LINGUIST List 9.540

Tue Apr 7 1998

Jobs: Auto Abstracting,Chinese Ling,Arabic

Editor for this issue: Martin Jacobsen <>


  1. Ruslan Mitkov, PhD Studentship in Automatic Abstracting
  2. Linguistic Typology of Sinitic Languages Project, ARC Research Associate position - Chinese Linguistics
  3. David Russell, Arabic dialectician

Message 1: PhD Studentship in Automatic Abstracting

Date: Mon, 6 Apr 1998 19:45:23 +0100
From: Ruslan Mitkov <>
Subject: PhD Studentship in Automatic Abstracting

(Current value of bursary 5,500 UK pounds)

The University of Wolverhampton, School of Languages and European
Studies invites applications for a research studentship on
corpus-based automatic abstracting. We are looking for candidates with
a good honours degree in Computational Linguistics or Computer Science
and with excellent programming skills. Overseas candidates must have a
good command of English.

The successful candidate is expected to start the studentship on 
1 September 1998.

For further information about the project, please contact 
Ruslan Mitkov, tel. 01902 322471, Email

Formal applications must be made to:

The Research Support Unit
University of Wolverhampton
Dudley Campus
Castle View

and must include a completed application form (to be requested from
Mrs. Lesley Barlow - tel. 01902 323317, Email, a
CV and a covering letter in which the candidates explain why they
apply for the studentship and give details of their research
interests/experience, background and programming skills. (Please quote
the reference number of the studentship - RS207)

Please note that the closing date for applications is 28 April 1998.
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Message 2: ARC Research Associate position - Chinese Linguistics

Date: Tue, 07 Apr 1998 11:43:29
From: Linguistic Typology of Sinitic Languages Project <>
Subject: ARC Research Associate position - Chinese Linguistics

Linguistic typology of Sinitic languages

A suitably qualified person in the area of syntactic, semantic and
discourse analysis of Sinitic languages is sought for the position of
ARC Research Associate to work in collaboration with Dr H.M. Chappell
on the research project "A semantic typology of complex syntactic
constructions in Sinitic languages" (ARC multi-year grant
1997-1999). The position is based at La Trobe University, Melbourne,

Key research tasks
To carry out joint work on the collection, transcription and
linguistic analysis of data from one of the less studied Sinitic
languages such as Gan, Hakka, Wu (apart from Shanghainese) or
North(east)ern Min dialects such as Fuzhouese. The goal is to set up a
typology of Sinitic languages based upon the grammatical constructions
and categories investigated. This project currently employs a team of
seven research assistants on a part-time basis for research into
Cantonese (Yue), Taiwanese (Southern Min), Shanghainese (Wu), Xiang
and Mandarin. Compilation of a computerized database of materials is a
second important ongoing goal of the project.

Selection criteria
Applicants must have a PhD degree in Chinese Linguistics and fluency
in English and Mandarin. Research experience in Sinitic languages such
as Hakka, Gan, Wu or Min is desirable.

Appointment details
The position is fixed term for one year with the possibility of
renewal for a further one or two years. Salary range from A$46,270 to
A$54,947 with reimbursement of a round trip airfare.

Commencement date is previewed for mid-1998.

Closing date for applications is 24 April 1998.

Applicants must obtain a position description and details of how to
apply from Personnel, telephone +61 3 9479 1365, or e-mail quoting reference number ACAA/2089.

For further information, please contact Dr Hilary Chappell.
Phone: +61 3 9479 5615
Fax: +61 3 9479 1520

La Trobe University supports Affirmative Action recruitment strategies
and the principle of Equal Opportunity in all appointments and
provides a smoke-free work environment.

Yours sincerely,
Carol El-Chaar
Grant Manager
for:	Dr Hilary Chappell
	Linguistic Typology of Sinitic Languages Project
	Department of Linguistics
	La Trobe University
	Bundoora Vic 3083
	Phone: + 61 3 9479 5615
	Fax: + 61 3 9479 1520
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Message 3: Arabic dialectician

Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 11:01:06 -0400
From: David Russell <>
Subject: Arabic dialectician

MRM, a foreign language research firm in the Washington, D.C. area,
has been doing research work on North African Arabic dialects and is
now beginning to work on Arabic dialects spoken in areas east of
Egypt. Accordingly MRM is seeking to employ an Arabic dialectician to
produce language learning materials in the dialects spoken east of
Egypt. The ideal candidate will have native skills in MSA, at least
one dialect in our area of interest, ability to conduct and/or direct
research in this field, and a Ph.D. or equivalent work or graduate
experience. Applicants should send their resumes to: MRM, Inc.,
P.O. Box 400, Kensington, MD 20395-400; fax to 301-949-1816 or email
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