The candidate will produce doctoral research to enrich our typological knowledge of inflectional complexity in Mesoamerican languages, by studying deviations from « canonical inflection » (Corbett, 2007, 2015) on novel data from an under-described Mesoamerican language, following an approach to inflectional morphology proper of «word-and-paradigm»  (Anderson, 1992; Aronoff, 1994; Baerman et al., 2015; Matthews, 1991; Hippisley and Stump, 2016; Stump, 1991, 2016; Stump and Finkel, 2013; etc.). The candidate is expected to carry out field-work on an indigenous language of Mexico. The research is expected to pay attention to inflectional phenomena around topics such as inflectional class organization, uninflectedness, non-concatenative inflection, the periphrasis-synthesis continuum or the emergence of non-canonical inflection. The language to document and study will be according to the candidate’s interest, but it should be a language of the Mesoamerican area where non-canonical inflectional phenomena can be readily identified.

References :

Anderson, S. R. 1992. A-morphous Morphology. Cambridge University Press.

Aronoff, Mark. 1994. Morphology by itself: Stems and inflectional classes. Cambridge, MA and London: MIT Press.

Baerman, Matthew, Dunstan Brown and Greville G. Corbett. 2005. The Syntax-Morphology Interface: A Study of Syncretism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Corbett, Greville G. 2007. Canonical typology, suppletion and possible words. Language 83, 8-42.

Corbett, Greville G. 2015. Morphosyntactic complexity: a typology of lexical splits. Language 91(1): 145-193.

Hippisley, Andrew and Gregory Stump. 2016. The Cambridge Handbook of Morphology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Matthews, P. H. 1991. Morphology. Cambridge University Press. 

Stump, Gregory T. 2001. Inflectional morphology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Stump, Gregory T. 2016. Inflectional paradigms: Content and form at the syntax-morphology interface. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Stump, Gregory T. and Raphael Finkel. 2013. Morphological Typology: Word and Paradigm. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Required qualifications:

Applicants should have an MA in linguistics before the start of the contract. Familiarity with field-work is desired. A good knowledge of Spanish and English is required.  

Research context: LABEX-EFL Research project Typology of inflectional systems with non-canonical inflection (Enrique Palancar & Sebastian Fedden)

University/laboratory: INALCO (Institut National de Langues et Cultures Orientales) ( & SeDyL (Structure et Dynamique des Langues) (

Contact: Enrique L. Palancar (