PhD Scholarship in Computational Linguistics at University of Ghent

University of Ghent is offering PhD position. The initial contract for this position is two years. Potential candidates should apply before February 07, 2019.

In the context of a research infrastructure project, a scholarship is offered for a PhD student in the LT3 Language and Translation Technology Team at the Ghent University Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication. The successful applicant will participate in a multidisciplinary research collaboration between UGent (iaLing and LT3) and UHasselt (Expertise Centre for Digital Media). The PhD research topic is part of a Hercules (FWO-funded) project (see description below), and focuses on the extension of Natural Language Processing tools for application in the domain of Spanish dialectology.

The successful candidate is appointed for two years. Further funding will be sought for the remainder of the PhD project. The starting date is as soon as possible.

The study of dialectal microvariation of Spanish spoken in Spain has until recently mainly focused on lexical and phonetic features. The morphosyntax of these dialects, on the contrary, remains largely unexplored, despite the recent surge in interest in dialect grammars. This is due to the lack of large annotated dialectal corpora. This project aims to fill this lacuna and will create the first morphosyntactically annotated and parsed corpus of the European Spanish dialects. This dialect corpus will be designed in a geographically balanced way and its material will proceed from the COSER corpus (Corpus Oral y Sonoro del Espaol Rural `Audible Corpus of Spoken Rural Spanish’; www.corpusrural.es), which is the largest collection of oral data in the Spanish-speaking world. As transcribing and annotating are expensive and labour-intensive, this project takes a collaborative game-based approach to building the parsed corpus of European Spanish dialects. In other words, a crowdsourced game will be built through which members of the public contribute to the co-creation of the parsed corpus by providing annotations in the context of a game.

The application in English should include

Applications are to be sent by e-mail to Prof. Dr Veronique Hoste (Veronique.Hoste@UGent.be) and Prof. Dr Miriam Bouzouita (Miriam.Bouzouita@UGent.be).

Those who have applied previously do not need to resubmit their application as they will be considered.

Deadline: February 07, 2019
Apply Link: Please send your application via email.

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