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 for a flexible start date between June 20th and July 6th 2018.

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
· Availability for flexible scheduling, including evenings and weekends, to facilitate data collection
· A strong interest in the psychology of language, language acquisition, and conceptual development
· 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 EEG
· Experience with R, Matlab and Eprime
· Experience with CHILDES and corpus analyses
· Coursework in semantics, pragmatics and syntax
· A sense of humor

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 echalmers@fas.harvard.edu a letter of interest, a CV, and three references (email addresses and phone numbers are best). Please feel free to write with questions as well.

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The Institute for Linguistics, Image and Text

The Institute for Linguistics, Image and Text
June 4 – 29, 2018

Returning for its second summer, this four-week intensive summer program will explore central topics in semantics, psycholinguistics, and the philosophy of language and mind by applying influential theories to poetic and literary verse, graphic novels, comics, film, and other forms of visual art. The program will consist of class discussions, focused group work, and local field trips to museums, cinemas, and other cultural sites in the Five College consortium.

At the conclusion of the program, students will have the opportunity to present their work in a professional conference setting, in which they will create and analyze their own narrative art in terms of the theory taught in the class, while applying acquired skills of effective presentation.

This program is designed for students who are intrigued by the linguistic workings of the human mind and artistic expression. Students will learn to synthesize theories of linguistic narration with the practices of artistic creation.

Paid internships: Students will also have the opportunity to apply for paid internships. The internships will run July 2 – August 3, 2018, after the completion of LIT. On-campus housing will be provided. Students must apply to the four-week LIT program in order to be considered for an internship.

Apply by Friday, April 6th for discounted tuition!

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12th annual Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium (CULC 12)

My name is Kalen Chang, the current Secretary of Cornell’s Undergraduate Linguistics Club (Underlings). On behalf of all of us, I cordially invite you and Reed College Linguistics Program to participate in the 12th annual Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium (CULC 12), which will take place from April 27th-29th, 2018 at Cornell University’s Department of Linguistics in Morrill Hall.

The yearly conference has included student presenters from around the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. This year, our internal keynote speaker will be Prof. Abigail Cohn, and our external keynote speaker will be Prof. Lauren Clemens from SUNY Albany. We are very excited to hear back from departments such as yours and from your students’ latest research projects in a variety of subfields of linguistics, including but not limited to phonetics, phonology, syntax, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition.

We encourage students pursuing a B.A., B.S., or equivalent degree to submit an abstract for a talk of no more than twenty minutes in length or for a poster presentation at our poster session by February 28th. Abstracts must be at most two pages long, including data and references, on letter-size or A4 paper with 1 inch margins on all sides and at least 11 point font. Abstracts should have a clear title and should be anonymous. Abstracts must be submitted electronically to CULinguisticsColloquium@gmail.com in PDF format.

For more information, our page is conf.ling.cornell.edu/culc12, but feel free to email me or José Armando Fernández Guererro (jaf377@cornell.edu) if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Kalen Chang
Underlings Secretary
Linguistics and Mathematics Major
Arts & Sciences, Cornell University 2020

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Stony Brook University’s faculty-led Study Abroad Program “Explore St. Petersburg!”

Dear Linguistics Program Director,

Please tell your advanced Linguistics undergraduate and graduate students about the incredible opportunity to study with some of the world’s leading Linguists while gaining invaluable overseas Internship experience through Stony Brook University’s faculty-led Study Abroad Program “Explore St. Petersburg!”; earning 1-6 credits from Stony Brook, while choosing from a range of available Internships.

The program is hosted by St. Petersburg State University, and works closely with the NY-St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI-2018), which will be held this summer for the 16th consecutive year in St. Petersburg.

Program dates are July 7-August 5, 2018  For more information, click here

**Fellowships now available through Stony Brook International Programs.**

NYI’s lineup of Linguistics and Cognitive Psychology faculty for summer 2018:

Daniel Altshuler (Hampshire College)
John F. Bailyn (Stony Brook University)
Ioana Chitoran (Université Paris Diderot)
John E. Drury (Stony Brook University)
Maria Kuvaldina (Farmingdale State College)
Andrew Nevins (University College London)
Omer Preminger (University of Maryland)
Christina Tortora (CUNY Graduate Center & College of Staten Island)
Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
(There are also 10 faculty in Cultural and Media Studies, see website for details)

***All seminars are in English***  

This year’s Linguistics/Cognitive Studies program features seminars in:

• Generative Syntax (introductory and advanced)
• Formal Semantics
• Phonological Theory
• Morphological Theory
• Real Spoken English
• Language Universals
• Musical Cognition
• The Language of Comics: Modularity and Mind
• Bioethics

Click here for pdf brochure

To apply click here

The application deadline is April 1, 2018, but applications received before March 15, 2018 will have highest priority.

Thank you for spreading the word of this unique Study Abroad opportunity for Linguistics and CogPsych students!


John Frederick Bailyn
Professor of Linguistics
Director, Stony Brook St. Petersburg Programs

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Fifth Annual UC Davis Symposium on Language Research

May 25th, 2018, UC Davis Conference Center

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Bernard Comrie (Distinguished Faculty Professor of Linguistics, UC Santa Barbara)

Dr. Lal Zimman (Assistant Professor of Linguistics, UC Santa Barbara)

The UC Davis Cluster on Language Research is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual UC Davis Symposium on Language Research. The purpose of this symposium is to showcase current investigations on language, and to cultivate a community of language researchers throughout the country. We welcome a wide array of topics across all languages and disciplines related to linguistics, as it is our goal to create an open and inclusive symposium to promote dialogue between all types of language research.

Eligibility: All graduate and undergraduate students, lecturers, postdoctoral and visiting scholars currently investigating language in some capacity are encouraged to submit their research, preliminary or otherwise.

Submission deadline: March 30th, 2018

If you are interested in presenting, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words in .pdf format to this Google form. Do not include any identifying information in your abstract or file name. In the Google form please include your name, academic affiliation, degree objective, title of the paper, and whether you wish to present an individual presentation or in a panel. Panels are limited to 3 presentations. If you wish to present as a panel, please submit all three abstracts together in one Google form submission, with a brief justification as to why they form a cohesive panel. Each presentation is limited to 15 minutes, plus an additional five minutes for questions.

Each abstract, unless requested otherwise, will be considered for the Award for Most Innovative Research. In order to receive award consideration, you must be currently enrolled at a postsecondary institution and submit your abstract by March 30th, 2018.

For more details regarding the conference, abstracts, and awards please visit our website at: languageresearch.ucdavis.edu
or send questions to: ucd.langsymposium@gmail.com

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Call for submissions: Undergraduate Research in Linguistics


CLAUSE (Canadian Linguistics Annual Undergraduate Conference) is a conference for undergraduate research ran by the Society of Linguistic Undergraduates of McGill (SLUM) and the Concordia Linguistics Student Association (LSA).

Any current undergraduate student who is completing/has completed original research in linguistics and related fields (psycholinguistics, speech pathology, computational linguistics, sociolinguistics, etc.) is encouraged to submit, as are recent graduates who completed research while completing their degree. We are emailing in the case that students at the University would be interested in attending or presenting their work.

Although we are based in Montreal, we do have a few presenters travelling every year. It’s a wonderful opportunity to network, learn about academic research and what conferences are typically like, and to broaden your knowledge of the field. Presenting your work to peers is a valuable skill if you plan on continuing in research, and a large part of our mandate is to provide undergraduates with the opportunities and resources to practice. We also welcome attendees who have not yet done research, or who are looking for inspiration for a capstone/honours thesis– this is a great place to scout potential research questions and areas of interest.

CLAUSE will be on Friday, March 23rd. Call for submissions (15 minute oral presentations as well as poster submissions) will be open from February 5th – March 5th. For more information, or to submit your abstracts, go to our website: https://sites.google.com/view/clause2018

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email us at slum.linguistics@mail.mcgill.ca

Thank you so much!

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CoLang 2018 Fellowship Applications Available Through February 8

The LSA is excited to announce that applications are now available for the 2018 CoLang, the Institute on Collaborative Language Research. Applications are being accepted through February 8.

CoLang fellowships will offer several students the opportunity to participate in CoLang 2018 at no cost or at a reduced rate. Applicants must be student members of the LSA. Nonmembers may join here. Student members of the LSA will see a green “Submit Fellowship Application” button after logging in to the LSA website.

Note: Individuals affiliated with Tribal Colleges and Universities who are not LSA member may apply by clicking here. Please provide the requested information to complete a profile on the LSA website, and be sure to remember your user ID and password, which you will need to log back in. Upon completing your profile, you will see a large green “Submit Fellowship Application” button below your name. Click this button to prepare and submit your fellowship application.

The Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang) will be held on the campus of the University of Florida in 2018, June 18th – July 20th. During the first two weeks (June 18-29) students will have a choice of about forty-eight workshops in all kinds of topics related to community-based language documentation and revitalization. During the following three weeks (July 2-20), three intensive practica will be offered which allow students to put the principles learned in the first two weeks into practice with detailed study of particular languages.

The institute is designed to provide an opportunity for community language activists and linguists to receive training in community-based language documentation and revitalization. The Institute has previously been convened in California, Oregon, Kansas, Texas, and Alaska and attracts a diverse range of participants from across the globe. Instructors include some of the world’s leading experts in language documentation.

CoLang 2018 is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1664464), the Linguistic Society of America, and the University of Florida.

To read more about CoLang 2018, click here.

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CoLang 2018

The Institute for Collaborative Language Research
June 18th – July 20th, 2018
Gainesville, FL

Offered as a summer institute every two years, CoLang offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students, practicing linguists, and indigenous community members to develop and refine skills and approaches to language documentation and revitalization. The institute consists of two parts: two weeks of intensive workshops on practices, principles and models of language documentation and revitalization, followed by a three-week practicum (field methods) course, working with speakers of select indigenous languages applying hands-on techniques in language documentation. Participants may choose to enroll only in the two-weeks of workshops or in the full five weeks.

Course topics at CoLang 2018 will include:
– Grant Writing
– Data Management and Archiving
– Ethnobiology
– Ethics and community engagement
– ELAN, FLEx, Audio and Video recording
– Orthography
– Lexicography
– Language and Health
– Survey Methods

Visit colang.lin.ufl.edu for an updated list of course offerings! Costs for CoLang 2018 are given below, with scholarship options available.

Two-week Workshops: Approx. $1,500.00
Five-week Workshops: Approx. $3,900.00

CoLang 2018 is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1664464), the Linguistic Society of American, and the University of Florida.

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Lecturer in Phonology, UC Berkeley

Lecturer — Phonology — Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, is seeking a one-year appointment for one, full-time lecturer in phonology with the expectation of renewal for a second year. Duties each semester will include teaching one undergraduate and one graduate course, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in their research, oversight of a phonology working group, responsibility for a weekly phonology reading group, and active engagement in the life of the department. Salary will be based on the University pay scale for lecturers, between $53,402–$65,064, commensurate with experience.

The Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in Linguistics or related field is required by the start date of the appointment; all degree requirements other than the dissertation must be complete at the time of application. Applicants must be able to teach courses at all levels in phonology, including seminars in phonological theory for advanced graduate students. For those who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, a legal permit that allows work in the United States (such as a U.S. visa that allows employment) is required by the start date of the position. The department is unable to provide a visa/work permit for this position.

Applicants should have a broad intellectual engagement in linguistics and a research specialization in phonology. Applicants whose research interfaces with neighboring disciplines such as phonetics, morphology, syntax, or historical linguistics, are encouraged to apply, as are applicants who are engaged in fieldwork projects or employ experimental, computational, or corpus methods in their work.

The Department of Linguistics and the University of California, Berkeley, recognize and value contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion http://diversity.berkeley.edu/. We encourage applicants to include a Statement of Contributions to Diversity to discuss how their research, teaching, service, and outreach activities contribute to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. We welcome applications from those who have had non-traditional career paths, have achieved excellence in careers outside academia, or have taken time off for personal reasons. UC Berkeley has a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.

Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and copies of representative written work (1 to 5 items may be submitted). Applications must contain evidence of teaching excellence or potential (included or summarized in the statement of teaching experience). Applicants are encouraged to submit syllabi for both an undergraduate and graduate Phonology course, previously taught or proposed. Applicants should also provide contact information for 2-5 letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation will only be solicited for applicants under serious consideration. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality at http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html prior to submitting their letters. Please submit all materials electronically at https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01532. This position will remain open until filled, and applications will be accepted through January 15, 2018. A short list of candidates will be interviewed by Skype in February. Questions can be sent to Paula Floro at lingmgr@berkeley.edu.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

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Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics

Hello linguists!

This spring, the Linguistics Department is hosting the Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics (CWSL), from April 13-14th. This conference brings together researchers working on sociolinguistic topics of interest to the Pacific Northwest, and is intended to be student-centered. I hope you will all mark your calendars and plan to attend, as it’s always exciting to see presentations of linguistic research in-person and so close to home. But more importantly, I want to encourage you to submit an abstract to present! You may have a thesis project on a sociolinguistics topic, or even a smaller project you worked on for a course. These projects don’t have to be about the PNW specifically – even collecting data from speakers in the PNW is good enough for us. Presenting at a conference is an amazing experience – it’s fun, it’s cool, and if you are planning to further your education, in any field, having a conference presentation on your CV is a big deal. So, please consider it!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me. Here’s the Call for Papers:


Abstracts are due January 15th.

– Kara Becker

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