LINGUIST List 30.4597

Wed Dec 04 2019

Support: Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation; Morphology; Phonetics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Open Student, University of Alberta

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 02-Dec-2019
From: Antti Arppe <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation; Morphology; Phonetics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Open Student, University of Alberta, Canada
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Institution/Organization: University of Alberta
Department: Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: Open

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation; Morphology; Phonetics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Indigenous Languages; Language Revitalization


The Alberta Language Technology Lab (ALTLab) at the Department of Linguistics,
University of Alberta is offering two graduate student positions at the PhD (4
years) or MA (2 years) level in its graduate program, to start September 2020
under the research project: 21st Century Tools for Indigenous Languages,
funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Partnership Grant in 2019 – 2026, see:
Our Partnership is hosted by ALTLab and led by Dr. Antti Arppe. We develop
language technological models, tools, and resources for Indigenous languages
in Canada, starting with Plains Cree (Algonquian) and Tsuut’ina (Dene), and
plan to continue and expand work with other languages. These resources
include: intelligent electronic dictionaries, linguistically analyzed
collections of spoken and written texts, spell-checkers, language learning and
practice tools, and word form analyzers and generators, created in
collaboration with Indigenous communities to facilitate and support the use of
their languages in all spheres of life by community members.

Duties and responsibilities:
Beside studies in the Department’s graduate program, the graduate student will
be expected to:
- Support the development or maintenance of current or future projects within
ALTLab for our Partner communities
- Conduct research that falls under ALTLab research topics on the languages of
our Partners and/or another Indigenous language (see past publications and
list of potential research topics on our website)

- A keen interest in North American Indigenous languages
- A Bachelor or Master’s degree in a relevant field
- Meeting the general entrance requirements to the Department’s graduate
program (

Preferred Qualities:
- Experience in and knowledge of the phonetics/phonology and/or morphosyntax
of Indigenous languages (North American Indigenous languages, in particular
Plains Cree or other Algonquian language)
- Experience in computational linguistics and natural language processing
(e.g. finite-state transducers, speech technology)
- Interest or experience in language documentation, language revitalization,
language learning

We offer:
- An opportunity to personally contribute to the practical retention of
linguistic diversity
- Opportunities for well-rounded, comprehensive training in empirical research
methods in field linguistics, psycholinguistics and corpus linguistics as well
as in language technology
- A chance to participate in an international SSHRC funded Partnership
involving collaboration with partner organizations world-wide in the
development of language technology and research on Indigenous languages

How to apply:
To apply, send by email to (attn: Dr. Antti Arppe, ref: PhD
- A brief statement of research interests and relevant background
- Curriculum vitae (including possible publications and presentations)
- University transcripts
- At least two confidential academic letters of reference delivered directly
to Dr. Arppe ( by the referees

We will start considering applications in late-December 2019. The positions
are open until filled, but we urge applications to be submitted by Friday Jan
3, 2020, so as to meet the Linguistics departmental regular graduate
application deadline on Friday, Jan 10, 2020. These positions are for a start
in September 2020.

For further information, please consult the ALTLab website:
anuary-3rd-2020/ or contact us (

Application Deadline: 03-Jan-2020

Email Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Dr. Antti Arppe

Page Updated: 04-Dec-2019