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LINGUIST List 20.2488

Mon Jul 13 2009

Jobs: Typology, Lang Documentation & Alor-Pantar: Post Doc, Leiden U

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        1.    Klamer Marian, Typology, Language Documentation & Alor-Pantar: Post Doc, Leiden University, Netherlands

Message 1: Typology, Language Documentation & Alor-Pantar: Post Doc, Leiden University, Netherlands
Date: 13-Jul-2009
From: Klamer Marian <m.a.f.klamerhum.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Typology, Language Documentation & Alor-Pantar: Post Doc, Leiden University, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Leiden University
Department: Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL)
Job Location: , Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Language Documentation; Typology


Applications are invited for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
for three years, available from 1 October 2009 (a later starting date is
negotiable). Vacancy number: 9-143.

This post is for the project 'Alor and Pantar Languages: Origins and
Theoretical Impacts', funded by the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific
Research (NWO) as part of European Science Foundation's EuroBABEL scheme,
and involves coordinated projects in Leiden, the University of Surrey, and
Fairbanks (Alaska). The Leiden project director is Dr Marian Klamer.

The job will involve working collaboratively with members of the partner
projects, collecting primary data in the Alor-Pantar languages on deictic
systems, numerical expressions, spatial expressions, word classes and
morphosyntactic categories, as well as maintaining a linguistic database
and contributing to joint papers.

Candidates should have PhD in hand or expect to complete all requirements
for the PhD prior to appointment. Applicants should have a solid background
in the languages of Indonesia and/or New Guinea, solid fieldwork skills, in
addition to strong analytical skills that can contribute to the integration
of documentation into theoretical frameworks. Candidates should have a
working knowledge of Indonesian/Malay or a willingness to learn the
language. Candidates must be willing to travel and conduct fieldwork in
remote and demanding environments in Indonesia. Candidates must have the
ability to work independently while functioning as part of a research team.
Candidates must be fluent in English.

The Project:
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 Leiden project are to collect additional documentation on (i)
Reference to entities in space(ii) Numeral expressions

The project will be conducted by an international research team, including
senior researchers, post doctoral fellows, and graduate students in the US,
Netherlands, United Kingdom and counterparts in Indonesia. Project members
will conduct targeted fieldwork in Alor and Pantar in each of the project
years. Fieldwork data will be synthesized to address the theoretical
questions posed by the project.

Applications must contain:
-a cover letter indicating research interests
-a curriculum vitae (including list of publications)
-the names of three referees (including their email and telephone numbers)
-two sample publications

Conditions of Employment:
Employment conditions (salary, benefits, etc.) are in accordance with the
Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Maximum salary Euros /
month: 4374 (Onderzoeker 3). Employment basis: Temporary for specified period.

See also:

Application Deadline: 30-Aug-2009

Email Address for Applications: vacaturehum.leidenuniv.nl
Contact Information:
Dr Klamer Marian
Email: m.a.f.klamerhum.leidenuniv.nl

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