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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 <>
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:

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)

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

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

PhD PROJECT II (starting 1-12-2010): addressing the development of metricalknowledge supporting speech segmentation in the first language, and how thisknowledge is acquired from spoken input. Research methods: perceptionexperiments with Dutch and Turkish infants aged 4, 6 and 8 months, testinginfant's rhythmic preferences and discrimination abilities, segmentation ofpreviously 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,involveresearch training, including courses offered by the National Graduate School inLinguistics (LOT). The successful candidate for Project I has a background in anexperimental linguistic discipline, such as phonetics, experimental phonology orpsycholinguistics. 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 candidatefor Project II has a background in an experimental linguistic discipline,preferably first language acquisition. Native or near-native knowledge of Dutchis required, while some knowledge of Turkish will be considered an advantage.Applicants for both PhD positions should have graduated from a research master'sprogramme, or expect to graduate before 1 November, 2010. They should be able tospeak and write fluent English, with competence in other languages as specifiedabove,prepared to work in a team.

Offered:18 month contract as an AiO (possibility of renewal with 2 yearsmaximum) after evaluation (gross monthly salary 2.042 Euros,- (1st year) to2.492 Euros,- (3rd year)),pension scheme,health insurance allowance, holidayallowance, flexible employment conditions, following Collective EmploymentAgreement of the Dutch Universities. Assessment after 18 months. Information:Project supervisor:René Kager,+31-30-2538064, e-mail R.W.J.Kager at orUiL-OTS PhD coordinator Maaike Schoorlemmer, +31-30-2536183, Our website:; Applications (by regular or, preferably, e-mail)including letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, complete personal details, arecord of BA and MA level academic results, full contact details of at least tworeferees. (References letters preferably included), MA thesis or comparablepiece of written work can be sent in pdf or doc format. Please specify your nameand 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 eachattachment 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        Phone:0031-302536183

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