24.2160, Jobs: Comp Ling; Morphology; Typology: Post Doc, Empirical Foundations of Linguistics Project

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Subject: 24.2160, Jobs: Comp Ling; Morphology; Typology: Post Doc, Empirical Foundations of Linguistics Project

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Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 12:16:19
From: Olivier Bonami [olivier.bonami at paris-sorbonne.fr]
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Morphology; Typology: Post Doc, Empirical Foundations of Linguistics Project, Paris, France

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University or Organization: Empirical Foundations of Linguistics project 
Job Location: Paris, France 
Web Address: http://www.labex-efl.org/
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Morphology; Typology 


The 10 year research project "Empirical Foundations of linguistics"  is hiring
a postoctoral researcher on the following topic:

Quantitative assessment of inflectional complexity

The postdoc will work in the strand on "Experimental Grammar". He or she will
be employed by Université Paris Diderot (Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle)
for 12 months, starting between October and December 2013, and earn 24 000 €
for the full year.

Applicants should have defended their PhD by September, 2013. Applications
should be sent by email to Olivier Bonami at the contact email address below.
Please submit a cover letter, a CV and list of publications, names and email
addresses of two potential referees, and a link to a website where the
publications can be found. The application deadline is June 17, 2013.

Wep page: http://www.labex-efl.org/?q=fr/node/176
EFL project: http://www.labex-efl.org 

Detailed Description:
Recent years have witnessed a rise of interest in the quantitative study of
morphological systems. Two main challenges of this emerging research area are
(i) the focus on a small set of closely related languages in the previous
literature, and (ii) the lack of quantitative measures that address the
multifactorial nature of inflectional complexity.

The 10 year research project Empirical Foundations of Linguistics provides a
unique opportunity to address these issues. Bringing together 13 research
teams in the Paris area, it involves specialists of a vast set of
typologically diverse languages together with experts in theoretical
linguistics, computational linguistics, and psycholinguistics.

The candidate will join an interdisciplinary research group of about 10
researchers belonging to the EFL project that work together on the
construction, use and evaluation of quantitative measures for different
aspects of inflectional complexity. A long term goal is to evaluate
experimentally the impact of inflectional complexity.

The candidate’s tasks will include :
-  Collecting or designing appropriate linguistic resources for a
typologically diverse sample of languages for the purposes of assessing
inflectional complexity.
-  Assessing the applicability and relevance of existing measures for this
-  Contributing to the design and implementation of new quantitative measures
for aspects of inflectional complexity that have not been discussed in the
previous literature.

The ideal candidate would be a linguist or a computational linguist trained in
contemporary morphological theories, with advanced knowledge of linguistic
typology and field methods, and familiar with the application of quantitative
methods to extensive linguistic data. We are aware that few potential
candidates will match this ideal profile in full, and will therefore consider
all applications that substantially overlap with it.

There is no predefined linguistic domain of interest. The current group has
competence and readily available resources on Germanic, Iranian, Romance,
Afro-Asiatic, Finno-Ugric, and South Caucasian languages, as well as
Meso-American languages (with particular focus on the Oto-Manguean phylum) and
Creole languages. One of the goals of the project is to expand our
understanding of the inflectional systems of these language families, but a
candidate bringing relevant expertise on a specific language or language
family not included in the list above will also be welcome to participate in
the project.

Application Deadline: 17-Jun-2013 
Email Address for Applications: olivier.bonami at univ-paris-diderot.fr 
Contact Information:
	Olivier Bonami 
	Email: olivier.bonami at paris-sorbonne.fr 

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