LINGUIST List 27.3849

Thu Sep 29 2016

Support: English; French; Spanish; Pragmatics; Semantics / Germany

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 29-Sep-2016
From: Maria Biezma <>
Subject: English; French; Spanish; Pragmatics; Semantics: PhD, University of Konstanz, Germany
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Department: Linguisitcs
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Konstanz

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Pragmatics; Semantics

Required Language(s): English (eng)
                            French (fra)
                            Spanish (spa)


Available as of Nov 1st, 2016

Applications are invited for a 30-months 65% (doctoral) research position, possibly extended for 6 more months to complete 3 full years, in the newly established Research Unit ''Questions at the Interfaces (QI)''. The research unit is dedicated to investigating question formation, with a particular emphasis on non-canonical questions (e.g., rhetorical, echo, self-addressed, suggestive). This Research Unit (RU) combines expertise from theoretical, computational and experimental linguistics as well as visual analytics to study how different components of grammar (morphology, syntax, phonology) interface with one another to signal a particular meaning. The RU consists of 8 subprojects. See for more information.

The linguistic department at the University of Konstanz offers a lively and internationally well-connected research environment where students are immediately integrated in scholarly life and research at all levels. The research unit offers PhD students the opportunity to discuss their topics with fellow students who work on similar issues; we also have funding for PhD students to attend international workshops and conferences.

Subproject description:

There is growing interest and exciting new research on the integration between discourse and other levels in the construction of meaning. This project studies the contrast between wh-in-situ and wh-fronted questions in different varieties of French and Spanish in order to investigate the role of discourse in the construction of meaning. The project P2 appeals to formal discourse models and adopts both theoretical perspectives and experimental methodologies involving dialogue completion tasks and corpus work. For more details, visit:


- The successful candidate must have a Master's degree in Linguistics, or a related field with specialization in language research (e.g. Cognitive Sciences, Psychology, or Computer Sciences) in hand by the starting date.
- Training in formal linguistics is a must, and specialization in formal Semantics and/or Pragmatics is an advantage.
- Experience in data collection and data analysis (related to Psycholinguistics, Computational Linguistics, etc.) is very welcome but not required.
- Command of English and either Spanish or French (preferred) is a must, but command of German is not required.

The University of Konstanz encourages disabled persons to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 (0) 7531 / 88 – 4016 und 88 - 2834).

The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer that tries to increase the number of women in research and teaching.

The University of Konstanz has been certified as a family-friendly institution by the Hertie Foundation and is committed to further the compatibility of work and family life.

The University of Konstanz offers a “Dual Career Couples Programme“. Information is available at:

Applications must be sent electronically, including the reference number 2016 / 210, the subjectline: “PhD application: Questions-Romance” and electronic copies (pdf) of the following documents in a single file:

- Cover letter with statement of purpose explaining the candidate's background and his/her interest in the position
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
- Up to two writing samples (i.e. publications if any, term paper or Master's thesis)
- Contact information of two referees


Applications Deadline: 25-Oct-2016

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: JProf Maria Biezma
        Universitätsstr. 10
        Konstanz Ba-Wü 78457

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        JProf Maria Biezma

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