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LINGUIST List 22.2294

Tue May 31 2011

Support: Anthro Ling, Lang 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: 29-May-2011
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, Australia
Department: The Cairns Institute
Web Address: http://www.jcu.edu.au

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation


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, and Dr Anne Schwarz.
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. 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.
PhDs in Australian universities generally involve no coursework, just a
substantial dissertation. Candidates must thus have had a thorough coursework
training before embarking on this PhD program. This should have included courses
on morphology, syntax, semantics, and phonology/phonetics, taught from a
non-formalist perspective. 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

The Cairns Institute is a world centre for advanced study relating to the
tropics. Distinguished Professor Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald is Research Leader
for People and Societies of the Tropics. Together with Professor 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, archaeologists and
educationalists, with scholars working on environmental issues, all within James
Cook University.

The scholarship will be at the standard James Cook University rate, Australian
$22,860 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 2011; the deadline for students with Australian and New
Zealand passports is 31 October 2011.

The academic year in Australia commences about 1st March. Successful applicants
would take up their PhD scholarships between January and June 2012.
The application procedures for international students can be found at:


Scholarship application form for international students can be found at:


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).

Applications Deadline: 31-Aug-2011

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Prof Alexandra Aikhenvald
        The Cairns Institute JCU McGregor Road
        PO Box 4870
        Cairns Qld 4870

Web Address for Applications: http://www-public.jcu.edu.au/study/postgraduate/index.htm.

Contact Information:
        Prof Alexandra Aikhenvald
        Phone:61 7 4042 1117
        Fax:61 7 4042 1800

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