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Thu May 27 2010

Support: Anthro Ling, Language Documentation: PhD Student, James Cook U.

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        1.    Alexandra Aikhenvald, Anthropological Linguistics, Language Documentation: PhD Student, James Cook University, Australia

Message 1: Anthropological Linguistics, Language Documentation: PhD Student, James Cook University, Australia
Date: 25-May-2010
From: Alexandra Aikhenvald <Alexandra.Aikhenvaldjcu.edu.au>
Subject: Anthropological Linguistics, Language Documentation: PhD Student, James Cook University, Australia
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Institution/Organization: James Cook University
Department: The Cairns Institute
Web Address: http://www.jcu.edu.au/cairnsinstitute/people/JCUTST_057570.html

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics
Language documentation

Description:

Applications are invited, from suitably qualified students, to enter the PhD
program of the Language and Culture Research Group within the Cairns Institute
of James Cook University Australia. Supervision will be provided by Professors
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, R. M. W. Dixon, Dr Mark W. Post, Dr Anne Schwarz and
Dr. Tianqiao Lu. Our PhD candidates generally undertake extensive fieldwork on a
previously undescribed (or scarcely described) language and write a
comprehensive grammar of it for their dissertation. They are expected to work on
a language which is still actively spoken, and to establish a field situation
within a community in which it is the first language. Their first fieldtrip
lasts for about nine months. After completing a first draft of the grammar, back
in Cairns, they undertake a second fieldtrip of two to three months. Fieldwork
methodology centres on the collection, transcription and analysis of texts,
together with participant observation, and at a later stage judicious
grammatical elicitation in the language under description (not through the
lingua franca of the country). Our main priority areas are the languages of
tropical Amazonia, the Papuan and Austronesian languages of New Guinea and
Tibeto-Burman languages. However, we do not exclude applicants who have an
established interest in languages from other areas. We place emphasis on work
that has a sound empirical basis but also shows a firm theoretical orientation
(in terms of general typological theory, or what has recently come to be called
basic linguistic theory).
The Cairns Institute is a world centre for advanced study relating to the
tropics. Prof Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald is Research Leader for People and
Societies of the Tropics. Together with Prof R. M. W. Dixon, she heads the
Language and Culture Research Group, which includes Research Fellows and a
growing number of doctoral students. In addition, senior scholars from across
the world opt to spend their sabbatical in the Cairns Institute. The LCRG has
strong links with anthropologists and archaeologists, with scholars working on
environmental issues, and with the School of Indigenous Australian Studies, all
within James Cook University.
The scholarship will be at the standard James Cook University rate, Australian
$20,427 pa. Students coming from overseas are liable for a tuition fee; but this
may be waived in the case of a student of high merit. A small relocation
allowance may be provided on taking up the scholarship. In addition, an
appropriate allowance will be made to cover fieldwork expenses. The scholarship
is for three years (with the possibility of a six month extension). The deadline
for application by international students (starting in 2011) is 31 August 2010;
the deadline for students with Australian and New Zealand passports is 31
October 2010. The academic year in Australia commences about 1st March.
Successful applicants would take up their PhD scholarships between January and
June 2011.
The application procedures for international students can be found at:
http://www.jcu.edu.au/grs/forms/index.htm .
The 2010 for 2011 Scholarship application form for international students can be
found at: http://www.jcu.edu.au/grs/scholarships/index.htm
Prospective applicants are invited, in the first place, to get in touch with
Professor Aikhenvald at alexandra.aikhenvaldjcu.edu.au, providing details of
their background, qualifications and interests (including a curriculum vitae).
Applicants are strongly advised to send samples of their written work in
linguistics (at least some of this should be in English).

Applications Deadline: 31-Aug-2010

Web Address for Applications: http://www.jcu.edu.au/grs/JCUPRD_018164.html

Contact Information:
        Prof Alexandra Aikhenvald
        Alexandra.Aikhenvaldjcu.edu.au
        Phone:61-7-4042 1117
        Fax:61-7-4042 1880


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