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The impact of language typological contrasts on foreign language acquisition (5+3), 2019-5

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF Starting Grant), invites applications for a fully-funded PhD fellowship in the impact of language typological contrasts on foreign language acquisition provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD fellowship is available as of 1 September 2019 for a period of up to three years (5+3). The candidate who is awarded the fellowship must commence his/her PhD degree programme on 1 September 2019. 

The PhD fellowship will be financed by the 2 parties.

The PhD fellowship is advertised within the field of the impact of language typological contrasts on foreign language acquisition.

This PhD project focusses on how differences in event framing between the Germanic (Danish, German) and the Romance (Spanish, French) languages can be used to predict potential sources of difficulty in L2 acquisition, and how language instruction can be efficiently directed towards the specific points of contrasts between an L1 and an L2 in order to raise awareness about precise constructional and conceptual challenges.

The project will be centered around formulating and empirically testing hypotheses related to the following basic research questions:
a) How can we assess which L2 features will be easier or harder to learn for speakers of different first languages?, and
b) How can we make findings about ease vs. difficulties in acquisition for specific L1-L2 language pairs useful for more efficient second language education?

Knowledge of relevant data collection and data processing methods, such as eye-tracking, key-logging, statistical and text reading tools will be an advantage.

The PhD student must complete the studies in accordance with the valid regulations for the PhD degree programme, currently the Ministerial Order of 27 August 2013 on the PhD degree programme at the universities: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/phdstudystructure/ 

Rules and regulations for the PhD degree programme at the Graduate School at Arts: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/  

The PhD fellow will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, with the aim of completing a PhD degree at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University.

The PhD student will be affiliated with the PhD programme Language, Linguistics, Communication and Cognition.

The PhD student’s place of work will be the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University. In general, the student is expected to be present at the school on an everyday basis.

The PhD degree programme is expected to include a lengthy research stay at a foreign institution, cf. Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme.

School of Communication and Culture’s research programme:
http://cc.au.dk/en/research/research-programmes/

 

5+3 programme

When you apply for a 3-year PhD fellowship (5+3), you must have completed your two year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) no later than 31 August 2019.

The PhD fellow will be employed as a PhD student at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (see section 6.1.4), as well as with the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (see enclosure 5). The agreement and the protocol including amendments are available online: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

Salary: http://phd.arts.au.dk/financing/salary-and-employment/salary-5-3/

 

Application
If you require professional guidance regarding your application for the PhD fellowship please contact the PhD programme director at Language, Linguistics, Communication and Cognition:  http://phd.arts.au.dk/about-us/contact/

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Henrik Høeg Müller, School of Communication and Culture, henhm@cc.au.dk, Phone + 45 25 39 70 49.

The application can be written in both Danish and English.

All applicants must document English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium'). Please see this page for further information: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/english-test/  

Applications for the PhD fellowship and enrolment in the PhD degree programme can only be submitted via Aarhus University’s web-based facility.

Guidelines for the application facility: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/how-to-apply/

Deadline for applications: 15 March 2019 at 23.59 Danish time (CET/CETS).
Reference number: 2019-5

During the assessments, Aarhus University can conduct interviews with selected applicants.