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Language, self, and society: Linguistic inequality and beyond


   School of Social Sciences

  ,  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Language is said to be a uniquely human property which constitutes many aspects of our lives. It serves as a fundamental medium for interactions between people in the society. In addition, it plays a key role for individual language users to establish and update their identities in the society. Our highly interdisciplinary project attempts to address complex interwound relationships between language, individuals and societies. To address the question, one could explore situations in which individuals are prevented from using a language in a cognitively and/or socially optimal way (e.g., non-native international students, refugees, people with language-related disorders). In such settings, language users’ objective and/or self-perceived proficiency level of the target language could influence various critical domains of their lives (e.g., academic achievement, self-esteem, difficulty in assimilation). Another approach would be to focus on potential biases and inequalities derived from language-based variations: e.g., speakers’ accents of various types (e.g., socio-economic, regional, first-language based) could lead to implicit prejudices or societal inequalities. In the current globally connected, yet disparate world, it has been becoming more urgent to address these issues with multidisciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches.

We invite applications from strong and motivated candidates who are prepared to take the leading role in this project. We envisage students have a background in Psychology or a relevant subject (e.g., Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, TEFL/TESOL). The specialisation in the PhD would be in Psychology (PhD in Psychology). Students without a sufficient Psychology background may be offered to undertake one of our MSc programmes, or some of our MSc training modules, in their 1st year. 

For more information about the supervisory team, please see https://www.dundee.ac.uk/people/yuki-kamide and https://www.dundee.ac.uk/people/ana-maria-bliuc.

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Yuki Kamide ()

For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact

QUALIFICATIONS

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: www.dundee.ac.uk/study/international/country/.

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: www.dundee.ac.uk/guides/english-language-requirements.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Step 1: Email Dr Yuki Kamide () 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 Kamide, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Candidates must apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Psychology using our direct application system: Psychology.

Please select the degree length (three year or four year), study mode (full-time/part-time) and start date agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the ‘provider questions’ section of the application form:

- Write the project title and ‘FindAPhD.com’ in the ‘if your application is in response to an advertisement’ box;

- Write the lead supervisor’s name and give brief details of your previous contact with them in the ‘previous contact with the University of Dundee’ box.

In the ‘personal statement’ section of the application form, outline your suitability for the project selected.


Funding Notes

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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