PostDoctoral Fellowship: Cairns Institute, Aikhenvald/Dixon

Alexandra Aikhenvald a.y.aikhenvald at LIVE.COM
Fri Aug 14 01:54:35 UTC 2009

Applications are invited for a two year Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in The Cairns Institute to work as part of a team headed by Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and Professor R.M.W. Dixon, within the framework of their joint project ‘World through the prism of language: a cross-linguistic view of genders, noun classes and classifiers’. 
Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent qualification, preferably awarded within the last five years. Cases in which the period since the award of the doctorate is in excess of five years may also be considered, as will applications from candidates whose thesis is currently under examination. Experience of linguistic fieldwork is required and ideally the appointee will have already completed a grammatical description of a language that has not previously been described (not their native language) in terms of basic linguistic theory. A Fellowship will not normally be awarded to an applicant who already holds an appointment within the University. Ideally, we are seeking to make an appointment to work on a language from either South America, New Guinea or from the Tibeto-Burman family. However excellent applicants with primary interest in another area will be considered. The appointee will be required to undertake extensive fieldwork and will produce a comprehensive description of a previously undescribed language.
Duties and Accountabilities
The key duty is to conduct research in anthropological linguistics, with particular attention to language analysis, producing high quality publications in refereed outlets.
Key Selection Criteria
1. Thorough professional training in linguistics, with special reference to language-description, anthropological linguistics and linguistic typology;
2. PhD (conferred or pending) in descriptive linguistics, in terms of basic linguistic theory;
3. Demonstrated ability to work, under direction, as a member of a research team;
4. Demonstrated ability to work to a timetable, and produce results on time;
5. Demonstrated ability and commitment to disseminate the results of research in high quality publications within agreed timeframes; evidence of high level written, oral and interpersonal communication skills to diverse audiences.
Desirable Selection Criteria
1. Ideally, to have produced a description of a language, preferably 
(a) a language for which there had previously been no good description; and 
(b) a language other than that of which they are a native speaker;
2. Some training in anthropology.


Professor A Aikhenvald


Sasha.aikhenvald at 
Further details, including the application form, are available at jobs at jcu website:

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, PhD, DLitt, FAHA
Professor and Research Leader (Peoples and Societies of the Tropics)
The Cairns Institute 
James Cook University
PO Box 6811
Queensland 4870

mobile 0400 305315
office 61-7-40421117
home 61-7-40381876
sasha.aikhenvald at


Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 18:27:14 +0200
From: Frans.Plank at UNI-KONSTANZ.DE
Subject: Amazonian information structure

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From: Daniel Everett <dan at>
Date: July 1, 2009 9:46:00 PM GMT+02:00
To: Plank Frans <Frans.Plank at>
Subject: Help?


Would you be willing to post the following for me on LingTyp?



A new site has been developed to present recent research results on information structure in Amazonian languages. 
The research presented is based on the work of various linguists at a variety of institutions. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0344361. The principal investigators for the grant were Robert Van Valin, Jr. and Daniel Everett.
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