LINGUIST List 21.2594

Mon Jun 14 2010

Support: LSQ/ASL/LSF & Sign Lang Processing: PhD Student U. Québec, Canada

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        1.    Dominique Machabee, American Sign Language, French Sign Language, Quebec Sign Language & Pragmatics, Semantics, Sign Language Processing: PhD Student, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Message 1: American Sign Language, French Sign Language, Quebec Sign Language & Pragmatics, Semantics, Sign Language Processing: PhD Student, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Date: 03-Jun-2010
From: Dominique Machabee <machabee.dominiqueuqam.ca>
Subject: American Sign Language, French Sign Language, Quebec Sign Language & Pragmatics, Semantics, Sign Language Processing: PhD Student, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
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Institution/Organization: Université du Québec à Montréal Department: Linguistics Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Pragmatics; Semantics Sign language processing Required Language(s): American Sign Language (ase)
                            Quebec Sign Language (fcs)                             French Sign Language (fsl)
Description:

Chair: Anne-Marie Parisot, professor, UQAMLocation of tenure: Montreal, Quebec, CanadaValue and duration: $16 000 each, tenable for 12 months

Field of research: pragmatics and\or semantics and\or natural language processingThe Groupe de recherche sur la LSQ et le bilinguisme sourd de l'UQAM (ResearchGroup on LSQ and Deaf Bilinguialism at UQAM), supported by the Fonds québécoisde la recherche sur la société et la culture, offers two doctoral awards, tosupport students to work on a research project on the comparison of thestructure of three sign languages, that is, ASL, LSF and LSQ. The main goal ofthe research program is to examine and compare the grammar and semantics of theuse of space in these three sign languages, and to analyze the way signers canmark relations of saliency in grammar. Specifically, we analyze thedistributional and prosodic patterns of four strategies of spatial association(pointing sign, direct localization, eye gaze and torso movements) that areinvolved in the expression of saliency in those sign languages. We also definethe semantic, morphosyntactic and pragmatic characteristics of these strategies.Moreover, gathered biomechanical data with kinematic instrumentations allow usto describe the spatio-temporal patterns of spatial association.

Candidates will have access to corpora gathered on the variation of thestrategies of spatial association. Data consist in sentences and narrationsproduced in LSQ, ASL, LSF, French and English. All the productions have beencollected with a recording system composed of 1) a digital camera, 2) infraredcameras for the capture of the upper body movement and 3) mini-rangefindercameras for the capture of eye movements.

The Groupe de recherche sur la LSQ et le bilinguisme sourd, located at UQAM,will host the candidates.

The candidates' dissertation must deal with the description of elements of thegrammar of either ASL, LSF of LSQ, according to either a semantic or pragmaticperspective, or a language processing perspective. The candidates will have atleast one sign language specialist as a supervisor.

Candidates must have strong skills in French and must know English enough toread and understand scientific texts. Applicants must be registered as full-timestudents, undertaking or continuing a doctoral program by September 1st 2010.

Applications should consist of:1. A cover letter. This letter must include the following information (maximumtwo pages and an extra page for a bibliography):a. The award for which you are applying;b. A description of the master dissertation and of the prospective doctoral project;c. How you wish to contribute to the research project on the comparativedescription of sign languages.2. A curriculum vitae.3. Two letters of reference from people who know you enough to be able to giveinformation on your qualifications and your personality (referees shoulddirectly send their letter to Dominique Machabée in an attachment(machabee.dominiqueuqam.ca) or by regular mail, by July15th 2010.

Applications Deadline: 15-Jul-2010

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Dominique Machabee        Groupe de recherche LSQ, Département de linguistique, UQAM        C. P. 8888, succ. centre-ville        Montreal Quebec H3C 3P8        Canada

Contact Information:         Machabee Dominique        machabee.dominiqueuqam.ca


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