July, 30th, 2018
- Oproep: LOT-populariseringsprijs 2019 - inzending tot 22 oktober 2018
- LOT-bureau gesloten van 1 t/m 17 augustus; komende weken ook geen nieuwsbrief
- Verhuizing van LOT naar de UvA
- Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen
- Colloquium 'Can We Learn How to Engage with Society?', Namur, Belgium, September 19-21, 2018
- Summer School in Survey Methodology, GESIS, Cologne, Germany, August 2-24, 2018
- Summer School in Logic, Language and Information ESSLLI, Sofia, Bulgaria, August 6-17, 2018
- Conference Language, Individual and Society, Bulgaria, August 26-30, 2018
- International conference: Shaping environments for motor development, Utrecht University, September 10-11, 2018
- Summer School 'Intonation and Word Order', University of Graz, Austria, September 17-21, 2018
- International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG), Tilburg University, Tilburg, November 5-8, 2018
- Third International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics, Ahwaz, Iran, January 31 - February 1, 2019
- Multiple PhD positions Logical Methods in Computer Science in Wien, Graz and Linz, Austria, various deadlines
- PhD/Drupal developer to work with the Language Archive team, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, no deadline
- Two funded PhD positions in Human-Robot Interaction, University of Glasgow, UK, deadline: July 31, 2018
- PhD vacancy on Natural Language Processing for Personalised Health Communication, Tilburg University, deadline: August 15, 2018
- PhD position at Steven Gillis's Lab/Computational Linguistics & Psycholinguistics Research Center (CLiPS), University of Antwerp, deadline: August 19, 2018
- Promovendus / PhD candidate Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), Leiden University, deadline: August 24, 2018
- PhD position in Data-Driven Computational Semantics and Geographic Information Systems, Utrecht University, deadline: September 1, 2018
- Three Positions for Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction' (1.0 FTE), Nijmegen, deadline: September 16, 2018
- Short-term fellowships for PhD students in 2019, University of Potsdam, Germany, deadline: September 30, 2018
- Call for proposals KB Researcher-in-residence 2019 at National Library, The Hague, deadline: September 30, 2018
- CfP JNLE Special Issue on Representation of Sentence Meaning, deadline: July 31, 2018
- CfP IfCoLog Journal of Logics and their Applications, Special issue 'Reasoning on Legal Texts', deadline: July 31, 2018
- Call for Demonstrations Conference on Text, Speech & Dialogue (TSD 2018), Brno, Czech Republic, September 11-14, 2018, deadline: August 8, 2018
- CfP Workshop on Text Analytics and Retrieval (TexAR-2018) @ WI 2018, Chili, September 3-6 2018, deadline: August 15, 2018
- CfP Workshop 'Post-truth' (at the DGfS 2019 meeting in Bremen), March 6-8, 2019, deadline: August 15, 2018
- Call for Shared Task Proposals @ INLG 2018, University of Tilburg, November 5-8, 2018, deadline: August 18, 2018
- CfP Intelligent Interactive Systems and Language Generation Workshop (2IS&NLG), Tilburg University, November 5-8, 2018, deadline, August 31, 2018,
- CfP Bilingualism in The Hispanic and Lusophone World (BHL) 2019, Leiden University, January 9-11, 2019, deadline: September 1, 2019
- Call for poster presentations Statistical Language and Speech Processing (SLSP 2018), Mons, Belgium, October 15-16, 2018, deadline: September 8, 2018
- Call for proposals Language in Interaction: Synergy Grants 2018, Nijmegen, deadline: September 9, 2018
- CfP International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE) 10, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, June 26-28 2019, deadline October 20, 2018
- AVT-ANÉLA dissertatieprijs 2018, deadline: August 15, 2018
- HAHA - Humor Analysis based on Human Annotation, IberEval 2018
- Publication of issue 5(3) of the Journal of Language Modelling (JLM)
LOT Announcements / events
Lectures / Talks / Seminars / Colloquia
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
Job Announcements / Vacancies
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Aan alle taalkundigen in Nederland
Ook dit jaar looft de Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap de Populariseringsprijs uit. Hiermee wil LOT stimuleren dat taalwetenschappelijke onderwerpen onder de aandacht van een groter publiek worden gebracht. Vanaf 2017 looft LOT ofwel een stimuleringsprijs, ofwel een oeuvreprijs uit. De omvang van de prijs bedraagt in beide gevallen 1000 euro.
De prijs van 2019 is een stimuleringsprijs. Deze is bedoeld voor wetenschappers verbonden aan een Nederlandse universiteit die incidenteel een populariseringsactiviteit ontwikkelen. De prijs is gericht op het helpen realiseren van zo’n populariseringsactiviteit, en is dus bedoeld voor nog niet gepubliceerde of gerealiseerde plannen. Voorbeelden zijn het maken van een korte video, een spel, of het schrijven van een populair-wetenschappelijk artikel.
Om in aanmerking te komen voor de prijs moet een plan worden voorgelegd aan de LOT-jury (2 tot 4 A4-tjes) met twee bijlagen: een financiële begroting en ondersteunend materiaal dat de link met het eigen onderzoek aantoont. Met de prijs van 1000 euro dient het plan te worden verwezenlijkt. Het resultaat/product wordt het jaar na de toekenning tijdens de Grote Taaldag gepresenteerd.
Iedere Nederlandse taalkundige onderzoeker kan maximaal één bijdrage ter beoordeling inzenden. De inzendingen worden beoordeeld door een jury die naast taalkundigen ook redacteuren van een dagblad of tijdschrift zal bevatten.
De uitslag zal bekend gemaakt worden op het Taalgala, een feestelijke bijeenkomst voor alle leden van LOT, AVT en Anéla. Op dezelfde dag wordt ook de AVT-Anéla dissertatieprijs uitgereikt. Het Taalgala vindt plaats in februari 2019 in Utrecht.
De sluitingsdatum voor inzending is 22 oktober 2018. Inzendingen mogen (o.v.v. LOT-populariseringsprijs) naar LOT@uu.nl of per post naar Trans 10, 3512 JK Utrecht. Het reglement is digitaal in te zien via deze link.
Namens het LOT-bestuur,
Henriette de Swart, Wetenschappelijk directeur
In verband met vakantie is het LOT-bureau van woensdag 1 tot en met vrijdag 17 augustus gesloten.
Dit houdt in dat:
- het mailadres firstname.lastname@example.org niet gelezen zal worden en de telefoon niet zal worden opgenomen.
- er even geen nieuwsbrief zal verschijnen. Kopij kun je nog wel insturen, maar zal pas geplaatst worden in de eerstvolgende nieuwsbrief (verschijning in de week van 20 augustus).
Met ingang van 1 januari 2019 verhuist LOT naar de UvA! De gezamenlijke decanen willen graag dat de landelijke onderzoekscholen rouleren langs de deelnemende universiteiten, en daarom komt er na vele jaren een einde aan de Utrechtse periode van LOT. De nieuwe LOT directeur wordt Prof. Dr. Kees Hengeveld van de UvA, hoogleraar Algemene Taalwetenschap. De oude en de nieuwe penvoerder van LOT zullen alles doen wat in hun vermogen ligt om de overgang soepel te laten verlopen, zodat de onderzoekers, PhD studenten en RM studenten zoveel mogelijk continuïteit ervaren. We kijken met enorme tevredenheid en waardering terug op alles wat Utrecht voor LOT heeft gedaan en betekend, en we verheugen ons op al het goeds dat het nieuwe Amsterdamse huis de landelijke taalwetenschappelijke gemeenschap te bieden heeft!
namens het LOT bestuur
Sjef Barbiers (voorzitter)
De manier waarop scholen omgaan met leerlingen met een migratieachtergrond, verschilt enorm binnen Europa. De universiteiten van Helsinki, Gent en Utrecht pleitten tijdens een congres in Rotterdam voor een meertalig perspectief waarbij docenten meer gebruikmaken van de taaldiversiteit in de klas.
Hoe veranderen sterke werkwoorden?
In het Engels winnen verledentijdsvormen als ‘sunk’ en ‘stung’ het steeds vaker van vormen als ‘sank’ en ‘stang’. Hoe komt dat? Aan de hand van een wiskundige formule kunnen we meer vat krijgen op hoe onze hersenen talige patronen verwerken.
Hoe Franciscus Donders bewees dat denken tijd kost
Het Donders Instituut viert dit jaar de 200ste geboortedag van Franciscus Donders, grondlegger van het cognitieve hersenonderzoek. Ter gelegenheid van dit jubileum herhaalde taalpsycholoog Ardi Roelofs het baanbrekende experiment waarmee Donders 150 jaar geleden aantoonde dat denken tijd kost. Hij gebruikte hierbij de originele stimuluslijsten uit de archieven van het Utrechtse Universiteitsmuseum.
'Maak gebruik van migrantentalen in het onderwijs'
Migranten die het Nederlands leren, hebben soms moeite met klanken of grammaticale aspecten die ze niet kennen uit hun moedertaal. En soms werkt hun talenkennis juist in hun voordeel. Utrechtse taalwetenschappers ontwikkelden een app met informatie over veelvoorkomende migrantentalen.
We would like to draw your attention to the colloquium Can We Learn How to Engage with Society? from 19 to 21 September 2018 at the University of Namur, Belgium.
This conference aims to bring together teachers in higher education, educational assistants who are in charge of the construction of curricula, students, representatives of civil society associations, and finally, heads of higher education institutions around the topic of civic engagement for global solidarity of students in higher education.
It is organized by our partner FUCID (UNamur) in the framework the SCRIBANI network.
The 7th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology takes place 02-24 August at GESIS in Cologne, Germany. The program is online, and registration is open at www.gesis.org/summerschool
15 scholarships by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) via CDSS as well as the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) are available. We have postponed the deadline for applications to 30 April. For more information on scholarships please visit http://bit.ly/gss18-scholarships.
15 courses are scheduled, among them 5 short courses and 10 one-week courses. Below is a list of all courses – including three new courses [NEW] and two courses that are back [BACK] to our program.
Short courses (02 - 03 August)
Pretesting Survey Questions (Meitinger/Lenzner) | NEW
Introduction to Data Analysis Using Mplus (Blümke/Lechner/Danner)
Research Designs and Causal Inference (Eifler/Leitgöb)
Introduction to Data Analysis Using Stata (Schunck/Pforr)
Week 1 (06 - 10 August)
Introduction to Survey Design (Lugtig/Struminskaya)
Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling (Reinecke/Kessler)
Introduction to Data Analysis Using R (Kolb/Murray-Waters)
Applied Multiple Imputation (Geißler/Heisig) | NEW
Week 2 (13 - 17 August)
Questionnaire Design (Fuchs/Metzler)
Mixed-Mode and Mixed-Device Surveys (Toepoel/de Leeuw/Klausch) | BACK
Web Survey Design (Couper/Schaurer) | BACK
Week 3 (20 - 24 August)
Meta-Analysis in Social Research and Survey Methodology (Weiß/Daikeler)
Sampling, Weighting, and Estimation (Eckman)
Designing, Implementing, and Analyzing Longitudinal Surveys (Al Baghal/Cernat)
[20-21 Aug] Open Science and Open Data (Netscher/Perry/Schwickerath) | NEW
Thanks to our cooperation with the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) at the University of Mannheim, participants can obtain up to 4 ECTS credit points per one-week course.
Participants are invited to attend several plenary and social events including evening talks by experts in Survey Methodology, weekly welcome receptions as well as cultural and social excursions.
There is no registration deadline, but to secure a place in the course(s) of your choice and to book affordable accommodation, we strongly recommend that you register as soon as possible.
We would be very happy if you could forward this announcement to other potentially interested parties.
Thank you and best wishes,
Your GESIS Summer School team
GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences
GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology
30th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
Sofia University "St. Kl. Ohridski"
August 6-17, 2018
The 30th edition of ESSLLI (European Summer School in Logic, Language and
Information) will take place from 6 August to 17 August 2018 at Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria. The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information is an event organized every year in a different European country under the auspices of the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI).
Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski” and the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IICT-BAS), will jointly host ESSLLI 2018.
ESSLLI 2018 will be held under the patronage of Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia Capital Municipality.
We are pleased to announce that the program schedule is now available for the two weeks of the school.
Under 'Program' section you can also check the information about the satellite Formal Grammar Conference as well as the Student Session.
The ESSLLI 2018 Organization Team
Conference Language, Individual and society
12th International Conference
26-30 August 2018
Elenite Holiday Village, Bulgaria
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Union of Scientists in Bulgaria
Science & Education Foundation, Bulgaria
Institute of Philosophy and Social and Political Studies of the Southern Federal University, Russia
For more information, see: https://www.sciencebg.net/en/conferences/language-...
Join us for the first conference about infant motor development
in context at Utrecht University!
Register now at:
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com
Registration fee €20
Motor development in diverse cultural contexts: Results of a project in Israel and the Netherlands
Keynote by Osnat Atun-Einy
Ora Oudgenoeg-Paz | Saskia van Schaik
Developmental cascades: active infants in a responsive world
Keynote by Catherine Tamis-LeMonda
Culture and motor development
Keynote by Charles Super
Measurement and validation studies on motor development
Anneloes van Baar |
Marike Boonzaaijer | Imke van Maren-Suir
Preterm birth and motor development
Osnat Atun-Einy, School of Phsyiotherapy, University of Haifa
Ora Oudgenoeg-Paz, Center for Cognitive and Motor Development, Utrecht University
Saskia van Schaik, Center for Cognitive and Motor Development, Utrecht University
Deadline Extension: Summer School "Intonation and Word Order"
Deadline extended to June 30!
We (Edgar Onea and Swantje Tönnis) are organizing a Summer School on "Intonation and Word Order - Theoretical and Empirical Approaches" September 17-21 at the University of Graz. It mainly addresses MA-students and PhD students. The program and further information is provided below and on our website:
Intonation and word order - Prof. Dr. Caroline Féry (Frankfurt University)
Three dimensions of sentence prosody - Prof. Dr. Michael Wagner (McGill University)
Focus and the syntax-phonology interface from a theoretical and experimental perspective - Dr. Kriszta Szendröi (University College London)
Introductions to relevant scientific methods:
Introduction to Praat - Mag.phil. Petra Hödl, MSc. (University of Graz)
Experimental methods for investigating the prosody-information structure interface - Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. phil. Dina El Zarka (Universität Graz)
tba. - N.N. (University of Graz)
On the meaning of nuclear and prenuclear Accents - PD. Dr. Stefan Baumann (Köln University)
tba. - Prof. Dr. Ede Zimmermann (Frankfurt University)
Date: September 17-21, 2018
Location: Graz, Austria
Participation fee: 50 € for participants affiliated with the University of Graz, 100 € for participants from other universities
Application deadline: June 30, 2018
Send your application including a motivation letter and a short CV until June 30 to firstname.lastname@example.org
International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG).
INLG 2018 will be held at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, from November 5 to November 8. This means the conference takes place immediately after EMNLP 2018, which this year will be held in Brussels, just a train ride away from Tilburg.
The conference is being organised by Emiel Krahmer and Martijn Goudbeek.
Further information and calls will be announced soon.
Third International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics
31 January-1 February, 2019
Academics and university lecturers are cordially invited to present their research in English, Arabic or Persian:
Optional Services for Non-Iranian Nationality Presenters (If they wish to use)
A) Free Accommodation: ((1) accommodation will be in the university hostel or guest house, (2) Accommodation will be for four days (30th & 31st January & 1st & 2nd February 2019, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday). (3) Three or four participants will stay in each room).
B) Free Transportation: All transportation from Ahwaz airport to the accommodation place, to the conference venue and vice versa will be free.
C) Free Food: During 31st January & 1st February 2019 (Thursday, Friday) lunch and dinner will be free.
D) Free Tour: One Day Shoustar Historical City Tour - 2nd February, 2019 (Saturday) will be free.
E) Other Notable Free Services.
(For the last year, the articles were received from more than 30 countries)
Please feel free to write if there is any query.
The Conference Secretariat,
Pazhoheshgaran Andishmand Institute,
Ahwaz 61335-4619 Iran
Tel: (+98) 61-32931199
Fax: (+98) 61-32931198
Mobile: (+98) 916-508-8772
WhatsApp Number: (+98) 916-776-5914
TU Wien, TU Graz, and JKU Linz are seeking 16 doctoral students for the doctoral college Logical Methods in Computer Science (LogiCS). The doctoral program has been successfully established in 2014, and now it looks for the second generation of the PhD students. LogiCS through the eyes of the students: http://bit.ly/HotspotVienna
The doctoral positions are funded for a period of 4 years according to the funding scheme of the Austrian Science Fund. Additional positions will be available through other funding. (See the full funding amount on LogiCS website). Aim of the current call is to fill the 16 positions, where 30% of the positions are reserved for highly qualified female candidates, by the autumn of 2018.
LogiCS focuses on logic and its applications in computer science. Successful applicants will work on interdisciplinary research topics covering
(i) computational logic,
(ii) databases and artificial intelligence,
(iii) computer-aided verification, and
(iv) emerging application domains, such as cyber-physical systems, distributed systems,and security & privacy.
Austria has a vibrant and highly active and successful logic in computer science community. Students are supervised by leading researchers in their fields: Details are provided on http://logic-cs.at/faculty/
HOW TO APPLY
Applications will be screened on the following dates:
*June 1, 2018
*July 1, 2018
*September 1, 2018
The positions will be filled on continuous basis till October 2018.
Applications by the candidates need to be submitted electronically. Detailed information about the application process is available on the LogiCS web-page.
LOGIC IN AUSTRIA
Austria has a highly active and successful logic in computer science community. Recent activities include:
*Vienna Summer of Logic, the Largest Conference in the History of Logic: vsl2014.at
*ALGO 2017: algo2017.ac.tuwien.ac.at
*FMCAD 2017: http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/hunt/FMCAD/FMCAD17/
*Austrian Research Network in Rigorous Systems Engineering: www.arise.or.at
*Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms: vcla.at
*International Kurt Goedel Society: kgs.logic.at
HIGHEST QUALITY OF LIFE
The Austrian cities Vienna, Graz, and Linz, located close to the Alps and surrounded by beautiful nature, provide an exceptionally high quality of life, with a vibrant cultural scene, numerous cultural events, world-famous historical sites, a large international community, a varied cuisine and famous coffee houses.
For further information please contact: email@example.com
PhD/Drupal developer to work with the Language Archive team, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (no deadline): http://www.mpi.nl/people/translations_vacancies/ph...
The University of Glasgow welcomes applications for two funded PhDs in the area of Human-Robot Interaction.
Application deadline: 31 July (for both positions)
Position 1: Human-Robot Interaction for Oilfield Drilling Applications
Eligibility: UK/EU students only
Start date: 1 October 2018
Full details at https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.asp...
This project will investigate how such human-robot collaborative tasks can be carried out, concentrating on the communication aspects: how the robot communicates its intentions to the human, and how the human can query and interact with the robot’s plan. The research will be driven by oilfield drilling applications, which involve control of complex equpment in a dynamic environment, with an increasing level of automation. Close coordination between the human crew and the automation system is often required, as is building trust between the human and the machine so that the crew understand why the machine acts the way it does and is confident it has taken all available information into account. The project is an EPSRC iCASE award with Schlumberger Gould Research and it is expected that the student will spend some time working with the company in Cambridge.
The student should have excellent experience, enthusiasm and skills in the areas ofnatural language or multimodal interaction and/or automated planning and reasoning. Applicants must hold a good Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
Position 2: Natural Language Generation for Social Robotics
Eligibility: UK/EU students, or international students who can cover remaining fees from other sources
Start date: 1 January 2019 (or earlier)
Full details at https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.asp...
In this PhD project, the student will investigate how advanced techniques drawn from natural language generation (NLG) can be combined with practical social robotics applications. The success of the integration will be evaluated through a combination of subjective user evaluations of the social robots as well as technical evaluations of the flexibility and robustness of the underlying systems. In addition to the scientific results of the PhD, an additional goal is to produce a reusable, open-source component for NLG in the context of social robotics, to allow other researchers in this area to benefit from the results of the research.
The PhD student should have excellent experience, enthusiasm and skills in the areas ofnatural language processing, computational linguistics, multimodal interaction, and/orhuman-robot interaction. Applicants must hold a good Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
For more information about both of these positions, please contact Dr Mary Ellen FosterMaryEllen.Foster@glasgow.ac.uk
We are looking for a new and enthusiastic colleague for a PhD project on
NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING FOR PERSONALISED HEALTH COMMUNICATION
The position is part of the project “Helping cancer patients to choose the best treatment: Data-driven shared decision making on cancer treatment for individual patients”, funded by NWO-ENW DATA2PERSON. The position is in the Department of Communication and Cognition (DCC) of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD), and is a collaboration with the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB) and The Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organization (IKNL).
When someone is first diagnosed with cancer, patient and doctor jointly need to decide which treatment to opt for from the range of possible treatments. Decision tools have been developed to support this difficult process, but, unfortunately, these tend to be generic and population-based, focus exclusively on long-term survival and lack personalised explanations. Moreover, they are not easily understandable and accessible for patients, and are difficult to maintain and keep up to date. As a result their usefulness is limited.
In this project, we will address these issues by developing an application that can generate multimodal personalised descriptions (text and graphics) of treatment options based on data of millions of Dutch cancer patients. Our team will include two new PhDs. One PhD (hosted by TSB) will develop new statistical models, determining the advantages and disadvantages of the relevant treatment options for individual patients. Based on the person and tumor characteristics, these models not only include predictions for (long term) survival, but also factors like side-effects of treatment and quality of life after treatment.
The other PhD (hosted by TSHD, and for which we are currently hiring) will develop a data-to-text system which automatically generates personalised explanations of the outcomes, using non-technical language and visualisations. This system is enhanced with personalised explanations of uncertainties and risks associated with different treatments.
End users (doctors and patients) are involved in all stages of the project, from the beginning, to gauge their wishes and needs, to the end, to evaluate the systems that were developed. We aim to show that our data-driven, personalised approach makes patients more knowledgeable about different treatment options and empowers them during shared decision making about treatments.
You will design, implement and evaluate a software system that is capable of explaining personalised health statistics related to treatment options. Based on state-of-the-art techniques for this, from Natural Language Generation (NLG), Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), you will study how to explain individualised treatment information to patients via automatically generated textual and visual reports, for which a demonstration system will be developed and evaluated with doctors and patients. You will collaborate with communication researchers from TSHD, statisticians from TSB, and data scientists and epidemiologists at IKNL (where you are expected to also spend one day per week). Your findings will be reported in publications, which form the basis of your PhD thesis.
For the position we seek a candidate with a (research) master in a relevant area, including, but not limited to: computational linguistics, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, computational health informatics, (health) data science, medical informatics, computer science or computational communication science.
You are a motivated researcher who is comfortable with working in a multidisciplinary research team, has strong statistical and programming/scripting skills, and an excellent command of English. Knowledge of Dutch is an advantage, but not strictly necessary. Importantly, you are passionate about health care and are motivated to empower patients using digital tools.
For more information on the position, please contact prof.dr. Emiel Krahmer (E.J.Krahmer@uvt.nl). A longer description of the project is available upon request.
What we offer
Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers and offers very good fringe benefits (it is one of the best non-profit employers in the Netherlands), such as an options model for terms and conditions of employment and excellent reimbursement of moving expenses. The collective labor agreement of Tilburg University applies.
The selected candidate will start with a contract for one year, concluded by an evaluation. Upon a positive outcome of the first-year evaluation, the candidate will be offered an employment contract for the remaining three years. It is also possible to work 80% instead of fulltime.
The candidate will be hosted at TSHD (Tilburg) and is expected to work one day a week at IKNL (Eindhoven).
Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The Faculty will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. The PhD candidates will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as a PhD-student (promovendus) with a starting fulltime salary of €2,266 gross per month in the first year (€31,600 on yearly basis), up to € 2.897 the fourth year. The selected candidate is expected to have written a PhD thesis, which may be based on articles, by the end of the contract.
Applications should include:
- Cover letter,
- Curriculum Vitae,
- Copy of the university marks (grade list),
- Names of two references.
Applications should be sent before the application deadline of August 15, 2018. Interviews are expected to be held in the last week of August.
The only way to apply is online by following this link: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/about-tilburg-uni...
University of Antwerp
PhD position at Steven Gillis's Lab
A 4 year research project financed by the Flemish Research Fund
The Faculty of Arts of the University of Antwerp is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Computational Linguistics & Psycholinguistics Research Center (CLiPS) of the Department of Linguistics for a Doctoral student in the area of language acquisition. The 4 year research project is financed by the Flemish Research Fund.
• You prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of first language acquisition with a special emphasis on phonetics. The research project concerns the speech of congenitally hearing-impaired children who received a cochlear implant or an auditory brainstem implant, and the speech addressed to them.
Profile and requirements
• You hold a master degree in linguistics, psychology, phonetics or a related area.
• You can submit outstanding academic results.
• Also students in the final year of their degree can apply.
• Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
• You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
• Knowledge of corpus based research, statistical analyses and computer programming (e.g., Python) are required.
• a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further two-year period after positive evaluation;
• the start date of scholarship will be 1 October 2018;
• a gross monthly grant ranging from € 2.324,20 - € 2.469,08;
• a dynamic and stimulating work environment.
How to apply?
• Applications may only be submitted online, until the closing date 19 August 2018.
• A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.
• The interviews of the candidates, preselected by a selection panel, will take place on 20-24 August 2018.
• More information about the application form can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org.
• For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Steven Gillis (+32 (0)3 2655240, email: email@example.com).
A longitudinal approach to phonetic enhancement in infant directed speech: normally hearing infants and hearing-impaired infants with a cochlear implant
The aim of the present project is to investigate Infant Directed Speech (IDS). Since the pathbreaking work of i.a. Snow & Ferguson (1977) a consensus has grown that IDS exhibits particular characteristics that distinguish it from Adult Directed Speech (ADS). A case in point is the production of vowels: in IDS vowels are produced more “clearly” than in ADS, as can be inferred from the larger vowel space in IDS (Kuhl 2000). This “received wisdom” has recently been fundamentally questioned. For instance, Martin et al. (2015) conclude their study of Japanese IDS and ADS: “Mothers speak less clearly to infants than to adults.” We want to further investigate this contradiction by replicating the findings reported in the literature using a large database of Dutch IDS and ADS, and by systematically scrutinizing two variables that have been largely neglected up till now:
1. longitudinal development: how does IDS change relative to chronological age and, more importantly, “linguistic age” as represented by a.o. the child’s evolving cumulative vocabulary and utterance length?
2. characteristics of the child as interlocutor: does speech directed to a child with normal hearing (NH) differ from speech directed to a deaf child with a cochlear implant (CI)?
Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for further details
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics is op zoek naar een
Promovendus / PhD candidate
Zie ook https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/vacatures/2018/w...
Bij het Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) start in het najaar van 2018 het project Pardon my French? Dutch-French Language Contact in the Netherlands, 1500-1900, gefinancierd door NWO. Een van de deelprojecten heet Between Dutch and French: A quantitative analysis of language choice, 1500-1900. Het onderwerp is taalkeuze in het dagelijks leven van meertalige individuen. Specifieke aandacht zal uitgaan naar bronnen uit het dagelijks leven, zoals brieven, dagboeken en publieke media.
• Onderzoek doen naar meertaligheid, taalkeuze en taalshift op basis van historische documenten uit de zestiende tot en met de negentiende eeuw.
• Veldwerk in The National Archives in Londen (i.v.m. de meertalige Prize Papers).
• Schrijven van een dissertatie.
• Schrijven van wetenschappelijke artikelen voor (internationale) tijdschriften.
• Onderzoeksresultaten presenteren op (internationale) conferenties en participatie in internationale onderzoeksverbanden.
• Onderwijs geven behoort tot de mogelijkheden.
• Organiseren van en participeren in discussion groups en workshops binnen LUCL.
• Een afgeronde Master in de (historische) taalkunde, de sociolinguïstiek, de geschiedenis of een vergelijkbare studie bij de start van het project.
• Aantoonbare affiniteit met het onderwerp van het project.
• Uitstekende beheersing van het Nederlands en het Engels.
• Een zelfstandige en creatieve werkhouding en excellente analytische vaardigheden.
• Goede sociale en organisatorische vaardigheden.
Onze faculteit / instituut
De Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen is rijk aan expertise op het terrein van de filosofie, geschiedenis, kunstgeschiedenis, kunsten, letterkunde, taalkunde, religiestudies en regiostudies van vrijwel de gehele wereld. Ons universitaire motto ‘In Leiden leer je de wereld kennen’ brengen wij dagelijks in praktijk met hoogwaardig onderwijs door gepassioneerde docenten en onderzoek van internationaal erkend hoog niveau. Hierin wordt de organisatie ondersteund door een professionele staf. Met 930 medewerkers verzorgt de faculteit 27 master- en 25 bacheloropleidingen voor ruim 6.000 studenten vanuit de vestigingen in het historisch hart van Leiden en de eigentijdse locaties in Den Haag.
Het Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is één van de zeven instituten van de Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen. Het LUCL omvat het taalkundig onderzoek en onderwijs binnen de Universiteit Leiden, en is tevens verantwoordelijk voor het Academisch Talencentrum. Het LUCL heeft ongeveer 200 medewerkers.
Aanstelling vindt plaats conform de CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten. Het betreft een tijdelijke aanstelling voor de duur van 4 jaar, met eerst een contract van 18 maanden, met de mogelijkheid van een verlenging met 30 maanden na een positieve beoordeling van capaciteiten en compatibiliteit. Aanstelling per 15 oktober 2018 of zo snel mogelijk daarna. De aanstelling moet leiden tot een voltooide dissertatie / PhD thesis. Het salaris bedraagt € 2.266,- bruto per maand in het eerste jaar en loopt op tot € 2.897,- bruto per maand in het laatste jaar.
Daarnaast kent de Universiteit Leiden goede arbeidsvoorwaarden. Zo is er sprake van een eindejaarsuitkering (8,3%), vakantietoeslag (8%), uitstekende opleidingsfaciliteiten, betaald ouderschapsverlof, sabbatical leave en de mogelijkheid om via een keuzemodel arbeidsvoorwaarden op maat te kiezen.
De Universiteit Leiden hecht groot belang aan diversiteit en verwelkomt daarom graag sollicitaties van mensen die nu in haar instelling ondervertegenwoordigd zijn.
Voor specifieke informatie over het project kunt u contact opnemen met dr. Gijsbert Rutten (email@example.com) of met prof. dr. Marijke van der Wal (firstname.lastname@example.org). Voor praktische zaken wendt u zich tot Maarit van Gammeren (email@example.com).
Sollicitanten wordt verzocht één pdf-document te sturen met de naam achternaam-voornaam-vacaturenummer, met de volgende inhoud in de genoemde volgorde:
• een motivatiebrief;
• uw CV;
• referenties: namen en emailadressen van twee personen met wie we contact mogen opnemen voor nadere informatie;
Sollicitaties kunnen voorzien van het vacaturenummer per email ingestuurd worden naar firstname.lastname@example.org. De sluitingsdatum is 24 augustus 2018.
De gesprekken zullen plaatsvinden op 4 en 5 september 2018.
PhD position in Data-Driven Computational Semantics and Geographic Information Systems -- Utrecht University
Application deadline: September 1, 2018
The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UiL OTS) invites applications for a PhD position in data-driven computational semantics. The project will develop computational models of spatial meaning that are theoretically grounded in linguistic and cognitive theories of meaning. This novel combination of semantic representation, data-driven learning and evaluation against a real-life problem is expected to substantially advance the ability of users to interact with geographic databases, including question-answering interactive systems.
The project will be supervised by Dr. Tejaswini Deoskar and Prof. Yoad Winter, in collaboration with Dr. Joost Zwarts and NLP researchers from the Language and Computation group at the ILLC, University of Amsterdam (Prof. Khalil Sima’an, Dr. Jelle Zuidema). The empirical study of elicited user data will be carried out in collaboration with Prof. James Hampton (Psychology, City, University of London). Work at the UiL OTS will be part of the ROCKY project, financed by an ERC Advanced grant to Prof. Yoad Winter.
The successful applicant for this position should have a strong background in artificial intelligence, machine-learning and computer science as well as an interest in formal semantics. Applicants should ideally hold, or be about to complete, an excellent Master's degree in computational linguistics or a related domain (artificial intelligence, machine learning and/or computer science). Good programming skills, proficiency in spoken and written English, as well as a keen interest in problem solving and research are essential.
Tasks for the PhD candidate will include:
- completion and defence of a PhD thesis within four years;
- regular presentation of intermediate research results at workshops and conferences;
- publication of peer-reviewed articles in established international journals or conference proceedings;
- help with organizational tasks connected to the project, such as the organization of conferences and workshops;
- participation in training programmes and expert meetings scheduled for the project;
- participation in selected training programmes scheduled for the Research Institute, Graduate School and the National Research School.
The successful applicant for this position should have a strong background in artificial intelligence, machine-learning and computer science as well as an interest in formal semantics. Applicants should ideally hold, or be about to complete, an excellent Master's degree in Computational Linguistics or a related domain (Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and/or Computer Science). Good programming skills, proficiency in spoken and written English, as well as a keen interest in problem solving and research are essential.
The successful candidate will be appointed on a fixed-term full-time basis (1.0 FTE), starting 1 September 2018 or soon thereafter. The appointment is initially for a period of 18 months. Upon good performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining period of 30 months (4 years in total). The gross monthly salary starts at €2,266 in the first year, and ends at €2,897 (Scale P Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.
About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.
The UiL OTS is part of Utrecht University, one of the largest comprehensive universities in Europe, with a rich history dating back to 1636. The institute offers a very international English-speaking research environment. Researchers at UiL OTS are distributed across 6 research groups, focusing on the following range of linguistic subdomains: Language, Logic and Information (to which the current project belongs), Linguistic Theory and Language Acquisition, Language Processing and Language Pathology, Language Variation, Language and Education, Language and Communication. It comprises approximately 20 Full Professors, a dozen Postdocs and roughly 40 PhD students. The institute is located in the beautiful and historic city of Utrecht, with excellent connections to both Amsterdam (20 minutes by train) and to the rest of Europe and beyond.
If you are interested, please contact the Project Director (Yoad Winter - http://www.phil.uu.nl/~yoad/) or the Research Coordinator at UiL OTS (Maaike Schoorlemmer - email@example.com) for more information.
Applications should consist of the following materials:
- a cover letter of maximum two A4 pages explaining the applicant’s reasons for applying for the position and how they can contribute to the project in terms of expertise;
- a cv including personal and contact details;
- a writing sample of maximum 7,000 words. This can (but need not) be a chapter of the applicant’s Master’s thesis. In this case, however, it is expected that the writing sample would still be sufficiently self-contained;
- copies of relevant diplomas and grade transcripts (these need not be certified at the time of application, but it is expected that certified copies can be provided at a later date);
- names and full contact details of two academic referees.
Please include your name and a reference to the position you are applying for in the filenames and use the application button below to apply.
Applications are only accepted through the job interface of the Utrecht University:
Interviews will be held on September 17, 2018.
The application deadline is
September 1, 2018
Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction'
Vacancy number: 30.06.18
Application deadline: 16 September 2018
We are looking for highly motivated candidates to enrich a unique consortium of researchers aiming to unravel the neurocognitive mechanisms of language at multiple levels. The goal is to understand both the universality and variability of the human language faculty from genes to behaviour.
Currently, our consortium advertises one postdoctoral position and two PhD positions. These positions provide the opportunity for conducting world-class research as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Each position has its own requirements and profile.
The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. The Language in Interaction research consortium, sponsored by a large grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), brings together a large number of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands in one 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, including 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 in 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 organisation 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?
More information on our Big Questions: www.languageininteraction.nl/Bigquestions.html
Successful candidates will be appointed at one of the consortium’s home institutions, depending on the position applied for. All successful candidates will become members of our Big Question teams. The research is being conducted at the participating institutions in an international setting. English is the lingua franca.
What we expect from you
Each position has its own requirements and profile.
More information on: www.languageininteraction.nl/jobs/bqfifth.html
General requirements for all positions are:
• a degree in the field indicated;
• strong motivation;
• excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.
What we have to offer
· employment: 1.0 FTE;
· you will be appointed at one of the consortium's home institutions, depending on the position applied for;
· terms of employment depend on the position applied for;
· the institutes involved have regulations in place that enable their staff to create a good work life balance.
Both institutes involved are equal opportunity employers, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourage applications from women and minorities.
Would you like to know more?
For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
additional information can be obtained from the contacts for the different positions.
Are you interested?
You should upload your application (attn. of Prof. dr. P. Hagoort) exclusively using the button 'Apply' below. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):
· a cover letter; please state at the top the reference number(s) of the position(s) you apply for;
· your curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and the names of at least two persons who can provide references.
Please apply before 16 September 2018, 23:59 CET.
Applicants are welcome to apply for more than one position.
The Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1287 “Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Grammatical, and Social Aspects” in Potsdam, Germany,invites applications for short-term fellowships available in 2019, 2020.
Language users exhibit a high degree of variability at all levels of the linguistic system, language use, and language development and change. This variability in language can be characterised as the range of different possible linguistic behaviours that are available to a language user, a language community, or in specific languages at any linguistic level. By exploring the systematicity and the limits of variability in linguistic behaviours, the main focus of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) is on identifying the constraints of the underlying linguistic system. Several projects jointly evaluate the limits, relations, dependencies, and commonalities of different types of variability across a range of linguistic phenomena from the perspectives of (A) language interaction and change, of (B) language processing, and of (C) grammatical systems. The CRC provides a fantastic research infrastructure including a large interdisciplinary network of researchers, its own graduate school, and funding opportunities for conference visits, summer schools, hosting international experts etc.
We are offering several three- to twelve-month fellowships to external PhD candidates who would like to do their research within one dedicated project of the CRC. Please see the available projects here: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/sfb1287/subprojects....
The monthly fellowship is tax exempt and covers a basic amount (1365 EUR) plus direct costs (103 EUR) plus 400 EUR per child, if applicable. Holders of the grant need to cover health insurance on their own.
The University of Potsdam hosts leading groups in the field of linguistics and cognitive sciences (http://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/cognitive-sciences/index.html). Potsdam is an attractive historical city and its palaces are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Potsdam is close to Berlin, a culturally vibrant city and home to a lively start-up scene. Both cities have a high quality of life at modest living costs.
The University of Potsdam strives to maintain gender balance among its staff. Severely disabled applicants shall receive preference in case of equal qualifications. We invite applications from people with migration backgrounds.
The fellowships require completed academic studies at an institute of higher learning (Master’s degree or equivalent). Please send your application as a single PDF file including: (1) a statement of research interests and motivation, (2) a full CV, (3) a short research proposal for the duration of the fellowship, (4) the names and e-mail addresses of at least two referees, (5) academic transcripts, (6) list of publications/talks/presentations, and (7) a web-link to a copy of the Master's thesis to Dr. Anastasiya Dockhorn-Romanova firstname.lastname@example.org. The research proposal should state which project within the CRC the short-term researcher wants to be affiliated with (e.g., “A01”). Applicants are advised to contact the CRC investigators with whom they would like to work and discuss the possibility of collaboration.
Deadline for the application for a fellowship in 2019 is September, 30, 2018. Late applications may be considered if positions are unfilled.
For more information: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/sfb1287/vacancies.ht...
For further details please contact Dr. Anastasiya Dockhorn-Romanova email@example.com
We at the KB, National Library have recently opened a call for proposals for a paid researcher-in-residence. The programme, where we invite a researcher to join us for 0,5 fte for 6 months with a research project is intended for early career researcher (PhD-student in the final phase or obtained a PhD a maximum of 5 years ago) with an interest in our digital collection. These could be for instance historical newspapers, the web archive or anonymized user data.
We don’t ask for a specific theme and are open for everyone with an interesting proposal, such as (art) historians, computer scientists, data scientist, social scientists, but do ask that digital methods are used in the research. We have (technical) support available for this.
The call and more information can be found at https://www.kb.nl/organisatie/vacatures-en-stages/researcher-in-residence.
We hebben onlangs bij de Koninklijke Bibliotheek Nederland een Call for Proposals geopend voor een betaalde Researcher-in-residence. Het programma, waarbij een onderzoeker voor 0,5 fte bij ons wordt gedetacheerd voor een kort onderzoeksproject van 6 maanden, is bedoeld voor early career onderzoekers (promovendus of maximaal 5 jaar gepromoveerd) met een interesse in onze digitale collectie. Dit zijn bijvoorbeeld historische kranten, het webarchief of geanonimiseerde gebruikersdata.
We stellen geen eisen omtrent het onderwerp, dus staan open voor iedereen met een interessant onderzoeksvoorstel, zoals (kunst)historici, informatici, data scientists of sociale wetenschappers, maar vragen wel dat er digitale onderzoeksmethoden worden gebruikt. Er is hiervoor (technische) ondersteuning beschikbaar.
De Call en meer informatie is te vinden op https://www.kb.nl/organisatie/vacatures-en-stages/...
Call for Papers:
JNLE Special Issue on Representation of Sentence Meaning
Representation of Sentence Meaning: Where Are We?
This is a call for papers for a special issue of Natural Language Engineering (JNLE) on Representation of sentence meaning.
Linguistically, the basic unit of meaning is a sentence. Sentence meaning has been studied for centuries, offering up representations that reflect properties (or theories) of the syntax-semantic boundary (e.g., FGD, MTT, AMR), to representations with the properties of complex, but expressive logics (e.g. intensional logic). Recent success of neural networks in natural language processing (especially at the lexical
level) has raised the possibility of representation learning of sentence meaning, i.e. observing the continuous vector space in a hidden layer of a deep learning system trained to perform one of more specific tasks.
Multiple workshops have explored this possibility in the past few years, e.g. Workshop on Representation Learning for NLP (2016, 2017; https://sites.google.com/site/repl4nlp2017/), Workshop on Evaluating Vector Space Representations for NLP (2016, 2017; https://repeval2017.github.io/), Representation Learning
(https://simons.berkeley.edu/workshops/machinelearning2017-2) or the Dagstuhl seminar (http://www.dagstuhl.de/17042).
Interesting behaviour and properties of continuous representations have been already observed. For lexical representations (embeddings), their linear combination in word vector space has been taken to correspond to different semantic relations between them (Mikolov et al., 2013).
Learned representations can be evaluated intrinsically in terms of various similarities, although this type of evaluation suffers some well known problems (Faruqui et al., 2016), or extrinsically in terms of performance in downstream tasks or relation to cognitive processes (e.g. Auguste et al., 2017).
Continuous representations of sentences are comparably harder to produce and assess. The first question is whether the representation should be of a fixed size as with word embeddings, or whether it should reflect the length of the sentence, e.g. a matrix of encoder states along the sentence. The variable-length representation can be flat or capture the hierarchical structure of the sentence and simple operations such as matrix multiplication can serve as the basis of meaning compositionality (Socher et al., 2012). Empirical results to date are mixed:
bidirectional gated RNNs (BiLSTM, BiGRU) with attention, corresponding to variable-length representations, seem the best empirical solution when trained directly for a particular NLP task (POS tagging, named entity recognition, syntactic parsing, reading comprehension, question answering, text summarization, machine translation). If the task is not to be constrained a priori, researchers have advocated universal sentence representations, which can be trained on one task (e.g.
predicting surrounding sentences in Skip-Thoughts) and tested on a range of others. Training universal sentence representations on sentence pairs manually annotated for entailment (natural language inference, NLI) leads to a better performance despite the much smaller training data (Conneau et al., 2017). In both cases, there is a lack of analysis of the learned vector space from the perspective of linguistic adequacy:
which phenomena are directly reflected in the space, if any? Semantic similarity (paraphrasing)? Various oppositions? Gradations (in number, tense)? Entailment? Compositionality (e.g. relations between main and adjunct and/or subordinate clauses)?
TreeLSTMs have the capacity to learn a latent grammar when trained e.g.
to classify sentence pairs in terms of entailment. They seem to perform well, and yet the representation that is learned does not conform to traditional syntax or semantics (Williams at el., 2017).
The reason for proposing this special issue is that presentation and discussion of sentence-level meaning representation is fragmented across many fora (conferences, workshops, but also pre-prints only). We believe that some unified vision is needed in order to support coherent future research. The goal of the proposed special issue of Natural Language Engineering is thus to broadly map the state of the art in continuous sentence meaning representation and summarize the longer-term goals in representing sentence meaning in general.
Can deep learning for particular tasks get us to representations similar to the results of formal semantics? Or is a single formal definition of sentence meaning and elusive goal, are universal sentence embeddings impossible, e.g. because there is no such entity observable in human cognition?
The special issue will seek long research papers, surveys and position papers addressing primarily the following topics:
* Which properties of meaning representations are most desirable,
* Comparisons of types of meaning representations (e.g. fixed-size vs.
variable-length) and methods for learning them.
* Techniques of explorations of learned meaning representations.
* Evaluation methodologies for meaning representations, including
* Extrinsic evaluation by relations to cognitive processes.
* Relation between traditional symbolic meaning representations and the
learned continuous ones.
* Broad summaries of psycholinguistic evidence describing properties of
meaning representation in the human brain.
More details are available at:
* 31st July 2018: Abstract submission deadline (to allow preempting overlaps of survey-like articles)
* 14th October 2018: Submission deadline
* 9th December 2018: Deadline for reviews and responses to authors
* 10th February 2019: Camera-ready deadline
Guest Editors of the special issue:
* Ondřej Bojar (Charles University)
* Raffaella Bernardi (University of Trento)
* Holger Schwenk (Facebook AI Research)
* Bonnie Webber (University of Edinburgh)
Guest Editorial Board:
* Marco Baroni (Facebook AI Research, University of Trento)
* Bob Coecke (University of Oxford)
* Alexis Conneau (Facebook AI Research)
* Katrin Erk (University of Texas at Austin)
* Orhan Firat (Google)
* Albert Gatt (University of Malta)
* Caglar Gulcehre (Google)
* Aurelie Herbelot (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
* Eva Maria Vecchi (University of Cambridge)
* Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
* Laura Rimell (University of Cambridge / University of Oxford)
* Mernoosh Sadrzadeh (Queen Mary University of London)
* Hinrich Schuetze (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
* Mark Steedman (University of Edinburgh)
* Ivan Titov (University of Edinburgh)
IfCoLog Journal of Logics and their Applications
Special issue "Reasoning on Legal Texts"
** Paper submission deadline: Jul 31st, 2018 **
Livio Robaldo - University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg) Sotiris Batsakis - University of Huddersfield (UK) Maria Vanina Martinez - Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina) Christoph Benzmueller - Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany)
Regulations are a widespread and important part of governments and businesses.
They encode how products are manufactured, and how the processes are to be performed. Such regulations, in general, are difficult to understand and apply.
Undoubtedly, the law, for example, as the reflection of human society, presents the broadest range of expression and interpretation, since the interpretation of even the most common words becomes problematic. Even individual regulations may be self-contradictory as a result of their gradual development process, as well as the lack of a formal drafting process.
In an increasingly complicated environment, as well as regulatory review, automated reasoning processes become more and more necessary. Current state-of-the-art technologies enforce reasoning applications on legal texts such as decision making and compliance checking starting from logical and/or ontology-based representations of norms. These semantic representations are typically obtained via Natural Language Processing (NLP) in an automatic fashion, in order to avoid huge time-consuming manual effort.
To bridge such challenges, several research projects in the legal domain have been recently funded by the EU and similar institutions, among which is
"MIREL: MIning and REasoning with Legal texts". The aim of the MIREL project is to bridge the gap between the community working on legal ontologies and NLP methods applied to legal documents, and the community working on reasoning methods and formal logic, towards the objectives described above.
This special issue focuses on legal reasoning, thus welcoming submissions describing novel approaches for reasoning in the legal domain starting from logical or ontology-based representations of legal knowledge.
A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:
- Logical formalization of legal knowledge
- Norm enforcement and compliance
- Decision making methods and applications
- Computational methods for legal reasoning
- Legal argumentation
- Dynamics of normative knowledge
- Formal models of norms, normative systems, and norm-governed societies
- Using logic formalisms and technologies in large legal document collections
- Legislative and case-law metadata models
- Semantic annotations for legal texts
- Inconsistency handling and exception-tolerant reasoning
- Legal reasoning under uncertainty and incomplete information
- Legal reasoning with vague notions
- Defeasible normative systems
- Implementations and applications in the legal domain
- Large-scale normative reasoning
- Paper submission: Jul 31st, 2018
- Notification to authors: November 30th, 2018
- Camera-ready: January 1st, 2019
Papers submitted to the special issue must be sent to Jane Spurr (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please specify this special issue in the email subject.
We expect papers of about 15-30 pages; however, justified exceptions are possible. Each submission will be assigned with two reviewers.
If have any enquiries/comments, please contact Livio Robaldo at:
TSD 2018 - CALL FOR DEMONSTRATIONS
Twenty-first International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2018)
Brno, Czech Republic, 11-14 September 2018
SUBMISSION OF DEMONSTRATION ABSTRACTS
Authors are invited to present actual projects, developed software and hardware or interesting material relevant to the topics of the conference. The authors of the demonstrations should provide the abstract not exceeding one page as plain text. The submission must be made using the online form available at the conference www pages.
The accepted demonstrations will be presented during a special Demonstration Session (see the Demo Instructions at www.tsdconference.org). Demonstrators can present their contribution with their own notebook with an Internet connection provided by the organisers or the organisers can prepare a PC computer with multimedia support for demonstrators.
The demonstration abstracts will not appear in the Proceedings of TSD 2018, they will be published electronically at the conference website.
August 8 2018 ............ Submission of demonstration abstracts
August 15 2018 ........... Notification of acceptance for
workshop papers and demonstrations
sent to the authors
September 11-14 2018 ..... Conference date
Kenneth Church, Baidu, USA
Minsky, Chomsky & Deep Nets
Piek Vossen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Leolani: a reference machine with a theory of mind for social communication
Isabel Trancoso, INESC-ID Lisboa, Portugal
Speech Analytics for Medical Applications
The conference is organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen. The conference is supported by International Speech Communication Association.
Venue: Brno, Czech Republic
TSD series evolved as a prime forum for interaction between researchers in both spoken and written language processing from all over the world.
Proceedings of TSD form a book published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. TSD Proceedings are regularly indexed in Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and in Scopus.
Moreover, LNAI series are listed in all major citation databases such as DBLP, EI, INSPEC or COMPENDEX.
Topics of the conference will include (but are not limited to):
Corpora and Language Resources (monolingual, multilingual,
text and spoken corpora, large web corpora, disambiguation,
specialized lexicons, dictionaries)
Speech Recognition (multilingual, continuous, emotional
speech, handicapped speaker, out-of-vocabulary words,
alternative way of feature extraction, new models for
acoustic and language modelling)
Tagging, Classification and Parsing of Text and Speech
(morphological and syntactic analysis, synthesis and
disambiguation, multilingual processing, sentiment analysis,
credibility analysis, automatic text labeling, summarization,
Speech and Spoken Language Generation (multilingual, high
fidelity speech synthesis, computer singing)
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
Multimodal Techniques and Modelling (video processing, facial
animation, visual speech synthesis, user modelling, emotions
and personality modelling)
Papers on processing of languages other than English are strongly encouraged.
Elmar Noeth, Germany (general chair)
Rodrigo Agerri, Spain
Eneko Agirre, Spain
Vladimir Benko, Slovakia
Archna Bhatia, USA
Jan Cernocky, Czech Republic
Simon Dobrisek, Slovenia
Kamil Ekstein, Czech Republic
Karina Evgrafova, Russia
Yevhen Fedorov, Ukraine
Volker Fischer, Germany
Darja Fiser, Slovenia
Eleni Galiotou, Greece
BjÃ¶rn GambÃ¤ck, Norway
Radovan Garabik, Slovakia
Alexander Gelbukh, Mexico
Louise Guthrie, USA
Tino Haderlein, Germany
Jan Hajic, Czech Republic
Eva Hajicova, Czech Republic
Yannis Haralambous, France
Hynek Hermansky, USA
Jaroslava Hlavacova, Czech Republic
Ales Horak, Czech Republic
Eduard Hovy, USA
Denis Jouvet, France
Maria Khokhlova, Russia
Aidar Khusainov, Russia
Daniil Kocharov, Russia
Miloslav Konopik, Czech Republic
Ivan Kopecek, Czech Republic
Valia Kordoni, Germany
Evgeny Kotelnikov, Russia
Pavel Kral, Czech Republic
Siegfried Kunzmann, Germany
Nikola LjubeÅ¡iÄ‡, Croatia
Natalija Loukachevitch, Russia
Bernardo Magnini, Italy
Oleksandr Marchenko, Ukraine
Vaclav Matousek, Czech Republic
France Mihelic, Slovenia
Roman Moucek, Czech Republic
Agnieszka Mykowiecka, Poland
Hermann Ney, Germany
Karel Oliva, Czech Republic
Juan Rafael Orozco-Arroyave, Colombia
Karel Pala, Czech Republic
Nikola Pavesic, Slovenia
Maciej Piasecki, Poland
Josef Psutka, Czech Republic
James Pustejovsky, USA
German Rigau, Spain
Marko Robnik Å ikonja, Slovenia
Leon Rothkrantz, The Netherlands
Anna Rumshisky, USA
Milan Rusko, Slovakia
Pavel Rychly, Czech Republic
Mykola Sazhok, Ukraine
Pavel Skrelin, Russia
Pavel Smrz, Czech Republic
Petr Sojka, Czech Republic
Stefan Steidl, Germany
Georg Stemmer, Germany
Vitomir Å truc, Slovenia
Marko Tadic, Croatia
Tamas Varadi, Hungary
Zygmunt Vetulani, Poland
Aleksander Wawer, Poland
Pascal Wiggers, The Netherlands
Yorick Wilks, United Kingdom
Marcin Wolinski, Poland
Alina WrÃ³blewska, Poland
Victor Zakharov, Russia
Jerneja Å½ganec Gros, Slovenia
FORMAT OF THE CONFERENCE
The conference program will include presentation of invited papers, oral presentations, and poster/demonstration sessions. Papers will be presented in plenary or topic oriented sessions.
The Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards will be selected by the Programme Committee and supported with a total prize of EUR 1000 from Springer.
Social events including a trip in the vicinity of Brno will allow for additional informal interactions.
The official language of the conference is English.
The organizing committee has arranged discounts on accommodation in the 4-star hotel at the conference venue. The current prices of the accommodation are available at the conference website.
All correspondence regarding the conference should be addressed to
Ales Horak, TSD 2018
Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University
Botanicka 68a, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
phone: +420-5-49 49 18 63
fax: +420-5-49 49 18 20
The official TSD 2018 homepage is: http://www.tsdconference.org/
Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic with a population of almost 400.000 and is the country's judiciary and trade-fair center. Brno is the capital of South Moravia, which is located in the south-east part of the Czech Republic and is known for a wide range of cultural, natural, and technical sights.
South Moravia is a traditional wine region. Brno had been a Royal City since 1347 and with its six universities it forms a cultural center of the region.
Brno can be reached easily by direct flights from London and Munich, and by trains or buses from Prague (200 km) or Vienna (130 km).
For the participants with some extra time, nearby places may also be of interest. Local ones include: Brno Castle now called Spilberk, Veveri Castle, the Old and New City Halls, the Augustine Monastery with St. Thomas Church and crypt of Moravian Margraves, Church of St. James, Cathedral of St. Peter & Paul, Cartesian Monastery in Kralovo Pole, the famous Villa Tugendhat designed by Mies van der Rohe along with other important buildings of between-war Czech architecture.
For those willing to venture out of Brno, Moravian Karst with Macocha Chasm and Punkva caves, battlefield of the Battle of three emperors (Napoleon, Russian Alexander and Austrian Franz
- Battle by Austerlitz), Chateau of Slavkov (Austerlitz), Pernstejn Castle, Buchlov Castle, Lednice Chateau, Buchlovice Chateau, Letovice Chateau, Mikulov with one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Central Europe, Telc - a town on the UNESCO heritage list, and many others are all within easy reach.
CALL FOR PAPERS
1st International Workshop on Text Analytics and Retrieval (TexAR-2018)
In Conjunction with Web Intelligence- WI'18 (Santiago, Chile, 3-6 Dec., 2018).
Website of the Workshop: http://mnit.ac.in/workshop/TexAR/
Paper submission deadline: August 15, 2018
Notification of paper acceptance: September 30, 2018
Camera-ready version deadline: October 10, 2018
Workshop (at WI- 2018): December 03, 2018
Due to exponential growth of the social media, large amount of online data has been generated in recent time in form of ‘bid data’. The most of the content generated online is in the form of text, thus, it generated large number of opportunities to the researchers, practitioners, and academicians working in the area of text analytics and retrieval to analyze this huge amount of text. This workshop is aimed to invite state-of-the-art methods for text analytics and retrieval. It is also aimed to provide a forum where researchers can present and discuss their research with experienced Information Retrieval community/ researchers. In addition, it is aimed to provide researchers an opportunity to establish a helpful community by collaborations.
The 1st International Workshop on Text Analytics and Retrieval (TexAR- 2018) invites original and unpublished research papers in all aspects of Text Analytics and Information Retrieval. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to the following areas:
Document analysis including text categorization, and information retrieval
Dialogue and Interactive Systems
Sentiment analysis and opinion mining
Machine learning in NLP
Machine translation and Multilinguality
Deep Learning for NLP Applications
Deep learning for IRD
Representation learning for NLP
Language and Vision
Web and Social media
Web Search, Retrieval and Ranking
Social Network Analysis;
Tagging, chunking, syntax, and parsing
The workshop papers should be in the IEEE 2-column format. The IEEE Proceedings Manuscript Formatting Guidelines can be found at:
All accepted papers will be included in the Workshop Proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press.
The workshop only accepts online submissions. Workshops online submission page can be accessed https://wi-lab.com/cyberchair/2018/wi18/scripts/ws...
Post-truth: The semantics and pragmatics of saying "what you believe to be false" (DGfS 2019)
Workshop at DGfS Bremen, March 6-8, 2019
Deadline: August 15, 2018
Grice's first maxim of quality says "do not say what you believe to be false", but we often do. We tell lies ("I did not have sexual relations with that woman"), we deceive (e.g. by lying by implicature), we bullshit ("Trade wars are easy to win"), we make up stories ("When Harry Potter first came to Hogwarts …"), we pretend (Kids playing: "You were Batgirl and I was Wonder Woman"), or we use irony ("Losing the key was very smart!"). In all such speech acts there is a clear sense in which we're not, or at least not literally, speaking the truth. Clinton did have a sexual affair, trade wars are probably not easy to win, there is no Hogwarts, the kids are no superheroes, losing keys is not smart. On the other hand, except in (typical cases of) lying, these speech acts also convey something true: Harry did go to Hogwarts in the well-known series of novels, the kids are superheroes in their play, and the attitude which speakers intend to communicate with their bullshit or irony may be true as well.
Semantics has typically focused on idealized cooperative conversation, where every assertion contributes to a lofty shared truth-seeking endeavor in order to establish a common ground of shared beliefs between speaker and hearer. However, since the phenomena like the above all run counter to this idea, their explanation is usually left to pragmatics, philosophy, or literary theory. And while Grice's other maxims have gained a lot of attention and sparked entire research traditions (quantity implicatures, relevance theory, Horn's division of pragmatic labor and Levinson's M-principle), the role of the quality maxim remained a bit underexplored in linguistic semantics and pragmatics.
In this workshop we want to discuss the challenges that these and other deviations from the Gricean norm of quality pose for semantics and pragmatics and see if we can incorporate ideas from philosophy, literary theory, cognitive science and other related fields to extend the coverage of our theories of meaning and our understanding of the dynamics and logic of (non-)cooperative conversation.
Topics of interest
- truth in fiction, literature, narration
- analyses of lying, bullshitting, pretending, story-telling, irony etc.
- the relation of non-truthful language to notions like - common ground, discourse updates, and commitments
- the role of lying and deception and other non-cooperative language for conversations, discourse structure and the common ground
- approaches to non-cooperative discourse.
- psycho- and neurolinguistic studies of these phenomena and their acquisition and their relations to Theory of Mind and other cognitive capacities
- Regine Eckardt (Konstanz)
- Jörg Meibauer (Mainz)
- Daniel Gutzmann (Cologne)
- Emar Maier (Groningen)
- Katharina Turgay (Landau)
Call for Papers
We invite submissions of anonymous two-page abstracts (including references etc.) for 20 minute talks (plus 10 minutes discussion). Please submit them in pdf-format via email to: email@example.com
The workshop will be part of the 41st annual meeting of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS 2019) to be held at the University of Bremen from March 6-8, 2019. Participants will have to register for the conference and are not supposed to give talks at other workshops.
- Deadline for abstract submission: August 15, 2018.
- Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2018.
- Workshop: March 6-8, 2019 (two days; exact dates tba)
Generation Challenges 2018 Call for Shared Task Proposals
The Generation Challenges are an event designed to bring together a
variety of shared-task evaluation efforts that involve the generation of
natural language. This year, Generation Challenges will be held during a
special session at the 11th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (https://inlg2018.uvt.nl/) in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
The session will follow the format of previous years, with presentations
of results of shared tasks that are currently running, as well as
presentations of proposals for new shared tasks in the Task Proposals Track.
Call for Shared Task Proposals
We invite submissions of papers describing ideas for future shared tasks
in the general area of language generation. Proposed tasks can be in the area of core NLG, or in other research areas in which language is
generated. Examples include, but are not limited to: data-to-text or
text-to-text generation; combining core NLG and MT, summarisation,
dialogue modelling, etc.; generating language from heterogeneous and/or multi-modal data; etc.
Submissions should describe possible future tasks in detail, including
information regarding organisers, task description, motivating
theoretical interest and/or application context, size and state of
completion of data to be used, schedule and evaluation plans.
Instructions for Proposal Submissions
Submissions in the Task Proposals Track should be no more than 4 (four) pages long excluding citations, and should follow the guidelines and style files indicated on the INLG 2018 submissions homepage
Papers should be submitted in PDF format by email to
Submissions will be reviewed by a small steering committee. As reviewing will not be blind, there is no need to anonymise papers.
This is not intended to be a selective process, since the aim is to
discuss new potential shared tasks with INLG delegates. However, the
organisers reserve the right to reject proposals which do not fall
within the scope of the GenChal initiative, or which do not follow
Accepted submissions will be included in the INLG'18 proceedings.
Paper submission: August 18 2018
Notification of acceptance: September 1 2018
Submission of camera-ready papers: October 1 2018
INLG 2018: November 5-8, 2018
2IS&NLG2018 - Workshop on Intelligent Interactive Systems and Language Generation
** Paper deadline: August 31st, 2018 **
This workshop will be held as part of the 11th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG2018), November 5-8, Tilburg, The Netherlands
CALL FOR PAPERS
Language generation appears to be promising and to have a central role in a variety of intelligent interactive systems, as current research trends in conversational interaction and interfaces are demonstrating. In order to raise constructive discussion from an interdisciplinary perspective and define the research challenges to be addressed, the workshop 2IS&NLG seeks to gather researchers and practitioners working on language generation, human-computer interaction, conversational agents, and computational intelligence that deal with cross-cutting issues concerning language generation (NLG) and intelligent interactive systems (2IS).
We solicit contributions in the form of regular papers (up to 4 pages + 1 references in the ACL paper format) or demo papers (up to 2 pages) dealing with research topics in which either interaction or artificial intelligence is addressed jointly with language generation.
Submissions should be made through https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=2isnlg2018
TOPICS include, but are not limited to:
- Conversational Agents and interfaces: chatbots, virtual humans,. . .
- Theory and research methods for user evaluation in NLG contexts
- Measuring the effect of NLG in Intelligent Interactive Systems
- Usability of eXplainable AI/interfaces
- Multimodal interfaces in/for NLG systems
- NLG for Games (e.g. generation of textual game assets, character dialogue, scenario generation)
- User modeling, user context, personalization, and adaptive language generation
- Argument mining, visualization and generation
- Other novel interactive applications of automatic language generation: creativity, persuasion, e-learning, . . . .
We are honoured to host an invited talk by Sander Wubben, assistant professor at Tilburg University and co-founder of flow.ai, who is committed to bring smarter interactive chatbots as a form of conversational AI.
Submissions due: August 31, 2018
Notification of acceptance: October 1, 2018
Camera-ready papers due: October 15, 2018
Workshop session: November 5, 2018
All accepted papers will be published in the ACL Anthology. The papers will undergo a peer reviewing process by members of the workshop's program/reviewing committee, assessing their relevance and originality for the workshop.
José M. Alonso (Centro Singular de Investigacion en Tecnoloxias da Informacion (CiTIUS), University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Alejandro Catala (Centro Singular de Investigacion en Tecnoloxias da Informacion (CiTIUS), University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Mariët Theune (Human Media Interaction, University of Twente, The Netherlands)
Alberto Bugarin, CiTIUS, University of Santiago de Compostela
Ondřej Dušek, Heriot-Watt University
Pablo Gervás, Universidad Complutense Madrid
Helen Hastie, Heriot-Watt University
Dirk Heylen, Human Media Interaction, University of Twente
Amy Isard, University of Edinburgh
Uzay Kaymak, Eindhoven University of Technology
Simon Mille, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Martı́n Pereira-Fariña, Center for Argument Technology, University of Dundee
Alejandro Ramos-Soto, CiTIUS, University of Santiago de Compostela, University of Aberdeen
Chris Reed, Center for Argument Technology, University of Dundee
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen, Arria NLG plc.
Daniel Sanchez, University of Granada
Nicolas Szilas, University of Geneva
Anna Wilbik, Eindhoven University of Technology
Georgios N. Yannakakis, University of Malta
We invite abstracts for the third conference on Bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone world (BHL), which will take place at Leiden University (The Netherlands) on January 9-11, 2019.
BHL is a biannual conference (Leiden 2015, Tallahassee (Florida) 2017) that brings together researchers working on different aspects of bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone world to share new insights regarding methodology and extend and strengthen the dialogue on furthering our understanding of bilingualism. Hence, BHL is dedicated to research in any area related to bilingualism, including theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics, language contact, second language and bilingual acquisition, heritage languages, communication, education, and psycholinguistics. By bringing together researchers from different perspectives we hope to be able to share new insights regarding methodology and get a better understanding of bilingualism.
The invited speakers for BHL 2019 are:
Mily Crevels (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Cristina Flores (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
John Lipski (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Liliana Sánchez (Rutgers University, USA)
Jorge Valdés Kroff (University of Florida, USA)
We invite abstracts for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes for discussion) and posters in any area related to bilingualism, including theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics, language contact, second language and bilingual acquisition, heritage languages, and psycholinguistics. The abstracts should be anonymous, written in English, Spanish or Portuguese and should be a maximum of 300 words in length. Please indicate whether you would like your abstract to be considered for a talk, a poster or both. Notification of acceptance will be sent mid October.
The journal Languages (ISSN 2311-553X, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/languages) will offer a Best Poster Award. All attendees with a poster presentation will be eligible for this award. A prize of 250€ will be granted on the basis of the presentation clarity and scientific significance.
All BHL participants will be invited to submit a contribution for a Special Issue on Bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone World to be published in the open access journal Languages (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/languages/special_issues).
Deadline for abstract submission: September 1, 2018, midnight Eastern Time.
Notification of acceptance: mid October 2018
Conference dates: January 9-11, 2019
Eduardo Alves Vieira (Leiden University)
Antje Muntendam (Florida State University)
M. Carmen Parafita Couto (Leiden University)
Leiden, The Netherlands
Maria Carmen Parafita Couto
Jan 9, 2019 to Jan 11, 2019
Abstract Submission Information:
Abstracts can be submitted from 04-Jul-2018 until 01-Sep-2018.
The 6th International Conference on Statistical Language and Speech Processing (SLSP 2018) invites researchers to submit poster presentations. SLSP 2018 will be held in Mons (Belgium) on October 15-16, 2018. See
Poster presentations are intended to enhance informal interactions with conference participants, at the same time allowing for in-depth discussion.
Presentations displaying novel work in progress on statistical models (including machine learning) for language and speech processing are encouraged. Posters do not need to show final research results. Work that might lead to new interesting developments is welcome.
Poster submission deadline: September 8, 2018
Notification of poster acceptance or rejection: September 15, 2018
Please submit a .pdf abstract through:
It should contain the title, author(s) and affiliation, and should not exceed 500 words.
Posters will be allocated 10 minutes each in the programme for oral presentation. Moreover, they will remain hanging out during the whole conference for discussion.
Posters will not appear in the LNCS/LNAI proceedings volume of SLSP 2018. However, they will be eligible for submission to the post-conference journal special issue in Computer Speech and Language (JCR 2016 impact factor: 1.900).
At least one author of each accepted poster must register to the conference by October 1st, 2018. The registration fare is reduced: 285 Euro. It gives the same rights all other conference participants have (attendance, copy of the proceedings volume, lunches, coffee breaks). Contributors of regular papers who in addition get a poster accepted must register for the latter independently.
Dutch research consortium Language in Interaction
Synergy Grants, Call for Proposals
Submission deadline: September 09, 2018, 23:59 CET
The Dutch research consortium Language in Interaction (LiI) offers two 4-year Synergy Grants to teams of two researchers at an early or more advanced phase after finishing a PhD program. Researchers from anywhere in the world may apply.
LiI Synergy Grants aim to tackle truly bold scientific challenges through a unique combination of skills and knowledge of the researchers. The joint scientific research proposal should provide the scientific and technical aspects of a 4-year collaborative research project, demonstrating the ground-breaking nature of the research, its potential impact and research methodology.
The two available Synergy Grants include the salaries of the two submitting postdoctoral researchers at early or more senior stages of their career. In addition to their own positions, for each grant LiI will finance up to two PhD positions, one RA position, and accompanying measurement costs / consumables.
The full Call for Proposals (including all terms and conditions) of the LiI Synergy Grants can be downloaded from:
CfP International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE) 10, Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, The Netherlands, June 26-28 2019, deadline 20 October 2018
The International Conference on Language Variation in Europe, ICLaVE, is one of the most important fora for research in the area of language variation in Europe. It aims at bringing together scholars of languages or language varieties spoken in Europe with the purpose of discussing empirical, methodological and theoretical issues in the study of language variation and change.
ICLaVE|10 welcomes submissions for individual paper and poster presentations from 1 June until 20 October 2018. Scholars working on language variation and change, in areas such as sociolinguistics, dialectology, historical linguistics, sociology of language, psycholinguistics and language psychology are invited to submit their proposals on any relevant aspect of variation in language use and/or the linguistic system.
As ICLaVE|10 takes place in Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, the capital of the province of Fryslân, where Frisian is recognised as an official language in addition to Dutch, we particularly invite submissions focussing on minority and/or small languages. In addition, we look forward to receive proposals on language technology and language variation, language variation on social media, and language variation in multilingual communities.
Meredith Tamminga (University of Pennsylvania)
Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (University of Leuven)
Roeland van Hout (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Arjen Versloot (University of Amsterdam)
Call for Panels
The International Conference on Language Variation in Europe, ICLaVE|10 also invites submissions for panels in all areas related to language variation in European languages. Panel proposals must be written in English and should be submitted electronically by (one of the) the panel organizer(s) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panels at ICLaVE|10 will have a duration of 8 or 12 slots (including introduction and/or discussion session). A slot is 30 minutes. Panels can be thematically organised, but data sessions are also welcome. We particularly invite panels on language variation in minority languages. Additional presentations may be added to a panel after the regular call for papers, but this will always be discussed with the panel organizer.
Proposals should be submitted in .pdf, 12-point Times New Roman, single-spaced. For format requirements, please refer to the Word-template on the website (.docx).
Proposals should include:
• A general overview text of no more than 500 words, including the topic and how it relates to the conference theme, the rationale for the panel, and its aims and objectives
• Some key discussion questions, information on how the session will be organized (discussion format, number of papers, discussants/participants), etc.
• A list of invited contributors (name, affiliation, email address) plus full abstracts of the contributions (including information on the subject, methodology and theoretical framework(s), max. 500 words per abstract)
Panel organizers should:
• Coordinate the submission of abstracts by contributors (max. 500 words each) before the deadline
• Submit the proposal following the template for panel proposals by 20 August 2018 and confirm that all invited contributors have agreed to participate
• Communicate the decision of acceptance/rejection of the panel to the contributors
• Act as mediators between the contributors and the Conference Organizing Committee
• Submit an updated version of the abstracts and panel description by 20 December 2018
• Collect papers, presentations and/or data samples for the panel in advance of the conference, and circulate these to all panel contributors
• Chair their panel at the conference
Panel proposals will be reviewed by the organizing committee.
Deadline for panel submission is 20 August 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 15 September 2018. Authors may submit two abstracts (either singly- or jointly-authored), whether in a panel or not.
Abstracts can be submitted from 1 June until 20 October 2018
16 April 2018 Announcement and call for panels
1 June 2018 Call for individual papers and posters
20 August 2018 Deadline for submission panels
15 September 2018 Notification of acceptance for panels
20 October 2018 Deadline for individual papers and posters
15 January 2019 Notification of acceptance for individual papers and posters
15 January 2019 Registration opens (early-bird rate)
1 April 2019 Early-bird rate ends
26-28 June 2019 ICLaVE10 Conference
Benjamins traditionally publishes a collection of papers from ICLaVE in its Studies in Language Variation series. A copy of the volume is included in the registration fee and will be sent to all participants upon publication.
De Algemene Vereniging voor Taalwetenschap (AVT) en de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Toegepaste Taalwetenschap (ANéLA) reiken jaarlijks een prijs uit voor een dissertatie op het gebied van de taalwetenschap. Ook dit jaar zal er weer een AVT/ANéLA-dissertatieprijs worden uitgereikt. Voor de AVT/AnéLA dissertatieprijs 2018 komen in aanmerking alle dissertaties verdedigd tussen 16 juli 2017 en 15 juli 2018.
Wij nodigen u uit om (gemotiveerde) voordrachten te doen voor kandidaten voor de prijs. De voordrachten dienen uiterlijk 15 augustus 2018 te worden ingediend. Dit kan online:
Het reglement van de AVT/Anéla dissertatieprijs vindt u op:
Secretaris van de jury is dr. Jorrig Vogels (namens het AVT-bestuur). De tweede secretaris is dr. Nivja de Jong (namens het ANéLA-bestuur). Voor meer informatie over de AVT/ANéLA-dissertatieprijs 2018 kunt u contact opnemen met Jorrig (email@example.com) of Nivja (firstname.lastname@example.org).
*** Call for Participation HAHA track at IberEval 2018 ***
HAHA - Humor Analysis based on Human Annotation at IberEval 2018
While humor has been historically studied from a psychological, cognitive and linguistic standpoint, its study from a computational perspective is an area yet to be explored in Machine Learning and Computational Linguistics. The aim of this track is to gain better insight into what is humorous and what causes laughter. The HAHA evaluation campaign proposes three different subtasks related to automatic humor detection in Spanish.
We will provide a corpus of 20,000 crowd-annotated tweets in Spanish divided in 16,000 tweets for training and 4,000 tweets for testing. The annotation follows a voting scheme, in which users could select one of six options: the tweet does not contain humor, or the tweet contains humor and a number of stars from one to five. All tweets have at least five votes.
Three subtasks are proposed:
* Humor Detection: telling if a tweet is a joke or not (intended humor by the author or not).
* Funniness Score Prediction: predicting a Funniness Score value for a tweet in a 5-star ranking, supposing it is a joke, based on a crowd-annotated corpus.
* Funniness Distribution Prediction (experimental): the final task goes beyond the previous one by asking a prediction of the distribution of votes for a tweet (i.e., what percentage of votes for each one of the 5 stars).
How to participate:
If you want to participate in this task, please join the Google Group hahaibereval2018. We will be sharing news and important information about the task in that group.
* March 26th, 2018: 16,000 tweets for training.
* April 23rd, 2018: 4,000 tweets for testing.
* April 30th, 2018: results submission page.
* May 7th, 2018: publication of results.
* May 21st, 2018: working notes paper submission.
* June 18th, 2018: notification of acceptance.
* June 27th, 2018: camera ready paper submission.
* September 18th, 2018: IberEval Workshop at SEPLN 2018.
The organizers of the task are:
B.E. Santiago Castro
MSc. Luis Chiruzzo
PhD. Aiala Rosá
Grupo PLN, Instituto de Computación, Facultad de Ingeniería, UDELAR (Uruguay)
It is our pleasure to announce the publication of issue 5(3) of the Journal of Language Modelling (JLM), a free open-access peer-reviewed journal aiming to bridge the gap between theoretical, formal and computational linguistics:
http://jlm.ipipan.waw.pl/ (click on “CURRENT” to see this issue; the more persistent address of this issue is: http://jlm.ipipan.waw.pl/index.php/JLM/issue/view/17).
JLM is indexed by ERIH PLUS, DBLP, DOAJ, etc., and it is a member of OASPA.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
“Aligning speech and co-speech gesture in a constraint-based grammar”
Katya Alahverdzhieva, Alex Lascarides, Dan Flickinger
“Inferring Inflection Classes with Description Length”
Sacha Beniamine, Olivier Bonami, Benoît Sagot
“A syntax-semantics interface for Tree-Adjoining Grammars through Abstract Categorial Grammars”
Tools and Resources:
“Erotetic Reasoning Corpus. A data set for research on natural question processing”
Paweł Łupkowski, Mariusz Urbański, Andrzej Wiśniewski, Wojciech Błądek, Agata Juska, Anna Kostrzewa, Dominika Pankow, Katarzyna Paluszkiewicz, Oliwia Ignaszak, Joanna Urbańska, Natalia Żyluk, Andrzej Gajda, Bartosz Marciniak
The current make-up of the JLM Editorial Board is enclosed below.
(for JLM editors)
Steven Abney, University of Michigan, USA
Ash Asudeh, Carleton University, CANADA; University of Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM
Chris Biemann, Universität Hamburg, GERMANY
Igor Boguslavsky, Technical University of Madrid, SPAIN; Institute for Information Transmission Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, RUSSIA
António Branco, University of Lisbon, PORTUGAL
David Chiang, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
Greville Corbett, University of Surrey, UNITED KINGDOM
Dan Cristea, University of Iași, ROMANIA
Jan Daciuk, Gdańsk University of Technology, POLAND
Mary Dalrymple, University of Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM
Darja Fišer, University of Ljubljana, SLOVENIA
Anette Frank, Universität Heidelberg, GERMANY
Claire Gardent, CNRS/LORIA, Nancy, FRANCE
Jonathan Ginzburg, Université Paris-Diderot, FRANCE
Stefan Th. Gries, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Heiki-Jaan Kaalep, University of Tartu, ESTONIA
Laura Kallmeyer, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, GERMANY
Jong-Bok Kim, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, KOREA
Kimmo Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki, FINLAND, Finland
Jonas Kuhn, Universität Stuttgart, GERMANY
Alessandro Lenci, University of Pisa, ITALY
Ján Mačutek, Comenius University in Bratislava, SLOVAKIA
Igor Mel’čuk, University of Montreal, CANADA
Glyn Morrill, Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, SPAIN
Stefan Müller, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, GERMANY, Germany
Mark-Jan Nederhof, University of St Andrews, UNITED KINGDOM
Petya Osenova, Sofia University, BULGARIA
David Pesetsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Maciej Piasecki, Wrocław University of Technology, POLAND
Christopher Potts, Stanford University, USA
Louisa Sadler, University of Essex, UNITED KINGDOM
Agata Savary, Université François Rabelais Tours, FRANCE
Sabine Schulte im Walde, Universität Stuttgart, GERMANY
Stuart M. Shieber, Harvard University, USA
Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh, UNITED KINGDOM
Stan Szpakowicz, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa, CANADA
Shravan Vasishth, Universität Potsdam, GERMANY
Zygmunt Vetulani, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, POLAND
Aline Villavicencio, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, BRAZIL
Veronika Vincze, University of Szeged, HUNGARY
Yorick Wilks, Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition, USA
Shuly Wintner, University of Haifa, ISRAEL
Zdeněk Žabokrtský, Charles University in Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC