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LINGUIST List 25.1608

Fri Apr 04 2014

Support: Sociolinguistics, Syntax / United Kingdom

Editor for this issue: Uliana Kazagasheva <ulianalinguistlist.org>

Date: 04-Apr-2014
From: David Adger <d.j.adgerqmul.ac.uk>
Subject: Sociolinguistics, Syntax: PhD Student, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
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Department: Linguistics
Web Address: http://linguistics.sllf.qmul.ac.uk

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Queen Mary University of London

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Sociolinguistics; Syntax


The Variable Morphosyntax of Multi-ethnic London English (MLE)

This project takes an extant large database of spoken material from multi-ethnic communities in inner London and examines a range of morphosyntactic phenomena in the variety. The initial part of the project will be to identify a subset of morphosyntactic features in the variety that are amenable to both syntactic and sociolinguistic analysis. Each of these features will then be analysed, using standard multivariate techniques, to determine what factors influence the variability, and how the variety itself is changing in reaction to the ways that it is used by its speakers. This may require the collection and coding of extra data from the same communities. The variationist analysis will be complemented by a morphosyntactic analysis of the features, and the core theoretical issue will be to develop further a framework for understanding both the limits and the extent of morphosyntactic variation in this variety, and the mechanisms by which features emerge, are maintained, and are lost in the variety.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in both generative syntax and in variationist sociolinguistics, with a good masters degree, ideally in one of these areas, or the connection between them. The project will be jointly supervised by Professor Jenny Cheshire and Professor David Adger.

The project will start in September 2014, and is fully funded for three years.

Applications Deadline: 31-Jul-2014

Web Address for Applications: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/applyresearchdegrees

Contact Information:
        Prof David Adger d.j.adgerqmul.ac.uk

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