Language Contact: Post Doc, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Sun Dec 14 13:19:58 UTC 2008

General Linguistics, Language Contact: Post Doc, MPI for Evolutionary
Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

University or Organization: MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department: Research Group Comparative Population Linguistics
Job Location: Leipzig, Germany
Web Address:
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Language Contact


Post-doctoral Position in Melanesian Contact Linguistics

One post-doctoral position is available in the interdisciplinary Max Planck
Research Group on Comparative Population Linguistics at the Max Planck
Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. The successful
applicant will be expected to work on language contact in Melanesia (here
understood as encompassing all areas where Non-Austronesian languages are
spoken, including Indonesia). The choice of the location and linguistic
details of the project are up to the candidate to decide, but the project
should be fieldwork-based and ideally involve contact between
Non-Austronesian and Austronesian languages. Projects including a
sociolinguistic component are very welcome.

The Max Planck Research Group on Comparative Population Linguistics is an
interdisciplinary group consisting of linguists, molecular anthropologists,
and a social anthropologist devoted to the study of prehistoric language
and population contact. Additional information can be found at our webpage
(listed above). The group is tied in with the Department of Linguistics at
the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, which has a strong focus on
functional-typological research as well as on fieldwork-based language
description; see

Applicants are required to hold a PhD degree or at least to have submitted
their PhD thesis at the time the project starts. Prior experience with
linguistic fieldwork is imperative, familiarity with languages of Melanesia
is highly desirable, and an interest in interdisciplinary research is
important. The position will be available for an initial period of two
years, with a possibility of extension.

Interested individuals should send a letter of application, description of
the proposed research project, curriculum vitae, a sample of their writing,
and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees to Brigitte Pakendorf by
e-mail. In addition, they should arrange for the letters of reference to be
sent directly to Brigitte Pakendorf. The deadline for applications is
January 10th, 2009, and the position will ideally be filled soon after
that; however, the exact starting date is negotiable. For further
information, please contact Brigitte Pakendorf.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Deadline: 10-Jan-2009

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Brigitte Pakendorf

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