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Mon Mar 09 2009

Jobs: English & Theoretical Syntax: PhD student, Leiden University

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        1.    Anikó Lipták, English & Theoretical Syntax: PhD student, Leiden University, Netherlands

Message 1: English & Theoretical Syntax: PhD student, Leiden University, Netherlands
Date: 09-Mar-2009
From: Anikó Lipták <A.Liptakhum.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: English & Theoretical Syntax: PhD student, Leiden University, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
Job Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/
Job Rank: PhD student

Specialty Areas: Syntax

Required Language(s): English (eng)


The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) announces a Ph.D.
position in Theoretical Syntax, within the NWO-funded project Focus and
ellipsis (project leader Anikó Lipták). The position is available from 1
September 2009.

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, etc) within generative grammar, specifically the
Minimalist framework.

The Ph.D. student's task will be to address the properties of backward
ellipsis. The Ph.D. student's project includes the following research goals
and areas:
a) exploring the differences between remnants in backward ellipsis and
remnants in forward ellipsis
b) the role of focus in the formation of backward ellipsis;
c) the nature of the mechanisms at work in backward ellipsis
d) 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 Ph.D. candidate will need to:
- attend the one-year Ph.D. 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 M.A. degree in Linguistics with a strong
background in syntactic research; fluency in English, affinity with
consulting informants and ability to work independently but in close
collaboration with 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)
- M.A. thesis (when not yet available, other representative material)
- a 2-page research proposal about the Ph.D. project "Focus in backward
- names and e-mail addresses of two referees

More information can be obtained from Anikó Lipták (see contact information

Please send your application indicating the application number 9-033 to the
address below before the deadline.Applicants are encouraged to send an
additional electronic copy of the application package.

Application Deadline: 03-Apr-2009
Mailing Address for Applications:
Mrs Cockram – van ‘t Haaff Irene
HR advisor/afd. P&O
Faculty of the Humanities, LUCL
P.O. Box 9515
Leiden 2300 RA
Email Address for Applications: A.Liptakhum.leidenuniv.nl
Contact Information:
Anikó Lipták
Email: A.Liptakhum.leidenuniv.nl
Phone: 31 71 527 3320

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