LINGUIST List 30.3190

Wed Aug 21 2019

Support: Austro-Asiatic; Indo-European; Sociolinguistics: PhD, Kiel University

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 21-Aug-2019
From: John Peterson <>
Subject: Austro-Asiatic; Indo-European; Sociolinguistics: PhD, Kiel University, Germany
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Institution/Organization: Kiel University
Department: Cluster of Excellence ROOTS
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Sociolinguistics



We invite applications for the Doctoral Position „Sociolinguistic methods and
material culture" to begin as early as possible.

Profile: Historical Linguistics, Methods of Quantitative Linguistics,

The successful candidate will conduct work on linguistic aspects of social
stratification in North India from a historical perspective, with special
reference to the eastern Ganges Basin. She/He will work in close cooperation
with scholars from both general linguistics and archaeology, taking not only
sociolinguistic aspects of historical language stratification into account but
also aspects of material culture. Research will address these aspects in
different social and economic groups from this region, e.g. hunter and
gatherer societies (or social groups which until recently fell within this
group and have since changed to a more sedentary lifestyle), farming
communities, different castes and their languages / dialects from a historical
perspective, etc.

Integration into the research agenda of 'ROOTS of social inequality' is
expected as well as cooperation with other subclusters.

Required qualifications: Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding
university degree (MA or equivalent) in General Linguistics, Indo-European
Linguistics or in a related linguistic field with a focus on historical and/or
sociolinguistics. The successful candidate will have a keen interest in
historical linguistics and will be familiar with sociolinguistic methodology
and various quantitative methods in linguistics. Publications in historical
linguistic and complementary expertise in historical sociolinguistics and/or
in the area of language contact will be an asset. Knowledge of a modern South
Asian language is desirable and/or the willingness to obtain a basic knowledge
of spoken and written Hindi within the first six months of the employment.

Salary will be at 65% (currently 25,16 h/week) of level TV-L 13 of the federal
wage agreement scheme (Tarifvertrag der Länder). The term is fixed for a
period of 3,5 years (42 months).

Kiel University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to
increasing the proportion of female scientists in research and teaching, and
strongly encourages female applicants. Women will be given preference in case
of equal suitability, competence, and professional performance. The University
is also committed to the employment of disabled person, and such individuals
will be accorded preference if suitable.

Applications by people with a migration background are particularly welcome.

Please address your application (cover letter; CV (including list of
publications); the proposed doctoral project (max. 1500 words), including a
brief summary, state of the art, a concise project description, and a work
schedule; and the name of two references with contact information; a copy (in
.pdf format) of your master-thesis or proof of equivalent qualification;
certificates of academic degrees) as one single .pdf document to the
application email provided below.

For further information, see

Application Deadline: 01-Oct-2019

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Prof. Dr. Johannes Müller
Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, Kiel University,
Leibnizstraße 3
Kiel 24118

Email Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Prof. Dr. John Peterson

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