The Centre for English Corpus Linguistics (CECL; https://uclouvain.be/en/research-institutes/ilc/cecl) at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium, has an opening for a fully funded four-year PhD fellowship in L1 (French) and L2 (English) writing process research.
The position is part of an FNRS-funded project entitled ?PROCEED with L1 and L2 writing fluency?. This project relies on data from the Process Corpus of English in Education (PROCEED; https://uclouvain.be/en/research-institutes/ilc/cecl/proceed.html) which reflect the writing process in the form of keystroke log files (recorded by means of the Inputlog software) and screencast videos. It centres around the concept of writing fluency, looking at how smooth and rapid the writing process is, whether writing is interrupted by pauses, revisions, etc. The main objective is to compare the writing fluency of French-speaking learners of English writing in their mother tongue (L1) and in the target language (L2). This will involve highlighting the similarities and differences between L1 and L2 writing fluency profiles, as well as distinguishing the aspects of L2 writing fluency that are the result of general and language-independent skills from those that are caused by the difficulty of writing in a non-native language. The project also pursues a more theoretical objective by considering fluency as a means of providing insights into the mental processes underlying the writing event. Such insights then make it possible to develop writing process models representing native and non-native novice writing, and showing how L1 and L2 writing abilities interact with each other. Finally, the project aims to help improve L2 learners? writing fluency thanks to the pedagogical exploitation of L2 writing process data.
The PhD candidate will work in Louvain-la-Neuve under the supervision of Gaëtanelle Gilquin (CECL, UCLouvain). S/he will be affiliated with the Institute for Language and Communication and will be a member of the CECL. The doctoral grant amounts to approximately 1800 EUR net per month and includes social security. Funding will also be available for research activities such as attending summer schools, participating in international conferences or doing short research stays abroad. Applicants from outside the EU are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa or permits.
The candidate?s activities will include the following:
– taking part in the doctoral training programme;
– working actively on a PhD thesis, to be defended by the end of the four-year position;
– collecting process data for the project, to be part of PROCEED;
– reporting on the results of the PhD project in scientific articles and at conferences;
– carrying out a limited number of administrative and research support tasks.
University of Louvain
– Master?s degree in Linguistics, in Linguistics and Literature or in Philology (or comparable)
– Excellent academic record and strong interest in linguistics
– Excellent command of English (including Academic English) and French
– Familiarity with corpus linguistic methods and tools as well as strong analytical skills
– Skills in statistical analysis of corpus data or willingness to acquire such skills
– Computational linguistics skills are an asset, but not a requirement
– Capacity to work independently and as part of a team