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Support Announcement:

Level: PhD
Linguistic Field: Psycholinguistics Sentence Processing
Application Deadline: 15-Feb-2013
Supporting Institution: University of Oldenburg
Dutch linguistics and literature
LL Issue: 24.461
Posted: 25-Jan-2013
Support Description: Job Opening University of Oldenburg, Germany Language comprehension is influenced by many different factors. From a psycholinguistic perspective, we address issues of for instance, sentence complexity, ambiguity and the interaction with processing capacity as measured by certain memory span tasks. From a psychophysical point of view, language is a signal that has to be properly processed, to be intelligible. Intelligible language is not necessarily comprehended equally well by different individuals though. This project aims to investigate interactions between intelligibility and comprehension and correlate these with individual variations in processing capacity. This will be studied with reaction time as well as ERP and/or eye-tracking studies. In the end, we would like to find out how the brain reacts when it processes complex sentences and in how far this depends on intelligibility, complexity and processing capacity. Duties of the candidate: - To design, carry out and analyse sentence processing experiments, possibly with eyetracking and/or ERP - To prepare scientific manuscripts about the effects of processing capacity on understanding and processing sentences and its interaction with e.g. sentence complexity Desired experience of the candidate: - Academic Master's degree in (Psycho)-Linguistics, Psychology (with a specialization in speech/language processing) or a related discipline - Prior experience with statistical analysis, as well as with online sentence comprehension/ processing methods, such as RT studies, self-paced reading and eyetracking or ERPs - Experience with Eprime and/or Matlab would be helpful, as well as good knowledge of English and working knowledge of German. Application information: Applications should be send by February 15th the latest, either by email to esther.ruigendijk Linguist List, or by regular mail to the address below. Since this position is part of a PhD program, called 'Signals and Cognition', including 15 positions, the reference number, 12 should be mentioned. Please send a letter in which you address why you are interested in the topic, and how you think you can contribute, a CV, copies of your diplomas and certificates and a list of your publications.
Application Mailing Address: Esther Ruigendijk University of Oldenburg Department of Dutch Oldenburg 26111 Germany
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Contact Information: Esther Ruigendijk Phone:0049-4417984695