CoFee Post-Doc Position open

Postdoc on “Conversational Feedback: Multidimensional analyses and
modeling” (CoFee), Laboratoire Parole et Langage (Aix-En-Provence)
(UMR 7309)

Applications are invited for an 18 months postdoctoral position on
linguistic feedback modeling.

The aim of the project is to study the interfaces between linguistic
domains (lexicon, prosody, kinesic) in the context of linguistic
feedback behaviors. Only candidates with  experience with at least two
of the points below will be considered:

– speech and prosody
– dialogue / conversation / interaction analysis and modeling
– kinesics (especially facial expression and head movements)
– natural language processing

Concerning the kind of approaches considered both corpus/quantitative
and formal backgrounds are welcomed.

The position is planned to start around February 1st but we can
discuss about early or late starting period. The salary will be
determined according to the French university standards (about 1950 euros / month after tax and health insurance coverage for a young researcher). Funding for presenting
relevant research results into conferences comes with the position.

Speaking French will be a plus for everyday life in Aix-en-Provence,
but fluency in English is the minimal requirement.

The research lab is located in the center of Aix-en-Provence
( Aix is a sunny middle-sized
city of South East France, nested in the Provence countryside, 30
minutes from the Mediterranean and 1h30 from the Alps.

The “Laboratoire Parole et Langage”  is a very active lab currently
involved in several large scale projects (Labex “Brain and Language
Research Institute” : ; EQUIPEX Open Resources and Tools
for LANGuage (ORTOLANG) : ; and Erasmus Mundus
“Multilingualism and Multiculturalism”: ) offering a
stimulating research environment and large and diverse opportunities
of collaborations.

A curriculum vitae and a list of publications should be sent to
Laurent Prévot ( by December 31st but please contact us asap if you are interested by the position for deepening mutual knowledge before formal application.

For more information, please visit the following web pages:

Laboratoire Parole et Langage:

Séminaire CoFee Ellen Gurman Bard

Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer un séminaire d’Ellen Gurman Bard qui aura lieu le jeudi 29 novembre à 14h30 en salle de conférence.
Ellen Gurman Bard, Dept of Linguistics and English Language, University of Edinburgh.
Titre: Maybe not the first time: Alignment at varying lags in dialogue
Lieu: Salle B011 (Salle de Conférences), Laboratoire Parole et Langage.

Conversational Feedback

This site is about the ANR project “Conversational Feedback”. In a conversation, feedback is mostly performed through short utterances produced by another participant than the main current speaker. These utterances
are among the most frequent in conversational data. They are also considered as
crucial communicative tools for achieving coordination in dialogue. They have
been the topic of various descriptive studies and often given a central role in
applications such as dialogue systems. The present project addresses this issue
from a linguistic viewpoint and combines fine-grained corpus analyses of semi-
controlled data with formal and statistical modeling.