LINGUIST List 30.1720

Mon Apr 22 2019

Support: Language Acquisition; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics: MA /Msc, University of Bern

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Date: 19-Apr-2019
From: Sandrine Zufferey <>
Subject: Language Acquisition; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics: MA /Msc, University of Bern, Switzerland
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Department: Institut de Langue et de Littérature Françaises
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Level: MA / MSc

Institution/Organization: University of Bern, Switzerland

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics


The French Institute at the University of Bern in Switzerland invites applications for two 4-year PhD student positions in the Swiss National Science Foundation Project “Discovering Discourse: The Acquisition of Connectives in L1 and L2”. One PhD student will be in charge of studying the acquisition of connectives in L1 during teenage years, and the second PhD student will study the acquisition of connectives in the course of second language learning, from intermediate to advanced levels.


The ideal candidates have a Master degree in linguistics or a related field, with a solid background in pragmatics, discourse and/or psycholinguistics. They have an excellent command of French. A working knowledge of German is a plus. They are committed to work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team at the University of Bern and to contribute to national and international collaborations with the project partners. The positions do not include regular teaching commitments.

Applicants should submit:

- A CV
- A cover letter explaining their expertise and interest in the project
- A sample of their writing (MA thesis or term paper)
- Two names and contact addresses of persons who are willing to provide a reference letter

Applications should be sent as a PDF to

The starting date is September 1st, 2019.

Contact Information:
        Prof. Sandrine Zufferey

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