LINGUIST List 10.1616

Wed Oct 27 1999

Jobs: Syntax, Phonetics & Socioling

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  1. Chris Kennedy, Syntax-Asst Prof(tenure track) at Northwestern University, IL USA
  2. Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy, Phonetics&Socioling-Postdoc fellowships, University of Canterbury,New Zealand

Message 1: Syntax-Asst Prof(tenure track) at Northwestern University, IL USA

Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 13:47:47 -0400 (EDT)
From: Chris Kennedy <>
Subject: Syntax-Asst Prof(tenure track) at Northwestern University, IL USA

Rank of Job: assistant professor (tenure track)
Areas Required: syntax
Other Desired Areas: 
University or Organization: Northwestern University
Department: Linguistics
State or Province: IL
Country: USA
Final Date of Application: December 15
Contact: Chris Kennedy

Address for Applications:
2016 Sheridan Rd.
IL 60208


The Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University announces a
full-time tenure-track assistant professorship in syntax with starting
date of September 1, 2000. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in linguistics
or a related field by the starting date. We seek candidates with a
primary specialization in syntax whose work addresses the connections
between syntax and other components of the grammar (e.g., phonology,
semantics, information structure). Preference will be given to
candidates with language breadth and/or expertise in computational,
experimental, or quantitative methodologies. 

To receive full consideration, applications should arrive by December
10, 1999. Please send a CV (indicating an e-mail address), statements
research and teaching interests, reprints or other written work,
teaching evaluations (if available), and the names of three references.
Candidates should arrange to have the letters of reference sent
to the search committee. Send materials to:

		Syntax Search Committee
		Department of Linguistics
		Northwestern University
		2016 Sheridan Road
		Evanston, IL 60208-4090

		(Tel: 847-491-7020, Fax: 847-491-3770)

E-mail inquiries should be directed to Chris Kennedy, the chair of the
search committee, at The web page for the Department

Members of the search committee will be attending the LSA Annual
in Chicago and will be available to discuss the position informally

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer, and applications from minority and women candidates are
especially welcome. 
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Message 2: Phonetics&Socioling-Postdoc fellowships, University of Canterbury,New Zealand

Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 16:18:31 +1300
From: Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy <>
Subject: Phonetics&Socioling-Postdoc fellowships, University of Canterbury,New Zealand

University of Canterbury Christchurch New Zealand, Department of Linguistics

Two Post-Doctoral fellowships in Linguistics are available from 1st
February 2000.

These fellowships are for the ONZE research project (ONZE stands for
"origins and development of New Zealand English"). One is for a two-year
period, and one for a three-year period, beginning Feb. 1st, 2000 or as
soon thereafter as possible.

(1) Acoustic phonetics
 (Funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand, Marsden Fund)
 This fellowship is for three years, at $45,000 NZ per year.

(Interest in sociolinguistics and/or language change will also be of value,
though not strictly required.)

(2) Auditory phonetics and sociolinguistics
 (Funded by the University of Canterbury)
 This fellowship is for two years at $45,000 NZ per year.

(Interest in language change will also be of value, though not strictly

Both fellowships include a return airfare.

Note: the cost of living in New Zealand is lower than in many other
countries - for example, the average wage is under $24,000 per year; the
fellowship is comparable to the salary received by beginning lecturers in
New Zealand (equivalent to assistant professors in North America.)

The Origins and Development of New Zealand English (ONZE)

Project leaders:
Assoc.-Prof. Elizabeth Gordon, Department of Linguistics
Professor Lyle Campbell, Department of Linguistics
Dr Margaret Maclagan, Department of Speech-Language Therapy

This is a sociolinguistic research project interested in the origin of New
Zealand English and how it has changed. Since the European settlement of
NZ dates back only 150 years, New Zealand English (NZE) has developed at a
time when it is possible to have not only written accounts of the early
speech heard in this country, but also actual recorded evidence. We have
an archive of recorded interviews collected by the NZ National Broadcasting
Corporation in 1946/47 containing the speech of over 200 old New
Zealanders, some born as early as the 1850s (almost as early as the major
colonisation, from 1840). This archive, along with other more recent
recorded data, provides us with the complete history in apparent time of
this new variety of English. This research, therefore, provides keys to
resolving theoretical questions of how languages change, how dialects
emerge, and how new colonial and postcolonial English varieties develop.

The main objectives of the research are to establish the origin and
development of NZE and to use developments in NZE to test general claims
about language change and the emergence of new varieties of English.

These will be achieved through the phonetic analysis of archives of
recordings which collectively include the speech of New Zealanders born
from 1850-c1975.

The project will provide opportunities for the post-doctoral fellows to
work in a rich research environment with an established team which includes
Elizabeth Gordon, Lyle Campbell, Margaret Maclagan, and Peter Trudgill.

For more information please contact:
Associate Professor Elizabeth Gordon
Tel: +64-3-364-2008
Professor Lyle Campbell
Tel: +64-3-364-2242

Guidelines for applicants applying for a position are to be found at:

 Position 1 (acoustic phonetics): Marsden Grant
 Position 2 (auditory phonetics and sociolinguistics): LG74

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Elizabeth Gordon
Associate Professor, Fax: work: +64 3-364-2969
University of Canterbury home: +64 3-384 9468
Department of Linguistics Phone: work: +64 3-364-2008
Private Bag 4800 home: +64 3-384-9298
New Zealand

Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy
Associate Professor
Department of Linguistics, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800,
Christchurch, New Zealand
phone (work) +64-3-364 2211; (home) +64-3-355 5108
fax +64-3-364 2969
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