LINGUIST List 28.819

Mon Feb 13 2017

Support: Multiple Languages; Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Typology / Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 13-Feb-2017
From: Sabine Stoll <>
Subject: Multiple Languages; Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Typology: PhD, University of Zurich, Switzerland
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Department: Department of Comparative Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Zurich

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Typology


PhD position in first language acquisition at UZH

The Psycholinguistics Laboratory (Department of Comparative Linguistics) and the Research Unit Developmental Psychology: Infancy and Childhood (Department of Psychology) at the University of Zurich invite applications for a PhD student position embedded into the research project "The role of causality in early verb learning: language-specific factors vs. universal strategies" funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

The goal of this project is to explore the relation between language and cognition from a developmental perspective with a focus on the processing of causality and its role in early verb learning. The project combines a large-scale cross-linguistic corpus study (involving longitudinal data from 10 typologically diverse languages) with experimental psychological studies (comparing Turkish and Swiss German). It collaborates closely with partners at Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey.

The project involves altogether three PhD positions. The position advertized here is located in the corpus subproject. The goal will be to investigate the influence of linguistic variation on the acquisition of causatives in the 10 languages of the ACQDIV corpus ( The PhD candidate will work as part of a large team of computational linguists, psycholinguists and data scientists.


MA in Linguistics with a focus on typology and/or quantitative methods. Strong interest in language acquisition, typology and corpus linguistics. Solid background in one scripting language is required (preferred languages: R or Python). The successful candidate should have excellent teamwork skills, and be interested to go beyond disciplinary boundaries.

Research environment:

We offer work in an interdisciplinary and international team located at the University of Zurich and Koç University in Istanbul. The position advertized here will be affiliated with the Department of Comparative Linguistics and will lead to a PhD in Linguistics.


The position starts on 1 October, 2017, and lasts for three years.

Applications should include

- a cover letter that relates the applicants’ experience and interests to the project
- a comprehensive CV
- a copy of the MA thesis
- the names and contact information of at least two references
- a code sample (URL or attachment).

Please send the documents combined into one PDF file to and, both of whom may be contacted for further information.

Applications Deadline: 31-Mar-2017

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Prof. Dr. Sabine Stoll
        Plattenstrasse 54
        Zurich 8032

Contact Information:
        Prof. Dr. Sabine Stoll

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