LINGUIST List 29.1723

Sat Apr 21 2018

Jobs: Computational Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax: Post Doc, IUSS Pavia

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 19-Apr-2018
From: Cristiano Chesi <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax: Post Doc, IUSS Pavia, Italy
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University or Organization: IUSS Pavia - University School for Advanced Studies
Department: NETS - IUSS Center for Neurocognition, Epistemology and Theoretical Syntax
Job Location: Pavia, Italy
Web Address:
Job Title: Post-Doc in (Computational) Linguistics - A processing-friendly Grammar Project

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax


While psycholinguistic studies show that sentence processing goes incrementally "from left to right" (i.e. sequentially with respect to how words are produced and perceived, Bever 1970, Fodor 1978, De Vincenzi 1990, MacDonald et al. 1994, a.o.), the prevailing models of theoretical syntax are often indifferent (Pollard and Sag 1994) or even in conflict (Chomsky 1995) with this assumption of incrementality and lexical items processing order. This project is an attempt to fill this interdisciplinary gap: starting with Phillips (1996) and a computational (re)definition of the basic phrase structure building operations (Chesi 2012-15 a.o.) we aim at improving the grammatical description behind the incremental construction of syntactic constituents from left to right. The implementation of a Parsing algorithm (Kobele 2012, Chesi 2004) and complexity metrics refinements (e.g. Lewis & Vasishth 2005, Chesi & Moro 2015) will be central components of this project.

This research project will be hosted at NETS, IUSS Center for Neurocognition, Epistemology and Theoretical Syntax (

For further information about the project:

Selection Criteria:
As part of the selection process, the candidate should submit a (short) research project within the scope of the present call. Her/his knowledge in (computational) linguistics (e.g. parsing and corpus querying) will also be evaluated, as well as the mastery of the fundamental references for this topic (Earley 1970, Hale 2001 (ACL), Phillips 1996, 2003, Collins 2003 (CL), Gibson 2000, Lewis, Vasishth 2005, Chesi 2015).
Other criteria for the evaluation will include past research experience in (computational) linguistics at national and / or international level; scientific publications related to the research area; good knowledge of English.

Please, indicate "Tematica 2: Studio di un modello grammaticale psicolinguisticamente plausibile e trasparente rispetto a metriche di complessità strutturale (SSD: L‐LIN01)" in your application!

3 years position (after 1 year, the progresses are evaluated and the position extended for extra 2 years if the evaluation will be positive), € 19.367,00 per year (after taxes)

University School for Advanced Studies, IUSS Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Contact Person:
Principal investigator: Cristiano Chesi (;
Administrative issues: Virginia Borasi (

Open until filled

Official competition notice (in Italian): (deadline extension)

Application Deadline: 07-May-2018
Mailing Address for Applications:
Rettore IUSS Pavia
Piazza della Vittoria, 15 – Palazzo Broletto
Pavia, PV 27100
Email Address for Applications:
Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. Cristiano Chesi
Phone: +39382375840

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