LINGUIST List 32.1979

Tue Jun 08 2021

Support: Language Acquisition: PhD, University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 08-Jun-2021
From: Inès Saddour <>
Subject: Language Acquisition: PhD, University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France
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Department: Octogone-Lordat
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition


As part of the ANR CLASS, the thesis project is in the field of L2 acquisition with a situated approach to language cognition. It consists of studying longitudinally the development of the expression of temporality in French L2 by adult speakers of Syrian Arabic currently living in France. Previous work on conceptualizing events and building narratives in L2 agree that previously acquired languages influence the way learners understand and relate events (Carroll & Lambert, 2006; von Stutterheim et al., 2012). These studies are mainly interested in the role of grammaticalized and lexicalized categories in L1 in the conceptualization and verbalization of events in L2. There is little work, however, on the role of socio-cultural factors in the perception, selection and encoding of temporal information, be it the social conventions specific to a social group or to a linguistic community (Klein & von Stutterheim, 2002), or culturally anchored experiential processes (I-Wen Su, 2002, 2021).

The doctoral student will work in an interdisciplinary team. He / she will be required to perform the various tasks of collecting, processing and analyzing language and behavioral data, in particular oculometric data. In addition, he / she will collaborate with the CLASS project team (Lecturers and senior lecturers, postdoctoral fellow, study engineer expert in oculometry and student trainees).

Required Skills:
- Master’s degree in language sciences, psycholinguistics or cognitive sciences related to language acquisition.
- Interest in the acquisition of second and foreign languages among exiled learners.
- Experience in setting up an experimental protocol for the collection of language data.
- Experience in the field of language data processing and mastery of software used for the transcription, processing and analysis of learner productions.
- Strong and engaging personal intercultural experiences.
- Autonomy, adaptability and organizational capacities.
- Very good command of French and ideally an Arabic language (standard Arabic and / or a language spoken in the Middle East or in the Maghreb).
- Good command of academic English.

Desired skills:
- Knowledge of exile situations.
- Good knowledge of Syrian culture and French culture.

- Monthly gross: around € 2,150
- Funding of the doctoral contract guaranteed for 3 years
- One-year fixed-term contract, renewable twice

- Deadline for sending applications (by email): June 20th 2021
- Hearing of shortlisted candidates: first half of July 2021
- Beginning of the thesis: October 2021

Applications should be sent to Inès Saddour ( and to Cyrille Granget (, and should include:
- A detailed CV with publications if applicable;
- Master’s 1 and 2 transcripts;
- A summary of the Master’s thesis, as well as the thesis in pdf format;
- A cover letter and / or a scientific project (1 page maximum);
- A letter of recommendation from M1 and M2 supervisors

Applications Deadline: 20-Jun-2021

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Dr Inès Saddour
        Maison de la Recherche 5 Allée Antonio Machado
        Toulouse Occitanie 31058

Contact Information:
        Dr Inès Saddour

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