LINGUIST List 11.1141

Sat May 20 2000

Jobs: Typology Research Fellowship, La Trobe Univ

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  1. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Typology: Research Fellowship at La Trobe University, Australia

Message 1: Typology: Research Fellowship at La Trobe University, Australia

Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 17:23:21 +1000
From: Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald <>
Subject: Typology: Research Fellowship at La Trobe University, Australia

Three-year Research Fellowship (Level B) - Reference number: 50004477
This position attracts a remuneration package of $56,877 to $67,541
per annum which includes 17% superannuation with a salary component of
$48,613 to $57,728 per annum. CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday
24 July 2000

Applications are invited for a three-year Research Fellowship in the
Research Centre for Linguistic Typology (La Trobe University). This is to
commence no later than 1 January 2001 (an earlier starting date is possible). 

Applicants should have a PhD in linguistics or be close to the award
of a PhD (they will have to have submitted their dissertation before
taking up this position). They should have experience of linguistic
fieldwork and will, ideally, have already completed a grammatical
description of some previously undescribed language (not their native
language) in terms of basic linguistic theory.

The successful applicant will work as part of a team with Professor
R.M.W. Dixon, Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, and other members of
the Research Centre, on a topic relating to languages from either
South America or the New Guinea region (primarily relating to Papuan
languages). They will undertake extensive fieldwork and will either
(i) produce a comprehensive description of some previously undescribed
language; or (ii) pursue an in-depth study of a language contact
situation. Option (ii) will be suitable for someone who already has
good knowledge of one or more of the languages involved in a suitable
contact situation. The choice of project will be made after
discussion between the successful applicant and Professors Dixon and

The Research Centre for Linguistic Typology consists, at any one time,
of about twenty scholars, working on a variety of languages. Besides
the permanent staff we have an array of Research Fellows and PhD
students; each year a number of senior scholars from across the world
spend from three to six months with us as Visiting Fellows. Our
personnel this year includes specialists on spoken languages from the
following families and areas: Uto-Aztecan, Siouan, Arawak, Araw´┐Ż,
Barbacoan, Macro-Je, Indo-European, Afroasiatic, Niger-Congo,
Nilo-Saharan, Tibeto-Burman, Papuan, Austronesian and Australian, in
addition to sign languages.

RCLT works in close cooperation with the Department of Linguistics in
La Trobe University's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, which
has a full program of teaching and research. Faculty members in the
department are: Professor Barry Blake, Associate Professor David
Bradley, Associate Professor Kate Burridge, Dr Hilary Chappell and Dr
Ng Bee-Chin. The university library has an excellent collection in
linguistics and related fields.

An allowance will be made to cover travelling expenses to and from
Australia at the beginning and end of the period of employment. A
suitable allowance will be made to cover the expenses of linguistic
fieldwork either in South America or in the New Guinea region.

Further information about RCLT will be found at our website: Prospective applicants are invited to
write to us at if they have any queries.

Applications should be marked Private and Confidential and forwarded to:
		Office of the Director (Personnel)
		La Trobe University
		Bundoora, Victoria 3083

Applications should quote the Reference number, address the selection
criteria and include a curriculum vitae, list of publications, and the
names of three referees (plus addresses, e-mail addresses, phone and
fax numbers). A copy of the application should also be sent direct to
Ms Siew Peng Condon, Executive Officer, Research Centre for Linguistic
Typology, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria 3083, Australia.



	Essential Requirements
1.	Thorough professional training in linguistics, with special reference 
 to language description and linguistic typology.
2.	Applicants should either already have a PhD or be in the final stages 
 of a Doctoral Program (the dissertation must be submitted before 
 taking up the appointment), with their dissertaion dealing with a 
 topic in descriptive linguistics in terms of basic linguistic theory 
 (not in terms of any non-basic formalism).
3.	Ability to work, under direction, as a member of a research team.
4.	Ability to work to a timetable, and produce results on time.
	Desirable Attributes
1.	Some training in anthropology is desirable.
2.	Ideally, to have produced a description of a language, preferably 
 (a) a language for which there had previously been no good description;
 and (b) a language other than that of which they are native speaker.
3.	Demonstrated research experience which has resulted in publications,
 conference papers, reports or professional or technical contributions 
 which give evidence of research ability.


Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
Associate Director
Research Centre for Linguistic Typology
Institute for Advanced Study
La Trobe University
Bundoora, Vic
Australia 3083


phone: 61-(0)3-9467-3079 Uni
 61-(0)3-9467-0020 home

fax 61-(0)3-9467-3053

Administrator: 61-(0)3-9467-3128

phone: 61-(0)3-467-3079 (work)
 61-(0)3-455-0020 (home)
fax: 61-(0)3-467-3053
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