LINGUIST List 27.5196

Fri Dec 16 2016

Support: General Linguistics / United Kingdom

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 14-Dec-2016
From: Eva Schultze-Berndt <>
Subject: General Linguistics, PhD, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
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Department: Linguistics and English Language
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Manchester, UK

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics


The Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester, UK, invites applications from outstanding students for 2017-18 entry (start September 2017) for the following degree programmes:

- 1+3 (MA + PhD) programme in Linguistics (4 years)
- PhD in English Language (3 years)
- PhD in Linguistics (3 years)

High-quality proposals from students with an excellent track record will be eligible for a range of competitive scholarships. The President’s Doctoral Scholarship (PDS) and the scholarships awarded by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures are open to students from all nationalities (3 year programmes only). Scholarships funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are only open to UK and EU nationals, and only UK nationals are eligible for a maintenance award under the latter schemes.

In order to be eligible for these scholarships, applicants will need to apply for a place on their chosen programme by 20 January 2017. The submission date for most of the scholarship applications is 10 February 2017. For details about the individual scholarships and the application process, see

Potential applicants should, in the first instance, consider our department members areas of research expertise. See

The Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester is an international centre for Linguistics and English Language, with 20 full-time members of staff and approximately 25 Postgraduate Research students. It is unique in the UK and beyond in the breadth of subject areas and theoretical approaches represented by its members, many of whom are internationally renowned scholars in their specialisms. Areas of expertise include variationist sociolinguistics, language contact, forensic linguistics, phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, cognitive linguistics, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, dialectology, first language acquisition, and linguistic typology. We encourage the analysis of lesser described varieties and languages in all of these areas.

In their research, members of the department combine the advancement of theoretical approaches with a strong concern for their empirical and methodological foundations, including quantitative analysis, corpus analysis, fieldwork, and experimental methods. Each member of staff also has a special interest in particular languages and language families. For more information about the research interests of individual members of staff and current postgraduate students, please visit

Projects of particular interest to members of the department include, but are not limited to, the study of semantic/pragmatic change, grammaticalization and constructionalization, historical corpus research, urban multilingualism, information structure, the phonetics-phonology and the phonology-morphology interface, phonetic variation and change, pragmatic markers, prelinguistic communication, parts of speech, spatial expressions, causatives, negation, pluractionality, ideophones, language policy and planning, and interactional pragmatics.
PhD students in Linguistics and English Language are part of the diverse and dynamic postgraduate community of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (
and of an outstanding and collegial research environment in the department.

Applications Deadline: 20-Jan-2017

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Prof Eva Schultze-Berndt

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