LINGUIST List 29.2087
Tue May 15 2018
Jobs: Language Acquisition, Variation, and Attrition: Post Doc, University of Tromsø
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Merete Andersen <merete.anderssen
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University or Organization: UiT - The Arctic
University of Norway
Department: Department of Language and Culture
Location: Tromsø, Norway
Web Address: http://site.uit.no/lava/
Job Title: Postdoctoral researcher in language acquisition, variation and
Job Rank: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition, Variation, and Attrition:
Language acquisition, variation, and attrition
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: http://site.uit.no/lava/
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
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,
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.
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
Application Deadline: 01-Aug-2018
Web Address for
Professor Merete Anderssen
Page Updated: 15-May-2018