PhD position: Finnish or Estonian

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at
Tue Oct 9 12:50:43 UTC 2007

Forwarded -- for any further information, please contact Dr Ernestus
(address below).


Position for a PhD-student in the Netherlands

The European project Acoustic reduction in European languages investigates
how  speakers and listeners process acoustically reduced words, such as the
pronunciation  "yesay" for "yesterday" and "onry" for ordinary", in five
European languages (Dutch,  English, French, Spanish, and Estonian or
Finnish). Essential to this research program  are corpora of highly
spontaneous speech, which exist for English and Dutch, but which  will have
to be compiled for French, Spanish, and Estonian or Finnish in the course of
this  project. Complementary to corpus based research, the processing of
acoustic reduction  will be addressed by means of psycholinguistic

The project has as its principal investigator Dr M. Ernestus. It is funded
by a European  Young Investigator award, as well as by the Max Planck
Institute for Psycholinguistics and  by the Radboud University. The research
group is located in the building of the Max  Planck Institute, on the campus
of the Radboud University, in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.  This location
guarantees a stimulating research environment with excellent experimental
facilities. It offers researchers the possibility to develop
interdisciplinary skills and to  discuss their work with many
internationally renowned scholars.

The project is now offering a position for a PhD-student who will
investigate acoustic  reduction in Estonian or Finnish. The PhD-student will
explore which types of reduction  occur in this language, and how the
production and comprehension of reduced words are  affected by the
morphological and phonological properties of this language.

The PhD student will collaborate closely with the principal investigator. In
addition, the  PhD-student will be supported in his/her research (including
the compilation of the speech  corpus) by a team of research assistants.

Applicants should be (near-)native in Estonian or Finnish and also be fluent
in English.  They should have a master's degree in linguistics or phonetics,
or receive one within a few  months. Moreover, applicants should have a
basic knowledge of the phonology, phonetics,  and morphology of Estonian or
Finnish. The successful candidate will receive a contract  for three and a
half years at the Radboud University Nijmegen (, under the
conditions for PhD-students at this university.

For further information, including a description of the complete project,
please contact  Mirjam Ernestus (mirjam.ernestus at, phone:

Application letters, including extensive CVs, should arrive at the latest on
15 November  2007, addressed to Mirjam Ernestus P.O. Box 310 NL-6500 AH
Nijmegen The Netherlands or to mirjam.ernestus at


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Institut für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Abteilung für Finno-Ugristik
Universitätscampus AAKH, Spitalgasse 2-4 Hof 7, A-1090 Wien
Tel. +43 1 4277 43019, (VoIP) +43 599664 43019 | Fax +43 1 4277 9430
johanna.laakso at |

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