PhD: Grammar of Endangered Language

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald a.aikhenvald at LATROBE.EDU.AU
Mon Jul 31 08:25:33 UTC 2000

The Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University in
Melbourne  Australia welcomes applications from suitably qualified
candidates to write a grammar of previously undescribed language as a PhD

PhDs in Australian universities are by dissertation alone. Intended
candidates should already have completed a full program of coursework
involving phonology, phonetics, morphology, typological syntax, non-formal
semantics (and, ideally, historical linguistics). They should be trained in
basic linguistic theory, the cumulative framework in terms of which almost
all grammars have been written. (Training in formal theories is tangential
for the work we envisage).

The Research Centre for Linguistic Typology consists, at any one time, of
about twenty scholars, working on a variety of languages.  Besides the
Director (Prof. R.M.W. Dixon) and the Associate Director (Prof. Alexandra
Y. Aikhenvald) we have an array of Research Fellows and PhD students; each
year a number of senior scholars from across the world spend from three to
six months with us as Visiting Fellows.  Our personnel this year includes
specialists on spoken languages from the following families and areas:
Uto-Aztecan, Siouan, Arawak, Arawá, Barbacoan, Macro-Je, Indo-European,
Afroasiatic, Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan, Tibeto-Burman, Papuan, Austronesian
and Australian, in addition to sign languages.

Further information about RCLT will be found at our website: 

RCLT works in close cooperation with the Department of Linguistics in La
Trobe University's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, which has a
full program of teaching and research. Faculty members in the department
are: Professor Barry Blake, Associate Professor David Bradley, Associate
Professor Kate Burridge, and Dr Hilary Chappell. The university library has
an excellent collection in linguistics and related fields.

The closing date for applications is 30 September each year. Application
forms and further details can be obtained through the website of the
Research and Graduate Studies Office of La Trobe University:

Scholarships provide a reasonable living allowance plus relocation
expenses. RCLT will provide additional funds to cover fieldwork expenses.

Interested applicants are encouraged to first write informally to Professor
Aikhenvald, indicating their background and research interests.
(a.aikhenvald at
Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
Associate Director
Research Centre for Linguistic Typology
Institute for Advanced Study
La Trobe University
Bundoora, Vic
Australia 3083

e-mail a.aikhenvald at

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