Job Announcement: MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: PhD or Postdoc Researcher, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Linguistics
|Job Location:||Leipzig, Germany|
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PhD or Postdoc Researcher
Please note: Deadline extended and rank modified of a previous
announcement for a Ph.D. position
At the Department of Linguistics of the Max Planck Institute for
Evolutionary Anthropology a half time position for a researcher at the
PhD or PostDoc level (pay scale EGr. 13TV-L, 50%) is available for 3
years beginning in June 2012 or later. The position is part of the
project "The relative frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and verbs
cross-linguistically", funded by the Volkswagen Foundation's DoBeS
The project investigates the relative frequencies of nouns, pronouns,
and verbs in spoken language corpora of seven languages (for
details, see http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/research/relative-frequencies.php).
The main research questions are:
- How exactly and why do languages vary in the overall relative
frequencies of noun, pronoun, and verb tokens employed in
- How exactly and why do the relative frequencies of nouns,
pronouns, and verbs vary as narrative texts unfold?
The candidate should have a background in computational
linguistics, ideally in corpus-linguistic methods. The candidate
should have a demonstrable interest in typological linguistics, and
ideally have had some formal training in this area. Prior
acquaintance with a scripting language is required. Prior
acquaintance with R (http://www.r-project.org) and Unicode would be
Candiates at the Ph.D. level will be given the opportunity to work on a
Ph.D. thesis related to this project. The Ph.D. thesis should ideally
include a discussion of the methodological issues involved in this
project, and a detailed investigation of a research question to be
determined together with the candidate.
The duties of the candidate are to further develop and apply routines
to process and analyze the multilingual corpora used in this project.
- Importing annotated texts files into R;
- Developing methods to detect systematic errors in tagging and
create consistent tagging;
- Developing scripts for frequency analyses and other statistical
analyses in R;
- Developing creative visualizations of results for presentations and
The candidate will receive training and continued supervision
throughout the project in the computational methods and in the
linguistic issues involved. Project work will be supported by two
Applicants should already have an MA in Linguistics, Computer
Science, or an equivalent qualification by the start of their
appointment. Applicants at the Ph.D. level have the possibility of
obtaining their doctoral degree through the University of Leipzig
Good knowledge of English is required.
Applicants are requested to send a C.V. and a statement of research
interests (2-3 pages) to the address given below or by e-mail.
Applicants should provide the names of two referees in their
application and arrange for them to send letters of reference directly
to Dr. Frank Seifart. E-mail applications, preferably as one single pdf-
document, are welcome.
Application deadline: Until filled. We will start reviewing applications
on May 20.
The position is available from as soon as June 2012, but a later
starting date is possible.
Open until filled
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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