LINGUIST List 26.2818

Tue Jun 09 2015

Support: Language Acquisition; Morphology; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics / Australia

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <>

Date: 07-Jun-2015
From: Katherine Demuth <>
Subject: Language Acquisition; Morphology; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics, PhD, Macquarie University, Australia
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Department: Linguistics
Web Address:,-history-and-languages

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Macquarie University

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; Morphology; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics


PhD positions: Child Language Acquisition

Several PhD Fellowships are available on the perception, production and processing of language in Bilingual and Hearing Impaired preschoolers. All are part of a newly funded ARC grant to Katherine Demuth, Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Those with developmental interests in the following areas are encouraged to apply:

- Speech planning, production, prosody
- The acquisition of grammatical morphology (perception and/or production)
- The development of language processing (eye-tracking, EEG/MEG)

All applicants should have excellent linguistics background as well as strong phonetics, experimental and statistics skills, as well as research interest/experience with young children. Experience with R, Matlab, Praat and some programming skills will be a plus.

For the 4-year combined Year 2 MRES/PhD positions solid previous coursework in linguistics and phonetics is required.

For the 3-year PhD positions an MA thesis, relevant course work and publications are essential. All positions are open until filled.

The Child Language Lab is located in the Australian Hearing Hub with state-of the art EEG, MEG, infant speech perception, eye-tracking and language production research facilities. The group has extensive collaborative links with Audiology, Speech Pathology, the Centre for Cognition & its Disorders (CCD), and the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL), providing a dynamic, collaborative research environment.

This project is supported by an Australian Research Council grant 'Neural and behavioral evidence for children's learning of grammatical morphology' (FL130100014). The goal is to better understand the nature of children's phonological and morphological representations, and how these develop between the ages of 1-7. The project brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines (EEG/MEG, eye-tracking, ultrasound, etc.) with the common purpose of addressing issues related to speech perception and production in typically developing monolingual and bilingual children, as well as children with hearing loss and specific language impairment.

Those interested should send CV and statement of research interest to Katherine Demuth at

Katherine Demuth

ARC Laureate Fellow an Distinguished Professor
Director, Child Language Lab
Department of Linguistics| Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS)
ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD)
Level 3, Australian Hearing Hub, 16 University Ave
Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia

Applications Deadline: 30-Sep-2015

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Demuth, Katherine
        Department of Linguistics Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS)
        ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD)
        Level 3, Australian Hearing Hub, 16 University Ave
        Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia

Contact Information:
        Demuth, Katherine

Page Updated: 09-Jun-2015