August 29th, 2013

LOT Announcements / events
Deadline travel reimbursements LOT Summerschool 2013 Groningen: September 15 2013
For all LOT-students who participated in the past LOT Summerschool 2013 at CLCG in Groningen. The deadline for sending in your travel reimbursement form (including original tickets) is set on September the 15-th. You can find the form at:
(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 Winterschool 2014 at VU University in Amsterdam, January 13-24 2014. The 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:

Supercomputers voor een beter taalbegrip
Al meer dan vijftig jaar zijn taalkundigen en computerdeskundigen bezig om de computer menselijke taal te laten begrijpen. De supercomputer Watson en een vertaalprogramma als Google Translate gooien hoge ogen. Maar ook deze systemen zijn niet volmaakt en geven soms komische antwoorden of vertalingen. Het laat zien hoe moeilijk het is om de computer taal bij te brengen.
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
Het talige brein, minicollege door Akademiehoogleraar Peter Hagoort, September 9 2013

9 september 2013, 16.00 uur - 17.30 uur
Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
Discourse op Dinsdag meeting with Lawrence Barsalou (Emory University), Utrecht University, September 17 2013
On September 17th to be precise, we will start up the monthly Discourse op Dinsdag meetings again. Our first speaker of 2013-2014 will be:

Lawrence Barsalou (Emory University)

Date & time: September 17; 15:30-17:00
Location: Utrecht University, Sweelinck zaal, Drift 21
Title: ‘Situating emotion’ (see below for an abstract)

For the rest of 2013, we have the following meetings planned:

Date: 29 October (15:30-17:00, Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21)
Speaker: Aylin Küntay (Koē University/ Utrecht University)
Title: t.b.a.

Date: 19 November (15:30-17:00, Ravesteijnzaal (1.06), Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80)
Speaker: Frank Hakemulder, Utrecht University
Title: t.b.a.

Date 17 December (15:30-17:00, Ravesteijnzaal, (1.06) Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80)
Speaker: Joost Zwarts, Utrecht University
Title: t.b.a.
We hope to see you all there!

Kind regards,
Ted Sanders
Gerdineke van Silfhout
Hannah De Mulder

Situating Emotion
Lawrence W. Barsalou
Department of Psychology, Emory University

Discrete theories of emotion typically assume that dedicated neural circuits/modules originated in evolution to produce basic emotions in a relatively ballistic and rigid manner (e.g., fear, anger, disgust, sadness, happiness). Three neuroimaging experiments challenge this view. In Experiment 1, different neural circuits represented the same emotion in different situations (e.g., fear under threat of physical harm vs. social evaluation). In Experiment 2, different groups of participants learned to experience fear and anger either in physical harm or social evaluation situations, and later, when asked to anticipate these emotions, activated situated neural circuits. In Experiment 3, different populations (cancer survivors, experienced meditators, controls) activated different neural circuits in response to the same emotional situations. Consistent with constructivist theories of emotion, these results suggest that experiencing an emotion “soft assembles” relevant neural systems throughout the brain to produce emotion in the current situation. To the extent that the same areas are utilized across multiple instances of a common emotional situation, an entrenched pattern develops that functions as an emotion attractor on future occasions. These patterns can be viewed as situated conceptualizations that control emotion via their grounding in the brain’s systems for perception, action, and internal states.
LUCL Colloquium: Sarah G. Thomason (University of Michigan), Leiden University (LUCL), September 26 2013
On Thursday 26 September Sarah G. Thomason (University of Michigan) will give a talk entitled ‘When languages, or rather speakers, like to borrow morphology’.

Date, time and venue
Date Thursday 26 September 2013
Time 15.30-17.00
Venue Leiden University, Lipsius building, room 227

This paper argues that there is no global dispreference for transferring morphology from one language to another. Several distinctions must be made in order to address this issue, most importantly the distinction between morphological borrowing in a narrow sense of `borrowing', where bilingual speakers transfer morphemes and/or morphological patterns from one of their languages into the other, and shift-induced interference, where shifting speakers introduce morphological features from their original L1 into the target language. All other things being equal, contact-induced inflectional changes are more likely to happen in cases of imperfect learning during a process of language shift than in borrowing situations. Second, we must distinguish between pairs of languages in contact according to typological congruence in their morphological systems: contact-induced morphological changes, especially in the inflectional morphology, occur much more frequently at typologically congruent structure points than at typologically disparate structure points. Third, an important distinction separates derivational morphology, which is more frequently transferred from one language to another, and inflectional morphology, which is less often transferred in contact situations. In all analyses of contact effects we must consider social factors, which provide both motivation and opportunity for contact-induced changes of all kinds, including morphological transfer. The influence of social factors is seen most strikingly in instances of deliberate language change, where linguistic factors such as typological congruence between source language and receiving language appear to play little role in determining the linguistic results of contact. All these statements will be supported by examples of morphological transfer from a wide variety of contact situations around the world.
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
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.
Final call for participation workshop Concept Composition & Experimental Semantics/Pragmatics, Utrecht University, UIL OTS, September 2-3 2013
In conjunction with XPRAG-2013, supported by NWO VICI program “Between Logic and Common Sense”

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, and it is part of the VICI project “Between Logic and Common Sense” supported by NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

Monday 2 September 2013
09:30 | opening
09:40 | James Hampton (City U. London) – Composition and Prototype Concepts
10:40 | Coffee
11:00 | Lotte Hogeweg (Radboud U. Nijmegen) – Stone Lions and Unripe Bananas: Solving Conflicts in Concept Composition
11:40 | Choonkyu Lee (Utrecht U.) – Color typicality knowledge and the interpretation of color terms
12:20 | Remarks by Lawrence Barsalou (Emory U.)
12:30 | Discussion
12:45 | Lunch
14:30 | Masha Westerlund and Liina Pylkkänen (NYU) – Unpacking the brain basis of concept composition with MEG
15:10 | Maria Mercedes Pińango and Ashwini Deo (Yale U.) – Aspectual Verbs and Real-Time Concept Composition
15:50 | Tea
16:10 | Louise McNally (U. Pompeu Fabra), Gemma Boleda (U. of Texas at Austin) and Marco Baroni (U. of Trento) – Conceptual vs. Referential Affordance in Concept Composition
16:50 | Remarks by Bart Geurts (U. of Nijmegen)
17:00 | Discussion
17:30 | Drinks
18:00 | Workshop Dinner

Tuesday 3 September 2013
09:30 | opening
09:40 | Stephen Crain (Macquarie U.) – How to Derive the Basic Meanings of Logical Expressions
10:40 | Coffee
11:00 | Marisa Casillas (Stanford U.) and Patricia Amaral (U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) - The Internal Structure of Categories: Resemblances and Typicality in Acquisition
11:40 | Galit W. Sassoon (Bar-Ilan U.) – Dimension accessibility as a predictor of morphological gradability
12:20 | Remarks by Martin Everaert (Utrecht U.)
12:30 | Discussion
12:45 | Lunch
14:30 | Eva Poortman (Utrecht U.) – Typicality Effects and the Interpretation of Reciprocity & Conjunction
15:10 | Yoad Winter (Utrecht U.) – Logical Operators as Natural Concepts
15:50 | Tea
16:10 | Hans Kamp (U. of Stuttgart, U. of Texas at Austin) – TBA
17:10 | Remarks by Remko Scha (U. of Amsterdam)
17:20 | Discussion
End of workshop

Organizers (Utrecht University):
Choonkyu Lee
Eva Poortman
Yoad Winter
Registration for the workshop is free of charge, but please sign up by emailing Eva Poortman: E.B.Poortman(removeme)
In the email, please indicate whether you plan to attend the workshop dinner so we can estimate the number of attendees.
5th biennial Experimental Pragmatics conference, Utrecht University, September 4-6 2013
Call for participation: Experimental Pragmatics (XPRAG) 2013

September 4-6, Utrecht University, The Netherlands


The 5th biennial Experimental Pragmatics conference will be held from September 4-6, 2013, at Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands, under the auspices of the ESF research network EuroXprag (
The Experimental Pragmatics series aims at fostering interaction between linguistic, psychological, and philosophical approaches to utterance interpretation. Previous conferences in this series were held in Cambridge (2005), Berlin (2007), Lyon (2009) and Barcelona (2011).

Invited speakers:

Stephen Crain (Macquarie University, Sydney)
Nick Enfield (Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics / Radboud University, Nijmegen)
Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge)
Emiel Krahmer (Tilburg University)
Petra Schumacher (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz)

More information (including the complete programme and abstracts for all talks and posters) can be found at If you plan to attend XPRAG, please register through the form on the website.
Cross-linguistic priming in bilinguals: Perspectives and constraints, Huize Heyendael, Radboud University Nijmegen, September 9-11 2013
The aim of this small-scale conference is to bring together several perspectives on the topic of cross-linguistic priming. The programme encompasses a variety of talks and posters in which cross-linguistic priming is connected to:
• cross-language activation processes in bilinguals
• cognitive mechanisms of second language acquisition
• priming in code-switching
• (contact-induced) language change

Invited speakers:

Robert J. Hartsuiker, Ghent University
Eva M. Fernįndez, Queens College, City University of New York
Stefan Th. Gries, University of California, Santa Barbara

The conference will be of interest to psycholinguists, linguists, sociolinguists, and applied linguists alike.

People are welcome to attend the conference. Please send an email to Gerrit Jan Kootstra (g.kootstra(removeme), so that we know approximately how many people will be there.

See for all information.
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

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:
Multilingualism: The Key Debates Conference, Friesland, September 12-13 2013
Theatre 'Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie' - Leeuwarden

University Campus Fryslān (UCF) is launching a new MA programme in Multilingualism in September 2013, in cooperation with the University of Groningen and the NHL Leeuwarden. To celebrate the launch of this new programme, UCF and RUG are organising together the conference Multilingualism: The Key Debates. The conference will be held from 12 to 13 September in the only officially multilingual province of the Netherlands: Frisia.

Over the course of two days, a general scientific conference programme will take place during the day. In the late afternoons, eight renowned scientists will meet to debate longstanding and pressing questions about multilingualism. The four key questions are:

1. Does learning a new language change the way we think?
2. Is language an innate property of humans, or is it something acquired?
3. Is it possible to reverse the trend when a speaker group has started to language shift?
4. Should language planning and policy protect linguistic diversity or promote linguistic homogeneity?

The debates will be open to the general public.
TiCC Symposium on "The Pragmatics of Reference", Tilburg University (WZ 203), September 20, 2013
Referring expressions play a central role in communication, and have been studied from various angles. During this workshop computational, experimental and theoretical linguists will address different topics broadly related to the pragmatics of reference.

The symposium is followed by the public defense of Ruud Koolen's PhD thesis, entitled ""Need I say more? On overspecification in definite reference".

Attendance is free, and lunch will be provided. Please send an email to Lauraine.deLima(removeme) if you plan to attend, so we know how many sandwiches to order.

10.00 - 10.15 Welcome and coffee

10.15 - 10.45 Reference is interactive - Alexander Koller (University of Potsdam)

10.45 - 11.15 Multimodal reference: the case of pointing - Paul Piwek (The Open University)

11.15 - 11.45 Whence redundancy? - Bart Geurts (Radboud University Nijmegen)

11.45 - 12.00 Short break (with sandwiches)

12.00 - 12.30 Who is that? - Kees van Deemter (University of Aberdeen)

12.30 - 13.00 The choice of quantifying expressions - Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge)

14.00 Public defense by Ruud Koolen in the auditorium of Tilburg University.
Conference Identity in Ellipsis, LUCL, Leiden University, September 20-21 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) 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
Workshop: Intentional Language Change, Masterclass: Sarah G. Thomason, University of Leiden (LUCL), September 27-28 2013

Leiden University Center for Linguistics is pleased to announce a two-day workshop on Intentional Language Change. The workshop explores intentional language change, that is all language change (or non-change) which is triggered or carried out deliberately and with clearly identifiable social motivations. Some would claim that all language change is to some extent intentional. Yet, there are many different degrees and types of intentional change. For instance, some speech communities consciously decide to change an entire lexicon, with the purpose of setting themselves apart from neighbouring communities. In other cases, linguistic taboo (the prohibition to utter certain words) can cause extreme changes in the lexicon. Combining theory and case studies, we hope to provide a coherent overview of, and shed light on, intentional change.

Confirmed Speakers:

Sarah Thomason
Malcolm Ross
Victor Friedman
Mikael Parkvall
Robert Nicolaļ
Maarten Mous
Peter Bakker
Carmel O’Shannessy
Pieter Muysken
Jacomine Nortier
Margreet Dorleijn

The workshop kicks off on Friday the 27th of September (from 9:30 to 11:15) with a masterclass taught by none other than one of the world's most distinguished contact linguists: Sarah Thomason. The aim of the masterclass is to provide a general introduction into the topic as well as an overview of the state of the art. We very much encourage students from all masters and research masters in linguistics in The Netherlands to participate. There is no registration fee, but if you plan to participate, please write a short email to b.jacobs(removeme) After the masterclass, the program will continue with regular plenary papers in which fascinating case studies will be presented.
DRONGO festival over meertaligheid, OBA Amsterdam, 28 september 2013
Zaterdag 28 september 2013 zal in de Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA) het tweede DRONGO festival over meertaligheid plaatsvinden! Van 10 tot 22 uur zijn er door het hele gebouw van de OBA optredens, interviews, LABS, lezingen en een informatiemarkt. Bij DRONGO vind je het laatste nieuws en de recente ontwikkelingen omtrent onderzoek over meertaligheid. Het festival is voor iedereen die in aanraking komt met en interesse heeft in de moderne meertalige wereld. De toegang van het festival is grotendeels gratis. Bekijk het blog- en fotoverslag en een filmpje van editie 2012.

Maak op het DRONGO festival kennis met onze partners: allerlei bedrijven en organisaties die actief zijn op het terrein van taal. Onder andere binoq atana, Kentalis, OBA, Code (Lessius Hogeschool), het Confucius Instituut, de Nederlandse Taalunie, de Europese Commissie, Concorde Group, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Foyer, UNESCO, Ouders Online, QRA, Stichting Lezen, Stemmen van Afrika, FORUM, Provincie Fryslān en het Jaar van het Voorlezen. Praat met hen over je vak- en interessegebieden en de toekomst.

Je kunt je ook aanmelden als vrijwilliger. Dit kan voor de dag van het festival zelf, maar ook om te helpen in aanloop naar het festival toe. Goed voor je contacten en je CV! Als vrijwilliger kun je bijvoorbeeld een stand bemannen, de gasten voorzien van informatie, een publieksenqūete houden, zorgen voor de ontvangst of helpen met de op- en afbouw van het festival. Lijkt dit je iets? Meld je dan aan op

Vorig jaar hebben sommige studenten het DRONGO festival bezocht als onderdeel van hun onderwijsprogramma. Bespreek de mogelijkheden met je docent.

Mocht je zelf creatieve ideeėn hebben om bij te dragen aan DRONGO, schroom niet om contact met ons op te nemen!

Kijk voor meer informatie en het voorlopig programma op
Donders Discussions 2013: a two-day conference on (cognitive) neuroscience, Nijmegen, October 31 -November 1 2013
We are pleased to announce the Donders Discussions 2013: a two-day conference for PhD students in all fields of (cognitive) neuroscience which will take place on October 31st and November 1st in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

The aim of the Donders Discussions is to bring PhD students together in an informal, interdisciplinary atmosphere. Last year we welcomed over 150 participants from all over Europe. We invite you to join us and make this year's edition an even bigger success!

Our exciting program features brains of many kinds, including baby brains, sleeping, stressed and disordered brains, linguistic, attentive and aging brains, and of course investigated brains (where we review methodological innovations). We also offer interactive workshops on science communication and career management.

For more information and registration please visit
WAP symposium E-Health voor mensen met communicatieve beperkingen: wetenschap en praktijk, Auditorium HAN Nijmegen, 3 Oktober 2013
De Nederlandse Taalunie (NTU) en Het Werkverband Amsterdamse Psycholinguļsten (het WAP) organiseren in het kader van het zesde lustrum van het WAP, het symposium E-Health voor mensen met communicatieve beperkingen: wetenschap en praktijk

Ontwikkelingen in de taal- en spraaktechnologie (technologie die specifiek gericht is op het verwerken van taal en spraak) dragen bij aan geavanceerdere E-Health-toepassingen voor de behandeling en ondersteuning van mensen met een communicatieve beperking. Over dit onderwerp organiseert het WAP zijn lustrumsymposium, in samenwerking met de Nederlandse Taalunie, de Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen, de Sint Maartenskliniek, de Radboud Universiteit, de Universiteit Antwerpen en de Universiteit Gent.
In een afwisselend programma brengt het symposium wetenschap en praktijk uit Nederland en Vlaanderen bij elkaar.

Datum: 3 oktober 2013
Locatie: Auditorium HAN Nijmegen, Laan van Scheut 10, 6562 EM Nijmegen
Het laatste nieuws is te vinden op:
Update workshop on tense, aspect, mood & modality (TAM), University of Amsterdam, ACLCL, October 18-19 2013
The Grammaticalization of Tense, Aspect, Mood and Modality from a Functional Perspective

This workshop will be held at the University of Amsterdam on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October 2013. Details will be released closer to the date of the workshop.

Programme committee
Kees Hengeveld (University of Amsterdam)
Heiko Narrog (Tohoku University Sendai, Japan)
Hella Olbertz (University of Amsterdam)

More info:
LIBC Publiekssymposium 'STRESS in het BREIN, van baby tot bejaarde', Leiden, 1 November 2013
Op 1 november 2013

De volgende vragen worden beantwoord:

• Wat is de invloed van stress op de ontwikkeling van baby's en kinderen?
• Hoe reageren de hersenen op het meemaken van traumatische ervaringen?
• Wat is het effect van stress op de ouders in gezinnen?
• Wat doet stress met pubers?
• Hoe zit het met stress op de werkvloer?
• Kun je ziek worden van gepieker over je werk?
• Kun je piekeren over je werk stoppen?
• Hoe veerkrachtig is ons brein? Is er reden tot optimisme?
• Wat gebeurt er in ons brein als we ouder worden?
• Heeft een ‘ouder’ brein ook voordelen?

Inschrijven en meer informatie:
12th Mexican Intern. Conf. on ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (MICAI-2013), Mexico City, November 24-30 2013
MICAI-2013 with NLP track

12th Mexican Intern. Conf. on ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, NLP track

November 24 to 30, 2013
Publication: Springer LNAI
Submission: July 25


Topics: track: all NLP areas, conf: all areas of Artificial Intelligence.

Workshops. Tutorials. Doctoral Consortium. Best papers awards.

Keynotes: NLP and Cognitive Science-related talks by:

- Erik Cambria, NUS: "SenticNet: Helping Machines to Learn, Leverage, Love"

- Maria Vargas-Vera: "Multi-Agent Ontology Mapping for the Semantic Web"

- Newton Howard, MIT, USA: Topic to be announced in cognitive science.

- Amir Hussain, U. of Stirling, UK: "Towards Multi-modal Cognitive Systems"

- Ildar Batyrshin, IMP, Mexico: "Time Series Shape Association Measures"


Springer LNAI; special issues of journals including ISI JCR.

Poster session: IEEE CPS (anticipated).

Workshops: see the respective calls for papers.


Venue: Mexico City.
Cultural program and tours:
Pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, world's largest anthropology museum.


Submit your workshop or tutorial proposal, see the calls on the webpage.
Conference “Voices from the Indigenous Siberia, with an Emphasis on Yukaghir”, University of Amsterdam (ACLC), December 13 2013
On Friday 13 December 2013, on the occasion of the end of the research project “Tundra Yukaghir”, the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication of the University of Amsterdam (ACLC) will hold a one-day International Conference

“Voices from the Indigenous Siberia, with an Emphasis on Yukaghir”

chair: Kees Hengeveld, director of the Tundra Yukaghir Project

0915-0945 coffee/tea
0945 Opening by Cecilia Odé
1000 Keynote lecture by Bernard Comrie (MPI Leipzig): Is Siberia a linguistic area?
1100 coffee/tea
1130 Tjeerd de Graaf (Fryske Akademy): Endangered Languages and
Traditional Knowledge in Siberia and the Russian Far East
1200 Irina Nikolaeva (SOAS, University of London) and Dejan Mati? (MPI Nijmegen) Embedded Questions in Yukaghir
1230 Samona Kurilova (Institute of Humanities, Problems of Minority Peoples of the North, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yakutsk) Pronouns in Kolyma Yukaghir and the Influence of Russian
1300-1400 lunch
1400 Eugenie Stapert (Leiden University) On Dolgan
1430 Mark Schmalz (Amsterdam University) Curious Phenomena in Tundra
1500 Cecilia Odé (Amsterdam University) Tundra Yukaghir Intonation
1530 coffee/tea
1600 Tatiana Ignatieva (Arctic State Institute of Arts and Culture, Yakutsk) and
Cecilia Odé Traditional Tundra Yukaghir singing
1630 Audovisual presentation The Tundra Yukaghir People, Their Culture and Their Environment
1700 Walk (10 min.) from the VOC-room to the main building of Amsterdam
University, Maagdenhuis
1715-1800 Reception for all participants in the Maagdenhuis and visit to an exhibition of photo’s by Cecilia Odé
1900 Dinner (restaurant t.b.a.) for speakers and invited guests

Venue: VOC Room, Oost Indisch Huis, Kloveniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam
Reception: Maagdenhuis, Spui 21, Amsterdam
Exhibition: Maagdenhuis, Spui 21, Amsterdam

For all information please contact Cecilia Odé at c.ode(removeme)
10th International Workshop on the Implementation of Logics (IWIL), Stellenbosch, South Africa, December 14th 2013

The 10th International Workshop on the Implementation of Logics will be held on December 14th, 2013, colocated with the 19th International Conference on Logic for Programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Reasoning in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

We are looking for contributions describing implementation techniques for and implementations of automated reasoning programs, theorem provers for various logics, logic programming systems, and related technologies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

+ Propositional logic and decision procedures, including SMT
+ First-order and higher order logics
+ Non-classical logics, including modal, temporal, description, and
non-monotonic logics
+ Formal foundations for efficient implementation of logics
+ Data structures and algorithms for the efficient representation and
processing of logical concepts
+ Proof/model search organization and heuristics for logical reasoning
+ Data analysis and machine learning approaches to search control
+ Techniques for proof/model search visualization and analysis
+ Practical constraint handling
+ Reasoning with ontologies and other large theories
+ Implementation of efficient theorem provers and model finders for
different logics
+ System descriptions of logical reasoning systems
+ Issues of reliability, witness generation, and witness verification
+ Evaluation and benchmarking of provers and other logic-based systems
+ I/O standards and communication between reasoning systems

We are particularly interested in contributions that help the community to understand how to build useful and powerful reasoning systems, and how to apply them in practice.

Researchers interested in participating are invited to submit a position statement (2 pages), a short paper (up to 5 pages), or a full papers (up to 15 pages). Submissions should be made via EasyChair at

Submissions will be refereed by the program committee, which will select a balanced program of high-quality contributions.

Submissions should be in standard-conforming PDF. Final versions will be required to be submitted in LaTeX using the easychair.cls class file. Proceedings will be published as EasyChair Proceedings.

If number and quality of the submissions warrant it, we plan to produce a special issue of a recognized journal on the topic of the workshop.

Important Dates:

Submission of papers/abstracts: October 14th, 2013
Notification of acceptance: November 11th, 2013
Camera ready versions due: December 2nd, 2013
Workshop: December 14th, 2013

Program committee:

Stephan Schulz (Co-Chair) TU MĆ¼nchen
Geoff Sutcliffe (Co-Chair) University of Miami
Boris Konev (Co-Chair) University of Liverpool
Leonardo de Moura Microsoft Research
Peter Baumgartner NICTA/Australian National University
Uwe Waldmann MPI fĆ¼r Informatik
Guillaume Burel ENSIIE/Cedric
Andrew Reynolds University of Iowa
Tommi Junttila Aalto University
Konstantin Korovin The University of Manchester
Graham Steel INRIA
GLOW 37 Conference, CRISSP, Brussels, April 2-11 2014
The 37th meeting of GLOW will take place in Brussels (Belgium) from April 2 until April 11, 2014. It will consist of three events: the main colloquium, two workshops, and a Spring School. GLOW 37 will be hosted by CRISSP, a research center of KU Leuven HUBrussel.

For more information, visit the GLOW 37 webpage:
or view the conference folder online:
Conference: Mobility, variability and changing literacies in Modern times, Utrecht University, June 11- 14 2014
THE SIXTH FEDERATED LOGIC CONFERENCE (FLoC 2014), Vienna, Austria, July 9-24 2014
The Sixth Federated Logic Conference (FLoC 2014) will be part of the Vienna Summer of Logic (VSL), the largest logic event in history, with over 2000 expected participants. FLoC 2014 will host eight conferences and many (up to 64 or more) workshops. Each workshop will be affiliated with at least one of the eight conferences.

26th International Conference on Computer Aided Verification (CAV) Workshop Chair: Martina Seidl

27th IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF) Workshop Chair: Luca Vigano

30th International Conference on Logic Programming (ICLP) Workshop Chair: Haifeng Guo

7th International Joint Conference on Automated Reasoning (IJCAR) Workshop Chair: Matthias Horbach

5th Conference on Interactive Theorem Proving (ITP) Workshop Chair: David Pichardie

Joint meeting of the 23rd EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic (CSL) and the 29th ACM/IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science
(LICS) Workshop Chair: Georg Moser

25th International Conference on Rewriting Techniques and Applications
(RTA) joined with the 12th International Conference on Typed Lambda Calculi and Applications (TLCA) Workshop Chair: Aleksy Schubert

17th International Conference on Theory and Applications of Satisfiability Testing (SAT) Workshop Chair: Ines Lynce

Pre-FLoC workshops: Saturday & Sunday, July 12-13
Mid-FLoC workshops: Thursday & Friday, July 17-18
Post-FLoC workshops: Wednesday & Thursday, July 23-24


Questions regarding workshop proposals should be sent to the workshop chairs of conferences that are supposed to host the workshop (see above). General questions should be sent to floc14cfw(removeme) Please consult the FLoC 2014 Workshop Guide:

Stefan Szeider
Vienna University of Technology
17th World Congress of the International Applied Linguistics Association, Brisbane, Australia, August 10-15 2014
Please visit the website and register ‘Your Expression of Interest’ to be kept informed of the details of this upcoming congress.
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Two PhD positions are offered at the BCBL, Spain. Deadline: August 31 2013
Two PhD positions are offered at the BCBL, Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastiįn, Basque Country, Spain).

The offered positions comprise 4-year contracts as PhD students in the areas of:
1) Multilingual language comprehension (under the supervision of Dr. Jon Andoni Duńabeitia) ref. 32123.
2) Lexical access across modalities: signed and spoken language processing (under the supervision of Dr. Manuel Carreiras) ref. 31448.

Individuals interested in these PhD positions should have:
- a strong theoretical and methodological background in cognitive neuroscience or experimental psychology with a special focus on psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas.
- a good level of written and spoken English.
- experience working with a sign language and a command of (or a willingness to learn) LSE (for project ref. 31448)

For both positions, research experience in the domain of multilingualism and/or language comprehension, especially with neuroimaging techniques, will be an asset. Possession of a Master degree in the area of psycholinguistics or cognitive sciences (or any other related area) is highly recommended and will be positively valued.

According to standard Spanish regulations, the salary for each position will be around 1200 euros per month. The positions will also be eligible to apply for grants for short-term stays abroad. As the BCBL is a research center, PhD positions do not involve any teaching duties.

Candidates should contact Ana Fernįndez (a.fernandez(removeme) before August 31st, 2013, attaching a detailed CV, a brief expression of interest and the contact details of two referees who could provide letters of recommendation. Please remember to indicate whether the application corresponds to area (1), (2) or both (giving the reference numbers provided above). Once initial contact has been established and a first round of internal evaluations of the applications has been carried out, the supervisors will contact the candidates directly with further instructions.

*Deadline August 31st, 2013*

The BCBL ( is a multidisciplinary center that promotes a rich research environment, providing access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques (3-T MRI, NiRS, eyetracking, MEG and EEG labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs).
Vacancy for two PhD fellowships at Department of Linguistics of the University of Leuven. Deadline: August 31 2013
The research group Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics (QLVL) of the Department of Linguistics of the University of Leuven is looking for applicants for two fully-funded PhD-fellowships in Linguistics.
The PhD fellowships will be integrated in a project entitled “Exploring probabilistic grammar(s) in varieties of English around the world”, funded by the Odysseus program of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and supervised by prof. dr. Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (University of Leuven). The project is situated at the crossroads of research on English as a World Language, usage-based theoretical linguistics, variationist linguistics, and cognitive sociolinguistics. It specifically marries the spirit of the Probabilistic Grammar Framework (which posits that grammatical knowledge is experience-based and partially probabilistic) to research along the lines of the English World-Wide paradigm (which is concerned with the dialectology and sociolinguistics of post-colonial English-speaking communities around the world). The overarching objective is to understand the lectal plasticity of probabilistic knowledge of English grammar, on the part of language users with diverse regional and cultural backgrounds. Empirically, the project will tap into corpus material (as sampled e.g. in the International Corpus of English) to probe factors constraining a number of syntactic alternations in the grammar of English, supplementing this type of evidence with rating experiments as necessary.
Each of the PhD projects will be concerned with one of the following syntactic alternations in the grammar of English: the genitive alternation (the president's speech versus the speech of the president), the dative alternation (we sent him a letter versus we sent a letter to him), and particle placement (he looked the word up versus he looked up the word). The project infrastructure includes a postdoctoral researcher, who will coordinate research on the above phenomena.
Profile: You have …
• strong analytical skills and a background in quantitative linguistic analysis; previous exposure to regression modeling (R, SPSS, Rbrul, Varbrul) would be a plus
• an MA (or equivalent) in Linguistics or Philology and academic distinction; students who will only obtain their degree in the fall of 2013 are encouraged to apply as well
• an excellent command of English
• good communication skills (both written and oral) and strong interpersonal skills.
The positions start January 1st 2014 or earlier. The scholarships are initially granted for one year, but are renewable for up to a total of four years, pending positive evaluation. The positions are expected to result in the completion of a PhD.
You will receive a net salary of approximately 1700 EUR/month and all regular provisions for KU Leuven research fellows. In addition, you will be allocated office space and a laptop, and receive funding for research activities such as attending conferences abroad. You will join a dynamic and internationally highly visible research team, which includes 3 full-time faculty members, 2 postdoctoral fellows and 10 PhD students (see
You will be asked to …
• play an active role in the research group and the KU Leuven community
• support the research group by taking up administrative, logistic or teaching-related tasks
• present research results at conferences, and publish in peer-reviewed journals.
Please send a cover letter, a CV, the names of two referees whom we might approach prior to appointment, and a sample piece of scientific writing (e.g. master thesis or article) to Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (benszm(removeme)
Applications Deadline: 31-August-2013

Contact Information: Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (benszm(removeme)
Dr Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Linguistics and English Language
The University of Manchester
Research Fellowship on eye-tracking and EEG experiments, the Institute for Advanced Study (IUSS), Pavia, Italy. Deadline: September 5 2013
The Center for Neurocognition and Theoretical Syntax (NeTS) at the Institute for Advanced Study (IUSS), Pavia, Italy, invites applications for a research fellowship (“assegno di ricerca”) available from October/November 2013.
The main responsibility of the researcher will be to implement and conduct eye-tracking and EEG experiments to address questions related to the research projects of the Center.
Applicants should possess strong ability to work with software for designing experimental protocols; experience with statistical data analysis (R and/or SPSS); experience with experimental research methods in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, especially with eyetracking and EEG (experience on psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics is a plus).
The duration of the position is one year in first instance, with the possibility of extension.
The NeTS Center at IUSS, established in March 2011, is directed by Andrea Moro. The aims and activities of the Center are mainly related to the issues of the theory of natural language, in particular to syntax and its interface with semantics and pragmatics, and to the neural localizations and architecture of linguistic processes. The research activities are carried out by relying also on agreements with other advanced schools and universities both at national and international levels.
Applications should be sent by September 5, 2013. More information on the call and how to apply are available on the NeTS and IUSS websites.
Any inquiries concerning the post should be directed to nets(removeme)
Assistant Professor (UD) Position in Logic, UvA (ILLC). Deadline: September 10 2013
The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation at the University of Amsterdam currently has an

Assistant Professor (UD) Position in Logic,


for the details.

Please note that the deadline for applications is September 10.

As you can read in the job advertisement, we are looking for excellent
candidates in mathematical logic, with a preference for a candidate with
a proven record in modal logic or related areas of nonclassical logic.
vacancy for 2 PhD students on VIDI research programme Going Dutch, LUCL Leiden University. Deadline: October first 2013
The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL,, the institute of linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, is hosting a VIDI research programme entitled “Going Dutch. The Construction of Dutch in Policy, Practice and Discourse, 1750-1850”, funded by the Dutch national research council NWO.

The project will investigate the origins of linguistic nationalism, focusing on the opposition of standard and non-standard Dutch in public and academic discourse on linguistic diversity, on educational policies aimed at the spread of standard Dutch, and on the effects of educational policies on language use.

We are looking for

(4 years, 38 hrs a week)

Research at LUCL
Leiden University has a longstanding tradition in research in the world’s languages and features unique linguistic expertise. LUCL combines current theoretical insights and modern experimental methods in its research profile area “Language Diversity in the World”. For more information, see:

Your profile
The candidate should have:
- A Master or equivalent degree in a relevant field (completion of the MA thesis before the PhD project starts)
- Demonstrable affinity with historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and/or social history
- A curious, enterprising and creative mind and excellent analytical skills, evidence of which should emerge from the MA thesis
- Good writing skills
- A very good and demonstrable command of English
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

The candidate is supposed to carry out the following tasks:
- Conducting original research on one of the following topics

Dutch language-in-education policies (1750-1850) and the implementation of the standard language ideology

The effects of language planning on variation and change in Dutch (1750-1850)

- Writing a PhD thesis
- Submitting research results for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals
- Presenting papers at (international) conferences
- Some teaching in the second and third year of the appointment
- Organizing and participating in reading and discussions groups, seminars, workshops within LUCL.

We offer
The employment will be for a period of four years (first a contract of 18 months with an extension of 30 months after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility) and must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. Appointment will be under the terms of the CAO (collective labour agreement) of the Dutch Universities. The gross monthly salary is set on €2,042.- in the first year up to €2,612.- gross per month in year four. An appointment with Leiden University includes a pension build-up and facilitates other benefits such as an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Linguistics ( In addition to thorough research training, our graduate school offers a variety of courses aimed at training of professional and personal skills. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the national research school (LOT).

Applicants are kindly requested to submit the following documents electronically (in Dutch or English):

1. A letter stating your motivation for the position
2. Curriculum vitae
3. References: the names of two persons whom we may contact for further information. One of these should be your MA thesis supervisor
4. Copies of your academic transcripts (or Dutch cijferlijst)
5. Copy of your MA thesis, and any other publication in English that is representative for your research qualities

Please submit these documents in two files:
I – containing documents 1 to 4 (PDF or Word file), using your last name underscore 1 as document name (e.g. BROWN_1.pdf).
II – containing document 5 (PDF or Word file), using your last name underscore 2 as document name (e.g. BROWN_2.pdf).

For further information on these projects please contact Dr. Gijsbert Rutten, g.j.rutten(removeme), or on practical matters Gea Hakker, g.c.hakker(removeme)

Applicants should submit their application (documents as described above) before 1 October 2013. Applications should be sent to vacatureslucl(removeme), clearly indicating the 13-215. The selection procedure will take place in October, and selected candidates will be invited for an interview in November 2013. You are kindly requested to be available in this period.

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.
PhD vacancy in project CHASING, Radboud University Nijmegen (CLS). Deadline: October first 2013
Vacancy for a PhD in the project CHASING: CHAllenging Speech training In Neurological patients by interactive Gaming

For more (up-to-date) information, see:

* Requirements
+ Degree in Computational or Applied Linguistics, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Informatics, Cognitive Science, or Education
+ Programming skills, e.g. Python, Java, html5, php, javascript, flash, C[++]
+ An interest in e-Health, esp. gaming and speech technology for speech training
+ A good command of the English language. Knowledge of Dutch is considered an advantage.
+ Good communicative abilities
+ Willingness to work in an international, multidisciplinary team

* Job description
As a PhD student you will take part in the research project CHASING:
‘CHAllenging Speech training In Neurological patients through Interactive Gaming’. The goal of this project is to investigate the potentials of e-Health applications for speech training for neurological patients. Current results indicate the need to develop advanced, motivating training devices that provide guidance on articulation improvement and that allow the integrated benefits of intensified, independent speech training. Serious games are known to have strong motivational power. In this research project we aim to investigate to what extent serious games and game principles motivate and support neurological patients in speech training. To this end, an interactive, intuitive, user adaptive game for speech training which employs advanced speech technology and which is compatible with mobile platforms will be developed and tested.

You will first develop dedicated speech technology, esp. ‘automatic speech recognition’ (ASR) technology, and integrate it in the game.
Next, you will carry out experiments with neurological patients, to study the effects of the game and how the game (incl. the speech
technology) can be improved.

You are expected to start in the fall of 2013. It is a full time position for 4 years. You will be part of a dynamic international and interdisciplinary team and will work in an inspiring research environment.

* Contact persons
+ Helmer Strik
+31 24 3616104
+ Lilian Beijer
+31 24 3659718 / 3659140
One post-doc position in ICT on the research project WOLF, Trento, Italy. Deadline: open until filled
"Advanced SMT Techniques for Word-level Formal Verification - (WOLF)"

is available in Trento, Italy, under the joint supervision of
- Alessandro Cimatti, FBK, Trento, and
- Roberto Sebastiani, DISI, University of Trento.

The research activity will be carried out jointly within the Embedded Systems (ES) Research Unit of the Center for Scientific and Technological Research of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Trento, and the Software Engineering, Formal Methods & Security Research Program, at Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science
(DISI) of University of Trento.

Aim and Scope

The research activity will aim at investigating and developing novel techniques, methodologies and support tools for Satisfiability Modulo Theories (SMT) for the formal verification of systems. This work will be part of the "Advanced SMT Techniques for Word-level Formal Verification - (WOLF)" project, a three-year research project supported by SRC/GRC (, in collaboration with major HW companies.

The ultimate goal of the WOLF project is to provide a comprehensive SMT package to support effective formal verification of systems ranging from RTL circuits all the way up to high-level hardware description languages (e.g. SystemC) and software. The package will be implemented on top of the MathSAT SMT platform (, and provided as an API.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate should have an PhD in computer science or related discipline, and combine solid theoretical background and excellent software development skills (in particular C/C++).

A solid background knowledge and/or previous experience on one of the following topics (in order of preference) is required:
Satisfiability Modulo Theory (SMT), Propositional Satisfiability (SAT), Model Checking, Automated Reasoning.
Previous experience in the following areas will also be considered
favourably: Constraint Solving and Optimization, Embedded Systems Design Languages (e.g. Verilog, VHDL).

The candidate should be able to work in a collaborative environment, with a strong committment to reaching research excellence and achieving assigned objectives.

Early availability will be considered with much favour.

Terms and dates

The position will start as soon as possible, and will have to be renewed yearly, for a maximum of two years. The expected salary will range from about 2200 to 2400 euros net income, and the gross will include previdential (social security) contributions. Facilities for meals at the local canteen can be provided.

Applications and Inquiries

Interested candidates should inquire for further information and/or apply by sending email to wolf-recruit(removeme), with subject 'POSTDOC ON WOLF PROJECT'.

Applications should contain a statement of interest, with a Curriculum Vitae, and the names of reference persons. PDF format is strongly encouraged. It should also indicate an estimated starting date.

Contact Persons

Embedded Systems Research Unit,
via Sommarive 18, I-38123 Povo, Trento, Italy,

Software Engineering, Formal Methods & Security Research Program
DISI, University of Trento,
via Sommarive 14, I-38123 Povo, Trento, Italy
Calls for papers for events
Oproep voor AVT/Anéla dissertatieprijs 2013. Deadline voordrachten: 31 augustus 2013
Ook dit jaar zal er weer een AVT/ANéLA-dissertatieprijs worden uitgereikt. De prijs wordt toegekend aan de beste dissertatie op het gebied van de taalwetenschap verdedigd aan een Nederlandse universiteit. Voor de AVT/AnéLA dissertatieprijs 2013 komen in aanmerking alle dissertaties verdedigd tussen 1 januari 2012 en 15 juli 2013.
Wij nodigen iedereen uit kandidaten voor de dissertatieprijs 2013 voor te dragen. De voordracht dient uiterlijk 31 augustus 2013 te worden ingediend. Dit kan online:

Een motivering maakt deel uit van de voordracht.

Secretaris van de jury is Ed Elbers (namens het ANéLA bestuur). De tweede secretaris (namens het AVT-bestuur) is Jenny Audring. Voor meer informatie over de AVT/ANéLA-dissertatieprijs 2013 kunt u contact opnemen met Ed Elbers (E.Elbers(removeme) of Jenny Audring (J.Audring(removeme) Op de websites van AVT en ANéLA vindt U het voordrachtsformulier en het reglement van de dissertatieprijs 2013.
AVT en ANéLA hebben besloten in de toekomst het academisch jaar als uitgangspunt te nemen bij de dissertatieprijs in plaats van, zoals tot nu toe, het kalenderjaar. Bij de dissertatieprijs 2013 is er sprake van een overgangsregeling: alle dissertaties die zijn verdedigd in het kalenderjaar 2012 en het academisch jaar 2012/2013 kunnen worden voorgedragen. Ook bij de dissertatieprijs 2014 zal er nog een overgangsregeling zijn. In verband met de overgangsregelingen kunnen promoties die tussen januari en juli 2013 hebben plaatsgevonden voor de dissertatieprijs 2013 of een jaar later voor de dissertatieprijs 2014 worden voorgedragen. De keuze is aan de voordrager. Een dissertatie kan slechts één keer meedingen. Voor meer informatie: zie het reglement.
Prijs van de Limburgse Taalkunde 2013, VLDN. Deadline: 1 september 2013
De Vereniging voor Limburgse Dialect- en Naamkunde looft eens per twee jaar een prijs uit voor de beste universitaire afstudeerscriptie (BA, MA of anderszins) op het gebied van de taalkunde of naamkunde van het Limburgs (of direct aangrenzende dialecten). Met deze prijs wil de vereniging het taalkundig onderzoek naar het Limburgs stimuleren.
De beste inzending wordt beloond met 500 euro en een aanbod tot publicatie van een samenvatting in het Jaarboek van de VLDN. De winnaar wordt bekend gemaakt op het congres van de VLDN, zaterdag 30 november 2013 te Tongeren.

Scripties moeten op papier en digitaal worden ingezonden. Ze dienen vergezeld te gaan van een kopie van een tentamenbriefje of een ander gedateerd bewijs van acceptatie; zie voor het volledige reglement. Voor mededinging moet de scriptie uiterlijk op 1 september 2013 in het bezit zijn van de Jury Scriptieprijs Limburgse Taalkunde
p/a VLDN, Scapulierstraat 2a/bus 3
B-3740 Munsterbilzen
Call for course and workshop proposals for NASSLLI 2014, June 23-27 2014, University of Maryland, College Park. Deadline: September 1 2013
North American Summer School in Logic, Language and Information 2014


The sixth NASSLLI (after previous editions at UT Austin, Stanford University,
Indiana University and UCLA) will be hosted at the University of Maryland, College Park, June 23-27 2014.
The summer school, aimed at graduate students and advanced undergraduates in a wide variety of fields,
is loosely modeled on the long-running ESSLLI series in Europe. It will consist of a number
of courses and workshops, selected on the basis of proposals. By
default, courses and workshops meet for 90 minutes on each of five

Proposals are invited for courses or workshops that present interdisciplinary work between the
areas of logic, linguistics, computer science, cognitive science,
philosophy and artificial intelligence, though work in just one area
is within the scope of the summer school if it can be applied in other
fields. Examples of possible topics would include e.g. logics for
communication, computational semantics, modal logics, game theory and decision theory, dynamic semantics,
machine learning, Bayesian cognitive modeling, probabilistic models of language and communication,
and automated theorem proving. We encourage potential course or workshop
contributors to check out previous programs at:


Courses and workshops should aim to be accessible to an
interdisciplinary, graduate level audience. Courses may certainly
focus on a single area, but lecturers should then include introductory
background, try to avoid specialized notation that cannot be applied
more widely, and spend time on the question of how the topic is
relevant to other fields. A workshop can be more accessible if its
program is bracketed by broader-audience talks that introduce and
summarize the week's presentations.

Associated Workshops/Conferences: In addition to courses and workshops
taking place during the main NASSLLI five day session, NASSLLI
welcomes proposals for 1-3 day workshops or conferences hosted on
campus immediately before or after the summer school, thus on the
weekends of June 15-17 and June 23-25 2012. Previous such associated
meetings have included the Dynamic Epistemic Logic Workshop, the
Mathematics of Language conference, and the Theoretical Aspects of
Reasoning About Knowledge (TARK) conference.

Submission Details:

Submissions should be submitted using EasyChair
(, and should

1) person(s) in charge of the course/workshop and affiliation(s)
2) type of event (one week course or workshop, 90 min a day)
3) course/workshop title
4) an outline of the course/workshop up to 500 words
5) Special equipment (if any) needed to teach the course (beamer, computer ...)
6) a statement about the instructor's experience in teaching in
interdisciplinary settings
7) expected costs (whether you want to be paid hotel and/or travel,
and descriptions of funding in hand or for which you will apply)

Financial Details:

A course may be taught by one or two persons. Conference fees are
waived for all instructors. However, we can only guarantee paid accommodation for one instructor per course. Where need arises, we hope to be able to reimburse instructors for reasonable travel expenses. However, we encourage all lecturers to fund their own travel if this is feasible, since this will allow us to use our available funding for student scholarships. We must also
stress that while proposals from all over the world are welcomed, the
Summer School can in general expect only to reimburse travel costs
for travel from destinations within North America to Maryland, although
exceptions can be made depending on the financial situation.

Workshops are more complicated financially than courses, and a
proposal for a workshop should include a plan to obtain some outside
funding for the speakers.

September 1 2013 - Review of course proposals will begin; we will continue to accept proposals until the schedule is filled;
October 1 2013 - Course/workshop proposers notified of p.c. decisions;
May 15, 2014 - Material for courses available for printing;

Local Organizers and Program Committee:
The local organizer for NASSLI 2014 is Eric Pacuit. The Program Committee is co-chaired by
Thomas Icard (Stanford) and Mandy Simons (CMU). The full committee will be announced soon on
the NASSLI 2014 website.

Contact Information:
For questions relating to proposals and proposal submission, send email to pc(removeme)
For questions relating to local organization, send email to oc(removeme)
Call for papers for Morphology Meeting 2013 (Morfologiedagen 2013), December 13-14 2013, Fryske Akademy Leeuwarden. Deadline: September 15 2013
Second 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
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) 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)
Call for poster and symposium abstracts for 13th International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Amsterdam, 14 – 18 July 2014. Deadline: September 15 2013
Deadline for poster and symposium abstracts: September 15th , 2013

Please visit the conference website to obtain more information:
Call for abstracts for ELEVENTH OLD WORLD CONFERENCE IN PHONOLOGY (OCP 11), January 22-25 2014 Meertens Institute Amsterdam. Deadline: September 15 2013
Link for abstract submission:

Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), Meertens Instituut Amsterdam

22-25 JANUARY 2014

Deadline for abstracts: 15 September 2013
First call for papers: 29 April 2013
Second call for papers: 15 July 2013
Last call for papers: 1 September 2013
Notification of acceptance: 1 November 2013
Main conference: 23-25 January
Pre-conference workshop: 22 January

Invited speakers:
Adamantios I. Gafos (University of Potsdam)
Silke Hamann (University of Amsterdam)
Alan Prince (Rutgers University)

The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) and the Meertens Instituut Amsterdam are proud to announce that the eleventh Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP 11) will take place in Leiden and Amsterdam from 23 to 25 January 2014. It is organised by a group of local phonologists and follows in the line of previous OCP conferences, which have been held in Leiden, Tromsų, Budapest, Rhodes, Toulouse, Edinburgh, Nice, Marrakech, Berlin, and Istanbul. Abstracts for presentation as either talks or poster papers can be submitted on any phonological issue (theoretical or empirical).

The conference will be preceded by a workshop on the relationship between phonetics and phonology on 22 January. Everyone attending the conference is very welcome to attend the workshop, too.

For the main conference, we invite abstracts either for an oral presentation of 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes of discussion) or for poster presentation.

For the workshop, we invite submission of abstracts for an oral presentation of 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes of discussion).

Abstracts must be anonymous and no longer than two pages, including examples and references. Submissions are restricted to one single-authored and one co-authored abstract. The conference language is English: abstracts and talks will be in English.
Page format: A4, 2,54 cm (one inch) margins on all sides, 12-point font, single line spacing.
File format: .pdf.
File name:
For submissions for the main conference: [title-main.pdf]
For submissions for the workshop: [title-workshop.pdf]


During the last years a special attention has been devoted to the relationship between phonetics and phonology. However, most of the questions dealing with the role of phonetics in formal models of phonology are still unanswered. As a matter of illustration, some of these questions are the following: are phonological features grounded in phonetics, or are they substance-free? If features are grounded in phonetics, are they based on articulation or acoustics? Is the mapping between the phonological output and phonetics a direct or an indirect one? Should functional explanations of phonological patterns be included in formal phonology, or are synchronic phonological patterns just phonetically arbitrary, meaning that those explanations do not belong to grammar but to other theories such as sound change? How is metrical structure reflected in phonetics? (How) should phonetic variation in the speech signal be captured in phonological theory?

Local organizers:
Chair: Björn Köhnlein
Bert Botma
Ben Hermans
Frans Hinskens
Peter Jurgec
Claartje Levelt
Kathrin Linke
Etske Ooijevaar
Marc van Oostendorp
Marijn van 't Veer
Secretary: Francesc Torres-Tamarit
Call for abstracts for Conference 'the Donders Discussions 2013', Nijmegen, October 31- November first 2013. Deadline: September 16 2013
We warmly invite all participants to submit a poster abstract. The deadline is September 16, but registration may close earlier if the maximum number of participants has been reached. The registration fee is €45.
For more info on the event, see below Workshops / Conferences / Symposia above.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to e-mail us on discussions2013(removeme) For the latest updates and special offers, join us on facebook ( or twitter (discussions2013).

We look forward to seeing you in Nijmegen!

The Donders Discussions committee 2013
Call for papers for ILinC 2013, Belfast, November 2 2013. Deadline: September 20 2013
ILinC 2013 - Interdisciplinary Linguistics Conference
‘Evolving perspectives: Innovative approaches to language studies’

Saturday 2nd November 2013
Queen’s University Belfast: Schools of English, Modern Languages and Education

Call for Papers
Queen’s University Belfast is pleased to announce its Interdisciplinary Linguistics Conference 2013 (ILinC 2013), a student-led venture co-organised by the Schools of English, Education and Modern Languages. This one-day conference will give researchers studying language in all academic disciplines the opportunity to exchange information about their research practice in the presence of distinguished and esteemed academics in the field of linguistics. In addition, the event aims to bring together researchers from different academic divisions carrying out language studies in order to foster cross-disciplinary contact.
This year’s conference theme is ‘Evolving perspectives: Innovative approaches to language studies’. With this theme, we seek to explore new approaches to language study, such as innovative methodologies, collaborative projects, the development of new models, and research into previously neglected subject areas. The conference will promote internationalisation by bringing researchers from across the globe together and by providing vital networking opportunities.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
• Professor Paul Simpson (Queen’s University Belfast);
• Professor Lesley Jeffries (University of Huddersfield);
• Professor Karen Corrigan (Newcastle University). ?

Possible topics of paper proposals include, but are not limited to:
• Applied linguistics • Multimodality
• Classroom discourse • Phonetics
• Corpus linguistics • Phonology
• Critical discourse analysis • Pragmatics
• Genre analysis • Semantics
• Language change • Sociolinguistics
• Language policy • Syntax
• Language teaching/learning • Stylistics

Please submit your proposal via EasyAbs available at by Friday 20th September, following the guidelines below:
1. Abstracts should be 300 words long (maximum) and clearly present a research question/objective, literature review, methodological approach, results and conclusions (without any subheadings).
2. Abstracts should be sent via the online facility in a DOC format, with a centralised title, in bold, and in capital letters. There is no need to include full references at the end of the abstract. Please avoid footnotes and any unusual symbols (such as phonetic transcription) that might be changed in electronic communication.

Key dates:
• Abstract submission deadline: 20th September
• Notification of reviewers’ decision: 30th September
• Presenters’ registration deadline: 15th October
• Conference: Saturday 2nd November

For updated info about the conference, please visit:
ILinC 2013 website:
Call for papers for miniconference on metrical structure, acquisition and processing, Utrecht University, UIL OTS, April 15-17 2014. Deadline: September 30 2013

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2013
Conference date: 15-Apr-2014 - 17-Apr-2014
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Contact Person: Tom Lentz
Meeting Email: t.o.lentz(removeme)
Web Site:

The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS will host a mini-conference on metrical structure, its acquisition, and its use in language processing.
The conference aims to give an overview of experimental and theoretical work on knowledge of metrical structure, with emphasis on its acquisition and its role in language processing. The results of a five-year research project on the use of metrical cues in speech segmentation will be presented, as well as seminal work in the field.

We welcome submissions for talks and posters about experimental and theoretical work in the field. We invite both oral presentations (30
minutes) and posters. Please submit an abstract of a single page (font size not smaller than 10) before October first 2013. An additional page may be used for references and figures. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the organisers.

Submit abstracts here:
Call for papers for ICEHL-18, KU Leuven Belgium, 14-18 July 2014. Deadline: September 30 2013
18th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL-18)

Welcome to the 18th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics. ICEHL-18 will take place at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, 14-18 July 2014 (academic programme 14-17 July).

Plenary speakers
• Charles Boberg (McGill University) (
• Robert Fulk (Indiana University, Bloomington) (
• Peter Grund (University of Kansas) (
• Maria Jose Lopez-Couso (University of Santiago de Compostela) (
• Marit Westergaard (University of Tromso) (

Conference website:

Conference email: icehl18(removeme)

Presentation formats: Full papers will be allowed 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion. Posters will be presented in a special session and remain on display during the conference.

Submission of abstracts
Abstracts for General Session papers and posters can be submitted from 1 May to 30 November 2013 through the EasyAbs abstract submission facility

Abstracts for workshop papers need to be sent to the workshop convenor by 30 September; after acceptance of the workshop, abstracts need to be submitted through by 30 November 2013. Notifications of acceptance of all abstracts will be sent out by 15 February 2014.

Abstracts should not exceed 400 words (exclusive of references) and should clearly state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results. Abstracts should also list up to five keywords.

Abstracts will not be edited for typing, spelling, or grammatical errors after submission. Therefore, abstracts should comply with the following layout requirements:
- Abstracts must be single-spaced and fully justified. The standard font will be Calibri, size 11. The margins will be 2,54 top/bottom and 1,91 left/right (Moderate in MS Word).
- References will have a hanging indent of 1,27 cm.
- Submit the abstract as a .doc, .docx or .odt document. If it contains special characters, please send a PDF version to icehl18(removeme)

A total of four workshops can be scheduled (one per day).
Proposals for workshops are invited by 30 September 2013. The address for submission is icehl18(removeme)

Notification of acceptance/rejection will be given by 30 October 2013. After a workshop proposal has been accepted, the convenors will be requested to invite their participants to submit their abstracts through the abstract submission facility EasyAbs
by 30 November 2013. These abstracts will be evaluated individually by the Scientific Committee and the convenors.

Workshop proposals should contain:
a 1000-word description of the topic (including the research questions to be addressed) and a (provisional) list of workshop participants and 400-word abstracts of their papers.

We encourage workshop convenors to distribute an open call for papers on the LinguistList (announce your Call for Papers as a session of ICEHL18) and other fora.

Since we want conference participants to be able to attend individual workshop presentations, ICEHL18 workshops have to be compatible with the main conference schedule. This means that the format of the workshops must be organized around 30 minute presentations (20 min. + 10 min. discussion). Workshops ideally contain 8 to 10 slots and comprise:
an introductory paper by the convenor(s) or by a key-note speaker, which summarizes previous research, specifies the approach(es) to be taken and sets the scope of the papers to be presented.
6 to eight papers a slot for final discussion on the topics covered by the papers, methodological issues and questions for future research.

Further details can be discussed with the ICEHL18 organizing committee.

Multiple papers
One person may submit a single-authored abstract, a single-authored abstract and a co-authored one (not as first author) or two co-authored abstracts (only one as first author). Note that keynote papers within workshops count as ordinary papers. Presentations will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes question time.

Workshop proposals contain the names of convenors and participants and will be evaluated and ranked by members of the Scientific Committee.

Abstracts submitted to the general session and to the poster session will be evaluated by two members of the Scientific Committee. Workshop papers receive two evaluations by Scientifc Committee members and one by the workshop convenors.

Travel and accommodation
Information to follow. Please check the conference website for updates.

Registration for the conference opens on February 15, 2014.

Local organizing committee
Hubert Cuyckens
Hendrik De Smet
Liesbet Heyvaert
Peter Petré
Lauren Fonteyn
Nikki van de Pol
Call for abstracts for LATA 2014, Madrid, Spain, March 10-14 2014. Deadline: October 14 2013

Organized by:

Research Group on Implementation of Language-Driven Software and Applications (ILSA) Complutense University of Madrid

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


LATA is a yearly conference on theoretical computer science and its applications. Following the tradition of the diverse PhD training events in the field developed at Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona since 2002, LATA 2014 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career. It will aim at attracting contributions from both classical theory fields and application areas (bioinformatics, language technology, artificial intelligence, etc.).


LATA 2014 will take place in Madrid, the capital of Spain. The venue will be the School of Informatics of Complutense University.


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

algebraic language theory
algorithms for semi-structured data mining algorithms on automata and words automata and logic automata for system analysis and programme verification automata, concurrency and Petri nets automatic structures cellular automata codes combinatorics on words compilers computability computational complexity data and image compression decidability issues on words and languages descriptional complexity DNA and other models of bio-inspired computing digital libraries and document engineering foundations of finite state technology foundations of XML fuzzy and rough languages grammars (Chomsky hierarchy, contextual, unification, categorial, etc.) grammatical inference and algorithmic learning graphs and graph transformation language varieties and semigroups language-based cryptography language-theoretic foundations of artificial intelligence and artificial life natural language and speech automatic processing parallel and regulated rewriting parsing patterns power series quantum, chemical and optical computing semantics string and combinatorial issues in computational biology and bioinformatics string processing algorithms symbolic dynamics symbolic neural networks term rewriting transducers trees, tree languages and tree automata weighted automata


LATA 2014 will consist of:

invited talks
invited tutorials
peer-reviewed contributions


to be announced


Adrian Horia Dediu (Tarragona)
Ana Fernįndez-Pampillón (Madrid)
Carlos Martķn-Vide (Tarragona, co-chair) Antonio Sarasa (Madrid) José-Luis Sierra (Madrid, co-chair) Bianca Truthe (Magdeburg) Florentina Lilica Voicu (Tarragona)


Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English 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 LNCS series (see

Submissions have to be uploaded to:


A volume of proceedings published by Springer in 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 to it will be by invitation.


The period for registration is open from July 15, 2013 to March 10, 2014.
The registration form can be found at:


Paper submission: October 14, 2013 (23:59 CET) Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: November 25, 2013 Final version of the paper for the LNCS proceedings: December 2, 2013 Early registration: December 9, 2013 Late registration: February 24, 2014 Starting of the conference: March 10, 2014 End of the conference: March 14, 2014 Submission to the post-conference journal special issue: June 14, 2014




LATA 2014
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC) Rovira i Virgili University Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain

Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-558386


Departament d’Economia i Coneixement, Generalitat de Catalunya Universidad Complutense de Madrid Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Call for Papers for Workshop Empirical Evidence for Evidentiality (EEE), Radboud University Nijmegen, Jnauary 9-10 2014. Deadline: October 15 2013
Organisers: Ad Foolen, Helen de Hoop, Vera van Mulken, Thijs Trompenaars

Evidentiality is concerned with speakers’ source of information that they mark as evidence for their claims about the actual world. Evidentiality can be expressed in lexically and grammatically various ways. Languages can mark different types of evidentiality, such as inferential evidentiality, related to epistemic modality, and sensory evidentiality, based on perception. Other important types of evidentiality that are particularly important in the context of narration, are reportative and quotative evidentiality. Recent years have witnessed a growing interest in the linguistic field of evidentiality.
Topics to be addressed during this two-day workshop are the various types of evidentiality markers found in the languages of the world, degrees of their grammaticalization, the relation between evidentiality and epistemic modality, and between evidentiality and perception. We welcome abstracts for 30-minute talks on evidentiality, including 10 minutes discussion. In particular, we would like to receive papers that provide empirical evidence for evidentiality such as corpus data or experimental data. Hopefully, the workshop will open up new directions for fruitful research and future cooperation within this exciting field.

This is a low-budget workshop, so there is no possibility for reimbursement of your travel and accommodation costs. The workshop itself however is free of charge and lunch and dinner will be taken care of for all workshop participants.

The workshop is organized by the Nijmegen research group Grammar and Cognition (

Abstracts should not exceed one page and can be sent electronically as pdf-files or Word documents to the following address: t.trompenaars(removeme) . Please include your name, affiliation, and contact information in the email message to which the abstract is attached. The abstract itself should be anonymous.

Notification of acceptance: November 1st 2013.
Call for abstracts for CLIN 2014, INL & TST-Centrale, Leiden, January 17 2014. Deadline: November 15 2013
The 24th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in The Netherlands (CLIN 2014) will be organised by the Institute for Dutch Lexicology (INL) and the Dutch-Flemish HLT Agency (TST-Centrale). CLIN 2014 will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands on January 17th, 2014.

Call for abstracts
Abstract submission information
Researchers are invited to submit, in English, abstracts describing work on all aspects of computational linguistics and related language and speech technologies and applications. In addition to the regular scientific tracks, CLIN 2014 aims to have two special tracks:
• a lexicography track with presentations on the computational support of dictionary making, e.g. word sense disambiguation, distributional semantics, (web) data mining and semantic role labelling.
• an industry track with scientific presentations on topics such as R&D challenges in industry, collaborations between industry and academia, and experiences with "real-world" applications.
Submissions should include:
• Author(s) names, affiliation and contact details
• Presentation title
• An abstract of 250 words maximum, outlining their presentation
• Presentation type preference (oral presentation or poster)
• Submission for industry or lexicology track, or none.
Presentation abstracts should be submitted electronically, no later than Friday, 15 November 2013 via the submission website at

STIL Thesis Prize
Since CLIN 20, a special annual thesis prize, sponsored by STIL, is awarded to the best MA-thesis in computational linguistics. STIL is the Stichting Toepassing Inductieve Leertechnieken.
MA theses submitted to and evaluated at a university or organization of higher education in the Netherlands or Flanders are eligible for the prize. The thesis should address a topic in computational linguistics or its applications, and may be written in Dutch or English.

For more information, visit the CLIN 24 website or contact clin24(removeme)
Bookpresentation 'Casebook in Functional Discourse Grammar', Amsterdam, John Benjamins Publishing Company
Casebook in Functional Discourse Grammar / Ed. by J. Lachlan Mackenzie & Hella Olbertz. Amsterdam: Benjamins (Studies in Language Companion Series, 137).

Expected publication: September 2013.

This book provides ten case studies in Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG), a typologically-oriented theory of the organization of natural languages that has risen to prominence in recent years. The Casebook has been conceived as a homage to Kees Hengeveld, the intellectual father of the theory, who is also one of the authors. In his contribution he shows how FDG offers a radically new approach to constituent ordering. Other themes covered are evidentiality, modality, adpositions, verb morphology, possession, raising, sequence of tenses, semi-fixed constructions and prelinguistic conceptualization. The volume contains an introduction that explains the rudiments of FDG and summarizes the ten remaining chapters. The Casebook moves on from Hengeveld & Mackenzie’s (2008) Functional Discourse Grammar to show how the theory is applied to linguistic problems new and old. The languages treated are Blackfoot, Dutch, English, Spanish, Welsh, indigenous languages of Brazil, and many others.

The presentation will start with a brief introduction by the editors and continue with a number of presentations by the authors of individual chapters, which will each last about 10 minutes and be followed by 5 minutes discussion.

A more detailed programme will be posted soon.
English in Wales / GB, The Language Learning Centre Glynd?r University
Lecturers at the Language Centre/Glyndwr University in Wales have designed an exciting programme package, suitable for students from a wide range of academic areas. Please take a minute to familiarise yourself with our courses, from general English language courses to MA and CPD programmes. Our University with its well equipped Language and Resource Centres is located centrally in Wales; close to the Snowdonia National Park, the beautiful Welsh countryside and beaches; and at the same time close to larger English cities such as Chester, Liverpool and Manchester.

Our English Language Summer School is growing from year to year, and we would be grateful if you could please spread the attached information about our English Language Summer School 2013 amongst your interested students. In July and August our campus is extremely international and busy. We hope that your students, too, would like the idea of experiencing Wales and enjoying the benefits of an English language programme in a bi-lingual environment. Further information and automated enrolment procedures are available at our summer school website

Our newly created MA in Advanced ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) may be of interest to your past or future English language or literature students.

It is also important to note that we can arrange tailor-made short programmes for particular (student or staff) groups, or indeed individuals (1:1 tuition) at any time of the year. Our CPD (continuous professional development) programme for English teachers may be of interest to your staff if they wish to upgrade their English language skills.

Likewise the English-in-Wales 1-semester-stay at an English speaking University may be attractive to your students of English - and our courses attract 30 ECTS/semester.

More of the growing spectrum of our programmes can be viewed from our website (currently being updated):
Indienen van aanvragen voor onderzoekssamenwerking met China: China Exchange Programme (CEP) van de KNAW. Deadline: 15 september 2013
Werkt u samen met onderzoekers in China of zou u dat willen? Dan is het China Exchange Programme (CEP) van de KNAW wellicht interessant voor u. Het CEP is een laagdrempelig stimuleringsprogramma voor wetenschappelijke samenwerking op alle wetenschapsgebieden tussen Nederland en China. Het programma bevordert mobiliteit van onderzoekers en maakt het opzetten van nieuwe samenwerkingsverbanden mogelijk.

Het CEP kan het opstapje zijn om langdurige samenwerking op te zetten met China. Velen gingen u reeds voor: het programma dat is gefinancierd door het ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, bestaat inmiddels meer dan dertig jaar.
Binnen het CEP kunnen twee typen subsidie aangevraagd worden:
• Individuele bezoeken China-Nederland v.v.
Deze subsidie is bedoeld voor senior wetenschappers met de intentie om nieuwe langdurige samenwerking op te zetten
• Gezamenlijke onderzoeksprojecten
Deze subsidie is bedoeld voor gezamenlijke onderzoeksprojecten van een Nederlandse en een Chinese onderzoeksgroep van een universiteit of wetenschappelijk instituut
Op dit moment kunnen er aanvragen worden ingediend voor gezamenlijke onderzoeksprojecten. De deadline voor het indienen van deze aanvragen is 15 september 2013. Aanvragen voor individuele bezoeken kunnen gedurende het hele jaar worden ingediend.
Meer informatie over het programma, de richtlijnen en aanvraagformulieren vindt u op de website van de KNAW.

Met vriendelijke groeten,
Marianne van Driel
Programmamanager CEP

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