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LINGUIST List 21.1353

Fri Mar 19 2010

Support: Comp Ling,Lang Documentation,Psycholing: PhD Student, Nanyang U.

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        1.    Francis Bond, Computational Linguistics, Language Documentation, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Message 1: Computational Linguistics, Language Documentation, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Date: 17-Mar-2010
From: Francis Bond <bondieee.org>
Subject: Computational Linguistics, Language Documentation, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
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Institution/Organization: Nanyang Technological University
Department: Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
Web Address: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/HSS/Linguistics/

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation; Psycholinguistics


Description:

The Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies (LMS) at NTU
(http://www.ntu.edu.sg/hss/lms/) invites applications for three PhD
Studentships, funded by the college of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

LMS has a focus on the study of the languages of multilingual individuals and of
multilingual societies. Research in the division is geared towards a deepening
of our understanding of multilingualism through empirical studies of topics such
as language description and documentation, language contact, loanword phonology,
machine translation, language maintenance, and multilingual language processing
and acquisition.


Language documentation:

Suitably qualified people are invited to apply to undertake research on a
hitherto undescribed (or scantily described) Tibeto-Burman, Austro-Asiatic or
Indic language of the north-east India/Burma region, leading to a comprehensive
grammatical description of that language. This project forms part of a larger
initiative to document the languages of north-east India and adjacent regions of
Asia.

The ideal applicant will have a solid grounding in descriptive linguistics and
already hold an MA, or a BA with a good Honours grade. Successful applicants can
anticipate doing one year of coursework, followed by three years of
empirically-based research. After completion of the coursework year, the
candidate will undertake a 9-12 month period of fieldwork that will involve
living in the speech community to record, transcribe and analyse linguistic
data. S/he will then return to Singapore to complete the first draft of the
grammar and prepare the corpus of materials for archiving. A second trip of 3
months will be made in the final year to check the analysis of the data.

Interested applicants should contact Dr Alexander Coupe (arcoupentu.edu.sg) to
discuss a possible project.

Psycholinguistics:

Suitably qualified people are invited to apply to undertake research on
bilingual sentence processing using ERP or behavioral methods.

Interested applicants should contact Dr Nayoung Kwon (nayoungntu.edu.sg) to
discuss a possible project.

Computational Linguistics:

Suitably qualified people are invited to apply to undertake research on
constraining meaning using aligned texts. This is part of research on creating
a detailed multilingual analysis of structure and meaning using parallel texts
in Chinese, English and Japanese. Structural analysis primarily uses head
driven phrase structure grammars (in cooperation with the Deep Linguistic
Processing using HPSG Initiative). Semantic analysis use WordNets for all three
languages. The research aims to improve both computational modeling of meaning
and techniques for word sense disambiguation.

Interested applicants should contact Dr Francis Bond (bondieee.org) to discuss
a possible project.

General Description:

* The award is for up to four years (subject to good progress).

* The monthly stipends for Ph.D students will be S$2,300 for Singapore
Citizens, S$2,200 for Singapore Permanent Residents and S$2,000 for
international students.

* For students who pass the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination, the stipend may be
increased to S$2,800 for Singapore Citizens, S$2,700 for Singapore Permanent
Residents S$2,500 for international students, subject to good performance.

* The award also covers the annual tuition and computer fees.

* NTU will normally help you find accommodation on campus.

For more details see
http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/scholarships/Pages/ResearchScholarship.aspx

Applications Deadline: 19-Aug-2010

Web Address for Applications: http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/scholarships/Pages/ResearchScholarship.aspx

Contact Information:
        Francis Bond
        bondieee.org


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