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Postdoctoral research fellow on the project `On vagueness -- or how to be precise enough'

The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam is seeking to hire a postdoctoral research fellow on the project `On vagueness -- or how to be precise enough'. The project is funded by the NWO and led by Prof. Frank Veltman and Dr. Robert van Rooij. The main goal of the project is to develop a formal framework within which the characteristic semantic and pragmatic properties of vague expressions can be systematically explored. One such property is context dependence. A second phenomenon that we intend to study concerns the level of granularity used to interpret precise terms. The focus of the exact research agenda will be determined together with the successful candidate. It can range from logic (providing a syllogistic-like system for a vague word like `tall') to linguistics.

Desirable skills include:
- advanced knowledge in model-theoretic semantics and formal pragmatics
- familiarity with philosophical and formal models of vagueness

Review of applications will start September 1st, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.

Applications should include the following information:
- curriculum vitae
- samples of prior published research
- a short description (one page) of the aims and method of your research for this position
- names and email addresses of three people that can be contacted for recommendation letters (but please do not send letters at this point)

Please send your applications electronically to or .

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