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Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Typology Language Documentation
Application Deadline: 31-Oct-2012
Supporting Institution: Monash University
Linguistics
LL Issue: 23.4255
Posted: 11-Oct-2012
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 2013

Scholarship value:
AUD 6,750 per annum (conditions apply)
Laptop & standard software up to a value of AUD 1700

Closing Date: 31 October 2012

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
(http://www.mpi.nl/DOBES/); 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-linguistics 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.

http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/linguistics/research/
http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/linguistics/our-staff/

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).

http://www.monash.edu.au/migr/support/scholarships/major/

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.

http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/hdr/studyoptions/phd.php

How to apply:

(1) Send the following documentation as email attachments by 31 October 2012 to
Anna Margetts: anna.margetts Linguist List monash.edu (put "PhD Top-up" in the subject
line): (i) a covering letter outlining relevant training and experience and stating the
language(s) you intend to work on, (ii) CV, (iii) academic transcripts.

(2) Apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or Monash Graduate
Scholarship (MGS) by 31 October 2012
(http://www.monash.edu.au/migr/support/scholarships/major/).
Application Web Address: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/news-events/phd-top-up-scholarship-in-linguistics-within-cross-corpus-dobes-project-on-three-participant-events/
Contact Information: Anna Margetts
anna.margetts@monash.edu