A computational analysis of conceptual combination through time

This PhD project will be based at the University of Toronto with a 24 month stay at the University of Melbourne.

Project Description:

This joint PhD project from the University of Toronto (UofT) and the University of Melbourne (UoM) will provide training and research opportunities for a student applicant in the area of computational cognitive linguistics. The student will work under the joint supervision of faculty members from both institutions and spend two years at each institution.

The proposed PhD project will develop a computational approach to investigate the process of conceptual combination, particularly how compound words are formed over time in natural languages. The goal of this project is to characterize the regularities in compound formation, and the extent to which they might inform the principles and automated processing of emergent compounds across languages.

The PhD program will commence in 2021 and has an expected duration of 4 to 4.5 years, with full financial support including tuition, stipend, and relevant travelling expenses. The student will begin coursework and research at UofT for an initial period of 2 years, and then proceed to further research and dissertation work at UoM to complete the program.

The applicant should have obtained a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree by January, 2021 in computer science or cognitive science. The applicant should have a general interest in the area of cognitive linguistics, with proficiency in programming and computational skills in probabilistic modelling and natural language processing. UofT and UoM are both committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and applicants from diverse and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Supervision Team:

A/Prof Yang Xu (University of Toronto)

Dr Lea Frermann (University of Melbourne)

How to Apply

If you are interested in this opportunity, read the application guidelines before contacting the supervisors.