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Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: General Linguistics
Application Deadline: 31-Jan-2014
Supporting Institution: University of Freiburg
DFG GRK 1624
LL Issue: 24.4977
Posted: 06-Dec-2013
Support Description: The University of Freiburg, Germany, invites applications for 5 fully-funded Ph.D. scholarships on the topic of frequency effects in language, beginning no earlier than April 1, 2014, and no later than September 1, 2014. Successful applicants will be members of the Research Training Group on “Frequency effects in language” (Graduiertenkolleg GRK 1624/2), which after successful evaluation of its work by the German Research Foundation (DFG) is entering its second funding period.

Synopsis:
Frequency is assumed to be an important determinant in usage-based models of language change, language acquisition and language processing. In the Ph.D. projects this determinant will be investigated with a view both to its explanatory potential and its limitations. The proposed research combines quantitative- corpuslinguistic methods with experimental psycho- and neurolinguistics in the analysis of standard and non-standard data from a wide range of European languages. This agenda builds on cutting-edge research in usage-based linguistics, carried out both internationally and in the Research Training Group’s own work during its first funding period (October 2009 to March 2014).

Linguistics in Freiburg:
The University of Freiburg has created a unique infrastructure and environment for research in linguistics and cognitive science, especially for young scholars at Ph.D. and postdoctoral level. Key elements in this environment are strong linguistics sections in the Departments of English, German, Romance Languages and Slavic Studies, several Masters programmes in linguistics and cognitive science, the Hermann Paul Center for Linguistics (HPCL), and the Hermann-Paul-Graduate School of Language Sciences (HPSL), which is jointly operated with the neighbouring University of Basel.

We offer:
- a fully paid research-only position (TV-L E13 65%, presently ca. 26,000€ pre-tax on level 1) for up to three years;
- additional travel grants and funding for materials and equipment;
- funding for inviting guest scholars and organising workshops;
- an interdisciplinary teaching programme that enables you to carry out state-of- the-art research in usage-based linguistics;
- an efficient supervision and mentoring programme;
- a high-profile research environment bridging the gap between linguistics and the cognitive-psycholinguistic sciences;
- a vibrant community of Ph.D. students and post-docs in the language sciences;
- one of the leading European universities (both in teaching and research; member of the League of European Research Universities);
- a campus in the city centre with a highly international atmosphere;
- one of the most attractive university towns in Germany (total population: about 220,000), capital of the Black Forest, bordering on France and Switzerland.

We expect:
- an excellent first degree in linguistics, cognitive science, or a related field;
- full commitment to a Ph.D. project on frequency effects in language;
- excellent command (written and spoken) of either English or German, the Group’s two working languages; basic German for routine conversation is helpful, but not a requirement.

A list of possible Ph.D. topics is provided on the Group’s website. Applicants are also welcome to suggest their own topics, where suitable, and to develop them in discussions with potential supervisors.
Application Mailing Address: Michael Schaefer Belfortstrasse 18 Freiburg 79098 Germany
Application Web Address: http://frequenz.uni-freiburg.de/bewerbung
Contact Information: Michael Schaefer grk@frequenz.uni-freiburg.de Phone:+49-761-20397674