November 8th, 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:


Friese opvoeding geen obstakel
Een Friestalige opvoeding staat een goede verwerving van het Nederlands niet in de weg. Dat is de conclusie die Jelske Dijkstra trekt in haar proefschrift, dat ze op 10 oktober verdedigde aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Het is voor het eerst dat de taalvaardigheid van Friese peuters is onderzocht. Bij de start van de basisschool hebben deze kinderen voldoende kennis van het Nederlands om een eventuele taalachterstand in te halen.
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
Language and Speech Colloquium on Repeating Experiments, November 13 2013

Language and Speech Colloquium
Radboud University Nijmegen

speakers: Antske Fokken & Marieke van Erp (The Network Institute,
VU Amsterdam), Antal van den Bosch (CLS, RU Nijmegen)
topic: Repeating Experiments
time: Wednesday 13 November, 10:45 – 12:00
place: Erasmusplein 1 (Erasmus building), room E 2.56, Nijmegen

10.45h Offspring from Reproduction Problems: What Replication Failure Teaches Us
Antske Fokkens & Marieke van Erp (The Network Institute, VU Amsterdam)

Repeating experiments is an important instrument in the scientific toolbox to validate previous work and build upon existing work. We present two concrete use cases involving key techniques in the NLP domain for which we show that reproducing results is still difficult. We show that the deviation that can be found in reproduction efforts leads to questions about how our results should be interpreted. Moreover, investigating these deviations provides new insights and a deeper understanding of the examined techniques. We identify five aspects that can influence the outcomes of experiments that are typically not addressed in research papers. Our use cases show that these aspects may change the answer to research questions leading us to conclude that more care should be taken in interpreting our results and more research involving systematic testing of methods is required in our field.


11.30h Discussion: Reproducibility and the state of our field: A response to Fokkens et al.
Antal van den Bosch (CLS, RU Nijmegen)

Antal van den Bosch will lead an open discussion based on the theme of the talk.
Attendees are invited to read the mentioned paper.
ACLC seminar, Amsterdam, November 15 2013
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 4.20
November 15 2013, 15.15-16.30 uur
Katherine Bolanos (MPI Leipzig)
Surrounded by Forest, Immersed with Tukanoans
The abstract can be found on the ACLC website: here

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday.
After the lectures drinks are served at the Opleiding Algemene Taalwetenschap, Spuistraat 210, third floor.
For more information: aclc-fgw(removeme), tel. 020-5252543
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.
Discourse op Dinsdag meeting ‘Read literature, read literature day and night!', Utrecht University, November 19 2013
Dear all,

The next Discourse op Dinsdag meeting will take place on the 19th of November. Our speaker will be:

Frank Hakemulder (Media and Culture Studies - Utrecht University)

Date & time: November 19; 15:30-17:00
Location: Utrecht University, Ravesteijn zaal (room 1.06), Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80
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.
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
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
Workshops on the English noun phrase (NP3, 14-15 November) and on complex sentences (CSI, 16-17 November), University of Leuven, November 14-17 2013
From 14 to 17 November, two workshops are organized back to back at the University of Leuven’s Faculty of Arts (Blijde-Inkomststraat 21, B-3000 Leuven), NP3 and CSI.

Participation in both workshops is free of charge, but registration via the online form available on the website is requested by 5 November. Conference dinners are payable in cash on site by participants who have registered for them.

Full details of the programme and practical information are available from the website; brief overviews of themes and speakers are included below. For enquiries, please contact np3-csi(removeme)

NP3 – The Structure of the Noun Phrase in English: Synchronic and Diachronic Explorations
14-15 November 2013
This workshop – the third in its kind, following workshops in Vigo (2009) and Newcastle (2011) – aims to bring together linguists investigating aspects of the English noun phrase from various points of view (theoretical, descriptive; structural, functional, textual; synchronic, diachronic, contrastive).
The plenary speakers are Carlos Acuńa Farińa (University of Santiago de Compostela), Kersti Börjars (University of Manchester) and Nikolaus Himmelmann (University of Köln).

Other speakers include Artur Bartnik, Tine Breban, Lot Brems, Bert Cornillie, Kristin Davidse, David Denison, Hendrik De Smet, Teresa Fanego, Lauren Fonteyn, Caroline Gentens, Liesbet Heyvaert, Jong-Bok Kim, Dana Louagie, John Payne, Natalia Pericchi, Steffen Schaub, Freek Van de Velde, Frank Van Eynde, and Jean-Christophe Verstraete.

CSI – Complex Sentences International Workshop
16-17 November 2013
The Complex Sentences International workshop (CSI), organized back-to-back with the NP3 workshop, is an informal workshop with invited speakers on the analysis of complex sentences. Papers were invited on any topic in the broad domain of complex sentences, but particularly ones that deal with the typology, semantics and pragmatics and history of complex sentences, possibly with a special focus on comparative perspectives or using data from less well-documented languages or varieties.

Invited speakers affiliated with institutions abroad include Peter Bakker, Kasper Boye, Holger Diessel, Peter Harder, Johannes Kabatek, Gunther Kaltenböck, William McGregor, and Robert A. Papen.
Speakers with the University of Leuven as (one of) their affiliation(s) include Lot Brems, Bert Cornillie, Kristin Davidse, Hendrik De Smet, Sarah D’Hertefelt, Caroline Gentens, Pedro Gras, Maria Sol Sansińena Pascual, Lieven Vandelanotte, An Van linden, and Jean-Christophe Verstraete.

Website for both workshops:
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:
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.
Conference “Voices from the Indigenous Siberia, with an Emphasis on Yukaghir”, University of Amsterdam (ACLC), December 13 2013
On Friday 13 December 2013, on the occasion of the end of the research project “Tundra Yukaghir”, the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication of the University of Amsterdam (ACLC) will hold a one-day International Conference

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

chair: Kees Hengeveld, director of the Tundra Yukaghir Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Dates:

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

Program committee:

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

For more information, visit the GLOW 37 webpage:
or view the conference folder online:
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
Research Associate in Luxembourg Studies, University of Sheffield -Department of Germanic Studies, School of Languages and Cultures, UK, Deadline: November 12 2013
Contract Type: Fixed term for two years from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2016

Salary: Grade 7, £28,685 - £36,298 per annum.

Job Reference Number: UOS007173

The School of Languages and Cultures wishes to recruit a Research Associate in Luxembourg Studies with effect from September 2014. The post-holder will have, or be close to completing, a PhD in sociolinguistics and be prepared to conduct a programme of individual research and teach on this topic.

The School has an excellent reputation for the quality and innovation of its teaching and research, having received high rankings in three of its four departments in the Research Assessment Exercise and consistently good ratings for the quality of our teaching in the National Student Survey. Staff in the School have a wide range of teaching and research interests ranging from medieval studies through to contemporary visual culture. There is a thriving Linguistics cluster within the School that covers a variety of areas, from sociolinguistics and language policy through to morphology and cognitive linguistics.

The post-holder will undertake original research into the sociolinguistic situation in Luxembourg, including fieldwork, the writing and preparation of journal articles, grant applications and research papers for conferences in collaboration with the Director of the Centre for Luxembourg Studies, Dr Kristine Horner, and representing the Centre at project meetings and conferences.

You will also undertake a small amount of teaching and admin duties on the programmes in Luxembourg studies, covering for the study leave of Dr Horner and including modules on multilingualism and the sociolinguistics of Luxembourg.

The University of Sheffield has been named UK University of the Year in the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards. Beating five other shortlisted universities, the University was rewarded for having a strategy "based on its values and rooted in its founding principles", as well as on its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access, business performance, and involvement in the local community.
PhD position in Communication Science, VU University Amsterdam, Deadline: November 14 2013
VU University Amsterdam is one of the leading institutions for higher education in Europe and aims to be inspiring, innovative, and committed to societal welfare. It comprises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities for 25,000 students.

The Faculty of Social Sciences is a large and ambitious faculty. Almost 3000 students en more than 300 employees are engaged in teaching and research on social-scientific issues. The faculty has 5 bachelor- and 7 masterprogramme's, which are characterized by their broad and often multidisciplined character. The areas religion, safety, diversity and integration, governance and conflicts, networks and organisation and new media and technology are the focal of the research at FSW.

Communication Science at VU University Amsterdam is situated in a society of rapid changes as a result of new media and new technologies. The department develops and disseminates knowledge about how these developments affect the forms, functions and effects of communication, with a strong emphasis on communication through new media, on the psychology of the media user, and advanced methods for mapping and analyzing media content. Such knowledge of communication processes is especially developed in the field of public and political communication, marketing and corporate communication, health communication and communication for private purposes (social media, gaming).

The Department of Communication Science at VU University Amsterdam is looking for a PhD candidate for the project “Dynamics of figurative frames in Dutch public discourse”. The project will be supervised by dr. Christian Burgers (daily supervisor), and by Prof. Dr. Elly A. Konijn and Prof. Dr. Gerard J. Steen (promoters).

The project
In public discourse, politicians and journalists present their policy initiatives and critique using different types of language. Many studies in the area of Discourse Studies have shown that figurative language (e.g., metaphor, hyperbole and irony) is particularly appropriate to use as a framing device in engaging such debates.

While many studies have focused on the use of figurative language in public discourse, fewer studies have addressed the effects of such framing devices on the general public and the processes underlying these effects. Recent research in the area of Communication Science suggests that three types of underlying dynamics are particularly important to consider in framing research: (1) the effects of frames over time, (2) the effects of frame repetition, and (3) the effects of challenging frames (de Vreese, 2012). Furthermore, it has been noted that such questions have not yet been adequately addressed from an experimental perspective.

The PhD Candidate will conduct experimental research to answer these questions and further develop theory on the role of language aspects in framing research. In doing so, the PhD Candidate will advance research in both Communication Science and Discourse Studies (e.g., Communication and Information Sciences), culminating in a dissertation.

The PhD Candidate is expected to conduct experimental research into the dynamics that predict differential effects of figurative frames in Dutch written discourse. More specifically, s/he focuses on the issue how long effects of such figurative frames persist over time, and on how figurative frames hold up when they are repeated and contested. Next to designing and conducting experimental research, the PhD Candidate is expected to complete a dissertation, to write academic journal articles and to present findings at international academic conferences.

The PhD Candidate should:
• Hold a Master’s degree, preferably a research master’s degree or equivalent qualifications, in Communication Science, Communication and Information Science, Psycholinguistics, Psychology of Language or a related field. Candidates who are due to graduate before February 2014 are also welcome to apply;
• Show a promise for academic excellence, as shown in grade transcripts and curriculum vitae;
• Have the ability and interest to work in an interdisciplinary research team combining research traditions from Communication Science and Discourse Studies;
• Have a firm interest in research on language in (written) discourse in general, and in figurative language and framing in particular;
• Have a firm basis in quantitative (experimental) research;
• Have adequate experience with analyzing quantitative statistical data through programs like SPSS, R, MPlus or equivalent programs;
• Be a native speaker of Dutch. In case the applicant is not a native Dutch speaker, s/he should have at least near-native proficiency;
• Have an excellent written and spoken command of English;
• Have excellent organizational skills;
• Be strongly motivated to pursue an academic career.

Further particulars
The full-time appointment will be initially for a period of 12 months, starting February 1st, 2014. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it will be extended for an additional two years. It is also possible to discuss a 0.8 fte appointment.
You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at like:
• remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
• generous contribution (70%) commuting allowance based on public transport;
• a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and amounts € 2427,00 gross per month in the first year (salary scale 85.1) up to € 2664,00 in the third year (salary scale 85.3) based on a full-time employment.

For additional information please contact:
Dr. Christian Burgers, phone: +31 20 5987889, e-mail: c.f.burgers(removeme)

Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by their curriculum vitae, copies of the Master Thesis, or (in case the Master Thesis is not yet completed), another individually written academic essay, as well as the names and contact information of two external references. Written applications (mention the vacancy number) should be sent before November 14, 2013 to:

VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Social Sciences
Attn.: Mrs. dr. J.G.M. Reuling, managing director
De Boelelaan 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam

It is also possible to apply via e-mail:

An assessment can be part of the application procedure. Interviews are scheduled for the week of December 2, 2013.

Please see:
PhD program IDEALAB in Potsdam, Groningen, Newcastle, Trento AND Sydney, Deadline: November 15th 2013
We are now accepting applications for the Erasmus Mundus Program "International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain" (IDEALAB) . IDEALAB is a joint PhD organised by the Universities of Potsdam (DE), Groningen (NL), Newcastle (GB), Trento (IT), and Macquarie (AU). This collaboration means that we can provide expert supervision across a large range of subjects/areas and access to a range of experimental methods.

We welcome applications from students with a Research Master’s in a relevant area to do research on any area of experimental or applied linguistics and brain. Possible areas of research include acquired or developmental language disorders, functional brain imaging of language, and experimental phonetics.

There are typically 8 or more studentships available a year for students from the EU and other countries with funding from the EU Erasmus Mundus Program. These provide generous living allowances; waiver of all fees; and a generous travel allowance. All students have to spend at least 6 months at at least two different European partners.

Further details are given on the program website:

We are seeking applications from students who will complete an appropriate Research Master’s by August 2014. Completed applications for September 2014 entry are due by 15th November 2013.
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:
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
Call for Papers International workshop on Dialect Coherence, Meertens Instituut (KNAW), Amsterdam, January 16-17 2013, Deadline: November 15 2013
International workshop on Dialect Coherence
Are language varieties coherent?
Meertens Instituut (KNAW), Amsterdam - 16-17 January 2013
Call for Papers
Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2013

Researchers are invited to submit, in English, abstracts for 45 minute presentations (including 15 minutes discussion) of recent work on issues concerning the coherence of language varieties. See sketch of workshop theme and relevant issues below.

Submissions should include:`
- Author(s) names, affiliation and contact details
- Presentation title
- An abstract of 500 words maximum, outlining their presentation

Please send abstracts no later than Sunday, 15 November 2013, to dcworkshop(removeme)

Important Dates:
- 15 November 2013: Deadline for submission of abstracts
- 30 November 2013: Notification of acceptance
- 16 and 17 January 2014: International workshop on Dialect Coherence

Registration fee (75 Euro's) includes registration, coffee/tea, lunch (2x) and one dinner.

Plenary talks will be presented by
- Peter Auer (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg i.Br.)
- Frans Gregersen (Kųbenhavns Universitet)
- Gregory Guy (New York University)
- Roeland van Hout (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)

Meertens Workshop-Jan 2014: Are language varieties coherent?

Are the varieties of language that both linguists and laymen give names to –languages, dialects, speech styles, standard and nonstandard varieties, ethnolects, etc.– coherent objects, or diffuse abstractions? They are typically characterized in terms of clusters of linguistic elements: entire grammars and lexicons in the case of languages and dialects, or sets of linguistic variables in the case of sociolects, ethnolects and speech styles. Thus the social classes and speech styles identified in studies like Labov 1966 are associated with multiple stratified variables (e.g., (aeh), (oh), (r), (th/dh), etc.). Similarly, descriptions of ethnolects such as African American English (e.g., Baugh 1979, Dayton 1996) and Turkish ethnolectal German (Keim 2007) associate them with multiple linguistic features, both phonological and morphosyntactic. But in such studies, variables are often investigated one-at-a-time, leaving open the question of whether they cluster in usage. In other words, when a speaker is using a variety, performing a particular speech style, or constructing an ethnic, class, or gendered identity, do they necessarily use all of the associated variants simultaneously?

The concept of coherent varieties is problematized by the body of work on language and identity that argues that speakers actively and idiosyncratically select from a palette of variants available in their communities of practice to construct identities, stances, and styles – a process that Eckert (2008) characterizes as ‘bricolage’. This often involves incorporation of elements from other varieties, analogous to Bloomfield’s ‘dialect borrowing’. The implication is that social and stylistic usage is not organized in discrete coherent varieties, but is fluidly recast by individuals adapting to changing circumstances and self-expressions. The same issues arise in connection with language change. Are there socially identifiable leaders of change who tend to use all the innovative variants together, or are different innovations subject to differentiated social interpretations and individuated patterns of usage? And are ‘borrowed’ innovations which add new variants to existing linguistic features more likely to be used in idiosyncratic ways?

These issues can be empirically illuminated by examining the extent to which clusters of variants co-occur in speech (cf. Guy 2013). If varieties are coherent, the variables associated with them should co-vary in the usage of individuals. A lower-middle class New Yorker in Labov’s study should simultaneously use low levels of coda (r), raised variants of (oh), and more stopped or affricated variants of (th/dh), and these variables should be strongly correlated in usage. But if varieties are fluid and speakers are doing relatively unconstrained bricolage, the separate variables, which may have subtly distinctive social indexicalities, may be uncorrelated. The empirical picture is complicated by the existence of other sources of correlation: multiple ethnolectal features may have common origins in substrate or L2 acquisition effects, and certain linguistic changes may correlate because of structural relations between them (e.g., vocalic chain shifts alter several vowels at once, and multiple syntactic changes are sometimes argued to be triggered by a single parametric change). But in general, stronger correlations should indicate greater levels of lectal coherence.

A special test of these issues occurs in those situations that are described as involving lectal continua, where intermediate varieties emerge (e.g. between standard and nonstandard, or regional and supraregional dialects, cf. Cornips 2006). Work by Auer (1997) argues that such settings show implicational relationships between certain types of variables, motivated by structural relations among the variants, but other scholars have suggested that ‘bricolage’ occurs. More empirical investigation is warranted: Are the relevant variables correlated in such settings (cf. Hinskens 2007)? Are intermediate varieties constructed with arbitrary collections of variants (standard or nonstandard, local, regional or national), or do they show systematic patterns of co-occurrence of variables?

This workshop focuses on the question of coherence as seen through the empirical prism of correlation and co-occurrence. It seeks to bring together researchers on language varieties and language variation and change who approach these questions from any perspective. Among the relevant questions to be addressed are:
* which features correlate or covary and which do not?
* when correlated usages are encountered, are they better understood as indicators of the social coherence of a variety, or as (perhaps inevitable) consequences of structural factors or historical factors?
* which linguistic features/domains are involved in variation and which tend to be constant?
* what role does the socially symbolic meaning (or indexicality) of the features play in existence or absence of correlations?
* how are usage factors (e.g. type and token frequency) implicated in correlations and indexical interpretations of variants?
* are some kinds of language varieties (e.g., local dialects) more coherent than others (e.g. speech styles)? If so, why?

Auer, Peter. 1997. Co-occurrence restrictions between linguistic variables: A case for social dialectology, phonological theory, and variation studies. In: Hinskens, F., R. van Hout & W.L. Wetzels, eds. Variation, change, and phonological theory, 69-99. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Baugh, John. 1979. Linguistic style shifting in Black English. University of Pennsylvania dissertation.
Cornips, Leonie. 2006. Intermediate Syntactic Variants in a Dialect - Standard Speech Repertoire and Relative Acceptability. Gradience in Grammar. Generative Perspectives ed. by Gisbert Fanselow, Caroline Féry, Matthias Schlesewsky & Ralf Vogel, 85-105. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Dayton, Elizabeth. 1996. Grammatical categories of the verb in African American Vernacular English. University of Pennsylvania dissertation.
Eckert, Penelope. 2008. Variation and the indexical field. Journal of Sociolinguistics 12. 453-476.
Guy, Gregory R. 2013. The cognitive coherence of sociolects: How do speakers handle multiple sociolinguistic variables? Journal of Pragmatics 52: 63-71.
Hinskens, Frans. 2007. New Types of non-standard Dutch. In: Fandrych, C. & R. Salverda eds. Standard, Variation and Language Change in Germanic Languages. Mannheim & Tübingen : IDS & Narr, Francke, Attempto, pp. 281-300
Keim, Inken. 2007. Formen und Funktionen von Ethnolekten in multilingualen Lebenswelten - am Beispiel von Mannheim. In: R. Franceschini, ed., Im Dickicht der Städte I: Sprache und Semiotik; Special issue of Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik, LiLi, 37, 148, 89-112.
Labov, William. 1966. The social stratification of English in New York City. Washington DC: Center for Applied Linguistics.
2nd Call for abstracts for CLIN 2014, INL & TST-Centrale, Leiden, January 17 2014. Deadline: November 15 2013
The 24th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in The Netherlands (CLIN 2014) will be organised by the Institute for Dutch Lexicology (INL) and the Dutch-Flemish HLT Agency (TST-Centrale). CLIN 2014 will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands on January 17th, 2014.
Invited speakers
We are pleased to announce that the invited speakers of CLIN 2014 are Patrick Hanks (Wolverhampon/Bristol) and Dirk Geeraerts (Leuven).
2nd Call for abstracts
Abstract submission information
Researchers are invited to submit, in English, abstracts describing work on all aspects of computational linguistics and related language and speech technologies and applications. In addition to the regular scientific tracks, CLIN 2014 aims to have two special tracks:
• a lexicography track with presentations on the computational support of dictionary making, e.g. word sense disambiguation, distributional semantics, (web) data mining and semantic role labelling.
• an industry track with scientific presentations on topics such as R&D challenges in industry, collaborations between industry and academia, and experiences with "real-world" applications.
Submissions should include:
• Author(s) names, affiliation and contact details
• Presentation title
• An abstract of 250 words maximum, outlining their presentation
• Presentation type preference (oral presentation or poster)
• Submission for industry or lexicology track, or none.
Presentation abstracts should be submitted electronically, no later than Friday, 15 November 2013 via the submission website at
STIL Thesis Prize
Since CLIN 20, a special annual thesis prize, sponsored by STIL, is awarded to the best MA-thesis in computational linguistics. STIL is the Stichting Toepassing Inductieve Leertechnieken.
MA theses submitted to and evaluated at a university or organization of higher education in the Netherlands or Flanders are eligible for the prize. The thesis should address a topic in computational linguistics or its applications, and may be written in Dutch or English.
• 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: 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
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).

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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.
Reminder: Oproep voor nominaties Heinekenprijzen 2014, Deadline: 15 november 2013
Geachte heer, mevrouw,

U kunt nu nominaties indienen voor de Heinekenprijzen.

Deze internationale prijzen, waaraan een geldbedrag van 200.000 USD verbonden is, worden uitgereikt in de volgende vakgebieden:
• Biochemie en biofysica
• Geneeskunde
• Milieuwetenschappen
• Geschiedenis
• Cognitieve wetenschappen
De uiterste inzenddatum voor de Heinekenprijzen is 15 november 2013.

Heineken Young Scientists Awards
Sinds 2010 selecteert de KNAW tevens jonge, talentvolle wetenschappers uit dezelfde vakgebieden als de Heinekenprijzen. Aan de Heineken Young Scientists Awards is een prijs van 10.000 euro verbonden. KNAW-leden en decanen van faculteiten van Nederlandse universiteiten mogen hiervoor een kandidaat nomineren, evenals de algemeen directeur van NWO (voor de onderzoeksinstituten van NWO) en de directeur instituten van de KNAW (voor de onderzoeksinstituten van de KNAW).

Kent u een jonge, talentvolle wetenschapper die niet langer dan vijf jaar geleden gepromoveerd is (of zijn/haar promotietraject binnen drie maanden na de uitreiking van de prijzen afrondt)? Attendeer dan een nominatiegerechtigde op hem of haar.

Nominations are now being accepted for the prestigious Heineken Prizes and Heineken Young Scientists Awards. Please check the Heineken Prizes website for the English call for nominations.

Kijk op onze website voor meer informatie over de Heinekenprijzen en de Heineken Young Scientists Awards:
Hier vindt u tevens het nominatieformulier.

Vragen?Voor vragen kunt u contact opnemen met het secretariaat van de Heinekenprijzen en de Heineken Young Scientists Awards, telefoon 020 551 0763 / 0710 of via e-mail hp(removeme)
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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