LINGUIST List 23.2775

Wed Jun 20 2012

Jobs: Typology; Australian Languages: Researcher/PhD fellow, U of Leuven

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Date: 20-Jun-2012
From: Jean-Christophe Verstraete <>
Subject: Typology; Australian Languages: 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: Typology

Required Language(s): Australian

The Research Unit of Cognitive and Functional Linguistics at Department ofLinguistics of the University of Leuven is looking for applicants for a fullyfunded four-year PhD fellowship in linguistic typology (starting date:October/November 2012).

The PhD fellowship is part of a larger collaborative project (GOA/12/007) 'TheMultiple Functional Load of grammatical signs in text construction andprocesses of language change', funded by the Research Council of theUniversity of Leuven. The team heading the project is composed of BertCornillie, Kristin Davidse, Jean-Christophe Verstraete and An Van linden. Thesupervisor of this fellowship is Jean-Christophe Verstraete.

The aim of the PhD project is to develop a typology of referring expressionsand their role in discourse, based on a sample of Australian languages (orfocusing on one language, if the candidate has field experience). Moreinformation about the project can be requested by e-mail.

Applications are invited from candidates with the following qualifications:- An MA in linguistics (or equivalent, eg BA Hons), with academic distinction.- Experience with linguistic typology and/or linguistic fieldwork.- Strong analytical skills and the motivation to pursue creative work inlinguistics.- 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 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 15 July 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 supervisor Jean-Christophe Verstraete at the email address listed below.

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

Application Deadline: 15-Jul-2012 Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Jean-Christophe Verstraete Email:

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