LINGUIST List 8.1253

Tue Sep 2 1997

Jobs: Positions in Linguistic Typology

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  1. Alexandra Aikhenvald, Job in Typology

Message 1: Job in Typology

Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 13:37:32 +1000 (EST)
From: Alexandra Aikhenvald <>
Subject: Job in Typology





Two 12-month positions are available for scholars with a sound background
in descriptive linguistics and experience in linguistic typology, to work
with Professor R.M.W. Dixon and Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald on their
research project 'The categories of human languages', financed by the
Australian Research Council.

Applicants should have a PhD in linguistics, or be about to obtain one.
They should ideally have produced a description of a language, preferably
(a) a language for which there had previously been no good description; and
(b) a language other than that of which they are native speaker. They
should also have some experience in, or training in, grammatical typology.

The project aims to study the main grammatical categories found in human
languages and provide a characterisation of these parameters of variation
concerning their realisation, function and meaning. It will also enquire
why certain languages have certain categories, organised in the way they
are, looking at interrelations between category types and for
interrelations between grammatical categories and extralinguistic factors
such as ecological environment, socio-political organisation, economic
basis, and life style.

The successful applicants will work as members of a team. The work will
involve (1) summarising the grammatical structures of a sample of world
languages in a standard format (in terms of the established framework of
Basic Linguistic Theory); and (2) comparing grammatical categories across
languages, formulating and checking inductive hypotheses concerning
linguistic universals.

The positions are for 12 months only, commencing on 1 January 1998 (or as
soon as possible thereafter) until 31 December 1998.

Enquiries: Professor R Dixon, tel: (02) 6249 0012, fax: (02) 6249 0332,

Contact: Further particulars and selection criteria should be obtained
from, tel: (02) 6249 4566; fax: (02) 6249 5011; email:

Salary:	Research Associate (Level A)	$40,963 - $43,834 pa
	Senior Research Associate (Level B)	$46,043 - $54,324 pa

Closing date: 30 September 1997	Ref: FA13.8.1

Information on how to apply may be obtained from the ANU Web Page - or by telephoning/emailing the contact.




Selection Criteria:

1. Thorough professional training in linguistics, with special
 reference to language description and linguistic typology.

2. Applicants should either already have a PhD or be in the final
 stages of a Doctoral Program, with their dissertation dealing with a topic
 in descriptive linguistics in terms of Basic Linguistic Theory (not in
 terms of any non-basic formalism).

3. Ability to work, under direction, as a member of a research team.

4. Ability to work to a timetable, and produce results on time.

5. Ideally, to have produced a description of a language, preferably
(a) a language for which there had previously been no good description; and
(b) a language other than that of which they are native speaker.

6. Some training in anthropology.

7. Awareness of EEO principles.


Suitably qualified women and men are encouraged to apply for positions in
fields which are not traditional areas for their employment. The
University has an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Recruitment and
Career Development Scheme and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
applicants are encouraged to identify themselves as such. Applications
should be written against the selection criteria and submitted in duplicate
to the Staffing Recruitment Officer, Chancelry 2B, The Australian National
University, Canberra ACT 0200, quoting reference number and including
curriculum vitae, list of publications, names, addresses, fax numbers (and
where possible email) of at least three referees. Further information
about the University is available on the Internet. The ANU's Official
Internet Address is:

The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The University's EEO Policy forms part of the Selection Documentation
The University has a non-smoking policy effective in all University
buildings and vehicles

ANU Equal Opportunity Policy Statement

The Australian National University is committed to the promotion of equal
opportunity for all persons including women, people of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Island descent, people of all racial and ethnic groups and
people with disabilities.

This commitment is to be interpreted so as to be consistent with the
operation of the merit principle in the recruitment and promotion of all
staff and in the selection and education of all students.

The University accepts that as an employer and educator it has a
responsibility to eliminate and ensure the continued absence from within
its structure of any source of direct or indirect discrimination on the
basis of any factors not related to work or student performance including
race, colour, national or ethnic origin, nationality, sex, marital status,
pregnancy, transexuality, age, sexual preference, status as a parent or
carer, political conviction, religious belief, social origin or impairment.
It has a continuing obligation under the Affirmative Action (Equal
Employment Opportunity for Women) Act 1986 to develop and implement an
Affirmative Action Plan.

Affirmative Action Program

The Australian National University has developed and implemented a program
of affirmative action in accordance with the University's obligations under
the Affirmative Action (Equal Employment Opportunity for Women) Act 1986.
The Affirmative Action Program is designed to ensure that:

	(i)	appropriate action is taken by the University to eliminate
discrimination against women in relation to employment matters; and

	(ii)	measures are taken by the University to promote equal
opportunity for women in relation to employment matters.

Other EO Legislation

Apart from its responsibilities under the Affirmative Action Act, the ANU
recognises that as a tertiary education institution, University policies
and practices must meet the requirements of other equal opportunity and
anti-discrimination legislation, in particular:

	n	The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 which prohibits
consideration of race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin as
grounds for discrimination;

	n	The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 which makes it unlawful to
take into account sex, marital status or pregnancy in employment and in the
provision of education, goods and services and accommodation. The Act also
defines sexual harassment and renders such behaviour unlawful in employment
and in education; and

	n	The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 aims to ensure that
people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as all
other Australians. The Act provides people with an opportunity to respond
to unfair treatment because of disability.

In practice, the University's EO Policy means

For Job Applicants

-fair recruitment procedures

-opportunities for non traditional jobs for women and men

-merit-based access to University jobs for members of designated groups 
 including people with disabilities and Aboriginal people

For Staff Members

-removal of unjustified barriers to advancement for all members of staff

-elimination of unjustified discrimination in selection and promotion processes

-appropriate training and development opportunities for all staff, including 
 women and members of designated groups

-opening up of University decision making processes to staff

For Students

-a University Equity Plan to ensure equality of opportunity for existing and
 prospective students

-special admission schemes for prospective students from educationally
 disadvantaged backgrounds

-a range of child care services available on campus

-provision of specialised resources to students with disabilities

-institutional encouragement for faculties to consider appropriate gender
 issues in curricula


Enquiries: EEO Unit, Chancelry 2B
249 3868, 249 3352 or 279 8493
Senior Officer Responsible for EEO: Margaret Ford, University Secretary

Prof. Alexandra Aikhenvald
Convenor of the Graduate Program in Linguistics
Research Centre for Linguistic Typology ANU
Canberra ACT Australia 0200

fax: 61-(0)6-2490332
phone: 61-(6)-2492256 (w) 2497927 (h)
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