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Tue Nov 27 2012
Jobs: Anthropological Ling; Lang Documentation; Typology: Post Doc, James Cook U
Editor for this issue: Amy Brunett
From: Alexandra Aikhenvald <Alexandra.Aikhenvaldjcu.edu.au>
Subject: Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation; Typology: Post Doc, James Cook University, Cairns, Qld, Australia
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University or Organization: James Cook University
Job Location: Cairns, Qld, Australia
Web Address: https://plone.jcu.edu.au/researchatjcu/research/lcrc
Job Rank: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation; Typology
Applications are invited for one three-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
and one two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship within the Language and Culture
Research Centre, James Cook University, to work under the leadership of the
Directors of the Centre (Distinguished Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and
Professor R. M. W. Dixon). The positions are available from 1 February 2013.
Applicants should have been awarded their doctorate within the last five
years. They should have experience of linguistic fieldwork and will, ideally,
have already completed a grammatical description of a language that has not
previously been described in terms of basic linguistic theory (not their
native language). The University may consider cases in which the period since
the award of the doctorate is in excess of five years (due to special
circumstances). Applications will be considered from candidates whose thesis
is currently under examination. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree or have
equivalent qualifications at the date of appointment. A Fellowship will not
normally be awarded to an applicant who already holds an appointment within
The successful applicants will work either within the Australian Research
Council Discovery project 'How languages differ, and why', or within the
project 'The grammar of knowledge: a cross-linguistic view of evidentials and
epistemic expressions'. The aim of each Fellowship is to produce a
comprehensive grammar of a language from Papua New Guinea or from the
Amazonian region of South America, based on extensive immersion fieldwork, in
each case paying special attention to linguistic and social conceptualization
of knowledge, and focusing on linguistic diversity. The choice of language
will be made after discussion between the successful applicant, and Professors
Aikhenvald and Dixon.
Salary level: AUD $71,027 p/a
The key duty is to conduct research in anthropological linguistics, with
particular attention to language analysis, and the production of high quality
publications in refereed outlets.
Key selection criteria are:
1. Thorough professional training in linguistics, with special reference to
language description, general linguistics and linguistic typology;
2. PhD (conferred or pending) in descriptive linguistics, in terms of basic
3. Demonstrated ability to work, under direction, as a member of a research
4. Demonstrated ability to work to a timetable, and produce results on time.
5. Demonstrated ability and commitment to disseminate the results of research
in high quality publications within agreed timeframes; evidence of high level
written, oral and interpersonal communication skills to diverse audiences.
Desirable selection criteria are:
1. Ideally, to have produced a description of a language, preferably (a) a
language for which there had previously been no good description; and (b) a
language other than that of which they are a native speaker.
2. Some training in anthropology.
It is essential to contact with Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald at the contact
email address below or at a.y.aikhenvaldlive.com, providing details of
background, qualifications and interests (including a curriculum vitae).
Applicants are advised to send samples of their written work in linguistics
(at least some of this should be in English). Competitive applicants will then
be provided with details concerning the Project and the application process.
Email Address for Applications: Alexandra.Aikhenvaldjcu.edu.au
Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald
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