LINGUIST List 29.292
Wed Jan 17 2018
Support: Dutch; Language Acquisition: Ghent University
Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <clarelinguistlist.org>
Ellen Simon <Ellen.Simon
Dutch; Language Acquisition: Ghent University, Belgium
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Department: Translation, Interpreting &
Web Address: http://www.vtc.ugent.be/
Institution/Organization: Ghent University
Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition
Language(s): Dutch (nld)
We welcome applications for a full-time position as
doctoral researcher in the Department of Translation, Interpreting & Communication
at Ghent University, in the Research Centre for Multilingual Practices and Language
Learning in Society (MULTIPLES). The PhD student will be working on the project
“Speech Intelligibility and foreign accent: New perspectives on the perception of
Dutch as a Foreign Language”. The starting date is subject to negotiation, but will
fall between 1 April and 1 October 2018. The project runs over a period of 4 years.
The project is situated in the field of language
acquisition, and more specifically in the domain of foreign language phonology. The
focus is on Dutch as a Foreign Language. The project will comprise an analysis of
the Dutch speech of non-native speakers and will provide insights into the concepts
of ‘speech intelligibility’ and ‘foreign accent’. Intelligibility is often named as
the key objective in foreign language education, yet it is ill understood exactly
which properties make speech intelligible or not. On the basis of experiments, the
project will examine which acoustic-phonetic cues have an influence on the
intelligibility of non-native (Dutch) speech, and on the extent to which this speech
is perceived as foreign accented. In addition, the project will map listeners’
attitudes towards non-native speech samples differing in the degree of
intelligibility and accentedness. The project will contribute to the field of Dutch
as a Foreign Language, and has implications for language education (and language
-You hold a Master’s degree in
Multilingual Communication, Linguistics and Literature, Linguistics, or in a related
discipline. The degree requirements need to be met by the start of the appointment.
-You can provide proof of excellent study results.
-You have excellent
writing and presentation skills.
-You are prepared to carry out experimental
research and independently collect data.
-You have an excellent command of
-You have a very sound command of academic English.
-You prepare a PhD on the basis of the project.
-You report the results of
your studies in national and international scientific journals.
your results at national and international conferences.
-You are involved in the
working of the Dutch Section in the Department of Translation, Interpreting and
How to apply?
Candidates are invited to apply by
submitting the following documents through e-mail to Prof. Ellen Simon
by 12 February 2018, 23:59 (CET):
-a letter of application
-CV (including an
overview of your study results and the contact details of one person we may contact
for a reference)
-a copy of the required Master’s degree
documents are all merged into a single pdf-document.
-a personal piece of
(scientific) writing in the form of a student paper or publication (e.g. Master
thesis or article) in English or Dutch, demonstrating your academic skills.
On the basis of these documents, candidates will be selected for an interview.
Applications Deadline: 12-Feb-2018
Mailing Address for
Attn: Prof. Ellen
9000 Ghent 9000
9 331 19 79
Page Updated: 17-Jan-2018