LINGUIST List 32.1401

Tue Apr 20 2021

Jobs: Celtic; Historical Linguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Post Doc, University of Oxford

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 19-Apr-2021
From: David Willis <>
Subject: Celtic; Historical Linguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Post Doc, University of Oxford, UK
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University or Organization: University of Oxford
Department: Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics
Job Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Linguistics/Celtic Studies

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Required Language(s): Celtic


The Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics seeks a research associate to be part of a team carrying out a UK–German Collaborative Research Project in the Arts and Humanities awarded to Professor David Willis (University of Oxford) and Professor Roland Meyer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and in collaboration with Dr Marieke Meelen (University of Cambridge).

The project, The History of Pronominal Subjects in the Languages of Northern Europe looks from a comparative perspective at the historical development of the morphosyntax of subject pronouns in the Celtic, Slavonic and Germanic languages, including the emergence and loss of null subjects and issues concerning information structure involving subject pronouns ( It involves a substantial element of corpus development, including the enhancement of parsed corpora for several of the languages under investigation.

The Oxford team will focus on the Celtic languages, English and Dutch, and the appointee, who will have a completed or close-to-completion PhD in Linguistics, Celtic Studies, or a related field (e.g. Computer Science with a focus on language) will be expected to develop research on aspects of the historical morphosyntax and historical corpora of one or more of the Celtic languages under the guidance of the Oxford PI, Professor David Willis. They will require expertise in the historical linguistics of at least one Celtic language; a demonstrated interest in the study of historical morphosyntax; and a demonstrated interest in the development of historical linguistic corpora.

This full-time post is tenable from 1 July 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for 28 months, and is non-renewable.

Application Deadline: 17-May-2021

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof David Willis

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