PhD position on Tangsa language at La Trobe University

Stephen Morey S.Morey at LATROBE.EDU.AU
Thu May 22 22:54:32 UTC 2014

Dear Members of the Tibeto-Burman List:

Opportunity for 3-year PhD scholarship
in Tangsa languages linguistic project
at La Trobe University

Summary: A three-year PhD scholarship is now available through the Centre for Research on Language Diversity at La Trobe University in connection with the Australian Research Council-funded Future Fellowship project, ‘A multifaceted study of Tangsa – a network of linguistic varieties in North East India’.
This project has been underway since 2011, under the direction of Chief Investigator and ARC Future Fellow, Dr Stephen Morey. It investigates the complex linguistic diversity of the Tangsa languages, spoken on the India-Burma border, and documents the traditional knowledge of those communities with a particular emphasis on ritual texts and traditional songs. The recordings are being archived for public access at the DoBeS archive and on-line dictionaries are being produced for as many varieties as possible.

The PhD student for this project would be working on the documentation and description of one of the previously undescribed varieties of Tangsa, perhaps the Moklum variety, spoken in the Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

The successful scholarship applicant will:

  *   Hold a recent undergraduate degree and/or masters-level qualification, preferably in the discipline of linguistics;
  *   Present a research proposal complementary to the project.
To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae and 300-word research proposal to language.diversity at<mailto:language.diversity at> by the advertised closing date.  The successful applicant will also be required to fulfil the University’s requirements for making an application for research candidature. More information can be found at:

Remuneration: $25,392 per annum full-time

Closing date: 30 June 2014

For more information about this scholarship, please contact the Director of the Centre for Research on Language Diversity, Associate Professor Adam Schembri, on a.schembri at<mailto:a.schembri at>.
For more information on the related project, please contact Dr Stephen Morey, s.morey at<mailto:s.morey at>.

La Trobe University’s success is driven by people who are committed to making a difference. They are creative and highly motivated, pursue new ideas and create knowledge. La Trobe is among the top 100 universities in the world under the age of 50 (Times Higher Education Rankings 2013), one of Australia’s research leaders, and the largest provider of higher education to regional Victoria. Our teaching and research address some of the most significant issues of our time and we’re passionate about driving change to benefit the communities we serve.

Stephen Morey
Australian Research Council Future Fellow
Centre for Research on Language Diversity
La Trobe University

Language data website:
Dictionary websites:;;

Linguistic data archived at::
DoBeS: and follow a link to projects, then Tangsa, Tai and Singpho in North East India

North East Indian Linguistics Society:
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