LINGUIST List 30.2702

Wed Jul 10 2019

Jobs: Dutch; English; German; Sociolinguistics: PhD Candidate, Maastricht University

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 09-Jul-2019
From: Sabine Kuipers <>
Subject: Dutch; English; German; Sociolinguistics: PhD Candidate, Maastricht University, Netherlands
E-mail this message to a friend

University or Organization: Maastricht University
Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Job Location: Maastricht, Netherlands
Web Address:
Job Title: PhD Linguistic and Cultural Borders

Job Rank: PhD Candidate; Researcher

Specialty Areas: Sociolinguistics

Required Language(s): Dutch (nld)
                            English (eng)
                            German (deu)


Linguistic and cultural borders: transparent or not (1 fte):
In this project, the focus will be on how coal miners’ languages and cultures in the former mining region north of Aachen in Germany (Low German/German speaking) and the Eastern Mine District with Heerlen as its centre in the Netherlands (Dutch/dialect speaking) are taken up in new contexts with new actors, how they are authenticated and legitimated during public events that are considered unique for the region. These two neighbouring areas are separated by a national border but share a common coal mining past and a common linguistic past. The area is still a multilingual one.

Questions that will be addressed are:
- How is the national border between Germany (Aachen district) and the Netherlands (south-eastern Limburg) softened or hardened as a linguistic and cultural border through revitalization practices of the linguistic and cultural coalmining past in both areas?
- What language(s)/linguistic features are used in the revitalization practices and how are they reproduced in mediatizations (songs, poetry, linguistic landscapes and soundscapes, reminiscence practices, commodities, spoken and written texts in mining museums, parodies, carnival practices etc.)?
- Do these practices confirm old stereotypes or do they create new ones?

The researcher will be based at Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and undertake a 6-month secondment at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute for German Studies.

Any inquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to the supervisor, prof. dr. Leonie Cornips (

You are invited to apply for a 4 year PhD position in the project “LIMES – the hardening and softening of borders”. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847596.

Because the PhD candidates work in a larger research project, team work is essential. In addition to individual work on their dissertations, the PhD candidates will contribute to regular project team meetings and joint academic publications. The PhD candidates will receive extensive training, including regular supervision, training by the Graduate Schools of the relevant faculties, and the partner organisations, where they can benefit from a secondment.

Candidates will be judged on the basis of the requirements outlined below. Candidates should make sure that their application letter demonstrates how they meet these requirements:
- Knowledge and interest on the topics covered by the relevant PhD project;
- Advanced skills in sociolinguistics, research design and relevant quantitative and/or qualitative analysis, as demonstrated in education and/or work so far;
- Strong analytical skills;
- Outstanding writing skills;
- Show an obvious interest in academic research, particularly qualitative research methods;
- Have the capability of autonomously conducting original research as well as working in a team;
- Fluency in oral and written English; willingness to invest in learning German and/or Dutch (and orienting towards the dialect) as used in the border area to be examined.

Applicants need to submit an application package. Please check the website at the application link provided below for all eligibility criteria and application requirements and how to apply. The deadline for submitting your application is 26 August 2019.

Application Deadline: 26-Aug-2019

Email Address for Applications:
Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. dr. Leonie Cornips

Page Updated: 18-Jul-2019