One-year postdoc position available

See for more information and links on how to apply online.

The Department of Linguistics at Yale University invites applications for a one-year (non-renewable) Postdoctoral Associate position in historical linguistics. Duties include both research and teaching (one course in each semester, including an introduction to historical linguistics in Fall, 2012).

The position is partially funded through NSF grant BCS-920114 “Dynamics of Hunter-Gatherer Language Change”. This interdisciplinary project compares language histories from Northern Australia, California and the Great Basin, and Northern Amazonia in order to test claims about correlates between aspects of language change and social and demographic features. The Postdoctoral Associate will be joining the project in the final year of the grant, and will contribute as an author to the preparation of grant-related publications.

The successful candidate will have experience in historical reconstruction. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in quantitative methodologies and/or first-hand experience with languages in (or near) one of the case study regions. Strong writing skills are essential.

The starting date for this position is July 1 or soon thereafter. Requirements for the PhD must be completed by the start date. Review of applicants will begin on April 2 and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, by April 2 please submit a letter of application which addresses research experience, current research goals, teaching experience, and how you see yourself contributing to the project; please also submit a current CV and 2 writing samples, and arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to this website.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and especially encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minorities.

Claire Bowern at Berkeley

Claire recently gave a talk at UC Berkeley's linguistics department on the project, including recent results on differences in loan word rates in different semantic domains across the project's case study areas (with a focus on Australia). Slides are available [here - pptx, 4.2mb].

Patience Epps at BLS

Patience Epps gave a plenary talk at the Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society on work related to the Amazonian case study.

Welcome to Hannah Haynie

Hannah Haynie (PhD Berkeley, 2012) has joined the team as a post-doctoral fellow for 2012-2013. She is a specialist in linguistic mapping and the Indigenous languages of California. Welcome Hannah!

LSA Satellite Workshop

The project is co-sponsoring (along with LSA Conference Grant BCS-1237202) a workshop on the Foundations of Historical Linguistics, to be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (Jan 3-6, 2013).

More information will be available soon.

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