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LINGUIST List 20.503

Tue Feb 17 2009

Jobs: Lang Documentation; Theoretical Linguistics: PhD Student, U of Amsterdam

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        1.    Els Verheugd, Language Documentation; Theoretical Linguistics: PhD Student, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Message 1: Language Documentation; Theoretical Linguistics: PhD Student, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date: 16-Feb-2009
From: Els Verheugd <els.verheugduva.nl>
Subject: Language Documentation; Theoretical Linguistics: PhD Student, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
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University or Organization: University of Amsterdam
Department: Language and literature/ACLC
Job Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.hum.uva.nl/aclc
Job Rank: PhD candidate

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Morphology; Syntax

Required Language(s): Russian (rus)
                             English (eng)


Tundra Yukagir is a nearly extinct language spoken in the utmost northeast
of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). The population is approximately 700, but
at present the number of fluent speakers is dramatically low with some 50
people still speaking their mother tongue properly. Tundra Yukagir forms,
with Kolyma Yukagir, an isolated Paleo-Asian language family. Despite
typological correspondences, Tundra and Kolyma Yukagir are mutually
unintelligible due to large differences in both lexicon and morphology that
presumably date back some two millennia.

The aim of the project is:
1) a full description of the language, both as regards its morphosyntax and
as regards its phonology, based on a transcribed spoken corpus;
2) a contribution to answering the typological question whether the Yukagir
language family is isolated or possibly related to Altaic or Uralic languages;
3) in cooperation with local linguists: contribution to the development of
courseware for the revitalization of the language.

The research methodology is linguistic fieldwork (recordings, interviews,
elicitation, transcription and analysis) with native speakers and local
linguists. The role of the Ph.D. student within this project is to provide
a grammatical description of the Tundra Yukagir language, with an emphasis
on morphology and syntax.

Application Deadline: 15-Mar-2009

Email Address for Applications: aclc-fgwuva.nl
Contact Information:
Dr. Els Verheugd
Email: els.verheugduva.nl
Phone: 31205252543

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