March, 23rd, 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
Winnaar LOT Populariseringsprijs bekend

Vorige zaterdag 4 februari is tijdens de Grote Taaldag (Utrecht) de LOT Populariseringsprijs uitgereikt. De vierkoppige jury heeft het radioprogramma De Taalstaat als rechtmatige winnaar bevonden vanwege het beantwoorden van het programma aan de meest relevante criteria. Meer over de ingezonden werken, de genomineerde werken en de keuze van de jury staat in het juryrapport (https://www.lotschool.nl/populariseringprijs).


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

April 20th Nicoline vander Sijs & Marc van Oostendorp

May 18th Maarten Kossmann

June 15th ‐ Nivja deJong

Lecture, 'Interlinguistics in the 21st century: planned languages as a tool to learn linguistics by doing', Amsterdam, March 24, 2017

"Interlinguistics in the 21st century: planned languages as a tool to learn linguistics by doing"

Amsterdam, PC Hoofthuis,

Spuistraat 134, room 1.05

March 24 2017, 15.15-16.30 uur

Prof. dr. Federico Gobbo, professor ofinterlinguistics and Esperanto, ACLC, Faculty of Humanities, University ofAmsterdam

Lecture

Federico Gobbo is the guest speaker at this ACLC seminar, for which MA-students are especially invited.

Abstract

Interlinguistics is a discipline formalized by Otto Jespersen in 1931 as the science of interlanguages, i.e. contact languages tailored for international communication. In more recent times, the object of study of interlinguistics was put into relation with language planning, the collection of strategies to deliberately influence the structure and function of a living language. In this framework, interlanguages become a subset of planned languages, i.e. extreme cases of language planning. Planned languages can be done for very different purposes. Some languages are planned for art (such as Tolkien’s or Dothraki of the Games of Thrones TV-series), others for esoterism (such as Bala-i-Balan, a sacred language of a Sufi sect in the 15th century, or Lingua Ignota, by Hildegard of Bingen, an abbess of the 12th century). In this seminar the attention will be focused on the use of planned languages in educational setting: learning how to plan a language is a challenging exercise that reveals how much linguistics is needed in order to have a workable product. In particular, I will show two fieldwork experiences. The first fieldwork is at the Universities of Turin and Amsterdam with students enrolled in Linguistics programmes, The second one is a pilot experiment in the Montessori primary school of Milan, via Milazzo, where pupils (9-11 years) plan a secret language to be used for secret communication among them and to build an utopian country together. The fieldwork experiences show how interlinguistics can be useful in the 21st century.

New season Syntax Interface talks, Utrecht University

Dear all,


We are happy to announce a new season of Syntax Interface lectures.

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 .


• 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)

Kiliaanlezing 2017 'Ontwerpen aan de stad in woorden', Meertens Instituut Amsterdam, 7 april 2017

Kiliaanlezing 2017 door MaartenJan Hoekstra: Ontwerpen aan de stad in woorden

Datum7 april 2017Plaats:Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam

Op 7 april houdt MaartenJan Hoekstra (TU Delft) de Kiliaanlezing 2017, getiteld: 'Ontwerpen aan de stad in woorden'.

De lezing wordt gevolgd door een borrel. Gelieve zich op te geven bij: Nicoline van der Sijs

Tijd: Vrijdag 7 april 2017, 16.00 uur

Plaats: Meertens Instituut (k. 2.18)

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185

1012 DK Amsterdam

MaartenJan Hoekstra (1975) is bouwkundige en taalkundige. Hij publiceert over beide vakgebieden, maar vooral op hun snijvlak. Sinds 1999 is hij als onderzoeker en docent verbonden aan de Afdeling Stedebouw van de Faculteit Bouwkunde van de TU Delft. In 2009 verscheen zijn boek Huis, tuin en keuken. Wonen in woorden door de eeuwen heen, in 2015 gevolgd door Dorp, stad, land. De Lage Landen in woorden. Momenteel werkt hij aan zijn promotieonderzoek Stedebouwkundig(e) ontwerpen in woorden. 100 jaar stedebouwkundige begrippen.


De Kiliaanstichting heeft tot doel het etymologisch onderzoek in België en Nederland te bevorderen. Jaarlijks organiseert de stichting de Kiliaanlezing over een etymologisch onderwerp. De stichting is vernoemd naar de zestiende-eeuwse lexicograaf en etymoloog Cornelius Kiliaan.

Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
ACLC seminar 'Moving beyond bouba and kiki: empirical approaches to iconicity in natural language', University of Amsterdam, March 31 2017

March 31 2017, 15.15-16.30 uur

Dr. Mark Dingemanse, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Language and Cognition Department

presents

Moving beyond bouba and kiki: empirical approaches to iconicity in natural language

The abstract can be found on the ACLC website:

http://aclc.uva.nl/news-and-events/events/events/events/content-2/folder-2/lectures/201/03/31-aclc-seminar-dingemanse.htmlAmsterdam, PC Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, room 5.06



The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday.

After the lectures drinks are served at the Opleiding Taalwetenschap, Spuistraat 134, room 4.02.

For more information: aclc-fgw@uva.nl, tel. 020-5252543

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

ACLC seminar 'Probabilistic models of word order variation in verb clusters', University of Amsterdam, April 7, 2017

Amsterdam, PCHoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, room 5.06

April 7 2017, 15.15-16.30 uur

JelkeBloem MA, PhD researcher, ACLC, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam

presents

Probabilistic models of word order variation in verbclusters

The abstract can be found on the ACLC website: here

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication(ACLC) organizes a lecture every second Friday.
After the lectures drinks are served at the Opleiding Taalwetenschap,Spuistraat 134, room 4.02.
For moreinformation: aclc-fgw@uva.nl, tel. 020-5252543

Annual junior research day Anéla/VIOT, Utrecht University, April 13, 2017

OnThursday, April 13th 2017, Anéla and VIOT (the Dutch and Flemish associationsfor applied linguistics and discourse studies) organize their annual juniorresearch day (Juniorendag) atUtrecht University. At the Juniorendag, graduate students, junior researchersand PhD candidates in the field of applied linguistics (language use, languageacquisition, language teaching, discourse, or communication) get theopportunity to present their work in an oral presentation or a posterpresentation. The presenter with the best poster will receive a prize. Inaddition, the annual Anéla/VIOT Thesis Prize will be awarded to the best BA orMA thesis in applied linguistics.

The keynote speakers are: Prof Dr LeoLentz (UU) and Dr Merel Keijzer (RuG).

We are on Facebook! Go to our event page on Facebook for updates and informationand of course to invite others to participate in the Juniorendag.

For further information please contactus at: juniorendag2017@gmail.com.

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

EMLAR XIII, Utrecht, the Netherlands, 19-21 April 2017

Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research (EMLAR) XIII

Lectures and hands-on sessions on methodological aspects of language acquisition research

We are happy to announce the thirteenth edition of EMLAR, taking place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from April 19th to April 21st 2017 (Wednesday to Friday).

The workshop aims at training advanced MA and PhD students working on first and second language acquisition in experimental research. Experts in various domains of language acquisition research are giving various lectures and practices.

Further details on the program of EMLAR XIII and details about registration will be made available as soon as possible at: http://emlar.wp.hum.uu.nl/

Registration deadline: March 31st 2017!

For further questions, contact us at: emlar2017@uu.nl or s.v.dekker@uu.nl

Invited speakers:

Christina Bergmann (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris);

Loes Janssen (Leiden University);

Emmanuelle le Pichon & Sergio Baauw (Utrecht University);

Hayo Terband (Utrecht University);

Tania Zamuner (University of Ottawa);

Rob Zwitserlood (Utrecht University);

more to be announced!

Tutorials:

Behavioral Methods in Infant Research

CHILDES

Computational Models

ERP

Ethical Decisions in Psycholinguistics

Eye Tracking: Reading

Eye Tracking: Visual World Paradigm

LENA & Analysis of Spontaneous Speech

LimeSurvey

Multilevel Analysis

PRAAT

SPSS

Statistics with R

New Statistics

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


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/


Conference 'Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics', Ahwaz, Iran, February 1-2, 2018

Title of conference: The Second International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics

Date: 1-2 February, 2018

Venue: Ahwaz, Iran

Website: http://llld.ir/en/

The Second International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics is organized by Pazoheshgaran Andishmand Institute (Ahwaz, Iran) in association with different universities such as Shahid Chemran University of Ahvaz.

The conference will be dedicated to current issues of different languages and dialects such as Persian, Arabic, Kurdish and Turkish.

Academics and university lecturers are cordially invited to present their research regarding current issues of different languages, dialects and linguistics in English, Arabic or Persian. Such an approach suggests that a linguistic study is no longer limited within a certain field; knowledge from different fields cultivates diversity in linguistic study. Recognizing this trend, the conference organizing committee aims to provide a platform for researchers and scholars from various fields to exchange ideas.

The selective papers of the conference will be published in journals such as Journal of English Language Teaching and will be indexed in CIVILICA (All the services regarding publication and index of the articles are free of charge).



Job Announcements / Vacancies
Assistant Professor Neurolinguistics, University of Groningen, deadline: 30 March 2017

Assistant Professor Neurolinguistics (1.0 fte)(217071)

Organisation

Sinceits foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established aninternational reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offeringhigh-quality teaching and research. Its 30,000 students are encouraged todevelop their own individual talents through challenging study and careerpaths. The University of Groningen is an international center of knowledge: itbelongs to the best research universities in Europe and is allied withprestigious partner universities and networks worldwide.

The Facultyof Arts is a large, dynamic faculty in the heart of the city of Groningen. Ithas more than 5000 students and 700 staff members, who are working at thefrontiers of knowledge every day. The Faculty offers a wide range of degreeprogrammes: 15 bachelor's programmes and over 35 master's specializations. Ourresearch, which is internationally widely acclaimed, covers the followingfields: Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Mediaand Journalism, Language and Literary Studies, and Linguistics.

Researchersand teaching staff in the Neurolinguistics group are currently developing newprojects in the field of blended learning, among which the development ofserious games and apps for clinical purposes.

Jobdescription

TheFaculty of Arts of the University of Groningen is seeking an AssistantProfessor in Neurolinguistics (60% teaching, 40% research). The candidateshould be able to teach in the bachelor’s programme Linguistics, the master’sprogramme Linguistics and the Erasmus Mundus master’s programme in ClinicalLinguistics (EMCL).

Theresearch of the candidate will form part of the Center for Language andCognition Groningen (CLCG) research institute, more in particular theNeurolinguistics and Language Development research group. The candidate willalso be affiliated with the Research School of Behavioural and CognitiveNeurosciences (BCN) and the NeuroImaging Center (NIC) in Groningen.

Specifictasks:

· teaching course units in the field of neurolinguistics withinthe bachelor’s programme Linguistics, the master’s programme Linguistics (inparticular Neurolinguistics) and the European joint master in ClinicalLinguistics EMCL

· supervising bachelor’s and master’s theses in the field ofneurolinguistics

· conducting research at a recognized level in the field ofneurolinguistics

· external grant acquisition

· performing administrative and organizational duties.

·

Qualifications

Inaddition to a number of basic requirements set by the University of Groningen,such as excellent social and communicative skills, presentation skills,coaching skills and a results-oriented attitude, we are looking for a candidatewho has a PhD in the field of Neurolinguistics or Clinical Linguistics and,

in thearea of teaching:

· has teaching experience in the field of neurolinguistics atuniversity level and proven didactic abilities

· has gained the University Teaching Qualification or is preparedto do so within a year

· is able to make contributions to the development of courseunits, partly by actively linking teaching to research

· preferably has experience with the development of blendedlearning.

In thearea of research:

· has an excellent research track record with at least tworefereed international publications every year

· has extensive experience with research in the field of speechand language disorders in adults or children and/or with techniques ofneuroimaging (among which fMRI or EEG) or neurostimulation and language (likeTMS, tDCS)

· is able to set up his or her own research line and publishwithin it, dovetailing with the profile of the research institute

· has an outstanding international network

· has attracted significant funding

· is experienced in PhD supervision or is prepared to play anactive role in this.

In thearea of management and organization:

· is able to make a constructive contribution to interdisciplinarycollaboration and a friendly atmosphere within the faculty and university

· has demonstrable management capacities and organization skills.

Conditionsof employment

TheUniversity of Groningen is offering a salary based on qualifications andexperience of between € 3,427 (scale 11 CAO Dutch Universities) and € 5,330(scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position. The appointment will beinitially for a period of two years, with the possibility of appointment for anindefinite period. Before the end of the temporary appointment, there will bean assessment of performance based on established criteria including researchand teaching qualifications. A positive appraisal will lead to a permanentposition.

How toapply
Applications should include:
• a letter containing your motivation for applying for this position
• a full curriculum vitae (including list of publications)
• a future research plan (1-2 pages)
• a brief teaching statement, including a description of courses taught andteaching qualifications
• the names and contact details of two academic referees.

Application
You may apply for this position until 30 March 23.59 pm / before 31 March 2017Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply"below on the advertisement on the university website).

Jobinterviews will be held in the first week of May. A short lecture can be partof the selection procedure.

Date ofentry into employment is 1 September 2017 or as soon as possible.

Unsolicitedmarketing is not appreciated.

Information

Forinformation you can contact:

· Prof. Roelien Bastiaanse, y.r.m.bastiaanse@rug.nl

· Ms. Karin Mast MA, +31 503635855, c.mast@rug.nl

(pleasedo not use for applications)

You can apply here:http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S0005E0P

Open call postdocs and visiting professors, Radboud University Nijmegen, deadline: April 1, 2017
Post-doc in infant cognition and the psychology of language, Paris, deadline: 1 April 2017

Post-doc in infant cognition and the psychology of language

The Département d’Etudes Cognitives at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship to work with Brent Strickland and Sharon Peperkamp in the field of “core cognition” (i.e. early emergingand potentially universal conceptual representations, such as animacy)and its relationship to cross-linguistically common grammatical structures (e.g. grammatical marking of animacy).

We are lookingfor a young researcher with a background in infant cognition, language acquisition, experimental linguistics, and/or cognitive psychology. The successful candidatewill have prior experience with infant (or child) research,and be able to work independently in a dynamic, interactive environment.

A completed PhD is a prerequisite. Excellent academic writing skillsare essential, and programming skills are strongly preferred. For projects involving infant studies, Although scientific interactions in the department are in English,knowledge of conversational Frenchis a plus (though not absolutely essential) for the interactions with infants’ parents.

The appointment is for one year or two years. Salary will be set according to the French pay scale for postdoctoral researchers.

Applications shouldinclude:

(i) a CV;

(ii) a cover letterdescribing research interests;

(iii) examples of published journal articles;

(iv) the names and contact detailsof two referees;

Application materials shouldbe sent electronically (pdf-format only) to brent.strickland@ens.fr

and sharon.peperkamp@ens.fr. For fullest consideration, all materials should be received by April, 1 2017; however,we will consider applications until the positionis filled. The successful candidatemust start no later than January 1st 2018.

The Département d’Etudes Cognitives at the Ecole Normale Supérieure offers a vibrant research environment in central Paris. For more information, visit http://www.cognition.ens.fr/ and http://www.lscp.net/BabyWeb/.

Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Theoretical Linguistics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, deadline: April 6, 2017

Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Theoretical Linguistics

The LinguisticsDepartment and the Language, Logic andCognition Center (LLCC)at the Hebrew University ofJerusalem

are pleased to launch the MABARProject:

The emergenceof Modern Hebrew

as a case-study of linguistic discontinuity

MABAR offers doctoraland post-doctoral fellowships for researchers in the project for two years with a possibility of extension, startingOctober 2017.

The MABAR project, headed by Prof. Edit Doron, studies the characterisation of linguistic discontinuity: the extreme case of linguistic change due to linguistic contact. Case studies include theemergence of Modern Hebrewand other attempted cases of languagerevival.

Applicants must hold MA or PhD degrees in Linguistics or Hebrew Language,and have a provenacademic record and strong interestin research of theoretical issues of syntax and semanticswithin the frameworkof formal theoriesof one or more of the following: historical linguistics, language acquisitionand language contact.

Applicants are requested to submitthe following materials:

- CV

- official transcripts

- two letters of recommendation by researcherswho are familiar withthe applicant’s work

- a one-page Statement of Purpose, in whichthey describe their academicinterests and possible researchquestions within the frameworkof the project

- photograph

The application should be sentin electronic form to iditch@savion.huji.ac.il

The application deadline is April 6, 2017. Suitable candidateswill be interviewed by Skype.

2 PhD scholarships, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, deadline: 10 April 2017

There are two PhD scholarships available in the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies (School of Social Sciences), Heriot-Watt University.


Potential candidates should contact Prof Bernardette O'Rourke directly at b.m.a.o’rourke@hw.ac.uk to discuss ideas for a project relating to the broad area of multilingualism including sociolinguistics, minority language contexts, language policy and planning, new speakers, language ideologies, issues around linguistic and cultural diversity, language and mobility.


The deadline is the 10th April. More details below.



Name

Languages and Intercultural Studies Scholarship 2017

Amount

£14,296 and a research support allowance of £2,250 over the registered period of study

Awards

Up to 3

Level

Postgraduate research

School

Social Sciences

Entry date

11 September 2017

Closes

10 Apr 2017

Research Proposal (approximately 5 – 8 pages)


The research proposal should contain as much as possible of the following: an introduction or outline of the proposed topic; a statement of objectives and/or specific research questions; a summary of some of the relevant literature which supports the research objective(s); an indication of the intended research methodology; an indication of the theoretical structure and/or conceptual outline; a provisional timetable of the major phases of the research process; results expected from the research e.g. practical value of the research or possible contributions to knowledge or policy or methodology. At this stage they are not looking for a definitive document but merely an indication that you have thought through most of the above issues.


References


If you have references available these should be submitted with your application. If they are not currently available please ensure that you provide the names and contact details, including email addresses, of two academic referees on the application form.


Candidates may also submit a Curriculum Vitae.

PI 'Neural basis of Language' in Dutch Consortium Language in Interaction, Radboud University Nijmegen, deadline: April 17, 2017

PI'Neural basis of Language' in Dutch Consortium LanguageinInteraction (1,0 fte)

Language in InteractionConsortium Maximum salary:€ 5.523,65 gross/month

Applicationdeadline: April 17, 2017, 23:59 CET

Responsibilities

The NWO Gravitation consortium 'Language in Interaction' invites applications for a PI position.

We are lookingfor a highly motivated, creativeand talented researcher who is able to establisha PI group on 'the neural basisoflanguage'. You and your group will enrich a unique consortium of researchers that aims to unravel the neurocognitive mechanisms of languageat multiplelevels. The goal is to understandboth the universality and thevariability of the humanlanguage faculty from genesto behaviour.

You will be giventhe opportunity to establishyour own independent research group, and you will havefree access to the scanning facilities at Donders Institute.You will be expectedto conduct research in one or more researchareas relevant to the positionapplied for. Supervision of BSc, MSc andPhD projects will be part of your responsibilities. Administrativeduties will include local and/or national and international committee memberships. You will be providedwith budgetary resourcesfora PhD candidate or technician, materials and travelling. You will be eligibleto apply for further funding both internally and externally.

Work environment

The Netherlandshas an outstanding track recordin the language sciences.The research consortium 'Languagein Interaction',sponsored by a large grant from theNetherlands Organization for Scientific research(NWO) brings togethermany of the excellent researchgroups in the Netherlands with a research programmeon the foundations of language.Excellence in the domain of languageand related relevant fieldsofcognition is combined withstate-of-the-art research facilities anda research team with ample experience in complexresearch methods and utilization. This consortium achievesboth quality and criticalmass for studyinghuman language at a scalenot easily found anywhereelse in the world.

The positionwillbe embedded in the MaxPlanck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Donders Institutefor Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University.Both institutes conduct researchin an international setting. English is the lingua franca. Yourprimary working environment is theDonders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging.

What weexpect from you

You shouldhave in-depth expertise in theapplication of advanced MEG and/or MR techniques (network analysis,diffusion weighted imaging,cortical thickness imaging,resting state measurement, voxel basedmorphometry, etc.) to thestudy of the 'languagenetworks' in the brain. You shouldalso have a solid neuroanatomical knowledge.

The selectioncriteria include:

- aPhDdegree in any relevant field;


- an interest in andfocus on the languagesystem;

- relevant structural imaging expertise;

- relevant neurophysiological expertise;

- solidneuroanatomical knowledge;

- leadership potential and experience with successfully applying for externalfunding;

- an excellentscientific track record;

- excellentorganizational andcommunicative skills;

- excellentskills in written and spokenEnglish.

What we offer

We offer you:

- employment: 1,0 fte (39-hour working week);

- starting salary will be based on Tarifvertrag im Öffentlichen Dienst (TVöD Bund), Entgeltgruppe 13;

- thestarting salary depends on qualificationsand experience;

- inaddition to the salary: an8% holiday allowance;

- budget for a PhDposition as a start-upfor your researchgroup;

- you willbe appointed for aperiod of 48 months with a trial period of12 months;

- after four years,there will be good prospects for continuation if your performanceis evaluated positively

- theMax Planck Institute involved has a number of regulations that make itpossible for employees to create a goodwork-life balance.

Other Information

The two institutes involvedare equal opportunity employers,committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community,and as such encourage applications from women and minorities.

Would you like toknowmore?

Further information on: Language in Interaction Consortium

Furtherinformation on: Donders Institute for Brain,Cognition and Behaviour Further information on: Max PlanckInstitute for Psycholinguistics

Prof. dr. Peter Hagoort, programme director Language in Interactionand director of MPI Telephone: +31 24 3610648, +3124 3521301

E-mail: peter.hagoort@mpi.nl

Prof. dr. David Norris, directorof the Donders Institute, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging Telephone: +31 24 3610649

E-mail: d.norris@donders.ru.nl

Applications

Are you interested?

You should send your application (attn. of Prof. dr. Peter Hagoort) to Julia Verhoef (j.verhoef@donders.ru.nl). Your application should include (and be limited to) thefollowing attachments:

· a coverletter;

· your curriculum vitae, including a list ofpublications and the names ofat least two peoplewho can provide references;

· a research statement.

Postdoc for the Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction', Radboud University, Nijmegen, deadline: 17 April 2017

Postdoc for the Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction' (1.0 FTE)

Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction'

Maximum salary: € 4,691 gross/month

Vacancy number: 30.01.17

Application deadline: 17 April 2017

Responsibilities

The Language in Interaction research consortium invites applications for a senior postdoctoral position. You will contribute to the integration of empirical research in our consortium. You will act in close collaboration with Peter Hagoort, programme director of the consortium. This position provides the opportunity for conducting world-class research as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Moreover, it will provide the opportunity to contribute to developing a theoretical framework for our understanding of the human language faculty.

Work environment

The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. The Language in Interaction research consortium, which is sponsored by a large grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO), brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands in a research programme on the foundations of language. In addition to excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition, our consortium provides state-of-the-art research facilities and a research team with ample experience in the complex research methods that will be invoked to address the scientific questions at the highest level of methodological sophistication. These include methods from genetics, neuroimaging, computational modelling, and patient-related research. This consortium realises both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else.

We have identified five Big Questions (BQ) that are central to our understanding of the human language faculty. These questions are interrelated at multiple levels. Teams of researchers will collaborate to collectively address these key questions of our field.

Our five Big Questions are:

BQ1: The nature of the mental lexicon: How to bridge neurobiology and psycholinguistic theory by computational modelling?

BQ2: What are the characteristics and consequences of internal brain organization for language?

BQ3: Creating a shared cognitive space: How is language grounded in and shaped by communicative settings of interacting people?

BQ4: Variability in language processing and in language learning: Why does the ability to learn language change with age? How can we characterise and map individual language skills in relation to the population distribution?

BQ5: How are other cognitive systems shaped by the presence of a language system in humans?

You will be appointed at the Donders Institute, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (Radboud University, Nijmegen). The research is conducted in an international setting at all participating institutions. English is the lingua franca.

What we expect from you

We are looking for a highly motivated, creative and talented candidate to enrich a unique consortium of researchers that aims to unravel the neurocognitive mechanisms of language at multiple levels. The goal is to understand both the universality and the variability of the human language faculty from genes to behaviour.

The selection criteria include:

• a PhD in an area related to the neurobiology of language and/or language sciences;

• expertise/interest in theoretical neuroscience and language;

• an integrative mindset;

• a theory-driven approach;

• good communication skills;

• excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.

What we have to offer

• employment: 1.0 FTE;

• a maximum gross monthly salary of € 4,691 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 11);

• in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;

• you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 30 months;

• the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities is applicable;

• you will be classified as Researcher, level 3 in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO);

• the Dutch universities and institutes involved have a number of regulations that enable employees to create a good work-life balance.

Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Other Information

The institute involved is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourages applications from women and minorities.

Would you like to know more?

Further information on: Language in Interaction

Further information on: Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:

Prof. dr. Peter Hagoort, programme director Language in Interaction and director of DCCN

Telephone: +31 24 3610648, +31 24 3521301

E-mail: p.hagoort@donders.ru.nl

Are you interested?

You should upload your application (attn. of Prof. dr. P. Hagoort) exclusively using the button 'Apply' on the website (below). Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):

• a cover letter

• your curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and the names of at least two people who can provide references

Please apply before 17 April 2017, 23:59 CET.


http://www.ru.nl/english/working-at/jobopportuniti...



9 PhD positions GK Nominal Modification, Goethe University Frankfurt, deadline: April 30, 2017

9 PhD positions, GK Nominal Modification, Goethe University Frankfurt Starting date: October 1, 2017 Application deadline: April 30, 2017


Description:


The Institute for Linguistics of the Goethe University Frankfurt offers full funding for 9 graduate students (E13 TV-G-U, 65%-part-time) who aim for a doctoral degree in linguistics. These 9 positions will be part of the graduate school ''Nominal Modification'', funded by the German Science Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The starting date is October 1, 2017 and each position will be funded for 3 years including social benefits.


Expectations:


The students are expected to write a dissertation based on independent research and to actively participate in the advanced courses offered. They will be encouraged and receive financial support to participate in conferences and summer schools and to conduct empirical research. Internationally renowned scholars will be invited for talks and seminars relevant to the research topics of the graduate students.


Tasks:


The research programme of the school covers three major aspects of nominal modification: First, the internal syntactic structure of nominal phrases with regard to synchronic and diachronic diversity including typological aspects, as well as processing and acquisition will be studied, particularly addressing the problem of functional layers within the DP and the elements hosted there. Second, the external structural properties of modified nominal phrases are investigated with an emphasis on the phenomena extraposition, discontinuity and non-locality. Here, the main aim is to explore the factors influencing the choice of alternative constructions by conducting interdisciplinary research in relevant fields including syntax, prosody and pragmatics. The third main research question deals with the semantics of modification; here the focus is on the challenges for compositionality presented by non-locally interpreted modifiers. Furthermore, differences between various kinds of local modification are investigated; in particular, cognitive explanations for the overall preference of modification by intersection and subsective modification in general will be sought.


Members of the graduate school will be eligible to participate in an exchange programme with the Linguistics Department and the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania for one semester. The school will also cooperate with Goethe University’s graduate academy GRADE, which provides support regarding structured doctoral education and offers additional training, consulting, and networking events.


Detailed information about the research programme, including a list of the faculty involved in the programme, and a list of potential dissertation topics, can be found at http://www2.uni-frankfurt.de/50692667 and http://nominal-modification.de.


Application requirements:

Applicants should have an M.A. in linguistics, or equivalent, with the degree completed by October 1, 2017.


Required documents:

- letter of intent (1-3 pages) in English or German that describes the research topic the candidate plans to work on in his/her doctoral thesis and the candidate’s research interests; the research topic has to be related to nominal modification;

- representative sample of research work (e.g. an advanced seminar paper or M.A. thesis);

- two names of references who may be contacted by the search committee;

- Curriculum Vitae (CV);

- copy of M.A. degree (to be handed in the latest by October 1, 2017, if not already available by April 30, 2017).


All required documents for the application should be emailed as pdf attachments to Prof. Dr. Caroline Féry at caroline.fery@gmail.com (subject line: nominal modification).


Application deadline: April 30, 2017

Contact information: Dr. Sascha Alexeyenko, alexeyenko@em.uni-frankfurt.de


Senior Lecturer/Lecturer position, University of Manchester, UK, deadline: 8 May 2017

The University ofManchester, UK is looking for a new Lecturer/Senior Lecturer who works intypical language development but who has also either done research withclinical populations or who would be interested in doing so. Thesuccessful applicant will join researchers interested in typical and atypicaldevelopment - further information about our work can be found at www.lucid.ac.uk and http://research.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/ldd.

Early years researchers with significant potential, or established researcherswith a track record of broadly relevant research and grant funding are invitedto apply. The advert and further particulars can be found at this link:

https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/internal/displayjob.aspx?jobid=13109

Closing Date 8th May 2017

Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof Elena Lieven (elena.lieven@manchester.ac.uk)or Prof Anna Theakston (anna.theakston@manchester.ac.uk)

PhD position ‘Time in Translation: a semantics of the Perfect’, Utrecht University, deadline: May 9, 2017

1 PhD position in the project ‘Time in Translation: a semantics ofthe Perfect’ (1,0 fte), Utrecht Institute of Linguistics, Utrecht University,deadline May 9.

Job description

You will be participating inthe project Time in Translation: a semantics of the Perfect.

This project is funded byNWO, by way of a Vrije Competitie project awarded to Prof. dr. Henriëtte deSwart and dr. Bert Le Bruyn at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. The projectaims to develop the meaning of the present perfect. We will collect data from 5languages (Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish) in parallel corpora, andanalyse perfect use in relation to other verbal tense forms both at thesentence and at the discourse level. Translation experiments will be used tocheck the space of variation in choosing one form over another.

In this project, two PhDpositions and a postdoc position will be available. One PhD position hasalready been filled, and the postdoc position will start later, so we arecurrently searching to hire a PhD candidate for the following subproject:

PhD2 – Perfect use indiscourse: from conversation to literary texts

The PhD will focus on thediscourse role of the perfect in conversation and literary texts, and will beresponsible for developing an analysis of non-narrative tense use. Data collection and translation experimentswill be carried out in close collaboration with the other PhD and the postdoc.The interaction, collaboration and sharing of data with the other researchersin the project is therefore expected. The PhD candidates and the postdoctoralresearcher will of course have the opportunity to fill in the details of theseprojects or expand them, based on their expertise, the data they gather andtheir own research ideas, in consultation with the two project leaders.

Short profile of the candidate

• A (soon to be completed) (research) Master’s degree inlinguistics, with a focus on semantics andpragmatics; prior experience with corpus research and/or experiments welcome;

• Fluency in at least two languages of the project besidesEnglish (Dutch, German, French, Spanish)

Offer

The PhD position is offeredat 1,0 FTE, starting 1 October 2017, initially for a period of 18 months. Upongood performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended forthe remaining period of 30 months (4 years in total).

Additional information

If you are interested,please contact the project director, Prof. dr. Henriëtte de Swart(h.deswart@uu.nl) or the research coordinator at UiL OTS (Maaike Schoorlemmer)for more information. For more information about the project, please visit theproject website http://timealign.pythonanywhere.com/.A project description with specifications about the subprojects can be found athttp://timealign.pythonanywhere.com/static/Time-in-Translation-project.pdf.

Applications

This is an advance notice.Interested candidates are asked to keep an eye on the project website where thefull description of the position and a link to the application website will beadded. Candidates will be asked to submit digital copies of:

• a letter of motivation;

• a research statement of about 1000 words, explaining whyand how you plan to conduct this research;

• a CV;

• copies of relevant diplomas and grade transcripts;

• your Master’s thesis and any other publication you canprovide;

• names and full contact details of two academic referees.

Interviews (in person orusing videoconferencing) will be held during last week of May and/or the 1stweek of June, 2017.

The application deadline is May9.

PhD position on the grammar of Senegalese drum languages (1,0 fte), deadline: May 21, 2017.

Job description:

We are looking for an excellent candidate for a PhDposition in a research project on Senegalese drum languages. Candidates shouldbe able to carry out outstanding fieldwork with Senegalese musicians, and dotheoretical linguistic work on the relation between grammar and music in drumlanguage.

Deadline for applications: 21 May 2017.

The project is funded by NWO by way of a Free Competitionproject awarded to the principal investigator Prof. Y. Winter. It is the firstextensive linguistic and experimental study of the drum languages used bySenegalese musicians.

This PhD project aims to develop a linguistic theory ofSenegalese drum language. It follows previous work done by the PI (Winter, Y.,Language 90, 2014). Candidates are expected to have an excellent background intheoretical linguistics or another relevant discipline. In addition, candidatesshould be able and prepared to carry out fieldwork in Senegal for a period ofsix months.

The tasks for the PhD candidate will include:

- Carrying out fieldwork among Wolof speaking musiciansin Senegal

- Embedding the results within a coherent theory of drumlanguages, informed by recent advances in theoretical linguistics and cognitivescience

- Presenting results at workshops and conferences, andpublishing them as peer-reviewed articles in international journals

- Taking part in documenting Senegalese drummingtraditions

- Participation in selected training programme scheduledfor the research Institute, graduate School and the National research School

- Teaching undergraduate courses as part of the PhDtraining

- Completing and defending a PhD thesis within four years


For more details on this research project, see http://www.phil.uu.nl/~yoad/sabar.html


Requirements:

- A (soon to be completed) research Master’s degree inlinguistics or another relevant sub-discipline of Cognitive Science. Excellentcandidates with a background in Computer Science or Mathematics may also beconsidered;

- Excellent proficiency in spoken and written English;

- An outstanding record of work in the Master's degree;

- Interest in fieldwork research, and readiness to livein Senegal for over a period of six months as part of the project;

- Excellent communicational skills and ability to work ina heterogeneous team;

- Fluency in Wolof or French, or a proven ability toquickly master foreign languages is a strong advantage;

- Proven musical experience is a strong advantage.


Offer

Internship: The selected candidate will be required toundergo a training period of three months as an employed research assistant inthe project, prior to definitive selection for the PhD position. Positiveevaluation in this training, including the candidate’s ability to do successfulfieldwork, will be a pre-condition for the selected candidate to be offered thePhD position. The research assistant position will start on October 1, 2017 atthe latest.

PhD position: The PhD position will be offered at 1,0FTE, starting on January 1, 2018 at the latest, initially for a period of 15months. Upon good performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will beextended for the remaining period of 33 months (4 years in total). The grossmonthly salary starts at €2,191.- in the first year, and ends at

€2,801.- in the fourth year, on a fulltime basis.

Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowanceof 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employmentconditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of theDutch Universities.

About the organisation

Researchers at UiL OTS are distributed across 6 researchgroups, focusing on the following range of linguistic subdomains: LanguageVariation, Language, Logic and Information, Linguistic Theory and LanguageAcquisition, Language Processing and Language Pathology, Language andEducation, Language and Communication. It comprises approximately 20 fullprofessors, a dozen postdocs and roughly 40 PhD students.

The Department of Language, Literature and Communicationoffers BA and MA programmes in literary studies, linguistics, communicationstudies, translation, as well as Dutch, English, German, French, Italian,Spanish and (uniquely in the Netherlands) Celtic languages.

The Faculty of Humanities has approximately seventhousand students and nine hundred staff members. It comprises four ResearchInstitutes: The Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Institute ofHistory and Art History, Institute of Cultural Inquiry (ICON), and the UtrechtInstitute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS). With its research and education inthese fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of theNetherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. Theenthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in thehistorical city centre of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute toan inspiring working environment.

Utrecht University

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates ourscientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. AtUtrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towardsmajor societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions, LifeSciences and Sustainability.

Additional information

For more details on this research project, see http://www.phil.uu.nl/~yoad/sabar.html

For further information, please feel free to contactProf. Yoad Winter (for his email address see http://www.phil.uu.nl/~yoad) or theresearch coordinator at UiL OTS (Dr. Maaike Schoorlemmer:

mailto:m.schoorlemmer@uu.nl).

Applications

In order to apply, please use the link in the official adof this position, at:

https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrecht-university/jobs

Or directly at the following link:

https://ssl1.peoplexs.com/Peoplexs22/CandidatesPortalNoLogin/Vacancy.cfm?PortalID=4124&VacatureID=893172&Vacancy=PhD%20position%20on%20the%20grammar%20of%20Senegalese%20drum%20languages%20%281%2E0%20FTE%29#top

Your application should include digital copies of:

- application form - to be downloaded from http://www.phil.uu.nl/~yoad/sabar/form.html

- CV including full personal and academic details;

- Certified copies of relevant diplomas and gradetranscripts;

- Master’s thesis (or a draft thereof), and any otherpublication you can provide;

- Names and full contact details of two academicreferees.

The application deadline is 21 May 2017.

Interviews, in person or otherwise, of selected applicants will be held during the week starting June 19, 2017.

Calls for papers for events
CfP: WoLLIC 2017, London, UK, July 18-21, 2017, (EXTENDED) deadline: March 28, 2017

DEADLINE EXTENDED


WoLLIC 2017

24th Workshop on Logic, Language, Information and Computation

July 18-21, 2017

University College London (UCL), London, UK

DEADLINE EXTENDED


SPECIAL SESSION:

Screening of Navajo Math Circles

(Directed by George Paul Csicsery, 2016, 58min)



SCIENTIFIC SPONSORSHIP

Interest Group in Pure and Applied Logics (IGPL)

The Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI)

Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL)

European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS)

European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL)

Sociedade Brasileira de Computação (SBC)

Sociedade Brasileira de Lógica (SBL)


IN COOPERATION WITH

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


ORGANISATION

Department of Computer Science, University College London, London, UK

School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary College, London, UK

Centro de Informática, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil


HOSTED BY

Department of Computer Science, University College London, London, UK


CALL FOR PAPERS

WoLLIC is an annual international forum on inter-disciplinary research involving formal logic, computing and programming theory, and natural language and reasoning. Each meeting includes invited talks and tutorials as well as contributed papers. The twenty-fourth WoLLIC will be held at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary College, London, UK, from July 18th to 21st, 2017. It is sponsored by the Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL), the Interest Group in Pure and Applied Logics (IGPL), the The Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI), the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS), the European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL), the Sociedade Brasileira de Computação (SBC), and the Sociedade Brasileira de Lógica (SBL). The workshop is held in cooperation with ACM Special Interest in Computational Logic (SIGLOG).


PAPER SUBMISSION

Contributions are invited on all pertinent subjects, with particular interest in cross-disciplinary topics. Typical but not exclusive areas of interest are: foundations of computing and programming; novel computation models and paradigms; broad notions of proof and belief; proof mining, type theory, effective learnability; formal methods in software and hardware development; logical approach to natural language and reasoning; logics of programs, actions and resources; foundational aspects of information organization, search, flow, sharing, and protection; foundations of mathematics; philosophy of mathematics; philosophical logic. Proposed contributions should be in English, and consist of a scholarly exposition accessible to the non-specialist, including motivation, background, and comparison with related works. Articles should be written in the LaTeX format 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 and technical appendices. The paper's main results must not be published or submitted for publication in refereed venues, including journals and other scientific meetings. It is expected that each accepted paper be presented at the meeting by one of its authors. Papers must be submitted electronically at the WoLLIC 2017 EasyChair website. (Please go to http://wollic.org/wollic2017/instructions.html for instructions.) A title and single-paragraph abstract should be submitted by Mar 28, 2017 (NEW) and the full paper by Mar 28, 2017 (NEW) Notifications are expected by Apr 22, 2017, and final papers for the proceedings will be due by May 6, 2017 (firm date).


PROCEEDINGS

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


INVITED SPEAKERS

Hazel Brickhill (Bristol) (University of Bristol)

Michael Detlefsen (University of Notre Dame)

Alexander Kurz (University of Leicester)

Frederike Moltmann (New York University)

David Pym (University College London)

Nicole Schweikardt (Humboldt Universität)

Fan Yang (Delft University)

Boris Zilber (University of Oxford)


STUDENT GRANTS

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


IMPORTANT DATES

Mar 28, 2017 (NEW): Paper title and abstract deadline

Mar 28, 2017 (NEW): Full paper deadline

Apr 22, 2017: Author notification

May 6, 2017: Final version deadline (firm)


PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Matthias Baaz (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)

Walter Dean (University of Warwick, UK)

Erich Grädel (RWTH Aachen, 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)

Alessandra Palmigiano (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 Abramsky, Johan van Benthem, Anuj Dawar, Joe Halpern, Wilfrid Hodges, Ulrich Kohlenbach, Daniel Leivant, Leonid Libkin, Angus Macintyre, Luke Ong, Hiroakira Ono, Valeria de Paiva, Ruy de Queiroz, Jouko Väänänen.


ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Alexandra Silva (Univ College London, UK) (Local co-chair)

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

Paulo Oliva (Queen Mary, UK)

James Brotherston (Univ College London, UK)

Anjolina G. de Oliveira (U Fed Pernambuco)

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


FURTHER INFORMATION

Contact one of the Co-Chairs of the Organising Committee.


WEB PAGE

http://wollic.org/wollic2017/





2nd CfP: Conference TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2017), Czech Republic, August 27-31, 2017, deadline: March 31, 2017

The twentieth anniversary International Conference on

TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2017)

Praha (Prague), Czech Republic

August 27-31, 2017

http://www.tsdconference.org


As the spring is drawing nearer so does the deadline for submission of contributions. All papers need to be submitted until March 31.


>>>> There are only 23 days left! <<<<



TSD HIGHLIGHTS


* Invited speakers: Tomas Mikolov (Facebook AI Research Group, USA), Lucia

Specia (The University of Sheffield, UK), Rico Sennrich (The University

of Edinburgh, UK) and other eminent personages with various expertise

related to the topics of the conference have been asked to give their

respective pieces of speech.

* TSD is traditionally published by Springer-Verlag and regularly listed in

all major citation databases: Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings

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

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

reviewers discussion.

* The TSD2017 conference is supported by the International Speech

Communication Association (ISCA). It holds the status of an ISCA

Supported Event.

* TSD is officially recognized as an INTERSPEECH 2017 satellite event.

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

the Czech Republic.

* The conference is organized in co-operation with the Institute of Formal

and Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the

Charles University.

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

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

290 EUR for students and 360 EUR for full participants.

* Moreover, we succeeded in our effort to provide students with an

accommodation option for an affordable price of 20 EUR/night (+ 5 EUR for

the breakfast) in the nearby dormitories.


IMPORTANT DATES


March 31, 2017 ......... Deadline for submission of contributions May 10, 2017 ........... Notification of acceptance or rejection May 31, 2017 ........... Deadline for submission of camera-ready papers August 27-31, 2017 ..... TSD2017 conference date


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



TSD SERIES


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



TOPICS


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


Speech Recognition (multilingual, continuous, emotional speech,

handicapped speaker, out-of-vocabulary words, alternative way of

feature extraction, new models for acoustic and language modelling).


Corpora and Language Resources (monolingual, multilingual, text, and

spoken corpora, large web corpora, disambiguation, specialized

lexicons, dictionaries).


Speech and Spoken Language Generation (multilingual, high fidelity

speech synthesis, computer singing).


Tagging, Classification and Parsing of Text and Speech (multilingual

processing, sentiment analysis, credibility analysis, automatic text

labeling, summarization, authorship attribution).


Semantic Processing of Text and Speech (information extraction,

information retrieval, data mining, semantic web, knowledge

representation, inference, ontologies, sense disambiguation, plagiarism

detection).


Integrating Applications of Text and Speech Processing (machine

translation, natural language understanding, question-answering

strategies, assistive technologies).


Automatic Dialogue Systems (self-learning, multilingual,

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


Multimodal Techniques and Modelling (video processing, facial

animation, visual speech synthesis, user modelling, emotion and

personality modelling).



PROGRAMME COMMITTEE


All programme committee members are listed on the conference web pages:

http://www.tsdconference.org/tsd2017/index.php?pag...



OFFICIAL LANGUAGE


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



CONFERENCE FEES


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


Full participant:

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

late registration by August 1, 2017 - CZK 11 000 (approx. 400 EUR)

on-site registration - CZK 12 000 (approx. 444 EUR)


Student (reduced):

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

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

on-site registration - CZK 10 000 (approx. 360 EUR)


Dormitory accommodation 20 EUR/night (+ 5 EUR for the breakfast)


Please, keep in mind that the fees are preliminary and they may slightly change in the future.



LOCATION


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

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


The city is divided into ten districts. Each of them offers 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 Franz Kafka. Then, walking the Parizska street (said to be the most luxurious street in the city), there is the Old Town Square.

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


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


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


However, the dominant feature of the skyline is still created by the Prague Castle and the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral spires. The Golden Lane heading down to the Lesser Town shows the tiny and colorful medieval houses. There are many bridges connecting the banks of the Vltava River.


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


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


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



ABOUT CONFERENCE


The conference is organized by the Faculty of Applied Sciences, 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 conference is officially recognized as an INTERSPEECH 2017 satellite event and it holds the status of an ISCA Supported Event as well.



Venue:

Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University

Mala Strana Campus - "S" Building

Malostranske nam. 2/25

CZ-118 00 Praha 1


Accommodation:

Orea Hotel Pyramida ****

Belohorska 24

CZ-169 00 Praha 6



CONTACT


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

Mrs Romana Strapkova, TSD2017 Conference Secretary

E-mail: tsd2017@tsdconference.org

Phone: (+420) 736 664 500


All paper correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to:


TSD2017 - KIV

Fakulta aplikovanych ved

Zapadoceska univerzita v Plzni

Univerzitni 8

CZ-306 14 Plzen

Czech Republic


Fax: (+420) 377 632 402 -- Please, mark the faxed material with large

capitals 'TSD' on top.


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

CfP 'Metaphor Festival', Amsterdam, 31 August – 2 September 2017, deadline: 1 April 2017

The Metaphor Lab Amsterdam is delighted to announce that the next Metaphor Festival will take place in Amsterdam from 31 August through 2 September 2017. The Metaphor Festival is an annual conference on the use of figurative language and other modes of figurative expression. This year’s keynote speakers will be Alan Cienki (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Kathleen Ahrens (Hong Kong Polytechnic University). Please go to http://metaphorlab.org/metaphor-festival/metaphor-... for the call for papers. Deadline for submission is 1 April.

CfP “Current Issues of Linguistics (CIL)”, Saint-Petersburg, April 20, 2017, deadline: 3 April 2017

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6th InteracademicConference with International Participation

“Current Issues of Linguistics (CIL)”

Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University (LETI), Saint-Petersburg,Russian Federation,

April 20th,2017

Calldeadline: 03-Apr-2017

Call for Papers:

The objective ofthe 6th Interacademic CIL Conference is to provide its participantswith a platform to exchange the latest research results in the field oflinguistics. Faculty, students and research groups are invited to present theirpapers and share their views on current issues of linguistics.

Types of presentation: panel discussion, research-based or practice-orientedpresentation, workshop;

Working languages: Russian and English.

Please choose from thefollowing strands when you submit your paper:

1

o Current Problems of General, Comparative andTypological Linguistics;

o Intercultural Communication as a Linguistic Issue;

o Current Problems of Slavic and Baltic Linguistics.

2

o Structural Linguistics and Language Models in Cognitiveand Semantic Aspects;

o Functional Linguistics, Discourse Theory and Text Linguistics.

3

o Current Issues of Phonosemantics.

Conference Information

The 6th Interacademic Conference “CurrentIssues of Linguistics (CIL)” is organized by Foreign Languages Departmentof Saint Petersburg ElectrotechnicalUniversity (LETI).

The Organizing Committee

Headof the Organizing Сommittee - Vladimir Kutuzov, Doctor of Engineering Science, Professor,Rector of ETU "LETI".

Vice-chairmenof the Organizing Committee:

Nina Gigauri, PhD., Dean ofthe Faculty of Humanities; Andrey Shumkov, Doctor of Linguistics, Head of ForeignLanguages Department; Tatiana Shulzhenko, Deputy Head of Foreign LanguagesDepartment.

Membersof the Organizing Committee: Olga Zhuravleva, PhD., Deputy Head of ForeignLanguages Department; Olga Preobrazhenskaya, PhD, Associate Professor; NataliaStepanova, PhD, Assistant Professor; Maria Flaksman, PhD, Senior Lecturer; EugeniaZubkova, Teaching Assistant; Yekaterina Korchagina, Teaching Assistant.

Submission Guidelines and Formatting Requirements:

1. Authors arerequested to submit their papers and application forms before April 2nd, 2017.

2. All papers haveto be written in DOC or DOCX format, usingMicrosoft Office Word, without footnotes, graphs, drawings and listings. Linksto literature sources are to be specified in square brackets.

2.1 Margins: top andbottom – 2 cm each; left – 3 cm, right – 1,5 cm each;

2.2 Font: "TimesNew Roman"; font-size: 14 pt; font-style: regular;

2.3 Paragraph: singleline spacing; spacing before: 1 cm; alignment: justified.

Please note that papers will not be editedby the Organizing Committee.

The following information should be specified in theseparate lines before the text: last names, initials of the authors; name ofthe organization, e-mail address [left alignment, without spacing, an emptyline] and the title of the paper [center alignment, without spacing]; "Times New Roman" font, 14-pt size, single spacing. Papers have to be minimum 5 and maximum 7 pages long.

3. The papersand application forms are to be sent by e-mail to leticonf@gmail.com

The Conference Proceedings will be sent to the authorsin the electronic form just after the Conference.

Venue

Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University (LETI)

5 Professora Popova str., 197376Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation.

Contacts

Tel/Fax: 7 (812)2340478

E-mail: leticonf@gmail.com

ApplicationForm

6th Interacademic Conference Current Issuesof Linguistics (CIL)

Name

Postal address

Telephone number

E-mail

Name of the college or university

Address of the college or university

Affiliation

Position

I intend to submit a paper entitled

On-site / remote participation

Yourssincerely,

theOrganizing Committee of the Conference

Update: CfP 'Monolingual histories – Multilingual practices', Ghent, Belgium, 1 December 2017, (gewijzigde) deadline: 1 May 2017

Call for papers for a colloquium on


Monolingual histories – Multilingual practices

Issues in historical language contact

Annual colloquium of

Taal & Tongval: Language Variation in the Low Countries


1 December 2017

Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde (KANTL)

Ghent, Belgium


http://taalentongval2017.blogspot.be


Keynote speakers

Päivi Pahta (University of Tampere)

Joe Salmons (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

Marijke van der Wal (Leiden University)


Languages such as English, German and Dutch have traditionally been described in monolingual histories. Accounts of the history of these languages often focus on their gradual development through time with special attention being paid to the rise of the standard language. The areas in which these languages were used, however, were also home to a wide spectrum of other languages, including regional varieties of the dominant language, immigrant languages and ‘prestigious’ foreign languages such as Latin and French. This means that speech and writing communities in most of these areas have in fact been highly multilingual throughout history (Braunmüller & Ferraresi 2003, Stenroos et al. 2012). These multilingual practices, however, tend to be rendered invisible in monolingual histories, and even regional languages within larger language areas are not always represented, particularly when the developing standard language is prioritized (Hüning et al. 2012, Schrijver 2014, Havinga & Langer 2015). At the 2017 Taal & Tongval colloquium, we aim to revisit the place of language contact in historical settings, by focusing on historical multilingualism and multilingual practices in language history.


In historical settings, reconstructability is a crucial issue. It is often difficult to find out who spoke which language(s) to whom. The written record typically prefers some languages over others, which only intensifies when standardization sets in. If we want to reconsider historical language contact, we also need to develop ways to reconstruct the sociolinguistic conditions determining the contact situation.


We are looking for contributions in the fields of historical sociolinguistics and historical language contact, with a keen eye for the issues outlined above. Topics to be discussed include (but need not be limited to):


the multilingual experiences of migrating individuals and communities, and the linguistic consequences thereof;

domain-specific and socially conditioned language choice in situations of societal multilingualism;

contact-induced changes in traditional dialects and standard languages, beyond the domain of lexical loans;

standardization as koineization, and standard languages as contact varieties;

societal and individual multilingualism vs. metalinguistic discourse prototypically focusing on monolingualism;

the role of monolingual and standard language ideologies in language historiography.


Abstract submission

Abstracts of 250 words can be sent to the organizers (rik.vosters@vub.ac.be, g.j.rutten@hum.leidenuniv.nl) before 1 May 2017. Notification of acceptance will be given by 15 May 2017. The conference languages are English and Dutch.


Main organizers

Gijsbert Rutten, Universiteit Leiden

Rik Vosters, Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Organizing committee

Reinhild Vandekerckhove, Universiteit Antwerpen

Dirk Geeraerts, KU Leuven

Ben Hermans, Meertens Instituut

Roeland van Hout, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

Jacques Van Keymeulen, Universiteit Gent

Jan Nijen Twilhaar, Hogeschool Utrecht

Wim Vandenbussche, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Gunther De Vogelaer, Universität Münster



References

Braunmüller, Kurt & Gisella Ferraresi (eds.). 2003. Aspects of Multilingualism in European Language History. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Havinga, Anna & Nils Langer (eds.). 2015 Invisible Languages in the Nineteenth Century. Bern: Peter Lang.

Hüning, Matthias, Ulrike Vogl & Oliver Moliner (eds.). 2012. Standard Languages and Multilingualism in European History. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Peersman, Catharina, Gijsbert Rutten & Rik Vosters (eds.). 2015. Past, Present and Future of a Language Border. Germanic-Romance Encounters in the Low Countries. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Schrijver, Peter. 2014. Language Contact and the Origins of the Germanic Languages. New York: Routledge.

Stenroos, Merja, Martti Mäkinen & Inge Særheim (eds). 2012. Language Contact and Development Around the North Sea. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

CfP 'Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation'(ISA-13), Montpellier (France), September 19, 2017, deadline: June 23, 2017

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS



ISA-13


13th Joint ACL - ISO Workshop on Interoperable Semantic Annotation


Montpellier (France), September 19, 2017, at IWCS 2017



ISA-13 is the thirteenth edition of a series of joint workshops of the ACL Special Interest Group in Semantics (SIGSEM)

and the International Organisation for Standardisation ISO. The first workshop in this series was held in conjunction with

the IWCS 2003 conference in Tilburg (Netherlands); the latest workshop was held in 2016 as part of the LREC conference

in Portoroz (Slovenia).


ISA-workshops bring together experts in the annotation of semantic information as expressed in text, speech, gestures,

graphics, video, images, and in communicative behaviour where multiple modalities are combined. Examples of semantic

annotation include the markup of events, time, space, dialogue acts, discourse relations, semantic roles, coreference, and

quantification, for which the ISO organisation pursues the establishment and exploitation of standardised annotation methods

and representation schemes in order to support the creation of interoperable semantic resources.



Topics for submissions include, but are not limited to:


* methodological aspects of semantic annotation

* semantic annotation and semantic interpretation

* experiments in semantic annotation

* comparative studies of semantic annotation schemes

* semantic annotation and ontologies

* evaluation of annotation schemes

* context-dependence in semantic annotations

* applications of semantic annotation

* integration of semantic annotation and other linguistic annotations

* issues in the annotation of specific domains of semantic information, such as:

- events, states, processes, circumstances, facts

- relations in discourse and dialogue

- time and space

- modality, polarity and factuality,

- quantification and modification

- coreference relations

- semantic roles and predicate-argument structures

* integration of annotations of different domains of semantic annotation

* annotation of cross-domain phenomena such as negation, attribution and sentiment

* levels of granularity in annotation schemes

* cross-domain issues in semantic annotation, such as language- and application-dependence

* best practices in semantic annotation


Three types of submission are invited:


- Research papers, describing original research in the area of semantic annotation; these can be either long (6-8 pages,

not including references) or short (3-4 pages, not including references);

- Project notes, describing recent, ongoing or planned projects involving semantic annotation (2-4 pages including references;

- Demonstration notes, accompanying demonstration of software tools to support manual semantic annotation, or systems

for automatic semantic annotation (2-4 pages including references),



ORGANIZERS

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Harry Bunt (chair)

Nancy Ide

Kiyong Lee

James Pustejovsky

Laurent Romary



PROGRAM COMMITTEE

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Jan Alexandersson

Harry Bunt (chair)

Nicoletta Calzolari

Jae-Woong Choe

Robin Cooper

Thierry Declerck

Liesbeth Degand

Alex Fang

Robert Gaizauskas

Koiti Hasida

Nancy Ide

Elisabetta Jezek

Michael Kipp

Kiyong Lee

Philippe Muller

Malvina Nissim

Silvia Pareti

Volha Petukhova

Paola Pietrandrea

Andrei Popescu-Belis

Rashmi Prasad

James Pustejovsky

Laurent Romary

Ted Sanders

Manfred Stede

Matthew Stone

Thorsten Trippel

Piek Vossen

Annie Zaenen

Sandrine Zufferey



IMPORTANT DATES

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June 23: Deadline for submitting papers

July 22: Notification of acceptance

August 12: Submission of camera-ready papers

September 19:

ISA-13 workshop



MORE INFORMATION

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For more information see the workshop page at https://sigsem.uvt.nl/isa13/ or contact the workshop chair

Harry Bunt (harry.bunt@uvt.nl)



CfP Linguistics Beyond And Within, Lublin, 18-19 October 2017, deadline: 30 June 2017

http://lingbaw.webclass.co/ lingbaw@gmail.com

Dear Colleagues,

Building on the success of the previous conferences, the Institute of English Studies at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, is organising the 5th meeting of Linguistics Beyond And Within – International Linguistics Conference in Lublin. The conference, to be held on 18-19 October 2017, will be hosted by the Department of Applied Linguistics, the Department of Theoretical Linguistics, the Department of Contrastive English-Polish Studies and the Department of Celtic Studies. This year the talks will be guided by the following leitmotif:

As previously, we would like to invite scholars with innovative approaches to linguistics viewed from a range of intra- and interdisciplinary perspectives. We wish to encourage all linguists representing various theoretical models and practical applications to present their contributions during both oral and poster sessions in the following research areas:

 theoretical linguistics

o phonetics & phonology

o morphology

o semantics

o syntax

 corpus studies

 applied linguistics

o language teaching & language acquisition

o pragmatics

o discourse analysis

o translation studies

 socio- and psycholinguistics

Each paper presentation in an oral session will be scheduled for a 20-minute talk followed by a 10-minute discussion. Poster sessions will last about 45 minutes when the authors are required to be present and ready to answer questions from participants passing by. The poster format is 100x70cm (vertical orientation). The language of the conference is English.

Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany)

Pius ten Hacken (University of Innsbruck, Austria)

Lívia Körtvélyessy (Pavol Jozef Šafárik University, Slovakia)

Paul Meara (Swansea University, UK)

Abstracts of no more than 400 words (including references) should be sent by 30th June 2017 in .doc format to our e-mail address: lingbaw@gmail.com. It is expected that any paper presented at LingBaW 2017 is original and has not been previously presented or published.

In the body of the email, please include the following information: title of paper, name of author, scientific degree, affiliation, research area (one from the abovementioned) and form of presentation (speech / poster).

Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. Please do not put your name on the abstract itself.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 15th August.

http://lingbaw.webclass.co/ lingbaw@gmail.com

The upcoming edition of the LingBaW Conference will also host two thematic workshops up to a limit of ten papers plus one slot for an introductory paper by workshop convenors.

The deadline for the submission of workshop proposals is 31st May 2017.

Each workshop proposal must include the title, a 500-word abstract that summarizes the theme and goals of the workshop and the names, affiliations, and contact details of the workshop organizers. The proposal should also contain a list of five prospective participants. It should also indicate any special requirements you might have in terms of equipment.

Workshop organizers are responsible for advertising the workshop, organizing the reviewing process, and running the workshop.

The conference fee is 300 PLN (€80) and includes conference materials, reception, refreshments and publication of the proceedings.

The preliminary deadline for submission of completed papers is 31st January 2018.

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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Facebookpage LOT

From now on new information about the upcoming LOT schools can also be found on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/LOT-Landelijke-Onderzoekschool-Taalwetenschap-378098082559910/



ERIS VU Journal for Humanities

14 februari j.l. vond delancering van ERIS VU Journal for Humanities plaats, een nieuwinterdisciplinair tijdschrift voor studenten met academische ambities. ERIS is online te raadplegen op de website: https://erisjournal.com/issue-1-war-and-peace/.

ERIS VU Journal forHumanities biedt getalenteerde studenten een platform om ervaring op te doenmet het wetenschappelijke publicatieproces en om hun voor een breder publiekbeschikbaar te maken. Door verschillende disciplines binnen degeesteswetenschappen in een journal te integreren, doet ERIS mee aan de trendom op een interdisciplinaire manier wetenschap te bedrijven. Daarnaast draagtERIS ook bij aan de Why Humanities Matter beweging door hoogwaardiggeesteswetenschappelijk onderzoek te presenteren. Door de interdisciplinaireinsteek van ERIS kent dit onderzoek een gemakkelijkere toepassing in demaatschappelijke context.

Summer University Aarhus (Denmark) 2017: Sign Linguistics/Interpretation and Linguistic Fieldwork,

Aarhus University offers two exciting language related courses this summer, one on fieldwork and one of sign languages and interpreting.

Deadline for application for both is March 15, 2017.


(1) LANGUAGE DESCRIPTION AND LINGUISTIC FIELDWORK


This summer school course in language description and linguistic fieldwork will give you a broad introduction to the practical and methodological aspects of fieldwork, and the art of language description. It will also provide insight in the structures of two unfamiliar languages. The course consists of two parts: a structural course on a non-familiar language (this year: Warrwa, Kimberley, Nyulnyulan, non Pama-Nyungan, Australia) and fieldwork workshops with a speaker of an underdescribed language.


Teacher: Prof. William McGregor, with fieldwork experience in several continents and author of a handful of descriptive grammars based on fieldwork.


Because of the practical orientation, only a limited number of students are admitted.


For more information, see:


http://www.au.dk/en/summeruniversity/courses/langu...




(2) DEAF STUDIES: Sign Language Linguistics and Interpretation.


In 2017, the deaf studies course has two themes.

The theme „Introduction to sign language linguistics“ provides a comprehensive overview of language properties at various levels of sign language use and methodology. The other theme „Introduction to Sign Language Interpreting and Translation“ provides a comprehensive overview of sign language interpreting and translation.

The course will be taught in International Sign, with interpretation to English.


Teacher: Prof. Christian Rathmann.


For more information, see:


http://www.au.dk/en/summeruniversity/courses/deaf-...

SoundCircle: Phonology Reading Group

Every other Thursday at 16:00, the SoundCircle Phonology Reading Groupmeets to discuss papers and to listen to guest speakers presenting their current work.

We invite every Phonologist in The Netherlands to join our meetings and to actively take part to the group.

Subscribe on https://groups.google.com/group/soundcircle