LINGUIST List 29.2087

Tue May 15 2018

Jobs: Language Acquisition, Variation, and Attrition: Post Doc, University of Tromsø

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 14-May-2018
From: Merete Andersen <>
Subject: Language Acquisition, Variation, and Attrition: Post Doc, University of Tromsø, Norway
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University or Organization: UiT - The Arctic University of Norway
Department: Department of Language and Culture
Job Location: Tromsø, Norway
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral researcher in language acquisition, variation and attrition

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition, Variation, and Attrition: Language acquisition, variation, and attrition


A three-year Post-doctoral Research Fellowship/Researcher position is available in the Department of Language and Culture at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway. The position is affiliated with the LAVA research group (Language Acquisition, Variation & Attrition; see further information about the group here:

For a number of years, the acquisition research group at UiT has worked on monolingual language acquisition, focusing on linguistic phenomena where there is variation in the input, e.g. word order variation expressing fine distinctions in syntax and information structure. Currently, the group has shifted its main focus to variation in a bilingual/multilingual perspective, i.e. bilingual acquisition (2L1), second and third language acquisition (L2 and L3), as well as heritage languages (e.g. Norwegian in the USA or Russian in Norway). Recent and current research projects in the LAVA group study language combinations such as Norwegian-English, Norwegian-Russian, German-Russian, Norwegian-North Sami, Latvian-Russian, Spanish-English-Portuguese, as well as L3 acquisition focusing on English. There is also increasing interest in investigations of two closely related varieties, e.g. Spanish-Catalan or two Norwegian dialects. The advertised Post-doctoral position opens up for research projects on the same or other relevant language or dialect combinations.

The work of the LAVA/AcqVA research groups has a theoretical foundation and the focus is on the mental grammars of various populations of speakers. The object of study is microvariation and the importance of factors such as complexity, frequency or economy in the acquisition process and in heritage language situations. The research methodology includes both corpora of spontaneous production as well as different types of experimental work (production experiments, eyetracking, etc.).

Applicants for the advertised Post-doctoral position should propose a research project that will strengthen and complement the research profile of the LAVA/AcqVA research groups.

Qualification requirements:
- A PhD in Linguistics or another relevant field.
- Experience with experimental methods in language acquisition, variation and/or attrition.
- Excellent command of spoken and written English.

The applicant must provide a research proposal (5-8 pages) with a progress plan for the project’s main activities and outcomes. It is a prerequisite that the applicant will be able to complete the project within the period of employment.

To apply please visit the link below.

Application Deadline: 01-Aug-2018

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Professor Merete Anderssen
Phone: +47 77644254

Page Updated: 15-May-2018