PhD Research Studentship in the Surrey Morphology Group

Thu Feb 25 12:08:22 UTC 2010

University of Surrey
Surrey Morphology Group
English Dept.
Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences
PhD Research Studentship in the Surrey Morphology Group
(for three years, subject to satisfactory progress)
£13,290 maintenance grant per annum
(funded by the European Research Council)
The Surrey Morphology Group invites applications for a PhD Studentship
funded by the European Research Council as part of the MORPHOLOGY project.
Applications are invited for a Research Studentship leading to a PhD in the
Surrey Morphology Group, for three years, starting either July 1 2010 or
October 1 2010. This post is part of a larger European Research
Council-funded project on morphological complexity (the morphology project)
awarded to Professor Greville Corbett, Dr Matthew Baerman and Dr Dunstan
The project investigates morphological complexity, and in particular the
role played by autonomous morphological systems such as inflectional classes
and paradigmatic syncretism -- in short, deviations from a simple one-to-one
correspondence of meaning and form. These constitute a distinctly
morphological layer of linguistic complexity. The current position is the
second of two PhD studentships on the project and it is dedicated to the
study of what we term Oform classes¹, namely autonomous morphological
structures within paradigms, as seen in patterns of syncretism or stem
The studentship includes a maintenance grant of £13,290 per annum (subject
to change in line with RCUK rates). Applicants are expected to have a good
first degree, and a grounding in linguistics. The post will be particularly
appealing to applicants interested in any of the following areas:
morphology; syntax; typology; computational linguistics. The successful
applicant will pursue a specific agreed topic related to stem classes within
the overall project, and will benefit from being part of a larger team,
within a research group. The ability to work collaboratively and to meet
deadlines is essential. For more particulars on this position, visit  .
Details of the Surrey Morphology Group can be found at:
Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Matthew Baerman
(m.baerman at
To apply, please send: a covering letter explaining how you meet the
criteria specified on the 'further information sheet'; one page outlining
why you are interested in morphological complexity; and a CV including the
names of two referees. These should be sent to Penny Everson, Surrey
Morphology Group, University of Surrey (J1), Guildford, GU2 7XH or emailed
to p.everson at Please include the reference MORPHOLOGY/PhD in
your application and supply your postal address.  The closing date for
applications is 19 April 2010. Interviews are expected to be held on 5 May
The University is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy

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