sept. 1, 2013).
- Native-like competence in both English and French (these skills will be assessed at interview); familiarity with Spanish and/or Haitian Creole a plus.
- Solid background in syntax, phonology, and comparative linguistics.
-Training in relevant experimental methodologies (incl. preferential looking, TOBII eye-tracking, and head-turn preference) as well as statistics.

The successful candidate is expected to: a) participate in planning, designing, and conducting research under the direction of the co-PIs (JHU/Brooklyn College/LPP Paris); b) analyze research data and provide interpretations; c) contribute to the development of research documentation for publication and the writing of research articles. Opportunities to engage in teaching activities may be available in Paris.

Please submit the following documents electronically (langacqpostdoc(removeme)cogsci.jhu.edu).
1. A one-page cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the position.
2. A CV highlighting your education, training, employment, and any publications and/or presentations relevant to the acquisition of morpho-syntax.
3. Writing samples in English and French (the latter can be a statement of research written in French, one page max.)
4. Two letters of recommendations from researchers familiar with the candidate’s research

We will begin reviewing complete applications immediately. This position carries an annual salary of $38,000 and a conference travel allowance.

The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to
recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Application Email: langacqpostdoc(removeme)cogsci.jhu.edu
Contact Information: Geraldine Legendre, Director, Language Acquisition Lab (legendre(removeme)jhu.edu)
2 PhD positions in semantics and pragmatics, Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, Utrecht University. Deadline: May 1 2013
Job description
The PhD projects are part of the programme "Restriction and Obviation in Scalar Expressions: The semantics and pragmatics of range markers across and throughout languages”, awarded to Dr. Rick Nouwen by the European Research Council (ERC). This programme investigates the division of labour between semantic and pragmatic mechanisms in creating scalar meanings. In particular, the projects in the programme study the distribution of epistemic inferences triggered by scalar expressions, across different domains of language and across different languages. It aims to derive a linguistically informed theory of the semantic-pragmatics interface.

Ph.D. project 1 will examine cross-linguistic variation in numeral constructions. The main tasks in this project are: (1) to conduct large-scale language surveys and elicitation interviews resulting in a database of cross-linguistic variation in numerical constructions; (2) to extract from these data a theory of quantification and scalarity.

Ph.D. project 2 will examine variation between scalar constructions in different domains of natural language (e.g. numeral, spatial, temporal). The main tasks in this project are: (1) to compare and extend existing analyses of scalar expressions throughout language; (2) to translate insights from various domains of language to a comprehensive theory of quantification and scalarity.

A further task for both Ph.D. students is teaching. Both projects include research visits to experts in the field outside of Utrecht University, as well as ample opportunity for conference visits. This AiO traineeship involves taking graduate courses offered by the Dutch National Graduate School in Linguistics (LOT) as well as by the Humanities Graduate School (transferable skills). The traineeship culminates in the writing of a dissertation, potentially on the basis of published articles.
Preferred starting date: 1 October 2013

Applicants should have
• A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in linguistics or a related field in hand by October 1, 2013;
• Demonstrable knowledge in at least one of the following areas: (formal) semantics, (formal) pragmatics, syntax, logic, philosophy of language; knowledge in more than one of these areas is highly desirable;
• Excellent command of English, both spoken and written;
• The willingness to work in a closely collaborating team;
• The ambition to pursue an academic career in an internationally oriented scientific community.

About 130 researchers are affiliated to the UiL OTS, with 19 full professors, a dozen postdocs en roughly 50 PhD-researchers. The goal of the UiL OTS is to develop scientific expertise in the area of language and communication. UIL OTS features a stimulating, innovative, and internationally oriented research environment that offers opportunities for a broad professional development. We have excellent experimental facilities, including two EEG labs, several eye tracking labs, and access to MRI scanners via the Neuroscience & Cognition Utrecht focus area.
Conditions of employment
We offer a (AiO) PhD position with a gross monthly salary starting at € 2083,- in the first year to € 2664,- in the fourth year of appointment. The successful candidates will be offered an initial contract as a PhD student for 18 months. Upon positive evaluation of the PhD students’ performance the contract will be extended by 2 years. We offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year and flexible employment conditions. Qonditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.
How to apply

Applications should include:
• CV (including contact and education details);
• a letter of motivation;
• an academic transcript of courses and grades;
• a sample of written work (e.g. a copy of the MA thesis, a term paper, or a published or unpublished article);
• contact details of two referees (names, affiliations, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses);
• two reference letters (optional).
It is possible to apply for both positions, in which case please indicate your preference.

Click on the link www.uu.nl/NL/Informatie/sollicitanten/Pages/vacatures.aspx to open the application form on the Utrecht University website:
Apply through the Utrecht University vacancy site
(search "academic" + " Humanities", open the relevant ad and click on the application link,)

Deadline for receipt of applications: May 1st, 2013, 9 a.m. CET.

Job interviews, live or Skype, are expected to take place in the second week of June 2013. Interviewees will be invited to submit a written response (maximum 2 pages) to the project description one week in advance of the interview. This response will serve as a starting point for the interview. The project description is available at: ricknouwen.org/rose.pdf
Additional information
Dr. Rick Nouwen (Project PI)
+31-30-253 8313 (6006)

Dr. Maaike Schoorlemmer (PhD coordinator)
+31-30-253 6183 (6006)
Seven postdoctoral positions in the Dutch research consortium "Language in Interaction", Radboud University Nijmegen. Deadline: May 15 2013
Seven postdoctoral positions in the Dutch research consortium "Language in Interaction"

We are looking for highly motivated postdoctoral researchers to enrich a unique consortium of researchers that aims to unravel the neurocognitive mechanisms of language at multiple levels. The goal is to understand both the universality and the variability of the human language faculty from genes to behaviour.

The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. This research consortium sponsored by a large grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO) brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands with a research programme on the foundations of language. Our consortium counts four Spinoza Prize winners (van Benthem, Muysken, Cutler, Hagoort; the Spinoza Prize is the highest science prize in the Netherlands), three ERC Advanced Grant winners (Muysken, Levinson, Fernįndez), 17 VICI/Pioneer grant holders (these are the most prestigious personal grants that the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research provides; grant holders are: Bod, Ernestus, Majid, Desain, Van den Bosch, van Lambalgen, Roelofs, Bekkering, Fernįndez, Jensen, Medendorp, Toni, van Opstal, Murre, Ramsey, Schiller, Formisano), and numerous VIDIs and ERC starting grants. The proposal has representatives from eight universities and one research institute within the Netherlands. These are Radboud University Nijmegen (RUN), University of Amsterdam (UvA), University of Maastricht (UM), Leiden University (LU), Utrecht University (UU), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), University of Twente (UT), Tilburg University (TiU), and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI). The applicant and co-applicants are internationally highly visible scientists in their respective fields. Moreover they are from institutes which are highly ranked internationally, such as the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (University of Amsterdam), the Centre for Language Studies (Radboud University Nijmegen) and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (Radboud University Nijmegen). In addition, the consortium provides state-of-the-art research facilities. Together, this consortium realizes both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else in the world. In addition to the excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition, the research team consists of researchers with excellence in the complex research methods that will be invoked to address the scientific questions at the highest level of methodological sophistication. These include methods from genetics, neuroimaging, computational modelling, and patient-related research. Moreover, experts in utilization of knowledge acquired in the relevant fields are part of our team as well. Next to the applicant and the co-applicants, our research team consists of 36 Principal Investigators. These Principal Investigators are distributed over seven so-called Work Packages (WPs).

Each of the 7 WPs hereby advertised one postdoctoral position. This postdoctoral position will be for three years in the first instance, with a possible extension for two more years. Duties will include coordination of Work Package activities (together with the WP leaders) and development of an independent research programme within the framework of the WP, and may include supervision of PhD students. The position provides the opportunity for doing world-class research as a key member of an interdisciplinary team, and for acquiring experience in the management of a research group.

Requirements for the postdoctoral positions are:
- a PhD in any relevant field
- excellent scientific track record
- excellent organizational and communicative skills
- strong motivation
- excellent skills in written and spoken English

Each WP postdoctoral position has its own requirements and profile, which are specified below. The appointment will be in one of the home institutions of the consortium, depending on the research profile of the postdoctoral researcher. In all participating institutions the research is conducted in an international environment by researchers from a large number of countries.

WP 1: Speech perception and production in interaction.
We seek a postdoctoral fellow with an established research profile that fits the main goals of WP1. These goals are (i) to understand the interplay between perceptual and motor processes in speech through innovative linkage of neural, psychological and linguistic levels of analysis and (ii) to specify the balance between what is language universal and what is language specific in speech processing. Key questions include (a) Are our auditory and motor cortices speech ready? (b) How does feedback support processing in speaking and in listening? (c) How do perception and production interact?
WP1 will bring together expertise in the neurobiological foundations of perceptual and motor processes with psycholinguistic expertise in the perception and production of speech. The postdoctoral fellow would ideally have prior experience in bridging across these domains and should certainly be willing and able to engage in and stimulate interdisciplinary integration. The candidate should have as many as possible of the following: training in speech science, psycholinguistics and/or cognitive neuroscience; expertise in behavioural, computational and/or neuroscientific methods; and interests in linking speech perception to speech production.
Contact information: Prof. James McQueen, james.mcqueen(removeme)mpi.nl

WP2: Semantic and conceptual basis of language
Memory structures underlie semantic content and conceptual knowledge of language users. The language system builds on existing memory structures, which co-determine the organization of linguistic knowledge. This work package plans to investigate interactions between the linguistic and mnemonic domains, with a special emphasis on the development of memory in its entanglement with linguistic behaviour. We are looking for an outgoing, interdisciplinary postdoctoral researcher who can bridge the gap between semantic modelling, computational paradigms for cognition, and functional neuroimaging. Knowledge of cross-linguistic differences in semantic systems or behavioural studies of language users would be an advantage. The ideal candidate has expertise in applying state of the art semantic and/or computational models to functional neuroimaging data. Working with our group of logical semanticists, cognitive psychologists, and neuroscientists, he/she will investigate and develop state of the art semantic-computational models with a view to neurobiological plausibility, which will generate predictions that can be used to analyse neuroimaging data.
Contact information: Prof. Guillén Fernįndez, guillen.fernandez(removeme)donders.ru.nl

WP 3: Compositionality and contextuality
One of the major challenges in understanding the language system is to unify abstract computational level descriptions and neurobiologically plausible network implementations of the combinatorial aspects of language processing. The postdoctoral researcher in this workpackage is expected to bridge the gap between computational modelling and experimental neuroscience. We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in formal and computational modelling at the level of sentence processing (and beyond) who has also experimental skills and neurobiological expertise. You will develop and investigate computational models with neurobiological plausibility (e.g., spiking recurrent networks), which are used to generate specific predictions about the processing steps involved in sentence processing and about their neurobiological instantiation in the brain. The successful candidate will connect formal analysis and computational accounts with empirical studies on binding in the language domain. Current computational approaches (e.g., data-oriented parsing, logic programming or unification-based models) will have to be translated into accounts with a stronger connection to the brain and should be unified with current theories on neural processing.
Contact information: Prof. Rens Bod, rens.bod(removeme)gmail.com

WP4: Language in action
Language interacts with other cognitive functions such as perception, action, and cognitive control. Moreover, language is situated in a highly dynamic context provided by multimodal sources of information. The objective of this WP is to understand language processing and its variability during social interactions in its multimodal settings. We aim to achieve a better understanding of the cognitive and neural infrastructures involved in language use in social context, which requires establishing common ground and action coordination. We look for a postdoctoral researcher whose main interests and expertise include topics such as multi-modal integration, simulations of action and goals and/or cognitive control. Methodological expertise should include computational, experimental, observational, neurobiological and/or developmental approaches preferably within the language and/or action domain.
Contact information: Prof. Asli Ozyurek, asli.ozyurek(removeme)mpi.nl

WP5: Language evolution and diversity
The goal of this WP is to contribute to a better understanding of the biological underpinnings of linguistic universality as well as diversity, both at the population level (between languages and between species) and at the individual level (within a language). We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in this area. The preferred area of specialization is evolutionary modelling of language with respect to diversity in communication. Other possible areas of expertise may include language diversity, individual differences in language abilities, animal communication, and genetic influences on speech and language.

Contact information: Prof. Pieter Muysken, p.muysken(removeme)let.ru.nl

WP6: Toolkit
We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a strong technical background, ideally in developing Neuroimaging Analysis Methods for integrating genetics with brain imaging approaches (e.g. MRI, fMRI, and MEG). The main task of the post-doctoral position is to develop and apply innovative analysis methods for linking complex genome-wide association data and neuroimaging data within a statistical framework. The successful candidate will have experience in relevant research areas, a track record of high-quality reviewed journal publications, strong experience in programming, ability to work in a team, and in sharing technical know-how and ideas. It would be desirable if the candidate has experience in Medical Imaging (e.g. NeuroImaging) technical research, in computational modelling of the brain, in machine learning and/or statistical methods.
Contact information: Prof. Jan Buitelaar, j.buitelaar(removeme)psy.umc.nl

WP7: Utilization
We seek an enthusiastic, multi-disciplinary researcher with a keen interest to help translate scientific discoveries into practical applications and to generate different kinds of value for society. Within the university environment you will help to build ICT and other services needed to speed and ease this process. You are required to help build awareness, translate ideas into demos and apps, therapies or services. The job entails project management of developers and coaching and advising of fellow scientists. Preferably you have experience with public-private co-operations, national and European grant schemes, clinical applications of neuroscience, and hopefully you bring a network of industry contacts. Next to managing the wide range of utilization activities in the project, there is a possibility to actively take part in a few of the developments, preferably around mobile applications (Apps) or web services. The candidate has a backgound in computer science, e-science, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, computational modelling, or experience in programming languages and practices for mobile platforms and/or web.

Contact information: Prof. Peter Desain, p.desain(removeme)donders.ru.nl

What we offer:
- full-time postdoctoral research positions
- salary dependent on experience, gross salary between € 3.227 and € 4.778
- starting date preferably September 2013
- the primary workplace will be determined in agreement with your profile

Applications should include:
- a cover letter specifying the specific WP to which you apply, your motivation, research experience, interests and plans.
- a curriculum vitae
- a list of publications
- the names of two persons who can provide references

The deadline for applications:
May 15, 2013

Applications should be sent electronically to:
Prof. Peter Hagoort
Radboud University Nijmegen
Calls for papers for events
Call for Posters on Computational perspectives on language diversity, LDCG Conference, July 18-20 Groningen. Deadline: TBA
On Thurs.-Sat. July 18-20 there will be a three-day conference on Language Diversity with a number of exciting speakers (see below), and we would like to interest researchers with relevant work in attending and perhaps in presenting a poster.

This is the second of three conferences organized by Pieter Muysken, Maarten Mous and John Nerbonne. The overall theme of the series is language diversity, including at least typology, diachronic linguistics, dialectology, areal linguistics, language contact, colonial varieties, pidgins and creoles. A particular focus of this second conference are computational issues in studying language diversity, including storage, analysis and inference, but please note (as will be clear in the list of speakers) that we do not imagine that theoretical issues have crystallized sufficiently to allow the computational issues to be addressed in purely technical terms. We are convinced that we still need good theoretical ideas about how to detect relations among varieties and how to interpret the signals of relatedness we have, and we are interested in posters on non-computational work as well.

Please consider contributing a poster presentation to this event. Please send a two-page abstract to John Nerbonne (j.nerbonne(removeme)rug.nl) with title and a description of the research issue addressed in the work, an indication of its motivation, its relation to other work, its results (if any yet), and the stage of completion it is in.

Confirmed speakers:

Typology: Bernd Kortmann, Sjef Barbiers, Dirk Geeraerts, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Infrastructure: Mark Liberman, Jan Odijk, Antal van den Bosch
Historical Linguistics and Language Evolution: Michael Dunn, Wido van Peursen,
Arie Verhagen, Lars Johanson, Sųren Wichmann
Detecting and Analyzing Sound Correspondences: Simon Greenhill, Lars Borin,
Jelena Prokic, Hannah Haynie, Steve Moran, Martijn Wieling, John Nerbonne
Modern Data Sources: (Twitter) Jacob Eisenstein; (Simulations) Gerhard Jäger
Archaeology: Stephen Shennan
Population Genetics: Franz Manni
Call for papers for BUCC, SIXTH WORKSHOP ON BUILDING AND USING COMPARABLE CORPORA, August 8 Sofia, Bulgaria. Deadline: April 26 2013
When: 8 August 2013
Where: Sofia, Bulgaria, co-located with ACL2013
Deadline for papers: 26 April 2013
Notification of acceptance: 24 May 2013
Camera-ready deadline: 7 June 2013
Website: comparable.limsi.fr/bucc2013/
Website for submissions: www.softconf.com/acl2013/BUCC2013/
CALL FOR POSTERS: Eliciting Data in Second Language Research: Challenge and Innovation, 2-3 September, 2013. University of York. Deadline: April 26 2013
The IRIS team is pleased to host a two-day series of invited talks,
demonstrations and poster presentations, bringing together
internationally renowned researchers working across diverse areas of
second language studies.

Abstracts for posters, addressing themes related to the above or others
with a methodological slant, are welcome. Abstracts should be 300 words
max, including titles, references and examples (excluding authors'
names and contact details).

Please submit ONE version with full author details including one
contact email, and ONE anonymised version.

Send both to iris(removeme)iris-database.org with ABSTRACT in the subject heading.

Acceptance response by Friday 31st May 2013. Abstracts will be reviewed
by the IRIS team and members of the IRIS advisory board.

There are 3 FREE PLACES for students presenting the best posters (via
refunded registration fees).

Posters should be either AO or A1 size.

The conference and accommodation is in the National Science Learning
Centre at York, and the conference dinner is at St William's College,
next to York Minster.

€ Reduced registration, on submission of material to IRIS whilst
registration is open, including lunch & refreshments each day: £140
€ Standard registration, including lunch & refreshments each day: £190
€ Student registration, including lunch, refreshments each day: £90
€ Ensuite Bed & Breakfast, adjacent to conference venue on York
University campus:£55 per night

€ Conference dinner, 3 course meal in St William's College, by York
Minster: £40

To register and pay, visit

For further information, email iris(removeme)iris-database.org

Each presentation in the colloquia will be a conference-style paper or
a demonstration.

Kimberly Noels (University of Alberta); Sarah Mercer (University of
Graz); Alison Mackey, Sheena Shah & Kaitlyn Tagarelli (Georgetown
University); Florentina Taylor (University of York)

Casey Lew-Williams (Northwestern University); Leah Roberts (University
of York); Guillaume Thierry (Bangor University); Danijela Trenkic
(University of York)

Rosemary Erlam (University of Aukland); Kara Morgan-Short (University
of Illinois at Chicago); Patrick Rebuschat (Bangor University); John
Williams (University of Cambridge)


Graham Hitch (University of York); Rita Kaushanskaya (University of
Wisconsin-Madison); Steve Majerus (University of Ličge); Elisabet
Service (Dalhousie University)

Sue Gass (Michigan State University); Marķa del Pilar Garcķa Mayo
(University of the Basque Country) & Eva Alcón Soler (University Jaume
I (Castelló)); Rhonda Oliver (Curtin University); Jenefer Philp
(Lancaster University)

Kim McDonough (Concordia University); Marije Michel (Lancaster
University); Pavel Trofimovich (Concordia University); Anita Thomas
(Lund University)

(York) & Alison Mackey (Georgetown / Lancaster University)
Dr. Patrick Rebuschat
Lecturer in Bilingualism and Cognitive Linguistics School of
Linguistics and English Language Bangor University Bangor, LL57 2DG
United Kingdom

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Call for abstracts for international conference ‘Europe and its Worlds’, Radboud University Nijmegen, 16-18 October 2013. Deadline: April 30 2013
The Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen jointly welcome abstracts for an international conference on their common research theme ‘Europe and its Worlds’. At the core of this theme is the question of how Europe has always consisted of different worlds, how it differs from the rest of the world, and how it interacts with other worlds. This conference specifically addresses the many ways in which cultural mobility impacts on European culture, past and present. Scholars of various universities and scholarly backgrounds, including linguistics, are invited to submit an abstract for one of the twelve panels listed below. For full panel presentations, please visit our conference website: www.ru.nl/europeanditsworlds.
Call for abstracts for Conference Multilingualism: The Key Debates, University Campus Fryslān (UCF) and the NHL Leeuwarden. Deadline: May 1 2013
The University of Groningen is launching a new MA programme in Multilingualism in September 2013, in cooperation with University Campus Fryslān (UCF) and the NHL Leeuwarden. To celebrate the launch of this new programme, we are organising the conference Multilingualism: The Key Debates. The conference will be held from 12 to 14 September in the only officially multilingual province of the Netherlands: Friesland
( sites.google.com/site/multilingualismthekeydebates/)

During the conference eight renowned scientists will meet to debate longstanding and pressing questions about multilingualism. The debates will be open to the general public. The confirmed debaters are:

Daniel L. Everett
Robert Phillipson
Geoffrey K. Pullum
Tove Skutnabb-Kangas
Abram de Swaan
Guillaume Thierry

For the general part of the conference researchers are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations (plus 10 minutes for questions) relating to any aspect of research into multilingualism (or bilingualism). Topics may cover (but are not limited to)

• Multilingual language development
• Second language learning
• Generative approaches to second language acquisition • Language contact and change in multilingual communities • Language contact and change in bidialectal communities • Multilingual speech processing • Neurological foundations of multilingualism • Receptive multilingualism • Language attrition • Language shift and loss • Multilingual education • Language planning and policy making • Generative approaches to multilingualism

Abstracts should not exceed 400 words, and can be uploaded at

For queries about the conference, please contact multiling2013 at UCF dot nl

The scientific committee of Multilingualism – the Key Debates consists of:

Kees de Bot
Charlotte Gooskens
Petra Hendriks
Nanna Haug Hilton
Remco Knooihuizen
Goffe Jensma
Hanneke Loerts
Dennis Ott
Jeffrey Parrott
Alex Riemersma
Marjolijn Verspoor
Jan Wouter Zwart
Call for abstracts for Workshop on Metaphony, Meertens Institute Amsterdam, June 20 2013. Deadline: May 1 2013
Location: Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Date: 20-Jun-2013
Contact: Francesc Torres-Tamarit
Meeting Email: meertens.workshop(removeme)gmail.com

Meeting Description:
We are pleased to announce the Meertens Institute Workshop on Metaphony to be held in an informal setting at the Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, on Thursday 20 June 2013. We invite authors to submit their abstracts on any topic related to metaphony, preferably on the challenges that metaphony poses for phonological theory. More empirically-oriented work presenting new data is also welcomed.

Abstracts must be maximally one side of A4, 12 pt Times New Roman, single spaced. A list of references is not required. Abstracts should be sent to the following address: meertens.workshop(removeme)gmail.com.
Deadline for abstract submission: 1 May 2013
Date of notification: 7 May 2013
Linguistic Subfield: Phonology, Morphology
Call for Articles: Nederlandse Taalkunde/Dutch Linguistics. Deadline: May 1 2013
Announcement Nederlandse Taalkunde/Dutch Linguistics
From 2013 onward, the journal Nederlandse Taalkunde/Dutch Linguistics will be soliciting articles and other copy in English too. We will also be publishing squibs starting from now on: concise (400 to 4,000 words) presentations of data (in English or Dutch) that may involve preliminary analyses as long as they contain new observations or innovative ideas that may be relevant for future research.

To celebrate this, we plan to organize a squib special and invite all to submit squibs (in English or Dutch) on any issue in Dutch linguistics. The deadline is May 1st 2013.
Author instructions can be found at:
Manuscripts and further questions should be directed to the editorial secretary Barend Beekhuizen at b.f.beekhuizen(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.
Call for papers for Tbilisi 2013, Gudauri, Georgia, 23-27 September 2013. Deadline: May 1 2013

23-27 September 2013
Gudauri, Georgia


The Tenth International Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation will be held on 23-27 September 2013 in Gudauri, Georgia. The Programme Committee invites submissions for contributions on all aspects of language, logic and computation. Work of an interdisciplinary nature is particularly welcome. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Algorithmic game theory
* Computational social choice
* Constructive, modal and algebraic logic
* Formal models of multiagent systems
* Historical linguistics, history of logic
* Information retrieval, query answer systems
* Language evolution and learnability
* Linguistic typology and semantic universals
* Logic, games, and formal pragmatics
* Logics for artificial intelligence
* Natural language syntax, semantics, and pragmatics

Authors can submit an abstract of four pages (including references) at the EasyChair conference system here:



The programme will include the following invited lectures, tutorials and workshops.


Logic: Rosalie Iemhoff (Utrecht University)
Language: Daniel Altshuler (University of Duesseldorf)
Computation: Samson Abramsky (University of Oxford)

Invited Lectures:

Balder ten Cate (University of California at Santa Cruz) Agata Ciabattoni (Vienna University of Technology) Thomas Colcombet (University of Paris) Galit Sassoon (University of Jerusalem) Alexandra Silva (Radboud University Nijmegen) Sergei Tatevosov (Moscow State University )


Workshop on Algebraic Proof Theory

Invited speakers:
Matthias Baaz (Vienna University of Technology) Alessio Guglielmi (University of Bath) Kazushige Terui (University of Kyoto)

Agata Ciabattoni and Rosalie Iemhoff

More information:

Workshop on Aspect

Invited speakers:
Roumyana Pancheva (University of Southern California) Hans Kamp (Stuttgart University/University of Texas at Austin) Corien Bary (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Daniel Altshuler, Daniel Hole and Sergei Tatevosov

More information:

Programme Committee:

Lev Beklemishev (Steklov Mathematical Institute, Moscow) Nick Bezhanishvili (Chair, Utrecht University) Dion Coumans (Radboud University Nijmegen) Frans Groen (University of Amsterdam) Wiebe van der Hoek (University of Liverpool) Daniel Hole (University of Stuttgart) Clemens Kupke (University of Oxford) Sebastian Loebner (University of Duesseldorff) Larry Moss (Indiana University) Prakash Panangaden (McGill University) Floris Roelofsen (University of Amsterdam) Susan Rothstein (Bar-Ilan University) Luca Spada (University of Salerno)


Post-proceedings of the symposium will be published in the LNCS series of Springer.


Submission deadline: May 1, 2013
Notification: July 1, 2013
Final abstracts due: August 1, 2013
Registration deadline: September 1, 2013
Symposium: September 23-27, 2013

Programme and submission details can be found at:

Call for papers for Workshop on Natural Language and Computer Science (NLCS '13), June 28, 2013 New Orleans, Louisiana. Deadline: May 1 2013

A workshop to be held at LiCS'13.
Endorsed by the Association for Computational Linguistics Special Interest Group on Computational Semantics.


Formal tools coming from logic and category theory are important in both
natural language semantics and in computational semantics. Moreover, work on these tools borrows heavily from all areas of theoretical computer
science. In the other direction, applications having to do with natural
language has inspired developments on the formal side. The workshop invites papers on both topics. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

* logic for semantics of lexical items, sentences, discourse and dialog
* continuations in natural language semantics
* formal tools in textual inference, such as logics for natural language
* applications of category theory in semantics
* linear logic in semantics
* formal approaches to unifying data-driven and declarative approaches to


Paper submission: May 1, 2013
Notification: May 15, 2013
Workshop Date: 28 June 2013
Possible Extension to: 29 June 2013
LICS'13 Dates: 25-28 June 2013


Ian Pratt-Hartmann, University of Manchester, UK.
Wlodek Zadrozny, UNC, Charlotte, North Carolina.


We plan for a one-day workshop, but with sufficient interest we have the
option to extend the workshop to a second day.


Please submit extended abstracts of up to 15 pages using EasyChair:


Valeria de Paiva, Nuance
Larry Moss, Indiana University


Valeria de Paiva, Nuance
Bill MacCartney, Google and Stanford University
Larry Moss, Indiana University
Annie Zaenen, Stanford University
Oproep kandidaten voor KNAW Merianprijs 2013 voor vrouwen in de wetenschap. Deadline: 15 mei 2013
De KNAW Merianprijs, mogelijk gemaakt door SNS REAAL Fonds, is ingesteld om de bijdrage van vrouwen aan de wetenschap beter zichtbaar te maken, en zo ook anderen enthousiast te maken voor een loopbaan in de wetenschap.

De KNAW Merianprijs wordt tweejaarlijks uitgereikt aan een toonaangevende vrouwelijke onderzoeker voor haar uitmuntende wetenschappelijke prestaties en de wijze waarop zij een rolmodel is voor jong talent. De prijs staat alternerend open voor voordrachten uit de bčta- dan wel de alfa/gammawetenschappen.
De prijs bestaat uit een geldbedrag van 50.000 euro en een speciaal ontworpen sieraad. De laureate dient een deel van het prijsgeld te besteden aan een of meer activiteiten om vrouwen te motiveren voor wetenschappelijk onderzoek.
De KNAW Merianprijs 2013 is bestemd voor vrouwelijke onderzoekers op het gebied van de alfa- en gammawetenschappen, die werkzaam zijn bij een Nederlandse onderzoeksorganisatie. Zij staan middenin de wetenschappelijke praktijk en zijn dus minstens nog tien jaar wetenschappelijk actief.
De KNAW nodigt universiteiten, onderzoeksinstellingen, wetenschappelijke verenigingen en andere wetenschappers uit om excellente vrouwelijke kandidaten voor te dragen voor de KNAW Merianprijs 2013.
De sluitingsdatum voor nominaties is 15 mei 2013. De feestelijke prijsuitreiking zal plaatsvinden op 21 november 2013 in het Trippenhuis van de KNAW.

Meer informatie en een nominatieformulier vindt u op www.knaw.nl/merianprijs.
U kunt daarvoor ook contact opnemen met Soek Yi Tong, telefoon 020 551 0810,
e-mail soek.yi.tong(removeme)knaw.nl.
Call for papers for Workshop PRE-CogSci 2013, 31 July 2013, Berlin, Germany. Deadline: May 19
Production of Referring Expressions: Bridging the gap between cognitive and computational approaches to reference (PRE-CogSci 2013)

Website: pre2013.uvt.nl/ [coming soon]
Email: precogsci2013(removeme)gmail.com

This workshop is organized as part of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2013), and is a follow-up to successful workshops on the production of referring expressions in Amsterdam ( pre2009.uvt.nl) and Boston ( pre2011.uvt.nl).

Invited speakers:

- Herb Clark (Stanford)
- Noah Goodman (Stanford)


We invite submissions on all topics related to reference production, and particularly encourage work that combines experimental, computational and theoretical approaches. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

- collaborative reference, referring expressions in interactive settings, audience/recipient design
- non-determinism in reference production: how to algorithmically model non-determinism and individual variation in human reference production?
- interaction between comprehension and production of referring expressions
- visual scene perception and its influence on the production of referring expressions
- psychologically plausible computational models of reference production
- when and how do human speakers produce complex descriptions (e.g., plurals, quantified descriptions, relational descriptions)?
- vagueness: the use of vague (e.g. gradable) predicates in referring expressions
- referential over- and underspecification: why and how do speakers produce over- or underspecified descriptions?
- common ground, cooperativeness and shared/private information in reference
- realization of referring expressions (including speech and gesture)
- how do social and contextual factors influence reference production
- data-collection and experimental evaluation method

Extended abstract submission:
Paper selection will be based on extended, 1000-word abstracts. The only accepted format for submitted abstracts is PDF. Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair: www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=precogsci2013

Final submission:
Upon acceptance, authors are invited to prepare a 4-6 page paper using the CogSci author kit. Final versions need to be submitted as PDF. Papers will be published in on line proceedings, and the authors retain the copyrights.

Special issue:
Following previous issues of the PRE-Cogsci workshop, a Special Issue was/is edited (PRE-CogSCi 2009: Topics in Cognitive Science. PRE-CogSCi 2011: Language and Cognitive Processes). Similar options are being considered for the present issue of the workshop; one possibility currently under discussion is a research topic for the Open Access journal Frontiers in Psychology.

Important Dates:

- May 19, 2013: Deadline for Abstract submission
- June 15, 2013: Notification of Acceptance
- July 15, 2013: Deadline for full papers
- July 31, 2013: Workshop
Call for Papers for Workshop Universals in the Semantic Representation of Verbs and Nouns, Leiden, October 26, 2013. Deadline: May 31, 2013
Verbs and nouns do not seem to be uniform semantic categories. It is therefore assumed that semantic subcategories should be distinguished within the categories of verbs and nouns. One of the important theories in the field of semantic processing is the Embodied Cognition Framework. Within this framework it is assumed that semantic knowledge of verbs is not amodal, but incorporated in motor-sensory systems in the brain.
In the Netherlands, different research groups work on the representation of verbs and nouns within the Embodied Cognition Framework. This workshop will bring groups studying non-language disturbed and language disturbed subjects together, aiming at combining neuropsychological and clinical evidence to distinguish universal subcategories for verbs and nouns in the brain. Dr. David Kemmerer, Professor at Purdue University, is invited as guest speaker. He has performed several studies to the localization of verbs in the brain, using both neuroimaging and clinical data.

The workshop will be held on Saturday October 26, 2013, as part of the KNAW conference Diversity and Universals in Language, Culture, and Cognition, which will be organized October 24-26 2013 in Leiden. In the general morning session of the conference Dr. Kemmerer will give a plenary lecture and in the afternoon (14-17) there will be five slots of 30 minutes available in the workshop to discuss recent research on the topic of semantic processing of verbs and nouns. Abstracts (max 1 A4) can be sent to Roel Jonkers, organizer of the workshop, r.jonkers(removeme)rug.nl no later than May 31. Notification of acceptance will be sent before June 15.
Call for Course and Workshop Proposals for ESSLLI 2014, Tuebingen, Germany, August 11-22, 2014. Deadline: June 15 2013
26th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information




15 June 2013: Proposal submission deadline
15 September 2013: Notification
1 June 2014: Course material due


Proposals for courses and workshops at ESSLLI'2014 are invited in all areas of Logic, Linguistics and Computing and Information Sciences.
Cross-disciplinary and innovative topics are particularly encouraged.

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

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


Each proposal should fall under one of the following categories.


Such courses are designed to present the basics of a research area, to people with no prior knowledge in that area. They should be of elementary level, without prerequisites in the course's topic, though possibly assuming a level of general scientific maturity in the relevant discipline. They should enable researchers from related disciplines to develop a level of comfort with the fundamental concepts and techniques of the course's topic, thereby contributing to the interdisciplinary nature of our research community.


Introductory courses are central to ESSLLI's mission. They are intended to introduce a research field to students, young researchers, and other non-specialists, and to foster a sound understanding of its basic methods and techniques. Such courses should enable researchers from related disciplines to develop some comfort and competence in the topic considered. Introductory courses in a cross-disciplinary area may presuppose general knowledge of the related disciplines.


Advanced courses are targeted primarily to graduate students who wish to acquire a level of comfort and understanding in the current research of a field.


Workshops focus on specialized, usually topics of current interest. Workshops organizers are responsible for soliciting papers and selecting the workshop program. They are also responsible for publishing proceedings if they decide to have proceedings.


Course and workshop proposals should follow closely the following guidelines to ensure full consideration.

Each course may have no more than two instructors, and each workshop no more than two organizers. All instructors and organizers must possess a PhD or equivalent degree by the submission deadline.

Course proposals should mention explicitly the intended course category. Proposals for introductory courses should indicate the intended level, for example as it relates to standard textbooks and monographs in the area. Proposals for advanced courses should specify the prerequisites in detail.

Proposals must be submitted in PDF format via:


and include all of the following:

o Personal information for each proposer:
Name, affiliation, contact address, email, fax, homepage (optional)

o General proposal information: Title, category

o Contents information
* Abstract of up to 150 words
* Motivation and description (up to two pages)
* Tentative outline
* Expected level and prerequisites
* Appropriate references
(e.g. textbooks, monographs, proceedings, surveys)

o Practical information:
* Relevant preceding meetings and events, if applicable
* Potential external funding for participants
Call for papers for Workshop Chinese Linguistics in the Netherlands, Leiden, September 22 2013. Deadline: June 30 2013
The workshop Chinese Linguistics in the Netherlands will be held in Leiden on Monday September 22, 2013. This workshop will focus on research related to Chinese languages and dialects, covering studies of different approaches using various methodologies. We aim to make it a great opportunity for researchers from all disciplines of Chinese linguistics to get together to share and deepen our understanding of Chinese.

Prospective authors are cordially invited to submit abstracts in English on original research related to Chinese, including but not limited to the following areas:
• Dialectology;
• Neurolinguistics;
• Phonetics;
• Phonology;
• Psycholinguistics;
• Semantics;
• Syntax;
• Sociolinguistics;
• Typology, etc.

Abstract Submission
• The deadline for abstract submission is 30 June, 2013
• Please send the abstract via email (CLN2013Leiden(removeme)gmail.com)
• Abstracts should be submitted in ODT, PDF, or DOC/DOCX formats.
• Abstracts should not be longer than 250 words excluding figures, examples and references.
• Your abstract should be anonymous. Please do not use your name in the file name of your abstract. You will be asked to submit a separate version with your name and affiliation if your abstract is selected for presentation.
• If you use phonetic fonts in your abstract, please submit a PDF file or use the Doulous SIL font.

Contact: For all enquiries about the workshop please contact Qian Li at: q.li(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Qian Li
Lei Sun
Ting Zou
Man Wang
Junru Wu
EIGHTH WORKSHOP ON STATISTICAL MACHINE TRANSLATION, August 8-9, 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria. Deadline: June 7 2013
(co-located with ACL 2013, )


We invite the submission of scientific papers on topics related to MT.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* word-based, phrase-based, syntax-based SMT
* using comparable corpora for SMT
* incorporating linguistic information into SMT
* decoding
* system combination and selection
* error analysis
* manual and automatic method for evaluating MT
* quality estimation of MT
* scaling MT to very large data sets


The workshop will feature three shared tasks:

* a translation task
* a task to test automatic evaluation metrics
* a translation quality estimation task

Separate emails will announce the details about the tasks.


Submissions will consist of regular full papers of 6-10 pages, plus
additional pages for references, formatted following the ACL 2013
guidelines. In addition, shared task participants will be invited to
submit short papers (4-6 pages) describing their systems or their
evaluation metrics. Both submission and review processes will be
handled electronically.

We encourage individuals who are submitting research papers to
evaluate their approaches using the training resources provided by
this workshop and past workshops, so that their experiments can be
repeated by others using these publicly available corpora.


Paper submissions:

Paper submission deadline: June 7, 2013
Notification of acceptance: June 24, 2013
Camera-ready deadline: July 5, 2013

Shared tasks:

Release of translation task training data: Early February 2013
Release of translation task test set: April 29, 2013
Submission deadline for translation task: May 3 2013
Release of quality estimation task training data: February 28 2013
Release of quality estimation task test data: May 25, 2013
Release of system outputs for metrics task: May 10, 2013
Submission deadline for metrics task and quality estimation task: May
31, 2013
Manual evaluation period: May 17, 2013 - June 7, 2013

Workshop in Sofia following ACL: August 8-9, 2013


Ondrej Bojar (Charles University in Prague)
Christian Buck (University of Edinburgh)
Chris Callison-Burch (Johns Hopkins University)
Barry Haddow (University of Edinburgh)
Philipp Koehn (University of Edinburgh)
Christof Monz (University of Amsterdam)
Matt Post (Johns Hopkins University)
Herve Saint-Amand (University of Edinburgh)
Lucia Specia (University of Sheffield)
Call for papers for International Conference on the History of Language Sciences (ICHoLS XIII), Portugal, August 25-29. Deadline: July 15 2013
UTAD / CEL, Vila Real, Portugal
25–29 August 2014

The 13th International Conference on the History of Language Sciences (ICHoLS XIII) will be held at the Centro de Estudos em Letras (CEL) of the Universidade de Trįs-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), in Vila Real, Northern Portugal, during 25–29 August 2014.
ICHoLS conferences have taken place every three years since 1978. Previous venues have been Ottawa (1978), Lille (1982), Princeton (1984), Trier (1987), Galway (1990), Washington (1993), Oxford (1996), Fontenay-St. Cloud (1999), Sćo Paulo-Campinas (2002), Urbana-Champaign (2005), Potsdam (2008), and Saint Petersburg (2011).
Papers relating to any aspect of the history of language sciences are invited, focusing on diverse topic areas ranging from antiquity to the contemporary history of linguistics and from individual case studies to methodological considerations.
The organizers ask that proposals for papers be made in the form of abstracts of 400 words, including a few pertinent references, in an anonymized Word doc or rtf file accompanying the email communication and addressed to
The official languages of the conference will be English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.
The absolute deadline for receipt of abstracts is July 15th, 2013. An international panel of referees will select the papers to be presented at the conference. Final selection will be made by September 2013; notification of acceptance will be sent before December 1st, 2013.
For further information please contact the local members of the executive board by using the above email address.
Call for papers for Morphology Meeting 2013 (Morfologiedagen 2013), December 13-14 2013, Fryske Akademy Leeuwarden. Deadline: September 15 2013
Call for papers Morphology Meeting 2013
in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

Deadline: September 15th, 2013

Date: Friday, December 13th, 2013
(and depending on participation also Saturday, December 14th, 2013)
Fryske Akademy
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

After the successful conference in Leiden in September 2012, the next edition of the Morphology Meeting (de Morfologiedagen) will be in Leeuwarden, hosted by the Fryske Akademy, which celebrates its 75th birthday this year.

We would like to receive abstracts (maximally 300 words) about all possible aspects of especially Dutch and Frisian morphology, before September 15th, 2013, by e-mail at the following address: jspoelstra(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl. Please use the subject: “abstract Morphology Meeting”. The conference languages are English, Dutch and German.

Presentations: 30 min. (incl. 10 min. for discussion)

Organization: Siebren Dyk, Eric Hoekstra, Janneke Spoelstra and Willem Visser (Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)

For more information: ehoekstra(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl.
Download nu de App 'Grondwet in eenvoudig Nederlands'
Download nu de App ‘Grondwet’ Op 30 april neemt onze Koningin ontslag. Op dat moment is Prins Willem-Alexander Koning. Die dag moet hij nog één ding doen. Hij moet in een gezamenlijke vergadering van de Eerste en Tweede Kamer in Amsterdam beloven dat hij zich aan de Grondwet zal houden. Maar wat staat er in de Grondwet? Wie weet wat onze nieuwe Koning op dat moment belooft? Dat weet vrijwel niemand.Daarom hebben we onze Grondwet in een app gezet. Zodat iedereen op zijn smartphone of tablet kan zien wat er in de Grondwet staat. En kan lezen waaraan Koning Willem-Alexander belooft zich te zullen houden.
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KNAW Discussion 'Fostering Breakthrough Research', Trippenhuis Amsterdam, May 14 2013
Influence of different research systems on output of highly cited publications

On Tuesday 14 May 2013, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences will organise an afternoon discussion on fostering breakthrough research, in particular about the influence of different research systems on output of highly cited publications.

Date and time 14 May 2013, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Venue Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam

The discussion will focus on a study of the same name by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The study compares the research systems of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Switzerland and explores the relevant success factors. It considers the following questions: Why do some countries produce relatively more high-impact research articles than other similar countries? What influence does research policy at different levels – in government and at universities and funding agencies – have on this?

The researchers will present the results of their comparison on 14 May at the KNAW-meeting. The afternoon discussion is intended for researchers, policymakers and politicians.

3:00 p.m. Introduction – Jos van der Meer, President-elect of the European Academies Science Advisory Council
3:15 p.m. Scientific quality, a comparison of five countries
Mats Benner, Research Policy Institute, Lund University
4:00 p.m. How to explain the findings of the survey
Gunnar Oquist, Umeå University
4:45 p.m. Discussion
5:00 p.m. Drinks

Admission is free, but please register in advance by submitting the online registration form at the Academy’s website.

Kind regards,
Annelies ten Have
Policy Officer Learned Society Division

Het Trippenhuis
Kloveniersburgwal 29
P.O. Box 19121
1000 GC Amsterdam
The Netherlands Telephone +31 20 551 0746
E-mail: knawgenootschap(removeme)knaw.nl
Van Gogh Beurzen: aanvraag Sluitingsdatum 9 juni 2013
Sinds 2008 voert de Frans-Nederlandse Academie het secretariaat van het Van Gogh beurzenprogramma. Het doel van dit programma is de uitwisseling van Nederlandse en Franse onderzoekers die binnen één onderzoeksgroep werkzaam (willen) zijn, te stimuleren en te ondersteunen. Voorheen maakten alleen VENI, VIDI en VICI laureaten kans op een beurs. Tegenwoordig is de Van Gogh-doelgroep uitgebreid en kunnen alle onderzoekers die bewezen excellent onderzoek verrichten, meedingen naar een Van Gogh-beurs.
Onderzoekers die onderzoekssamenwerking met Frankrijk willen opzetten of versterken, kunnen vanaf 4 februari 2013 hun aanvraag indienen bij de Frans-Nederlandse Academie. Meer informatie:
Contact 030-2539198