LINGUIST List 30.3304

Tue Sep 03 2019

Support: Mawng; Australian; Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation; Phonology; Psycholinguistics: PhD, Western Sydney University

Editor for this issue: Yiwen Zhang <>

Date: 03-Sep-2019
From: Rob Mailhammer <>
Subject: Mawng; Australian; Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation; Phonology; Psycholinguistics: PhD, Western Sydney University, Australia
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Department: School of Humanities and Communication Arts
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Western Sydney University

Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Linguistic Theories; Phonology; Psycholinguistics; Typology

Required Language(s): Maung (mph)


Applications and enquiries are invited from qualified and motivated students wishing to pursue a PhD degree within an ARC Discovery Project examining the word as a theoretical construct: “1 potato, 2 wotatoes, 3 otatoes: Lexical access in Australian languages” The project involves researchers from Western Sydney University, University of Melbourne, and University of Newcastle.

The ARC project focuses on three languages of northern Australia: Iwaidja, Mawng, Ritharrngu. The PhD project is to produce an overall grammatical description of Mawng, which is a non-Pama-Nyungan language with a complex morphophonology. The PhD project involves fieldwork, and participation in experimental design and data collection.

Do you have an interest in evaluating and developing theories of the word and how people access and process words? Do you have an interest in language documentation and description?
The PhD offers an opportunity to develop your interests in language documentation and description, in quantitative analysis, and in evaluation of theories. The successful candidate will join an energetic team whose combined expertise covers all of these research areas, and who can offer you training to boost your current levels of knowledge in these areas. The principal supervisor is A/Prof Robert Mailhammer.

We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds, who are keen to apply their skills to linguistic analysis, field work and experimental linguistics. In particular, the project is suitable for candidates with strong interests in field linguistics and language documentation as well as phonetics and phonology.

The successful applicant should:
- Hold qualifications and experience equal to one of the following (i) an Australian First Class Bachelor (Honours) degree, (ii) coursework Masters with at least 25% research component, (iii) Research Masters degree, or (iv) equivalent overseas qualifications.
- Demonstrate strong academic performance in linguistics, especially field linguistics.
- Have an understanding of the importance of linguistic fieldwork.
- Be willing to learn experimental approaches in language description, especially in phonetics/phonology and psycholinguistics.
- Be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.
International applicants must also meet English language proficiency standards.

Applications Deadline: 31-Oct-2019

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        A/Prof. Robert Mailhammer

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