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Support Announcement:

Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Morphology
Application Deadline: 15-Jun-2014
Supporting Institution: Sorbonne University Paris
Labex Empirical Foundations of Linguistics
LL Issue: 25.2403
Posted: 03-Jun-2014
Support Description: The research project 'Empirical foundations of linguistics' (EFL) is offering a fully-funded 3 year PhD scholarship on "The quantitative typology of inflectional classification."

Labex Empirical Foundations of Linguistics (EFL) ( is a joint 10 year effort by 13 research teams from 5 universities in the Paris area. The successful applicant will be hired by Université Paris Diderot to work in Strand 2: 'Experimental grammar'. This is a full-time, 3-year position, starting in October 2014.

- Applicants will have to document qualifications in Linguistics, Computer Science, or both, at the
Master's level.
- Basic Familiarity with a scripting language is expected.
- Experience working on a language external to the Romance and Germanic subfamilies will be
considered a plus.
- Some knowledge of the goals and methods of theoretical morphology and typology are required.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The student’s tasks will include evaluating the linguistic relevance of different (semi-)automatic approaches to inflectional classification by applying them to typologically diverse data sets. Advanced programming skills are not required. The PhD thesis can be written in French or English. It will involve research within a subproject on the quantitative assessment of inflectional complexity, organized by a group of theoretical morphologists, computational linguists, and field linguists.

Applications will be assessed by a committee. The main emphasis of the assessment will be on the applicant's potential for research, as evident from: Master's thesis or equivalent, other scholarly works, and project description.

How to apply:
Please send your application to the two email addresses listed below, including:
- curriculum vitae (CV);
- the names and email addresses of two referents;
- relevant scholarly works or publications.

Olivier Bonami (
Benoît Sagot (

For more information see website:
Application Mailing Address: Olivier Bonami Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle (UMR 7110), Bât Olympe de Gouges, rue Albert Einstein, Paris 75013 France
Contact Information: Dr Jacqueline Vaissière