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LINGUIST List 23.2132

Thu May 03 2012

Jobs: Comp Ling; Text/Corpus Ling: PhD or Postdoc Researcher, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology

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Date: 02-May-2012
From: Frank Seifart <frank_seifarteva.mpg.de>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: PhD or Postdoc Researcher, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
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University or Organization: MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department: Department of Linguistics
Job Location: Leipzig, Germany
Web Address: http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/
Job Rank: PhD or Postdoc Researcher

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics


Please note: Deadline extended and rank modified of a previous
announcement for a Ph.D. position

At the Department of Linguistics of the Max Planck Institute for
Evolutionary Anthropology a half time position for a researcher at the
PhD or PostDoc level (pay scale EGr. 13TV-L, 50%) is available for 3
years beginning in June 2012 or later. The position is part of the
project "The relative frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and verbs
cross-linguistically", funded by the Volkswagen Foundation's DoBeS
program (http://www.mpi.nl/dobes).

The project investigates the relative frequencies of nouns, pronouns,
and verbs in spoken language corpora of seven languages (for
details, see http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/research/relative-frequencies.php).

The main research questions are:
- How exactly and why do languages vary in the overall relative
frequencies of noun, pronoun, and verb tokens employed in
- 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 (http://www.r-project.org) and Unicode would be

Candiates at the Ph.D. level will be given the opportunity to work on a
Ph.D. thesis related to this project. 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 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

The 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. Applicants at the Ph.D. level have the possibility of
obtaining their doctoral degree through the University of Leipzig

Good knowledge of English is required.

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: Until filled. We will start reviewing applications
on May 20.

The position is available from as soon as June 2012, but a later
starting date is possible.

Application Deadline: 20-May-2012 (Open until filled)
Mailing Address for Applications:
Dr. Frank Seifart
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig 04103
Email Address for Applications: frank_seifarteva.mpg.de
Contact Information:
Dr. Frank Seifart
Email: frank_seifarteva.mpg.de

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