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University of Delaware
Postdoctoral Positions        

The Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware is accepting graduate applicants with interests in the neural and cognitive mechanisms of language processing, language acquisition, literacy development and developmental disorders of language.
Faculty actively recruiting graduate students include:
This group uses state-of-art behavioral and neuroimaging methods, including eye-tracking, EEG/ERP,  fNIRS, and MRI/fMRI. There are rich collaborations with researchers in allied fields including the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Graduate Program of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Carnegie Research University (with very high research activity, a designation accorded to fewer than 3% of degree-granting institutions in the U.S.), and with external funding exceeding $200 million. A state-assisted, privately governed institution, the University enrolls approximately 17,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students.
The application deadline for Fall 2018 admission is Feb 1. Applicants can go to the following website for more information:
 Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics  
 Post-Doctoral Research Scientist Position 

Postdoc position "High spatio-temporal resolution research on language production"
 The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics invites applications for a 5-year Post-Doctoral Research Scientist position in the field of language production research.

The research will be conducted in the group of Max Planck Research Fellow Peter Indefrey at the MPI and the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, both in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. This group will apply high spatio-temporal resolution methods to investigate the activation time course of brain regions involved in word production.

The selected candidate(s) must have the ability to conduct independent research, publish academic manuscripts and should have expertise in MEG, preferentially also TMS/brain stimulation techniques and MRI imaging.
The position will be open from beginning of 2018.
Applications must be submitted electronically to [email protected]
Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) 
Fellowships Programme         

With the aim of continuing to support the best scientific talent and fostering innovative, high quality research in Spain, "la Caixa" Foundation is launching a new call for applications for the INPhINIT Fellowships Programme. The application deadline is February 1st, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (Central European Time - CET). 
In this second call it will grant 57 3-year fellowships to talented researchers of any nationality to carry out a doctorate at top Spanish research centres accredited with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu distinction and at Carlos III Health Research Institutes, in the disciplines of Bio and Health Sciences, Technology, Physics, Engineering and Mathematics.
BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language is a "Severo Ochoa" Centre and Host Institution in INPhINIT call, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in research, training and knowledge transfer within the area of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. The projects on offer for this call are:
  • Brain_Sign: Language circuits in sign language processing (Supervisor: Prof. Manuel Carreiras)
  • Deaf_Readers: Cortical circuits for reading in the deaf (Supervisor: Prof. Manuel Carreiras)
  • Laterality: Brain lateralization for language (Supervisor: Prof. Manuel Carreiras)
  • Presurgical: Presurgical mapping and brain plasticity linked to brain surgery (Supervisor: Prof. Manuel Carreiras)
  • Optimization in second language pronunciation (Supervisor: Dr. Clara Martin)
  • The impact of literacy on speech perception (Supervisor: Dr. Clara Martin)
  • Reading beyond the reading network: Hippocampal and thalamic contributions to reading (Supervisor: Dr. Kepa Paz-Alonso)
  • Functional and structural common neural basis of creativity across specific domains (Supervisor: Dr. Kepa Paz-Alonso
  • Neural modulation of self-representations in memory and language systems (Supervisor: Dr. Kepa Paz-Alonso
  • Impact of early language history on reading acquisition: A focus on bilingualism (Supervisor: Dr. Marie Lallier)
  • Predictive timing and the sensorymotor integration (Supervisor: Dr. Nicola Molinaro)
  • Timing in audiovisual speech integration: A neurophysiological assessment for language disorders (Supervisor: Dr. Nicola Molinaro)
  • Development of physiologically-informed spatiotemporal deconvolution algorithms to investigate brain function with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) (Supervisor: Dr. Cesar Caballero)
  • Studying the dynamics of human brain function at rest with electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). (Supervisor: Dr. Cesar Caballero)
  • Deep learning algorithms to study human brain function with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (Supervisor: Dr. Cesar Caballero) 
  • 3-years contract 
  • Incorporation date: September and October of 2018. January 2019 under extraordinary circumstances. 
  • 34,800 euros per year including salary, employee social security contribution, income taxes and all compulsory employers' contributions
  • 3,564 euros per year for research costs such as conferences and workshops attendance, short-stays, consumables and intellectual property costs, among others. 
  • "la Caixa" Foundation will award a prize of 7,500 euros to be paid in the fourth year if the research fellow submits the thesis within 6 months subsequent to the end of the fellowship's third year.
  • Complementary training programme
Eligibility requirements:
  • The INPhINIT programme will be open to Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) of all nationalities. Candidates must meet the following criteria (in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie eligibility conditions):
  • At the publication date of the final list of selected candidates (29 may 2018), applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • At the time of recruitment, candidates must comply with one of the following options:
  • To have completed the studies that lead to an official Spanish (or from another country of the European Higher Education Area) university degree awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits must correspond to master level.
  • To have completed a degree in a non-Spanish university not adapted to the European Higher Education Area that gives access to doctoral studies. The verification of an equivalent level of studies to the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the admission procedure starts.
  • Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the publication date of the final list of selected candidates (29 may 2018). Short stays such as holidays will not be taken into account when calculating the mobility requirement.
  • Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).
  • Only candidates whose submitted application fulfil all the requirements will be eligible.
For further information, please visit the following links: 
International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences 
PhD Positions     

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences is once again recruiting three candidates for its coveted IMPRS Fellowships. The Fellowships are intended to encourage interdisciplinary language research that takes advantage of the high concentration of top-rated expertise and facilities available in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Each PhD position is funded for four years with a preferred start date of September 1, 2018. 

The IMPRS is the leading research school in the world devoted to studying the foundations of human language. It is a joint initiative of the 
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and its partner institutes at the Radboud University: the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and the Centre for Language Studies. The research school offers unrivalled training, top facilities ranging from genetics labs, advanced brain imaging techniques to a virtual reality lab, and an outstanding interdisciplinary environment.

For more information, please visit
The application deadline is January 2, 2018 (midnight CET).
Kindly send queries with "IMPRS 2018 application" in the subject line to [email protected]  
Call for Application: Spring School "Language, Music, and Cognition" in Cologne, Germany

If you wish to participate in this spring school, please apply by December 31st, 2017.
For more details, please visit our homepage
Event title: Spring School "Language, Music, and Cognition"
Location: University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Dates: February 26th - March 2nd, 2018
Language: English
Application Deadline: December 31st, 2017 23:59 (UTC+1, Central European Time)

"Language, Music, and Cognition" is an international spring school held from February 26th to March 2nd, 2018 at University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany. Participation to the spring school is free of charge.

If you are interested in participating in this spring school, please submit your application (motivation letter and CV) till December 31st, 2017.
You can find information about the application process here:
This spring school provides lectures given by experts in the respective research areas including biology, psychology, neuroscience, musicology, linguistics, and computer science. Along with the lectures, there will be group work sessions and a poster session. Applicants are invited to contribute their own work to the poster session. The abstract of the poster can be also submitted via application form till December 31st, 2017.

Topics & Confirmed Lecturers:

Comparative Evolutionary Biology
Chris Petkov (Newcastle University, UK)
Constance Scharff (Free University of Berlin, Germany)

Social Cognition
Ian Cross (University of Cambridge, UK)
Kai Vogeley (University of Cologne, Germany)

Developmental Psychology
Maria Teresa Guasti (University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy)
Barbara Höhle (University of Potsdam, Germany)

Cognitive Neuroscience of Speech, Language, and Communication
Sonja Kotz (Maastricht University, the Netherlands)
Daniela Sammler (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany)

Computational and Biological Approaches to Language and Music
Uwe Seifert (University of Cologne, Germany)
Cedric Boeckx (University of Barcelona, Spain)
Nijmegen Lectures 2018

The Nijmegen Lectures committee is pleased to announce that the Nijmegen Lectures 2018 will take place on 26th, 27th, and 28th February. The lectures will be given by Elena Lieven, Professor of Psychology at the University of Manchester and Centre Director of the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD) established across the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster.
The title of the lecture series is: Understanding how children learn language: What progress has been made since 1965?
The Nijmegen Lectures will include a poster session on topics related to the 2018 Nijmegen Lectures' theme. We invite abstract submissions for posters, particularly from junior researchers. More information on
Deadline for submission is 21st December 2017. We will notify you of decisions regarding presentation by 19th January 2018.
For further information please go to the Nijmegen Lectures website:
All lectures and seminars are free of charge and open to the public. Please note that registration is required for everybody who plans to attend. We advise you to register as soon as possible because space is limited. You can do so by clicking on this link
We look forward to seeing you at the Nijmegen Lectures.
The 2018 Nijmegen Lectures organizing committee: Christina Bergmann, Susanne Brouwer, Saoradh Favier, Caroline Rowland, Tineke Snijders, Connie de Vos
MMN2018: 8th Mis­match Neg­at­iv­ity Con­fer­ence "MMN from ba­sic sci­ence to clin­ical ap­plic­a­tions"

The poster abstract submission for the Mismatch Negativity Conference 2018, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the MMN, is now open! We are delighted to invite you to listen to our key note speakers Professors Stanislas Dehaene and Laurel Trainor in Helsinki, in early June, 2018. The conference program and poster submission instructions can be found here:
The conference is very modestly priced, with early bird prices at 200€ for students and 300€ for senior scientists, inclusive of lunch and refreshments.
We hope to see you in Helsinki in great numbers!
Mari Tervaniemi (chair), Teija Kujala, and local scientific committee
Call for Papers--1st Workshop on Linguistic and Neuro-Cognitive Resources (LiNCR)

8 May 2018, co-located with LREC
The Phoenix Seagaia Resort, Miyazaki, Japan
Submission deadline: December 15, 2017/January 15, 2018
[email protected] 


The LiNCR (pronounced as 'linker') workshop aims to provide a venue to explore a new generation of language resources which link and aggregate cognitive behavioural, neuroimaging measurement data to a shared set of richly annotated linguistic data. We invite experts on brain and language, on language resources, and on big data and machine learning to look at the potential for collaboration towards building multiply linked and richly aggregated Linguistic and Neuro-Cognitive Resources (LiNCR) as well as methodologies for processing the big data integrated in LiNCR. The participants are expected to work together to address format, methodology, as well as legal issues arising from this highly heterogeneous mix of linguistic, behavioral and physiological datasets (e.g. EEG, ERP, Eye-movement, electrodermal activity, fMRI, MEG, as well as behavioral norms).

The issues will include but not limit to the ontology for aggregation of neuro-cognitive data with linguistic facts, how to interpret experimental data when linked to additional linguistic facts, how to design experiments that allow same data sets to be shared by different experimental modality, how to link and normalize data from subjects with special cognitive conditions to the norms, how to link and aggregate multilingual data, and the stochastic solutions for data aggregation and learning. In addition to providing a forum for presenting existing LiNCRs as well as innovative research based on integrated heterogeneous datasets, we also welcome project notes and discussions on our proposal that may address issues and challenges arising from new types of LiNCRs. The workshop will also include breakout forums in form of round tables for initial discussion to form consortia for future collaboration.  


Language resources to-date can be described as collections of snapshots of language production. They are in vitro and ready to be tested but do not contain any direct information on the cognitive processes that produced them. That is, the in vivo perspectives of language are missing from them. On the other hand, studies on the neurobiological basis of language processing made significant progresses based on collected neurological, neuroimaging and behavioral datasets. But these experimental data typically focus on strictly controlled stimuli annotated with a single linguistic feature. Hence, the potentialof linking richly annotated linguistic facts with experimental data has yet to be realised. The LiNCR workshop aims to bring together experts from computational, corpus, and neuro-cognitive linguistics to bridge this. We hope not only to herald in a new generation of language resources but also to open a new inter-disciplinary frontier in the exploration of human cognition based on LiNCRs.

Recent NLP research demonstrates that the incorporation of behavioural data (e.g. eye-tracking) improves modelling on a variety of language tasks (Long et al. 2017). Similarly, cognitive neuroscience studies can benefit from richly annotated linguistic data to uncover the relationship between brain regions and different language subprocesses (Wehbe et al. 2014; Huth et al. 2016). The time is ripe to bring these two fields together, and this workshop aims to advance research in this new frontier by exploring the following topics:

-Corpus selection (Mono/Multi-lingual)
-Ontology/framework for linking annotations in different modalities
-Linking experimental results to linguistically annotated data
-Design for multiple neuro-cognitive experimental platforms to share same linguistic data set
-Aggregation and normalization of data between population with special cognitive conditions with normal, and across different linguistic backgrounds
-Stochastic models for knowledge aggregation   

We welcome contributions which address any of the aspects of a new generation of language resources that link and aggregate neurological behavioral measurement data to a shared set of richly annotated linguistic data. Multiple contributions are welcomed, but please note that you can only be first author for one contribution. In line with the LREC main conference policy, the submissions are not anonymous for LiNCR workshop as well.
In the START system, please specify whether you wish to have a poster or oral presentation. In both cases, the abstracts must consist of 3 to 4 pages (references excluded).
*Full paper Presentation
-Single or multiple authors
-30-minute oral presentations (20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes QA)

*'Lightning' poster presentation
-Single or multiple authors
-Two-minute presentation followed by poster session

Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format via Softconf START  

Describing your LRs in the LRE Map is now a normal practice in the submission procedure of LREC (introduced in 2010 and adopted by other conferences). To continue the efforts initiated at LREC 2014 about "Sharing LRs" (data, tools, web-services, etc.), authors will have the possibility, when submitting a paper, to upload LRs in a special LREC repository. This effort of sharing LRs, linked to the LRE Map for their description, may become a new "regular" feature for conferences in our field, thus contributing to creating a common repository where everyone can deposit and share data.

As scientific work requires accurate citations of referenced work so as to allow the community to understand the whole context and also replicate the experiments conducted by other researchers, LREC 2018 endorses the need to uniquely Identify LRs through the use of the International Standard Language Resource Number (ISLRN, ), a Persistent Unique Identifier to be assigned to each Language Resource. The assignment of ISLRNs to LRs cited in LREC papers will be offered at submission time.

Early Submission deadline: December 15, 2017
Regular Submission deadline: January 15, 2018
Notification of acceptance: February 9, 2018
Camera ready due: February 23, 2018
Workshop at LREC: May 8, 2018


Chu-Ren Huang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Chair)
Christophe Pallier (INSERM-CEA, CNRS, Co-Chair)
Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa)
Barry Devereux (Queen's University Belfast)
Brian Murphy (Queen's University Belfast)
Chia-ying Lee (Academia Sinica)
Ekaterina Shutova (University of Cambridge)
Enrico Santus (SUTD-MIT)
Jie-Li Tsai (National Chengchi University)
John Hale (Cornell/DeepMind)
Kathleen Ahrens (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Laurent Prévot (LPL-CNRS, AMU)
Leila Wehbe (UC Berkeley)
Mark Lieberman (LDC, University of Pennsylvania)
Philippe Blache (LPL-CNRS, AMU)
Qin Lu (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Reinhold Kliegl (Potsdam University)
Shi-Kai Hsieh (National Taiwan University)


All Organizing Committee Members, plus the following:
Ekaterina Shutova (University of Cambridge , Chair)
Barry Devereux (Queen's University Belfast, Co-Chair)
Adam Pease (Articulate Software)
Alex Huth (UC Berkeley)
Anna Korhonen (University of Cambridge)
Chetwyn Chan (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Chia-Lin Lee (National Taiwan University)
Chia-ying Lee (Academia Sinica)
Emmanuele Cherisoni (Aix-Marseille University)
I-Hsuan Chen (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Karl Neergaard (LPL-CNRS, Aix-Marseille University)
Lorraine K Tyler (University of Cambridge)
Luana Bulat (University of Cambridge)
Marco Senaldi (Normale Superiore di Pisa)
Massimo Poesio (Queen Mary University of London)
Natalia Klyueva (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Noël Nguyen (LPL-CNRS, AMU)
Patricia Lichtenstein (UC Merced)
Renkui Hou (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Shichang Wang (Shandong University)
Stefan Frank (Radboud University)
Vesna Gamez- Djokic (UC Berkeley)
William S.Y. Wang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Yao Yao (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Yunfei Long (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Yu-Yin Hsu (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
SNL 2017
The Society for the Neurobiology of Language