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Support: Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax: PhD, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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Date: 27-Jul-2018
From: Xavier Villalba <>
Subject: Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax: PhD, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
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Department: Filologia Catalana/Centre de Lingüística Teòrica
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax
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The research group of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona on Compositionality of meaning and, in particular, on The Interpretation of Functional Categories (FFI2017-82547-P) invites applications for a four-year predoctoral fellowship of the program “Contratos Predoctorales para la Formación de Doctores”, funded by the Spanish Government.

The central topic of this research will be to investigate whether there are functional categories that are semantically expletive, a hypothesis that has been postulated in the literature at least for Det (e.g., the article that precedes proper names in certain Romance languages), Neg (e.g., the negative marker that appears in complement position of certain comparatives and specific predicates), and Voice (e.g., the clitic se in anticausatives). We aim at investigating what are the implications of such potential expletiveness across functional categories for a general theory of grammar.

The predoctoral fellow will become a member of the above mentioned project, at the Centre de Lingüística Teòrica (, where (s)he will be hosted. (S)he will also enroll in the Cognitive Science and Language interuniversity PhD program at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (

Applicants must hold a grade in Linguistics. Those who are interested, please send to: or by September 14, 2018 a .pdf file containing the following items (in the order listed):
- A cover letter with a brief expression of interest, which should contain the schema of the project to be developed in the four years;
- A detailed academic curriculum vitae with the scores obtained in the Linguistics training, and
- Two reference letters.

Please include “predoctoral fellowship” in the email subject line.

Preselected candidates will then be requested to provide a detailed work-plan for a maximum of a four-year period, and to fill up the application form as soon as the call for “Ayudas para contratos predoctorales para la formación de doctors 2018” is open in the official site.

Detailed information about the 2017 call can be found at:

(Note that the 2017 call had the following application deadline: Oct.3-18, and the 2016 call: Sept.13-27.)

Applications Deadline: 14-Sep-2018

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: M. Teresa Espinal

Contact Information:
        M. Teresa Espinal
        Dept:Filologia Catalana/Centre de Lingüística Teòrica

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