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Sun Jun 27 2010

Jobs: African Langs & Psycholing: PhD student, Leiden U., Netherlands

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        1.    Maarten Mous, African Languages & Psycholinguistics: PhD position with salary, Leiden University, Netherlands

Message 1: African Languages & Psycholinguistics: PhD position with salary, Leiden University, Netherlands
Date: 25-Jun-2010
From: Maarten Mous <m.moushum.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: African Languages & Psycholinguistics: PhD position with salary, Leiden University, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Leiden University
Department: Leiden University Centre of Linguistics
Job Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/
Job Rank: PhD position with salary

Specialty Areas: Psycholinguistics; African Languages


Ph.D. Student on the subject 'Plural as value of Cushitic gender: a
psycholinguistic study',
Sept 2010 - Aug 2014
Vacancy number: 10-120

Project description
This project is about a psycholinguistic study of grammatical gender
processing in Cushitic languages. The gender systems of Cushitic languages
in East Africa have the intriguing property that the third value of gender
(beside masculine and feminine) is plural. The world's leading typologist of
gender, Greville Corbett, analyzed these systems as two-valued and the third
value as part of the number category (see Corbett & Hayward, 1987; Corbett,
1991, 2005, 2006). In contrast, Mous (2008) argued that Corbett's analysis
cannot hold because gender and number are two independent agreement
systems and adjectives show agreement for both categories independently.
Thus, if the third category of gender is taken to be plural, a situation can arise
in which adjectives show conflicting values for number in agreement with one
and the same head noun.
The current project aims at providing experimental, psycholinguistic evidence
to shed more light on the processing of grammatical gender in Cushitic
languages and support either Corbett's or Mous' theoretical hypotheses.

- MA in linguistics, psycholinguistics or a related area such as
cognitive/experimental psychology or cognitive science;
- preferably theoretical knowledge about grammatical processing in
Cushitic languages;
- and/or hands-on experience in psycholinguistics;
- experience with E-prime-software (for experimental design/set-up) is an
- (basic) knowledge of statistics (incl. SPSS) for data analysis is also an
- solid competence in English (oral and written);
- candidate must be willing and able to carry out experiments in Ethiopia;
- preferably competence in Amharic as well as practical and social
knowledge of Ethiopia.

Conditions of employment
The successful candidate will be appointed for a period of 18 months, with an
extension of 30 months after positive evaluation of capabilities and
compatibility. The gross monthly salary will be in accordance with the
Collective Agreement of Dutch Universities for academic personnel, and will
range from € 2.042 gross per month in the first year, gradually rising to €
2.612 in the final year.

More information on this position can be obtained from Prof.Dr. Maarten
Mous, email: m.moushum.leidenuniv.nl, or Prof. Dr. Niels Schiller, email:

Applicants should submit an application before 20 August 2010. Applications
should be sent to vacaturesluclhum.leidenuniv.nl.
In order to apply, the applicant must submit the following:
- a curriculum vitae;
- a statement of interest (no more than 250 words), briefly detailing
background, research aspirations and interests;
- names and email contact details of two referees.

Application Deadline: 20-Aug-2010

Email Address for Applications: vacaturesluclhum.leidenuniv.nl
Contact Information:
Maarten Mous
Email: m.moushum.leidenuniv.nl

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