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Job Announcement: University of Leuven

Spanish; Historical Linguistics: Researcher/PhD Fellow, University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium


Employer: University of Leuven
Department of Linguistics
http://wwwling.arts.kuleuven.be/depling/index-e.html
Job Location: Leuven, Belgium
Rank: Researcher
PhD Fellow
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Specialty: Spanish
LL Issue: 23.2773
Date Submitted: 20-Jun-2012
Job Description: The Research Unit of Cognitive and Functional Linguistics at the Department
of Linguistics of the University of Leuven is looking for applicants for a fully
funded four-year PhD fellowship to write a dissertation on Spanish Historical
Linguistics (start date: October/November 2012).

The PhD project is part of a larger collaborative project (GOA/12/007) 'The
Multiple Functional Load of grammatical signs in text construction and
processes of language change', which is funded by the Research Council of
the University of Leuven. The team of the GOA project is composed of Bert
Cornillie, Kristin Davidse, Jean-Christophe Verstraete and An Van linden. The
supervisor of this work package is Bert Cornillie, its co-supervisor is Freek
Van de Velde.

This PhD project is entitled ‘Discourse status and the development of clitic
doubling in Spanish’ and its aim is to account for the origin and evolution of
(indirect) object doubling in Spanish (e.g. Se (COI) lo (COD) dije a mi vecino
(COI) ‘I told it to my neighbour’). A summary of the research project can be
requested by e-mail.

Applications are invited from candidates with the following qualifications:
- Strong analytical skills and the motivation to pursue creative work in
historical linguistics.
- An interest in authentic corpus data, text editions and discourse traditions.
- An MA (or equivalent) in Linguistics or Philology and academic distinction.
- An excellent command of Spanish and a good command of English.
- A cooperative attitude and the ability to play an active role in the research
group (including its weekly seminars).
- The ability to present research results at international conferences, and to
publish in English in peer-reviewed journals.

Motivated candidates meeting these criteria are invited to apply online
according to the instructions given at
http://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/vacancies_aapbap/phd_humanities.html#linguistics

Please include a cover letter, a CV, the names of up to three referees we
may contact prior to appointment, and a sample piece of writing. The deadline
for applications is July 15th 2012.

Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates in the second half of
August (in person or online for overseas applicants). A decision will be made
by the end of August.

The fellow will receive a salary of approximately 1700 EUR/month (after
taxes) for a period of four years and all regular provisions for PhD fellows at
the University of Leuven. In addition, s/he will be allocated office space and a
laptop, and receive funding for research activities like attending conferences
abroad and organizing workshops and conferences in Leuven or elsewhere.

The successful candidate may be asked to provide (limited) assistance with
teaching, student supervision and data management. S/he will join a dynamic
research team (including six faculty members, several postdoctoral fellows
and many PhD students).

For further information, please contact the project’s supervisors, Bert Cornillie
bert.cornillie@arts.kuleuven.be or Freek Van de Velde
freek.vandevelde@arts.kuleuven.be .

Start date: October/November 2012
End date: September 2016
Application Deadline: 15-Jul-2016
Application URL: http://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/vacancies_aapbap/phd_humanities.html
Contact Information: Bert  Cornillie
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