LINGUIST List 10.858

Mon Jun 7 1999

Jobs: Automated Lang Acquisition, English Linguistics

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  1. Dale Gerdemann, Automated Language Acquisition
  2. Cornelia Tschichold, English Linguistics

Message 1: Automated Language Acquisition

Date: Tue, 01 Jun 1999 17:02:50 +0200
From: Dale Gerdemann <>
Subject: Automated Language Acquisition

 Position Announcement

University of Tuebingen
Dept. of Linguistics
Division of Computational Linguistics

The Division of Computational Linguistics in the Dept. of Linguistics
at the University of Tuebingen, Germany is seeking applications for a
postdoctoral position (possibly extendable to pre-doctoral candidates)
to work in the area of automated language acquisition. Special
consideration will be given to applicants whose research involves
combining statistically-based and corpus-based methods with feature
structure-based grammars. Applicants working in other areas of
computational language learning are also encouraged to apply. The
position is to last until 4/2001.

This position is sponsored by the European Commision: Training and
Mobility of Researchers (TMR) and is part of the project ``Extending
Computational Grammars by Learning'', coordinated by Prof. John
Nerbonne at the University of Groningen. The successful candidate will
be expected to interact with the postdoctoral researchers at the other
participating sites: University of Groningen, SRI Cambridge,
University of Antwerp, Trinity College Dublin, ISSCO Geneva and Rank
Xerox Grenoble. For details of the project see:

 The European Commision imposed funding restrictions on TMR
 postdoctoral positions: The postdoc must be 35 or
 younger and a European citizen, and must "cross a border" to accept
 the position. This last point means: must not have worked more than
 18 of the last 24 months in the country in which they accept the
 position. They further may not be a citizen of the country in which
 they accept the award. The salary is based on the Marie Curie Rates,
 for which see:;an.htm#q14

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, statement of research
interests, up to three representative publications, and the names and
addresses (electronic and mail) of three references (whom we will
contact for letters, as needed), to:

Dr. Dale Gerdemann
Dept. of Linguistics Tel: +49 7071-29-74967
Section for Computational Linguistics Fax: +49 7071-550520
University of Tuebingen
Kl. Wilhelmstr. 113
D-72074 Tuebingen, Germany

Applications should be submitted before June 30, 1999. Those
applicants who will be attending the EACL conference in Bergen may
meet with Dale Gerdemann there to discuss the project.
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Message 2: English Linguistics

Date: Mon, 07 Jun 1999 11:08:19 +0200
From: Cornelia Tschichold <>
Subject: English Linguistics

Englisches Seminar der Universit\228t
Nadelberg 6, CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland
TEL *41 61 267 2790 FAX *41 61 267 2780


There will be a part-time vacancy for a Teaching Assistant
("Assistent/-in") in English Linguistics from 1st October, 1999. The
post will involve 50% of normal teaching and administrative duties,
and will be paid accordingly.

Candidates should be university graduates and should have
qualifications in linguistics and/or phonetics. They should either be
native speakers of English or have a sufficient command of the
language as to be able to teach the phonetics of English in detail.
They should also have at least a working knowledge of German.

The principal duties of the person appointed will be to assist with
the teaching of an introductory course in English linguistics, which
covers phonetics and phonology in the winter semester, and grammar and
semantics in the summer semester. The work will involve tutorial
classes for groups of 10 to 20 students to follow up the lectures
given by Professor Allerton, who will adopt a broadly based
theory-neutral approach. Coordination will also be necessary with the
practical course given by a lector. The overall minimum teaching
duties will be two hours a week, though there will be the opportunity
to undertake further teaching if the assistant wishes.

The person appointed will be expected to carry out personal research
in one or more fields in linguistics/phonetics leading to a doctorate
(or beyond a doctorate to a "Habilitation"). Additionally she or he
will be required to carry out certain administrative duties, in which
computer skills would be an advantage.

Appointments normally run for a maximum of three years in the case of
assistants studying for a doctorate (and for five years in the case of
post-doctoral students working towards a "Habilitation"). The annual
salary for the 50% post will start at a little around Sfr. 30,000 (or
somewhat more in the case of candidates with a doctorate).

Applications, including a curriculum vitae (including the names of two
persons who are acting as academic referees) should be received at the
above address on or before 25th June, 1999. Candidates should also
arrange for the two academic references to be sent direct to the same
address by the same time. Interviews of short-listed candidates will
be held in July or August.

7 June 1999
Department of English
University of Basel, Switzerland
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