August 14th, 2014

LOT Announcements / events
Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen
Kennislink is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied:


Britse gebarentaal onderhevig aan verandering
In Britse gebarentaal maken veel traditionele gebaren plaats voor nieuwe gebaren. Dat blijkt uit een grootschalig onderzoek waarover onlangs gepubliceerd werd in PLOS ONE. Dialectische verschillen nemen af doordat er meer contact is tussen doven uit verschillende regio’s. Ook nemen jongeren gebaren over die in de media voorbij komen. Vooral gebaren voor landen zijn aan verandering onderhevig. Daarbij wordt steeds vaker voor de politiek correcte variant gekozen.

Zon, zee... en wetenschap
Wat is er deze zomer fijner dan onderuitgezakt in een strandstoel een goed boek over wetenschap lezen? Er verscheen een hoop moois dit jaar. Alle redacteuren van Kennislink raden je daarom weer hun favoriete populairwetenschappelijke boek van het afgelopen jaar aan.
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
UiL-OTS syntax-interface meetings: looking for new speakers!
To all those interested:

The UiL-OTS syntax-interface meetings are a bi/tri-weekly meeting held on Monday afternoons (15.30 - 17.00) in which we engage in syntactic and syntax-semantics interface related topics. We are looking for new speakers for the coming fall. If there is anyone who would be interested in giving a talk on this platform, please send an email to the organization (syntax.interface(removeme) and we will get back to you. We welcome a variety of topics, as well as people of all levels (MAs, PhDs, Post-docs, Senior Researchers, etc.).

More information about the platform and previous talks can be found at

Thank you for your interest!

~ The Organizers

Lotte Hendriks
Heidi Klockmann
Jolien Scholten
SMART Cognitive Science Summer Seminar with William Bechtel (UCSD), ACLC Amsterdam, August 20 2014
Levels, levels and levels: Unpacking the senses relevant to cognitive science [an unorthodox view of Marr's levels of analysis].


William Bechtel, who is a professor of Phlisophy at UCSD is the guest speaker at this SMART CS lecture. Abstract is not yet available.

Spuistraat 210 | 1012 VT Amsterdam
Room 004
+31 (0)20 525 3051

More information:
Series of lectures on the semantics of wh-questions by Andrea Haida (HU Berlin), University of Leiden, September 8-12 2014
Lectures by Andreas Haida

Dear all,

the project Understanding Questions will host Andreas Haida (HU Berlin) in September 2014.
Andreas will give a series of lectures on the semantics of wh-questions.

“Introduction to the semantics of wh-questions (with special attention to wh-in-situ)”, Andreas Haida (HU Berlin).

8-12 September
Time: 13:30-15:30
Location: 8, 9 and 12 September Vrieshof 4, 012
10 September Huizinga 027
12 September Huizinga 008b

Everyone interested in the semantics of wh-questions is cordially invited to attend the lectures.
For reasons of organization, please send an email to s.gryllia(removeme) .

Stella Gryllia
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
RefNet Summer School on Psychological and Computational Models of Language, Edinburgh, UK, August 24-30 2014.
The RefNet Summer School on Psychological and Computational Models of
Language will run from 24-30 Aug, Edinburgh, UK.

One reason why language is such a powerful tool for building social and
cognitive capacities is that it allows us to refer, that is, to
identify entities ? objects, processes, or ideas. Unsurprisingly,
several academic disciplines attempt to model our ability to refer.
Surprisingly, those disciplines do not often work together. RefNet is
an EPSRC research network whose goal is to promote research on
reference by building a community of researchers who can benefit from
advances across disciplines. This summer?s RefNet Summer School on
Psychological and Computational Models of Language will introduce young
researchers to research techniques from psychology, computing science,
and linguistics, among them eye-tracking, algorithmic models, Bayesian
reasoning, and mixed-effects modelling. While the summer school will
focus on the production of referring expressions, its short courses
provide foundations for interdisciplinary work in many areas.

Location: University of Edinburgh

Invited evening talks by:
Eva Belke (Bochum)
Susan Brennan (SUNY at Stony Brook)
Emiel Krahmer (Tilburg)
Michael Frank (Stanford)
Alexander Koller (Potsdam).

Workshop: The Summer School will conclude with a workshop on Reference
on Sunday 31 August, 2014. A Call for Papers for the workshop will
follow. Participants in the summer school are encouraged to submit an

Taught courses scheduled for the Summer School:
Multimodal reference. (Piwek, Gatt, Van der Sluis)
How children develop the ability to refer to things. (Matthews)
Eye-tracking methods for language comprehension and production.
(Hermens, Hill)
Statistical methods for language production. (Corley, Barr)
Computational algorithms for the generation of referring
expressions. (Van Deemter, Gatt)
Linguistic aspects of reference. (Cann)

Registration (from 25 March 2014): To register as a participant of the
RefNet Summer School, please use this page:

Accommodation for invited speakers and lecturers will be arranged by
the Summer School so there is no need for Lecturers and Invited
Speakers to register. For postgraduate students, postdocs, and research
fellows, RefNet offers free accommodation and up to £200 in travel
money. In case of over-booking, preference will be given to UK and
other EU applicants. Other participants might find the following sites
useful for finding accommodation: (Disclaimer: None of the above
constitutes an endorsement of any of the accommodation bookable through
these links.)

Edinburgh is home to a string of summer festivals.
( The Fringe (and the
summer school location is in the midst of it) finishes as we begin, but
the Festival proper continues throughout the period of the RefNet
summer school/workshop. It is therefore extremely important for those
of you not automatically booked by the summer school to book your
accommodation as soon as possible.

For up-to-date details and late changes, please check the web site of
the RefNet Summer School:

Organisers: Ellen Bard, Kees van Deemter, Albert Gatt, Danielle Matthews.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
Workshop on Corpus-based Analyses of Coherence Marking, Utrecht University, August 29 2014
Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to the Workshop on Corpus-based Analyses of Coherence Marking, which will take place Friday, August 29, 2014 at 10.30 AM. The workshop will be held in room 1.06 of Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, Utrecht University.

On the occasion of the PhD-defense of Fang Li, six speakers will present talks on different topics concerning the use of coherence markers, especially connectives, in spoken and written discourse. Special attention will be paid to the notions of subjectivity and perspective marking. Below you can find the program of the workshop. Fang Li’s defense will take place following the workshop, at 16.15 PM in the Academiegebouw, Domplein 29.

Program (a full version of the program, including the abstracts can be found below)
10.30 – 10.35 Welcome and opening
10.35 – 11.20 Prof. Hongyin Tao (University of California, Los Angeles)
Complex relations as resources for intersubjectivity: Evidence from Mandarin natural conversation
11.20 – 11.45 Fang Li (Utrecht University)
Subjectivity in Mandarin Chinese: The meaning and use of causal connectives in written discourse
11.45 – 12.15 Ninke Stukker (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Non-prototypical use and connective meaning
12.15 – 12.30 General discussion
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 13.55 Yipu Wei (Utrecht University)
A three-layer approach to the cognitive representation and linguistic marking of subjectivity and perspective
13.55 – 14.25 Liesbeth Degand (Université catholique de Louvain)
Discourse functions of the left periphery in spoken French
14.25 – 14.55 Wilbert Spooren (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
Using technological tools to extend corpus analyses of causal connectives
14.55 – 15.10 General discussion
15.10 Tea

Registration is not obligatory, but please mail Jacqueline (j.evers(removeme) if you intend to join the workshop.

We hope to see you all there!

Kind regards,
Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul
Merel Scholman
Ted Sanders

Program of the Workshop on Corpus-based Analyses of Coherence Marking
August 29, 2014 – Utrecht University - Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, room 1.06

10.30 – 10.35 Welcome and opening
10.35 – 11.20 Prof. Hongyin Tao (University of California, Los Angeles)
Complex relations as resources for intersubjectivity: Evidence from Mandarin natural conversation
While complex relations such as causality, condition, and contrast are interesting from semantic, logical, as well as syntactic points of view, an analysis of their use in natural conversation shows that, while different in their nature of the relations, many of these relations and their corresponding expressions are deployed to achieve intersubjectivity, namely the sharing and negotiation of, sometimes diverse, stances and points of view. One result out of this interactive function is that the expressed relations may differ from their pure semantic and logical connotation, resulting in grammaticization of different degrees. For example, causal marking may be oriented toward interactive organization rather than reasoning. Data from video recorded face-to-face conversations among native speakers of Mandarin Chinese will be presented to support the analysis.
11.20 – 11.45 Fang Li (Utrecht University)
Subjectivity in Mandarin Chinese: The meaning and use of causal connectives in written discourse
Recently, European studies have provided explanations for the usage of causal connectives such as because with the notion of ‘subjectivity’ ? the degree to which the speaker expresses herself in the utterance. To what extent is the subjectivity approach applicable to studying Chinese causal connectives? We conducted corpus-based subjectivity analyses of eight Chinese causal connectives across different genres of written text (i.e., news reports, novels, and opinion pieces) in order to find out whether Chinese causal connectives show systematic variations in terms of subjectivity. The results show that six Chinese connectives (i.e., jiran, yinwei, youyu, all translated as ‘because’; and kejian, yin’er, yushi, all translated as ‘so/therefore’) display subjectivity profiles that differ from each other, and are robust across genres; whereas two other causal connectives (i.e., suoyi and yinci, both translated as ‘so/therefore’) manifest genre-sensitivity.
11.45 – 12.15 Ninke Stukker (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Non-prototypical use and connective meaning
Causal connectives are commonly characterized as markers of specific types of causal coherence relations. Yet, we know that in a substantial amount of cases, connectives are used in contexts that are not directly recognizable as instances of the specific causal relation they are associated with. How do these ‘non-prototypical uses’ inform us on the meaning and function of connectives? A general tendency is to assume that the more frequently a given connective is used in a non-prototypical way, the less specific its meaning must be. I will explore the tenability of the opposite view: I discuss data suggesting that (non-prototypically as well as prototypically used) connectives are part of a more general pattern of linguistic ‘meaning construction’, including other types of linguistic elements, and occurring systematically across discourse contexts.
12.15 – 12.30 General discussion
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 13.55 Yipu Wei (Utrecht University)
A three-layer approach to the cognitive representation and linguistic marking of subjectivity and perspective
Connectives function as processing instructions for readers: they indicate a type of coherence relation, and sometimes also mark a certain degree of subjectivity. Perspective markers (Verhagen, 2005; Sanders et al., 2012) such as epistemic modals (perhaps, probably) and expressions with cognition/communication verbs (John thinks/says) also influence on-line processing and interact with the processing effects introduced by connectives (Canestrelli et al., 2012, Traxler et al., 1997). In this paper we provide a systematic model to categorize these perspective markers according to their processing functions. Based on observations in previous research and evidence from processing studies, we propose to apply a three-layer framework, in line with Halliday’s (1985) three meta-functions. Information coded by linguistic elements is functional at different layers: the propositional layer, the discourse layer and the interpersonal layer. We will show that perspective markers can be categorized according to the layers they function at. Meanwhile, this model is expected to account for domain ambiguities and scope ambiguities observed in discourse analyses of coherence relations.
13.55 – 14.25 Liesbeth Degand (Université catholique de Louvain)
Discourse functions of the left periphery in spoken French
This contribution presents a study of the left periphery in a multi-genre corpus of spoken French segmented in basic discourse units (BDUs), i.e. units resulting from coinciding syntactic and prosodic boundaries. Assuming that these discourse units fulfill a cognitive function in discourse planning and interpretation, we focus on their left periphery. This position serves as the anchor of the message and as such plays an important role in the negotiation of the discourse structure. Our goal is to uncover the discourse strategies at play in different (spoken) discourse genres. Therefore we describe the formal types observed and the discourse functions these peripheral elements may fulfill.
14.25 – 14.55 Wilbert Spooren (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
Using technological tools to extend corpus analyses of causal connectives
The analysis of causal coherence in naturally occurring discourse has attracted much attention in the past decade. One of the central issues in the current debate is the degree to which the subjectivity profile of backward causal connectives like want and omdat is stable across genres. Most of the corpus results are based on manual analyses, which generates issues of reliability and scale. Several years ago Bestgen, Degand and Spooren (2006) have suggested to use automatic techniques like Latent Semantic Analysis to overcome those problems. The recent advent of the 500 million word SoNaR corpus gives the opportunity to investigate the distribution of want and omdat in various written genres, from preplanned and highly edited ones (like newspaper texts and proceedings), to very spontaneous ones (like chat and texting). In this contribution I sketch the results of a replication of the Bestgen et al. study, using a different corpus (SoNaR) and slightly different techniques (a different implementation of LSA; n-gram analysis of the contexts of want and omdat). The results are remarkably different, questioning the reliability of LSA to analyze the subjectivity of backward causal connectives. Some prospects for future research will be discussed.
14.55 – 15.10 General discussion
15.10 Tea
21st Workshop on Logic, Language, Information and Computation (WoLLIC) 2014, Valparaiso, Chile, September 1-4 2014

WoLLIC 2014
21st Workshop on Logic, Language, Information and Computation
September 1st to 4th, 2014
Valparaiso, Chile

(Co-located with ISR 2014 - 7th International School on Rewriting)

Interest Group in Pure and Applied Logics (IGPL)
The Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI)
Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL)
European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS)
European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL)
Sociedade Brasileira de Computaēćo (SBC)
Sociedade Brasileira de Lógica (SBL)

Department of Computer Science, Universidad de Chile, Chile
Department of Computer Science, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Centro de Informįtica, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

Department of Informatics, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Marķa, Chile

WoLLIC is an annual international forum on inter-disciplinary research involving formal logic, computing and programming theory, and natural language and reasoning. Each meeting includes invited talks and tutorials as well as contributed papers. The twentieth WoLLIC will be held at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Marķa, from September 1st to 4th, 2014. It is sponsored by the Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL), the Interest Group in Pure and Applied Logics (IGPL), the The Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI), the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS), the European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL), the Sociedade Brasileira de Computaēćo (SBC), and the Sociedade Brasileira de Lógica (SBL).

Verónica Becher (Universidad de Buenos Aires): On Normal Numbers
Juha Kontinen (University of Helsinki): Dependence Logic
Aarne Ranta (University of Gothenburg): Syntax and Semantics for Translation
Kazushige Terui (Kyoto University): Intersection Types for Normalization and Verification
Luca Vigano (Universitą di Verona): Modal and Temporal Deduction Systems for Quantum State Transformations
Thomas Wilke (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel): Backward Deterministic Büchi Automata

Aarne Ranta (University of Gothenburg)
Luca Vigano (Universitą di Verona)

General: US$ 300
Latinamerican students: US$ 150
General: US$ 350
Latinamerican students: US$ 200

Ulrich Kohlenbach (Technische Universität Darmstadt) - Chair
Natasha Alechina (University of Nottingham)
Eric Allender (Rutgers University)
Marcelo Arenas (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
Steve Awodey (Carnegie Mellon University)
Stefano Berardi (Universitą di Torino)
Julian Bradfield (University of Edinburgh)
Xavier Caicedo (Universidad de los Andes de Chile)
Olivier Danvy (University of Aarhus)
Hans van Ditmarsch (LORIA)
Marcus Kracht (University of Bielefeld)
Michiel van Lambalgen (University of Amsterdam)
Klaus Meer (Technische Universität Cottbus)
George Metcalfe (University of Bern)
Dale Miller (INRIA/LIX)
Russell Miller (City University of New York)
Sara Negri (University of Helsinki)
Grigory Olkhovikov (Urals State University)
Nicole Schweikardt (Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main)
Sebastiaan Terwijn (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Samson Abramksy, Johan van Benthem, Anuj Dawar, Joe Halpern, Wilfrid Hodges, Daniel Leivant, Leonid Libkin, Angus Macintyre, Grigori Mints (in memoriam), Luke Ong, Hiroakira Ono, Ruy de Queiroz.

Pablo Barceló (Universidad de Chile) (Local chair)
Anjolina G. de Oliveira (U Fed Pernambuco)
Ruy de Queiroz (U Fed Pernambuco) (co-chair)
Juan Reutter (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
Cristiįn Riveros (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

Contact one of the Co-Chairs of the Organising Committee.

The 8th International Conference "Language, Individual and Society", Bulgaria, September 7-11 2014
For more information and registration, please visit
Seventeenth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2014), Brno, Czech Republic, September 8-12 2014

Seventeenth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2014)
Brno, Czech Republic, 8-12 September 2014

The conference is organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen. The conference is supported by International Speech Communication Association.

Venue: Brno, Czech Republic


TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers in both spoken and written language processing from all over the world.
Proceedings of TSD form a book published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series.


Topics of the conference will include (but are not limited to):

Corpora and Language Resources (monolingual, multilingual,
text and spoken corpora, large web corpora, disambiguation,
specialized lexicons, dictionaries)

Speech Recognition (multilingual, continuous, emotional
speech, handicapped speaker, out-of-vocabulary words,
alternative way of feature extraction, new models for
acoustic and language modelling)

Tagging, Classification and Parsing of Text and Speech
(morphological and syntactic analysis, synthesis and
disambiguation, multilingual processing, sentiment analysis,
credibility analysis, automatic text labeling, summarization,
authorship attribution)

Speech and Spoken Language Generation (multilingual, high
fidelity speech synthesis, computer singing)

Semantic Processing of Text and Speech (information
extraction, information retrieval, data mining, semantic web,
knowledge representation, inference, ontologies, sense
disambiguation, plagiarism detection)

Integrating Applications of Text and Speech Processing
(machine translation, natural language understanding,
question-answering strategies, assistive technologies)

Automatic Dialogue Systems (self-learning, multilingual,
question-answering systems, dialogue strategies, prosody in

Multimodal Techniques and Modelling (video processing, facial
animation, visual speech synthesis, user modelling, emotions
and personality modelling)

Papers on processing of languages other than English are strongly encouraged.


Hynek Hermansky, USA (general chair)
Eneko Agirre, Spain
Genevieve Baudoin, France
Paul Cook, Australia
Jan Cernocky, Czech Republic
Simon Dobrisek, Slovenia
Karina Evgrafova, Russia
Darja Fiser, Slovenia
Radovan Garabik, Slovakia
Alexander Gelbukh, Mexico
Louise Guthrie, GB
Jan Hajic, Czech Republic
Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic
Yannis Haralambous, France
Ludwig Hitzenberger, Germany
Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Republic
Ales Horak, Czech Republic
Eduard Hovy, USA
Maria Khokhlova, Russia
Daniil Kocharov, Russia
Ivan Kopecek, Czech Republic
Valia Kordoni, Germany
Steven Krauwer, The Netherlands
Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany
Natalija Loukachevitch, Russia
Vaclav Matousek, Czech Republic
Diana McCarthy, United Kingdom
France Mihelic, Slovenia
Hermann Ney, Germany
Elmar Noeth, Germany
Karel Oliva, Czech Republic
Karel Pala, Czech Republic
Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
Fabio Pianesi, Italy
Maciej Piasecki, Poland
Adam Przepiorkowski, Poland
Josef Psutka, Czech Republic
James Pustejovsky, USA
German Rigau, Spain
Leon Rothkrantz, The Netherlands
Anna Rumshisky, USA
Milan Rusko, Slovakia
Mykola Sazhok, Ukraine
Pavel Skrelin, Russia
Pavel Smrz, Czech Republic
Petr Sojka, Czech Republic
Stefan Steidl, Germany
Georg Stemmer, Germany
Marko Tadic, Croatia
Tamas Varadi, Hungary
Zygmunt Vetulani, Poland
Pascal Wiggers, The Netherlands
Yorick Wilks, GB
Marcin Wolinski, Poland
Victor Zakharov, Russia


Ralph Grishman, New York University, USA
Bernardo Magnini, FBK - Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy


The conference program will include presentation of invited papers, oral presentations, and poster/demonstration sessions. Papers will be presented in plenary or topic oriented sessions.

Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Brno will allow for additional informal interactions.


The conference program will include oral presentations and poster/demonstration sessions with sufficient time for discussions of the issues raised.


March 15 2014 ............ Submission of abstract March 22 2014 ............ Submission of full papers May 15 2014 .............. Notification of acceptance May 31 2014 .............. Final papers (camera ready) and registration August 3 2014 ............ Submission of demonstration abstracts August 10 2014 ........... Notification of acceptance for
demonstrations sent to the authors September 8-12 2014 ...... Conference date

The contributions to the conference will be published in proceedings that will be made available to participants at the time of the conference.


The official language of the conference is English.


All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to

Ales Horak, TSD 2014
Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University
Botanicka 68a, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
phone: +420-5-49 49 18 63
fax: +420-5-49 49 18 20
email: tsd2014(removeme)

The official TSD 2014 homepage is:


Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic with a population of almost 400.000 and is the country's judiciary and trade-fair center. Brno is the capital of South Moravia, which is located in the south-east part of the Czech Republic and is known for a wide range of cultural, natural, and technical sights.
South Moravia is a traditional wine region. Brno had been a Royal City since 1347 and with its six universities it forms a cultural center of the region.

Brno can be reached easily by direct flights from London, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Eindhoven, Rome and Prague and by trains or buses from Prague (200 km) or Vienna (130 km).
Workshop Maps and Grammar, Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, September 17-18 2014

September 17-18, 2014
Meertens Institute, Joan Muyskenweg 25, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Recent decades have seen rapid developments in geographical linguistics as well as in mapping technology. The Workshop Maps and Grammar aims to bring together linguistic researchers with experts in geographic mapping. By exchanging ideas we will gain increased insights into the new opportunities of mapping technology and the specific problems of mapping linguistic structures.


Wednesday September 17, 2014

13:30 - 14:15 Sjef Barbiers (Meertens Instituut)
Introduction to the Workshop

14:15 - 15:15 Hans Goebl (Universität Salzburg)
Language in space and language on maps:
some methodological and historical considerations

15:15 - 15:45 Break

15:45 - 16:30 Montserrat Adam-Aulinas (Universitat de Barcelona)
Quantified morphematic maps and a dynamic view of
dialectal space: its application to the northern
area of central Catalan

16:30 - 17:15 Sean Roberts (MPI Nijmegen)
Drawing Isogloss Lines

Thursday September 18, 2014

09:30 - 10:30 John Nerbonne (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Abstractness and Rigor in Variation Studies

10:30 - 11:15 Erik Tjong Kim Sang (Meertens Instituut)
Finding transition zones in dialect data

11:15 - 11:30 Break

11:30 - 12:15 Nina Ouddeken, Marc van Oostendorp,
Roberta d'Alessandro (Meertens Insituut /
Universiteit Leiden)
Between Voicing and Aspiration

12:15 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:15 Gotzon Aurrekoetxea (Euskal Herriko
Analysis of the morphological variation
of Basque using the 'Diatech' tool

14:15 - 15:00 Wilbert Heeringa (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Finding dialect areas by means of bootstrap

15:00 - 15:15 Break

15:15 - 16:00 Jeroen van Craenenbroeck (KU Leuven)
Reverse Dialectometry: geography as a probe
into linguistic theory

16:00 - 17:00 Bettina Speckmann (Technische Universiteit

17:00 Drinks

Organizing committee

Sjef Barbiers, sjef.barbiers(at) Marc van Oostendorp, marc.van.oostendorp(at)
Gertjan Postma, gertjan.postma(at)
Erik Tjong Kim Sang,
Conference "Bias in Auditory Perception” Aarhus, Denmark, September 18-20 2014
Workshop on Specific Language Impairment, Madrid, October 1-3 2014
Workshop on Specific Language Impairment
1-3 October 2014

Plenary Speaker: Jeannette Schaeffer (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Call for Papers:

Specific Language Impairment (SLI) is a disorder characterized by slow language development, without other cognitive or neurological deficits. This workshop intends to discuss different topics about the diagnosis and causes of Specific Language Impairment. One of the goals of the workshop is to supply the phonological, lexical, morphosyntactic or pragmatic abilities of children with SLI. A main problem in SLI is to provide a differential diagnosis which can distinguish SLI from other syndromes like autism, receptive language disorder or attention deficit disorder. In fact, so far the criteria to diagnose SLI has been mainly by exclusion. In addition, another topic that it’s going to be included is the causes of SLI: genetic, environmental, linguistic difficulties, cognitive factors, learning disabilities. We also encourage new findings after applying methodologies like event related potentials, fMRI, eye tracking or MEG.
Authors are invited to send one copy of an abstract in English for review. Abstracts must be at most one page long on an A4 or letter-size sheet (8.5'' by 11'') with one-inch margins and typed in at least 12-point font. An optional second page is permitted for data and references. Abstracts must be anonymous.

Abstracts should be submitted via email as a word attachment to the following address: conference(removeme)

Please name your word file with the first author’s surname (e.g., brown.pdf), use 'SLI abstract' in the Subject header and include the information in (1) - (7), which should constitute the body of the message.

1. Name(s) of author(s)
2. Affiliation(s)
3. Title of talk
4. topic processing, acquisition, disorders
5. Method: ERPs, fMRI, eye-tracking, genetics, ...
6. Email address(es)
7. Postal address of first author

Authors may submit up to two abstracts, one individual and one joint.
This workshop is part of the Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference (ERP).

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 15 May 2014
Notification of acceptance by: 15 June 2014
Conference “Learning Written Language : diversity of languages, uniqueness of disorders”, Strasbourg, December 3-5 2014
Call for Papers/Participation

The Laboratoire de Psychologie des Cognitions (LPC lab) from the University of Strasbourg, France, is organizing a conference entitled “Learning Written Language : diversity of languages, uniqueness of disorders”

Several symposia sessions, bringing together an invited keynote and several oral communications will be organized by topic (e.g. cross- language approach & universal vs. specific aspects of (a)typical written language acquisition ; multilingualism, bilingualism & learning in L2 ; written language difficulties & disorders; remediation).

Invited talks: Séverine Casalis (Université de Lille 3)- Helene Deacon (Dalhousie University, Canada) - Jacqueline Leybaert (Université Libre de Bruxelles) - Annie Magnan (Université Lumičre Lyon 2) - Johannes Ziegler (Laboratoire LPC /CNRS UMR 7920, Marseille)

We hope that this event will draw participants from many countries, and so talks can be given in French or English. A session of posters will also be scheduled. The posters will be displayed throughout the conference and scientific committee will also briefly introduce every one at a moment of the conference.

Submission process : Talk / poster propositions must be sent on- line after registration on the website. You might select for the format (talk or poster) you prefer.


Deadline of submission : 1st June 2014
Notification of acceptation: 15th July 2014

Anne-Sophie BESSE, Eva COMMISSAIRE, Elisabeth DEMONT
Laboratoire de Psychologie des Cognitions - EA4440
Université de Strasbourg
2015 World Congress of Modern Languages: Collaborating across Languages and Borders, Niagara Falls (ON), Canada, March 26-28 2015
2015 World Congress of Modern Languages: Collaborating across Languages and Borders.

FIPLV is organising this congress with our hosting partners CASLT (Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers) and OMLTA (Ontario Modern Language Teachers¹ Association).
The congress will take place in Niagara Falls (ON), Canada, March 26-28, 2015.

The Call for Proposals is now open, with a closing date of 1 May 2014. For details on how to submit, please follow the links from the FIPLV website:

The 2015 World Congress promises to be the best one yet! We are expecting over 1000 participants from Canada, the USA, and many other countries around the world, so the congress will be held at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel and Conference Centre in the spectacular heart of Niagara Falls. We hope you'll take this opportunity to network with language educators from many different backgrounds, and to share innovative approaches to language learning, teaching and assessment. Themes to be explored include: new technologies and social networking, student motivation, languages and culture, the Common European Framework of Reference, and linguistic diversity, and will include both practical and research-focused sessions as well as a vast exhibition of resources.

We hope you'll join us in Canada!

Professor Terry Lamb

Professor of Languages and Pedagogy
Director of Learning and Teaching
Director, MA in Applied Professional Studies in Education Senate Award Fellow for Sustained Excellence in Learning and Teaching

President, FIPLV (Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues
Chief Editor, International Journal of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching School of Education The Education Building
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10th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, USA, May 20-24 2015.
Dear all,
We are pleased to share with you that Rutgers University-New Brunswick will be hosting the 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism from May 20-24, 2015. The theme is "uncovering multilingualism."

Abstract submission for individual presentations and thematic sessions is now open, through September 15, 2014. Please see the attached Call for Papers for further details. Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair (

For more information, please visit the ISB10 website (

We hope to see you in New Brunswick, NJ for ISB10 next year!
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Part-time contractor with a background in computational linguistics and natural language processing, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, USA, no specific deadline
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University needs a part-time contractor with a background in computational linguistics and natural language processing. The candidate must be willing to assist economic researchers in understanding how to best apply statistical and natural language processing techniques to legal language corpora. The contract will involve developing a method to compare corpus search results across different search term groups, accounting for different probabilities of specific search terms occurring in natural or legal language. Ideal qualifications: high sufficiency in Python, SQL, and other pertinent coding languages (RegData uses Python, SQLite, and Stata, but we are open to using other languages if necessary); past publication in a computational linguistics journal; advanced degree in computer science, linguistics, economics, or a related field; past career experience working in computational linguistics and natural language processing. Experience using Python’s NLTK would be a strong plus. The chosen candidate will have the opportunity to publish research with the Mercatus Center.

organization website is

website for the project in the job description is
Project TWIDENTITY zoekt drie masterstudenten, Meertens Instituut
Project TWIDENTITY zoekt drie masterstudenten

Binnenkort gaat op het Meertens Instituut het door NWO gesubsidieerde project TWIDENTITY van start; de naam is een samentrekking van Twitter en identity. We gaan onderzoek doen naar de vraag in hoeverre er op Twitter sprake is van constructie van lokale en/of sociale identiteiten door taalgebruik.

We zoomen daarbij specifiek in op het gebruik van Limburgs dialect en Fries (in afwisseling met het Standaardnederlands, Engels etc.).

TWIDENTITY is een vervolgonderzoek op het project TINPOT (Taal, Identiteit, Netwerk en Produktgeruchten op Twitter) dat door de KNAW werd gefinancierd. Vanuit dit project is onder andere TweetGenie ontwikkeld ( die op basis van taalgebruik/taalgedrag op Nederlandse twitter-accounts het geslacht en de leeftijd raadt van twitteraars.

In TWIDENTITY willen we om te beginnen een taaldetector bouwen, die tweets in het Fries en Limburgs automatisch kan herkennen. Vervolgens willen we weten:

Zijn er twitteraars die altijd in de eigen streektaal twitteren? Zo ja, wat kan de reden hier van zijn? Zijn dit meer mannen of vrouwen, ouderen of jongeren?
Hoe vanzelfsprekend zijn het twitteren in de streektaal en de constructie van regionale identiteit met elkaar verbonden?
Bij welke twitteraars zien we code switching optreden? Waar kan code switching van afhankelijk zijn? De twitteraar, het publiek, leeftijd, geslacht, het onderwerp, privé mededelingen, of bij een bepaalde emotie?
Zijn er evidente verschillen tussen het twitteren in Fries en in Limburgs?

Het Meertens Instituut zoekt voor de duur van een half jaar drie studenten in hun master fase. Het gaat om twee (socio)linguisten en een programmeur, die bereid zijn van dit onderzoek een afstudeerwerkstuk te maken of er een Engelstalig artikel over te publiceren. Wij zoeken in concreto:

1. Een masterstudent (socio)linguistiek die belangstelling heeft voor Limburgs dialect. De student adviseert de programmeur bij het bouwen van tools, en doet onderzoek naar de constructie van identiteit op Twitter door taalgebruik. De opdracht wordt verstrekt als een betaalde stage voor 6 maanden, 500 euro bruto per maand bij een fulltime aanstelling.

2. Een masterstudent (socio)linguistiek die belangstelling heeft voor het Fries. De student adviseert de programmeur bij het bouwen van tools, en doet onderzoek naar de constructie van identiteit op Twitter door taalgebruik. De opdracht wordt verstrekt als een betaalde stage voor 6 maanden, 500 euro bruto per maand bij een fulltime aanstelling.

3. Een masterstudent computer science voor het programmeren van een taaldetector, en tools voor het analyseren van onderwerpen, emoties en identiteit. De opdracht wordt verstrekt als een betaalde stage voor 6 maanden, 1000 euro bruto per maand bij een fulltime aanstelling.

Het onderzoek vindt plaats in samenwerking met medewerkers van de afdeling Human Media Interaction van de Universiteit Twente, en met EUmedianet BV.

Voor meer informatie kunt u contact opnemen met:

Dr. Theo Meder ( Theo.Meder(removeme) 020-4628558

Meertens Instituut, Postbus 94264, 1090 GG Amsterdam
Post of CLARIN ERIC Executive Director, based in Utrecht, The Netherlands, deadline: August 15 2014
Post of CLARIN ERIC Executive Director

CLARIN is one of the two big humanities pan-European research infrastructures on the ESFRI roadmap with global ambitions, expected to expand rapidly in the near future. It currently has about 25 centres in 10 countries and the number is growing.

At the same time CLARIN is participating actively in several emerging global data infrastructure initiatives (e.g. RDA, EUDAT). In addition it is actively pursuing its collaboration with other international humanities research infrastructures such as DARIAH.

As our current Executive Director is retiring, CLARIN is looking for an inspiring person to continue this successful enterprise and lead it to the next level.

The main challenges the new executive director needs to lead on in the next years are: the expansion and the sustainability of CLARIN, to balance the central and distributed activities, increase outreach to new user communities, new collaboration partners and new continents, and to promote collaboration with commercial partners.

The ideal candidate has:
? A higher university degree or equivalent qualifications and an international interdisciplinary network
? Relevant experience in the European Research Area, international arena, as well as in European level funding mechanisms and understanding of the ESFRI process
? An understanding of current and emerging agendas and challenges in data management and curation in the humanities domain
? Excellent communicative skills
? A proven fundraising record
? A record of relevant academic excellence
? The ability to understand organisational and technical issues involved in building, maintaining, and federating digital repositories, catalogues, authentication services, and similar infrastructure components based on modern information technologies
(S)he will be responsible for the daily operation of CLARIN ERIC, head the main office in Utrecht and act as the representative of CLARIN in the international community. The Executive Director cooperates closely with the Board of Directors and is supported by a small staff.

Responsibilities of the Executive Director will include:
? Leading the Board of Directors of the CLARIN ERIC
? Building on prior work, drafting strategy, work programme, budget and staff plan for CLARIN
? Planning the technical development together with the Technical Director, overseeing the implementation and operation of the distributed infrastructure and coordinating centre cooperation

Vacancy CLARIN ERIC Executive Director – June 2014 – p. 2/3
? Ensuring the long-term sustainability of CLARIN and guiding its European and global expansion
? Building strong pan-European and international relationships with a broad range of stakeholders within and outside the consortium. This includes CLARIN members, the relevant ministries and funding bodies, external language resource providers, the EU, and international bodies, including research infrastructures on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmaps as well as other research infrastructures
? Leading the international fundraising efforts for CLARIN
? Monitoring and measuring CLARIN’s activities and reporting to General Assembly
? Specifically, monitoring the adherence of the national consortia to the operational rules and standards for CLARIN-related operations, and developing recommendations for counter-measures for any irregularities
? Ensuring that CLARIN’s services comply with appropriate ethical, legal and societal norms and principles
? Planning, organizing, and managing the main office in Utrecht, which includes recruitment
? Facilitating and supporting the operation of CLARIN’s governance bodies
Additional Benefits:
? Embedding within the Department of Languages, Culture and Communication, part of the Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University.
? Depending on the candidate’s qualifications, employment will be at the level of associate or full professor for a period of 5 years, possibly longer depending on available funding.
? Depending on qualifications and experience, the monthly gross salary of an Associate Professor will be minimally € 4.517 and maximally € 6.039. For a full professor, the monthly salary will be minimally € 5.573 and maximally € 8.795, both according to the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities, based on a full time basis. The salary is supplemented with an annual holiday pay of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. We offer flexible working conditions to support a good work – life balance of our employees. Other secondary conditions include e.g. a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.
? Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may be eligible for a special expense allowance scheme: the 30% facility. The Tax and Customs Administration decides whether employees meet the necessary conditions.
Practical Information

The Executive Director will be based at the main office in Utrecht (NL) and is expected to be travelling frequently throughout Europe.
The period of employment for this position will be five years. Expected start date in office for the Executive Director: February 2015.
Considering CLARIN’s high level of ambitions and the challenges ahead, the job of Executive Director is a full time position (or at least 80% if circumstances demand it).

About the seat of CLARIN ERIC
Utrecht University is one of the largest and most prominent universities in Europe and has great ambitions for the quality of its research and teaching.
Vacancy CLARIN ERIC Executive Director – June 2014 – p. 3/3
The Faculty of Humanities is home to the disciplines of history, art, philosophy, music, literature, language, religious studies, and media. Our education and research in these fields are centred around Western culture, from classical antiquity to the present day, examined from a global perspective.

The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics is a high level internationally oriented research institute which unites roughly 70 permanent researchers and 50 temporary researchers (PhD students and post-docs), affiliated with the Department of Languages, Culture and Communication. Junior and senior researchers work together in small, thematically structured groups investigating aspects of phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics, computational linguistics, discourse studies, first & second language acquisition, pyscho-/neurolinguistics, bilingualism, discourse studies, reading & comprehension, language education. This multifaceted research institute is proud to host both CLARIN-NL and CLARIN ERIC.
Application Process

To submit an application, please send an application letter that describes your qualifications, experience, and specific outlook for the post. Please send your letter, a CV including a list of recent relevant publications and other relevant materials in a single PDF-file to directorvacancy(removeme)
The closing date for applications is August 15 2014.
Shortlisted candidates should be prepared to participate in online interviews in the first half of September. Second interviews are planned to take place in the Netherlands on September 29 and/or 30 2014.
For further information, please contact Bente Maegaard (Vice-executive Director)
E-mail: bmaegaard(removeme); Phone: +45 35 32 90 74

More information:
Two full professorships in Utrecht (Foreign Language Education) and Leiden (Second Language Acquisition), deadlines: August 18 2014
Ter versterking van de didactiek van de Vreemde Talen, stelt zowel de Universiteit Leiden (UL) als de Universiteit Utrecht (UU) een nieuwe leerstoel in. Bij de UL gaat het om een vacature voor een Full Professor in Second Language Acquisition (1.0 fte). Bij de UU om een Full Professor in Foreign Language Education (1.0 fte). Zie meer informatie voor beide vacatures hieronder:

Full Professorship in Second Language Acquisition

Faculty of Humanities & ICLON-Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching, vacancy 14-161

The Faculty of Humanities and the Graduate School of Teaching at Leiden University invite applications for a fulltime full professorship in Second Language Acquisition. The appointment date is January 1, 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Full Professorship in Second Language Acquisition (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number : 14-161

Specialization is open, but we are particularly interested in scholars whose areas of interest include the learning and teaching of foreign languages in secondary and tertiary education, the relation between first and second language acquisition, and multilingualism. Leiden University aims to employ more women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore especially invited to apply.

Our new colleague will hold a dual appointment in the Faculty of Humanities and the Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON). In Humanities, s/he will be a member of the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) and the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS). S/he will teach in various programs and courses as required.

The local environment includes excellent libraries, and is enhanced by the University’s key research area ‘Language Diversity in the World’, the ICLON’s teacher education program in foreign language pedagogy, and an academic setting where many languages are taught (modern languages include Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish), and research is carried out on many more. As such, there are great opportunities for collaborative and comparative work, in teaching & thesis supervision and research alike.


Original research and regular dissemination of the results through appropriate channels.
Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, supervision of BA and MA theses, and contributions to curriculum development.
Supervision of PhD research.
Acquisition of project funding (NWO, ERC, etc).
Administrative duties.
Working with ICLON networks of representatives of secondary schools in the Netherlands.
Representation of the field to external audiences and media.


A PhD degree in a relevant field.
A research and publication record that is commensurate with career stage.
Commitment to high-quality teaching practice, and wide teaching scope in terms of content.
Disciplinary expertise in linguistics, specialist knowledge of second language acquisition, and the ability to work from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives.
An excellent command of English. Most MA programs at Leiden University are taught in English, and English may be used in BA teaching as well.
If the successful applicant is not Dutch-speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years from taking up duty, for administrative and social purposes. The University will fund her/his Dutch training at the University’s Academic Language Center.
Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the successful applicant may be required to enter a nationally standardized tertiary teaching skills certification trajectory (BKO or Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs), successful completion of which is a condition for favorable assessment in work reviews.

We offer

Appointment is initially for a period of five years from January 2015 through January 2019, and convertible into a permanent position thereafter on condition of good performance.
The gross monthly salary is € 5.003,- to € 7.285,- per month, commensurate with qualifications. This is based upon fulltime employment and in conformity with current salary scales under the collective labour agreement (CAO) of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands.

Employment at Leiden University includes pension rights and other benefits; these include an annual holiday premium of 8%, an end-of-year premium of 8.3% and paid parental leave of 62,5%. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.


Queries to the Dean of Humanities, Prof Wim van den Doel, at H.W.van.den.Doel(removeme)

Applications should be in English, and be submitted to the Second Language Acquisition Search Committee with the items listed below included, in this order in *one* PDF document named ‘Family name – Given name – vacancynumber:

A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught.

A letter of motivation including a personal vision of the place of second language acquisition in secondary and tertiary education.

A research agenda with clear potential for applications to funding bodies such as NWO and ERC (max 2 pages).

A teaching statement (1 page).

Two sample course descriptions.

Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this point).

Please submit your application (with the vacancy number mentioned in the letter of motivation and in the subject line of the e-mail) before August 18, 2014, to leerstoelen(removeme) Campus interviews are tentatively planned for late September 2014.

See also:

Professor in Foreign Language Education (1,0 fte)
Utrecht University


The position of professor in Foreign Language Education will be in the Department of Language, Literature and Communication. It will be directly associated with the Language Teaching Specialisation master programmes in the Utrecht Graduate School of Teaching. It will also figure prominently in the national network for enhancing research and teaching in the master programmes for teacher education in the Humanities in the Netherlands.

We especially invite candidates with scientific expertise in research and teaching of foreign languages in secondary and tertiary education. The focus will be on secondary education, and foreign languages are here understood to be English, French, German or Spanish. Specialisation is open. We seek candidates who can strengthen forms of collaboration between research and teaching of languages in the Utrecht Faculty of Humanities in direct contact with the neighbouring Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

The research profile will be developed further within the programme of the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, and tied thematically to the research concerns of 'Educational and Learning Sciences', one of Utrecht University’s research impulse areas.



Extensive research experience in the broad domain of language studies, linguistics and foreign language education
PhD in one of the relevant fields of expertise
Outstanding research achievements demonstrated by an excellent publication record
High visibility, strong international reputation
A prominent network of international cooperative relationships
Proven ability to obtain external funding (e.g.,‘second stream’ or EU funds).


Extensive experience and enthusiasm for teaching and student supervision
Excellent teaching skills
Experience and leadership in curriculum development at undergraduate and graduate (MA, PhD) levels
Proven success in supervising PhD students
Knowledge of the fields where graduates of the educational programs work, specifically secondary schools.

Academic leadership

Proven interpersonal, social and communicative skills
Proven organisational and management skills
Active role in leading (national and international) activities in the area of foreign language education and participation in scientific communities
Clear and proven interest in societal issues relating to foreign language education and ambition to engage in societal debates based on scientific expertise.

The successful applicant who does not speak Dutch, is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch within two years of taking up duty. Training facilities can be arranged through Utrecht University.

Upon appointment, depending on experience and formal qualifications to date, the successful application may be required to enter a certification trajectory of nationally standardised tertiary teaching skills.


In accordance with the standard regulation for professorships at Utrecht University, we offer a fulltime appointment for five years with tenure after positive evaluation. Employment conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement for the Dutch Universities. The gross salary depends on qualifications and experience and ranges in principle between € 5.003 and € 7.285 per month for a fulltime employment of 38 hours per week (salary scale H2, according to the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities). We offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.

Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may be eligible for a special expense allowance scheme: the 30% facility. The Tax and Customs Administration decides whether employees meet the necessary conditions.

Over de organisatie

Utrecht University has great ambitions for its teaching quality and study success rates. This also applies to its clear research profiles which are centred around four themes: Sustainability, Life Sciences, Youth & Identity, and Institutions. Utrecht University plays a prominent role in our society and contributes to finding the answers to topical and future societal issues.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 7,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and motivated colleagues and the excellent facilities in the historic town centre of Utrecht, where the Faculty is located, provide a stimulating professional atmosphere. Moreover, Utrecht University offers attractive terms of employment.

The Utrecht University Graduate School of Humanities guarantees an outstanding quality of education programmes for Research Master students as well as PhD students. The faculty is divided into four departments, which includes the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication. This department with its two Schools monitors bachelor education and master programmes in the areas of Celtic, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish as well as Linguistics and Literary Studies. The research programmes in these areas are carried out under the supervision of either the Research Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) or the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (Uil OTS). The department’s responsibility extends to the language teaching specialisation programmes in the Utrecht Graduate School of Teaching.

Aanvullende informatie

For further information, those interested can contact Karin Beuse-Kikkers (Human Resources Advisor: +31 (0)30 253 6731 or C.L.Beuse-Kikkers(removeme) .

For specific details, please contact prof. dr. Peter Coopmans (Director of Programmes in Education, Humanities): +31-(0)30-253 6104/6301 or p.h.a.coopmans(removeme) .


Applications should include:

covering letter (with motivation) for this position
a curriculum vitae including contact and personal details
list of publications and statement of research and teaching interests
two sample course descriptions
the contact details of three referees (names, affiliations and phone numbers or e-mail addresses)
two selected publications.

Documents in the above order in one PDF document, labelled: Name - vacancy number

Application deadline is August 18th, 2014. To apply, please see

As part of the application procedure, candidates will be asked to present a lecture, and may be asked to participate in a management assessment. Interviews are tentatively planned for late September.
7 PhD positions - Research Consortium Language in Interaction - deadline 30 september 2014
Seven PhD Positions in Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction'

Maximum salary: € 2,664 gross/month
Closing date: 30 September 2014
For more information:

We are looking for highly motivated PhD candidates to enrich a unique consortium of researchers that aims to unravel the neurocognitive mechanisms of language at multiple levels. The goal is to understand both the universality and the variability of the human language faculty from genes to behaviour.

The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. This research consortium sponsored by a large grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO) brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands with a research programme on the foundations of language. The research team consists of 43 Principal Investigators. In addition to the excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition, our consortium provides state-of-the-art research facilities and a research team with ample experience in the complex research methods that will be invoked to address the scientific questions at the highest level of methodological sophistication. These include methods from genetics, neuroimaging, computational modelling, and patient-related research. This consortium realizes both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else.

Currently, the consortium advertises seven PhD positions for a period of 4 years. Depending on the PhD position applied for, candidates will be appointed at one of the home institutions of the consortium. These positions provide the opportunity for conducting world-class research as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

Click here for more information on the PhD positions and how to apply.
3 tenure track positions - Dutch Research Consortium "Language in Interaction", various institutes in The Netherlands, deadline: October 15 2014
3 Tenure Track Positions - Dutch Research Consortium "Language in Interaction"

For more information:

The Dutch NWO Gravitation consortium "Language in Interaction" invites applications for three tenure track positions. These positions are offered with a view to long-term embedding of interdisciplinary language research.
Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to establish their own independent research group. You will be expected to conduct research in one or more research areas relevant to the position applied for. Supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD projects will be part of your responsibilities. Administrative duties will include local and/or national committee memberships. Some contribution to teaching will be appreciated. You will be provided with budgetary resources, a PhD student or technician, materials and consumables.

The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. The Language in Interaction consortium brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands in a research programme on the foundations of language.

Depending on the tenure track position applied for, the successful candidate will be appointed at one of the following partner institutes:
1) Radboud University Nijmegen & RadboudUMC - Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour
2) Radboud University Nijmegen - Centre for Language Studies
3) University of Amsterdam - Institute for Logic, Language and Computation.
All these institutions conduct research in an international setting. English is the lingua franca.

We are looking for highly motivated, creative and talented researchers with a strong research profile. Each tenure track position has its own requirements and profile.

General requirements for the tenure track positions are:
? a PhD degree in a field relevant to the position concerned;
? an established international reputation;
? strong track record of peer-reviewed international publications;
? experience with successfully applying for external funding;
? experience with (co-)supervision of PhD students;
? management skills required for academic leadership;
- outstanding teaching skills, teaching experience, and a clear vision on teaching.

More information on the three tenure track positions offered and how to apply can be found under this link:
Two (at least) PhDs in language acquisition at Lancaster University, UK, various deadlines
Two Fully Funded PhD Projects in early language learning for EU/UK students

Psychology at Lancaster has two fully funded vacancies for PhD students, funded through the new ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD), a multi-million pound collaboration between the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool, and Manchester. The studentship benefits from the vibrant environment of the LuCiD Centre, including opportunities to travel to international laboratories, training in a range of psychological and neurophysiological techniques, frequent research and public engagement meetings, and support from a large team of researchers in language acquisition.

One PhD will investigate language-specific and general-purpose learning mechanisms contributing to early language acquisition, the second will investigate how children understand how words refer to objects and actions in the environment, using EEG techniques with infants.

For more information and details on the application process, please see:

Three Fully Funded PhD Projects in any area of Psychology for all students

Lancaster University has three further PhD studentship vacancies in addition, open to all applicants - please see: for more details
Calls for papers for events
Call for abstracts: Workshop on big data in language acquisition research, Leipzig, Germany, March 4 2015, deadline: August 15 2014
Big data: New opportunities and challenges in language acquisition research

Language acquisition research on topics ranging from phonological processing to semantic knowledge has been built on meticulous examination of small data sets, such as case studies. While we have learned a lot from such careful work, some limitations quickly became evident. A new horizon has opened as bigger, open data sets began to emerge. Early examples are the CHILDES and the MCDI projects. Today, new technologies pave the way to some much needed cross-linguistic extensions, for instance, via automatic annotation of day-long audio(-video) recordings in seldom described languages. It also becomes possible to include other linguistic levels (e.g., receptive knowledge through open repositories of experimental results).

The present workshop will provide a platform for language acquisition researchers to assess the progress towards high quality, big, and open data sets, and to discuss solutions for current challenges. Researchers who have collected large linguistic data sets from infants and children will share current insights and perspectives. In addition to presenting results from their own research, they will discuss challenges (such as data standardization, anonymization, barriers to data sharing), and consider how to facilitate cross-linguistic extensions.

The workshop will take place on March 4th, 2015 in Leipzig, Germany. It is a so-called "Kurz-AG" within the Annual Meeting of the German Society of Linguistics (DGfS; Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Sprachwissenschaften, conference website), which means it takes place within a three-day conference for which all participants have to register. The short nature of this workshop allows presenters and participants to attend other workshops on the remaining two conference days. Please visit for more information.

Please submit an abstract that is about 400 words long via
There will be a total of 6 abstracts accepted for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes discussion).

Submission Deadline: August 15, 2014
Notification: September 2014
Workshop: March 4, 2015

Christina Bergmann (Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, DEC-ENS, Paris, France)
Alejandrina Cristia (Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, DEC-ENS, CNRS, Paris, France)
Sho Tsuji (Riken Brain Science Institute, Japan)
CFP: Conference LANMR, Valle de Bravo, Mexico, November 5-7 2014, deadline; August 25 2014
Ninth Latin American Workshop on Logic/Languages,
Algorithms and New Methods of Reasoning 2014 (LANMR 2014)

Paper Submission: Deadline EXTENDED: August 25, 2014 Conference Date: November 5-7, 2014, Valle de Bravo, Estado de México, México Workshop URL:



1) Accepted theoretical computer science papers which fulfill the requirements of Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science
will be published in an special issue.

2) Accepted non theoretical computer science papers which fulfill the requirements of Engineering Letters will be published in an special issue.


August 25th, 2014: Submission of Papers
September 25th, 2014: Notification of acceptance
October 5th, 2014: Camera Ready
November 5-7th, 2014: Workshop

LANMR 2014 is the ninth installment of the Latin American Workshop series on Logic/Languages, Algorithms and New Methods of Reasoning. The objective of the LANMR Workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry worldwide to present recent research results on theory and applications on Logic, Languages, Algorithms and Reasoning Methods. Researchers, engineers and experts are invited to submit high quality papers to share and to discuss their latest research results. LANMR 2014 will provide a forum where participants could exchange their ideas and experiences through high quality peer reviewed papers.
The Workshop features a three-day program of invited talks by recognized scientists, oral presentations of technical papers, as well as a Doctoral Consortium of currently enrolled graduate students. This year the LANMR workshop will be held from 5th to 7th November, 2014 at ANUIES, Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico. LANMR 2014 is organized by the Logic and Computation Mexican Group.
The proceedings of LANMR 2014 will be published in CEUR Workshop Proceedings (CEUR The accepted papers will also be considered for publication in the special issues of the journal Engineering Letters, which will be abstract indexed by Scopus.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

1. Logic programming and non-monotonic reasoning 2. Algorithms applied to logic 3. Answer Set Programming 4. Knowledge representation 5. Belief representation 6. Paraconsistent logics 7. Deduction techniques 8. Automated reasoning 9. Non-classical logics 10. Reasoning about situations and actions 11. Planning 12. AI-Artificial Intelligence 13. Agent and Intelligent Systems 14. Preferences 15. Default and abductive reasoning 16. Well-founded semantics 17. Cognitive agents 18. Novel applications in AI.
19. Natural Language Processing
20. Argumentation


Papers should be written in English and formatted according to the Springer LNCS style (, and not exceed 12 pages including references and figures. Authors should submit their paper via

Each paper will be peer-reviewed by two experts in the field for originality, significance, clarity, impact, and soundness. In cases of contradictory
recommendations, a member of the conference program committee would be charged to make the final decision (accept/reject); often, this would involve seeking help from additional referees. Papers whose authors include a member of the conference program committee will be evaluated using the double-blinded review process. Papers must not have been previously published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere.

Contact and general enquiries: José Raymundo Marcial Romero


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CFP: Symposium on Language and Social Interaction (GSLI) with the theme 'Interaction and Learning', University of Groningen, January 23 2015, deadline: September 1 2014
Please see for more information:
2nd Call for Papers: 23rd Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE XXIII), University Paris Diderot. January 7-9 2015, deadline: September 5 2014
SECOND Call for Papers

The 23rd Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE XXIII) will be held 7-9 January 2015 at the University Paris Diderot-Paris 7.

Invited Speakers

Toma˛ ERJAVEC (Jo˛ef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
Rick NOUWEN (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
Alain ROUVERET (University Paris Diderot-Paris 7, France)
Sophie WAUQUIER (University Paris 8, France)

Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students not having defended a Ph.D. by September 5th 2014 are invited to submit abstracts (no longer than 2 pages) for presentations (30 minutes, plus 10 minutes' discussion) or posters. We welcome submissions in all areas of linguistics, such as syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology, phonetics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, history of linguistic theories, diachronic linguistics and syntax in ancient grammatical traditions.

The board of ConSOLE is based at Leiden University ( and is keen for more graduate students and PhDs at Dutch universities to participate in this lively, friendly conference.

Abstracts must be written in English and be submitted electronically in pdf format via the EasyChair page, using the following link:

Submissions must be anonymous and should not reveal the identity of the author(s) in any form.

More detailed guidelines regarding submission can be found on the website of the conference: (links to previous years' proceedings are also available there).

All participants who have been accepted to present at ConSOLE (either for the oral or the poster session) are entitled to submit a paper to the proceedings.

Important dates:
Submission deadline: September 05, 2014
Notification of acceptance: October 24, 2014
Conference date: January 7-9, 2015

Inquiries about submission procedures or other matters should be directed to: consolexxiii(removeme)

Kind regards,
The ConSOLE XXIII Organizing Committee
Call for papers: Conference 'Bilingualism and Cognitive Aging 2015', University of Groningen, January 28-30 2015, deadline: September 15 2014
Bilingualism and Cognitive Aging 2015
28-30 January 2015
University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Recent years have seen a host of studies on the topic of language and cognitive control in bilingualism. Featuring prominently in this now quite rich literature is the so-called cognitive control advantage; now found in abundance are studies presenting converging (and diverging) evidence that bilinguals outperform monolinguals on working memory capacity and executive functioning tasks. What has been relatively underresearched these past few years is how all of this pertains to aging bilinguals. This caveat is counterintuitive, given that one of the most notable findings that sparked the bulk of research into the cognitive advantage of bilinguals was that older bilinguals do not suffer as much from the age-related cognitive decline found in their monolinguals peers – even to the extent that the onset of degenerate diseases like dementia takes place 4 years later, on average, in bilinguals (Bialystok et al., 2004).

Perhaps now more than ever is the time to unravel the details underlying cognitive aging in bilinguals. Due to increased life expectancies and reduced birth rates, developed countries now see large numbers of older adults (Alho, 2008). As a result of international mobility, a substantial number of these elderly populations are multilingual. When zooming in on bilingualism and cognitive aging, it is important that the issue of language proficiency in both languages is addressed, which has often been overlooked in the past. Substantial individual variation is likely to characterize different groups of migrants and truly balanced bilinguals make up only a small proportion of the population of older bilinguals in any given country. Moreover, most previous work on language and cognitive aging in bilingual contexts has focused on early simultaneous bilinguals, as opposed to late sequential bilinguals that make up the bulk of migrant communities. In other words, it is important to detail the language use patterns as well as language proficiency and, crucially, language attrition patterns (both of the first and second language) of these speakers as they age, as these processes may all greatly impact on the cognitive and language control of individual bilingual older adults.

The main aim of this conference is to bring together researchers working on bilingualism and aging, both those applying behavioral and neuroimaging techniques to their data sets, and who may come from different but related fields such as psychology, linguistics or neuroscience. In a single-session format, key topics in the exciting field of language and cognitive control in older bilinguals are addressed and revisited to establish the current state-of-the-art in this field.

We are very lucky to have 5 leading, internationally renowned, plenary speakers headlining our event:
Dr. Jubin Abutalebi – University Vita-Salute San Raffaele/ University of Hong Kong
Prof. dr. Thomas Bak – University of Edinburgh
Prof. dr. Ellen Bialystok – York University
Prof. dr. Kees de Bot – University of Groningen
Prof. dr. Deborah Burke – Pomona College

Apart from establishing the current state-of-affairs, this meeting aims to provide a uniform kick-off for future work in this area. The staging of this event nicely coincides with a special issue on the topic of bilingualism and aging of Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism as well as an edited volume published by John Benjamins (Eds.: Ellen Bialystok, Cari Bogulski and Margot Sullivan). Adding to those publications, the output of this workshop includes both a special journal issue addressing the conference theme and an edited book volume. During the conference more details will be presented on both these publications and conference participants will be invited to submit their work to these forums.
We greatly look forward to welcoming you in Groningen in January 2015!

The organizing committee:
Dr. Merel Keijzer – University of Groningen
Prof.dr. Monika Schmid – University of Groningen / University of Essex
Prof. Dr. Mike Sharwood Smith – University of Edinburgh

Call for Papers

Paper and poster proposal submissions that address the conference theme are welcomed from all fields related to the general topic of bilingualism and cognitive aging, including linguistics, (cognitive) psychology, and (cognitive) neuroscience. Subtopics within which contributions are welcomed include, but are not limited to:
• Language maintenance and attrition in aging bilinguals
• Language use and proficiency patterns in aging bilinguals and their influence on language and cognitive control
• Neurological correlates of language and cognitive control in aging bilinguals
• The cognitive advantage in aging bilinguals
• Individual differences (in language and cognitive control) in aging bilinguals

Contributions to the program can take the form of traditional paper presentations (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions/discussion) or poster presentations (the meeting will prominently feature 2 poster sessions, each 1,5 hours in length). All proposals are subjected to a blind-review process and assessed on the basis of their relevance regarding the conference theme, their quality and originality, and also the discussion they are expected to generate. As the meeting is deliberately designed as a single-session conference, please note that we can only accommodate a limited number of paper presentations. Abstracts with a maximum word length of 300 may be submitted to our email address of bilingualismcognitiveaging(removeme) The deadline for submission is 15 September 2014. Upon receiving your proposal, and pending the review process, you will be prompted with details regarding the conference website, which is currently under construction.

Important dates:
23 May 2014: Call for papers is issued
15 August 2014: Second call for papers (reminder) is issued
15 September: Deadline for proposals (11.59 P.M. CET)
31 October 2014: Notification of acceptance
15 November 2014: Conference registration opens
28-30 January 2015: conference
2nd Call for papers: 20ste Fries Filologencongres, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden, 10-12 december 2014, deadline: 15 september 2014
20ste Filologencongres 2014

Aankondiging en oproep voor lezingen

Woensdag 10, donderdag 11 en vrijdag 12 december 2014
De Fryske Akademy organiseert dit jaar voor de twintigste keer het Frysk Filologekongres (Fries Filologencongres), in Leeuwarden op woensdag 10, donderdag 11 en vrijdag 12 december. Het congres wil een podium zijn voor het wetenschappelijk debat met betrekking tot de frisistiek in de breedste zin. De voertalen zijn: Fries, Nederlands, Engels en Duits.

De opzet van het congres is dat er elke dag wordt begonnen met een plenaire lezing. Hierna zijn er parallelsessies. Op de donderdag is er een avondsessie over Onderwijs. Het congres richt zich op de volgende onderzoeksgebieden: Oudfries, Taalkunde, Letterkunde, Lexicographie, Taalsociologie, Geschiedenis van Fryslān/Cultuurstudie. Het onderzoeksveld is het Fries, met inbegrip van de dialecten die in Fryslān voorkomen, in alle fasen en het Fries in Duitsland (Noord- en Oost-Friesland). Lezingen die vanuit een vergelijkend perspectief relevant zijn, zijn ook van harte welkom.


De volgende sprekers op uitnodiging hebben al een bijdrage toegezegd: prof. dr. Piet van de Craen (Vrij Universiteit, Brussel), prof. dr. Jürg Fleischer (Philips Universität Marburg), prof. dr. Antje Dammel (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz), Ms Sara K. Hayden (Philips-Universität Marburg), prof. dr. Damaris Nübling (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz), prof. dr. Monika Schmidt (University of Essex/Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), dr. des. Wendy Vanselow (Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel).

Oproep voor lezingen

De congrescommissie roept hierbij deskundigen op om een opzet (van zo?n 300 woorden) voor een lezing op een van de onderzoeksgebieden in te dienen. Sprekers die hun lezing bij een bepaald onderzoeksgebied ingedeeld willen zien, wordt gevraagd dit aan te geven. Een lezing duurt een halfuur (20 minuten voor de lezing zelf plus 10 minuten voor discussie). Uit het aanbod van lezingen zal na de sluitingstermijn (zie hieronder) een keuze worden gemaakt voor het congres. De lezinghouders kunnen hun lezing aanbieden voor publicatie in de congresbundel Philologia Frisica anno 2014, die onder redactie van de congrescommissie zal staan. Wie een opzet voor een lezing wil indienen, wordt gevraagd dit via e-mail te doen bij Janneke Spoelstra: jspoelstra(removeme)

De sluitingstermijn voor het inzenden van een opzet is 15 september 2014. Voor 1 oktober horen inzenders of hun opzet voor een lezing is aangenomen.

Het congres wordt gehouden in Grand-Café Restaurant De Koperen Tuin, Prinsentuin 1, in Leeuwarden. De congreskosten zijn € 100,- voor het hele congres of € 40,- voor een congresdag (incl. congresdocumentatie, koffie/thee en lunch). Lezinghouders zijn vrij van congreskosten voor de dag dat ze hun lezing houden. Studenten hebben gratis toegang tot het congres. Op woensdag 10 december is er een congresdiner; de kosten hiervan zijn € 30,-.


Voor inlichtingen kunt u terecht bij Janneke Spoelstra, e-mail: jspoelstra(removeme), tel. (0031) (0)58 -233 69 15 of Willem Visser, e-mail: wvisser(removeme), tel. (0031) (0)58 - 234 30 37.

De congrescommissie:

Dr. Hanno Brand (voorzitter),
Drs. Cor van der Meer,
Janneke Spoelstra MA (secretaris),
Dr. Willem Visser

Voor meer informatie zie ook:
(also in English)
Call for papers: 9th International Conference on Language and Automata Theory and Applications, Nice, France, March 2-6 2015, deadline: October 10 2015

LATA 2015

Nice, France

March 2-6, 2015

Organized by:

CNRS, I3S, UMR 7271
Nice Sophia Antipolis University

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



LATA is a conference series 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 2015 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career. It will aim at attracting contributions from classical theory fields as well as application areas.


LATA 2015 will take place in Nice, the second largest French city on the Mediterranean coast. The venue will be the University Castle at Parc Valrose.


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 networks automata, concurrency and Petri nets automatic structures cellular automata codes combinatorics on words computational complexity data and image compression descriptional complexity 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 parallel and regulated rewriting parsing patterns power series string and combinatorial issues in bioinformatics string processing algorithms symbolic dynamics term rewriting transducers trees, tree languages and tree automata unconventional models of computation weighted automata


LATA 2015 will consist of:

invited talks
invited tutorials
peer-reviewed contributions


to be announced


Andrew Adamatzky (West of England, Bristol, UK) Andris Ambainis (Latvia, Riga, LV) Franz Baader (Dresden Tech, DE) Rajesh Bhatt (Massachusetts, Amherst, US) José-Manuel Colom (Zaragoza, ES) Bruno Courcelle (Bordeaux, FR) Erzsébet Csuhaj-Varjś (Eötvös Lorįnd, Budapest, HU) Aldo de Luca (Naples Federico II, IT) Susanna Donatelli (Turin, IT) Paola Flocchini (Ottawa, CA) Enrico Formenti (Nice, FR) Tero Harju (Turku, FI) Monika Heiner (Brandenburg Tech, Cottbus, DE) Yiguang Hong (Chinese Academy, Beijing, CN) Kazuo Iwama (Kyoto, JP) Sanjay Jain (National Singapore, SG) Maciej Koutny (Newcastle, UK) Antonķn Ku?era (Masaryk, Brno, CZ) Thierry Lecroq (Rouen, FR) Salvador Lucas (Valencia Tech, ES) Veli Mäkinen (Helsinki, FI) Carlos Martķn-Vide (Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, ES, chair) Filippo Mignosi (L’Aquila, IT) Victor Mitrana (Madrid Tech, ES) Ilan Newman (Haifa, IL) Joachim Niehren (INRIA, Lille, FR) Enno Ohlebusch (Ulm, DE) Arlindo Oliveira (Lisbon, PT) Joėl Ouaknine (Oxford, UK) Wojciech Penczek (Polish Academy, Warsaw, PL) Dominique Perrin (ESIEE, Paris, FR) Alberto Policriti (Udine, IT) Sanguthevar Rajasekaran (Connecticut, Storrs, US) Jörg Rothe (Düsseldorf, DE) Frank Ruskey (Victoria, CA) Helmut Seidl (Munich Tech, DE) Ayumi Shinohara (Tohoku, Sendai, JP) Bernhard Steffen (Dortmund, DE) Frank Stephan (National Singapore, SG) Paul Tarau (North Texas, Denton, US) Andrzej Tarlecki (Warsaw, PL) Jacobo Torįn (Ulm, DE) Frits Vaandrager (Nijmegen, NL) Jaco van de Pol (Twente, Enschede, NL) Pierre Wolper (Ličge, BE) Zhilin Wu (Chinese Academy, Beijing, CN) Slawomir Zadrozny (Polish Academy, Warsaw, PL) Hans Zantema (Eindhoven Tech, NL)


Sébastien Autran (Nice)
Adrian Horia Dediu (Tarragona)
Enrico Formenti (Nice, co-chair)
Sandrine Julia (Nice)
Carlos Martķn-Vide (Tarragona, co-chair) Christophe Papazian (Nice) Julien Provillard (Nice) Pierre-Alain Scribot (Nice) Bianca Truthe (Giessen) 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, references, etc.) and should be prepared 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 substantially 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 21, 2014 to March 2, 2015. The registration form can be found at:


Paper submission: October 10, 2014 (23:59 CET) Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: November 18, 2014 Early registration: November 25, 2014 Final version of the paper for the LNCS proceedings: November 26, 2014 Late registration: February 16, 2015 Submission to the journal special issue: June 6, 2015




LATA 2015
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


Nice Sophia Antipolis University
Rovira i Virgili University
CFP 12th International Conference on the Structure of Hungarian (ICSH12), Leiden University, The Netherlands, May 22-23 2015, deadline: October 15 2014
Call for papers

The 12th International Conference on the Structure of Hungarian (ICSH12) will be held at Leiden University, The Netherlands, from 22 to 23 May 2015, at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, LUCL

Invited speakers:

Marcel den Dikken (City University of New York)

Harry van der Hulst (University of Connecticut)

Balįzs Surįnyi (RIL/HAS, Budapest)

Abstracts are solicited for 30-minute presentations (plus 10 minutes for discussion) and a poster session. The abstracts should make a contribution to our understanding of the structure of Hungarian and linguistic theory, including any characteristic of the morphology, phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics or pragmatics of Hungarian.

Anonymous, maximally two-page abstracts including examples/illustrations and references
(with one-inch/2.5cm margins all around, in a font no smaller than 12pt, written in English)
should be submitted via EasyChair via the following link:

One person is allowed to submit maximum two abstracts: one as a sole author or co-author, and another as a co-author. Papers and posters presented at the conference are eligible for publication in the series Approaches to Hungarian, published by John Benjamins (Amsterdam) (

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 October 2014.

Authors will be notified of acceptance by 15 January 2015.

Registration fee (to be paid on the spot): 40€

The core program committee:

Lisa Cheng
Marcel den Dikken
Jślia Horvįth
Harry van der Hulst
Istvįn Kenesei
Anikó Liptįk
Marc van Oostendorp
Csaba Pléh
Johan Rooryck
Balįzs Surįnyi

Further information will be posted on the conference website to be found here:

In the name of the local organizers,
Anikó Liptįk
Call for Papers: Workshop Shared Processing in Language and Music (SPLM), University of Amsterdam, March 27-28 2015, deadline: October 15 2015
Workshop: Shared Processing in Language and Music - What Neurocognition and Disorders Reveal (SPLM)

March 27th & 28th 2015, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The workshop is embedded in the SMART Cognitive Sciences Conference that is held from March 25th to March 28th 2015.

Organizers: Jasmin Pfeifer & Silke Hamann (University of Amsterdam)

Traditionally, language and music have been regarded as two separate domains. Growing evidence, however, suggest that these two domains share at least certain processes. While there is more interesting research every day, part of what makes this field so exciting is that there are still two very different perspectives: Those who emphasize the differences between music and language and those who emphasize the similarities. Not only behavioral paradigms but more and more neurophysiological techniques are used to test hypotheses arising from those different perspectives and to investigate the neural underpinnings of possibly shared cognitive processes. At the same time, disorders that affect either faculty but supposedly spare the other, such as amusia and aphasia, are of great interest, too, as they can also lead to insights on what is shared by both domains and what is not. Any contributions focusing on the question of shared mechanisms between music and language are welcome, whether specific disorders are investigated, neurocognitive methods are employed or a combination of both. Theoretical approaches to this topic are also welcome.
This workshop aims at bringing together scientists from as diverse fields as linguistics, musicology, psychology, neurology and biology in order to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue that might create a better understanding of the shared processes in music and language.

Keynote speakers:
Prof. Dr. Usha Goshwami, University of Cambridge, UK
Dr. Daniela Sammler, Max Planck Institute, Leipzig, Germany
Dr. Victoria Williamson, University of Sheffield, UK

We invite submissions for oral presentations on empirical or theoretical work. Abstracts should not be longer than one page (including references) and are to be submitted as pdfs to splm-fgw(removeme)

Important Dates:
Abstract submission deadline: October 15th 2015
Notification of acceptance: November 15th 2015
The workshop: March 27th & 28th 2015

Venue: University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Emailaddress: splm-fgw(removeme)
Call for Papers: LSRL 2015 Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, Sćo Paulo, Brazil, May 6-9 2015, deadline: October 25 2014
Please, visit the conference website at
Call for Papers Germanic Sandwich 2015, University of Nottingham, UK, April 24-25 2015, deadline: November 3 2014
A Germanic Sandwich 2015

Call for Papers
A Germanic Sandwich 2015 will be the fifth in a series of conferences in which Dutch is compared with its closest Germanic neighbours, English and German. The first edition took place in Berlin in 2005 to commemorate the appearance of Nederlands tussen Duits en Engels (‘Dutch between German and English’), a study by the renowned Dutch linguist C.B. van Haeringen. Subsequent editions were held in Sheffield (2008), Oldenburg (2010) and Leuven (2013). This two-day conference will take place on 24 and 25 April 2015 at the University of Nottingham (UK Campus).

We invite abstracts for talks of 20 minutes (+ 10 minutes’ discussion), in which Dutch is compared to German and/or English (other Germanic languages may of course be included as well). We welcome studies with a typological and/or comparative perspective, dealing with questions about structural aspects of the languages, their history or their status. Studies from a language acquisition or psycholinguistic perspective are also welcome.

Abstracts of c. 500 words can be sent to alan.scott(removeme) The conference languages are Dutch, English and German. The deadline for submission is 3 November 2014; notification of acceptance will take place during January 2015.

Contact information
• Contact person: Alan Scott
• E-mail: alan.scott(removeme)
• Website:

Local organising committee
• Alan Scott (University of Nottingham), Roel Vismans (University of Sheffield)

Scientific committee
• Joop van der Horst (KU Leuven), Matthias Hüning (FU Berlin), Ann Marynissen (Universität zu Köln), Esther Ruigendijk (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg), Alan Scott (University of Nottingham), Hans Smessaert (KU Leuven), Freek Van de Velde (KU Leuven), Roel Vismans (University of Sheffield), Gunther De Vogelaer (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Ulrike Vogl (Universität Wien), Fred Weerman (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Ton van der Wouden (Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam)
CFP: 25th International Conference on Automated Deduction (CADE-25), Berlin, Germany, August 1-7 2015, deadline: November 14 2014

25th International Conference on Automated Deduction (CADE-25) Berlin, Germany, 1-7 August 2015

Submission deadlines:

14 November 2014 (workshops/tutorials/competitions)
16/23 February 2015 (papers)

CADE is the major international forum at which research on all aspects of automated deduction is presented. The 25th jubilee edition will feature a special session on the past, present, and future of automated deduction with

Ursula Martin University of Oxford
Frank Pfenning Carnegie Mellon University
David Plaisted University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Andrei Voronkov University of Manchester

as invited speakers. In addition, there will be invited presentations by

Ulrich Furbach University of Koblenz
Edward Zalta Stanford University


Workshop proposals for CADE-25 are solicited. Both well-established workshops and newer ones are encouraged. Similarly, proposals for workshops with a tight focus on a core automated reasoning specialization, as well as those with a broader, more applied focus, are very welcome.

Please provide the following information in your application document:

+ Workshop title.
+ Names and affiliations of organizers.
+ Proposed workshop duration (from half a day to two days) and preferred
+ Brief description of the goals and the scope of the workshop. Why is
+ the
workshop relevant for CADE?
+ Is the workshop new or has it met previously? In the latter case
information on previous meetings should be given (e.g., links to the
program, number of submissions, number of participants).
+ What are the plans for publication?


Tutorial proposals for CADE-25 are solicited. Tutorials are expected to be half-day events, with a theoretical or applied focus, on a topic of interest for CADE-25. Proposals should provide the following information:

+ Tutorial title.
+ Names and affiliations of organizers.
+ Brief description of the tutorial's goals and topics to be covered.
+ Whether or not a version of the tutorial has been given previously.

CADE will take care of printing and distributing notes for tutorials that would like this service.


The CADE ATP System Competition (CASC), which evaluates automated theorem proving systems for classical logics, has become an integral part of the CADE conferences.

Further system competition proposals are solicited. The goal is to foster the development of automated reasoning systems in all areas relevant for automated deduction in a broader sense. Proposals should include the following information:

+ Competition title.
+ Names and affiliations of organizers.
+ Duration and schedule of the competition.
+ Room/space requirements.
+ Description of the competition task and the evaluation procedure.
+ Is the competition new or has it been organized before?
In the latter case information on previous competitions should be given.
+ What computing resources are required and how will they be provided?


High-quality submissions on the general topic of automated deduction, including foundations, applications, implementations, and practical experiences are solicited.

* Logics of interest include propositional, first-order, equational,
higher-order, classical, description, modal, temporal, many-valued,
constructive, other non-classical, meta-logics, logical frameworks, type
theory, set theory, as well as any combination thereof.

* Paradigms of interest include theorem proving, model building, constraint
solving, computer algebra, model checking, proof checking, and their

* Methods of interest include resolution, superposition, completion,
saturation, term rewriting, decision procedures, model elimination,
connection methods, tableaux, sequent calculi, natural deduction, as
well as their supporting algorithms and data structures, including
matching, unification, orderings, induction, indexing techniques, proof
presentation and explanation, proof planning.

* Applications of interest include program analysis, verification and
synthesis of software and hardware, formal methods, computational logic,
computer mathematics, natural language processing, computational
linguistics, knowledge representation, ontology reasoning, deductive
databases, declarative programming, robotics, planning, and other areas
of AI.

Submissions can be made in the categories regular papers and system descriptions. The page limit in Springer LNCS style is 15 pages for regular papers and 10 pages for system descriptions. Submissions must be unpublished and not submitted for publication elsewhere. They will be judged on relevance, originality, significance, correctness, and readability. System descriptions should contain a link to a working system and will also be judged on usefulness and design. Proofs of theoretical results that do not fit in the page limit, executables of systems, and input data of experiments should be made available, via a reference to a website or in an appendix of the paper. Reviewers will be encouraged to consider this additional material, but submissions must be self-contained within the respective page limit; considering the additional material should not be necessary to assess the merits of a submission. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the Springer LNCS/LNAI series. Formatting instructions and the LNCS style files can be obtained at

At every CADE conference the Program Committee selects one of the accepted papers to receive the CADE Best Paper Award. The award recognizes a paper that the Program Committee collegially evaluates as the best in terms of originality and significance, having substantial confidence in its correctness. Overall technical quality, completeness, scholarly accuracy, and readability are also considered. Characteristics associated with a best paper include, for instance, introduction of a strong new technique or approach, solution of a long-standing open problem, introduction and solution of an interesting and important new problem, highly innovative application of known ideas or existing techniques, and presentation of a new system of outstanding power. Under exceptional circumstances, the Program Committee may give two awards (ex aequo) or give no award.

At CADE-25 we also intend to award the best student paper (details will follow).


Workshop/Tutorials/System Competitions:

Submission deadline: 14 November 2014
Notification: 28 November 2014


Abstract deadline: 16 February 2015
Submission deadline: 23 February 2015
Rebuttal phase: 15-18 April 2015
Notification: 26 April 2015
Final version: 17 May 2015

Workshops and Tutorials: 1 August to 3 August (morning) 2015
Competitions: 1 to 7 August 2015
Conference: 3 August (afternoon) to 7 August 2015


Proposals for workshops, tutorials, and system competitions should be uploaded via

Papers should be submitted via


Conference Chair:
Christoph BenzmĆ¼ller Freie UniversitƤt Berlin

Program Committee Co-Chairs:
Amy Felty University of Ottawa
Aart Middeldorp University of Innsbruck

Workshop, Tutorial, and Competition Co-Chairs:
Jasmin Blanchette Technische UniversitƤt MĆ¼nchen
Andrew Reynolds EPFL Lausanne

Publicity and Web Chair:
Julian Rƶder Freie UniversitƤt Berlin

Program Committee
Carlos Areces Universidad Nacional de CĆ³rdoba
Alessandro Armando University of Genova
Christoph BenzmĆ¼ller Freie UniversitƤt Berlin
Josh Berdine Microsoft Research
Jasmin Blanchette Technische UniversitƤt MĆ¼nchen
Marta Cialdea Mayer Universita di Roma Tre
Stephanie Delaune CNRS
Gilles Dowek Inria
Amy Felty University of Ottawa
Reiner HƤhnle Technical University of Darmstadt
Stefan Hetzl Vienna University of Technology
Marijn Heule The University of Texas at Austin
Nao Hirokawa JAIST
Ullrich Hustadt University of Liverpool
Deepak Kapur University of New Mexico
Gerwin Klein NICTA and UNSW
Laura KovĆcs Chalmers University of Technology
Carsten Lutz UniversitƤt Bremen
Assia Mahboubi Inria
Aart Middeldorp University of Innsbruck
Albert Oliveras Technical University of Catalonia
Nicolas Peltier CNRS
Brigitte Pientka McGill University
Ruzica Piskac Yale University
AndrƩ Platzer Carnegie Mellon University
Andrew Reynolds EPFL Lausanne
Christophe Ringeissen LORIA-INRIA
Renate Schmidt University of Manchester
Stephan Schulz DHBW Stuttgart
Georg Struth University of Sheffield
Geoff Sutcliffe University of Miami
Alwen Tiu Nanyang Technological University
Freek Wiedijk Radboud University Nijmegen
Call for papers - TBLT 2015, Leuven, Belgium, September 16-18 2015, deadline: January 10 2015
TBLT 2015 – Tasks for Real
16 – 18 September 2015
Leuven, Belgium
Call for papers
For its 10-year anniversary the TBLT conference is returning to Leuven, Belgium.
The organizers of the Sixth International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT 2015) are now accepting proposals that focus on meaningful tasks for language learning and assessment, both inside and outside the classroom.
More information about the conference can be found at You can submit your abstracts via deadline for submissions is 10 January 2015 and notification of the review outcome is scheduled for February 2015.
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Kris Van den Branden
On behalf of the members of the International Consortium on TBLT
AVT/ANéLA-dissertatieprijs 2014, oproep voor voordrachten, deadline: 15 augustus 2014
De Algemene Vereniging voor Taalwetenschap (AVT) en de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Toegepaste Taalwetenschap (ANéLA) reiken jaarlijks een prijs uit voor een dissertatie op het gebied van de taalwetenschap. Ook dit jaar zal er weer een AVT/ANéLA-dissertatieprijs worden uitgereikt. Voor de AVT/AnéLA dissertatieprijs 2014 komen in aanmerking alle dissertaties verdedigd tussen 1 januari 2013 en 15 juli 2014.

Wij nodigen u uit om (gemotiveerde) voordrachten te doen voor kandidaten voor de prijs. De voordrachten dienen zo spoedig mogelijk en uiterlijk 15 augustus 2014 te worden ingediend. Dit kan online:

Het reglement van de AVT/Anéla dissertatieprijs vindt u op

Secretaris van de jury is dr. Jenny Audring (namens het AVT-bestuur). De tweede secretaris (namens het ANéLA -bestuur) is dr. Marjolein Deunk. Voor meer informatie over de AVT/ANéLA-dissertatieprijs 2014 kunt u contact opnemen met Jenny (J.Audring(removeme) of Marjolein (m.i.deunk(removeme)

AVT en ANéLA hebben besloten om in de toekomst het academisch jaar als uitgangspunt te nemen in plaats van het kalenderjaar. Bij de dissertatieprijs 2014 is er sprake van een overgangsregeling: alle dissertaties die zijn verdedigd in het kalenderjaar 2013 en het academisch jaar 2013/2014 kunnen worden voorgedragen. Promoties die tussen januari en juli 2013 hebben plaatsgevonden kunnen meedingen mits deze niet al voor de dissertatieprijs 2013 zijn voorgedragen. Voor meer informatie: zie het reglement.

Met vriendelijke groet,

Marjolein Deunk en Jenny Audring
Oproep voor LABS programma op DRONGO festival 2014
De organisatie van het DRONGO festival 2014 (27 september 2014) roept onderzoekers van taal en meertaligheid in Nederland en Vlaanderen op om schriftelijk voorstellen in te dienen voor LABS. Een LAB bestaat uit een interactieve presentatie door één of meer personen van een wetenschappelijk onderzoek of een wetenschappelijke vondst. Bij een LAB is de bezoeker zelf actief bezig, bijvoorbeeld met een spel of een test. Een LAB vindt plaats aan een tafel van 1m bij 1.8m, duurt maximaal een half uur, en bedient een groepje van maximaal vijf bezoekers tegelijk. LABS worden gedurende de middag een aantal keer herhaald, voor steeds weer nieuwe groepjes bezoekers.

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

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

Aarzel niet deze oproep ook onder de aandacht te brengen van anderen! Inschrijven kan nog steeds!

Zie ook de site: