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Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Teaching,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics Sociolinguistics
Specific Language: Dutch
Application Deadline: 01-Oct-2013
Supporting Institution: Universiteit Leiden
LUCL
LL Issue: 24.3019
Posted: 25-Jul-2013
Support Description: The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL, http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/), the institute of linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, is hosting a VIDI research programme entitled “Going Dutch. The Construction of Dutch in Policy, Practice and Discourse, 1750-1850”, funded by the Dutch national research council NWO.

The project will investigate the origins of linguistic nationalism, focusing on the opposition of standard and non-standard Dutch in public and academic discourse on linguistic diversity, on educational policies aimed at the spread of standard Dutch, and on the effects of educational policies on language use.

We are looking for 2 PhD Students (4 years, 38 hrs a week).

Research at LUCL:
Leiden University has a longstanding tradition in research in the world’s languages and features unique linguistic expertise. LUCL combines current theoretical insights and modern experimental methods in its research profile area “Language Diversity in the World”. For more information, see: http://www.research.leiden.edu/research-profiles/language-diversity/

The candidate should have:
- A Master or equivalent degree in a relevant field (completion of the MA thesis before the PhD project starts)
- Demonstrable affinity with historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and/or social history
- A curious, enterprising and creative mind and excellent analytical skills, evidence of which should emerge from the MA thesis
- Good writing skills
- A very good and demonstrable command of English
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

The candidate is supposed to carry out the following tasks:
- Conducting original research on one of the following topics
* Dutch language-in-education policies (1750-1850) and the implementation of the standard language ideology
* The effects of language planning on variation and change in Dutch (1750-1850)
- Writing a PhD thesis
- Submitting research results for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals
- Presenting papers at (international) conferences
- Some teaching in the second and third year of the appointment
- Organizing and participating in reading and discussions groups, seminars, workshops within LUCL

For more information and the application procedure please visit the application website.
Application Web Address: http://werkenbij.leidenuniv.nl/vacatures/phd-posities/13-215-2-phd-students-on-the-origins-of-linguistic-nationalism.html
Contact Information: G.C. Hakker g.c.hakker@hum.leidenuniv.nl