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LINGUIST List 19.1208

Wed Apr 09 2008

Jobs: Syntax: Two Post Docs, Leiden University

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        1.    Jeroen van de Weijer, Syntax: Two Post Docs, Leiden University, Leiden & Amsterdam, Netherlands

Message 1: Syntax: Two Post Docs, Leiden University, Leiden & Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date: 09-Apr-2008
From: Jeroen van de Weijer <j.m.van.de.weijerlet.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Syntax: Two Post Docs, Leiden University, Leiden & Amsterdam, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Leiden University
Department: LUCL
Job Location: Leiden and Amsterdam, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.lucl.leidenuniv.nl
Job Rank: Two Post Docs

Specialty Areas: Syntax


Application Number: 8-094

The project Functional projections in analytic languages

Languages differ with respect to which functional categories they overtly
realize. Whereas some overtly realize case, others overtly realize the
initiation node in the verb phrase (also known as "little v"). This project
aims at investigating which functional categories are overtly realized in
so-called "analytic" languages and to find out whether they form a natural
class. To this end we will study two language groups, which are both
supposedly analytic, but which are geographically and genetically wide
apart from one another: Sinitic (East Asia) and Kwa (West Africa). The
results will be relevant for general theorizing on (i) language types; (ii)
the nature of functional categories; (iii) the distribution of functional
categories; and (iv) the question whether the verbal and nominal domains
are as parallel in structure as is often assumed. The researchers that will
be actively involved in the project are dr.Enoch Aboh and dr.Umberto
Ansaldo (both University of Amsterdam) and prof dr.Lisa L.S. Cheng and dr.
Rint Sybesma (both Leiden University), plus two post-doctoral fellows, who
will each be the main investigator of one of two sub-projects, mentioned below.

We invite applications for two post-doctoral researchers, to be the main
investigators of the following two sub-projects.

1. On the verbal and clausal domains. This sub-project deals with the
functional categories in the verbal and clausal domains of Sinitic and Kwa,
against the background of what is known about functional categories in
these domains more generally. For this sub-project, we are looking for
someone who has expertise in Kwa linguistics, or is a native speaker of a
Kwa language (aside from the points mentioned in "the profile" below). The
post-doctoral fellow responsible for sub-project 1, will be stationed at
the Amsterdam Center of Language and Communication (ACLC)/University of

2. On the nominal domain. This sub-project focuses on the functional
categories in the nominal domain of Sinitic and Kwa, against the background
of what is known about functional categories in this domain more generally.
For this sub-project, we are looking for someone who has expertise in
Chinese linguistics, or is a native speaker of a Sinitic language (aside
from the points mentioned in "the profile" below). The post-doctoral fellow
responsible for subproject 2, will be stationed at the Leiden University
Centre for Linguistics (LUCL)/Universiteit Leiden.

The profile:
- the successful candidates have finished (or are about to finish) an
excellent doctoral dissertation in theoretical syntax, preferably
comparative syntax;
- they have a proven strong interest in data driven research as well
typological issues;
- they are willing to work on both Kwa and Sinitic data;
- they are prepared to conduct short fieldwork trips;
- they have the ability to work independently but are at the same time
willing to collaborate closely with the other members of the research team;
- they have good writing skills and are fluent in English;
- they are expected to take up teaching responsibilities under the
supervision of the project leaders.

Note: Applicants must read the full text of the research project before
applying, see http://www.lucl.leidenuniv.nl/index.php3?m=4&c=592

Space limitations make it impossible to give further information here.

For remaining questions, please contact: dr. Rint Sybesma.

Reference application number 8-094.

Application Deadline: 15-May-2008
Mailing Address for Applications:
Ms E.M. Bakker
Faculty of Arts, Personnel Department
P.O. Box 9515
Leiden 2300 RA
Contact Information:
Dr. Rint Sybesma
Email: r.p.e.sybesmalet.leidenuniv.nl

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