[lg policy] support: Language Documentation & Eastern Papuan: PhD Student, La Trobe University, Australia

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 4 14:36:41 UTC 2011

Language Documentation & Eastern Papuan: PhD Student, La Trobe
University, Australia

Institution/Organization: La Trobe University
Department: Research Centre for Linguistic Typology
Web Address: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/rclt/

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Language Documentation
Language Description, Language development
                            East Papuan


Applications are invited for prospective PhD students to apply for positions at
La Trobe University at the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology to conduct
research as part of our project on the languages of East New Britain, Papua New
Guinea. We are developing a team of researchers to work on a range of areas in
relation to these languages, including people with experience and interests in
language description, documentation, discourse analysis, lexicography,
ethnography of communication, language contact, anthropological linguistics,
sociolinguistics, language socialisation, the acquisition of marginalised
languages, and literacy development in languages without a strong
written standard.

PhDs in Australian universities generally involve no coursework, just a
substantial dissertation. Candidates must therefore have had thorough coursework
training before embarking on this PhD. We encourage the grounding of the PhD
topic in a deep understanding of language structure, and previous coursework
training should therefore have included courses on morphology, syntax,
semantics, and phonetics/phonology, preferably taught from a
typological/functional perspective.

The RCLT consists, at any one time, of around ten PhD students and a number
Postdoctoral Fellows, plus six permanent members and several Honorary Fellows.
Each year a number of senior scholars from across the world spend from three to
six months with us as Visiting Fellows. All members of the Centre are carrying
out work relating in a range of ways to language documentation and description,
creating a rich environment for lively interaction and discussion.

The scholarship will be at the standard La Trobe University rate, Australian
$22,500 p.a. Tuition fees are covered by a separate scholarship. These
scholarships are offered on a competitive basis so a strong result in an MA
program is required. In addition, appropriate allowance will be made to cover
fieldwork expenses. The scholarship is for three years (with the possibility of
a six month extension).

The closing date for international applicants is 30TH September 2011 while the
date for Australian and New Zealand applicants is 30TH October 2011. However, we
encourage people to respond by 31st August in order to have time to assist with

Applications Deadline: 31-Aug-2011

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: A.Prof Tonya Stebbins
        Research Centre for Linguistic Typology
        La Tobe University Victoria 3086

Contact Information:
        A.Prof Tonya Stebbins
        Phone:+61 3 9479 6401
        Fax:+61 3 9467 3053


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