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Support: Austro-Asiatic; Indo-European; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology; Quantitative linguistics: PhD, Kiel University

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Date: 06-Apr-2019
From: John Peterson <>
Subject: Austro-Asiatic; Indo-European; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology; Quantitative linguistics: PhD, Kiel University, Germany
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Department: Cluster of Excellence
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Kiel University

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics, Typology, Quantitative lingusitics


(Note: Numbers such as ''12PhD'', etc., refer to PhD positions in the original posting. Please see the bottom of this mail for details.)

There is an opening for a PhD position within the newly formed Cluster of Excellence “ROOTS – Social, Environmental, and Cultural Connectivity in Past Societies” ( ) at the University of Kiel, Germany. Candidates are invited to submit a proposal for a PhD research project in the subcluster “Social differentiation and inequalities”

13PhD Doctoral Position: Socio-linguistic methods and material culture
Profile: Historical Linguistics, Methods of Quantitative Linguistics, Sociolinguistics
The successful candidate shall conduct work on linguistic aspects of social stratification in North India from a historical perspective, with special reference to the eastern Ganges Basin. She/He will work in close cooperation with scholars from both general linguistics as well as from archaeology, taking not only theoretical sociolinguistic aspects of historical language stratification into account but also aspects of material culture. Research will address these aspects in different social and economic groups from this region, e.g. hunter and gatherer societies (or social groups which until recently fell within this group and have since changed to a more sedentary lifestyle), farming communities, and others.

Integration into the research agenda of ‘ROOTS of social inequality’ is expected as well as co-operation with other subclusters. The position offers for cooperation with the Doctoral Positions 12PhD, 16PhD, 17PhD, 18PhD as well as with the Research Associate Position 08RA.

Required qualifications: Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (MA or equivalent) in General Linguistics, Indo-European Linguistics or in a related linguistic field with a focus on historical linguistics. The successful candidate will have a keen interest in historical linguistics, which can also be demonstrated by his / her publications, and will be familiar with various quantitative methods in linguistics. Complementary expertise in historical sociolinguistics and/or in the area of language contact will be an asset. Knowledge of a modern South Asian language is desirable and/or the willingness to obtain a basic knowledge of spoken and written Hindi within the first six months of the grant.

For the Doctoral Positions, please send the following documents as a single .pdf document (via email to or mail to the address below):
- A cover letter;
- CV (including list of publications);
- The proposed doctoral project outline no longer than 1500 words, including a brief summary, state of the art, a concise project description, and a work schedule;
- The names of two references with contact information;
- A copy (in .pdf format) of your master-thesis or proof of equivalent qualification;
certificates of academic degrees.
- All documents must be submitted in English, with the exception of the copy of the master-thesis.
Please include the code of the job you are applying for at the beginning of your cover letter!

For information on the submission of your application, see:
Then click: “Researchers for the new Cluster ''Roots''

Applications Deadline: 06-May-2019

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Prof. Dr. Johannes Müller
        Cluster of Excellence
        Leibnizstraße 3
        Kiel 24118

Contact Information:
        PD Dr. Mara Weinelt

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