LINGUIST List 22.4612

Fri Nov 18 2011

Jobs: Asian Englishes: PhD, University of Hong Kong

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        1.     Lisa Lim , Asian Englishes: PhD, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Message 1: Asian Englishes: PhD, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Date: 16-Nov-2011
From: Lisa Lim <>
Subject: Asian Englishes: PhD, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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University or Organization: University of Hong KongDepartment: School of EnglishJob Location: Hong KongWeb Address: Rank: PhD

Specialty Areas: Asian Englishes

Required Language(s): New English


Applications are invited for a full-time 3-year PhD position in World/NewEnglishes, specifically in Asian Englishes. This position is situated within theproject 'The ecology and evolution of Asian Englishes', funded by theResearch Grant Council's General Research Fund (GRF). In general, theAsian Englishes project aims to provide an comprehensive understandingof the linguistic features of varieties of English in Asia, focussing onpostcolonial multilingual ecologies such as Singapore, Hong Kong and SriLanka, and relying on two complementary investigative thrusts: (i) aconsideration of sociohistorical aspects, in particular demography andlanguage policies during different eras, from the (pre-)colonial periodthrough post-independence and into the new millennium; and (ii) a closeexamination of the linguistic features of the (local) languages that havecome into contact with English as it has evolved.

The PhD student will work on one variety of Asian English, ideally eitherHong Kong English (HKE) or Sri Lankan English (SLE) (though otherAsian Englishes may be proposed and will be considered). While the PhDdissertation will be an independent discrete topic (e.g. on certain linguisticfeature(s) of HKE or SLE), it will in general be situated in the spirit of thelarger Asian Englishes project and will preferably involve (i) sociohistoricalinvestigation, including immigration patterns, language policy, etc, and (ii)structural analysis, with an eye on contact dynamics, potentially involvingthe collection of data of contemporary HKE or SLE, and will contribute toand be an integral part of the larger Asian Englishes project. The specificsof the project will vary depending on the variety of English being worked on.The position is available for 36 months, starting March 2012 or as soon aspossible thereafter.

Candidates should have background in linguistics and preferably familiaritywith World/New/Asian Englishes. Previous fieldwork experience isdesireable but not a prerequisite.

Applications have to be via the standard application process for HKU, andmust be made online. For all information on research postgraduatedegrees, application, and financial assistance, see

Full-time PhD students who hold a first degree with second-class honoursfirst division (or equivalent) or above are normally considered eligible toreceive a Postgraduate Studentship during the normative study period.Candidates' results in Master's degrees may also be considered. The basiclevel of studentship is HK$13,600 (US$1,740) per month for the 2011-2012academic year (w.e.f. September 1, 2011) (subject to revision). Candidatesmay also apply for other financial awards. The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship(HKPF) provides each awardee with a monthly studentship of HK$20,000and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK$10,000 peryear for a period up to three years. The deadline for application is 1December 2011, HKT 12 noon. Applicants who have applied for the HKPFwill be automatically considered for the award of University PostgraduateFellowships (UPF) of HK$70,000, on top of the PostgraduateStudentships. Information on awards and financial assistance may befound at

Because the actual application procedure is to a central (university)
pool, applicants should in addition send a brief email to Dr Lisa Lim
( just to inform her that they have applied for
this position.

Application Deadline: 01-Dec-2011

Web Address for Applications: Contact Information: Dr Lisa Lim Email:

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