Most of the world speaks more than one language. How are multiple languages represented in our mind? Which information is shared across languages and which is kept separate? How do we know which information to use when speaking one language? This PhD will investigate these questions from the perspective of pragmatics. Pragmatics refers to how we use language and includes such topics such as the interaction between speakers and listeners, inferred meaning, listener perspective, and figurative language. The PhD will use techniques such as eyetracking the visual world, structural priming, and dialogue tasks to understand the representations of the bilingual mind.
As only one studentship is available and a very high standard of applications is typically received, the successful applicant is likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent) and/or be distinguished by having relevant research experience. The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree in Psychology or Linguistics (with knowledge of research methods) and have knowledge of at least two languages.
Applicants should possess a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree, master's degree, or equivalent international qualification. Applicants whose first language is not English must have an English level of at least 6.5 IELTS. Applications from CSC and other international scholarship systems are especially welcome.
The studentship will commence in October 2022 and will cover your tuition fees (at UK level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2021-22 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £15,609 per annum. As well as tuition fees and a maintenance grant, all School of Psychology students receive access to courses offered by the University’s Doctoral Academy and become members of the University Doctoral Academy.
In addition to training in the skills needed to conduct high quality research, the School of Psychology provides all doctoral research students with opportunities for training and experience in teaching. We believe that teaching experience provides an important component of the training offered to postgraduate students and it is also encouraged by Research Councils and other sponsors as part of students’ professional training.
Postgraduate students who teach are also remunerated for the time they spend teaching.
Applicants should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a start date of October 2022
How to apply:
You can apply online - consideration is automatic on applying for a PhD in Psychology, with an October 2022 start date (programme code RFPDPSYA).
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In the funding section, please select 'I will be applying for a scholarship/grant' and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from Pragmatics across languages
Deadline for applications is the 11 March 2022 with interviews taking place in April 2022