September, 28th, 2018
- Oproep: LOT-populariseringsprijs 2019 - inzending tot 22 oktober 2018
- Verhuizing van LOT naar de UvA
- Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen
- Lecture Karen Lichtman 'How does implicit vs. explicit language instruction impact fluency?', Leiden University, October 4, 2018
- Defense Marjolein van Egmond, Utrecht University, October 26, 2018
- ROCKY mini-workshop: reciprocal predicates in Italian, Dutch and Hebrew, Utrecht University, October 1, 2018
- Workshop Sociolinguistics of Belonging, Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam, October 5, 2018
- Call for participation International Conference on Statistical Language and Speech processing, Mons, Belgium, October 15-17, 2018
- Discussion meeting 'Bridging senses: new developments in synaesthesia', London, UK, October 22-23, 2018
- Terminologie in het Nederlandse Taalgebied (TiNT), KU Leuven, location Antwerp, October 26, 2018
- International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG), Tilburg University, Tilburg, November 5-8, 2018
- Call For Participation: TriCoLore 2018, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, December 13-14, 2018
- Third International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics, Ahwaz, Iran, January 31 - February 1, 2019
- Post-doctoral position, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, no deadline mentioned
- Full Time Research Scientist (NLP) Opportunity in the AI Lab@Philips Research, Cambridge, USA, no deadline mentioned
- Postdoctoral Position in Human-Robot Interaction and NLP, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, USA, deadline: ASAP
- PhD/Drupal developer to work with the Language Archive team, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, no deadline
- Short-term fellowships for PhD students in 2019, University of Potsdam, Germany, deadline: September 30, 2018
- Call for proposals KB Researcher-in-residence 2019 at National Library, The Hague, deadline: September 30, 2018
- Vacancy: PhD position in Cognition, Language and Communication, ACLC, University of Amsterdam, deadline: October 7, 2018
- 2 PhD positions, Multilingualism, University of Konstanz, Germany, deadline: October 15, 2018
- Fellowships for Masters in Cognitive Science, Paris, France, deadline: October 19, 2018
- CfP for NWA matchmaking event 'Language and script as markers of identity', Leiden University, November 7, 2018, deadline: October 15, 2018
- CfP International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE) 10, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, June 26-28 2019, deadline October 20, 2018
- CfP Language and Automata Theory and Applications (LATA) 2019, St Petersburg, Russia, March 25-29, 2019, deadline: November 11, 2018
- Call for abstracts International conference on (Basque) linguistics, Pamplona, Spain, March 7-8, 2019, deadline: November 15, 2018
- CfP International Conference on Historical Lexicology and Lexicography (ICHLL), Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, June 12-14, 2019, deadline: January 15, 2019
- CfP Special Issue of Computational Linguistics: Multilingual and Interlingual Semantic Representations for Natural Language Processing, deadline: March 1, 2019
- HAHA - Humor Analysis based on Human Annotation, IberEval 2018
- Publication of issue 5(3) of the Journal of Language Modelling (JLM)
- Oproep: VIOT/Anéla scriptieprijs (masterscripties uit 2017-2018), deadline: 10 oktober 2018
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Aan alle taalkundigen in Nederland
Ook dit jaar looft de Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap de Populariseringsprijs uit. Hiermee wil LOT stimuleren dat taalwetenschappelijke onderwerpen onder de aandacht van een groter publiek worden gebracht. Vanaf 2017 looft LOT ofwel een stimuleringsprijs, ofwel een oeuvreprijs uit. De omvang van de prijs bedraagt in beide gevallen 1000 euro.
De prijs van 2019 is een stimuleringsprijs. Deze is bedoeld voor wetenschappers verbonden aan een Nederlandse universiteit die incidenteel een populariseringsactiviteit ontwikkelen. De prijs is gericht op het helpen realiseren van zo’n populariseringsactiviteit, en is dus bedoeld voor nog niet gepubliceerde of gerealiseerde plannen. Voorbeelden zijn het maken van een korte video, een spel, of het schrijven van een populair-wetenschappelijk artikel.
Om in aanmerking te komen voor de prijs moet een plan worden voorgelegd aan de LOT-jury (2 tot 4 A4-tjes) met twee bijlagen: een financiële begroting en ondersteunend materiaal dat de link met het eigen onderzoek aantoont. Met de prijs van 1000 euro dient het plan te worden verwezenlijkt. Het resultaat/product wordt het jaar na de toekenning tijdens de Grote Taaldag gepresenteerd.
Iedere Nederlandse taalkundige onderzoeker kan maximaal één bijdrage ter beoordeling inzenden. De inzendingen worden beoordeeld door een jury die naast taalkundigen ook redacteuren van een dagblad of tijdschrift zal bevatten.
De uitslag zal bekend gemaakt worden op het Taalgala, een feestelijke bijeenkomst voor alle leden van LOT, AVT en Anéla. Op dezelfde dag wordt ook de AVT-Anéla dissertatieprijs uitgereikt. Het Taalgala vindt plaats in februari 2019 in Utrecht.
De sluitingsdatum voor inzending is 22 oktober 2018. Inzendingen mogen (o.v.v. LOT-populariseringsprijs) naar LOT@uu.nl of per post naar Trans 10, 3512 JK Utrecht. Het reglement is digitaal in te zien via deze link.
Namens het LOT-bestuur,
Henriette de Swart, Wetenschappelijk directeur
Met ingang van 1 januari 2019 verhuist LOT naar de UvA! De gezamenlijke decanen willen graag dat de landelijke onderzoekscholen rouleren langs de deelnemende universiteiten, en daarom komt er na vele jaren een einde aan de Utrechtse periode van LOT. De nieuwe LOT directeur wordt Prof. Dr. Kees Hengeveld van de UvA, hoogleraar Algemene Taalwetenschap. De oude en de nieuwe penvoerder van LOT zullen alles doen wat in hun vermogen ligt om de overgang soepel te laten verlopen, zodat de onderzoekers, PhD studenten en RM studenten zoveel mogelijk continuïteit ervaren. We kijken met enorme tevredenheid en waardering terug op alles wat Utrecht voor LOT heeft gedaan en betekend, en we verheugen ons op al het goeds dat het nieuwe Amsterdamse huis de landelijke taalwetenschappelijke gemeenschap te bieden heeft!
namens het LOT bestuur
Sjef Barbiers (voorzitter)
De manier waarop scholen omgaan met leerlingen met een migratieachtergrond, verschilt enorm binnen Europa. De universiteiten van Helsinki, Gent en Utrecht pleitten tijdens een congres in Rotterdam voor een meertalig perspectief waarbij docenten meer gebruikmaken van de taaldiversiteit in de klas.
Hoe veranderen sterke werkwoorden?
In het Engels winnen verledentijdsvormen als ‘sunk’ en ‘stung’ het steeds vaker van vormen als ‘sank’ en ‘stang’. Hoe komt dat? Aan de hand van een wiskundige formule kunnen we meer vat krijgen op hoe onze hersenen talige patronen verwerken.
Hoe Franciscus Donders bewees dat denken tijd kost
Het Donders Instituut viert dit jaar de 200ste geboortedag van Franciscus Donders, grondlegger van het cognitieve hersenonderzoek. Ter gelegenheid van dit jubileum herhaalde taalpsycholoog Ardi Roelofs het baanbrekende experiment waarmee Donders 150 jaar geleden aantoonde dat denken tijd kost. Hij gebruikte hierbij de originele stimuluslijsten uit de archieven van het Utrechtse Universiteitsmuseum.
'Maak gebruik van migrantentalen in het onderwijs'
Migranten die het Nederlands leren, hebben soms moeite met klanken of grammaticale aspecten die ze niet kennen uit hun moedertaal. En soms werkt hun talenkennis juist in hun voordeel. Utrechtse taalwetenschappers ontwikkelden een app met informatie over veelvoorkomende migrantentalen.
Karen Lichtman (Northern Illinois University)
Date & time: October 4th 2018, 11.15-12.00
Location: Leiden University, LLRC room (Reuvensplaats 4, 1.22)
Title & abstract:
How does implicit vs. explicit language instruction impact fluency?
In order to have a conversation in a second language, you need implicit language knowledge—knowledge that can be accessed quickly and easily. Quick access is central to the definition of implicit language knowledge; yet most studies on implicit vs. explicit language instruction do not test fluency. This study tested the impact of different training conditions on children’s and adults’ learning of an artificial mini-language, measuring both accuracy (correctness) and fluency (sentence production time and pause length).
Results showed that the groups who received explicit grammar rule instruction were less fluent—but no more accurate—than the groups who were only exposed to sentences. Surprisingly, this was true of both adults and children. The implication for adult second language instruction is that the difficulty adults have in becoming fluent in a new language may be partly caused by overemphasis on grammatical accuracy.
Karen Lichtman is Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at Northern Illinois University and director of the Foreign Language Teacher Licensure. Her research focuses are second language acquisition and phonology. Specifically, her interest lies in the interaction between learner-internal factors, such as age, and learner-external factors, such as amount of language exposure and type of instruction, as learners acquire second language phonology and morphosyntax.
Defense Marjolein van Egmond (Friday 26 October 2018, 12.45 h)
We are happy to announce that Marjolein van Egmond will be defending her dissertation entitled Zipf’s law in aphasic speech, on Friday, 26 October 2018. The defense will take place at 12.45 h in the Senaatszaal of the Academiegebouw (Domplein 29) in Utrecht.
Immediately preceding the defense, at 12.15 h (the Senaatszaal will open at 12.00 h) Marjolein will give a layman’s talk (in Dutch).
After the defense you can congratulate Marjolein during the reception that will also take place in the Academiegebouw.
R.S.V.P. Please let (one of) us know before 15 October whether you will be attending the defense.
Present on the occasion of Marjolein’s defense on Friday 26 October 2018
You may already have ideas for a present for Marjolein, but if you wish, you can also contribute to a joint present: Marjolein wants a bracelet to commemorate the long and special road towards completing her PhD. You can contribute via bank transfer to account number NLG36 INGB 0000 4667 18, D.J.H. Capel in Houten, noting ‘present Marjolein’ and your name. Of course you can also hand your contribution to one of the paranymphs, Desiree or Loes, on the day of the defense.
Should you have any questions about Marjolein’s defense, please contact us. We look forward to seeing you on Friday the 26nd of October!
Loes van Bree & Desiree Capel
L.G.J.vanbree at uu.nl / d.j.h.capel at uu.nl
This mini-workshop will report recent findings of the ROCKY team (https://rocky.sites.uu.nl) on reciprocal predicates in three typologically different languages: Italian, Dutch and Hebrew. The two talks will discuss the semantics of reciprocal predicates and the SI construction in Italian, the reciprocal middle template in Hebrew, and the interpretation of discontinuous reciprocal predicates (knuffelen met "hug with") in Dutch.
Workshop program --
Giada Palmieri and Joost Zwarts: Lexical reciprocity vs. grammatical reciprocity: the case of Italian
Yoad Winter: Selectional restrictions and the meaning of reciprocal alternations
Tryout talks for NELS 2018 (http://cornell2018.nelsconference.org) and IATL 2018 (https://www.iatl.org.il/?page_id=1475).
Monday, 1 October, at 9.00-11.00
Drift 15 room 0.03.
The Meertens Instituut (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) and chair Languageculture in Limburg at Maastricht University is organizing the 2nd Sociolinguistics Belonging workshop.
We are thrilled that two 'new' Sociolinguistic professors in the Netherlands (Janet Fuller, RUG and Marina Terkourafi, University Leiden) work on the topic of belonging and we look forward to exchanging ideas and results (see also this publication).
For more information, click here.
6th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON STATISTICAL LANGUAGE AND SPEECH PROCESSING
October 15-16, 2018
University of Mons
University of Mons
Institute for Research Development, Training and Advice (IRDTA), Brussels/London
Monday, October 15
09:00 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 09:40 Opening
09:40 - 10:30 Thomas Hain. Crossing Domains in Automatic Speech Recognition - Invited lecture
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:15
Amal Houidhek, Vincent Colotte, Zied Mnasri and Denis Jouvet. DNN-based Speech Synthesis for Arabic: Modelling and Evaluation
Antoine Perquin, Gwénolé Lecorvé, Damien Lolive and Laurent Amsaleg. Phone-level Embeddings for Unit Selection Speech Synthesis
Raheel Qader, Gwénolé Lecorvé, Damien Lolive and Pascale Sébillot. Disfluency Insertion for Spontaneous TTS: Formalization and Proof of Concept
12:15 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 14:35 Simon King. Does 'End-to-End' Speech Synthesis Make any Sense? - Invited lecture
14:35 - 14:50 Break
14:50 - 16:05
George Christodoulides. Forced Alignment of the Phonologie du Français Contemporain Corpus
Ruei Hung Alex Lee and Jyh-Shing Roger Jang. A Syllable Structure Approach to Spoken Language Recognition
Gueorgui Pironkov, Sean Wood, Stéphane Dupont and Thierry Dutoit. Investigating a Hybrid Learning Approach for Robust Automatic Speech Recognition
16:05 - 16:20 Break
16:20 - 17:30 Poster session I
17:30 - 19:30 Touristic visit
Tuesday, October 16
09:00 - 09:50 Isabel Trancoso. Analysing Speech for Clinical Applications - Invited lecture
09:50 - 10:20 Break
10:20 - 11:35
Jan Vanek, Josef Michalek, Jan Zelinka and Josef Psutka. A Comparison of Adaptation Techniques and Recurrent Neural Network Architectures
Andris Varavs and Askars Salimbajevs. Restoring Punctuation and Capitalization Using Transformer Models
David Awad, Caroline Sabty, Mohamed Elmahdy and Slim Abdennadher. Arabic Name Entity Recognition Using Deep Learning
11:35 - 11:50 Break and Group photo
11:50 - 13:05
Pratik Doshi and Wlodek Zadrozny. Movie Genre Detection Using Topological Data Analysis and Simple Discourse Features
Daniel Grießhaber, Thang Vu and Johannes Maucher. Low-resource Text Classification Using Domain-adversarial Learning
Manny Rayner, Johanna Gerlach, Pierrette Bouillon, Nikolaos Tsourakis and Hervé Spechbach. Handling Ellipsis in a Spoken Medical Phraselator
13:05 - 14:35 Lunch
14:35 - 15:50
Laura García-Sardiña, Manex Serras and Arantza Del Pozo. Knowledge Transfer for Active Learning in Textual Anonymisation
Fernando Gomes and Juan Manuel Adán-Coello. Studying the Effects of Text Preprocessing and Ensemble Methods on Sentiment Analysis of Brazilian Portuguese Tweets
Daniel Lichtblau and Catalin Stoean. Text Documents Encoding through Images for Authorship Attribution
15:50 - 16:05 Break
16:05 - 17:05 Poster session II
17:05 - 17:15 Closing
October 22 – 23, 2018
Bridging senses: new developments in synaesthesia
Location: The Royal Society, London
Organisers: Simon Fisher and Amanda Tilot
Registration via theevent homepage.
Op 26 oktober2018 organiseert namelijk de Belgisch-Nederlandse vereniging NL-Term insamenwerking met het Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal voor de tiende keer deTiNT-dag. TiNT staat voor Terminologie in het Nederlandse Taalgebied. Ditjaarlijks terugkerende evenement biedt een forum op het gebied van deNederlandstalige terminologie voor het uitwisselen van kennis en ervaring ennetwerken. TiNT 2018 heeft als thema Terminologie:problemen en uitdagingen en vindt plaats aan de KULeuven, CampusSint Andries Antwerpen, van 9.30 tot 17.30 uur.
Meer informatiekunt u vinden op de inschrijvingswebsite evenementen.ivdnt.orgvan het Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal te Leiden.
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.
1st Call For Participation: TriCoLore 2018 - C3GI - ISD - SCORE
TriCoLore 2018, December 13-14
Creativity | Cognition | Computation
Joint Workshops C3GI * ISD4 * SCORE
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
--- Call for papers and extended abstracts ---
Not yet certain about how you want 2018 to end? We have the answer!
Join us in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, in mid-December for 2 days of joint workshops focusing on creativity, cognition, and computation: C3GI, on computational creativity, ISD4, the 4th Image Schema Day, together with the Bremen-Bolzano research collaboration SCORE on cognitive robotics. Three exciting interconnected events for the price of one!
Submissions and expressions of interested are invited in each of the three areas and for synergistic combinations:
C3GI: We invite papers that make a scientific contribution to the fields of creativity research, computational creativity, idea generation and/or artificial general intelligence. Possible topics range over theoretical studies of human creativity, inventive capacities and intelligence. Papers proposing computational models for these capabilities are welcome, as well as application-based reports from fields like design, architecture or the arts.
Studies of systems and software supporting and/or guiding humans in creative or inventive acts are also encouraged.
More info: https://c3gi.inf.unibz.it/
ISD4: The Image Schema Day 4
The image schema day is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of conceptual primitives such as image schemas, conceptual dependency, semantic primes and affordances.
Originating from cognitive linguistics image schemas was introduced as a connection between the embodied experiences and metaphoric expressions found in natural language, the arts and analogical reasoning. Later research on artificial intelligence started to investigate image schemas as a potential stepping stone towards a solution to the symbol grounding problem. Regardless of discipline, the workshop accepts submissions on the topic of image schemas and similar notions, including but not limited to:
- Image schemas in metaphors or concept invention
- Formal representation of conceptual primitives
- Image schemas in design and visual arts
- Embodied cognition and cognitive development
More info: http://isd.inf.unibz.it/
SCORE: Score is a research cooperation between the University of Bremen, Germany, and the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, covering topics related to integrating cognitively inspired knowledge representation, embodied simulations, as well as ontology, into cognitive robotics. Interactions with image schema research and creativity are particularly encouraged.
More info: http://score.inf.unibz.it/
Submission / participation information:
Paper formats (for all three events):
- Extended abstracts: up to 4 pages
- Short papers: up to 8 pages
- Full papers: 12 pages
Submission deadline: November 1, 2018
For Layout instructions, please follow the IOS Press Latex or Word templates found at:
(Easychair submission link forthcoming)
The proceedings of TriCoLore 2018 will be published as a volume in the CEUR proceedings series.
Registration: More info to come nearer the date: reserve time in your calendar now!
ISD: Maria M. Hedblom, Tony Veale, and Oliver Kutz
C3GI: Tarek R. Besold, Roberto Confalonieri, Oliver Kutz, and Carlos Leon
SCORE: John Bateman and Oliver Kutz
Third International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics
31 January-1 February, 2019
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
The NLP group (https://ntunlpsg.github.io/) at the School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE) of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore ***is STILL inviting applications for a post-doctoral position***. The candidate will focus on cutting edge research into using machine learning (deep learning, graphical models) techniques to solve NLP problems including (but not limited to):
1. Multilingual language processing (Neural machine translation, Cross-lingual methods)
2. Multimodal language processing
3. Discourse & Semantic processing
4. Language generation.
The applicant should have a PhD degree at the time of joining. She/he should have excellent interpersonal, writing and research skills, and is expected to publish in top-tier NLP/ML conferences such as ACL, EMNLP, ICLR, NIPS, and NAACL. **Expertise in Tensorflow/Pytorch and Python are required**.
About the position:
Basic yearly salary: 60,000 SGD
Yearly bonus: 5,000 - 10,000 SGD
Contract tenable for 2 years
Maximum annual total includes bonus and 17% CPF
About the group:
Our work covers all aspects of NLP research, ranging from core NLP tasks to key downstream applications, and new machine learning methods. We collaborate with other research groups at NTU including computer vision, data mining, information retrieval, linguistics, and medical school, and also with external partners from academia and industry. Find more details here:
About the School:
The School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE) is part of the College of Engineering (CoE) at NTU, and offers a range of highly competitive specialisations.
Represented by more than eighty faculty members (http://www3.ntu.edu.sg/SCSE/moss_staffac.asp), SCSE at NTU has grown significantly in AI-related research recently. In fact, according to the Times Higher Education, NTU-SCSE is ranked 3rd world-wide in terms of AI research citation impact.
About the University:
***Applicants are requested to send their resume to: ***
Dr. Shafiq Joty (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Also Informal/formal inquiries are welcome.
The AI Lab at Philips Research (Cambridge, MA) has a few immediate openings for a Full Time Research Scientist (Natural Language Processing) position.The position requires a PhD. in Computer Science or related fields (focus in NLP, Computational Linguistics, clinical informatics) with strong deep learning expertise. For more details about the position, please visit this link:The positions will remain open until filled. Interested candidates are requested to send me a copy of the most recent resume directly email@example.com .
Postdoctoral Position in Human-Robot Interaction and Natural Language Processing
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
The Robotics and NLP laboratories at UIC invite applications for a postdoctoral scholar position. The focus of the project is on robot assistants that can collaborate with humans in tasks that involve physical interaction and spoken dialogue. We are developing a computational and data-driven framework that will allow the robot to engage in back-and-forth communication, where turns can be spoken utterances and/or force exchanges.
We are looking for candidates with a strong publication record in either natural language processing with a focus on dialogue modeling, or physical human-robot interaction, but that are able to do research in both areas. Familiarity with ROS, proficiency in machine learning and experience with human studies are highly desirable. In addition to research, the successful applicant will be involved in several formal and informal mentoring activities designed to prepare them for their career beyond the postdoctoral fellowship.
The position is available immediately, but the starting date is negotiable. The expected duration of the appointment is two years. The interested candidates should submit a CV, a research statement, and three references to one of the project leaders, Dr. Barbara Di Eugenio (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Milos Zefran (email@example.com). Informal inquiries are welcome!
PhD/Drupal developer to work with the Language Archive team, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (no deadline): http://www.mpi.nl/people/translations_vacancies/ph...
The Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1287 “Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Grammatical, and Social Aspects” in Potsdam, Germany,invites applications for short-term fellowships available in 2019, 2020.
Language users exhibit a high degree of variability at all levels of the linguistic system, language use, and language development and change. This variability in language can be characterised as the range of different possible linguistic behaviours that are available to a language user, a language community, or in specific languages at any linguistic level. By exploring the systematicity and the limits of variability in linguistic behaviours, the main focus of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) is on identifying the constraints of the underlying linguistic system. Several projects jointly evaluate the limits, relations, dependencies, and commonalities of different types of variability across a range of linguistic phenomena from the perspectives of (A) language interaction and change, of (B) language processing, and of (C) grammatical systems. The CRC provides a fantastic research infrastructure including a large interdisciplinary network of researchers, its own graduate school, and funding opportunities for conference visits, summer schools, hosting international experts etc.
We are offering several three- to twelve-month fellowships to external PhD candidates who would like to do their research within one dedicated project of the CRC. Please see the available projects here: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/sfb1287/subprojects....
The monthly fellowship is tax exempt and covers a basic amount (1365 EUR) plus direct costs (103 EUR) plus 400 EUR per child, if applicable. Holders of the grant need to cover health insurance on their own.
The University of Potsdam hosts leading groups in the field of linguistics and cognitive sciences (http://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/cognitive-sciences/index.html). Potsdam is an attractive historical city and its palaces are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Potsdam is close to Berlin, a culturally vibrant city and home to a lively start-up scene. Both cities have a high quality of life at modest living costs.
The University of Potsdam strives to maintain gender balance among its staff. Severely disabled applicants shall receive preference in case of equal qualifications. We invite applications from people with migration backgrounds.
The fellowships require completed academic studies at an institute of higher learning (Master’s degree or equivalent). Please send your application as a single PDF file including: (1) a statement of research interests and motivation, (2) a full CV, (3) a short research proposal for the duration of the fellowship, (4) the names and e-mail addresses of at least two referees, (5) academic transcripts, (6) list of publications/talks/presentations, and (7) a web-link to a copy of the Master's thesis to Dr. Anastasiya Dockhorn-Romanova firstname.lastname@example.org. The research proposal should state which project within the CRC the short-term researcher wants to be affiliated with (e.g., “A01”). Applicants are advised to contact the CRC investigators with whom they would like to work and discuss the possibility of collaboration.
Deadline for the application for a fellowship in 2019 is September, 30, 2018. Late applications may be considered if positions are unfilled.
For more information: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/sfb1287/vacancies.ht...
For further details please contact Dr. Anastasiya Dockhorn-Romanova email@example.com
We at the KB, National Library have recently opened a call for proposals for a paid researcher-in-residence. The programme, where we invite a researcher to join us for 0,5 fte for 6 months with a research project is intended for early career researcher (PhD-student in the final phase or obtained a PhD a maximum of 5 years ago) with an interest in our digital collection. These could be for instance historical newspapers, the web archive or anonymized user data.
We don’t ask for a specific theme and are open for everyone with an interesting proposal, such as (art) historians, computer scientists, data scientist, social scientists, but do ask that digital methods are used in the research. We have (technical) support available for this.
The call and more information can be found at https://www.kb.nl/organisatie/vacatures-en-stages/researcher-in-residence.
We hebben onlangs bij de Koninklijke Bibliotheek Nederland een Call for Proposals geopend voor een betaalde Researcher-in-residence. Het programma, waarbij een onderzoeker voor 0,5 fte bij ons wordt gedetacheerd voor een kort onderzoeksproject van 6 maanden, is bedoeld voor early career onderzoekers (promovendus of maximaal 5 jaar gepromoveerd) met een interesse in onze digitale collectie. Dit zijn bijvoorbeeld historische kranten, het webarchief of geanonimiseerde gebruikersdata.
We stellen geen eisen omtrent het onderwerp, dus staan open voor iedereen met een interessant onderzoeksvoorstel, zoals (kunst)historici, informatici, data scientists of sociale wetenschappers, maar vragen wel dat er digitale onderzoeksmethoden worden gebruikt. Er is hiervoor (technische) ondersteuning beschikbaar.
De Call en meer informatie is te vinden op https://www.kb.nl/organisatie/vacatures-en-stages/...
The University of Amsterdam has a vacancy for a PhD candidate in an
interdisciplinary research project "The Sound of Political Irony".
Political irony in public discourse (e.g., in political satire) is often
misunderstood, and appreciated only by recipients in agreement with the
speaker. Irony may be marked in various ways, for instance through
prosody and hyperbole, but the role and form of such markers is unclear. Our project comprises three stages, in which we study:
1) the use of irony markers through computational analysis;
2) their functions through cognitive modeling, and
3) their communicative effects through experiments.
Together, these findings enrich theories on language, communication and cognition, and help in assessing the ways in which irony leads to
misinformation and polarization. The project is highly
interdisciplinary, combining elements from the linguistics literature on
irony and prosody with communication-scientific insights into political
satire and cognitive-scientific insights into processing.
Your tasks will include:
- conducting several studies using (1) quantitative,
computer-automated text analysis, (2) cognitive modeling, and (3)
- completion and defense of a PhD thesis within four years;
- working in an interdisciplinary research team;
regular presenting intermediate research results at workshops and
- publication of peer-reviewed articles;
- participation in the training program of the research school;
- performing junior teaching duties in the bachelor program on
Cognition, Language and Communication (CLC).
- MSc/MA (or equivalent) in a relevant field, e.g. linguistics,
communication science, psychology, or cognitive science, with excellent
grades. A research master is preferred. Substantial knowledge of at
least one of the fields that compose our project, as well as the ability
to understand approaches/literature from other disciplines, is required;
- excellent (interdisciplinary) research skills;
- programming skills in R or Python;
- excellent academic writing and presentation skills;
- excellent communication, social and organizational skills;
- open to working in an interdisciplinary team;
- high proficiency in English.
For further information, please contact Dr Tom Lentz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The full vacancy text and the application tool can be found here.
The University of Konstanz has been successful in the German Excellence Initiative since 2007.
The Department of Linguistics invites applicants for two PhD studentships within the field of Multilingualism who will work with Prof Theo Marinis to conduct research on multilingual child language development.
two PhD positions (Salary Scale 13 TV-L / 50 %)
The positions are available as of 1st December, 2018 and are limited for three years.
The PhD students will work on a research project that will map how primary school children in and around Konstanz develop their language, literacy, and cognitive abilities using a variety of off-line and on-line experimental procedures.
We are looking for highly motivated PhD students with a MA/MSc in Bilingualism/Multilingualism, Linguistics or related discipline to join Prof Marinis’ research team. The successful candidates should have strong interest in linguistics and multilingual language acquisition, should be native or near native speakers of German and should have some experience working with primary school children. Knowledge of Italian or Arabic would be an advantage because of the large numbers of Italian- and Arabic-speaking families in the region. Experience with reaction time experiments, eye-tracking or ERP experiments would also be an advantage.
The successful candidates will conduct research with multilingual children in and around Konstanz, will teach on our BA/MA programmes (2 hours per week), and will provide some administrative support on the MA Multilingualism.
The PhD students will be hosted at the Linguistics Department and will be in close contact with the Centre for Multilingualism that conducts, disseminates, and communicates research on multilingualism to academic and non-academic audiences.
The Linguistics Department at the University of Konstanz combines theoretical with experimental linguistics and provides a vibrant international research-intensive environment. Its research infrastructure includes a psycholinguistics lab with reaction time and eye-tracking facilities, a baby lab, and two ERP labs. The department has a strong record of externally funded projects, including the Research Unit ‘Questions at the Interfaces’ funded by the DFG and the Innovative Training Network ‘The Multilingual Mind (MultiMind)’ funded by the European Union that is being coordinated by the Linguistics Department at the University of Konstanz (multilingualmind.eu). The two PhD students will work closely with the two PhD students working within the MultiMind project.
For further information, you can contact Prof Theo Marinis: email@example.com
As an equal opportunity employer, the University of Konstanz strives to increase the number of women in research and teaching.
The University of Konstanz encourages disabled persons to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 7531 / 88 – 4016).
The University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment that promotes a good balance between university and family life.
To find out how the University of Konstanz supports working couples through its dual career programme, please visit: http://www.uni-konstanz.de/dcc.
Your application should include your CV, your Masters Degree/a transcript of current study status, a motivation letter and two letters of reference or reference contacts. All application documents should be assembled in a single PDF file and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Please write ‘PhD Multilingualism’ in the subject of the e-mail. The deadline for applications is 15.10.2018 but the search will continue until the positions are filled.
The Cognitive Science Department (http://www.cognition.ens.fr/indexENG.html) of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris offers paid three-year fellowships to international students interested in joining our Master in Cognitive Science: Linguistics, Psychology, Neurosciences, Cognitive Social Sciences and Philosophy.
The fellowships include:
- monthly stipend: 1000 euros;
- possibility of subsidized housing;
- access to subsidized cafeteria (about 4 euros/meal);
- minimal tuition fees (about 500 euros/year).
These fellowships will be attributed on the basis of a competitive exam, known as the 'ENS international selection' taking place by Skype for the Sciences and in person for Arts and Humanities.
For more details (including eligibility), please visit:
How to Apply:
More detailed information is available on line:
Sciences application deadline: October 19, 2018
Arts and Humanities application deadline: October 31, 2018
Web Address for Applications:
CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR NWA MATCHMAKING EVENT
“LANGUAGE AND SCRIPT AS MARKERS OF IDENTITY”
We welcome research ideas to complement a future NWA-research proposal on the role of languages and scripts as markers of identity, and the role of languages and scripts in the integration of different population groups within a given society, to be presented at a ‘NWA Matchmaking Event’ at Leiden University, on 7 November 2018. We are pleased to announce that Prof. dr. David Anthony (Hartwick College) , author of “The Horse, the Wheel, and Language”, will present the keynote lecture for this event.
Whilst many of us today might not give their capacity to speak, write and understand a given language a second thought, language and script are in fact hugely important social markers. Indeed, they could be argued to signal one’s cultural identity, societal and/or geographical background more clearly than anything else –and failure to (fully) adopt local language and script often results in social, cultural and economic exclusion. As a consequence, ‘illiteracy’ or limited literacy is frequently identified as one of the challenges facing the Netherlands and Europe as a whole. These problems faced by modern societies are hardly new and indeed have been studied by archaeologists, anthropologists, philologists, and linguists against different chronological and geographical backgrounds –but often, and regrettably, in relative (disciplinary) isolation. The new project aims to break with this tradition, by combining insights from these respective disciplines and by focusing on a number of historical case-studies (including the arrival of Indo-European languages in Europe, and multilingualism and various scribal cultures throughout the ancient world).
The conveyors of this ‘NWA Matchmaking-event’ aim to submit a project proposal on this topic with an explicit diachronic perspective. Our respective backgrounds lie in the fields of (Indo-European) linguistics, philology, ancient history and archaeology, and our own proposed contributions to the project will be presented during the event: we are now actively looking for colleagues –in the field of linguistics, anthropology, sociology, or any other relevant discipline- to complement our project with a more contemporary case-study. In particular, we would welcome proposals focusing on contemporary language developments, and the use of specific languages or vocabularies, as a marker of identity, for example in the various regions of former Yugoslavia --though we are open to alternative suggestions.
Those interested in joining our consortium are invited to submit an outline of their research proposal, and present their project during the Matchmaking event. The conveyors will select project proposals that are considered of interest to the current project’s aims, and invite their authors to present these project-proposals during the event. Please note that, because of practical considerations (available time, but also financial restraints, seeing that the NWA requires at least 10% match-funding) we do not expect to select more than 3 case-studies.
Whilst the event is free for all to attend, we would be grateful if you could indicate your intention to join us by sending an email to Jorrit Kelder (email@example.com).
Outlines of proposals of no more than 500 words, including a brief CV, can be send to Jorrit Kelder (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 15 October 2018.
The programme of the Event, including the lecture by Professor Anthony, will be published shortly after that date.
We are very much looking forward to ideas and contributions. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries, or wish to have a discussion regarding potential collaboration beforehand.
Jorrit Kelder, Alwin Kloekhorst, and Willemijn Waal
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.
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: email@example.com.
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.
Abstracts can be submitted from 1 June until 20 October 2018
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.
13th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE AND AUTOMATA THEORY AND APPLICATIONS
Saint Petersburg, Russia
March 25-29, 2019
Saint Petersburg State University
Institute for Research Development, Training and Advice, Brussels/London
LATA is a conference series on theoretical computer science and its applications. LATA 2019 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career. It will aim at attracting contributions from classical theory fields as well as application areas.
LATA 2019 will take place in Saint Petersburg, whose historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The venue will be Saint Petersburg State University.
Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to:
algebraic language theory
algorithms for semi-structured data mining
algorithms on automata and words
automata and logic
automata for system analysis and programme verification
combinatorics on words
concurrency and Petri nets
data and image compression
foundations of finite state technology
foundations of XML
grammars (Chomsky hierarchy, contextual, unification, categorial, etc.)
grammatical inference and algorithmic learning
graphs and graph transformation
language varieties and semigroups
mathematical and logical foundations of programming methodologies
parallel and regulated rewriting
string processing algorithms
trees, tree languages and tree automata
LATA 2019 will consist of:
Krishnendu Chatterjee (Institute of Science and Technology Austria, AT)
Bruno Courcelle (University of Bordeaux, FR)
Manfred Droste (University of Leipzig, DE)
Travis Gagie (Diego Portales University, CL)
Peter Habermehl (Paris Diderot University, FR)
Tero Harju (University of Turku, FI)
Radu Iosif (Verimag, FR)
Kazuo Iwama (Kyoto University, JP)
Juhani Karhumäki (University of Turku, FI)
Lila Kari (University of Waterloo, CA)
Juha Kärkkäinen (University of Helsinki, FI)
Bakhadyr Khoussainov (University of Auckland, NZ)
Sergey Kitaev (University of Strathclyde, UK)
Shmuel Tomi Klein (Bar-Ilan University, IL)
Olga Kouchnarenko (University of Franche-Comté, FR)
Thierry Lecroq (University of Rouen, FR)
Markus Lohrey (University of Siegen, DE)
Sebastian Maneth (University of Bremen, DE)
Carlos Martín-Vide (Rovira i Virgili University, ES, chair)
Giancarlo Mauri (University of Milano-Bicocca, IT)
Filippo Mignosi (University of L'Aquila, IT)
Victor Mitrana (Polytechnic University of Madrid, ES)
Joachim Niehren (INRIA Lille, FR)
Alexander Okhotin (Saint Petersburg State University, RU)
Dominique Perrin (University of Paris-Est, FR)
Matteo Pradella (Polytechnic University of Milan, IT)
Jean-François Raskin (Université Libre de Bruxelles, BE)
Marco Roveri (Bruno Kessler Foundation, IT)
Wojciech Rytter (University of Warsaw, PL)
Kai Salomaa (Queen's University, CA)
Sven Schewe (University of Liverpool, UK)
Helmut Seidl (Technical University of Munich, DE)
Ayumi Shinohara (Tohoku University, JP)
Hans Ulrich Simon (Ruhr-University of Bochum, DE)
William F. Smyth (McMaster University, CA)
Frank Stephan (National University of Singapore, SG)
Martin Sulzmann (Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, DE)
Jorma Tarhio (Aalto University, FI)
Stefano Tonetta (Bruno Kessler Foundation, IT)
Rob van Glabbeek (University of New South Wales, AU)
Margus Veanes (Microsoft Research, US)
Mahesh Viswanathan (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, US)
Mikhail Volkov (Ural Federal University, RU)
Fang Yu (National Chengchi University, TW)
Hans Zantema (Eindhoven University of Technology, NL)
Alexander Okhotin (Saint Petersburg, co-chair)
Manuel Parra-Royón (Granada)
Dana Shapira (Ariel)
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 http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0). If necessary, exceptionally authors are allowed to provide missing proofs in a clearly marked appendix.
Submissions have to be uploaded to:
A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS 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: November 11, 2018
Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: December 16, 2018
Final version of the paper for the LNCS proceedings: December 23, 2018
Early registration: December 23, 2018
Late registration: March 11, 2019
Submission to the journal special issue: June 29, 2019
QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:
david (at) irdta.eu
Санкт-Петербургский государственный университет
IRDTA – Institute for Research Development, Training and Advice, Brussels/London
The journal of Basque linguistics Fontes Linguae Vasconum will turn 50 years old in 2019. Different events will be held to celebrate this anniversary, among others, an international conference:
FLV, 50 urte. Metodo eta joera berriak (euskal) hizkuntzalaritzan
FLV, 50 años. Nuevos métodos y tendencias en lingüística (vasca)
FLV, 50 years. New methods and trends in (Basque) linguistics
FLV, 50 ans. Nouvelles méthodes et tendances en linguistique (basque)
Pamplona (Spain), 7-8 March 2019.
· Lyle Campbell (University of Hawaii)
· Lola Pons (University of Sevilla)
· Joaquín Gorrochategui (UPV/EHU)
Furthermore, we have organized then thematic workshops on different topics, in parallel sessions. In order to participate in these, a abstract can be sent, either in Basque, Spanish, English or French, before 15 November 2018. The proposals do not have to deal strictly with the Basque language: these which might provide an interesting methodological or theoretical contribution for the study of Basque language will be equally welcome.
You will find all the information about the conference on the following websites:
CALL FOR PAPERS
The 10th International Conference on Historical Lexicology and Lexicography provides a platform for scholars and researchers to present their papers and share their research, their experiences, their ideas, the practical challenges encountered and/or the solutions adopted concerning the history of dictionaries, the making of historical dictionaries, as well as historical lexicology.
The conference will be held in Leeuwarden-Ljouwert (The Netherlands) from 12-14 June 2019. It is organized by the Fryske Akademy in collaboration with the International Society for Historical Lexicography and Lexicology.
The history of lexicography and lexicology of smaller languages
The theme of the 2019 Conference is 'The history of lexicography and lexicology of smaller languages', but papers on any topic of historical lexicology and lexicography are also welcomed. There are slots for both papers and poster presentations. Papers will be 20 minutes in length, followed by a 10-minute discussion. Poster presentations will be staged in a dedicated session. Papers and poster presentations are to be delivered in English.
Abstracts (ca. 250–300 words in length) should be submitted electronically as an e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org and should contain no self-identification. The accompanying e-mail should include the author’s name and institutional affiliation, the title of the paper and a statement as to whether the proposal is intended for oral presentation or for a poster.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Tuesday 15 January 2019. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by Friday 15 February 2019.
The abstracts will be published on the Conference website. We intend to publish a selection of the papers in an edited volume, whether in hard copy or digitally.
We are happy to announce our two keynote speakers: Professor Sarah Ogilvie and Professor Andreas Deutsch.
Dr. Sarah Ogilvie is senior research fellow at the University of Oxford and Director of Global Partnerships (Dictionaries Division) at Oxford University Press. She is also a research affiliate at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS).
Dr. Andreas Deutsch is professor of History of Law at Heidelberg University. He is also Director of the Research Center of the Deutsches Rechtswörterbuch / Dictionary of Historical German Legal Terms at the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences.
Previous conferences were held in Leicester, UK (2002), Gargnano del Garda, Italy (2004), Leiden, the Netherlands (2006), Edmonton, Canada (2008), Oxford, UK (2010), Jena, Germany (2012), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain (2014), Bloomington, USA (2016) and Genoa, Italy (2018). From now onwards ICHLL will be a yearly event.
Local organizing committee
The local organizing committee consists of:
Hans Van de Velde (chair, Fryske Akademy)
Rolf Bremmer (Universiteit Leiden / Fryske Akademy)
Anne Dykstra (Fryske Akademy)
Willem Visser (secretary, Fryske Akademy / Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
CfP: Special Issue of Computational Linguistics:
Multilingual and Interlingual Semantic Representations for
Natural Language Processing
Special Issue of Computational Linguistics: Multilingual and Interlingual Semantic Representations for Natural Language Processing
Guest Editors: Marta R. Costa-jussà, Cristina España-Bonet, Pascale Fung, Noah A. Smith
* Submission deadline: March 1, 2019 *
Call for Papers
Semantic representations at different levels – word, sentence, paragraph – are central to many solutions to Natural Language Processing (NLP) tasks. Text annotation, information retrieval, sentiment analysis, text summarisation, question answering, and machine translation solutions have achieved significant improvements using semantic representations of words. The number of tasks has also grown with the popularisation of unsupervised word embeddings, a fast and efficient way of estimating continuous representations of words. Now, representations derived from deep learning methods are giving a new boost to the field.
But in an increasingly globalised world, multilingual and cross-language applications are needed. Extensions to monolingual representations of words such as multilingual Brown clusters, multilingual or interlingual word embeddings, multilingual topic models, and cross-lingual semantic parsers have been successfully applied, though performance lags behind their monolingual counterparts. On the other hand, multilinguality should be able to overcome one of the main limitations of standard representations: multiple senses of a word are conflated into a single vector. In addition, representations of sentences and paragraphs are arising through the encoder-decoder approach (in the fields of natural language inference, machine translation, and text summarization, among others) and the extension to multilingual inputs is equally or even more interesting for NLP applications.
Abstract semantic representations attract interest both in academia and industry, as shown by the wide and varied publications from universities and companies on this topic. Achieving improvements in this direction will change the conception of translation (from pairwise to interlingua), enable greater sharing among different NLP applications, and overcome low-resource limitations through zero-shot learning, among other advantages. This research direction will not only increase the performance of current architectures in cross-language settings, but will also lead to novel language-independent architectures and tasks for NLP.
This call aims to motivate research on multilingual and interlingual representations that, in the context of any NLP task, go beyond projections from one language into another one and that target crosslinguality. The special topic proposed aims to put together a compact and openly accessible volume, which presents high quality research works that cover an overview of this multidisciplinary field as well as most recent advances.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
• Multilingual and crosslingual embeddings for words, sentences, paragraphs, or documents
• Interlingual representations for disambiguation (e.g., embeddings of interlingual word senses, concepts, etc.)
• Disambiguated representations through multilinguality
• Intrinsic evaluation of multilingual or crosslingual representations
• Extrinsic evaluation on NLP tasks
We strongly encourage submissions that include experimental findings on languages and dialects less commonly studied in natural language processing at present.
Submission of full articles: March 1st 2019
Papers should be submitted according to the Computational Linguistics style: http://cljournal.org/
As in regular submissions to the journal, paper submissions should be made through the CL electronic submission system: http://cljournal.org/submissions.html. In Step 1 of the submission process, please select 'Special Issue: Multilingual and Interlingual Semantic Representations' under the 'Journal Section' heading. Please note that papers submitted to a special issue undergo the same reviewing process as regular papers.
Marta R. Costa-jussà
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
marta.ruiz AT upc.edu
Cristina España i Bonet
DFKI and Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
cristinae AT dfki.de
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
pascale AT ee.ust.hk
Noah A. Smith
University of Washington and Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
nasmith AT cs.washington.edu
*** 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.
* 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)
It is our pleasure to announce the publication of issue 5(3) of the Journal of Language Modelling (JLM), a free open-access peer-reviewed journal aiming to bridge the gap between theoretical, formal and computational linguistics:
http://jlm.ipipan.waw.pl/ (click on “CURRENT” to see this issue; the more persistent address of this issue is: http://jlm.ipipan.waw.pl/index.php/JLM/issue/view/17).
JLM is indexed by ERIH PLUS, DBLP, DOAJ, etc., and it is a member of OASPA.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
“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”
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.
(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
Het gaat om masterscripties uit het academisch jaar 2017-2018. Deadline 10 oktober.
Meer info: http://anela.nl/prijzen/scriptieprijs/