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Thu May 27 2010

Support: Anthro Ling, Language Documentation: PhD Student, James Cook U.

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        1.    Alexandra Aikhenvald, Anthropological Linguistics, Language Documentation: PhD Student, James Cook University, Australia

Message 1: Anthropological Linguistics, Language Documentation: PhD Student, James Cook University, Australia
Date: 25-May-2010
From: Alexandra Aikhenvald <>
Subject: Anthropological Linguistics, Language Documentation: PhD Student, James Cook University, Australia
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Institution/Organization: James Cook University Department: The Cairns Institute Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics Language documentation

Applications are invited, from suitably qualified students, to enter the PhDprogram of the Language and Culture Research Group within the Cairns Instituteof James Cook University Australia. Supervision will be provided by ProfessorsAlexandra Y. Aikhenvald, R. M. W. Dixon, Dr Mark W. Post, Dr Anne Schwarz andDr. Tianqiao Lu. Our PhD candidates generally undertake extensive fieldwork on apreviously undescribed (or scarcely described) language and write acomprehensive grammar of it for their dissertation. They are expected to work ona language which is still actively spoken, and to establish a field situationwithin a community in which it is the first language. Their first fieldtriplasts for about nine months. After completing a first draft of the grammar, backin Cairns, they undertake a second fieldtrip of two to three months. Fieldworkmethodology centres on the collection, transcription and analysis of texts,together with participant observation, and at a later stage judiciousgrammatical elicitation in the language under description (not through thelingua franca of the country). Our main priority areas are the languages oftropical Amazonia, the Papuan and Austronesian languages of New Guinea andTibeto-Burman languages. However, we do not exclude applicants who have anestablished interest in languages from other areas. We place emphasis on workthat has a sound empirical basis but also shows a firm theoretical orientation(in terms of general typological theory, or what has recently come to be calledbasic linguistic theory). The Cairns Institute is a world centre for advanced study relating to thetropics. Prof Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald is Research Leader for People andSocieties of the Tropics. Together with Prof R. M. W. Dixon, she heads theLanguage and Culture Research Group, which includes Research Fellows and agrowing number of doctoral students. In addition, senior scholars from acrossthe world opt to spend their sabbatical in the Cairns Institute. The LCRG hasstrong links with anthropologists and archaeologists, with scholars working onenvironmental issues, and with the School of Indigenous Australian Studies, allwithin James Cook University. The scholarship will be at the standard James Cook University rate, Australian$20,427 pa. Students coming from overseas are liable for a tuition fee; but thismay be waived in the case of a student of high merit. A small relocationallowance may be provided on taking up the scholarship. In addition, anappropriate allowance will be made to cover fieldwork expenses. The scholarshipis for three years (with the possibility of a six month extension). The deadlinefor application by international students (starting in 2011) is 31 August 2010;the deadline for students with Australian and New Zealand passports is 31October 2010. The academic year in Australia commences about 1st March.Successful applicants would take up their PhD scholarships between January andJune 2011. The application procedures for international students can be found at: .The 2010 for 2011 Scholarship application form for international students can befound at: Prospective applicants are invited, in the first place, to get in touch withProfessor Aikhenvald at, providing details oftheir background, qualifications and interests (including a curriculum vitae).Applicants are strongly advised to send samples of their written work inlinguistics (at least some of this should be in English).

Applications Deadline: 31-Aug-2010

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:         Prof Alexandra Aikhenvald        Phone:61-7-4042 1117        Fax:61-7-4042 1880

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