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LINGUIST List 23.4179

Sun Oct 07 2012

Support: Anthropological Linguistics, Language Documentation: PhD Student, James Cook University, Australia

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <brentlinguistlist.org>

Date: 04-Oct-2012
From: Alexandra Aikhenvald <a.y.aikhenvaldlive.com>
Subject: Anthropological Linguistics, Language Documentation: PhD Student, James Cook University, Australia
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Department: Language and Culture research centre, FAESS
Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation


Description:

Applications are invited, from suitably qualified students, to work under the
leadership of Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (Australian Laureate Fellow). The
project offers one or two PhD scholarships either (a) to work on an immigrant
language in Australia, with a special attention to linguistic and social
conceptualization of gender, or (b) to produce a comprehensive grammar of a
language from the Sepik or an adjacent area of Papua New Guinea, also with a
special attention to linguistic and social conceptualization of gender. Work will
involve extensive immersion fieldwork.

Students will have to enter the PhD program of the Language and Culture
Research Centre in James Cook University Australia. Supervision will be provided
by Professors Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, and R. M. W. Dixon, and other members
of the Centre. These scholarships are embedded within the Australian Laureate
Fellowship Project 'How gender shapes the world: a linguistic perspective',

PhDs in Australian universities generally involve no coursework, just a substantial
dissertation. Good and comprehensive training in linguistics is essential.
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 theory).

Distinguished Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald is Research Leader for People and
Societies of the Tropics, and Australian Laureate Fellow. Together with Professor
R. M. W. Dixon, she heads the Language and Culture Research Centre, 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 LCRC.

The scholarship will be paid at a higher level than the standard James Cook
University rate (AUD $27,652 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. An
appropriate allowance will be made to cover fieldwork expenses.

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2012.

Successful applicants would take up their PhD scholarships between January and
June 2013.

It is absolutely essential that interested applicants should first get in touch with
Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (Alexandra.Aikhenvaldjcu.edu.au), providing
details of their background, qualifications and interests (including a curriculum
vitae). Applicants are advised to send samples of their written work in linguistics
(at least some of this should be in English). Competitive applicants will then be
provided with details concerning the Project.

Applications Deadline: 30-Nov-2012

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Prof Alexandra Aikhenvald
        JCU McGregor Road
        4878 Qld
        Cairns Qld 4878
        Australia

Contact Information:
        Prof Alexandra Aikhenvald
        Alexandra.Aikhenvaldjcu.edu.au
        Phone:61740421117


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