LINGUIST List 29.292

Wed Jan 17 2018

Support: Dutch; Language Acquisition: Ghent University

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 16-Jan-2018
From: Ellen Simon <>
Subject: Dutch; Language Acquisition: Ghent University, Belgium
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Department: Translation, Interpreting & Communication
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Ghent University

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition

Required 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.

Project description:
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 testing practices).

-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 Dutch.
-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.
-You present your results at national and international conferences.
-You are involved in the working of the Dutch Section in the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication.

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
These three 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 Applications:
        Attn: Prof. Ellen Simon
        Groot-Brittanniëlaan 45
        9000 Ghent 9000

Contact Information:
        Prof. Ellen Simon
        Phone:+32 9 331 19 79

Page Updated: 17-Jan-2018