LINGUIST List 30.251

Wed Jan 16 2019

Jobs: Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Cognitive Science: Post Doc, UiT the Arctic University of Norway

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 15-Jan-2019
From: Jason Rothman <>
Subject: Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Cognitive Science: Post Doc, UiT the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
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University or Organization: UiT the Arctic University of Norway
Department: Department of Language and Culture
Job Location: Tromsø, Norway
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Researcher in Heritage Language Bilingualism

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Heritage Bilingualism


The current postdoctoral research position will work primarily on work package 1 (WP1) of a large funded project on heritage language bilingualism (HeLPiNG). WP1 focuses on investigating the question: when and why do HSs (begin to) diverge from mono­linguals developmentally? WP aims to capture the time window during which ‘something’ happens to HS grammars, that is, the timeframe—mid/late childhood through adolescence (4-18 years of age)—scholars agree changes to HL grammars likely take place. Despite compelling reasons to the contrary, data from these pinnacle developmental years are scarce in the available literature. We will take a longitudinal approach (testing the same people over 3 years). By testing multiple ages over time, we will be able to bring the longitudinal datasets together cross-sectionally to cover over a decade of development. The goal is to be able to chart change within individuals over the three years in each group, yet also combine cross-sections for a larger analysis.

This project is flexible in terms of the specific heritage language to be used and, to an extent, the domain of grammar to be tested. Gender (and Case if applicable) was conceived as a good domain to examine given previous work by the PI and expertise in this area across the LAVA research group at UiT (, but other areas of grammar are also okay provided the overall goals can be accomplished by examining them. Russian, German, Scandinavian and Romance languages are especially welcome given expertise in the group and the facts of these languages.

In due course, there will be a HeLPING website for further information (including the full research proposal). For now, kindly contact the PI Prof. Jason Rothman ( for access to the research proposal and if you have any questions.

The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available at the application link provided below and shall include:
- Letter of application
- Project description (max 5 pages, see more details in the application link)
- CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
- Diplomas and references (a list of 3 recommenders to be contacted by committee only in the event you are invited to interview)
- List of works and description of these. The list of works shall contain the following information:
- Author(s), the work’s title
- For articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
- For publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages
NB: up to ten works that are central to the applicant’s academic production. The applicant’s PhD thesis, if finished at the time of application, should be submitted as one of these works. If not finished yet, please include a chapter or two for assessment.

Application Deadline: 01-Mar-2019

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Professor Jason Rothman

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