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Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics
Phonetics Statistics
Specific Language: English
Application Deadline: 22-Apr-2014
Supporting Institution: University of Glasgow
Statistics; English Language
LL Issue: 25.1378
Posted: 21-Mar-2014
Support Description: This is a fully-funded, 4 year PhD studentship in statistics and phonetics, which will be of interest to candidates with a statistics background, or a background in phonetics/linguistics/computational linguistics, with a strong interest in statistical techniques as applied to modelling linguistic data.

The project begins a collaboration between statistics and linguistics to develop dynamic quantitative models of spoken language data. In linguistics, the tension between large corpora based on comparatively few speakers is eased by using statistical models which can process nested data. This research will go beyond modelling the complex nested structure of language data to also incorporate the underlying temporal dynamics of speech.

This form of statistical analysis will not only predict the factors constraining and promoting language patterns, taking account of the speakers who utter them and the words they occur in, but at the same time it will automatically recover crucial information about the temporal nature of language variation, shifting our analytical perspective a step closer to the dynamics of talk.

The student will develop a statistical model to analyse specific aspects of language (e.g. phonology, lexicon) using data from the electronic real-time corpus of Glaswegian vernacular, Sounds of the City. The corpus is a searchable, multilayered, database of 58 hours of 136 speakers, recorded between 1970 and 2010, with orthographic transcripts and automatically phonemically segmented waveforms, amenable to automatic acoustic analyses of durational (e.g. segment durations) and resonance characteristics of speech (e.g. formant measures from FFT spectral analysis).

More details of the studentship, including research training are available here:

Please send applications by April 22nd, 2014, by email to ludger.evers Linguist List Please include in your application:
- a cover letter of two pages explaining your interest in the project and indicating what skills and ideas you would contribute to the project;
- an up-to-date CV;
- two references from academics who know your work well;
- evidence of first degree work which is a good Upper Second Class or First Class standard, or equivalent (mainly A grades);
- certification of proficiency in English (where relevant).

Interviews will be held in the week starting May 5th, 2014.

Dr Ludger Evers (Principal supervisor)
Mathematics & Statistics

Prof Jane Stuart-Smith (Co-supervisor)
Critical Studies/English Language/Glasgow University Laboratory of Phonetics (GULP)

Dr Tereza Neocleous (Co-supervisor)
Mathematics & Statistics
Application Web Address:
Contact Information: Dr Ludger Evers Phone:+44 (0)141 330 5174 Fax:+44 (0)141 330 4814