PhD Studentship: Language Acts & Worldmaking Project: Loaded Meanings Research Strand

Queen Mary University of London - School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

The Project

Language Acts and Worldmaking, a flagship project funded by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative, is offering one PhD studentship at Queen Mary University of London.

The overriding objective of Language Acts and Worldmaking is to respond to the challenges of the Open World Research Initiative call by demonstrating how Modern Languages research illuminates the relationship between language and worldmaking. The project aims to engage vigorously with academics, schools, civil society, cultural bodies, and business in order to reveal the importance of Modern Languages research in the contemporary global world.

Loaded Meanings

Loaded Meanings invites reflection on the nature of language and its historical development by investigating the linguistic consequences of the single most important cultural contact observable in the history of the languages of western Europe, the dissemination of ‘learned’ borrowings (words borrowed directly from or coined on the basis of Latin or Greek) in Ibero-Romance.

The PhD

The successful candidate offered a studentship at Queen Mary University of London will work alongside Professor Christopher Pountain, lead for the Loaded Meanings strand, and will be registered in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film at Queen Mary University of London. Applicants are free to develop their own independent research proposal, which should relate to themes within the Loaded Meanings research strand. Projects related to Digital Humanities are also welcomed.

Studentship duration and Training

This funded studentship begins in September 2017 and lasts for three years.

Funding will cover tuition fees as well as a stipend towards living expenses for three years.

The stipend value will be £16,296.

All PhD students will be part of the training programmes of the individual institutions and will also be eligible for additional training across partner institutions.  

Student Eligibility

Applicants must:

1. Have both an undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree in a relevant field. Relevant fields include:

  • Modern Languages
  • Linguistics
  • Education
  • Translation Studies
  • Literary Cultural Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Social Sciences
  • Or any other subject areas related to the research strand

2. Excellent working knowledge of one or more Iberian language.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying, please contact Professor Christopher Pountain ( to discuss your research topic further.

If you have any questions, or would like details of any of the PhD studentships advertised as part of the Language Acts and Worldmaking project at King’s College London or the Open University, please email:

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