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Job Announcement: University of Canterbury

Morphology; Phonology; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics: Post Doc/Researcher, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Employer: University of Canterbury

Job Location: Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Title: NZILBB Postdoctoral Researcher
Rank: Post Doc
Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
LL Issue: 23.4958
Date Submitted: 26-Nov-2012
Job Description: Full-time, Fixed-term position

The University is seeking a qualified Postdoctoral Fellow to join a team of researchers working on the ‘Wordovators’ project which is a 3 year project funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The project will conduct large-scale experiments in the form of computerised word games. These games will be designed to probe the factors underpinning morphological productivity and lexical creativity, and how these develop through the life-span.

Applications are invited from researchers interested in models of productivity and word creation, and/or how social factors drive word learning and directions of change. The postdoctoral fellow will collaborate with the research team on devising and running a series of experiments relating to the goals of the overall program. The research will likely be related to one or more of the following broad questions.

1. What factors make words maximally learnable?
2. What factors facilitate the emergence of morphological structure, and the productive creation of new words?
3. How are the factors identified in 1 & 2 mediated by or influenced by the participants’ age?
4. How are the factors in 1 & 2 mediated by language experience, and/or the perceived regional origin of the language being learned?
5. Does social similarity between participants facilitate increased alignment in words or word creation strategies?

This project is a collaboration between the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and Northwestern University, USA. The postdoctoral fellow will be employed by the New Zealand Institute of Language Brain and Behaviour, and will be primarily supervised by Professor Jen Hay. The other academic members of the research team are Janet Pierrehumbert (Northwestern University/Adjunct Professor NZILBB), Professor Stephanie Stokes, and Dr Christoph Bartneck. The postdoctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to spend some time at Northwestern University, and to travel to international conferences.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in a relevant field, such as linguistics, psychology, or computer science. Applicants with strong technical skills (such as experimental design and implementation skills, scripting and programming, statistical analysis in R, corpus analysis) will be at an advantage.

Applications for this position should include a covering letter and CV, research interests and direction, and contact information for 3 professional referees combined into the 1 document and submitted online at the application URL below.

Up to three reprints of publications should be sent via email to accompany your application to the application email address below.

Further information about this role and the project can be obtained by contacting Jen Hay

Information about NZILBB is available at:

The closing date is:
13 January 2013

Download the full Position Description from here:

For more information about the benefits of joining the University of Canterbury please visit us online at the application URL below.

The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi.
Application Deadline: 13-Jan-2013
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