LINGUIST List 24.1702

Tue Apr 16 2013

Jobs: Multiple Languages; English Ling; Text/Corpus Ling; Translation: PhD Student, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

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Date: 10-Apr-2013
From: Martin Volk <>
Subject: Multiple Languages; English Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation: PhD Student, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
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University or Organization: University of Zurich Job Location: Zurich, Switzerland Web Address:
Job Rank: PhD Student in English Linguistics

Specialty Areas: Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation

Required Language(s): English (eng)
                            Finnish (fin)                             French (fra)                             German (deu)                             Russian (rus)                             Spanish (spa)

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The English Department at the University of Zurich is looking for a PhD student in English Linguistics to work in a joint project with the Institute of Computational Linguistics on 'Large-Scale Annotation and Alignment of Parallel Corpora for the Investigation of Linguistic Variation'. The project aims at annotating and aligning multi-lingual parallel corpora (English, German, French, Spanish, Russian and Finnish), which will be used to study variable article use in English and German. Funding is available for a period of three years and may be extended.

Position Qualifications:
- Master in English Linguistics
- previous experience with corpus linguistics and statistics
- Languages: excellent English skills, good German skills (ideally, also basic skills in one of the other languages)

- Develop a methodology to retrieve information on variable article use (including zero articles) for English and German from the parallel corpora.
- Multi-factorial modelling of variable article use in English and German (zero articles in English, in particular).
- Evaluate the usefulness of the corpus-driven approach to the modelling of cross-linguistically relevant notions such as ’definiteness’ (extend to typologically different language pairs).

- Salary according to the Swiss National Science Foundation rates (i.e. 42,000 CHF - 48,000 CHF per annum)
- Support for conference and summer school attendance
- Small and enthusiastic team
- High standard of living in Zurich, one of the most attractive European cities.

Proposed starting date: 01-August-2013

Applications (including a CV and academic record) should be sent to Prof. Dr. Marianne Hundt. See contact email.

Application Deadline: 31-May-2013 Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Professor Dr. Marianne Hundt Email:

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