LINGUIST List 30.1709

Fri Apr 19 2019

Support: German; Italian; Language Acquisition: PhD, University of Konstanz

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Date: 16-Apr-2019
From: Tanja Kupisch <>
Subject: German; Italian; Language Acquisition: PhD, University of Konstanz, Germany
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Institution/Organization: University of Konstanz
Department: Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition
Required Language(s): German (deu)
Italian (ita)


The University of Konstanz with its “Institutional Strategy to promote
Top-Level Research” has been receiving continuous funding since 2007 within
the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments.

In the Faculty of Humanities the Linguistics Department has within the
Research Unit „Questions at the Interfaces“.

2 Doctoral Research Positions in Linguistics, Salary Scale 13TV-L/65%
available. The positions are funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and
are available for three years. To be filled as soon as possible.

Applications are invited for two 3-year 65% (doctoral) research positions in
the Research Unit ''Questions at the Interfaces (QI)'' as part of Project P10.

Project description:
P10 ''Non-canonical questions in early and late bilingual language
acquisition'' focuses on the interface between syntax, prosody, lexicon and
context from the point of view of bilingual language acquisition. The aim of
the project is to experimentally examine how sentence intonation, lexical
elements (specifically discourse particles) and theory of mind develop in
bilingual children with German as the majority and Italian as the heritage
language and in Italian late L2 learners of German. Project tasks involve
preparation, implementation and analysis of production, perception and
comprehension experiments as well as the publication of results at
international conferences and in relevant journals. The data collection will
be carried out in Germany and Italy.

Research Unit:
The research unit runs until March 2022 and is dedicated to investigating
question formation, with a particular emphasis on non-canonical questions.
This Research Unit (RU) combines expertise from theoretical, computational and
experimental linguistics and visual analytics to study how different
components of grammar (morphology, syntax, phonology) interface to signal a
particular meaning. See for more

The Linguistics department at the University of Konstanz offers a lively and
internationally well-connected research environment where students are
immediately integrated in scholarly life and research. The research unit
offers the opportunity to discuss their topics with fellow students who work
on similar issues; we also have funding to attend international

Applicants should have a MA degree in linguistics with a focus on language
acquisition, phonetics and/or syntax. We especially welcome experience with
children, experimental linguistics, solid knowledge of statistics, acoustic
analysis software (PRAAT), native-like or excellent proficiency in Italian,
German or both.

Applications should be sent by email as (a single) PDF to Tanja Kupisch and
Theo Marinis at the application email addresses below and include the
following: short cover letter, full CV, brief description of personal skills
that you will put into practice in the project (250 words), two up-to-date
references, BA- and MA- certificates. Please write “Doctoral Position P10” as
subject of your email.

The University of Konstanz encourages disabled persons to apply. They will be
given preference if appropriately qualified (contact +49(0)7531/88–4016 und

The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer that tries to
increase the number of women in research and teaching.

The University of Konstanz has been certified as a family-friendly institution
by the Hertie Foundation and is committed to further the compatibility of work
and family life.

The University of Konstanz offers a “Dual Career Couples Programme”:

Application Deadline: 10-May-2019

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Prof. Tanja Kupisch
University of Konstanz, Department of Linguistics
Postfach 189
Konstanz 78457

Email Address for Applications:;

Contact Information:
Prof. Tanja Kupisch

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