LINGUIST List 25.5148

Wed Dec 17 2014

Jobs: Language Acquisition; Language Documentation; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Postdoctoral Fellowships, University of Melbourne

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 16-Dec-2014
From: Nick Thieberger <>
Subject: Language Acquisition; Language Documentation; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Postdoctoral Fellowships, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
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University or Organization: University of Melbourne
Department: School of Languages and Linguistics
Job Location: Melbourne, Australia
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellowships

Job Rank: Post Doc; Postdoctoral Fellow

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; Language Documentation; Text/Corpus Linguistics


Postdoctoral Research opportunities at the University of Melbourne

Two exciting postdoc opportunities at the University of Melbourne, associated with the newly created ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (COEDL, have just been advertised: one to conduct work on Australian indigenous languages, and a second to work on corpus development for less-described languages.

Classification: Postdoctoral Fellow
Salary: AUD $79,609 - $85,452 p.a.
Superannuation: Employer contribution of 17%
Employment Type: Full time (fixed term) position available from 1 March 2015 until 28 February 2018
Fixed term contract type: Research
Other benefits:

(1) Australian languages postdoc

A postdoc working on the multigenerational documentation of a strong Australian language (such as Murrinhpatha, Arrernte, Yolngu or others). The purpose is to push language description and documentation beyond the standard monovarietal grammar, and document language across the lifespan, with the potential to link in with other Centre research on language learning, language variation, and their relationships to language evolution. Proposals will be ranked by the case they make for the relative importance of this as a vital next step in our understanding of Australian languages, the innovative and/or interesting approach to the issue that they propose to take in their own research, the potential benefit to the community they propose to work with, the extent to which they draw on a team of researchers working within the same language, as well as the feasibility of the project within the time frame and resources

Further details can be found at

(2) Corpus development postdoc

- An established relationship with the relevant indigenous community to be worked with
- Have identified legacy collections, perhaps related to the above language, that will be made accessible
- Be able to develop corpora of several languages
- Ability to contribute to developing methodology and software for building new corpora
- Develop corpora in the EOPAS format for eligible languages in the CoEDL
- A clear and innovative plan addressing what the applicant sees as an exciting topic that addresses the development of re-usable corpora for languages of the region (Australia/Pacific).

Both postdocs will be based at the University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia). For additional information please contact (1) Rachel Nordlinger ( or (2) Nick Thieberger (

Application Deadline: 26-Jan-2015

Contact Information:
Dr Nick Thieberger

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