PhD student “Morphology in spoken word recognition models” Nijmegen

Marc Brysbaert

PhD student “Morphology in spoken word recognition models”


Location:        Radboud University, Nijmegen


Duration:        4 years


Starting date: February 2019


Salary:             Around 1600 euros a month



The PhD project will be supervised by Louis ten Bosch, Mirjam Ernestus, and Ingo Plag .

The project is part of the “Spoken Morphology” research unit (



We are looking for candidates with

•          Master degree in Linguistics or in Artificial Intelligence;

•          Clear interest in speech and language;

•          Expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods, preferably including large scale data analyses and statistical analyses;

•          Effective verbal and written communicative skills in English.



Please send your motivation letter and extensive resume (including grades for all university courses) before 1 December 2018 to


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The PhD student will study the role of morphology in general and of morpho-acoustic cues in particular in speech comprehension by means of computational modeling. The focus of the project is on the investigation what properties a computational model of auditory word recognition needs to have in order to well simulate human listeners’ processing of morphologically complex words. The computational models that will be considered are DIANA (ten Bosch et al., 2013, 2014, 2015) and Naïve Discriminative Learning (NDL, Arnold et al. 2017), since these two models represent very different types of processing and both can receive the speech signal, with morpho-acoustic cues, as their inputs. The results will reveal general properties of the speech comprehension process that are relevant for all theories of auditory word recognition.