LINGUIST List 30.3466

Mon Sep 16 2019

Support: Australian; Language Acquisition: PhD, Australian National University

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 15-Sep-2019
From: Carmel O'Shannessy <>
Subject: Australian; Language Acquisition: PhD, Australian National University, Australia
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Institution/Organization: Australian National University
Department: Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition



Seeking a PhD student to work on children’s acquisition of an Australian
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language

Project: Language Contact and Acquisition

How young children acquire languages is at the core of understandings of human
language and cognition, yet relatively little is known about how young
children learn Australian languages with their accompanying gesture and sign
systems, and the role of young children in language contact and change. The
research project ‘Language Contact and Acquisition’ is funded by the
Australian National University Futures Scheme. Acquisition studies of
traditional Australian languages and newer, contact languages are part of this
We are seeking a student to undertake a PhD funded by the project, based at
the Australian National University under the primary supervision of Dr. Carmel

The student would undertake empirical study on child language acquisition in a
chosen context. As part of the PhD dissertation, the student would build an
audio and video corpus of child, peer and family interactions and address
relevant theoretical questions. The specific topic of the dissertation would
be negotiated but would align with one of the themes of the broader project.

The Australian National University offers generous fieldwork support and it is
envisaged that the student's data collection would be funded under the Futures
Scheme. The student would be part of the vibrant postgraduate student cohort
in Linguistics at the School of Literature, Languages & Linguistics at the
Australian National University, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the
Dynamics of Language.

Prospective students should be eligible to apply for a PhD in the Research
School of Humanities and the Arts, supervised in the School of Literature,
Languages and Linguistics, ANU either as a domestic or an international
applicant (for more information see the application link provided below).
Domestic applicants are asked to apply in the domestic scholarship round at
ANU (due: Oct 31, 2019) as well as for this specific scholarship (due Nov 9,

Demonstration of the potential to work closely in a collaborative and
culturally sensitive manner with families in remote Aboriginal or Torres
Strait Islander communities is essential. Students with a background in
language acquisition, Australian languages, morphosyntax or gesture and sign
would be especially suitable for this position, but anyone with an interest in
this PhD is welcome to contact me for more information.

Potential applicants are advised to contact me to discuss the project before

Application Deadline: 09-Nov-2019

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Dr Carmel O'Shannessy
110 Ellery Crescent
Australian National University ACT 2601

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Dr Carmel O'Shannessy
Phone:+61 2 6125 4886

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