May, 25th, 2018


LOT Announcements / events
Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen

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

'Leuk om bij te dragen aan een actuele discussie'
Tijdens conferenties deed promovendus Arnold Kochari veel inspiratie op voor zijn onderzoek naar woorden als ‘lang’ en ‘weinig’. Ondertussen mengt hij zich ook in een verhitte discussie over een taalpsychologisch effect dat wellicht toch niet bestaat. Hij vertelt erover aan NEMO Kennislink.

Nieuwe leesbaarheidsformule voor begrijpelijke teksten
Een tekst wordt niet begrijpelijker als je enkel woorden en zinnen inkort. Het is belangrijker dat je bekende woorden gebruikt, en dat je grammaticale eenheden bij elkaar zet. Dat blijkt uit promotieonderzoek van Suzanne Kleijn (UU), die een nieuwe leesbaarheidsformule ontwikkelde.

Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
UiL OTS Colloquium, Utrecht University, Utrecht, overview sessions 2017-2018

Overview sessions 2017-2018

May 17th - Frans Adriaans

June 21st - Asifa Majid

More information:

Followed by drinks!

ACLC Seminar 'Partitivity in Italian. A protocol approach to a tripartite phenomenon', University of Amsterdam, May 25, 2018

Amsterdam, P.C. Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, room 1.04

25 May 2018, 15.15-16.30 uur

Prof. dr. Giuliana Giusti, Department of Linguistics , Ca' Foscari University of Venice


Partitivity in Italian. A protocol approach to a tripartite phenomenon

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:, tel. 020-5252543

Lecture 'Sentence-internal

Sentence-internal "different" as a lexical reciprocal by Alon Fishman, Tel-Aviv University

Friday 25 May, at 15.15
Drift 21, room 003, Utrecht University

This talk is concerned with a particular sentence-internal reading of predicates like "different", here called the *plural-dependent* reading.
I argue for an analysis of this reading in terms of lexical reciprocity (Siloni 2012, Winter 2018). The plural-dependent reading has received substantial attention in the literature, but mostly in relation to "different" and "same" (e.g. Moltmann 1992, Barker 2007). I argue that the reading is more generally available, though crucially limited to lexically reciprocal predicates, i.e. predicates which show a reciprocal diathesis alternation (Levin 1993). Evidence for this claim comes from comparing predicates across languages. For example, English "near" is not lexically reciprocal, whereas Hebrew "karov" (‘near’) is.
Accordingly, "near" cannot receive a plural-dependent reading, whereas "karov" can. I next show that plural-dependent readings pattern with lexically reciprocal predicates, in contrast to periphrastic reciprocal constructions, i.e. constructions with reciprocal pronouns (Siloni 2012). Most notably, lexical mass nouns such as "furniture" are available as complements in plural-dependent readings, just as they are available as arguments for lexically reciprocal predicates. In contrast, lexical mass nouns cannot antecede reciprocal pronouns.

A guest lecture at the ROCKY ERC project (

Taalkunde/thee-lezing, Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam, May 28, 2018

Volgende Taalkunde/thee-lezing Meertens Instituut - aankondiging en uitnodiging
maandag 28 mei, 13.00 - 14.00 uur

Meertens Instituut (KNAW)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185, 1012 DK Amsterdam (Spinhuis) zaal 2.18

Alle geïinteresseerden zijn van harte welkom

T-lezing door Stuart Davis (Indiana University Department of Linguistics)

English Syllabification, Schwa Syncope and Foot Structure

English schwa syncope (Zwicky 1972, Hooper 1978, Kenstowicz 1994, Polgardi 2015) deletes schwa between word-internal consonants. The structural observation is that schwa syncope is likely to occur if the resulting consonant cluster has rising sonority (1) but not if the resulting cluster has falling (or level) sonority (2) (where the target schwa is underlined).

(1) chocolate opera family happening javelin Deborah
(2) pelican felony monitor canopy parody melody

Hooper (1978) emphasizes the structural conditions noting that even high frequency words will disfavor schwa syncope if the structural conditions are not right. Thus, mel¬ody strongly disfavors schwa syncope since the resulting cluster after syncope has falling sonority.
English schwa syncope can be contrasted with the y-hypocoristic formation which favors intervocalic falling sonority clusters over rising ones as can be seen in the comparison of Barbara-Barby/Martin-Marty with Gabriella-Gabby (not Gabry)/Patricia-Patty (not Patry). Thus, we observe that from an output (product) perspective, English schwa syncope and English y-hypocoristics are contradictory. This talk will offer an explanation for this difference with a focus on schwa syncope, given that the resulting output of schwa syncope is typologically unusual in favoring rising sonority clusters in a situation of syllable contact. If English schwa syncope were to have the reverse pattern, in which syncope were favored by the items in (2) rather than in (1), then the explanation would be straightforward: there would be an emergence of the umarked effect with respect to falling sonority over a syllable boundary. One issue that comes up is the location of the syllable boundary in (1) after schwa syncope has applied. Hooper (1978) states that the initial consonant of the resulting clusters in (1) is ambisyllabic (e.g. [ap.ra] or [a.pra] for opera). Under a new conception of English schwa syncope developed in this talk, schwa syncope is viewed as a problem of foot structure reduction: Schwa syncope reduces a dactylic foot into a preferred trochaic one. We will maintain that a preferred trochee in English has unclear (or ambiguous) syllabification within the foot and that this functionally helps to enhance the foot-initial boundary.

Alle geïinteresseerden zijn van harte welkom

MPI colloquium 'Minds on Stage: The cognitive laboratory of Greek tragedy', Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen, May 29, 2018 [CANCELLED]

The next MPI colloquium will take place on Tuesday, May 29:

Speaker: Ineke Sluiter
(Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Leiden University)

“Minds on Stage: The cognitive laboratory of Greek tragedy”

Different disciplines have different methods to think about issues raised in cognition studies. A student of Classics has a unique resource to be mined for information: the text of the Greek tragedies.
These texts have been handed down for over 2000 years. The vicissitudes of the main characters (Oedipus, Medea and others) have appealed to a wide variety of audiences within very different cultural-historical circumstances and conceptual frameworks.
I will go into some of the possibilities that a cognitive and psychological approach to the study of such tragic characters as ‘minds on stage’ has to offer. I will focus on one particular case:
the disobedient hero Neoptolemus in Sophocles’ Philoctetes: a character in much the same circumstances as the subjects of the infamous ‘Obedience to Authority’ study by Stanley Milgram.
A comparison between the experiment on stage and the experiment in the laboratory will prove revealing.

Everybody welcome!

Place: Max Planck Institute, room 163
Time: 15.45-17.00
(drinks afterwards)

Defense Jeroen Breteler + workshop, University of Amsterdam, May 30 & 31, 2018

On May 30, at 14:00, Jeroen Breteler (UvA) will defend his PhD thesis "A foot-based typology of tonal reassociation: perspectives from synchrony and learnability." The venue for the defense is the Agnietenkapel in the centre of Amsterdam, at Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229-231 (OpenStreetMap link: ).

On behalf of Jeroen, we warmly invite you to attend the defense, and moreover, we hope to welcome you at the reception afterwards, between 15:30 and 18:00, in the "La Folie" room of Kapitein Zeppos. The venue is a short walk from the Agnietenkapel, and is located at Gebed Zonder End 5 ( ).

Since Jeroen enjoys pretty postcards, it would make him happy to receive a card from everyone. For the message on the card, you could introduce an idea you find interesting, or something that reliably makes you laugh. You can hand the card to Jeroen at the reception, or send it to Mengru Han, Trans 10, 3512JK Utrecht. Please do not feel obliged to spend money and worldly resources on other gifts.

The day after the defense, on May 31, there will be a workshop on the occasion of Jeroen's defense. The workshop runs from 11:00 to 16:00 and is held in the P.C. Hoofthuis, room 5.31. While the exact schedule is TBD, the workshop will consist of presentations by Lee Bickmore, Gaja Jarosz, Jochen Trommer, Francesc Torres-Tamarit, Eva Zimmermann, and Paul Boersma & Jan-Willem van Leussen. Attendance is free and open to all; please contact Jeroen directly at if you are interested in joining.

Defense & workshop Anja Goldschmidt, June 8, 2018

Defense & Workshop Anja Goldschmidt (8 June 2018)

We are happy to announce that on Friday June 8, 2018, Anja Goldschmidt will defend her dissertation, titled Hitting Playfully But Hard: Conceptual Effects of Verb-Adverb Modification in the Domain of Force.

The defense will take place at 16:15 in the Senaatszaal of the Academiegebouw (Domplein 29) in Utrecht. We warmly invite you to Anja’s defense.
The defense will be preceded by a workshop in honor of Anja’s defense.

Time: 11:15-13:00
Venue: Muntstraat 2a, Utrecht, Stijlkamer (1.11)

11:15 - coffee and tea
11:25 - welcome by Anja
11:30 - Arguments for rich lexical representations - Lotte Hogeweg (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
12:15 - Ways of being stupid - Sebastian Löbner (joint work with Willi Geuder, Universität Düsseldorf)
13:00 - end

Abstract Lotte Hogeweg:
Goldschmidt’s (2018) analysis of the modification of force verbs shows that lexical entries need to contain meaning components that are often considered to be part of world knowledge. She thereby adds to a growing body of literature that argues for rich lexical representations. In this talk I will discuss some of the arguments, both theoretical and empirical, that have recently been provided in the literature.

Time: 16:15 sharp
Venue: Academiegebouw, Senaatszaal

The doors of the Senaatszaal will close at 16:15, after which you cannot access the Senaatszaal. For that reason, please make sure that you are on time.

Time: 17:15 to 19:30
Venue: Academiegebouw

After the defense, you can congratulate Anja on her newly acquired title during a reception in the Academiegebouw. You can follow the rest of the guests after the defense to find the reception room.

For organizational purposes, we kindly ask you to indicate which parts of the program you’d like to attend: the workshop, the defense and/or the reception. You can sign up for the various parts of the program by filling out this form.

Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Anéla Applied Linguistics Conference 2018, Egmond aan Zee, June 1-2, 2018

De early-bird inschrijving voor de Anéla meerdaagse conferentie is verlengd tot 8 april! Schrijf je op tijd in, want na deze datum kunnen we geen plek in het hotel meer voor je garanderen. De late-registratie zal 10 euro per dag meer bedragen. Alle informatie (inclusief programma plus registratieformulieren) vind je hier:

Registration early-bird fee for the Anéla conference has been extended to April 8th! Register in time, because we cannot guarantee hotel-rooms after this date. Late registration will be 10 euro's per day extra. All information (including programme and registration forms) can be found through:

Summer School 'Infant Studies on Language Development in Europe' ISOLDE, Potsdam, Germany, June 11-15, 2018

Infant Studies on LanguageDevelopment in Europe

We would like to draw your attention to the 3rd Summer School ISOLDE (Infant Studies on Language Development in Europe) that will take place from 11 to 15 of June 2018 in Potsdam/Germany.

This summer school is specifically organised to bring together Pre- and Post-docs working on infant language acquisition in Europe.

Six courses (two on methods) will be taught by experts in the field of infant language acquisition:

- Christina Bergmann (Nijmegen): Computational modelling (6 hours)

- Catherine Best (Sydney): The effects of input variability on speech perception and word learning (6 hours)

- Barbara Höhle (Potsdam): Prosody in early language acquisition (3 hours)

- Ágnes Lukács (Budapest): Cognitive functions in specific language impairment (6 hours)

- Claudia Männel (Leipzig): Event-related brain potentials in language acquisition research (3 hours)

- Aude Noiray (Potsdam): Ultrasound imaging (3 hours)

In addition to the courses, there will be a poster session where participants can present their own work (planned or completed) as well as social activities as an opportunity to exchange ideas and share experiences.

The registration is now open:

The registration fee is 120 € (early bird registration of 100 € until 31st of Jan).

Please feel free to circulate this announcement.

Kind regards,

the ISOLDE organising team


Annika Unger

Antonia Götz

Caroline Wellmann

Elina Rubertus

Rowena Garcia

Tom Fritzsche

Barbara Höhle

University of Potsdam

Department of Linguistics, H.14 R.240


Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25

14476 Potsdam

Tel.: +49 331 977-2296

Fax: +49 331 977-2095


TABU Dag 2018: registration open, University of Groningen, June 14 & 15, 2018

Registration is now open for the 39th TABU Dag, which will take place at the University of Groningen on June 14th & 15th, 2018. This edition of TABU Dag will again be characterised by a highly interactive format, as all accepted presenters will present a poster with a poster pitch.

The keynote speakers of this year's edition are:
• Barbara Partee (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
• Felix Hill (DeepMind)
• Sidney Segalowitz (Brock University)
• Paul Warren (Victoria University of Wellington)

Registration is possible via our website and will include immediate payment of the €35 registration fee (possible by credit card or iDeal). The registration fee covers coffee and other refreshments, lunch, conference materials, and closing drinks on the last day. For a separate fee of €30 there will be a conference dinner and party including live music and DJ on Thursday June 14th. If you wish to attend this event you are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible, as there is a limit of 100 places.

For presenters, the registration deadline is May 24th, 2018. Furthermore, the deadline for the submission of the presentation slides is June 7th, 2018 (instructions on how to submit the presentation slides are provided in the acceptance email). For regular attendants the deadline is June 11th.

We look forward to seeing you at TABU Dag 2018!

Important dates and information:
• Registration is now possible via our website:
• Registration deadline for presenters is May 24th, 2018
• Slide submission deadline for presenters is June 7th, 2018
• Registration deadline for regular attendants is June 11th, 2018
• For further information, please visit the conference website:
• Contact information:

​Groningen Syntax Workshop, University of Groningen, June 17, 2018

The Groningen Syntax Workshop brings together scholars with an interest in current research in syntax with the goal of providing an informal setting for the discussion of several issues concerning syntactic theory. The presentations by our guest speakers will cover a variety of topics of current relevance in the generative framework.

Program, Sunday June 17, 2018
12.45 Introduction
13.00 Jan-Wouter Zwart (Groningen) - Deriving order and structure
14.00 BREAK
14.10 Anikó Lipták (Leiden) - Hungarian particle reduplication as head copying
15.10 BREAK
15.40 Omer Preminger (Maryland) - How to tell a syntactic phenomenon when you see it
16.40 BREAK
16.50 Hedde Zeijlstra (Göttingen) - Another operation
17.50 Concluding remarks
18.00 DRINKS

All are welcome to attend at no cost. If you plan to attend, please send us an e-mail so we know how many people to expect.

Email: c.g.lindenbergh | at | (for registration and other questions)

For more information and abstracts of the talks, please visit our website:

International workshop 'Formulaic Language Processing and acquisition Research', Nijmegen, June 18&19, 2018

On 18 and 19 June, an international workshop will take place about 'Formulaic Language Processing and acquisition Research' (FLIPR).

The topic of this workshop, organized by the ISLA team (Cucchiarini, Dijkstra, Van Ginkel, Hubers, Strik, and Ten Bosch) is formulaic language. As much as half of spoken discourse is made up of formulaic expressions and idiomatic expressions. These are specific lexical patterns that are generally easily understood by native speakers, but are often incomprehensible to second language (L2) learners. Dutch examples of such expressions are: “al sla je me dood” (=I have no idea)“, de biezen pakken” (=to leave), “de lakens uitdelen” (= to be bossy), “er een puntje aan zuigen” (= to take as a good example to follow). Although formulaic language is prevalent in native language production, it is used much less in L2, and relatively little is known about how listeners process these kinds of lexical patterns, and how L2 learners acquire these expressions.

During this multidisciplinary workshop, experts will present their research on formulaic language (processing) in native and L2 speakers from different perspectives, such as psycholinguistics, L2 acquisition, and computational modelling.
Invited speakers are:

Sara Beck (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany)
Cristina Cacciari (University of Modena-Reggio Emilia, Italy)
Lut Colman (Institute for Dutch Lexicology, the Netherlands)
Kathy Conklin (University of Nottingham, United Kingdom)
Robert Grimm (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa, Italy)
Elke Peters (University of Leuven, Belgium)
Karolina Rataj (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)
Simone Sprenger (University of Groningen, the Netherlands)
Rüdiger Thul (University of Nottingham, United Kingdom)
Andrea Weber (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany)

For more information, see

UNILOG-World Congress and School on Universal Logic, Vichy, France, June 16-26, 2018


will take place in Vichy, France, June 16-26, 2018

after previous editions in Montreux 2005, Xi'an 2007, Lisbon 2010, Rio

2013 and Istanbul 2015:

Along these years UNILOG has been a leading international logical event

with the participation of many famous logicians such as Wilfrid Hodges,

Daniele Mundici, Saul Kripke, Jaakko Hintikka, Dov Gabbay, Arnon Avron,

Benedikt Löwe, David Makinson, Yde Venema, Newton da Costa, Mike Dunn,

Val Goranko, Yuri Gurevich, Janusz Czelakowski, Stephen Read, Sara Negri,

Arnold Koslow, Peter Schröder-Heister, Gila Sher, Hiroakira Ono, John Corcoran,

Hartry Field, Gerhard Jaeger, Ernest Lepore, Marcus Kracht, Melvin Fitting,

Luciano Floridi, Patrick Blackburn, Jan Wolenski, Krister Segerberg,

Dale Jacquette, Sun-Joo Shin, Jouko Väänänen, John Woods and many


UNILOG is a logic event in a broad sense. It gathers people from many horizons

(philosophy, mathematics, linguistics, computer science, semiotics, cognitive science ...)

and the idea is to promote interaction between all these people.

The previous edition in Istanbul gathered more than 400 logicians from

about 50 different countries.

For the 6th edition we will follow a similar format:

- A school of logic of 5 days with 30 tutorials

- A congress of 6 days with about 30 sessions/workshops

- Award of Logic Prizes from about 10 countries

- A secret speaker (speaker whose identity is revealed only at the time

of her / its / his speech).

Vichy is a charming relaxing thermal city at the middle of France,

developed by Napoleon III in the second half of the 19th century, who in

particular created beautiful parks with species of trees from all over

the world. Vichy, in the Duchy of Bourbon, a region full of castles,

is a small city, where it is possible to go everywhere just by walking.

The event will take place at the university campus nearby the Celestins spring,

the banks of the Allier river (where it is possible to swim) and the city center.

June is a very nice time to be in Vichy with lots of animations,

including on June 21 a very lively musical day celebrating summertime.

Deadline to submit an abstract: September 15, 2017

Looking forward to seeing you in Vichy in June 2018

Jean-Yves Beziau (University of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris)

Christophe Rey (University Clermont Auvergne, CNRS, LIMOS)

Organizers of UNILOG'2018

Summer School 'Limits of Variability in Language', Potsdam, Germany, June 18-22, 2018

Summer School “Limits of Variability in Language”
June 18-22, 2018, Potsdam, Germany

The summer school will bring together leading international experts from different subfields of linguistics, covering the span from modern sociolinguistics, via dialect research, to grammar theory and the formal study of African languages. The school’s central topic is the empirical study and theoretical modelling of variability and its constraints at various levels of language. The more practical objective of the school is to bring together graduates with different empirical, methodological, and theoretical backgrounds, and to create a platform for mutual exchange and joint learning.

Courses on Formal approaches to social meaning, variation and identity construction (Heather Burnett, Paris), Linguistic variation and change in social context (Sali Tagliamonte, Toronto),Morphophonemic and morphosyntactic variation in Bantu (Larry Hyman, Berkeley & Jenneke van der Wal, Leiden), and Discovering parameters: from micro- to macro-variation (Marjo van Koppen, Utrecht & Jeroen van Craenenbroeck, Leuven) are complemented by lectures of Sjef Barbiers (Leiden), who is a Mercator Fellow in the SFB.

Deadline for a binding registration is May 15. Late applicants might be considered. Please send an E-Mail with the header “Summer School” stating your name and affiliation to Please state the morning session (A or B) that you want to attend. Due to limited space the applications will be dealt with on a first-come-first-serve basis. The participation fee is 20 €.

The summer school is organized by the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1287 “Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Grammatical, and Social Aspects“. For further information please feel free to contact
More and constantly updated information can be found here:

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

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: 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

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

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: International pages:

Lancaster-Ghent partnership:

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


--- Early registration deadline: May 29, 2018 ---



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 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 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 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

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

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




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:

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


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:

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


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:

*ALGO 2017:

*FMCAD 2017:

*Austrian Research Network in Rigorous Systems Engineering:

*Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms:

*International Kurt Goedel Society:


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:





PhD/Drupal developer to work with the Language Archive team, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, no deadline
Internship in Text Analytics at Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Utrecht, deadline: May 30, 2018

Internships: Research and Development (R&D)
Text Analytics

Jacobs Douwe Egberts
(5+ months, starting September 2018)

At JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS we are inspired by our belief that it’s amazing what can happen over a cup of coffee. We are driven by the vision that everyone deserves the coffee they love.

What’s it like to work at JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS? We are proud of our passionate, driven associates that challenge the status quo and pursue mastery in everything they do. Our goal is simple and ambitious – JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS: A coffee for every cup.

Working with us means you’ll be making an impact in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. We work as a team, celebrating success and supporting one another. Our associates work with a diverse group of like-minded people, in an innovative environment committed to doing the right thing – all across the world. What you do here will get noticed.

Are you a student looking for an Internship starting around September 2018? Are you looking for an internship that will offer you an assignment in one of our running projects and that will challenge you with a wide ranging variety of work and opportunity? Are you living in Europe and enrolled in a European university? If you are, then keep reading! We pride ourselves on being able to offer interns a challenging experience in our daily work.

In your role as Global R&D Intern you will be given full responsibility and accountability for projects from the beginning of your placement and you’ll have an opportunity to fully integrate and actually make a difference. We offer internships in different expertise areas within R&D like Product, Packaging and Process Development, Sensory Science, Ingredient Research, Quality and Regulatory Affairs.

For the period starting in autumn ’18 we are recruiting for the following R&D units:
- Modelling & Statistics: Work as part of the Modelling/Statistics team to explore the possibilities of Text Mining within JDE and to work on applications of this technology (may include topic analysis, sentiment analysis, design of experiments, regression models, statistical process monitoring).

You will be able to independently plan and execute experiments related to your project areas, as well as produce technical reports/presentations and periodically communicate key findings to stakeholders. You will be a part of one of the teams within R&D, but also have the opportunity to interact with your peers in other departments within and outside of R&D. In addition, at busy times, you may be expected to support other ongoing project activities outside of your immediate team and, for some disciplines, occasional international travel may be required.

This role is for Bachelor or Master students in the final phase of their studies for a minimum of 5 months internship at our Utrecht Research and Development Center.

Do you fulfill the following requirements?
- You have grounded your knowledge to a degree level of Statistics, Computation or Linguistics study.
- You are creative, result oriented, proactive and have a passion for food products and technologies.
- You can work in a team as well as independently.
- You are a fluent English speaker and experienced user of MS Office products.

To be successful in these roles you should be passionate to take on new responsibilities and build strong relationships, act proactively, and use your analytical skills to turn complex technical data into actionable recommendations.

Be aware that relocation costs to the Netherlands will not be covered by us. To be considered for an internship you must be enrolled in a European university for the whole duration of the internship. The recruitment process contains an online assessment test and a final Recruitment Day on the 19th of June 2018 in Utrecht.

To apply, please e-mail Nora Neidhart at before the 30th of May 2018 and include your resume and cover letter.
Take a glimpse at how it feels to work at JDE here:

7 Lecturer (‘Docent’) positions in Linguistics, Nederlandse Taalkunde, and Cognition and Language, University of Amsterdam, deadline: May 30, 2018

Check the vacancies online.

​Two Dutch speaking student assistant posts, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, deadline: June 1, 2018

Two Dutch speaking student assistant posts, Language Development Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen. Deadline Friday 1st June:

​Postdoctoral researcher in children’s language processing, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, deadline: June 1, 2018

Postdoctoral researcher in children’s language processing, Language Development Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen. Deadline Friday 1st June:

2 Postdoc Positions Language processing and learning skills, Language in Interaction, Nijmegen, deadline: June 3, 2018

2 Postdoc Positions available
Big Question 4

Scientific summary
We aim to characterise variation in language processing and learning skills and to determine how these variations relate to those in the underlying biology of individual participants. The project has two strands: Strand A focuses on language processing skills in young adults, and Strand B on language learning skills in children and adults.
Strand A will develop a comprehensive battery of language tasks targeting sound, meaning, and grammatical processing of words and longer utterances during speaking and listening. In addition, tasks will be selected or developed assessing general cognitive skills that are likely to affect performance in language tasks. The battery will be normed on a demographically representative sample of 1000 young adults (aged 18-30 years). Strand B uses variability in learning ability to investigate why second-language acquisition can become harder in adulthood. It will consist of two sub-projects, one on grammar learning and one on word learning. In each sub-project, a large number of child, adolescent and adult Dutch participants (aged 8-30 years) will be tested using behavioural and neuroimaging techniques.

Two four-year full-time positions are currently open. The preferred starting date for both positions is September 1st 2018.

Position specific information
Please find descriptions of the available positions below.

Information on the application procedure or Apply directly

Postdoc Position 1
Determining neurobiological underpinnings of linguistic skills
Content Description

This postdoc will manage the sub-project on the neurobiology of language processing within Strand A. In this subproject we use structural MRI, resting state and task-based fMRI and Diffusion Weighted Imaging to determine the individual arrangements of the language connectome. Neuroimaging data will be acquired from about a third of the sample recruited for norming of the test battery (i.e. ~360 people). The task of the postdoctoral fellow will be to develop appropriate test paradigms, pilot them, organize the assessment of the main sample, and take the lead in the data analyses and reporting.

Candidates should have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in the neurobiology of language or a closely related field of study. They should be familiar, ideally, with running and analysing MRI data (including DTI data), with carrying out psycholinguistic experiments, and with research on individual differences. They should also have excellent organizational and communicative skills, and programming abilities and they should have knowledge and experience in current data analysis techniques. They should have demonstrable interest in language processing and in the cognitive neuroscience of language.

Applications from excellent candidates with a less than ideal profile will also be considered. Women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Embedding and Terms of employment
This position will be held at the Donders Institute, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
• Employment: 1.0 FTE;
• in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
• a maximum gross monthly salary of €4,757 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 11);
• you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 30 months.
• the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities is applicable to this position;
• you will be classified as a Researcher, Level 3 in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO);

Further information about Postdoc Position 1
Please contact: Prof. dr.Peter Hagoort or Prof. dr. Antje Meyer

Postdoc Position 2
Individual differences in word learning

Content Description
This postdoc will manage the sub-project within Strand B on word learning. In this sub-project, a large number of child, adolescent, and adult (age 8-30 years) Dutch participants will be tested using behavioural and neuroimaging techniques. Behavioural tasks will include a battery of cognitive tests, the battery of language tasks generated by Strand A, measures of English and Dutch proficiency, and critically, a training task on learning new words. Neuroimaging will include functional MRI, and Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI). The goal is to characterize variability in word learning abilities by linking performance on the training task to the other behavioural data and to the functional and structural neural measures. Why do some individuals find it easier to learn language, and why do aspects of language learning change with age?

Candidates should have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in the cognitive neuroscience of language learning, memory, or a closely related field of study. They should be familiar, ideally, with running and analyzing MRI data (including DTI data), with carrying out psycholinguistic experiments, with research on individual differences, and with testing children, although the actual data acquisition will be performed primarily by research assistants. They should also have excellent organizational and communicative skills and programming abilities and they should have knowledge and experience in current data analysis techniques. They should have demonstrable interest in language acquisition (prior work on word learning would be especially welcome) and in the cognitive neuroscience of language and/or memory. They should ideally be a proficient speaker of Dutch.
Applications from excellent candidates with a less than ideal profile will also be considered. Women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Embedding and Terms of employment
This position will be held at the Donders Institute, Centre for Medical Neuroscience, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
• Employment: 1.0 FTE;
• a maximum gross monthly salary of €4,917 based on a 36-hour working week (salary scale 11);
• in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
• you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 30 months;
• the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch University Medical Centres is applicable to this position.
Further information about Postdoc Position 2
Please contact: Prof. dr. Guillén Fernández or Prof. dr. James McQueen

Two job openings in Computational Linguistics, Utrecht University: Assistant Professor and Lecturer, deadline: June 4, 2018

Two job openings in Computational Linguistics at Utrecht University: Assistant Professor and Lecturer

Deadline: 4 June 2018

The Department of Languages, Literature and Communication of Utrecht University is looking for an Assistant Professor and a Lecturer in Computational Linguistics.


JOB DESCRIPTION 1 --- Assistant Professor in Computational Linguistics

The Department of Languages, Literature and Communication of Utrecht University invites applications from excellent candidates for a full-time appointment as Assistant Professor in Computational Linguistics/Natural Language Processing. The position starts August 1, 2018 and will be in the Linguistics section of the Department. The successful candidate will be affiliated as researcher with the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics UiL OTS, with most of the teaching done as part of the Artificial Intelligence programme (AI).
We are looking for candidates working in the field of Computational Linguistics, especially for candidates who specialize in models connecting statistical NLP with formal language theories of syntax and semantics. The candidate will be expected to make a substantial contribution to the AI teaching programme and to the computational linguistics research at the UiL OTS. Accordingly, proven expertise in both linguistic theories and in statistical NLP will be a strong advantage. A demonstrated interest in collaboration with industrial partners will also be considered as an advantage.
Your teaching obligations will be in the area of Natural Language Processing, Mathematical and Computational Linguistics and Language Technology. Additional teaching areas, depending on your expertise, may include Formal Linguistics, Artificial Grammar learning, Statistics, Machine Learning and Data Mining. You will primarily teach in the AI programme (bachelor and master), but also in the Bachelor programme of Linguistics and the Research Master Linguistics.
In due course you will be expected to fulfill some coordinating duties within the AI and Linguistics programmes and occasionally in the Department. Your research will be part of the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS. For an Assistant Professor the standard teaching-research time division is 70% teaching and 30% research.

- experience in teaching at the Bachelor and Master levels;
- extensive research experience in Computational Linguistics/Natural Language Processing, proven by a - finished PhD and publications at an internationally recognized level;
- specialisation in statistical computational models that make use of formal language theories, or are used in psycholinguistic modelling;
- experience with successful applications for external funding is recommended;
- experience in a coordinating position is recommended;
- good communication skills;
- fluency in English;
- University Teaching Qualification (Dutch Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO). Candidates lacking this qualification should be prepared to follow the BKO programme available within the Faculty.
- Non-Dutch candidates are required to attain fluency in Dutch within two years of appointment.

We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for two years. The position is tenure-track, meaning that, subject to a positive performance evaluation, the position will become permanent after two years.


JOB DESCRIPTION 2 --- Lecturer in Computational Linguistics (0.7 FTE)

The Department of Languages, Literature and Communication of Utrecht University invites applications from lecturers in Computational Linguistics/Natural Language Processing. We offer a 0.7 FTE position for one year which may be extended for one year conditional on positive evaluation. The position starts August 1, 2018, and will be in the Linguistics section of the Department, with all teaching done as part of the Artificial Intelligence teaching programme.
We are looking for excellent candidates working in the field of Computational Linguistics, especially for candidates who specialize in models connecting statistical NLP with formal language theories (computational linguistics, formal syntax and semantics, computational phonology, mathematical linguistics, computational lexicons, computational psycholinguistics). Accordingly, proven expertise in both linguistic theories and in statistical NLP will be a strong advantage. The candidate will be expected to have teaching experience in one or more of the above mentioned domains.
Your teaching obligations will be in the area of Natural Language Processing, Mathematical and Computational Linguistics and Language Technology. Additional teaching areas, depending on your expertise, may include Formal Linguistics, Artificial Grammar learning, Statistics, Machine Learning and Data Mining.

- teaching experience in areas relevant to Computational Linguistics/Natural Language Processing;
- a finished PhD and publications at an internationally recognised level;
specialization in statistical computational models that make use of formal language theories, or are used in psycholinguistic modelling;
- experience in teaching at the Bachelor and Master levels;
- good communication skills;
- University Teaching Qualification (Dutch Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO) or equivalent. Candidates lacking this qualification will be expected to follow the BKO programme available within the Faculty.

We offer a temporary position (0.7 FTE) for two years.


Additional information
Look up the job ad at:
For further information, feel free to contact Prof. Yoad Winter:

Apply online through:

The application deadline for both positions is 4 June 2018.

PhD Scholarship Computational Linguistics, Graduate School for the Humanities, University of Groningen, Groningen, deadline: June 10, 2018
8 PhD Scholarships in Philosophy and Human Sciences (including Logic), University of Milan, deadline: June 14, 2018

The Doctoral School in Philosophy and Human Sciences of the University of Milan has recently issued a call for 8 three-year fully funded scholarships in the following areas of research:

• History of Philosophy

• Logic

• Metaphysics

• Contemporary Philosophy

• Theories of Language

• Philosophy of Mind

• Ethics and Politics

• Aesthetics and History of Aesthetics

• Psychology and cognitive neurosciences

• Philosophy of Economics

• Anthropology

• Sociology and Social Research Methods

For a complete description of the research topics, the requirements for applications and other information about the doctoral school see:

The deadline for applications is 14 June 2018.

Vacancy: junior researcher on narrative simulations for Alzheimer caregivers, University of Twente, Enschede, deadline: June 15, 2018

The research group Human Media Interaction of the University of Twente is looking for a junior researcher to work on the POSTHCARD project, which aims at developing and testing a simulation platform to support caregivers of Alzheimer patients.

Alzheimer is a disease that impacts not only the life of the patients themselves, but also that of their carers. Many Alzheimer patients are supported at home by their relatives or home caregiver. The behaviour changes of the patient, caused by the disease, can transform simple daily activities into overwhelming challenges. One source of tension is the non-professional caregivers' lack of knowledge and training about the proper behaviour to adopt when interacting with the patient.

In the POSTHCARD project, a platform is developed to support caregivers in their homecare of persons with Alzheimer. The core of the platform is a simulation / serious game helping the caregivers to develop efficient care strategies and reduce the burden associated to this type of homecare. The simulation will take the form of an interactive narrative, an innovative and emerging medium that derives from computer games and that both immerses the learner in an engaging narrative and enables him/her to feel like an actor in the simulated situations. The caregivers will be able to reproduce difficult situations in the simulation and explore different caring strategies.

French, English and Dutch versions of the POSTHCARD platform will be developed and pilot tested with caregivers of Alzheimer patients in Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands. The basis of the simulation will be formed by an existing simulation platform (using Unity3D) and a narrative engine provided by the University of Geneva.

As a junior researcher you will be working on the development of the Dutch version of the POSTHCARD platform, in particular on the narrative simulation part. The focus will be on the generation of the character dialogues, which may involve the development and integration of a multilingual language generation engine. Depending on your experience and interests, the work can also include, among others things, the design and behaviour generation of the virtual characters. Active involvement in the Dutch pilot tests and their follow-up is expected. As part of your work, you will be attending international project meetings and closely collaborate with international colleagues, as well as with the Dutch healthcare organisations and companies involved in the project.


You have a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as Human Media Interaction, Computer Science, Game Technology, or another related area. You are an independent worker with strong programming skills, an interest in research and development, excellent professional communication and team working skills, and a good command of both Dutch and English. Preferably, you have experience with developing natural language applications, virtual characters and/or game development in Unity. Experience with doing user research and affinity with the target group are a plus.


We offer a full-time (38 hours a week) contract for a period of 18 months. Working part-time is possible if you prefer doing so; in that case the period will be extended accordingly. The gross monthly salary will start from € 2.588,- and will depend on your experience and qualifications. You will receive a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

The University of Twente offers excellent working conditions in a stimulating scientific environment, including professional and personal development programs.


For more information on the position, please contact dr. Mariët Theune ( The full project proposal is available upon request.

To apply, upload the following information via the application link below:
- Motivation letter,
- Curriculum Vitae,
- Copy of the university grade list,
- Contact information of two academic references.

Applications should be sent before the application deadline of June 15, 2018. Interviews are expected to be held at the end of June. Starting date of the position is negotiable, but preferably as soon as possible.


The application form can be reached via the “Apply Now” link at the bottom of this page:

PhD position ITN, Italy, deadline: June 15, 2018

The Multimind project teams at the University of Milano-Bicocca, in collaboration with the University of Reading, invite applications for 2 fully-funded 3-years PhD positions in psycholinguistics starting September 1st 2018. The candidate will be integrated as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) within the European ITN Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks on Multilingualism (

Project 1: Bilingualism, biliteracy and dyslexia: advantages or disadvantages
Children obtain lower reading scores at 8 years if they have been exposed to their L2 after age 3 and perform similarly to monolingual children with DD. Since early intervention is important, it is necessary to find markers that distinguish delay due to late exposure from delay due to dyslexia. The project has the goal of investigating literacy in L2 learners. Its goals are: 1) find out markers for dyslexia in L2 children; 2)establish whether there are language specific and language independent markers of dyslexia (with an emphasis on rhythmic abilities); 3) Investigate how L2 children of Italian perform on the prerequisite for readings in preschool; 4)Determine whether bilingualism and/or biliteracy has negative, positive or no impact on children with dyslexia. The ESR will be based in the University of Milano-Bicocca, but will spend some months in the second year at the University of Reading to collect data on English. The planned non-academic secondment for the candidate involve 4 months at the Neurological Institute Besta in Milan to develop professional skills within a non-academic environment. The candidate will be involve in the activities of Bilingualism Matters @Milano Bicocca to receive training in public engagement and research dissemination.

Project 2. Language and literacy education in migrant children in educational settings
The recent increase of immigrant children is challenging European countries as their educational needs are different from monolingual children. Different countries face the problems in different ways. In order to ensure integration and the achievement of good standards, it is necessary to adopt a unified evidence-based policy. One element of this policy is the role of and attitude towards the L1 on the educational achievements in the L2. The goals of this project are: 1) Collect information about language policies for immigrant children across European countries; 2) collect information about their learning achievements during school years and evaluate practices in the light of the achievements; 3) working with different communities of immigrant children (Chinese, Polish), establish whether supporting L1 oral use and literacy for immigrant children improves oral acquisition and literacy in L2; 4) examine the efficacy of different methodologies for improving L2 acquisition and literacy, as a function of children’s age: musical activities, reading activities, specifically designed interactive apps.
The ESR will be based in the University of Milano-Bicocca, but will spend some months in the first year at the University of Reading to create synergies with other projects of the network. The planned non-academic secondments for the candidate involve 2 months at the MEDEA Institute in Bosisio Parini to develop professional skills within a non-academic environment. The candidate will be involved in the activities of Bilingualism Matters @Milano Bicocca to receive training in public engagement and research dissemination.

General selection criteria:

 A Master of Arts (MA) or a Masters of Science (MSc) or equivalent degree in Linguistics, Psychology, Speech & Language Therapy or similar discipline that provides the doctoral candidate with appropriate background for the MultiMind project.
 A high mark in the Master programme.
 A high mark on the Master Thesis.
 Research experience beyond the Undergraduate and Master programmes.
 Research methods related to MultiMind.
 Publications from the Undergraduate or Master Thesis (if any), or from other scientific activities.
 Good command of Italian (or availability to improve it quickly) and excellent command of English are a must. Command of other languages would be an asset.
 Excellent academic writing skills as assessed through a scientific document (summary of master thesis, article).
 Important mobility constraints apply: Successful applicants cannot have resided in Italy for more than 12 months in the past 36 months.

Salary: Each ESR will receive a Living Allowance (€3,110 per month multiplied by the country correction coefficient where the fellow is hosted which for Italy is 106,7% and a Mobility Allowance (€600 per month). This amount is before taxes and all compulsory (employer /employee) social security contributions. ESRs who have a family at the beginning of their employment will also receive a family allowance (€500 per month).

Students interested in the positions should connect to and look for documents required. They should send by email the documents to the following address: clearly stating that they wish to be considered for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD positions. For specific information on these two positions contact to Maria Teresa Guasti ( The initial closing date for the positions will be June 15 2018, but applications will continue to be considered until suitable candidates have been appointed. Students will all receive a confirmation of reception. Selected students will be contacted to arrange an interview over internet. Results of the selection will be available by July 15 at the latest. For more information about other positions in the network:

PhD position in Data-Driven Computational Semantics and Geographic Information Systems, Utrecht University, deadline: June 17, 2018

PhD position in Data-Driven Computational Semantics and Geographic Information Systems (1.0 FTE)

Deadline: 17 June 2018

The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UiL OTS) invites applications for a PhD position in data-driven computational semantics. The project will use large corpora and machine learning methods to acquire meanings of spatially-based concepts, which will be used as part of a natural language interface to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The project will enrich an initial model of spatial meanings (Kracht 2002, Mani & Pustejovsky 2012, Zwarts & Winter 2000) with a selected set of semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic parameters. To train this model, the project will acquire a large dataset of language use with spatial language, including ordinary texts and expert interactions with GIS. These data will be employed for training and evaluating the initial model. This novel combination of semantic representation, data-driven learning and evaluation against a real-life problem is expected to substantially advance the ability of users to interact with geographic databases.
The project will be supervised by Dr. Tejaswini Deoskar and Prof. Yoad Winter, in collaboration with Dr. Joost Zwarts and NLP researchers from the Language and Computation group at the ILLC, University of Amsterdam (Prof. Khalil Sima’an, Dr. Jelle Zuidema). The empirical study of elicited user data will be carried out in collaboration with Prof. James Hampton (Psychology, City, University of London). Work at the UiL OTS will be part of the ROCKY project, financed by an ERC Advanced grant to Prof. Yoad Winter.

Kracht, M., 2002. On the semantics of locatives. Linguistics and Philosophy, 25(2), pp.157-232.
Mani, I. and Pustejovsky, J., 2012. Interpreting motion: Grounded representations for spatial language. Oxford U.P.
Zwarts, J. and Winter, Y., 2000. Vector space semantics: A model-theoretic analysis of locative prepositions. Journal of logic, language and information, 9(2), pp.169-211.

The successful applicant for this position should have a strong background in artificial intelligence, machine-learning and computer science as well as an interest in formal semantics. Applicants should ideally hold, or be about to complete, an excellent Master's degree in Computational Linguistics or a related domain (Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and/or Computer Science). Good programming skills, proficiency in spoken and written English, as well as a keen interest in problem solving and research are essential.

Application details and additional information
Look up the job ad at:
For more information, please contact the Project Director (Yoad Winter) or the Research Coordinator at UiL OTS (Maaike Schoorlemmer).

Apply online through:

The application deadline is

Interviews will be held during the week starting June 25, 2018.

​PhD position in Formal Semantics, Utrecht University, deadline: June 17, 2018

PhD position in Formal Semantics (1.0 FTE)

Deadline: 17 June 2018

Job description
The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UiL OTS) invites applications for a PhD position in the area of formal semantics. This project will develop a theory of spatial and reciprocal expressions across languages. Starting from current theories of spatial meanings and reciprocal expressions (Zwarts & Winter 2000, Poortman et al. 2018, Winter 2018), the project will extensively compare meanings of these expressions in different languages. These data will be employed for developing a new formal semantic theory of spatial and reciprocal expressions across languages.
The project will be supervised by Dr. Joost Zwarts and Prof. Yoad Winter, in collaboration with Dr. Eva Poortman (UiL OTS) and Prof. James Hampton (Psychology, City, University of London). Work at the UiL OTS will be part of the ROCKY project, financed by an ERC Advanced grant to Prof. Yoad Winter.

E.B. Poortman et al. 2018. Reciprocal expressions and the Maximal Typicality Hypothesis. Glossa, 3:18, 1–30.
Y. Winter 2018. Symmetric Predicates and the Semantics of Reciprocal Alternations. Semantics and Pragmatics, 11.
Zwarts, J. and Winter, Y., 2000. Vector space semantics: A model-theoretic analysis of locative prepositions. Journal of logic, language and information, 9(2), 169-211.

The successful applicant for this position should have a strong background in formal semantics and linguistic theory. Applicants should ideally hold, or be about to complete, an excellent Master's degree in Formal Semantics. Excellent candidates with a research thesis in logic, mathematics, artificial intelligence, and/or computer science will also be considered, in case they can demonstrate active interest in theoretical linguistics. Good communication skills, proficiency in spoken and written English, as well as a keen interest in problem solving and research are essential.

Application details and additional information
Look up the job ad at:
For more information, please contact the Project Director (Yoad Winter) or the Research Coordinator at UiL OTS (Maaike Schoorlemmer).

Apply online through:

The application deadline is

Interviews will be held during the week starting June 25, 2018.

Calls for papers for events
CfP for Workshop on Semantic Deep Learning (SemDeep), collocated with COLING 2018, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, August, 20-15, 2018, deadline: May 25, 2018deadline

Second Call for Papers for


Workshop on Semantic Deep Learning collocated with COLING 2018.




STRICT Paper Submission Deadline: May 25, 2018 (11:50 pm CET)

Notification of Acceptance: June 20, 2018

Camera-Ready Papers Due: June 30, 2018

Workshop Dates: August 20-21, 2018

Conference Dates: August 20-25, 2018



With the experiences gained from two previous workshops on Semantic Deep Learning,

we would like to take this endeavor one step further by providing a platform at COLING 2018

where researchers and professionals in computational linguistics are invited to report results and

systems on the possible contributions of Deep Learning to classic problems in semantic applications,

such as meaning representation, dependency parsing, semantic role labelling, word sense

disambiguation, semantic relation extraction, statistical relational learning, knowledge base

completion, or semantically grounded inference.

There are notable examples of contributions leveraging either deep neural architectures or distributed

representations learned via deep neural networks in the broad area of Semantic Web technologies.

These include, among others: (lightweight) ontology learning, ontology alignment , ontology annotation,

and ontology prediction. Ontologies, on the other hand, have been repeatedly utilized as background

knowledge for machine learning tasks. As an example, there is a myriad of hybrid approaches for

learning embeddings by jointly incorporating corpus-based evidence and semantic resources.

This interplay between structured knowledge and corpus-based approaches has given way to

knowledge-rich embeddings, which in turn have proven useful for tasks such as hypernym discovery ,

collocation discovery and classification, word sense disambiguation, and many others.

We thus invite submissions that illustrate how NLP can benefit from the interaction between deep learning

and Semantic Web resources and technologies. At the same time, we are interested in submissions that

show how knowledge representation can assist in deep learning tasks deployed in the field of NLP

and how knowledge representation systems can build on top of deep learning results, for example

in the field of Neural Machine Translation (NMT).



Structured knowledge in deep learning:

- neural networks and logic rules for semantic compositionality

- learning and applying knowledge graph embeddings to NLP tasks

- learning semantic similarity and encoding distances as knowledge graph

- ontology-based text classification

- multilingual resources for neural representations of linguistics

- semantic role labeling

Deep reasoning and inferences:

- commonsense reasoning and vector space models

- reasoning with deep learning methods

Learning knowledge representations with deep learning

- deep learning methods for knowledge-base completion

- deep learning models for learning knowledge representations from text

- deep learning ontological annotations

Joint tasks:

- information retrieval and extraction with knowledge graphs and deep learning models

- knowledge-based deep word sense disambiguation and entity linking

- investigation of compatibilities and incompatibilities between deep learning and Semantic Web approaches



Authors are invited to submit papers describing original, unpublished

work, completed or in progress. The papers should be maximally 9

pages with maximally 2 additional pages for references.

The COLING 2018 templates must be used. Paper submission will be

electronic in PDF format through the SoftConf conference management system.

Workshop Proceedings will be published by COLING 2018.



Reviewing will be double-blind, so authors need to conceal their

identity. The paper should not include the authors' names and affiliations, nor any acknowledgements. Limit anonymized

self-references only to articles that are relevant for reviewers.



Luis Espinosa Anke, Cardiff University, UK

Thierry Declerck, German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH), Saarbrücken, Germany

Dagmar Gromann, Technical University Dresden (TU Dresden), Dresden, Germany



Kemo Adrian, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC), Bellaterra, Spain

Luu Ahn Tuan (Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore)

Miguel Ballesteros, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

Jose Camacho-Collados, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Gerard Casamayor, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

Stamatia Dasiopoulou, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

Maarten Grachten, Austrian Research Institute for AI, Vienna, Austria

Dario Garcia-Casulla, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Barcelona, Spain

Jorge Gracia Del Río, University of Zaragoza, Spain

Jindrich Helcl, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Dirk Hovy, Computer Science Department of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Petya Osenova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria

Martin Riedel, Hamburg University, Germany

Stephen Roller, Facebook AI Research

Francesco Ronzano, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain

Enrico Santus, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Francois Scharffe, Axon Research, New York, USA

Vered Shwartz, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Isreal

Kiril Simov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria

Michael Spranger, Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc., Tokyo, Japan

Armand Vilalta, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Barcelona, Spain

Arkaitz Zubiaga, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

CfP Workshop 'Once upon a time... Semantic approaches to fiction, literature, and narrative', University of Groningen, Groningen, September 17-18, 2018, deadline: May 25, 2018

2nd CfP: Workshop 'Once upon a time... Semantic approaches to fiction, literature, and narrative.'

- Deadline for 2p abstracts: May 25, 2018
- Conference: September 17-18, 2018, University of Groningen
- Notification: June 10, 2018

In this workshop we want to bring together linguists and philosophers interested in applying formal semantic tools to linguistic phenomena characteristic of fiction/narrative. Examples of questions we would like to address include:

- Are there languages with dedicated markers of fiction or story-telling (e.g. "fiction-evidentials")?
- What exactly are so-called historical/narrative uses of present tense? Are there other tense/aspect/mood configurations characteristic of narrative?
- What is the role of imagination in the semantics of fiction?
- Conversely, what is the role of the usual foundational semantic concepts like truth, reference, truth-conditions, and common ground?
- Can/should we distinguish fiction and non-fiction at a discourse level, e.g. in terms of discourse structure, coherence relations etc.?
- How to model free indirect discourse and other forms of perspective shifting, and to what extent are these constructions characteristic of narrative fiction?
- What is the role of (direct) speech/thought representation in literature?
- How can we model different types of narration/narrators (omniscient third person, first/second person narration, unreliable narrators) semantically?
- Can we push our semantics beyond literary/textual narrative to e.g. oral storytelling, comics, picture books, movies, or narrative music/dance?


- Márta Abrusán (Paris)
- Stefan Hinterwimmer (Köln)
- Hans Kamp (Austin/Stuttgart)
- Alessandro Zucchi (Milan)


We invite submissions of anonymous two-page abstracts (including references etc.) for 25 minute talks (plus 10 minutes discussion), on or before May 25, via Easychair. With enough high quality submissions we'll also organize a poster session with lightning talks.

CfP Logic and Algorithms in Computational Linguistics 2018 (LACompLing2018), Stockholm, Sweden, August 28-31, 2018, deadline: May 31, 2018 [EXTENDED]


* Extended submission deadline *

*** 31 May 2018 ***

for papers and abstracts (due to requests)



Symposium Logic and Algorithms in Computational Linguistics 2018 (LACompLing2018)

Stockholm, 28-31 August 2018

Department of Mathematics, Stockholm University




Computational linguistics studies natural language in its various manifestations from a computational point of view, both on the theoretical level (modeling grammar modules dealing with natural language form and meaning, and the relation between these two) and on the practical level (developing applications for language and speech technology). Right from the start in the 1950ties, there have been strong links with computer science, logic, and many areas of mathematics - one can think of Chomsky's contributions to the theory of formal languages and automata, or Lambek's logical modeling of natural language syntax. The workshop assesses the place of logic, mathematics, and computer science in present day computational linguistics. It intends to be a forum for presenting new results as well as work in progress.




The workshop focuses mainly on logical approaches to computational processing of natural language, and on the applicability of methods and techniques from the study of artificial languages (programming/logic) in computational linguistics. We invite participation and submissions from other relevant approaches too, especially if they can inspire new work and approaches.

The topics of LACompLing2018 include, but are not limited to:

- Computational theories of human language

- Computational syntax

- Computational semantics

- Computational syntax-semantics interface

- Interfaces between morphology, lexicon, syntax, semantics, speech, text, pragmatics

- Computational grammar

- Logic and reasoning systems for linguistics

- Type theories for linguistics

- Models of computation and algorithms for linguistics

- Language processing

- Parsing algorithms

- Generation of language from semantic representations

- Large-scale grammars of natural languages

- Multilingual processing

- Data science in language processing

- Machine learning of language

- Interdisciplinary methods

- Integration of formal, computational, model theoretic, graphical, diagrammatic, statistical, and other related methods

- Logic for information extraction or expression in written and spoken language

- Language theories based on biological fundamentals of information and languages

- Computational neuroscience of language



Submission deadline, regular papers: 31 May 2018 (Anywhere on Earth / AoE) - extended

Submission deadline, abstracts: 31 May 2018 (AoE)

Notifications: 15 June 2018

Final submissions: TBA

LACompLing2018: between 28-31 Aug 2018 (few days, depending on the program)



We invite original, regular papers that are not submitted concurrently to another conference or for publication elsewhere. Abstracts of presentations can be on work submitted or published elsewhere.

- Regular papers: maximum 10 pages, including figures and references

- Abstracts of contributed presentations: not more than 2 pages

- The submissions of proposed papers and abstracts have to be in pdf

- The camera-ready submissions require the pdf and their sources

Authors are required to use Springer LNCS style files. Styles and templates can be downloaded from Springer, for LaTeX and Microsoft:

The submissions are via the EasyChair management system of LACompLing2018:



- The proceedings of LACompLing2018 will be published digitally by the DiVA system of Stockholm University:

- Improved and extended versions of selected papers, which have been presented at the workshop LACompLing2018, will be published in a special issue of a journal after the workshop.



Krasimir Angelov, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Kristina Liefke, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany

Roussanka Loukanova, Stockholm University, Sweden (chair)

Michael Moortgat, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Satoshi Tojo, School of Information Science, JAIST, Japan



Roussanka Loukanova (

Kristina Liefke (




Symposium Logic and Algorithms in Computational Linguistics 2018 (LACompLing2018)

Stockholm, 28-31 August 2018

Department of Mathematics, Stockholm University




Computational linguistics studies natural language in its various manifestations from a computational point of view, both on the theoretical level (modeling grammar modules dealing with natural language form and meaning, and the relation between these two) and on the practical level (developing applications for language and speech technology). Right from the start in the 1950ties, there have been strong links with computer science, logic, and many areas of mathematics - one can think of Chomsky's contributions to the theory of formal languages and automata, or Lambek's logical modeling of natural language syntax. The workshop assesses the place of logic, mathematics, and computer science in present day computational linguistics. It intends to be a forum for presenting new results as well as work in progress.




The workshop focuses mainly on logical approaches to computational processing of natural language, and on the applicability of methods and techniques from the study of artificial languages (programming/logic) in computational linguistics. We invite participation and submissions from other relevant approaches too, especially if they can inspire new work and approaches.

The topics of LACompLing2018 include, but are not limited to:

- Computational theories of human language

- Computational syntax

- Computational semantics

- Computational syntax-semantics interface

- Interfaces between morphology, lexicon, syntax, semantics, speech, text, pragmatics

- Computational grammar

- Logic and reasoning systems for linguistics

- Type theories for linguistics

- Models of computation and algorithms for linguistics

- Language processing

- Parsing algorithms

- Generation of language from semantic representations

- Large-scale grammars of natural languages

- Multilingual processing

- Data science in language processing

- Machine learning of language

- Interdisciplinary methods

- Integration of formal, computational, model theoretic, graphical, diagrammatic, statistical, and other related methods

- Logic for information extraction or expression in written and spoken language

- Language theories based on biological fundamentals of information and languages

- Computational neuroscience of language



Submission deadline, regular papers: 15 May 2018 (Anywhere on Earth / AoE)

Submission deadline, abstracts: 31 May 2018 (AoE)

Notifications: 15 June 2018

Final submissions: TBA

LACompLing2018: between 28-31 Aug 2018 (few days, depending on the program)



We invite original, regular papers that are not submitted concurrently to another conference or for publication elsewhere. Abstracts of presentations can be on work submitted or published elsewhere.

- Regular papers: maximum 10 pages, including figures and references

- Abstracts of contributed presentations: not more than 2 pages

- The submissions of proposed papers and abstracts have to be in pdf

- The camera-ready submissions require the pdf and their sources

Authors are required to use Springer LNCS style files. Styles and templates can be downloaded from Springer, for LaTeX and Microsoft:

The submissions are via the EasyChair management system of LACompLing2018:



- The proceedings of LACompLing2018 will be published digitally by the DiVA system of Stockholm University:

- Improved and extended versions of selected papers, which have been presented at the workshop LACompLing2018, will be published in a special issue of a journal after the workshop.



Krasimir Angelov, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Kristina Liefke, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany

Roussanka Loukanova, Stockholm University, Sweden (chair)

Michael Moortgat, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Satoshi Tojo, School of Information Science, JAIST, Japan



Roussanka Loukanova (

Kristina Liefke (

Call for submissions Special Issue of the Journal of Logic, Language, and Information (JoLLI), deadline: May 31, 2018



The Journal Logic, Language, and Information (JoLLI) invites high quality submissions of original research or survey papers to a special issue on Logical Aspects of Multi-Agent Systems, expected to be published in the early 2019. This special issue is a post-proceedings of the CSL 2017 affiliated LAMAS workshop held in Stockholm, August 25, 2017, but the call is open for all relevant submissions.

The following is a non-exclusive list of specific topics in the focus of the special issue:
- Logico-philosophical and foundational aspects of MAS.
- Logical modeling of MAS
- Logical systems for specification, analysis, and reasoning about MAS
- Deductive systems and decision procedures for logics for MAS
- Algorithmic methods for formal verification of MAS
- Applications of logics in MAS.

The papers should be typeset in LATEX, using the JoLLI style, obtainable from

By default, each submission is limited to 25 pages. Should you need more space, please contact the guest editors of the special issue.

The submissions must be sent electronically, via the JoLLi/Springer submission system. See further instructions on how to submit on the link above. When submitting, please indicate the option "LAMAS special issue".

All submissions will be subjected to a proper refereeing procedure, in compliance with the standard reviewing policy of JoLLI.

Natasha Alechina, University of Nottingham
Valentin Goranko, Stockholm University

Paper submission: (deadline extended) May 31, 2018
Reviews and notification: September 10, 2018
Final versions: October 10, 2018

For any questions regarding the special issue please contact the guest editors by sending email to or

CfP RomTiN5 Romance linguistics, University of Groningen, Groningen, June 22, 2018, deadline: May 31, 2018

Call for Papers: RomTiN5, University of Groningen, June 22, 2018, deadline: May 31, 2018

English (Dutch below)

Are you a (recently or almost graduated) MA-student or a PhDstudent? And are you doing linguistic research on Romance languages? Then, RomTiN is for you! RomTiN is an informal workshop at which junior researchers in Romance linguistics can present their work to other junior and senior colleagues. It is an excellent chance to meet other people working on Romance Linguistics in an informal setting and to get feedback on your research. RomTiN5 will take place on Friday afternoon June 22, 2018 at the University of Groningen.

Sounds good? Then submit on Thursday May 31, 2018 at the latest a small abstract of max. 200 words to We welcome submissions from any subdiscipline (Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Acquisition, Phonetics, Phonology, Syntax, Pragmatics, Corpus Linguistics, etc.) as long as it pertains to the Romance languages.

Talks will be 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

If you have any questions, please contact Bob de Jonge via email: Submission deadline: Thursday 31 May, 2018 Workshop date: Friday 22 June, 2018. Workshop venue: University of Groningen, Harmony building, Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26, room 1315.0036. Talks: 20 minutes + 10 for discussion, on any topic within Romance linguistics. Organizer: Bob de Jonge.

Dutch (English above)

Ben jij een (net of bijna afgestudeerde) MA-student of een AIO? Doe je taalkundig onderzoek naar de Romaanse talen? Dan is RomTiN ideaal voor jou! RomTiN is een informele workshop waar junior onderzoekers op het gebied van de Romaanse taalkunde hun onderzoeksresultaten kunnen presenteren aan een gemengd publiek van zowel senior onderzoekers als mede-AIOs/MA-studenten. RomTiN is dé ideale gelegenheid om kennis te maken met andere
onderzoekers op het gebied van de Romaanse taalkunde en om feedback te krijgen op je onderzoek. RomTiN5 zal plaatsvinden op vrijdag 22 juni aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

Geïnteresseerd? Dien dan uiterlijk donderdag 31 mei 2018 een korte beschrijving (max. 200 woorden) van hetgeen je wilt presenteren in door te mailen naar Presentaties over elk onderwerp binnen de Romaanse taalkunde (Semantiek, sociolinguïstiek, acquisitie, fonologie, fonetiek, syntaxis, pragmatiek en corpuslinguïstiek) zijn van harte welkom.

De presentaties zullen ieder 20 minuten duren gevolgd door 10 minuten discussie.

Voor nadere informatie, neem contact op met Bob de Jonge: Deadline voor het indienen van abstracts: donderdag 31 mei 2018 Datum workshop: vrijdag 22 juni 2018 Plaats: Harmonie, RUG, zaal 1315.0036. Presentaties: 20 minuten + 10 voor discussie, elk onderwerp binnen de Romaanse taalkunde welkom. Organisatie: Bob de Jonge.

Call for abstracts for workshop 'Young Female Researchers in Speech Science & Technology', Hyderabad, India, September 1, 2018, deadline: June 1, 2018 [EXTENDED]

YFRSW-2018, Hyderabad, India, September 1, 2018

Final call for the 3rd International Workshop for Young Female Researchers
in Speech Science
& Technology (YFRSW-2018)
Special event of Interspeech 2018, Hyderabad, India

== Important Dates:
- Abstract submission opens: 16 April 2018
- EXTENDED DEADLINE: Abstract submission closes: 1 June 2018
- Notification of acceptance: 15 June 2018
- Registration deadline: 5 July 2018
- Workshop date: 1 September 2018

== Topic:
The aim of this workshop is to bring women undergraduate and masters
students, who are currently working in speech science and technology,
together at a special event co-located with Interspeech 2018, Hyderabad,
India. The workshop will take place on 1 September 2018 from 10am to 5pm
followed by a dinner with invited senior members of the Interspeech
community. It will feature panel discussions with senior female
researchers in the field, student poster presentations and a mentoring
The workshop is the third of its kind, after a successful inaugural event
(YFRSW 2016) at Interspeech 2016 in San Francisco and the second event
(YFRSW 2017) in Stockholm, Sweden. It is designed to foster interest in
research in our field in women at the undergraduate or master level who
have not yet committed to getting a PhD in speech science or technology
areas, but who have had some research experience in their college and
universities via individual or group projects.

== Call for Participation
Abstracts describing the student’s (planned) research (maximum of 300
words) should be submitted by email to by May 24, 2018.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the committee and applicants will be
notified by June 15, 2018. Emphasis will be on inclusivity although all
submissions should be in the core scientific domains covered by

== Preliminary Program:
The workshop will include the following events:
* A welcome breakfast with introductions (1h)
* A panel of senior women talking about their own research and experiences
as women in the speech community (1h)
* A panel of senior students who work in the speech area to describe how
they became interested in speech research (1h)
* A poster session for the students to present their own research (2h)
* A coaching session between students and senior women mentors (1h)
* A networking lunch for students and senior women (1h)

== Organizing committee:
Amber Afshan (UCLA),
Kay Berkling (Karlsruhe University),
Heidi Christensen (University of Sheffield),
Maxine Eskenazi (CMU),
Milica Gasic (Cambridge University),
Dilek Hakkani-Tür (Google Inc),
Preethi Jyothi (IIT Bombay),
Esther Klabbers (ReadSpeaker),
Lori Lamel (LIMSI CNRS)
Yang Liu (University of Texas Dallas)
Karen Livescu (Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago),
Pratibha Moogi (Samsung Electronics),
Emily Mower Provost (University of Michigah),
Catharine Oertel (EPFL)
Bhuvana Ramabhadran (Google Inc),
Odette Scharenborg (M*Modal),
Elizabeth Shriberg (Ellipsis Health Inc),
Isabel Trancoso (INESC-ID / Instituto Superior Técnico)

For further details, please see:

CfP Formals 2018, Formal Reasoning and Semantics, Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 24-28, 2018, deadline: June 1, 2018

FORMALS 2018: Formal Reasoning and Semantics

24-28 Sep 2018

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

Submission deadline: 1 June 2018

The 1st workshop of 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, especially 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.


1. Vivek Nigam, Federal University of Paraba, Joao Pessoa, Brazil and fortiss An-Institut Technische Universität München, Germany

2. TBA


Abstract Submission: 1 June 2018

Author Notification: 25 June 2018

Final version: 5 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 with the subject "FORMALS 2018".



Tin Perkov, Tajana Ban Kirigin, Marcel Maretic, Benedikt Perak, Aleksandar Hatzivelkos, Luka Mikec, Branimir Stojanovic

CfP SEMDIAL 2018 Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, Aix-en-Provence, France, November 8-10, 2018, deadline: June 1, 2018

**** SEMDIAL 2018 (AixDial) - 1st Call for Papers ****



8-10th November 2018

Aix-en-Provence, France

AixDial will be the 22nd edition of the SemDial workshop series,

which aims to bring together researchers working on the semantics

and pragmatics of dialogue in fields such as formal semantics and

pragmatics, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy,

psychology, and neuroscience. In 2018 the workshop will be hosted

by Aix Marseille University, and organized by the Language and

Speech Lab (LPL) as well as the Computer Science Lab (LIS). It will

be collocated with the Workshop on Prosody and Meaning: Information

Structure and Beyond,.




We invite papers on all topics related to the semantics and pragmatics

of dialogue, including, but not limited to:

- semantic/pragmatic interpretation in dialogue

- common ground/mutual belief

- goals, intentions and commitments in communication

- turn-taking and interaction control

- multimodality: gesture, gaze, intonational meaning in communication

- dialogue and discourse structure

- the dynamics of agents' information states in dialogue

- interpretation and reasoning in spoken dialogue systems

- dialogue management

- categorisation of dialogue phenomena in corpora

- child-adult interaction

- language learning through dialogue

- designing and evaluating dialogue systems

- machine learning applied to dialogue

- experimental approaches to dialogue (eye-tracking, time responses,...)

- using physiological mesures (breathing, pulse, perspiration,...) for dialogue study

- neurophysiology of dialogue (EEG, FMRi, FNIRS,...)


Authors should submit an *anonymous* paper of at most 8 pages of

content (up to 2 additional pages are allowed for references).

Formatting instructions and the URL of the submission site will be available

on the AixDial website soon. There will be a later a call for 2-page abstracts

describing system demonstrations and/or ongoing projects relevant to the topics of

the workshop.


Submissions due : June 1st, 2018

Notification : July 20th, 2018

Demo / Project deadline : September, 7th, 2018

Final version due : October 1st, 2018

SemDial : November 8-10th, 2018


Benoît Favre (LIS, Aix Marseille Université)

Magalie Ochs (LIS, Aix Marseille Université)

Laurent Prévot (LPL, Aix Marseille Université)


Stéphanie Desous (LPL, Aix Marseille Université)

Benoît Favre (LIS, Aix Marseille Université)

Simone Fuscone (LPL-LIS, Aix Marseille Université)

Magalie Ochs (LIS, Aix Marseille Université)

Laurent Prévot (LPL, Aix Marseille Université)



Raquel Fernandez (University of Amsterdam)

David Schlangen (Bielefeld University)

CfP AWIA Symposium 'Psychotheraypy, psychiatry and emotions', Nijmegen, October 4-5, 2018, deadline: June 1, 2018

AWIA symposium 2018


Graag vragen we jullie aandacht voor het 14e AWIA symposium dat we organiseren op 4-5 oktober 2018 aan de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. De buitenlandse gast die centraal staat tijdens de eerste dag van het symposium is Prof. Anssi Peräkylä (University of Helsinki), die heeft gekozen voor het volgende thema : ‘Psychotheraypy, psychiatry and emotions’. Anssi zal twee lezingen geven passend bij het thema en een datasessie leiden. De tweede dag is gereserveerd voor onderzoekspresentaties.

Bij dezen nodigen we Nederlandse en Vlaamse onderzoekers van harte uit een abstract in te dienen over interactie-/conversatieanalytisch onderzoek. We moedigen indieners aan om aan te sluiten bij het thema ‘Psychotheraypy, psychiatry and emotions’, maar ook andere onderwerpen zijn welkom. We bieden graag zowel beginnend als gevorderd onderzoekers een podium om hun (lopende) onderzoek te presenteren.

Abstracts hebben een maximum lengte van 500 woorden (inclusief eventuele data, exclusief referentielijst) en moeten in het Engels geschreven zijn. Om de gastspreker in staat te stellen deel te nemen aan de discussie is de voertaal tijdens het symposium Engels.

Voeg de namen van de auteur(s), eventueel de relevante organisatie(s) en de titel van het abstract toe in het document. Je kunt je abstract als bijlage bij een email versturen aan [ ] tot uiterlijk 1 juni 2018.

Notificaties van acceptatie of niet-acceptatie zullen half juli 2018 worden verzonden.

Voor meer informatie, zie de Anéla website:

Wyke Stommel

Guusje Jol


Anssi Peräkylä

In the plenary presentations, I will be presenting conversation analytical studies on psychotherapy (presentation 1) and studies on emotion in interaction using combinations of conversation analytical and experimental methods (presentation 2). The data to be explored in the data session involves psychiatric intake interview.

The first presentation will lay out an overall view of conversation analytic (CA) study on psychotherapy. In a sociological perspective, psychotherapy is to be understood as a particular form of institutional interaction. The key characteristic of psychotherapy as institutional interaction arises from its particular inferential frameworks (see Drew and Heritage 1992: 21-25): the clients’ talk is understood beyond the speaker’s intended meaning, as indication of the particular (usually dysfunctional) ways of working of the patient’s mind (Peräkylä 2013). The goal of psychotherapy, accordingly, is to transform these ways of working of the mind in the client. In achieving that goal, psychotherapy is organized around sequences of actions, which can be characterized as being initiatory, responsive, or “third position” actions. CA studies have mostly focused on therapist’s actions, such as questions, formulations and interpretations. I will be arguing that through the sequences of actions, three transformation processes take place: the transformation of referents, emotions, and momentary relations between the participants. I will argue that these are key processes in enhancing therapeutic change in the patient. Key challenges for CA studies on psychotherapy will be discussed. One of them involves study designs that encompass long term processes extending the boundaries of single session. Another key challenge involves the understanding of interaction patterns pertaining to specific psychic disorders (such as depression, anxiety, or personality disorder). Finally, the contribution of CA on psychotherapy to CA studies on institutional interaction more generally will be discussed: particularly, I will argue that CA of psychotherapy highlights the importance of management of referents and the processes that go beyond single sequences and encounters, as targets of CA analysis.

The second presentation will give an overview of a string of studies on emotions in interaction using CA and experimental methods. In studies on facial expression, we have been exploring how facial expressions are coordinated with the initiation and completion of turns at talk, doing work to initiate, enhance or transform the emotional stances that are being conveyed by the speakers. In studies on emotion in psychotherapy, we have explored the different combinations of empathy and challenge in therapists’ responses to patients’ emotional expressions and narratives. For example, prosodic matching and mismatching between the patient’s and the therapist’s talk anticipatorily conveys either empathy or challenge by the therapist, in relation to the patient’s emotion descriptions. In a set of experimental studies, we have explored the ways in which the expressed stance of stories, and the affiliation displayed by the story recipients, are linked to the autonomous nervous system responses in the participants. These studies have uncovered linkages between the “interaction order”, and the physiological processes in the participants, thus elaborating Goffmanian view of interaction.

The data session will focus on psychiatric assessment interviews in an outpatient clinic. The data are in Finnish. The goal of psychiatric assessment is to define the patient’s diagnosis and treatment plan. In discussing diagnosis, the roles of the clinician and the patient seem to be different from what they are in somatic medicine: in the psychiatric assessment, the clinician seems to encourage and solicit patient participation in discussion on diagnosis, in ways that are rather rare in somatic medicine.

CfP International Conference on Statistical Language and Speech processing, Mons Belgium, October 15-17, 2018, deadline: June 3, 2018 [EXTENDED]



SLSP 2018

Mons, Belgium

October 15-17, 2018

Co-organized by:

University of Mons

LANGUAGE Institute
University of Mons

Institute for Research Development, Training and Advice (IRDTA), Brussels/London



SLSP is a yearly conference series aimed at promoting and displaying excellent research on the wide spectrum of statistical methods that are currently in use in computational language or speech processing. It aims at attracting contributions from both fields. Though there exist large, well-known conferences and workshops hosting contributions to any of these areas, SLSP is a more focused meeting where synergies between subdomains and people will hopefully happen. In SLSP 2018, significant room will be reserved to young scholars at the beginning of their career and particular focus will be put on methodology.


SLSP 2018 will take place in Mons, which was European Capital of Culture in 2015. The venue will be:

University of Mons
31 Bvd Dolez, 7000 Mons


The conference invites submissions discussing the employment of statistical models (including machine learning) within language and speech processing. Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to:

anaphora and coreference resolution
authorship identification, plagiarism and spam filtering
computer-aided translation
corpora and language resources
data mining and semantic web
information extraction
information retrieval
knowledge representation and ontologies
lexicons and dictionaries
machine translation
multimodal technologies
natural language understanding
neural representation of speech and language
opinion mining and sentiment analysis
part-of-speech tagging
question-answering systems
semantic role labelling
speaker identification and verification
speech and language generation
speech recognition
speech synthesis
speech transcription
spelling correction
spoken dialogue systems
term extraction
text categorisation
text summarisation
user modeling


SLSP 2018 will consist of:

invited talks
peer-reviewed contributions


Thomas Hain (University of Sheffield), Crossing Domains in Automatic Speech Recognition

Simon King (University of Edinburgh), Does 'End-to-End' Speech Synthesis Make any Sense?

Isabel Trancoso (Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon), Analysing Speech for Clinical Applications


Steven Abney (University of Michigan, US)
Srinivas Bangalore (Interactions LLC, US)
Jean-François Bonastre (University of Avignon et Pays du Vaucluse, FR)
Pierrette Bouillon (University of Geneva, CH)
Nicoletta Calzolari (Italian National Research Council, IT)
Erik Cambria (Nanyang Technological University, SG)
Kenneth W. Church (Baidu Research, US)
Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp, BE)
Thierry Dutoit (University of Mons, BE)
Marcello Federico (Bruno Kessler Foundation, IT)
Robert Gaizauskas (University of Sheffield, UK)
Ralph Grishman (New York University, US)
Udo Hahn (University of Jena, DE)
Siegfried Handschuh (University of Passau, DE)
Mark Hasegawa-Johnson (University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, US)
Keikichi Hirose (University of Tokyo, JP)
Julia Hirschberg (Columbia University, US)
Nancy Ide (Vassar College, US)
Gareth Jones (Dublin City University, IE)
Philipp Koehn (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Haizhou Li (National University of Singapore, SG)
Carlos Martín-Vide (Rovira i Virgili University, ES, chair)
Yuji Matsumoto (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, JP)
Alessandro Moschitti (Qatar Computing Research Institute, QA)
Hermann Ney (RWTH Aachen University, DE)
Jian-Yun Nie (University of Montréal, CA)
Elmar Nöth (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, DE)
Cecile Paris (CSIRO Data61, AU)
Jong C. Park (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, KR)
Alexandros Potamianos (National Technical University of Athens, GR)
Paul Rayson (Lancaster University, UK)
Mats Rooth (Cornell University, US)
Paolo Rosso (Technical University of Valencia, ES)
Alexander Rudnicky (Carnegie Mellon University, US)
Tanja Schultz (University of Bremen, DE)
Holger Schwenk (Facebook AI Research, FR)
Vijay K. Shanker (University of Delaware, US)
Richard Sproat (Google Research, US)
Tomoki Toda (Nagoya University, JP)
Gökhan Tür (Google Research, US)
Yorick Wilks (Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, US)
Phil Woodland (University of Cambridge, UK)
Dekai Wu (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK)
Junichi Yamagishi (University of Edinburgh, UK)


Stéphane Dupont (Mons)
Thierry Dutoit (Mons, co-chair)
Kévin El Haddad (Mons)
Kathy Huet (Mons)
Sara Morales (Brussels)
Manuel J. Parra Royón (Granada)
Gueorgui Pironkov (Mons)
David Silva (London, co-chair)


Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages (all included) and should be prepared according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series (see

Submissions have to be uploaded to:


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

A special issue of Computer Speech and Language (Elsevier, JCR 2016 impact factor: 1.900) will be later published containing peer-reviewed substantially extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation.


The registration form can be found at:

DEADLINES (all at 23:59 CET):

Paper submission: June 3, 2018 – EXTENDED –
Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: July 3, 2018
Final version of the paper for the LNCS/LNAI proceedings: July 13, 2018
Early registration: July 13, 2018
Late registration: October 1, 2018
Submission to the journal special issue: January 17, 2019



Université de Mons

Institute for Research Development, Training and Advice (IRDTA), Brussels/London

CfP Workshop 'Semantic annotation' at COLING, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, August 20-25, deadline: June 8, 2018 [EXTENDED]



14th Joint ACL - ISO Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation

at COLING 2018, Santa Fé, New Mexico, USA, 20-25 August 2018

ISA-14 is the fourteenth edition of a series of joint workshops of the ACL Special Interest Group in Semantics (SIGSEM) and the International Organisation for Standardisation ISO. The first workshop in this series took part in conjunction with the IWCS 2003 conference in Tilburg (Netherlands); the latest editions were held as part of the LREC conference in Portoroz (Slovenia), 2016 (ISA-12) and the IWCS conference 2017 in Montpellier (France), September 2017 (ISA-13).

ISA-workshops bring together experts in the annotation of semantic information as expressed in text, speech, gestures, graphics, video, images, and in communicative behaviour where multiple modalities are combined. Examples of semantic annotation include the markup of events, time, space, dialogue acts, discourse relations, semantic roles, coreference, and named entities, for which the ISO organisation pursues the establishment and exploitation of standardised annotation methods and representation schemes in order to support the creation of interoperable semantic resources.

Topics for submissions include, but are not limited to:

* methodological aspects of semantic annotation

* integration of semantic annotation and other linguistic annotations

* considerations for merging annotations of distinct phenomena

* use of multiple levels of annotation

* semantic annotation, interpretation, and inferencing

* levels of granularity in annotation schemes

* use of context in semantic annotation procedures

* uncertainty and ambiguity in semantic annotations

* semantic annotation and ontologies

* comparison of semantic annotation schemes

* evaluation metrics and strategies for semantic annotation

* evaluation of semantic annotations

* experiments in semantic annotation

* applications of semantic annotation

* best practices for semantic annotation procedures

* application and evaluation of standards for semantic annotation

* language- or application-specific aspects of semantic annotation

* issues in the annotation of specific domains of semantic information, such as:

- events, states, processes, circumstances, facts

- relations in discourse and dialogue

- time and space

- modality, polarity and factuality,

- quantification and modification

- coreference relations

- semantic roles and predicate-argument structures

- reference and named entities

- attribution, attitudes, and sentiment

Three types of submission are invited:

- Research papers, describing original research in the area of semantic annotation; these can be either long (6-8 pages,

not including references) or short (3-4 pages, not including references);

- Project notes, describing recent, ongoing or planned projects involving semantic annotation (2-4 pages including references;

- Demonstration notes, accompanying demonstration of software tools to support manual semantic annotation, or systems

for automatic semantic annotation (2-4 pages including references),

Submission of papers is through the ISA-14 submission site, which is now open:

Submissions should be formatted in the same way as those to the COLING 2018 conference (, using the COLING 2018 templates.

These are provided in LaTeX and MS Word, and can be downloaded from



Harry Bunt (chair)

Nancy Ide

Kiyong Lee

James Pustejovsky

Laurent Romary



Jan Alexandersson

Ron Artstein

Harry Bunt (chair)

Nicoletta Calzolari

Jae-Woong Choe

Robin Cooper

Thierry Declerck

David DeVault

Liesbeth Degand

Jens Edlund

Alex Fang

Robert Gaizauskas

Jan Hajic

Koiti Hasida

Elisabetta Jezek

Simon Keizer

Kiyong Lee

Adam Meyers

Philippe Muller

Malvina Nissim

Patrizia Paggio

Silvia Pareti

Volha Petukhova

Massimo Poesio

James Pustejovsky

Ines Rehbein

Laurent Romary

Merel Scholman

Manfred Stede

Matthew Stone

Thorsten Trippel

Carl Vogel

Piek Vossen

Menno van Zaanen

Annie Zaenen

Heike Zinsmeister

Sandrine Zufferey



May 25, 2018: Deadline for submitting papers EXTENDED TO JUNE 8
June 25, 2018: Notification of acceptance
August 1, 2018: Submission of camera-ready papers


For more information see the workshop page at or contact the workshop chair Harry Bunt (

Call for submissions FOIS 2018 Ontologies Competition, Cape Town, South Africa, September 17-21, 2018, deadline: June 15, 2018

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: You will be asked to choose a track. Choose "Ontology Competition".

Important dates:

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

Presentation at FOIS September 17-21.
FOIS website:
Competition website:

Organizers: Alan Ruttenberg(, Melanie

Program committee to be announced.

CfP LNAT4: Scales in language and logic, Brussels, Belgium, September 20-21, 2018, deadline: June 15, 2018

CRISSP is proud to present the fourth installment of Logic Now And Then:
Scales in language and logic
Brussels, September 20-21, 2018

Call for Papers

Theme description

Scalarity is a rich field of study in linguistics and logic. Linguistically, it enters into the meaning of a wide range of expressions. The best-known case in degree semantics may well be the gradable adjective (tall, short, likely, good ), but crosscategorially many other cases have been detected and analysed in similar scalar terms:

* Verbs: degree achievement verbs (broaden, widen), directed motion (rise, drop ), measure verbs (cost), psych-verbs (like, amuse);
* Nouns: gradable nouns (an utter fool, a slight disappointment);
* Adverbs: intensifying (hard/much), focus associating (only, even, merely);
* Prepositions: (above, before, under);
* Cardinal and ordinal numerals (five, sixth);
* Quantifiers (many, more, most, all, few).

Given the crucial role of scalarity in the semantics of vague adjectives and nouns (e.g. tall, heap), it can help to understand the sorites paradox, which has been studied extensively in philosophical logic (Keefe 2000). Some solutions to this paradox, such as Williamson’s (1994) epistemicism, stick to classical logic, while others move to systems of many-valued logic. An interesting philosophical question is whether the latter move can or should be understood as transforming truth itself into a scalar notion.

The semantic scales that have been proposed in degree semantics to account for gradability are standardly (Kennedy 2007, Solt 2015) viewed as (i) a set of values (ii) with an associated ordering relation and (iii) a dimension of measurement. But that is where the uniformity ends, given that there are – in many cases real, in some cases possibly eliminable – elements of variation for each of the three components of a scale. Some scales are viewed as involving a discrete linear order of values, others as dense (with a third value between any two other values), though it has also been argued (Fox & Hackl 2006) that all measurement is dense. Some scales involve conventionalized units of measurement (cm, min , etc.), others don’t. Some have scalar endpoints at both ends, some at neither, and some at one end (Kennedy & McNally 2005). The values on the scales have been identified as degrees, which can be thought as points on the scale (Beck 2011), but also as extents (Seuren 1973), vectors (Zwarts 2003), etc. (cf. Solt 2015, 23) And while there is a wide range of possible dimensions (volume, weight, age, duration, distance, etc.), the orders they involve come in a limited number of types (ordinal, interval or ratio orders). Moreover, such types of scales seem to be metaphorically connected to properties of spatial axes in a constrained number of ways (Nouwen, sd): vertical in the case of number (under 50 attendants), very often horizontal for time expressions (after three minutes), for instance.

Given that linguistic expressions of scalar opposition are so often latched on to spatial experience, it would also be useful to discover whether and, if so, which kinds of geometrical diagrams for scalarity have been proposed in the literature (a case in point are those introduced in Ogden 1932, 16). While the question which diagrams have been proposed has a historical interest in its own right, the features of such diagrams may provide clarifying perspectives on the phenomenon itself. Since a nonlinear relation between causal stimuli and their mental representation – in the form of compressed logarithmic scales – is characteristic of several modes of perception (colour vision, overtones in music, touch, taste, etc.), the possible connection between such perceptual scales in human cognition and scalarity as it surfaces in language and logic is an issue of considerable interest (cf. Dehaene et al. 2009 on number).

In view of the above, we welcome papers which contribute to the correct identification of (i) the nature and variation of scalarity in language and logic, (ii) the diagrams proposed for scalar notions, as well as (iii) the nature of possible connections between logico-linguistic scalar concepts and perception scales.

Invited speakers

We are pleased to announce that the following invited speakers have agreed to give a talk at LNAT4:

* Christopher Kennedy (University of Chicago)

* Stefanie Solt (Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS))

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should be in PDF-format, anonymous, at most one page long, and should include any example sentences. A second page may be added for bibliographical references only. Please submit abstracts through EasyChair, using the following link:

* Conference e-mail:

Authors may submit at most one individual and one co-authored abstract.

The abstract submission deadline is 15 June 2018, midnight, Brussels time.

Notification of acceptance will be on July 15, 2018.

Important Dates

First call for papers: April 1, 2018
Second call for papers: May 1, 2018
Abstract submission deadline: June 15, 2018 Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2018
Conference: September 20-21, 2018


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Dehaene, Stanislas, Véronique Izard, Elizabeth Spelke, Pierre Pica. 2009. Log or Linear? Distinct Intuitions of the Number Scale in Western and Amazonian Indigene Cultures. Science 323, 38c DOI: 10.1126/science.1164878.

Fox, Danny & Martin Hackl. 2006. The universal density of measurement. Linguistics and Philosophy , Vol. 29, No. 5, pp. 537-586.

Keefe, Rosanna. 2000. Theories of Vagueness . 2000. Cambridge University Press.

Kennedy, Christopher, and Louise McNally. 2005. Scale structure, degree modification and the semantics of gradable predicates. Language 81. 345–81.

Kennedy, Christopher. 2007. Vagueness and grammar: The semantics of relative and absolute gradable adjectives. Linguistics and Philosophy 30. 1–45.

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Organizing Committee

Lorenz Demey
Dany Jaspers
Cora Pots
Hans Smessaert
Jolijn Sonnaert
Tanja Temmerman
Jeroen van Craenenbroeck
Guido vanden Wyngaerd

Call for Course and Workshop Proposals ESSLLI 2019: Logic, Language & Information, Riga, Latvia, August 5-16, 2018, deadline: June 15, 2018

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


15 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 Abstracts Workshop 'Psycholinguistic and Computational Perspectives on Non-compositional Meaning in Phrases', University of Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany, November 29-30, 2018, deadline: June 17, 2018

** Psycholinguistic and Computational Perspectives on Non-compositional Meaning in Phrases**

**November 29th-30th, 2018: University of Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany**

****Call for abstracts: Abstract submission by June 17th****

It is a pleasure to invite you and your colleagues to the workshop “Psycholinguistic and Computational Perspectives on Non-compositional Meaning in Phrases.” This workshop is organized by the SFB 833 and associates at the University of Tübingen and will take place in Tübingen, Germany from November to 30th, 2018.

For detailed information, go to:


The traditional view on the construction of phrasal meaning is compositional (i.e., the meaning of individual words is combined into phrasal meaning). For a considerable part of language, however, meaning cannot be directly derived via meaning composition of the individual constituent words of a phrase. Examples of such non-compositional phrases are idioms (e.g., to be on cloud nine), metaphors, (e.g., a blossoming mind), phrasal verbs (e.g. dig into something), prepositional phrases (e.g., on the other hand), adjective-noun phrases (e.g., black coffee), and compounds (e.g., pineapple). While such examples of non-compositional language are ubiquitous in language use, there is not yet consensus on how these phrases should be represented in psycholinguistic and computational models of processing. It is precisely this non-compositionality that raises important questions for models of meaning, such as:

- How are such phrases represented and comprehended, and to what extent do the individual constituents contribute to phrasal meaning?

- How is meaning constitution impacted by language development (i.e., first and second language acquisition)?

- How does context impact access to non-compositional meaning?

Both computational and psycholinguistic approaches attempt to help us better model the bridge between form and meaning, and this workshop provides a platform for resolving interdisciplinary differences and encouraging cross-talk between junior and senior researchers. Particularly, we aim to ask how psycholinguistic modeling of non-compositional meaning can inform computational linguistic models and vice versa.


Inbal Arnon, Hebew University of Jerusalem

Johan Bos, University of Groningen

Cristina Cacciari, University of Modena

Gareth Carrol, University of Birmingham

Aurelie Herbelot, University of Trento


For this workshop, we invite submissions for presentation including but not limited to:

- Processing and representation of non-compositional, conventionalized, or figurative meaning

- Idioms, conventional metaphors, phrasal verbs, adjective-noun phrases, prepositional phrases, compound nouns, etc.

- Cross-linguistic perspectives on collocations and other non-compositional expressions

- Acquisition of phrasal meaning (L1 and L2)

- The impact of context on processing non-compositional meaning

- Challenges of non-compositionality for computational modeling of meaning, including logic-based and distributional aspects of meanings

- Data-driven methods for identifying non-compositional phrases and for distinguishing between compositional and non-compositional meanings

- The intersection of psycholinguistic and computational perspectives on non-compositional meaning

Abstracts should be no longer than two (2) A4 pages, single-spaced, 12-point font, including key references and tables/figures. Submissions should be anonymous, and authors can identify themselves in the submission form. Submissions will be selected for either a 20-minute talk or a poster presentation.

Please submit abstracts in .pdf form by June 17th, 2018 to:

Notifications will be sent out by mid-July. If accepted, there is no registration fee for this workshop. Coffee breaks, a conference dinner, and a poster lunch will also be provided. There will also be an award for the best student talk and/or poster.


Sara Beck (Project B9, SFB 833)

Patricia Fischer (Project A3, SFB 833)

Ruth Keßler (Project B9, SFB 833)

Yana Strakatova (MoKo, Department of Linguistics)


Claudia Friedrich, Chair of Developmental Psychology

Erhard W. Hinrichs, Chair of General and Computational Linguistics

Andrea Weber, Chair of Psycholinguistics and Applied Language Studies


Ruth Keßler:

CfP Joint Ontology WOrkshops (JOWO 2018), Cape Town, South Africa, September 19-21, deadline: June 18, 2018


The Joint Ontology WOrkshops (JOWO 2018) will take place in September in Cape Town, South Africa, as a pool of satellite events of the FOIS 2018 conference. Previous JOWO editions were held in 2017 in Bolzano (Italy), in conjunction with FOIS 2016 in Annecy (France), and at IJCAI 2015 in Buenos Aires (Argentina).

The JOWO workshops address a wide spectrum of topics related to ontology research, ranging from Cognitive Science to Knowledge Representation, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Logic, Philosophy, and Linguistics. JOWO is especially suitable for interdisciplinary and innovative formats.

The following workshops are being organized:

* Cognition And OntologieS 3 (CAOS-CEX). Chairs: Maria M. Hedblom, Tarek R. Besold and Oliver Kutz (;

* Epistemology in Ontologies II (EPINON). Chairs: Daniele Porello and Claudio Masolo (;

* 6th International Workshop on Ontologies and Conceptual Modelling (Onto.Com). Chairs: Sergio de Cesare, Frederik Gailly, Giancarlo Guizzardi, Mark Lycett, Chris Partridge and Oscar Pastor (;

* Ontology for Heterogeneous Knowledge in Design and Planning (KODeP).
Chairs: Maria Rosaria Stufano Melone, Domenico Camarda and Stefano Borgo (;

* Ontology of Economics. Chairs: Daniele Porello, Nicola Guarino and Giancarlo Guizzardi;

* BadOntoloGy (BOG). Chairs: Giancarlo Guizzardi, Oliver Kutz, Rafael Peñaloza and Nicolas Troquard (;

* Data meets Applied Ontologies in Open Science and Innovation (DAO-SI). Chairs: Roberto Confalonieri, Alessandro Mosca and Diego Calvanese (

As in earlier years, all contributions to JOWO workshops will be published in a joint CEUR proceedings volume, together with the contributions to the Early Career Symposium.

* JOWO 2015:
* JOWO 2016:
* JOWO 2017:


- June 18, 2018 - Submission deadline for workshop contributions
- July 20, 2018 - Acceptance notification
- August 15, 2018 - Camera-ready version due for proceedings
- Sept 17-18, 2018 - JOWO 2018 at FOIS
- Sept 19-21, 2018 - FOIS 2018 main conference

For further inquiries please contact the chairs of the specific workshops.

JOWO chairs

Ludger Jansen, University of Rostock ( Daniele P. Radicioni, University of Torino (

Call for Industry Demonstrations and Papers, FOIS 2018, Cape Town, September 17-21, deadline: June 25, 2018

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 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

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

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

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)

​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:


* 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 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



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

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
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 (
* 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:

* 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:
* The official description logic homepage is at

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

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 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
( 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 (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:

- Aleksandr Chuklin (Google Research Europe)
- Jeff Dalton (University of Glasgow)
- Julia Kiseleva ( & 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?

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;, Workshop on Evaluating Vector Space Representations for NLP (2016, 2017;, Representation Learning
( or the Dagstuhl seminar (

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:

* 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 ( 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 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:
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: (click on “CURRENT” to see this issue; the more persistent address of this issue is:

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

Skripsjepriis 2016-2018 best master thesis in the field of Frisian language and culture, deadline: June 1, 2018

Call: Skripsjepriis 2016-2018

The Fryske Akademy has a biennial award for the best master thesis in the field of Frisian language and culture. The Skripsjepriis was created on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversity of the Fryske Akademy in 1988, with the aim to encourage students in scientific education to focus their research on Frisian topics. The award consists of a sum on 1,000 (one thousand) euros.

University students can submit their Master's thesis for the Skripsjepriis until 1 June 2018. A few conditions are attached to submission:

The subject of the thesis should be in the field of Frisian studies, such as Frisian linguistics and literature, history, or social sciences.
The thesis must be written (and approved) after 1 June 2016 and before 1 June 2018.
Only university-level Master's theses can qualify for the Skripsjepriis.

Submitting your thesis?

Theses that meet our conditions can be submitted until 1 June 2018. We prefer to receive a paper copy and a digital copy (pdf document). The paper copy can be sent to:

Fryske Akademy
PO Box 54
8900 AB Leeuwarden
The Netherlands

The digital copy can be mailed to:

A scientific jury consisting of Akademy staff members will assess the papers. The decision of the jury is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Submitted material will not be returned.

Award ceremony Skripsjepriis

The Skripsjepriis for the academic years 2016-2018 will be awarded on Akademydei (Akademy Day) 2018.