LINGUIST List 32.3251

Fri Oct 15 2021

Support: English, Middle; Historical Linguistics: PhD, University of Mannheim, Germany

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 15-Oct-2021
From: Carola Trips <>
Subject: English, Middle; Historical Linguistics: PhD, University of Mannheim, Germany
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Department: Anglistik VI/English linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Mannheim, Germany

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics

Required Language(s): English, Middle (enm)


Research positions f/m/d (PostDoc, PhD) in historical linguistics and psycholinguistics. DFG Research Unit FOR 5157 "SILPAC"

Background information:
The new Research Unit "Structuring the Input in Language Processing, Acquisition, and Change" (FOR 5157 SILPAC, funded by the German Research Foundation DFG) invites applications for PostDoc and PhD positions. Positions should be filled January 1, 2022. Selected researchers will work in one of eight projects of the Research Unit, located at the Universities of Mannheim, Braunschweig, Kaiserslautern, Konstanz and Stuttgart. Positions will be funded for up to four years, starting in January 2022, and will be remunerated according to the public pay scale TV-L E13 (100% for PostDoc, 65% for PhD positions unless stated otherwise).

Successful candidates will conduct their primary research within one of the projects. However, a major goal of the Unit is to bring together historical linguistics and psycholinguistics. Thus, candidates are also expected to contribute to the Unit’s success by collaborating with the other projects and/or by contributing to "bridge" projects linking historical linguistic and psycholinguistic research questions. Candidates will also be able to take advantage of the SILPAC training package, offered by the Research Unit and its collaborators, to develop their knowledge of both historical linguistic and psycholinguistic theory and methods. Some funding is also available for presenting project work at conferences. Further information and a brief description of the group and the individual projects can be found here:

Research position:
In Project H3 "Changing the structure of the input in contact: verbal prefixes and verb particle combinations", PI Carola Trips, University of Mannheim

1 PhD position (65%, N.N.):
A young researcher who will work on:
- The lexicon: resultative particles in English under French contact influence and
- Syntax: Changes in valency and the lability of verbs.
The candidate should be familiar with working with the Penn corpora and is supposed to have some knowledge of Middle English, diachronic morphology and syntax and an interest in theoretical linguistics. Since the candidate will need input from Old French, there will be intensive collaboration with Tom Rainford (project H1).

The application deadline is October 31, 2021. Please submit your application by e-mail to the Principal Investigator of the project you are applying for in a single PDF file attachment comprising the following:
- cover and motivation letter
- academic CV
- list of publications (if applicable)
- description of relevant research experience
- degree certificates and transcripts of records

All participating universities are equal opportunity employers. All participating universities strive to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore encourage qualified women to apply. Preference will be given to applicants with disabilities provided they have the same qualifications. When applying by email, please be aware that breach of confidentiality and unauthorized access by a third party cannot be excluded for a communication without encryption.

Applications Deadline: 31-Oct-2021

Contact Information:
        Professor Dr. Carola Trips

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