Funded PhD opportunity

Alon Lischinsky alischinsky at
Mon Sep 2 10:23:46 UTC 2013

(With apologies for cross-posting)

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From: Alison Sealey <a.j.sealey at>

As previously advertised, Guy Cook (King’s College London) and I
(University of Birmingham), are about to start a research project,
‘People, products, pests and pets’, about the discursive
representation of animals.

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the project includes two PhD
studentships, and we have just learned that the student to whom the
one at Birmingham was offered has now withdrawn.

This means that there is an opportunity for a strong applicant to
undertake a funded PhD here (fees and maintenance). Details and links
are below, and if you know of any suitable potential students, please
do encourage them to consider applying. I’m happy to take informal
enquiries, of course.

Thanks and best wishes

Alison Sealey

Brief outline

The PhD student will use corpus analytic techniques to investigate
ways in which animals have been represented in English discourse in
the previous two centuries. This research will entail the collection
and analysis of a diachronic corpus of texts, working in liaison with
the project team and under the supervision of Dr Alison Sealey and Dr
Mel Evans. The precise focus of the research will be negotiated with
the best applicant, but potential topics include: the language used in
wildlife broadcasts from the earliest examples to 2000; changes over
time in newspaper reports featuring stories about wild / domestic /
farmed animals; archival texts from organisations represented in the
main project, etc.

Informal enquiries are welcome and can be made to Dr Alison Sealey
a.j.sealey at<mailto:a.j.sealey at>, project
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