24.2136, Support: General Linguistics: PhD Student, University of Leuven, Belgium

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Subject: 24.2136, Support: General Linguistics: PhD Student, University of Leuven, Belgium

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Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 10:05:25
From: Benedikt Szmrecsanyi [benszm at gmail.com]
Subject: General Linguistics: PhD Student, University of Leuven, Belgium

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 Institution/Organization: University of Leuven 
Department: Linguistics - QLVL research unit 
Web Address: http://wwwling.arts.kuleuven.be/qlvl/ 

Level: PhD 

Duties: Research,Teaching,Project Work
 
Specialty Areas: General Linguistics 
English Linguistics 

Description:

The research group Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics (QLVL)
of the Department of Linguistics of the University of Leuven is looking for
applicants for two fully-funded PhD-fellowships in Linguistics.

The PhD fellowships will be integrated in a project entitled “Exploring
probabilistic grammar(s) in varieties of English around the world”, funded by
the Odysseus program of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and supervised
by prof. dr. Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (University of Leuven). The project is
situated at the crossroads of research on English as a World Language,
usage-based theoretical linguistics, variationist linguistics, and cognitive
sociolinguistics. It specifically marries the spirit of the Probabilistic
Grammar Framework (which posits that grammatical knowledge is experience-based
and partially probabilistic) to research along the lines of the English
World-Wide paradigm (which is concerned with the dialectology and
sociolinguistics of post-colonial English-speaking communities around the
world). The overarching objective is to understand the lectal plasticity of
probabilistic knowledge of English grammar, on the part of language users with
diverse regional and cultural backgrounds. Empirically, the project will tap
into corpus material (as sampled e.g. in the International Corpus of English)
to probe factors constraining a number of syntactic alternations in the
grammar of English, supplementing this type of evidence with rating
experiments as necessary.

Each of the PhD projects will be concerned with one of the following syntactic
alternations in the grammar of English: the genitive alternation (the
president's speech versus the speech of the president), the dative alternation
(we sent him a letter versus we sent a letter to him), and particle placement
(he looked the word up versus he looked up the word). The project
infrastructure includes a postdoctoral researcher, who will coordinate
research on the above phenomena.

Profile: You have …
- strong analytical skills and a background in quantitative linguistic
analysis; previous exposure to regression modeling (R, SPSS, Rbrul, Varbrul)
would be a plus
- an MA (or equivalent) in Linguistics or Philology and academic distinction;
students who will only obtain their degree in the fall of 2013 are encouraged
to apply as well
- an excellent command of English
- good communication skills (both written and oral) and strong interpersonal
skills.

The positions start January 1st 2014 or earlier. The scholarships are
initially granted for one year, but are renewable for up to a total of four
years, pending positive evaluation. The positions are expected to result in
the completion of a PhD.

You will receive a net salary of approximately 1700 EUR/month and all regular
provisions for KU Leuven research fellows. In addition, you will be allocated
office space and a laptop, and receive funding for research activities such as
attending conferences abroad. You will join a dynamic and internationally
highly visible research team, which includes 3 full-time faculty members, 2
postdoctoral fellows and 10 PhD students.

You will be asked to …
- play an active role in the research group and the KU Leuven community 
- support the research group by taking up administrative, logistic or
teaching-related tasks
- present research results at conferences, and publish in peer-reviewed
journals.

Please send a cover letter, a CV, the names of two referees whom we might
approach prior to appointment, and a sample piece of scientific writing (e.g.
master thesis or article) to benszm at gmail.com.
 

Application Deadline: 31-Aug-2013 

Mailing Address for Applications:
	Attn: prof. dr. Benedikt Szmrecsanyi 
Department of Linguistics 
Blijde-Inkomststraat 21, PO Box 03308 
Leuven B-3000 
Belgium 
	
Contact Information: 
	Benedikt Szmrecsanyi 
benszm at gmail.com  





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