LINGUIST List 31.2109

Mon Jun 29 2020

Support: Text/Corpus Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics: PhD, University of Jena

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 29-Jun-2020
From: Diana Forker <>
Subject: Text/Corpus Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics: PhD, University of Jena, Germany
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Jena

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics


The interdisciplinary research project ''Spheres of liberty and the protection of freedom in the European state'' at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena invites applications for a doctoral fellowship (3 years).

The doctoral fellow is expected to make a significant contribution to the research programme of the centre as specified below, and to write a dissertation on a relevant topic.

The linguistic sub-project on ''The blessings and curses of the digital era'' investigates public discourse centering around attitudes towards digitalization and its relation to personal and political freedom. The studies will be corpus-based, e.g. using multilingual parliamentary corpora of European languages ( and possibly additional newspaper and Twitter corpora.

Tasks and deliverables:
- PhD dissertation
- Creation of annotated parliamentary corpora
- Interdisciplinary case studies on the relationship between digitalization and freedom
- Participation in the preparation of funding applications

- Degree in general linguistics, or the linguistics of a specific language
- Experience with work on multilingual corpora
- Solid knowledge of statistical methods of corpus analysis
- Interest in research data management

Applications should include a CV, a sample of written work, an exposé for a PhD project and (optionally) letters of reference.

Please send your applications by email to The deadline is July, 20, 2020.

If you have any questions concerning the application, please get in touch with or

Project summary: ''Spheres of liberty and the protection of freedom in the European state''
While the long-term consequences of the digital revolution are not yet fully understood, there is no doubt that modern societies face several political, economic and social challenges coming with technological progress in the domain of artificial intelligence. This concerns, among other things, the operation of the state under conditions of digitalization. On the one hand, the state is challenged by globally operating IT companies, resulting in significant enforcement deficits. On the other hand, the use of artificial intelligence enables the state to exercise control over citizens and companies. The project deals with these challenges from a legal, sociological and economic point of view, in several interconnected sub-projects from various fields.

Applications Deadline: 20-Jul-2020

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Diana Forker
        Jenergasse 8
        Jena 07743

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Diana Forker

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