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LINGUIST List 20.3393

Thu Oct 08 2009

Jobs: Semantics, W African or SE Asian Langs: PhD Researcher, Potsdam U

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        1.    Malte Zimmermann, Semantics, West African or South-East Asian languages: PhD researcher, Potsdam University, Germany

Message 1: Semantics, West African or South-East Asian languages: PhD researcher, Potsdam University, Germany
Date: 07-Oct-2009
From: Malte Zimmermann <mazimmeruni-potsdam.de>
Subject: Semantics, West African or South-East Asian languages: PhD researcher, Potsdam University, Germany
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University or Organization: Potsdam University
Department: Department of Linguistics/ SFB 632
Job Location: Potsdam, Germany
Web Address: http://www.sfb632.uni-potsdam.de/index_en.html
Job Rank: PhD Researcher

Specialty Areas: Semantics; West African or South-East Asian Languages


The project A5 "Focus realization, focus interpretation, and focus use from
a cross-linguistic perspective" in the Special Research Group SFB 632
"Information Structure" offers a Ph.D. position for young researchers in a
lively and stimulating research environment at the University of
Potsdam, Germany.

The position is open from now and should be filled as soon as possible.

The project investigates focus-semantic phenomena in a variety of
non-European languages, with a special focus on West African and (South)
East Asian languages. Special attention is paid to three phenomena:
i. the effects of special focus marking strategies (syntax, morphology,
prosody) on semantic interpretation and discourse felicity
ii.the grammatical realization of predicate focus and verum focus
iii. association with focus
A detailed project description (in German) can be found here:

The ideal candidate has a university degree (MA, Magister, Diploma, or
equivalent), a solid background in formal syntactic and/or semantic and/or
discourse theory, as well as an inclination for empirical (field)work on
West African or (South) East Asian languages.

Previous experience in fieldwork or German language skills are not required.

Salary group: ┬Ż E13, which amounts to ~18.000 EUR p.a. before tax and other
deductions (health care, pension fund etc.), or to ~12.000 EUR p.a. after

Applications, including a short CV and a list of previous academic
positions/activities (talks, publications etc.), can be sent via email to
Professor Malte Zimmermann at the email address below.

Application Deadline: 31-Dec-2009
Mailing Address for Applications:
Professor Malte Zimmermann
Department of Linguistics
Universit├Ąt Potsdam
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
Potsdam 14476
Email Address for Applications: mazimmeruni-potsdam.de
Contact Information:
Professor Malte Zimmermann
Email: mazimmeruni-potsdam.de
Phone: 493319772319

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