Research Fellow

University of Stirling - Psychology, Faculty of Natural Sciences

The Post

Psychology, Faculty of Natural Sciences is offering a full-time Research Fellow position for a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This project aims to understand the mechanisms by which speakers choose pronouns and nouns in English, French and Italian. The primary responsibility of the post-holder is to carry out language production experiments in French and other languages, in collaboration with Dr Kumiko Fukumura (University of Stirling) and Dr F-Xavier Alario (CNRS & Aix-Marseille Université).

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Psychology, Linguistics or Cognitive Science and experience with experimental psycholinguistic research. Proficient language skills in French will be desirable.  The post holder will be based in Stirling and will be required to travel between the UK and France and therefore a readiness to travel and a degree of flexibility in working hours are required.

Summary/aims of project

When referring, speakers must decide how to refer, for instance, whether to use a semantically-specific noun ("teacher") or a semantically-less specific pronoun ("she"). At what stage of language production do speakers choose between a pronoun and noun, and to what extent is the production of a pronoun similar to that of a noun? What production-internal and production-external mechanisms might facilitate ambiguity avoidance in pronoun use? By adopting cross-linguistic comparisons between English, French and Italian pronouns, this project will uncover the mechanisms behind speakers' choice of pronouns.

For further information, including essential criteria and details on how to apply, please see www.stir.ac.uk/jobs

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