Macquarie University International PhD Positionsin Multicultural Australian English

  • Phd
  • $28,597 p.a. + tuition fee offset
  • 1 July 2021
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Macquarie University is offering a MRes Year 2 + PhD bundle or PhD scholarship in Phonetics/Speech Science through the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship project ‚ÄúMulticultural Australian English: The new voice of Sydney‚ÄĚ awarded to Prof Felicity Cox (2019-2022).
This project examines the relationship between speech production and ethnic diversity in multicultural Sydney. The aim is to generate an integrated and inclusive model of Australian-English, through phonetic analysis of speech used by adolescents from a range of language backgrounds. Outcomes are expected to inform sociophonetic theories of variation, ethnicity, and identity, and provide a crucial framework for supporting sociocultural cohesion.
The suitable applicant should have disciplinary background in phonetics or sociophonetics. The specific topic of the candidate's research project is negotiable. Potential projects may include:
  • acoustic and/or articulatory examination of select phonetic features of Australian English used by speakers from a range of heritage language backgrounds such as Arabic, Mandarin, Hindi, German, Vietnamese, English
  • analysis of the relationship between speech production and the level and type of speaker engagement with the local community
  • ethnophonetic analysis of social microcultures within a school setting
  • examination of sound change through a comparison between select acoustic data from the Multicultural Australian English project and archival Australian English data
  • examination of sound change through agent based modelling
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The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a ‚ÄúMQRES‚ÄĚ full-time stipend rate of $28,597 per annum (in 2021 tax-exempt for up to 4 years - indexed annually).


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