LINGUIST List 30.3342

Thu Sep 05 2019

Support: English; German; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics: PhD, Maastricht University

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Date: 05-Sep-2019
From: Yleen Simonis <>
Subject: English; German; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics: PhD, Maastricht University, Netherlands
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Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Maastricht University

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

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


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 and communication constitute an important aspect of people's linguistic regional identity, and places with extensive cross-border migration will be examined.

Research questions are:
- With respect to language 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 language 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.

To apply, please see the application link provided below.

Applications Deadline: 30-Sep-2019

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Yleen Simonis

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Yleen Simonis
        Dept:Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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