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Tue Aug 28 2018

Support: General Linguistics; Semantics: PhD, Goethe University, Frankfurt

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Date: 28-Aug-2018
From: Birgit Nutz <>
Subject: General Linguistics; Semantics: PhD, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
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Institution/Organization: Goethe University, Frankfurt
Department: Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Semantics


The Institute for Linguistics of the Goethe University Frankfurt offers full
funding for
1 graduate student (E13 TV-G-U, 65%-part-time). The candidate aims for a
doctoral degree in linguistics. This position will be part of the graduate
school ''Nominal Modification'', funded by the German Science Foundation
(Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), pending financing from the DFG. The
starting date is December 1, 2018 and the position will be funded for 3 years
including social benefits.

Applicants are expected to write a dissertation based on independent research
and to actively participate in the advanced courses offered. They will be
encouraged and receive financial support to participate in conferences and
summer schools and to conduct empirical research. Internationally renowned
scholars will be invited for talks and seminars relevant to the research
topics of the graduate students. The ideal candidate has a research focus in

The research programme of the school covers three major aspects of nominal
- First, the internal syntactic structure of nominal phrases with regard to
synchronic and diachronic diversity including typological aspects, as well as
processing and acquisition will be studied, particularly addressing the
problem of functional layers within the DP and the elements hosted there.
- Second, the external structural properties of modified nominal phrases are
investigated with an emphasis on the phenomena extraposition, discontinuity
and non-locality. Here, the main aim is to explore the factors influencing the
choice of alternative constructions by conducting interdisciplinary research
in relevant fields including syntax, prosody and pragmatics.
- The third main research question deals with the semantics of modification;
here the focus is on the challenges for compositionality presented by
non-locally interpreted modifiers. Furthermore, differences between various
kinds of local modification are investigated; in particular, cognitive
explanations for the overall preference of modification by intersection and
subsective modification in general will be sought.

The school will also cooperate with Goethe University’s graduate academy
GRADE, which provides support regarding structured doctoral education and
offers additional training, consulting, and networking events.

Detailed information about the research programme, including a list of the
faculty involved in the programme, and a list of potential dissertation
topics, can be found at the department website provided above.

Application Requirements:
Applicants should have an M.A. in linguistics, or equivalent, with the degree
completed by December 1, 2018.

Required documents:
- Proposal (1-3 pages) in English that describes the research topic the
candidate plans to work on in his/her doctoral thesis and the candidate’s
research interests; the research topic has to be related to nominal
- Representative sample of research work (e.g. an advanced seminar paper or
M.A. thesis);
- Two names of references who may be contacted by the search committee;
- Curriculum Vitae (CV);
- Transcripts (German or English version) of their BA and MA courses
- BA degree
- (to be handed in the latest by December 1, 2018, if not already
available by September, 2018).

To Apply:
All required documents for the application should be emailed as pdf
attachments (no paper) to Prof. Dr. Caroline Féry at the application email
provided (subject line: nominal modification).

Application deadline: 04 September, 2018

Detailed information about the research programme, including a list of the
programme’s faculty and a list of potential dissertation topics, can be found
at the department website provided above.

Application Deadline: 04-Sep-2018

Email Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Prof. Caroline Fery
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
FRankfurt 60629

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