LINGUIST List 30.2918

Fri Jul 26 2019

Jobs: Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Linguistic Theories: Post Doc, Utrecht University

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Date: 26-Jul-2019
From: Yoad Winter <>
Subject: Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Linguistic Theories: Post Doc, Utrecht University, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Utrecht University
Department: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics
Job Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoc Position on the Grammar of Drum Languages

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Linguistic Theories


We are looking for an excellent candidate for a post-doctorate position in a research project on drum languages. Candidates should be able to carry out outstanding fieldwork, and do theoretical linguistic work on the relation between grammar and music in drum language in general.

For full description and application, see the application link provided below.

The project aims to develop a linguistic theory of drum language. It follows previous work done by the PI (Winter, Y., Language 90, 2014). Candidates are expected to have an excellent background in theoretical linguistics or another relevant discipline. In addition, candidates should be able and prepared to carry out fieldwork for a period of six months.

The tasks for the candidate will include:
- Carrying out fieldwork among Wolof speaking musicians in Senegal, and/or with other communities using drum language, in collaboration with a PhD student
- Help with PhD student supervision
- Embedding the results of the research within a coherent theory of drum languages, informed by recent advances in theoretical linguistics and cognitive science
- Presenting results at workshops and conferences, and publishing them as peer-reviewed articles in international journals
- documenting drum language traditions in Senegal and elsewhere
- Teaching undergraduate courses

- A (soon to be completed) PhD degree in linguistics, with a substantial fieldwork component;
- Excellent proficiency in spoken and written English;
- An outstanding record of research;
- Interest in fieldwork research, and readiness to live in Senegal or another African country for a period of 6-12 months as part of the project;
- Excellent communicational skills and ability to work in a heterogeneous team;
- Fluency in Wolof or French, or a proven ability to quickly master foreign languages is a strong advantage;
- Proven musical experience is a strong advantage.

The position is offered at 0.8 FTE, starting 1 November 2019, initially for a period of 12 months. Upon good performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining period of 36 months (4 years in total). The gross monthly salary starts at €3.389,- in the first year.

Additional information
For more details on this research project, see
For further information, please feel free to contact Prof. Yoad Winter or the research coordinator at UiL OTS (Dr. Maaike Schoorlemmer:

In order to apply, please use the link in the official ad of this position, at the application link provided below.
Your application should include digital copies of:
- Application form - to be downloaded from
- CV including full personal and academic details;
- Two samples of publications or chapters from PhD thesis;
- Names and full contact details of two academic referees.

The application deadline is August 25, 2019

Interviews, in person or otherwise, of selected applicants will be held during the week starting September 8, 2019.

Application Deadline: 25-Aug-2019

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. Yoad Winter

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