Rochester PhD support in experimental syntax

Jeff Runner runner at
Wed Dec 22 16:28:31 EST 2010

Dear colleagues,

[Apologies for duplicates]

The department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences and the department of
Linguistics at the University of Rochester invite applications from students
interested in pursuing a joint PhD in Brain & Cognitive Sciences and
Linguistics. The department of Linguistics (
combines strengths in formal linguistics--syntax, semantics, pragmatics,
phonetics and phonology--with experimental and empirical methodologies. The
department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (
combines strengths in language research--language processing, language
acquisition, brain and language--with vision, and neuroscience, which
includes computational neuroscience, learning and plasticity. The language
researchers in these departments--along with those in Computer Science and
Philosophy--constitute Rochester's Center for Language Sciences.

This year we are particularly interested in applicants who want to
investigate the formal syntactic and semantic properties of language
structure using experimental and empirical techniques. We welcome
applications from students interested in working in the interdisciplinary
environment provided by the Center for Language Sciences, which encourages
using the tools of both linguistics and the other cognitive sciences in
investigating linguistic problems. Students interested in the joint Brain &
Cognitive Sciences/Linguistics PhD program should apply through the Brain &
Cognitive Sciences department (, by January 15, 2011
(note that though the web page lists January 1 as the deadline, applications
for the joint degree received by January 15 will be given full
consideration). Please mention your interest in the joint BCS/LIN degree in
your application. For further information, please see the Center for
Language Sciences web pages ( or contact
Jeff Runner (runner at

Jeffrey T. Runner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Linguistics and Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Director, Center for Language Sciences
University of Rochester
Lattimore 511A
River Campus Box 270096, Rochester, NY  14627
585-275-2626 (Office)
585-275-8053 (Linguistics)
585-275-1844 (CLS)
runner at
"Asking a linguist how many languages they speak is like asking a doctor how
many diseases they have." ---Unknown
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