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Thu Dec 16 2010

Support: Pragmatics: PhD Student, University College London, UK

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        1.     Natalie Wilkins , Pragmatics: PhD Student, University College London, United Kingdom

Message 1: Pragmatics: PhD Student, University College London, United Kingdom
Date: 14-Dec-2010
From: Natalie Wilkins <>
Subject: Pragmatics: PhD Student, University College London, United Kingdom
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Institution/Organization: University College London Department: Department of Linguistics Web Address:

Level: PhD

Specialty Areas: Pragmatics

UCL Pragmatics: PhD position available(NOTE: must start before July 2011)

The Division of Psychology and Language Sciences (UCL) has a new fully-fundedPhD studentship in Pragmatics (theoretical and/or experimental), made availableby funding from the Leverhulme Trust to Professor Robyn Carston for a projectentitled 'Understanding Metaphor: Ad Hoc Concepts and Imagined Worlds'.

We invite applications for this PhD studentship, which must start by 1st July 2011at the latest and preferably by April 2011. Applicants should have an excellentacademic record, including a first class undergraduate degree in linguistics,cognitive science, philosophy, psychology or a related discipline, and haveknowledge of pragmatic theory (preferably including Sperber & Wilson's relevancetheory) and/or have done some empirical work on language processing.

The project involves the experimental testing of ideas about the nature ofmetaphor processing, so the ideal candidate will combine theoretical depth withexperimental skills. The primary supervisor will be Robyn Carston, on thetheoretical side, and the secondary supervisor will be Dr Paula Rubio-Fernandez,who is an experienced experimental pragmaticist. The student will also benefitfrom interaction with the very active pragmatics-semantics research group in theDivision and the recently established experimental pragmatics group, headed by DrRichard Breheny, and including Dr Nausicaa Pouscoulous (developmentpragmatics) and Dr Nathan Klinedinst (semantics-pragmatics interface). One of thekey advisors on the project is Professor Deirdre Wilson, well-known for her ground-breaking work with Dan Sperber on Relevance Theory.

For initial expressions of interest and for more details about the project, pleasecontact Robyn Carston:

Applications Deadline: 31-Jan-2011

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Ms Natalie Wilkins        Division of Psychology and Language Sciences        Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street        London London WC1N 1PF        United Kingdom

Contact Information:         Natalie Wilkins        Phone:+44 (0)20 7679 4245

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