LINGUIST List 31.3084

Mon Oct 12 2020

Support: General Linguistics: PhD, Rovira i Virgili University

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 12-Oct-2020
From: Evelina Leivada <>
Subject: General Linguistics: PhD, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain
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Department: English and German Studies
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Rovira i Virgili University

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics


A PhD position is offered for the project "Grammar, grammaticality and acceptability". The aim of this project is to investigate the notions of acceptability and grammaticality through running various types of acceptability judgment tasks.

Acceptability judgments are a reliable tool in linguistic research that can provide valuable insights into grammar, eventually giving rise to what has been called the evidential base of linguistics. Although acceptability judgments are robust and reliable indicators of one's perception of her/his linguistic repertoire, human cognition is fallible to processing biases and heuristics of various types. The ways these biases impact acceptability judgments are still to be determined.

This project will address this question through administering acceptability and other types of tasks in neurotypical populations. The project will deal with various grammatical representations, also taking into account the interests and competences of the selected fellow.

Emphasis will be given to ensuring a gender balance in the implementation of this project. The supervisors commit to promote gender equality in the research team that will host the fellow, both in terms of human resources, but also in terms of content. Moreover, gender will be included as one of the possible predictors/factors in the analysis of the results.

More information about the fellowship:

More information about the specific project can be found at the application link provided below.

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr. Evelina Leivada

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