LINGUIST List 21.1353

Fri Mar 19 2010

Support: Comp Ling,Lang Documentation,Psycholing: PhD Student, Nanyang U.

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        1.    Francis Bond, Computational Linguistics, Language Documentation, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Message 1: Computational Linguistics, Language Documentation, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Date: 17-Mar-2010
From: Francis Bond <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics, Language Documentation, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
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Institution/Organization: Nanyang Technological University Department: Linguistics and Multilingual Studies Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation; Psycholinguistics

The Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies (LMS) at NTU( invites applications for three PhDStudentships, funded by the college of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

LMS has a focus on the study of the languages of multilingual individuals and ofmultilingual societies. Research in the division is geared towards a deepeningof our understanding of multilingualism through empirical studies of topics suchas language description and documentation, language contact, loanword phonology,machine translation, language maintenance, and multilingual language processingand acquisition.

Language documentation:

Suitably qualified people are invited to apply to undertake research on ahitherto undescribed (or scantily described) Tibeto-Burman, Austro-Asiatic orIndic language of the north-east India/Burma region, leading to a comprehensivegrammatical description of that language. This project forms part of a largerinitiative to document the languages of north-east India and adjacent regions ofAsia.

The ideal applicant will have a solid grounding in descriptive linguistics andalready hold an MA, or a BA with a good Honours grade. Successful applicants cananticipate doing one year of coursework, followed by three years ofempirically-based research. After completion of the coursework year, thecandidate will undertake a 9-12 month period of fieldwork that will involveliving in the speech community to record, transcribe and analyse linguisticdata. S/he will then return to Singapore to complete the first draft of thegrammar and prepare the corpus of materials for archiving. A second trip of 3months will be made in the final year to check the analysis of the data.

Interested applicants should contact Dr Alexander Coupe ( to discussa possible project.

General Description:

* The award is for up to four years (subject to good progress).

* The monthly stipends for Ph.D students will be S$2,300 for SingaporeCitizens, S$2,200 for Singapore Permanent Residents and S$2,000 forinternational students.

* For students who pass the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination, the stipend may beincreased to S$2,800 for Singapore Citizens, S$2,700 for Singapore PermanentResidents S$2,500 for international students, subject to good performance.

* The award also covers the annual tuition and computer fees.

* NTU will normally help you find accommodation on campus.

For more details see

Applications Deadline: 19-Aug-2010

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:         Francis Bond

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