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Fri May 18 2001

Support: German Linguistics: Two PhD studentships, Wales

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  1., German Linguistics: Two PhD studentships, U of Wales Aberystwyth

Message 1: German Linguistics: Two PhD studentships, U of Wales Aberystwyth

Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 10:08:12 +0100 (BST)
From: <Winifred>
Subject: German Linguistics: Two PhD studentships, U of Wales Aberystwyth

Two PhD studentships in German Linguistics available from October 1, 2001
1. Sociolinguistics / Dialectology of 21st-century German, based at the 
University of Wales Aberystwyth

Supervisor: Dr Winifred Davies.

2. Historical Linguistics / Sociolinguistics of 17th-century German, based 
at the University of Bristol

Supervisor: Dr Nils Langer

The AHRB has awarded Aberystwyth and Bristol a research grant of =A3105,234
spread over three years from October 1, 2001, for the project 'The history
and current status of "bad language" as a concept in German folk linguistics.'
We are therefore looking for two PhD students to join the research team 
which will be based at Aberystwyth and Bristol.

The tuition fees and maintenance costs of the successful applicants (for 
three years) will be covered by the research award.

The award contains provision for the successful candidates to spend two 
separate periods of three months collecting data or conducting archival 
research in Germany (travel and subsistence will be paid).

Each doctoral student will have access to a computer as well as to office 

The Aberystwyth-based PhD student will carry out a study of lay knowledge of 
and perception of linguistic norms in modern German on the basis of an 
empirical sociolinguistic investigation in a particular dialect area.

The Bristol-based PhD student will be investigating the origins of 'bad' 
German by examining seventeenth-century grammars with the aim of identifying 
when and how 'bad' German was stigmatised by language users and language 

Applicants should have a good (2i or higher) first degree in German,
and should preferably have some knowledge of linguistics. Usually,
they will hold, or be about to complete, a first postgraduate degree
in German or Linguistics (normally an MA or MPhil). Further terms and
conditions are set out in the AHRB's Guide to Postgraduate
Studentships in the Humanities

If you wish to apply, please send a letter of application; CV; all
undergraduate and postgraduate marks available; and names of two
referees to Dr Wini Davies, University of Wales Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion SY23 3DY, Wales. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr
Davies (tel.: 01970-622557; e-mail: or Dr Langer
(tel.: 0117-9841; e-mail: The closing date
for applications is June 22, 2001. Interviews will take place in the
second week of July.

Dr Wini Davies,
Adran Ieithoedd Ewropeaidd/Dept of European Langs,
Aberystwyth SY23 3DY

Tel: 01970-622557
facs/Fax: 01970-622553
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