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LINGUIST List 24.2614

Thu Jun 27 2013

Jobs: Portuguese; Syntax: Post Doc, Researcher, Centro de Linguística da Universidade Nova de Lisboa

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

Date: 27-Jun-2013
From: Alexandra Fiéis <afieisfcsh.unl.pt>
Subject: Portuguese; Syntax: Post Doc, Researcher, Centro de Linguística da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
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University or Organization: Centro de Linguística da Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Job Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Job Rank: Post Doc; Researcher

Specialty Areas: Syntax; Diachronic syntax

Required Language(s): Portuguese (por)


The Linguistics Centre at Universidade Nova de Lisboa is seeking a post
doctoral research fellow for a new FCT project to study the mechanisms of
complex sentence formation in Old Portuguese in the framework of generative
grammar. The project “Subordination in Medieval Portuguese”
(PTDC/MHC-LIN/4564/2012) hopes to contribute to a deeper knowledge of the
grammar of Old Portuguese, and of the phenomena associated with historical
variation and change.

The topics to be investigated are the following:
1) Temporal interpretation in main and in subordinate clauses
2) Tense and Aspect and its relation to the syntax of subordination
3) Temporal composition of infinitives
4) The relation between verb classes and the embedded tenses
5) Restrictions imposed by connectives on the aspectual types of predicates of
the main and subordinate clause
6) Positions for the verb and the subject in the subordinate clause
7) Restrictions on the selection of the embedded clause.
 For detecting the
temporal interpretation of the clause, it will be necessary to study different
syntactic and semantic factors (which is possible through the systematic
analysis of the relevant constructions:
 Finite subordinate clauses introduced
by lexical complementizer; infinitival subordinate clauses; adverbial
subordination; infinitivals with and without explicit subjects)

The source of the data on Medieval Portuguese will be the Corpus Informatizado
do Português Medieval (CIPM, available at cipm.fcsh.unl.pt). The successful
candidate will have a background in diachronic generative syntax and a strong
knowledge of both Old and Modern Portuguese.

Workplace: Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas/ Universidade Nova de
Duration: 2 years
Starting: September, 2013
Grant value: € 1495,00

To be considered, applicants must:
- Have a strong knowledge of both Old and Modern Portuguese.
- Hold a Phd degree in Linguistics (preferably in the area of Diachronic
- Know how to examine diachronic features in text corpora

Evaluation criteria:
- Relevance of PhD
- CV
- Research Project

Please send the following documents electronically to the application email:
- A cover letter addressing the above requirements and desired qualifications
- Your CV
- Research project

Application Deadline: 25-Jul-2013

Email Address for Applications: afieisfcsh.unl.pt
Contact Information:
Alexandra Fiéis
Email: afieisfcsh.unl.pt
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