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LINGUIST List 19.2983

Thu Oct 02 2008

Support: Syntax & Predication: PhD Student, Utrecht University

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        1.    Rianne Giethoorn, Syntax & Predication: PhD Student, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Message 1: Syntax & Predication: PhD Student, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Date: 01-Oct-2008
From: Rianne Giethoorn <rianne.giethoornlet.uu.nl>
Subject: Syntax & Predication: PhD Student, Utrecht University, Netherlands
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Institution/Organization: Utrecht University
Web Address: http://www-uilots.let.uu.nl/

Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Teaching

Job Rank: PhD

Specialty Areas: Syntax, Predication

Required Language(s): Nyanja (nya)


PhD project (starting date between 1-9-2008 and 1-1.2009):
The goal of this PhD project is to investigate cross-linguistic distribution and
properties of copular particles. Descriptive grammars of various languages with
copular particles will be examined and native speakers will be consulted in
order to determine the answer to the following questions:
- Copular particles may appear with NP predicates only, or be different for AP
and NP predicates. Are there other factors to which their presence and
appearance is sensitive? In particular, can they be sensitive to the semantics
of their environment, as is translative case-marking in Finnish?
- What are the syntactic role and lexical or functional category of copular
particles? Are they cross-linguistically the same (modulo the lexical category
of the predicate)?
- Are the "overt predicators" of Bailyn 2002, such as for in They took him for
an idiot, to be equated with copular particles?

The outcome of this project is a description of the distribution of copular
particles in several unrelated languages and a theoretical proposal governing
this distribution.

The PhD project involves training in research and completion of a PhD
dissertation. As part of her/his training, the PhD student will take courses
offered by the National Graduate School in Linguistics (LOT).

We are looking for an ambitious student holding an MA degree in formal
generative syntax (the Principles and Parameters framework). The candidate must
have an MA degree in hand before the project starts. The ideal candidate has
some experience with the syntax of Celtic or African (Edo, Chichewa) languages.
He/she must have a good command of English and be prepared to collaborate with
researchers with widely varying backgrounds.

The successful candidate is offered a one-year contract as AiO (Ph.D. student)
with the possibility of renewal with three years maximum, after evaluation. The
AiO will work on the basis of 1.0 FTE and receive a gross monthly salary of €
1.956,- during the first year. We also offer a pension scheme, a holiday
allowance of 8% per year and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are
based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.
UIL-OTS features a stimulating, innovative, and internationally oriented
research environment which offers opportunities for a broad professional
development. Courses are offered by internationally renowned experts, while
possibilities for conference visiting are plentiful. We offer excellent
experimental facilities and computational support.


The full description of the project is available at:

Applications should include
- A letter of motivation;
- A curriculum vitae including contact and personal details;
- Transcripts of academic results;
- An MA thesis or (if the thesis is not available yet) some alternative piece of
written work;
- The contact details of two referees (names, affiliations and phone numbers or
e-mail addresses);
- Preferably: two reference letters.

Applications Deadline: 15-Nov-2008

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Dr. M. Schoorlemmer
        Janskerkhof 13
        Utrecht Utrecht 3512 BL

Web Address for Applications: http://www-uilots.let.uu.nl/

Contact Information:
        Dr. M. Schoorlemmer
        Phone:+31 (0)30 253 6183
        Fax:+31 (0)30 243 6406

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