From: Jeroen van de Weijer <j.m.van.de.weijerlet.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: The Nature of Evidentiality: PhD Student, Leiden University, Netherlands
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Institution/Organization: Leiden University
Web Address: http://www.lucl.leidenuniv.nl
Job Rank: PhD
Specialty Areas: Morphology; Semantics; Syntax
2 PhD Positions, fulltime
Application number: 8-097
The project 'The nature of evidentiality' is a five year research program
carried out at Leiden University under the direction of professor Johan Rooryck
and professor Willem Adelaar. The project is funded by the Netherlands
Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). It intends to investigate the
theoretical status and the terminological basis of evidentiality systems. The
research team will be composed of the project supervisors, a postdoctoral
researcher, and two PhD candidates.
We invite applications for the two PhD positions in the research program.
PhD Project 1:
Evidentials in the languages of South America: semantic diversity, typology and
The native languages of South America show great diversity in the expression of
evidential markers. This project aims at charting the semantic distinctions in
the domain of evidentiality in these languages as well as their morphological
expression. The project will investigate the genesis and typology of evidential
categories, and the way they relate to other grammatical domains.
PhD Project 2:
Evidentiality in Romance and Germanic: grammatical possibilities and limits
In Romance and Germanic languages, evidentiality is most often not expressed by
morphological means, but by adverbs, auxiliaries, and parentheticals. This
project will investigate the syntactic and semantic properties and restrictions
on the grammatical expression of evidentiality in these languages, comparing
them to the expression of evidentiality in e.g. the languages of South America.
- participation in the MPhil program of LUCL.
- presentation of research results at international conferences.
- helping to organize a conference on the project topic.
- writing articles for international journals.
- writing a dissertation under the direction of the project supervisors.
- collaboration with the postdoctoral researcher.
- a MA degree in Linguistics, or a Romance, a Germanic, or Amerindian
language(s), with specialisation in linguistics.
- an ability to work independently but in close collaboration with the other
team members and the project supervisors.
- a curious, enterprising, and creative mind; excellent analytical skills.
- good writing skills, fluency in English.
- an interest in relating intricate language data to advanced linguistic theorizing.
- an outstanding record of undergraduate and Master's level work
More Information about the positions and the Project is available at
Conditions of employment:
The successful applicant will be appointed at the department LUCL for one year,
and after a positive evaluation, followed by a fixed-term period of three years.
Gross salary will be 2000,- per month in the first year, gradually rising,
also depending upon the evaluation, to 2612,- per month in the final year
conform the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities
Please send your letter (in Dutch or English) within two weeks after the
publication of these vacancy, with your curriculum vitae, marks and motivation
indicating the application number on the letter and the envelope to: De afdeling
P&O, t.a.v. E.M.Bakker.
Reference application number 8-097.
Applications Deadline: 15-May-2008
Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Ms E.M. Bakker
Faculteit der Letteren
Leiden 2300 RA
Prof.Dr. Johan Rooryck
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