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Jobs: Slavic; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics: Post Doc, Universität Tübingen,

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Date: 17-Apr-2019
From: Igor Yanovich <>
Subject: Slavic; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics: Post Doc, Universität Tübingen, Germany
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University or Organization: Universität Tübingen
Department: Department of General and Computational Linguistics
Job Location: Tübingen, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow, Emmy-Noether Research Group

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics

Required Language(s): Slavic


The DFG-funded Emmy-Noether research group "Modal systems in historical Slavic languages" invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral position of up to two years to start in August 2019 or later. In accordance with German law, the position is open for women, men and people of other genders, and is consistent with part-time employment if desired by the worker.

The Research Group:
The project "Modal systems in historical Slavic languages" studies expressions of modality and futurity in the Slavic languages of the 14-17 centuries, applying the methods of formal semantics and pragmatics to primary data from historical texts, with particular focus on linguistic variation and language contact effects both within and outside the Slavic.

Your Responsibilities:
- Analyze, together with the student assistants and the PI, primary Slavic texts from the 14-17 centuries;
- Co-supervise the student assistants;
- Synthesize the scientific results and publish them as journal articles;
- Possibly co-organize a workshop on diachronic formal semantics;
- Continue developing their own research program.

There are no teaching obligations for this position, though limited teaching at the University may be possible for candidates who would desire it.

Required Qualifications:
- A PhD in linguistics, in hand or imminent at the start of the position;
- Either (i) solid background in formal semantics and pragmatics and either background or interest in historical linguistics; or (ii) solid background in historical linguistics or variationist sociolinguistics, and considerable training in formal semantics/pragmatics;
- Ability to work or quickly learn to work with historical Slavic texts, which can be demonstrated either by proficiency in one or more Slavic languages, or deep research experience with such, or documented experience of learning to work with subtle semantic issues of unfamiliar languages;
- Ability to design a plan of research that would both serve the goals of the project and advance the candidate's own research program.

Desired Qualifications:
- Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary work, including engagement with language contact studies, grammaticalization theory, variationist sociolinguistics, history, migration studies and archaeology;
- Experience with grammaticalization in the verbal domain (for historical-linguistic candidates) or modal and attitudinal semantics (for semantics-pragmatics candidates).

Application Documents:
The deadline for application is May 15, 2019. Please send the following materials to with "[postdoc]" in the subject line:
- A CV
- A cover letter of 1.5-3 pages, outlining specifically: (a) how your background prepares you for the work in the project; (b) what specific research questions within the area of the project would most interest you if you join the group; (c) how working on modality and futurity in historical Slavic languages would help you develop your own research program.
- A general research statement of 1-2 pages (optional)
- Three letters of recommendation, to be sent to the application email provided below by the deadline, with the name of the applicant in the subject line

Important Additional Information:
The University seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women academics to apply.

Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference.

The employment will be carried out by the central administration of the University of Tübingen.

Application Deadline: 15-May-2019

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Igor Yanovich

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