LINGUIST List 23.2624

Wed Jun 06 2012

Support: English, French, Disc Analysis, Text/Corpus Ling: PhD Student, University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve), Belgium

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Date: 06-Jun-2012
From: Liesbeth Degand <>
Subject: English, French, Disc Analysis, Text/Corpus Ling: PhD Student, University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve), Belgium
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Department: Institute for Language and Communication Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Discourse Analysis; Text/Corpus Linguistics Required Language(s): English (eng)
                            French (fra)

The Institute for Language and Communication at the Université catholique deLouvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) has three PhD openings within the frameworkof the research project 'Fluency and disfluency markers. A multimodal contrastiveperspective' conducted jointly by the CECL (Centre for English CorpusLinguistics), VALIBEL - Discours et Variation and CENTAL (Centre de traitementautomatique du langage) in collaboration with the University of Namur (NamurResearch College). The aim of the research project is to investigate markers offluency and disfluency in spoken and sign language, focusing on three mainmodalities: first language discourse (French and English), (advanced) foreignlanguage discourse (English), and sign language (Belgian French). Our centralworking hypothesis will be that fluency and disfluency markers are two faces ofthe same phenomenon. We will furthermore assume that their forms and functionsvary systematically according to the language, speakers, and discourse genres atstake. The methodological approach will be that of corpus analysis (corpus-basedand corpus-driven).

The selected candidates will be engaged in a 4-year PhD project under thesupervision of one or two of the six promoters of the research project in thefollowing three areas:

- PhD 1: Prosodic markers of fluency and disfluency in spoken French- PhD 2: Fluency and disfluency in English native and learner speech- PhD 3: Discourse markers as (dis)fluency markers in English and Frenchspeech


- Master in linguistics or modern languages (major in linguistics), with honours- Native or near-native speaker of French (PhD 1) or English (PhD 2) and verygood knowledge of both languages for PhD 3- High level of academic English- Good knowledge of linguistic statistics or commitment to acquire it- Familiarity with corpus linguistic methods and tools- Dynamic and motivated- Capacity to work independently and as part of a team- Previous experience with the analysis of spoken language and/or discoursefeatures is an asset

We offer a motivating research environment with many opportunities forcollaboration with other researchers working on the same project. The salaryconsists of a PhD grant including social security (+/- 1500 € net/month).

Additional information:

Institute for Language and Communication: project: for English Corpus Linguistics: - Discours & Variation:

Applications Deadline: 01-Oct-2012

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Prof Liesbeth Degand        Insitute for Language and Communication        Place B. Pascal 1; L3.03.33        Louvain-la-Neuve 1348        Belgium

Contact Information:         Prof Liesbeth Degand

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