LINGUIST List 28.1191

Wed Mar 08 2017

Support: Cognitive Science / Germany

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 08-Mar-2017
From: Inken Armbrust <>
Subject: Cognitive Science, PhD, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany
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Department: GRK 1808
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science


The interdisciplinary Research Training Group (RTG) 1808 “Ambiguity – Production and Perception”
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen offers 1 PhD Position (TV-L E13, 65%) with a temporary employment first for a period until March 31, 2018 (a proposal for the extension of the funding is in preparation, which, if successful, will result in an offer of another two years, i.e. three years total) to a student with expertise in cognitive science or a closely related discipline. General programming skills are a mandatory requirement.

As the University of Tübingen intends to increase the proportion of female employees in research and teaching, women are particularly encouraged to apply. The PhD-Student will be employed through the central administration of the University of Tübingen and will work on modeling ambiguity and enhancing a database on various disciplinary cases of ambiguity.

Application deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

The doctoral student will enjoy excellent conditions in an interdisciplinary environment and will participate in a systematically structured curriculum, comprising project-oriented guidance in small teams as well as activities of the entire RTG. The student’s project will be supervised by the Chair of Cognitive Modeling:

Kontakt (Sekretariat):
Inken Armbrust
Keplerstr. 2
Telefon: +49 7071 29-77569

It is the aim of the proposed Research Training Group (RTG) to show that by a collaborative approach of language-oriented disciplines new insights may be gained into the production and perception of ambiguity, i.e. when it comes into being and when it is resolved. The pursuit of this aim is based on the conviction that ambiguity is an excellent paradigm for developing new ways of collaboration between the various language-oriented disciplines.

The research program links investigations into the language system as a field of linguistic research with investigations into the areas of discourse focused upon by the other disciplines. This will lead to innovative approaches: From a linguistic perspective, the challenge will be to represent (strategic) ambiguity in a broad range of texts, and from the perspective of the other disciplines, it will mean taking into account the role of grammatical structures for the interpretation of ambiguity. The program rests on the assumption that both the production and the perception of ambiguity, as well as its strategic and non-strategic occurrence, can only be understood by exploring how these factors interact when ambiguity is generated and resolved. This may concern the speaker-hearer-interaction as well as long-term developments such as the strategic reinterpretation of canonical texts.

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Application details:

Applications (in English) including informative documents, a cover letter, a brief research proposal (maximum 2 pages), signed CV, copies of earned university degrees and transcripts of individual grades, the names and email addresses of two potential referees (university professors) as well as, optionally, a letter of recommendation are to be sent in digital form (one pdf document) by March 22, 2017 under the reference RTG “Ambiguity: Production and Perception” to the speaker of the RTG, Professor Matthias Bauer:

Applications Deadline: 22-Mar-2017

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Professor Matthias Bauer
        Keplerstr. 2
        Tübingen 72074

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Professor Matthias Bauer

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