Research Associate (3 posts available) Project: The lexical semantics of lexical categories

The University of Manchester - Linguistics and English Language

Closing Date : 19/03/2018
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : Available from September 2018 to August 2023
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Humanities
School/Directorate : School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Division : Linguistics and English Language
Hours Per week : Full Time
Salary : £31,604 to £38,833 per annum
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : HUM-11515

The Department of Linguistics and English Language requires three postdoctoral research associates to work on a five year project “The lexical semantics of lexical categories” (PI, Andrew Koontz-Garboden) funded by the European Research Council Consolidator Project. You will form part of a team whose goal is to elucidate through the study of property concept lexemes (see Dixon 1982, Thompson 1989) and constructions in which they appear, the meaning of nounhood, verbhood, and adjectivehood. The project will do this through broad typological study and detailed semantic and morphosyntactic fieldwork on individual languages (which will be identified as part of the initial stage of the project).

In collaboration with the PI, you will undertake a broad typological study extracting data from descriptive grammars with the goal of determining the kinds of meanings that property concept words have when nouns, adjectives, and verbs. On completion of the typological study, the team will examine the results in the face of project hypotheses with a view to identifying counterexamples. You will also undertake detailed fieldwork on languages counterexemplifying the hypotheses, with the goal of better understanding their behaviour.  All three postdoctoral research associates will work on the typological study, carry out fieldwork, publish results, and carry out organisational duties tied to the administration of the project. Project funds will cover expenses of associated fieldwork, conference presentations, open access publication, and other costs tied to work on the project.

You will hold a PhD (or near completion) in linguistics or a cognate area and have expertise in formal semantics and the syntax/semantics interface. Experience (or proven potential) of high quality research is also an essential requirement for this post. 

Applications to be made online; in addition to your application you should upload in a single document your CV and a covering letter.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Andrew Koontz-Garboden


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

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Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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