LINGUIST List 31.1122

Tue Mar 24 2020

Jobs: Multiple Languages; Comp Ling; Lang Doc; Lexicography; Morphology; Phonology: Post Doc, University of Alberta

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 20-Mar-2020
From: Antti Arppe <>
Subject: Multiple Languages; Comp Ling; Lang Doc; Lexicography; Morphology; Phonology: Post Doc, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
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University or Organization: University of Alberta
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Language Documentation and Technology

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation; Lexicography; Morphology; Phonology

Required Language(s): Algonquian
                                 North American Unclassified


The university-community Partnership “21st Century Tools for Indigenous Languages”, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, seeks applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellowship, from summer/fall 2020. The appointment is for 2 years, subject to review after the 1st year. Start date is negotiable.

This Partnership is led by the University of Alberta, Linguistics Department’s Alberta Language Technology Lab, partnering with 13 institutions and Indigenous language communities and 31 researchers and educators in Canada, the U.S., and Norway. For further information, see: and

Partnership members have been developing computational models of phonetics, morphology, lexis, and syntax in Indigenous languages in Canada and North America, starting with Algonquian and Dene languages, to create software applications that support their use by speakers and learners. These include e.g. intelligent electronic dictionaries, spell-checkers, text collections, and speech synthesizers. The languages we have come furthest with are Plains Cree (Algonquian) and Tsuut’ina (Dene).

Allowing for variation based on the successful applicant’s competences and interests, duties will include:

1. participation in/responsibility for:
a. the continued development of our existing computational models and applications for Algonquian and/or Dene and/or other Indigenous languages we are already working on; OR
b. the development of new computational models and applications for other Indigenous languages, preferably spoken in Canada;
2. training and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students (M.A/Ph.D level) in developing models and applications for Indigenous languages;
3. engaging with Indigenous community consultants in collecting primary linguistic data and gathering feedback from community members;
4. other administrative responsibilities.

The fellowship offers an annual salary (in CAD) and benefits in line with SSHRC policy:

The postdoc is expected to support the activities of multiple Partners, and may be co-located or based in part at other Partners. We have allocated dedicated funding for work and travel at multiple locations.


1. recently completed, or be about to finish, a Ph.D degree in linguistics or associated relevant discipline
2. specialization in:
a. the documentation and study of Indigenous American languages, with an interest to learn computational modelling, OR
b. the computational modelling (text and/or speech) of morphologically rich languages, with an interest to learn the essential morphological and phonetic characteristics of the languages we are working with.

The application must include:

a. Approx. 2-page research statement outlining past experience and current research interests, and how these align with and contribute to the goals of our Partnership
b. Curriculum Vitae (with List of Publications)
c. 1-3 relevant academic writing samples
d. 3 letters of Recommendation sent directly to Project Director, Dr. Antti Arppe

Applicants should contact Dr. Arppe in advance to discuss their research plan. Applications and inquiries should be emailed to Dr. Arppe (email below). Application review will begin by April 30, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

For further, updated information, see:

Application Deadline: 30-Apr-2020 (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Associate Professor Antti Arppe

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