LINGUIST List 21.1461

Thu Mar 25 2010

Jobs: Language in Social Interaction: PhD Positions, Max Planck

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        1.    Angela Heuts, Language in Social Interaction: PhD Positions, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands

Message 1: Language in Social Interaction: PhD Positions, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands
Date: 25-Mar-2010
From: Angela Heuts <>
Subject: Language in Social Interaction: PhD Positions, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Department: Human Sociality and Systems of Language Use Job Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands Web Address:
Job Rank: PhD Positions

Specialty Areas: Language in Social Interaction


Call for applications: PhD student position in the study of language insocial interaction, using video recording and analysis of everyday socialinteraction in a non Indo-European language of West Africa or South America.

There are two PhD student positions available in the project group 'HumanSociality and Systems of Language Use' (HSSLU), one working on a nonIndo-European language of West Africa, the other on a non Indo-Europeanlanguage of South America. HSSLU is a 5-year project awarded to groupleader Nick Enfield to compare systems of language use across diversecultural settings, as a way of investigating universals and variation inhuman social behavior. The HSSLU project operates within the Language andCognition Group at the Max Planck institute for Psycholinguistics,Nijmegen. For information on the project, go to:

Successful applicants will be supervised by Nick Enfield and one othermember of the research team who has a specialization in the linguistics ofthe relevant area.

The PhD positions run for three years, and will begin on July 1, 2010.

Applicants must meet the following four criteria for consideration: (1) anMA degree or equivalent in hand by June 30, 2010; (2) thorough knowledge ofa non Indo-European language of West Africa or South America, includingboth knowledge of technicalities of the language's grammatical and semanticstructures, and intuitions about idiomatic use of the language inconversational context; (3) established relations with a speech community,including access to the community for the purposes of standard ethnographicand descriptive linguistic work, including building a large corpus ofvideo-recordings of everyday social interaction among a large variety ofspeakers and speech situations; (4) a keen interest in the role of languageand cognition in human social life. Research will involve 2 to 3 fieldtrips, between 2 and 6 months in length, depending on needs.All equipment and field expenses are provided by the project.

Apart from being a 'non Indo-European language of West Africa or SouthAmerica', there is no particular constraint on which language the studentwill work on. Both native and non-native speakers of the language inquestion are welcome to apply, as long as they fulfill the criteriamentioned above.

Please address expressions of interest to Nick Enfield at the email addressbelow.

Applications will be considered until the positions are filled.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.
Email Address for Applications: Contact Information:
Nick Enfield Email:
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