LINGUIST List 14.3487

Tue Dec 16 2003

Jobs: Hausa: Freelance Consultant, de Taalstudio

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  1. taalstudio, Hausa & Sudan: Freelance Consultant, de Taalstudio

Message 1: Hausa & Sudan: Freelance Consultant, de Taalstudio

Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 08:59:17 -0500 (EST)
From: taalstudio <>
Subject: Hausa & Sudan: Freelance Consultant, de Taalstudio

University or Organization: de Taalstudio
Rank of Job: Freelance consultant
Specialty Areas: Sudan
Required Language(s): Hausa (Code = HUA)


De Taalstudio - a Dutch organisation specialised in linguistic
projects and products - is urgently looking for linguistic consultants
on Hausa. The consultants are asked to provide commentaries on
language analyses produced by the Dutch Immigration Service (IND)
about the language of applicants for asylum who claim to be from
Sudan. The work can be carried out anywhere in the world. Some payment
is available for the consultant.

Linguists who have published about Hausa, or about the sociolinguistic
situation in Sudan, and who are interested to bring their knowledge to
bear in such cases, are urgently requested to contact Maaike Verrips
of de Taalstudio BY EMAIL. Please provide your name, title and
affiliation as well as the bibliographical details of (at least) one
relevant publication when responding to this call. A CV is welcome as

De Taalstudio aims to advance professional standards in language
analysis and to contribute to fair trials. Linguists with expertise in
other languages, who are interested to act as consultant in
asylum-cases, are also invited to contact de Taalstudio.

Background information

Many governments, including the Dutch government, use 'language
analysis' as a tool to establish the country of origin of foreigners
without passport who apply for political asylum.

A language analysis is a written report about the language that the
applicant uses during a taperecorded interview. On the basis of the
language (variety) used in this interview, the analist tries to
determine where the asylum-seeker has come from.

Language analyses are commonly made by native speakers with little
training in linguistics. The linguistic reasoning is often poor. As a
result, it is hard or even impossible for the asylum-seeker to argue
against the conclusions in such reports. In some cases courts have
ruled that language analysis should be carried out by professional

De Taalstudio connects people who need language analysis or
contra-expertise to linguists with the relevant background. In some
cases the linguist is asked to produce a language analysis from
scratch, including an interview with the applicant. In most cases,
the linguist writes a report with a 'second opinion' or provides a
'contra-expertise'. By 'second opinion' we mean a commentary by the
linguist on the validity of the linguistic arguments provided in a
particular language analysis. A second opinion involves an analysis of
the report, not of the data that the report is based on (i.e. the
taperecorded interview). In the case of a 'contra-expertise', the
linguist analyses the original tape-recorded interview with the asylum
seeker. On the basis of this analysis, the linguist produces a short
report, stating whether the language variety of the asylum seeker
provides evidence for or against this person's claim that he is from a
particular region.


Address for Applications:

	Attn: dr. Maaike Verrips
	Postbus 12
	Monnickendam, 1140 AA
	Position is open until filled

Contact Information:
	dr. Maaike Verrips
	Tel: +31 6 27 38 56 72

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