Phraseology 13-18. Phraseology and stylistics in the novel of the ancient regime (XIIIe-XVIIIe c.)

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    Université Grenoble Alpes
    Language sciences
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    07/11/2021 20:00 - Europe/Athens
    France › Saint Martin d'Hères


The person recruited will contribute to the project both on an applied level (preparation and automatic annotation of the corpus, evaluation of the outputs, participation in the elaboration of the data management plan, development of a new functionality for the study of phraseologisms in diachrony) and on a fundamental level (extraction and analysis of the data, elaboration of the typology of phraseologisms, valorization of the results). In order to be carried out in the allotted time, the exploration of phraseologisms, in synchrony then in diachrony, will focus on 4 current or emerging thematic fields: represented speech, expression of affects, cognition and group interactions. The study of phraseology in diachronic terms will shed light on the evolution of social and cultural practices in different eras as well as the impact of these practices on language. The person recruited will also participate in the organization of the project's closing conference scheduled for June 2023. He or she may be required to supervise bachelor’s and master's students working on the project.


The deliverables of the project will not only bring new elements of reflection to specialists working on the history of French but will also provide new corpora and new tools to the scientific community. The table below presents the provisional calendar of the different missions.


The LiDiLEM is a research laboratory in the University of Grenoble Alpes. It currently has about 60 permanent members and about 70 doctoral students.

The work carried out within LiDiLEM is related to language: linguistic descriptions, sociolinguistics, acquisition, constitution and exploitation of corpora, didactics, NLP, and the study of new forms of interaction generated by digital uses. The unity and specificity of the laboratory lie in a shared interest in the study of languages and language in context and in language learning and teaching situations.

Involved in numerous national and international collaborations, LiDiLEM members lead projects that promote the dialogue between language sciences and other disciplines in the social and human sciences. Open to the community, they conduct their research while being attentive to the technological and societal issues of language practices and their transmission in a global society marked by linguistic diversity and the globalization of the major languages of communication, particularly French.

The position to be filled is part of the LiDiLEM laboratory's Research Axis n°1 entitled " Description et modélisation linguistique, corpus, TAL", within the "Phraséologie en diachronie" action. The objective of this action is to analyze, with linguistic tools and in the long run, the phraseological units structuring the sentence and the discourse in order to contribute to the elaboration of an operational theoretical model of the textual genres allowing to classify the texts according to their phraseological specificities.

The team is composed of 4 research professors from the LiDiLEM laboratory (Julie Sorba, Olivier Kraif) and the Litt&Arts UMR5316 laboratory (Corinne Denoyelle, Cécile Lignereux), 2 PhD students (Iris Fabry, Mellie Mattana-Basset) and external members who intervene from time to time. The team is regularly enriched by several students of bachelor or master.

Julie Sorba is in charge of the project. The person recruited will work under her supervision and in close collaboration with the other members of the team.


The project “Phraséo 13-18. Phraséologie et stylistique dans le roman d’ancien régime (XIIIe-XVIIIe s.)” is part of the Digital Humanities field and uses the methods of corpus linguistics. Its originality lies in its both synchronic and diachronic approach to study phraseological phenomena over time, from Old French to Classical French. By answering a problematic currently in full emergence, the results will contribute to refine an operational theory of the textual genres, the category of genre being traditionally used to group texts by reducing their variability. The linguistic study of phraseological units is one of the keys to answering this problem. This multidisciplinary research implies working in close collaboration with specialists in NLP but also using linguistic and stylistic methods to interpret the data. Its objective is to constitute diachronic corpora of literary fiction and to bring new theoretical knowledge. The text mining tool (Lexicoscope) will bring a real added value to researchers with new corpora that can be searched via a perennial open access interface.

Lexicoscope : http://phraseotext.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr/lexicoscope_2.0/

Estimated end of the project: june 2023.

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Selection process

Anticipated date of the recruitment panel: the week of November 15-19, 2021.

Additional comments

A workstation will be made available in the laboratory. A telecommuting organization will be set up if the health situation requires it. Travel is to be expected, especially for the presentation of research results at international scientific events.

Regular meetings with the team will allow to evaluate and control the achievement of the results. Quantitative evaluations of the quality of the morpho-syntactic annotations of the corpus will be carried out. Active participation in the writing of articles and reports will also be taken into account.

The level of remuneration is defined according to the diploma, the previous professional experience and the level of expected competences in reference to the 3 levels defined by the European Union (R2 to R3) and in the respect of the grids of the part 3 of the regulation of management of the contractual BIATSS of the UGA.

Offer Requirements


The candidate must have a solid knowledge of the history of French (medieval and pre-classical French) and of its internal evolution (syntax, morphology, lexicon, textual genre, diachrony). She/he must also master NLP pipelines, have basic knowledge of machine learning and be comfortable in writing and adapting scripts in Python. Native (or near-native) French is required.

The person recruited will have to show autonomy, initiative and have a good sense of organization and rigor. He/she must be able to integrate into a project, work as part of a team and communicate his/her results orally and in writing.


Desired professional experience: ☒ beginner ☒ 2 to 5 years

Professional experience is preferred but the team will carefully consider all applications.


Previous formation, diplomas:

The person recruited will preferably have a PhD in linguistics and/or NLP and/or French language, with skills in semantics and syntax, and a good knowledge of the Python programming language and NLP pipelines.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Laboratoire LIDILEM
Saint Martin d'Hères

EURAXESS offer ID: 685980


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