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LINGUIST List 18.3456

Tue Nov 20 2007

Support: Phonetics: PhD Student, Radboud University Nijmegen

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        1.    Mirjam Ernestus, Phonetics: PhD Student, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Message 1: Phonetics: PhD Student, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Date: 20-Nov-2007
From: Mirjam Ernestus <mirjam.ernestusmpi.nl>
Subject: Phonetics: PhD Student, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
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Institution/Organization: Radboud University Nijmegen
Department: General Linguistics
Web Address: http://www.ru.nl/english/

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Job Rank: PhD

Specialty Areas: Phonetics; Psycholinguistics


Position for a PhD-student studying an European language

The European project Acoustic reduction in European languages is now offering a
position for a PhD-student interested in the phonetics and linguistics of a
European language other than Dutch, English, German, French or Spanish. The
position will be fully funded for three and a half years and be located in
Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

The PhD-project will be part of a larger project investigating how speakers and
listeners process acoustically reduced words, such as the pronunciation 'yesay'
for 'yesterday' and 'onry' for ordinary', in several European languages. The
PhD-student will investigate acoustic reduction in a European language other
than Dutch, English, German, French or Spanish and explore which types of
reduction occur in this language, and how the production and comprehension of
reduced words are affected by the morphological and phonological properties of
this language. Essential to this research program are corpora of highly
spontaneous speech, which will have to be compiled in the course of this
project. Complementary to corpus based research, the processing of acoustic
reduction will be addressed by means of psycholinguistic experiments.The PhD
student will collaborate closely with the principal investigator of the project,
Dr M. Ernestus. In addition, the PhD-student will be supported in his/her
research (including the compilation of the speech corpora) by a team of research

The project 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.

Applicants should be (near-)native in the European language they wish to
investigate (which should be a language other than Dutch, English, German,
French or 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 their language and have familiarity with statistics (or be
willing to learn statistics). The successful candidate will receive a contract
for three and a half years at the Radboud University Nijmegen (www.ru.nl), under
the conditions for PhD-students at this university.

For further information, including a description of the complete project, please
contact Mirjam Ernestus.

Applications Deadline: 20-Apr-2008

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

Contact Information:
        Dr Mirjam Ernestus

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