LINGUIST List 14.3382

Mon Dec 8 2003

Jobs: Language Acquisition: Researcher, City U London

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  1. g.morgan, Language Acquisition: Researcher, City University London, UK

Message 1: Language Acquisition: Researcher, City University London, UK

Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2003 11:04:29 -0500 (EST)
From: g.morgan <>
Subject: Language Acquisition: Researcher, City University London, UK

University or Organization: City University London
Rank of Job: Researcher
Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition


Job advertisement

Department of Language and Communication Science
City University London, UK

Duration and starting date: The 12 month full time position will begin
as soon as possible in 2004, with a flexible start date.

Salary: 22,000 GBP - 27,000 GBP


Sharing BSL acquisition data

The research project, funded by the ESRC, aims to adapt a
transcription system widely used in spoken language research to the
study of British Sign Language (BSL) in order to support our current
research concerning BSL development. The Child Language Data Exchange
System (CHILDES) is one of the best-known transcription, coding and
analysis software available for the study of child language (see
MacWhinney, 2000). In the past four years a transcription and coding
system for American (ASL) and Dutch Sign Languages (LSN) based within
the CHILDES programme has been developed by Hoiting & Slobin (see We aim to adapt the BTS to BSL
and enable an already collected data archive to be transcribed and
coded for further analyses.

We are looking for a research assistant who will benefit from training
on BTS, actively contribute to the development of the transcription
system under our supervision, to decision making regarding the data
coding and to the dissemination of the results of this project to the
broader academic community.

The successful candidate will also be eligible to take Masters level
courses in Sign Language linguistics and Deaf studies run in the
department as part of their training.

Required qualifications: First degree or higher in Psychology,
Linguistics or related discipline

1. Knowledge of BSL or fluency in another signed language;
2. Ability to carry out basic linguistic analysis;
3. Experience working with child language transcriptions in the
 CHILDES programme;
4. Abilities to work independently and as a member of a team;
5. Organized and with good time management skills.


Please send (1) a cover letter of interest describing research
interests, goals and career plans, (2) a current curriculum vitae (3)
names of three referees.

Address for Applications:

Dr. Gary Morgan
Department of Language and Communication Science
City University, London,
Northampton Sq, EC1V 0HB, UK

Address for Applications:

	Attn: Gary Morgan
	City University,
	London, ECIVOHB
	United Kingdom

	Position is open until filled

Contact Information:
	Gary Morgan
	Tel: 44 207 040 8291
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