LINGUIST List 30.2915

Fri Jul 26 2019

Support: English; Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Syntax: PhD, Rovira i Virgili University

Editor for this issue: Yiwen Zhang <>

Date: 24-Jul-2019
From: Isabel Oltra-Massuet <>
Subject: English; Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Syntax: PhD, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain
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Department: English and German Studies
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Rovira i Virgili University

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Syntax

Required Language(s): English (eng)


The Martí-Franquès Research grants Program at the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona offers 1 doctoral grant in the research group ROLLING - Research on Language and Linguistics.
We are looking for a candidate with an excellent background in linguistics for a PhD position in the context of the research grant FFI-2016-80142-P of the Spanish National Research Plan. The PhD position is funded for 1 year, renewable annually to complete a thesis in 3 years, with the possibility of an extra 4th year, to conduct independent research and collaborative research work.

The research grant FFI-2016-80142-P is framed within the study of the lexicon-syntax interface and seeks to improve our knowledge about the nature and sources of variation across patterns of argument structure and event structure in four different phenomena: (i) unergativity (Perlmutter 1978; Preminger 2012) and (ii) its relationship to light verb structures (e.g. Miyagawa 1989; Stroik 2001; Bruening 2015), (iii) cognate object structures (e.g. MacFarland 1995; Felser & Wanner 2001; Real Puigdollers 2008) and (iv) constructions with obligatory prepositional complements (e.g. Neleeman 1997).

The dissertation carried out under this program will pursue empirical research that can take any language as a base, preferably within a contrastive approach that includes at least English, Spanish, or Catalan. The main aim of the project should be to include a thorough empirical description and detailed theoretical analysis of any of the aforementioned phenomena or a combination thereof within a neoconstructionist framework (Hale & Keyser 1993; Halle & Marantz 1993; Borer 2005; Ramchand 2008; Marantz 2013, i.a.).

We expect the candidate to actively participate in the creation and development of two databases, one for constructions with obligatory prepositional complement in the languages of the world, and a second one for cognate object constructions in the languages of the world. These two databases should both serve to establish and analyze syntactic patterns of argument structure and event structure that should help us formulate theories of morphosyntactic variation in these areas. This project thus pursues a double goal, theoretical and empirical that seeks (a) to test the validity of existing theoretical hypotheses and, (b) to describe and analyze empirical evidence in these areas.

- A research Master’s degree in (theoretical) linguistics
- Excellent proficiency in spoken and written English;
- Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a heterogeneous team;
- Sound knowledge of (a) less familiar language(s) is a strong advantage.
- Knowledge of Catalan or Spanish is an asset.
The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:
- Photocopy of identity card, resident's card or passport currently in force.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Certificate of the official academic qualification that allows the holder to access doctoral studies.
- Academic transcript of the undergraduate degree issued in one of the following languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian or Portuguese.
- Academic transcript of the master's degree issued in one of the following languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian or Portuguese.
- Declaration of equivalence (
- Other merits

Interested parties should please contact Isabel Oltra-Massuet at

Applications Deadline: 02-Sep-2019

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Isabel Oltra-Massuet

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