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Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Philosophy of Language
Specific Language: Greek, Ancient
Application Deadline: 08-Dec-2013
Supporting Institution: Radboud University Nijmegen
Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
LL Issue: 24.4460
Posted: 08-Nov-2013
Support Description: Vacancy number: 21.05.13

You will work on a project funded by the European Research Council entitled 'Unraveling the Language of Perspective'. The main supervisor of this project is Dr. Corien Bary. The two sub-projects within this main project are 'Ancient Greek Particles and Perspective Shifts' and 'Evaluative Expressions and Perspective Shifts'. You will be trained as a researcher according to an individual Training and Supervision Plan and each sub-project should result in a doctoral dissertation at Radboud University Nijmegen.

Short Description of the Project:
People always take in a certain perspective when they speak. Languages have a wide variety of linguistic means to express perspective. Although perspectival elements are most frequently used from the perspective of the speaker, they can also be used from the perspective of someone else, a possibility that is fully exploited in narratives. The central aim of this project is to deepen our understanding of perspective shifts. The project will focus on Ancient Greek, a language with a particularly rich perspective system. Not only do many classes of expressions involve perspective in some way (e.g. attitudinal particles, optative mood, tense and aspect, evaluatives and participles), but authors such as Thucydides are also known for their subtle manipulation of narrative perspective. It is far from clear, however, how these shifts in narrative perspective are effected by the linguistic expressions used. State-of-the-art computational methods will be used to extract data from existing corpora. For a longer description of the project, including its sub-projects, please contact Corien Bary.

What we expect from you:
- excellent knowledge of Ancient Greek (preferably a Master’s or equivalent degree in Classics);
- a strong interest in philosophy of language and general linguistics and a willingness to learn basic techniques for conducting large-scale quantitative corpus research. Preference will be given to applicants who have research experience in the areas of philosophy of language and/or general/computational linguistics or have received training in these fields;
- the ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
- a good command of spoken and written English (Cambridge Certificate C2 level or achieved within two years);
- experience presenting research papers in public;
- strong organization skills and the ability to monitor and manage results.

What we have to offer:
- employment: 1,0 fte;
- in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
- the starting salary is €2,083 per month on a full-time basis; the salary will increase to €2,664 per month in the fourth year;
- you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years;
- preferred starting date June 1, 2014;
- you will be classified as a PhD candidate (promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO).

For further information please see the application website address below.
Application Web Address:
Contact Information: Dr. Corien Bary