LINGUIST List 21.2216

Thu May 13 2010

Jobs: Gaelic, Scottish; Sociolinguistics: PhD Studentship, U of Glasgow

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        1.    Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh, Gaelic, Scottish & Sociolinguistics: PhD Studentship, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

Message 1: Gaelic, Scottish & Sociolinguistics: PhD Studentship, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Date: 12-May-2010
From: Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh <>
Subject: Gaelic, Scottish & Sociolinguistics: PhD Studentship, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
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University or Organization: University of Glasgow Department: Celtic and Gaelic Job Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom Web Address:
Job Rank: PhD Studentship

Specialty Areas: Sociolinguistics

Required Language(s): Gaelic, Scottish (gla)


Soillse PhD Scholarship

Soillse involves a consortium consisting of UHI (in particular, Sabhal MòrOstaig), and the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Edinburgh.

The aims of Soillse are:- To further develop a research capability in Gaelic language developmentfor the benefit of the Highlands & Islands and beyond- To develop a national network, bringing in new researchers, linking withinternational research and influencing policy

Five PhD scholarships, including one at the Department of Celtic & Gaelic,University of Glasgow, will be awarded in 2010 in terms of the criteria setout below. The Glasgow scholarship will cover the UK/EU rate of tuitionfees and an annual stipend (£13,489 in 2010-11). All international studentswho apply for the scholarship must be able to demonstrate the availabilityof funds to meet the full overseas tuition fee.

Funding will extend for four years. Students may apply on a 1+3 or 3+1basis, i.e. a Research Master's followed by a three-year PhD, or athree-year PhD followed by one year of postdoctoral study. Studentschoosing the 1+3 option will only be permitted to progress to the PhD ifperformance on the Research Master's is satisfactory.

Full-time applications are preferred but anyone wishing to apply on apart-time basis should contact Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh(; +44(0)141-330 6327) in the first instance.

CriteriaApplications are encouraged in relation to the following three research topics:

1. Language usage patterns and language ideologies among Gaelic-speakingfamilies and communities, e.g. the language attitudes and motivations whichprompt parents to not/use Gaelic in child-rearing.

2. The intergenerational transmission of Gaelic: correlations betweenlanguage input and output, and attitudes to language

3. Language usage, competence and attitudes among adults who receivedGaelic-medium education.

Applicants may also propose a different research topic but this must fitclearly within the parameters of the Soillse initiative and its overarchingresearch themes: Gaelic as a family and community language; Gaelic languageuse; Gaelic identity and self-confidence; Gaelic in education; and policiesfor Gaelic.

Applicants should be able to speak, read and write Gaelic. Applicants whodo not currently have all of these skills will be expected to developcompetence in Gaelic such that they can conduct and present academicresearch through the medium of Gaelic. Appropriate language training willbe provided.

Application ProcedureApplicants must apply for (a) the scholarship and (b) postgraduate study atthe University of Glasgow.

To apply for the scholarship, candidates should submit hard copies of thefollowing no later than 28 May 2010 to Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh atthe address below:- a CV including education and grades achieved to date- a personal statement outlining why you believe you should be consideredfor the scholarship, highlighting your interest and ability in the field ofGaelic sociolinguistics broadly defined- a research proposal in line with the criteria described above (c.500-1,000 words, not including bibliography)

An application for postgraduate study must also be submitted to theUniversity of Glasgow by 28 May 2010. Applications can be made on line at:

More information

Application Deadline: 28-May-2010 Mailing Address for Applications:
Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh Department of Celtic and Gaelic University of Glasgow 3 University Gardens Glasgow G12 8QQ United Kingdom Email Address for Applications: Contact Information:
Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh Email:

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