LINGUIST List 31.2891

Thu Sep 24 2020

Support: Dutch; General Linguistics; Morphology; Sociolinguistics; Syntax: PhD, Ghent University

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Date: 23-Sep-2020
From: Mark Hoff <>
Subject: Dutch; General Linguistics; Morphology; Sociolinguistics; Syntax: PhD, Ghent University, Belgium
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Department: Language Productivity Work Consortium (Dept. of Linguistics, Dept. of Experimental Psychology)
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Ghent University

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Morphology; Sociolinguistics; Syntax

Required Language(s): Dutch (nld)


We are currently seeking applicants for the following vacancy: one PhD-student (Ph.D) in Dutch (variationist) linguistics, for a four-year full-time contract starting on 1 January 2021.

How to Apply?
The deadline for applications is 22 October 2020. Applications should be submitted to and should consist of: a detailed CV, including degree grades and title of Master Thesis, and a letter of motivation in English. Please mention PhD 6 in the subject field.

For more information, contact: Timothy Colleman,

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in the last week of October and will be notified of the search committee’s decision in early November.

Detailed Project Description:
PhD 6, in Dutch (variationist) linguistics
You will be engaged as a Ph.D researcher in a project aimed at the investigation of sociolinguistic variation in the extent to which speakers of (Belgian and Netherlandic) Dutch accept and produce “novel”, “creative” or “unconventional” uses of different kinds of grammatical constructions. The project also aims to investigate the interplay between classic and less-classic sociolinguistic determinants on the one hand and personality traits on the other. It is part of a broader interdisciplinary project on grammatical productivity. A more extensive project description is available upon request.

Minimal Requirements:
- MA in linguistics, psychology or related field;
- Native or near-native command of Dutch, plus a good working knowledge of English;
- Experience with grammatical research, preferably in the context of an MA; dissertation, and preferably with at least a partial focus on (present-day) Dutch;
- Prepared to engage in good (open science) practices;
- Prepared to function in an interdisciplinary team.

Additional Assets:
- Experience with corpus-based methodologies; and/or
- Experience with variationist sociolinguistic research; and/or
- Experience with quantitative methods of (grammatical) data analysis; and/or
- Knowledge of cognitive-functional and/or construction-based theories of grammar; and/or
- Knowledge of theories of personality; and/or
- Knowledge of one or more of the other languages investigated in the broader project, viz. French, Spanish, German, and Icelandic.

Applications Deadline: 22-Oct-2020

Contact Information:
        Professor Peter Lauwers

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