LINGUIST List 15.1871

Sun Jun 20 2004

Support: Systemic Functional Ling: RAs, Simon Fraser U

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  1. jacky, Systemic Functional Ling: Research Assoc, Simon Fraser University

Message 1: Systemic Functional Ling: Research Assoc, Simon Fraser University

Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 15:33:41 -0400 (EDT)
From: jacky <>
Subject: Systemic Functional Ling: Research Assoc, Simon Fraser University

University or Organization: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Department: Dept. of Education
Rank of Job: Research Associate
Specialty Areas: Discourse Analysis, Systemic Functional Linguistics
Required Language(s): English (Code = ENG)


Two applicants are being sought for the position of Research Associate
to work on the project entitled Therapy as Discourse: A Functional
Linguistic Analysis of the Therapeutic Process in Four Different Kinds
of Couple's Therapy. This research is funded by the Social Sciences
and Research Council of Canada. The project is based at Simon Fraser
University (Vancouver, Canada). The anticipated starting date is
January 1st, 2005, and period of employment would be for 2-3 years.

The proposed research brings to bear the resources of SFL theory and
methodology to gain a better understanding of the therapy process at
the level where it is, in practice, enacted; the unfolding
conversation between therapists and clients. Specifically, the
investigation is about how language is used in couples therapy, how
language use changes over the course of therapy, and how this process
provides clients with new linguistic resources in order to change
their social relationships. We are also interested in how particular
therapy orientations may be in practice constituted by the distinctive
sequential use of specific linguistic resources and genres.

The central aims in this research are: to explore and identify these
linguistic resources and genres, and to evaluate the hypothesis that
different generic sequences are used to realize different therapeutic
approaches in couples therapy (e.g., multigenerational, narrative,
strategic), and to explore how these approaches tend to facilitate
specific kinds of client ontogenesis.

In order to investigate these issues we propose to examine clinical
data (therapy conversations) generated by experienced couples
therapists in ecologically realistic circumstances for evidence of
recurring linguistic patterns. We will use previously validated
methods of linguistic analysis (SFL) to better understand how therapy
sessions are realized by a series of linguistic genres, how different
therapeutic approaches may be differentiated in terms of these
specific linguistic patterns and how these different linguistic
developments generate the particular changes the clients may
experience in therapy

� M.A. degree
� Background in Systemic Functional Linguistics
� Enrolled in PhD program

� Analyze therapy transcripts and video-tapes using an SFL approach
� Ensure that the research lab is running effectively
� May involve travel and extended stay to do research in Salzburg,

Application packages need to include:
� an up-to-date curriculum vitae
� samples of published work (or MA thesis)
� summary letter highlighting the applicant's qualifications for the
 appointment and their research expertise.
� 2 letters of recommendation

Application packages can be sent by mail or emailed to Dr. Peter Muntigl.

Either SSHRC Doctoral Student Stipend or RAship


Address for Applications:

	Attn: Dr. Peter Muntigl
	Department of English, 
	University of Salzburg
	Akademiestrasse 24
	Salzburg, A-5020

	Position is open until filled.

Contact Information:
	Dr. Peter Muntigl
	Tel: +43662 8044 4449 (Austria)

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