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LINGUIST List 19.619

Sat Feb 23 2008

Jobs: Various Subdisciplines: PhD, Utrecht University

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        1.    Rianne Giethoorn, Various Subdisciplines: PhD, Utrecht University; Faculty of Humanities, Netherlands

Message 1: Various Subdisciplines: PhD, Utrecht University; Faculty of Humanities, Netherlands
Date: 22-Feb-2008
From: Rianne Giethoorn <rianne.giethoornlet.uu.nl>
Subject: Various Subdisciplines: PhD, Utrecht University; Faculty of Humanities, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Utrecht University; Faculty of Humanities
Department: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
Job Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www-uilots.let.uu.nl/
Job Rank: PhD

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology


Please also check:
http://www.uu.nl/uupublish/homeuu/werken/vacatures/2171main.html (please
refer to vacancy numbers)

1 PhD position in Language Development

PhD project (tentative starting date 1-6-2008): the PhD project will
explore whether current models can be extended to other areas in which
children have been reported to produce non-adult behaviour (e.g., scalar
implicature, over generation of the definite article and focus operators).
The project will consider whether children's behaviour with those phenomena
is affected by contextual information in the same way that scope resolution
is. The project will draw upon experimental data from 3- and 4-year-old
children, to be collected using the Truth Value Judgment task.

1 PhD position in Syntax:

PhD project (starting date 1-9-2008): The goal of this PhD project is to
investigate cross-linguistic distribution and properties of copular
particles. Descriptive grammars of various languages with copular particles
will be examined and native speakers will be consulted in order to
determine the answer to several questions.

The outcome of this project is a description of the distribution of copular
particles in several unrelated languages and a theoretical proposal
governing this distribution.

1 PhD position in semantics and psycholinguistics:

PhD project (starting date 1-9-2008): Meaning and understanding of weakly
referential nominals

A PhD project investigating how people understand weak NPs, using
eye-tracking experiments. Using visual displays contrasting a single
referent (a single ball) with a group of objects (a set of balls), the goal
is to investigate what the visual attention of participants reveals about
the semantic processing. Earlier experiments have shown that weak NPs tend
to draw attention to group objects. The results of these experiments will
strengthen linguistic and cognitive theories of reference to individuals.

1 PhD position in corpus linguistics:

PhD project (starting date 1-9-2008): Linguistic resources for weakly
referential nominals
A PhD project that will build linguistic resources documenting and
analyzing weak NPs in various constructions (starting with PPs like in
bed). This will be done on the basis of linguistic corpora from various
languages and using modern corpus techniques. The results offer a sound
empirical database that will fill in the gaps in our knowledge of
productive and idiomatic patterns in this domain across languages, while
also providing opportunities for lexicographic applications.

1 PhD position in Syntax-Lexicon interface/Typology:
PhD project (starting date 1-9-2008): In this project the question will be
investigated as to whether languages allow reflexivity without any overt
marking, and if so what kind of other properties of these languages
coincide with this property. The project will include a cross linguistic
inventory of morphemes signaling or establishing valency reduction of a
predicate (either in the syntax or in the lexicon), as well as an analysis
of the mechanisms involved.

1 PhD position in Syntax/Typology:
PhD project (starting date 1-9-2008): The subject of this project is the
nature and role of morphemes occurring as reflexive markers in complex
anaphors. The project will include a cross-linguistic inventory of
morphemes that license reflexivity as part of a complex anaphor, but which
do not enforce reflexivity (like, for example, in Malalayam). The study
will seek to establish what property of these morphemes causes this behaviour.

Application Deadline: 07-Apr-2008
Mailing Address for Applications:
Ingrid Wagenaar
Utrecht University; Faculty of Humanities
Personnel Department
Kromme Nieuwegracht 46
Utrecht 3512 HJ
Email Address for Applications: humanitiesjobslet.uu.nl
Contact Information:
Dr Maaike Schoorlemmer
Email: schoorlemmerlet.uu.nl
Phone: +31 (0) 30 253 6006

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