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At the Institute of Linguistics, University of Bern, Switzerland, two Ph.D. positions will be available in the fields of language documentation in the Papua New Guinea Highlands, diachronic-functional accounts of evidentiality.

The Institute of Linguistics invites applicants for two doctoral researchers whose main task is to thoroughly document the verbal systems of lesser-studied indigenous languages of the New Guinea Highlands and who are keen to give diachronic-functional esplanations for synchronic irregularities and inter-language divergences.
Applicants must have completed an M.A. degree in linguistics or equivalent by the time of application. All candidates must have advanced skills in oral and written English. Fluency in Tok Pisin or another lingua franca oft he region is a plus, but not necessary.
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The positions are available preferably starting March 1st 2020 for four years with a salary according to Swiss National Science Foundation scales. For further information to the Institute please visit our homepage:

For further information to these positions, please contact Dr. Marius Zemp:

To apply please send a single PDF file containing a motivation letter with a clear statement of research interests and a detailed description of research skills, a sample of written work, your CV, and 2 referees to Prof. Dr. Frenando Zúñiga,, +41 (0)31 631 80 04. Application deadline:
January 31st 2020

University of Bern, Institute of Linguistics, Länggassstrasse 49, 3012 Bern, Switzerland.