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LINGUIST List 23.4460

Thu Oct 25 2012

Support: Cognitive Science: PhD Student, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <brentlinguistlist.org>

Date: 25-Oct-2012
From: Merel van Wijk <m.m.van.wijkhum.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Cognitive Science: PhD Student, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands
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Institution/Organization: Universiteit Leiden
Department: LUCL
Web Address: http://www.lucl.nl

Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Teaching,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science
cognitive linguistics, music cognition, visual arts, geometry, rhythm and meter


4PhD positions, NWO-sponsored Horizon project: 'Knowledge and Culture'

The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) will be funding the
Horizon research project 'Knowledge and Culture'. This project will be carried out
as a collaboration between the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), the
Leiden University Centre for Arts in Society (LUCAS), the Meertens Institute
(KNAW), and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Prof. dr Johan Rooryck at the
Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) of the Faculty of Humanities at
Leiden University will be coordinating the research project. For more information,
please see the full description of the project at http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/job-

Knowledge and culture:
In various domains of cognitive science, a new paradigm holds that humans and
non-human animals are born with a small set of hard-wired cognitive abilities that
are task-specific, language-independent, and non-species-specific. These core
knowledge systems are innate cognitive skills that have the capacity for building
mental representations of objects, persons, spatial relationships, numerosity, and
social interaction. In addition to core knowledge systems, humans possess
species-specific, uniquely human abilities such as language and music.
The 'core knowledge' paradigm challenges scholars in the humanities to ask the
question how nurture and culture build on nature. This project examines the way in
which innate, non specifically human, core knowledge systems for object
representation, number, and geometry constrain cultural expressions in music,
language, and the visual arts. In this research program, four domains of the
humanities will be investigated from the point of view of core knowledge: (1) music
cognition; (2) language and number; (3) visual arts and geometry; (4) poetry,
rhythm, and meter.

4 PhD positions in 4 subprojects:

Subproject 1: Music cognition
teamleader: Prof.dr H. Honing (UvA)
1PhD student in music cognition

Subproject 2: Language and Number
teamleader: Prof.dr S. Barbiers (Meertens Institute/ UU)
1PhD student in linguistics or cognitive science

Subproject 3: Visual Arts and Geometry
teamleaders: Prof.dr.ir M. Delbeke (UGent) & Prof.dr C. van Eck (UL)
1PhD student in art history

Subproject 4: Poetry, rhythm, and meter
teamleader: Prof.dr M. van Oostendorp (Meertens Institute/ UL)

Application Deadline: 23-Nov-2012

Web Address for Applications: http://vacatures.leidenuniv.nl/wetenschappelijk/

Contact Information:
J. Rooryck
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