LINGUIST List 25.4135

Sat Oct 18 2014

Support: Morphology / Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Danuta Allen <>

Date: 17-Oct-2014
From: Agnes Kolmer <>
Subject: Morphology: PhD Student, University of Zurich, Switzerland
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Department: URPP Language and Space
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Zurich

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Morphology


The Special Interest Group (SIG) Areal Morphology within the University Research Priority Program (URPP) Language and Space at the University of Zurich invites applications for a PhD position, available from April 1, 2015.

The University Research Priority Program (URPP) Language and Space focuses on communication as linked to physical, social and perceptual space, through research on dialect/language contact as well as on interactional situations. The URPP approaches relations between language and space with cutting-edge technology, combining insights from dialectology with language typology and interactional linguistics. Particular emphasis is placed on crossing traditional subdisciplinary boundaries and the URPP combines research in computational linguistics, geographic information science, comparative linguistics, Romance studies, German studies, Slavic studies, English studies, and Sinology.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will work in close cooperation with the core members of the SIG (Professors Behr, Bickel, Loporcaro and Widmer) and other URPP members on a re-assessment of morphological variables in language contact and area formation. Many advances that have been made in morphological and phonological theory and typology, and in recent work on clitics, word domains or the morphology/syntax distinction, have not yet been fully exploited to gain a deeper insight into areal linguistics, where most work still tends to operate with traditional notions of ''analytic'' vs ''synthetic'' or ''isolating'' vs ''agglutinating'' morphology. The dissertation is expected to target a specific regional case study, reflecting the candidate's expertise and interest, not necessarily tied to the areal profiles of the SIG members.

Applicants are required to have completed a Master's program with substantial training in typologically-informed theories of morphology and phonology. Passive knowledge of German or a readiness to acquire such knowledge is a welcome additional asset.

How to apply:
Applications should reach us by February 15, and include:
- curriculum vitae (CV), including a list of publications, if any;
- transcript of records and/or a list of courses taken;
- names and e-mail addresses of two potential referees;
- draft proposal on how the candidate intends to approach the project (max. 1 page).
Please send these documents as a single PDF file to the URPP Head of Administration, Dr. Agnes Kolmer at, with subject reference ''Areal Morphology''.

For questions relating to the position, kindly contact Dr. Kolmer.
For questions relating to the PhD program in linguistics at the University of Zurich, please visit or contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Sascha Voellmin at

Applications Deadline: 15-Feb-2015

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Agnes Kolmer
        University of Zurich, URPP Language and Space
        Rämistrasse 42
        Zurich 8001

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Agnes Kolmer

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