LINGUIST List 30.450

Mon Jan 28 2019

Support: Typology: PhD Student, University of Helsinki

Editor for this issue: Yiwen Zhang <>

Date: 25-Jan-2019
From: Stef Spronck <>
Subject: Typology: PhD Student, University of Helsinki, Finland
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Helsinki

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Typology


For the project ‘Language emerging from human sociality: the case of speech representation’ the Faculty of Arts of the University of Helsinki currently invites applications for the position of a DOCTORAL CANDIDATE in Linguistics for a fixed term of 3 years, starting no later than April 2019.
The doctoral candidate will be conducting full-time research and work towards the completion of a PhD-thesis within the field of linguistic typology. The position may include some teaching (no more than 5%) and administrative duties, and will be supervised by Dr Stef Spronck and Dr Seppo Kittilä.

The project seeks to understand the semantic and structural range of expressions roughly signalling ‘x said p’. The doctoral candidate will be working with a cross-linguistic sample examining specific research questions within this project. Applicants should familiarise themselves with the objectives and research questions of the project and address these in their application letter: see

The ideal applicant is a highly motivated student with a background in linguistic typology or closely related field, and a completed MA-degree (or equivalent) by the start of the position. A strong interest in theoretical linguistics and the philosophy of language are an asset. Experience with statistics and the software R are desirable, but can be substituted by a commitment to learning to use R in the early stages of the project.

The University of Helsinki offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience. The salary will be based on levels 2–4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee shall be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary will be EUR 2065–3022 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and work experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of six months.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following English-language documents as one pdf file:
- A curriculum vitae
- A letter of motivation
- One or two representative pieces of your writing (preferably including your MA-thesis)
- The name and contact details of at least one referee
Please name the pdf file with your last name and the initials of your first name.

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System on the website indicated below, via the link ‘Apply for the position’.

Any queries regarding the project should be directed to stef.spronck(at)

For information on the University of Helsinki as an employer please see

In case you need support with the recruitment portal, please contact recruitment(at)

Applications Deadline: 15-Feb-2019

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr Stef Spronck

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