[Corpora-List] Graduate position(s) in Indigenous language documentation and technology

Antti Arppe arppe at ualberta.ca
Thu Dec 17 23:50:53 CET 2020

[apologies for cross-postings] Dear colleagues,

We'd appreciate if you shared the posting below on our graduate student position(s) through your networks. Also, if you know of students who'd be interested in the creation of language technological resources and in Indigenous languages, we'd be most happy if they applied.



Morphology; Phonetics; Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation; Text/Corpus Linguistics, Indigenous Languages; Language Revitalization


The Alberta Language Technology Lab (ALTLab) in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta is offering graduate student positions at the PhD (4 years) or MA (2 years) level in its graduate program, beginning in September 2021 within the research project: 21st Century Tools for Indigenous Languages, funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant in 2019 – 2026. See our partnership website for more information: http://21c.tools/

This partnership is hosted by the ALTLab (https://altlab.artsrn.ualberta.ca/)) and is led by Dr. Antti Arppe (Associate Professor & Partnership Director). We are developing language technological models, tools, and resources for Indigenous languages in Canada, starting with Plains Cree (Algonquian) and Tsuut’ina (Dene), and plan to continue and expand work in other languages. These tools and resources include: intelligent electronic dictionaries, linguistically analyzed collections of spoken and written texts, spell-checkers, language learning and practice tools, and word form analyzers and generators, all created in collaboration with Indigenous communities in order to facilitate and support the use of their languages in all spheres of life by community members.


Alongside studies in the Department’s graduate program, the graduate student will be expected to:

a. support the development or maintenance of our current or future projects within ALTLab for our partnering communities.

b. conduct research that falls within the purview of ALTLab research interests on either the languages of our partners and/or another Indigenous language (see our list of past publications from our ALTLab team and a full list of potential research topics: https://altlab.artsrn.ualberta.ca/).


These graduate positions require:

a. a keen interest in North American Indigenous languages;

b. a Bachelor or Master’s degree in a relevant field; and

c. meeting the general entrance requirements to the Department’s graduate program (https://www.ualberta.ca/linguistics/graduate/admissions.html)

We will prefer candidates with:

a. experience in and knowledge of the phonetics/phonology and/or morphosyntax of North American Indigenous languages, in particular Plains Cree or other Western Cree, Algonquian, or Dene language; and/or

b. experience in computational linguistics and natural language processing (e.g. finite-state transducers, speech technology); and/or

c. interest or experience in language documentation, language revitalization, and language learning.


a. an opportunity to personally contribute to the practical retention of linguistic diversity;

b. opportunities for well-rounded, comprehensive training in empirical research methods in field linguistics, psycholinguistics and corpus linguistics as well as in language technology; and

c. a chance to participate in an international SSHRC funded Partnership involving collaboration with 27 researchers from 14 different partner organizations world-wide including leading research centers in the development of language technology and research on indigenous languages.


Interested applicants must contact in advance Dr. Antti Arppe (email: arppe at ualberta.ca) in order to discuss their research interests and how they might match with the current research and development activities pursued by ALTLAb.

Following this, in order to apply, applicants should send by email to our Partnership office (21ct4il at gmail.com, Attn: Dr. Antti Arppe, ref: Grad 2021):

1. a brief statement of research interests and relevant background; 2. curriculum vitae (including possible publications and presentations); 3. transcripts of university studies; and 4. at least two confidential academic letters of recommendation delivered directly to Dr. Antti Arppe (arppe at ualberta.ca) by the referees.

We will start considering applications in January 2021. These positions are open until filled, but we urge applications to be submitted by Sunday Jan 10, 2021, in order to meet the Linguistics departmental regular graduate application deadline on that day. These positions are for a start in September 2021.


21C Partnership office: 21ct4il at gmail.com


https://altlab.artsrn.ualberta.ca/call-for-graduate-student-ma-phd-applications-deadline-january-2021/ -- ====================================================================== Antti Arppe - Ph.D (General Linguistics), M.Sc. (Engineering) Associate Professor of Quantitative Linguistics Director, Alberta Language Technology Lab (ALTLab) Partnership Director, 21st Century Tools for Indigenous Languages (21C) President, ACL SIG for Endangered Languages (SIGEL) Department of Linguistics, University of Alberta E-mail: arppe at ualberta.ca, antti.arppe at iki.fi WWW: www.ualberta.ca/~arppe, altlab.artsrn.ualberta.ca Mānahtu ina rēdûti ihza ummânūti ihannaq - dulum ugulak úmun ingul ----------------------------------------------------------------------

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