The Centre for Language Studies at the Radboud University is looking for a PhD student interested in spoken morphology. The research unit investigates the role of morphology in general, and of morphological acoustic traces in particular, in auditory word comprehension, by investigating what properties a computational model of auditory word comprehension needs to have in order to simulate human listeners’ processing of morphological complex words.
Location: Radboud University, Nijmegen
Supervision: Louis ten Bosch, Mirjam Ernestus, and Ingo Plag
Starting date: September / October 2019
Duration: 4 Years (3 years, with possibility of extension of 1 year)
Salary: Around 1600 euros a month
We are looking for candidates with:
- Master degrees in Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, or Social Sciences;
- Clear interest in speech and language;
- Expertise in quantitative research methods, preferably including large scale data analyses or computational modeling;
- Effective verbal and written communicative skills in English.
The PhD student will study what properties a computational model of auditory word recognition needs to have in order to well simulate human listeners’ processing of morphologically complex words. The computational models that will be considered are DIANA (e.g., ten Bosch et al., 2013, 2014, 2015) and Naïve Discriminative Learning (NDL, e.g., Arnold et al. 2017), since these two models represent very different types of processing and both can receive the speech signal, with morpho-acoustic cues, as their inputs. The human data to be simulated will include the BALDEY database (Ernestus & Cutler, 2015). The PhD student will produce a dissertation consisting of several publishable articles, preceded by a General Introduction and followed by a general discussion.
Please send your motivation letter and extensive resume (including grades for all university courses) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
15 March 2019 or until the position is filled.
More information about the project can be found on the website of research unit. For general information please visit the Spoken Morphology website or email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.