JOB: Discourse-based approaches to functional explanation for grammar

Carol Genetti cgenetti at
Fri Sep 9 17:21:32 UTC 2011


The Linguistics Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara
seeks to hire a specialist in discourse-based approaches to functional
explanation for grammar. The appointment will be tenure-track at the
Assistant Professor level, effective July 1, 2012.

Candidates' research should be based on a functionally oriented,
empirically grounded approach to discourse and grammar, addressing the ways
that language use shapes linguistic structure, and making significant
theoretical contributions to the question of why languages are as they are.
Candidates will be preferred whose research addresses the multidimensional
nature of functional explanation, integrating insights from among the
following areas: cross-linguistic and typological approaches to functional
explanation for grammar; semantic and pragmatic motivations for grammar;
historical change, evolution, and grammaticization; interactional functions
and sociolinguistic variation of grammar; cognitive processing of grammar;
use of innovative methodologies, such as current techniques for
corpus-based quantitative and qualitative analysis; work with understudied

We are especially interested in candidates who show the ability to link the
theoretical implications of their research to other subdisciplines in
linguistics and to related fields, and to interact with colleagues and
students across disciplinary boundaries at UCSB. Candidates must have
demonstrated excellence in teaching, and will be expected to teach a range
of graduate and undergraduate courses in both functional grammar and
general linguistics.

Ph.D. in linguistics or a related field is required. Ph.D. normally
required by the time of appointment. To ensure full consideration, all
application materials, including letters of reference, should be received
by November 1, 2011. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants
should submit the following to search at in a standard
electronic format (preferably pdf or rtf): letter of application, statement
of research interests, curriculum vitae, and 2 writing samples. Applicants
should request 3 academic letters of reference to be sent directly to
search at by the November 1 deadline. Applicants should
also complete the supplemental online data form at Fax and mail
applications not accepted. Inquiries may be addressed to the Search
Committee at search at Interviews will be conducted
either via Skype video conference call or in person at the Linguistic
Society of America annual meeting (January 5-8, 2012); either interview
format will be considered equivalent for consideration.

Our department has a genuine commitment to diversity, and is especially
interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence
of the academic community through research, teaching and service. UCSB is
an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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