LINGUIST List 11.1062

Wed May 10 2000

Jobs: Sheffield Usage Survey/Research assistantship

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  • A.R.Linn, Survey of Sheffield Usage: Research assistantship, U of Sheffield

    Message 1: Survey of Sheffield Usage: Research assistantship, U of Sheffield

    Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 10:38:44 +0100
    From: A.R.Linn <>
    Subject: Survey of Sheffield Usage: Research assistantship, U of Sheffield


    Applications are invited for a research assistantship connected to the Survey of Sheffield Usage materials housed in the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (NATCECT) at the University of Sheffield. The successful candidate would be a member of the Department of English Language and Linguistics and would report to a small steering group made up of staff of the department and of NATCECT.

    The Sheffield Usage material was collected during the early 1980s and has recently been supplemented by further lexical material from the Sheffield area. The original material provides a valuable tape-recorded catalogue of Sheffield usage from 100 informants, discussed in a series of student projects, but stored in an ad hoc way, such that it is not apparent which tapes relate to which projects. There is however material here for a range of research - dialectological, sociolinguistic and phonological in the first instance, but of interest to anyone concerned with regional urban varieties of English. Sheffield is unique in having an unbroken history of dialectological study for 250 years, and this material forms an important part of that tradition.

    The initial task of the research assistant would be to make working copies of the recordings and to organise this material so that it could be used widely for research and for student work alike. Part of this task would be reconstructing the background to the individual recordings and to the informants and the linguistic varieties they exemplify. In addition to copying and organising the material, the research assistant will do what they can to publicise it and generate a research culture around it. It is expected that the person appointed will begin to carry out their own research using the resource, possibly in conjunction with the other dialectological resources housed in NATCECT. A published outcome will be expected.

    This is a half-time post and would suit either a post-doctoral student or a recent graduate with an appropriate linguistics background who is considering research focusing on regional varieties of English. Salary will be paid pro rata at an appropriate point on the AUT-negotiated scale for research staff. It may be possible for a suitably qualified appointee to supplement their income through teaching in the Department of English Language and Linguistics. Further information is available from Dr Andrew Linn (address below) to whom applications (consisting of a CV, names and addresses of two potential referees, and a letter proposing the research use you would make of the material) should be sent by Friday 2 June 2000.

    Department of English Language and Linguistics University of Sheffield Sheffield S10 2TN UK

    E-mail: Tel: 0114 222 0216 Fax: 0114 276 8251

    __________________________________________________ Dr Andrew R. Linn Department of English Language and Linguistics The University of Sheffield GB-Sheffield S10 2TN, England

    Tel: +44 (0)114 222 0216 Fax: +44 (0)114 276 8251