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LINGUIST List 18.3006

Mon Oct 15 2007

Support: Greek, Ancient & Syntactic Change: PhD Student, Leiden University

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        1.    Jeroen van de Weijer, Greek, Ancient & Syntactic Change: PhD Student, Leiden University, Netherlands

Message 1: Greek, Ancient & Syntactic Change: PhD Student, Leiden University, Netherlands
Date: 15-Oct-2007
From: Jeroen van de Weijer <j.m.van.de.weijerlet.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Greek, Ancient & Syntactic Change: PhD Student, Leiden University, Netherlands
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Institution/Organization: Leiden University
Department: Centre for Linguistics
Web Address: http://www.lucl.nl

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Job Rank: PhD

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics; Syntax
Historical Change
Required Language(s): Greek, Ancient (grc)


Available: One PhD position for the NWO Vidi-project: 'The nature of syntactic
change and what it tells us about language'
(Principal investigator: Dr. Chris H. Reintges)

Re-opened for submissions. Deadline: November 1, 2007

1. The research project

The focus of this research project is on syntactic variation and change. The
main working hypothesis is that syntactic variation provides the main locus for
syntactic change. Actual variation can be induced by external factors, such as
diglossia and language contact, but it can also arise spontaneously.

The empirical research is concerned with Ancient Egyptian and Koiné Greek, which
have been in close contact for almost a thousand years (from the Macedonian
conquest of Egypt in 332 BCE to the Arab invasion in 641 CE). Coptic, its most
recent stage (from around the third to the thirteenth century CE) emerged from a
bilingual Egyptian-Greek language variety spoken by the hellenized bourgeoisie
of Roman Egypt. While Coptic syntax was restructured according to the prestige
language's model, Koiné Greek morpho-syntax seems to be largely unaffected by
Egyptian substratum influence.

2. The PhD project: Word order variation between discourse and diglossia in
Roman Koiné

The PhD-project investigates the correlation between word order variation and
information structure in the Koiné Greek of the Roman period. A detailed study
of Koiné Greek clause structure allows us to determine the scope of syntactic
borrowing from Greek into Coptic Egyptian, in particular, which sentence
constructions were borrowed into Coptic, how they were structurally adjusted and
whether they fulfilled the same discourse functions or not.

The principal questions addressed in the PhD-project are the following ones:

1. What are the positions of the major sentence elements in the clause?
2. How do constituent structure and word order variation relate to information

3. Applications

Candidates are expected to have:

- An MA or M.Phil degree in Classics (specialization in Classical Greek) with
excellent results. Applicants from other fields (e.g., linguistics) are welcome,
but must have demonstrable competence in Classical Greek.
- A specialization in Greek linguistics and philology (preferably with
linguistics as a minor).
- A strong motivation to work on historical linguistics and syntactic theory.
- Shortlisted candidates will be asked to write a proposal how they intend to
implement the research on Koiné Greek syntax (max. 2000 words)

To apply, send a one-page letter of motivation, CV, grade lists, full contact
details for three scholars who could be asked to write a recommendation letter
for you, and any further documentation (BA, MA and/or M.Phil theses, relevant
articles or term papers). The appointment date will be around February 1, 2008.
The deadline for receipt of the application is November 1, 2007.

This PhD position is embedded in the research and training programme of LUCL,
which is part of the National Dutch Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT). PhD
students are appointed for a maximum of four years in order to complete a PhD
dissertation. Before-tax salaries range from EUR 1956 (monthly) in the first
year to EUR 2502 in the fourth.

For general information about LUCL, consult LUCL's home page, listed above, or
contact Dr. Jeroen M. van de Weijer. For information specific to the project,
please contact Dr. Chris H. Reintges, e-mail CReintgeslinguist.jussieu.fr.

Applications Deadline: 01-Nov-2007

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Mrs Mieke Okker-de Jager
        Personnel Department
        Faculty of Arts, PO Box 9515
        Leiden 2300 RA

Web Address for Applications: http://www.lucl.leidenuniv.nl/index.php3?m=1&c=511

Contact Information:
        Jeroen van de Weijer
        (+31) 71 - 527 2205/2125

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