26.1729, Support: Pragmatics, Semantics / Germany

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Subject: 26.1729, Support: Pragmatics, Semantics / Germany

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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:46:49
From: Maribel Romero [maribel.romero at uni-konstanz.de]
Subject: Pragmatics, Semantics: PhD Student, University of Konstanz, Germany

 Institution/Organization: University of Konstanz 
Department: Linguistics 
Web Address: http://ling.uni-konstanz.de/pages/index_en.html 

Level: PhD 

Duties: Research,Project Work
Specialty Areas: Pragmatics; Semantics 


Applicants are invited for a three-year doctoral position within the Research Unit ''What if: On the epistemological, pragmatic, psychological and cultural significance of counterfactual thinking'' (second phase), funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) at the University of Konstanz. The successful candidate is expected to work within the project ''Semantics and pragmatics of counterfactuals: from sentence to discourse'' and undertake research towards a Ph. D. in linguistics. The position is available as of July 1st, 2015.

The project investigates the semantics and pragmatics of conditional sentences, in three domains: at the sentence level, at the discourse level and at the interface with epistemology. At the sentence level, the contribution of morphological marking (mood, tense, aspect) is investigated as well as its relation to cancellable / uncancellable implications (e. g. counterfactuality). At the discourse level, we compare variably strict analyses with strict analyses that use a pragmatic modal horizon, focusing on Sobel sequences and on the licensing of negative polarity items. At the interface with epistemology, we compare the behavior of conditionals with that of epistemic modals and evidentials, to gain new insights on how to model the truth-/assertability-conditions of conditional sentences.

Applicants should have an M.A. degree (or equivalent) in Linguistics by the start date and should specialize in formal semantics and/or formal pragmatics. Knowledge of logic and / or philosophy of language is welcome.

How to Apply:
Applicants should send a short cover letter, a full CV, one sample publication or paper and the name and contact information of one potential referee by May 17th, 2015 to Maribel Romero at the following email address: maribel.romero at uni-konstanz.de  
Please indicate in the subject field ''PhD position in Research Unit 'What if'''.
The University of Konstanz encourages persons with disabilities to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 (0) 7531 / 88 - 4016 und 88 - 2834). The University of Konstanz has been certified as a family-friendly institution by the Hertie Founda-tion and is committed to further the compatibility of work and family life. The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer that tries to increase the number of women in research and teaching. The University of Konstanz offers a „Dual Career Couples Program". Information can be obtained from: 

Application Deadline: 17-May-2015 

Web Address for Applications: http://www.uni-konstanz.de/stellenangebote/?cont=stellausw&seite=2015/059&id=1 

Contact Information: 
	Prof. Maribel Romero 
	maribel.romero at uni-konstanz.de 
	Phone:+49 7531 88-2728  

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