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Two PhD studentships in German Linguistics available from October 1, 2001
 1. Sociolinguistics / Dialectology of 21st-century German, based at the University of Wales Aberystwyth

Supervisor: Dr Winifred Davies.

2. Historical Linguistics / Sociolinguistics of 17th-century German, based at the University of Bristol

Supervisor: Dr Nils Langer

The AHRB has awarded Aberystwyth and Bristol a research grant of 105,234 spread over three years from October 1, 2001, for the project 'The history and current status of "bad language" as a concept in German folk linguistics.' We are therefore looking for two PhD students to join the research team which will be based at Aberystwyth and Bristol.

The tuition fees and maintenance costs of the successful applicants (for three years) will be covered by the research award.

The award contains provision for the successful candidates to spend two separate periods of three months collecting data or conducting archival research in Germany (travel and subsistence will be paid).

Each doctoral student will have access to a computer as well as to office space.

The Aberystwyth-based PhD student will carry out a study of lay knowledge of and perception of linguistic norms in modern German on the basis of an empirical sociolinguistic investigation in a particular dialect area.

The Bristol-based PhD student will be investigating the origins of 'bad' German by examining seventeenth-century grammars with the aim of identifying when and how 'bad' German was stigmatised by language users and language teachers.

Applicants should have a good (2i or higher) first degree in German, and should preferably have some knowledge of linguistics. Usually, they will hold, or be about to complete, a first postgraduate degree in German or Linguistics (normally an MA or MPhil). Further terms and conditions are set out in the AHRB's Guide to Postgraduate Studentships in the Humanities (www.ahrb.ac.uk). 

If you wish to apply, please send a letter of application; CV; all undergraduate and postgraduate marks available; and names of two referees to Dr Wini Davies, University of Wales Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3DY, Wales. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Davies (tel.: 01970-622557; e-mail: [log in to unmask]) or Dr Langer (tel.: 0117-9841; e-mail: [log in to unmask]). The closing date for applications is June 22, 2001. Interviews will take place in the second week of July.

Dr Wini Davies,
Adran Ieithoedd Ewropeaidd/Dept of European Langs,
P.C.A./U.W.A.,
Aberystwyth SY23 3DY
Cymru/Wales.


Tel: 01970-622557
Ffacs/Fax: 01970-622553