27.3849, Support: English; French; Spanish; Pragmatics; Semantics / Germany

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Subject: 27.3849, Support: English; French; Spanish; Pragmatics; Semantics / Germany

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Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:42:55
From: Maria Biezma [maria.biezma at uni-konstanz.de]
Subject: English; French; Spanish; Pragmatics; Semantics: PhD, University of Konstanz, Germany

 Institution/Organization: University of Konstanz 
Department: Linguisitcs 
Web Address: http://typo.uni-konstanz.de/questionsInterfaces/ 

Level: PhD 

Duties: Research,Project Work
 
Specialty Areas: Pragmatics; Semantics 
 
Required Language(s): English (eng)
                      French (fra) 
                      Spanish (spa) 

Description:

Available as of Nov 1st, 2016

Applications are invited for a 30-months 65% (doctoral) research position,
possibly extended for 6 more months to complete 3 full years, in the newly
established Research Unit ''Questions at the Interfaces (QI)''. The research
unit is dedicated to investigating question formation, with a particular
emphasis on non-canonical questions (e.g., rhetorical, echo, self-addressed,
suggestive). This Research Unit (RU) combines expertise from theoretical,
computational and experimental linguistics as well as visual analytics to
study how different components of grammar (morphology, syntax, phonology)
interface with one another to signal a particular meaning. The RU consists of
8 subprojects. See http://ling.uni-konstanz.de/pages/home/qi for more
information. 

The linguistic department at the University of Konstanz offers a lively and
internationally well-connected research environment where students are
immediately integrated in scholarly life and research at all levels. The
research unit offers PhD students the opportunity to discuss their topics with
fellow students who work on similar issues; we also have funding for PhD
students to attend international workshops and conferences.

Subproject description:

There is growing interest and exciting new research on the integration between
discourse and other levels in the construction of meaning. This project
studies the contrast between wh-in-situ and wh-fronted questions in different
varieties of French and Spanish in order to investigate the role of discourse
in the construction of meaning. The project P2 appeals to formal discourse
models and adopts both theoretical perspectives and experimental methodologies
involving dialogue completion tasks and corpus work. For more details, visit:
https://mariabiezma.com/dfg-funded-project/

Requirements:

- The successful candidate must have a Master's degree in Linguistics, or a
related field with specialization in language research (e.g. Cognitive
Sciences, Psychology, or Computer Sciences) in hand by the starting date.
- Training in formal linguistics is a must, and specialization in formal
Semantics and/or Pragmatics is an advantage. 
- Experience in data collection and data analysis (related to
Psycholinguistics, Computational Linguistics, etc.) is very welcome but not
required.
- Command of English and either Spanish or French (preferred) is a must, but
command of German is not required.

The University of Konstanz encourages disabled persons to apply. They will be
given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 (0) 7531 / 88 – 4016
und 88 - 2834). 

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 has been certified as a family-friendly institution
by the Hertie Foundation and is committed to further the compatibility of work
and family life. 

The University of Konstanz offers a “Dual Career Couples Programme“.
Information is available at:
https://www.uni-konstanz.de/gleichstellungsreferat/familie/dual-career/. 

Applications must be sent electronically, including the reference number 2016
/ 210, the subjectline: “PhD application: Questions-Romance” and electronic
copies (pdf) of the following documents in a single file:

- Cover letter with statement of purpose explaining the candidate's background
and his/her interest in the position
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
- Up to two writing samples (i.e. publications if any, term paper or Master's
thesis)
- Contact information of two referees

to maria.biezma at uni-konstanz.de
 

Application Deadline: 25-Oct-2016 

Mailing Address for Applications:
	Attn: JProf Maria Biezma 
	Universitätsstr. 10 
	Konstanz Ba-Wü 78457 
	Germany 
	
Web Address for Applications: http://typo.uni-konstanz.de/questionsInterfaces/index.php/positions-available/ 

Contact Information: 
	JProf Maria Biezma 
	maria.biezma at uni-konstanz.de  


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