LINGUIST List 11.356

Fri Feb 18 2000

Support: English Ling/ Postgrad Research/ Germany

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  1. Prof.Dr.Guenter Rohdenburg, English Ling: Postgrad Research Asst/ Univ of Paderborn, Germany

Message 1: English Ling: Postgrad Research Asst/ Univ of Paderborn, Germany

Date: 16 Feb 2000 17:44:57 -0000
From: Prof.Dr.Guenter Rohdenburg <>
Subject: English Ling: Postgrad Research Asst/ Univ of Paderborn, Germany

Rank of Job: Postgraduate Research Assistant
Areas Required: English Linguistics
Other Desired Areas: Grammatical Variation, Functional Linguistics,
Corpus Analysis
University or Organization: University of Paderborn
Department: Department of English
State or Province: Paderborn
Country: Germany
Final Date of Application: 10th March 2000
Contact: Prof. Dr. Guenter Rohdenburg

Address for Applications:
Fachbereich 3 - Anglistik/Sprachwissenschaft, Warburger Str. 100
 D - 33098

The research project "Determinants of Grammatical Variation in
English: The Influence of Phonological Tendencies, Complexity
and horror aequi" at the University of Paderborn, Germany, is 
inviting applications for the post of a postgraduate research 
assistant in the area of grammatical variation in English, to 
start from 1st April 2000. Our DFG-funded research project, led 
by Professor Dr. G�nter Rohdenburg, investigates variation 
phenomena primarily in present-day English, though also in 
earlier periods as far back as Late Middle English. Among the 
factors determining grammatical variation, we focus on three 
generally neglected ones, i.e. (implications of) processing 
complexity, (the avoidance of) identity effects, and the 
influence of phonological preferences. Methodologically, 
our research centres around the computer-aided analysis of 
large text databases.

Applicants should hold a very good degree (M.A., state exam 
or equivalent) in English linguistics and possess some 
background in functional linguistics and language variation. 
Native speakers of English holding a degree in related 
subjects such as general linguistics or psycholinguistics 
are also welcome to apply. Computing skills (especially in 
computer-aided corpus analysis) would be desirable. Candidates 
are expected to be able to carry out corpus analyses on a self-
directed basis, as well as to engage in teamwork with the other 
members of the research project. Their research will 
concentrate very largely on those parts of the project dealing 
with identity effects and processing complexity. Funding is 
limited to two years, with a probable extension of one 
additional year. Payment will be according to BAT IIa/2 
(about DM 32,000 per annum pre-tax, not including the usual 
perks). The successful applicant will be encouraged to pursue 
his or her own research with a view to further qualifications 
(e.g. doctorate/habilitation).

To apply, please send the usual documents (CV, diplomas, 
references, etc.) to one of the following addresses 
(e-mail or snail-mail).

Contact:	Prof. Dr. G�nter Rohdenburg (
		Dr. Britta Mondorf (
		Julia Schl�ter (
Address: 	Fachbereich 3 / Anglistik - Sprachwissenschaft
	 	Universitaet Paderborn 
 	Warburger Str. 100
 	D - 33098 Paderborn
Phone: 	 ++ 49 (0) 52 51 - 60 28 45 or 60 38 79
Fax: 		++ 49 (0) 52 51 - 60 32 42
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