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LINGUIST List 23.3110

Wed Jul 18 2012

Support: Comp Ling, Lang Acq, Syntax: PhD Student, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <brentlinguistlist.org>

Date: 18-Jul-2012
From: Katherine Demuth <katherine.demuthmq.edu.au>
Subject: Comp Ling, Lang Acq, Syntax: PhD Student, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
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Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Syntax


Description:

Several PhD positions are available. A first-class Honours degree or a Masters
degree plus publications are generally required for admission. Good English and
writing skills are essential.

Deadline for applications: August 31, 2012 (or until filled)
Start date: January-June, 2013

1. The Child Language Lab at Macquarie University's Centre for Language
Sciences has several positions for PhD students to conduct research on
phonological and morphological development. We are especially interested in
those with strong quantitative, experimental, and phonetics background to explore
issues in early speech perception and production in typical, language/hearing
impaired, bilingual, and L2 populations.

The Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) is housed in the Linguistics Department
at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. It has close connections with the
Department of Cognitive Science, and is part of the new Centre of Excellence for
Cognition and its Disorders. All will be soon housed in the Australian Hearing Hub -
a state-of the art hearing and language research 'hub', with MEG, EEG, infant
speech perception lab, language production lab (including ultrasound), eye-
tracking, computational linguistics expertise, and many other research facilities.

Contact Professor Katherine Demuth katherine.demuthmq.edu.au
or see http://www.ling.mq.edu.au/cll/ for more information.


The following two PhD projects are housed in the Department of Computing,
working closely with an interdisciplinary team of researchers in the Linguistics
Department and Macquarie University's Centre for Language Sciences. Applicants
should have a good background in mathematics and computer science, and be
willing to learn linguistics as required.

2. The first project involves developing computational models of human language
acquisition. These models will be used to study synergies in the acquisition of one
or more of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. The work
involves novel computational approaches to modeling language acquisition,
including hierarchical non-parametric Bayesian techniques.

3. The second project involves incremental syntactic parsing and coreference
resolution. This project has both engineering and psycholinguistic implications, and
the candidate can choose which to focus on. For example, incremental syntactic
parsing and coreference resolution could be coupled with a speech recognition
system as part of an on-line speech recognition and interpretation system. It could
also be used to make predictions about on-line sentence comprehension as part of
a psycholinguistic model.

Contact Professor Mark Johnson (Mark.JohnsonMQ.edu.au) or see
http://web.science.mq.edu.au/~mjohnson/Recruiting.htm for more information.

Applications Deadline: 31-Aug-2012

Web Address for Applications: http://www.ling.mq.edu.au/

Contact Information:
        Katherine Demuth
        katherine.demuthmq.edu.au


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