LINGUIST List 9.1234

Mon Sep 7 1998

Jobs: English Ling, Typology

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  1. A.G.B. ter Meulen, English Ling
  2. Jennifer Elliott, LINGUISTIC TYPOLOGY

Message 1: English Ling

Date: Fri, 4 Sep 1998 11:40:58 +0200
From: A.G.B. ter Meulen <>
Subject: English Ling

Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer English Linguistics

at the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen

The University of Groningen (NL) is recruiting an associate professor
in English Linguistics, to be affiliated with the research programs of
the Center for Language and Cognition (CLCG) and the interdisciplinary
Graduate School for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences
(BCN). Responsibilities include introductory and advanced courses and
curriculum innovation in English Language and Linguistics, supervision
of dissertation research and teaching of advanced summer school
courses, and the usual administrative and organizational duties in the
department and university. Requirements: Dissertation on any topic in
(Modern) English Linguistics; or equivalent. Thorough understanding of
current theoretical linguistics, with a substantive interest in
empirical and applied linguistics research. The candidate is expected
to strengthen the research and teaching in the Faculty of Arts with
original and innovative contributions, substantially enhancing the
international research network of CLCG and BCN. Extensive research
experience with a strong record of publications in leading
international journals, invited and contributed lectures at major
international conferences, and active participation in the
professional organizations in the field. Experience in successful
grant applications and initiation of research projects is a high
priority. Extensive experience in teaching English language and
linguistics at all levels of the academic curriculum, supported by
positive student evaluations. Experience in computer assisted language
training and computational linguistics is a high priority. Excellent
administrative and organizational leadership with proven talents for
collegial collaboration. Good command of Dutch, or the achievement of
such within two years.

Applicants should include with their letter a detailed curriculum
vitae with complete list of publications, two representative recent
research publications, documentation on courses taught, the names of
three references who should send us their letters of recommendation
directly, and a two page description of their current and future
research program. Please mark the envelope as well as letter in the
upper left hand corner with the vacancy number 980168.

Further information about the position, the curriculum in English
Language, Linguistics and Literature, and the CLCG and BCN research
programs may be obtained from Drs. R. Wagenaar, secretary of the
search committee (, ph. 31-50- 363-5176/fax
31-50-363-4900) or Prof. Dr. Alice G.B. ter Meulen, Chair English
Linguistics, (, ph. 31-50-363- 5846/50). Mail
applications to: University of Groningen, Head of Personnel, P.O. Box
72, 9700 AB Groningen, the Netherlands (fax 31-50-363-6909. Deadline
for applications: October 31, 1998. Prof. Dr. Alice G.B. ter Meulen
Center for Language and Cognition Faculty of Arts University of
Groningen PO Box 716 9700 AS Groningen

phone (050) 363-5846/5850
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Date: Mon, 7 Sep 1998 17:23:07 +1100
From: Jennifer Elliott <>



One or 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

Applicants should have a PhD in linguistics, or be close to the award
of a PhD. 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 the 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 1st January 1999
(or as soon as possible thereafter) until 3lst December 1999.

Salary will be within the range $42,201 - $45,159 (Research
Associate/Level A) or $47,435 - $55,966 (Senior Research
Associate/Level B). (These are in Australian Dollars). An allowance
will be made to cover travelling expenses to and from Australia at the
beginning and end of the period of employment.

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.

Enquiries about the positions should be addressed at Jennifer Elliott,
Administrator of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology. Phone
(61/02) 6249 0012, fax (61/02) 6249 0332, e-mail

Closing date: 30 September 1998 Ref: FA20.8.1

Applications: addressing the selection criteria should be submitted in
duplicate to the Secretary, The Australian National University,
Canberra ACT 0200 AUSTRALIA, quoting reference number and including
curriculum vitae, list of publications, names, addresses and fax
numbers of at least three referees. A copy of the application should
also be sent to The Director, Research Centre for Linguistic Typology,
The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 AUSTRALIA.

The University has a "no-smoking" policy in all University buildings
and vehicles.


Jennifer Elliott
Centre Administrator
Research Centre for Linguistic Typology
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200

Phone: +61 2 6249 0012 (international)
(02) 6249 0012 (within Australia)

Fax: +61 2 6249 0332 (international)
(02) 6249 0332 (within Australia)

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