LINGUIST List 25.5005

Wed Dec 10 2014

Support: Hungarian; General Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax / Germany

Editor for this issue: Danuta Allen <>

Date: 09-Dec-2014
From: Juliana Diner <>
Subject: Hungarian; General Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax: PhD Student, Bielefeld University, Germany
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Department: Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Bielefeld University

Duties: Research,Teaching,Project Work

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Syntax

Required Language(s): Hungarian (hun)


The research group 'General Linguistics' (GL) in the Department of Linguistics at Bielefeld University, Germany,Prof. Dr. Stavros Skopeteas, is seeking a PhD candidate for a project position (research assistant). GL specializes in the development of methods for cross-linguistic comparison, in particular for testing relevant theoretical questions under consideration of language diversity.

The announced position is part of the project 'Focus and thematic role assignment: a comparison of Hungarian and German' ('Fokus und thematische Rollenzuweisung') in cooperation with the research group 'Language and Cognition' at the Department of Linguistics and the Cognitive Interaction Technology Excellence Center. The project is part of the program of emphasis of the German Research Council (DFG) 'XPrag: New Pragmatic Theories.'

Project targets:
The successful candidate will contribute to the development of a precise pragmatic account on the role of focus as a cue for the disambiguation of thematic roles.
For this purpose, s/he is expected to conduct eye-tracking studies on language acquisition of Hungarian focus. These studies will lead to an account of the acquisition of information structure and the critical pragmatic competences that underlie focus-to-role inferences.

We seek applicants for the following position:
1 PhD position
E 13 TV-L (50%)
The position is for 3 years (starting date: 1.4.2015).

The applicant should have:
- Master's degree in Linguistics or equivalent qualification;
Further relevant qualifications:
- focus on Syntax or theoretically oriented Semantics/Pragmatics;
- experience with or interest for experimental work and Language Acquisition;
- knowledge of Hungarian.

Duties and Responsibilities:
- The candidate will be expected to undertake a PhD degree within the context of the project, design, implement, and analyze experiments with Hungarian native speakers in the context of the project. S/he will also be expected to write up the results for publication.
- The candidate will participate in the activities of the research groups 'General Linguistics' and 'Language and Cognition' at Bielefeld University. Some contribution to administration of the project and teaching (max. 2 hours per term week) may be required.

How to apply:
Applicants should submit relevant documents (application, curriculum vitae, list of publications) as a single pdf file via E-Mail to: Juliana Diner (E-Mail:
For full consideration please submit your application by the application deadline (see below).

We welcome applications from persons with disabilities. We particularly welcome applications from women. Given equal suitability, qualifications and professional achievement, women will be given preference unless particular circumstances pertaining to a male applicant predominate.

Applications Deadline: 04-Jan-2015

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Juliana Diner
        Bielefeld University, Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft
        Postfach 10 01 31
        Bielefeld 33501

Contact Information:
        Juliana Diner

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