LINGUIST List 32.1888

Tue Jun 01 2021

Support: Romance; Spanish; Text/Corpus Linguistics: PhD, University of Leuven

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 01-Jun-2021
From: María Sol Sansiñena <>
Subject: Romance; Spanish; Text/Corpus Linguistics: PhD, University of Leuven, Belgium
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Department: Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Leuven

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Text/Corpus Linguistics

Required Language(s): Spanish (spa)


Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship in functional linguistics (Spanish) starting September 2021 at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Leuven.

The project entitled ‘Speech-act orientation and intersubjective alignment: modal and evidential meanings of Spanish conditional and future forms’ is concerned with the modal and evidential meanings of the Spanish conditional and future markers. On the basis corpus evidence the candidate will inquire into their spreading into new territories, semantically and pragmatically, in Peninsular and Latin American varieties of Spanish. The starting point is a set of case studies on the development of un(der)described constructions such as Estaría necesitando un abrazo urgente (Lit. I would be needing a hug urgent ‘I need a hug urgently’), which parody the hearsay conditional to express the speaker's subjective stance or judgement. The working hypothesis is that the constructional changes follow a tendency towards increasing speech-act orientation. To demonstrate this directionality, we will examine recent stages of change and look into the distribution of epistemic rights and access in the speech situation, the combination of perspectives, and the pragmatic enabling factors for change. We will develop syntactic and semantic-pragmatic arguments grounded in a data-based approach and in statistical models.

More information can be found at the application link provided below.

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Prof. María Sol Sansiñena

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