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Support Announcement:

Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis Critique of Language/Sprachkritik
Specific Language: English
Application Deadline: 15-Sep-2012
Supporting Institution: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg/ Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS) Mannheim
Europäisches Zentrum für Sprachwissenschaften
LL Issue: 23.3315
Posted: 06-Aug-2012
Support Description: The Europäisches Zentrum für Sprachwissenschaften (EZS) (http://www.ezs-, a joint cooperation between the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
(Germany) and the Institut für Deutsche Sprache in Mannheim (Germany) invites
applications for five PhD fellowships in the newly founded Promotionskolleg
'Sprachkritik als Gesellschaftskritik im europäischen Vergleich / Critique of
language as Critique of Society - a European Perspective'. The fellowships are
available for a period of three years. The earliest starting date is 1 November 2012.

Critique of language means any form of critical comment on language usage. A
critique of language is socially relevant and shapes the cultures of European
nations. Critique of language is a form of evaluation of language through language.
As such, a critique of language also serves as a mirror of the linguistic and cultural
self-conception of a society and language community. The thematic focus of the
Promotionskolleg is to compare historical and contemporary language politics,
language policies, language institutions that include the German, English, Italian
and French language areas and communities of practice. The Promotionskolleg is
part of the research project Europäische Sprachkritik Online (ESO) / European
Critique of Language Online.

The PhD fellowships will be situated in the following institutions of the
Europäisches Zentrum für Sprachwissenschaften (EZS):
a) German department, Heidelberg and Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim (1
PhD fellowship)
b) English department, Heidelberg (1 PhD fellowship)
c) Romance department, Heidelberg: Italian (1 PhD fellowship)
d) Romance department, Heidelberg: French (1PhD fellowship)
e) Institute for Computational linguistics and English department, Heidelberg (1
PhD fellowship)

a) excellent study records and a university degree above average which qualifies
for a PhD application and shows a strong interest in linguistics as well as in
dealing with the major topics and methodologies of the PhD programme
b) emphasis on the quality of the project description and on the academic and
personal ability of the candidate to complete the dissertation in the given time
c) sound knowledge of linguistic methodologies; proof of prior research experience,
e.g. work experience as research assisstant, in MA-thesis, etc.
d) excellent knowledge of German and English as well as computer literacy
e) demonstration of good cooperative skills and the ability to work in
interdisciplinary partnerships
f) Candidates applying for the 2 PhD fellowships in the Romance department
should be fluent in Italian or French.
g) Candidates applying for the PhD fellowship in computational linguistics and
English linguistics should have a degree in computational linguistics.

We offer:
a) fellowship of € 1200/month which lasts for three years (plus additional support
for research costs)
b) a friendly and academically stimulating working environment

Applicants must submit the following documents with the electronic application (in
one pdf-file):
a) cover letter describing qualifications, academic goals and interest in the topic of
the Promotionskolleg (maximum 2 pages)
b) CV including information about education, grades, related work and research
c) a project description of max. 5 pages written in English or German and outlining
the research project (including research aims, criteria of analysis, method, data,
theoretical focus, time-table)
d) educational certificates
e) up to two letters of recommendation

Applications should be sent electronically to Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse at
beatrix.busse Linguist List The deadline for submission is 15 September
Application Web Address:
Contact Information: Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse