May, 4th, 2018


LOT Announcements / events
No newsletter week 19

In connection with May holidays and Ascension, there will be no newsletter next week.The next newsletter will appear on May 17/18, 2018.

Registration LOT Summer School 2018 Groningen (June 18-29) is open! Deadline registration: May 22, 2018
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!

Colloqium 'Learning phonetic categories from infant-directed speech', Utrecht University, Utrecht, May 17, 2018

Frans Adriaans

May 17th 2018

15:30 Sweelinckzaal – Drift 21

Followed by drinks!

University Utrecht

Learning phonetic categories from infant-directed speech

Infants begin to learn their native language by discovering the phonetic categories that define consonants and vowels. It has been widely assumed that categories are acquired using a statistical learning mechanism that groups together tokens that are similar along acoustic dimensions. However, recent studies have found that infant-directed speech is highly variable, and it is unlikely that the problem of category learning can be solved by relying exclusively on statistical clustering. In this talk I will present a corpus of infant-directed speech which provides further evidence on the variability of vowel distributions. I will then present computational modeling studies that explore how infants might navigate through highly variable input. The models focus on two sources of contextual information which might guide the learning of vowel categories: prosody and consonantal context. The findings support a view in which the infant's learning mechanism is anchored in context, in order to cope with variability in the linguistic environment.

LUSH-talk 'Choosing additive particles in wh-questions', Utrecht University, Utrecht, May 22, 2018

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 22, Nadine Theiler (ILLC, University of Amsterdam) will give a LUSH talk in Utrecht. LUSH is short for Leiden-Utrecht Semantic Happenings, and these talks are aimed at everyone (so including RMA students) with a keen interest in semantics. We hope for a full house!

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 10:30-11:30
Location: Utrecht, Trans 10, room 0.19 (A.W. de Grootkamer)
Speaker: Nadine Theiler (ILLC, University of Amsterdam,
Title: Choosing additive particles in wh-questions

The abstract of the talk can be found on

Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Workshop 'Annotation, Recognition and Evaluation of Actions', Miyazaki, Japan, May 7, 2018

AREA - Annotation, Recognition and Evaluation of Actions ==========================================

The first AREA workshop will take place in conjunction with the 11th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2018) and is organized as a half-day session with plenary talks, posters and demonstrations. AREA is a SIGSEM-sponsored workshop. AREA includes a keynote by Simon Dobnik (University of Gothenburg).

Date: 7 May 2018
Venue: the Phoenix Seagaia Resort
Location: Miyazaki, Japan

There has recently been increased interest in modeling actions, as described by natural language expressions and gestures, and as depicted by images and videos. Additionally, action modeling has emerged as an important topic in robotics and HCI. The goal of this workshop is to gather and discuss advances in research areas in which actions are paramount e.g., virtual embodied agents, robotics, human-computer communication, document design, as well as modeling multimodal human-human interactions involving actions. Action modeling is an inherently multi-disciplinary area, involving contributions from computational linguistics, AI, semantics, robotics, psychology, and formal logic.

While there has been considerable attention in the community paid to the representation and recognition of events (e.g., the development of ISO-TimeML and associated specifications, and the 4 Workshops on “EVENTS: Definition, Detection, Coreference, and Representation”), the goals of this workshop are focused specifically on actions undertaken by embodied agents as opposed to events in the abstract. By concentrating on actions, we hope to attract those researchers working in computational semantics, gesture, dialogue, HCI, robotics, and other areas, in order to develop a community around action as a communicative modality where their work can be communicated and shared. This community will be a venue for the development and evaluation of resources regarding the integration of action recognition and processing in human-computer communication.

9.00 - 9.15 Introduction
9.15 - 10.00 Keynote: Language, Action, and Perception, Simon Dobnik (University of Gothenburg)
10.00 - 10.10 Discussion
10.10 - 10.30 Action Hierarchy Extraction and its Application, Aliaksandr Huminski, Hao Zhang
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 - 11.20 Human-Robot Dialogue and Collaboration in Search and Navigation, Claire Bonial, Stephanie Lukin, Ashley Foots, Cassidy Henry, Matthew Marge,Ron Artstein, David Traum, Clare R. Voss
11.20 - 12.30 Poster presentations (see below)
12.30 - 13.00 Road Map Discussion

- Laughter and Body Movements as Communicative Actions in Encounters
Kristiina Jokinen, Trung Ngo Trong
- Learning Actions from Events Using Agent Motions
Nikhil Krishnaswamy, Tuan Do, and James Pustejovsky
- Action Identification and Local Equivalence of Action Verbs: the Annotation Framework of the IMAGACT Ontology
Massimo Moneglia, Alessandro Panunzi, Lorenzo Gregori
- Action Categorisation in Multimodal Instructions
Ielka van der Sluis, Renate Vergeer, Gisela Redeker
-VANNOTATOR: a Gesture-driven Annotation Framework for Linguistic and Multimodal Annotation
Christian Spiekermann, Giuseppe Abrami, Alexander Mehler

For more information visit the workshop webpage at:
Or contact us at:,

Jan Alexanderson, DFKI
Yiannis Aloimonos, University of Maryland
Anja Belz, University of Brighton
Johan Bos, University of Groningen
Kirsten Bergmann, Bielefeld University
Harry Bunt, Tilburg University
Simon Dobnik, University of Gothenburg
Eren Erdal Aksoy, Karlsruhe Institut fur Technologie
Kristiina Jokinen, AIRC AIST
Johan Kwisthout, Radboud University Nijmegen
Nikhil Krishnaswamy, Brandeis University
Alex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh
Andy Lucking, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Siddharth Narayanaswamy, University of Oxford
Paul Piwek, Open University
Matthias Rehm, Aalborg University
Gisela Redeker, University of Groningen
Daniel Sonntag, DFKI
Michael McTear, University of Ulster
Mariet Theune, University of Twente
David Traum, USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Florentin Wörgötte, Georg-August University Göttingen
Luke Zettlemoyer, UW CSE

James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University
Ielka van de Sluis, University of Groningen

Symposium 'Second Language Prosody', Tilburg University, Tilburg, May 9, 2018

Het onderwerp van het symposium is 'Prosodie & Vreemde taalverwerving' ('Prosody & Second Language Acquisition') en meer informatie over de sprekers en het programma is te vinden op:

International Scientific Conference on Language Acquisition: Problems and Perspective, Liepaja University, Liepāja, Latvia, May 11, 2018

You are welcome to participate in the

15th International Scientific Conference



May 11, 2018

Look for more information at our website

Participants are requested to register for the conference by

April 13, 2018

Indexed by EBSCO

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


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).

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 3, 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
Position for Visiting Assistant Professor in psycho/neurolinguistics, University of Illinois, USA, deadline; May 11, 2018

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in psycho/neurolinguistics. The appointment will be a full-time, nine-month position. Renewal of position is possible and contingent on availability of funding, strong enrollments, and strong performance reviews. The target start date of appointment is August 16, 2018. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Linguistics (or a closely related field) with specialization in psycholinguistics and/or neurolinguistics, is required before the starting date of appointment; an active research agenda including publications in psycho/neurolinguistics; teaching experience and evidence of teaching excellence. Additional expertise in other areas, such as second language acquisition, phonetics/ phonology, syntax or semantics is a plus.

Teaching duties include graduate and undergraduate courses in psycho/neurolinguistics, survey courses in linguistics, and additional courses according to the qualifications and interests of the successful candidate.

To apply, create your candidate profile through the University of Illinois application login page at and upload your application materials: application letter, CV, up to three sample publications, teaching evaluations or other evidence of excellence in teaching, and names and contact information (or Interfolio ID) for three professional references. Referees (or Interfolio) will be contacted by the department after submission of the application. Only electronic applications submitted through will be accepted.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

To ensure full consideration, all required applicant materials must be received no later than May 11, 2018. For further information, contact

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

Four PhD positions in Linguistics, University of Groningen, Groningen, deadline: May, 13, 2018 [CORRECTED DEADLINE]
​Three PhD Positions in Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence, Tilburg University, Tilburg, deadline: May 21, 2018

Three PhD Positions in Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence in Tilburg

deadline: May 21, 2018
starting date: summer/fall 2018

The Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence department at Tilburg University (The Netherlands) is looking for three enthusiastic colleagues for PhD positions on the project VIBE (Virtual Humans in the Brabant Economy). This project aims to develop embodied conversational agents in virtual reality that look and behave like humans both verbally and non-verbally and can be deployed in hospital settings. Together with 13 partners, including Tilburg University, universities of applied sciences, several technology firms, the Netherlands Aerospace Center, and three hospitals, we will build these agents for virtual, mixed and augmented reality environments, train these agents using sensing technologies and data science techniques, and deploy and test the agents in three hospitals that partner in this project.

The successful PhD candidate holds a (research) master in a relevant area and is expected to have an academic mindset with an entrepreneurial interest, and is supposed to be enthusiastic, creative, and solution-driven. The candidate is comfortable with working in a multidisciplinary research team, has an excellent command of English and good professional communication skills. Specifically, the candidate has a strong background in areas such as cognitive science, computer science, data science, engineering, computational linguistics and virtual, mixed or augmented reality.

More information can be found here:

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

PhD Scholarship Computational Linguistics, Graduate School for the Humanities, University of Groningen, Groningen, deadline: June 10, 2018
Calls for papers for events
Call for Workshops Conference 'Annotation, Recognition and Evaluation of Actions', Miyazaki, Japan, May 7, deadline: May 7, 2018 (Workshop) [EXTENDED]

AREA will take place in conjunction with the 11th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2018) and is organized as a half-day session with plenary talks, posters and demonstrations.

Date: 7 May 2018

Venue: the Phoenix Seagaia Resort

Location: Miyazaki, Japan



There has recently been increased interest in modeling actions, as described by natural language expressions and gestures, and as depicted by images and videos. Additionally, action modeling has emerged as an important topic in robotics and HCI. The goal of this workshop is to gather and discuss advances in research areas in which actions are paramount e.g., virtual embodied agents, robotics, human-computer communication, document design, as well as modeling multimodal human-human interactions involving actions. Action modeling is an inherently multi-disciplinary area, involving contributions from computational linguistics, AI, semantics, robotics, psychology, and formal logic.

While there has been considerable attention in the community paid to the representation and recognition of events (e.g., the development of ISO-TimeML and associated specifications, and the 4 Workshops on “EVENTS: Definition, Detection, Coreference, and Representation”), the goals of this workshop are focused specifically on actions undertaken by embodied agents as opposed to events in the abstract. By concentrating on actions, we hope to attract those researchers working in computational semantics, gesture, dialogue, HCI, robotics, and other areas, in order to develop a community around action as a communicative modality where their work can be communicated and shared. This community will be a venue for the development and evaluation of resources regarding the integration of action recognition and processing in human-computer communication.

We invite submissions on foundational, conceptual, and practical issues involving modeling actions, as described by natural language expressions and gestures, and as depicted by images and videos. Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

- dynamic models of actions

- formal semantic models of actions

- affordance modeling

- manipulation action modeling

- linking multimodal descriptions and presentations of actions (image, text, icon, video)

- automatic action recognition from text, images, and videos

- communicating and performing actions with robots or avatars for joint tasks

- action language grounding

- evaluation of action models



Deadline for paper submission: 14 January 2018

Review deadline: 1 February 2018

Notification of acceptance: 11 February 2018

Deadline for camera-ready version: 1 March 2018

Early registration deadline: TBA

Workshop Date: 7 May 2018



Three types of submissions are invited:

- Research papers, describing original research; 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 (2-4 pages including references);

- Demonstration notes, accompanying demonstration of software, tools, or systems (2-4 pages including references).

We will decide whether to have an oral or poster presentation, depending on reviewer suggestions and the overall workshop schedule.

Papers should be in compliance with the style sheet adopted for the LREC Proceedings. The AREA proceedings will be published in the LREC 2018 proceedings.

Papers should be submitted through the START conference manager set up for LREC 2018. When submitting a paper from the START page, authors will be asked to provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense, i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of your research. Moreover, ELRA encourages all LREC authors to share the described LRs (data, tools, services, etc.) to enable their reuse and replicability of experiments (including evaluation ones).



For more information visit the workshop webpage at:

Or contact us at:,



Jan Alexanderson DFKI

Yiannis Aloimonos University of Maryland

Anja Belz University of Brighton

Johan Bos University of Groningen

Kirsten Bergmann Bielefeld University

Harry Bunt Tilburg University

Simon Dobnik University of Gothenburg

Eren Erdal Aksoy Karlsruhe Institut fur Technologie

Kristiina Jokinen AIRC AIST

Johan Kwisthout Radboud University Nijmegen

Alex Lascarides University of Edinburgh

Andy Lucking Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Siddharth Narayanaswamy University of Oxford

Paul Piwek Open University

Matthias Rehm Aalborg University

Gisela Redeker University of Groningen

Daniel Sonntag DFKI

Michael McTear University of Ulster

Mariet Theune University of Twente

David Traum USC Institute for Creative Technologies

Florentin Wörgötte Georg-August University Göttingen

Luke Zettlemoyer UW CSE



James Pustejovsky Brandeis University

Ielka van de Sluis University of Groningen


CfP Parallels Between Phonology and Syntax, Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam, July 9, 2018, deadline: May 12, 2018

Parallels Between Phonology and Syntax
Amsterdam, Meertens Instituut, July 9, 2018
Call for papers

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

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

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

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

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

Invited speaker: Prof. Harry van der Hulst (University of Connecticut).

Call: Please submit an abstract of any length (at some point the reviewers might stop reading) for a 20 minutes talk to before May 12, 2018, 14:00 CET. Notification of acceptance: May 20, 2018.

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

More information:

CfP Harvard Celtic Colloquium, Cambridge, USA, October 5-7, 2018, deadline: May 14, 2018 [EXTENDED!]

Thirty-Eighth Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium

5-7 October 2018

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Call for Papers

The Harvard Department of Celtic Languages & Literatures cordially invites proposals for papers on topics which relate directly to Celtic studies or Celtic languages and literatures in any phase; and papers on relevant cultural, historical or social science topics, theoretical perspectives, etc. for the 38th Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium. Papers concerning interdisciplinary research with a Celtic focus are also invited.

The colloquium will take place at Harvard University on 5-7 October 2018.

Attendance is free. Presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes, with a short discussion period after each paper. Papers given at the Colloquium may later be submitted for consideration by the editorial committee for publication in the Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium.

Potential presenters should submit a 200-250 word abstract and a brief biographical sketch. Submissions should be sent by e-mail to Please send submissions in the body of the email or as an attached Word Document.

Abstracts due May 14th, 2018

Further information available at our website:

We’re pleased to announce that this year’s John V. Kelleher Lecture will be delivered by:

William Gillies

University of Edinburgh


Thursday, October 4th at 5 pm.

Harvard Faculty Club

20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

CfP LACompLing2018 - Logic and Algorithms in Computational Linguistics 2018, Stockholm, Sweden, August 28-31, 2018, deadline: May 15, 2018

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 abstracts for workshop 'Young Female Researchers in Speech Science & Technology', Hyderabad, India, September 1, 2018, deadline: May 24, 2018

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

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
- Abstract submission closes: 24 May 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 session.
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 International Conference on Computer and Applications, Beirut, Lebanon, July 25-26, 2018, deadline: May 23, 2018

************C A L L F O R P A P E R S*************


International Conference on Computer and Applications

(Third Edition)

July 25-26, 2018, RAMADA PLAZA RAOUCHEH, Beirut, Lebanon


In the Memory of Professor Lotfi A. Zadeh Founder of Fuzzy Logic

LATEST NEWS: ICCA'17 Proceedings are Published in IEEE XPLORE


The International Conference on Computer and Applications ICCA 18 is an annual event focusing on state of the art technologies pertaining to digital information, communications and multimedia. It addresses all applications of computing including (but not limited to) connected health,
information security, edutainment and serious games, education, grid computing, transportation, social computing, natural language processing, knowledge extraction and reasoning, knowledge
extraction, image and pattern processing, virtual reality, cloud computing, robotics, networks algorithms, web engineering, big data analytics, ontology, constraints satisfaction, cryptography and steganography, neural networks, artificial intelligence, biometry and bio-informatics, embedded systems, computer graphics, algorithms and optimization, Internet of things and smart cities. It is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to meet together and discuss the recent trends in computer applications. Young researchers are highly encouraged to submit their work to the conference.

Technical Committee include

Prof. Abdulmutaleb Elsaddik (Chair, IEEE FELLOW, Canada)
Prof. Patrick S. P. Wang (USA)
Dr. Sumaya Al-Maadeed (Qatar)
Dr. Justin varghese (Saudi Arabia)
Prof. Mohamed Jemni (Tunisia)
Prof. Jinana Faidhi (Canada)
Prof. Omara Karam (Dean, Egypt)
Prof. Abed Elsadik (Canada)
Dr. Saudia Subash, (India)
Dr. Nabil Sahli (Oman)
Prof. Jianfeng Ma
Prof. Albert Zomaya (Australia)
Prof. Hassan Ali Artail (Lebanon)
Dr. J. Subash Bose (Saudi Arabia)
Prof. Osman Ibrahim (Egypt)
Prof. Chadi Assi (Canada)
Prof. Ali M. Jaoua (Qatar)
Dr. Jalal Akaichi (Saudi Arabia)
Prof. Ali Haidar (Lebanon)
Prof. Mohammad Khalil (Lebanon)
Prof. Adrian Constantin (Vienna)
Prof. Wenliang Du (USA)
Dr. Majdi Rawashdeh (Jordan)
Dr. Mohamad EID (UAE)
Prof. Peter Mark Athanas
Prof. Sabah Mohammad (Canada)
Prof. Youcef Baghdadi (Oman)
Prof. Moutaz Saleh (Qatar)
Dr. Mohsin Bilal (USA)
Prof. Nima Bari (USA)
Dr. Khaled Khan (Qatar)
Dr. Nader Hossain (Canada)
Dr. Daouad Daouad (Jordan)
Prof. Samir A. Elsaoud (Egypt)
Prof. Mohamed Jemni (Tunisia)
Dr. Abdelaali Hassaine (Qatar)
Prof. Sadok Benyahia (Tunisia)
Dr. Borhan Marzougui (UAE)
Prof. Hassan Ali Artail (Lebanon)
Prof. Fadi Dornaika (Spain)
Prof. Abdul Sadka (UK)
Prof. Med Salim Bouhlel (Tunisia)
Prof. Ali Elzaart (Lebanon)
Prof. A. Vasilakos (Sweden)
Prof. Hany Ammar (USA)
Dr. Islam Taj-Eddin (Egypt)
Dr. Borhan Marzougui (UAE)
Dr. Mohamad EID (UAE)
Dr. Ahmad S. Mashhour (Bahrain)
Prof. ELSayed ElHorbaty (Egypt)
Prof. Mudasser F. Wyne (USA)
Prof. Abdel Badi Salem (Egypt)
Dr. Mohamed M. Yeddes (UAE)
Prof. Ezekiel F. Adebiyi (Nigeria)
Prof. Wald. Koczkodaj (Canada)
Prof. Taleb Obaid (Iraq)
Prof. Sebti Foufou (Qatar)
Prof. Abdelaziz Bouras (Qatar)
Prof. Azlinah Mohamed (Malaysia)
Prof. Zakaria Maamar (UAE)
Dr. Mohamed A. Mellal (Algeria)
Dr. Osama Shata (Qatar)
Prof. Arthur Edwards (Colima)
Prof. Hossam El Sofany (Egypt)
Prof. Arafat Awajan (Jordan)
Dr. Khalid AbualSaud (Qatar)

Submission Instructions

Authors are encouraged to submit high quality, original work written in good English that has neither
appeared in, nor is under consideration by other conferences or journals. Paper submission is done
through EDAS management system. A Special privileges will be given to young researchers (i.e., PhDs,
Postdoctoral fellow).

Proceedings Publication

All accepted and registered papers will be submitted to be published into IEEE Xplore.

Alternatively, the program committee will select the best papers to be published by Springer-Verlag in a book
on "Recent Trends in Computer Applications fir Sustainable Development" and in a special issue of the journal
of Complex & Intelligent Systems (Indexed in Web Of Science).

Springer Book

The best papers will be selected after a second round of peer review for publications in an edited volume by SPRINGER after the conference. Interested authors should update their papers based on the ICCA'18 reviewers comments (research work, contribution, English, etc). The publication of the accepted paper doesn't require any additional payment from the authors.

The conference website:

Eng. Dana Bandock

CfP Workshop 'Semantic annotation' at COLING, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, August 20-25, deadline: May 25, 2018


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

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 (

CfP for Workshop on Semantic Deep Learning (SemDeep-3) - collocated with COLING 2018, Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 20-25, 2018, deadline: May 25, 2018

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

Call for Papers (deadline: May 25)

Once upon a time... Semantic approaches to fiction, literature, and narrative.

September 17-18, 2018, University of Groningen

We seem to approach a text that we know to be a work of fiction rather differently than a newspaper article, or a conversation about the weather. An influential view in philosophy is that fictional narratives are prescriptions for the reader to imagine some fictional world, while regular assertions are proposals to update the common ground. But whatever the eventual diagnosis, the (apparent) difference between the interpretation of fiction and of non-fiction already raises interesting linguistic questions: How does a reader even know that a text is fiction? Are there linguistic clues an author may leave that mark a given text as such? And is our formal semantic toolkit, developed for dealing with assertions in every day communication, suitable and sufficient for dealing with the peculiarities of narrative fiction and literary style?

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)

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

LOCATION University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Exact conference location in Groningen to be announced. We can offer (a limited number of) daycare spots, contact the organizers.

DATES Workshop: Mo, Sept 17, 2018 -- Tue, Sept 18, 2018
Deadline for abstract submission: May 25, 2018
Notification: June 10, 2018

CfP International Conference on Statistical Language and Speech processing, Mons Belgium, October 15-17, 2018, deadline: May 27, 2018


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





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 (Polytechnic 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 a major journal 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: May 27, 2018

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 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.

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 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


Beck, Sigrid. 2011. Comparison constructions. Semantics: An international handbook of natural language meaning , Vol. 2, ed. By Claudia Maienborn, Klaus von Heusinger and Paul Portner, 1341– 89. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

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.

Nouwen, Rick. s.d. On the vertical orientation of quantity, unpublished ms.

Ogden, C.K. 1967 [1932]. Opposition – A linguistic and psychological analysis. With a new introduction by I.A. Richards. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Seuren, P. A. M. 1973. The Comparative, in: Kiefer, F. and N. Ruwet (Eds.) Generative Grammar in Europe . Dordrecht: Reidel.

Solt, Stefanie 2015. Measurement scales in natural language. Language and Linguistics Compass . 14-32.

Williamson, T. 1994. Vagueness. London: Routledge

Zwarts, J. 2003. Vectors across spatial domains: From place to size, orientation, shape and parts. In Emile van der Zee and John Slack, eds., Representing Direction in Language and Space . Oxford: Oxford University Press. 39–68.

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 International Workshop on Description Logics, Tempe, Arizona, USA, October 26-28, 2018, deadline: June 29, 2018

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
Paper registration deadline:
June 29, 2018
Paper submission deadline:
July 6, 2018
Notification of acceptance:
September 10, 2018
Camera-ready copies:
October 4, 2018
October 26-29, 2018

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

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

​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 11th International Conference on Natural Language Generation, 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 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 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.