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LINGUIST List 23.496

Tue Jan 31 2012

Jobs: Dutch; (Diachronic) Construction Grammar: Ph.D Position, Ghent U

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        1.     Timothy Colleman , Dutch; (Diachronic) Construction Grammar: Researcher/Ph.D Position, Ghent University, Belgium

Message 1: Dutch; (Diachronic) Construction Grammar: Researcher/Ph.D Position, Ghent University, Belgium
Date: 31-Jan-2012
From: Timothy Colleman <timothy.collemanUGent.be>
Subject: Dutch; (Diachronic) Construction Grammar: Researcher/Ph.D Position, Ghent University, Belgium
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University or Organization: Ghent University
Department: Linguistics Department
Job Location: Gent, Belgium
Job Rank: Researcher/Ph.D. Position

Specialty Areas: (Diachronic) Construction Grammar

Required Language(s): Dutch (nld)


The Department of Linguistics at Ghent University (Section Dutch) offers a
full-time four-year (2 x 2-year) PhD position in (diachronic) construction
grammar, as part of a research project on 'Argument structure
constructions in varieties of Dutch'. This project addresses the interrelated
areas of diachronic and synchronic variation in constructional semantics,
through an extensive corpus-based investigation of the semantic
properties of Dutch argument structure constructions across diachronic,
regional, and stylistic varieties of the language. On the basis of the
qualitative and quantitative evaluation of corpus data representing various
sub-stages and varieties of (Early) Modern Dutch, the PhD researcher will
examine patterns of variation and change in the semantic structure of
selected argument structure constructions and will reflect on the
implications of these findings for theories of argument structure semantics.
The project's supervisor is Timothy Colleman.

The PhD project includes writing a dissertation as well as submitting at
least two research articles for publication in international peer-reviewed
journals. In addition, the researcher may be asked to assist in the
supervision of MA students working on related topics.

Applicants for the position should have a Master's degree (or equivalent)
in Languages and Literature, Linguistics, Dutch studies, or a related field,
a thorough command of Dutch, and a genuine interest in grammatical
research. A specialization in Dutch linguistics is not required but will be
considered an asset. Other assets include a demonstrable knowledge of
construction grammar and/or theories of language variation and change
and previous experience with corpus-based methods of investigation (e.g.
in the framework of a Master's dissertation). Since the project will include
an important quantitative component, the appointed researcher will be
expected to thoroughly acquaint him/herself with advanced statistical tools
and methods.

The researcher will be hired on a scholarship program
("doctoraatsbursaal"), which excludes candidates with an academic job
seniority of more than one year.

The preferred starting date is April or May 2012.

Applications should include:
- A letter of motivation (in Dutch or English)
- A CV
- A sample of written work (e.g. MA and/or BA thesis, research paper,
published article)

Application Deadline: 29-Feb-2012
Mailing Address for Applications:
prof. dr. Timothy Colleman
Ghent University
Linguistics Department - Section Dutch
Blandijnberg 2
Gent 9000
Email Address for Applications: timothy.collemanUGent.be
Contact Information:
Timothy Colleman
Email: timothy.collemanUGent.be

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