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LINGUIST List 18.1113

Thu Apr 12 2007

Support: French, Spanish & Psycholing: PhD Student, Radboud U Nijmegen

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        1.    Mirjam Ernestus, French, Spanish & Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

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Message 1: French, Spanish & Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Date: 12-Apr-2007
From: Mirjam Ernestus <mirjam.ernestusmpi.nl>
Subject: French, Spanish & Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Institution/Organization: Radboud University Nijmegen
Department: Center for Language Studies
Web Address: http://www.ru.nl

Level: PhD

Duties: Project Work

Specialty Areas: Morphology; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics

Required Language(s): French (fra)
Spanish (spa)


The European project 'Acoustic reduction in European languages' investigates
how speakers and listeners process acoustically reduced words, such as the
pronunciation 'yesay' for 'yesterday' and 'onry' for ordinary', in six European
languages (Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, and Spanish). Essential
to this research program are corpora of highly spontaneous speech, which exist
for English and Dutch, but which will have to be compiled for Estonian, Finnish,
French, and Spanish in the course of this project. Complementary to corpus
based research, the processing of acoustic reduction will be addressed by means
of series of psycholinguistic experiments.

The project has as its principal investigator Dr M. Ernestus. It is funded by a
European Young Investigator award, as well as by the Max Planck Institute for
Psycholinguistics and by the Radboud University. The research group is located
in the building of the Max Planck Institute, on the campus of the Radboud
University, in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. This location guarantees a stimulating
research environment with excellent experimental facilities. It offers
researchers the possibility to develop interdisciplinary skills and to discuss
their work with many internationally renowned scholars.

The project is now offering a position for a PhD-student who will investigate
acoustic reduction in French and Spanish. The PhD-student will explore which
types of reduction occur in these languages, and how the production and
comprehension of reduced words are affected by the morphological and
phonological properties of these languages. At a more general level, the PhD
student will compare synchronic reduction in modern Spanish with the diachronic
reduction that has occurred in French.

The PhD student will collaborate closely with the principal investigator. In
addition, the PhD-student will be supported in his/her research (including the
compilation of the speech corpora) by a team of research assistants.

Applicants should be (near-)native in French and Spanish and also be fluent in
English. They should have a master's degree in linguistics or phonetics, or
receive one within a few months. Moreover, applicants should have a basic
knowledge of the phonology, phonetics, and morphology of French and Spanish.
The successful candidate will receive a contract for three and a half years at
the Radboud University Nijmegen, under the conditions for PhD-students at this

Application Deadline: 31-May-2007

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Dr Mirjam Ernestus
P.O. Box 310
Nijmegen NL-6500 AH

Contact Information:
Dr Mirjam Ernestus

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