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Offre d'emploi : Contrat doctoral Grammaire Expérimentale - Axe 2

Dernière mise à jour : 19 mai 2022

Le LabEx-EFL (Laboratory of Excellence Empirical Foundations in Linguistics) recrute un.e candidat.e doctoral.e pour un poste à temps plein (100%) sur 3 ans en Grammaire Expérimentale avec un salaire net d’environ 1700 EUR net, commençant le 01/09/2022.

La thèse portera sur une des thématiques ci-dessous, appartenant à l’Axe 2, Experimental grammar in a cross linguistic perspective.

Le doctorant sera rattaché au Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle (, à l’Ecole Doctorale Sciences du Langage ( et l’EUR Paris Graduate school of Linguistics (

Un financement sera disponible pour les missions, l’équipement et les expériences. L’étudiant devra assister à des séminaires doctoraux, et pourra éventuellement assurer des cours au sein du Département de Linguistique.

Pour des questions concernant la procédure de candidature, contacter et

Pour candidater :

  • Le dossier de candidature doit être envoyé à et le contact du projet auquel vous candidatez.

  • Date limite de candidature : 16 juin 2022 (minuit MET).

  • Le dossier doit être composé de :

- une lettre de motivation mentionnant explicitement le projet individuel pour lequel le/la candidate se présente

- un CV incluant les cours suivis (notes de master) et diplômes obtenus

- le nom et contact de deux références.

Les candidat.e.s présélectionné.e.s enverront leur mémoire de master et/ou d’autres travaux écrits montrant leur qualification pour le projet en question.

Les auditions (par vidéoconférence) des candidat.e.s présélectionné.e.s auront lieu fin juin – début juillet 2022.

The application file must target one of the following projects/workpackages:

1) Workpackage Meqtam : experimental methods on evidentiality, aspect and modality

Profile: The present project aims at promoting a corpus-based, quantitative approach to the description and formal analysis of the TAME system of an under-described language – preferably an Australian, Amazonian, Niger-Congo or Bantu language, with a fieldwork component (combining several types of data collection: ordinary narratives and dialogues, complemented with questionnaire-based grammatical elicitation, and tightly constrained experimental fieldwork).

2) Workpackage Ellipsis and Fragments

dir: Anne Abeillé ( codir Philip Miller (

Profile: Syntax and semantics of sluices

The research will be based on new empirical data (corpus data and/or experiments), and target the following research question: whether the elliptical question (sluice) is a directly interpreted fragment or has an underlying syntactic structure.

Some references: Abeillé & Hassamal (2019), Kim & Abeillé (2019), Smirnova & Abeillé (2021)

3) Workpackage Pluralities, worlds and events (PLU)

Profile : Superlatives and definiteness

Heim’s (1999) analysis of the English dedicated morphological marker -est for the superlative (a universally quantified version of the comparative -er proposed by Seuren) suffers from a problem regarding the contribution of the definite article, which is not compositionally explicit and sometimes corresponds to an indefinite, as noted by Szabolcsi. Romance languages do not have a dedicated morphological counterpart of the English -est; instead, they convey superlative meanings by overtly using comparative markers associated with definiteness. These languages may allow one to investigate the role of definiteness more clearly. Their seemingly morphological uniformity corresponds to quite different syntactic configurations, depending on whether the definite article is part of a superlative constituent or instead realises the determiner of the overall nominal projection.

4) Experimental Pragmatics (XPrag)

dir. Ira Noveck (

Profile: a new look at idiom processing

The particularity of this research is to investigate how context is critical to the felicitous use of idioms; this an area that has been generally overlooked in the pragmatic literature. For example, the utterance Mary broke the ice would appear minimally felicitous if some kind of social tension were absent from the context. We intend to use multiple methods, including online reading times and EEG, as well investigate different age groups, including school-aged children. The PhD would also need to consider the way prior accounts integrate context into idiom processing.

5) DIA : Dialog

dir. Jonathan Ginzburg (

Profile : Language Acquisition: What comes after the one word stage?

Taking formal grammars for the one word stage developed by Moradlou and Ginzburg, the thesis (building on an extensive corpus study in M2) considers how such grammars evolve into the 2 and 3 word stage using a probabilistic semantics approach (see paper above by Cooper, Ginzburg and Larsson) and HPSG grammars for the grammar writing. It will develop a more grammar oriented developmental notion than MLU which is shown to be too coarse grained; it will develop computational methods (in partnership with Timothée Bernard) for classifying early utterances to scale up the corpus work to many subjects.


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