LINGUIST List 32.2421

Mon Jul 19 2021

Support: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Phonetics: PhD, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 17-Jul-2021
From: Bart de Boer <>
Subject: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Phonetics: PhD, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
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Department: Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Phonetics
Language Evolution


At the AI-lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) we have a fully-funded four-year PhD position available as part of a project which investigates the origins of vocal and rhythmic learning. This project is a cooperation between prof. Bart de Boer at the VUB, prof Sonja Kotz at Maastricht University and dr. Andrea Ravignani at the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen.

The PhD research will focus on developing a cognitively plausible model of the interplay of rhythmic and vocal learning capacities in humans and other animals. This model would test, using a cognitively plausible approach – for instance based on a neurologically and cognitively constrained deep neural network – the hypothesis that the ability to entrain to a beat and the ability to do open-ended vocal imitation are evolutionarily linked.

The deadline for application is August 31st, 2021.

Details of the position and the application procedure can be found at:

Applications Deadline: 31-Aug-2021

Contact Information:
        prof Bart de Boer

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