LINGUIST List 26.3040

Thu Jun 25 2015

Jobs: Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Typology: Post Doc, LABEX Empirical Foundations of Linguistics (EFL), Paris

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Date: 25-Jun-2015
From: SAMVELIAN Pollet <pollet.samvelianuniv-paris3.fr>
Subject: Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Typology: Post Doc, LABEX Empirical Foundations of Linguistics (EFL), Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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University or Organization: LABEX Empirical Foundations of Linguistics (EFL), Paris
Department: Sorbonne Paris Cité (SPC)
Job Location: Ile-de-France, France
Web Address: http://www.labex-efl.org/?q=en/
Job Title: Contact & morphosyntactic variation in West Asia - Areal typological approach

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Typology


Description:

The Labex EFL (Empirical Foundations of Linguistics) is offering a post-doctoral position: Contact and morphosyntactic variation in West Asia area: An areal typological approach. It is a full time position for 10 months.

Job Description

Several languages and language families coexist in West Asian Area (Anatolia, Caucasus, Iran, Near-East), having both large overlapping zones and significant dialectal fragmentation, implying complex contact processes. This job is part of a project aiming to build a geo-referenced database similar to those used in dialectology, combining sociolinguistic, typological, and genetic data about languages of the project, and morphological or syntactical parameters identified as relevant for this area and contact sensitive, as the syntax of relative clause, clitics, Genitive-Dative syncretism, differential object marking, periphrastic verbal tenses, etc. The candidate will be asked to provide the theoretical-empirical basis that will allow modelizing the database concerning the linguistic category selected by the candidate.

Work will be carried out with:

- A team of linguists, specialists of the languages of the project
- Computer scientists configuring the database and a cartographer

The Competence and Experience Needed

- Previous work and referenced publications in general linguistics or typology or dialectology about one of the morphological or syntactical parameters identified as relevant for this area (excepting Relative Clause) and
- Advanced competence concerning one of the modern languages of the concerned Area (ability to deal with first-hand data): Levantine Arabic, Modern Aramaic, Armenian, Caucasian Languages, Iranian Languages, Turkic languages, Gypsy Languages, spoken in the Anatolia/Caucasus/Iran/Near-East area and
- Good proficiency in mastering issues of areal typology and implicational typology and
- Ability to work collectively
- Interest in quantitative and experimental approaches will be a plus

Context and Deliverables

The work will be carried out within the framework of the operation LC3 of the Strand 3 of LabexEFL, (http://axe3.labex-efl.org/?q=fr/LC3f “Languages, Dialects and Isoglosses of the Iran-Caucasus-Anatolia-Near-East Area”.The Post-Doc will be based in the Research team MII and will work in collaboration with an engineer- cartographer. He will be supervised by Pollet Samvelian and Anaïd Donabedian, and will participate to project meetings, allowing to approve his work at some crucial stages. Post-doc’s own topic will lead to co-publications and personal publications.

Deliverables: beside publications, candidates work should lead to the elaboration of a typological questionnaire aiming to modelize the database of the project.

To Candidate:

Please, send by email

- A 5 page abstract of the research project presenting the linguistic parameter selected by the candidate, arguing his relevance for the project, and giving a methodological sketch of the areal-typological approach he/she aims to apply in his work. The abstract, including examples from at least one of the modern languages of the area, should demonstrate candidate’s ability to have a theoretical thinking, either in a typological, dialectological or areal perspective. A short reference list is expected.
- CV including publications list
- Name & email address
- An abstract of the doctoral thesis

The application has to be sent to Pollet Samvelian (pollet.samvelianuniv-paris3.fr), Anaïd Donabédian (adonabedianinalco.fr) and Martine Vanhove (vanhovevjf.cnrs.fr)

Deadline for application: July 27th, 2015 (midnight Paris time)
Start of work: October 1st, 2015
Salary: 2200 euros (net of taxes)

More information here: http://www.labex-efl.org/?q=en/node/320

Application Deadline: 27-Jul-2015

Email Address for Applications: (see above)
Contact Information:
Professor SAMVELIAN Pollet
Email: pollet.samvelianuniv-paris3.fr

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