Objectives: The PhD project focuses on the interaction between (i) discourse units, (ii) discourse alignment, and (iii) discourse processing in conversation. It aims to establish whether alignment applies to the building blocks of conversational turns, beyond the level of words and phrases. Syntactic, prosodic and pragmatic components are known to be involved in the Turn-Constructional Unit (TCU), but the interaction between these three components has not been investigated in a systematic way. Recent empirical work at UCLouvain has aimed at clarifying the syntax-prosody interaction through the concept of Basic Discourse Unit, and has revealed that about 40% of BDUs are “congruent” (one-to-one syntactic-prosodic unit correspondence), whilst the syntax-prosody combination depends in the remainder of cases on the degree of discourse preparation, ranging from highly prepared (e.g., newsreading) to highly spontaneous. The project will endeavor to better understand the role of BDUs in discourse alignment and discourse processing. The goals will be (1) to establish to what extent syntax+prosody units correspond to complete pragmatic units; (2) to determine to what extent speakers align their types of BDU (congruent vs non-congruent) in conversation; (3) to experimentally test the effect of different types of syntactic-prosodic-pragmatic completions on the process of discourse comprehension and turn-ending projection.
Based in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Full-time three-year contract, starting September 2020
PhD enrolment at: Université catholique de Louvain
Main supervisor’s institution: Université catholique de Louvain
Main supervisor: Prof Liesbeth Degand
The ESR will be contractually employed for 36 months by the main institution, and will be covered under the social security scheme of the enrolling country. She/he will monthly receive a Living Allowance, a Mobility Allowance and a Family Allowance (if applicable) compliant with the applicable EC Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions-ITN general conditions.
Experience eligibility requirement: Eligible applicants must be in the first 4 years of their research careers (full-time equivalent research experience) at the signature of the contract (measured from the time the Master’s degree has been obtained).
Eligible applicants must not hold a Doctoral Degree yet.
Mobility eligibility requirement: The fellow must not have resided in the main institution’s country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date, and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country.
Applications must contain the following:
The complete application should be provided in the form of one single pdf file, named as follows: lastname-firstname.pdf.
THE APPLICATION IS DONE VIA THE COBRA WEBPAGE: https://www.cobra-network.eu/
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
Language sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
Applications must be in English and will be evaluated against the following criteria:
|Titel||PhD in linguistics: Discourse units and discourse alignment|
|Employer||Université catholique de Louvain|
|Job location||Place de l'Université 1, 1348 Louvain-La-Neuve|
|Publicerad||februari 5, 2020|
|Sista ansökningsdatum||mars 31, 2020|
|Ämnen||Datalingvistik,   Diskursanalys,   Syntax,   Tillämpad lingvistik  |