Funded PhD Opportunity Language contact and language planning at community level in Ireland

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Subject: Modern Languages and Linguistics


The current language dynamics of Ireland have been determined by a range of factors, the most prominent being the contact between Irish and English. This contact has been conditioned by political, economic, sociological and geographical issues, leading to Ireland’s indigenous language being reduced to minority language status, with a shrinking autochthonous speech community. This scenario warrants scrutiny, both in terms of seeking to track and understand the ongoing nature of language shift within this community, and to identify fit for purpose language planning initiatives that will protect Ireland’s linguistic diversity and seek to reverse the current decline.

PhD projects are invited within this broad area that include both fieldwork and policy objectives. The scope of such projects will include the development of new analytical frameworks for assessing current and historical efforts at language planning that are comprehensive i.e. attending to economic, cultural, linguistic, educational matters etc.

PhD project proposals are welcome to investigate the rationale for devolving responsibility for language planning to local communities in the Gaeltacht and the Galltacht areas. Projects may include investigating policy initiatives to support linguistic diversity in post conflict societies and focus on the case of minority language provision in particular. Case studies may draw upon the experience of speakers in Ireland, Cyprus or South Africa, for example.

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • 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%
  • Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal
  • Experience of presentation of research findings
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £15,009 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.


    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £15,009 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.

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Monday 19 February 2018
Interview Date
19 March 2018

Contact Supervisor

Dr Gearoid O Domagain

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