[Tibeto-burman-linguistics] postdoc in Chinese historical linguistics at SOAS

Nathan Hill nh36 at soas.ac.uk
Thu Dec 8 10:57:31 UTC 2022

Dear friends and colleagues,

I’m happy to let you know about this opportunity for this postdoc in Chinese historical linguistics and digital humanities at SOAS University of London. The position is for one year in the first instance but has the possibility to renew for up to three years.

Brief description below and full details at this link -- https://vacancies.soas.ac.uk/job/351599

The deadline is January 4, 2023. Please circulate wide and far.

Under the leadership of Dr. Ernest Caldwell, the department will be hosting a collaborative research project ‘Han phonology: when Chinese became Chinese’, which will produce a Handbook of Han Chinese Phonology intended to supersede the existing monograph length studies of Han phonology. The Handbook will synthesize the existing knowledge of sound change in this period, formalizing this synthesis with finite state transducers. In addition, by applying state-of-the-art network analysis to the linguistic data found in a robust corpus of texts that includes newly unearthed sources, we will pinpoint the time, place, and social milieu of known changes, adjudicate controversial proposal, and provide a rigorous treatment of dialectal and sociolectal variation.

The Post-Doctoral Researcher will work closely with the Principal Investigator, Dr. Ernest Caldwell and Co-Investigator, Dr. Nathan Hill. The role is for the primary researcher on the project, and the post holder will be responsible for collecting and processing data and preparing single and multi-authored research outputs. The appointee will have a high degree of self-motivation and a demonstrable pride in the quality of written work and research previously undertaken.

best wishes,

Nathan W. Hill
Professor in Tibetan and Historical Linguistics
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG, UK
Profile -- http://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff46254.php

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