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Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics English Linguistics
Specific Language: English
Application Deadline: 18-Jun-2013
Supporting Institution: University of Bern, Switzerland
Department of English Languages and Literatures
LL Issue: 24.2012
Posted: 10-May-2013
Support Description: The Department of English Languages and Literatures at the University of Bern in Switzerland is offering a doctoral studentship, financed by the Swiss National Foundation, to work alongside another PhD student on a project entitled “Contact, mobility and authenticity: language ideologies in koineisation and creolisation”. The successful student will work on language ideologies in public discourses about the development and legitimisation of new dialects in New Zealand and Southern England since 1945. The project is supervised by Prof David Britain. The Department offers teaching and supervision in English linguistics, literature and cultural studies from BA, through MA and PhD to ‘Habilitation’, and participates in interdisciplinary research centres organised within the Faculty of Humanities, esp. the Center for the Study of Language and Society (http://www.csls.unibe.ch/content/index_eng.html). The Faculty’s Centers along with IASH - the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (http://www.iash.unibe.ch/content/index_eng.html) - organise programmes at PhD level that combine research workshops with academic professional development training. The studentship provides a generous salary but does not cover the university’s (minimal) registration and tuition fees (Registration fee CHF100 paid at the time of formal application to enter the university as a student; Tuition fees CHF200 per semester (CHF1= (approx.) US$1.07 = GB£0.69 = Euro0.81). There are two semesters per year. Funding is available for three years from August 1st 2013. For more information about the Department, browse the following site: http://www.ens.unibe.ch. The working language of the Department is English, and the PhD would be written in English, but the working language of the Faculty is German. The community language is Bernese German. Having some German or the commitment to learn it is therefore required. All applicants must have an MA in English, English Linguistics, Linguistics, Sociolinguistics or a closely related topic. Applications should be sent as one pdf file to Mrs Hilary Sharp, secretary in the Department (hilary.sharp Linguist List ens.unibe.ch) to arrive no later than 18th June 2013. They should contain a covering letter that demonstrates how previous academic experience and expertise connects with the topic of the PhD, a CV, and an outline of MA dissertation topic. Informal skype interviews, if necessary, will be held in the week beginning June 24th 2013, so please indicate your availability during that week.
Application Mailing Address: Ms Hilary Sharp Länggassstrasse 49 Bern 3000 Switzerland
Contact Information: Prof. David Britain david.britain@ens.unibe.ch