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LINGUIST List 23.4474

Fri Oct 26 2012

Jobs: Cog Sci, General Ling, Art History, Metrics: Post Doc, Universiteit Leiden

Editor for this issue: Amy Brunett <brunettlinguistlist.org>

Date: 25-Oct-2012
From: Rooryck <j.e.c.v.rooryckhum.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Cognive Science, General Linguistics, Art History, Metrics: Post Doc, Universiteit Leiden, Leiden, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Universiteit Leiden
Department: LUCL
Job Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.lucl.nl
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Cognition, Art History, Metrics


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

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 Postdoc Positions in 4 Subprojects:
Subproject 1: Music Cognition
Teamleader: Prof.dr H. Honing (UvA)
1 Postdoctoral researcher in music cognition/ linguistics

Subproject 2: Language and Number
Teamleader: Prof.dr S. Barbiers (Meertens Institute/ UU)
1 Postdoctoral researcher in linguistics

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

Subproject 4: Poetry, Rhythm, and Meter
Teamleader: Prof.dr M. van Oostendorp (Meertens Institute/ UL)
1 Postdoctoral researcher in metrics

Application Deadline: 23-Nov-2012

Web Address for Applications: http://vacatures.leidenuniv.nl/wetenschappelijk/
Contact Information:
Prof. dr. Rooryck
Email: j.e.c.v.rooryckhum.leidenuniv.nl

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