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Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Writing Systems
Specific Language: English
Application Deadline: 09-Jun-2013
Supporting Institution: University of Stavanger
Department of Cultural Studies and Languages
LL Issue: 24.2234
Posted: 30-May-2013
Support Description: The University of Stavanger invites applications for a three-year PhD scholarship in Middle English/Literacy Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Education in the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, beginning autumn 2013. This is a trainee position with the aim to complete a doctoral degree. The area of the project is ‘Late Medieval English local documents’. The position is funded by the University of Stavanger as part of the project ‘The Language and Geography of Middle English documentary texts’, financed jointly by the Norwegian Research Council and by the University. The project studies linguistic variation in English fifteenth-century local documents (legal and business documents, inventories, etc.). It will result in a corpus of Middle English Local Documents (MELD) and two book volumes. The project group consists of 8-9 researchers, including colleagues in Glasgow and Helsinki. For more information about the project, go to: The thesis will be a self-contained study, but will contribute directly to the aims of the larger project. It will focus on a pre-defined group of documents. This could be defined geographically or in terms of format or function; for example, the thesis could focus on the documents of a given area (such as Norfolk) or on particular kinds of document such as wills, guild ordinances, letters or land documents. The study may deal with geographical variation in vocabulary, orthography, morphology, syntax and/or text-type features. It should include a contextualization in terms of geographical, historical and cultural background, text production and/or discourse communities, and it may pose research questions relating to topics such as standardisation, domain-specific language and literacy practices. The precise research questions and directions of enquiry will be defined by the fellow/applicant in consultation with the supervisor, but should fit generally within the aims of the project. The fellow will be part of a team with established researchers. The project is to be carried out mainly at the University of Stavanger, but the fellow is expected to travel to British archives and take part in relevant international conferences. Applicants must have earned a Masters degree with specialisation in a suitable subject, or possess corresponding qualifications which provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate. They must have studied the History of English, including Middle English, and should preferably have some experience of reading and transcribing medieval English texts in manuscript/facsimile. The ideal appointee would also be familiar with research methods within historical dialectology and/or sociolinguistics. Other meriting areas/skills are: manuscript studies, paleography, Latin, digital corpora, historical literacy studies and pragmatics. The appointee must be able to work independently and as part of a team. (S)he must have an excellent command of both oral and written English. For more information about the position and the application procedure, go to: The application should be marked 30050389
Application Mailing Address: Merja Stenroos University of Stavanger Faculty of Arts and Education Stavanger 4036 Norway
Contact Information: Merja Stenroos Phone:0047 51 83 13 65