Graduate School "Nominal Modification"
Start: October 1, 2014
Call deadline: June 30, 2014
Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, offers full funding for 12 graduate students who aim for a PhD in the domain of nominal modification. These 12 PhD positions will be part of the newly approved graduate program "Nominal Modification", funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the federal and state governments.
Each position will be funded for 3 years on the German payscale TVL-E13 (65%), which includes social benefits. The students are expected to write a dissertation based on independent research and to actively participate in the advanced courses offered. They will be encouraged and receive financial support to participate in conferences and summer schools and to conduct empirical research. Internationally renowned scholars will be invited for talks and seminars relevant to the research topics of the graduate students.
The research programme of the school covers three major aspects of nominal modification: First, the internal syntactic structure of nominal phrases with regard to synchronic and diachronic diversity including typological aspects, as well as processing and acquisition will be studied, particularly addressing the problem of functional layers within the DP and the elements hosted there. Second, the external structural properties of modified nominal phrases are investigated with an emphasis on the phenomena extraposition, discontinuity and non-locality. Here, the main aim is to explore the factors influencing the choice of alternative constructions by conducting interdisciplinary research in relevant fields including syntax, prosody and pragmatics. The third main research question deals with interpretive aspects of modification; here the focus is on the challenges for compositionality presented by non-locally interpreted modifiers. Furthermore, differences between various kinds of local modification are investigated; in particular, cognitive explanations for the overall preference of modification by intersection and subsective modification in general will be sought.
Members of the graduate school will be eligible to participate in an exchange programme with the Linguistics Department and the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania for one semester. The school will also cooperate with Goethe University’s graduate academy GRADE, which provides support regarding structured doctoral education and offers additional training, consulting, and networking events.
We are committed to increasing the proportion of female scientific staff at the University and applications from women are especially welcome. Employees will be supported in their efforts to combine their professional life with family duties. Where qualifications are equal, preference will be given to people with disabilities.
Applicants should have an M.A. in linguistics, or equivalent, with the degree completed by October 1, 2014.
- letter of intent (1-3 pages) in English or German that describes the research topic the candidate plans to work on in his/her doctoral thesis and the candidate’s research interests. The research topic has to be related to nominal modification.
- representative sample of research work (e.g. an advanced seminar paper or M.A. thesis on any topic);
- two names of references who may be contacted by the search committee;
- Curriculum Vitae (CV);
- copy of M.A. degree (to be handed in latest by October 1, 2014, if not already available by June 30, 2014).
All required documents for the application should be e-mailed as pdf attachments to Prof. Dr. Caroline Féry at:
email@example.com (subject line: nominal modification).
Application deadline: June 30, 2014
Mailing Address for Applications
Prof. Dr. Caroline Féry
Caroline Féry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the original proposal submitted to the DFG.
Institut für Linguistik, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
Institut für Empirische Sprachwissenschaft, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
Institut für Romanische Sprachen und Literaturen, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
Institut für England- & Amerikastudien (IEAS), Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
Institut für Psycholinguistik und Didaktik der deutschen Sprache, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
Prof. Dr.Caroline Féry, Institut für Linguistik: Phonologie (Sprecherin)
Prof. Dr. Markus Bader, Institut für Linguistik: Psycholinguistik
Prof. Dr. Jost Gippert, Institut für Empirische Sprachwissenschaft: Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft, Typologie
Dr. Shinichiro Ishihara, Institut für Linguistik: Phonologie
Dr. Cécile Meier, Institut für Linguistik: Semantik
Prof. Dr. Cecilia Poletto, Institut für Romanische Sprachen und Literaturen
Prof. Dr. Henning Reetz, Institut für Empirische Sprachwissenschaft: Phonetik
Prof. Dr. Esther Rinke, Institut für Romanische Sprachen und Literaturen
Prof. Dr. Manfred Sailer, Institut für England- & Amerikastudien (IEAS)
Prof. Dr. Petra Schulz, Institut für Psycholinguistik und Didaktik der deutschen Sprache
Prof. Dr. Gert Webelhuth, Institut für England- & Amerikastudien (IEAS)
Prof. Dr. Helmut Weiß, Institut für Linguistik: Historische Sprachwissenschaft
Prof. Dr. Thomas Ede Zimmermann, Institut für Linguistik: Semantik
Assif Am-David, Institut für England- & Amerikastudien (IEAS)
Dr. Ingo Feldhausen, Institut für Romanische Sprachen und Literaturen
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jolanta Gelumbeckaitė, Institut für Empirische Sprachwissenschaft: Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft
Dr. Daniel Gutzmann, Institut für Linguistik: Semantik
Dr. Gerrit Kentner, Institut für Linguistik: Phonologie
Dr. Anja Müller, Institut für Psycholinguistik und Didaktik der deutschen Sprache
Prof. Dr. Manana Tandaschwili, Institut für Empirische Sprachwissenschaft: Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft