LINGUIST List 29.3728

Thu Sep 27 2018

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

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Date: 27-Sep-2018
From: Birgit Nutz <>
Subject: General Linguistics; Semantics: PhD, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
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Institution/Organization: Goethe University, Frankfurt
Department: Modern Languages/Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

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 January 1, 2019 and the position will be
funded for 3 years including social benefits.

The applicant is expected to write a dissertation based on independent
research and to actively participate in the advanced courses offered. The
ideal candidate has a research focus in semantics. The chosen candidate will
be integrated in a team of 12 doctoral students and 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

The research question of the graduate school ''Nominal Modification'' 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 also investigated;
in particular, cognitive explanations for the overall preference of
modification by intersection and subsective modification in general will be
sought. Further aspects of the programme cover syntax, typology and

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

Application Requirements:
Applicants should have an M.A. in linguistics, or equivalent, with the degree
completed by January 1, 2019.
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 semantic aspects
of nominal modification;
- 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 January 1, 2019, if not already
available by October, 2018).
All required documents for the application should be emailed as pdf
attachments (no paper) to Prof. Dr. Caroline Féry at
(subject line: nominal modification). Application deadline: 10 October, 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
Contact information: Dr. Heidi Klockmann,

Application Deadline: 10-Oct-2018

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Prof. Caroline Fery
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
Frankfurt 60629

Email Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Dr. Heidi Klockmann

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