February, 2nd, 2017

  

 	
	
In memoriam
In memoriam Henk Schultink

Hendrik (Henk) Schultink (b. Amsterdam 1924) was one of the leading figures in Dutch linguistics in the final few decades of the previous century. He is remembered with affection and respect first and foremost for his ability to stimulate PhD students, but also for bringing together groups of academics for a common goal, and for recognizing academic quality and promising developments in the field.


Henk studied Dutch Linguistics and Literature in Leyden with G.G. Kloeke, from 1945 till 1951, then was a ‘hollands lektor’ at the University of Copenhagen till 1956, where he was introduced to the ‘formalistic’ approach to language by Hjelmslev. He received his PhD in 1962 in Leyden, with a thesis supervised by E.M. Uhlenbeck, entitled De Morfologische Valentie van het Ongelede Adjectief in Modern Nederlands, in which he investigated the systematic relationship between form and meaning in the Dutch lexicon, with the elusive concept of ‘productivity’ as the focus point. In his subsequent position as professor of General Linguistics at the University of Utrecht he not only directed a growing number of young and talented academic staff, but also played a crucial role in the introduction and acceptance in the Netherlands of Noam Chomsky’s revolutionary ‘transformational generative grammar’, being attracted to it by its rigour and the central role of the speaker’s creativity.


As the supervisor of PhD students who were later appointed as professors elsewhere, Schultink developed an extensive national network. Specialising in formal phonology and morphology, he introduced many students to the ‘60s en ‘70s core generative work of Morris Halle, Liberman and Prince and Aronoff.


In organisation and administration, Henk was involved in the establishment of the Algemene Vereniging voor Taalwetenschappen as early as 1964, and from 1975 till 1982 was a member of the Board of Governors of the Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie in Leyden. In times of continual cutbacks at Dutch universities, he played a central role, in 1986-1987, in the introduction of the national AIO-system for young, talented PhD researchers, and in founding LOT, the Landelijke Onderzoeksschool Taalkunde. This ‘school’ soon acquired an international reputation as a result of the policy of systematically inviting well-known linguists from abroad as teachers for one of the biannual summer or winter schools. The Schultink lecture, held at every LOT summer and winter school is named after him.


Henk resigned from his regular post at the Utrecht Faculty of Letters in 1986. During the last part of his university career, and in later years, he specialised in contributions – sometimes personally coloured – in the field of the historiography of Dutch linguistics. He died in Bilthoven on 7 January 2017.

LOT Announcements / events
Nominaties LOT Populariseringsprijs (uitreiking: Utrecht, 4 februari 2017)

Het aantal inzendingen voor het jaar 2016 was met een aantal van 21 ongekend hoog. De inzendingen waren bovendien ongekend gevarieerd: de jury, bestaande uit Jack Hoeksema, Riemer Reinsma, Erica Renckens en Nicoline van der Sijs, ontving vijf boeken, zes gepubliceerde artikelen en één ongepubliceerd artikel, een reeks columns, twee jaargangen van tijdschriften, drie websites, een blog, een YouTube-filmpje, een radioprogramma en een i-Pad game voor onderzoek met proefpersonen. De jury was blij verrast om te zien hoe de taalwetenschap via steeds meer populair-wetenschappelijke kanalen haar weg vindt naar verschillende doelgroepen.

Het gevolg van de variatie aan inzendingen had wel het nadeel dat de jury appels met peren moest vergelijken, terwijl het grote aantal inzendingen tot gevolg had dat korte artikelen of kleinere inzendingen het loodje moesten leggen tegen uitgebreidere, ook al was de jury van oordeel dat ook de kleinere inzendingen veelal van grote kwaliteit getuigden.

Na enig wikken en wegen heeft de jury drie inzendingen op de shortlist gezet.

-Het boekVakantie in eigen taal. Wat er mooi, gek en fout is aan ons Nederlands van Gaston Dorren

-De website www.doofgewoon.nl.

-Het radioprogramma De Taalstaat van Frits Spits.

Tijdens de Grote Taaldag op 4 februari 2017 in Utrecht zal de jury de genomineerde werken uitgebreid voorstellen, haar keuze motiveren en de winnaar bekend maken. Bovendien zal zij een eervolle vermelding toekennen aan één van de niet-genomineerde werken!


Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen

Kennislink is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied: https://bit.ly/1HM9brF

Actueel:

Gebaren tijdens hetspreken horen bij je taal
http://www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/gebaren-tijdens-het-spreken-horen-bij-je-taal
Gebaren maken tijdens het spreken: het komt in alle talen voor. Amerikaanseonderzoekers ontdekten met hulp van blinde mensen dat je deze gebaren nietkopieert van anderen. Je maakt ze vanzelf, passend bij je moedertaal.

Redactioneel: Pleidooi voor de geesteswetenschappen
http://www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/pleidooi-voor-de-geesteswetenschappen
Het is de Maand van de Filosofie. Een goed moment om ons te bezinnen op hetbelang van de alfa- of geesteswetenschappen. Want die raken steeds meer uit degratie, omdat het praktisch nut minder aan de oppervlakte ligt dan bij demeeste praktijkstudies. Maar juist in een tijd waarin computers ons steeds meerwerk uit handen nemen, zouden we veel waarde moeten hechten aan uniekmenselijke competenties, zoals taalgevoel en filosofisch denken.

Eerste bewijs voor complexe grammatica bij Japanse koolmees
http://www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/eerste-bewijs-voor-complexe-grammatica-bij-japanse-koolmees
De roep van de Japanse koolmees bezit een eigenschap die voorheen uniek werdverondersteld voor mensentaal. De mezen kunnen betekenisvolle klankreeksencombineren tot nieuwe klankreeksen met een eigen betekenis. Dit lijkt sterk opde manier waarop mensen woorden tot zinnen combineren. Aldus concludeerde eenteam onderzoekers onlangs in Nature.

'Met een vliegtuig vol Nederlandse proefpersonen naar een Finse scanner'
http://www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/met-een-vliegtuig-vol-nederlandse-proefpersonen-naar-een-finse-scanner
Pim Levelt stond aan de wieg van het Max Planck Instituut voorPsycholinguïstiek in Nijmegen. Tien jaar na zijn afscheid als hoogleraar bliktKennislink met hem terug. Wat is er sinds het begin van zijn carrière allemaalveranderd in het taalonderzoek? En welke gevaren kleven er aan de vele nieuwemogelijkheden?

Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
Overview UiL OTS colloquia 2017, Utrecht

Overview sessions 2017

February 16th Henriette de Swart

April 20th Nicoline vander Sijs & Marc van Oostendorp

May 18th Maarten Kossmann

June 15th ‐ Nivja deJong

New season Syntax Interface talks, Utrecht University

Dear all,


We are happy to announce a new season of Syntax Interface lectures, which starts January 23rd. Our first speaker this season is Gertjan Postma. We have many more great talks planned, below you can find the schedule of the entire season.


Important information: The meetings will still take place from 15:15 till 16:30, at Trans 8, room 0.19, Utrecht.

For more information on the talks check out our website: www.uu.nl/syntax-interface .


• February 6: Gertrud de Vries

• February 20: Roland Hinterhölzl (University of Venice)

• March 6: Enoch Aboh (University of Amsterdam)

• March 20: Helen de Hoop (Radboud University Nijmegen)

• April 3: t.b.a.

• April 24: Nynke de Haas (Utrecht University)

• May 8: Jacqueline van Kampen (Utrecht University)

• May 22: Aníko Lipták (Leiden University)

• May 29: Heidi Klockmann (Utrecht University)

• June 5: Marlies Kluck (Groningen University)

• June 19: Fred Weerman (University of Amsterdam)







Syntax-Interface meeting by Gertrud de Vries, Utrecht University, 6 February 2017

Dear all,


This is to inform you that the next Syntax Interface meeting takes place on Monday (06-02-2017). Our speaker will be Gertrud de Vries and the title of her talk will be: The Like-Subject Condition and focus in ellipsis.


Where? Trans 8, room 0.19

When? Monday February 6th, 15:15 - 16:30


Please visit our website for the abstract of the talk: http://syntaxif.wp.hum.uu.nl/

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday!


On behalf of the organization,

Myrthe Coret-Bergstra

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Dear all,


This is to inform you that the next Syntax Interface meeting takes place on Monday (06-02-2017). Our speaker will be Gertrud de Vries and the title of her talk will be: The Like-Subject Condition and focus in ellipsis.


Where? Trans 8, room 0.19

When? Monday February 6th, 15:15 - 16:30


Please visit our website for the abstract of the talk: http://syntaxif.wp.hum.uu.nl/

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday!


On behalf of the organization,

Myrthe Coret-Bergstra

LUCL Colloquium, Leiden, 16 February 2017

Date: Thursday 16 February 2017 (Note different day- Thursday)


Time: 15.30 with tea, coffee and cookies; talk begins at 16 hours


Place: Van Wijkplaats 2/002


Speaker: Simon E. Fisher, MPI for Psycholinguistics & Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen



Title: A molecular genetic perspective on speech and language


Abstract: The rise of molecular technologies has yielded exciting new routes for studying the biological foundations of language. In particular, researchers have begun to identify genes implicated in developmental disorders that disrupt speech and language skills. My talk will illustrate how such work can provide powerful entry points into critical neural pathways, using FOXP2 as an example. Rare mutations of this gene cause problems with learning to sequence mouth movements during speech, accompanied by wide-ranging deficits in language production and comprehension. FOXP2 encodes a regulatory protein, a hub in a network of other genes, several of which have also been associated with language-related impairments. Versions of FOXP2 are found in similar form in many vertebrate species; indeed, studies of animals and birds suggest it has conserved roles in the development and plasticity of certain sets of neural circuits. Thus, the contributions of this gene to human speech and language involve modifications of evolutionarily ancient functions. Overall, the FOXP2 story illustrates the value of an interdisciplinary approach for unravelling the complicated connections between genes, neurons, brain circuits and language.


Drinks afterwards in the LUCL Common Room.


Come and interact with one of the people who discovered FOXP2 mutated gene in speech and language impairment !!!!

All are cordially invited


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Date: Thursday 16 February 2017 (Note different day- Thursday)


Time: 15.30 with tea, coffee and cookies; talk begins at 16 hours


Place: Van Wijkplaats 2/002


Speaker: Simon E. Fisher, MPI for Psycholinguistics & Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen



Title: A molecular genetic perspective on speech and language


Abstract: The rise of molecular technologies has yielded exciting new routes for studying the biological foundations of language. In particular, researchers have begun to identify genes implicated in developmental disorders that disrupt speech and language skills. My talk will illustrate how such work can provide powerful entry points into critical neural pathways, using FOXP2 as an example. Rare mutations of this gene cause problems with learning to sequence mouth movements during speech, accompanied by wide-ranging deficits in language production and comprehension. FOXP2 encodes a regulatory protein, a hub in a network of other genes, several of which have also been associated with language-related impairments. Versions of FOXP2 are found in similar form in many vertebrate species; indeed, studies of animals and birds suggest it has conserved roles in the development and plasticity of certain sets of neural circuits. Thus, the contributions of this gene to human speech and language involve modifications of evolutionarily ancient functions. Overall, the FOXP2 story illustrates the value of an interdisciplinary approach for unravelling the complicated connections between genes, neurons, brain circuits and language.


Drinks afterwards in the LUCL Common Room.


Come and interact with one of the people who discovered FOXP2 mutated gene in speech and language impairment !!!!

All are cordially invited


Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Workshop and defense Eva Poortman, Utrecht University, February 3, 2017

Eva Poortman will defend her dissertation, titled Concepts and Plural Predication: The Effects of Conceptual Knowledge on the Interpretation of Reciprocal and Conjunctive Plural Constructions, at 14.30 hours in the Senaatszaal of the Academiegebouw (Domplein 29) in Utrecht.

On the same day (Friday February 3) there will be a workshop in honour of Eva's defense in the Van Ravensteijnzaal (Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, room 1.06) in Utrecht. The program for the workshop is as follows and the abstracts of the talks are available in the attachment.

10:00-10:15 Welcome/coffee

10:15-11:15 Louise McNally, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

11:15-12:15 James Hampton, Psychology, City University of London

12:15 Lunch

Please let us know by email before Friday January 27 if you would like to attend this workshop to make sure we order enough lunch for everyone.

Rob Zwitserlood & Brigitta Keij

r.zwitserlood@gmail.com / b.m.keij@uu.nl


Abstracts of the talks

Symposium “Specific Language Impairment”, Amsterdam, 3 February 2017

Dear LOT members,

On Friday the 3rd of February at 10:00, Iris Duinmeijer will be defending her dissertation titled “Persistent grammatical difficulties in Specific Language Impairment: deficits in knowledge or in knowledge implementation?” in the Agnietenkapel in Amsterdam. In honor of her defense, a symposium on "Specific Language Impairment" will be organized in the afternoon. You are cordially invited for both the defense and the symposium.

The symposium will take place between 14.00 and 16.30 in room E0.02 of the Oost-Indisch Huis (VOC-zaal, Kloveniersburgwal 48). Speakers will be prof. dr. Nicola Botting (City University, London, UK), prof. dr. Theodoros Marinis (University of Reading, UK) and dr. Elma Blom (Utrecht University). Attached you can find the program and the abstracts.

What: Symposium on ‘Specific Language Impairment’ in honor of the defense of Iris Duinmeijer

Where: room E0.02 (VOC-zaal), Oost-Indisch Huis

When: the 3rd of February between 14.00 and 16.30

The symposium has a limited number of participants. Please register by sending an email to Bibi Janssen (b.e.janssen@uva.nl) if you would like to participate.


Kind regards,

On behalf of Anne Baker, Fred Weerman and Jan de Jong,

Bibi Janssen and Emma van der Zanden (paranymphs)

Update De Grote Taaldag, AVT/Anéla/LOT, Utrecht, 4 februari 2017

De Grote Taaldag 2017

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De Grote Taaldag vindt dit jaarplaats op zaterdag 4 februari 2017 te Utrecht, op Drift 21 en 25. Ook dit jaar verenigtde Grote Taaldag, een gezamenlijk initiatief van de AVT, LOT en ANéLA, de AVT TIN-dagen de ANéLA TTiN-dag. Op de Grote Taaldag vindt ook het jaarlijkse Taalgalaplaats, waarop onder meer de AVT/ ANéLA-dissertatieprijs 2016 wordt uitgereikt.

Het programma van de Grote Taaldag enook de abstracts van de lezingen vindt u op de websites van de AVT (http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderzoek/avt/) en de Anéla (http://www.anela.nl/activiteiten/grote-taaldag/).

The Grote Taaldag 2017
The Grote Taaldag, co-organised by AVT, LOT and Anéla, will be held onSaturday 4 February 2017. The Grote Taaldag combines the AVT TIN-dag(Linguistics-in-the-Netherlands day) and the Anéla TTiN-dag(Applied-Linguistics-in-the-Netherlands day). The Grote Taaldag will take placein Utrecht, at Drift 21 and 25. The Grote Taaldag also hosts the annualTaalgala, where the AVT/Anéla Dissertation Prize 2016 is awarded.

Symposium 'The Descent of Moral Sentiment', Utrecht University, February 13-15, 2017

call for registration

"The Descent of Moral Sentiment”

An interdisciplinary symposium on the ontogeny and evolution of human morality

February 13-15, 2017, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

*** Limited spaces available. Register now! ***


Theme

How did we come to be moral? It is beyond doubt that the capacity for morality is a product of evolution that develops robustly in living human beings. Yet the origins, function, and genealogy of this capacity continue to be subjects of intense debate. This three-day interdisciplinary symposium will host sixteen esteemed philosophers and scientists with presentations on the latest research related to the ontogeny and evolution of (the capacity for) morality.

Speakers

Nicolas Baumard (cognitive science) – Institut Jean-Nicod

Jonathan Birch (philosophy) ¬– London School of Economics

Simon Blackburn (philosophy) – University of Cambridge

Christopher Boehm (anthropology) – University of Southern California

Sarah Brosnan (psychology) – Georgia State University

Judith Maria Burkart (anthropology) – University of Zurich

Kiley Hamlin (psychology) – University of British Columbia

Frank Hindriks (philosophy) – University of Groningen

Annemarie Kalis (philosophy) – Utrecht University

Webb Keane (anthropology) – University of Michigan

Philip Kitcher (philosophy) – Columbia University

Edouard Machery (philosophy) – University of Pittsburgh

Sarah Mathew (anthropology) – Arizona State University

Peter Railton (philosophy) – University of Michigan

Kim Sterelny (philosophy) – Australian National University

Felix Warneken (psychology) – Harvard University

Registration

We invite post-docs and faculty from any academic discipline and orientation to participate in this three-day symposium. For details on registration please refer to the symposium website: http://descent.sites.uu.nl. A limited number of places will be reserved for graduate students, free of charge. Graduate students can apply for participation via http://descent.sites.uu.nl/graduate-students/.

For any enquiries, please contact us at descentofmoralsentiment@gmail.com


Organization


organizer:

Joeri Witteveen (post-doc, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies)

support:

Allert van Westen (student assistant, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies)

Ariane den Daas (coordinator, Descartes Centre)


*** Limited spaces available. Register now! ***


This conference is organised with generous financial support from the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities (www.descartescentre.com) and the NWO-funded research program Evolutionary Ethics? The (Meta-)Ethical Implications of Evolutionary Theory (www.evoethics.com).

Update: Dag van de Grammatica, Amsterdam, 4 maart 2017

Dag van de Grammatica, zaterdag 4 maart in de Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA)

Op zaterdag 4 maart is de eerste Dag van de Grammatica, georganiseerd door vijf grammaticaliefhebbers met steun van de verenigingen Het WAP, VKL en NVSST.

Op deze dag komen allerlei facetten van grammatica aan bod, zoals taalontwikkeling, afasie, taalontwikkelingsstoornissen, taaltherapie, tekstbegrip, verhaalopbouw, grammaticaonderwijs en meertaligheid.

Keynote sprekers zijn Jan de Jong, Roel Jonkers en Ellen Burger.

Kortere presentaties worden verzorgd door Jacqueline van Kampen, Joyce Jacobs, Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul, Kino Jansonius & Marja Borgers, Josée Coenen en Liesbeth Schlichting. Het volledige programma, de abstracts en informatie over inschrijving kunt u vinden op de website: http://www.nvsst.org/dag-van-de-grammatica/

Het aantal plaatsen is beperkt en we hanteren een vroegboekkorting voor de snelle inschrijvers. Leden van de drie verenigingen en studenten krijgen een extra korting.

Het wordt een boeiende dag, we hopen u daar te zien!

Radboud Digital Humanities Spring School 2017, Radboud Universit Nijmegen, 9-31 March 2017
Welcome!

Radboud Digital Humanities Spring School 2017


This spring school at Radboud University offers courses into several widely-used techniques and tools in Digital Humanities. It will be held in three consecutive days, 29-31 March 2017, at the Faculty of Arts at Radboud University.

The Spring School will be given in two parallel strands. The first strand of will contain a three days fulltime basic Python course. Python is widely used within many scientific domains and the most popular choice within eHumanities. The only way to learn programming is by doing and therefore a large part of this 3-day course is spent on putting your new skills into practice.

In the parallel strand the other topics will be taught in courses of one day or a half day. These courses focus on advanced Python programming skills (addressing machine learning), social network analysis and visualisation, oral history and working with speech recordings, and much more.

Participants of the three days' basic Python course therefore cannot participate in courses in the second strand.

The courses are targeted towards both junior and senior humanities researchers, including research master students, PhD students and postdocs. The courses are very practical and focussed on the development of personal digital skills.


Time and Location

The spring school takes place at the Radboud campus in Nijmegen, and will be held on 29-30-31 of March 2017. Participants are free to register for every course separately, as some courses take half a day, while the basic programming course takes 3 full days.

This school is open for both Dutch and International participants, and no previous knowledge of programming or certain tools is required but you do need to bring your own laptop. There is a limit on the number of available places for each of the courses (maximum of 30 people). Deadline for registration is March 8. For more information and registration see http://www.ru.nl/ehumanities/spring-school-2017/we...


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Welcome!

Radboud Digital Humanities Spring School 2017


This spring school at Radboud University offers courses into several widely-used techniques and tools in Digital Humanities. It will be held in three consecutive days, 29-31 March 2017, at the Faculty of Arts at Radboud University.

The Spring School will be given in two parallel strands. The first strand of will contain a three days fulltime basic Python course. Python is widely used within many scientific domains and the most popular choice within eHumanities. The only way to learn programming is by doing and therefore a large part of this 3-day course is spent on putting your new skills into practice.

In the parallel strand the other topics will be taught in courses of one day or a half day. These courses focus on advanced Python programming skills (addressing machine learning), social network analysis and visualisation, oral history and working with speech recordings, and much more.

Participants of the three days' basic Python course therefore cannot participate in courses in the second strand.

The courses are targeted towards both junior and senior humanities researchers, including research master students, PhD students and postdocs. The courses are very practical and focussed on the development of personal digital skills.


Time and Location

The spring school takes place at the Radboud campus in Nijmegen, and will be held on 29-30-31 of March 2017. Participants are free to register for every course separately, as some courses take half a day, while the basic programming course takes 3 full days.

This school is open for both Dutch and International participants, and no previous knowledge of programming or certain tools is required but you do need to bring your own laptop. There is a limit on the number of available places for each of the courses (maximum of 30 people). Deadline for registration is March 8. For more information and registration see http://www.ru.nl/ehumanities/spring-school-2017/we...


Seminar 'Using eye movements to probe brain function and dysfunction', Utrecht, 16 March 2017

Douglas Munoz visits Utrecht

Using eyemovements to probe brain function and dysfunction

We are very proud to announce theseminar by Prof. Douglas Munoz on March 16th in Utrecht.

Dr. Douglas P. Munoz

Centre for Neuroscience Studies

Queen’s University

Kingston, Canada

http://brain.phgy.queensu.ca/doug/www/

Titleseminar

Using eyemovements to probe brain function and dysfunction

Abstract

Saccadiceye movements redirect the high acuity fovea from one target of interest toanother. This alternating behaviour of saccade - fixate is repeated severalhundred thousand times a day and is critical for complex acts such as drivingan automobile or preparing a meal. The saccadic system represents an excellentmodel system for exploring the voluntary control of behaviour for severalreasons. Extensive anatomical, physiological, clinical, and imagingstudies have identified the brain areas involved in saccade control thatinclude regions in the parietal and frontal cortices, basal ganglia, thalamus,superior colliculus, cerebellum, and brainstem. The Munoz lab usesdifferent oculomotor paradigms to investigate sensory, motor and cognitiveprocessing in the brain of normal individuals and various neurological andpsychiatric patient groups. The seminar will show how a translational approachthat includes animal neurophysiology, human clinical studies, functional brainimaging and neurocomputation can reveal deep understanding of voluntary controlof behaviour.

Short CV

Doug Munozreceived his Ph.D. from McGill University in 1988 in Neurology and Neurosurgeryfollowed by a Post-doctoral Fellow at McGill and subsequently at the NationalEye Institute, National Institutes of Health. He came to Queen’s in 1991as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology. He currentlyholds a position of Professor in the Departments of Biomedical and MolecularSciences, Medicine, and Psychology and is the Director of the Centre forNeuroscience Studies.

The seminar will be at 16:00-17:00in the Green or Pink Lecture Hall in the University Medical Center Utrecht, A.A. Hijmans van den Berghgebouw, Universiteitsweg 98, 3584 CG, Utrecht. For moreinformation see: http://studyguidelifesciences.nl/seminars/using-ey...

Workshop ‘Learner corpus based approaches to second language acquisition’, Utrecht University, 31 March – 1 April, 2017

Learner Corpus Research meets SLA

The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS will be hosting atwo-day workshop on ‘Learner corpus based approaches to second languageacquisition’ on 31 March – 1 April, 2017. The main objective of the workshop isto bring together SLA and LCR specialists to examine the usefulness of learnercorpus data for second language research and to assess the relevance of SLAtheory for learner corpus design and analysis. Speakers include: Sandra Götz,Sylviane Granger, Stefan Gries, Tania Ionin, Charlene Polio, NicoleTracy-Ventura, Marjolijn Verspoor, Nina Vyatkina, Steffi Wulff, etc.

We have recently opened the call for participation. Allinfo – including the registration form – can be found on the workshop website https://sites.google.com/site/learnercorporameetsla/.

When: 31 March – 1April 2017

Where: Utrecht

What: Learner CorpusResearch and Second Language Acquisition

CICLing 2017, Budapest, Hungary, April 17-23, 2017

CICLing 2017


18th International Conference on

Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics


Budapest, Hungary - April 17-23, 2017


Springer LNCS, journals


Deadline: Abstract January 25; full text February 1


Monetary prizes for best papers anticipated


www.CICLing.org/2017


TOPICS:

All topics related to computational linguistics,

natural language processing, human language technologies,

information retrieval, opinion mining, sentiment analysis, etc.


PUBLICATION:

Springer LNCS - Lecture Notes in Computer Science;

special issues of journals


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Marco Baroni, Iryna Gurevych, Björn W. Schuller, Hinrich Schütze


CULTURAL PROGRAM:

Three days of cultural activities: Folk festival, Budapest, Visegrád


AWARDS:

Tentative: 1000 euro award fund sponsored by Springer for

Best paper awards and Best student paper award.

Awards for best presentation, best poster, best software


SUBMISSION DEADLINES:

January 25: Registration of tentative abstract / title

(why not register your tentative abstract right now?),

February 1: Full text of the registered papers

(contact us for late submissions)


Want to organize a future CICLing event? Contact us!


See complete CFP and contact on www.CICLing.org/2017

Conference 'Language Acquisition: Problems and Perspective', Liepaja University, Latvia, April 21, 2017

You are welcome to participate in the

14th InternationalScientific Conference

LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: PROBLEMS AND PERSPECTIVE

April 21, 2017


Thefollowing themes will be discussed

  • Linguodidactic research on language acquisition in higher educational establishments and non-formal education
  • Research in pedagogy and psychology how children, youngsters and adults acquire a language
  • Development of a child’s language at pre-school and in the family
  • The offer to acquire the mother tongue and foreign languages in Latvian schools
  • The needs of special education in language acquisition
  • The impact of culture, subculture and value orientation on language acquisition
  • Acquisition of the Latvian language as a foreign language in Latvia and abroad
  • The language environment in Latvia and the importance of citizens’ linguistic attitude in language acquisition
  • Standarts, draft standarts. programs and description of language skill levels for language acquisition
  • Use of IT in modern process of language learning
  • The status of communicative and linguistic competences in the labor market

Venueof the conference

Liepaja University, Liela street 14, Liepaja, LV-3401

Working languages

Latvian, English, Russian, German

Participants are requested to register for the conference by March19, 2017 on-line (please, see application)Confirmation of the participation will be sent by March 26, 2017

There is a possibility to deliver the lecture externally in avideo format conforming it beforehand with the conference steeringcommittee. We ask the external lecturers to submit the presentationsof the reports by April 10, 2017

The length of the report at the plenary session is upto 20 minutes, during workshops – up to 15minutes

A collection of scientific articles “Language Acquisition:Problems and Perspective” (ISSN 1407-9739) will be published based on thepresented reports in the conference:

  • the author can submit a relevant scientific article if the deadline is met and the publication fee is paid. The author’s participation in the conference is not obligatory
  • the articles will be published in the Latvian, English, Russian and German languages (please, see the instructions how to prepare publications)
  • all the submitted articles will be anonymously reviewed, evaluated and accepted by the international editorial board
  • the authors are asked to submit the articles electronically by July 31, 2017 at liepu.vapp.lapp@gmail.com

Participation fee at the conference and/or publication fee ( bytransfer)

For conference speakers: EUR 65.00

For external speakers and authors of publications who do notparticipate in the conference: EUR 40.00

For participants: EUR 15.00

In case the article has several authors, the participation feealong with the publication for each author is EUR 35.00

The payment includes:

  • for speakers – confirmation of participating at the conference, the scientific publication, conference materials and coffee breaks
  • for participants – conference materials and coffee breaks
  • for external speakers – confirmation of participating at the conference, demonstration of the video material and the scientific publication
  • for the authors of the publications who do not take part in the conference – the scientific publication

Make the payment by April 3, 2017 to the following account :

Liepājas Universitāte

Nr. LV90000036859

Valsts kase, kods TRELLV22

Konta Nr. LV45TREL9150190000000

Add the note the purpose of the payment:21499, participation (publication) in the conference “Language Acquisition:Problems and Perspective”, XIV, participant’s name, surname, nationalidentification number


Conference 'Langauage Acquisition: Problems and Perspective', Liepaja University, Latvija, deadline: April 21, 2017

You are welcome to participate in the

14th International Scientific Conference

LANGUAGE ACQUISITION:

PROBLEMS AND PERSPECTIVE

April 21, 2017

Look for more information at our website

https://vapplapp.liepu.lv/en


Participants are requested to register for the conference by

March 19, 2017

Workshop on Speech Perception and Production across the Lifespan - SPPL 2017, London, UK, 26-27 April 2017

Workshop Theme

Although the focus of much research into speech development hasbeen to establish when ‘adult-like’ performance is reached (with young adultspeakers taken as a ‘norm’), it is increasingly clear that speech perceptionand production abilities are undergoing constant change across the lifespan asa result of physical changes, exposure to language variation, and cognitivechanges at various periods of our lives. The workshop will provide anopportunity for interactions between researchers from areas of speech andlanguage sciences research that may be focused on different developmentalstages, e.g. early development and ageing. It will also discuss methodologicalissues, such as how to overcome the difficulty of developing tests that areequally appropriate for children, younger and older adults.

Invited Speakers

Paul FOULKES (University of York), Sandra GORDON-SALANT(University of Maryland), Mitchell SOMMERS (Washington University), HayoTERBAND (University of Utrecht)

Important dates

Abstract submission opens: 15 November 2016

Submission deadline of abstracts: 15 January 2017

Notification of acceptance: 7 February 2017

Workshop: 26-27 April 2017

For more information visit the workshop website: http://sppl2017.org/

Abstract submission now open: http://sppl2017.org/abstract-submission


'Generative Linguistics in the 21st Century: the Evidence and the Rhetoric', Reading, May 11th 2017
Workshop
Generative Linguistics in the 21st Century: the Evidence and the Rhetoric

Keynote speaker:
Prof. Noam Chomsky (MIT, USA)

Plenary speakers
Prof. Adriana Belleti (University of Siena, Italy)
Prof. Hagit Borer (Queen Mary, London, UK)
Prof. Stephen Crain (Macquaire University, Australia)
Prof. Tanja Kupisch (University of Konstanz & UiT the Arctic University of Norway)
Prof. Terje Lohndal (NTNU & UiT the Arctic University of Norway)
Prof. Luigi Rizzi (University of Siena, Italy & University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Prof. Ian Roberts (Cambridge University, UK)
Prof. Ianthi Tsimpli (Cambridge University, UK)
Prof. Charles Yang (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Moderators
Prof. Jason Rothman (University of Reading)
Prof. Doug Saddy (University of Reading)

Where: University of Reading
When: May 11th, 2017
Hosts: The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences (PCLS)

The fields of linguistics, cognitive science and psychology were forever changed starting in the 1950s on the coattails of the cognitive revolution against behaviourism. Chomsky’s (1959) review of Skinner’s Verbal Behaviour is one of the key turning points in this endeavour from which what would become the dominant theory of modern linguistics was born. Generative linguistics, often referred to as Universal Grammar (UG), has maintained for six decades now that humans are born endowed with domain-specific linguistic knowledge. In other words, the human brain comes pre-equipped with some type of innately determined blueprint to the general structure of language. Exactly what is universal and domain-specific with respect to linguistic knowledge has been the matter of debate and changing proposals over the past 6 decades, however, the core tenet of the generative program remains: at least some parts of language are provided by a genetic endowment. Although there is no question that parts of language are/can be learned in the truest sense, that input quantities and qualities matter, that social environment and interaction bring much to bear, a careful consideration of the preponderance of all evidence still “leaves little hope that [much of the structure of] language can be learned by an organism initially uniformed as to its general character, Chomsky, 1965: 58”. The purpose of this workshop is to present and consider the evidence that still points in this direction, while at the same time sifting through and seriously considering the rhetoric that in recent years has rejected the general tenets of generative linguistics. In doing so, we will examine the role of generative linguistics at present and consider where it will be going as the 21st century unfolds. The workshop features a keynote talk by Professor Chomsky and plenaries from 9 other renowned linguists, working on formal linguistic theory and its application to acquisition and processing in children and adult learners. The day culminates in a moderated panel discussion with all our invited speakers, where audience members can ask questions.
If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email
pclsevents@reading.ac.uk to register your interest by Friday 20th January 2017. Further details about the workshop, including how to book will be announced soon.

Workshop invitation - Register your interest

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Workshop
Generative Linguistics in the 21st Century: the Evidence and the Rhetoric

Keynote speaker:
Prof. Noam Chomsky (MIT, USA)

Plenary speakers
Prof. Adriana Belleti (University of Siena, Italy)
Prof. Hagit Borer (Queen Mary, London, UK)
Prof. Stephen Crain (Macquaire University, Australia)
Prof. Tanja Kupisch (University of Konstanz & UiT the Arctic University of Norway)
Prof. Terje Lohndal (NTNU & UiT the Arctic University of Norway)
Prof. Luigi Rizzi (University of Siena, Italy & University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Prof. Ian Roberts (Cambridge University, UK)
Prof. Ianthi Tsimpli (Cambridge University, UK)
Prof. Charles Yang (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Moderators
Prof. Jason Rothman (University of Reading)
Prof. Doug Saddy (University of Reading)

Where: University of Reading
When: May 11th, 2017
Hosts: The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences (PCLS)

The fields of linguistics, cognitive science and psychology were forever changed starting in the 1950s on the coattails of the cognitive revolution against behaviourism. Chomsky’s (1959) review of Skinner’s Verbal Behaviour is one of the key turning points in this endeavour from which what would become the dominant theory of modern linguistics was born. Generative linguistics, often referred to as Universal Grammar (UG), has maintained for six decades now that humans are born endowed with domain-specific linguistic knowledge. In other words, the human brain comes pre-equipped with some type of innately determined blueprint to the general structure of language. Exactly what is universal and domain-specific with respect to linguistic knowledge has been the matter of debate and changing proposals over the past 6 decades, however, the core tenet of the generative program remains: at least some parts of language are provided by a genetic endowment. Although there is no question that parts of language are/can be learned in the truest sense, that input quantities and qualities matter, that social environment and interaction bring much to bear, a careful consideration of the preponderance of all evidence still “leaves little hope that [much of the structure of] language can be learned by an organism initially uniformed as to its general character, Chomsky, 1965: 58”. The purpose of this workshop is to present and consider the evidence that still points in this direction, while at the same time sifting through and seriously considering the rhetoric that in recent years has rejected the general tenets of generative linguistics. In doing so, we will examine the role of generative linguistics at present and consider where it will be going as the 21st century unfolds. The workshop features a keynote talk by Professor Chomsky and plenaries from 9 other renowned linguists, working on formal linguistic theory and its application to acquisition and processing in children and adult learners. The day culminates in a moderated panel discussion with all our invited speakers, where audience members can ask questions.
If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email pclsevents@reading.ac.uk to register your interest by Friday 20th January 2017. Further details about the workshop, including how to book will be announced soon.

Workshop invitation - Register your interest

Workshop: Revising formal semantic and pragmatic theories from a neurocognitive perspective, Bochum, Germany, 19-20 June 2017

Workshop: Revising formal semantic and pragmatic theories from a neurocognitive perspective

Bochum, Germany 19-20 June 2017

Note the convenient date and location: Just before the XPRAG conference in Cologne (ca. one-hour traveling distance by a local train)


Over the last few decades we have observed a growing interest in using experimental methods to investigate semantic and pragmatic theories. Experimental pragmatics has become a flourishing interdisciplinary research area. Aside from behavioral methods, such as reaction time measurement, eye-tracking and acceptability judgments, researchers have become increasingly interested in investigating language processing at the neural level and by this means shedding more light on semantic and pragmatic theories. To this end, they have employed techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Although this enterprise has resulted in a large amount of interesting data about linguistic processing, the interpretation of these results remains debated with respect to their relevance for more formal theories of meaning. On the one hand, it often is difficult to formulate clear processing predictions for semantic and pragmatic theories, on the other hand, the theoretical interpretation of the activations observed with neuroimaging tools is not fully understood. As a result, the neurolinguistics and formal semantic/pragmatic communities remain still rather disjoint. In this workshop we would like to bridge the gap and discuss the challenges of combining the two approaches.

Invited Speakers

Valentina Bambini (IUSS of Pavia)

Harm Brouwer (Saarland University)

Ira Noveck (CNRS Lyon)

Steve Politzer-Ahles (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Petra Schumacher (University of Cologne)


Call for papers

We invite abstracts for contributed talks and posters related to the workshop’s theme, addressing problems in semantics and pragmatics with experimental neurocognitive methods. We welcome papers presenting novel experimental results, talks covering methodological aspects of such studies as well as explanatory talks that aim at discussing existing data from the perspective of refined formal semantic or pragmatic theories.

Relevant topics include (but are not limited to)

The semantics/pragmatics interface

Theories of implicatures and presuppositions

Bayesian Pragmatics

Semantic and pragmatic aspects of negation

Quantifiers in natural language

Reference resolution

Semantic and pragmatic aspects of conditional sentences

Pragmatic enrichment in sentence meaning composition

Metonymy & metaphor

Human reasoning (defeasible reasoning, syllogistic, deductive & inductive reasoning)


Submission

Abstracts should have maximally 1 page (1-inch margins on all sides, font size 11) plus 1 page with additional figures/tables/references.


Please submit your abstracts at:

http://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=neuropragse...

Deadline: 31.03.2017

Notification: 15.04.2017

More information: http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/phil-lang/RevisingSe...

Organizers:

Maria Spychalska & Markus Werning

Contact: maria.spychalska@rub.de


Workshop 'Types of iconicity in language use, development, and processing', MPI Nijmegen, July 6-7, 2017


Location: Max Planck Institute forPsycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Organisers:Gerardo Ortega, Asli Özyürek, and Mark Dingemanse


The notion of iconicity is rapidly gaining influenceacross the language sciences as a factor in explanations and models of languagestructure, language learning, language processing, and language evolution. Witha remarkable increase in the number of studies wielding the term ‘iconicity’there is a growing need to specify and investigate the notion of iconicityitself across modalities (speech, sign, and gesture). The aim of this workshopis to provide conceptual clarity and empirical evidence on the nature oficonicity and its role in language use, development, and processing. The guestspeakers come from across the language sciences, from gesture studies toneuroscience and from linguistic typology to sign language linguistics; andwill share their take on iconicity, examining how they complement each other,how they can be investigated experimentally, and how they shed light onlanguage and communication.

Confirmed guest speakers include:

  • Kimi Akita (Nagoya University)
  • Linda Drijvers (Radboud University)
  • Karen Emmorey (San Diego State University)
  • Mutsumi Imai (Keio University)
  • Spencer Kelly (Colgate University)
  • Pamela Perniss (Brighton University)
  • Tessa Verhoef (MPI)
  • Gabriella Vigliocco (UCL)

Call for submissions: We invite submissions for posterpresentations on recent unpublished work addressing one or more of the workshopquestions. For more information, please visit the website below.

http://iconicity.ruhosting.nl/



For more information, please contact, Gerardo Ortega (gerardo.ortega@mpi.nl).

We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Max PlanckSociety for the Advancement of Science and from the Netherlands Organisationfor Scientific Research (NWO), which supports the research of the organisersthrough two Veni grants (Mark Dingemanse and Gerardo Ortega) and a Vici grant(Asli Özyürek).

7th ISCA Workshop on 'Speech and Language Technology in Education' (SLaTE 2017), Stockholm, August 25-26, 2017

For more information, please see http://www.slate2017.org/


Job Announcements / Vacancies
Chair in Linguistics, Newcastle University, UK, deadline: 20 February 2017

Newcastle University is delighted to invite applications for a chair in linguistics (https://vacancies.ncl.ac.uk/LoginV2.aspx, job reference G768). The linguistics group comprises 40 full-time members of staff spread across three schools; Education, Communication and Language Sciences, English Literature, Language and Linguistics, and Modern Languages. Areas of research include child language development, clinical linguistics, second-language-learning, experimental phonetics and phonology, theoretical linguistics, historical linguistics, and socio-linguistics. To find out more about activity in linguistics at Newcastle, please go to http://www.ncl.ac.uk/linguistics/.


Though the successful applicant will be based on one school, an important aspect of their job will be to develop the research infrastructure in linguistics across all three schools. Potential applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries to the heads of schools where they are likely to be based. These are Caroline Walker-Gleaves (Education, Communication and Language Sciences), James Annesley (English Literature, Linguistics and Literature), and Nigel Harkness (Modern Languages).



Doctoral Fellowships, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, deadline: 2 March 2017

The "HistoricalLinguistics and Formal Semantics" research group, which will operateduring the academic years 2017/18-2019/20 at the Mandel ScholionInterdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies of theHebrew University of Jerusalem, is offering four three-year scholarships fordoctoral students.

The aim of the researchgroup is to better our understanding of natural language by combining two areasof linguistic research whose integration is still nascent: historicallinguistics and formal semantics. The group will jointly explore, in asystematic manner, how studies in historical linguistics and in semantics cancontribute to one another. It will strive to draw conclusions about theproperties of a variety of semantic categories, their universality, and themechanisms underlying recurring shifts in meanings over time, or paths ofsemantic change, within these categories.

The group will be led by Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal, NoraBoneh, Eitan Grossman, and Aynat Rubinstein. For a summary of its aims, pleasesee the project proposal here.

We welcome candidates with excellent researchqualifications and an interest in language change and formal linguistics. Priortraining in one of these areas is a prerequisite.

Recipients of the scholarships, who must register byOctober 2017 as doctoral students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, willreceive excellent working conditions for the three years of the scholarship atthe Mandel Scholion Center on the University’s Mount Scopus campus, includingoffice space close to the project leaders and a yearly grant of 75,000 NIS.Recipients will be expected to devote these three years to writing theirdoctoral dissertations. Moreover, it is expected that they will be present atthe Mandel Scholion Center four days a week and participate in the group’sactivities and those of the Center, which is an interdisciplinary researchcenter devoted to the promotion of excellent research in a wide variety ofdisciplines. Recipients of the scholarship are not permitted to engage inadditional work during this period, other than possibly serving as teaching andresearch assistants at the Hebrew University.

Applicants should send the following documents to scholion@savion.huji.ac.il :

1. CV

2. Researchstatement (2 pages)

3. Transcriptsof BA and MA

They should also ask twoscholars familiar with them and their work to submit recommendations directlyto the above address.

Deadline for application: 2 March 2017

Interviews for finalists (in person or on Skype) willtake place on 16 March 2017.

Contact information:

Eitan Grossman (eitan.grossman@mail.huji.ac.il)

Aynat Rubinstein (aynat.rubinstein@mail.huji.ac.il)

Calls for papers for events
CfP: Workshop 'Doing Sociophonetic Research', Bolzano, Italy, Febuary 8-10, 2017

More information on:

www.tinyurl.com/dsr2017

CfP: WoLLIC 2017, London, UK, July 18-21, 2017, deadline: March 14, 2017

WoLLIC 2017

24th Workshop on Logic, Language, Information andComputation

July 18-21, 2017

University College London (UCL), London, UK

SCIENTIFIC SPONSORSHIP

Interest Group in Pure andApplied Logics (IGPL)

The Association for Logic,Language and Information (FoLLI)

Association for SymbolicLogic (ASL)

European Association forTheoretical Computer Science (EATCS)

European Association forComputer Science Logic (EACSL)

ACM Special Interest Group on Logic and Computation(ACM-SIGLOG) (TBC)

Sociedade Brasileira deComputação (SBC)

Sociedade Brasileira deLógica (SBL)

ORGANISATION

Department of ComputerScience, University College London, London, UK

School of ElectronicEngineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary College, London, UK

Centro de Informática,Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

HOSTED BY

Department of ComputerScience, University College London, London, UK

CALL FOR PAPERS

WoLLIC is an annualinternational forum on inter-disciplinary research involving formal logic,computing and programming theory, and natural language and reasoning. Each meetingincludes invited talks and tutorials as well as contributed papers. Thetwenty-fourth WoLLIC will be held at the School of Electronic Engineeringand Computer Science, Queen Mary College, London, UK, from July 18th to21st, 2017. It is sponsored by the Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL), theInterest Group in Pure and Applied Logics (IGPL), the The Association forLogic, Language and Information (FoLLI), the European Association forTheoretical Computer Science (EATCS), the European Association for ComputerScience Logic (EACSL), the Sociedade Brasileira de Computação (SBC), and theSociedade Brasileira de Lógica (SBL).

PAPER SUBMISSION

Contributions are invited onall pertinent subjects, with particular interest in cross-disciplinary topics.Typical but not exclusive areas of interest are: foundations of computing andprogramming; novel computation models and paradigms; broad notions of proof andbelief; proof mining, type theory, effective learnability; formalmethods in software and hardware development; logical approach to naturallanguage and reasoning; logics of programs, actions and resources; foundationalaspects of information organization, search, flow, sharing, and protection;foundations of mathematics; philosophy of mathematics; philosophicallogic. Proposed contributions should be in English, and consist of a scholarlyexposition accessible to the non-specialist, including motivation, background,and comparison with related works. Articles should be written in the LaTeXformat of LNCS by Springer (see authors instructions at http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0).They must not exceed 12 pages, with up to 5 additional pages for references andtechnical appendices. The paper's main results must not be published orsubmitted for publication in refereed venues, including journals and otherscientific meetings. It is expected that each accepted paper be presented atthe meeting by one of its authors. Papers must be submitted electronically atthe WoLLIC 2017 EasyChair website. (Please go to http://wollic.org/wollic2017/instructions.html forinstructions.) A title and single-paragraph abstract should be submitted by Mar14, 2017, and the full paper by Mar 21, 2017 (firm date). Notifications areexpected by Apr 22, 2017, and final papers for the proceedings will be due byMay 6, 2017 (firm date).

PROCEEDINGS

The proceedings of WoLLIC2017, including both invited and contributed papers, will be published inadvance of the meeting as a volume in Springer's LNCS series. In addition,abstracts will be published in the Conference Report section of the LogicJournal of the IGPL, and selected contributions will be published as a specialpost-conference WoLLIC 2017 issue of a scientific journal (to be confirmed).

INVITED SPEAKERS

Hazel Brickhurst (Bristol) (TBC)

OfraMagidor (Oxford University, UK)

Peter O'Hearn (UCL) (TBC)

Nicole Schweikardt (Humboldt) (TBC)

Fan Yang (Delft University, The Netherlands)

Boris Zilber (Oxford University, UK)

STUDENT GRANTS

ASL sponsorship of WoLLIC2017 will permit ASL student members to apply for a modest travel grant(deadline: May 1st, 2017). See http://www.aslonline.org/studenttravelawards.html fordetails.

IMPORTANT DATES

Mar 14, 2017: Paper title andabstract deadline

Mar 21, 2017: Full paperdeadline

Apr 22, 2017: Authornotification

May 6, 2017: Final versiondeadline (firm)

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

MatthiasBaaz (University of Technology, Vienna, Austria)

John Baldwin(University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)

Dana Bartozová(Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)

Agata Ciabattoni(University of Technology, Vienna, Austria)

WalterDean (University of Warwick, UK)

Erich Grädel (RWTHAachen, Germany)

Volker Halbach(University of Oxford, UK)

Juliette Kennedy (Helsinki University, Finland)(Chair)

Dexter Kozen(Cornell University, USA)

Janos Makowsky(Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)

Larry Moss(indiana University, USA)

AlessandraPalmigiano (Delft University, The Netherlands)

Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh (Queen Mary, UK)

Sonja Smets(Amsterdam University, The Netherlands)

Asger Törnquist(Københavns Universitet, Denmark)

Rineke Verbrugge(University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

Andrés Villaveces(Universidad Nacional, Colombia)

Philip Welch(University of Bristol, UK)

STEERING COMMITTEE

Samson Abramksy, Johan vanBenthem, Anuj Dawar, Joe Halpern, Wilfrid Hodges, Ulrich Kohlenbach, DanielLeivant, Leonid Libkin, Angus Macintyre, Luke Ong, Hiroakira Ono, Valeria dePaiva, Ruy de Queiroz, Jouko Väänänen.

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

AlexandraSilva(Univ College London, UK) (Local co-chair)

Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh (Queen Mary, UK) (Local co-chair)

Paulo Oliva (Queen Mary, UK)

JamesBrotherston(Univ College London, UK)

Anjolina G. de Oliveira (U FedPernambuco)

Ruy de Queiroz (U Fed Pernambuco)(co-chair)

FURTHER INFORMATION

Contact one of the Co-Chairsof the Organising Committee.

WEB PAGE

http://wollic.org/wollic2017/

CfP: Conference TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2017), Czech Republic, August 27-31, 2017, deadline: March 31, 2017


The twentieth anniversary InternationalConference on

TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2017)

Praha (Prague), Czech Republic

August 27-31, 2017

http://www.tsdconference.org

TSD HIGHLIGHTS

* Invited speakers: Tomas Mikolov and other eminentpersonages with various

expertise coveringspeech modeling, acoustic-phonetic decoding, dialogue

systems, andsemantics have been asked to give their respective pieces of

speech.

* TSD is traditionally published by Springer-Verlag andregularly listed in

all majorcitation databases: Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings

Citation Index,DBLP, SCOPUS, EI, INSPEC, COMPENDEX, etc.

* TSD offers high-standard transparent review process -double blind, final

reviewersdiscussion.

* TSD will take place in the historical centre of Prague,the Capital of

the CzechRepublic in co-operation with the Institute of Formal and

AppliedLinguistics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles

University.

* TSD provides an all-service package (conference accessand material, all

meals, one socialevent, etc.) for an easily affordable fee starting at

290 EUR forstudents and 360 EUR for full participants.

TSD SERIES

TSD series have evolved as a prime forum for interactionbetween researchers in both spoken and written language processing from allover the world. Proceedings of the TSD conference form a book published bySpringer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI)series. The TSD proceedings are regularly indexed by Thomson Reuters ConferenceProceedings Citation Index. LNAI series are listed in all major citationdatabases such as DBLP, SCOPUS, EI, INSPEC, or COMPENDEX.

TOPICS

Topics of the 20th anniversary conference will include(but are not limited

to):

SpeechRecognition (multilingual, continuous, emotional speech,

handicappedspeaker, out-of-vocabulary words, alternative way of

featureextraction, new models for acoustic and language modelling).

Corpora andLanguage Resources (monolingual, multilingual, text, and

spoken corpora,large web corpora, disambiguation, specialized

lexicons,dictionaries).

Speech andSpoken Language Generation (multilingual, high fidelity

speechsynthesis, computer singing).

Tagging, Classificationand Parsing of Text and Speech (multilingual

processing,sentiment analysis, credibility analysis, automatic text

labeling,summarization, authorship attribution).

SemanticProcessing of Text and Speech (information extraction,

informationretrieval, data mining, semantic web, knowledge

representation,inference, ontologies, sense disambiguation, plagiarism

detection).

IntegratingApplications of Text and Speech Processing (machine

translation,natural language understanding, question-answering

strategies,assistive technologies).

AutomaticDialogue Systems (self-learning, multilingual,

question-answering systems, dialogue strategies, prosody in dialogues).

MultimodalTechniques and Modelling (video processing, facial

animation,visual speech synthesis, user modelling, emotion and

personalitymodelling).

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

All program committee members are listed on theconference web pages:

http://www.tsdconference.org/tsd2017/index.php?page=committees

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

The official language of the event is English, however,papers on issues related to text and speech processing in languages other thanEnglish are strongly encouraged.

IMPORTANT DATES

March 31, 2017 ............ Deadline for submission ofcontributions

May 10, 2017 .............. Notification of acceptance orrejection

May 31, 2017 .............. Deadline for submission of camera-readypapers

August 27-31, 2017 ........ TSD2017 conference date

The proceedings will be provided on flash drives in formof navigable content. Printed books will be available for extra fee.

CONFERENCE FEES

The conference fee depends on the date of payment and onthe participant's status (full or student). It includes one copy of theconference proceedings (on a USB flash drive), refreshments/coffee breaks,lunches and dinners, opening dinner, welcome party, mid-conference social eventadmissions, and organizing costs. In order to lower the fee as much aspossible, the accommodation and the conference trip are not included in it thistime.

Full participant:

earlyregistration by May 31, 2017 - CZK 10 000 (approx. 360 EUR)

lateregistration by August 1, 2017 - CZK 11000 (approx. 400 EUR)

on-siteregistration - CZK 12 000 (approx. 444 EUR)

Student (reduced):

earlyregistration by May 31, 2017 - CZK 8 000 (approx. 290 EUR)

late registrationby August 1, 2017 - CZK 8 700 (approx.322 EUR)

on-siteregistration - CZK 10 000 (approx. 360 EUR)

Please, keep in mind that the fees are preliminary andthey may slightly change in the future. We are also doing our best to find a way to reduce the fees forstudents.

LOCATION

Praha (Prague)--also called The City of a Hundred Spiresor The Heart of Europe--is situated in the very centre of Bohemia on the banksof the river Vltava. There live more than 1.2 million people in themetropolitan area.

Thus, Praha is considered the centre of science, highereducation, culture, economy and authorities.

The city is divided into ten districts. Each of themoffers its own charming atmosphere predicated upon its rich history. A good example can be the Jewish Quarter(Josefov) known especially for the legend of Golem and famous writer FranzKafka. Then, walking the Parizska street (said to be the most luxurious streetin the city), there is the Old Town Square.

One of the most important squares of the city renownedfor the rare Prague Astronomical Clock (Orloj), number of galleries, BethlehemChapel and a monument of religious reformer Jan Hus.

The next place of interest can be found in the area ofthe New Town. The Wenceslas square with the monument of St. Wenceslas, thepatron saint of the Czech state, is the longest square of the republic. Itscapacity is fully used by various shops, restaurants, clubs and street artists.Also the renaissance revival-styled building of National Museum, which is nowunder reconstruction, is situated on the upper end of the square.

Modern art and architecture together with technicalmastery demonstration are represented by the Zizkov Television Tower, theDancing House (Fred and Ginger Building) or the Stefanik's Observatory on thePetrin hill located in the neighbourhood of the quarter Hradcany. Also Krizik'slight fountain or Industrial Palace in the area of the Holesovice Showgroundare worth seeing.

However, the dominant feature of the skyline is stillcreated by the Prague Castle and the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral spires. TheGolden Lane heading down to the Lesser Town shows the tiny and colorfulmedieval houses. There are many bridgesconnecting the banks of the Vltava River.

However, only one of them is well known in the wholeworld--the Charles bridge. Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IVpromoted its construction in the 14th century. The bridge is 520 metres longand stands for a connection between the Lesser Town and the Old Town. It wasbuilt in the Gothic style as well as the St. Vitus Cathedral.

Charles IV was also the founder of the University, whichnow proudly bears his name--The Charles University. It is one the world'soldest universities and with 17 faculties, 3 institutes, 6 centres of teaching,research and development it is also the largest and best rated university inthe Czech Republic. The students can choose some of the 642 courses within 300of accredited degree programmes in the field of medicine, law, theology, pharmacy,arts, science, mathematics and physics, education, social sciences, physicaleducation and sports, and humanities.

We are justifiably very proud of the fact that the campusof the Charles University is going to host the TSD2017 conference.

ABOUT CONFERENCE

The conference is organized by the Faculty of AppliedSciences, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, the Faculty of Informatics,Masaryk University, Brno, and the Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics,Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University.

The TSD2017 organizing committee has again applied forTSD2017 to be recognized as an INTERSPEECH 2017 satellite event.

Venue:

Faculty ofMathematics and Physics of the Charles University

Mala StranaCampus - "S" Building

Malostranskenam. 2/25

CZ-118 00 Praha1

Accommodation:

Orea HotelPyramida ****

Belohorska 24

CZ-169 00 Praha6

CONTACT

The preferred way of contacting the conference organizingcommittee is writing an e-mail to:

Mrs RomanaStrapkova, TSD2017 Conference Secretary

E-mail: tsd2017@tsdconference.org

Phone: (+420)736 664 500

All paper correspondence regarding the conference shouldbe addressed to:

TSD2017 - KIV

Fakultaaplikovanych ved

Zapadoceskauniverzita v Plzni

Univerzitni 8

CZ-306 14 Plzen

Czech Republic

Fax: (+420) 377632 402 -- Please, mark the faxed material with large

capitals 'TSD'on top.

TSD 2017 conference web site: http://www.tsdconference.org/tsd2017

CfP Workshop 'Cognitive explanations in linguistic typology' (ALT), Canberra, December 15, 2017

We invite contributions for the workshop “Cognitive explanations in

linguistic typology: contemporary insights from language processing and language acquisition“ to be held at the 12th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT) at the Australian National University in Canberra on December 15, 2017.

The potential of language processing mechanisms to explain diachronic developments and grammatical patterns in the world’s languages has long been recognized in the typological literature. However, processing pressures and constraints have often been invoked as vague processes instead of as observable behaviour and neural activity that may be amenable to empirical measurement and evaluation. Given the degree of maturity achieved by contemporary psycho- and neurolinguistics, a new era of a cross-disciplinary pollination between linguistic typology and these disciplines is warranted. This workshop will focus on processing explanations for the distribution and development of typological features, drawing on experimental work on language comprehension, language production and first language acquisition. The emphasis will lie on explanations that are theoretically well-grounded from a psycholinguistic and/or neurolinguistic perspective and that are empirically testable.

Invited speakers:

Balthasar Bickel & Sabine Stoll

Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky & Matthias Schlesewsky

Damián Blasi

Sebastian Sauppe

Anne Cutler

Florian Jaeger

Barbara Kelly

Evan Kidd

We welcome abstract submissions for additional contributions that either report typologically relevant experimental evidence or draw extensively and competently on the psycho- and neurolinguistic literature in explaining typological findings. Contributions that describe novel theoretical proposals on the relation between the distribution and diachronic change of typological features, language processing and language acquisition will also be considered.

Abstracts should be submitted to the ALT program committee. Instructions can be found on the ALT homepage:

http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/alt-conference-2017/call-for-abstracts/.

The submission deadline is March 31, 2017.

Workshop convenors: Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky (University of South

Australia), Matthias Schlesewsky (University of South Australia), Damián

E. Blasi (University of Zurich & Max Planck Institute for the Science of

Human History), Evan Kidd (CoEDL, Australian National University),

Sebastian Sauppe, (University Zurich & Max Planck Institute for

Psycholinguistics)

Homepage:

http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/alt-conferenc...

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