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Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Teaching
Linguistic Field: General Linguistics
Specific Language: English
Application Deadline: 18-Jun-2013
Supporting Institution: University of Leuven - Belgium
Linguistics - FEST research unit
LL Issue: 24.2023
Posted: 13-May-2013
Support Description: The research group Functional and Cognitive Linguistics: Grammar and Typology (FEST) of the Department of Linguistics of the University of Leuven is looking for applicants for a fully-funded PhD-fellowship in English Linguistics. The position is based at the Kortrijk campus of the KU Leuven. The scholarship is initially granted for one year, but is renewable up to a total of four years, pending positive evaluation. The PhD project entitled 'The use of nominal and verbal gerunds in Present-day English. A multifunctional comparative analysis' is funded by the Research Council of the KU Leuven and will be supervised by prof. dr. Liesbet Heyvaert (University of Leuven). The project wants to analyze the Present-day English use of nominal (as in (1)) and verbal gerunds (as in (2)) and aims to trace the functional properties that underlie the language user's choice for either a verbal or a nominal gerund, along a number of axes (e.g. referential, aspectual, structural), through a comparative corpus-based analysis. The analyses will be based on sets of data from the BNC corpus and the COCA corpus (as made available by Mark Davies). (1) There's an element of suicide in [the abondoning of everyday habits]. (COCA, 2007, Fiction) (2) I remembered [him using the word malfunction]. (BNC, 1993, Fiction) You have - strong analytical skills and the motivation to pursue creative work in cognitive and functional linguistics, including both qualitative and quantitative analysis; - a profound interest in authentic corpus data, syntax and discourse-functional analysis; - an MA (or equivalent) in Linguistics or Philology and academic distinction; - an excellent command of English (proficiency in or willingness to learn Dutch is an asset); - good communication skills (both written and oral) and strong interpersonal skills.
Application Web Address: http://www.kuleuven.be/solliciteren/52486655&taal=E&type=AP
Contact Information: prof. Liesbet Heyvaert liesbet.heyvaert@arts.kuleuven.be