LINGUIST List 30.3886

Mon Oct 14 2019

Support: General Linguistics; Morphology; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics: PhD, University of Melbourne

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 13-Oct-2019
From: Brett Baker <>
Subject: General Linguistics; Morphology; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics: PhD, University of Melbourne, Australia
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Department: School of Languages and Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Melbourne

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Morphology; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics


Applications and enquiries are invited from qualified and motivated students wishing to pursue a PhD degree. The PhD is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (“1 potato, 2 wotatoes, 3 otatoes: Lexical access in Australian languages”) which examines issues of word processing, lexical access, and phonological and morphological theory in a range of Australian languages with very complex morphological systems.

The successful applicant will receive a PhD stipend (AU$26,694/year for 3 years), plus funding of fieldwork costs (travel, accommodation, payments to participants). The candidate will be based at the University of Melbourne, in the heart of one of the world’s most liveable cities. The University of Melbourne is consistently rated one of the best in Australia (#32 Times Higher Education ranking), and the Linguistics program is also one of the world's best (#22 QS Top Universities ranking), with specialists in Australian Indigenous Languages, speech science, and language acquisition.
The PhD project will involve fieldwork on a language of Maningrida with (depending on the candidate's interests) focus on areas such as phonology, morphology, and experimental psycholinguistics. All these languages are prefixing, non-Pama-Nyungan languages with a complex morpho-phonology. These languages are among a handful which are still being acquired by children, and with hundreds of speakers.

The PhD offers an opportunity to develop your interests in language documentation and description, in quantitative analysis, experimental design, psycholinguistics, language processing, speech science, and in evaluation of theories of the word. The successful candidate will join an energetic team whose combined expertise covers all of these research areas, and who can offer you training to develop your knowledge in these areas. The principal supervisor is A/Prof Brett Baker (, with the collaboration of the other Chief Investigators A/Prof Mark Harvey (UNewcastle, Australia), A/Prof Robert Mailhammer (Western Sydney U), and Dr Rikke Bundgaard-Nielsen (WSU/Newcastle).

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 applying new methods to empirical linguistics as well as phonetics and phonology.

The successful applicant should:
- Hold qualifications and experience of one of the following kinds (i) an Australian First Class Bachelor (Honours) degree, (ii) coursework Masters with at least 25% research component with a final result above 80%, (iii) Research Masters degree, or (iv) equivalent overseas qualifications.
- Demonstrate strong academic performance in linguistics.
- Have experience with or be willing to learn experimental approaches to 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. (See for an overview of requirements for entry and completion).

Deadline: 15-Nov-2019 (midnight, Australian Eastern Standard time).

Applicants should send initial enquiries to A/Prof Baker as listed below, with an outline of how they meet the requirements, accompanied by academic transcripts (statements of results, translated into English if necessary), and the names and contact details of 3 academic referees who can comment knowledgeably on their skills and experience.

Applications Deadline: 15-Nov-2019

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Assoc Prof Brett Baker
        School of Languages and Linguistics
        Parkville Victoria 3010

Contact Information:
        Assoc Prof Brett Baker
        Phone:+61 39035 4687

Page Updated: 14-Oct-2019