Phd Student in Linguistics Ghent University, Department of Linguistics Belgium

PhD student

Last application date
Oct 26, 2018 14:16

LW06 - Department of Linguistics

Limited duration

Master’s degree in Classics or in a related discipline (e.g. Ancient History or Linguistics)

Occupancy rate

Vacancy Type
Research staff


Job description

Applicants are invited to apply for a full-time, four-year fellowship to study communicative variation in the area of multilingualism. Roman/Late Antique Egypt formed a multi-lingual environment: speakers/writers could choose between four languages (Greek, Latin, Coptic, and at a later stage Arabic), cor¬responding to four different scripts. Moreover, speakers/writers could use multiple languages at one and the same time (‘code-switching’), or write one and the same language in multiple scripts (e.g. Greek words/phrases in the Latin alphabet). As a PhD candidate, you will make an inventory of such practices, studying the social motivation that lies behind them.


For further information, see


Profile of the candidate

  • Applicants are expected to hold a master’s degree in Classics or in a related discipline (e.g. Ancient History or Linguistics).

  • In order to be eligible, applicants must have obtained their degree at the time of application or demonstrate convincingly that they will have that degree in hand by the end of 2018.

  • Applicants should be fluent in English, and have good reading skills of the other languages relevant to the field (German, French, Italian).


How to apply

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter outlining your background and motivation,

  • a detailed CV,

  • a one-page research proposal (not including references),

  • two letters of recommendation, and

  • a writing sample (10.000 words maximum).


Applicants are invited to submit these documents (preferably one pdf-file) to Klaas.Bentein@UGent.Be.


The deadline for submission is October 26, 2018. A selected number of applicants will be invited for an interview in Ghent on November 19, 2018.


The starting date is January 7, 2018, or soon after.


For inquiries, please contact prof. dr. Klaas Bentein at the above-mentioned e-mail address.

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