LINGUIST List 29.2089

Tue May 15 2018

Support: Semantics: PhD, Utrecht University

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 15-May-2018
From: Yoad Winter <>
Subject: Semantics: PhD, Utrecht University, Netherlands
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Department: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UiL OTS)
Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Utrecht University

Specialty Areas: Semantics


PhD position in Formal Semantics (1.0 FTE)

Job description
The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UiL OTS) invites applications for a PhD position in the area of formal semantics. This project will develop a theory of spatial and reciprocal expressions across languages. Starting from current theories of spatial meanings and reciprocal expressions (Zwarts & Winter 2000, Poortman et al. 2018, Winter 2018), the project will extensively compare meanings of these expressions in different languages. These data will be employed for developing a new formal semantic theory of spatial and reciprocal expressions across languages.
The project will be supervised by Dr. Joost Zwarts and Prof. Yoad Winter, in collaboration with Dr. Eva Poortman (UiL OTS) and Prof. James Hampton (Psychology, City, University of London). Work at the UiL OTS will be part of the ROCKY project, financed by an ERC Advanced grant to Prof. Yoad Winter.

E.B. Poortman et al. 2018. Reciprocal expressions and the Maximal Typicality Hypothesis. Glossa, 3:18, 1–30.
Y. Winter 2018. Symmetric Predicates and the Semantics of Reciprocal Alternations. Semantics and Pragmatics, 11.
Zwarts, J. and Winter, Y., 2000. Vector space semantics: A model-theoretic analysis of locative prepositions. Journal of logic, language and information, 9(2), 169-211.

- The successful applicant for this position should have a strong background in formal semantics and linguistic theory.
- Applicants should ideally hold, or be about to complete, an excellent Master's degree in Formal Semantics.
-Excellent candidates with a research thesis in logic, mathematics, artificial intelligence, and/or computer science will also be considered, in case they can demonstrate active interest in theoretical linguistics.
-Good communication skills, proficiency in spoken and written English, as well as a keen interest in problem solving and research are essential.

Application details and additional information
Look up the job ad at:
For more information, please contact the Project Director (Yoad Winter) or the Research Coordinator at UiL OTS (Maaike Schoorlemmer).

Apply online through at the link provided below.

Interviews will be held during the week starting June 25, 2018.

Applications Deadline: 17-Jun-2018

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Maaike Schoorlemmer

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Maaike Schoorlemmer
        Dept:Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UiL OTS)

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