Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin har för närvarande en doktorandtjänst utlyst, med inriktning mot fornsvenska. Söknadsfrist är redan den 27 dec. Utlysningen finns på denna länk.
Nedan utlysningen på engelska:
The Department of Northern European Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu
Berlin is seeking to appoint a a PhD researcher starting as soon as
possible. The post is part time (65%), for a fixed-term period of four
The position is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), as
part of the Collaborative Research Center ”Language-users? knowledge of
of situational-functional variation.” The PhD researcher will be
appointed in the subproject ”Register emergence and register change in
Germanic” with Prof. Dr. Karin Donhauser, Prof. Dr. Muriel Norde and
Dr. Lars-Erik Zeige as principal investigators.
The main aim of this project is to study the emergence of registers in
two early Germanic languages and to explore register change over time.
The relation between register and language change is an understudied
topic in historical linguistics, which so far has focused primarily on
space and time as dimensions of variation. Nevertheless, there is
evidence that specific authors vary in their use of lexical items, as
well as in their use of morphological and syntactic patterns, according
to situational-functional settings. There is furthermore evidence that
medieval texts were linguistically adapted to different audiences. In
both cases, the attested variation is, in part at least,
register-specific. The focal languages of the project, German and
Swedish, are comparatively well documented for the relevant time periods
(ca. 750-1050 for German and ca. 1250-1450 for Swedish) and belong to
the same language family. What is more, the development of more formal
registers in both of these languages is strongly associated with
literacy, Christianization, and the emerging functional bilingualism of
Latin and the vernaculars.
For our study of emergent registers, we initially concentrate on
individual authors with a comparatively wide range of text production.
We adopt this approach in order to avoid problems related to the
unbalanced representation of different genres in the historical corpora
of the Germanic languages. It furthermore enables us to filter out other
variables, such as time and place. Adopting a bottom-up approach, we
will identify lexical, morphological, and syntactic features with
relatively high frequency in specific textual functions (e.g. narrative,
revelatory, educational, scientific, or legal), drawing data from
(annotated) corpora as a basis for quantitative analysis
For the project on register emergence in Old Swedish we invite
applications from candidates with a MA in Scandinavian Linguistics or in
General Linguistics with a focus on North Germanic. In-depth knowledge
of Scandinavian language history and at least one older Scandinavian
language (preferably Old Swedish) is required, as well as experience in
corpus linguistics and statistics. Basic reading knowledge of Latin is
preferred, but may also be acquired as soon as possible after appointment.
Closing date: December 27th, 2019
For further particulars and to apply for this post please contact Muriel
Norde at firstname.lastname@example.org.