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Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Language Documentation
Application Deadline: 31-Oct-2013
Supporting Institution: Monash University
LL Issue: 24.3528
Posted: 09-Sep-2013
Support Description: PhD Top-up scholarship in Linguistics within cross-corpus DoBeS project on three-participant events:

Scholarship tenure:
3 years full time, beginning in 2014

Scholarship value:
AUD 6,750 per annum (conditions apply)
Laptop & standard software up to a value of AUD 1,700

Closing Date:
31 October 2013

The project Cross Linguistic Patterns in the Encoding of Three Participant Events will start in 2013 as a cross corpus project of the Documentation of Endangered Languages Program (DoBeS) of the Volkswagen Foundation (

Chief investigator: Anna Margetts (Monash University)
Co-applicants: Nikolaus Himmelmann (University of Cologne) and Katharina Haude (CNRS, Paris)

The project investigates the linguistic encoding of events which involve three participants. It brings together three areas of study: The encoding of three participant events, the typological parameter of basic valence orientation, and the field of text based typology.

The PhD project will be concerned with the encoding of three participant events and basic valence orientation, either (a) across the participating DoBeS language projects, (b) across a larger sample of languages or (c) in an individual language, e.g. on the basis of original fieldwork.

Applicants should have a very good undergraduate degree in linguistics, preferably a first class Honours or Master's degree. They are expected to have a strong background in linguistic typology and the morpho-syntactic analysis of natural language data, preferably of under documented non-Indo European languages. Experience in working with linguistic text corpora of spoken language and with software programs such as ELAN and TOOLBOX is desirable.

The successful applicant will be part of a research group investigating three participant events from a cross linguistic perspective which will include the three project investigators, representatives of the participating DoBeS teams and a further PhD student working in the project. They will be based in the linguistics program at Monash University, which has a strong research track record in linguistic analysis and documentation, in particular of languages of Austronesia and Australia. The supervision team will include Anna Margetts and other members of the linguistics program. Please see the following links for more information:

Candidates will be based at Monash’s Clayton Campus and will be expected to start in 2013. The top-up scholarship will be contingent on the candidate successfully applying for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or Monash Graduate Scholarship (MGS).

The scholarship does not cover foreign student tuition fees. However, outstanding applicants can apply for additional tuition fee scholarships. Refer to the website below for more information. Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements which may include English language skills.

How to apply:
- Send the following documentation as email attachments by 31 October 2013 to Anna Margetts: anna.margetts Linguist List (put “PhD Top-up” in the subject line):
* A cover letter outlining relevant training and experience and stating the language(s) you intend to work on
* Your CV
* Your academic transcripts.
- Apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or Monash Graduate Scholarship (MGS) by 31 October 2013
Application Web Address:
Contact Information: Anna Margetts