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Job Announcement: Université Libre de Bruxelles

Dutch; Language Acquisition; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Bilingualism: Post Doc, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

Employer: Université Libre de Bruxelles

Job Location: Brussels, Belgium
Title: Two-year post-doctoral position
Rank: Post Doc
Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Language Acquisition
Language Specialty: Dutch
LL Issue: 25.2469
Date Submitted: 06-Jun-2014
Job Description: Two-year post-doctoral position in psycholinguistics/bilingualism/experimental pragmatics, starting the first of October 2014, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Brussels)

Job description
This postdoctoral position is part of a joint University of Cambridge/Université Libre de Bruxelles project on the impact of bilingualism and bi-dialectalism on linguistic and cognitive development. The project’s promoters are Napoleon Katsos (Cambridge) and Mikhail Kissine (Université Libre de Bruxelles).

The successful candidate will have to implement and run a series of linguistic and cognitive tasks on a population of monolingual, bilingual, and bi-dialectal children in different locations of Dutch-speaking Belgium. The researcher will also contribute to the analyses and interpretation of the findings and to academic publications. The researcher will also be encouraged to develop their independent research programme within the scope of the project.

Starting date: 01/10/2014. Net monthly salary starting from 2000 €.

Project description
Speaking two or more languages is becoming the norm rather than the exception. It is therefore imperative to understand the impact of bilingualism on child development. Research to date reports negative effects of bilingualism on linguistic development (when the bilingual child is compared to monolingual peers), but positive effects on cognitive development. We propose that there are aspects of linguistic development, namely pragmatics and conversational skills, where bilingualism should have a positive effect. Moreover, we propose that the contrastive study of bilingualism and bi-dialectalism (children speaking two dialects) has unique potential to reveal the nature of the cognitive advantages of bilingualism. We bring these two strands together in a single program of research that will address questions of central interest for communities both within and beyond academia.

Required experience
- Advanced or near-native knowledge of Dutch
- Experience in one or several of the following areas: experimental psychology, experimental pragmatics, language acquisition, cognitive development, bilingualism
- Familiarity with advanced statistical analyses
- Familiarity with Flemish and/or French is desirable, but not required

How to apply
The application should comprise:
- A CV
- A statement of how the candidate’s research interests fit in with research in linguistic and cognitive development in bilingualism (up to 500 words)
- Two reference letters

Applications should be sent by email before July 20th 2014 to the application and contact email addresses below.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by 1st of August and interviews will take place soon after that date by Skype.
Application Deadline: 20-Jul-2014
Application Email: click here to access email
Contact Information: Mikhail  Kissine
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