LINGUIST List 6.1585

Thu Nov 9 1995

Jobs: Semantics/Pragmatics

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  1. "M. Lynne Murphy", Witwatersrand Univ: Semantics/Pragmatics

Message 1: Witwatersrand Univ: Semantics/Pragmatics

Date: Thu, 09 Nov 1995 19:31:57 Witwatersrand Univ: Semantics/Pragmatics
From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <>
Subject: Witwatersrand Univ: Semantics/Pragmatics

The Linguistics Department at the University of the Witwatersrand,
Johannesburg, South Africa, is accepting applications for a possible
Lecturer position in SEMANTICS and PRAGMATICS. The successful
candidate will have proven teaching experience and research interest
in Semantics and Pragmatics and should be willing and able to teach
Historical Linguistics, Language and Cognition, and Cross-Cultural
(South African) Communication at introductory levels as well.
Secondary interests in syntax and cognitive science are also
desirable qualifications. If the Ph.D. has not been awarded, the
thesis should be well under way and near submission.

In addition to mainly undergraduate teaching, staff members are
expected to conduct scholarly research and contribute to the academic
community as a whole. The starting date of the position is not yet
fixed, but is expected to be 1 July 1996.

The research opportunities within South Africa are varied and
considerable. Both the University and the government grant agencies
offer generous support for research and for attendance at local and
international conferences.

One of the major universities in all of Africa, the University of the
Witwatersrand is committed to responding to the needs of the changing
South African society. The Linguistics department has a strong
tradition of research in Khoisan and Bantu languages. In addition,
there is a history of cooperation between this department and the
Department of African Languages. Therefore, a candidate's interest
in (Southern) African languages, although not necessary, will be
considered an asset to any application.

A permanent or contractual position (three years) will be considered.
A Lecturer's salary ranges from R46608.00 - R77976.00. Benefits for
staff and their families include transportation to Johannesburg and
removal expenses, a settling-in allowance, medical aid, pension,
annual bonus, generous leave, and so forth.

A deadline for applications has not yet been set, because the
position has not yet been confirmed. However, once the position is
confirmed, the department will have to move quickly to fill the
vacancy. Therefore, we urge applications before 20 December 1995.
Some interviews will be conducted at the LSA meeting in San Diego and
can also be arranged for the MLA meeting in Chicago.

For additional information on the position or interviews, contact
Lynne Murphy at

Send letters of application, including c.v. and names, addresses, and
fax/e-mail of three references to:

Professor A. Traill
Department of Linguistics
University of the Witwatersrand
Private Bag 3
PO WITS 2050

fax: 27-11-716-8030
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