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(H/F) PhD position at both CNRS and Université Grenoble Alpes 'Adaptation and flexibility of human speech to geolinguistic variations: the case of Spanish whistled speech in a learning context'

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General information

Reference : UMR5216-CHRROM-012
Date of publication : Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Scientific Responsible name : Julien MEYER / Elisabetta CARPITELLI / Fanny MEUNIER
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 December 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

Offer of a 3-year CNRS doctoral contract as part of the CNRS 80 Prime 'GeoTeleLing' project on the production and perception of whistled speech in several languages. It is a project involving the collaboration of research teams from the Gipsa-lab laboratory (Grenoble, France), the BCL laboratory (Nice, France) and several associative and university partners in the Canary Islands (Spain)
The thesis should provide a detailed analysis of the Spanish whistled speech of the Canaries with a new angle by combining several of the following themes: learning, geolinguistic variations, adaptations in production and perception.
The subject of the thesis will be adapted to the profile of the successful candidate.

In general, the framework project in which the thesis is written studies how a rare natural telecommunication system which is also one of the multiple modes of expression of human speech called 'whistled speech' adapts finely to dialectal variations several languages (including Spanish spoken in different Canary Islands). A comparative study between speech modalities (mainly modal and whistled) will be conducted at the production level; this will be crossed with perceptual behavioral experiences. These analyzes will be carried out with participants in the context of revitalization in different dialectal varieties of Spanish. This will help to elucidate the respective influence of linguistic and perceptual factors on the development of whistled speech and how it can be transmitted from one language to another (there are historical links between Canarian whistled Spanish and Berber once spoken in this region, as well as plans to adapt this modality of speech to other languages, such as French).

Scientific area and themes:
Phonetics, phonology, geolinguistics, dialectology, psycholinguistics, acoustics, didactics

Work Context

The project is based on University, CNRS and international collaborations established over the past 15 years by the project leader Julien Meyer (CR CNRS, Gipsa-lab, UMR 5216, Linguistic Systems Dialectology and Orality team - SYLDO, Grenoble) who will co-supervise the thesis with Elisabetta Carpitelli (PR Université Grenoble Alpes, Gipsa-lab, Equipe SYLDO) and Fanny Meunier (DR CNRS, Laboratoire Bases Corpus Langage, UMR 7320, Nice).

The thesis will be attached to the doctoral school Languages Literature and Human Sciences (LLSH) of the University of Grenoble Alpes (with the possibility of setting up a joint supervision with Spain in the event of a Spanish candidate). This doctoral school represents research in the field of literature, languages, language, didactics and communication.

Constraints and risks

The data collection work will be carried out in the field, coordinated by Julien Meyer and the associative partners engaged in the revitalization of the Spanish whistled speech on several Canary Islands. One or more field missions to the Canaries are expected, ranging from a few weeks to several months (depending on the needs of the subject selected and the profile of the doctoral student).
Travel to Nice will be expected because the thesis will be co-supervised by Fanny Meunier, psycholinguist from the BCL laboratory in Nice.

Expected skills:
Training: Master level (language sciences, education sciences, cognitive sciences, psycholinguistics, acoustics, ...)

The candidate must hold an equivalent to master's degree in language sciences, cognitive sciences (linguistic option), and possibly educational sciences combined with in-depth experience related to research on language. The position requires solid knowledge of linguistics (phonetics, phonology). Experience in audio and video documentation would be a plus. Experience in field research too. A good knowledge of acoustics and / or psycholinguistics also (multidisciplinary training).
A good knowledge in statistics is required (in particular R language), knowledge in computer programming tools such as Python or Matlab would be a plus.
Good oral and written communication skills for presentations at congresses or seminars are required, as well as for writing articles in scientific journals. Fluent in English would be a plus, a good knowledge of Spanish is highly recommended.

We are looking for a researcher who will be able to get involved this his project, curious, with a certain autonomy and a strong motivation to develop skills in geolinguistics and psycholinguistics. In addition, the candidate must be able to work in a team on multidisciplinary projects.

Applications must include a detailed CV (including list of publications); at least two references (people likely to be contacted); a one page cover letter; a letter of recommendation from a training supervisor; a one-page summary of the master's thesis; the notes of Master 1 or 2 or other training.
The deadline for sending applications is 07/30/2020.

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