Using Corpora in Contrastive and Translation Studies (5th edition)

The Centre for English Corpus Linguistics of the University of Louvain (UCL) is organizing the fifth edition of the Using Corpora in Contrastive and Translation Studies conference series in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) on 12-14 September, 2018.

UCCTS is a biennial international conference which was launched by Richard Xiao in 2008 to provide an international forum for the exploration of the theoretical and practical issues pertaining to the creation and use of corpora in contrastive and translation/interpreting studies. The 2018 edition will be dedicated to the memory of Richard, who initiated the conference series but sadly passed away in January 2016.

After almost 30 years of intensive corpus use in contrastive linguistics and translation studies, the conference aims to take stock of the advances that have been made in methodology, theory, analysis and applications, and think up new ways of moving corpus-based contrastive and translation studies forward. UCCTS2018 is meant to bring together researchers who collect, annotate, analyze corpora and/or use them to inform contrastive linguistics and translation theory and/or develop corpus-informed tools (in foreign language teaching, language testing and quality assessment, translation pedagogy, computer-aided/machine translation or other related NLP domains).

Detailed information about the conference (including the list of presentations) can be found on the conference website:

The deadline of abstract submission is extended to  January 22nd.

Keynote speakers

  • Gloria Corpas Pastor (University of Malaga): “In principio erat verbum: A fresh look at corpora for translation and interpreting”
  • Sandra Halverson (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences): “Cognitive translation studies and the combination of data types and methods”
  • Hilde Hasselgård (University of Oslo): “Corpus-based contrastive studies: beginnings, developments and directions”
  • Juliane House (University of Hamburg): “Using corpora for evaluating translations and language change”
  • Haidee Kruger (Macquarie University): “Expanding the third code: Corpus-based studies of constrained communication and language mediation”

Note that participation in the conference is limited by the venue, so we recommend that you register as soon as possible.

Sylviane Granger & Marie-Aude Lefer
UCCTS 2018 Conference Chairs

CMC and Social Media Corpora 2018

17-Sep-2018 – 18-Sep-2018, Antwerp, Belgium

‘CMC-corpora 2018’ is the 6th edition of an annual conference series dedicated to the collection, annotation, processing and exploitation of corpora of computer-mediated communication (CMC) and social media. The conference brings together language-centered research on CMC and social media in linguistics, philologies, communication sciences, media and social sciences with research questions from the fields of corpus and computational linguistics, sociolinguistics, language technology, text technology, and machine learning.

2nd Call for Papers:

We invite submissions for talks and for posters or software/corpus demonstrations on any topic relevant to the list of themes (below). Contributions should be anonymized and submitted via the online conference system, and will be peer-reviewed by the scientific committee. (Visit the online submission link)

For talks, we request short papers (2-4 pages) in English. Authors of accepted papers can present their work at the conference in a 20 minute talk followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Accepted short papers will be published in online proceedings before the conference. After the conference, there will be an open call for extended papers to be published in a special issue of European Journal of Applied Linguistics (EuJAL), to appear in 2019.

For poster presentations (reserved for early stage research) or software/corpus demonstrations, we request abstracts in English (max. 500 words, bibliographical references not included). Authors of accepted abstracts can present their poster and/or give their demonstration during the poster session, which will be opened by one-minute ‘teaser talks’. Accepted abstracts will be printed in the book of abstracts.

All information on the call for papers (deadlines, topics, guidelines) are on the website:

International Conference Languaging Diversity 2018


Following the four successful events hosted by the Universities of Naples (2013), Catania (2014), Macerata (2016) and Cagliari (2017) where topics such as diversity, alterity, power and social class have been explored with reference to gender, ethnicity and culture, we bring the Languaging Diversity Conference outside of Italy and into Belgium. The theme of the conference this year is discourse and diversity in the global city.

Conference theme: Discourse and Diversity in the Global City

Discourses in/of/about the city vibrantly conceptualize, narrate and imagine the past, present and future of a city and its citizens. The city’s status, character, spirit and image are constantly imagined, reproduced and framed in private and public communication. In urban discourse languages, identities and subcultures meet, as old and new inhabitants interact with temporary visitors and guests. Accordingly, alternative city images may arise, as existing discourse representations of cities are recontextualized and transformed in other visions about the city and citizenship. This process implies utopian or dystopian views on the city, as discourse zooms in on challenges, problems and possible solutions over time. Discourse as such displays different social actors evolving around urban life, which gives an insight into to attitudes, opinions and sentiments about the city. In global cities, social experience, spaces and activities are lived through the linguascape of complex multilingual, multisensory and multimodal repertoires, as citizens’ identities and (absence of) interactions cross borders which connect different languages, time, space and semiotic modes.

This conference brings together interdisciplinary research about discourse(s) in global cities, and wishes to analyze and discuss commonalities and distinctiveness between urban areas, conceived of as networks of spatial and symbolic nodal points and peripheral zones. The interdisciplinary focus looks for discussions and connections which involve the broad field of discourse studies and correlated issues, including but not limited to

  • Sociolinguistics of globalization
  • Politics, communication policy and governance
  • Mobility, migration, circulation, tourism
  • Cultural spaces, capitals of culture
  • Imagined cities
  • Social, economic and technological aspects of global cities (smart cities, the future internet, digital cities)
  • City marketing and city branding
  • Sustainable cities
  • Privacy and public safety, (transnational) crime fighting
  • Community building, community involvement and ghettoisation
  • Cultural mediation and multilingualism

The following macro-areas and/or methodological approaches are to be understood as a general guideline and can be further extended:

  • Critical Discourse Analysis, Critical Discourse Studies
  • Socio-cognition  and Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Corpus-based discourse studies
  • Language crossing, switching, and mixing
  • Language variation and language change
  • Multimodal, digital and audio-visual discourse(s)
  • Contrastive Pragmatics
  • Sociolinguistics, sociolinguistics of globalization
  • Ethnographic approaches to language
  • Literary studies
  • Translation Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Documentary and Film Studies
  • History of ideas
Call for papers
We welcome individual presentations and posters, which will be submitted to anonymous review. Proposals for thematically organized sessions can be proposed to the organizers, with a short rationale for the session in the conference format. This proposal should contain a list with speakers and titles. All papers in the session need to be submitted through the general review process.
Important dates
Proposals for theme sessions: 15 April 2018.
Approval theme sessions: 20 April 2018.
New extended call deadline: Individual abstracts (including papers in sessions) should be submitted by 15 May 2018.
Approval papers: 1 June 2018.Early bird registration: before 10 August 2018.
Late registration: before 10 September 2018.

Third International Conference on Language Education and Testing

November 26-28, 2018, Antwerp, Belgium

Dear colleague,

We hereby extend a cordial invitation to submit a proposal to our Third International Conference on Language Education and Testing, which will be held at Antwerp University (Belgium), from 26 to 28 November 2018. The theme of this year’s conference is “Language Education and Emotions”. Its aim is to bring together scholars from all over the world to share their interest in the role and place of emotions in language learning and teaching.

As a researcher, practitioner or policy maker, you can attest to the close connection between language education and emotions, both in learners and teachers. These affective factors influence their perceptions and behavior, and finally also the learning outcomes.

Research into the influence of emotions in language education is not new, but is still evolving. The conference will provide an overview of the scientific status quo in the field of Language Education and Emotions. Secondly, it will identify the challenges our research is confronted with. This will allow us to build a research agenda for the future.

“Language Education and Emotions” will address a wide range of topics relating to affective factors in language learning, centering on:

  • Emotions and the Language Learner: e.g. foreign language anxiety, self-esteem, motivation, willingness to communicate, inhibition, autonomy
  • Emotions and the Language Teacher: e.g. self-efficacy, motivation, empathy
  • Emotions and the Teaching and Learning Process: e.g. language teaching methods, approaches in language teaching, learning materials/ tools, CALL, evaluation

Please, submit your proposal before June 1st, 2018 on the conference website:

The keynote speakers at the conference are:

– Jane Arnold Morgan (University of Seville; author of Affect in Language Learning);
– Jean-Marc Dewaele (Birkbeck, University of London; author of Emotions in Multiple Languages);
– One paper will be selected as plenary presentation.

We hope you will be able to join us and our plenary speakers, and look forward to welcoming you in Antwerp in November!

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Mathea Simons
Tom Smits

Conference on Multilingualism (COM) 2018

16th – 18th December 2018

The Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (FPPW) at Ghent University is organising the Conference on Multilingualism 2018. The conference will take place from Sunday 16th to Tuesday 18th December 2018 in the historic city of Ghent, Belgium. The call for oral and poster presentations will open soon.

The Conference on Multilingualism actually has a longstanding tradition. It started in 2005 at the University of Trento under the name ‘Workshop on Bilingualism’. Since then, the name has been changed a couple of times to ‘Neurobilingualism’ and ‘Workshop of Neurobilingualism’. In 2016, it was decided to continue the conference under the somewhat broader label of ‘Conference on multilingualism’ (COM) in order to include different aspects of multilingualism. COM was subsequently held in Ghent (2016) and Groningen (2017), and is this year coming to Ghent once again.

Although the official call is coming soon, participants wishing to host a symposium may already contact us at Suitable topics are all aspects of multilingualism in the fields of linguistics, psychology, neurology, sociology, and educational sciences.

Organising Committee:
Marc Brysbaert, Wouter Duyck, June Eyckmans, Robert Hartsuiker, Evy Woumans (Ghent University)
Sarah Bernolet (University of Antwerp)
Esli Struys (Free University of Brussels)
Arnaud Szmalec (Universit? Catholique de Louvain)
Eline Zenner (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

Location: Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Henri Dunantlaan 2, 9000 Ghent – Belgium

Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP)

Main conference

SIGDAT, the Association for Computational Linguistics’ Special Interest Group on linguistic data and corpus-based approaches to NLP, invites you to submit your papers to EMNLP 2018 (November 2 – November 4, 2018) in Brussels, Belgium.

We invite the submission of long and short papers related to empirical methods in natural language processing. Accepted papers will be presented as oral talks or posters. As in recent years, the conference will also include presentations of selected papers accepted by the Transactions of the ACL.


We solicit papers on all areas of interest to the SIGDAT community and aligned fields, including but not limited to:

Language Models, Segmentation
Morphological Analysis, POS Tagging and Sequence Labeling
Syntactic and Semantic Parsing
Lexical and Compositional Semantics
Discourse and Coreference
Dialogue and Interactive Systems
Narrative Understanding and Commonsense Reasoning
Spoken Language Processing
Text Mining
Sentiment Analysis and Opinion Mining
Information Retrieval, Question Answering
Information Extraction
Natural Language Generation
Machine Translation
Multilinguality and Cross-linguality
Linguistic Theories and Resources
Computational Psycholinguistics
Multimodal and Grounded Language Processing
Machine Learning for NLP
Web, Social Media and Computational Social Science
Ethics and Fairness in NLP
Other NLP Applications

Important Dates

Submissions due (long & short) Tuesday May 22, 2018
Author response period starts Friday July 6, 2018
Author rebuttals due Thursday July 12, 2018
Notification of acceptance Monday August 6, 2018
Camera-ready due Monday August 27, 2018
Workshops & tutorials Wednesday – Thursday October 31 – November 1, 2018
Main conference Friday – Sunday November 2 – November 4, 2018
Note: All deadlines are calculated at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time (UTC -7h).

Conference website :

Workshops & Co-located Events

Dates and locations for each workshop will be added soon. Please refer to each individual event’s website for more details.

CoNLL: The Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning

CoNLL is a top-tier conference, yearly organized by SIGNLL (ACL’s Special Interest Group on Natural Language Learning).

WMT18: The Third Conference on Machine Translation

The WMT18 conference builds on a series of annual workshops and conferences on statistical machine translation, going back to 2006.

LOUHI: The Ninth International Workshop on Health Text Mining and Information Analysis

LOUHI 2018 provides an interdisciplinary forum for researchers interested in automated processing of health documents.

BioASQ: Large-scale biomedical semantic indexing and question answering

The aim of the BioASQ workshop is to push the research frontier towards systems that use the diverse and voluminous information available online to respond directly to the information needs of biomedical scientists.

Analyzing and Interpreting Neural Networks for NLP

The goal of this workshop is to bring together people who are attempting to peek inside the neural network black box, taking inspiration from machine learning, psychology, linguistics and neuroscience.

FEVER: First Workshop on Fact Extraction and VERification

The FEVER workshop brings together researchers working on various tasks related to fact extraction and verification and also hosts the FEVER Challenge, an information verification shared task.

ARGMINING: 5th International Workshop on Argument Mining

The goal of the ArgMining workshop is to provide a continuing forum to the last four years’ Argumentation Mining workshops at ACL and NAACL, the first research forum devoted to argumentation mining in all domains of discourse.

ALW2: Second Workshop on Abusive Language Online

The last few years have seen a surge in abusive online behavior, with governments, social media platforms, and individuals struggling to cope with the consequences and to produce effective methods to combat it. The ALW2 workshop bring researchers of various disciplines together to discuss approaches to abusive language.

W-NUT: 4th Workshop on Noisy User-generated Text

The WNUT workshop focuses on Natural Language Processing applied to noisy user-generated text, such as that found in social media, online reviews, crowdsourced data, web forums, clinical records and language learner essays.

SCAI: Search-Oriented Conversational AI

The SCAI workshop aims to bring together AI/Deep Learning specialists on one hand and search/IR specialists on the other hand to lay the ground for search-oriented conversational AI and establish future directions and collaborations.

UDW: Second Workshop on Universal Dependencies

The Universal Dependencies Workshop invites papers on all topics relevant to universal dependencies. Priority will be given to papers that adopt a cross-lingual perspective.

SIGMORPHON: Fifteenth Workshop on Computational Research in Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology

This workshop organized by the ACL Special Interest Group on Computational Morphology and Phonology provides a forum for exchanging news of recent research developments and other matters of interest in computational morphology and phonology.

WASSA: 9th Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity, Sentiment and Social Media Analysis

The aim of the WASSA workshop is to continue the line of the previous editions, bringing together researchers in Computational Linguistics working on Subjectivity and Sentiment Analysis and researchers working on interdisciplinary aspects of affect computation from text.

SMM4H: 3rd Social Media Mining for Health Applications Workshop & Shared Task

The SMM4H workshop seeks to attract researchers interested in automatic methods for the collection, extraction, representation, analysis, and validation of social media data for health informatics. It serves as a unique forum to discuss novel approaches to text and data mining methods that are applicable to social media data and may prove invaluable for health monitoring and surveillance.

Annual conference of the ‘Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education’ on Intensity

30-Nov-2018 – 30-Nov-2018, Mons, Belgium

At first sight, intensity is a clear, readily understandable notion, yet it evokes a wide array of interpretations and can be linked with a high semantic-pragmatic, syntactic and stylistic complexity. Intensity, understood here very broadly as the quality to deviate from neutrality, pervades and shapes our daily life, our actions and our language. Intensity permeates language at all linguistic levels, allowing us to encode emotional attitude – from subtle nuances to very strong emotions – or to increase or attenuate the (emotional) impact of our utterances. As Partington (1993: 178) said in relation to intensification, its importance lies in “that it is a vehicle for impressing, praising, persuading, insulting and generally influencing the listener’s reception of the message”. As a pervasive concept, omnipresent in language, intensity allows for a wide variety of approaches from each of the fields brought together by BAAHE, literature, cultural studies, linguistics, translation studies and ELT.

Invited speaker: Belén Méndez-Naya (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela)

Call for Papers:
In linguistics, intensity is most obviously represented in studies of intensification and (inter)subjectivity/-ation, politeness, and modality. Intensity has also been under scrutiny in sign language studies. Almost 40 years ago, Klima & Bellugi (1979) studied the morphological marking of intensification in ASL. More recently, intensity has been studied as the expression of emotion through technological means such as the use of emoticons and Internet slang. In addition, intensity is a prominent concept in metaphor studies, with INTENSITY IS HEAT being one of the most central metaphors (Kövecses 2005). As indicating an increase or decrease in the salience of or attention on a linguistic entity, intensity is also related to topic and focus markers and, in phonology, is understood to refer to pitch accent and stress. (Multimodal) studies on paralinguistic features accompanying intensity such as prosodic peaks and gestures also provide interesting avenues of research.

In translation studies, intensity can be an equally rich field of study. How do translators convey emotions and intensity in the target language? Do they necessarily resort to explicitation? Cultural and language-system related differences might also play a role here. How can we compare intensity across cultures? Is intensity categorized differently across cultures? How do cross-cultural differences influence the translation process or result? When translating intensity does the translator (succeed to) take into account  »the effusiveness of Italian, the formality and stiffness of German and Russian, the impersonality of French » compared to  »the informality and understatement of English » (Newmark 1988:5)?
Intensity is crucial from an ELT perspective as well, with intensification being  »an important and, beyond the elementary level, intricate part of foreign language learning » (Lorenz 1999:26). Whether acquiring the ability to express complex communicative intentions, the ability to use appropriate registers or the idiomatic use of adverbs with adjectives, learners are faced with intensity throughout their learning process.

In literature, both in fiction and non-fiction, intensity most often refers to the authenticity or appropriateness of emotional discourse. From passionate outbursts to pent-up emotions, literature abounds with instances of epideictic discourse or appeal to pathos. Throughout history, literary traditions have sought to unleash or restrain the intensity of emotional material. Most typically, the shift from classicism to Romanticism embodies a move from ethos to pathos, from emphasis on design and structure to the intensity Keats came to praise as  »the excellence of every art » (Hilfer 1981:7).

Please submit your anonymized proposal (400 words, excluding references) to Authors can submit a maximum of two abstracts if at least one of these is co-authored.

Accepted papers will be allocated 20 min. + 10 min. for discussion.
Notification of acceptance: 20 July 2018

LNAT4: Scales in language and logic

Brussels, September 20-21, 2018

Call for Papers

Theme description

Scalarity is a rich field of study in linguistics and logic. Linguistically, it enters into the meaning of a wide range of expressions.  The best-known case in degree semantics may well be the gradable adjective (tall, short, likely, good), but cross-categorially many other cases have been detected and analysed in similar scalar terms:

  • Verbs: degree achievement verbs (broaden, widen), directed motion (rise, drop), measure verbs (cost), psych-verbs (like, amuse);
  • Nouns: gradable nouns (an utter fool, a slight disappointment);
  • Adverbs: intensifying (hard/much), focus associating (only, even, merely);
  • Prepositions: (above, before, under);
  • Cardinal and ordinal numerals (five, sixth);
  • Quantifiers (many, more, most, all, few).

Given the crucial role of scalarity in the semantics of vague adjectives and nouns (e.g. tall, heap), it can help to understand the sorites paradox, which has been studied extensively in philosophical logic (Keefe 2000). Some solutions to this paradox, such as Williamson’s (1994) epistemicism, stick to classical logic, while others move to systems of many-valued logic. An interesting philosophical question is whether the latter move can or should be understood as transforming truth itself into a scalar notion.

The semantic scales that have been proposed in degree semantics to account for gradability are standardly (Kennedy 2007, Solt 2015) viewed as (i) a set of values (ii) with an associated ordering relation and (iii) a dimension of measurement.  But that is where the uniformity ends, given that there are – in many cases real, in some cases possibly eliminable – elements of variation for each of the three components of a scale. Some scales are viewed as involving a discrete linear order of values, others as dense (with a third value between any two other values), though it has also been argued (Fox & Hackl 2006) that all measurement is dense. Some scales involve conventionalized units of measurement (cm, min, etc.), others don’t. Some have scalar endpoints at both ends, some at neither, and some at one end (Kennedy & McNally 2005). The values on the scales have been identified as degrees, which can be thought as points on the scale (Beck 2011), but also as extents (Seuren 1973), vectors (Zwarts 2003), etc. (cf. Solt 2015, 23) And while there is a wide range of possible dimensions (volume, weight, age, duration, distance, etc.), the orders they involve come in a limited number of types (ordinal, interval or ratio orders). Moreover, such types of scales seem to be metaphorically connected to properties of spatial axes in a constrained number of ways (Nouwen, sd): vertical in the case of number (under 50 attendants), very often horizontal for time expressions (after three minutes), for instance.

Given that linguistic expressions of scalar opposition are so often latched on to spatial experience, it would also be useful to discover whether and, if so, which kinds of geometrical diagrams for scalarity have been proposed in the literature (a case in point are those introduced in Ogden 1932, 16).  While the question which diagrams have been proposed has a historical interest in its own right, the features of such diagrams may provide clarifying perspectives on the phenomenon itself.

Since a nonlinear relation between causal stimuli and their mental representation – in the form of compressed logarithmic scales – is characteristic of several modes of perception (colour vision, overtones in music, touch, taste, etc.), the possible connection between such perceptual scales in human cognition and scalarity as it surfaces in language and logic is an issue of considerable interest (cf. Dehaene et al. 2009 on number).

 In view of the above, we welcome papers which contribute to the correct identification of  (i) the nature and variation of scalarity in language and logic, (ii) the diagrams proposed for scalar notions, as well as (iii) the nature of possible connections between logico-linguistic scalar concepts and perception scales.

Invited speakers

We are pleased to announce that the following invited speakers have agreed to give a talk at LNAT4:

  • Christopher Kennedy (University of Chicago)
  • Stefanie Solt  (Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS))

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should be in PDF-format, anonymous, at most one page long, and should include any example sentences. A second page may be added for bibliographical references only. Please submit abstracts through EasyChair, using the following link:

Authors may submit at most one individual and one co-authored abstract.

The abstract submission deadline is 15 June 2018, midnight, Brussels time. Notification of acceptance will be on July 15, 2018.

Important Dates

First call for papers: April 1, 2018

Second call for papers: May 1, 2018
Abstract submission deadline: June 15, 2018
Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2018
Conference: September 20-21, 2018

Organizing Committee

  • Lorenz Demey
  • Dany Jaspers
  • Cora Pots
  • Hans Smessaert
  • Jolijn Sonnaert
  • Tanja Temmerman
  • Jeroen van Craenenbroeck
  • Guido vanden Wyngaerd

CFP: What’s (the) News? Values, Viruses and Vectors of Newsworthiness

13-14 December 2018
Third biennial conference of the Brussels Institute for Journalism Studies (BIJU)
Department of Applied Linguistics
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium

Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2018

Plenary speakers
Monika Bednarek (University of Sydney, Australia)
Tony Harcup (University of Sheffield, UK)

Steered by what Kovach & Rosenstiel describe as our ‘awareness instinct’, exchanging ‘news’ fulfills basic human needs for information, orientation, and connection. The entanglement of ‘news’, understood as recent and current public information, and the development of journalism (as a profession), renders the question what ‘is’ or ‘becomes’ news highly relevant for the study of journalism. One particularly influential approach to ‘newsworthiness’ in journalism studies emerged from Galtung and Ruge’s 1965 seminal study on ‘news values’ in (foreign) news reporting. The core question of this study was which criteria journalists apply in the news selection process. The authors contend that (negative) events having to do with conflict, elites or change in the daily lives or the immediate environment of the audience are likely to become news. Especially if they have some magnitude and if they are recent, unexpected and/or if they can be linked to individ
ual people. Since then, numerous scholars taking sociological or critical cultural approaches to ‘news values’, and selection and journalistic routines in general, have revisited their ideas, and refined and complemented them.
These insights have been applicable to a lesser or greater extent throughout the whole history of journalism, yet, the digital era and the advent of social media more specifically have altered vectors – understood both as agents and carriers – of newsworthiness significantly, reshaping how ‘news’ is conceived, the way it comes about and is exchanged. Within a networked, globalized environment, the range of sources that are available to journalists or that are able to trigger ‘news’ on a day-to-day basis has expanded considerably, while a plethora of newcomers (e.g. citizen journalists, alternative, grassroots and partisan media outlets) in or at the margins of the journalistic field challenge traditional conceptions of ‘newsworthiness’, as well as the relationship between ‘journalism’ and ‘news’ per se (e.g. in ‘slow journalism’ and ‘constructive journalism’ movements). Even if the position of these newcomers along traditional news media’s status as
primary definers of ‘the news’ may still be subject to debate, it is hard to deny the impact of digitization and social media on contemporary audiences’ daily ‘news diet’.
Amongst others, search engines, (automated) news aggregators, and social media platforms, and their underlying algorithms, have become key to understanding how news emerges and circulates nowadays. Social media allow to register which stories are clicked, liked or shared most and thus to examine which topics and approaches raise the highest interest of the audience. Journalists are expected to develop a feeling for ‘shareability’ and to produce texts and visuals which will ‘go viral’. The focus in the selection process seems to have shifted ever more from what journalists deemed fit to publish towards what the audience is expected to appreciate most. Moreover, as clicks, likes and shares are monitored automatically, news stories which receive the most attention of readers are moved up higher in the news flow, so that they are picked up even more often. This presentation process often happens without human intervention, thus leaving the selection entirely to the appreciation
of the audience. Furthermore, these developments have also led to highly customized news packages – ‘me media’ – and the related issues of the ‘filter bubble’ and ‘echo chamber’.
However, it is still the journalist (or is it the ‘news worker’) who decides what shape the story will take and which aspects will be accentuated. The topic of news values can therefore also be approached from a linguistic/discursive side. The main question then is how news workers construct an event as interesting or relevant, i.e. how they use language to make certain events newsworthy, especially on the internet media platforms. And taking into consideration the importance of visual resources on these platforms, an analysis of verbal text will in many cases have to be replaced by or complemented with a multimodal analysis.
We invite participants to engage in a critical discussion of newsworthiness. Possible questions which can be addressed are: are there topics which are newsworthy by nature, which elements arouse most interest in human psyche, which stories and/or sources do journalists and their audience find worth sharing, how do news values vary between media types and news beats, how can journalists or news workers construct issues or events as interesting, what is the relation between newsworthiness and publishing platforms.
Inspirational literature:
Bednarek, Monika & Helen Caple (2017). The Discourse of News Values: How News Organizations Create ‘Newsworthiness’. New York: Oxford University Press.

Harcup, Tony & Deirdre O’Neill (2017). What is news? News values revisited (again). Journalism Studies, 18 (12). pp. 1470-1488.

We welcome submissions from all relevant disciplinary backgrounds approaching topics including but certainly not limited to:
• News values in the selection of news
• News values in the production of news
• The linguistic or multimodal construction of an event as newsworthy
• The relation between publishing platforms and newsworthiness
• What makes news ‘go viral’
• Algorithms and automation in the presentation of news
• Methodological approaches to the study of newsworthiness

We welcome both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and analyses at process, product/text, and/or audience level.
All papers will be published (after the authors’ consent) in the electronic proceedings of the conference and we are planning to publish a selection of the papers in a volume and/or a special issue.
Junior researchers are warmly invited to participate.
The venue for the conference will be the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences ( Vautierstraat/Rue Vautier 29, 1000 Brussels, near the Brussels-Luxembourg station, a lively neighbourhood with lots of hotels and restaurants.

Conference fee (including pre-conference reception, lunch, coffee):
€ 150 (regular participants), € 75 (PhD students).
Dinner will be organized on Friday 14 December and charged separately.

Please send a proposal of no more than 300 words (excluding selected references) together with your affiliation and a short biography (c. 100 words) to by 30 June 2018. Decisions will be announced by 15 August. Questions about any aspect of the conference should be addressed to
For updates on the practical organization, please check our website.

CFP: Journée linguistique 2018

Comme chaque année, le CBL (Cercle Belge de Linguistique) organise une journée linguistique. Cette année la conférence aura lieu le vendredi 25 mai 2018 à la Faculté de Lettres et Philosophie de l’Université de Liège.

Les communications (20’ de présentation + 10’ de discussion) peuvent traiter d’un sujet linguistique quelconque et peuvent se faire dans une des trois langues nationales (néerlandais, français, allemande) ou en anglais. Les propositions (max. 500 mots, sans références) doivent indiquer clairement le sujet, les objectifs, les données et la méthode utilisées ainsi que les résultats (provisoires). Toutes les propositions (avec le nom et l’affiliation des auteurs) peuvent être envoyées jusqu’au 21 avril 2018 à Avant le 1 mai 2018 vous serez mis au courant de l’acceptation de votre proposition.

Toutes les activités (conférences et déjeuner) auront lieu dans le bâtiment principal (A1) du campus de la ville de l’Université de Liège. L’adresse est Place du 20 août, 4000 Liège. Il est à distance de marche de la gare de Liège-Palais. De la gare de Liège-Guillemins, prendre le bus (TEC) jusqu’à l’arrêt « Opéra », d’où vous pourrez rejoindre le bâtiment de l’université par la place de la République française et la rue de l’Université. Vous pouvez charger vos tickets TEC sur votre carte MOBIB (SNCB).

La participation à la journée linguistique est gratuite pour les membres ainsi que pour les non-membres. Ceux qui veulent faire une communication doivent être membres. Les nouveaux membres ont rempli la fiche d’adhésion et payé la cotisation — € 40 pour ceux qui veulent obtenir le dernier volume du Belgian Journal of Linguistics pour l’année 2018, autrement € 20.

Comme l’année passée, cette année il y aura également un prix pour la meilleure présentation par un doctorant. Si vous désirez participer, vous devez le mentionner lors de la soumission de votre proposition.

Dates importantes
· 21 avril 2018 : date limite pour la soumission des propositions
· 1 mai 2018 : confirmation d’acceptation
· 18 mai 2018 : date limite pour l’inscription pour le déjeuner
· 25 mai 2018 : Journée Linguistique

Lot Brems
Dominique Longrée
Nicolas Mazziotta
Julien Perrez
Laurent Rasier
Marie Steffens
An Van linden

Comité scientifique:
Miriam Bouzouita (UGent), Timothy Colleman (UGent), Bert Cornillie (KU Leuven), Walter Daelemans (UAntwerpen), Philippe De Brabanter (ULB), Sabine De Knop (USL), Gert De Sutter (UGent), Patrick Dendale (UAntwerpen), Thomas François (UCLouvain), Alex Housen (VUB), Marie-Aude Lefer (UCLouvain), Nicolas Mazziotta (ULiège), Fanny Meunier (UCLouvain), Tanja Mortelmans (UAntwerpen), Julien Perrez (ULiège), Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (KU Leuven), Martina Temmerman (VUB), Johan van der Auwera (UAntwerpen), An Van linden (ULiège), Guido Vanden Wyngaerd (KU Leuven), Gudrun Vanderbauwhede (UMons)