June, 29th, 2018


LOT Announcements / events
Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen

Kennislink is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied:

'Waarom zou je niet álle Nederlandse namen willen onderzoeken?'
Deze maand gaat taalkundige Gerrit Bloothooft met pensioen. Hij kijkt terug op een veelzijdige carrière: hij begon als natuurkundige, werkte met ‘big data’ toen de term nog niet eens bestond en stortte zich uiteindelijk op de naamkunde. Dankzij hem kwamen alle Nederlandse namen uit de Gemeentelijke Basisadministratie Personen in de bekende Voornamenbank en Familienamenbank terecht.

Niet grammaticaal, maar toch correct
Naast optische en auditieve illusies, heb je ook grammaticale illusies. Daarbij líjkt een zin weliswaar correct, maar is hij dat toch niet. Of je vatbaar bent voor zo’n illusie hangt af van de taal waarin de zin wordt aangeboden, zo blijkt uit onderzoek.

Hoe erg is een buitenlands accent?
Van de intonatie van een taal zijn we ons vaak weinig bewust. Toch storen veel mensen zich aan een ‘buitenlands accent’. Maar uit onderzoek van Lieke van Maastricht blijkt dat een verkeerde intonatie het begrijpen van spraak niet in de weg staat. Bovendien kun je je trainen in het horen van de verschillen in melodie en ritme.

Lectures / Talks / Seminars / Colloquia
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Defense & Workshop Stavroula Alexandropoulou, Utrecht University, July 2, 2018

On Monday, July 2, 2018, at 12:45, Stavroula Alexandropoulou (Utrecht University) will defend her PhD thesis entitled “On the pragmatics of numeral modifiers: The availability and time course of variation, ignorance and indifference inferences”. Below you can find information regarding the upcoming events.

1. Talks
On the morning of the day of the defense, there will be a special LUSH event on the occasion of Stavroula’s defense, with talks by Petra Schumacher (University of Cologne) and Chris Cummins (University of Edinburgh). It will be held in Janskerkhof 13, Utrecht, room 0.06.

09:25 - 09.30 Opening
09:30 - 10:15 Petra Schumacher - “Pragmatic functions of demonstrative pronouns"
10:15 - 11:00 Chris Cummins - “More than 'at most': possible meanings of modified numerals”

2. Defense
The defense will take place at 12:45 on Monday, July 2, 2018, in the Senaatszaal (Senate Hall) of the Academiegebouw (University Hall), Domplein 29, 3512JE, Utrecht. Everyone is welcome!

3. Reception
The defense ceremony will be followed by a reception at the Academiegebouw (University Hall), Domplein 29, 3512JE, Utrecht, from 13:45 onwards. The exact location of the reception will be communicated on the day of the defense. Everyone is welcome to come and congratulate Stavroula on her new title!

ACLC seminar 'Influence of predicate sense on sign order: Intensional and extensional verbs', University of Amsterdam, July 6, 2018

Amsterdam, P.C. Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, room 5.60

6 July 2018, 15.15-16.30 uur

Prof. dr. Donna Jo Napoli, professor of Linguistics, Swarthmore College (PA), USA


Influence of predicate sense on sign order: Intensional and extensional verbs

The abstract can be found on the ACLC website: here

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday. After the lectures drinks are served at Spuistraat 134, room 4.02. For more information: aclc-fgw@uva.nl, tel. 020-5252543.

Intercoder Reliability Workshop in Content Analysis, Tilburg University, Tilburg, July 6, 2018

Invitation to 3rd Intercoder Reliability Workshop in Content Analysis
Theme: unitizing
Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 6 July, 2018

Content analysis is an important method in the social sciences and humanities. However, it can be very difficult to achieve a satisfactory level of intercoder agreement. In most studies, annotating consists of coding predefined items, where coders only have to choose a category for each item. However, when the data is a continuum (e.g., text, audio, video), coders also have to choose the relevant parts of the continuum (units) before they categorize them. This is called unitizing.

It is difficult to get a good agreement value for coding of predefined items, in particular when variables are subjective (e.g., metaphor types, coherence relations, informal language, filmic narratives). But it is even more difficult in the case of unitizing since there are additional disagreements possible concerning the position and the presence of units. Correspondingly, methods to assess agreement for unitizing are much more difficult to elaborate than the ones for predefined items (such as the famous Cohen’s kappa) because there are two types of discrepancies (position and category) that interfere.

The 3rd Intercoder Reliability (ICR) Workshop is about this complex phenomenon of unitizing. What does unitizing entail? How to assess agreement? Which problems do researchers have? To what extent are these problems subject-dependent? What solutions are possible? These and similar questions will be addressed in this workshop.


The keynote speaker of the workshop is Yann Mathet, researcher at Université de Caen and the research group Human Language Technology in the GREYC research lab in digital sciences. Mathet’s research is focused on unitizing in the fields of Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing. One of his leading publications is called ‘On the reliability of unitizing textual continua: Further developments’ for which he collaborated with (inter alia) Klaus Krippendorff.

Set up

Yann Mathet will first give a lecture on unitizing, followed by a hands-on workshop in the afternoon. In between, participants can give a (poster) presentation about their own experiences with unitizing, emphasizing difficulties they cope with in their research. It is not needed to present solutions per se, we strongly invite participants to describe their problems as input for a small-scaled group discussion. We aim at participants who have experience with quantitative corpus analyses but are not yet advanced in unitizing. The workshop is limited to 25 participants.


We invite scholars from the social sciences and humanities to participate in this workshop:
- Scholars can give an oral presentation: please email your abstract.
- Scholars can prepare a poster presentation: please email your abstract.
- Scholars can attend as visitor: please enroll via email.

Guidelines for abstracts

Scholars who would like to give an oral or poster presentation can submit an abstract of 300 words. The duration of an oral presentation is 30 minutes (approximately 15 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion).
If you want to submit an abstract, please structure it as follows:
- Title, author(s), affiliation(s), contact email and phone number for first author
- Abstract
- Keywords (3-5)
- Preferred category (oral / poster presentation)
Please note that if your presentation is selected for inclusion in the workshop program, the organizers
will do their best to accommodate your preferred choice. However, the final category will ultimately
depend on a number of factors, including the availability of spaces and time slots in the schedule.

Important dates

- Deadline for submission abstracts: April 23, 2018
- Notification presentations: April 26, 2018
- Deadline for enrollment participants without presentation: 15 June (first come, first served;
maximum 25 participants)
- ICR 2018: July 6, 2018
Abstracts and enrollment notifications can be sent to Renske van Enschot (r.vanenschot@uvt.nl).

Topics, approaches and modes

ICR 2018 solicits papers on any topic or approach in any mode (verbal, visual, audio, video,
multimodal, etc.) related to intercoder reliability and unitizing. General topics and approaches of
interest include, but are not limited to:
- Affect/emotion and sentiment
- Coherence relations
- Conversational human voice
- Grammar errors and youth language
- Language intensity and hyperboles
- Negotiation strategies
- Nonverbal behavior
- Multimedia and multimodality
- Sarcasm and irony
- Metaphors
- Argumentation
- Natural Language Processing
- Computational linguistics
- Conversation analysis
- Interview analysis
- Storytelling and narratives

ICR is organized by the Department of Communication and Cognition (DCC) of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) at Tilburg University. The organizing committee consists of Renske van Enschot and Christine Liebrecht.

Prior ICR Workshops were organized by Radboud University Nijmegen (2014) and VU University Amsterdam (2015).

Memorial workshop for Luis Vicente (1979-2018), Leiden University, July 6, 2018

LUCL is organizing a workshop in the memory of our colleague Luis Vicente (1979-2018), who passed away earlier this year (see obituary at: https://linguistlist.org/issues/29/29-667.html). The workshop will take place on 6 July (Friday) 2018.

Anyone is welcome to attend the workshop; if someone wants to join for the dinner, he/she should send a message to: Anikó Lipták.

Memorial day for Luis Vicente (1979-2018)

6 July 2018, Leiden University, Lipsius buiding, room 148


9.45  10.00: Introduction

10.00  10.35: Boban Arsenijević (Kari-Franzens-Universität Graz):

What correctional, counterexpectational and comparative coordination can tell us about each other

10.35  11.10: Hadil Karawani (Leibniz-Center General Linguistics/ZAS, Berlin) & Josep Quer (ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

Imperatives, in restrospect

11.10  11.30: coffee break
11.30  12.05: Radek Šimík (Humboldt University, Berlin)

Unconditionals with verb doubling

12.05  13.30: LUNCH

13.30  14.05: Jeroen van Craenenbroeck and Tanja Temmerman (KU Leuven)

Wh+adverb(s)-sluicing: revisiting Vicente's sluicing taxonomy

14.05  14.40 Cilene Rodrigues (UCL, London)

I am going to talk about something that Luis did and you know what

14.40  15.00: coffee break

15.00  15.35: Luis Vicente, Matt Barros (Yale), Troy Messick (Rutgers) and Andrés Saab (CONICET, Buenos Aires)

Deep properties of a surface anaphor: on the contextual restriction of sluicing sites

15.35  16.10: Nick LaCara (University of Toronto)

Modal complement anaphora and the distribution of parenthetical gaps

16.10  18.00: remembering Luis: video messages, Skype sessions, sharing memories

18.30: DINNER

Workshop 'Parallels Between Phonology and Syntax', Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, July 9, 2018

Parallels Between Phonology and Syntax

Amsterdam, Meertens Institute
Date: July 9, 2018
Venue: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185, Amsterdam. Aula 2.18

Although syntax and phonology at first sight seem to study very similar objects – modules of human cognition involved with the form of language – the two disciplines seem to have grown apart, employing formal tools that differ radically.

According to some scholars, this is a logical and even desirable development, and a consequence of the methodological assumption that the mind is modular. There is then no need to believe that different 'modules' of grammar have a similar architecture or refer to similar objects. Others point out however, that it seems unlikely that modules that have such similar tasks and furthermore clearly have to interface would be so different.

What are the differences between syntax and phonology in terms of derivational mechanisms and representational devices? Are syntactic findings on the working of grammar still relevant to phonologists and vice versa? Do notions like constituency, features refer to ontologically similar objects or are they radically different?

On July 9, 2018, the Meertens Instituut will host a 1-day workshop on parallels between phonology and syntax. This workshop is organized in collaboration with the Leiden University Center for Linguistics and the Center for Language Studies of Radboud University. The workshop will take place right in the historical center of Amsterdam.

Participation is free, but please communicate your intention to come to marc.vanoostendorp@meertens.knaw.nl

10.00 Janet Grijzenhout, Harry van der Hulst and Marc van Oostendorp
Parallels between Phonology and Syntax. General Introduction.

10.30 Thomas Graf, Alena Aksenova, Hyunah Baek, Aniello De Santo, Hossep Dolatian, Sedigheh Moradi, Jon Rawski, Suji Yang and Jeffrey Heinz
Tiers and Relativized Locality Across Language Modules

11.00 Laura Bafile and Rita Manzini
Binary features or elements/categories: phonology and morphosyntax

11.30 Coffee Break

12.00 Gerrit Kentner
Vowel : Consonant :: Functional head : Lexical argument

12.30 Sašo Živanović
Towards a phonological functional sequence

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Markus Pöchtrager
Recursion and GP 2.0 14.30 Jan Odijk
Structure building in syntax and phonology

15.00 Cora Pots and Edoard Cavirani
On spines and skeletons

5.30 Coffee break

16.00 Marc van Oostendorp and Roberta D’Alessandro
Notes on Magnetism

16.30 Harry van der Hulst and Marcel den Dikken

17.00 General discussion

17.30 End of programme

Organizers: Marc van Oostendorp (Radboud University) and Janet Grijzenhout (Leiden University).

For the full programme with abstracts, see http://phonologists.nl/parallels/index.php

LEAD Summer School in Second Language Acquisition, University of Tübingen, Germany, July 23-27, 2018

LEAD Summer School in Second Language Acquisition University of Tübingen, July 23-27, 2018


The University of Tübingen is pleased to host the LEAD Summer School in Second Language Acquisition in July 2018. The LEAD Summer School is a major international event that draws together leading researchers and students from a variety of disciplines (theoretical and applied linguistics, psychology, education, language testing) in order to discuss current trends and future directions in second language research.

The Summer School is an initiative of the Heritage Language Consortium, a new strategic partnership between Tübingen University, Lancaster University, the University of Lisbon, the University of Minho, NOVA University of Lisbon, the University of Porto, and the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The event free is offered free of charge but prior registration is required. Registration includes coffee breaks, a welcome reception (Monday) light lunch during Wednesday’s poster session, and a Stocherkahn trip up the Neckar river. However, delegates have to pay for travel/accommodation expenses and make their own arrangements for lunch (except Wednesday).

Space at the summer school is limited to 40 registered participants. To secure your place, please visit our website. For questions, please email the organizers at leadsummerschool@gmail.com.

Topics include:

Heritage language learning

Language learning and technology

Individual differences in language learning Language testing Corpus approaches to L2 acquisition Computational linguistics and SLA Instructed SLA Cognitive foundations of language learning and teaching Task-based language teaching Linguistics and education

We look forward to welcoming you to Tübingen in the summer!

Patrick (Rebuschat), Detmar (Meurers), Katharina (Wendebourg) and Simon (Ruiz)

Dr. Patrick Rebuschat

Department of Linguistics and English Language Lancaster University County South C73 Lancaster LA1 4YL United Kingdom

Personal website: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/rebuschat International pages: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/linguistics-abroad/

Lancaster-Ghent partnership: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/lancaster-ghent/

International Summer School on Deep Learning, Genova, Italy, July 23-27, 2018


DeepLearn 2018

Genova, Italy

July 23-27, 2018

Organized by:
University of Genova
IRDTA – Brussels/London



DeepLearn 2018 will be a research training event with a global scope aiming at updating participants about the most recent advances in the critical and fast developing area of deep learning. This is a branch of artificial intelligence covering a spectrum of current exciting machine learning research and industrial innovation that provides more efficient algorithms to deal with large-scale data in neurosciences, computer vision, speech recognition, language processing, human-computer interaction, drug discovery, biomedical informatics, healthcare, recommender systems, learning theory, robotics, games, etc. Renowned academics and industry pioneers will lecture and share their views with the audience.

Most deep learning subareas will be displayed, and main challenges identified through 2 keynote lectures, 24 six-hour courses, and 1 round table, which will tackle the most active and promising topics. The organizers are convinced that outstanding speakers will attract the brightest and most motivated students. Interaction will be a main component of the event.

An open session will give participants the opportunity to present their own work in progress in 5 minutes. Moreover, there will be two special sessions with industrial and recruitment profiles.


Master's students, PhD students, postdocs, and industry practitioners will be typical profiles of participants. However, there are no formal pre-requisites for attendance in terms of academic degrees. Since there will be a variety of levels, specific knowledge background may be assumed for some of the courses. Overall, DeepLearn 2018 is addressed to students, researchers and practitioners who want to keep themselves updated about recent developments and future trends. All will surely find it fruitful to listen and discuss with major researchers, industry leaders and innovators.


3 courses will run in parallel during the whole event. Participants will be able to freely choose the courses they wish to attend as well as to move from one to another.


DeepLearn 2018 will take place in Genova, the capital city of Liguria, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and with one of the most important ports of the Mediterranean. The venue will be:

Porto Antico di Genova – Centro Congressi
Magazzini del Cotone – Module 10
16128 Genova, Italy



PROFESSORS AND COURSES: (to be completed)

Pierre Baldi (University of California, Irvine), [intermediate/advanced] Deep Learning: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications to the Natural Sciences

Thomas Breuel (NVIDIA Corporation), [intermediate] Design and Implementation of Deep Learning Applications

Joachim M. Buhmann (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich), [introductory/advanced] Model Selection by Algorithm Validation

Li Deng (Citadel), tba

Sergei V. Gleyzer (University of Florida), [introductory/intermediate] Feature Extraction, End-end Deep Learning and Applications to Very Large Scientific Data: Rare Signal Extraction, Uncertainty Estimation and Realtime Machine Learning Applications in Software and Hardware

Michael Gschwind (IBM Global Chief Data Office), [introductory/intermediate] Deploying Deep Learning at Enterprise Scale

Xiaodong He (Microsoft Research), [intermediate/advanced] Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing and Language-Vision Multimodal Intelligence

Namkug Kim (Asan Medical Center), [intermediate] Deep Learning for Computer Aided Detection/Diagnosis in Radiology and Pathology

Sun-Yuan Kung (Princeton University), [introductory] Systematic (Analytical and Empirical) Optimization/Generalization of Deep Learning Networks

Li Erran Li (Uber ATG), [intermediate/advanced] Deep Reinforcement Learning: Foundations, Recent Advances and Frontiers

Dimitris N. Metaxas (Rutgers University), [advanced] Adversarial, Discriminative, Recurrent, and Scalable Deep Learning Methods for Human Motion Analytics, Medical Image Analysis, Scene Understanding and Image Generation

Hermann Ney (RWTH Aachen University), [intermediate/advanced] Speech Recognition and Machine Translation: From Statistical Decision Theory to Machine Learning and Deep Neural Networks

Jose C. Principe (University of Florida), [introductory/advanced] Cognitive Architectures for Object Recognition in Video

Björn Schuller (Imperial College London), [intermediate/advanced] Deep Learning for Signal Analysis

Michèle Sebag (French National Center for Scientific Research, Gif-sur-Yvette), [intermediate] Representation Learning, Domain Adaptation and Generative Models with Deep Learning

Ponnuthurai N Suganthan (Nanyang Technological University), [introductory/intermediate] Learning Algorithms for Classification, Forecasting and Visual Tracking

Johan Suykens (KU Leuven), [introductory/intermediate] Deep Learning and Kernel Machines

Kenji Suzuki (Tokyo Institute of Technology), [introductory/advanced] Deep Learning in Medical Image Processing, Analysis and Diagnosis

Gökhan Tür (Google Research), [intermediate/advanced] Deep Learning in Conversational AI

Eric P. Xing (Carnegie Mellon University), [intermediate/advanced] A Statistical Machine Learning Perspective of Deep Learning: Algorithm, Theory, Scalable Computing

Ming-Hsuan Yang (University of California, Merced), [intermediate/advanced] Learning to Track Objects

Yudong Zhang (Nanjing Normal University), [introductory/intermediate] Convolutional Neural Network and Its Variants


An open session will collect 5-minute voluntary presentations of work in progress by participants. They should submit a half-page abstract containing title, authors, and summary of the research to david@irdta.eu by July 15, 2018.


A session will be devoted to 10-minute demonstrations of practical applications of deep learning in industry. Companies interested in contributing are welcome to submit a 1-page abstract containing the program of the demonstration and the logistics needed. At least one of the people participating in the demonstration must register for the event. Expressions of interest have to be submitted to david@irdta.eu by July 15, 2018.


Firms searching for personnel well skilled in deep learning will have a space reserved for one-to-one contacts. At least one of the people in charge of the search must register for the event. Expressions of interest have to be submitted to david@irdta.eu by July 15, 2018.


Francesco Masulli (Genova, co-chair)
Sara Morales (Brussels)
Manuel J. Parra-Royón (Granada)
David Silva (London, co-chair)


It has to be done at


The selection of up to 8 courses requested in the registration template is only tentative and non-binding. For the sake of organization, it will be helpful to have an estimation of the respective demand for each course. During the event, participants will be free to attend the courses they wish.

Since the capacity of the venue is limited, registration requests will be processed on a first come first served basis. The registration period will be closed and the on-line registration facility disabled when the capacity of the venue is exhausted. It is highly recommended to register prior to the event.


Fees comprise access to all courses and lunches. There are several early registration deadlines. Fees depend on the registration deadline.


Suggestions for accommodation can be found at



A certificate of successful participation in the event will be delivered indicating the number of hours of lectures.




Università degli studi di Genova
Institute for Research Development, Training and Advice (IRDTA) – Brussels/London

Summer School in Survey Methodology, GESIS, Cologne, Germany, August 2-24, 2018

The 7th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology takes place 02-24 August at GESIS in Cologne, Germany. The program is online, and registration is open at www.gesis.org/summerschool

15 scholarships by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) via CDSS as well as the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) are available. We have postponed the deadline for applications to 30 April. For more information on scholarships please visit http://bit.ly/gss18-scholarships.

15 courses are scheduled, among them 5 short courses and 10 one-week courses. Below is a list of all courses – including three new courses [NEW] and two courses that are back [BACK] to our program.

Short courses (02 - 03 August)

Pretesting Survey Questions (Meitinger/Lenzner) | NEW

Introduction to Data Analysis Using Mplus (Blümke/Lechner/Danner)

Research Designs and Causal Inference (Eifler/Leitgöb)

Introduction to Data Analysis Using Stata (Schunck/Pforr)

Week 1 (06 - 10 August)

Introduction to Survey Design (Lugtig/Struminskaya)

Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling (Reinecke/Kessler)

Introduction to Data Analysis Using R (Kolb/Murray-Waters)

Applied Multiple Imputation (Geißler/Heisig) | NEW

Week 2 (13 - 17 August)

Questionnaire Design (Fuchs/Metzler)

Mixed-Mode and Mixed-Device Surveys (Toepoel/de Leeuw/Klausch) | BACK

Web Survey Design (Couper/Schaurer) | BACK

Week 3 (20 - 24 August)

Meta-Analysis in Social Research and Survey Methodology (Weiß/Daikeler)

Sampling, Weighting, and Estimation (Eckman)

Designing, Implementing, and Analyzing Longitudinal Surveys (Al Baghal/Cernat)

[20-21 Aug] Open Science and Open Data (Netscher/Perry/Schwickerath) | NEW

Thanks to our cooperation with the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) at the University of Mannheim, participants can obtain up to 4 ECTS credit points per one-week course.

Participants are invited to attend several plenary and social events including evening talks by experts in Survey Methodology, weekly welcome receptions as well as cultural and social excursions.

There is no registration deadline, but to secure a place in the course(s) of your choice and to book affordable accommodation, we strongly recommend that you register as soon as possible.

We would be very happy if you could forward this announcement to other potentially interested parties.

Thank you and best wishes,

Your GESIS Summer School team


GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences

GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology

email: summerschool@gesis.org

web: www.gesis.org/summerschool

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GESISTraining

Summer School in Logic, Language and Information ESSLLI, Sofia, Bulgaria, August 6-17, 2018

30th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information


Sofia University "St. Kl. Ohridski"


August 6-17, 2018


The 30th edition of ESSLLI (European Summer School in Logic, Language and

Information) will take place from 6 August to 17 August 2018 at Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria. The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information is an event organized every year in a different European country under the auspices of the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI).

Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski” and the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IICT-BAS), will jointly host ESSLLI 2018.

ESSLLI 2018 will be held under the patronage of Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia Capital Municipality.

We are pleased to announce that the program schedule is now available for the two weeks of the school.

Under 'Program' section you can also check the information about the satellite Formal Grammar Conference as well as the Student Session.

The ESSLLI 2018 Organization Team

Conference Language, Individual and Society, Bulgaria, August 26-30, 2018

Conference Language, Individual and society

12th International Conference

26-30 August 2018

Elenite Holiday Village, Bulgaria

Organized by

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Union of Scientists in Bulgaria

Science & Education Foundation, Bulgaria

Institute of Philosophy and Social and Political Studies of the Southern Federal University, Russia

For more information, see: https://www.sciencebg.net/en/conferences/language-...

Summer School 'Intonation and Word Order', University of Graz, Austria, September 17-21, 2018

Deadline Extension: Summer School "Intonation and Word Order"

Deadline extended to June 30!

Dear Linguists!
We (Edgar Onea and Swantje Tönnis) are organizing a Summer School on "Intonation and Word Order - Theoretical and Empirical Approaches" September 17-21 at the University of Graz. It mainly addresses MA-students and PhD students. The program and further information is provided below and on our website:

Preliminary program

Thematic Courses:
Intonation and word order - Prof. Dr. Caroline Féry (Frankfurt University)
Three dimensions of sentence prosody - Prof. Dr. Michael Wagner (McGill University)
Focus and the syntax-phonology interface from a theoretical and experimental perspective - Dr. Kriszta Szendröi (University College London)

Introductions to relevant scientific methods:
Introduction to Praat - Mag.phil. Petra Hödl, MSc. (University of Graz)
Experimental methods for investigating the prosody-information structure interface - Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. phil. Dina El Zarka (Universität Graz)
tba. - N.N. (University of Graz)

Evening lectures:
On the meaning of nuclear and prenuclear Accents - PD. Dr. Stefan Baumann (Köln University)
tba. - Prof. Dr. Ede Zimmermann (Frankfurt University)

Date: September 17-21, 2018
Location: Graz, Austria
Participation fee: 50 € for participants affiliated with the University of Graz, 100 € for participants from other universities
Application deadline: June 30, 2018

Send your application including a motivation letter and a short CV until June 30 to swantje.toennis@uni-graz.at

International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG), Tilburg University, Tilburg, November 5-8, 2018

International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG).

INLG 2018 will be held at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, from November 5 to November 8. This means the conference takes place immediately after EMNLP 2018, which this year will be held in Brussels, just a train ride away from Tilburg.

The conference is being organised by Emiel Krahmer and Martijn Goudbeek.

Further information and calls will be announced soon.

Third International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics, Ahwaz, Iran, January 31 - February 1, 2019

Third International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics

31 January-1 February, 2019

Ahwaz, Iran


Academics and university lecturers are cordially invited to present their research in English, Arabic or Persian:

Optional Services for Non-Iranian Nationality Presenters (If they wish to use)

A) Free Accommodation: ((1) accommodation will be in the university hostel or guest house, (2) Accommodation will be for four days (30th & 31st January & 1st & 2nd February 2019, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday). (3) Three or four participants will stay in each room).

B) Free Transportation: All transportation from Ahwaz airport to the accommodation place, to the conference venue and vice versa will be free.

C) Free Food: During 31st January & 1st February 2019 (Thursday, Friday) lunch and dinner will be free.

D) Free Tour: One Day Shoustar Historical City Tour - 2nd February, 2019 (Saturday) will be free.

E) Other Notable Free Services.

(For the last year, the articles were received from more than 30 countries)

Please feel free to write if there is any query.

The Conference Secretariat,
Pazhoheshgaran Andishmand Institute,
Ahwaz 61335-4619 Iran

Email: info@pahi.ir

Tel: (+98) 61-32931199

Fax: (+98) 61-32931198

Mobile: (+98) 916-508-8772

WhatsApp Number: (+98) 916-776-5914

Job Announcements / Vacancies
Multiple PhD positions Logical Methods in Computer Science in Wien, Graz and Linz, Austria, various deadlines

TU Wien, TU Graz, and JKU Linz are seeking 16 doctoral students for the doctoral college Logical Methods in Computer Science (LogiCS). The doctoral program has been successfully established in 2014, and now it looks for the second generation of the PhD students. LogiCS through the eyes of the students: http://bit.ly/HotspotVienna

The doctoral positions are funded for a period of 4 years according to the funding scheme of the Austrian Science Fund. Additional positions will be available through other funding. (See the full funding amount on LogiCS website). Aim of the current call is to fill the 16 positions, where 30% of the positions are reserved for highly qualified female candidates, by the autumn of 2018.


LogiCS focuses on logic and its applications in computer science. Successful applicants will work on interdisciplinary research topics covering

(i) computational logic,

(ii) databases and artificial intelligence,

(iii) computer-aided verification, and

(iv) emerging application domains, such as cyber-physical systems, distributed systems,and security & privacy.


Austria has a vibrant and highly active and successful logic in computer science community. Students are supervised by leading researchers in their fields: Details are provided on http://logic-cs.at/faculty/


Applications will be screened on the following dates:

*June 1, 2018

*July 1, 2018

*September 1, 2018

The positions will be filled on continuous basis till October 2018.

Applications by the candidates need to be submitted electronically. Detailed information about the application process is available on the LogiCS web-page.


Austria has a highly active and successful logic in computer science community. Recent activities include:

*Vienna Summer of Logic, the Largest Conference in the History of Logic: vsl2014.at

*ALGO 2017: algo2017.ac.tuwien.ac.at

*FMCAD 2017: http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/hunt/FMCAD/FMCAD17/

*Austrian Research Network in Rigorous Systems Engineering: www.arise.or.at

*Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms: vcla.at

*International Kurt Goedel Society: kgs.logic.at


The Austrian cities Vienna, Graz, and Linz, located close to the Alps and surrounded by beautiful nature, provide an exceptionally high quality of life, with a vibrant cultural scene, numerous cultural events, world-famous historical sites, a large international community, a varied cuisine and famous coffee houses.


For further information please contact: info@logic-cs.at




Facebook: bit.ly/FBVCLA

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vclaTUwien

PhD/Drupal developer to work with the Language Archive team, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, no deadline
Vacancy for a Lecturer (100% teaching) at the department of Experimental Psychology, Utrecht University, deadline: June 29, 2018
Postdoc in computational modeling of language, University of Maryland, USA, deadline: end of June, 2018

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position in computational modeling of language at the University of Maryland, co-advised by Naomi Feldman and Jan Edwards. The postdoc will be part of an NIH-funded project, in collaboration with Pat Shafto at Rutgers University-Newark, that uses models of pedagogical reasoning to predict which language interventions will be most effective for helping children with Specific Language Impairment learn grammatical morphemes. Experience with probabilistic models of language acquisition and interests in morphological processing and/or language disorders would be helpful, but anyone who is interested in the position is encouraged to apply.

The appointment can be made through either the Department of Linguistics, the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, or the Language Science Center. The starting date is flexible, and can be August 1, 2018 or later. The initial appointment will be through summer 2019, with the possibility of extension.

The University of Maryland is home to an extensive interconnected network of over 200 language scientists that spans 22 different departments and centers (http://languagescience.umd.edu). The person hired for this position will have opportunities to interact regularly with colleagues from linguistics, hearing and speech, computer science, and other units on campus, and will be a member of the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Lab (http://clip.umiacs.umd.edu). The PIs are committed to supporting the success of trainees who belong to groups that are underrepresented in academia and in computing.

To apply, please send a CV, research statement, writing sample, and contact information for three references to nhf@umd.edu (letters are not needed as part of the initial application). Review of applications will begin July 2 and will continue until the position is filled.

Doctoraatspositie historische Nederlandse taalkunde, KU Leuven, België, deadline: July 8, 2018

100%-aanstelling als doctoraatsonderzoeker op het terrein van de historische Nederlandse taalkunde: https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/546...

​Two post-doctoral positions in the context of ERC project ENEP-CHINA, Aix Marseille University, France, deadline: July 15, 2018

Two post-doctoral positions are opening in the context of ERC project ENEP-CHINA

at Aix Marseille University. See details on the objective of the project on the site:


The beginning of the position will be in September 2018, for one year.

Please send your application (motivation letter, CV, copy of your PhD certificate/transcripts and work
samples in one PDF document to contact[@]numerica-sinica.eu. Use the subject heading “ENEP-CHINA
NLP Postdoc Research Position”.

If you have any further enquiries about the positions, please do not hesitate to contact: Prof. Christian Henriot at christian.r.henriot[at]gmail.com

Deadline for applications : July 15th 2018, 12:00 noon CET.

Your tasks

• Set-up a Natural Language Processing pipeline for Chinese and English historical texts (word
segmentation, tagging, named-entities recognition, shallow semantic parsing)
• Apply Information Retrieval techniques on Chinese and English historical text to extract
semantic relations
• Work in collaboration with engineers and data scientists of the team to a rich database from the
“big data” unstructured textual data set
• Exploit reinforcement learning methods to take advantage of intermediate evaluation from data
scientists, historians and linguists
• Publishing in peer-reviewed journals and conferences like ACL, COLING, EMNLP,…
• Supporting the ERC grant holder in managing tasks, coordinating the project work and supervising PhD students and student assistants

Qualifications and requirements
• Doctoral degree in Computer Science / Computational Linguistics (should be obtained before
the start of the project)
• Publications in peer-reviewed journals on topics related to the field
• Experiences in one or more of the following fields: Machine Learning, Computational
Linguistics, Information Retrieval
• Strong methodological skills in Programming, Scientific Computing
• Very good command of spoken and written English; French language skills are not required ;
command of Chinese would definitely be an asset
• Ability to organize yourself efficiently and work collegially in an internationally oriented team

Two funded PhD positions in Human-Robot Interaction, University of Glasgow, UK, deadline: July 31, 2018

The University of Glasgow welcomes applications for two funded PhDs in the area of Human-Robot Interaction.

Application deadline: 31 July (for both positions)

Position 1: Human-Robot Interaction for Oilfield Drilling Applications

Eligibility: UK/EU students only

Start date: 1 October 2018

Full details at https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.asp...

This project will investigate how such human-robot collaborative tasks can be carried out, concentrating on the communication aspects: how the robot communicates its intentions to the human, and how the human can query and interact with the robot’s plan. The research will be driven by oilfield drilling applications, which involve control of complex equpment in a dynamic environment, with an increasing level of automation. Close coordination between the human crew and the automation system is often required, as is building trust between the human and the machine so that the crew understand why the machine acts the way it does and is confident it has taken all available information into account. The project is an EPSRC iCASE award with Schlumberger Gould Research and it is expected that the student will spend some time working with the company in Cambridge.

The student should have excellent experience, enthusiasm and skills in the areas ofnatural language or multimodal interaction and/or automated planning and reasoning. Applicants must hold a good Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.

Position 2: Natural Language Generation for Social Robotics

Eligibility: UK/EU students, or international students who can cover remaining fees from other sources

Start date: 1 January 2019 (or earlier)

Full details at https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.asp...

In this PhD project, the student will investigate how advanced techniques drawn from natural language generation (NLG) can be combined with practical social robotics applications. The success of the integration will be evaluated through a combination of subjective user evaluations of the social robots as well as technical evaluations of the flexibility and robustness of the underlying systems. In addition to the scientific results of the PhD, an additional goal is to produce a reusable, open-source component for NLG in the context of social robotics, to allow other researchers in this area to benefit from the results of the research.

The PhD student should have excellent experience, enthusiasm and skills in the areas ofnatural language processing, computational linguistics, multimodal interaction, and/orhuman-robot interaction. Applicants must hold a good Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.

For more information about both of these positions, please contact Dr Mary Ellen FosterMaryEllen.Foster@glasgow.ac.uk

Call for proposals KB Researcher-in-residence 2019 at National Library, The Hague, deadline: September 30, 2018

We at the KB, National Library have recently opened a call for proposals for a paid researcher-in-residence. The programme, where we invite a researcher to join us for 0,5 fte for 6 months with a research project is intended for early career researcher (PhD-student in the final phase or obtained a PhD a maximum of 5 years ago) with an interest in our digital collection. These could be for instance historical newspapers, the web archive or anonymized user data.

We don’t ask for a specific theme and are open for everyone with an interesting proposal, such as (art) historians, computer scientists, data scientist, social scientists, but do ask that digital methods are used in the research. We have (technical) support available for this.

The call and more information can be found at https://www.kb.nl/organisatie/vacatures-en-stages/researcher-in-residence.


We hebben onlangs bij de Koninklijke Bibliotheek Nederland een Call for Proposals geopend voor een betaalde Researcher-in-residence. Het programma, waarbij een onderzoeker voor 0,5 fte bij ons wordt gedetacheerd voor een kort onderzoeksproject van 6 maanden, is bedoeld voor early career onderzoekers (promovendus of maximaal 5 jaar gepromoveerd) met een interesse in onze digitale collectie. Dit zijn bijvoorbeeld historische kranten, het webarchief of geanonimiseerde gebruikersdata.

We stellen geen eisen omtrent het onderwerp, dus staan open voor iedereen met een interessant onderzoeksvoorstel, zoals (kunst)historici, informatici, data scientists of sociale wetenschappers, maar vragen wel dat er digitale onderzoeksmethoden worden gebruikt. Er is hiervoor (technische) ondersteuning beschikbaar.

De Call en meer informatie is te vinden op https://www.kb.nl/organisatie/vacatures-en-stages/...

Calls for papers for events
Call for submissions FOIS 2018 Ontologies Competition, Cape Town, South Africa, September 17-21, 2018, deadline: June 29, 2018 [EXTENDED]

We cordially invite you to submit to the FOIS 2018 ontologies competition, which will be held in conjunction with the FOIS (Formal Ontology in Information Systems) 2018 conference in Cape Town, South Africa, September 17-21.

This year's contest is around ontologies that connect to the physical world in a quantitative way. The goal is to offer approaches to subjects that are of broad relevance across the physical sciences and technology that can be applied to realistically complex problems, and demonstrate how they work for representing and querying data.

Examples of subjects that would be of interest are:

1. Spatially varying qualities such as temperature, wind speed, precipitation as it varies over an extended region as used in climate work, engineering models that measure spatial patterns of stress in materials, patterns of population and related aspects such as travel patterns and infrastructure, relevant for urban planning or study of epidemics, or distributions of substances or cells in the body as they evolve.

2. System of physical quantities - the question of units and conversions between them, physical laws and formulas that relate them, "base" versus "derived" quantities, dimensionless quantities, quantities that vary in time.

3. Temporal evolution and patterns: Time course of disease, markets, dynamics of physical processes, longitudinal studies, treatment and clinical follow-up.

# Requirements

* The ontology should be represented using OWL or Common logic, specifying a reasoner for the fragment of logic used.
* A representative data set (which can be simulated) that is sufficient to demonstrate utility
* A set of queries demonstrating expressiveness and utility and which produce expected results

Submissions will be in the form of a short paper giving an explanation of the approach and instructions for demonstrating the work. The submitter should document any software that needs to be installed, as well as step by step instructions for executing the queries. Reviewers will follow these instructions and reproducibility will be part of the evaluation. Packaging that requires minimal installation, such as by a self-contained system that uses docker, would be beneficial.

Submitted papers should not exceed 5 pages (not including
instructions) and include an abstract of no more than 300 words.
Papers should be submitted non-anonymously in PDF format following IOS Press formatting guidelines. Accepted submissions will be published in the JOWO proceedings. The winner of the competition will receive a prize of $500 USD or equivalent

All material should be publicly available, for example via a Github repository, clearly licensed and accompanied by a descriptive Readme.

Evaluation criteria.
- How realistic are the use case and data?
- Expressive power
- Range of applicability - is the work useful across different domains
- Efficiency and scaling
- Conformity to one or more upper level ontologies
- Ease of reproducing the query results

The Easychair submission page can be found at:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jowo2018. You will be asked to choose a track. Choose "Ontology Competition".

Important dates:

* Submissions due June 29
* Notification July 15
* Camera ready due: Aug 15, 2018

Presentation at FOIS September 17-21.
FOIS website: http://www.iaoa.org/fois/2018.html
Competition website: http://fois2018.cs.uct.ac.za/?page_id=280

Organizers: Alan Ruttenberg(alanruttenberg@gmail.com), Melanie

Program committee to be announced.

Call for Course and Workshop Proposals ESSLLI 2019: Logic, Language & Information, Riga, Latvia, August 5-16, 2018, deadline: June 30, 2018 [EXTENDED]

ESSLLI 2019: Logic, Language & Information
5-16 Aug 2018
Riga, Latvia

Call for Course and Workshop Proposals

31st European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information - ESSLLI 2019
5-16 August, 2019, Riga, Latvia


30 June 2018: Proposal submission deadline
15 September 2018: Notification

Please submit your proposals here:



Proposals for courses and workshops at ESSLLI 2019 are invited in all areas of Logic, Linguistics and Computing Sciences. Cross-disciplinary and innovative topics are particularly encouraged.

Each course and workshop will consist of five 90 minute sessions, offered daily (Monday-Friday) in a single week. Proposals for two-week courses should be structured and submitted as two independent one-week courses, e.g. as an introductory course followed by an advanced one.
In such cases, the ESSLLI programme committee reserves the right to accept just one of the two proposals.

All instructional and organizational work at ESSLLI is performed completely on a voluntary basis, so as to keep participation fees to a minimum. However, organizers and instructors have their registration fees waived, and are reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses up to a level to be determined and communicated with the proposal notification. ESSLLI can only guarantee reimbursement for at most one course/workshop organizer, and can not guarantee full reimbursement of travel costs for lecturers or organizers from outside of Europe. The ESSLLI organizers would appreciate any help in controlling the School's expenses by seeking complete coverage of travel and accommodation expenses from other sources.

The organizers want to point at the possibility of an EACSL sponsorship, mentioned at the end of this call.


Each proposal should fall under one of the following categories.

Such courses are designed to present the basics of a research area, to people with no prior knowledge in that area. They should be of elementary level, without prerequisites in the course's topic, though possibly assuming a level of general scientific maturity in the relevant discipline. They should enable researchers from related disciplines to develop a level of comfort with the fundamental concepts and techniques of the course's topic, thereby contributing to the interdisciplinary nature of our research community.

Introductory courses are central to ESSLLI's mission. They are intended to introduce a research field to students, young researchers, and other non-specialists, and to foster a sound understanding of its basic methods and techniques. Such courses should enable researchers from related disciplines to develop some comfort and competence in the topic considered. Introductory courses in a cross-disciplinary area may presuppose general knowledge of the related disciplines.

Advanced courses are targeted primarily to graduate students who wish to acquire a level of comfort and understanding in the current research of a field.

Workshops focus on specialized topics, usually of current interest.
Workshops organizers are responsible for soliciting papers and selecting the workshop programme. They are also responsible for publishing proceedings if they decide to have proceedings.


Course and workshop proposals should follow closely the following guidelines to ensure full consideration.

Course and Workshop proposals can be submitted by no more than two lecturers/organizers and they are presented by no more than these two lecturers/organizers. All instructors and organizers must possess a PhD or equivalent degree by the submission deadline.

Course proposals should mention explicitly the intended course category. Proposals for introductory courses should indicate the intended level, for example as it relates to standard textbooks and monographs in the area. Proposals for advanced courses should specify the prerequisites in detail.

Proposals must be submitted in PDF format via:


and include all of the following:

a. Personal information for each proposer: Name, affiliation, contact
address, email, homepage (optional)

b. General proposal information: Title, category

c. Contents information:
Abstract of up to 150 words
Motivation and description (up to two pages)
Tentative outline
Expected level and prerequisites
Appropriate references (e.g. textbooks, monographs, proceedings,

d. Practical information:
Relevant preceding meetings and events, if applicable
Potential external funding for participants


The EACSL offers to act as a sponsor for one course or workshop in the areas of Logic and Computation covered by the Computer Science Logic
(CSL) conferences. This course or workshop will be designated an EACSL course/workshop. If you wish to be considered for this, please indicate so on your proposal.


Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) Local Co-chair:
Jurģis Šķilters (U. Latvia, Riga)

Area Chairs Language and Computation:
Kees van Deemter (U. Aberdeen)
Raquel Fernández (U. Amsterdam)
Tal Linzen (Johns Hopkins U.)

Area Chairs Language and Logic:
Heather Burnett (CNRS/U. Paris-Diderot)
Itamar Francez (U. Chicago)
Justyna Grudzińska (U. Warsaw)

Area Chairs Logic and Computation:
Bob Coecke (Oxford)
Nina Gierasimczuk (Danish Technical U.)
Gabriel Sandu (U. Helsinki)

Please send any queries you may have to louise dot mcnally at upf dot edu

The University of Aberdeen is a charity registered in Scotland, No SC013683.
Tha Oilthigh Obar Dheathain na charthannas clàraichte ann an Alba, Àir. SC013683.

​Call for Workshop Proposals International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG), Tilburg University, Tilburg, November 5-8, 2018, deadline: June 30, 2018

Call for Workshop Proposals

For the third time since its inception, the International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG) will this year include independently organised workshops. These will take place after or immediately prior to the main conference (November 4 or 8).

The INLG organisers and SIGGEN invite further proposals for one-day or half-day workshops at INLG 2018.

Workshops can focus on any topic that is viewed as relevant to the Natural Language Generation community. We especially invite proposals for workshops in relatively new areas which have recently begun to attract interest in the research community, or topics where greater interaction between the NLG community and another established research community can be beneficial to both fields. Proposals for workshops which form part of an existing series are also welcome.

The workshops will provide an informal setting where participants will have the opportunity to discuss technical topics in an atmosphere that fosters the active exchange of ideas. Proposals should also describe the workshop format. We encourage formats that will foster discussion and exchange of ideas (talks, posters, panels, invited speakers if any, …). Workshops at INLG 2018 should be planned as half-day or full one-day events.

Proposals should be sent directly to the INLG 2018 Workshop Chairs: workshops.inlg2018@gmail.com.


* Approx. 2 pages long
* The names and affiliations of the organisers
* The name of the workshop and its duration (half-day or full-day)
* A description of the workshop aims
* A short description of the format of planned activities
* An indication of the research communities that the workshop is expected to target
* A list of programme committee members

Important dates:

* 1 June 2018: Deadline for receipt of workshop proposals
* 15 June 2018: Notification of acceptance

If the workshop invites paper submissions, the suggested timeline for workshop organisers following acceptance is:

* Call for workshop papers or abstracts: 30 June 2018
* Submissions due: August 31, 2018
* Notification of acceptance: September 31, 2018
* Camera-ready papers due: October 15, 2018

CfP Formal Reasoning and Semantics (FORMALS 2018), Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 24-28, 2018, deadline (extended): July 1, 2018

FORMALS 2018: Formal Reasoning and Semantics

24-28 September 2018
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Co-located with the 7th conference Logic and Applications (LAP 2018)

Submission deadline (extended): 1 July 2018

The 1st workshop Formal Reasoning and Semantics will be held at the Inter-University Center Dubrovnik (IUC) as a part of the 7th conference Logic and Applications (LAP 2018) 24-28 September 2018. The workshop is organized within the research project Formal Reasoning and Semantics (FORMALS) supported by Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ), UIP-2017-05-9219.

We have several 30 min slots available for contributed talks. All contributions which broadly fit the main goal of the project – mutual enrichment of pure and applied logic – are welcome, including, but not limited to, specific project topics listed below.

The emphasis of the project is on applications of logic in computer science, and vice versa, the application of computational tools in logical and mathematical research. Another goal is to apply logic to specific problems of linguistics or, more generally, cognitive and information sciences, as well as interdisciplinary areas in which economics and mathematics overlap (game theory, social choice theory). Even though logic is at the first glance a formal and theoretical discipline, logic is also exceptionally applicable, and it is surprising to see applications of the same or similar formal systems, especially modal logics, in a variety of areas. Formalization brings conceptual precision, clarity and confidence. Formalization also provides new insights of the complexity of problems and allows for discovery of new issues that remain hidden in informal reasoning.

The theoretical aspects of the project include:
1) exploring the expressive power of formal languages by methods of model theory
2) soundness and completeness, decidability and complexity of formal systems, in particular modal logics
3) exploring the possibilities of developing an abstract theory of formal semantics.

Application aspects are:
1) development, research and formalization of mathematical models for problems of other disciplines
2) development and implementation of algorithms
3) detection of links between seemingly unrelated domains through related formalizations.

Vivek Nigam, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil and fortiss An-Institut Technische Universität München, Germany

Abstract Submission: 1 July 2018
Author Notification: 15 July 2018
Final version: 25 July 2018

Participants need to be registered for the main conference LAP 2018. Registration fee is 50 EUR and covers both the main conference and the workshop. It is payable in cash upon arrival.

Authors should submit an abstract in LaTeX format, not exceeding three pages, to tin.perkov[at]ufzg.hr with the subject “FORMALS 2018”.


Tin Perkov, Tajana Ban Kirigin, Marcel Maretić, Benedikt Perak, Aleksandar Hatzivelkos, Luka Mikec, Branimir Stojanović

CfP International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG), Tilburg University, Tilburg, November 5-8, 2018, deadline: July 9, 2018

11th International Conference on Natural LanguageGeneration

Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 5-8 November, 2018

Website: https://inlg2018.uvt.nl

Contact: inlg2018@uvt.nl

The 11th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG 2018) will be held in Tilburg, The Netherlands, November 5-8,2018. The conference takes place immediately after EMNLP 2018, organised in nearby Brussels, Belgium.

INLG 2018 is organised by the Tilburg University Language Production (TULP) researchgroup, part of the Departmentof Communication and Cognition (DCC) of the TilburgSchool of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) The event is organised under the auspices of the Special Interest Group on Natural Language Generation (SIGGEN) of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

We invite the submission of long and short papers, as well as system demonstrations, related to all aspects of Natural Language Generation(NLG), including data-to-text, concept-to-text, text-to-text and vision-to-text approaches. Accepted papers will be presented as oral talks or posters.

Important dates

- Deadline for submissions: July 9, 2018

- Notification: September 7, 2018

- Camera ready: October 1, 2018

- INLG 2018: November 5-8, 2018

All deadlines are at 11.59 PM, UTC-8.


INLG 2018 solicits papers on any topic related to NLG. The conference will include two special tracks:

(1) Generating Text with Affect, Style and Personality (sponsored by The Netherlands Organizationfor Scienfitic Research, NWO), and

(2) Conversational Interfaces, Chatbots and NLG (organised in collaboration with flow.ai).

General topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Affect/emotion generation

- Applications for people with disabilities

- Cognitive modelling of language production

- Content and text planning

- Corpora for NLG

- Deep learning models for NLG

- Evaluation of NLG systems

- Grounded language generation

- Lexicalisation

- Multimedia and multimodality in generation

- Storytelling and narrative generation

- NLG and accessibility

- NLG in dialogue

- NLG for embodied agents and robots

- NLG for real-world applications

- Paraphrasing and Summarisation

- Personalisation and variation in text

- Referring expression generation

- Resources for NLG

- Surface realisation

- Systems architecture

A separate call for workshops and generation challenges will be released soon.

Submissions & Format

Submissions should follow the new ACLAuthor Guidelines and policies for submission, review and citation,and be anonymised for double blind reviewing. ACL 2018 offers both LaTeX style files and Microsoft Word templates Papers should be submitted electronically through the START conference management system (to be opened in due course).

Three kinds of papers can be submitted:

- Long papers are most appropriate for presenting substantial research results and must not exceed eight (8) pages of content, with up to two additional pages for references.

- Short papers are more appropriate for presenting an ongoing research effort and must not exceed four (4) pages, with up to one extra page for references.

- Demo papers should be no more than two (2) pages in length, including references, and should describe implemented systems which are of relevance to the NLG community. Authors of demo papers should be willing to present a demo of their system during INLG 2018.

All accepted papers will be published in the INLG 2018 proceedings and included in the ACL anthology. A paper accepted for presentation at INLG 2018 must not have been presented at any other meeting with publicly available proceedings. Dual submission to other conferences is permitted, provided that authors clearly indicate this in the "Acknowledgements" section of the paper when submitted. If the paper is accepted at both venues, the authors will need to choose which venue to present at, since they can not present the same paper twice.

Program chairs

- Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

- Martijn Goudbeek, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

- Albert Gatt, Malta University, Malta

Workshop & Challenges chairs

- Sina Zarrieß, Bielefeld University, Germany

- Mariët Theune, University of Twente, TheNetherlands
Call for Industry Demonstrations and Papers, FOIS 2018, Cape Town, September 17-21, deadline: July 9, 2018 [EXTENDED]

We invite submissions from industry on the industrial application of ontologies and semantic technology at this year’s 10th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2018); please see http://fois2018.cs.uct.ac.za/ and the Demonstrations and Industry Track page at


Contributions from industry may take the form of demonstrations or formal papers, or a combination of the two. Papers will be published in the proceedings for the Workshop component of FOIS, the Joint Ontology WOrkshops (JOWO 2018). Please see the JOWO page at http://www.iaoa.org/jowo2018/

Formal papers and demonstrations should be related to the topics of interest of the main FOIS conference. The scope for papers and demonstrations includes software for the ontology lifecycle as well as ontology-based software, for example:

* Computational environments and prototypes for ontological engineering
* Practical ontology projects
* Advances in applying ontologies and lessons learned
* Late-breaking results of innovative uses of ontology-based and/or ontology engineering techniques
* Use of ontology in industrial and business applications
* Ontological representations of software engineering techniques and frameworks
* Industry and enterprise ontologies and ontology standards e.g.
finance, biomedical
* Regulatory and compliance applications of ontology
* Ontology driven software engineering
* Deriving ontology applications from business concept (reference) ontologies
* Use of ontologies in machine learning, natural language processing or artificial intelligence,
* Use of ontologies in linked data or in Semantic Web based inference processing applications
* Findings about the nature and style of ontology needed for a given type of industrial application

In line with the scope and audience of FOIS and JOWO, papers and demonstrations should indicate the ontological motivations/principles for the presented technical application or solution.

The submission should also answer these questions:

* What is the research background and application context of the paper or demonstration?
* For whom is it most interesting/useful? (e.g., for business data owners, corporate compliance officers or other corporate stakeholders, ontology researchers, ontology developers, ontology practitioners, and/or for graduate or undergraduate students?)
* What are the key technologies used and what are the technical challenges addressed?

In addition, these points should be considered:

* How does the system, application or infrastructure relate to pre-existing work and what is its contribution to ontology research?
* The specific use or uses of ontology in the application (if an application is described)
* Whether any given ontology formally describes real things or data about things
* The logical formalism in which any given ontology is framed
* Relationship of the ontology to application data if any
* Ontology development techniques followed
* Use or non-use of upper ontologies, along with rationale for same
* Ontology quality or assessment measures followed, if any
* Any other considerations relating to the application of semantics or model theory in any given ontology e.g. formal ontological stances (realism, nominalism etc.)

# Formal Papers

We invite formal paper submissions relevant to the area of ontology and related information systems and which address the topics of the FOIS Conference. Technical reports on ontology-based software systems (free or commercial), descriptions of completed work, and work in progress are all welcome, as are papers on industry ontologies, standards and regulatory applications.

Authors must submit a paper that should be between 6 to 10 pages in the FOIS format (see http://fois2018.cs.uct.ac.za/?page_id=8).

All paper submissions will undergo a common review process alongside those for demonstrations. Formal papers for which it is intended that there is also a demonstration component should clearly indicate this in the abstract. Accepted papers will be published in the JOWO Workshop Proceedings.

# Demonstrations

The FOIS 2018 Industry Track Demo Sessions are designed to provide an exciting and highly interactive way to demonstrate ontology research.
This element of the Industry Track complements the overall program of the FOIS conference and is an excellent forum to advertise the applicability of results and software, as well as to receive feedback from the international ontology research community.

Demonstrations are intended to showcase innovative formal ontology related implementations and technologies in industry. Demonstrations of ontology-based software systems (free or commercial), whether these are completed work or work in progress, are all welcome.
We explicitly welcome entries from commercial providers. However, submissions for demonstrations should go beyond pure advertisements of commercial software packages and convey some scientific contribution.

Demonstrations should make clear what will be demonstrated and in particular point out what makes the demonstration a novel showcase.
Submitters should further specify the following:

* What exactly will be demonstrated?
* What will attendees of the demonstration learn?
* How does the demonstrated system, application or infrastructure relate to pre-existing work?
* Why is it a novel showcase in ontology research?

Authors must submit an extended abstract for evaluation. This should ideally run to two or three pages and should be at most 5 pages. All demonstration submissions will undergo a common review process alongside formal papers. Authors are strongly encouraged to include in their submission a link to where the demo (live or recorded video) can be found. They should also make clear what exactly will be demonstrated to the participants.

# Submission Details (Papers and Demonstrations)

All submissions must be made electronically via the EasyChair conference submission system at:


(please, select 'Demo-Industry’).

Demonstration descriptions and formal papers shall be submitted non-anonymously in PDF format. Formal papers shall follow IOS Press formatting guidelines found at http://www.iospress.nl/service/authors/latex-and-w...

For demonstrations it is possible to present remotely if necessary, but at least one of the presenters must be a registered participant at the conference. Authors of formal papers are required both to register and to attend and present their paper in person at the FOIS conference.


* Industry and Demo Track Submissions due: 25 JUNE 2018
* Notifications to submitters: 25 JULY 2018
* Camera-ready versions due: 15 AUG 2018

# Industry and Demonstrations Track Chairs:

* Mike Bennett (Hypercube Ltd., UK)
* Key-Sun Choi (KAIST, South Korea)

CfP International Workshop on Description Logics, Tempe, Arizona, USA, October 26-28, 2018, deadline: July 14, 2018 [EXTENDED]

31st International Workshop on Description Logics, DL 2018
October 26th to October 29th, 2018 - Tempe, Arizona, US

The DL workshop is the major annual event of the description logic research community. It is the forum at which those interested in description logics, both from academia and industry, meet to discuss ideas, share information and compare experiences. The 31st edition will be held in Tempe, Arizona, US from October 26th to October 29th, 2018, collocated with the 16th International Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR 2018).

Important Dates (Firm Deadlines)

Paper registration deadline:
July 14, 2018
Paper submission deadline:
July 21, 2018
Notification of acceptance:
September 14, 2018
Camera-ready copies:
October 4, 2018
October 26-29, 2018

We have extended the submission deadlines beyond the KR notification date. The schedule is now tight; hence NO FURTHER DEADLINE EXTENSIONS will be possible.

Invited Speakers
Lidia Tendera (University of Opole, Poland) Denny Vrandečić (Google LLC, USA) Renata Wassermann (University of São Paulo, Brazil), jointly with NMR 2018

Workshop Scope
We invite contributions on all aspects of description logics, including but not limited to:
* Foundations of description logics: decidability and complexity of reasoning,
expressive power, novel inference problems, inconsistency management,
reasoning techniques, and modularity aspects
* Extensions of description logics: closed-world and nonmonotonic reasoning,
epistemic reasoning, temporal and spatial reasoning, procedural knowledge,
query answering, reasoning over dynamic information
* Integration of description logics with other formalisms: object-oriented
representation languages, database query languages, constraint-based
programming, logic programming, and rule-based systems
* Applications and use areas of description logics: ontology engineering,
ontology languages, databases, ontology-based data access, semi-structured
data, graph structured data, linked data, document management, natural
language, learning, planning, Semantic Web, cloud computing, conceptual
modelling, web services, business processes
* Systems and tools around description logics: reasoners, software tools for
and using description logic reasoning (e.g. ontology editors, database
schema design, query optimisation, and data integration tools),
implementation and optimisation techniques, benchmarking, evaluation,

Submissions may be of two types:

(1) Regular submissions consist of 11 pages LNCS plus references. If the authors prefer the paper to not appear in the proceedings, an additional 2-page abstract has to be submitted.

(2) Papers accepted at some conference can be submitted as accepted elsewhere together with a 2-page abstract that also specifies where the paper has been accepted.

* For both types, there is no page limit on the list of references.
* For submissions with an additional 2-page abstract, only the abstract is
published in the proceedings. The abstracts might not be indexed in dblp.
This option is designed for authors who wish to announce results that have
been published elsewhere, or which the authors intend to submit or have
already submitted to a venue with an incompatible prior / concurrent
publication policy.
* All submissions may optionally include a clearly marked appendix (e.g.,
with additional proofs or evaluation data). The appendix will be read at
the discretion of the reviewers and not included in the proceedings. The
appendix does not need to be in LNCS format.
* Accepted papers and 2-page abstracts will be made available electronically
in the CEUR Workshop Proceedings series (http://www.CEUR-ws.org/).
* Accepted submissions, be they full papers or 2-page abstracts, will be
selected for either oral or poster presentation at the workshop. Submissions
will be judged solely based upon their content, and the type of submission
will have no bearing on the decision between oral and poster presentation.

Submission page: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dl2018

* Magdalena Ortiz, TU Wien, Austria (program co-chair)
* Thomas Schneider, University of Bremen, Germany (program co-chair)
* Michael Zakharyaschev, Birkbeck, University of London, UK (general chair)

* Information about submission, registration, travel information, etc., is
available on the DL 2018 homepage: http://dl.kr.org/dl2018/
* The official description logic homepage is at http://dl.kr.org/

CfP Journal 'Computational Linguistics' on 'Computational approaches in historical linguistic after the quantitative turn', deadline: July 15, 2018

Call for papers for the journal "ComputationalLinguistics" on "Computational approaches in historical linguisticsafter the quantitative turn", guest-edited by Taraka Rama, Simon J.Greenhill, Harald Hammarström, Johann-Mattis List, and Gerhard Jäger.

The deadline is July 15, 2018, and detailed information can be found in theattached PDF, which you can also download at http://calc.digling.org/resources/call-si-cl.pdf.

CfP workshop on Compositional Approaches in Physics, NLP, and Social Sciences, Nice, France, September 2, 2018, deadline: July 15, 2018 [EXTENDED]

Workshop on Compositional Approaches in Physics, NLP, and Social Sciences

September 2 2018

Nice, France




Due to various requests, we are extending the deadline for paper submission to July 15th

Please submit contributions in the EPTCS format (http://style.eptcs.org/) at:


Compositional Approaches for Physics, NLP, and Social Sciences (CAPNS 2018) will be colocated with QI 2018 (http://qi2018.quantum-interaction.org/). The workshop is a continuation and extension of the Workshop on Semantic Spaces at the Intersection of NLP, Physics and Cognitive Science https://sites.google.com/site/semspworkshop/ held in June 2016.

The ability to compose parts to form a more complex whole, and to analyze a whole as a combination of elements, is desirable across disciplines. In this workshop we bring together researchers applying compositional approaches to NLP, Physics, Cognitive Science, and Game Theory. The categorical model of Coecke et al. [2010], inspired by quantum protocols, has provided a convincing account of compositionality in vector space models of NLP. Similar category-theoretic approaches have been applied in cognitive science, and now are being extended to game theory. The interplay between the three disciplines will foster theoretically motivated approaches to understanding how meanings of words interact in sentences and discourse, how concepts develop, and how complex games can be analyzed. Commonalities between the compositional mechanisms employed may be extracted, and applications and phenomena traditionally thought of as 'non-compositional' will be examined.

Topics of interests include (but are not restricted to):
Applications of quantum logic in natural language processing and cognitive science
Compositionality in vector space models of meaning
Compositionality in conceptual spaces
Compositional approaches to game theory
Compositional approaches to computer science for linguistics, cognitive, and social sciences
Logic for linguistics, cognitive, and social sciences
Reasoning in vector spaces and conceptual spaces
Conceptual spaces in linguistics
Game-theoretic models of language and conceptual change
Category-theoretic diagrammatic reasoning for natural language processing, cognitive science, and game theory
Compositional explanations of so-called 'non-compositional' phenomena such as metaphor

July 15th: Paper submission
July 31st: Notification to contributors
September 2nd: Workshop date

Contributions should be submitted in the EPTCS format (http://style.eptcs.org/) at:

Paul Smolensky, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research, and Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University

We invite:
Original contributions (up to 12 pages) of previously unpublished work. Submission of substantial, albeit partial results of work in progress is welcomed.

Extended abstracts (3 pages) of previously published work that is recent and relevant to the workshop. These should include a link to a separately published paper or preprint.

Contributions should be submitted in the EPTCS format (http://style.eptcs.org/) at:

Proceedings of the workshop will be published as an EPTCS (Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science) volume.

Peter Bruza, Queensland University of Technology
Trevor Cohen, University of Texas
Fredrik Nordvall Forsberg, University of Strathclyde
Liane Gabora, University of British Columbia
Peter Gärdenfors, Lund University
Helle Hvid Hansen, TU Delft
Chris Heunen, University of Edinburgh
Peter Hines, University of York
Alexander Kurz, University of Leicester
Antonio Lieto, University of Turin
Glyn Morrill, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Dusko Pavlovic, University of Hawaii
Taher Pilehvar, University of Cambridge
Emmanuel Pothos, City, University of London
Matthew Purver, Queen Mary University of London
Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, Queen Mary University of London
Marta Sznajder, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy
Pawel Sobocinski, University of Southampton
Dominic Widdows, Grab Technologies
Geraint Wiggins, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Victor Winschel, OICOS GmbH
Philipp Zahn, University of St. Gallen
Frank Zenker, University of Konstanz

Bob Coecke, University of Oxford
Jules Hedges, University of Oxford
Dimitri Kartsaklis, University of Cambridge
Martha Lewis, ILLC, University of Amsterdam
Dan Marsden, University of Oxford

CfP international conference Going Romance XXXII Utrecht 2018, Utrecht University, Utrecht, December 11-14, 2018, deadline: July 20, 2018

The Utrecht institute of Linguistics (UiL-OTS) will organize

Going Romance XXXII
December 11-14, 2018

Invited speakers

  • Silvio Cruschina (Universität Wien)
  • Hamida Demirdache (Université de Nantes)
  • Luis López (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • MCarme Parafita Couto (Universiteit Leiden)

Main session, December 12-13
The scope of the conference series can be defined as the contribution of data from the Romance languages to linguistic theories. Beyond this general tenet, there are no specific requirements as to the topic, the subdiscipline, the approach or the methodology, as long as it is clear how the Romance data contribute to modelling linguistic theories of human language. At http://goingromance.wp.hum.uu.nl the complete archives of the enterprise can be consulted.

In addition to the main session, there will be two special sessions, one on (micro)contact (December 11) and one on aspect and tense (December 14).

Special session on Romance varieties in (micro-)contact and linguistic theory, December 11
This workshop is part of the ERC project Microcontact. Language variation and change from the Italian heritage perspective. It aims at gathering together experts on syntax in contact, with special focus (but not exclusively) on the Romance languages. Papers are invited on every aspect of syntactic change in contact, with preference for contact between Romance languages. Topics like Differential Object Marking, auxiliary selection, deixis, and pronominal doubling in contact
are particularly welcome. The language of the whole conference is English. However, papers in Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese are also welcome, only for this special session.

Special session GREAT 2018: Going Romance (Re-)Explores Aspect and Tense, December 14
With GREAT 2018 we want to promote research on tense and aspect in
Romance. The ultimate goal is to (re-)define the special place of Romance in the semantic and syntactic literature on tense and aspect

We invite abstracts on tense and aspect that come with a strong comparative component and have at least one Romance language at their core. The comparative component can be worked out along several dimensions, including Macro-Variation (e.g. Romance vs. Germanic vs. Sino-Tibetan), Micro-Variation (e.g. Quiteño vs. Salvadoran Spanish), Genre-variation (e.g. dialogue vs. narration), L1/L2/L3 acquisition (e.g. L2 interlanguage of English speakers learning Italian).
We strongly encourage abstracts with a strong empirical component that allow us to feed and – where necessary - challenge current theorizing. We consequently particularly welcome abstracts with a strong experimental or original corpus component as well as abstracts that zoom in on tense/aspect categories that have received less attention in the past.

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than two pages A4, including references and examples, with margins of at least 2,5 cm, font size 12, single-spaced.The file should be anonymous both in the body of the text and in the filename. Please make sure all fonts and figures are correctly rendered.
Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author for the entire four day-event. Please indicate in your submission whether your abstract should be considered for the main session, or for one of the special sessions. Please also indicate whether your paper is to be considered for oral or poster presentation.
Abstracts not conforming to these requirements will not be taken into

The abstracts should be submitted in .PDF format through EasyChair
(https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=goingromance2018) no
later than July 20, 2018.

Organizing Committee
Sergio Baauw, Jan Casalicchio, Francesco Maria Ciconte, Roberta D’Alessandro, Frank Drijkoningen, Ellen-Petra Kester, Bert Le Bruyn, Luisa Meroni, Manuela Pinto and Henriëtte de Swart.

Organizers of the special session in Microcontact
Roberta D'Alessandro, Jan Casalicchio, Francesco Maria Ciconte

Organizers of the special session GREAT 2018
Henriëtte de Swart, Bert Le Bruyn

Contact (general)
For general information (not for the submission of abstracts) you may contact going.romance@uu.nl (Jan Casalicchio, Francesco Maria Ciconte and/or Frank Drijkoningen)

CfP International Workshop on Search-Oriented Conversational AI (SCAI), Brussels, Belgium, October 31 or November 1, 2018, deadline:July 27, 2018

The 2nd International Workshop on Search-Oriented Conversational AI (SCAI)

at EMNLP 2018, Brussels, Belgium, October 31 or November 1

Twitter: @scai_workshop
Paper Submission Deadline: **July 27** (anywhere in the world)

More and more information is found and consumed in a conversational form rather than using traditional search engines. Chatbots, personal assistants in our phones and eyes-free devices are being used increasingly more for different purposes, including information retrieval and exploration. On the other side, information retrieval empowers dialogue systems to answer questions and to get context for assisting the user in her tasks. With the recent success of deep learning in different areas of natural language processing, this appears to be the right foundation to power search conversationalization. Yet, we believe more can be done for theory and practice of conversation-based search and search-based dialogues.
This workshop aims to bring together researchers from the NLP, Machine Learning, and IR communities to lay the ground for search-oriented conversational AI and establish future directions and collaborations.

* Surfacing search results or other information in form of a dialogue how to present information coming from search in a form of a dialogue how ensure smooth transition between dialog turns which model to use for dialog-state tracking
* Conversationalization of the information: analyzing syntactic structure of the text and modifying it to be more suitable in a conversational setting
* Text summarization for dialog
* Evaluation of Search-Oriented Conversational AI — From Conversational AI to Personal Assistants
* The role of personalization for Conversational AI and for its evaluation
* Deep Learning for Conversational AI
* (Deep) Reinforcement Learning for Conversational AI
* Voice as Input (when we consider not only text input, but also voice interactions with the agent — how will it affect existing models?)

- Notification: August 18
- Deadline for camera-ready version: August 31
- Workshop: 31 October or 1 November

Submission should be between two and six pages in the ACL format.
Submission URL: https://www.softconf.com/emnlp2018/scai18/

- Aleksandr Chuklin (Google Research Europe)
- Jeff Dalton (University of Glasgow)
- Julia Kiseleva (UserSat.com & University of Amsterdam)
- Alexey Borisov (Yandex & University of Amsterdam)
- Mikhail Burtsev (MIPT)

CfP JNLE Special Issue on Representation of Sentence Meaning, deadline: July 31, 2018

Call for Papers:
JNLE Special Issue on Representation of Sentence Meaning
Representation of Sentence Meaning: Where Are We?
Details: http://ufal.mff.cuni.cz/jnle-on-sentence-represent...

This is a call for papers for a special issue of Natural Language Engineering (JNLE) on Representation of sentence meaning.

Linguistically, the basic unit of meaning is a sentence. Sentence meaning has been studied for centuries, offering up representations that reflect properties (or theories) of the syntax-semantic boundary (e.g., FGD, MTT, AMR), to representations with the properties of complex, but expressive logics (e.g. intensional logic). Recent success of neural networks in natural language processing (especially at the lexical
level) has raised the possibility of representation learning of sentence meaning, i.e. observing the continuous vector space in a hidden layer of a deep learning system trained to perform one of more specific tasks.

Multiple workshops have explored this possibility in the past few years, e.g. Workshop on Representation Learning for NLP (2016, 2017; https://sites.google.com/site/repl4nlp2017/), Workshop on Evaluating Vector Space Representations for NLP (2016, 2017; https://repeval2017.github.io/), Representation Learning
(https://simons.berkeley.edu/workshops/machinelearning2017-2) or the Dagstuhl seminar (http://www.dagstuhl.de/17042).

Interesting behaviour and properties of continuous representations have been already observed. For lexical representations (embeddings), their linear combination in word vector space has been taken to correspond to different semantic relations between them (Mikolov et al., 2013).
Learned representations can be evaluated intrinsically in terms of various similarities, although this type of evaluation suffers some well known problems (Faruqui et al., 2016), or extrinsically in terms of performance in downstream tasks or relation to cognitive processes (e.g. Auguste et al., 2017).

Continuous representations of sentences are comparably harder to produce and assess. The first question is whether the representation should be of a fixed size as with word embeddings, or whether it should reflect the length of the sentence, e.g. a matrix of encoder states along the sentence. The variable-length representation can be flat or capture the hierarchical structure of the sentence and simple operations such as matrix multiplication can serve as the basis of meaning compositionality (Socher et al., 2012). Empirical results to date are mixed:
bidirectional gated RNNs (BiLSTM, BiGRU) with attention, corresponding to variable-length representations, seem the best empirical solution when trained directly for a particular NLP task (POS tagging, named entity recognition, syntactic parsing, reading comprehension, question answering, text summarization, machine translation). If the task is not to be constrained a priori, researchers have advocated universal sentence representations, which can be trained on one task (e.g.
predicting surrounding sentences in Skip-Thoughts) and tested on a range of others. Training universal sentence representations on sentence pairs manually annotated for entailment (natural language inference, NLI) leads to a better performance despite the much smaller training data (Conneau et al., 2017). In both cases, there is a lack of analysis of the learned vector space from the perspective of linguistic adequacy:
which phenomena are directly reflected in the space, if any? Semantic similarity (paraphrasing)? Various oppositions? Gradations (in number, tense)? Entailment? Compositionality (e.g. relations between main and adjunct and/or subordinate clauses)?

TreeLSTMs have the capacity to learn a latent grammar when trained e.g.
to classify sentence pairs in terms of entailment. They seem to perform well, and yet the representation that is learned does not conform to traditional syntax or semantics (Williams at el., 2017).

The reason for proposing this special issue is that presentation and discussion of sentence-level meaning representation is fragmented across many fora (conferences, workshops, but also pre-prints only). We believe that some unified vision is needed in order to support coherent future research. The goal of the proposed special issue of Natural Language Engineering is thus to broadly map the state of the art in continuous sentence meaning representation and summarize the longer-term goals in representing sentence meaning in general.

Can deep learning for particular tasks get us to representations similar to the results of formal semantics? Or is a single formal definition of sentence meaning and elusive goal, are universal sentence embeddings impossible, e.g. because there is no such entity observable in human cognition?

The special issue will seek long research papers, surveys and position papers addressing primarily the following topics:

* Which properties of meaning representations are most desirable,
* Comparisons of types of meaning representations (e.g. fixed-size vs.
variable-length) and methods for learning them.
* Techniques of explorations of learned meaning representations.
* Evaluation methodologies for meaning representations, including
surveys thereof.
* Extrinsic evaluation by relations to cognitive processes.
* Relation between traditional symbolic meaning representations and the
learned continuous ones.
* Broad summaries of psycholinguistic evidence describing properties of
meaning representation in the human brain.

More details are available at:
* http://ufal.mff.cuni.cz/jnle-on-sentence-represent...

* 31st July 2018: Abstract submission deadline (to allow preempting overlaps of survey-like articles)
* 14th October 2018: Submission deadline
* 9th December 2018: Deadline for reviews and responses to authors
* 10th February 2019: Camera-ready deadline

Guest Editors of the special issue:
* Ondřej Bojar (Charles University)
* Raffaella Bernardi (University of Trento)
* Holger Schwenk (Facebook AI Research)
* Bonnie Webber (University of Edinburgh)

Guest Editorial Board:
* Marco Baroni (Facebook AI Research, University of Trento)
* Bob Coecke (University of Oxford)
* Alexis Conneau (Facebook AI Research)
* Katrin Erk (University of Texas at Austin)
* Orhan Firat (Google)
* Albert Gatt (University of Malta)
* Caglar Gulcehre (Google)
* Aurelie Herbelot (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
* Eva Maria Vecchi (University of Cambridge)
* Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
* Laura Rimell (University of Cambridge / University of Oxford)
* Mernoosh Sadrzadeh (Queen Mary University of London)
* Hinrich Schuetze (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
* Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh)
* Ivan Titov (University of Edinburgh)

CfP IfCoLog Journal of Logics and their Applications, Special issue 'Reasoning on Legal Texts', deadline: July 31, 2018

IfCoLog Journal of Logics and their Applications

Special issue "Reasoning on Legal Texts"

** Paper submission deadline: Jul 31st, 2018 **

Guest editors:

Livio Robaldo - University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg) Sotiris Batsakis - University of Huddersfield (UK) Maria Vanina Martinez - Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina) Christoph Benzmueller - Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany)


Regulations are a widespread and important part of governments and businesses.

They encode how products are manufactured, and how the processes are to be performed. Such regulations, in general, are difficult to understand and apply.

Undoubtedly, the law, for example, as the reflection of human society, presents the broadest range of expression and interpretation, since the interpretation of even the most common words becomes problematic. Even individual regulations may be self-contradictory as a result of their gradual development process, as well as the lack of a formal drafting process.

In an increasingly complicated environment, as well as regulatory review, automated reasoning processes become more and more necessary. Current state-of-the-art technologies enforce reasoning applications on legal texts such as decision making and compliance checking starting from logical and/or ontology-based representations of norms. These semantic representations are typically obtained via Natural Language Processing (NLP) in an automatic fashion, in order to avoid huge time-consuming manual effort.

To bridge such challenges, several research projects in the legal domain have been recently funded by the EU and similar institutions, among which is

"MIREL: MIning and REasoning with Legal texts". The aim of the MIREL project is to bridge the gap between the community working on legal ontologies and NLP methods applied to legal documents, and the community working on reasoning methods and formal logic, towards the objectives described above.

This special issue focuses on legal reasoning, thus welcoming submissions describing novel approaches for reasoning in the legal domain starting from logical or ontology-based representations of legal knowledge.

A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

- Logical formalization of legal knowledge

- Norm enforcement and compliance

- Decision making methods and applications

- Computational methods for legal reasoning

- Legal argumentation

- Dynamics of normative knowledge

- Formal models of norms, normative systems, and norm-governed societies

- Using logic formalisms and technologies in large legal document collections

- Legislative and case-law metadata models

- Semantic annotations for legal texts

- Inconsistency handling and exception-tolerant reasoning

- Legal reasoning under uncertainty and incomplete information

- Legal reasoning with vague notions

- Defeasible normative systems

- Implementations and applications in the legal domain

- Large-scale normative reasoning

*Important Dates*

- Paper submission: Jul 31st, 2018

- Notification to authors: November 30th, 2018

- Camera-ready: January 1st, 2019

*Submission Instructions*

Papers submitted to the special issue must be sent to Jane Spurr (jane.spurr@kcl.ac.uk). Please specify this special issue in the email subject.

We expect papers of about 15-30 pages; however, justified exceptions are possible. Each submission will be assigned with two reviewers.

If have any enquiries/comments, please contact Livio Robaldo at:


CfP Workshop on Text Analytics and Retrieval (TexAR-2018) @ WI 2018, Chili, September 3-6 2018, deadline: August 15, 2018


1st International Workshop on Text Analytics and Retrieval (TexAR-2018)

In Conjunction with Web Intelligence- WI'18 (Santiago, Chile, 3-6 Dec., 2018).

Website: http://webintelligence2018.com/

Website of the Workshop: http://mnit.ac.in/workshop/TexAR/


Paper submission deadline: August 15, 2018

Notification of paper acceptance: September 30, 2018

Camera-ready version deadline: October 10, 2018

Workshop (at WI- 2018): December 03, 2018


Due to exponential growth of the social media, large amount of online data has been generated in recent time in form of ‘bid data’. The most of the content generated online is in the form of text, thus, it generated large number of opportunities to the researchers, practitioners, and academicians working in the area of text analytics and retrieval to analyze this huge amount of text. This workshop is aimed to invite state-of-the-art methods for text analytics and retrieval. It is also aimed to provide a forum where researchers can present and discuss their research with experienced Information Retrieval community/ researchers. In addition, it is aimed to provide researchers an opportunity to establish a helpful community by collaborations.

The 1st International Workshop on Text Analytics and Retrieval (TexAR- 2018) invites original and unpublished research papers in all aspects of Text Analytics and Information Retrieval. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to the following areas:

Document analysis including text categorization, and information retrieval
Information extraction
Dialogue and Interactive Systems
Sentiment analysis and opinion mining
Recommender Systems
Question Answering
Machine learning in NLP
Text mining
Machine translation and Multilinguality
Deep Learning for NLP Applications
Deep learning for IRD
Representation learning for NLP
Language and Vision
Web and Social media
Web Search, Retrieval and Ranking
Topic Modelling
Social Network Analysis;
Tagging, chunking, syntax, and parsing


The workshop papers should be in the IEEE 2-column format. The IEEE Proceedings Manuscript Formatting Guidelines can be found at:


All accepted papers will be included in the Workshop Proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press.

The workshop only accepts online submissions. Workshops online submission page can be accessed https://wi-lab.com/cyberchair/2018/wi18/scripts/ws...

CfP Workshop 'Post-truth' (at the DGfS 2019 meeting in Bremen), March 6-8, 2019, deadline: August 15, 2018

Post-truth: The semantics and pragmatics of saying "what you believe to be false" (DGfS 2019)

Workshop at DGfS Bremen, March 6-8, 2019
Deadline: August 15, 2018

Grice's first maxim of quality says "do not say what you believe to be false", but we often do. We tell lies ("I did not have sexual relations with that woman"), we deceive (e.g. by lying by implicature), we bullshit ("Trade wars are easy to win"), we make up stories ("When Harry Potter first came to Hogwarts …"), we pretend (Kids playing: "You were Batgirl and I was Wonder Woman"), or we use irony ("Losing the key was very smart!"). In all such speech acts there is a clear sense in which we're not, or at least not literally, speaking the truth. Clinton did have a sexual affair, trade wars are probably not easy to win, there is no Hogwarts, the kids are no superheroes, losing keys is not smart. On the other hand, except in (typical cases of) lying, these speech acts also convey something true: Harry did go to Hogwarts in the well-known series of novels, the kids are superheroes in their play, and the attitude which speakers intend to communicate with their bullshit or irony may be true as well.

Semantics has typically focused on idealized cooperative conversation, where every assertion contributes to a lofty shared truth-seeking endeavor in order to establish a common ground of shared beliefs between speaker and hearer. However, since the phenomena like the above all run counter to this idea, their explanation is usually left to pragmatics, philosophy, or literary theory. And while Grice's other maxims have gained a lot of attention and sparked entire research traditions (quantity implicatures, relevance theory, Horn's division of pragmatic labor and Levinson's M-principle), the role of the quality maxim remained a bit underexplored in linguistic semantics and pragmatics.

In this workshop we want to discuss the challenges that these and other deviations from the Gricean norm of quality pose for semantics and pragmatics and see if we can incorporate ideas from philosophy, literary theory, cognitive science and other related fields to extend the coverage of our theories of meaning and our understanding of the dynamics and logic of (non-)cooperative conversation.

Topics of interest

- truth in fiction, literature, narration
- analyses of lying, bullshitting, pretending, story-telling, irony etc.
- the relation of non-truthful language to notions like - common ground, discourse updates, and commitments
- the role of lying and deception and other non-cooperative language for conversations, discourse structure and the common ground
- approaches to non-cooperative discourse.
- psycho- and neurolinguistic studies of these phenomena and their acquisition and their relations to Theory of Mind and other cognitive capacities

Invited speakers

- Regine Eckardt (Konstanz)
- Jörg Meibauer (Mainz)


- Daniel Gutzmann (Cologne)
- Emar Maier (Groningen)
- Katharina Turgay (Landau)

Call for Papers

We invite submissions of anonymous two-page abstracts (including references etc.) for 20 minute talks (plus 10 minutes discussion). Please submit them in pdf-format via email to: turgay@uni-landau.de

The workshop will be part of the 41st annual meeting of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS 2019) to be held at the University of Bremen from March 6-8, 2019. Participants will have to register for the conference and are not supposed to give talks at other workshops.


- Deadline for abstract submission: August 15, 2018.
- Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2018.
- Workshop: March 6-8, 2019 (two days; exact dates tba)


Call for Shared Task Proposals @ INLG 2018, University of Tilburg, November 5-8, 2018, deadline: August 18, 2018

Generation Challenges 2018 Call for Shared Task Proposals

The Generation Challenges are an event designed to bring together a
variety of shared-task evaluation efforts that involve the generation of
natural language. This year, Generation Challenges will be held during a
special session at the 11th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (https://inlg2018.uvt.nl/) in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

The session will follow the format of previous years, with presentations
of results of shared tasks that are currently running, as well as
presentations of proposals for new shared tasks in the Task Proposals Track.

Call for Shared Task Proposals

We invite submissions of papers describing ideas for future shared tasks
in the general area of language generation. Proposed tasks can be in the area of core NLG, or in other research areas in which language is
generated. Examples include, but are not limited to: data-to-text or
text-to-text generation; combining core NLG and MT, summarisation,
dialogue modelling, etc.; generating language from heterogeneous and/or multi-modal data; etc.

Submissions should describe possible future tasks in detail, including
information regarding organisers, task description, motivating
theoretical interest and/or application context, size and state of
completion of data to be used, schedule and evaluation plans.

Instructions for Proposal Submissions

Submissions in the Task Proposals Track should be no more than 4 (four) pages long excluding citations, and should follow the guidelines and style files indicated on the INLG 2018 submissions homepage

Papers should be submitted in PDF format by email to

Submissions will be reviewed by a small steering committee. As reviewing will not be blind, there is no need to anonymise papers.

This is not intended to be a selective process, since the aim is to
discuss new potential shared tasks with INLG delegates. However, the
organisers reserve the right to reject proposals which do not fall
within the scope of the GenChal initiative, or which do not follow

Accepted submissions will be included in the INLG'18 proceedings.


Paper submission: August 18 2018
Notification of acceptance: September 1 2018
Submission of camera-ready papers: October 1 2018
INLG 2018: November 5-8, 2018

Call for proposals Language in Interaction: Synergy Grants 2018, Nijmegen, deadline: September 9, 2018

Dutch research consortium Language in Interaction

Synergy Grants, Call for Proposals
Submission deadline: September 09, 2018, 23:59 CET


The Dutch research consortium Language in Interaction (LiI) offers two 4-year Synergy Grants to teams of two researchers at an early or more advanced phase after finishing a PhD program. Researchers from anywhere in the world may apply.

LiI Synergy Grants aim to tackle truly bold scientific challenges through a unique combination of skills and knowledge of the researchers. The joint scientific research proposal should provide the scientific and technical aspects of a 4-year collaborative research project, demonstrating the ground-breaking nature of the research, its potential impact and research methodology.

The two available Synergy Grants include the salaries of the two submitting postdoctoral researchers at early or more senior stages of their career. In addition to their own positions, for each grant LiI will finance up to two PhD positions, one RA position, and accompanying measurement costs / consumables.

The full Call for Proposals (including all terms and conditions) of the LiI Synergy Grants can be downloaded from:


CfP International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE) 10, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, June 26-28 2019, deadline October 20, 2018

CfP International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE) 10, Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, The Netherlands, June 26-28 2019, deadline 20 October 2018

The International Conference on Language Variation in Europe, ICLaVE, is one of the most important fora for research in the area of language variation in Europe. It aims at bringing together scholars of languages or language varieties spoken in Europe with the purpose of discussing empirical, methodological and theoretical issues in the study of language variation and change.

ICLaVE|10 welcomes submissions for individual paper and poster presentations from 1 June until 20 October 2018. Scholars working on language variation and change, in areas such as sociolinguistics, dialectology, historical linguistics, sociology of language, psycholinguistics and language psychology are invited to submit their proposals on any relevant aspect of variation in language use and/or the linguistic system.

As ICLaVE|10 takes place in Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, the capital of the province of Fryslân, where Frisian is recognised as an official language in addition to Dutch, we particularly invite submissions focussing on minority and/or small languages. In addition, we look forward to receive proposals on language technology and language variation, language variation on social media, and language variation in multilingual communities.

Invited speakers
Meredith Tamminga (University of Pennsylvania)
Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (University of Leuven)
Roeland van Hout (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Arjen Versloot (University of Amsterdam)

Call for Panels
The International Conference on Language Variation in Europe, ICLaVE|10 also invites submissions for panels in all areas related to language variation in European languages. Panel proposals must be written in English and should be submitted electronically by (one of the) the panel organizer(s) to: iclave10@fryske-akademy.nl.
Panels at ICLaVE|10 will have a duration of 8 or 12 slots (including introduction and/or discussion session). A slot is 30 minutes. Panels can be thematically organised, but data sessions are also welcome. We particularly invite panels on language variation in minority languages. Additional presentations may be added to a panel after the regular call for papers, but this will always be discussed with the panel organizer.
Proposals should be submitted in .pdf, 12-point Times New Roman, single-spaced. For format requirements, please refer to the Word-template on the website (.docx).
Proposals should include:
• A general overview text of no more than 500 words, including the topic and how it relates to the conference theme, the rationale for the panel, and its aims and objectives
• Some key discussion questions, information on how the session will be organized (discussion format, number of papers, discussants/participants), etc.
• A list of invited contributors (name, affiliation, email address) plus full abstracts of the contributions (including information on the subject, methodology and theoretical framework(s), max. 500 words per abstract)
Panel organizers should:
• Coordinate the submission of abstracts by contributors (max. 500 words each) before the deadline
• Submit the proposal following the template for panel proposals by 20 August 2018 and confirm that all invited contributors have agreed to participate
• Communicate the decision of acceptance/rejection of the panel to the contributors
• Act as mediators between the contributors and the Conference Organizing Committee
• Submit an updated version of the abstracts and panel description by 20 December 2018
• Collect papers, presentations and/or data samples for the panel in advance of the conference, and circulate these to all panel contributors
• Chair their panel at the conference
Panel proposals will be reviewed by the organizing committee.
Deadline for panel submission is 20 August 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 15 September 2018. Authors may submit two abstracts (either singly- or jointly-authored), whether in a panel or not.

Abstract submission
Abstracts can be submitted from 1 June until 20 October 2018

Important dates
16 April 2018 Announcement and call for panels
1 June 2018 Call for individual papers and posters
20 August 2018 Deadline for submission panels
15 September 2018 Notification of acceptance for panels
20 October 2018 Deadline for individual papers and posters
15 January 2019 Notification of acceptance for individual papers and posters
15 January 2019 Registration opens (early-bird rate)
1 April 2019 Early-bird rate ends
26-28 June 2019 ICLaVE10 Conference

Benjamins traditionally publishes a collection of papers from ICLaVE in its Studies in Language Variation series. A copy of the volume is included in the registration fee and will be sent to all participants upon publication.

Conference website

HAHA - Humor Analysis based on Human Annotation, IberEval 2018

*** Call for Participation HAHA track at IberEval 2018 ***

HAHA - Humor Analysis based on Human Annotation at IberEval 2018


While humor has been historically studied from a psychological, cognitive and linguistic standpoint, its study from a computational perspective is an area yet to be explored in Machine Learning and Computational Linguistics. The aim of this track is to gain better insight into what is humorous and what causes laughter. The HAHA evaluation campaign proposes three different subtasks related to automatic humor detection in Spanish.

We will provide a corpus of 20,000 crowd-annotated tweets in Spanish divided in 16,000 tweets for training and 4,000 tweets for testing. The annotation follows a voting scheme, in which users could select one of six options: the tweet does not contain humor, or the tweet contains humor and a number of stars from one to five. All tweets have at least five votes.

Three subtasks are proposed:

* Humor Detection: telling if a tweet is a joke or not (intended humor by the author or not).

* Funniness Score Prediction: predicting a Funniness Score value for a tweet in a 5-star ranking, supposing it is a joke, based on a crowd-annotated corpus.

* Funniness Distribution Prediction (experimental): the final task goes beyond the previous one by asking a prediction of the distribution of votes for a tweet (i.e., what percentage of votes for each one of the 5 stars).

How to participate:

If you want to participate in this task, please join the Google Group hahaibereval2018. We will be sharing news and important information about the task in that group.

Important Dates:

* March 26th, 2018: 16,000 tweets for training.

* April 23rd, 2018: 4,000 tweets for testing.

* April 30th, 2018: results submission page.

* May 7th, 2018: publication of results.

* May 21st, 2018: working notes paper submission.

* June 18th, 2018: notification of acceptance.

* June 27th, 2018: camera ready paper submission.

* September 18th, 2018: IberEval Workshop at SEPLN 2018.

The organizers of the task are:

B.E. Santiago Castro

MSc. Luis Chiruzzo

PhD. Aiala Rosá

Grupo PLN, Instituto de Computación, Facultad de Ingeniería, UDELAR (Uruguay)

Publication of issue 5(3) of the Journal of Language Modelling (JLM)

It is our pleasure to announce the publication of issue 5(3) of the Journal of Language Modelling (JLM), a free open-access peer-reviewed journal aiming to bridge the gap between theoretical, formal and computational linguistics:

http://jlm.ipipan.waw.pl/ (click on “CURRENT” to see this issue; the more persistent address of this issue is: http://jlm.ipipan.waw.pl/index.php/JLM/issue/view/17).

JLM is indexed by ERIH PLUS, DBLP, DOAJ, etc., and it is a member of OASPA.



“Aligning speech and co-speech gesture in a constraint-based grammar”
Katya Alahverdzhieva, Alex Lascarides, Dan Flickinger

“Inferring Inflection Classes with Description Length”
Sacha Beniamine, Olivier Bonami, Benoît Sagot

“A syntax-semantics interface for Tree-Adjoining Grammars through Abstract Categorial Grammars”
Sylvain Pogodalla

Tools and Resources:

“Erotetic Reasoning Corpus. A data set for research on natural question processing”
Paweł Łupkowski, Mariusz Urbański, Andrzej Wiśniewski, Wojciech Błądek, Agata Juska, Anna Kostrzewa, Dominika Pankow, Katarzyna Paluszkiewicz, Oliwia Ignaszak, Joanna Urbańska, Natalia Żyluk, Andrzej Gajda, Bartosz Marciniak

The current make-up of the JLM Editorial Board is enclosed below.

Best regards,

Adam Przepiórkowski
(for JLM editors)



Steven Abney, University of Michigan, USA

Ash Asudeh, Carleton University, CANADA; University of Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM

Chris Biemann, Universität Hamburg, GERMANY

Igor Boguslavsky, Technical University of Madrid, SPAIN; Institute for Information Transmission Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, RUSSIA

António Branco, University of Lisbon, PORTUGAL

David Chiang, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Greville Corbett, University of Surrey, UNITED KINGDOM

Dan Cristea, University of Iași, ROMANIA

Jan Daciuk, Gdańsk University of Technology, POLAND

Mary Dalrymple, University of Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM

Darja Fišer, University of Ljubljana, SLOVENIA

Anette Frank, Universität Heidelberg, GERMANY

Claire Gardent, CNRS/LORIA, Nancy, FRANCE

Jonathan Ginzburg, Université Paris-Diderot, FRANCE

Stefan Th. Gries, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Heiki-Jaan Kaalep, University of Tartu, ESTONIA

Laura Kallmeyer, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, GERMANY

Jong-Bok Kim, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, KOREA

Kimmo Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki, FINLAND, Finland

Jonas Kuhn, Universität Stuttgart, GERMANY

Alessandro Lenci, University of Pisa, ITALY

Ján Mačutek, Comenius University in Bratislava, SLOVAKIA

Igor Mel’čuk, University of Montreal, CANADA

Glyn Morrill, Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, SPAIN

Stefan Müller, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, GERMANY, Germany

Mark-Jan Nederhof, University of St Andrews, UNITED KINGDOM

Petya Osenova, Sofia University, BULGARIA

David Pesetsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Maciej Piasecki, Wrocław University of Technology, POLAND

Christopher Potts, Stanford University, USA

Louisa Sadler, University of Essex, UNITED KINGDOM

Agata Savary, Université François Rabelais Tours, FRANCE

Sabine Schulte im Walde, Universität Stuttgart, GERMANY

Stuart M. Shieber, Harvard University, USA

Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh, UNITED KINGDOM

Stan Szpakowicz, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa, CANADA

Shravan Vasishth, Universität Potsdam, GERMANY

Zygmunt Vetulani, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, POLAND

Aline Villavicencio, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, BRAZIL

Veronika Vincze, University of Szeged, HUNGARY

Yorick Wilks, Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition, USA

Shuly Wintner, University of Haifa, ISRAEL

Zdeněk Žabokrtský, Charles University in Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC