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LINGUIST List 20.1684

Fri May 01 2009

Jobs: Gaelic; Insular Celtic & Socioling: PhD Student, U of Glasgow

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        1.    Rob Ó Maolalaigh, Gaelic, Scottish; Insular Celtic & Sociolinguistics: PhD Student, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

Message 1: Gaelic, Scottish; Insular Celtic & Sociolinguistics: PhD Student, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Date: 01-May-2009
From: Rob Ó Maolalaigh <romceltic.arts.gla.ac.uk>
Subject: Gaelic, Scottish; Insular Celtic & Sociolinguistics: PhD Student, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
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University or Organization: University of Glasgow
Department: Celtic and Gaelic
Job Location: Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Web Address: http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/celtic
Job Rank: PhD project

Specialty Areas: Phonetics; Phonology; Sociolinguistics

Required Language(s): Gaelic, Scottish (gla)
                            Insular Celtic


Ph.D. Studentship
Language and Identity: The transmission of Scottish Gaelic in the modern world

Subject areas: Gaelic, Linguistics and Sociology

Applications are invited for an interdisciplinary research project at the
University of Glasgow involving Gaelic/Celtic, Linguistics and Sociology,
funded by the prestigious Lord Kelvin-Adam Smith Scholarships scheme which
was established in 2007. This project focuses on linguistic (esp. phonetic)
and sociological aspects of the transmission of Scottish Gaelic in the
modern world.

Scottish Gaelic (henceforth Gaelic) has reached a critical crossroads in
its fight for survival. Little is known empirically about how Gaelic is
changing and how it is being transmitted to younger generations. This
project will focus on adolescents, a cohort which is well known in
sociolinguistics as important instigators and innovators of linguistic
change, and crucial players in the future survival of minority languages.
It will combine methods and insights from Celtic Studies, Linguistics and
Sociology in order to describe (a) the changing linguistic patterns of
adolescent Gaelic speakers, (b) the claims which younger speakers make for
the importance of language in constructing their sense of identity, and (c)
how claims of identity correlate with linguistic practices. This research
will provide a firm basis for future national language policy as well as
for future research into the sociology of language use in Scotland with
implications for a new integrated theory of sociolinguistics. The research
team includes Prof. Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh (Celtic), Dr Jane Stuart-Smith
(English Language) and Dr Andrew Smith (Sociology, Anthropology & Applied
Social Sciences).

The studentship is suitable for candidates with a good first degree (or
Masters) in either Celtic/Gaelic (with some focus on the study of Gaelic
linguistics) or Linguistics (including Phonetics and Phonology), and / or
Sociology (with some focus on questions of identity). It is fully funded
for four years, including fees, a stipend at Research Council recommended
rates (£13,290 in 2009-10) and £5,300 per year for research expenses and
conference attendance.

Knowledge or fluency in Scottish Gaelic, although advantageous, is not
essential. A successful applicant without Gaelic would be required to learn
the language.

How to apply
Applicants for this research project under the Kelvin-Smith Scholarship
scheme should make a formal application for Ph.D. study to the University
of Glasgow. Applications may be submitted online or by post. The procedures
for application, which must be followed, are described by the International
and Postgraduate Service at:

Further information about the project is available at

or contact

Prof. Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh
Department of Celtic
3 University Gardens
University of Glasgow G12 8QH
(see contact information below)


Dr Jane Stuart-Smith
Department of English Language
University of Glasgow
12 University Gardens
Glasgow G12 8QQ
tel: +44 (0)141 330 5533
e-mail: j.stuart-smithenglang.arts.gla.ac.uk


Dr Andrew Smith
Sociology, Anthropology & Applied Social Sciences
University of Glasgow
tel: +44 (0)141 330 5981
e-mail: Andrew.Smithlbss.gla.ac.uk

Application Deadline: Open until filled.
Mailing Address for Applications:
Kathleen Johnston
Faculty of Arts
University of Glasgow
6 University Gardens
Glasgow G12 8QH
United Kingdom
Web Address for Applications: http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapplyforaresearchdegree/
Contact Information:
Professor Rob Ó Maolalaigh
Email: romceltic.arts.gla.ac.uk
Phone: 01413306327

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