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Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics Language Contact, Endangered Lanugages
Specific Family: Austronesian
Application Deadline: 31-Jan-2013
Supporting Institution: Nanyang Technological University
Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
LL Issue: 24.75
Posted: 08-Jan-2013
Support Description: We are offering a single doctoral position (4 years, full grant, starting from August 1, 2013) in linguistics focusing on the study of multilingualism, language contact and language shift in historical linguistic contact zones of Southeast Asia. The PhD candidate will work within the project entitled 'Exploring the crossroads of linguistic diversity: language contact in South-East Asia' funded by the Singaporean Ministry of Education (MOE) Tier 2 Research Grant Scheme. For a brief description, see The project will map three sites of long-standing language contact: northeast India and northern Thailand, southern peninsular Malaysia, and eastern Indonesia, where minority communities speak languages belonging to several distinct language families. All these areas are under pressure of the dominant national languages such as Hindi, Thai or Malay/Indonesian and are undergoing language shift. The task of the PhD student will be to investigate the traditional multilingualism and the construction of multilingual identity in these areas as well as the current language shift. Applicants should have a strong undergraduate or Masters degree in linguistics and be willing to conduct traditional fieldwork. We are looking for candidates with: - Previous experience in language description of urban fieldwork (both methodology and technology), - Interest in social interaction, identity and multilingualism, and - (some) knowledge of Hindi, Thai, or Malay/Indonesian. The successful applicant will join the project team at the Nanyang Technological University and will be expected to conduct sociolinguistic fieldwork in the abovementioned areas of Southeast Asia for about a year in total. For more information about the project, please contact Dr. Francesco Cavallaro CFCavallaro Linguist List, or Dr. František Kratochvíl fkratochvil Linguist List See also the project website at For more information about our graduate program, and for detailed information about the application, please visit
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Contact Information: Dr Frantisek Kratochvil