Overview

The project C01 “Prominence and information structure” (PI: Prof Dr Aria Adli) studies the relation between prominence and information structure, in particular: 1) the role of prominent syntactic positions in non-canonical word 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 and 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: www.sfb1252.uni-koeln.de

Company:

University of Cologne

Qualifications:

* PhD in Linguistics
* 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 data
* full-time presence in Cologne upon recruitment

Language requirements:

* flawless command of spoken and written English, high proficiency in French or Spanish as well as sufficient structural knowledge to perform corpus-based 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

Educational level:

Ph. D.

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