Commemorating the Chilean Coup

The linguistics department has been invited to local events commemorating the anniversary of the military coup in Chile that took place on September 11th, 1973. Both of these events include documentary films related to contemporary social movements in Chile.

Here are the links to the FB events:

9.11.2016 at 7.30pm

9.14.2016 at 6:00pm

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K’iche Linguist Needed

FCI Multiple Services is an established translation company that works with a large international network of linguists and translators spanning across the globe.

They are currently looking for a K’iche Linguist to assist them with a translation project. If you are available and interested, please email your resume, your per word rate and any information you deem necessary, such as your preferred contact and payment method to This projects needs to be assigned and completed as soon as possible.

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Summer hire for a Phonetics Research Assistant

Did you take Phonetics (LING 320) and love it? Do you want to practice the skills you learned in that class over the summer? And get paid to do it? If so, please contact me about working as a part-time research assistant. I have two projects needing assistance — (a) one requires the creation of stimuli for a perceptual experiment and possible recruitment of participants and conducting test sessions and (b) the other requires segmentation of recordings of an undocumented tone language. Between these two projects, I’ll be happy to accommodate the precise tasks that the position encompasses according to your availability and interests.

Research Assistant in Phonetics:

Hours: Part-time, roughly 40-50 hours total, preferably spread between late May to late June, but other time frames may be acceptable.
Rate: $10.38 – Student Assistant III
Requirements: Phonetics coursework and experience with Praat will be strongly preferred. Please mention any background you have in phonetics, phonology, and psycholinguistics.
Application method: Letter of interest emailed to James at
Application deadline: Tues, May 17th at 12pm.
Benefits: Opportunity to hone those research skills before thesis time!

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Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies seeking Research Assistant in Language Development

Job Description: Professor Jesse Snedeker is seeking an energetic and intellectually-engaged research assistant for studies of language comprehension in typically-developing children and adults at the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies.

This is a two-year, full-time, limited-term position with the possibility of renewal. Review of applications will begin immediately and the start date would be mid to late July 2016.

Responsibilities include: preparing stimuli, contacting families, testing children and adults, coding data, assisting with data analysis, training undergraduate assistants, managing a summer internship program, maintaining equipment, coordinating the use of space, organizing meetings, and assisting with grant management.

Necessary qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in psychology, linguistics or cognitive science
  • A strong interest in the psychology of language
  • Prior experience working with young children
  • Comfortable with technical trouble shooting
  • Well-organized, attentive to detail, calm under pressure, and comfortable juggling half a dozen things at once

Skills that would be put to good use include:

  • Experience with eye tracking
  • Experience with R, Matlab and Eprime
  • Coursework in semantics, pragmatics and syntax
  • Experience with CHILDES and corpus analyses
  • Experience administering standardized measures such as the SCQ, KBIT & CELF
  • A sense of humor
  • A fondness for event representation, pragmatics, semantics and prosody

Our lab is embedded in larger communities both within Harvard and in the wider Boston area, which offer rich resources for students interested in developmental psychology, psycholinguistics and linguistics. Research assistants are encouraged to make use of these resources. Folks who have held this position in the past have gone to graduate programs in psychology, linguistics, speech and hearing sciences, and clinical linguistics.

Potential applicants should email a letter of interest, a CV, and three references (email addresses and phone numbers are best). No applications will be accepted after Friday, May 6th. Please feel free to write with questions as well.

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RA position at University of Delaware/Nemours; MMN project on speech perception

The Auditory Physiology and Psychoacoustics Research Laboratory at Nemours Biomedical Research in Wilmington, Delaware is seeking a research assistant to work on a grant-funded project on children with Auditory Processing Disorders (APD). This is a one year collaborative project between Nemours and Dr. Arild Hestvik’s Experimental Psycholinguistics Laboratory at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE. The project will use a variety of behavioral, audiological, neurological, and electrophysiological (ERPs) tests to investigate the speech processing skills in children with APD. The research assistant will be responsible for coordinating recruitment efforts between Nemours and the University of Delaware; scheduling research participants; obtaining consent, administering behavioral and electrophysiological (ERP) experiments; coding, post-processing and analyzing experimental results; managing experimental documentation and database, including writing protocols and reports; and administrative duties.

This project involves working with young children, and requires regular travel to University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware to test children. The successful applicant will have a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, linguistics, hearing science, cognitive science, or related field, experience working with children, an ability to communicate and interact with children and parents who may be unfamiliar with scientific research, as well as a one year commitment to this position. In addition, the successful candidate will have experience with ERP methodologies, be punctual, well-organized, motivated, attentive to details, have excellent interpersonal skills, be capable of working independently as well as with research team members.

Experience with E-Prime, EGI Net Station and HydroCel Geodesic Sensor Nets, and MATLAB tools for EEG signal processing preferred. We are looking for applicants who are interested in basic and applied research. The position is ideal for someone wishing to get a year of research experience before applying to graduate school.

To apply, please send your CV/resume, cover letter, two letters of reference or the names and contact information of two references.

For more information, contact Dr. Kyoko Nagao at Position will remain open until filled.


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Most-of-South-and-Southeast-Asian New Year

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This year’s Most-of-South-and-Southeast-Asian New Year festival has blossomed into five days full of exciting events, April 10 through 14!

Throw color powders on your friends for Holi (Sunday 1PM on the Great Lawn), watch films from India and Cambodia (Monday 7PM in PAB 320), Tuesday starting at 4PM in Psych 105), attend a talk on Indian pop music by Anaar Desai-Stephens of Cornell University (Wednesday 6:30PM in Psych 105), and sample traditional foods, decorate the ground with alponas, bathe the Buddha, watch live Bollywood dancers, and join in with some bhangra with DJ Anjali (Thursday starting at 5:30PM in the SU). Details are in the poster below.

Celebrate the New Year with us and with our Khmer, Cham, Thai, Dai, Lao, Shan, Burmese, Mon, Bengali, Assamese, Boro, Manipuri, Oriya, Telugu, Konkani, Kannadiga, Malayali, Tamil, Tuluva, Sinhalese, Punjabi, Maithili, Marathi, Sindhi, Marwari, Nepali, and Balinese friends!

This event has been generously supported by the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Office for Inclusive Community, International Student Services, and the Department of Religion. All are invited.

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NoWPhon wants abstracts from Reedies!

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The organizers of the second annual NorthWest Phonetics/Phonology (NoWPhon) Conference have extended the deadline for abstract submissions to present work (including work in progress) in any area of phonetics or phonology. 1-page abstracts are now due by midnight April 4.

NoWPhon is intended to be a gathering that encourages and provides a supportive environment for student presentations and fosters connections among faculty and students across the region, and they have specifically reached out to Reed students! (Yevgeniy Melguy represented Reed there last year, and came back with very useful feedback on his thesis project, which he is now turning into a journal publication.) NoWPhon also has a limited number of awards to support student travel and accommodation, and we can also help you look for similar opportunities from Reed.

The conference will be held in Eugene, at the University of Oregon, on 13-15 May 2016. Details on how to submit an abstract can be found at their website. Feel free to talk to your adviser and/or to Sameer if you’re thinking of submitting (or attending)!

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UCLA Lab Manager/Research Assistant Position

The Language Processing Lab at UCLA is seeking a full-time post-baccalaureate lab manager / research assistant to start September 1st, 2016, under the direction of Assistant Professor Jesse Harris.

Application deadline:  Submit by April 7th for fullest consideration.
Start date: September 1, 2016.

The job posting can be found here.

Duties will involve managing ongoing projects on sentence processing and language comprehension in the lab, including stimulus preparing and norming, subject recruitment and running, training undergraduate RAs, and developing lab protocols. The term of appointment is initially one year with the possibility of extension, the length of which depends on funding.

The lab employs various methodologies, including large-scale online experiments, corpus development and annotation, timed behavioral judgment tasks, listening comprehension, language production, and eye tracking experiments, and has access to an EEG recording system. The successful participant will have acquired a degree in Linguistics, Psychology, Computer Science, or a related field, prior to appointment. Candidates should ideally have relevant experience running subjects and collecting data in one or more of the above methods, although the primary consideration will be on a willingness to learn methods and the ability to successfully organize the daily life of an active lab. Other desirable qualities include a background in basic programming (R, Python, Matlab, etc.), statistics, independent motivation, excellent people skills, and a deep curiosity for language and the mind.

To apply for the position, follow this link to the UC Career Opportunities Page:

There, applicants can submit a cover letter describing their research interests, experience, and qualifications, as well as a current resume and two references (name and email) who have worked closely with the applicant on related research. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and will be competitive for the Los Angeles area.

The position is open until filled, although candidates will be considered as soon as materials are received. Candidate are strongly encouraged to submit by April 7th for fullest consideration. Please contact Jesse Harris  ( with any questions regarding the position.

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University of Maryland Hiring Four Full-time Positions

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, is looking to fill up to four full-time positions for post-baccalaureate researchers.

Starting date for all positions is Summer/Fall 2016. Salary is competitive, with benefits included. The positions would be ideal for individuals with a BA degree who are interested in gaining significant research experience in a very active research group as preparation for a research career. Applicants must already have permission to work in the US, or be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and should have completed a BA or BS degree by the time of appointment. The ability to interact comfortably with a wide variety of people (and machines) is a distinct advantage. Applicants may request to be considered for all four positions.

The positions are open until filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by April 1st, 2016. However, review of applications will begin immediately. 

Positions #1–#2: Baggett Research Fellowships 
Baggett Fellowships are full-time positions. Fellows can pursue research in linguistics, cognitive (neuro-)science of language, language acquisition, or computational modeling. 1–2 positions are available for 2016-2017. Positions are for one year and are not renewable. Contact: Dr. Andrea Zukowski

Position #3: Research Assistant in Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Neuroscience 
This person will be involved in all aspects of studies of language comprehension using behavioral and neuroscientific techniques, including electrophysiological brain recordings (training provided). The person will also contribute to Maryland’s Language Science program. Previous experience in (psycho)linguistics preferred. 1 year initial appointment, possibility of extension. Contact: Dr. Colin Phillips

Position #4: Research Assistant in Syntax and Morphology 
This person will be involved in all aspects of syntactic analysis of several languages, some of which are new to the study of linguistics, using methods of morpho-syntactic analysis and corpus construction (training provided). The person will also assist in bibliographical research and website construction.The person will also contribute to Maryland’s Language Science program. Previous experience in linguistics preferred. 1 year initial appointment, possibility of extension. Contact: Dr. Maria Polinsky

Application Requirements
Applicants may request to be considered for all four positions, or any subset. Applicants for any of these positions should submit a cover letter outlining relevant background and interests, including  potential faculty mentors, if applying for the Baggett Fellowships (multiple mentors are both possible and fruitful), a current CV, and names and contact information for 3 potential referees. Reference letters are not needed as part of the initial application. Applicants should also send a writing sample. All application materials should be submitted electronically to the following recipients:

Positions #1–#2 – Andrea Zukowski; Put ‘Baggett Fellowship’ in the subject line.

Position #3 – Colin Phillips; Put ‘Research Assistantship’ in the subject line.

Position #4 – Maria Polinsky; Put ‘Research Assistantship’ in the subject line.

The Department of Linguistics has shared facilities for testing of infants, children and adults, 2 eye-tracking labs, an ERP lab and a whole-head MEG facility. The department is part of a vibrant language science community that numbers 200 faculty, researchers, and graduate students across 17 departments and centers spanning 6 colleges, and is affiliated with the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science and the Maryland Neuroimaging Center.

The positions are open until filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by April 1st, 2016. However, review of applications will begin immediately.

More details about these positions.

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Competitive Scholarships and Awards Info Sessions

If you are interested in applying for competitive scholarships and awards, take advantage of these upcoming information sessions. Michelle Johnson, Fellowships Advisor, is with the Center for Life Beyond Reed and her office is located in Prexy. She is a great resource if you have any questions about fellowships.




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