LINGUIST List 31.1001

Fri Mar 13 2020

Jobs: Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology: Post Doc, University of Amsterdam

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 11-Mar-2020
From: Eva van Lier <>
Subject: Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology: Post Doc, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
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University or Organization: University of Amsterdam
Department: Department of LCA and Linguistics
Job Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral researcher in Linguistics

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology


According to usage-based linguistic theory, verb-argument constructions are not formed by abstract rules operating on the entire verbal lexicon, but rather emerge from speakers' experience with specific verbs in communicative context. Psycholinguistic (priming) experiments confirm that language users have highly verb-specific grammatical knowledge. However, such experiments typically assess only few constructions in few languages; in particular dative alternations in certain Germanic languages.
This project will study various classes of alternating verbs across structurally widely diverging languages. Alternating verbs have in common that they require speakers to choose between multiple argument-coding frames.

The postdoc’s tasks are embedded into a larger project, with a team consisting of the PI, a PhD candidate, and specialists/informants of two lesser-studied languages: Chechen and Kamang (Alor, Indonesia). Based on the analysis of alternating verbs in corpora of these languages, the postdoc will design (priming) experiments to assess the nature and relevance of speakers’ verb-specific grammatical knowledge. These experiments will be run at field sites; the postdoc will analyse the results in collaboration with the language specialists, in the comparative context of the PhD project (a typological study of alternating verbs). In addition, the research results will be valorised and applied in various educational settings, with the help of a student assistant.

Tasks of the postdoc will include:

* conducting corpus linguistic research;
* designing and testing psycholinguistic experiments;
* analysing and interpreting experimental data;
* setting up and coordinating valorisation activities (teacher training, exhibition);
* collaborating with PI, PhD, language specialists, student assistant;
* publishing peer-reviewed (co-authored) articles;
* presenting research results at conferences/workshops;
* co-organising expert and team meetings.


The successful applicant must have:

- a PhD in Linguistics;
- demonstrable knowledge of
* corpus linguistics
* experimental design
* statistics

- demonstrable familiarity with
* Toolbox
* FLEx
* R

- a keen interest in / experience with morpho-syntactic typology and linguistic diversity world-wide;
- a keen interest in / experience with societal valorisation of (linguistic) research
- excellent skills in academic English, both written and spoken;
- excellent social and organizational skills;
- ability and willingness to work in a team;
- a broad international orientation and network.

Application Deadline: 30-Apr-2020

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr. Eva van Lier

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