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Vacancy

PhD researcher in linguistics: 'language use and code-mixing'

Vacancy number
22-675 13049
Category
Non-academic staff
FTE
1
Target
Internal , External
City
Leiden
Publication date
17 October 2022
Closing date
6 November 2022 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is looking for a:

PhD researcher in linguistics: 'language use and code-mixing' (1,0 FTE)
Vacancy number: 22-675 13049 

 
Project description
•              The PhD candidate will carry out research in the framework of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) funded project "Crossing language borders " led by Prof. dr. E. O. Aboh (UvA), Prof. dr. F. K. Ameka (LUCL) dr M.C. Parafita Couto (LUCL & U. Vigo), and dr. A. Beaty-Martinez (McGill University).
•              The project’s aim is to yield an integrated approach to multilingual speech that is both descriptively and explanatorily adequate. Despite extensive research in this area, no clear explanation emerges about the regularities underlying mixed speech. While most existing studies focus on Western communities in which Code Switching/ Code Mixing (CSCM) is socially disfavoured, this project investigates CSCM in multilingual communities, Benin (West Africa) and Belize (Central America), where multilingual discourse involving CSCM is the norm. We will use a multimethod, comparative approach, linking linguistic, cognitive and social factors to help us understand how multilinguals adapt to communicative demands of contexts where CSCM is the norm.
 
We are looking for a talented and creative junior scholar with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) who is fascinated by language use in a multilingual community, and is curious about how to describe and analyse CSCM phenomena from an interdisciplinary perspective. We expect you to conduct fieldwork in a multilingual community in Belize. You will collect data on CSCM, transcribe and annotate them digitally, and analyse the data in scholarly articles or book chapters as part of your thesis. You will present your results in (inter)national conferences, and participate in research activities within the project team and within the Leiden University of Linguistics as well as with collaborating groups at the Amsterdam Centre for Language and Communication (ACLC), UvA. At the end of the four years of appointment you will submit and defend your doctoral thesis. 
 
Tasks and responsibilities:
•    Submission of a PhD thesis within the period of appointment;
•    Collection of community network data;
•    Stimuli creation for speech elicitation tasks;
•    Collection, transcription, and annotation of naturalistic CSCM data;
•    Coding and analysis of naturalistic and elicited CSCM data;
•    Participating in meetings of the project research group and developing a shared database;
•    Publishing co-authored and single-authored peer reviewed articles as part of the thesis;
•    Presenting intermediate research results at (inter)national workshops/conferences;
•    Organising knowledge dissemination and training activities;
•    Teach courses at bachelor’s and/or assist at master’s level in the 2nd and 3rd year (0,2 FTE per year).
•    Participation in the Research School and Faculty of Humanities PhD training programmes.
 
Selection criteria
•    A completed Master's degree in linguistics or related fields (e.g., sociolinguistics, grammatical description, psycholinguistics, anthropology of language, language and education).
•    Excellent research and field or lab work skills demonstrated by your Master's thesis and a demonstrable capacity to develop a track record of publishing in high-ranking journals and/or with leading presses;
•    A strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research;
•    Enthusiasm for communicating academic research to non-academic audiences;
•    Excellent command of Spanish and/or English, and also knowledge of Belizean Kriol and/or a Mayan language or any other local language.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and area studies covering nearly every region of the world. With its staff of 1,000, the faculty provides 27 master’s and 25 bachelor’s programmes for over 8,000 students based at locations in Leiden and in The Hague. For more information: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities

The Faculty has seven Institutes, among which the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics ( https://www.lucl.nl/ ). LUCL has a longstanding tradition in the study of the world’s languages and features unique linguistic expertise and its own Linguistics Labs. LUCL unites experimental linguistics with other linguistic subdisciplines such as general linguistics, historical linguistics, descriptive linguistics, and sociolinguistics in its research profile area “Language Diversity in the World”. .

Terms and conditions
Appointment will be according to the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten). The employment will be for a period of four years, first with a contract of 18 months with an extension of 30 months after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility, starting on 1 January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. Salary range from €2541.- to €3247.- gross per month (pay scale P), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions

Diversity and inclusion
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Information
For further information on this project please contact Prof dr. F. K. Ameka, email f.k.ameka@hum.leidenuniv.nl  or dr. M. C Parafita Couto email m.parafita.couto@hum.leidenuniv.nl or on practical matters Maarit van Gammeren, email m.s.k.van.gammeren@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Applications
Applications should be submitted no later than 6 november 2022 via the blue button in our application system.
Applicants should submit online:
•    A letter of motivation.
•    A writing sample, (e.g., MA thesis or term paper).
•    A full academic CV.
•    A list of all Master-level modules you have taken, with an official transcript of grades.
•    The names and contact details of two references, including your advisor, who may be approached by the selection committee.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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