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PhD position at ACLC/ILLC in "Crosslinguistic semantics"

The Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam undertakes teaching and research with a strong international orientation in a large number of disciplines within the field of language and culture. The faculty is situated in the center of Amsterdam and maintains close contacts with many cultural institutions in the city. It employs almost a thousand staff members and its courses are attended by approximately 6,500 students.

The Amsterdam Centre for Language and Communication, and the Institute for Language, Logic and Computation, have formed a research group on Crosslinguistic Semantics within which researchers from both institutes join forces in developing semantic models on the basis of data from a wide variety of languages. Researchers at ACLC and ILLC are in an excellent position to address this complex topic by combining two perspectives: (i) the documentation of crosslinguistic semantic variation through typological research; (ii) the modelling of semantic variation in explicit formalizations. The topic that the research group focuses on primarily in this enterprise is that of Mood and Modality.

The ACLC/ILLC invite applications for 1 PhD position


The Faculty of Humanities offers a PhD position in this field of research as of September 1st 2008. Interested candidates should formulate a research project that addresses the issue of Mood and Modality which combines the perspective of semantic typology with that of semantic modelling, as outlined above in the description of the aims of the research group. The proposal should follow the format presented in the attached guidelines. Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to contact potential supervisors, preferably from both research institutes, in preparing their proposal, so as to make sure that their project can be optimally embedded within the research programme of the research group and of the research institutes.


The PhD student needs to carry out the research within three years and needs to write a dissertation.


MA in linguistics (or equivalent), obtained no longer than five years ago.

More information

In order to submit a project proposal, and to apply as a candidate, you have to follow the Guidelines given in the following 2 documents, which can be found on the ACLC as well as the ILLC website under People/Vacancies.
1. Guidelines for submitting a PhD project proposal 2008.
2. Guidelines for applying for an internal PhD position 2008.
NB Incomplete applications will be automatically rejected so please read the guidelines carefully.


The PhD student will be appointed for a period of three years (full time), beginning September 1st 2008, at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam under the terms of employment currently valid for the Faculty. A contract will be given in the first instance for one year, with an extension for the following two years on the basis of an evaluation of, amongst other things, a written piece of work. It is possible to work part-time (75%). The salary (on a full time base) will be € 2.330 during the first year (gross per month) and will reach € 2.558 during the third year, in accordance with the CAO for Dutch universities.


Submissions (preferably in pdf format) should be sent before April 12th 2008 to ACLC, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT, Amsterdam. Applications received after this date or those that are incomplete will not be taken into consideration. Further information, as well as suggestions for potential supervisors, can be obtained from Prof. Dr P.C. (Kees) Hengeveld (; T: +31 20 525 3854) or from Prof. Dr. J.A.G. (Jeroen) Groenendijk ( ; T: +31 20 525 4535).

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