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LINGUIST List 23.1826

Tue Apr 10 2012

Support: Computational Ling, Corpus Ling, Typology: PhD Student, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany

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Date: 10-Apr-2012
From: Frank Seifart <frank_seifarteva.mpg.de>
Subject: Computational Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Typology: PhD Student, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
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Department: Department of Linguistics
Web Address: http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua

Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology


**Please note that the rank and deadline for this position have been
modified. You can view the updated announcement here:

At the Department of Linguistics of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary
Anthropology (http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua) a Ph.D. Position (pay scale EGr.
13TV-L, 50%) is available for 3 years beginning June 1, 2012, within the project
'The relative frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and verbs cross-linguistically',
funded by the Volkswagen Foundation's DoBeS program (www.mpi.nl/dobes).

The project investigates the relative frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and verbs
in spoken language corpora of seven languages (see
http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/research/relative-frequencies.php). The main
research questions are: (i) How exactly and why do languages vary in the overall
relative frequencies of noun, pronoun, and verb tokens employed in discourse?
(ii) How exactly and why do the relative frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and
verbs vary as narrative texts unfold?

The candidate should have a background in computational linguistics, ideally in
corpus-linguistic methods. The candidate should have a demonstrable interest in
typological linguistics, and ideally have had some formal training in this area.
Prior acquaintance with a scripting language is required. Prior acquaintance
with R (www.r-project.org) and Unicode would be advantages. Prior acquaintance
with the languages studied in this project is not required. Good knowledge of
English is required.

S/he will be expected to work half time for the project and will be given the
opportunity to work on a Ph.D. thesis related to this project in the remaining
time. The Ph.D. thesis should ideally include a discussion of the methodological
issues involved in this project, and a detailed investigation of a research
question to be determined together with the candidate.

The duties of the Ph.D. candidate are to further develop and apply routines to
process and analyze the multilingual corpora used in this project. This includes
- importing annotated texts files into R
- developing methods to detect systematic errors in tagging and create
consistent tagging
- developing scripts for frequency analyses and other statistical analyses in R
- developing creative visualizations of results for presentations and publications

The Ph.D. candidate will receive training and continued supervision throughout
the project in the computational methods and in the linguistic issues involved.
Project work will be supported by two student assistants.

Applicants should already have an MA in Linguistics, Computer Science, or an
equivalent qualification by the start of their appointment, and be qualified to
register in a recognized doctoral program at a university or equivalent
degree-awarding institution. Ph.D. candidates have the possibility of obtaining
their doctoral degree through the University of Leipzig (http:/www.uni-leipzig.de).

Applicants are requested to send a C.V. and a statement of research interests
(2-3 pages) to the address given below or by e-mail. Applicants should provide
the names of two referees in their application and arrange for them to send
letters of reference directly to Dr. Frank Seifart. E-mail applications,
preferably as one single pdf-document, are welcome.

Application deadline: May, 1, 2012

Phone interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place on May 7 and 8.

Applications Deadline: 01-May-2012

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Frank Seifart
        Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
        Deutscher Platz 6
        Leipzig 04103

Contact Information:
        Dr. Frank Seifart

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