LINGUIST List 30.2796

Wed Jul 17 2019

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

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 16-Jul-2019
From: Sabine Kuipers <>
Subject: Dutch; English; German; Sociolinguistics: PhD Candidate, Maastricht University, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Maastricht University
Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Job Location: Maastricht, Netherlands
Web Address:
Job Title: PhD Educational Borders

Job Rank: PhD Candidate; Researcher

Specialty Areas: Sociolinguistics

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


Educational borders: multilingualism or not (1 fte)

This project focusses on the earliest language socialisation processes in kindergartens in border areas in Germany (Westmünsterland and Niederrhein) and the Netherlands (for instance Venlo, Kerkrade, Vaals). The general question is whether kindergartens in border areas in Germany (Kita) and in the Netherlands (peuterspeelzalen) reflect nation-state monolingual ideologies and practices and as such hamper cross-border communication (hardening national borders). Locations in which cross-border contacts constitute an important aspect of people's regional identity, and places with extensive cross-border migration will be examined.

Research questions are:
- With respect to ideology: What is the official language policy in these kindergartens? To what extent do they reproduce nation-state monolingual language ideologies (hardening borders), or do they define themselves as multilingual institutions where children are socialized in the neighbouring language as well (softening border)?
- Are linguistic ideologies reflected in a hierarchy of languages involved, and is this hierarchy context-sensitive?
- How are ideologies put into practice? How do kindergartens in these border areas handle linguistic diversity? Do they take any measures to facilitate cross-border communication regarding their language use and choice?
- With regard to linguistic features: what kind of linguistic forms and language varieties are evaluated as useful for small children growing up to become valuable Dutch and German citizens?

The researcher will be based at Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and undertake a 6-month secondment at the University of Münster.

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 on the website. Candidates should make sure that their application letter demonstrates how they meet these requirements.

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:
Sabine Kuipers

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