doctoral fellowships at Rice

Suzanne E Kemmer kemmer at RUF.RICE.EDU
Mon Dec 18 20:51:37 UTC 1995

Please make this notice available to interested students, both in U.S.
and abroad.

                          DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS
                             IN LINGUISTICS
                           AT RICE UNIVERSITY

The Department of Linguistics at Rice University announces the opening
of competition for its doctoral fellowships for 1996-97.

The Ph.D. program at Rice emphasizes the study of language use, the
relation of language and mind, and functional approaches to linguistic
theory and description. A strong component of the program is field
studies in particular language areas, as indicated by its year-long
field methods requirement. Areas of intensive research activity in the
department include cognitive/functional linguistics, in-depth study of
the languages of North and South America and of the Pacific, language
universals and typology, language change and grammaticalization
studies, lexical semantics, corpus linguistics, computational
modelling, neurolinguistics, discourse studies, and second language

Interdisciplinary opportunities are available with the Ph.D. programs
in Cognitive Psychology, Philosophy, Anthropology, the interdisciplinary
group in Cognitive Sciences, and the Center for Cultural Studies.

The department hosts a distinguished speakers series, whose recent
speakers have included Scott De Lancey, Jeffrey Elman, Paul Hopper,
John Haiman, Frantisek Lichtenberk, and Marianne Mithun.

The department also sponsors a biennial Symposium on Language. The
topic in March 1995 was Usage-Based Models of Language; participants
included Ronald Langacker, Joan Bybee, Brian MacWhinney, Janet
Pierrehumbert, Douglas Biber, Tom Givon, John Du Bois, Mira Ariel, and
Arie Verhagen. The 1997 Symposium will be on Amazonian linguistics.


Michael Barlow, Ph.D. Linguistics, Stanford University. Grammatical
   theory, corpus linguistics, second language acquisition, discourse.

Lilly Chen, Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Illinois. Chinese
   linguistics, grammaticalization, metaphor, Chinese classic novel.

James Copeland, Chair, Ph.D. Linguistics, Cornell University.
   Functional linguistics, phonology, Germanic linguistics,
   grammaticalization, American Indian linguistics (Tarahumara).

Philip W. Davis, Ph.D. Linguistics, Cornell University. Semantics and
   syntax, language and intelligence, Amerindian (Bella Coola; Alabama),
   Austronesian (Atayal, Ilokano, Yogad).

Spike Gildea, Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Oregon. Diachronic
   syntax, field methods and ethics, phonology, typological/functional
   linguistics, Amazonian languages.

Roy G. Jones, Ph.D. Slavic Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin.
   Amerindian (Koasati/Coushatta), Russian folk epic and Slavic linguistics.

Suzanne Kemmer, Ph.D. Linguistics, Stanford University. Typology and
   universals, lexical semantics, semantics of grammar, syntactic and
   semantic change, cognitive linguistics, Germanic, Austronesian.

Sydney Lamb, Ph.D. Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley.
   Cognitive linguistics, neurolinguistics, neural network modelling,
   Amerindian (Monachi).

E. Douglas Mitchell, Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin.
   Comparative Indo-European linguistics, historical linguistics,
   history of linguistics, early Germanic dialects, Sanskrit.

Livia Polanyi, Ph.D. English, University of Michigan. Discourse analysis,
   language and society, text linguistics, language and gender.

Stephen A. Tyler, Ph.D. Anthropology, Stanford University. Cognitive
   studies, philosophy of language, anthropological linguistics,
   languages of India.

Graduate fellowships include tuition, and for especially
well-qualified students, a cash stipend. Graduate stipends are
normally renewable for four years upon satisfactory performance, and
candidates can apply for a fifth year of support. (The department is
fortunate to have been able so far to support all students it has


Rice University, founded in 1912, is a private university dedicated to
the promotion of arts and letters, science, and engineering. The
university is highly selective, and departments tend to be small and
focused. The campus is spacious, tree-lined, and has lovely
architecture (a blend of Mediterranean and Renaissance). Rice is a
close-knit academic community and the Department of Linguistics in
particular offers opportunities for personalized interaction and
collaboration with faculty.  Current enrollment is ca. 2700 under-
graduates and 1,200 graduate students; faculty:student ratio is 1:9.

Houston is the America's fourth largest city and offers the full array
of urban amenities (fine arts, large city parks etc.). It is
ethnically extremely diverse (affording not only excellent
opportunities for working with linguistic consultants, but also a huge
number of restaurants representing a wide spectrum of cuisines at
all levels of affordability.) The university is 45 minutes from the Gulf
Coast (Galveston Island). Rents in Houston are easily affordable on a
graduate stipend; inexpensive graduate housing at the edge of campus,
run by the university, is also available.

The university and department offer a full range of computing
facilities available to students.  The library has an outstanding
linguistics collection, including a vast array of reference grammars.
The department supports photocopying accounts for its doctoral

Both U.S. and international applicants are admitted on the same basis,
and financial aid is not restricted to U.S. citizens. Current graduate
students include not only Americans but students from Australia,
Brazil, China, Israel, and Korea. Prospective students of diverse
linguistic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Prospective applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination as
soon as possible, and have the results sent to the university in time
for consideration in February.

The selection process is competitive.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Department of Linguistics
Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston TX 77005-1892

(713) 527-6010
Coordinator: Ursula Keierleber
email: ukeie at

More information about the Funknet mailing list