LINGUIST List 31.3334

Sat Oct 31 2020

Support: Icelandic; Syntax: PhD, University of Iceland

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 31-Oct-2020
From: Ásgrímur Angantýsson <>
Subject: Icelandic; Syntax: PhD, University of Iceland, Iceland
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Department: School of Humanities
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Iceland

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Syntax

Required Language(s): Icelandic (isl)


The University of Iceland welcomes applications for a funded PhD program within the School of Humanities. Qualified individuals with an MA degree in Icelandic, English or Linguistics are invited to apply. The doctoral project is a research of adverbial clauses in Icelandic and related languages. The grant is for three years. Work on the doctoral program should preferably commence in May or June 2021.

Main Project and Responsibilities:
The proposed project aims to investigate the nature of syntactic subordination in general and the properties of adverbial clauses (ACs) in particular, using the Scandinavian languages as a test case with a special emphasis on Icelandic. The main empirical goal of the project is to provide a systematic and detailed comparison of the applicability of main clause phenomena (MCP) in various types of ACs, both by collecting questionnaire data and using existing tagged corpora. The concrete theoretical goal is to compare the most recent approaches to the syntax of ACs to account for the distribution of MCP. The central research question is to what extent adverbial clauses are reminiscent to argument clauses on the one hand and relative clauses on the other hand. The research project would be the first systematic overview of the syntax of ACs in Scandinavian from a comparative perspective.

The PhD student should be enrolled in a full-time program at the University of Iceland during the grant period. The supervisor is Dr. Ásgrímur Angantýsson, professor of Icelandic linguistics.

Education and qualifications:
- MA degree in Icelandic, English or Linguistics (first class grade).
- Proficiency in Icelandic and English.
- A solid background in generative syntax.
- An enthusiasm for the subject matter and a determination to finish a doctorate program at the University of Iceland.

The doctoral student is enrolled in a PhD program at the Icelandic or English faculties of the University of Iceland. The chosen applicant, working with the supervisor, applies for a PhD program in Icelandic or English at the University of Iceland before a formal decision is made on the grant. This program can be applied to outside the traditional application period of PhD programs at the University of Iceland and the applicant will be assisted throughout the application process.

Further Information:
The doctoral grant is funded by the UI Doctoral Grant Fund and is paid out in fixed monthly payments to support the PhD student during their studies. The grant amount is 425,000 ISK a month, which includes wages and wage-related expenses. The student is also allowed to teach part time, up to 20% of a full-time position. The PhD student signs an employment contract with the School of Humanities which is based on a contract for the grant itself.

Further information about requirements and the application process can be found here at the application link provided below.

The application should include:
- A CV and bibliography.
- A written application (ca. 2,000 words) describing the applicant’s interest in the subject matter and how they envision their approach to the research.
- A record of previous education and certificates (BA and MA).
- Two references, including their contact information.

All applicants will receive a reply and be notified once the position has been filled. Applications are valid for up to three months from the deadline for the application. The prospective PhD student is expected to start work in June, 2021.

The hiring process at the University of Iceland follows the University’s Equal Rights Plan: Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the University of Iceland Language Policy:

This a full-time position.

Deadline: This position has been filled.

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Prof. Ásgrímur Angantýsson

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