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LINGUIST List 21.1902

Wed Apr 21 2010

Jobs: Speaking Fluency: PhD, Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities

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        1.    Yvonne van Adrichem, Speaking Fluency: PhD, Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities, Netherlands

Message 1: Speaking Fluency: PhD, Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities, Netherlands
Date: 19-Apr-2010
From: Yvonne van Adrichem <uil-otsuu.nl>
Subject: Speaking Fluency: PhD, Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities
Department: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS)
Job Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.uu.nl/EN/faculties/Humanities/research/researchinstitutes/uilots/Pages/default.aspx
Job Rank: PhD

Specialty Areas: Speaking Fluency


1 PhD position: Perception of speaking fluency (1,0)
Starting date 1-9-2010, vacancy number 681016

Project content:
Some people speak more fluently than others, with fewer and/or shorter
pauses, a relatively fast speaking rate, and with few "uhm"'s. These
individual differences exist for native speakers, and they also exist for
non-native speakers. For non-native speakers, part of these hesitations are
related to language proficiency. In testing second language oral
proficiency, therefore, fluency is an important component. The
PhD-candidate will investigate which aspects of speech play a role in the
perception of fluency, and in the judging of fluency. The research is
carried out using listening experiments in which several aspects of (second
language) speech is manipulated, such as pausing behaviour, speech rate,
and the use of filled pauses such as "uhm"'s. This project has a clear
applied linguistic focus, because for the purpose of second language
testing it is crucial to have a good understanding of fluency perception
and the judgment of fluency. We are looking for an ambitious student who is
willing and able to work in a closely collaborating team.

Candidates must hold an MA in (applied) linguistics or psycholinguistics,
must have experience with the analysis of speech, and have outstanding
proficiency in Dutch and English. Candidates are experienced in
experimental research, preferably in conducting listening experiments.
Experience in statistics and proven affinity with research on second
language proficiency are recommendations. The candidate must have an MA
degree in hand one month prior to the starting date.

The PhD project involves training in research and completion of a PhD
dissertation within 3 (maximally 3.5) years with 1.0 FTE. As part of
her/his training, the PhD student will take courses offered by the National
Graduate School in Linguistics (LOT).

For furhter information, please contact the project supervisor Dr. Nivja de
Jong, (030) 253 6150, e-mail N.H.dejonguu.nl. For information about the
PhD-postition, contact the UiL OTS PhD-coordinator Dr. Maaike Schoorlemmer,
(030) 253 6183, e-mail M.Schoorlemmeruu.nl. You might also like to consult
our institute's website: http://www.uu.nl/uilots.

How to apply:
Applications should include a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, two
references (or contact details of two referees), an MA thesis, and a list
of academic courses including results.

E-mail applications in pdf or doc format should be sent to
Humanitiesjobs.gwuu.nl, and should specify the applicant's name and the
vacancy number (681016) in the topic as well as the message text. Please
also include a list of attachments in the message, and specify your name in
the filename and text of each attachment. E-mail applications have our

Hard copy applications (or partial applications) should be sent to the
Personnel Department at the address below with the vacancy number clearly
marked on the envelope.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 10 May, 2010.
Interviews are planned on May 25th and 27th.

Application Deadline: 10-May-2010
Mailing Address for Applications:
P&O Department
Kromme Nieuwegracht 46
Utrecht 3512 HJ
Email Address for Applications: Humanitiesjobs.gwuu.nl
Contact Information:
Dr. Nivja de Jong
Email: n.h.dejonguu.nl
Phone: 0031302536150

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