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LINGUIST List 22.4528

Sat Nov 12 2011

Support: Applied Ling, Cog Sci, Lan Acq, Psycholing: PhD, U of Haiwai'i

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        1.     Theres Gruter , Applied Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Language Acquistion, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, University of Haiwai'i, Manoa, U.S.


Message 1: Applied Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Language Acquistion, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, University of Haiwai'i, Manoa, U.S.
Date: 11-Nov-2011
From: Theres Gruter <thereshawaii.edu>
Subject: Applied Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Language Acquistion, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, University of Haiwai'i, Manoa, U.S.
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Department: Second Language Studies
Web Address: http://www.hawaii.edu/sls/sls/

Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Teaching

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics


Description:

The Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
invites applications to its PhD program from strong candidates with research
interests in any area of second language learning. A limited number of graduate
assistantships are available to support the best qualified candidates for up to
four years. For the fall 2012 admissions cycle, applications are especially
encouraged from strong candidates with research interests in the following three
areas:

Area: Psycholinguistic approaches to L2 processing
The successful candidate will have a strong background in psycholinguistics
and/or linguistics, and an interest in conducting research on language
processing at the sentence and discourse level with child and/or adult learners.
Applications from candidates with programming skills (e.g., R, Matlab) and/or
previous experience with eye-tracking are particularly encouraged. For further
inquiries, please contact Dr. Theres Grüter (thereshawaii.edu).

Area: Statistical language learning
The successful candidate will have interests in probabilistic and embodied
approaches to bilingual language acquisition and processing. S/he will
investigate basic mechanisms of learning in one or more of these research lines:
a) infant bilingual development; b) experience-induced constraints on plasticity
and sensitive periods; c) individual differences in statistical learning; d)
training interventions targeting learning abilities to improve second/foreign
language proficiency. Under the guidance of Dr. Luca Onnis, s/he will have the
opportunity to conduct a multidisciplinary program of research that combines
methods of behavioral experimentation (artificial grammars, mouse- and
eye-tracking), cross-linguistic computational analyses of large corpora, and
computer simulations (e.g., connectionist modeling). For further inquiries,
please contact Dr. Luca Onnis (lucaohawaii.edu).

Area: Language learning and technology
The successful candidate will have a strong background in technology use and
design, and interests in one or more of the following areas: a) affordances of
new technologies for rethinking second language acquisition; b) language as
social coordination in online learning environments, (e.g., virtual worlds,
massively multi-player online games); c) comparison of ecological niches between
online and face-to-face environments; d) multimodal analysis and new media
literacies for L2 development. Please contact Dr. Dongping Zheng
(zhengdhawaii.edu) with inquiries.

Resources: Experimental resources are housed within the Language Analysis and
Experimentation (LAE) labs, a complex of 5 distinct spaces dedicated to human
language and the cognitive mechanisms responsible for it. Recent additions to
these resources include a SMI RED250 remote eye-tracking system,
sound-attenuated booths, a baby station equipped for preferential looking
experiments with infants, as well as a multiuser version of Transana, a audio
and video transcription software for national and international collaborations.
These facilities serve a vibrant interdisciplinary community of students and
faculty with interests in language learning, processing, and cognition, which
successful candidates will have the opportunity to join. For more information,
please see

http://www.ling.hawaii.edu/lae/ and http://www.hawaii.edu/sls/sls/.

Applications Deadline: 15-Jan-2012

Web Address for Applications: http://www.hawaii.edu/sls/sls/?page_id=93

Contact Information:
        Theres Gruter
        thereshawaii.edu



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