LINGUIST List 31.1136
Wed Mar 25 2020
Support: Historical Ling; Lang Acquisition; Socioling; Syntax; Text/Corpus Ling: PhD Student, University of Konstanz
Editor for this issue: Everett Green <everettlinguistlist.org>
George Walkden <george.walkden
Historical Ling; Lang Acquisition; Socioling; Syntax; Text/Corpus Ling: PhD Student, University of Konstanz, Germany E-mail this message to a friend
Web Address: https://www.uni-konstanz.de
Institution/Organization: University of Konstanz
Duties: Research,Project Work
Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Three PhD positions are available on the ERC-funded project “Sociolinguistic typology and responsive features in syntactic history” (STARFISH), led by Prof. George Walkden in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz.
The aim of the project is to find out whether adult second-language acquisition can lead to changes in the syntax of a language in historical time. In particular, we're interested in whether there are syntactic features that are particularly favoured or disfavoured in languages historically characterized by a high proportion of adult second-language acquirers independently of what their first language is, and – if so – what these “responsive” features are. The project takes as a starting point Peter Trudgill's theory of sociolinguistic typology, in particular the idea that different language contact scenarios favour different types of change. The role of the project’s doctoral researchers is to investigate these ideas in the domain of diachronic syntax using evidence from historical corpora. You can read more about the project, its aims and its hypotheses at https://www.ling.uni-konstanz.de/en/walkden/starfish/
PhD candidates will use historical data to investigate the impact of adult second language acquisition on syntactic change in one of the following areas: case, grammatical gender, negation, or (null) subjects and agreement.
Applications Deadline: 01-Jun-2020
Web Address for Applications: https://stellen.uni-konstanz.de/jobposting/c64846f510aefeea2c3490e6ac64947d1992c2ca0
Page Updated: 25-Mar-2020