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LINGUIST List 20.104

Tue Jan 13 2009

Internships: Summer Internship in Language Acquisition

Editor for this issue: Luiza Newlin Lukowicz <luizalinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Aya Katz, Summer Internship in Language Acquisition

Message 1: Summer Internship in Language Acquisition
Date: 09-Jan-2009
From: Aya Katz <amnfnwell.com>
Subject: Summer Internship in Language Acquisition
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University or Organization: Inverted-A, Inc.
Department: Project Bow
Web Address: http://hubpages.com/hub/So-you-want-to-work-with-Bow

Type of Work: Teaching

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Language Acquisition

Duration: 01-Jun-2009 to 31-Aug-2009
Location: Missouri,USA
Minimum Education Level: BA
Special Qualifications: Knowledge of acoustic phonetics, experience using Praat and fluency in Hebrew will be considered a plus.

Interns will work on language acquisition and literacy with Bow, a seven year old chimpanzee. Bow communicates using standard orthography in two languages: English and Hebrew. (Special consideration will be given to applicants who are fluent in Hebrew, as well as English.)

The teaching method involves intensive floortime interactions to draw Bow into as many circles of communication as possible. We use language in context, not rote training. In order to learn, Bow has to be interested in and enjoy the interactions with others.

Interns must respect Bow's considerable intellectual achievements and at the same time be willing to demand even more of him. Interns must maintain realistic expectations and avoid undue sentimentality.

The average workday in the internship will involve three hours playing with Bow, three hours filming others playing with Bow or taking shorthand notes on dialogues with Bow, and two hours editing video footage or transcribing data into the computer.

Interns will be involved in contributing to progress reports in both written and video formats. (Knowledge of acoustic phonology will be a plus in order to analyze vocalizations in which Bow attempts to mimic human speech. If you have experience using Praat please mention it in your application.)

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Contact Information:
Aya Katz
Email: amnfnwell.com
Phone: 573-247-0055

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