LINGUIST List 32.1569

Thu May 06 2021

Support: Slavic; Czech; Russian; General Linguistics; Semantics: PhD, Charles University in Prague

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 04-May-2021
From: Radek Šimík <>
Subject: Slavic; Czech; Russian; General Linguistics; Semantics: PhD, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
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Department: Institute of Czech Language and Theory of Communication
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Charles University in Prague

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Semantics

Required Language(s): Czech (ces)
                            Russian (rus)


The Institute of Czech Language and Theory of Communication (Faculty of Arts, Charles University) invites applicants for a PhD researcher position (pay: 65% of the “VP1” class; based on the Charles University internal wage regulation: The position is available as of 1 October 2021 and will last for 3 years. The applicant will be required to apply for a suitable linguistic PhD program at the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University, either General Linguistics (English or Czech) or Czech Language (only Czech).

Applicants are invited for a position within the project Modelling the question–statement opposition in Slavic languages (QueSlav), jointly funded by the Czech Science Foundation (GA ČR) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). The project is a close collaboration between the Charles University (PI: Radek Šimík) and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (PI: Roland Meyer). There will also be a PhD student in the German part of the project, working primarily on Polish, with whom the candidate will collaborate.

Brief project description:
The QueSlav project investigates polar questions and their kin (bias question) in Czech, Polish, and Russian. The aim is to further our understanding of how different formal strategies (syntactic, morphological, prosodic) give rise to polar/bias question meanings – whether the core interrogative meaning or any associated pragmatic implications. The research questions will be addressed by various empirical methods – from corpus investigations, through offline rating studies, to eye-tracking (visual world paradigm).

For a more detailed description, see

Tasks of the successful candidate:
The successful candidate is expected to perform joint and independent scientific work in the areas of theoretical, corpus, and experimental linguistics, covering the major areas of language description – morphology, syntax, and semantics/pragmatics. The candidate is expected to take part in project meetings, which will take place in Prague and Berlin, and to present the partial results at conferences and publish in standard scientific outlets. The work performed within the project will eventually lead up to a PhD dissertation and, together with fulfilling the requirements of the PhD program, to a PhD degree. The language to be investigated is Czech, but candidates who would like to work on Russian will also be considered.

- Master’s degree (or equivalent) in linguistics or a related discipline (attained by 30th September 2021);
- advanced knowledge (oral and written) of Czech (or Russian) and solid knowledge of English;
- solid understanding of linguistic theories, ideally with a focus on semantics and pragmatics;
- experience with quantitative approaches to corpus and experimental work is an asset.

The deadline for application is 14 June 2021. If no candidate is selected, the deadline may be extended.

Applicants should send the following materials to by 14 June 2021:
- a short cover letter (max. 1 A4 page) explaining the candidate’s motivation;
- a full CV;
- Master’s thesis (if available) or a sample publication/manuscript;
- contact (email address) for a potential referee (e.g. the MA supervisor)

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Radek Šimík
        nám. Jana Palacha 2
        Praha Praha
        Czech Republic

Contact Information:
        Radek Šimík

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