Selecciones docentes: Seminario de Semántica y Fonética y Fonología II A (ISPJVG)

Selección docente para designar profesor/a interino/a en:
Seminario de Semántica
Diplomatura Superior en Ciencias del Lenguaje
Instituto Superior del Profesorado Dr. Joaquín V. González
Llamado a concurso Diplomatura Sup Cs. del Lenguaje Seminario de Semantica (1)
Selección docente para designar profesor/a interino/a en:
Fonética y Fonología II
Profesorado en Inglés
Instituto Superior del Profesorado Dr. Joaquín V. González
Llamado a concurso Inglés Fonetica y Fonología II A

PhD position in Phonetics/Psycholinguistics

PhD position in Phonetics/Psycholinguistics

Opening for a PhD position in Phonetics/Psycholinguistics at the Acoustics Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, Austria. Deadline for applications is 15 September 2020, desired starting date is 1 November 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidate will work on a research project in the area of speech perception. The position is assigned to the Phonetics group (with me as the primary supervisor) but collaboration with the other groups at the institute is possible. The exact topic of the project will be worked out together with the candidate.

For further information see here.

Doz. Dr. Eva Reinisch | |

Neural network models for articulatory gestures

Short Title: NNArt
Date: 09-Jul-2020
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Contact: Tomas Lentz
Contact Email:
Meeting URL:
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology

Meeting Description:
This workshop (satellite to LabPhon 17 on the day after, 9 July, 2020, 1:30pm-17:00pm) aims at bringing together researchers interested in articulation and computational modelling, especially neural networks.

Articulation has been formalised as dynamic articulatory gestures, i.e., a target-driven pattern of articulator movements (e.g., Browman & Goldstein, 1986). Such a pattern unfolds in time and space and could therefore also be seen as a spatial sequence of analytically relevant articulatory landmarks such as timepoint of peak velocity and target achievement. Seeing such sequences as sequences of vectors (of spatial coordinates) make them potentially learnable with algorithms for sequence modelling.

Current developments of machine learning offer greatly improved power for sequence learning and prediction. Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs) or their extension Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM, Hochreiter & Schmidhuber, 1997) allows efficient training over short and even long time intervals (Gers, Schraudolph & Schmidhuber, 2002). Such networks have been used for acoustic modelling, but their application in articulation research has been mainly been limited to ultrasound data, and applied less to the classification of two-dimensional articulator movement curves as obtained from EMA or ROI analyses of MRI data.

However, promising approaches to acoustics-to-EMA mapping tentatively suggest that articulatory movement allow meaningful modelling using deep neural networks (e.g., Liu et al., 2005, Chartier et al., 2018)

Program Information:
NNART offers three pre-recorded presentations of 30 minutes, available during (and through) the main LabPhon conference, and one online discussion session on 9 July, 12:45pm-1:30pm (Vancouver time).

Presentations (prerecorded):
– Sam Tilsen, Learning gestural parameters and activation in an RNN implementation of Task Dynamics
– Sam Kirkham, Georgina Brown and Emily Gorman, Uncovering phonological invariance and speaker individuality in articulatory gestures using machine learning
– Marco Silva Fonseca and Brennan Dell, Modelling optional sound variation and obligatory gesture assimilation using LSTM RNNs

Note: This workshop is accessible to registered attendees of the online conference LabPhon 17. Due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, both the main conference and our satellite will go virtual instead of taking place in Vancouver. The presentations will be made available as video files.

Discussion session (live, using Zoom):
You can send questions on the presentations, or discussion topics, to the organizers (details see above), or ask them in person to the presenters at the online session. Please register for both the main conference and our workshop to be kept up to date and to receive further information (e.g., the Zoom link) for the discussion session.

PhD – Leibniz-ZAS

Department: Laboratory Phonology
Web Address:
Duties: Project Work
Specialty Areas: Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics

PhD position at Leibniz-ZAS
The Research Area Laboratory Phonology at Leibniz-ZAS in Berlin invites applications for a three-year PhD position in the project Grammatical tinnitus and its role in the perception of foreign language accent. A comparison of German and Polish (GRANITUS) funded by by the German-Polish Science Foundation (DPWS). It should ideally start on October 1, 2020. The remuneration is 1300 €/month (tax-free).

The project has the overarching goal of gaining more insight into the perception processes of foreign language accents. It aims to show that perception is not only based on the linguistic signal, but is a much more complex phenomenon. It will examine factors that relate to (i) the signal, (ii) the speaker, and (iii) the listener in the German-Polish context.

Of particular importance are the following questions:
Question 1: If both phonetic and grammatical features influence the perception of foreign language accent, are there differences in their weighting? Are we more sensitive to phonetic pecularities and do we turn a deaf ear to grammatical mistakes?

Question 2: To what extent does the attitude of the listener towards the speaker play a role in the perception of the foreign language accent? Does the information about the speaker’s origin also influence perception?

Question 3: What role does the linguistic background of the listener play in the perception of the foreign language accent? Is there a difference between mono- and multilingual listeners?To answer these questions, a series of experiments is planned on perception and event-related potentials (ERP).The PhD thesis will be supervised by Dr Marzena Żygis PD (Leibniz ZAS, Berlin, Germany) and Prof. Joanna Blaszczak (Uniwersytet Wroclawski, Poland).

The candidate should hold a Masterʼs degree in a relevant field (linguistics, phonetics, psychology) or be close to completion. Knowledge in statistics is desirable, as indeed are skills and potential for independent/self-motivated work and experience in empirical research.

Please send your application including a letter of motivation, CV, copies of academic certificates and the names of two potential referees and their email addresses in a single pdf file to Marzena Żygis (

Applications Deadline: 30-Jun-2020

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Marzena Zygis
Berlin 10117

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Marzena Zygis

3rd International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children (ISBPAC 2020)

PhD, Queen Mary University of London

Department: Linguistics
Web Address:
Level: PhD
Institution/Organization: Queen Mary University of London

Duties: Research
Specialty Areas: Morphology; Phonetics; Phonology; Semantics; Typology
Acquisition; Multilingualism

The Department of Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London is delighted to announce the following PhD funding competitions:
– London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP) Studentship (residency restrictions apply)
– London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) Studentship (residency restrictions apply)
– QMUL Principal’s Postgraduate Research Studentships
– QMUL Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships (as part of the Mobile People programme)
– China Scholarship Council Scholarships (nationality restrictions apply)

Application deadline: 19 January 2020.

Some funding competitions have additional application procedures/deadlines, though all applicants must apply to QMUL for admission by 19 January 2020.

For information on the application process, see

For a list of the research areas we cover, and for further information about the department and the programme, see

We particularly encourage applications in the following 4 areas:
– Experimental Linguistics. We are seeking PhD students to join a rich, interdisciplinary research group based in an internationally renowned linguistics department. Our research engages with a wide range of topics from infant speech perception through to adult grammatical attrition, using methods such as eye-tracking, EEG, computational modelling, and ultrasound recording.

– Linguistic Typology and Morphosemantics. We invite proposals for a project examining linguistic typology and constraints on cross-linguistic variation from the perspective of formal semantics and linguistic theory more generally. Projects should focus on investigations of the semantics and morphology of features in empirical domains including but not limited to aspect, (in)definiteness, evidentiality, indexical shift, modality, number, person and perspectival (sentence-final) particles. The project will be jointly supervised by Dr Luisa Martí and Professor Daniel Harbour. Interested applicants should send an email to both Dr Martí ( and Professor Harbour ( no later than 01 Dec 2019.

– First language acquisition of phonetics and phonology. We invite proposals for a project examining first language acquisition of phonetics and phonology. Areas of research could include, but are not limited to, early speech processing in bilingual populations, the interaction between phonotactics and lexical development, morphophonological development. We are particularly interested in investigating understudied multi/bilingual populations. The project will be jointly supervised by Dr Adam Chong and Dr Kathleen McCarthy. Interested applicants should send an email to both Dr Chong ( and Dr McCarthy ( no later than 01 Dec 2019.

– Phonology, Language Acquisition. We invite proposals for a project employing experimental methods to address questions of theoretical importance in phonology. Areas of research could include, but are not limited to, phonological learning and learnability (phonotactics and morphophonological alternations). Proposals that include a computational component are particularly welcome. The project will be jointly supervised by Dr Adam Chong (QMUL) and Dr James White (UCL). Interested applicants should send an email to both Adam Chong ( and James White ( no later than 01 Dec 2019.

Applications Deadline: 19-Jan-2020

Web Address for Applications:–applied-linguistics.html

Contact Information:
Erez Levon

TTS Language Engineer – Portuguese

University or Organization: Amazon

Job Title: TTS Language Engineer – Portuguese

Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Required Language(s): Portuguese (por)

Description:Come join us, we build TTS voices that help developers revolutionize the way people interact with devices and services!
At Amazon we take pride in building complete end-to-end solutions, starting from researching a problem, implementing the solution, building a scalable and reliable service and ensuring the service is there when you need it.The position is based at the Amazon office in Cambridge, UK or Gdansk, Poland.As a TTS Language Engineer you will work alongside Audio Engineers, Research Scientist, Software Developers and Program Managers who are subject matter experts in speech synthesis and related fields. You are expected to have solid
knowledge of linguistics, in particular knowledge of phonetics/phonology. You will be working on a variety of tasks to improve natural language processing of TTS (text-to-speech). You will actively collaborate with Software Developers with linguistic expertise throughout the whole language and voice building process at Amazon.

The tasks include:
– Build TTS voices using internal tools and pipelines
– QA of TTS voices and linguistic data
– Normalizing textual resources through regular expressions
– Creating natural language test cases for natural language processing modules
– Labeling text with semantic, syntactic and morphological features
– Contribute to the formalization of language models through in depth knowledge of phonological and morphosyntactic aspects of the target language
– Annotating lexicon entries according to guidelines
– Producing / validating phonetic transcriptionsBasic Qualifications:
– Solid knowledge of phonetics/phonology
– Native-level proficiency in Portuguese (especially Brazilian Portuguese)
– Solid knowledge of regular expressions
– Ability to create/fix phonetic transcriptions in the target language
– Knowledge of Unix/Linux command line toolsPreferred Qualifications:
– Knowledge of scripting languages (e.g. Perl, Python)
– Degree in Linguistics, with specialization in Phonology, Computational linguistics or similar
– Familiarity with software version control tools (e.g. Git)
– Solid communication skills
– Strong personal interest in learning, researching, and creating new
technologies related to foreign languages, linguistics, phonetics, phonology
and language technology
– Comfortable working in a fast paced, highly collaborative, dynamic work
environmentTo apply, please see the application link provided below.Application Deadline:  (Open until filled)
Email Address for Applications:
Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
 Pawel Mazur