LINGUIST List 9.953

Fri Jun 26 1998

Jobs: Natural Language Research, Typology Research

Editor for this issue: Elaine Halleck <>


  1. Antoinette Renouf, Natural Language Programming Researcher
  2. Dietmar Zaefferer, Typology Research Assistant

Message 1: Natural Language Programming Researcher

Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 10:45:05 +0100
From: Antoinette Renouf <>
Subject: Natural Language Programming Researcher

The University of Liverpool
Research and Development Unit for English Studies

Research Assistant/Associate/Fellow

Initial salary within the range 15,462 - 25,092 pounds sterling

A vacancy exists for a computer scientist with natural language
programming skills. A computational linguist with programming
proficiency will also be considered. The post will start as soon as
possible and run, in the first instance, for two years. It relates
primarily to a major research project concerned with the automatic
classificiation of rare new words in text.

The precise level of appointment will depend on qualifications, age and

Experience of programming in C in a Unix environment is essential;
familiarity with Unix tools is desirable, as is knowledge of Unix
systems administration.

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Applications by c.v. with the names of three referees, should be
received by the Director of Personnel, the University of Liverpool,
Liverpool L69 3BX, by July 17th, 1998. Further particulars may be
requested from this address via email:
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Message 2: Typology Research Assistant

Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 21:34:14 +0100
From: Dietmar Zaefferer <>
Subject: Typology Research Assistant



The University of Munich seeks to appoint as soon as possible a
full-time Research Assistant (Typological Linguist) to work on a
project that develops a flexible database structure for
cross-linguistic reference grammars, descriptions of natural languages
optimized for cross-linguistic queries.

The team will consist of the PI, the person appointed, a half-time
linguist specializing in syntax, a computer scientist and a student
assistant. The post is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
(German Research Association). Funding is guaranteed for two years,
continuation on a related project possible. The position is at the
rank of "Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter", the salary is according to
the German payscale of BAT IIa, starting from about 65 000 DM per
year, depending on age and familiy status.

The central challenge for the postholder will be to develop, together
with the team and on the basis of previous work, a
cross-linguistically uniform database organisation of descriptive
material about the grammar and lexicon of natural languages of any
type (including signed languages) and give it its final shape.

The successful candidate will

* have a Ph.D. in linguistics or an equivalent degree in hands,
* be familiar with the typological diversity of the world's languages,
* have some acquaintance with at least one formal grammar framework
 (like HPSG, LFG/OT, PP/MP),
* have a specialization in at least one of the following: phonology,
 morphology (especially of polysynthetic languages), lexicology,
* have a native speaker competence in or a very good knowledge
 of English and at least a working knowledge of German,
* have computer literacy, ideally including experience with databases
 and/or the World-Wide Web,
* be able to work in a small team and in collaboration with people from
 other disciplines (computer science).

The deadline for application is July 30, 1998. Candidates should send
their curriculum vitae and names of three referees to the address given
 below. Applications can be sent by email, by regular mail or by fax.
Further information about the project can be found under

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Zaefferer
Institut fuer Deutsche Philologie Phone: +49 89 2180 2060 (office)
Universitaet Muenchen +49 89 36 66 75 (home)
Schellingstr. 3 Fax: +49 89 2180 3871 (office)
D-80799 Muenchen +49 89 36 66 75 (home)
Germany Email:
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