Research Associate in Linguistics and English Language

Lancaster, Lancashire
£29.331 - £32,817
May 19, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jun 10, 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Ref: A3021

Job Title: Research Associate in Linguistics and English Language

Department of Linguistics and English Language

Salary: £29.331 - £32,817

Closing Date: 10 June 2020

Contract: Fixed Term

The Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University seeks to appoint a Research Associate to work full time for 3 years on Dr Danielle Turton’s Leverhulme Research Project grant entitled “Changing /r/ Accents: towards a sociophonological understanding of the mechanisms of sound change”.  The project aims to address theoretical questions of sound change by combining experimental articulatory analysis (using ultrasound tongue imaging) with traditional sociolinguistic interviews to investigate the loss of rhoticity in East Lancashire.

You will have a PhD in sociolinguistics, phonology, phonetics or related area (submitted prior to project start date); a track-record of conference presentations and publications commensurate with your career stage; experience in creating and analysing sociophonetic corpora; expertise in instrumental phonetic analysis; an excellent grasp of cutting-edge linguistic tools such as R, Praat, forced-alignment and Articulate Assistant Advanced; an interest in sound change from a sociolinguistic, phonetic or phonological perspective.

Alongside the PI, you will be responsible for building a corpus of sociolinguistic interviews with locals, as well as the experimental design and recording of the ultrasound tongue imaging component of the project.  You will be responsible for overseeing the transcription and forced-alignment of data (assisted by undergraduate transcribers), and the majority of the ultrasound analysis.  You will work with the PI on the statistical analysis, data visualisation and interpretation of results.  With the PI, you will present findings at conferences, and co-author papers for publication.   You will assist the PI in the day-to-day administration of the project, and lead on the organisation of a project workshop in the final months of the post.  The post is based in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, and affiliated with the Phonetics Lab Research Group.

Fixed-term post beginning 1 September 2020 for 3 years

For further information please contact Dr Danielle Turton,

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.