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Real and Fictional Languages: An Investigation of Attitudes and Social Perception

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, February 03, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applicants are invited for a PhD studentship to design and carry out a research project with the aim of developing the understanding of the cognitive representations and social interpretations of spoken language features.

With the increased popularity in fictional languages being adapted for popular media, explorations can be made into peoples’ perception of a language and its speakers, even when they have no prior knowledge of the language. Widely held social stereotypes and folk linguistic attitudes are habitually exploited by literature and visual media during characterisation and casting. This project aims to investigate language attitudes and perceptions prompted by ‘real’ and ‘fictional’ languages, as well as qualitatively explore the effects of influences such as experienced and non-experienced languages.

Suffolk has a rich dialect history and represents a sociological mix of urban and rural. The developing nature of the county also reflects a growing migrant community, leading to its urban centres becoming culturally and linguistically diverse. Therefore, proposed research projects are encouraged to develop methodologies which can help bridge the gap between judgements made on novel, ‘fictional’ languages, and ‘real’ languages which are present within the community. This will help establish current attitudes present within the county, and whether there are any social factors (such as age) which impact linguistic evaluations.

Secondary Academic Supervisor: Dr Jenny Amos
Type of programme: PhD
Start date of project: October 2020
Mode of study: Full-time
Length of studentship: 3 year funded period
Location: Ipswich Campus
Entry Requirements Masters in Language and Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, or relevant sub-discipline

Funding Notes

The University of Suffolk are pleased to offer this project as a fee waiver scholarship. The cost of your PhD fees will be covered by the University, however living costs will need to be considered and accounted for by the candidate.

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