July 11th, 2014

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


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)gmail.com) 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 uilotssyntaxif.wordpress.com/.

Thank you for your interest!

~ The Organizers

Lotte Hendriks
Heidi Klockmann
Jolien Scholten
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
NYI 2014 Summer School , St. Petersburg State University, July 14-August 1 2014
Announcing NYI 2014, the 12th ANNUAL SESSION of the NY – ST. PETERSBURG INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTICS, COGNITION AND CULTURE, to be held July 14-August 1, 2014 at St. Petersburg State University.

NYI has once again gathered a unique group of world famous scholars in Theoretical Linguistics, Cultural & Media Studies, Cognitive Psychology, Race & Gender Studies, Evolution of Language, Myth & Metaphor and others.

• John Frederick Bailyn (Stony Brook) Russian Syntax, Cognitive Science
• Asma Barlas (Ithaca College) Race and Gender, Islam and the West
• Thomas G. Bever (University of Arizona) Cognitive Science
• Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut) Morphology and Syntax
• Peter Caravetta (Stony Brook) Modernism, Italian Literature
• Polly Gannon (St. Petersburg) Poetry, Literature, Film
• James R. Hurford (Edinburgh) Evolution of Language
• Sabine Iatridou (MIT) Syntax, Formal Semantics
• Dijana Jela?a (University of Massachusetts) Cultural and Cinema

• Konstantine Klioutchkine (Pomona College) Media Studies, Cultural

• Barbara LeSavoy (College at Brockport, SUNY) Women and Gender

• Daniejla Lugaric (University of Zagreb) Cultural and Literary Studies
• Evie Malaia (University of Texas) Computational and Experimental

• Ulises Mejias (SUNY Oswego) Critical Internet Studies
• Kathleen O'Connor-Bater (SUNY College at Old Westbury) Cognitive

Linguistics, World Literature
• Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean-Narod at l'École Normale Supérieure)

Cognitive Science, Sign Language
• Irina Sekerina (The City University of New York) Cognitive Psychology
• Sergei Tatevosov (Moscow State) Formal Semantics
• Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut) Theoretical Syntax

Applications are submitted through the NYI website
NEW: We are delighted that full scholarship awards to attend NYI are available for Russian students from St. Petersburg and the NW Region of the Russian Federation!
NEW: European students can receive 2-8 ECTS credits for the program.

E-mail us at:nyistudents(removeme)gmail.com
See you in July!
John F. Bailyn, Stony Brook
Anna A. Maslennikova, St. Petersburg
NYI co-Directors
Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics, Leiden University, the Netherlands, July 14-25 2014
We are happy to announce that the programme of the 9th edition of the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics is now online. The Summer School, for students and PhD candidates, will be held from Monday 14 July up to and including Friday 25 July at the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University (the Netherlands).

This year the Summer School will consist of nine programmes, most of them containing four courses of which you can choose. All courses are taught by internationally renowned specialists.
• Indo-European Programme I
• Indo-European Programme II
• Semitic Programme
• Iranian Programme
• Germanic Programme
• Indological Programme
• Caucasian Programme
• Russian Programme
• Descriptive Programme

For more information and registration, visit: hum.leiden.edu/summerschool/

We are looking forward to see you in Leiden!

Best wishes,
Alexander Lubotsky (director)
Anne Rose Haverkamp (organizer)

Contact: summerschool(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl
Summer School of Slavonic Languages 201, Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic, July 19-August 16 2014
We would like to inform you about the possibility of coming and studying in Czech Republic. From July 19 to August 16 2014 the Summer School of Slavonic Languages in Olomouc will be held (Palacky University in Olomouc). Summer School is designed for foreigners interested in the Czech language and other Slavonic languages of all ages and any level of knowledge of the Czech. The lessons are complemented with cultural events, Theatre workshop, exhibition of the Moravian folklore music and dance, film club, weekend trips to famous and popular places around Morava and Bohemia.

More detailed information is published on our website:
17th World Congress of the International Applied Linguistics Association, Brisbane, Australia, August 10-15 2014
Please visit the website www.aila2014.com and register ‘Your Expression of Interest’ to be kept informed of the details of this upcoming congress.
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.
( www.edinburghfestivals.co.uk/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)uu.nl) 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 www.sciencebg.net/en/conferences/language-individual-and-society/
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)tsdconference.org

The official TSD 2014 homepage is: www.tsdconference.org/


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).
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)psi.uned.es.

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 (www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=isb10).

For more information, please visit the ISB10 website ( isb10.rutgers.edu).

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 www.mercatus.org

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 (www.tweetgenie.nl) 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)Meertens.knaw.nl): 020-4628558

Meertens Instituut, Postbus 94264, 1090 GG Amsterdam
Lecturer in Sociolinguistics, University of York, UK, July 15 2014
Lecturer in Sociolinguistics
Department Language and Linguistic Science
Based at University of York - Heslington Campus

Hours of work

Contract status

£36,661 - £45,053 per year

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Role Description

The Department of Language and Linguistic Science is seeking to appoint a Lecturer to contribute to research and teaching in the field of Sociolinguistics.

The post is suitable for an early to mid-career linguist who is establishing, or has established, a track record of high quality publications in peer-reviewed journals and who is also committed to excellence in teaching and supervision. The person appointed will play a full part in the research, teaching, supervision and administrative activities of the Department, with particular responsibility for teaching and supervising on undergraduate programmes in Linguistics/English Language, as well as on our MA programme in Sociolinguistics. We welcome applications from scholars in any area of Sociolinguistics, whose research and teaching interests complement or further extend our existing strengths in the study of Language Variation and Change.

You should ensure that you meet the Essential Criteria listed in the Person Specification section in the Candidate Brief associated with the post before starting an application. In particular, you must have a PhD in Linguistics or a related area to have been awarded by the end of September 2014.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Carmen Llamas by telephone (+44 (0)1904 322618) or by e-mail (carmen.llamas(removeme)york.ac.uk ). Please also see the department web pages at www.york.ac.uk/language/.

PhD position Psycho-linguistics Semantics Pragmatics, University of Lyon, France, deadline: July 15 2014
Level: PhD
Duty: Research Project work
Linguistic Field: Psycho-linguistics Semantics Pragmatics
Application deadline: 15-july-2014
Supporting Institution: Ecole Doctorale Neurosciences et Cognition ED 476 NSCo, University of Lyon, France
Support Description: The Laboratory on Language, Brain and Cognition (L2C2), a CNRS lab located in Lyon, France, has a doctoral research position to fill in the project AThEME ("Advancing The European Multilingual Experience", grant agreement n° 613465, 7th Framework Programme of the EU), and more specifically to study "Pragmatic abilities" in bilingual or L2 learners. The position will start in October 2014, running for 36 months.
Duties and responsibilities:
The applicant is expected to undertake a PhD degree within the context of the project. In collaboration with other project member he/she will design and implement experiments, analyze the data and publish the results.
- A Master degree in Experimental Psychology (with an interest in language), Psycholinguistics or Linguistics is required. A background in Experimental Pragmatics, Pragmatics or Semantics is an advantage. We welcome a background in experimental design for behavioral, eye-tracking, or EEG studies, and competence in statistics.
- Knowledge of English spoken and written required, knowledge of French a bonus.
How to apply:
Candidates should submit their applications via email to Anne Reboul at
All applications must include electronic copies (pdf files) of the following documents:
- Curriculum Vitae (CV);
- Master certificate (full academic records) and Master thesis;
- publications if any;
- letters from two referees.
For full consideration, please submit your application before 15 July 2014

The CNRS is an equal opportunity employer.
Application Mailing Address: Anne Reboul, L2C2 (CNRS UMR 5304), 67bd Pinel, 69675 Bron cedex, France
Contact information: Anne Reboul reboul(removeme)isc.cnrs.fr Phone: +33 04 37 91 12 48
Lecturer in Psycholinguistics (Child language development), University of Essex, UK, deadline: July 23 2014
The Department of Language and Linguistics is seeking to appoint a lecturer with a background in linguistically-informed experimental research in child language development. Applications are welcomed from candidates with research and teaching expertise in any area of this field, but particular consideration will be given to those also able to contribute to modules that cover child language disorders. The appointee will join the Psycholinguistics research cluster, will be expected to teach at all levels from first year undergraduate to PhD, will contribute to maintaining the Department’s international research profile, and will play a role in the administration of the Department.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Psycholinguistics or a relevant field. S/he will be able to demonstrate the potential for producing high quality publications in international journals, for attracting external research funding and for achieving excellence in teaching.

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority group, as they are under-represented at this level.

Update: extended deadline 'PhD (1fte) Grammaticometrics, The Meertens Institute Amsterdam, deadline: Augustus 1 2014
PhD (M/F) (1fte) Grammaticometrics

The Meertens Institute in Amsterdam has an opening position for a PhD candidate working on the theoretical modeling of (partial) grammars and their visualization on geographical maps.

Background This PhD project is part of the project Maps and Grammar ( ifarm.nl/maps/home/). Maps and Grammar investigates the relation between the geographic distribution of linguistic variables (i.e. syntactic, phonological and morphological properties) and their organization in mental grammars. One of the central questions is if and how we can put (partial) grammars on geographic maps, instead of individual linguistic variables. Maps and Grammar includes the postdoc project Computing regions (quantitative analysis and visualization of complex linguistic variation data), the PhD project Inclusion Relations (implicational chains between linguistic variables), the PhD project Transition Zones (theoretical modeling of grammars in dialectal transition zones) and the PhD project advertised here, Grammaticometrics (modeling and visualization of (partial) dialect grammars). The other positions are already filled.

Maps and Grammar is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the period 2013-2018. The research is carried out at the Meertens Institute in cooperation with Leiden University and the University of Groningen. The PhD student for the project Grammaticometrics will participate in the Netherlands National Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT).

Job function information The project will start out from a part of grammar which shows a lot of dialect variation, to be chosen in consultation with the other researchers in the group; examples are the pronominal systems or the sound systems of Dutch dialects. Data will be taken from syntactic, morphological and phonological databases. (There is no absolute requirement that the work is done on the basis of Dutch; dialect variation in other languages can also be studied, provided there are enough data available in electronic form.) The PhD student should model this fragment as a formal system (of rules, constraints or constructions), and visualize the developed partial grammars on geographic maps. The key question is whether the maps which are built in this way, based on more ‘abstract’ principles are significantly different from traditional maps that are typically based on more ‘superficial’ data, such as different words. The answer to this question will be central in the dissertation. Another question to be answered is how the differences between partial grammars can be measured.

Function requirements
• MA in theoretical and/or computational linguistics.
. Excellent research skills
. Programming and modeling skills
• Able to work in a research team and independently
• Interested in the theoretical analysis of microlinguistic variation

The selected candidate will get a contract for 1 year (38 hours/week). If successfull, this contract can be extended to 4 year. The starting salary is 2.083 euro/month.

Location: Meertens Instituut Amsterdam

For information on this position you can contact Prof. dr. Sjef Barbiers (020-4628530; sjef.barbiers(removeme)meertens.knaw.nl). A more extensive project description can be found at ifarm.nl/maps/home/.

Please send your application with CV before August 1 2014 (= extended deadline!) to:
Meertens Instituut, Human Resource Department, mrs. M. Lucassen, PO Box 94264, NL-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)clarin.eu.
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)hum.ku.dk; Phone: +45 35 32 90 74

More information: clarin.eu/node/3949
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)hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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)hum.leidenuniv.nl. 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)uu.nl .

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)uu.nl .


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: www.languageininteraction.nl/jobs/id-2nd-phd-call-general.html

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: www.languageininteraction.nl/jobs/tenures-algemeen.html

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: www.psych.lancs.ac.uk/postgraduate/postgraduate_funding/funding-opportunities.php?phd_id=201 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 conference.uni-leipzig.de/dgfs2015 for more information.

Please submit an abstract that is about 400 words long via sites.google.com/site/chbergma/bigdata/submissions
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)
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)gmail.com. 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)fryske-akademy.nl.

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)fryske-akademy.nl, tel. (0031) (0)58 -233 69 15 of Willem Visser, e-mail: wvisser(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl, 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: LSRL 2015 Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, Sćo Paulo, Brazil, May 6-9 2015, deadline: October 25 2014
Please, visit the conference website at www.iel.unicamp.br/lsrl2015
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)nottingham.ac.uk. 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)nottingham.ac.uk
• Website: germanicsandwich2015.weebly.com/

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)
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 www.tblt.org. You can submit your abstracts via www.tblt.org.The deadline for submissions is 10 January 2015 and notification of the review outcome is scheduled for February 2015.
You can subscribe and unsubscribe from this mailing list via www.tblt.org.
Best regards.

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)uva.nl) of Marjolein (m.i.deunk(removeme)rug.nl).

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
DRONGO Festival 2014 | Talen voor je toekomst, Amsterdam, 27 september 2014
DRONGO Festival 2014 | Talen voor je toekomst | zaterdag 27 september 2014

DRONGO is in aantocht! Het DRONGO Festival - vernoemd naar een uniek meertalig fluitend vogeltje - viert meertaligheid. Want kennis van meerdere talen brengt de wereld letterlijk dichterbij - over de grens, in de buurt, op je werk en surfend over het web. Talenkennis verrijkt je leven in een wereld die steeds meer draait om communicatie en wederzijds begrip. Talen zijn cruciaal, nu en in de toekomst. Klare taal, niet waar? Toch staan we er maar weinig bij stil. Het DRONGO Festival vestigt daarom de volle aandacht op nieuwe inzichten en ontwikkelingen rondom meertaligheid. Vorig jaar genoten bijna 8000 bezoekers van spoedcursussen, interactieve LABS en natuurlijk de mooiste verhalen. Wees er dit jaar ook bij!
De derde editie van het DRONGO Festival vindt plaats op zaterdag 27 september in de Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam. Van 10.00 tot 17.00 uur staat de OBA in het teken van ‘Talen voor je toekomst’. In het hele gebouw kunnen taalprofessionals en taalliefhebbers hun hart ophalen bij debatten en lezingen, zich uitgebreid laten voorlichten op de informatiemarkt en genieten van bijzondere voorstellingen in het Theater van ’t Woord. Voor kinderen en hun ouders is er een uitgebreid programma met o.a. workshops, een voorleesestafette en theater.

Jouw programma op DRONGO Festival 2014? Meld je aan!
Het DRONGO Festival is dé ontmoetingsplek voor iedereen die in talen geļnteresseerd is en voor iedereen die met meertaligheid te maken heeft. Wil je deel uitmaken van het festival met een workshop of optreden? Of wil je het publiek laten kennismaken met je wetenschappelijke onderzoek in een interactief LAB? Meld je aan voor 21 juni via via info(removeme)drongofestival.nl

Meer informatie op www.drongofestival.nl/

Wie wint de Van Dale Gouden Talenknobbel 2014?
Ben je een polyglot en voel je je thuis in meerdere talen? Of zou je juist graag een andere taal willen leren? Heeft je talenknobbel je wel eens uit de brand geholpen? Of bracht spraakverwarring je in een absurde situatie?
Zet je persoonlijke verhaal over meertaligheid op papier en maak kans op de Van Dale Gouden Talenknobbel 2014. De Talenknobbel wordt uitgereikt door taalwonder Victoria Koblenko, natuurlijk tijdens het DRONGO Festival.
Deadline is 1 juli 2014. Voor meer informatie: www.vandale.nl