PhD openings in English linguistics

The Institute for Language and Communication at the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) has two PhD openings within the framework of the research project “Fluency and disfluency markers. A multimodal contrastive perspective” conducted jointly by the CECL (Centre for English Corpus Linguistics), VALIBEL – Discours et Variation and CENTAL (Centre de traitement automatique du langage) in collaboration with the University of Namur (Namur Research College).

The selected candidates will be engaged in a 4-year PhD project on the following topics:

  • Topic 1. Fluency and disfluency in English native and learner speech (supervisors: Gaëtanelle Gilquin and Sylviane Granger)
  • Topic 2. Discourse markers as (dis)fluency markers in English and French speech (supervisors: Liesbeth Degand and Gaëtanelle Gilquin)


  • – Master in linguistics or modern languages (major in linguistics), with honours
    – Native or near-native speaker of English (Topic 1) and very good knowledge of English and French (Topic 2)
    – High level of academic English
    – Good knowledge of linguistic statistics or commitment to acquire it
    – Familiarity with corpus linguistic methods and tools
    – Dynamic and motivated
    – Capacity to work independently and as part of a team
    – Previous experience with the analysis of spoken language and/or discourse features is an asset

We offer a motivating research environment with many opportunities for collaboration with other researchers working on the same project. The salary consists of a PhD grant including social security (+/- 1500 € net/month).

Deadline: January 1st, 2013; review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

If you are interested in one of the above PhD grants, please send a letter of motivation, a CV, and two references in electronic form to:

  • Topic 1: Gaëtanelle Gilquin ( and Sylviane Granger (
  • Topic 2: Liesbeth Degand ( and Gaëtanelle Gilquin (

Additional information:

More info on the project (Dis)fluency project