February 27th, 2015

LOT Announcements / events
Update LOT Summer School, Leuven, Belgium, June 15-26 2015
The provisional schedule for the upcoming LOT Summer School in Leuven is online.
Please see: www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2015_Summerschool_Leuven/

Take a look at our Facebook page as well: www.facebook.com/LOTSummerSchoolLeuven

Registration for the LOT Summer School 2015 will be open from March 20 at the latest until May 1.
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 Synta 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!

March 2: Speaker tba – Location: Utrecht University, Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, room 1.06 (Ravesteijn);
March 9: Marko Hladnik – Location: Utrecht University, Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06;
March 23: Speaker tba – Location: Utrecht University, Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06;
March 30: Mirjam Hachem – Location: Utrecht University, Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06;
April 20: Will Harwood – Location: Utrecht University, Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06;
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, March 2 2015
Dear all,

This is to inform you that our next Syntax Interface Lecture takes place Monday, 02/03/2015. Our speaker will be Hedde Zeijlstra (Georg-August-University Göttingen) and the title of his talk is: ‘Formal features and the triggers of movement’. The talk starts at 15:30 and takes place at Utrecht University, Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, room 1.06 (Ravesteijn).

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 organisation,
Jolien Scholten
ACLC seminar "Feature reconfiguration in child heritage speakers of Spanish", Amsterdam, March 6 2015
Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, zaal 4.01

March 6 2015, 15.15-16.30 uur
Dr Alejandro Cuza (Purdue University)
Feature reconfiguration in child heritage speakers of Spanish

The abstract can be found on the ACLC website: aclc.uva.nl/news-and-events/events/aclc-smart-seminar/all-events/all-events/content/folder/03/6-aclc-seminar-dr-alejandro-cuza.html
Sign Language Colloquium, Radboud University Nijmegen, March 6 2015
We herewith warmly invite you to attend the next Sign Language Colloquim, with the theme “Care and education for the deaf(blind)”, to be held on Friday March 6, 2015.
Location: Erasmusbuilding (Radboud University Nijmegen), zijzaal Refter (side room of canteen, first floor), Erasmusplein 1, Nijmegen.

13.00-13.30 coffee/tea
13.30-17.00 talks (break 15.00-15.30):

Ylva Söderfeldt (RWTH Aachen):
An Unwanted Cure. The Galvanic Trials at the Berlin Royal Deaf-Mute Asylum in 1802

Pieter Verstraete (KU Leuven):
Silence, sound or noise: the institutionalization of deaf-blind education in 19th century Europe

Corrie Tijsseling (Universiteit Utrecht):
School, where? The meaning of deaf education in the Netherlands for the Dutch Deaf community

Anja Hiddinga (Universiteit van Amsterdam):
Caring for elderly deaf people in The Netherlands. Dilemmas of social responsibility and cultural recognition

17:00 drinks

Throughout the Colloquium, there will be interpreting between English and NGT (interpreters: Maya de Wit and Irma Sluis). Attendance at the colloquium is free, there is no need to register.
We hope to welcome you on Friday March 6th!
Best regards,

Organisation Sign Language Colloquium,
Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen
Three Seminars by Theresa Biberauer (University of Cambridge), Utrecht, March 16-18 2015
Utrecht University, UiL-OTS and the VIDI-project 'Uniformity of Linguistic Variation' are happy to announce that

Theresa Biberauer will give three seminars on

"Rethinking parametric variation: an emergentist approach"

March 16th, 2015 - 1400 - 1700, Drift 25, 206

March 17th, 2015 - 1400 - 1700, Drift 25, 001

March 18th, 2015 - 1000 - 1230, Drift 23, 010

You are very welcome to join. Please send an e-mail to f.wesseling(removeme)uu.nl
KNAW colloquium: Decoding the neurobiology of synaesthesia, Amsterdam, March 18 2015
Title: Decoding the neurobiology of synaesthesia
When: 18 March 2015 to 20 March 2015
Where: KNAW, Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
Contact Name: Soek Yi Tong, soek.yi.tong(removeme)knaw.nl
Contact Phone: +31 20 551 0987

This Academy Colloquium will bring together leading experts from neurobiology, cognitive psychology, and genetics to critically evaluate the known aspects of synaesthesia and debate the scientific questions that can be answered by studying this intriguing phenomenon. Preceding the international Academy Colloquium a Master Class for young researchers, PhD-students and research master students in Neurobiology of Synaesthesia is organised.

Language Acquisition Meeting (LAM) on “Acquiring Referentiality”, Utrecht, April 10 2015
The Language Acquisition Meeting of April 10th will host a mini-workshop on the acquisition of referentiality in general and of articles in particular. Invited speakers are Ava Creemers, Manuela Pinto, Roumyana Slabakova, Elina Tuniyan and Merel Witteloostuijn.

Where? Utrecht, Drift 23, room 010
When? April 10th 2015, from 15.15 till 17.00

All information about the workshop will be posted at
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
9th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE LATA 2015, Nice, France, March 2-6 2015

LATA 2015

Nice, France

March 2-6, 2015

Organized by:

CNRS, I3S, UMR 7271
Nice Sophia Antipolis University

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




Monday, March 2

09:15 - 10:15 Registration

10:15 - 10:25 Opening

10:25 - 11:15 Azadeh Farzan, Matthias Heizmann, Jochen Hoenicke, Zachary Kincaid and Andreas Podelski: Automated Program Verification - Invited Lecture

11:15 - 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 - 13:00

Ala Eddine Ben Salem: Single-pass Testing Automata for LTL Model Checking

Conrad Cotton-Barratt, Andrzej S. Murawski and C.-H. Luke Ong: Weak and Nested Class Memory Automata

Joey Eremondi, Oscar H. Ibarra and Ian McQuillan: Insertion Operations on Deterministic Reversal-Bounded Counter Machines

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 16:10

Adrien Boiret, Vincent Hugot, Joachim Niehren and Ralf Treinen: Logics for Unordered Trees with Data Constraints on Siblings

Franēois Gonze and Raphaėl M. Jungers: On the Synchronizing Probability Function and the Triple Rendezvous Time: New Approaches to Cerny's Conjecture

Vesa Halava, Reino Niskanen and Igor Potapov: On Robot Games of Degree Two

Shankara Narayanan Krishna, Lakshmi Manasa and Ashutosh Trivedi: Time-Bounded Reachability Problem for Recursive Timed Automata is Undecidable

16:10 - 16:25 Break

16:25 - 18:10

Rui Li and Yiguang Hong: On Observability of Automata Networks via Computational Algebra

Nicolas Peltier: Reasoning on Schemas of Formulas: An Automata-Based Approach

Martin Sulzmann and Peter Thiemann: Derivatives for Regular Shuffle Expressions

Eric Allender and Ian Mertz: Complexity of Regular Functions

Tuesday, March 3

09:00 - 09:50

Marco Autili, Paola Inverardi, Filippo Mignosi, Romina Spalazzese and Massimo Tivoli: Automated Synthesis of Application-layer Connectors from Automata-based Specifications - Invited Lecture

09:50 - 10:05 Break

10:05 - 11:20

Peter Thiemann and Martin Sulzmann: From Omega-Regular Expressions to Büchi Automata via Partial Derivatives

Guillaume Verdier and Jean-Baptiste Raclet: Quotient of Acceptance Specifications under Reachability Constraints

Parvaneh Babari and Manfred Droste: A Nivat Theorem for Weighted Picture Automata and Weighted MSO Logics

11:20 - 11:50 Coffee Break

11:50 - 13:05

Luc Boasson and Olivier Carton: Rational Selecting Relations and Selectors

Peter Leupold and Norbert Hundeshagen: A Hierarchy of Transducing Observer Systems

Antoine Ndione, Aurélien Lemay and Joachim Niehren: Sublinear DTD Validity

13:05 - 14:35 Lunch

14:35 - 16:15

Carl Barton, Costas S. Iliopoulos and Solon P. Pissis: Average-case Optimal Approximate Circular String Matching

Johanna Björklund, Frank Drewes and Niklas Zechner: An Efficient Best-Trees Algorithm for Weighted Tree Automata over the Tropical Semiring

Bastien Cazaux, Thierry Lecroq and Eric Rivals: Construction of a de Bruijn Graph for Assembly from a Truncated Suffix Tree

Da-Jung Cho, Yo-Sub Han and Hwee Kim: Frequent Pattern Mining with Non-overlapping Inversions

16:15 - 16:30 Break

16:30 - 17:45

H.K. Dai and Z. Wang: A Parallel Algorithm for Finding All Minimal Maximum Subsequences via Random Walk

Hernįn Ponce-De-León and Andrey Mokhov: Building Bridges Between Sets of Partial Orders

Vojt?ch Vorel and Adam Roman: Complexity of Road Coloring with Prescribed Reset Words

Wednesday, March 4

9:00 - 9:50

Antonio Restivo: The Shuffle Product: New Research Directions - Invited Lecture

9:50 - 10:05 Break

10:05 - 11:20

Marcella Anselmo, Dora Giammarresi and Maria Madonia: Structure and Measure of a Decidable Class of Two-dimensional Codes

Thibault Godin, Ines Klimann and Matthieu Picantin: On Torsion-Free Semigroups Generated by Invertible Reversible Mealy Automata

Luis-Miguel Lopez and Philippe Narbel: Coding Non-orientable Laminations

11:20 - 11:50 Group Photo and Coffee Break

11:50 - 13:05

Pavel Panteleev: Preset Distinguishing Sequences and Diameter of Transformation Semigroups

Charalampos Zinoviadis: Hierarchy and Expansiveness in 2D Subshifts of Finite Type

Stefano Bilotta, Elisa Pergola, Renzo Pinzani and Simone Rinaldi: Recurrence Relations, Succession Rules and the Positivity Problem

13:05 - 14:35 Lunch

14:35 - 16:15

Philip Bille, Inge Li Gųrtz and Sųren Vind: Compressed Data Structures for Range Searching

Alberto Policriti, Nicola Gigante and Nicola Prezza: Average Linear Time and Compressed Space Construction of the Burrows-Wheeler Transform

Jan Trįvnķ?ek, Jan Janoušek, Bo?ivoj Melichar and Loek Cleophas: Backward Linearised Tree Pattern Matching

Vladimir Ulyantsev, Ilya Zakirzyanov and Anatoly Shalyto: BFS-based Symmetry Breaking Predicates for DFA Identification

17:00 - 20:00 Touristic visit

Thursday, March 5

09:00 - 09:50

Giancarlo Mauri, Alberto Leporati, Luca Manzoni, Antonio E. Porreca and Claudio Zandron: Complexity Classes for Membrane Systems - Invited Lecture

09:50 - 10:05 Break

10:05 - 11:20

Davide Bresolin, Dario Della Monica, Angelo Montanari, Pietro Sala and Guido Sciavicco: On the Complexity of Fragments of the Modal Logic of Allen's Relations over Dense Structures

Nadia Creignou, Raļda Ktari, Arne Meier, Julian-Steffen Müller, Frédéric Olive and Heribert Vollmer: Parameterized Enumeration for Modification Problems

Martin Lück, Arne Meier and Irena Schindler: Parameterized Complexity of CTL: A Generalization of Courcelle's Theorem

11:20 - 11:50 Coffee Break

11:50 - 13:05

Kazuyuki Amano and Atsushi Saito: A Nonuniform Circuit Class with Multilayer of Threshold Gates Having Super Quasi Polynomial Size Lower Bounds against NEXP

Georg Bachmeier, Michael Luttenberger and Maximilian Schlund: Finite Automata for the Sub- and Superword Closure of CFLs: Descriptional and Computational Complexity

Olaf Beyersdorff, Leroy Chew and Karteek Sreenivasaiah: A Game Characterisation of Tree-like Q-resolution Size

13:05 - 14:35 Lunch

14:35 - 16:15

Alberto Dennunzio, Enrico Formenti, Luca Manzoni and Antonio E. Porreca: Preimage Problems for Reaction Systems

Ryo Yoshinaka: Learning Conjunctive Grammars and Contextual Binary Feature Grammars

Raphaėl Bailly, Franēois Denis and Guillaume Rabusseau: Recognizable Series on Hypergraphs

Yohan Boichut, Jacques Chabin and Pierre Réty: Towards More Precise Rewriting Approximations

16:15 - 16:30 Break

16:30 - 17:45

Michael Codish, Luķs Cruz-Filipe and Peter Schneider-Kamp: Sorting Networks: the End Game

Konrad Kazimierz Dabrowski, Shenwei Huang and Daniėl Paulusma: Bounding Clique-width via Perfect Graphs

Ryszard Janicki, Jetty Kleijn, Maciej Koutny and ?ukasz Mikulski: Order Structures for Subclasses of Generalised Traces

Friday, March 6

9:00 - 9:50

Johann A. Makowsky and Nadia Labai: Hankel Matrices: From Words to Graphs - Invited Lecture

9:50 - 10:05 Break

10:05 - 11:20

Golnaz Badkobeh, Gabriele Fici and Zsuzsanna Liptįk: On the Number of Closed Factors in a Word

Gabriele Fici, Thierry Lecroq, Arnaud Lefebvre and Élise Prieur-Gaston: Online Computation of Abelian Runs

Guilhem Gamard and Gwenaėl Richomme: Coverability in Two Dimensions

11:20 - 11:50 Coffee Break

11:50 - 13:05

Jana Hadravovį and Št?pįn Holub: Equation xiyjxk=uivjuk in Words

?ukasz Mikulski, Marcin Pi?tkowski and Wojciech Rytter: Square-free Words over Partially Commutative Alphabets

Ananda Chandra Nayak and Kalpesh Kapoor: On the Language of Primitive Partial Words

13:05 - 13:15 Closing
Call for registration: Anéla/VIOT Juniorendag, Nijmegen, 6 maart 2015
Anéla/VIOT Juniorendag (English below)

Op vrijdag 6 maart 2015 wordt de jaarlijkse Juniorendag van Anéla en VIOT georganiseerd in Nijmegen. Studenten, net afgestudeerden en promovendi kunnen op de Juniorendag hun scriptie- of promotieonderzoek op het gebied van toegepaste taalkunde (taalgebruik, taalverwerving, taalonderwijs, taalbeheersing of communicatie) in een informele sfeer presenteren tijdens een lezing of een posterpresentatie. Daarnaast wordt op deze dag de jaarlijkse Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs uitgereikt voor de beste scriptie binnen het vakgebied.

De plenaire sprekers zijn: Prof. Dr. Hans Hoeken (RU) en Prof. Dr. Asli Ozyurek (MPI & RU).

Meld je aan vóór 26 februari op: www.anela.nl/activiteiten/juniorendag

Studententarief: 10 euro p.p.(incl. lunch en borrel)

Voor vragen of nadere informatie over de Juniorendag kunt u een email sturen naar: juniorendag2015(removeme)gmail.com.


On Friday, March 6th 2015, Anéla and VIOT (the Dutch and Flemish associations for applied linguistics and discourse studies) organize their annual junior research day (Juniorendag) in Nijmegen. At the Juniorendag, graduate students, junior researchers and PhD candidates in the field of applied linguistics (language use, language acquisition, education, discourse, or communication) get the opportunity to present their work. In addition, the annual Anéla-VIOT Scriptieprijs is awarded to the best BA- or MA-thesis in the field of applied linguistics.

The keynote speakers are: Prof. Dr. Hans Hoeken (RU) and Prof. Dr. Asli Ozyurek (MPI & RU).

Register before February 26th at: www.anela.nl/activiteiten/juniorendag
Student rate: 10 euros per person (including lunch and drinks).

For further information contact us at juniorendag2015(removeme)gmail.com.
Workshop on the occasion of Hanna de Vries's defence, UiL OTS, Utrecht, March 13 2015
On Friday, March 13th, a workshop will be held on the occasion of Hanna de Vries's PhD defence, featuring four talks on semantics and pragmatics in general and the semantics of plurality in particular. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Location: Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, room 1.06 (Ravesteijnkamer)
Time: 9:00 - 12:30

9:00-9:15 coffee/tea
9:15-9:30 opening (Yoad Winter)
9:30-10:10 Thomas Ede Zimmermann (Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main): Fregean varieties of compositionality
10:10-10:50 Bart Geurts (Radboud University Nijmegen): Pragmatics and processing
10:50-11:10 coffee/tea
11:10-11:50 Jakub Dotlacil (Groningen University): Processing pluralities: syntax and the lexicon
11:50 -12:30 Hanna de Vries (Utrecht University): Animacy and semantic number: three case studies

All abstracts can be found at hannadevries.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/friday-march-13th-defense-workshop/
SMART Cognitive Science: the Amsterdam Conference, Amsterdam, March 25-28 2015
We are happy to announce ‘SMART Cognitive Science: the Amsterdam Conference‘, a conference highlighting the contributions from the humanities to cognitive science. The conference takes place in historic buildings in the center of Amsterdam, from March 25th – March 28th, 2015.

The conference consists of 6 intensive, 2-day workshops (in 3 parallel sessions), and a plenary evening program with 3 keynote lectures and 2 discussion sessions. The conference is free of charge, but registration is required. Register now!

2015 World Congress of Modern Languages: Collaborating across Languages and Borders, Niagara Falls (ON), Canada, March 26-28 2015
2015 World Congress of Modern Languages: Collaborating across Languages and Borders.

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

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


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

We hope you'll join us in Canada!

Professor Terry Lamb

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

President, FIPLV (Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues
Chief Editor, International Journal of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching School of Education The Education Building
388 Glossop Road
S10 2JA

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

Times Higher Education University of the Year 2011

FIPLV website: www.fiplv.com/
International Journal of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching:
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Sociolinguistics Circle 2015, Gent, Belgiė, 27 maart 2015
English version below

Call for papers: Sociolinguistics Circle 2015
Gent (Belgiė), 27 maart

Beschrijving van de conferentie
Na een succesvolle eerste editie in Groningen, kondigen we met plezier de tweede conferentiedag aan van de Sociolinguistics Circle, die zal plaatsvinden in Gent op 27 maart 2015. De Sociolinguistics Circle is een initiatief van een groep onderzoekers uit de Lage Landen (zie hieronder). Het doel van de conferentie is studenten en onderzoekers met een link met de Lage Landen samen te brengen om te praten over thema’s als taalvariatie, sociolinguļstiek en de sociale dynamiek van taal. Vooral studenten worden aangemoedigd zich voor deze conferentie aan te melden; de conferentie staat open voor onderzoek op alle niveaus.

Call for papers
Abstracts voor paper- en posterpresentaties (over om het even welke taalvariėteit) kunnen vanaf nu ingediend worden. We verwelkomen abstracts over onderwerpen binnen de variatielinguļstiek, sociolinguļstiek, linguļstische antropologie, dialectologie of gerelateerde disciplines. Abstracts van maximaal 300 woorden (exclusief bibliografische verwijzingen), opgesteld in het Engels of het Nederlands, kunnen naar sociolinguisticscircle(removeme)gmail.com worden gestuurd voor 12 januari 2015.

Organiserend comité (Universiteit Gent)
Johan De Caluwe
Steven Delarue
Veronique De Tier
Anne-Sophie Ghyselen
Inge Van Lancker
Leden van de Sociolinguistics Circle
Leonie Cornips (Meertens Instituut / Universiteit Maastricht)
Stefan Grondelaers (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
Nanna Haug Hilton (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Roeland van Hout (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
Remco Knooihuizen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Jacomine Nortier (Universiteit Utrecht)
Jos Swanenberg (Universiteit van Tilburg)
Veronique De Tier (Universiteit Gent)
Hans Van de Velde (Fryske Akademy)

Call for papers: Sociolinguistics Circle 2015
Ghent (Belgium), March 27

Meeting description
After a successful first edition in Groningen, we are happy to announce the second conference of the Sociolinguistics Circle, which will be hosted by Ghent University. The Sociolinguistics Circle is an initiative by a group of scholars working in the Low Countries (see below). The aim of the one-day conference is to bring together students and researchers of language variation, sociolinguistics and social dynamics of language with a connection to the Low Countries. Particular emphasis is put on student participation: the conference is open to researchers of all levels.

Call for papers
We now welcome abstracts for paper and poster presentations (on any linguistic variety). Abstracts should deal with topics in variationist linguistics, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, dialectology, or related disciplines. Abstracts of no more than 300 words (excluding references) should be submitted in English or Dutch to sociolinguisticscircle(removeme)gmail.com before 12 January 2015.

Organising committee (Ghent University)
Johan De Caluwe
Steven Delarue
Veronique De Tier
Anne-Sophie Ghyselen
Inge Van Lancker
Members of the Sociolinguistics Circle
Leonie Cornips (The Meertens Institute/Maastricht University)
Stefan Grondelaers (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Nanna Haug Hilton (University of Groningen)
Roeland van Hout (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Remco Knooihuizen (University of Groningen)
Jacomine Nortier (Utrecht University)
Jos Swanenberg (Tilburg University)
Veronique De Tier (Ghent University)
Hans Van de Velde (Fryske Akademy)
Workshop on Community-Augmented Meta-Analyses, Utrecht, April 14 2015
The free workshop on Community-Augmented Meta-Analyses (How to get good CAMA?) takes place in Utrecht (The Netherlands) on April 14th, a satellite event of EMLAR XI (Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research, April 15-17; for registration, program, and further information see: emlar.wp.hum.uu.nl).

Workshop website:
(Includes registration form)

Workshop aims:

Meta-analytic methods are, despite allowing for aggregating and comparing data from different studies, still rare. One of the goals of this workshop is to lower the hurdles to using meta-analyses.
A second goal is to promote the use and sharing of already conducted meta-analyses. A CAMA (Community-Augmented Meta-Analysis) combines meta-anlyses with emerging trends towards continuously accumulating evidence and an increased need for transparency and data accessibility. CAMAs allow researchers to build on each others' work: they collect evidence for an effect (and its potential moderators) and can be re-used in their most recent form for specific purposes (eg. gaining an unbiased overview of the literature, calculating power previous to data collection, answering new questions).

Preliminary workshop schedule:

Morning session (10-12h): Introduction to CAMAs
• Introduction to meta-analyses
• How to (and why) calculate prospective power before starting to collect data
• Introduction to existing CAMAs (open, shared meta-analyses that can be re-used and expanded)
• Overview of building your own CAMA
• (If time permits) Publication biases: an overview over a hotly debated topic and a brief introduction to p-curves
Afternoon session (14-17h): Hands-on experience with CAMAs
(Note: bring your own laptop to join)
• Using existing CAMAs to calculate power
• Asking your own questions
• Visualizing data in CAMAs
• Expanding existing CAMAs (extracting and entering new data)
2nd Call: EMLAR 2015, Utrecht, the Netherlands, April 15-17 2015
Registration Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research (EMLAR) XI Closes Sunday, Febuary 15th 2015.
Lectures and hands-on sessions on methodological aspects of language acquisition research

We are happy to announce the eleventh edition of EMLAR, taking place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from April 15th to April 17th 2015 (Wednesday to Friday). Don´t forget to sign upØbefore Sunday, Febuary 15th 2015.

The workshop aims at training advanced MA and PhD students working on first and second language acquisition in experimental research. Experts in various domains of language acquisition research are giving various lectures and practices.

The full program of EMLAR XI and details about registration are available at: emlar.wp.hum.uu.nl/

Registration deadline: Febuary 15th 2015

For further questions, contact us at: emlar2015(removeme)uu.nl

Keynote speaker:
• Harald Clahsen (Universität Potsdam)
Invited speakers:
• Jason Rothman (University of Reading)
• Ludovica Serratice (University of Manchester)
• Pim Mak (Universiteit Utrecht)
• Paul Leseman (Universiteit Utrecht)
• Judy Clegg (University of Bristol)
• Cloė Marshall (University College London)
• Judith Rispens (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
• Pelagia Derizioti (Max Planck Institute Nijmegen)
• Articulography
• Computational Methods
• Eye Tracking: Reading
• Eye Tracking: Visual World Paradigm
• LENA & Analysis of Spontaneous Speech
• Multilevel Analysis
• A User’s Guide to PRAAT
• Preferential Looking/Listening
• Statistics with R
• Lexical Databases
• LimeSurvey
• Ethics

Registration deadline: Febuary 15th 2015

For further questions, contact us at: emlar2015(removeme)uu.nl

Keynote speaker:
• Harald Clahsen (Universität Potsdam)
Invited speakers:
• Jason Rothman (University of Reading)
• Ludovica Serratice (University of Essex)
• Pim Mak (Universiteit Utrecht)
• Paul Leseman (Universiteit Utrecht)
• Judy Clegg (University of Bristol)
• Cloė Marshall (University College London)
• Judith Rispens (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
• Pelagia Derizioti (Max Planck Institute Nijmegen)
• Articulography
• Computational Methods
• Eye Tracking: Reading
• Eye Tracking: Visual World Paradigm
• LENA & Analysis of Spontaneous Speech
• Multilevel Analysis
• A User’s Guide to PRAAT
• Preferential Looking/Listening
• Statistics with R
• Lexical Databases
• LimeSurvey
• Ethics
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)
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!
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
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).
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
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?
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.
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
2 positions: Postdoc and PhD in Theoretical Linguistics, LUCL Leiden University, deadlines: February 28/31 2015
PhD position in experimental psycholinguistics and phonetics, MPI Nijmegen, deadline: March 10 2015
The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) is inviting applications for a PhD position in experimental psycholinguistics and phonetics

The position is available at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics beginning September 2015, embedded within the Psychology of Language department. The PhD project, supervised by Dr. Hans Rutger Bosker and Prof. Antje Meyer, concerns the psychological mechanisms involved in the production and perception of speech rate variation. Speech can be produced at different speeds, but it is unknown how people achieve faster or slower speaking rates. What are the factors that are responsible for rate variation between individuals? How do listeners manage to comprehend speech produced at different rates? How does a speaker’s own speech rate interact with his/her perception of rate variation?

Depending on the candidate’s own background and interests, the project will involve production and perception experiments with a wide range of participants. The Psychology of Language department emphasizes the need to study language in the normal population collecting data from participants with various backgrounds in and outside the lab and online. The department provides opportunities for training in a range of neuropsychological, psychological and phonetic techniques, frequent research and public engagement meetings, and support from an excellent team of researchers in psycholinguistics. For further details of our research, please see our website: www.mpi.nl/departments/psychology-of-language

The MPI in Nijmegen is a leading research institute, with a stimulating environment and excellent facilities and resources. The institute is entirely devoted to the question of how we acquire, produce and understand language, and its investigations are highly multidisciplinary, uniting anthropology, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and genetics.

Candidates should have, or shortly expect to obtain, a Master’s degree in psychology, cognitive science or related areas. We seek exceptional students with a talent and inclination for first class research. Candidates should have an excellent written and spoken command of English.

The position is available as of September 2015 and is funded for 3 years. Funding includes generous research and travel budgets. All students participate in the taught doctoral program of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences.

Applications will be considered on an on-going basis until March 10, 2015. For any questions concerning the research program please write to hansrutger.bosker(removeme)mpi.nl or antje.meyer(removeme)mpi.nl. To apply, write to evelyn.veen(removeme)mpi.nl. Your application should include your CV, the names and e-mail addresses of two referees, and a statement of your research interests (approximately 1000 words), where you describe your research experience and sketch which topic(s) you might want to pursue in your PhD project.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.
PhD position in cognitive psychology, MPI Nijmegen, deadline: March 10 2015
The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) is inviting applications for a PhD position in cognitive psychology

The position is available at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics beginning September 2015, embedded within the Psychology of Language department. The PhD project, supervised by Dr. Shiri Lev-Ari and Prof. Antje Meyer, should examine how social experience or social information can influence linguistic processing and representations. One possibility for the PhD candidate is to join an existing project that examines how individual differences in people's social circle influence their linguistic abilities. People vary in how large and how heterogeneous their social circle is. These individual differences influence the nature of the linguistic input they receive, and therefore might influence their linguistic representations and skills. The PhD candidate can choose to develop a project within this framework, or to examine the effects of other individual differences in social experiences or social knowledge.

The project will involve developing a research project and conducting several experiments with a wide range of participants. The Psychology of Language department emphasizes the need to study language in the normal population collecting data from participants with various backgrounds in and outside the lab and online. The department provides opportunities for training in a range of neuropsychological, psychological and phonetic techniques, frequent research and public engagement meetings, and support from an excellent team of researchers in psycholinguistics. For further details of our research, please see our website: www.mpi.nl/departments/psychology-of-language

The MPI in Nijmegen is a leading research institute, with a stimulating environment and excellent facilities and resources. The institute is entirely devoted to the question of how we acquire, produce and understand language, and its investigations are highly multidisciplinary, uniting anthropology, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and genetics.

Candidates should have, or shortly expect to obtain, a Master’s degree in psychology, cognitive science or related areas. We seek exceptional students with a talent and inclination for first class research. Candidates should have an excellent written and spoken command of English.

The position is available as of September 2015 and is funded for 3 years. Funding includes generous research and travel budgets. All students participate in the taught doctoral program of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences.

For full consideration applications should be submitted by March 10, 2015. For any questions concerning the research program please write to shiri.lev-ari(removeme)mpi.nl or antje.meyer(removeme)mpi.nl. To apply write to evelyn.veen(removeme)mpi.nl. Your application should include your CV, the names and e-mail addresses of two referees, and a statement of your research interests (approximately 1000 words), where you describe your research experience and sketch which topic(s) you might want to pursue in your PhD project.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.
Postdoc position speech technology at CLST, Radboud University Nijmegen, deadline: March 15 2015

Postdoc Speech Researcher

Your Task
Within the FAME! project (Frisian Audio Mining Enterprise) we have a vacancy for a post-doctoral researcher. FAME! is a project in the Creative Industry program of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. The goal of the project is to develop Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) for Frisian, for the purpose of disclosing an archive of over 2500 hours of radio broadcasts. The challenge is to make a single system that can deal with both Frisian and Dutch. The candidate will research methods to bootstrap Frisian ASR from other languages, and will investigate the issue of code-switching. A second research area is longitudinal automatic speaker recognition, in order to track speakers over almost half a century of radio broadcasts, for which new approaches for compensation of ageing need to be developed.
The project is carried out in co-operation with several other project partners in The Netherlands, most notably the Fryske Akademy, and we require that the candidate can work well with other (remote) team members, taking a lead when appropriate but also contributing to tasks of other team members.
The research will need to be documented in scientific publications in appropriate journals and relevant conference proceedings, and in Open Source software tools.

Your Profile
We are looking for candidates with the following profile:
- A PhD in Engineering, Computer Science, Machine Learning, Signal Processing, Computational Linguistics or any other relevant discipline.
- Preferably experience in speech technology
- A good publication record
- Fluency in spoken and written English
- Good comprehension capabilities of scientific papers
- Experience in the Linux OS, git version control, scripting in Python and bash, high performance computing in Julia or Num/SciPy, authoring in LaTex, and cluster computing
- Affinity with the open source community
- The drive to work with other project partners, also on location.

- 3 years contract at the Center for Language and Speech Technology (CLST), 0,7 - 1,0 fte
- Scale 11, max. monthly gross salary €4551 at full time appointment

Send your motivation letter and CV ultimately 15 March 2015 to:
Dr Henk van den Heuvel: E h.vandenheuvel(removeme)let.ru.nl; T: +31 24 3611686 and/or
Prof. dr David van Leeuwen: E d.vanleeuwen(removeme)let.ru.nl; T +31 81 888 702

Vacancy number: 23.020.15. Please include with your application a motivation letter (attn. of drs. M.J.M. van Nijnatten), CV and any required attachments. You should upload these documents online, www.ru.nl/newstaff/working_at_radboud/details/details-vacature?taal=uk&recid=543119&pad=%2fnewstaff'
Two Research Positions at the Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS), Berlin, deadline: March 20 2015
1. Research position in first language acquisition research at ZAS (Berlin)
The DFG-Project on the “L1-acquisition of adversative connectives in German, English, and Bulgarian” is offering a part-time research position for 21 months. Because of the time frame for the position, we especially encourage post-MA candidates that are considering an academic career who would like to gain experience in theoretically based acquisition research. There is an opportunity for a continuation of the project for further 24 months. Alternatively, there is a possibility of a PhD-position opening in the ZAS acquisition group from 2017.
The position is remunerated according to E13 of the German TVOeD payscale (60%).

The required research concerns experimental investigations in the development of semantic connotations and the syntactic embedding of but in English- and aber in German-acquiring 2- to 6-year-olds. Applicants must have completed their MA-degree by the time of appointment, and should have a strong research interest in language acquisition research, specifically discourse-related syntactic development and experimental work. Fluent competence in German and English is required.
Please submit applications until March, 20 2015 via electronic mail to Dagmar Bittner (bittner(removeme)zas.gwz-berlin.de) and include the following four items:
1) a detailed curriculum vitae;
2) electronic copy of the Master-thesis or a 5-page summary in pdf-format;
3) a letter of intent specifying research interests and experiences;
4) the names of at least two references we can contact for letters of recommendation.
Overall academic promise and accomplishment are the primary selection criteria.
2. Research position in bilingualism at the Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS), Berlin, Germany

The Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) is offering a part-time research position for 24 months (Salary Scale TVOeD-E13/2) to be filled at the earliest practicable date. We welcome applications to study Discourse-cohesive means in bilingual language acquisition. The focus of the project is on Russian-German preschool and primary school children. Aim of this project is to find out which criteria do children use to determine the anaphoric capacities of personal and demonstrative pronouns. The successful candidate will analyze the existing eye-tracking data and develop and test new (eye-tracking) experiments. (more information: www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/pb20.html?&L=1)

Minimal requirement for application is MSc/MA Degree in Linguistics, Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, Bilingualism or related fields. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with experimental research is especially desired. The candidate should also have some experience of working with children and competence in statistics. Applicants should send (in one .pdf flie) a statement of interest, a detailed CV, 3-page summary of MA and names of two referees to Natalia Gagarina (gagarina(removeme)zas.gwz-berlin.de), ZAS, Schuetzenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin.

Deadline for electronic applications is Friday, 20 March 2015.


The ZAS is a research institute of the State of Berlin receiving major financial support from the Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). Its five main divisions currently focus on the general research program “Embedding, linkage and constituent boundaries in speech, grammar and discourse”. Duties are primarily research-oriented, which can include some administration and acquisition of external funding.
5 PhD-positions Research Training Group DFG GRK 1624 "Frequency effects in language", University of Freiburg, Germany, deadline: March 23 2015
The University of Freiburg, Germany, invites applications for 5 fully-funded Ph.D. positions on the topic of frequency effects in language, beginning October 1, 2015. (An earlier starting date can be arranged in individual cases, but not a later one.) Successful applicants will be members of the Research Training Group on “Frequency effects in language” (Graduiertenkolleg DFG GRK 1624/2), which after successful evaluation of its work by the German Research Foundation (DFG) is currently in its second funding period.

Synopsis: Frequency is assumed to be an important determinant in usage-based models of language change, language acquisition and language processing. In the Ph.D. projects, this determinant will be investigated with a view both to its explanatory potential and its limitations. The proposed research combines quantitative- corpuslinguistic methods with experimental psycho- and neurolinguistics in the analysis of standard and non-standard data from a wide range of European languages. This agenda builds on cutting-edge research in usage-based linguistics, carried out both internationally and in the Research Training Group’s own work during its first funding period (October 2009 to March 2014).

Linguistics in Freiburg: The University of Freiburg has created a unique infrastructure and environment for research in linguistics and cognitive science, especially for young scholars at Ph.D. and postdoctoral level. Key elements in this environment are strong linguistics sections in the Departments of English, German, Romance Languages and Slavic Studies, several Masters programmes in linguistics and cognitive science, the Hermann Paul Center for Linguistics (HPCL), and the Hermann-Paul-Graduate School of Language Sciences (HPSL), which is jointly operated with the neighbouring University of Basel.

We offer:
o a fully paid research-only position (TV-L E13, 65 %) for up to three years
o additional travel grants and funding for materials and equipment
o funding for inviting guest scholars and organising workshops
o an interdisciplinary teaching programme that enables you to carry out state-of- the-art research in usage-based linguistics
o an efficient supervision and mentoring programme
o a high-profile research environment bridging the gap between linguistics and the cognitive-psycholinguistic sciences
o a vibrant community of Ph.D. students and post-docs in the language sciences
o one of the leading European universities (both in teaching and research; member of the League of European Research Universities)
o a campus in the city centre with a highly international atmosphere
o one of the most attractive university towns in Germany (total population: about 220,000), capital of the Black Forest, bordering on France and Switzerland

We expect:
o an excellent first degree in linguistics, cognitive science, or a related field
o full commitment to a Ph.D. project on frequency effects in language
o excellent command (written and spoken) of either English or German, the Group’s two working languages; basic German for routine conversation is helpful, but not a requirement

Deadline for application: 23 March 2015
A list of possible Ph.D. topics is provided on the Group’s website. Applicants are also welcome to suggest their own topics, where suitable, and to develop them in discussions with potential supervisors.

For more information on the Special Research Training Group, the nature and range of Ph.D. projects envisaged, and details of the application process, please visit the following website:


Come and join one of the currently most vibrant linguistics scenes in Europe!
5 PhD studentships in infant development - Lancester University, UK, deadline: April 10 2015
5 PhD studentships in interdisciplinary infancy research for entry in October 2015

Deadline for applications: 10 April, 2015

The Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme in Interdisciplinary Research on Infant Development is one of 14 Doctoral Programmes funded by the Leverhulme Trust over the next 5 years. The programme is based in the Psychology Department of Lancaster University (UK) which houses one of the largest infancy research groups in Europe, with researchers addressing infants’ cognitive, social and language development employing a large range of methods (eye tracking, EEG, computational modelling, NIRS). Links with other departments (Linguistics, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics) are anticipated.

Applications are now open for five fully funded PhD studentships for entry in October 2015. Four of the scholarships will cover UK/EU fees, and the fifth will additionally cover the higher overseas (international) fees. All scholarships provide a living stipend (currently £13,863) and a training allowance for three years.

Studentships will have a strong interdisciplinary focus with the expectation to employ multiple methodologies. Awards will be made on the basis of academic excellence and potential for future achievement as demonstrated by your application and supporting references. In addition, you should consider how the research project you propose is aligned with the research interests of current academic staff involved in the Programme (see www.lancaster.ac.uk/leverhulme-dsp).

You are strongly encouraged to informally contact individual staff members to discuss your specific interests and to develop a research proposal.

PhD students will become part of the vibrant environment of the infancy research group and beyond with excellent research facilities and a first class supervision record. You will be encouraged to participate fully, targeting and presenting your work at international conferences, and you will have excellent opportunities to travel to our national and international partner laboratories, receive training in a range of psychological and neurophysiological techniques, participate in research and public engagement meetings, and meet with leading international scientists during an annual conference organized at Lancaster.

Lancaster University is in the top 10 under-50-year-old universities internationally ( www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2014/one-hundred-under-fifty), and consistently ranks in the top 10 in the UK. The Psychology Department has a very strong and supportive research atmosphere with a large and active group of graduate students. Students receive their own research support budgets, which can be used to attend national and international conferences.

We expect applicants to have excellent undergraduate and Masters degrees in Psychology or a related discipline.

You should apply online here: www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/ for a PhD in Psychology by the deadline of 10 April 2015. In the application, please state that you are applying for the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme. We ask for a research proposal of up to 1000 words – note that this is different from standard applications because of the selection process involved. The application should identify an appropriate supervisor(s) and you must ensure that references have been provided by the deadline (otherwise the application may not be considered). After the deadline, applications will be reviewed and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview, before award decisions are made.

For further information concerning the studentships, please contact Prof. Gert Westermann (g.westermann(removeme)lancaster.ac.uk), and about postgraduate study more generally, please contact the Department of Psychology postgraduate office (postgraduate.psychology(removeme)lancaster.ac.uk). See the Lancaster Leverhulme Scholarship Programme website www.lancs.ac.uk/leverhulme-dsp for more information. Further information about PhD study at Lancaster can be found here www.psych.lancs.ac.uk/postgraduate/phd/.
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers: Workshop European Dialect Syntax VIII, University of Zurich, June 11-13 2015, deadline: February 28 2015
Workshop European Dialect Syntax VIII
11-13 June 2015, University of Zurich

The eighth Edisyn Workshop aims at bringing together scholars working in the field of dialect syntax and syntactic microvariation. The general topic of the workshop will be
“Pathways of Syntactic Diffusion”.

Therefore contributions addressing diachronic, diatopic or diastratic perspectives on the dynamics of syntactic variation are especially welcome, although no thematic restrictions apply. We continue to welcome project presentations by new members of the Edisyn network, and we would particularly like to encourage PhD students to submit their proposals.
We invite abstracts for 20 minutes talks (plus 10 min discussion).

Submissions are limited to 1 single authored and 1 jointly authored abstract. Abstracts should not exceed 2 pages including figures, examples and references. Please send your abstract as an attachment (PDF format) by e-mail to the organizing committee (edisyn2015(removeme)gmail.com). To ensure a double-blind peer review process, submissions should be anonymous. Contact details (name, affiliation and e-mail) along with the title of the talk should be included in the body of the e-mail.

Submission deadline: February 28, 2015
Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2015

We plan to reserve an afternoon for exchanging practical issues concerning the cartographic representation and geographic modelling of linguistic data as well as corpus building. If you would like to make a contribution or participate in this part of the workshop, let us know in advance via e-mail.

The local organizing committee:
Carlota de Benito Moreno, Lorenzo Filipponio, Elvira Glaser, Florian Sommer, Philipp Stöckle, Dieter Studer-Joho
CfP: IAFPA 2015, Universiteit Leiden, 8-10 juli 2015, deadline: 1 maart 2015
Van 8-10 juli 2015 wordt aan de Universiteit Leiden een conferentie georganiseerd op het gebied van forensisch spraakonderzoek. Het betreft de jaarlijkse conferentie van de International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA). Zie voor meer informatie de website: hum.leiden.edu/lucl/iafpa-2015/

Abstracts zijn nog welkom tot 1 maart. De call for papers is hier te vinden:

Namens de organisatie van IAFPA 2015,
Niels Schiller, Tina Cambier-Langeveld, Willemijn Heeren en Jos Vermeulen
Call for Papers: Workshop verb clusters, UvA & Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam, May 28-29, deadline: March 1 2015
The University of Amsterdam and the Meertens Institute organize a Workshop on Verb Clusters in Amsterdam on 28 & 29 May 2015.

General description
A subset of the West-Germanic languages are (in)famous for their constructions in which multiple verbs group together, also known as 'verb clusters’. Although this phenomenon has been studied extensively over the last decades, many questions are still unanswered. During the last years research in verb clusters has revived, leading us to the conclusion that it is time for a reassessment of the various approaches to this exciting topic. In order to get a good overview of the current state-of-the-art, we organise a thematic workshop on the syntax of verb clusters aimed at bringing together researchers from various frameworks, performing formal-theoretical, experimental, descriptive or computational research.

Invited speakers include Griet Coupé, Evie Coussé, Jack Hoeksema, Martin Salzmann and Jan-Wouter Zwart.

Call information
Of particular interest are presentation proposals that address one or more of the following topics:

• The analysis of verb clusters. This not only concerns the purely syntactic aspects regarding cluster formation, but also various language-internal or language-external factors that play a role in the formation of verb clusters.
• The construction/word order of verb clusters versus the construction/word order of other constituents in the sentence.
• Word-order variation within the cluster. Can this variation tell us more about the construction of verb clusters? How can we relate this variation to the types of verbs in the cluster?
• Typological variation and historical change in verbal clusters. Some West-Germanic languages have verbal clusters and others don't, and among the languages and dialects with verbal clusters, a lot of different word orders have been attested. Where did all this variation come from?
• Unattested word orders. Are alleged 'unattested' word orders a (sociolinguistic) coincidence or can they be motivated by deeper explanations? What would those explanations look like and do they concern language-internal or language-external factors?
• Interruption of the verb cluster by nonverbal material. How are these constructions analysed and how can we account for the observed variation in the phenomenon?
• Status of particles with respect to verb cluster formation. Particles seem to play a special role, as they are more commonly allowed to interrupt the verb cluster. What is the structure and function of these elements both inside and outside the verb cluster?
• Verb cluster acquisition: how do children learn the mechanisms of verbal clusters? Are some kinds of verbal clusters learned faster or more easily than others, and can this tell us anything about the syntactic processes involved in verbal cluster formation?
• Syntax-semantics interface: Some theories, such as construction grammar, claim that a difference in form always implies a difference in meaning. Verbal clusters can be seen as a counterexample to this, since word order variation here does not seem to correspond to a clear meaning difference. Or can a meaning difference be found?
• Methodological issues regarding the study of verb clusters.

The abstract is limited to one page, including references. The abstracts should be sent to workshopvc(removeme)gmail.com by March 1. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance by April 20.

The organizers,
Liesbeth Augustinus, Sjef Barbiers, Hans Bennis, Jelke Bloem and Lotte Hendriks
Call for papers: TABU Dag, Groningen, June 4-5 2015, deadline: March 6 2015
The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen is pleased to announce the 36th TABU Dag, which will take place at the University of Groningen on 4 and 5 June 2015. TABU Dag is an annual international linguistics conference, which offers excellent opportunities to meet other linguists and discuss current research. (Post)graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in particular are encouraged to present their work.

The keynote speakers are:
• Trine Heinemann (University of Helsinki) - Confirmed
• Simon Garrod (University of Glasgow) - Confirmed
• Bart Boets (University of Leuven) - Invited
• Mirella Lapata (University of Edinburgh- Invited

We invite short abstracts for presentations and posters in English in any field of linguistics including, but not limited to: phonetics and phonology, syntax and semantics, sociolinguistics, discourse and communication, computational linguistics and neurolinguistics. Abstracts should not be longer than 300 words excluding title, keywords and references and should be submitted via the following link: www.let.rug.nl/tabudag/calls.php. We invite submissions for oral presentations of 20 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion, as well as for poster presentations.

Workshop on Developmental Language Disorders
During TABU Dag, a workshop on Developmental Language Disorders will be held on Thursday June 4th from 13:30 until 18:00.

The topic of the workshop of the TABU-dag 2015 is language development disorders in a broad perspective. In this workshop a broad range of developmental language disorders can be discussed, like specific language disorders (SLI), language disorders related to writing and reading (dyslexia), and language disorders as a consequence of a behavioral disorders (autism spectrum disorder). Other topics related to the aformentioned can also be discussed.

The workshop will be opened by a keynote speaker (invited: Bart Boets). During the workshop five other speakers will get the chance to present their work on Developmental Language Disorders. We invite short abstracts of no more than 300 words, excluding title, keywords, data and references. Abstracts should be submitted via the following link: www.let.rug.nl/tabudag/calls.php. Time allotted for presentations is 20 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussion.

Important dates and information
? The official language of the conference is English.
? The deadline for the abstract submission for both the TABU Dag and the workshop is 2015, March 6.
? Notifications of acceptance will be sent on 2015, April 17.
? Abstracts should be submitted via the following link: www.let.rug.nl/tabudag/calls.php
? For further information, please visit the conference website: www.tabudag.nl
? Conference location: Groningen, The Netherlands
? Contact information: tabudag(removeme)rug.nl
Call for papers: Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics 2015 (CMCL-2015), USA, June 4 2015, deadline: March 8 2015

Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics 2015 (CMCL-2015)

A workshop to be held June 4, 2015 in conjunction with the 2015
Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for
Computational Linguistics – Human Language Technologies (NAACL HLT
2015) in Denver, Colorado, USA


Workshop Description

This workshop provides a venue for work in computational
psycholinguistics: the computational and mathematical modeling of
linguistic generalization, development, and processing. We invite
contributions that apply methods from computational linguistics to
problems in the cognitive modeling of any and all natural
language-related abilities. The 2015 workshop follows in the tradition
of earlier CMCL meetings at ACL 2010, ACL 2011, NAACL-HLT 2012, ACL
2013, ACL 2014.

Scope and Topics

The workshop invites a broad spectrum of work in the cognitive science
of language, at all levels of analysis from sounds to discourse and on
both learning and processing. Topics include, but are not limited to:

- incremental parsers for diverse grammar formalisms
- derivations of quantitative measures of comprehension difficulty, or
predictions regarding generalization in language learning
- stochastic models of factors encouraging one production or interpretation
over its competitors
- models of semantic/pragmatic interpretation, including psychologically
realistic notions of word meaning, phrase meaning, composition, and
pragmatic inference
- models and empirical analysis of the relationship between mechanistic
psycholinguistic principles and pragmatic or semantic adaptation
- models of human language acquisition and/or adaptation in a changing
linguistic environment
- models of linguistic information propagation and language change in
communication networks
- models of lexical acquisition, including phonology, morphology, and semantics
- psychologically motivated models of grammar induction or semantic learning

Submissions are especially welcomed that combine computational
modeling work with experimental or corpus data to test theoretical
questions about the nature of human language acquisition,
comprehension, and/or production.


This call solicits full papers reporting original and unpublished
research that combines cognitive modeling and computational
linguistics. Accepted papers are expected to be presented at the
workshop and will be published in the workshop proceedings. They
should emphasize obtained results rather than intended work, and
should indicate clearly the state of completion of the reported
results. A paper accepted for presentation at the workshop must not be
presented or have been presented at any other meeting with publicly
available proceedings. No submission should be longer than necessary, up
to a maximum 8 pages plus two additional pages containing references.

If essentially identical papers are submitted to other conferences or
workshops as well, this fact must be indicated at submission time.

To facilitate double-blind reviewing, submitted manuscripts should not
include any identifying information about the authors.

Submissions must be formatted using ACL 2015 submission guidelines at


Submission style templates are available at:


Contributions should be submitted in PDF via the submission site:


The submission deadline is 11:59PM Pacific Time on March 8, 2015.

Best Student Paper

The best paper whose first author is a student will receive the Best
Student Paper award. All accepted CMCL papers will be published
in the workshop proceedings as is customary at ACL conferences.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 6 March 2015
Notification of acceptance: 24 March 2015
Camera-ready versions due: 3 April 2015
Workshop: June 4, 2015

Workshop Chairs

Tim O’Donnell
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Marten van Schijndel
Department of Linguistics, The Ohio State University, USA

Program Committee

Omri Abend, University of Edinburgh
Steven Abney, University of Michigan
Afra Alishahi, Tilburg University
Libby Barak, University of Toronto
Marco Baroni, University of Trento
Robert Berwick, MIT
Klinton Bicknell, Northwestern University
Christos Christodoulopoulos, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alexander Clark, King's College
Moreno Cocco, University of Lisbon
Jennifer Culbertson, George Mason University
Vera Demberg, Saarland University
Brian Dillon, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Micha Elsner, The Ohio State University
Naomi Feldman, University of Maryland
Alex Fine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bob Frank, Yale University
Michael Frank, Stanford University
Stefan Frank, Radboud University Nijmegen
Stella Frank, Edinburgh University
Ted Gibson, MIT
Sharon Goldwater, Edinburgh University
Carlos Gomez Gallo, Northwestern University
Noah Goodman, Stanford University
Thomas Graf, Stony Brook University
John Hale, Cornell University
Jeffrey Heinz, University of Delaware
Tim Hunter, University of Minnesota
Mark Johnson, Macquarie University
Frank Keller, University of Edinburgh
Shalom Lappin, King's College
Roger Levy, UCSD
Pavel Logacev, Potsdam University
Titus von der Malsburg, UCSD
Rebecca Morley, The Ohio State University
Aida Nematzadeh, University of Toronto
Ulrike Pado, Hochschule fuer Technik, Stuttgart
Bozena Pajak, Northwestern University
Lisa Pearl, UC Irvine
Massimo Poesio, University of Essex
Ting Qian, Brown University
Roi Reichart, Technion University
David Reitter, Penn State University
William Schuler, The Ohio State University
Nathaniel Smith, University of Edinburgh
Ed Stabler, UCLA
Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh
Patrick Sturt, University of Edinburgh
Colin Wilson, Johns Hopkins University
Alessandra Zarcone, Saarland University of Massachusetts
Jelle Zuidema, University of Amsterdam
Call for papers: UICM5, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, September 24-25 2015, deadline: April 1 2015
We are pleased to announce the fifth edition of


24 – 25 September 2015
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.

Submission deadline: April 1st, 2015
Notification of acceptance: June 1st, 2015


• 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 connection between bilingualism and semantics/pragmatics. How does bilingualism influence utterance interpretation? Can we identify differences in semantic or pragmatic 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.


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 April 1st 2015. Abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee, and notifications of acceptance will be sent out around June 1st 2015.

We hope to see you all in Brussels in September!

On behalf of the UICM5 Organizing committee,

Local organizers: Isabelle Lorge, Nicolas Ruytenbeek, Fanny Stercq, and Alma Veenstra
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 with this workshop, there is an opportunity for PhD student participants to attend a 2-hour practical workshop (in English) about communicating your 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 an informal 1-hour “language science market” after lunch, where they have the chance to interact with the general public and practice their communication skills. And finally, all are welcome to attend the afternoon talks (in Dutch) on early language learning and interaction (Caroline Junge), bilingual education (Rick de Graaff), and language change and social media (Marc van Oostendorp).
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


* Invited speakers Hermann Ney, Dan Roth, Bjƶrn 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 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.


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.


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)


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


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

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.


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 Plzeň (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


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: Plzeň (Pilsen), Parkhotel Congress Center Plzeň, Czech Republic


All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to:
Ms Anna HabernalovĆ, 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
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: ESSLLI 2015 Student Session, Barcelona, Spain, August 3-14 2015, deadline: March 25 2015
*2nd Call for Papers*

Held during the 27th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information

Barcelona, Spain, August 03-14, 2015

*Deadline for submissions: March 25th, 2015*

The Student Session of the 27th European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI) will take place in Barcelona, Spain, August 3rd to 14th ( esslli2015.org). We invite submissions of original, unpublished work from students in any area at the intersection of Logic & Language, Language & Computation, or Logic & Computation.
Submissions will be reviewed by several experts in the field, and accepted papers will be presented orally or as posters and will appear in the student session proceedings by Springer. This is an excellent opportunity to receive valuable feedback from expert readers and to present your work to a diverse audience.

Note that there are two separate kinds of submissions, one for oral presentations and one for posters. This means that papers are directly submitted either as oral presentations or as poster presentations.
Reviewing and ranking will be done separately. We particularly encourage submissions for posters, as they offer an excellent opportunity to present smaller research projects and research in progress.

Authors must be students, and submissions may be singly or jointly authored. Each author may submit at most one single and one jointly authored contribution. Submissions should not be longer than 8 pages for an oral presentation or 4 pages for a poster presentation (including examples and references). Submissions must be anonymous, without any identifying information. More detailed guidelines regarding submission can be found on the Student Session website:

Please direct inquiries about submission procedures or other matters relating to the Student Session to P.Schulz(removeme)uva.nl and kaeshammer(removeme)phil.uni-duesseldorf.de.

ESSLLI 2015 will feature a wide range of foundational and advanced courses and workshops in all areas of Logic, Language, and Computation.
For further information, including registration information and course listings, and for general inquiries about ESSLLI 2015, please consult the main ESSLLI 2015 page: esslli2015.org.

Kind regards,

The ESSLLI 2015 Student Session Organization Committee

Miriam Kaeshammer (Universität Düsseldorf)
Philip Schulz (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

LoCo co-chairs:
Giovanni Cina (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Zeynep Saribatur (Technische Universität Wien)

LoLa co-chairs:
Marisa Delz (Universität Tübingen)
Veronika Richtacikova (Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona)

LaCo co-chairs:
Angeliki Lazaridou (University of Trento)
Maria Nadejde (University of Edinburgh)
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:
Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics, online course, March-May 2015
Leiden University will present an Introduction to Linguistics this spring, in the form of a MOOC ('massive online open-access course').
Presenter prof. Marc van Oostendorp will introduce students into the basic concepts of linguistics, together with two of his own students and speakers of many different languages.

Everywhere, every day, everybody uses language. There is no human society, no matter how small or how isolated, which does not employ a language that is rich and diverse. This course introduces you to the linguistics, featuring interviews with well-known linguists and with speakers of many different languages. Join us to explore the miracles of human language!

You can find more information, and sign up, at the course page
Aanvragen voor Akademie Colloquia in 2016, deadline: 1 maart 2015
Aanvragen Akademie Colloquia 2016

De Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) nodigt u van harte uit een aanvraag in te dienen voor de organisatie van een Akademie Colloquium in 2016, waaraan de KNAW financiėle en logistieke steun verleent.

Doel van een Akademie Colloquium is het bijeenbrengen van een selecte groep wetenschappelijk onderzoekers uit binnen- en buitenland. De deelnemers aan een Colloquium zijn met zorg geselecteerde experts. Op het thema zijn, binnen het vakgebied, belangrijke innovatieve ontwikkelingen te verwachten.

In 2016 kunnen zes ą zeven Colloquia in het Trippenhuis worden georganiseerd. De bijdrage van de KNAW in het exploitatietekort bedraagt maximaal 6.500 euro per dag. Voor de organisatie van een bijbehorende masterclass met promovendi is een additionele bijdrage van maximaal 3.500 euro beschikbaar.

Daarnaast levert het Bureau van de KNAW kosteloos organisatorische en administratieve ondersteuning aan de organisator van het Colloquium.
De deadline voor indienen van aanvragen is: 1 maart 2015.

Voor meer informatie over de voorwaarden en aanvraagformulieren:
Telefoon 020 551 0747
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.