LINGUIST List 31.1529

Wed May 06 2020

Support: Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax: PhD Student, University of Leipzig

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 03-May-2020
From: Barbara Stiebels <>
Subject: Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax: PhD Student, University of Leipzig, Germany
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Leipzig

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax


The University of Leipzig, Germany, offers full funding for 4 PhD candidates who wish to obtain a PhD in any area of Syntax, Morphology and/or Phonology and their interfaces (including experimental and computational perspectives on the same). These 4 PhD positions will be part of the graduate program ''Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks'' (IGRA), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Each PhD position is funded for 3 years, with social benefits (payscale: 0.65 TVL-E13), and will consist of a combination of course-work (with courses taught both by our faculty and by internationally renowned guest scholars from elsewhere) and independent research. Students also have the opportunity to conduct extended research stays at leading linguistic institutions abroad, and access to travel money for conferences and summer schools.

The central research focus of IGRA is on the phonology, morphology, and syntax of natural languages. Recent developments in grammatical theory have accumulated an impressive body of knowledge about the representations of linguistic expressions of varying complexity, and about the grammatical building blocks (rules, operations, constraints, schemata, extralinguistic factors) that restrict their distributions. In addition, there are some plausible hypotheses as to how these building blocks interact with one another. However, what is so far lacking is a comprehensive and systematic investigation of the possible interactions of grammatical building blocks from different theoretical perspectives, on the basis of detailed empirical studies of phonological, morphological, and syntactic phenomena from an array of typologically diverse languages. It is the primary goal of the graduate programme to address this gap.

The dissertations carried out under this program will pursue empirical research based on different grammatical models (and potentially also on combinations thereof), among them Minimalism, Optimality Theory, Rule-Based Phonology, Distributed Morphology, Lexical Decomposition Grammar, Construction Grammar, Framework-Free Grammatical Theory, Minimalist Morphology, Paradigm-Function Morphology. The program thus offers PhD candidates the unique opportunity of conducting linguistic research in an academically rigorous environment that is not pre-biased toward one or another theoretical framework but offers exposure to a diverse range of theoretical perspectives.

Detailed information about the research programme, including a list of the programm's faculty and a list of potential dissertation topics, can be found on the IGRA website.

The language of instruction is English. Applicants should have an M.A. in Linguistics or related fields, with degree in hand latest by October 1, 2020.

Starting date: October 1, 2020.

Applications should contain the following supporting documents:

- Statement of purpose (1-2 pages) that clarifies the research interests of the applicant, in particular detailing how these would fit in with the broader research goals of the PhD programme; this can be in English or German
- Representative sample of research work (e.g. an advanced seminar paper or M.A. thesis): in English or German
- Two letters of recommendation
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Copy of M.A. degree (to be handed in latest by October 1, 2020, if not already available by June 30, 2020)

All supporting documents for the application should be emailed electronically as a single pdf file (the M.A. degree to be scanned in) to Prof. Barbara Stiebels (subject line: igra phd 2020; email address given below). The recommendation letters should be emailed directly to this address by the referees.

Applications Deadline: 30-Jun-2020

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Prof. Dr. Barbara Stiebels
        Beethovenstr. 15
        Leipzig 04107

Contact Information:
        Prof. Dr. Barbara Stiebels

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