LINGUIST List 32.73

Wed Jan 06 2021

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

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 06-Jan-2021
From: Jakob Egetenmeyer <>
Subject: Romance; Spanish; Text/Corpus Linguistics: PhD, University of Cologne, Germany
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Department: CRC 1252 Prominence in Language
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Cologne

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Text/Corpus Linguistics
Tense and aspect; Argumentative Structure
Required Language(s): Spanish (spa)


The Department of Romance Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne is currently seeking to fill a PhD Position (m/f/d) in the Collaborative Research Centre 1252 “Prominence in Language”, sub project C02 “Tense and aspect in discourse” from April 01, 2021 until December 31, 2024 (65%, 25.89 hours/week). Salary is determined following the salary scale E 13 according to German TVL.

Project C02 investigates temporal and argumentative discourse structures. The phenomenon of prominence, the highlighting of certain elements in the discourse in relation to competing elements, will play a central role.
Temporal discourse structures include relations on the time axis such as sequence and simultaneity. At the same time, perspective and the creation of foreground and background structures are also part of it. Taking these aspects into account, the use of tense forms in narrative texts in Romance languages can be explained. This approach will now be expanded by including the functioning of the argumentative structuring of texts and its relation to the temporal structure in the investigations. In this way, we aim at achieving the overall goal of the project of a more comprehensive representation of the temporal and argumentative discourse structure.

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Your tasks:
- You will analyze the argumentative potential of discourse markers in interaction with tense-aspect marking in two Romance languages (Spanish plus another one). You will use language comparison techniques.
- You will set up and annotate a corpus of oral and close-to-speech data.
- You will create materials for forced-choice experiments and conduct as well as analyze these experiments statistically.
- You will present your results at international conferences and make them available to the research community.
- You will assist researchers in acceptability experiments.

Your profile:
- You are capable of working conceptually and quickly fathoming out new research topics.
- You are capable of working in a team and collaborating with related projects.
- Excellent knowledge of Spanish and at least advanced knowledge of another Romance language is essential. Your knowledge of English should be high in speaking and writing. Basic German knowledge is an advantage, but may also be acquired during the first year of the PhD.
- You work efficiently and are well organized.

Formal requirements:
- You have earned a university degree involving a focus on Romance languages.

The University of Cologne is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. Women are expressly encouraged to apply and given priority in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We also expressly welcome applications from people with special needs or of equal status.

In addition to the usual documents (a cover letter describing your qualifications and motivation for applying for this position, CV and copies of the relevant university degree(s) including transcripts), please send your Master's thesis or, if it has not yet been completed, if possible two to three preliminary chapters of the Master's thesis as well as two representative term papers. Please do not include a photo with your application.

Please send all documents as a single PDF to the contact email below.

Closing date is January 31, 2021.

For questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Martin Becker at the contact information below.

Contact Information:
        Prof. Dr. Martin Becker

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