Funded PhD position in Romance syntax/semantics at Newcastle University

  • 07 Jan 2024 13:21
    Message # 13298002

    The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University invites applications for a fully funded PhD studentship within the area of comparative Romance syntax and semantics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape their own research project on Romance causative and perception verbs within the general scope of a wider externally funded Leverhulme project. 

    Applicants will be expected to design their own programme of research focusing on the syntax/semantics of causation and/or perception in relation to at least two Romance varieties. We particularly welcome applications to work on languages/dialects which will increase our coverage of lesser studied Romance varieties such as Romanian and non-European French or Spanish. It will be possible to develop new language expertise but a familiarity with or previous experience of collecting online acceptability judgements and/or using linguistic corpora to carry out quantitative analyses would be an advantage. Statistical analysis of results using R will be required and training will be provided for this purpose. 

    This research will be supervised by Professor Michelle Sheehan (Newcastle University) and Professor Rob Truswell (University of Edinburgh) and is expected to tie in with the work they are conducting on a Leverhulme Research Project Grant along with Professor Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge) and Professor Sonia Cyrino (State University of Campinas).  

    The successful applicant will join a dynamic research team involving the researchers listed above in addition to two 3-year post-doctoral Research Assistants soon to be appointed on the project. They will be based in a thriving School with an energetic, creative, and well-resourced research culture that includes the weekly online Romance Linguistics Circle (co-organised with University of Cambridge) and hybrid linguistics research seminars, the fortnightly in-person syntax reading group, and the regional North East Syntax Seminar (NESS).

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