LINGUIST List 29.1786

Wed Apr 25 2018

Support: Computational Linguistics: PhD, University of Groningen

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 25-Apr-2018
From: Christina Englert <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: PhD, University of Groningen, Netherlands
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Department: Center for Language and Cognition
Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Groningen

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


Description of the PhD trajectory:
The successful applicant is committed to conducting independent and original scientific research, to report on this research in international publications and presentations, and to present the final results of the research in a PhD dissertation. The PhD students participate in local, national and international training activities, including summer schools and conferences, to maximally develop their potential. Some participation in faculty teaching, in the context of a didactic training module, is negotiable.

The successful applicant is invited to perform research in the project COSMOS: Code Switching on Social Media, but may also propose her/his own research project. Social media, such as the microblogging platform Twitter, are characterised by the abundant use of foreign words from English,Morrocan, Turkish, etc. In the COSMOS project, we investigate this so-called 'code-switching' and how it spreads over Dutch tweets. By investigating a huge dataset of 1.7 billion Dutch tweets, we want to answer research questions such as whether more English is used by Dutch twitterers, how languages such as Morrocan and Turkish spread over Twitter, who uses dialect, etc. As it is impossible to process all this data manually, we will develop novel computational methods for identifying code switching on social media.

The supervisors of the PhD are dr. Gosse Bouma, dr. Martijn Wieling and prof. Gertjan van Noord. The candidate may also propose her/his own research project in the area of computational linguistics linking to the research areas of the three supervisors.

As a member of the Graduate School for the Humanities, a PhD candidate may participate in courses, seminars and summer schools organized by Dutch national graduate school Landelijke Onderzoeksschool Taalkunde (LOT) and/or by the Groningen Research School of Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN).

Linguistic research in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen is organized in the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG). The proposed PhD research must be closely connected with research currently carried out within the Computational Linguistics group of the CLCG. Please see the website of CLCG for additional information:

For questions regarding the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen, please contact Prof. G.J.M. van Noord, email:

Applications Deadline: 10-Jun-2018

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr. Gosse Bouma

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