LINGUIST List 23.2773

Wed Jun 20 2012

Jobs: Spanish; Historical Ling: Researcher/PhD Fellow, U of Leuven

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Date: 20-Jun-2012
From: Bert Cornillie <>
Subject: Spanish; Historical Linguistics: Researcher/PhD Fellow, University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
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University or Organization: University of Leuven Department: Department of Linguistics Job Location: Leuven, Belgium Web Address:
Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics

Required Language(s): Spanish (spa)


The Research Unit of Cognitive and Functional Linguistics at the Departmentof Linguistics of the University of Leuven is looking for applicants for a fullyfunded four-year PhD fellowship to write a dissertation on Spanish HistoricalLinguistics (start date: October/November 2012).

The PhD project is part of a larger collaborative project (GOA/12/007) 'TheMultiple Functional Load of grammatical signs in text construction andprocesses of language change', which is funded by the Research Council ofthe University of Leuven. The team of the GOA project is composed of BertCornillie, Kristin Davidse, Jean-Christophe Verstraete and An Van linden. Thesupervisor of this work package is Bert Cornillie, its co-supervisor is FreekVan de Velde.

This PhD project is entitled 'Discourse status and the development of cliticdoubling in Spanish' and its aim is to account for the origin and evolution of(indirect) object doubling in Spanish (e.g. Se (COI) lo (COD) dije a mi vecino(COI) 'I told it to my neighbour'). A summary of the research project can berequested by e-mail.

Applications are invited from candidates with the following qualifications:- Strong analytical skills and the motivation to pursue creative work inhistorical linguistics.- An interest in authentic corpus data, text editions and discourse traditions.- An MA (or equivalent) in Linguistics or Philology and academic distinction.- An excellent command of Spanish and a good command of English.- A cooperative attitude and the ability to play an active role in the researchgroup (including its weekly seminars).- The ability to present research results at international conferences, and topublish in English in peer-reviewed journals.

Motivated candidates meeting these criteria are invited to apply onlineaccording to the instructions given at

Please include a cover letter, a CV, the names of up to three referees wemay contact prior to appointment, and a sample piece of writing. The deadlinefor applications is July 15th 2012.

Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates in the second half ofAugust (in person or online for overseas applicants). A decision will be madeby the end of August.

The fellow will receive a salary of approximately 1700 EUR/month (aftertaxes) for a period of four years and all regular provisions for PhD fellows atthe University of Leuven. In addition, s/he will be allocated office space and alaptop, and receive funding for research activities like attending conferencesabroad and organizing workshops and conferences in Leuven or elsewhere.

The successful candidate may be asked to provide (limited) assistance withteaching, student supervision and data management. S/he will join a dynamicresearch team (including six faculty members, several postdoctoral fellowsand many PhD students).

For further information, please contact the project's supervisors, Bert .

Start date: October/November 2012End date: September 2016

Application Deadline: 15-Jul-2016 Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Bert Cornillie Email:

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