[Lingtyp] PhD position in comparative first language acquisition research

Sabine Stoll sabine.stoll at uzh.ch
Fri May 4 03:23:23 EDT 2018

 PhD researcher position 

The University Research Priority Program (URPP) Language and Space at the University of Zurich seeks to hire a PhD researcher by September 1, 2018. 
The PhD researcher will work within the research group “Accommodation and Social Catego-rization”. This group investigates linguistic accommodation in different situations: contact be-tween speakers of different dialects over a short and a longer time period, interactions be-tween children and adults in bilingual communities, and written communication in social media. The broader aim of this research is to shed light on the mechanisms of linguistic accommo-dation more generally, and to better understand which factors may favor or inhibit change in a situation of language contact (more information: http://www.spur.uzh.ch/en/research/ac-commodation.html <http://www.spur.uzh.ch/en/research/ac-commodation.html>). 
The goal of this particular PhD project is to investigate the development of accommodation in speech and language in early language acquisition, ideally in typologically diverse languages for which the ACQDIV corpus (http://www.acqdiv.uzh.ch/en.html <http://www.acqdiv.uzh.ch/en.html>) might be used. In speech and language development, the voice of the mother plays a large role in the early acquisition. We aim at understanding which characteristics of the mother’s linguistic input influence the early structure of a child’s vocalizations most and at which point and how accommodation to other speakers (other children or adults) develops. The project will combine a large-scale cross-linguistic corpus study combined with experimental speech studies. The project will be co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Sabine Stoll and Prof. Dr. Volker Dellwo and will be in close colla-boration with the Psycholinguistic Laboratory and the Phonetics Research Group. 

 MA in Linguistics, Psychology, Speech Sciences or related. 
 Good understanding of quantitative methods in the analysis of speech and/or langu-ages with experience in one or more computational data processing tools or program-ming languages (e.g. R, Python, Matlab, Praat). 
 Good understanding of the experimental analysis of speech and voice. 

Desired skills and interests 
 Strong interest in language acquisition, speech and voice analysis, typology and cor-pus linguistics. 
 Solid background in statistics is a plus. 
 The successful candidate should have excellent teamwork skills and be interested to go beyond disciplinary boundaries. 

We offer 
 An inspiring interdisciplinary and international team located at the University of Zurich. 
 Access to a large network of international collaborators. 
 Interdisciplinary supervision of the project leading to the degree of PhD. 

(i) a motivation letter in which you describe why you are the right candidate for this posi-tion 
(ii) a comprehensive CV 
(iii) a copy of the MA thesis 
(iv) the names and contact information of at least two referees 
(v) a code sample of your programming skills (URL or attachment) 
(vi) deadline: May 15, 2018 

Please send the documents combined into one PDF file (apart from MA thesis) to sabine.stoll at uzh.ch <mailto:sabine.stoll at uzh.ch> and volker.dellwo at uzh.ch <mailto:volker.dellwo at uzh.ch>, both of which may be contacted for further information. 
The position will start not earlier than September 1, 2018 with an initial contract for two years and possible extension for another year 
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