LINGUIST List 31.620

Wed Feb 12 2020

Support: Multiple Languages; Historical Ling, Lang Doc, Lang Revitalization: PhD Student, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 06-Feb-2020
From: Nicholas Welch <>
Subject: Multiple Languages; Historical Ling, Lang Doc, Lang Revitalization: PhD Student, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
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Department: Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Memorial University of Newfoundland

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation
Language Revitalization
Required Language(s): Dogrib (dgr)
                            Inuktitut, Eastern Canadian (ike)
                            Montagnais (moe)
                            Eastern Algonquian


The Canada Research Chair in Change, Adaptation and Revitalization (Dr. Nicholas Welch) and the Department of Linguistics at Memorial University of Newfoundland would like to invite those interested in pursuing an MA or PhD to submit an application for the Fall 2020 term. Particular attention will be given to applications that emphasize the following research areas:

- Indigenous languages of Canada
- Language revitalization and community linguistics
- Documentary and field linguistics
- Language change
- Language archive and corpus creation

We especially seek students with expertise and/or interest in any of the following:

- Speaking or reading knowledge of an Indigenous language
- Library, archive or lab experience
- Computing or information-technology skills

Dr. Welch has active research programs in Dene morphosyntax, documentary linguistics and language revitalization. Particular interests of his include non-verbal predication, documenting the fine structure of clausal and sentential peripheries and the creation of information-technology apps for preserving and revitalizing threatened languages. Successful applicants will work closely with Dr. Welch on research projects focussing on the preservation, documentation and analysis of Indigenous languages of Canada, particularly those of Labrador: Innu-aimun (Algonquian family) and Inuttut (Inuit family), as well as the Dene languages of western Canada, particularly Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib). Two strong foci will be the maintenance and development of a large online language archive and corpus, and the training of community linguists in Labrador Indigenous communities.

All graduate students in our program receive Memorial’s baseline funding packages of no less than $8,000 per year for two years (MA) or $12,000 per year for four years (PhD). Competitive additional funding is available through Dr. Welch’s research budget, Research Assistantships in the Aboriginal Languages Laboratory and the Labrador Languages Preservation Laboratory, and other faculty research projects, to bring the total funds to $20,000 per year (MA) or $35,000/year (PhD).

For more information about our program, please visit the websites of the Department of Linguistics and the Aboriginal Languages Research Laboratory.

Applications Deadline: 06-Jul-2020

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Dr. Nicholas Welch
        Department of Linguistics, SN-3050
        Memorial University
        St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 3X9

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr. Nicholas Welch
        Phone: 709-864-8269

Page Updated: 12-Feb-2020