July 3rd, 2015

LOT Announcements / events
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
Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics (CALL), Leiden University, August 31- September 1 2015
GLOW colloquium, Göttingen, Germany, April 5-8 2016
The 39th GLOW colloquium will take place on April 5th - 8th, 2016 in Göttingen, Germany.

Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
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).
IAFPA 2015, LUCL, Leiden, July 8-10 2015
For more information, please see: hum.leiden.edu/lucl/iafpa-2015/news/24th-iafpa.html
International Academy for CA (IACA16), Groningen, The Netherlands, July 11-14 2016
With the support of ISCA (the International Society for Conversation Analysis), the Language and Social Interaction group of the University of Groningen will organize the first
International Academy for Conversation Analysis (IACA16)
July 11 – 14, 2016, in Groningen, The Netherlands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are looking forward to seeing you in Leiden!

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

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

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

2015 NYI Faculty

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

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


See you in July!

John F. Bailyn, Stony Brook
Anna A. Maslennikova, St. Petersburg
NYI co-Directors
WoLLIC 2015 Workshop on Logic, Language and Information, Bloomington, IN, USA, July 20-23 2015

WoLLIC 2015
22nd Workshop on Logic, Language, Information and Computation
July 20-23, 2015
Bloomington, IN, USA

Conference on Computing Natural Reasoning (CoCoNat'15)
July 19-20, 2015

Interest Group in Pure and Applied Logics (IGPL)
The Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI)
Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL)
European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS)
European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL)
Sociedade Brasileira de Computaēćo (SBC)
Sociedade Brasileira de Lógica (SBL)

Department of Computer Science, Indiana University, USA
Program in Pure and Applied Logic, Indiana University, USA
Centro de Informįtica, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

Department of Computer Science, Indiana University, USA

WoLLIC is an annual international forum on inter-disciplinary research involving formal logic, computing and programming theory, and natural language and reasoning. Each meeting includes invited talks and tutorials as well as contributed papers. The twenty-second WoLLIC will be held at the Department of Computer Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, from July 20th to 23rd, 2015. It is sponsored by the Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL), the Interest Group in Pure and Applied Logics (IGPL), the The Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI), the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS), the European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL), the Sociedade Brasileira de Computaēćo (SBC), and the Sociedade Brasileira de Lógica (SBL).

The proceedings of WoLLIC 2015, including both invited and contributed papers, will be published in advance of the meeting as volume 9160 in Springer's LNCS series. In addition, abstracts will be published in the Conference Report section of the Logic Journal of the IGPL, and selected contributions will be published as a special post-conference WoLLIC 2015 issue of Mathematical Structures in Computer Science, CUP (tbc).

. Adriana Compagnoni (Stevens Institute, USA)
Modeling Language Design for Complex Systems Simulation
. Nina Gierasimczuk (University of Amsterdam)
Learning in the Limit, General Topology and Modal Logic
. John Harrison (Intel, USA)
Formalization of Mathematics for Fun and Profit
. Peter Jipsen (Chapman U, USA)
From Residuated Lattices via GBI-algebras to BAOs
. André Joyal (U du Québec Montreal, Canada)
Categories of Games
. Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh (Queen Mary, UK)
Multi-Linear Algebraic Semantics for Natural Language
. Chung-chieh Shan (Indiana U, USA)
. Alexandra Silva (Radboud U Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Towards a Nominal Chomsky Hierarchy.

Nina Gierasimczuk (University of Amsterdam)
John Harrison (Intel, USA)
André Joyal (U du Québec Montreal, Canada)
Alexandra Silva (Radboud U Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

In remembrance of the 30th anniversary of the passing away of Julia Hall Bowman Robinson (December 8, 1919 – July 30, 1985), an American mathematician best known for her work on decision problems and Hilbert's Tenth Problem, the program of the meeting will include a screening of George Csicsery's documentary "Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem" (2008). As a tribute to a recent breakthrough in mathematics, there will also be a screening of Csicsery's "Counting from Infinity: Yitang Zhang and the Twin Prime Conjecture" (2015) which centers on a very exciting string of mathematical discoveries that occurred during 2013, started when Yitang Zhang, a virtually unknown mathematician working as adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire, submitted a paper to the Annals of Mathematics in April 2013.

Juliana Küster Filipe Bowles (U St Andrews, Scotland)
Robin Cooper (U Gothenburg, Sweden)
Martķn Escardó (U Birmingham, UK)
Nikos Galatos (U Denver, USA)
Achim Jung (U Birmingham, UK)
Sara Kalvala (U Warwick, UK)
Elham Kashefi (Edinburgh U, Scotland)
Peter Lefanu Lumsdaine (Institute for Advanced Study, USA)
Ian Mackie (U Sussex, UK)
Gerard de Melo (Tsinghua U, China)
Vivek Nigam (Federal U of Paraķba, Brazil)
Catarina Dutilh Novaes (U Groningen, The Netherlands)
Valeria de Paiva (Nuance Comm, USA) (CHAIR)
Luiz Carlos Pereira (PUC-Rio, Brazil)
Elaine Pimentel (Federal U of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil)
Alexandra Silva (Radboud Nijmegen U, The Netherlands)
Carolyn Talcott (SRI International, USA)
Josef Urban (Radboud Nijmegen U, The Netherlands)
Laure Vieu (IRIT-Toulouse, France)
Renata Wasserman (U Sćo Paulo, Brazil)
Anna Zamansky (U Haifa, Israel)

Samson Abramksy, Johan van Benthem, Anuj Dawar, Joe Halpern, Wilfrid Hodges, Ulrich Kohlenbach, Daniel Leivant, Leonid Libkin, Angus Macintyre, Luke Ong, Hiroakira Ono, Ruy de Queiroz.

Daniel Leivant (Indiana U) (Local co-chair)
Larry Moss (Indiana U) (Local co-chair)
Anjolina G. de Oliveira (U Fed Pernambuco)
Ruy de Queiroz (U Fed Pernambuco) (co-chair)

Now open at www.indiana.edu/~iulg/wollic/registration.html

Please visit www.indiana.edu/~iulg/wollic/venue.html

Contact one of the Co-Chairs of the Organising Committee.

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
27th European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI 2015), Barcelona, Spain, August 3-14 2015
27th European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI 2015) / Barcelona, Spain

August 3rd 2015 - August 14th 2015
Universitat Pompeu Fabra


The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) is an annual event organized under the auspices of the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI). It brings together logicians, linguists, computer scientists, and philosophers to study language, logic, information, and their interconnections. ESSLLI attracts several hundred participants from all over the world, both senior and junior and is a great place to learn and network -- and have a lot of fun in the process.

There will be 42 courses at introductory and advanced levels, as well as 6 workshops, 4 evening lectures (by Albert Atserias, Chris Barker, Raquel Fernandez, and Hans Kamp), and a week-long student session to foster interdisciplinary discussion of current research. Most courses and workshops are one week long. Courses are offered in the areas of Language and Logic, Language and Computation, and Logic and Computation. Check our website for details on the program and registration procedure: www.esslli2015.org.

Questions? E-mail esslli2015(removeme)gmail.com
6th Sociolinguistics Summer School, Dublin, Ireland, August 4-7 2015
We are writing to inform you that the 6th Sociolinguistics Summer School will be taking place in Trinity College Dublin 4th-7th of August 2015 in the Trinity Long Room Hub. On behalf of the 6th Sociolinguistics Summer School Committee, we would like to invite linguistics students to attend and participate in this year’s Summer School (early bird registration fee € 55 until May 31st / full registration fee € 75 thereafter) . While we normally encourage postgraduate students to participate, we acknowledge the contribution made by undergraduate students, particularly as regards to the poster presentations.

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

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

We look forward to hearing from you!
Yours sincerely,
SSS6 Organising Committee
Societas Linguistica Europaea- 48th Annual Meeting, LUCL, Leiden, September 2-5 2015
For more information, please see: www.sle2015.eu/
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?
Learner Corpus Research conference (LCR 2015), Radboud University Nijmegen, September 11-13 2015
LCR 2015 – Call for Registration

The third international Learner Corpus Research conference (LCR 2015) is hosted by Radboud University from 11 to 13 September 2015.
We have a good many registrations for LCR 2015, but there is still room left for some more. If you wish to attend, please register on-line at the conference website: www.ru.nl/lcr2015/
The conference schedule and the preliminary book of abstracts are available from the conference website.
ICCL Summer School on "Reasoning", Dresden, Germany, September 13-26 2015
The summer school "Reasoning" is a platform for knowledge transfer within a very rapid increasing research community in the field of "Computational Logic". We will offer introductory courses covering the fundamentals of reasoning, courses at advanced levels, as well as applied courses and workshops dedicated to specialized topics and the state of the art. All lecturers are leading researchers in their field and have been awarded prizes.

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

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

You can find more information about the summer school here:


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


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

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

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mit besten Grüßen
Dr. phil. Edyta Grotek – wissenschaftliche
WAP/VKL Symposium Vertelvaardigheid, Amsterdam, 28 november 2015
WAP/VKL Symposium Vertelvaardigheid
Zaterdag 28 november 2015
Openbare Bibliotheek van Amsterdam (OBA)

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

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

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

Uitnodiging tot het houden van een workshop/ presentatie

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

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

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

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

Een abstract van maximaal 150 woorden ontvangen wij graag uiterlijk 30 mei 2015 op bovengenoemd emailadres.
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Universitair Docent Psycholinguļstiek (0,4 - 0,6 fte), Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, deadline: 5 juli 2015
Aan de Radboud Universiteit doen we onderzoek en geven we onderwijs over de volle breedte van het academisch spectrum. Dit doen we op een groene, moderne campus met state-of-the-art voorzieningen. De Radboud Universiteit kent een open en persoonlijke sfeer. Dat stimuleert kennisdeling tussen collega's, voorbij de grenzen van vakgebieden. Het prikkelt om verder te kijken, meer te zien. Zo draagt de Radboud Universiteit bij aan nieuwe perspectieven. Binnen de wetenschap en binnen de samenleving. Hiermee is de Radboud Universiteit succesvol en van internationale betekenis.

Universitair Docent Psycholinguļstiek (0,4 - 0,6 fte)

Faculteit der Letteren
Maximum salaris: € 5.171,- bruto/maand
Vacaturenummer: 23.12.15
Reageer uiterlijk op: 5-07-2015

U geeft onderwijs op het gebied van de psycholinguļstiek,methoden,statistiek en semantiek bij de afdeling Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur en psycholinguļstiek in de master Linguistics.
U begeleidt stages, werkstukken en scripties. U verricht daarnaast bij voorkeur onderzoek op het gebied van de psycholinguļstiek.

De Faculteit der Letteren telt ruim 600 medewerkers die zich bezighouden met onderwijs en onderzoek op het gebied van geschiedenis en kunst, talen en culturen, taalwetenschap en communicatie- en informatiewetenschap, of met de ondersteuning van dit onderwijs en onderzoek. Het onderzoek wordt verricht binnen één van de facultaire onderzoeksinstituten: Centre for Language Studies (CLS) of Historische, Literaire en Culturele Studies (HLCS). De faculteit verzorgt voor ca. 2900 studenten opleidingen, verdeeld over tien afdelingen op het gebied van geschiedenis en kunst, talen en culturen, taalwetenschap en communicatie- en informatiewetenschap.

Wij verwachten
• u bent gepromoveerd in een relevante discipline, bij voorkeur (psycho)linguļstiek of taalpsychologie;
• u beschikt over ervaring in het geven van universitair onderwijs op diverse niveaus en denkt waar nodig actief mee over onderwijsvernieuwing;
• u bent in het bezit van de Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs (BKO), dan wel bereid deze binnen afzienbare tijd te behalen;
• u heeft ervaring met verschillende experimentele technieken uit de taalgedragswetenschappen;
• u heeft ervaring met de begeleiding van scripties, zowel op Bachelor als Master niveau, alsook met de begeleiding van promovendi en andere onderzoekers;
• u beschikt over een (inter-)nationaal netwerk aan wetenschappelijke contacten en hebt ambitie op het gebied van het onderzoek, blijkend uit publicaties; - kerncompetenties voor deze functie zijn: conceptueel vermogen, omgevingsgerichtheid, presenteren, resultaatgerichtheid en initiatief.

Wij bieden
- aanstelling: 0,4 - 0,6 fte;
- maximum salaris per maand € 5.171,- bruto op basis van een 38 urige werkweek;
- het salaris is exclusief 8% vakantietoeslag en 8.3% eindejaarsuitkering;
- schaal 11 of 12 afhankelijk van opleiding en ervaring;
- contractduur: het betreft een tijdelijke aanstelling van 1 augustus 2015 tot 1 januari 2017;
- het functieprofiel Universitair Docent niveau 1 of niveau 2 is op deze functie van toepassing.

Overige informatie
Een proefcollege en een assessment kunnen deel uitmaken van de sollicitatieprocedure.

Solliciteer (ter attentie van Prof. dr. Paula Fikkert) via e-mail: p.fikkert(removeme)let.ru.nl.
Uw sollicitatie dient de volgende bijlagen (uitsluitend deze) te bevatten:

Voor meer informatie over uw sollicitatie: 024 3612669.

Acquisitie naar aanleiding van deze advertentie wordt niet op prijs gesteld.
PhD Traineeship in the Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction' (1 FTE), CLS Radboud University Nijmegen, deadline: July 5 2015
PhD Traineeship in the Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction' (1 FTE)

Maximum salary: € 2,717 gross/month
Closing date: 05 July 2015, 23:59 CET
More information: www.ru.nl/newstaff/vacaturebeschrijving?tk=uk&recid=556519

The Dutch research consortium 'Language in Interaction' invites applications for a 4-year PhD traineeship on the topic of computational cognitive models of psycholinguistic processes. You will carry out research as a member of one of the PI-groups of the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University under supervision of Dr. Stefan Frank.

The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. The research consortium 'Language in Interaction', sponsored by a large grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO), brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands with a research programme on the foundations of language. The consortium has representatives from seven universities and one research institute in the Netherlands. These are Radboud University (RU), University of Amsterdam (UvA), University of Maastricht (UM), Leiden University (LU), Utrecht University (UU), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Tilburg University (TiU), and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI). Excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition is combined with state-of-the-art research facilities and a research team with ample experience in complex research methods and utilization. Together, this consortium realizes both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else in the world.

The current position will be embedded in the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University. This centre conducts research in an international setting. English is the lingua franca.
Your graduate training will take place in the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences.

Click here for more information on this PhD position and how to apply.
PhD studentships Psychology, University of Dundee, Scotland, deadline: July 14 2015

PhD Studentships Available for September 2015

We are pleased to offer a maximum of three funded PhD studentships, starting in September 2015, allowing the successful candidates to complete their doctorate working with top researchers in Psychology, University of Dundee. Applicants will be expected to hold a First or Upper Second class degree in Psychology (or in a related area), and/or a good masters degree in Psychology (or in a related areas), before they commence their PhD studies.

Areas of research are outlined at
Specific staff interests at

The award of a studentship will be based on a competitive process and is subject to the availability of funding. If awarded, it would be a full-time studentship (funded for a duration of three years, subject to satisfactory progress) covering the Home/EU tuition fee, and a maintenance allowance. The maintenance allowance is currently £13,500 per annum (this includes a teaching commitment).

Application deadline: 4.30pm on Tuesday 14 July 2015
Interviews will take place during week commencing 27 July 2015

Guidance for applicants:
• Before you apply you are strongly advised to discuss your application with a prospective supervisor. If you don’t already have a potential supervisor in mind, please email Dr Yuki Kamide (y.kamide(removeme)dundee.ac.uk with a brief description of the subject area and your sphere of interest and your enquiry will be forwarded to an appropriate contact.
• We can only accept applications through UKPASS. Details of application procedures can be found at: www.dundee.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/how_to_apply/index.htm

Candidates should provide (through UKPASS):
• PhD research proposal (no longer than A4 2 pages excluding references; no appendix permitted)
• Transcripts for your undergraduate degree and/or masters degree (if you are due to complete your undergraduate / masters degree in summer 2015, you must submit the marks you have received so far)
• Certificates of your undergraduate degree and/or masters degree
• Two academic references (either supplied via UKPASS, or emailed directly to contactus(removeme)dundee.ac.uk with your application reference number (‘University of Dundee Student ID’). Please note this is a University of Dundee Admissions email address, and they might not be able to send your referees an acknowledgement).
• English language certificate (if your first language is not English, or did not do an undergraduate degree in an English-speaking country)
• CV (optional)

Note: If original documents are not in English, certified translations into English are required.

Contact: PhD Admissions Tutor, Dr Yuki Kamide (y.kamide(removeme)dundee.ac.uk)
Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterin/Mitarbeiters "Sprachwissenschaft", Institut für Niederlandistik, Universität Oldenburg, Germany, deadline: July 29 2015
In der Fakultät III - Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften - ist im Institut für Niederlandistik zum 01.10.2015 befristet zunächst für 3,5 Jahre die Stelle einer/eines

Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterin/Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiters

(Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L)

im Umfang der Hälfte der regelmäßigen Arbeitszeit (z. Z. 19,9 Std. wöchentlich) zu besetzen. Eine Verlängerung ist vorgesehen.


Diese Stelle beinhaltet

Forschung zur eigenen Qualifikation in der niederländischen Sprachwissenschaft zum Zwecke einer Promotion
Beteiligung an Forschungsprojekten zur Sprachverarbeitung und Fremdspracherwerb
Lehre im Fach Niederlandistik gem. Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung (im Umfang von z. Z.

2 LVS)

Erforderlich ist

Ein mit einem überdurchschnittlich guten Examen abgeschlossenes wissenschaftliches Hochschulstudium der Niederlandistik mit Schwerpunkt in der Sprachwissenschaft (oder ein äquivalenter Abschluss, z.B. Sprachwissenschaft mit Schwerpunkt Niederländisch).
Ein Dissertationsprojekt (Exposé) im Bereich der niederländischen Sprachwissenschaft.

Erwünscht sind

Ausgewiesene Schwerpunkte bzw. starkes Interesse in Psycholinguistik (spezifisch Sprachverarbeitung), EKP-Studien, (Fremd)Spracherwerb.
Interesse an sprachübergreifenden Projekten, konkret an Kooperationen mit Personen aus einer der anderen Philologien (Slavistik, Anglistik, Germanistik).
Psycholinguistisches Methodenwissen (z.B. EEG, Reaktionszeitmessungen, E-Prime)
Niederländischkenntnisse nahe an Muttersprachlerkompetenz, sehr gute Deutsch- und Englischkenntnisse.

Die Carl von Ossietzky Universität strebt an, den Frauenanteil im Wissenschaftsbereich zu erhöhen. Deshalb werden Frauen nachdrücklich aufgefordert, sich zu bewerben. Gem. §21 Abs. 3 NHG sollen Bewerberinnen bei gleichwertiger Qualifikation bevorzugt berücksichtigt werden. Schwerbehinderte Menschen werden bei gleicher Eignung bevorzugt eingestellt.

Bewerbungen werden mit Lebenslauf, Zeugniskopien und Exposé bzw. Probekapiteln des Dissertationsvorhabens sowie ggf. einem Verzeichnis der Veröffentlichungen und universitären Lehrveranstaltungen bis zum 29.07.2015 erbeten an die Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Fakultät III, Institut für Niederlandistik, Prof. Dr. E. Ruigendijk, 26111 Oldenburg.

Es sei darauf hingewiesen, dass die Bewerbungsunterlagen nicht zurückgesendet werden, und daher vom Einsenden einer Mappe abzusehen ist.

Fragen zur Stelle beantwortet Ihnen gerne: Prof. Dr. E. Ruigendijk (Sprachwissenschaft):

Esther.Ruigendijk(removeme)uni-oldenburg.de, Tel. 0049-(0)441-798-4695.
PhD Researcher on Human Interaction with Co-Evolutionary Systems (PHOENIX), deadline: July 31 2015
PhD Researcher on Human Interaction with Co-Evolutionary Systems (PHOENIX)

The PHOENIX project leverages ongoing forefront research into sensor mote technology performed at INCAS3 to propel radical technological advancements in a variety of sectors, where the exploration of unknowable terrain is crucial.This technology will provide a greater understanding of environmental and technological processes in various areas ranging from mining industry to processes associated with flooding and snowmelts in remote regions. PHOENIX is financed through FET Open in Horizon 2020.

We seek a highly motivated graduate student with a strong interest in knowledge representation, semantic modeling and computational intelligence, particularly evolutionary computation who is interested in pursuing a doctorate degree.

The ideal candidate has interest in at least one of the following: computer science, AI, computational linguistics, theoretical biology, natural sciences or epistemology and has programming skills and familiarity with soft computing and ontologies.

The selected applicant will work intensively with a multidisciplinary team dedicated to developing a method to acquire knowledge about inaccessible environments through real and virtual swarms of miniature, simple agents that evolve over successive generations. Focus will be on developing a method to model aspects of the behavior of the real and virtual agents/swarms, as informed by different kinds of knowledge.

As the project is interdisciplinary it is possible to work at different locations with partner institutions in Eindhoven, Assen, Aachen, and Leuven.


Applicants must have a Master's degree with an excellent undergraduate and graduate record in Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Epistemology, or similar and have interest in one or more of the topics below:

Knowledge elication and representation formalisms and tools, ontologies and ontology languages
Programming in C/C++ and/or Python (and/or Java)
Evolutionary dynamics
Monte Carlo simulations
Machine learning or multi-agent systems
Scripting languages

Employment conditions

Salary according the Collective Labor Agreement of Dutch Universities.
Affiliation: The PhD candidate will be affiliated with INCAS3 (Assen, NL) and the University of Technology Eindhoven (Eindhoven, NL).
The appointment will commence on October 1, 2015

Application procedure

Applicants are directed to send a motivation letter, CV, complete academic transcript, a letter of recommendation from Master’s promoter or supervisors, and Master’s thesis (or abstract and overview if incomplete) by July 31st, 2015 to Prof. Dr. H.J. Wörtche.
Questions and comments can be directed towards Dr. Giovanni Iacca or Dr. Matt Coler.

2 PhD positions in clinical linguistics and language acquisition, University of Oslo, Norway, deadline: August 15 2015
Two PhD Research Fellowships within the Research Group in Clinical Linguistics and Language Acquisition are available at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo. The Research Group in Clinical Linguistics and Language Acquisition conducts research on typical and atypical speech and language acquisition in children and adults, and speech and language as a result of brain damage in adults (for example aphasia and Alzheimer’s disease), compared to neurologically healthy adults. Several of the members of the research group are also associated with the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing).
We seek to recruit two PhD candidates with excellent research qualifications within the areas covered by the research group, more specifically:
• One PhD fellowship within child language acquisition with or without a clinical perspective, and
• One PhD fellowship within clinical linguistics with a focus on adults (e.g. aphasia, dementia, and/or healthy aging)
The appointments are available for three years starting from January 1st, 2016. The deadline for application is August 15th, 2015.

Further information: uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1402248/62043?iso=no
Professorship of bi-multilingualism, University of Reading, UK, deadline: August 18 2015

• SALARYCompetitive Market Rate
• LOCATIONWhiteknights Campus

The Department of Clinical Language Sciences is seeking to appoint an outstanding full Professor to conduct high profile research in the field Bi-/Multilingualism. This represents a unique opportunity to join an established language science research group, and to be a part of ambitious plans to foster the very best world class research.
Applications are welcomed from researchers who build on existing strengths within the Department/School and are able to contribute to the highly inter-disciplinary environment at the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) and the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN). You will have publications in 3*-4* REF bands, have attracted significant grant income, and have the talent and aptitude to lead others in an interdisciplinary and highly collegiate environment.
You will have:
- A PhD in bi-/multilingualism or closely related area
- The ability to undertake original research in bi-/multilingualism
- An outstanding recent publication track record in 3*/4* bands
- The ability to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
- An ability to work well with students and colleagues, an interest to engage with cross-disciplinary research programmes within the School, the CeLM and the CINN, nationally and internationally
- A proven ability to secure high levels of research funding
Expertise in child bilingualism, heritage language acquisition, language impairment, or aging in bi-/multilinguals is an advantage.
Informal contact details
Contact role: Head of Department
Contact name: Theo Marinis
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 7465
Contact email: t.marinis(removeme)reading.ac.uk
Alternative informal contact details
Contact role: Head of School
Contact name: Laurie Butler
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 7543
Contact email: l.t.butler(removeme)reading.ac.uk

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PhD Candidate “Identity constructions among Polish and ‘local’ youth in Limburg through language practices”, Maastricht University, deadline: September 15 2015
PhD positions: Child Language Acquisition, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, deadline: September 31 2015
PhD positions: Child Language Acquisition
Several PhD Fellowships are available on the perception, production and processing of language in Bilingual and Hearing Impaired children. All are part of a newly funded ARC grant to Katherine Demuth, Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
Those with developmental interests in the following areas are encouraged to apply:
• Speech planning, production, prosody
• The acquisition of grammatical morphology (perception and/or production)
• The development of language processing abilities (eye-tracking, EEG/MEG)
All applicants should have excellent linguistics background as well as strong phonetics, experimental and statistics skills, as well as research interest/experience with young children. Experience with R, Matlab, Praat and some programming skills will be a plus.
Deadline: September 31, 2015 (or until filled)

For the 4-year combined Year 2 MRES/PhD positions solid previous coursework in linguistics and phonetics is required.
For the 3-year PhD positions an MA thesis, relevant course work and publications are essential. All positions are open until filled.
The Child Language Lab is located in the Australian Hearing Hub with state-of the art EEG, MEG, infant speech perception, eye-tracking and language production research facilities. The group has extensive collaborative links with Audiology, Speech Pathology, the CCD, and the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL), providing a dynamic, collaborative research environment.

This project is supported by an Australian Research Council grant ‘Neural and behavioral evidence for children's learning of grammatical morphology’ (FL130100014). The goal is to better understand the nature of children’s phonological and morphological representations, and how these develop between the ages of 1-7. The project brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines (EEG/MEG, eye-tracking, ultrasound, etc.) with the common purpose of addressing issues related to speech perception and production in typically developing monolingual and bilingual children, as well as children with hearing loss and specific language impairment.
Those interested should send CV and statement of research interest to Katherine Demuth at Katherine.Demuth(removeme)mq.edu.au
Katherine Demuth
ARC Laureate Fellow an Distinguished Professor
Director, Child Language Lab
Department of Linguistics| Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS)
ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD)
Level 3, Australian Hearing Hub, 16 University Ave
Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia
Calls for papers for events
CfP: CLARIN 2015, Wroc?aw, Poland, October 14-17 2015, deadline: July 15 2015
**** CLARIN 2015 ****

CLARIN is happy to announce the 4th CLARIN Annual Conference and calls for the submission of papers.
The series of CLARIN Annual Conferences is the main forum for those working on the construction, operation and exploration of CLARIN across Europe.

CLARIN is the Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure, a European initiative which aims to provide easy and sustainable access for scholars in the humanities and social sciences to digital language data and advanced tools to discover, explore, exploit, annotate, analyse or combine them.

The CLARIN Annual Conference is organized for the Humanities and Social Sciences community in order to exchange ideas and experiences on the CLARIN infrastructure's design, construction and operation, the data and services that it contains or should contain, its actual use by researchers, its relation to other infrastructures and projects, and the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure.

The 4th CLARIN Annual Conference will be held in Wroc?aw, Poland, on October 14-17, 2015.


CLARIN calls for EXTENDED ABSTRACTS of about 4 pages with a deadline of July 15, 2015.

It is not required that the authors are or have been directly involved in national or international CLARIN projects, but their work must be clearly related to the CLARIN activities, resources, tools or services.

The full Call for Papers, with instructions for submission, is available on the CLARIN website:
An updated template for papers to be submitted is available from a link on that page.

Conference website:

On behalf of the Programme Committee,
Prof. Koenraad De Smedt, chair
Call for Papers: Workshop Polarity, Konstanz, Germany, February 24-26 2016, deadline: August 15 2015
The grammatical realization of polarity
Theoretical and experimental approaches
Workshop at the 38th annual meeting of the DGfS
Konstanz, 24-26 February 2016

Workshop description
The expression of polarity contrast that is particularly prominent in languages like German and Dutch has recently been in the centre of empirical as well as theoretical investigations. In these languages, contrasts between statements with negative and positive polarity are marked with the help of prosody (nuclear pitch accent on the finite verb or complementizer, i.e. verum focus, cf. Höhle 1992, Blühdorn & Lohnstein 2012) or assertive particles (wel/wohl; toch/doch; schon) that also carry focal stress (Blühdorn 2012, Hogeweg 2009, Sudhoff 2012, Turco, Braun & Dimroth 2014).
To date there is no consensus on the exact meaning contribution of these devices or on the kind of contrast that is actually evoked. Possibilities under discussion include assertion vs. non-assertion (Klein 2006), polarity (Turco, Braun & Dimroth 2014), illocution (Höhle 1992), and sentence mood (Lohnstein 2012). Other open questions concern the fate of the verum operator in case it is not focused (Gutzmann 2012), the question how similar assertive particles and verum focus really are (Sudhoff 2012), how comparable contexts are expressed in other languages (Dimroth, Andorno, Benazzo & Verhagen 2010), what the specific parameters of the prosodic marking of verum focus are (Turco, Dimroth & Braun 2013), and how they relate to other kinds of prosodic focus marking. With few exceptions, this vivid debate is not informed by empirical data.
The workshop wants to bring together researchers from a theoretical and an empirical orientation and to enhance our understanding of the phenomenon with the help of cross-linguistic comparisons. It mainly focuses on (but is not restricted to) West-Germanic languages. We welcome contributions dealing with the syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and/or prosodic aspects of the phenomenon.

Blühdorn, Hardarik. 2012. Faktizität, Wahrheit, Erwünschtheit: Negation, Negationsfokus und „Verum“ -Fokus im Deutschen. In Horst Lohnstein & Hardarik Blühdorn (eds.). Wahrheit – Fokus – Negation. Linguistische Berichte, Sonderheft 18, 137 – 170.

Blühdorn, Hardarik & Horst Lohnstein. 2012. Verumfokus im Deutschen: Versuch einer Synthese. In Horst Lohnstein & Hardarik Blühdorn (eds.). Wahrheit – Fokus – Negation. Linguistische Berichte, Sonderheft 18, 171 – 261.

Dimroth, Christine, Cecilia Andorno, Sandra Benazzo & Josje Verhagen. 2010. Given claims about new topics. How Romance and Germanic speakers link changed and maintained information in narrative discourse. Journal of Pragmatics. 42, 3328 – 3344.

Gutzmann, Daniel. 2012. Verum – Fokus – Verum-Fokus? Fokus-basierte und lexikalische Ansätze. In Horst Lohnstein & Hardarik Blühdorn (eds.). Wahrheit – Fokus – Negation. Linguistische Berichte, Sonderheft 18, 67 – 103.

Hogeweg, Lotte. 2009. The meaning and interpretation of the Dutch particle wel. Journal of Pragmatics. 41, 519 – 539.

Höhle, Tilman. 1992. Über Verum-Fokus im Deutschen. In Joachim Jacobs (ed.), Informationsstruktur und Grammatik, 112 – 141. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag.

Klein, Wolfgang. 2006. On finiteness. In Veerle Van Geenhoven (ed.), Semantics in Acquisition, 245 – 272. Dordrecht: Kluwer.

Lohnstein, Horst. 2012. Verumfokus – Satzmodus – Wahrheit. In Horst Lohnstein & Hardarik Blühdorn (eds.). Wahrheit – Fokus – Negation. Linguistische Berichte, Sonderheft 18, 31 – 66.

Sudhoff, Stefan. 2012. Negation der Negation – Verumfokus und die niederländische Polaritätspartikel wel. In Horst Lohnstein & Hardarik Blühdorn (eds.). Wahrheit – Fokus – Negation. Linguistische Berichte, Sonderheft 18, 105 – 136.

Turco, Giuseppina, Bettina Braun & Christine Dimroth. 2014. When contrasting polarity, Germans use intonation, the Dutch particles. Journal of Pragmatics 62, 94 – 106.

Turco, Giuseppina, Christine Dimroth & Bettina Braun. 2013. Intonational means to mark Verum Focus in German and French. Language and Speech. 56, 460 – 490.

Invited speakers
Horst Lohnstein (University of Wuppertal)
Giuseppina Turco (University of Stuttgart)

Dates and location
38th annual meeting of the DGfS
Konstanz, Germany
24-26 February 2016

Abstract submissions
We welcome submissions for either 30-minute or 60-minute talks (please indicate your preference) in English or German. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Please note that participants are not supposed to present papers in more than one workshop at the DGfS conference.
Abstract submission deadline: 15 August 2015
Notification of acceptance: 31 August 2015
Please send your submission electronically in an editable format to both organizers.

Christine Dimroth (University of Münster)
Stefan Sudhoff (Utrecht University)
Symposium 'The linguistic integration of adult migrants: lessons from research', Strasbourg, March 30-April 1 2016, deadline: September 15 2015
This symposium will consider to what extent and in what ways scientific evidence can inform the development of policy and practice designed to support the linguistic integration of adult migrants.
It will bring together researchers from various disciplines – education, didactics, psychology, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, etc. – as a first step towards developing an interdisciplinary inventory of research findings that relevant ministries in Council of Europe member states can use to inform their decisions concerning the linguistic integration of adult migrants.

For more information:
site: www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/ Liam-symposium 2016 en.pdf

The symposium will be organised by the Language Policy Unit of the Council of Europe; there is no registration fee.

The closing date for submission of abstracts is 15 September 2015:
Summer School 'Neurocognitive methods for infant and toddler research', Utrecht, The Netherlands, August 17-21 2015
Save the date
August 17th - 21st

for the Summer School

Neurocognitive methods for infant and toddler research
Utrecht - The Netherlands

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regels van de scriptieprijs
• Wie kan insturen: Studenten die hun scriptie afgerond hebben tussen juni 2013 en september 2015.
• De scriptie is afgerond aan een erkende HBO of universitaire instelling in Nederland.
• Scripties zowel op Bachelor als Master niveau kunnen ingestuurd worden en dienen in het Nederlands of in het Engels geschreven te zijn.
• Engelstalige scripties dienen een Nederlandstalige samenvatting te bevatten.
• Procedure: de scriptie dient te worden gestuurd naar wap.scriptieprijs(removeme)gmail.com met een bewijs van een cijfer en de naam van de (eerste) scriptiebegeleider. Alleen afgeronde en becijferde scripties kunnen worden ingediend. Woensdag 30 september 2015 is de laatste dag dat de scriptie kan worden ingestuurd. Een vakjury zal de scripties lezen en beoordelen.
• Prijs: de winnaar van de WAP scriptieprijs wint een geldbedrag van 100 euro. Verder krijgt de winnaar een 1-jarig lidmaatschap van het WAP cadeau.
• De winnaar presenteert tijdens het WAP symposium op 28 november.
Vooraankondiging taalmiddag 'Taalkunstenaars in de dop', prof. dr. L. Cornips/Meertens Instituut, 19 november 2015
Taalkunstenaars in de dop
De toekomst van tweetalig Limburg


Inspiratiebijeenkomst op donderdag 19 november 2015 van 13.00-17.30 uur
Locatie: Fontys Hogeschool, Mgr. Claessenstraat 4 in Sittard

Een halve eeuw geleden was de gedachte dat dialect spreken een achterstand zou opleveren in de ontwikkeling van het Nederlands van het jonge kind. Sinds de jaren negentig laat taalkundig verwervings- en cognitieonderzoek voorzichtig zien dat meertalig opgroeien van jonge kinderen, zoals in dialect én Nederlands, allerlei voordelen heeft voor bijvoorbeeld leerprestaties.

In Limburg komen vanuit diverse kanten signalen dat het spreken van dialect van jonge kinderen sterk afneemt doordat het in instituties als kinderopvang wordt ontmoedigd. In de praktijk blijkt dat het afleren van het spreken van dialect ervoor zorgt dat deze kinderen ook thuis alleen Nederlands in plaats van dialect gaan spreken.

Wordt er straks door de jonge generaties in Limburg nauwelijks nog dialect gesproken? Tijdens de inspiratiebijeenkomst ‘Taalkunstenaars in de dop’ op donderdagmiddag 19 november 2015 delen sprekers uit de hoek van beleid, kinderopvang, (groot)ouders, onderwijs en wetenschap hun ervaringen met tweetaligheid en hun visie hierop. Ook is er een interactief gedeelte waarbij alle deelnemers hun ervaringen, vragen en ideeėn met elkaar kunnen delen. Het volledige programma ontvangt u na de zomervakantie en is dan ook te vinden op www.cubiss.nl.

Door wie?
Deze inspiratiebijeenkomst is een initiatief van prof. dr. Leonie Cornips, hoogleraar ‘Taalcultuur in Limburg’ aan de Universiteit Maastricht en het Meertens Instituut, en wordt financieel mede mogelijk gemaakt door de Raod veur ’t Limburgs. De organisatie is in handen van Cubiss, Fontys Hogescholen Sittard, Huis voor de Kunsten Limburg en de Universiteit Maastricht.

Voor wie?
Iedereen die met dialectspreken en andere meertaligheid van jonge kinderen te maken heeft, zoals beleidsmedewerkers, bibliotheekmedewerkers, onderzoekers, leerkrachten, Fontys-studenten, kinderopvangleiders, jeugdzorgmedewerkers, logopedisten, bestuurders, (groot)ouders etc.

Interesse? Schrijf dan nu alvast in via www.cubiss.nl/inschrijfformulier-taalkunstenaars-de-dop
Er is plek voor maximaal 120 personen. De toegang is gratis.

Graag tot 19 november!
Met vriendelijke groet,

Cubiss, Fontys Hogeschool Sittard, Huis voor de Kunsten Limburg en Universiteit Maastricht