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LINGUIST List 19.1310

Thu Apr 17 2008

Jobs: Historical Linguistics: 2 PhD Researchers, Radboud U Nijmegen

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        1.    Ans van Kemenade, Historical Linguistics: 2 PhD Researchers, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Message 1: Historical Linguistics: 2 PhD Researchers, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Date: 17-Apr-2008
From: Ans van Kemenade <A.v.Kemenadelet.ru.nl>
Subject: Historical Linguistics: 2 PhD Researchers, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Radboud University Nijmegen
Department: CLS/English Language and Culture
Job Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.ru.nl/cls
Job Rank: 2 PhD Researchers

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics


2 PhD positions

Project 1: Syntactic innovation in early Modern English: the importance of
the subject as unmarked theme (reference number 23.13.08)

Project 2: Syntactic innovation in early Modern English: the position of
focus (reference number 23.14.08)

Deadline: 26-04-2008

These two PhD positions are part of a research project funded by the Dutch
organization for Scientific research (NWO), granted to PI's Bettelou Los
and Ans van Kemenade. The title of the project is Syntax and Information
Structure: Discourse Options after the Loss of Verb-Second. It investigates
the changes in informational status of the first constituent in the early
Modern English period (ca. 1500-1700). Its hypothesis is that the loss of
the verb-second rule in late Middle English compromised the options for the
structuring of information in the clause, which led to the emergence of new
syntactic constructions. The first PhD position will focus on the rise of
new passive constructions (passive ECM, prepositional passives) while the
second PhD position will investigate the rise of cleft sentences and new
ways to express contrastive focus. The full project description can be
found at http://www.ru.nl/engels/wie_wat_waar/medewerkers/persoonlijk/los/

- An MA degree in English Language, in Linguistics or in a related field
- Preferably a specialization in historical linguistics, with affinity
with and some experience in corpus-based quantitative research.

The Organization:
The Faculty of Letters of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The
Netherlands, has an international reputation for excellence in research and
teaching and educates some 2800 students, offering a range of courses in
the humanities. The PhD candidates will participate in the Research
Institute CLS (see website above).

Conditions of Employment:
- The position is full-time
- The salary will start at Euro 2,000 a month before taxes
- The contract will initially be for 1.5 years, and will be extended with
a further two years after review

Please quote the reference number on your application

Application Deadline: 26-Apr-2008
Mailing Address for Applications:
Dr. Peter Stunnenberg
RU, Faculty of Arts, Personnel Department
P.O.Box 9103
Nijmegen 6500HD
Contact Information:
Dr. Bettelou Los
Email: B.Loslet.ru.nl
Phone: #31(0)243612842
Fax: #31(0)243611882
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