Phd and Postdocs candidates at Postdam

Variability in Language: Cognitive, Computational, and Grammatical Aspects” in Potsdam, Germany, invites applications for 10 positions for PhD candidates and Postdocs available from July 2021 for a duration of four years

Applicants can apply for one or more of the following projects according to their interest and qualification:
B01:(In)Variability in prosodic cues and their incremental use in perception, production, and interaction (Isabell Wartenburger, Outi Tuomainen, Sandra Hanne)
B02: The link between production and comprehension. Insights from aphasia (Frank Burchert, Nicole Stadie)
B03: Modelling the connection between eye-movement control, sentence processing, and brain signals (Shravan Vasishth, Ralf Engbert, Milena Rabovsky)
C03: Effects of variable input on word learning and word recognition in infants (Barbara Höhle, Adamantios Gafos)
C06: Grammatical processing and syntactic change (Ulrike Demske, Claudia Felser)
C07: Limits of variability in phonotactic acquisition due to universal biases: A cross-linguistic investigation of monolingual and bilingual infants (Natalie Boll-Avetisyan)
C08: Consequences of head-argument order for syntax (Gisbert Fanselow)
T01: Transforming text across media (Manfred Stede, Tatjana Scheffler)

A detailed description of the available positions and the respective requirements can be found here

52nd Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 52)

We are pleased to announce that the 52nd Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 52) will be hosted online and will be organized by Rutgers University.
Keynote speakers include:
  • Enoch Aboh (University of Amsterdam)
  • Lisa Cheng (Leiden University)
  • Diane Lillo-Martin (University of Connecticut)
  • Hazel Pearson (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Sharon Rose (University of California San Diego)
We invite abstract submission from all subfields of linguistics in four categories:
  • Regular main session
  • Special session on Anaphora and Coconstrual
  • Special session on Long-distance Dependencies in Phonology
  • Poster session
Regular and special session talks will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Poster presenters will be invited to give 5-minute lightning talks for their poster before Q&A sessions in breakout rooms. Submissions to the special sessions that are not chosen will be automatically considered for the main session. Presentations may be given in English or ASL. (For presentations in ASL, please contact the organizers upon acceptance to allow time for the relevant accommodations.)

Submission deadline: June 20th at 23:59 Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5).
Notification of decisions: expected by end of July/early August,
2021 Conference dates: October 29th-31st, 2021

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

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

PhD – CRISSP – KU Leuven

Department: CRISSP
Web Address:
Duties: Research
Specialty Areas: Morphology; Syntax


The research group Formal and Computational Linguistics (ComForT) and the Center for Research in Syntax, Semantics, and Phonology (CRISSP) at KU Leuven invites submissions for two PhD‐positions in formal linguistics.

Project Summary:
The COMIC‐project will investigate the morphology, syntax, and semantics of adjectival comparative constructions of the type illustrated in (1).

(1) Jill is taller than Fred.

Compared to the positive degree (Jill is tall), the comparative construction adds two pieces of material. First, the comparative morpheme –er is added to the adjective tall, and second, the comparative adjective taller introduces the phrase than Fred, which contains the comparative standard Fred, to which Jill is compared. The comparative standard is introduced by the standard marker than. Comparative constructions thus combine morphological marking (the –er‐morpheme), syntactic structure (the than‐phrase), and a semantic interpretation, in which two entities are compared with respect to a certain property (in this example Jill and Fred with respect to their height).

Existing approaches typically study the morphology or the syntax or the semantics of comparativeadjectives.

This has ledt o a situation where the outcomes of the different perspectives do not properly link up with one another: semantic analyses do not take into account—and are sometimes incompatible with—typological observations and generalisations, and syntactic and morphological approaches are insufficiently informed by the insights of compositional semantics. The COMIC‐project aims to fill this gap by developing a fully integrated analysis of these three aspects of comparative constructions.

Full project description:

Your Profile:
– An MA degree in Linguistics, or Language(s) with a specialisation in linguistics.
– A curious, enterprising, and creative mind; excellent analytical skills.
– Fluency in both written and spoken English. Knowledge of Dutch is an asset but not required at the time of application.
– An interest in relating intricate language data to advanced linguistic theorizing.
– An outstanding record of undergraduate and Master’s level work.
– An ability to work both independently and to function in a group.

Our offer:
ComForT and CRISSP offer an environment where intellectual creativity and independence are encouraged to thrive. They foster the lively exchange of ideas, and provide strong intellectual, moral, and logistical support to its PhD students, postdocs, and other collaborators.The positions start in October 2020. One PhD‐student will be mainly located in Brussels and the other in Leuven, but geographical flexibility will be expected from both.Remuneration is in accordance with the official Belgian scales for academic personnel and bursaries, which offer internationally highly competitive pay (see the KU Leuven jobsite for more information: for Application:
If you are interested, please apply via the KU Leuven online application tool at the application link provided below no later than July 3, 2020.

Include with your application:
– A letter of motivation,
– A CV,
– A copy of your MA thesis (or a draft thereof),
– A copy of relevant publications (if any), and
– The contact details of one or more referents (name, affiliation, email, telephone number).

Applications Deadline: 03-Jul-2020

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Prof. Dr. Guido Vanden Wyngaerd +32 2 609 88 83
Prof. Dr. Dany Jaspers +32 2 447 18 92
Prof. Dr. Jeroen van Craenenbroeck +32 16 37 79 36