LINGUIST List 32.1526

Mon May 03 2021

Support: Morphology; Phonology; Semantics: PhD, Universität Leipzig

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 03-May-2021
From: Jochen Trommer <>
Subject: Morphology; Phonology; Semantics: PhD, Universität Leipzig, Germany
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Department: Institut für Linguistik
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Universität Leipzig

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Morphology; Phonology; Semantics


One 4-year PhD position in the project ‘Semantic and Phonological Correlates of Affix Order’ as part of the DFG Research Unit ‘Cyclic Optimization’

Starting date: October 1, 2021
Salary: Fully Funded Position
Deadline: June 30, 2021

The DFG Research Unit ‘Cyclic Optimization’ starting October 1, 2021 with 15 new research positions will explore the interaction of cyclicity and optimization in all areas of grammar: phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. The position announced here is part of the subproject ‘Semantic and Phonological Correlates of Affix Order’, comprising the PI’s Barbara Stiebels and Jochen Trommer, and an additional Postdoc position. The subproject investigates the linearization of affixes crosslinguistically, its correlation to semantic and phonological factors, and its theoretical modeling in approaches using cyclic optimization. This will happen in close cooperation with the other subprojects of the Research Unit and also comprise two rotation projects, where project employees will investigate research questions at the interfaces of the different subprojects in 2-month internships under the supervision of other sub-projects.

We actively encourage dissertations of project employees related to the project topics. An ideal background for dissertation projects is also provided by the Leipzig linguistic graduate school IGRA and its structured course program, which welcomes PhD students of the Research Unit.

Check the website of the Research Unit for more information on the overall project and additional job announcements (, and for details on the affix order project.

- Empirical investigation of typological data on affix order and its phonological and semantic correlates
- Formal modeling of affix linearization in theoretical phonology, morphology, and semantics

- Master degree in linguistics or related fields
- Expertise in morphology and in phonology or semantics
- Ability to work with data from unfamiliar languages
- Interest in theoretical analyses

The position is fully funded, i.e., comfortably covers your living expenses in Leipzig, including social security, health insurance, and other benefits. The specific salary follows the pay scale of the German public service system (Research Associate position, 65% of the German TVL-13 pay scale).

Please send your application (German or English) including a CV, a statement of motivation, and two work samples (e.g. MA thesis or term paper) as one pdf to until June 30, 2021.

Two letters of recommendation should be sent to this address directly from the referees.

We also encourage multiple applications to different positions of the Research Unit on Cyclic Optimization.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at the contact information below if you have any further questions.

Applications Deadline: 30-Jun-2021

Contact Information:
        Prof. Jochen Trommer

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