Jobs: Comp Ling; Text/Corpus Ling: Product Support Developer, HarperCollins Publishers

Published: April 28th, 2014

University or Organization: HarperCollins Publishers
Job Location: Glasgow,Scotland, United Kingdom
Web Address:
Job Rank: Product Support Developer

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics


Collins Learning, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, produces a wide range of titles in both digital and print format across language, geographical and education markets. Flagship titles include, Collins English Dictionary, the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World and Collins Big Cat reading scheme.
We are currently looking for a Product Support Developer to join our Development Team based in Glasgow. This team is responsible for supporting the specialised technology used to support our Language publishing as well as a wider remit to contribute to the effective use of technology across the Learning division.

Reporting to the Head of Digital Resources, the successful candidate will have specific responsibilities supporting and developing XML workflows and associated technologies for content creation and management.

You will have excellent organisational skills, be self motivated and able to manage your own time effectively. You will be a good team player with an interest in language, an eye for detail and a degree level qualification in Computational Linguistics, Publishing Technology or a related discipline.  You will comfortable working with structured language data in XML format and familiar with standard data formats used across language and educational publishing such as Docbook, QTI, SCORM etc.
Though not essential, practical experience of DPS (Digital Publishing System) from IDM, and management of large language corpora would be an advantage.

Please Note: we will require proof of eligibility to work in the UK

Application Deadline:  (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Rachel Mann

LINGUIST List: Vol-25-1857

Jobs: Multiple Languages; General Ling; Lexicography; Text/Corpus Ling: Language Professionals, Linguee GmbH

Published: April 28th, 2014

University or Organization: Linguee GmbH
Job Location: Köln, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: Language Professionals for Lexicographic Tasks
Job Rank: Language Professionals

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Lexicography; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Required Language(s): English (eng)
French (fra)
German (deu)
Japanese (jpn)
Portuguese (por)
Spanish (spa)


We are seeking language professionals such as linguists, translators, interpreters, language instructors, and/or lexicographers to work on our dictionaries for the languages:

German – English
French – English
Spanish – English
Portuguese – English
Japanese – English

You will work on a freelance basis from home using an online editing program.

According to your experience tasks include:
– Grammatical information, e.g. inflections, verb valency, gender, part of speech
– Examples for vocabulary entries in our dictionary
– Evaluation of translations

The candidates we seek:
– Have excellent proficiency in one of the language pairs listed above
– Are native speakers of one (or both) language(s)
– Are experienced in working with texts (proofreading, linguistic analysis, and/or translation)
– Frequently use the internet
– Have a keen eye for grammatical and orthographic details
– Have a strong feeling for language

An advanced degree in Linguistics and/or Literature is definitely a plus.

Furthermore, we frequently offer student jobs for linguistics, translation, or philology students who are highly proficient in any of the above language pairs listed.

Application Deadline:  (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr. Silvia Lipski
Phone: 0049 221 169 33 668

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Jobs: Cog Sci; General Ling: Asst/Assoc/Full Prof, National Taiwan University

Published: April 28th, 2014

University or Organization: National Taiwan University
Department: Graduate Institute of Linguistics
Job Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Web Address:
Job Title: Assistant Professor and Above
Job Rank: Asst/Assoc Professor; Full Professor

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics


The Graduate Institute of Linguistics at National Taiwan University invites applications for a faculty position at all ranks (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) to begin in February 2015. Application for this position is open to scholars with a Ph.D. in linguistics or cognitive science with specialization in language or related fields.  Candidates with a strong linguistically-related interdisciplinary background and experiment-oriented research experience in first language acquisition, child language and/or language development will be given priority consideration.  Candidates must also be willing to collaborate with others. Further qualifications include commitment to teaching.  Responsibilities for the position include teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, thesis supervision, student advising, and committee services.

Interested applicants should apply by June 26, 2014. The application package should include the following:

(1)     Three copies of CV, which should include a publication list of journal papers, book chapters, books, along with work experience, and the Ph.D. dissertation title
(2)     Three copies of Ph.D. diploma
(3)     Three copies of graduate transcripts
(4)     Evidence of work experience (if any)
(5)     Three letters of recommendation
(6)     Six copies of
a)      representative works such as journal papers, book chapters, and books (including unpublished thesis) published after February 2010, and
b)      additional supporting works published after February 2008.

The application package should be mailed directly to the application address below.

For further information, please contact Ms. Meiling Liu at the contact details below.

Application Deadline: 26-Jun-2014
Mailing Address for Applications:
Graduate Institute of Linguistics
National Taiwan University
1, Sec.4, Roosevelt Road
Taipei 10617
Contact Information:
Ms. Meiling Liu
Phone: 886-2-33664104#301
Fax: 886-2-23635358

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Confs: Syntax, Semantics, Morphology, Historical Ling, General Ling/Austria

Published: April 28th, 2014

Interfaces of Adjective and Adverb in Romance and English
Short Title: CIAA2014

Date: 05-Jun-2014 – 07-Jun-2014
Location: Graz, Austria
Contact: Steffen Heidinger
Contact Email:
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

In English and most Romance languages, attributes with adverbial function, i.e. modifiers of verbs, adjectives, adverbs or sentences, can have two different forms: the unmarked form of the adjective (as in (1)) and the adjective with an adverbial suffix (as in (2)) (Romance languages without such an adverbial affix are Rumanian and Sardinian).

(1a) Engl. The men work hard. (OEngl. hearde (adv.))

(1b) Cat. Els homes treballen dur. ‘The men work hard’ (Lat. durus, dura, durum)
(1c) Fr. Les hommes travaillent dur.
(1d) It. Gli uomini lavorano duro.
(1e) Pt. Os homens trabalham duro.
(1f) Sp. Los hombres trabajan duro.

(2a) Engl. The men hardly work. ‘The men work very little’ (OEngl. heardlice (adv.))

(2b) Cat. (?)Els homes treballen durament. ‘The men work hard’ (attested in early Catalan)
(2c) Fr. Les hommes travaillent durement.
(2d) It. Gli uomini lavorano duramente.
(2e) Pt. Os homens trabalham duramente.
(2f) Sp. Los hombres trabajan duramente.

The coexistence of underived and derived attributes can be observed with attributes modifying verbs, as in (1) and (2), with attributes modifying sentences, as in (3), and with attributes modifying attributes, as in (4).

(3a) Engl. Sure! / Surely! (as an answer)
Projects are needed, sure, but right now I don’t have money.
This will surely take time.
(3b) Fr. sûr / sûrement
(3c) It. sicuro / sicuramente
(3d) Pt. seguro / seguramente
(3e) Sp. seguro / seguramente

(4a) Engl. I feel real good / really good.

(4b) Fr. Elle est grave belle / gravement malade. ‘She is very beautiful/very sick’
(4c) It. Giovanni è pazzo / pazzamente innamorato ‘Giovanni is very much in love’
(4d) Sp. Hans es típico alemán / típicamente alemán. ‘Hans is typical(ly) German’

Additionally, some Romance languages display adverbial agreement: underived attributes that morphologically agree with a noun of the sentence although they do not modify this noun. The data in (5) show cases of adverbial agreement for attributes modifying adjectives and attributes modifying verbs.

(5a) Fr. Elle est toute contente. ‘She is very glad’
Les fenêtres sont grandes-ouvertes. ‘The windows are wide open’
(5b) It. Giovanna è tutta contenta. ‘Giovanna is very glad’
Se ne vanno dritti in Paradiso. ‘They are going straight to Paradise’
(5c) Pt. Ela é toda contente. ‘She is very glad’
É muita bom.’It is very good’
(5d) Sp. Estos chicos son medios tontos. ‘These boys are quite stupid’
Vamos directos hacia el fracaso. ‘We are heading straight to failure’

The data from (1) to (5) raise several research questions concerning the interfaces of adjectives and adverbs in Romance and English. The aim of the conference is to examine these interfaces from different perspectives.

Invited Speakers:

Anne Abeillé (Université Paris 7)
Douglas Biber (Northern Arizona University)
Concepción Company Company (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge)
Davide Ricca (Università di Torino)
Salvador Valera Hernández (Universidad de Granada)


Thursday, June 5

Welcome and introduction

Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge) Invited Speaker
Parameters in Romance adverb agreement

Blanca Croitor (The Romanian Academy Bucharest) / Carmen Mirzea Vasile (The Romanian Academy & University of Bucharest)
Agreement of Romanian superlative adverbs

10:50-11:10 Coffee

Giuseppina Silvestri (University of Cambridge & University of Trieste)
Adverb (and participle) agreement and split intransitivity in Northern Calabria dialects

Davide Ricca (Università di Torino) Invited Speaker
Do we need ‘agreeing adverbs’ in Italian? Short adverbs vs. (co)-predicative adjectives

12:30-14:20 Lunch

Silvio Cruschina / Eva-Maria Remberger (University of Vienna)
Root clause modification: Adv+C, Adj+C, and further developments

Teresa R. Ramalle (University Complutense of Madrid)
The predicative relation in adverbs and adjectives: A structural approach

15:40-16:00 Coffee

Avel•lina Suñer (Universitat de Girona)
Bare adjectives and VP layers

Reception at Villa Malwine  (Johann-Fux-Gasse 30, 8010 Graz)

Bernhard Hurch (University of Graz)
Hugo Schuchardt and the frontiers of Romance philology


Friday, June 6

Douglas Biber (Northern Arizona University) Invited Speaker
A register perspective on the diachronic development of simple versus derived adverbs in English

Salvador Valera (Universidad de Granada) Invited Speaker
On subject-relatedness in English ‘-ly’ adverbs

10:20-10:40 Coffee

Adrian Chircu (Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca)
Alternatives in the Romanian language to Romance adverbs ending in –mente

Lorena Medina Gómez / Luisa Josefina Alarcón Neve / Juliana De La Mora Gutiérrez (Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro)
Descriptive and functional analysis of the pair sólo and solamente in oral Mexican Spanish

Concepción Company Company (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) Invited Speaker
Struggle or complementarity? From adverbial adjectives to -mente adverbs: Similar or different syntactic contexts?

12:40-13:00 Coffee & Snack

Anna Gazdik (University of Graz) Project Presentation
A historical dictionary of invariable adjectives in French: Lexicographical and theoretical challenges

14:00 Social event

Saturday, June 7

Rosa María Ortiz Ciscomani (University of Sonora)
From adjective to adverbial modal locutions in Spanish

Ventura Salazar-García (University of Jaén)
Adverbial scope and flexibility in Spanish

10:20-10:40 Coffee

Dan Van Raemdonck (Université libre de Bruxelles – Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Are intrapredicative adjectives adverbs?

Anne Abeillé (Université Paris 7) Invited Speaker
The categories adjective and adverb in the Grande Grammaire du français

12:00 Closing remarks


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Support: Philosophy of Language, Pragmatics, Semantics / United Kingdom

Published: April 28th, 2014

Institution/Organization: University of Cambridge
Department: Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Semantics


Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge is offering PhD studentship in Philosophy of Language, Semantics and Pragmatics.

Start Date: 1 October 2014.
Vacancy Reference: GP03234.
Closing Date for Applications: 17:00 (BST), Friday 16 May 2014.
Interview date: To be confirmed.

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD position on a research project ‘Expressing the Self: Cultural Diversity and Cognitive Universals’, funded by The Leverhulme Trust offered at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge.

The applicants must have a good Master’s degree (equivalent of first-class distinction) in a relevant area of linguistics (semantics, pragmatics), or philosophy of language, completed by 30 September 2014. For further information see:
Knowledge of one of the following languages would be an advantage but is not essential: Amharic, Japanese, Korean, Thai.

The grant covers university fees (including overseas fees if applicable) and maintenance (£13,500 p.a.) for the period of three years. The successful applicant will commence the PhD course in October 2014 and will work with Professor Kasia M. Jaszczolt (Principal Investigator) and Dr Minyao Huang (Research Associate).

How to apply:
Applications, including curriculum vitae, academic transcript, two academic references, a sample of writing (up to 2,000 words) and a covering letter explaining your suitability for the project should be sent by email to Mrs Louise Radok ( by 17:00 (BST) on Friday 16 May 2014.
The successful applicant will be invited to apply through the University of Cambridge’s
Graduate Admissions Office at a later stage. See website for details:

Further information about the application process is available in writing to:
Please quote reference GP03234 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Application Deadline: 16-May-2014

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Mrs Louise Radok
Applications by email please to
Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge
Cambridge CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

Contact Information:
Professor Kasia Jaszczolt

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Confs: Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Spain

Published: April 24th, 2014

ICERI2014 (7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation)
Short Title: ICERI2014

Date: 17-Nov-2014 – 19-Nov-2014
Location: Seville, Spain
Contact: Technical Secretariat
Contact Email:
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

You are invited to participate in ICERI2014 (7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation). It will be held in Seville (Spain) on the 17th, 18th and 19th of November 2014.

It will be the best opportunity to present and share your experiences in the fields of Education, Research and Innovation in a multicultural and enriching atmosphere.

Every year, ICERI brings together over 700 delegates from 80 different countries.

There will be 3 presentation formats: Oral, Poster or Virtual.

The deadline for abstracts submission is July 17th, 2014 (included).

Abstracts should be submitted on-line at:

For more information about the conference and its venue, you can visit the website:

LINGUIST List: Vol-25-1837

Confs: Sociolinguistics/Australia

Published: April 24th, 2014

Language, Multifaithism and One-World Identity
Short Title: SLR

Date: 10-Aug-2014 – 15-Aug-2014
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Contact: Tope Omoniyi
Contact Email:

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

The spread of religions around the world and the spread of languages  have followed similar trajectories; at least for the metropolitan languages and religions the evidences abound. Scholarship has mostly focused on the latter.  However, change, maintenance and revivalism among other processes are intricately linked to the notion of mobility (Pennycook 2012) and the resultant category of the minority and marginal groups thus opening up new vistas of analysis for us in the sociology of language and religion (SLR).

While much attention has been paid to the multilingual and multicultural nature of religious communities in general, the main focus has still been put on members of the major religions, namely the great monotheistic religions Christianity, Islam and Judaism, and to some extent also Buddhism and Hinduism. Yet, the religious fabric of the contemporary world is much more complex and difficult to examine. Multifaithism which exists in multi-religious environments as a formal policy or ideology pursued by the state or its institutions (Omoniyi 2006), offers a context for the investigation and discussion of language revival, linguistic diversity, competition and identity in the sociology of language and religion. It is more visible in liberal democracies or secular nations which proclaim all kinds of freedoms and actively embrace diversity as a defining characteristic of their polity.

This panel presents a number of SLR case studies that look at language competition and identity in the domain of religion, metropolitan languages and religions co-existing with provincial less known counterparts, and the interactions in which the resources of metroplolitan faith are deployed for the purpose of reviving endangered indigenous languages. These case studies highlight aspects of multilingualism and multi-religious practices far removed from the mainstream and thus take SLR scholarship one crucial step forward.

Dr Christian Munch
Language and identity in Latino churches in NYC

Professor Tope Omoniyi
Faith, diversity and the English Language Express in sub-Saharan Africa
Dept. Of Media, Culture and Language, University of Roehampton, London,

Dr. Brooks Bolander
Linguistic and religious pluralism among Ismaili Muslims
University of Zurich, Switzerland –

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Confs: Syntax, Semantics, Linguistic Theories/Spain

Published: April 24th, 2014

Special Workshop in Honor of Violeta Demonte

Date: 30-May-2014 – 30-May-2014
Location: Madrid, Spain
Contact: Elena Castroviejo
Contact Email:
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Semantics; Syntax

Meeting Description:

Workshop on lexicon-syntax-semantics interfaces, in honor of Violeta Demonte



9:15 -9:45
María Luisa Rivero (University of Ottawa)
Spanish futures and conditionals as inferential and mirative evidentials

9:45 – 10:15
Heles Contreras and Karen Zagona (University of Washington)
A note on deverbal adjectives

10:15 – 10:45
Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Adjectives for Violeta

10:45 – 12:00
Coffee break / Poster session

12:00 – 12:30
José Camacho and Liliana Sánchez (Rutgers University)
On the position of verbs in Spanish. Implications for head-movement

12:30 – 13:00
Maria Luisa Zubizarreta (University of Southern California)
Anchoring the sentence in discourse-participants: the case of Paraguayan Guaraní

13:00 – 13:30
Jaume Mateu (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
The lexicon-syntax interface: a personal perspective

Concluding remarks

Workshop posters

Semoon Hoe (Seoul National University) and Dongsik Lim (Hongik University)
The complement types of attitudes and de se: based on the de se Center shift

Roberto Mayoral (The University of Alabama at Birmingham)
The role of P in transitivity alternations

Juan Romeu (LyCC-CSIC)
Two ways of being oriented: The Nanosyntax of ‘hacia’ and ‘para’

Melania S. Masià (ILLA, CCHS-CSIC)
Adjectives of veracity as domain restrictors

Héctor Fernández-Alcalde (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Two types of transitive verbs in Spanish: ditransitives in disguise

Maria José Foltran and Patricia Rodrigues (Universidade Federal do Paraná)
Agreement mismatch in Brazilian Portuguese

Rozana Naves, Eloisa Pilati and Heloisa Salles (Universidade de Brasília)
The consequences of the split on 3rd verbal morphology to the agreement system in Brazilian Portuguese

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Support: Kikongo, Genetic Classification, Historical Linguistics / Belgium

Published: April 24th, 2014

Institution/Organization: Ghent University
Department: Languages and Cultures
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Genetic Classification; Historical Linguistics
Dialectology, Spatial Analysis
Required Language(s): Koongo (kng)

Narrow Bantu


Applications are invited for a two-year PhD scholarship, renewable for another 2 years, beginning October 2014 to work on the Ghent University (UGent) Starting Grant project, a diachronic and spatial analytical approach to linguistic micro-variation in the Kikongo dialect continuum, supervised by Prof. Koen Bostoen at the UGent Department of Languages and Cultures.

The applicant is expected to:
– hold a Master’s degree in (African) linguistics or African Languages and Cultures;
– be familiar with Bantu languages and, ideally, with Kikongo;
– have basic competences in historical-comparative linguistics;
– be familiar with quantitative approaches to linguistic variation or be willing to take an intensive training in dialectometrical and multivariate spatial analytical methods;
– have experience with linguistic fieldwork in Africa and/or be willing to do extensive fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the Republic of Congo and/or Angola (including Cabinda);
– have good knowledge of English; good knowledge of French and/or Portuguese is recommended;
– be a dynamic and enthusiastic team player.

Job Description:
The Ph.D. scholarship recipient will be based at the Africa Section of the Department of Languages and Cultures of the UGent, where he or she will be expected to work in a collegial way with the other members of both the KONGOKING research team and the Department;

Duties and responsibilities:
– close collaboration with other PhD-students working on Kikongo and closely related Bantu languages;
– contributing to the compilation and digitization of the Kikongo language corpus and the Kongo documentation corpus;
– carrying out fieldwork in Central Africa (Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the Republic of Congo and/or Angola);
– carrying out research in close collaboration with the supervisor and with other members of the KONGOKING research team and spreading research results through publication in international peer-reviewed journals and participation in international scientific conferences.

How to apply:
Send CV and Statement of Purpose in English to Prof. Dr. Koen Bostoen,, Department of Languages and Cultures, Rozier 44, 9000 Ghent. Ask also one referee to send a letter of reference before the deadline.

Application Deadline: 02-Jun-2014

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Prof. Koen Bostoen
Rozier 44
Ghent 9000

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Prof. Koen Bostoen

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Support: Frisian, Phonology / Netherlands

Published: April 23rd, 2014

Institution/Organization: University of Groningen and INCAS³
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Phonology
Required Language(s): Frisian, Eastern (frs)
Frisian, Northern (frr)
Frisian, Old (ofs)
Frisian, Western (fry)
Gronings (gos)

West Germanic


The ‘Multilingual Melodies’ project is a study of the prosodic patterns of Frisian-Dutch bilingual speech. As such, it is suited for applicants motivated to earn a doctoral diploma in linguistics, with specialization in prosodic analysis and language change/contact. The PhD candidate will provide a feasibility report about how prosodic cues may be used in sensor technology. The project therefore involves theoretical and laboratory analyses, fieldwork, and the development of exploratory technological applications.
Frisian, or West Frisian, is a minority language spoken in the North of the Netherlands. To date, the prosody of this endangered language is not documented. The PhD student will be expected to describe how prosodic features are used by multilingual (Frisian-Dutch) speakers, as opposed to monolingual Dutch speakers living in Fryslân, addressing the nuances of language contact and change.

The PhD project constitutes four years of fulltime employment. During the first year of the project, the student is expected to collect a corpus of Frisian-Dutch speech, on which the analysis of prosody in multilingual speech patterns can be based. The candidate will transcribe and annotate the corpus, making it available also for other researchers in linguistics or related disciplines. The corpus may form part of the material of speech data used in the project Language Lab for Leeuwarden’s celebration of its status as European Capital of Culture in 2018.

Informed by the (comparative) prosodic analysis, the PhD candidate will develop hypotheses on the use of prosody in sensors. These hypotheses will be sharpened and tested with experimentation and laboratory work. Results are expected to be published in specialized peer-reviewed journals, cumulating in a final deliverable: a feasibility report on the use of prosody for sensor technology. This report will be compiled in cooperation with engineers, technicians, psychologists and fellow linguists at INCAS³.

The candidate should possess the following:
– a Master’s degree in which relevant linguistics modules (e.g.: phonology, phonetics, prosodic analysis, forensic linguistics) have been successfully completed;
– an excellent record of undergraduate and master level study;
– an excellent command of written and spoken English;
– a strong motivation to complete a PhD dissertation in four years;
– command of Dutch and Frisian or the ability to learn both quickly.

Application Deadline: 01-May-2014

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Matt Coler

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