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Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1992 16:17 CETjobs
From: Nicholas Ostler <M6716eurokom.ie>
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University of St Andrews

Institute of Amerindian Studies

Teaching & Research Fellowship in Amerindian Studies

Following the assignment of funds for Amerindian Studies
at the University of St Andrews by the University Funding
Council, an appointment will be made to a Teaching and
Research Fellowship in Native American Studies
(Linguistics, Linguistic Anthropology and/or Comparative
Literature). The post will be held in the Institute of
Amerindian Studies, which is closely associated with
Social Anthropology and Linguistics, and provides an
option for the Honours Degree in Spanish.

The appointment will be at the appropriate point on the
Lecturer Grade A Scale (12,690-17,593 pounds sterling),
and will be taken up by October 1st 1992. It will be
tenable for two years until September 30th 1994, and may
be extended.

The Institute of Amerindian Studies continues the work of
the Centre for Latin American Linguistic Studies, founded
in the Department of Spanish by thelate Professor Douglas
Gifford, and recognized by the University Court in1968.
Courses in Amerindian languages are given, and research
interests have included Quechua, Aymara, Guarani,
Mapuche, Nahuatl and Hispanic-American dialectology.

The successful candidate will be involved in developing
Native American Studies at St Andrews, and will work
closely with the present Director, Tristan Platt (social
anthropology; Andes; orality and literacy; colonialism
and ethnicity; history). He/she should be an active
postdoctoral (or equivalent) researcher in the field of
Amerindian languages and culture, with theoretical
interests in dialectology, textuality and/or
ethnohistory. Specialized language knowledge should be
balanced by a comparative linguistic and/or
anthropological perspective. Experience with computer-
assisted language teaching will be welcome.

Quality will be sought in any Latin American language
area, including the Andes and Mesoamerica; but if several
likely candidates present themselves, a lowland South
American language specialist may be preferred, to
complement the existing Andean programme.

Duties will be mainly postgraduate teaching and research.
He/she will be expected to provide supervision and teach
courses for the M.Phil. in Amerindian Studies, publish
research results, and seek outside funding for new
research projects. Some help with resource development
at the Institute of Amerindian Studies will be expected.
A small amount of undergraduate teaching may be required
in the second year of the appointment.

Further particulars may be obtained on request from
Tristan Platt, Amerindian Studies, The University, St
Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ, United Kingdom. Application
forms can be obtained from Personnel Services, College
Gate, North Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ, United
Kingdom, and should be returned, together with two
references, by March 31st 1992.
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