LINGUIST List 26.5632

Fri Dec 18 2015

Jobs: Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Typology: Post Doc, University of Surrey

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 18-Dec-2015
From: Matthew Baerman <>
Subject: Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Typology: Post Doc, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom
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University or Organization: University of Surrey
Department: Surrey Morphology Group, School of English & Languages
Job Location: Guildford, United Kingdom
Web Address:
Job Title: Research Fellow

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Typology


The School of English and Languages is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral Research Fellow for a three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project “Loss of Inflection” (Principal Investigator Matthew Baerman, Co-Investigators Oliver Bond and Greville Corbett). The project is a cross-linguistic historical and typological study of how inflectional morphology can be lost over time, oriented around five research questions: (1) Are some morphosyntactic features more likely to be lost than others? (2) Are some types of morphological marking more likely to be lost than others? (3) Does the complexity of an inflectional system affect its stability? (4) What is the relationship between inflectional loss and syntactic change? (5) Is the ‘natural’ loss of inflection different from contact-induced change? The project activities will include the construction of a cross-linguistic database.

The successful candidate should have a background in historical or typological linguistics; experience in database design and construction would be a plus. Candidates must have the ability to work independently while functioning as part of a research team. The position is available from 31 March 2016.

Information about the Surrey Morphology Group and their current research projects is available at

Applications should be submitted using the online form at the application website below. Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Matthew Baerman (email below), Dr Oliver Bond (, or Professor Greville Corbett (

Application Deadline: 31-Jan-2016

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Matthew Baerman
Phone: +441483682843

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