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Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Project Work
Linguistic Field: General Linguistics
Typology Language Contact, Areal Linguistics
Application Deadline: 25-Nov-2013
Supporting Institution: University of Zurich
General Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.3929
Posted: 07-Oct-2013
Support Description: One doctoral student position in the research project "The Greater Burma Zone - a transitional zone of languages and peoples" is to be filled at the University of Zurich beginning on March 1st, 2014 (date negotiable), limited to three years.

Requirements:
The candidate must hold a Master’s degree in linguistics with excellent grades at latest by the time he/she takes up his/her position in the project, with a focus on or interest in linguistic typology, areal linguistics and language contact. Knowledge of Burmese and/or other languages of South/Southeast Asia is an asset, but not a requirement.

Description:
The successful applicant will work with the project leader and a post-doc researcher on language contact and convergence phenomena in Myanmar and adjacent regions. The aim of the project, which brings together methods from linguistics and history, is to describe and explain the (development of the) linguistic landscape of present day Myanmar situated between the South and Southeast Asian linguistic areas. Apart from working with published material at the Department of General Linguistics at the University of Zurich, field trips to Myanmar to collect specific data are part of the position. The successful applicant is expected to complete his PhD dissertation at the University of Zurich on language contact and convergence phenomena in Myanmar, the exact topic of which is to be determined in accordance with his/her background and preferences.

Salary is according to Swiss public employee pay scale (Canton of Zurich).

Applications with the usual documents (cover letter, CV, transcript of BA/MA studies) should be sent preferably in electronic form to the e-mail address indicated below by November 25, 2013.

Questions about this position can be addressed to Dr. Mathias Jenny at jenny Linguist List spw.uzh.ch.
Application Mailing Address: Dr. Mathias Jenny Plattenstrasse 54 Department of General Linguistics, University of Zurich Zurich 8032 8032 Switzerland
Contact Information: Dr. Mathias Jenny jenny@spw.uzh.ch