LINGUIST List 24.1848

Mon Apr 29 2013

Jobs: Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Ling: Researcher, Center for General Linguistics

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Date: 26-Apr-2013
From: Werner Frey <>
Subject: Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Researcher, Center for General Linguistics, Berlin, Germany
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University or Organization: Center for General Linguistics Job Location: Berlin, Germany Web Address:
Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics


The project unit “Lexical conditioning of syntactic structures - clause-embedding predicates” (= PB3) at the Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) invites applications for one research position for six years starting from January 1th 2014, provided the funding will be ensured.

The project investigates the interaction of specific lexical requirements of clause-embedding predicates and the types of clauses they embed. The goal is to determine systematic correlations within and across languages, and to explain such correlations within the frameworks of truth-conditional semantics and generative syntax. Research has focused so far mainly on German, for which a large database for clause-embedding predicates was compiled; in the next funding period this should be substantially extended to other languages, depending on the research experience of the applicant. The project is part of the main research program of ZAS, “Embedding, linkage and constituent boundaries in speech, grammar and discourse”, with projects ranging from phonetics, prosody, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and language acquisition.

The responsibilities of the position include mainly research and coordination of the project unit (three to four researchers) as well as some administrative work for ZAS. Acquisition of additional projects within the research topic is welcome; teaching in one of the universities in the Berlin area, about one class per year, is expected. The position is remunerated according to E13 of the German TVOeD pay scale

Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. by the time of the appointment, and preferably should have some post-doctoral experience. A strong background in semantics and syntax is expected, as well as experience with SQL databases and the readiness to further develop the project’s database.

Applications must be submitted via electronic mail and include the following four items:1) a CV including a complete list of publications;2) electronic copies of three representative publications in pdf-format;3) a letter of intent specifying research experience and plans in detail;4) the names of at least two scholars to be contacted for letters of recommendation.

Application Deadline: 31-Aug-2013 Email Address for Applications: Contact Information:
Dr. Werner Frey Email:

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