LINGUIST List 30.2323
Tue Jun 04 2019
Support: Iranian; Typology: PhD, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
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Pollet Samvelian <pollet.samvelian
Iranian; Typology: PhD, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France E-mail this message to a friend
Department: Mondes Iranien et
Web Address: https://www.iran-inde.cnrs.fr/?lang=en
Institution/Organization: National Centre for Scientific Research
Specialty Areas: Typology
PhD thesis contract "Word order variation and change in the context of language contact"
research unit “Mondes iranien et indien” (FRE 2018, CNRS, Sorbonne Nouvelle, EPHE, Inalco) invites
applications for a fully funded three-year (36 months) PhD position in Iranian linguistics.
The topic of the doctoral research is the study of word order variation and change in a
context of language contact.
Although they are typically characterized by a basic SOV word
order, Iranian languages display significant differences with respect to the possibility for
constituents to occur in a non-canonical order (i.e. word order variation), before or after the verb.
These differences may result from various language-specific parameters (e.g. differential object
marking, case marking, alignment), but they can also result from longstanding contact with other
languages. The purpose of this research is to highlight these differences and identify the parameters
The research thus includes:
- Collection and description of data, especially for
understudied languages spoken in Iran (including non-Iranian languages).
- Modeling word order
variation in the languages studied, and identifying interactions between various parameters.
first part of the work will be carried out as a sequence of fieldwork sessions in Iran (for a total of 9
months). Special attention will be paid to bilingual and multilingual speakers, given the importance of
bilingualism in contact-induced phenomena.
The research combines field linguistics data
collecting methods and experimental data elicitation methods.
project will be carried out within the multi-institutional research unit “Monde Iranian et indien” at
the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), in collaboration with the research operation
“Languages and isoglosses of the Caucasus-Iran-Anatolia area” of the multi-institutional research
excellence cluster Empirical Foundations of Linguistics (Labex EFL). The Ph.D. candidate will be
enrolled in the “Language Sciences” Doctoral School of the Sorbonne Nouvelle University – Paris 3.
The research will be supervised by Professor Pollet Samvelian (Linguistics, Sorbonne Nouvelle
The research project includes mandatory mobility periods in Iran. The Ph.D.
candidate will spend a total of 9 months in Iran (about 3 months per year), to carry out fieldwork.
During these periods of mobility, the Ph.D. candidate will be hosted at the IFRI (French Research
Institute in Iran) in Tehran. The research may require fieldwork outside Tehran.
please see the application link provided below.
Web Address for Applications: https://emploi.cnrs.fr/Offres/Doctorant/FRE2018-POLSAM-001/Default.aspx?lang=EN
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