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Leib­niz-Zen­trum All­ge­meine Sprach­wis­sen­schaft (ZAS)

The Leib­niz Centre Gen­eral Lin­guist­ics (ZAS) is a non-uni­versity research insti­tute of the State of Ber­lin ded­ic­ated to the study of human lin­guistic abil­ity in gen­eral and its expres­sion in indi­vidual lan­guages.

Pro­ject “Kon­gru­enz-Mis­matches in Relat­ivsätzen und ver­wandten Struk­turen” (Agree­ment mis­matches in rel­at­ive clauses and related struc­tures) invites applic­a­tions for a PhD can­did­ate.

Avail­able from Janu­ary 2022 for a dur­a­tion of three years.

Working field:

The pro­ject focuses on struc­tures in which rel­at­ive clauses (RC) appear as attrib­utes to 1st or 2nd per­son per­sonal pro­nouns, for example ‘Ihr, die kochen lernt, geht oft essen’ = (i). In the rel­ev­ant struc­tures, the mor­pho­lo­gical fea­tures diverge between head pro­noun (2nd Ps) in the mat­rix clause, the sub­ject (=rel­at­ive pro­noun (3rd Ps)) and the finite verb (2nd Ps) in the RC. The exper­i­mental sur­vey will be aimed at sev­eral appos­it­ive RC (sim­ilar to (i) above), (ii) clefts: ‘Ihr seid es, die kochen lernen/??lernt’; and (iii) selec­ted restrict­ive RC struc­tures: ‘Wir sind die ein­zi­gen, die unseren/ihren Sohn ver­sor­gen’ (espe­cially under the con­tro­ver­sial bind­ing of the pos­sess­ive pro­noun). In the pro­ject, Ger­man, Pol­ish and Italian will be invest­ig­ated. The pos­i­tion is des­ig­nated for the part on Ger­man. The can­did­ate is required to con­duct exper­i­ments to eval­u­ate the accept­ab­il­ity of the rel­ev­ant struc­tures by cur­rently com­mon sur­vey meth­ods and the use of gen­er­ally recog­nized Likert scale approaches. Based on the empir­ical find­ings, the dis­ser­ta­tion should provide insights into the agree­ment beha­vior in the struc­tures to be examined and aim for a the­or­et­ical assess­ment. The can­did­ate should hold a Mas­terʼs degree in a rel­ev­ant field (lin­guist­ics, Ger­man stud­ies (Ger­man­istik), psy­cho­lin­guist­ics).

Requirements:

Basic know­ledge of stat­ist­ics and a solid train­ing in gram­mar are expec­ted. (Know­ledge of ANOVA and Italian is a plus.) ZAS occa­sion­ally provides oppor­tun­it­ies to acquire desir­able skills.

What we offer:

The Doc­toral Researcher will be part of Research Area 3 “Syn­tax and Lex­icon” and will have oppor­tun­it­ies to inter­act with an excel­lent inter­na­tional group of research­ers act­ive across sev­eral areas of lin­guist­ics.
The pos­i­tion is paid accord­ing to TVöD (Bund) E13, 65%.

How to apply:

Inter­ested can­did­ates should send a single PDF file con­tain­ing:
  • Cover let­ter describ­ing your interest in the pro­ject and your expert­ise
  • CV
  • Con­tact details for two ref­er­ees
  • 1 writ­ing-sample, e.g., mas­ter thesis chapter or paper

Applic­a­tions should be sent by email to meinunger@leibniz-zas.de by Novem­ber 1st, 2021 (Applic­a­tion Dead­line).
ZAS is an equal oppor­tun­ity employer. We par­tic­u­larly wel­come applic­a­tions from can­did­ates from the vari­ous groups that have been tra­di­tion­ally under­rep­res­en­ted in the field.