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Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Syntax Dialectology
Specific Language: Spanish
Application Deadline: 07-Mar-2014
Supporting Institution: Ghent University
Linguistics
LL Issue: 25.645
Posted: 07-Feb-2014
Support Description: Applications for a fully-funded Ph.D. scholarship are invited. The scholarship is on the topic of variation in spatial adverb(ial)s in Peninsular Spanish and can begin no earlier than May 1, 2014, and no later than September 1, 2014. The PhD scholarship is fully funded for a period of up to 4 years. Salary is ±1860 euros per month (depending on experience). Additional funding for travel, material and equipment is also available.

Profile of the candidate:
- Candidates should hold a Master diploma in Spanish Linguistics or equivalent
- Candidates are required to possess an excellent oral and written command of Spanish
- Having written a dissertation within the field of dialectology is desirable

Synopsis of the project:
'Encima de mí or encima mío? On the Grammatical Variation in Spatial Adverbial Expressions in Peninsular Spanish'

This scholarship focuses on the grammatical variation found in Peninsular Spanish in a series of spatial adverbial constructions that are followed by a noun phrase, such as encima (de) ‘on top of’, al lado (de) ‘next to’ and arriba (de) ‘above of’. Although in recent years various studies have examined the variation between simple spatial adverbs, such as aquí-acá ‘here’ and allí-allá ‘there’, in Latin American varieties (e.g. Sedano 1994; Travis & Curnow 2012), similar analyses for Peninsular Spanish are far and few in between (e.g. Sedano 2001). In fact, adverbs and the variation associated with them have, in general, received less attention than other grammatical categories, such as nouns and verbs, within the field of Spanish linguistics. As Octavio de Toledo y Huerta (in press) has noted recently, this is even more so for the spatial compound forms which consist of an adverb or an adverbial phrase and can be followed by the preposition de in spoken varieties of Spanish, as illustrated in examples (1) and (2):
(1) Encima + de + noun phrase
[…] porque, después que se retiró ya, ya duró poco. Y de trabajar to un mes, to'l mes de ir y venir andando y de verlo yo venir a casa cuando cobraba, y posar encima de la mesa cincuenta duros. (COSER-0509-01)
(2) Encima + ø + noun phrase
Y [lo] echaban encima la mesa […]. (COSER-3214-01)
(3) Encima + de + personal pronoun
Dice: '¿Que cómo lo sé?', dice, 'que me he tenido que tumbá en la cantarilla dice, y el toro encima de mí'. (COSER-0214-01)
(4) Encima + ø + tonic possessive pronoun
Juan Ignacio confirmó que “[…] voy a tener la espada de Damocles encima mía durante toda la temporada”. (RAE 2009: 1361)

It is the aforementioned variation in spatial adverbial forms that will be the research topic of the fully-funded PhD scholarship. In particular, attention will need to be paid to one type of grammatical micro-variation that has been mentioned in the literature, albeit sporadically: to wit, the alternation between spatial adverbial structures with a personal and a tonic possessive pronoun, whereby the former appear with the preposition de whereas the latter without, as exemplified in (3) and (4) respectively.

Applications are to include:
- A curriculum vitae with a detailed description of your academic career (including documentation of study performance, e.g. transcripts)
- Copies of university degree(s)
- Contact details of two referees, one of which should be the supervisor of your dissertation or end-of-year project
- A cover letter explaining your motivation for applying for this scholarship (max. 3 pages)
- One written piece of work which needs to be submitted via email: Miriam.Bouzouita Linguist List ugent.be

For further information: Miriam.Bouzouita Linguist List ugent.be
Application Mailing Address: Prof. Dr Miriam Bouzouita Ghent University, Department of Linguistics Blandijnberg 2 Ghent B-9000 Belgium
Contact Information: Prof. Dr Miriam Bouzouita miriam.bouzouita@ugent.be