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Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics Diachronic Discourse Analysis
Specific Language: English
Application Deadline: 12-Jun-2013
Supporting Institution: University of Birmingham
LL Issue: 24.2231
Posted: 29-May-2013
Support Description: PhD Studentship in Corpus linguistics / Applied Linguistics at the University of Birmingham The research project 'People, products, pests and pets: the discursive representation of animals' (Leverhulme £249K) will run at King's College London and The University of Birmingham from September 2013-2016. To work on the project, we are seeking applications for 2 three-year PhD studentships (one at King’s, one in Birmingham). This advertisement relates to the studentship at the University of Birmingham. The King’s studentship is advertised separately. The successful applicant will receive an annual maintenance grant of £13,590 and an annual contribution of £3,828 towards payment of their fees. (The annual fee for 2013-14 is £3,925.) The successful applicant will have already completed Master’s study with a research training component at the time of beginning their PhD. The PhD student will use corpus analytic techniques to investigate ways in which animals have been represented in English discourse in the previous two centuries. This research will entail the collection and analysis of a diachronic corpus of texts, working in liaison with the project team and under the supervision of Dr Alison Sealey and Dr Mel Evans. We will expect intensive participation by the student in the main study during their first year, followed by more independent study in the following years. The precise focus of the research will be negotiated with the best applicant, but potential topics include: the language used in wildlife broadcasts from the earliest examples to 2000; newspaper reports featuring stories about wild / domestic / farmed animals 1800 – 2000; archival texts from organisations represented in the main project, such as the RSPCA, from its inception in 1824 to 2000.
Application Web Address: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/calgs/scholarships/phd-corpus-linguistics.aspx
Contact Information: Dr Alison Sealey a.j.sealey@bham.ac.uk