The Institute for German Studies at the University of Oldenburg is looking for a PhD student who will work on the acoustic realization of vowels in the research project “Acoustic indicators of language dominance in bilingual speakers of High and Low German in East Frisia” (funded by the German Research Foundation).
Location: Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
Supervision: Jörg Peters
Starting date: June 2019 or at the earliest possible date
Duration: 3 years
Salary: 0.6 fte, around 2300 Euros gross per month (salary level 13 TV-L)
The research project focuses on bilingual speakers of High and Low German in the municipality of Krummhörn in East Frisia. The Low German spoken there is closely related to Dutch Low Saxon in the northeast of the Netherlands. The municipality is supposed to have still a high proportion of Low German speakers, but High German is becoming more and more dominant.
In the research project we are looking for acoustic cues for cognitive stress, which should increase more strongly in the weaker language than in the stronger language as the complexity of the task increases. In this way, we will attempt to track changes in language dominance from older to younger speakers, without having to refer to the ability of mastering a target language spoken by the older generation. Acoustic analyses include the measurement of speaking fundamental frequency, formant frequencies, voice quality, and fluency. The PhD student to be hired is expected to examine the relation between cognitive effort and articulatory effort in vowel production, as manifested, for example, in hyper- or hypoarticulation. Further information about the project can be found at https://uol.de/en/jpeters/research-projects/acoustic-indicators-of-language-dominance-2019-2022/project-description/.
We are looking for candidates with a Master degree in Linguistics or a related field, a strong interest in the acoustic realization of vowels in a multilingual environment, and an expertise in experimental phonetics. In order to communicate with locals in East Frisia, basic knowledge of German, but not of Low German, is desired. For a full list of requirements see the official job advertisement at https://uol.de/stellen/?stelle=66518 (in German).
Candidates should refer to the official job advertisement at https://uol.de/stellen/?stelle=66518. Applications can be submitted in German or English.
Application deadline: 29 March 2019
For further information please contact Jörg Peters (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: +49-441-798-4589).