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LINGUIST List 17.2456

Thu Aug 31 2006

Support: Morpho-syntax: MA/PhD Student, Rhodes University

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        1.    Mark De Vos, Morpho-syntax: MA/PhD Student, Rhodes University, South Africa

Message 1: Morpho-syntax: MA/PhD Student, Rhodes University, South Africa
Date: 31-Aug-2006
From: Mark De Vos <m.devosru.ac.za>
Subject: Morpho-syntax: MA/PhD Student, Rhodes University, South Africa

Institution/Organization: Rhodes University
Department: Linguistics
Level: MA/PhD
Duties: Research, Project Work
Specialty Areas: Afrikaans, General Linguistics,
Variety Linguistics, Dialectology, Language Change, Syntax


Funds are available for MA/PhD studies starting in 2007 in a project aimed at documenting
language change and variety in spoken Afrikaans.

The project is funded by SANPAD (South Africa-Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives
in Development) and is conducted in collaboration with our research partners at Rhodes
University, the Meertens Institute (Netherlands), Stellenbosch University and Northwest University.

The project has funds for two full-time MA students and one PhD candidate starting in January/
February 2007. There are also opportunities for postdoctoral researchers through National
Research Foundation funds.

In addition to scholarship funding, researchers working on the project can be nominated for
training through the Research Capacity Initiative (RCI) run by SANPAD. The RCI programme is
arguably the best funded scholarship in South Africa. Approximately USD 22,000 (R160 000) is
spent on workshops and training (excluding tuition) for students who have completed their Masters
and are embarking on a PhD. The call for scholarships is open to all South African citizens and
women and members of previously disadvantaged communities are especially encouraged to
apply. Postdoctoral candidates wishing to apply for NRF funding can be of any nationality.

The project will focus on building networks in Afrikaans communities, often in rural and
marginalised areas, with special emphasis on non-standard varieties. These communities are
most at risk from underdevelopment and are affected by urbanization and land-related issues
amongst others. It is imperative to document aspects of language change and dialectal variation.

The project has a number of avenues for MA, PhD and postdoctoral research. These include but
are not limited to:
- Syntactic aspects of varieties of Afrikaans
- Language change in varieties of Afrikaans focussing on the language of younger vs older
- The effects of globalization, migration and economic realities on Afrikaans communities

Knowledge of Afrikaans or a West-Germanic language other than English would be an advantage.

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Dr Mark De Vos
Department of English Language and Linguistics
Rhodes University
Grahamstown East Cape 6140
South Africa

Applications are due by: 31-Oct-2006

Contact Information:
Dr Mark De Vos
Phone:+27 -46-603 -8105
Fax:+27 46-603-8106
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