Research Associate – Corpus-computational linguistics and second language acquisition, University of Cambridge

A Post-Doctoral Research Associate position is available at the University of Cambridge to work with Dr Dora Alexopoulou and Professor Ianthi Tsimpli on the Leverhulme Trust grant “Linguistic typology and learnability in second language”.

The project aims to measure the impact of linguistic distance between L1 and L2 on the learning success of learners from different linguistic backgrounds. The empirical research will consist of a comprehensive corpus analysis exploiting the EF-Cambridge Open Language Database (EFCAMDAT) and the International Corpus of Learner English (ICLE). The main responsibility of the postdoctoral researcher is to conduct the corpus investigation and work with the investigators for the analysis of data and research publications.

The ideal candidate will have strong background in corpus linguistics and proven ability to work with NLP tools for extracting grammatical features and structures and to apply statistical analyses to the data. Experience with learner corpora and second language learning research is particularly welcome. Candidates will have completed a PhD in a relevant field.

The postdoctoral researcher will join the EF Research Lab for Applied Language Learning, the Processing and Language Acquisition Group and the Language Technology Group and become part of a multidisciplinary research community within Linguistics, and, more widely, within Cambridge Language Sciences.

This position is 100% FTE and funds for this post are available for 30 months in the first instance, starting on 16th of July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will be a member of the Linguistics Section of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Language.

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) on 31st May 2018. Interviews will be held on 18 June 2018 at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge, subject to confirmation.

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We are inviting applications for a three-year 0,5 PhD student position (E 13 TV-L on the German salary scale) in English linguistics the University of Bremen to be filled by 1 July 2018 or later.

Applicants have an MA in English (Applied) Linguistics (or a teacher degree with a focus on and final thesis in English linguistics) and a strong background and interest in either (learner) corpus research, Second Language Acquisition or varieties of English. Successful applicants are expected to carry out research on a dissertation in (applied) English linguistics. The teaching load comprises 2 hours per semester.

Further information about the research unit can be found online at For further enquiries write to the e-mail address specified below.

Non-native speakers of German should have at least a working knowledge of German. Detailed information about the German salary scale can be found here:

Applications deadline: 15 June 2018

Mailing address for applications (e-mail applications with letter of motivation, dissertation proposal, CV, and diplomas attached as a single PDF are preferred):

Prof. Dr. Marcus Callies
University of Bremen, Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies
English-Speaking Cultures
Bibliothekstraße 1, GW 2
D-28359 Bremen

Prof. Dr. Marcus Callies
Universität Bremen
FB 10 – Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften
English-Speaking Cultures – Arbeitsbereich Anglistik/Sprachwissenschaft
Bibliothekstraße, Gebäude GW 2, Büro A 3400
28359 Bremen
Tel.: +49-421-218-68150


Special issue of the IJLCR on Segmental, prosodic and fluency features in phonetic learner corpora

Table of Contents

Jürgen Trouvain, Frank Zimmerer, Bernd Möbius, Mária Gósy and Anne Bonneau
105 – 117
Malte Belz, Simon Sauer, Anke Lüdeling and Christine Mooshammer
118 – 148
Mária Gósy, Dorottya Gyarmathy and András Beke
149 – 174
María Luisa García Lecumberri, Martin Cooke, Mirjam Wester, Martin Cooke and Mirjam Wester
175 – 195
Ulrike Gut
196 – 222
Sylvain Detey and Isabelle Racine
223 – 249
Oliver Niebuhr, Maria Alm, Nathalie Schümchen and Kerstin Fischer
250 – 277
Erratum Vol 3, Issue 1
List of reviewers
Referees for Volume 3 (2017)
279 – 280

The IRIS Replication Award

£300 will be awarded annually to a published (or accepted) self-labelled replication* using materials held on IRIS.

Submissions must include:

i) the article/chapter (with evidence of ‘in press’ status if not already published);
ii) the materials from IRIS and any adaptations of them (adaptations should also be uploaded to IRIS, with a Note to link it to the earlier study’s materials).
IRIS now accepts data of all kinds, and we encourage applicants to submit their raw data along with their other materials.

Review Process
Submissions can be made to at any time. The first round will close 30th November 2018. The study must have been published (or in press) from 2016 onwards. All submissions will be reviewed by the IRIS directors and up to two anonymous reviewers. The first award will be announced by 1 January 2019.

Criteria for award
Submissions will be welcome from any area of second language research (broadly defined, including multilingualism, language education, research methodology). All methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives are welcome.

Submissions will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Strength of the justification for the replication.
  • Soundness and transparency of methods and analysis, including clarity about how these are similar/different to those of the initial study.
  • How well the discussion and conclusions are warranted by the methods, data and analysis.
  • How well the findings from the initial study are integrated into the set-up, analysis and interpretation of the replication.

Special consideration will be given to:

  • Multi-site replications
  • Open data
  • Pre-registered studies
  • Direct or partial replications (though we emphasize that conceptual replications, which change more than one significant variable, are also welcome)

Replications using materials developed by IRIS Directors are not eligible.

Please direct any questions to
*The study is labeled as a replication in the title and/or abstract.

Spanish Learner Corpus Research: Current trends and future perspectives

Edited by Margarita Alonso-Ramos
Universidade da Coruña

Just published!

The aim of this book is to present a comprehensive picture of the current state of Spanish learner corpus research (SLCR), which makes it unique, since no other monograph has focused on collecting research dealing with learner corpora of any language other than English. In addition to an introductory appraisal of current SLCR, as well as a wake-up call reminding us that learner corpus design still needs to be improved, this volume features a selection of original studies ranging from general issues concerning learner corpora compilation to more specific aspects such as phonetic, lexical, grammatical and pragmatic features of the interlanguage of learners of Spanish, as reflected in corpus data. This volume will undoubtedly be of significant interest to researchers involved in corpus linguistics, second language acquisition research, as well as to professionals in the field of Spanish as a second language, including teachers, and creators and publishers of teaching materials.

Check Spanish Learner Corpus Research: Current trends and future perspectives

International Journal of Learner Corpus Research: Issue 1/1 just out!

The first issue of the International Journal of Learner Corpus Research is just out!

(Part of) this issue is currently available for free viewing:

Johns Benjamins Publishing Company offers a 20% discount of the subscription rate for LCA members (individual subscribers) to the IJLCR!


Marcus Callies & Magali Paquot

Two-year MA in Linguistics and its Applications for a Multilingual Society – Universities of Louvain and Oslo

The Master’s Programme in Linguistics and its Applications for a Multilingual Society is a two-year programme offering a double degree at the University of Louvain (UCL) and the University of Oslo. The programme welcomes European and non-European applicants who are interested in applied perspectives on linguistics and multilingualism. Students spend one year at each university, and apply to the university where they wish to spend the first year of the degree programme.

Initiated by two universities with a strong corpus linguistic tradition, the programme has a significant focus on corpus-based approaches to language and offers specialization in Contrastive linguistics and translation studies, Second language acquisition and language teaching, and Language and society. In addition it provides a combination of core courses in various domains of linguistics and an internship in a private or public company, research centre or laboratory where students will be involved in a project with a significant linguistic component. Students get to study under internationally renowned specialists who do research into how authentic language is used in present-day society, how languages differ and how (well) languages are learnt.

Admission to the programme requires a bachelor’s degree in modern languages/linguistics comprising at least 80 ECTS credits in English, French or German, including linguistics courses at an advanced level. Applicants should be able to document proficiency in English at a minimum level of B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), either through a BA with English major or an internationally recognized language test. Students intending to take courses in French or German should have language skills in French or German comparable to B2 level.  English is the main language of instruction, but the multilingual component includes a possibility for linguistics courses in French, German and Dutch (in Louvain) or Norwegian (in Oslo).

The MA in Linguistics and its Applications for a Multilingual Society may qualify for language-related work in e.g. communication, publishing, lexicography, ICT and teaching (the MA does not provide pedagogical qualifications, however). It may also lead to further graduate work in contrastive and foreign/second language studies.

For further information, see (Louvain) and  (Oslo).

Application deadlines:

- Louvain: 30 May for EU applicants; 30 April for non-EU applicants;

- Oslo: 1 March for European applicants; 1 March/15 April for Nordic applicants

(see the websites for details).