20 December 2015

Call for papers: NEST

John Kingston writes:

NEST 2016 (= New England Sequence and Timing) will be held in N400 on Saturday, 5 March. Rebecca Spencer, of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and I have been hosting the meeting since Bruno Repp, of Haskins Labs, retired 3 years ago. If you have work that addresses how people control the sequence or timing of events in speaking or how they perceive sequences and timing in speech, you should consider submitting a title and abstract to me. Getting a speaking slot is on a first-come-first-served basis, so don't dilly-dally. If you're interested in these phenomena, you should consider attending.

Call for papers: Sub-Saharan African Languages

Special Session at Interspeech 2016:
Sub-Saharan African languages : from speech fundamentals to applications

Call for papers

This special session aims at gathering researchers in speech technology and researchers in linguistics (working in language documentation and fundamentals of speech science). Such a partnership is particularly important for Sub-Saharan African languages which tend to remain under-resourced, under-documented and often also unwritten. Prospective authors are invited to submit original papers in the following areas:

ASR and TTS for Sub-Saharan African languages and dialects

Cross-lingual and multi-lingual acoustic and lexical modeling

Applications of spoken language technologies for the African continent

Phonetic and linguistic studies in Sub-Saharan African languages

Zero resource speech technologies: unsupervised discovery of linguistic units

Language documentation for endangered languages of Africa

Machine-assisted annotation of speech and laboratory phonology

Resource / Corpora production in African languages

Submission deadline

Same as regular Interspeech 2016 papers: March 23, 2016

Special session web site

For more details on this special session: http://alffa.imag.fr/interspeech-2016-special-session-proposal/

Interspeech 2016 conference website: http://www.interspeech2016.org/


Martine Adda-Decker (madda@limsi.fr) – CNRS – LPP and LIMSI, France.

Laurent Besacier (laurent.besacier@imag.fr) - Univ. Grenoble-Alpes, France - LIG laboratory.

Marelie Davel (marelie.davel@nwu.ac.za) – North-West University, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa.

Larry Hyman (hyman@berkeley.edu) - Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley.

Martin Jansche (mjansche@google.com) – Google, London, UK.

Francois Pellegrino (francois.pellegrino@univ-lyon2.fr) – CNRS – DDL Lyon, France.

Olivier Rosec (olivier.rosec@voxygen.fr) – Voxygen SAS,- Pleumeur-Bodou, France.

Sebastian Stüker (sebastian.stueker@kit.edu) - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.

Martha Tachbelie Yifiru (martha.yifiru@aau.edu.et) – School of Information Science, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

Call for papers: Language Contact, Continuity and Change in the Emergence of Modern Hebrew

Angelika Kratzer writes:

This is a call for papers for a fascinating conference by the “Emergence of Modern Hebrew Research Group” at the Mandel Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Our alum Aynat Rubinstein is a current fellow at the Mandel Scholion Research Center and is also a member of the research group. This conference has a very interesting conception: you do not have to work on Modern Hebrew to participate. They are interested in a much wider range of topics:

1. Description and characterization of the revival of Hebrew, preferably with emphasis on the less studied aspects (morphology and syntax), and how the early language of the non-native speakers differed from that of the first native speakers.

2. Different forms of language contact and planned language change – e.g. revival, standardization, language maintenance – in the history of Hebrew and other languages: Arabic diglossia, revival of Syriac in the Galilee, Yiddish in Haredi communities, Welsh and Manx in Britain, revival of tribal languages in America, Australia, Scandinavia, revival of local Italian dialects, etc.

3. Theoretical models of language variation and change, and the role of language contact.

4. Theoretical work on the nature of heritage languages and creoles. Though Modern Hebrew differs from both, it is based on language skills that do not reflect ordinary linguistic knowledge.

5. The role of children: to what extent does the theory of language acquisition, and in particular bilingual language acquisition, inform the process of language revival? Are the same mechanisms operational in both situations?

Call for papers: ESSLLI


Held during the 28th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
Bolzano, Italy, August 15-26, 2016

*Deadline for submissions: March 10th,2016



The Student Session of the 28th European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI) will take place in Bolzano, Italy,August 15th to 26th (http://esslli2016.unibz.it). 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 selected papers 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 foran 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://www2.sfs.uni-tuebingen.de/esslli-stus-2016/.


As in previous years, Springer has kindly agreed to sponsor the ESSLLI student session. The best poster and best talk will be awarded Springerbook vouchers of 500€ each.


Please direct inquiries about submission procedures or other matters relating to the Student Session to marisa.koellner@uni-tuebingen.de andrziai@sfs.uni-tuebingen.de.

ESSLLI 2016 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 2016, please consult the main ESSLLI 2016 page: http://esslli2016.unibz.it.