LINGUIST List 21.4907

Sun Dec 05 2010

Support: Dutch, Spanish & General Ling: PhD Student, Radboud U., Nijmegen

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        1.     Mirjam Ernestus , Dutch, Spanish & Commmunication Studies, English Linguistics, General Linguistics: PhD Student, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Message 1: Dutch, Spanish & Commmunication Studies, English Linguistics, General Linguistics: PhD Student, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Date: 03-Dec-2010
From: Mirjam Ernestus <m.ernestuslet.ru.nl>
Subject: Dutch, Spanish & Commmunication Studies, English Linguistics, General Linguistics: PhD Student, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
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Institution/Organization: Radboud University Nijmegen Department: Faculty of Arts Web Address: http://www.ru.nl/cls/

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics Communication between Non-native Speakers, English Linguistics
Description:

The PhD-student will investigate how native speakers of Spanish communicate withnative speakers of Dutch in English, under different conditions (asking for formal orinformal speech). The student will focus on how the Spanish adapt theirpronunciation, how they prevent or solve miscommunication, how intelligible they areand on how they are judged by native speakers of Dutch.

For this, the PhD-student will collect a corpus of English produced by Spanishstudents communicating with a native speaker of Dutch of their own social status,and talking to a group of native speakers of Dutch and Spanish of thesame and higher social status. The PhD-student will provide an orthographictranscription of this corpus and then analyze this corpus in pragmatic respect (how ismiscommunication prevented and solved?), in acoustic respect (what are thequalitative and quantitative aspects of English spoken by Spanish language users)and in receptive respect (what are the consequences of deviantpatterns on comprehension and on speaker evaluation?). These corpus studies willbe supplemented with experimental studies.

The PhD-student will write at least four papers on the basis of this research for highimpact international journals, and also present the research at internationalconferences. The dissertation will consist of the articles, preceded by a GeneralIntroduction, and followed by a General Discussion/Conclusions.

We are looking for candidates with a background in English linguistics, Generallinguistics, or Communication studies, who are (near)-native in English. Knowledge ofSpanish and of phonetics will be considered as an advantage.

The successful candidate will receive a contract for 3.5 years with the RadboudUniversity, and be considered as regular employees. The PhD-student will besupervised by Prof. Dr. Margot van Mulken and Dr. Mirjam Ernestus and be part of alarge research group.

Applications Deadline: 01-Feb-2011

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Dr. Mirjam Ernestus        Radboud University Nijmegen        P.O. Box 310        Nijmegen NL-6500 AH        Netherlands

Contact Information:         Dr. Mirjam Ernestus        m.ernestuslet.ru.nl        Phone:+31-24-3612970



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