LINGUIST List 32.3189

Mon Oct 11 2021

Support: Greek subgroup; Sign Language; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Morphology; Syntax: PhD, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 07-Oct-2021
From: Josep Quer <>
Subject: Greek subgroup; Sign Language; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Morphology; Syntax: PhD, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
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Department: Department of Translation and Language Sciences
Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Morphology; Syntax

                            Greek subgroup
                            Sign Language


The LSC Lab (Laboratori de llengua de signes catalana,, part of the Formal Linguistics Group (GLiF, at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, is searching for possible PhD candidates interested in joining the project “Microdiachrony in endangered languages across modalities (MICRODIAC(H)RO)”, funded by Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (PID2020-119041GB-I00). The co-PIs are Gemma Barberà and Josep Quer.

This project focuses on two endangered languages in different modalities: Catalan Sign Language (LSC, Catalonia) and Griko (Italiot-Greek variety of Salento, Southern Italy). Change in morphosyntactic properties within such languages has received very little attention so far. The project attempts at making a novel contribution to fill this gap in research from a cross-modal perspective on two fronts: (a) exploring how diachronic grammatical change in a relatively small time span can be detected, described and accounted for (microdiachrony), and (b) creating research resources in the form of two corpora of LSC and Griko that include transcribed and annotated data to make the study of grammatical change feasible.

We are searching for two interested and motivated candidates that would like to carry out their PhD projects in connection with this research agenda. The Agency for Management of University and Research Grants of the Government of Catalonia (AGAUR) has just opened a call for PhD positions (FI 2022,, and the interested candidates should apply for such a position themselves directly to the funding body (AGAUR), after having received endorsement by a Faculty member. The two co-PIs are able to endorse one application each and need to select two candidates out of those having expressed their interest in such a position.

If the candidates obtain the scholarship, they will become members of the above mentioned project, as well as of the LSC Lab and GLiF, where they will be hosted. They will also enroll in the PhD program in Translation and Language Sciences of Pompeu Fabra University (

Interested candidates must *first submit their expression of interest* to Gemma Barberà ( and Josep Quer ( by e-mail *by 15 October 2021*.

The candidates are expected to match the following qualifications and skills:
- A Master's degree (or equivalent) with excellent grade records in formal linguistics with a strong background in either sign language research or in Greek morphosyntax.
- Firm background knowledge in grammar theory and (a) linguistic typology, (b) language contact or (c) diachronic grammar.
- Proficiency in either (a) Catalan Sign Language (or another sign language) and in English, or (b) in Greek and in English. In the latter case, knowledge of Italian will be considered a valuable additional asset.
- Excellent research skills.
- Excellent academic writing and presentation skills.
- Excellent communication, social and organizational skills.
- Experience of working with language consultants and with corpus data.

The working language of the project will be English. Preference will be given to a Deaf applicant with equal qualifications.

Expressions of interest should include the following information, in one pdf file:
- a letter of motivation (at most 1 page) explaining why you are interested in this position;
- a curriculum vitae (including a URL for download of bachelor and/or master thesis -- if applicable; if not possible, send it in a separate attachment);
- a list of grades obtained for your Bachelor and Master (or equivalent) programs;
- names and contact details of two academic referees.

Contact Information:
        Josep Quer

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