LINGUIST List 24.1356

Wed Mar 20 2013

Support: Pragmatics, Semantics: PhD Student, Uil-OTS, Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <>

Date: 20-Mar-2013
From: Mariette Bonenkamp <>
Subject: Pragmatics, Semantics: PhD Student, Uil-OTS, Netherlands
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Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Pragmatics; Semantics

The projects are part of the ERC funded programme 'Restriction and Obviation in Scalar Expressions: The semantics and pragmatics of range markers across and throughout languages” awarded to Rick Nouwen. This programme investigates the division of labour between semantic and pragmatic mechanisms in creating scalar meanings. It aims to derive a linguistically informed theory of the semantic-pragmatics interface.

The PhD projects study the distribution of epistemic inferences triggered by scalar expressions across different domains of language and different languages.

PhD Project 1 will examine cross-linguistic variation in numeral constructions. The tasks in this project are: (1) to conduct large-scale language surveys and elicitation interviews resulting in a database of cross-linguistic variation in numerical constructions; (2) to extract from these data a theory of quantification and scalarity.

PhD Project 2 will examine variation between scalar constructions in different domains of natural language (e.g. numeral, spatial, temporal). The tasks in this project are: (1) to compare and extend existing analyses of scalar expressions throughout language; (2) to translate insights from various domains of language to a comprehensive theory of quantification and scalarity.

Both PhD students' duties will include teaching. The traineeship culminates in the writing of a dissertation, potentially on the basis of published articles.

• An MA degree (or equivalent) in linguistics or a related field in hand by October 1, 2013;
• Demonstrable knowledge in at least one (preferably two) of the following areas: (formal) semantics, (formal) pragmatics, syntax, logic, philosophy of language;
• Excellent spoken and written English;
• The willingness to work in a team;
• The ambition to pursue a career in an internationally oriented scientific community.

About 130 researchers are affiliated to UiL OTS, including 50 PhD-researchers. The goal of UiL OTS is to develop scientific expertise in the area of language and communication. UiL OTS features a stimulating and internationally oriented research environment. Both projects include research visits to experts outside of Utrecht University, as well as ample opportunity for conference visits. This AiO traineeship involves graduate courses offered by LOT and the Humanities Graduate School (transferable skills).

Conditions based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities
• a (AiO) PhD position with a gross monthly salary from €2083,- to €2664,- in year 4.
• an18 month contract, extended by 2.5 years upon positive evaluation.
• a pension scheme, an 8% holiday allowance and flexible employment conditions.

Applications should include
• CV (including contact and education details);
• a letter of motivation;
• an academic transcript of courses and grades;
• a sample of written work, e.g. MA thesis, term paper, or an (un-)published article;
• full contact details of two referees;
• two reference letters (optional).

If you apply for both positions please indicate your preference.Apply through the Utrecht University vacancy site (search 'academic' + ' Humanities', open the relevant ad and click on the application link), live or Skype interviews are expected to take place in the second week of June 2013.

Interviewees will be invited to submit a two-page written response to the project description one week in advance of the interview.

Applications Deadline: 01-May-2013

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:         Dr. Rick Nouwen (PI) Phone:31-30-2538313 (6006)

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