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LINGUIST List 19.1598

Tue May 20 2008

Support: British Sign Language & Socioling: PhD Student, U College London

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        1.    Adam Schembri, British Sign Language & Sociolinguistics: PhD Student, University College London/Bangor University, United Kingdom


Message 1: British Sign Language & Sociolinguistics: PhD Student, University College London/Bangor University, United Kingdom
Date: 20-May-2008
From: Adam Schembri <a.schembriucl.ac.uk>
Subject: British Sign Language & Sociolinguistics: PhD Student, University College London/Bangor University, United Kingdom
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Institution/Organization: University College London/Bangor University
Department: British Sign Language Corpus Project
Web Address: http://www.bslcorpusproject.org

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Job Rank: PhD

Specialty Areas: Sociolinguistics
Linguistics of Sign Languages
Required Language(s): British Sign Language (bfi)

Description:

A 4 year PhD studentship linked to the British Sign Language (BSL) Corpus
Project is now available. The studentship is a 1+3 award (1 year Master's degree
programme and 3-year PhD). The funding will cover UK/EU student fees and a
standard bursary (£14,300 per year). The studentship may be based either at
University College London or at Bangor University (see options 1 or 2 below).

The BSL Corpus Project is a three year project (January 2008 - December 2010)
funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) that aims to (1)
create an on-line, open access corpus of annotated BSL digital video data and
(2) to conduct corpus-based studies into sociolinguistic variation, language
change, language contact and lexical frequency in BSL: see website above .

Applicants should have appropriate undergraduate degree qualifications, and
should have undergone relevant research training (for example in linguistics,
sociolinguistics or psychology). Competence in BSL is a strong advantage, though
training in BSL will be offered if required. Data collected as part of the BSL
Corpus Project will be available, and the student is expected to make a
significant contribution to the annotation, tagging or other manipulation of the
data, depending on expertise.

Option 1 (Sociolinguistic variation and change in BSL): University College London.

This studentship will be based at the ESRC Deafness, Cognition and Language
Research Centre (DCAL) at University College London. The student will first
complete the 1 year interdisciplinary MRes in Speech, Language and Cognition
programme. The 3 year PhD project will focus on a topic related to
sociolinguistic variation and change in BSL.

To apply for studentship 1, please complete the Postgraduate Application Form,
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study/application-admission/
accompanied by a CV and a 500-word outline of your proposed research topic.
Please send your application by 18 June 2008 to Adam Schembri, DCAL Research
Centre, University College London, 49 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD, United
Kingdom or by email a.schembriucl.ac.uk.

For more information about DCAL, please visit the website: www.ucl.ac.uk/dcal.


Option 2 (Language contact and BSL): Bangor University

This studentship will be based at the ESRC Centre for Bilingualism at Bangor
University. The student will first complete the 1 year MA in Billingualism
programme. The 3 year PhD research will link up to the work of the corpus-based
group at the Centre for Research on Bilingualism at Bangor (see
www.bilingualism.ac.uk) and will investigate the outcomes of language contact
between BSL and English. This could include the use of mouthing and
fingerspelling as well as code-switching between signing and speaking.

To apply for studentship 2, candidates should request a place on the PhD in
Bilingualism in the School of Linguistics and English Language by sending a CV
and a cover letter to the Administrator, ESRC Centre for Research on
Bilingualism in Theory and Practice, Bangor University, College Road, Bangor,
Gwynedd, LL57 2DG, United Kingdom or by email to Mrs. Ruth Ab Ieuan,
r.a.ieuanbangor.ac.uk, to arrive by 18 June 2008.

For more information about new ESRC Centre for Bilingualism at Bangor
University, please visit the website: www.bilingualism.bangor.ac.uk.

Who may apply?

EU/UK citizens who have been resident in the UK for three years are eligible to
receive the full grant (i.e., the fees and the bursary). Other EU nationals are
eligible to receive the fee element only.

Informal enquiries for either studentship 1 or 2 can be made to the BSL Corpus
Project director Adam Schembri.

Applications Deadline: 18-Jun-2008

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Dr Adam Schembri
        Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre, University College London
        49 Gordon Square
        London WC1H0PD
        United Kingdom

Contact Information:
        Dr Adam Schembri
        a.schembriucl.ac.uk
        Phone:(voice) +44 (0)20 7679 8680
        Fax:+44 (0)20 7679 8691


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