PhD - Talking about Location and Quantity – A Developmental Perspective

University of East Anglia - Psychology

Start Date: 1st October 2017

No. of positions available: 1

Supervisor: Prof. Kenny Coventry

Project description: What objects are influences how one talks about where they are in both adults and children. What objects are also impacts how one talks about quantity – consider the different quantities associated with a few crumbs versus a few pandas. This PhD project will explore how and when children learn that spatial language and quantifiers are influenced by knowledge of objects and also whether the emergence of such object knowledge effects are associated with corresponding changes in nonlinguistic understanding (e.g. remembering where an object was located; estimating how many objects there are in a visual scene).

Person specification: Applications for all studentships are invited from suitably qualified graduates. Candidates should typically hold, or expect to hold, a first degree with a minimum of 2:1 and a Master’s degree with research methods training appropriate to the discipline, with a dissertation mark of at least 65%. Candidates applying for a 1+3 studentship should hold or expect to hold a relevant undergraduate degree. Candidates who have studied outside of the UK should typically hold, or expect to hold, qualifications at an equivalent level to those mentioned above. Candidates will be interviewed as part of the selection process. EU and International applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in the English Language.

Funding notes: The Studentships cover tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £14,296 per year), and a research training support grant. International students are welcome to apply; a small number of studentships will be available to cover full international fees.

To be considered for a Studentship, you should make an application for admission indicating the intention to be considered for a funded studentship under the Postgraduate Studentships Scheme.

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