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LINGUIST List 24.5134

Fri Dec 13 2013

Jobs: Multiple Lang; Cog Sci; Comp Ling; Pragmatics; Semantics: Post Doc, Université Paris-Diderot (Paris 7)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Fox <sarahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 13-Dec-2013
From: Jonathan Ginzburg <yonatan.ginzburguniv-paris-diderot.fr>
Subject: Multiple Languages; Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics: Post Doc, Université Paris-Diderot (Paris 7), Paris, France
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University or Organization: Université Paris-Diderot (Paris 7)
Job Location: Paris, France
Job Title: Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics

Required Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
                            English (eng)
                            French (fra)
                            German (deu)


The French-German (ANR/DFG) project Disfluencies, Exclamations, and Laughter in Dialogue (DUEL), joint between Université Paris-Diderot (PI: Jonathan Ginzburg) and the University of Bielefeld (PI: David Schlangen) are recruiting a researcher for a postdoctoral position in the Semantics/Pragmatics of Dialogue to be held at the Université Paris-Diderot (Paris 7).

The research will involve collaborations with members of the Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle (LLF, http://www.llf.cnrs.fr) at Paris-Diderot (Paris 7, http://www.univ-paris-diderot.fr/), with the Laboratory of Excellence LabEx-EFL (http://www.labex-efl.org/?q=en), and with members of the Dialogue Systems Group at Bielefeld University (http://www.dsg-bielefeld.de ).

Over recent years much evidence has accumulated that disfluencies, far from being meaningless noise, contain much useful information that guides language users' actions and evaluations of their interlocuters' states of mind. Moreover, they exhibit rule-like regularities on all levels (including phonology, syntax, and semantics.). In DUEL we aim to show how disfluent speech across a number of languages (including French, German, English, and Chinese) can be analyzed in a precise way on the basis of formal grammatical tools, using this theory to guide the design of dialogue systems which can deal head on with disfluent speech, exploiting the information therein rather than filtering it away. DUEL will also tackle another phenomenon that has not hitherto received attention from formal grammarians, namely laughter. Our aim is to develop precise analyses of how laughter is integrated in the emergence of meaning, precise enough to enable dialogue systems that understand and respond to laughter to be implemented. The tools developed in DUEL to analyze disfluency and laughter, formalized using the dialogue framework KoS, will enable a variety of other dialogical phenomena that have been somewhat marginal to be analyzed, e,g, exclamations, tag questions, and corrective particles such as `No'.

Paris is one of the world's greatest cities to visit and even more so to live and do research in. It hosts more than a dozen labs in the cognitive and language sciences and is within easy train/plane ride to the rest of Europe.

Requirements for post-doctoral position:
- Ph.D. (or completed by April 2014) in Formal Semantics, Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics
- Strong publication record
- Programming skills will be highly advantageous

Starting date: 1 April 2014
Duration: 36 months
Application deadline: January 15, 2014

Interested candidates should send their CV and the names and contact information of 3 referees to Jonathan Ginzburg (email below).

Application Deadline: 15-Jan-2014

Email Address for Applications: yonatan.ginzburguniv-paris-diderot.fr
Contact Information:
Prof. Jonathan Ginzburg
Email: yonatan.ginzburguniv-paris-diderot.fr

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