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LINGUIST List 23.3356

Thu Aug 09 2012

Jobs: Lang Acq: Post Doc, University of Leeds and University of Manchester

Editor for this issue: Amy Brunett <brunettlinguistlist.org>

Date: 08-Aug-2012
From: Cecile DeCat <c.decatleeds.ac.uk>
Subject: Language Acquisition: Post Doc, University of Leeds and University of Manchester, Leeds and Manchester, United Kingdom
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University or Organization: University of Leeds and University of Manchester
Job Location: Leeds and Manchester, United Kingdom
Web Address: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/linguistics/
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition


Description:

Fixed term for 2 years, starting on 1 October 2012

Project title: Referential communication and executive function skills
in bilingual children

As one of two research assistants on this Leverhulme Trust-funded
project, you will play a key role by (i) contributing to the creation of
the experimental materials and parental questionnaires, (ii) liaising
with schools to recruit child participants and organising the running of
experiments, (iii) carrying out the experiments in schools and day-
centres (with the help of another research assistant), (iv) transcribing
and coding relevant portions of the data, (v) contributing to the
analysis of results, (vi) taking part in dissemination and public
engagement activities.

With a PhD in language acquisition or a related discipline, you will be
able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and organisational skills.

During the second year of the project, you will be working with both
the University of Leeds and the University of Manchester. The work
you will carry out will be split between the two sites and you will be
employed 50% by the University of Leeds and 50% by the University
of Manchester.

About the Project
The main aim of this study is to bridge the gap between two
independent lines of research:

a) The study of executive functions skills as a function of language
experience
b) The investigation of the relationship between executive function
skills and children's performance in referential communication tasks

More specifically we have three objectives, spanning (i) the cognitive
development of different types of bilinguals, (ii) factors influencing
cognitive and linguistic development in young bilinguals, and (iii)
factors affecting monolingual and bilingual children's use of
referential expressions. We aim to:

1. Extend previous findings on the relationship between key
executive function skills (cognitive flexibility, inhibitory control and
working memory) and language experience to bilingual children who
have unbalanced exposure to two languages
2. Gather new information on the role played by language
proficiency, bilingual experience and SES (social/ economic status)
on the above subset of executive function skills and on referential
abilities
3. Develop our understanding of the linguistic and non-linguistic
contextual variables affecting children's referential choices (visual
context, awareness of differences in perspective between speaker
and listener, and linguistic factors affecting a referent's prominence)

University Grade 7 (£30,122 - £35,938 p.a.)
It is likely that an appointment will be made no higher than £32,901
p.a. since there are funding limitations which dictate the level at
which the appointment can start.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Cecile de Cat at the email
address below.

Interviews are expected to be held in early September 2012
Reference number for Leeds HR website: ARTML0067.

Application Deadline: 03-Sep-2012

Web Address for Applications: http://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/fe/tpl_universityofleeds01.asp?s=yhJgMRoBzQChEeQzw&jobid=87183,1298779861&key=83724926&c=258754769833&pagestamp=seqoxyccgncgiualby
Contact Information:
Dr Cecile DeCat
Email: c.decatleeds.ac.uk

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