LINGUIST List 11.798

Fri Apr 7 2000

Jobs: Historical Ling Lectureship, U of Manchester UK

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  1. Kersti Borjars, Historical Ling: Lectureship at U of Manchester UK

Message 1: Historical Ling: Lectureship at U of Manchester UK

Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2000 11:18:06 +0000
From: Kersti Borjars <>
Subject: Historical Ling: Lectureship at U of Manchester UK

Department of Linguistics at the University of Manchester

Lectureship in Historical Linguistics (Ref. no. 317/00)

Applications will be considered from those specializing in any branch
of historical linguistics. A strong research record is essential, and
a completed PhD is desirable. Applicants must be able to demonstrate
an interest both in the theoretical study of language change and in
the history of one or more languages and language families.

Preference may be given to candidates whose research relates to the
history of a language or languages other than English. An ability to
contribute to the teaching of either syntax or sociolinguistics would
also be an advantage. The starting date is 1 September 2000 or as
soon as possible thereafter. Salary in the Lecturer A range, i.e
�17,328 - �22, 579 p.a. 

Closing date for applications: 13 May 2000.
Applications forms are available from and applications should be
submitted to: Office of the Director of Personnel, 
 The University of Manchester, 
 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK. 
 Tel: ++44 (0)161 275 2028; Fax: ++44 (0)161 275 2221; 
 Minicom (for the hearing impaired): ++44 (0)161 275 7889. 

Applications should quote the above reference number and contain the
names of three referees. It is the responsibility of applicants to
ensure that supporting letters of reference are sent to the same
address by the closing date for applications. It is expected that
interviews for this post will be conducted in the week beginning 5
June 2000. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to give a talk based
on their current research.

Person Description:

Candidates should possess a strong research record, including a PhD or
equivalent publications, in any area of historical linguistics. They
must be able to demonstrate an interest both in the theoretical study
of language change and in the history of one or more languages and
language families. Preference may be given to candidates whose
research relates to the history of a language or languages other than
English. An ability to contribute to the teaching of either syntax or
sociolinguistics would also be an advantage. Candidates will need to
have or acquire the presentational skills necessary for lectures,
seminars and small group teaching, and the IT and organizational
skills appropriate to departmental teaching and administration.

Job Description:

The appointed candidate will be expected to contribute to the
research, teaching (both undergraduate and postgraduate) and
administration of the Department of Linguistics. Staff are required to
follow an induction course prior to starting their duties if they have
not taken a similar course in another institution.

General particulars of appointment to posts of Lecturer refer to the
duty to undertake research. In the Faculty of Arts it is a matter of
policy that the capacity to fulfil that duty requires that care be
taken by Heads of School to ensure that the opportunity exists for
staff to undertake research. Newly appointed staff in particular,
serving a period of probation (normally up to four years), may expect
to establish with their Head of School and with their Departmental
Chair appropriate arrangements for undertaking research activity and
for publishing their results. A mentoring system also exists for new
staff. In addition, reports on research activity undertaken by
probationary Lecturers, compiled by various means including periodic
appraisal by or for the Head of Department, will form a significant
part of the information to be taken into account by the Faculty Review
Committee and the Academic Promotions Committee in determining
progress in probation, and in formulating their recommendations
regarding the completion of probation.

The Department of Linguistics:

The Department was rated 5 in the Research Assessment Exercise of
1996. There are at present 13 members of the lecturing staff and 4
Research Fellows, whose names and research interests are set out
below: (In the session 1999-2000 Professor Perera is seconded to the
central administration as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor Cruttenden
has a partial contract having taken early retirement. The present post
is to replace Dr David Willis, who is moving to Cambridge.)

Martin Barry Lecturer instrumental phonetics; forensic phonetics;
Susan Barry Lecturer instrumental phonetics; child phonology;
Delia Bentley Research Fellow morphosyntactic and semantic change;
 Italian, Sicilian, Sardinian
Adrienne Bruyn Research Fellow creole languages; morphosyntactic change; Dutch
 Kersti B�rjars Senior Lecturer syntax 
 (HPSG, LFG); morphology; Swedish,
 Dutch, Pennsylvania German
William Croft Professor linguistic typology; semantics; cognitive
 linguistics; American Indian languages
Alan Cruse Senior Lecturer lexical semantics; pragmatics; cognitive
 linguistics; Arabic, Turkish
Alan Cruttenden Professor intonation theory; cross-linguistic and
 cross-dialectal intonations
Th�rhallur Eyth�rsson Research Fellow morphosyntactic change; Icelandic,
 Gothic, Tokharian
Anthony Grant Research Fellow linguistic typology; Romani, American
 Indian languages
Thomas Klein Lecturer phonology; creole languages; Chamorro,
 German, Icelandic
Aditi Lahiri Professor phonology; psycholinguistics; Bengali, German
Yaron Matras Lecturer language contact; discourse pragmatics;
 Romani, Turkish, German, Kurdish
John Payne Senior Lecturer syntax (Categorial Grammar); linguistic
 typology; English Grammar; Iranian Languages, 
Katharine Perera Professor educational linguistics; the acquisition of 
 reading and writing; stylistics
Nigel Vincent Professor syntax (LFG); morphosyntactic change;
 morphology; Italian, Latin
David Willis Lecturer syntactic change; Minimalism; Welsh, Russian

Professor Jacques Durand (Universiy of Toulouse) holds an Honorary
Chair in Phonology in the Department, and is co-organizer of the
annual Manchester Phonology Colloquium. The Department also has close
links with the language specialists (Prof Sylvia Adamson, Prof Richard
Hogg, Prof David Denison, Dr Chris McCully, Dr Ricardo Bermudez-Otero)
in the Department of English, and with Professor Martin Durrell and Dr
Wiebke Brockhaus in the Department of German.

The Department has a programme of postgraduate courses which form in
different ways the whole or the nucleus of various master's degrees,
including ones linking the Department with language departments in the
Faculty of Arts, with Psychology, Computer Science, and Mathematics
(in the Faculty of Science), and with the Faculty of Education. There
are currently 13 Ph.D. students registered in the Department.
The Department is also involved in a large array of undergraduate
degree programmes, including single honours linguistics and joint
degrees with twelve other departments including Sociology and Social
Anthropology. The Department plays a role in the B.Sc. in Speech
Pathology and Therapy and contributes to degrees in Combined Studies,
besides having many students doing linguistics as a subsidiary
The Department participates in a network in Linguistics under the
Socrates scheme, involving exchanges with Amsterdam, Berlin, Gerona,
Helsinki, Lund, Madrid, Naples, and Odense. Under the aegis of this
programme a European M.A. exists whereby students who register in one
country can do part of their degree in other countries. The Department
also belongs to a Socrates programme in Phonetics.
The Department has its own Library and a Phonetics Laboratory, which
has facilities for signal analysis, speech synthesis, laryngography,
and electro-palatography. Computation in the Department is primarily
based on Macintosh; the Department's local area network runs over
Ethernet and is connected to the campus backbone and thence to the
Internet. A number of PCs are also available.

The Department is a member of the North West Centre of Linguistics
(NWCL), a collaborative body embracing all staff and postgraduate
students in Linguistics in participating institutions in the North
West. These currently include the Universities of Central Lancashire,
Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Salford, UMIST, and the University
of Wales at Bangor. NWCL arranges seminars, conferences, workshops and
inter-institutional postgraduate training.

More information about the Department and its activities can be
obtained by consulting the following website:

Those invited for interview will be asked to give a presentation of
their work to members of the Department. Applicants who require
further information are invited to contact either Prof Nigel Vincent
(, +44-(0)161-275-3194/3187) or the Chair of
the Department, Dr Kersti B�rjars (, 

Kersti Bo"rjars Tel: +44-(0)161-275 3042
Department of Linguistics Fax: +44-(0)161-275 3187
University of Manchester e-mail:
Manchester M13 9PL Visit our web-page:
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