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Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Text/Corpus Linguistics
Specific Language: English
Application Deadline: 27-Sep-2013
Supporting Institution: University of Birmingham
LL Issue: 24.3502
Posted: 05-Sep-2013
Support Description: The research project 'People, products, pests and pets: the discursive representation of animals' (funded by Leverhulme) is running at King's College London and The University of Birmingham, UK from October 2013 to 2016.

To work on the project, we are seeking applications for a three-year PhD studentship at the University of Birmingham. This is a re-advertisement, following the withdrawal of the student initially appointed.

The PhD student will use corpus analytic techniques to investigate ways in which animals have been represented in English discourse in the previous two centuries. This research will entail the collection and analysis of a diachronic corpus of texts, working in liaison with the project team and under the supervision of Dr Alison Sealey and Dr Mel Evans. The precise focus of the research will be negotiated with the best applicant, but potential topics include: the language used in wildlife broadcasts from the earliest examples to 2000; changes over time in newspaper reports featuring stories about wild / domestic / farmed animals; archival texts from organisations represented in the main project, etc.
Application Mailing Address: Dr Alison Sealey English Department University of Birmingham Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT United Kingdom
Application Web Address: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/calgs/scholarships/phd-corpus-linguistics.aspx
Contact Information: Dr Alison Sealey a.j.sealey@bham.ac.uk Phone:+44(0)1214145667