LINGUIST List 30.4293

Mon Nov 11 2019

Internships: French; Computational Linguistics; Psycholinguistics: 12 Month Contract Analyzing Keystroke Logging Data, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle

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Date: 07-Nov-2019
From: Georgeta Cislaru <>
Subject: French; Computational Linguistics; Psycholinguistics: 12 Month Contract Analyzing Keystroke Logging Data, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Poitiers, France
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University or Organization: Université Sorbonne Nouvelle
Department: CNRS
Web Address:

Type of Work: NLP; Psycholinguistics; Statistics

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Duration: 06-Jan-2020 to 06-Jan-2021
Compensation: Paid: Between 2076 & 2184 euro
Internship Location: Poitiers, France
Minimum Education Level: MA
Special Qualifications: Skills: The research assistant will have to: - Become familiar with the scientific literature on the study of written production - Participate in data collection - Process writing logs collected via keylogging (inputlog, scriptlog ...) - Develop analyses scripts - Perform inferential statistical analyses The recruited research assistant must hold a Master's degree in psychology (cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics) or a Master's degree in linguistics (but with a very good knowledge in psycholinguistics of writing). Statistical skills are needed. Finally, programming skills will be welcome. A knowledge of French is also necessary to work on the categorization of bursts of writing.

The Centre de Recherche sur la Cognition et l’Apprentissage (CNRS and Université de Poitiers) offers a one-year position of research assistant for the Pro-TEXT: Processes of textualization: linguistic, psycholinguistic, and machine learning modelling project funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France).

The work that will be made for the Pro-TEXT project aims to analyse the relations between the temporal indices of cognitive processes (such as pauses) and the nature of bursts of writing in French and in English-French translations. More specifically, we aim:
- To unearth the linguistic strings chosen by writers to build up their texts and the links by which they are interconnected;
- To identify the types of sequences that constitute the linguistic material for textualization,
- To fix the rules and layout regularities that support their organization in a formally and semantically valid text and the combinatorial strategies used by writers in various contexts and text genres;
- To interpret the pauses of production and the bursts of writing by identifying the cognitive processes underlying them and how variations in cognitive demands affect these pauses and bursts, as well as the linguistic forms and functions of bursts.

The selected candidate will have to processes log files of writing in order to gather dynamical parameters of pauses and bursts parameters (length, duration) with the aim of examining how the pause preceding a burst and the burst parameter vary with different thresholds and with different cognitive constraints. The selected candidate will be in charge of data processing of the log files, of extracting pauses and bursts after having applied the different criteria of pause thresholds.

Application Deadline: 16-Nov-2019

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr Thierry Olive

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