LINGUIST List 9.521

Fri Apr 3 1998

Jobs: Japanese Computational Ling, Socioling

Editor for this issue: Martin Jacobsen <>


  1. Beryl, Japanese Computational Lexicographer, Seattle
  2. David Britain, Professorship/Readership/Senior Lectureship in Sociolinguistics

Message 1: Japanese Computational Lexicographer, Seattle

Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 13:24:17 -0800
From: Beryl <>
Subject: Japanese Computational Lexicographer, Seattle

We are also now looking for a Japanese linguist with lexicography
background, some computational background required (C, C++ or Perl).
Prefer a linguistics advanced degree to work on this NLP
project. Database programming experience is a plus, but not required.
This is a one-year position in the Seattle WA area. The position
requires native fluency in Japanese. My client will pay limited
relocation costs and the pay is $40-45 per hour on a contract basis.
Some benefits provided by agency. Please send CVs to me, Beryl
Gorbman. Thank you.

Beryl Gorbman Intelligent Life Inc.
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Message 2: Professorship/Readership/Senior Lectureship in Sociolinguistics

Date: Fri, 3 Apr 1998 10:30:12 +1200
From: David Britain <>
Subject: Professorship/Readership/Senior Lectureship in Sociolinguistics


Department of Language and Linguistics

The University of Essex is among the top 12 research institutions in
the UK. The Department of Language and Linguistics is a large and
thriving research active Department, assessed as a 4 in the 1996
Research Assessment Exercise, with its work in the areas of
Theoretical Linguistics and Language Acquisition flagged as
outstanding in international terms. The Department runs a very
successful postgraduate programme (with some 160 postgraduate students
in the Department), offering 15 different Masters programmes and
research supervision in many different areas of Linguistics. At
undergraduate level the Department offers around 20 single and joint
honours schemes in Linguistics and Modern Languages.

Applications are invited for a senior academic post
(professor/reader/senior lecturer) in the Department tenable from 1
September 1998 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Candidates should have an excellent record in research. Applications
are invited from candidates with research strengths in any area of
Sociolinguistics (or closely related areas) but are particularly
welcome from candidates with a strong record of sociolinguistic (and
particularly ethnographic) fieldwork.

The salary for a post at Professorial level will not be less than
34,036 per annum. The salary for a post at Reader/Senior Lecturer
level will be on the scale 29,380 - 33,202 per annum.

Further particulars and application details may be obtained by
telephoning Colchester (01206) 872462 (24 hours), quoting C/298, by
e-mail to, or by writing to the Personnel
Section, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester C04 3SQ

Closing date: Monday, 20 April 1998.

[University of Essex]

Department of Language and Linguistics


Further Particulars

Post Title and Grade:Professor or Reader or Senior Lecturer
Department:Department of Language and Linguistics Responsible to:Head
of Department of Language and Linguistics Purpose of the PostTo
establish Sociolinguistics as an area of research strength in the
Department, by complementing the work of the 2 existing lecturers in
Sociolinguistics and by providing intellectual leadership and critical
mass. To contribute to the Department's graduate and undergraduate
teaching in Sociolinguistics and allied areas for specialist and
non-specialist students, particularly through the existing graduate
programme in Sociolinguistics and the planned undergraduate BA in

The Department of Language and Linguistics

The Department of Language and Linguistics is a large and diverse
Department offering 18 single or joint honours undergraduate degree
schemes and 15 Masters/PhD programmes. Currently the Department
teaches approximately 550 fte students, including some 160 graduate
students of whom around 90 are on taught masters' schemes. The
Department also includes a semi-autonomous EFL Unit which offers short
courses, pre-sessional and in-sessional English language support for
the University. The Department is responsible for the teaching of 7
Modern Languages (French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian
and Spanish) as well as Linguistics. At undergraduate level, the
Department offers degree schemes in Linguistics, English Language and
Linguistics, English as a Foreign Language and in Psycholinguistics in
addition to a number of joint honours schemes (with Philosophy,
Literature and Maths, and others) and a range of Modern Language and
Linguistics degrees.

The Department intends to set up a new undergraduate programme in
Sociolinguistics and has recently revamped all of its undergraduate

At postgraduate level, the Department offers postgraduate taught
courses (MA/MSc) in Applied Linguistics, Computational Linguistics,
Descriptive Linguistics, Descriptive and Applied Linguistics, English
Language and Linguistics, English Language Teaching, Language
Acquisition, Language Testing and Programme Evaluation, Linguistics,
Phonetics and Speech, Phonology, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics,
Speech and Language Processing and Syntax.

The department was founded over 30 years ago, and currently comprises
more than 50 teaching and research staff. It is one of the largest and
most prestigious departments of its kind in the world: it received a
rating of 4 in the recent research assessment exercise, with two
groups (in Theoretical Linguistics and Language Acquisition) flagged
as outstanding (and received the highest rating in all previous
research assessment exercises), and scored an overall 21 (out of a
possible 24) in the 1996 HEFCE Teaching Quality Assessment.

Like the University itself, the department is an open, friendly and
cosmopolitan place. 40% of our students come from outside the UK, and
30% of our undergraduates are mature students. Staff in the department
have a deserved reputation for being cheerful, open, dedicated and

Duties of the Post

The person appointed will work entirely in the Department, undertaking
teaching at a range of levels and research supervision. The duties of
the post will include offering a number of new modules (at graduate
level) or courses (at undergraduate level) to complement those already
on offer in the Department and teaching on existing modules or courses
(teaching at graduate level is organised into one-term modules,
typically involving two contact hours per week, while undergraduate
courses run for 20-24 weeks). A member of the research active staff
can expect to teach the equivalent of at least 6 modules per year, in
addition to research supervision.

The MA/Doctoral Programme in Sociolinguistics in the Department
currently attracts around 8 students a year, many of whom stay on for
doctoral studies (either under the programme or by following the MA
with a PhD by supervised research). The postholder will be expected to
collaborate with the existing (junior) members of staff in
contributing to the further development of research and postgraduate
training in Sociolinguistics, with a view to making the Department a
centre of excellence in Sociolinguistics. The postholder will be
expected to develop the research culture of the group, in particular
by encouraging research grant applications.

The person appointed will be expected to play an appropriate role in
the administration of the Department.

These duties are a guide to the work that the post-holder will
initially be required to undertake. They may be changed from time to
time to meet changing circumstances and do not form part of the
contract of employment.

Essential experience, skills and attributes of the postholder

* Candidates must have a strong research and publications record and
show clear evidence of research excellence. Candidates must also be
dedicated teachers and competent administrators. The research
interests of the person appointed must be compatible with the research
strengths of the Department and of the existing members of staff in

Desirable experience, skills and attributes of the postholder

* A strong record in sociolinguistic or sociolinguistic ethnographic
* An ability to offer expertise which complements that in the

Other Information

The sucessful candidate will be joining a highly successful
Department, whose research effort is channelled through four subareas
of activity: language acquisition (Martin Atkinson, Harald Clahsen,
Roger Hawkins, Andrew Radford); theoretical linguistics (Doug Arnold,
Claudia Felser, Mike Jones, Andrew Radford, Iggy Roca, Louisa Sadler,
Andrew Spencer); applied linguistics (Denise Chappell, Vivian Cook, Jo
McDonough, Steven McDonough, John Roberts, Phil Scholfield);
sociolinguistics (David Britain, Rebecca Clift).

Research-active members of the Department benefit from generous
study-leave arrangements (one term off after six terms'
service). Staff also benefit from good financial support for research
activity and conference attendance, with an automatic entitlement to
some Departmental support and the possibility of applying to the
University's Research Promotion Fund for further support.

The salary for a post at Professorial level will not be less than
34,036 per annum. The salary for a post at Reader/Senior Lecturer
level will be on the scale 29,380 - 33,202 per annum.

Applicants should note that the University operates a No Smoking

Please complete this form if you require an application pack for this

An application comprising 11 copies of: a completed application cover
sheet, together with a curriculum vitae comprising a statement of the
your experience and qualifications, and a covering letter, and should
be sent to:

The Personnel Section (C/298)
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Essex CO4 3SQ

to arrive not later than Monday, 20th April 1998.

Interviews are expected to be held in the second half of May or the
first half of June.

In order to assist applicants outside the UK we can receive single
copies of applications by fax on 44 1206 873396, or by e-mail (please
note that we can only accept attachments which do not require
conversion and are in a word format version 6) on

Please quote job reference no. C/298 in your application.

David Britain (Dr.)

Until Easter 1998 at:
Te Tari o te Matauranga o nga Reo
Te Whare Wananga o te Upoko o te Ika a Maui
Poaka Poutapeta 600
Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara

School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
Victoria University of Wellington
P O Box 600
New Zealand

>From Easter 1998 at:
Department of Language and Linguistics
University of Essex
Great Britain
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