LINGUIST List 32.3970

Wed Dec 15 2021

Support: Sarsi; Na-Dene; Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation; Lexicography; Morphology; Phonetics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: MA /Msc, Carleton University

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Date: 15-Dec-2021
From: Christopher Cox <christopher.coxcarleton.ca>
Subject: Sarsi; Na-Dene; Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation; Lexicography; Morphology; Phonetics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: MA /Msc, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Department: School of Linguistics and Language Studies
Web Address: https://carleton.ca/slals/

Level: MA / MSc

Institution/Organization: Carleton University

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation; Lexicography; Morphology; Phonetics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Required Language(s): Sarsi (srs)
                            Na-Dene

Description:

The School of Linguistics and Language Studies at Carleton University is offering up to two funded graduate student positions at the MA level (1–2 years), beginning in September 2022. These positions are part of the project “21st Century Tools for Indigenous Languages,” funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant in 2019–2026 and hosted by the Alberta Language Technology Lab (ALTLab) at the University of Alberta.

The 21st Century Tools for Indigenous Languages project is developing language technological models, tools, and resources for Indigenous languages in Canada. This includes: intelligent electronic dictionaries, linguistically analyzed collections of spoken and written texts, spell-checkers, language learning and practice tools, and word form analyzers and generators. All our tools are created in close collaboration with Indigenous communities in order to facilitate and support the use of their languages in all spheres of life by community members.

These positions will focus on the development of digital language tools for Dene languages (Na-Dene), building upon preceding work on Tsuut’ina and Upper Tanana (Dene), Plains Cree, East Cree, and Odawa (Algonquian), and Haida (isolate).

Students will be expected to:
- Support the development or maintenance of our tool development for one or more Dene languages.
- Conduct research that contributes to our knowledge of Dene languages and to community-based maintenance and revitalization efforts in the broadest sense, with a special focus on technological tool development and application.

Requirements:
- A keen interest in North American Indigenous languages;
- A Bachelor or Master’s degree in a relevant field; and
- Meeting the general entrance requirements to the Carleton University Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs and an MA program within the School of Linguistics and Language Studies.

We will prefer candidates with:
- Interest or experience in language documentation, language revitalization, and language learning;
- Experience in and knowledge of the phonetics/phonology and/or morphosyntax of Indigenous languages (North American Indigenous languages, in particular Dene languages); and/or
- Experience in computational linguistics and natural language processing (e.g. finite-state transducers, speech technology, machine learning).

Indigenous candidates, in particular Dene candidates, are especially encouraged to apply.

How to apply:
Before applying, applicants must contact Dr. Cox (christopher.coxcarleton.ca) to informally discuss the position as soon as feasible, but not later than January 15, 2022.

These positions are intended for a start in September 2022, but will remain open until filled.

Full position description and application information can be found at the application link provided below:

21st Century Tools for Indigenous Languages website: https://21c.tools/

Web Address for Applications: https://21c.tools/2021/12/14/call-for-ma-student-applications-at-carleton-university-application-deadline-january-15th-2022/

Applications Deadline: 15-Jan-2022

Contact Information:
        Dr. Christopher Cox
        christopher.coxcarleton.ca



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