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LINGUIST List 20.3395

Thu Oct 08 2009

Support: General Linguistics & TESL: PhD Student, University of Iowa, USA

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        1.    Catherine Ringen, General Linguistics & TESL: PhD Student, University of Iowa, USA

Message 1: General Linguistics & TESL: PhD Student, University of Iowa, USA
Date: 07-Oct-2009
From: Catherine Ringen <catherine-ringenuiowa.edu>
Subject: General Linguistics & TESL: PhD Student, University of Iowa, USA
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Institution/Organization: University of Iowa
Department: Linguistics
Web Address: http://www.uiowa.edu/~linguist/index.html

Level: PhD

Duties: Teaching

Job Rank: PhD

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Phonology; Syntax
TESL

Description:

University of Iowa

Teaching Assistantships Available for Students Interested in MA/Phd in Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Iowa solicits applications
for 4 positions beginning fall 2010 for graduate students interested in
obtaining a PhD in Linguistics with focus on second language acquisition (SLA),
phonology or syntax. A limited number of assistantships are also available for
students interested in pursuing an MA degree in Linguistics. The Department
administers all ESL teaching and testing on campus, and applicants who have the
requisite experience or who are interested in training to become ESL instructors
are especially encouraged to apply. Teaching assistantships are also available
within the Department for a variety of courses, including Language and Society,
Language and Formal Reasoning, Introduction to Linguistics, Articulatory and
Acoustic Phonetics, undergraduate Syntax, and Languages of the World.

For PhD students, support for the academic year will be at least $16,580 (for a
half-time assistantship). MA students usually receive quarter-time
assistantships ($8,290). All students with financial support receive tuition
fellowships which cover tuition (based on enrollment in 9 hours).

To ensure consideration for these awards, applications should be completed no
later than March 1. Notification of awards is made in early April.

The Department of Linguistics at Iowa has particular strengths in SLA, phonology
and syntax

Second Language Acquisition: The SLA curriculum includes courses for students
interested in first and second language acquisition. Courses provide an overview
and analysis of current SLA research conducted within the generative framework,
with emphasis on explaining the linguistic competence of second language
learners in terms of Universal Grammar, the innate language acquisition device.
Work focuses on experimental research investigating the influence of the first
language, theories of UG access, and related topics.

Phonology: The phonology curriculum emphasizes current theoretical perspectives,
including Optimality Theory, along with the collection, description, and
interpretation of novel phonological and phonetic data. Courses feature
extensive work in data analysis and problem solving, focusing on the
construction and evaluation of phonological theories, particularly in light of
new empirical data.

Syntax: The curriculum in syntax includes the dual emphases of empirical and
theoretical perspectives through a variety of foundational courses that build
analytic and argumentation skills, as well as more specialized course work on
current issues in syntactic theory. The courses consist of intensive work in
problem solving, and combine discovery and description of new linguistic data
with exploration of the implications of such facts in testing and constructing
syntactic theories.

Faculty in the Department have current research interests and expertise in
Austronesian languages, Slavic languages, Germanic languages, Bantu languages,
South Asian languages, Finnish, Hungarian, and Turkish.

For further information, contact William Davies (see contact information below).

Applications Deadline: 01-Mar-2010

Web Address for Applications: http://apply.admissions.uiowa.edu/admissions/login.page

Contact Information:
        Prof. William Davies
        william-daviesuiowa.edu
        Phone:335-0215
        Fax:319-335-3971


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