LINGUIST List 6.384

Sat 18 Mar 1995

FYI: Applied ling, Psycholing postdoc, Syntax, Lang acquisition

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  1. Peter Christian, MA in Applied Linguistics at Goldsmiths College, London
  2. Thomas L Maxfield, Psycholinguistics postdoc
  3. , University of Geneva: graduate program in syntax
  4. Sandra Whiteside, Studentships/ bursaries

Message 1: MA in Applied Linguistics at Goldsmiths College, London

Date: Tue, 14 Mar 1995 14:40:25 MA in Applied Linguistics at Goldsmiths College, London
From: Peter Christian <>
Subject: MA in Applied Linguistics at Goldsmiths College, London

 New MA in Applied Linguistics at Goldsmiths College, University of London

This interdisciplinary course proposes to look at language and linguistics
from four broad perspectives: communicative, socio-cultural, literary and
cognitive. Specifically, some of the issues covered will include discourse,
text and conversation analysis, translation theory, language acquisition,
the language of literature, bi-lingualism and literacy.

The aim of this course is to further an understanding and awareness of
linguistic and literary issues relevant to all engaged in language-related
work in the 1990s. The course is thus aimed at teachers, teacher trainers
and interested students both here and overseas. A good BA degree (or
equivalent) is needed and no prior knowledge of linguistics is required. The
material used will include analyses and discussions of the language and
languages of both literary and non-literary texts from theoretical and
empirical perspectives.

The course is available as both 1 year full-time (Sept-Oct) and 2 year part-
time programmes.

Course description
Term 1: 12 weeks. 3 core modules (4 weeks each)
Term 2: 12 weeks. 2 optional modules of 6 weeks each will be offered.
Term 3: 6 weeks. 1 optional module will be offered.

(Part time: Part-time students must take the three core modules, spread over
the first year, and may take one optional module in their first year making
up a total of three optional modules in their final year.)

The core courses will be assessed by one three hour unseen examination
paper, the optional modules by three 2300-2800 word essays for each option.
In addition, a dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words (topic to be decided in
consultation with Supervisor) must be submitted in September of the year in
which students complete their programme.

The MA in Linguistics will be taught mainly by staff from the English
Department who have strong research interests in the metalanguage of
literate and oral cultures, second language learning and teaching and

In addition, students may, at the discretion of the course administrators,
choose to take relevant options from existing MA courses (e.g. MA in
Contemporary Cultural Processes, MA in Contemporary Caribbean Cultural

 Techniques of Linguistic Analysis
 Discourse, Text and Conversation Analysis
 Language, Culture and Society

Please note that not all the options will be available every year, and
options will only run subject to demand.

 Computers and Linguistics
 Literacy in social and historical context
 Translation Theory
 Orality and Literacy
 Linguistic Variation and cultural difference
 Words and Meanings
 Second Language Acquisition

 Application and Admission
Students are normally expected to hold a first degree of at least upper
second class standard in an appropriate field. However, if your first
degree is in a non-related field, you may also be considered. Applications
from European Union and overseas students are welcomed.

Application forms and enquiries:
Maria Macdonald
Secretary for Postgraduate Enquiries
English Department
Goldsmiths College
University of London
New Cross

Alternatively e-mail queries may be addressed to:
Dr Hayley Davis (

 Peter Christian
 Documentation & Training Officer, ------------------------------
 Computer Services, | Phone: +44 (0)171 919 7557 |
 Goldsmiths College, | E-Mail: |
 New Cross, ------------------------------
 London SE14 6NW
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Message 2: Psycholinguistics postdoc

Date: Tue, 14 Mar 1995 10:57:44 Psycholinguistics postdoc
From: Thomas L Maxfield <>
Subject: Psycholinguistics postdoc

The Departments of Linguistics and Psychology at the University
of Massachusetts/Amherst anticipate the availability of one
postdoctoral traineeship, contingent upon funding. The NIH-
sponsored traineeship provides advanced training in linguistic and
psychological perspectives on psycholinguistics. Holders of the
PhD degree in linguistics, psychology, or allied disciplines may
apply. NIH requires that all trainees be U.S. citizens or
permanent residents. Current stipend for individuals with no post-
doctoral experience is $19,608. Initial appointment will be for
one year with the possibility of a one-year renewal. Interview not
required. Send vita, statement of interests, reprints, and three
letters of recommendation to Dr. Thomas Maxfield, Dept. of
Psychology, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003. The
traineeship will become available after July, 1995. Review of
applications will begin March 14. The University of Massachusetts
is an Affirimative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Message 3: University of Geneva: graduate program in syntax

Date: Tue, 14 Mar 1995 18:05:49 University of Geneva: graduate program in syntax
From: <>
Subject: University of Geneva: graduate program in syntax

University of Geneva: Graduate program (DES: Diplome d'etudes superieures) in
Linguistics (option: syntaxe comparative)

The syntax option of the DES program offers a range of advanced seminars in
generative syntax in the areas of:
- Comparative Syntax (Rizzi - taught in French)
- Romance Syntax (Belletti - taught in French)
- Semitic Syntax (Shlonsky - taught in French)
- Germanic Syntax (Haegeman - taught in English).

The DES program is open for students who have obtained a 'licence' degree at a
Swiss University or the equivalent abroad. A basic familiarity with generative
grammar is presupposed for the syntax courses. Teaching starts in November
1995 and ends in June 1996; courses are organized on a semestrial basis. In
order to obtain the DES degree participants must (i) follow at least 4
courses, (ii) do the required 'attestation' work for 2 of these courses, (iii)
write a 'memoire', i.e. a research paper on a topic of their choice.

For information contact either Liliane Haegeman ( or
Luigi Rizzi (

Students intending to register for the DES program should send (i) an
application letter in which they state their background and their research
interests, and (ii) an up to date cv, if possible with transcripts of the
most recent academic degrees, to:
Luigi Rizzi
Department of Linguistics
University of Geneva
CH-1211 Geneva 4 (Switzerland)

In order to allow for the necessary time to fulfil various bureaucratic
formalities students interested in the program are strongly advised to apply
before 1 May 1995.
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Message 4: Studentships/ bursaries

Date: Thu, 16 Mar 1995 14:04:49 Studentships/ bursaries
From: Sandra Whiteside <>
Subject: Studentships/ bursaries



Research studentships and bursaries are available in the Department of
Speech Science to work in the following areas: child language acquisition,
specific language impairment, developmental dyslexia, developmental
neuropsychology, psychosocial outcomes following aphasia, developmental
speech disorders, clinical linguistics and the computational analysis of
disordered language.

For further details please contact Dr Sandra Whiteside (Research Admissions
Tutor) 18 Claremont Crescent, Sheffield, S10 2TA.
Tel: 0114 2824871/ 0114 2824870, email:
Closing date for applications: April 7 1995. Interviews to be held in the
last week of April 1995.
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