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Tue Nov 29 2011

Support: Welsh & Neurolinguistics: PhD Student, U of Marburg, Germany

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        1.     Richard Wiese , Welsh & Neurolinguistics: PhD Student, University of Marburg, Germany

Message 1: Welsh & Neurolinguistics: PhD Student, University of Marburg, Germany
Date: 17-Nov-2011
From: Richard Wiese <wieseuni-marburg.de>
Subject: Welsh & Neurolinguistics: PhD Student, University of Marburg, Germany
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Department: Germanic/Celtic/Comparative Linguistics
Web Address: http://www.uni-marburg.de

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Neurolinguistics

Required Language(s): Welsh (cym)


The Departments of Comparative Linguistics / Celtic Linguistics and of Germanic
Linguistics at the University of Marburg are seeking to fill the position of a
PhD student (salary according to EG 13 TV-H / 2; i.e. approx. 1555 Euro/ month
before taxes, amounting to approx. 1080 Euro / month after taxes and including
health insurance) for the duration of three years. Starting date: January 1st
2012 or soon thereafter.

The position is part of the research unit 'Exploring the fundamental building
blocks of language', which aims to identify empirically grounded concepts and
categories for linguistic theorising by combining empirical insights from
neurolinguistics, language acquisition, language variation and change as well as
linguistic typology.

The PhD student will work in a project on language processing and language
change in Welsh (directed by Prof. Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Prof. Erich
Poppe and Dr. Paul Widmer) with a particular focus on verb-first (V1) as a basic
word order. By comparing neurolinguistic data (using EEG measures) on Modern
Welsh with data on language change in Middle Welsh, it aims to identify factors
that favour V1 orders.

The PhD student holding this position will work on the neurolinguistics side of
the project. He/she will use EEG to study word order processing in Modern Welsh.
While his/her main place of work will be in Marburg, the EEG experiments will be
conducted in Wales.

The successful candidate will hold a Master's degree in linguistics, psychology
or a related field and will have prior knowledge of Welsh linguistics and/or
neuroscientific methods in language processing (particularly EEG). Prior
experience with at least one of these two areas is essential, as is an interest in
learning about the second. Native-speaker competence in Welsh would be ideal,
but is not necessarily required. He/she should be able to work independently,
have good interpersonal skills and be willing to travel to Wales to conduct
experiments. He/she should also be willing to write his/her PhD thesis on the
subject of the project. Knowledge of German is not essential when taking up the
position, but an interest in learning the language is expected.

Please send your application via e-mail to Prof. Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky
(ibokestaff.uni-marburg.de), quoting reference fb09-0018- wmz-2011. Review of
applications will begin immediately, but will continue until the position is filled.

Applications Deadline: 29-Apr-2012

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Prof Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky
        Wilhelm-Röpke-Str. 6
        Marburg 35032

Contact Information:
        Prof Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky

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