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LINGUIST List 21.201

Wed Jan 13 2010

Support: Syntax, Semantics: Phd Student, Carleton U., Ottawa, Ontario

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        1.    Ash Asudeh, Syntax, Semantics: Phd Student, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Message 1: Syntax, Semantics: Phd Student, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Date: 13-Jan-2010
From: Ash Asudeh <asudehccs.carleton.ca>
Subject: Syntax, Semantics: Phd Student, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Institution/Organization: Carleton University
Department: Institute of Cognitive Science
Web Address: http://www.carleton.ca/ics/

Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Semantics; Syntax


The Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University invites applications
for a special Ph.D. studentship on the project 'Constraint-Based Syntax and
Semantics'. The project is a theoretical and computational investigation of
aspects of the grammatical architecture of Lexical-Functional Grammar, including
general problems in syntax and semantics, but particularly the syntax-semantics
and syntax-pragmatics interfaces. One overarching concern of the project is
comparison of Glue Semantics, a categorial semantics for LFG, with Transfer
Semantics, an interpretive semantics for LFG. A test bed for the comparison will
be computation of conventional implicature based partly on syntactic cues. A
second test bed will be issues in the syntax and semantics of constructions and
idioms. A third test bed will be treatment of aspects of the syntax and
semantics of Persian and/or Swedish, depending on available expertise. The
computational component of the project is developed in the XLE grammar
development environment for LFG.

Students with interests in other lexicalist, constraint-based theories are also
encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have an honours undergraduate degree (or
equivalent) or a master's degree in theoretical or computational linguistics,
artificial intelligence, cognitive science or computer science. Some background
in theoretical or computational approaches to syntax or semantics is essential;
a strong background is preferred. Native speaker competency in Persian or
Swedish would also be an asset, but is not required.

The studentship offers funding for four years at $30,000 (CAD) per year.
Domestic and international students are equally encouraged to apply. The start
date of the studentship is September 1, 2010.

For further information please contact Dr. Ash Asudeh at the email below.

Application forms and instructions are available from:


Additional instructions:
1. If you intend to apply, please email Ash Asudeh at the address below ASAP.
2. In the research statement requested for the application package, please
indicate that the application is for the special Ph.D. studentship.

Application deadline: February 15, 2010.
[NOTE: This deadline is earlier than the general program deadline.]

Applications received after the deadline may be considered, but this is not

More information about the project can be found at:


Information about the Institute of Cognitive Science:


Information about Carleton University:


Applications Deadline: 15-Feb-2010

Web Address for Applications: http://www2.carleton.ca/ics/graduate/ph-d-program/admissions/

Contact Information:
        Dr. Ash Asudeh

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