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Wed May 30 2018

Jobs: Pragmatics; Semantics: Post Doc, University of Konstanz

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 30-May-2018
From: Maribel Romero <>
Subject: Pragmatics; Semantics: Post Doc, University of Konstanz, Germany
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University or Organization: University of Konstanz
Department: Dept. Linguistics
Job Location: Konstanz, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: 1-year post-doctoral position

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Pragmatics; Semantics; Experimental Semantics/Pragmatics


The Department of Linguistics invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Position
(salary scale 13 TVL/100%)

Applicants are invited for a one-year 100% postdoctoral position within the Research Unit "Questions at the Interfaces", funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) at the University of Konstanz. The Research Unit (RU) is dedicated to investigating question formation and question meaning, with a particular emphasis on non-canonical questions. This RU combines expertise from theoretical, computational and experimental linguistics as well as visual analytics to study how different components of grammar interface with one another to signal a particular meaning. See for more information.

The linguistic department at the University of Konstanz provides a lively and internationally well-connected research environment. The RU offers PhD students and postdocs the opportunity to discuss their topics with fellow scholars who work on similar issues. We also have funding to attend international workshops and conferences.

The successful candidate is expected to work in two projects: P1 "The Role of German Particles in Questions" and P3 "Alternative Questions". The position is available as of July 1st, 2018. The position can be divided into two half-time postdoctoral positions.

Project descriptions:
P1 "The role of German Particles in Questions" investigates how discourse particles (e.g. denn, schon) shape the illocutionary force of the utterance, turning a simple information-seeking question like Wo wohnt er? "Where does he live?" into a non-canonical question (e.g. a rhetorical question). The selected candidate will cooperate in designing psycholinguistic experiments to test discourse particles in different configurations and will be responsible for the theoretical modeling (formal semantics and pragmatics) of the results. See:

P3 "Alternative Questions" investigates why alternative questions are semantically and pragmatically more restricted than their polar question and wh-question counterparts:
- the range of illocutionary acts they can perform is much more limited;
- they are argued to give rise to special minimality, exclusivity and exhaustivity effects; and
- they cannot be embedded under factive emotive verbs. The selected candidate will carry out experimental studies and part of the theoretical modeling of the phenomenon. See:

Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in linguistics and should specialize in formal semantics and/or formal pragmatics. Experience in experimental semantics or pragmatics is very welcome.

The deadline of application is June 20, 2018, but the search will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a short cover letter, a full CV and two sample publications and reference to Job Offer No. 2018/098 to Maribel Romero at the following email address: Please write "Postdoc Position P1/P3" as subject of your email.

See full advertisement at:

Application Deadline: 20-Jun-2018 (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. Maribel Romero

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