Macquarie U PhD Scholarship: Intercultural Communication (Australia)

Graduate StudyThe Language-on-the-Move team at Macquarie University is getting ready to launch a new research project investigating everyday intercultural communication in multilingual and multicultural Australia, and we are looking for a new PhD student to join our team. The sociolinguistic project, which is funded by an ARC (Australian Research Council) Discovery grant, examines how fluent English speakers interact with people who have limited proficiency.

The research team is headed by Professor Ingrid Piller and includes two post-doctoral research fellows, Dr Shiva Motaghi-Tabari and Dr Vera Williams Tetteh as well as an existing group of ten PhD students. There exists an opportunity to join our team on a fully-funded Macquarie University PhD scholarship. The scholarship is open to domestic candidates only and available for 3 or 4 years (depending on prior qualifications). Details about the scholarship are available through the Macquarie University Higher Degree Research website (scroll down to “Faculty of Human Sciences” >>> “Linguistics” >>> “Communicating with people who have limited English proficiency”).

We are looking for a committed sociolinguist with a background in intercultural communication, language learning and multilingualism, and a passion for conducting socially relevant research. The PhD project will be to undertake a critical sociolinguistic ethnography in a diverse institution in Sydney in the education, healthcare, hospitality or IT sector. The successful candidate will develop their specific subproject within the overall project, undertake independent data collection and analysis, and produce a PhD thesis based on that research. The PhD student will work under the primary supervision of Ingrid and the associate supervision of Shiva and Vera.

U Edinburgh Job Ad: Discourse Analysis (UK)

Job adsLecturer in Discourse Analysis, University of Edinburgh, UK. Deadline: 6 March 2018.

The School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Discourse Analysis to our department of Linguistics and English Language.  The successful candidate will contribute original research and public impact in an area of discourse analysis, offer teaching at all levels of the curriculum in this area, contribute to our thriving MSc programme in Applied Linguistics including directing the degree when necessary, and recruit and supervise PhD students.

Shortlisting is anticipated to take place week commencing 12th March 2018. We aim to contact shortlisted candidates at least two week in advance.

Short-listed candidates will be required to give two presentations on their research and teaching to the department as well as an interview panel process. A full timetable will be issued in advance. Interviews are like to take place week commencing 2nd April 2018.

The Department of Linguistics and English Language particularly welcome applications from candidates belonging to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the subject, including, but not limited to, women and ethnic minorities.

Marianna Kyriakou Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesMarianna Kyriakou has a Bachelor’s Degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Cyprus (Cyprus), a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Sussex (UK). Her research is in the field of sociolinguistics. Specifically, she focuses on the study of diglossia, language attitudes, and identity (particularly ethnic identity), and how these three areas influence one another. Marianna is particularly interested in the concept of classic diglossia (Ferguson, 1959) and proposes an extension of the term in order to describe modern diglossic societies such as Cyprus. She is currently working on articles on diglossia, proposing a new extension of the term as this applies to the case of Cyprus as well as on articles on language and ethnic identity.

Marianna Kyriakou

Marianna’s ten years of work experience includes English and French language teaching at private schools and other institutions. During these years, she had the opportunity to attend many seminars regarding the teaching of English as a second language and to receive new and updated knowledge regarding English language teaching methodologies and approaches. She has also taught lessons on Methodologies of Second Language Acquisition at University and worked as a translator and proof-reader and participated in educational projects sponsored by the Ministry of Education in Cyprus. She is currently working as the Head of the English Department of Casa College, Cyprus.

Stockholm U PhD Studentship: Bilingualism (Sweden)

FellowshipsPHD Student in Bilingualism  at the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Stockholm University
Closing date: 18 April 2017

The Centre for Research on Bilingualism provides a broad base of theoretical and practical research with the aim of increasing understanding and awareness of bilingualism. The Centre is a cross-linguistic and interdisciplinary unit within the Faculty of Humanities Language Sciences Section at Stockholm University. Research at the Centre forms a significant part of Stockholm University’s leading research area “Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition”.

Research areas include bilingualism and second language acquisition, multilingualism and diversity, bilingualism in the family, bilingual education, Swedish as a second language for children and adults, young people’s languages and language use in multilingual contexts, second and foreign language teaching, L1 attrition and reactivation in bilinguals, language maintenance and language shift, language ideology, language policy, and multilingualism and education in developing countries. In sum, the Centre’s research covers the sociolinguistic, pragmatic, structural, psycholinguistic, cognitive and neurolinguistic aspects of bilingualism. For more information, see: www.biling.su.se/english.

As a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities you have the opportunity to participate in the Faculty’s Doctoral School, which offers themes and courses characterised by interdisciplinarity and cooperation across subjects. The Doctoral School also gives you the chance to improve the quality of your education thanks to the interchange provided by the community of PhD students from other subjects and departments.

Project description
The Centre for Research on Bilingualism announces 1–2 places in the PhD program in Bilingualism. The Centre encourages applications in the areas of the Sociolinguistics of multilingualism and diversity and Psycho-/Neurolinguistics (including EEG or Eye-tracking).

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U London Job Ad: Sociolinguistics (UK)

Lecturer A/B in Sociolinguistics
Birkbeck, University of LondonApplied Linguistics and Communication
Deadline: March 2, 2017

The Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy invites applicants for a lectureship with a track record and relatively extensive experience in the research area of Sociolinguistics. We would welcome applicants with expertise in the study of sociolinguistics in multilingual and intercultural contexts.

Copenhagen Winterschool in Sociolinguistics (Denmark)

Copenhagen Winterschool in Sociolinguistics
PhD School at the Faculty of Humanities at University of Copenhagen

The LANCHART Centre and the Department of Nordic Research at the University of Copenhagen once again invite applicants for a PhD winterschool in sociolinguistics. The winterschool will take place from 13th to 17th March 2017 at the University of Copenhagen.

The overall theme for the course is sociolinguistics understood broadly, and the participants will gain insights into different research fields within contemporary sociolinguistics. Focus is on newer developments and we will address studies of language, variation and change as well as ethnographic studies of language, mobility and diversity. We will discuss these issues both from a theoretical and an empirical perspective.

Teachers will be:
* Monica Heller (University of Toronto)
* Rickard Jonsson (University of Stockholm)
* Marie Maegaard, Janus Spindler Møller, Pia Quist (University of Copenhagen)
* Devyani Sharma (Queen Mary University of London)

Each day will consist of presentations of PhD-projects from particpants, discussions, and lectures from teachers:
* Monica Heller: Moorings and mobilities in francophone Canada: challenges of a critical sociolinguistic ethnography of unrooted nations
* Rickard Jonsson: Handling the Other in anti-racist talk: linguistic ethnography in a prestigious Stockholm upper secondary school
* Marie Maegaard, Janus Spindler Møller & Pia Quist: Different routes to the same destination: Dialect and standardization in the 21st century
* Devyani Sharma: New methods for studying social change through language variation

Course requirements: All participants should prepare a 20 minutes presentation of their project with a special focus on themes that they would like to have discussed as part of the course. This could be for instance theoretical or methodological issues, or it could be ongoing analyses that would benefit from a discussion. The idea is for all participants to get an opportunity to have their projects discussed, and to get comments from both teachers and other partipants.

Max. number of participants: 25.
ECTS: 5.3.

Applications: Applications for the course should consist of a 1 page presentation of your PhD-project, pointing out which questions/themes you would like to present and discuss as part of the winterschool. Please send this via email to phdschool@hum.ku.dk no later than January 5th, 2017. Please also register via the link in the box on the right no later than January 5th, 2017.

Readings: Readings will be announced to participants after acceptance.

Further information: For more information about the winterschool, please contact Janus Spindler Møller  or Marie Maegaard.

Job ad Hellenic Open University: Sociolinguistics (Greece)

Call for applications for three (3) full-time research positions in Sociolinguistics (Project PRESS, Hellenic Open University)

Description of the position
Project PRESS: Provision of Refugee Education and Support Scheme, an initiative of the Hellenic Open University which aims to address the educational and integration needs of refugees currently residing in Greece, is offering three (3) full-time research positions in the subject: fieldwork on the educational (communication and linguistic) needs of refugees. The positional involves at least 6 months fieldwork in refugee camps in Greece (Lesvos, Thessaloniki or Athens). Contract duration: 9 months.

Required qualifications
Candidates should possess the following qualifications: a) PhD in sociolinguistics or PhD candidates in the same field; and b) fieldwork experience of conducting research on a refugee/ immigrant community.

How to apply
Applicants are invited to submit the form provided on the website and a detailed CV to: project_press[at]eap.gr. Closing date for applications: 14 August 2016.

For further information on the Project, please visit send an email at project_press[at]eap.gr.

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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona postdoc 2016

The C.I.E.N research team at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona is interested in participating as a host centre in the following Marie Curie Action:
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF 2016)

CIEN is a research group at the Department of English and German Phylology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). The issues studied by CIEN research team are concerned with bilingual and multilingual language use and practices from a critical sociolinguistic perspective. The group addresses questions that have a practical and theoretical importance for understanding language and society. Language is understood both as a non-neutral system but also as a form of social action, that has material consequences in people’s everyday life. Multi-sited ethnography is the main methodological tool together with various kinds of qualitative data which are key to understanding social (in)equality. See also the current projects in which the team is involved.

The required postdoctoral investigator needs to have research experience related to the research scope of CIEN. Furthermore, a background in qualitative research methods will be highly valued.

Those researchers who wish to cooperate with CIEN team for the submission of a project proposal under the aforementioned Action should check that they fulfill the eligibility criteria and then send an expression of interest, consisting of:
• A curriculum vitae
• A summary presentation of their research proposal

Expressions of interest must be submitted by the 20th of May 2016 to Gema Rubio.

Proposals will be pre-selected on the basis of internal evaluation. Candidates will be informed of the results of the pre-selection by the end of May. The deadline for the submission of proposals to the Commission has been set for the 24th of September 2016.

Eligibility criteria according to the call: All applicants should fulfill the following requirements at the time of application submission:
• Hold a PhD degree in a field related to the research themes of the CIEN Research Group.
• Must not have resided or carried out their main academic or research activities in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the above mentioned deadline.

Postdoc: Language Policy in Heteroglossic Schools (Belgium)

The Langues et Discours research centre of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on “Between the devil and the deep blue sea. Implementing language policy in urban heteroglossic schools”, a new project funded by the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS).

Project description: The project sets out to investigate how teachers implement monolingual policies in distinctly heteroglossic urban schools. Its goals are to investigate how teachers articulate a monolingual policy, to what extent and in what way teachers are responsive to linguistic diversity, and which conditions facilitate either of these realisations. These questions will be explored in four Belgian secondary schools. Data have already been collected for two of these schools by the project promotor. These data will be revisited and compared with new data to be collected by the postdoctoral researcher through ethnographic fieldwork in one or two secondary schools in Brussels (French- and Dutch-medium), depending on the applicant’s command of Dutch and/or French.

Research domains: sociolinguistics, educational linguistics, linguistic anthropology, linguistic ethnography

Tasks:
– carrying out linguistic-ethnographic fieldwork
– analysing interaction in the classroom
– preparing research output for international journals
– presenting research at international conferences
– contributing to occasional supervision of MA students and/or course teaching

We offer:
– a 24-month position, renewable with two years, funded by the Belgian National Science Foundation (FNRS), from 1 October 2016.

Requirements:
– PhD in sociolinguistics or related disciplines (predoctoral applicants must have obtained their PhD at the latest by 30 September 2016).
– Relevant research experience in studying interactional processes, preferably in classroom settings
– Excellent skills in Dutch or French
– Excellent skills in English
– Applicants must not have obtained their PhD prior to 1 October 2010.

Deadline for application is 1 June 2016. Applications (motivation letter + CV + recommendation letter + one paper the applicant is proud of) should be sent in electronic format to prof. dr. Jürgen Jaspers (jurgen.jaspers@ulb.ac.be). Notification of acceptance will be sent before 1 July 2016.

Starting date: 1 October 2016

Place of work: the applicant will be based at the Solbosch Campus of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) (Avenue F.D. Roosevelt 50, CP 175, 1050 Brussels, building A).

CFP GURT 2015 Diversity & Super-Diversity

Diversity and Super-Diversity: Sociocultural Linguistic Perspectives
Georgetown University
March 13-15, 2015
Call for Papers

GURT invites papers that explore the connections between diversity and linguistic/communicative practices from the perspectives described in the conference theme. We are particularly (although not exclusively) interested in the following topics:
*The impact of diversity on sociocultural linguistic theory and research methodologies
*The relationships between diversity and hybridity in linguistic and semiotic practices
*Challenges and responses to linguistic and cultural diversity in different institutional domains such education, the workplace, community organizations and in non institutional domains such as the family
*Diversity and the construction/negotiation of identities
*The use of linguistic and other semiotic resources within new practices involving diverse communities
*Language policies and diversity issues in the public space
*Diversity of genres, practices and participation frameworks in mediated communication
*Diversity and time/space scales

Proposals will be blind reviewed for their originality, quality, and breadth of relevance. In addition, colloquium proposals will be evaluated for the coherence and complementarity of their individual presentations.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: October 15, 2014. Submit online.

Notification of acceptance: December 15, 2014.