[Lingtyp] PhD studentship on morphological change with the Surrey Morphology Group

Matthew Baerman m.baerman at surrey.ac.uk
Mon Mar 20 16:08:23 UTC 2023

Dear Lingtypers

If you know of anyone looking to do a PhD on morphological change (or are one yourself), we have one on offer with the Surrey Morphology Group. Advertisement below:

Fully funded PhD studentship on morphological change

We have an exciting opportunity for a fully funded PhD in historical linguistics with the Surrey Morphology Group (University of Surrey, UK) on the subject of change to inflectional morphology.

We invite research proposals investigating morphological change in any language or family, and particularly encourage proposals taking an empirical approach, i.e. involving the collection and analysis of diachronic data. Potential topics for investigation could include (but are not limited to) areas such as:

* Mechanisms or statistical tendencies of morphological change;
* Interactions between morphological change and phonology or syntax;
* Origins of and/or constraints on the development of particular morphological phenomena;
* Effects of sociolinguistic conditions on morphological change.

The Surrey Morphology Group is a world-class research centre dedicated to the study of language diversity and its theoretical consequences. The student will receive comprehensive training and support in a lively and stimulating research environment, working alongside leading researchers on inflectional morphology.

This studentship is part of the project Predicting language evolution: Analogy in morphological change, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The studentship covers all fees (international fees will be waived) and a maintenance stipend at UKRI rates (currently £17,668 p.a.), and includes a budget for conference travel. Applicants from any country are encouraged to apply.

Start date: 1 October 2023
Application deadline: 31 May 2023

Eligibility criteria
Applicants are expected to hold a good first degree (a minimum 2:1 or equivalent) in Linguistics or a related discipline, and should have training in historical linguistics. Applicants will usually be expected to have an MA or equivalent.

English language requirements: IELTS Academic 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing, or equivalent.

How to apply
Information on how to apply can be found at https://www.surrey.ac.uk/fees-and-funding/studentships/phd-studentship-morphological-change. As part of your application you will have to upload a CV and a research proposal outlining your research questions and proposed methodology. For all enquiries contact Dr Helen Sims-Williams (h.sims-williams at surrey.ac.uk).

Contact details
Helen Sims-Williams
h.sims-williams at surrey.ac.uk

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