LINGUIST List 30.195

Mon Jan 14 2019

Support: Semantics: PhD, Universität Konstanz

Editor for this issue: Yiwen Zhang <>

Date: 11-Jan-2019
From: Todor Koev <>
Subject: Semantics: PhD, Universität Konstanz, Germany
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Department: Linguistics
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Universität Konstanz

Specialty Areas: Semantics


The Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz invites applications for one PhD student (3 years) and one Master’s student (2 years) in semantics and/or pragmatics. The successful candidates will work on the project Parenthetical Meaning, directed by Dr. Todor Koev and funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; KO 5704/1-1). While the main focus will be on the semantic and pragmatic properties of parenthetical expressions, the project is sufficiently broad to allow the students to touch on topics like adverbial modification, modality, evidentiality, and speech acts. The two students will be working closely together with the project leader and will be offered the opportunity to discuss their research with fellow scholars who work on similar issues. There is also funding allotted for attending international workshops and conferences.

Project description:

Parentheticals constitute a large and diverse class of expressions that are divorced from the regular truth-conditions of the sentence but interact with it and the larger discourse in various ways. This project investigates parenthetical meaning from the following three theoretical viewpoints:
- The scopal properties of parentheticals, i.e. the ways parenthetical content interacts with operators placed elsewhere in the sentence;
- The information status of parenthetical meaning, especially when compared to the regular assertion of the sentence;
- The role of parentheticals as speech act modifiers.


Applicants should have a Master's degree (for the PhD position) or a Bachelor’s degree (for the MA position) in theoretical linguistics or a related discipline. Previous experience in linguistic fieldwork, corpus linguistics, or experimental linguistics is a plus. The working language of the project is English; a knowledge of German is an advantage but is not required. Ideally, both positions will start on April 1, 2019.


The deadline of application is February 15, 2019, but the search will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a short cover letter, a CV, one writing sample (a published paper or a thesis), and two letters of recommendation to the email address provided below. Please use “PhD position” or “MA position” as a subject line.

Contact Information

Todor Koev

Applications Deadline: 15-Feb-2019

Contact Information:
        Dr. Todor Koev

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