MGK Integrated Graduate School: Fellowships

Fellowships for Postgraduate Researchers

Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1412 'Register: Language Users' Knowledge of Situational-Functional Variation'

University or Organization: Humboldt University Berlin and Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS)
Job Location: Berlin, Germany
Specialty Areas: General Linguistics
Project: Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1412 'Register: Language Users' Knowledge of Situational-Functional Variation'

The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1412 'Register: Language Users' Knowledge of Situational-Functional Variation' is a joint research project of the Humboldt-University Berlin (HU) and the Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS). Currently 15 sub-projects at the Humboldt-University of Berlin and the ZAS investigate intra-speaker variation driven by situational and functional factors at all levels of language, and focusing on the language user's register knowledge and its relation to other types of linguistic knowledge. It is funded by the German Research Council DFG since 01.01.2020.

Within the Integrated Graduate School, we offer up to four fellowships for Postgraduate Researchers who want to pursue or are already pursuing a Ph.D. relating to the research program of the CRC, or want to explore topics relating to the CRC within their Ph.D. research. The Integrated Graduate School serves the fellows, the Ph.D. students, working the CRC and also early career postdocs in the CRC. The leaders of the CRC Integrated Graduate School are Uli Sauerland (ZAS) and Richard Waltereit (HU).

The starting date can be February/March 1st, 2020 or any later first day of a month during 2020. The fellowship can have a duration of between three and twelve months. Remuneration is EUR 1,365 per month tax-free, but fellows will need to purchase health insurance. The fellowship can be used to prepare for a Ph.D. researcher position within the CRC, but can also be used to carry out a self-contained research project on the topic of the CRC. In either case, the prospective fellow must identify a research project in the CRC that they primarily will connect to and ideally contact a PI of that project at the time of application. The fellows are furthermore expected to participate in the training opportunities of the Graduate School, in particular methods schools, mentoring, and peer-to-peer networking events. The research projects within the CRC and PIs are the following:

  • A01 Metaphor and metonymy as register phenomena (Markus Egg, HU)
  • A02 Speaker's choices in a creole context: Bislama and Morisien (Manfred Krifka, ZAS)
  • A03 "Expressive" dislocation and register in Czech vs. Russian (Roland Meyer, Luka Szucsich, HU)
  • A04 Situated syntax: Exploring and modeling syntactic register variation in German (Stefan Müller, HU)
  • A05 Modeling meaning-driven register variation (Uli Sauerland and Stephanie Solt, ZAS)
  • A06 Disentangling cross-linguistic and language-specific aspects of register variation (Elisabeth Verhoeven, HU and Aria Adli, U Cologne)
  • B01 Register and the development of periphrasis in the history of English (Artemis Alexiadou, HU & ZAS and Thomas McFadden, ZAS)
  • B02 Emergence and change of registers: The case of Lithuanian and Latvian (Anna Helene Feulner and Wolfgang Hock, HU)
  • B03 Register knowledge in Ancient Egypt (Frank Kammerzell and Silvia Kutscher, HU)
  • B04 Register emergence and register change in Germanic (Muriel Norde, Karin Donhauser, and Lars Erik Zeige, HU)
  • C02 Variation in situated interaction (Stefanie Jannedy, ZAS)
  • C03 Situation-register congruence meets morphosyntax and verb-argument violations: Real-time and post-sentence comprehension (Pia Knoeferle and Katja Münster, HU)
  • C04 Register knowledge in advanced learner language (Anke Lüdeling, HU)
  • C05 Development of specialized knowledge in linguistics and register flexibility in early adulthood (Beate Lütke, HU)
  • C06 Non-native addressee register (Christine Mooshammer and Anke Lüdeling, HU)

Applicants who are not yet registered in a Ph.D. program must have completed their M.A. by the planned start date. Applicants should name other research qualifications relevant to the planned research. The Integrated Graduate School aims to strengthen the diversity of the CRC and so members of groups traditionally underrepresented in German academic leadership positions are especially encouraged to apply.

The Humboldt University is a one of Germany's leading universities, as confirmed by its recent reselection for the top-tier of funding within the German Excellence Initiative. Specifically for linguistics, HU has recently been ranked, in 2019, 1st in Germany and 33rd in the world.
The ZAS is an university-independent, research institute within the Leibniz Association and a well-known international center for linguistic research. Both institutions are located in downtown Berlin, which has been ranked 13th out of over 200 in a recent international quality of living survey.

Applications must be submitted via e-mail and include the following items, preferably in a single PDF:

- A letter of intent stating the following

 a) nature of your interest in the fellowship and your research goals for the duration of the fellowship

 b) your desired starting date and duration of fellowship

 c) your contribution to the diversity goal of the CRC if any

 d) the names and e-mail addresses of at least two scholars to be contacted for letters of recommendation.

- A CV including a complete list of qualifications and publications;

- Electronic copies of up to two representative writing samples;

- Any relevant transcripts and degree certificates in electronic form

Application Deadline: 29-Feb-2020 or until filled
Email Address for Applications: Gabriele Lazik,
Contact Information: Uli Sauerland or Richard Waltereit