October 30th, 2015

LOT Announcements / events
Oproep LOT Populariseringsprijs 2014/2015, deadline: 1 november 2015
Aan alle taalkundigen in Nederland

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

De definitie van in aanmerking komende publicaties is uitermate ruim. Het bestuur denkt zowel aan speciaal voor dit doel geschreven bijdragen als aan reeds gepubliceerd materiaal - artikelen, boeken, cd-roms, video's, radio - en televisieprogramma's, websites et cetera. Alleen publicaties met een verschijningsdatum tussen 1 sept 2014 en 31 oktober 2015 kunnen worden voorgedragen.
De bijdrage dient in het Nederlands te rapporteren over actueel taalkundig onderzoek en vervaardigd te zijn door een in Nederland werkzame dan wel wonende taalkundige. Bijdragen dienen de essentie van een onderzoeksvraag en het antwoord daarop toegankelijk te maken voor een ontwikkeld publiek dat niet specifiek taalkundig geschoold is.

De omvang van de LOT-prijs bedraagt 1000 Euro.

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

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

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

De sluitingsdatum voor inzending/voordracht is 1 november 2015. Inzendingen / voordrachten kunnen gestuurd worden naar LOT, o.v.v. LOT Populariseringsprijs, Trans 10, 3512 JK Utrecht of via e-mail naar LOT(removeme)uu.nl.

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

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

Namens het LOT-bestuur,
Henriette de Swart, Wetenschappelijk directeur
LOT Winter School 2016, University of Tilburg, January 11-22 2016, registration is open!
The schedule and more information is available now: www.lotschool.nl/files/schools/2016_Winterschool_Tilburg/index.php

Registration is open until December 6 2015.
Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen
Kennislink is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied: www.kennislink.nl/thema/over-taal-gesproken
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
ACLC lezing, University of Amsterdam, October 30 2015
Amsterdam, Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, zaal A0.08

October 30 2015, 15.15-16.30 uur
Dr. Merel Keijzer, Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Department of Applied Linguistics of the Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen
presents
Individual differences in cognitive control advantages of elderly late Dutch-English bilinguals
The abstract can be found on the ACLC website: aclc.uva.nl/news-and-events/events/events/events/content-2/folder-2/lectures/2015/10/30-aclc-seminar-dr.-merel-keijzer.html

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday.
After the lectures drinks are served at the Opleiding Taalwetenschap, Spuistraat 210, third floor.
For more information: aclc-fgw(removeme)uva.nl, tel. 020-5252543
Syntax Interface lecture by Pavel Rudnev, Utrecht University, November 2 2015
Dear all,

This is to inform you that our next Syntax Interface lecture takes place Monday, 2/11/2015. Our speaker will be Pavel Rudnev (University of Groningen) and the title of his talk is: ‘The interaction of negation and disjunction in East Slavonic'. The talk starts at 15:30 and takes place at Utrecht University, Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06 (Stijlkamer).

For abstract, upcoming talks and details about the platform, please visit syntaxif.wp.hum.uu.nl/

We are looking forward to seeing you all Monday afternoon!

On behalf of the organization,
Lotte Hendriks
ACLC lezing, University of Amsterdam, November 6 2015
Amsterdam, P.C. Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, zaal 560

November 6 2015, 15.15-16.30 uur
Dr. Evie Malaia, EURIAS fellow
presents
Event reference time representation in grammar: sign languages and spoken languages
The abstract can be found on the ACLC website: aclc.uva.nl/news-and-events/events/events/events/content-2/folder-2/lectures/2015/11/6-aclc-seminar-dr.-evie-malaia.html

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday.
After the lectures drinks are served at the Opleiding Taalwetenschap, Spuistraat 210, third floor.
For more information: aclc-fgw(removeme)uva.nl, tel. 020-5252543
Language and Speech Colloquium on Learning word representations, Radboud University Nijmegen, November 11 2015
Language and Speech Colloquium
Radboud University Nijmegen

speakers:
1. Stefan Frank PhD. (Faculty of Arts, Radboud University Nijmegen, Honorary Senior Research Associate at Dept. of Experimental Psychology, UC London)
2. Grzegorz Chrupala PhD. (Tilburg Center for Cognition and Communication, Tilburg University)

topic: Learning word representations
time: Wednesday 11 November, 10:45 – 12:30
place: Erasmusplein 1 (Erasmus building), room E3.04, Nijmegen

10.45h Word anticipation during language comprehension: surprisal and semantic distance have distinct neural correlates
Stefan Frank PhD. (Faculty of Arts, Radboud University Nijmegen, Honorary Senior Research Associate at Dept. of Experimental Psychology, UC London)

Word surprisal predicts brain activity during language comprehension: Encountering a less probable word (as quantified by a statistical language model) increases the size of the N400 event-related potential, as well as neural activity in the left temporal lobe and visual word-form area (VWFA). This suggests that words are anticipated based on their probability. However, a second potential pathway to word anticipation is via semantic priming by previous words. Whereas word surprisal is estimated by a probability model that embodies syntactic knowledge of the language, word priming can be viewed as resulting from activation spreading in an associative/semantic network. Hence, the two pathways are conceptually distinct. But are they also neurally and cognitively distinct?
We reanalyzed the above-mentioned fMRI and EEG data, regressing brain activity on each content word on language-model-derived surprisal and semantic distance measures. Both measures predicted anterior temporal lobe activation, albeit in slightly different areas. Only surprisal was related to VWFA activation, whereas only semantic distance predicted activation in other areas related to semantics, showing that the two measures are neurally (and, therefore, most likely also cognitively) distinct. They displayed identical effects on the N400 ERP wave, suggesting that surprisal and semantic distance affect language comprehension simultaneously and to similar extent.

11.30h Visually grounded sentence representations via multi-task learning
Grzegorz Chrupala PhD. (Tilburg Center for Cognition and Communication, Tilburg University)

Learning distributional word representations from linguistic co-occurrence statistics has been a runaway success story. In this talk I address two remaining shortcomings of much of the work on word embeddings - compositionality and grounding. Words are important building blocks of language, but what makes language unique is putting them together: how can we build meaning representations of phrases and whole sentences out of representations of words? And how can we make sure that these representations connect to the extra-linguistic world that we perceive and interact with? I will present a multi-task model which attempts to address these questions: it sequentially reads a sentence and builds a representation of its meaning. It learns by making parallel predictions about (a) which words are to follow and (b) what are the features of the corresponding visual scene. It then updates its parameters based on how good these predictions turn out to be. I evaluate the representations learned in this way on tasks such as image search, paraphrasing and reasoning, and show that they encode non-trivial aspects of language structure.
GLOW colloquium, Göttingen, Germany, April 5-8 2016
The 39th GLOW colloquium will take place on April 5th - 8th, 2016 in Göttingen, Germany.

www.uni-goettingen.de/en/glow-2016---39th-generative-linguistics-in-the-old-world/510338.html
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Workshop: Implicit Learning in Children with Developmental Language Disorders, University of Amsterdam, November 5 2015
Workshop: Implicit Learning in Children with Developmental Language Disorders

The one-day workshop ‘Implicit learning in children with developmental language disorders’ is organized as part of the NWO-funded VIDI project of dr. Judith Rispens (UvA, ACLC). The workshop will take place at the University of Amsterdam.
During this workshop, a group of international experts will present research on procedural / implicit learning (e.g. artificial grammar learning, (visual) statistical learning) in children with developmental language disorders (including specific language impairment and dyslexia).
Workshop: Implicit learning in children with developmental language disorders

Date: 5 November 2015

Location: University of Amsterdam

Keynote: Dr. Jarrad Lum (Deakin University Australia)

Speakers: Dr. Janna Koss Torkildsen (University of Oslo, Norway); Dr. Jurgen Tijms (UvA / IWAL, Netherlands); Prof. dr. Arve Asbjornsen (University of Bergen, Norway); Prof dr. Elena Plante (University of Arizona, USA); Dr. Martina Hedenius (Uppsala University, Sweden); MA Desiree Capel (Utrecht University, Netherlands)

Program and registration: progracy.com/kick-off-workshop/

Note: attendance is free, but please do register before the 2nd of November via progracy.com/registreren/
Internationale Konferenz Sprache und Identität, Toru?, Polen, November 15-17 2015
Sprache und Identität
Toru?/ Thorn, 15.-17.11.2015

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mit besten Grüßen
Dr. phil. Edyta Grotek – wissenschaftliche
Dag van de Nederlandse zinsbouw, Radboud Universiteit,20 november 2015
Dag van de Nederlandse zinsbouw

Op 20 november wordt de negende editie van de Dag van de Nederlandse zinsbouw gehouden. Het overkoepelende thema van dit jaar betreft de relatie tussen de synchrone syntaxis van het Nederlands en andere gebieden van de taalkunde. Iedereen is welkom: deelname is gratis.
De belangrijkste informatie vindt u hieronder. Voor praktische informatie en eventuele updates verwijzen wij u naar de DNZ-website ( www.meertens.knaw.nl/dagnederlandsezinsbouw/).

Tijdstip: 20 november 2015, 9.30 -18.00 uur
Locatie: Radboud Universiteit, Erasmusgebouw E9.14 (A+B)

Programma (9.30-18.00)

Inloop en welkomswoord (9.30-10.00)

Thema Prosodie en NL zinsbouw (10:00 - 11:15)

spreker: Vincent van Heuven (U Leiden)
respondent: Karen De Clercq (U Gent)

koffie/thee

Thema Diachronie en NL zinsbouw (11:30 -12:45)

spreker: Freek Van de Velde (KU Leuven)
respondent: Eric Hoekstra (Fryske Akademy)

lunch

Thema Taalverwerving en NL zinsbouw (14:00- 15.15)

spreker: Fred Weerman (UvA Amsterdam)
respondent: Ad Foolen (RU Nijmegen)

koffie/thee

Thema Discourse-analyse en NL zinsbouw (15:30 -16.45)

spreker: Mike Huiskes (RUG Groningen)
respondent: Peter-Arno Coppen (RU Nijmegen)

feestelijke afsluiting
Symposium 'Vertel Vaardig! Stimulering, diagnostiek, behandeling', Amsterdam, 28 november 2015
Het Werkverband Amsterdamse Psycholinguïsten (WAP) en de Vereniging voor Klinische Linguïstiek (VKL) organiseren in samenwerking met de Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam het symposium:

Vertel Vaardig! Stimulering, diagnostiek, behandeling

Zaterdag 28 november 2015, OBA, Amsterdam

Een dag met plenaire lezingen, workshops en (poster)presentaties voor en door professionals uit de wetenschap, het onderwijs en de klinische praktijk.

Voor meer informatie en inschrijving: www.hetwap.nl/symposium2015
Conference on English Language Teaching, Literature, Translation and Linguistics, PAH Institute, Ahwaz, Iran, February 4-5 2016
The Second National Interdisciplinary Conference on Current Issues of English Language Teaching and Learning, Literature, Translation and Linguistics
PAH Institute, Ahwaz, Iran
4-5 February, 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS
The Second National Interdisciplinary Conference on Current Issues of English Language Teaching and Learning, Literature, Translation and Linguistics will be held at PAH Institute, Ahwaz, Iran, 4-5 February 2016. We invite proposals for oral/poster presentations addressing any issue of the following themes:

Theme 1: English Language Teaching and Learning
Theme 2: English Literature
Theme 3: English Translation
Theme 4: Linguistics

CONFERENCE SUBMISSION DEADLINE
We welcome the submission of proposals to the conference by 30 November 2015.


For more information and to submit a proposal visit: WWW.ELTL.IR

Please forward this announcement to your colleagues and students who may be interested.

Enquiries: info(removeme)pahi.ir

Web address: www.eltl.ir
Workshop 'Linguistic Variation in the Interaction between Internal and External Syntax', Utrecht University, Utrecht, February 8-9 2016
Linguistic Variation in the Interaction between Internal and External Syntax

Organizing institute
NWO-project, The uniformity of linguistic variation, Utrecht University, UiL-OTS, The Netherlands.

Organizers
Heidi Klockmann, Franca Wesseling and Marjo van Koppen

Place of the workshop
Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Date
February 8th and 9th, 2016

Goal of the workshop
The aim of this workshop is to look at linguistic variation from the perspective of the interaction between the internal and external syntax of XPs. In particular, how are syntactic mechanisms (e.g. case assignment, agree, EPP movement, etc.) and the distribution of linguistic items in the syntactic tree influenced by the internal structure of such lexical/grammatical items? And, what type of variation do we find in this domain?

A lot of linguistic research in the past years has focused on the internal structure of functional and lexical items. Distributed Morphology (Halle & Marantz 1993) started a movement in which it was assumed that syntax does not operate on opaque lexical items, but rather on feature bundles. Since then, research has been focused on questions concerning the exact featural make-up of a functional or lexical item, for instance in the work by Borer (2005). This attention to the internal structure of items also plays an important role in the Nano-Syntactic framework (Starke 2011), where a driving goal is to identify the pieces of structure involved in syncretisms within languages and variation in these syncretisms between languages. What we would like to explore in this workshop is how these very precise assumptions about the internal syntax of functional and lexical items affects the syntax of the external environment, including the distribution of such items. So, for instance, one can ask how the internal make-up of pronouns, numerals or compounds interacts with case and agreement, or how the internal structure of verbs interacts with their positioning in the syntactic tree. To what degree is the distribution or syntactic behavior of some element derivable from its internal syntax?

We want to combine this approach with a variation perspective, since the featural make-up of elements has also played an important role in the variation debate. For instance, Kayne (2005) argues that variation should be reduced to already variant properties of human language, namely the featural structure of (functional) items. Cinque (1999) shows that there is a universal hierarchy of adverbs. He argues that the language system has a universal ordering of functional projections hosting these adverbs. Languages may differ, however, in whether they employ all these projections or not and whether or not there is movement of elements through these projections. As also shown by Gianollo et al. (2008), these points of variation can be attributed to the feature specification of functional elements. For instance, whether or not there is movement to a certain functional head is related to the presence of an EPP-feature on it.

It is clear that the question on the interaction between internal and external syntax raised above is highly relevant for furthering our understanding of variation. If, as Kayne, Cinque, and others suggest, the locus of variation is contained in the featural specifications of elements (and not in operations like Merge, Move, Agree), then we expect that variation in the internal structure or featural make-up should have predictable and identifiable effects in the external syntax, both with regards to the output of syntactic processes and the possible distributions of such XPs. Studying the interaction effects provides us with a window into the range of options of, as well as the limitations on, variation in this domain.

We invite papers on questions relating to the interaction between the internal and external syntax, in particular focusing on the cross-linguistic/cross-dialectal and diachronic variation in this domain.

Halle, M. & A. Marantz (1993). ‘Distributed Morphology and the Pieces of Inflection’. In: The View from Building 20, eds. K. Hale & S.J. Keyser. Cambridge: MIT Press, 111-176.
Kayne, R. (2005). ‘Some notes on comparative syntax with special reference to English and French’. In: G. Cinque & R. Kayne, The Oxford handbook of comparative syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 3-69.
Borer, H. (2005). In Name Only. Structuring Sense. Volume I, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Gianollo, C., C. Guardiano, & G. Longobardi (2008). ‘Three fundamental issues in parametric linguistics’. In: The limits of syntactic variation, ed. T. Biberauer. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 109-142.
Cinque, G. (1999). Adverbs and functional heads: A cross-linguistic perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Starke, M. (2011). Towards elegant parameters: Language variation reduces to the size of lexically stored trees. lingbuzz/001183.

Invited speakers
Roberta D'Alessandro (Leiden University, Netherlands)
Michelle Sheehan (Anglia Ruskin University, UK)
Martina Wiltschko (University of British Columbia, Canada)


Abstract submission
Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author. Abstracts should be anonymous, no more than 2 pages long, with 12-point font and 1-inch margins, and should be submitted electronically in PDF. The subject line of the e-mail message should read “abstract” and the body of the message should contain the following information:

• Title of the paper
• Name(s) of the author(s)
• Affiliation(s)
• E-mail address(es)

Submissions should be sent to: h.e.klockmann(removeme)uu.nl

Deadline for submission: November 23rd, 2015
Notification of acceptance: December 7th, 2015

More information
For more information you can also make use of this e-mail address. Furthermore, you can look at the workshop website:

www.linguisticvariation.com/events/
Buchanan Masterclass (Esperanto), University of Liverpool, UK, March 18 2016
The Buchanan Masterclass is a series of high-level seminars aimed at both Esperanto and non-Esperanto speakers. University students and members of the general public who have an interest in learning the basics of Esperanto, or in finding out more about Esperanto literature and culture, are especially welcome.

Programme: three study strands will run in parallel. The programme allows participants the flexibility to mix and match sessions and choose according to preference and interest.
Esperanto literature: this is aimed principally at speakers of English; no knowledge of Esperanto is required. The sessions will be conducted in English, and all materials provided. Dr Paul Gubbins will lead discussions based on translated texts of prose, drama and poetry written originally in Esperanto. Writings include translations by the language’s creator, Ludoviko Lazaro Zamenhof, and works by leading Esperanto writers; a rich source of information on culture, social history, language and literature.
Professor Wim Jansen will lead four sessions on ticklish aspects of Esperanto grammar. These sessions will be in English, and are meant to be complementary to what is achieved in an elementary beginner’s course. The topics to be discussed are thematically arranged around a number of literary texts to show how the grammar works in practice. They cover the definition of words and word components, derivation and compounding from a functionalist point of view, and the question of why Esperanto’s proclaimed ease of learning seems to be restricted to the ease of speaking, but is never investigated by testing the ease of hearing (understanding, interpreting). A basic knowledge of Esperanto is required.
Learning Esperanto: for beginners and post-beginners. Sessions will be taught by Anna Löwenstein, a member of the Academy of Esperanto, and an author of two historical novels. The course will be tailored to the needs of the participants, and is suitable both for absolute beginners, and for those who have learnt some Esperanto but have little experience in speaking the language. Participants will study the basics of Esperanto. The course is designed to accompany the book Esperanto by Direct Method, and will be largely conversational, accompanied by illustrative presentations. Formal grammar will also be covered.
Esperanto culture: for experienced speakers of Esperanto. Professor Duncan Charters and Professor Renato Corsetti will each lead four study sessions exploring Esperanto life and culture.
Prof Duncan Charters (in Esperanto)
• La traduko de Donki?oto kaj la “hispana skolo” de originalaj verkistoj en Esperanto
• La evoluo de la instruado de Esperanto
• Nova aliro al Esperanta gramatiko la? pedagogie aplikata lingvistiko
• La instruado de kulturo: kio plej gravas por Esperanto?
Prof Renato Corsetti (in Esperanto)
• ?u vere ekzistas kulturo de Esperanto kaj esperantistoj?
? Kion komunan havas ?ina esperantisto kaj itala esperantisto?
• ?u eblas paroli Esperanton kiel Esperanto-denaskulo?
? Malsamecoj inter lernantoj de Esperanto kiel unua lingvo kaj kiel dua lingvo.
• ?u eblas paroli Esperanton kiel ruso?
? Normo kaj malnormetoj en la Esperanto-parolado tra la mondo.
• Ni estas samideanoj, sed ni havas tute malsamajn ideojn.
? Pensofluoj en la Esperanto-movado

In addition, Professor Charters will present two early-evening lectures which will be of particular interest to students of Spanish and Catalan: “Issues in translation: Cervantes and Lorca in English and Esperanto” and “How Catalan Esperantists kept Catalan literature alive outside Spain in the post-Civil War period”.

All participants should formally register for the course using the university online shop link: espinfo.org/book-masterclass; at the same time, please pay the attendance fee (£20 non-students; £10 students). Please note that this fee is not repayable. The fee includes a sandwich lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, and refreshments (tea / coffee / biscuits) Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Financial support: some financial support is available for (1) young people aged between 18 and 25 and
(2) university students: sufficient to pay travel costs, the attendance fee, and accommodation costs in a modest hotel or bed and breakfast. Please note that the number of support grants is limited – participants are strongly advised to make an early application.

1. If you are aged between 18 and 25 years old please apply to the Norwich Jubilee Esperanto Foundation (NoJEF) which is offering a number of special grants for this event (nojef.org/grants/travel-grants). There are twenty awards available, 10 in each category
• if you live in the the UK: maximum £100
• if you live elsewhere in Europe: maximum £200
Please note that you do not have to be a student in a university in order to receive an award from NoJEF, but you must be between 18 and 25 years of age when you apply.
How to proceed: write to Tim Owen (tim.owen(removeme)esperanto.org.uk) and ask for details.

2. University students please apply to the John Buchanan fund. This is regulated by the University of Liverpool. 12 awards are available, 4 for students studying in a British university, 8 for students at universities elsewhere in Europe (not British universities). Write to: Angela.Tellier(removeme)liverpool.ac.uk
• students in British universities are eligible for a maximum award of £100
• university students studying elsewhere in Europe (not at a British university) are eligible for a maximum award of £200
Please note that you must be a university student to be eligible to apply to the John Buchanan fund If you are aged between 18 and 25 please apply to NoJEF (1) in the first instance


How to proceed: write to Angela Tellier (Angela.Tellier(removeme)liverpool.ac.uk). Please include the name and address of the university where you are studying, and the name and contact details of a supervisor / tutor who is able / ready to confirm your level of Esperanto / your interest in Esperanto.

En 1930 Dr John Buchanan bequeathed £4,000 to the University of Liverpool to set up a lectureship for the teaching and promotion of Esperanto. In 2014, the University in partnership with EAB, continued the 85-year tradition and organised the first 3-day masterclass at the Foresight Centre, one of the University’s prestigious conference centres. A university-level book on Esperanto is in preparation, based on material from the 2014 and 2016 masterclasses.

Further information: www.espinfo.org/masterclass-liverpool
37th TABU-dag, University of Groningen, June 3 2016
For more information, please see: www.let.rug.nl/tabudag/
ISLE/ACLC Summer School "Methods in English Linguistics", University of Amsterdam, June 13-16 2016
Cambridge Italian Dialect Syntax-Morphology Meeting_CIDSM11, Vienna, July 4-6 2016
Dear Colleagues,
(per la versione in italiano, si veda sotto)

We are happy to announce that the 11th Cambridge Italian Dialect Syntax-Morphology Meeting will take place at the Department of Romance Studies of the University of Vienna on 04–06 July 2016. The meeting aims to bring together dialectologists working on any aspect of the syntax and/or morphology of the dialects of Italy (including non-Romance varieties) and encourages all approaches – whether synchronic or diachronic, descriptive or theoretical (all frameworks) – to the regional languages and dialects spoken throughout Italy. This year CIDSM will feature a thematic session on the High German dialects spoken in Italy.

The invited speakers of CIDSM11 are:
– Patrizia Cordin, Università di Trento
– Hans Goebl, Universität Salzburg
– Rosanna Sornicola, Università di Napoli Federico II and for the thematic session:
– Alessandra Tomaselli, Università di Verona


Call for Papers

Abstracts on any aspect of the syntax and/or morphology of the dialects of Italy (including non-Romance varieties) will be considered for presentation. There will also be a poster session. During the abstract submission procedure, please indicate (through the Abstract Classification drop-down menu), whether you prefer to submit your abstract for presentation or for the poster session only, or if you would rather like it to be considered for both. If your abstract is intended for the special thematic session, please select the relevant option.

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (plus 10 for questions) or for posters. Submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author, or 2 joint abstracts per author. The abstract should include the title, but not the author’s name(s). Abstracts should be no longer than two pages in length (including examples and references), in 12-point font size.

The conference languages are English and Italian (English only for the thematic session).

Deadline
Abstracts must be submitted no later than 5 February 2016.
Speakers will be notified of the results of their abstract review by 6 March 2016.

Abstract submission
Authors are asked to submit their abstracts via EasyAbstracts< linguistlist.org/confservices/EasyAbs/customabssub.cfm?emeetingid=6102JA4458BE6258406050441>: linguistlist.org/easyabs/CIDSM2016

If you are unable to upload your abstract on EasyAbstracts, please send it as an email attachment to the conference organizers.

Further information will be provided in due course on the conference website: cidsm2016.univie.ac.at/en/home/


Organizing Committee:
Silvio Cruschina
Anna Kocher
Eva-Maria Remberger

Consultant for the thematic session:
Prof. Alexandra Lenz (Department of German Studies, University of Vienna)


CIDSM Steering Committee:
Roberta D’Alessandro (Universiteit Leiden) Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge)


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Care colleghe, cari colleghi,

Siamo lieti di annunciare che il Cambridge Italian Dialect Syntax-Morphology Meeting XI sarà ospitato dal Dipartimento di Romanistica dell’Università di Vienna dal 4 al 6 luglio 2016. L’obiettivo di questo convegno è di offrire una piattaforma di discussione e scambio tra i dialettologi che lavorano sulla sintassi e/o morfologia dei dialetti d’Italia (comprese le varietà non romanze) e di incoraggiare tutti gli approcci – sia sincronici che diacronici, sia descrittivi che teorici e formali – alle lingue regionali e ai dialetti d’Italia. Quest’anno il CIDSM includerà una sessione tematica sui dialetti alto-tedeschi parlati in Italia.

I relatori invitati del CIDSM11 sono:
– Patrizia Cordin, Università di Trento
– Hans Goebl, Universität Salzburg
– Rosanna Sornicola, Università di Napoli Federico II e per la sessione tematica:
– Alessandra Tomaselli, Università di Verona



Prima circolare

Si invitano proposte di relazioni, sotto forma di riassunto anonimo, su ogni aspetto della sintassi e/o delle morfologia dei dialetti d’Italia. È prevista anche una sessione dedicata ai poster. Durante la procedura per l’invio, sarà possibile specificare se si desidera presentare un riassunto per una relazione o per la sessione dei poster, o se invece si vuole essere considerati per entrambi. Sarà possibile anche indicare se il riassunto è indirizzato alla sessione tematica speciale.

Le presentazioni avranno una durata di 20 minuti (più 10 minuti per le domande). Ciascun autore può presentare al massimo due riassunti: uno come autore unico e l’altro in collaborazione, oppure due riassunti in collaborazione. Il riassunto deve includere il titolo, ma non il nome dell’autore/i nomi degli autori. I riassunti dovranno avere una lunghezza massima di due pagine, inclusi esempi e riferimenti bibliografici, con carattere 12.

Le lingue ufficiali del convegno sono inglese e italiano (solo l’inglese per la sessione tematica).

Scadenza
I riassunti dovranno essere inviati entro e non oltre il 5 febbraio 2016.
La decisione sulla selezione verrà notificata entro il 6 marzo 2016.

Invio dei riassunti
I riassunti vanno inviati in forma anonima attraverso EasyAbstracts.
linguistlist.org/easyabs/CIDSM2016

In caso di problemi con l’invio attraverso EasyAbstracts, potete inviare il riassunto agli organizzatori del convegno per email, come allegato.

Ulteriori informazioni saranno rese disponibili sul sito web del convegno:
cidsm2016.univie.ac.at/


Comitato organizzatore
Silvio Cruschina
Anna Kocher
Eva-Maria Remberger

Consulente per la sessione tematica:
Prof. Alexandra Lenz (Dipartimento di Germanistica, Università di Vienna)


Comitato direttivo del CIDSM
Roberta D’Alessandro (Universiteit Leiden) Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge)
International Academy for CA (IACA16), Groningen, The Netherlands, July 11-14 2016
With the support of ISCA (the International Society for Conversation Analysis), the Language and Social Interaction group of the University of Groningen will organize the first

International Academy for Conversation Analysis (IACA16)
July 11 – 14, 2016, in Groningen, The Netherlands

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

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

John Heritage on the future of CA: questions to be asked and methods to be used

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

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

Please visit the website for more information www.iaca16.nl
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Associate Professor, Language Education, School of Education, Boston University, USA, deadline: until filled
Boston University
Associate Professor, Language Education, School of Education

Job Description
The School of Education at Boston University invites applications for a full?time, tenured
Associate Professor of Language Education, beginning July 1, 2016. Responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, advising master’s and doctoral-level students, conducting research in language education/applied linguistics, and providing service to the university and the profession, including building positive relationships with local schools and other departments at Boston University. The successful candidate is expected to maintain a distinct research agenda that makes a significant contribution to school-based language development, from kindergarten to post-secondary education.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications
The candidate must hold an earned doctorate in linguistics, applied linguistics or a closely related field, and must have a minimum of three years of university-based teaching experience. Applicant must show a strong record of published scholarship. Preference will be given to candidates whose work has included research and practice in second language development or other aspects of language learning and use relevant to school-based teaching and learning, and who have a record of engaging in funded research.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

DO NOT APPLY THROUGH BU HR WEBSITE

Applicants can apply for this position by submitting the following through www.academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6127:

• Cover letter explaining suitability for position
• Current curriculum vitae
• Names of 3 referees
• 1-3 Samples of scholarship

Review of applications begins October 15, 2015 and will continue until position is filled. Questions may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Catherine O’Connor (mco(removeme)bu.edu).

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
SDSU Tenure Track Asst/Assoc Professor in Brain-based disorders, UC San Diego, USA, deadline: until filled
San Diego State University, School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences in conjunction with SDSU’s Area of Excellence in Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience is seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant / Associate Professor position in brain-based disorders of speech, language, or cognitive processing, with adult (preferred) and/or child populations, and with neuroplasticity as one focus. Required: Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Linguistics, Psychology, Neurosciences or a related field, excellence in teaching, strong research abilities, and commitment to students from diverse backgrounds. Responsibilities: Undergraduate and graduate (MA/Ph.D.) teaching, supervising theses/dissertations and pursuing a research program in specialty area.

Apply via Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/29935

Review of completed applications will begin October 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled; employment to begin Fall 2016. Visit slhs.sdsu.edu for more information about the department. For questions, please contact Dr. Tracy Love (tracy.love(removeme)sdsu.edu).


Tracy E. Love, Ph.D.
co-Director, SDSU/UCSD Joint Ph.D. Program in Language and Communicative Disorders
Professor, School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, California 92182-1518
Phone: 619.594.6354
Fax: 619.594.7109
slhs.sdsu.edu/tlove
Research Scientist, Center for Research in Language
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California 92093-0126
Two PhD Positions on Language and Emotion, Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC), Tilburg, deadline: November 1 2015
Two PhD positions on Language and Emotion

The Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC) a Center of Excellence at Tilburg University (TiU), invites applications for two PhD positions on a new research project funded by The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO): Producing affective language: Content selection, message formulation and computational modeling.

This project will study the influence of emotion on language production, working from the hypothesis that emotion influences all aspects of the speech production process. Specifically, we ask both whether content selection (“deciding what to say”) and message formulation (“deciding how to say it”) are affected by emotional appraisals of the language user.

The NWO project consists of two subprojects:

(1) how the emotional states of speakers influence the language they produce and
(2) how the influence of emotion on language production can be modeled in computational tools for affective natural language generation.

The two PhDs at Tilburg University will work on the first subproject. The results of their experiments will feed into the development of a novel automatic news report generation tool that can adjust the message depending on the emotion it is intended to reflect (e.g., a report of the same match from the perspective of a losing team can be different from the report for the winning team). This second subproject will be carried out at University of Twente, in close collaboration with Tilburg University.

Requirements

For the positions we seek candidates with a background in a relevant discipline, including (in alphabetical order) Affective Science, Cognitive Science, Communication & Information Sciences, Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Psychology, or a related area.

The PhD candidates have a (Research) Master’s degree in one of the aforementioned areas, a strong interest in doing research, excellent writing skills and a good command of English. In addition, the candidates have proven experience with experimental research, and are well-versed in statistical techniques. An interest in computational modeling is considered an advantage, but is not required.

Information

For more information on these positions, please contact dr. Martijn Goudbeek (m.b.goudbeek(removeme)uvt.nl, +31134663587) or prof.dr. Emiel Krahmer (E.J.Krahmer(removeme)uvt.nl, +31134663070). The full project proposal is available upon request.

What we offer

Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers, offering excellent terms of employment. The collective labour agreement of Tilburg University applies. The PhD projects will be carried within the Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC), one of the five centers of excellence at Tilburg University. TiCC combines two strong research programs: Creative Computing (CC), including research in Artificial Intelligence, Computational Linguistics, and Intelligent Systems, and Language, Communication and Cognition (LCC), including research in Cognitive Science, Communication and Discourse Studies. The unique combination of these two research programs enables TiCC to work on research projects in which computer-based techniques of modelling and processing (big) data are combined with experimentally elicited human data.

The PhD candidates will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as a PhD-student (promovendus) with a starting salary of € 2.125,-- gross per month in the first year, up to € 2.717,-- in the fourth year (amounts fulltime). The selected candidates will start with a contract for one year, concluded by an evaluation. Upon a positive outcome of the first-year evaluation, the candidate will be offered an employment contract for the remaining three years. It is also possible to work 80% instead of fulltime. The selected candidate is expected to have written a PhD thesis by the end of the contract (which may be based on articles).

Applications

Applications should include:

- A cover letter,
- Curriculum Vitae,
- Copy of the university marks (grade list),
- Names of two references.

Applications should be sent before the application deadline of November 1, 2015. Interviews are expected to be held in the first weeks of November. Starting dates are flexible.

Please apply online by following this link: www.tilburguniversity.edu/about-tilburg-university/working-at/wp/
One PhD and one post-doc position for a project on Robot Tutoring, Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC), deadline: November 1 2015
TiCC invites applications for:

• One PhD position in Modelling Child-Robot Interaction, and
• One Post-doc position in Multimodal Output Generation

The Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC), a Center of Excellence at Tilburg University (TiU), is a multidisciplinary research center at the forefront of research on cognition, communication and computation.

Both positions are part of a new project funded by the European Commission: Second Language Tutoring using Social Robots (L2TOR). The L2TOR (pronounced ‘el tutor’) project aims to design a child-friendly tutor robot that can be used to support teaching preschool children a second language (L2) by interacting with children in their social and referential world. In particular, the project will focus on teaching English as L2 to native speakers of Dutch, German and Turkish, and teaching Dutch and German as L2 to immigrant children speaking Turkish as a native language. The L2TOR robot will be designed to interact naturally with children aged four years old in both the second language and the child’s native language. TiCC will hire one PhD student and a post-doc to develop interactions between the robot and children, and evaluate these. The project will start in January 2016 and runs for 3 years.

The L2TOR project is an international collaboration between 5 universities (Tilburg University, Plymouth University, Utrecht University, University of Bielefeld and Koç University) and 2 industrial partners (Aldebaran Robotics and QBMT). The two subprojects to be carried out by Tilburg University are:

• PhD candidate developing specifications for the robot-child interactions based on observations of human tutoring, and
• post-doc developing and implementing modules for output behavior of the robot (multilingual spoken natural language generation and non-verbal cues).

Both candidates are also expected to contribute in evaluating the L2TOR platform.

Requirements

The successful PhD candidate:
• holds a (Research) Master’s degree in Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Computational Linguistics or another related area (or will obtain such a degree before January 2016).
• has good programming skills,
• has experience in modelling human-robot interaction (or a related technique), and
• has experience or proven interest in carrying out experimental studies (on HRI).

The successful post-doc candidate:
• holds a PhD degree in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics or another relevant area (or will obtain such a degree before January 2016),
• has substantial expertise in Computational Linguistics / Natural Language Processing, preferably in the area of Natural Language Generation (NLG),
• has excellent programming skills,
• has an excellent track record of publications in high-impact journals or top-conferences.

In addition, both candidates are expected to:
• have excellent English communication and writing skills,
• be capable of working in an international, multidisciplinary setting.

For both positions, experience in operating the NAO robot is considered an advantage.

Information

For more information on these positions, please contact dr. Paul Vogt (p.a.vogt(removeme)uvt.nl, +31134662594) or prof.dr. Emiel Krahmer (E.J.Krahmer(removeme)uvt.nl, +31134663070).

What we offer

Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers, offering excellent terms of employment. The collective labour agreement of Tilburg University applies. The PhD projects will be carried within the Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC), one of the five centers of excellence at Tilburg University. TiCC combines two strong research programs: Creative Computing (CC), including research in Artificial Intelligence, Computational Linguistics, and Intelligent Systems, and Language, Communication and Cognition (LCC), including research in Cognitive Science, Communication and Discourse Studies. The unique combination of these two research programs enables TiCC to work on research projects in which computer-based techniques of modelling and processing (big) data are combined with experimentally elicited human data.

The PhD candidates will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as a PhD-student (promovendus) with a starting salary of € 2.125.-- gross per month in the first year, up to € 2.593,-- in the third year (amounts fulltime and exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3 % end year bonus). The selected candidate is expected to have written a PhD thesis by the end of the contract (which may be based on articles).

The post-doc candidate will be ranked in the Dutch university employment system (UFO) as researcher. The salary for the position of Researcher has a maximum of € 3.908,- gross per month (exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3 % end year bonus) and is based on the scale 10 of the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities.

The selected candidates for both positions will start with a contract for one year, concluded by an evaluation. Upon a positive outcome of the first-year evaluation, the candidate will be offered an employment contract for the remaining two years. Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The Faculty will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. The university offers very good fringe benefits (it is one of the best non-profit employers in the Netherlands), such as a facilities plan and options model for employment conditions and excellent reimbursement of moving expenses.

Applications

Applications should include:
• A cover letter,
• Curriculum Vitae,
• copy of the university marks (grade list, for the PhD candidate only),
• names and contact details of two references.
Applications should be sent before the application deadline of 1 November 2015. Interviews are expected to be held in mid November. Starting dates: 1 January 2016.

The only way to apply is online by following this link: www.tilburguniversity.edu/about-tilburg-university/working-at/wp/
PhD Studentship in Language Development, University of Liverpool, UK, deadline: November 20 2015
PhD Studentship in Language Development Available

Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool and ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD)

Testing the Extended Optional Infinitive Hypothesis in English and German

£14,057 Per Annum Stipend

The Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Liverpool is offering a three-year fully funded PhD studentship In Language Development linked to the new ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD), a multi-million pound collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster. The studentship will cover UK/EU fees, plus a maintenance grant (currently £14,057 per annum) and will begin on 1st February 2016.

The PhD project, supervised by Julian Pine at Liverpool and Elena Lieven at Manchester, will focus on comparing different accounts of the pattern of verb-marking error in English- and German-speaking children, and will involve testing typically developing children and children with SLI in both the UK and Germany using an elicited production methodology. More information about the project can be found at: lucid.ac.uk/pinephd

The successful candidate will join the LuCiD Centre’s vibrant research environment, which includes opportunities to travel to international laboratories, training in a range of psychological and neurophysiological techniques, frequent research and public engagement meetings, and support from a large team of researchers in language development.

Applicants should have a 1st Class (or equivalent) degree in Psychology, Linguistics or Cognitive Science, and preferably a relevant Masters qualification. They should also be fluent in both English and German.

Applications should be made online at: www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/online/
by the deadline of 20th November 2015. In the application, please state that you are interested in the LuCiD PhD in Language Development with Julian Pine. In place of the research proposal within the application form, please include a 300- to 500-word statement of why the project is of particular interest to you and how the project meets your skills and future aspirations.

For further information concerning the studentship, please contact Prof. Julian Pine (julian.pine(removeme)liverpool.ac.uk)
9 vacancies for assistant professors, Tilburg University, deadline: November 25 2015
The Department of Communication and Information Sciences (DCI) and the Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC) are looking for 9 assistant professors (6 tenure track, 3 positions for 4 years) in the fields of:

- Communication and Cognition
- Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence
- Business Communication and Digital Media

For full details and to apply, please see: www.tilburguniversity.edu/about-tilburg-university/working-at/wp/

The application deadline is November 25, 2015.
Doctoral researcher in interdisciplinary linguistics, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany, deadline: January 1 2016
Call for a doctoral researcher in interdisciplinary linguistics

Summary. The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena (Germany) is offering a position for a full-time doctoral researcher in the field of interdisciplinary linguistics. The position is tied to the eurasia3angle research group. Funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant, this interdisciplinary group will work on “Millet and beans, language and genes. The origin and dispersal of the Transeurasian family.” The position is for up to 4 years, beginning September 1st, 2016. Prospective PhD candidates
need to have completed an MA in linguistics or in one of the Transeurasian languages and be familiar with historical comparative linguistics. If interested, please send the application documents specified below to the group’s principal investigator, Martine Robbeets (robbeets(removeme)shh.mpg.de) by January 1st, 2016.

Project description. The overarching research topic of the eurasia3angle project is the question about the origin and dispersal of the Transeurasian languages, i.e. the Japonic, Koreanic, Tungusic, Mongolic, and Turkic languages. The key objective is to integrate linguistic, archaeological and genetic evidence in a single approach, for which we use the term “Triangulation”.
The data involved in the triangulation project involve three major categories of dispersal phenomena: (i) the dispersal of the Transeurasian linguistic family as reconstructed by our historical comparative and phylogenetic team members, (ii) the dispersal of agricultural economies as documented by our archaeological colleague and (iii) the dispersal of human populations as evidenced by our team member in population genetics. Our ultimate goal is to converge our partial perspectives into a more holistic understanding of what really happened in human prehistory. With the help of our interdisciplinary colleague, we want to bring the linguistic evidence together with the findings obtained from genetics and archaeology and formalize an appropriate methodology of “triangulation”. For more information on the project please visit our project website. www.shh.mpg.de/102128/eurasia3angle_group

Profile
Applicants should have completed an MA with excellent study results in linguistics or in one of the Transeurasian languages before September 1st 2016. They should be familiar with historical comparative linguistics. Ideally, they have linguistic knowledge of more than one Transeurasian language.
Successful candidates are able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in English and are prepared to work in an international team. Moreover, they are open to crossing the boundaries of their own field and to contribute to the integration of the three disciplines.
The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History welcomes candidates of all nationalities and encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting disabled candidates.
For supplementary information on the vacancy and the project please contact Dr. Martine Robbeets robbeets(removeme)shh.mpg.de

Benefits. We offer employment as a doctoral researcher for three years with the possibility of a 1-year extension. If successful, you will be awarded a PhD degree in linguistics. You will conduct your research in a highly stimulating and research-oriented environment. Salary will be based on the German public service scale ½ E13.
Office space and equipment will be provided along with a budget for travelling and other research-related expenses.

How to apply. Please submit the following documents by January the 1st, 2016 to robbeets(removeme)shh.mpg.de

(i) a letter of motivation detailing how you meet the qualifications (max. 500 words)
(ii) a brief research proposal specifying how you could contribute to this project (max. 1000 words, excluding references)
(iii) a copy of your MA dissertation if already available
(iv) a curriculum vitae indicating educational background, previous research experience and publication history.
(v) contact information for three references

Short-listed candidates will be informed by early April and interviews with top-listed candidates are expected to take place in the weeks thereafter. The successful candidate can start as of September 1st.
Doctoral researcher in phylogenetic linguistics, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany, deadline: January 1 2016
Call for a doctoral researcher in phylogenetic linguistics


Summary. The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena (Germany) is offering a position for a full-time doctoral researcher in the field of phylogenetic linguistics. The position is tied to the eurasia3angle research group. Funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant, this interdisciplinary group will work on “Millet and beans, language and genes. The origin and dispersal of the Transeurasian family.” The position is for up to 4 years, beginning September 1st, 2016. Prospective PhD candidates
need to have completed an MA in linguistics, in one of the Transeurasian languages or in phylogenetics and be familiar with historical comparative linguistics. If interested, please send the application documents specified below to the group’s principal investigator, Martine Robbeets (robbeets(removeme)shh.mpg.de) by January 1st, 2016.

Project description. The overarching research topic of the eurasia3angle project is the question about the origin and dispersal of the Transeurasian languages, i.e. the Japonic, Koreanic, Tungusic, Mongolic, and Turkic languages. The key objective is to integrate linguistic, archaeological and genetic evidence in a single approach, for which we use the term “Triangulation”. In the phylogenetic linguistic part of the project, we will apply computational techniques from evolutionary biology to linguistic data. By doing this, we want to test the validity of the hypothesis for Transeurasian genealogical unity, assess whether the subgroupings are consistent with the data, and check the compatibility of the phylogenetic signals in lexical and structural datasets. It is our ultimate goal to bring the linguistic evidence together with the findings obtained from genetics and archaeology. For more information on the project please visit our project website www.shh.mpg.de/102128/eurasia3angle_group

Profile. Applicants should have completed an MA with excellent study results in linguistics, in one of the Transeurasian languages or in phylogenetics before September 1st 2016. They should be familiar with historical comparative linguistics. Ideally, they also have a good command of Russian and linguistic knowledge of more than one Transeurasian language.
Successful candidates are able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in English and are prepared to work in an international team. Moreover, they are open to crossing the boundaries of their own field and to contribute to the integration of the three disciplines.
The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History welcomes candidates of all nationalities and encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting disabled candidates. For supplementary information on the vacancy and the project please contact Dr. Martine Robbeets robbeets(removeme)shh.mpg.de

Benefits. We offer employment as a doctoral researcher for three years with the possibility of a 1-year extension. If successful, you will be awarded a PhD degree in linguistics. You will conduct your research in a highly stimulating and research-oriented environment. Salary will be based on the German public service scale ½ E13.
Office space and equipment will be provided along with a budget for travelling and other research-related expenses.

How to apply. Please submit the following documents by January the 1st, 2016 to robbeets(removeme)shh.mpg.de

(i) a letter of motivation detailing how you meet the qualifications (max. 500 words)
(ii) a brief research proposal specifying how you could contribute to this project (max. 1000 words, excluding references)
(iii) a copy of your MA dissertation if already available
(iv) a curriculum vitae indicating educational background, previous research experience and publication history.
(v) contact information for three references

Short-listed candidates will be informed by early April and interviews with top-listed candidates are expected to take place in the weeks thereafter. The successful candidate can start as of September 1st.
PhD positions, University Sorbonne Paris Cite, deadline: January 15 2016
COFUND INSPIRE 2016 at the USPC: 30 doctoral fellowships in all disciplines for excellent international candidates

The University Sorbonne Paris Cite? (USPC) will offer 30 highly competitive doctoral contracts to international candidates from all over the world in 2016 via the INSPIRE programme, co-financed by the European Union through the Horizon 2020 (H2020) Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Action, COFUND. USPC offers a research-intensive university environment, comprising over 12000 professors and researchers from its eight universities and five research organisations. Each year, approximately 1100, out of more than 6000, doctoral candidates defend their PhD theses, corresponding to about 10% of the annual doctoral cohort in France. The USPC thus aims to recruit international candidates of the highest calibre to join its research groups to enhance the standing and visibility of its’ Graduate Schools, and of the University, at an international level. The well-remunerated three-year fellowships will be awarded through a strictly merit-based selection process. A more detailed description about the COFUND fellowship, including information about the remuneration and specific benefits (e.g., access to career development courses, housing at subsidized rates, etc.) will soon be made available at the USPC COFUND INSPIRE website.
Attention will be paid to equal opportunity issues concerning all aspects of INSPIRE.

Research Fields
All. (There are 32 doctoral schools affiliated with USPC covering all fields.)

Eligibility Criteria
1. Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) need to have completed a Master's degree or an equivalent diploma before 30 September 2016.
2. ESRs will need to comply with the conditions of the EU-mobility rule (incoming mobility): applicants must not have had their main residence, or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.), in France for more than 12 months during the three years immediately prior to the deadline for the call (15 January 2016); compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
3. Application submission via the web-based application portal of all required data and documents in English or French, by 15 January 2016. Applications will not be considered after that date.
4. The proposed research project is supported by the concerned research group at USPC and is not excluded from EU funding due to ethical issues.

Selection Process
Applications have to be submitted online by 17H CET on 15 January 2016. Candidates will be selected according to a clearly defined process involving three stages: by the research group (as early as possible) by the doctoral school (1 February 2016), and the final stage organised at the University level (14 March 2016 – 16 March 2016) will be carried out by an independent jury comprised of national and international members. The list of selected candidates will be published on 17 March 2016. All fellows will be provided with a three-year work contract for full-time research positions with additional funding for mobility and extra research expenses.
International candidates who would require a visa to be present for the final selection stage in Paris, in March, are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.

Website
www.sorbonne-paris-cite.fr/index.php/fr/recherche/doctorat/cofund-inspire

The English version can be downloaded from the website.
Applications can be made in English or French at the dedicated portal starting from 01 December 2015.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sk?odowska-Curie grant agreement No 665850.
Calls for papers for events
CfP Workshop 'Dealing with bad data in linguistic theory', Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, March 17-19 2016, deadline: December 1 2015
Dealing with bad data in linguistic theory

Workshop at the Meertens Institute, Amsterdam (The Netherlands), March 17-19, 2016.

Call for Papers

In recent years, linguistic theory has significantly expanded its empirical scope. If it has indeed ever been true that theories were built exclusively on the researcher’s own armchair judgements, such is definitely no longer the case. More and more, researchers have turned their attention to databases and corpora of all kinds, to experimental results, and to many other types of data sources. This development went hand in hand with an expansion of the scope of the theories, and collaborations with e.g. historical linguistics, dialectologists, sociolinguists, and psycholinguists.

We believe that this is a positive development; but we also believe that some issues have not been sufficiently discussed. In this workshop we aim to tackle the issue of how to deal with ‘bad data’: many data that we have to deal with has not been collected with exactly the questions in mind that we want to ask. E.g., we have to use the results of a dialect survey of a few decades ago as the money is lacking to set up a new survey; or certain data are simply lacking for a particular historical period.

We invite papers on all these issues. Which problems do you encounter in your work, and how do you solve them? Is there any privileged type of data to answer certain questions? Do we need more methodological standards and if so what should they look like? How can we make sure that we keep an integrated theory in which the results of different kinds of empirical explorations can all be accomodated? What is the relation between our methodological choices and central hypotheses of the theory of mental grammar?

Sketch of the issues

We distinguish between (at least) four classes of problems: (i) Incomplete data, (ii) Noisy data, (iii) One-sided data, (iv) Conflicting data.

Ad i), As we mentioned above, both in historical and dialectological surveys, data from some period or some region may be missing, either because (in dialectology) we do not have any data for some area at all, or because for different areas there are different gaps in the data we have. Also, in a lot of typological work, ‘typological gaps’ have been taken as significant: if a certain phenomenon does not occur in any language then the theory should be restricted accordingly. This idea has come under attack: the languages we have actually studied in detail is probably not a representative sample of all languages in the world, and those in turn stand in an unknown relationship to all possible languages.

Ad ii), generative grammar (and many related types of theorizing) has been based on the division between I-language and E-language (or competence and performance), where the research object has been reduced to I-language, among other things for reasons of manageability: E-language is influenced by too many complicated factors. Although native speaker judgements can also not be said to be ‘pure’ reflections of I-language, it seems clear that the ‘new’ kinds of data indeed show the influences of many kinds of noise.

Ad iii), in many cases, the data that are given do not show everything we need to know. For instance, if we study a historical corpus, we can only learn that certain constructions did occur, not whether or not the constructions that we do not find were ungrammatical, or just did not occur by accident. We would need to complement them by judgment data, but this is obviously lacking. Inversely, people sometimes demand that ‘just’ judgements are not enough and need to be complemented by e.g. Google data on actual occurrences.

Ad iv): When we combine data from different types of data resources in our research, e.g. judgement data and language use data, these may show conflicting patterns. How do we resolve such conflicts?

Invited speakers

The following speakers have confirmed their participation: Paul de Lacy, Paula Fikkert, Paul Kiparsky, Cecilia Poletto, Keren Rice, Christina Tortora, Jeroen Van Craenenbroeck, Charles Yang.
This list will hopefully be extended by a few more names.

Submission of abstracts

You can submit a 2-page abstract (excluding references) for a 30 minutes talk on EasyChair before December 1, 2015. You are allowed to submit multiple abstracts, but we may decide to only accept one abstract per author, and the choice will be ours.

Deadline of submission: December 1, 2015
Notification of acceptance: December 22, 2015
Website address: www.meertens.knaw.nl/baddata/
CfP 10th International Workshop on Writing Systems and Literacy, CLS Nijmegen, The Netherlands, May 12-13 2016, deadline: January 15 2016
Understanding writing systems:
From core issues to implications for written language acquisition
Tenth International Workshop on Writing Systems and Literacy
Nijmegen, The Netherlands, May 12th-13th, 2016
Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS
This workshop is the tenth in a series of international meetings devoted to the issue of writing systems. Earlier themes have been ‘What Spelling Changes’ (1997), ‘Writing Language’ (2000), ‘From Letter to Sound’ (2002), ‘Mapping Graphemes onto Phonemes’ (2004), ‘Constraints on Spelling Changes’ (2006), ‘Typology of Writing Systems’ (2008), ‘Units of Language - Units of Writing’ (2010), ‘The Architecture of Writing Systems’ (2012) and ‘Orthographic Databases and Lexicons’ (2014). Previous meetings were held in Antwerp (Belgium), Braunschweig (Germany), Brighton (UK), Cologne (Germany), and Nijmegen (The Netherlands). The tenth gathering will take place in Nijmegen.

The writing systems workshops offer a forum for discussion between researchers from a range of different countries and linguistic backgrounds, working in a variety of fields of writing research such as theoretical or computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, language typology and language education.

The focus of this landmark tenth workshop continues to identify and explore the core issues for understanding writing systems, with special emphasis on how writing and reading are learned or literacy is acquired. Especially welcome are contributions on the following questions:
• What are the core issues for understanding writing systems? Which aspects of writing should be considered as more peripheral?
• What does the development of writing systems tell us about these core issues? For instance, how do new technologies, like computer-mediated communication, influence writing systems and how do they impact on literacy acquisition?
• How can cross-linguistic studies help to distinguish between the universal and language-specific aspects of writing systems?
• When and how is the written form of a language acquired? Are key factors such as phonological awareness, orthographic depth, and morphological awareness relevant for both young and adult learners and for both L1 and L2 literacy acquisition?
• To what extent is the distinction between rule-based and stored information relevant for understanding writing systems, their acquisition and differences between writing systems?

The workshop will include a plenary discussion session on research issues and other topics concerning the written form of languages. We welcome suggestions for topics to be discussed.

INVITED SPEAKERS: Geoffrey Sampson [University of South Africa], Ineke van de Craats [DigLin, Radboud University Nijmegen] and Anna Bosman [Behavioral Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen].

PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Lynne Cahill [School of English, University of Sussex], Terry Joyce [Tama University, Tokyo], Martin Neef [Universität Braunschweig], Anneke Neijt [Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen] and Beatrice Primus [University of Cologne]. Local organizers: Anneke Neijt and Mijntje Peters.

IMPORTANT DATES:
First Call for proposals: September 2015. Second Call for proposals] December 2015. Submission deadline: January 15th, 2016. Notification of acceptance: February 15th, 2016.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Authors should submit abstracts of no more than 300 words (Font: Times New Roman 12, line spacing: 1.5). Speakers will have 30 minutes for their presentation, and 15 minutes for discussion and questions. Please submit abstracts electronically (rtf, pdf, doc, docx).

CONTACT: a.neijt(removeme)let.ru.nl
AWLL WEBSITE: faculty.tama.ac.jp/joyce/awll/index.html
TWITTER: @awll
FACEBOOK: Association for Written Language and Literacy
PARTICIPATION: Researchers who would like to attend the workshop without presenting a paper are also welcome. Registration details will be made available nearer the date of the workshop. The workshop program and the abstracts of the accepted papers, along with travel and accommodation information will be circulated electronically well before the workshop.
CfP: WoLLIC 2016, Puebla, Mexico, August 16-19 2016, deadline: March 14 2016
WoLLIC 2016
23rd Workshop on Logic, Language, Information and Computation
August 16th-19th, 2016
Puebla, Mexico


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

ORGANISATION
Fundación Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico
Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico
Centro de Informática, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

HOSTED BY
Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico

CALL FOR PAPERS
WoLLIC is an annual international forum on inter-disciplinary research involving formal logic, computing and programming theory, and natural language and reasoning. Each meeting includes invited talks and tutorials as well as contributed papers. The twenty-third WoLLIC will be held at the Department of Computer Science, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico, from August 16th to 19th, 2016. It is sponsored by the Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL), the Interest Group in Pure and Applied Logics (IGPL), the The Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI), the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS), the European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL), the Sociedade Brasileira de Computação (SBC), and the Sociedade Brasileira de Lógica (SBL).

PAPER SUBMISSION
Contributions are invited on all pertinent subjects, with particular interest in cross-disciplinary topics. Typical but not exclusive areas of interest are: foundations of computing and programming; novel computation models and paradigms; broad notions of proof and belief; proof mining, type theory, effective learnability; formal methods in software and hardware development; logical approach to natural language and reasoning; logics of programs, actions and resources; foundational aspects of information organization, search, flow, sharing, and protection; foundations of mathematics; philosophical logic. Proposed contributions should be in English, and consist of a scholarly exposition accessible to the non-specialist, including motivation, background, and comparison with related works. They must not exceed 15 pages (in font 10 or higher), with up to 5 additional pages for references and technical appendices. The paper's main results must not be published or submitted for publication in refereed venues, including journals and other scientific meetings. It is expected that each accepted paper be presented at the meeting by one of its authors. Papers must be submitted electronically at the WoLLIC 2016 EasyChair website. (Please go to wollic.org/wollic2016/instructions.html for instructions.) A title and single-paragraph abstract should be submitted by Mar 14, 2016, and the full paper by Mar 21, 2016 (firm date). Notifications are expected by Apr 22, 2016, and final papers for the proceedings will be due by May 6, 2016 (firm date).

PROCEEDINGS
The proceedings of WoLLIC 2016, including both invited and contributed papers, will be published in advance of the meeting as a volume in Springer's LNCS series. In addition, abstracts will be published in the Conference Report section of the Logic Journal of the IGPL, and selected contributions will be published as a special post-conference WoLLIC 2016 issue of a scientific journal (to be confirmed).

INVITED SPEAKERS
(tbc)

STUDENT GRANTS
ASL sponsorship of WoLLIC 2016 will permit ASL student members to apply for a modest travel grant (deadline: May 1st, 2016). See www.aslonline.org/studenttravelawards.html for details.

IMPORTANT DATES
Mar 14, 2016: Paper title and abstract deadline
Mar 21, 2016: Full paper deadline
Apr 22, 2016: Author notification
May 6, 2016: Final version deadline (firm)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Arnaud Durand (U Paris 7, France)
Nina Gierasimczuk (U Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Lauri Hella (U Tampere, Finland)
Wesley Holliday (U Calif Berkeley, USA)
Juha Kontinen (Helsinki U, Finland)
Larry Moss (Indiana U, USA)
Jouko Väänänen (U Helsinki, Finland & U Amsterdam) (CHAIR)
Heribert Vollmer (U Hannover, Germany)
Dag Westerståhl (Stockholm U, Sweden)
(more to be added)

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

ORGANISING COMMITTEE
Mauricio Osorio (Fundación Universidad de las Américas, Puebla) (Local co-chair)
Claudia Zepeda Cortés (Facultad de Ciencias de la Computación, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla) (Local co-chair)
José R. Arrazola Ramírez (Facultad de Ciencias Físico Matemáticas, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla) (Local co-chair)
Anjolina G. de Oliveira (U Fed Pernambuco)
Ruy de Queiroz (U Fed Pernambuco) (co-chair)

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

WEB PAGE
wollic.org/wollic2016/
Extra
Vooraankondiging taalmiddag 'Taalkunstenaars in de dop', prof. dr. L. Cornips/Meertens Instituut, 19 november 2015
Taalkunstenaars in de dop
De toekomst van tweetalig Limburg

VOORAANKONDIGING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graag tot 19 november!
Met vriendelijke groet,


Cubiss, Fontys Hogeschool Sittard, Huis voor de Kunsten Limburg en Universiteit Maastricht
Oproep voor onderzoekers: lacunes in datasets
Binnen de geesteswetenschappen van de KNAW ontwikkelt een consortium momenteel plannen om een onderzoeksagenda voor de toekomst (2025) te formuleren, getiteld DESIDERIA (Dutch Extensible and Searchable Infrastructure for Digital Explorative Reading and Information Analysis). Die agenda is gericht op onderzoek aan de hand van grote tekstcorpora en sluit aan bij huidige (inter)nationale projecten als CLARIN en CLARIAH. De agenda bouwt voort op bestaande projecten door op drie cruciale punten naar vooruitgang in reeds aanwezige tekstuele digitale infrastructuren te streven. Het accent ligt hierbij op infrastructuren rond Nederlandstalig materiaal, materiaal dat zich voor een belangrijk deel in Nederland bevindt, en taalbeschrijvingen die door Nederlandse onderzoekers zijn gemaakt.

Een van de drie actiepunten betreft het onderzoeken welke lacunes er zijn in bestaande datasets die bias veroorzaken met betrekking tot de mogelijke representativiteit van de genereerde data waardoor vernieuwend onderzoek kan worden belemmerd, en hoe die lacunes met behulp van crowdsourcing kunnen worden opgelost. Daarvoor hebben we een enquête opgesteld. Wij zijn er erg mee geholpen als zoveel mogelijk onderzoekers en collectiebeheerders deze enquête invullen. De enquête is hier te vinden:

docs.google.com/forms/d/1LewrawQERiguWTF7kahcUq7gKiYRywRAdFeK5CuTr0E/viewform

Voor vragen en opmerkingen kunt u terecht bij coördinator Nicoline van der Sijs (post(removeme)nicolinevdsijs.nl) of onderzoeksassistente Anna Kirstein (anna.kirstein(removeme)meertens.knaw.nl).