LINGUIST List 26.856

Tue Feb 10 2015

Support: General Linguistics / Germany

Editor for this issue: Danuta Allen <>

Date: 10-Feb-2015
From: Birgit Nutz <>
Subject: General Linguistics: PhD Student, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany
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Department: Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Goethe-University, Frankfurt

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics
Nominal Modification


The Institute for Linguistics of Goethe University Frankfurt offers full funding for 3 graduate students (E13 TV-G-U, 65%-part-time) who aim for a doctoral degree in the domain of Nominal Modification. The 3 positions will be part of the Graduate School Nominal Modification funded by the DFG. Positions will be funded for 3 years. Start is October 1, 2015. The limitation of the contract is based upon the regulations of the "Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz" and the "Hessische Hochschulgesetz". Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on salary scales which apply at Goethe-University (TV-G-U).

Duties and Responsibilities:
Students are to write a dissertation based on independent research and to participate in the courses offered. They will receive financial support to participate in conferences / summer schools and to conduct empirical research.

Internationally renowned scholars will be invited for talks and classes relevant to the research topics of the students.
The research programme of the school covers three major aspects of nominal modification: 1) The internal syntactic structure of NPs with regard to synchronic and diachronic diversity including typological aspects, as well as processing and acquisition will be studied, particularly addressing the problem of functional layers within the DP and the elements hosted there. 2) The external structural properties of modified NPs are investigated with an emphasis on the phenomena extraposition, discontinuity and non-locality. The main aim is to explore the factors influencing the choice of alternative constructions by conducting interdisciplinary research in relevant fields including syntax, prosody and pragmatics. The third main research question deals with interpretive aspects of modification; here the focus is on the challenges for compositionality presented by non-locally interpreted modifiers. Differences between various kinds of local modification are investigated; in particular, cognitive explanations for the overall preference of modification by intersection and subsective modification in general will be sought.
Members will be eligible to participate in an exchange programme with the Linguistics Dept. and the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania for one semester. They will also cooperate with Goethe University's graduate academy GRADE, which provides support regarding structured doctoral education and additional training, consulting, and networking events.

Applicants should have an M.A. in Linguistics, or equivalent, with the degree completed by October 1, 2015.

How to Apply:
All documents for the application should be emailed as pdf attachments to (subject: nominal modification).
Required documents:
- letter of intent (1-3 pages, Engl. or German) that describes the topic the candidate plans to work on in his/her doctoral thesis and their research interests; the topic has to be related to nominal modification;
- sample of research work (an advanced seminar paper or M.A. thesis);
- two names of references to be contacted by the search committee;
- curriculum vitae (CV);
- M.A. degree (to be handed in latest by October 1, 2015, if not already available by April 30, 2015).

Detailed information about the research programme, including a list of the faculty involved and a list of potential dissertation topics can be found here:

The University seeks to advance the equality of men and women and therefore emphatically encourages women to apply. In case of equal qualification, preference will be given to persons with disabilities.

Applications Deadline: 30-Apr-2015

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Birgit Nutz
        Goethe-Universität, Institut für Linguistik
        Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
        Frankfurt 60629

Contact Information:
        Prof. Dr. Caroline Féry

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