POST-DOC: Modeling nasality at the phonetics-phonology interface: a French-Japanese comparative study

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    Université de Nantes
    Language sciencesLinguistics
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    06/07/2018 23:00 - Europe/London
    France › NANTES

Scientific Project

The aim of this post-doctoral position is to improve our understanding of the representation of the class of nasal segments (consonants, vowels and their interplay). The project relies on a comparative perspective, and brings together two typologically and genetically unrelated languages: French and Japanese.

The hired post-doctoral candidate will combine experimental work and cutting edge phonological analysis. S/he will conduct fieldwork, structure the data for analysis, and ensure storage of the data in line with EU data laws (GDPR). On the basis of these new data, s/he will provide an analysis of Japanese nasalisation and evaluate which phonological hypotheses are supported.

S/he is also expected to contribute to the development of the research conducted in the "Formes Sonores" group and engage in the activities of the lab.

S/he will present results of this reseach in relevant (international) conferences, events and s/he will submit his/her work for publication to relevant journals.

Selected references

  • Archangeli D. & D. Pulleyblank. (2011). ‘Harmony’. In De Lacy (ed) The Cambridge Handbook of Phonology. pp. 353-378
  • Haraguchi, S. (1984) ‘Some tonal and segmental effects of vowel height in Japanese. ‘In M. Aronoff and R.T. Orhrle (eds.) Language Sound Structure: Studies in Phonology. Presented to Morris Halle by his Teacher and Students. pp 145-156. MIT Press: Cambridge, MA.

  • Kubozono, Haruo. ed., 2015.  The Handbook of Japanese Phonetics and Phonology. Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Paradis C. & J.-F. Prunet (2000). Nasal Vowels as Two Segments: Evidence from Borrowings. Language 76.2 : 324-357.
  • Piggott, G. (1988). ‘A parametric approach to nasal harmony.’ In v.der Hulst, H. & N. Smith (eds). Features, segmental structure and harmony processes. Vol. 1, pp. 131-167. Dordrecht: Foris
  • Piggott, G. (1992). Variability in feature dependency: The case of nasality. NLLT 10, pp. 33-77


Annual Gross Salary : 29 409 €

Eligibility criteria

- The eligible candidate must be within 3 years of their thesis defense (deadline of thesis defense: around 01/09/2015). Periods of sickness, maternity or parental leave shall not be counted in this 3 years period.

- International experience in research is required (during or after the Doctorate). 

- Candidates must not have studied for any portion of their PhD in the hiring institution and must not have previously worked in the host research unit.


Selection process

Please send the following documents by email to : sabrina.bendjaballah@univ-nantes.fr and recherche@u-bretagneloire.fr. The documents to be submitted consist of the following :

  • Short Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter showing your interest and especially addressing your proposed project
  • A list of your major works (2 pages max.): scientific publications, patents and others scientific productions
  • Letters of recommendation (not required)
  • A copy of your PhD diploma
  • The general selection process is described here : https://u-bretagneloire.fr/dossiers/postdoc/candidatures

The selection committee is: Sabrina Bendjaballah, Catherine Collin, Ali Tifrit (LLING)

Interviews are set to take place between 11/7/2018 and 17/7/2018 (with videoconference possible)

For doctors graduated from a French establishment, a link to the thesis notice in the SUDOC Catalogue or the French official portal Theses.fr is sufficient.

Additional comments

The Université of Nantes is a member of the Université Bretagne Loire. The Université Bretagne Loire is a federation of 7 universities, 15 “grandes écoles” and 5 research organizations in the West of France (Bretagne and Pays de la Loire). This community of universities and institutions aims to develop the scientific and academic potential of this territory at national and international level.

The University of Nantes is a multidisciplinary university and offers programs in most fields of knowledge and academic paths giving access to the majority of degrees in higher education. It employs more than 3,200 permanent and contract research staff working in more than 60 accredited laboratories. The University's doctoral college offers 8 graduate schools in all areas of expertise.

The recruited post-doctoral fellow will be based in the CNRS/Université de Nantes research unit UMR6310-LLING Laboratoire de Linguistique de Nantes, which hosts 20 permanent researchers and 11 doctoral students. The research conducted in LLING focuses on the study of the representations and the processes at the core of the human faculty of language. The methodology is characterized by the combination of a careful examination of central issues in formal linguistics and of new data stemming from different approaches (e.g. fieldwork, experimental linguistics). LLING has an expertise in a wide range of languages, belonging to genetically and typologically unrelated languages (Romance, Germanic, Afroasiatic, East Asian).


Offer Requirements

    Language sciences: PhD or equivalent


Candidates must have a Doctorate (PhD) in formal phonology, with additional expertise in Japanese, fieldwork experience in Japan and/or contacts/network with academics based in Japan.


Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Université de Nantes
Pays de la Loire
Chemin de la Censive du Tertre

EURAXESS offer ID: 317761


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