LINGUIST List 25.2135

Wed May 14 2014

Support: English, Morphology, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax / Belgium

Editor for this issue: Danuta Allen <>

Date: 13-May-2014
From: Philippe De Brabanter <>
Subject: English, Morphology, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax: PhD Student, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
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Department: Languages and Literatures
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Université Libre de Bruxelles

Duties: Research,Teaching

Specialty Areas: Morphology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

Required Language(s): English (eng)


The Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is advertising a full-time job as research assistant in English Linguistics. It is a two-year contract which is renewable twice (i.e. up to six years).

The project focus will be on morphology, syntax , semantics, and pragmatics of English. The research assistant may propose either a synchronic or diachronic analysis. The proposed research will have a theoretical and empirical content.

- an M.A. degree in English or in Linguistics or some other equivalent degree;
- knowledge of French is a plus, but high-level English proficiency and a keen interest in linguistics will be of paramount importance.

We are looking for applicants eager to:
- develop a research project in English linguistics with a view to completing a doctoral dissertation, and
- take care of exercise sessions in the three years of the B.A. programme and the first year of the Master’s degree (see the description below).

Overview of English courses:
The English linguistics classes in the Bachelor's degree are devoted to a near-complete overview of English grammar with a view to making students acquire all the technical terms and concepts that should enable them to teach English grammar at high level and/or to specialise in linguistics.
Basic principles of grammatical and linguistic analysis: lexical categories vs. functions
Basic structures and constructions of English:
- clauses;
- noun/verb/adjective/adverb/preposition phrases.

The grammar of the main and subordinate clauses:
- finite and non-finite clauses;
- clause-types;
- polarity;
- basic illocutionary acts;
- comparison and coordination.
The textbook for BA1 and BA2 is:
Huddleston, R. and G.K. Pullum 2005. A Student's Introduction to English Grammar, C.U.P.
Other compulsory readings:
Plag, I., Braun, M., Lappe, S. and M. Schramm 2009. Introduction to English Linguistics, 2nd ed., Mouton de Gruyter.
Trudgill, P. 2009 (4th ed.). Sociolinguistics. An introduction to language and society, Penguin.
Wells, J.C. 2006. English Intonation. An introduction, C.U.P.

Relations between grammar and discourse, with special focus on the ways in which speakers/writers select certain grammatical structures/constructions to shape the information they mean to convey: "Information-packaging."
Huddleston, R. and G.K. Pullum 2002. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, C.U.P. Chapter 16.
Birner, B.J., and Ward, G. 2009. 'Information Structure and Syntactic Structure.' Language and Linguistics Compass 3.4: 1167–1187.

The pragmatics of English: how speaker's meaning goes beyond (conventional, linguistic) sentence meaning.The course covers utterance interpretation, indexicals, presupposition, conversational implicatures, speech-act theory, reported speech and thought.

How to apply:
Applications must include the following documents:
- a CV (a template can be downloaded from:;
- a research project (no longer than three pages, references included);
- a motivation letter.
An electronic copy of your application should be sent to:
[email protected]

The full details of the vacancy (in French) can be found at:

Applications are being accepted until May 31, 2014.

Should you need further information, feel free to contact Philippe De Brabanter at

Applications Deadline: 31-May-2014

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Rector Didier Viviers avenue F. Roosevelt, 50 Bruxelles 1050 Belgium

Contact Information:
        Philippe De Brabanter Phone:+32 2 650 38 12

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