LINGUIST List 21.5037

Sun Dec 12 2010

Support: Morphology,Semantics,Syntax: PhD Student, U. Pompeu Fabra, Spain

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        1.     Louise McNally , Morphology, Semantics, Syntax: PhD Student, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

Message 1: Morphology, Semantics, Syntax: PhD Student, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Date: 11-Dec-2010
From: Louise McNally <>
Subject: Morphology, Semantics, Syntax: PhD Student, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
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Institution/Organization: Universitat Pompeu Fabra Department: Translation and Language Sciences Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Project Work

Specialty Areas: Morphology; Semantics; Syntax

The Formal Linguistics Group in the Department of Translation and LanguageSciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, announces one four-yearresearch assistantship for doctoral study associated with the funded project"Natural Language Ontology and the Semantic Representation of AbstractObjects."

The overall goal of this project is to improve our understanding of how we refer toabstract objects such as events, states, and properties. We take as a startingpoint the basic ontology for abstract objects that is emerging in our recent workand will explore it mainly with Romance, Germanic and Slavic data involvingnominalizations, participles, and adjectives, with special emphasis on clarifyingthe distinction between states and properties and between eventuality/propertytypes and tokens. Equally important is the further development of current work onthe semantics of complementation and modification in nominals, with specialemphasis on adjectival modification and contrasts between adjectival andprepositional phrase modifiers. An important subgoal is to deepen ourunderstanding of the similarities and differences between the semantics ofmorphologically-related nouns, verbs, and adjectives. The research to be carriedout has both a synchronic and diachronic dimension, and involves both qualitativeand quantitative data analysis. The project team currently includes three seniorresearchers, three postdoctoral researchers, and two graduate students.

The interested candidates should:-have some background in syntax or semantics, and an interest in both-be ready to carry out his/her own doctoral research on a topic related to theproject-be willing to collaborate in the activities associated with the project and organizedby the Formal Linguistics Group, and-have a good command of English; knowledge of Catalan or Spanish is notessential, but some knowledge or willingness to learn would be a plus

The position includes a monthly stipend, coverage by the Social Security system,and university fees related to doctoral study. The assistantship also includes thepossibility of applying for grants for short-term stays abroad. Annual renewal of theassistantship will depend on successful progress in the doctoral program andcollaboration on the research project.

The application for these assistantships will be handled through the SpanishMinistry of Science and Innovation. The Ministry's application period usually opensin late January or early February and is open only for 15 days, so individuals whoare interested in applying are advised to contact Louise McNally at louise .mcnally upf . edu as soon as possible, and in any case no later than January10, 2011. Interested candidates are requested to send their CV and a writingsample or a brief statement of interest.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( is a small, research-orienteduniversity located in the center of Barcelona, with a highly international faculty andstudent body. For more information about the Formal Linguistics Group (GLIF) see

For information (in Spanish) about last year's call, visit the MICINN website:

Applications Deadline: 10-Jan-2011

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Louise McNally        Department of Translation and Language Sciences, UPF        c/Roc Boronat, 138        Barcelona Barcelona 08018        Spain

Contact Information:         Louise McNally

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