May 4th, 2012

LOT Announcements / events
From the LOT Bureau
In the past weeks the LOT website was inaccessible due to technical problems. As a consequence, the Newsletter has not been distributed, and the registration page of the LOT Summerschool was offline. The problem has been solved; the website, including the registration page, are now in working order again.
Unfortunately, these technical problems also affected our LOT Newsletter distribution mailinglists. Hopefully these problems have been completely solved and the lists are protected and inaccessible again.

If you want to subsribe or unsubsribe for the LOT Newsletter or send in articles, please use our mailaddress: lot(removeme)
Reminder travel reimbursements LOT Winterschool 2012 Tilburg. Deadline: May 20 2012
Travel costs reimbursement terms for PhD students and REMA students:
- affiliated with one of the eight LOT institutes;
- use the LOT reimbursement form which can be found here: (below General info);
- save your tickets. If you travel with an OV Chipcard, make sure you include an overview of your travel costs from: ;

You may reimburse your LOTschool travel costs for up to 4 months after the school (20 May 2012), which means that any forms received after that date will not be considered.
LOT Summer School 2012, Utrecht University, 2-13 July 2012
The next LOT Summer School 2012 will take place from 2-13 July 2012, and will be hosted by the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS. The school will take place at conference center ‘De Baak’ in Driebergen (near Utrecht). Registration opens on 26 March.

This year’s edition includes two special teaching-tracks:
• A Language, Brain and Cognition session (LBC) sponsored by NCU. There is a special rate available for students who only want to enroll for the LBC courses.
• A Bilingual SLI session sponsored by COST. Students who enroll for these courses can apply for COST student support.

Students are encouraged to present their work during the weekly poster session. Students may present a poster with original work, try-out their poster for an upcoming conference, or present a poster from a previous conference.

The courses in this school are free for all PhD-researchers and second year research master students who are affiliated with one of the eight LOT Institutes.

You can find the schedule, registration form and more information on our website

Make sure you take note of this event in your diary and check the website for regular updates. For questions regarding this LOT Summer school email lot(removeme)
Kennislink Taal & Spraak
Kennislink Taal & Spraak is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied:


Tweelingtalen of: waarom Duits studeren?
Elke week verschijnt op Kennislink een gastcolumn. De columnist is steeds een andere onderzoeker, die vanuit zijn of haar vakgebied schrijft over de wetenschap achter een gebeurtenis in de maatschappij of uit ons dagelijks leven. Deze week: taalwetenschapper Jenny Audring over de overeenkomsten en de verschillen tussen het Duits en het Nederlands.

Duits opnieuw in de lift
Op 19 april wordt de Dag van de Duitse taal georganiseerd om de Duitse taal te promoten. Kennislink sprak in 2006 met Paul Sars, hoogleraar Duitse taal en cultuur van de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, over de populariteit van het vak Duits. Het studentenaantal liet toen een lichte stijging zien. Hoe staat het er zes jaar later voor?
Lectures / Talks / Colloquia
BIMU Talk by Janet van Hell on Cognitive and neural mechanisms, UIL OTS Utrecht, May 7 2012
As part of the new Bilingualism and Multilingualism in Utrecht (BIMU) colloquium series, we are pleased to announce the following talk:

Language switching in bilingual speakers: Cognitive and neural mechanisms

Janet van Hell (Pennsylvania State University, Radboud University Nijmegen)

Monday 7th May, 11am, Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06

Bilinguals often use two languages within the same utterance, for example, ‘And we reckoned Holland was too small voor ons’. This switching between languages and the merging of two languages into a coherent utterance not only reveals the flexibility of human speech, it also demonstrates highly skilled cognitive control. Recent experimental studies on the cognitive and neural mechanisms of language switching provided more insight into the co-activation and interaction across the bilinguals’ two languages, the processing costs associated with switching between languages, and how bilinguals resolve competition between different cognitive systems. In this talk, I will explore the cognitive and neural correlates of comprehending and producing mixed language. I will also discuss recent evidence on how sociocontextual and lexical cues (i.e., trigger words) can facilitate a switch to the other language.
MPI Lecture Series with Mike Kestemont (May 9) and Antal van den Bosch (June 6) and Alexander Mehler (July 11), Max Planck Institute Nijmegen.
Starting this semester The Language Archive (TLA) of the MPI for Psycholinguistics will organize a new lecture series in the broad area of E-Humanities.
We would like to invite you to these lectures, which are open to everybody who is interested.

Speaker: Mike Kestemont (University of Antwerp)
Title: The Weight of the Author -- Quantitative Authorship
Attribution in Medieval Dutch Literature Mike Kestemont is a PHD student at the University of Antwerp, where he is affiliated with the CLiPS language technology group and the medieval group of the Institute for the Study of Literature in the Netherlands (ISLN). His research focuses on the (computational) analysis of historical literature in the field of traditional stylistics in semi-literate cultures (e.g. Middle Dutch epic poetry).
Date, time: May 9, 2012, 10:30-11:30.
Location: MPI for Psycholinguistics, conference room 163

Speaker: Antal van den Bosch (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Title: Big Linguistic Data
Antal van den Bosch is professor of example based language modeling at the Centre for Language Studies of the Radboud University Nijmegen. His research focuses on the intersection of computational understanding of language and computational generation of language.
Date, time: June 6, 2012, 14:30-15:30
Location: MPI for Psycholinguistics, conference room 163

Speaker: Alexander Mehler (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main)
Title Linguistic Networks: Text-technological Representation and
Quantitative Analysis
Alexander Mehler is professor at the text technology lab of the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. His research focuses on quantitative computational methods, for instance on semantics, multimodal corpora, and parallel corpora.
Date, time: July 11, 2012, 14:30-15:30
Location: MPI for Psycholinguistics, conference room 163

The lectures are free of charge and open to the public. If you wish to attend please send an e-mail to tla-lectures(removeme)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, lectures can be cancelled at short notice. It is therefore advisable to confirm dates : +31-(0)24-3521911.
Oratie 'Talen in beweging', Leonie Cornips, Universiteit Maastricht, 11 mei 2012
Op vrijdag 11 mei om 16.30 uur spreekt Leonie Cornips haar oratie uit getiteld 'Talen in beweging' waarmee zij het ambt aanvaardt van bijzonder hoogleraar Taalcultuur in Limburg aan de Faculteit der Cultuur- en Maatschappijwetenschappen aan de Universiteit Maastricht.

Voorafgaand aan de oratie vindt een klein symposium plaats tussen 13.30 en 15.30 uur in de Spiegelzaal van de faculteit aan de Grote Gracht 80-82 te Maastricht. Het programma is nu volledig. Iedereen is van harte uitgenodigd om het symposium bij te wonen. Zie:
LUCL Colloquium: Dan Everett (Bentley University), Leiden University (LUCL), May 15 2012
On Tuesday 15 May Dan Everett (Bentley University) will give a talk entitled ‘Language: the Cultural Tool’.

Date, time and venue

Date Tuesday 15 May 2012
Time 15.30-17.00
Venue Leiden University, Lipsius building (Cleveringaplaats 1), room 028


For the past 50 years the idea of an innate, universal grammar has been popular among linguists. In this talk I will make the case that language emerges from numerous factors, of which culture is one, and that consequently universal grammar turns out to be about the least interesting hypothesis on the origin, nature, and form of language that one could entertain. I will present data from Piraha and other languages to argue for the crucial role of culture in shaping language forms. The views developed here are explored in greater detail in a recent book and are compatible with several different lines of contemporary linguistic research. But not all.

LUCL Colloquium website:
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Workshop Relations in Relativity, International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences (IMPRS), Radboud University Nijmegen, May 9-11 2012
It is our great pleasure to announce the first International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences student-organized workshop:

Relations in Relativity: New Perspectives on Language and Thought
May 9 to 11, 2012

Does the language we speak influence the way we think? This question of linguistic relativity, most famously raised by Benjamin Whorf, has been a strong point of debate over the decades. An emerging view that reconciles the empirical evidence is that thought is neither determined by language nor completely free of its influence. This workshop aims to take this idea further and ask the resulting questions: How does language influence thought? In which domains? When do language effects kick in? And why is it important?

The workshop centers around two discussions and a panel session and will be supplemented by student presentations.

The first conversation is a perspectives discussion on the mechanisms of linguistic relativity. Three invited guests will present their ideas for how language affects thought. Each speaker will first present a case study that best illustrates his or her position and propose mechanisms which account for the reported effects. The speakers will then discuss the proposed mechanisms and possible alternatives.

The second debate extends the linguistic relativity question to the domain of phonology. It has long been known that as a baby learns a specific language its ability to discriminate between sound contrasts not found in that particular language decreases. While this is not a classic case of linguistic relativity, it is a strong example of the effects that language can have on general cognitive processing. This debate not only brings this topic into the language and thought discussion, but also raises the question of when language effects kick in. Are low levels of auditory perception affected, or does language experience only influence perceptual categorization at a later stage?

We conclude the workshop with an open discussion between invited and local experts on the relevance of linguistic relativity. Why should we be studying it? How does it impact our everyday lives?

Where and when:
May 9-11, 2012
Radboud University Nijmegen, Aula, Comeniuslaan 2, Nijmegen & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Wundtlaan 1, Nijmegen
IMPRS students

As part of this workshop we are inviting submissions for posters from master’s and PhD students on the broad topic of language and its connection, or lack thereof, with other domains of cognition.

For more information on the workshop also see the website:

Kind regards,

The IMPRS for Language Sciences student workshop organising committee

(Rebecca Defina, Sarah Dolscheid, Inge Alferink, Helen Buckler, Joost Rommers, Beyza Sumer, Sho Tsuji, Maartje van de Velde, Maarten Versteegh & Ewelina Wnuk)
Symposium en oratie Leonie Cornips, Universiteit Maastricht, 11 Mei 2012
Op vrijdag 11 mei om 16.30 uur spreekt Leonie Cornips haar oratie uit getiteld 'Talen in beweging' waarmee zij het ambt aanvaardt van bijzonder hoogleraar Taalcultuur in Limburg aan de Faculteit der Cultuur- en Maatschappijwetenschappen aan de Universiteit Maastricht.

Bijwonen Symposium: melden bij het secretariaat van de capaciteitsgroep Letteren & Kunst, secr.hislk(removeme)
Students’ Conference of Linguistics (StuTS), University of Stuttgart, May 16-20 2012
Since 1987 the Students’ Conference of Linguistics (StuTS) is being held every semester. The conference will now take place for the first time at the University of Stuttgart. From May 16th to 20th, 2012 people who are interested in and students of linguistics from all over Germany and the neighboring countries will come to Stuttgart in order to give, hear and discuss talks. More info:
Workshop on grammaticalization and degrammaticalization in Dutch, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 24-25 May 2012
All relevant information about this workshop can be found at the following webpage:
Italian Dialect Meeting, Leiden University (LUCL), May 24-26 2012
SSNC 2012, Tarragona, Spain, May 28 – June 1st, 2012
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)
Rovira i Virgili University

REGISTRATION has to be done on line at
People registering on site at the beginning of the School must pay in cash. For the sake of local organization, however, it is much recommended to do it earlier.

International Conference on Functional Discourse Grammar, Ghent University, Belgium, June 4-8 2012
Second Announcement


International Conference on Functional Discourse Grammar

Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

6-8 June 2012

preceded by


International Postgraduate Conference on Functional Discourse Grammar

Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

4-5 June 2012

The Conference

The aim of IC-FDG-2012 is to further elaborate the model of Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG) as proposed by Kees Hengeveld and J. Lachlan Mackenzie. A full treatment of FDG may be found in: Hengeveld, Kees and J. Lachlan Mackenzie 2008. Functional Discourse Grammar: A typologically-based theory of language structure. Oxford: Oxford University Press. For the conference programme see our website
Symposium in memory of Melissa Bowerman - Semantics and the child, MPI Nijmegen, June 8th, 2012
Semantics and the child: A symposium in memory of Melissa Bowerman

June 8th 2012
HAN auditorium, Nijmegen

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is organising a symposium to honour the work and memory of Melissa Bowerman. We want to give you advance notice so that you can hold the date in case you would like to attend. The symposium will bring together some leading scholars in language acquisition and the study of cross-linguistic patterns in semantics to explore some of the themes that were central to Melissa’s work. Plenary speakers include:
1. Eve Clark
2. Dan Slobin
3. Eric Pederson
4. Asifa Majid
5. Elena Lieven
6. Bhuvana Narasimhan
7. Dedre Gentner

We would be very pleased to welcome you to Nijmegen on this occasion. There is a website under construction under which you will find more information about the event, the location and local accommodation if required. Please check here:
Registration will be open from March 1st.

Steve Levinson
(for the Directorate, MPI Psycholinguistics)

Edith Sjoerdsma (secr. Stephen Levinson)
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Wundtlaan 1
NL-6525 XD Nijmegen
Tel: 0031 24 3521276
email: edith.sjoerdsma(removeme)
2nd International SAT/SMT Summer School, Trento, Italy, June 12-15th, 2012

Second International SAT/SMT Summer School
Trento, Italy, June 12-15th, 2012
Symposium Language Contact in theWest Germanic Languages, 400-1200, UIL OTS Utrecht, June 15 2012
On 15 June 2012 the symposium 'Language Contact in the West Germanic Languages, 400-1200' will be held at Utrecht University. This symposium is organised by the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS) and the Philological Society.

This one-day symposium explores the linguistic effects of different dialect/language contact situations in West Germanic languages during the period 400-1200. The papers presented will focus on five different geographical areas and the languages used there, namely English, Frisian, Dutch, Low German and Central/Upper German. By viewing the dialect/language contact situations from different perspectives, this symposium aims to shed more light on the interrelations (a) amongst the West Germanic languages and (b) between West Germanic, Latin and the Celtic languages.

This symposium marks the first meeting of the Philological Society, i.e. "the oldest learned society in Great Britain devoted to the scholarly study of language and languages" (see PhilSoc website), outside the UK.
Workshop Multimodality and language learning, Nijmegen, June 14 and 15 2012
Workshop 'Critical dialogue revisited: Challenges and opportunities', I N T E R N A T I O NA L CO N F E R E N C E RCIC’12, Brasov, Romania, June 15 2012
2012 NIMH Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, Santa Barbara, CA, Jun 24- Jul 07, 2012
Our topics this year are "Does Brain Plasticity Account for Everything?" and "The Indispensable Role of Episodic Memory in Adaptive Behavior." We hope you can help us identify graduate and postgraduate students that might take part in this year's Institute and whose presence would help create a diverse body of fellows. (All accepted Fellows will have their tuition, room, and board covered by the Summer Institute.)

The flyer is available in color or black and white, and may be downloaded


George R. Mangun, Ph.D.
Director, NIMH Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience Professor of
Psychology and Neurology University of California, Davis
The first Birmingham/Melbourne Summer School in Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham, UK , July 2-13
Summer School in Applied Linguistics
University of Birmingham, UK, and University of Melbourne, Australia

2nd-13th July 2012

The first Birmingham/Melbourne Summer School in Applied Linguistics will be held at the University of Birmingham in July 2012. The programme consists of four themes:

· Language Testing

· Academic Writing

· Multilingualism

· Corpus Linguistics.

This series of short courses is designed for early-career researchers, PhD students, and individuals interested in studying for a PhD. The series is a collaboration between the Universities of Birmingham and Melbourne and features teaching by world-leading scholars from both institutions. Academic staff teaching the programme will include Professor Adrian Blackledge, Professor Angela Creese, Professor Susan Hunston, and Dr Paul Thompson (University of Birmingham), and Professor Tim McNamara and Dr Neomy Storch (University of Melbourne).

Fees: £550 (standard rate); £500 University of Melbourne and University of Birmingham students.

Application forms and further information about the School can be found at:

[short version of URL:]

The deadline for applications is 30th March 2012.

Contact: appling-school(removeme)|

Professor Adrian Blackledge
Director, MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism
School of Education
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
ENGLISH LANGUAGE SUMMER SCHOOL 2012, Second Language Learning Centre, Glyndwr University UK, July 2 -30 2012
NYI Summer School St. Petersburg, Russia, July 9-27, 2012
NYI (the NY-St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture) - the ongoing St. Petersburg summer institute - which will be held for the 10th time this year from July 9-27, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Russia. NYI's website

NYI is a phenomenal way for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students to have an eye-opening travel experience, while continuing their focus on Linguistics and Cognitive Science. The school is a 3-week Institute, held in beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia, at which students choose 4 seminars in a range of fields, especially Linguistics and Cognitive Psychology. Faculty are from a wide range of US and European institutions, and this year's Linguistics and Psychology program features John F. Bailyn (Stony Brook), Thomas Bever (U of Arizona), Rajesh Bhatt(UMass, Amherst), James Hurford (U of Edinburgh), Sabine Iatridou (MIT), Jaye Padgett (UCal, Santa Cruz), Roumyana Pancheva (USC), Irina Sekerina (CUNY),Sergei Tatevosov (Moscow State), as well as 8 others in the area of Cultural and Media Studies.

NYI is a superb way to spend 3 weeks of summer 2011! Tuition is partially subsidized by the Institute, and comes to 475 EURO for Western European students (many comparable summer Institutes cost close to or above 1000 Euro). A Certificate of Completion is presented to all students who successfully complete the program. Dormitory spots are also available for an additional fee of about 150 EU for the duration of the program.

All classes are in English.
seventh edition of the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University, 16 July – 27 July 2012
This year, the Summer School will consist of six programmes, including courses for beginners as well as for advanced students, taught by internationally renowned specialists:

Germanic Programme
Indo-European Programme
Indological Programme
Iranian Programme
Semitic Programme
Russian Programme

For more information and registration, visit:
(formerly International PhD School in Language and Speech Technologies)

Organized by:

Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC)

Rovira i Virgili University
Workshop Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 6 - Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio, August 1 – 5, 2012
Applications are open for the 6th Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics workshop, to be held at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio August 1 – 5, 2012.

The goal of EMCL is to facilitate dialogue among language researchers with different methodological backgrounds, i.e. theorists, experimentalists, corpus linguists, etc. We do this by creating an environment where specialists learn from each other by developing a research project together where their various skills are combined.

Intended audience: Language researchers with an embodiment, situated cognition and/or cognitive linguistics background. No prior experimental or corpus training is required though an understanding of the theoretical issues is necessary. Participants can be at different early stages in their careers, i.e. graduate students, post-grads, post-docs, junior faculty, etc.

Workshop Format: During the course of a week, participants will join one of 5 hands-on mini-labs. Each mini-lab will be responsible for completing a joint research project. A select group of students (max. 8 per group for a total of 40) will be invited to participate. Each group will work with two researchers who will guide the group in selecting an idea for the group to investigate, structuring and organizing a research project, and carrying it out. The session will end with the presentation of findings and a general discussion.

Topics to be covered include
- Deciding on a research topic
- Transforming the research topic into a research question
- Developing experimental hypotheses and designing an experiment
- Data collection
- Statistical analysis and interpretation
- Presentation of findings to an audience
- post-Workshop write up of the research, as a brief article

Faculty Groups
Group 1: Seana Coulson and Shelli Feist
Group 2: Daniel Casasanto and Todd Oakley
Group 3: Ben Bergen and Laura Casasanto
Group 4: Fey Parrill and Vera Tobin
Group 5: Kensy Cooperrider and Michael Spivey
Application: Please see our website for details. Completed applications must be submitted to emcl6case at by APRIL 1, 2012.

Participation Fee: $160. We have 1 tuition scholarship available for a student from Eastern Europe or a developing country which will be awarded by lottery.

See for more information.
6th HiSoN Summer School on Historical Sociolinguistics, Historical Sociolinguistics Network, Frauenchiemsee, Bavaria, Germany, 9-16 August, 2012
Summer Course on Hungarian, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 19 August to 1 September 2012
Dear All,
We are starting a brand new summer school at the Institute, fully funded for eligible applicants. Application deadline: 26th April.

For more, see link below:

Istvan Kenesei

Research Institute for Linguistics
Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Advances in Modal Logic is an initiative aimed at presenting the state of the art in modal logic and its various applications. The initiative consists of a conference series together with volumes based on the conferences. Information about the AiML series can be obtained at AiML-2012 is the ninth conference in the series.
TSD-2012 Fifteenth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE, Brno, Czech Republic, September 3-7 2012
Hybrid Machine Translation Workshop, satellite workshop of TSD 2012,Brno, Czech Republic, September 3 2012
The Architecture of Writing Systems”, 8th International Workshop on Writing Systems and Literacy. Oldenburg (Germany), October 4-5 2012
See Researchers who would like to attend the workshop without presenting a paper are welcome. Registration awll8@uniā€
Symposium: the cultural meaning of the life-sciences, KNAW Amsterdam, November 13 2012
Date: Tuesday 13 November 2012\r\nVenue: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen – Tinbergenzaal, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam\r\nModerator: Prof. dr. Floris Cohen\r\n\r\nA discussion meeting of PhD researchers from Dutch universities with Daniel Dennett, recipient of the 2012 Erasmus Prize.\r\n\r\nOrganized by the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation and the Huizinga Research Institute and Graduate School for Cultural History. \r\n\r\\r\n\r\n
9th International Conference on Language Transfer in Audiovisual Media, Hotel Berlin, Germany, November 21 - 23, 2012
9th International Conference on Language Transfer in Audiovisual Media

November 21 - 23, 2012, Hotel Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Conference Going Romance 2012, University of Leuven, Belgium (KU Leuven), 6-8 December 2012
Workshop (8 December) “Cleft sentences in Romance and Germanic”

Conference website:

Invited speakers

Cristina Tortora (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Manuel Leonetti (Universidad de Alcalá)
Adriana Belletti (Università degli Studi di Siena, CISCL)
Conference Description

Going Romance is the European conference series that focuses on Romance languages from the perspective of current linguistic theorizing. In the two decades of its existence, it has developed into the major European discussion forum for theoretically relevant research on Romance languages where current ideas about language in general and about Romance languages in particular are discussed. This year, for the first time, the conference will be held in Belgium, at the KU Leuven.

The conference includes two days of general sessions, for which papers on all aspects and disciplines of Romance linguistics are invited, and a workshop “Cleft sentences in Romance and Germanic”. For the workshop, we invite contributions on cleft sentences in Romance, possibly, but not necessarily, in comparison with cleft sentences in Germanic. We explicitly welcome contributions from all types of theoretical frameworks. Questions to be addressed in the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following:

Are there specific differences between cleft sentences in Romance and Germanic?
Which are the prosodic, semantic, information structural and syntactic properties of non-prototypical instances of clefts, such as presentational clefts?
To which extent do these non-prototypical instances of clefts challenge existing analyses of clefts, which are mostly based on it-clefts and their counterparts in other languages?
Are clefts best analyzed by integrating information structure in syntax (as in cartographic analyses) or by strictly separating information structure and syntax?
Conference "A Germanic Sandwich 2013", University of Leuven, Belgium, January 11-12 2013
‘A Germanic Sandwich 2013’ will be held at the University of Leuven from 11-12 January 2013, and Van der Wouden, forthc.
17th World Congress of the International Applied Linguistics Association, Brisbane, Australia, 10-15 August 2014
Please visit the website and register ‘Your Expression of Interest’ to be kept informed of the details of this upcoming congress.
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Research Staff Positions MPI: Interactional Foundations of Language
In connection with the ERC Advanced Grant to Stephen Levinson, a
research staff position is currently available in the general field of
the study of human communication interaction.

The research, charting new territory, will have two foci: (i)
interactional timing and synchronization, and (ii) the process of
action and speech act recognition.

We are now looking for a researcher who can address either or both of
these foci from the following approach:

Developmental studies of interaction with pre-school aged and
school aged children using experimental and observational techniques,
and/or a cross cultural approach.

The position will be for two years in the first instance, renewable
for up to four years. A pure research position, with access to all the
requisite lab facilities (baby-lab, eye-tracking, cognitive
neuroimaging, etc.), they offer excellent opportunities to learn new
techniques and build an outstanding vita. The Max Planck Society is an
equal opportunity employer. The business of the institute is conducted
in English and candidates should have excellent written and spoken
command of this language; command of Dutch would be advantageous for
experimental work.

Required/Desired skills

Experience conducting developmental studies, training in linguistics,
affinity with pre-school and school aged children, preferably
interested in child discourse.

Applicants are advised to explore the MPI for Psycholinguistics
website and particularly the IFL project.

Applications should include:

curriculum vitae
a clear statement of personal research goals
a description of special research skills appropriate to the above
attached sample publications
the names of three referees

Applications will be considered on an on-going basis until the
positions are filled.

Please send applications electronically to:

Edith Sjoerdsma (Secretary to Prof. S. C. Levinson)
E-mail: Edith.Sjoerdsma(removeme)
Two vacancies for lectureships at The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL). Deadline: May 7 2012
Vacature AIO & Post-doc bij Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), UvA. Deadline: June 1 2012
Gezocht bij de Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) aan de UvA, een AIO en Post-doc voor het NWO/ZonMw-project: “health promotion for low-literate adolescents: Increasing comprehensibility and persuasive effects of a school module on substance use”.
Zowel belangstellenden met een achtergrond in de sociale wetenschappen als de letteren worden uitgenodigd te solliciteren.


Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for StuTS 2012, May 16-20 Frankfurt. Deadline: May 6 2012
Die StuTS ist eine Veranstaltung von Studenten für Studenten - und sie lebt davon, dass Du Dich aktiv daran beteiligst und einen Vortrag hältst! Dabei spielt es keine Rolle, in welchem Semester Du bist oder um welches Thema es sich genau handelt.

Niemand erwartet, dass Dein Vortrag inhaltlich und formal perfekt ausgearbeitet ist.

Bitte melde Deinen Vortrag mit einem kurzen Abstract (max. 150 Wörter), in dem Du uns mitteilst, worüber Dein Vortrag geht, bis zum 6. Mai 2012 bei uns an. Dies kannst Du zusammen mit Deiner regulären


tun. Wir freuen uns auf Dich! :-)
Call for Papers for “The Architecture of Writing Systems”, 8th International Workshop on Writing Systems and Literacy. Oldenburg (Germany), October 4-5 2012. Deadline: May 15 2012
Taal- en Spraaktechnologie (TST)- samenwerking met Zuid-Afrika: Oproep voor het indienen van te subsidiëren voorstellen. Deadline: 15 mei 2012
Call for papers for 8th Scandinavian Logic Symposium, Denmark, 20-21 August 2012. Deadline: June 1 2012
The 8th Scandinavian Logic Symposium will be held at Roskilde University, Trekroner, Denmark, 20-21 August 2012.

After a gap of fifteen years, the Scandinavian Logic Symposium is back. The
Symposium is the first major initiative of the newly revived Scandinavian Logic Society (SLS, and will be held at Roskilde University (RUC), Denmark.

As with previous editions of this conference, the aim of the programme is to reflect current activity in logic in our part of the world. So we hope that participants from Scandinavia, the Baltic countries and Northwestern Russia will take the opportunity to contribute a talk and to meet with fellow logicians from the area. But needless to say, we also extend a warm welcome to
logicians from further afield and plan to present a varied and interesting collection of invited and contributed talks.

The scope of SLS 2012 is broad, ranging over the whole area of mathematical and philosophical logic, and logical methods in computer science. Suitable topics include (but are not limited to):

Proof Theory and Constructivism
Model Theory (including Finite Model Theory)
Set Theory
Computability Theory
Categorical Logic
Logic and Provability
Logic and Computer Science
Logic and Linguistics
Modal, Hybrid, Temporal, and Description Logic
Logics of Games, Dynamics and Interaction
Philosophy of Mathematics
Philosophy of Computation
Philosophy of Logic
Philosophical Logic

The Program Committee is delighted to announce the names of the four invited speakers:
Nikolaj Bjorner
Rosalie Iemhoff (sponsored by The Danish Network for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics)
Per Martin-Löf
Boban Velickovic

On August 22nd, the day after the symposium finishes, a number of tutorials for PhD-students (or anyone else who is interested) will be given. These are intended to start from a relatively elementary level and lead on to current research problems.
The following tutorial lectures have been confirmed so far:
Lars Kristiansen - "Honest subrecursive degree theory"
Sara Negri - "Labelled proof systems for modal logic"
M. H. Sørensen - "Curry-Howard Isomorphism"

Also note that Advances in Modal Logic (AiML) will be held on 22-25
August 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark. URL:


Abstracts of talks should be submitted by June 1, 2012 using the EasyChair system
The abstracts may not exceed 3 pages (including bibliography) and should be in PDF format.

The conference website will be found at:
Details concerning registration will be posted there in due course.
call for papers Morphology Meeting 2012 September 8, 2012. Deadline: June 1 2012
On Saturday September 8, 2012 -- the day after Geert Booij’s farewell symposium, of which you will be informed separately -- the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) and the Meertens Institute will hold the Morphology Meeting 2012, a one-day conference on morphology, at Leiden University. Marian Klamer (LUCL) will give the keynote speech. Abstracts in Dutch or English are invited for papers of twenty minutes plus discussion on any topic concerning the structure of words in any human language. We especially welcome diachronic subjects, this being the leading theme of the Morphology Meeting 2012, but synchronic subjects will also be admitted. Conference languages are Dutch and English. Please send 500-word abstracts before June 1, 2012 to post(removeme)

The organizing committee: Marc van Oostendorp, Nicoline van der Sijs, Ton van der Wouden

Het LUCL (Leiden University Centre for Linguistics ) en het Meertens Instituut organiseren de Morfologiedag 2012 op zaterdag 8 september 2012, de dag na het afscheidssymposium van Geert Booij (waarover informatie zal volgen). Marian Klamer (LUCL) zal de openingslezing verzorgen. We nodigen alle vakgenoten uit, een abstract (in het Nederlands of het Engels) in te sturen voor een lezing van 20 minuten netto over een onderwerp uit de morfologie van het Nederlands of een andere taal. Diachrone onderwerpen vormen de rode draad van de Morfologiedag 2012, maar ook synchrone onderwerpen kunnen aan de orde komen. De voertalen zijn Nederlands en Engels. Samenvattingen (500 woorden) graag opsturen voor 1 juni 2012 naar: post(removeme)

Het organisatiecomité: Marc van Oostendorp, Nicoline van der Sijs, Ton van der Wouden
A heritage speaker is someone who grows up with a family language in the home which is different from the surrounding dominant language. This conference focuses on structural change in the language of heritage speakers.

Invited Speakers:
Ad Backus. University of Tilburg
Silvina Montrul, University of Illinois
Li Wei, University College London
Maria Polinsky, Harvard University

Abstracts for presentations are solicited on structural changes in heritage languages. Priority will be given to work that addresses intergenerational changes and/or developments in the domains of TAME (aspect, tense, mood, evidentiality) or argument realization (i.e. case, adpositions, DOM, word order, valency).

Talks will be 35 minutes long, including 10 minutes for discussion. Abstracts should be one page, font size 12 pt., with one-inch margins. A second page may (optionally) be used for examples, tables or graphs, and references. In order to maintain anonymity during the review process, please do not include your name or otherwise identify yourself anywhere in your abstract. Depending on the number of submissions, some abstracts may be accepted as posters presentations.

Abstracts should be sent by email in pdf format to heritagelanguagesworkshop(removeme) Please use ‘abstract submission heritage languages’ as subject heading. The body of the message should include the author’s name(s), title, and contact information.
For more information about the call or the conference, contact the organizers: Suzanne Aalberse, Ad Backus or Pieter Muysken via heritagelanguagesworkshop(removeme)
Abstract deadline: June 1, 2012 (midnight EST)
Notification of acceptance: July 1st, 2012
Workshop dates: January 23-25 2013.
Location: De Leeuwenhorst, Noordwijkerhout (not far from Schiphol airport).
We hope to be able to cover a substantial part of the accommodation expenses for accepted speakers.
Call for papers for the 13th International Symposium on Social Communication, Centre for applied linguistics, Santiago de Cuba. January 21-25, 2013. Deadline: July 1, 2012
Web site of our International Symposiums on Social Communication:

Web site of our Basic School Dictionary:
Call for abstracts for conference Going Romance, University of Leuven, Belgium (KU Leuven), 6-8 December 2012. Deadline: July 10 2012
All authors who present their work at the conference will be invited to submit their paper for the peer reviewed volume in the Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory series, published by John Benjamins.

Guidelines for abstract submission

Abstracts are invited for 25-minute presentations plus 10 minutes for discussion.
Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than two pages, including references and examples, with margins of at least 1-inch (2.5 cm), Times New Roman font size 12, single spaced. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author.
Abstracts should be in English.
The anonymous abstracts should be anonymized and sent as e-mail attachments to GoingRomance2012(removeme), both in PDF and Word format.
Mention in the subject field: Abstract + {general session OR workshop} + last name + first name
Join separately a Word file containing: title, author's name and address, affiliation and e-mail address, and preference for general session or workshop.
Deadline for submission = July 10th, 2012
Important dates

July 10, 2012: deadline for abstract submission (by e-mail)
Sept 9, 2012: notification of acceptance
Oct 22, 2012: deadline for registration
Dec 6-8, 2012: conference
Nieuwsbrief NWO april/mei 2012
De nieuwsbrief april/mei 2012 van NWO – GW is verschenen, met onder meer calls voor de topsector Creatieve Industrie, vrije competitie GW, Vernieuwingsimpuls – VIDI, HERA joint research programme 'cultural encounter' en de Vlaams-Nederlandse samenwerking.
We are pleased to announce that the ESRC-funded digital repository IRIS (Instruments for Research into Second Language Learning and Teaching) is now open for submissions. It can be found at

IRIS already contains data collection instruments from an increasing number of researchers, including Zoltán Dörnyei, Susan Gass, Roger Hawkins, Carrie Jackson, Alison Mackey, María del PilarGarcía Mayo, Carman Muñoz, Leah Roberts and Rita Silver, among others. We also have a growing list (over 220) of international contributors who have previously offered to submit an instrument, of which you are one. We would be delighted if you could upload one or more of your data elicitation instruments and complete the online submission form at, as soon as possible. It usually takes between 10 and 20 minutes to submit your instrument(s), depending on how much information you choose to provide. There are just 7 obligatory fields.

After this initial period of population, IRIS will be fully operational in spring 2012, with the addition of search and download facilities.

IRIS is a freely accessible and sustainable source of data collection instruments encompassing many different types of media and modes of data elicitation, and a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives. The benefits of IRIS are numerous – greater visibility and accessibility of the primary data collection tools, enhanced ability to carry out replications in SLA research, and more effective evaluation of the reliability and validity of research instruments.

If you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at iris(removeme)
NWO, Deadlines aanvragen GW
Vrije competitie Geesteswetenschappen – aanvragen kunnen doorlopend ingediend worden. De Vrije competitie van NWO-Geesteswetenschappen richt zich op onderzoeksprogramma's met een overwegend geesteswetenschappelijke component. Een programma dient uit minimaal twee deelprojecten te bestaan met daartussen een duidelijke onderlinge samenhang. De samenhang tussen de projecten moet een aantoonbare meerwaarde hebben voor het eindresultaat van het onderzoeksprogramma.

Het Vernieuwingsimpulsprogramma is door NWO samen met KNAW en de universiteiten in 2000 opgezet. Het programma heeft als doel om vernieuwend onderzoek een extra impuls te geven. De Vernieuwingsimpuls is persoonsgebonden en biedt talentvolle, creatieve onderzoekers de kans om onderzoek naar hun keuze uit te voeren en de doorstroom bij wetenschappelijke onderzoeksinstellingen te bevorderen. De Vernieuwingsimpuls bestaat uit de subsidievormen Veni, Vidi en Vici.

VENI Sluitingsdatum voor het indienen van Veni-aanvragen was 5 januari 2012.

VIDI Vernieuwingsimpuls Vidi – deadline 2 oktober 2012
Deze subsidievorm is gericht op de onderzoeker die na zijn/haar promotie al een aantal jaren onderzoek op postdocniveau heeft verricht en daarbij heeft aangetoond vernieuwende ideeën te genereren en succesvol zelfstandig tot ontwikkeling te brengen. Onderzoekers worden in staat gesteld een eigen vernieuwende onderzoekslijn te ontwikkelen en daartoe zelf één of meer onderzoekers aan te stellen. De subsidie bedraagt maximaal € 800.000.
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Deadline voor het indienen van aanvragen is 2 oktober 2012

VICI Vernieuwingsimpuls Vici – deadline was 29 maart 2012
VAN GOGH BEURZENPROGRAMMA - Deadline: 31 mei 2012
Met ingang van 2008 voert de Frans-Nederlandse Academie het secretariaat van het PHC van Gogh beurzenprogramma. Het doel van dit programma is de uitwisseling van Nederlandse en Franse onderzoekers die binnen één onderzoeksproject werkzaam (willen) zijn, te stimuleren en te ondersteunen.

Aan Nederlandse zijde, maakten voorheen alleen Veni, Vidi en Vici laureaten kans op beurs. Met ingang van 2009 is de Van Gogh-doelgroep uitgebreid en kunnen alle onderzoekers die bewezen excellent onderzoek verrichten, meedingen naar een Van Gogh-beurs.

Elk jaar start de aanvraagronde voor het Van Gogh Programma in februari. De aanvraagformulieren kunnen uiterlijk tot 31 mei van dat jaar worden ingezonden. Per jaar kan een maximum van €10.000 worden aangevraagd met een mogelijkheid tot verlening van een jaar. In het geval van het aanvragen van een verlening dient hiervoor een aanvraag tot verlenging te worden ingezonden voor 1 september van het jaar volgend op het toekenningsjaar. De Van Gogh Subsidies zijn uitsluitend bedoeld voor het financieren van reis- en verblijfskosten die gemoeid zijn met de onderzoeksuitwisseling tussen Frankrijk en Nederland.

Uiterste indiendatum: 31 mei 2012
Resultaten: oktober 2012
Start projecten: januari 2013

Ga naar voor de aanmeldingsprocedure, verdere informatie over de beurzen en de Frans-Nederlandse Academie. Of neem contact op met Lidwien Poorthuis, 030 253 9198, l.g.h.poorthuis(removeme)