|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||£15,000 annual stipend per year|
|Placed On:||12th October 2018|
|Closes:||7th December 2018|
We invite applications by 7th December 2018 for a three-year PhD studentship in experimental approaches to language typology, starting in September 2019 or shortly thereafter.
You will learn about and use a range of experimental techniques to study the relationship between properties of the human cognitive system and features of natural language syntax. This PhD work forms an integral part of a major ERC-funded project “Syntax shaped by cognition: Transforming theories of syntactic systems through laboratory experiments” (Principal Investigator: Dr Jennifer Culbertson). This project seeks to further our understanding of why syntactic and morphological systems look the way they do and whether modality- and domain-general features of our cognitive systems are at play. This studentship will involve exploring the modality and domain-specificity of constraints on, or preference for a set of syntactic and morphosyntactic phenomena.
The successful applicant will play a key role in designing appropriate experimental studies, gathering and analyzing data, and disseminating results at conferences and via publication. Prior training in a language science discipline (e.g. linguistics, psychology, cognitive science or similar) is essential. Experience with running laboratory experiments, and conducting statistical analyses of experimental data is highly desirable. Prior experience with sign languages is desirable, but not required.
Complete the studentship application form available on our website and submit with the required supporting documentation by 7th December 2018.
Interviews (by Skype if necessary) will take place in mid-January 2019.
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