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Wed Feb 23 2011

Support: Cog Sci, Lang Acquisition: PhD Student, U. of Abertay Dundee, UK

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        1.     Vera Kempe , Anthropological Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Language Acquisition, Typology: PhD Student, University of Abertay Dundee, United Kingdom

Message 1: Anthropological Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Language Acquisition, Typology: PhD Student, University of Abertay Dundee, United Kingdom
Date: 21-Feb-2011
From: Vera Kempe <v.kempeabertay.ac.uk>
Subject: Anthropological Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Language Acquisition, Typology: PhD Student, University of Abertay Dundee, United Kingdom
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Institution/Organization: University of Abertay Dundee
Department: Psychology
Web Address: https://portal.abertay.ac.uk/portal/page/portal/SHARED/v/V514248

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Typology


Description:

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ACG883/phd-studentship/

Development of methods for the comparison of language development between
industrial and non-industrial societies
University of Abertay, Dundee

The University is pleased to offer a FEES ONLY STUDENTSHIP for a period of
three years for outstanding full time postgraduate research students from outside
the UK and European Union. The studentships are part-funded through SORSAS
(the Scottish Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme).

The aim is to develop methods for a systematic comparison of cross-cultural
differences in language input to children to develop cross-culturally and cross-
linguistically valid and applicable methods for the comparison of language
development in children.

Psychological research in language development has been dominated by studies
on children learning English and, more recently, a small range of other European or
East Asian languages which are spoken in industrial, literate societies. In these
societies, parents engage in intensive verbal interactions with their babies and
toddlers. However, the anthropological literature holds a number of records
suggesting that in non-industrial societies, this kind of verbal interaction between
adults and small children can be very limited. Where differences in the amount of
verbal interaction with children have been studied, for example when comparing
parents of different socio-economic status within industrial societies, comparisons
show that amount of input does affect rate of language development: The less
parents talk to their children the later important milestones of language
development are reached. This leads to the so far untested prediction that cross-
cultural differences in early verbal input should also lead to differences in rate of
language development. Unfortunately, virtually no comparisons between language
development in industrial and non-industrial societies exist, mainly due to the
difficulties associated with the development of measurement instruments that
could be compared across different languages.

This PhD project aims to develop measurement instruments that can be deployed
for use in industrial and non-industrial societies to compare development across
different languages. The ultimate goal is to (a) obtain a more accurate description
of the range of trajectories of language development across human societies and
(b) to identify socioecological factors that underpin differences in the transmission
and use of language across societies. The development of the proposed
measurement instruments is crucial for both of these goals and will make use of
resources such as the electronic Human Relations Area Files which contain
detailed anthropological records of non-industrial societies.

Supervisors:
Dr. V. Kempe e: v.kempeabertay.ac.uk
Dr. F. Moore e: f.mooreabertay.ac.uk
School of Social and Health Sciences, University of Abertay Dundee

Eligibility: Overseas (non-EU) students who have been accepted unconditionally
for admission as a full-time, postgraduate research student for Session 2011/2012.

For an application form please visit Abertay Jobs at www.abertay.ac.uk

Please return applications to:
Mrs Cheryl Fitzpatrick, Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services,
University of Abertay Dundee, Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HG
(Tel: +44 1382 308910) e-mail: c.fitzpatrickabertay.ac.uk

Completed applications forms together with a current cv should be returned to Mrs
Fitzpatrick by 11 March 2011. Please quote reference number STU/11/04

Committed to Equal Opportunities

The University of Abertay Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No: SC016040

Applications Deadline: 11-Mar-2011

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Mrs Cheryl Fitzpatrick
        Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services
        University of Abertay, Dundee
        Dundee Scotland DD1 1HG
        United Kingdom

Web Address for Applications: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ACG883/phd-studentship/

Contact Information:
        Dr Vera Kempe
        v.kempeabertay.ac.uk
        Phone:4401382308586
        Fax:4401382308749


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