LINGUIST List 27.421

Thu Jan 21 2016

Internships: General Ling; Lang Doc; Phonetics; Socioling: Research Development, British Library/UK

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 21-Jan-2016
From: Research Development <>
Subject: Developing Access to the English VoiceBank: PhD Placement
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University or Organization: British Library
Department: Research Development
Web Address:

Type of Work: Archiving

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Language Documentation

Duration: 01-Jun-2016 to 31-Aug-2016
Internship Location: London, St Pancras, United Kingdom
Minimum Education Level: MA
Special Qualifications: Current PhD student in Linguistics or English Language

The British Library are running a series of 3-month (or PT equivalent) PhD Placements, hosted by our specialist curatorial teams and other Library experts. Of the 17 placements currently on offer, this one may be of particular interest to current PhD students studying linguistics:

Developing access to the English Voicebank

The Evolving English Voicebank is a substantial audio archive of c. 15,000 voices created by visitors to the Library's Evolving English exhibition in 2010/2012. The collection is only partially catalogued and the placement offers the opportunity to work with specialist curators to catalogue a subset of digital audio files created by the public.

A thorough grounding in dialectology, sociolinguistics and/or phonetics is essential and familiarity with British accents is desirable.

Open to all doctoral students (as long as they have the support of their supervisor or graduate tutor) the placement scheme includes a dedicated workplan, plus full supervision and training. All placement students are allocated their own desk and/or workspace, and are fully integrated into the working environment of the team/department in which they are based.

The Library’s placement scheme has been developed in consultation with HEI partners and stakeholders. Students applying for a placement at the Library are expected to consult their HEI or Doctoral Training Partnership/Doctoral Training Centre to ascertain what funding is available to support them.

Placements will be held between June 2016 – May 2017. Exact start dates to be pre-agreed with successful candidates.

Details about the scheme and application guidelines:

Application deadline: 19 February 2016

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Application Deadline: 19-Feb-2016

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