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PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP) - The role of linguistic input through a speaker’s lifespan

Modern Languages

Location:  Avenue Campus
Salary:   £14553
Annual stipend of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate) plus payment of programme fees
Closing Date:   Wednesday 31 January 2018
Reference:  SCDTP947817F4

The role of linguistic input through a speaker’s lifespan

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2018/19 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Doctor Glyn Hicks (Modern Languages & Linguistics, Lead Supervisor) (, Doctor Laura Dominguez (Modern Languages & Linguistics)

This project brings together language acquisition and formal linguistic theory to reveal the characteristics of “first language attrition” and explore implications for current conceptions of grammar. You will examine the extent to which first language attrition can be attested in speakers who have acquired a complete adult grammar but whose language input changes during their lifespan as a result of extensive exposure to another language (e.g. due to migration). You will identify what kinds of input conditions engender grammatical attrition and the kinds of linguistic features that are susceptible to it, exploring the consequences for current models of the architecture of the language faculty.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm 31st January 2018.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

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