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LINGUIST List 22.1287

Fri Mar 18 2011

Jobs: Cognitive Science; Comp Ling; Semantics: Post Doc, Georgetown U

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        1.     Graham Katz , Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Semantics: Post Doc, Georgetown University, DC, USA

Message 1: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Semantics: Post Doc, Georgetown University, DC, USA
Date: 17-Mar-2011
From: Graham Katz <graham.katzgmail.com>
Subject: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Semantics: Post Doc, Georgetown University, DC, USA
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University or Organization: Georgetown University
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: District of Columbia, USA
Web Address: http://linguistics.georgetown.edu/
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Semantics


Description:

This position has been filled.

The Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University solicits
applications for a Post-doctoral Researcher position as part of an
NSF-funded project (PIs: Katz, Portner, Herburger) on the semantics of
gradable modal expressions (GMEs). This position is contingent on final
approval by NSF. Candidates should have expertise in either formal
semantics/pragmatics or computational linguistics, and ideally will also
bring to the project relevant knowledge of other areas, such as psychology,
philosophy of language/logic, or computer science.

The project will investigate the fact that modal expressions, across
languages and syntactic categories, widely show evidence of gradability
('It is more likely that A than B', 'A is more permissible than B', 'A is
extremely unlikely'). It will combine two main components, one in formal
semantics/pragmatics, and the other in the computational corpus
linguistics, with the goals being (i) a better empirical understanding of
the distribution (at the sentence and discourse levels) of GMEs, (ii) the
development of a precise theoretical analysis of the gradability of modals
which brings out consequences for the semantics/pragmatics of modality and
gradable expressions more generally, (iii) the development of two mid-sized
corpora with appropriate annotation and tools for studying the distribution
and meanings of GMEs, and (iv) preliminary corpus-based NLP research on the
identification and interpretation of GMEs.

The person filling this position will contribute at a full-time basis to
the project by participating in weekly team meetings, conducting research
on the topic appropriate to his/her skills, publishing (jointly with other
team members, and individually if appropriate), travel to conferences,
participating in seminars, and the like. There may be an opportunity to
teach as well, if this is jointly considered desirable. The anticipated
start date for the position is August 2011, and it is expected to continue
for 22 months at a salary of $50,000/year.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the
position is filled. The following materials should be sent to the address
below.

(i) Cover letter, describing how his/her knowledge and research background
will contribute to the project;
(ii) CV;
(iii) Contact information for three recommenders;
(iv) Up to three publications.

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are
encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: This position has been filled.
Mailing Address for Applications:
Dr. Paul Portner
Department of Linguistics
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
USA
Contact Information:
Graham Katz
Email: graham.katzgmail.com

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