Phd and Postdocs candidates at Postdam

Variability in Language: Cognitive, Computational, and Grammatical Aspects” in Potsdam, Germany, invites applications for 10 positions for PhD candidates and Postdocs available from July 2021 for a duration of four years

Applicants can apply for one or more of the following projects according to their interest and qualification:
B01:(In)Variability in prosodic cues and their incremental use in perception, production, and interaction (Isabell Wartenburger, Outi Tuomainen, Sandra Hanne)
B02: The link between production and comprehension. Insights from aphasia (Frank Burchert, Nicole Stadie)
B03: Modelling the connection between eye-movement control, sentence processing, and brain signals (Shravan Vasishth, Ralf Engbert, Milena Rabovsky)
C03: Effects of variable input on word learning and word recognition in infants (Barbara Höhle, Adamantios Gafos)
C06: Grammatical processing and syntactic change (Ulrike Demske, Claudia Felser)
C07: Limits of variability in phonotactic acquisition due to universal biases: A cross-linguistic investigation of monolingual and bilingual infants (Natalie Boll-Avetisyan)
C08: Consequences of head-argument order for syntax (Gisbert Fanselow)
T01: Transforming text across media (Manfred Stede, Tatjana Scheffler)

A detailed description of the available positions and the respective requirements can be found here

The 14th Syntax and Semantics Conference in Paris (CSSP 2021)

PhD course on Dynamic Syntax

PhD course on Dynamic Syntax

The University of Bergen in Norway is hosting an online PhD course on Dynamic Syntax via Zoom from May 21-June 1, 2021Dynamic Syntax is a grammar formalism which aims to capture the real-time parsing and production of language. The course will be of particular interest to those working in syntax, semantics, and the syntax-semantics interface, as well as natural language modelling and computational linguistics, but is open to all!

For more information on this formalism, please visit the DS website

ROLLING Institute on Argument Structure

The ROLLING Institute on Argument Structure consists of 9 courses that will take place virtually over the course of 7 months from January to July, 2021. These are week-long courses from Monday to Friday.

List of Lectures:

  • “Verbal argument structure” (by Artemis Alexiadou, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin – Leibniz ZAS)

  • “Argument structure across frameworks” (by Antonio Fábregas, Universitetet i Tromsø)

  • “Argument structure and lexical semantics” (by John Beavers, The University of Texas at Austin)

  • “The argument structure of psych verbs” (by Carles Royo, Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

  • “Argument structure and information structure” (by Ángel L. Jiménez-Fernández, Universidad de Sevilla)

  • “The argument structure of unergatives across theories” (by Isabel Oltra-Massuet, Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

  • “Argument structure and quantification (by Svitlana Antonyuk, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz)

  • “Argument structure and word formation” (by Elisabeth Gibert-Sotelo, Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

  • “Argument structure and neurolinguistics” (by Linnaea Stockall, Queen Mary University London; Laura Gwilliams, University of California San Francisco) . It includes a Roundtable with Ellen Lau (University of Maryland), Alec Marantz (NeLLab-NYU), and Liina Pylkkänen (NeLLab-NYU).

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and following the current safety guidelines established by the university, the courses will be conducted online on Teams.

The Institute is organized by the members of the Research Project “Argument Structure and Neurolinguistic Processing at the Lexicon-Syntax Interface: Unergative Verbs with Cognate Object or Obligatory Prepositional Object” of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (FFI2016-80142-P). Our project focuses on the theoretical representation and linguistic processing of unergative verbs. It seeks to analyze the various structures in which unergative verbs can appear and how they contrast with other parallel structures such as light verb configurations from both a theoretical and an experimental point of view.

Princeton Symposium on Syntactic Theory (PSST)

Princeton Symposium on Syntactic Theory (PSST) is a workshop centered around developments in theoretical syntax.

PSST 2021 will focus on typology and variation, and will be a virtual workshop on March 19 and 20, 2021.
Workshop website

PSST 2019, focused on counterexamples and was held in April 2019.
PSST 2018, focused on interfaces and was held in April 2018.

PSST 2021 Speakers
Byron Ahn (Princeton University)
Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt University)
Bronwyn Bjorkman (Queen’s University)
Laura Kalin (Princeton University)
Neil Myler (Boston University)
Becky Tollan (University of Delaware)
Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria (University of the Basque Country)
Susi Wurmbrand (University of Vienna)

Registration for PSST is free, but participants are asked to register in advance. For details, see the page for the upcoming PSST meeting.

Contact Information
PSST email address: [our 4-letter acronym]

Organizers: Byron Ahn and Laura Kalin (Linguistics)


Experimental approaches to Romance morphosyntax

Full Title: Experimental approaches to Romance morphosyntax
Date: 31-Aug-2021 – 03-Sep-2021
Location: Athens, Greece
Contact Person: Senta Zeugin
Web Site
Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2020

Meeting Description:

Convenors: Senta Zeugin1, Albert Wall2, Philipp Obrist1, Johannes Kabatek1, Patrick Santos Rebelo1 (1Universität Zürich, 2Universität Wien)

Workshop description:
In the last decades, addressing linguistic issues by experiments has become an established practice in linguistic research. Nonetheless, experiments are significantly more common in certain areas of linguistics and in the study of certain languages. In this workshop, we propose to focus on linguistic fields and languages that only more recently have seen a surge in experimental studies, namely morpho-syntactic features in Romance.

While researchers have been prolific in applying and adapting experimental approaches to some languages, others lag behind. Germanic languages, English and German in particular, feature a wide range of different experimental studies, whereas significantly less work has been done on Romance. However, especially in more recent years, Romance languages are making up ground, and several topics have been addressed from an experimental point of view, e.g. different aspects of pronoun resolution (Demestre et al. 1999, de la Fuente & Hemforth 2013), Differential Object Marking (Nieuwland et al. 2013, Wall 2015 and Wall et al. 2020a on Spanish; Zeugin on Catalan; Montrul 2019 on Spanish and Romanian), or Bare Nouns (Wall 2014, Beviláqua et al. 2016). Other examples of morpho- syntactic features analysed in recent studies include clitic doubling (von Heusinger & Tigau 2019 on Romanian), subject omission (Soares et al. 2020 on Portuguese), leísmo (Rodríguez-Ordóñez on Spanish and Basque), as well as morphological processing (Crepaldi et al. 2014 for Italian) and issues at the syntax-information structure interface (Abeillé & Winckel 2019). This is but a small selection of morpho-syntactic features that can be studied via experimental methods and is by no means intended as a limitation for possible workshop papers. We also strongly encourage papers analysing several languages or dialects via parallel or comparable experiments (e.g. Ionin et al. 2011, Wall et al. 2020a & 2020b), thus providing a more robust basis for cross-linguistic comparison.

The aim of this workshop is to give visibility to these recent developments and to bring together the corresponding lines of research, deriving the greatest possible benefit of such a platform for researchers working on similar topics. Concentrating on Romance languages ensures a high degree of cross-linguistic comparability and transfer of insights, while at the same time offering a wide range of cross-linguistic variation of morpho-syntactic features to explore.

Check here for the full call for papers including references.

Call for papers:

We invite papers addressing one or several of the following questions:
– How can experimental methods inform linguistic theory?
– What are the advantages and best practices in the application of null hypothesis testing vs. exploratory data analysis?
– Are some methods more/less suited to the study of specific Romance morpho-syntactic features?
– What are the advantages of a combination of different experimental methods or of experimental and non-experimental methods?
– What is the potential of comparative/parallel studies applying experimental methods to several languages?

Possible topics include:
– Papers addressing one or several specific morpho-syntactic features
– Papers with a focus on one or several Romance languages (or Romance languages in contact with other languages)
– Papers combining different experimental methods or experimental and non- experimental methods in studying Romance morpho-syntactic features
– Experimental approaches with a comparative/variational focus
– Discussions of specific methodological aspects of experiments, e.g. experimental setup, Likert scales vs. magnitude estimation, statistical analysis of experimental data etc.

We invite you to submit preliminary abstracts (max. 300 words) for a 20-minutes presentation in PDF or word format to by 15-Nov-2020. If the workshop proposal is accepted, all selected participants will be invited to submit their full abstracts (max 500 words) to the general call for papers of SLE 21 before January 15 2021.

45th annual Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC 45)