LINGUIST List 25.2360

Fri May 30 2014

Jobs: Modified: General Linguistics; Phonetics; Pragmatics; Semantics: Post Doc, University of Konstanz

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Date: 30-May-2014
From: Prof. Maribel Romero <>
Subject: Modified: General Linguistics; Phonetics; Pragmatics; Semantics: Post Doc, University of Konstanz, Konstanz Baden Württemberg, Germany
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University or Organization: University of Konstanz
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: Konstanz Baden Württemberg, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Researcher Position

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Phonetics; Pragmatics; Semantics


The University of Konstanz, with its “Institutional Strategy to promote Top-Level Research”, has been receiving continuous funding since 2007 within the framework of the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments.

The Department of Linguistics is seeking applications for a

Postdoctoral Researcher Position
(Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 100%)

The position is available as of 1 September 2014 and lasts for three years. In principle, this position can be divided into two half-time positions.

It is part of a research project on "Bias in Polar Questions" (PIs: Prof. Bettina Braun and Prof. Maribel Romero) funded by the DFG Priority Programme " New Pragmatic Theories based on Experimental Evidence",

Project description
Polar questions, while retaining their information-seeking function, may convey a bias: original epistemic bias of the speaker and contextual evidence bias. The goals of the project are: (i) to establish a wide-ranging empirical characterization of the phenomenon based on experimental production and perception data, with special attention to pragmatic context and intonation, and (ii) to develop a comprehensive analysis of the different forms and functions of biased polar questions that also explains cross linguistic differences between English and German.

Profile of the applicants
Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent degree) by the time the appointment begins. Candidates with a background in linguistics, phonetics, psycholinguistics, or related fields are welcome to apply. The optimal candidate has a specialization in experimental semantics/pragmatics or intonation, with sufficient background in the other area. Their tasks will include: planning the experiments in the light of semantic/pragmatic theories, creating the experimental procedures and, together with the PIs, analyzing and interpreting the results in the light of the theoretical questions.

The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer that tries to increase the number of women in research and teaching.

The University of Konstanz has been certified as a family-friendly institution by the Hertie Foundation and is committed to further the compatibility of work and family life.

The University of Konstanz encourages disabled persons to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified. (contact +49 (0) 7531 / 88 – 4895).

The University of Konstanz offers a “Dual Career Couples Programme“. Information is available at the deparment URL above .

To apply, please send a CV, cover letter and the names and contact information of three referees to Maribel Romero to the contact email address below under the reference number 2014/097 by 30 June 2014. Please indicate that you are applying for this position by writing "Postdoc on bias in polar questions" in the subject heading of your email.

Contacts for this position:
Prof. Maribel Romero (email address below)
Prof. Bettina Braun (

Application Deadline: 30-Jun-2014

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. Maribel Romero

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