2 PhD positions, grant-funded, RU Nijmegen, Centre for Language Studies

Ans van Kemenade A.v.Kemenade at let.ru.nl
Thu Apr 17 15:43:11 UTC 2008

PhD positions  English Language (fulltime) at the Radboud University
Nijmegen, The Netherlands


Project 1: Syntactic innovation in early Modern English: the importance of
the subject as unmarked theme (reference number 23.13.08)


Project 2: Syntactic innovation in early Modern English: the position of
focus (reference number 23.14.08)

Deadline: 26-04-2008 



These two PhD positions are part of a research project funded by the Dutch
organization for Scientific research (NWO), granted to PI’s Bettelou Los and
Ans van Kemenade. The title of the project is Syntax and Information
Structure: Discourse Options after the Loss of Verb-Second. It investigates
the changes in informational status of the first constituent in the early
Modern English period (ca. 1500-1700). Its hypothesis is that the loss of
the verb-second rule in late Middle English compromised the options for the
structuring of information in the clause, which led to the emergence of new
syntactic constructions. The first PhD position will focus on the rise of
new passive constructions (passive ECM, prepositional passives) while the
second PhD position will investigate the rise of cleft sentences and new
ways to express contrastive focus. The full project description can be found
at http://www.ru.nl/engels/wie_wat_waar/medewerkers/persoonlijk/los/



*	An MA degree in English Language, in Linguistics or in a related
*	Preferably a specialization in historical linguistics, with affinity
with and some experience in corpus-based quantitative research.


The Organization
The Faculty of Letters of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The
Netherlands, has an international reputation for excellence in research and
teaching and educates some 2800 students, offering a range of courses in the
humanities. The PhD candidates will participate in the Research Institute
CLS (Centre for Language Studies: www.ru.nl/cls).


Conditions of Employment

*	The position is fulltime
*	The salary will start at Euro 2,000  a month before taxes
*	The contract will initially be for 1.5 years, and will be extended
with a further two years after review


For more information, please contact:

Dr. B.Los                                                             Prof.
Dr. A.M.C. van Kemenade 

Tel.: (+31) 24 3612842                                   Tel: (+31) 24

E-mail: HYPERLINK "mailto:B.Los at let.ru.nl"B.Los at let.ru.nl
E-mail: HYPERLINK "mailto:a.vankemenade at let.ru.nl"a.vankemenade at let.ru.nl


A detailed description of the project can be found on

How to apply

Please send your letter of application and curriculum vitae by post to:

Radboud Universiteit, Faculteit der Letteren

Afdeling PZ, P. Stunnenberg, P.O. Box 9103, 6500 HD Nijmegen, The

or by email to: vacatures at let.ru.nl.

Please quote reference number.


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