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Wed May 26 2004

Support: L2 Acquisition: PhD studentship, U/Southampton

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  1. Florence Myles, L2 Acquisition: PhD studentship, University of Southampton UK

Message 1: L2 Acquisition: PhD studentship, University of Southampton UK

Date: Sun, 9 May 2004 23:18:16 +0100
From: Florence Myles <>
Subject: L2 Acquisition: PhD studentship, University of Southampton UK

ESRC Centre Linked Studentship (+3 studentship): Call for applications

Evaluation of digital technologies in second language acquisition
research The National Centre for Research Methods has recently been
established with support from ESRC at the University of
Southampton. In connection with this new Centre, a number of ESRC
Linked Studentships are available from October 2004. One of these
studentships will be based in the School of Humanities (Modern
Languages: Centre for Applied Language Research), and will be of
interest to candidates wishing to pursue research in computational
approaches to second language acquisition.

Within Modern Languages at Southampton, there is a well established
research programme which is using the CHILDES software tools
originally developed for researching child language acquisition, to
develop a database of second language learner language and undertake
research into second language acquisition using this database. This
programme is directed by Dr Florence Myles and Prof Rosamond Mitchell
(for details see and ). Up to now the exemplar language used
has been French as L2, but there are active plans to extend the
research programme into other languages.

The successful candidate for this fully funded +3 ESRC studentship
will be attached to the FLLOC research programme and to NCRM. They
will undertake a project exploring and evaluating the usefulness for
second language acquisition research of the recently developed
XML-compatible version of the CHILDES software suite. The successful
candidate must meet all normal ESRC eligibility criteria. In addition
they must possess relevant academic qualifications and research
training, including completed research training in speech science/
computational linguistics to ESRC-recognised Research Training Masters
level, and an interest in second language acquisition. Knowledge of
French would be a useful advantage.

Formal applications should be made using the standard University of
Southampton Postgraduate Application Form, with a covering letter
stating that you wish to be considered for the ESRC Centre Linked
Studentship in Linguistics. Application forms are available from the
university website at: (click on
application/ admission). The deadline for receipt of completed
applications is: Friday 18 June 2004. Shortlisted applicants may be
called for interview in Southampton in the first week of July.

For inquiries and further information concerning the Studentship
including full particulars of the proposed project please contact:

Prof R Mitchell (email, direct line 023

Dr F Myles (email, direct line 023 80592269)

Centre for Applied Language Research, 
Modern Languages,
School of Humanities,
University of Southampton, 
Southampton SO17 1BJ, 
United Kingdom

Dr Florence Myles
Modern Languages
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ

tel: 023 80592269
fax: 023 80593288
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