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Fri Sep 03 2010

Support: Experimental Ling; Various Languages: 2 PhD Positions, Utrecht U

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        1.    Mariette Bonenkamp, Experimental Linguistics; Various Languages: 2 PhD Positions, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Message 1: Experimental Linguistics; Various Languages: 2 PhD Positions, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Date: 03-Sep-2010
From: Mariette Bonenkamp <Uil-OTSuu.nl>
Subject: Experimental Linguistics; Various Languages: 2 PhD Positions, Utrecht University, Netherlands
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Institution/Organization: Utrecht University
Department: Utrecht Institute for Linguistics
Web Address: http://www-uilots.let.uu.nl/

Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics
Experimental Linguistics
Required Language(s): Dutch (nld)
                            Hungarian (hun)
                            Polish (pol)
                            Turkish (tur)

Description:

2 1.0 fte PhD positions in experimental phonology. Research programme awarded to
René Kager and Wim Zonneveld by NWO, addresses the role of word stress in the
segmentation of continuous speech. Central hypothesis: segmentation is guided by
implicit knowledge of well-formed prosodic words in the native language. Aim:
testing this hypothesis crosslinguistically, with adult native listeners of
languages with different stress patterns, as well as with first and second
language learners. Research methods : perception experiments with adult native
speakers (Dutch, Hungarian, Polish, Turkish, Dutch,Turkish infants).

PhD PROJECT I (starting 1-12-2010): addressing the effects of metrical knowledge
on speech segmentation in native listeners of four languages with different
metrical patterns: Dutch, Hungarian, Polish, and Turkish. Research methods
include perception experiments, such as word spotting. (Position number 681038)

PhD PROJECT II (starting 1-12-2010): addressing the development of metrical
knowledge supporting speech segmentation in the first language, and how this
knowledge is acquired from spoken input. Research methods: perception
experiments with Dutch and Turkish infants aged 4, 6 and 8 months, testing
infant's rhythmic preferences and discrimination abilities, segmentation of
previously learned words from speech, using the Headturn Preference Procedure.
(Position number 681039)

The PhD projects aim at a dissertation within a maximum of three years,involve
research training, including courses offered by the National Graduate School in
Linguistics (LOT). The successful candidate for Project I has a background in an
experimental linguistic discipline, such as phonetics, experimental phonology or
psycholinguistics. Some knowledge of Dutch is desirable, but not required.
Knowledge of one or more of the languages to be investigated (Dutch, Hungarian,
Polish, and Turkish) will be considered an advantage. The successful candidate
for Project II has a background in an experimental linguistic discipline,
preferably first language acquisition. Native or near-native knowledge of Dutch
is required, while some knowledge of Turkish will be considered an advantage.
Applicants for both PhD positions should have graduated from a research master's
programme, or expect to graduate before 1 November, 2010. They should be able to
speak and write fluent English, with competence in other languages as specified
above,prepared to work in a team.

Offered:18 month contract as an AiO (possibility of renewal with 2 years
maximum) after evaluation (gross monthly salary 2.042 Euros,- (1st year) to
2.492 Euros,- (3rd year)),pension scheme,health insurance allowance, holiday
allowance, flexible employment conditions, following Collective Employment
Agreement of the Dutch Universities. Assessment after 18 months. Information:
Project supervisor:René Kager,+31-30-2538064, e-mail R.W.J.Kager at uu.nl or
UiL-OTS PhD coordinator Maaike Schoorlemmer, +31-30-2536183, Our website:
http://www-uilots.let.uu.nl/; Applications (by regular or, preferably, e-mail)
including letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, complete personal details, a
record of BA and MA level academic results, full contact details of at least two
referees. (References letters preferably included), MA thesis or comparable
piece of written work can be sent in pdf or doc format. Please specify your name
and position number (681038/681039) in the message as well as in the topic,
include a list of attachments in the message, specify your name in each
attachment title. Interviews between 25 and 29 October,2010

Applications Deadline: 27-Sep-2010

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Mrs Ingrid Wagenaar
        Kromme Nieuwegracht 46
        Utrecht 3512 HJ
        Netherlands

Contact Information:
        Dr Maaike Schoorlemmer
        M.Schoorlemmeruu.nl
        Phone:0031-302536183


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