September 5th, 2014

LOT Announcements / events
Oproep LOT-populariseringsprijs 2013/2014
Oproep LOT Populariseringsprijs 2013/2014
Aan alle taalkundigen in Nederland

De Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap looft dit jaar wederom de Populariseringsprijs uit, ter stimulering van het vervaardigen van populair-wetenschappelijke bijdragen over een taalwetenschappelijk onderwerp.

De definitie van in aanmerking komende publicaties is uitermate ruim. Het bestuur denkt zowel aan speciaal voor dit doel geschreven bijdragen als aan reeds gepubliceerd materiaal - artikelen, boeken, cd-roms, video's, radio - en televisieprogramma's, websites et cetera. Alleen publicaties met een verschijningsdatum tussen 1 sept 2013 en 31 oktober 2014 kunnen worden voorgedragen.
De bijdrage dient in het Nederlands te rapporteren over actueel taalkundig onderzoek en vervaardigd te zijn door een in Nederland werkzame dan wel wonende taalkundige. Bijdragen dienen de essentie van een onderzoeksvraag en het antwoord daarop toegankelijk te maken voor een ontwikkeld publiek dat niet specifiek taalkundig geschoold is.

De omvang van de LOT-prijs bedraagt 1000 Euro.

Iedere Nederlandse taalkundige onderzoeker kan maximaal één zelf geschreven nieuwe bijdrage ter beoordeling inzenden. Daarnaast kan iedere Nederlandse taalkundige een reeds gepubliceerde bijdrage van een collega (dus niet van eigen hand) voordragen voor de prijsvraag door de desbetreffende bijdrage gemotiveerd aan te melden. Bij voordracht dient vermeld te worden: Naam voorgedragene, titel bijdrage, (e-mail)adres voorgedragene, motivatie voordracht.

De inzendingen worden beoordeeld door een door het LOT benoemde jury die naast taalkundigen ook redacteuren van een dagblad of tijdschrift zal bevatten.

De uitslag zal bekend gemaakt worden op het Taalgala, een feestelijke bijeenkomst voor alle leden van LOT, AVT en Anéla, samen met het bekend maken van de uitslag van de AVT-Anéla dissertatieprijs. Het Taalgala zal op een zaterdag in februari plaatsvinden in Utrecht.

De sluitingsdatum voor inzending/voordracht is 12 oktober 2014. Inzendingen / voordrachten kunnen gestuurd worden naar LOT, o.v.v. LOT Populariseringsprijs, Trans 10, 3512 JK Utrecht of via e-mail naar LOT(removeme)uu.nl.

Het bestuur hoopt op een overvloedige inzending. De noodzaak tot effectievere publieksvoorlichting over aard en kwaliteit van het taalkundig onderzoek in Nederland en de resultaten daarvan blijft onverminderd aanwezig.

Het reglement is digitaal in te zien via de volgende link: www.lotschool.nl/files/Reglementpopulariseringsprijs.pdf

Namens het LOT-bestuur,
Frank Wijnen, Wetenschappelijk directeur
(Pre-) Announcement LOT Winterschool 2015
The LOT Winterschool 2015 will take place from January 12-24 2015 in Amsterdam (University of Amsterdam).

More information will follow soon at the website: www.lotschool.nl.

Registration for the LOT Winterschool will open October 1 at the latest.
Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen
Kennislink is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied: www.kennislink.nl/vakgebieden/taalwetenschappen

Actueel:

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

Zon, zee... en wetenschap
www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/zon-zee-en-wetenschap
Wat is er deze zomer fijner dan onderuitgezakt in een strandstoel een goed boek over wetenschap lezen? Er verscheen een hoop moois dit jaar. Alle redacteuren van Kennislink raden je daarom weer hun favoriete populairwetenschappelijke boek van het afgelopen jaar aan.
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
ACLC lecture 'The Role of Iconicity in Sign Language Acquisition', Amsterdam, September 5 2014
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal K.02
September 5 2014, 15.15-16.30 uur
Gerardo Ortega (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
presents
The Role of Iconicity in Sign Language Acquisition
The abstract can be found on the ACLC website: here

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday.
After the lectures drinks are served at the Opleiding Algemene Taalwetenschap, Spuistraat 210, third floor.
For more information: aclc-fgw(removeme)uva.nl, tel. 020-5252543
UiL-OTS syntax-interface meetings: looking for new speakers!
To all those interested:

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

More information about the platform and previous talks can be found at uilotssyntaxif.wordpress.com/.

Thank you for your interest!

~ The Organizers

Lotte Hendriks
Heidi Klockmann
Jolien Scholten
Series of lectures on the semantics of wh-questions by Andrea Haida (HU Berlin), University of Leiden, September 8-12 2014
Lectures by Andreas Haida

Dear all,

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

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

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

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

Best,
Stella Gryllia
Language and Speech Colloquium on Affective signal processing and Emotion recognition, Radboud University Nijmegen, September 10 2014
Language and Speech Colloquium
Radboud University Nijmegen

speakers: dr. Martijn Goudbeek (Tilburg University) and dr. dr. Egon L. van den Broek (Utrecht University, AutotestIT B.V., Amersfoort)
topic: Affective signal processing and emotion recognition
time: Wednesday 10 September, 10:45 – 12:30
place: Erasmusplein 1 (Erasmus building), room E 3.04, Nijmegen


10.45h How emotions affect the perception of dynamic arm gestures
dr. Martijn Goudbeek (Tilburg University)
People are able to fairly correctly infer emotion from bodily expressions. We investigated how emotions that vary on arousal, valence, and potency affect the perception of dynamic arm gestures. Participants (N = 43) rated 12 emotional expressions of ten posers with on six spatiotemporal characteristics of gestural arm movement that were found to be related to emotion in previous research (amount of movement, movement speed, force, fluency, size, and height/vertical position), confirming the importance of arm movement in communicating major emotion dimensions and show that bodily movement forms an integrated part of multimodal nonverbal emotion communication. In a subsequent study, the robustness of anger recognition of bodily expressions was investigated. Video recordings of four distinct emotions (anger, despair, fear, and joy) were structurally manipulated as to image impairment and body segmentation. The results show that anger recognition is more robust than other emotions to image impairment and to body segmentation. Moreover, the study showed that arms expressing anger were more robustly recognized than arms expressing other emotions indicating the robustness of anger recognition in multileveled deteriorated bodily expressions.

11.30h On Lore and Limitations of Affective Computing
dr. dr. Egon L. van den Broek (Utrecht University, AutotestIT B.V., Amersfoort)
While machines evolve rapidly, incorporating more and more sensors, and receiving more and more autonomy, the interaction with their users has become more delicate than ever before. Users are increasingly starting to demand that computing devices should understand them. Bringing Affective Computing (AC) into technology is said to be its missing link. I will sketch the lore and limitations of AC via a concise review and introduce a set of eleven prerequisites for AC that can aid its progress: validation, triangulation, a physiology-driven approach, contributions of the signal processing community, identification of users, theoretical specification, sensory integration (e.g., biosignals, speech, and computer vision), physical characteristics, historical perspective, temporal construction, and real-world baselines. The importance, challenges, and societal implications of AC will be illustrated via both research studies and real world applications.
SMART CS lecture by Charles Yang on 'Why language evolved only once', ACLC Amsterdam, september 12 2014
The September SMART Cognitive Science Lecture will be presented by
Charles Yang (UPenn)
Why language evolved only once
with an introduction by Barend Beekhuizen (Leiden, ILLC/UvA)
Place & time:
September 12th, 16h00-17h30
Oudemanhuispoort, Amsterdam, room F0.01
(Preceding the meeting, from 14h00-15h30, there will be a discussion session with Charles Yang in the same room; on Thursday Yang will also speak in the Computational Linguistics Seminar at ILLC - watch www.illc.uva.nl for details).

Abstract:
It is easy, almost trivial, to claim the superiority of a combinatorial linguistic system over a finite repository of fixed expressions. The traditional problem has always been to explain how the finite-to-infinity transition might have taken place. For a gradualist approach to the origin of language, a common answer points to the recapitulation of phylogeny in ontology. The developmental stages in child language acquisition are said to trace similar steps in language evolution as both processes are envisioned to move from formulaic expressions to increasingly abstract grammatical processes.
We present evidence suggests that a formulaic stage in child language does not exist. Rather, language use is detectably compositional as it employs abstract categories and rules from the earliest stage of language acquisition. A gradualist account of language evolution thus loses its starting position never mind the transitional steps toward the terminal point. And we are left with the saltationist alternative, that the key component of Language (compositionally aka “merge”) evolved only once. Along the way, we discuss the implications of child language for the comparative cognition and linguistic theories in the age of big data.
Bio:
Charles Yang teaches linguistics and computer science and directs the Cognitive Science program at the University of Pennsylvania. He mainly works on the mechanisms of language learning, processing and change, and has written two books on these topics.
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Upcoming Events
• Friday, September 12th, 16h-17h30, Charles Yang (UPenn), Why language evolved only once, OMHP (Oudemanhuispoort, Amsterdam), room F0.01 (abstract and details).
• Friday, October 24th, 16h-17h30, William Foley (Sydney), A Co-evolutionary Approach to Language Categories, P.C. Hoofthuis (Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam), room 1.05
• Friday, November 28th, 16h-17h30, Rineke Verbrugge (Groningen), title t.b.a., 16h-17h30, OMHP (Oudemanhuispoort, Amsterdam), room F0.01
• Friday, January 23d 2015, 16h-17h30, SMART Cognitive Science debate on Shared mechanisms in language and music, panellists t.b.a., 16h-17h30, OMHP (Oudemanhuispoort, Amsterdam), room C0.17
• The SMART Cognitive Science International Conference (March 25th-28th 2015), consisting of six workshops on music, language, communication and art (announcement)
WAP Dyslexiemiddag, Amsterdam, 19 september 2014
Hoe eerder hoe beter?
Een discussiemiddag rondom vroege diagnose en behandeling van dyslexie

Datum: vrijdag 19 september
Tijdstip: 15.15 uur -17.00 uur
Locatie: PC Hooftgebouw 1.05. Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam

Sprekers
-Drs. Evelien Krikhaar (RU; Expertisecentrum Nederlands): Vroege voorlopers van dyslexie
-Dr. Elise de Bree (UvA): Vroege diagnostiek van dyslexie
-Dr. Jurgen Tijms (UvA, IWAL): Vroege behandeling van dyslexie

Discussieleider
-Janneke de Waal-Bogers (Logopediste, Remedial teacher, hoofdredacteur ‘logopedie’)

Aanmelden
Stuur een e-mail naar: info[apenstaartje]hetwap[punt]nl

Kosten
5 euro voor WAP-leden; 7.50 voor niet WAP-leden
Rekeningnummer: NL75ABNA0521933803, t.n.v. Werkverband Amsterdamse Psycholinguļsten.

Zie ook: www.hetwap.nl/activiteiten
MPI Formal Colloquium by Lawrence W. Barsalou, Nijmegen, September 23 2014
Speaker: Larry Barsalou
Department of Psychology, Emory University psychology.emory.edu/cognition/barsalou/


Title: Situating Emotion
Abstract:
Discrete theories of emotion typically assume that dedicated neural circuits/modules originated in evolution to produce basic emotions in a relatively ballistic and rigid manner (e.g., fear, anger, disgust, sadness, happiness). Three neuroimaging experiments challenge this view. In Experiment 1, different assemblies of neural resources represented the same emotion in different situations (e.g., fear under threat of physical harm vs. social evaluation). In Experiment 2, different groups of participants learned to experience fear and anger either in physical harm or social evaluation situations, and later, when asked to anticipate these emotions, assembled different neural resources. In Experiment 3, different populations (cancer survivors, experienced meditators, controls) assembled different neural resources in response to the same emotional situations. Consistent with constructivist theories of emotion, these results suggest that experiencing an emotion “soft assembles” relevant neural systems throughout the brain to produce emotion in the current situation. To the extent that the same areas are utilized across multiple instances of a common emotional situation, an entrenched pattern develops that functions as an emotion attractor on future occasions. These patterns can be viewed as situated conceptualizations that control emotion via their grounding in the brain’s systems for perception, action, and internal states.

Date: Tuesday, 23 September, 2014
Time: 15h45
Place: MPI, Colloquium Room 163
Wundtlaan 1
6525 XD Nijmegen


Open to public, drinks afterwards.

www.mpi.nl/events/mpi-colloquium-series/mpi-colloquium-series-2014/tuesday-september-23
Due to unforeseen circumstances, lectures can be cancelled at short notice.
It is therefore advisable to confirm dates: +31 (0)24 3521 911
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
GSFL Round Table Conference on Forensic Linguistics, Mainz (Germany), September 5-7 2014
The Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics is proud to announce that the schedule for the 2014Roundtable has been finalized. This year’s guest speakers and their topics will be the following:
• Dr. S. Blackwell Language in the Service of Lawfare: The ‘Working Definition of Anti-semitism’ of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC)

• Dr. F.van der Houwen Inquisitorial Criminal Court: No jury, No Cross examination but an Active Judge (and Prosecutor)

• Dr. B. Eisenwort The Vienna Corpus of Suicide Notes: Collection of Data, Themes, and Measurement of Cognitive Constriction

• Detective M. Allen Police Jargon: More than Words Can Say?


Along with these special guest lectures, the Roundtable will have more than 30 different scientific presentations on forensic linguistics and forensic phonetics from an international group of researchers and practitioners. For a complete line-up of this year’s speakers, use this link: bit.ly/1sIntWD
This year’s Roundtable will also be offering a special Student Day (September 5) for graduate and undergraduate students interested in pursuing a degree in Forensic Linguistics or Forensic Phonetics. For more information on this schedule, please contact Dr. Ria Perkins r.perkins(removeme)aston.ac.uk . To learn more about the programme for this special event, use the following link: bit.ly/Ub3iBU
As space for the 2014 GSFL is limited, please be sure to register early via this link: gsfl.wufoo.com/forms/gsfl-roundtable-2014-registration/
Space is also still available for the GSFL annual Roundtable dinner. This event gives GSFL participants an opportunity to meet with one another in a relaxing environment, while enjoying award-winning regional cuisine. After dinner, the group will continue the festivities at one of the largest Wine Festivals in Europe. If you would like to join us for dinner, please follow this link: gsfl.wufoo.com/forms/restaurant-reservation/

We look forward to welcoming you to Mainz, Germany!
The 2014GSFL Organization Committee
The 8th International Conference "Language, Individual and Society", Bulgaria, September 7-11 2014
For more information and registration, please visit www.sciencebg.net/en/conferences/language-individual-and-society/
Seventeenth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2014), Brno, Czech Republic, September 8-12 2014
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TSD 2014 - PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT
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Seventeenth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2014)
Brno, Czech Republic, 8-12 September 2014
www.tsdconference.org/

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

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

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
dialogues)

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.


PROGRAM COMMITTEE

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


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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


FORMAT OF THE CONFERENCE

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.


CONFERENCE PROGRAM

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


IMPORTANT DATES

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.


OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

The official language of the conference is English.


ADDRESS

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/


LOCATION

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).
Update: Workshop Maps and Grammar, Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, September 17-18 2014
WORKSHOP MAPS AND GRAMMAR

September 17-18, 2014
Meertens Institute, Joan Muyskenweg 25, Amsterdam, The Netherlands ifarm.nl/maps/workshop2014/

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

If you want to attend the workshop, please fill in the online registration form or notify erik.tjong.kim.sang(at)meertens.knaw.nl of your intention to participate.


Program

Wednesday September 17, 2014

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

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

15:15 - 15:45 Break

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

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

Thursday September 18, 2014

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

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

11:15 - 11:30 Break

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

12:15 - 13:30 Lunch

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

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

15:00 - 15:15 Break

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

16:00 - 17:00 Bettina Speckmann (Technische Universiteit
Eindhoven)
TBA

17:00 Drinks


Organizing committee

Sjef Barbiers, sjef.barbiers(at)meertens.knaw.nl Marc van Oostendorp, marc.van.oostendorp(at)meertens.knaw.nl
Gertjan Postma, gertjan.postma(at)meertens.knaw.nl
Erik Tjong Kim Sang, erik.tjong.kim.sang(at)meertens.knaw.nl
Conference "Bias in Auditory Perception” Aarhus, Denmark, September 18-20 2014
Workshop “Language and Ideology in Late Modern Times”, Universiteit Leiden, September 19 2014
Kick-off workshop “Language and Ideology in Late Modern Times”, organized by the NWO VIDI project Going Dutch
19 September 2014 – Universiteit Leiden – Lipsius 1.47

11:00 Coffee/tea & welcome
11:15 Richard Watts (Bern), Language, history, myth
12.00 Raymond Hickey (Duisburg-Essen), Exploring the dynamics of standard language
12.45 Lunch break
14.00 Martin Durrell (Manchester), Language and ideological constructs of nationhood: The case of Germany
14:45 Evelyn Ziegler (Duisburg-Essen), Language standardization, language policy and multilingualism: The case of German in Luxembourg (1795-1920)
15:30 Coffee/tea
16.00 Rik Vosters & Jill Puttaert (Brussels), The construction of Southern Dutch in the early 19th century: Language planning, language norms and language use
16:45 Gijsbert Rutten, Andreas Krogull & Bob Schoemaker (Leiden), Going Dutch: The construction of Dutch in policy, practice and discourse (1750-1850)

The Going Dutch project:
Gijsbert Rutten
Andreas Krogull
Bob Schoemaker
hum.leiden.edu/lucl/going-dutch

If you’d like to attend the workshop, please send an email to g.j.rutten(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.
Workshop on Specific Language Impairment, Madrid, October 1-3 2014
Workshop on Specific Language Impairment
1-3 October 2014
Madrid

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

www.psycholinguistics.info/experimental.htm
The 10th Languages & The Media Conference 'Smart Technologies, Smart Translations', Berlin, Germany, November 5 – 7 2014
The 10th Languages & The Media Conference, under the theme Smart Technologies, Smart Translations, will take place in Berlin from November 5 – 7, 2014. It will bring together researchers, language practitioners, translators, interpreters, software developers and all those who produce, market, or distribute audiovisual materials for information, entertainment or educational purposes to discuss these pressing questions.

As the flow of content increases, so does the demand for translation in the form of dubbing, subtitling, voiceover, subtitling for the deaf and audio description. Technology has come to play an important part when trying to catch up with these changes. In recent years, developments in machine translation, cloud storage, digital television and voice recognition, amongst others, have not only had wide-reaching ramifications for the media and translation sectors, but have also gone mainstream, with users across the world having easy access to sophisticated technologies and expecting instantaneous results.

Within the industry, new job profiles are emerging alongside new services and the employment landscape is being radically altered by expanding possibilities of access to audiovisual media. The needs of global broadcasting, for instance, must accommodate potentially conflicting demands for diversification and localisation, whilst NGOs and international organisations must overcome the complex and diverse demands of operating in multilingual fields.

More information: www.languages-media.com/index.php
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.

Website
www-irma.u-strasbg.fr/~teyssier/langec/index.php?&lang=en&m0=0&m1=5&m1=0&mdepth=1&

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:

fiplv.com/world-congresses

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
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Chief Editor, International Journal of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching School of Education The Education Building
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FIPLV website: www.fiplv.com/
International Journal of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching:
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10th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, USA, May 20-24 2015.
Dear all,
We are pleased to share with you that Rutgers University-New Brunswick will be hosting the 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism from May 20-24, 2015. The theme is "uncovering multilingualism."

Abstract submission for individual presentations and thematic sessions is now open, through September 15, 2014. Please see the attached Call for Papers for further details. Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair (www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=isb10).

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

We hope to see you in New Brunswick, NJ for ISB10 next year!
Job Announcements / Vacancies
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
CLTA Assistant Professor - Psycholinguistics, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto, deadline: September 30 2014
The Department of Linguistics in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for an eighteen-month contractually limited term appointment (CLTA) in Psycholinguistics with a focus on language processing at or above the sentence level at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective January 1, 2015.

The position involves teaching courses in psycholinguistics, experimental design, and quantitative methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with other courses to be determined. Successful applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics or related area specializing in language processing, by January 1, 2015 or shortly thereafter, have a record of excellence in research, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching. Responsibilities include teaching and supervision at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking on the link below. Applications should include a cover letter of no more than 2 single-spaced pages, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, evidence of teaching ability, and the names and email addresses of three referees. Please combine your application into one or two files. If you have questions about this position, please contact lingdept(removeme)CHASS.UTORONTO.CA.

All application materials should be submitted online and received by September 30, 2014.

Submission guidelines can be found at: uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference, preferably as signed PDF documents on letterhead, sent directly to Professor Keren Rice at the address lingdept(removeme)CHASS.UTORONTO.CA with the subject line: "Psycholinguistics Job – (your full name)".

More information on the University of Toronto ( www.utoronto.ca) and the Department of Linguistics ( linguistics.utoronto.ca) can be found on their respective websites. Linguistics course descriptions are available atwww.artsandscience.utoronto.ca/ofr/calendar/crs_lin.htm.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
7 PhD positions - Research Consortium Language in Interaction - deadline 30 september 2014
Seven PhD Positions in Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction'

Maximum salary: € 2,664 gross/month
Closing date: 30 September 2014
For more information: www.languageininteraction.nl/jobs/id-2nd-phd-call-general.html

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

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

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

Click here for more information on the PhD positions and how to apply.
www.languageininteraction.nl/jobs/id-2nd-phd-call-general.html
3 tenure track positions - Dutch Research Consortium "Language in Interaction", various institutes in The Netherlands, deadline: October 15 2014
3 Tenure Track Positions - Dutch Research Consortium "Language in Interaction"

For more information: www.languageininteraction.nl/jobs/tenures-algemeen.html

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


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

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

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

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

More information on the three tenure track positions offered and how to apply can be found under this link:
www.languageininteraction.nl/jobs/tenures-algemeen.html
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:
www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AIS675/fully-funded-esrc-phd-studentship-in-language-acquisition/
www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AIS679/fully-funded-esrc-phd-studentship-in-referential-understanding-in-infants/

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: Bilingualism and Cognitive Aging 2015, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, 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:
Prof. Jubin Abutalebi – University Vita-Salute San Raffaele/ University of Hong Kong
Prof. Thomas Bak – University of Edinburgh
Prof. Ellen Bialystok – York University
Prof. Kees de Bot – University of Groningen
Prof. 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. Monika Schmid – University of Groningen / University of Essex
Prof. Mike Sharwood Smith – University of Edinburgh
Anna Pot MA – University of Groningen

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. In addition, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition is generously offering a poster prize for the best poster of the conference). 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. Further details about the conference and submission of proposals can be found on the conference website: www.bilingualismandcognitiveaging2015.org.

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: Conference 'Bilingualism and Cognitive Aging 2015', University of Groningen, January 28-30 2015, deadline: September 15 2014
Bilingualism and Cognitive Aging 2015
28-30 January 2015
University of Groningen, the Netherlands

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call for Papers

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

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

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

Aankondiging en oproep voor lezingen


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

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

Sprekers

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

Oproep voor lezingen

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

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

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

Inlichtingen

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

De congrescommissie:

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

Voor meer informatie zie ook:
www.fryske-akademy.nl/nl/aginda-aktueel/filologekongres-2014/
(also in English)
Call for proposals Anéla Applied Linguistics Conference 2015, Egmond aan Zee, May 22-23 2015, deadline: September 22 2014
CALL FOR PROPOSALS Anéla Applied Linguistics Conference 2015 (22/23 Mei, Egmond aan Zee)

We invite you to submit proposals for contributions in the form of a poster, presentation, paper or colloquium. The *extended* deadline for proposals is September 22, 2014. Please see this website for the submission-form: www.anela.nl/activiteiten/conferenties-nederland/abstract-indienen/
• Posters (on A0 paper size) are intended for one-to-one discussion of research in early stages or for presenting research with data that are best presented visually. Poster presenters will compete for the John Benjamins/Anéla poster prize.
• Presentations are intended to discuss advanced or finished research, in time slots of: 20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes discussion.
• Papers are meant for presenting finished research: a discussant and an audience read the full paper in advance. The researcher will give a 5 minute presentation, followed by a 25 minute peer-discussion. If your abstract is accepted, you will be asked to develop it into a full paper of max. 6000 words. Deadline full papers: January 5th 2015. Articles will be published in a (digital) conference volume.
• Colloquia (in 2-hour blocks) are used for discussing important themes in applied linguistics and consist of an introductory presentation, three regular presentations and optionally one or more posters. Each colloquium should form a coherent whole and should provide a basis for debate that is initiated by two discussants. Proposals for colloquia should be submitted as a whole, with titles, abstracts and keywords for each of the presentations.

Applied linguistics is here broadly defined as linguistics with an interest in social issues, and in the service of society. We therefore welcome contributions from all areas of applied linguistics, including:
• second language acquisition
• variational sociolinguistics and dialectology
• interactional sociolinguistics and conversation analysis
• discourse analysis
• cognitive linguistics
• psycholinguistics
• pragmatics
• linguistic ethnography
and dealing with a broad range of topics, including:
• language and education
• bilingualism and multilingualism
• intercultural communication
• literacy
• language planning and policy
• language contact and change
• language acquisition and attrition
• language assessment
• translation and interpretation
• computer mediated communication
• globalization and language
• diversity and inequality




Dr. Nivja de Jong | Assistant Professor Language and Communication | Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication | Utrecht University | Trans 10, kamer 0.54 | 3512 JK Utrecht | (030) 253 6150 | n.dejong(removeme)uu.nl | www.nivjadejong.nl
CFP ILinC 2014 - Interdisciplinary Linguistics Conference ‘Making a Difference: Language and Social Impact’, Queen’s University, Belfast, November 1 2014, deadline: September 20 2014.
ILinC 2014 - Interdisciplinary Linguistics Conference
‘Making a Difference: Language and Social Impact’
Saturday 1st November 2014
Queen’s University, Belfast

Call for Papers
Queen’s University Belfast is pleased to announce its Interdisciplinary Linguistics Conference 2014 (ILinC 2014), a postgraduate student-led venture organised by the School of English. This one-day symposium gives early career researchers the opportunity to exchange information about exploring language across all academic disciplines alongside academics in the field of linguistics and other local organizations implementing change through language. The event aims to bring together researchers from different academic divisions carrying out language studies in order to foster cross-disciplinary contact and encourage the development of new ideas in research.

This year’s conference theme is ‘Making a difference: language and social impact’. With this theme, we seek to explore the effects of language research and its value in implementing change in policy and informing individuals in areas such as justice, health, education and community development. We encourage the presentation of diverse methodologies, collaborative projects and research into previously neglected subject areas. Furthermore, the conference seeks to promote internationalisation by bringing together postgraduate students from across the globe and providing vital networking opportunities.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Dr Dominic Watt (Senior Lecturer in Forensic Speech Science at York University)
Linda Ervine (Irish Language Development Officer, EBM, Belfast)

Possible topics of paper proposals include, but are not limited to:
Corpus Linguistics
Critical Discourse Analysis
Forensic Linguistics
Language Policy
Literacy Development
Phonetics and Phonology
Sociolinguistics

Please submit your proposal via EasyAbs available linguistlist.org/easyabs/ilinc2014 by Friday 20th September, following the guidelines below:

1. Abstracts should be 300 words long (maximum) and clearly present a research question/objective, literature review, methodological approach, results and conclusions (without any subheadings).
2. Abstracts should be sent via the online facility in a DOC format, with a centralised title, in bold, and in capital letters. There is no need to include full references at the end of the abstract. Please avoid footnotes and any unusual symbols (such as phonetic transcription) that might be changed in electronic communication.
Key dates:
• Abstract submission deadline: 20th September
• Notification of reviewers’ decision: 30th September
• Presenters’ registration deadline: 15th October
• Conference: Saturday 1st November

For updated info about the conference, please visit:
• ILinC 2014 website: blogs.qub.ac.uk/ilinc2014
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/QUBILinC
• Twitter: twitter.com/ILinC2014
2nd Call for papers: 9th International Conference on Language and Automata Theory and Applications, Nice, France, March 2-6 2015, deadline: October 10 2015
9th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE AND AUTOMATA THEORY AND APPLICATIONS

LATA 2015

Nice, France

March 2-6, 2015

Organized by:

CNRS, I3S, UMR 7271
Nice Sophia Antipolis University

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

grammars.grlmc.com/lata2015/

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AIMS:

LATA is a conference series on theoretical computer science and its applications. Following the tradition of the diverse PhD training events in the field developed at Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona since 2002, LATA 2015 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career. It will aim at attracting contributions from classical theory fields as well as application areas.

VENUE:

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

SCOPE:

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

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

STRUCTURE:

LATA 2015 will consist of:

invited talks
invited tutorials
peer-reviewed contributions

INVITED SPEAKERS:

Paola Inverardi (L’Aquila), Synthesis of Protocol Adapters Johann A. Makowsky (Technion, Haifa), Hankel Matrices for Graph Parameters and Graph Grammars Giancarlo Mauri (Milano Bicocca), tba Andreas Podelski (Freiburg), Automated Program Verification Antonio Restivo (Palermo), The Shuffle Product: New Research Directions

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE:

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

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

Sébastien Autran (Nice)
Adrian Horia Dediu (Tarragona)
Enrico Formenti (Nice, co-chair)
Sandrine Julia (Nice)
Carlos Martķn-Vide (Tarragona, co-chair) Christophe Papazian (Nice) Julien Provillard (Nice) Pierre-Alain Scribot (Nice) Bianca Truthe (Giessen) Florentina Lilica Voicu (Tarragona)

SUBMISSIONS:

Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages (including eventual appendices, references, etc.) and should be prepared according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series (see www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0).

Submissions have to be uploaded to:

www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lata2015

PUBLICATIONS:

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

A special issue of the Journal of Computer and System Sciences (Elsevier, 2013 JCR impact factor: 1.0) will be later published containing peer-reviewed substantially extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation.

REGISTRATION:

The period for registration is open from July 21, 2014 to March 2, 2015. The registration form can be found at:

grammars.grlmc.com/lata2015/Registration.php

DEADLINES:

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

QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:

florentinalilica.voicu(removeme)urv.cat

POSTAL ADDRESS:

LATA 2015
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC) Rovira i Virgili University Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

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

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

Invited speakers:

Marcel den Dikken (City University of New York)

Harry van der Hulst (University of Connecticut)

Balįzs Surįnyi (RIL/HAS, Budapest)

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

Anonymous, maximally two-page abstracts including examples/illustrations and references
(with one-inch/2.5cm margins all around, in a font no smaller than 12pt, written in English)
should be submitted via EasyChair via the following link:
easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icsh12

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

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 October 2014.

Authors will be notified of acceptance by 15 January 2015.

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

The core program committee:

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

Further information will be posted on the conference website to be found here:
www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/research/conferences/upcoming-conferences/icsh12.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Venue: University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Website: www.fon.hum.uva.nl/SPLM

Emailaddress: splm-fgw(removeme)uva.nl
Call for Papers: LSRL 2015 Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, Sćo Paulo, Brazil, May 6-9 2015, deadline: October 25 2014
Please, visit the conference website at www.iel.unicamp.br/lsrl2015
Call for Papers Germanic Sandwich 2015, University of Nottingham, UK, April 24-25 2015, deadline: November 3 2014
A Germanic Sandwich 2015

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

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

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

Contact information
• Contact person: Alan Scott
• E-mail: alan.scott(removeme)nottingham.ac.uk
• Website: germanicsandwich2015.weebly.com/

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

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

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

www.cade-25.info

Submission deadlines:

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

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

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

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

Ulrich Furbach University of Koblenz
Edward Zalta Stanford University


CALL FOR WORKSHOPS

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

Please provide the following information in your application document:

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


CALL FOR TUTORIALS

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

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

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


CALL FOR SYSTEM COMPETITIONS

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

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

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


CALL FOR PAPERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html

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

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


IMPORTANT DATES

Workshop/Tutorials/System Competitions:

Submission deadline: 14 November 2014
Notification: 28 November 2014

Papers:

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

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


SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

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

easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cade25workshopstutor

Papers should be submitted via

easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cade25


CADE-25 ORGANIZERS

Conference Chair:
Christoph BenzmĆ¼ller Freie UniversitƤt Berlin

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

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

Publicity and Web Chair:
Julian Rƶder Freie UniversitƤt Berlin

Program Committee
Carlos Areces Universidad Nacional de CĆ³rdoba
Alessandro Armando University of Genova
Christoph BenzmĆ¼ller Freie UniversitƤt Berlin
Josh Berdine Microsoft Research
Jasmin Blanchette Technische UniversitƤt MĆ¼nchen
Marta Cialdea Mayer Universita di Roma Tre
Stephanie Delaune CNRS
Gilles Dowek Inria
Amy Felty University of Ottawa
Reiner HƤhnle Technical University of Darmstadt
Stefan Hetzl Vienna University of Technology
Marijn Heule The University of Texas at Austin
Nao Hirokawa JAIST
Ullrich Hustadt University of Liverpool
Deepak Kapur University of New Mexico
Gerwin Klein NICTA and UNSW
Laura KovĆcs Chalmers University of Technology
Carsten Lutz UniversitƤt Bremen
Assia Mahboubi Inria
Aart Middeldorp University of Innsbruck
Albert Oliveras Technical University of Catalonia
Nicolas Peltier CNRS
Brigitte Pientka McGill University
Ruzica Piskac Yale University
AndrƩ Platzer Carnegie Mellon University
Andrew Reynolds EPFL Lausanne
Christophe Ringeissen LORIA-INRIA
Renate Schmidt University of Manchester
Stephan Schulz DHBW Stuttgart
Georg Struth University of Sheffield
Geoff Sutcliffe University of Miami
Alwen Tiu Nanyang Technological University
Freek Wiedijk Radboud University Nijmegen
Call for papers - TBLT 2015, Leuven, Belgium, September 16-18 2015, deadline: January 10 2015
TBLT 2015 – Tasks for Real
16 – 18 September 2015
Leuven, Belgium
Call for papers
For its 10-year anniversary the TBLT conference is returning to Leuven, Belgium.
The organizers of the Sixth International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT 2015) are now accepting proposals that focus on meaningful tasks for language learning and assessment, both inside and outside the classroom.
More information about the conference can be found at www.tblt.org. You can submit your abstracts via www.tblt.org.The deadline for submissions is 10 January 2015 and notification of the review outcome is scheduled for February 2015.
You can subscribe and unsubscribe from this mailing list via www.tblt.org.
Best regards.

Kris Van den Branden
On behalf of the members of the International Consortium on TBLT
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Call for Nominations - Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship and Prize 2015-16, NIAS-Lorentz, deadline: October 15 2014
Call for Nominations - Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship and Prize 2015-16


Dear Colleague,

The NIAS-Lorentz Program promotes cutting-edge interdisciplinary research that brings together perspectives from the humanities and social sciences on the one hand and the natural sciences and technology on the other. Pivotal to this program is the understanding that important and exciting advances are to be expected through research at the interface of these scientific fields.

The two partners of the program, NIAS and the Lorentz Center, invite you to nominate one or more candidates for the Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship and Prize 2015-2016. Persons who may nominate include: rectors and deans of Dutch universities, members of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), chairs of the Young Academy (DJA) and the Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH), directors of KNAW, NWO and TNO institutes and directors of museums or industrial organizations with a research agenda.

Nominees are outstanding scientists with an excellent academic track record and the capacity to bring together researchers from various disciplines. The proposed fellowship project is firmly embedded within the Dutch scientific community and should address how the interdisciplinary approach will contribute to achieving the research goals. Evidence of societal impact is valued.

The Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship (DLF) and Prize is presented by the chair of the NIAS-Lorentz Advisory Board, Professor Sijbolt Noorda at a special ceremony in spring 2016. The winner receives:
• A € 10,000 personal prize
• A DLF Fellowship at NIAS of 5 to 10 months any time between 1 September 2015 and 30 June 2016. This includes a study, research facilities and on-campus residential accommodation (or travel expenses).
Replacement funds of up to €3,800 per fellowship month spent at NIAS may apply
• A one-week NIAS-Lorentz workshop at the Lorentz Center with full organizational support and a budget of € 20,000 for travel and hotel reimbursements.
A Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship nomination should contain the following documents:
• Nominator’s letter of recommendation
• Description of the intended fellowship project
• Outline of the NIAS-Lorentz workshop
• Curriculum Vitae with list of significant publications.
The deadline is 15 October 2014 for submission by email to nomination(removeme)nias.knaw.nl
For more information see Guidelines at the NIAS-Lorentz website www.nias-lorentz.nl/program.html or contact Petry Kievit-Tyson (070-5122725).

The winner is selected by the directors of NIAS and the Lorentz Center in consultation with the chair of the Advisory Board on the basis of evaluations by the NIAS-Lorentz Advisory Board and, if appropriate, external reviews. All nominations are treated with utmost confidentiality.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Paul Emmelkamp,
Rector NIAS
070-5122716
Wassenaar

Professor Arjen Doelman,
Director Lorentz Center
071-5275582
Leiden