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Tue Sep 04 2018

Jobs: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology: Post Doc, ZAS Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft

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Date: 04-Sep-2018
From: Manfred Krifka <>
Subject: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology: Post Doc, ZAS Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, Germany
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University or Organization: ZAS Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Job Location: Berlin, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: Researcher (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Typology


The Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) in Berlin invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher, specializing in natural-language syntax, the syntax/semantics interface, and the relation of syntax and semantics to pragmatic phenomena. The position is part of the ERC project “Speech Acts in Grammar and Discourse” (SPAGAD) directed by Manfred Krifka. The project investigates speech acts as the minimal units of communication, in particular their syntactic and prosodic realization, their interaction with semantic operators within the sentence, their combination and function in discourse, the acquisition of specific speech acts by children, and the societal norms concerning the use of particular types of speech acts.

The position should ideally start January 1, 2019. It is a full-time position, pay level TöDV E13, running for 36 months.

The syntactician in the team should have prior experience in working on phenomena related to speech acts (such as questions, commands, exclamations), should be informed about typological research on speech acts, and should have worked on a non-European language (we do not look for specialists on Japanese or Korean, as these languages are already covered). The successful applicant is expected to collaborate in a team of researchers that focuses on other speechact-related aspects. The candidate should have experience with empirical techniques like linguistic field work, corpus linguistics, and/or experimental work. A working knowledge of German is an advantage.

Please submit, with subject: “SPAGAD Syntax Application”, a letter of intent that states in particular the nature of your interest in the project and your expertise that you could contribute, as well as an CV, in one pdf file to the application email provided below. Please also provide names and e-mail addresses for up to two potential letters of reference.

Application Deadline: 01-Oct-2018 (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Manfred Krifka

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