LINGUIST List 31.393

Tue Jan 28 2020

Jobs: General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Linguistic Theories: Post Doc, University of Canterbury

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Date: 26-Jan-2020
From: HR <>
Subject: General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Linguistic Theories: Post Doc, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
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University or Organization: University of Canterbury
Department: College of Arts
Job Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Web Address:
Job Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Linguistic Theories


New Zealand Institute of Language Brain and Behaviour (NZILBB)
College of Arts
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

- Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
- Fixed-Term positions (one for 2.5 years, one for 2 years)

What You Will Do:

The New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour is seeking two Post-Doctoral Fellows to join the team of researchers working on two related projects funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund: (1) Tracking the Emergence of an Adult Proto-lexicon and (2) Awakening the Proto-lexicon. The research team comprises Professor Jen Hay and Professor Jeanette King (University of Canterbury), Dr Peter Keegan (University of Auckland) and Professor Janet Pierrehumbert (University of Oxford).

Both projects arise from our recent work showing that New Zealanders who do not speak Māori have implicitly absorbed a large amount of statistical and lexical information about Māori from the ambient environment. These new projects focus on implicit word-knowledge - the large Māori 'proto-lexicon' of word-forms that appear to be stored by non-Māori-speaking New Zealanders, without awareness, and without semantics.

Project (1) studies the emergence of an adult proto-lexicon. How quickly is this adult proto-lexicon built? Does it require exposure to the language in childhood? Is childhood exposure sufficient? Does knowledge of Māori word-structure co-develop with the proto-lexicon? Project (2) considers the implications for language learning. Does a potential language learner with a large proto-lexicon have an advantage in language learning? How easy is it to attach semantic knowledge to an existing proto-wordform? The projects will be run together. While each postdoc will be assigned to one of the projects, both fellows will work closely together. The position available for project (1) is for 2.5 years, and the position available for project (2) is for 2 years.

Who You Are:

Applications are invited from researchers with expertise in word learning, language acquisition, Māori, psycholinguistics, statistical modelling, and/or experimental design.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in linguistics, psychology or a related area. Applicants with strong technical skills (e.g. statistical analysis in R, programming, corpus analysis) will be at an advantage.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be employed by the New Zealand Institute of Language Brain and Behaviour, at the University of Canterbury. For more information on the team, please visit us NZILBB

For information about the range of benefits that UC offers, please visit us:

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 23 February 2020 (midnight, NZ time)

How You Apply:

Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include a cover letter and resume (please do not use special symbols, such as :()<{$!) in the cover letter and resume file name). Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to

Further information about this role can be obtained by contacting Emma Parnell,

Application Deadline: 23-Feb-2020

Web Address for Applications:
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