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Thu Oct 18 2018

Support: Pragmatics; Semantics: PhD, University of Konstanz

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 15-Oct-2018
From: Todor Koev <>
Subject: Pragmatics; Semantics: PhD, University of Konstanz, Germany
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Institution/Organization: University of Konstanz
Department: Department of Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Pragmatics; Semantics
Experimental Semantics/Pragmatics


The Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz invites
applications for one PhD student (3 years) in semantics and/or pragmatics. The
successful candidate is expected to work on the project "Parenthetical
Meaning", directed by Dr. Todor Koev and funded by the DFG (Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft; KO 5704/1-1). While the main focus will be on the
semantic and pragmatic properties of parenthetical expressions, the project is
sufficiently broad to allow the student to touch on topics like adverbial
modification, modality, evidentiality, and speech acts. (See below for a short

The University of Konstanz provides a lively and internationally
well-connected research environment. The student will be working together with
the project director and one Master's student and will be offered the
opportunity to discuss their research with fellow scholars who work on similar
issues. There is funding allotted for attending international workshops and

Project description:
Parentheticals constitute a large and diverse class of expressions that are
divorced from the regular truth-conditions of the sentence but interact with
it and the larger discourse in various ways. This project investigates
parenthetical meaning from the following three theoretical viewpoints:
- The scopal properties of parentheticals, i.e. the ways parenthetical content
interacts with operators placed elsewhere in the sentence;
- The information status of parenthetical meaning, especially when compared to
the regular assertion of the sentence;
- The role of parentheticals as speech act modifiers.

Applicants should have a Master's degree in theoretical linguistics or a
related discipline. Previous experience in linguistic fieldwork, corpus
linguistics, or experimental linguistics is a plus. The working language is
English; a basic knowledge of German is an advantage but is not required. The
position should ideally start April 1, 2019.

The deadline of application is December 31, 2018, but the search will continue
until the position is filled. Applicants should send a short cover letter, a
full CV, one writing sample (a published paper or a thesis), and two letters
of recommendation to the email address for applications provided below. Please
use "PhD position" as a subject line.

Application Deadline: 31-Dec-2018

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Todor Koev

Email Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Todor Koev
Dept:Department of Linguistics

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