LINGUIST List 29.1959

Tue May 08 2018

Jobs: General Linguistics: Post Doc, Leipzig University

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 08-May-2018
From: Jochen Trommer <>
Subject: General Linguistics: Post Doc, Leipzig University, Germany
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University or Organization: Leipzig University
Department: Graduate programme "Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks"
Job Location: Leipzig, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: IGRA Postdoc
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Phonology, Morphology, Syntax


The University of Leipzig, Germany, offers full funding for one post-doctoral
candidate in any area of phonology, morphology and/or syntax, and their
interfaces (pending final funding approval). The post-doctoral research will
be carried out as part of the graduate programme "Interaction of Grammatical
Building Blocks'' (IGRA) at the University of Leipzig, funded by the Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). The position is
funded for 2 years, with social benefits (payscale: 1.0 TVL-E13).

The central research focus of IGRA is on the phonology, morphology, and syntax
of natural languages. Recent developments in grammatical theory have
accumulated an impressive body of knowledge about the representations of
linguistic expressions of varying complexity, and about the grammatical
building blocks (rules, operations, constraints, schemata, extralinguistic
factors) that restrict their distributions. In addition, there are some
plausible hypotheses as to how these building blocks interact with one
another. However, what is so far lacking is a comprehensive and systematic
investigation of the possible interactions of grammatical building blocks from
different theoretical perspectives, on the basis of detailed empirical studies
of phonological, morphological, and syntactic phenomena from an array of
typologically diverse languages. It is the primary goal of the graduate
programme to address this gap.

The post-doctoral candidates are encouraged to pursue research that is based
on different grammatical models (and potentially also on combinations
thereof), such as Optimality Theory, Minimalism, Rule-Based phonology,
Distributed Morphology, Lexical Decomposition Grammar, Construction Grammar,
Framework-Free Grammatical Theory, Minimalist Morphology, Paradigm-Function
Morphology. The programme will provide a unique opportunity of conducting
linguistic research in an academically rigorous environment that is not
pre-biased toward one or other theoretical framework. Detailed information
about the research programme, including a list of the programme's faculty and
a list of potential dissertation topics, can be found here:

Application Requirements:
Ideal candidates are characterized by a proven research record in grammatical
theory, peer-reviewed publications, and international visibility. Researchers
from international backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. Prior
knowledge of German is not required. Applicants should have a PhD in
linguistics, with degree in hand latest by June 1, 2018. The
position starts on June 1, 2018.

Supporting documents:
- statement of purpose (up to 2 pages) that clarifies the research interests
of the applicant and details the nature of the project the candidate intends
to pursue within the post-doctoral position, with particular focus on how this
will fit in with the larger research goals of the IGRA research programme:
written in English or German.
- two representative samples of research work: in English or German.
- two letters of recommendation
- Curriculum Vitae (CV), including a full list of publications
- copy of PhD degree (to be handed in latest by June 1, 2018).

All supporting documents for the application should be emailed electronically
as pdf files (the M.A. degree to be scanned in) to the contact information
provided below with the subject line: IGRA. The recommendation letters should
be emailed directly to the same address by the referees.

Application Deadline: 22-May-2018

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. Jochen Trommer
Phone: +49-341-97-37633

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