[PLing] [Fwd: Open position at the URPP Language and Space, Zurich: PhD researcher]

Jürgen Spitzmüller juergen.spitzmueller at univie.ac.at
Mon Apr 23 16:25:17 CEST 2018

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An: info at spur.uzh.ch
Betreff: Open position at the URPP Language and Space, Zurich: PhD
Datum: Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:57:19 +0200

Dear all,

The URPP Language and Space seeks to hire a PhD researcher (Research
Group "Accommodation and Social Catego­rization") by September 1, 2018:
Link to job advertisement.

Please let this be known to anyone who might be interested. Thank you
very much!


Raffaela Zaugg
Assistant URPP Language and Space

Universität Zürich
UFSP Sprache und Raum (SpuR)
Freiestrasse 16 (FRF)
CH-8032 Zürich

+41 44 634 57 47 (Tel.)
+41 44 634 49 05 (Fax)

info at spur.uzh.ch


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,
The PhD researcher will work within the research group "Accommodation
and Social Catego­rization". This group investigates linguistic
accommodation in different situations: contact be­tween speakers of
different dialects over a short and a longer time period, interactions
be­tween 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 ac­commo­dation more
generally, and to better understand which factors may favor or inhibit
change in a situation of language contact (more information: http://www
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) 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 colla­boration 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 langu­ages with experience in one or more computational data
processing tools or program­ming languages (e.g. R, Python, Matlab,
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 cor­pus 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

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

Please send the documents combined into one PDF file (apart from MA
thesis) to sabine.stoll at uzh.ch and 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.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Spitzmüller
Universitätsprofessur für Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft
Universität Wien
Institut für Sprachwissenschaft
Sensengasse 3a
A-1090 Wien

Tel +43 (0)1 4277 417 24
Fax +43 (0)1 4277 9 417

VCard: http://www.spitzmueller.org/docs/jsp.vcf

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