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LINGUIST List 20.2277

Wed Jun 24 2009

Jobs: Morphology, Typology: Post Doc, SMG/U Surrey

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        1.    Matthew Baerman, Morphology, Typology: Post Doc, Surrey Morphology Group/University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Message 1: Morphology, Typology: Post Doc, Surrey Morphology Group/University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Date: 24-Jun-2009
From: Matthew Baerman <m.baermansurrey.ac.uk>
Subject: Morphology, Typology: Post Doc, Surrey Morphology Group/University of Surrey, United Kingdom
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University or Organization: Surrey Morphology Group/University of Surrey
Job Location: Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
Web Address: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/LIS/SMG/
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Morphology; Typology; Languages of New Guinea/Indonesia


Description:

Research Fellow - ref 7108
Salary from £28,839 to £32,458 per annum
(depending on experience)

Applications are invited for a research post in the Surrey Morphology
Group, for three years, available from 1 October 2009. This post is for the
project 'Alor and Pantar Languages: Origins and Theoretical Impacts',
funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of European
Science Foundation's EuroBABEL scheme, and involves coordinated projects in
Surrey, Leiden and Fairbanks (Alaska). The Surrey project directors are
Professor Greville Corbett, Dr Matthew Baerman and Dr Dunstan Brown.

The job will involve working collaboratively with linguists gathering data
in the field on constructing a typology of word classes and morphosyntactic
categories in the Alor-Pantar languages, maintaining a database and
contributing to joint papers. Some fieldwork in conjunction with the
collaborating project teams is also foreseen.

Applicants should have PhD in hand or expect to complete all requirements
for the PhD prior to appointment. Applicants should have a solid background
in one or more of the following areas: linguistic typology, morphological
theory, and the languages of New Guinea and/or Indonesia. Candidates must
have the ability to work independently while functioning as part of a
research team.

Applications should include a covering letter explaining your interest in
the project, a CV, and the names of two references.

The Project
The Alor-Pantar (AP) languages are a group of 15-20 non-Austronesian
('Papuan') languages spoken on several islands in eastern Indonesia. They
are of special interest because they have no established genetic relatives.
A relationship to the Trans New Guinea family has been proposed, but
remains highly disputed, due to the lack of language documentation.
Documentation of these languages has recently begun, but the material has
yet to be analyzed in a rigorous fashion, and the theoretical linguistic
community is largely unaware of these data. The implications for language
classification, migration patterns, and morphosyntactic and semantic
typology remain largely unexplored.

The project aims to document and analyze the AP languages, collecting high
quality archival data to deepen our understanding of human language. It is
divided into three Individual Projects: Extended Documentation (Leiden),
Word Class Typology (Surrey) and Linguistic Prehistory (Fairbanks). The
aims of the Surrey project are to investigate (i) the continuum between
word classes and grammatical features; (ii) how morphosyntactic categories
evolve from diffuse pragmatic and syntactic conditions; (iii) several
particularly unusual morphosyntactic phenomena of the AP languages.

Now is a crucial time for this work: the AP languages are severely
endangered but still have sufficient vitality to provide additional
supporting documentation without difficulty. The quality of AP language
data is likely to decline significantly over the next two decades as
language shift progresses.

Details about the EuroBABEL project can be found at:

http://www.alor-pantar.org/

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Matthew Baerman (email address below)
or to Dr Dunstan Brown (d.brownsurrey.ac.uk). Enqueries about the
application procedure may be made to Louise Ellesley by email
(l.ellesleysurrey.ac.uk) or by telephone on +44 (0)1483 689646 quoting
reference number 7108.

The provisional date for Interview board is 28th August 2009.

The University is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy.

Application Deadline: 10-Aug-2009
Mailing Address for Applications:
Louise Ellesley
Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences,
University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
United Kingdom
Web Address for Applications: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/vacancies
Contact Information:
Dr Matthew Baerman
Email: m.baermansurrey.ac.uk

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