LINGUIST List 24.2301

Wed Jun 05 2013

Jobs: Cognitive Science; Morphology; Syntax: Post Doc, Leiden University

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Date: 05-Jun-2013
From: Prof. dr. Johan Rooryck <>
Subject: Cognitive Science; Morphology; Syntax: Post Doc, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Leiden University Department: Leiden University Center for Linguistics Job Location: Leiden, Netherlands Web Address:
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Morphology; Syntax


The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) will be funding the Horizon research project ‘Knowledge and Culture’. This project is a collaboration between the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), the Leiden University Centre for Arts in Society (LUCAS), the Meertens Institute (KNAW), and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) of the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University will be coordinating the research project.

Within this project we are looking for:

A Postdoctoral Researcher in Linguistics
(3 years, 38 hrs a week)

The project ‘Knowledge and Culture’ consists of the following subprojects:
- subproject 1: music cognition
(1 PhD student, 1 Postdoc, Teamleader: Prof.dr H. Honing)- subproject 2: language and number
(1 PhD student, 1 Postdoc, Teamleader: Prof.dr S. Barbiers)
- subproject 3: visual arts and geometry
(1 PhD student, 1 Postdoc, Teamleaders: M. Delbeke & Prof.dr C. van Eck)
- subproject 4: poetry, rhythm, and meter
(1 PhD student, 1 Postdoc, Teamleader: Prof.dr M. van Oostendorp)

Postdoc Project:Number in Language: a typological study

As a part of the subproject on Language and Number, this project studies the relation between the properties of the core knowledge system for number and the linguistic properties of numerals in the world’s languages. The project focuses on the following questions:
1. Does the distinction between the Object Tracking System (OTS) and the Approximate Number System (ANS) manifest itself in the numeral systems of the languages of the world, and if so, how?
2. What does the special linguistic status of 1 as opposed to all other numerals tell us about OTS and ANS?
This project will provide a more complete cross-linguistic typology of the morphosyntactic properties of cardinal and ordinal numerals and quantifiers such as many and few.

Your Profile:
We are looking for someone who:
- Has completed a doctoral degree in linguistics, preferably with specialization in (morpho-)syntax. PhD-students who are close to defending their dissertation are also welcome to apply.
- Has good knowledge of theoretical and typological approaches to (morpho-)syntactic research
- Has a keen interest in cognitive science, core knowledge systems, and linguistics,
- Has publications in peer-reviewed journals or with established academic publishers,
- Has a curious, enterprising, and creative mind as well as excellent analytical and organizational skills,
- Has the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, as well as the ambition to pursue an academic career in an internationally oriented scientific context. Experience with external fundraising is an advantage.

Main Tasks
The successful candidate will:
- Conduct original research in line with both the general research project and the Postdoc-project described above,
- Build a large systematic data-collection of the cross-linguistic morphosyntactic properties of numerals, ordinals and quantifiers for the subproject ‘The linguistic typology of number systems and the core knowledge system of number’.
- Analyze these linguistic properties and their relation with the core knowledge systems of number.
- Present results on international conferences
- Submit results to academic journals

More Information:
For the complete vacancy text, submission details and more information see the application website below.

Application Deadline: 01-Jul-2013 Email Address for Applications: Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. dr. Johan Rooryck Email:

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