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Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis
Cognitive Science
Application Deadline: 14-Apr-2014
Supporting Institution: Northumbria University
Humanities Department
LL Issue: 25.1246
Posted: 13-Mar-2014
Support Description: The fully-funded PhD studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (in 2013/14 this is 13,863 pa) and Home/EU fees. Overseas candidates are also eligible to apply.

For detailed information about this PhD studentship, please visit:

Project Description:
This PhD research project invites you to explore authentic narratives surrounding the theme of “pain” and “healing” through a multidisciplinary approach that involves cognitive linguistics, systemic functional grammar and narrative inquiry.

The project will entail a comprehensive study on how authentic narratives represent and communicate the conceptualization of “pain” (a kind of suffering that may include, but not limited to, physical, psychological and emotional struggle) and “healing” (which involves processes / strategies whereby pain is dealt with or managed). Recent findings in cognitive linguistics, systemic functional grammar and narrative inquiry will be employed to analyse authentic linguistic data, which in turn will yield new insight into the perceptions of pain and healing. The “authentic” narratives under examination may appear in a variety of discourse genres, although narratives in medical discourse or within healthcare communities will be preferred. Narratives under examination should represent relevant aspects of the theme of Pain and Healing, and are communicated to the readership in real life. You will have the opportunity to collect, observe and analyse real-life linguistic data. You will be working with supervisors who are experts in the field to develop and consolidate your research progress.

Potential research topics may include: the use of conceptual metaphor and metonymy in pain management narratives; storytelling and cognitive simulation in medical discourse; embodiment of pain in self-narrative memoirs; metafunctional approach to therapeutic writing.

Candidates are required to have a good academic background in cognitive linguistics and systemic functional grammar. Knowledge and experience in narrative inquiry and / or corpus linguistics will be of advantage although not essential.

Deadline for applications: 14th April 2014
Start Date: 7th October 2014

Informal Enquiries:
Enquiries regarding this studentship should be made to Dr. Mimi Huang.

Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree (in a relevant subject) from a British higher education institution, or equivalent. Students who are not UK/EU residents are eligible to apply, provided they hold the relevant academic qualifications, together with an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

To apply, contact Andrea Percival to request the appropriate application form, quoting the advert reference above, via email to ad.pgr Linguist List or by using the application link on this page.
Application Mailing Address: Andrea Percival Humanities Department, Northumbria University Sandyford Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST United Kingdom
Application Web Address:
Contact Information: Dr. Mimi Huang