Funded PhD Opportunity Synchronic and Diachronic syntax

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Subject: Modern Languages and Linguistics

Summary

Projects in this area will focus on the investigation of an aspect of the structural properties of language from a synchronic or diachronic perspective or both. Projects should focus on core theoretical questions that can be answered with appropriate theoretical and/or experimental methodologies such as corpus analysis. Research projects may focus on the linguistic study of syntactic phenomena (and potentially their change through time or place) and their interfaces with semantics.

We invite projects employing a range of methods. In particular projects may address a core theoretical or empirical debate in the area of syntax and its interface with other linguistic domains. Projects may also aim at developing a syntactic analysis of a particular phenomenon in a given language, dialect or group of languages. We particularly welcome projects focusing on languages studies at Ulster (English, Italian, Greek and Celtic).  Students are invited to contact potential supervisors to discuss the proposed focus of the study.

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
  • Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • First Class Honours (1st) Degree
  • Masters at 65%
  • For VCRS Awards, Masters at 75%
  • Completion of Masters at a level equivalent to commendation or distinction at Ulster
  • Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
  • Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement
  • Applicants will be shortlisted if they have an average of 75% or greater in a first (honours) degree (or a GPA of 8.75/10). For applicants with a first degree average in the range of 70% to 74% (GPA 3.3): If they are undertaking an Masters, then the average of their first degree marks and their Masters marks will be used for shortlisting.

Funding

    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £14,777 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.

    DFE

    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £ 14,777 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fees component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided).  For Non EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK.

Other information

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Monday 19 February 2018
Interview Date
19 March 2018

Contact Supervisor

Professor Raffaella Folli

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Apply online

Visit https://www.ulster.ac.uk/applyonline and quote reference number #239672 when applying for this PhD opportunity