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Support Announcement:

Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Morphology Phonology, Sociolinguistics
Application Deadline: 23-Nov-2012
Supporting Institution: University of Canterbury
Linguistics / NZILBB
LL Issue: 23.4462
Posted: 25-Oct-2012
Support Description: The 'Wordovators' project is a three-year project funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The project will conduct large-scale experiments in
the form of computerized 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. We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to join the team, and work on a thesis
which falls within the goals of the overall project. The questions pursued by the thesis are likely to relate to one or more of the following research

(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) and (2) mediated by or influenced by the participants' age?
(4) How are the factors in (1) and (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 University of Canterbury, New Zealand and Northwestern University, USA. The PhD candidate will enroll
for a PhD degree in the Linguistics Department at University of Canterbury, and will be primarily supervised by Professor Jen Hay (NZILBB).
Janet Pierrehumbert (Northwestern University / Adjunct Professor NZILBB), will act as Associate Supervisor. Other associated faculty are
Professor Stephanie Stokes (NZILBB), and Dr Christoph Bartneck. (the HIT Lab NZ).

Your skills:
You should hold a Masters degree in Linguistics, or a 4 year Undergraduate degree with relevant research experience. You must meet the criteria
for admission into the UC PhD Degree.

The Linguistics Department at the University of Canterbury is part of the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour (NZILBB).
NZILBB is a multi-disciplinary centre dedicated to the study of human language. The researchers come from a wide range of disciplines, forging
connections across linguistics, speech production and perception, language acquisition, language disorders, social cognition, memory, brain
imaging, cognitive science, bilingual education, and interface technologies.

Christchurch is the second largest city in New Zealand and offers an exciting and easy lifestyle for students. It is the most affordable major city
to live in. It easy to get around whether you are biking, walking, driving or using the excellent public transport system. Christchurch also offers
outstanding opportunities for outdoor activities, and is close to both surf beaches and ski-fields.

Appointment and Scholarship Support:
The PhD scholarship is full time for a duration of three years with an annual scholarship of $25,000 NZD. The scholarship will also cover the
tuition fees.

Further Information and Application:
Further information can be obtained by contacting Jen Hay (jen.hay Linguist List

Please email your application materials to nzilbb Linguist List
Your application must include a letter explaining your specific interest in the project,an extensive curriculum vitae, your academic records, and
contact details for two references.

Applications will be accepted until November 23, 2012 or until position is filled.
Application Web Address:
Contact Information: Prof Jennifer Hay