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LINGUIST List 17.657

Thu Mar 02 2006

Support: Interdisciplinary: PhD Student, U of Edinburgh

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        1.    Simon Kirby, Interdisciplinary: PhD Student, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Message 1: Interdisciplinary: PhD Student, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Date: 01-Mar-2006
From: Simon Kirby <simonling.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: Interdisciplinary: PhD Student, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Institution/Organization: University of Edinburgh
Department: Linguistics and English Language
Level: PhD
Duties: Research
Specialty Areas: Phonetics, Historical Linguistics, Genetic Classification,
Computer Science, Psycholinguistics


PhD Studentship on Measuring and Comparing Phonetic Similarity

Applications are invited from well-qualified candidates to undertake research
for a PhD on measuring and comparing phonetic similarity. Applicants will have,
or will soon be expected to obtain a good Masters degree (or equivalent) in
Linguistics, English Language, Computer Science, or a closely related
discipline. The project will focus on a review and comparison of existing
methods of phonetic similarity matching, with recommendations on the most
promising approaches for applications in language and dialect comparison and
classification. Applicants may take a primarily linguistic, dialectological or
computational approach to the topic, which allows for some refinement to
emphasise historical linguistic, psycholinguistic or modelling applications.

The successful applicant will be supervised by Professor April McMahon and Dr
Simon Kirby in the department of Linguistics and English Language, and will join
a vibrant community of researchers in the language sciences, including a lively
research group on Language, Evolution and Computation with special
interests in computer modelling. However, the studentship will be held in
association with the AHRC Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity at
University College London. The successful applicant will be expected to
participate in Centre events and funding will be available for this purpose.

This is an AHRC funded award, and applicants must ensure that they meet the
requirements for AHRC studentships (see http://www.ahrc.ac.uk). The award will
provide an annual stipend of approximately £12,000 per year for three years,
plus University fees for home students, or fees only for EU students.

Informal enquiries may be directed to:
Professor April McMahon, email april.mcmahoned.ac.uk,
phone +44 (0) 131 651 1999, or
Dr Simon Kirby, email simonling.ed.ac.uk,
phone +44 (0) 131 650 3494.

Application Procedure:
Complete the PPLS Studentship application form available online at:


Under section 7 of the form, state that you are applying for the AHRC phonetic
comparison studentship.

Please note that you must also complete a University of Edinburgh Postgraduate
Application Form, available at:


Deadline: 31 May 2006 (though late applications may also be
considered). Ideally the project will begin in September 2006.

Mailing Address for Applications:

Attn: CHSS Postgraduate Office
David Hume Tower
George Square
Edinburgh Scotland EH8 9JX
United Kingdom

Applications are due by: 31-May-2006

Contact Information:

Dr Simon Kirby

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