LINGUIST List 31.2630

Fri Aug 21 2020

Jobs: Deaf Sign Language; British Sign Language; Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology: Post Doc, University of Birmingham

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 18-Aug-2020
From: Adam Schembri <>
Subject: Deaf Sign Language; British Sign Language; Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology: Post Doc, University of Birmingham, UK
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University or Organization: University of Birmingham
Department: English Language and Linguistics
Job Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (SignMorph)

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Required Language(s): British Sign Language (bfi)
                            Deaf Sign Language


The Department of English Language and Linguistics seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on the ERC-funded project ‘The dynamics of sign language grammar: Morphology, language change, iconicity and social structure in signing communities’ (or ‘SignMorph’) led by Dr Adam Schembri. SignMorph will focus on key aspects of sign language morphology in (1) established macro-community sign languages, (2) established micro-community sign languages, and (3) emerging sign languages. SignMorph aims to better understand similarities and differences in the grammar of sign languages, and how these are shaped by language-internal and language-external factors. The factors to be investigated in the study include (1) the role of iconicity in mapping grammatical meanings onto form, (2) the relatively recent emergence of sign languages, and how their short history has impacted on the processes which create grammatical structure, and (3) the sociolinguistic structure of signing communities.

The main responsibilities involve designing research activities to meet the objectives of the SignMorph project, collecting research data using a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods (ranging from experiments to ethnographic interviews), annotating, analysing, and interpreting sign language data, and contributing to the publication of research findings.

The research fellow will have (or be near completing) a PhD in linguistics or psychology (or related fields), high level research skills, high level skills in British Sign Language (or another sign language), and demonstrated ability to work independently. Experience in a range of different approaches to the study of signed languages is welcome (including sign language documentation, typology, corpora, sociolinguistics, ethnography, and/or experimental studies).

Salary range: £30,942-40,322.

For further information about the SignMorph project, please contact Adam Schembri at the contact information provided below.

Application Deadline: 04-Sep-2020

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr Adam Schembri

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