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Investigating language production using structural priming

   School of Social Sciences

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  Dr Roger van Gompel  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project


Language users often repeat grammatical structures across utterances, a finding that has been referred to as structural priming. Structural priming can be elicited in psychological experiments to investigate how language users produce grammatical structures and represent grammar. It has been used to investigate the various stages in language production, to what extent grammatical structures are represented with specific words in the sentence such as verbs, how children and second language learners learn and represent grammar and what the memory representations are that underlie grammatical representations.

We invite strong and highly motivated candidates with a background in experimental psychology or linguistics to do a PhD on any topic related to structural priming. You will be trained and supervised by Roger van Gompel, an expert on structural priming research, and work in the Discipline of Psychology at the University of Dundee, renowned for its research on multiple aspects of language processing.

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Roger van Gompel ([Email Address Removed])

For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact [Email Address Removed]

Our research community thrives on the diversity of students and staff which helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for postgraduate research. We welcome applications from all talented individuals and are committed to widening access to those who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education.


Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent for non-UK qualifications), and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline. For international qualifications, please see equivalent entry requirements here:

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) overall score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking). The University of Dundee accepts a variety of equivalent qualifications; please see full details of the University’s English language requirements here:


Step 1: Email Dr Roger van Gompel ([Email Address Removed]) to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Van Gompel, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Psychology on our direct application system:

This project is suitable for the three-year route or the four-year route as agreed with the lead supervisor.

Please select the study mode (full-time/part-time) and start date agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the Research Proposal section, please:

-      Enter the lead supervisor’s name in the ‘proposed supervisor’ box

-      Enter the project title listed at the top of this page in the ‘proposed project title’ box

In the ‘personal statement’ section, please outline your suitability for the project selected.


There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and living expenses, via external sponsorship or self-funding.

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