LINGUIST List 14.2665

Thu Oct 2 2003

Support: Semantics/Open: Ph.D. stipends, U/Groningen

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  1. nerbonne, Several Specializations: Ph.D. stipends, University of Groningen

Message 1: Several Specializations: Ph.D. stipends, University of Groningen

Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2003 13:02:37 +0000
From: nerbonne <>
Subject: Several Specializations: Ph.D. stipends, University of Groningen

University or Organization: University of Groningen
Department: Center for Language and Cognition
Rank of Job: Ph.D. stipends
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics, Semantics


The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) is a research
institute within the Faculty of Arts of the University of
Groningen. It embraces all the linguistic research in the faculty.

A considerable number of the researchers participate in the Center for
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience's (BCN). Within the CLCG there
are seven research groups: Phonetics/Phonology, Syntax/Semantics,
Discourse and Communication, Descriptive and Historical Linguistics,
Computational Linguistics, Educational Linguistics, and
Neurolinguistics. There are graduate students working in all of these
groups. All of the positions below require residence in Groningen and
38 work hours/week.

 1.two PhD positions with specialization open (vacancies 203231/203232); PhD position in Semantics (vacancy 203233);
 3.two PhD positions (vacancies 203234/203235) for the project:
	Question Answering for Dutch using Dependency Relations.

Question Answering Project Description

The project called Question Answering for Dutch using Dependency
Relations investigates the use of sophisticated linguistic knowledge
and robust natural language processing for Question Answering (QA). In
particular, we will investigate how syntactic and semantic dependency
relations in the question and potential answer texts can be used to
support QA. A demonstrator will be developed in cooperation with
publisher Het Spectrum, who owns the rights of several major Dutch
encyclopedias. In addition, we plan to participate in QA evaluation
efforts of CLEF and similar conferences. The project is supported by
the Organization for Scientific Research in the Netherlands (NWO), and
more information can be found at

Further Information

Dr. G.Bouma ( will lead the IMIX project on question
answering. Prof. dr. J.Hoeksema ( will supervise
the semantics project. They may be contacted for information on those
projects. Prof. dr. ir. J. Nerbonne ( will be
pleased to answer your general questions. More details on the projects
and on CLCG are to be found on the CLCG-website:


Please include in your application letter remarks about how this
position fits in your career goals and how you hope to contribute
scientifically. In total we would like to receive:

 a letter of application (see above) 
 a project proposal (Positions 1-2) 
 your curriculum vitae 
 a copy of your diploma together with a list of grades 
 a list of publications (if any) 
 the name and email address of two referees 

Please identify one or more vacancy numbers on the envelope and in
your letter.

Address for Applications:

	Attn: Afdeling Personele Zaken
	P.O. Box 72
	Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
	Groningen, NL 9700 AS
	Applications are due by 03-Nov-2003

Contact Information:
	Prof. John Nerbonne
	Tel: +31 50 363 58 15
	Fax: +31 50 363 68 55

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