LINGUIST List 16.733

Fri Mar 11 2005

Jobs: Phonology: Post Doc, Meertens Institute

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        1.    Ben Hermans, Phonology: Two PhD students/One Post doc, Meertens Institute, Netherlands

Message 1: Phonology: Two PhD students/One Post doc, Meertens Institute, Netherlands

Date: 09-Mar-2005
From: Ben Hermans <>
Subject: Phonology: Two PhD students/One Post doc, Meertens Institute, Netherlands

University or Organization: Meertens Institute
Department: Variation Linguistics
Job Rank: Two PhD students; one Postdoc
Specialty Areas: Phonology; Historical Linguistics


Two 4-year PhD-positions and one 3-year Postdoc position in the Dutch
NWO-funded project Tone and Intrasegmental Structure in West-Germanic
Dialects. The two PhD positions are available from the 1st of September
2005; the Postdoc position is available from the 1st of January 2006.

The project contains three subprojects. The main goal of the first subproject is
to develop a typology of the vowel-tone interactions that occur in the modern
West-Germanic dialects and to develop a theory that is able to explain this
typology. The second project has the same objectives, but now with respect to
the interactions between consonants and tone. These two subprojects will be
executed by PhD-students. The third subproject assumes a historical
perspective. Its main objective is to develop a theory of the ontogenesis of the
West-Germanic tones. The Postdoc will execute this project. The three
subprojects are closely connected. Therefore, the three researchers have to work
in close cooperation with each other.

The two PhD-students should have solid knowledge of modern phonological theory.
They should also have thorough knowledge of Dutch or German. The postdoctoral
fellow must be an expert in the phonology of Germanic languages.

The project leaders are Paul Boersma (Amsterdam University), Marc van Oostendorp
(Meertens Institute) and Ben Hermans (Meertens Institute). Detailed information
about the project can be obtained at
There one can also find the proposal as it has been submitted to the Dutch
organization of Scientific Research (NWO). For further qquestions the two
PhD-students can contact Ben Hermans at, or Marc
van Oostendorp at The Postdoc can contact Paul
Boersma at

Applicants should send a letter of application with a description of the
applicant's background, a letter of reference, a CV, the MA-thesis, or, in the
case of the Postdoc, the PhD-thesis.

The letter of application and the CV should also be sent electronically to, or, in the case of the Postdoc to

Address for Applications:

Dr. Ben Hermans
Meertens Institute, KNAW
Joan Muyskenweg 25
Amsterdam 1096CJ

Application Deadline: 25-Apr-2005

Contact Information:

Dr. Ben Hermans

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