24.1880, Support: Psycholinguistics, Speech Comprehension: PhD Student, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

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Subject: 24.1880, Support: Psycholinguistics, Speech Comprehension: PhD Student, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

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Date: Wed, 01 May 2013 09:45:35
From: Mirjam Ernestus [m.ernestus at let.ru.nl]
Subject: Psycholinguistics, Speech Comprehension: PhD Student, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

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 Institution/Organization: Radboud University Nijmegen 
Department: Faculty of Arts 
Web Address: http://www.ru.nl/facultyofarts/ 

Level: PhD 

Duties: Research
Specialty Areas: Psycholinguistics 
Speech Comprehension 


PhD student Learning Pronunciation Variants in a Foreign Language 
As a PhD student in this project you will investigate the interplay between
exemplars and abstract representations, which is expected to vary with
processing speed and experimental task, and to evolve during learning. The
student will investigate these issues with behavioural experiments
investigating how native speakers of Dutch learn pronunciation variants of
French words with schwa deletion.

Learning a foreign language implies learning pronunciation variants of words
in that language. This includes the words' reduced pronunciation variants,
which contain fewer and weaker sounds than the words' canonical variants (e.g.
'cpute' for English 'computer'), and which are highly frequent in casual
conversations. The learner has to build mental representations (exemplars and
possibly also abstract lexical representations) for these variants.
Importantly, late learners will build representations that differ
significantly from native listeners' representations, since reduction patterns
in their native language will shape their interpretation of reduction patterns
in the foreign language. The goal of this Vici project is to develop the
first, fully specified, theory of how late learners of a foreign language
build mental representations for pronunciation variants in that language.

The dissertation will consist of an introduction, at least three experimental
chapters that have been submitted to high impact international journals, and a
General Discussion.

What we expect from you
• You have or shortly expect to obtain a Master's degree in a field related to
speech processing, such as phonetics, linguistics, psychology-, or cognitive
• you have an excellent written and spoken command of English;
• you have demonstrable knowledge of data analysis;
• you preferably have knowledge of the phonetics / phonology of French;
• you preferably have knowledge of the phonetics / phonology of Dutch.

Further information 
- On the research group  Speech Comprehension:
- On the project leader: http://mirjamernestus.nl
- Or contact Prof. dr. Mirjam Ernestus, leader of the Vici project, telephone:
+31 24 3612970, E-mail: m.ernestus at let.ru.nl

Please send your application, including your letter of motivation, curriculum
and transcripts of your university grades and stating vacancy number 23.12.13,
to vacatures at let.ru.nl, for the attention of Mr drs. M.J.M. van Nijnatten,
before 24 May 2013.

Application Deadline: 24-May-2013 

Mailing Address for Applications:
	Attn: Prof. dr. Mirjam Ernestus 
Wundtlaan 1 
Nijmegen 6525XD 
Web Address for Applications: http://www.ru.nl/vacatures/details/details_vacature_0?recid=527516 

Contact Information: 
	Prof. dr. Mirjam Ernestus 
m.ernestus at let.ru.nl 

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