Nov 152016

The Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Computational Linguistics to begin July 1, 2017, with appointment at the rank of Instructor. The successful candidate should have a primary specialization in Computational Linguistics, with a demonstrated ability to teach courses in Computational Linguistics with knowledge in at least three of the following areas: computational morphology, computational pragmatics, computational semantics, syntax and parsing, machine learning, and machine translation. We especially encourage applicants who have experience combining insights from Computational Linguistics with traditional areas of linguistic enquiry, and experience in the tech industry is considered an asset. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Linguistics, Computer Science, or a closely related field and are expected to demonstrate a record of or potential for high-quality educational leadership, especially in the area of curriculum or program development, and teaching of a variety of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of excellent teaching, service, and educational leadership.

As this is a tenure-track position, the successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement. For a description of the Instructor rank and criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/collective-agreements/appointment-faculty/.

The Department of Linguistics is designing a new Professional Master in Computational Linguistics, and the successful applicant will play a formative role in the development of this program and its curriculum, and is expected to hold significant administrative responsibility for the program. The successful applicant will teach and participate in the Department’s graduate and undergraduate programs. Teaching and research in the Department cover a broad range of subfields in linguistics, and approach these from a variety of perspectives, with particular strengths in formal-theoretical linguistics, experimental and field linguistics, language acquisition, and computational approaches to the study of communicative behaviour. The Department is a centre for the study of the indigenous languages of the Americas with a particular focus on the First Nations languages of western Canada, and has a long history of work on African languages. See the department website (http://www.linguistics.ubc.ca) for further details.

Applicants are asked to provide: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, representative samples of published or unpublished work, and evidence of teaching effectiveness, along with any additional supporting documents (max. file size 3MB per document).Applications must be submitted electronically, via email to: edna.dharmaratne@ubc.ca (with “Computational Linguistics Search” in the subject line), by December 15, 2016. In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential signed letters of recommendation to be sent separately by the same date to the email address above. Enquiries addressed to Dr. Bryan Gick, Chair of the Search Committee and Head of Department, c/o Mrs. Edna Dharmaratne, Administrator, may be sent to the same email address.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Nov 032016

Offre de bourses et de postes

Le département d’études françaises de l’Université Western Ontario offre des programmes de cycles supérieurs en littérature française ainsi qu’en linguistique accompagnés d’une aide financière garantie par la Faculté des Arts et des Sciences humaines.

Doctorat (d’une durée de 48 mois): l’aide financière prend en charge les frais de scolarité et offre une somme d’au moins 12,000$ annuellement sous la forme d’assistanats d’enseignement; l’étudiant/l’étudiante bénéficie de cet arrangement durant 4 ans;

Maîtrise (d’une durée de 12 mois): des bourses sont offertes qui couvrent une partie des frais de scolarité et les étudiants bénéficient aussi d’une somme d’au moins 12,000$ annuellement sous la forme d’assistanats d’enseignement. Pour plus d’information concernant l’aide financière offerte par notre institution, veuillez communiquer directement avec le département d’études françaises ou voir http://www.uwo.ca/french/graduate/finances/index.html

En plus des bourses de cycles supérieurs, le département d’études françaises offre aux étudiants et aux étudiantes qui ont obtenu un dossier académique de qualité une aide financière pour effectuer des voyages de recherche ou pour prendre part à des colloques.

Date limite pour la première considération pour le financement à partir de septembre 2017: 1er février 2017.

Quand vous postulez à Western, vous pouvez postuler en même temps pour la Bourse BESO (une bourse du gouvernement de l’Ontario de 15,000$; échéance : janvier 2017). Le site s’ouvre dans les premières semaines du mois d’octobre

URL de demande BESO : http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/student_finances/ogs.html

Nous acceptons les demandes après le 1er février 2016 mais nous ne pouvons garantir le même type de financement.

Directeur des cycles supérieures : François Poiré (fpoire@uwo.ca)

Adjointe aux cycles supérieurs : Chrisanthi Ballas (frgrpr@uwo.ca)

Pour nous joindre : http://www.uwo.ca/french/graduate/programs/index.html

Adresse : Département d’études françaises, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 3K7

url de référence : http://www.uwo.ca/french

Nov 012016
Revue canadienne de linguistique 61(3):

  • novembre 2016
  • La référence temporelle au futur en français
  • Rédacteurs invités : Philip Comeau & Anne-José Villeneuve
  • table des matières (Project Muse)
Canadian Journal of Linguistics 61(3):

  • November 2016
  • Future temporal reference in French
  • Guest Editors: Philip Comeau & Anne-José Villeneuve
  • table of contents (Project Muse)

RCL 61(3) | CJL 61(3)

Oct 182016

Assistant Professor, Division of Linguistics, School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures

Job ID: 11439

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Division of Linguistics in the Faculty of Arts’ School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in theoretical approaches to first or second language acquisition. Linguistic disciplinary specialization can involve any of sound, grammar, or meaning. The anticipated start date of the position is July 1, 2017.

We are seeking a scholar who will establish and maintain an active research program in the area of language acquisition theory with the ability to secure external research funding. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to play an important role in the teaching and supervision of students in the undergraduate and graduate programs in Linguistics at the University of Calgary. Service within the University is also expected.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Linguistics in hand by the anticipated start date for the position. The ideal candidate will display evidence of excellence in both research and teaching. They may demonstrate research excellence through (i) significant peer-reviewed publications, (ii) a strong record of research productivity including proof of successfully securing research grants, (iii) evidence of future projects, such as grant applications. Evidence of excellence in teaching may be demonstrated by means of (i) strong teaching evaluations, (ii) evidence of student supervision and mentorship.

The Division of Linguistics is a research-intensive unit within the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures with high standards in teaching, research and community engagement. We value interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to research and training, and strongly encourage collaboration. Please visit the School’s website for more information.

All applications must be received by November 30, 2016. Please provide an updated curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, a teaching dossier including a statement of personal teaching philosophy, no more than four samples of scholarly work, and have three letters of reference sent directly to the Division of Linguistics under separate cover. The statement of research interest must address the relationship of the candidate’s work to linguistic theory. The materials should be directed to the mailing/email address below.

Electronic applications are preferred.

Mailing Address for Applications:

Prof. Darin Flynn
Division of Linguistics
School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4

Email Address for Applications: slllc@ucalgary.ca

The deadline for applications is November 30, 2016.

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to become one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. Ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

About Calgary, Alberta

Ranked the 5th most livable city in the world, Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and one of the best cities in Canada to raise a family. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.


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Sep 192016

Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Linguistics
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2017

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, invites applications for a tenure-stream position in Linguistics at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence July 1, 2017.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Linguistics, a strong research record and publications, and demonstrated excellence or the promise of excellence in teaching. We are seeking a candidate whose primary expertise is in the area of Phonetics-Phonology. In addition to teaching a range of courses in Phonetics and theoretical Phonology, the successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the specialized stream in Human Communication Sciences currently under development by the Linguistics Program. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the Graduate Program in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, be capable of supervising graduate students, and be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Pedagogical innovation in areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning is an asset.

Applicants should submit a signed letter of application, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, samples of scholarly work and copies of student teaching evaluations. Applicants should arrange to have three signed letters of recommendation sent to Professor Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano, Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, Ross Building, S561, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3.

Electronic or hard copy applications will be accepted.

Email: lllchair@yorku.ca – (Subject line: “Linguistics Tenure-Track Position”)

Emailed submissions should be in one PDF.

For further information, please contact Professor Gabriela Alboiu (galboiu@yorku.ca), Undergraduate Program Director, Linguistics.

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2016. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

Posting End Date: November 15, 2016

Sep 082016

Le Département d’études françaises de l’Université Concordia (Montréal, QC) a le plaisir d’organiser la 19e édition de ABLT-BWTL qui se tiendra les 12 et 13 décembre 2016. Nous vous invitons dès maintenant à soumettre un résumé (250 mots maximum) pour une présentation de 15 minutes (plus 5 minutes de questions). Dans l’esprit des rencontres précédentes, les communications doivent porter sur des recherches en cours dans tous les domaines de la linguistique théorique ou appliquée. Nous encourageons particulièrement les étudiantes et les étudiants à soumettre une communication.

Veuillez, s’il vous plaît, soumettre votre résumé à l’adresse de courriel suivante: ablt.bwtl.2016@gmail.com. Pour toute question concernant l’atelier, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter à cette même adresse.

Conférencière invitée : Elizabeth Allyn Smith, Université du Québec à Montréal

Dates importantes :

Date limite de soumission des résumés :
30 septembre 2016
Notification :
14 octobre 2016
Atelier :
12 et 13 décembre, Université Concordia, Montréal, Québec.

Comité organisateur :

  • Davy Bigot (Université Concordia)
  • Adel Jebali (Université Concordia)
  • Denis Liakin (Université Concordia)
  • Anaïs Tatossian (Université Concordia)

The Département d’études françaises of Concordia University is pleased to hold the 19th Bilingual Workshop in Theoretical Linguistics (BWTL), which will take place December the 12th and the 13th. We now invite abstracts (250 words maximum) for 15 minutes talks (+ 5 minutes for questions) dealing with any topic in theoretical or applied linguistics. As established by tradition, the presentations should be based on works-in-progress only. Students are strongly encouraged to participate.

Please submit your paper at the following email: ablt.bwtl.2016@gmail.com. Questions regarding the meeting can be sent to the same address.

Invited speaker : Elizabeth Allyn Smith, Université du Québec à Montréal

Important dates:

Deadline for submission:
September the 30th, 2016
Notification date:
October the 14th, 2016
Meeting date:
December the 12th and the 13th, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

Comité organisateur :

  • Davy Bigot (Université Concordia)
  • Adel Jebali (Université Concordia)
  • Denis Liakin (Université Concordia)
  • Anaïs Tatossian (Université Concordia)
Aug 312016

The School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Calgary invites you to the 2017 West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics.

Invited Speakers

  • Elan Dresher – University of Toronto
  • Heidi Harley – University of Arizona
  • Keir Moulton – Simon Fraser University
  • Winner of the Student Presentation Competition at the 2016 Meeting of the Canadian Linguistics Association:
    Neil Banerjee (BA 2016, Toronto) – MIT

Special Exhibits

The Canadian Language Museum:
A Tapestry of Voices: Celebrating Canada’s Languages
Cree: The People’s Language

Important Dates

  • Conference Dates: April 28-30, 2017
Jun 302016

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2017.

Responsibilities include teaching large and small undergraduate courses in linguistics as well as more advanced courses in one or more areas of linguistics. Applicants with the ability to also teach statistics and psycholinguistics will be given priority. Scholarly activities for this position include work in the areas of discipline-related teaching methodologies and practice, curriculum development and implementation. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and to becoming a leader in enhancing undergraduate education in linguistics.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in linguistics by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. The successful applicant must have experience as a course instructor, a record of excellence in teaching in both small and large enrollment class settings, teaching-related activities such as curriculum development and student mentoring, and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related scholarly activity. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated by strong letters of reference, teaching evaluations, and the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified applicants are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, copies of teaching evaluations, and the names of the referees who have been asked to submit letters of reference. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files as follows: (1) Cover letter and CV; (2) Teaching dossier.

Applicants should ask three referees to email letters directly to Keren Rice, Chair at lingdept@chass.utoronto.ca by the closing date, October 20, 2016 11:59pm EST. Inquiries should be directed to mhsu@chass.utoronto.ca.

The University of Toronto is a research-intensive institution with an interdisciplinary commitment, a multicultural student body, and a modern campus. The University offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. For more information about the Department of Linguistics, please see our home page at http://linguistics.utoronto.ca/.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Jun 212016

Meilleure communication étudiante (ACL 2016, Université de Calgary)
Neil Banerjee (Université de Toronto) « Of monsters and modals »

Dans sa communication, Banerjee a mis l’emphase sur les différences distributionnelles entre les auxiliaires modaux de possibilité et les auxiliaires modaux de nécessité en anglais et en kinyarwanda (plus particulièrement, il s’agit du glissement dans la référence temporelle et dans la base modale relative à l’énonciateur). Selon la thèse de Banerjee, les modaux à valeur épistémique impliquent une division entre contexte et indice. Banerjee propose qu’avec les verbes d’attitude, le contexte est oblitéré par un indice référentiel (dû à un opérateur « monstrueux » sélectionné par un verbe d’attitude). Son hypothèse prédit que, dans toutes les langues, les modaux devraient se comporter de façon différente dans la phrase matrice, dans la subordonnée d’un verbe d’attitude, et dans le conséquent d’une conditionnelle contrefactuelle. Les évaluateurs ont souligné que Banerjee a fait montre d’une maîtrise solide de concepts théoriques complexes, d’une bonne capacité à mettre en rapport les données et les outils formels de l’analyse et d’une grande facilité à gérer la période de questions. Les évaluateurs ont également été impressionnés par la portée de l’analyse de Banerjee, qui jette les bases d’études ultérieures portant sur les auxiliaires modaux à valeur épistémique dans une perspective interlinguistique.

Best student talk (CLA 2016, University of Calgary)
Neil Banerjee (University of Toronto) “Of monsters and modals

In his talk, Banerjee focused on distributional differences between epistemic possibility and necessity modals in English and Kinyarwanda (with regard to temporal shift and modal base’s shift from the speaker to another individual). He argued that epistemic modals involve a context-index split, proposing that under attitude verbs the context is overwritten with an index (due to a “monstrous” operator selected by an attitude verb). His proposal predicts that, cross-linguistically, modals are expected to behave differently in matrix clauses, under attitude verbs and in the consequent of a counterfactual conditional. The judges emphasized Banerjee’s strong command of complex theoretical ideas, his effectiveness in linking the data to the formal tools used in his analysis, and the ease in how he handled the question-and-answer period. The judges were also impressed by the breadth of his analysis, which sets the ground for further study of epistemic modals in a cross-linguistic perspective.

Meilleure affiche étudiante (ACL 2016, Université de Calgary)
Malina Radu (Université de Toronto) « Conditioned variability in the realization of Romanian rhotics »

L’affiche présentée par Radu proposait une analyse phonétique des consonnes rhotiques du roumain, dont le but était d’identifier les sources possibles de la variabilité (position interne au mot, registre et type de mot) dans ces consonnes. À partir de deux tâches de production réalisées par 10 locuteurs natifs de roumain, Radu a observé différentes réalisations des consonnes rhotiques allant au-delà des variantes attestées antérieurement, c’est-à-dire la vibrante battue et la vibrante roulée. Les évaluateurs ont noté de façon unanime que Radu était tout à fait à l’aise quand il s’agissait d’expliquer les fondements et les implications de son analyse, même si ces informations n’apparaissaient pas sur son affiche. De fait, la présentation de Radu fait partie d’un projet plus vaste qui examine l’acquisition de l’espagnol par des locuteurs de roumain et la réalisation des consonnes rhotiques dans ces deux langues. Radu a clairement expliqué comment son analyse s’inscrit dans ce programme de recherche. De plus, elle a su démontrer de l’intérêt face aux suggestions et idées qui lui ont été communiquées, et elle a pu répondre à des questions qui dépassaient largement l’analyse présentée sur son affiche.

Best student poster (CLA 2016, University of Calgary)
Malina Radu (University of Toronto) “Conditioned variability in the realization of Romanian rhotics

Radu’s poster presented a phonetic analysis of Romanian rhotics, with the aim of identifying possible sources of their variability (word-internal position, register and word type). On the basis of results from two production tasks with 10 native speakers of Romanian, Radu observed different realizations of rhotics extending beyond those previously attested, namely tap and trill variants. The judges unanimously noted that she was extremely comfortable talking about the motivation and implications of her analysis, even if this information was not on the poster. In fact, Radu’s research is part of a larger project that examines the acquisition of Spanish by Romanian speakers and the realization of rhotics in both languages. She very clearly had a sense of this larger research program and of how her poster presentation fits in. Finally, she was open to suggestions and ideas, and she was able to answer questions that went beyond what was shown on the poster.