June 6th, 2014

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


Wat een rotartikel! (Winnend artikel scholierenwedstrijd LAPP-Top/Kennislink)
Woorden als rot gedragen zich anders in samenstellingen dan bijvoeglijke of zelfstandige naamwoorden, concludeert taalwetenschapper dr. Ton van der Wouden van de Universiteit Leiden. Wat is er precies aan de hand met samenstellingen met deze ‘rotwoorden’?

Brits-Engels is op zijn retour
Steeds meer mensen spreken Engels en voor steeds meer mensen is Engels hun Lingua Franca. Maar de meerderheid van deze groep is geen moedertaalspreker. Het Brits-Engels is zelfs in de minderheid. De opleiding Engels van de Vrije Universiteit organiseerde speciaal over dit onderwerp een College Tour met twee experts: professor Jennifer Jenkins van de Universiteit van Southampton en NOS-verslaggever Lex Runderkamp.
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
Lecture Tom Werner 'Circumventing the arbitrariness of the sign: ostensive definitions for natural language research', Leeuwarden, June 10 2014
The Mercator Research Centre and the Frisian Academy would like to invite you to a lecture by our visiting guest, Tom Werner (director Linguistics Program, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburch, USA).
De titel of his lecture is:

Circumventing the arbitrariness of the sign: ostensive definitions for natural language research

The lecture will be held on Tuesday, 10 June, 16:00 – 17:00 in the conference centre ‘It Aljemint’ of the Fryske Akademy, Doelestrjitte 8, 8911 DX in Leeuwarden.

The abstract of the lecture:
Circumventing the arbitrariness of the sign: ostensive definitions for natural language research
Tom Werner
Carnegie Mellon University

Ferdinand de Saussure’s notion that the linguistic sign is arbitrary, a notion previously advanced by the American linguist William Dwight Whitney, has consequences for language learning and research. One such consequence is that to learn or study a language requires some means of discovering the association between a phonetic sign and its meaning, since the meaning cannot be read off the form. This is especially problematic because linguistic signs in a language are so numerous. Is there an optimal way to discover these associations and to circumvent this arbitrariness?
A natural way to discover semantic associations is through ostension – pointing to the reference of a word to indicate its meaning, as discussed for example by Ludwig Wittgenstein and W. V. O. Quine. However, simple ostension is of limited use in natural language research. Pointing is inherently unclear. Furthermore, building up definitions of isolated words does not present words in a full linguistic context, which is necessary for understanding their syntactic and semantic properties. As a pedagogy, the method of building linguistic structure from smaller units has not been entirely successful. Finally, there are relatively few words in a language which denote discrete objects that can be pointed to.
In this talk, I discuss an ongoing development of a systematic approach to ostensive definitions in language. I argue that sentences, rather than words, should be the primary target of ostension. Sentence utterances which describe minimally different scenes or situations in a target language will tend to be minimally different themselves. These minimal formal differences can then be associated with the differences in the scenes themselves. The differences constitute phrases and morphemes. Language collected in this way is highly transparent, as I hope to demonstrate with data I have been collecting from the Yakut language (Sakha) in North East Russian.
In the conclusion of the talk, I will mention some additional consequences for linguistic theory that this practical method entails. In particular, the method seems to support a syntactic theory whereby complex sentence forms are derived transformationally from basic kernel sentences (Zellig Harris, 1956), rather than a theory in which complex sentences are derived directly from morphemes or linguistic features (Chomsky, 1995).
CLS colloquium First Language Acquisition, Nijmegen, June 12 2014
The next CLS colloquium will be on June 12th, 2014.

The PI group First Language Acquisition will present an overview what the group has recently done.

Date: 12.06.2014
Time: 16:00
Place: E. 2.50 (Erasmusbuilding, Nijmegen)

Title and Abstract will follow

For more information, please visit:
ACLC seminar 'Code-blending in deaf and hearing kodas', Amsterdam, June 13 2014
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 4.20
June 13 2014, 15.15-16.30 uur
dr. E.M. van den Bogaerde (ACLC/UvA)
Code-blending in deaf and hearing kodas

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday.
After the lectures drinks are served at the Opleiding Algemene Taalwetenschap, Spuistraat 210, third floor.
For more information: aclc-fgw(removeme)uva.nl, tel. 020-5252543
WAP Studiemiddag Vertelvaardigheden bij kinderen in de basisschoolleeftijd, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 20 juni 2014
WAP Studiemiddag: 20 juni 2014

Vertelvaardigheden bij kinderen in de basisschoolleeftijd

Waar: Het Bungehuis (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, K02)


• 13.15: Inloop.
• 13.30: Woord van welkom door de voorzitter van het WAP: Monique Lamers.

• 13.35: Dr. Akke de Blauw (Universiteit van Amsterdam). Zij zal spreken over de ontwikkeling van vertelvaardigheid, met name de Frog story, Bus story en spontane narratieven.

• 14.15: Dr. Annette Scheper (Spraak- en Taal Ambulatorium Kentalis Eindhoven). Zij zal spreken over: diagnostiek (o.a. d.m.v. de Frog story) en behandeling (‘Story Grammar Training’) van narratieven bij kinderen met taalontwikkelingsproblemen.

• 15.50: Jaarvergadering WAP en borrel.

• 18.00: Afsluiting.

Aanmelden: Om u aan te melden, stuurt u een mail naar info(removeme)hetwap.nl onder vermelding van uw naam + deelname Frog-bijeenkomst.

Kosten: Leden 2,50 euro/niet-leden 5 euro
Rekeningnummer: NL75ABNA0521933803, t.n.v. Werkverband Amsterdamse Psycholinguļsten.

Meer informatie vindt u hier: www.hetwap.nl/activiteiten/18-verwacht/53-studiemiddag-frog-story
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Summer school ISOLDE 'Infant Studies on Language Development in Europe', Universität Potsdam, Germany, July 7-11 2014
Dear colleagues,

we would like to draw your attention to a one-week summer school on
infant language development that takes place this July in Potsdam.
We are pleased to offer the following four courses:

Krista Byers-Heinlein: Bilingual Language Acquisition
Nivedita Mani: Word Recognition and Lexical Representations
Luca Bonatti: Words and Structural Properties of Language
Caroline Junge: Methods in Infant Language Research

This summer school is intended to bring together students as well as
post-doc researchers working on infant language acquisition in Europe.
Participants should have at least a BA degree in linguistics,
psychology, or a related field. In addition to the courses, a social
activity day will provide the opportunity to exchange ideas and share

Registration is open until mid-April. Please note that the number of
participants is limited to 40.
We also offer inexpensive accommodation in two hostels in Potsdam.
More information are available on the ISOLDE website.

Host institution: Universität Potsdam
Tuition: 100.00 EUR
Dates: 07-Jul-2014 - 11-Jul-2014 (Mon - Fri)
Online registration: www.uni-potsdam.de/isolde/registration
Registration deadline: 15-Apr
Contact: isolde2014(removeme)uni-potsdam.de
Website: www.uni-potsdam.de/isolde

Kind regards,
Natalie Boll-Avetisyan

On behalf of the ISOLDE organizing team

Natalie Boll-Avetisyan
Katalin Tamįsi
Tom Fritzsche

University of Potsdam
Department of Linguistics
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam

THE SIXTH FEDERATED LOGIC CONFERENCE (FLoC 2014), Vienna, Austria, July 9-24 2014
The Sixth Federated Logic Conference (FLoC 2014) will be part of the Vienna Summer of Logic (VSL), the largest logic event in history, with over 2000 expected participants. FLoC 2014 will host eight conferences and many (up to 64 or more) workshops. Each workshop will be affiliated with at least one of the eight conferences.

26th International Conference on Computer Aided Verification (CAV) Workshop Chair: Martina Seidl fmv.jku.at/seidl/

27th IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF) Workshop Chair: Luca Vigano profs.sci.univr.it/~vigano/

30th International Conference on Logic Programming (ICLP) Workshop Chair: Haifeng Guo faculty.ist.unomaha.edu/hguo/

7th International Joint Conference on Automated Reasoning (IJCAR) Workshop Chair: Matthias Horbach www.mpi-inf.mpg.de/~horbach/

5th Conference on Interactive Theorem Proving (ITP) Workshop Chair: David Pichardie www.irisa.fr/celtique/pichardie/

Joint meeting of the 23rd EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic (CSL) and the 29th ACM/IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science
(LICS) Workshop Chair: Georg Moser cl-informatik.uibk.ac.at/users/georg/

25th International Conference on Rewriting Techniques and Applications
(RTA) joined with the 12th International Conference on Typed Lambda Calculi and Applications (TLCA) Workshop Chair: Aleksy Schubert www.mimuw.edu.pl/~alx/

17th International Conference on Theory and Applications of Satisfiability Testing (SAT) Workshop Chair: Ines Lynce sat.inesc-id.pt/~ines/

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


Questions regarding workshop proposals should be sent to the workshop chairs of conferences that are supposed to host the workshop (see above). General questions should be sent to floc14cfw(removeme)easychair.org Please consult the FLoC 2014 Workshop Guide: vsl2014.at/floc-ws/

Stefan Szeider
Vienna University of Technology
Workshop on the occasion of Anna Chernilovskaya’s PhD-defence, Utrecht University, June 11 2014
Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to the Workshop on the occasion of Anna Chernilovskaya’s PhD-defence. The workshop will be held on Wednesday June 11, 2014 in the Ravensteynzaal (room 1.06) in Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80, Utrecht.

Three speakers will present talks of 35 minutes each, followed by a 10-minute discussion. Below you can find the program of the workshop.


15:00 Start workshop (coffee between slots). Titles to be announced
15:00 - 15:45 Frank Veltman
16:00 - 16:45 Raquel Fernandez
17:00 - 17:45 Cleo Condoravdi

Participation is free. Please inform Anne-France Pinget (a.c.h.Pinget(removeme)uu.nl) if you are planning to attend this workshop.

We hope to see you all there!

Kind regards,

Rick Nouwen
Symposium on "Implicatures and typicality", Radboud University Nijmegen, June 11 2014
Symposium on "Implicatures and typicality"
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Radboud University Nijmegen, Erasmus building, Room 3.01

The symposium will followed by the public defence by Bob van Tiel of his doctoral dissertation, entitled "Quantity matters: implicatures, typicality, and truth".

Attendance is free, but if you plan to attend, please send an email to brtgrts(removeme)gmail.com, so we know how many people to expect.

9.45 - 10.00: Welcome and coffee

10.00 - 10.45: Chris Cummins (Edinburgh): Quantity expressions as a cue to context
10.45 - 11.30: Yoad Winter (Utrecht): The maximal typicality hypothesis: between experimental pragmatics and formal semantics
11.30 - 12.15: Michael Franke (Tübingen): Pragmatic inference as probabilistic social reasoning

12.15 - 13.30: Lunch break

13.30 - 14.15: Walter Schaeken (Leuven): But, is it easier than some implicatures?
14.15 - 15.00: Uli Sauerland (Berlin): Intermediate scalar implicatures

16.30: Public defence by Bob van Tiel in the Aula of the university.
Conference: Mobility, variability and changing literacies in Modern times, Utrecht University, June 11-14 2014
Workshop Romaanse Taalkunde in Nederland (RomTiN), LUCL Leiden, June 13 2014
On Friday June 13th, the Leiden University Center for Linguistics (LUCL) will host the very first edition of Romaanse Taalkunde in Nederland (RomTiN). RomTiN is a small workshop at which junior researcher in Romance linguistics will present their research in an informal setting to other junior researchers as well as to more senior researchers.

During RomTiN, six MA & PhD-students from four different universities will present their research into different aspects of the Romance languages. We are also pleased to announce that professor Haike Jacobs (Radboud University) will present some of his current research in phonological theory.
For MA-students and PhD-students, RomTiN is an excellent chance to interact with their peers from different universities, as well as with senior researchers. For senior researchers, RomTiN is a great opportunity to get to know junior researchers from other universities and their work, as well as to meet colleagues from other universities.
We cordially invite anyone who is interested to attend. Participation is free.
Local organization: Jenny Doetjes, Erik Schoorlemmer, Johan Rooryck
For more information (including abstracts of the talks), please visit: www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/research/conferences/upcoming-conferences/rom-tin.html

Program RomTiN
Room 0.02, Lipsius Building, Leiden University: www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/contact/adres-faculteit.html

12.30-13.00 Coffee, Tea & Welcome

13.00-13.30 Mirella De Sisto (Leiden University): The rise of a morphological distinction metaphony and RF in Airola

13.30-14.00 Kim Groothuis (Leiden University): The diachrony of phrasal verbs in Italo-Romance

14.00-14.30 Kirsten Alblas (Utrecht University): Cross-linguistic influence in French-Dutch bilingual children and the pronoun interpretation problem

14.30-14.45 Break

14.45-15.15 Elena Solį Simón (Strathclyde University): The teaching of the Spanish subjunctive in the British language classroom

15.15-15.45 Sophie Brand (Radboud University, Max Plank Instituut): How do native and non-native listeners perceive French word pronunciation variants?

15.45-16.00 Break

16.00-16.30 Alexander Greefhorst (Radboud University): Fake Geminates in French

16.30-17.00 prof. dr. Haike Jacobs (Radboud University): Segmental opacity and harmonic serialism

17.00 Drinks
symposium with theme 'Professional Search and Text Mining' preceding the defence of Eva D'hondt, CLS Nijmegen, June 17 2014
On Tuesday June 17th, as a side event of Eva D'hondt's defense, a symposium is held with the theme Professional Search and Text Mining.

The speakers are:
- Allan Hanbury, Vienna University of Technology
- Marie-Francine Moens, University of Leuven
- Arjen P. de Vries, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) and TU Delft

Titles and abstracts will follow later.

The symposium starts at 10.45 (until 12.30) in E 2.08 (Erasmus
building, second floor).

Eva's defense starts at 14.30, in the aula.

We hope to see you there!
Best regards,

Suzan Verberne and Eric Sanders
NASSLLI 2014 at University Maryland, USA, June 23-27 2014
The 6th North American Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (NASSLLI 2014), a bi-annual summer school loosely modeled on the long-running ESSLLI series in Europe, will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park, June 23 - 27, 2014. In addition, we will run three intensive introductory courses ("bootcamps") on Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22. Additional events will be held during the weekend following the summer school, June 28-29.

The summer school will consist of 18 courses, scheduled in five parallel sessions throughout the week. Courses will meet for 90 minutes on each of five days. The instructors are prominent researchers who volunteer their time and energy to present work in their disciplines. NASSLLI courses are aimed at graduate students and advanced undergraduates in any of the fields represented at the summer school, but will also be of interest to post-docs and researchers in those fields. Courses are designed with an interdisciplinary audience in mind, by instructors who enjoy addressing students and colleagues from a wide range of disciplines.
For the full program of courses, see www.nasslli2014.com/program.

We are working to keep the registration fee low for NASSLLI participants. The expected registration fee is $175.00 for students and academics, $50.00 for UMD affiliates and $400 professional rate. The exact costs and online registration will be available on the NASSLLI website in mid-March.


NASSLL is located on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. The University of Maryland is located in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, and is accessible by Metro from downtown Washington DC.


All NASSLLI participants are responsible for securing their own accommodations during their stay in College Park. However, NASSLLI participants may request accommodation in the South Campus Residence Hall on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. There are also a number of hotels located in College Park within walking distance of the campus.

Details on both dorm and hotel accommodations will be available on the NASSLLI website around mid-March.
LANGUAGE DESCRIPTION AND LINGUISTIC FIELDWORK, Aarhus University, Denmark, June 23-July 4 2014
June 23rd - July 4th 2014: LANGUAGE DESCRIPTION AND LINGUISTIC FIELDWORK, Aarhus University, Denmark

The summer school course in language description and linguistic fieldwork will give you a broad introduction to the practical and methodological aspects of fieldwork, and the art of language description. It will also provide insight in the structures of two unfamiliar languages. The course consists of two parts: a structural course of a non-familiar language (Plains Cree , Algonquian, Amerindian, Canada) and fieldwork workshops with a speaker of an underdescribed language.

Date: June 23rd - July 4th 2014
Level: Master's level - 10 ECTS
Teachers: Eeva Sippola, Peter Bakker (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Target Group: advanced linguistics students
Danish and EU/EŲS: 200 EUR
NON-EU-EŲS students (free-mover): 1517 EUR
Books, course materials, social programme, and housing are not included in the tuition fee. Also be aware of course specific expenses mentioned in the description.

More information:


Deadline: March 15.

Peter Bakker
email: linpb(removeme)hum.au.dk
tel. (45) 87162146
Inst. for Ęsthetics and Communication
Aarhus University
tel. institute: (0045)87162156
Bygning 1485- 619
DK 8000 Aarhus C
LUCL Symposium on usage guides and usage problems, Cambridge, UK, June 26-27 2014
• On 26 and 27 June, the LUCL Bridging the Unbridgeable project organises a symposium in Cambridge, on usage guides and usage problems ( bridgingtheunbridgeable.com/2014/02/14/symposium-on-usage-guides-and-usage-problems/). Speakers include David Crystal, Geoff Pullum, Pam Peters, Deborah Cameron, Robert Ilson, “Grammar Girl” Mignon Fogarty, John Allen, Rebecca Gowers, Caroline Taggart and others, such as the members of the project itself. Registration: £30 only.
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.
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
388 Glossop Road
S10 2JA

Tel: (+)44 (0)114 222 8118
Fax: (+)44 (0)114 222 8105

Times Higher Education University of the Year 2011

FIPLV website: www.fiplv.com/
International Journal of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching:
< www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=1750-1229&linktype=1>
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
Vacature Onderzoeker: taalkundige, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden, deadline: 13 juni 2014
De Fryske Akademy is een multidisciplinair instituut voor de geestes- en sociale wetenschappen. De Fryske Akademy is gelieerd aan de KNAW en richt zich zowel op fundamenteel wetenschappelijk onderzoek als op onderzoek met een direct maatschappelijk nut. Hierbij ligt de nadruk op de bestudering van de Friese taal, de meertaligheidssituatie in de provincie, de positie van minderheidstalen, de Friese geschiedenis en de regionale identiteit in heden en verleden.

Ter versterking van onze wetenschappelijke staf zoeken wij een

die zich beweegt op het snijvlak van de sociolinguļstiek en taalsociologie

Wij zoeken excellente en inspirerende onderzoekers die werken vanuit een duidelijke visie. Zij beschikken over aansprekende academische vaardigheden en nemen actief deel aan het internationale wetenschappelijke debat. De kandidaten zijn enthousiasmerende leiders en bruggenbouwers die zich primair richten op interdisciplinair onderzoek met een grote relevantie voor de bredere academische en maatschappelijke omgeving. Van hen wordt verwacht dat ze een sturende rol zullen spelen in de ontwikkeling van onderzoeksprogramma?s van de Fryske Akademy. Als zodanig zullen zij deel uitmaken van het Management Team.

Kandidaten richten zich op:

Uitvoeren van toponderzoek en het publiceren van onderzoeksresultaten in toonaangevende internationale tijdschriften;
Aansturen van onderzoeksgroepen en het begeleiden van promovendi, postdocs en andere onderzoekers;
Ontwikkelen en uitbouwen van interdisciplinaire projecten binnen en buiten het instituut;
Genereren van externe onderzoeksfinanciering uit nationale en internationale geldstromen;
Actief participeren in relevante (internationale) wetenschappelijke netwerken en het onderhouden van nauwe contacten met relevante organisaties en professionals in Nederland en daarbuiten.

Kandidaten dienen over de volgende kwalificaties te beschikken:

Ten minste vijf jaar academische ervaring na de promotie;
Een internationale reputatie en erkenning hiervan door peers;
Een uitstekende onderzoeksrecord, met inbegrip van publicaties in toonaangevende wetenschappelijke tijdschriften;
Aantoonbare ervaring met complexe methodologische vraagstukken;
Ervaring met het initiėren an onderzoeksprojecten en het verwerven van de noodzakelijke externe (internationale) financiering;
Ervaring met het begeleiden van onderzoek van anderen;
Competenties: organisatievermogen, initiatiefrijk, stimulerend, (internationaal) kunnen samenwerken, projectmatig kunnen werken, analytisch en communicatief;
Actieve beheersing van het Fries of de bereidheid zich de Friese taal eigen te maken.

Specificatie voor de taalkundige:

Afgeronde universitaire opleiding taalkunde met een specialisatie sociolinguļstiek of taalsociologie;
Afgeronde promotie op een relevant thema in de sociolinguistiek;
Aantoonbare affiniteit met taalsociologisch onderzoek;
Brede onderzoekservaring op het gebied van (Friese) taalkunde, meertaligheid, onderwijs, of taalleren blijkend uit internationale publicaties;
Interesse voor minderheidstalen, blijkend uit internationale publicaties;
Uitstekende actieve beheersing van de Engelse taal.

Het betreffen full-time functies (38-urige werkweek). De arbeidsovereenkomsten worden aangegaan voor bepaalde tijd, te weten voor de duur van zes jaar met mogelijkheid tot verlenging. Inschaling en overige arbeidsvoorwaarden zijn conform de CAO-NU en afhankelijk van ervaring. Wij bieden uitgebreide secundaire arbeidsvoorwaarden.

Informatie over deze functies kunt u inwinnen bij de heer dr. Hanno Brand, directeur-bestuurder, e-mail: hbrand(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl of telefonisch: (058) 213 14 14.

Uw sollicitatie met CV en publicatielijst kunt u voor 13 juni 2014 via de mail sturen naar Cobi Vogelzang, P&O-adviseur; PenO(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl onder vermelding van de betreffende vacature, respectievelijk taalkundige of historicus. Sollicitatiegesprekken worden in de laatste weken van juni gehouden. Een assesment maakt deel uit van de procedure. Acquisitie naar aanleiding van deze advertentie wordt niet op prijs gesteld.

3 year PhD scholarship on: The quantitative typology of inflectional classification, Université Paris Diderot, France, deadline: June 15 2014
The research project "Empirical foundations of linguistics" (EFL) is proposing a fully-funded 3 year PhD scholarship on:
The quantitative typology of inflectional classification.
EFL (www.labex-efl.org) is a joint 10 year effort by 13 research teams from 5 universities in the Paris area. The successful applicant will be hired by Université Paris Diderot to work in Strand 2: "Experimental grammar". This is a full-time, 3-year position, starting in October 2014.
Applicants will have to document qualifications in linguistics, computer science, or both, at the Master's level.

Applications will be assessed by a committee. The main emphasis of the assessment will be on the applicant's potential for research, as evident from: Master's thesis or equivalent, other scholarly works and project description. Please send your application to the two email addresses listed below, joining:
- CV
- The names and email addresses of two referents
- Relevant scholarly works or publications

The PhD thesis can be written in French or English. It will involve research within a subproject on the quantitative assessment of inflectional complexity, organized by a group of theoretical morphologists, computational linguists, and field linguists. The student’s tasks will include evaluating the linguistic relevance of different (semi-)automatic approaches to inflectional classification, by applying them to typologically diverse datasets. Advanced programming skills are not required, but basic familiarity with a scripting language is expected. Some knowledge of the goals and methods of theoretical morphology and typology are required. Experience working on a language external to the Romance and Germanic subfamilies is a plus.
Olivier Bonami (olivier.bonamiuniv-paris-diderot.fr)
Benoīt Sagot (benoit.sagotinria.fr)
For more information: www.labex-efl.org/?q=en/node/234

New application Deadline: June 15, 2014
PhD Position related to AThEME at the University Konstanz, Germany, start: October 2014, deadline: June 15 2014
Department of Linguistics & Department of Sociology

Job description:
The Department of Linguistics and the Department of Sociology invite applications for a six-month position, with a possible extension to a three-year PhD position. The initial appointment will be 80% research assistant for 6 months (1 October 2014 – 31 March 2015) with a possibility for a subsequent PhD position, beginning 1 April 2015.

Position summary:
The position is related to the interdisciplinary research project AThEME: “Advancing the European Multilingual Experience” funded by the EU (FP 425/14) that seeks to increase our understanding of the specific linguistic capacities of heritage speakers, as well as the role of the societal context in heritage language (HL) preservation/attrition. The project is designed to investigate heritage speaker knowledge (comprehension and production) by collecting and analysing experimental and survey data. The study targets two groups of second generation immigrants: speakers of a high prestige HL (e.g., English in Germany) vs. speakers of a low prestige HL (e.g., Turks, Poles and Slovenians in Germany) – with comparable structural, cognitive and sociological aspects studied in all groups.
- MA degree in Linguistics, Sociology, or Psychology with excellent grades and with a focus on or interest in multilingualism
- Experience in collecting and analysing experimental data and/or survey data
- Native speaker proficiency in German
- Personal qualities of patience, determination, flexibility, and teamwork initiative.

- Demonstrated commitment to the field of multilingualism (e.g., membership in a sociological professional organisation; presentations at a linguistics conference on bilingualism)
- Fluent in English
- Good proficiency in a third language

Please send your application to Ms Anita Mademann, anita.mademann(removeme)uni-konstanz.de Universität Konstanz, Fachbereich Sprachwissenschaft, Fach 180, 78457 Konstanz, Germany before 15 June 2014. Complete on-line applications must contain the following:
- Cover letter
- Résumé
- Statement of personal qualities you will bring to the project (250 words)
- Two current reference letters
- Transcript of BA/MA studies

Closing date: 15th June 2014
Interview date: between 15th and 31st July 2014
PhD (1fte) Grammaticometrics, The Meertens Institute Amsterdam, deadline: June 16 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 June 16 2014 to:
Meertens Instituut, Human Resource Department, mrs. M. Lucassen, PO Box 94264, NL-1090 GG Amsterdam
Lectureship in Language and Communicative Development at the University of Liverpool, UK, deadline: June 18 2014
Lecturer in Language and Communicative Development
University of Liverpool - Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Location: Liverpool
Salary: £37,756 to £47,787
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Permanent

Placed on: 20th May 2014
Closes: 18th June 2014
Job Ref: A-585892
Institute of Psychology, Health and Society
Department of Psychological Sciences

We are seeking an individual specialising in research on the development of language and communication. This post offers the opportunity to join a thriving research group at the University of Liverpool, and become a member of the new ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development, a multi-million pound collaboration between the University of Liverpool, University of Manchester and Lancaster University.

You will be expected to produce high quality research, to contribute to the work of the Department of Psychological Sciences and the ESRC Centre for Language and Communicative Development. You will also contribute to teaching and supervision on the undergraduate and taught masters programmes run by the School of Psychology.

You should have a PhD in a relevant area (e.g. psychology, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, lingiustics), experience of publishing high-quality research on language and/or communicative development and experience of providing teaching and learning support in a higher education setting.

Job Ref: A-585892
Closing Date: 18 June 2014
For full details, or to request an application pack, click ‘Apply online’ ( www.liv.ac.uk/working/job_vacancies/) or e-mail jobs(removeme)liv.ac.uk, please quote Job Ref in all enquiries.
Research Posts ESRC Centre for Language and Communicative Development, University of Liverpool, UK, deadline: June 18
We are looking for two postdoctoral researchers and one research assistant to work on the Language 0-5 project as part of the new ESRC Centre for Language and Communicative Development. The posts are based at the University of Liverpool, UK.

For details please see:
for research assistant post: www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AIU323/esrc-research-assistant/
For postdoctoral researcher posts: www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AIU325/esrc-postdoctoral-research-associate/
New Linguistics Graduate Program „Nominal Modification“ at Goethe University funded by the DFG, deadline: June 30 2014
New Linguistics Graduate Program „Nominal Modification“ at Goethe University funded by the DFG.
Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, offers full funding for 12 graduate students who aim for a PhD in the domain of nominal modification. These 12 PhD positions will be part of the newly approved graduate program "Nominal Modification", funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), designated director Prof. Dr. Caroline Fery.
The particpating disciplines are: Semantics, Syntax, Phonology, Phonetics, Psycholinguistics, Language Acquisition, English Linguistics, Romance linguistics, Historical Linguistics, and Typology.
For further information see: www2.uni-frankfurt.de/50692667/GKNominaleModifikation
Deadline for applications: June 30, 2014
4 full-time PhD positions Assessing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, deadline: June 30 2014
4 full-time PhD positions
Assessing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): Linguistic, cognitive and educational perspectives

General job description

The Institute for Language and Communication (IL&C) and the Psychological Sciences Research Institute (IPSY) at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL; Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), in collaboration with the research group on Multilingualism (Pluri-LL) of the University of Namur (Belgium), are seeking four highly motivated PhD candidates within the framework of the research project “Assessing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): Linguistic, cognitive and educational perspectives”.

The central aim of the research project is to investigate CLIL education in French-speaking Belgium from a multidisciplinary perspective. CLIL is a didactic method, comparable to immersion education, in which school subjects are taught in a different target language than the mainstream school language. The project will focus on primary and secondary school CLIL education in Dutch and English and examine by which cognitive (memory, attention,…) and socio-affective (motivational, attitudinal,…) factors the potential linguistic differences (with respect to pronunciation, lexis and grammar) between pupils in CLIL education and their pairs in non-CLIL school environments, can be accounted for. The methodological approach will combine corpus-based longitudinal and cross-sectional analyses, together with experimental research designs.


Prof. Philippe Hiligsmann - Spokesman (UCL / IL&C / Valibel): philippe.hiligsmann(removeme)uclouvain.be
Prof. Benoīt Galand (UCL / IPSY / Girsef): benoit.galand(removeme)uclouvain.be
Prof. Laurence Mettewie (UNamur / Pluri-LL): Laurence.mettewie(removeme)unamur.be
Prof. Fanny Meunier (UCL / IL&C / CECL): fanny.meunier(removeme)uclouvain.be
Prof. Arnaud Szmalec (UCL / IPSY / IoNS): arnaud.szmalec(removeme)uclouvain.be
Prof. Kristel Van Goethem (F.R.S.-FNRS / UCL / IL&C / Valibel): kristel.vangoethem(removeme)uclouvain.be

PhD projects
Each selected candidate will be engaged in a 4-year full-time PhD project (2-year renewable contract), with focus on one (or more) of the following research lines:
- Linguistic research goals:
• Examine the relationship between the learning environment and the acquisition of spoken skills and oral proficiency in Dutch and English (i.e. the perception and production of target language vowels and/or word stress) by using qualitative classroom observations, spontaneous speech production and quantitative experimental methods.
• Analyze relationship between the learning environment and the acquisition of lexical and grammatical proficiency in Dutch and English, by using both corpus-based and experimental methods. Focus will be on:
- overall phraseology
- specific lexico-grammatical constructions (i.e. expression of intensification).
- Cognitive research goals:
• Analyze the cognitive demands of CLIL, by experimental research designs
• Gain understanding of how bilingual education affects overall cognitive functioning (with a focus on executive control) in CLIL learners and increase scientific knowledge about the cognitive basis of bilingualism in general
• Investigate how the cognitive profile of CLIL learners relates to their linguistic profile and how this relation is moderated by individual socio-affective variables and learning environment
- Socio-affective research goals:
Explore the dynamic relationships between the socio-affective variables (social interactions in the classroom, background, motivation, attitudes) on the one hand, and language acquisition and cognitive functioning on the other hand.
The candidates will obtain a PhD degree in linguistics or psychology, depending on the area of research. Each PhD candidate will work on the joined supervision of some of the promoters of the project, depending on the PhD topic addressed. In addition, a postdoctoral researcher will be involved in the daily supervision of the projects.
- Master in linguistics or modern languages, with honours, for the PhDs in the linguistic / socio-affective domains
- Master in psychology / psycholinguistics / logopaedics / educational sciences, with honours, for the PhDs in the cognitive / socio-affective domains
- For the PhDs in the linguistic domains, native or near-native proficiency in French, English and/or Dutch is required;
for the PhDs in the cognitive / socio-affective domains, knowledge of the three languages is an asset
- High level of academic English, both written and spoken
- Good knowledge of statistics or commitment to acquire it
- Familiarity with corpus linguistic methods and/or experimental research designs
- Dynamic and motivated
- Capacity to work both independently and as part of a team
We offer a motivating research environment with many opportunities for in-house, national and international collaborations and with access to state-of-the-art research equipment. The salary is according to standard Belgian regulations: +/- 1800 EUR net/month.
Start of grant: October 1st, 2014
Deadline: Interested candidates should send a CV, motivation letter including research interests (in English, French or Dutch) and contact information (email) of two potential references to Philippe.hiligsmann(removeme)uclouvain.be before June 30th 2014. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.
Additional information:
Do not hesitate to contact the promoters to obtain more information on the linguistic (Prof. Ph. Hiligsmann, Prof. F. Meunier, Prof. K. Van Goethem), cognitive (Prof. A. Szmalec) and socio-affective (Prof. L. Mettewie, Prof. B. Galand) research lines.
More information on the research institutes and centers can be found on the following websites:
- Institute for Language and Communication (IL&C): www.uclouvain.be/ilc.html
- Psychological Sciences Research Institute (IPSY): www.uclouvain.be/ipsy.html
- Valibel: www.uclouvain.be/valibel
- CECL: www.uclouvain.be/en-cecl.html
- Girsef: www.uclouvain.be/girsef.html
- IoNS: www.uclouvain.be/ions.html
- Pluri-LL: www.unamur.be/lettres/pluri-ll
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 Papers: CLARIN Annual Conference 2014, Soesterberg, The Netherlands, October 24-25 2014, deadline: June 15 2014
Call for Papers: CLARIN Annual Conference 2014

CLARIN ERIC is happy to announce the 3rd edition of the CLARIN Annual Conference and calls for the submission of papers.

The CLARIN Annual Conference is organized for the humanities and social sciences community to exchange ideas and experiences on the CLARIN infrastructure. This includes its design and construction, its operation and use, data and services that it contains or should contain, research carried out with the CLARIN infrastructure, the relation of CLARIN to other infrastructures and projects, and the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure.

The Call for Papers can be found here: www.clarin.eu/news/call-papers-clarin-annual-conference. This year’s conference will take place in Soesterberg, the Netherlands. More information on this event will be published here:
Van Goghprogramme - call for applications for a travel grant for 2014-2015, deadline: June 15 2014
Geachte heer/mevrouw,

Nederlandse en Franse onderzoekers die een samenwerkingsverband willen beginnen of voortzetten kunnen nu een reisbeurs aanvragen voor de periode 2014-2015. De beurzen worden verstrekt vanuit het Van Goghprogramma: www.nuffic.nl/en/library/van-gogh-programme-call-for-applications-for-a-travel-grant-for-2014-2015.pdf/view

Het programma
Doel van het Van Goghprogramma is om de uitwisseling van Nederlandse en Franse onderzoekers binnen één onderzoeksproject te stimuleren en te ondersteunen om zo nieuwe en duurzame samenwerkingsverbanden te creėren.

De doelgroep
Het programma richt zich op excellente onderzoekers die zijn verbonden aan Nederlandse onderzoeks- en kennisinstellingen die samenwerken met Franse onderzoekers of dit ambiėren. Een voorwaarde is dat de Franse onderzoekers ook een reisbeurs krijgen van het Franse Van Goghprogramma voor een bezoek aan hun Nederlandse collega's.

De beurs
De beurzen zijn uitsluitend bedoeld voor reis- en verblijfskosten en bedragen tussen €1.500 en €4.000 per onderzoeksteam. De maximale duur van de samenwerking is twee jaar. Na het eerste jaar kan een vervolgaanvraag worden ingediend voor een tweede jaar.

De deadlines
Voor het Van Goghprogramma gelden de volgende deadlines:
• Indienen nieuwe aanvragen: 15 juni 2014
• Indienen vervolgaanvragen: 1 september 2014
• Toekenning beurzen: december 2014
• Start van projecten: januari 2015

De toekenning
Inhoudelijke experts beoordelen de voorstellen die door Nederlandse aanvragers zijn ingediend. Franse inhoudelijke experts beoordelen de Franse voorstellen. Beursaanvragen komen enkel in aanmerking als de voorstellen van beide zijden positief zijn beoordeeld.

Het aanvraagformulier en nadere informatie over de voorwaarden en toekenningen rond deze beurzen vindt u op de webpagina van het Van Goghprogramma.
Voor meer informatie kunt u ook contact opnemen met ondergetekende via het contactformulier.
2nd Call for papers: Round Table Forensic Linguistics, Mainz, Germany, September 5-7 2014, deadline: June 15 2014
2nd Call for Papers:
Round Table Forensic Linguistics,
Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics (GSFL),
September 5-7 2014,
Mainz, Germany;
Deadline for abstracts: June 15, 2014

Update: Call for papers: Anéla studiedag Taal en Onderwijs, Universiteit Utrecht, 31 oktober 2014, deadline: 20 juni 2014
Vrijdag 31 oktober 2014, Universiteit Utrecht

Elk jaar dat er geen Anéla-conferentie wordt gehouden, organiseert Anéla de Voorjaarsstudiedag, een ééndags congres waarbij leden en geļnteresseerde niet-leden van Anéla samenkomen en hun werk presenteren rondom een specifiek thema. Dit jaar vindt de Voorjaarsstudiedag niet in het voorjaar maar in het najaar plaats. Vandaar dus ook dat de Voorjaarsstudiedag dit jaar eenmalig de Najaarsstudiedag gaat heten.
De najaarsstudiedag zal plaatsvinden op vrijdag 31 oktober aan de Universiteit Utrecht, met als thema Taal en Onderwijs.

Plenaire lezing
We zijn blij dat we dit jaar een bijzondere plenaire spreker mogen verwelkomen. Prof. dr. Carmen Muńoz (Universiteit van Barcelona) zal een lezing geven met de titel:

“Instructed foreign language learning: Lessons from research for teaching practice and policy”

Carmen Muńoz is als professor in de Engelse en toegepaste taalkunde en als coördinator van de GRAL-onderzoeksgroep verbonden aan de Universiteit van Barcelona. Haar onderzoek begeeft zich (o.a.) op het gebied van tweetaligheid, vreemdetalenonderwijs en (individuele verschillen in) vreemdetaalverwerving. Ze heeft verscheidene onderzoeksprojecten geleid in opdracht van het Spaanse Ministerie van Onderwijs en was veelvuldig betrokken bij internationaal onderzoek. Prof. Carmen Muńoz was vice-president van de European Second Language Association (EUROSLA), lid van het International Committee van AILA en bestuurslid van de Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics (AESLA).
In haar lezing zal prof. Carmen Muńoz ingaan op de vraag in hoeverre inzichten uit onderzoek kunnen bijdragen aan en werkelijk leiden tot vernieuwingen in het onderwijs(beleid).

Call for papers
Taal en Onderwijs is een breed thema waarbinnen onderzoek valt naar alle vormen en facetten van taalleren in een onderwijssetting. Het kan gaan over zowel moedertaalonderwijs als tweede- en vreemdetaalonderwijs binnen elke onderwijscontext en voor iedere doelgroep; van voor- en vroegschoolse educatie tot volwassenenonderwijs, van regulier- tot speciaal onderwijs, van klassikaal- tot afstandsonderwijs. Het gepresenteerde onderzoek kan zich richten op het leerrendement van bepaalde didactieken, methodieken of curricula, maar ook op de motivatie of perceptie van taalleerders of op de tevredenheid van docenten. Ook onderwerpen als taalonderwijsbeleid, taalgericht vakonderwijs, ict-ondersteund taalonderwijs en taaltoetsing vallen binnen het thema.

Dit brede spectrum van onderzoek naar taal en onderwijs willen wij graag aan bod laten komen op de Najaarsstudiedag 2014. Wij nodigen iedereen die geļnteresseerd is uit om een bijdrage aan deze Najaarsstudiedag te leveren in de vorm van een presentatie (30 minuten, waarvan 10 minuten discussie). U kunt uw abstract (max. 400 woorden) indienen door het 'abstract-indienformulier' op de Anéla-website in te vullen.
Zodra er meer informatie over de Najaarsstudiedag is, zal deze op de volgende pagina bekend worden gemaakt: www.anela.nl/activiteiten/voorjaarstudiedag/.

Belangrijke data

• Deadline abstract indienen: 20 juni 2014.
• Bericht over acceptatie abstract: 1 september 2014.
Update: Call for Papers Fourth Central European Conference in Linguistics for Graduate Students (CECIL’S 4), Poland, August 20-21 2014, deadline: June 30 2014
Please note changes in the dates as well as new information about invited speakers.

It is a great pleasure to announce the Fourth Central European Conference in Linguistics for Graduate Students (CECIL’S 4). For the first time, the conference will be held outside Hungary — in Poland. It is organized by the Institute of English of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. CECIL’S 4 will take place on August 21-22, 2014 in the Institute of East-Central Europe in Lublin, Poland.

The two-day conference aims to bring together postgraduate students in linguistics from a wide range of research areas, providing an interdisciplinary forum for students to present and discuss their work in an intellectually stimulating and informal setting.
We invite PhD and MA students for abstract submissions in any field of theoretical linguistics, especially on topics in syntax, morphology, phonology (including prosody), formal semantics and pragmatics (including information structure), as well as their interfaces with phonetics, language acquisition, and psycholinguistics. Both theoretical and experimental papers are solicited, and synchronic and diachronic approaches are equally welcome. The conference will include both oral and poster sessions. Each talk will be given 35 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion. The language of the conference is English.

Important Dates
a. Submission deadline for all abstracts: 30th June, 2014
b. Notification of acceptance for papers: 15th July, 2014

Invited Speakers
Įngel L. Jiménez-Fernįndez, University of Seville, Spain
An Information-Structure approach to null subjects

Markus A. Pöchtrager, Bo?aziēi University, Turkey
Phonology goes syntax
Conference fee: 50 Euros (payable by 31st July)

For more details concerning the venue, abstract submission guidelines and post-conference publication please visit CECIL'S 4 website at: cecils.webclass.co/.
Cal for Papers: Linguistics Beyond And Within 2014 - Lublin, Poland, November 6-7 2014, deadline: June 30 2014
Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 2nd meeting of Linguistics Beyond And Within - International Linguistics Conference in Lublin organized by the Department of Historical and Applied Linguistics, the Department of Theoretical Linguistics, and the Department of Contrastive English-Polish Studies in the Institute of English Studies, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin in Poland, which will be held on 6 – 7 November 2014. We would like to invite scholars with innovative approaches to linguistics viewed from a range of intra- and interdisciplinary perspectives. We wish to encourage all linguists representing various theoretical models and practical applications to present their contributions during both oral and poster sessions. The language of the conference is English. The deadline for abstract submission is 30th June 2014. For further information and all necessary details please see the attachment and the conference website:


Yours faithfully,
LingBaW 2014 organizing committee:

Prof. Anna Bloch-Rozmej
Prof. Anna Bondaruk
Prof. Anna Malicka-Kleparska
Prof. Maria Bloch-Trojnar
Marietta Rusinek, MA
Karolina Drabikowska, MA
Wojciech Malec, PhD
Anna Pra?mowska, MA
Anna Sadowska, MA
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
Call for papers: 20ste Fries Filologencongres, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden, 10-12 december 2014, deadline: 15 september 2014
20ste Frysk Filologekongres

Woansdei 10, tongersdei 11 en freed 12 desimber 2014

Oankundiging en oprop foar lźzingen

De Fryske Akademy organisearret dit jier foar de tweintichste kear it Frysk Filologekongres, yn Ljouwert op woansdei 10, tongersdei 11 en freed 12 desimber. It kongres wol in poadium wźze foar it wittenskiplik debat oangeande de frisistyk yn ’e breedste sin. De fiertalen binne: Frysk, Nederlānsk, Ingelsk en Dśtsk.

De opset fan it kongres is dat der elke dei śt ein set wurdt mei in plenźre lźzing. Dźrnei binne der parallelseksjes. Op ’e tongersdei is der in jūnsseksje oer Underwiis. It kongres is rjochte op ’e neifolgjende ūndersyksmźden:

1. Aldfrysk
2. Taalkunde
3. Letterkunde
4. Leksikografy
5. Taalsosjology
6. Skiednis fan Fryslān/Kultuerstśdzje.

It ūndersyksfjild is it Frysk, mei ynbegryp fan de dialekten dy’t yn Fryslān foarkomme, yn al syn fazen en it Frysk yn Dśtslān (Noard- en East-Fryslān). Lźzingen dy’t śt in ferlykjend perspektyf wei relevant binne, binne ek fan herten wolkom.

De kongreskommisje ropt hjirby saakkundigen op om in opset (fan sa’n 300 wurden) foar in lźzing op ien fan ’e ūndersyksmźden yn te tsjinjen. Sprekkers dy’t har lźzing by in beskaat ūndersyksmźd yndield hawwe wolle, wurdt fersocht om dat oan te jaan. In lźzing duorret in healoere (20 minuten foar de lźzing sels plus 10 minuten foar diskusje). Ut it oanbod fan lźzingen sil nei de slutingstermyn (sjoch hjirūnder) in kar-śt makke wurde foar it kongres. De lźzinghālders kinne har lźzing yntsjinje foar publikaasje yn de kongresbondel Philologia Frisica anno 2014, dy’t ūnder redaksje fan ’e kongreskommisje stean sil.

Wa’t in opset foar in lźzing yntsjinje wol, wurdt frege om dat fia e-mail te dwaan by: jspoelstra(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl.

De slutingstermyn foar it ynstjoeren fan in opset is 15 septimber. Foar 1 oktober hearre ynstjoerders oft harren opset foar in lźzing oannommen is.

De lokaasje fan it kongres is op dit stuit noch net wis en sil sa gau mooglik bekend makke wurde. De kongreskosten binne € 100,- foar it hiele kongres of € 40,- foar ien kongresdei (ynkl. kongresdokumintaasje, kofje/tee en lunch). Lźzinghālders binne frij fan kongreskosten foar de dei dat se har lźzing hālde. Studinten ha fergees tagong ta it kongres. Op woansdei 10 desimber is der in kongresdiner; de kosten dźrfan binne € 30,-.

Foar ynljochtings kinne jo terjochte by Janneke Spoelstra (e-mail: jspoelstra(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl, tel. (0031)-(0)58-2336915) of Willem Visser (e-mail: wvisser(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl, tel. (0031)-(0)58-2343037).

De kongreskommisje:
Dr. Hanno Brand (foarsitter)
Drs. Cor van der Meer
Janneke Spoelstra MA (skriuwer)
Dr. Willem Visser

20ste Fries Filologencongres

Woensdag 10, donderdag 11 en vrijdag 12 december 2014

Aankondiging en oproep voor lezingen

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:

1. Oudfries
2. Taalkunde
3. Letterkunde
4. Lexicographie
5. Taalsociologie
6. 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 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: jspoelstra(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl.

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

De locatie van het congres is op dit moment nog niet bekend en zal zo spoedig mogelijk bekend worden gemaakt. 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)58-2336915) of Willem Visser (e-mail: wvisser(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl, tel. (0031)-(0)58-2343037).

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

20th Frisian Philologists’ Conference

Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th and Friday 12th December 2014

Announcement and Call for Papers

The Fryske Akademy (Frisian Academy) organizes the 20th Frysk Filologekongres (Frisian Philologists’ Conference), in Leeuwarden, on December 10 to 12. The conference provides a forum for scientific debate concerning Frisian Studies in the broadest sense. The working languages will be Frisian, Dutch, English, and German.

Each day will start with a plenary session, followed by parallel sessions. An evening session on Education will take place at Thursday. The following research areas will be focused on:

1. Old Frisian
2. Linguistics
3. Literature
4. Lexicography
5. Linguistic sociology
6. History of Friesland/Cultural studies.

The field of research is Frisian, including the dialects of Friesland, in all its phases and Frisian in Germany (North and East Friesland). Papers offering a relevant comparative perspective are also warmly welcomed.

The conference committee invites interested parties to submit proposals for presentations during the parallel sessions by sending in an abstract (of roughly 300 words in length). Lecturers who want to have their lecture placed in a specific research area should mention this at submission. Each presentation will last thirty minutes (20 minutes for the lecture itself followed by 10 minutes for discussion). After the deadline (see below) a choice will be made from the proposals received. Lecturers can offer their paper for the conference proceedings, Philologia Frisica anno 2014, which will be edited by the conference committee.

Please submit abstracts by email to: jspoelstra(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 September. You’ll be notified before October 1st whether your abstract is accepted.

The conference location is not sure yet and will be made known as soon as possible. The conference fee is Euros 100 to cover the entire conference, or Euros 40 per day (including conference documentation, coffee/tea, and lunch). Conference costs will be waived for participants on the day they present their paper. Students will be admitted free of charge. A conference dinner (Costs: Euros 30) will be held on Wednesday 10th.

For more information please contact Ms Janneke Spoelstra (email: jspoelstra(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl, tel. (0031)-(0)58-2336915 / 2131414) or Mr Willem Visser (email: wvisser(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl; tel. (0031)-(0)58-2343037 / 2131414).

The conference committee:
Dr. Hanno Brand (president)
Drs. Cor van der Meer
Janneke Spoelstra MA (secretary)
Dr. Willem Visser


Friesischer Philologenkongress

Mittwoch, den 10., Donnerstag, den 11. und Freitag, den 12. Dezember 2014

Anmeldung und Aufforderung, Vorträge einzureichen

Die Fryske Akademy (Friesischer Akademie) organisiert zum 20. Mal den Fryske Filologekongres (Friesischen Philologenkongress) in Ljouwert/Leeuwarden am Mittwoch, dem 10., Donnerstag, dem 11. und Freitag, dem 12. Dezember. Der Fryske Filologekongres möchte ein Podium für die wissenschaftliche Diskussion über die Frisistik im weitesten Sinne bilden. Die Kongresssprachen sind Friesisch, Niederländisch, Englisch und Deutsch.

Die Gestaltung des Kongresses sieht folgendermaßen aus: Jeder Tag beginnt mit einem Vortrag im Plenum. Anschließend finden mehrere Parallelsitzungen statt. Am Donnerstag wird eine Abendsitzung zum Friesischen im Unterricht abgehalten. Der Kongress widmet sich folgenden Forschungsgebieten:

1. Altfriesisch
2. Sprachwissenschaft
3. Literatur
4. Lexikographie
5. Sprachsoziologie
6. Geschichte von Friesland/Friesische Kulturgeschichte

Forschungsgegenstand ist die friesische Sprache und dementsprechend alle in Westfriesland vorkommende (friesische) Dialekte sowie auch das Friesische in Deutschland (Nord- und Ostfriesland). Selbstverständlich sind auch Vorträge, die eine vergleichende Perspektive einnehmen, herzlich willkommen.

Die Kongresskommission wendet sich mit dieser Ankündigung an FachwissenschaftlerInnen/Sachkundige und bittet InteressentInnen, einen Vortragsentwurf von etwa 300 Wörtern einzureichen. ReferentInnen, die wünschen, dass ihr Vortag einem bestimmten Forschungsgebiet zugeordnet wird, werden gebeten, dies anzugeben. Ein Vortrag dauert eine halbe Stunde (zwanzigminutiger Vortrag mit zehnminutiger Diskussion im Anschluss). Aus den eingesandten Entwürfen wird nach Einsendeschluss (siehe unten) eine Auswahl für den Kongress getroffen. Die Vortragenden können ihren Vortrag zur Veröffentlichung im Kongressband Philologia Frisica anno 2014 anbieten, der von der Kongresskommission herausgegeben wird.

Einreichen können Sie Ihren Vortragsentwurf bei: jspoelstra(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl.

Einsendeschluss ist der 15. September. Sie bekommen vor dem 1. Oktober Bescheid, ob ihren Vortragsentwurf angenommen ist.

Der Veranstaltungsort steht zurzeit noch nicht fest, wird jedoch so schnell wie möglich bekanntgegeben. Die Kosten betragen € 100,-- für den gesamten Kongress oder € 40,-- für einen Tag (inkl. Kongressdokumentation, Kaffee/Tee und Lunch). Vortragende sind von den Kongresskosten am Tag ihres Vortrages freigestellt. Von Studierenden wird kein finanzieller Beitrag verlangt. Am Mittwoch, dem 10. Dezember, ist ein Abendessen vorgesehen, das pro Person € 30.-- kosten wird.

Nähere Auskünfte erhalten Sie bei Janneke Spoelstra (e-mail: jspoelstra(removeme)fryske-akademy.nl; tel. (0031)-(0)58-2336915 / 2131414) oder Willem Visser (e-mail: wvisser(removeme)fa.knaw.nl; tel. (0031)-(0)58-2343037 / 2131414).

Die Kongresskommission:
Dr. Hanno Brand, Vorsitzender
Drs. Cor van der Meer
Janneke Spoelstra MA, Sekretärin
Dr. Willem Visser
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)
Oproep Ammodo KNAW Award, deadline indienen nominaties: 16 juni 2014
Stichting Ammodo en de Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) nodigen u van harte uit om wetenschappers te nomineren voor de eerste editie van de Ammodo KNAW Award voor ongebonden fundamentele wetenschap.

Met ingang van dit jaar stellen Stichting Ammodo en de KNAW elke twee jaar acht veelbelovende wetenschappers financieel in staat om naar eigen inzicht ongebonden fundamenteel wetenschappelijk onderzoek te verrichten. In het huidige financieringsklimaat zijn de mogelijkheden hiervoor beperkt.

De Ammodo KNAW Award
De Ammodo KNAW Award bestaat uit acht geldbedragen van 300.000 euro en bestrijkt alle vakgebieden: biomedical sciences, humanities, natural sciences en social sciences. Per vakgebied kunnen maximaal twee onderzoekers een Award toegekend krijgen. De laureaat kan dit geldbedrag naar eigen inzicht besteden aan een door de laureaat uitgevoerd of begeleid fundamenteel wetenschappelijk onderzoeksproject.

De Ammodo KNAW Award is bedoeld voor internationaal erkende onderzoekers over de volle breedte van de wetenschap, die verbonden zijn aan een Nederlandse universiteit of onderzoeksinstelling. Kandidaten hebben maximaal vijftien jaar geleden een doctorstitel behaald, en zijn in staat om nieuwe wegen te verkennen in fundamenteel wetenschappelijk onderzoek.

Per vakgebied beoordeelt een adviescommissie bestaande uit vier gerenommeerde hoogleraren de genomineerden in dat betreffende vakgebied.

In januari 2015 maken de besturen van Ammodo en de KNAW de winnaars van de eerste Ammodo KNAW Award bekend.
Nominaties zijn welkom tot en met 16 juni 2014.
Op de website ammodo-knaw-award.org/vindt u het nominatieformulier en aanvullende informatie.

Meer informatie
New Book Information: From Text to Political Positions, Text analysis across disciplines.
From Text to Political Positions
Text analysis across disciplines
Edited by Bertie Kaal, Isa Maks and Annemarie van Elfrinkhof
VU University Amsterdam
Hardbound – Available
ISBN 9789027206466 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00

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ISBN 9789027270344 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00

From Text to Political Positions addresses cross-disciplinary innovation in political text analysis for party positioning. Drawing on political science, computational methods and discourse analysis, it presents a diverse collection of analytical models including pure quantitative and qualitative approaches. By bringing together the prevailing text-analysis methods from each discipline the volume aims to alert researchers to new and exciting possibilities of text analyses across their own disciplinary boundary.

The volume builds on the fact that each of the disciplines has a common interest in extracting information from political texts. The focus on political texts thus facilitates interdisciplinary cross-overs. The volume also includes chapters combining methods as examples of cross-disciplinary endeavours. These chapters present an open discussion of the constraints and (dis)advantages of either quantitative or qualitative methods when evaluating the possibilities of combining analytic tools.
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