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Support Announcement:

Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Language Documentation
Anthropological Linguistics
Application Deadline: 30-Nov-2012
Supporting Institution: James Cook University, Australia
Language and Culture research centre, FAESS
LL Issue: 23.4179
Posted: 07-Oct-2012
Support Description: Applications are invited, from suitably qualified students, to work under the
leadership of Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (Australian Laureate Fellow). The
project offers one or two PhD scholarships either (a) to work on an immigrant
language in Australia, with a special attention to linguistic and social
conceptualization of gender, or (b) to produce a comprehensive grammar of a
language from the Sepik or an adjacent area of Papua New Guinea, also with a
special attention to linguistic and social conceptualization of gender. Work will
involve extensive immersion fieldwork.

Students will have to enter the PhD program of the Language and Culture
Research Centre in James Cook University Australia. Supervision will be provided
by Professors Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, and R. M. W. Dixon, and other members
of the Centre. These scholarships are embedded within the Australian Laureate
Fellowship Project 'How gender shapes the world: a linguistic perspective',

PhDs in Australian universities generally involve no coursework, just a substantial
dissertation. Good and comprehensive training in linguistics is essential.
Candidates must thus have had a thorough coursework training before embarking
on this PhD program. This should have included courses on morphology, syntax,
semantics, and phonology/phonetics, taught from a non-formalist perspective. We
place emphasis on work that has a sound empirical basis but also shows a firm
theoretical orientation (in terms of general typological theory, or what has recently
come to be called basic linguistic theory).

Distinguished Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald is Research Leader for People and
Societies of the Tropics, and Australian Laureate Fellow. Together with Professor
R. M. W. Dixon, she heads the Language and Culture Research Centre, which
includes Research Fellows and a growing number of doctoral students. In addition,
senior scholars from across the world opt to spend their sabbatical in the LCRC.

The scholarship will be paid at a higher level than the standard James Cook
University rate (AUD $27,652 pa). Students coming from overseas are liable for a
tuition fee; but this may be waived in the case of a student of high merit. An
appropriate allowance will be made to cover fieldwork expenses.

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2012.

Successful applicants would take up their PhD scholarships between January and
June 2013.

It is absolutely essential that interested applicants should first get in touch with
Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (Alexandra.Aikhenvald Linguist List, providing
details of their background, qualifications and interests (including a curriculum
vitae). Applicants are advised to send samples of their written work in linguistics
(at least some of this should be in English). Competitive applicants will then be
provided with details concerning the Project.
Application Mailing Address: Prof Alexandra Aikhenvald
JCU McGregor Road
4878 Qld
Cairns Qld 4878
Contact Information: Prof Alexandra Aikhenvald