LINGUIST List 27.2252

Wed May 18 2016

Support: French; Portuguese; Bilingualism; Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition / France

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 18-May-2016
From: Christophe dos Santos <>
Subject: French; Portuguese; Bilingualism; Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition, PhD, Labex ASLAN (Advanced Studies on LANguage complexity), France
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Labex ASLAN (Advanced Studies on LANguage complexity)

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition
Required Language(s): French (fra)
                            Portuguese (por)


Applicant’s education

This PhD financial support is primarily intended for students who have a master’s degree in linguistics or in cognitive sciences (and preferably a background in language development). The candidate should demonstrate a strong interest in (typical or atypical) early language acquisition. Foreign applications are welcomed provided that candidates are fluent in French.


- A Master’s degree in the field of linguistics or cognitive sciences
- French-Portuguese bilingual and a good level in English
- Knowledge in the field of language acquisition
- Experience in linguistic oriented software like Phon or Clan will be a plus
- Knowledge in statistics will also be a plus

PhD information

This PhD is funded by the « laboratoire d’excellence ASLAN » (Advanced studies on language complexity), and the candidate will be affiliated to the « laboratoire DDL Dynamique Du Langage » (UMR5596 CNRS – Université Lumière Lyon 2, Lyon, France) under the supervision of Sophie Kern (CR, CNRS) and Christophe dos Santos (MCF, Université François-Rabelais). The funding will be around 1 400 € net monthly. The appointment for a doctoral research fellowship is for 3 years commencing September or October 2016.

Project description

The goal of the PhD is to study early lexical development of French-Portuguese bilingual children living in France. Different types of measure should be combined in order to describe, to the fullest extent as possible, bilingual lexical development, taking into account the input as well as linguistic factors such as semantic, grammatical categories and/or phonological complexity. This PhD will be part of the WP3 « from the individual to interaction » of ASLAN and more particularly the WP3 task named « Understanding language development and impairments ». One of the main goals of this task is to identify and weigh social, linguistic, interactional, and neurocognitive factors impacting language development.

Application procedure

To apply, please send an email to the two following email addresses: and

This email must include:

- A Curriculum Vitae listing degrees awarded, courses covered and marks obtained, publications and relevant experience
- The candidate Master’s Thesis
- A motivation letter
- Reference letter(s)

Applications Deadline: 22-Jun-2016

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Sophie Kern
        Institut des Sciences de l'Homme - Dynamique Du Langage
        14 avenue Berthelot
        Lyon 69007

Contact Information:
        Christophe dos Santos

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