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LINGUIST List 20.2986

Sat Sep 05 2009

Jobs: Syntax: PhD student, Leiden University, The Netherlands

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        1.    Anikó Lipták, Syntax: PhD student, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Message 1: Syntax: PhD student, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Date: 05-Sep-2009
From: Anikó Lipták <A.Liptakhum.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Syntax: PhD student, Leiden University, The Netherlands
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University or Organization: Leiden University, The Netherlands
Department: LUCL
Job Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/
Job Rank: PhD student

Specialty Areas: Syntax


The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics announces a PhD position in
theoretical syntax, within the NWO-funded project Focus and ellipsis
(project leader Anikó Lipták). The position is available from 1 February 2010.

The project Focus and ellipsis aims at investigating the syntactic role of
focus in the formation of forward and backward ellipsis in languages with
different focus-marking strategies. The investigation will address the
complete range of ellipsis constructions (sluicing, stripping,
(pseudo-)gapping, fragments, verb phrase ellipsis, comparative deletion,
noun phrase ellipsis) within generative grammar, specifically the
minimalist framework. The PhD student's task will be to address the
properties of backward ellipsis. Backward ellipsis is different from
forward ellipsis and has received much less attention in the literature.
The PhD student's project includes the following research goals and areas:
1. exploring the differences between remnants in backward ellipsis and
remnants in forward ellipsis
2. the role of focus in the formation of backward ellipsis;
3. the nature of the mechanisms at work in backward ellipsis
4. building up an empirical database from 6 typologically distinct
languages (Hungarian, English, Spanish, and three African languages to be
The full description of the whole project can be found at:
The PhD candidate will need to:
• attend the one-year PhD program of LUCL
• present research results at international conferences
• help to organize a conference on the project topic
• write articles for international journals
• write a dissertation under the direction of the project supervisors
• collaborate with the principal investigator of the project, Dr.
Anikó Lipták
Candidates should have an MA degree in Linguistics with a strong background
in syntactic research; fluency in English and good writing skills; affinity
with consulting informants and ability to work independently but in close
collaboration with the other team members and the project supervisors.

The successful applicant will be appointed at LUCL for one and a half year
and after a positive evaluation, followed by a fixed-term period of two and
a half years.
Gross salary will be € 2042,- per month in the first year, gradually
rising, also depending upon the evaluation, to € 2612,- per month in the
final year conform the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

The application should include:
• a letter of motivation with a description of the applicant's background
and past research
• a curriculum vitae (a complete list of publications)
• MA thesis (when not yet available, other representative material)
• a 2-page research proposal about the PhD project "Focus in backward
ellipsis" (for a short description of the project follow the link above)
• names and e-mail addresses of two referees
More information can be obtained from Anikó Lipták, leader of the project:
A.Liptakhum.leidenuniv.nl, tel. +31 71 527 3320.

Please send your letter (in Dutch or English), indicating the application
number on the letter and the envelope, to the address below before 15
October 2009.

Applicants are encouraged to also send an additional electronic copy of the
application package to the e-mail address below.

Application Deadline: 15-Oct-2009
Mailing Address for Applications:
Mrs Irene Cockram-van't Haff , HR advisor/afd. P&O
Faculty of the Humanities
P.O. Box 9515
Leiden 2300 RA
Contact Information:
Anikó Lipták
Email: A.Liptakhum.leidenuniv.nl

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