PhD-Fellowship in descriptive linguistics (Spanish) at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven)

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship in descriptive linguistics (Spanish) starting November 2018 at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Leuven.

The aim of this doctoral project is to describe a relatively recent phenomenon involving the spreading of the conditional form into new territories, semantically and pragmatically, in the variety of Spanish spoken in and around the Río de la Plata Basin. The project will focus on the analysis of structures such as Estarían necesitando una caja de Rivotril’They need a box of Rivotril’ (lit. they would be needing of box of Rivotril), which do not receive a plain conjecture, prospective or attenuation interpretation, but which parody the rumouror ‘journalistic’ conditional in order to express speaker’s subjective stance or judgement. The starting hypothesis of this project is that this recent constructional change follows a cline of sujectification from less subjective over more subjective to intersubjective. The dialogal and dialogic nature of language and the social context in which the construction is used takecenter stage.The phenomena to be analysedinclude morphosyntax, semantics-pragmatics, prosody, and discourse functions. More information about the project can be requested by e-mail.

Applicants are expected to have the following qualifications and attitudes:

  • an MA in theoretical linguistics (or related disciplines), with academic distinction;
  • expertise and (near-)native competence in Spanish and English;
  • a good background in the domains of linguistics relevant to the topic;
  • strong analytical skills and the motivation to pursue descriptively innovative work in linguistics;
  • demonstrable skill in academic writing;
  • willingness to undertake the study of prosody;
  • willingness to acquire the necessary statistical know-how for the analysis of the data;
  • the ability to present research results at international conferences;
  • a cooperative attitude and the capacity to actively participate in activities and in events of the research group and department.

Motivated candidates meeting these criteria are invited to apply online according to the instructions given at  https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/54762248

Please include a cover letter, a CV, the names of up to three referees, and a sample piece of academic writing (either the cover letter or the sample piece of writing should be in English). The deadline for applications is 15September2018.

Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates on 25-26 September(in person or online for overseas applicants). A decision will be communicated by the end of September.

The fellow will receive a salary of approximately 2000 EUR/month (after taxes) for a period of two yearsduring which s/he will be expected to apply for external funding. S/he will also receive all regular provisions for PhD fellows at the University of Leuven. In addition, s/he will be allocated office space and a laptop, and receive funding for research activities like attending conferences abroad and organising workshops and conferences in Leuven or elsewhere.

The successful candidate may be asked to provide (limited) assistance with teaching, student supervision and data management. S/he will join the dynamic research group FunC (Functional and Cognitive linguistics: Grammar and Typology) in the Department of Linguistics.

For further information, you can contact Prof. María Sol Sansiñena  <mariasol.sansinena@kuleuven.be>.

Starting date: November 2018

End date: October 2020

PhD fellowship in Corpus Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at UCLouvain

The Centre for English Corpus Linguistics has an opening for a PhD fellowship for a total period of four years, starting as of October 2018 (later is also a possibility).

The position is part of the UCLouvain FSR-funded research project Particle placement and genitive alternations in EFL learner spoken syntax: core probabilistic grammar and/or L1specific preferences?(Promotor: Dr. Magali Paquot). The project stems from collaborative work between the promotor, Prof. B. Szmrecsanyi (KU Leuven) and Dr. J. Grafmiller (University of Birmingham) (e.g. Paquot, Grafmiller & Szmrecsanyi (2017)).

The PhD student will investigate the extent to which English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners share a core probabilistic grammar (cf. Bresnan, 2007) with users of first and second language varieties of English by analyzing variation in grammatical constraints on the particle placement alternation (for transitive phrasal verbs) and the genitive alternation in corpora of EFL learner spoken language. Methodologically, the candidate will build on annotation guidelines developed by Szmrecsanyi, Grafmiller and colleagues to describe the predictors that may influence speakers’ choice governing the alternations; s/he will also be expected to use a range of variationist analysis techniques.

Job description:

The research project is a joint venture between the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics (CECL) at the UCLouvain and the Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics (QLVL) group at the KU Leuven.The candidate will be affiliated to the Institut Langage et Communication (ILC, UCLouvain) and will also prepare a joint UCLouvain-KU Leuven PhD in Linguistics.

Activities that the candidate will perform include:

  • develop and implement (i) theoretical concepts in line with the focus of the research project and (ii) appropriate methodological procedures for investigating these concepts;
  • conduct corpus-based analyses of L1 and L2 writing and spoken samples;
  • interpret the results of the analyses and report on the project in conference presentations and academic publications;
  • carry out a research stay at the University of Birmingham (to work in close collaboration with Dr. J. Grafmiller too);
  • by the end of the four-year term, submit and defend a PhD dissertation based on the project.

Requirements and profile:

  • Master degree in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Language & Literature, Natural Language Processing or in Language Learning and Teaching;
  • excellent record of BA and MA level study;
  • excellent command of English.
  • excellent and demonstrated analytic skills;
  • ability to work with common software packages (including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint);
  • basic knowledge of corpus-linguistic techniques is a requirement
  • knowledge of statistics and statistical software is an asset;
  • programming skills in Perl, Python or R are also an asset;
  • excellent and demonstrated self-management skills, ability and willingness to work in a team;
  • willingness to live in or near Louvain-la-Neuve and to travel abroad (for short-term research stays and to attend international academic conferences).

 

Terms of employment:

  • The contract will initially be for one year, three times renewable, with a total of four years.
  • The candidate receives a doctoral fellowship grant (starting at approx. EUR 1900 net per month) and full medical insurance.
  • The candidate will be expected to apply for a FNRS position after the first year.
  • The position requires residence in Belgium.
  • Applicants from outside the EU are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa or permits, with the assistance of UCLouvain staff department.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on 20 August 2018, and continue until the position is filled

Please include with your application:

  • a cover letter in English, in which you specify why you are interested in this position and how you meet the job requirements outlined above;
  • a curriculum vitae in English;
  • a concise academic statement in English in which you outline your expectations about and plans for graduate study and career goals;
  • a copy of BA and MA diplomas and degrees;
  • a copy of your master thesis and academic publications (if applicable);
  • the names and full contact details of two academic referees.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview (in situ or via video conferencing) in September 2018 (or later).

Applications (as an email attachment) and inquiries should be addressed to:

Dr. Magali Paquot

Centre for English Corpus Linguistics

Université Catholique de Louvain

Email: magali.paquot@uclouvain.be

References

Bresnan, J. (2007). Is syntactic knowledge probabilistic ? Experiments with the English dative alternation. In S. Featherston and W. Sternefeld (eds). Roots: Linguistics in Search of its Evidential Base. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 75-96.

Paquot, M, Grafmiller, J. & B. Szmrecsanyi (2017).Particle placement alternation in EFL learner speech vs. native and ESL spoken Englishes: core probabilistic grammar and/or L1-specific preferences? Paper presented at the 4th Learner Corpus Research Conference, 5-7 October 2017, Bolzano, Italy.

PhD-Fellowship in historical linguistics (Spanish) at the University of Leuven

A new research project at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Leuven is looking for applicants for a fully funded four-year PhD fellowship in Spanish historical linguistics (starting date: October/November 2018).

The PhD fellowship is part of a larger collaborative project entitled  »Beyond the clause: Encoding and inference in clause combining », funded by the Research Council of the University of Leuven. The team heading the project is composed of Bert Cornillie, Kristin Davidse, Elwys De Stefani and Jean-Christophe Verstraete. The supervisors of this fellowship are Bert Cornillie and Malte Rosemeyer.
The aim of the PhD project is to analyse the diachronic development of que- deletion in Spanish complement constructions, as in, e.g., Por ende vos rogamos le dedes entera fee y creencia (anon. 1497) lit.: ‘therefore we ask you you give him total faith and belief’. The project will focus on the origin, extension and demise of que-deletion, in interaction with developments in clause-internal marking (especially mood marking and subject expression), as well as contact influence (contact with Latin, Discourse Traditions). The project will examine whether que-deletion is part of a more general process of restructuring of the complementation system from medieval Castilian to modern Spanish. More information about the project can be requested by e-mail to one of the supervisors (see below).

Applications are invited from candidates with the following qualifications:
– An MA in linguistics or philology (or equivalent, e.g. BA Hons), with academic distinction
– Strong analytical skills and the motivation to pursue creative work in linguistics
– A (near)native command of Spanish and a good command of English
– Experience with historical corpus linguistics, preferably in Spanish
– Willingness to acquire the necessary statistical know-how for the analysis of the data
– A cooperative attitude and the capacity to actively participate in project activities (e.g. in data sessions) and in events of the research units involved in the project (including their seminar series)
– The ability to present research results at international conferences, and to publish in peer-reviewed journals

Motivated candidates meeting these criteria are invited to apply online at the application web address below.

Please include a cover letter, a CV, the names of up to three referees we may contact, and a sample piece of academic writing. The deadline for applications is 1 July 2018.
Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates on 9-10 July (in person or online for overseas applicants). A decision will be communicated by mid-July.

The fellow will receive a salary of approximately 2000 EUR/month (after taxes) for a period of four years and all regular provisions for PhD fellows at the University of Leuven. In addition, s/he will be allocated office space and a laptop, and receive funding for research activities like attending conferences abroad and organizing workshops and conferences in Leuven or elsewhere. For more information on the application process, working conditions and career opportunities as a PhD fellow at the University of Leuven see https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/en/phd.
The successful candidate may be asked to provide (limited) assistance with teaching, student supervision and data management. S/he will join a dynamic research team (faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students).

For further information, please contact one of the supervisors using the contact information below.
Starting date: October/November 2018
End date: September 2022

Applications Deadline: 01-Jul-2018

Web Address for Applications: https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/54680873

Contact Information:
Cornillie , Bert
bert.cornillie@kuleuven.be

Rosemeyer, Malte
malte.rosemeyer@kuleuven.be

PhD Position « Analogy in language change », KULeuven

A fully funded four-year PhD position is offered as part of the project  »Making the invisible uninvisible: the role of analogy in language change ». The project seeks to use corpus evidence to gain better insight into the workings of analogy as a mechanism of grammatical change. To this end, it will focus specifically on the history of a small subsystem of the grammar of English, adnumeral markers. The project will be supervised by Prof. Hendrik De Smet, in collaboration with Graeme Trousdale (University of Edinburgh) and Peter Petré (University of Antwerp). The project is to be carried out within the Leuven-based research group ‘Functional and Cognitive Linguistics: Grammar & Typology’ (FunC), which is part of the Department of Linguistics. More information on the project and eligibility requirements can be found through the link below.

Applications Deadline: 01-Jul-2018

Web Address for Applications: http://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/54676146

Contact Information:
Prof. Hendrik De Smet
hendrik.desmet@kuleuven.be
Phone:+32 16 32 47 72

PhD fellowship in linguistic typology, University of Leuven

A new research project at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Leuven is looking for applicants for a fully funded four-year PhD fellowship in linguistic typology (starting date: October/November 2018).

The PhD fellowship is part of a larger collaborative project entitled  »Beyond the clause: Encoding and inference in clause combining », funded by the Research Council of the University of Leuven. The team heading the project is composed of Bert Cornillie, Kristin Davidse, Elwys De Stefani and Jean-Christophe Verstraete. The supervisor of this fellowship is Jean-Christophe Verstraete.

The aim of the PhD project is to investigate the relation between specialized marking of clause linkage (e.g. conjunctions) and inferences from other categories (e.g. modal or information-structural markers). The project will use data from a large, representative sample of Australian languages, which tend to lack specialized clause linkage markers and rely on inferences from other means. This will contribute to the larger collaborative project by producing a cross-linguistic baseline for patterns of inference in clause combining. More information about the project can be requested by e-mail.

Applications are invited from candidates with the following qualifications:
– An MA in linguistics (or equivalent, eg BA Hons), with academic distinction.
– Experience with linguistic typology and/or linguistic fieldwork.
– Strong analytical skills and the motivation to pursue creative work in linguistics.
– A good command of English.
– A cooperative attitude and the capacity to actively participate in project activities (e.g. data sessions) and in events of the research units involved in the project (including their seminar series).
– The ability to present research results at international conferences, and to publish in peer-reviewed journals.

Motivated candidates meeting these criteria are invited to apply online according to the instructions given at the Application Link below and please include:
– a cover letter,
– a CV,
– the names of up to three referees we may contact, and
– a sample piece of academic writing.

The deadline for applications is 1 July 2018.

Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates on 9-10 July (in person or online for overseas applicants). A decision will be communicated by mid-July.

The fellow will receive a salary of approximately 2000 EUR/month (after taxes) for a period of four years and all regular provisions for PhD fellows at the University of Leuven. In addition, s/he will be allocated office space and a laptop, and receive funding for research activities like attending conferences abroad and organizing workshops and conferences in Leuven or elsewhere.

The successful candidate may be asked to provide (limited) assistance with teaching, student supervision and data management. S/he will join a dynamic research team (faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students).

For further information, please contact the project’s supervisor Jean-Christophe Verstraete at the contact below.

Starting date: October/November 2018
End date: September 2022

Applications Deadline: 01-Jul-2018

Web Address for Applications: https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/54666425

Contact Information:
Jean-Christophe Verstraete
jcv@kuleuven.be

PhD fellowship in descriptive and contrastive linguistics, University of Leuven

Applications are invited for a fully funded four-year PhD fellowship in descriptive and contrastive linguistics (English-French) starting October or November 2018 at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Leuven.

The PhD is part of a larger collaborative project entitled  »Beyond the clause: Encoding and inference in clause combining », funded by the Research Council of the University of Leuven. The team coordinating the project consists of Bert Cornillie, Kristin Davidse, Elwys De Stefani and Jean-Christophe Verstraete. The supervisors of this PhD are Kristin Davidse and Karen Lahousse (University of Leuven) and Gerard O’Grady (University of Cardiff).

The aim of this doctoral project is to compare clefts and their monoclausal counterparts (so-called “reduced clefts”) in English and French. The literature on clefts has tended to focus on the relation with their declefted alternate, often viewing different introducers such as  »it’s »/ »c’est »,  »there’s »/ »il y a » or  »I’ve »/ »j’ai » as largely devoid of meaning. The starting hypothesis of this project is that it is actually clefts and simple specificational clauses (with corresponding introducers) that most resemble each other. The project is designed in terms of the contrasts cleft vs. reduced cleft and English vs. French. The phenomena to be analysed include morphosyntax, semantics-pragmatics, prosody, information structure and discourse functions. More information about the project can be requested by e-mail.

Applicants are expected to have the following qualifications and attitudes:
– An MA in linguistics (or related disciplines), with academic distinction;
– Expertise and (near-)native competence in English and French;
– Willingness to undertake instrumental study of prosody;
– A good background in the domains of linguistics relevant to the topic;
– Strong analytical skills and the motivation to pursue descriptively innovative work in linguistics;
– A cooperative attitude and the capacity to actively participate in the project activities (e.g. data sessions) and in events of the research units involved in the project (including their seminar series);
– The ability to present research results at international conferences, and to publish in peer-reviewed journals.

Motivated candidates meeting these criteria are invited to apply online according to the instructions given at the Application Link below and to include:
– A cover letter,
– A CV,
– The names of up to three referees,
– A sample piece of academic writing.

The deadline for applications is 1 July 2018.
Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates on 9-10 July (in person or online for overseas applicants). A decision will be communicated by mid-July.

The fellow will receive a salary of approximately 2000 EUR/month (after taxes) for a period of four years and all regular provisions for PhD fellows at the University of Leuven. In addition, s/he will be allocated office space and a laptop, and receive funding for research activities such as attending conferences abroad and organising workshops and conferences in Leuven or elsewhere.
The successful candidate may be asked to provide (limited) assistance with teaching, student supervision and data management. S/he will join a dynamic research team (faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students).

For more information, you can contact the coordinator of this subproject, Kristin Davidse (see contact information below).

Applications Deadline: 01-Jul-2018

Web Address for Applications: http://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/54675461

Contact Information:
Kristin Davidse
kristin.davidse@kuleuven.be
Phone:+32 16 32 48 11