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Mon Mar 12 2012

Jobs: Various Languages; Foreign Speech Comprehension: PhD-student, Radboud University Njimegen

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Date: 10-Mar-2012
From: Mirjam Ernestus <m.ernestuslet.ru.nl>
Subject: Various Languages; Foreign Speech Comprehension: PhD-student, Radboud University Njimegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Radboud University Njimegen
Department: Faculty of Arts
Job Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.ru.nl/facultyofarts
Job Rank: PhD-student

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Foreign Speech Comprehension

Required Language(s): Dutch (nld)
                            English (eng)
                            French (fra)
                            Spanish (spa)


Three PhD Students for Foreign Speech Comprehension (1,0 fte)

Vacancy number: 23.09.12

As a PhD student you will participate in one of two research projects on how
non-native listeners learn and process reduced pronunciation variants that are
highly frequent in spontaneous speech (e.g. English mis instead of mist).
One project is funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research
Council, other by a VICI Grant from the Netherlands Organization for
Scientific Research. Both projects are directed by Professor Mirjam
Ernestus. You will write at least three papers on the basis of this research for
high-impact international journals.

General descriptions of the project:
The ERC and VICI projects investigate in detail how adult learners of a
foreign language develop and use lexical representations for reduced
pronunciation variants and how their listening skills can be improved. The
projects aim at providing a first theory of how listeners learn to understand
words in conversational speech in a foreign language.

PhD project E1 will investigate the nature of lexical representations that
advanced late learners have developed for reduced variants in their foreign
language, how they use these representations, and how this can be
improved. It will study how native speakers of Dutch process vowel devoicing
and categorical deletion of schwa in French.

PhD project E2 will investigate advanced late learners' sensitivities to subtle
details of speech signals which act as cues to reduced sounds and how their
comprehension of words can be improved with these subtle cues. It will study
how native speakers of Spanish process gradient reduction of schwa and of
word-final consonant clusters in English.

PhD project V1 will investigate how starting learners store phonetic details of
reduced pronunciation variants in their lexical representations, how these
representations develop over time, and the role of the native language
therein. It will study how Dutch and Spanish young adults learn pronunciation
variants with reduced vowels in English and French.

Work environment:
Radboud University Nijmegen is strategically located in Europe and is one of
the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. Established in 1923
and situated in the oldest city of the Netherlands, it has nine faculties and
enrolls over 17,500 students in 107 study programmes.

The Faculty of Arts consists of ten departments in the areas of language and
culture, history of arts, linguistics and business communication, which
together cater for about 2,700 students and collaborate closely in teaching
and research. Research at the Faculty of Arts is embedded in two research
institutes: the institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies (HCLS) and
the Centre for Language Studies (CLS).

What we expect from you:
- You should have, or shortly expect to obtain an MSc degree in an area
related to speech processing: such as psychology, cognitive neurosciences,
phonetics, or linguistics;
- You should have an excellent written and spoken command of English and
demonstrable knowledge of data analysis;
- You should be able to quickly learn new research methods and data
analysis methods.

Further information:
- http://www.ru.nl/vacatures/detailsdetails_vacature_0?recid=508060
- Please see contact information below

Please send your application, stating vacancy number 23.09.12, to
vacatureslet.ru.nl, for the attention of drs. L.J.P.M. van Mosseveld, before
15 April 2012.

No commercial propositions please.

Application Deadline: 15-Apr-2012

Email Address for Applications: vacatureslet.ru.nl
Contact Information:
Mirjam Ernestus
Email: m.ernestuslet.ru.nl

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