April 17th, 2015

LOT Announcements / events
Registration for the LOT Summer School in Leuven is open until May 1st
The next LOT Summer School will take place June 15-26 2015, and will be hosted by the University of Leuven (Belgium).
Registration is open until May 1.

If affiliated to one of the eight LOT institutes, participation is free for all PhD-researchers and Research Master students who have finished at least two semesters of their program before the start of the school.

Post Doc researchers and PhD-researchers/Research Master students who are not affiliated to one of the LOT institutes: please check the General info on our website for the participation fee and other costs: www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2015_Summerschool_Leuven/.

Participants are encouraged to present their work during the weekly poster session. They may present a poster with original work, try-out their poster for an upcoming conference, or present a poster from a previous conference.

The schedule, registration form and other information can be found online: www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2015_Summerschool_Leuven/
Take a look at our Facebook page as well: www.facebook.com/LOTsummerschoolleuven.
Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen
Kennislink is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied: www.kennislink.nl/vakgebieden/taalwetenschappen


Tweetalige kinderen in Limburg niet belast door dialect
Kinderen die veel Limburgse dialectwoorden gebruiken, lijken daar geen hinder van te ondervinden. Voor hun Nederlandse woordenschat is het in ieder geval niet nadelig. Dat blijkt uit onderzoek onder tweetalige dialect-Nederlandssprekende kinderen in Limburg, uitgevoerd door de Universiteit van Maastricht en het Meertens Instituut.

Doven communiceren ook met woorden
Wanneer doven onderling gebarentaal gebruiken, voegen ze ook vaak gesproken woorden in. Deze zogenaamde ‘mouthings’ komen veel meer voor dan aanvankelijk werd gedacht. Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van Richard Bank, die een grote hoeveelheid spontane gesprekken uit het Corpus Nederlandse Gebarentaal analyseerde. Hij promoveerde op 30 januari aan de Radboud Universiteit.

Ballast in de taal?
Net als mensen slepen talen allerlei ballast met zich mee, die ze eigenlijk niet echt nodig hebben. Zoals het Nederlandse onderscheid tussen de en het. Sterre Leufkens onderzocht 22 verschillende talen uit diverse taalfamilies over de hele wereld en ontdekte dat er een groot verschil bestaat in ‘transparantie’.
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
Schedule Syntax Interface lectures January – June 2015, Utrecht University
Our Syntax Interface lectures continue in January 2015. We are looking forward to many interesting talks! The schedule is as follows. Please save the dates!

May 11: Emma Vanden Wyngaerd – Location: Utrecht University, Trans 8, room 0.19 (A.W. de Grootkamer)
June 1: Sjef Barbiers, Hans Bennis, Norbert Corver & Marjo van Koppen – Location: Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, room 1.06 (Ravesteijn)
June 8: Jenny Doetjes – Location: Utrecht University, Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06.

The meetings are on Mondays, from 15.30 till 17.00.

For more information about the lectures, please check our website ( uilotssyntaxif.wordpress.com/). Here you can sign up for our newsletter, in which we will publish the abstracts of the talks in due time.

We are looking to forward to seeing you at the lectures!

Kind regards,

The organisers
Syntax Interface lecture, Utrecht University, April 20 2015
Dear all,

This is to inform you that our next Syntax Interface lecture takes place Monday, 20/04/2015. Our speaker will be Will Harwood (KU Leuven) and the title of his talk is: ‘Being Progressive is Just a Phase: dividing the functional hierarchy’. The talk starts at 15:30 and takes place at Utrecht University, Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06 (Stijlkamer).

For abstract and details about the platform, please visit uilotssyntaxif.wordpress.com/.

We are looking forward to seeing you all Monday afternoon!

On behalf of the organization,
Jolien Scholten

Jolien Scholten | PhD-student | UiL-OTS | Universiteit Utrecht | Trans 10 | 3512 JK Utrecht | The Netherlands | Office Trans 8, room 2.24b | +31 30 253 6023 | j.scholten1(removeme)uu.nl
Language and Speech Colloquium on Language attrition, Radboud University, Nijmegen, April 22 2015
Language and Speech Colloquium
Radboud University Nijmegen

1. Mirjam Broersma PhD. (Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen)
Jiyoun Choi, PhD. (Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea; Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)
Wencui Zhou (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)
2. Dr. M.C.J. (Merel) Keijzer (Department of Applied Linguistics, University of Groningen, Groningen)
topic: Language attrition
time: Wednesday 22 April, 10:45 – 12:30
place: Erasmusplein 1 (Erasmus building), room E 1.41, Nijmegen

10.45h Do international adoptees really forget their first language? Perceiving and producing birth language phonology
Mirjam Broersma PhD. (Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen)
Jiyoun Choi, PhD. (Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea; Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen) Wencui Zhou (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)

Adults who were adopted during childhood and then had no further exposure to their first language generally do not seem to remember anything about that language, even if they spoke and understood it well at the time of adoption. Adopted children even seem to forget their first language within just a few years after adoption. This is remarkable, given the special status of the first language, which is very robust and usually not forgotten even after decades of disuse. We investigated whether international adoptees truly forget their first language, or whether traces of the ‘forgotten’ first language, in particular its phonology, remain and can be retrieved with re-exposure. Study 1 investigates children who were adopted from China only some years ago. Study 2 investigates adults who were adopted from Korea several decades ago. We studied perception and production of phonological contrasts from the birth language before and after extensive re-exposure to answer the question: is the forgotten first language of international adoptees truly forgotten?

11.30h A hole in my brain where my mother tongue used to be
Dr. M.C.J. (Merel) Keijzer (Department of Applied Linguistics, University of Groningen, Groningen)

The world is increasingly becoming a global village: large-scale international mobility has caused many people to reside in an environment where their mother tongue is not spoken, and where they subsequently have to acquire a new language. Over the past 40 years researchers have looked at the question what breaking with your first language environment and becoming immersed in a second language environment does to your mother tongue. Language attrition, as this non-pathological language erosion has been labeled, is now understood not to affect all language domains as fast or as severely (grammar is much more resilient to attrition than the lexicon, for instance). What we also know is that not all individuals are equally affected by attrition: while some individuals show great losses, the speech of others remains virtually untouched. Obvious variables such as how long someone has lived abroad or how much they continue to speak their mother tongue do not clearly predict the individual differences attested. In this presentation, I would like to propose a hypothesis that explains individual attrition patterns on the basis of the premise that ‘good learners are also good forgetters’. In other words, the best second language learners are those who tolerate changes to their first language. This hypothesis will be embedded in recent theoretical work in the field of attrition and the broader realm of cognitive and language control in bilinguals.
CLS colloquium, Nijmegen, April 23 2015
The next CLS colloquium will be on Thursday April 23, 2015. In this colloquium, Haike Jacobs from the PI group 'Languages in Transition Stages' will give a presentation.

Date: 23.034.2015
Time: 16:00
Place: E 2.50 (Erasmus building)

For more information, please visit:
ACLC seminar "Metaphor in Language and Communication", Amsterdam, april 24 2015
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal K.02

April 24 2015, 15.15-16.30 uur
Prof.dr Gerard Steen (ACLC/UvA)
Presenting the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam: Metaphor in Language and Communication

The abstract can be found on the ACLC website: aclc.uva.nl/news-and-events/events/aclc-smart-seminar/all-events/all-events/content-2/folder/2015/04/24-aclc-seminar-prof.-dr.-gerard-steen.html
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Current Issues of Linguistics (CIL) Conference, St.Petersburg, Russia, April 20-21 2015
The Fourth International Conference
“Current Issues of Linguistics (CIL)”
Russian Federation, Saint-Petersburg, Saint-Petersburg State Electrotechnical University (LETI), 20 - 21 April, 2015

The objective of the Fourth International CIL Conference is to provide its participants a platform to exchange the latest scientific information in the field of linguistics as well as to present their scientific and engineering developments and share their views on current issues of linguistics. Both professors and students are welcomed to present their papers on current issues of linguistics.
The CIL Conference 2015 is devoted to the following issues:
1. Theoretical issues of linguistics
• Theoretical and methodological issues of research in the field of: phonetics, phonology, morphology, lexicology, syntax, textology;
• Current issues of Cognitive linguistics, Comparative linguistics and Typological linguistics;
• Semantic research in linguistics;
• Current research in Functional linguistics;
• Intercultural communication as a linguistic issue.

2. Practical issues of linguistics
• Mathematical and Computational linguistics;
• The artificial language for “man-machine” and “man-man” systems creation prospects;
• Translation studies;
• Rhetorics and Speech Culture;
• Neurolinguistic and Pragmatic research of communication process;
• Foreign language and linguistic discipline teaching methods;
• Linguistic situation and language policy in the Baltic region.
We are glad to invite our participants to take part in a master-class devoted to professional issues of translating and interpreting during the second day of the CIL Conference 2015.

Conference Information

The 4th International Conference “Current Issues of Linguistics (CIL)” is organized by Foreign languages department of Saint Petersburg State Electrotechnical University (LETI).

The Organizing Committee
Head of the Organizing ?ommittee
Kutuzov Vladimir, Doctor of Engineering Science, Professor, Rector of ETU "LETI"
Vice-chairmen of the organizing committee
Gigauri Nina, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Humanities
Shumkov Andrey, Doctor of Linguistics, Professor, Head of the Department of Foreign Languages
Shulzhenko Tatiana, Associate Professor, Head of Linguistics
Members of the Organizing Committee
Preobrazhenskaya Olga, Ph.D, Associate Professor
Zhuravleva Olga, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Stepanova Natalia, Ph.D, Senior Lecturer
Official language
The official languages of the CIL Conference are Russian and English.
No registration fee is required
Abstracts and Applications
1. Authors are requested to submit their abstracts and application forms before the 10th of April 2015
2. The maximal volume of an abstract is estimated as 800 words (margins: 2 cm, type: Times New Roman 12 pt).
3. The abstracts and application forms are to be sent by e-mail to cilconf2015(removeme)gmail.com
Saint Petersburg State Electrotechnical University (LETI)
Russian Federation, Saint-Petersburg, Professor Popov str. 5
Postal address: Saint Petersburg State Electrotechnical University (LETI)
Professor Popov str. 5, St.Petersburg, 197376, RUSSIA
Tel/Fax: 7 (812) 2340478
E-mail: cilconf2015(removeme)gmail.com
Workshop “Measuring perception and learning in linguistic experiments”, Amsterdam, April 22 2015
“Measuring perception and learning in linguistic experiments”
workshop on the occasion of Karin Wanrooij’s doctoral dissertation defence

This workshop aims to highlight some current methodological issues in linguistic experimental research on perception and learning, and to provide published and unpublished insights that may help linguists to tap what they would like to measure.
You are all welcome to attend!

Practical information
Time: April 22, 2015 (the day before the defence)
Venue: Oudemanhuispoort room D1.09 (Address: Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, Amsterdam)
Attendance: Free, registration is not required
(but appreciated: karin.wanrooij(removeme)uva.nl)

Last updates and abstracts:
www.karinwanrooij.nl (click the bold, red “workshop”)

13:00 Welcome with coffee and tea
13:20 Opening
13:30 Karin Wanrooij (University of Amsterdam) Measuring distributional learning with brain responses in infants.
14:00 Judith Rispens (University of Amsterdam)
Investigating morphological processing within an implicit learning paradigm.
14:30 Sible Andringa (University of Amsterdam)
Assessing implicit and explicit learning in adult second language acquisition
15:00 Coffee and tea
15:30 Minna Huotilainen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Experiences from Helsinki in linguistic brain studies in infants and children.
16:00 Mirjam de Jonge (University of Amsterdam)
Why direction of change matters.
16:30 Closing
2nd Call for Papers: The Why Linguistics Conference, Tartu, Estonia, May 7-9 2015
2nd Call for Papers: The Why Linguistics Conference
May 7-9 2015, Tartu, Estonia
Extended submission deadline: February 22
For more details and a FAQ on potential topics, see whylinguistics.ut.ee

After decades of seemingly scattered research, the question of how linguistics fits into the bigger picture of the sciences and the world of knowledge in general has surfaced in connection with new methods and technological advances which deal with natural language and communication, attempt to simulate them, or use linguistic knowledge to interpret human behavior. This conference proposes a constructive take on the question 'Why?', as in, why are we doing what we are doing as linguists, and what is our contribution to knowledge? Or, equally well, what is the contribution of a particular domain of linguistics to other disciplines, and in turn, their contribution to linguistics? To what end do linguistics and any such neighboring fields of research or industry converge in their methods, results and problem setting? This is intended to be the binding theme of this otherwise highly interdisciplinary event. In order to approach these issues from a variety of angles, we invite papers on the subject of linguistics in and for:
- technology and engineering
- neuroscience, psychology, clinical applications
- endangered communities
- understanding human origins
- didactics and acquisition
- translation and terminology
- solving crimes
- understanding thinking and reasoning
- understanding society
- understanding human communication
Taking into account the interdisciplinary nature of the conference, participants are advised to give a brief overview in their presentation of the "what" and "how" of their research, but nevertheless focus on the "why". For researchers working in the applied and technical domains, the answer may be clear due to the inherently more action- or product-oriented nature of their research. However, we believe that open discussion on this topic is beneficial for the realization of the full potential of theoretical linguistic research and for the interaction of linguistics with other disciplines. Participants from the more applied fields of research should, therefore, put emphasis on the contribution of theoretical domains of linguistics from the point of view of their research, and conversely, representatives of the theoretical fields should point to the applicability of their research. Both positive and negative assessments are equally welcome, as in why we should or should not invest resources in any particular subdomain of linguistics, its methodology, or its application in another field of research or industry.
The working language of the conference is English. The abstract submission deadline is the 22nd of February. We have also composed a FAQ addressing potential topics, given the somewhat unusual theme of the conference; for more details, see whylinguistics.ut.ee

Invited Speakers:
Dylan Glynn (University of Paris 8)
Andrei Popescu-Belis (Idiap Research Institute; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL))
Mónica Tamariz (University of Edinburgh)

Scientific Committee:
Talis Bachmann (University of Tartu), Jack Chambers (University of Toronto), Jan Engberg (Aarhus University), Dirk Geeraerts (KU Leuven), Dylan Glynn (University of Paris 8), Heiki-Jaan Kaalep (University of Tartu), Päivi Kristiina Jokinen (University of Helsinki; University of Tartu), Elizabeth Lanza (University of Oslo), Kadri Muischnek (University of Tartu), Jurgis Pakerys (Vilnius University), Andrei Popescu-Belis (Idiap Research Institute; EPFL), Arvi Tavast (University of Tübingen; University of Tartu), Tiia Tulviste (University of Tartu), Graham Wilcock (University of Helsinki)
Workshop on Multilingualism and Executive Functioning, University of Amsterdam, May 12 2015
Invitation to workshop
on Multilingualism and Executive Functioning

May 12th, 2015
University of Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, BH004, 14.00-17.00

14.00 Room open with coffee
14.15 prof. Johanne Paradis (Alberta, CA)
Morphological acquisition in English second language children with and without specific language impairment
15.00 prof. Marie Therese Le Normand (Paris)
Phonological Short-Term Memory, Speaking rate and Verb Morphology in French children with SLI.
15.45 Break
16.00 prof. dr. Arve Asbjornsen (Bergen, Norway)
Statistical learning and language impairments

Due to limited capacity please register with prof. Anne Baker (a.e.baker(removeme)uva.nl)

Morphological acquisition in English second language children with and without specific language impairment
Johanne Paradis
University of Alberta, CA
Profound difficulty with tense morphology is widely regarded as a clinical marker of SLI in monolingual English-speaking children, but it is less well understood if tense also functions as a clinical marker in bilingual children who speak English as a L2. Because typically developing (TD) children in the process of learning English as a L2 make morphological errors, their linguistic profiles overlap with those of children with SLI, thus raising the question of whether morphological acquisition in L2 with TD is distinct from L2 with SLI. In order to better understand whether tense acquisition is a clinical marker among bilingual speakers, studies of English L2 children with and without SLI will be presented that touch on the following topics: (1) Rates and patterns of L2 morphological acquisition in children with TD and SLI: How different are they? (2) Sources of individual differences in morphological acquisition for TD and SLI: Do they acquire morphology differently? (3) Long-term outcomes with L2 morphology: Do children with SLI have a distinct profile?

Phonological Short-Term Memory, Speaking rate and Verb Morphology in French children with SLI.
Marie Therese Le Normand,
INSERM & Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, F
The main aim of the talk is to determine whether speaking rate is a better predictor of verb morphology than phonological short-term memory in French children with SLI. It is predicted that speaking rate in spontaneous speech is more representative of other language abilities than non-word-repetition, which is heavily influenced by phonological short-term memory, in particular by syllable length. In order to investigate this hypothesis, the performance on repetition tasks including lists of non-words, was compared in two groups of 28 children (14 children with SLI matched to 14 children with typical development, aged from 8 to 12). Verb morphology and speaking rate were tested on the basis of spontaneous speech samples elicited by the frog story. Speech samples analyses used KidEval from CHILDES to measure verb morphology and an automated script from Praat to measure speaking rate. Results show that performance on phonological short term memory was correlated with all verb morphological markers, but speaking rate predicted variance in verb morphological markers to a greater extent than non-words. Implications of these findings for differential diagnosis, for the establishment of phenotypes in SLI, and other developmental language disorders are discussed.

Statistical learning and language impairments
Arve Asbjornsen
University of Bergen, NO
In this talk I will discuss some fundamental assumptions of the statistical learning paradigm, and also discuss some relevant research findings, leading to an attempt to use principles of statistical learning as tools for designing therapy and remedial teaching of language impairments.
Statistical learning is about our ability to detect pattens in the environment surrounding us, where our brain will process information about frequency of appearance and probabilities of co-occurancies as tools for establishing these patterns. An increasing research literature show that statistical learning can explain several relevant phenomena in language acquisition like acquisition of word bounderies, grammatical constructs of adjacent and non-adjecent contingencies, and also semantics. Outcome of statistical learning depend on variability and complexity of the stimuli applied, and also on consolidation conditions. Language impaired children have been found to also be impaired in statistical learning, and variation in language abilities can be explained by variance in statistical learning.
Studies on word segmentation and grammatical constructs including adjacent and non-adjacent contingencies show better learning outcome with increased variability and fewer repetitions as compared to low variability and an increased number of repetition. Similar results have been reported for first and for second language learners, although second language learners could experience both advantages and disadvantages from their first language.
It will be argued that statistical learning has a potential to combine knowledge from language acquisition research with established theories of learning.
PhDs in Logic VII, Vienna, Austria, May 14-16 2015
PhDs in Logic VII

May 14-16th, 2015



PhDs in Logic is an annual graduate conference in logic. Each year we
invite four established researchers in various branches of logic to do a
tutorial on their work in two 45-minute sessions. We also give PhD
students the opportunity to do a twenty-minute presentation on their
own work or an overview of some topic in their field.

The conference includes the following tutorial speakers.

Thomas Eiter (Vienna University of Technology)
Michael Moortgat (Universiteit Utrecht)
Revantha Ramanayake (Vienna University of Technology)
Uli Sattler (University of Manchester)
Torsten Schaub (University Potsdam)

PhD students in logic with a background in philosophy, computer science,
mathematics or linguistics are the intended audience for these
tutorials. We welcome students to participate in PhDs in Logic VII. We also
invite master students in logic, first year postdocs, and logicians from
disciplines other than philosophy, computer science, mathematics and
linguistics to apply.

Registration is free of charge. Participants can register on our website at
phdsinlogic.logic-cs.at, until April 24, 2015. In case you have any
questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via phdsinlogic(removeme)gmail.com.

Organizing Committee: Ronald de Haan, Martin Kronegger.?

Scientific Committee: Agata Ciabattoni, Jan van Eijck, Chris Fermüller,
Nina Gierasimczuk, Martin Goldstern, Thomas Icard, Eric Pacuit,
Jakub Szymanik, Anna Zamansky.

Advisory Board: Stefan Szeider, Helmut Veith.

Sponsors: Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms, Doctoral Program
Logical Methods in Computer Science.
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!
12th International Conference on the Structure of Hungarian (ICSH12The 12th International Conference on the Structure of Hungarian (ICSH12), Leiden University, The Netherlands, May 22-23 2015
The program of the event is to be found on the following page:

Those planning to attend are kindly requested to send an email to organizer Anikó Liptak (A.Liptak(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl)
Anéla Conferentie Toegepaste Taalwetenschap 2015, Egmond aan Zee, 22-23 mei 2015
Registratie Anéla Conferentie 22/23 Mei 2015 is open ('early bird' tot 7 april)

Kijk op www.anela.nl/activiteiten/conferenties-nederland/ en registreer vóór 7 april 2015 om gebruik te maken van het 'early bird' tarief. De lijst met presentaties is ook online, inclusief abstracts van de drie keynote speakers.
Lexicom 2015, Tel?, Czech Republic, June 8-12 2015
Workshop in Lexicography, Corpus Linguistics and Lexical Computing
Tel?, Czech Republic
June 8th-12th 2015

Lexicom is a five-day intensive workshop created by the Lexicography MasterClass. Seminars on theoretical issues alternate with hands-on work at the computer. Working in small groups or individually, you will learn how to create dictionaries and other lexical resources, from the preparation of corpora to the planning, design and writing of entries. This is the workshop's fifteenth year and we now have over 380 graduates, from all parts of the world: reviews of previous events can be found here.
It will be led by Michael Rundell, Miloš Jakubķ?ek, Adam Kilgarriff and Vojt?ch Kovį?

For more details and registration form see www.lexmasterclass.com/lexicom-telc-2015/
2nd Call for Proposals: DHBenelux Conference, University of Antwerp, June 8-9 2015
Second Call for Proposals: DHBenelux Conference, 8 & 9 June 2015, University of Antwerp

To all our colleagues in the humanities and digital humanities,

On 8 and 9 June 2015, the second DHBenelux conference will take place. The DHBenelux conference is a young initiative that strives to further the dissemination of, and collaboration between Digital Humanities projects in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg by hosting an annual conference in various institutions throughout these countries. The conference serves as a platform for the fast growing community of DH researchers to meet, present and discuss their latest research results and to demonstrate tools and projects.

The first DHBenelux conference took place in The Hague (The Netherlands) in 2014 and was a great success, attracting an audience of over 160 participants with a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, coming from a variety of different countries (including but not limited to the Benelux). In 2015 the conference aspires to welcome an even larger and more diverse audience.

NB: In line with the community building principles of Digital Humanities, we have attempted to tend more to gender balance and geographical spread within the Program Committee, which is the reason the PC has seen some additions with regard to the conference’s first CfP.

= Conference, Program, Venue =
The DHBenelux 2015 conference will be proudly hosted by the University of Antwerp. The conference will take place on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 June 2015 at the University of Antwerp campus.

The DHBenelux conference welcomes contributions and participants from all areas of research and teaching in Digital Humanities. While the conference has a focus on recent advances in Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg, we do warmly welcome contributions from outside the Benelux. The language of the conference is international English. We hope that we may welcome many scholars to the European scientific meeting platform that DHBenelux will constitute in summer 2015 for the Digital Humanities.

The conference program will offer oral presentations, project presentations, poster sessions, and a demo space. Our first confirmed keynote speaker will be William Noel ( www.willnoel.com/), Director of The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania.

= Call =
We now invite submissions of abstracts on any aspect of digital humanities: practical experimentation, thorough theorizing, cross- and multidisciplinary work, new and relevant developments. Relevant subjects can be any of—but are not limited to—the following:

- Digital media, digitization, curation of digital objects
- Software studies, modeling, information design
- Text mining, data mining, big data & small data
- Design and application of algorithms and analyses
- Application of digital technology in literary, linguistic, cultural, and historical studies
- Critical study of digital arts, architecture, music, film, theatre, new media, digital games
- Social and economic aspects of digitality and digital humanities
- Stylometry, topic modeling, sentiment mining and other digital techniques
- Interfaces, augmented reality, serious gaming
- Pedagogy, teaching, and dissemination of digital humanities

We particularly encourage PhD students and junior researchers to submit abstracts. Note that this call is not limited to researchers in the Benelux. Anyone can submit an abstract.

Proposal should be at least 250 words, not exceeding 500 words. References and/or bibliography, recommended but not obligatory, are excluded from the word count. Proposals may contain graphics and illustrations. Proposals and abstracts should clearly state the title and name and affiliation of the authors and presenters. Also indicate for which category (or categories) of presentation you are submitting your proposal. Presentation categories are:

* Paper
Oral presentations on papers will be given 15 minutes presentation time and 5 minutes for Q&A. Oral presentations are well suited for presenting research methods and results, concise theoretical argument, reporting on ongoing research, project presentations, and presenting intermediate finds or theory development.

* Poster
Posters are particularly suited for detailed technical explanations and clarifications, and for the show and tell of projects and research alike. A two hour poster session is scheduled, posters may be put up for display during the entire conference.

* Demonstration
For demonstrating prototypes, finished software, hardware technology, tools, datasets, digital publications and so forth a 'market place' will be organized.

* Panel
If a group of researchers wishes to highlight and discuss different aspects of a larger topic in Digital Humanities together with the audience, they may propose to organize a panel. A panel session takes one hour, and will be chaired by one of the panelists — who will be responsible for finding a good balance between presentation and discussion. To apply for a panel, please submit your proposal as an 'oral presentation', and make it clear that you wish to organize a panel in the abstract.

Proposals may combine two presentation modes, e.g. to support the theory detailed in a paper presentation with a practical demonstration on the demo market place. Combined presentations should either consist of a paper plus demonstration, or a paper and poster. In the interest of planning we ask authors to be very careful in indicating chosen combinations of presentation modes.

To submit your proposal, please use the EasyChair facility that we have put online at: easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dhbenelux2015.

= Important dates =
Deadline for submitting abstracts: Sunday 1 March 2015, 23:59 CET.
Notification of acceptance: Sunday 15 March 2015.
Deadline for revised abstracts: Wednesday 1 April 2015.

= More information =
Please check our website at dhbenelux.org/ for further details that will become available running up to the conference. Any additional questions and inquiries can be sent to Elli Bleeker (elli.bleeker(removeme)uantwerpen.be).

We look forward to welcoming you all in Antwerp!

Kind regards,
On behalf of the conference organizers and the program committee
--Joris van Zundert (Program Chair)

Conference Organizers:
- Elli Bleeker, University of Antwerp.
- Thomas Crombez, Royal Academy of Fine Arts & University of Antwerp.
- Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp.
- Katrien Deroo, Ghent University.
- Wout Dillen, University of Antwerp.
- Aodhįn Kelly, University of Antwerp.
- Mike Kestemont, University of Antwerp.
- Saskia Scheltjens, Ghent University.
- Joris J. van Zundert, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands.
- Ben Verhoeven, University of Antwerp.
- Dirk Van Hulle, University of Antwerp.

Program Committee (includes members of Organizing Committee):
- Joris J. van Zundert (Chair), Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
- Marijn Koolen (Vice Chair), University of Amsterdam
- Florentina Armaselu, CVCE Luxembourg
- Paul Bertrand, Université Catholique de Louvain
- Rens Bod, University of Amsterdam
- Barbara Bordalejo, KULeuven
- Steven Claeyssens, Royal Library, The Hague
- Sally Chambers, Ghent University
- Seza Do?ruöz, Tilburg University
- Seth Van Hooland, Université Libre de Bruxelles
- Catherine Emma Jones, CVCE Luxembourg
- Folgert Karsdorp, Meertens Institute
- Anne Roekens, Université de Namur
- Els Stronks, Utrecht University
- Karina van Dalen-Oskam, University of Amsterdam & Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
- Antal van den Bosch, Radboud University Nijmegen
- Nicoline van der Sijs, Radboud University Nijmegen
- Christophe Verbruggen, Ghent University
- Lars Wieneke, CVCE Luxembourg
Workshop “Revitalizing older linguistic documentation” (ROLD), ACLC Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 11 2015
Workshop VIth International Meeting
of the ACLC Research group
“Revitalising older linguistic documentation” (ROLD)
June 11th, 2015
Bungehuis, room 015, Spuistraat 210
1012 VT Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Otto Zwartjes (Universiteit van Amsterdam, ACLC)
Astrid-Alexander Bakkerus (Universiteit van Amsterdam, ACLC)

8.45- 9.00 Opening. Otto Zwartjes (University of Amsterdam, ACLC)

1. Asia, Africa, Caribean

9.00 – 9.25
Anna Pytlowany (University of Amsterdam/ ACLC)
“The story of VOC linguistics as told by paper, ink, and sand”

9.25- 9.50
Cefas van Rossem (Olympus College, Department of Linguistics, Radboud University)
“Numbers to indicate change of word order in Negerhollands manuscripts”

Liesbeth Zack (University of Amsterdam/ ACLC)
“The description of Egyptian Arabic in Martin Hartmann’s Arabischer Sprachführer für Reisende (1881)”

2. Asia, Mesoamerica, South America: Lexicography

Sabine Dedenbach-Salazar Sįenz (University of Stirling)
“Recontextualising the sacraments: Diego Gonzįlez Holguķn's construction of a Christian vocabulary in colonial Peru”

10.40-11.10 Coffee break

Gonēalo Fernandes (Asia) (Universidade de Trįs-os-Montes e Alto Douro)
“First list of Malayalam words at the end of 15th century by Įlvaro Velho (fl. 1497/1507)”

Rebeca Fernįndez Rodrķguez (Asia, Pacific, North America, South America) (Universidade de Trįs-os-Montes e Alto Douro)
“What´s 'basic vocabulary' in missionaries and expeditionaries' lexical compilations?”

Esther Hernįndez (Mesoamerica) (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientķficas, Madrid)
“Los vocabularios coloniales de la lengua quiché”

12.25-12.50 Frauke Sachse (Mesoamerica) (Universität Bonn)
“Reviving Words: Methodological Implications for Digital Corpus Building of Colonial K'iche' Dictionaries”

12.50-13.50 Lunch

Martina Schrader-Kniffki (Mesoamerica) (Johannes-Gutenberg Universität, Mainz/ Germersheim)
“Concepto y didįctica de la lengua en el Bvcabulario de la lengua castellana y zapoteca nexitza (1696)”

3. Mesoamerica, South America

Pilar Mįynez (Mesoamerica) (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Estudios Superiores de Acatlįn)
“Sahagśn y la traducción de un mundo nuevo: el cruce de dos realidades”

Rita Eloranta (Leiden University)
“Nominal possession system in Mochica”

Katja Hannß (University of Cologne, Institute of Linguistics)
“Possible language contacts of Pukina”

15.30-16.00 Tea

Kātia Pessoa (UNICAMP, Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem, Campinas, Brasil)
“Grammar Notes on Botocudo Tales from Manizer”

Roxana Sarion (University of Amsterdam, ACLC)
“Nominal case marking in the language of Cumanį: a diachronic overview from the 17th century”

Toon van Hal (KU Leuven) (?)

Otto Zwartjes (University of Amsterdam, ACLC)

17.40-17.55 Closing remarks
Workshop on Comparative and Superlative constructions: typology and diachrony, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 16-17 2015
Workshop on Comparative and Superlative constructions: typology and diachrony

Date: 16-17 June 2015
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Convenors: Prof. Lourens de Vries (VU University Amsterdam) and Katarzyna Wojtylak, MPhil (Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University).

Call deadline: April 1, 2015

Meeting Description:

VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Language and Culture Research Centre (Australia) are pleased to announce a special workshop on Comparative and Superlative Constructions, to be held at the VU University in Amsterdam, 16-17 June 2015.

The term ‘comparative construction’ is defined in the literature as a way of comparing two participants (objects) with regard to a certain kind of property (Dixon 2008; Heine 2003; Stassen 1985, 2011). Consider the English example in (1) (after Dixon 2008):

(1) John is more handsome than Felix.

In Dixon’s (2008) terminology, the prototypical comparative construction scheme in the English example in (1) consists of:

- the COMPAREE (that which is being compared) - ‘John’,
- the STANDARD of comparison (what the comparee is being compared against) - ‘Felix’,
- the PARAMETER of comparison (the property of comparison) - ‘handsome’,
- the INDEX of comparison - ‘more’ (or -er as in ‘tall-er’),
- the MARK of grammatical function of the Standard - ‘than’.

Of course, many languages have comparative constructions unlike those in English, from serial verb constructions that include verbs of exceeding or surpassing to various types of conventionalized bi-clausal constructions. Cross-linguistically, it is not uncommon to find a range of comparative constructions in one language. But in some linguistic areas, such as New Guinea, one frequently finds no dedicated, grammaticalized forms of comparison. Instead, comparative and superlative readings are contextually inferred from the use of intensifiers with adjectives. Or speakers use comparative strategies that heavily rely on contextual implications of juxtaposed utterances of type (2). If there is some grammatical coding, languages in this area tend to leave key elements of the comparison implicit, especially standards.

(2) John is big. Harry is not.

There are indications that comparative constructions have a relatively high degree of borrowability and potential to diffuse. In linguistic areas traditionally poor in dedicate comparative constructions, dominant languages of wider communication may supply speakers of minority languages with grammatical models through calquing (Dixon 2012: 371, e.g. Malay, Turkish, English models).

In this workshop, we will examine comparative constructions from a cross-linguistic perspective. By paying attention to lesser studied languages and language families, we aim to explore the morphological, syntactic and semantic properties of comparative constructions, as well as to address the question of their diachronic origins and borrowability. Our point of departure is, but is not restricted to, Dixon’s (2008) seminal work on the typology of comparative constructions. In particular, participants should consider the following questions (see Dixon 2012:372 for details):

- Is there a ‘dedicated’ comparative construction? If so, what type(s) is it? If not, does the language have other means of expressing comparison (comparative strategy)?
- If there are several means for expressing comparison, what are factors conditioning their uses?
- What is the form and structure of individual elements of the comparative construction/strategy (comparee, standard, parameter, index, mark)?
- What is their syntactic status (core, peripheral arguments)? Are they overtly marked?
- What are their semantics?
- What type of clause construction do they involve (e.g. copula clause, verbless clause)?
- How is a statement of equivalence (‘the same as’) achieved?
- Is there superlative (‘the best’)? If so, is it shown in a similar or different fashion to comparative construction?
- What types of intensifiers (augmentative, diminutive) are used in the language’s comparative constructions (if any)?
- Are there any inherently comparative lexemes (e.g. ‘prefer’)?
- Is there any indication for a possible diachronic origin of the comparative construction/strategy (e.g. language contact)?
- Are there signs of calquing or other patterns of diffusion of comparative constructions?

Call for Papers

Submission of abstracts: April 1, 2015
Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2015

We invite papers analyzing data from a wide range of languages, language families and linguistic areas. Lesser studied languages, data on superlative expressions and borrowability/areal factors are of special interest. We place emphasis on work that has a sound empirical basis but also shows a firm theoretical orientation (in terms of general typological theory). Presentations will consist of 45-minute sessions, of which 30 minutes should be for the presentation and 15 minutes for discussion time. The format of the workshop is an informal, low-budget, get-together workshop to exchange data and perspectives. There is no registration fee.

Interested presenters are invited to submit abstracts of maximally 500 words to Katarzyna Wojtylak [kasia.wojtylak(removeme)my.jcu.edu.au]. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by May 1, 2015.

Dixon, R. M. W. (2008). Comparative constructions: a cross-linguistic typology. Studies in Language, 32(4), 787-817.
Dixon, R. M. W. (2012). Basic Linguistic Theory: Further Grammatical Topics (Vol. III). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Heine, B. (2003). Comparative constructions in Africa: An areal dimension. Annual Publications in African Linguistics, 1, 47-68.
Stassen, L. (1985). Comparison and universal grammar. Oxford: Blackwell.
Stassen, L. (2011). Comparative Constructions. In M. S. Dryer & M. Haspelmath (Eds.), The World Atlas of Language Structures Online. Munich: Max Planck Digital Library, chapter 121.
Italian Dialect Meeting 2015 and CIDSM X, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, June 22-24 2015
We are happy to announce that the next
will be held at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics on June 22-24, 2015.

The study of Italian dialects has gained more and more importance over the last few years. This meeting wishes to bring together linguists from diverse theoretical frameworks working on any aspect of Italian dialects.
The conference will be complemented by a roundtable on the status of Italian dialectological studies, which will aim at answering the following questions: Where are we headed? What have we achieved and what is still missing?

Students are particularly encouraged to apply and should indicate their status on the abstract. Slots will be reserved for students, to give them the opportunity to present their research to an audience of specialists.
The conference languages are English, Italian and Dutch.

Siamo lieti di annunciare che
sarą ospitato dal Leiden University Centre for Linguistics dal 22 al 24 giugno 2015.

Lo studio dei dialetti italiani ha assunto un rilievo sempre maggiore in ambito linguistico internazionale. Questo convegno si prefigge di ospitare una piattaforma di discussione e scambio tra dialettologi italiani appartenenti a scuole di pensiero diverse, allo scopo di integrare descrizione e teoria dei fenomeni studiati.

Il convegno sarą concluso da una tavola rotonda sullo stato degli studi dialettologici italiani, durante la quale si dibatterą su quello che si č raggiunto e quello che c’č ancora da capire e da fare per gli studi di dialettologia.

Gli studenti avranno degli spazi a loro riservati nel programma, e sono particolarmente incoraggiati a presentare il proprio lavoro, indicando lo stato di studenti sull’abstract.
Le lingue ufficiali del convegno sono l’italiano e l’inglese

Tullio De Mauro
Gabriele Iannąccaro
Michele Loporcaro
Gianna Marcato
Joan Mascaró
Ian Roberts
Michela Russo

Abstracts on all areas of Italian dialectological studies will be considered for presentation. There will also be a poster session. If you prefer to submit your abstract only for the poster session, please indicate that on the abstract.
Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks, plus 10 for questions (or for the poster session). Each author can send maximum two abstracts, single-authored or joint.

Abstracts should reach us no later than February 28, 2015. Speakers will be notified of the results of their abstract review by March 31, 2015.

Authors are asked to submit their abstracts via EasyAbstracts at the following link: .
The abstracts should include the title but not author name(s). Abstracts should be no more than two pages in length (including examples and references), in 12-point type.

Practical info, registration, program:
email: dialetti(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Si invitano proposte di relazioni, sotto forma di riassunto anonimo, su ogni aspetto della dialettologia italiana. Č prevista anche una sessione dedicata ai poster. Se si desidera presentare un poster ma non essere considerati per la presentazione orale lo si specifichi sulla proposta.
Le presentazioni avranno durata di 20 minuti, pił 10 minuti per le domande.
Ciascun autore puņ presentare al massimo due proposte (individuali o insieme ad altri autori).

I riassunti dovranno essere inviati entro e non oltre il 28 febbraio 2015. La decisione della commissione selezionatrice verrą notificata entro il 31 marzo.

I riassunti vanno inviati in forma anonima (senza quindi indicare il proprio nome o la propria affiliazione nel testo) attraverso Easy Abstract, a questo link:.
Le proprie generalitą vanno indicate nelle pagine dedicate di Easy Abstract.
I riassunti dovranno avere una lunghezza massima di due pagine, inclusi esempi e riferimenti bibliografici, con carattere 12. Poiché le proposte verranno giudicati da una commissione esterna, si prega di non limitarsi ad indicare solo l’argomento che si intende trattare, ma di spiegare al meglio la proposta di analisi, in modo da offrire un quadro esauriente ai selezionatori.

Per informazioni pratiche, registrazione, programma:
email: dialetti(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl

Roberta D’Alessandro, Claudio Di Felice, Irene Franco, Adam Ledgeway, Borana Lushaj, Loredana Manni, Laura Migliori, Nina Ouddeken, Giuseppe Torcolacci, Edoardo Cavirani
8th Annual International Conference on Languages & Linguistics, Athens, Greece, July 6-9 2015
Dear Colleague,

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), a world association of academics and researchers, organizes its 8th Annual International Conference on Languages & Linguistics, 6-9 July 2015, Athens, Greece. Please submit a 300-word abstract before 8 December 2014, by email (atiner(removeme)atiner.com), addressed to Dr. George Poulos, Vice-President of Research, ATINER & Emeritus Professor, University of South Africa, South Africa or Dr. Gilda Socarras, Head, Languages & Linguistics Research Unit, ATINER & Associate Professor, Auburn University, USA. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.

Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (gregory.papanikos(removeme)stir.ac.uk).
International Academy for CA (IACA16), Groningen, The Netherlands, July 11-14 2016
With the support of ISCA (the International Society for Conversation Analysis), the Language and Social Interaction group of the University of Groningen will organize the first
International Academy for Conversation Analysis (IACA16)
July 11 – 14, 2016, in Groningen, The Netherlands

IACA16 will take place in between two ICCA-conferences (2014 and 2018) and will focus on the research process rather than on research output. The academy is meant for CA researchers in all career stages, including PhD students. It will offer members of the CA community an environment to learn from each other about analytical choices, modes of analytical reasoning, and the different technologies that may support CA research.

The programme comprises four 4-day workshops on the following topics:
(i) ‘Interaction Organization’: Geoffrey Raymond on sequence organization
(ii) ‘Actions and Activities’: Paul Drew & Merran Toerien on action formation
(iii) ‘Practices’: Lorenza Mondada on embodiment
(iv) ‘Contexts’: Jeffrey Robinson on medical interaction
and two plenary lectures:
John Heritage on the future of CA: questions to be asked and methods to be used

Elisabeth Couper-Kuhlen on Interactional Linguistics: its achievements and its future

Registration will open on October 1 and close on October 15, 2015.

Please visit the website www.iaca16.nl
Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics 2015, Leiden, The Netherlands, July 13-24 2015
We are happy to announce that the programme of the 10th edition of the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics is now online. The Summer School, for students and PhD candidates, will be held from Monday 13 July up to and including Friday 24 July at the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University (the Netherlands).

This year the Summer School will consist of nine programmes and two special programmes, most of them containing three four courses of which you can choose. Of course you can combine all courses of all programmes into your own special programme. All courses are taught by internationally renowned specialists.
• Indo-European Programme I
• Indo-European Programme II
•?Papryology Programme
•?Germanic programme
• Iranian Programme
• Indological Programme
• Descriptive Programme
• Semitic Programme
• Russian Programme
• Specials I
• Specials II

For more information on the courses and on how to register, visit our website: hum.leiden.edu/summerschool/

We are looking forward to seeing you in Leiden!

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

Contact: summerschool(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl
NYI XIII, St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture, Russia, July 13-31 2015
Announcing NYI XIII — the 13th annual session of the NY - St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture,
July 13-31, St. Petersburg

NYI is a 3-week international educational program for undergraduate and graduate students, scholars and researchers from all over the world interested in Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Critical Cultural Studies. Students take interdisciplinary seminars from visiting faculty in a range of fields in the humanities and social sciences. All seminars are in English. Seminars are supplemented by general lectures, mini-conferences and a film series.

2015 NYI Faculty

John Frederick Bailyn (Stony Brook) Russian Syntax, Cognitive Science
Asma Barlas (Ithaca College) Race and Gender, Islam and the West
Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut) Morphology and Syntax
Polly Gannon (St. Petersburg) Poetry, Literature, Film
Sabine Iatridou (MIT) Syntax, Formal Semantics
Dijana Jelača (St. John's College) Cultural and Cinema Studies
Konstantine Klioutchkine (Pomona College) Comparative Media Studies
Bradley Larson (Harvard) Theoretical Syntax
Barbara LeSavoy (College at Brockport, SUNY) Women's and Gender Studies
Evie Malaia (University of Texas) Computational and Experimental Linguistics
Derek Maus (SUNY Potsdam) Comparative Literature, Satirical Literature
Ulises Mejias (SUNY Oswego) Critical Media Studies
Donna Jo Napoli (Swarthmore College) Sign Language, Children's Literacy
Roumyana Pancheva (U. of Southern California) Formal Semantics, Syntax
Philippe Schlenker (I.Jean-Nicod at l'École Normale Supérieure and New York U.)
Cognitive Science, Sign Language Linguistics
Sergei Tatevosov (Moscow State University) Formal Semantics
Mitja Velikonja (U. of Ljubljana, Slovenia) Critical Cultural Studies, Balkan Studies,
Cultural Sociology
Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut) Theoretical Syntax
others to be announced shortly.

TO APPLY: www.nyi.spb.ru/application
• NEW! Scholarships available for Russian students. Details will be announced on our website
• US and Canadian students can receive 3-9 transferrable credits through Stony Brook University's Study Abroad office.
• European students can receive 2-8 ECTS credits
• Application deadline: May 15 for students needing visas, May 30 for others.
• Successful applications received between March 1 and April 15 receive a discount


See you in July!

John F. Bailyn, Stony Brook
Anna A. Maslennikova, St. Petersburg
NYI co-Directors
9th HiSoN Summer School in Historical Sociolinguistics, Greece, August 1-8 2015
Registration is now open for the
> 9th HiSoN Summer School in Historical Sociolinguistics
> 1–8 August, 2015
> Metochi, Kalloni, Lesbos, Greece
> The ninth Summer School organised by the Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN) will offer classes by leading experts on modern and historical sociolinguists. The venue is the University of Agder’s Metochi study centre, a former monastery on the Greek island of Lesbos.
> The Summer School lasts for one week and classes will take place in the morning and early evening. You will have the opportunity to present your own research at a special session. There is space for only 40 (post)graduate students and young (at heart!) researchers so you are advised to book early.
> Our teachers and courses in 2015 will be
> Peter Trudgill (Agder) on the Historical sociolinguistics of the
> spread of native English: 315-2015 AD Andreas Jucker (Zürich) on the
> Emergence of politeness in the history of English: Evidence from
> literary sources Jan-Terje Faarlund (Oslo) on the North Germanic
> character of Middle and Modern English Alexandra Lenz (Vienna) on
> Sociolinguistic perspectives on semantic variation and change Nils
> Langer (Bristol) on Invisible languages in the 19th century Rita
> Marquilhas (Lisbon) on Portuguese and Spanish data and the historical
> sociolinguistic approach Julia de Bres (Luxembourg) on Language
> policies targeting attitudes towards minority languages
> The school will last for one week and will cost 600 euro (if registered by May 1st or 750 euro, if you register thereafter), which includes accommodation, three meals per day, tuition, and an excursion.
> Students are accepted on a strict first come – first served basis, so secure your place and register now!
> For further information and registration, visit
> hum.leiden.edu/lucl/hison-summer-school-2015/
> hison-2015(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl
6th Sociolinguistics Summer School, Dublin, Ireland, August 4-7 2015
We are writing to inform you that the 6th Sociolinguistics Summer School will be taking place in Trinity College Dublin 4th-7th of August 2015 in the Trinity Long Room Hub. On behalf of the 6th Sociolinguistics Summer School Committee, we would like to invite linguistics students to attend and participate in this year’s Summer School (early bird registration fee € 55 until May 31st / full registration fee € 75 thereafter) . While we normally encourage postgraduate students to participate, we acknowledge the contribution made by undergraduate students, particularly as regards to the poster presentations.

This year’s Sociolinguistics Summer School will have four distinguished linguists as plenary speakers: Prof. Li Wei, Dr. Jeffrey Kallen, Dr. Bettina Migge and Dr. Eleanor Lawson. The conference will cover a variety of topics, including: c odeswitching,corpus linguistics, language and migration, and sociophonetics. We welcome students from any institutions
who wish to present on these topics, however, we also encourage students to present on other topics related to Sociolinguistics.

For more details please visit our website: www.tcd.ie/slscs/newsevents/SSS6/ and our blog: sss6dublin.wordpress.com/

We look forward to hearing from you!
Yours sincerely,
SSS6 Organising Committee
GALA 12 2015, University of Nantes, Nantes, France, September 10-12 2015
GALA 2015
The Laboratoire de Linguistique de Nantes (LLING) is pleased to announce the 12th
Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition conference (GALA 12) to be held at the
University of Nantes, Nantes (France) on September 10-12, 2015.
The conference provides a forum for discussion of recent, high quality research on first and
second language acquisition, bilingual acquisition, language pathology, the acquisition of sign
language and brain imaging research for acquisition and pathology.
GALA has been previously held in Durham (1993), Groningen (1995), Edinburgh (1997),
Potsdam (1999), Palmela (2001), Utrecht (2003), Siena (2005), Barcelona (2007), Lisbon
(2009), Thessaloniki (2011) and, most recently, Oldenburg (2013).
GALA 2015 will include, in addition to the Main session, four Workshops:
Workshop 1:
Heritage Language Acquisition
Native vs. Heritage vs. Second Language Acquisition
(co-organized with Janet Grijzenhout, BSL, University of Konstanz)
Invited Speakers:
Elabbas Benmamoun (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Maria Polinsky (University of Harvard)
Workshop 2:
The Role of Prosody in Early Speech Perception
(Co-organized with Judit Gervain, LPP – UMR 8242, CNRS/Paris V)
Invited Speaker:
Marina Nespor (SISSA)
Workshop 3:
Acquisition of Causation: Culmination Entailments and Agency
(Co-organized with Fabienne Martin, University of Stuttgart)
Invited Speakers:
Angeliek van Hout (University of Groningen)
Nina Kazanina (University of Bristol)
Workshop 4:
Segments & Interactions in Phonological Acquisition
Invited Speaker:
Eirini Sanoudaki (Bangor University)
Organizing committee:
Jiyoung Choi
Hamida Demirdache
Natasa Knezevic
Oana Lungu
Typhanie Prince
Ali Tifrit
Laurence Voeltzel
Call for Papers
For the Main Session, we invite abstract submissions for 30 minute oral presentations
(including 10 minutes for discussion) or posters of original, unpublished work on all subfields
of generative language acquisition: L1 acquisition, L2 acquisition, bilingualism, heritage
language acquisition, language pathology, sign language, etc.
In addition to the Main Session, there will be four Workshops (see here). The submission
rules for the Workshops are the same as those for the Main Session.
Abstracts should not exceed one page in letter-size or A4 paper, with one extra page for
examples, tables, figures and references, with 1 inch or 2.5 cm margins on all sides and 12
point font size. The abstract should have a clear title and should not reveal the name of the
author(s). The abstracts must be uploaded as PDF attachments to the EasyChair site.
Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint
abstracts per author.
When you submit your abstract on the EasyChair site, you will be asked to provide a short
summary of the abstract. Upon submission, please indicate whether your work should be
considered for an oral presentation (Main Session or one of the Workshops) or for a poster (or
both). Submitting the same abstract to both the Main Session and to one of the Workshops is
not allowed.
To submit an abstract, please go to the following EasyChair page:
Deadline for submissions: April 1st, 2015, 11:59 PM, CET
Notification of acceptance: May 12, 2015
Conference dates: September 10-12, 2015
If you have any further questions, please contact us at gala2015(removeme)univ-nantes.fr
Please visit our conference website: www.gala2015.univ-nantes.fr
GALA 2015 Workshops
Workshop 1:
Heritage Language Acquisition
Native vs. Heritage vs. Second Language Acquisition
Invited Speakers:
Elabbas Benmamoun (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Maria Polinsky (University of Maryland)
Co-organizer: Janet Grijzenhout (Baby Speech Lab (BSL), University of Konstanz)
Heritage Language users are unbalanced/passive bilinguals who have acquired simultaneously
or successively a Heritage Language (HL)— the language of the parents (minority or
immigrant) learned from birth in the home environment— and an ambient language spoken
outside the home, the Dominant Language of their society (DL). Increased exposure to the DL
typically means reduced input and unstable exposure to the HL, yielding a scenario of partial
language development where the HL is not acquired completely (or language attrition, that is,
regression of the speaker’s proficiency in his HL). See Benmamoun, Montrul, Polinsky (2010,
2013) and references therein.
Heritage speakers do not fit into the dichotomy native vs. non-native, or L1 vs. L2 speakers.
Unlike L2 speakers (but like native speakers), heritage speakers are exposed to the target
language during the critical period. Just like L2 speakers, heritage speakers fail to converge
on the target language, exhibiting variability in ultimate attainment.
Moreover, HL users exhibit varying degrees of command of their first (heritage) language,
ranging from mere receptive competence (so called passive or receptive bilingualism), to
proficiency in the two languages, but with a strongly dominant majority language.
The workshop seeks to bring together recent research on heritage language acquisition hoping
to shed new light on the longstanding issues that language knowledge and acquisition raise.
We invite submissions that address (but are not limited to) the following topics:
• What are the differences between:
— Complete and Incomplete/Partial L1 acquisition?
— Incomplete L1 acquisition by HL users (acquisition is interrupted/slowed down) and
L2 acquisition by non-heritage speakers (acquisition is late)?
— Incomplete Acquisition and Language Attrition?
— Partial acquisition of an L1 by 2nd generation immigrants and
attrition of an L1 by 1st generation immigrants?
• What is native knowledge of a language? Can there be native-like competence without
• How do we investigate knowledge of an L1 that has only been partially/ never fully
Workshop 2:
The Role of Prosody in Early Speech Perception
Invited Speaker:
Marina Nespor (International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA))
Co-organizer: Judit Gervain (LPP – UMR 8242, CNRS/Paris V)
A long tradition of experimental investigation into the perception of rhythmic grouping
describes consistent biases in the grouping of sound sequences (Bolton, 1894; Bion et al., in
press). Infants and adults segment sequences of sounds that differ only in duration with the
longest element in final position (iambs), and sequences of sounds that differ only in intensity
or pitch with the more intense or higher-pitched element in initial position (trochees).
Hayes (1985, 1991) puts forth the Iambic Trochaic Law, an extra-linguistic general principle
of rhythmic grouping, reflected in the cross-linguistic typology of stress patterns. The Iambic-
Trochaic Law (ITL) has been thought:
(i) to be universal
(ii) to help infants learn syntactic properties of their language (Nespor, et al. 1996).
These theoretical assumptions have found support as well as challenges in a series of
experiments investigating the influence of the native language on prosodic grouping (Iversen
et al 2008, Hay & Saffran 2011 etc.), as well as the mechanisms through which this grouping,
universal or not, might help infants bootstrap grammar (Shukla & Nespor (2010), Gervain &
Werker (2013)). Likewise, neurolinguistic investigations are currently conducted to explore
the neural bases of such a prosodic grouping bias (e.g. Bernard & Gervain 2011).
The goal of this workshop is to bring together recent experimental work on the role of
prosody in child language hoping to make progress on this issue and the questions around it.
Workshop 3:
Acquisition of Causation: Culmination Entailments and Agency
Invited Speakers:
Angeliek van Hout (University of Groningen)
Nina Kazanina (University of Bristol)
Co-organizer: Fabienne Martin (University of Stuttgart)
There is converging evidence that children as old as five misinterpret (transitive) inherently
culminating verbs (accomplishments) as non-culminating. This behavior has been taken to
reflect children’s difficulties calculating two types of culmination entailments: completion
and result state entailments. Lack of completion entailments has been reported in work on the
acquisition of telicity (whether an event has an inherent endpoint) and transitivity (e.g. van
Hout 1998, 2008; Schulz & Penner 2002; Wagner 2002, 2006; Jeschull 2007). Experimental
studies have also shown that children often misinterpret the meaning of causative change of
state verbs in that they appear to ignore the result state component of the verb’s meaning
(Manner of motion interpretations, Gentner 1978; Weak end state interpretations, Wittek
2002, 2008).
Non-culminating construals of perfective accomplishments are also attested across
typologically diverse adult languages (Mandarin, Thai, Korean, Salish, Hindi, Russian ...)
with roughly the same typology of non culminating construals as in child language: lack of
completion (‘partial success’ predicates) and lack of result state (‘failed attempt’ predicates).
To what extent are we dealing with the same phenomena across adult and child languages?
What are the implications for language acquisition?
Demirdache and Martin (2013) put forth a correlation, the Agent Control Hypothesis (ACH),
between the availability of non-culminating construals for accomplishments and the control of
the agent over the described event: nonculminating readings of accomplishment predicates
require the predicate’s external argument to be associated with “agenthood” properties.
Does the ACH hold for child languages? And if so, why? This issue is all the more interesting
since virtually all studies on the acquisition of culmination entailments are exclusively based
on sentences with agentive subjects (Hodgson 2006, 2010 being an exception). What are the
implications for the acquisition of (causative) verb meanings?
The workshop invites submissions of experimental studies addressing these questions as well
as any other questions related to children’s understanding of causation and agenthood.
Workshop 4
Segments & Interactions in Phonological cquisition
Invited Speaker:
Eirini Sanoudaki (Bangor University)
This workshop will focus on first and second language (a-)typical acquisition of segments
(e.g. patterns in the acquisition of place of articulation and/or in the acquisition of manner
features, order of acquisition, patterns in the acquisition of consonant clusters etc.)
and interactions between segments (e.g. consonantal harmonies) in production and perception.
The issues we seek to address include but are not restricted to:
How do we explain the attested patterns of acquisition of segments and features? What are the
patterns of interaction between segments attested across child grammars –in particular, (longdistance)
consonant harmonies– and how do phonological theories fare in explaining the
ensuing typology? What light does the acquisition data shed on the issue of how to define the
content of interacting segments? To what extent do current theories of the internal structure of
segments correctly predict the phonological development of consonant clusters and of syllable
constituents across child grammars?
ICCL Summer School on "Reasoning", Dresden, Germany, September 13-26 2015
The summer school "Reasoning" is a platform for knowledge transfer within a very rapid increasing research community in the field of "Computational Logic". We will offer introductory courses covering the fundamentals of reasoning, courses at advanced levels, as well as applied courses and workshops dedicated to specialized topics and the state of the art. All lecturers are leading researchers in their field and have been awarded prizes.

A limited number of grants for students and university employees will be available, which includes a waiver for the participation fee.

For the participants of the summer school, the participation at the 38th German AI conference, also held at TU Dresden, is free of charge.

You can find more information about the summer school here:


If you want to register, please be informed about our social program and the summer school ticket beforehand, as questions about it will be asked in the registration. The online registration form can be found here:


with best regards,
the organizers of the summer school
International workshop Grammaticalization meets Construction Grammar, University of Gothenburg (Sweden), October 8-9 2015
International workshop
Grammaticalization meets Construction Grammar

8-9 October 2015
University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
State of the art
Grammaticalization research has in the last decade highlighted the notion of construction. Hopper & Traugott (2003:1) in their classical definition of grammaticalization point out that that not only words but also constructions, i.e. sequences of words, can undergo grammaticalization.
As a term referring to a research framework, “grammaticalization” refers to that part of the study of language change that is concerned with such questions as how lexical items and constructions come in certain contexts to serve grammatical functions or how grammatical items develop new grammatical functions.
Himmelmann (2004:31) in turn argues that a grammaticalizing element (he speaks of a ‘grammaticizing’ element) should not be considered in isolation but rather in its syntagmatic context, i.e. the construction it occurs in.
Strictly speaking, it is never just the grammaticizing element that undergoes grammaticization. Instead, it is the grammaticizing element in its syntagmatic context which is grammaticized. That is, the unit to which grammaticization properly applies are constructions, not isolated lexical items.
In the wake of this work, efforts have been made to more precisely articulate the largely pretheoretical notion of construction in the theoretical framework of construction grammar. The main tenet of construction grammar is that our grammatical knowledge is made up of a taxonomic network of constructions, i.e. pairings of form of meaning (Goldberg 1995, Croft 2001, Hoffmann & Trousdale 2013). Moreover, no one level of grammar is considered autonomous (Fried & Östman 2004).
Integrating constructionist insights into grammaticalization research has led to new findings:
- semantic bleaching of grammaticalizing elements is paralleled by semantic changes in the construction they are part of (Hilpert 2008, Colleman & De Clerck 2011)
- grammaticalization is accompanied by changes in schematicity, productivity, and compositionality of the entire construction (Trousdale 2008, 2010)
- the perceived degree of gradualness, which is accentuated within grammaticalization theory, can be described as small incremental steps in various dimensions of a construction (Traugott 2008, Traugott & Trousdale 2010, 2013)
- statistical methods developed in construction grammar, such as collostructional analysis, can be implemented to help support, falsify and/or uncover ongoing grammaticalization (Hilpert 2008, 2013, Coussé 2014)
Confronting grammaticalization research with the framework of construction grammar also brought up the question how grammaticalization relates to constructional change in general (Noėl 2007, Gisborne & Patten 2011). As such, grammaticalization research increasingly interacts and converges with the emerging field of diachronic construction grammar (Israel 1996, Bergs & Diewald 2008, Fried 2008, 2013, Baršdal 2013). This ongoing interaction has recently led to an analysis of grammaticalization and lexicalization in terms of constructionalization (Traugott & Trousdale 2013).
This workshop aims to bring together researchers working on grammaticalization and construction grammar in one dedicated workshop, in order to provide a platform for enhanced collaboration between and integration of both frameworks, in Scandinavia and beyond.
We invite presentations joining insights from grammaticalization research and construction grammar. Both theoretical and empirical contributions are most welcomed. We are particularly interested in methodologically innovative work that helps uncovering grammaticalization, constructional change and constructionalization in historical corpora and work on the relation between different levels of a construction and its place in a larger network.
Keynote speakers
Graeme Trousdale (University of Edinburgh)
Martin Hilpert (University of Neuchātel)
Jóhanna Baršdal (Ghent University)
Peter Andersson (University of Gothenburg)
Evie Coussé (University of Gothenburg, Stockholm University)
Scientific committee
Karin Aijmer (Gothenburg), Alexander Bergs (Osnabrück), Hubert Cuyckens (Leuven), Östen Dahl (Stockholm), Gabriele Diewald (Hannover), Lena Ekberg (Lund, Stockholm), Benjamin Lyngfelt (Gothenburg), Muriel Norde (Berlin), Jan-Ola Östman (Helsinki)
Abstract submission
We invite abstract submissions for oral presentations (20-minute presentation plus 10-minute discussion). Abstracts should clearly specify how the presentation will contribute to the theme of the workshop and also state research question, theoretical background, method, data and (preliminary) results. Abstract should not exceed 400 words (exclusive of references). All author-specific information must be avoided in order to ensure anonymous reviewing. Send your abstract to evie.cousse(removeme)gu.se before 1 May 2015. Indicate your name and affiliation in the body of your mail.
Important dates
Deadline for abstracts: 1 May 2015
Notification of acceptance: 15 June 2015
Program announcement: 1 July 2015
Conference venue
University of Gothenburg
Faculty of Arts
Room ‘Lilla Hörsalen’
Renströmsvägen 6
Gothenburg, Sweden
Conference website
Baršdal, J. (2013) Construction-based historical-comparative reconstruction. In: T. Hoffmann & G. Trousdale (2013) The Oxford handbook of construction grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 438-457.
Bergs, A. & G. Diewald (2008) Constructions and language change. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Colleman, T. & B. De Clerck (2011) Constructional semantics on the move. On semantic specialization in the English double object construction. Cognitive Linguistics 22, 183-209.
Coussé, E. (2014) Lexical expansion in the HAVE and BE perfect in Dutch. A constructionist prototype account. Diachronica 31, 159-191.
Croft, W. (2001) Radical construction grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Fried, M. (2008) Constructions and constructs. Mapping a shift between predication and attribution. In: A. Bergs & G. Diewald (eds.) Constructions and language change. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 47-79.
Fried, M. (2013) Principles of constructional change. In: Th. Hoffmann & G. Trousdale (eds.) The Oxford handbook of construction grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 419-437.
Fried, M. & J.-O. Östman (2004) Construction grammar in a cross-language perspective. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Gisborne, N. & A. Patten (2011) Constructions and grammaticalization. In: B. Heine & Heiko Narrog (eds.) The Oxford handbook of grammaticalization. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 92-104.
Goldberg, A.E. (1995) Constructions. A construction grammar approach to argument structure. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Hilpert, M. (2008) Germanic future constructions. A usage-based approach to language change. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Hilpert, M. (2013) Constructional change in English. Developments in allomorphy, word formation, and syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Himmelmann, N.P. (2004) Lexicalization and grammaticization. Opposite or orthogonal? In: W. Bisang, N.P. Himmelmann & B. Wiemer (eds.) What makes grammaticalization. A look from its components and its fringes. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 21-42.
Hoffmann, T. & G. Trousdale (2013) The Oxford handbook of construction grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hopper, P.J. & E.C. Traugott (2003) Grammaticalization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Israel, M. (1996) The way constructions grow. In: A.E. Goldberg (ed.) Conceptual structure, discourse and language. Stanford: CSLI, 217-230.
Noėl, D. (2007) Diachronic construction grammar and grammaticalization theory. Functions of Language 14, 177-202.
Traugott, E.C. (2008) Grammaticalization, constructions and the incremental development of language. Suggestions from the development of degree modifiers in English. In: R. Eckardt, G. Jager & T. Veenstra (eds.) Variation, Selection, Development. Probing the Evolutionary Model of Language Change. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 219-250.
Traugott, E.C. & G. Trousdale (2010) Gradience, gradualness and grammaticalization. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Traugott, E.C. & G. Trousdale (2013) Constructionalization and constructional change. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Trousdale, G (2010) Issues in constructional approaches to grammaticalization in English. K. Stathi, E. Gehweiler & E. Konig (eds.) Grammaticalization. Current views and issues. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 51-72.
Trousdale, G. (2008) Constructions in grammaticalization and lexicalization. Evidence from the history of a composite predicate construction in English. In: G. Trousdale & N. Gisborne (eds.) Constructional approaches to English grammar. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 33-67.
Internationale Konferenz Sprache und Identität, Toru?, Polen, November 15-17 2015
Sprache und Identität
Toru?/ Thorn, 15.-17.11.2015

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

der Lehrstuhl für Germanistik der Nikolaus-Kopernikus-Universität, Abteilung für Sprachwissenschaft, organisiert im November 2015 die interdisziplinäre, internationale Konferenz Sprache und Identität, zu der wir Sie hiermit herzlich einladen möchten.

Unsere Einladung richtet sich an Sprach-, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaftler, die an qualifizierenden Projekten oder anderweitigen Studien zu wissenschaftlichen Einzelfragen arbeiten, in denen Verhältnisse und die gegenseitigen Auswirkungen von Sprache und Identität im Zentrum des Interesses stehen. Willkommen sind sowohl theoretisch orientierte, methodologische Ansätze als auch Ergebnisse empirischer Studien. Konferenzsprache ist Deutsch.

Wir würden uns freuen, wenn Sie unsere Konferenz mit einem Vortrag bereichern würden. Dazu bitten wir Sie, das beiliegende Anmeldeformular ausgefüllt bis zum 30.04.2015 an die dort angegebene E-Mail-Adresse zu senden. Eine diesbezügliche Rückmeldung erhalten Sie von uns bis zum 30. 05.2015. Für jeden Beitrag, dem eine 10-minütige Diskussion folgt, sind 20 Minuten vorgesehen. Nach positiver Begutachtung werden die gehaltenen Vorträge in einen Band zusammengefasst und innerhalb der rezensierten wissenschaftlichen Reihe „Schriften zur diachronen und synchronen Linguistik“ im Peter Lang Verlag veröffentlicht.

Die Tagungsgebühr beträgt 350 Zloty für Gäste aus dem Inland und 100 Euro für Gäste aus dem Ausland, sie umfasst Konferenzmaterialien und Verpflegungskosten sowie Kosten für die Erstellung des Konferenzbandes.
Leider können wir die Kosten Ihrer Anreise und Übernachtung nicht übernehmen, deshalb bitten wir Sie, sich rechtzeitig über entsprechende Finanzierungsmöglichkeiten bei Ihrem Heimatinstitut zu informieren.

Einzelheiten hinsichtlich der Gebührenüberweisung sowie empfehlenswerte Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten in Toru?/ Thorn erhalten Sie nach erfolgter Annahme Ihrer Anmeldung.

Für weitere Fragen stehen wir Ihnen gerne zur Verfügung und freuen uns schon jetzt, Sie im Herbst in Toru? begrüßen zu dürfen.

Mit besten Grüßen
Dr. phil. Edyta Grotek – wissenschaftliche
CfP: International Conference on Statistical Language and Speech Processing (SLSP) 2015, Budapest, Hungary, November 24-26 2015

SLSP 2015

Budapest, Hungary

November 24-26, 2015

Organised by:

Laboratory of Speech Acoustics
Department of Telecommunications and Telematics Budapest University of Technology and Economics alpha.tmit.bme.hu/speech/

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




SLSP is a yearly conference series aimed at promoting and displaying excellent research on the wide spectrum of statistical methods that are currently in use in computational language or speech processing. It aims at attracting contributions from both fields. Though there exist large, well-known conferences and workshops hosting contributions to any of these areas, SLSP is a more focused meeting where synergies between subdomains and people will hopefully happen. In SLSP 2015, significant room will be reserved to young scholars at the beginning of their career and particular focus will be put on methodology.


SLSP 2015 will take place in Budapest, on the banks of the Danube and an extensive UNESCO World Heritage site. The venue will be the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.


The conference invites submissions discussing the employment of statistical models (including machine learning) within language and speech processing. Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to:

anaphora and coreference resolution
authorship identification, plagiarism and spam filtering computer-aided translation corpora and language resources data mining and semantic web information extraction information retrieval knowledge representation and ontologies lexicons and dictionaries machine translation multimodal technologies natural language understanding opinion mining and sentiment analysis parsing part-of-speech tagging question-answering systems semantic role labelling speaker identification and verification speech and language generation speech recognition speech synthesis speech transcription spelling correction spoken dialogue systems term extraction text categorisation text summarisation user modeling


SLSP 2015 will consist of:

invited talks
invited tutorials
peer?reviewed contributions


to be announced


Steven Abney (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) Jean-Franēois Bonastre (University of Avignon, France) Jill Burstein (Educational Testing Service, Princeton, USA) Nicoletta Calzolari (National Research Council, Pisa, Italy) Kevin Bretonnel Cohen (University of Colorado, Denver, USA) W. Bruce Croft (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA) Udo Hahn (University of Jena, Germany) Mark Hasegawa-Johnson (University of Illinois, Urbana, USA) Jing Jiang (Singapore Management University, Singapore) Tracy Holloway King (A9.com, Palo Alto, USA) Claudia Leacock (McGraw-Hill Education CTB, Monterey, USA) Mark Liberman (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA) Carlos Martķn?Vide (Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain, chair) Alessandro Moschitti (University of Trento, Italy) Jian-Yun Nie (University of Montréal, Canada) Maria Teresa Pazienza (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy) Adam Pease (IPsoft Inc., New York, USA) Bhiksha Raj (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA) Javier Ramķrez (University of Granada, Spain) Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann (University of Zurich, Switzerland) Douglas A. Reynolds (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lexington, USA) Michael Riley (Google Inc., Mountain View, USA) Stefan Schulz (Medical University of Graz, Austria) Tomoki Toda (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan) Klįra Vicsi (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary) Enrique Vidal (Technical University of Valencia, Spain) Junichi Yamagishi (University of Edinburgh, UK) Pierre Zweigenbaum (LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France)


Adrian Horia Dediu (Tarragona)
Carlos Martķn?Vide (Tarragona, co-chair) György Szaszįk (Budapest) Klįra Vicsi (Budapest, co-chair) Florentina Lilica Voicu (Tarragona)


Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single?spaced pages (including eventual appendices, references, proofs, 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:



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

A special issue of a major journal will be later published containing peer?reviewed substantially extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation.


The registration form can be found at:



Paper submission: June 23, 2015 (23:59 CET) Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: July 28, 2015 Final version of the paper for the LNCS/LNAI proceedings: August 11, 2015 Early registration: August 11, 2015 Late registration: November 10, 2015 Submission to the journal special issue: February 26, 2016




SLSP 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


Budapesti M?szaki és Gazdasįgtudomįnyi Egyetem Universitat Rovira i Virgili
WAP/VKL Symposium Vertelvaardigheid, Amsterdam, 28 november 2015
WAP/VKL Symposium Vertelvaardigheid
Zaterdag 28 november 2015
Openbare Bibliotheek van Amsterdam (OBA)

We zijn op zoek naar mensen die een interessante bijdrage kunnen leveren!
Op zaterdag 28 november 2015 organiseert het WAP (Werkverband Amsterdamse Psycholinguļsten) in samenwerking met de Vereniging voor Klinische Linguļsten (VKL) een Symposium over Vertelvaardigheid in de OBA (Amsterdam). Naast twee plenaire lezingen, verzorgd door Anne Baker (UvA) en Annette Scheper (Kentalis) zullen er workshops en presentaties georganiseerd worden.

Beoogde doelstelling
Verspreiding van nieuwe inzichten in het belang van vertelvaardigheid van kinderen op school en nieuwe inzichten in diagnostiek, behandeling en het gebruik van tools. De dag beoogt óók thema’s als vertelvaardigheid en meertaligheid en vroege stimulering van vertelvaardigheid.

Beoogde doelgroepen
Logopedisten, klinisch linguļsten, leerkrachten, schoolbegeleiders, en studenten.

Uitnodiging tot het houden van een workshop/ presentatie

Wanneer u belangstelling hebt om aan deze dag een bijdrage te leveren door middel van het geven van een workshop of een presentatie, nodigt de voorbereidingscommissie u uit een voorstel in te dienen.

Graag onderstaande informatie per-email ingevuld opsturen aan vertelvaardigheid(removeme)gmail.com

1. Uw naam:
Werkzaam bij/ verbonden aan:
Bereikbaar op e-mail adres:
2. Titel van de mogelijke bijdrage:
3. Beoogde doelgroep:
4. Korte toelichting (inhoud; doel; workshop of presentatie)

Uw naam, titel van de bijdrage, plus een korte toelichting: zo spoedig mogelijk maar uiterlijk 31 maart 2015

Een abstract van maximaal 150 woorden ontvangen wij graag uiterlijk 30 mei 2015 op bovengenoemd emailadres.
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Internships in the “Language and Number” project, The Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam
Internships in the “Language and Number” project

“Language and Number” is part of the NWO Horizon project "Knowledge and Culture" ( hum.leiden.edu/lucl/knowledge-and-culture/). It focuses on the linguistic representation of cognitive systems of number, one of the main instruments and results being the "Typology of Number Systems” database.

Recent research shows that the core knowledge system of number consists of two subsystems -- the Approximative Number System and the Object Tracking System. Some studies suggest that language plays a crucial role in the integration of these two subsystems (Spelke 2011). However, linguistic properties of numeric expressions in languages of the world are still waiting for a systematic study. The typological database on numerals is meant to provide crucial input for research in this field, exploring the limits of cross-linguistic variation in the domain of numeric constructions.

The information in the database is organised along two axes: 1) the constructions (cardinal construction, ordinal construction, etc.), and 2) the number line (i.e. whether a construction is limited to / has special properties within a certain sub-range of the number line). This design allows to make generalisations on the special linguistic status of different numerosities across languages and constructions, such as low numbers (1-4), or 'round numbers' (10, 100, etc.), etc.

As of 1 April 2015, several internships are available in the database subproject. The work on the database involves consulting the existing grammatical descriptions of different languages, adjusting questionnaires to the grammatical profile of a language under study, analysing the questionnaires filled in by the speakers according to the parameters of the database, and entering the resulting data into the database using the existing editing interface. One of the activities as part of the work on the database is looking for speakers of relevant languages and conducting interviews with the speakers. Interns are expected to participate in any one or several tasks listed above, depending on the needs of the database project and/or the intern's preferences, under supervision of the other project members.


We are looking for MA students as well as advanced BA students in linguistics.

Practical information
The duration of an internship is 3-4 months but can be adapted individually. The Meertens Instituut offers a workplace, supervision and a monthly allowance of € 200 (for a full time internship).

For more information please contact dr. Lisa Bylinina (bylinina(removeme)gmail.com) and prof. dr. Sjef Barbiers (sjef.barbiers(removeme)meertens.knaw.nl).
Machine Translation Software Developer at Infor, Barneveld, The Netherlands
Machine Translation Software Developer
Infor – Barneveld (The Netherlands)

Job Description
Infor is actively recruiting for a Software Developer to join our Translation team, as a software engineer to support the Machine Translation initiative team in Barneveld, The Netherlands. The Translation team supports all Infor software products with translations.

• Develop programs and scripts to support and improve Machine Translation
• Automate the upload of content to the Machine Translation environment
• Train the engines of the Machine Translation solutions
• Interpret written business requirements to generate technical solutions
• Perform development to agreed technical standards
• Create and maintain technical documentation using defined technical documentation templates
• Performs related duties as assigned

Desired Skills & Experience

• Python programming experience
• Programming experience with XML, XSD schemas
• Working knowledge of Windows and Linux Operating systems
• Ability to interpret technical specification documents
• Ability to code software according to published standards and design guidelines
• Flexible attitude, ability to perform under pressure
• A commitment to quality and a thorough approach to the work

• Knowledge of Java
• Experience with CAT tools and knowledge of translation processes in a commercial setting
• Knowledge of natural language processing and text analytics techniques (tokenization, pos-tagging, parsing)
• Knowledge of specific NLP and MT tools (Moses, NLTK, SRILM)
• Knowledge of web services, Tomcat
• Affinity with language
• Experience with Eclipse, JIRA

Company Description
At Infor, we work with a core belief. We believe in the customer. We believe that the customer is seeking a better, more collaborative relationship with their business software provider. And a new breed of business software: created for evolution, not revolution. Software that's simple to buy, easy to deploy and convenient to manage. Our 70,000 customers in more than 100 countries stand with us. We look forward to your sharing in the results of our belief. There is a better way.

For additional information, visit www.infor.com or contact: peter.bourgonje(removeme)infor.com
Post Doc position "Neuroscience, Language acquisition", University of Lisbon, Portugal, deadline: April 17 2015
Neuroscience, Language acquisition: Post Doc, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Research Project Eyes and Brain – Early Markers of Language Development (EBELa)
Phonetics Lab and Lisbon Baby Lab, CLUL/FLUL, University of Lisbon
1 Post Doc position
Full text of the Post Doc position announcement (BPD_02_EBELa_0688/2012_FonLab): www.eracareers.pt/opportunities/index.aspx?task=showAnuncioOportunities&jobId=55533&idc=1

Grant description and goals:
Applications are invited from postdoctoral researchers with a background in language acquisition and neurosciences for a Postdoc position within the project Eyes and Brain – Early Markers of Language Development. This project will investigate early markers of language development in European Portuguese, following a multi-methodology approach to a set of potential early markers, using both eye-tracking and ERP measures ( labfon.letras.ulisboa.pt/babylab/english/projects.html and labfon.letras.ulisboa.pt/babylab/EBELa/ ).
The Postdoctoral fellow will work on early markers of language development in the linguistic domains under study (phonetic discrimination, word stress, intonation, word learning), especially on ERP measures of early language acquisition in normally developing infants and infants at risk for ASD and SLI.
The successful candidate will be expected to start in May 2015, and the post is initially available for one year. The grant can be renewed until the end of the EBELa Project, with renewal subject to performance appraisal.

Candidate profile:
The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in a relevant field, such as neurolinguistics, language acquisition, psychology, or cognitive neuroscience, and a strong background in ERP research. Experience in speech perception research with ERP (data collection, processing and analysis) is essential and good knowledge of at least some of the experimental paradigms and their implementation, as well as of data extraction routines and analysis. Previous experience in infant speech perception research is desirable. A background in statistics, applied mathematics, or informatics will be a plus. Knowledge of Portuguese is not required (but some knowledge of Portuguese or of another Romance language - e.g., Spanish, Italian, French - is an advantage). Proficiency in English is required.

Salary will be in accordance with the Portuguese Science Foundation salary scale, specifically 1.495€ per month.

Application Procedure:
Interested candidates are invited to send a complete Curriculum Vita, a motivation letter, a copy of the personal identity document and of the PhD certificate to labfon(removeme)letras.fl.ul.pt and to sonia.frota(removeme)mail.telepac.pt . The application closing date is April 17, 2015.

Application deadline: 17-April-2015

Sónia Frota
PhD positions Linguistics, University of Groningen, deadline: May 1 2015
PhD positions Linguistics (1,8 fte) (215101-02)

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high-quality teaching and research. Its 30,000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international center of knowledge: it belongs to the best research universities in Europe and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide.

Job description
The successful applicant is committed to conducting independent and original scientific research, to report on this research in international publications and presentations, and to present the final results of the research in a PhD dissertation. The PhD candidate participates in local, national and international training activities, including summer schools and conferences, to maximally develop his or her potential as a scientific researcher. Some participation in faculty teaching is negotiable.
As a member of the Graduate School for the Humanities, a PhD candidate may participate in courses, seminars and summer schools organized by Dutch national graduate school Landelijke Onderzoeksschool Taalkunde (LOT) and/or by the Groningen Research School of Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN).

Linguistic research in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen is organized in the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG), which includes 4 research lines:
• Computational Linguistics
• Discourse and Communication
• Neurolinguistics and Language Development
• Theoretical and Empirical Linguistics.

The proposed PhD research must be closely connected with research currently carried out within one of these research lines. Please consult the CLCG web pages for a description of the research groups and their work: www.rug.nl/research/clcg/

Your qualifications are:
• a Master's degree in linguistics (or related discipline) with an excellent academic record
• proven research abilities and affinity with the research topic
• excellent command of English and good academic writing skills.

Conditions of employment
The University of Groningen offers the PhD candidate a salary of € 2,125 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 2,717 gross per month in the final year (based on fulltime employment. These PhD positions are 0.9 fte, for 4 years ). The position requires residence in Groningen, and must yield a PhD dissertation. The initial appointment is for 18 months. After the first year, an assessment of the candidate's progress and results will take place to decide whether the employment can be continued.

The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School for the Humanities (GSH) of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen. The GSH offers the organizational infrastructure within which PhD candidates participate in advanced training and supervised research. www.rug.nl/research/gradschool-humanities/

Starting date: 1 September 2015.

Please send your entire application (in English) as a single PDF-file before 1 May 2015 Dutch local time, by means of the application form (click on 'Apply' below on the advertisement on the university website). Please upload your entire application as "letter of motivation" and include the vacancy number at the start of your application.

The application should contain the following:
1. A cover letter introducing yourself, describing your motivation to conduct scientific research, and locating your research within one of the research groups.
2. A full CV demonstrating academic excellence, including publications and presentations (if applicable), and a copy of your passport.
3. A certified copy or scan of your MA diploma (or equivalent) and academic record.
4. A research proposal, focusing on the central research question to be addressed and the proposed method of approaching and answering this question (1500 words, plus tables and references). See the guidelines in the following website: www.rug.nl/research/gradschool-humanities/phd-programme/admissions/gsh-format-for-phd-applications
5. Names and contact details of two academic references.
Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

For information you can contact:
• Prof. C.J.W. Zwart (questions regarding the Graduate School for the Humanities), directeurgsh(removeme)rug.nl
• Prof. P. Hendriks (questions regarding the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen), p.hendriks(removeme)rug.nl
• Mrs. M.R.B. Wubbolts, M.A. (questions regarding the application procedure), m.r.b.wubbolts(removeme)rug.nl
(please do not use for applications)
4 Junior assistant professors Communication and Information Sciences, Tilburg University, deadline: May 5 2015
4 Junior assistant professors - Communication and Information Sciences - Tilburg University

The successful candidates will contribute to the Bachelor’s and Master’s program Communication and Information sciences (CIS) at Tilburg University. The program offers six different tracks: Business Communication and Digital Media (BSc and MSc), Text and Communication (BSc), Communication Design (MSc), Human Aspects of Information Technology (BSc and MSc), Data Journalism (MSc) and Data Science (MSc).

The positions are not a priori allocated to specific areas. Instead, we invite candidates with the following areas of interest and expertise to apply:
• communication (e.g., corporate communication, marketing communication, health communication);
• web and data science (e.g., computational linguistics, affective computing, data mining);
• media (e.g., social media, digital media, media effects on society and data journalism);
• discourse (e.g., document design, multimodal communication, text analysis, stylistics, pragmatics).

The tasks include:
• Teaching courses in English or Dutch in the Bachelor’s and Master’s program Communication and Information Sciences, The list of courses includes: Methodology & Statistics; Marketing Communication; Online Marketing; Business Information Technology; Data Processing; Machine Learning; Social Intelligence; Social Media Analytics; Social Media at Work & Play; Communication and Persuasion; Psychology of Language; Research Seminars.
• Supervising Bachelor’s and Master’s theses.
• Carrying out research in the research programs of TiCC. More information can be found here.

Candidates must have completed a PhD in an area relevant to CIS and TiCC, including but not limited to Communication and Information Sciences, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Corporate Communication, Marketing, (cognitive, social) Psychology, Linguistics, and Discourse Studies.

The candidates:
• Have experience in developing and teaching Bachelor and Master courses.
• Have sound knowledge of and experience with quantitative methods and research techniques, as well as statistical data analysis.
• Have relevant research experience, evidenced by an excellent PhD project, and a significant (international) publication record.
• Have acquired or are willing to acquire the Basic Teaching Qualification.
• Have a promising profile in acquiring grants and in academic management.

Terms of employment
• The positions will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as lecturer (“docent”). The starting gross salary for a full-time appointment is (minimal) € 3.098,- in scale 10 up to (maximal) € 4.551,- per month (max € 63.000,- all in per year) in salaryscale 11.
• Positions are 0,8 fte (32 hours/week), with tasks divided between teaching/management (80%) and research (20%).
• Employment starts in August/September, 2015.
• The candidate’s contract is for a fixed term of one year with a possible extension of another two years. Candidates with a very strong track-record and outstanding performance may qualify for a tenure track position in the department in case of a vacancy.
• Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers and has excellent terms of employment. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The Tilburg School of Humanities will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. The university offers very good fringe benefits (it is one of the best non-profit employers in the Netherlands), such as a holiday allowance, an options model for terms and conditions of employment and reimbursement of moving expenses.

For more information on this position, please contact prof. dr. Alfons Maes, head of department (maes(removeme)uvt.nl) +31134662058).

Applications should include a cover letter in English and a Curriculum Vitae. In the cover letter, applicants are invited to explain how they can contribute to the teaching program CIW and the research program TiCC (LCC/CC).
The only way to apply is online by following this link:
The application deadline is May 5, 2015
Postdoctoral researcher in English historical sociolinguistics, University of Antwerp (UAntwerpen), Belgium, deadline: May 15 2015
1 full-time position as a postdoctoral researcher in English historical sociolinguistics on the project ‘Mind-Bending Grammars: The dynamics of correlated multiple grammatical changes in Early Modern English writers’, University of Antwerp (UAntwerpen), Belgium, deadline 15 May 2015

Researcher in computational/corpus linguistics, University of Antwerp (UAntwerpen), Belgium, deadline: May 15 2015
1 full-time position as a researcher in computational/corpus linguistics on the project ‘Mind-Bending Grammars: The dynamics of correlated multiple grammatical changes in Early Modern English writers’, University of Antwerp (UAntwerpen), Belgium, deadline 15 May 2015

Tenure Track Position "Neuropsychology of Language and Language Disorders", Donders Institute, NIjmegen, deadline: May 17 2015
Tenure Track Position "Neuropsychology of Language and Language Disorders"
Application deadline: 17 May 2015

The research consortium Language in Interaction invites applications for a tenure track position, offered with a view to long-term embedding of neuropsychological research in a clinical setting, and enhancement of collaborative research in the field of language-related disorders.

The specific focus of the position is on the neuropsychology of language, bridging gaps at the clinical /non-clinical intersection (e.g. language-related disorders). This integration can be achieved using a varied set of methods, such as behavioural experimentation, functional neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, MEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and formal computational modelling of language processes.

You will head an independent research group to be established to promote the interaction between clinical and pre-clinical researchers. You will be expected to conduct research in one or more research areas relevant to the position. Supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD projects will be part of your responsibilities. Administrative duties will include local and/or national committee memberships. With a view to continuation, the position may be expanded to include teaching and clinical work. You will be provided with budgetary resources, a PhD student or technician, materials and consumables.

Work environment
The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. The Language in Interaction consortium, sponsored by a Gravitation grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO), brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands in a research programme on the foundations of language. Excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition is combined with state-of-the-art research facilities and a research team with ample experience in complex research methods and utilization.
This position is equally shared by two research centres within Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University and RadboudUMC. The Donders Institute is a world-class research centre devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of human cognition and behaviour. The institute conducts research in an international setting with more than 600 researchers from 35 countries. English is the lingua franca. In 2013, the Donders Institute was assessed by an international evaluation committee as excellent and recognized as a ‘very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for young talent'.

What we expect from you
You should be a creative and talented researcher, a strong experimenter in the neuropsychology of language, and have a clinical background and experience with patient studies.

Other requirements 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.

What we have to offer
- full time position
- a maximum gross monthly salary of € 5,171 based on a 38-hour working week; starting salary depends on qualifications and experience;
- you will be appointed for a period of 48 months; after 4 years, a permanent position will be offered if your performance is evaluated positively.

Are you interested?
Check this link for more information on this job offer and how to apply:
Tenure Track position in linguistics, Trondheim, Norway, deadline: May 25 2015
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim represents academic eminence in technology and the natural sciences as well as in other academic disciplines ranging from the social sciences, the arts and humanities, medicine, teacher education, to architecture. Cross-disciplinary cooperation results in innovative breakthroughs and creative solutions with far-reaching social and economic impact.

Faculty of humanities
Associate Professor in Linguistics

Applications are invited for a tenure-track Associate Professorship in Linguistics at the Department of Language and Literature at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. Information about the Department can be found at www.ntnu.edu/isl. The position is part of the Onsager Fellowship Programme; see below for important information.

To be eligible for this position, candidates’ research should be within formal/generative grammar with an empirical focus on English and/or Scandinavian languages. Candidates who specialise in syntax/semantics/morphology with a focus on comparative grammar, acquisition, or heritage languages are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate must have an outstanding research portfolio, publish papers in leading journals, and attend major conferences within the field. It is expected that the successful candidate will submit grant applications to the Research Council of Norway and the European Research Council (Starting Grant) prior to being evaluated for tenure.

The appointee will teach courses in English and/or Scandinavian linguistics, depending on language specialisation. The appointee will be jointly responsible for academic matters together with other academic staff in the Department.

Newly employed academic staff who are not already fluent in a Scandinavian language must obtain knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language at an equivalent standard to level three in the "Norwegian for Foreigners" courses provided by the Department of Language and Literature. This must be done within three years following the appointment. The University will make it possible for the successful candidate to attend such courses.

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. It is policy within the state sector that employees should come from backgrounds that reflect as fully as possible the diversity of the population at large. The state has accordingly set the goal of a workforce whose composition reflects that of the population at large with regard to age and gender. It has also set itself the goal of recruiting employees with an immigrant background, and such individuals are encouraged to apply for this post.

The appointee will be given the opportunity to recruit a Ph.D. student to a three-year full-time doctoral stipend within two years of appointment.

Associate Professor positions are remunerated according to the Basic Collective Agreement for state employees, pay framework 57-77 in the national salary scheme, of which 2 per cent is deducted for the State Pension scheme. This position will normally be placed at salary level 67-72, at the time NOK 580 000-639 200.

The following material must be submitted electronically:

CV including a list of publications

Doctoral dissertation

A maximum of five peer-reviewed papers/book chapters that the candidate considers his/her best work

A five page research program statement outlining the major research question(s) that the candidate has, including an outline of the candidate’s research plans for the next five years.

Applicants unfamiliar with the appointment system in Norway are advised that the assessment of applicants is based upon submitted academic work, published or unpublished, and that shortlisted applicants who submit no such work will not be found qualified for the position.

You may request to have your name withheld from public access. If you wish to do so, you must explain why your application should be treated as confidential. If you request that your name be withheld from public access, your request will be considered in relation to the Open File Act § 25. If your request to have your name kept from public access is denied, you will be so informed and you will be given the opportunity to withdraw your application.

For further information, candidates are invited to contact Professor Terje Lohndal at terje.lohndal(removeme)ntnu.no.

The application must be sent electronically through this page, and be marked with the file number for the position (HF 15-007). Please note: Applications that are not sent through Jobbnorge and/or are sent after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration.

The application deadline is May 25th 2015

The Onsager Fellowship Programme

The Onsager Fellowship programme at NTNU is designed to attract the most talented scholars with an established reputation for high quality research and a commitment to learning and teaching at university level. NTNU is now announcing 12 tenure-track positions.

Qualification requirements

The successful candidates must have a strong academic record, an active research programme, an academic standing that demonstrates an internationally competitive research profile, and internationally recognized potential to make a future impact. Moreover, the ideal applicant should have an exceptional publication record with significant first/senior authorships. Applicants must also have spent significant time in research institutions outside Norway.

The successful applicants are expected to build up their own groups and interact with other groups in their department as well as internationally. The position will include a start-up package, mentorship and support for applying for additional funds. We expect that the candidate will be able to secure substantial additional funding (such as ERC starting grants or similar).

Applicants must hold a PhD and will primarily be evaluated on the basis of their documented international scholarly achievements. The PhD should have been awarded no more than 5-6 years prior to the application deadline.

Teaching qualifications are not mandatory, but documented teaching qualifications and experience will be considered an advantage. Outreach qualifications of applicants, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be taken into account and considered an advantage.

Following the application deadline, a shortlist of applicants will be drawn up, and all applicants will be informed whether they are placed on the shortlist. Shortlisted applicants will be reviewed by an external academic committee. The top candidates will be invited for a campus visit.

The NTNU tenure-track programme

The tenure-track associate professor’s duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations. To a limited extent, the position may also include other duties.

In the NTNU tenure-track programme, associate professors are subject to two types of review during the tenure-track period:

a mid-career assessment after 3-4 years
a final tenure assessment after no more than 6 years

The overall purpose of the review system is to ensure and maintain the high academic standards of the university’s senior faculty staff. To help meet these standards, the associate professor is offered a mentor.

During the employment period as a tenure-track associate professor, the appointee must participate in the formal pedagogical training programme to qualify for a permanent position.

The appointee’s performance will be evaluated after no more than 6 years of employment and, if the ‘final appraisal’ is positive, s/he will be employed as a full-time professor.
1 full-time PhD position "Acquisition of phraseological competence in Dutch and English", Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, deadline: June 30 2015
1 full-time PhD position in the framework of the research project entitled Assessing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): Linguistic, cognitive and educational perspectives
General job description

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

The central aim of the research project is to investigate CLIL education in French-speaking Belgium from a multidisciplinary perspective. The project focuses on primary and secondary school CLIL education in Dutch and English and examines by which cognitive (memory, attention,…) and socio-affective (motivational, attitudinal,…) factors the potential linguistic differences (with respect to pronunciation, lexis and grammar) between pupils in CLIL education and their pairs in non-CLIL school environments, can be accounted for.

Project promoters

Prof. Philippe Hiligsmann - Spokesman (UCL / IL&C / Valibel); Prof. Benoīt Galand (UCL / IPSY / Girsef); Prof. Laurence Mettewie (UNamur / Pluri-LL); Prof. Fanny Meunier (UCL / IL&C / CECL); Prof. Arnaud Szmalec (UCL / IPSY / IoNS); Prof. Kristel Van Goethem (F.R.S.-FNRS / UCL / IL&C / Valibel)

PhD position description
The candidate will be offered a 4-year fully funded PhD position (2 years, renewable once) to work on the linguistic research line and to analyze the relationship between the learning environment and the acquisition of phraseological competence in Dutch and English, by using both corpus-based and experimental methods.

- Master in linguistics or in modern languages, with honours;
- Native or near-native proficiency in French, English and Dutch;
- High level of academic English, both written and spoken;
- Good knowledge of corpus linguistic methods;
- Knowledge of statistics or commitment to acquire it;
- Knowledge of experimental research designs or commitment to acquire it;
- Dynamic and motivated;
- Capacity to work both independently and as part of a team.
We offer a motivating research environment with many opportunities for in-house, national and international collaborations and with access to state-of-the-art research equipment. The salary is according to standard Belgian regulations: +/- 1800 EUR net/month.

Start of grant: September 1st, 2015

Deadline: Interested candidates should send a CV, motivation letter including research interests (in English, French or Dutch) and contact information (email) of two potential references to Philippe.hiligsmann(removeme)uclouvain.be before June 30th 2015. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Additional information: For more information on the PhD project do not hesitate to contact Prof. F. Meunier (fanny.meunier(removeme)uclouvain.be )
More information on the research institutes and centers which the candidate will be part of can be found on the following websites:
- Institute for Language and Communication (IL&C): www.uclouvain.be/ilc.html
- CECL: www.uclouvain.be/en-cecl.html
- Valibel: www.uclouvain.be/valibel
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers: UICM5 Brussels, Belgium, September 24-25 2015, deadline: May 1 2015.
We are pleased to announce the 5th edition of
*Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models (UICM5)*
held at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, on 24 - 25 September 2015.

Submission deadline: May 1st, 2015
Notification of acceptance: July 1st, 2015

Key note sessions on the connection between bilingualism and semantics/pragmatics, by:
Ton Dijkstra (Donders Institute/Radboud University Nijmegen)
Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge)
Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York)
Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh)

For the fifth edition, we invite contributions focusing on the impact of bilingualism on cognitive and linguistic development.
How does bilingualism influence utterance interpretation? Can we identify differences in linguistic or cognitive skills between monolinguals and bilinguals? How about bi-dialectals? What are the mechanisms leading to these differences? We welcome researchers from various backgrounds to share their work on cognition and interpretation and invite them to a lively discussion of views and results.

Abstract submissions
Abstracts are invited for oral presentations (20 min. presentation plus 10 min. for discussion) and poster presentations. Please note that the number of oral presentations will be limited. Abstracts are restricted to one page A4 (including figures, tables, and references). Please leave out any identifying information from the abstract. The abstract should be submitted in pdf format to uicm5.brussels(removeme)gmail.com, with in the body of the email the title, author names, and affiliations. Please also indicate whether you want to be considered for an oral presentation, a poster presentation, or both. The deadline for submission is May 1st 2015. Abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee, and notifications of acceptance will be sent out around July 1st 2015.

We hope to see you in Brussels in September!

On behalf of the UICM5 Organizing committee,
Local organizers: Isabelle Lorge, Nicolas Ruytenbeek, Fanny Stercq, and Alma Veenstra
2nd CfP: Workshop: Perspectives on the ontogeny of mutual understanding, MPI Nijmegen, October 1-2 2015, deadline: May 1 2015

Workshop: Perspectives on the ontogeny of mutual understanding

1-2 October 2015
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Nijmegen, The Netherlands


*** Speakers ***
Mardi Kidwell (University of New Hampshire)
Vasudevi Reddy (University of Portsmouth)
Michael Tomasello (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

Human social interaction is enabled by mutual understanding, the development of which is crucial for children’s participation in the social world. The capacity for mutual understanding is increasingly a core issue for researchers in linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, and psychology, though each has traditionally approached the matter with different emphases and conceptualizations (theory of mind, common ground, intersubjectivity, perspective-taking, etc.). This diversity of terminology may obscure the real connections between these adjacent fields and the substantive overlap in their subject matter. As a step toward fostering cross-disciplinary exchange, this workshop provides a forum to share recent findings, and assembles complementary lines of research to promote productive collaboration across methods and perspectives. We welcome empirical contributions that seek to address the following broad questions:

- What is the nature of the link between interaction and mutual understanding in children's development?
- What are the relative contributions of different types of participation (e.g., active engagement versus observation) in shaping these sociocognitive abilities?
- What environmental or contextual features potentiate or constrain the development of intersubjective understanding?
- How might different approaches enrich, complement and contextualize our understanding of social cognition, language, and interaction in human ontogeny?

*** Submissions ***
Submit abstracts to imprsworkshop2015(removeme)mpi.nl as doc/docx/pdf attachments (500 word maximum, excluding references). Indicate in the body of the email your name, affiliation, and how your abstract is to be considered (paper, poster, or either). Do not leave identifying information in the abstract.

Deadline for submission: 1 May 2015
Notification of decision: 30 June 2015

Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Imitation, mimesis, and mirroring
- Reciprocity and proto-conversation
- Joint attention, participation, and reciprocal engagement
- Joint action, cooperation, and collaboration
- Neurocognitive correlates of online interaction
- Multimodal coordination, entrainment, and alignment
- Atypical development, language specific impairment, and autism spectrum conditions
- Pragmatic development, deixis, and referential communication
- Turn-taking, repair, misunderstanding, and recipient design
- Attribution of belief, intention, and emotion

*** Additional optional event for PhD students ***
In conjunction, PhD student participants have the opportunity to attend a practical workshop with science journalist Asha ten Broeke about communicating scientific research to a wider public. It will be held the morning of Saturday, 3 October, in the Nijmegen city center. Lunch will be provided, and registration is required. Further, participants in this event may stay for a “language science market” after lunch, where they have the chance to interact with the public and practice their newly-honed communication skills. And finally, all are welcome to attend the public lectures in the afternoon (in Dutch) on early language learning and interaction (Caroline Junge), bilingual education (Rick de Graaff), and language change and social media (Marc van Oostendorp).
First CFP: LaTeCH 2015, Beijing, China, July 26 – 31, deadline: May 8 2015
First Call for Papers

The 9th Workshop on Language Technology for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, and Humanities (LaTeCH 2015) to be held in conjunction with ACL-IJCNLP 2015.

July 30 2015
Beijing China

organized by SIGHUM:


** About the Workshop **

The 9th Workshop on Language Technology for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, and Humanities will be held in conjunction with ACL-IJCNLP 2015 which will take place in Beijing, China, July 26 – 31.

The LaTeCH workshop series aims to provide a forum for researchers who are working on developing novel information technology for improved information access to data from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Cultural Heritage. Since the formation of SIGHUM (ACL Special Interest Group on Language Technologies for the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities), the LaTeCH workshop is also the venue for the SIGHUM annual research and business meeting.

The workshop is a continuation of LaTeCH 2007 held at ACL, in Prague, Czech Republic, LaTeCH 2008 at LREC, in Marrakech, Morocco, LaTeCH 2009 at EACL, in Athens, Greece, LaTeCH 2010 at ECAI, in Lisbon, Portugal, LaTeCH 2011 at ACL/HLT, in Portland, Oregon, USA, LaTeCH 2012 at EACL, in Avignon, France, LaTeCH 2013 at ACL, in Sofia, Bulgaria and LaTeCH 2014 at EACL in Gothenburg, Sweden.

** Scope and Topics **

The LaTeCH workshop series aims to provide a forum for researchers who are working on developing language technologies for the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Cultural Heritage. It is endorsed by the ACL Special Interest Group on Language Technologies for the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities (SIGHUM).

In the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Cultural Heritage communities there is increasing interest in and demand for NLP methods for semantic annotation, intelligent linking, discovery, querying, cleaning, and visualization of both primary and secondary data, which holds even for collections that are primarily non-textual, as text is also the pervasive medium used for metadata.

These domains of application entail new challenges for NLP research, such as noisy, non-standard textual or multi-modal input, historical languages, multilingual parts within one document, lack of digital semantic resources, or resource-intensive approaches that call for (semi-)automatic processing tools and domain adaptation, or, as a last resort, intense manual effort. Digital libraries still lack tools for content analysis; documents are linked mostly through metadata, and deep semantic annotation is missing.

For this reason, it is of mutual benefit that NLP experts, data specialists, and digital humanities researchers working in and across these domains get involved in the Computational Linguistics community and present their fundamental or applied research results.

This edition of the LaTeCH workshop is looking for, but not limited to, contributions from the following topics:

- Adapting NLP tools to Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, and Humanities domains

- Dealing with linguistic variation and non-standard or historical use of language

- Linking and retrieving information from different sources, media, and domains

- Modelling of information and knowledge

- Automatic creation of semantic resources

- Automatic error detection and cleaning

- Complex annotation tools and interfaces

- Discourse and narrative analysis

- Research infrastructure and standardisation efforts

- Text mining and sentiment analysis

- User modeling, recommendation, personalisation

** Information for authors **

Authors are invited to submit papers on original, unpublished work in the topic areas of the workshop. In addition to long papers presenting completed work, we also invite short papers and system descriptions (demos):

- Long papers should present completed work and may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content, with two (2) additional pages of references.
- Short papers/demos can present work in progress, or the description of a system, and may consist of up to four (4) pages of content, with two (2) additional pages of references.
- All submissions are to use the ACL stylesheets (.sty, .bst, .dot)

The reviewing process will be double-blind; the papers should not include the authors’ names and affiliations, or any references to web sites, project names, etc., revealing the authors’ identity. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author’s identity, should be avoided. Authors should not use anonymous citations and should not include any acknowledgments. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.

Papers should be submitted electronically, in PDF format, via the LaTeCH 2015 submission website.

For more details, please visit:


** Important Dates **

Short & long paper submission deadline: 8 May 2015
Notification of acceptance: 5 June 2015
Camera-ready papers due: 12 June 2015
LaTeCH workshop: 30 July 2015

** Programme Committee **

Kristķn Bjarnadóttir, Institute for Icelandic Studies, Iceland Antal van den Bosch, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands Toine Bogers, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark Gosse Bouma, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands Paul Buitelaar, DERI Galway, Ireland Mariona Coll Ardanuy, Trier University, Germany Thierry Declerck, DFKI, Germany Stefanie Dipper, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany Milena Dobreva, University of Malta, Malta Mick O`Donnell, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain Marten Düring, Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe, Luxemburg Antske Fokkens, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands Ben Hachey, Macquarie University, Australia Iris Hendrickx, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands Elias Iosif, National Technical University of Athens, Greece Adam Jatowt, Kyoto University, Japan Jaap Kamps, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands Vangelis Karkaletsis, NCSR Demokritos, Greece Mike Kestemont, Antwerp University/Research Foundation Flanders, Belgium Dimitrios Kokkinakis, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Stasinos Konstantopoulos, NCSR Demokritos, Greece Barbara McGillivray, Macmillan Science and Education, UK Gerard de Melo, Tsinghua University, China Saif Mohammad, National Research Council, Canada Joakim Nivre, Uppsala University, Sweden Nelleke Oostdijk, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands Petya Osenova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria Jong C. Park, KAIST, Republic of Korea Michael Piotrowski, Leibniz Institute of European History, Germany Georg Rehm, DFKI, Germany Martin Reynaert, Tilburg University, The Netherlands Erik Sanders, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands Marijn Schraagen, Utrecht University Digital Humanities Lab, The Netherlands Eszter Simon, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungary Caroline Sporleder, Trier University, Germany Herman Stehouwer, Max Planck Society, Germany Takenobu Tokunaga, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan Mariėt Theune, University of Twente, The Netherlands Cristina Vertan, University of Hamburg, Germany Manolis Wallace, University of Peloponnese, Greece Frans Wiering, Utrecht University, The Netherlands Menno van Zaanen, Tilburg University, The Netherlands Svitlana Zinger, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands

** Organisation **

Kalliopi A. Zervanou, Utrecht University, the Netherlands Marieke van Erp, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands Beatrice Alex, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

** Contact **

K.A.Zervanou (at) uu.nl
marieke.van.erp (at) vu.nl
balex (at) inf.ed.ac.uk
2nd Call for papers: TSD 2015, Czech Republic, 14-17 September 2015, deadline: May 10 2015

Eighteenth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2015)
Plzen (Pilsen), Czech Republic, 14-17 September 2015


The submission deadline March 31 is approaching. We will not extend the deadline.
However, in case you need some extra days, please let us know and do the following: Register yourself and submit your paper with a valid abstract.
Put “UNFINISHED” as the first word in the abstract (both in the system and in the paper). We need at least the abstract to organize the reviews.
When you finish your work, please, update the paper.


* Keynote speakers: Hermann Ney, Dan Roth, Björn W. Schuller,
Peter D. Turney, and Alexander Waibel.
* TSD is traditionally published by Springer-Verlag and regularly listed in
all major citation databases: Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings
* TSD offers high-standard transparent review process - double blind, final
reviewers discussion.
* TSD is officially recognized as an INTERSPEECH 2015 satellite event.
* TSD will take place in Pilsen, the European Capital of Culture 2015.
* TSD provides an all-service package (conference access and material, all
meals, one social event, etc) for an easily affordable fee starting at
270 EUR for students and 330 EUR for full participants.


March 31, 2015 ............ Submission of full papers May 10, 2015 .............. Notification of acceptance May 31, 2015 .............. Final papers (camera ready) and registration

September 14-17, 2015 ....... Conference date


TSD series have 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. The TSD proceedings are regularly indexed by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index. LNAI series are listed in all major citation databases such as DBLP, SCOPUS, EI, INSPEC, or COMPENDEX.

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


Keynote topic:
Challenges of Modern Era in Speech and Language Processing

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
(multilingual processing, sentiment analysis, credibility
analysis, automatic text labeling, summarization, authorship

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

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

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

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

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

Elmar Noeth, Germany (general chair)
Eneko Agirre, Spain
Genevieve Baudoin, France
Vladimir Benko, Slovakia
Paul Cook, Australia
Jan Cernocky, Czech Republic
Simon Dobrisek, Slovenia
Kamil Ekstein, Czech Republic
Karina Evgrafova, Russia
Darja Fiser, Slovenia
Eleni Galiotou, Greece
Radovan Garabik, Slovakia
Alexander Gelbukh, Mexico
Louise Guthrie, United Kingdom
Jan Hajic, Czech Republic
Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic
Yannis Haralambous, France
Hynek Hermansky, USA
Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Republic
Ales Horak, Czech Republic
Eduard Hovy, USA
Maria Khokhlova, Russia
Daniil Kocharov, Russia
Miloslav Konopik, Czech Republic
Ivan Kopecek, Czech Republic
Valia Kordoni, Germany
Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany
Natalija Loukachevitch, Russia
Bernardo Magnini, Italy
Vaclav Matousek, Czech Republic
Diana McCarthy, United Kingdom
France Mihelic, Slovenia
Roman Moucek, Czech Republic
Hermann Ney, Germany
Karel Oliva, Czech Republic
Karel Pala, Czech Republic
Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
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, United Kingdom
Marcin Wolinski, Poland
Victor Zakharov, Russia


The official language of the event will be English. However, papers on processing of languages other than English are strongly encouraged.


The conference fee depends on the date of payment and on your status. It includes one copy of the conference proceedings, refreshments/coffee breaks, opening dinner, welcome party, mid-conference social event admissions, and organizing costs. In order to lower the fee as much as possible, the accommodation and the conference trip are not included.

Full participant:
early registration by May 31, 2015 - CZK 9.000 (approx. 330 EUR) late registration by August 1, 2015 - CZK 10.000 (approx. 370 EUR) on-site registration - CZK 10.700 (approx. 390 EUR)

Student (reduced):
early registration by May 31, 2015 - CZK 7.400 (approx. 270 EUR) late registration by August 1, 2015 - CZK 9.000 (approx. 330 EUR) on-site registration - CZK 10.000 (approx. 370 EUR)


The city of Plze? (Pilsen) is situated in Western Bohemia at the confluence of four rivers. With its 170,000 inhabitants it is the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic and an important industrial, commercial, and administrative centre. It is also the capital of the Pilsen Region. In addition, Pilsen won the title of the European Capital of Culture for the upcoming year 2015.

Pilsen is well-known for its brewing tradition. The trademark Pilsner-Urquell has a good reputation all over the world thanks to the traditional recipe, high quality hops and good groundwater. Beer lovers will also appreciate a visit to the Brewery Museum or the Brewery itself.

Apart from its delicious beer, Pilsen hides lots of treasures in its core.
The city can boast the second largest synagogue in Europe. The dominant of the old part of the city center is definitely the 13th-century Gothic cathedral featuring the highest church tower in Bohemia (102.34 m). It is possible to go up and admire the view of the city. Not far from the cathedral is the splendid Renaissance Town Hall from 1558 and plenty of pleasant cafes and pubs are situated on and around the main square.

There is also the beautiful Pilsen Historical Underground - under the city center, a complex network of passageways and cellars can be found. They are about 14 km long and visitors can see the most beautiful part of this labyrinth during the tour. It is recommended to visit the City Zoological Garden, having the second largest space for bears in Europe and keeping several Komodo dragons, large lizards which exist only in a few zoos in the world.

The University of West Bohemia in Pilsen provides a variety of courses for both Czech and international students. It is the only institution of higher education in this part of the country which prepares students for careers in engineering (electrical and mechanical), science (computer science, applied mathematics, physics, and mechanics), education (both primary and secondary), economics, philosophy, politics, archeology, anthropology, foreign languages, law and public administration, art and design.


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

Venue: Plze? (Pilsen), Parkhotel Congress Center Plze?, Czech Republic


All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to:
Ms Anna Habernalovį, TSD2015 Conference Secretary
E-mail: tsd2015(removeme)tsdconference.org
Phone: (+420) 724 910 148
Fax: +420 377 632 402 - Please, mark the faxed material with capitals
'TSD' on top.
TSD 2015 conference web site: www.tsdconference.org/tsd2015
CfP: X Forum of Linguistic Sharing, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, November 27 2015, deadline: May 15 2015
X Forum of Linguistic Sharing
27th November 2015, Lisbon (Portugal)

CLUNL's Young Researchers Group is pleased to announce the X Forum of Linguistic Sharing, which will take place on the 27th November 2015 at Faculdade de Ciźncias Sociais e Humanas - Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
The aim of the congress is to give the opportunity to all-level students to present their research and exchange opinions. Thereby, we invite all young researchers who work in different fields of Linguistics to participate.
We welcome papers from undergraduate students, BA graduates, MA students, MA graduates and PhD students. Each author can propose only one paper and only via email jiclunl(removeme)fcsh.unl.pt.

The available modes of presentation are the following:
• Oral presentation: each presentation can last up to 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for debate and questions.
• Poster: discussion with participants regarding the contents displayed in the poster. The session will last 30 minutes.
The format of the abstract should be as follows:
• Title
• Author(s): name(s), affiliation, degree/attended course and email address
• Area(s) of Linguistics
• Mode of presentation (oral or poster)
• Abstract (maximum 500 words), which should address the following aspects: topic and its relevance, objectives, methodology, description of results;
• Keywords (maximum 5)
• References (maximum 10)

The text should be formatted according to the following guidelines: Times New Roman, 12pt, spacing 1.5, A4, with 2.5cm margins, in a Word file.
Two copies of each abstract should be sent: an anonymous one and an identified one. Papers can be sent in Portuguese and or English, which will be the working languages in the congress.

Once the summaries are evaluated and selected by a proper Scientific Committee, the result will be conveyed to each author respectively and payment instructions will be explained.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15th May 2015.
For additional information, contact: jiclunl(removeme)fcsh.unl.pt

Call for Papers: EMNLP 2015, Lisbon, Portugal, September 17-21 2015, deadline: May 31 2015
September 17-21, 2015
Lisbon, Portugal


Long paper submission deadline: May 31, 2015 Short paper submission deadline: June 15, 2015 ===============================================

SIGDAT, the Association for Computational Linguistics' special interest group on linguistic data and corpus-based approaches to NLP, invites submissions to EMNLP 2015.

The conference will be held on September 17-21 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference will consist of three days of full paper presentations with two days of workshops and tutorials.

Conference URL: www.emnlp2015.org

The conference web site will include updated information on workshops, tutorials, venue, traveling, etc. For helpful tips on visiting Lisboa, Portugal, please check the WikiTravel website ( wikitravel.org/en/Lisboa).

As in recent years, some of the presentations at the conference will be of papers accepted for the Transactions of the ACL journal ( www.transacl.org/).


EMNLP 2015 will have a large workshop program with 7 workshops and 8 tutorials. See www.emnlp2015.org/workshops.html and www.emnlp2015.org/tutorials.html for more details.


We solicit papers on all areas of interest to the SIGDAT community and aligned fields, including but not limited to:

- Phonology, Morphology, and Segmentation
- Tagging, Chunking, Parsing and Syntax
- Discourse, Dialogue, and Pragmatics
- Semantics
- Summarization and Generation
- Statistical Models and Machine Learning Methods
- Machine Translation and Multilinguality
- Information Extraction
- Information Retrieval and Question Answering
- Sentiment Analysis and Opinion Mining
- Spoken Language Processing
- Computational Psycholinguistics
- NLP for Web and Social Media (including Computational Social Science)
- Language and Vision
- Text Mining and NLP Applications


- Long Paper submission deadline: May 31, 2015
- Short Paper submission deadline: June 15, 2015
- Author response period: July 7-10, 2015
- Acceptance notification: July 24, 2015
- Camera-ready submission deadline: August 14, 2015
- Workshops and tutorials: September 17-18, 2015
- Main conference: September 19-21, 2015

All deadlines are calculated at 11:59pm (UTC/GMT -11 hours)


Long papers

EMNLP 2015 submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation and analysis should be included. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three program committee members.

Each long paper submission consists of a paper of up to eight (8) pages of content, plus two pages for references; final versions of long papers will be given one additional page (up to 9 pages with 2 pages for references) so that reviewers' comments can be taken into account.

Short papers

EMNLP 2015 also solicits short papers. Short paper submissions must describe original and unpublished work. While a short paper is not a shortened long paper, the characteristics of short papers include:

- A small, focused contribution
- Work in progress
- A negative result
- An opinion piece
- An interesting application nugget

Each short paper submission consists of up to four (4) pages of content, plus 2 pages for references. Upon acceptance, short papers will be given five (5) pages in the proceedings and 2 pages for references. Authors are encouraged to use this additional page to address reviewers' comments in their final versions. Each short paper submission will be reviewed by at least three program committee members.

Both long and short papers

Papers may be accompanied by the resources (software and/or data) described in the papers. Papers that are submitted with accompanying software/data may receive additional credit toward the overall evaluation score, and the potential impact of the software and data will be taken into account when making the acceptance/rejection decisions.

Accepted papers will be presented orally or as a poster (at the discretion of the program chairs). There will be no distinction in the proceedings between papers presented orally or as posters.

Both long and short papers should follow the two-column format to be provided at the conference site. We reserve the right to reject submissions if the paper does not conform to these styles, including paper size and font size restrictions.

As the reviewing will be blind, papers should not include the authors'
names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., “We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...”, should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as “Smith (1991) previously showed ...”. Submissions that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected without review. Separate author identification information is required as part of the on-line submission process.

Submission will be online, managed by the START system ( www.softconf.com/emnlp2015/papers). The site will be open for accepting submissions one and half months before the conference deadline. To minimize network congestion we request authors upload their submissions as early as possible.

EMNLP multiple submission policy

Papers that have been or will be submitted to other meetings or publications must indicate this at submission time, and must be withdrawn from the other venues if accepted by EMNLP 2015. We will not accept for publication or presentation papers that overlap significantly in content or results with papers that will be (or have
been) published elsewhere.

Authors submitting more than one paper to EMNLP 2015 must ensure that submissions do not overlap significantly (>25%) with each other in content or results.

Preprint servers such as arXiv.org and ACL-related workshops that do not have published proceedings in the ACL Anthology are not considered archival for purposes of submission. Authors must state in the online submission form the name of the workshop or preprint server and title of the non-archival version. The submitted version should be suitably anonymized and not contain references to the prior non-archival version. Reviewers will be told: "The author(s) have notified us that there exists a non-archival previous version of this paper with significantly overlapping text. We have approved submission under these circumstances, but to preserve the spirit of blind review, the current submission does not reference the non-archival version."
Reviewers are free to do what they like with this information.


All accepted papers must be presented at the conference to appear in the proceedings. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for EMNLP 2015.


General Chair
Lluķs Mąrquez, Qatar Computing Research Institute

Program co-Chairs
Chris Callison-Burch, University of Pennsylvania Jian Su, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R)

Workshops co-Chairs
Zornitsa Kozareva, Yahoo! Labs
Jörg Tiedemann, Uppsala University

Tutorial co-Chairs
Maggie Li, Hong Kong Polytechnic University Khalil Sima'an, University of Amsterdam

Publication co-Chairs

Daniele Pighin, Google Inc.
Yuval Marton, Microsoft Corp.

Publicity Chair
Barbara Plank, University of Copenhagen

Sponsorship Team
Hang Li, Huawei Technologies
Joćo Graēa, Unbabel Inc.

SIGDAT Liaison
Noah Smith, Carnegie Mellon University

Local co-Chairs

André Martins, Priberam
Joćo Graēa, Unbabel Inc.

Local Publicity Chair
Isabel Trancoso, INESC-ID/IST, University of Lisbon

Conference Handbook Chair
Fernando Batista, INESC-ID/University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL)

Website and App Chair
Bruno Martins, INESC-ID/IST, University of Lisbon

English Courses in 2015, Glynd?r University, Wales, Great Britain
More information about our English Language Summer School 2015 can be found at: www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/Campusesandfacilities/SecondLanguageLearningCentre/Courses/EnglishLanguageSummerSchool2015/

We can also deliver shorter English language courses for university lecturers from different subject areas and are very happy to prepare quotes with travel and transfers, accommodation etc.:

Our special course for English language teachers/lecturers is explained further at:
Te verschijnen: Hans Broekhuis, Norbert Corver & Riet Vos. Syntax of Dutch. Verbs and Verb Phrases, Volume 1 &2. Amsterdam University Press
The Syntax of Dutch presents a synthesis of the currently available syntactic knowledge of Dutch. It is primarily concerned with language description and not with linguistic theory, and provides support to all researchers interested in matters relating to the syntax of Dutch, including advanced students of language and linguistics.

So far four volumes have appeared On Nouns, adjectives and adposition. On February, 17, 2015, the series is supplemented by two volumes: a third volume will follow in April 2016, which will conclude the series (at least for the moment). The new volumes on verbs are organized in a similar way as the previously released volumes. Volume 1 opens with a general introduction to verbs, including a review of various verb classifications and discussions on inflection, tense, mood, modality and aspect. This is followed by a comprehensive discussion of complementation (argument structure and verb frame alternations). Volume 2 continues the discussion of complementation, but is more specifically focused on clausal complements: the reader will find detailed discussions of finite and infinitival argument clauses, complex verb constructions and verb clustering. Volume 3 concludes the discussion with a description of adverbial modification and the overall structure of clauses in relation to word order (e.g., verb placement, wh-movement. extraposition phenomena, scrambling, etc.).

De Syntax of Dutch appears in hardcover with Amsterdam University Press en is also available as a (free) open access publication via Oapen.org. In order to celebrate the publication of the two new volumes, AUP gives a discount of 15 % on all volumes (as well as free shipping) from February 7 until March 1, 2015, if ordered from the AUP-website with the use of discount code SyntaxOfDutch2015. In the same period, subscribers on the full series of seven books will receive a discount of 25%; contact orders(removeme)aup.nl for orders or more information.

For more information on the progress of the Syntax of Dutch series, the reader is referred to the Language Portal Dutch/Frisian or the LinkedIn-page of Hans Broekhuis.
Uitnodiging plenaire gedeelte "Ph.D. Students on Science 2.0, KNAW Amsterdam, 1 mei 2015
Ph.D. students on Science 2.0

In het debat over de staat van het Nederlandse onderwijs en onderzoek wordt de grootste groep wetenschappers, de promovendi, nauwelijks gehoord. Wat vinden zij van de kwaliteit van hun promotieopleidingen, publicatiedruk, academisch carričreperspectief en funding? Daarom krijgen zij het podium op deze middag. Tijdens de bijeenkomst zullen promovendi, en degenen die beroepshalve met promovendi te maken hebben, met elkaar in discussie gaan over de meest prangende kwesties. Ook vertellen hoogleraren over hun ervaringen als promovendus, en de dagelijkse praktijk van het begeleiden van promovendi.

Datum & tijd: 1 mei 2015, 15.45 – 17.00 uur
Plaats: Het Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
Meer informatie: www.knaw.nl/nl/actueel/agenda/aanmelden-discussiemiddag-phd-students.

Kosten: Deelname is gratis, maar aanmelding is noodzakelijk.
Aanmelden: www.knaw.nl/nl/actueel/agenda/aanmelden-discussiemiddag-phd-students
The Syntax and Music Lunch, Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam, June 25 2015
The Syntax and Music Lunch
Thursday, June 25, 2015; 12:00-13:30
Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam, Keizerszaal

The seminal paper by Katz and Pesetsky (2011) showed how minimalist ideas can be applied to the structure of tonal music, defending the 'identity hypothesis' that the basic operations applying to language and music are the same. During this informal lunch, two syntacticians –Hedde Zeijlstra and Diego Pescarini – will present new papers responding to K&P:

Diego Pescarini (University of Zürich): A minimalist analysis of modulation in western tonal music.
Hedde Zeijlstra (University of Göttingen): No movement in music – A reply to Katz and Pesetsky (2011)

The setting of the meeting will be informal; one is allowed to bring lunch and eat it during the meeting. It might be helpful to read the Katz and Pesetsky paper beforehand.
All invited!
Summer School 'Neurocognitive methods for infant and toddler research', Utrecht, The Netherlands, August 17-21 2015
Save the date
August 17th - 21st

for the Summer School

Neurocognitive methods for infant and toddler research
Utrecht - The Netherlands

The field of developmental cognitive neuroscience has made great progress over the past decades. To take it to the next level will require codification, innovation and further integration of experimental methodologies and quantitative aspects of data interpretation. The current summer school will acquaint students with a number of methods frequently applied in brain, cognition and behaviour research with infants and toddlers. Moreover, it will sensitise students to issues regarding reliability, replicability, and validity, and have them explore how these issues relate to general and specific susceptibilities of current techniques and quantitative methods.

The summer school will include lectures from experts with the various techniques, interactive discussion sessions, student presentations, and a one-day symposium on methodological considerations in infants and toddler research.

Confirmed speakers are:
Judit Gervain - application of fNIRS for studying early language and speech perception
Vincent Reid - the use of EEG to study development of perception
Jill Lany - using statistical learning methods to study language learning
Sabine Hunnius - the use of Eyetracking to study social-cognitive development

Participation is open for students at advanced master or PhD level. Attendance fee will be 200 euro's, including attendance to the summer school, symposium, and summer school diner, excluding travel and housing.

Information on the program and application details can be retrieved from www.utrechtsummerschool.nl/courses/social-sciences/neurocognitive-methods-for-infant-and-toddler-research

Kind regards,
Frank Wijnen
Rene Kager
Evelyn Kroesbergen
Carlijn van den Boomen
WAP scriptieprijs 2015, deadline: 30 september 2015
WAP scriptieprijs 2015
Het WAP reikt om de twee jaar tijdens het WAP symposium de WAP scriptieprijs uit voor de beste scriptie die geschreven is op het gebied van taalonderzoek en taalpraktijk en met name de koppeling daartussen.

Regels van de scriptieprijs
• Wie kan insturen: Studenten die hun scriptie afgerond hebben tussen juni 2013 en september 2015.
• De scriptie is afgerond aan een erkende HBO of universitaire instelling in Nederland.
• Scripties zowel op Bachelor als Master niveau kunnen ingestuurd worden en dienen in het Nederlands of in het Engels geschreven te zijn.
• Engelstalige scripties dienen een Nederlandstalige samenvatting te bevatten.
• Procedure: de scriptie dient te worden gestuurd naar wap.scriptieprijs(removeme)gmail.com met een bewijs van een cijfer en de naam van de (eerste) scriptiebegeleider. Alleen afgeronde en becijferde scripties kunnen worden ingediend. Woensdag 30 september 2015 is de laatste dag dat de scriptie kan worden ingestuurd. Een vakjury zal de scripties lezen en beoordelen.
• Prijs: de winnaar van de WAP scriptieprijs wint een geldbedrag van 100 euro. Verder krijgt de winnaar een 1-jarig lidmaatschap van het WAP cadeau.
• De winnaar presenteert tijdens het WAP symposium op 28 november.