May 30th, 2013

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

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

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

Participants are encouraged to present their work during the weekly poster session. They may present a poster with original work, try-out their poster for an upcoming conference, or present a poster from a previous conference.
The Schultink Lecture of this LOT School is given by Paola (Giuli) Dussias. Non-participants are welcome as well!
In each week of the Summer School other social activities will be organized as well.

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


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

More detailed information can be found on:

For questions regarding this LOT Summer school, send an email to lot(removeme)
Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen
Kennislink is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied:

Spreken in tonge: een universele taal
Met Pinksteren herdenken christenen de neerdaling van de Heilige Geest op de apostelen. Volgens het Nieuwe Testament begonnen de apostelen en andere gelovigen daarbij in vreemde talen of in tongen te spreken. Maar wat is dat precies, spreken in tongen?

Computer voorspelt leeftijd en geslacht twitteraar
Het computerprogramma TweetGenie raadt leeftijd en geslacht van Nederlandse twitteraars aan de hand van hun taalgebruik. Het schatten van geslacht doet hij net zo goed als mensen; bij de inschatting van leeftijd is hij zelfs beter. TweetGenie is ontwikkeld door onderzoekers van de Universiteit Twente en het Meertens Instituut.
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
ACLC Seminar: Katja Jasinskaja, UvA Amsterdam, May 31 2013
Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication
31May 2013 15:15 - 16:30
Katja Jasinskaja (ZAS, Berlin)
Title: TBA
Dr Katja Jasinskaja, a researcher at the Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) in Berlin, is the guest speaker at this ACLC seminar (location BH K02). Title and abstract are TBA.
ACLC Lecture -Bilingual brains - what's new?- with Prof. Brandon Weekes, ACLC University of Amsterdam, June 7 2013
Prof. Brandon Weekes presents "Bilingual brains - what's new?" at this ACLC Seminar. Prof. Weekes is Chair in Communication Science at the University of Hong Kong and Director of the Communication Science Laboratory at HKU. (location BH K02).

More than half the world is bilingual - speaking at least two and sometimes more languages with some proficiency. Cognitive neuroscientists have discovered that bilingual speakers use very specific parts of the brain to communicate. However this depends on the age of acquisition, proficiency and linguistic similarity between languages. Recent research suggests that bilingualism has protective benefits for the brain. Studies show that bilingual speakers perform better on decision making tasks and are less likely to develop dementia compared to monolingual speakers. One reason for this cognitive reserve is greater grey matter density in specific brain regions which delays the onset of cognitive decline. The conclusion from this research is that bilingualism is a protective factor that delays the clinical onset of cognitive decline. Bilingualism can therefore reduce the social costs for the long term healthcare of patients with dementia and also promote healthy ageing in multilingual environments. I will present new data on bilingual speaking children, young adults and seniors in Hong Kong.

About Prof. Weekes
Brendan Weekes is Associate Dean and Chair Professor in Communication Science at the University of Hong Kong. He is an experimental psychologist by training and registered clinical psychologist in Australia. Prof. Weekes is the Director of the Laboratory for Communication Science in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Hong Kong.
LUCL Colloquium: Wannie Carstens, Leiden University, June 7 2013
On Friday 7 June Wannie Carstens (North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus)) will give a talk entitled ‘Languages in South Africa: Where does Afrikaans fit in?’.

Date, time and venue
Date Friday 7 June 2013
Time 15.30-17.00
Venue Leiden University, Johan Huizinga building (Doelensteeg 16), room 4

Since 1994 SA has been in a constant period of change. This affects so many aspects of the daily lives of the people living in SA. It also has an impact on the languages we use to function in everyday contexts wherever we are. I want to talk about the language context in SA and in this process I will refer to the various Acts regarding language and the development of languages in the country. Is it possible to have eleven official languages in a country? How do we deal with it?
I will also refer to Afrikaans as a case study: what has happened (or has not happened) to this language in the period since 1994. How did the speakers of Afrikaans go about it to rectify some of the mistakes made in the past? Can we really say there is a future for Afrikaans in SA?
Discourse op Dinsdag meeting with Loes Koring, Utrecht University, June 11 2013
The next Discourse op Dinsdag meeting will take place on the 11th of June. Our speaker will be:

Loes Koring (UiL OTS - Utrecht University)

Date & time: June 11; 15:30-17:00
Location: Utrecht University, Ravesteijn zaal (room 1.06), Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80
Title: ‘Subjectivity seems to matter (again)’ (see below for an abstract)

We hope to see you all there!

Kind regards,
Ted Sanders
Gerdineke van Silfhout
Hannah De Mulder

Subjectivity seems to matter (again)
Loes Koring
Uil-OTS – Utrecht University

The two seemingly similar Dutch raising verbs schijnen and lijken have been shown to differ in distribution (Haegeman, 2006). Whereas lijken can be embedded under modals, negation, and questions for instance, schijnen cannot. In this talk, I will show that the differences in distributional properties follow from restrictions on scope as a result of the semantics of the verbs. The proposal is that schijnen is subjective, but lijken is not. That is, evaluation of schijnen (but not of lijken) is restricted to the here and now of the speaker. As such, it is not part of the at-issue content of the utterance. Schijnen can therefore not be embedded under elements that force an evaluation such as modals, negation, and questions (i.e. it cannot occur in nonveridical contexts (cf. Ernst, 2009)). Therefore, it is much more restricted in its distribution than lijken. As a next step we will investigate whether the difference in subjectivity leads to a difference in processing of these two verbs. The hypothesis is that subjectivity will slow down processing because it is an extra computation that needs to be carried out (in analogy to findings in the domain of causal connectives (Canestrelli, 2013 a.o.)). This was investigated in a self-paced-reading experiment. The results indicate that, indeed, subjective schijnen is harder to process than non-subjective lijken. Interestingly, subjectivity leads to an immediate processing cost, but confers a processing advantage later in the sentence. Finally, we will look at data from acquisition experiments that I carried out in cooperation with Hannah De Mulder to find out whether subjective schijnen is also acquired later than lijken The combined results will show that subjectivity not only influences grammar, but also processing, and acquisition of evidential raising verbs.
Lecture by Kimbrough Oller on early vocal development, Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging Nijmegen, June 13 2013
Date: 13 June
Time: 15:30
Location: Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Kapittelweg 29 (Donders colloquium room)

Title: *How early vocal development provides perspective on the evolution of language: Functional flexibility in vocal communication as a foundational principle*

Vocalizations of human infants during their first months reveal capabilities critical for language but absent, as far as is known, in any other primate at any age. Our research shows that by three months, human infant sounds may reveal deep roots for human language, hinting at a very distant break from our ape relatives (Oller et al., 2013). Primate signals often have an inherent emotional valence. For example a threat call is inherently negative and cannot occur in positive expressions, as would be seen in greeting or alliance formation. This is one reason animal calls have been termed “fixed signals (Lorenz, 1951; Tinbergen, 1951)” – because individual calls have not been seen to change from negative to neutral to positive on different occasions. The presentation will indicate that precisely this kind of shift from negative, to neutral, to positive does occur, however, in human infant squealing, cooing and growling, the earliest precursors to speech. To exemplify, an infant squeal can be expressed with a smile on one occasion, and shortly thereafter, the same squeal can be used to express distress, accompanied by frowning, at not later than three months of age. The same sort of shift can occur with infant growls or coos, and all these sounds can be expressed with comfortable neutral faces as well. Language requires such freedom of expression all the time, and from this we conclude that human infant vocalization provides a window into the foundations that were required for language to originate in our species.

Background reading:
Lorenz, K. (1951). Ausdrucksbewegungen höherer Tiere. Naturwissenschaften, 38, 113-116.
Oller, D. K. (2000). The Emergence of the Speech Capacity. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Oller, D. K., Buder, E. H., Ramsdell, H. L., Warlaumont, A. S., Chorna, L., & Bakeman, R. (2013). Functional flexibility of infant vocalization and the emergence of language. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi: doi:10.1073/pnas.1300337110/-/DCSupplemental
Tinbergen, N. (1951). The study of instinct. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kim Oller's website
CLS colloquium on sign language by Onno Crasborn, Radboud University Nijmegen, June 13 2013
The CLS organising committee is happy to announce the next CLS colloquium.

"Interactive functions of the other hand in sign language" by Onno Crasborn

Date: 13.06.2013
Time: 16:00
Place: E 2.55 (Erasmusgebouw, Radboud University, Nijmegen)


One of the remarkable differences between signed and spoken languages is the presence of two symmetrical articulators in sign languages: the two hands. All sign languages that have been studied make intensive use of both hands, both in the phonology of lexical signs and in the morphosyntax. In the lexicon, roughly half of the signs are one-handed. In two recent research projects, we have investigated 1) what the other hand does during the articulation of a one-handed sign, and 2) how the two hands are used in tandem to express complex constructions. This talk will focus on situations where there is a change in dominant hand from right to left or vice versa. These dominance reversals can be very brief, lasting only a single sign, or can persist for many sentences. On the basis of systematic transcription of the Corpus NGT containing over 70 hours of sign language dialogues, dominance reversals have been found to be used by all signers in the corpus and to be quite frequent. One of the functions of a brief reversal of dominant hand will be discussed in some more detail, referring to cases where the other hand is active in managing the interaction between signer and perceiver. Their linguistic vs. gestural nature will be discussed, and compared to interactive functions of gestures of hearing speakers.

For more information, please visit:
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Workshop A decade of Ghana-Togo Mountain (GTM) Languages Studies in the Netherlands, LUCL Leiden University, May 31 2013
Date: Friday 31st May 2013

Place: Van Eyckhof 3/002, WSD Complex, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University

There will be a one-day workshop on Friday 31st May, 2013, in connection with the public defence of Mercy Bobuafor’s thesis A grammar of Tafi on 30th May, 2013, at 3 pm, This workshop will formally round off one phase of the Southern Ghana-Togo Mountain Groups project. Experts on the GTM ethnolinguistic groups will present their current research on the languages.

A special feature of the workshop is a FORUM discussion on the theme of the relationship between GTM noun classes and Bantu noun classes.

Background: Westermann and Bryan (1952) A handbook of West African languages referred to the GTM languages as the Class languages of West Africa whose vocabulary is similar to that of the other Kwa languages but whose active noun class systems are reminiscent of Bantu. However, there has not been any systematic comparison between the noun class systems of the two groups.
One issue in the description of GTM noun classes is how to represent or characterise them in glosses. Currently a number of systems are in use: (i) A numbering system (Roman or Arabic) (ii) Named by the prefix (in Upper or Lower Case), and (iii) Alphabetised
One of the challenges in the use of especially Arabic numbers is that it has a reflected meaning of the Bantu classes with the same number. But we just do not know what the correspondences are. During the forum experts on both groups of languages will discuss the merits and demerits of the representation systems and begin to compare the noun classes within GTM and with Bantu.

Anyone interested in participating is welcome.


A decade of Ghana-Togo Mountain Languages Studies in the Netherlands

Date: Friday 31st May 2013

Place: Van Eyckhof 3/002, WSD Complex, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University

Provisional Programme

10.00 – 10.15 Coffee
10.15 – 11.00 Felix Ameka Welcome
Introduction: Ten years of GTML Studies in the Netherlands and beyond
11.00 – 11.30 Mercy Bobuafor Property concepts in Tafi
11.30 – 12.00 James Essegbey Vowel harmony in Tutrugbu
12.00 – 12.30 Saskia van Putten Avatime contrastive particles: meaning and use
12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH

13.30 – 18.00

13.30 – 14.00 Yvonne Agbetsoamedo S?l?? noun classes
14.00 – 14.30 Mark Dingemanse Siwu noun classes
14.30 – 15.00 Bernd Heine Labelling GTM noun classes
15.00 – 15.30 Maarten Mous Labelling noun classes
15.30 – 16.00 Tea
16.00 - 16.30 Thilo Schadeberg Bantu noun classes
16.30 – 18.00 FORUM Comparing GTM classes and Bantu Noun classes
18.00 Drinks and dinner
Dag van de Logopediewetenschap 2013, Universiteit Utrecht, 1 juni 2013
De Alumnivereniging Logopediewetenschap nodigt u van harte uit voor de Dag van de Logopediewetenschap op zaterdag 1 juni 2013 in Utrecht.
Het ochtendprogramma bestaat uit lezingen voor logopedisten, linguļsten, studenten en andere belangstellenden waarin veel aandacht zal zijn voor recent wetenschappelijk onderzoek in de logopedie. ’s Middags zal er een lunch zijn voor de alumni van de master Logopediewetenschap.

9.00 Ontvangst met koffie en thee
9.30 Opening
9.35 Dr. Elena Tribushinina
Adjectiefgebruik in de spraak van dove kinderen met een cochleair implantaat en kinderen met SLI
10.05 Iris Schaap, MSc
Nazeggen, lezen en schrijven van woorden en pseudowoorden: een vergelijking tussen kinderen met dyslexie en kinderen met S-TOS
10.25 Lieke Kuipers, MSc
De verwerving van het Nederlands meervoud door kinderen met dyslexie en/of S-TOS
10.45 pauze
11.15 Dr. Mieke Moerman
E- health and E-(para)medicine. What about Voice Therapy?
11.45 Jeanet Smilde, MSc
Spraakperceptie na cochleaire implantatie bij volwassenen, met behulp van multi-level analyse
12.05 Karlijn vd Zwart, MSc
Communicatieve vaardigheden van kinderen met Cerebrale Parese in relatie tot taalbegrip en contextuele factoren.
12.30 Afsluiting

De abstracts van de lezingen zullen binnenkort te lezen zijn via de facebook pagina van de Alumnivereniging Logopediewetenschap

Het ochtendprogramma vindt plaats bij de Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen, Drift 21, Utrecht. De kosten bedragen € 15,00 (voor studenten € 7,50), contant te voldoen op 1 juni. Een bewijs van deelname wordt verstrekt.

Van 13.00 tot 15.00 uur is er een lunch voor de alumni van de masterstudie Logopediewetenschap in de directe omgeving van de Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen. Er zal veel gelegenheid zijn om bij te praten met oud-studiegenoten. Het bestuur van de alumnivereniging wil daarnaast kort met de alumni van gedachten wisselen over wensen en verwachtingen ten aanzien van de alumnivereniging. De kosten voor de lunch zijn niet inbegrepen bij het bedrag voor het ochtendprogramma.

Zowel voor het ochtendprogramma als voor de lunch kunt u zich opgeven door een e-mail te sturen naar logopediewetenschap.alumni(removeme) Vermeld erbij of u zich opgeeft voor alleen het ochtendprogramma, voor ochtendprogramma en lunch of alleen voor de lunch. Aanmelding graag vņņr 25 mei a.s.

Het bestuur van de Alumnivereniging Logopediewetenschap:
Annelies Bron, Gerda Bruinsma, Leonoor Oonk, Eska Schuijling, Margo Zwitserlood-Nijenhuis
2013 summerschool on The Neurocognition of Bilingualism and Cognitive Control, Utrecht University, June 3-6, 2013
A hotly-debated controversy in the neurocognition of bilingualism concerns the nature of the mechanisms responsible for language switching and language selection. Is this a language-internal mechanism or is it a general cognitive control mechanism? What effect does bilingualism have on general cognitive functioning and underlying neural mechanisms? This summer school will present current views on these issues in detail. Speakers will also address the experimental designs and techniques (brain imaging techniques, EEG , eyetracking, behavioral research) used to investigate the issues at stake.

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

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

For more information, and how to register, see:

Contact: Edith Kaan, kaan(removeme)

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Edith Kaan

Associate professor
Department of Linguistics
University of Florida

Office: Turlington Hall 4127 -- Mailing address: Box 115454, Gainesville FL 32611, USA -- Email: kaan(removeme) -- Phone: 352 294 7453 -- Fax: 352 392 8480
TiCC Symposium on Automatic Text-to-Text Generation, Tilburg University, June 5th, 2013
Tilburg University, Dante Building, Room DZ3

Monolingual text-to-text generation plays an increasingly important role in natural language processing (NLP). The ability to automatically rewrite text by for example paraphrasing or compression can help improve many NLP applications. Techniques such as text simplification can also help make texts more accessible to for example people with reading disabilities. In this symposium, speakers will provide their own perspective on various text-to-text generation tasks and challenges. The symposium will be followed by the public defense of Sander Wubben's PhD Thesis, entitled "Text-to-text generation as monolingual machine translation".

Please send an email to s.wubben(removeme) to register, so we know how many sandwiches to order.

Lunch and welcome

Sander Wubben (Tilburg University) - Text-to-text generation by monolingual machine translation

Erwin Marsi (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) - Extracting deep paraphrases from an aligned monolingual treebank

Coffee Break

Advaith Siddharthan (University of Aberdeen) - Text Simplification: A comparison of handwritten rules vs rules acquired from corpora

Katja Filippova (Google) - Lexical features for sentence compression and the training data bottleneck

Public defense by Sander Wubben in the auditorium of Tilburg University
KNAW-bijeenkomst Brein en Letteren, Amsterdam, 10 juni 2013
Onderzoek in de geesteswetenschappen naar taal, muziek, filosofie en beeld en hun neurobiologische en culturele begrenzingen

Datum 10 juni 2013, 17.00 - 19.30 uur
Locatie Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam

Hersenen, brein, de menselijke geest en cognitie staan in toenemende mate in de belangstelling van het onderzoek in de geesteswetenschappen. Hoe wordt taal in onze hersenen verwerkt? Hoe kunnen we elkaar begrijpen? Hoe drukken we geuren in taal uit? Is taal voor ons denken onmisbaar? Wat gebeurt er in de hersenen wanneer wij naar muziek luisteren? Bepaalt de neurologische structuur van de hersenen hoe we denken of zijn vooral de culturele begrenzingen dominant? Het brein is slim, de onderzoekers ook, maar toch kraken zij hun hersenen om deze en verwante vragen te beantwoorden.

17.00 uur Opening door Ellen van Wolde, bestuurslid Afdeling Letterkunde KNAW
Het valt niet mee een goede lezing te geven: over brein en pragmatiek, door Peter Hagoort, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Olfaction at the intersection of the humanities and the brain, door Asifa Majid, Max Planck Instituut voor Psycholinguļstiek en Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Muziek, cognitie en de geesteswetenschappen, door Henkjan Honing, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Hoe hiėrarchisch is het brein?, door Rens Bod, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Neurohermeneutiek, door Marc Slors, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
19.30 uur Afsluiting en borrel

U bent van harte welkom. Wij stellen het op prijs indien u deze uitnodiging doorstuurt naar mogelijk geļnteresseerden. U kunt zich voor de bijeenkomst aanmelden via het elektronische aanmeldformulier.

Met vriendelijke groeten,
Afdeling Genootschap

Het Trippenhuis
Kloveniersburgwal 29
Postbus 19121
1000 GC Amsterdam Telefoon 020 551 0727
Fax 020 620 4941
International Child Phonology Conference (ICPC) 2013, Radboud University Nijmegen, June 10-12 2013
Call for Registration
The International Child Phonology Conference (ICPC) is an annual conference on issues related to all aspects of children's speech-sound development. This year, the regular meeting on phonological acquisition (June 10-12) will be preceded by a themed workshop on the perception-production interface in child phonology (June 10). For continuous updates, please check:

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

The program is now available and can be found on the meeting website under

Key Dates

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

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

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

With pleasure we invite you to participate in the workshop

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

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

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

Thursday June 13th 2013, at the University of Amsterdam

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

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

We look forward to seeing you.
Best wishes,

Otto Zwartjes, ACLC, UvA: O.J.Zwartjes(removeme)
Astrid Alexander, ACLC, UvA: A.Alexander-Bakkerus(removeme)
Mini-symposium on the occasion of Hana Smiskova-Gustafsson’s dissertation defense, University of Groningen, June 16 2013
Topic: Formulaic Sequences in Second Language Acquisition

Time: Sunday 16 June, 14.00 – 16.30
Place: University of Groningen, Collegezaal of the University Library (Broerstraat 4, 4th floor)


Nick C. Ellis, University of Michigan
June Eyckmans, Gent University
Alex Housen, Vrije University Brussels
Hana Smiskova-Gustafsson, University of Groningen

For information: Cornelia Lahmann (c.m.m.a.lahmann(removeme)
MEERTENS INSTITUTE WORKSHOP ON METAPHONY, Meertens Institute (Keizerzaal), June 20 2013
In case you would like to attend the workshop, please contact us at meertens.workshop(removeme) to register.


09:25 – 09:30 Welcome opening

09:30 – 10:00 Metaphony in the Ticino Canton and phonological features
Stefano Celestino Canalis, Universitą di Bologna

10:00 – 10:30 Metaphony in Italian: A representation in Element Theory
Nina Ouddeken, Leiden University

10:30 – 11:00 Opacity in metaphonic systems
Francesc Torres-Tamarit, Meertens Institute
Kathrin Linke, Leiden University and Meertens Institute

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 11:45 Hidden vowel harmony in Shiwiar
Martin Kohlberger, Leiden University

11:45 – 12:15 Vowel feature migration in South Saami
Kevin Gabbard, CASTL/University of Tromsų

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 13:45 Metaphonic blocking in Portuguese and Dutch
Gertjan Postma, Meertens Institute

13:45 – 14:15 Vowel quality and quantity changes in Middle Dutch
Johanneke Sytsema, University of Oxford
Aditi Lahiri, University of Oxford
Janet Grijzenhout, University of Konstanz

14:15 – 14:45 Umlaut in German: What is it for and why are u-y alternations and AU-EU alternations not analogous
Renate Raffelsiefen, Institüt für Deutsche Spräche

14:45 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 15:30 Featuring Romanian metaphony
Michela Russo, Université Paris 8/UMR 7023 CNRS

15:30 – 16:00 Metaphony and theme vowels in a southern Italian dialect
Marc van Oostendorp, Meertens Institute and Leiden University
Roberta d'Alessandro, Leiden University

Coffee break

16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break

16:15 – 16:45 Phony metaphony
Markus Pöchtrager, Bo?aziēi University
Jonathan Kaye

16:45 – 17:15 The typology of metaphony/stress dependent harmony
Joan Mascaró, Universitat Autņnoma de Barcelona

17:15 – 17:20 Concluding remarks

18:30 Workshop dinner

Margaret Renwick, University of Oxford
Marjoleine Sloos, University of Groningen
The 8th Morphological Processing Meeting at Cambridge University, UK, June 20th - June 22nd 2013
The 8th Morphological Processing Meeting will be held at the University of
Cambridge, UK, from June 20th to June 22nd 2013. We are pleased to announce that registration is open:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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



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


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


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


This workshop is financially supported by the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 833 "The construction of meaning - the dynamics and adaptivity of linguistic structures" at the University of Tübingen.
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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)

Datum: 27 juni 2013
Aanvang: 13.30
Locatie: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw, Lorentzzaal, Leiden
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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

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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 []
Contact: marc.van.oostendorp(removeme)

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) 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:
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
( or email p.rebuschat(removeme)

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

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gynnwys deunydd cyfrinachol ac wedi eu bwriadu i'w defnyddio'n unig
gan y sawl y cawsant eu cyfeirio ato (atynt). Os ydych wedi derbyn y
neges e-bost hon trwy gamgymeriad, rhowch wybod i'r anfonwr ar
unwaith a dilėwch y neges. Os na fwriadwyd anfon y neges atoch chi,
rhaid i chi beidio ā defnyddio, cadw neu ddatgelu unrhyw wybodaeth a
gynhwysir ynddi. Mae unrhyw farn neu safbwynt yn eiddo i'r sawl a'i
hanfonodd yn unig ac nid yw o anghenraid yn cynrychioli barn
Prifysgol Bangor. Nid yw Prifysgol Bangor yn gwarantu
bod y neges e-bost hon neu unrhyw atodiadau yn rhydd rhag firysau neu
100% yn ddiogel. Oni bai fod hyn wedi ei ddatgan yn uniongyrchol yn
nhestun yr e-bost, nid bwriad y neges e-bost hon yw ffurfio contract
rhwymol - mae rhestr o lofnodwyr awdurdodedig ar gael o Swyddfa
Cyllid Prifysgol Bangor.
Conference LDCG on Language Diversity, Groningen University, July 18-20 2013
Conference: Patterns of Macro- and Micro-Diversity in the Languages of Europe and the Middle East. Computational Issues in Studying Language Diversity: Storage, Analysis and Inference, Thu.-Sat., July 18-20, 2013, 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, Dirk Geeraerts, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Infrastructure: Mark Liberman, Jan Odijk, Antal van den Bosch
Historical Linguistics and Language Evolution: Michael Dunn, Wido van Peursen,
Arie Verhagen, Lars Johanson, Sųren Wichmann
Detecting and Analyzing Sound Correspondences: Simon Greenhill, Lars Borin,
Jelena Prokic, Hannah Haynie, Steve Moran, Martijn Wieling, John Nerbonne
Modern Data Sources: (Twitter) Jacob Eisenstein; (Simulations) Gerhard Jäger
Archaeology: Stephen Shennan
Population Genetics: Franz Manni
For more information see:
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 : 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)

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)

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


It has to be done on line at

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

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
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., 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.
In conjunction with XPRAG-2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

For practical questions, please email one of the organizers at Utrecht University:
Choonkyu Lee
Eva Poortman
Yoad Winter

Other relevant links:
XPrag Network
Lorentz Workshop "Modelling Meets Infant Studies in Language Acquisition", Lorentz Center@Oort Leiden, September 9-13 2013
We are pleased to announce the upcoming Lorentz Workshop "Modelling Meets Infant Studies in Language Acquisition", organised jointly by Prof. P. Fikkert (Radboud University) and Prof. R. Bod (University of Amsterdam). The workshop will take place September 9-13 at the Lorentz Center in Leiden. To participate, researchers are required to indicate their interest on the website at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeroen van Craenenbroeck
Jason Merchant
Gary Thoms

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

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

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 15 June, 2013

Notification of acceptance: 15 July, 2013

Conference dates: 20-21 September, 2013

Organizing committee
Enrico Boone, Anikó Liptįk and Bobby Ruijgrok
Workshop: Intentional Language Change, Masterclass: Sarah G. Thomason, University of Leiden (LUCL), September 27-28 2013
Leiden University Center for Linguistics is pleased to announce a two-day workshop on Intentional Language Change. The workshop explores intentional language change, that is all language change (or non-change) which is triggered or carried out deliberately and with clearly identifiable social motivations. Some would claim that all language change is to some extent intentional. Yet, there are many different degrees and types of intentional change. For instance, some speech communities consciously decide to change an entire lexicon, with the purpose of setting themselves apart from neighbouring communities. In other cases, linguistic taboo (the prohibition to utter certain words) can cause extreme changes in the lexicon. Combining theory and case studies, we hope to provide a coherent overview of, and shed light on, intentional change.

Confirmed Speakers:

Sarah Thomason
Malcolm Ross
Victor Friedman
Mikael Parkvall
Robert 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) After the masterclass, the program will continue with regular plenary papers in which fascinating case studies will be presented.
DRONGO festival over meertaligheid, OBA Amsterdam, 28 september 2013
Zaterdag 28 september 2013 zal in de Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA) het tweede DRONGO festival over meertaligheid plaatsvinden! Van 10 tot 22 uur zijn er door het hele gebouw van de OBA optredens, interviews, LABS, lezingen en een informatiemarkt. Bij DRONGO vind je het laatste nieuws en de recente ontwikkelingen omtrent onderzoek over meertaligheid. Het festival is voor iedereen die in aanraking komt met en interesse heeft in de moderne meertalige wereld. De toegang van het festival is grotendeels gratis. Bekijk het blog- en fotoverslag en een filmpje van editie 2012.

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

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

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

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

Kijk voor meer informatie en het voorlopig programma op
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:
12th Mexican Intern. Conf. on ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (MICAI-2013), Mexico City, November 24-30 2013
MICAI-2013 with NLP track

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

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


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

Workshops. Tutorials. Doctoral Consortium. Best papers awards.

Keynotes: NLP and Cognitive Science-related talks by:

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

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

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

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

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


Springer LNAI; special issues of journals including ISI JCR.

Poster session: IEEE CPS (anticipated).

Workshops: see the respective calls for papers.


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


Submit your workshop or tutorial proposal, see the calls on the webpage.
Conference: 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 and register ‘Your Expression of Interest’ to be kept informed of the details of this upcoming congress.
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Lecturer in Spanish Language and Linguistics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Deadline: June first 2013
0.25-0.55 fte

Vacancy number: 13
The Faculty of Arts of VU University Amsterdam, located in Amsterdam’s burgeoning Zuidas district, is a dynamic faculty with expertise in the areas of language, communication, art, culture and history. The teaching we provide in our degree programmes covers the full breadth of the disciplines involved while offering unique opportunities for truly in-depth, focussed study. Our research is firmly embedded in the university’s various interfaculty research institutes. In addition, the faculty is a real innovator in the field of social entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer.

The Faculty of Arts of the VU University Amsterdam seeks to appoint a part-time (0.25-0.55) lecturer (docent) in Spanish Language and Culture.

You will contribute to academic teaching and support within your area of expertise, including Dutch-Spanish/Spanish-Dutch translation, to undergraduate students in Spanish Language and Culture.

You should hold a relevant PhD in Spanish linguistics and possess native competence in Spanish. Publications in the area of second language acquisition or translation studies will be considered an asset.

Further particulars
The part-time appointment will be available for one year only. The position will be filled minimally for 0.25 (in which case your teaching will be exclusively in the area of Dutch-Spanish/Spanish-Dutch translation) and maximally for 0.55, depending on the available budget.

You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at Examples include:
• remuneration of 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance
• solid pension scheme (ABP);
• a minimum of 29 days paid leave for full-time employment;

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience, range from a minimum of €2403.gross per month up to a maximum of €3793 gross per month (salary scale10) based on a fulltime employment.

For additional information please contact: Prof. dr. W. Leo Wetzels
E-mail: w.l.m.wetzels(removeme)

Applicants are requested to write a letter describing their abilities and motivation for this position accompanied by a curriculum vitae and one or two references (including e-mail address/es).

Please send your application before June, 01, 2013 to the address below. Be sure to include “Vacancy No. 13” in the header of the document.

VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Arts
Attn.: A.W. Mulder, Managing Director
Faculty of Arts
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

It is also possible to apply via e-mail: vacature.let(removeme)
Please include “Vacancy No. 13” as the subject.
Assistant Professor in Spanish Language and Linguistics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Deadline: June first 2013
Assistant Professor in Spanish Language and Linguistics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
0.7 fte

Vacancy number: 14
The Faculty of Arts of VU University Amsterdam, located in Amsterdam’s burgeoning Zuidas district, is a dynamic faculty with expertise in the areas of language, communication, art, culture and history. The teaching we provide in our degree programmes covers the full breadth of the disciplines involved while offering unique opportunities for truly in-depth, focussed study. Our research is firmly embedded in the university’s various interfaculty research institutes. In addition, the faculty is a real innovator in the field of social entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer.

The Faculty of Arts of the VU University Amsterdam seeks to appoint a part-time (0.7) Assistant Professor (UD) in Spanish Language and Linguistics.

You will contribute to academic teaching and support within your area of expertise, primarily to undergraduate students in Spanish Language and Linguistics. You will join one of the research groups of the Communication and Information Sciences (CIW) division of the Faculty of Arts.

You should hold a relevant PhD in Spanish or Portuguese linguistics, native competence in Spanish, and a proven research interest and high quality publications in Spanish linguistics. Active knowledge of spoken Portuguese and/or experience with research in Indigenous languages of South-America will be considered an asset

Further particulars
The appointment will be initially for one year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it can be continued for a longer period. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications, there is a possibility for the 0.7 appointment to be completed to a full-time appointment during the first year. It is at this moment not certain, although not excluded, whether this supplement will also be available after the first year.
You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at Some examples include:
• remuneration of 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance
• solid pension scheme (ABP);
• a minimum of 29 days paid leave for full-time employment;

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience, range from a minimum of €3227.gross per month up to a maximum of €4418 gross per month (salary scale 11) based on a fulltime employment.

For additional information please contact: Prof. dr. W. Leo Wetzels
E-mail: w.l.m.wetzels(removeme)

Applicants are requested to write a letter describing their abilities and motivation for this position accompanied by a curriculum vitae and one or two references (including e-mail address/es).

Please send your application before June, 01, 2013 to the address below. Be sure to include “Vacancy No. 14” in the header of the document.

VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Arts
Attn.: A.W. Mulder, Managing Director
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
It is also possible to apply via e-mail: vacature.let(removeme)
Please include “Vacancy No. 13” as the subject
Lecturer in Psycholinguistics, Bangor University -School of Linguistics & English Language. Deadline: June 7 2013
Ref: BU00229
£30,424 - £44,607 p.a. (Grade 7 or 8)
As part of an exciting expansion of the School of Linguistics & English Language, applications are now invited for a permanent Lecturer in Psycholinguistics.
Applicants are sought who will have an emerging or established research programme in this area, whose research relates to one of the School’s research specialisms, bilingualism or cognitive linguistics, and who has evidence of producing research outputs that are judged to be internationally excellent. Candidates will be able to contribute to a wide range of undergraduate teaching in Linguistics, and English Language Studies, as well as more specialist topics in one or more of the School’s MA and MSc programmes. The ability to offer undergraduate teaching in the areas of psycholinguistics, language and cognition, language development and acquisition, and grammar will be desirable.
Full details, requirements, and terms for this position are available at:
Information on Linguistics & English Language, including its staff and their research interests can be found at
Applications will only be accepted via the Apply button on our on-line recruitment website.

However, in cases of access issues due to disability, paper application forms are available by telephoning 01248 383865 .
Closing date for applications: Friday, 7 June 2013.
Committed To Equal Opportunities
Three vacancies in psycholinguistics (two pre-docs, one post-doc), Ghent Universit. Deadline: June 14 2013
The interface between memory and language in multilingualism

We offer three positions in psycholinguistics in connection to the project “the interface between memory and language in multilingualism”. This project investigates language processing in a first and second language and its relation with memory processes. The project is unique because of its wide scope of psycholinguistic processes under examination (listening, reading, speaking, self-monitoring, of words, sentences, texts, and discourse), its focus on the interface between language and memory, and in its relation with educational sciences. The project uses laboratory studies (reaction time studies, “megastudies”, corpus studies, eye-tracking, neuro-imaging methods), computational modeling, and intervention studies in classroom settings.

The project is funded by a “concerted research effort” grant from the special research fund of Ghent University, awarded to Rob Hartsuiker (spokesperson), Wouter Duyck, Marc Brysbaert, and Martin Valcke. It runs from 2013 – 2018.

We are currently recruiting three researchers on this project. The researchers will be based at the department of Experimental Psychology ( ), of Ghent University (

Post 1 (post-doctoral researcher): semantic memory in L1 and L2
The post-doc will investigate the organization of semantic memory in a first and second language of multilinguals, using large-scale data collections (semantic feature generation), computational modeling, and behavioral experiments (cross-language priming). We also expect the post-doc to contribute to the design and stimulus selection of an fMRI study.

Start date: 1 October 2013
Duration: 3 years
Supervisor: Marc Brysbaert


- You have a PhD in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics or a related discipline. You need to have successfully defended before you can start the post;
- You have conducted behavioral and/or neuroscientific research on language processing, ideally in the domain of bilingualism / multilingualism;
- Experience with computational modeling and advanced data analysis methods (LME/R) is considered an asset.
- You have an excellent research track record as demonstrated for instance by publications in top-tier international peer-reviewed journals and talks at major international conferences.

The position will be at the level of post-doctoral researcher. Salary is according to standard Belgian regulation and depends on years of experience at the post-doctoral level. Although the governing language at Ghent University is Dutch, knowledge of Dutch is not a pre-requisite.

Please contact Marc Brysbaert (marc.brysbaert(removeme) +32 9 264 9425 or Rob Hartsuiker (robert.hartsuiker(removeme) +32 9 264 6436) for informal enquiries or a copy of the project text.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Marc Brysbaert (marc.brysbaert(removeme), no later than 14 July 2013. Your application package should contain: (1) motivation letter; (2) curriculum vitae, including the contact details of two referees we may contact; (3) your two most important publications (please indicate in your letter why you think these are the most important). We foresee to interview shortlisted candidates in the last week of June or first week of July.

Post 2 (PhD student): word recognition in L1 and L2
This PhD student will do research on word recognition and text comprehension in processing in a first and second language of multilinguals. Depending on the student’s experience, skills, and interests, the focus will either be on the written or spoken modality. The research also includes smaller-scale experimental studies that investigate effects of “advance organizers” on eye-movement parameters in text understanding.

Start date: 1 October 2013
Duration: 4 years
Supervisor: Wouter Duyck

- you hold a Master’s degree in psychology, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience or a related discipline (you need to have your diploma before you can start the post; thus students finishing this summer are also eligible to apply)
- you are fascinated by the neural and cognitive systems underlying linguistic performance; your interest is demonstrated by the course curriculum you followed and in particular by your choice of thesis and/or internship topic.
- experience in eye-tracking research is an asset

The position will be at the level of doctoral bursary. The project will culminate after four years in a PhD thesis. Salary is according to standard Belgian regulations (scholarship: ± €22.000, net/year). Although the governing language at Ghent University is Dutch, knowledge of Dutch is not a pre-requisite.

Please contact Wouter Duyck (wouter.duyck(removeme) +32 9 264 9425 or Rob Hartsuiker (robert.hartsuiker(removeme) +32 9 264 6436) for informal enquiries or a copy of the project text.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Wouter Duyck, no later than 14 July 2013. Your application package should contain: (1) motivation letter; (2) curriculum vitae, including an indication of your study results and the contact details of at least two referees; (3) a sample of your work (e.g., master’s thesis, report of internship, submitted manuscript, and so on) or an extensive summary thereof. We foresee to interview shortlisted candidates in the last week of June or first week of July .

Post 3 (PhD student): speaking in L1 and L2
The PhD student will investigate the production of sentences and short discourse in a first and second language, using paradigms that measure naming latencies in picture description. Further studies focus on the larger level of discourse and investigate effects of advance organizers on for instance the time course and propositional content in the description of short cartoons.

Start date: 1 October 2013
Duration: 4 years
Supervisor: Robert Hartsuiker


- you hold a Master’s degree in psychology, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience or a related discipline (you need to have your diploma before you can start the post; thus students finishing this summer are also eligible to apply).

- you are fascinated by the neural and cognitive systems underlying linguistic performance; your interest is demonstrated by the course curriculum you followed and in particular by your choice of thesis and/or internship topic.

The position will be at the level of doctoral bursary. The project will culminate after four years in a PhD thesis. Salary is according to standard Belgian regulations (scholarship: ± €22.000, net/year). Although the governing language at Ghent University is Dutch, knowledge of Dutch is not a pre-requisite.

Please contact Robert Hartsuiker (robert.hartsuiker(removeme) +32 9 264 6436) for informal enquiries or a copy of the project text.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Robert Hartsuiker, no later than 14 June 2013. Your application package should contain: (1) motivation letter; (2) curriculum vitae, including an indication of your study results and the contact details of at least two referees; (3) a sample of your work (e.g., master’s thesis, report of internship, submitted manuscript, and so on) or an extensive summary thereof. We foresee to interview shortlisted candidates in the last week of June or first week of July
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)

Solliciteren voor deze vacature kan tot en met 24/06/2013 via de online sollicitatietoepassing van de KU Leuven, zie
Vacancy for two PhD fellowships at Department of Linguistics of the University of Leuven. Deadline: August 31 2013
The research group Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics (QLVL) of the Department of Linguistics of the University of Leuven is looking for applicants for two fully-funded PhD-fellowships in Linguistics.
The PhD fellowships will be integrated in a project entitled “Exploring probabilistic grammar(s) in varieties of English around the world”, funded by the Odysseus program of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and supervised by prof. dr. Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (University of Leuven). The project is situated at the crossroads of research on English as a World Language, usage-based theoretical linguistics, variationist linguistics, and cognitive sociolinguistics. It specifically marries the spirit of the Probabilistic Grammar Framework (which posits that grammatical knowledge is experience-based and partially probabilistic) to research along the lines of the English World-Wide paradigm (which is concerned with the dialectology and sociolinguistics of post-colonial English-speaking communities around the world). The overarching objective is to understand the lectal plasticity of probabilistic knowledge of English grammar, on the part of language users with diverse regional and cultural backgrounds. Empirically, the project will tap into corpus material (as sampled e.g. in the International Corpus of English) to probe factors constraining a number of syntactic alternations in the grammar of English, supplementing this type of evidence with rating experiments as necessary.
Each of the PhD projects will be concerned with one of the following syntactic alternations in the grammar of English: the genitive alternation (the president's speech versus the speech of the president), the dative alternation (we sent him a letter versus we sent a letter to him), and particle placement (he looked the word up versus he looked up the word). The project infrastructure includes a postdoctoral researcher, who will coordinate research on the above phenomena.
Profile: You have …
• strong analytical skills and a background in quantitative linguistic analysis; previous exposure to regression modeling (R, SPSS, Rbrul, Varbrul) would be a plus
• an MA (or equivalent) in Linguistics or Philology and academic distinction; students who will only obtain their degree in the fall of 2013 are encouraged to apply as well
• an excellent command of English
• good communication skills (both written and oral) and strong interpersonal skills.
The positions start January 1st 2014 or earlier. The scholarships are initially granted for one year, but are renewable for up to a total of four years, pending positive evaluation. The positions are expected to result in the completion of a PhD.
You will receive a net salary of approximately 1700 EUR/month and all regular provisions for KU Leuven research fellows. In addition, you will be allocated office space and a laptop, and receive funding for research activities such as attending conferences abroad. You will join a dynamic and internationally highly visible research team, which includes 3 full-time faculty members, 2 postdoctoral fellows and 10 PhD students (see
You will be asked to …
• play an active role in the research group and the KU Leuven community
• support the research group by taking up administrative, logistic or teaching-related tasks
• present research results at conferences, and publish in peer-reviewed journals.
Please send a cover letter, a CV, the names of two referees whom we might approach prior to appointment, and a sample piece of scientific writing (e.g. master thesis or article) to Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (benszm(removeme)
Applications Deadline: 31-August-2013

Contact Information: Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (benszm(removeme)
Dr Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Linguistics and English Language
The University of Manchester
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 ( but the post-doc fellow will be based in Paris ( 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)
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)
Contact Information: Geraldine Legendre, Director, Language Acquisition Lab (legendre(removeme)
Calls for papers for events
Call for Papers for Workshop Universals in the Semantic Representation of Verbs and Nouns, Leiden, October 26, 2013. Deadline: May 31, 2013
Verbs and nouns do not seem to be uniform semantic categories. It is therefore assumed that semantic subcategories should be distinguished within the categories of verbs and nouns. One of the important theories in the field of semantic processing is the Embodied Cognition Framework. Within this framework it is assumed that semantic knowledge of verbs is not amodal, but incorporated in motor-sensory systems in the brain.
In the Netherlands, different research groups work on the representation of verbs and nouns within the Embodied Cognition Framework. This workshop will bring groups studying non-language disturbed and language disturbed subjects together, aiming at combining neuropsychological and clinical evidence to distinguish universal subcategories for verbs and nouns in the brain. Dr. David Kemmerer, Professor at Purdue University, is invited as guest speaker. He has performed several studies to the localization of verbs in the brain, using both neuroimaging and clinical data.

The workshop will be held on Saturday October 26, 2013, as part of the KNAW conference Diversity and Universals in Language, Culture, and Cognition, which will be organized October 24-26 2013 in Leiden. In the general morning session of the conference Dr. Kemmerer will give a plenary lecture and in the afternoon (14-17) there will be five slots of 30 minutes available in the workshop to discuss recent research on the topic of semantic processing of verbs and nouns. Abstracts (max 1 A4) can be sent to Roel Jonkers, organizer of the workshop, r.jonkers(removeme) no later than May 31. Notification of acceptance will be sent before June 15.
Call for Posters on Computational perspectives on language diversity, LDCG Conference, July 18-20 Groningen. Deadline: June first 2013
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) with title and a description of the research issue addressed in the work, an indication of its motivation, its relation to other work, its results (if any yet), and the stage of completion it is in.

Confirmed speakers:

Typology: Bernd Kortmann, Sjef Barbiers, Dirk Geeraerts, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Infrastructure: Mark Liberman, Jan Odijk, Antal van den Bosch
Historical Linguistics and Language Evolution: Michael Dunn, Wido van Peursen,
Arie Verhagen, Lars Johanson, Sųren Wichmann
Detecting and Analyzing Sound Correspondences: Simon Greenhill, Lars Borin,
Jelena Prokic, Hannah Haynie, Steve Moran, Martijn Wieling, John Nerbonne
Modern Data Sources: (Twitter) Jacob Eisenstein; (Simulations) Gerhard Jäger
Archaeology: Stephen Shennan
Population Genetics: Franz Manni
Update Call for papers for Symposium HLT4LL: Human Language Technologies for Language Learning, Stellenbosch, November 11-12, 2013. Deadline: June 9 2013
Call for Papers
HLT4LL: Human Language Technologies (HLT) for Language Learning (LL)

Important dates
- 09/06/2013: Deadline for submission of extended abstract (max. 1000 words)
- 14/07/2013: Notification of acceptance
- 31/07/2013: Early-bird registration for accepted authors
- 11/11/2013: Start of symposium at Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
- 11/11/2013: Informative meeting for a general audience, incl. demo’s
- 12/11/2013: Research workshop (videoconferencing with RU Nijmegen and Kulak Leuven)

Registration and participation are free of charge.
If you want to register, send an email to HLT4LL(removeme)
Mention if you want to be present in Stellenbosch, Nijmegen or Kortrijk.
The number of available places is limited, we thus might have to select.

Keynote speakers
Nick Ellis, Maxine Eskenazi, John Nerbonne, Mathias Schulze, Isabel Trancoso

Call for papers
We hereby solicit contributions to the research workshop on 12 November 2013.
Potential authors are invited to submit a proposal for a paper or poster session related to any of the mentioned fields. Submissions can also provide feedback on the use of current applications, or suggest possible ways of optimization and propose future developments, based on a systematic investigation of the subject. All submissions will be subjected to peer review; only a limited number of contributions will be presented at the workshop. During the workshop, presenters will get feedback from the keynote speakers.
During the research workshop, video conferencing facilities will be available at Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and at KU Leuven Kulak (Kortrijk, Belgium), which will allow researchers to participate from remote locations.
We are considering inviting presenters to submit full-length papers after the workshop, which may be published in a special issue of an authoritative, interdisciplinary and international journal in the field.

How to submit your proposal
Proposals must be sent to HLT4LL(removeme) by 9 June 2013.

Organizing committee
1. Helmer Strik & Catia Cucchiarini (CLST, Dept. of Ling., Radboud University, The Netherlands)
2. Febe de Wet (Stellenbosch University & CSIR Meraka Institute)
3. Frederik Cornillie & Piet Desmet (ITEC, KU Leuven Kulak & iMinds, Belgium)

Contact us
CALL FOR PAPERS for 10th International Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science (NLPCS 2013),Marseille, France, 15-16th October 2013. Deadline: June 15 2013

Bernadette Sharp (Staffordshire University, United Kingdom,
and Michael Zock (CNRS-LIF, Aix-Marseille université, France, michael.zock(removeme)

SCOPE of the workshop

The aim of this workshop is to foster interactions among researchers and practitioners in Natural Language Processing (NLP) by taking a Cognitive Science perspective. Given the breadth of the topic, we welcome reports on work from many perspectives, including but not limited to computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, language learning, artificial intelligence, etc.

Hence, topics of interest include, without being limited to:

? Computational Models of NLP
? Cognitive and Psychological Models of NLP
? Emotion and Language Processing
? Evolutionary NLP
? Discourse Processing
? Pragmatics and NLP
? Social Cognition of Language
? Embodied and Situated NLP
? Multimodality in Speech / Text Processing
? Text Summarisation and Information Extraction
? Natural Language Interfaces and Dialogue Systems
? Translation and Machine Translation
? Multi-Lingual Processing
? Speech Processing
? Tools and Resources in NLP
? Corpus Linguistics
? Text mining
? Ontologies

These topics can be addressed from any of the following perspectives: full automation by machines for machine (traditional NLP or Human Language Technology), semi-automated processing, i.e. machine-mediated processing (programs assisting people in their tasks), simulation of human cognitive process.


Paper Submission: 15 June 2013
Authors' Notification: 31 July 2013
Final Paper Submission and Registration: 15 September 2013
Registration for Tutorial: To be confirmed (limited to max. 30 participants


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above. Instructions for pre-paring the manuscript are available from


Email: fanglihjuang(removeme) or fangljz(removeme)
EIGHTH WORKSHOP ON STATISTICAL MACHINE TRANSLATION, August 8-9, 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria. Deadline: June 7 2013
(co-located with ACL 2013, )


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

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


The workshop will feature three shared tasks:

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

Separate emails will announce the details about the tasks.


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

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


Paper submissions:

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

Shared tasks:

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

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


Ondrej Bojar (Charles University in Prague)
Christian Buck (University of Edinburgh)
Chris Callison-Burch (Johns Hopkins University)
Barry Haddow (University of Edinburgh)
Philipp Koehn (University of Edinburgh)
Christof Monz (University of Amsterdam)
Matt Post (Johns Hopkins University)
Herve Saint-Amand (University of Edinburgh)
Lucia Specia (University of Sheffield)
Call for Course and Workshop Proposals for ESSLLI 2014, Tuebingen, Germany, August 11-22, 2014. Deadline: June 15 2013
26th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information



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


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

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

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


Each proposal should fall under one of the following categories.


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

Proposals must be submitted in PDF format via:

and include all of the following:

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

o General proposal information: Title, category

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

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

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

Abstract Submission
• The deadline for abstract submission is 30 June, 2013
• Please send the abstract via email (CLN2013Leiden(removeme)
• 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:

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) 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) 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 (

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


On Linguistlist:
Call for abstracts for Workshop on the Acquisition of Quantification, University of Massachusetts Amherst, October 4-5, 2013. Deadline: July 1 2013

On Linguistlist:

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 (

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)
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 ( 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:

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:
Deadline for submission: 1 July 2013
Contact information: goingromance2013-fgw(removeme)

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 ( 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 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.
Prijs van de Limburgse Taalkunde 2013, VLDN. Deadline: 1 september 2013
De Vereniging voor Limburgse Dialect- en Naamkunde looft eens per twee jaar een prijs uit voor de beste universitaire afstudeerscriptie (BA, MA of anderszins) op het gebied van de taalkunde of naamkunde van het Limburgs (of direct aangrenzende dialecten). Met deze prijs wil de vereniging het taalkundig onderzoek naar het Limburgs stimuleren.
De beste inzending wordt beloond met 500 euro en een aanbod tot publicatie van een samenvatting in het Jaarboek van de VLDN. De winnaar wordt bekend gemaakt op het congres van de VLDN, zaterdag 30 november 2013 te Tongeren.

Scripties moeten op papier en digitaal worden ingezonden. Ze dienen vergezeld te gaan van een kopie van een tentamenbriefje of een ander gedateerd bewijs van acceptatie; zie voor het volledige reglement. Voor mededinging moet de scriptie uiterlijk op 1 september 2013 in het bezit zijn van de Jury Scriptieprijs Limburgse Taalkunde
p/a VLDN, Scapulierstraat 2a/bus 3
B-3740 Munsterbilzen
Call for papers for Morphology Meeting 2013 (Morfologiedagen 2013), December 13-14 2013, Fryske Akademy Leeuwarden. Deadline: September 15 2013
Call for papers Morphology Meeting 2013
in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

Deadline: September 15th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

For more information: ehoekstra(removeme)
Call for poster and symposium abstracts for 13th International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Amsterdam, 14 – 18 July 2014. Deadline: September 15 2013
Deadline for poster and symposium abstracts: September 15th , 2013

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

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

22-25 JANUARY 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Local organizers:
Chair: Björn Köhnlein
Bert Botma
Ben Hermans
Frans Hinskens
Peter Jurgec
Claartje Levelt
Kathrin Linke
Etske Ooijevaar
Marc van Oostendorp
Marijn van 't Veer
Secretary: Francesc Torres-Tamarit
Call for papers for ICEHL-18, KU Leuven Belgium, 14-18 July 2014. Deadline: September 30 2013
18th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL-18)

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

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

Conference website:

Conference email: icehl18(removeme)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further details can be discussed with the ICEHL18 organizing committee.

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

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

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

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

Registration for the conference opens on February 15, 2014.

Local organizing committee
Hubert Cuyckens
Hendrik De Smet
Liesbet Heyvaert
Peter Petré
Lauren Fonteyn
Nikki van de Pol
English in Wales / GB, The Language Learning Centre Glynd?r University
Lecturers at the Language Centre/Glyndwr University in Wales have designed an exciting programme package, suitable for students from a wide range of academic areas. Please take a minute to familiarise yourself with our courses, from general English language courses to MA and CPD programmes. Our University with its well equipped Language and Resource Centres is located centrally in Wales; close to the Snowdonia National Park, the beautiful Welsh countryside and beaches; and at the same time close to larger English cities such as Chester, Liverpool and Manchester.

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

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

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

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

More of the growing spectrum of our programmes can be viewed from our website (currently being updated):
DRONGO Festival 2013, Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, 28 sept. 2013. Oproep voor LABS, deadline: 3 juni 2013
Op zaterdag 28 september 2013 vindt in de Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam de tweede editie van het DRONGOFESTIVAL plaats. Het DRONGOFESTIVAL is een ontmoetingsplek voor iedereen in Nederland en Vlaanderen die in talen geļnteresseerd is en voor iedereen die met meertaligheid te maken heeft in werk of privé-leven. Door de hele bibliotheek zullen stands, workshops, spoedcursussen en andere activiteiten plaatsvinden rond het centrale thema: Nederlands in een meertalige omgeving. Dit jaar is er, in samenwerking met het Jaar van het Voorlezen, bijzondere aandacht voor meertalige gezinnen en professionals die met zulke gezinnen te maken hebben. Kijk hier voor het voorlopig programma.

De organisatie van het DRONGOFESTIVAL 2013 roept onderzoekers van taal en meertaligheid in Nederland en Vlaanderen op om schriftelijk voorstellen in te dienen voor LABS. Een LAB bestaat uit een interactieve presentatie door één of meer personen van een wetenschappelijk onderzoek of een wetenschappelijke vondst. Bij een LAB is de bezoeker zelf actief bezig, bijvoorbeeld met een spel of een test. Een LAB vindt plaats aan een tafel van 1m bij 1.8m, duurt maximaal een half uur, en bedient een groepje van maximaal vijf bezoekers tegelijk. LABS worden gedurende de middag een aantal keer herhaald, voor steeds weer nieuwe groepjes bezoekers.

In het voorstel moet staan welk onderwerp je LAB behandelt, hoe dat onderwerp wordt gepresenteerd, in welke talen je het presenteert, en wat het belangrijkste is dat de deelnemers ervan opsteken. Voorstellen dienen uiterlijk 3 juni te worden ingediend. Vermeld in je voorstel ook: je naam, de naam van je organisatie, het postadres, je telefoonnummer en emailadres. Alle inzenders krijgen uiterlijk 1 juli bericht of zij zijn geselecteerd. Aan ieder deelnemend LAB wordt een bijdrage in de productiekosten van het festival gevraagd van 300 € (inclusief 21% BTW). Onderzoekers voor wie de financiėle bijdrage een onoverkomelijke hindernis vormt, wordt verzocht contact op te nemen met de organisatie.

Voorstellen kunnen per email worden toegestuurd aan info(removeme), onder vermelding van DRONGO-LABS, of per post naar De Taalstudio, Postbus 16584, 1001 RB Amsterdam. Via het emailadres kan ook nadere informatie worden opgevraagd.

Aarzel niet deze oproep ook onder de aandacht te brengen van anderen.

Wij zien ernaar uit vele interessante voorstellen te ontvangen en hopen je op 28 september te mogen begroeten in de OBA te Amsterdam.

Maaike Verrips

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Reminder: Van Gogh Beurzen. Sluitingsdatum 9 juni 2013
If you are preparing a Van Gogh proposal, please be reminded that you have to submit your application before the 9th of June 2013. More information about the Van Gogh Programme can be found on our website, more information on the application procedure and an application form can be found attached to this e-mail. If you have any question regarding this programme or the application, please feel free to contact me, I’d be more than happy to answer them.

Drs. L.G.H. (Lidwien) Poorthuis
French- Dutch Network of higher education and research
Coordinator Van Gogh Programme
Utrecht – the Netherlands
Contact 030-2539198

Sinds 2008 voert de Frans-Nederlandse Academie het secretariaat van het Van Gogh beurzenprogramma. Het doel van dit programma is de uitwisseling van Nederlandse en Franse onderzoekers die binnen één onderzoeksgroep werkzaam (willen) zijn, te stimuleren en te ondersteunen. Voorheen maakten alleen VENI, VIDI en VICI laureaten kans op een beurs. Tegenwoordig is de Van Gogh-doelgroep uitgebreid en kunnen alle onderzoekers die bewezen excellent onderzoek verrichten, meedingen naar een Van Gogh-beurs.
Onderzoekers die onderzoekssamenwerking met Frankrijk willen opzetten of versterken, kunnen vanaf 4 februari 2013 hun aanvraag indienen bij de Frans-Nederlandse Academie.

Meer informatie:
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: