PhDs in language documentation

Alexander Coupe ARCoupe at NTU.EDU.SG
Sat Dec 29 04:00:04 UTC 2012

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PhDs in Language documentation and description
Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

The Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies (LMS)at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, invites suitably qualified people to apply to undertake doctoral research on an Austroasiatic, Tibeto-Burman, or Papuan language in one of four regional hotspots of multilingualism (fieldwork sites have been identified in north-east India, northern Thailand, peninsular Malaysia and eastern Indonesia), leading to a comprehensive grammatical description of that language. Prior knowledge of Hindi/Assamese, Thai or Malay would be a distinct advantage. These grammatical descriptions will contribute data to a major interdisciplinary research project titled 'Exploring the crossroads of linguistic diversity: language contact in South-East Asia' funded by the Singaporean Ministry of Education (MOE) Tier 2 Research Grant Scheme. For a brief description, see

Ideal applicants will have a solid grounding in general linguistics and already hold an MA, or a BA with a good Honours grade. PhD candidates can anticipate doing one year of graduate coursework, followed by three years of empirically-based research. After completion of the coursework year, candidates will undertake a 9-12 month period of fieldwork that will involve living in a speech community to record and analyse linguistic data. S/he will then return to Singapore to complete the first draft of a grammar and prepare the corpus of materials for archiving. A second trip of approximately 4 months will be made in the final year to check the analysis. While based in Singapore, graduates will be given the opportunity to develop their teaching skills by assisting faculty members in running undergraduate courses.

Outstanding applicants will be offered the NTU Research Scholarship. This starts at SGD $2000/mth for international students, rising to SGD $2500/mth after confirmation. The duration of the scholarship is for four years subject to satisfactory performance, and the above-mentioned research project will provide PhD candidates with additional funding to cover their related fieldwork and travel expenses. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Alexander Coupe arcoupe at<mailto:arcoupe at> to discuss a possible research project in north-east India or Mainland Southeast Asia. Applicants interested in working in eastern Indonesia should contact Dr. František Kratochvíl fkratochvil at<mailto:fkratochvil at>. The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 January 2013. Applicants receiving offers of scholarships and candidature will be expected to start in August, 2013.

For further information pertaining to graduate study at NTU and research scholarships, see:


Dr. Alexander R. Coupe, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor | Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies | Nanyang Technological University
HSS-03-56, 14 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 637332
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