The Leverhulme-funded project ‘Recovering the earliest English language in Scotland: evidence from place-names’ seeks a suitably qualified graduate to pursue doctoral research on Scottish place-names. The doctoral work will be on some aspect of the place-names of Berwickshire, and will be carried out under the supervision of Prof. Carole Hough and Dr Simon Taylor. The successful candidate will have a strong background in historical linguistics, with a good first degree relevant to the history of English or Scots, and some undergraduate or postgraduate training in place-name study.
The parent project is using place-name evidence to investigate the Old Northumbrian dialect of Old English and its development into Scots. It focuses on the historical county of Berwickshire, the heartland of Anglo-Saxon settlement in Scotland, and aims to collect and analyse all place-names in six parishes along the Anglo-Scottish border, and all major settlement names throughout the historical county of Berwickshire.
Whilst there will be scope for the student’s project to focus or branch out in ways which suit their own research interests, it is important that it will include partial in-depth survey of the place-names of Berwickshire. There are a number of ways in which this may be done, e.g., a full survey of a number of parishes, accompanied by analytical discussion of prominent themes emerging from the survey; a survey of particular name-categories within the county (e.g., settlement-names, hydronyms, etc.); source-focused approaches.
In the Research Proposal portion of their applications, applicants should briefly outline the kind of project that they would wish to undertake, and how it would relate to their previous experience. Since the successful applicant will be a member of the project team, it is anticipated that we will wish to interview a shortlist of the applicants.
Candidates wishing to submit an application should prepare and submit the following documentation:
• A Research Proposal of no more than 1,000 words
• A current CV
• A transcript of qualifications to date (and anticipated results if you are still studying for your Masters)
• An example of scholarly work up to 5000 words in length (e.g. a full essay or dissertation chapter)
• 2 academic references
The closing date for receipt of complete applications is Monday 1st Feb 2016. Applications should be emailed to [email protected]