LINGUIST List 30.2448

Fri Jun 14 2019

Support: Anthropological Linguistics: PhD, James Cook University

Editor for this issue: Yiwen Zhang <>

Date: 14-Jun-2019
From: Alexandra Aikhenvald <>
Subject: Anthropological Linguistics: PhD, James Cook University, Australia
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Department: Language and culture research centre
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: James Cook University

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics
Languages of the Pacific


Applications are invited, from suitably qualified students, to enter the PhD program of the Language and Culture Research Centre at James Cook University Australia. Supervision will be provided by Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Professor R. M. W. Dixon, Dr Alexander Walker, Dr Luca Ciucci, and also Professor Rosita Henry, and Dr Michael Wood.

Our PhD candidates generally undertake extensive fieldwork on a previously undescribed (or scarcely described) language and write a comprehensive grammar of it for their dissertation. They are expected to work on a language which is still actively spoken, and to establish a field situation within a community in which it is the first language. Our main priority areas are the Papuan and Austronesian languages of New Guinea and surrounding areas, and the languages of tropical Amazonia. However, we do not exclude applicants who have an established interest in languages from other areas (which need not necessarily lie within the tropics).

PhDs in Australian universities involve limited advanced coursework and a substantial dissertation. Candidates must thus have had thorough coursework training before embarking on this PhD program. This should have included courses on morphology, syntax, semantics, and phonology/phonetics, taught from a non-formalist perspective. We place emphasis on work that has a sound empirical basis but also shows a firm theoretical orientation (in terms of general typological theory, now known as basic linguistic theory).

Distinguished Professor Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald is Australian Laureate Fellow and Research Leader for People and Societies of the Tropics. Together with Professor R. M. W. Dixon, she heads the Language and Culture Research Centre, which includes Research Fellows and a growing number of doctoral students. In addition, senior scholars from across the world opt to spend their sabbatical at the Language and Culture Research Centre.

The scholarship will be at the standard James Cook University rate, Australian $27.592 pa. in 2019. Students coming from overseas are liable for a tuition fee, waived if a scholarship is awarded. A small relocation allowance may be provided on taking up the scholarship. In addition, an adequate allowance will be made to cover fieldwork expenses and conference attendance.
The scholarship is for three and a half years. The deadline for application (starting in 2020) is 30 September 2019.

Successful applicants would take up their PhD scholarships between January and June 2020. (The academic year in Australia runs from February to November.)

Application form and procedures for international students can be found at: (JCUPRS scholarships). Online applications will be open in July. This year, there will be one application for both candidature and scholarship,

Prospective applicants are invited, in the first place, to get in touch with Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald at, providing details of their 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).

Applications Deadline: 30-Sep-2019

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Prof Alexandra Aikhenvald
        McGregor Road
        Cairns Queensland 4870

Web Address for Applications: http://

Contact Information:
        Prof Alexandra Aikhenvald
        Phone:61 7 4232 1117

Page Updated: 14-Jun-2019