LINGUIST List 27.1688

Tue Apr 12 2016

Support: Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition / United Kingdom

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 11-Apr-2016
From: Theodora Alexopoulou <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition, PhD, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Department: Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Cambridge

Duties: Project Work

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition


Applications are invited for a three year PhD studentship in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge. This studentship is tied to a part-time Research Assistantship (reference GZ08828), and will be based in the EF Research Lab for Applied Language Learning. The lab focuses on analysis of big learner data from learners of English as a second language and aims to develop novel computational techniques for analyzing and modeling the learning trajectories of varying learner groups across proficiency levels. The aim is to obtain learner profiles that can inform language teaching and potentially lead to educational applications for language learning. The Research Lab is funded by EF Education First through a research grant to Dora Alexopoulou.

The successful candidate will have a good Master's degree (equivalent of first-class distinction) in computer science or related subject, preferably with a specialization in Computational Linguistics, completed by September 30th 2015. Background in linguistics and/or second language learning will be an asset.

The PhD student will work with Drs Alexopoulou and Korhonen as a member of the EF Research Lab for Applied Language Learning. He/she will join the Language Technology Lab and the research cluster for Language Acquisition and Language Processing and will be part of a world-class multidisciplinary research environment combining computer scientists, linguists and experts in language learning.

Applications Deadline: 31-May-2016

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr Dora Alexopoulou

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