LINGUIST List 31.1900

Tue Jun 09 2020

Support: Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics: PhD, Leibniz-ZAS

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 08-Jun-2020
From: Marzena Zygis <>
Subject: Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics: PhD, Leibniz-ZAS, Germany
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Department: Laboratory Phonology
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Leibniz-ZAS

Duties: Project Work

Specialty Areas: Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics


PhD position at Leibniz-ZAS:
The Research Area Laboratory Phonology at Leibniz-ZAS in Berlin invites applications for a three-year PhD position in the project Grammatical tinnitus and its role in the perception of foreign language accent. A comparison of German and Polish (GRANITUS) funded by by the German-Polish Science Foundation (DPWS). It should ideally start on October 1, 2020. The remuneration is 1300 €/month (tax-free).

The project has the overarching goal of gaining more insight into the perception processes of foreign language accents. It aims to show that perception is not only based on the linguistic signal, but is a much more complex phenomenon. It will examine factors that relate to (i) the signal, (ii) the speaker, and (iii) the listener in the German-Polish context.

Of particular importance are the following questions:
Question 1: If both phonetic and grammatical features influence the perception of foreign language accent, are there differences in their weighting? Are we more sensitive to phonetic pecularities and do we turn a deaf ear to grammatical mistakes?

Question 2: To what extent does the attitude of the listener towards the speaker play a role in the perception of the foreign language accent? Does the information about the speaker's origin also influence perception?

Question 3: What role does the linguistic background of the listener play in the perception of the foreign language accent? Is there a difference between mono- and multilingual listeners?

To answer these questions, a series of experiments is planned on perception and event-related potentials (ERP).

The PhD thesis will be supervised by Dr Marzena Żygis PD (Leibniz ZAS, Berlin, Germany) and Prof. Joanna Blaszczak (Uniwersytet Wroclawski, Poland).

The candidate should hold a Masterʼs degree in a relevant field (linguistics, phonetics, psychology) or be close to completion. Knowledge in statistics is desirable, as indeed are skills and potential for independent/self-motivated work and experience in empirical research.

Please send your application including a letter of motivation, CV, copies of academic certificates and the names of two potential referees and their email addresses in a single pdf file to Marzena Żygis (

Applications Deadline: 30-Jun-2020

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Marzena Zygis
        Berlin 10117

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Marzena Zygis

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