27.3463, Support: General Linguistics; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax / Germany

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Subject: 27.3463, Support: General Linguistics; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax / Germany

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Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:30:03
From: Barbara Stiebels [barbara.stiebels at uni-leipzig.de]
Subject: General Linguistics; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax: PhD, Universität Leipzig, Germany

 Institution/Organization: Universität Leipzig 
Department: Institut für linguistik 
Web Address: https://igra.philol.uni-leipzig.de/en/homepage/ 

Level: PhD 

Duties: Research
 
Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax 
 

Description:

The University of Leipzig, Germany, offers full funding for 4 PhD candidates
who wish to obtain a PhD in any area of Syntax, Morphology and/or Phonology
and their interfaces. These 4 PhD positions will be part of the graduate
program ''Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks'' (IGRA), funded by the
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

Each PhD position is funded for 3 years, with social benefits (payscale: 0.5
TVL-E13), and will consist of a combination of course-work (with courses
taught by Leipzig faculty and by internationally renowned guest scholars from
elsewhere) and independent research. Students will also have the opportunity
to conduct extended research stays at leading linguistic institutions abroad,
and will have access to travel money for conferences and summer schools.

The central research focus of IGRA is on the phonology, morphology, and syntax
of natural languages. Recent developments in grammatical theory have
accumulated an impressive body of knowledge about the representations of
linguistic expressions of varying complexity, and about the grammatical
building blocks (rules, operations, constraints, schemata, extralinguistic
factors) that restrict their distributions. In addition, there are some
plausible hypotheses as to how these building blocks interact with one
another. However, what is so far lacking is a comprehensive and systematic
investigation of the possible interactions of grammatical building blocks from
different theoretical perspectives, on the basis of detailed empirical studies
of phonological, morphological, and syntactic phenomena from an array of
typologically diverse languages. It is the primary goal of the graduate
programme to address this gap.

The dissertations carried out under this programme will pursue empirical
research based on different grammatical models (and potentially also on
combinations thereof), among them Minimalism, Optimality Theory, Rule-Based
Phonology, Distributed Morphology, Lexical Decomposition Grammar, Construction
Grammar, Framework-Free Grammatical Theory, Minimalist Morphology,
Paradigm-Function Morphology. The programme thus offers PhD candidates the
unique opportunity of conducting linguistic research in an academically
rigorous environment that is not pre-biased toward one or other theoretical
framework but offers exposure to a diverse range of theoretical perspectives. 
Detailed information about the research programme, including a list of the
programme's faculty and a list of potential dissertation topics, can be found
on website: http://igra.philol.uni-leipzig.de

Requirements:

Students from international backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.
The language of instruction is English. Applicants should have an M.A. in
Linguistics or related fields, with degree in hand latest by April 1, 2017.

Starting date: April 1, 2017.

How to apply:

Applications should contain the following supporting documents:

- Statement of purpose (1-2 pages) that clarifies the research interests of
the applicant, in particular detailing how these would fit in with the broader
research goals of the PhD programme; this can be in English or German
- Representative sample of research work (e.g. an advanced seminar paper or
M.A. thesis): in English or German
- Two letters of recommendation
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Copy of M.A. degree (to be handed in latest by April 1, 2017, if not already
available by Jan. 3, 2017)

All supporting documents for the application should be emailed electronically
as a single pdf file (the M.A. degree to be scanned in) to Prof. Barbara
Stiebels (subject line: igra phd; email address given below).

The recommendation letters should be emailed directly to this address by the
referees.
 

Application Deadline: 03-Jan-2017 

Mailing Address for Applications:
	Attn: Prof. Dr. Barbara Stiebels 
	Universitaet Leipzig, Institut fuer Linguistik 
	Beethovenstr. 15 
	Leipzig 04107 
	Germany 
	
Contact Information: 
	Barbara Stiebels 
	barbara.stiebels at uni-leipzig.de  


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