PostDoc in Language Documentation, Typology, Corpus Linguistics, and Archiving – Berlín

Organization: Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)
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Job Rank: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Language Documentation; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology; Language Archiving


The Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) invites applications for one PostDocs position. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2020.

The position is part of the collaborative project “QUEST: Quality – Established. Testing and applying curation criteria and quality standards for audiovisual, annotated linguistic data”. (see The QUEST project develops – in consultation with the research community – quality standards and curation criteria for annotated, audiovisual linguistic data and develops and tests quality control procedures for the creation and curation of such resources. QUEST focuses on digital research data collected through language documentation and through research on multilingualism, but aims to develop more widely applicable standards. QUEST will improve existing data sets and future data collection procedures in terms of reproducibility of research results and long-term accessibility and reusability, also for wider scientific and non-scientific uses.

QUEST is carried out by a consortium of four German research institutions, in collaboration with international partners. The applicant will contribute to the subproject “AP 2.1 Kurationskriterien für sprachtypologische Sekundärnutzung” carried out at the Leibniz-ZAS Berlin. Responsibilities include the development of criteria for the curation of language documentation data for cross-linguistic research, in particular annotated texts stemming from fieldwork on small, often endangered languages, typically in ELAN format. The aim of this subproject is to develop and establish a label for annotated spoken corpora that certifies their usability for cross-linguistic corpus research, allowing for the application of quantitative methods. Another aim of the project at the Leibniz-ZAS Berlin in Berlin is to develop and carry out exemplary cross-linguistic studies using QUEST data in collaboration with project partners. The successful candidate will take over from the current state of the project, in which documentations of individual corpora are being prepared.

Within ZAS, the applicant will collaborate with the DoReCo project ( Within the QUEST consortium, the applicant will collaborate with the QUEST project partner projects in Hamburg, Cologne, and Mannheim (see

We are looking for a person with experience in language documentation, corpus building, language archiving, and in language typology and linguistic theory. A working knowledge of German is a plus.

The PostDoc position commences on October 1, 2020, with a fixed term until April 30, 2022.

Please apply via Email until July, 1, 2020, with one single pdf file, subject “QUEST application”, to both Frank Seifart ( and Manfred Krifka (

Your application should contain:
– A cover letter that states in particular the nature of your interest in the project and your expertise that you would contribute
– Your CV with a list of your publications,
– The names and e-mail addresses of two persons that would provide a reference if so asked.ZAS is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Deadline: 01-Jul-2020

Email Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Dr Frank Seifart

Syntax of the World’s Languages IX

Short Title: SWL IX
03-Sep-2020 – 05-Sep-2020
Location: Lima, Peru
Contact Person: Jaime Peña (
Web Site:

Call Deadline: 21-Feb-2020

In the same spirit as previous conferences in this series (SWL I – Leipzig 2004, SWL II – Lancaster 2006, SWL III – Berlin 2008, SWL IV – Lyon 2010, SWL V – Dubrovnik 2012 and SWL VI – Pavia 2014, SWL VII – Mexico DF, and SWL VIII – Paris), SWL IX will provide a forum for linguists working on the syntax of less widely studied languages from a variety of perspectives.

The SWL IX will take place in Lima in September 2020, and it will be hosted by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP).

The main purpose of the conference is to enlarge our knowledge and understanding of syntactic diversity. The topics relevant to the conference include, for example, aspects of basic clause structure, argument structure (e.g. grammatical relations, diathesis, linking, argument coding, clitics), morpho-syntactic complexity, intra-clausal dependencies (e.g. agreement systems, binding, control), inter-clausal dependencies (e.g. reference tracking, clause-linking), the structure of noun phrases, morphological and syntactic asymmetries, the expression of information structure, the interface between syntax and other areas of grammar (morphology, phonology, semantics, pragmatics), among others.

Invited Speakers:
Marianne Mithun, University of California at Santa Barbara
Nicholas Evans, Australian National University

Local Committee:
Jaime Peña
Mari Fernández
Roberto Zariquiey

Call for Papers:

We welcome submissions for 20 minute talks, which will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Contributions are expected to be based on first-hand data of individual languages or to adopt a broadly comparative perspective. All theoretical frameworks are equally welcome. Papers that adopt a diachronic or comparative perspective are also welcome, as are papers dealing with morphological or semantic issues, as long as syntactic issues also play a role.

Anonymous abstracts in .pdf format of no more than 1 page (plus possibly an additional page for examples and references) should be submitted electronically via the EasyAbs website ( Abstracts must be written in English, with fully glossed examples conforming to the Leipzig glossing rules. Please romanize all Asian texts, and do not use Asian character fonts unless absolutely required. The conference will be held in English.
Each individual may submit up to one single authored contribution and one co-authored/joint contribution.

We will also offer slots for posters, if you would like your paper to be considered for a poster slot, please indicate so during your submission.

The dealine for abstract submission has been extended to February 21, 2020.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 30, 2020.

Conference email address (for general questions):

Call for papers: CamCos 9

CamCoS 9 New will be co-organised by Anglia Ruskin University, the University of Cambridge and Newcastle University, and hosted at Newcastle University in honour of Anders Holmberg’s retirement. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Where is the variation: syntax or PF?’ (see here for the Full Call).

The 9th Cambridge Comparative Syntax conference (CamCoS 9 New) will take place in Newcastle (UK), 30th April-2nd May 2020. The first half-day will feature talks by former colleagues and students of Anders Holmberg and our invited speaker, Professor Halldór Ármann Sigurðsson. The remaining two days will follow the usual 2-day conference format, with both peer-reviewed and invited-speaker presentations focusing on the conference theme and also on comparative syntax more generally.

Invited speakers:
Dr Klaus Abels, University College London
Dr Beata Moskal, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Professor Halldór Ármann Sigurðsson, Lund University

Conference website:

Call for papers
Given this year’s theme ‘Where is the variation: syntax or PF?’, we particularly invite abstracts for 30-minute presentations with a comparatively oriented focus on the issue of the locus of variation. In addition, we also welcome abstracts on any topic in comparative generative syntax. As always, we are particularly interested in papers explicitly addressing parametric issues and/or offering comparative analyses (synchronic or diachronic) of previously un(der)studied varieties and/or phenomena, and papers concerned with “bigger picture” questions, such as what insights modern comparative generative syntax might offer in relation to linguistic typology, syntax-interface mappings, and our understanding of language as a cognitive system. We also encourage papers concerned with methodologies for modern comparative generative syntax.

Anonymous abstracts should not exceed two pages (12-point Times New Roman font, with single spacing and margins of at least 2.54cm/1 inch), including examples and references.

They should be uploaded in pdf format via EasyAbstracts (

A single individual may submit no more than two abstracts, of which only one can be single-authored (two co-authored submissions are also fine).

The submission deadline is Friday, 31 January 2020.

For more information, please contact Theresa Biberauer ( or Michelle Sheehan (

PhD, Queen Mary University of London

Department: Linguistics
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Level: PhD
Institution/Organization: Queen Mary University of London

Duties: Research
Specialty Areas: Morphology; Phonetics; Phonology; Semantics; Typology
Acquisition; Multilingualism

The Department of Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London is delighted to announce the following PhD funding competitions:
– London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP) Studentship (residency restrictions apply)
– London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) Studentship (residency restrictions apply)
– QMUL Principal’s Postgraduate Research Studentships
– QMUL Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships (as part of the Mobile People programme)
– China Scholarship Council Scholarships (nationality restrictions apply)

Application deadline: 19 January 2020.

Some funding competitions have additional application procedures/deadlines, though all applicants must apply to QMUL for admission by 19 January 2020.

For information on the application process, see

For a list of the research areas we cover, and for further information about the department and the programme, see

We particularly encourage applications in the following 4 areas:
– Experimental Linguistics. We are seeking PhD students to join a rich, interdisciplinary research group based in an internationally renowned linguistics department. Our research engages with a wide range of topics from infant speech perception through to adult grammatical attrition, using methods such as eye-tracking, EEG, computational modelling, and ultrasound recording.

– Linguistic Typology and Morphosemantics. We invite proposals for a project examining linguistic typology and constraints on cross-linguistic variation from the perspective of formal semantics and linguistic theory more generally. Projects should focus on investigations of the semantics and morphology of features in empirical domains including but not limited to aspect, (in)definiteness, evidentiality, indexical shift, modality, number, person and perspectival (sentence-final) particles. The project will be jointly supervised by Dr Luisa Martí and Professor Daniel Harbour. Interested applicants should send an email to both Dr Martí ( and Professor Harbour ( no later than 01 Dec 2019.

– First language acquisition of phonetics and phonology. We invite proposals for a project examining first language acquisition of phonetics and phonology. Areas of research could include, but are not limited to, early speech processing in bilingual populations, the interaction between phonotactics and lexical development, morphophonological development. We are particularly interested in investigating understudied multi/bilingual populations. The project will be jointly supervised by Dr Adam Chong and Dr Kathleen McCarthy. Interested applicants should send an email to both Dr Chong ( and Dr McCarthy ( no later than 01 Dec 2019.

– Phonology, Language Acquisition. We invite proposals for a project employing experimental methods to address questions of theoretical importance in phonology. Areas of research could include, but are not limited to, phonological learning and learnability (phonotactics and morphophonological alternations). Proposals that include a computational component are particularly welcome. The project will be jointly supervised by Dr Adam Chong (QMUL) and Dr James White (UCL). Interested applicants should send an email to both Adam Chong ( and James White ( no later than 01 Dec 2019.

Applications Deadline: 19-Jan-2020

Web Address for Applications:–applied-linguistics.html

Contact Information:
Erez Levon