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Support: Dutch, Spanish & General Ling: PhD Student, Radboud U., Nijmegen

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        1.     Mirjam Ernestus , Dutch, Spanish & Commmunication Studies, English Linguistics, General Linguistics: PhD Student, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Message 1: Dutch, Spanish & Commmunication Studies, English Linguistics, General Linguistics: PhD Student, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Date: 03-Dec-2010
From: Mirjam Ernestus <m.ernestuslet.ru.nl>
Subject: Dutch, Spanish & Commmunication Studies, English Linguistics, General Linguistics: PhD Student, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
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Institution/Organization: Radboud University Nijmegen
Department: Faculty of Arts
Web Address: http://www.ru.nl/cls/

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics
Communication between Non-native Speakers, English Linguistics

Description:

The PhD-student will investigate how native speakers of Spanish communicate with
native speakers of Dutch in English, under different conditions (asking for formal or
informal speech). The student will focus on how the Spanish adapt their
pronunciation, how they prevent or solve miscommunication, how intelligible they are
and on how they are judged by native speakers of Dutch.

For this, the PhD-student will collect a corpus of English produced by Spanish
students communicating with a native speaker of Dutch of their own social status,
and talking to a group of native speakers of Dutch and Spanish of the
same and higher social status. The PhD-student will provide an orthographic
transcription of this corpus and then analyze this corpus in pragmatic respect (how is
miscommunication prevented and solved?), in acoustic respect (what are the
qualitative and quantitative aspects of English spoken by Spanish language users)
and in receptive respect (what are the consequences of deviant
patterns on comprehension and on speaker evaluation?). These corpus studies will
be supplemented with experimental studies.

The PhD-student will write at least four papers on the basis of this research for high
impact international journals, and also present the research at international
conferences. The dissertation will consist of the articles, preceded by a General
Introduction, and followed by a General Discussion/Conclusions.

We are looking for candidates with a background in English linguistics, General
linguistics, or Communication studies, who are (near)-native in English. Knowledge of
Spanish and of phonetics will be considered as an advantage.

The successful candidate will receive a contract for 3.5 years with the Radboud
University, and be considered as regular employees. The PhD-student will be
supervised by Prof. Dr. Margot van Mulken and Dr. Mirjam Ernestus and be part of a
large research group.

Applications Deadline: 01-Feb-2011

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Dr. Mirjam Ernestus
        Radboud University Nijmegen
        P.O. Box 310
        Nijmegen NL-6500 AH
        Netherlands

Contact Information:
        Dr. Mirjam Ernestus
        m.ernestuslet.ru.nl
        Phone:+31-24-3612970


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