LINGUIST List 29.104

Fri Jan 05 2018

Jobs: Historical Linguistics; Syntax: Post Doc, University of Oslo

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 04-Jan-2018
From: Ida Larsson <>
Subject: Historical Linguistics; Syntax: Post Doc, University of Oslo, Norway
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University or Organization: University of Oslo
Department: The Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies
Job Location: Oslo, Norway
Web Address:
Job Title: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and/or PhD candidate

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics; Syntax; Scandinavian linguistics

Required Language(s): North Germanic


Two positions are now available at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo. The positions are part of the project «Variation and Change in the Scandinavian Verb Phrase» funded by the Research Council of Norway. The first is for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (SKO 1352), while the second position is for a Doctoral Fellow (SKO 1017) or a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (SKO 1352).

The Scandinavian languages have a long joint history, and they often show parallel historical developments. However, there are cases where they show divergence, and in interesting ways. Little is known about these diverging developments. The project Variation and Change in the Scandinavian Verb Phrase wants to remedy this by looking at all of the Scandinavian languages from the end of the 17th century to the present. The general aim of the project is to contribute to the theoretical understanding of linguistic categories and how they can vary and change.

The project is organized into four subprojects, which investigate the properties of particles, double objects, resultatives, and reflexives in older and present-day varieties of Scandinavian, how they relate to each other, and to other aspects of the grammatical system. Methodologically, the project uses corpora for modern and older Scandinavian, but also experimental methods are used. Pilot studies have already been carried out in Norway, Sweden and the Faroe Islands, collecting data on word order variation (e.g. with respect to the placement of particles and reflexives). The project group includes researchers from several Nordic countries, USA and Canada.

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship is available for a period of two years. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

We seek strongly motivated, competent and internationally oriented candidates, with high-ranking academic qualifications in the relevant areas of research. The successful candidate is expected to strengthen the relevant research areas addressed in the project, participate in the various workshops, conferences and activities organized by the project. The candidate will furthermore become part of the research environment/network of the department and contribute to its development.

Qualification requirements:
- PhD with a specialization in general or Scandinavian linguistics.
- A research project closely connected to «Variation and Change in the Scandinavian Verb Phrase»
- Candidates should have expertise in one or several of the areas: Scandinavian syntax, Syntactic microvariation, Prosodic analysis, Historical linguistics, Modelling language change or Experimental linguistics
- Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
- Personal suitability and motivation for the position

To apply please follow the link in the job announcement.

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Application Deadline: 04-Feb-2018

Contact Information:
Professor Ida Larsson

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