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LINGUIST List 21.1461

Thu Mar 25 2010

Jobs: Language in Social Interaction: PhD Positions, Max Planck

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        1.    Angela Heuts, Language in Social Interaction: PhD Positions, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands

Message 1: Language in Social Interaction: PhD Positions, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands
Date: 25-Mar-2010
From: Angela Heuts <heutsvw.mpi.nl>
Subject: Language in Social Interaction: PhD Positions, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Department: Human Sociality and Systems of Language Use
Job Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.mpi.nl
Job Rank: PhD Positions

Specialty Areas: Language in Social Interaction


Call for applications: PhD student position in the study of language in
social interaction, using video recording and analysis of everyday social
interaction in a non Indo-European language of West Africa or South America.

There are two PhD student positions available in the project group 'Human
Sociality and Systems of Language Use' (HSSLU), one working on a non
Indo-European language of West Africa, the other on a non Indo-European
language of South America. HSSLU is a 5-year project awarded to group
leader Nick Enfield to compare systems of language use across diverse
cultural settings, as a way of investigating universals and variation in
human social behavior. The HSSLU project operates within the Language and
Cognition Group at the Max Planck institute for Psycholinguistics,
Nijmegen. For information on the project, go to:

Successful applicants will be supervised by Nick Enfield and one other
member of the research team who has a specialization in the linguistics of
the relevant area.

The PhD positions run for three years, and will begin on July 1, 2010.

Applicants must meet the following four criteria for consideration: (1) an
MA degree or equivalent in hand by June 30, 2010; (2) thorough knowledge of
a non Indo-European language of West Africa or South America, including
both knowledge of technicalities of the language's grammatical and semantic
structures, and intuitions about idiomatic use of the language in
conversational context; (3) established relations with a speech community,
including access to the community for the purposes of standard ethnographic
and descriptive linguistic work, including building a large corpus of
video-recordings of everyday social interaction among a large variety of
speakers and speech situations; (4) a keen interest in the role of language
and cognition in human social life. Research will involve 2 to 3 field
trips, between 2 and 6 months in length, depending on needs.
All equipment and field expenses are provided by the project.

Apart from being a 'non Indo-European language of West Africa or South
America', there is no particular constraint on which language the student
will work on. Both native and non-native speakers of the language in
question are welcome to apply, as long as they fulfill the criteria
mentioned above.

Please address expressions of interest to Nick Enfield at the email address

Applications will be considered until the positions are filled.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Email Address for Applications: Nick.Enfieldmpi.nl
Contact Information:
Nick Enfield
Email: Nick.Enfieldmpi.nl

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