LINGUIST List 25.5150

Wed Dec 17 2014

Support: Computational Linguistics, Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics, Semantics / Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Danuta Allen <>

Date: 15-Dec-2014
From: Carolin Lorenz <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics, Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics, Semantics: PhD Student, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Department: Institute for Logic, Language and Computation
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Amsterdam

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics


The NWO Gravitation consortium 'Language in Interaction' invites applications for a PhD position on ''Processing Vague Expressions: The Interplay between Semantics, Pragmatics and Cognition."

A vague term like 'big' can be easily used and processed when there is a clear gap between bigger and smaller objects. We will test the hypothesis that a gap in distribution is the default criterion used in the processing of vague words in classificatory tasks, but that other criteria might also come into play. We will also test whether a similar default exists for the processing of quantity expressions such as 'most' (use the approximate number system if there is a gap, and precise counting otherwise). The ultimate goal is a unified theory of the processing of vague expressions.

The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. The research consortium 'Language in Interaction', sponsored by a large grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO) brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands with a research programme on the foundations of language. The consortium includes representatives from seven universities and one research institute in the Netherlands. These are: Radboud University (RU), University of Amsterdam (UvA), University of Maastricht (UM), Leiden University (LU), Utrecht University (UU), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Tilburg University (TiU), and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI). Excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition is combined with state-of-the-art research facilities and a research team with ample experience in complex research methods and utilization. This consortium achieves both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else in the world.

This project will involve collaborative work to be carried out at the Institute of Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam (Prof. Van Rooij) and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University (Prof. H. Schriefers). The position will be embedded in the ILLC. Both institutes conduct research in an international setting. English is the lingua franca.

How to Apply:
For details, visit the application website.

Applications Deadline: 01-Feb-2015

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Carolin Lorenz

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