LINGUIST List 28.1639

Tue Apr 04 2017

Support: Germanic; Romance; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation / Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 03-Apr-2017
From: Bert Le Bruyn <>
Subject: Germanic; Romance; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation: PhD, Utrecht University, Netherlands
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Department: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Utrecht University

Duties: Research,Teaching,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation



You will be participating in the project 'Time in Translation: a semantics of the Perfect', more specifically in the subproject 'Perfect use in discourse: from conversation to literary texts' (PhD2)
This project is funded by NWO, by way of a Vrije Competitie project awarded to Prof. dr. Henriëtte de Swart and Dr. Bert Le Bruyn at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. The project aims to develop the meaning of the present perfect. We will collect data from five languages (Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish) in parallel corpora, and analyse perfect use in relation to other verbal tense forms both at the sentence and at the discourse level. Translation experiments will be used to check the space of variation in choosing one form over another.

The PhD candidate will focus on the discourse role of the perfect in conversation and literary texts, and will be responsible for developing an analysis of non-narrative tense use. Data collection and translation experiments will be carried out in close collaboration with the other PhD candidates and the postdoc. The interaction, collaboration and sharing of data with the other researchers in the project is therefore expected. The PhD candidates and the postdoctoral researcher will of course have the opportunity to fill in the details of these projects or expand them, based on their expertise, the data they gather and their own research ideas, in consultation with the two project leaders.

- completion and defence of a PhD thesis within four years;
- carrying out corpus research and translation experiments, in agreement with the supervisors and division of labour within the team;
- regular presentation of intermediate research results at workshops and conferences;
- publication of at least two peer-reviewed articles;
co-organization of workshops and conferences;
- participation in all training programmes and expert meetings scheduled for the project;
- participation in selected training programmes scheduled for the Research Institute, Graduate School and the National Research School;
- teaching.

- A (soon to be completed) (research) Master’s degree in Linguistics, with a focus on semantics and pragmatics; prior experience with corpus research and/or experiments welcome;
- Excellent English oral proficiency, academic writing and presentation skills;
- Fluency in at least two languages of the project besides English (Dutch, German, French, Spanish);
- An outstanding record of work in the Master's degree;
- Ability to meet deadlines and work both as an independent researcher and as part of a team;
- Ability to work in an international, interdisciplinary team;
- Excellent organizational, social and communication skills.

PhD position:
The PhD position can be offered at 1.0 FTE, starting 1 October 2017, initially for a period of 18 months. Upon good performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining 30 months period (4 years in total). The gross monthly salary starts at €2,191 in the first year, and ends at €2,801 in the fourth year, on a full-time basis.

More information:
See or for more information about the position and the application details. You can also contact the project director, Prof. dr. Henriëtte de Swart (h.deswart’at’ or the research coordinator at UiL OTS (Maaike Schoorlemmer, m.schoorlemmer’at’ for more information.

Interviews (in person or using videoconferencing) will be held during last week of May and/or the 1st week of June, 2017.

Applications Deadline: 09-May-2017

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Henriëtte de Swart

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