November 15th, 2013

LOT Announcements / events
LOT Winterschool 2014: registration open until December 15 2013
For information about the LOT Winterschool 2014 at VU University see:
Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen
Kennislink is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied:


Of je worst lust! Over het universele woordje hč
Het woordje hč? of huh? dat je gebruikt als je iets niet goed heb gehoord, blijkt universeel te zijn: het klinkt ongeveer hetzelfde in veel talen rond de hele wereld. Dat is één van de resultaten uit een vergelijkende taalstudie door onderzoekers van het Max Planck Instituut in Nijmegen.
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
MPI Formal Colloquium by Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Nijmegen, November 19 2013
Speaker: Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky
Institut für Germanistische Sprachwissenschaft, Philipps-Universität Marburg

Title: Towards a neurobiologically and cross-linguistically plausible model of language processing

This talk presents a new model of language processing that aspires towards neurobiological plausibility (Bornkessel-Schlesewsky & Schlesewsky, 2013). Based on earlier versions of the extended Argument Dependency Model (eADM), it combines insights on cross-linguistic diversity in language comprehension with design principles from neurobiology. Like other current models, the latest version of the eADM posits that auditory language processing proceeds along two distinct streams in the brain emanating from auditory cortex: the antero-ventral and postero-dorsal streams. In contrast to other models, however, the eADM assumes that both streams are organised hierarchically and information processing takes place in a cascaded fashion. Moreover, each stream has functionally unified computational properties congruent with its role in primate audition. While the dorsal stream performs time-dependent computations (i.e. sequence processing) in temporal receptive windows of increasing size, the ventral stream performs time-independent computations comprising the recognition of increasingly complex (i.e. feature-rich) auditory objects and their (commutative) combination. I will describe how these assumptions derive a range of existing neuroanatomical and neurophysiological findings and, in addition, allow for novel, testable predictions with regard to the neurobiology of language.

Date: Tuesday, November 19 2013
Time: 15h45
Place: Colloquium Room
Donders Centre of Cognitive Neuroimaging
Kapittelweg 29, 6525 EN Nijmegen

Open to public, drinks afterwards

Due to unforeseen circumstances, lectures can be cancelled at short notice.
It is therefore advisable to confirm dates: +31 (0)24 3521 911
Lecture by Gary Thoms (Edinburgh): Remarks on negation in varieties of Scots, Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam, November 19 2013
Lecture by Gary Thoms (Edinburgh): Remarks on negation in varieties of Scots (abstract see below)
Tuesday November 19, 15:00 to 16:00
Meertens Instituut, Keizerzaal

Gary Thoms, Edinburgh: Remarks on negation in varieties of Scots

In this paper we provide an initial description of negation in some varieties of Scots (= Scottish English), which differs from Standard English (StE) in a number of interesting ways, chief among them being a difference between whether or not `clitic' negation can move to C:

1. Didn't you like it? StE
2. *Didnae you like it? Scots

We consider the question of where this sort of variation should go in the grammar, showing that the more obvious analyses -- in terms of feature relativization, and rule ordering -- suffer a variety of problems. We sketch an analysis where the relevant distinction is actually encoded in morphology, exploiting the theory of head placement proposed in Brody (2000) and Adger (2011, 2013), and we conclude by outlining how the different theories could be teased apart by filling in the typology of Scots dialects.
Lecture in the series 'ehumanities in action': Max Louwerse 'Symbol interdependency in conceptual processing (or: language encodes perceptual relations), MPI Nijmegen, November 20 2013
Our next lecture in the series 'e-Humanities in action’ will be given on November 20th by Max Louwerse from the University of Tilburg. Max Louwerse worked before as a Full Professor at the University of Memphis. He published over 100 articles and was involved as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator in projects totalling almost 10 million dollar. He will give a lecture about symbol interdependency in conceptual processing.

Who: Max Louwerse
What: Symbol interdependency in conceptual processing (or: language encodes perceptual relations)
Where: MPI for Psycholinguistics, room 336
When: Wednesday, November 20th, 14:30

There is an increasing amount of evidence that language statistics can reveal perceptual relations in the world around us. That is, prelinguistic conceptual knowledge used when speakers formulate utterances gets translated into linguistic conceptualizations, so that as a function of language use, perceptual relations are encoded in language statistics. The Symbol Interdependency Hypothesis proposes that language users rely on these statistical linguistic cues in conceptual processing at least for quick and shallow conceptual processes. This talk will discuss The Symbol Interdependency Hypothesis, provide computational linguistic evidence of language encoding conceptual information, geographical information and social information, and will demonstrate through psycholinguistic experiments that language users utilize these language regularities in their cognitive processes.

You are all cordially invited to attend.


Sebastian Drude
Daan Broeder
Przemek Lenkiewicz
Herman Stehouwer
Lecture 'Symbol Interdependency: Language Encodes Perceptual Relations', Amsterdam, November 22 2014
Friday 22 November: Max Louwerse on Symbol interdependency
by smartcognitivescience
The November SMART Cognitive Lecture will be presented by:

Max Louwerse (Tilburg, Memphis)

Symbol Interdependency: Language Encodes Perceptual Relations

Date & Time: Friday, November 22nd, 4pm

Venue: OMHP F001, (Oudemanhuispoort, Amsterdam)

4pm Introduction
4.20pm Max Louwerse, Symbol Interdependency: Language Encodes Perceptual Relations
5.10pm Discussion
5.30pm Drinks

Abstract: A vast amount of literature has demonstrated that cognitive processes can be explained by a perceptual simulation account. Oftentimes such studies interpret an effect for perceptual simulation as the only explanation. This talk will discuss whether there are alternative candidates. One alternative is provided by the Symbol Interdependency Hypothesis. According to this hypothesis prelinguistic conceptual knowledge used when speakers formulate utterances gets translated into linguistic conceptualizations so that as a function of language use perceptual relations are encoded in language. This talk will provide evidence of language encoding conceptual information, geographical information and social information, and will argue that language users utilize these language regularities in their cognitive processes.

Bio: Prof. dr. Max Louwerse is full professor Cognitive Psychology en Artificial Intelligence at the Tilburg Center for Cognition and Communication, at the University of Tilburg. Dr. Louwerse received M.A. degrees in language and literature (cum laude) from the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands and has a Ph.D. degree in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He studied and taught at the University of Florida, he was a postdoctoral fellow and Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Intelligent Systems (IIS) at the University of Memphis, and Director of the IIS. He has published in a variety of journals, covering fields such as Psychology, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics and Literary Studies. He edited an interdisciplinary volume on thematics and received awards for his teaching and research. His interests cover a wide range of topics in interdisciplinary research related to computational psycholinguistics, including cohesion and coherence relations in discourse comprehension and production, multimodal communication, mixed initiative dialog, embodied cognition and various other aspects of discourse processing. He has been PI on an NSF grant on multimodal communication, PI on an NIH grant on medical informatics, and and Co-PI or senior researcher on grants on coherence metrics, speech recognition, emotion sensing and intelligent tutoring systems, medical informatics and multimodal communication.
Update: Discourse op Dinsdag meeting ‘Read literature, read literature day and night!', Utrecht University, November 26 2013
Dear all,

Due to a scheduling conflict, the next Discourse op Dinsdag meeting will be a week later (and in a different place) than announced previously. The next meeting will thus be on the 26th of November. Our speaker will be:

Frank Hakemulder (Media and Culture Studies - Utrecht University)

Date & time: November 26; 15:30-17:00
Location: Utrecht University, Achter de Dom 22, room 0.03 (note different location!)
Title: ‘Read literature, read literature day and night! ’ (see below for an abstract)

We hope to see you all there!

Kind regards,
Ted Sanders
Gerdineke van Silfhout
Hannah De Mulder

Read literature, read literature day and night!
Frank Hakemulder (Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University)

This presentation explores reasons to assume that reading literature will make us better people. Some psychologists (notably Keith Oatley) suggest that fiction might be twice as true as fact: the stories we read are like simulation software run on a computer, from which we can learn, acquiring valuable experiences in a (relatively) safe way. These experiences, it will be argued, will lead to (1) deeper insights about the self, and (2) a well-developed imagination about what it might be like, to be in the shoes of others (provided one reads day and night).

Does it need to be fiction, though? Wouldn’t this work for just any category of narratives, (e.g., biographies)? And does it need to be literature? Couldn’t television soaps or popular romantic novels do the same job? The presentation will hopefully result in (a number of possible) answers to these questions.
Talk "I can jungle three balls!" Explaining cross-linguistic influence in bilingual children by Elena Nicoladis (University of Alberta), Utrecht University, November 27 2103
As part of the Bi/Multilingualism in Utrecht series of talks, we are very pleased to welcome Elena Nicoladis (University of Alberta), who will present some of her latest findings on bilingual language development.
Title: "I can jungle three balls!" Explaining cross-linguistic influence in bilingual children
Time/date: 15:30 - 17:00, Wednesday 27th November
Location: Room 0.19, Trans 10, Utrecht

Bilingual children sometimes use linguistic constructions in one language that show signs of influence from their other language. For example, the French-English bilingual child who claimed to be able to juggle three balls in English used a lexical item that showed influence from the French translation equivalent “jongler”. Cross-linguistic influence has been observed in phonology, lexicon, morphology, syntax, and even fixed/idiomatic expressions. Explanations of cross-linguistic influence have, however, focused primarily on syntax and on how bilinguals’ languages are represented.
In the present talk, I present evidence from several studies showing that these explanations cannot account for the patterns of cross-linguistic influence observed in the morphosyntax of bilingual children. Cross-linguistic influence is sometimes observed when it is predicted not to be manifested and is sometimes not observed when it is predicted to be manifested.
I argue that a more useful approach to explaining cross-linguistic influence is within a framework of processing. Much of my research has focused on speech production, so I demonstrate how such a framework can account for the results to date. I conclude that cross-linguistic influence can be conceptualized as a kind of speech error, resulting from the competition of bilinguals’ two languages during processing.

Welcome, all! Sharon Unsworth (s.unsworth(removeme)

Dr. Sharon Unsworth |
Assistant Professor
Utrecht institute of Linguistics & Department of Modern Languages
Postal address: Trans 10, 3512JK Utrecht, tel. +31 30 2531729
Office: Room 2.38, Trans 4 /
BIMU/ELiTU talk by Holger Hopp 'Lexical bottlenecks in the processing of L2 morphosyntax', Utrecht, December 9 2013
BIMU/ELiTU talk by Holger Hopp
As part of the BIMU (Bilingualism and Multilingualism in Utrecht) series of talks, in collaboration with ELiTU (Experiemental Linguistics Talks in Utrecht), we are very pleased to welcome Holger Hopp (Mannheim University) who will give a talk on L2 processing.

Time: Monday December 9th, 15:30 - 17:00
Location: Room 0.06, Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, Utrecht

Title: Lexical bottlenecks in the processing of L2 morphosyntax

Abstract: In this talk, I explore the extent to which aspects of lexical representations and processing affect grammatical processing in late L2 learners. I will present data from a series of eye tracking experiments in the visual-world paradigm on grammatical gender agreement and in the reading paradigm on syntactic ambiguity resolution.

Experiments 1 and 2 show how the nature of lexical (gender) representations affects the on-line predictive processing of grammatical gender agreement in English-German learners. In the third experiment, I demonstrate how non-native German readers of English with lower degrees of lexical automaticity fail to compute syntactic structure in L2 reading; yet, once speed of lexical access is controlled for, robust and native-like structure-driven parsing preferences surface in adult L2ers, too.

I will highlight the role of lexical aspects on performance in L2 morphosyntax and discuss the implications of these findings for L2 acquisition and L2 processing research.
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Symposium announcement 'Historical perspectives on English urban vernaculars’, Utrecht University, November 16 2013
We cordially invite you to the one-day symposium ‘Historical perspectives on English urban vernaculars’, which will be held at Utrecht University (Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, 3512 BR Utrecht) on Saturday, 16 November 2013.

The programme and details regarding registration can be found on the symposium website:
Mini-Symposium OTHER-INITIATION OF REPAIR IN TALK IN INTERACTION, Groningen, November 20 2013
on the occasion of the promotion of Trevor Benjamin (Center for Language and Cognition Groningen)

Wednesday November 20, 2013, Het Kasteel, Melkweg 1, Groningen

13.30 – 14.00 Welcome / coffee
14.00 – 14.45 Trevor Benjamin (University of Groningen): The diagnostic import of pitch in other-initiations of repair
14.45 – 15.30 Traci Walker (University of York): Repetition in response to the other-initiation of repair
15.30 – 16.00 Tea break
16.00 – 16.45 Marja-Leena Sorjonen (University of Helsinki): Fine-tuning other initiations of repair with turn-initial particles
16.45 – 17.30 Nick Enfield (MPI Nijmegen): A comparative study of other-initiated repair
17.30 – 18.00 Closing / drinks

Trevor Benjamin will defend his thesis on "Signaling trouble: On the linguistic design of other-initiation of repair in English conversation" on Thursday November 21, 2013, 11.00am, in the Aula of the Academiegebouw (Broerstraat 5, Groningen).

Organizers: Harrie Mazeland & Gisela Redeker (University of Groningen)
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.
Symposium on Romance Linguistics 'Going Romance 2013', UvA, Amsterdam, November 28-30 2013
Workshop on the “Acquisition of Adjective Across Languages”, Utrecht, November 28–29 2013
Workshop on the “Acquisition of Adjective Across Languages”, Utrecht, November 28–29, 2013
Location: Utrecht University, Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, Utrecht, The Netherlands
To register please send an e-mail to e.tribushinina(removeme) before November 1 (the number of places is limited). Please indicate your name, affiliation and whether you are going to attend the workshop dinner on Thursday evening.

Workshop fee: The fee is 30 euro (excluding conference dinner) or 75 euro (including conference dinner). The fee covers two lunches and is to be paid cash on site.

November 28
9:00–9:20 Registration
9:20–9:30 Opening by Prof. dr. Henriėtte de Swart
9:30–10:30 Keynote lecture: Asifa Majid, Sensory property concepts within languages and without language
10:30–11:00 Victoria Kazakovskaya, Ingrida Bal?i?nien? and Laura Kamandulyt?, Early acquisition of colour adjectives in “adult – child” conversation: Evidence from Balto-Slavic Languages
11:00–11:15 Coffee break
11:15–11:45 Lulu Song, Sleepy vs. sleeping: Preschoolers’ sensitivity to morphological cues for adjectives and verbs in English and French
11:45–12:15 Martha E. Rayas Tanaka, Knowledge of adjective reference by monolingual Spanish- and English-speaking children
12:15–12:45 Pernille Hansen and Elisabeth Holm, Can imageability explain the late acquisition of adjectives?
12:45–13:45 Lunch
13:45–14:15 Invited talk: Maria Voeikova, The acquisition of Russian agreement patterns: General strategy and individual differences
14:15–14:45 Tilda Neuberger and Andrįs Beke, Morpho-syntactic development in Hungarian children’s spontaneous speech: The usage of adjectives
14:45–15:15 F. Hülya Özcan, Adjectives in the acquisition of Turkish: A developmental profile
15:15–15:45 Coffee break
15:45–16:15 Invited talk: Lynne Murphy, Antonyms and the mastery of size adjectives: what are the parents doing?
16:15–16:45 Daria Satyukova, Adjective chains in children’s and child-directed speech
16:45–17:15 Siri De Geer, Cristina Gunnarsdottir, Kristina Hansson and Peter Gärdenfors, The acquisition of adjective antonyms in Swedish-speaking children
18:30… Dinner

November 29
9:00–10:00 Keynote lecture: Dorit Ravid, Participial adjectives in Hebrew: A psycholinguistic developmental analysis
10:00–10:30 Gwendoline Fox, The acquisition of adjectives in French: Syntactic development in attributive function
10:30–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–11:30 Elena Nicoladis, Processing effects on preschool children’s ordering of attributive adjectives and nouns
11:30?12:00 Invited talk: Sharon Unsworth, Adjectival inflection in Dutch: Are L2 children really so different?
12:00–12:30 Invited talk: Fred Weerman, The rise and fall of adjectival inflection
12:30–13:30 Lunch
13:30–14:00 Agnes Groba, Sonja Rossi, Hellmuth Obrig and Annick de Houwer, Effects of acquisition type, age and language on adjective learning by Spanish-German bilingual and German monolingual pre-schoolers
14:00–14:30 Veronica Tomescu, The acquisition of adjectives in a Romanian-Hungarian bilingual context
14:30–15:00 Manuela Pinto and Alexia Guerra Rivera, The role of aspect in L2 adjectives
15:00–15:30 Coffee break
15:30–16:00 Michael Clauss, Tough Partial Movement
16:00–16:30 Francesca Panzeri and Francesca Foppolo, A ternary judgment task for gradable adjectives
16:30–17:00 Invited talk: Bettina Diendorfer, Katharina Korecky-Kröll and Wolfgang U. Dressler, On the development of adjective gradation in Austrian typically developing (TD) and SLI children
Workshop '7de Dag van de Nederlandse Zinsbouw', Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 29 november 2013
7de Dag van de Nederlandse Zinsbouw

Datum: vrijdag 29 november 2013
Locatie: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Broerstraat 9, zaal A900


De Dag van de Nederlandse Zinsbouw is een jaarlijkse workshop waar taalkundigen vanuit verschillende achtergronden (disciplines, theorieėn) in debat gaan over prominente thema’s die betrekking hebben op de zinsbouw van het Nederlands. In deze zevende editie (DNZ 7) komen drie thema’s aan bod die steeds vanuit verschillende theoretische kaders bekeken worden om zo een indruk te krijgen van de overeenkomsten en verschillen.


10.00-10.10 Opening

Externe syntaxis van de PP
10.10-10.50 JACK HOEKSEMA (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
De plaats van het voorzetselvoorwerp
10.50-11.30 JOOST ZWARTS (Universiteit Utrecht)
Directionele PPs: Paden versus predikaten
11.30-11.40 Discussie tussen sprekers
11.40-12.00 Publiek

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-13.40 JAN NUYTS (Universiteit Antwerpen)
Het gebruik van modalen zonder (extra) hoofdwerkwoord in de Nederlandse zin: Een diachroon en functioneel perspectief
13.40-14.20 LOBKE AELBRECHT (Universiteit Gent)
Wat als een modaal werkwoord alleen komt: Modale complement-ellipsis in het Nederlands vanuit de generatieve hoek
14.20-14.30 Discussie tussen sprekers
14.30-14.50 Publiek

14.50-15.10 Koffie en thee

Interne syntaxis van de PP
15.10-15.50 MAAIKE BELIĖN (TU Delft)
Interne syntaxis van de PP: Een cognitief perspectief
15.50-16.30 MARJON TAMMENGA-HELMANTEL (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Interne syntaxis van de PP: Een generatief perspectief
16.30-16.40 Discussie tussen sprekers
16.40-17.00 Publiek

17.00 Borrel

Organisatie: Hans Broekhuis, Evie Coussé, Freek Van de Velde, Mark de Vries

Deelname aan de dag is gratis.
Update: Conference “Voices from the Indigenous Siberia, with an Emphasis on Yukaghir”, University of Amsterdam (ACLC), December 13 2013
Conference announcement
On Friday 13 December 2013, on the occasion of the end of the research project
“Tundra Yukaghir”, the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication of the

University of Amsterdam (ACLC) will hold a one-day International Conference
“Voices from the Indigenous Siberia,
with an Emphasis on Yukaghir”
chair: Kees Hengeveld, director of the Tundra Yukaghir Project
0915-0945 coffee/tea
0945 Opening by Cecilia Odé
1000 Keynote lecture by Bernard Comrie (MPI Leipzig): Is Siberia a linguistic
1100 coffee/tea
1130 Tjeerd de Graaf (Fryske Akademy): Endangered Languages and
Traditional Knowledge in Siberia and the Russian Far East
1200 Dejan Mati? (MPI Nijmegen) and Irina Nikolaeva (SOAS, University of
London) Embedded Questions in Yukaghir
1230 Samona Kurilova (Institute of Humanities, Problems of Minority Peoples
of the North, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
Yakutsk) Pronouns in Kolyma Yukaghir and the Influence of Russian
1300-1400 lunch
1400 Eugénie Stapert (Leiden University) on Dolgan
1430 Mark Schmalz (Amsterdam University) Curious Phenomena in Tundra
1500 Cecilia Odé (Amsterdam University) Tundra Yukaghir Intonation
1530 coffee/tea
1600 Tatiana Ignatieva (Arctic State Institute of Arts and Culture, Yakutsk) and
Cecilia Odé Traditional Tundra Yukaghir singing
1630 Audiovisual presentation The Tundra Yukaghir People, Their Culture
and Their Environment
1700 Walk (10 min.) from the VOC-room to the main building of Amsterdam
University, Maagdenhuis
1715-1800 Reception for all participants in the Maagdenhuis and visit to an exhibition
of photo’s by Cecilia Odé
1900 Dinner (restaurant t.b.a.) for speakers and invited guests
Venue: VOC Room, Oost Indisch Huis, Kloveniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam
Reception: Maagdenhuis, Spui 21, Amsterdam
Exhibition: Maagdenhuis, Spui 21, Amsterdam

For free registration and all information please contact Cecilia Odé at c.ode(removeme)


Is Siberia a linguistic area?
Bernard Comrie
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and
University of California Santa Barbara
"Siberia" is taken here in the usual Western European sense of Russia east of the Urals, while "linguistic area" is taken in the sense of a geographically definable region containing genealogically unrelated languages that share linguistic features (internal homogeneity) that set them apart from neighboring regions (external delimitation) and that are the result of contact. Siberia clearly contains several language families, minimally the (Ural-)Altaic families and the Paleosiberian (Paleoasiatic) families, of which the former may, the latter surely do not form a genealogical unit. There has also been widespread contact among Siberian languages (and their speakers), as evidenced in lexical loans in neighboring genealogically unrelated languages, though primarily at a more local level.
The Altaic families are in many structural respects internally homogeneous, e.g. in being head-final and suffixing and in making use primarily of nonfinite verb forms in order to combine clauses. Of course, depending on one's take on the genealogical unity of the Altaic families, this could be attributable either to common inheritance or to contact going far back into the past. Two methods are used to evaluate how the Paleosiberian families fit into this picture.
First, the World Atlas of Language Structures (2005/2011) is used as a data source. This has the methodological advantage that the features are defined independent of the particular languages under investigation, thus avoiding the dangers of cherry-picking features that advance a particular hypothesis while disregarding those that do not. The general conclusion is that the Paleosiberian languages form a periphery to the core Altaic area, somewhat similar to transitional areas like Sinitic between North Asia and Southeast Asia, though leaving open the extent to which the observed similarities reflect contact versus chance.
Second, a small number of features are cherry-picked, which seem to cross genealogical boundaries and might point to the incipient development of a linguistic area. The most striking is vowel height (or ATR) harmony, with a somewhat less striking role played by phonetically unusual laterals and the distribution of the velar nasal.
In conclusion, Siberia seems not (yet) to be a linguistic area, making it all the more important to study more local contact phenomena, especially in the case of endangered languages.
Endangered Languages and Traditional Knowledge
in Siberia and the Russian Far East
Tjeerd de Graaf
Fryske Akademy, The Netherlands
During a stay in the Sakha Republic (Siberia), local linguists in Yakutsk told us about the history of the Yakut language. They mentioned the fact that the first written information on this language could be found in the book Noord en Oost Tartarye by the Dutch author Nicolaas Witsen, which first appeared in 1692. In this book Witsen gives many details on the peoples of Siberia, their languages and cultures, and he provides the first maps of this part of the world. For many of the Siberian languages, for example for Yakut, word lists are provided. The book is written in seventeenth century Dutch and it was difficult for colleagues in Russia to get access to the interesting material it contains. With a group of Russian and Dutch scholars we have prepared a Russian edition of this work, which has been published in 2010. The historical data of about 30 of the minority languages and cultures mentioned in the book are now available, such as for the Uralic languages Hanty, Mansi, Nenets and Enets.
In other joint Russian-Dutch research projects we reconstructed the material on historical sound carriers. From 2006 until 2013 we received grants from the Endangered Archives Programme of the British Library, which made it possible to re-record material from mainly private collections on historic sound carriers according to up-to date technology and to store them in safe places together with the related metadata. The results demonstrate the traditional knowledge of some Siberian peoples and their language. In our presentation we consider some examples of data in these archives, such as the historical sound recordings which in 1935 Wolfgang Steinitz made of the Hanty language and folklore.
The Foundation for Siberian Cultures, which was founded in 2010, has the aim to preserve the indigenous languages of the Russian Federation and the ecological knowledge expressed in them. During fieldwork expeditions to Sakhalin, Kamchatka, Northern Yakutia and Central Siberia processes of language shift and language death have been studied for some minority peoples of Russia, in particular for the Nivkh of Sakhalin, the Itelmen and Koryak of Kamchatka, the Yukagir of Sakha and the Siberian Mennonites. The results of modern field work and the reconstructed data from sound archives will provide important information for the preparation of language descriptions, grammars, dictionaries and edited collections of oral and written literature. These can also be used to develop teaching methods, in particular for the younger members of certain ethnic groups who do not have sufficient knowledge of their native language. Some of the results will be illustrated during the conference.
Embedded questions in Tundra Yukaghir
Irina Nikolaeva & Dejan Mati?
SOAS, London MPI, Nijmegen
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This paper shows that Tundra Yukaghir displays a lack of (strong) island effects in questioning: questions are possible out of a variety of embedded environments including subject clauses, sentential complements and indirect questions, as well as adjunct and relative clauses. Wh-words remain in situ in dependent questions, i.e. in the same position in which a non-question word with the same grammatical function would occur. We argue that this typologically rare feature of Tundra Yukaghir relates to the fact that the whole embedded clause containing a wh-word counts as a target of question: there is morphosyntactic evidence that the question feature percolates to the mother node, i.e. to the head of the island clause, and thus marks the boundaries of the focus domain. We draw comparison with another Siberian language, Tundra Nenets, which shows similar behaviour. We further hypothesize that in both languages the basic syntactic facts are matched by semantics: dependent clauses are not generally used to inquire about the identity of the denotation of the question word they contain, but rather about the identity of the whole island. This has impact on the strategies employed to introduce participants into discourse.
Pronouns in Kolyma Yukaghir and the influence of Russian
Samona Kurilova
Institute of Humanities, Problems of Minority Peoples of the North, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yakutsk
The pronouns in Yukaghir belong to the lexical parts of speech. They can be divided into major and minor categories. The major categories include personal, demonstrative and interrogative pronouns; the minor categories are generalizing-emphatic, negative, indefinite, possessive and reflexive pronouns. This paper is dedicated to the borrowed elements found among the Forest Yukaghir minor categories, i.e. generalizing-emphatic, negative and indefinite pronouns. These elements are lexical and syntactic words borrowed from Russian and Yakut. In Forest Yukaghir they have become parts of constructions which are imitations of their Russian counterparts. The Forest Yukaghirs have been using them since long ago, though their language has its own means to render the meanings of the Russian and Yakut borrowings. The presence of alien elements in the Yukaghir pronominal class, when there is a possibility of using own lexical and syntactical means, shows how considerable the influence of the languages of neighbouring peoples was on Forest Yukaghir.
Semantic change in Dolgan kinship terms
Eugénie Stapert
Leiden University
This paper provides a case study of contact-induced change in Dolgan kinship terminology. It is shown that the semantic structure of Dolgan kinship terms has changed on the model of the neighbouring, but genealogically unrelated language Evenki, suggesting intense contact between the speakers of these two languages.
Besides giving an interpretation of the data in purely linguistic terms, it will be argued that this semantic restructuring may reflect a change in social structure of the Dolgan community, which was brought about by groups of Evenks who shifted to the Dolgan language.
Curious Phenomena in Tundra Yukaghir
Mark Schmalz
University of Amsterdam
The vague and non-committing term ‘curious’ refers here to a range of unrelated grammatical phenomena encountered by the author during the preparation of a descriptive account of Tundra Yukaghir (Schmalz, forthcoming) which subjectively and, potentially, objectively deserve special attention of a linguist. Curious phenomena could be identified on all major levels of the grammar of Tundra Yukaghir: phonology, morphology and syntax. Mostly, they are associated with yet unresolved descriptive problems and therefore were not dealt with systematically or even mentioned in Schmalz (forthcoming). A typical instance of such a phenomenon is an unexpected arrangement of grammatical units, e.g. their aberrant linear order. Thus contradictory observations are made concerning the membership of certain verbal suffixes of a position class within a verbal form. Syntactic constellations with seemingly confused placement of grammatical units can be found too. The following example, whose finite clause does not seem to match its intended meaning, serves to illustrate that.
(1) Tude en’ielek pandind’ende? ewrejli amaagi ewlikiel’elda?a.
tude en’ie-lek pandin-je-n’-de?1 ewre-jli
amaa-gi ewlikie-l’el-da?a
father-PERT disappear-NVIS[GER]-3SG.DS
‘(I herded for a year with your aunt Dasha.) Her mother cooked for us when her father died.’
“We went having her mother for a cook …”
Against expectation based on the translation, the instrumental case ending, presumably paralleling here the Uralic essive, is not attached to the stem with the meaning ‘cook’ to produce
1 The verbalizer –n’ expresses possession.
the meaning ‘as a cook’, but to that with the meaning ‘mother’ making the utterance appear to have the meaning ‘We went having the cook for a mother …/We had a cook as [our] mother …’
1, 3 – first, third person; DS – different subject; GER – gerund; INS – instrumental; INTR – intransitive; NMLZ – nominalizer; NVIS – non-visual mood; PERT – pertensive; PL – plural; POSS – possessive; SG – singular; SIM – simultaneity converb; VBLZ - verbalizer
Schmalz, Mark (forthcoming) Aspects of the Grammar of Tundra Yukaghir. PhD thesis, Universiteit van Amsterdam.
Intonation in Tundra Yukaghir
Cecilia Odé
University of Amsterdam
In order to study differences in types of intonation contour and to describe the form of these types in Tundra Yukaghir, a production and a perception experiment have been carried out. The production experiment consisted of the following fourteen different types of utterance: 1) wh-question (question with question word), 2) yes/no question (question without question word), 3) alternative question (x or y?), 4) enumeration, 5) continuation, 6) neutral statement, 7) statement with emphasis, 8) confirmation, 9) contrast, 10) qualification, 11) calling, 12) calling from a distance, 13) imperative, 14) exclamation.
In individual sessions, five native TY speakers, four female and one male in the age group of 40-70 years, listened to short utterances which I read to them aloud in Russian and which they translated into TY. In this way, for each type five to ten short utterances were digitally recorded and stored in the computer. The recorded utterances were evaluated with native speakers who listened to them to check the naturalness and verify the correctness.
In my presentation I will discuss the first three types, viz. types of question intonation. In order to make sure that the realized utterances were good representatives of the given types, four native speakers, one female and one male who also participated in the production experiment, and two females who did not participate, listened to the utterances and answered all questions, thus confirming the correctness of the type of question. Answers should be, for example, type 1: ‘when did he leave?’ ‘yesterday.’; type 2: ‘did he leave?’ ‘yes.’; type 3: ‘did he leave on a reindeer or on a horse?’ ‘on a horse.’
For the analyses the following method was used. Utterances were segmented from the original recording and for each utterance pitch movements were established by measuring them using Praat, doing phonetics by computer version 5.3.56 (2013) ( The pitch movements were then plotted on a logarithmic scale, enabling to compare realizations of speakers with a different pitch register. The results will be presented in an audiovisual demonstration with a description of types of intonation contour that were found to exist.
Traditional Yukaghir singing
Tatiana Ignatieva & Cecilia Odé
Arctic State Institute of Arts and University of Amsterdam
Culture, Yakutsk c.ode(removeme)
Tatiana Ignatieva
The sung improvisations by Forest and Tundra Yukaghirs, together with the different forms of intoning in folktales, dances, shamanic rituals, onomatopoeic imitations of animals and birds, reflect the unique cultural traditions of one of the eldest people of Northern Asia. According to the mythological imaginations of the Yukaghirs, singing had magic properties and accompanied a person during his whole life.
Singing (songs, sung improvisations) is called “iakhtel” in Yukaghir. The Forest Yukaghir use for singing the term “iluga” or “ioluga”, which has a secondary meaning and is connected with sung improvisations.
Researchers have observed local peculiarities in the singing of Forest and Tundra Yukaghirs, that are manifested on the level of poetics, terminology, melodics and tonic norms. In the sung melodics of the Forest Yukaghirs (odul), that show in many respects assimilation with the Russian culture of singing, dominates a neutral, close to normal singing type of intoning, based on a “diatonic scale” (E.A. Alekseev 1976). In the narrative genres of the folklore dominate variants of speaking and vocalic intoning, for example in the fairy tale about the glutton, the hare. As to the kind of sound production, various types of intoning are also used in the onomatopoeia’s of animals and birds, in shamanic rituals, in round dances and imitating dances of the Forest Yukaghirs.
In contrast to the Forest Yukaghirs, Tundra Yukaghirs have to a large extent managed to preserve their archaic and unique musical folklore. For instance, the personal songs of the Yukaghirs can be seen as an independent genre phenomenon, that reflects the mechanics of an individual and family related identification of Yukaghirs in the form of singing. “Personal” songs could be performed not only by the author-creator, but in some cases they were also reproduced by somebody who remembered them. In such cases the role of the verbal text, in contrast to the timbre of the text, comes in the second place. Among personal songs that are preserved there are praising songs about people or remarkable events, memory songs, songs about animals and many others.
As to types of intoning, the songs of the Tundra Yukaghirs can be distinguished into songs in which recitatives and actual singing switch, and songs without recitatives. The melodic formularity is stronger expressed in the melody of the latter type. Melodies with recitative parts have a more improvisational, spontaneous character both in melodic and in compositional respect. On the whole, in the tonic structure of such melodies, the archaic forms of oligotonics, chasmatonics or a mixture of oligo-chasmatonics, tonic norms are present. Prevalent are melodies of three and four tone steps with a third or fourth interval (ambitus). And often the low basic tone of the melody with recitative parts becomes a zone of ekmelic ornamentations. Melodies of four and five tone steps with an ambitus of fifth-sixth occur rarely, and obviously, have a secondary meaning in the singing traditions of the Tundra Yukaghirs. In our presentation I will give some demonstrations with comments.
Cecilia Odé
In Tundra Yukaghir personal songs, as described above, a unique oral narrative technique is used that can best be described as an intermediate stage between speaking and singing. In the literature on Yukaghir singing, this stage is usually described with the term recitative (see
Ignatieva’s analysis above). However, it is not so self-evident how this term should be defined. The common definition of a recitative as a rhythmic way of speaking with little or no melody is not appropriate for the intermediate stage meant here which is neither speaking nor proper singing. From a low tone as reference level, a storyteller realizes intervals that are as a rule never larger than a fourth (five semitones). The intermediate stage can change into singing after which the storyteller may start speaking again. In our presentation I will demonstrate this intermediate stage as compared to normal speaking and classical singing with audiovisual examples which I recorded in 2004 and 2010 from three Tundra Yukaghir women who master the technique.
Audiovisual presentation
If time allows, Cecilia Odé will present a short movie and slideshow on the Tundra Yukaghir people, their culture and their environment.
10th International Workshop on the Implementation of Logics (IWIL), Stellenbosch, South Africa, December 14th 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Dates:

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

Program committee:

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

For more information, visit the GLOW 37 webpage:
or view the conference folder online:
Update: 8th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE AND AUTOMATA THEORY AND APPLICATIONS (LATA) 2014: extended submission. Madrid, Spain, March 10-14 2014


LATA 2014

Madrid, Spain

March 10-14, 2014

Organized by:

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

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



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


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


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

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


LATA 2014 will consist of:

invited talks
invited tutorials
peer-reviewed contributions


Javier Esparza (Munich Tech, DE), On Trees and Fixed Point Equations
Leslie A. Goldberg (Oxford, UK), The Complexity of Approximate Counting Oscar H. Ibarra (Santa Barbara, US), Some Computability and Complexity Problems Concerning FAs, PDAs, and Counter Machines Sanjeev Khanna (Philadelphia, US), tba Helmut Seidl (Munich Tech, DE), Interprocedural Information Flow Analysis of XML Processors


Dana Angluin (Yale, US)
Eugene Asarin (Paris Diderot, FR)
Jos Baeten (Amsterdam, NL)
Christel Baier (Dresden, DE)
Jan Bergstra (Amsterdam, NL)
Jin-Yi Cai (Madison, US)
Marek Chrobak (Riverside, US)
Andrea Corradini (Pisa, IT)
Mariangiola Dezani (Turin, IT)
Ding-Zhu Du (Dallas, US)
Michael R. Fellows (Darwin, AU)
Jörg Flum (Freiburg, DE)
Nissim Francez (Technion, IL)
Jürgen Giesl (Aachen, DE)
Annegret Habel (Oldenburg, DE)
Kazuo Iwama (Kyoto, JP)
Sampath Kannan (Philadelphia, US)
Ming-Yang Kao (Northwestern, US)
Deepak Kapur (Albuquerque, US)
Joost-Pieter Katoen (Aachen, DE)
S. Rao Kosaraju (Johns Hopkins, US)
Evangelos Kranakis (Carleton, CA)
Gad M. Landau (Haifa, IL)
Andrzej Lingas (Lund, SE)
Jack Lutz (Iowa State, US)
Ian Mackie (École Polytechnique, FR)
Carlos Martķn-Vide (Tarragona, ES, chair) Giancarlo Mauri (Milan, IT) Faron G. Moller (Swansea, UK) Paliath Narendran (Albany, US) Enno Ohlebusch (Ulm, DE) Helmut Prodinger (Stellenbosch, ZA) Jean-Franēois Raskin (Brussels, BE) Wolfgang Reisig (Humboldt Berlin, DE) Marco Roveri (Bruno Kessler, Trento, IT) Michaėl Rusinowitch (LORIA, Nancy, FR) Yasubumi Sakakibara (Keio, JP) Davide Sangiorgi (Bologna, IT) Colin Stirling (Edinburgh, UK) Jianwen Su (Santa Barbara, US) Jean-Pierre Talpin (IRISA, Rennes, FR) Andrzej Tarlecki (Warsaw, PL) Rick Thomas (Leicester, UK) Sophie Tison (Lille, FR) Rob van Glabbeek (NICTA, Sydney, AU) Helmut Veith (Vienna Tech, AT)


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


Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages (including eventual appendices) and should be formatted according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series (see

Submissions have to be uploaded to:


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

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


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


Paper submission: October 21, 2013 (23:59 CET) – EXTENDED – Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: November 25, 2013 Final version of the paper for the LNCS proceedings: December 2, 2013 Early registration: December 9, 2013 Late registration: February 24, 2014 Starting of the conference: March 10, 2014 End of the conference: March 14, 2014 Submission to the post-conference journal special issue: June 14, 2014




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

Phone: +34 977 559 543
Fax: +34 977 558 386


Departament d’Economia i Coneixement, Generalitat de Catalunya Universidad Complutense de Madrid Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Conference: Mobility, variability and changing literacies in Modern times, Utrecht University, June 11- 14 2014
THE SIXTH FEDERATED LOGIC CONFERENCE (FLoC 2014), Vienna, Austria, July 9-24 2014
The Sixth Federated Logic Conference (FLoC 2014) will be part of the Vienna Summer of Logic (VSL), the largest logic event in history, with over 2000 expected participants. FLoC 2014 will host eight conferences and many (up to 64 or more) workshops. Each workshop will be affiliated with at least one of the eight conferences.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Stefan Szeider
Vienna University of Technology
17th World Congress of the International Applied Linguistics Association, Brisbane, Australia, August 10-15 2014
Please visit the website and register ‘Your Expression of Interest’ to be kept informed of the details of this upcoming congress.
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Vacature Assistant Professor Minorities & Multilingualism (0,8 fte), Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG), Deadline: November 25 2013
1 PhD Student “Revisiting the syntax and semantics of in-situ wh-questions”, LUCL Leiden. Deadline: November 30 2013
1 PhD Student “Revisiting the syntax and semantics of in-situ wh-questions”
The Faculty of Humanities, vacancy 13-297

The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL,, the institute of linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, is hosting a 5 year research programme entitled “Understanding Questions” funded by the Dutch national research council NWO.This project is an integrated study of the syntax-semantics, prosody and processing of in-situ wh-questions in French and Mandarin. There are three subprojects, one on the syntax-semantics aspects of these questions, one on the prosodic aspects and one on the processing aspects.

We are looking for a PhD student to carry out the subproject “Revisiting the syntax and semantics of in-situ wh-questions”.

1 PhD Student “Revisiting the syntax and semantics of in-situ wh-questions”.
(4 years, 1.0 fte starting in February 2014)
Vacancy number: 13-297

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

Your profile
The candidate should have:

•A Master’s degree in Linguistics, in particular in syntax and/or semantics (completion of the MA thesis before the PhD project starts)

•An interest in psycholinguistics

•A curious, enterprising and creative mind and excellent analytical skills, evidence of which should emerge from the MA thesis

•Good writing skills

•A very good and demonstrable command of English

•Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Knowledge of French and/or Mandarin Chinese is desirable.

Duties and responsibilities
The candidate will carry out the following tasks:

Conduct original research on the following topics:

•The syntactic and prosodic differences between standard in-situ wh-questions and echo questions

•French in-situ questions vs. fronted questions

•Intervention effects in French and Mandarin

•The processing of intervention effects

•Write a PhD thesis

•Submit research results for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals

•Present papers at (international) conferences

•Teach a course in the second and third year of the appointment

•Organize and participate in reading and discussions groups, seminars, workshops within LUCL.

What we offer
The employment will be for a period of four years (first a contract of 18 months with an extension of 30 months after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility) and must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. Appointment will be under the terms of the CAO (collective labour agreement) of the Dutch Universities. The gross monthly salary is set on € 2.083,- in the first year up to € 2.664,- gross per month in year four. An appointment with Leiden University includes a pension build-up and facilitates other benefits such as an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

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

How to apply
Applicants are kindly requested to submit the following documents electronically (in English):

1. A letter stating your motivation for the position
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Copies of your academic transcripts (or Dutch cijferlijst)
4. A 2-page proposal on one of the topics mentioned above
5. Copy of your MA thesis, or a term paper representative of your research qualities
6. Two reference letters (send by referees directly to vacatureslucl(removeme)

Please submit these documents in two files:
I – containing documents 1 to4 (PDF or Word file), using your last name underscore 1 as document name (e.g. BROWN_1.pdf).
II – containing document 5 (PDF or Word file), using your last name underscore 2 as document name (e.g. BROWN_2.pdf).

NOTE: If the proposal is not in the requested format or if it exceeds the amount of words indicated, it will not be taken into account.

For further information on this project please contact Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng (L.L.Cheng(removeme) or Jenny Doetjes (J.Doetjes(removeme), or for practical matters Gea Hakker, g.c.hakker(removeme)

Applicants should submit their application (documents as described above) before
30 November 2013. Applications should be sent to vacatureslucl(removeme), clearly indicating the application number [13-297].

The selection procedure will take place in December, and selected candidates will be invited for an interview in the second half of December 2013. You are kindly requested to be available in this period.
PhDs at Humanities, UvA Amsterdam, Deadline: various.
The Faculty of Humanities welcomes all who wish to contribute to our knowledge and understanding of language, history, and culture, and invites applications for its PhD fellowships. The Faculty has more than 100 professors who can act as a PhD supervisor, and can provide all necessary training and facilities. PhD fellows are employed by the Faculty and generally complete their projects within four years in a part-time appointment of 80%. Eleven PhD positions are offered starting in September 2014.
From September 2014 onwards, research within the Faculty will be organized into six broad domains of shared expertise: European and Transnational Studies; Cultural Analysis; Culture and History; Memory and Heritage; Language and Speech; and Logic, Language, and Computation.

Each of these research areas will be conducting its own PhD selection process, and interested candidates are free to apply directly to the area that best matches their interests and proposed project. Some of the selected candidates will also be chosen for the programme ‘PhDs in the Humanities’ (Promoties in de geesteswetenschappen) of the Humanities Incentives Board, as well as the Humanities Division of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). For more information, including applications instructions and deadlines, please go to the page of the research domain of your choice:

- Research Domain European and Transnational Studies
- Research Domain Cultural Analysis
- Research Domain Culture and History
- Research Domain Heritage and Memory
- Research Domain Language and Speech
- Research Domain Logic, Language and Computation

Candidates who would like to do a PhD project in their in own free time are also welcome to apply as external PhD researchers at the research domains

For more information see the website:
10 PhD studentships available at ILCC, University of Edinburgh, start: September 2014, Deadline: December 13 2013

Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh

The Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC) at the
University of Edinburgh invites applications for three-year PhD
studentships starting in September 2014. ILCC is dedicated to the
pursuit of basic and applied research on computational approaches to language, communication and cognition. Primary research areas include:

* Natural language processing and computational linguistics

* Spoken language processing

* Dialogue and multimodal interaction

* Information extraction, retrieval and presentation

* Computational theories of human cognition

* Educational and assistive technology

Approximately 10 studentships from a variety of sources are available,
covering maintenance at the research council rate of GBP 13,726 per
year, plus tuition fees. The studentships are available for students
from anywhere in the world, including overseas, EU, and UK nationals.

Applicants should have a good honours degree or equivalent in
computational linguistics, speech technology, cognitive science,
computer science, or a related discipline.

For a list of academic staff at ILCC with research areas, and for a
selection of potential PhD topics, please consult:

Details regarding the PhD programme and the application procedure can
be found at:

In order to ensure full consideration for funding, applications
(including all supporting documents) need to be received by December
13, 2013.

Please direct inquiries to Henry Thompson <ht(removeme)>, the ILCC
PhD admissions coordinator.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
Position in Dutch language linguistics and didactics, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, Deadline: December 17 2014
The Université catholique de Louvain invites applications for the following
faculty position

Starting date : 1st September, 2014

Vacancy Reference: 32 / FIAL 009P / 2014 (to be quoted in any correspondence)

The Université catholique de Louvain invites applications for a tenure track position part-time in the field of
Applied linguistics - Dutch as a foreign language and/or didactics (0.50 EFT)
The successful candidate will carry out research in the field of
• applied linguistics – Dutch as a foreign language.
• General didactics and didactics of Dutch as foreign language
• Foreign language acquisition and learning
• Language skills
The successful candidate will have teaching assignments in Dutch language and linguistics and in didactics of Dutch as a foreign language.
The successful candidate will have teaching assignments in the above-mentioned field(s) within the various degree programmes organised by the Faculty.
Special qualifications, skills or experience (other than those listed in the general conditions below):
The candidate has full command of oral and written Dutch and should be able to teach in Dutch.
Further information:
Professor Philippe Hiligsmann , dean FIAL – doyen-fial(removeme)
Professor Elisabeth Degand , research director ILC – president-ilc(removeme)
Localization: Secteur des sciences humaines
Faculté de philosophie, arts et lettres (
Institut Langage et Communication (
General conditions
Tasks: The applicant will:
- be responsible for teaching courses at all study levels (i.e. undergraduate and postgraduate), as well as in programmes of continuing education;
- supervise the final diploma research (i.e. theses) of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as PhD theses;
- be involved in (and/or supervise, promote) research programmes;
- contribute to the international visibility of the University through teaching and research excellence;
- contribute to activities of the University with a societal impact in the fields of the economy, socio-cultural changes or cooperation with developing countries.

Qualifications: the applicant must have
- a PhD degree in Dutch language and linguistics or any related discipline
- a significant scientific record with international publications;
- either studied abroad for an extensive period or have had substantial experience outside the UCL;
- experience in and the aptitude for teaching at university level;
- the capacity to work within a team of teachers and to integrate research findings into teaching;
- creativity and must be open to pedagogic innovation and interdisciplinarity;
- the capacities required to undertake academic research at a high level and to advise, or lead, a research team;
- a good knowledge of both spoken and written French and English. If this is not the case, the applicant should accept to learn French and/or English in order to be able to teach in French and English within 2 years. Fluency in other languages is an additional advantage.

More information:
Experimental Linguist Position, UCLA Department of Linguistics, Los Angeles, Deadline: January 1 2014
_The UCLA Department of Linguistics seeks to fill a faculty position (Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor level) starting July 1, 2014, for an *experimental linguist*._ The successful candidate will engage in research and publication in experimental work related to formal syntax, formal semantics, or both. (S)he will be expected to apply for external grant support. Course load (normally four per year) will include graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as graduate student advising. The Department will support the new faculty member with start-up funds, lab space, and administrative help; junior faculty receive course releases. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

_Ph.D. is required before date of hire_. Applications should be submitted using the UCLA academic job application site:

Applicants should provide
a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of research, description of teaching philosophy, course evaluations or other material bearing on teaching record, and a link to a web site from which their publications and other writings may be downloaded in electronic form.
Applicants should also request for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded to the application site. _Review of applications will begin December 15, 2013; final application deadline is January 1, 2014_.
Members of the Search Committee will be conducting preliminary interviews at the Linguistic Society of America in Minneapolis and on line. For further information please consult the Search Committee Chair, Patricia Keating, at keating(removeme) keating(removeme)>. For technical issues involving the application site, please contact the department’s Personnel Officer, Jael Cosico, at jcosico(removeme) jcosico(removeme)>.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The University undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for underrepresented minorities and women, for persons with disabilities , and for covered veterans. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities and women.


Jael Cosico

Academic Personnel Officer

UCLA Rolfe/Campbell Humanities Group

5308 Rolfe Hall

Box 951532

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1532

Office: 310-825-5018

Fax: 310-206-4757 <> <> <>
Job: Experimental Linguistics - Assistant or Associate Professor, UCL London, Deadline: February 1 2014
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Experimental Linguistics, - Ref:1374569
UCL Department / Division
Division of Psychology and Language Science
Specific unit / Sub department
Full Time
(inclusive of London allowance)
Grade 7: £36,064 - £39,132 per annum; Grade 8: £40,216 - £47,441 per annum; Grade 9: £51, 563 - £56,067 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities
The UCL Linguistics Department wishes to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Experimental Linguistics (comparable to Assistant Professor/Associate Professor) per September 2014. Specializations in all areas of Experimental Linguistics will be considered, including Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, and Neurolinguistics. The ideal candidate has some years of postdoctoral experience and a record of high-quality publications commensurate with the stage of their career; success in obtaining research funding is a plus. Duties beyond research and teaching include supervising and training undergraduate and graduate students and a share of administrative duties.

The Department is part of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, which offers opportunities for cross-disciplinary research and the infrastructure required to build up a research team.

Key Requirements
Applicants must have a PhD in Linguistics, Psychology, or a related area. The successful applicant will have an outstanding track record of research, as demonstrated by a record of high-quality publications commensurate to the stage of their academic career.
We seek candidates that have a combined expertise in theoretical linguistics and empirical or computational methods and techniques. Preference will be given to candidates whose research interfaces with one or more of the three established research groupings in the department: Pragmatics/Semantics, Syntax, and Phonology. Previous teaching experience with relevant courses is also an asset.

Further Details
Further Particulars including a job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page. Informal enquiries can be made to the Head of Department, Prof. Ad Neeleman (+ 44 (0) 20 7679 4045, a.neeleman(removeme) If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Molly Bennett (m.bennett(removeme)

The successful applicant will start work at UCL on 15 September 2014, or as soon thereafter as possible.

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.
UCL Taking Action for Equality

Closing Date
1 Feb 2014

Latest time for the submission of applications

Interview date
between 10th and 28th March 2014

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Academic Staff.

Please use these website to find out more about the UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job, employee benefits that we offer and further information about UCL, further particulars, job description and person specification and to apply for the job:
Calls for papers for events
Final call for abstracts: The 24th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in The Netherlands (CLIN 2014), Leiden, January 17t 2014, Deadline: November 15.
The 24th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in The Netherlands (CLIN 2014) will be organised by the Institute for Dutch Lexicology (INL) and the Dutch-Flemish HLT Agency (TST-Centrale). CLIN 2014 will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands on January 17th, 2014.

Final call for abstracts
Abstract submission information
Researchers are invited to submit, in English, abstracts describing work on all aspects of computational linguistics and related language and speech technologies and applications. In addition to the regular scientific tracks, CLIN 2014 aims to have two special tracks:
• a lexicology/lexicography track with presentations on the computational support of dictionary making, e.g. word sense disambiguation, distributional semantics, (web) data mining and semantic role labelling.
• an industry track with scientific presentations on topics such as R&D challenges in industry, collaborations between industry and academia, and experiences with "real-world" applications.
Submissions should include:
• Author(s) names, affiliation and contact details
• Presentation title
• An abstract of 250 words maximum, outlining their presentation
• Presentation type preference (oral presentation or poster)
• Submission for industry or lexicology/lexicography track, or none.
Presentation abstracts should be submitted electronically, no later than Friday, 15 November 2013 via the submission website at
STIL Thesis Prize
Since CLIN 20, a special annual thesis prize, sponsored by STIL, is awarded to the best MA-thesis in computational linguistics. STIL is the Stichting Toepassing Inductieve Leertechnieken.
MA theses submitted to and evaluated at a university or organization of higher education in the Netherlands or Flanders are eligible for the prize. The thesis should address a topic in computational linguistics or its applications, and may be written in Dutch or English.
• Prize: 1000 euro
• Submission deadline: 14 November.
• More information (where and when to submit)
For more information, visit the CLIN 24 website or contact clin24(removeme)
CALL FOR PAPERS 18th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics, Leuven, Belgium, July 14-18 2014, Deadline: November 30 2013
18th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics

ICEHL18 takes place in Leuven, Belgium, 14-18 July 2014 (academic programme 14-17 July, social programme 18 July).

Conference website:
Conference email: icehl18(removeme)

Plenary Speakers
Charles Boberg, McGill University
Robert Fulk, Indiana University, Bloomington
Peter Grund, University of Kansas
Marķa José López-Couso, University of Santiago de Compostela
Marit Westergaard, University of Tromso

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
Papers on any aspect of the history of the English language are welcome, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, language contact, language change, stylistics, metrics, English language and culture, and English language in society. Papers on any period are welcome: Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, Late Modern English, and present-day English.

Abstracts for papers and posters can be submitted from 1 May to 30 November 2013 through the EasyAbs abstract submission facility at 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)

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.

Evaluation: 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 Scientific 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 15 February 2014.

Organizing committee
Hubert Cuyckens
Hendrik De Smet
Liesbet Heyvaert
Peter Petré
Frauke D’hoedt
Lauren Fonteyn
Charlotte Maekelberghe
Nikki van de Pol
(Re)presenting the Speech of Others, Groningen, the Netherlands, March 13-14 2014, Deadline: December 1 2013
Call for Papers: (Re)presenting the Speech of Others, Groningen, the Netherlands, 13-14 March, 2014

Conference Date: 13-14 March, 2014
Submission Deadline: 1 December, 2013
Venue: University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Organization: Franziska Köder & Emar Maier
Hosted by the ERC project BLENDS

Conference Description

There are different ways of reporting what someone else has said. Common forms of speech reports are direct speech (Mary said “I am sick”) and indirect speech (Mary said that she is sick). Pretense and role play are closely related phenomena. Like in direct speech, someone engaging in role play adopts the perspective of another person and produces utterances from that shifted standpoint (I am sick) (Harris, 2000). Another interesting parallel is that children start to use speech reports and to engage in role play at around the same time, namely at two to three years of age. This is well before they pass standard false belief tests (at around four) which are often taken to be the hallmark of Theory of Mind and metarepresentation (e.g. Perner, 1991). Since at least some forms of reported speech exhibit recursion, intensionality, and/or clausal embedding, this developmental gap may shed new light on the debate over the relationship between Theory of Mind and the syntax/semantics of recursive embedding (e.g. de Villiers & de Villiers, 2000). The aim of the conference is to discuss the cognitive and conceptual relationship of reported speech, pretense and cognitive abilities such as perspective-taking, metarepresentation and Theory of Mind.

Keynote speakers:
? Paul L. Harris
? Josef Perner
? Jill de Villiers

Submission details

We invite authors to submit an anonymous two-page abstract by 1 December, 2013, for a talk of 20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion or a poster. Submissions should be made via Easychair. We welcome theoretically and empirically oriented contributions addressing some of the following topics of interest from the perspectives of (psycho)linguistics, philosophy, psychology or semantics.

Topics of Interest:
? Development of reported speech
? Development of pretense/ role play
? Direct and indirect speech
? Perspective shift, role shift, deictic/indexical shift
? Theory of Mind / mindreading
? Metacognition and metarepresentation
Call for papers Taalkunde in Nederland (TIN)-dag 2014 (1 februari 2014, Utrecht), Deadline: 6 december 2013

Marion Elenbaas (m.b.elenbaas(removeme) / Ale de Boer (
Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, Universiteit Leiden, Postbus 9515, 2300 RA Leiden


Taalkunde in Nederland-dag 2014
De volgende TIN-dag wordt gehouden op zaterdag 1 februari 2014. Ook dit keer maakt de TIN-dag deel uit van De Grote Taaldag, een gezamenlijk initiatief van de AVT, LOT en Anéla. De dag wordt afgesloten met het jaarlijkse Taalgala, waar ondermeer de AVT/Anéla Dissertatieprijs 2013 uitgereikt wordt.
De Grote Taaldag 2014 vindt plaats op Drift 21 en 25 in Utrecht. De kosten voor de gehele dag bedragen €15 voor senior AVT-leden en €12,50 voor junior AVT-leden (promovendi, studenten en werkzoekende taalkundigen). Hierbij inbegrepen zijn een lunch, koffie en thee, en een afsluitende borrel. In verband met de catering wordt u verzocht zich uiterlijk 17 januari 2014 aan te melden, via de website van de AVT (

Samenvattingen voor de TIN-dag
Ieder AVT-lid dat op de TIN-dag een lezing wil geven, kan tot en met vrijdag 6 december 2013 een samenvatting van maximaal 170 woorden indienen via de website van de AVT ( Als u van plan of bereid bent uw lezing in het Engels te houden, kunt u dit aangeven met een Engelse titel en samenvatting in plaats van een Nederlandse. Leden mogen maximaal 2 samenvattingen indienen (1 als eerste auteur, 1 als co-auteur). De lezingen op de TIN-dag duren 20 minuten, gevolgd door een vragensessie van 5 minuten.
Als u geen bevestiging van ontvangst van uw samenvatting ontvangt, verdient het aanbeveling contact op te nemen met de AVT ( Alleen bevestigde sprekers worden ingepland voor de TIN-dag. Mochten er meer sprekers zijn dan plaatsen in het programma, dan zullen de laatst ontvangen abstracts opgenomen worden als ‘alternates’.
Het programmaboekje van de TIN-dag (inclusief samenvattingen) zal in de loop van december op de website van de AVT verschijnen. Ook wordt het boekje per post naar alle AVT-leden gestuurd.

Linguistics in the Netherlands
Na de TIN-dag kunnen sprekers een schriftelijke versie van hun lezing indienen voor Linguistics in the Netherlands, een internationaal gelezen en peer-reviewde reeks die sinds 1991 door John Benjamins wordt gepubliceerd ( Linguistics in the Netherlands heeft een kort publicatietraject: de LIN-bundel verschijnt niet langer dan een half jaar na afronding van de reviewprocedure. Een nieuw voordeel is dat iedere LIN-bundel twee jaar na verschijning ‘open access’ toegankelijk is via de website van Benjamins.

Met vriendelijke groet,
Marion Elenbaas, secretaris AVT

Marion Elenbaas (m.b.elenbaas(removeme) / Ale de Boer (
Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, Universiteit Leiden, P.O. Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden


Taalkunde in Nederland-dag 2014
The next TIN-dag will be held on Saturday 1 February 2014. The TIN-dag forms part of the Grote Taaldag, which is co-organised by AVT, LOT and Anéla. The Grote Taaldag will be concluded with the annual Taalgala, where the AVT/Anéla Dissertation Prize 2013 will be awarded.
The Grote Taaldag will take place in Utrecht, at Drift 21 and 25. The registration fee is €15 for senior AVT members and €12,50 for junior AVT members (PhD students, MA students and unaffiliated linguists). The fee includes lunch, coffee and tea, and drinks afterwards. You are kindly requested to register by Friday 17 January at the latest, through the AVT website (

Abstracts for the TIN-dag
All AVT members are invited to submit an abstract for the TIN-dag 2014. Abstracts should be submitted no later than Friday 6 December 2013. They should not exceed 170 words, and should be submitted through the AVT website ( Members can submit no more than 2 abstracts (1 as first author, 1 as co-author). Talks at the TIN-dag last 20 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions.
You should receive an automatic confirmation of your submission. If not, please contact the AVT ( The available slots in the programme will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.
The programme will be finalised in December, when it will appear on the AVT website. A programme booklet will also be sent to all AVT members by post soon after.

Linguistics in the Netherlands
Following the TIN-dag, speakers are invited to submit a written version of their talk to Linguistics in the Netherlands, an internationally renowned and peer-reviewed journal published by John Benjamins ( An attractive aspect of Linguistics in the Netherlands is its speed of publication: the journal appears at most six months after notification of acceptance. A new advantage is that every volume of Linguistics in the Netherlands will become available via open access two years after publication.

Marion Elenbaas, AVT secretary
Call for papers: CICLing 2014: 15th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics, Nepal, April 6-12 2014, Deadlines: Dec 31 / Jan 7 2014
CICLing 2014

15th International Conference on
Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics

Kathmandu, Nepal - April 6-12, 2014

Springer LNCS, journals

Deadline: Dec 31 / Jan 7

All topics related to computational linguistics,
natural language processing, human language technologies,
information retrieval, opinion mining, etc.

LNCS - Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science;
poster session: special issues of journals

Four first-class experts, see webpage.

Three days of cultural activities:
tours by Kathmandu, Buddhist monasteries,
Chariot festival

Best paper, best student paper,
best presentation, best poster, best software

December 31: registration of tentative abstract
(why not register your tentative abstract now?),
January 7: full text of the registered papers

See complete CFP and contact on
Call for Papers: Juniorendag (Anéla en VIOT), Leiden, 7 maart 2014, Deadline: 6 januari 2014
Juniorendag 2014 Call for Papers
(English version below)

Op vrijdag 7 maart 2014 wordt de jaarlijkse Juniorendag van Anéla en VIOT georganiseerd in Leiden. Studenten, net afgestudeerden en promovendi kunnen op de Juniorendag hun scriptie- of promotieonderzoek op het gebied van toegepaste taalkunde (taalgebruik, taalverwerving, taalonderwijs, taalbeheersing of communicatie) in een informele sfeer presenteren tijdens een lezing of een posterpresentatie. Daarnaast wordt op deze dag de jaarlijkse Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs uitgereikt voor de beste scriptie binnen het vakgebied.
Meld je nu aan voor een presentatie tijdens de Juniorendag. Dien vóór 6 januari 2014, 17.00 uur een samenvatting (max. 200 woorden) van je onderzoek in via Vergeet niet alle persoonlijke informatie (naam, universiteit, adres) uit het bestand te verwijderen en aan te geven of je voorkeur hebt voor een mondelinge presentatie of een posterpresentatie. Voor eind januari laten we weten of je aanmelding is geaccepteerd.
Voor verdere vragen kun je een e-mail sturen naar juniorendag2014(removeme)

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On Friday, March 7th 2014, Anéla and VIOT (the Dutch and Flemish associations for applied linguistics and discourse studies) organize their annual junior research day (Juniorendag) in Leiden. At the Juniorendag, graduate students, junior researchers and PhD candidates in the field of applied linguistics (language use, language acquisition, education, discourse, or communication) get the opportunity to present their work. In addition, the annual Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs is awarded to the best BA- or MA-thesis in the field of applied linguistics.
If you want to present a paper or poster at the Juniorendag, please upload your abstract, in Dutch or English, on before January 6, 2014, 17.00. Abstracts should not exceed 200 words, and they should not include any personal information (name, university/institute, address). Please indicate whether you prefer a poster presentation or an oral lecture. Before the end of January we will let you know whether your abstract has been accepted.

For further information contact us at juniorendag2014(removeme)
Call for Papers '47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea', Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna?, Poland, September 11-14 2014, Deadline: January 15 2014

47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

11 - 14 September 2014

Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna?, Poland

The Societas Linguistica Europaea and the Faculty of English of Adam Mickiewicz University in Pozna?, Poland, invite you to submit abstracts for workshop, poster or general session papers for the next annual meeting.

SLE meetings provide a forum for high-quality linguistic research from all (sub)domains of linguistics. For more information on previous editions, see SLE 2011, SLE 2012 and SLE 2013. The upcoming edition of the SLE meeting will also host a round table of experts to discuss topics of special linguistic interest. The SLE 2014 round table bears the title “Quo Vadis Linguistics”.


1 December 2013: submission of workshop proposals (description + short abstracts)
15 December 2013: notification of acceptance
15 January 2014: submission of all abstracts
31 March 2014: notification of acceptance


Laurie Bauer (Victoria University of Wellington)
Katarzyna Dziubalska-Ko?aczyk (Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna?) (presidential address)
Martin Haspelmath (MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)
Francesca Masini (University of Bologna)


Chair: Katarzyna Dziubalska-Ko?aczyk (Faculty of English)

Magdalena Wrembel (Faculty of English)
Paulina Zydorowicz (Faculty of English)
Ma?gorzata Kul (Faculty of English)
Jaros?aw Weckwerth (Faculty of English)
Piotr Wierzcho? (Department of Linguistics)
Gra?yna Demenko (Department of Linguistics)
Maciej Karpinski (Department of Linguistics)


Treasurer: Dik Bakker (Lancaster)
Conference manager: Ana Dķaz-Negrillo (Granada)


Chair: Bert Cornillie (Leuven). Members: Werner Abraham (Wien – München), Alexander Adelaar (Melbourne), Karin Aijmer (Gothenburg), Laura Alba-Juez (Madrid, UNED), Peter Arkadiev (Moscow), Jóhanna Barddal (Bergen), Valeria A. Belloro (Querétaro, México), Paola Benincą (Padua), Marcella Bertuccelli (Pisa), Kasper Boye (Copenhagen), Anne Carlier (Lille), Michela Cennamo (Naples), Guglielmo Cinque (Venice), Concepción Company Company (UNAM – Mexico), Francisco J. Cortés Rodrķguez (La Laguna), Denis Creissels (Lyon), Marķa Josep Cuenca (Valencia), Hubert Cuyckens (Leuven), Kristin Davidse (Leuven), Stuart Davis (Indiana), Philippe De Brabanter (Paris), Walter De Mulder (Antwerp), Nicole Delbecque (Leuven), Pierpaolo Di Carlo (SUNY - New York), Dagmar Divjak (Sheffield), Patricia Donegan (Honolulu), Katarzyna Dziubalska-Ko?aczyk (Pozna?), Andrés Enrique-Arias (Illes Balears), Victoria Escandell-Vidal (UNED-Madrid), Ma?gorzata Fabiszak (Pozna?), Teresa Fanego (Santiago de Compostela), Zygmunt Frajzyngier (Boulder), Antonio Garcķa Gómez (Alcalį), Marķa del Pilar Garcķa Mayo (Madrid), Francesco Gardani (Graz), Volker Gast (Jena), Spike Gildea (Oregon), Alessandra Giorgi (Venice), Marķa de los Įngeles Gómez Gonzįlez (Santiago de Compostela), Francisco Gonzįlvez (Almerķa), Stefan Th. Gries (UCSB), Kleanthes K. Grohmann (Cyprus), Eva Haji?ovį (Prague), Björn Hansen (Regensburg), Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen (Manchester), Martin Hilpert (Manchester), Hans Henrich Hock (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Elly Ifantidou (Athens), Johannes Kabatek (Zürich), Gunther Kaltenböck (Wien), Petar Kehayov (Tartu), Mikhail Kissine (Bruxelles), Seppo Kittilä (Helsinki), Björn Köhnlein (Leiden), Lįszló Komlósi (Pécs), Bernd Kortmann (Freiburg), Livia Körtvélyessy (Košice), Gitte Kristiansen (Madrid, Complutense), Karen Lahousse (Leuven), Meri Larjavaara (Turku/Åbo), Pierre Larrivée (Caen Basse-Normandie), David Lasagabaster (Vitoria), Marķa Luisa Lecumberri (Vitoria-Gasteiz), Elisabeth Leiss (München), Marķa Rosa Lloret (Barcelona), Marķa José López Couso (Santiago de Compostela), Lucķa Loureiro-Porto (Illes Balears), Andrej Malchukov (Mainz), Francesca Masini (Bologna), Belén Méndez-Naya (Santiago de Compostela), Helle Metslang (Tartu), Amina Mettouchi (Paris), Katarzyna Miechowicz-Mathiasen (Pozna?), Gabriele Miššķkovį (Nitra), Henrik Hųeg Müller (Copenhagen), Nicola Munaro (Venice), Pieter Muysken (Nijmegen), Heiko Narrog (Tohoku), Nicole Nau (Pozna?), Jan Nuyts (Antwerp), Miren Lourdes Ońederra (Vitoria-Gasteiz), Brigitte Pakendorf (Lyon), Carita Paradis (Lund), Paola Pietrandrea (Roma III), José Pinto de Lima (Lisbon), Vladimir Plungjan (Moscow), Cecilia Poletto (Frankfurt), Lola Pons Rodrķguez (Sevilla), Anne Reboul (Paris), Eric Reuland (Utrecht), Nicoletta Romeo (New South Wales), Anna Roussou (Patras), Francisco Ruiz de Mendoza (Logrońo), Cinzia Russi (Austin), Fernando Sįnchez Miret (Salamanca), Andrea Sansņ (Insubria), Stephan Schmid (Zürich), Elena Seoane-Posse (Vigo), Petra Sleeman (Amsterdam), Elena Smirnova (Hannover), John Charles Smith (Oxford), Augusto Soares da Silva (Braga), Mario Squartini (Torino), Dejan Stosic (Artois), Cristina Suįrez-Gómez (Illes Balears), Jarmila Tįrnyikovį (Olomouc), Catherine Travis (Canberra), Dorien Van De Mieroop (Leuven), Johan van der Auwera (Antwerp), Elly Van Gelderen (Arizona), Henk van Riemsdijk (Tilburg), Guido Vanden Wyngaerd (Brussels), Salvador Valera (Granada), Arie Verhagen (Leiden), Jean-Christophe Verstraete (Leuven), Letizia Vezzosi (Perugia), Nigel Vincent (Manchester), Jacqueline Visconti (Genova), Ferdinand von Mengden (Berlin), Sųren Wichmann (EVA – Leipzig), Dominique Willems (Ghent), Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (Zürich), Ruth Wodak (Lancaster), Fernando Zśńiga (Bern).


PROCEDURE. The deadline for the submission of workshop proposals is 1 December 2013. The address for submission is sle(removeme) Notification of acceptance/rejection will be given by 15 December 2013. After a workshop proposal has been accepted, the convenors will be requested to invite their participants to submit their full abstracts by 15 January 2014. These full abstracts will be evaluated individually by the Scientific Committee and the convenors.

The deadline for all abstracts (for the general session, the poster session and the workshops) is 15 January 2014. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 March 2014.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (exclusive of references) and should clearly state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results.

Abstracts should be registered and submitted via the Submit Abstract form where you can upload an attachment. Abstracts should not mention the presenter(s) nor their affiliations or addresses. Only references mentioned in the text can be listed. Abstracts should have the same title as the entry submitted via the Submit abstract form. Check the final abstract carefully before submission. Abstracts will not be edited for typing, spelling, or grammatical errors after submission.
Layout requirements for abstracts:
• Abstracts must be single-spaced and fully justified. The standard font will be Calibri, size 10.
• 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.

Please submit the abstract as a Word document. If it contains special characters, please send a PDF version to sle(removeme)

ORGANIZING A WORKSHOP. Whereas general session papers can deal with any topic in linguistics, workshop papers take into account the topic of the workshop proposal, and are usually pre-selected by the workshop convenors.

Workshop proposals should contain:

(i) a 1000 word description of the topic (including the research questions to be addressed)
(ii) a (provisional) list of workshop participants and 300 word abstracts of their papers.

We encourage workshop convenors to distribute an open call for papers on the LinguistList (please, announce your CFP as a session of SLE 2014) and other fora in October and November 2013.

Since we want conference participants to be able to attend individual workshop presentations, SLE 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 10 or 15 slots (corresponding to 1 or 1.5 days); each workshop ideally comprises:

1. An introductory paper by the convenor(s) or by a keynote speaker, which summarizes previous research, specifies the approach(es) to be taken and sets the scope of the papers to be presented.
2. Eight papers (1 day) or thirteen papers (1.5 day).
3. 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 SLE Conference Manager.

POSTERS. The next SLE meeting will hold a poster session of an hour for both senior and junior researchers. In order to foster interaction, all other sessions will be suspended during the poster session. Posters may remain available during the rest of the conference. The maximum size of the poster is 1.10 m (vertical) x 1 m (horizontal). For more information about how to make a good poster, click here.

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.

EVALUATION. Workshop proposals contain the names of convenors and participants and will be evaluated and ranked by the 5 officers of the SLE Scientific Committee. All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by three referees. Abstracts submitted to the general session and to the poster session will be evaluated by three members of the Scientific Committee. Workshop papers receive two evaluations by Scientific Committee members and one by the workshop convenors. The threshold for acceptance is the same for general session, poster and workshop abstracts. The acceptance of a paper depends on the quality of the abstracts.


There will be a prize for the best oral presentation by a PhD student, a prize for the best oral presentation by a postdoc and a prize for the best poster (see SLE 2012 and SLE 2013 awards).

For current purposes, PhD students are students that have not completed their PhD before the conference. Postdocs must have completed their PhD not earlier than January 2011. A nominated paper may be co-authored; in such a case the nominee will be the first author.

Applicants are invited to mark the option referring to the prize when they register their abstract. On the basis of the ranking of the abstracts, the Scientific Committee will set up an internal shortlist with nominees for the prizes.

Members of the Editorial Board of Folia Linguistica (Historica) and the Scientific Committee will decide who will be awarded the 1st prize of 500 Euros in each category as well as the 2nd and 3rd prize, which is a three-year SLE membership.


Registration will start on 1 April 2014. SLE meetings are member only conferences. That is, all participants with a paper in the program will have to be members. The early bird conference fee for members will be 170 Euros.

Become a member of the Societas Linguistica Europaea and get a discount.


There will be a reception in the city centre (included in the registration fee), a city walk and a conference dinner. On Sunday afternoon there will be a post-conference excursion. Further information will be given in the second circular.


Pozna? is easily accessible by air, road, train or bus. It is located about half way between Warsaw (280 km) and Berlin (240 km), and there are good, frequent rail connections between those two cities and Pozna?. Pozna?'s ?awica airport has frequent daily connections with Warsaw (LOT Polish Airlines), as well as Copenhagen (SAS), Munich and Frankfurt (LOT and Lufthansa). Pozna? is also served by low-cost carriers that fly directly from a number of cities in the UK, Spain, Italy, Sweden and other European countries.


1 December 2013: deadlines for submission of workshop proposals
15 January 2014: deadline for submission of all abstracts
31 March 2014: notification of acceptance
1 April 2014: early bird registration starts
1 June 2014: registration (full fee)
30 June 2014: registration closes for participants with a paper
15 August 2014: registration closes


SLE 2013 Local Organizing Committee
Ma?gorzata Kul, Paulina Zydorowicz

SLE Conference Manager
Ana Dķaz-Negrillo
Call For Papers: EACL 2014 Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning, Sweden, April 26 2014, Deadline: January 23 2014
First Call for Papers
EACL 2014 Workshop on
Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning

April 26, 2014
Gothenburg, Sweden

Deadline for Paper Submissions: January, 23rd, 2014 (11:59pm GMT -12)

The human ability to acquire and process language has long attracted interest and
generated much debate due to the apparent ease with which such a complex and
dynamic system is learnt and used on the face of ambiguity, noise and uncertainty.
This subject raises many questions ranging from the nature vs. nurture debate of
how much needs to be innate and how much needs to be learned for acquisition to
be successful, to the mechanisms involved in this process (general vs specific) and
their representations in the human brain. There are also developmental issues related
to the different stages consistently found during acquisition (e.g. one word vs. two
words) and possible organizations of this knowledge. These have been discussed in
the context of first and second language acquisition and bilingualism, with cross linguistic
studies shedding light on the influence of the language and the environment.

The past decades have seen a massive expansion in the application of statistical and
machine learning methods to natural language processing (NLP). This work has yielded
impressive results in numerous speech and language processing tasks, including e.g.
speech recognition, morphological analysis, parsing, lexical acquisition, semantic
interpretation, and dialogue management. The good results have generally been viewed
as engineering achievements. Recently researchers have begun to investigate the relevance
of computational learning methods for research on human language acquisition and change.
The use of computational modeling is a relatively recent trend boosted by advances in
machine learning techniques, and the availability of resources like corpora of child and
child-directed sentences, and data from psycholinguistic tasks by normal and pathological
groups. Many of the existing computational models attempt to study language tasks under
cognitively plausible criteria (such as memory and processing limitations that humans face),
and to explain the developmental stages observed in the acquisition and evolution of the
language abilities. In doing so, computational modeling provides insight into the plausible
mechanisms involved in human language processes, and inspires the development of better
language models and techniques. These investigations are very important since if
computational techniques can be used to improve our understanding of human language
acquisition and change, these will not only benefit cognitive sciences in general but will reflect
back to NLP and place us in a better position to develop useful language models.

Success in this type of research requires close collaboration between the NLP, linguistics,
psychology and cognitive science communities. The workshop is targeted at anyone
interested in the relevance of computational techniques for understanding first, second and
bilingual language acquisition and language change in normal and clinical conditions. Long
and short papers are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

*Computational learning theory and analysis of language learning and organization
*Computational models of first, second and bilingual language acquisition
*Computational models of language changes in clinical conditions
*Computational models and analysis of factors that influence language acquisition and
use in different age groups and cultures
*Computational models of various aspects of language and their interaction effect in acquisition,
processing and change
*Computational models of the evolution of language
*Data resources and tools for investigating computational models of human language processes
*Empirical and theoretical comparisons of the learning environment and its impact on language
*Cognitively oriented Bayesian models of language processes
*Computational methods for acquiring various linguistic information (related to e.g. speech,
morphology, lexicon, syntax, semantics, and discourse) and their relevance to research on human
language acquisition
*Investigations and comparisons of supervised, unsupervised and weakly-supervised methods for
learning (e.g. machine learning, statistical, symbolic, biologically-inspired, active learning, various
hybrid models) from a cognitive perspective


We invite three different submission modalities:

* Regular long papers (8 content pages + 1 page for references):
Long papers should report on original, solid and finished research
including new experimental results, resources and/or techniques.

* Regular short papers (4 content pages + 1 page for references):
Short papers should report on small experiments, focused contributions,
ongoing research, negative results and/or philosophical discussion.

* System demonstration (2 pages): System demonstration papers should
describe and document the demonstrated system or resources. We
encourage the demonstration of both early research prototypes and
mature systems, that will be presented in a separate demo session.

All submissions must be in PDF format and must follow the EACL
2014 formatting requirements (available at
We strongly advise the use of the provided Word or LaTeX template
files. For long and short papers, the reported research should
be substantially original. The papers will be presented orally or as
posters. The decision as to which paper will be presented orally
and which as poster will be made by the program committee based
on the nature rather than on the quality of the work.

Reviewing will be double-blind, and thus no author information
should be included in the papers; self-reference should be
avoided as well. Papers that do not conform to these requirements
will be rejected without review. Accepted papers will appear in the
workshop proceedings, where no distinction will be made between
papers presented orally or as posters.

Submission and reviewing will be electronic, managed by the START system.

Submissions must be uploaded onto the START system by the submission deadline:

January 23rd, 2014 (11:59pm GMT -12 hours)

Please choose the appropriate submission type from the START
submission page, according to the category of your paper.


Jan 23, 2014 Long and Short Paper submission deadline
Feb 05, 2014 System Demonstrations submission deadline
Feb 20, 2014 Notification of acceptance
Mar 03, 2014 Camera-ready deadline
Apr 26, 2014 Workshop


Afra Alishahi Tilburg University (Netherlands)
Colin J Bannard University of Texas at Austin (USA)
Marco Baroni University of Trento (Italy)
Robert Berwick Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
Philippe Blache LPL, CNRS (France)
Jim Blevins University of Cambridge (UK)
Antal van den Bosch Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Chris Brew Nuance Communications (USA)
Ted Briscoe University of Cambridge (UK)
Alexander Clark Royal Holloway, University of London (UK)
Robin Clark University of Pennsylvania (USA)
Stephen Clark University of Cambridge (UK)
Matthew W. Crocker Saarland University (Germany)
Walter Daelemans University of Antwerp (Belgium)
Dan Dediu Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (The Netherlands)
Barry Devereux University of Cambridge (UK)
Benjamin Fagard Lattice-CNRS (France)
Jeroen Geertzen University of Cambridge (UK)
Ted Gibson Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
Henriette Hendriks University of Cambridge (UK)
Marco Idiart Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
Mark Johnson Brown University (USA)
Aravind Joshi University of Pennsylvania (USA)
Gianluca Lebani University of Pisa (Italy)
Igor Malioutov Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
Marie-Catherine de Marneffe The Ohio State University (USA)
Maria Alice Parente Federal University of ABC (Brazil)
Massimo Poesio University of Trento (Italy)
Brechtje Post University of Cambridge (UK)
Ari Rappoport The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
Anne Reboul L2C2-CNRS (France)
Kenji Sagae University of Southern California (USA)
Sabine Schulte im Walde University of Stuttgart (Germany)
Ekaterina Shutova University of California, Berkeley (USA)
Maity Siqueira Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
Mark Steedman University of Edinburgh (UK)
Suzanne Stevenson University of Toronto (Canada)
Remi van Trijp Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris (France)
Shuly Wintner University of Haifa (Israel)
Charles Yang University of Pennsylvania (USA)
Beracah Yankama Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
Menno van Zaanen Tilburg University (Netherlands)
Alessandra Zarcone University of Stuttgart (Germany)


Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa, Italy)
Muntsa Padró (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Thierry Poibeau (LATTICE-CNRS, France)
Aline Villavicencio (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

For any inquiries regarding the workshop please send an email
to cognitive2014(removeme)
Call for posters: Interdisciplinair Colloquium Historiciteit van de Frankisering, 12 april 2014, Deadline: 15 maart 2014
De Historiciteit van de Frankisering

Interdisciplinair Colloquium, Universiteit Leiden, zaterdag 12 april 2014
Het is bekend dat de kustprovincies van de Lage Landen in de Vroege Middeleeuwen Friestalig waren, of, in traditionelere termen, Ingweoons van karakter. Dit in tegenstelling tot het binnenland, waar in dezelfde peri-ode Oudnederfrankische dialecten gesproken werden.
Door het gebrek aan contemporaine bronnen blijft het echter gissen naar de historische realiteit achter de ontfriesing. Waarom en hoe snel gingen sprekers over van Fries op Frankisch? Ging dat met migratie gepaard of gebeurde het vooral door acculturatie? Wat was de invloed van economische ontwikkelingen in de kuststreek, en van veranderingen in het bodemgebruik?

Het colloquium brengt specialisten bijeen uit verschillende relevante subdisciplines, zoals de archeologie, his-torische geografie, demografische en economische geschiedenis en historische taalkunde. Er zijn vier plenaire lezingen en daarnaast wordt tijd ingeruimd voor posterpresentaties van andere onderzoekers.

We nodigen iedereen die onderzoek doet naar het verleden van taal, cultuur en landschap van de Lage Landen in de Vroege en Hoge Middeleeuwen, en waarvan de resultaten relevant zijn voor de bezoekers van het colloquium De Historiciteit van de Frankisering, uit om hun werk te presenteren op posters van formaat A0 (841 x 1189 mm.) of A1 (594 x 841 mm.). Met name moedigen we studenten aan, om hun eig-en resultaten met een poster te komen voorstellen.
De posters zullen gedurende de dag in de foyer tentoongesteld worden. Daarnaast zijn er twee posterses-sies waarin de makers hun presentatie kunnen toelichten.
Geļnteresseerden kunnen zich tot 15 maart 2014 opgeven door een uitgewerkt ontwerp te mailen naar de organisator, dr. Michiel de Vaan. Zij dienen zelf hun poster uit te printen en op de dag van het colloquium op te hangen.
Sprekers voor de plenaire sessies:
Dr. Anthony Buccini, (University of Chicago), Dr. Dries Tys (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Prof. em. dr. William TeBrake (University of Maine), Prof. dr. Arend Quak (Universiteit Leiden)

Info Meer informatie over het colloquium kunt u vinden op de website:
Brighton, UK, September 4th-5th 2014
University of Sussex

This workshop is the ninth in a series of international meetings devoted to the issue of writing systems. Earlier themes included ‘What Spelling Changes’ (1997), ‘Writing Language’ (2000), ‘From Letter to Sound’ (2002), ‘Mapping graphemes onto phonemes’ (2004), ‘Constraints on Spelling Changes’ (2006), ‘Typology of Writing Systems’ (2008), ‘Units of Language - Units of Writing’ (2010) and ‘The Architecture of Writing Systems’ (2012). Previous meetings were held in Nijmegen (The Netherlands), Cologne (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium) and Braunschweig (Germany). This ninth workshop will take place in Brighton (UK).
The writing systems workshops have offered a forum for discussion between researchers from a range of different countries and linguistic backgrounds, working in a variety of fields of writing research such as theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics and language education.

The focus of this 9th workshop is the use of databases and lexicons. Especially welcome are contributions on the following questions:
? What kind of orthographic information is available in databases?
? In what ways can mono- and crosslingual information be incorporated?
? To what extent can rule-based information be employed in lexicons and/or databases?
? How can the relationship between orthography and phonology be represented in databases/lexicons?
? What practical purposes (e.g. computational, pedagogic, lexicographic) can be served by databases/lexicons?

INVITED SPEAKERS: Viorica Marian (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University); Boris New (Laboratoire de Psychologie et Neurocognition, Université de Savoire).

PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Lynne Cahill (School of English, University of Sussex), Anneke Neijt (Dutch Department, University of Nijmegen), Beatrice Primus (German Department, University of Cologne), Terry Joyce (Tama University, Tokyo).

? First Call for proposals October 2013
? Second Call for proposals January 2014.
? Submission deadline April 11th, 2014.
? Notification of acceptance May 9th, 2014.
? Workshop 4th - 5th September 2014.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Authors should submit abstracts of no more than 300 words (Font: Times New Roman 12, line spacing: 1.5). Speakers will have 30 minutes for their presentation, and 15 minutes for discussion and questions. Please submit abstracts electronically (rtf, pdf, doc, docx).

CONTACT: awll9(removeme)



PARTICIPATION: Researchers who would like to attend the workshop without presenting a paper are also welcome. Registration details will be available nearer the date of the workshop. The workshop program and the abstracts of the accepted papers, along with travel and accommodation information will be circulated electronically well before the workshop.
Brainstormsessie over 'de NT2-handleiding', een uitleg over specifieke moedertalen met oefeningen voor docenten NT2, Utrecht, 21 November 2013
Meer informatie:

Wij zijn vier studenten die vorig jaar aan de Universiteit Utrecht de master Taal, Mens en Maatschappij volgden. In dit jaar volgden wij ook een cursus over NT2 bij Dr. Jacomine Nortier. Alle vier hebben wij een afstudeerscriptie geschreven met betrekking tot dit vakgebied.

Sinds 2012 biedt de Universiteit Utrecht de mogelijkheid een publieksgerichte scriptie te schrijven. Deze scripties bestaan uit een academisch deel en een aparte publieksgerichte component. Zo zijn er in 2012 en 2013 op initiatief van Jacomine Nortier scripties verschenen waarin het academisch deel een contrastieve analyse bevat van het Nederlands met respectievelijk het Turks, Marokkaans-Arabisch, Pools en Spaans. Dit najaar zullen scripties volgen over het Russisch, het Tsjechisch en het Indonesisch.

Het publieksgerichte deel van deze scripties bevat een handleiding die bedoeld is voor NT2-docenten. Daarin wordt helder uiteengezet tegen welke specifieke problemen de sprekers van een van de genoemde moedertalen aan kunnen lopen bij het leren van Nederlands als tweede taal. Uit onderzoek is namelijk gebleken dat de verwerving van een tweede taal door volwassenen gekenmerkt wordt door transfer: het meenemen van uitspraakregels en taalstructuren uit de moedertaal naar de tweede taal. Met de kennis uit deze handleidingen kunnen NT2-docenten anticiperen op deze specifieke problemen en kunnen zij hun cursisten helpen met het aanpakken van deze problemen. Een belangrijk onderdeel van deze handleidingen zijn de oefeningen. Deze zijn specifiek bedoeld om die taalstructuren te trainen, waarmee cursisten met een bepaalde moedertaal moeite kunnen hebben.

Het lijkt ons goed dat velen die werkzaam zijn in de NT2-wereld, kennis kunnen nemen van de geschreven handleidingen met bijbehorende oefeningen. In opdracht van Jacomine Nortier organiseren wij namelijk op donderdagmiddag 21 november een ‘brainstormsessie’ in Utrecht. Deze bijeenkomst is bedoeld om met mensen die werkzaam zijn in de NT2-wereld van gedachten te wisselen over vragen als:
- hoe kunnen zoveel mogelijk mensen kennis nemen van deze handleidingen?
- hoe moeten de handleidingen vormgegeven worden?
- is het goed om de handleidingen te bundelen in een boek of is een website tegenwoordig een beter medium?
- hoe kan dit initiatief gefinancierd worden?
- op welke doelgroepen moeten de handleidingen zich richten (kinderen, volwassenen, hoog- of laagopgeleiden)?
- is een handleiding als deze ook zinvol voor het onderwijs aan mensen die al een andere taal (bijvoorbeeld het Engels) hebben geleerd die houvast als steuntaal kan bieden?
- welke talen komen nog meer in aanmerking voor een handleiding?
- etc.

We willen u vragen of u ons wilt laten weten of u geļnteresseerd bent en de bijeenkomst op donderdag 21 november zou willen bijwonen. Daarnaast willen wij u vragen of u ons nog meer namen (en bijbehorende mailadressen) zou kunnen doorgeven van andere personen die mee willen denken over bovengenoemde vragen. Het kan gaan om docenten, uitgevers, universitair docenten of docenten die betrokken zijn bij de opleidingen op hogescholen, studenten met een bijzondere interesse voor NT2, etcetera.

Wij hopen dat deze mail duidelijk is. In verband met de planning van de workshop willen wij u vragen voor woensdag 23 oktober te reageren. Mocht u nog vragen hebben, mailt u dan gerust naar een van ons. We horen graag van u.

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