LINGUIST List 32.1812

Mon May 24 2021

Support: Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: PhD, Universität Stuttgart

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Date: 24-May-2021
From: Judith Tonhauser <>
Subject: Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: PhD, Universität Stuttgart, Germany
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Department: Institute of Linguistics: English
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Universität Stuttgart

Specialty Areas: Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics


Prof. Dr. Judith Tonhauser from the Department of English Linguistics at the University of Stuttgart invites applications for a four-year Ph.D. student position starting on October 1, 2021 (or soon thereafter). The position is remunerated according to the TV-L pay scale, specifically at 65% of E13:

Research in Judith Tonhauser's group focuses on natural language meaning, especially projective content, questions, discourse and information structure, and social meaning. There is a strong emphasis on empirical research, with data being collected in fieldwork, through experiments, and from corpora. The group has strong ties to other groups in the Institute of Linguistics ( and to groups in the Institute for Natural Language Processing (

The Ph.D. student is expected to develop a dissertation project on projective content: for background information, see, e.g., or The dissertation project will be grounded in the formal semantic/pragmatic literature on the topic, but may intersect with and apply methods from other areas of research, such as syntax, prosody, sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, or psycholinguistics. The project will have a strong empirical component, that is, it will be based on data collected in fieldwork, through experiments, or from corpora, depending on the abilities and interests of the successful candidate. Research on languages less well-represented in research on natural language meaning is particularly welcome.

The teaching load is one course per semester. Courses in the department are taught in English.

Students from international backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of German is not required. Support for conference travel and research expenses is available.

The University of Stuttgart aims at increasing the number of women in academia. Therefore, women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications of severely disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be given priority.

Application requirements:
- M.A. or M.Sc. degree in linguistics or a related field (degree in hand by October 1, 2021 or soon thereafter)
- Strong background in formal semantics/pragmatics
- Experience with any of the following is considered a plus: fieldwork, corpus methods, experimental methods, statistical analysis, programming skills

Applications should include the following:
- Cover letter, with the names of 2-3 individuals willing to write a letter of recommendation
- CV
- Statement of purpose (about 2 pages) that provides details on the applicant's course work, research experience, and research interests
- University course transcripts
- Representative writing sample (e.g., seminar paper, B.A. thesis or M.A. thesis) in English, German, French, or Spanish
- Copy of M.A. or M.Sc. degree certificate (if already available)

Please send your application by June 19, 2021 as a single PDF to with the subject "Application to Ph.D. position".

Information according to article 13 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for job application processes at University of Stuttgart can be found here: and

Contact Information:
        Judith Tonhauser

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