A newsletter for
The International Phonetic Association
and for the Phonetic Sciences
Linda Shockey, University of Reading, UK
Rachel Smith, University of Glasgow, UK
Radek Swiecinski, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Claire Timmins, University of Strathclyde, UK
Duncan Robertson, University of York, UK
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The Association is pleased to announce that Illustrations of the IPA from 2001 through 2015 are now freely available from the Journal of the IPA website:
14-15 November 2018. International Conference on Laboratory Phonetics and Phonology. Tehran, Iran. http://iclpp.alzahra.ac.ir/ (05/18)
29-30 November 2018. Workshop on the Processing of Prosody across Languages and Varieties (ProsLang). Wellington, NZ https://proslang.wordpress/com (12/17)
29 November - 1st December 2018. 12th Conference on Native and Non-native Accents of English, Lodz Poland http://filolog.uni.lodz.pl/accents/ (04/18)
##13 December 2018. Workshop on Accommodation in Speech Communication, Zurich, Switzerland. https://www.spur.uzh.ch/en/veranstaltungen/workshops/2018/accommodation.html
16 January, 2019. 16th Old World Conference on Phonology. Verona, Italy. : http://sites.hss.univr.it/ocp/ (6/18)
14-16 February 2019. Audio archives at the crossroads of speech sciences, digital humanities and digital heritage (AISV 2019). Arezzo, Italy. www.aisv.it/aisv2019/en/ (08/18)
##15 February 2019. 4th Intonation Workshop, Toronto, Canada. https://uoftintonationworkshop.weebly.com (11/18)
6 March - 08 March 2019. Factors Influencing the Stability of Phonetic Contrasts and Phonemic Oppositions. Bremen, Germany. http://www.en.phonetik.uni-muenchen.de/news/dfgs19_ag6/index.html (07/18)
6 March - 08 March 2019. Prosody from a Cross-domain Perspective: How Language Speaks to Music (and Vice Versa). Bremen, Germany. https://sites.google.com/site/bollavetisyan/workshop-prosody-from-cross-domain-perspective (07/18)
##6 May 2019. Phonological Acquisition of English-L2. Maceió. Alagoas, Brazil. https://www.abralin.org/abralin50/programacao-simposios/ (11/18)
##17-18 May 2019. 6th International Conference on English Pronunciation: Issues and Practices (EPIP), Skopje, Macedonia. https://sites.google.com/view/epip2019 (11/18)
##4-5 June, 2019. 4th PAC Conference Phonology of Contemporary English: Phonetic and Phonological Variation in Contemporary English: Xperience-Xperimentation (PAC AIX 2019),
Aix-en-Provence, France. https://pacaix2019.sciencesconf.org/ (11/18)
17-19 June 2019. Phonetics and Phonology in Europe - 2019 (PaPE). Lecce, Apulia, Italy.http://conference.unisalento.it/ocs/index.php/pape2019/pape2019 (08/18)
20-22 June 2019. 5th Workshop on Sound Change (WSC 5). Davis, California, USA. https://sites.google.com/view/wsc5/home (08/18)
4-10 August 2019. XIXth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Melbourne, Australia. http://icphs2019.org (03/16) ##21-24 August 2019. Phonological (In)stability and Language Evolution, Leipzig, Germany. Eitan.grossman AT mail.huji.ac.il. (11/18)
##12-14 September 2019. 11th Annual Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference, Flagstaff, Arizona. https://psllt2019nau.wordpress.com/ (11/18)
##4 October 2019. Contributions of Phonetics to the Study of the Phonology. Maceió. Alagoas, Brazil. https://www.abralin.org/abralin50/inicio/ (11/18)
18 October 2019. 4th Workshop on Sound Change. Salamanca, Spain. http://diarium.usal.es/fsmiret/ (07/18)
1-3 April 2020. British Association of Academic Phoneticians. University of York (09/18)
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 11th Annual Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference, September 12-14, 2019 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.
The theme for PSLLT 2019 will be 'Interdisciplinary Intersections in Pronunciation Learning and Teaching', with keynote speaker Dr. Doug Biber (Northern Arizona University).
The conference will be preceded by two workshops: (1) conducting L2 pronunciation research (by Drs. Tracey Derwing and Murray Munro) and (2) building spoken corpora (by Dr. Eric Friginal) on September 12, 2019.
On September 14, 2019, we will also have a Language Learning Roundtable discussion with the following speakers:
• Pragmatics: Naoko Taguchi, Carnegie Mellon University
• Instructed SLA: Shawn Loewen, Michigan State University
• Health Care Communication: Donald Rubin, University of Georgia
• Corpus Linguistics: Lucy Pickering, Texas A&M Commerce
• Assessment and Testing: Talia Isaacs, University College London
The proposal submission process will open in early January of 2019 and will close in early April of 2019. Please check back for more information on the status and deadlines for the call for proposals.
PSLLT 2019: https://psllt2019nau.wordpress.com/
Linguist list post: https://linguistlist.org/issues/29/29-4272.html
We hope to see you all next year in Flagstaff!
Okim Kang (on behalf of the organizing committee).
English Pronunciation: Issues & Practices (EPIP) is a biannual scientific conference that brings together researchers and teachers of English, phonetics, phonology, SLA and EFL/ESL interested in the issues relevant to English pronunciation, both native and non-native.
We are pleased to announce that the 6th International Conference on English Pronunciation: Issues & Practices is taking place in Skopje, Macedonia following previous meetings in Caen, France (2017), Prague, Czech Republic (2015) Murcia, Spain (2013), Grahamstown, South Africa (2011) and Chambéry, France (2009).
John Levis (Iowa State University, USA)
Pamela Rogerson-Revell (University of Leicester, UK)
Kazuya Saito (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)
Tanja Angelovska (University of Salzburg, Austria)
Call for Papers:
The Organizing committee welcomes proposals on various aspects of research into English pronunciation including (but not limited to) the following topics:
- L2 pronunciation research: methodology and application
- Contrastive studies: interaction between L1 and L2 sound systems
- Phonological change
- Norms and reference accents
- Native and non-native accents of English (acquisition, variability, etc.)
- Sociolinguistic aspects of accented speech and issues of identity
- Pedagogical implications of pronunciation research (goals, teaching methods, assessment, etc.)
- Teaching pronunciation (teacher training, teachers’ views and beliefs, etc.)
- Information and communication technology (ICT) in pronunciation teaching/learning (e-learning, M-learning, software tools, etc.)
- Interdisciplinary approaches to ESL/EFL research
- Analyses of national or regional language policy
Proposals presenting original, previously unpublished research are invited in these formats (please specify your preferred format in the abstract):
- oral presentation (total 30 min, 20 min presentation + 10 min discussion)
- poster presentation (open session)
The following information should be included in the proposal:
- Name of author(s)
- Affiliation (for each author if more than one)
- Contact email (for each author if more than one)
- Presentation format: oral or poster (please specify)
- Title of presentation/poster
- Abstract (400-500 words excluding references)
- Keywords (up to 5 keywords)
- References (please use APA style)
The abstract should reflect the purpose and the content of the presentation. It should make reference to a theoretical framework and show awareness of previous research in the area. It should also contain a clear description of the research methodology employed and the most important findings and implications.
Each person may submit no more than one abstract as the first author. The first author will have to register for the conference in order to be assured of a place on the programme. Doctoral students currently pursuing a PhD degree or who have just earned their degree are encouraged to submit an abstract related to their research in order to compete for the Best PhD presentation award honouring Dr. Alexander Kautzsch. For this award, students can submit proposals on any topic listed above, even if it is not closely related to Dr. Kautzsch’s research interests.
The deadline for abstract submission is December 15, 2018. Please include your name and surname in the document file name (e.g. Name_Surname_epip2019.docx) and send it to epip2019gmail.com
The abstracts will undergo an anonymous peer-review process. The authors will receive notification of acceptance by January 15, 2019. Registration opens February 1, 2019.
Please send all conference related questions to epip2019gmail.com
POSITIONS AND STUDENTSHIPS VACANT
Applications are invited for PhD studentships in speech science at
Newcastle University. We encourage applicants who are interested in all
aspects of speech perception, production and learning. Studentships, to
start in October 2019, will be awarded via open competition for two
doctoral training partnerships:
- AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium, deadline Wednesday 9th January 2019.
- ESRC Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership
(NINEDTP), deadline Friday 18th January 2019.
Please contact the following supervisors if you are interested in their
broad research areas:
Ghada Khattab <[log in to unmask]>:
PhD supervision interests: Monolingual and bilingual phonological
acquisition, accent/dialect acquisition, L2 phonology, and bilingualism
and cognition. For more details, see:
Jalal Al-Tamimi <[log in to unmask]>:
PhD supervision interests: L1/L2 phonology, speech production and
perception, laboratory phonology, speech classification and recognition.
For more details, see:
Laurence White <[log in to unmask]>
PhD supervision interests: Prosody in speech perception and production,
first and second language acquisition, developmental and acquired
language disorders. For more details, see:
The AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium for Doctoral Training Partnership
(NBCDTP) offers tuition fees and £14,777 per annum funding for 42 months
(http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk/). Award-holders may extend their
studentship to pursue an approved research training programme or to
undertake a placement by a further 6 months, and successful applicants
can apply for additional funding during their studentship to support
their research costs and individual training needs. In addition to the
standard PhD pathway, students can apply under the collaborative
doctoral pathway, through which applicants develop a research project in
collaboration with a partner organisation, and spend a substantial
portion of their doctoral study at the partner organisation.
The ESRC Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership
(NINEDTP) offer +3, +3.5, 1+3 and, for Language Based Area Studies only,
2+3 awards (https://www.ninedtp.ac.uk/). The awards cover tuition fees
and for the duration of the degree. Award-holders may also apply for
research training support grants, internships and placements, and
overseas fieldwork and difficult language training, as well as overseas
institutional visits. However, these need to be laid out clearly at the
application stage and are considered on a case-by-case basis. In
addition to the standard PhD pathway, students can apply under the
collaborative doctoral pathway, through which applicants develop a
research project in collaboration with a partner organisation.
The Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University will make a tenure-track appointment in phonetics at the Assistant Professor level, to begin on August 16, 2019. The successful candidate must have a PhD in Linguistics by the time of the appointment, college-level teaching experience and native or near native English language proficiency. The candidate should have a record of high quality research in experimental linguistic phonetics in the form of publications or presentations, and demonstrate a promising trajectory of scholarly engagement.
Special consideration will be given to candidates whose research and scholarly interests complement and connect with those of our current faculty. Applicants whose research engages in laboratory phonology, cognitive science, or fieldwork are particularly encouraged. Ability to teach experimental methods, statistics, or introduction to cognitive science is desirable.Review of applications will begin November 16 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically at the Michigan State Human Resources web site at the application link provided below. Posting: 541038.
Applicants should submit:
- A cover letter;
- A CV;
- A statement of research interests;
- A statement of teaching experience and philosophy;
- A sample of research work;
- Names and contact details of three recommenders;
- And a summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence.
Application Deadline: 16-Nov-2018
Web Address for Applications: http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/500229/assistant-professortenure-system
Professor Deo Ngonyani
Email: ngonyani AT msu.edu
Fax: 517-432-2736 For more information, contact Professor Deo Ngonyani (ngonyanimsu.edu ), Chair of the Phonetics Search Committee, B-331 Wells Hall, 619 Red Cedar Road, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1027.
The Department of Linguistics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick) invites applicants for a tenure‐track / tenured position in linguistics with a specialization in phonological theory, at the level of Assistant Professor or beginning Associate Professor. We welcome applicants with additional interest/specialization in laboratory phonology, computational phonology, and/or modeling phonological variation; we also welcome applicants whose research focuses on languages other than English.
The ideal candidate will complement and build on existing strengths within the department with respect to research, teaching, and advising at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and will be eager to interact with students and faculty from the broader linguistics, language, and cognitive science community at Rutgers. The candidate will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Salary will be commensurate with experience. The position will begin on September 1, 2019.
Applicants must have completed all degree requirements for a Ph.D. in linguistics or a related field by August 31, 2019.
Applications should include:
- A cover letter,
- A curriculum vitae,
- A research statement,
- Sample publications,
- A teaching statement,
- Teaching evaluations if available, and
- Three letters of reference.
- The cover letter should include the names and contact information of those writing letters of reference and a list of all the materials that have been, or will be, submitted.
- All materials should be submitted via the application link provided below.
For full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 15, 2018. Inquiries about the search should be sent to Ms. Marilyn Reyes at the contact information provided below.
A permanent position as Associate Professor in Linguistics with a focus on experimental phonetics and phonology is available at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies (ILN) at the University of Oslo (UiO). Further information about ILN can be found on its homepage: http://www.hf.uio.no/iln/english/
Research in general linguistics at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies covers all of the discipline’s core areas (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics). The Department seeks to recruit an Associate Professor with excellent research qualifications who will contribute to strengthening the department’s core competence. A special emphasis will be given to documented research experience in experimental phonetics and phonology.
The successful candidate is expected to initiate and lead research, supervise PhD and MA candidates, participate in teaching and in exam setting and assessment at all levels, and to carry out administrative duties in accordance with the needs of the department.
- A PhD in linguistics or equivalent academic qualifications, and a research agenda that engages with questions from experimental phonetics and phonology (The dissertation must have been submitted prior to the application deadline.)
- An ability to contribute to teaching at all levels, including advanced BA courses and MA courses in phonology.
- Documented pedagogical skills (either a teaching course certificate or based on teaching experience) and a willingness to take active part in academic leadership and administration. See How to document your pedagogical skills
- Documented potential for project acquisition
- Excellent English language skills, both spoken and written
- Personal suitability and motivation for the position
To apply, please see the application link provided below.
Application Deadline: 01-Dec-2018
Web Address for Applications: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/157895/associate-professor-in-linguistics-with-a-focus-on-experimental-phonetics-and-phonology
Head of Department Piotr Garbacz
Email: piotr.garbacz iln.uio.no
The School of International Letters & Cultures (SILC) at Arizona State University (Tempe Campus) invites applications for a fulltime tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Spanish Linguistics with a specialization in Phonetics/Phonology and specific expertise in statistical analysis. Anticipated start date is August 2019.
- PhD in Spanish, Spanish Linguistics or Linguistics at the time of hire.
- Native or near-native proficiency in both Spanish and English.
- Experience teaching undergraduate and graduate linguistics courses.
- Ability to teach statistics for linguists.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in college-level teaching, including online courses.
- Demonstrated commitment to U.S. Southwest Spanish.
- A record of published research In Spanish Phonetics/Phonology.
- Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities. .
The initial application deadline is November 23, 2018; if not filled, review will continue every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.
Web Address for Applications: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12329
Associate Professor, Spanish Alvaro Cerron-Palomino
Email: Alvaro.Cerron-Palomino asu.edu
Lionbridge Technologies Inc. machine Intelligence team seeks phoneticians of various languages: (Native language) Danish (dan)
Norwegian Bokmål (nob)
- Phonetic and phonemic transcription,
- Phonetic annotation,
- Review of pronunciation rules and alike
The work will consist of several projects, short-term to 3-5 months, to be confirmed later
Availability required: part-time
- BA or MA in linguistics, phonetics or speech science.
- Experience or course work with phonetic transcription for native language.
- Ability to consider alternative pronunciations for major regional differences of locale.
- Quickly grasp given phone set and transcription conventions to provide consistent transcriptions with a team of phoneticians.
- Strong linguistic comprehension
- Proved experience with IPA/SAMPA/X-SAMPA
- Excellent English skills, other language skills
- Strong communication skills, attention to detail, and proven ability to manage priorities
To apply for this position:
Please send us your complete resume in English to the application email address below. Please include:
- Your availability for the upcoming 5 months
- Earliest start date
- Hourly rate expectations
If your native language is not on the list but you would like to be considered for our projects, please send us an open application.
Application Deadline: 30-Nov-2018 (Open until filled)
Email Address for Applications: jobs.gsmi lionbridge.com
Resource Coordinator Sofia Hirvonen
Email: sofia.hirvonen lionbridge.com
Soundhound are looking for someone who loves languages and technology, is proficient in English and is a native, fluent speaker in one of the following languages:
- Portuguese (Portugal)
- Arabic (Egyptian)
- Mandarin (Simplified)
- Full Time (ONSITE only)
- Part Time options may be available for some roles for CA, CO and NC residents ONLY
We validate voice recordings and contribute phonetic and other linguistic input to train our speech and language models. Example projects include validating speech training data, working on our pronunciation dictionaries, phonetic transcriptions, data curation for ASR, and other work required to support the training of all our models.
You Must Be:
- Eligible to work in the US and proficient in English
- Native and fluent in one of the above languages (written, verbal and grammar)
- Trained in language studies and/or have a language degree or have a degree in Linguistics or equivalent experience
- Extremely focused and enjoy completing detailed, repetitive data quality verification tasks daily, at a very high quality level
- Flexible and collaborative but able to work independently and enjoy taking on new tasks
- Accountable. You take 100% ownership with an extremely high attention to detail and follow-through
- Intrigued by language and science, and the possibilities created when these two things meet
It’s Beneficial If You:
- Have experience as a data evaluator or have worked with training data for machine learning
- Are experienced working with data vendors
- Have data curation, data quality or software QA experience
- Have experience working with external business partners and vendors
- Have Unix, Python or C++ or other programming experience
- Have project management/coordination experience
- Are experienced with Google Docs, Excel and Jira
- Are a music lover and enjoy solving puzzles!
How to Apply:
Submit your resume and cover letter to lisasoundhound.com with Subject: “Language Applicant, <your name, your language>.” Please be sure to confirm in the email your eligibility to work in the US and please specify which is your native language and be sure to note all language proficiency levels.
Read About Us http:/soundhound.com
Application Deadline: (Open until filled)
Email Address for Applications: lisa soundhound.com
Director Lisa Rutta
Email: lisa soundhound.com
Aoyama Gakuin University Department of English Tokyo, Japan (http://www.cl.aoyama.ac.jp/english/)
Seeks Associate Professor or Full Professor of Linguistics (General Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; Syntax )
- Applicants must have a doctoral degree, or a master’s degree and substantial research experience.
- If applicants’ native language is not Japanese, they must have enough Japanese ability to enable them to carry out all university duties.
- No age specification
- Applicants must be sympathetic to the founding spirit of our university.
Undergraduate and graduate-level English language classes and specialized subjects (including lectures and seminars on phonetics/phonology or syntax, or English linguistics, other related courses, and thesis supervision). There is also a possibility of teaching classes in English that are part of our PESE program. For the PESE program, please see the following site.
Appointment starting date: April 1, 2020
Application procedure, selection process, etc.:
- Curriculum vitae with recent photograph
- List of research achievements and teaching experiences
- Three representative publications (please submit three copies of each) If a paper is written in English, it must be accompanied by an approximately 400 letter Japanese summary. If it is written in Japanese, it must be accompanied by an approximately 200 word English summary.
- Official documents certifying acquisition of degrees (please submit one copy for each degree held)
Chair of the Department of English
Aoyama Gakuin University
4-4-25 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8366 Japan
Please note, “English Linguistics (phonetics/phonology or syntax) application material enclosed” must be written in red on the envelope, and the materials must be sent by registered mail. Application materials will not be returned.
For any further inquiries, please contact
Aoyama Gakuin University School Affairs Section (College of Literature) Chizuko Kobayashi (tel: +81-3-3409-9527; e-mail address: search_ling2020cl.aoyama.ac.jp)
Application Deadline: 03-Dec-2018
Aoyama Gakuin University Chizuko Kobayashi
Email: search_ling2020 cl.aoyama.ac.jp
The Institute of Linguistics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor, specializing in phonology, syntax or semantics. Special consideration will be given to candidates whose research and scholarly interests complement and connect with those of our current faculty. Applicants whose research engages in the interface between subfields or who have a secondary specialization in fieldwork or experimental/computational methodologies are particularly encouraged.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching.
The appointment is expected to begin August 26, 2019. Qualified applicants should have a Ph.D. in Linguistics by time of appointment.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, two representative writing samples, evidence of teaching ability, and names of three recommenders to the application link provided below.
Statements, writing samples, and evidence of teaching ability must be uploaded after the application is submitted via the “My Activities” page. Applicants should arrange for recommenders to send letters by email directly to halpertumn.edu.
Applicants should apply before the priority deadline of November 5, 2018 in order to ensure full consideration. The position is open until filled.
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
Application Deadline: 05-Nov-2018 (Open until filled)
Web Address for Applications: https://z.umn.edu/lingjob
Professor Claire Halpert
Email: halpert umn.edu
Acapela-Group, Mons, Belgium seeks a Swedish Computational Linguist.
We are currently looking for an enthusiast linguist/phonetician for the development of our Swedish and other Nordic text-to-speech systems.
- New language/voices development
- Linguistic services
- Update linguistic/phonetic components/data
- Voice recordings
- A degree in Computational Linguistics is a plus or relevant experience
- Native Swedish, additional Nordic languages are an asset
- Fluent in English
- Good scripting language knowledge (like Python/Perl)
- Good phonetic and linguistic knowledge
- Working knowledge of Windows and/or Linux
- Team player with good interpersonal skills
- Strong commitment to the job
Location: Mons (Belgium)
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