Phd-Fellowship in Functional Linguistics (Spanish)

(ref. BAP-2021-430)
Laatst aangepast : 2/06/2021

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship in functional linguistics (Spanish) starting September 2021 at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Leuven.

‘Speech-act orientation and intersubjective alignment: modal and evidential meanings of Spanish conditional and future forms’

This project is concerned with the modal and evidential meanings of the Spanish conditional and future markers. On the basis corpus evidence the candidate will inquire into their spreading into new territories, semantically and pragmatically, in Peninsular and Latin American varieties of Spanish. The starting point is a set of case studies on the development of un(der)described constructions such as Estaría necesitando un abrazo urgente (Lit. I would be needing a hug urgent ‘I need a hug urgently’), which parody the hearsay conditional to express the speaker’s subjective stance or judgement. The working hypothesis is that the constructional changes follow a tendency towards increasing speech-act orientation. To demonstrate this directionality, we will examine recent stages of change and look into the distribution of epistemic rights and access in the speech situation, the combination of perspectives, and the pragmatic enabling factors for change. We will develop syntactic and semantic-pragmatic arguments grounded in a data-based approach and in statistical models. More information about the project can be requested by e-mail.

Applicants are expected to have the following qualifications and attitudes:
– an MA in linguistics (or equivalent, e.g. BA Hons), with academic distinction. Students graduating in July 2021 are also encouraged to apply;
– a solid background in the domains of linguistics relevant to the topic of the project, preferably with research experience in Spanish corpus linguistics;
– strong analytical skills and the motivation to pursue descriptively innovative work in linguistics;
– ability to present research results at international conferences, and to publish in peer-reviewed journals;
– expertise and (near-)native competence in Spanish and English;
– demonstrable skills in academic writing;
– willingness to undertake the study of prosody;
– willingness to acquire the necessary statistical know-how for the analysis of the data;
– willingness to provide (limited) assistance with teaching, student supervision and data management;
– good communication skills and the ability to present research results at international conferences
– you strive for excellence and are a loyal team player, who can also work autonomously and deliver solid scientific work.
– you have a cooperative attitude and the capacity to actively participate in activities and in events of the research group and department.

– You will be offered a full-time contract, starting with an appointment for one year on a salary of approximately 2.100 EUR/month, which, after positive evaluation, will be extended to four years.
– In addition you will receive all regular provisions for PhD fellows at KU Leuven. You will be allocated office space and a laptop, and receive funding for research activities like attending conferences abroad and organising workshops and conferences in Leuven or elsewhere. KU Leuven offers a number of benefits, such as the possibility of flexible working hours, hospitalisation insurance, eco-vouchers, reimbursement of commuting expenses by public transport, inexpensive meals, and a KU Leuven bicycle, among others.
– Your will be located at the KU Leuven campus Leuven.
– You will be able to carry out research at the highest international level, at a prestigious university that aims for excellence in research with impact on society.
– You will join the dynamic research group FunC (Functional and Cognitive linguistics: Grammar and Typology) in the Department of Linguistics.
– This position offers flexibility, and the opportunity to work in a multicultural environment and to learn continuously.
– Your primary office is located at the KU Leuven campus Leuven.

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Maria Sol Sansiñena Pascual, tel.: +32 16 32 74 03, mail: .Please include a cover letter, an academic CV, the names of up to three referees, and a sample piece of academic writing (either the cover letter or the sample piece of writing should be in English). Online interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates in the first half of July 2021.
You can apply for this job no later than June 30, 2021 via the online application tool

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Convocatoria docente: Seminario Disciplinar IV (IES N1)

Instituto de Enseñanza Superior Nº 1 “Dra. Alicia Moreau de Justo” – Profesorado de educación superior en Lengua y Literatura
  • Llamado a selección de antecedentes: Seminario Disciplinar IV.
  • Seminario de actualización, orientado a problemáticas de orden lingüístico, gramatical y discursivo-pragmático no desarrolladas o no suficientemente desarrolladas en la carrera.
  • Inscripción hasta el 5 de mayo de 2021

IES_NºLlamado_selec._antec._-Lengua y Literatura- Seminario IV- Nueva convocatoria

Research Assistant, School of Languages and Applied Linguistics

Unit :  Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Location:  Home Based
Please quote reference :  E1098
Consultancy terms – Total fee for contract = £46,524.00 (300 days across 3 years: please see job description for more details)
Closing Date :  29 March, 2021 – 12:00


Location – Candidates must have the right to work in the UK and carry out all work in the UK.

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The role

This is a great opportunity for a highly motivated and experienced researcher to support the organisation of research activities within the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics.

Skills and experience

  • PhD in a relevant field of Linguistics, preferably in interactional pragmatics, (interactional) sociolinguistics, conversation analysis or interactional linguistics.
  • Excellent competence in English and Spanish.
  • Evidence of highly effective organisational skills both in terms of data management and time management relating to managing workload.
  • Proven ability in the use of a range of data related skills e.g. transcribing interactions, preliminary qualitative analysis of data and data management.
  • Evidence of organising events

Más información aquí. 2020(21) 2020(21)

New call for papers: Posters and Pre-registration posters only
We invite submissions of abstracts in any area of experimental pragmatics, including neuropragmatics, developmental pragmatics, and clinical pragmatics as well as pragmatics in multimodal communication.
For this second call for papers two types of submission are accepted:

  • Poster presentation
  • We welcome new submissions.
  • Moreover, the contributions that were previously accepted as pre-registration posters may be converted into poster presentation. Please submit the updated version by logging in to the submission form with your credentials. After editing the main text of the abstract according to the guidelines, please choose poster in the ‘presenter preference’ section in the bottom right side of the submission form. Your updated contribution will replace the previously accepted one, being assigned the same ID as before.
  • Pre-registration poster presentation
  • This type of submission offers the opportunity to present plans for studies yet to be undertaken, rather than work that has been already completed.
Please, follow these submission guidelines to submit your abstract:
  • The abstracts must not exceed 1500 words including references. Max 2 figures to be uploaded separately during the submission process (file format .jpg, .png).
  • Abstracts must be written in English and should include a clear title.
  • Please indicate three appropriate keywords for your abstract, which will be used for session planning.
  • Abstracts for pre-registration posters must respect the same word limits and should include the following sections:
  • Introduction (background, reasons for carrying out the study, hypotheses);
  • Methods (how the hypothesis will be tested);
  • Approach for statistical analysis (what statistical tests will be used).
Accepted pre-registration posters should include the sections above, plus any data collected since submitting the abstract, and any initial statistical analysis or conclusions
  • Please note in this second call – meant for posters and pre-registration posters only – the authors may submit more than one contribution.
  • We welcome new submissions also from those authors whose contribution was accepted in the 2020 submission.
  • Please specify the type of submission (poster or pre-registration) in the submission form.

Revista de Estudios del Discurso Digital – Volumen especial de Ciberpragmática

“Ciberpragmática: el uso del lenguaje en internet (Yus, 2001). Número especial por los 20 años de su publicación”

Pedido de contribuciones

Envío de los artículos: hasta el 15 de marzo de 2021

Notificación de contribuciones aceptadas: 30 de abril de 2021

Publicación del número: junio de 2021

La Revista de Estudios del Discurso Digital (REDD) invita a investigadores que trabajen en lengua española a enviar manuscritos para su número especial en conmemoración al aniversario de Ciberpragmática: el uso del lenguaje en internet, publicado por Francisco Yus (2001), en la editorial Ariel. Este libro, y su posterior edición en 2010, han marcado un hito en el campo de estudios del discurso digital en español. Esta obra ha permitido a numerosos investigadores encontrar un marco teórico acorde a la complejidad del tema de estudio. En 2001, cuando comenzaba a democratizarse el uso de computadoras personales y la comunicación móvil estaba extendida solo en algunas capitales (Rheingold, 2001), Ciberpragmática: el uso del lenguaje en internet inaugura una línea de estudios novedosa y lúcida que no ha perdido vigencia hasta hoy: “Me he permitido acuñar el término ciberpragmática para este intento de arrojar luz sobre las peculiaridades de la comunicación que establecen los usuarios gracias a las posibilidades de interactividad que ofrece la red de nodos llamada  Internet” (Yus, 2001, p. 2).

El objetivo de este número especial (cuarto número de la revista) es recoger investigaciones que hayan seguido esta línea de investigación. En tal sentido, se priorizarán los trabajos de alta calidad que sean propuestas idóneas para ser exploradas en otros contextos de interacción digital y para futuras investigaciones. Los artículos podrán ser tanto reflexiones teóricas que continúen el trabajo iniciado por Yus o investigaciones empíricas que apliquen en sus propuestas teóricas. Se valorarán los artículos que atiendan a la riqueza y variación inter e intralingüística del español empleado en las interacciones digitales.

Conferencia: “Pragmática clínica. La contribución de la lingüística a la evaluación de los trastornos pragmáticos”

Conferencia: “Pragmática clínica. La contribución de la lingüística a la evaluación de los trastornos pragmáticos”

El Dr. Guillermo Soto Vergara (Univ. de Chile, @guillermosotov) brindará la segunda conferencia del ciclo SAEL en RED 2020: “Pragmática clínica. La contribución de la lingüística a la evaluación de los trastornos pragmáticos”. Será el martes 24 de noviembre, 18:00 hs. por Meet.

El formulario para inscribirse está disponible en aquí. Habrá certificados de participación con inscripción previa. Las actividades son gratuitas para miembros de SAEL con la cuota social al día.

45th annual Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC 45)

Cargo de Ayudante de primera interino (suplencia) para Semántica y Pragmática (UBA)

Inviting Applications to the Language Science Doctoral Program at UC Irvine

Inviting Applications to the Language Science Doctoral Program at UC Irvine

The Department of Language Science at the University of California, Irvine, invites applications for Fall, 2021, for our language science doctoral program. UCI is located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego, and just minutes from the ocean. We are a Department of Language Science that merges the cross-disciplinarity of linguistics, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience with a focus on computational and experimental studies of language development, semantics and pragmatics, syntax, speech, and bilingualism. As the first of its kind in the country, our program provides a new approach to the science of language, enabling exciting opportunities for deep collaboration and cutting edge cross-fertilization. Our aim is to prepare students to be at the forefront of change in the field, empowering them to be the future leaders driving innovation. Our faculty bring expertise in innovative technologies for quantitative, neuroscientific, and behavioral approaches to language science.

We anticipate adding a number of new faculty by Fall, 2021 who will add to existing strengths and contribute to the breadth of our graduate program. Language Science graduate training incorporates curricular flexibility, development of technical communication skills, and prioritization of research early in the graduate career. We welcome applications from students who wish to develop cross-disciplinary collaborations across different faculty research programs. New students will join a cohort of 11 graduate students and two post doctoral fellows.

We encourage prospective students to contact faculty for specific information about their labs or Judith Kroll (, graduate director, for more general information about the program.  The deadline for applications is December 1, 2020.

The core language science faculty include:
Richard Futrell ( linguistics, natural language processing, Bayesian modeling, information theory
Gregory Hickok ( neuroanatomy of language, neural plasticity, neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience
Judith Kroll ( bilingualism, cognition, language processing, cognitive neuroscience
Lisa Pearl ( language development, linguistics, computational sociolinguistics, cognitive modeling
Gregory Scontras ( formal semantics, computational and experimental studies of meaning, heritage languages

Affiliated language science faculty include:
Alyssa Brewer ( neuroimaging of visual perception, visual deficits, neurological disorders
Brandy Gatlin (, reading, writing, cultural and linguistic diversity, measurement and assessment, instruction
Young-Suk Kim ( Language, cognition, reading, writing, development, bilingual & biliteracy acquisition, dual language learners, English learners
J. Zoe Klemfuss ( narrative development; children’s autobiographical memory; sociocontextual influences on children’s narrative, memory, and well-being; children’s eyewitness abilities
Glenn Levine ( applied linguistics, theoretical linguistics, foreign language pedagogy, German-Jewish literature, Yiddish language and literature
Elizabeth Peña (, language impairment, language development, assessment bias and measurement
Rubén G. Rumbaut ( international immigration, refugee movements, bilingualism and language loss, educational and occupational achievement
Sameer Singh ( machine learning, information extraction, natural language processing, probabilistic programming, interactive machine learning, distributed & parallel inference, semi-supervised learning
Julio Torres ( and second language acquisition, bilingualism, cognition, task-based language learning, curriculum & instruction
Kai Wehmeier (, philosophy of logic and language, early analytic philosophy, philosophy of mathematics

Emeritus Faculty
Virginia Mann ( reading ability, speech perception
Bernard Tranel ( linguistic theory, phonology, phonetics, morphology, Optimality Theory, Romance languages, French linguistics, tone languages, Margi, Mixtec