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LINGUIST List 23.1910

Tue Apr 17 2012

Jobs: English; Historical Ling; Text/Corpus Ling: PhD Fellowship, U of Leuven

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Date: 17-Apr-2012
From: Liesbet Heyvaert <liesbet.heyvaertarts.kuleuven.be>
Subject: English; Historical Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: PhD Fellowship, University of Leuven, Belgium
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University or Organization: University of Leuven
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: Leuven, Belgium
Job Rank: PhD Fellowship

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Required Language(s): English (eng)

Description:

The Research group Cognitive and Functional Linguistics: English,
Spanish and Typology of the KU Leuven Department of Linguistics is
looking for applicants for a fully-funded four-year PhD-fellowship in
English Linguistics (1 October 2012 - 30 September 2016).

The PhD project entitled 'The development of nominal and verbal
gerunds from Middle to Late Modern English: towards a semantic
and discourse-functional analysis' is funded by the Research
Foundation-Flanders (FWO) and will be supervised by Liesbet
Heyvaert, Hendrik De Smet, Hubert Cuyckens (University of Leuven)
and Teresa Fanego (University of Santiago de Compostela). The
project wants to trace the development of nominal and verbal
gerunds with a focus on their semantic and discourse-functional
behavior from Middle (1100-1500) to Late Modern English (1700-
1900) on the basis of corpus data. A more detailed description of the
research project can be obtained by contacting Liesbet Heyvaert
(liesbet.heyvaertkuleuven-kulak.be).

The successful candidate will have:
- strong analytical skills and the motivation to pursue creative work in
cognitive-functional linguistics;
- a profound interest in authentic corpus data, syntax and discourse-
functional analysis;
- an MA (or equivalent) in Linguistics or Philology (at the time when
the appointment starts) and academic distinction;
- an excellent command of English (proficiency in or willingness to
learn Dutch is an asset);
- good communication skills (both written and oral) and strong
interpersonal skills.

The candidate will be asked to:
- play an active role in the research group and the KU Leuven
campus in Kortrijk;
- present research results at conferences, and publish in peer-
reviewed journals.

The successful candidate will be based at the KU Leuven campus in
Kortrijk and receive a salary of approximately 1700 EUR/month net
for a period of four years and all regular provisions for K.U.Leuven
research fellows. In addition, s/he will be allocated office space and a
laptop, and receive funding for research activities such as attending
conferences abroad. S/he will join a dynamic team (among which six
faculty members, five postdoctoral fellows and many other PhD
students).

Interested candidates are invited to apply online at the application
URL below. Click the apply online button and fill out the necessary
information on the site. Please include a cover letter, a CV, the
names of two referees whom we might approach prior to
appointment, and a sample piece of scientific writing. The deadline
for application is 22 June 2012. Interviews will be held with
shortlisted candidates (in person or online) and the final decision will
be communicated by mid-July.

For further information, please contact the project's main supervisors,
Prof. dr. Liesbet Heyvaert (liesbet.heyvaertkuleuven-kulak.be) or
Dr. Hendrik De Smet (hendrik.desmetarts.kuleuven.be).

The KU Leuven is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Deadline: 22-Jun-2012

Web Address for Applications: http://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/vacancies_aapbap/phd_humanities.html#linguistics
Contact Information:
Liesbet Heyvaert
Email: liesbet.heyvaertarts.kuleuven.be

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