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Support Announcement:

Level: Open
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics Natural Language Processing
Application Deadline: 26-May-2014
Supporting Institution: University of Alberta
LL Issue: 25.1962
Posted: 02-May-2014
Support Description: The Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta is offering a graduate student research position at either the MSc (2 years) or PhD (4 years) level in its graduate program, beginning in September 2014 within the research project 21st Century Tools for Indigenous Languages. The research is funded by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), through a Partnership Development Grant.

This project is associated with several laboratories within the Department of Linguistics, and is led by:
- Dr. Antti Arppe; Alberta Language Technology Laboratory (ALTLab):
- Dr. Jordan Lachler; Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute (CILLDI):
- Dr. Juhani Järvikivi; Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics (CCP):
- Dr. Timothy Mills; ALTLab, Alberta Phonetics Laboratory (APhL):

Successful applicants for this position will be required to meet the general entrance requirements to the Department’s graduate program. For details, see website:
The applicants should posses a keen interest in North American Indigenous languages.

We will prefer candidates with:
- experience in and knowledge of the phonology and/or morphosyntax of indigenous languages (in particular Plains Cree and other Algonquian or North American indigenous languages); and/or:
- experience in computational linguistics and natural language processing (e.g. finite-state transducers, speech technology); and/or:
- interest or experience in the evaluation of text-to-speech systems and/or experimental study of language.

Responsibilities and Duties
Alongside studies in the Department’s graduate program, the graduate student will participate in developing of either or all:
- a computational model of the morphology for Plains Cree (and/or another indigenous language in North America) and subsequent computer-aided writing, reading, and language learning applications;
- text-to-speech synthesis, aiming at supporting the retention and revitalization of these languages;
- evaluation measures for either type of applications.

We offer:
- an opportunity to personally contribute to the practical retention of linguistic diversity;
- opportunities for a well-rounded, comprehensive training in empirical research methods in field linguistics, psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics, as well as language technology;
- a possibility to participate in a international research project involving collaboration with leading research centers in the development of language technology and research on indigeneous languages (Giellatekno Institute, University of Tromsø,

How to apply:
Send by email to Dr. Antti Arppe (arppe Linguist List, the following:
- a brief statement of research interests and relevant background;
- curriculum vitae (including possible publications and presentations);
- transcripts of university studies; and
- at least two confidential, academic letters of reference, delivered directly by the referees to Dr. Arppe.

We will start considering applications on May 26, 2014. The position is open until filled.

For further information, please consult the position announcement on the project website:
and contact Dr. Antti Arppe (arppe Linguist List
Application Mailing Address: Dr. Antti Arppe Department of Linguistics 2-40 Assiniboia Hall, University of Alberta Edmonton Alberta T6G 2E7 Canada
Contact Information: Dr. Antti Arppe