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Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition Neurolinguistics
Application Deadline: 14-Jun-2013
Supporting Institution: University of Cambridge
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.2239
Posted: 30-May-2013
Support Description: Applications are invited from students with a background in linguistics, psychology or neuroscience for two four-year ESRC-funded multi-disciplinary studentships on the neural basis of adult second language learning to be jointly supervised by Dr John Williams (Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics) and Dr Matt Davis (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit). The studentships will explore the links between instructional methods, neural processes (measured using functional magnetic resonance imaging or electro- and magnetoencephalography) and behavioural outcomes (language performance). The main focus will be on topics in lexical learning (especially morphology) and syntax, though detailed research proposals will be developed through discussions with the supervisors. The aim of these multi-disciplinary studentships is to provide students from a psycholinguistics background with neuroscience training, or students from a neuroscience background with psycholinguistics training. Hence, candidates should have a strong masters or undergraduate degree in either field, but previous experience in both neuroimaging and psycholinguistics is not required. However, prior research experience in language processing or human learning and memory is desirable. Computing and statistical skills for research in linguistics, behaviour or neuroimaging are essential as is a desire to further develop these skills. Start date: October 2013 (but negotiable) Stipend: £20,826 per annum. Eligibility: The studentships offer tuition fees and a maintenance grant in accordance with Research Council eligibility criteria, which means that the studentships are not available to citizens of non-EU countries. For ESRC eligibility requirements see: (note that EU citizens may be able to apply for additional maintenance funding). To apply, send a CV and personal statement to Dr John Williams, jnw12 Linguist List Informal enquiries may be directed to either John Williams, jnw12 Linguist List, or Matt Davis, Matt.Davis Linguist List
Application Mailing Address: Dr John Williams Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics 9 West Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 9DP United Kingdom
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Contact Information: Dr John Williams