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Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Teaching,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science cognitive linguistics, music cognition, visual arts, geometry, rhythm and meter
Application Deadline: 23-Nov-2012
Supporting Institution: Universiteit Leiden
LUCL
LL Issue: 23.4460
Posted: 25-Oct-2012
Support Description: 4PhD positions, NWO-sponsored Horizon project: 'Knowledge and Culture'

The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) will be funding the
Horizon research project 'Knowledge and Culture'. This project will be carried out
as a collaboration between the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), the
Leiden University Centre for Arts in Society (LUCAS), the Meertens Institute
(KNAW), and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Prof. dr Johan Rooryck at the
Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) of the Faculty of Humanities at
Leiden University will be coordinating the research project. For more information,
please see the full description of the project at http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/job-
opportunities/vacancies-at-leiden-university.html

Knowledge and culture:
In various domains of cognitive science, a new paradigm holds that humans and
non-human animals are born with a small set of hard-wired cognitive abilities that
are task-specific, language-independent, and non-species-specific. These core
knowledge systems are innate cognitive skills that have the capacity for building
mental representations of objects, persons, spatial relationships, numerosity, and
social interaction. In addition to core knowledge systems, humans possess
species-specific, uniquely human abilities such as language and music.
The 'core knowledge' paradigm challenges scholars in the humanities to ask the
question how nurture and culture build on nature. This project examines the way in
which innate, non specifically human, core knowledge systems for object
representation, number, and geometry constrain cultural expressions in music,
language, and the visual arts. In this research program, four domains of the
humanities will be investigated from the point of view of core knowledge: (1) music
cognition; (2) language and number; (3) visual arts and geometry; (4) poetry,
rhythm, and meter.

4 PhD positions in 4 subprojects:

Subproject 1: Music cognition
teamleader: Prof.dr H. Honing (UvA)
1PhD student in music cognition
http://vacatures.leidenuniv.nl/wetenschappelijk/12-246-phd-student-in-music-
cognition-.html

Subproject 2: Language and Number
teamleader: Prof.dr S. Barbiers (Meertens Institute/ UU)
1PhD student in linguistics or cognitive science
http://vacatures.leidenuniv.nl/wetenschappelijk/12-247-phd-student-in-linguistics-
cognitive-science-.html

Subproject 3: Visual Arts and Geometry
teamleaders: Prof.dr.ir M. Delbeke (UGent) & Prof.dr C. van Eck (UL)
1PhD student in art history
http://vacatures.leidenuniv.nl/wetenschappelijk/12-249-phd-student-in-art-
history-.html

Subproject 4: Poetry, rhythm, and meter
teamleader: Prof.dr M. van Oostendorp (Meertens Institute/ UL)
http://vacatures.leidenuniv.nl/wetenschappelijk/12-248-phd-student-in-metrics-.html
Application Web Address: http://vacatures.leidenuniv.nl/wetenschappelijk/
Contact Information: J. Rooryck
j.e.c.v.rooryck@hum.leidenuniv.nl