July 2018  

What to do in Québec City FirstArticle 
Plan a visit to the Musée de la Civilisation de Québec and the surrounding area.
Located in the historic Old Quebec, near the Saint Lawrence River, the Musée de la civilisation de Québec (MCQ) is Québec's flagship museum. It features magnificent exhibits about Québec culture and history. During your stay, discover Québec's Aboriginal art and culture by visiting the exhibition "This Is Our Story", which draws on a rich collection including contemporary Aboriginal art, or learn about the career and creative process of Québec industrial design pioneer Michel Dallaire thourg the exhibition "Dallaire. From Idea to Object". And so much more!
There is a 15% discount for all SNL participants upon presentation of your badge!
The Museum is located within the "Petit-Champlain" district, at the bottom of Côte de la Montagne, a picture-perfect neighbourhood resembling a quaint riverside village. Since Québec's foundation in 1608, this area has evolved to a small portside village with fur trading posts and elegant homes. Today, as a result of an expansive urban restoration project, Quartier Petit-Champlain comprises narrow streets lined with one-of-a-kind boutiques and bistros. Visitors come in droves throughout the year to see the impressive historical architecture and cobblestone streets, making the Petit-Champlain one of the most popular attractions in the city. All year-round, visitors are enchanted by the romantic European atmosphere of this quaint neighbourhood, site of the Québec's first port, and can see here some of the colony's first houses.
After your visit, explore the beautiful "Place des Canotiers," a new public place facing the museum, which gives access to the majestic St-Laurent River. The St-Laurent, together with the Great Lakes, forms a hydrographic system that penetrates 3,058 km into North America. It is responsible for draining more than a quarter of the Earth's freshwater reserves! 
85, rue Dalhousie, Québec, QC, G1K 8R2
Place des canotiers (Facing the Musée de la civilisation)
40, rue Dalhousie, Québec, Québec, G1K 4B2
SNL 2018
 August 16-18, 2018   
Québec City, Canada 

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Upcoming Dates 
July 26th 
Last Day to Register Online  
August 6th 
Last Day to Pre-Register for Childcare 
August 16th - 18th  
SNL 2018  

Job Postings & Announcements
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Musée de la civilisation de Québec 
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Champlain Quebec City
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Free Childcare Available at SNL 2018!SecondArticle
Thanks to generous funding from the National Institutes of Health, SNL is pleased to offer FREE onsite childcare for children 0-12 years of age as part of the 2018 meeting! This year, we have contracted with "Garderie Mobile," a highly-recommended event childcare service. Activities will include age appropriate arts and crafts, educational activities, interactive games, and much more! 

Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for childcare will close on August 6, 2018, but we recommend that you register early. Drop-ins may be accommodated if room allows, but space cannot be guaranteed.
If you have any problems registering, please contact us. 
JobPostingsJob Postings and Announcements
Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction' 
One Postdoctoral Position and Two PhD positions

Three Positions for Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction' (1.0 FTE)
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.
Click here for more information on the positions.  
Work environment
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:

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:
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.
Other Information  
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?  
Further information on: the Language in Interaction Consortium
Further information on:
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 in Potsdam, Germany 
Short-Term Fellowships 

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.html
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 [email protected]. 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 further details, please contact Dr. Anastasiya Dockhorn-Romanova [email protected]
Department of Neurology, Medical College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  
Computational Research Scientist, Faculty Position  

The Department of Neurology and the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) are seeking a Computational Research Scientist for a faculty position at the Assistant to Associate level. This individual will
work with researchers using multi-dimensional time series arrays collected with fMRI, MEG, EEG, and other brain imaging techniques, and apply image processing, general linear statistical, and modeling procedures for functional brain mapping and other neuroscience applications. The candidate will join an active NIH-funded team of clinicians and scientists investigating cognitive brain systems in healthy people and patients with epilepsy, stroke, brain trauma, Parkinson's disease, dementia, and other neurological disorders.  
The Medical College of Wisconsin is a leader in fMRI and MEG brain imaging, with an active Center for Imaging Research (CIR), Neuroscience Research Center (NRC), and Department of Biomedical Engineering. Close collaborations with scientists at Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin and other area colleges make for a rich local academic environment. The Department of Neurology at MCW is the largest and most comprehensive neurology group in Wisconsin with a complement of 60 faculty conducting basic science research as well as clinical and translational studies.
Successful candidates should bring complex problem solving abilities, critical thinking, enthusiasm, and commitment to MCW's academic missions.  
Position Requirements
  • PhD in computer science, statistics, biomedical engineering, neuroscience, or related scientific field
  • Minimum required experience is 3 years
  • Preferred experience in computational analysis of image and/or time series data
  • Knowledge of basic and multivariable statistics, signal processing methods and computer programming
  • Fluency with Python is required within 6 months of hire
  • Fluency with Matlab and R, and prior experience with image processing strongly preferred
Your Work
MCW is a major academic medical center; the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In fiscal year 2014-15, faculty received approximately $158 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. MCW is a distinguished leader and innovator in the education and development of the next generation of physicians and scientists, with a diverse array of graduate programs including neuroscience, biophysics, and biomedical engineering.
Your Life
Located along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is one of America's great cities, combining a dynamic urban community and rich cultural heritage with access to beaches, parks, rivers, and other outdoor recreation. Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin, with approximately 1.8 million people in the greater metropolitan area. Milwaukee is a popular venue for sailing and other watersports, ethnic dining, and cultural festivals; the city is recognized for its diverse neighborhoods, historic architecture, museums, downtown riverwalk, professional sports, vibrant music and theater scene, major symphony orchestra, and numerous gardens and parks.
Interested candidates should send CV to:
Jeffrey R. Binder, MD
Vice Chair for Research,
Department of Neurology
Professor of Neurology and Biophysics
Medical College of Wisconsin
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) 
Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Translational Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation 

Three year NIH-funded fellowships are available at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), for research training in cognitive and motor neuroscience and neurorehabilitation.

Available mentors conduct patient-oriented research using approaches that utilize behavioral, computational, imaging, electrophysiologic, and electrical and pharmacologic neuromodulation methods. We welcome applications from individuals with a doctorate in psychology, cognitive science, communication science, kinesiology, movement science, or human neuroscience, who wish to learn to apply basic science principles to the study and treatment of behavioral and brain deficits in adult neurological patients. We also welcome applications from individuals with clinical rehabilitation backgrounds seeking to increase their depth in the basic science underpinnings of assessment and treatment. Applicants must have a track record in research and an interest in developing an independent research career.

Additional Information can be found at: http://mrri.org/T32.html.
Brain Organization for Language and Literacy Development (BOLD) Lab, Linguistics and Cognitive Science Department, University of Delaware 
Postdoctoral Position in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (fNIRS) and Global Literacy 

The BOLD Lab at the University of Delaware has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to contribute to research on child literacy development in rural Ivory Coast. We have several ongoing projects using a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging methods to study how children develop and learn to read in high-risk environments. Specifically, we are looking for an individual who can contribute to two projects: (1) a technology-based literacy intervention program in primary school settings, and (2) brain-behavior approach to the study of development and reading outcomes, both in Ivory Coast. 
Responsibilities will include the development, collection, and analysis of behavioral and neuroimaging data about literacy development and literacy intervention outcomes in school-aged children growing up in rural communities of Ivory Coast. The postdoc will also contribute to mentorship and collaboration with an Ivorian research team of graduate students and postdocs, with the goal of increasing local science capacity. The position is based at the University of Delaware, and the postdoc will have opportunities to go to Ivory Coast over the duration of the position.
Successful applicants will have a background in several of the following areas: child development, language and literacy acquisition, reading interventions (including education technologies), recording and analysis of fNIRS data, design and analysis of complex behavioral experiments/tasks, longitudinal data analysis, global development (ideally in sub-Saharan Africa). A Ph.D. in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, or Neuroscience is preferred. The ideal candidate will be familiar with working in international contexts (preferably sub-Saharan Africa), proficient in French, and have a high degree of fluency conducting univariate and multivariate statistics using R, and fNIRS neuroimaging analysis using Matlab (NIRS-SPM, fNIRS-toolbox, Homer).
Interested candidates should send via email their CV, two representative papers, the names of three references, and a cover letter to Dr. Kaja Jasinska ([email protected]). 

The position is for one year, with the option to renew for 1-2 years, given satisfactory performance and available funding.

Contact Information
Contact Name: Kaja Jasinska
Contact Email: [email protected]
Department of Psychology, Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain at the University of Cambridge
ERC Advanced Investigator  

Applications are invited for an experienced and enthusiastic cognitive neuroscientist with strong computational skills to work on an ERC Advanced Investigator grant on the neurobiology of language processing using MEG neuroimaging and fMRI data-sets.
The applicant will join the Department of Psychology, as a member of the Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain (at the University of Cambridge http://cslb.psychol.cam.ac.uk), an inter-disciplinary team led by Professor Lorraine Tyler. The Centre has access to a research-dedicated 3T Siemens MR scanner, and EEG and MEG facilities. We currently use a variety of analysis methods on MEG and fMRI data-sets, and in particular multivariate analysis methods such as Representational Similarity Analyses.
Applicants must have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, computer science, or a related discipline. They are expected to have an interest in the neurobiology of cognitive functions, advanced statistical skills, and excellent computer programming (especially MATLAB and/or Python) skills. Experience of MEG analyses, particularly in using multivariate neuroimaging methods for MEG data and MEG source localization methods, are highly desirable. Relevant post-doctoral experience is an advantage. Given the nature of the research, candidates should be fully fluent in English.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.
For more information, and to apply online for this vacancy, please go to http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/17848/
Informal inquiries can be made to Professor Tyler ([email protected])
Please note the closing date for applications is 15 July 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Please quote reference PJ15880 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK
Max Planck Institute Nijmegen 
Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Statistical Genomics/Genetic Epidemiology

The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, is offering a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position in Statistical Genomics/Genetic Epidemiology. The host research group, led by Dr Beate St Pourcain, investigates the genetic basis of social communication, language and interaction in large population-based cohorts.
The successful applicant will engage in the analysis of evolutionary signatures and brain-specific genetic encodings of these phenotypes, using genetic, neuroimaging and metabolic data. Analyses will include Mendelian Randomization-based approaches, but also different structural equation modelling techniques and the application of methods to detect evidence for human adaptation. The host research group is embedded within the Language & Genetics Department of the MPI for Psycholinguistics.
The successful applicant will hold, or shortly expects to obtain, a PhD qualification in Statistical Genomics, Genetic Epidemiology, Medical Statistics or a related quantitative discipline involving the interrogation of 'omics' datasets. This includes a strong computational background with knowledge of shell, R, Python or Perl or another programming language, and familiarity with approaches to integrate biological information from a wide range of (publicly available) data resources. Knowledge of one or more of the following data-analytical approaches is an advantage:
  • Mendelian Randomization techniques
  • Structural equation modelling or twin modelling techniques
  • Methods to detect human selection and adaptation
Familiarity with neuroimaging data and/or metabolomic data is a further advantage. Candidates do not require prior experience in the analysis of social and communication-related phenotypes, but should be keen to acquire this knowledge during the course of the project and involve themselves in the ongoing research of the department.
Conditions of employment
  • The proposed starting date is 1 October 2018 although the start date is negotiable.
  • Full-time position (39 hours per week) with a term of appointment of 3 years.
  • The salary is according to the German TVöD (Starting salary: €47,399 - €52,573 p.a.).
  • All research staff have access to state-of-the art research and training facilities and a generous conference and travel budget. 
The MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen is the only research institute in the world entirely devoted to the study of language. Our goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types.  We are situated on the campus of the Radboud University, and have close collaborative links with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University. We are part of the Max Planck Society, an independent non-governmental association of German-funded research institutes dedicated to fundamental research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.
The Institute is part of the Max Planck Society, an independent non-governmental association of German-funded research institutes dedicated to fundamental research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.
The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunities employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.
The Institute is located in the Netherlands. Scientists in the Netherlands report among the highest job satisfaction ratings of any in the world.
For further details please see our website: http://www.mpi.nl
Application Procedure
For informal scientific enquiries, please get in touch with Beate St Pourcain ([email protected]).
Applications should include in a single pdf file:
  1. a two-page statement of interest
  2. a CV
  3. a list of publications
  4. Names, email addresses and contact numbers of three referees
Applications and general enquiries should be sent to Martina Bernhard (Secretary, Language & Genetics Department); E-mail: [email protected]  
Applications will be reviewed from 1 July 2018 until the position is filled.

Conferences, Programs, and Calls
Call for Abstracts 
Neuroscience of Language in Abu Dhabi 2019 (NEUROLANG-AD 2019) #neurolangAD2019
April 22 - 23 2019   NYU Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates    
Website: https://wp.nyu.edu/neurolangnyuad2019/
Email: [email protected]
Abstract submission deadline: Nov 10 2018
Invited speakers:
  • Jeffrey Binder (Medical College of Wisconsin) > Karen Emmorey (San Diego State University)
  • Victor Ferreira (University of California, San Diego)
  • David Poeppel (New York University and Max Planck Frankfurt/Main)
  • Nuria Sebastian Galles (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
  • Mina Teicher (Bar-Ilan University)

The NYU Neuroscience of Language Lab (NeLLab), New York University Abu Dhabi, and the NYU Abu Dhabi Research Institute are pleased to sponsor to an international meeting on the latest advances in the neuroscience of language (including behavioral experiments relevant to neural mechanisms), especially aimed at insights stemming from interdisciplinary research, such as work bridging linguistics and neuroscience, and from the study of languages that are currently underrepresented neurobiological research on language.

Abstracts are solicited for 30 minute talks and posters.

Abstract deadline: November 10 2018 (midnight GMT)
Abstract notifications: Mid December

Abstracts for talks and/or posters should be no more than one (A4) page plus one additional page for figures, tables, and references and should be submitted electronically to [email protected]. Please use 2.54 cm/1 inch margins and a Times font face. Limited financial support may be available for selected student presenters.

Conference website: https://wp.nyu.edu/neurolangnyuad2019/

We hope to see you in Abu Dhabi in April 2019!

- Liina Pylkkänen and Alec Marantz

7th Nordic Aphasia Conference
Turku, Finland, 13-15 June 2019 
We are pleased to inform you that the 7th Nordic Aphasia Conference will be held in Turku, Finland on 13-15 June 2019!
The overarching theme of the conference is Current Challenges in Aphasia Therapy. We are currently constructing the programme and are proud to announce our confirmed speakers:
Multilingualism and aphasia:
Prof. Jubin Abutalebi (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University); Dr. Monica I. Norvik Knoph (University of Oslo);
Technology-mediated aphasia therapy:
Dr. Annie Hill (University of Queensland); Prof. Ulla Konnerup (Aalborg University); Prof. Matti Lehtihalmes (University of Oulu); Johanna Naamanka (Coronaria, Finland)
Important dates:
Conference dates: 13-15 June 2019
Abstract submission (scientific and clinical): 1 December 2018 - 15 January 2019 Registration open: 1 January - 15 May 2019
Please visit the conference website for more information http://nac2019.fi/ and follow us on Facebook for updates!  https://www.facebook.com/nac2019/
If you have any enquiries, please contact us at [email protected].
Workshop "Psycholinguistic and Computational Perspectives on Non-compositional Meaning in Phrases"   
November 29 - 30

It is a pleasure to invite you and your colleagues to the workshop "Psycholinguistic and Computational Perspectives on Non-compositional Meaning in Phrases." This workshop is organized by the SFB 833 and associates at the University of Tübingen and will take place in Tübingen, Germany from November to 30th, 2018.

For detailed information, go to: https://noncompworkshop.github.io/


The traditional view on the construction of phrasal meaning is compositional (i.e., the meaning of individual words is combined into phrasal meaning). For a considerable part of language, however, meaning cannot be directly derived via meaning composition of the individual constituent words of a phrase. Examples of such non-compositional phrases are idioms (e.g., to be on cloud nine), metaphors, (e.g., a blossoming mind), phrasal verbs (e.g. dig into something), prepositional phrases (e.g., on the other hand), adjective-noun phrases (e.g., black coffee), and compounds (e.g., pineapple). While such examples of non-compositional language are ubiquitous in language use, there is not yet consensus on how these phrases should be represented in psycholinguistic and computational models of processing. It is precisely this non-compositionality that raises important questions for models of meaning, such as:
  • How are such phrases represented and comprehended, and to what extent do the individual constituents contribute to phrasal meaning?
  • How is meaning constitution impacted by language development (i.e., first and second language acquisition)?
  • How does context impact access to non-compositional meaning?
Both computational and psycholinguistic approaches attempt to help us better model the bridge between form and meaning, and this workshop provides a platform for resolving interdisciplinary differences and encouraging cross-talk between junior and senior researchers. Particularly, we aim to ask how psycholinguistic modeling of non-compositional meaning can inform computational linguistic models and vice versa.


Inbal Arnon, Hebew University of Jerusalem
Johan Bos, University of Groningen
Cristina Cacciari, University of Modena
Gareth Carrol, University of Birmingham
Aurelie Herbelot, University of Trento


For this workshop, we invite submissions for presentation including but not limited to:
  • Processing and representation of non-compositional, conventionalized, or figurative meaning
  • Idioms, conventional metaphors, phrasal verbs, adjective-noun phrases, prepositional phrases, compound nouns, etc.
  • Cross-linguistic perspectives on collocations and other non-compositional expressions
  • Acquisition of phrasal meaning (L1 and L2)
  • The impact of context on processing non-compositional meaning
  • Challenges of non-compositionality for computational modeling of meaning, including logic-based and distributional aspects of meanings
  • Data-driven methods for identifying non-compositional phrases and for distinguishing between compositional and non-compositional meanings
  • The intersection of psycholinguistic and computational perspectives on non-compositional meaning

Abstracts should be no longer than two (2) A4 pages, single-spaced, 12-point font, including key references and tables/figures. Submissions should be anonymous, and authors can identify themselves in the submission form. Submissions will be selected for either a 20-minute talk or a poster presentation. 


Please submit abstracts in .pdf form by June 17th, 2018 to: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=noncompworkshop18

Notifications will be sent out by mid-July. If accepted, there is no registration fee for this workshop. Coffee breaks, a conference dinner, and a poster lunch will also be provided. There will also be an award for the best student talk and/or poster.


Sara Beck (Project B9, SFB 833)
Patricia Fischer (Project A3, SFB 833)
Ruth Keßler (Project B9, SFB 833)
Yana Strakatova (MoKo, Department of Linguistics)

Claudia Friedrich, Chair of Developmental Psychology
Erhard W. Hinrichs, Chair of General and Computational Linguistics
Andrea Weber, Chair of Psycholinguistics and Applied Language Studies


Ruth Keßler: [email protected]
Summer School in Statistical Methods for Linguistics and Psychology (SMLP) 
September 10 - 14, 2018 

Applications are now open for the annual statistical methods summer school to be held at the University of Potsdam, Germany. The summer school will be held after AMLaP 2018 (which is happening in Berlin). For details, see https://vasishth.github.io/SMLP2018/  
International Workshop on Neural Mechanisms Underlying Improved Speech Perception   
September 24 - 25, 2018 

Confirmed Speakers
Michael Beauchamp (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)
Adeen Flinker (NYU School of Medicine, USA)
Usha Goswami (University of Cambridge, UK)
Joachim Gross (University of Münster, Germany)
Christoph Kayser (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
Sonja Kotz (Maastricht University, Netherlands)
Katharina von Kriegstein (TU Dresden and Max Planck Institute Leipzig, Germany)
Chris Petkov (Newcastle University, UK)
Ediz Sohoglu (University of Cambridge, UK)
Abstract deadline for poster presentations is May 31st 2018. Please send your abstract to [email protected]. The workshop fee is 100 Euro and includes all meals (see preliminary program). Travel and hotel costs are not covered by the fee. Acceptance notifications will be sent out in June (~ 20 posters in total).  Shortly after the notifications, travel information will be send out and information on special hotel room rates.
I look forward to an exciting workshop!
Yours sincerely,
Inga Schepers  
WoRLD: Workshop on Reading, Language and Deafness  
October 18 - 20, 2018 

The Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (www.bcbl.eu) is pleased to announce WoRLD: Workshop on Reading, Language and Deafness to be held in San Sebastián, Spain, from Thursday, October 18th to Saturday, October 20th 2018. Abstract submission is now open until 15th May, 2018. And registration will be availabe from 5th of March onwards.

This workshop aims to bring together experts and researchers on the neurocognition of language in deaf individuals and to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between scientists and stakeholders. The topics of the workshop include language processing and development in the context of deafness, and will cover sign language and spoken language in oral and written form.

The workshop program will include invited speakers, regular talks, panel discussions, and poster sessions. The workshop language is English; International Sign interpretation will be provided if required.

Keynote speakers
David Corina - University of California, Davis, USA.
Karen Emmorey - University of California, San Diego, USA.
Mairéad MacSweeney - University College London, United Kingdom
Anu Sharma - University of Colorado Boulder, USA.
Bencie Woll - University College London, United Kingdom.
Christine Yoshinago-Itano - University of Colorado Boulder, USA.

For further information please visit http://www.bcbl.eu/events/world2018.

The scientific part of the workshop (18th-19th October) will be followed by a one-day event on Saturday, 20th October to provide a meeting space for researchers and stakeholders, including deaf individuals, educators, practitioners, and parents. For more information about this event please visit http://www.bcbl.eu/events/worldpractice2018

We look forward to seeing you at the conference.
Yours sincerely,
The Organizing Committee
Manuel Carreiras, Brendan Costello & Marcel Giezen 
Academy of Aphasia 56th Annual Meeting
October 21 - 23, 2018  
The 56th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia will be held at the Hotel Place D'Armes in Montreal, Canada. The Academy of Aphasia welcomes submissions of original experimental, clinical, theoretical, and historical research from any field that contributes to the study of aphasia, including Speech-Language Pathology, Psychology, Neurology, Neuroscience, Linguistics, History, and Computational Modeling.
Presentation types. The annual meeting includes both platform and poster sessions.

Platform sessions include:
  • Scientific papers--consisting of original research that has not yet been published.
  • Symposia--consisting of a number of papers focusing on a common theme from researchers representing different laboratories. These papers may report on previously published research.
  • Mini-Workshops--methodologically oriented sessions consisting of a number of papers reporting a unique approach to a timely topic.The authors of these papers may be from a single research group.
Poster sessions include:
  • Scientific papers that can be presented primarily in a visual format.
The Academy considers poster sessions to be as scientifically meritorious as platform sessions. Poster sessions will not conflict with platform sessions.

Guidelines for abstract content.
The submitted abstract should provide a concise statement of the problem or hypothesis,procedures and analyses conducted, results obtained, and final conclusion(s) drawn. Abstracts may include a maximum of 500 words (excluding references) as well as one camera-ready figure/table (in JPEG only). American Psychological Association (APA) format should be used for references. Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will not be
reviewed. Click HERE for detailed information about how to submit and the criteria for submissions.  

Symposia and Mini-Workshops.
In the case of symposia and mini-workshops, the organizer should submit an abstract summarizing the topic, including the names and affiliations of all the participants, and the titles of the other abstracts. In addition, an abstract should be submitted for each of the individual presentations.To helpin the planning of the program, it is recommended that organizers ofsymposia and mini-workshops contact the chair of the Program Committee by e-mail ([email protected]) about their plans to get feedback on organizational issues.
Authorship of
than one abstract maybe submitted by an individual, but an individual can be listed as first author on only one submission. Both members and non-members of the Academy are encouraged to submit proposals for scientific papers, symposia and mini-workshops.

Student papers must be co-authored by a member of the Academy. All submissions will be given equal consideration on the basis of their scientific merit and fitness for the Academy.

Conference participation.

meeting is open to anyone interested in attending. However, meeting space is limited, and Academy of Aphasia members, authors of accepted papers, and the first authors of rejected papers will have preference, if space limitations restrict the number of registrants.
Selection criteria for the meeting program.
The Program Committee will review the abstracts anonymously. Selection of papers will be based on scientific merit,innovation, appropriateness for the Academy of Aphasia, on the representation of topics in the program. You will be notified by email of the decision by the Program Committee by June 30,
Program availability.
A short version of the program (without abstracts) will be distributed at the conference with other registration materials. Accepted abstracts will be published online in Frontier-Psychology in Language Science. Abstracts will be available in early fall for download from Frontiers.
Program Committee:
Brenda Rapp (Chair)
Yasmeen Faroqi Shah
Michael Dickey
Simon Fischer-Baum
Carlo Semenza
Peter Turkeltaub   

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