LINGUIST List 24.4759

Tue Nov 26 2013

Support: Linguistic Theories, Morphology, Phonology, Syntax/Germany

Editor for this issue: Uliana Kazagasheva <>

Date: 26-Nov-2013
From: Gereon Mueller <>
Subject: PhD Student, University of Leipzig, Germany
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Department: Linguistics Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Leipzig

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax

The University of Leipzig, Germany, offers full funding for 8 PhD candidates who wish to obtain a PhD in any area of syntax, morphology and/or phonology and their interfaces. These 8 PhD positions will be part of the newly approved graduate program "Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks" (IGRA) (, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

Each PhD position is funded for 3 years, with social benefits (payscale: 0.5 TVL-E13), and will consist of a combination of course-work (with courses taught by Leipzig faculty and by internationally renowned guest scholars from elsewhere) and independent research. Students will also have the opportunity to conduct extended research stays at leading linguistic institutions abroad, and will have access to travel money for conferences and summer schools.

The central research focus of IGRA is on the phonology, morphology, and syntax of natural languages. Recent developments in grammatical theory have accumulated an impressive body of knowledge about the representations of linguistic expressions of varying complexity, and about the grammatical building blocks (rules, operations, constraints, schemata, extralinguistic factors) that restrict their distributions. In addition, there are some plausible hypotheses as to how these building blocks interact with one another. However, what is so far lacking is a comprehensive and systematic investigation of the possible interactions of grammatical building blocks from different theoretical perspectives, on the basis of detailed empirical studies of phonological, morphological, and syntactic phenomena from an array of typologically diverse languages. It is the primary goal of the graduate programme to address this gap.

The dissertations carried out under this programme will pursue empirical research based on different grammatical models (and potentially also on combinations thereof), among them Minimalism, Optimality Theory, Rule-Based phonology, Distributed Morphology, Lexical Decomposition Grammar, Construction Grammar, Framework-Free Grammatical Theory, Minimalist Morphology, Paradigm-Function Morphology. The programme thus offers PhD candidates the unique opportunity of conducting linguistic research in an academically rigorous environment that is not pre-biased toward one or other theoretical framework but offers exposure to a diverse range of theoretical perspectives. Detailed information about the research programme, including a list of the programme's faculty and a list of potential dissertation topics, can be found here:

Application Requirements:
Students from international backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. (Teaching will be in English.) Applicants should have an M.A. in linguistics, or equivalent, with degree in hand latest by April 1, 2014.

Programme start: April 1, 2014

Supporting documents:
- statement of purpose (1-2 pages) that clarifies the research interests of the applicant, in particular detailing how these would fit in with the broader research goals of the PhD programme; this can be in English or German;
- representative sample of research work (e.g. an advanced seminar paper or M.A. thesis): in English or German;
- two letters of recommendation;
- Curriculum Vitae (CV);
- copy of M.A. degree (to be handed in latest by April 1, 2014, if not already available by Jan. 15, 2014).

All supporting documents for the application should be emailed electronically as pdf files (the M.A. degree to be scanned in) to Prof. Gereon Mueller at: (subject line: igra). The recommendation letters should be emailed directly to this address by the referees.

Applications Deadline: 15-Jan-2014

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Prof. Dr. Gereon Mueller Beethovenstr. 15 Leipzig 04107 Germany

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:         Gereon Mueller

Page Updated: 26-Nov-2013