LINGUIST List 26.2994

Tue Jun 23 2015

Jobs: Computational Linguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Post Doc, KU Leuven (University of Leuven)

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Date: 23-Jun-2015
From: Dirk Geeraerts <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Post Doc, KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Leuven, Belgium
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University or Organization: KU Leuven (University of Leuven)
Department: Linguistics Dep. - QLVL research group
Job Location: Leuven, Belgium
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Position in Distributional Semantics

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics


Your task will be to develop and finetune Semantic Vector Space-based tools for polysemy detection and semantic description. This task forms a central part of the project "Nephological Semantics: Using token clouds for meaning detection in variationist linguistics". This project addresses the question of how token-based vector semantics, as an advanced type of distributional meaning analysis, can be put to use in the linguistic study of semasiological and onomasiological variation, including applications in aggregate lectometrical analysis and grammatical alternation research. The project is supervised by Dirk Geeraerts, Dirk Speelman, Stefania Marzo and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi. For a more detailed description, see

You have completed or are about to complete a PhD in linguistics, computational linguistics, or a similar discipline, and you have demonstrable skills in working with corpus-based distributional methods and/or statistical approaches to Word Sense Disambiguation. You have a keen interest in natural language semantics and more specifically in the social, contextual and cognitive factors that co-determine the meaning of words in actual use. You are ready to work in a highly collaborative environment. You are fluent in spoken and written English. Knowledge of Dutch is an asset but not a requirement.

Application Deadline: 15-Jul-2015

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Professor Dirk Geeraerts
Phone: +3216324815

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