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LINGUIST List 23.1605

Thu Mar 29 2012

Support: Slavic Subgroup, Morphology, Text/Corpus Ling: PhD Student, University of Sheffield, UK

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Date: 29-Mar-2012
From: Neil Bermel <n.bermelsheffield.ac.uk>
Subject: Slavic Subgroup: PhD Student, University of Sheffield, UK
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Department: Russian and Slavonic Studies
Web Address: http://shef.ac.uk/russian

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Morphology; Text/Corpus Linguistics

                            Slavic Subgroup


The Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at the University of Sheffield
invites applications for a PhD studentship in Slavonic linguistics. The
studentship is sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust.

ABOUT THE STUDENTSHIP. 'Dived' or 'dove', 'proven' or 'proved'? Competition
and variation between forms for the same grammatical 'slot' occurs in all
languages, and the Slavonic group, with its rich morphology, is an excellent
source of data. The purpose of our project in 'Acceptability and forced-choice
judgments in the study of linguistic variation' is to look at how we collect and
analyse examples of variation in Slavonic languages, and what different methods
of analysis tell us about the features in question.

The successful candidate will receive a three-year studentship at the research
council rate of £13,590 per annum, plus travel and conference funding. Tuition
fees for UK and other European Economic Area residents (including Switzerland)
will be paid in full. (For other applicants, only a portion of the tuition fees
can be met.)

ABOUT THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE: Candidates will have a proposal that involves
the collection of experimental data (i.e. questionnaires, tests) that can be
analysed quantitatively. Proposals might be purely morphosyntactic in focus, or
could include a sociolinguistic element (geographic/social distribution of forms
or constructions). An interest in tying this research to data gathered from
corpora is also welcome, as is a focus on how our methods of collection and
analysis may affect the results.

You should have, or be expecting to obtain by this summer, a BA and MA, with at
least one of them focusing on linguistics, and thorough grammatical knowledge of
and proven ability to read publications written in the Slavonic language you are
interested in. The first degree should be a good upper second or equivalent
(i.e. cum laude). Some familiarity with corpora and statistics will be an

ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS: Informal contact prior to application regarding
your proposed topic is welcomed and may increase your chances of a successful
proposal. Please direct your enquiries to Professor Neil Bermel,
n.bermelsheffield.ac.uk .

To apply, candidates should submit an application for admission to PhD study on
the University's standard online form:


The application should include a clearly formulated research proposal of
500-1000 words, plus bibliography. It should propose a preliminary hypothesis
or research question and lay out the way in which you plan to test or answer it.
Please indicate clearly in the application that the proposed source of funding
is the Leverhulme Trust studentship.

Applications should reach us no later than 1 May. We may conduct some
interviews by phone before reaching a decision in mid- to late May.

ABOUT THE RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT: The Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies
has two linguists on staff, Professor Neil Bermel and Dr Dagmar Divjak, both of
whom work on questions of competition, variation, and the relation between
corpus and survey data. We play an active role in the School's linguistics
cluster and the Faculty Centre for Linguistic Research. For more information,
see the following links:


Applications Deadline: 01-May-2012

Web Address for Applications: http://www.shef.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/apply/applying

Contact Information:
        Professor Neil Bermel
        Phone:+44 (0)114 222 7405

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