2 PhD fellowships in interactional linguistics/conversation analysis

     
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2 PhD fellowships in interactional linguistics/conversation analysis

Binational research project in interactional linguistics

This project studies how unacquainted persons engage in interaction in public space in multilingual cities in Belgium and Switzerland. The research will be based on video-recordings collected in various locations and address the following questions: 
  • How do people engage in pro-social encounters with strangers?
  • How do speakers orient to the multilingual setting in encounter openings? How do speakers engage in a new encounter with unacquainted persons without knowing in advance which language the other speaks? How do they decide, in the very first moments of the encounter, which language(s) they are going to use? How do they align or disalign with a "basic code" proposed in the greeting?
  • Do urban public spaces represent "territories of multilingualism" in the speakers’ actual practices? 
  • In public space, the beginning of an encounter emerges first of all through visible embodied behaviour; what is the relation between the organisation of visible embodied conduct and the politics of multilingualism? 

The above questions are crucial for research on linguistic choices, on multilingualism, and on social order. They also address more general issues regarding public space, interaction in urban settings, and the foundations of otherness, trust and sociality in contemporary cities.

A new research project funded by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) is looking for applicants for a fully funded four-year PhD fellowship in interactional linguistics/conversation analysis (starting date April/May 2019). The PhD fellowship is part of a larger collaborative project entitled "The first five words: Multilingual cities in Switzerland and Belgium and the grammar of language choice in public space", with 2 PhD positions in Belgium and 2 PhD positions in Switzerland. The team heading the project is composed of Elwys De Stefani (KU Leuven) and Lorenza Mondada (University of Basel). For the Flemish part of the project, the PhD fellows will be based at KU Leuven (Department of Linguistics).

A new research project funded by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) is looking for applicants for a fully funded four-year PhD fellowship in interactional linguistics/conversation analysis (starting date April/May 2019). The PhD fellowship is part of a larger collaborative project entitled "The first five words: Multilingual cities in Switzerland and Belgium and the grammar of language choice in public space", with 2 PhD positions in Belgium and 2 PhD positions in Switzerland. The team heading the project is composed of Elwys De Stefani (KU Leuven) and Lorenza Mondada (University of Basel). For the Flemish part of the project, the PhD fellows will be based at KU Leuven (Department of Linguistics).

Applications are invited from candidates with the following qualifications:

  • An MA in linguistics (or related disciplines), with academic distinction;
  • training in interactional linguistics, conversation analysis, ethnomethodology; 
  • strong analytical skills and the motivation to pursue innovative work in linguistics;
  • a (near-)native competence of Dutch, French and a good command of English; any additional language (e.g. German, Arabic) is a plus;
  • a cooperative attitude and the capacity to actively engage in collective project activities (e.g. fieldwork, data sessions);
  • the ability to present research results at international conferences, and to publish in peer-reviewed journals.


 

Motivated candidates meeting these criteria are invited to apply. Please include a cover letter, a CV, the names of up to three referees, and a sample piece of academic writing. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2019.

Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates on 4-5 March (in person or online for overseas applicants). A decision will be communicated by mid-March.

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR [at] kuleuven[.]be.

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