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Phonetics Laboratory
Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics


Part-time Research Assistant in Italian or Turkish Phonetics

This recruitment is now CLOSED to further applications

Grade 6: £28,660 - £34,189 p.a. (pro rata)

The Phonetics Laboratory is looking to hire two research assistants for Dr Mary Baltazani's ESRC-funded project ‘Intonation and diachrony: a phonetic investigation of the effects of language contact on intonational patterns.’ The focus of these posts is phonetic analysis of audio corpora.

The purpose of the project is to investigate the intonation of varieties of Greek which have historically been in contact with Italian and Turkish, using archival and contemporary audio recordings. To understand the process of diachronic development of intonation patterns, we use mathematical modelling of intonation curves in sound recordings of speech from the recent and more distant past. Our methodology integrates acoustic phonetics, intonational phonology, diachronic linguistics, mathematical modelling and speech processing. We need to implement such analysis for corpora of Italian and Turkish.

The postholders will work alongside the PI (Dr Mary Baltazani) and the co-investigators, Dr Joanna Przedlacka and Professor John Coleman. They will be based at the Faculty's Phonetics Laboratory in Oxford, but there is also the possibility to work remotely, e.g. for applicants who do not live in Oxford or who are not eligible to work in the UK. In the latter case the postholders will be required to attend weekly meetings via Skype.

The postholders will have native or near-native knowledge of Turkish or Italian and a strong background in acoustic phonetics, with experience in prosodic analysis; at least a Masters degree in linguistics (specialising in phonetics); experience of working with speech analysis software; familiarity with Linux and digital signal processing is also highly desirable.

The posts are funded by a British Economic and Social Research Council grant and are fixed-term up to 10 months from the starting date of the appointment, 1 March 2019.

This recruitment is now CLOSED to further applications

Further particulars: http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/files/pdfs/RAinItalianOrTurkishPhoneticsFPs.pdf