LINGUIST List 12.2510

Tue Oct 9 2001

Jobs: Historical&Typological Ling:Postdoc Fellowship

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  1. Prof.Bernard Comrie, Historical&Typological Ling: 2 Postdoctoral Fellowships, Germany

Message 1: Historical&Typological Ling: 2 Postdoctoral Fellowships, Germany

Date: 8 Oct 2001 15:13:45 -0000
From: Prof.Bernard Comrie <>
Subject: Historical&Typological Ling: 2 Postdoctoral Fellowships, Germany

Rank of Job: Postdoctoral Fellowships
Areas Required: Historical and typological linguistics
Other Desired Areas: Linguistic fieldwork, prehistoric linguistics
University or Organization: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary
Department: Linguistics
State or Province: Saxony
Country: Germany
Final Date of Application: October 31st, 2001
Contact: Prof. Bernard Comrie

Address for Applications:
Inselstrasse 22
Saxony D-04103

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Postdoctoral fellowships in linguistics

The Department of Linguistics of the Max Planck Institute for
Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig) seeks candidates for two two-year
postdoctoral fellowships in linguistics. The candidates should be able
to make contributions to the department's areas of research.

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology studies human
diversity and human origins in a multidisciplinary perspective. The
contribution of linguistics to this goal lies in the study of the
history and prehistory of languages (and peoples) around the world
(especially non-European languages), as well as the current diversity
of human languages (linguistic fieldwork on little-described and
endangered languages and language typology). The Department of
Linguistics collaborates with the Department of Evolutionary Genetics
to compare the evidence from both fields for the prehistory of human
populations. The largest current collaborative projects of the
Department of Linguistics are the Intercontinental Dictionary Series
and the World Atlas of Language Structures. The latter project implies
an interest in questions of areal typology, language contact and
substratum effects. More information on these and other projects is
available on the institute's website (see below).

The postdoctoral fellows are expected to come with a flexible research
agenda that fits into the department's current foci. They should be
ready to contribute to collaborative projects, and they will have the
opportunity to propose collaborative projects themselves. Regular
participation in the department's talks, seminars and workshops is
expected. Except for approved absences (e.g. fieldwork, conferences,
vacation), the place of work is Leipzig. The fellowships are available
from 01 January 2002, but a later starting date may be negotiated.
Postdoctoral fellows must have their PhD in hand before the starting

There are no teaching obligations, but the opportunity for teaching in
the linguistics program of the University of Leipzig exists.

Good knowledge of English is required.

Applicants are requested to send a C.V., statement of research
interests, two letters of recommendation, and a sample of written work
on a relevant topic to:

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Personnel Administration
Prof. Dr. Bernard Comrie
- Postdoctoral fellow position -
Inselstrasse 22
D-01403 Leipzig

fax: +49 341 99 52 119

Deadline for receipt of applications: 31 October 2001

The Institute's URL is:

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