27.3751, Support: Morphology; Phonology / Germany

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Subject: 27.3751, Support: Morphology; Phonology / Germany

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Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:58:18
From: Jochen Trommer [jtrommer at uni-leipzig.de]
Subject: Morphology; Phonology, PhD, University of Leipzig, Germany

 Institution/Organization: University of Leipzig 
Department: Department of Linguistics 
Web Address: http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~asw/ 

Level: PhD 

Duties: Research
 
Specialty Areas: Morphology; Phonology 
 

Description:

The research project 'Featural Affixes: The Morphology of Phonological
Features' (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) offers 14 months of
funding for a PhD student for carrying out research in the project. The
position (German salary grade: half-time 13 TV-L/2) starts November 1, 2016
(or later), and will be associated to the graduate program ''Interaction of
Grammatical Building Blocks'' (IGRA) (http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~igra).
Applicants must have an MA or equivalent in hand by November 1, 2016, and are
expected to carry out research for their dissertation in the project. They
should have expertise in one of the following areas: Current phonological
theories (e.g., Optimality Theory), theoretical morphology (e.g., Distributed
Morphology or Word-and-Paradigm approaches), crosslinguistic typology, and the
representation of linguistic data in database systems. Students from
international backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Project description: Featural affixes are affixes which express
morphosyntactic categories by adding phonological features to segments of a
base word (cf. German Bruder brother/Brueder brothers, where plural morphology
consists exclusively in vocalic fronting, i.e. the affixation of the
phonological feature [-back] on the stressed vowel). Although they are among
the most frequent and widespread types of morphology crosslinguistically, our
theoretical understanding of featural affixes is limited by two substantial
problems: (i) Systematic research on the topic has been limited almost
exclusively to their phonological properties, hence we know little about
featural affixes as morphological objects, and (ii) the empirical foundation
of research on featural affixes is based on an extremely small sample of
languages, and relies in crucial respects on empirically flawed data. This
project addresses both problems by a detailed empirical and theoretical study
on the morphology of featural affixes in four central areas: their
linearization, cooccurrence, allomorphy, and their syncretism in the languages
of the world. More information is available at
http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~featuralaffixes/ 

Applications via email are strongly encouraged. Applicants should send a CV,
two letters of recommendation, and a representative sample of their research
work (e.g. an advanced seminar paper or M.A. thesis) as pdf files to Jochen
Trommer (jtrommer at uni-leipzig.de).
 

Application Deadline: 15-Oct-2016 

Mailing Address for Applications:
	Attn: Jochen Trommer 
	Institut fuer Linguistik, Beethovenstrasse 15 
	Leipzig D-04107 
	Germany 
	
Contact Information: 
	Jochen Trommer 
	jtrommer at uni-leipzig.de  


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