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Sun May 16 1999

Jobs: Max-Planck Institute, Postdoc/Multilingualism

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  1. Sotaro Kita, Postdoc at Max-Planck Institute / psycholinguistics and gesture
  2. Settekorn, Research Center on Multilingualism- Job announcement

Message 1: Postdoc at Max-Planck Institute / psycholinguistics and gesture

Date: Sun, 16 May 1999 16:46:21 +0200
From: Sotaro Kita <Sotaro.Kitampi.nl>
Subject: Postdoc at Max-Planck Institute / psycholinguistics and gesture

Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics announces an opening for a
position for a postdoctoral fellow. The Max-Planck Institute has been
investigating spontaneous co-speech gestures in the last several years, and
we are looking for a candidate who will conduct research on 1) spontaneous
gestures that accompany speech, and 2) their relationship to speech
production processes. The candidate will join the Language Production Group
of the Institute, and work closely with gesture researchers, who are mostly
affiliated with the Language and Cognition Group. (Our web site
<http://www.mpi.nl > contains the description of the two Groups, and our
past research on gesture in the Annual Report section.)

The candidate must have a demonstrated ability in 1) experimental
approaches to psycholinguistics (preferably in the area of speech
production) and/or 2) studies of spontaneous co-speech gestures. The
candidate must show promise in developing and conducting an experimental
research program on gesture.

The position starts as soon as possible or at the latest the early part of
2000. The candidate must have a Ph.D. or must submit the final accepted
version of the dissertation to the degree granting university by the time
of starting. The position is initially for a year with a possibility of
extension of up to two more years.

We will start reviewing applications immediately, and the position will be
filled as soon as the appropriate candidate is found.

Please send an application letter (stating the possible starting date,
relevant research backgrounds, and future research directions), the CV, and
two letters of recommendation to Dr. Sotaro Kita, Max-Planck Institute for
Psycholinguistics, P.O. Box 310, NL 6500-AH, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Electronic submission (e.g., by means of attachment) is encouraged. The
e-mail address is <kitampi.nl>.

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Sotaro Kita, Ph.D.
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
(tel. direct) +31-(0)24-3521273
(switchboard&leaving a message) +31-(0)24-3521911
(fax) +31-(0)24-3521300
* When in the Netherlands, leave out the country code 31, and dial (0) in
the area code.
E-mail address: kitampi.nl
Mail address: P.O. Box 310, 6500 AH Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Street address: Wundtlaan 1, 6525 XD Nijmegen, The Netherlands
http://www.mpi.nl/world/persons/profession/kita.html
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Message 2: Research Center on Multilingualism- Job announcement

Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 07:58:22 +0200
From: Settekorn <fs3a590uni-hamburg.de>
Subject: Research Center on Multilingualism- Job announcement


A new research center will be established at the Univeristy of
Hamburg. Please find below a short description of the Center and a
job announcement for one of its research projects.

Jurgen M. Meisel

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH CENTER ON MULTILINGUALISM
(Sonderforschungsbereich Mehrsprachigkeit)

University of Hamburg

A research center for the study of multilingualism, funded by the
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Science Foundation) has been
established at the University of Hamburg (Germany) as of July
1999. The Center currently comprises 13 research projects
investigating linguistic aspects of bi- and multilingualism. The focus
of this research lies in microanalyses of oral and written
communication in multilingual settings and in language development in
the bilingual individual. This work starts from the assumptions that
human cognition predisposes the individual to become multilingual,
that the knowledge of more than one language increases communicative
possibilities rather than decreasing them, and that diachronic studies
of multilingualism can lead to a better under-standing of contemporary
situations and to solutions for emerging problems. In order to put
these claims to the test, cognitive as well as cultural studies have
been designed by which specific hypotheses, based on these
assumptions, are examined empirically. The multilingual settings
studied include social as well as family bilingualism, postcolonial
situations as well as ones resulting from labor migration, and also
contexts where more than one language is used in education or at the
workplace, at home or during extended or short-term stays in a foreign
country. The languages studied include Aymara, Basque, Danish,
English, French, German, Greek, Guarani, Italian, Japanese, Latin,
Luganda, Lwo, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish,
Turkish, and several diachronic and regional varieties of some of
these. By comparing an array of linguistically, culturally, and
socially diverse settings, the aim is to identify more general as well
as situation-specific factors favoring multilingualism or rendering it
more difficult for the indvidual and for society.

The 13 research projects carried out during the three year period
1999-2002 are listed below. The Center is organized into two
groups. Group A, entitled Oral and Written Texts and Types of
Discourse in Multilingual communication, investigates the production
and comprehension of multilingual language use in various social,
cultural and institutional contexts, contemporary as well as previous
ones. Group B, The Development of Multilingualism, is concerned with
diachronic change as well as with the ontogenesis of multilingualism,
investigating the simultaneous acquisition of more than one first
language and the successive acquisition of several languages, and
contrasting both to monolingual first language development.

 COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH CENTER ON MULTILINGUALISM
 (Sonderforschungsbereich Mehrsprachigkeit)


			Chair: 	Prof.Dr. Jurgen M. Meisel
					Universit\228t Hamburg
					Romanisches Seminar
					von Melle-Park 6
					D-20146 Hamburg
					jmmrrz.uni-hamburg.de

			Co-chair and coordinator of group A:
					Prof.Dr. Jochen Rehbein
					rehbeinrrz.uni-hamburg.de

			Co-chair and coordinator of group B:
					Prof.Dr. Conxita Lle\243
					lleorrz.uni-hamburg.de


Group A: Oral and Written Texts and Types of Discourse in
 Multilingual Communication

A1: Japanese and German expert discourse in mono- and multilingual settings
 (Principal investigator: Jochen Rehbein)
A2: Interpreting in the hospital
	(PI: Kristin B\252hrig)
A3: Processing of spoken language in the process of interpreting
	(PI: Walther von Hahn)
A4: Covert translation
	(PI: Juliane House)
A5: Literacy practices in cross-cultural perspective
	(PI: Mechthild Reh)
A6: Semicommunication and receptive multilingualism in contemporary
 Scandinavia
 (PI: Kurt Braunm\252ller)
A7: Disticha Catonis: Didactic forms of discourse between Latin
	and the vernacular
 (PI: Nikolaus Henkel)
A8: Stylistic levels and diglossia in the modern Hellenic world
 (PI: Hans Eideneier)


Group B: The Development of Multilingualism

B1: Multilingualism as cause and effect of language change:
 Historical syntax of Romance languages
 (PI: J\252rgen M. Meisel)
B2: Simultaneous and successive acquisition of bilingualism
	(PI: Jurgen M. Meisel)
B3: Prosodic constraints on phonological and morphological development
 in bilingual first language acquisition
	(PI: Conxita Lle\243)
B4: Bilingualism in early childhood: Comparing Italian/German and
French/German
 (PI: Natascha M\252ller)
B5: Linguistic connectivity in bilingual Turkish-German children
 (PI: Jochen Rehbein)


JOB OPPORTUNITIES

1 Post-doctoral researcher (full position)
in THE research project on "Simultaneous and Successive Acquisition of
Bilingualism". This project will investigate similarities and
differences in grammatical development between bilingual first
language acquisition, monolingual first language acquisition, and
adult second language acquisition. It is one of 13 projects of the
Collaborative Research Center on Multilingualism funded by the
Deutsche Forschungsge-meinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) to
be established at the University of Hamburg as of July 1st, 1999.

Pending final decision by the DFG, this position will begin on this
date and will extend for a period of three years. The post-doctoral
candidate will be expected to co-direct this research group together
with J.M. Meisel. The post-doctoral position can be renewed for one
three-year period. The salary of the post-doctoral researcher
corresponds to that of an assistant professor in German universities
(BAT IIa).


Requirements sought are: good knowledge of syntactic theory
(Principles and Parameters Theory and possibly of the Minimalist
Program), experience with language acquisition research, and good
knowledge of at least two of the following languages: German, French,
Spanish, Portuguese, Basque. Also desirable would be familiarity with
speech processing research and/or experience with corpus analysis
and/or com-puter skills.

Send application (CV, list of publications, names of two referees) by
May 15, 1999 to Prof. J. M. Meisel, University of Hamburg, Romanisches
Seminar, von Melle-Park 6, D 20146 Hamburg; for further inquiries
contact jmmrrz.uni-hamburg.de
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