LINGUIST List 21.159

Mon Jan 11 2010

Support: Persian/Swedish;Syntax/Semantics: PhD Student Carleton U., Ottawa

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        1.    Ash Asudeh, Persian, Swedish & Syntax, Semantics: PhD Student, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Message 1: Persian, Swedish & Syntax, Semantics: PhD Student, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Date: 11-Jan-2010
From: Ash Asudeh <>
Subject: Persian, Swedish & Syntax, Semantics: PhD Student, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Institution/Organization: Carleton University Department: Institute of Cognitive Science Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Semantics; Syntax Required Language(s): Farsi, Western (pes)
                            Swedish (swe)

The Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University invites applicationsfor a special Ph.D. studentship on the project 'Constraint-Based Syntax andSemantics'. The project is a theoretical and computational investigation ofaspects of the grammatical architecture of Lexical-Functional Grammar, includinggeneral problems in syntax and semantics, but particularly the syntax-semanticsand syntax-pragmatics interfaces. One overarching concern of the project iscomparison of Glue Semantics, a categorial semantics for LFG, with TransferSemantics, an interpretive semantics for LFG. A test bed for the comparison willbe computation of conventional implicature based partly on syntactic cues. Asecond test bed will be issues in the syntax and semantics of constructions andidioms. A third test bed will be treatment of aspects of the syntax andsemantics of Persian and/or Swedish, depending on available expertise. Thecomputational component of the project is developed in the XLE grammardevelopment environment for LFG.

Students with interests in other lexicalist, constraint-based theories are alsoencouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have an honours undergraduate degree (orequivalent) or a master's degree in theoretical or computational linguistics,artificial intelligence, cognitive science or computer science. Some backgroundin theoretical or computational approaches to syntax or semantics is essential;a strong background is preferred. Native speaker competency in Persian orSwedish would also be an asset, but is not required.

The studentship offers funding for four years at $30,000 (CAD) per year.Domestic and international students are equally encouraged to apply. The startdate of the studentship is September 1, 2010.

For further information please contact Dr. Ash Asudeh at the email below.

Application forms and instructions are available from:

Additional instructions:1. If you intend to apply, please email Ash Asudeh at the address below ASAP.2. In the research statement requested for the application package, pleaseindicate that the application is for the special Ph.D. studentship.

Application deadline: February 15, 2010.[NOTE: This deadline is earlier than the general program deadline.]

Applications received after the deadline may be considered, but this is notguaranteed.

More information about the project can be found at:

Information about the Institute of Cognitive Science:

Information about Carleton University:

Applications Deadline: 15-Feb-2010

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:         Dr. Ash Asudeh        Phone:+1-613-520-2368        Fax:+1-613-520-3985

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