LINGUIST List 13.748

Thu Mar 21 2002

Support: PhD Studentships in Native American Langs

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  1. Winnie Yiu, Studentship: Native American Language, Uni. of Newcastle (U.K)

Message 1: Studentship: Native American Language, Uni. of Newcastle (U.K)

Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 12:40:37 +0000
From: Winnie Yiu <>
Subject: Studentship: Native American Language, Uni. of Newcastle (U.K)

AHRB 3-year Ph.D. Studentships at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne U.K

The Study of Nuuchahnulth Grammar: Consequences for a theory of language

The Department of English Literary and Linguistic Studies at the University
of Newcastle upon Tyne is inviting applications for two PhD studentships,
beginning September 2002, on the AHRB funded project, entitled ?The Study of
Nuuchahnulth (Nootka) Grammar: Consequences for a theory of language?.
Nuuchahnulth (Nootka) is Native American Language spoken on the west coast
of Vancouver Island in Canada. It is a language with very wide scope for
investigation since the language displays a high degree of polysynthesis and
of complexity of grammar as well as the unclear vowel quality and stress

The studentship, covered by the AHRB research award including tuition fees
(three years) and maintenance costs (for details see:, aims to train up talented Ph.D student applicants to
become linguists and one of the specialists on this little-studied language.
Stable funding for the duration of their studies and full training and
support (including travel funds for conference and training courses such as
the LSA Summer Institute 2003) are provided to facilitate their involvement
as an academic. Experience and understanding of the language will be
acquired via their participation, as part of the research team, in
assisting the working out of language material involving data analysis and
preparation of conference papers and journal articles, and all of which will
contribute to the formulation and writing up of their thesis under the
supervision of the Principal Investigator, Dr. John Stonham.

Opportunities will also be given to students to present their work at
conferences as well as advice and encouragement to have their research work
published in professional venues.

Experience in the language is NOT required but most importantly interest in
theoretical and descriptive linguistics. Preference will be given to
applicants who have training in morphology, phonology and/or syntax. Good
I.T skills would be an asset.

Applicants must be linguistics graduates, or be about to complete a first
postgraduate degree in linguistics (MA/M.Phil). Further information is set
out in the AHRB?s Guide to Postgraduate Studentship in the Humanities.

Applicants are requested to send a) a letter of application stating your
research interest b) CV c) academic results d) the names and e-mail address
of two referees.

Applications and any enquiry should be made to:

Dr. John Stonham

Department of Literary and Linguistic Studies Percy building University of
Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0) 191 2227759 Fax: +44 (0) 191 222 8708


Final Date of Application: 15th of April, 2002 
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