Sep
18
Fri
Annual Meeting on Phonology 2020 (AMP 2020) Tickets
Sep 18 – Sep 20 all-day

Date: 18-Sep-2020 – 20-Sep-2020
Location: Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Contact Person: Ryan Bennett

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Call Deadline: 10-May-2020

We are seeking high-quality unpublished research in all areas of theoretical, experimental and computational phonology for presentation at the 2020 Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP 2020). The conference will take place September 18-20, 2020 at the University of California, Santa Cruz. This is the eighth installment of the Annual Meetings on Phonology, following the 2013 inaugural meeting at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and subsequent meetings hosted by MIT, UBC/SFU, USC, NYU, UC San Diego and Stony Brook University.

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for either oral presentations (20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion) or poster presentations. Abstracts must be anonymous, so please be sure to eliminate any identifying information and metadata from the document. Length is limited to a maximum of two single-spaced pages (US Letter), figures and references included. Font size should be 12-point, with margins of at least one inch (2.54cm) left on all sides. Abstracts must be submitted in .pdf file format.

Submissions are limited to two per author, with at most one submission being single- or primary-authored.

Abstracts on topics related to intonation, phrasal phonology, and other areas of prosody are particularly encouraged.

The deadline for abstract submission is Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time).

Abstract submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=amp2020ucsantacruz

Sep
28
Mon
New Trends in Translation and Technology (NeTTT’2020) Tickets
Sep 28 – Sep 30 all-day

Date: 28-Sep-2020 – 30-Sep-2020
Location: Rhodes Island, Greece
Contact: Sheila Castilho

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics; Translation

Submission Deadline: 30 April 2020

The forthcoming International Conference ‘New Trends in Translation and Technology’ (NeTTT’2020) will take place on the island of Rhodes, Greece, 28-30 September 2020.

The objective of the conference is to bring together academics in linguistics, translation studies, machine translation and natural language processing, as well as developers, practitioners, language service providers and vendors who work on or are interested in different aspects of technology for translation. The conference will be a distinctive and interdisciplinary event for discussing the latest developments and practices in translation technology. NeTTT’2020 invites all professionals who would like to learn about recent trends, present their latest work, and/or share their experiences in the field. The conference will also be an ideal place to establish business and research contacts, collaborations and new ventures.

The conference will take the form of presentations (peer-reviewed research and user presentations, keynote speeches), demos (demos from sponsors) and posters; it will also feature panel discussions and tutorials/workshops. The presentations will be published as open-access conference e-proceedings. NeTTT’2020 will be preceded by a two-day summer school on Neural Machine Translation. Keynote speakers to be announced soon.

NeTTT’2020 will be preceded by a two-day summer school on Neural Machine Translation.

Conference topics:

Contributions are invited on any topic related to the latest technology used in machine translation, translation, subtitling, localisation and interpreting. These include but are not limited to:

– Machine Translation (MT) – any MT-related research activity, from development to human factors
– CAT tools (Translation Memory (TM) systems, integration of Machine Translation in TM systems)
– Quality assessment and quality control
– Speech Technology
– Terminology management
– Crowdsourcing
– Social media
– Translation Workflow and Management
– Localisation
– Technology adoption by translators and industry
– Training (to include university programmes on translation and interpreting and training in the dynamically changing industry)
– New and emerging language and mobile technologies, tools and resources which can support the work of translators, localisers, subtitlers and interpreters
– Ethical issues in translation and technology

Programme Committee:

The Programme Committee will be announced in the first Call for Papers which can be expected in November 2019.

Schedule:

Submission deadline: 30 April 2020
(The follow-up calls will provide information as to how submission can be made.)

Notification of acceptance: 30 May 2020

Camera-ready versions due: 25 August 2020

Summer School on Neural Machine Translation: 26-27 September 2020

NeTTT’2020 conference: 28-30 September 2020

Organisation:

NeTTT’2000 is organised by the Dimetra Academy for Translators, Greece; Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting and Department of Informatics, Ionian University, Greece; Adapt Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland; Research Group in Computational Linguistics, University of Wolverhampton, UK and the Association of Computational Linguistics, Bulgaria.

Conference Chairs:

Sheila Castilho (Dublin City University), Vilelmini Sosoni (Ionian University), Maria Sgourou (Dimetra Academy for Translators, Greece) and Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton) are the NeTTT’2020 Chairs.

Further information and contact details:

The first call for papers is expected at the end of November 2019 and registration will be open as of April 2020.

For further information, please visit https://nettt-conference.com/ or contact us at nettt2020@nettt-conference.com

Sep
30
Wed
Taboo Conference 2020 (TaCo 2020) Tickets
Sep 30 – Oct 2 all-day

Date: 30-Sep-2020 – 02-Oct-2020
Location: Rome, Italy
Contact Person: Giulia Magazzù

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 10-Feb-2020

The Taboo Conference series (TaCo) is an interdisciplinary conference aimed at bringing together scholars of various aspects of taboo in a variety of academic fields. The project was originated at the Department of Interpretation and Translation of the University of Bologna, Italy, where the first edition was held in 2012. The following editions were held every two years in Durham (UK), Barcelona (Spain) and Bertinoro (Italy). For its fifth installment the conference will be held in Rome. We hope you’ll be able to join us this year to discuss all the multifaceted ramifications of taboo in language, culture and communication.

The Conference will be held at University of Rome, Tor Vergata.
The working language for the conference is English.

For further information, please visit the website:
http://taco2020.grupposymposia.it

If you are interested in submitting a pre-organized panel, please contact us at the site above and by the deadline indicated below.

Call for Papers

In a world that seems continuously to be stretching the line of what is acceptable to the inhabitants of specific linguistic and cultural contexts, this interdisciplinary conference acknowledges the importance of investigating taboos and their reinforcement/breaking in various areas of language, culture, literature and society, and across different cultures. We propose to explore the delicate balance and subtle boundaries between the need for inclusion and respect for different ethnic, religious, sexual backgrounds – which seem to be at the basis of modern multicultural societies – and a conscious (or unconscious) push towards the breaking of existing taboos, for example for shock value, as in the case of comedy and art. In such contexts, investigation of the linguistic, cultural, social, institutional and personal implications of taboo reinforcement/breaking appears of extreme value.

For its fifth edition, the Taboo Conference series will specifically address the intricacies of taboo in language, culture, literature and communication in its various occurrences from the points of view of production, performance, and perception/reception. The subject of taboo in language, culture, literature and communication seems to have become especially relevant in the last few years, in which political correctness at both the institutional and individual level has been seen, on the one hand, as a crucial tool in protecting people from verbal abuse and in preventing the reinforcement of stereotypes and, on the other, as a set of measures and a way of thinking which significantly curtail free speech in many aspects of the public sphere.

The 2020 conference seeks to explore the shifting boundaries of the acceptability of taboo in their various incarnations as produced and perceived in today’s multicultural society, from cinema and television, to news, videogames, literature and different kinds of online content. The study of taboo in the past, for example through the medium of literature, is also relevant to the conference. Possible areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, political orientations and political satire, identity and gender politics, ethnic stereotypes, different kinds of non-normative behaviour, political correctness and the discourse surrounding it, and the debate between real and perceived offense through comedy.

We welcome individual proposals or pre-organized panels from different disciplines pertaining – but by no means limited – to the following thematic areas and their intersections in various mediatic forms:

– Sex and sexuality (e.g. nudity, non-normative sexual practices, pornography)
– Racism and sexism (e.g. white supremacy, gender discrimination, transphobia)
– Death and dying (e.g. mortality, ageing, funerals and burials, fatal accidents)
– Sickness, disability, and deformity
– Scatology (e.g. excreta/effluvia)
– Politics (e.g. political corruption, political incorrectness, prejudice, gender discrimination)
– Religions and blasphemy (rituals, prejudice, afterlife)
– Addiction
– Money (greed, graft, exploitation, waste, extravagance, poverty)
– Changing social attitudes towards violence, exploitation and abuse (prostitution, slavery, trafficking, rape, children’s rights)
– Censorship, reactions to it, and its effects.

Each paper presentation should be scheduled for 15 minutes to be followed by 5-minute question time to the panel.

Please submit your contribution (a 300-word abstract and a brief bionote) at the following link:
https://www.conftool.org/taco2020/index.php?page=login&ismobile=true

For further information, please visit the website:
http://taco2020.grupposymposia.it
If you are interested in submitting a pre-organized panel, please contact us at the site above.

Oct
7
Wed
CGSW 35: 35 Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop Tickets
Oct 7 – Oct 9 all-day

Date: 07-Oct-2020 – 09-Oct-2020
Location: Trento, Italy
Contact Person: Ermenegildo Bidese

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Language Family(ies): Germanic

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2020

Meeting Description:

We are very proud to announce that the 35th Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop will be held, for the first time of the conference’s history, in Italy, at Department of Humanities of the University of Trento, on 7-9 October 2020.

The confirmed keynote speakers are:
Eric Fuß, University of Bochum
Liliane Haegeman, University of Ghent
Michael Putnam, PennState University
Marc Richards, Queen’s University, Belfast
Elly van Gelderen, University of Arizona

Call for Papers:

Following the conference’s consolidated tradition, we encourage submissions dealing with any aspect of comparative Germanic syntax. Moreover, in the light of the linguistic research carried out at the University of Trento, we encourage submissions also dealing with heritage German syntax or with a comparison of syntactic phenomena in a Germanic and in a non-Germanic language.

Submission details:
We invite submissions of anonymous abstracts for 40-minute talks including discussion. Submissions should not exceed two pages, 12pt. single spaced, with 2.5cm (= one-inch) margins on all sides. Abstracts should be in PDF format. Please upload your abstracts at
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cgsw35 by April 30, 2020.

All information concerning the conference including travel information and programme will be published on the conference web page: https://event.unitn.it/cgsw35/

Contacts:
ermenegildo.bidese@unitn.it
federica.cognola@unive.it

Local organisers:
Ermenegildo Bidese
Federica Cognola
Patrizia Cordin
Marco Magnani
Manuela Caterina Moroni

 

Oct
15
Thu
Discourse in Corpus and Experimental Data: Bridging the Methodological Gap (DisCorX) Tickets
Oct 15 – Oct 16 all-day

Date: 15-Oct-2020 – 16-Oct-2020
Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Ludivine Crible

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2020

This workshop intends to gather linguists, psycholinguists and psychologists who investigate spoken and written discourse through a (direct or indirect) combination of corpus-based and experimental methods. The focus is on coherence relations and their signals. The aim of the workshop is to share state-of-the-art research on discourse production and processing. In doing so, methodological issues will be discussed, covering the affordances and limitations of corpus-based and experimental approaches to discourse. We hope that this workshop will be an opportunity to share best practices and to further encourage multidisciplinarity and triangulation of results.

Call for Papers:

Discourse analysis, understood here as the study of discourse-level processes such as coherence relations and their markers, is a rich multidisciplinary field of linguistic research that has been explored through cognitive corpus linguistics and psycholinguistic experiments (among others). Both methods have contributed greatly to furthering our knowledge of the types of linguistic elements that help signal coherence relations, their forms and functions, the factors that influence the use of such signals and their effect on processing and comprehension.

Multi-method approaches are highly fruitful: corpus studies help describe a complex reality and provide hypotheses to be tested in more controlled experiments, where well-defined variables can be manipulated and further cognitive factors can be accessed. The combination of these two methods seems to attract more attention (e.g. Mak et al., 2013; Zufferey & Gygax, 2015), although it remains fairly limited in the field. This methodological gap is mostly due to the different (and partly incompatible) techniques and requirements that each paradigm involves.

Invited Speakers:

Sandrine Zufferey (Universität Bern)
Ted J.M. Sanders (Universiteit Utrecht)

We encourage submissions of abstracts for 20-minute presentations covering the following topics:

– categories of coherence relations;
– categories of discourse signals;
– polyfunctionality, ambiguity, information density;
– “implicit” vs “explicit” relations;
– discourse production;
– processing and comprehension;
– perception and acceptability.

All papers must involve both corpus-based and experimental methods, at least partly or indirectly. We also invite papers specifically targeting methodological issues:

– what are the benefits and limitations of corpus-based approaches to discourse?
– what are the benefits and limitations of experimental approaches to discourse?
– how (far) can they be combined?

Abstracts can be up to 500-word long (excluding references). Please use editable formats (.doc/.docx) and submit your abstract via Easychair by 30th March 2020.

Easychair link: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=discorx2020#

Oct
16
Fri
5th International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA-5) Tickets
Oct 16 – Oct 19 all-day

Date: 16-Oct-2020 – 18-Oct-2020
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Contact Person: Caroline Rieger

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 05-Mar-2020

The goal of the conference is to promote both theoretical and applied research in pragmatics, and to bring together scholars who are interested in different subfields of pragmatics (philosophical, linguistic, cognitive, social, intercultural, interlanguage, etc.). The four main topical strands of the conference are as follows:

(i)Pragmatics theories: neo-Gricean approaches, relevance theory, theory of mind, meaning, role of context, common ground, semantics-pragmatics interface, explicature, implicature, speech act theory, presuppositions, grammaticalization, im/politeness, etc.

(ii)Experimental pragmatics: models of language and meaning, experimental techniques, scalar implicatures, reference resolution, interpretation of figurative language, etc.

(iii)Intercultural, cross-cultural and societal aspects of pragmatics: research involving more than one language and culture, or varieties of one language, intercultural pragmatics, interlanguage pragmatics, variational pragmatics, social pragmatics, lingua franca, computer-mediated communication (CMC), bilinguals’ and heritage speakers’ language use, intercultural misunderstandings, effect of dual language and multilingual systems on the development and use of pragmatic skills, language of aggression and conflict, etc.

(iv)Applications: usage and corpus-based approaches, pragmatic competence, teachability and learnability of pragmatic skills, pragmatic variations within one language and across languages, developmental pragmatics, cyber pragmatics, etc.

In addition to proposals for these topical strands we invite proposals for a special Panel on African American Pragmatics to promote research in this underserved field. This panel is chaired by Lisa Green, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.

Call for Papers:

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR EARLY SUBMISSION

The early deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended.

Early Deadline: March 5, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: March 25, 2020
Final Acceptance Deadline: June 15, 2020 (no abstracts will be processed after this date)
Notification of Acceptance: July 15, 2020

Abstract Submission:
Abstracts must be 250-400 words max. in length (depending on format of presentation, including title, excluding references). Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per person. Abstracts & proposals for all presentation formats must be submitted through EasyAbstracts (http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/ampra2020). The system opened on November 1, 2019.
When submitting the abstract or proposal, please specify your preference of format as well as the category (i, ii, iii, iv or v – African American Pragmatics) you would like to be considered for. Details of these categories and formats can be found in the full CFP on the AMPRA web site: https://americanpragmaticsassociation.org/ampra-5/

Oct
25
Sun
Interspeech 2020 (Special Session/Challenges Proposal Due) Tickets
Oct 25 – Oct 29 all-day

INTERSPEECH is the world’s largest and most comprehensive conference on the science and technology of spoken language processing. INTERSPEECH conferences emphasize interdisciplinary approaches addressing all aspects of speech science and technology, ranging from basic theories to advanced applications. In addition to regular oral and poster sessions, INTERSPEECH 2020 will feature plenary talks by internationally renowned experts, tutorials, special sessions & challenges, show & tell sessions, and exhibits. A number of satellite events will also take place around INTERSPEECH 2020.

Scientific Area Topics
Original papers are solicited in, but not limited to, the following areas:
1. Speech Perception, Production and Acquisition
2. Phonetics, Phonology and Prosody
3. Analysis of Paralinguistics in Speech and Language
4. Speaker and Language Identification
5. Analysis of Speech and Audio Signals
6. Speech Coding and Enhancement
7. Speech Synthesis and Spoken Language Generation
8. Speech Recognition – Signal Processing, Acoustic Modeling Robustness and Adaptation
9. Speech Recognition – Architecture Search, and Linguistic Components
10. Speech Recognition – Technologies and Systems for New Applications
11. Spoken Language Processing – Dialog, Summarization and Understanding
12. Spoken Language Processing – Translation, Information Retrieval and Resources

Nov
16
Mon
Constructions in the Nordics 2 (CxGN 2) Tickets
Nov 16 – Nov 17 all-day

Date: 16-Nov-2020 – 17-Nov-2020
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Contact: Julia Prentice

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): Danish; English; Faroese; Icelandic; Norwegian Bokmål; Norwegian Nynorsk; Swedish

Language Family(ies): Germanic

This is the second workshop in the series ‘Constructions in the Nordics’. Scholars working on Nordic languages from a Construction Grammar perspective as well as constructionists from the Nordic countries are welcome.

Program Information:

This second CxGN workshop on construction grammar in a Nordic context is a forum for both constructionist researchers in the Nordic countries, regardless of what languages they are studying, and linguists applying constructionist approaches to any of the Nordic languages, regardless of where they are studying.

Through a series of CxG workshops, which started out at Kiel University in 2019, CxGN aims at giving the vibrant but somewhat scattered Nordic CxG community a platform to learn more about each other’s work and form new collaborations.

We welcome 30-minute presentations in English, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. Submit your abstracts (max. 500 words including examples, excluding references) at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cxgn2 by June 3, 2020.

Registration will be open from 5 July until 1 October 2020.

Please visit https://constructionsinthenordics.org for more information

Nov
19
Thu
Populism, political representation, media language and power Tickets
Nov 19 – Nov 20 all-day

Date: 19-Nov-2020 – 20-Nov-2020
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Contact Person: Malin Roitman

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English; French; Spanish

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2020

The RomPol workshop 2020 will focus on the following research axes:

1) Comparative studies of populist discourses emerging from different countries and circulating in the media, in France, Italy, Spain, Brazil and – for this edition – Sweden;
2) Analyses of the seduction strategies and rhetorical means used in different populist discourses in one of the countries on focus;
3) Studies of media productions (oral and/or written) with focus on the notions of information vs misinformation and the dissemination of fake news, in the light of specific discursive events under the recent years;
4) Investigations of the political representation and the relations between populism and direct democracy in different countries as well as the so-called citizens’ initiative referendum (RIC) in France.

These research avenues will provide complementary insights to better understand the rising populism in the countries on focus as well as the way the media participate in its dissemination and circulation. It is our hope that the workshop Populism, political representation and media language and power increase the number of collaborations with researchers from different backgrounds who are interested in interdisciplinary and comparative research on political discourse, in particular on the development of populism in Romance-speaking countries and in north European countries. Several researchers within ROMPOL are also part of the network “Language and Power” at Stockholm University, which will enable us to build bridges between different disciplines working specifically on populism and media power.

The following researchers have agreed to give plenary lectures:

a) Within social & political science perspectives:
– Christophe Premat, Associate Professor of French cultural studies at Stockholm University. https://www.su.se/english/profiles/chpr8162-1.195186
– Jens Rydgren, Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University. http://www.jensrydgren.com
– Jessé Souza, Professor of Sociology at the University of Juiz de Flora, Minas Gerais. https://jessesouza.com.br/

b) Linguistics perspective:
– Michele Colombo, Professor of Italian Linguistics at Stockholm University, https://www.su.se/english/profiles/mico0163-1.447268
– Beatriz Gallardo-Paúls, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Valencia. https://pauls.blogs.uv.es/
– Malin Roitman, Senior Lecturer of French Linguistics and Discourse Analysis at Stockholm University. https://www.su.se/profiles/meure-1.195148

Second Call for Papers:

The proposals (maximum 400 words) can be written in English, in French or in Spanish and should be sent to rompolsu.se by March 31, 2020.

Important dates:
– March 31, 2020 : deadline to send proposals to rompolsu.se
– November 19-20, 2020: Workshop

Nov
23
Mon
Linguistic and Social Aspects of Hate Speech in Modern Societies Tickets
Nov 23 – Nov 24 all-day

TYPE OF CALL: Conference

CONFERENCE DATES: November 23-24, 2020

LOCATION: Odense, Denmark

LINGUISTIC FIELD(S): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 18, 2020

 

SUBMISSION ADDRESS: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lshsms2020

 WEBSITE: http://xperohs.sdu.dk/conference/

CONTACT PERSON: Andrea Kleene

 

Hate speech and offensive language is a widespread phenomenon in modern societies. Hate speech can be roughly defined as any communication that attacks individuals or groups “on the grounds of ‘race’, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, language, religion or belief, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and other personal characteristics or status” (Council of Europe 2016). However, still relatively little is known about the linguistic and communicative mechanisms underlying the expression and perception of hate speech.

This conference aims to fill in a few of these gaps and shed light on various linguistic and social aspects of current manifestations of hate speech, providing an international forum for researchers working in the field.  It is organized by the members of the Velux-project “Towards Balance and Boundaries in Public Discourse: Expressing and Perceiving Online Hate Speech (XPEROHS)”. Invited speakers are Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University) and Jörg Meibauer (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz).  We invite contributions concerning all linguistic and social aspects of hate speech, including but not limited to the following:

the use, imagery and evolution of slurs
metaphors, tropes and narratives used in hate speech discourse
cognitive aspects and stereotypes
perception and acceptability norms of hate speech
hate speech corpora: compilation, annotation and evaluation
target-specific aspects of hate speech based on religion, ethnicity, gender, caste etc.
pedagogical aspects, educational media and school policies
the role of social media in the dissemination of hate messages
othering as a linguistic vehicle of discrimination
cross-language and cross-cultural comparisons
party policies and the political dimension of hate speech
philosophical aspects of hate speech
legal aspects of hate speech

We invite extended abstracts for long talks (800 word abstract) or short abstracts for shorter talks (400 word abstract). Long talks will be allocated a slot of 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. The shorter ones are limited to 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion. There is no conference fee!