LINGUIST List 32.3358

Mon Oct 25 2021

Support: German; Italian; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics: PhD, University of Mannheim, Germany

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 25-Oct-2021
From: Helen Engemann <>
Subject: German; Italian; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics: PhD, University of Mannheim, Germany
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Mannheim, Germany

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics

Required Language(s): German (deu)
                            Italian (ita)


2 PhD positions in Psycholinguistics/Bilingualism (65% TV-L E13 German salary scale)

The Department of English Linguistics at the University of Mannheim invites applications for two PhD positions within a new project that investigates priming in bilingual adolescents and adults across different language-contact settings. Both 65% positions are funded for up to four years (remuneration according to the German public pay scale TV-L E13) and are to be filled as soon as possible.

This project is part of the new Research Unit “Structuring the Input in Language Processing, Acquisition, and Change” (SILPAC), funded by the German Research Foundation DFG (FOR 5157). One of the major aims of SILPAC is to investigate language change using psycholinguistic methods. The 2 advertised PhD positions focus on a comparative investigation of structural priming effects in bilingual speakers of Italian and German in the domain of motion event constructions, investigating the role of speakers’ age and language environment across different priming paradigms.

The Research Unit provides an exciting research infrastructure involving an interdisciplinary network of researchers from six universities, funding opportunities for conference visits, and an interdisciplinary training package including regular workshops offered by international experts. Candidates will conduct their primary research within one of the individual projects but are also expected to collaborate with other participating project teams. For more information on the Research Unit, see:

The successful candidates will be responsible for designing experimental tasks; organising and carrying out data collections from Italian-German speakers in Germany and Italy; data processing and statistical analysis; participating in and contributing to conference presentations and publications; and attending retreats and lab exchanges. Candidates are also expected to submit a doctoral dissertation within the four-year period.

We are looking for highly motivated PhD students with a master’s degree (or equivalent) in linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, or a related discipline with a strong background in psycholinguistics, solid statistical skills, and an interest in multilingualism, language contact and/or language acquisition. Native or near-native command of Italian and/or German is highly desirable. Experience with priming methods and/or with collecting, transcribing, and analysing linguistic data would be an advantage.

The application deadline is November 22, 2021, but applications will be considered until the positions are filled. Please email your application to as a single PDF file attachment, comprising the following:
- cover and motivation letter
- academic CV
- list of publications and presentations (if applicable)
- description of relevant research experience
- copies of academic degree certificates and transcript of records
Interviews will be held (via Zoom) in December 2021.

The University of Mannheim is an equal opportunities employer and seeks to increase the proportion of women in research, and thus strongly encourages qualified women to apply. Given equivalent qualifications and experience, applicants with disabilities will be given preference. When applying by email, please be aware that breach of confidentiality and unauthorised access by a third party cannot be excluded for a communication without encryption.

For further information, please contact Jun.-Prof. Dr. Helen Engemann (

Applications Deadline: 22-Nov-2021

Contact Information:
        Juniorprofessor Helen Engemann

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