LINGUIST List 27.3798

Mon Sep 26 2016

Support: Phonetics; Phonology; Typology / Germany

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 26-Sep-2016
From: Nikolaus Himmelmann <>
Subject: Phonetics; Phonology; Typology, PhD, Universität zu Köln, Germany
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Department: Linguistics/Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Universität zu Köln

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Phonetics; Phonology; Typology


Pending budget approval, the Department of Linguistics/Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft at the Universität zu Köln announces an opening for a doctoral and a postdoctoral position to commence in January 2017.

Successful applicants will work together in a project on prosodic typology investigating in particular so-called phrase accents. Of major concern are languages with phrase accents but lacking lexical stress. Project goals also include the analysis of prosodic systems of languages which to date have not been anaylsed in depth, with a special focus on Indonesian languages.

The Doctoral position is a 65% position E13 according to the German pay scale. The doctoral student is expected to work either on the analysis of one undescribed prosodic system on the basis of production data (elicited and spontaneous) which are already available or to carry out a comparative and theoretical study on the phonology and typology of phrase accents. Furthermore, the doctoral student joins in shared project tasks such as literature research and the annotation and analysis of prosodic data.

The Doctoral student is expected to have successfully finished an MA in linguistics with a specialization in phonetics and phonology, ideally prosody. She or he is familiar with the phonetic analysis of prosodic phenomena and able and willing to work in a team. An advantage are statistical expertise, in-depth knowledge of at least one non-European language or language family, field work experience and/or ability to communicate in Malay.

The Universität zu Köln is an equal opportunities employer. Applications of women are especially encouraged. Handicapped candidates will be given priority in case of equal professional qualification.
Applications should include a motivation letter and a CV in a single PDF (and nothing else!) which are to be sent to

Closing date is 25 October 2016.

Final decisions regarding the funding of this project are due by late November.

To see the PostDoc position, please visit:

Applications Deadline: 25-Oct-2016

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Nikolaus P. Himmelmann

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