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Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Anthropological Linguistics Language and cognition; Language documentation; psycholinguistics
Application Deadline: 19-Oct-2012
Supporting Institution: University of Newcastle, Australia / Monash University
LL Issue: 23.3910
Posted: 20-Sep-2012
Support Description: Two PhD positions are available, associated with the Australian Research Council
funded project 'Thinking and talking about atolls: the role of environment in shaping
language and our understanding of physical space.' One position will be based at
University of Newcastle (Newcastle, Australia), the other at Monash University
(Melbourne, Australia).

A good undergraduate degree in linguistics is required, preferably a first-class
Honours degree or Master's degree.

Deadline for applications: October 19, 2012 (or until filled)
Start date: Late 2012, early 2013

Two positions are available for PhD students to conduct research on the role of the
environment in shaping systems of linguistic spatial reference. The project will use
field-based investigation of languages spoken on atolls to test hypotheses on
correlations between the physical environment in which a language is spoken and
aspects of that language's system of spatial reference, particularly relating to
absolute frame of reference. The subproject associated with one PhD will involve
field research on the Marshallese language, primarily in the Marshall Islands but
also in the United States. The second PhD subproject will involve field research on
the Dhivehi language of the Maldives.

Applicants will require solid undergraduate training in linguistics, ideally with some
training in the application of experimental methodologies. We are especially
interested in applicants with an interest in the relationship between language and
cognition, ideally with some background in spatial language. Some knowledge of
Austronesian or Indo-Aryan languages will be helpful.

The Marshallese subproject will be housed in the Endangered Languages
Documentation, Theory and Application Research Group at the University of
Newcastle, and will be supervised by Dr Bill Palmer. The Maldives subproject will
be housed in the Department of Linguistics at Monash University and will be
supervised by Dr Alice Gaby. Both will form part of a team of researchers including
Palmer and Gaby and one other PhD student.

Applications should be sent AS EMAIL ATTACHMENTS directly to both Palmer
and Gaby, and should include a covering letter outlining your relevant training and
experience, a CV, and transcripts of your academic history.

Applications should be sent to Dr Bill Palmer
and Dr Alice Gaby for more information.
Application Mailing Address: Email applications as attachments to:
bill.palmer@newcastle.edu.au and alice.gaby@monash.edu
Contact Information: Dr Bill Palmer