Large scale databases are changing the questions that linguists can answer regarding language evolution, human prehistory and the nature of humans’ capacity for language. AusPhon is a database of phonological characteristics of over 200 Australian language varieties currently under construction at UQ and Yale University.
The Winter Research Scholarship is the opportunity for Undergraduate and some Postgraduate Students to get involved in an exciting research project within SLCCS during the Winter 2013.
Further information about the UQ Undergraduate Research programs is available at the Office of Undergraduate Education website.
AusPhon: the sound patterns of indigenous languages of Australia
Our Winter 2013 subproject runs for four weeks from mid-June to mid-July and focuses on micro-variables in phonology. Candidates will assist with data analysis and coding, learning about large-scale data projects and the indigenous languages of Australia as they engage with scholarly descriptions and archival materials. Participants will develop general research skills and gain a useful background for the pursuit of further study on Australian languages, endangered language documentation and linguistic theory.
The applications close at 9am on Monday, 29 April 2013.