Department of linguistics, KU Leuven (https://www.arts.kuleuven.be/ling)
María Sol Sansiñena
Freek Van de Velde
If you have any questions or if you need help, you can always send an email to the local organizers: Lotsummerschool2021@kuleuven.be.
For teachers: there will be an informal meeting to guide you through the online platforms. This is also a good opportunity to meet the other teachers and the local organizing committee. The meeting will be held on 21 June. All teachers will receive an invitation via email. If you cannot attend this meeting, don’t worry: the meeting will be recorded and the instructions will be made available afterwards.
For students: there will be an instruction video to explain the different online platforms.
Virtual Meeting Points
The LOT Summer School 2021 will take place online. We will use two different platforms for the Summer School.
- Teams is our main communication platform: here, you can find all the necessary information about the courses (separate channels per course), links to the online meetings, and last-minute updates.
- Gather.town is the online version of our campus: here, you can walk around, meet and talk to others, finish discussions from your classes or enjoy the other activities we offer. Gather.town contains all Teams links to the online meetings. There is also a help desk you can turn to for any questions you might have.
Microsoft Teams is the platform used for the courses in the summer school. For each course you are registered to you will receive an email invitation with the link for that course. The link will be the same for each class of that course.
- When you receive the invitation, In your email invite, select Click here to join the meeting. You will have three choices:
- Download the Windows app: Download the Teams desktop app.
- Continue on this browser: Join a Teams meeting on the web.
- Open your Teams app: If you already have the Teams app, go right to your meeting.
- Type your name and surname (IMPORTANT: same as the one used in your registration to the summer school)
- Choose your audio and video settings.
- Select Join now: you’ll get go to a lobby where someone in the meeting will admit you
- In order to assign you credits for attending a course, your attendance will be automatically registered by Microsoft Teams and checked by the course consultants. They will be able to see what time you joined and what time you left. That is also why it is very important that you use your full name and always the same in each meeting.
- If you have installed the MS Teams app, once you have joined all the courses you are registered for, you will be able to see and use the chats of all your courses at any time, so that you can be in contact with the other participants. Use the chat wisely, and consider switching to private conversations if the exchange is not relevant to everyone.
- Choose your location: find a quiet place, make sure your lighting is bright enough for others to see you.
- Test your devices (camera and mic) in advance.
- Think about the background. Whatever is in the room behind you might not be appropriate for a meeting or could be distracting to others. Consider using the blur my background feature in MS Teams.
- Be on time. Join a few minutes early if possible. This allows you to make sure everything is working and gives time to make any adjustments.
- Mute your microphone (mic): Keep your mic on mute when you do not need to speak. This will reduce background noise.
- Physically raise your hand or use the Raise Your Hand feature and unmute your mic when you need to speak.
7. If your connection is lagging or stuttering, do the following:
- Close extra open computer apps
- Turn off your camera and just listen to the discussion
- Use headphones or earbuds with a microphone, as this will enhance the audio quality for other
Gather.town is the virtual meeting point for the summer school. It is an interactive online setting, which allows participants to walk around, run into people and start conversations. With your own avatar, you can navigate through the Gather.town environment. Here, you will find the help desk, the poster room, a room for discussion about the classes and places to hang out, chat and play games. In the Gather.town environment, you will also find the links to the Teams meetings of each lecture, the Research Discussion groups, and the Schultink lecture. Thus, you should in principle be able to find your way in the summer school via gather.town. The link to the gather.town environment will be sent to you via email in the week prior to the start of the summer school.
Educational and non-educational activities
As per usual, attending all classes of the course you registered for is necessary. Please note that the lectures will not be recorded. For the purposes of LOT, the receipt of the course certificate is conditioned by your attendance. The class consultants will check all participants’ attendance in each class.
Research Discussion Groups
In addition to the LOT courses, there are research discussion groups (RDGs) in each week of the Winter School. These are advanced discussion groups (PhDs and above) that take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Week 1, 16:30 – 18:30, Tuesday and Wednesday, Bertus van Rooy, Dagmar Divjak & Petar Milin
Week 2, 16:30 – 18:30, Tuesday and Wednesday, Rebecca Clift (NB. David Pesetsky’s RDG has been cancelled)
In honor of Henk Schultink, every LOT school organizes a Schultink lecture. This year’s Schultink lecture will be given by Peter Hagoort. The link will be available in the Gather.town environment.
‘Language doesn’t exist’, Thursday 8 July 2021, 16h30 – 17h30. Read the abstract.
Research pitch sessions
The traditional poster session will also take place, in an online format on Gather.Town.
Week 1, Monday 16:30 – 18:30
Week 2, Monday 16:30 – 18:30
Instructions for poster presenters:
- By Monday June 14th, send your poster to Lotsummerschool2021@kuleuven.be.
- Your poster (portrait or landscape) should be saved as a png or jpg file.
- The file should not be bigger than 3MB.
- For portrait posters, the minimum width is 600px (15.88cm) and the minimum height is 1000px (26.46cm).
- For landscape posters, the minimum width is 1000px (26.46cm) and the minimum height is 600px (15.88cm).
- Make sure you use a font big enough (minimum 16 points) to ensure others can easily read your poster.
- Stand by your poster to interact with others in the Gather town poster room during the session you registered for (Week 1 or Week 2).
Thursday, 1 July 2021,
Many PhDs in linguistics and communication sciences seek out new career opportunities outside of academia. With a plethora of transferable skills, from data science to communicating about complex issues, they have a much sought-after profile for a wide range of job offers, but in the private sector and in government and non-profit.
Three PhDs from Leuven will talk about their career paths.
Jeroen Claes (°1986) held various research and teaching positions in (Hispanic) Linguistics at the University of Antwerp, K.U. Leuven, Ghent University and Université Catholique de Louvain La Neuve. In 2016 he left Academia and joined CROPLAND, a boutique data science consultancy based in Antwerp. As a data scientist at Cropland, Jeroen manages and executes projects for a variety of customers in various industries, ranging from telecommunications to agriculture. His primary programming languages are R (Jeroen is a certified R Tidyverse instructor) and SQL, but he’s not afraid of getting his hands dirty with Python and Unix shell scripting. In addition, as a certified RStudio products administrator, Jeroen has experience with Kubernetes and dev-ops for the R ecosystem in Linux environments on Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. Jeroen has a strong interest in regression analysis, the R Shiny web framework and plumber APIs, deep learning, text mining, and high-performance computing.
Stefanie Fauconnier is an independent consultant specializing in change management and collaboration. She also has extensive experience in project management (mainly for healthcare projects like the Covid-19 vaccination effort in Belgian retirement homes), and a background in IT. Before starting her career as a consultant, she obtained a PhD in linguistic typology at the University of Leuven. Her research focused on the syntax and semantics of agency and transitivity. Stefanie also holds a BA in classic languages, and firmly believes that her varied background is one of her strongest assets. You can follow her on LinkedIn and read her blog (in Dutch) at www.hetongedroomdeland.be .
After a BA in French Language and Culture (Utrecht), two years applied art at Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam) and LUCA School of Arts (Brussels), and an MA in French Literature and Linguistics (Leuven), Lena Karssenberg stayed at KU Leuven to do a PhD on French and Italian clefts, focusing on information structure and syntax. She followed her interest in the interaction between word order and information structure during a postdoc mandate, after which she decided to switch from conducting research herself to supporting other researchers in a variety of disciplines (linguistics, literature, musicology, history…) at her Faculty. Among her daily activities are: proofreading project proposals, preparing research policy, organizing training sessions on proposal writing, keeping track of new funding opportunities.
As with previous editions, there will also be organized social activities for all participants who wish to join. These activities will give everyone a chance to get to know one another outside the classroom context, and will include games and other activities (still tbd but guaranteed to be fun) designed to get everyone to interact in a more fun and informal setting. There will be one evening of social activities per week (exact dates still tbd). We hope to see you there so you can show off your skills in front of your friends and colleagues!
Code of conduct
- OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE. Be wary of cultural differences in what is considered harassment, bullying, and discrimination. Take particular sensitivity into account with regard to religion, sexism, ageism, racism. Seemingly innocuous statements can be offensive to some people. Conversely, do not take your own moral standards to be universal. Do not attribute to malice what can be explained by infelicitous humor or inadvertence. Linguistic examples are exempt from moral judgements.
- RECORDING. Presentations and chat messages should not be recorded unless permission was obtained by the presenter.
- PROMOTION. Messages should not contain commercial promotional materials.
- INTERACTION. We encourage people to interact in classes, creating a vibrant atmosphere.
Complaints can be sent to Lotsummerschool2021@kuleuven.be. Note that they will be discretely dealt with.