LINGUIST List 11.1062

Wed May 10 2000

Jobs: Sheffield Usage Survey/Research assistantship

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  1. A.R.Linn, Survey of Sheffield Usage: Research assistantship, U of Sheffield

Message 1: Survey of Sheffield Usage: Research assistantship, U of Sheffield

Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 10:38:44 +0100
From: A.R.Linn <>
Subject: Survey of Sheffield Usage: Research assistantship, U of Sheffield


Applications are invited for a research assistantship connected to 
the Survey of Sheffield Usage materials housed in the National 
Centre for English Cultural Tradition (NATCECT) at the University of 
Sheffield. The successful candidate would be a member of the 
Department of English Language and Linguistics and would report 
to a small steering group made up of staff of the department and of 

The Sheffield Usage material was collected during the early 1980s 
and has recently been supplemented by further lexical material 
from the Sheffield area. The original material provides a valuable 
tape-recorded catalogue of Sheffield usage from 100 informants, 
discussed in a series of student projects, but stored in an ad hoc 
way, such that it is not apparent which tapes relate to which 
projects. There is however material here for a range of research - 
dialectological, sociolinguistic and phonological in the first 
instance, but of interest to anyone concerned with regional urban 
varieties of English. Sheffield is unique in having an unbroken 
history of dialectological study for 250 years, and this material 
forms an important part of that tradition.

The initial task of the research assistant would be to make working 
copies of the recordings and to organise this material so that it 
could be used widely for research and for student work alike. Part 
of this task would be reconstructing the background to the 
individual recordings and to the informants and the linguistic 
varieties they exemplify. In addition to copying and organising the 
material, the research assistant will do what they can to publicise 
it and generate a research culture around it. It is expected that the 
person appointed will begin to carry out their own research using 
the resource, possibly in conjunction with the other dialectological 
resources housed in NATCECT. A published outcome will be 

This is a half-time post and would suit either a post-doctoral 
student or a recent graduate with an appropriate linguistics 
background who is considering research focusing on regional 
varieties of English. Salary will be paid pro rata at an appropriate 
point on the AUT-negotiated scale for research staff. It may be 
possible for a suitably qualified appointee to supplement their 
income through teaching in the Department of English Language 
and Linguistics. Further information is available from Dr Andrew 
Linn (address below) to whom applications (consisting of a CV, 
names and addresses of two potential referees, and a letter 
proposing the research use you would make of the material) should 
be sent by Friday 2 June 2000.

Department of English Language and Linguistics
University of Sheffield
Sheffield S10 2TN

Tel: 		0114 222 0216
Fax:		0114 276 8251

Dr Andrew R. Linn
Department of English Language and Linguistics
The University of Sheffield
GB-Sheffield S10 2TN, England

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 0216
Fax: +44 (0)114 276 8251
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