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Fri Mar 11 2005

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        1.    Ben Hermans, Phonology: PhD Student, Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Message 1: Phonology: PhD Student, Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Date: 11-Mar-2005
From: Ben Hermans <>
Subject: Phonology: PhD Student, Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands

University or Organization: Meertens Institute
Job Rank: PhD
Specialty Areas: Phonology

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.

Project Information: 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

Contact Information:
Dr. Ben Hermans

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