Postdoctoral Fellowship in Caucasian Linguistics & Linguistic Typology in France, Paris

University or Organization: Sorbonne Universités

Context: Funding project Émergence at Sorbonne Universités

Job Location: Paris, France

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Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Language Dynamics in the Caucasus.

Job Rank: Post Doc; Researcher.

Area of research: Linguistic Typology, dialectology, sociolinguistics, anthropological linguistics, complex systems, computational (geo)linguistics.


The Émergence at Sorbonne Universités Program at Sorbonne Universités invites applications for the position of a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (July 2017 – June 2018).

The LaDyCa project (Language Dynamics in the Caucasus) explores language dynamics from the standpoint of s.c. “Alpine Linguistic and Ethnic Geography”, as defined by Johanna Nichols in a seminal paper1 published in 2004: i.e. the multidisciplinary survey of areas of high linguistic diversity layered from highlands to foothills, Lowlands and the sea shore, entailing a complex web of relationships and interactions intertwining languages and communal aggregates (i.e. linguistic communities) for centuries in a complex biotope. The LaDyCa project will deal with Circasian (i.e. North-West Caucasian), Kartvelian and Nakh- Daghestanian dialect networks, especially from the standpoint of dialectometry, and will work out and process dialect databases (phonological, morphological and lexical) from these three linguistic stocks. It will make an attempt at understanding how does the web of ecological factors shape linguistic diversity, having a more or less direct influence on dialect diversification and, reciprocally, how the natural and social environment is shaped by language and language diversity.

Computing tools and concepts will be provided by Complexity Theory & Complex Systems framework (e.g. as in previous work on Mazatec, a language from Mesoamerica, available on, in partnership with mathematicians, physicians and specialists in computational sciences.

Applicants must have a PhD in linguistics as well as publications in their field of specialization. Independent research experience in one or several of the core areas of the LaDyCa project (i.e. language dynamics, linguistic typology, sociolinguistics, geolinguistics, dialectology & dialectometry) is expected. An experience in working with scholars of diverse backgrounds, e.g. linguists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians and, to some extent, mathematicians or statisticians would be greatly appreciated.

The project will be funded by the IDEX (‘Initiative d’Excellence’) consortium of Sorbonne Universités, France, in partnership with Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. Apart from an efficient and fluent command of English and/or French, for collegial relations with an international team of scholars, applicants should have a good command of Georgian (written & oral skills); efficient reading skills in Russian would be an asset too. A good command of database software, and previous training or experience in computational linguistics would be also appreciated. A strong performing ability in entering data and in designing linguistic databases would be an asset.


Applications should include a statement of interest (letter of motivation), giving accurate details on the applicant’s skills corresponding to the aim of the LaDyCa project, and how (s)he plans to process data with computing tools and gather information on the ecological, historical and social context of linguistic diversity in the Caucasus. (S)he will also provide a CV including a list of publications, a copy of the PhD certificate, and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees. Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to the e- mail addresses below, entitled “Application_LaDyCa_PostDoc”:


Prof. Jean Léo Léonard < >

Prof. Claude Montacié < >


Deadline: applications must be submitted by 2 nd of May 2017.

The position is available from July 2017 to June 2018.The duration of employment is intended to last one year.

Net salary: around 2100 euros per month.

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LaDyCa project