LINGUIST List 22.892|
Tue Feb 22 2011
Support: Language Acquisition, Semantics: PhD Student, U. of Groningen
Editor for this issue: Matthew Lahrman
To post to LINGUIST, use our convenient web form at http://linguistlist.org/LL/posttolinguist.cfm.
1. Emar Maier ,
Language Acquisition, Semantics: PhD Student, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Message 1: Language Acquisition, Semantics: PhD Student, University of Groningen, Netherlands
From: Emar Maier <emar.maiergmail.com>
Subject: Language Acquisition, Semantics: PhD Student, University of Groningen, Netherlands
E-mail this message to a friend
Institution/Organization: University of Groningen
Web Address: http://www.rug.nl/filosofie
Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; Semantics
The Faculty of Philosophy is seeking a PhD candidate for the ERC funded
research project BLENDS (Between Direct and Indirect Discourse--Shifting
Perspective in Blended Discourse) of Dr. Emar Maier.
The ability to talk about what others say or think is a key aspect of human
cognition. For instance, reported speech constructions (he said it was raining) are
claimed to be part of what sets human language apart from that of apes and other
animals. In addition, the acquisition of this construction has been related to the
acquisition of Theory of Mind, i.e. the ability to reason with the fact that other
people have beliefs and desires distinct from one's own. BLENDS tries to unravel
how speech reporting in natural language works. It rejects the traditional rigid
distinction between direct discourse (John said, 'I'm a fool') and indirect discourse
(John said that he's a fool), and proposes an alternative framework of "Blended
Discourse". We test this proposal empirically in signed languages, child language
and Ancient Greek.
The position advertised is for the child language subproject, called "The acquisition
of the direct--indirect distinction". Its aim is to investigate if, when, and how
children acquire an adult-like conception of the distinction between direct and
indirect discourse. The hypothesis is that children start out with a flexible reporting
mode where they can freely mix the reporter's and reportee's perspectives.
The ideal candidate has
- an interest and background in experimental linguistics and formal semantics
- an MA or MSc degree in a field relevant to the project (e.g. linguistics,
philosophy, A.I. psychology,...),
- fluency in Dutch and English
- an interest and background in working with children
A detailed outline of the research project can be requested by sending an email to
The PhD position is for a period of four years on a full time basis. The gross
monthly salary will range between 2042 euro per month in the first year to 2612
euro per month in the fourth year. The successful applicant will be working under
direct supervision of Dr. Emar Maier (Faculty of Philosophy) with co-supervision of
promotores Prof. dr. Igor Douven (Faculty of Philosophy) and Prof. dr. Petra
Hendriks (Faculty of Arts). The objective of the appointment is to conceive of and
conduct child language experiments, publish the results in research articles, and
write a dissertation on the acquisition of reported. speech. The preferred starting
date is July 1st 2011.
Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an
international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education.
The current project will be co-hosted by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy
of the Faculty of Philosophy, and the Semantics and Cognition group within the
CLCG (Center for Language and Cognition Groningen) of the Faculty of Arts.
Hence, the successful candidate will be based partly at the Faculty of Philosophy,
and partly at the Faculty of Arts.
To apply for the position, please send an email to filosofierug.nl and attach
- a curriculum vitae, detailing academic qualifications, grades, and a list of
publications if applicable,
- a letter explaining your motivation, your interest in the project, and your
competence in the research field,
- a writing sample of about 5,000 words as well as your MA/MSc thesis,
- the name and contact details of two referees.
The closing date is May 1, 2011. Interviews will be held later in May.
Applications Deadline: 01-May-2011
Web Address for Applications: http://sites.google.com/site/emarmaier/blends/job
Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue
Page Updated: 22-Feb-2011
While the LINGUIST List makes every effort to ensure the linguistic relevance of sites listed
on its pages, it cannot vouch for their contents.