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LINGUIST List 21.2309

Fri May 21 2010

Jobs: Phonetics; Non-Verbal Communication: PhD Position, Tilburg U

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        1.    Marc Swerts, Dutch; Phonetics; Non-Verbal Communication: PhD Position, Tilburg University, Netherlands

Message 1: Dutch; Phonetics; Non-Verbal Communication: PhD Position, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Date: 20-May-2010
From: Marc Swerts <m.g.j.swertsuvt.nl>
Subject: Dutch; Phonetics; Non-Verbal Communication: PhD Position, Tilburg University, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Tilburg University
Department: Department of Communication and Information Scienc
Job Location: Tilburg, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/faculties/humanities/dci
Job Rank: PhD position

Specialty Areas: Phonetics; Non-Verbal Communication

Required Language(s): Dutch (nld)


The Department of Communication and Information Sciences has an opening for
a PhD position on "The development of audiovisual prosody".

1 PhD Student
"The development of audiovisual prosody"
Fulltime, 4 years, as from 1st September 2010

The PhD project aims to get a better understanding of how children (between
4 and 12 years old) learn to use and interpret audiovisual prosody.
Audiovisual prosody is defined here as the set of features that do not so
much determine what speakers say, but rather how they say it. It includes
both auditory features, such as intonation, tempo, rhythm, and loudness,
and visual features, in particular facial expressions. To get a nuanced
perspective on the development of audiovisual prosody, the project will
focus on 3 sets of questions:

(1) Does the development in audiovisual prosody differ for linguistic and
social functions? Are children faster or better at acquiring the rules of
audiovisual prosody for linguistic functions than for social ones, or vice

(2) How does the development of productive skills relate to that of
receptive skills? Do children first learn to comprehend the rules of
audiovisual prosody before they are able to produce them, or is it the
other way around?

(3) How does the development of facial features relate to that of auditory
ones? Do the facial features develop in parallel with the auditory
features, or does one set precede the other?

To tackle such questions, the project will make use of a game-based
experimental paradigm to elicit spontaneous utterances in various
linguistic and social contexts from children in different age groups. These
recordings will be used as stimuli in subsequent perception tests which aim
to explore how the children's audiovisual expressions can be interpreted
regarding a number of linguistic and social variables. The audiovisual
characteristics will also be annotated using a combination of manual and
automatic measurement techniques.

For this position, we seek a candidate with a background in experimental
psycholinguistics, phonetics, communication & information sciences, social
sciences, or some related area. The candidate has a strong interest in
doing experimental research, excellent writing skills and a good command of
English. In addition, since the analyses will be based on analyses of Dutch
children, the candidate has a (near) native knowledge of Dutch. A proven
interest in non-verbal communication is considered an advantage.

For more information please contact prof.dr. Marc Swerts
(M.G.J.Swertsuvt.nl , +31.13.466.2922)
Relevant links: Tilburg University (http://www.tilburguniversity.nl),
Department of Communication and Information Science

Terms of employment:
Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers, offering
excellent terms of employment. The collective labour agreement of Tilburg
University applies. The selected candidates will start with a contract for
one year, concluded by an evaluation. Upon a positive outcome of the
first-year evaluation, the candidate will be offered an employment contract
for the remaining years. The PhD candidate will receive a starting salary
of 2,042 Euros gross per month in the first year, up to 2,612 Euros in the 4th
year. The selected candidate is expected to have written a PhD thesis by
the end of the contract (which may be based on articles).

Application Deadline: 15-Jun-2010

Web Address for Applications: http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/vacancies
Contact Information:
Marc Swerts
Email: m.g.j.swertsuvt.nl
Phone: 31134662922

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