LINGUIST List 31.1919

Wed Jun 10 2020

Support: Norwegian Bokmål; Norwegian Nynorsk; Syntax; Morphology: PhD, University of Bergen

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 10-Jun-2020
From: Kari Kinn <>
Subject: Norwegian Bokmål; Norwegian Nynorsk; Syntax; Morphology: PhD, University of Bergen, Norway
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Department: LLE
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Bergen

Duties: Research,Teaching

Specialty Areas: Morphology; Syntax
Heritage Languages
Required Language(s): Norwegian Bokmål (nob)
                            Norwegian Nynorsk (nno)


There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, planned to start 1 August 2020 or by agreement. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years. The position is associated with the project Norwegian across the Americas: New Perspectives on Heritage Languages, and is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The project Norwegian across the Americas deals with the structural properties (morphosyntax) of Norwegian as a heritage language. A heritage language is acquired at home as a first language, but it is not a dominant language of the larger (national) society. In recent years, heritage Norwegian as currently spoken in North America (USA/Canada) has received considerable attention. The project Norwegian across the Americas has two main objectives: One is to extend the study of heritage Norwegian to an area in which the contact language is not English, namely Latin America, where the contact language is Spanish. The other objective is to provide new, diachronic perspectives on heritage Norwegian in North America by making use of freshly transcribed and tagged recordings from the first half of the 20th century.

The PhD project must be in the field of morphosyntax and relate to one or both of the main project objectives. For more information about the project and suggestions for specific research topics, see Applicants are required to submit a description of their proposed PhD project (see further details in the section How to apply,

Required qualifications and personal qualities:
- The applicant must hold a Norwegian master’s degree or the equivalent in Linguistics, Language Studies or a related field. It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded at the time of application. Applicants who do not have a Norwegian master’s degree will be evaluated according to the regulations of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). The Department can send documentation of foreign education to NOKUT in order to evaluate whether this degree is equivalent to a Norwegian master’s degree.
- The applicant must be able to work independently in a well-structured way, have good collaboration skills and be flexible
- The applicant must be proficient in both written and oral English
- The applicant must have sufficient knowledge of Norwegian to work on this language at a scientific level
- The applicant must have a strong research interest in grammar and should be familiar with/interested in formal approaches to language

In addition, the following qualities/skills will be considered an advantage:
- Experience with data collection (in particular, field work)
- Experience with data management
- Knowledge of Spanish
- Knowledge of/interest in morphosyntactic variation and diachronic change

In assessing the applications, both the academic quality of the project, and the applicant’s qualifications will be considered.

In cases where ranked applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, strategic considerations, motivation and the applicant’s personal eligibility will be taken into account.

For further information see

Applications Deadline: 01-Jul-2020

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr Kari Kinn

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