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Support Announcement:

Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Teaching,Project Work
Linguistic Field: General Linguistics
Application Deadline: 28-Feb-2014
Supporting Institution: Leiden University
LL Issue: 25.333
Posted: 20-Jan-2014
Support Description: The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL,, the institute of linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, is hosting a 5 year research programme entitled “Understanding Questions” funded by the Dutch national research council NWO.This project is an integrated study of the syntax-semantics, prosody and processing of in-situ wh-questions in French and Mandarin. There are three subprojects, one on the syntax-semantics aspects of these questions, one on the prosodic aspects and one on the processing aspects.

We are looking for a PhD student to carry out the subproject “Revisiting the syntax and semantics of in-situ wh-questions”.

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:

The candidate should have:
- A Master’s degree in Linguistics, in particular in syntax and/or semantics (completion of the MA thesis before the PhD project starts).
- An interest in psycholinguistics.
- 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.
- Knowledge of French and/or Mandarin Chinese is desirable.
- Duties and responsibilities.

The candidate will carry out the following tasks:
Conduct original research on the following topics:
- The syntactic and prosodic differences between standard in-situ wh-questions and echo questions.
- French in-situ questions vs. fronted questions.
- Intervention effects in French and Mandarin.
- The processing of intervention effects.
- Write a PhD thesis.
- Submit research results for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals.
- Present papers at (international) conferences.
- Teach a course in the second and third year of the appointment.
- Organize and participate in reading and discussions groups, seminars, workshops within LUCL.

See the website for the offer and application procedure.
Application Web Address:
Contact Information: Prof. Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng