PhD position Computational Historical Linguistics

     
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PhD position Computational Historical Linguistics

Fulltime PhD position in an interdisciplinary project combining linguistic data with historical data

This project investigates the relation between urbanpopulation developments and morphological changes in three major West-Germaniclanguages, English, Dutch, German, from the beginning of Early Modernity to theend of Classical Modernity (1500-1900). The main hypothesis is thatmorphological simplification accelerates when urban populations grow. Put moresuccinctly: word structure becomes simpler when cities grow. The reason is thatthe growth in this period is brought about mainly by immigration involvingspeakers from different dialects and different languages, resulting in whatlinguists call ’koineisation’ (dialect leveling) with a decrease inmorphological complexity. We take a decidedly quantitative approach, relying onlinguistic databases (text corpora) as well as on demographic databases.

A PhD position is offered as part of the FWO-funded project "Population developments co-determine diffusional language change: a close-up view on West-Germanic languages", under the supervision of Prof. Freek Van de Velde and Prof. Hubert Cuyckens (co-supervisor). The project is to be carried out within the research group ’Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics’ (QLVL), which is part of the Department of Linguistics. QLVL has a strong tradition in language variation and change. The group focuses on advanced quantitative methods for studying lexical and constructional variation.

A PhD position is offered as part of the FWO-funded project "Population developments co-determine diffusional language change: a close-up view on West-Germanic languages", under the supervision of Prof. Freek Van de Velde and Prof. Hubert Cuyckens (co-supervisor). The project is to be carried out within the research group ’Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics’ (QLVL), which is part of the Department of Linguistics. QLVL has a strong tradition in language variation and change. The group focuses on advanced quantitative methods for studying lexical and constructional variation.

An eligible candidate should

  • havesuccessfully completed a Master’s Degree in Linguistics, a Master’s Degree inLanguage & Literature, a Master’s Degree in Digital Humanities (orequivalent). Students finishing their MA degree in the summer of 2019 are alsoencouraged to apply.
  • havean interest in and demonstrable background knowledge on the history of theGermanic languages (minimally English and German)
  • have aninterest in quantitative approaches to linguistics
  • havehands-on experience with coding in R and/or Python.
  • beproficient in English, including mastery of academic writing
  • bewilling and able to deepen their knowledge of theories of language change andlanguage variation.


Familiarity with historical corpora of Early New HighGerman is a plus.

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