Universität Konstanz

Stellenangebote der Universität Konstanz

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The University of Konstanz with its “Institutional Strategy to promote Top-Level Research” has been receiving continuous funding since 2007 within the framework of the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments.

The Zukunftskolleg/Department of Linguistics invites applications for two

Doctoral Research Positions (salary scale 13 TVL/65%)

Applicants are invited for two three-year doctoral positions within the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “What is it to ask a question? A formal pragmatic investigation of interrogative force”, funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) at the University of Konstanz. ( http://www.sven-lauer.net/emmy-noether-group/ )

The project is hosted at the Zukunftskolleg ( http://www.uni-konstanz.de/zukunftskolleg/ )and the Department of Linguistics ( http://ling.uni-konstanz.de/en) and is associated with the DFG research Unit “Questions at the Inferfaces” ( http://typo.uni-konstanz.de/questionsInterfaces/ ). Funding is available for PhD students to attend international workshops and conferences, and for an extended research stay at a university abroad, which is intended to allow the students to build an international network and to consult with recognized experts on their research.

Each of the two successful candidates is expected to work within one of the two subprojects “Rhetorical uses of interrogatives“ and “Infinitival and practical interrogatives” of the research group (see http://sven-lauer.net/emmy-noether-group/subprojects for details) and undertake research towards a Ph.D. in linguistics. Expected starting date is November 15th, 2017. A different starting date can be negotiated.

Project description:

Interrogative sentences can be used to do many things. They can be used to request information, but also to test knowledge (as in exam questions), to teach (as in Socratic questions), to prompt for a public commitment (as in a debate in parliament), to bring up an issue for extended discussion, or even to make a statement (as in rhetorical questions). This heterogeneous class of uses arises from the interaction of four factors: (i) the denotational content of interrogatives, (ii) the grammatically-determined effect interrogatives have on the context (their "sentential force"), (iii) properties of the context of use and (iv) Gricean inferences. The main objective of this project is to develop a formal characterization of the sentential force of interrogative sentences, embedded in a formal system that jointly models sentential forces and Gricean reasoning. In the course of the project, special attention shall be given to two additional issues: rhetorical uses of interrogatives and infinitival interrogatives.
More details are available at http://www.sven-lauer.net/emmy-noether-group/.

Applicants should have an M.A./M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in linguistics or a related discipline (e.g., philosophy, logic or computer science) and should specialize in formal semantics, pragmatics or related fields in their discipline (e.g., the philosophy of language). Knowledge of German is not required (but will be useful for navigating daily life in Konstanz). Due to the international nature of the department, and the status of English as the lingua franca in research, successful candidates must be able to communicate in English.

The University of Konstanz encourages applications from people with a disability. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact +49 7531 / 88 – 4016)

The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer that tries to increase the number of women in research and teaching.

The University of Konstanz is committed to further the compatibility of work and family life.

The University of Konstanz offers a „Dual Career Couples Program“. Information can be obtained from: http://www.uni-konstanz.de/dcc.

The deadline of application is October 15th, 2017, but the search will continue until the positions are filled. Applicants should submit a short cover letter (2 pages max.) describing their background and why they are interested in the position(s), a full CV and one sample of academic work (a substantial term paper, a (draft of) a MA/BA theses, or a publication or substantial manuscript). Please also indicate in the cover letter whether you want to be considered for both positions/projects or only for one of them. Please also provide the contact information for one person familiar with your academic work who may be contacted (if necessary) for a letter of reference. All materials should be sent in one message to Sven Lauer at the following email address: sven.lauer@uni-konstanz.de. Please write "PhD Positions Emmy Noether Project“ as subject of your email.

Bewerbungsende: 15.10.2017