LINGUIST List 26.2904

Mon Jun 15 2015

Support: Semantics; Syntax / Spain

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <>

Date: 15-Jun-2015
From: Xavier Villalba <>
Subject: Semantics; Syntax, PhD, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
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Department: Centre de Lingüística Teòrica
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Semantics; Syntax


PhD position in semantics

One PhD position is available at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. This PhD position is associated to a newly funded project grant to M.Teresa Espinal, reference number: FFI2014-52015-P; title: La composicionalidad del significado. Perspectivas teóricas y empíricas (

The general topic of the thesis will be related to the locus of semantic variation in and outside grammar.

Those with interests in the following areas are encouraged to apply:
- Syntax-semantics interface, grammar-cognition interface,
- Parallels between the nominal and the verbal domains,
- Reference to generic expressions in languages with articles and without articles.

Some recent representative publications of members of the team on these topics are the following:

- BOGATYREVA, L. & M.T. ESPINAL (2014), "Weak referentiality and Russian instrumental nominals". In A. Aguilar, B. Le Bruyn & J. Zwarts (eds.), Weak referentiality. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 101-127.
- BORIK, O. & M.T. ESPINAL (2015), "Reference to kinds and to other generic expressions in Spanish: definiteness and number". The Linguistic Review, 32.2, 167-225.
- BORIK, O. & B. GEHRKE (eds.), The Syntax and Semantics of Pseudo-Incorporation. Syntax and Semantics, 40.
- CYRINO, S. & M.T. ESPINAL (2015), "Bare nominals in Brazilian Portuguese: more on the DP/NP analysis". Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 33:471-521. DOI: 10.1007/s11049-014-9264-6.
- ESPINAL, M.T.& L. McNALLY (2011), "Bare nominals and incorporating verbs in Catalan and Spanish". Journal of Linguistics, 47, 87-128.
- ESPINAL, M.T., & X. VILLALBA (2015), "Ambiguity resolution and information structure". In J. Fortuny & B. Coromines (eds.), On the locus of ambiguity and the design of language. Thematic issue of The Linguistic Review, 32(1), 61-85.

For further information, please contact either M. Teresa Espinal or Xavier Villalba:


The PhD researcher:

- will enroll at the Cognitive Science and Language PhD program, and
- will become a member of the Center for Theoretical Linguistics (, a lively research environment for developing a PhD project.

Duration: 4 years, starting on the academic course 2015-16.

Economic conditions: the annual gross income is 16422 euros, and the beneficiary will get public medical assistance for the whole period. Moreover, they will have a stipend of 4.750 euros for research stays in other centers.

Application: from June 15 until June 29, 2015.

Requirements: Applicants should have an MA degree (or equivalent) in Linguistics (or related areas) by the start date and be accepted at the CS&L PhD program of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Solid background in linguistics is required.

How to apply: After registering at, applicants should apply electronically at
by submitting:

-Application form, linked to the project reference FFI2014-52015-P
-CV (in Spanish or English)
-Copy of the passport (only for non-Spanish nationals)
-Academic certificate (with full details: courses, qualifications, dates) of degrees obtained so far, plus official translation into Spanish or English (if the original is in a third language)

Applications Deadline: 29-Jun-2015

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Prof. M.Teresa Espinal
        Dept. Filologia Catalana, Edifici B, Campus UAB
        Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès) 08193

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr. Cristina Real
        Phone:+34 935812372
        Fax:+34 935812782

Page Updated: 15-Jun-2015