March 26th, 2015

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

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

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

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

The schedule, registration form and other information can be found online:
Take a look at our Facebook page as well:
Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen
Kennislink is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied:


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!

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 ( 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
Talk "An agreement asymmetry in Dutch dialects: An alienable-inalienable distinction on possessive pronouns", Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, April 9 2015
Thursday 9 April, Jolien Scholten (UU) will give a talk at the Meertens Institute on:
An agreement asymmetry in Dutch dialects: An alienable-inalienable distinction on possessive pronouns
It will be held in the Keizerzaal, 10:00-11:30.

Dialects in Flanders and in the East and South-East of the Netherlands display an agreement asymmetry on possessive pronouns. These pronouns agree with the noun it introduces. However, this agreement is absent when possessive pronouns introduce kinship nouns. This is shown for Vriezenveen Dutch in (1)-(4). The possessive pronouns in (1) and (2) introduce a non-kinship noun and they agree in gender and number with the noun. In (3) and (4) the possessive pronouns introduce a kinship noun and in those cases there is no agreement morphology on the possessive pronoun. My study also includes data from Wambeek Dutch and colloquial Flemish, which show a similar pattern.

(1) mien-n hoond
my-M dog.M
(2) mien-e auto
my-F car.F
(3) mien-ų va
my father
(4) mien-ų moe
my mother

It has been generally acknowledged that kinship nouns are relational notions. I will argue, following Barker (1995) and Vergnaud & Zubizarreta (1992), that this property is syntactically reflected, leading to different morphosyntactic properties of alienable and inalienable possessors. In short, I argue that kinship nouns syntactically introduce an argument in SpecnP, causing the features of the kinship noun to become invisible for agreement with the possessive pronoun. Non-kinship nouns, on the contrary, do not introduce an argument in SpecnP. As a consequence, the material in N is available for agreement with the possessive pronoun.
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
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:

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:

Registration deadline: Febuary 15th 2015

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

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)

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
Lexicography Conference, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, April 17 2015
The Fryske Akademy hereby invites you to participate in a one-day international lexicographical conference (Leeuwarden, April 17th, 2015). The theme of the conference is the role of lexicography in standardisation and purification of lesser used languages. For more information, see:
Current Issues of Linguistics (CIL) Conference, St.Petersburg, Russia, April 20-21 2015
The Fourth International Conference
“Current Issues of Linguistics (CIL)”
Russian Federation, Saint-Petersburg, Saint-Petersburg State Electrotechnical University (LETI), 20 - 21 April, 2015

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

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

Conference Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please visit the ISB10 website (

We hope to see you in New Brunswick, NJ for ISB10 next year!
12th International Conference on the Structure of Hungarian (ICSH12The 12th International Conference on the Structure of Hungarian (ICSH12), Leiden University, The Netherlands, May 22-23 2015
The program of the event is to be found on the following page:

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

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

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

For more details and registration form see
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 (, 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:

= 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 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)

We look forward to welcoming you all in Antwerp!

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

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

Program Committee (includes members of Organizing Committee):
- Joris J. van Zundert (Chair), Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
- Marijn Koolen (Vice Chair), University of Amsterdam
- Florentina Armaselu, CVCE Luxembourg
- Paul Bertrand, Université Catholique de Louvain
- Rens Bod, University of Amsterdam
- Barbara Bordalejo, KULeuven
- Steven Claeyssens, Royal Library, The Hague
- Sally Chambers, Ghent University
- Seza Do?ruöz, Tilburg University
- Seth Van Hooland, Université Libre de Bruxelles
- Catherine Emma Jones, CVCE Luxembourg
- Folgert Karsdorp, Meertens Institute
- Anne Roekens, Université de Namur
- Els Stronks, Utrecht University
- Karina van Dalen-Oskam, University of Amsterdam & Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
- Antal van den Bosch, Radboud University Nijmegen
- Nicoline van der Sijs, Radboud University Nijmegen
- Christophe Verbruggen, Ghent University
- Lars Wieneke, CVCE Luxembourg
Workshop on Comparative and Superlative constructions: typology and diachrony, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 16-17 2015
Workshop on Comparative and Superlative constructions: typology and diachrony

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

Call deadline: April 1, 2015

Meeting Description:

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

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

(1) John is more handsome than Felix.

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

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

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

(2) John is big. Harry is not.

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

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

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

Call for Papers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Practical info, registration, program:
email: dialetti(removeme)

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)

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), 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)
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:

We are looking forward to seeing you in Leiden!

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

Contact: summerschool(removeme)
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.

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


See you in July!

John F. Bailyn, Stony Brook
Anna A. Maslennikova, St. Petersburg
NYI co-Directors
9th HiSoN Summer School in Historical Sociolinguistics, Greece, August 1-8 2015
Registration is now open for the
> 9th HiSoN Summer School in Historical Sociolinguistics
> 1–8 August, 2015
> Metochi, Kalloni, Lesbos, Greece
> The ninth Summer School organised by the Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN) will offer classes by leading experts on modern and historical sociolinguists. The venue is the University of Agder’s Metochi study centre, a former monastery on the Greek island of Lesbos.
> The Summer School lasts for one week and classes will take place in the morning and early evening. You will have the opportunity to present your own research at a special session. There is space for only 40 (post)graduate students and young (at heart!) researchers so you are advised to book early.
> Our teachers and courses in 2015 will be
> Peter Trudgill (Agder) on the Historical sociolinguistics of the
> spread of native English: 315-2015 AD Andreas Jucker (Zürich) on the
> Emergence of politeness in the history of English: Evidence from
> literary sources Jan-Terje Faarlund (Oslo) on the North Germanic
> character of Middle and Modern English Alexandra Lenz (Vienna) on
> Sociolinguistic perspectives on semantic variation and change Nils
> Langer (Bristol) on Invisible languages in the 19th century Rita
> Marquilhas (Lisbon) on Portuguese and Spanish data and the historical
> sociolinguistic approach Julia de Bres (Luxembourg) on Language
> policies targeting attitudes towards minority languages
> The school will last for one week and will cost 600 euro (if registered by May 1st or 750 euro, if you register thereafter), which includes accommodation, three meals per day, tuition, and an excursion.
> Students are accepted on a strict first come – first served basis, so secure your place and register now!
> For further information and registration, visit
> hison-2015(removeme)
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: and our blog:

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

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

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

You can find more information about the summer school here:

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

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

8-9 October 2015
University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
State of the art
Grammaticalization research has in the last decade highlighted the notion of construction. Hopper & Traugott (2003:1) in their classical definition of grammaticalization point out that that not only words but also constructions, i.e. sequences of words, can undergo grammaticalization.
As a term referring to a research framework, “grammaticalization” refers to that part of the study of language change that is concerned with such questions as how lexical items and constructions come in certain contexts to serve grammatical functions or how grammatical items develop new grammatical functions.
Himmelmann (2004:31) in turn argues that a grammaticalizing element (he speaks of a ‘grammaticizing’ element) should not be considered in isolation but rather in its syntagmatic context, i.e. the construction it occurs in.
Strictly speaking, it is never just the grammaticizing element that undergoes grammaticization. Instead, it is the grammaticizing element in its syntagmatic context which is grammaticized. That is, the unit to which grammaticization properly applies are constructions, not isolated lexical items.
In the wake of this work, efforts have been made to more precisely articulate the largely pretheoretical notion of construction in the theoretical framework of construction grammar. The main tenet of construction grammar is that our grammatical knowledge is made up of a taxonomic network of constructions, i.e. pairings of form of meaning (Goldberg 1995, Croft 2001, Hoffmann & Trousdale 2013). Moreover, no one level of grammar is considered autonomous (Fried & Östman 2004).
Integrating constructionist insights into grammaticalization research has led to new findings:
- semantic bleaching of grammaticalizing elements is paralleled by semantic changes in the construction they are part of (Hilpert 2008, Colleman & De Clerck 2011)
- grammaticalization is accompanied by changes in schematicity, productivity, and compositionality of the entire construction (Trousdale 2008, 2010)
- the perceived degree of gradualness, which is accentuated within grammaticalization theory, can be described as small incremental steps in various dimensions of a construction (Traugott 2008, Traugott & Trousdale 2010, 2013)
- statistical methods developed in construction grammar, such as collostructional analysis, can be implemented to help support, falsify and/or uncover ongoing grammaticalization (Hilpert 2008, 2013, Coussé 2014)
Confronting grammaticalization research with the framework of construction grammar also brought up the question how grammaticalization relates to constructional change in general (Noėl 2007, Gisborne & Patten 2011). As such, grammaticalization research increasingly interacts and converges with the emerging field of diachronic construction grammar (Israel 1996, Bergs & Diewald 2008, Fried 2008, 2013, Baršdal 2013). This ongoing interaction has recently led to an analysis of grammaticalization and lexicalization in terms of constructionalization (Traugott & Trousdale 2013).
This workshop aims to bring together researchers working on grammaticalization and construction grammar in one dedicated workshop, in order to provide a platform for enhanced collaboration between and integration of both frameworks, in Scandinavia and beyond.
We invite presentations joining insights from grammaticalization research and construction grammar. Both theoretical and empirical contributions are most welcomed. We are particularly interested in methodologically innovative work that helps uncovering grammaticalization, constructional change and constructionalization in historical corpora and work on the relation between different levels of a construction and its place in a larger network.
Keynote speakers
Graeme Trousdale (University of Edinburgh)
Martin Hilpert (University of Neuchātel)
Jóhanna Baršdal (Ghent University)
Peter Andersson (University of Gothenburg)
Evie Coussé (University of Gothenburg, Stockholm University)
Scientific committee
Karin Aijmer (Gothenburg), Alexander Bergs (Osnabrück), Hubert Cuyckens (Leuven), Östen Dahl (Stockholm), Gabriele Diewald (Hannover), Lena Ekberg (Lund, Stockholm), Benjamin Lyngfelt (Gothenburg), Muriel Norde (Berlin), Jan-Ola Östman (Helsinki)
Abstract submission
We invite abstract submissions for oral presentations (20-minute presentation plus 10-minute discussion). Abstracts should clearly specify how the presentation will contribute to the theme of the workshop and also state research question, theoretical background, method, data and (preliminary) results. Abstract should not exceed 400 words (exclusive of references). All author-specific information must be avoided in order to ensure anonymous reviewing. Send your abstract to evie.cousse(removeme) 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.
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)

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

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

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

“Language and Number” is part of the NWO Horizon project "Knowledge and Culture" ( 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) and prof. dr. Sjef Barbiers (sjef.barbiers(removeme)
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 or contact: peter.bourgonje(removeme)
Docent Tenure Track in het vakgebied Toegepaste Taalkunde Duits, Universiteit Gent, deadline: 27 maart 2015
Docent Tenure Track in het vakgebied Toegepaste Taalkunde Duits

Uiterste inschrijvingsdatum: Mar 27, 2015 23:59
Vakgroep/directie/dienst: LW22 - Vakgroep Vertalen, tolken en communicatie
Type contract: Statutaire aanstelling
Bezetting: 100%
Vacature type: Zelfstandig academisch personeel

In de faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte is vanaf 1 oktober 2015 een voltijds ambt van docent in het tenure trackstelsel te begeven binnen de vakgroep Vertalen, Tolken en Communicatie, afdeling Duits, voor een opdracht omvattend academisch onderwijs, wetenschappelijk onderzoek en wetenschappelijke dienstverlening in het vakgebied Toegepaste Taalkunde Duits.
Profiel van de kandidaat

houder zijn van een diploma van doctor op proefschrift met het Duits als voorwerp, of van een gelijkwaardig erkend diploma;
over minstens twee jaar postdoctorale ervaring beschikken op het ogenblik van indiensttreding;
het Duits beheersen op het niveau C2 van het ERK (Europees Referentiekader) of als moedertaalspreker;
hoogstaand wetenschappelijk onderzoek hebben verricht gestaafd door recente publicaties in nationale en internationale wetenschappelijke tijdschriften en boeken die een ruime verspreiding kennen en die een beroep doen op deskundigen voor de beoordeling van de ingezonden manuscripten;
aantoonbare onderzoeksexpertise hebben in een van de onderzoeksdomeinen van de vakgroep, nl. meertalige communicatie, vertaal- en tolkonderzoek of (ver)taaldidactiek;
over didactische vaardigheden beschikken om academische competenties te realiseren bij
positief geėvalueerde ervaring met verstrekt en/of georganiseerd onderwijs op academisch niveau hebben strekt tot aanbeveling;
onderwijsprofessionalisering strekt tot aanbeveling;
internationale mobiliteit o.m. door onderzoeksverblijven in onderzoeksinstellingen extern aan de instelling waaraan de hoogste academische graad werd behaald, strekt tot aanbeveling;
actieve deelname aan internationale wetenschappelijke conferenties en aan internationale (onderzoeks)netwerken strekt tot aanbeveling;
beheersing van het Nederlands strekt tot aanbeveling.

Volgende documenten dienen bij de kandidatuur te worden gevoegd:

een tekst (max. 1500 woorden) waarin de sollicitant zijn/haar visie op onderzoek, onderwijs en wetenschappelijke dienstverlening m.b.t. de te begeven functie uiteenzet;
een onderzoeksvoorstel (max. 1500 woorden) over het onderzoek dat de sollicitant concreet wil opzetten binnen het onderzoeksdomein van de meertalige en interculturele communicatie (zie onderzoeksgroep Intercomm:, of de vertaal-en tolkwetenschap (zie onderzoeksgroepen EQTIS: en TRACE:, of de (ver)taaldidactiek (zie onderzoeksgroep GOLLD: onderzoeksvoorstel moet op zijn minst de volgende onderdelen bevatten: achtergrond; doelstellingen/vraagstellingen; methode; verwachte resultaten; haalbaarheid;
de vereiste bekwaamheidsbewijzen (afschriften van diploma’s);
een portfolio met aanvullende informatie over de eigen onderwijscompetenties.

De selectie gebeurt in twee fasen:

op basis van curriculum vitae, publicatiedossier en ingediende visietekst wordt een shortlist samengesteld; alle kandidaten op de shortlist worden uitgenodigd voor een proefles en een interview;
op basis van de verzamelde informatie wordt beslist welke kandidaten worden gerangschikt en hoe ze worden gerangschikt.

Een voltijds ambt in de aanvangsgraad van docent geeft in principe aanleiding tot een aanstelling in een tijdelijk dienstverband in een tenure trackstelsel voor een duur van vijf jaar.
Indien het universiteitsbestuur de prestaties van de betrokkene gunstig beoordeelt, mondt dit mandaat uit in een vaste benoeming in de graad van hoofddocent.

Bij wijze van uitzondering kan een kandidaat die reeds een betrekking als ZAP-lid of een gelijkwaardige functie in een andere universiteit of instelling voor onderzoek uitoefent, onmiddellijk worden benoemd in de graad van docent, onverminderd de mogelijkheid die geboden wordt voor een tijdelijke aanstelling in artikel 91 van het universiteitendecreet.

Kandidaten moeten bereid zijn om de verplichte basisdocententraining te volgen.

UGent voorziet een vrij aanbod 'Nederlands' en 'Engels' voor anderstalige professoren, dit ter ondersteuning van de onderwijstaal waarin gedoceerd wordt.

Nadere informatie in verband met dit ambt en de inpassing ervan in de strategische krachtlijnen van de vakgroep kunnen verkregen worden bij prof. Veronique Hoste, vakgroepvoorzitter (tel. +32 (0) 9 331 19 41 of e-mail: veronique.hoste(removeme)

Binnen de Universiteit Gent is het loopbaanmodel voor ZAP-leden in de graad van docent en hoofddocent gebaseerd op de periodieke toetsing van de prestaties in functie van op voorhand vast te leggen gepersonaliseerde doelstellingen.
Hoe solliciteren ?


dienen uiterlijk 27 maart 2015 om 23u59 (CET)
per e-mail verzonden te worden aan wervingzap(removeme)
met in bijlage de sollicitatiebrief en het sollicitatieformulier voor ZAP, vergezeld van de bekwaamheidsbewijzen (onder meer afschriften van de diploma's)

Gelieve alle documenten samengevoegd in één bijlage te versturen en volgend referentienummer te vermelden 20150220 Toegepaste Taalkunde Duits in het onderwerp van uw email

De kandidaat ontvangt een e-mail bij goede ontvangst van de sollicitatie.

De sollicitatieformulieren voor ZAP zijn beschikbaar via volgende link:
Two Positions in Psycholinguistics, Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany, deadline: March 31 2015
Two Positions in Psycholinguistics

Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany

Deadline for Applications: 31 March 2015

The Psycholinguistics Group in the Department of Computational Linguistics at Saarland University, invites applications for two post-doctoral positions ("wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter"), or one post-doctoral and one PhD position, available from May 1st, 2015. Applicants should posses a strong background in psycholinguistics, have published in international journals and conferences, and hold a PhD in a relevant discipline (except for PhD student applicants for position 2).

1. Psycholinguist: This is a full-time post-doctoral University staff position. Applicants with strong experience of eye-tracking and/or ERP methods for investigating written and spoken language processing, or demonstrated experience in computational models of human sentence comprehension are sought. Familiarity with advanced statistical data analysis methods (e.g. mixed-effects models), and corpus-based methods are also desired. Some knowledge of German would be an asset, but not strictly essential. Successful candidates will contribute substantially to ongoing research and teaching activities in psycholinguistics, and participate in developing new research directions.The position carries a teaching load of 1 full course per semester (4 hrs/week), contribution to student supervision, and some administrative duties.

2. Multi-modality in Human Language Processing: A post-doctoral (100%) or PhD (65%) position is also available in the context of the Cluster of Excellence “Multi-modal Computing and Interaction”. Applicants with a strong profile in visually situated language processing – experimental and/or computational modelling – are encouraged to apply. There is considerable flexibility in the precise research topic, but we expect to build on previous research into the on-line interaction of speech and visual scene information in situated task domains.

The Psycholinguistics Group, under the direction of Prof. Matthew Crocker, is actively engaged in both experimental and computational modeling research on human sentence processing. The unit has numerous state-of-the-art eye-tracking laboratories, two 64 channel EEG/ERP labs, and modern computing infrastructure. The group's research places particular emphasis on visually situated language processing, as well as probabilistic, connectionist and information theoretic modelling. The working language is English. Further information about our labs and activities can be found at:

Saarland University is a leading centre for language research and offers a dynamic and stimulating environment. The recently funded Collaborative Research Center “Information Density and Linguistic Encoding” supports a broad range of experimental, corpus-based, and cognitive modelling research activities, with over 25 staff ( The Psycholinguistics Group is also part of the interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence "Multi-modal Computing and Interaction" ( formed in partnership with top-ranked research institutions located on the Saarland University campus: Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and the Computer Science Department. Researchers come from all over the world and the primary research language is English. In addition to the Psycholinguistics Group, computational and experimental research in language and cognition is carried out in the Excellence Cluster's junior research groups of Dr. Vera Demberg and Dr. Maria Staudte, further contributing to a large and vibrant research environment. The Department is committed to excellence in teaching, offering an international MSc program in "Language Science and Technology" (taught in English), and well as a BSc in "Computational Linguistics".

The appointment will be made on the German TV-L E13 scale (approx. 40K Euros per annum – for 100% positions – depending on age and marital status). Support for travel to conferences is also available. Priority will be given to applications received by March 31, 2015. Any inquiries concerning the post should be directed to the e-mail address below. Complete applications including: (1) a statement of research interests, (2) a full CV, (3) two example publications, and (4) the names and e-mail addresses of three referees, should be e-mailed as a single PDF to:

Prof. Dr. Matthew Crocker
e-mail: crocker(removeme)

Department of Computational Linguistics
Saarland University
66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
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

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 (, 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: 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), and about postgraduate study more generally, please contact the Department of Psychology postgraduate office (postgraduate.psychology(removeme) See the Lancaster Leverhulme Scholarship Programme website for more information. Further information about PhD study at Lancaster can be found here
Tenure Track Position "Neuropsychology of Language and Language Disorders", Donders Institute, NIjmegen, deadline: May 17 2015
Tenure Track Position "Neuropsychology of Language and Language Disorders"
Application deadline: 17 May 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you interested?
Check this link for more information on this job offer and how to apply:
1 full-time PhD position "Acquisition of phraseological competence in Dutch and English", Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, deadline: June 30 2015
1 full-time PhD position in the framework of the research project entitled Assessing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): Linguistic, cognitive and educational perspectives
General job description

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

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

Project promoters

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

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

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

Start of grant: September 1st, 2015

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

Additional information: For more information on the PhD project do not hesitate to contact Prof. F. Meunier (fanny.meunier(removeme) )
More information on the research institutes and centers which the candidate will be part of can be found on the following websites:
- Institute for Language and Communication (IL&C):
- Valibel:
Calls for papers for events
CfP: Language Science Pecha Kucha, Tartu, Estonia, May 8 2015, deadline: April 12 2015
This parallel workshop serves as a counterpoint to the emphasized reflexive nature - why? - of The Why Linguistics Conference. The gist of the event is, namely, to present your personal research topic in a short, simple, concentrated from, while keeping it accessible to the interdisciplinary audience of the conference, thus enabling feedback from different angles and fields, both academic and industrial. As such, there are no restrictions on the topic, as long as it is related to research on (or applications of) human language. As with the main conference, we naturally welcome linguists, but also researchers from other fields like language psychology, communication studies, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, etc. We also very much encourage young researchers about to complete a degree to participate in the workshop (for example: why not get feedback on your soon to be defended master's thesis?).
Traditionally, Pecha Kucha (??????) is a short presentation format where the talk is accompanied by 20 slides, 20 seconds allocated for each slide. As such, talks are 6 minutes and 40 seconds in length. To save time, the slides are often set to change automatically after every 20 seconds mark. While we expect you to adhere to the time constraint (7 minutes tops for talks, followed by 3 minutes for short questions), it will be entirely up to you if you choose to follow the 20-20 format exactly and automatize the slideshow (the functionality exists in various presentation software), or to change your slides manually. Given the shorter and more concentrated nature of the presentations, the abstracts are expected to be similarly brief.
The working language is English. The abstract submission deadline for the Pecha Kucha workshop is the 12th of April. Acceptance of the presentation will be communicated to the authors within a week from that at most. For abstract submission and the already approved main conference program, please see
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) 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).
2nd Call for papers: TSD 2015, Czech Republic, 14-17 September 2015, deadline: May 10 2015

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


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


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


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

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


TSD series have evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers in both spoken and written language processing from all over the world. Proceedings of TSD form a book published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. The TSD proceedings are regularly indexed by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index. LNAI series are listed in all major citation databases such as DBLP, SCOPUS, EI, INSPEC, or COMPENDEX.

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


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

Topics of the conference will include (but are not limited to):

Corpora and Language Resources (monolingual, multilingual,
text and spoken corpora, large web corpora, disambiguation,
specialized lexicons, dictionaries)

Speech Recognition (multilingual, continuous, emotional
speech, handicapped speaker, out-of-vocabulary words,
alternative way of feature extraction, new models for
acoustic and language modelling)

Tagging, Classification and Parsing of Text and Speech
(multilingual processing, sentiment analysis, credibility
analysis, automatic text labeling, summarization, authorship

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

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

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

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

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

Elmar Noeth, Germany (general chair)
Eneko Agirre, Spain
Genevieve Baudoin, France
Vladimir Benko, Slovakia
Paul Cook, Australia
Jan Cernocky, Czech Republic
Simon Dobrisek, Slovenia
Kamil Ekstein, Czech Republic
Karina Evgrafova, Russia
Darja Fiser, Slovenia
Eleni Galiotou, Greece
Radovan Garabik, Slovakia
Alexander Gelbukh, Mexico
Louise Guthrie, United Kingdom
Jan Hajic, Czech Republic
Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic
Yannis Haralambous, France
Hynek Hermansky, USA
Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Republic
Ales Horak, Czech Republic
Eduard Hovy, USA
Maria Khokhlova, Russia
Daniil Kocharov, Russia
Miloslav Konopik, Czech Republic
Ivan Kopecek, Czech Republic
Valia Kordoni, Germany
Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany
Natalija Loukachevitch, Russia
Bernardo Magnini, Italy
Vaclav Matousek, Czech Republic
Diana McCarthy, United Kingdom
France Mihelic, Slovenia
Roman Moucek, Czech Republic
Hermann Ney, Germany
Karel Oliva, Czech Republic
Karel Pala, Czech Republic
Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
Maciej Piasecki, Poland
Adam Przepiorkowski, Poland
Josef Psutka, Czech Republic
James Pustejovsky, USA
German Rigau, Spain
Leon Rothkrantz, The Netherlands
Anna Rumshisky, USA
Milan Rusko, Slovakia
Mykola Sazhok, Ukraine
Pavel Skrelin, Russia
Pavel Smrz, Czech Republic
Petr Sojka, Czech Republic
Stefan Steidl, Germany
Georg Stemmer, Germany
Marko Tadic, Croatia
Tamas Varadi, Hungary
Zygmunt Vetulani, Poland
Pascal Wiggers, The Netherlands
Yorick Wilks, United Kingdom
Marcin Wolinski, Poland
Victor Zakharov, Russia


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to:
Ms Anna Habernalovį, TSD2015 Conference Secretary
E-mail: tsd2015(removeme)
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:
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)
marieke.van.erp (at)
balex (at)
Call for Papers: EMNLP 2015, Lisbon, Portugal, September 17-21 2015, deadline: May 31 2015
September 17-21, 2015
Lisbon, Portugal

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

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

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

Conference URL:

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

As in recent years, some of the presentations at the conference will be of papers accepted for the Transactions of the ACL journal (


EMNLP 2015 will have a large workshop program with 7 workshops and 8 tutorials. See and for more details.


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

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


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

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


Long papers

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

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

Short papers

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

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

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

Both long and short papers

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

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

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

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

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

EMNLP multiple submission policy

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

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

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


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


General Chair
Lluķs Mąrquez, Qatar Computing Research Institute

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

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

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

Publication co-Chairs

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

Publicity Chair
Barbara Plank, University of Copenhagen

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

SIGDAT Liaison
Noah Smith, Carnegie Mellon University

Local co-Chairs

André Martins, Priberam
Joćo Graēa, Unbabel Inc.

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

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

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

English Courses in 2015, Glynd?r University, Wales, Great Britain
More information about our English Language Summer School 2015 can be found at:

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

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

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

De Syntax of Dutch appears in hardcover with Amsterdam University Press en is also available as a (free) open access publication via 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) 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.
The Syntax and Music Lunch, Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam, June 25 2015
The Syntax and Music Lunch
Thursday, June 25, 2015; 12:00-13:30
Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam, Keizerszaal

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

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

The setting of the meeting will be informal; one is allowed to bring lunch and eat it during the meeting. It might be helpful to read the Katz and Pesetsky paper beforehand.
All invited!
WAP scriptieprijs 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) 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.