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LINGUIST List 25.804

Tue Feb 18 2014

Support: Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics/Australia

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

Date: 18-Feb-2014
From: Brett Baker <bjbakerunimelb.edu.au>
Subject: Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, University of Melbourne, Australia
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Department: Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Web Address: http://languages-linguistics.unimelb.edu.au

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Melbourne

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics
Creole Languages


PhD position - Linguistics, School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne.

We are seeking applications for a PhD project attached to the Australian Research Council-funded project 'Learning to speak White-fella way' (CIs Brett Baker & Rikke Bundgaard-Nielsen).

'Learning to speak White-fella way' is a fieldwork-based experimental project which investigates first-language influence on the acquisition of English by speakers of Kriol and traditional Australian languages such as Wubuy.

We seek a PhD student who will adopt an experimental approach to investigate the way children of different ages (with Kriol/Wubuy background) perceive and produce English speech sounds and recognise words in Kriol and English. The project will result in information crucial to closing the educational 'gap' between children in remote indigenous communities and the rest of Australia as it will provide not only 'base-line' competence assessments at school start, but also the extent to which English-language schooling results in successful acquisition of English.

Applicants will need to meet the criteria for candidature in the PhD at Melbourne, and will need to successfully apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), if domestic, or one of the international scholarships, if from overseas. In addition to that, we are offering a scholarship top-up of $5000/year, plus fieldwork expenses and a stimulating cohort of students involved in fieldwork-based linguistic projects.

The position will be based at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Details on applying for a PhD place at Melbourne are available at:

For further information or to apply, contact
Dr Brett Baker
School of Languages and Linguistics
University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC 3010
03 9035 4687


Applications Deadline: 18-Jul-2014

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Dr Brett Baker School of Languages and Linguistics Parkville VIC 3010 Australia

Contact Information:
        Dr Brett Baker bjbakerunimelb.edu.au Phone:+61 3 9035 4687

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