LINGUIST List 28.667

Fri Feb 03 2017

Support: Indo-Aryan; Historical Linguistics / Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 02-Feb-2017
From: Martha Mariani <>
Subject: Indo-Aryan; Historical Linguistics, PhD, University of Zurich, Switzerland
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Department: Department of Comparative Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Zurich

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics


The Department of Comparative Linguistics at the University of Zurich invites applications for one PhD student position in Iranian linguistics.

The position is embedded in the research project "The Evolution of Noun Phrases in Indo-Iranian: empirical foundations and theoretical modeling" funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. In this project, we aim at gaining insights into how exactly language contact, universal biases and chance effects play together. We do this by tracking the evolution of NP structures and their properties in a large sample of modern and extinct Indo-Iranian languages and compare them to their respective contact languages. We will use, and further develop, both qualitative comparative methods and quantitative modeling. Apart from the position advertised here, the project will be supported by a postdoc in Indo-Aryan linguistics, and by a postdoc specialized in diachronically-oriented typology who will survey contact languages and a worldwide control sample. The team furthermore includes experts in quantitative methods and database technology. The project as a whole is embedded in extensive cooperation between typology and Indo-European linguistics at the department.

The profile of the position is as follows:

- The succesful candidate has expertise in comparative and Iranian linguistics and a thorough knowledge of Old, Middle, and Modern Iranian languages and philology. S/he carries out the data collection in the Iranian languages of our sample and will complete a PhD thesis on the evolution of key features of NP structures in Iranian with a special emphasis on the impact of language contact.

- The succesful candidate has excellent team-work skills and is eager to look beyond narrow disciplinary boundaries.

The position is offered for a period of three years. The position will be filled by September 1, 2017 at the latest.

Applications are expected to reach us by March 31, 2017, and should include a letter of motivation, the CV, a copy of the Master's thesis, and the names of two references.

Please send the documents in PDF format to Prof. Dr. Widmer (see contact information below) and to Prof. Dr. Bickel (see email for applications below), both of which may also be contacted for further information.

Applications Deadline: 31-Mar-2017

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Prof. Dr. Balthasar Bickel
        University of Zurich
        Department of Comparative Linguistics
        Plattenstrasse 54
        Zurich 8032

Contact Information:
        Prof. Dr. Paul Widmer
        Dept: Department of Comparative Linguistics

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