LINGUIST List 29.797

Mon Feb 19 2018

Jobs: Language Documentation; Morphology; Semantics; Syntax; Typology: Post Doc, University of Manchester

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 19-Feb-2018
From: Andrew Koontz-Garboden <>
Subject: Language Documentation; Morphology; Semantics; Syntax; Typology: Post Doc, University of Manchester, UK
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University or Organization: University of Manchester
Department: Linguistics & English Language
Job Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Job Title: Postdoctoral research associate

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Language Documentation; Morphology; Semantics; Syntax; Typology


The Department of Linguistics and English Language requires three postdoctoral research associates to work on a five year project “The lexical semantics of lexical categories” (PI, Andrew Koontz-Garboden) funded by the European Research Council. You will form part of a team whose goal is to elucidate through the study of property concept lexemes (see Dixon 1982, Thompson 1989) and constructions in which they appear, the meaning of nounhood, verbhood, and adjectivehood. The project will do this through broad typological study and detailed semantic and morphosyntactic fieldwork on individual languages (which will be identified as part of the initial stage of the project).

In collaboration with the PI, you will undertake a broad typological study extracting data from descriptive grammars with the goal of determining the kinds of meanings that property concept words have when nouns, adjectives, and verbs. On completion of the typological study, the team will examine the results in the face of project hypotheses with a view to identifying counterexamples. You will also undertake detailed fieldwork on languages counterexemplifying the hypotheses, with the goal of better understanding their behaviour. All three postdoctoral research associates will work on the typological study, carry out fieldwork, publish results, and carry out organisational duties tied to the administration of the project. Project funds will cover expenses of associated fieldwork, conference presentations, open access publication, and other costs tied to work on the project.

You will hold a PhD (or near completion) in linguistics or a cognate area and have expertise in formal semantics and the syntax/semantics interface. Experience (or proven potential) of high quality research is also an essential requirement for this post.

Applications to be made online; in addition to your application you should upload in a single document your CV and a covering letter.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

Application Deadline: 19-Mar-2018

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Andrew Koontz-Garboden

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