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Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics Social Psychology of Language
Application Deadline: 14-Apr-2014
Supporting Institution: Northumbria University
Linguistics and English Language, Humanities
LL Issue: 25.1276
Posted: 14-Mar-2014
Support Description: The fully-funded PhD studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (2013/14 = £13,863 pa) and Home/EU fees. Overseas candidates are also eligible to apply.

For detailed information about this PhD studentship, please visit:
http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=53657

This PhD level study, working in tandem with similar sociolinguistic research currently being undertaken within the Northern English Project by Dr Robert McKenzie and Dr Phillip Wallage and associated PhD students in the Discourse and Sociolinguistics research group at Northumbria University:
http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/sass/about/humanities/linguistics/lingresearch/discourseanalysisandsociolinguistics/?view=Standard

The project will involve an empirical investigation into the perception and/or production of varieties of English speech in the north of the UK, including the English spoken in Northern England, Scotland or Northern Ireland. The project may investigate language diversity at both micro and/or macro levels.

Studies investigating the ways in which specific phonological and/or morpho-syntactic variables are indexed to social categories, such as gender, socio-economic status or age, will be considered. The precise focus of the study is open to negotiation with the most suitable candidate for the studentship. However, applications with a specific focus upon the link between linguistic use, perception, and evaluation of Tyneside English or the emergence of supra-local varieties of ‘Northern English’, as distinct forms of speech, are particularly welcomed.

To apply, contact Andrea Percival to request the appropriate application form, quoting the advert reference above, via email to ad.pgr Linguist List northumbria.ac.uk or by http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=53657

Deadline for applications: 14th April 2014
Start Date: 7th October 2014

Informal Enquiries:
Enquiries regarding this studentship should be made to:
Dr Robert M. McKenzie
Senior Lecturer in Sociolinguistics
Tel: +44 (0) 191 227 3122
email: robert.mckenzie Linguist List northumbria.ac.uk
http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/sass/about/humanities/linguistics/linguisticsstaff/r_mckenzie/

Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree (in a relevant subject, most especially in Linguistics, English Language or Psychology) from a British higher education institution, or equivalent. Students who are not UK/EU residents are eligible to apply, provided they hold the relevant academic qualifications, together with an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
Application Mailing Address: Andrea Percival Humanities Department, Northumbria University Sandyford Road Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear NE1 8ST United Kingdom
Application Web Address: http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=53657
Contact Information: Andrea Percival andrea.percival@northumbria.ac.uk Phone:0191 227 4936