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LINGUIST List 24.2148

Wed May 22 2013

Jobs: Socioling; Typology; Language Contact; Interactional Ling: Post Doc, University of Zurich

Editor for this issue: Caylen Cole-Hazel <caylenlinguistlist.org>

Date: 22-May-2013
From: Agnes Kolmer <a.kolmerds.uzh.ch>
Subject: Sociolinguistics; Typology; Language Contact; Interactional Linguistics: Post Doc, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
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University or Organization: University of Zurich
Department: University Research Priority Program on Language and Space
Job Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Web Address: http://www.spur.uzh.ch
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Sociolinguistics; Typology; Language Contact; Interactional Linguistics


The newly-established University Research Priority Program (URPP) on Language
and Space at the University of Zurich invites applications for the position of
a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (75% FTE).

The URPP explores the interface between language and space with regard to:
a) The distribution of languages and linguistic structures in geographical and
social space (language areas)
b) The embedding of speech in the spatial environment as shaped by perception,
motion and action (interactional spaces)
The URPP combines insights from dialectology, typology and interactional

The postdoctoral research fellow will develop his or her own profile and
research agenda in coordination with the URPP board and the members of the
URPP within one of the above mentioned interface dimensions between language
and space (language areas or interactional spaces), for example with respect
to issues of language contact and the areal distribution of linguistic
features, regarding sociolinguistic aspects of the liaison between linguistic
diversification and region or concerning the matter of multi-modality of
face-to-face interaction. The postdoctoral research fellow is also expected to
participate in applications for third-party funding, to be active in the
advancement of the core areas of research within the URPP and to collaborate
with the linguistic labs (CorpusLab, GISLab and VideoLab), in which
cutting-edge technology is employed to collect, process and analyze linguistic
data. The position includes teaching responsibilities (a maximum of 2h/week).

Applicants must have a PhD in linguistics as well as publications in their
field of specialization. Independent research experience in one of the core
areas of the URPP is expected. Applicants aim to develop a research career in
the field of language and space studies, are expected to be experienced in
empirical methods of linguistic research (collection and analysis of
linguistic data) and to be interested in the interdisciplinary advancement of
theories in the area of language and space. The candidate is also expected to
have a keen interest to collaborate with linguists of very diverse backgrounds
(e.g. dialectology, areal typology, interactional linguistics, computational
linguistics, general linguistics, Romance studies, German studies, Slavic
studies, English studies, Sinology). Apart from English, applicants must have
a good command of German or be ready to acquire this during the first six
months after taking up the position.

Applications should include a letter of motivation, an outline of research
projects they would propose (not exceeding five pages), a CV including a list
of publications, a copy of their PhD certificate, and the names and addresses
of two references. Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to the
application email, with the subject “Bewerbung_Application PostDoc”.

Applications must be submitted by June 30, 2013. The position is available
from September 1, 2013, but might be filled later. The position is initially
limited until December 31, 2016, but an extension is possible.

Please use the contact information provided to posit all questions or requests
for further information.

Application Deadline: 30-Jun-2013

Email Address for Applications: beatrice.fleinerds.uzh.ch
Contact Information:
Dr. Agnes Kolmer
Email: a.kolmerds.uzh.ch
Phone: +41 44 634 57 47
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