Aug
10
Mon
Workshop on Computing Semantics with Types, Frames and Related Structures (CSTFRS) Tickets
Aug 10 – Aug 14 all-day

Date: 10-Aug-2020 – 14-Aug-2020
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Contact Person: Stergios Chatzikyriakidis

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 17-Apr-2020

The goal of this workshop is to bring together people interested in structured representations of semantic information, especially from a computational perspective. In recent years, there has been a growing body of research which aims to integrate structured entities into formal semantic accounts. Important developments in this direction are the introduction of rich type systems and the use of frame-based representations, among others. The workshop is open to both foundational issues of structured semantic representations and applications to specific linguistic phenomena.

A first edition of the workshop took place in Gothenburg as part of IWCS 2019.

Call for Papers:

Topics for submission include, but are not limited to:
* Richly typed formalisms for natural language semantics.
* Frame-based approaches to formal and computational semantics.
* Applications of dependent types in semantics.
* Semantic computation with structured representations.
* Interactions between lexical semantic structures and compositional semantics.

Important Dates:
* April 17, 2020: Deadline for submitting papers
* May 22, 2020: Notification to authors
* June 13, 2020: Camera ready papers due
* August 10-14, 2020: Workshop

Instructions for Authors:
Papers should not exceed 8 pages in length, excluding references, and should be formatted in accordance with the ACL style sheets (http://acl2020.org/downloads/acl2020-templates.zip). We strongly encourage authors to use LaTeX in preparing their document. Papers should be submitted anonymously via Easychair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cstfrs2020).

Organizers:
Stergios Chatzikyriakidis (University of Gothenburg)
Rainer Osswald (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)

Contact: cstfrs.workshop@gmail.com

Aug
20
Thu
Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference (LPP Conference) Tickets
Aug 20 – Aug 22 all-day

Date: 20-Aug-2020 – 22-Aug-2020
Location: Montréal, QC, Canada
Contact Person: Angelica Galante

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 29-Feb-2020

The Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning (LPP) conference brings scholars from different disciplines (language education, anthropology, political studies, social sciences, economics, linguistics, and more) whose work centers on language policy and planning at different levels: local, national and/or international. LPP2020 will be co-hosted by Dr. Mela Sarkar and Dr. Angelica Galante at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. Montréal is the largest city in Québec, the only province in Canada where French is the official language. The city, however, is linguistically, culturally and ethnically diverse, a fact that contributes to the city’s multilingual nature. As such, LPP2020 will be introducing the Plurilingual Experience: we will accept submissions of abstracts written in English or French (Canada’s official languages) but papers can be delivered in any language, and presenters will be able to translanguage if they wish.

We look forward to seeing you at LPP2020!

Call for Papers:

We invite papers, discussion sessions, colloquia, and poster presentations that approach language policy from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, and in a variety of contexts, from the local/institutional to the national/global. We welcome topics such as (but not limited to):

Monolingual, bilingual, multilingual, and plurilingual policies
Heritage language policies
Indigenous languages policies
Multicultural and intercultural policies
Official & non-official language policies
Language-in-education policies/school policies
Language attrition and language revitalization
Language policy and political economy
Language policy, globalization, and super diversity
Language policy and the workplace
Language policy and lingua franca
Language policy and indignity
Language policies and transnational communities
Signed languages policies and Deaf studies
Language policy and anti-racism/anti-oppression
Language policy and political theory
National identities and language policies
Community and family policies
Language policy and economics
Research methods of language policy inquiry

For the full call for papers, visit:
https://lpp2020.weebly.com/call-for-papers.html

Sep
3
Thu
BAAL 2020: 53rd Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics Tickets
Sep 3 – Sep 5 all-day

Date: 03-Sep-2020 – 05-Sep-2020
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Alex Ho-Cheong Leung

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2020

BAAL 2020 will be held at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Our theme, ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Applied Linguistics’, aims to open up space for discussion of the future of our discipline and its contribution to the world around us. In what are perhaps both turbulent and challenging, but also thought-provoking and motivating, times we hope the conference theme will encourage proposals from across the field, and that conference papers, discussions and networking will enable cross-disciplinary connections to form. The interests of our local organising committee itself, for example, range from language teaching and learning to forensic linguistics, from language policy to teacher development, and from cognitive linguistics to language and migration; and we hope that BAAL 2020 deals with challenges and debates in these areas and many more.

The BAAL 2020 Conference is hosted by English Language and Linguistics in the Department of Humanities of Northumbria University, located in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. A city of character, charm and culture, Newcastle brings together industrial heritage, iconic river bridges, and a love of football alongside classical Georgian architecture, a world famous cultural and nightlife, and strong sense of local identity. Located only 9 miles from the sea (a 20 minute journey on the local Metro railway), and an hour from Scotland and the Lake District, Newcastle is easily accessible by rail, road and air from within the UK and beyond; Newcastle airport is just 25 minutes from the city centre by public transport.

Plenary speakers:
David Block – ICREA & Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Zhu Hua – Birkbeck, University of London
Constant Leung – King’s College London
Emma Marsden – University of York (Pit Corder lecture)

LOC Invited colloquium:
‘Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants: Policy and Practice’
Lorenzo Rocca – Università per gli Stranieri di Perugia
Rola Naeb – Northumbria University
Martha Young Scholten – Newcastle University
James Simpson – University of Leeds
Marcin Sosinski – Granada University

Conference Organisers:
Alex Ho-Cheong Leung, Billy Clark, Graham Hall, Nicci MacLeod, Rola Naeb, James Street, Department of Humanities, Northumbria University, UK

Conference email: baal2020.northumbria@gmail.com

Final Call For Papers:

Abstracts are welcome in any area of Applied Linguistics. Papers should offer something new, innovative and of interest to a BAAL audience and paper reporting on research should clearly outline objectives, method(s), and results where appropriate. Abstracts which address the conference theme will be particularly welcome.

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ABSTRACTS: 31 March 2020

Maximum abstract length: 300 words

To submit your abstract please use Oxford Abstracts: https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/stages/1649/submissions/new

If you have not used this system before, please register first. All submissions must be submitted on-line. If you have any queries please contact: baal2020.northumbria@gmail.com

Please indicate the type of abstract that you are submitting during the submission process: individual presentation for parallel sessions or a SIG track, poster, or colloquium. Please visit our website for more detailed descriptions of each type of submission.

Sep
4
Fri
4th Doing Research in Applied Linguistics 2020 International Conference Tickets
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day

Date: 04-Sep-2020 – 05-Sep-2020
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Contact: Natjiree Jaturapitakkul

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

The DRAL Conference series is renowned as one of the premier platforms for applied linguistics research. Based on our experiences of previous DRAL conferences, we expect approximately 200 participants from around the world with numerous high-quality presentations focusing on doing research in applied linguistics. The conference provides a forum for learning about applied linguistics research, discussing key issues in the area, and making contacts with like-minded researchers with the goals of advancing the field and developing greater professionalism in applied linguistics research. The goals of the DRAL 4 2020 International Conference are to share and learn about research purposes, methodologies and publishing in applied linguistics.

Sep
7
Mon
3rd International Symposium on Applied Phonetics (ISAPh2020) Tickets
Sep 7 – Sep 9 all-day

Date: 07-Sep-2020 – 09-Sep-2020
Location: Tarragona, Spain
Contact Person: Joaquín Romero

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Phonetics

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2020

We are pleased to announce the 3rd International Symposium on Applied Phonetics, to be held at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, in Tarragona, Spain, September 7-9, 2020. ISAPh 2020 proudly follows up on the two previous meetings held in Nagoya (2016) and Aizuwakamatsu (2018), where a large number of researchers gathered to discuss a variety of aspects within the field of applied phonetics. Our mission is to continue to offer a specialized forum for the discussion of all areas of phonetic research with an applied component. While the main focus of the symposium continues to be how phonetic knowledge can guide the teaching and learning of foreign languages, we welcome contributions from other areas of applied phonetics such as sociophonetics, speech technology and pathology, language and accent coaching, forensic phonetics, etc.

ISAPh2020 welcomes the submission of abstracts in any area of applied phonetics, with a special emphasis on the use of phonetic knowledge and speech analysis tools in the teaching and learning of foreign/second languages. Studies that have a strong experimental component and can significantly contribute to an improved praxis in the teaching and learning of pronunciation are especially welcome.

Invited Speakers:
John Murphy (Georgia State University)
Joan Carles Mora (Universitat de Barcelona)
Douglas Honorof (Verbarations / Haskins Laboratories)
Josefina Carrera (Universitat de Barcelona)

In addition to the invited presentations, the following workshop, included in the registration, will take place on September 9:
Mikhail Ordin (Basque Foundation for Science): Re-synthesis and speech modification techniques in applied phonetics research

Call for Papers:

Abstracts must be no more than 2 pages, including figures and references, and they must be written in English. Do not include author names or affiliations, and please submit abstracts as property-free PDF files. Please use the template provided on our website for the preparation of your abstract. Use the following link for the submission of your abstract: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=isaph2020

Important Dates:
APRIL 15. Deadline for submission of abstracts
JUNE 1. Notification of acceptance
JUNE 15. Program announcement
JUNE 20. Deadline for early registration
SEPTEMBER 7-9. Conference

For more details, please visit the conference website: http://wwwa.fundacio.urv.cat/congressos/isaph2020/

Questions can be addressed to isaph2020@urv.cat

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
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
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
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