January 14th, 2016

LOT Announcements / events
Update De Grote Taaldag, Utrecht, 6 februari 2016
De Grote Taaldag 2016

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De Grote Taaldag vindt dit jaar plaats op zaterdag 6 februari 2016 te Utrecht, op Drift 21 en 25. Ook dit jaar verenigt de Grote Taaldag, een gezamenlijk initiatief van de AVT, LOT en ANéLA, de AVT TIN-dag en de ANéLA TTiN-dag. Op de Grote Taaldag vindt ook het jaarlijkse Taalgala plaats, waarop onder meer de AVT/ ANéLA-dissertatieprijs 2015 wordt uitgereikt.

Het programma van de Grote Taaldag en ook de abstracts van de lezingen vindt u op de websites van de AVT ( www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderzoek/avt/) en de Anéla ( www.anela.nl/activiteiten/grote-taaldag/).

THE Grote Taaldag 2016
The Grote Taaldag, co-organised by AVT, LOT and Anéla, will be held on Saturday 6 February 2016. The Grote Taaldag combines the AVT TIN-dag (Linguistics-in-the-Netherlands day) and the Anéla TTiN-dag (Applied-Linguistics-in-the-Netherlands day). The Grote Taaldag will take place in Utrecht, at Drift 21 and 25. The Grote Taaldag also hosts the annual Taalgala, where the AVT/Anéla Dissertation Prize is awarded.

The programme of the Grote Taaldag and the abstracts can be found on the websites of AVT ( www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderzoek/avt/) and Anéla ( www.anela.nl/activiteiten/grote-taaldag/).
Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen
Kennislink is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied: bit.ly/1HM9brF


Jongleren met Franse klanken
Vandaag is de Dag van de Franse Taal. Speciaal voor de gelegenheid liet onze taalredacteur zich in de collegebanken onderdompelen in het Frans. Universitair docent Jenny Doetjes gaat tijdens dit college in op de klankstructuur van het Frans. Welke klanken kunnen we onderscheiden en hoe gedragen die zich in de context van het woord?

Vrouwen leren tweede taal makkelijker dan mannen
Elk jaar leggen een paar duizend immigranten het staatsexamen Nederlands als tweede taal (NT2) af. Uit de uitslagen van ruim 27000 examinanten tussen 1995 en 2004 blijkt dat vrouwen gemiddeld beter zijn in het leren van een tweede taal dan mannen. Nijmeegse onderzoekers zoeken de oorzaak hiervan in genetische aanleg.

Ben je gewend aan een accent?
Welke accenten hoor je in Nederland? En wat is hun imago? Een nieuwe app, vanaf december te downloaden, gaat deze vragen beantwoorden. De app is ontwikkeld door de NTR en taalwetenschappers uit Amsterdam, Utrecht en Nijmegen. Niet eerder werd de diversiteit van het Nederlands op zo’n grote schaal onderzocht.
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
ROSE talks about semantics and pragmatics in 2016, Utrecht University
ROSE talks about semantics and pragmatics in 2016

We would like to draw your attention to a number of talks about semantics and pragmatics that will take place as part of the ROSE series in 2016.

To be kept up to date on the ROSE talks, please subscribe to our announcements at rose.wp.hum.uu.nl/ !

The following ROSE talks have been planned so far:

14 January: Lisa Bylinina
21 January: Yasutada Sudo
11 February: Maria Aloni
18 February: Giorgos Spathas
10 March: Peter Alrenga
31 March: Floris Roelofsen
14 April: Nino Grillo
SMART/ACLC lecture, University of Amsterdam, 18 January 2016
Prof. Rajend Mesthrie, University of Cape Town, School of African & Gender Studies, Anthropology & Linguistics
Youth language” research in South Africa: an overview (1977-2015) and new directions


Rajend Mesthrie is the guest speaker at this SMART CS / ACLC lecture. Title and abstract are now available

Youth languages are subvarieties of informal urban varieties of languages occurring in multilingual urban centres, and associated largely (but not exclusively) with young male speakers adopting particular styles and stances. Their study in South Africa has taken many twists and turns. Early work identified the existence of several varieties, with a plethora of names and with different base languages (references omitted). These studies argued strongly for the autonomy of the codes called Tsotsitaal, Flaaitaal, Iscamtho, etc and so forth. The strength of these works was their detailed attention to the socio-historic context of use, as well as the documentation of linguistic creativity. But some problems were left unattended, like the overlaps between allegedly separate varieties, descriptions of these varieties as “pidgins” or “creoles” or just “slang”, as well as their relation to other languages of highly multilingual centres like Soweto. Subsequent emphasis shifted to the syntax of these youth languages, with work by contact linguists attempting to get to grips with their code-switching regularities, and identification via different matrix versus embedded languages. At the same time more and more varieties were being unearthed – e.g. Xhosa Tsotsitaal, Venda Tsotsitaal etc. The Amsterdam paper will highlight “English tsotsitaals” identified by the author. Current work has two main thrusts. The first highlights youth languages as style and performance. The second highlights the underlying linguistic similarities between “tsotsitaals” across the social spectrum, if due regard is paid to context, users, intentions and registers. Overall, youth language research has a major role to play in uncovering, characterising and understanding the fluid, but ultimately layered nature of language in general.

Syntax-Interface meetings, Utrecht University, January-June 2016
A whole new season of Syntax-Interface meetings starts in January. We have many great talks planned, as you can see in the schedule below.
All scheduled talks take place at Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06 (Stijlkamer), from 15:30 till 17:00. For more information on the talks check out our website: syntaxif.wp.hum.uu.nl/
We hope to see you all in 2016. Happy holidays!

25 Januari Marcel den Dikken
15 Februari Marijana Marelj
22 Februari Jenny Audring
7 Maart Olga Borik
21 Maart Henk Verkuyl & Paz Gonzalez
4 April Lisa Cheng
25 April Liisa Buelens
9 Mei Heimir van der Feest Vidarsson
23 mei Teodora Radeva-Bork
6 Juni Marc van Oostendorp & Roberta d’Alessandro
20 Juni Neda Todorovic
Lecture Jean-Marc Dewaele & Pernelle Lorette, Utrecht University, 11 February 2016
Abstract February 11th, 2016
Utrecht UiL-OTS, 1.30 pm – 3 pm
Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21

Jean-Marc Dewaele & Pernelle Lorette (Birkbeck College, University of London

How hard is it to recognise emotions in a native and a foreign language?

Recent research has shown that advanced knowledge of multiple languages is not just linked to linguistic advantages (Aronin & Singleton, 2012) but also to psychological consequences, such as higher scores on Openmindedness, Social Initiative and Cultural Empathy (Stavans & Dewaele, 2014) and lower levels of language anxiety (Dewaele 2013).
The present study combines data collected from 920 mono- and multilinguals in Lorette and Dewaele (2015) and fresh data from 151 British and 150 American English L1 mono- and multilinguals. Participants were shown six short video extracts of a British actress improvising a basic emotion. They were then asked to guess the emotion being portrayed. The number of correctly recognised fragments was found to be unrelated to the level of multilingualism in both datasets. However, a significant difference emerged between multilinguals who acquired two languages from birth and those who acquired extra languages after age 2. Participants who scored higher on proficiency and trait emotional intelligence were better at recognising emotions. Surprisingly, the American participants scored higher on emotional intelligence (but not proficiency), which might explain why they were able to overcome a cultural gap and perform as well as the British participants.

Aronin, L., & Singleton, D. (2012) Multilingualism. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Dewaele, J.-M. (2013) Emotions in Multiple Languages. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2nd ed.).
Dewaele, J-M., & Stavans, A. (2014) The effect of immigration, acculturation and multicompetence on personality profiles of Israeli multilinguals. The International Journal of Bilingualism 18, 203-221.
Lorette, P. & Dewaele, J.-M. (2015) Emotion recognition ability in English among L1 and LX users of English. International Journal of Language and Culture 2, 62–86.
GLOW colloquium, Göttingen, Germany, April 5-8 2016
The 39th GLOW colloquium will take place on April 5th - 8th, 2016 in Göttingen, Germany.

Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Workshop 'Ellipsis licensing beyond syntax', LUCL, Leiden, January 15-16, 2016

Workshop 'Ellipsis licensing beyond syntax'
Date 15 January 2016 - 16 January 2016
Lipsius Building
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room room 148 (Friday) and 148 (Saturday)

On 15 and 16 January LUCL will organise a workshop on 'Ellipsis licensing beyond syntax'

Friday, 15 January 2016, Lipsius building, room 148

9.30-10.20 Introduction to the workshop: prosodic issues in ellipsis

10.20 - 11.20 Chris Tancredi (Keio University): The semantics/pragmatics of topic, focus and givenness

coffee break

11.40-12.40 Andrew Weir (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) : The prosodic licensing of (left-edge) ellipsis


14.15-15.15 Volker Struckmeier (University of Cologne): Two Kinds of Factors for Ellipsis and Copy Spellout

15.15-16.15 Jim McCloskey (with E. Elfner & R. Bennett) (University of California Santa Cruz): Incorporation, focus and the phonology of ellipsis in Irish


Saturday, 16 January 2016, Lipsius building, room 147

9.00-10.00 Chris Tancredi (Keio University): The phonology of topic, focus and givenness

10.00-11.00 Shinishiro Ishihara (Lund University) On Matches and Mismatches between Syntactic Clause and Intonational Phrase boundaries

coffee break

11.20-12.20 Hubert Truckenbrodt (ZAS Berlin): t.b.a.

12.20-12.50 closing discussion

lunch (closing)
Symposium "The multimodal expression of viewpoint”, Groningen, 18 January 18 2016
Symposium on the occasion of the PhD defence of Kashmiri Stec, Groningen, January 18, 2016

On Monday January 18, 2016, a symposium on "The multimodal expression of viewpoint” will be held on the occasion of Kashmiri Stec’s PhD defence (Academy Building, 11:00 h). All are cordially invited to attend.

Monday, January 18, 2016, 14:30-17:30 Room A12, Academy Building

14:15 Coffee/tea
14:30 Herbert H. Clark (Stanford): Viewpoint and the pas-une-pipe principle
15:00 Aliyah Morgenstern (Sorbonne Nouvelle): The multimodal expression of viewpoint in adult-child interactions
15:30 Kashmiri Stec (U Groningen): Character enactment in quoted dialogues
16:00 Coffee/tea
16:15 Teenie Matlock (UC Merced): Aspects of aspect in discourse
16:45 Tom Koole (U Groningen): Placement and scope of tokens of understanding
17:15 Alan Cienki (VU Amsterdam and Moscow State Linguistic University): Concluding remarks
Workshop on the effects of prescriptivism in language history, LUCL, Leiden, 21-22 January 2016
On 21 and 22 January, the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics will host a workshop on the effects of prescriptivism in language history.

Invited speakers:
Lieselotte Anderwald (Kiel)
Stephan Elspass (Salzburg)
Shana Poplack (Ottawa)
Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade (Leiden)
Rik Vosters (Brussels)

For the program and registration, please visit the website: www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/events/2016/01/effects-of-prescriptivism-in-language-history.

Dr. Gijsbert Rutten
Senior researcher Historical Sociolinguistics of Dutch
Current project: Going Dutch. The Construction of Dutch in Policy, Practice and Discourse, 1750-1850 (NWO VIDI grant)
Assistant professor Dutch Historical Linguistics

Universiteit Leiden
Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL)
Postbus 9515
NL – 2300 RA Leiden


Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics
Nederlandse Taalkunde – Dutch Linguistics

Recent books
Letters as Loot. A sociolinguistic approach to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Dutch
Norms and usage in language history, 1600-1900. A sociolinguistic and comparative perspective
Past, present and future of a language border: Germanic-Romance encounters in the Low Countries
Extending the scope of construction grammar
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

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

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
Program update 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
University of Utrecht, the Netherlands

Linguistic Variation in the Interaction between Internal and External Syntax University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
Location: Drift 21, Room 0.05 (Sweelinckzaal), entrance through Drift 27

Monday, February 8th, 2016

8.30 – 9.10
Registration and coffee

9.10 – 9.20

9.20 – 10.20
Invited speaker: Martina Wiltschko (University of British Columbia) What particle syntax can teach us about the particularities of syntax

10.20 – 10.40
Coffee break

10.40 – 11.20
Jenneke van der Wal (University of Cambridge)
Spell-out of Agree depends on your Personal Goal

11.20 – 12.00
Enoch O. Aboh (University of Amsterdam)
Feature recombination and number agreement in Saramaccan relative clauses

12.00 – 13.40
Lunch break

13.40 – 14.20
Yoshio Endo and Liliane Haegeman (Kanda University of International Studies; Ghent University, GIST)
Adverbial clauses and adverbial concord

14.20 – 15.00
Chenchen (Julio) Song (University of Cambridge)
Syntax of Aktionsart: Internal-External Interaction and Cross-linguistic Variation

15.00 – 15.40
Theresa Biberauer (University of Cambridge / Stellenbosch University)
Particles and the Final-over-Final Constraint

15.40 – 16.00
Coffee break

16.00 – 17.00
Invited speaker: Michelle Sheehan (Anglia Ruskin University) When pro behaves like PRO: on the distribution of Cased Control

18.00 -

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

9.30 – 10.00

10.00 – 11.00
Invited speaker: Roberta D’Alessandro (University of Leiden)
Floating phi

11.00 – 11.20
Coffee break

11.20 – 12.00
Peter W. Smith (Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt)
Idiosyncratically mass and idiosyncratically count

12.00 – 12.40
Ekaterina Lyutikova and Asya Pereltsvaig (Moscow State University; Stanford University)
Interaction between Internal and External Syntax: Evidence from DOM in Tatar dialects

12.40 – 14.00
Lunch break

14.00 – 14.40
Usha Udaar (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi)
Case syncretism: Perspectives from variations in Haryanavi and Mewati

14.40 – 15.20
Misha Knyazev (Saint Petersburg State University, Russian Federation)
On some distributional differences between clausal complements of nouns in Russian and English

15.20 – 15.40
Coffee break

15.40 – 16.20
Sjef Barbiers, Hans Bennis, Lotte Hendriks (Meertens Institute (KNAW))
Merging verb cluster variation

16.20 – 17.00
Theresa Biberauer and Ian Roberts (University of Cambridge / Stellenbosch University)
Maximising substantive formal features: movement without diacritics

More information on the workshop can be found at www.linguisticvariation.com/workshop.
Masterclass 'Language variation in action', KNAW Amsterdam, February 16, 2016
On Tuesday February 16, 2016, a masterclass on the topic 'Language variation in action' will be organized at the KNAW (Amsterdam). Everyone interested is cordially invited to attend the morning session, with lectures by Giuseppe Longobardi (York), Heike Wiese (Potsdam) and Artemis Alexiadou (Berlin). The afternoon session is reserved for advanced (second year) Research Master students and PhD students. They will get the opportunity to present a poster during the lunch session, and join research discussion groups with the morning speakers. Please sign up by January 15 at the latest. For more information on the programme and registration, contact the organizers (Ans van Kemenade, Nijmegen and Henriëtte de Swart, Utrecht), or check the website:

Workshop 'Linguistic Variation in South America'(+ call for posters), Leiden, February 20, 2016
Workshop announcement and call for posters:
Linguistic Variation in South America

On February 20, LUCL and UiL-OTS co-organize a workshop on linguistic variation in South America in Leiden. The day will be organized as a collaboration between the CAPES-Nuffic project The effects of modification on referentiality, the ERC project The linguistic past of Mesoamerica and the Andes: a search for early migratory relations between North and South America, and the Department of Latin America Studies in Leiden.

Roberta Pires de Oliveira (Florianopolis) Mass and count in Brazilian Portuguese and Yudja
Ana Müller (São Paulo) Karitiana tense and aspect markers
Nick Emden (LUCL) Quechua-Aymara language contact)
Matthias Urban (LUCL) Pre-hispanic linguistic diversity in Northern Peru)
Gertjan Postma (Meertens) Pomeranian in Brazil

Call for poster presentations
During the lunch break there will be a poster session. We welcome propositions for posters for the poster session on any topic that fits the theme of the conference. (Research) MA students and PhD students are specifically encouraged to present their research.

If you want to give a poster presentation, please send a title and a short abstract (about 200 words) to Jenny Doetjes before the first of February.

If you want to attend the workshop, please inform us before February 15, so that we can make proper arrangements for lunch (j.doetjes(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl).

We hope to welcome you in Leiden on February 20,
Jenny Doetjes (LUCL)
Henriëtte de Swart (UiL OTS)
Mike Child (LUCL)
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
1st Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Theorem Proving (AITP 2016), Obergurgl, Austria, April 3-6 2016

1st Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Theorem Proving,
AITP 2016
April 3-6, 2016, Obergurgl, Austria


Deadline: December 12, 2015


Large-scale semantic processing and strong computer assistance of mathematics and science is our inevitable future. New combinations of AI and reasoning methods and tools deployed over large mathematical and scientific corpora will be instrumental to this task. The AITP conference is the forum for discussing how to get there as soon as possible, and the force driving the progress towards that.


- AI and big-data methods in theorem proving and mathematics.
- Collaboration between automated and interactive theorem proving.
- Common-sense reasoning and reasoning in science.
- Alignment and joint processing of formal, semi-formal, and informal
- Methods for large-scale computer understanding of mathematics and
- Combinations of linguistic/learning-based and semantic/reasoning methods.

Sessions and Speakers

There will be three focused sessions on AI for ATP, ITP and mathematics, a
(tutorial) session on modern AI and big-data methods, and several sessions with contributed talks. The focused sessions will be based on invited talks and discussion oriented.

- AI and large-theory ATP/ITP.
Confirmed speakers: Thomas C. Hales
- AI and internal guidance of ATP.
Confirmed speakers: Robert Veroff, Stephan Schulz
- AI and automated understanding of informal and semi-formal mathematics.
Confirmed speakers: Noriko Arai, Deyan Ginev, Takuya Matsuzaki,
Jiri Vyskocil
- Modern AI and big-data methods (tutorials/connections to ATP/ITP/math).
Confirmed speakers: Sean Holden, Christian Szegedy

Contributed talks

We solicit contributed talks. Selection of those will be based on extended abstracts/short papers of 2 pages formatted with easychair.cls.
Submission is via EasyChair ( easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aitp2016)
by 12 December 2015. The authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection by 23 December 2015.

Camera-ready versions of the accepted contributions, due by 1 February 2016, will be published in an informal book of abstracts for distribution at the conference.


We will publish post-proceedings in an open-access series of conference proceedings, such as LIPIcs, JMLR, or EPiC. Submission to that volume will be open for everyone. Tentative submission deadline:
May 2016.

Programme committee

Marcos Cramer (Universiy of Luxembourg)
Thomas C. Hales (co-chair) (University of Pittsburgh)
Tom Heskes (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Sean Holden (University of Cambridge)
Cezary Kaliszyk (co-chair) (University of Innsbruck)
Ramana Kumar (University of Cambridge)
John Lafferty (University of Chicago)
Lawrence Paulson (University of Cambridge)
Stephan Schulz (co-chair) (DHBW Stuttgart)
Geoff Sutcliffe (University of Miami)
Josef Urban (co-chair) (Czech Technical University in Prague)

Location and Price

The conference will take place from April 3 to April 6 in the stunning scenery of the Tyrolean Alps in the Obergurgl Conference Center
( www.uz-obergurgl.at/) of the University of Innsbruck. Obergurgl is a picturesque village located at an altitude of 2000m, a 1-hour drive from Innsbruck. It offers a variety of winter-sport activities such as skiing, snowshoeing and hiking at this time of the year. The total price for accommodation, food and registration for the four days will be around
500 EUR.


Cezary Kaliszyk and Josef Urban
Symposium 'Spoken Language in the Mines: Euregion and beyond', Maastricht University, Maastricht, 25-26 April 2016
Spoken Language in the Mines: Euregion and beyond

25 & 26 April 2016, Maastricht University, Maastricht

Organizers: Leonie Cornips (Meertens Instituut & Maastricht University) & Pieter Muysken (Radboud University)

Location: Grote Gracht 90-92, Spiegelzaal and Attic
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

The colloquium has the aim to study the social practices and structural features of mining languages in a comparative perspective. Mining languages have a unique social ecology. Factors involved are rapid expansion and migration, the multi-ethnic composition of the workforce, binding to a locality, gender and male bonding, concerns for danger and safety, special technology, job specialization, and life underground as distinct from above ground. Generally, the language underground is not that of the owners of the mines but a lingua franca spoken by a chunk of the workforce. Also, there is always special vocabulary and new words being formed.
Existing work on the socio-cultural effects of globalization has typically focused on the huge contemporary metropolises with their explosive and conspicuous diversities (Wang, Cornips et al. 2014; 26). The mining areas go hand-in-hand with a huge diversity in linguistic resources but, nevertheless, are located in peripheral non-metropolitan areas, and often in border regions such as the Dutch, Belgian and German and borderland. These peripheral areas have remained understudied.
The focus will be on three continents: Europe (the former Oostelijke Mijnstreek, Belgian Limburg and the Ruhr area), Africa and South America. The afternoon of the second day will target in Dutch a broad audience of local laypeople who relate in one way or another to the Belgian, German and Dutch Limburgian coalmines. (De middag van de tweede dag is bedoeld voor een breed publiek en de lezingen zullen in het Nederlands gehouden worden).

This colloquium would not have been possible without the financial contributions of:

* Chair Languageculture in Limburg (UM)
* Research Stimulation and Valorisation Fund, FASoS, UM
* Arts, Media and Culture, FASoS UM: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/Faculties/FASoS/Theme/ArtsMediaAndCulture1.htm
* Institute for Transnational & Euregional Crosss Border Cooperation & Mobility (ITEM/UM): www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/show/id=7584310/langid=42
* Raod veur ‚t Limburgs: www.hklimburg.nl/organisaties/raod-veur-lt-limburgs.html
* Meertens Institute (KNAW)


Monday, April 25th, 2016

Time Speaker Title

10.15-10.30 Arrival with coffee and thee

10.30-10.45 Leonie Cornips & Pieter Muysken Opening

10.45-11.30 Rajend Mesthrie Fanagalo and the mines of
11.30-12.15 Vincent de Rooij Shaba Swahili and the mines of the
Democratic Republic of Congo
12.15-13.45 Break/Lunch

South America
13.45-14.30 Pieter Muysken The mining languages of Potosí,

14.30-15.15 Laura Álvarez Língua Geral de Mina

15.15-15.30 Coffee break


Marjo de Tije

Peter Auer and audience Commentaries

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Time Speaker Title

Europe, focus on Limburg and surrounding mining areas

09.00-09.15 Arrival with coffee and thee

09.15-10.00 Peter Auer, Leonie Cornips & Nantke Pecht Social conditions and structural properties
of the mining languages of the circum-Limburg

10.00-10.45 Evelyn Ziegler Sociolinguistic properties of the mining
languages in the Ruhrgebiet
10.45-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-11.45 Ton van de Wijngaard & Roeland van Hout Dictionary of Limburgian Dialects and mining vocabulary of the circum-Limburg region

11.45-12.15 Discussion

12.15-13.15 Lunch break

13.15-14.00 Publieksgedeelte

Jan Kohlbacher in het Nederlands

Cité-Duits: hoe klinkt het en hoe is het ontstaan?

14.00-14.45 Ad Knotter lezing

14.45-15.00 Coffee break

15.00-15.45 Wiel Kusters Voorlezen uit eigen werk

15.45- Drinks/Borrel
ISA-12, Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation, Portoroz, Slovenia, May 28, 2016
ISA-12, Twelfth Joint ACL - ISO Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation
Portoroz, Slovenia, May 28, 20016 at LREC

Call for papers

ISA-12 is the twelfth edition of a series of joint workshops of the ACL Special Interest Group 0n Computational Semantics (SIGSEM) and the International Organisation of Standards ISO, TC 37/SC 4. ISA-workshops bring together experts in the annotation of semantic information as expressed in text, speech, gestures, graphics, video, images, and in communicative behaviour where multiple modalities are combined. Examples of semantic annotation include the markup of events, time, space, dialogue acts, discourse relations, semantic roles, quantification, coreference, sentiment, and named entities, for most of which which the ISO organisation pursues the establishment of annotation standards in order to support the creation of interoperable semantic resources.

Topics for submissions include, but are not limited to:

* methodological aspects of semantic annotation
* experiments in semantic annotation
* comparative studies of annotation schemes
* semantic annotation and ontologies
* evaluation of annotation schemes
* semantic annotation and semantic interpretation
* context-dependence in semantic annotations
* applications of semantic annotation
* integration of semantic annotation and other linguistic annotations
* issues in the annotation of specific domains of semantic information, such as:
- events, states, processes, circumstances, facts
- relations in discourse and dialogue
- time and space
- modality, polarity, factuality, and attribution
- quantification and modification
- coreference relations
- semantic roles and predicate-argument structures
- reference and named entities
* integration of annotations of different domains of semantic annotation
* annotation of cross-domain phenomena such as negation, attribution and sentiment
* levels of granularity in annotation schemes
* cross-domain issues in semantic annotation, such as language- and application-dependence
* best practices in semantic annotation


Three types of submission are invited:

- Research papers, describing original research in the area of semantic annotation; these can be either long (6-8 pages,
not including references) or short (3-4 pages, not including references);
- Project notes, describing recent, ongoing or planned projects involving semantic annotation (2-4 pages including references;
- Demonstration notes, accompanying demonstration of software tools to support manual semantic annotation, or systems
for automatic semantic annotation (2-4 pages including references),

Information about electronic submission will be made available at the ISA-12 website, sigsem.uvt.nl/isa12/ and at the LREC 2016 website: lrec2016.lrec-conf.org/en/


February 11, 2016: Deadline for submitting papers
March 4, 2016: Notification of acceptance
March 25, 2016: Submission of camera-ready papers
May 28, 2016: ISA-12 workshop


Harry Bunt (chair)
Nancy Ide
Kiyong Lee
James Pustejovsky
Laurent Romary


Jan Alexandersson
Harry Bunt (chair)
Nicoletta Calzolari
Jae-Woong Choe
Thierry Declerck
Liesbeth Degand
David DeVault
Alex Fang
Annette Frank
Robert Gaizauskas
Daniel Hardt
Koiti Hasida
Dirk Heylen
Elisabetta Jezek
Michael Kipp
Kiyong Lee
Philippe Muller
Malvina Nissim
Martha Palmer
Volha Petukhova
Paola Pietrandrea
Andrei Popescu-Belis
Laurent Prevot
James Pustejovsky
Laurent Romary
Ted Sanders
Manfred Stede
Thorsten Trippel
Piek Vossen
Annie Zaenen
Sandrine Zufferey

For more information see the workshop page at sigsem.uvt.nl/isa12/ or contact the workshop chair: harry.bunt(removeme)uvt.nl
Update 37th TABU-dag, University of Groningen, June 3 2016
Announcement Keynote Speakers 37th TABU-dag 2016

The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen is pleased to announce the keynote speakers for the 37th TABU-dag:

- David Adger (Professor of Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London)

- Paula Merlo (Professor in Computational Linguistics at the Université de Genève)

TABU-dag is an annual international linguistics conference, to be held on June 3rd, 2016 at the University of Groningen, which provides a scientific platform for researchers from all fields of linguistics to present and discuss their current work.

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
AlCoB 2016 ,Trujillo, Spain, June 21-23, 2016

AlCoB 2016

Trujillo, Spain

June 21-23, 2016

Organized by:

Computer Architecture and Logic Design Group (ARCO)
University of Extremadura

Extremadura Centre for Advanced Technologies (CETA-Ciemat)

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



AlCoB aims at promoting and displaying excellent research using string and graph algorithms and combinatorial optimization to deal with problems in biological sequence analysis, genome rearrangement, evolutionary trees, and structure prediction.

Previous events were held in Tarragona (2014) and Mexico City (2015).

The conference will address several of the current challenges in computational biology by investigating algorithms aimed at:

1) assembling sequence reads into a complete genome,
2) identifying gene structures in the genome,
3) recognizing regulatory motifs,
4) aligning nucleotides and comparing genomes,
5) reconstructing regulatory networks of genes, and
6) inferring the evolutionary phylogeny of species.

Particular focus will be put on methodology and significant room will be reserved to young scholars at the beginning of their career.


AlCoB 2016 will take place in Trujillo, homeland of the so-called “conquistadores” who arrived in Peru in the XVI century. The venue will be the Extremadura Centre for Advanced Technologies.


Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to:

Exact sequence analysis
Approximate sequence analysis
Pairwise sequence alignment
Multiple sequence alignment
Sequence assembly
Genome rearrangement
Regulatory motif finding
Phylogeny reconstruction
Phylogeny comparison
Structure prediction
Compressive genomics
Proteomics: molecular pathways, interaction networks
Transcriptomics: splicing variants, isoform inference and quantification, differential analysis
Next-generation sequencing: population genomics, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics
Microbiome analysis
Systems biology


AlCoB 2016 will consist of:

invited lectures
invited tutorials
peer-reviewed contributions

INVITED SPEAKERS (to be completed):

S. Cenk Sahinalp (SimonFraserUniversity), Big Data Algorithmics for Cancer Genomics

David Sankoff (University of Ottawa), The Evolution of Gene Order in the Flowering Plants


Can Alkan (Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey)
Timothy L. Bailey (University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)
Vladimir Bajic (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia)
Geoff Barton (University of Dundee, UK)
Inanc Birol (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)
Jacek B?a?ewicz (Pozna?University of Technology, Poland)
Alan P. Boyle (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA)
Vladimir Brusic (NazarbayevUniversity, Astana, Kazakhstan)
Liming Cai (University of Georgia, Athens, USA)
Rita Casadio (University of Bologna, Italy)
Ken Chen (University of Texas MD AndersonCancerCenter, Houston, USA)
Jason Ernst (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Laurent Gautier (Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Cambridge, USA)
Manolo Gouy (ClaudeBernardUniversity Lyon 1, France)
Michael Gribskov (PurdueUniversity, West Lafayette, USA)
Iman Hajirasouliha (Stanford University, USA)
John Hancock (Genome Analysis Centre, Norwich, UK)
Artemis Hatzigeorgiou (University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece)
Fereydoun Hormozdiari (University of California, Davis, USA)
Kazutaka Katoh (Osaka University, Japan)
Evangelos Kranakis (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada)
Lukasz Kurgan (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada)
Bill Majoros (DukeUniversity, Durham, USA)
Lennart Martens (Ghent University, Belgium)
Maria-Jesus Martin (European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, UK)
Carlos Martín-Vide (Rovira i VirgiliUniversity, Tarragona, Spain, chair)
Folker Meyer (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
Kenta Nakai (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Matteo Pellegrini (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Mihaela Pertea (JohnsHopkinsUniversity, Baltimore, USA)
Ben Raphael (BrownUniversity, Providence, USA)
Paolo Ribeca (Pirbright Institute, Woking, UK)
Denis Shields (UniversityCollegeDublin, Ireland)
Fredj Tekaia (Pasteur Institute, Paris, France)
Alessandro Verri (University of Genova, Italy)
Fuli Yu (BaylorCollege of Medicine, Houston, USA)
Daniel Zerbino (European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, UK)
Kaizhong Zhang (University of WesternOntario, London, Canada)
Weixiong Zhang (WashingtonUniversity in St. Louis, USA)
Zhongming Zhao (VanderbiltUniversity, Nashville, USA)
Yaoqi Zhou (GriffithUniversity, Brisbane, Australia)


María Botón-Fernández (Trujillo, co-chair)
Carlos Martín-Vide (Tarragona, co-chair)
Miguel A. Vega-Rodríguez (Cáceres, co-chair)
Florentina Lilica Voicu (Tarragona)


Leslye Alarcón (Cáceres)
María Botón-Fernández (Trujillo, co-chair)
José M. Granado-Criado (Cáceres)
Sergio Santander-Jiménez (Cáceres)
Miguel A. Vega-Rodríguez (Cáceres, co-chair)


Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages (including eventual appendices, references, proofs, etc.) and should be prepared according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series (see www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0).

Submissions have to be uploaded to:



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

A special issue of the journal IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (TCBB, 2014 JCR impact factor: 1.438, quartile Q1) will be later published containing peer-reviewed substantially extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation.


The period for registration is open from October 30, 2015 to June 21, 2016. The registration form can be found at:



Paper submission: January 26, 2016 (23:59 CET)
Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: March 1, 2016
Final version of the paper for the LNCS/LNBI proceedings: March 15, 2016
Early registration: March 15, 2016
Late registration: June 7, 2016
Submission to the journal special issue: September 23, 2016


florentinalilica.voicu (at) urv.cat


AlCoB 2016
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University
Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain

Phone: +34 977 559 543
Fax: +34 977 558 386


Centro Extremeño de Tecnologías Avanzadas (CETA-CIEMAT)
Universidad de Extremadura
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Update: Amsterdam Summer Course 2016: Doing Research with Discourse Analysis, VU Amsterdam, July 2-16, 2016
Doing Research with Discourse Analysis: A discourse perspective on making sense of social change

AMSS 2016, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2-16 July 2016
For the second year the VU Amsterdam Summer School offers a 2-week intensive course in discourse analysis for students in the social sciences, history, health, education, law, politics and any other field connected with social practice. The course provides a colourful pallet of approaches and domains to energise your academic skills by ‘doing research with discourse analysis’. Please feel free to distribute widely.
Through various cases of transdisciplinary research design you learn to reason why and how you can incorporate discourse analysis in your own field of study. The course provides a framework to make sense of social phenomena on the principle that language not only reflects society and change but also drives it. The focus is on analysing language use and other forms of communication to generate evidence of social phenomena, such as racism, politics, power, social movements, forensics, health care, teaching, peace, war, (in)equality. We offer an inspiring program with expert lecturers from the VU Communication and Information Sciences and Organisation Discourse departments, and guests from Fribourg University, Lancaster University, and the University of East Anglia. Classes will be highly interactive. We all learn from each other!

Theory and Methods: The art of Transdisciplinary Research Design; context and data selection; text analysis; ethnography and conversation analysis; framing, metaphor, humour; cognitive- and historical discourse analysis; soundscape analysis; computational- and corpus-assisted discourse analysis.
Excursion: The International Criminal Court in The Hague is a prime setting to observe the relationship between international law, human rights and cultural diversity that is reflected in this court's discourse and its far-reaching global impact. Plus: lunch on the beach.

Course information
Course level: Master/PhD; ECTS: 4
Coordinating lecturer: Bertie Kaal (VU Amsterdam, Language and Communication)
Opening Lecture: Prof. Alison Sealey (Lancaster University)
VU Amsterdam: Luuk Lagerwerf, Joyce Lamerichs, Anna Kaal and Sebastiaan Donszelmann, Ida Sabelis, Fleur van der Houwen
Utrecht University: Tessa van Charldorp
University of East Anglia: Prof. Andreas Musolff
University of Fribourg: Steve Oswald
INCAS3: Edda Bild and Matt Coler

Doing Research with Discourse Analysis: A discourse perspective on making sense of social change
Videos and full information on fees, discounts, scholarships, and other perks www.amsterdamsummerschool.nl
Contact: amsterdamsummerschool(removeme)vu.nl
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).

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)


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).

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.

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:

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)
Lexicom 2016, Vienna, Austria, July 11-15 2015
Lexicom 2016 (Vienna, Austria)

Workshop in Lexicography, Corpus Linguistics and Lexical Computing
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria, July 11th-15th 2015

Lexicom is a five-day intensive workshop created by the Lexicography MasterClass. Seminars on theoretical issues alternate with hands-on work using a range of corpus-analysis and other software tools. Working in small groups or individually, you will learn how to develop dictionaries and other lexical resources, from the creation and annotation of corpora to the planning, design and writing of lexical entries. This is the workshop's sixteenth year and we now have over 400 graduates, from all parts of the world: reviews of previous events can be found here.
It will be led by Michael Rundell, Miloš Jakubí?ek and Vojt?ch Ková?

In 2016, there will be two Lexicom workshops: one in Europe and one in the US. For details of both events, and registration, go to www.lexmasterclass.com/

Milos Jakubicek
CEO, Lexical Computing
Brighton, UK | Brno, CZ
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
19th International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE, Brno, Czech Republic, 12-16 September 2016

Nineteenth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2016)
Brno, Czech Republic, 12-16 September 2016

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

Venue: Brno, Czech Republic


TSD series 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 2016 conference will be accompanied by a one-day satellite workshop

Community-based Building of Language Resources, CBBLR

The main topic of the workshop is directed at building new language
resources, especially for languages with no or too little existing
language resources. The workshop is organized in cooperation with the
HaBiT CZ-NO project Consortium, submissions from other resource
development projects are more than welcomed. The workshop submissions
will undergo two separate review processes - the best papers which will
succeed in both review processes (by the TSD 2016 Conference PC and
CBBLR Workshop 2016 PC) will be published in the TSD 2016 Springer
Proceedings, all other accepted CBBLR workshop papers will be published
in a separate proceedings with ISBN. The CBBLR workshop will take
place on September 12 2016 in the conference venue.

The TSD 2016 conference will be directly followed by a meeting of the working groups and management committee of the

ISCH COST Action IS 1305
European Network of e-Lexicography (ENeL)


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
(morphological and syntactic analysis, synthesis and
disambiguation, multilingual processing, sentiment analysis,
credibility analysis, automatic text labeling, summarization,
authorship attribution)

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)

Papers on processing of languages other than English are strongly encouraged.


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
France Mihelic, Slovenia
Roman Moucek, Czech Republic
Hermann Ney, Germany
Karel Oliva, Czech Republic
Karel Pala, Czech Republic
Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
Maciej Piasecki, Poland
Agnieszka Mykowiecka, 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 conference program will include presentation of invited papers, oral presentations, and poster/demonstration sessions. Papers will be presented in plenary or topic oriented sessions.

Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Brno will allow for additional informal interactions.


The conference program will include oral presentations and poster/demonstration sessions with sufficient time for discussions of the issues raised.


March 15 2016 ............ Submission of abstract March 22 2016 ............ Submission of full papers May 15 2016 .............. Notification of acceptance May 31 2016 .............. Final papers (camera ready) and registration August 8 2016 ............ Submission of demonstration abstracts August 15 2016 ........... Notification of acceptance for
demonstrations sent to the authors September 12-16 2016 ..... Conference date

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


The official language of the conference is English.


All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to

Ales Horak, TSD 2016
Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University
Botanicka 68a, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
phone: +420-5-49 49 18 63
fax: +420-5-49 49 18 20
email: tsd2016(removeme)tsdconference.org

The official TSD 2016 homepage is: www.tsdconference.org/tsd2016


Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic with a population of almost 400.000 and is the country's judiciary and trade-fair center. Brno is the capital of South Moravia, which is located in the south-east part of the Czech Republic and is known for a wide range of cultural, natural, and technical sights.
South Moravia is a traditional wine region. Brno had been a Royal City since 1347 and with its six universities it forms a cultural center of the region.

Brno can be reached easily by direct flights from London, Munich, or Eindhoven and by trains or buses from Prague (200 km) or Vienna (130 km).
Cogling7, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, January 5-6, 2017
Cogling7, January 5-6, 2017: Save the date

Cogling7 will take place at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Thursday 5 and Friday 6 of January 2017. CogLing is the biennial conference of BeNeCLA, the Belgium Netherlands Cognitive Linguistics Association, see benecla.com/.

In April 2016, the first call for papers will be sent out. The deadline for abstracts will be June 1, 2016.

The organizing committee: Geertje van Bergen, Monique Flecken, Ad Foolen, Kobie van Krieken, José Sanders, Wilbert Spooren
Job Announcements / Vacancies
PhD Position in Psycholinguistics, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, deadline: January 15, 2016
1 PhD Position in Psycholinguistics (Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)

Applications are invited for 1 PhD position in the area of Psycholinguistics, in the Psycholinguistics Group at the Department of German Language and Linguistics, Humboldt University, Berlin. The group is led by Prof. Pia Knoeferle, and the position will be associated with the group's primary research theme (visually-situated language processing).

The Psycholinguistics Group is situated in the Department of German Language and Linguistics which also houses research on phonetics and phonology, corpus linguistics, and theoretical as well as historical linguistics. With additional institutions such as the Berlin School of Mind and Brain and the Center for General Linguistics nearby, the group is situated in a large and vibrant research environment.

The candidate for the position should have a masters degree (or 4 year honours Bachelors degree) in psycholinguistics/psychology, linguistics, or cognitive science with a demonstrated interest in language processing. Experience in language processing, eye tracking, and / or event-related brain potential recordings as well as statistics are a plus. The candidate should have strong verbal and written communication skills in English.

The position will involve preparing and conducting experiments on language processing in rich visual contexts containing objects and events, analysis of the results, and writing up the results for publication.

The salary and social benefits are according to Germany's public sector 2/3 E13 TV-L HU scale. PhD researchers will be employed part-time (2/3), and are expected to pursue a doctoral degree. The position is for 3 years (funded by third-party funding until 31.10.2017 with the possibility of extension).

The deadline for applications is January, 15, 2016. The applications should include:
* CV
* a 1-2 page statement of research interests
* names of 2-3 academic references (with email and phone number)
* academic transcript
* list of publications (if any)
* a copy of your masters or honours thesis, or other representative sample of your work

Applications (preferably, in a single PDF file) and inquiries should be directed by e-mail to Prof. Knoeferle (pia.knoeferle(removeme)hu-berlin.de) with the post ID as the subject: DR/173/15
PhD position on Natural Language Processing for Automated Journalism, Tilburg University, deadline: January 15, 2016
PhD position on Natural Language Processing for Automated Journalism

The Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC), a Center of Excellence at Tilburg University (TiU), invites applications for a PhD position on Natural Language Processing for automated journalism. This position is part of a larger research project (“De Automatische Nieuwsredactie”), in which Tilburg University collaborates with Fontys University of Applied Sciences and various news agencies on developing and evaluating robot journalism applications.

The role of the PhD researcher is to study news applications which facilitate writing news reports automatically. This involves studying models for automatically finding new information in large volumes of data (numeric or textual), developing models that can present this information in coherent text, and developing models that can rewrite texts for specific audiences.


For the position we seek candidates with a (Research) Master’s degree in Computational Linguistics and/or Computer Science with a focus on Natural Language Processing. The successful candidate has strong programming skills, a proven interest in doing research, excellent writing skills and a good command of both Dutch and English. An interest in and experience with Natural Language Generation is considered an advantage. An interest in journalism and media applications is an advantage as well.


For more information on these positions, please contact dr. Sander Wubben (s.wubben(removeme)tilburguniversity.edu, +31134663106) or prof.dr. Emiel Krahmer (e.j.krahmer(removeme)tilburguniversity.edu, +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 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 January 15, 2016. Interviews are expected to be held in the second half of January.

Please apply online by following this link: www.tilburguniversity.edu/about-tilburg-university/working-at/wp/
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.


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.
2 voltijds postdoctorale medewerkers ‘Herziening Algemene Nederlandse Spraakkunst’, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) en Universiteit Gent, deadline: 20 januari 2016
Vacature: twee voltijds postdoctorale medewerkers ‘Herziening Algemene Nederlandse Spraakkunst’, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) en Universiteit Gent, vakgroep taalkunde

Zowel aan het Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) als aan de vakgroep Taalkunde van de Universiteit Gent is er een vacature voor een postdoctoraal onderzoeker (1fte, 2 jaar) die zal meewerken aan de grondige inhoudelijke update van de Algemene Nederlandse Spraakkunst (ANS).

Op 1 oktober 2015 is een meerjarig project van start gegaan waarin taalkundigen van twee Nederlandse en twee Vlaamse universiteiten – de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, de Universiteit Leiden, de Universiteit Gent en de KU Leuven – samen werk maken van een grondige update van de Algemene Nederlandse Spraakkunst. Het project wordt in belangrijke mate gefinancierd door de Nederlandse Taalunie.

Het doel van dit meerjarige nieuwe project is zowel de inhoud in overeenstemming te brengen met de huidige stand van kennis van de Nederlandse grammatica als de toegankelijkheid en bruikbaarheid voor diverse doelgroepen, waaronder het onderwijs, te verhogen. In de twintig jaar die zijn verstreken sinds de vorige herziening is immers zowel de kennis van individuele taalverschijnselen als het grammaticale inzicht in de samenhang daarvan in belangrijke mate toegenomen. Bovendien is ook de taal zelf aan verandering onderhevig, net als de normen van de taalgemeenschap en de visies op variatie binnen en buiten de standaardtaal. De nieuwe ANS zal een betrouwbare en geactualiseerde grammaticale beschrijving van de hedendaagse taalrealiteit bieden, binnen een flexibele digitale omgeving met zoek- en navigatiemogelijkheden voor de verschillende categorieën van gebruikers.

De inhoudelijke revisie wordt uitgevoerd door twee postdoctorale onderzoekers – één met standplaats Leiden, één met standplaats Gent – onder begeleiding van een team van senioronderzoekers van de vier deelnemende universiteiten. Het takenpakket van de projectuitvoerders zal bestaan uit:
- de uitwerking van gedetailleerde revisievoorstellen, in nauw overleg met de collega-uitvoerder en met het team van supervisoren;
- voorbereidende werkzaamheden, zoals het inventariseren en synthetiseren van de relevante grammaticale literatuur die sinds de vorige ANS (1997) is verschenen en het raadplegen van deskundigen;
- de inventarisatie van grammaticale problemen die met het oog op een adequate beschrijving nader onderzoek behoeven, en het leveren van aanzetten tot dat vervolgonderzoek – eventueel in samenwerking met collega-uitvoerder, senioronderzoekers en/of studenten.
Voor deze functie zoeken we een taalkundige met:
- een afgeronde promotie op het terrein van de (Nederlandse) taalkunde;
- een aantoonbaar brede belangstelling voor verschillende domeinen van de grammatica van het Nederlands;
- de vaardigheid om inzichten uit de taalkundige literatuur op een toegankelijke manier te presenteren aan een breed publiek van grammaticaal geïnteresseerden;
- goede organisatorische en sociale vaardigheden en het vermogen om in een interuniversitair team te werken.
Strekken verder tot aanbeveling:
- ervaring met empirisch onderzoek naar de distributie van grammaticale verschijnselen in corpora;
- vertrouwdheid met verschillende grammaticale theorieën en theoretische kaders.

Een meer gedetailleerde projectbeschrijving is op verzoek beschikbaar.
We bieden een voltijdse aanstelling voor een termijn van twee jaar, vanaf de vroegst mogelijke aanvangsdatum (maar uiterlijk vanaf 1 april 2016). Wie geïnteresseerd is in deze functie, maar deze alleen in deeltijd wil vervullen, wordt uitdrukkelijk uitgenodigd om ook te reageren. Uiteraard is het mogelijk om zowel voor de vacature met standplaats Gent als voor de vacature met standplaats Leiden te kandideren.

Voor meer inlichtingen kunt u zich wenden tot:
- vacature Gent: prof. dr. Timothy Colleman (timothy.colleman(removeme)UGent.be, tel. +32(0)
- vacature Leiden: dr. Ronny Boogaart (R.J.U.Boogaart(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl, tel. +31(0)71. 527.2120)

Om te solliciteren stuurt u uiterlijk 20 januari 2016 een motivatiebrief en curriculum vitae via e-mail naar Timothy Colleman (vacature Gent; timothy.colleman(removeme)UGent.be) en/of Ronny Boogaart (vacature Leiden; R.J.U.Boogaart(removeme)hum.leidenuniv.nl). De eventuele sollicitatiegesprekken zullen plaatsvinden eind januari of begin februari.
Studentships in linguistics, King's College London, UK, deadline: January 29 2016
Information for those interested in a PhD in Language, Discourse & Communication, including child language

A range of post-graduate studentships are available for 2016-17 entry at the Centre for Language Discourse & Communication at King’s College London, offering supervision in text, discourse & narrative analysis, pragmatics, linguistic ethnography, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, applied, educational, cognitive and corpus linguistics:

· Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships (deadline: 29 January 2016). These cover sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, interactional discourse analysis, linguistic ethnography, areas of applied linguistics, computational linguistics, educational linguistics and language & literacy education. Candidates can apply either for a three year PhD Studentship or for a four year Studentship which involves a one year MA and a three year PhD.

· Arts & Humanities Research Council/London Arts & Humanities Partnership (AHRC/LAHP) Studentships(deadline: 29 January 2016). This covers research on linguistic structure, history, theory and description, including stylistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, corpus studies, translation, and some areas of applied linguistics. Studentships last three years.

· Studentships administered by the King’s College Graduate School ( www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/pgr.aspx).

To apply, you should have excellent qualifications, as well as clear research idea if you are applying for a three year PhD award. It is important to identify and contact a potential supervisor as soon as possible, referring to our webpages at www.kcl.ac.uk/ldc, and you also need to submit an ordinary admissions application.

If you are not sure about potential supervisors, please contact ldc(removeme)kcl.ac.uk or ben.rampton(removeme)kcl.ac.uk.
MA fellowships in cognitive science and linguistics, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, deadline: Deadline: 1 February 2016
MA fellowships in cognitive science and linguistics at Ecole Normale Supérieure

The Cognitive Science Departement of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (Département d'études cognitives, DEC) aims to recruit advanced undergraduate international students in Cognitive Science and in Linguistics.

DEC and Ecole Normale Supérieure ( www.ens.fr) offer several international fellowships, intended for advanced undergraduate students who will either directly enroll in a master's program (two-year or three-year fellowship) or first complete their last year of undergraduate studies and then enroll in a master's program (three-year fellowship). Note that some knowledge of French is preferable to attend the first year of our Master program in cognitive science (while an English-only curriculum is available for the second year).

These fellowships will be attributed on the basis of a national competitive exam, known as the `ENS international selection.' For more details (including about eligibility), please visit:

The fellowships include:
- monthly stipend: 1000 euros;
- possibility of subsidized housing;
- access to subsidized cafeteria (about 4 euros/meal);
- minimal tuition fees (about 500 euros/year).

How to Apply:
More detailed information is available on line:
- www.cognition.ens.fr/EnseignementFinancementENG
- www.ens.fr/admission/selection-internationale/article/session-2016?lang=en

Applications Deadline: 1-Feb-2016

Web Address for Applications: www1.ens.fr/recrutement-si/

Contact Information:
Please write to clementine.fourrier-eyraud(removeme)ens.fr, with cc to benjamin.spector(removeme)ens.fr
PhD opportunities at Newcastle, UK, deadline: February 1 2016
We would like to welcome PhD applications in the fields of Linguistics and Language Sciences. These are funded via our North East Doctoral Training Centre (NEDTC), set up in conjunction with Durham University. All applications will be subject to a competitive review process.

The Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS) at Newcastle covers a wide range of linguistics-related disciplines, including child language development and disorders. Interested applicants are directed to the website of the NEDTC ( www.nedtc.ac.uk/) and CRiLLS ( www.ncl.ac.uk/linguistics/). Enquiries should be addressed in the first instance to Sheila Heppel (crills(removeme)newcastle.ac.uk). Alternatively, applicants may wish to contact possible supervisors directly.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 1st February, 2016. Applicants are advised that this is a competitive process, and to stand the best chance of success it is important to contact potential supervisors at the earliest opportunity
Post-doc position in Natural Language Processing, Tilburg University, deadline: 8 February 2016
The Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC) is looking for a post-doc researcher in Natural Language Processing

The Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC) invites applications for an NLP post-doc in a recently awarded H2020 project called L2TOR (website: www.l2tor.eu). In this project, a robot tutoring system will be developed which interacts with children who learn a second language. The task of the postdoc is to develop the part of the robot system that is responsible for the output of the system. This will involve the automatic production of (multimodal) utterances in various languages, and at various levels of proficiency. In addition, besides the natural language generation, the postdoc is also responsible for generating the non-verbal support (through gestures and facial expressions) of the utterances and their realisation on the robot.

In particular, the L2TOR project will focus on teaching English as a second language to native child speakers of Dutch, German and Turkish, and teaching Dutch and German as L2 to immigrant children speaking Turkish as a native language. The robot will be designed to interact naturally with children aged four to six years old in both the second language and the child’s native language. The system will be developed in 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 project started in January 2016 and runs until January 2019.


You have a PhD degree in Natural Language Processing (NLP), Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science or a related area. Applicants who have completed but not yet defended their PhD manuscript are also invited to apply. You have substantial research experience in NLP, Natural Language Generation (NLG) or Multimodal Output Generation. In addition, you have excellent programming skills and a strong track record of publications in high-impact journals or top-conferences. Finally, you have excellent English communication and writing skills, and are capable of working in an international, multidisciplinary setting.


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

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 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 € 3.997,- 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 candidate 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 until January 2019. 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.

The project will be carried out 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.


Applications should include:
• A cover letter,
• Curriculum Vitae,
• Names and contact details of two references.

Applications should be sent before the application deadline of 8 February 2016. The only way to apply is online through: www.tilburguniversity.edu/about/organization/working-at/.
PhD position on psycholinguistics and Construction Grammar, University of Freiburg, Germany, deadline: February 15, 2016
PhD position in Psycholinguistics and Construction Grammar

The Research Training Group DFG GRK 1624/2 "Frequency effects in language" at the University of Freiburg, Germany ( frequenz.uni-freiburg.de/abstract&language=en), invites applications for a PhD position in a project supervised by
Prof. Dr. Lars Konieczny ( portal.uni-freiburg.de/cognition/mitarbeiter/konieczny/) and Prof. Dr. Martin Hilpert ( members.unine.ch/martin.hilpert/).

This is a university position, with a period of appointment of two years, starting April 1 2016, with the possibility to be extended for another six months. The position involves working in a project investigating the explanatory adequacy of construction grammars and the psychological reality of constructions. Work packages include designing, conducting and running psycholinguistic experiments, as well as analyzing experimental and corpus data. Knowledge of German is a prerequisite. The position is at the rank of Akademischer Mitarbeiter (German scale TV-L E13 65% = 25.675 hrs/week). Salary increases with experience.

Ideal candidates have an excellent Master's degree in Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Psychology or a related field and link to the strengths of the group and the excellent research context in Freiburg. Candidates should have a solid background in experimental psycholinguistics, should be familiar with Construction Grammar, as well as with data analysis in R. Experience with eyetracking techniques is a plus.

Applications should include:
- Cover letter spelling out research experience & interest in position
- Academic CV
- Copy of MA degree and transcript
- Names and emails of two referees

Send applications by email as a single pdf attachment to: grk(removeme)frequenz.uni-freiburg.de

For questions, please email:
Lars Konieczny (lars.konieczny(removeme)cognition.uni-freiburg.de)
Martin Hilpert (martin.hilpert(removeme)unine.ch)

Applications received by February 15, 2016 will receive full consideration, although interviews may start at any time and will continue until the position has been filled.

The University of Freiburg is an equal opportunity employer regarding professional opportunities for women and men. Equally qualified candidates with physical challenges will be given preference. Employment will be conducted by the central university administration.
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.


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
Research Scientist, Center for Research in Language
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California 92093-0126
Calls for papers for events
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

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.

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.
Call for abstracts: Anéla/VIOT Juniorendag 2016, University of Amsterdam, March 11 2016, deadline: January 29, 2016
Anéla/VIOT Juniorendag 2016
Call for abstracts

Op vrijdag 11 maart 2016 wordt de jaarlijkse Juniorendag van Anéla en VIOT georganiseerd, dit keer aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Op de Juniorendag kunnen studenten, recentelijk afgestudeerden en promovendi op het gebied van toegepaste taalkunde (taalgebruik, taalverwerving, taalonderwijs, taalbeheersing of communicatie) hun bachelorscriptie, masterscriptie of promotieonderzoek presenteren. Zowel mondelinge presentaties als posterpresentaties zijn welkom.
Degene met de beste poster zal beloond worden met een prijs. Ook zal de jaarlijkse Anéla/VIOT Scriptieprijs worden uitgereikt aan de beste BA- of MA-scriptie binnen de toegepaste taalkunde.
Als je een mondelinge of posterpresentatie wil geven op de Juniorendag, dien dan vóór vrijdag 29 januari 2016, 17:00 uur een samenvatting van je onderzoek in, via

Abstracts mogen niet langer zijn dan 200 woorden en mogen geen persoonlijke informatie (bijv. naam, universiteit/instituut, adres) bevatten. Vergeet niet aan te geven of je voorkeur hebt voor een mondelinge presentatie of poster. Je mag kiezen of je in het Nederlands of Engels wil presenteren; let wel, de taal van je abstract is de taal waarin je zal presenteren.
In de tweede week van februari laten we weten of je abstract is geaccepteerd. Voor verdere informatie kun je een e-mail sturen naar juniorendag2016(removeme)gmail.com.

On Friday 11 March 2016, the annual junior research day (Juniorendag) of Anéla and VIOT (the Dutch-Flemish associations for applied linguistics and discourse studies) will be organized, this time at the University of Amsterdam. At the Juniorendag, undergraduate students, graduate students, and PhD candidates in the field of applied linguistics (language use, language acquisition, language teaching, discourse, or communication) can present their bachelor thesis, master thesis, or PhD research. Both oral presentations and poster presentations are welcome. The presenter with the best poster will receive a prize. In addition, the annual Anéla/VIOT Thesis Prize will be awarded to the best BA or MA thesis in applied linguistics.
If you want to present a paper or poster at the Juniorendag, please upload an abstract of your research before Friday 29 January 2016, 17:00, via
Abstracts should not exceed 200 words and should not include any personal information (e.g. name, university/institute, address). Don’t forget to indicate whether you prefer an oral or poster presentation. You can choose to present in Dutch or English, but note that the language of your abstract is the language you will present in.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent in the second week of February. For further information, contact us at juniorendag2016(removeme)gmail.com.
CfP: ESSLLI 2016 Student Session, Bolzano, Italy, August 15-26, 2016, deadline: March 10, 2016
*1st Call for Papers*

Held during the 28th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information

Bolzano, Italy, August 15-26, 2016

*Deadline for submissions: March 10th, 2016*

The Student Session of the 28th European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI) will take place in Bolzano, Italy, August 15th to 26th ( esslli2016.unibz.it). We invite submissions of original, unpublished work from students in any area at the intersection of Logic & Language, Language & Computation, or Logic & Computation. Submissions will be reviewed by several experts in the field, and accepted papers will be presented orally or as posters and selected papers will appear in the Student Session proceedings by Springer. This is an excellent opportunity to receive valuable feedback from expert readers and to present your work to a diverse audience.

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

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

As in previous years, Springer has kindly agreed to sponsor the ESSLLI student session. The best poster and best talk will be awarded Springer book vouchers of 500€ each.

Please direct inquiries about submission procedures or other matters relating to the Student Session to marisa.koellner(removeme)uni-tuebingen.de and rziai(removeme)sfs.uni-tuebingen.de.

ESSLLI 2016 will feature a wide range of foundational and advanced courses and workshops in all areas of Logic, Language, and Computation.
For further information, including registration information and course listings, and for general inquiries about ESSLLI 2016, please consult the main ESSLLI 2016 page: esslli2016.unibz.it.

Kind regards,

The ESSLLI 2016 Student Session Organization Committee

Marisa Koellner (Universität Tübingen)
Ramon Ziai (Universität Tübingen)

LoCo co-chairs:
Jon-Hael Brenas (Grenoble Informatics Laboratory)
Shqiponja Ahmetaj (Technische Universität Wien)

LoLa co-chairs:
Davis Ozlos (Fribourg University)
Karoliina Lohiniva (University of Geneva)

LaCo co-chairs:
Enrico Santus Aversano (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Vered Shwartz (Bar-Ilan University)
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

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)

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

Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico

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).

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).

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).


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.

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)

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)

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.

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)

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

CfP: 18th Biennial International Conference on Netherlandic Studies, University of Michigan, USA, June 3-4, 2016


18th Biennial International Conference on Netherlandic Studies
Conference Theme: Imagining the Low Lands
June 3-4, 2016 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Keynote speaker: Ton Broos
Carillon speaker: D.M. (Diederik) Oostdijk
Carillonneurs: Tiffany Ng and Sipkje Pesnichak
Workshop for Dutch Language Instructors: Peter Schoenaerts

Conference Date & Location
June 3-4 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Conference Theme
This conference focuses on images of Netherlandic culture, with image is broadly defined as any representation of the culture through language, literature, art or creative expression. Special encouragement is given to paper proposals in the following areas:

• Dutch literature and its international circulation
• Netherlandic art and in particular the collection of the Detroit Institute of Art
• Dutch linguistics

Topics of general sessions might include: History: Early-Modern, 19th- & 20th-Century Literature, 16th-Century Art & Literature, Colonialism, Early-Modern Literature, 20th-Century History, Early-Modern Art History, 17th-Century Art, Afrikaans, Linguistics, 20th-Century Film, 19th- & 20th-Century Literature, and Local Dutch-American History.

You are invited to submit an abstract of a paper from your own field, as seen through the prism of the conference theme, Imagining the Low Lands. Paper proposals on other topics or themes are also most welcome – an ICNS tradition. Select papers may be included in a conference publication to follow. Graduate students are especially encouraged to participate.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words, (accompanied by curriculum vitae) to toebosch(removeme)umich.edu with “ICNS Abstract” in the subject line by December 15, 2015. Acceptance notification will be given by February 1, 2016.

Information pertaining to registration, lodgings and other logistics will be available in January 2016.

AANS membership is required in order to attend the conference (the fees are $90 for standard membership, which includes electronic Dutch Crossings subscription; $50.00 for full-time graduate students; $50.00 for emeriti/retired).

Conference Coordinator:
Dr. Annemarie Toebosch, Senior Lecturer in Dutch, Dutch and Flemish Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Masterclass The Quest for an Appropriate Past, Rome, May 19-30 2016, deadline: January 15, 2016
The Quest for an Appropriate Past. Literature, Architecture, Art and the Creation of National Identities in Early Modern Europe (c.1400–1700)
Location: KNIR, Rome
Professors: Prof.dr. Karl Enenkel, prof.dr. Koen Ottenheym
Deadline for applications: 15 January 2016

More information on:
Uitnodiging oratie dr. G.J. Steen, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 12 februari 2016
Uitnodiging Oratie

Vrijdag de 12e februari 2016, des namiddags om 4.00 uur, zal de Hooggeleerde Heer dr. G.J. Steen, benoemd tot Hoogleraar Taalbeheersing, zijn hoogleraarsambt openlijk aanvaarden door het uitspreken van een rede, getiteld:

“Life is life”:
Veranderende perspectieven in de taalwetenschap

in de Aula der Universiteit, ingang Singel 411, hoek Spui.

Tot het bijwonen van deze plechtigheid worden alle beoefenaren van de wetenschap en alle belangstellenden uitgenodigd door de Rector Magnificus prof. dr. D.C. van den Boom.

In de onmiddellijke omgeving van het Spui is nauwelijks parkeerruimte; de Aula is bereikbaar met de trams 1, 2, 5, 4, 9, 14, 16 en 24, halte Spui.

Inaugural lecture: "Life is life": Changing perspectives in linguistics
Aula UvA, Lutherse kerk, Singel 411, Friday 12 February 2016, 16.00
Uitnodiging inaugurale lezing Francqui-Leerstoel Prof. dr. Sylviane Granger, Université catholique de Louvain, 16 februari 2016
Prof. dr. Marc Depaepe, campusrector KU Leuven Campus Kulak Kortrijk en
Prof. dr. Tom Verschaffel, campusdecaan van de Faculteit Letteren Campus Kulak Kortrijk hebben het genoegen u uit te nodigen op de inaugurale lezing van de Francqui-Leerstoel 2015-2016 door prof. dr. Sylviane Granger, Université catholique de Louvain.

“Linguistics in the digital age.
Is corpus linguistics revolutionizing foreign language learning & translation studies?”
Dinsdag 16 februari 2016 om 18.00 u.
Aula A301, Gebouw A, KU Leuven Campus Kulak Kortrijk, E. Sabbelaan 53, 8500 Kortrijk

De lezing wordt gevolgd door een receptie waar u ook van harte op uitgenodigd bent.

Deelname is gratis maar registreren is noodzakelijk via

Naast de inaugurale lezing worden nog twee symposia georganiseerd:
• Learner corpora and foreign language learning and teaching
donderdag 24 maart 2016 van 14.00 u. tot 18.00 u. – aula C611, Kulak

• Corpus-based contrastive linguistics and translation studies
donderdag 14 april 2016 van 14.00 u. tot 18.00 u. – aula C611, Kulak
Voor beide symposia wordt ook videoconferentie voorzien in Leuven en Antwerpen.

Meer informatie en inschrijven: www.kuleuven-kulak.be/francqui2016

Sylviane Granger is een autoriteit op het vlak van de toegepaste taalkunde. Als directeur van het Center for English Corpus Linguistics wist ze een bijzonder sterk team uit te bouwen met een indrukwekkende output. Haar onderzoek vertrekt systematisch van de krachtige empirische basis die corpora aanreiken om theoretische problemen aan te pakken uit vrijwel alle domeinen van de toegepaste taalkunde, gaande van taalverwerving en taaldidactiek, over NLP en contrastieve taalkunde tot translation studies.
Project Algemene Nederlandse Spraakkunst (ANS)

Naar een herziening van de Algemene Nederlandse Spraakkunst (ANS)
Op 1 oktober 2015 is een meerjarig project van start gegaan waarin taalkundigen van twee Nederlandse en twee Vlaamse universiteiten – de Radboud Universiteit (Nijmegen), de Universiteit Leiden, de Universiteit Gent en de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven – samen werk maken van een grondige update van de Algemene Nederlandse Spraakkunst, kortweg de ANS. Het project wordt in belangrijke mate gefinancierd door de Nederlandse Taalunie.
De ANS, waarvan de eerste editie in 1984 en de tweede herziene versie in 1997 verschenen is, beschrijft uitvoerig de grammatica van het hedendaagse Nederlands (woordsoorten, woordvorming, zinsdelen en zinsbouw). Dit boek is bedoeld als referentiewerk voor een breed publiek van professionele en niet-professionele gebruikers binnen en buiten het taalgebied . Van dit Nederlandstalige naslagwerk is in 2002 een online gratis raadpleegbare versie beschikbaar gekomen, de E-ANS ( ans.ruhosting.nl/e-ans), die inhoudelijk identiek is aan de gedrukte versie van 1997.
Het doel van dit meerjarige nieuwe project is zowel de inhoud in overeenstemming te brengen met de huidige stand van kennis van de Nederlandse grammatica als de toegankelijkheid en bruikbaarheid voor diverse doelgroepen, waaronder het onderwijs, te verhogen. In de twintig jaar die zijn verstreken sinds de vorige herziening is immers zowel de kennis van individuele taalverschijnselen als het grammaticale inzicht in de samenhang daarvan in belangrijke mate toegenomen. Bovendien is ook de taal zelf aan verandering onderhevig, net als de normen van de taalgemeenschap en de visies op variatie binnen en buiten de standaardtaal. De nieuwe E-ANS zal een betrouwbare en geactualiseerde grammaticale beschrijving van de hedendaagse taalrealiteit bieden, binnen een flexibele digitale omgeving met zoek- en navigatiemogelijkheden voor de verschillende categorieën van gebruikers.
Er zal aansluiting worden gezocht bij vergelijkbare projecten voor andere doelgroepen, zoals de Engelstalige wetenschappelijke grammatica van het Nederlands die deel uitmaakt van het Taalportaal.
Voor de herziening van de E-ANS zullen binnenkort nieuwe medewerkers geworven worden. Het project loopt tot 2019, maar de eerste resultaten worden al verwacht in de tweede helft van 2016.

Voor meer informatie:
? dr. W. Haeseryn, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, w.haeseryn(removeme)let.ru.nl
? J. Van Hoorde, Nederlandse Taalunie, jvanhoorde(removeme)taalunie.org
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:


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).