3 years PhD position starting next Fall at the CLLE CNRS lab (Toulouse)
Specialty Areas: Morphology, Lexical Semantics, Language Resources,
We invite applications for a 3 years PhD position funded by the French
National Research Funding Agency (ANR) as part of the “Demonext:
Derivational Morphology in Extension” project.
The project aims to build Demonette, a large-scale French morphological
database which systematically describes derivational relations between
words. The relations form an interconnected network whose edges and
vertices bear numerous and rich descriptions: morphosemantic,
morphosyntactic, morphophonological, derivational, distributional,
statistics, etc. The database will be fed by large scale lexical
resources covering a variety of French morphological processes that were
created by morphologists as part of academic studies. The original
combination of information offered by Demonette will meet multiple
needs: empirical confirmation of morphological hypotheses, elaboration
of new hypotheses, development of NLP tools, vocabulary instruction,
treatment of developmental and acquired language disorders.
As part of this project, the PhD will focus on the semantic description
of lexemes and derivational relationships between lexemes. This will
include the definition of a set of morphosemantic types relevant to
morphology, the description of the lexical meaning of the morphological
relations present within the derivational families, and the proposition
of a formal framework for the semantic representation of these
relations. The description will exploit the semantic information
described in existing resources like FrameNet, WordNet, RLF, etc. The
work will also include an application component directly related to the
construction of the Demonette resource, in addition to the more
theoretical component on the organization of morphosemantic
relationships in derivation.
The PhD will include an applied component related to the development of
the Demonette resource, and a more theoretical part focusing the
organization of morphosemantic relations in derivation.
The candidate should hold a Master degree in natural language
processing, linguistics, cognitive science, computer science, or a
related field and have some knowledge of derivational morphology
(especially of French) and of lexical semantics. The candidate is
expected to have a good command of French, and good academic writing and
presentation skills. Good programming skills (Python, SQL) and some
familiarity with FrameNet, WordNet and with formal semantics skills
would be welcome.
The thesis may be written in French or English, however, the activities
at the doctoral school are in French.
The PhD will be co-supervised by Nabil Hathout at the CLLE laboratory in
Toulouse (http://clle.univ-tlse2.fr/) and by Fiammetta Namer at the
ATILF laboratory in Nancy (http://www.atilf.fr/). The successful
candidate will be based in Toulouse but will make regular trips to Nancy.
The monthly salary is 1400 euros after taxes.
Expressions of interest, together with a CV, transcripts, and contact
details of two referees should be sent to nabil.hath...@univ-tlse2.fr
Application Deadline: 30-Jun-2018
CLLE/ERSS, CNRS & Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès
Maison de la Recherche. F-31058 Toulouse cedex 9
Tél. (+33) 561-503-603. nabil.hath...@univ-tlse2.fr
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