LINGUIST List 11.1108

Wed May 17 2000

Jobs: Ling Database Research, U of Pennsylvania

Editor for this issue: Naomi Ogasawara <>


  1. Steven Bird, Linguistic Database Research Postdocs at U of Pennsylvania

Message 1: Linguistic Database Research Postdocs at U of Pennsylvania

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 21:41:32 -0400 (EDT)
From: Steven Bird <>
Subject: Linguistic Database Research Postdocs at U of Pennsylvania

Postdocs in Linguistic Database Research

The Linguistic Data Consortium and the Database Group in the
Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of
Pennsylvania have two 2-year postdoctoral positions available in
linguistic database research, funded by the National Science Foundation.

The positions will involve research in the following areas: data
models and architectures for linguistic databases; semi-structured
query languages and indexing methods for databases of annotated
speech; and the data provenance problem in linguistic databases.
Candidates will be expected to have completed a PhD in language
engineering, computational linguistics, databases, or a related field,
and have a demonstrated ability to test novel ideas through

Funding for the positions comes from two projects:

1. TalkBank (NSF/Knowledge and Distributed Intelligence)

This is an interdisciplinary research project to foster fundamental
research in the study of human and animal communication, by providing
standards and tools for creating, searching, and publishing primary
materials via networked computers.

2. Data Provenance (NSF/Digital Libraries)

This project aims to develop new data models, query languages and
storage techniques, permitting information about the origin of a piece
of data to be stored and propagated as data items move through a
series of curated databases.

Further information about the projects is available from the websites.
Anyone who is interested in these positions is invited to contact
Steven Bird <> and Peter Buneman <>.


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