18 January 2015

Call for papers: ESSLI

27th European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI 2015) / Barcelona, Spain

August 3rd 2015 - August 14th 2015

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

* Registration to open during January 2015 *

The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) is an annual event organized under the auspices of the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI). It brings together logicians, linguists, computer scientists, and philosophers to study language, logic, information, and their interconnections. ESSLLI attracts several hundred participants from all over the world, both senior and junior and is a great place to learn and network -- and have a lot of fun in the process.

There will be 42 courses at introductory and advanced levels, as well as 6 workshops, 4 evening lectures, and a week-long student session to foster interdisciplinary discussion of current research. Most courses and workshops are one week long. Courses are offered in the areas of Language and Logic, Language and Computation, and Logic and Computation.

Check our website for details on the program and registration procedure: http://www.esslli2015.org.

Questions? E-mail esslli2015gmail.com

Universal Logic School -- Instanbul

The fifth Universal Logic School will hold tutorials on June 20-24 in Istanbul. Each tutorial will be presented in 3 sessions of 1h15. The tutorials will be given by a wide range of logical scholars from all over the world.

The idea is to promote interaction between advanced students and researchers through the combination of a school and a congress. Participants of the School are strongly encouraged to submit a paper for the congress that will happen June 25-30, just after the school.
The school will open with a round table "why studying logic" and will end with a round table on "how to publish.” For more information, go here.

2015 P Events

Meghan Armstrong writes:

The link below provides a nice list of phonetics and phonology events  this year:


LOT Summer School

The annual Summer School of the Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT) provides introductory and advanced graduate training in linguistics. It offers 18 courses in different domains, spread over two weeks.

The following linguists have already agreed to teach a one-week course at the 2015 LOT Summer School in Leuven. Seven more will follow soon.
•       Jim McCloskey (UCSC): Syntax
•       Donka Farkas (UCSC): Semantics/pragmatics
•       Peter Jurgec (University of Toronto): Phonology/phonetics
•       Jeanine Treffers-Daller (University of Reading): Bilingualism
•       Martin Hilpert (University of Neuchâtel): Historical linguistics
•       Arie Verhagen (Leiden University): Usage-based linguistics
•       Spike Gildea (University of Oregon) & Dik Bakker (University of Amsterdam): Typology
•       Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (KU Leuven) & Freek Van de Velde (KU Leuven): Quantitative methods in linguistics
•       Koen Jaspaert (KU Leuven) & Kris Van den Branden (KU Leuven): Language and education
•       Myriam Vermeerbergen & Geert Brône (KU Leuven): Language and Gesture
•       Frank Van Eynde (KU Leuven): Sign-based construction grammar

Courses are two hours every day for five days, and can be taken for partial credit (without paper) or full credit (with submission of a paper after the course). Advanced Phd students can also participate in a Research Discussion Group with one of the teachers.
In each week of the Summer School, there will be a poster session, a reception and a dinner. In the first week, an additional evening lecture (the so-called Schultink lecture) is planned. The venue also offers several leisure and sporting facilities.
Graduate students of the partner institutes of LOT can participate free of charge (tuition fees and accommodation). For other participants the tuition fees are € 175 for one week and € 300 for two weeks. 

Accommodation (including breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at the Summer School venue is offered for 42 to 49 € per person per night, depending on the type of room.

Participants who are not staying at the Summer School venue can sign up for lunch and refreshments during the coffee breaks for € 105 per week.

Registration forms and other practical information will be made available on the LOT website in March 2015. In the meantime, if you want to stay up to date on the latest news concerning the summer school, you can follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
The 2015 LOT Summer School is organized in La Foresta, a conference center (and former monastery) approximately 7 kilometers south of Leuven in the middle of a forest. Not only will all courses take place in La Foresta, the conference center also provides accommodation (including breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for all participants.

If you travel by plane, you can either go to Brussels Airport (Zaventem) or to Charleroi Airport ("Brussels South"), which is the airport that most low-cost airlines use. From Brussels International Airport, there is a direct train shuttle service to Leuven. From Charleroi, there is a bus service to the railway station Brussel Zuid (Bruxelles Midi), which takes 1 hour. From Brussels, there are direct trains to Leuven roughly every 15 minutes. You can consult this website for timetables.
Jeroen van Craenenbroeck
Lauren Fonteyn
Bert Cornillie
Marijke De Belder
Elwys De Stefani
Karlien Franco
Isabelle Heyerick
Maribel Montero Perez
Steven Schoonjans
Leen Sevens
Jolijn Sonnaert
Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Kris Van den Branden
Toon Van Hal
KU Leuven – LOT 2015
Department of Linguistics
Blijde Inkomststraat 21 PO Box 03308
3000 Leuven
Email: lotschool2015@arts.kuleuven.be
Phone: +32 (0)16 37 79 36 (office hours)
Facebook: facebook.com/LOTsummerschoolleuven
Twitter: twitter.com/LOT_Leuven_2015

Angelika Kratzer in Rome

Angelika Kratzer is presenting a talk entitled "Il linguaggio dell’incertezza. Come parliamo dell’incerto” on Sunday, January 25, at the prestigious Science Festival in Rome. This year's theme is: “The science and importance of not knowing.” You can find a schedule here.

Linguistics Vanguard -- a new journal

Check out http://degruyter.com/journals/lingvan - the new multimodal  journal for the language sciences.

Linguistics Vanguard is a channel for high-quality articles and  innovative approaches in all major fields of linguistics. This  multimodal journal is published solely online and provides an  accessible platform supporting both traditional and new kinds of  publications. Linguistics Vanguard seeks to publish concise and  up-to-date reports on the state of the art in linguistics as well as  cutting-edge research papers. With its topical breadth of coverage and  anticipated quick rate of production, it is one of the leading  platforms for scientific exchange in linguistics. Full peer review  assures quality and enables authors to receive appropriate credit for  their work. Its broad theoretical range, international scope, and  diversity of article formats engage students and scholars alike.

The inaugural articles are now freely available at  http://www.degruyter.com/printahead/j/lingvan.

We are now soliciting new articles for the journal.
All topics within linguistics are welcome. Linguistics Vanguard  especially encourages submissions taking advantage of its new  multimodal platform designed to integrate interactive content,  including audio and video, images, maps, software code, raw data, and  any other media that enhances the traditional written word. The target  length for contributions is 3,000-4,000 words (plus references and  ancillary material).

Potential contributions can be submitted via the ScholarOne system at  https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/lingvan.

See also De Gruyter Mouton's style sheet  (http://www.degruyter.com/staticfiles/pdfs/mouton_journal_stylesheet.pdf).

Questions about possible submissions or other questions about  Linguistics Vanguard can be addressed to the Editors-in-Chief or Area  Editors at Linguistics.Vanguard

Description:  http://linguistlist.org/images/address-marker.gifdegruyter.com


Alexander Bergs (Osnabrück University, Germany)

Abigail C. Cohn (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA)

Jeff Good (University at Buffalo, NY, USA)

Area Editors

Julie Boland (University of Michigan, USA)

Oliver Bond (University of Surrey, UK)

Christine Dimroth (Universität Münster, Germany)

Martin Hilpert (University of Neuchatel, Switzerland)

Thomas Hoffmann (Osnabrück University, Germany)

Gary Holton (University of Alaska, Fairbanks, USA)

Guillaume Jacque (CRLAO, CNRS Paris, France)

Shigetu Kawahara (University of Keio, Japan)

Erez Levon (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)

Caterina Mauri (Pavia University, Italy)

Bhuvana Narasimhan (University of Colorado, USA)

Fey Parrill (Case Western Reserve University, USA)

Eric Potsdam (University of Florida, USA)

Niels Schiller (Leiden University, The Netherlands)

Jason Shaw (University of Western Sydney, Australia)

Evelyne Tzoukermann (MITRE, USA)

Suzanne Wagner (Michigan State University, USA)

Michael Weiss (Cornell University, USA)

Jochen Zeller (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

Studies in Chinese Linguistics

STUDIES IN CHINESE LINGUISTICS (SCL), an international academic journal edited by T.T. Ng Chinese Language Research Centre (CLRC) of the Institute of Chinese Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, will be published and distributed by De Gruyter Open starting from 2015. 

Comparative works on syntax, semantics, and morphology among Chinese dialects or between a Chinese language/dialect and any languages that contribute to theoretical linguistics are particularly welcome. SCL has been indexed and abstracted in a number of international databases.

Details of SCL can be found on the following websites. 

CLRC: www.cuhk.edu.hk/ics/clrc/

De Gruyter: www.degruyter.com/view/j/scl  

Studies in Chinese Linguistics

T.T. Ng Chinese Language Research Centre

Institute of Chinese Studies

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong

Tracy Conner in the news


Call for papers: Formal and experimental pragmatics

Workshop “Formal and experimental pragmatics: methodological issues of a nascent liaison"

Date: 1st – 3rd June 2015

Venue: Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin


After decades of defying broad-coverage formalization, recent years have seen a surge of precise and testable pragmatic theories, which have substantially advanced our understanding of various types of pragmatic inferences, including scalar implicatures, ad hoc Quantity implicatures, M-implicatures, and ignorance implicatures, to name just a few. At least two kinds of approaches can be distinguished according to the level of abstraction at which they operate. Structural approaches are high-level descriptions of pragmatic phenomena in terms of general and abstract constraints, principles or rules. These constraints, principles or rules are often, but not always, motivated by ideas about optimal conversation (think: Gricean Maxims and its offspring) and often target the interpretation of sentences in a default context. On the other hand, interactional approaches try to explain pragmatic phenomena by explicitly representing relevant contextual factors, distinguishing speaker and listener perspectives and interlocutors’ possibly divergent, partial or approximate beliefs about the aforementioned. Structural and interactional approaches should not be perceived as being in opposition, but rather as synergetic, with insights from either positively stimulating the respective other. In this spirit, this workshop is about general methodological problems of connecting formal pragmatics to empirical data, especially data from psycholinguistic experiments. The problem is brought to the surface clearly by interactional approaches, but affects structural approaches too. A prerequisite for these models to work are formally explicit assumptions regarding speaker and listener beliefs about various contextual factors, including, e.g., action alternatives, interlocutor preferences, degree of interlocutor cooperativity, or differential interlocutor knowledge. Therefore, it is vital that empirically driven pragmatic modeling be explicit about how these contextually relevant factors are mapped from the experimental setup onto the formal pragmatic theory.

The workshop will provide a forum for the discussion of methodological questions and related theoretical issues that arise for researchers working at the interface between formal pragmatic theory and experimental data.

Invited Speakers:

Mike Tanenhaus (University of Rochester)

Hannah Rohde (University of Edinburgh)

Call for papers:Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract relevant to the workshop’s topics. Submissions should be anonymous, in PDF format and not exceed 2 pages with standard formatting, including all references, figures, tables etc.Please upload your submission to


by 1st March 2015.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

modeling of context-dependence and the subsequent challenges of controlling context in experimental designs

linking functions between model predictions and experimental data from different measures, including meta-linguistic judgments, sentence verification, response times, reading times, eye movements, sentence completion and other production measures

the role of cognitive resource limitations in computational models

the connection between computational models of pragmatics and online pragmatic processing


Anton Benz (benz@zas.gwz-berlin.de)

Nicole Gotzner (gotzner@zas.gwz-berlin.de)

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: 1st March 2015

Notification of acceptance: 1st April 201

Conference date: 1st – 3rd June 2015

Call for papers: Manchester Phonology Meeting

Twenty-Third Manchester Phonology Meeting

28-30 MAY 2015

Deadline for abstracts: 16th February 2015

Special session: 'Syllables', featuring:

* Marie-Helene Cote (University of Ottawa)
* Adamantios Gafos (University of Potsdam)
* Bridget Samuels (Pomona College)
* Peter Szigetvari (Eotvos Lorand University)

Held at Hulme Hall, Manchester, England. Organised through a collaboration of phonologists at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester, and elsewhere.

Conference website: http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/mfm/23mfm.html

NB: there will also be a FRINGE workshop on the afternoon of Wednesday 27th May, timed to coincide with the mfm, entitled 'W(h)ither OT?' - details of this can be found here:


We are pleased to announce the Twenty-Third Manchester Phonology Meeting (23mfm). The mfm is the UK's annual phonology conference, with an international set of organisers. It is held in late May every year in Manchester (central in the UK, and with excellent international transport connections). The meeting has become a key conference for phonologists from all over the world, where anyone who declares themselves to be interested in phonology can submit an abstract on anything phonological in any phonological framework. In an informal atmosphere, we discuss a broad range of topics, including the phonological description of languages, issues in phonological theory, aspects of phonological acquisition and implications of phonological change.


There is no conference theme - abstracts can be submitted on anything, but a special themed session has been organised for Friday afternoon, on 'Syllables'. This will feature the invited speakers listed (in alphabetical order) above and will conclude in an open discussion session when contributions from the audience will be very welcome.


**This mentions only a few details - please consult the website for full information: http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/mfm/23mfm.html

* There is no obligatory conference theme for the 23mfm - abstracts can be submitted on anything phonological.

* We are using the Linguist List's EasyAbstracts system for abstract submission. Abstracts should be uploaded to the 23mfm's page on the EasyAbstracts site by 16th February 2015: http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/23mfm

* Full papers will last around 25 minutes with around 5 minutes for questions, and there will be a high-profile poster session lasting one and a half hours. When you submit your abstract, you will be asked to indicate whether you would be prepared to present your work (i) either as a talk or a poster paper or (ii) only as a poster.

* We aim to finalise the programme, and to contact abstract-senders by early-to-mid March, and we will contact all those who have sent abstracts as soon as the decisions have been made.

**Further important details** concerning abstract submission are available on the conference website. Please make sure that you consult these before submitting an abstract: www.lel.ed.ac.uk/mfm/23mfm.html


Organising Committee:

The first named is the convenor and main organiser, If you have any queries about the conference, feel free to get in touch (patrick.honeybone@ed.ac.uk).

* Patrick Honeybone (Edinburgh)
* Ricardo Bermudez-Otero (Manchester)
* Yuni Kim (University of Manchester)

Advisory Board:

* Adam Albright (MIT)
* Jill Beckman (Iowa)
* Paul Boersma (Amsterdam)
* Bert Botma (Leiden)
* Mike Davenport (Durham)
* Stuart Davis (Indiana)
* Laura J. Downing (Gothenburg)
* Mark Hale (Concordia)
* S.J. Hannahs (Newcastle upon Tyne)
* Kristine A. Hildebrandt (Southern Illinois)
* Martin Kramer (Tromso)
* Yuni Kim (Manchester)
* Nancy Kula (Essex)
* Aditi Lahiri (Oxford)
* Nabila Louriz (Hassan II, Casablanca)
* Joan Mascaro (UAB)
* Kuniya Nasukawa (Tohoku Gakuin)
* Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens & Leiden)
* Tobias Scheer (Nice)
* James M. Scobbie (QMU)
* Jennifer L. Smith (UNC)
* Nina Topintzi (Thessaloniki)
* Jochen Trommer (Leipzig)
* Christian Uffmann (Duesseldorf)
* Sophie Wauquier (Paris 8)

* Michael Ramsammy (Edinburgh)

Kristine Yu in print

Congratulations to Kristine Yu, whose paper “The experimental state of mind in elicitation: illustrations from tonal fieldwork” has appeared in the volume, How To Study a Tone Language, edited by Steven Bird and Larry Hyman.

Call for papers: ESSLI Student Session

Held during the 27th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information

Barcelona, Spain, August 03-14, 2015

*Deadline for submissions: March 25th, 2015



The Student Session of the 27th European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI) will take place in Barcelona, Spain, August 3rd to 14th (http://esslli2015.org). We invite submissions of original, unpublished work from students in any area at the intersection of Logic & Language, Language & Computation, or Logic & Computation. Submissions will be reviewed by several experts in the field, and accepted papers will be presented orally or as posters and will appear in the student session proceedings by Springer. This is an excellent opportunity to receive valuable feedback from expert readers and to present your work to a diverse audience.


Note that there are two separate kinds of submissions, one for oral presentations and one for posters. This means that papers are directly submitted either as oral presentations or as poster presentations. Reviewing and ranking will be done separately. We particularly encourage submissions for posters, as they offer an excellent opportunity to present smaller research projects and research in progress.


Authors must be students, and submissions may be singly or jointly authored. Each author may submit at most one single and one jointly authored contribution. Submissions should not be longer than 8 pages for an oral presentation or 4 pages for a poster presentation (including examples and references). Submissions must be anonymous, without any identifying information. More detailed guidelines regarding submission can be found on the Student Session website: http://esslli-stus-2015.phil.hhu.de/.


Please direct inquiries about submission procedures or other matters relating to the Student Session to P.Schulz@uva.nl and kaeshammer@phil.uni-duesseldorf.de.

ESSLLI 2015 will feature a wide range of foundational and advanced courses and workshops in all areas of Logic, Language, and Computation. For further information, including registration information and course listings, and for general inquiries about ESSLLI 2015, please consult the main ESSLLI 2015 page: http://esslli2015.org.

Call for Papers: TripleA 2

**The Semantics of African, Asian and Austronesian Languages (TripleA) 2**

Date: June 03 - 05, 2015

Call deadline: January 25, 2015

Notification of acceptance: February 2015

Location: Potsdam, Germany

Website: semanticsofaaa.wordpress.com

Abstract Submissions: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=triplea2

The Universities of Potsdam and Tübingen are proud to announce TripleA 2, a workshop focusing on the cross-linguistic formal semantics of understudied languages from Africa, Asia, Australia and Oceania.

Invited Speakers:

Seth Cable (UMass Amherst)

Kilu von Prince (ZAS, Berlin)

Dejan Matic (MPI, Nijmegen) 

Call for Papers: We invite submissions for 30-minute talks plus 10 minutes for discussion. Submissions should present original formal semantic or pragmatic work on any interpretive aspect of the languages under discussion, ideally originating from own fieldwork. We particularly encourage Ph.D. students to apply. Abstracts must be anonymous, in PDF format, 2 pages (A4 or letter), in a font size no less than 12pt, and with margins of 1 inch/2.5cm. Please submit abstracts via Easy Chair no later than January 25, 2015.

Organizing Committee:

Mira Grubic (Universität Potsdam)

Anne Mucha (Universität Potsdam)

Malte Zimmermann (Universität Potsdam)

Polina Berezovskaya (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)

Verena Hehl (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)

Vera Hohaus (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)

Anna Howell (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)  

Sponsors:This workshop is funded by the projects C1 and A5 of the SFB 833 at Tübingen University and the SFB 632 at Potsdam University.