LINGUIST List 29.634
Wed Feb 07 2018
Support: General Linguistics: PhD, Goethe University
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Department: Faculty of Modern Languages,
Institution/Organization: Goethe University,
Specialty Areas: General Linguistics
The Institute for
Linguistics of the Goethe University Frankfurt offers funding for 3 graduate
students (E13 TV-G-U, 65%-part-time).
The candidates aim for a doctoral
degree in linguistics. These 3 positions 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
October 1, 2018 and each position will be funded for 3 years including social
The students 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.
programme of the school covers three major aspects of nominal modification: 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.
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 http://nominal-modification.de
Applicants should have an M.A. in
linguistics, or equivalent, with the degree completed by October 1, 2018.
- 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.
- 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
- MA.degree (to be handed in the latest by
October 1, 2018, if not already available by April 16, 2018).
documents for the application should be emailed as pdf attachments (no paper) to
Prof. Dr. Caroline Féry at caroline.fery
line: nominal modification). Application deadline: April 16, 2018.
Applications Deadline: 16-Apr-2018
Web Address for Applications:
Page Updated: 07-Feb-2018