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LINGUIST List 25.3252

Mon Aug 11 2014

Support: Historical Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Language Documentation, Sociolinguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics / Australia

Editor for this issue: Danuta Allen <danutalinguistlist.org>

Date: 11-Aug-2014
From: Jane Simpson <jane.simpsonanu.edu.au>
Subject: Historical Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Language Documentation, Sociolinguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics: PhD Student, Australian National University, Australia
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Department: ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Langu
Web Address: http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Australian National University

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics


Expressions of interest are now being sought for PhD positions at the new Centre
for Excellence for theDynamics of Language (CoEDL) based at four Australian
Universities (Australian National University (ANU), University of Melbourne,
University of Western Sydney and University of Queensland), with partner
institutions in Australasia and the Pacific, Asia, Europe and North America.

For information about the aforementioned places, please contact:
- at the University of Melbourne: Rachel Nordlinger at rachelnunimelb.edu.au
- at the University of Queensland: FelicityMeakins at f.meakinsuq.edu.au
- at University of Western Sydney: Anne Cutler at a.cutleruws.edu.au

Duties and Responsibilities:
The remaining information relates to applicants to the ANU node. Potential topics
include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Description and documentation of a traditional indigenous language of Australia or
new Australian varieties, including Kriol, new mixed languages.
- Multigenerational documentation of an Australian language focusing on aspects
of language-use across generations.
- Description and documentation of an undescribed Papuan language.
- Corpus-based study of an Australian or Papuan language; or of the coding of
social-cognition across a parallel corpus.
- Quantitative sociolinguistic study of immigrant varieties of Australian English.
- Experimental studies of first language acquisition and language processing.
- Corpus- and/or fieldwork-based study of language acquisition with focus on
intersubjective functions, preferably in a language of the Asia-Pacific region.
- Language phylogenies and human prehistory in New Guinea or South-East Asia.
- Linking language micro-evolution to language macroevolution.
- Coevolutionary interactions between language, cognition or culture.
- Evolution and co-evolution of language structures.

How to apply:
PhD applicants will need to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (or other
suitable scholarship); CoEDL will supplement this with generous conference travel
funds, and substantial training and development. Field-based PhD positions will
undertake substantial fieldwork in the relevant speech community, with generous
fieldwork support and mentoring.
Contact coedlanu.edu.au with the following:
- a curriculum vitae (CV) with educational qualifications, any publications and other
relevant experience (e.g. fieldwork, relevant internships);
- transcript of prior undergraduate and/or postgraduate degrees (will normally need
at least 80% average to be competitive);
- a two-page statement setting out your preferred topic, potential field site (if
relevant), what skills and personal attributes you will bring to the project, and what
you see as the most interesting and challenging issues you will address;
- if available, other materials supporting your case (e.g. relevant articles or other
- for applicants whose undergraduate/postgraduate theses are not in English, their
most recent TOEFL/IELTS scores.

COEDL will then prioritise the most competitiveapplications and contact approved
applicants about making a formal application for enrolment and scholarship through
the regular ANU system.

Deadline for initial expressions of interest (International applicants): 20 August
2014 (formal application must be completed by 31 August).
Deadline (Australian and New Zealand Applicants):15th September 2014 (formal
application must be completed by 31 October).

Scholarship information is available at:

General information about applying is available at the application website provided

Applications Deadline: 31-Oct-2014

Web Address for Applications: http://students.anu.edu.au/applications/gradresearch.php

Contact Information:
        Jane Simpson
        or Nicholas Evans

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