[Lingtyp] JOB: postdoc on information structure typology (and also PhD in Romance variation)

Hedvig Skirgård hedvig.skirgard at gmail.com
Wed Jan 31 05:21:20 UTC 2018

Dear all,

This is a relayed reminder about the fast approaching deadline for a two
positions at Cologne, one PhD and one Postdoc. See messages below and
attachments for more info, and spread to colleagues and students. The
postdoc is more typology-oriented and the PhD more Romance-oriented.


*From: *Aria Adli <aria.adli at uni-koeln.de>
*Subject: **postdoc position, information structure, and PhD position
variation&change and formal linguistics*
*Date: *29 January 2018 at 4:35:55 AM AEST
*To: *undisclosed-recipients:;

Dear Colleagues,

the postdoc position in the research project "prominence and information
structure" is yet to be filled. Please forward the job call to any suitable
who should have expertise in information structure, syntax, corpus
linguistics and very good command of French or Spanish or Persian (see pdf
document attached). The deadline is February 5th 2018. The contract would
go until end of 2020.

In addition, I have a PhD position at my chair / Sociolinguistic Lab to be
filled by a candidate who knows a Romance language and who has interest in
formal linguistics and variation&change (see pdf).

Best regards,
Aria Adli

Message on LinguistList


The Institute of Romance Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at
University of Cologne is looking to fill the position of Postdoc in the
Collaborative Research Centre: SFB 1252 "Prominence in Language".

The project C01 "Prominence and information structure" (PI: Prof Dr Aria
studies the relation between prominence and information structure, in
particular: 1) the role of prominent syntactic positions in non-canonical
order, 2) the competition between various prominent topic candidates in
canonical word order.
Commencement of employment is scheduled for 15th of April 2018. The postdoc
position offered is fulltime with weekly working time of 39,83 hours (100%)
and is a fixed-term work contract ending on 31st of December 2020.
If pay scale requirements are met, the position will be remunerated in
accordance with pay grade 13 TV-L.

Area of Responsibility:
- coordinate project work, advise other project members (PhD and student
annotators) and support the PI in project-related day-to-day business
- investigate non-canonical word order phenomena (sentence periphery,
postverbal subjects, clefts) using corpus-based, cross-linguistic methods
statistical inference; publication of results
- develop a theoretical model of the interaction of syntactic prominence and
information structure (e.g., rule-based vs. probabilistic)
- refine the annotation structure in the multilingual corpus of spontaneous
speech sgscorpus.com (incl. information structure, definiteness/specificity)
and supervise student annotators

For more information please consult: http://www.sfb1252.uni-koeln.de

- PhD in Linguistics
- flawless command of spoken and written English, high proficiency in French
or Spanish as well as sufficient structural knowledge to perform
work in one of the other languages examined in the project (i.e., French,
Spanish, Catalan, Persian).
- knowledge of German; candidates without prior knowledge must be willing to
gain a good command of the language within the first six months
- international research experience in the field of syntax and information
structure, as documented via publications
- sound knowledge of corpus linguistics and quantitative analysis of corpus
- full-time presence in Cologne upon recruitment

The University of Cologne welcomes diversity, is an equal opportunity
and supports positive action in cases of candidates with equivalent
qualifications. Applications by women, persons with migrational backround
persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Applications should include a statement of interest (letter of motivation,
addressed to Professor Aria Adli), a CV including a list of publications, a
copy of the most important publications (max. 5), a copy of the relevant
degrees/certificates, the names and addresses of two referees.

Applications should be sent to the application email below in a single PDF
file with the subject "Postdoc C01". The application deadline is 5th of
February 2018.

Application Deadline: 05-Feb-2018

Email Address for Applications: adli-applications at uni-koeln.d
<adli-applications at uni-koeln.de>e
Contact Information:
Professor Aria Adli. Email: aria.adli at uni-koeln.de
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