June 20th, 2013

LOT Announcements / events
Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen
Kennislink is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied: www.kennislink.nl/vakgebieden/taalwetenschappen

Taal begint met luisteren
Hoe leren we onze moedertaal? Deze vraag stond centraal tijdens de lezing van promovenda Brigitta Keij tijdens Bessensap 2013. Keij: “Veel mensen denken dat het leren van taal begint met het uitspreken van het eerste woordje. Maar daarvóór gebeurt er al ontzettend veel. Baby’s luisteren in eerste instantie naar het ritme van de taal.”

Standaardtaal kwam pas op in achttiende eeuw
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/standaardtaal-kwam-pas-op-in-achttiende-eeuwDe opkomst van de Nederlandse standaardtaal wordt vaak gesitueerd in de zeventiende eeuw. Volgens taalwetenschapper Gijsbert Rutten, die in mei 2013 een Vidi-subsidie ontving van NWO, valt daar wel wat op af te dingen: "De verschillen tussen de teksten uit die tijd zijn minstens even groot als de overeenkomsten." Zijn onderzoek richt zich op de sleutelperiode 1750-1850.

Luistertaal biedt Europa nieuwe perspectieven
Een Nederlander en een Duitser kunnen elkaar al gauw verstaan. Wanneer zij met elkaar in gesprek gaan, is luistertaal een voor de hand liggende keuze: ieder spreekt zijn eigen taal, en luistert naar een andere taal. Toch is luistertaal nog lang niet ingeburgerd. Studenten van de Universiteit Utrecht maakten er een documentaire over. Voorafgaand aan de premičre werd een lezingenmiddag georganiseerd.

Spinozapremiewinnaar Piek Vossen combineert taal en techniek
Piek Vossen (1960) is één van de winnaars van de Spinozapremie 2013. Vossen is hoogleraar Computationele Lexicologie aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Hij combineert taalwetenschap en informatica om taalkundige verschijnselen te analyseren met computermodellen.
Luistertaal in Limburg
Het dialect biedt een oplossing in veel meertalige situaties in Limburg, meent Leonie Cornips, onderzoeker aan het Meertens Instituut en de Universiteit Maastricht. Tijdens een lezingenmiddag van de Universiteit Utrecht sprak zij over meertaligheid in de zuidelijkste provincie van ons land.

Nieuwe woorden zijn makkelijk onthoudbaar
Onttroonbaar en toezinging. Ook al hebben we deze woorden nog nooit eerder gehoord of gelezen, we weten meteen wat er bedoeld wordt. Promovenda Laura de Vaan van de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen doet onderzoek naar de opslag van neologismen (‘nieuwvormingen’) in het geheugen. Wat is bijvoorbeeld de rol van slaap?
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
LUCL Vrijdagmiddaglezing Beschrijvende Taalkunde 2013 by Dr. John Gilbert (University Ghent), Leiden University, June 21 2013
Friday June 21st
Time: 13:30-15:00
Location: Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Huizinga Building, Doelensteeg 16, 2311 VL Leiden.

From Tools to Language

Dr. John Gilbert Centre for Critical Philosophy - University Ghent

The theme of the talk is of importance to the fields of paleoanthropology, cognitive archeology and linguistics. For the latter it has implications for both the theory on phylogenese as well as for the actual functions of language.
Human-made stone tools differ considerably from those used by animals. For one thing, they are clearly modified in a quite sophisticated way. This very fact testifies a crucial difference in perceptive and cognitive organisation. It is clear that the creator, in order to be able to apply the modifications the way he intended, had to take a cognitive perspective of aboutness. The careful comparison of this new type of approach with the setting of animals when exerting full engagement in the event at hand, sheds light onto the particular opportunities that in combination with reorganisation have become available for man. Of most importance seems to be the increasing development of making changes to the environment by mediated manipulation, i.e.; action supported and strengthened by complex tools.
The goal of this lecture is to demonstrate that language practice too can be understood as mediated manipulation to enable us to approach how man negotiates the world in a different mindset.

If you know someone who is willing to give a talk, or if you need more information, or if you want to be included on the e-mail list, please contact: Matthias Pache or Suzanne van der Meer.
Matthias Pache m.j.pache(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl
Suzanne van der Meer suzannevdmeer(removeme)live.nl
Talk by Iyad Aldaqre (München) on Referential Gaze And Word-Learning In Autistic Adults, Radboud University Nijmegen, June 24 2013
Upcoming talk of Iyad Aldaqre from the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. It will take place on Monday, June 24th at 12h in Nijmegen, Erasmus building room 2.15A.

For the abstract: www.ru.nl/gettingsoundsinmind/news-0/news/

Referential Gaze And Word-Learning In Autistic Adults

Humans mostly rely on social references (e.g. gaze direction of the speaker) when learning new words (Bloom, 2000). This is particularly important when there is more than one possible referents in the surrounding. By the age of 14 months, infants can already use an adult’s direction of gaze to distinguish the referent of a novel word, even when other unknown objects are present (Paulus & Fikkert, in press). Children with autism tend to fail this task, even at 9 years of age (Akechi, et al., 2010). However, when the saliency of the referent is increased (e.g. by wiggling), the percentage of autistic children who choose the correct referent increases signi?cantly. On the other hand, if the saliency of a distractor is increased, typically developing infants manage to ignore it and rely on the social cue to choose the correct referent starting at 24 months of age (Moore, et al., 1999).

In the current study, healthy (N=17) and autistic (N=13) adults are tested with a wordlearning paradigm, employing eye-tracking methodology. An animated cartoon actor is presented with two novel objects, then she looks at one of them and gives it a novel name. In one condition, both objects are static in the labeling scene. In the other condition, the opposite object starts wiggling to increase its saliency, to create a con?ict between social and saliency cues. Afterwards, a selection screen with the two novel objects and two additional distractors appears, and participants are instructed to look at the object that was named. Longer looking time to the correct object in the selection screen would indicate a correct name-object association, which requires a correct processing of the direction of gaze. Preliminary results show that both healthy and autistic adults choose the correct referent most of the time, even when the distractor’s saliency is increased. This suggests that the ability to learn new words by referring to the direction of gaze develops in autistic people, but it is much delayed, compared to their typically developing peers.
LinC colloquium by Irina Sekerina on Eye-Tracking, Radboud University Nijmegen, July 23 2013
LinC colloquium: "Online Language Processing in Heritage Languages: Insights from Eye-Tracking" by Irina Sekerina (College of Staten Island) - RU, Nijmegen, 23 july

Tuesday 23 July 2013
11:00 to 12:30
room E2.51, Erasmus building, Radboud University Nijmegen
Organised by Languages in Contact group (LinC)

Irina A. Sekerina (College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center, CUNY)
Online Language Processing in Heritage Language: Insights from Eye-Tracking

Heritage language (HL) speakers are bilinguals who in addition to native knowledge of the dominant language of the country they live in also know a home language. Their linguistic profile is different from of that of traditional adult second language learners as they demonstrate near-native pronunciation, verbal fluency, and solid command of simple syntax. However, they also exhibit deficiencies in vocabulary, morphosyntax, and pragmatics.

Two classes of explanations for non-native outcomes in HL knowledge are debated. Theoretical linguistic accounts include incomplete acquisition, attrition, restructuring, dominant language transfer, and “reduced” baseline language as the input (Polinsky & Kagan, 2007; Montrul, 2011). Psycholinguistic accounts (O’Grady et al., 2009) suggest that HL becomes less accessible through infrequent use as the processing speed decreases. Based on the results of three eye-tracking experiments with bilingual HL Russian-English adults, I provide novel evidence for the processing speed account of non-native outcomes in HL spoken language comprehension.

I conducted 3 experiments using the Visual World eye-tracking paradigm with 100 young HL speakers: Exp. 1 (Contrastive Prosody and Word Order), Exp. 2 (Grammatical Gender and Number), and Exp. 3 (Wh-questions and Word Order). Analysis of behavioral data (reaction time) and eye movements (time course) revealed different patterns of online native and HL processing. While monolinguals rapidly used and integrated morphosyntactic information (e.g., grammatical gender and number and word order) and visual context, heritage bilinguals were very slow and were delayed in using multiple sources of information: It happened only when the lexical identity of the words made the task superfluous. This slowdown in HL processing may be due to cascading effects of covert competition between the two languages that starts at the level of spoken word recognition and culminates at the interface. With time, it becomes a major contributing force in failure to reach ultimate attainment by heritage speakers.

Web page Irina A. Sekerina: www.csi.cuny.edu/faculty/SEKERINA_IRINA.html
Item on LinC web page: www.ru.nl/linc/@889162/linc-lecture-irina/
For information contact Pablo Irizarri v. S:.p.irizarrivs(removeme)ru.nl
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Symposium Categorization: same paradigms, different populations, UvA Amsterdam, June 25 2013
When: June 25, 13.30 – 17:30
Where: REC-H, Spylliazaal (HK.03); Roetersstraat 13, Amsterdam

The ability to build categories, be it objects, sounds or emotions, is crucial for survival in any species. Categorization has been examined both from an evolutionary perspective, by comparing humans with other species, as well as from a developmental perspective, by comparing humans across the life-span. In our symposium we focus on the commonalities and pitfalls of this comparative research aimed to test the same construct in different populations.

Registration 13:15 – 13:30

Session 1: 13:30 - 14:40 pm
13:30 – 13:40 Setting the scene
13:40 – 14:00 Scott Johnson-UcLA
Eye tracking methods for development of object and scene perception in infancy
14:00 – 14:20 Richard Aslin-Rochester
Multiple habituation and two-alternative forced choice measures of category learning in infants
14:30 - 14:40 Break

Session 2: 14:40 - 15:30 pm
14:40 – 15:00 Carel ten Cate – Leiden University
Same paradigms, different populations or different paradigms, same populations?
15:00 – 15:20 Maartje Raijmakers - University of Amsterdam
Mathematical learning models to compare different populations
15:30 – 15:40 Break

Session 3: 15:40 - 16:20 pm
15:40 – 16:00 Niels Schiller –Leiden University
ERP studies on the categorization of lexical stress and grammatical gender
16:00 – 16:20 Mariska de Kret – University of Amsterdam
Pupillary Contagion Induces Trust, but only in humans
16:20 – 16:30 Break

16:30 – 17:30 Final discussion: What are the obstacles and solutions for future research?

Registration is free, but limited. Please register by sending an e-mail to C.M.M.Junge(removeme)uva.nl .
Please forward this announcement to anyone who is interested.

Kind regards,

The organizers:
Paola Escudero (MARCS, UvA), Maartje Raijmakers (UvA), & Caroline Junge (UvA)
Category Formation Research Group, Brain & Cognition Priority Program, University of Amsterdam
ICLaVE (7th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe), Trondheim 26-28 juni 2013
Afscheidssymposium Marijke Mooijaart INL, Tussen Lexicologie en Taalkunde, INL Leiden, 27 juni 2013
Gouden Eeuwsymposium: Tussen Lexicologie en Taalkunde
Dr. Marijke Mooijaart neemt na 27 jaar afscheid van het INL. Na de afronding van haar proefschrift Atlas van de Vroegmiddelnederlandse Taalvarianten werkte ze als historisch taalkundige en lexicograaf bij het Woordenboek der Nederlandsche Taal (WNT) en het Oudnederlands Woordenboek (ONW).

Tot eind juni werkt dr. Mooijaart aan het diachrone computationele lexicon GiGaNT en de taalkundige verrijking van het project Brieven als Buit.

Ter gelegenheid van haar afscheid organiseert het INL in samenwerking met de vakgroep Nederlands van de Universiteit Leiden een symposium op donderdag 27 juni a.s. Wij nodigen u van harte uit om hierbij aanwezig te zijn. U kunt zich aanmelden via secretariaat(removeme)inl.nl.

Datum: 27 juni 2013
Aanvang: 13.30
Locatie: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw, Lorentzzaal, Leiden
Aanmelden: secretariaat(removeme)inl.nl

13.30 - 14.00
Zaal open (koffie/thee)
14.00 - 14.10
Welkomstwoord door Martin Everaert
14.10 - 14.45 Charlotte Brewer
Authors and periods in the Oxford English Dictionary
14.45 - 15.20
Folgert Karsdorp
Oude en nieuwe woorden op -baar en -lijk
15.20 - 16.00
Marijke van de Wal
Alledaagse taal en schrijfconventies in de Gouden Eeuw:
rangen en standen in taalgebruik
16.00 - 18.00 Receptie

Aanmelden: secretariaat(removeme)inl.nl
TiCC Symposium 'When we see metaphoric relations,' Tilburg University, June 28th 2013
Time: Friday, June 28th, 10.15 - 12.30
Place: Tilburg University, Dante Building, Room DZ6

Over the last decades, the study of metaphor has broadened from an exclusive focus on language to metaphoric conceptualization in other modalities. The visual medium offers a plethora of options to trigger metaphoric conceptualization, with a number of interesting new research questions as a result: what makes a metaphor visual, and a visualization metaphoric? How can metaphoric conceptualization be triggered and what cognitive processes are involved? In the symposium 'When we see metaphoric relations' speakers will provide their perspective on verbal and visual metaphor processing. The symposium will be followed by the public defense of Lisanne van Weelden's PhD Thesis, entitled "Metaphor in Good Shape."

Welcome with coffee

Lisanne van Weelden - Introduction

Raymond Gibbs (University of California, Santa Cruz) - The temporal nature of metaphoric experience

Gerard Steen (VU University Amsterdam) - Three basic differences between visual and verbal metaphors

Eric Postma (Tilburg University) - Metaphors of visual perception

Joost Schilperoord (Tilburg University) - Up or big: Perceptual symbols of power



Public defense by Lisanne van Weelden in the Auditorium of Tilburg University

Please send an email to L.vanWeelden(removeme)uvt.nl to register and indicate whether you would like to stay for lunch after the symposium.
The Specificity of Language. A Workshop in Honour of Riny Huybregts, Utrecht University, June 28 2013
Date/time: June 28, 2013; 12:30-17:00
Location: Drift 25, Room 102, Utrecht [http://goo.gl/maps/7fiEs]
Contact: marc.van.oostendorp(removeme)meertens.knaw.nl

What are the properties setting the human language faculty apart from other cognitive capacities? Linguistic research of the past few decades have clarified many aspects of this issue, although many questions still remain to be answered.

In this workshop, several aspects of the question will be discussed by a number of scholars who have one thing in common: they have worked together with Riny Huybregts, a linguist who has spent an active career in interpreting, explaining and expanding in particular Noam Chomsky's views on these issues. After having worked in the Dutch universities in Utrecht, Tilburg and Leiden, Riny retired recently. This workshop is the way in which his former colleagues want to mark the occasion of his retirement.

The workshop is organized by Lisa Cheng (Leiden), Norbert Corver (Utrecht) and Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens Instituut). Participation is free, but please notify marc.van.oostendorp(removeme)meertens.knaw.nl of your intention to come before June 15, 2013.


12.30 Elena Anagnostopoulou: Phases and Agree Within the Word and Beyond.
13.00 Jan Koster: Language. A Neo-Saussurean Approach.
13.30 Marc van Oostendorp. Two Levels of Human Language: Inhalt and Urteil
14.00 BREAK
14.30 Henk van Riemsdijk. Double Dutch in Swiss German
15.00 Norbert Corver. Some Thoughts on Interjections
15.30 Riny Huybregts. The SOV order of Emerging Language: Natural Disposition or UG?
French Phonology Network Meeting 2013 (RFP 2013), Nantes, July 1-3 2013
After the conferences organized in Orléans 2010, Tours 2011 and Paris 2012, the French Phonology Network (Réseau Franēais de Phonologie) is launching a new meeting in the same spirit that will take place in Nantes from July, 1st to 3rd, 2013 thanks to the LLing (EA3827, Université de Nantes), FoReLL (Université de Poitiers) and MSH-Ange Guépin.

Main session

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

Thematic sessions

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

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

Invited speakers

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

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


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

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

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

For more information, please consult the Summer School website
( www.bangor.ac.uk/cogling-summerschool) or email p.rebuschat(removeme)bangor.ac.uk.

Dr. Patrick Rebuschat
Lecturer in Bilingualism and Cognitive Linguistics
School of Linguistics and English Language
Bangor University
Bangor, LL57 2DG
United Kingdom
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Update Conference LDCG on Language Diversity, Groningen University, July 18-20 2013
Conference on Language Diversity (KNAW), Groningen, July 18-20 2013
Conference: Patterns of Macro- and Micro-Diversity in the Languages of Europe and the Middle East. Computational Issues in Studying Language Diversity: Storage, Analysis and Inference, Thu.-Sat., July 18-20, 2013, Remonstrantse kerk, Coehoornsingel 14, Groningen.

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

The conferences are sponsored by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences’ (KNAW).

Confirmed speakers:

Typology: Bernd Kortmann, Sjef Barbiers, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Infrastructure: Mark Liberman, Jan Odijk
Historical Linguistics and Language Evolution: Michael Dunn, Wido van Peursen,
Arie Verhagen, Lars Johanson, Sųren Wichmann
Detecting and Analyzing Sound Correspondences: Simon Greenhill, Lars Borin,
Jelena Prokic, Hannah Haynie, Steve Moran, Martijn Wieling, John Nerbonne
Modern Data Sources: (Twitter) Jacob Eisenstein; (Simulations) Gerhard Jäger
Archaeology: Stephen Shennan
Population Genetics: Franz Manni

Registration is open, for more information see: metsvisser.hostei.com/lingcon
11th annual session of the New York - St. Petersburg Institute for Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI XI), to be held at St. Petersburg State University, July 15-August 2, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best regards,

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit the conference web page:

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Lilica Voicu:


SSTiC 2013
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University
Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain

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

Ajuntament de Tarragona
Diputació de Tarragona
DGfS Summer School on “Language Development: Evolution, Change, Acquisition”, Humboldt-University Berlin, August 12 – 30, 2013
DGfS Summer School “Language Development: Evolution, Change, Acquisition”

August 12 – 30, 2013 at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

We invite advanced students (Ph.D. or M.A. level) in linguistics and related fields to attend this 3-week Summer School in August 2013.
It is co-organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, and the Excellence Cluster 264 - TOPOI.
The event contains courses in different areas of linguistics, genetics, anthropology and archeology, which look at language from the point of view of language evolution, language change, and language acquisition. The courses will be taught by distinguished researchers from Germany, Europe and the USA.
The Summer School is of course also open to more advanced researchers who are interested in learning about language development. The language of instruction is English and German.

For further information see the summer school’s website:

The origins and evolution of language (Maggie Tallerman) Empirical approaches to the cultural evolution of language (Hannah Cornish) Genes and language: from molecules to linguistic diversity (Dan Dediu & Sonja Vernes) Emergence and development of writing systems (F. Kammerzell) Empirical approaches to the diversity and disparity of languages (Michael
Mathematical and Computational Models of Language Evolution (Gerhard Jäger) Linguistics und Human Prehistory (Paul Heggarty) Sign Languages: Evolution and Change (Markus Steinbach) Diachronic change in four millenia: the language history of Egyptian-Coptic (Daniel Werning) Approaches to Historical Morphology and Syntax (Alice C. Harris) Efficiency and extravagance in morphosyntactic change (Martin Haspelmath) Semantic Change (Dirk Geeraerts) Indo-European linguistics revisited (Silvia Luraghi) In search of stability in language contact. (Pieter Muysken) Diachronic Phonology (Ricardo Bermśdez-Otero & Silke Hamann) The social foundation of language change (Daniel Schreier) Sprachtheoretische und didaktische Aspekte des Schriftspracherwerbs (Christa Röber) The acquisition of sign language: influences from modality and experience (Gary Morgan) Theoretical and Empirical approaches to first language acquisition (Heike
Language attrition and bilingual development (Monika Schmid) Multimodal multilingualism: Gestures, second language acquisition, bilingualism (Marianne Gullberg) Bilingualism and second language learning: Cognitive and neuropsychological perspectives (Janet van Hell)
Organised by:

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

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



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


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


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

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


SLSP 2013 will consist of:

? invited talks
? invited tutorials
? peer-reviewed contributions


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


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

Submissions are to be uploaded to:



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

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


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



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




SLSP 2013
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University
Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain

Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-558386
7th HiSoN Summer School in Historical Sociolinguistics, Metochi, Kalloni, Lesbos, Greece, August 3-10 2013
This is the seventh summer school organised by the Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN) and it will offer seven courses by leading experts on modern and historical sociolinguistics, aimed at postgraduate students and young researchers. The venue is the monastery of Metochi-Kalloni on the island of Lesbos (Greece). Classes will take place in the morning and early evening and you will have the opportunity to present your own research at a special session. Our teachers and modules in 2013 will be

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

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

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

The topic of this year's summer school is

Semantic Web - Ontology Languages and Their Use

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Please consult our web pages for further details.

Workshop on Neurobilingualism, Groningen University, August 25-27th, 2013
Invited speakers:
Karen Emmorey (San Diego State University), Peter Indefrey (Duesseldorf University), Gigi Luk (Harvard) and Loraine Obler (CUNY).
Event website:
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.
Update Workshop Concept Composition & Experimental Semantics/Pragmatics, Utrecht University, UIL OTS, September 2-3 2013
Workshop Concept Composition & Experimental Semantics/Pragmatics Utrecht University, Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
2-3 September 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 | Discussion
12:45 | Lunch
14:30 | 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 | Discussion
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.) – The Role of Semantic Composition in the setting of Adjectival Dimensions and Comparison Classes
12:20 | 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 | 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)uu.nl
In the email, please indicate whether you plan to attend the workshop dinner so we can estimate the number of attendees. Thanks.
Lorentz Workshop "Modelling Meets Infant Studies in Language Acquisition", Lorentz Center@Oort Leiden, September 9-13 2013
We are pleased to announce the upcoming Lorentz Workshop "Modelling Meets Infant Studies in Language Acquisition", organised jointly by Prof. P. Fikkert (Radboud University) and Prof. R. Bod (University of Amsterdam). The workshop will take place September 9-13 at the Lorentz Center in Leiden. To participate, researchers are required to indicate their interest on the website at www.lorentzcenter.nl/lc/web/2013/579/info.php3?wsid=579&venue=Oort

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

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

For more information and continuous updates, please refer to the website:
Conference Identity in Ellipsis, LUCL, Leiden University, 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)gmail.com by 15 June 2013.

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

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 15 June, 2013

Notification of acceptance: 15 July, 2013

Conference dates: 20-21 September, 2013

Organizing committee
Enrico Boone, Anikó Liptįk and Bobby Ruijgrok
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 Nicolai
Maarten Mous
Peter Bakker
Felicity Meakins
Carmel O’Shannessy
Pieter Muysken

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)hum.leidenuniv.nl. 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 www.drongofestival.nl/contact.

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 www.drongofestival.nl.
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: www.hetwap.nl/symposium2013/
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.
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: www.glow37.org/
or view the conference folder online: www.glow37.org/folder
Conference: Mobility, variability and changing literacies in Modern times, Utrecht University, 11-13 June 2014
17th World Congress of the International Applied Linguistics Association, Brisbane, Australia, August 10-15 2014
Please visit the website www.aila2014.com and register ‘Your Expression of Interest’ to be kept informed of the details of this upcoming congress.
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Doctoraatsstudent Franse en/of Italiaanse Taalkunde aan de KU Leuven. Deadline: 24 juni 2013
(Ref. BAP-2013-114)
Tewerkstelling : Voltijds
Duur : Bepaalde duur verlengbaar
Plaats : Leuven
Solliciteren voor : 24/06/2013

Voor de Onderzoeksgroep FranItalco (Frans, Italiaans en Vergelijkende Taalkunde) binnen de Onderzoekseenheid Taalkunde van de KU Leuven zoeken wij een :
Doctoraatsstudent Franse en/of Italiaanse Taalkunde
Het onderzoek wordt uitgevoerd in de onderzoeksgroep Franitalco binnen de onderzoekseenheid Taalkunde van de KU Leuven. Het wordt gefinancierd door het FWO-project G061113N "Presentationele gekloofde zinnen in het Frans en Italiaans: een corpus-gebaseerde vergelijkende analyse", waarvan prof. Karen Lahousse, prof. Béatrice Lamiroy en prof. Stefania Marzo promotoren zijn.
Het project beoogt (i) een corpus-gebaseerde descriptie van de formele en functionele eigenschappen van presentationele gekloofde zinnen in het Fransen/of het Italiaans, en (ii) een analyse van de verschillen en gelijkenissen tussen presentationele en specificationele gekloofde zinnen.
Je behaalde een master (of zult die dit academiejaar behalen) in de Taalkunde, Taal- en Letterkunde of Filologie (of gelijkwaardig), met uitstekende studieresultaten;
- je hebt een uitstekende mondelinge en schriftelijke beheersing van het Frans en/of het Italiaans en een goede beheersing van het Engels;
- je hebt sterke analytische vaardigheden om creatief werk in Franse en/of Italiaanse synchrone taalkunde te verrichten;
- je bent internationaal georiėnteerd;
- je bent bij voorkeur vertrouwd met corpus-gebaseerd onderzoek van Frans en/of Italiaans;
- je hebt een coöperatieve houding;
- je bent gemotiveerd om onderzoeksresultaten op internationale congressen voor te stellen en ze in het Engels te publiceren in internationale tijdschriften met peer review.
De kandidaat krijgt de mogelijkheid om onderzoek te verrichten in de context van bovengenoemd project. Het werken aan eigen onderzoek zal ongeveer 80% van de tijd uitmaken, waarnaast nog 20% dienstverleningsactiviteiten worden gevraagd (zoals hulp bij het onderwijs en onderzoek Franse en/of Italiaanse taalkunde en taalverwerving, administratieve ondersteuning, enz.).
We bieden een voltijds contract, vanaf 1 oktober 2013, voor een periode van 1 jaar, verlengbaar tot 4 jaar na positieve evaluatie (nettosalaris ongeveer 1700 euro per maand). De doctorandus krijgt de gelegenheid om seminaries te volgen en om zijn/haar eigen onderzoek te presenteren in binnen-en buitenland. Voorts krijgt hij/zij alle voordelen voor KU Leuven werknemers, financiering van onderzoeksgerelateerde activiteiten, en zal er een werkplek en een laptop tot zijn/haar beschikking gesteld worden.
De onderzoeker wordt begeleid door de drie promotoren van het onderzoeksproject en zal kunnen werken in de stimulerende omgeving van de onderzoeksgroep FranItalCo en de onderzoekseenheid Taalkunde.
Stuur een motivatiebrief, CV en namen van ten hoogste drie referenten die we kunnen contacteren, alsook een tekst van uw hand (bv. MA-paper). De geselecteerde kandidaten zullen uitgenodigd worden voor een interview en een korte presentatie (bv. van de resultaten van hun masterproef) op 8 juli 2013.
Meer informatie is te verkrijgen bij prof. dr. Karen Lahousse, mail: karen.lahousse(removeme)arts.kuleuven.be

Solliciteren voor deze vacature kan tot en met 24/06/2013 via de online sollicitatietoepassing van de KU Leuven, zie

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN LINGUISTICS on Horizon research project ‘Knowledge and Culture’. Deadline: July first 2013
The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) will be funding the Horizon research project ‘Knowledge and Culture’. This project will be carried out as a collaboration between the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), the Leiden University Centre for Arts in Society (LUCAS), the Meertens Institute (KNAW), and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) of the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University will be coordinating the research project.

Within this project we are looking for:

(3 years, 38 hrs a week)

1. Background
In various domains of cognitive science, a new paradigm holds that humans and non-human animals are born with a small set of hard-wired cognitive abilities that are task-specific, language-independent, and non-species-specific. These core knowledge systems are innate cognitive skills that have the capacity for building mental representations of objects, persons, spatial relationships, numerosity, and social interaction. In addition to core knowledge systems, humans possess species-specific, uniquely human abilities such as language and music.
The ‘core knowledge’ paradigm challenges scholars in the humanities to ask the question how nurture and culture build on nature. This project examines the way in which innate, non specifically human, core knowledge systems for object representation, number, and geometry constrain cultural expressions in music, language, and the visual arts. In this research program, four domains of the humanities will be investigated from the point of view of core knowledge:
- subproject 1: music cognition
(1PhD student, 1 Postdoc, teamleader: Prof.dr H. Honing)
- subproject 2: language and number
(1PhD student, 1 Postdoc, teamleader: Prof.dr S. Barbiers)
- subproject 3: visual arts and geometry
(1PhD student, 1 Postdoc, teamleaders: Prof.dr.ir M. Delbeke & Prof.dr C. van Eck)
- subproject 4: poetry, rhythm, and meter (1PhD student, 1 Postdoc)
(1PhD student, 1 Postdoc, teamleader: Prof.dr M. van Oostendorp)

2. Postdoc project: Number in language: a typological study
As a part of the subproject on Language and Number, this project studies the relation between the properties of the core knowledge system for number and the linguistic properties of numerals in the world’s languages. The project focuses on the following questions:
1. Does the distinction between the Object Tracking System (OTS) and the Approximate Number System (ANS) manifest itself in the numeral systems of the languages of the world, and if so, how?
2. What does the special linguistic status of 1 as opposed to all other numerals tell us about OTS and ANS?
This project will provide a more complete cross-linguistic typology of the morphosyntactic properties of cardinal and ordinal numerals and quantifiers such as many and few.

3. Embedding
The Postdoc will participate in and contribute to a research team comprising a total of 4 PhD students and 4 Postdocs in four teams corresponding to the subprojects outlined above, coordinated by Prof.dr. Johan Rooryck at Leiden University. The Postdoc will work in two locations: LUCL at Leiden University, the home base of the research team, and the Meertens Institute (Prof.dr. Sjef Barbiers). The Postdoc will be appointed at the Meertens Institute. This subproject will start on 1 October 2013. For more information, please see the full description of the project at www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/job-opportunities/vacancies-at-leiden-university.html

4. Your profile
We are looking for someone who:
• has completed a doctoral degree in linguistics, preferably with specialization in (morpho-)syntax. PhD ?students who are close to defending their dissertation are also welcome to apply.
• has good knowledge of theoretical and typological approaches to (morpho-)syntactic research
• has a keen interest in cognitive science, core knowledge systems, and linguistics,
• has publications in peer-reviewed journals or with established academic publishers,
• has a curious, enterprising, and creative mind as well as excellent analytical and organizational skills,
• has an excellent command of both spoken and written English, as well as outstanding writing and presentation skills,
• has the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, as well as the ambition to pursue an academic career in an internationally oriented scientific context. Experience with external fundraising is an advantage.

5. Your tasks
The successful candidate will:
• conduct original research in line with both the general research project and the Postdoc-project described above,
• build a large systematic data-collection of the cross-linguistic morphosyntactic properties of numerals, ordinals and quantifiers for the subproject ‘The linguistic typology of number systems and the core knowledge system of number’.
• analyze these linguistic properties and their relation with the core knowledge systems of number.
• present research results at (international) conferences,
• submit research results for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals,
• assist in teaching activities in linguistics,
• participate in the programme’s research activities and their organization, including reading and discussions groups, seminars, conferences, workshops, and joint publications.
• collaborate with the researchers in the other teams of the programme.

6. Research at the Meertens Institute and LUCL
The Meertens Institute is a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), studying the diversity in language and culture in the Netherlands.
For more information, see www.meertens.knaw.nl/cms/

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: www.research.leiden.edu/research-profiles/language-diversity/

7. Context and conditions
We offer a dynamic, enthusiastic, inspiring and supportive working environment. In addition to thorough research training, the graduate schools of both universities offer a variety of courses aimed at training of professional and personal skills. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by various national research schools.

You can choose an appointment for three years at 1.0fte or for four years at 0.75fte. The Postdoc project must result in the publication of a minimum of three articles. The appointment will be under the terms of the CAO (collective labour agreement) of the Dutch Universities. The gross monthly salary ranges from € 2977.- in the first year up to a maximum of € 3530.- gross per month, depending on experience and qualifications. Benefits include a pension build-up, an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%. Non-Dutch nationals may be eligible for a substantial tax break (30% ruling).

8. Application
Applicants are kindly requested to submit the following documents electronically (in English):
• A cover letter in which you motivate your candidacy,
• A curriculum vitae,
• References: the contact details of two people whom we may contact for further information. One of these should be your PhD-thesis supervisor,
• Copies of your PhD thesis, and any other publications in English that are representative of your research qualities.

Please submit these documents in two files:
I – containing documents 1 to 3 ( PDF or Word file,) using your last name underscore 1 as document name (e.g. BROWN_1.pdf).
II – containing document 4, your thesis and other publications (PDF or Word file), using your last name underscore 2 as document name (e.g. BROWN_2.pdf).
If the documents are not in the requested format, the application will not be taken into account.

For further information please contact: Prof.dr. Sjef Barbiers sjef.barbiers(removeme)meertens.knaw.nl, or Prof.dr. Johan Rooryck j.e.c.v.rooryck(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl; or with respect to practical matters Ms Marcia Lucassen marcia.lucassen(removeme)meertens.knaw.nl.

Applicants should submit their application (documents as described above) before 1 July 2013. Applications should be sent to vacatureslucl(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl, clearly indicating the application number. The selection procedure will take place in late August and September, and selected candidates can expect to be invited for an interview in the first half of September 2013.

If you are selected for an interview, we may ask you to work out a topic related to the project in writing (2000 words). We would ask you to submit this to us before the interview. This will give us a better assessment of your potential as a researcher. You will receive more details on this assignment after the selection for an interview.
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 wwwling.arts.kuleuven.be/qlvl/).
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)gmail.com).
Applications Deadline: 31-August-2013

Contact Information: Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (benszm(removeme)gmail.com)
Dr Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Linguistics and English Language
The University of Manchester
Language Acquisition: Post Doc, Johns Hopkins University. Deadline: open untill filled
The Department of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a one-year (renewable for a second year) postdoctoral fellowship for an NSF-funded research grant on the early acquisition of morpho-syntax. The position is affiliated with the JHU Language Acquisition Lab ( mind.cog.jhu.edu/acqlab/) but the post-doc fellow will be based in Paris ( lpp.psycho.univ-paris5.fr/speech.php) and primarily involved in carrying out experimental research on French.

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

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

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

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

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

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Application Email: langacqpostdoc(removeme)cogsci.jhu.edu
Contact Information: Geraldine Legendre, Director, Language Acquisition Lab (legendre(removeme)jhu.edu)
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for Workshop Chinese Linguistics in the Netherlands, Leiden, September 22 2013. Deadline: June 30 2013
The workshop Chinese Linguistics in the Netherlands will be held in Leiden on Monday September 22, 2013. This workshop will focus on research related to Chinese languages and dialects, covering studies of different approaches using various methodologies. We aim to make it a great opportunity for researchers from all disciplines of Chinese linguistics to get together to share and deepen our understanding of Chinese.

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

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

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

Qian Li
Lei Sun
Ting Zou
Man Wang
Junru Wu
Call for papers for Countability Workshop, September 16-17, 2013, Düsseldorf, Germany. Deadline: July 1 2013
A workshop organized by the Collaborative Research Center and the Department of Linguistics, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany.

Call for papers

Abstracts are solicited for presentations which address theoretical or empirical issues (i) in the study of the mass/count distinction in the nominal domain as well as (ii) the parallel distinction(s) in the verbal domain.

Topics of particular interest include (but are not limited to):

- cognitive basis of countability, its grammatical manifestations and sources for the cross-linguistic variation in its encoding
- relations between count and non-count meanings, sort-shifting, type-shifting, and coercion
- vagueness and gradations of individuation, mess and neat mass nouns
- parallels and differences in the counting and measuring for noun and verb meanings
- corpus-based and psychological evidence for the distinction between count and non-count meanings
- computational modeling

Submission Details
Abstracts must be anonymous, no longer than 2 pages, in PDF format and sent via email to countability.ddorf.submit(removeme)gmail.com. Prospective speakers may submit abstracts for one single-authored and one co-authored paper. All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by at least two reviewers. Abstracts should not include the authors’ names, and authors are asked to avoid self-references.

After submitting your abstract, please send a separate email to countability.ddorf.submit(removeme)gmail.com with the following information:

- Title of the talk
- Name of author(s)
- Affiliation(s)
- Address(es)
- Phone number(s)
- Email address(es)

Important dates
Abstract Submission Deadline: July 1, 2013
Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2013
Workshop: September 16-17, 2013

Invited Speakers
David Barner (University of California at San Diego)
Gennaro Chierchia (Harvard University)
Jenny Doetjes (Leiden University)
Scott Grimm (Pompeu Fabra University)
Manfred Krifka (Humboldt University and Center for General Linguistics, Berlin)
Fred Landman (Tel Aviv University)
Susan Rothstein (Bar Ilan University)
Tobias Stadtfeld (Bochum University)
Roberto Zamparelli (University of Trento)

Conference Organizers
Hana Filip (Heinrich Heine University)
Christian Horn (Heinrich Heine University)


Submission of abstracts

A call for contributions to a book based on workshop presentations will be issued after the workshop.
Call for papers: workshop on the Acquisition of Quantification at UMass Amherst, October 4-5 2013. Deadline: July 1 2013
Invited Speakers:

Martin Hackl (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Julien Musolino (Rutgers University)
William Philip (University of Utrecht)

The past two decades have seen detailed and wide-ranging investigations of quantification in child language. This work includes a substantial literature exploring the classic “quantifier-spreading” phenomenon (Roeper and DeVilliers 1993, Philip 1995, Crain et al. 1996, Drozd 2001, Drozd and Van Loosbroek 2006, Geurts 2003, Smits 2009), as well as studies of quantifier scope and quantifier raising (Lidz and Musolino 2002, Musolino and Lidz 2005, Syrett and Lidz 2010), and distributivity and collectivity in universal quantification (Brooks and Braine 1996, Brooks and Sekerina 2006).

Independently, quantification has played a central role in developmental research on scalar implicature and the semantic-pragmatics interface (Noveck 2001, Papafragou and Musolino 2003, Huang and Snedeker 2009b). At the same time, important recent work has pursued the connection between quantification and early numerical cognition (Barner et al. 2009, Sullivan and Barner 2011, Brooks et al. 2011). Finally, a number of researchers have investigated aspects of quantification in L2 learners (DelliCarpini 2003, O’Grady 2006, Ionin et al. 2012).

This workshop aims to foster discussion and collaboration by bringing together researchers working on the acquisition of quantification from a variety perspectives and frameworks.
We invite abstracts for 20-minute talks and poster presentations on all aspects of quantification in first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, and language disorders. Abstracts should not exceed 2 pages, including data and references, and should be submitted online via the EasyAbs system ( linguistlist.org/easyabs/Quantification).

Deadline for submission: July 1, 2013
Notification of acceptance: Before August 15, 2013

Organizing committee: Luiz Amaral, Michael Clauss, Jeremy Hartman, Barbara Pearson, Magda Oiry, Tom Roeper.

Meeting email: acquisitionworkshop at linguist.umass.edu

Website: blogs.umass.edu/moiry/workshop-quantification/

On Linguistlist: linguistlist.org/callconf/browse-conf-action.cfm?ConfID=161772
Call for abstracts for Workshop on the Acquisition of Quantification, University of Massachusetts Amherst, October 4-5, 2013. Deadline: July 1 2013
Website: blogs.umass.edu/moiry/workshop-quantification/

On Linguistlist: linguistlist.org/callconf/browse-conf-action.cfm?ConfID=161772

Invited Speakers:

Martin Hackl (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Julien Musolino (Rutgers University)
William Philip (University of Utrecht)

We invite abstracts for 20-minute talks and poster presentations on all aspects of quantification in first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, and language disorders. Abstracts should not exceed 2 pages, including data and references, and should be submitted online via the EasyAbs system ( linguistlist.org/easyabs/Quantification).

Deadline for submission: July 1, 2013
Notification of acceptance: Before August 15, 2013

Organizing committee: Luiz Amaral, Michael Clauss, Jeremy Hartman, Barbara Pearson, Magda Oiry, Tom Roeper.

Meeting email: acquisitionworkshop(removeme)linguist.umass.edu
Call for papers for Conference on Frisian linguistics 2013, October 25 2013, Leeuwarden. Deadline: July 1 2013
The Linguistics Society of the Frisian Academy (Fryske Akademy) organizes its yearly meeting in October this year. Just like previous times, the sixth Conference on Frisian linguistics will have an informal character. It will be of interest to everybody who actively or passively participates in Frisian linguistics: grammar, phonetics/phonology, onomastics, lexicology, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics and so on. Talks may focus on the results of scientific research, but presentations of research plans, of speculations or of language corpora are also welcome. They may be held in any language belonging to the family of West-Germanic languages.

When: friday 25 October 2013.
Where: Fryske Akademy, It Aljemint, Doelestraat 2-4, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

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

We invite everyone to participate. Please send an abstract – as soon as possible, but not later than July 1 – of half A4, with name and address, to:


Or by regular mail to:

Fryske Akademy,
Taalkundich Wurkferbān,
Postbus 54,
8900 AB Ljouwert/Leeuwarden,
The Netherlands.
Call for submissions for Going Romance 2013, University of Amsterdam, November 28-30 2013. Deadline: July 1 2013
Going Romance 2013 will take place at the University of Amsterdam, 28-30 November. The theme of the Workshop on 30 November is Language Acquisition and Linguistic Theory. The invited speakers are Alexandra Cornilescu, Giuseppe Longobardi, Andrew Nevins, and Philippe Prévost.
Papers on all areas of Romance linguistics from all theoretical perspectives are welcome for oral presentation (25 + 10 minutes) or poster presentation.

Please notice that the deadline for submission is 1 July 2013 and that abstracts have to be submitted through Easyabs. Details can be found on the Linguist List ( linguistlist.org/confservices/customhome.cfm?emeetingid=5702JA4458BE465E40A050441) and below.

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions.

Going Romance 2013
28-30 November 2013
University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Workshop (30 November) “Language Acquisition and Linguistic Theory”
Conference website: www.uva.nl/goingromance2013

Invited speakers
• Alexandra Cornilescu (Universitatea din Bucuresti)
• Giuseppe Longobardi (Universitą di Trieste; University of York)
• Andrew Nevins (University College London)
• Philippe Prévost (Université de Tours)
Conference Description
Submission address: linguistlist.org/easyabs/GoRo2013
Website: www.uva.nl/goingromance2013
Deadline for submission: 1 July 2013
Contact information: goingromance2013-fgw(removeme)uva.nl

Invited speakers: Alexandra Cornilescu, Giuseppe Longobardi, Andrew Nevins, and Philippe Prévost (workshop).

Papers on all areas of Romance linguistics from all theoretical perspectives are welcome for oral presentation (25 + 10 minutes) or poster presentation.

Workshop description (30 November):
One of the aims of linguistic theory is to explain how language is acquired by different populations: typically developing monolingual children, typically developing multilingual children, monolingual adults, multilingual adults, and language-impaired mono- and/or multilingual children and adults. On the other hand, language acquisition data from all these populations can help formulate and refine linguistic theory.
This year’s workshop of Going Romance is devoted to the interaction between language acquisition and linguistic theory. How do data and phenomena from (different types of) Romance language acquisition inform and shape linguistic theory, and how does linguistic theory frame and constrain the research on the acquisition of Romance languages?
Abstracts on this topic are invited. We especially welcome abstracts that show the interaction between language acquisition and linguistic theory in both directions.

We welcome papers from different theoretical perspectives. Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than two pages, including references and examples, with margins of at least 1 inch, font size 12, single-spaced. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author. Please indicate in your submission details whether your abstract should be considered for the main session (oral presentation or poster) or the workshop. Please submit your abstract(s) through EasyAbs ( linguistlist.org/easyabs/GoRo2013) no later than Monday 1 July 2013 as a pdf file. The files should be anonymous both in the body of the text and the filename. Please make sure all fonts and figures are correctly rendered. Papers not conforming to these requirements will not be taken into consideration. All authors who present their work at the conference will be invited to submit their paper for a volume of selected contributions to be published by John Benjamins.

Local organizing committee: Enoch Aboh, Aafke Hulk, Jeannette Schaeffer, Petra Sleeman.

Going Romance steering committee: Roberta d’Alessandro, Jenny Doetjes, Frank Drijkoningen, Haike Jacobs, Ellen-Petra Kester, Petra Sleeman, Henriėtte de Swart, Leo Wetzels.
Call for papers for Workshop Universals in the Semantic Representation of Verbs and Nouns, Leiden, October 26, 2013. Deadline: July 1, 2013
Extended deadline Call for Papers for Workshop Universals in the Semantic Representation of Verbs and Nouns, Leiden, October 26, 2013. Deadline: July 1, 2013

Verbs and nouns do not seem to be uniform semantic categories. It is therefore assumed that semantic subcategories should be distinguished within the categories of verbs and nouns. One of the important theories in the field of semantic processing is the Embodied Cognition Framework. Within this framework it is assumed that semantic knowledge of verbs is not amodal, but incorporated in motor-sensory systems in the brain.
In the Netherlands, different research groups work on the representation of verbs and nouns within the Embodied Cognition Framework. This workshop will bring groups studying non-language disturbed and language disturbed subjects together, aiming at combining neuropsychological and clinical evidence to distinguish universal subcategories for verbs and nouns in the brain. Dr. David Kemmerer, Professor at Purdue University, is invited as guest speaker. He has performed several studies to the localization of verbs in the brain, using both neuroimaging and clinical data.

The workshop will be held on Saturday October 26, 2013, as part of the KNAW conference Diversity and Universals in Language, Culture, and Cognition, which will be organised October 24-26, 2013 in Leiden. In the general morning session of the conference Dr. Kemmerer will give a plenary lecture and in the afternoon (14-17) there will be five slots of 30 minutes available in the workshop to discuss recent research on the topic of semantic processing of verbs and nouns. Abstracts (max 1 A4) can be sent to Roel Jonkers, organizer of the workshop, r.jonkers(removeme)rug.nl no later than July 1. Notification of acceptance will be sent before July 15.
Call for Posters for Computational perspectives on language diversity. Deadline: July 1 2013
(conference info below Workshops / Conferences / Symposia)

On Thurs.-Sat. July 18-20 there will be a three-day conference on Language Diversity with a number of exciting speakers (see below), and we would like to interest researchers with relevant work in attending and perhaps in presenting a poster.
This is the second of three conferences organized by Pieter Muysken, Maarten Mous and John Nerbonne. The overall theme of the series is language diversity, including at least typology, diachronic linguistics, dialectology, areal linguistics, language contact, colonial varieties, pidgins and creoles. A particular focus of this second conference are computational issues in studying language diversity, including storage, analysis and inference, but please note (as will be clear in the list of speakers) that we do not imagine that theoretical issues have crystallized sufficiently to allow the computational issues to be addressed in purely technical terms. We are convinced that we still need good theoretical ideas about how to detect relations among varieties and how to interpret the signals of relatedness we have, and we are interested in posters on non-computational work as well.
Please consider contributing a poster presentation to this event. Please send a two-page abstract to John Nerbonne (j.nerbonne(removeme)rug.nl) with title and a description of the research issue addressed in the work, an indication of its motivation, its relation to other work, its results (if any yet), and the stage of completion it is in.
Confirmed speakers:
Typology: Bernd Kortmann, Sjef Barbiers, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Infrastructure: Mark Liberman, Jan Odijk
Historical Linguistics and Language Evolution: Michael Dunn, Wido van Peursen,
Arie Verhagen, Lars Johanson, Sųren Wichmann
Detecting and Analyzing Sound Correspondences: Simon Greenhill, Lars Borin,
Jelena Prokic, Hannah Haynie, Steve Moran, Martijn Wieling, John Nerbonne
Modern Data Sources: (Twitter) Jacob Eisenstein; (Simulations) Gerhard Jäger
Archaeology: Stephen Shennan
Population Genetics: Franz Manni

Event website: metsvisser.hostei.com/lingcon/
Call for papers for International Conference on the History of Language Sciences (ICHoLS XIII), Portugal, August 25-29. Deadline: July 15 2013
UTAD / CEL, Vila Real, Portugal
25–29 August 2014

The 13th International Conference on the History of Language Sciences (ICHoLS XIII) will be held at the Centro de Estudos em Letras (CEL) of the Universidade de Trįs-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), in Vila Real, Northern Portugal, during 25–29 August 2014.
ICHoLS conferences have taken place every three years since 1978. Previous venues have been Ottawa (1978), Lille (1982), Princeton (1984), Trier (1987), Galway (1990), Washington (1993), Oxford (1996), Fontenay-St. Cloud (1999), Sćo Paulo-Campinas (2002), Urbana-Champaign (2005), Potsdam (2008), and Saint Petersburg (2011).
Papers relating to any aspect of the history of language sciences are invited, focusing on diverse topic areas ranging from antiquity to the contemporary history of linguistics and from individual case studies to methodological considerations.
The organizers ask that proposals for papers be made in the form of abstracts of 400 words, including a few pertinent references, in an anonymized Word doc or rtf file accompanying the email communication and addressed to
The official languages of the conference will be English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.
The absolute deadline for receipt of abstracts is July 15th, 2013. An international panel of referees will select the papers to be presented at the conference. Final selection will be made by September 2013; notification of acceptance will be sent before December 1st, 2013.
For further information please contact the local members of the executive board by using the above email address.
Call for posters for Symposium E-Health over Taal- en spraaktechnologie (TST),. Deadline: 31 juli 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

Taal- en spraaktechnologie (TST) is technologie die specifiek gericht is op het verwerken van taal en spraak. TST-ontwikkelingen 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.

Oproep voor poster- en demopresentaties
Tijdens het symposium is er gelegenheid om onderzoek en ervaringen met E-health-toepassingen te presenteren als poster of in de vorm van een demonstratie. Voorstellen voor posters of demo’s kunnen betrekking hebben op bestaande of toekomstige toepassingen waarin ICT, TST en/of apps ingezet worden voor diagnostiek, therapie en ondersteuning van mensen met een communicatieve beperking.
Doel van deze poster- en demosessie is het stimuleren van communicatie en samenwerking tussen taal- en spraakpathologen, logopedisten en taal- en spraaktechnologen. Om onderzoek en ontwikkeling op het gebied van communicatieve beperkingen een vernieuwingsimpuls te geven, zal er een posterprijs worden toegekend aan de meest belovende presentatie. Presentatoren zullen bovendien in de gelegenheid gesteld worden hun werk in een themanummer van een tijdschrift te publiceren.

Samenvattingen voor posterpresentaties (eventueel met demonstraties) kunnen max. 500 woorden bevatten en moeten vóór 31 juli 2013 via de website www.hetwap.nl/symposium2013/ ingediend worden. Een jury zal een prijs uitreiken voor de beste poster.

Algemene informatie over de inzending:

- De inzendingen worden onafhankelijk van elkaar door het organisatiecomité beoordeeld
- Per auteur worden maximaal twee inzendingen geaccepteerd
- De samenvatting mag max. 500 woorden lang zijn in platte tekst of als Word bestand
- Naam, adres en e-mailadres van de contactpersoon
- Titel posterpresentatie
- Namen van alle auteurs + (alle) affiliaties
Call for papers: workshop on the Acquisition of Adjectives Across Languages, Utrecht University, November 28-29, 2013. Deadline: August 15 2013
Cross-linguistic studies of adjective acquisition are crucial to our understanding of the relation between language and cognition, since the adjective category is not universal and reveals a lot of cross-linguistic variation. However, relatively little attention has been given to the acquisition of the adjective category in languages beyond English and to cross-linguistic comparisons in this domain. This workshop aims to bring together experts in the field of adjective learning from different countries – who rarely meet due to being geographically scattered – and thereby stimulate collaborative projects in this area.

We invite abstracts for 20-minute talks (plus 10 min. discussion) on all aspects of adjective acquisition (e.g. semantics, morphology, syntax, pragmatics) in typical and atypical, monolingual and bilingual, first and second language acquisition. Papers on cross-linguistic comparisons are particularly welcome. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (excl. references) and should be submitted as e-mail attachments (MS Word, rtf) to Elena Tribushinina (e.tribushinina(removeme)uu.nl).

Confirmed invited speakers:
Wolfgang Dressler (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Asifa Majid (MPI Nijmegen and Radboud University Nijmegen)
Lynne Murphy (University of Sussex)
Dorit Ravid (Tel Aviv University)
Maria Voeikova (Russian Academy of Sciences)
Sandra Waxman (Northwestern University)
Fred Weerman (University of Amsterdam)

Important dates:
Deadline for abstract submission: August 15, 2013
Notification of acceptance: September 1, 2013
Workshop dates: November 28-29, 2013
Call for papers for Conference on Referentiality, Universidade Federal do Paranį, October 21-22 2013. Deadline: August 19 2013


October 21st – 22nd, 2013
Universidade Federal do Paranį
Linguistics Department
Graduate Program in Linguistics
Curitiba, Brazil

The Linguistics Department and the Graduate Program in Linguistics of the Universidade Federal do Paranį (UFPR) is pleased to announce the Conference on Referentiality, to be held on October 21st – 22nd, 2013 at the Universidade Federal do Paranį in Curitiba, Paranį, Brazil.

The conference aims to encourage discussions between linguists, philosophers, and cognitive scientists on the notion of referentiality. The central focus is centered in syntactic-semantic issues related to the nominal system with the aim of understanding the role of nominal modification in the licensing and interpretation of certain syntactic/semantic structures.

Questions to be addressed include but are not limited to:

Nominal modification is understood broadly including plural suffixation, modification by adjectives, prepositional complements and relative clauses. In this conference we want to understand the effects of modification in the licensing and blocking of certain nominal phrase, and the contrasts of acceptability.

We can summarize the issues as follows:

• the effects of modification in the licensing and blocking of certain nominal phrases;

• the role of referentiality features of noun phrases;

• nominal modification and contrasts of acceptability that show up in free choice constructions, with bare noun phrases, in the bare predication, and with the weak and generic definite phrases.


Maria José Foltran
Roberta Pires de Oliveira


Prof. Dr. Henriėtte de Swart, Utrecht University
Prof. Dr. Jenny Doetjes – Leiden University
Prof. Dr. Ana Müller – University of Sćo Paulo


Esmeralda Vailati Negrćo (USP)
Luiz Arthur Pagani (UFPR)
Mįrcia Canēado (UFMG)
Roberta Pires de Oliveira (UFSC)
Sérgio Menuzzi (UFRS)


We invite submission of abstracts for 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion, or posters. Abstracts must not exceed two pages in letter-size or A4 paper, including examples and references, with 1 inch margins on all sides and 12 point font size.
Abstracts should have a clear title but should not identify the author(s). They must be submitted anonymously in PDF format.
Submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author, or 2 joint abstracts per author.
Abstracts should be in English
They should be sent to conferenceonreferentiality(removeme)gmail.com until August 19th, 2013.. The message should include the title of the abstract, the author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), and address for contact, including the email address.
When you submit your abstract, please indicate whether you would like it to be considered for a talk, for a poster or for both. Due to the limited number of slots for talks, the scientific committee might relocate some talk submissions to the poster session.

Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed by the middle of September.

Conference participants are invited to submit their papers to a special issue of the REVISTA LETRAS (UFPR).
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 www.vldn.be 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:

* nasslli2012.com/
* www.linguistics.ucla.edu/nasslli04/program.html
* www.stanford.edu/group/nasslli/
* www.indiana.edu/~nasslli/2003/program.html
* www.indiana.edu/~nasslli/

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
( www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nasslli2014), 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)nasslli2014.com
For questions relating to local organization, send email to oc(removeme)nasslli2014.com
Reminder: 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)fryske-akademy.nl. Please use the subject: “abstract Morphology Meeting”. The conference languages are English, Dutch and German.

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

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

For more information: ehoekstra(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl.
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: linguistlist.org/confservices/customhome.cfm?emeetingid=5102JA4458BE425A40A050441

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 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) ( www.mcgill.ca/linguistics/sites/mcgill.ca.linguistics/files/boberg_webpage.pdf)
• Robert Fulk (Indiana University, Bloomington) ( www.iub.edu/~engweb/faculty/profile_rFulk.shtml).
• Peter Grund (University of Kansas) ( www.english.ku.edu/people/grund-peter-j/index.shtml).
• Maria Jose Lopez-Couso (University of Santiago de Compostela) ( www.usc-vlcg.es/MXLC.htm).
• Marit Westergaard (University of Tromso) ( ansatte.uit.no/marit.westergaard/)

Conference website: www.arts.kuleuven.be/ling/ICEHL18/

Conference email: icehl18(removeme)arts.kuleuven.be

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 linguistlist.org/confservices/ICEHL18.

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 linguistlist.org/confservices/ICEHL18 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)arts.kuleuven.be..

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)arts.kuleuven.be..

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 linguistlist.org/confservices/ICEHL18
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 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 www.easychair.org.

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)inl.nl.
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 saturn.glyndwr.ac.uk/englishsummer/

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): www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/Ourcampusesandfacilities/SecondLanguageLearningCentre/
Oproep tot nominaties Descartes-Huygensprijs 2013. Deadline: 1 juli 2013
Tot en met 1 juli 2013 kunt u nominaties indienen voor de Descartes-Huygensprijs van de KNAW. De prijs, een geldbedrag van 23.000 euro, gaat in 2013 naar een excellente Franse onderzoeker in de geestes- en sociale wetenschappen en is bedoeld voor een gastonderzoekerschap van ongeveer zes maanden - onafgebroken of verspreid over meer bezoeken - in Nederland.

De Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) kent de Descartes-Huygensprijs sinds 1995 jaarlijks toe om de wetenschappelijke samenwerking tussen Frankrijk en Nederland te stimuleren.

De Descartes-Huygensprijs is ingesteld door de Franse en Nederlandse regeringen. De prijs wordt jaarlijks toegekend aan een Franse en een Nederlandse wetenschappelijke onderzoeker voor hun excellente onderzoek en hun bijdrage aan de Frans-Nederlandse samenwerking. Beurtelings komen de vakgebieden geestes- en sociale wetenschappen, natuurwetenschappen en levenswetenschappen aan bod. De winnaars van 2013 zijn werkzaam in de geestes- en sociale wetenschappen.

Meer informatie
De voorwaarden en het nominatieformulier treft u aan op onze website: www.knaw.nl/Pages/DEF/27/206.html