LINGUIST List 29.369

Mon Jan 22 2018

Jobs: Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax: Post Doc, Labex EFL

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 09-Jan-2018
From: Christian Puech <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax: Post Doc, Labex EFL, Paris, France
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University or Organization: Labex Empirical Foundations of Linguistics EFL
Job Location: Paris, France
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Experimental Syntax, Semantics and/or Pragmatics

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax


The Labex EFL (Empirical Foundations of Linguistics) is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher in experimental syntax, semantics and/or pragmatics. The position is for 12 months (full time) and may be renewed for another 12 months.

The position is provided by the strand « Experimental Grammar » of the Labex EFL project (strand 2). The postdoc is expected to have knowledge of theoretical syntax, semantics and pragmatics, as well as empirical methods: annotated corpora, experiments, and statistics. The postdoc will work within the context of the SA4 work package, entitled Near-Synonymy, Semantic Equivalence and Syntactic Variation ( As such, their primary responsibility will be to conduct quantitative and/or experimental research on syntactic variation and change, and its relation to semantic, pragmatic and/or social meaning.

Applicants should propose a research project that they will work on during their contract. Phenomena currently being studied within SA4 include argument structure alternations and grammatical gender alternations in French, German and Russian. These topics could serve as the focus of the postdoctoral project; however, applicants are also highly encouraged to propose an original project based on their research interests which relates quantitative morpho-syntactic variation to meaning. Projects combining research in formal syntax/semantics/pragmatics with sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic and/or computational research are particularly desirable.

There are no teaching requirements in this position. However, regular participation in collective scientific activities (e.g., seminars) will be expected. Knowledge of French is an asset but not required.

The postdoc will be affiliated with the Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle (LLF The LLF is an interdisciplinary research laboratory linked to the Department of Linguistics (UFR de Linguistique) at the Université Paris Diderot (, which brings together researchers from computational, experimental, theoretical, and descriptive linguistics. The lab has an experimental room, a lab assistant as well as experimental material (eyetracker, SMI glasses, portable EEG...), and houses a number of computational resources for corpus studies on French and other languages (French Treebank, ELICO, French parsed Wikipedia...).

The starting date of the position is flexible: between June 2018 and October 2018. The applicant's PhD should have been defended and filed by the starting date. The position will pay 26.000 euros net per year.

Prospective applicants should send:
- A curriculum vitae including publications
- a brief statement of research interests including a description of the research project to be undertaken during the contract (up to 4 pages)
- a website address where the publications can be downloaded.
- names of professors for reference letters.

For full consideration, please send the application in a single email and arrange to have (up to three) letters of reference sent directly by their author by March 1, 2018. All communication and materials should be addressed to the application email address below. We intend to (Skype) interview and select candidates in March 2018.

Application Deadline: 01-Mar-2018

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Heather Burnett

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