News

April 25, 2022: Presentation at CLS58

Martín Fuchs and Martijn van der Klis gave a poster presentation at the 58th meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS 58). The title of their presentation was "An Experimental Approach to the Present Perfect Puzzle: the Case of English, Spanish & Dutch", and the poster can be seen here.

April 23, 2022: Talk at LSRL52

Martín Fuchs and Martijn van der Klis gave a talk at the 52nd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL52) with the title "Variation in Perfect/Past compatibility with temporal adverbaisl in English and Spanish". The slides can be found here.

 

March 24, 2022: Invited Talk at KU Leuven

Martín Fuchs gave a talk at KU Leuven with the title "Combining corpora and experimental methods in crosslinguistic semantics". The slides can be found here.

Feb. 4, 2022: Presentation at Grote Taaldag 2022

Anna Marije Buren, Martín Fuchs & Bert Le Bruyn presented their ongoing research at the 2022 Grote Taaldag organized this year by Leiden University. The title of their talk was OVT/VTT alternations in Dutch: from corpora to experiment. The slides from their talk are available here

Jan. 14, 2022: Paper on MDS maps in linguistics online

The paper by Martijn van der Klis and Jos Tellings, titled Generating semantic maps through multidimensional scaling: linguistic applications and theory has been published online in the Journal of Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory.

Dec. 8, 2021: Talk at ZAS Berlin

Henriëtte de Swart gave a talk at ZAS Berlin with the title Tense use in discourse and dialogue: a parallel corpus approach. You can find the slides here.

Dec. 2, 2021: Talk at Going Romance

Henriëtte de Swart gave a keynote talk at Going Romance 2021 in Amsterdam. The title of her talk was Perfect variations in Romance: a parallel corpus approach. You can find the slides here.

Nov. 25, 2021: Expert meeting on "Temporal reference and translation"

On Thursday 25 November, we organize an expert meeting on Temporal reference and translation. We have invited Juan Sun (Sun Yat-sen University) and Cristina Grisot (University of Zürich) for a talk on temporal reference in Mandarin, French, and English. Thereafter, the Time in Translation team will present their work, after which the floor is open for discussion. The abstract and slides used can be found on our website.

July 24, 2021: Talk on Parallel Corpora and Dialect Variation

Martín Fuchs presented joint work with Paz González (Leiden University) at the "Expanding Romance Linguistics – Crossing the Boundaries" workshop at the University of Graz, Austria. The title of their talk was What Harry Potter can tell us about Spanish Perfect-Perfective variation. The slides are available here

May 28, 2021: Talk on parallel corpora and compositional variation

Jos Tellings presented at an online workshop on functional and formal approaches to variation. The title of his talk was From parallel corpora to the formal study of compositional variation. Download the slides here.

May 12, 2021: Presentation at CILC 2021

Chou presented her work on A bi-directional association analysis of Mandarin aspectual forms and European tenses in a parallel translation corpus at the 12th International Conference on Corpus Linguistics (virtual conference), 28 April 2021. You can find the slides here and the video presentation here.  

March 31, 2021: Talk at "New perspectives on aspect"

Henriëtte presented her work on Intermediate Perfects (which is joint work with Teresa Maria Xiqués and Eric Corre) at the workshop New perspectives on aspect: from the “Slavic model” to other languages on Thursday 8 April, hosted (virtually) from Paris. You can find the conference here. Slides will be posted on our website after the conference. 

Jan. 27, 2021: Presentation at Grote Taaldag

Martijn will present his work on Replicating the implicational hierarchy of Perfect use at Grote Taaldag, 27 January 2021. You can find the Pecha Kucha on the Open Science Framework

Oct. 30, 2020: Workshop "Conditionals, Corpora, and Translation"

On Friday Oct 30 we organize an online workshop "Conditionals, Corpora, and Translation". Click here for the program, and contact us if you want to get access to the talks.

Sept. 1, 2020: Paper on Perfect use in L'Étranger now published

Our paper De la sémantique des temps verbaux à la traductologie: Une comparaison multilingue de L’Étranger de Camus is now published through John Benjamins in the volume The Expression of Tense, Aspect, Modality and Evidentiality in Albert Camus’s L'Étranger and Its Translations. Find the paper here. An updated English version of this paper is currently under review. 

Aug. 13, 2020: New post-doc: Martín Fuchs

We are happy to announce that as of June 1, Martín Fuchs has joined our team as a post-doc. Martín obtained his PhD in Linguistics from Yale University earlier this year. In the Time in Translation-project, he will a.o. look into variation in tense use in variants of Spanish as well as experimental evidence for cross-linguistic variation in Perfect use. 

March 7, 2020: WCCFL 38

Jos Tellings gave a talk at WCCFL38 at UBC, titled "When if or when specify modals". Download the paper here.

Feb. 5, 2020: Beyond Time 2 workshop

The TinT team will present at the Beyond Time 2 workshop in Brussels, Feb 6-7. The title of the presentation is Tense use in discourse and dialogue: Prototypical and non-prototypical uses of the PERFECT.

Jan. 29, 2020: TinT at CLIN and TIN

TinT will be present at CLIN and TIN:

CLIN (Jan 30)

TIN (Jan 31)

  • Liu, Dong, & Le Bruyn: Mandarin has an indefinite article after all
  • Tellings: Adverbial superlatives and temporal questions

Dec. 18, 2019: Poster at Amsterdam Colloquium

David Bremmers and Jianan Liu will present a poster at the Amsterdam Colloquium in Amsterdam, 18-20 December. The title is Definiteness across languages: from German to Mandarin. Download the poster and handout here.

Dec. 10, 2019: When-questions and tense in Inquisitive Semantics

The paper "When-questions and tense in Inquisitive Semantics" by Jos Tellings has been published online.

Nov. 8, 2019: The Perfect in dialogue: Evidence from Dutch

The paper "The Perfect in dialogue: Evidence from Dutch" by Bert Le Bruyn, Martijn van der Klis, and Henriëtte de Swart is now published online.

Oct. 24, 2019: Visit by Evangelia Vlachou

Evangelia Vlachou (University of Athens) will visit our project 28 through 30 October. On Monday 28 October, she will give a LUSH talk on High degree modification and adjectives. Find all details on the LUSH website.

Oct. 1, 2019: Talk at Tenselessness workshop

Chou Mo and Bert Le Bruyn will present a talk at the second Workshop on Tenselessness in Lisbon, 3-4 October. The title is The absence/presence of aspectual markers in narrative discourse in Mandarin. Download the abstract and the slides here.

Sept. 11, 2019: Opening post-doc position

Our project has an opening for a two-year post-doc position. Please find all details here and apply by clicking the button at the bottom of the page. The application deadline is October 14. The intended starting date is January 1, 2020 but a later starting date is negotiable.

Sept. 2, 2019: Poster at SemDial

Jos Tellings and Martijn van der Klis will present a poster at SemDial 2019 in London, 4–6 September. The title is Tense use in dialogue, and is joint work with Bert Le Bruyn and Henriëtte de Swart. Download the poster, the accompanying handout, and the proceedings abstract.

Aug. 13, 2019: Student research updated

The student research page has been updated with two bachelor theses on the Perfect in Swedish.

July 17, 2019: TinT in LIN and VakTaal

Our paper titled The perfect in dialogue is now in press with Linguistics in the Netherlands. You can find an early preprint here

In other news, the Dutch magazine VakTaal featured a short article on using translations of Harry Potter to discover variation in tense use across languages. The text will soon be posted here. 

June 19, 2019: Expert meeting on participial clauses

Next week, António Leal and Purificação Silvano from Universidade do Porto will visit our team for two days. They will share their work on participial clauses in Portuguese on 25 June 2019, 14.00 to 15.00. All are welcome. More info (location and abstract) here

May 17, 2019: Talk at SALT29

Jos Tellings gave a talk at SALT29 at UCLA, titled When-questions and tense in Inquisitive Semantics. Handout here.

April 5, 2019: Invited talk at CLARIAH Toogdag

On April 5, Martijn van der Klis was invited to give a talk at the CLARIAH Toogdag on his (very positive!) experiences with the Dutch research infrastructure for linguistics. He linked his experiences to his recent research on since-adverbials. You can find his talk here.

April 4, 2019: Syntax Interface Lecture

Bert Le Bruyn gave a Syntax Interface Lecture in Utrecht, titled "Translation Mining: definiteness in German and Mandarin", presenting joint work with David Bremmers, Jianan Liu, and Martijn van der Klis.

March 21, 2019: Talk by Teresa Maria Xiqués

In April 2019, Teresa Maria Xiqués (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) will visit our team for two days. She will share her work on the hodiernal perfect in Spanish and Catalan on 11 April 2019, 15.30 to 17.00. All are welcome. More info (location and abstract) here

Feb. 7, 2019: CLCG Colloquium, Groningen

The research team traveled to Groningen, where Bert Le Bruyn gave an overview presentation of the project at the CLCG Colloquium.

Feb. 3, 2019: Anja Goldschmidt's thesis nominated for AVT/Anéla dissertation prize

Anja Goldschmidt's PhD thesis Hitting playfully but hard: Conceptual effects of verb-adverb modication in the domain of force was shortlisted for the AVT/Anéla dissertation prize. The jury report (which can soon be found here) praised her ability to clearly navigate the reader through all the complex but evident semantic issues. The prize was won by Tessel Boerma for her thesis Profiles and paths: Effects of language impairment and bilingualism on children's linguistic and cognitive development.

Feb. 2, 2019: Dutch Annual Linguistics Day

Bert Le Bruyn presented work by the research team and student Isabel Vis at the Dutch Annual Linguistics Day in Utrecht. The title of the talk was The use of tense/aspect in dialogue: first investigations.

Feb. 1, 2019: Student research updated

The student research page has been updated, with (amongst others) Ben Bonfil's MA thesis Learning Prepositions in a Second Language: A Corpus-Based Approach to Semantic Transfer.

Jan. 29, 2019: Translation Mining and L2 acquisition

Bert Le Bruyn presented a clinic on Translation Mining and L2 acquisition at the Language Sciences Day in Utrecht.

Jan. 25, 2019: Inquisitive Semantics seminar

Jos Tellings gave a presentation at the Inquisitive Semantics seminar at ILLC (University of Amsterdam), talking about tense use in when-questions and implementing tense and aspect in Inquisitive Semantics. A newer version can be found here.

Dec. 14, 2018: GREAT workshop

The GREAT workshop (Going Romance Explores Aspect and Tense) was held today in Utrecht as part of Going Romance 2018. Review the programme. A short introduction to the Time in Translation project was given at the start of the workshop, for which you can download the slides here.

Nov. 7, 2018: Poster at Digital Humanities event

The team presented a poster titled Harry Potter and the Rosetta Stone: uncovering differences in tense use through parallel corpora at the Digital Humanities Community Event at Utrecht University. You can download the poster here.

Oct. 2, 2018: Talk at Universität zu Köln

Henriëtte presented our work on tense use in dialogue and discourse at the workshop Ways of Reference in Romance Languages at the Universität zu Köln. You can download the slides here.

Sept. 3, 2018: Talk at SLE 2018

Martijn van der Klis presented his work on stative verbs in the Perfect construction at SLE 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. His talk was part of a workshop on Comparative corpus linguistics: new perspectives and applications, organized by Natalia Levshina, Annemarie Verkerk and Steven Moran. You can find the slides in the publications overview.

Aug. 21, 2018: Student research updated

We have updated the list of student research in the Time in Translation-project. If you're interested in writing your BA/MA thesis with us (or doing a research internship), please do contact us!

July 12, 2018: Going Romance: special session

Utrecht University organizes Going Romance 2018! Henriëtte de Swart and Bert Le Bruyn will host a special session on tense and aspect: GREAT (Going Romance (re-)Explores Aspect and Tense). Please find the call for papers on the conference website. You can submit your abstract until July 20.

June 19, 2018: TABU Dag - posters

Last Friday, Konstantinos Askitidis and Chou Mo presented their work at TABU Dag. You can find their posters in the publication overview.

June 12, 2018: New project members!

We are happy to announce that as of August 1, our project team will be strenghtened by two post-docs: Jos Tellings (currently: University of Connecticut) and Anja Goldschmidt (currently: Utrecht University). Best of luck to both! :-) 

June 7, 2018: Talks at TABU Dag

Konstantinos Askitidis and Chou Mo will present their research at the TABU Dag in Groningen.

March 14, 2018: Expert meeting 4

We cordially invite you to attend our fourth expert meeting on Wednesday 21 March, 9.30-12.00 (Drift 21, room 1.05, 3512BR Utrecht). The focus of the meeting will be on (in)definiteness across languages. Click here for more details.

March 6, 2018: Expert meeting 3

Our project organizes several small-scale expert meetings. The meetings will consist of two half-hour talks followed by discussion. We cordially invite you to attend the third meeting on Friday 16 March, 9.30-12.00 (Drift 23, room 0.13, 3512BR Utrecht). The focus of the meeting will be on competition between past, present perfect and recent past. Click here for more details.

Feb. 3, 2018: Talk at Grote Taaldag

Martijn presented his work on the perfect of recent past at the Grote Taaldag conference in Utrecht. You can find the slides in the publications overview.

Jan. 26, 2018: Talk at CLIN28

Martijn presented his work on lexical preferences in the Perfect construction at the CLIN28 conference in Nijmegen. You can find the slides in the publications overview.

Jan. 9, 2018: Talk at ILLC workshop

Henriëtte presented our work at the Workshop in honour of Barbara Partee's honorary doctorate conference at the ILLC in Amsterdam. You can download the slides here.

Nov. 16, 2017: Talk on Camus' L'Étranger

Henriëtte presented our work at the Autour de L'Étranger de Camus et de ses traductions conference at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. You can download the slides here.

Oct. 13, 2017: Expert meeting 1

Our project will organize several small-scale expert meetings. The meetings will consist of two half-hour talks followed by discussion. We cordially invite you to attend the first meeting on Tuesday 7 November, 10.30-12.00 (Drift 23, room 0.12, 3512BR Utrecht). The focus of the meeting will be on aspect from a multilingual perspective. Click here for more details.

Our second expert meeting will be on tense and aspect in second-language acquisition, on Thursday 30 November, 10.30-12.00 (again in Drift 23, room 0.12). Speakers will be Paz González (Leiden University) and Laura Dominguez (University of Southampton). Further details TBA.

Oct. 5, 2017: DRONGO language festival

We presented our work to the public at the DRONGO language festival. We talked with several people about valorization, and hope to put this into practice later on in the project.

Sept. 28, 2017: Talk at LACompLing2017

Henriëtte presented our work at the Workshop on Logic and Algorithms in Computational Linguistics 2017 at Stockholm University, Sweden. You can download the slides here.

Sept. 19, 2017: Student research updated

We updated our overview of student research. Please do contact us if you would want to do your BA/MA thesis/internship with us!

July 26, 2017: Slides kick-off workshop

At Friday June 23rd, we had a great kick-off workshop for our project. You can find all abstracts and slides here.

June 9, 2017: Kick-off workshop

At Friday June 23rd, we will have the kick-off workshop for our project. We're bringing together linguists from different kinds of backgrounds and with different aims and ask them to reflect on corpus methodology in their work: Stephan Th. Gries, Eva Vanmassenhove, Martijn van der Klis, Antonio Toral, Tommaso Caselli, Jet Hoek & Nicholas Asher. Click here to check the full programme and abstracts. Participation is for free but it would be great if you could send a short email to Bert Le Bruyn if you’re intending to join for lunch.

Feb. 16, 2017: Talk at UiL OTS colloquium

Henriëtte presented our work at the UiL OTS colloquium at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. You can download the slides here.

Sept. 28, 2016: Bachelor theses in progress

With Anne Verkleij and Vincent Wimmers we're currently exploring the differences between formal and informal dialogue by comparing our data from the Europarl corpus to those based on movie subtitles. With Mandy Woelk we're exploring the statistical potential of Analyses of Similarities.