KU Leuven PHD Fellowship: Interactional Linguistics/CA (Belgium)

“Fellowships“
PhD Fellowship, Interactional Linguistics/Conversation Analysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Deadline: 31 May 2019.

A new research project funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) is looking for applicants for a fully funded four-year PhD fellowship in interactional linguistics/conversation analysis. The PhD fellowship is part of a larger collaborative project entitled “The first five words: Multilingual cities in Switzerland and Belgium and the grammar of language choice in public space”. The team heading the project is composed of Elwys De Stefani (KU Leuven) and Lorenza Mondada (University of Basel), as well as 4 PhD students. For the Flemish part of the project, the PhD fellows will be based at KU Leuven (Department of Linguistics).

This project studies how unacquainted persons spontaneously engage in interaction in multilingual cities in Belgium and Switzerland. The research will be based on video-recordings collected in various locations and address the following questions:

  • How can people engage in pro-social encounters without knowing in advance which language the other speaks? How do speakers decide, in the very first moments of the encounter, which language(s) they are going to use?

  • How do speakers orient to the multilingual setting in encounter openings? How do speakers align or disalign with a “basic code” proposed in the greeting?

  • Do urban public spaces represent “territories of multilingualism” in the speakers’ actual talk?

  • In public space, the beginning of an encounter emerges first of all through visible embodied behaviour; what is the relation between the organisation of visible embodied conduct and the politics of multilingualism?

The above questions are crucial for research on multilingualism, but also for contemporary societies in general. The project thus highlights the foundations of co-sociality, and the conditions for pro-social encounters between strangers (possibly speaking different languages).

U Westminster MPhil/PHD Studentships Linguistics (UK)

“Studentships“MPhil or PHD Studentships, School of Humanities, University of Westminster, London, UK. Deadline: 17 May 2019.

The School of Humanities at the University of Westminster is offering two studentships, including a fee waiver of home/EU fees* and stipend of £16,777 per annum for three years full-time study, to commence in either September 2019 or January 2020. The School of Humanities, based in the University’s historic Regent Street building, offers a vibrant, multidisciplinary research environment with a well-established PhD programme in, or across, a wide range of disciplines, including Contemporary Chinese Studies, English Language, English Literature, French and Francophone Studies, History, Linguistics, Museums and Heritage, Translation Studies, Visual Culture and Cultural Studies.

The Westminster Forum for Languages and Linguistics would particularly welcome applications from prospective PhD candidates in their specialist areas in sociolinguistics and historical linguistics:

  • Multilingualism including community/heritage languages
  • Migration, exile, language and spaces
  • Language contact including creole languages
  • Language and gender
  • Historical study of the English language

To discuss informally where your research idea might fit within these specialisms, or for queries about any aspect of the application process, please contact Dr Helen Glew.

U London PHD Studentship: Multilingualism (UK)

“Studentships“PHD Studentship offered by Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-East England, based at SOAS, University of London: Multilingualism in perspective: Language practices, identities and ideologies in the Sylheti community in Tower Hamlets, London. Deadline extended to 17 May 2019.

Applications invited for a fully funded PhD study in collaboration with the Osmani Trust, based at the Osmani Centre (Tower Hamlets, London), with academic supervision at SOAS and at Goldsmiths, University of London (both partners in the Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE)).  The PhD will focus on language practices, identities and ideologies in the Sylheti community in Tower Hamlets, London. The main criterion is that the candidate should have an interest in Sylheti and a commitment to community engagement. Candidates should ideally have some competence in Sylheti, or be willing to learn Sylheti; if necessary, language training will be provided through mentoring by fluent speakers. We are particularly interested in candidates with a specialisation in the sociolinguistics of multilingualism and diversity. The PhD is already partially defined in terms of data source and broad theoretical orientation, but the student will be able to put their own stamp on it. The studentship is available to UK/EU citizens, for both full-time and part-time study.

U College Cork PhD Studentship: International Business (Ireland)

“Studentships“PhD Studentship in International Business & International Management, Department of Management and Marketing, University College Cork, Ireland. Deadline: 1 April 2019.

The Department of Management & Marketing, Cork University Business School, University College Cork invites motivated & talented graduates with outstanding academic records to apply to our PhD Scholarship scheme within International Business & International Management. We are looking to recruit the highest calibre PhD students from across the globe. Our scholarship offers up to four years funding, covering doctoral programme tuition fees & an annual stipend of €16,000 per year (subject to satisfactory progress in studies). Teaching experience will also be provided & is part of the scholarship. Open to UK or EU students.

U Westminster PhD Studentships (UK)

“Studentships“The University of Westminster is now part of the Technē AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. The DTP has 57 full PhD studentships to give out each year over the next three years (beginning in Sept 2019) in the areas of the arts and humanities. The Westminster Forum for Languages and Linguistics would particularly welcome applications from prospective PhD candidates in their specialist areas in sociolinguistics and historical linguistics:

  • Historical study of the English Language
  • Language and gender
  • Language contact including creole languages
  • Migration, exile, language and spaces
  • Multilingualism including community/heritage languages

Stockholm U PHD Studentships (Sweden)

“Studentships“Stockholm University is advertising for a fully funded PHD position in Bilingualism, at the Centre for Research on Bilingualismthe Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Stockholm University, Sweden. Closing date: 15 October 2018.

The Centre for Research on Bilingualism announces 1 place in the PhD program in Bilingualism, with a specialization toward the sociolinguistics of multilingualism and diversity. We welcome especially applications where the research proposal falls within the field of transnational multilingualism and is framed as a Linguistic Ethnography (although these are not requirements).

Other studentships available include Cinema Studies (“with a significant focus on turning points and alterations of media from various theoretical, historical and contemporary perspectives”), Fashion Studies (which may include “fashion practices and social identity”) and Linguistics (either Phonetics or Linguistic Typology).