PhD funding opportunity in Freiburg
elisabeth.scheller at uit.no
Thu Nov 14 11:38:53 UTC 2013
Dear Michael Riessler,
Thank you for the information about the Phd scholarship in connection with the "Freiburg Research Group in Saami Studies" (FRGS). I have some comments and questions to your announcement.
I am writing to this list because a PhD project in connection with the Freiburg Research Group in Saami Studies (http://www.skandinavistik.uni-freiburg.de/research/saami/), working for instance with our existing corpora for Pite, Skolt, Akkala, Kildin and Ter Saami, would be possible to apply for.
Most of the corpus material (excepted Pite Saami) has been collected in the period 2005-2010 within the "Kola Saami Documentation Project" (KSDP, http://saami.uni-freiburg.de/ksdp/ ). The principal researchers in this project were Michael Riessler and Elisabeth Scheller and we have also the general responsibility for the collected material and for the corpus. The project has officially run out in 2010. But we still have not finished all of our work with the corpus material and there are also some problems that we have not solved yet. One of them is the Access to the corpus material. Yet we have no official permissions from our informants about the access to and the use of their recordings. Michael Riessler and me have discussed this question earlier, but yet we have not decided how we will act.
With respect for the people who have worked with us as informants, before we have got official written permissions from them, the corpora for Skolt, Akkala, Kildin and Ter Saami will not be accessible.
I have also some questions:
-The description of the application requirements is only given in the German language, which has an excluding effect for applicants without German language knowledge – for example applicants from Russia and the Nordic countries. If applicants from Russia and the Nordic countries are welcome to apply for the scholarship, would it be possible to give the description also in Russian, one Nordic language and English?
-As researchers, who have worked within the Saami (and Komi) communities for many years and who have build our research careers (and also the corpus that is announced here), we should have the responsibility to support the Saami and Komi communities in educating their own researchers. Therefor my next question: Would it be possible to explicitly invite Saami and Komi applicants to apply for the scholarship and write this in the announcement?
-Is there a possibility to write a PHD-thesis about Saami corpus linguistics in the Russian language? An important target group for the kind of Phd scholarship that is announced here, are Saami and Komi with higher education and who have knowledge of Komi or one or more Kola- or other Saami languages, but who may be have not sufficient knowledge of English to write a thesis in English. May be an announcement in the Russian language and the possibility to write the thesis in Russian would help to encourage these people to apply for the scholarship?
With kind regards,
PhD Student in Saami sociolinguistics
University of Tromsø
elisabeth.scheller at uit.no
From: Michael Riessler <michael.riessler at skandinavistik.uni-freiburg.de<mailto:michael.riessler at skandinavistik.uni-freiburg.de>>
Date: onsdag 13 november 2013 19:20
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Subject: PhD funding opportunity in Freiburg
there will be a 3-year PhD scholarship available at the Hermann-Paul School of Linguistics (http://www.hpsl-linguistics.org<http://www.hpsl-linguistics.org/>) starting in February 2014. Application deadline is December 16. A description is available (in German) at: http://www.hpsl-linguistics.org/1004
The dissertation topic should be something in corpus-based empirical linguistics; topics concerning methodological aspects of corpus linguistics will be given special preference.
I am writing to this list because a PhD project in connection with the Freiburg Research Group in Saami Studies (http://www.skandinavistik.uni-freiburg.de/research/saami/), working for instance with our existing corpora for Pite, Skolt, Akkala, Kildin and Ter Saami, would be possible to apply for. Since our group is also collaborating in a project to document endangered diaspora varieties of Izhva-Komi working with Komi data or even the building of new corpora for other Barents languages would also be possible.
Interested candidates can contact me directly for more information on Freiburg and the scholarship.
Dr. Michael Rießler
Platz der Universität 3
michael.riessler at skandinavistik.uni-freiburg.de<mailto:michael.riessler at skandinavistik.uni-freiburg.de>
Freiburger Arbeitsgruppe zur Saamischen Forschung
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