LINGUIST List 30.1405

Fri Mar 29 2019

Jobs: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology: Post Doc, University of Helsinki

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Date: 27-Mar-2019
From: Kaius Sinnemäki <>
Subject: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology: Post Doc, University of Helsinki, Finland
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University or Organization: University of Helsinki
Department: Department of Languages
Job Location: Helsinki, Finland
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Researcher in Historical Linguistics

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology


The Department of Languages invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher in historical linguistics for a fixed term period of three years from 1 September 2019 onwards (or as agreed).

The successful candidate will become a member of a 5-year research project "Linguistic Adaptation: Typological and Sociolinguistic Perspectives to Language Variation", 2019–2023. The project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The PI of the project is Associate Professor Kaius Sinnemäki. More information on the project is available at

The project studies whether linguistic structures systematically adapt to sociolinguistic environments across languages. One of its main aims is to develop new methods for comparing sociolinguistic environments to one another by synthesizing the large-scale typological approach with rich sociolinguistic and sociohistorical analysis of societies. Sociolinguistic environments are analyzed by transforming sociolinguistic, ethnographic, and historical data as well as data acquired from specialists into a typology of sociolinguistic environments. The candidate will work primarily on the sociohistorical and language contact aspects of the project, actively collaborating with the other project members and participating in joint publications. The expertise of the selected candidates on a language family or geographical region(s) may be considered an asset.

The appointee must hold a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline by the time of appointment, and possess the ability to conduct independent scientific research and the teaching skills required for the position. In addition, the candidate is expected to have excellent knowledge of English.

Please submit your application as a single pdf file which includes the following documents in English:
- Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
- List of Publications
- Research Plan (maximum 5 pages, should include provisional budget for research and travel expenses).
- Names of references (2).

The deadline for the application period is May 13, 2019 at 23.59 (local time GMT +3).

More detailed information about the position and instructions for submitting an application are available at the application link provided below.

Application Deadline: 13-May-2019

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Kaius Sinnemäki

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