Construction grammars in and between minds, communities, computers

The international conference ICCG11 will take place at the University of Antwerp (UAntwerpen), Belgium, 18-20 August 2021. ICCG11 will cover a broad range of topics related to various constructionist approaches to language, including but not limited to cognitive construction grammar, embodied construction grammar, fluid construction grammar, radical construction grammar, sign based construction grammar, frame semantics. The conference also acts as a forum of discussion between different approaches. The theme of this edition of the conference is the following: how do constructions model language in minds, communities, or computers? Submissions for presentations, posters, or workshops are particularly welcomed along the lines of this theme, but submissions may also be related to other aspects of constructionist linguistics.

Call for Papers:

Full papers will be allotted 20 minutes, followed by 5-7 minutes for discussion. Posters will be presented in a special session and remain on display during the conference.

Abstracts for General Session papers and posters can be submitted until 15 February 2021. Please visit, where you will also find a submission template (or go to the submission facility directly:

Abstracts should not exceed 400 words (exclusive of references) and should clearly state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results. Abstracts should also list three to five keywords.

Since all abstracts will be submitted to blind review, no author-specific information must be available in the text of the abstract or in the file metadata.

Abstracts will not be edited for typing, spelling, or grammatical errors after submission. Therefore, abstracts should comply with the layout requirements:
– Abstracts must be single-spaced and fully justified. The standard font will be Calibri, size 11. Margins should be set at 2,54 cm (1 inch) all around.
– References will have a hanging indent of 1,27 cm (0.5 inch).
– Submit the abstract as a .doc, .docx or .odt document. If it contains special characters, please send a PDF version to

If you already submitted an abstract for the conference during the first call before postponement due to COVID19, the following guidelines apply:
– In case your abstract was accepted, it remains accepted
– You are given the opportunity to revise your accepted abstract until the new submission deadline
– If you plan on presenting on a different topic instead, please make a new submission (do not replace an existing submission in this case!)
– If you no longer want to present your accepted abstract, please notify us, so that we can remove it
– In case your abstract was not accepted, you are free to submit a new, revised version of your abstract, which will be treated as a new submission

One person may submit a single-authored abstract and a co-authored one (not as first author) or two co-authored abstracts (only one as first author). Note that keynote papers within workshops count as ordinary papers.

Abstracts submitted to the general session and to the poster session will be evaluated by two members of the Scientific Committee. Workshop papers receive two evaluations by Scientific Committee members and one by the workshop convenor(s).

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 31 March 2021.

AFLS 2020: ‘Le français aujourd’hui, entre discours et usages’

15-17 June 2020, Brussels

AFLS 2020 : Colloque de l’ AFLS (Association d’études en langue française)

The conference will be an opportunity to explore the French language in relation to all aspects of its variation(s), and also to consider discourses around the language, whether by specialists or other. 

Invited speakers: 
Dalila Ayoun (University of Arizona) 
Carole Etienne (Laboratoire ICAR, CNRS) 
Jean-Marie Klinkenberg (Université de Liège) 
Marie-Louise Moreau (Université de Mons)

Call for Papers: 

Abstracts for presentation of papers are invited in the following areas, among others: 
– variation in French (geographical, diaphasic, diastratic, diamesic); 
– relations between language, discourse and society; 
– representations of language and linguistic practices; 
– discourses on the norm; 
– French as a first language, second language, language of instruction, etc.; 
– French in social networks; 
– French in language contact situations; 
– French in the francophone space; 
– language policy surrounding French; 
– etc. 

A special panel will be devoted to the theme of variation in the expression of the future in French. Proposals are welcome for other panels. 

The languages of the conference are both French and English, with proposals to be written in the language intended for the presentation. Presentations will be 30 minutes (20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions). 
Abstracts (400 words maximum, title and references included) should be submitted by the deadline of 31 January 2020 at Abstracts should be anonymous, and should indicate the subject area(s) (e.g. from the above list above).

27th International conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar

17-19 August 2020, KU Leuven (Belgium)

HPSG is a well-developed, precisely formalized theory of grammar whose architecture is based on the notion of constraint satisfaction. Linguistic objects are modeled as feature structures organized via a system of types and constraint inheritance, drawing key insights from research in object-oriented paradigms. The HPSG community values explicit, large-scale grammar development and explores psycholinguistic models, as well as the development of efficient computational systems for processing natural languages using HPSG grammars. 

The 27th International Conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar will be held on August 17 – 19, 2020 at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Abstracts are invited that address linguistic, foundational, or computational issues relating to or in the spirit of the framework of Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and/or Sign-Based Construction Grammar. 

Conference Format: 
The HPSG 2020 conference will consist of a two-day main conference, preceded by a half-day workshop on Treebanking. 

Invited Speakers for the main conference: 
Laura Michaelis, University of Colorado Boulder 
Gert Webelhuth, Goethe University Frankfurt 

Keynote speaker for the workshop on Treebanking: 
Gosse Bouma, University of Groningen 

The HPSG 2020 Conference will take place at the Faculty of Arts (Erasmushuis) at the KU Leuven, Belgium.

Second Call for Papers: 

Submission Deadline: February 29th, 2020 

The 27th International Conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar will be held on August 17th – 19th, 2020 at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Abstracts are invited that address linguistic, foundational, or computational issues relating to or in the spirit of the framework of Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and/or Sign-Based Construction Grammar. 

Two types of submissions are admitted both for the main conference and the workshop: 
  *   Long papers (4-page abstract + 1 page data, figures & references; 30 minute presentation + 10 minute discussion) 
  *   Short papers (2-page abstract + 1 page data, figures & references; 15 minute presentation + 5 minute discussion) 

Please note that abstracts submitted for the ”long paper” track can be accepted as ”short papers” (and vice versa). Only ”long papers” will appear in the proceedings. 

All abstracts (written in English) should be submitted in PDF format via: . 

All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by at least two reviewers. The submissions should not include the authors’ names, and authors are asked to avoid self-references. Please direct any questions to the Program Committee Chair ( 

A call for contributions to the proceedings will be issued after the Conference. Proceedings of previous conferences are available at: . 

Important Dates: 
Abstract submission deadline: February 29th, 2020 (12 midnight GMT) 
Notifications of acceptance: May 1st, 2020 
Conference proceedings submission: October 15th, 2020 

Local Organizing Committee Chairs: 
Frank Van Eynde (KU Leuven, Belgium) 
Liesbeth Augustinus (KU Leuven, Belgium) 
Any questions to the local organization should be posted to: 

The Acquisition and Processing of Reference and Anaphora Resolution (APRAR)

05-06 May 2020 
Palace of the Academies (Brussels), Belgium 

The international conference on “The Acquisition and Processing of Reference and Anaphora Resolution” (APRAR) is a joint initiative of the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies (Centre for Linguistics CLIN) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and the Department of English and German Philology at the Universidad de Granada (Spain). The theme of the conference ties in with the research topic of the ANACOR project (ANACOR: A corpus-based approach to anaphora resolution in second language acquisition: beyond the interfaces), a research project based at the Universidad de Granada. 

The conference will take place at the Palace of the Academies (Brussels, Belgium) on 5-6 May 2020. 

Conference website:

Plenary Speakers: 
– Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh) 
– Ianthi Maria Tsimpli (University of Cambridge) 
– Jacopo Torregrossa (Goethe Universität Frankfurt-am-Main) 

Theme of the Conference: 
Referring to entities is a fundamental aspect of languages. It allows to refer to things and people in the world. Speakers can opt for different referential expressions (e.g. overt and null pronouns, noun phrases, proper names, etc.) to indicate a particular entity in discourse and listeners have to be able to select the correct referent according to the speaker’s intention. This is often known as anaphora resolution. When acquiring, processing and resolving reference, several factors are involved, such as information status (topic/focus), the syntactic position of the antecedent, the accessibility of the referent, the number of potential or competing antecedents, the distance between the referential expression and its antecedent, etc. 

The aim of this conference is to address reference and anaphora resolution. The following topics will be discussed: 
– The processing and acquisition of reference/anaphora resolution in different populations (native speakers, L2 learners, bilinguals, children, heritage speakers, attriters, etc.). 
– The multiple factors that constrain reference/anaphora resolution (morphosyntactic, semantic, discursive and cognitive factors). 
– Reference/anaphora resolution across typologically similar/different languages. 
– Methodological approaches to reference/anaphora resolution (corpus, experimental, etc). 
– Theoretical models that account for reference/anaphora resolution. 
– Any combination of the above topics. 

PhD Workshops: 
The conference will also host two hands-on workshops on methodological approaches to reference/anaphora resolution: 

– Workshop 1 (corpus methods): Annotating and analysing anaphora resolution with UAM Corpus Tool software (Nobuo Ignacio López-Sako & Ana Díaz-Negrillo, Universidad de Granada). 
– Workshop 2 (experimental methods): Designing a psycholinguistic experiment on anaphora resolution in the Open Sesame software (Cristóbal Lozano, Universidad de Granada). 

These workshops are intended for PhD students but are also open to all types of researchers. 

Scientific Committee: 
An Vande Casteele – Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
Cristóbal Lozano – Universidad de Granada 
Renata Enghels – Universiteit Gent 
Stefanie Keulen – Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
Marcus Callies – Universität Bremen 
Alex Housen – Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
Ana Díaz-Negrillo – Universidad de Granada 
Pedro Guijarro Fuentes – Universitat de les Illes Balears 
Nobuo Ignacio López-Sako – Universidad de Granada 
Amaya Mendikoetxea – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 
Despina Papadopoulou – University of Thessaloniki 
Jacopo Torregrossa – Goethe Universität Frankfurt-am-Main

Call for Papers: 

We invite the submission of abstracts for full papers. Abstracts for an oral presentation (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion time) must not exceed 500 words, including references, and should mention the main research question(s), methodology, data and (expected) results. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. Please submit your abstract via EasyChair:

Important Dates: 
– 15/02/2020: Abstract submission deadline 
– 15/03/2020: Notification to authors 
– 15/03/2020: Registration opens 
– 30/03/2020: Early bird registration closes 
– 01/04/2020: Final program publication 
– 15/04/2020: Late bird registration closes 
– 05-06/05/2020: Conference

24th DiscourseNet Conference

Discourse and Communication as Propaganda: digital and multimodal forms of activism, persuasion and disinformation across ideologies

18-20 May 2020,  Brussels, Belgium

This conference provides a forum for researchers who seek to analyze, challenge, and (re)think the concept and the practice of propaganda in the light of contemporary forms of discourse and communication across the ideological spectrum. 

We invite authors to examine the relationship between concepts such as propaganda, ideology, hegemony and discourse in today’s digital environment. Both empirical and theoretical contributions are welcome.

Call for Papers: 

The notion of propaganda was seminal to the field of communication studies in the beginning of the 20th century. It derives its negative connotations from the way mass media have been intentionally used by state and corporate actors for partisan interests. Even though the term ‘propaganda’ may have grown out of fashion – both inside and outside of academia – its practices have not. 

Notions such as ‘public relations’, ‘advertising’, ‘political marketing’, ‘public diplomacy’, ‘political marketing’ and ‘advocacy’ have now transplanted propaganda even though they often refer to similar discursive strategies of persuasion or (dis)information. As the term ‘propaganda’ grew less popular new terms emerged in order to label similar communication strategies that shape contemporary discourse and communication until this day. 

Many critical approaches in discourse studies have treated propagandistic modes of communication through the lenses of ‘ideology’, ‘hegemony’, ‘discourse’ and ‘power’. However, whereas all propaganda is ideological, not all ideology manifests itself as propaganda. Likewise, whereas all propaganda operates through discourse and communication, not all discourse or communication performs the function of propaganda. 

Different forms of critical discourse studies have paid attention to ideological phenomena, but the term propaganda is remarkably absent from this field of inquiry. This may be explained with reference to underlying theoretical premises of specific discourse theoretical and discourse analytical approaches, a hypothesis that may also be explored at this conference. 

In a global context marked by ‘a return of the political’, by an intensification of political debates across the political spectrum, and by a (re-)articulation of old and new political fault lines crossing local, regional, national and/or transnational contexts, the seemingly outdated notion of propaganda may provide a useful entry point for examining the (partially) strategic modes of communication practiced by activists on all sides of the ideological spectrum. 

If propaganda is no longer associated exclusively with traditional institutional actors such as the state or corporations, the political and communicative strategies of social and political actors such as eco-activists, AltRight trolls, neoliberal think tanks or the peace movement may be (re)thought in terms of propaganda. This brings us back to the old question whether (specific forms of) propaganda hinder or facilitate democracy. It also leads us to explore uses of digital and algorithmic propaganda in contemporary populist projects. 

Regardless of the question whether and how the term propaganda is used, ‘strategies’ of white, black and grey propaganda are practiced on an everyday basis while new ways of doing propaganda continue to be developed. In fact, propaganda practices are constantly being adapted to specific social, political and technological developments. As new technologies become available, the range of actors able to practice propaganda expands. 

We especially welcome papers that rethink the notions of propaganda and activism in relation to key concepts in discourse studies. Such notions include power, subjectivity, reflexivity, critique, identity, context, language use and multimodal communication. Papers may also focus on the ethical problems that come with propagandistic activities. 

For abstract submission, visit:

BCGL 12: Suppletion, allomorphy, and syncretism

Brussels, December 16-17 2019.

CRISSP is proud to present the twelfth instalment of the Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics (BCGL), devoted to suppletion, allomorphy, and syncretism.

Workshop description

Suppletion is a form of morphological irregularity whereby a change in a grammatical category triggers a change in word form, with a different (suppletive) root substituting for the normal one (e.g. in the past tense of go, the irregular form went replaces the regular goed). Allomorphy is (in a certain sense) the mirror image of suppletion, namely a change in the form of an affix that is triggered by the presence of a particular type of root (e.g with the root ox the irregular plural morpheme -en replaces the regular form -s). Both suppletion and allomorphy raise the question of how to get the correct distribution of forms: how to pair the correct root with the correct allomorph, and how to correctly restrict the occurrence of the suppletive roots. If all lexical insertion is done at terminal nodes, then suppletion and allomorphy point to some ‘action at a distance’: a head α influences the realisation of another head β (e.g. the V and the T node in the case of go + PST, the N and the Num node in the case of ox + PL). This raises the question of locality: how far apart can α and β be? A range of different views has been proposed in the literature, such as the claim that α and β are local if no overt node intervenes (Embick, 2010; Calabrese, 2015), if they form a span (Abels & Muriungi, 2008; Svenonius, 2016; Merchant, 2015; Haugen & Siddiqi, 2016), if they belong to the same phase (Moskal, 2013a; Embick, 2010; Moskal, 2015), if α is accessible to β (Moskal, 2013b; Moskal & Smith, 2016), if no XP or Xn (n > 0) intervenes (Bobaljik 2012 and Bobaljik & Harley 2017 respectively), if no γ intervenes (Siegel, 1978; Allen, 1978; Embick, 2003; Bobaljik, 2012; Kilbourn-Ceron et al., 2016), or if they form a constituent (Caha, 2017a; De Clercq & Vanden Wyngaerd, 2017).

Syncretism is the identity of forms across different (but related) grammatical categories (e.g. the pronoun you is both 2SG and 2PL). Syncretism is widely believed to be informative about the underlying grammatical system, across a variety of approaches, whether typological (Haspelmath, 2003), formal (Caha, 2009; Bobaljik & Sauerland, 2013), or paradigm-based (McCreight & Chvany, 1991; Plank, 1991; Johnston, 1996; Wiese, 2008). Syncretism may accordingly be used to structure paradigms in such a way that syncretic cells are always adjacent, i.e. avoiding ABA patterns. Caha’s (2009) study of *ABA patterns in Case marking paradigms furthermore interprets syncretism in terms of structural containment: if the structure of the more complex Case suffixes properly contains that of the less complex ones, then *ABA follows. The study of syncretism in morphology in this approach translates into a study of underlying structural relationships.

We welcome contributions addressing suppletion, allomorphy, and/or syncretism in various formal models (Distributed Morphology, the Exo-Skeletal Model, Minimalist Morphology, Nanosyntax, etc.). Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • What is the mechanism by which roots and affixes select one other? How are different classes of roots selecting different allomorphs represented in the lexicon? Can root size determine the selection of the allomorph (Caha et al., 2019)?
  • What is the boundary (if any) between suppletion and phonological readjustment of a root, e.g. in the pair givegave (Halle & Marantz, 1993; Embick & Marantz, 2008; Borer, 2003, 2013)?
  • Is root suppletion restricted to the functional part of the vocabulary, as claimed in Marantz (1997), or does it apply more broadly, as claimed by Haugen & Siddiqi (2013); Harley (2014) (but see Borer 2014)?
  • Is there a prefix/suffix asymmetry in allomorphy, and if so, why (Moskal, 2013a)?
  • Are there ways to derive *ABA patterns that do not rely on strict containment, as suggested in Bobaljik & Sauerland (2018); Caha (2017b)?
  • Which approach to deriving syncretism yields the best results, the one in terms of underspecification (i.e. the Subset Principle; Halle 1997), or the one in terms of overspecification (the Superset Principle; Starke 2009), or perhaps other types of approaches (e.g. McCreight & Chvany 1991)?
  • What are the locality conditions governing suppletion, allomorphy, and syncretism?

Invited speakers

  • Heidi Harley (U of Tucson, Arizona)
  • Hagit Borer (QMUL, London)
  • Michal Starke (Masaryk U, Brno)

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should not exceed two pages, including data, references and diagrams. Abstracts should be typed in at least 11-point font, with one-inch margins (letter-size; 8½ inch by 11 inch or A4) and a maximum of 50 lines of text per page. Abstracts must be anonymous and submissions are limited to 2 per author, at least one of which is co-authored. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please submit your abstract using the EasyChair link for BCGL11:

Important dates

  • First call for papers: June 12, 2019
  • Second call for papers: August 16, 2019
  • Abstract submission deadline: September 15, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: October 16, 201
  • Conference: December 16-17, 2019

Conference webpage

Conference location

CRISSP – KU Leuven Brussels Campus
Stormstraat 2
1000 Brussels

11th International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG11)

Construction grammars in and between minds, communities, computers

ICCG11 will take place at the University of Antwerp (UAntwerpen), Belgium, 20-22 August 2020. ICCG11 will cover a broad range of topics related to constructionist approaches to language. The conference also acts as a forum of discussion between approaches, including cognitive construction grammar, embodied construction grammar, fluid construction grammar, radical construction grammar, sign based construction grammar, frame semantics, or other approaches. The conference theme is: how do constructions model language in minds, communities, or computers? Submissions for presentations, posters, or workshops are particularly welcomed along the lines of this theme, but submissions may also be related to other aspects of constructionist linguistics.


Nick Ellis (University of Michigan) – language learning

Luc Steels (Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona) – computational linguistics

Evelina (Ev) Fedorenko (MIT) – neurolinguistics

Gabriele Diewald (Hannover University) – historical linguistics

Steffen Höder (Kiel University) – language contact


Information on how to submit an abstract is available here.

CfP: Sixth Ghent Colloquium on Afrikaans

16-18 October 2019, Ghent, Belgium

The Ghent research group on Afrikaans and the study of South Africa organises an annual colloquium on the linguistics and literature of Afrikaans. The overall theme of the linguistic component of this year’s edition is ‘Language Variation in Afrikaans’, broadly construed (i.e. including geographical, social, stylistic, etc. variation in present-day Afrikaans as well as diachronic variation). The plenary speaker is Gerald Stell (The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong), who will present new research on Namibian Afrikaans.
The conference languages are Afrikaans and Dutch.

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for original research papers on any aspect of language variation in Afrikaans, past or present. Possible topics include — but are definitely not limited to:

– the relations between Standard Afrikaans and other varieties of the language;
– the status, use and linguistic characteristics of Cape Afrikaans;
– the restandardisation debate;
– the emergence of new sociolects;
– the use of Afrikaans outside South Africa and the properties of expat Afrikaans;
– the use of Afrikaans in specific text types or contexts.

In addition, we also welcome papers dealing with variation along geographical, social, ethnic, stylistic, etc. lines in the use or properties of specific lexical or grammatical items or phenomena, as well as papers which shed new light on the diachrony of Afrikaans in general or of specific linguistic phenomena.

Please send your anonymous abstract as an attachment in pdf- and doc(x)-format to by April 15 and include name(s) and affiliation(s) in the body of the abstract. The maximal length is 500 words, including examples and references. Abstracts are preferably in Afrikaans or Dutch. Abstracts in English are welcome, too, but please note that speakers will be expected to give the actual presentation in Afrikaans or Dutch.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by mid-May.

CFP: Novel Perspectives on Communication Practices in Antiquity Towards a Historical Social-Semiotic Approach

03-05 Oct-2019, Ghent, Belgium

We are delighted to invite interested scholars and colleagues to participate in the opening event of the ERC-project ‘Everyday writing in Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt. A socio-semiotic study of communicative variation’ (2018-2023).

The main aim of the conference is to explore to what ex­tent it is possible and desirable to found a discipline such as historical social-semiotics, parallel to historical socio-linguistics. This novel, interdisciplinary approach is particularly relevant for ‘everyday’ documentary texts: since these texts represent autographs, their external characteristics can also be brought into interpretation. Some of the characteristics to be considered as expressions of social meaning (functioning as ‘semiotic resources’) are – but are not limited to – writing material, document format, and language choice.
The conference will mainly focus on documentary texts from the Mediterranean region, roughly spanning the period from the first millennium BCE to the first millennium CE.

Confirmed speakers include:

James Clackson (Cambridge)
Mark Depauw (Leuven)
Jean-Luc Fournet (Paris)
Antonella Ghignoli (Rome)
Tonio Sebastian Richter (Berlin)
Petra Sijpesteijn (Leiden)

Call for Papers:

Please submit a one-page English abstract to by April 30, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be given by June 1, 2019.

A full version of the CfP can be found here:

CFP: European Symposium Series on Multimodal Communication

09-10-Sep-2019, Leuven, Belgium

The 6th European and 9th Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication aims to provide a multidisciplinary forum for researchers from different disciplines who study multimodality in human communication as well as in human-computer interaction. The 2019 edition of the MMSYM symposium is organized by the MIDI research group (Multimodality, Interaction & Discourse) based at the Linguistics Department of the University of Leuven, Belgium.

The symposium follows up on a tradition established by the Swedish Symposia on Multimodal Communication held from 1997 until 2000, and continued by the Nordic Symposia on Multimodal Communication held from 2003 to 2012. Since 2013 the symposium has acquired a broader European dimension, with editions held in Malta, Estonia, Ireland, Denmark and Germany. This year the symposium will be held in Belgium for the first time.

The past ten years have witnessed a spectacular increase in research on multimodal communication from a variety of perspectives and (sub)disciplines, including (corpus) linguistics, conversation analysis, human-computer interaction research, and (critical) discourse analysis. This has not only led to a range of novel insights into the dynamics of embodied and situated communication (see e.g. Müller et al. 2013, 2014 for an overview), but has also been the catalyst for the development and implementation of methodological innovations, including the use of high-quality (including multi-angle) video recordings, the integration of input from motion capturing systems, biometric sensor systems and eye-tracking into a multimodal analysis pipeline, the exploration of (semi-)automatic annotation techniques for large-scale corpora, and the implementation of multimodal interaction in computer interfaces. Despite the rapid development of the fields involved, many questions still need to be resolved and new challenges emerge for research on multimodal communication. The MMSYM symposium aims to provide a forum for the discussion of these challenges.

Confirmed invited speakers:

Federico Rossano
University of California San Diego, Cognitive Science – Comparative Cognition Lab

Lindsay Ferrara
NTNU Trondheim, Department of Language & Literature

The 2019 edition of the MMSYM Symposium zooms in on the theme of Multimodal Interaction, with a specific focus on corpus-based and experimental approaches to multimodal interaction in spoken and signed language. Recent corpus-linguistic as well as experimental work has provided evidence for multimodal patterns in face-to-face communication as the most basic form of human interaction. The MMSYM aims to provide a forum for this particular line of research.

Apart from this specific theme, the symposium is open for contributions covering all aspects of multimodal communication, including but not limited to:

Speech, gestures and signs in human communication
– Intercultural aspects of multimodal behaviour
– Multimodality aspects of language acquisition (both L1 and L2)
– Multimodal human computer interaction and conversational agents
– Multimodal systems for sign language users
– Multimodal health communication
– Multimodal communication, communication disorders and communication support
– Multimodal dialogue systems
– Multimodal corpora
– Sign language corpora
– Annotation schemes and tools for multimodal corpora
– Automatic recognition and interpretation of different modalities and their interaction
– Machine-learning techniques applied to multimodal data
– Evaluation methods for multimodal systems

Submission Guidelines:

We invite proposals for paper presentations of up to 500 words, including references. If relevant, links to multimedia clips that are made available online can be included in the abstract. All references to authors should be omitted for purposes of blind review.
Abstracts should be submitted as pdf files and sent to before 25 April 2019. Please make sure to add the following information in the body of that e-mail:

– names of authors
– title
– preferred presentation format (i.e. presentation or poster)

Important Dates:

– Deadline for abstract submissions: 25 April, 2019
– Notification of acceptance: 15 May, 2019
– Revised abstracts: 15 August, 2019
– Symposium dates: 9-10 September, 2019