PhD candidates / Postdocs (f/m) "Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Grammatical, and Social Aspects"
The Collaborative Research Center SFB 1287 "Limits of
Variability in Language: Cognitive, Grammatical, and Social
Aspects" in Potsdam, Germany, invites applications for 17
PhD candidates and Postdocs
available from July 2017 for a duration of four years (subject
to funding commitment)
Language users exhibit a high degree of variability at all levels of the linguistic
system, language use, and language development and change. This variability
in language can be characterised as the range of different possible linguistic
behaviours that are available to a language user, a language community, or in
specific languages at any linguistic level. By exploring the systematicity and the
limits of variability in linguistic behaviours, the main focus of the CRC will be on
identifying the constraints of the underlying linguistic system. Several projects will
jointly evaluate the limits, relations, dependencies, and commonalities of different
types of variability across a range of linguistic phenomena from the perspectives
of (A) language interaction and change, of (B) language processing, and of
(C) grammatical systems. The CRC provides a fantastic research infrastructure
including a large interdisciplinary network of researchers, its own graduate school,
and funding opportunities for conference visits, summer schools, hosting international
The University of Potsdam hosts leading groups in the field of linguistics and
cognitive sciences (http://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/cognitive-sciences/index.html).
Potsdam is an attractive historical city and its palaces are a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Potsdam is close to Berlin, a culturally vibrant city and home to a
lively start-up scene. Both cities have a high quality of life at modest living costs.
A detailed description of the available positions and the respective requirements
can be found here http://www.uni-potsdam.de/sfb1287/vacancies.html.