What is a Corpus?

A Corpus is a collection of texts in electronic form (in the case of the spoken language - a transcription of speech), used for linguistic research. A special search engine facilitates work with this corpus. It will aid users in finding words and collocations in context and determine their frequency in the corpus and their original text source. It also enables further processing of the found data (alphabetical classification, etc.). Some corpora can be searched also according to parts of speech.

The Czech National Corpus (CNC) is an academic project focusing on building a large electronic corpus of mainly written Czech. Institute of the Czech National Corpus (ICNC), Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague has been in charge of the CNC, its expansion, development and other related activities, particularly those associated with teaching and advancing the field of the corpus linguistics.


Opening for a research position

Institute of the Czech National Corpus (ICNC) invites applications for a 1,5 year (18 months with possible extension) full-time appointment at researcher position ('odborný asistent') with specialization in Corpus Linguistics commencing July 1, 2015.

The successful candidate will have an MA degree in linguistics or philology and a very good command of Czech language, candidates with PhD will be preferred.

The responsibilities of the position will include corpus based research of Czech language (including contrastive research) and active participation and linguistic support in the current ICNC's project of Large Research, Development and Innovation Infrastructure. Independent research is expected, if the candidate wishes, teaching may be included in his/her duties.

ICNC, based at Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, is one of the biggest corpus research centres in central Europe and offers stimulating and dynamic working environment. The candidate shall be based in the ICNC Linguistic Unit.

Interested candidates should apply by March 15, 2015 with a CV including two references, a list of publications and a statement of research (and teaching) interests. All the documents should be sent to Dr. Anna Cermakova at the email below. Selected candidates will be invited for interviews (Skype possible) by the end of April.

Application deadline: March 15, 2015
Contact person: Dr. Anna Cermakova, anna.cermakova@ff.cuni.cz