This project uses three approaches to answer questions about children’s acquisition of syntax, using the phenomena of children’s null subjects as a case study (Valian, 2016; Hyams, 2011).
First, an experimental approach compares young children’s production and comprehension in English. Prior experience with behavioural methodologies for this approach is preferred, but not required.
Second, a corpus approach will involve the creation and analysis of a corpus with young children acquiring Irish as a first language in different dialects to ask questions about language variation. Experience with Celtic languages is required for this approach, with proficiency in Irish preferred.
Finally, a computational approach will assess the linguistic input of young children acquiring Irish as a first language to ask questions about language acquisition and language change. Experience with computational modelling is required for this approach, particularly with Bayesian models.
Applicants are invited to contact potential supervisors about proposals using one or more of the above approaches.
If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.
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.
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.
Monday 18 February 2019
19 March 2019
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