LINGUIST List 30.2108

Mon May 20 2019

Support: Text/Corpus Linguistics; Cognitive Linguistics; Computational Linguistics: PhD, Sorbonne nouvelle University

Editor for this issue: Yiwen Zhang <>

Date: 17-May-2019
From: Georgeta Cislaru <>
Subject: Text/Corpus Linguistics; Cognitive Linguistics; Computational Linguistics: PhD, Sorbonne nouvelle University, France
E-mail this message to a friend

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Sorbonne nouvelle University

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Text/Corpus Linguistics
Cognitive Linguistics, Computational Linguistics


PhD position in Linguistics, 3 years scholarship starting in autumn 2019, located in Paris, France
Scientific context. The PhD will be part of the ANR (French National Research Agency) project Pro-TEXT: Processes of Textualization: Linguistic, Psycholinguistic, and Machine Learning Modeling. This project aims at elucidating the dynamics of the textualization process by modeling relations between the temporal indices of cognitive processes and the linguistic forms produced in keylogged writing. More specifically, we conduct an innovative interdisciplinary research on the recurrent features of bursts of writing. Bursts are linguistic sequences produced between two pauses, e.g.: [pause] a cousine who [pause]. We use an inductive approach combining multi-parametric linguistic and behavioral data with machine learning. For a more extended presentation see

Requirements: Candidates should hold a Master's degree in linguistics or related field by the date of employment. The successful candidate will carry out empirical work in the field of linguistics. Expertise in linguistics is required; we also expect strong interest in natural language processing. Working language: French. Fluency in English will be highly appreciated.

PhD program:
Step 1: Collaborative work (with the project team) on the analysis and annotation of bursts of writing.
Step 2: Linguistic categorization of bursts - morpho-syntactical structure, functionality - according to their fixedness and schematicity/phraseological status, and eventually in comparison with speech data.
Step 3: Identification of the correlation between bursts (or families of bursts). Correlations between bursts will also be calculated in order to observe if a specific burst (or family of bursts) is preferentially used with some other burst (or family of bursts) in the same context. This calculation could give rise to significant constellations.
Step 4: Identification of the relationship between bursts (or families of bursts) and textual location.
We will investigate the topological location of bursts in the text: do some bursts tend to appear at the beginning / end of a paragraph, or a sentence? It can be assumed that a relationship exists between certain functions of bursts and the textual organization.

The PhD student will be part of the team of linguistic research based at Clesthia lab, Sorbonne nouvelle University (Paris, France), but also collaborate with researchers in psycholinguistics and artificial intelligence from the other project-teams.

PhD duration: 36 months.
PhD starting: autumn 2019.

Application procedure: Please send to before June 15, 2019
- A CV;
- Your Master's degree with your scores/grades (or your scores/grades if your Master is still ongoing by June 15);
- A cover letter.

Applications Deadline: 15-Jun-2019

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr Georgeta Cislaru

Page Updated: 20-May-2019