Job: PhD position in historical computational linguistics, KU Leuven

A PhD position is offered as part of the FWO-funded project « Population developments co-determine diffusional language change: a close-up view on West-Germanic languages », under the supervision of Prof. Freek Van de Velde and Prof. Hubert Cuyckens (co-supervisor). The project is to be carried out within the research group ‘Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics’ (QLVL), which is part of the Department of Linguistics. QLVL has a strong tradition in language variation and change. The group focuses on advanced quantitative methods for studying lexical and constructional variation.

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This project investigates the relation between urban population developments and morphological changes in three major West-Germanic languages, English, Dutch, German, from the beginning of Early Modernity to the end of Classical Modernity (1500-1900). The main hypothesis is that morphological simplification accelerates when urban populations grow. Put more succinctly: word structure becomes simpler when cities grow. The reason is that the growth in this period is brought about mainly by immigration involving speakers from different dialects and different languages, resulting in what linguists call ‘koineisation’ (dialect leveling) with a decrease in morphological complexity. We take a decidedly quantitative approach, relying on linguistic databases (text corpora) as well as on demographic databases.


An eligible candidate should

  • have successfully completed a Master’s Degree in Linguistics, a Master’s Degree in Language & Literature, a Master’s Degree in Digital Humanities (or equivalent). Students finishing their MA degree in the summer of 2019 are also encouraged to apply.
  • have an interest in and demonstrable background knowledge on the history of the Germanic languages (minimally English and German)
  • have an interest in quantitative approaches to linguistics
  • have hands-on experience with coding in R and/or Python.
  • be proficient in English, including mastery of academic writing
  • be willing and able to deepen their knowledge of theories of language change and language variation.

Familiarity with historical corpora of Early New High German is a plus.


A full-time PhD position is offered for 1 year (starting in October 2019), with the perspective of prolongation with another 3 years. The successful candidate will become part of a small team of researchers investigating language variation and language change. S/he will author international scientific publications. S/he will be able to develop a variety of skills, including programming, statistics, knowledge of earlier stages of English, German, and Dutch, but also writing and presentation skills as well as organizational skills. S/he will be able to attend international meetings and to meet and collaborate with enthusiastic fellow linguists. Teaching load is limited to up to 10% of the time. The starting net monthly salary is about 2000 euros.


For more information and/or a detailed description of the project, please contact Prof. dr. Freek Van de Velde <>. Applicants should include a CV, a letter of motivation and one piece of academic writing demonstrating their skill as a linguist and researcher.

You can apply for this job no later than July 07, 2019 via the online application tool on the website:

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at

Job: research assistant in Natural Language Processing (UCLouvain)

The Institute for Language and Communication ( has an opening for a research assistant (part-time 50%) in Natural Language Processing for a max. period of three years, starting 1 October 2019.

The position is part of a large multidisciplinary project that aims to investigate socio-cognitive conflicts in online educational platforms: “MOOCresearch2.0: A mixed-method and multidisciplinary approach to socio-cognitive conflicts in online educational platforms” (Prof. M. Frenay, Prof. F. Lambotte, Dr. Magali Paquot & Prof. V. Swaen) (see for more info). As such, the research assistant will be working with researchers from the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics (, the Social Media Lab (, the Interdisciplinary Research Group in Socialisation, Education and Training (GIRSEF,, the Center on Consumer Relations and Responsible Marketing (CERMA, and the Centre for Natural Language Processing (CENTAL,

Job description

  • The research assistant will provide support to the project team by performing a variety of tasks such as:
  • Data pre-processing: anonymization, normalization
  • Data structuring: linking up different data types (forum posts, user profiles, learners’ questionnaires, logs, etc.)
  • Data enrichment: part-of-speech tagging, language recognition, topic detection, etc.
  • Data analysis and visualization
  • The research assistant will also work in close collaboration with the CENTAL to provide access to the compiled corpus via a user-friendly online concordancer. Another important task of the research assistant will be to implement sustainable solutions for the automated treatment of incoming data.

Requirements and profile:

  • Master degree in Natural Language Processing
  • excellent record of MA level study;
  • programming skills in Python or Perl
  • experience with NLP for social media is an asset
  • knowledge of statistics and statistical software is an asset
  • very good command of French and English
  • excellent and demonstrated analytic skills
  • excellent and demonstrated self-management skills
  • ability and willingness to work in a team

Terms of employment:

  • The contract will initially be for one year, two times renewable, with a total of max. three years.
  • The monthly gross salary is min. 3317 EUR.
  • The position requires residence in Belgium, preferably in or near Louvain-la-Neuve
  • Applicants from outside the EU are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa or permits, with the assistance of UCLouvain staff department.

Application Deadline: 31 May 2019

Please include in your application:

  • a cover letter in French, in which you specify why you are interested in this position and how you meet the job requirements outlined above;
  • a curriculum vitae in French or English;
  • an outline of previous work or research experience in English
  • a copy of your BA and MA degrees;
  • a copy of your master thesis and academic publications (if applicable);
  • the names and full contact details of two academic referees.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview (in situ or via video conferencing) on 24 or 26 June 2019. Please save the dates!

Enquiries and applications should be addressed by email to Dr. Magali Paquot (

Job: computer scientist with NLP background, CENTAL, UCLouvain

  • full time (100%) for an indefinite period
  • for the Centre for Natural Language Processing (CENTAL) of the Institute for Language and Communication (ILC) in the Human Science Sector
  • in Louvain-la-Neuve
  • starting date: 1 August 2019


CENTAL is a technology platform associated with UCLouvain’s Institute for Language and Communication and specialising in the study of computerised language processing. The platform’s tasks cover both research and teaching. CENTAL collaborates on projects at several research centres within UCLouvain and various industry partners by offering its expertise in natural language processing (NLP). It also organises expert training in text data analysis. Its skills can be grouped into two main areas of activity: “NLP for information processing” (which includes projects connected with information extraction, information retrieval, text classification, etc.) and “NLP for language learning” (which includes projects related to computer-assisted language learning, readability, etc.).

Job description

  • Project management (50%): you will be responsible for IT development and will coordinate various projects of the Centre involving automatic text data processing (collection, standardisation, analysis, labelling, etc.)
  • System administration (25%): you will assist with the installation, configuration and maintenance of computer infrastructures and will identify future needs
  • Monitoring of technological developments: (10%) you will monitor emerging NLP technologies in order to provide an optimum response to the issues raised
  • Interface development (15%): you will develop user interfaces for the tools developed by CENTAL

Qualifications and skills required

Applicants must have the following:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Linguistics or equivalent (specialising in natural language processing, machine learning or artificial intelligence)
  • computer skills:
    • programming languages: Python, knowledge of C and/or C++ is a plus
    • web technologies: HTML, Javascript, CSS
    • editing language: XML
    • databases: SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL
    • systems: Linux and Windows
    • virtualisation environments: VMWare and/or Proxmox (or a willingness to learn how to manage them)
  • knowledge of the main NLP tools and algorithms
  • knowledge of French and English (at least level B2)
  • ability to work as part of a team, excellent listening skills and ability to analyse needs, adaptability

For more info,

Application deadline: 19 May 2019

PhD Candidate: “Prosodic cues to syntactic reanalysis: experimentally tracking Jespersen’s cycle in progress”

The project “Prosodic cues to syntactic reanalysis: experimentally tracking Jespersen’s cycle in progress” is opening a fully-funded 4-year PhD position in linguistics at Ghent University, with a monthly salary of approximately € 1900 starting September 2019 (or earlier). The project is embedded in the research group DiaLing (Diachronic and Diatopic linguistics), and forms a multinational collaboration between the universities of Ghent (Belgium), Kent (UK), and Padova (Italy).

The project:
The project explores how prosody interacts with syntactic structure at different stages of an ongoing syntactic change using experimental methods. Concretely, it will study the incipient stages of Jespersen’s Cycle in Northern Italian dialects, testing the hypotheses (i) that the reanalysis of an emphatic reinforcer of the expression of negation as a neutral marker of sentential negation should correlate with greater intra- and inter-speaker variability in the prosodic encoding in both production and perception, and (ii) that unclear prosodic encoding can advance an ongoing syntactic reanalysis. Besides supervision at Ghent University, the project will involve fieldwork at the University of Padova, annotation and analyses of prosody in dialectal production data, and perception experiments with dialect speakers. Parts of this work will be conducted at the University of Kent.

The supervisory team:
The PhD project is a collaboration between the universities of Ghent, Kent and Padova. The supervision is shared between the members of the team as follows:
(i) at Ghent by Prof. Dr. Breitbarth (historical syntax and language change) and Prof. Dr. Crocco (syntax/ prosody interface and prosody of Italian)
(ii) at Kent by Dr. Rathcke (intonational phonology and perception of prosody)
(ii) at Padua by Dr. Garzonio (Italian dialectology and Northern Italian dialects)
Required training will be provided by the team members, the Doctoral Schools at Ghent and the Graduate School at Kent. The project further involves attendance of Summer Schools and conferences.

– A Master degree in Linguistics (candidates due to obtain their degree in autumn 2019 are welcome to apply), specialising in prosody, syntax or Italian dialectology
– Native or near-native knowledge of Italian
– Good knowledge (in speaking and writing) of English
– Good interpersonal skills, which are required for the field work
– A background in any subset of Italian dialectology, fieldwork experience, (historical) syntax, prosody, or phonetics would be an asset
How to apply:

The application (in English) should include:
– An extensive CV
– A covering letter, outlining your background, experience and motivation for this position
– Copies of education certificates, and a transcript of records of the MA (or equivalent)
– One written piece of work (e.g. BA-thesis, MA-thesis, a paper/manuscript submitted for a publication or a PhD exposé)
– Contact information (e-mail) of two academic referees

The envisaged starting date is September 2019 (or earlier). You are welcome to contact Prof. Crocco if you have further questions.

Please send your application by email by 1 June, 2019 to Prof. Dr. Claudia Crocco: The interviews will take place on 4 July in Padua.

Applications Deadline: 01-Jun-2019

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Prof. Claudia Crocco
Ghent University, Dept. of Linguistics
Blandijnberg 2
Ghent 9000

Contact Information:
Prof. Claudia Crocco

PhD candidate: “Greetings from the past: on the use of interjections in foreign language textbooks from Early modern Flanders”

The Research Group for Diachronic and Diatopic linguistics (DiaLing) at Ghent University invites applications for a full-time 4-year position as doctoral researcher. The PhD student will be working on the project “Greetings from the past: on the use of interjections in foreign language textbooks from Early modern Flanders”. Starting date is 1/10/2019 (or earlier).


This project focuses on interjections in spoken 16th-century Dutch, contrasted with other Germanic and Romance languages. We will investigate their semantic-pragmatic functions in multilingual textbooks (Colloquia, et dictionariolum, 1536-1700).

The aims of the project consist in
– Compiling a multilingual, parallel corpus
– Providing a systematic and detailed semantic-pragmatic description of the interjections used in the Colloquia, starting with the Dutch version and contrasting it with French as well as other Germanic and Romance languages, for example German and Spanish
– Contributing to a refinement of the semantic-pragmatic typology of interjections in Dutch, based on diachronic and European-comparative insights as well as contributing to the theoretical discussion on the semantic-pragmatic typology of interjections and their relationship with and differentiation from other grammatical categories such as particles
– Identifying cases of language contact and, more specifically, semantic transfer in the case of collaboratively translated texts and thereby shedding light on the genesis and spread of interjections in multilingual contexts
– Identifying conversational routines and communicative practices in which the interjections are embedded; thereby getting a better understanding of aspects of linguistic and cultural knowledge that were regarded as relevant for communication in multilingual settings in Early modern times, more specifically in the Low Countries

– Master’s degree in Linguistics (candidates due to obtain their degree in autumn 2019 are welcome to apply), specialising in historical linguistics, corpus linguistics or sociolinguistics
– Good knowledge of Dutch
– Linguistic expertise in one or more of the following languages is an asset: French, German, Spanish or English
– Good academic skills in English
– Good social and communicative skills
– Capacity for autonomous research

– Collaborating on the compilation of a multilingual parallel corpus of 16th-century textbooks
– Writing a PhD-thesis on the basis of the project
– Preparing individual and joint publications for national and international scientific journals
– Presenting research at national and international conferences

We offer a 4-year full-time PhD position at Ghent University (Research Group DiaLing & Department of Linguistics/Dutch Linguistics). Starting date is 1/10/2019 (or earlier).

Candidates are invited to apply (in English) by submitting two types of documents by e-mail to Prof. Ulrike Vogl ( by May 26th 2019:

1) a single pdf-document with:
– A cover letter, outlining your background, experience and motivation for this position
– An extensive CV
– Copies of education certificates, and a transcript of records of the MA (or equivalent)
– Contact information (e-mail) of two academic referees

2) one written piece of work (e.g. BA-thesis, MA-thesis, a paper/manuscript submitted for a publication or a PhD exposé)

On the basis of these documents, candidates will be selected for an interview (if necessary, interviews can be held via Skype if the applicants live abroad). The interviews are expected to take place in June 2019.

You are welcome to contact Prof. Ulrike Vogl if you have any further questions (

Please send your application by email by May 26th, 2019 to Prof. Dr. Ulrike Vogl:

Applications Deadline: 26-May-2019

Contact Information:
Prof. Ulrike Vogl

Job: lecturer in Romance linguistics with a specific focus on Italian and Spanish, Université libre de Bruxelles

The Language, Communication and Translation Faculty at the Université libre de Brussels is hiring a part-time (0.4 FTE) lecturer in Romance linguistics, with a specific focus on Italian and Spanish, and expertise in phonetics, phonology, morphology and/or syntax. Expertise in comparative linguistics is an asset.

From the first year on, the successful candidate will teach one MA-level course in Spanish and one MA-level course in Italian linguistics, to which will be added, in the subsequent years, one BA-level course on comparative Romance linguistics. The successful candidate will also supervise MA theses in their area of specialization.

Knowledge of French (C1 level) is not required at the time of hiring, but the successful candidate will have to be able to teach the third course (comparative Romance linguistics) in French at most three years after their hiring. The successful candidate will also have an excellent research record in Romance linguistics. Previous teaching experience is an asset.

The application should consist of:
– A cover letter briefly explaining the candidate’s motivation;
– A CV including a publication list;
– A teaching project (around 7000 signs);
– Contact details of five referees.

Questions about the position (including prospects for potential career development) can be addressed to Prof Mikhail Kissine at the contact information below. Administrative information about the application can be found at the application link provided below.

Application Deadline: 28-Feb-2019

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof Mikhail Kissine

PhD candidate: « Discrimination-based verbal aggression in interpreter-mediated public service provision in Flanders »

The Ghent University Research Centre MULTIPLES seeks to recruit a PhD candidate to work on a project titled  »Discrimination-based verbal aggression in interpreter-mediated public service provision in Flanders ».

The research is situated in the domain of Interpreting Studies. It investigates how public service interpreters in Flanders handle discrimination-based verbal aggressions in various phases of the assignment (i.e. before, during and after the interpreted encounter). The research particularly focuses on (1) the discursive level of the interpreted encounter (e.g. do interpreters use mitigating / reinforcing strategies when confronted with verbal aggressions between participants), (2) the interactional level (e.g. do meta-comments or reported speech use modify participation frameworks) and (3) the professional identity (i.e. occupational well-being, reflections on codes of conduct, stances on the own agency, etc.). Data will be collected using qualitative research methods.

– Collecting and analyzing data
– Writing a dissertation on the basis of the project
– Preparing individual and joint publications for national and international scientific journals
– Presenting your research at national and international conferences
– Preparing oral and written reports for the institutions / agencies participating in the research
– You will occasionally assist in the teaching activities at the department

– Master’s degree in a relevant field (Interpreting Studies, Multilingual Communication, Linguistics, Anthropology) obtained with good grades before the start of the project
– Fluent in Dutch and English; additional knowledge of (one or more) other languages is a plus
– Academic skills in English
– Strong interpersonal and communication skills
– Ability to work independently on your research as well as to work in a team
– Knowledge of discrimination-sensitive work and/or of the field of public service interpreting in Flanders is a plus

– Two-year appointment (1+1), which may be renewed once for two years, on condition that the previous term was given a positive evaluation.
– The position is available from 1 May 2019, but the starting date is negotiable up to 1 September 2019.

Applications (Dutch or English) to be submitted by e-mail to Prof July De Wilde ( by 15 March 2019:
1) A single pdf-document with:
– A letter of application
– A CV (including an overview of the applicant’s study results and the contact details of one person we may contact for a reference)
– A copy of the required Master’s degree
2) A personal piece of scientific writing in the form of a student paper or publication, demonstrating your academic skills.

MORE INFORMATION: Prof July De Wilde –

Applications Deadline: 15-Mar-2019

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Prof July De Wilde
Groot-Brittanniëlaan 45
Ghent B-9000

Contact Information:
Prof July De Wilde

Job: Research professor, Linguistic pragmatics, University of Antwerp

University or Organization: University of Antwerp
Department: Department of Linguistics
Job Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Web Address:
Job Title: Research professor, Linguistic pragmatics
Job Rank: Assistant Professor

Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Multilingualism; Urban Studies


The assignment consists of lecturing duties, scientific research and academic service to society. During a period, limited to five years (duration of the temporary appointment in tenure track), scientific research will be the main activity.

– You will expand on scientific research into concrete instances of language use within multilingual urban and institutional contexts, and frame this research as part of a project of theory formation in pragmatics.
– You will acquire and manage external funding (national and international).
– You will supervise doctoral students.
– You will offer scientific and other services, including administration and other forms of organizational coordination and support.
– You will teach a course on pragmatics: language and the city in the Master of Linguistics.

Profile and requirements:
– You hold a doctorate degree (PhD) in linguistics or a doctoral degree of equal value.
– You have a minimum of 2 years of experience on the postdoctoral level at the closing date of the vacancy.
– You have demonstrable expertise in ethnographic and possibly interdisciplinary approaches to sociolinguistic research topics, preferably strongly empirically driven and paying particular attention to phenomena of (urban) multilingualism.
– You study topical issues in linguistic pragmatics from a global perspective.
– You have an international academic CV and you conduct qualitatively outstanding academic research within the given domain.
– Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
– The focus in your teaching corresponds to the educational vision of the university.
– You have leadership skills (or the potential to develop them).
– You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
– If you do not have Dutch, the administrative language of the university, as your native language, you should be willing to obtain a CEFR B2 level of proficiency in Dutch within five years of appointment. As soon as you take on teaching duties as a course unit coordinator, you should be able to demonstrate a CEFR C1 level of proficiency in the language of instruction. The University of Antwerp supports international staff members on an integration trajectory and offers tailor-made language coaching in compliance with Flanders’ statutory language regulations.

We offer:

A full-time position as a lecturer in a temporary appointment in the tenure track system for a term of five years. This position will lead to an immediate permanent appointment as a senior lecturer if the performance is assessed favourably on the basis of previously determined and publicly announced evaluation criteria. After the permanent appointment another period of five years is given with limited lecturing duties in order to strengthen the research curriculum;
in case of equal qualifications, priority will be given to candidates of the underrepresented gender within the domain of science.
This priority is not automatic nor unconditional, as the evaluation will always take into account the personal situation of every candidate;
the date of appointment will be 1 October 2019 at the earliest;
a gross monthly salary as a full-time lecturer ranging from € 4.255,06 to € 6.272,13;
an attractive starter package consisting of a full four-year PhD project and consumables (€30 000);
a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?
Applications may only be submitted online, until the closing date 21 January 2019. More information can be found on our website via the application link provided below.

Application Deadline: 21-Jan-2019

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Frank Brisard

Job : Swedish Computational Linguist, Acapela Group (Mons, Belgium)

We are looking for a Swedish Computational Linguist.

The candidate will be part of a team that designs, develops, tests, and deploys Text-To-Speech technologies supporting a range of products and services in a large portfolio of languages. With other members of the team, he/she will be able to develop advanced solutions that will help a large number of people around the world.

Job description:
• New languages/voices development
• Linguistic services
• Update linguistic components/data

• A degree in Computational Linguistics
• Native Swedish, additional Nordic languages are an asset
• Fluent in English
• Good scripting language knowledge (like Python/Perl)
• Curiosity about phonetics and languages
• Working knowledge of Windows and/or Linux
• Team player with good interpersonal skills
• Strong commitment to the job

About Acapela Group
Acapela Group brings together talented people from very different backgrounds and areas of expertise, resulting in a rich cultural and multilingual environment. We work on voices and languages, we look at the whole world and all application fields to help us create authentic and genuine voices that change or simplify people’s daily lives.


Job : Gestionnaire de corpus de données, UCLouvain

L’Université catholique de Louvain recherche un (h/f) gestionnaire de données

  • à temps partiel (50%) pour une durée déterminée de 18 mois (avec possibilité de prolongation)
  • pour l’Institut langage et communication (ILC), du Secteur des sciences humaines (SSH) – à Louvain-la-Neuve
  • entrée en fonction: immédiate


La recherche actuelle fait un usage massif de données langagières écrites et orales, dans différentes langues (français, espagnol, anglais, néerlandais, etc.). Pour être exploitables, ces données langagières doivent être documentées (métadonnées), anonymisées (afin de respecter les règles sur les donnéespersonnelles), enrichies d’annotations (transcription, indexation, analyse thématique, etc.) et déposéesdans des bases de données interrogeables en ligne. C’est à ces différentes tâches que le·la gestionnaire de données contribuera au sein de l’Institut Langage et Communication (ILC), et plus particulièrement dupôle de recherche en linguistique (PLIN) et de la plateforme CENTAL (Centre de Traitement automatique du langage).


En collaboration avec les chercheurs de ILC/PLIN, le·la gestionnaire de données a pour fonctions de :

  • Superviser la chaine de traitement de constitution des corpus oraux et écrit (acquisition des données, documentation des métadonnées, transcriptions et annotations, versement dans les bases de données existantes, standardisation des formats utilisés)
  • Développer des outils de prétraitement et de traitement des données (segmentation, alignement du texte au son, alignement texte-texte, annotation automatique ou semi- automatique, etc.)
  • Assurer une veille technologique pour l’interopérabilité des données (documentées et traitées selon les standards internationaux, cf. Clarin, Ortolang, Olac, etc.) et l’amélioration de l’acquisition des données (automatic speech recognition, tokenisation, etc.)
  • Veiller au respect des conventions juridiques et éthiques liées à la protection des données (RGPD)
  • Représenter l’UCL dans différents consortiums internationaux des données en linguistique.Qualifications et aptitudes requises

    Le·la candidate répondra aux qualifications suivantes :

    • titulaire d’un diplôme de Master en Linguistique, Finalité spécialisée en Traitement automatique

      du langage, ou équivalent

    • compétences de programmation : Perl et/ou Python, bonne connaissance du XML
    • capacité à traiter des données langagières dans plusieurs langues (français, anglais, néerlandais,

      espagnol, allemand, etc.)

    • connaissance de l’anglais (B2) et en particulier de l’anglais académique (pour participer à des

      réunions internationales et contribuer aux publications de recherche)

    • sens du travail en équipe, capacité d’écoute et d’analyse des besoins, réactivité

Votre candidature

(lettre de candidature, curriculum vitae, photo récente en format d’identité) est à transmettre :Par e-mail (de préférence) à l’adresse :

OU par la poste, à l’adresse:

Université Catholique de Louvain
Institut Langage et Communication (ILC) Anne Catherine SIMON
Place Blaise Pascal, 1 – Boite L3.03.33 B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve