4 PhD fellowships in interactional linguistics/conversation analysis offered at the University of Basel (Switzerland) and at KU Leuven (Belgium)

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4 PhD fellowships
Type Job
Categoryies (tags) Uncategorized, phd, conversation analysis, interactional linguistics
Dates 2019/02/18 - 2019/03/31
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Address University of Basel & KU Leuwen
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Submission deadline 2019/02/28
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4 PhD fellowships in interactional linguistics/conversation analysis offered at the University of Basel (Switzerland) and at KU Leuven (Belgium):


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4 PhD fellowships in interactional linguistics/conversation analysis are currently offered within the project "The first five words: Multilingual cities in Switzerland and Belgium and the grammar of language choice in public space" funded by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and directed by Elwys De Stefani (KU Leuven) and Lorenza Mondada (Univ. Basel). The positions are offered for 4 years and the salaries are those that generally apply in these two countries.


What is the project about The project studies how unacquainted persons engage in interaction in public spaces in multilingual cities in Switzerland and Belgium. The research will be based on video-recordings collected in various locations and address the following questions: ● How do people engage in pro-social encounters with strangers? ● How do speakers orient to the multilingual setting in encounter openings? How do speakers engage in a new encounter with unacquainted persons without knowing in advance which language the other speaks? How do they decide, in the very first moments of the encounter, which language(s) they are going to use? How do they align or disalign with a “basic code” proposed in the greeting? ● Do urban public spaces represent “territories of multilingualism” in the speakers’ actual practices? ● In public space, the beginning of an encounter emerges first of all through visible embodied behavior; what is the relation between the organization of visible embodied conduct and the politics of multilingualism? The above questions are crucial for research on linguistic choices, on multilingualism, and on social order. They also represent more general issues regarding public space, interactions in urban settings, and the foundations of otherness, trust, and sociality in contemporary cities.

Profile Applications are invited from candidates with the following qualifications: ● An MA in linguistics (or related disciplines), with academic distinction; ● training in interactional linguistics, conversation analysis, ethnomethodology; ● strong analytical skills and the motivation to pursue innovative work in linguistics; ● an excellent (near-native) competence of the following languages: for the Belgian positions (2): Dutch, French and a good command of English; for the Swiss positions (2), (Swiss) German, French, Italian, and a good command of English; for both positions: any additional language (e.g. Arabic) constitutes a plus; ● a cooperative attitude and the capacity to actively engage in project collective activities (e.g. fieldwork, data sessions); ● the ability to present research results at international conferences, and to publish in peer-reviewed journals.

How to apply Motivated candidates meeting these criteria are invited to apply. Please include a cover letter, a CV, the names of up to three referees, and a sample piece of academic writing. Candidates applying for a position in Switzerland will send their application to lorenza.mondada@unibas.ch; candidates applying for a position in Belgium can find the application form on the KU Leuven website [1]

Deadlines The deadline for applications is 28 February 2019 for the UK Leuven position and 31 March 2019 for the U Basel position. The fellowships start at earliest on April 1, 2019, or later, depending on the availability of the candidate.

How to contact us We strongly encourage to contact the Principal Investigators of the project for more information prior to the official submission: Elwys De Stefani, elwys.destefani@kuleuven.be, Lorenza Mondada, lorenza.mondada@unibas.ch.