LINGUIST List 26.5368

Wed Dec 02 2015

Jobs: Language Acquisition; Language Attrition; Linguistic Variation; Multilingualism: Researcher / Lab manager, University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway

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Date: 01-Dec-2015
From: Marit Westergaard <marit.westergaarduit.no>
Subject: Language Acquisition; Language Attrition; Linguistic Variation; Multilingualism: Researcher / Lab manager, University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
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University or Organization: University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway
Department: Language and Linguistics
Job Location: Tromsø, Norway
Web Address: http://site.uit.no/lava/
Job Title: Researcher / Lab manager

Job Rank: Manager; Manager of the acquisition lab; Researcher

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; Multilingualism, Linguistic Variation, Language Attrition


Description:

The successful candidate will be the leader of the lab and be responsible for the equipment, for hiring and training lab assistants, for the stored data, for the lab outreach work, and for corpus collection and experimental work, including experimental design and statistical analysis. The position is affiliated with the LAVA research group (Language Acquisition, Variation & Attrition), and the successful candidate will be carrying out research that will strengthen the research profile of the group.

For a number of years, the acquisition research group at CASTL/Department of Language and Linguistics has worked on monolingual language acquisition, focusing on linguistic phenomena where there is variation in the input, e.g. word order variation expressing fine distinctions in syntax and information structure. In recent years, there has been an increased focus on variation in a bilingual/multilingual perspective, i.e. bilingual acquisition (2L1), second and third language acquisition (L2 and L3), as well as heritage languages (e.g. Norwegian in the USA or Russian in Norway). Recent and current research projects in the LAVA group study language combinations such as Norwegian-English, Norwegian-Russian, Norwegian-North Sami, Ukrainian-English, Latvian-Russian, Spanish-English-Portuguese, as well as English as an L3 (in combination with Norwegian and a Slavic language). There is also increasing interest in investigations of two closely related varieties, e.g. Brazilian-European Portuguese, Norwegian-Swedish, Spanish-Catalan, or two Norwegian dialects. The advertised position opens up for research projects on the same or other relevant language or dialect combinations.

The work of the LAVA group has a theoretical foundation and the focus is on the mental grammars of various populations of speakers. The object of study is syntactic microvariation and the importance of factors such as complexity, frequency or economy in the acquisition process and in heritage language situations. The research methodology includes both corpora of spontaneous production as well as different types of experimental work (production experiments, eyetracking). The successful candidate for the advertised researcher position should spend 50% of the work time on research that will strengthen and complement the research profile of the LAVA group.

The working hours are divided between lab responsibilities and research. The research time includes research and research-related activities as well as research administration.

The advertised position also includes duties in the language acquisition lab (50%). The successful candidate will be the leader of the lab and be responsible for the equipment, for hiring and training lab assistants, for the stored data, and for all activities of the lab, including corpus collection and experimental work.

Qualification requirements

- PhD within linguistics or a related field relevant to the job description.
- Experience with experimental work relevant to the LAVA group (production experiments, eyetracking, etc.), including experimental design.
- Documented qualifications in and/or extensive experience with statistical analysis (preferably R).
- A strong academic record and an active research program in a field relevant to the LAVA group.
- Proficiency in Norwegian or another Nordic language will be considered an advantage, given that much of the data collected in the lab will be in Norwegian.
- Outreach experience, including the ability to attract external funding, will be considered an advantage.

Application Deadline: 07-Jan-2016

Web Address for Applications: http://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/119789/researcher-lab-manager-in-linguistics-language-acquisition-variation-attrition-temporary-position-for-three-years
Contact Information:
Professor Marit Westergaard
Email: marit.westergaarduit.no

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