LINGUIST List 32.3252

Fri Oct 15 2021

Support: French; French, Middle; French, Old; Italian; Romance; Historical Linguistics: PhD, Universität Stuttgart

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 15-Oct-2021
From: Achim Stein <>
Subject: French; French, Middle; French, Old; Italian; Romance; Historical Linguistics: PhD, Universität Stuttgart, Germany
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Department: Institut für Linguistik/Romanistik
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Universität Stuttgart

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics

Required Language(s): French (fra)
                            French, Middle (frm)
                            French, Old (fro)
                            Italian (ita)


Two research positions (PhD, Postdoc) in Romance historical linguistics, Institut für Linguistik/Romanistik, University of Stuttgart, DFG Research Unit FOR 5157 "SILPAC"

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 between January and March 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 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:

1 PhD position (65%) in French historical linguistics

In SILPAC project H1: “Lexical change in motion: Motion verbs and motion lexicalization from medieval to modern Romance”,

This position will focus on the role of lexical change in the development of motion constructions in French, in particular the loss of the verb-particle construction. The project involves analysis of data across the history of French, in particular medieval and pre-Classical French. The successful candidate will have a background in theoretical linguistics, have knowledge of Old French and/or the history of the French language, and be fluent in French. Knowledge of English historical linguistics, psycholinguistics and/or experience with using linguistic corpora is highly desirable.

Please email your application for this position to Dr. Thomas Rainsford (

1 75% PostDoc position (TV-L E 13) in historical corpus linguistics (French, Italian).

In SILPAC project H2: Change and acquisition of verbal structures,

This position will create resources and infrastructure for both Romance projects located in Stuttgart (H1, H2). The focus will be primarily on the argument structure of verbs (e.g. unaccusativity, auxiliaries, datives). Computational expertise in corpus exploitation and statistics, philological expertise in medieval French and a background in theoretical linguistics are essential. Knowledge of Italian, Anglo-French and Middle English is useful. Data handling, technical infrastructure and sustainability measures will be managed by this position. Extensive collaboration with all SILPAC members based in Stuttgart is expected.

Please email your application for this position to Prof. Achim Stein (

Contact Information:
        Professor Achim Stein

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